The day ended with the death of Ambassador Richard Holbrook. It was a sad ending to a days long struggle on the operating room table to save the life of someone deemed critical to Afghanistan war strategy. Holbrook’s sad departure from life and the diplomatic scene was a personal disaster for himself and his family and friends. For those of us left behind things are about to get worse.
The long day began with other tragic comedies. The political world witnessed levels of boobery hitherto unknown. Arm in sleeveless arm, Barack Obama and Michelle Obama exhaled words about child obesity. Even those who agree on the desirability/need of children to have nutritious food will gag at the latest stretch into fear-mongering by the scowling, lantern-jawed Michelle Obama:
“Military leaders … tell us that when more than one in four young people are unqualified for military service because of their weight,” the first lady says in the prepared remarks, “childhood obesity isn’t just a public health threat, it’s not just an economic threat, it’s a national security threat as well.”
Go to the gym and do your stretches there Michelle. Childhood obesity is an important problem which parents need to address more than anyone else – but it is hardly a weapon of mass destruction which threatens “national security”. What’s next, Homeland Security buffoons scoping out kids eating Twinkies? Cut back on the fear-mongering. The problem is serious enough, without having to deal with Michelle Obama overkill.
Hamburger scarfing, ice cream licking, cigarette smoking Barack Obama should deal primarily with the “issues” on his plate and try to master competency on his job before telling parents how to do theirs. The government has an important role in safeguarding farming and food production as well as weighing in on nutritional issues but there is no need to make every issue a “national security” issue.
Along with the “national security” food scare from Michelle Obama, today a federal judge in Virginia threw a big log on the tracks of the Obama health scam railroad. With new polls showing most Americans in favor of repeal of the Obama health care scam the news for Obama cannot be worse (although with this Boob in charge do not be surprised at future boobery yet untapped).
The judges decision can be read HERE.
Not only did the judge rule the Obama mandate unconstitutional but there is a strong suggestion that many parts of the law will also be struck down. Specifically, although the judge noted that there was a presumption of severability (even though this simple boilerplate clause was not included in the legislation – ample proof of what a mess the law is) the judge poured this gravy onto the potatoes:
“However, the bill embraces far more than health care reform. It is laden with provisions and riders patently extraneous to health care-over 400 in all…. [at p. 38]
The final element of the analysis is difficult to apply in this case given the haste with which the final version of the 2,700 page bill was rushed to the floor for a Christmas Eve vote. It would be virtually impossible within the present record to determine whether Congress would have passed this bill, encompassing a wide variety of topics related and unrelated to heath care, without Section 1501. [at p. 39]”
Judge Henry Hudson, like his namesake, went on an exploration – this time to survey the vast expanse of the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The survey ended with boundaries set on the previously horizon-less section of the Constitution:
“Turning to the merits, this Court previously noted that the Minimum Essential Coverage Provision appears to forge new ground and extends the Commerce Clause powers beyond its current high water mark. [snip]
In addition, the Secretary points out that sanctions have historically been imposed for failure to timely file tax returns or truthfully report or pay taxes due, as well as failure to register for the selective service or report for military duty. The Commonwealth,however, counters that most of the examples presented are directly related to a specific constitutional provision-empowering Congress to assess taxes and to provide and maintain an Army and Navy, U.S. Const. art. I, §8, or requiring compensation for exercising the power of eminent domain. U.S. Const. amend. V. In the case of the landowner sanctioned for contamination of his property, liability largely stemmed from an active transaction of purchase. In contrast, no specifically articulated constitutional authority exists to mandate the purchase of health insurance.“
A well crafted bill with all the necessary boilerplate clauses was beyond the ken of Obama and Obama Dimocrats. These people are simply not fit to govern.
Hillary Clinton ideas such as regional boards would also have ameliorated Commerce Clause concerns. And if necessary a Hillary Clinton suggested idea, such as point of contact (such as when someone seeks health care) enrollment would have vacated Commerce Clause concerns even if initially there would have been negative budgetary implications. But of course, Ted Kennedy and Barack Obama did not want Hillary to be a leading voice in the senate and blocked her from committee appointments that would have had her wise voice at the table. Elect a boob, expect boobery. Boobery begets boobery.
Meanwhile in the U.S. Senate, for all the caterwauling and threats from Obama Dimocrats, the latest Obama boobery which we have dubbed “Obama’s New Deal”, moved forward in an 85-13 vote. Compare and contrast FDR’s New Deal and the Obama New Deal to get a sense of how wrong those who hailed Obama the Mess-iah as “a new FDR” were. Ha!
Obama’s efforts to alienate Republicans by calling them “hostage takers” even though he had just concocted a deal in which their support is needed and alienation of Obama Dimocrats with new insults and deprecations have borne the hapless one the expected results:
“In a curious but predictable divergence, Barack Obama’s popularity dropped while the deal he cut gained a broad political consensus. A new Marist poll shows Obama hitting his lowest approval rating yet in their survey series, dropping to 42/50 from 45/48 during Thanksgiving week. Even a ridiculously tilted sample of registered voters didn’t help:
According to this national McClatchy-Marist Poll, President Barack Obama’s approval rating has dipped to its lowest point since taking office. Currently, 42% of registered voters approve of the job the president is doing while half — 50% — disapprove. Eight percent are unsure. When McClatchy-Marist last asked this question in its November 24th survey, 45% thought his performance was on the mark while 48% thought it was subpar, and 7% were unsure. Prior to this survey, voters gave Mr. Obama his lowest approval rating in early October. At that time, 43% of registered voters thought he was performing well in office.
The change has occurred among members of the president’s own party. 74% of Democrats think Obama is performing well in office while 21% do not, and 5% are unsure. Late last month, those proportions stood at 83%, 11%, and 6%, respectively. Among Republicans, most — 87% — disapprove of Mr. Obama’s job performance while 7% approve. Six percent are unsure. Similar proportions of Republicans held these views late last month when 84% disapproved, 11% approved, and 5% were unsure. There has also been little movement among independent voters. Currently, 52% disapprove, 39% approve, and 9% are unsure. Late last month, those proportions were 54%, 38%, and 9%, respectively.
In other words, Obama gained no ground on the Right or in the middle, while losing ground on the Left. That would be a particularly difficult problem in this Marist poll, which uses a sample that gives Democrats a nine-point advantage, 37/28, with 33% independents.”
Our sympathies tonight are with the family of Richard Holbrook and us, the American people, – as well as with those lexicographers at Roget’s and other thesaurus publishers. The American people suffer at the hands of this unqualified, inexperienced Boob but let’s pity the scribes at Roget’s. Picture the long hours required to search out novel expressions for the word “boob” and “boobery”. Words fail.
As a gift to the hard workers in the thesaurus business we suggest this best expression for unsurpassed boobery: Obama.