Believe it or not, MSNBC ran some pretty powerful video of an Ohio focus group, made up of swing voters who had supported the President using some pretty uncomplimentary language to describe him:
According to previous supporters, Obama has "turned out to be just another politician"; "he's a big disappointment."
These people are pitiful in their disillusionment and disappointment, but frankly, it's hard to feel too sorry for them. After all, what did they really know about President Obamas's record before he moved into The White House? Did they realize he had been an Illinois state senator a scant four years before being elected the leader of the free world? Were they aware that he was the most liberal member of the US Senate -- which means he was to the left of Barbara Boxer, Teddy Kennedy, and self-described socialist Bernie Sanders?
Did they know that he had never run anything but a US Senate campaign (in which he ran largely unopposed) and a presidential campaign (in which he ran against John McCain -- so again, largely unopposed)? Did they realize he had no demonstrable "work product" from his life besides two books written about himself?
Or did they just know that he proclaimed admirable sentiments in a mellifluous voice with skillful rhetoric? And that "everyone" -- meaning the press and popular culture -- seemed to swoon over him?
At great cost, let's hope America's learned a valuable lesson. Though it can be fun to have a President who can make good speeches and seem cool, it's essential that s/he has a solid record of leadership and achievement in a position of responsibility; understands economics; and possesses at least a shade of realism and commitment to promoting American strength and interests in foreign affairs. Of course, just a little humility would occasionally be nice, too.
Well it seem that the very people who passed the healthcare law are not happy with the way the website was implemented and do not trust it for their own staffers. Capitol Hill staffers who used the DC healthcare exchange, known as DC Health Link, have now been told to confirm their enrollments in person instead of relying on the data provided by the website.
An email was sent earlier today warning staffers, “it is essential that you confirm your coverage in DCHL through the Disbursing Office.” The email then continues, “Do not rely on your ‘My Account’ page or other correspondence from DCHL…Please do not assume you are covered unless you have seen the confirmation letter from the Disbursing Office.”
These staffers only have until Monday to sign up for the D.C. healthcare exchange. The portal that they have had to use has experienced several technical issues (SHOCKING) over the past few weeks. The only reason they have through Monday is because there was an extension granted for those who had problems due to the glitches.
If those who voted for this incompetent legislation can’t even have their staffers sign up without issues, how is it that the rest of us are supposed to have an easy experience? It’s a good thing Sebelius asked for an investigation into her own website today! Ha
Despite the attempt by the Texas state legislature to ban the very word "Christmas" from an elementary school "winter party," it seems the vast majority of Americans are still in full support of celebrating the religious holiday in public schools.
A Rasmussen report released Wednesday has the details:
"Despite school administrators’ concerns nationwide, Americans strongly believe that Christmas should be a part of public schools. They feel just as strongly that religious symbols should be allowed on public property.
Seventy-five percent (75%) of American Adults think Christmas should be celebrated in public schools, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Just 15% disagree, while 10% are not sure."
Stories, such as the recent case where Jesus was removed from the nativity scene at the South Carolina Air Force base, should not be understood as the national perspective on the presence of Christ in the public holiday. Only ten percent of Americans polled did not support celebrating Christmas in the classroom. The so called, "War on Christmas" might not be as much of an uphill battle as many are being led to believe.
Planned Parenthood is out with their latest annual report and the numbers prove, yet again, that they aren’t in the business of women’s health, they’re in the business of abortion.
From 2012-2013, according to the report, Planned Parenthood performed 327,166 abortions, provided prenatal services for 19,506, and made a measly 2,197 adoption referrals. In other words, for every adoption referral, they aborted 149 babies. How exactly are they giving women a choice?
Compared to years prior, however, the numbers “once again show a business in decline,” says Rita Diller, national director of American Life League’s STOPP International project, LifeNews reports.
These are the figures she provided LifeNews:
PPFA reported a substantial drop in its clinic numbers between December 2012 and December 2013. At the end of 2012, it had 750 centers, while it reports “more than 700? at the end of 2013. Its affiliate numbers are down as well, dropping from 73 to 69 over the last year. Affiliates are entities that operate Planned Parenthood centers within a set geographical area.
Planned Parenthood reported a 6.7 percent decrease worldwide in customers for its “sexual and reproductive healthcare and education.” In the U.S., it reported seeing 10,000 fewer unduplicated customers than in 2011.
One of the most glaring numbers was the steep decline in prenatal services-a 31.97 percent decline from the prior year.
In addition, Planned Parenthood’s highly touted cancer screening services dropped 14.22 percent from the 2011 numbers.
