What to do about NPR’s national political correspondent Mara Liasson?
This is a regular issue raised by some NPR listeners who object to Liasson’s second role as a contributor to Fox News. They say that she, like Fox, tilts to the right.
“Would you please consider letting Mara Liasson go?” wrote listener Michael Duba in what is typical of the several complaints that come in almost every time Liasson does a story. “Her affiliation with the Tea Party channel and willingness to just go along with whatever is said by others on the fake news shows she appears on has ruined whatever small remaining shreds of credibility she had left.”
Joan Jones, of Madison, Wis., wrote, “If Ms. Liasson wishes to be respected, I suggest that she refrain from using Republican or ‘Tea Party’ talking points in her reporting. In her reporting on the Affordable Care Act in particular, you are obligated to go beyond the talking points to get to the truth of an issue.”
I have followed Liasson’s work closely for the last 10 weeks, through four of the most ideologically and politically contentious minefields imaginable. These were the considerations to attack Syria, the government shutdown, the threat of debt default and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. As a national political correspondent, Liasson filed frequently on each. I also have looked at some of her contributions to Fox, where she is called on as an outside political expert.
My conclusion on Liasson’s work is simple:
It’s refreshing that the ombudsman was so supportive, given the close-minded, pathetic nature of the intolerant groupthink fan base at NPR. This is a network that routinely interviews and fawns over the idiots from MSNBC.
Public broadcasting faithful always crow about the tax dollars they receive being such a small portion of the budget.
So why would they miss it if we stop wasting money on entertaining a crowd that hates the First Amendment?
Overton, identified by the General Land Office as the nation’s oldest veteran, was born in Bastrop County. He served in the Army during World War II in the South Pacific and now lives in Austin. He sold furniture in Austin after the war and later worked for the state Treasurer’s Office.
He drives and walks without a cane. During a television interview in March, he told a reporter that he doesn’t take medicine, smokes cigars every day and takes whiskey in his morning coffee. The key to living to his age, he said, is simply “staying out of trouble.”
The weekend is here, a story that doesn’t get one’s blood boiling was in order.
And I’m rethinking being a coffee purist and never having anything in it.
President Barack Obama says he’s sorry Americans are losing health insurance plans he repeatedly said they could keep under his signature health care law. But the president on Thursday stopped short of apologizing for making those promises in the first place.
Translation: “Sorry you’re in this position, not sorry I lied to put you there.”
As always, the Twitterati had a field day with him.
#ObamaIsSorry that America is finding out what is in the bill.
— Mike (@mrjc1) November 8, 2013
#ObamaIsSorry To have to remind you that it rubs the lotion on its skin. It does this whenever it’s told.
— Smitty #ReformOrDie (@smitty_one_each) November 7, 2013
#ObamaIsSorry but golf is a harsh mistress, and it takes a lot of balls to play the way he does.
— Fullreap Heal (@lheal) November 8, 2013
It’s exactly what critics of the Common Core school curriculum warned about: Partisan political statements masquerading as English lessons finding their way into elementary school classrooms.
Teaching materials aligned with the controversial national educational standards ask fifth-graders to edit such sentences as “(The president) makes sure the laws of the country are fair,” “The wants of an individual are less important than the well-being of the nation” and “the commands of government officials must be obeyed by all.” The sentences, which appear in worksheets published by New Jersey-based Pearson Education, are presented not only for their substance, but also to teach children how to streamline bulky writing.
Did someone resurrect Stalin to outline this program?
Every time a Common Core proponent tells me I am imagining things evidence seems to show up that makes my imagination very, very vivid.
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The pilot father of a student who caused outrage by dressing up as the World Trade Center for a nightclub fancy dress competition has said he is ‘not happy at all’ about his daughter’s behaviour.
Amber Langford and Annie Collinge, both 19, won the contest and a £150 prize at a Chester nightclub despite lampooning the worst terrorist attack in modern history.
