President Obama traveled to Boston on Wednesday to qualify his promise that you can keep your health plan, but as usual he had to do more. Forced to concede (implicitly) that his famous claim is false, he accused ObamaCare´s opponents of spreading "a lot of confusion and misinformation" and "being grossly misleading, to say the least." Some of us have been saying for years that the law was a bad idea in part because it was designed to force the cancellations of millions of insurance policies. This has now turned out to be true. And in Massachusetts Mr. Obama tweaked his
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Global Power: Moscow launches four ICBMs in a large-scale nuclear drill as Chinese state media, brandishing detailed maps, show how Beijing´s nuclear submarines can attack U.S. cities. We press "reset," they press "launch." In March 2009, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presented Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with a red "reset button" to symbolize improved ties. The era of confrontation when American presidents demanded the tearing down of walls was over. From now on, we would make nice. Fast-forward to 2012, when President Obama met with Dmitry Medvedev, Russia´s then-president and now prime minister, at the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, South
Military: Retired brass just blasted the president for "purging" close to 200 officers. Now more retired heroes charge he is "emasculating" an armed forces whose "morale is at an unprecedented low." On the first Saturday of the year 1968, near the seaport of Chu Lai in central Vietnam, Patrick Brady redefined acting "above and beyond the call of duty." His Medal of Honor citation describes how the Army major volunteered to fly a helicopter to rescue the wounded from enemy territory covered by fog. Under "unchallenged, close-range enemy fire," he "evacuated two badly wounded South Vietnamese soldiers." In "another area completely covered by
May I ask this question: Why is it that Americans don´t have the freedom to choose their own health insurance? I just don´t get it. Why must the liberal nanny state make decisions for us? We can make them ourselves, thank you very much. It´s like choosing a car, buying a home or investing in a stock. We can handle it. So why must the government tell me and everyone else what we can and cannot buy? Charles Krauthammer noted here Friday that this whole ObamaCare business represents the greatest-ever expansion of the liberal entitlement-state dream. But I don´t want that dream. And
Jesse Jackson went on an angry tirade at Furman University in South Carolina on Wednesday night, inveighing against America and conservatives as perpetrators of evil and hate. Invited to speak at “Keeping Hope Alive: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement,” an official university event where he was hailed as a champion for social justice and a “global peacemaker,” Jackson spent over an hour riling up the crowd with his remarks. In a student recording of the event obtained by National Review Online from Campus Reform, the pastor and former Democratic presidential candidate repeatedly called the United States “the
I just watched the press conference from Los Angeles airport and I was irritated as usual by the way in which law enforcement agents and politicians who should know better throw around incorrect terminology to the press. Over and over, we were told that the shooter at LAX used an “assault rifle.” This is now being repeated widely. There is one key problem with this: It’s not true. We can argue all day about the silly “assault weapon” term, but “assault rifle” actually has a meaning. An “assault rifle” means that the rifle can be switched between safe (off, in layman’s
Pay teachers more. Shrink class sizes. Upgrade classroom materials. These are the standard positions taken by teachers’ unions and their political allies on the left. The belief is that more school spending, especially on across-the-board pay raises for teachers, is essential to improving education. These views are mistaken. Teachers are not underpaid, and total education spending — which has more than doubled in real terms since the 1970s, with little change in test scores — is wasteful and excessive. But that’s not the point I want to make here. What I really find striking is that the Left treats teachers in
White House press secretary Jay Carney revealed that the administration has “rough” Obamacare enrollment numbers, but that it is waiting to release them to the general public until they’re more reliable. “If the president wanted an update right now, would someone be able to provide him a number?” asked NBC’s Chuck Todd in Friday’s briefing. “I suppose somebody could provide a rough estimate, Chuck, but the point is you want to get accurate information when you release it publicly,” Carney responded. He continued to downplay expectations for how high enrollment numbers will be, saying the White House expected all along that the
