After the loss of his father, Germanicus, little Caligula grew up to be an odder boy and an even more bizarre man. As Emperor, Caligula appointed his horse to be a Senator in the Roman Senate. So is it any wonder that a boy raised by wolves appoints his handsome cook to a senior policy position?
In Obama besotted Washington such an insular appointment does not trigger the revulsion it should. Want to advance in life? Get a job for a rich and powerful family and you too can go from cook to policy adviser. With all the many unemployed nutritional experts and short order cooks in the nation few bat an eyelash that Obama’s cook gets to be a policy maker too. But such is the disconnect from America and bitter and clingy Americans, that this daft disconnected executive displays at every turn.
Now that the cook is raised to tribune status, it is the dog who flies on his own jet, the eponymous BO, we expect to soon be named a Senator or perhaps Canine Excelsior in charge of recreational activities.
The Obama disconnect can be understood by examining the latest poll data from Politico.
America is struggling with a sputtering economy and high unemployment — but times are booming for Washington’s governing class.
The massive expansion of government under President Barack Obama has basically guaranteed a robust job market for policy professionals, regulators and contractors for years to come. The housing market, boosted by the large number of high-income earners in the area, many working in politics and government, is easily outpacing the markets in most of the country. And there are few signs of economic distress in hotels, restaurants or stores in the D.C. metro area.
As a result, there is a yawning gap between the American people and D.C.’s powerful when it comes to their economic reality — and their economic perceptions.
A new POLITICO poll, conducted by market research and consulting firm Penn Schoen Berland, underscores the big divide: Roughly 45 percent of “Washington elites” said the country and the economy are headed in the right direction, while roughly 25 percent of the general population said they felt that way.“
The disconnect is highlighted by the fact that the poll itself is skewed away from present day reality:
“The poll sample consists of 38% Democrats and 31% Republicans, with 22% claiming to be independent and the remaining 9% unclear on the concept. The seven-point margin is the same size as the popular vote gap by which Obama won office, which is hardly a good indication of accuracy after almost two years of Tea Party organizing and serious damage to Obama’s support. This sample overemphasizes Democratic input while shortchanging Republicans and especially independents.”
In this vertiginous world of unreality, major news personalities are not aware of the news. The latest news on the news is that Bob Schieffer did not ask Attorney General Eric Holder about the Black Panther intimidation scandal because Schieffer did not know about the story. The news personalities who purport to tell us the news do not know what their readers and viewers know. It’s the blind leading the sighted.
In March of this year, we wrote “It’s Not A Mandate – It’s A Tax!” about Obama’s health scam. Big Media refused to take notice of that obvious fact. Big Media refused to see, or to report what it saw.
It was obvious all along that it was a tax. Obama of course promised “no new taxes”.
It’s taken a while, but yesterday the New York Times informed its readers what we informed our readers about months ago. It’s a tax:
“When Congress required most Americans to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty, Democrats denied that they were creating a new tax. But in court, the Obama administration and its allies now defend the requirement as an exercise of the government’s “power to lay and collect taxes.”
And that power, they say, is even more sweeping than the federal power to regulate interstate commerce.
Administration officials say the tax argument is a linchpin of their legal case in defense of the health care overhaul and its individual mandate, now being challenged in court by more than 20 states and several private organizations.”
Obama lied with his big Joker grin. Obama cannot be trusted. Obama is a liar:
“While Congress was working on the health care legislation, Mr. Obama refused to accept the argument that a mandate to buy insurance, enforced by financial penalties, was equivalent to a tax.
“For us to say that you’ve got to take a responsibility to get health insurance is absolutely not a tax increase,” the president said last September, in a spirited exchange with George Stephanopoulos on the ABC News program “This Week.”
When Mr. Stephanopoulos said the penalty appeared to fit the dictionary definition of a tax, Mr. Obama replied, “I absolutely reject that notion.”
