He Came Amongst Us
This quote from Chris Matthews discussing his interview with the president really says it all: “He came to us today. He came amongst us.” Chris “tingles up his leg” Matthews is awe-inspired by the fact that the Anointed One came down from his Heavenly perch and spoke to his most ardent supporters at MSNBC.
Give me a break. This idolization of Obama is unhealthy. He is our president, elected to protect our Constitution, he isn't a God. So many in the liberal media want to treat him as such. Matthews has already declared Obama to be “perfect,” which is why it is impossible for people like him to comprehend how Obama failed so miserably when it comes to ObamaCare.
Gallup polling out today finds that 52% of Americans support scaling back or repealing ObamaCare. The numbers continue to slide out of Obama's favor. I've told you about his huge loss of support among Millenials. A majority disapprove of the president and would go as far as to remove him from office. A majority also disapprove of ObamaCare. A recent United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection poll finds the following among Millenials: “18 percent of respondents in this age group said it was 'very likely' ObamaCare would be repealed by Congress next year, while 33 percent said it was 'somewhat likely' the law would be done away with.” It's not that they want ObamaCare to be repealed but they expect it to be repealed.
But this is where we are, and judging by the stories I'm about to share here, Democrats are still in a heap of trouble, despite their best efforts to appear calm, positive and united.
Mistletoe Sale Gets 11-year-old Girl Booted From Portland Market
This past weekend, Madison Root, an 11-year-old from Portland was removed from a Portland market for selling mistletoe. Ashton Root, Madison's father, joined Sean on the NewsMaker Hotline to discuss the incident. "She had an idea to make some money to help pay for her braces,’’ said her father. A private security guard for the market told Madison and her dad that they were violating city code (specifically Chapter 20.12.020, “Soliciting For or Conducting Business” in a public park). Under the rule, it's illegal to “sell or offer to sell any article or service” without a permit. "There were people right next to me with signs that said, 'Got pot?' said Madison who was on the phone with her father. "They're raising money for pot!" "We understand the rule,' Ashton said. "But here she was selling mistletoe and all around her were people playing music for money, or asking for money for pot, or just spare change. We’re allowing people to beg, but not to sell; it seems like there should be some sort of exception." For more on this story please click here.
Is Barack Obama aware that he is the Commander-in-Chief and not a salesman? Today marks a new concerted effort on the part of this administration to sell ObamaCare to the American people. They still think their main problem is their sales pitch.
The problem is that Healthcare.gov still isn't up to private sector standards. The failure of the website to handle traffic is absurd, but there is another bigger issue for those who have already attempted to use the site. According to the Washington Post, as many as one-third of people who think they've enrolled in ObamaCare may not actually be covered come January 1st. That's right – mistakes in the enrollment forms could effect as many as one-third of those who think they've signed up for coverage.
Americans are having a hard time trusting government right now as it is. The fact that their information is not secure doesn't exactly entice people into giving up their most private information. This system relies on a need for trust, which is currently absent. And unfortunately for Americans, and politically for Democrats, things are likely to get worse. As Marc Thiessen in the Washington Post writes, the website is not really the problem. He's absolutely right. The website is nothing more than a reflection of incompetence, but the underlying issues of ObamaCare are what Americans are stressing about and what Democrats will be held accountable for in 2014.
But if we hunker down and wait until 2017, ObamaCare will work splendidly by then, right? Wrong. By then, if not repealed, we will simply have resigned ourselves to the mediocrity of our new government-run healthcare system. Democrats would rather us “settle” for ObamaCare than fight for better coverage, better care, more competition and a lower costs.
Here are some stories about ObamaCare that I'm almost positive the president will not be touting on his sales tour...
More Website Work Remains
Sean welcomed Washington insider Jamie Dupree to Tuesday's show to discuss the ongoing work on the disastrous HealthCare.gov website. Dupree explained that while many improvements to the site have been made, there is still quite of work left to be done. Federal officials acknowledged that more work is needed on the "back end" of the site, to make sure that consumers actually get health coverage and that insurance companies get the information they need to start those policies. However, The Washington Post reported that "enrollment records for a significant portion" of those who have signed up on healthcare.gov could contain errors, affecting "roughly one-third" of enrollees. To read Jamie Dupree's column on WSBRadio.com click here.
There is virtually nothing that the Left isn't willing to politicize, and that includes holidays. Obama's Organizing for America is trying to make ObamaCare a part of your Thanksgiving celebration. They are encouraging Americans to discuss ObamaCare talking points around the dinner table.
There's no doubt that ObamaCare may be a point of discussion amongst families, but not for the reason Obama propagandists would like. Millions of Americans are facing the prospect of lost coverage, losing their doctors or re-working their budgets to account for the increased price of premiums. Americans may be consuming turkey this Thanksgiving, but they aren't buying OFA's ObamaCare baloney.
Do have any idea where the president is right now? He is out West, in Hollywood and elsewhere, fundraising for Democrats. With all of the troubles he is facing and a new self-imposed ObamaCare deadline looming, it's a bit absurd that this is what the president has time for. Remember last week when he couldn't attend a commemoration for the 150th anniversary for the Gettysburg address? Obama finds time for what is convenient and what he wants to do, but not necessarily for what is always best for the country.
Obama's trip out West is nothing more than an attempt to distract from the real failures of his administration. If you'll notice, he's still trying (and failing) to push immigration reform to the forefront of the conversation. The Hill points out the White House has apparently attempted to pivot – for the fifth time this year – to the economy. It notes that this is a transparent attempt to shift the focus from ObamaCare and the disastrous rollout of the exchanges.
More Government Waste
It's astounding the amount of wasted money that our government manages to spend on pointless projects.
CNS News has two more examples of outrageous spending.
First, we have the Department of Education which spent $20.3 million to fight “isms.” That's right, over the last three years we've spent over $20 million to help school boards fight “all of the –isms, like racism, ableism, orientation, etc.,” in our schools.
Then we have the TSA which spent $900 million – almost a $1 billion! – over the last five years on behavior detection officers. Their job is to detect terrorists in airports. Five years and $900 million later, they've detected zero terrorists. Zero. In light of this fact, the Government Accountability Office recommends that Congress put an end to this program. The technique of behavioral profiling isn't bad, but the private sector could do it a lot more effectively and less costly.
The government isn't good at a lot of things, but it has perfected the art of spending a lot of money on projects that don't necessarily gain us any return on investment.