Which is one of the reasons I don’t have much to say anymore. ObamaCare? Law of the land, can’t be repealed, elections have consequences. Sequester? Law of the land, until it’s not the law of the land — or until the voracious DC pigs need their fix at the trough, at which point that law is essentially gutted in exchange for a promise of savings from future Congresses (that doesn’t even take into account accrued interest).
The GOP doesn’t represent us, and it’s establishment leaders are now openly looking to punish conservatives. The Democrats are essentially a socialist party, and as such they are ideologically driven and incapable of real compromise.
So. Now what?
President Barack Obama’s job approval among American voters drops to a new low, a negative 38 – 57 percent, as the outlook for Democrats running for Congress and the U.S. Senate fades also, according to a national poll released today. He even gets a negative 41 – 49 percent among voters 18 to 29 years old and a lackluster 50 – 43 percent approval among Hispanic voters.
American voters say 41 – 38 percent that they would vote for a Republican over a Democrat for the U.S. House of Representatives, the first time this year the Democrats come up on the short end of this generic ballot. Independent voters back Republican candidates 41 – 28 percent. Voters also say 47 – 42 percent that they would like to see Republicans gain control of the U.S. Senate and the House. Independent voters go Republican 50 – 35 percent for each.
And the GOP leadership’s response? Surrender to the Dems on a “bipartisan” budget deal that once again gives we the people the shit end of the stick — while at the same time, sending Mitch McConnell around the talk show circuit to tell us how we simply can’t repeal ObamaCare, that the only way to get rid of it is to re-elect Republicans to power, even if those Republicans are the types who act in nearly every respect just like Democrats.
No thanks. Gonna pass. Not interested in the “positioning” or the gamesmanship, or who “gets blamed” if there’s another government shutdown. I’m not some unaffected spectator at a game of political chess being played by those who are all pretty much set for life.
By trying to outmaneuver Dems on some imaginary political chess board, the GOP will once again snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, failing to stand up for the American people when it is leadership the American people want — not risk avoidance. In fact, I’m beginning to believe this is the plan: better to serve as the minority party in an explosive federal government awash in perks and corruption than to have to represent silly conservatives and their hoary principles, which would involve representatives willingly giving up much of their power and influence and wealth-wrangling ability.
Because all the polished pols? They just keep surrendering and dealing and generally fucking things up, kicking the can down the road while they feather their own nests, and expect us to just accept it.
And it looks like we’re through with that nonsense. “Another conservative group comes out against expected budget deal”:
Another influential conservative group is warning legislators not to support the expected budget deal being hammered out by Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray.
Americans for Prosperity, an economic freedom group, said Monday that lawmakers should oppose any budget deal that violates the $967 billion spending cap for 2014 mandated by sequestration.
Reports coming out of the secret budget negotiations between Ryan and Murray indicate that a deal to prevent another government shutdown next year would increase next year’s discretionary spending to more than $1 trillion, blowing through the spending caps agreed to by both parties in the Budget Control Act.
– I’m going to interject right here, briefly, to ask why there are “secret budget negotiations” in the first place? Think this is what the Founders and Framers intended of a representative republic?
Of course not. But this is exactly what it looks like when you’re being ruled — even as those who seek to rule you work hard to maintain the illusion that they are your public servants, mostly because they don’t want to end up tarred, feathered, and staring at the business end of a pitchfork.
The proposed Ryan-Murray deal, which would fund? the government past Jan. 15, would get rid of some sequester cuts and fund them with so-called revenue enhancements. The Washington Post reports that the deal could include “cuts to federal worker pensions and higher security fees for the nation’s airline passengers.”
The group’s opposition comes as conservatives are starting to speak out against the expected deal. The Daily Caller reported Monday that Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said he cannot support a deal under these terms.
And conservative group Heritage Action also said Monday that they “cannot support a budget deal that would increase spending in the near-term for promises of woefully inadequate long-term reductions.”
A deal is expected to be announced sometime this week.
Oh, stop your carping. You’re going to cost us the Senate and a Chris Christie presidency, you unnuanced Hobbits.
Now sit down, shut up, and get your asses in line. I mean, bipartisan. Which is like magic. Duh!
What do a six-year old boy and former San Diego Mayor Bob “Filthy” Filner have in common?
Permanent records of sexual harassment.
His mother says it’s a crush and the two children like each other. But the school is calling it something else; sexual harassment.