Congress anticipated a constitutional challenge to the individual mandate. Accordingly, the law includes 10 detailed findings meant to show that the mandate regulates commercial activity important to the nation’s economy. Nowhere does Congress cite its taxing power as a source of authority.”
The courts will doubtless note that the Obama scam does not cite the tax power as a source of authority. Even Obama supporters acknowledge Obama’s dishonesty on the issue:
“Jack M. Balkin, a professor at Yale Law School who supports the new law, said, “The tax argument is the strongest argument for upholding” the individual-coverage requirement.
Mr. Obama “has not been honest with the American people about the nature of this bill,” Mr. Balkin said last month at a meeting of the American Constitution Society, a progressive legal organization. “This bill is a tax. Because it’s a tax, it’s completely constitutional.”
He’s a liar, pure and simple.
Obama simply cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.
That’s not the only Obama health scam the New York Times and Big Media are finally informing their readers of. All the promises of keeping your own doctor are defunct too:
“As the Obama administration begins to enact the new national health care law, the country’s biggest insurers are promoting affordable plans with reduced premiums that require participants to use a narrower selection of doctors or hospitals.
The plans, being tested in places like San Diego, New York and Chicago, are likely to appeal especially to small businesses that already provide insurance to their employees, but are concerned about the ever-spiraling cost of coverage.
But large employers, as well, are starting to show some interest, and insurers and consultants expect that, over time, businesses of all sizes will gravitate toward these plans in an effort to cut costs.
The tradeoff, they say, is that more Americans will be asked to pay higher prices for the privilege of choosing or keeping their own doctors if they are outside the new networks. That could come as a surprise to many who remember the repeated assurances from President Obama and other officials that consumers would retain a variety of health-care choices.”
“No new taxes, keep your doctor” – all Obama lies. The Obama lies are many. Here is another one on the health scam:
“If Massachusetts is the laboratory for ObamaCare, consider this an explosion. The Boston Globe reports that employers have begun doing precisely what everyone knew they would do when insurance prices spiked: dump health plans. Companies that used to offer health-care coverage are paying the fines and saving money by dumping their employees into state-run coverage (via Newsalert):
The relentlessly rising cost of health insurance is prompting some small Massachusetts companies to drop coverage for their workers and encourage them to sign up for state-subsidized care instead, a trend that, some analysts say, could eventually weigh heavily on the state’s already-stressed budget.“
This is all not news. These are facts we reported on when they were relevant to the debate. The only relevance at this point is to note Obama’s continuing lies and Big Media irrelevance when it matters.
The Boston Globe report on health care in Massachusetts must be augmented with this Samuelson report:
“If you want a preview of President Obama’s health-care “reform,” take a look at Massachusetts. In 2006, it enacted a “reform” that became a model for Obama. What’s happened since isn’t encouraging. The state did the easy part: expanding state-subsidized insurance coverage. It evaded the hard part: controlling costs and ensuring that spending improves people’s health. Unfortunately, Obama has done the same. [snip]
Emergency rooms remain as crowded as ever…. Finally — and most important — health costs continue to soar.
Aside from squeezing take-home pay (employers provide almost 70 percent of insurance), higher costs have automatically shifted government priorities toward health care and away from everything else — schools, police, roads, prisons, lower taxes. In 1990, health spending represented about 16 percent of the state budget, says the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. By 2000, health’s share was 22 percent. In 2010, it’s 35 percent. About 90 percent of the health spending is Medicaid.
State leaders have proved powerless to control these costs. Facing a tough reelection campaign, Gov. Deval Patrick effectively ordered his insurance commissioner to reject premium increases for small employers (50 workers or fewer) and individuals — an unprecedented step. Commissioner Joseph Murphy then disallowed premium increases ranging from 7 percent to 34 percent. The insurers appealed; hearing examiners ruled Murphy’s action illegal.”
There has been no health care reform. The only reform has been more money for Big Insurance and Big PhaRma.