Miss Langford’s father Martin, who was flying in the U.S. at the time of the atrocity, said: ‘I didn’t know anything about it, but I’m not happy at all.
‘She knows I’m a pilot and that’s not cool at all. We will be having a little chat, I think.’
I know they are young and clueless but…come on.
Also, let’s give Halloween back to the little kids.
An August 2005 CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll (MoE ± 5) showed that Rudy Giuliani (27%) , John McCain (24%) and Condoleezza Rice (19%) had the most support among nine Republican candidates [Virginia Senator George Allen, Kansas Senator Sam Brownback, Tennessee Senator Bill Frist, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel, Arizona Senator John McCain, New York Governor George Pataki, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney].
The top three Democratic candidates were Hillary Rodham Clinton (40%) , John Kerry (16%) and John Edwards (15%) ; there were eight candidates in the survey (Indiana Senator Evan Bayh, Delaware Senator Joe Biden, retired general Wesley Clark, New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, former North Carolina senator John Edwards, Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, Virginia Governor Mark Warner). A June FOX poll had similar result for the Democratic nominees.
This tells us a couple of important things. First, as I have maintained all along, just because Hillary is being spoken of as inevitably unconquerable doesn’t mean she is. Second, speculation three years before the fact is just that.
Hop on any bandwagon you want, but they’re all still parked in a garage that won’t be open for a while.
“Traversable Achronal Retrograde Domains in Spacetime” is the name of a scientific paper written by physicists Dr. Ben Tippett and Dr. Dave Tsang. Yes, not only do they study black holes and Einstein’s theory of general relativity, but they deliberately named theorized spacetime bubbles TARDIS. We want to be their best friends.
Basically, the proposed real life TARDIS is a bubble of spacetime capable of moving backward and forward along a loop of time. If several of these loops could be spliced together, it would allow the TARDIS to travel between any point in space and time.
Of course, though the theory is sound, building such a thing would step outside of the bounds of normal matter. Presumably, that’s why the Gallifreyans had to grow them.
California will fall short of its goal to slash greenhouse gas emissions by midcentury unless it adopts aggressive policies to fight climate change, a new report says.
The state is still on track to cut emissions of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases to 1990 levels by 2020, according to a report released Monday by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
But reducing those emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050, as required under a 2005 executive order by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, will not be possible without new policies and technological innovations, the report said.
Set an improbable target, fail to meet it and use that as an excuse for even more onerous regulation. All that from an executive order.
Remember that the next time somebody tries to give you the “as long as he/she has an ‘R’ after his/her name’ argument.
As I told the Twitter hordes, I can congratulate Chris Christie for being reelected without conferring electoral sainthood upon him for 2016.
There are already throngs of people absolutely giddy about the fact that Christie did well with Hispanic voters and women. That’s very nice but the presumption that it would play out the same in a national election is…hopeful at best. Christie is obviously an anomaly in New Jersey and before we get too deep in the weeds about what motivated the electorate there remember this: New Jersey’s senators are a guy who likes underage foreign hookers and a dude with an imaginary friend.
We knew that Christie was going to win, however.
In Virginia, the state that has most financially benefited from having a massive government expansionist in the Oval Office, Terry McAuliffe was supposed to have an early-evening cakewalk. A big victory for him was also supposed to show that the Clinton Death Star was fully armed and operational.
The shutdown probably did play a bigger role in Virginia than it would have in any other state, but it didn’t cost Cuccinelli the election. He lost a couple of points as a result, but McAuliffe was already far ahead at the time.
That huge lead evaporated because of the Obamacare train wreck. They stopped talking about it at most McAuliffe rallies a week ago.
During next year’s midterms the shutdown will no longer be an issue.
Guess what will?
Senator Sherrod Brown is joining the push to expand Social Security, and he’s making a startling argument: Dems should go on offense on entitlements, rather than let Republicans and Beltway fiscal scolds frame the discussion as one over how much benefits should be cut, not one over whether they should be cut at all.
