"What he said was true. If you want to keep the insurance you have, you can keep it. The problem is, we did not put the bill into effect that way."
I'm speechless. The promise Obama made was true, except for the fact that the law he signed didn't allow it to be kept. Incredible. Reid's bigger point -- and I use the term loosely -- is that because insurance plans are renewed on an annual basis, nobody in America technically gets to keep their plan from year to year, or something. Sorry, Harry, but here is what the president said, over and over and over again to anxious Americans who were already skeptical of his costly healthcare overhaul:
"Let me repeat this..."
Americans heard that unambiguous pledge repeatedly. They understood what it meant. And it's turned out to be a huge lie, as many of us warned at the time. And that lie will only grow bigger. Imagine if the original sales pitch had been some form of Reid's imbecilic parsing, or Obama's ex post facto revisionism. The law wouldn't have passed. So Democrats knowingly lied to millions of people as a means to an end, the end being an historic federal power grab. The same mindset applies to their "reduced costs" lie. How would Obama's signature legislation have fared if Democrats had peddled the Gutierrez talking point about premium increases being great news:
But it's not just the rich paying more (even though we were promised that "everyone's" rates would go down). Millions of middle class Americans like Jessica Sanford and Liz Binns are also experiencing sticker shock, which is likely to grow even worse next year. "A lot of you are going to pay more, and that's a good thing!" was a sure loser, so they lied. I look forward to hearing Democrats' ludicrous excuses when people start discovering that they also cannot keep their preferred doctors, thanks to Obamacare's severely limited coverage networks. "Whatever. Your doctor was super greedy anyway..."
Last December President Obama boasted a 53 percent (average) approval rating. Eleven months later, however, only 41 percent on average now approve of the job he’s doing as president -- a remarkable reversal. Millennials, in other words, mustn’t be the only ones losing faith in their president. As it happens, so are Hispanics, non-whites, moderates, the poor, and just about everyone else:
Obamacare aside, perhaps one reason why the president’s approval ratings are plummeting is because Americans' distrust of the president is growing. And public relations "blunders" like these aren’t going to change their minds.
The ‘knock-out’ game is one that has taken over many urban areas. Young African American men will select a victim and the objective is to hit them so hard, it knocks them out. The victim is caught completely off guard and is left alone, passed out on the street. This extremely violent game has become an issue in some New York City neighborhoods, because it appears the teens are targeting only Jewish Americans.
This week a city councilwoman decided to speak out about the crimes against many members of the Jewish community in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood. She pointed to the success of the community as a trigger for this aggression.
Although the councilwoman, Laurie Cumbo said she “admire[s] the Jewish community immensely” for its work ethic, black teens may see it differently. She continued to say,
“While I personally regard this level of tenacity, I also recognize that for others, the accomplishments of the Jewish community triggers feelings of resentment, and a sense that Jewish success is not also their success,” Cumbo, who was recently elected, wrote in a letter. Chief among the issues causing resentment against Jews could stem from hostility towards Jewish landlords, she added. Cumbo, who is black, said that she was looking to “offer possible insight as to how young African American/Caribbean teens” think and how it can lead to the attacks.
Does the councilwoman not understand that those statements are exactly what led to the murder of 6 million Jews during the Holocaust? How completely insensitive does one have to be in order to understand how extremely inappropriate that is to say? Not only is this hurtful, but she has now spread this idea that is just simply false. Empathizing with the perpetrators is a dangerous precedent to start, and one must tread lightly when discussing this topic. Hate crimes are hate crimes, no matter what the cause.
Hard work and a good attitude go a long way in life, entitlement does not. Meet 11-year old Madison Root from Portland, Oregon. In an effort to pay for her braces, Root collected mistletoe and tried to sell it in a public park. Because she didn't a have a license, she was told to stop due to being in violation of city ordinance. Last night, Root explained on The Kelly File.
"What made me so mad about that is that he said I could beg, but I couldn't work hard and sell. What has society really come to? Teaching these kids to beg instead of work hard and sell?" Root said. "That's what I believe in, work ethic."
To all of the fast food workers on strike today demanding a $15 minimum wage, take note.
Despite White House claims in early 2012 that President Obama had never met his illegal immigrant uncle Onyango "Omar" Obama, the president admitted today that he did indeed stay with him during a three-week period in law school.
Omar Obama first made news when he was charged with drunk driving in 2011, and was recently granted permission to remain and work in the United States. At his court hearing he claimed the president lived with him briefly in the 1980s, which contradicted earlier White House claims.
