Here are 12 Democrats who voted ObamaCare into law. They continue to lie about how this overreaching healthcare law is going to benefit all Americans. It is a disaster that is just getting worse.
After spending much of the past two months pinning the blame for October’s federal government shutdown on Republicans, it seems leftist Democrats would be the last ones advocating for another one. The party’s leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, however, is doing precisely that.
In an apparent effort to hamstring GOP legislators, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer said he would oppose any proposed continuing resolution that retained spending cuts enacted during sequestration.
A bipartisan, bicameral budget negotiation is currently taking place between Republican Rep. Paul Ryan and Democrat Sen. Patty Murray. Should their discussions break down, GOP leaders are prepared to present a continuing resolution that would provide nearly $1 trillion in spending for the upcoming fiscal year, leaving sequestration cuts in place.
“I believe that hurts our national security,” Hoyer said, “it hurts our economy and it undermines our responsibility of running government at a level that is productive for our people.”
Aside from the leftist faithful, one struggles to recall an instance of government productivity. Hoyer, however, is demanding more money for the bloated federal behemoth under threat of another shutdown.
When conservative Republicans took a stand against a healthcare law that has since devolved into an unmitigated disaster, Democrats roundly derided them as obstructionists. Mere weeks later, one of the most prominent Democrats in the nation is proposing the same result for a much less noble cause.
He wants to hijack the American taxpayer for even more money that will then be squandered by Washington, D.C. bureaucrats. Anything short of that goal, he contends, is utterly unacceptable and should be met with the utmost resistance.
Considering the damage leftists claim the last shutdown had on Obama’s approval numbers, the blowback that would result if his own party initiated one could be even more devastating. That thought alone should provide Republicans with enough incentive to remain steadfast on preserving those sequestration cuts.
–B. Christopher Agee
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Despite a glee-filled report dated Oct 22nd from a stereotypical ABC News nerd – dark rimmed glasses, plaid shirt, orange tie, and hair combed like one of the gang at TMZ – insisting the Democrats’ government shutdown would hurt Republicans next year, no one really believes that. Americans didn’t believe the shamelessly left weighted polls last month; and they don’t believe them today, if they even remember them.
It’s a sure thing, however, that the Left wishes they could roll out some more fake polls to help Barack Obama out of his sink hole; but that’s not happening.
Because the Obama sandcastle is washing away so quickly, it is hard to say how far Obamacare has dragged him down. Is he at 42% approval as one of the “faker” polls had him earlier last week? Is he down to 38% approval? Or is that 37 or even 36%? The speed of his fall is dizzying.
A better way to gauge the destructive effect of Obama’s naked assault on America is examining the havoc it is bringing to his Party’s chances of regaining control of the House and holding the Senate next year.
A Morning Consult National Healthcare Tracking Poll gives us a peek at what the media would prefer we didn’t know about how Americans see the Obamacare disaster.
It says: Obamacare is at a net -12 approval and is upside down 28/63 with Independents, who trust Republicans to handle healthcare 58/42.
Sixty five percent believe Obama broke his promise (read: lied). While 29% (likely every one a Democrat) blames Republicans for the Obamacare mess (although not a single Republican voted for it), 40% blame the Democrats.
By 46/15, a recent Washington Post/ABC survey showed that Red State voters will be less likely to vote for a Senator who voted for Obamacare. The day of reckoning is coming for Democrats Mary Landrieu in Louisiana, Mark Begich in Alaska, Mark Pryor in Arkansas, and Kay Hagan in North Carolina – who has lost all of a once-daunting 17 point lead against any potential Republican opponent in just six weeks.
These are the surveys that are most telling.
History is almost always best understood in retrospect. Only on rare occasion are we able to see events and immediately identify them as historical milestones. Most of these are harbingers of trouble in the making.
On the night of November 9th and 10th, 1938, following orders from their Fuhrer Adolph Hitler, Germany’s Nazis (who had steadily moved in a heretofore deliberate but low-key manner against the Jews) removed their masks and took their attacks to the streets. Under what had become the “Law of the land,” they burned the Jews’ synagogues, shops, and homes. They rounded up 30,000 Jewish citizens and put them in “legally maintained” death camps. Germany’s Nazis brushed aside all pretense of being civilized people who could be dealt with rationally. This savage attack is called Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass.
After their Kristallnacht, the Nazis stepped up their attacks on Jews and anyone else they hated. No amount of “worldwide condemnation” swayed them in the slightest.
There was not a peep from Germany’s media, which by that time had either joined the Nazis, become frozen in fear, or had been murdered for opposing them.