“There are two fundamental numbers that make this a moral case for Democrats to make,” Brown told me in an interview today. “One is that a third of seniors rely on Social Security for virtually their entire income. The other is that more than half of seniors rely on Social Security for significantly more than half their income.”
This is akin to trying to cure cancer by making the tumors grow faster.
Social Security needs an overhaul. As serious overhaul where adult decisions have to be made.
The “revenues” the Democrats speak of so often are the reason that so many Americans, including seniors, struggle. They’ve been assaulting income through taxation (helped by a couple of decades of tax happy Republicans) for a few generations now.
So they can come in and save the people they’ve financially destroyed.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) found “inaccuracies” with waiting time data relating to cancer treatment at Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust. The chief inspector of hospitals said that patients’ lives may have been put at risk so the trust could give an impression it was meeting waiting list targets.
Essex Police said that it was examining whether a “criminal investigation” was needed.
Prof Sir Mike Richards, the chief inspector of hospitals, said: “If you are diagnosed with cancer, you are entitled to think that your hospital will do all they can to ensure you get treatment you need as soon as possible.
“It is shocking to think that people’s lives may have been put at risk for the sake of the waiting time figures.” A number of cancer patients suffered “undue delays” which were not accurately recorded by the trust, the commission said.
Bureaucrats care about bureaucrats. It’s that simple. If a bureaucrat is looking at a choice between something that is threatening your life and something that is threatening the life of the bureaucracy the latter is going to win that battle much of the time.
Staff told inspectors that they were “pressured or bullied” to change data relating to patients and their treatment in order to make it seem like people were being treated in line with national guidelines, a CQC spokesman said.
Enjoy this crystal ball glimpse into your Obamacare future.
If you liked your plan, you can reminisce about it while I change the topic to gay rights.
— Razor (@hale_razor) November 4, 2013
My friend Sooper Mexican had a nice little riff on this theme going for a while tonight that ended up inspiring others.
Clinton didn't cheat on Hillary, he just mis-screwed the wrong woman. – @NYTimes
— MexyCare.Org (@SooperMexican) November 5, 2013
Obama isn't a socialist, he's just mis-communist. – @NYTimes
— MexyCare.Org (@SooperMexican) November 5, 2013
— MexyCare.Org (@SooperMexican) November 5, 2013
— Melissa Clouthier (@MelissaTweets) November 5, 2013
Sure, let’s go with that.
Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) is running just 6 percentage points behind state Attorney General Greg Abbott (R) in the 2014 governor’s race, according to an online University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll released Monday.
Davis’ name recognition has jumped significantly since she made national headlines with an 11-hour filibuster against an anti-abortion bill in late June. In a poll taken earlier that month, 58 percent of Texas voters didn’t know her or had no opinion of her. In the most recent poll, that number is down to just 16 percent.
Opinions of Davis, the only Democratic gubernatorial candidate so far, are deeply divided, with 37 percent of Texas voters viewing her favorably, 31 percent unfavorably and 16 percent neutral.
Abbott, the leading Republican candidate, is more positively rated, with 36 percent viewing him favorably, 24 percent unfavorably and 23 percent neutral. Eighteen percent didn’t know him or had no opinion.
They can drink all they want over there in the Abortion Barbie Dream House but if they think the large number of undecided voters in Texas are going to break Democrat the hangover may be incurable.
Charles Krauthammer has come to my rescue. You see, I’ve been on the receiving end of some spirited reaction since asserting in last weekend’s column that what we commonly call the Republican establishment — i.e., not all individual Republicans but GOP leadership — “is more sympathetic to Obama’s case for the welfare state than to the Tea Party’s case for limited government and individual liberty.” The statement may have been provocative in the sense of expressing a truth that people on the political Right prefer not to talk about. But it was not controversial because it is indisputably true.