Even its abortion business showed a slight decline, reaching the lowest level in four years. PPFA reports that it committed 327,166 abortions for 2012-a 2.0 percent decrease from the year before.
“Planned Parenthood continues to demonstrate by its numbers that it is being rejected by the American public and becoming ever more dependent upon tax-dollar subsidies,” Jim Sedlak, vice president of American Life League and founder of STOPP International said, according to LifeNews. “It is truly time for all taxpayer funding to be removed from Planned Parenthood.”
Aisha Harris, a writer for Slate has decided that it's a bad thing that Santa Claus is mostly portrayed as being a jolly white male. The Santa figures in her house growing up, she explains, had darker skin like she did, but the Santas elsewhere were white. In Harris' world, this is a travesty, so she's come up with a genius idea: transform Santa into an adorable penguin figure wearing a Santa hat and coat.
According to Harris, the fact that Santa Claus is white has caused undue amounts of "insecurity and shame" among minority children. Hence, penguin Santa.
St. Nicholas, whom the modern day "Santa Claus" was based upon, was a real person. He was Greek and born in what is now roughly Turkey. He did not have an African or Asian complexion. He, among other things, encouraged giving to the needy and once punched a heretic. It makes sense that Santa Claus is primarily portrayed as a white human male because, well, St. Nicholas was a white, human male.
It is absurd to edit the ethnicity of a historical figure simply to appease others, regardless of who the figure was. While penguins are certainly plenty cute, they're not an appropriate substitute for the image of St. Nicholas.
As Kevin reported this morning, just 365,000 people have "signed up" for Obamacare since the exchanges launched on October 1.
A new report from President Obama's Department of Health and Human Services details that 365,000 people combined [pdf] have "selected" plans on the federal and state Obamacare marketplaces. It'll take almost 3 million sign-ups in the month of December to hit the Obama Administration's stated goal of signing up 3.3 million people by the end of 2013.
The total Obamacare signups reported by HHS is still short of what was projected to be a "low target" for October alone.
Meanwhile, more than 6 million people have lost their health insurance thanks to Obamacare and cancellation letters are still hitting mailboxes on a daily basis. MyCancellation.com has compiled a number of Obamacare cancellation horror stories (beyond frustrations with healthcare.gov, blowing the "this is just a website problem" argument completely out of the water) from regular, everyday Americans on their website and Twitter feed. Here are a few of the most recent examples.
In case you're wondering, liberals and the Obama administration are still called Obamacare a "success."
Do you have an Obamacare cancellation story? Send it in.
Last month, Senate Democrats triggered the so-called nuclear option, breaking the upper chamber's rules to change the rules on the minority party's ability to block presidential nominees. Harry Reid and friends exploited their power-grab yesterday by confirming the first in a parade of controversial Obama appointments. Amidst Reid's nuclear threats, GOP lawmakers often warned Democrats that they may live to regret their decision if the balance of power were to shift in the United States Senate. According to a fresh round of polling, that could very well happen next year. An analyst at Rothenberg political report recommends that Democrats "open their minds" to the possibility of another "midterm mess." An email from the National Republican Senatorial Committee boasts that GOP candidates are now tied or leading in eight battleground races. The GOP needs to net five seats to regain a majority -- a task that also requires playing airtight defense on seats currently controlled by the party. One of the most vulnerable incumbents in America is Sen. Mark Pryor, who's taken to playing up his faith in television ads as a barely-disguised means of seeking penance for his unpopular Obamacare vote. A new poll of Arkansas voters indicates why Pryor already appears to be employing a kitchen sink strategy to save his political skin:
Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor trails his Republican challenger, Rep. Tom Cotton, by seven points among likely voters in Arkansas, 48 percent to 41 percent, according to a new poll from a conservative group that says his support of the health care reform law is costing him. The survey, shared exclusively with POLITICO, was conducted Friday and Saturday for the Citizens United Political Victory Fund by Republican pollster Kellyanne Conway of the polling company, Inc./WomanTrend. Cotton is ahead among independents by 21 points and among women by 4 points. The last published numbers from this marquee match-up came in the midst of October’s government shutdown and before the national focus turned to the disastrous rollout of Obamacare, which Pryor voted for. Four polls taken that month showed the race within the margin of error. In this latest survey, 62 percent of those polled have an unfavorable view of the health care law — 56 percent strongly so.