The Nazi’s Kristallnacht led to the murder of those whose continued existence was deemed not cost-effective. Anyone with a physical or mental defect was sent to a camp by completely legal “Death Panels.” Although Hitler was given power by a bare plurality in 1933, after Kristallnacht, anyone who wasn’t with them was an enemy who had to be destroyed; no one but Nazis had any rights. Hitler ran the courts, had the guns, and did everything according to “the law of the land.” He was answerable to no one because all his moves were “legal.”
On November 19, 2013, Americans experienced our “Night of Broken Glass” when the Democrats in the Senate decided that laws and procedures in place for hundreds of years are not as important as fulfilling the wishes of their Fuhrer. Their changes to our Senate’s rules means the Democrats have committed America’s Kristallnacht. They have cleared the way to use “the law of the land” to destroy our Constitution, which is the only barrier between us and 1938 Germany.
To ensure the success of his eugenic, fake “healthcare” program, Barack Obama can now follow the “law of the land” and thin us out by cutting off life support for the weakest and most vulnerable among us. He can import millions of new Democrat voters to take the place of “legally” eliminated Americans. They will vote to ensure that their own parasitical presence in America becomes “the law of the land” forever. America’s Fuhrer can now use Hitler-like fiats to “LEGALLY” ascend to the position of dictator.
There are, of course, those who will laugh at this notion. But when you hear their cackling, ask them who has their allegiance– the Constitution or Barack Obama. The answer will speak volumes.
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As Thanksgiving and Christmas approach, millions of families across the nation will join together for food, fellowship, and, according to the Democratic National Committee, contentious political arguments with stupid Republicans.
The DNC recently launched the outrageous site YourRepublicanUncle.com, which it says will prepare leftists to rebut criticisms of Barack Obama by conservative relatives.
According to the site, Democrats will soon be facing “lively discussions with Republican relatives about politics,” explaining that their positions will sometimes be “laced with statements that are just not true.”
Considering the active role the DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz had in promulgating Obama’s repetitive lies regarding his healthcare plan, the committee should be considered an expert in “statements that are just not true.”
Nevertheless, this bitterly partisan website offers four categories of talking points – economy, healthcare, climate, and immigration – to use against the evil Republicans that infiltrate wholesome Democrat families.
Obviously, these lists are filled with the same propaganda one might hear at a White House press briefing. Perhaps more disturbing is the vitriol with which the DNC refers to the imaginary Republican uncle for whom the site is named.
In reference to climate, for instance, the debate is described as “97% of scientists vs. your Republican uncle.”
There are numerous other pejoratives and jabs directed at these “family members who spend too much time listening to Rush Limbaugh” included on the site. An invitation letter written by DNC Digital Director Matt Compton described the site as a resource for “information you need to answer a bonkers question” about Obama “or the perfect fact to respond to a ridiculous argument about the Affordable Care Act.”
Compton goes on to conclude that “nothing ruins a slice of pecan pie faster” than talking to a politically engaged conservative.
The website is mobile friendly, which means leftists won’t even need to leave the table to access half-truths and blatant lies regarding Obama’s disastrous presidency.
In the end, the only thing this initiative proves is that, given the proper motivation, Democrats actually can produce an operational website.
–B. Christopher Agee
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Hawaii is a place so completely run by Democrats that they can sometimes forget “the cameras are on.” Because death or actual incarnation are the only ways a Democrat in Hawaii can lose his/her seat, they can afford to be their true phony selves without fear of Election Day problems.
All their talk about protecting the weak and downtrodden in society – the kind only aimed at Republicans on the mainland – is dispensed with when they are truly alone as they are in the Aloha State. A recent report reminds us of this.
Secure in the electoral safety of living thousands of miles from America’s mainland, Democrat State Rep. Tom Brower, a homeless hating thug, has started his own campaign against homeless Hawaiians. He roams the streets of his district day and night with a sledgehammer; and upon spotting what he deems to be a “homeless” shopping cart (even if it contains someone’s personal possessions), he smashes it as a warning to homeless people to die or somehow disappear.
In a move reminiscent of the free Greyhound bus trips Old South Democrats offered to rid themselves of African Americans, he encourages his prey to take one of the free flights to the mainland the compassionate Democrats offer.
The proud Democrat had this to say about his crusade against defenseless homeless people:
“If I see shopping carts that I can’t identify, I will destroy them so they can’t be pushed on the streets. I want to do something practical that will really clean up the streets. If someone is sleeping at night on the bus stop, I don’t do anything, but if they are sleeping during the day, I’ll walk up and say, ‘Get your ass moving.”
By his own estimate, he has destroyed at least thirty carts in just the past two weeks.
Brower’s savagery begs these questions: Can you imagine what would be happening if he had an R after his name? Have you noticed that, as is always the case when a Democrat is in the White House, there are NO homeless people in Washington D.C.?