I agree with McCarthy’s conclusion there (the entire post is good). Honestly, I have had a difficult time distinguishing leftists from moderate, consultant-class Republicans since the shutdown. Their arguments are eerily similar.
Jeff Goldstein at Protein Wisdom peered into his narrative crystal ball yesterday.
The rhetorical ground is already being set, with these two races its supposed proofs: look at how well Chris Christie did in a blue state! Look at how Cuccineli’s extremism lost us Virginia!
I sincerely hope Cuccinelli can pull it off. But I think the deck has been very intentionally stacked against him. It’s time we understood a simple truth: Every political battle now is an attack on the TEA Party by the status quo ruling class. And that’s because the TEA Party is the last barrier to the surrender of individual sovereignty and the permanence of big government statism favored by crony capitalists, corporatists, and liberal fascists.
Goldstein quotes a recent WaPo piece by Dana Milbank, who is crowing about “the Tea Party” blowing it. This is the same Milbank who in 2010 was writing about how Marco Rubio was either going to lose to Charlie Crist in the primary or lose to the Democrat in the general.
The day before these elections, the narrative machine is already fired up.
In New Jersey, there is a candidate in Gov. Chris Christie on his way to an improbable landslide victory in a blue state, and he is urging Republicans to follow his lead nationally.
In Virginia, gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli represents the conservative wing of the party who has not been able to sway voters in his state.
Every GOP mainstream politician and consultant will spend the next few months completely incapable of saying little more than “Chris Christie!” They will have polls-OH!-will they have polls. Everyone will be taken as undeniable proof that Christie can beat Hillary, the zombie apocalypse, and the 1927 Yankees once time travel is a thing.
Most of them will be…useless.
Detroit’s unions called witnesses on Monday to testify that the city does not belong in bankruptcy including representatives of a union and retirees who said a negotiated settlement of the city’s debts had been possible before it filed for bankruptcy in mid-July.
The testimony at the city’s bankruptcy eligibility hearing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court followed an appearance by Kevyn Orr, Detroit’s state-appointed emergency manager. Orr added further nuance to the question of whether a bankruptcy filing might violate pension protections enshrined in Michigan’s state constitution.
So after being central to the problem for forty years they’re saying they were willing to turn on a dime? And if they can’t convince anyone of that they want to prove this ruination is protected by the Michigan constitution?
They better sell that snake oil before the entire states of California and Illinois blow it out of the water.
Anyone waiting expectantly for Vice President Biden to name check President Obama at an election eve rally Monday went away disappointed.
Besides singing the praises of Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe at the Northern Virginia event, Biden mentioned Democratic Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner (favorably) and Republican Sen. Ted Cruz (unfavorably). He singled out McAuliffe’s Republican opponent, Ken Cuccinelli, by name. Biden even referred to his own wife and his father.
But there was no mention of the president. Nor any mention of health care, aside from a reference to Cuccinelli’s participation, as Virginia attorney general, in conservative efforts to restrict women’s health care (read abortion rights) in the state. It was noticed.
Biden’s omission signaled how the Affordable Care Act’s recent troubles have turned the president’s signature domestic legislation from an asset to a liability, if not in solidly blue places like Massachusetts then in purple states like Virginia.
Unfortunately, Obamacare and its “I know nothing!” architect didn’t become a liability in time to wound the Democrat crook who will probably be the next governor of Virginia. The fact that so many of those getting fat off your taxes now live in the state may have negated an earlier train wreck anyway.
And I was totally kidding: Crazy Joe the Wonder Veep is still certifiably insane.
Grab your phone and make your cancellation notice famous.
This is what happens when adults take over what was once a fun kids night.
CNBC’s morning anchors were troubled by the news that their own insurance plans will become more costly under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
On Oct. 30’s “Squawk Box,” CNBC Senior Correspondent Scott Cohn revealed details of NBC’s open enrollment, brandishing an official fact book outlining the process. He quoted the document, revealing that the ACA would increase employee premiums.