Former president Jimmy Carter said President Obama’s signature health-care law and its botched rollout have fallen short of expectations. “His major accomplishment was Obamacare, and the implementation of it now is questionable at best,” he told Parade magazine in an interview for Sunday’s issue. As for Obama’s record after 5 years in office, he’s “done the best he could under the circumstances,” Carter said. The former president told the magazine that President Obama remains grateful to Carter’s grandson, James Carter IV, who uncovered the infamous “47 percent” video from a Romney fundraiser during the 2012 campaign. In a visit to Georgia earlier
Liberal historian Michael Kazin, the editor of Dissent, has a perceptive piece in The New Republic that is provocatively titled: “A Kind Word for Ted Cruz: America Was Built on Extremism.” Kazin certainly doesn’t agree with Cruz and those passionately opposed to Obamacare. But he does remind us that while “the vast majority of liberals, conservatives, and Washington journalists all seem to agree that ‘extremism’ is appalling and should be eradicated,” that view is simply wrong and historically shortsighted. He discusses the “extremism” that drove the efforts to eradicate slavery, give women the right to vote, and end the Vietnam War. One
Although CO2 is considered a "greenhouse gas" that contributes to climate change, if the Energy Department (DOE) finds partners to capitalize on the research of one of its laboratories, someday cars might run on sunshine. Technically, cars would run on the product of sunlight, CO2, and water using a "two-step solar thermochemical cycle" developed by the Albuquerque, New Mexico government lab. The DOE posted the special notice seeking interested companies on the Federal Business Opportunities website on Tuesday: Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia) is conducting ongoing research and development into solar fuels, the conversion of sunlight, CO2, and H2O into high energy
RUSH: USA Today: "Food stamp benefits will be cut..." Is that right? "Food stamp benefits will be cut to more than 47 million Americans starting Friday as a temporary boost to the federal program comes to an end without a new budget from a deadlocked Congress to replace it." So guess who´s gonna get blamed for this? There are food stamp cuts coming, and it´s gonna be the fault of the Republicans, right? Because they did the shutdown, and they´re responsible for not having a budget. At some point, this is going to reverse, and they´re gonna overplay this. The Republicans,
RUSH: I mentioned earlier, folks, that there´s a website, CampusReform.com. They´re out there surveying students, and they´re telling them the truth about things. This is the demographic that voted for Obama. They´re doing great work out there. What they did, they went to a campus, in this case the University of Northern Colorado, and they started asking questions of the students while showing them video of Obama lying about being able to keep your plan if you like it, being able to keep your doctor if you like him, and having your premium reduced $2,500. They´re playing these things. Now
Exactly half the nation sees the year-old killings of the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in Benghazi, Libya as a serious scandal — one many believe will hurt former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s chance to be the next president, according to a newly-released national poll. Rasmussen Reports revealed that 43 percent of likely voters believe the scandal will damage Clinton. That rises to 47 percent among voters not affiliated with any political party, like independents. Some 41 percent said it wouldn´t ding her chances. The impact is clear, and not just on Clinton. Most — 58 percent — rated the
The firestorm over President Obama´s "you can keep your plan" lie now threatens to singe vulnerable Democrats next year, so they´re springing into action to try to force the administration to keep its word. Louisiana´s Mary Landrieu -- an ardent Obamacare supporter -- is scrambling to undo one of the obvious consequences of a law she´s voted to pass, fund, and retain: Sen. Mary Landrieu said Wednesday she would propose legislation to ensure all Americans could keep their existing insurance coverage under Obamacare, a fresh sign of the political problems the law’s rollout has created for congressional Democrats. Landrieu, a Democrat
White House officials have pressured insurance industry executives to keep quiet amid mounting criticism over Obamacare's rollout, insurance industry sources told CNN. Sebelius: 'I apologize, I'm accountable' for Obamacare website flaws - After insurance officials publicly criticized the implementation, White House staffers contacted insurers to express their displeasure, industry insiders said. Multiple sources declined to speak publicly about the push back because they fear retribution. But Bob Laszewski, who heads a consulting firm for big insurance companies, did talk on the record.