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Last Friday, Representative Jared Polis, a progressive Congressman from Colorado, suggested that to fix the mess created by Obamacare’s implementation, we need to accept amnesty for illegal immigrants. He favors the passage of House Resolution 15, which would provide a roadmap to citizenship for most immigrants who are here illegally. “If we can pass H.R. 15, people who are here illegally will have to get insurance on their own instead of forcing Americans to pay for their insurance,” said Mr. Polis.
In other words, the key to fixing the mess caused by this progressive disaster is more progressive reformation. We just need to get more people under this system so that this system will start working. Apparently, the problem with the healthcare.gov website and hotline is that there is not enough traffic; so increasing the number of people trying to enroll will decrease the wait-time. Who knew? In all seriousness, only a slavish ideologue would call for more of what caused the problem in the first place. It’s the same caliber of cerebral fortitude demonstrated by the Vice President’s famous affirmation that we must spend our way out of debt.
Putting aside the galactic amount of illogical chutzpah Representative Polis exhibits, his words underscore an important truth. The Democratic Spin-Machine will find a way to capitalize on this debacle. With the exception of Nancy Pelosi, they seem to be moving past the denial phase and are already looking for a way to spin this to their advantage. Among the ideas I imagine being tossed around the Obama War Room right now are “Blame Bush”, “Healthcare is Racist”, “Website Designers Were Overly-Concussed Former NFL Players”, “It’s All the Fault of Bush & Cheney”, and “Sinister Plot Hatched by the Koch Brothers and Matt Kibbe and The NRA.”
The truth is, as much as the utter failure of Obamacare feels like conservative Christmas come early, progressives will not let their crown jewel tarnish this easily. Obamacare goes far beyond the European socialist guise it was sold under; it is the vehicle for hard-left statist reformation. As Representative Louis Gohmert discussed recently, he recently found a provision in the Obamacare law allowing the President to create a commissioned and non-commissioned officer corps that will be tasked with being ready to “meet both routine and public health and emergency response missions.” As Rep. Gohmert notes, “It says it is for international health crises, but then it doesn’t include the word ‘health’ when it talks about national emergencies.” What does this have to do with affordable health care? And why would we need additional government forces from the Department of Health and Human Services to deal with non-health related national emergencies?
Both the Commissioned Corps and the Ready Reserve Corps are in addition to the newly-bolstered IRS ranks, currently training with AR-15s. If you remember, AR-15s are the “military style” assault weapons the President believes don’t belong in the hands of non-military personnel. The fact that he trains his accountants with them means one of two things; either a) he no longer believes that non-military personnel should be prevented from possessing these rifles, or b) the IRS is now a branch of our military.
To say that they believe in this law and will fight for it using any means necessary is to acknowledge the Chicago school of politics that spawned the President, Valerie Jarrett, and other members of the Obamas’ inner circle. When the questions get tough, the maxim of Chicago politicians is to find/manufacture dirt on your opponent to deflect attention. After all, it was his former chief-of-staff (now Mayor of Chicago) who famously quipped, “You can never let a serious crisis go to waste.” Has there been a more serious structural crisis in recent memory? So the only question is, how will they distract the nation long enough to enact a “fix” for Obamacare? Thus far, the fingerprints on the steering wheel of this Hindenburg are solely Democratic (and that can’t sit well with DNC leadership.)
The most troubling prospect would be if they decide to bring Boehner and McConnell into the fold. Thus far, the Speaker and the Minority Leader have had to drool in secret over Obamacare’s progressive potential, as the heroic efforts of a conservative few in both the Senate and the House have held their feet to the fire. But neither man is on the side of Liberty, as demonstrated by their unwillingness to derail this monstrosity when their support might have done just that. The truth is that Obamacare represents enormous power over the lives of Americans, and that appeals to progressives on both sides of the aisle. It is possible that this situation becomes so politically toxic to the President and his devotees that they are forced to bring the Republican leadership in both houses of Congress on-board in order to shore up support and position potential blame-targets for future failures.
A patriot would refuse, knowing that this millstone has the potential to set the progressive agenda back a couple of decades; but Speaker Boehner and Senator McConnell will never be known for their stalwart patriotism. If the President, Senator Reid, and Secretary Sebellius sat down with Boehner and McConnell, offering them the opportunity to help “fix” Obamacare, I have no doubt that whatever paltry shred of conservatism still held by the Speaker and the Minority Leader would evaporate faster than a thrill can travel up the leg of Chris Mathews.
