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February 11, 2014 - 7:17 am
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Last week, the National Journal’s Ron Fournier — a former Associate Press man, by the way — tweeted this in reaction to the CBO report on Obamacare. That report predicted that Obamacare would kill off the equivalent of more than 2 million jobs through the disincentives to work that it creates.

That wasn’t the GOP saying that. It was the Congressional Budget Office. But many Republicans seized on the report as evidence that Obamacare hurts the economy (because it does).

Fournier:

 

The Reagan-era welfare queen story wasn’t about race. It was about abuse of taxpayers. The welfare queen in question was Linda Taylor, and in addition to being a welfare fraudster, she was involved in kidnappings and murder. Democrats made the welfare queen story about race because that’s what they do and have done for decades. They did it to distract from their longstanding record of bulking up the welfare rolls at taxpayer expense.

Fournier has been around the block long enough to know that, so his injection of race into the story last week was evidence of either incompetence or dishonesty.

Today, perhaps he is being a bit more honest. He writes that he is “getting sick of defending Obamacare.”

Was that his job?

Apparently he is under the impression that it is, so he’s screaming “Take this job and shove it!” Take a look at his lead paragraph. The grouping is telling.

It’s getting difficult and slinking toward impossible to defend the Affordable Care Act. The latest blow to Democratic candidates, liberal activists, and naïve columnists like me came Monday from the White House, which announced yet another delay in the Obamacare implementation.

He’s on the team!

For the second time in a year, certain businesses were given more time before being forced to offer health insurance to most of their full-time workers. Employers with 50 to 99 workers were given until 2016 to comply, two years longer than required by law. During a yearlong grace period, larger companies will be required to insure fewer employees than spelled out in the law.

Not coincidentally, the delays punt implementation beyond congressional elections in November, which raises the first problem with defending Obamacare: The White House has politicized its signature policy.

Yeah, that’s not the first problem with defending Obamacare. But at least he found a problem.

The win-at-all-cost mentality helped create a culture in which a partisan-line vote was deemed sufficient for passing transcendent legislation. It spurred advisers to develop a dishonest talking point—”If you like your health plan, you’ll be able to keep your health plan.” And political expediency led Obama to repeat the line, over and over and over again, when he knew, or should have known, it was false.

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Sorry, Ronnie boy, but I just don't buy it. You've been happily excoriating Republicans and conservatives as just-short-of latter day Klansmen ever since this partisan legislation first saw the light of day. You, like the rest of your fellow Democrat operatives with bylines (TM, Glenn Reynolds), have shown yourselves to have no honor and no credibility. Now you whine about not wanting to carry Obama's water anymore? Like the kids and your Democrat compatriots so nastily say these days, "Suck it!"
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Ron the Pawn is having a difficult time talking about the fine china on the Titanic when the icy waters of the North Atlantic are soaking his socks.

The thin red line between being a fraud and covering up a fraud disappear in the mist of a cratering ideology.

Ron the Pawn is a propagandist who dislikes having to explain first level propaganda with second level propaganda. It's tiring. But like Pajama Boy...every leftist f*** has a duty to whitewash dictatorial abuse and "win" every argument by slandering dissenters and making up strawmen and falsehoods of new and improved mendacity.

I would hang this lying cretin with the other traitors in numbers that would give the remake of Spartacus a good start.
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"I want the ACA to work because...the link between work and insurance needs to be broken."

Wow.

1) The ACA has to be the most destructive way to break that link.
2) So is he admitting that the point of the employer mandate is to force employers to dump employees on the exchange, leading to de facto single payer or a crash in the system so demand will increase for single payer? I thought that was crazy, right wing nut job stuff.
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Fournier is a liar. Periiod. The rest is from the Department of Redundancy and Redundancy Department.

He's probably just upset because HIS healthcare costs are going up.
27 weeks ago
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27 weeks ago
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In the past three weeks or so I've seen this Fournier guy twice on FOX Special Report with Bret Bair during the pundit question and answer period.
[last 20 minutes]
He tries to come across as a moderate, but cannot close the deal.
Him being a moderate is like shoving 10 lbs. of feces into an 8 lb.-rated box.
It. just. does. not. fit. ...........and it shows..........
27 weeks ago
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Sorry, Ronnie boy, but I just don't buy it. You've been happily excoriating Republicans and conservatives as just-short-of latter day Klansmen ever since this partisan legislation first saw the light of day. You, like the rest of your fellow Democrat operatives with bylines (TM, Glenn Reynolds), have shown yourselves to have no honor and no credibility. Now you whine about not wanting to carry Obama's water anymore? Like the kids and your Democrat compatriots so nastily say these days, "Suck it!"
27 weeks ago
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Entertaining to hear Ron Fournier claim he is getting tired of defending ObamaCare. This is the first paragraph of his article crying he just can't go much longer…"It's getting difficult and slinking toward impossible to defend the Affordable Care Act. The latest blow to Democratic candidates, liberal activists, and naïve columnists like me came Monday from the White House, which announced yet another delay in the Obamacare implementation."