Cohn observed “Some of these costs, when you look at this, are way up — double digits.”
Many (present company included) were shocked on Monday when this salvo was fired from what had previously been a hotbed of Obamacare sycophants.
Imagine how many epiphanies would be occurring if so many waivers and delays hadn’t been handed out.
President Obama last week sought to turn attention from health care to immigration — in other words, from one racially divisive issue to another.
Whites tend to hold negative views of Obamacare, while blacks tend to like it. Specifically, 55 percent of whites, an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found this year, consider Mr. Obama’s health care law a bad idea, while 59 percent of blacks call it a good idea. On immigration, 51 percent of whites oppose legal status for illegal residents, but 63 percent of blacks and 76 percent of Hispanics favor it.
It is simple for one of the Translucent Avengers in the MSM to see racial division everywhere, all they have done for decades is sow the seeds of it and water them. This, however, is merely another pathetic attempt to return to the one thing liberals use as the final bail out whenever you back them into a corner.
Playing the Race Card in this situation isn’t going to do much to distract right now. It has been well chronicled here and elsewhere that much of the left media isn’t bothering to spin this disaster.
The overwhelming majority of American blacks have been voting Democrat for decades so finding them overwhelmingly in support of a signature Democrat policy initiative isn’t exactly headline news.
Also, the 59 percent figure is quite a drop off from the number of black voters who supported President Obama in 2012 and that alone makes it a bit of a stretch to spin this into a harbinger of dysfunctional racial political polarization.
This is a shameless shot at stirring up emotions do avert attention from the Obamacare reality just as many are beginning to notice the obvious: if you rush a complex law into being just because it’s all you’ve really got, the chances of it going smoothly aren’t great.
Bless their hearts, there are still some in old media who have been getting away with biased nonsense like this for years and are still completely unaware that the news world doesn’t work that way anymore.
Here’s the sub-headline:
The president always had a tough time selling Obamacare. Now his weak assurances are making Republicans look wise beyond their years.
The evidence that Obamacare was sold by its namesake under utterly false pretenses is so overwhelming that even the press puppies can’t turn a blind eye to it.
During the public debate over health care in 2009 and 2010, no matter how tightly you may have shut your door, there was one piece of information it was impossible to avoid: the president’s promise that if you liked your doctor and your health care plan you would be able to keep it. So it was a surprise to many people to get a letter like the one Independence Blue Cross sent its customers weeks ago. It said that as a result of the Affordable Care Act, “your current plan will be discontinued effective January 1, 2014, and you will need to select a new plan by the end of December to avoid any interruption in coverage.”
That wasn’t what the president promised. But wait, the president can explain. It’s not what we think. People won’t have the same insurance—they will have better insurance, administration officials assure. That’s not the way some of the people receiving these letters see it. The president’s original promise was so ironclad and repeated so often that any explanation now sounds like dissembling.
This bout of buyer’s remorse will have some staying power but the Elders of the GOP Village need to pounce on this now. No over-thinking is required for this either.
“We told you so.”
While the press was distracting the electorate with oh-so-clever anecdotes about Romney’s out of touch binders and Big Bird quips, the more honest among us were trying to tell them that the hurt was on its way.
So let’s go after these people who are feeling stung the most at this moment and not be shy about doing so.
It may have taken more than a year, but there is some tepid media interest in what really happened in Benghazi. 60 Minutes aired an investigative report on Sunday night and even Chris Matthews tapped a little outrage over the subject that had been buried deep within him.
Obviously, questions and outrage would have been nice immediately after the tragedy (how does one take more than a year to get worked up about something like this?) and before the election last year, but we all know how this game is played.
This entire fiasco may not have wreaked havoc with President Obama’s election chances, but is there a possibility it will damage the one real hope the Democrats have for 2016?