The President has no better option; and given the gutless leadership demonstrated by Boehner, McConnell, Cantor, et al, he would likely succeed in recruiting their support, provided the carrot dangled is juicy enough. I fear that getting buy-in from the GOP in both houses would serve everyone nicely, except the American people still stuck under the onerous law they keep trying to fix. This is the hand for which Boehner has been waiting. He doesn’t want to scrap Obamacare; he wants to steer it.
Earlier this month, Democratic National Convention Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz proclaimed her party would proudly run on the virtues of ObamaCare as the 2014 midterm election season approaches. Considering the lies and incompetence surrounding the unpopular law’s implementation, many conservatives are hoping that is exactly what its leftist supporters do.
The prediction that campaigning on this boondoggle would send more voters to the GOP was bolstered recently through a poll conducted by CNN and ORC International. Continuing a trend that began with a miserable roll out of the ObamaCare enrollment site HealthCare.gov, Democrats are now losing to Republicans in a generic congressional poll.
Though results remain close, the poll shows the GOP leads by two percentage points among voters who were asked which party they would vote for next year.
In a similar poll conducted by CNN last month, Republicans trailed by eight points.
The news network, which has itself struggled in the ratings due in large part to its blatant leftist bias, explained that ObamaCare was the likely cause of this shift.
As individuals across the nation continue to receive cancellation notices from their insurers, it becomes increasingly obvious that Obama lied when selling his program to voters. The fact that the website designed to facilitate enrollment is largely useless simply adds to the distrust Americans have toward this administration.
Still, Obama minions like Schultz believe that public sentiment will once again turn in the law’s favor.
For Republicans seeking a majority stake in the U.S. Senate next year, such a Democrat strategy could be more effective than any advertising campaign they could imagine.
The stars seem to be aligning for a GOP victory, though often ineffective legislators in that party have been known to squander such electoral advantages in the past. If Republicans can stay out of their own way until Election Day, however, a renewed conservative movement could put this nation back on the right track again.
Thanks to their own blind allegiance to Obama and the federal government, leftist legislators appear to be resigned to minority status in the next congressional session. Furthermore, because of the shortsightedness of Senate Majority Harry Reid, they would be left without even the option of a filibuster.
–B. Christopher Agee
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Obama’s uneasiness with Generals
A hallmark of dictators is the purging of senior military officers in the hope of eliminating any viable opposition to future tyrannical actions. A large number of senior military officials–around 200 flag officers–have been relieved by the Kenyan Muslim in Chief in the last five years.
Obama is working diligently to create a totally obedient, Democrat Party-controlled military. After the Arab Spring uprising overthrew the old government and installed Muslim Brotherhood President Muhammed Morsi in Egypt, both Morsi and Obama expected Egyptian Military officers to subordinate themselves to the whims of a tyrant with Washington and terrorist connections. Obama watched that experiment closely because it was essential to his roadmap to total power in the United States.
Compliant Officer Class
The blogosphere is becoming keenly aware of an ongoing purge of Generals and Admirals in the US Military who are not in lock-step with Obama’s agenda. Senior military officers are being intimidated against speaking out. The real damage will be created if the left create a “compliant officer class” to carry out the wishes of America’s first elected dictator of the modern era. What is going to stop the Kenyan from ordering the Armed forces to suppress insurgent Tea Partiers?
Obama has a history of destroying any opposition, and the mainstream press has always been more than willing to help him out. If Obama succeeds, leaders of the U.S. Armed Forces will not have the backbone to tell the political class “no” to future commands. Even today, there are few combat Generals in the ranks; most senior officers are political animals. That is why there was little opposition to the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”. If any officer spoke up, they were first booted out of the cocktail parties and later drummed out the military. In the service, this is called a “Soft kill” of someone’s military career.
Retired Army Lt. Gen. James Dubik told Politico Magazine that “There are several basic models of civil-military relations.” The first is the traditional one of separate spheres of authority: “Civilians do policy; the military executes”—but still decides the means of execution. In a second model, “Civilians are the principals, the military are specialized employees. The military can advise, but they must do what the boss says in the way the boss wants, no more and no less.” He points out the separation of the military from civilian leaders where the leadership sets policy and the military executes.
Unfortunately, too many politicians expect military officers to be their unquestioning loyal servants. This breeds discontent among the ranks. Politicians tend to be short-sighted, whereas the traditional military must plan for all contingencies. The Obama administration does not have a grasp of this concept, nor will they. As in Syria, Libya, and Egypt the administration didn’t have a clue as to the long-term effects of their policies. They were interested only in focusing on favorable political spin for Sunday morning talk shows. But bombing something or killing someone as a symbolic gesture has consequences.
Gen. Paul Eaton sums it up best when he said “The military does not take kindly to people asking them to do things without thinking them through.”