While Republicans enjoy substantial leads in three contests over soon-to-be open Democrat-held seats (South Dakota, Montana, West Virginia), the party is also faring surprisingly well in Michigan, where a Democratic poll shows potential GOP nominee Terri Lynn Land ahead of her liberal opponent, thanks in large measure to Obamacare. Land is leading or tied in other public polling of this race, too. Incidentally, the NRSC's aforementioned eight states does not include places like Colorado -- where the Democratic incumbent's re-elect numbers are very shaky -- or Oregon, where Republicans may field a strong female challenger to Sen. Jeff Merkley. And of course, there's an anvil named Barack Obama weighing down Democrats across the country. A brand new McClatchy/Marist poll shows the president's job approval sinking to its lowest level ever within this survey series:
Obama’s disapproval rating climbed to 53 percent – the worst in 29 polls since he took office in January 2009 – while 43 percent approved of his job performance. The disapproval number was up sharply from the 47 percent reading in September and tops the previous high of 52 percent in September 2011...Obama’s personal ratings were also down. By 52 percent to 46 percent, people had an unfavorable impression of him, the first time since November 2011 the negative number was higher. The unfavorable number was also the worst he’s endured.
Remember Obama for America's Life of Julia campaign? The campaign showing a young woman in the government's care and under President Obama's policies from cradle to grave? The campaign that ensured Obamacare would be great for Julia and would provide her with the essential healthcare she needs?
Now that Obamacare is a reality for millions of American women, the Life of Julia looks different. Millions of women have lost their health insurance coverage, have lost their doctors and have seen their healthcare costs increase. On average, the healthcare premium for young women is expected to increase by 193 percent.
Healthy young women will see their premiums rise by an average of almost 200 percent under Obamacare, with increases occurring in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to a new study.
Overall, states averaged a 193 percent increase in premiums for 30-year-old female nonsmokers.
More than one year after the Life of Julia and with Obamcare in full-swing, The Independent Women's Forum presents, The Real Life of Julia.
You can check out the entire thing here.
Liberal women's lobby groups like Planned Parenthood and NARAL promoted Obamcare in the name of women's health. The truth is, Obamacare was never about women's health, it was about government control and socialist feminists helped make it happen. As a result, the very women these groups claimed to be helping will suffer.
Tell me again, who's really waging the war on women?
December 10 is International Human Rights Day. It was also the day the European Parliament voted down a measure that would have mandated that all EU countries declare abortion a "human right."
Two member countries of the EU, Ireland and Malta, have very restrictive abortion laws. While the declaration that abortion is a "human right" would not have necessarily forced these countries to change their laws, it would have put significant pressure on Ireland and Malta to enact a more liberal abortion policy.
Had the EU measure passed, it would have significantly limited a doctor's right to refuse to perform an abortion, and did not take into consideration any kind of gestational limit.
“This measure claims to be a human rights issue yet it fundamentally ignores the human rights of the three key people involved in this tragic act. It ignores the most basic right, the right to life, of the baby at the center of the whole issue. It ignores women’s real needs by hiding them behind the iron curtain of abortion rhetoric. And it ignores the conscience of the doctor, who is being asked to end a human life after spending years training how to preserve it,” Sullivan said. “The European Union should not be asking physicians to suppress their consciences; it should be trying to find its own.”
I'm glad the European Union made the right call on this one. To say that abortion, which ends the life of a human, is somehow a "human right" akin to freedom from torture or slavery is absolutely preposterous.
I’m confused. Last week Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) said if she could vote for Obamacare again, she would. Now for some reason she’s completely distancing herself from it?
If you are to believe this ad, President Obama lied to her constituents. Not her (via Politico)
But there’s just one problem here: in 2009 Landrieu herself said if Americans liked their health care plans, they could keep them. Oops:
The ad spot above is deceptive and misleading. It puts all the blame on the president, when in truth she built support for -- and ultimately helped pass -- Obamacare. At the same time the ad paints her as a hapless bystander who (ahem) had no idea millions of Americans would lose their health care coverage. And now, of course, the good public servant that she is, she's working hard to “fix” a “glitch” she never saw coming.
I'm skeptical. From Guy’s piece last October:
In September 2010, all Senate Democrats, including Landrieu, voted to reject a plan Republicans said would have killed Obama administration regulations that now have resulted in the cancellation of insurance policies.
Her ad implies she didn’t know this would happen -- which is exceedingly difficult to believe given what you just read. Republicans were ringing the warning bells for years. Democrats ignored them. Now she’s in deep political trouble, so what does she do? She runs ads foisting all the blame on the president of the United States.
I wonder how he feels about this.
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