A timeline of Obamacare’s implementation reveals the seriousness of Anderson’s statement. In 2013, Americans of all income levels will face an array of new taxes and then, in 2014, the individual and employer mandates will take effect. Added to the dozens of other provisions and thousands of pages of regulation, 2016 seems a long way off.
No doubt New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg would like to see President Obama push even more aggressively on the issue of global warming. With four extra years, perhaps the President could create a Secretary of Ice, who is tasked with creating more arctic ice, which could help lower sea levels around the globe.
I shouldn’t give them ideas, I know. After all, in the suddenly competitive state of Minnesota, former President Bill Clinton claimed, “in the real world, Barack Obama’s policies work better.” According to Clinton, you can “fight global warming in economically beneficial ways.” Ice creation may well be economically beneficial. Heck, if they think the government can suddenly confiscate money for an existing behavior and that in turn will create jobs, anything thing is possible.
From absurd regulations to Obamacare and global warming, a second term would mean, as Charles Krauthammer said, the “American experiment — the more individualistic, energetic, innovative, risk-taking model of democratic governance — [will continue] to recede, yielding to the supervised life of the entitlement state.”
Just how high are the stakes?
An Ohio voter told MSNBC she not only thought the “stimulus was a really big success,” and that “you know, I want government to play a role in our lives.” You can rest assured President Obama is more than happy to comply.