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Story #1 relates how the left couldn’t even entertain that the mandate to their Healthcare bill could possibly be unconstitutional. That has changed. #2 relates come comments from Morning Joe. It appears no matter what happens it won’t be good for the Democrats. #3 is a video of another piece from Morning Joe. It seems the top democrats are not impressed with Obama. #4 is an update on the War on Poverty. Poverty is holding its own. #5 is an excellent article that may explain why you are so frustrated with Obama.
While it only cost $3 to be entered into the “Win a dinner with Barack,” it seems that like most of what he’s done has hidden costs. If you win the free dinner, the IRS will charge you $560.
It seems that on the 40th anniversary of Title IX, Obama has hailed it as a great achievement. Back in 1975 17% fewer women than men graduated college, a major sign of discrimination. Today 25% fewer men than women graduate from college. Is this a sign of a war on men?
…In passing the law two years ago, Democrats entertained little doubt that it was constitutional. The White House held a conference call to tell reporters that any legal challenge, as one Obama aide put it, “will eventually fail and shouldn’t be given too much credence in the press.”
Congress held no hearing on the plan’s constitutionality until nearly a year after it was signed into law. Representative Nancy Pelosi, then the House speaker, scoffed when a reporter asked what part of the Constitution empowered Congress to force Americans to buy health insurance. “Are you serious?” she asked with disdain. “Are you serious?” …
…Adversaries said the law’s proponents had been too attentive to liberal academics who shaped public discussion. “There’s very little diversity in the legal academy among law professors,” said Randy E. Barnett, a Georgetown University law professor and a leading thinker behind the challenge. “So they’re in an echo chamber listening to people who agree with them.”
David B. Rivkin Jr., who filed a challenge joined by 26 states, said that extended across party lines. “Nobody in Congress is interested in constitutional issues,” he said. “The Republicans on the Hill were no better than the Democrats. It really was very late in the game when Republicans realized there would be no policy deal and began to look at the constitutional issues.” …
Two points here. The echo chamber is a horrible situation to be in. There is an old saying that when two people think exactly the same way, one of them isn’t necessary. Second, it appears the Republicans were trying to work with the Democrats, but there was no deal from the Democrats.
2. No matter what the Court decides, it’s bad for the President
Host Joe Scarborough pointed out that he’d initially thought that, perhaps, that “a loss could be win for Democrats,” which prompted Mika Brzezinski to add that “a loss is a loss.”
Panelist Mark Halperin agreed. “I actually think whatever the court rules, it’s bad for the President,” he said. “And that’s not my opinion; that’s based on reporting, including with a lot of Democrats. If they uphold the law, which is unpopular, it’s going to be a rallying cry for Republicans across the country. Even if the law is upheld, advertising and campaign rhetoric from Republicans will be all about health care. Democrats will largely… I predict, there’s not more than a handful of Democrats in the country, including the President, who will put health care front and center.”…
This story is probably truth. It’s kind of a head the Republicans win, tails the Democrats lose.
3. Scarborough: Senior Democrats fed up with Obama’s incompetence
Here’s another reason Obama will not be reelected in 2012.
4. War on Poverty Show no Progress
The government is not making much headway reducing poverty despite spending hundreds of billions of dollars, according to a study by the libertarian Cato Institute.
Despite an unprecedented increase in federal anti-poverty spending the national poverty rate has not declined, it finds.
“[S]ince President Obama took office, federal welfare spending has increased by 41 percent, more than $193 billion per year.” the study says.
Federal welfare spending this year now totals $668 billion, spread out over 126 programs, while the poverty rate that remains stubbornly high at nearly 15 percent – roughly where it was in 1965, when President Johnson declared a federal War on Poverty…
We have spent more on the War on Poverty than the current National Debt is. The left complains about the cost of most wars, but this is the biggest one of all.
The last thirty days have made it clear that Barack Obama is not going to win the 2012 election by a substantial margin. The polls still show the race near dead even with over five months, and all sorts of unforeseen events, to come. But after the Obama meltdown of April and May, I don’t think he in any way resembles the mysterious Pied Piper figure of 2008, who mesmerized and then marched the American people over the cliff. Polls change daily; gaffes and wars may come aplenty. But Barack Obama has lost the American center and now he is reduced to the argument that Mitt Romney would be even worse than he has been, as he tries to cobble together an us-versus-them 51% majority from identity groups through cancelling the Keystone Pipeline, granting blanket amnesty, ginning up the “war on women,” and flipping on gay marriage.
Mythographer in Chief
The Obama memoir is revealed not really to be a memoir at all. Most of his intimate friends and past dalliances that we read about in Dreams From My Father were, we learn, just made up (“composites”); the problem, we also discover, with the president’s autobiography is not what is actually false, but whether anything much at all is really true in it. If a writer will fabricate the details about his own mother’s terminal illness and quest for insurance, then he will probably fudge on anything. For months the president fought the Birthers who insist that he was born in Kenya, only to have it revealed that he himself for over a decade wrote just that fact in his own literary biography….
… As we see in New Jersey, Ohio, Texas, and Wisconsin, the cure for the present economic malaise is not rocket science — a curbing of the size of government, a revision of the tax code, a modest rollback of regulation, reform of public employment, and holding the line on new taxes. Do that and public confidence returns, businesses start hiring, and finances settle down. Do the opposite — as we see in Mediterranean Europe, California, or Illinois over the last decade — and chaos ensues.
Obama took a budding recovery in June 2009, and through massive borrowing, the federal takeover of health care, new expansions of food stamps and unemployment insurance, the curtailing of oil and gas leasing on public lands, new regulations, and non-stop demagoguery of the private sector slowed the economy to a crawl. His goal seems not to restore economic growth per se but to seek an equality of result, even if that means higher unemployment and less net wealth for the poor and middle classes….
… And what happened? In less than 40 months, Obama destroyed the greatest bipartisan good will that any recent president has enjoyed, and has done more to discredit Keynesian neo-socialist politics than have all of talk radio, Fox News, and the internet combined. In just two years, he took a Democratic Congress and lost the House in the largest midterm setback since 1938. In other words, the people — fifty percent of whom either do not pay federal income taxes or receive some sort of state or federal entitlement or both — saw the best face of modern neo-socialism imaginable, and they were not quite sold on it.
Second, it is hard to screw up America in just four years. Look at it this way: gas and oil production has soared despite, not because of, the federal government. The rest of the world — the unraveling European Union, the Arab Spring, Putin’s Russia, aging Japan, authoritarian China, the recrudescent Marxism in Latin America — reminds us of American exceptionalism….
A really excellent article to explain why you are feeling so frustrated with Obama and the Democrats.