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.
A Bad Deal On Iran
Over the weekend, the United States along with five other countries agreed to a deal on Iran's nuclear capabilities. The only people who seem very pleased with the deal are the Iranians and the Obama administration. Should that worry us?
Here are the basics of what this deal entails:
Iran will not have to give up virtually any aspect of its current nuclear endeavors, but would simply be forced to temporarily stop certain portions of its nuclear program. For example, it must stop the installation of new centrifuges but it can still construct centrifuges and does not require them to get rid of any current centrifuges. It must cap its stockpile of enriched uranium but it gets to keep its enriched uranium and continue enrichment at low levels. It agrees not to commission its heavy water reactor in Arak, capable of producing weapons-grade plutonium, but it keeps the reactor in place. It must agree to new, enhanced inspections but this assumes we can trust that they will give access to ALL relevant material and no secret sites exist.
In return, Iran will see an ease of $7 billion in economic sanctions (some say that figure is closer to $20 billion), which is what brought them to the bargaining table to begin with. If Iran adheres to the agreement, in return they will not see increased sanctions placed upon various aspects of their economy.
In other words, the current deal does nothing to stop Iran's future nuclear ambitions (this is just temporary) and it certainly doesn't diminish anything that they currently have in place. So the world gets no concessions while Iran reaps the benefits of lifted sanctions. Is this supposed to be a win-win for the world?
So what does all of this mean? Some believe that this deal will still lead to Iran becoming a nuclear state, only delayed by a little time. K.T. McFarland writes, “It would seem inevitable then, that in the years ahead Iran will become a de facto nuclear state, and a nuclear arms race in the Middle East will ensue. The prudent thing now is for the United States to make plans accordingly ...” An arms race in the Middle East … is that really the legacy Obama (the Nobel Peace prize winner) wants to leave us with?
Keeping Focused on ObamaCare
There are some who speculate that the timing of the Iranian nuclear deal is quite suspicious and happened now in order to distract from the disaster that is ObamaCare. I wouldn't put it past this administration, who is so deeply concerned about controlling the message.
Here are some of the latest reports related to ObamaCare and the failed rollout of the exchanges…(read)
Obama Sinks With ObamaCare
If Obama was intending to excite the base last night on his conference call with Organizing for Action - which was mired by its own technical glitches - he apparently failed to do so. I've heard the call described as "morose" or "lack luster." He even misspoke and claimed that over 100 million Americans had already enrolled in ObamaCare. But the call was anything but "inspiring" or "exciting." I can't blame him. After all, the failed rollout of ObamaCare and its exchanges has led to a plummeting of Obama's approval rating. A new poll today from ABC/Washington Post has Obama's approval at an all-time low for their records at just 42%. As ObamaCare stumbles out of the gate and Obama's lies are exposed, his approval sinks like a rock. These numbers reflect a 13 point drop just this year and a 6 point drop in the past month alone. In fact, the numbers are so bad that if the 2012 election were held today, Mitt Romney would be elected president . That's stunning.Polls numbers are sinking all around the president. ObamaCare has its highest disapproval rating to date with 57% of Americans opposed to the law. In a dramatic shift, a new Gallup poll finds that a majority of Americans (56%) no longer believe it is the government's role to make sure that all Americans have healthcare, which is a record high. That has reversed since 2009, before ObamaCare was passed.
What's In A Poll?
Speaking of the ABC/Washington Post poll: The number of Americans who believe the country is on the wrong track is up 13 points in the last six months, reaching 70% in the latest poll. Obama's numbers related to his honesty, trustworthiness and leadership are all down dramatically. He's lost significant support (at least 20 points since January) among two key core constituencies: Independents and young people. A notable difference this time around is that Obama's popularity has sunk as well; no longer are Americans separating his failed policies from the man himself. I also want to point out something that the Democrats are doing and that is pulling away from the use of the word "ObamaCare." It's become a semi-joke, but it seems as though many Americans do not understand that there is a difference between ObamaCare and the Affordable Care Act. The problem for Democrats is that ObamaCare has become associated with the negative aspects of the rollout, incompetence, etc. So after embracing ObamaCare for a time, Democrats have seemingly decided to switch back to the Affordable Care Act and pray that many Americans aren't aware that we are really talking about the same thing. So it goes in Washington.
Gettysburg Address: 150 Years Later
Today marks the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. The famous remarks were made in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in 1863 and marked a pivotal point in this nation's history. As many gather to reflect on this day, there is one person whose presence is notably absent from any related events: Barack Obama. For a president who has often been compared, and tied himself, to Lincoln, the snub has rubbed many the wrong way. Instead, Obama will remain in Washington to address the Wall Street Journal CEO Council's annual meeting at the Four Seasons Hotel. Even if Obama himself did not make the decision not to commemorate this occasion, somebody in the White House should have the good sense to realize the optics of Obama's absence. It's yet another misstep for an administration that could use all the help it can get. Americans of past and present deserve better, particularly on this historic day.