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REMINDER: In 2009, Barack Obama “Joked” About Having The IRS Target His Enemies.

REMINDER: In 2009, Barack Obama “Joked” About Siccing The IRS On His Enemies.

REMINDER: In 2009, Barack Obama “Joked” About Auditing His Enemies.

REMINDER: In 2009, Barack Obama “Joked” About Having The IRS Audit His Enemies.

REMINDER: In 2009, Barack Obama “Joked” About Auditing His Enemies.

REMINDER: In 2009, Barack Obama “Joked” About Auditing His Enemies.

REMINDER: In 2009, Barack Obama “Joked” About Auditing His Enemies.

REMINDER: In 2009, Barack Obama “Joked” About Auditing His Enemies.

REMINDER: In 2009, Barack Obama “Joked” About Auditing His Political Enemies.

REMINDER: In 2009, Barack Obama “Joked” About Auditing His Enemies.

REMINDER: In 2009, Barack Obama “Joked” About Auditing His Enemies.

REMINDER: In 2009, Barack Obama “Joked” About Having the IRS Audit His Enemies. I guess it was less a joke than one of those “dog whistles” we’re always hearing about.

WELL, WHAT BOOKS HAVEN’T THEY COOKED? Is Obama Cooking the Census Books for Obamacare?

For several months now, whenever the topic of enrollment in the Affordable Care Act came up, I’ve been saying that it was too soon to tell its ultimate effects. We don’t know how many people have paid for their new insurance policies, or how many of those who bought policies were previously uninsured. For that, I said, we will have to wait for Census Bureau data, which offer the best assessment of the insurance status of the whole population. Other surveys are available, but the samples are smaller, so they’re not as good; the census is the gold standard. Unfortunately, as I invariably noted, these data won’t be available until 2015.

I stand corrected: These data won’t be available at all. Ever.

No, I’m not kidding. I wish I was. The New York Times reports that the Barack Obama administration has changed the survey so that we cannot directly compare the numbers on the uninsured over time.

If the numbers were good, we’d know about it.

Reminder: Obama moved Census control to the White House early in his first term.

A TAX DAY REMINDER: In 2009, Barack Obama “Joked” About Auditing His Enemies.

REMINDER: In 2009, Barack Obama “Joked” About Auditing His Enemies.

REMINDER: In 2009, Barack Obama “Joked” About Auditing His Enemies.

REMINDER: In 2009, Barack Obama “joked” about auditing his enemies.

GANGSTER GOVERNMENT: Geithner Threatened S&P After U.S. Downgrade. “An executive with Standard & Poor’s parent company said in a new legal filing that former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner warned him that the credit rating firm would be ‘looked at very carefully’ following its decision in 2011 to downgrade the credit rating of the United States.”

Reminder: In 2009, Barack Obama “joked” about auditing his enemies.

REMINDER: In 2009, Barack Obama “Joked” About Having The IRS Audit His Enemies.

REMINDER: In 2009, Barack Obama “Joked” About Having His Enemies Audited By The IRS.

REMINDER: In 2009, President Barack Obama “Joked” About Having The IRS Audit His Enemies.

JAMES TARANTO: Let’s Get Cynical: Why should we trust the government–especially now?

“An old friend who has been active in politics for more than 30 years tells me he’s giving up,” claims Robert Reich in a Puffington Host post: ” ‘I can’t stomach what’s going on in Washington anymore,’ he says. ‘The hell with all of them. I have better things to do with my life.’ ”

Reich is a proven fabulist, so one has to assume any story he tells is a tall tale. But we’re interested in the supposed moral of the parable of Reich’s Disgusted Imaginary Friend: “My friend is falling exactly into the trap that the extreme right wants all of us to fall into–such disgust and cynicism that we all give up on politics.” The “Tea Bag Republicans,” as the homophobic Reich calls them, “want to sow even greater cynicism about the capacity of government to do much of anything.”

In reality, nobody is more disgusted or cynical about government than Tea Party activists themselves–and they have much to be cynical about. The Washington Examiner reports that TeaParty.net “has finally received its tax-exempt status after a three-year delay” caused by the repurposing of the Internal Revenue Service into a political operation aimed at suppressing opposition to Barack Obama’s re-election campaign . . . .

Ronald Reagan was the last president who had a basic skepticism of Big Government, but Barack Obama may end up having done more than any of his predecessors to promote that feeling among the public.

Reminder: In 2009, President Obama “joked” about having the IRS audit his enemies.

UPDATE: IRS Officials Counseled White House on Contraception Mandate: Sent confidential taxpayer info, redaction indicates.

REMINDER: Barack Obama “Joked” About Auditing His Enemies In 2009.

RASMUSSEN: OBAMA DROPS AGAIN: “The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows that 29% of the nation’s voters now Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty percent (40%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -11. That’s the first time his ratings have reached double digits in negative territory. . . . Today is the first update based entirely upon interviews conducted after the President’s prime time televised press conference.”

And a reminder: “It is important to remember that the Rasmussen Reports job approval ratings are based upon a sample of likely voters. Some other firms base their approval ratings on samples of all adults.”

UPDATE: Have people figured him out?

ANOTHER UPDATE: Reader Chris Breisch emails: “4 out of 5 of the people who disapprove of Obama, strongly disapprove. Did even GWB ever have such skewed disapproval numbers?” I don’t know. Clearly, Obama is a polarizing figure, not the post-partisan he was presented as during the campaign.