So his excuse is that he is 'naive'. REALLY?! As a columnist he has tremendous influence and he is now saying he just didn't know it would be this bad "because I want health insurance provided to the millions without it, for both the moral and economic benefits. "

Wow Ron, naive isn't the word I'd use to describe you at all. I'd say you are at BEST WILLFULLY ignorant and more obviously ideologically blinded to the realities of what Conservatives have been screaming at the tops of our lungs for years about ObamaCare and Obama himself.

Scratch the surface and discover all the putrid corruption and lies and subversions this Administration has engaged in. ObamaCrae is just the most easily obvious because you can NOT lie to hundreds of millions of people repeatedly about something that will affect them directly and not be caught. Now that the lid is off the ACA, move on to Benghazi, the IRS, Fast and Furious and NSA. Your POTUS is a serial, despotic liar hell bent on destroying this nation.

You might still help us save the Republic if you will let the scales fall from your eyes..

Your whining and collaboration in all of this is unforgivable! Amends can be made only to our great nation if and when you stop being a propagandist hack and start to do some investigative, unbiased research. And report it.
27 weeks ago
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Ron Fournier has carried the Democrat water for so long, for him to even write anything close to a criticism of anything Democrat must be an agonizing act of heresy for this man. It is amazing to see how well he cloaked his criticism inside an otherwise supporting role for ACA and Obama.

He and all of the members of Journalist, which by the way should contain about 98% of all "reporters", will never stop being willing sacrificial goats for Obama even when they know he holds total disdain for any who dares to write one critical line about him or his administration. But, fear not Ron, you covered you tracks sufficiently to avoid becoming an outcast by your fellow propagandists.

When I think of the way the press has devolved over the past few decades and they are no longer the defenders of freedom of speech or expression if it does not agree with their opinions, viewpoints, and politics, I think of the stanza, "This is the way the world will end, this is the way the world will end, this is the way the world will end, not with a bang but a whimper." And Ron Fournier is doing nothing but whimpering and that is how the free press has finally ended. He didn't have enough integrity to completely and thoroughly denounce ACA, aka, Obamacare.
27 weeks ago
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Ron is just another deputy Minister of Information, like his professional and spiritual mentor, Baghdad Bob.

He has no shame and apparently no self-respect, given that Obama collected the phone records of other AP reporters. If Nixon had done this, his claim would have been, "The First Amendment has been trampled!". When Obama does it, he cries, "Please Sir! May I have another?"

A pathetic excuse for a journalist and a man.
27 weeks ago
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What is amazing is that Obama has set a precedent which will allow the next GOP president to repeal the law by executive fiat. The left has said that Obama has the power to modify Obamacare at will. The next president can simply say that all employers with fewer that one billion employees are exempt for the next billion years. Republicans should seize that power but make clear that it only applies to Obamacare.
27 weeks ago
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I see this line of reasoning a lot, and it troubles me for a few reasons. We should steer clear of it.

First, Obama hasn't actually set a precedent in the legal sense. He's acting lawlessly and getting away with it because 1) Harry Reid's equally lawless Senate makes him impeachment proof and 2) the national media refuses to hold him accountable. Neither of those conditions would apply to the next (hopefully Republican) President. And if you think the Democrats would remain silent while a Republican does something just because Obama did it first then you haven't been paying attention for the last 15 years.

But more importantly I think that as a matter of principle we need to refuse to engage in "they did it so now we're going to". SOMEONE has to stand up and say "We are a constitutional republic, governed by laws and rules. We do things properly or not at all." Then repeal Obamacare and undo all his other outrages through the correct legislative procedures. If we govern by fiat the way the Democrats have become accustomed to doing, if neither side shows any fealty to the Constitution, then we really are doomed.
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Harry Reid doesn't make him impeachment proof, he may make him judgement proof.

Impeachment is by the House, conviction would be by the Senate but if impeachment happened, by the time trial started, the media might even have turned against the unvetted, affirmative action, unpatriotic, irresonsible, chicago thug failure that now occupies the White House.
27 weeks ago
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The real problem for those carrying the water for the dictator is that they are not only on an impossible journey but are trying to defend the same fool who has total disdain for everyone who doesn't bow to worship him, combined with his disdain for those who also worship him
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"...the link between work and insurance needs to be broken." What link? Hubby & I have had insurance ever since our COBRA ran out. How? Because we forego unnecessary luxuries like buying a house, a 2nd car, vacations, and only eat in restaurants infrequently. You can't start your own business, have health insurance, AND waste money at the same time!!
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