He said he was “shellacked” and now the media elites say he’s back, emerging from electoral defeat with a taste of victory. “He went from shellacking to swashbuckling” wrote Dana Milbank. “Obama accomplished something not seemingly possible – starting the 112th Congress on a level playing field” said Charles Krauthammer. And, of course, Barack Obama, our ever-so-humble Commander-in-Chief, claimed it to be “the most productive post-election period we’ve had in decades.”
“It was pretty wide and fairly deep.” That is the media’s description of the legislative session that followed the huge Republican victory that still ripples through the body-politic, prompting numerous Democratic office-holders to switch to the Republican Party. Predictably, the real story of Mr. Obama’s magical rejuvenation has not been reported, principally because it hasn’t happened. In fact, he has continued down a path that will undoubtedly result in re-election defeat, even as he was being lauded for repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and passage of the New Start Treaty.
The most significant act of the lame-duck session wasn’t even done by Congress; it was the passing of the Net Neutrality rule by the FCC. After a clear indication that Congress would not authorize this bogus issue, Obama showed his true colors by scheming with his college buddy, Julius Genachowski, chairman of the FCC, to put the federal government in the business of controlling the Internet. It has yet to be seen how much government regulation will be spawned by this new rule, but we can assume it will be significant – and produce a chilling effect on Internet innovation.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. While Congress was focused on other issues, Obama and his minions were working overtime to stifle the economy and further erode our liberty. Here is their laundry list of job-killing actions – and believe me, this list is far from complete:
1. Health and Human Services issued its first ObamaCare regulation. This 135-page monstrosity was immediately recognized as a payoff to the AARP, which supported ObamaCare, to the detriment of everyone else. The AARP received help to protect its $700 million insurance referral fee revenue – while we were left with the bill. Kathleen Sebelius, HHS Secretary, also told insurance companies that only she will determine what constitutes a “reasonable” rate increase. Just think what will happen when those 150 or so commissions created by ObamaCare kick into high gear and start issuing more job-killing rules.