On Thursday, a White House official said the press office had not fully researched the relationship between the president and his uncle before telling the Globe that they had no record of the two meeting. This time, the press office asked the president directly, which they had not done in 2011.
“The president first met Omar Obama when he moved to Cambridge for law school,” said White House spokesman Eric Schultz. “The president did stay with him for a brief period of time until his apartment was ready. After that, they saw each other once every few months, but after law school they fell out of touch. The president has not seen him in 20 years, has not spoken with him in 10.”
The White House said Obama’s immigration case was handled “without any interference from the president or the White House.”
Never mind the fact that it makes zero sense to not go to a direct source when announcing whether or not two people know each other, but this story just seems a little fishy. I cannot understand why someone would lie about knowing a family member. (I also do not understand why an illegal immigrant with a criminal history would be allowed to stay in the United States, but that's another topic for another article.)
This makes you wonder what other lies the president has told.
No one seems to be buying the president’s claim that Obamacare “is working and will work into the future.”
According to a Rasmussen report released Thursday:
“Despite assurances from the Obama administration over the weekend that the problems with the federal health insurance exchange website have been fixed, voters need more convincing that Obamacare is on the right track.
Only 37% of Likely U.S. Voters believe it’s at least somewhat likely that the current problems with the new national health care law will be fixed within the next year. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 59% think that's unlikely. This includes 22% who say it's Very Likely those problems will be fixed in the coming year and 35% who say it's Not At All Likely.”
Nearly 60 percent of Americans doubt Obamacare can be fixed within the next year. An even larger majority, 81 percent, believe the law should be changed or repealed all together.
Despite the people's wishes, Obama said he will work to implement and improve, but never repeal his legislation.
"My main message today is, 'we’re not going back.'" —President Obama on helping millions of Americans afford health insurance #Obamacare— The White House (@WhiteHouse) December 3, 2013
Nobody is coming for your guns, they said. Nobody is taking away your rights, they said. This is all about public safety, they said.
Nearly a year ago, the New York legislature passed the toughest gun control law in the country known as the S.A.F.E. Act. It was rushed through in the middle of the night and as soon as it landed on Governor Cuomo's desk, he signed it without asking questions. Now, local and state government are taking the opportunity to crack down on regulations already on the books which means for many, turn in your guns or leave.
The New York City Police Department is taking aim at owners of certain shotguns and rifles, telling them all long guns with a five-round or more capacity must be turned in, altered or taken out of town.
An estimated 500 recipients of the notices, which were mailed on Nov. 18, were given the options to surrender their gun, permanently move the gun out of city jurisdiction or employ a licensed gunsmith to modify the weapon to get into compliance with the law. Rifles and shotguns with a capacity of five or more rounds are affected.
Though these notices were not sent out as a direct result of the SAFE Act, New York State Assemblyman James Tedisco said the new law may embolden city police forces to send out similar letters.
Tedisco, who voted against the SAFE Act, said New York City had the five-round law in the books for about 20 years, but this is the first time he has heard complaints about the notices being sent out to gun owners.
"These letters appear to be another example of the Nanny State," Tedisco said. "Hypothetically, it can start with a letter, and then that can lead to someone knocking on your door saying, 'I want to see your gun.'"
Thanks to the S.A.F.E. Act and the unreasonable demands from police, three gun companies have left New York State in addition to a number of gun owners.
Senator Mary Landrieu’s (D-LA) approval ratings are imploding. So what's she doing to counteract this trend as she prepares to run for re-election?
She's telling her constituents she would vote for Obamacare…“again”:
Landrieu also responded to political attacks Wednesday on her support for Obamacare.
"The Affordable Care Act, as I said, the bill itself has got very good concepts and yes, I would support it again," Landrieu said. "But, that doesn't excuse the poor roll out of what should have happened. There should have not been a glitch in the software."
These comments are particularly interesting because Landrieu is on record telling her constituents if they liked their health care plans, well, they could keep them. Now, however, according to the Louisiana Commissioner of Insurance, nearly 100,000 individuals in her home state have lost their health insurance -- and those figures, of course, will continue to rise. Question: How many of the roughly one million Louisianans who voted for her in 2008 will not do so again because she lied to them? I don’t have a clue, but polls do show the race is tightening, and her unwavering support for Obamacare is almost certainly why.
For what it’s worth, fellow vulnerable Senator Mark Pryor (D-AK) is seemingly taking a slightly different approach to how he builds support for his re-election campaign. He’s admitting publicly that he doesn’t “have all the answers” while at the same time implying that his vote for Obamacare maybe -- just maybe -- was a mistake. Landrieu, by contrast, claims she “would support it again” if that were possible.