First grader, Hunter Yelton, told us he loves science and phys-ed. Also…that he has a crush on a girl at school, who likes him back.
It may sound innocent enough…but at six years old Hunter now has ‘sexual harassment’ on his school record.
“It was during class yeah. We were doing reading group and I leaned over and kissed her on the hand. That’s what happened,” said Hunter Yelton.
Six year old Hunter was at home on Monday instead of at school.
“They sent me to the office, fair and square. I did something wrong and I feel sorry,” he said.
“She was fine with it, they are ‘boyfriend and girlfriend’. The other children saw it and went to the music teacher. That was the day I had the meeting with the principal, where she first said ‘sexual harassment’. This is taking it to an extreme that doesn’t need to be met with a six year old. Now my son is asking questions… what is sex mommy? That should not ever be said, sex. Not in a sentence with a six year old,” said Hunters’ mom, Jennifer Saunders.
Both hunter and his mom, Jennifer, admit he’s had some trouble at school in the past. Hunter has been suspended for rough-housing, and for kissing the same girl on the cheek.
Who benefits and who loses when the consensual, affectionate behavior of this little boy is conflated with the forced assaults on adult women perpetrated by Bob Filner?
At six years old, I guarantee you that most of the little girls at Hunter’s school have a best (same-sex) friend they hug or hold hands with. Yet it is this little first grader who is now officially labeled what the Left-gender-feminists consider all males –
This boy wasn’t involved in anything dangerous, illegal or even immoral. He didn’t even “steal” the kiss. But hey, he’s a BOY and being the kisser makes the female kissee a “victim.” I note in the article that the boy has been in trouble for “rough-housing”. Just what the heck do these Soviet drones think little boys do when acting naturally?
Rhetorical question, that. Instead of channeling the energy, the Leftist educrats are determined to pathologize and punish it.
And just like the imaginary arrow shooting I posted about earlier, what scares me to death is that the school came down like a ton of bricks because other kids saw this and tattled to the teacher.
Boys are not only being isolated for their non-girl behavior, but even their relationships with best friends of the same sex are now being portrayed as latent homosexuality.
The family of Norman Rockwell is waging a fierce campaign against a new biography of him, bristling at the book’s suggestions that Rockwell, artist of small-town Americana, could have been secretly gay or harbored pedophilic impulses. [...]
In the book, Ms. Solomon raises the question of whether Rockwell was gay, writing that he “demonstrated an intense need for emotional and physical closeness with men,” and that his marriages may have been a strategy for “controlling his homoerotic desires.” She described a camping trip in Quebec that Rockwell took with his male assistant, during which the men swam and played cards together late into the night, and Rockwell noted in his diaries that his assistant looked “most fetching in his long flannels.” There is nothing, Ms. Solomon cautioned in the book, “to suggest that he had sex with men.”
Later in the book, Ms. Solomon writes that “we are made to wonder whether Rockwell’s complicated interest in the depiction of preadolescent boys was shadowed by pedophilic impulses.” She again added a disclaimer: “There is no evidence that he acted on his impulses or behaved in a way that was inappropriate for its time.”
The iconic paintings of Norman Rockwell that poignantly and playfully portray all manner of boys, girls, teens and adults have the males pictures now used as examples of homoerotism.
Makes you wonder, now that Ray Bradbury is dead, when Something Wicked This Way Comes is declared “twink fiction” and Bradbury as a latent pedophile.
Punish boys for exuberant behavior and the dreaded heteronormative behavior, but also cut them off from having close, emotional relationships with a best friend least it be “homoerotic”, and one successfully destroys a creative and, most importantly, independent and self-reliant human being.
Big Government cannot function properly with those in the mix.
I have no idea why the people in this country aren’t in full-on revolt against the New Left Democrats and the road they are taking us down. It will not be long before doctors are told they must become indentured servants to the state if they wish to practice; profit motive will be finally and fully demonized; and we’ll be corralled like livestock into permanent government dependency pens.
I’m sick to my stomach.
The US, it turns out, lost the Cold War. Except that it also won the Cold War — if you consider that the faction of socialists, Marxists, and liberal fascists who exist inside the US as US citizens are the Cold War’s victors ultimate victors. Look at our regulatory system. Look at our media. Look at our schools. Look at the cavalier disregard for a stable rule of law and the easy dismissal of our Constitution.