According to the Rasmussen poll, over two fifths of Americans believe that the continuing fallout from Benghazi will hurt Clinton’s chances if she decides to make a run for the White House
Ever skeptical of political media motives, I can’t help but wonder if the timing of this sudden curiosity isn’t designed to help both Obama and Clinton.
It’s too late for any real immediate damage to the former and it may be too early for it to affect Herself much for the next election. In our short-attention-span world, it is a bit wishful to think that this story will be much more than a very muddy, distant memory to the average American voter three years from now.
With luck, the current scrutiny can be used to damage Team Hillary now so her inevitability takes a hit.
Democrat Terry McAuliffe now has a double-digit lead over Republican Ken Cuccinelli in the Virginia governor’s race, according to the latest Washington Post/Abt SRBI poll.
The former Clinton fundraiser now tops the attorney general 51% to 39% among likely voters with a week left in the campaign. Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis received 8% of the vote. In the same poll taken last month, Mr. McAuliffe had an 8-point lead over Mr. Cuccinelli, 47% to 39%, with Mr. Sarvis receiving 10%.
Finally, some good news for embattled Virginia Republican Ken Cuccinelli, the candidate for governor running against Democrat Terry McAuliffe.
A new poll by Quinnipiac University shows Mr. Cuccinelli lagging by only four points behind Mr. McAuliffe, 41 % to Mr. McAuliffe’s 45 %, among likely voters.
Just 24 hours ago, on Tuesday, a Washington Post/Abt SRBI poll showed Mr. McAuliffe with a 12-point lead, running 51% to 39% against Mr. Cuccinelli. That poll promptly provoked a spurt of negative opinion pieces by Republican columnists and commentators about the alleged drag on the GOP by hard-line conservative tea-party types.
That’s such a stark difference that one wonders if the respondents in both polls were still drunk from last weekend’s Halloween parties. Republicans should be extremely wary of any polls, especially after last year, but it’s better to see one moving in the right direction rather than the wrong, no matter how skeptical you are.
Personally, I have always maintained that any Republican lead of less than four percentage points on election day is vulnerable to the always superior get-out-the-vote effort by the Democrats, so a four-point deficit isn’t that moving.
Still, the specter of a reboot of a fully functioning Clinton sleaze machine should haunt all people who don’t want to see Hillary in the Oval Office, and a McAuliffe victory would only be the beginning of that frightening return.
It’s good (bad?) to know that “liberal” isn’t just a horrible misnomer on this side of the pond. The always fun to read Hannan is talking about British politics and media here but it is fairly simple to find the parallels. This one struck me the most:
None of this would matter if Mr Portes were not regularly trotted out, especially by the BBC, as representing some sort of neutral position. I’ve remarked before on how the most effective bias often comes in how studio guests are introduced: “Joining us now are Mr Blue, a Right-wing controversialist, and Mr Red, a distinguished academic…”
This is an ongoing problem in the MSM here as well. Conservatives are always described as such while liberals and progressives are just plain folk.
Democrats will let the president’s signature legislation die a painful death if Healthcare.gov isn’t fixed soon. Which is exactly why Obama is racing to fix this mess like Bush never did with his signature war.
Yes, the Affordable Care Act website rollout has been a fiasco. And, as always happens when political catastrophe strikes, the wave of bad analogies has rushed in its wake. One in particular is gaining ground: Healthcare.gov is for Barack Obama’s presidency what the invasion of Iraq was to George W. Bush’s administration, complete with outraged liberal reactions to it.
Here’s the funny thing: it’s a bad analogy, which could turn out to be accurate … but probably won’t.
To start with, the fact that people died in Iraq, as opposed to the inconvenience involved in a malfunctioning website, doesn’t make it a bad analogy. The analogy has to do with presidential decisions; it’s about process, not outcomes, and there’s nothing at all wrong with that.
No, what makes it a bad analogy is that Iraq War was misconceived from the start, and the actual events of the war, to a large extent, made obvious what some saw from the beginning.
