Category Archives: President

ObamaCare Victory Lap

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 The world’s least likely NASCAR driver took a Rose Garden victory lap to celebrate the sudden sign up of 7.1 million souls for ObamaCare. There was no mention of how many of those souls paid a premium, which is required to actually have coverage. Also unheard from were the 6 million or so who lost their coverage, doctor, or both due to changes required by the new health care law.

 President Mocks Republicans after his Victory Lap

The most notable unmentionable, however, was ACA Czar Kathleen Sebelius. The president ignored her during his shout-outs to other Democrats among the Rose Garden gathering. President Obama did stop short of further humiliation for Sebelius by not mocking her as he did Republican opponents of the unpopular legislation.

Also missing from the victory lap crowd were red state Democrats up for re-election.

It wasn’t all gauche behavior by the Driver-in-Chief of ObamaCare. The president modestly declined to call attention to his own unilateral changes to the law of the land.

Pope and President

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The president met the pope last week. Obama came bearing a gift box of seeds from Michelle’s garden. He hoped that some of Francis’s popularity, if not infallibility, might grow on him.

The pope gave the president a copy of Evangelii Gaudium (Joy of the Gospel). The 223 page document is Francis’s first papal publication. The pope comes down hard on trickle-down economics in one part of his writing.

President’s Favorite Pope Parts

That part might be Obama’s favorite. This other part, maybe not so much (No, I haven’t read it. I got this from  David Weigle in Slate):

Among the vulnerable for whom the Church wishes to care with particular love and concern are unborn children, the most defenceless and innocent among us. Nowadays efforts are made to deny them their human dignity and to do with them whatever one pleases, taking their lives and passing laws preventing anyone from standing in the way of this. Frequently, as a way of ridiculing the Church’s effort to defend their lives, attempts are made to present her position as ideological, obscurantist and conservative. Yet this defence of unborn life is closely linked to the defence of each and every other human right. It involves the conviction that a human being is always sacred and inviolable, in any situation and at every stage of development. Human beings are ends in themselves and never a means of resolving other problems. Once this conviction disappears, so do solid and lasting foundations for the defence of human rights, which would always be subject to the passing whims of the powers that be. Reason alone is sufficient to recognize the inviolable value of each single human life, but if we also look at the issue from the standpoint of faith, “every violation of the personal dignity of the human being cries out in vengeance to God and is an offence against the creator of the individual.”

Precisely because this involves the internal consistency of our message about the value of the human person, the Church cannot be expected to change her position on this question. I want to be completely honest in this regard. This is not something subject to alleged reforms or “modernizations”. It is not “progressive” to try to resolve problems by eliminating a human life. On the other hand, it is also true that we have done little to adequately accompany women in very difficult situations, where abortion appears as a quick solution to their profound anguish, especially when the life developing within them is the result of rape or a situation of extreme poverty. Who can remain unmoved before such painful situations?

ObamaCare Deadline Extension

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We are shocked shocked that President Obama has extended the deadline to sign up for ObamaCare. Here’s Politico’s  list of the president’s various deadline extensions.

The WSJ says the only health care mandate still intact  is the one “forcing nuns to sponsor birth control”.

Deadline Extension

Obama say’s the plan is working the way it should but for some reason he can’t tell us how many have actually paid for coverage. Jim Angel at Fox News has a good idea why. The back end of the website where you check out and pay your premium still isn’t fixed. And that’s despite giving Accenture a no bid contract to finish the job.

Grandaddy Big Bucks Harry Reid has a simpler explanation for the deadline extension: You don’t know how to use the internet.

Internet Control

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Al Gore invented the internet and Barack Obama is giving it away.

Who Controls the Internet

Brendan Greeley in Bloomberg Businessweek explains how it works. The system that assigns names to web servers, the Internet domain name system (DNS), is run by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann). Icann is under the control of the U.S. Commerce Department. The government announced in a news dump last Friday it’s giving up that control.

Countries like China and Russia want that power to go the U.N. Then they would have influence over  which websites get domain names. Without a domain name you’re nobody. As Greeley puts it:

It’s a bad sign that the U.S. has chosen to give up this power. It means that the administration doesn’t feel that it can get away with holding onto it, diplomatically, which means that on this issue, we no longer enjoy the support of countries such as Germany. Perhaps it was that time we tapped Angela Merkel’s cell phone.

 

 

Obama Phone Prank

140319-obama-phone-prankVladimir Putin’s answering machine explained he couldn’t come to the phone because he was digesting Crimea, python style. President Obama left a long message explaining “might doesn’t make right“. He promised not to send troops, not that anyone was asking.

Phone Prank

After he hung up, the president slapped sanctions on a few cronies (Putin’s not Obama’s). This gambit drew laughter. The Russians farted in our general direction, calling the sanctions a “prank“. 

President Obama thinks our biggest geopolitical foe is income inequality. No – wait – climate change. Mitt Romney thinks it’s Russia.