“Similar forces will define Obamacare. Even if its modest measures to restrain costs succeed — which seems unlikely — the effect on overall spending would be slight. The system’s fundamental incentives won’t change. The lesson from Massachusetts is that genuine cost control is avoided because it’s so politically difficult. [snip]
Obama dodged the tough issues in favor of grandstanding. Imitating Patrick, he’s already denouncing insurers’ rates, as if that would solve the spending problem. What’s occurring in Massachusetts is the plausible future: Unchecked health spending shapes government priorities and inflates budget deficits and taxes, with small health gains. And they call this “reform”?”
No it was not reform. Universal health care died when Ted Kennedy race-baited for Barack Obama. Obama’s “heath reform” has always been a scam, as we reported long ago. The junk reform which transfers massive wealth to Big Insurance and Big PhaRma is the junk reform Hillary Clinton refused to accept in the 1990s.
The Obama disconnect and lies continue to gush forth. The latest lies are exposed by forced-to-retire David Obey:
“The secretary of education [Arne Duncan] is whining about the fact he only got 85 percent of the money he wanted .… [W]hen we needed money, we committed the cardinal sin of treating him like any other mere mortal. We were giving them over $10 billion in money to help keep teachers on the job, plus another $5 billion for Pell, so he was getting $15 billion for the programs he says he cares about, and it was costing him $500 million [in reductions to the Race to the Top program]. Now that’s a pretty damn good deal. So as far as I’m concerned, the secretary of education should have been happy as hell. He should have taken that deal and smiled like a Cheshire cat. He’s got more walking around money than every other cabinet secretary put together.
It blows my mind that the White House would even notice the fight [over Race to the Top]. I would have expected the president to say to the secretary, “Look, you’re getting a good deal, for God’s sake, what this really does is guarantee that the rest of the money isn’t going to be touched.” We gave [Duncan] $4.3 billion in the stimulus package, no questions asked. He could spend it any way he wants. … I trusted the secretary, so I gave him a hell of a lot more money than I should have.
My point is that I have been working for school reform long before I ever heard of the secretary of education, and long before I ever heard of Obama. And I’m happy to welcome them on the reform road, but I’ll be damned if I think the only road to reform lies in the head of the secretary of education.”
Good riddance to David Obey. Only now does Obey mention that Obama was never around for any fight. In 2007 we repeatedly asked “who is this guy?” No one knew the answer. Obama never participated in any national debate and never fought for anything other than for himself. But Kennedy/Kerry/Daschle anointed him for the Democratic nomination years before public declarations of support. Now Obey complains that he never heard of Obama. Obey has more to say about Obama’s schemes behind the scenes:
“We were told we have to offset every damn dime of [new teacher spending]. Well, it ain’t easy to find offsets, and with all due respect to the administration their first suggestion for offsets was to cut food stamps. Now they were careful not to make an official budget request, because they didn’t want to take the political heat for it, but that was the first trial balloon they sent down here. … Their line of argument was, well, the cost of food relative to what we thought it would be has come down, so people on food stamps are getting a pretty good deal in comparison to what we thought they were going to get. Well isn’t that nice. Some poor bastard is going to get a break for a change.”
Where are the great fake liberals of the “creative class” with their great fake outrage? Where are the Big Blog Boys denouncing Obama and his money grab from food stamps – all in secret?
David Obey’s revelations of behind the scenes Obama scams and grabs are shocking only to the somnambulant Hopium Guzzlers. While these are battles between the teacher unions and budgetary conflicts, the overall fact to notice is the duplicity and hidden from public view ugliness of Barack Obama’s cowardly refusal to acknowledge and defend his own policy proposals.
Like Caligula at the end, Obama will meet his fate at the hands of those closest to him. After November, when the election results roll in, the Obama Praetorian Guard will unsheathe their political swords and cut him loose. It will be ugly, but it will be necessary for their own survival.