With the exchanges, on the other hand, no one believes that they are inherently unworkable. Nor has the opening of the exchanges revealed anything fraudulent about the basic case Barack Obama made for passing the law in the first place.
It wasn’t “misconceived” yet The Idiot King is “racing to fix this mess”. Large undertakings that are well conceived generally include a proper plan of execution as part of said conception. But the author is a liberal, so he means “it feels good” rather than “it was well thought out”.
As for the nothing “fraudulent about the basic case Barack Obama made for passing the law in the first place” claim, we know how that’s turning out today.
Before the exchanges launched, the ACA supporters could live in a world of pure fantasy and pretend that all would be well just because that’s what their little toddler minds and hearts wanted. Now they have a few weeks or months of cover where they can pretend this is all about a website glitch. When that’s over another excuse will be in place.
Because the cult of personality around this president is so strong, the people who will be most disappointed by him aren’t going to keep delaying that until all about them is too catastrophic to ignore.
U.S. manufacturing output barely rose in September and contracts to buy previously owned homes recorded their largest drop in nearly 3-1/2 years, the latest signs the economy’s momentum ebbed as the third quarter ended.
The reports on Monday showed economic activity was on weak footing even before a 16-day partial shutdown of the U.S. federal government early in October that is expected to weigh on fourth quarter growth.
There is just so much new, awful stuff going on every day with Team Lightbringer that it is difficult to keep an eye on all of the wreckage. This consequence-laden second term isn’t going to have many bright spots for President Obama but you’re never going to be able to figure that out from the MSM. Don’t get too caught up in the fact that they are occasionally reporting on how awful the Obamacare roll out has been-they still think it’s just a website thing that can mostly be blamed on others. Once it is apparent even to the low-functioning two time Obama voter crowd they will go back to spinning. And they will spin until they are dead for this president.
A crappy economy and a feel-good bill that’s about to begin crippling the middle class. Good times…
On Friday, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) announced that a record number of students applied to American medical schools in 2013 and that a record number of first-year students has enrolled in medical schools this year. Experts say that’s an encouraging sign in the face of a primary care doctor shortage that will likely be exacerbated by an influx of newly insured Americans seeking medical treatment as the Affordable Care Act goes into effect.
“At a time when the nation faces a shortage of more than 90,000 doctors by the end of the decade and millions are gaining access to health insurance, we are very glad that more students than ever want to become physicians,” said AAMC president Dr. Darrell G. Kirch in a press release.
Delusional Money Line Of The Year Winner: “shortage that will likely be exacerbated by an influx of newly insured Americans seeking medical treatment as the Affordable Care Act goes into effect.”
It will more than likely be exacerbated by the number of doctors leaving the profession because of Obamacare. And how long will it be before this new crop wearies of their new overlords?
Drawing the connection that access to health insurance is not the same as access to health care was probably unintentional on the part of Think Progress as conflating the two for the low IQ lefties is one of the main tricks used to dupe people into supporting Obamacare.
Billionaire financier George Soros, a major Democratic donor, is backing an effort to persuade former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016, a spokesman said on Thursday.
Soros, 83, has pledged $25,000 to political action committee Ready For Hillary, the largest and best-funded independent group backing a potential Clinton candidacy. The wife of former President Bill Clinton would be widely viewed as the favorite for the Democratic presidential nomination if she decides to run.
“His support for Ready for Hillary is an extension of his long-held belief in the power of grassroots organizing,” said Soros spokesman Michael Vachon.
Soros’ pledge puts him on the PAC’s National Finance Council, along with several other major Democratic donors and officials, the group said.
Persuade her? Who the hell else are the Democrats going to run, Crazy Joe the Wonder Veep?
Also, it is beyond precious that the MSM is trying to say the involvement of the biggest astroturfer in politics has a strong belief in grassroots.
One last thing: these two may have been separated at birth.
Republicans and Democrats will use budget talks that start next week to try to minimize or reorder broad spending cuts that began in March, with both sides Thursday playing down the possibility of a “grand bargain” that would address the nation’s long-term fiscal problems.
