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They Lied: Obamacare’s
12 False Premises and Broken Promises

Reason, by Peter Suderman

Original Article

Posted By:Ruhn, 1/15/2014 10:10:58 AM

On November 7, President Barack Obama made a first tentative stab at an apology for the fact that, despite his often-repeated assurances to the contrary, millions of Americans were losing their health insurance plans as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). "I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me," he told Chuck Todd of NBC News. The president´s reluctant apology was as empty as the promise that he broke. Obama was not sorry for the law or its impact on the health insurance status of

      


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They Lied: Obamacare’s
12 False Premises and Broken Promises
Reason, by Peter Suderman    Original Article
Posted By: Ruhn- 1/15/2014 10:10:58 AM     Post Reply
On November 7, President Barack Obama made a first tentative stab at an apology for the fact that, despite his often-repeated assurances to the contrary, millions of Americans were losing their health insurance plans as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). "I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me," he told Chuck Todd of NBC News. The president´s reluctant apology was as empty as the promise that he broke. Obama was not sorry for the law or its impact on the health insurance status of

   

 

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Posted By: Ruhn- 12/3/2013 9:58:32 AM     Post Reply
In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, the United States took a number of rapid actions. One was the passage of the Patriot Act, which I regarded as a mistake then, and which doesn´t seem much better now. Another was the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, a bureaucratic monstrosity that doesn´t seem to have done much to keep us actually, you know, safer. And another was the federal takeover of aviation security by the Transportation Security Administration, which also seems to have been a bust. There´s now some talk about repealing or revising the Patriot Act, and the

Knockdown Games, Bigoted Receipts,
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Human Events, by John Hayward    Original Article
Posted By: Ruhn- 11/27/2013 12:29:30 PM     Post Reply
There’s a coincidental, but illuminating, confluence of “media mythology” stories at the moment. The first concerns a series of claims by wait staff that hateful, bigoted customers stiffed them for tips and wrote awful things on the receipt.(snip) social media firestorms erupted over stories that inflamed certain passions and fulfilled certain expectations. The narratives were too good to check. But the press is suddenly very interested in “debunking” the Knockdown Game, building off a hysterical piece in Slate that alleges – based on nothing more than the deep-seated ideological convictions of the author – that the rash of random, racially-charged

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Posted By: Ruhn- 11/25/2013 11:21:10 AM     Post Reply
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For Obama, Everything
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Real Clear Politics, by Salena Zito    Original Article
Posted By: Ruhn- 11/25/2013 9:54:54 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON - Two minutes after the start of an event he was scheduled to headline, President Barack Obama stepped into his limo for the 13-minute ride to the Four Seasons Hotel here. Inside the five-star hotel, 150 Wall Street CEOs waited. The crowd expected the president to deliver a speech filled with reassurances about the problems associated with ObamaCare. Instead, he offered biting partisan rhetoric that tried to blame Republicans for the failures of his signature health-care bill. In politics there is always an exit door. But policy is a much different room: Exits are hard to find because you

A Dishonest Presidency
Washington Post, by Marc A. Thiessen    Original Article
Posted By: Ruhn- 11/4/2013 2:46:16 PM     Post Reply
The Wall Street Journal broke the news this weekend that, even as President Obama was telling the American people they could keep their health plans, “some White House policy advisors objected to the breadth of Mr. Obama’s ‘keep your plan’ promise. They were overruled by political aides.” Overruled by political aides? This is simply damning. It’s not easy to get a lie into a presidential speech. Every draft address is circulated to the White House senior staff and key Cabinet officials in something called the “staffing process.” Every line is reviewed by dozens of senior officials, who offer comments and

   

 

  


 
Obama’s Valerie Jarrett: Often
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National Review Online, by John Fund    Original Article
Posted By: Ruhn- 10/25/2013 2:44:18 PM     Post Reply
President Obama’s aides went to extraordinary lengths to uncover the identity of a senior official who was using Twitter to make snarky comments about White House staffers. Suspicion gradually centered on Jofi Joseph, the point man on nuclear nonproliferation at the National Security Council. So at a meeting in which everyone was in on the scam an inaccurate but innocuous news tidbit was revealed. When Joseph used his anonymous Twitter handle #natlsecwonk to broadcast the tidbit he was caught and promptly fired. (snip)What apparently intensified the campaign to identify the “snarker” was a comment about Valerie Jarrett, the senior Obama

The Clash of the Crusades
The American Spectator, by Jeffrey Lord    Original Article
Posted By: Ruhn- 10/3/2013 9:46:42 AM     Post Reply
“A lot of people talk about wanting to change Washington. Well, if we actually change Washington there’s a lot of resistance. This is what it looks like. And we shouldn’t be surprised that when Washington is being forced to change by the American people, is being forced to actually listen to the voters that there’s going to be a lot of resistance because a lot of people are vested to the status quo.” — Senator Ted Cruz on ‘The Mark Levin Show’ Finally. Recognition dawns. Last night Speaker Boehner emerged from the White House to report that President Obama and

Why Harry Reid Lost His Temper
Commentary, by Seth Mandel    Original Article
Posted By: Ruhn- 10/3/2013 7:47:15 AM     Post Reply
“My staff has always said ‘don’t say this,’ but…” is a frightening disclaimer for the communications staffers of any member of Congress to hear. But it can be especially cringe inducing when the person reciting the line has a terrible habit of not only saying things over the warnings of his staff but also saying things he shouldn’t even have to be told not to say. (snip) One of Washington’s worst-kept secrets is that Reid’s attitude toward most people ranges from miserable on his best days to uncommonly vicious on his worst. When he describes members of the public as

Treason Chic
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Posted By: Ruhn- 10/1/2013 9:26:46 PM     Post Reply
On August 18, security officers at London’s Heathrow Airport detained a Brazilian named David Miranda. They did so under the United Kingdom’s Terrorism Act, which allows authorities to hold an individual for up to nine hours if they believe him to be in possession of “information which he knows or believes might be of material assistance” to terrorists. The officers seized Miranda’s cellphone, camera, laptop, encrypted memory sticks, and external hard drive. Miranda is the partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, who, since June, has broken a series of stories about programs conducted by the National Security Agency

The hoary myth that
Obamacare can’t be defunded
Washington Examiner, by Conn Carroll    Original Article
Posted By: Ruhn- 8/2/2013 5:50:20 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, say they won’t vote for any continuing resolution to fund the federal government through the 2014 fiscal year that contains funding for Obamacare. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., says Cruz and Lee are being dishonest because they know President Obama will never sign any measure that defunds his signature domestic policy achievement. The Alamo or a fool’s errand?

   

 

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George W. Bush Is Smarter Than You
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Posted By: Ruhn- 4/25/2013 11:48:32 AM     Post Reply
The new George W. Bush Presidential Center is being dedicated this week. This seems like a good time to bust a longstanding myth about our former President, my former boss. I teach a class at Stanford Business School titled “Financial Crises in the U.S. and Europe.” During one class session while explaining the events of September 2008, I kept referring to the efforts of the threesome of Hank Paulson, Ben Bernanke, and Tim Geithner, who were joined at the hip in dealing with firm-specific problems as they arose.



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