We have the power to stop these largely paper tigers — whose power is derived by our refusal to deny it to them — but we are widely distributed, largely unorganized, and undercut by many of those supposedly on “our” side, who have learned to live like barnacles on the state and make their living, perversely, pretending always to fight against what they surreptitiously work to maintain.
Something has to give. And right now, it’s my spirits.
Why didn’t anyone see this coming?
Gun rights advocates around the country need to be on the lookout for an insidious new tactic being launched by Mike Bloomberg and his mercenary minions. The strategy: use the wide acceptance of the idea that the mentally ill should not have access to firearms, as a front for prohibiting a broad array of “normal” people from possessing guns or ammunition. As with most things, the devil is in the details. What is mental illness? Who is mentally ill? How mentally ill must one be to warrant revocation of a fundamental human right? Who makes that determination? Who is “normal,” and how “normal” do they have to be to own guns? Recently . . .
One of Bloomberg’s pet politicians, Ralph Northam, whom Bloomberg spent over a million dollars to get elected as Lt. Governor of Virginia, spelled out the plan during a “gun violence” symposium. The event turned out to be a gun control meeting discussing a strategy of trickery and deception to get firearm restrictions passed through legislatures by hiding it in bills dealing with mental health.
My friend Philip Van Cleave, the President of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, was at the meeting and reported that Northam was very candid about the plan and the sneak attack strategies for bypassing committees and public comment, and preventing rights groups from being able to mount opposition until it’s too late. He particularly lauded the Connecticut and New York models where both states used “emergency” legislation to pass draconian bills with no hearings, no committee votes, and no public input. He also discussed strategies to gain support from rights leaders by quietly negotiating deals to keep a bill “clean” and leave out overt anti-rights provisions, while concealing the provisions that seriously threaten rights.
It isn’t often that we hear anti-rights extremists openly admitting their true strategies and objectives. Someone has probably since suggested to Mr. Northam that the first rule in executing an effective, secret plan might be to not announce the details of the plan in advance.
All of which sounds bad, but in reality is nothing more than mere fear mongering by gunfetishists on the right. Because nobody wants to take away your guns. Politicians have stood up and told us this time and time and time again.
And politicians never ever lie.
Stop it with the breathless hyperbole and trust in the virtue of your dear leaders, for Chrissakes. What are you, anti-patriotic? Paranoid? Because if it’s the latter, they have cures for that now, powerful drugs, therapy…and you can get the help you need, comrade.
(h/t geoff B)
So notes David Freddoso, citing decreasing confidence in and/or favorability for the law among many Democrats.
Fortunately, what’s really happening is that many Democrats are learning that they were never part of Obama’s base — that their rote determination or their habitual and perfunctory inclination to always vote Democrat has led them to empower those among the New Left, once vehement critics of the Democrat Party, who have taken the party over, keeping its name but not its governing philosophy.
That is, they are waking up — and upon doing so, they realize that all the noise they’ve been picking up about the evils of conservatives and teabaggers may just have been a tad misleading, and that they have themselves, through their own intellectual indolence and an incurious complacency, proved the cause of their own current suffering.
Elections have consequences. I know this, because I heard a dem-God say it. Then he went out and became his very own performative.
The threat that Obamacare could end up shutting down volunteer firehouses, the site not working again, the administrators demanding bonuses and raises . . . rough end of the week for Obamacare. But things had to get better this weekend, right?
Behold, members of Congress and their staff, unable to purchase insurance through the exchanges. I’ll give you a moment to stop laughing at the hardships of other people.
Congress itself is now having so much trouble signing up for the Obamacare exchanges that late Friday the top administrator in the House of Representatives laid out a backup plan in case lawmakers and staff can’t get through the process by the time their enrollment ends Monday.
The red flags started reaching critical mass Thursday and Friday, when some staff and members of Congress told House administrators they were having trouble enrolling through the Washington health exchange, known as DC Health Link. The D.C. exchange is the official signup portal for Congress, where members must go to get health care through their job.
Then the state of California decided that they could do whatever they wanted with the personal information that insurance shoppers typed into the site:
Raising concerns about consumer privacy, California’s health exchange has given insurance agents the names and contact information for tens of thousands of people who went online to check out coverage but didn’t ask to be contacted.
The Covered California exchange said it started handing out this consumer information this week as part of a pilot program to help people enroll ahead of a Dec. 23 deadline to have health insurance in place by Jan. 1.
