Why Obama is a Bad President- Obamacare Edition

John Ransom
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Posted: Apr 11, 2012 12:01 AM

Now that GOP has finally ended the inter-party squabble about who’s going to be the Republican nominee in November, it’s time to put in better focus why Obama is headed for an historic loss in the upcoming presidential election.

To do that, we are going to trot out our standby “Why Obama is a Bad President.”

As readers might remember, last summer Jonathan Alter asked the world why everyone thought Obama was such a terrible president, challenging us all to come up with reasons. We answered the challenge, but since it was such a stupid question to ask in the first place, we like trot it out from time to time just to remind everyone that someone had to ask it.

Look, there are just some truths that are self-evident- but not apparently to a liberal.          

So, before we’re done in the next months, we’ll cover lots of ground, but for today let’s just stick with Obamacare.

Because while the administration has set a new mark for really bad ideas, none so far has been as bad as Obamacare.



Here’s legislation that won’t do what it was supposed to do- cut spending; that was passed before Congress read it and debated it; and that will probably be tossed out by the Supreme Court. And losing in court might be Obama’s best option in the opinion of Democrats.

In other words, we hired a guy for president whose biggest accomplishment so far could be getting the one thing he did (Obamacare) reversed- and that reversal will be a big relief to you, him and to me according to his supporters. And you thought not passing a budget was bad?      

Even liberals seem to know what a waste of time Obamcare has been because they are hiding behind the last fig-leaf any Democrat would hide behind to make the case for Obamacare: “We love it,” they say, “because it fights the deficit.”

Ha. Double ha. Double secret ha.

Americans know instinctively that when liberals start talking about deficit reduction that’s it’s just a case of the fantods, as Huckleberry Finn would say. And say what you while about old Huck, but he knew a couple of frauds when he saw them.       

No matter what liberal “Wonks” like Ezra Klein say about the historically dumb healthcare “reform” that Democrats rushed through Congress, Americans are uneasy about it.

And they should be.

The best thing- as Democrat strategist James Carville admits, that can happen for Obama, is for the Supreme Court to toss the landmark legislation that bears his name.

That’s because Obamacare supporters like Klein continue to play dirty pool when it comes to healthcare reform.  

They count it as a deficit fighter, when in fact, it’s no such thing.

Unless of course you count any bill with a tax increase in it a deficit fighter. A defense contract could be a deficit fighter too, if a defense contract was designed just like Obamacare.

Here let me show you the slight of hand that liberals did to claim Obamacare fights the deficit.    

Say, for example, that when we decommission the old Nimitz-class carriers we then replace them with the newer Gerald Ford class of carriers at $15 billion a clip. Let’s say, in this example, that we then raise taxes 3.8 percent on  people who go over certain income limit, to an extent that we not only pay for each carrier but we also create a surplus of $100 billion that we can apply to the deficit- just as they did in Obamcare. Actually in the case of the aircraft carriers, the same tax exact tax increase that the used for Obamacare would pay for the carriers and leave a surplus of $180 billion over the same period, almost twice what Obamacare claims. 

Then we could pass both the replacement aircraft carrier budget authorization and the tax increase in one bundle- just as they did with Obamacare- and call it the The American Affordable Defense Act (AADA).   

Then any time someone threatens to scrap the Ford class carriers we could cry out “But getting rid of the AADA would add to the deficit!”

While the typical American doesn’t necessarily know the ins and outs of Obamacare, the same confidence game has been played on them so may times that they are wise to it.  

Counting on public stupidity to see a massive new spending program, like Obamacare, as some sort of deficit fighter, because THEY SAY IT IS, just shows you how weak the original case for Obamacare was in the first place.

And only in Washington can you start off entitlement reform that’s supposed to reduce spending, by ushering in a massive new government program that will greatly grow government spending. And then pat yourself on the back for it.  

Wasn’t it the same type of entitlement Ponzi scheme that gave us the problem in the first place?

Wonks and politicians may not see it, but those guys are in the process of self term-limiting out of business anyway- either by votes or by pageviews. In 2010 was just a preview, not a conclusion.

Readers know that I hate to pick on the Washington Post this way, but I don’t know anyone who would willingly call themselves a wonk in the first place. The Post’s Wonk brand is stuck in the Way-Back Machine of the 1990s.

Wonk Disneyland is exactly what gets us these kinds of political and mathematical ruses that pass for solutions these day.  

Americans continue to favor repeal of Obamacare.

If anything, a Supreme Court decision throwing out Obamacare will likely reinforce the opinion that it’s a flawed piece of legislation that greatly expands government bureaucracy at a time when Americans think that government is doing too much not too little.

You can pass Obamacare as a deficit measure and throw out on Constitutional concerns -and then wonk about it all you want. But Americans know the truth.

Obamacare was just plain dumb.

And they generally vote out dumb at election time.


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