I’m going to go ahead and say Pryor’s strategy is probably the safer bet.
"I believe this," President Obama said about inequality Wednesday , "is the defining challenge of our time."
And he is not alone. Just over two months ago, another office-holder, also speaking at a Washington think tank, called inequality a "crisis in America today," later adding in another speech: "I submit that the great challenge of our generation is America’s growing crisis of stagnation and sclerosis - a crisis that comes down to a shortage of opportunities."
That "other office-holder" is Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT). And while Obama said Wednesday, "If Republicans have concrete plans that will actually reduce inequality, build the middle class, provide more ladders of opportunity to the poor, let’s hear them," Obama completely failed to address a single one of Lee's ideas.
So what is Lee's policy agenda to combat inequality?
Here is what he told The Heritage Foundation in October:
[T]oday I want to talk about four pieces of legislation specifically designed to address four leading challenges facing middle-class families today:
- the cost of raising children,
- the difficulties of work-life balance,
- the time Americans lose away from work and home, stuck in traffic,
- and the rising costs of and restricted access to quality higher education.
These bills won’t solve every problem under the sun. Raising a family isn’t supposed to be easy.
But each would restore to working families more of the freedom they deserve to pursue their happiness: to earn a good living and build a good life.
To address "the cost of raising children," Lee has introduced the Family Fairness and Opportunity Tax Reform Act, which which would simplify the tax code, eliminating most deductions, and reduce the number of tax brackets to just two: a 15 percent rate on all income up to $87,850 (or $175,700 for married couples); and a 35 percent rate on all income above that. Lee's plan would also create a new additional $2,500 per-child tax credit that would offset parents’ income and payroll-tax liability. The Family Fairness and Opportunity Tax Reform Act plan would save a married couple with two children making the median national income of $51,000 about $5,000 per year.
To help families with "work-life balance" Lee has embraced the House passed “Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013,” which changes federal labor law to allow employers to offer comp-time, instead of extra pay, when employees work overtime. The federal government already allows its employees to do this, and Lee's Senate legislation would private sector employers the same option.
On traffic reduction, Lee is working on a Transportation Empowerment Act, which would slowly cut the federal gas tax from 18.4 cents per gallon to 3.7 cents. The legislation would also empower states to make their own transportation decisions, so that blue states like California would be free to invest their transportation dollars in high-speed rail, while red states like Texas would be free to invest in more roads.
Finally, on education, instead of more loans to drive college students deeper in debt pursuing degrees employers don't value, Lee would allow states to accredit new institutions capable of receiving federal aid. By ending the existing higher education monopoly, entrepreneurs would then be free to develop new programs that better trained all Americans with the skills employers are actually looking for.
As Lee acknowledges, Republicans will also need to come up with a replacement for Obamacare, one that doesn't kill jobs by making it more expensive to higher people. But conservatives already have plenty of health care plans out there, and whoever the 2016 nominee is, will surely pick one, or develop his or her own, to run on.
Bottom line: both parties recognize that inequality and lack of opportunity are growing problems in American society today. Perhaps the biggest. The only question is whether a bigger, or smaller, federal government can better address the problem.
An American teacher working at an international school in Benghazi, Libya was shot and killed this morning while jogging. The State Department has confirmed that an American was killed, but the details are still emerging.
Details from Fox News include:
- The victim's name is Ronnie Smith, a 33-year-old chemistry teacher from Texas who had been at the International School for about 18 months and was planning on returning to America for the holidays in a few days.
- Smith had been jogging near the US Consulate where the infamous September 2012 attacks occurred.
- He was loved at the school and seems to have been targeted arbitrarily. School board member Adel Mansouri said, "He was doing his morning exercise when gunmen just shot him. I don't know why. He was so sweet with everyone."
Nobody has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, but most believe Islamist militants are behind the murder.
Smith's friends and students mourned the heartbreaking tragedy on Twitter. Here are just a few of their sentiments:
Thank you, sir, for believing in our Libyan children when half of their own country had given up on them. #Smith— Noor Hewaidi ? (@noorhewaidi) December 5, 2013
#MrSmithMemories baked me 2 batches of peanut butter cookies on my birthday and sang happy birthday in arabic— yomna ? (@yzentani) December 5, 2013
Mr.Smith will be dearly missed by everyone in ISB. He was the best teacher I've ever had. Always ready to work, always in a good mood (1)— mufasa (@Mustafa_Bug) December 5, 2013
Townhall will follow up with updates as they break but would like to echo State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf's statement to The New York Times emphasizing the importance of respecting the privacy of Smith's family at this time.