State officials said they are only trying to help potential customers find insurance and sign up in time. But some insurance brokers and consumers who were contacted said they were astonished by the state’s move.
“I’m shocked and dumbfounded,” said Sam Smith, an Encino insurance broker and president of the California Assn. of Health Underwriters, an industry group.
Smith said he was under the impression from the exchange that these consumers had requested assistance. He received the names of two consumers this week but has not yet contacted them.
And they wonder why people don’t trust the government!
Then we learned the implementation in Maryland was even worse than anyone imagined:
Although state officials have provided the public scant detail about the troubled launch of Maryland’s version of Obamacare, emails and documents show that the project was beset behind the scenes for months by an array of technical issues, warring contractors and other problems.
Since Maryland’s online health exchange opened Oct. 1 for people to buy insurance under the Affordable Care Act — and immediately crashed — the two main companies in charge of the website have taken their fight to court, a corporate project manager was replaced and a high-powered consulting firm was quietly brought in to restore order. Though state officials initially said the crash of the online exchange was an unexpected and fixable problem, emails and documents obtained by The Baltimore Sun through state open-records laws outline serious issues before and after the launch.
The revelations came just days before Rebecca Pearce, the head of the exchange, resigned. State officials announced that move Friday night and pulled Carolyn Quattrocki from the governor’s health reform office to serve as an interim replacement.
Just two weeks before the launch, Pearce visited the prime contractor’s Linthicum headquarters and found a room of empty seats. She fired off an email questioning the company’s commitment to resolve problems and reminding the contractors of what was at stake: “Tonight, I am begging. I don’t know how else to say it: we have got to make this a reality.”
Finally, remember all of those administration officials telling the public to use paper applications if the website wasn’t working? Well, now they’re not so sure there’s time to process all of those:
Federal health officials, after encouraging alternate sign-up methods amid the fumbled rollout of their online insurance website, began quietly urging counselors around the country this week to stop using paper applications to enroll people in health insurance because of concerns those applications would not be processed in time.
Interviews with enrollment counselors, insurance brokers and a government official who works with navigators in Illinois reveal the latest change in direction by the Obama administration, which had been encouraging paper applications and other means because of all the problems with the federal website. Consumers must sign up for insurance under the federal health overhaul by Dec. 23 in order for coverage to start in January.
“We received guidance from the feds recommending that folks apply online as opposed to paper,” said Mike Claffey, spokesman for the Illinois Department of Insurance.
After a conference call earlier this week with federal health officials, Illinois health officials sent a memo Thursday to their roughly 1,600 navigators saying there is no way to complete marketplace enrollment through a paper application. The memo, which Claffey said was based on guidance from federal officials, said paper applications should be used only if other means aren’t available.
So yeah, it was as bad a weekend for Washington-run health care as it was for the Washington Redskins.
At this point, I’m surprised ObamaCare doesn’t just tell all the politicians and bureaucrats to sod off and repeal itself — if for no other reason than to save itself from such daily embarrassments. I mean, the poor thing didn’t ask for any of this while it was sitting in some leftist’s hope chest, waiting to be dusted off and passed by a single party so that we could all get to see what’s in it.
Honestly. This is becoming like the worst episode of “Storage Wars” ever.
Courtesy RI Red, “Federal glitches ‘devastating’ for HealthSource RI”:
The Obama administration’s botched launch of the health law’s online marketplaces has created problems for Rhode Island even though the state’s own locally built system has been working well, HealthSource RI executive director Christine Ferguson acknowledged Thursday.
“For us what happened at the federal level has been somewhat devastating,” Ferguson said during a taping of myRITV’s Executive Suite. “If you think about marketing – anytime you have to do marketing or sales, if you’ve got some huge thing that’s affecting your ability to get your message out, it seriously dampens your ability to do it.”
“Initially … I downplayed it,” Ferguson said of the impact. “But at this point it’s affecting us.”
But don’t fret. Ferguson is optimistic nevertheless:
HealthSource RI processed 4,405 completed applications for insurance between Oct. 1 and Nov. 2, with 3,213 of those enrolling in Medicaid, the government program for lower-income Americans, and 1,192 enrolling in private plans. More up-to-date enrollment data won’t be released until next week, but Ferguson said the trend is up.