In de-emphasizing the likelihood of a larger deal, both parties appeared to be looking for limited areas of agreement in order to bypass the next round of the automatic spending cuts known as the sequester and buy time to deal with tax reform, entitlement cuts and other big-ticket items next year.
This is precisely why I practically needed to be restrained every time an establishment Republican blathered on about “living to fight another day” during the recent shutdown. Their game is to pretend that we just have to be weak this one last time and next time we will be super-serious about it.
There is no fight in this group. Their concern is their own immediate comfort and the fact that they are wilfully hastening the economic demise of the country they’ve sworn to serve is not only disingenuous, it’s dangerous.
Let us be clear about this: the Democrats will never come around and realize that the economics they favor are sending the country careening towards catastrophe. The only hope is real and vigorous pushback from the Republicans and that won’t happen until the perma-capitulation crowd in leadership is unceremoniously shown the door.
Okay, okay, we get it: Republicans (still) don’t like the health-care law. But can’t they talk about anything else? “We know what happened with the effort to defund Obamacare,” Jennifer Steinhauer of the New York Times pointed out. “Do you think you have a better environment to do something? And what is the specific legislative strategy at this point?”
Why yes, there is a better environment now to do something, because this thing gets exponentially worse by the day. The reason that the MSM is so desperate to have the Republicans look away (and why The Idiot King attempted to pivot to immigration today) is that they know that Obamacare is vulnerable to attack and will continue to be for a while.
Whether Republican leadership takes advantage of this opportunity or merely sticks to form and discusses the best way to look the gift horse in the mouth remains to be seen.
The monstrously ill-conceived law most definitely should remain the main topic of political conversation, however.
Gun owners groups said Thursday they are considering recall campaigns against five Democratic lawmakers in California, including Assembly Speaker John Perez, for supporting a variety of firearms bills this year.
The effort could be patterned on recall elections in September that unseated two Colorado legislators, including the state Senate president.
The successful Colorado recalls suggest that lawmakers also are vulnerable in California, Jennifer Kerns, who recently founded the group Free California, said at a Capitol news conference.
Some of the lawmakers are newly elected to their seats and have the support of independents who are more likely to oppose gun restrictions, she said.
I’m not really sure how the Colorado recalls “suggest” anything about California but I do like the idea of going after Perez. At first glance this might seem like this is a monumentally difficult task but it’s important to remember that some of these bills were sponsored by progressive groups and so far left that Gov. Moonbeam vetoed six of them just a couple of weeks ago.
No, I’m not making light of mental health problems. I am lamenting the fact that this idiot is a heartbeat away from the presidency.
As the White House struggles to fix the problem-plagued rollout of its healthcare reform law, President Barack Obama on Thursday will try to focus attention on another policy priority – immigration reform – with a call for congressional action.
The president, who listed immigration as one of three priorities for this year after the 16-day government shutdown concluded, will make a statement at 10:35 a.m. (1435 GMT) at the White House urging lawmakers to finish work on measures to strengthen U.S. borders and provide a pathway toward citizenship for millions of people who are in the United States illegally.
Gotta hand it to this guy, he doesn’t let one spectacular failure after another slow him down. His successes to date are winning a few elections and having the good fortune of being in office when bin Laden was found (an operation that he inherited from the previous administration).
Oh, and his “signature legislation”.
You know, the one with all the waivers, delays and crappy website.
That isn’t going to do any of what it proposed it would do.
But Ted Cruz or something.
(h/t Kudlow Report producer Jake Novak, who tweeted this earlier)
Making useful, easy-to-use information available online is a priority for this Administration. And putting power back into the hands of Americans is a primary focus for the President. HealthCare.gov accomplishes both. So, take a moment and check it out.
I’m probably going to create a stealth email account to email this to every Democrat I know.
Because I’m a people person or something.