We are only three and a quarter years away from transforming the United States of America. We may never get back to where we once were, but we can sure roll back much of the mess Barack Obama has created through his misguided policies and serial incompetence. With ObamaCare´s ascendancy and impending crash, America will be on the cusp of transformational action. The misery the ACA will bring to almost every American cannot be overestimated in its ability to incite anger -- and, anger has consequences and repercussions. The failure of the ACA has the potential to make 2014 a wave
The latest NBC/WSJ poll finds that more Americans would vote for a third party candidate for Congress than a Republican. 35% of voters prefer a Democrat, which has been steady for three years. Republicans, however, have experienced an 8-point swing against them since they took control of the House. Today, just 28% of voters say they would vote for a Republican for Congress, while 30% would opt for a third party. The GOP Establishment, engaged in open war against the Tea Party and conservatives, is simply committing political suicide. Listening to the consultant and pundit class who inhabit the "Acela line"
President Barack Obama will not attend next month´s event marking the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln´s Gettysburg Address in Pennsylvania. Officials at Gettysburg National Military Park said Wednesday that U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will represent the administration the Nov. 19 sesquicentennial. Jewell and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James McPherson will share the role of keynote speaker. Other events include a reading of the Gettysburg address by a Lincoln portrayer. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett also plans to attend the ceremony. Lincoln delivered the immortal words of the address at a dedication of the Soldiers´ National Cemetery on Nov. 19, 1863, more than
Every disaster has its moment of clarity. Physicist Richard Feynman dunks an O-ring into ice water and everyone understands instantly why the shuttle Challenger exploded. This week, the Obamacare O-ring froze for all the world to see: Hundreds of thousands of cancellation letters went out to people who had been assured a dozen times by the president that “If you like your health-care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health-care plan. Period.” The cancellations lay bare three pillars of Obamacare: (a) mendacity, (b) paternalism and (c) subterfuge. (a) Those letters are irrefutable evidence that President Obama’s repeated you-keep-your-coverage claim
In one of the few political jokes attributed to a physicist, Ernest Rutherford once described a public official as being “like a Euclidean point: he has position without magnitude.” With a change of pronoun, he could have been describing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who ignored internal warnings about flaws in HealthCare.gov, botched its rollout, minimized her involvement and blamed her contractors. Now, in congressional testimony, she has accepted responsibility without the inconvenience of accountability or the demonstration of competence. Administration incompetence is not the final word on Obamacare, but it is the initial impression.
Politico describes this kindly gesture as “an olive branch.” I agree. Cruz, whose fiery brand of conservative politics continually draws the enmity and wrath of the GOP establishment, has publicly pledged he will not help conservative candidates oust his more squishy, Republican colleagues. The “surrender caucus” can finally breathe a sigh of relief. For now: Extending an olive branch to GOP senators, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is privately making it clear he won’t engage in the Senate Conservatives Fund’s hardball tactics to defeat his colleagues in their primary races. At a closed-door lunch meeting of Senate Republicans Wednesday, the freshman
CNN´s senior legal analyst thinks that any further investigation into Benghazi is looking at a "non-story" since "there is nothing there, in terms of a scandal." On Thursday´s AC360 Later, Jeffrey Toobin scoffed at Republican efforts to gain access to more Benghazi witnesses and CIA operatives. "This is a non-story. Benghazi was a tragedy. It´s not a scandal. Republicans are going to investigate this until the end of the Obama administration. They will find nothing, because there´s nothing to be found there," he insisted. [Video below the break. Audio here.]"We don´t know all the facts about the Civil War. If
For a moment Wednesday morning, the person in charge of ObamaCare — not to mention the largest and most expensive Cabinet department in the United States and, therefore, the world — turned into a frustrated teenager. Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of Health and Human Services, was undergoing a grilling from a Republican congressman over whether President Obama bore responsibility for the failures of his health-care rollout. She said it was her fault. He said Obama was her boss and she reported to Obama, so wasn’t it his fault, too? To which Sebelius responded thusly: “Um . . . You clearly . .
Masked from public view, two of the U.S. military’s elite special operations commandos have been awarded medals for bravery for a mission that further undercuts the Obama administration’s original story about the Benghazi tragedy. For months, administration officials have claimed no special operations forces were dispatched from outside Libya to Benghazi during the Sept. 11, 2012, al Qaeda terrorist attacks on the U.S. diplomatic mission and CIA annex because none was within range. The Pentagon, under intense public criticism for not coming to the aid of besieged Americans, published an official timeline in November that carefully danced around the issue. It said time