“It’s increasing on a weekly, daily basis,” she said. “Given all the stuff that’s happening on the federal level, it is still encouraging because we are moving in the right direction – not as fast as I would like, but I’m competitive anyway; it’s never going to be fast enough for me.”
Individuals have until Dec. 23 to sign up for insurance coverage and have it take effect at the start of the year. Open enrollment for partial-year coverage is scheduled to continue through March 31, “but at this rate it wouldn’t surprise me if the federal government changed that, too,” Ferguson said.
HealthSource RI is seeking an annual administrative budget of $17 million to $20 million, according to Ferguson – not the widely cited figure of nearly $26 million contained in state budget documents for 2014-15. She said the higher figure includes one-time federal money that won’t be used again.
A budget of $17 million to $20 million is “a number that we’ve put out as a possible range, but the legislature has to act, the governor still hasn’t made a decision, so we’re in the process of working those things through,” Ferguson said. No decision has been made about how to pay for HealthSource’s annual budget once federal money runs out in 2015.
Who needs decisions? What you have going for you is leftist economics: just pretend you have the money, spend it, and accrue debt that you have no intention of ever having to pay back, and that will somehow magically resolve itself because, well, SOCIAL JUSTICE.
So long as a big budget is allotted for administration and government service work, that’s all that really matters. That people will be receiving inferior health care at higher rates and less choice? That’s the price we have to be willing to pay for equality. And many politicians who don’t have to worry about participating in the flawed system are willing to pay that price for us.
God bless ‘em.
Silly Hobbit. Doesn’t he understand that words like “unconstitutionality” cause people’s eyes to glaze over? Is that really how the GOP wants to be seen as a brand — as people bogged down in questions of doctrinal minutia when, say, telling off a teacher and posting it to YouTube is so much more exciting and salable? Washington Examiner:
By implementing Obamacare through “unilateral executive fiat,” President Obama undermined the Constitution’s separation of powers in a way that “threatens the liberty of every American,” according to Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.
“There is no clearer example of the Obama administration’s abusive view of federal power than its implementation of Obamacare,” Cruz said in a summary of “the Obama administration’s attempt to expand federal power.” This is the second installation in a series on “the legal limit” of Obama’s authority.
Cruz focuses on the president’s delay of certain Obamacare provisions, beginning with the delays of the health insurance requirements, the employer mandate, and the delay of the out of pocket caps that limit the amount of money consumers have to spend on their own care.
“Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution requires the President to ‘take care that the laws be faithfully executed,’” Cruz says in the report while discussing the delay of the insurance requirements. “Categorically refusing to enforce laws is the opposite of fulfilling this constitutional duty. Yet that is precisely what President Obama has done with Obamacare.”
Cruz explains the legal problem with congressional staffers receiving a subsidy for the individual health insurance plans they must purchase through the exchanges: Federal law only allows the subsidies to go to people with group insurance plans.
“So just like average Americans, these individual congressional staffers will have to purchase a plan for themselves,” the report says. “This is not a ‘group’ insurance plan covering a number of different people. This is an individual plan. So the government lacks authority to subsidize the plans that official congressional staff buy through the Obamacare exchanges. But the president did so anyway.”
He also takes aim at the contraception mandate promulgated by the Department of Health and Human Services.
“Importantly, the issue is not whether individual citizens will have access to contraceptives,” Cruz writes. “There is no doubt that every American will retain the right to purchase contraceptives, and Obamacare does nothing to change that. Rather, the issue is whether the federal government can force other Americans to pay for those contraceptives—contrary to their deeply held religious faith.”
“To preserve the rule of law, we must restore the balance of power that ensures our laws are executed as written,” Cruz concludes. “We are a nation of laws, not men, and the Obama administration’s willful disregard of the Constitution threatens the liberty of every American.”
Wait, first the Constitutional issue, now you want to talk about executing laws as they were ostensibly intended — as in, you want to talk about the importance of appealing to legislative intent when speaking of overreach by an executive or even the courts?
Sorry. Now you’ve really lost the pragmatists. You may as well just put on some whale noises and give them an electric blanket, some warm milk, and a nap pod.
Wake the realists up when you have some idea about how better to sell the GOP to Hispanics, Senator. Aside from your partial Hispanic heritage, I mean. Because until then, you’re a hindrance to the brand, not a help. Unless you can rap, or maybe like to have Sarah Silverman over for movie night.