Friday, April 18, 2014

C'mon, you knew this was coming

Fox News: "Obama administration extends review period for Keystone XL oil pipeline."  Only a 90-day review which will be extended until mid-November, fer sure.

But...sign ups

City Journal: "The doctor won't see you now."  "The drafters of the ACA presumably had noble intentions, but the law is failing in all of its intended goals. Unless the ACA is redrafted to provide insurance coverage that most physicians and hospitals will accept, many patients will find that when they need medical care, the doctor is not in."

Thursday, April 17, 2014

"Shut up" they explained

Mark Steyn wrote a fine essay on "The slow death of free speech - How the Left, here and abroad, is trying to shut down debate —  from Islam and Israel to global warming and gay marriage".  Comedian Patton Oswalt tweeting something complimentary about it and, brother, the speech police swooped in.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Deceive inveigle obfuscate

If you wondered if this White House would ever present the unvarnished truth about the train wreck known as Obamacare, wonder no more.  The book-cooking and goalpost-moving will continue until morale improves.  Here's Megan McArdle:
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.
The Administration claims the change to the way the Census Department calculates the uninsured is designed to make the count more accurate.  But nobody outside of kiss-ass Ezra Klein believes it's anything more than a way to obscure an honest apples-to-apples comparison of health coverage after Obamacare.  The numbers look good: success!  The numbers look bad: oh, well we can never know because of the new calculation.

Extra - Ace: "Obamacare Is So Successful We're Going To Make Sure It's Impossible To Measure Just How Awesome It Is"

More - Twitchy: "Nothing to see here."

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The not-so-sure deal

NY Times: "Thought secure, pooled pensions teeter and fall"
In February, the Congressional Budget Office projected that the federal multiemployer insurer would run out of money in seven years, which would leave retirees in failed plans with nothing.
Tell me the story once again about how the shift from defined benefit program to defined contribution programs is bad for workers.  Anybody from Detroit want to sound off?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Greendale sellout

Did anybody see "Community" tonight?  The plotline was essentially that the entire college was sold to the Subway Corporation, who then proceeded to rename dorms and plaster their logo everywhere.  Senor Chang was singing the "$5 footlong" jingle.

What was interesting (to me) about the episode is that Subway must have agreed to this spoof.  Subway wasn't exactly portrayed as a rapacious corporation, but there was a patina of exploitation.  It was cool though: they were obviously comfortable enough to poke fun at themselves.

Let the confirmation hearings begin!

Fox News: "HHS secretary Sebelius resigns."  Twitter is suggesting the Next Job for Sebelius.  What is Baghdad Bob doing nowadays?

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

The White House war on women

Taking a page from this Administration, I need to ask: why does Obama hate the women in his White House?  After all, he only pays them 88 cents for every dollar earned by the Y-chromosome set.   In this day and age!

What's humorous about this ham-handed election ploy is that the media - for once - isn't playing along.  Even the New York Times can't let it slide.

Clothed in righteousness

There was a brief moment in time, according to Bob Woodward, when the Campaigner-in-Chief had some qualms about his casual slandering of political opponents who just happen to hold different beliefs:
President Barack Obama credits Congressional Republicans for Washington’s partisanship and gridlock, but a new book by Bob Woodward, The Price of Politics, reveals Obama may be the one who poisoned the well and now regrets it.
According to ABC News, Obama told Woodward the tone of his speech at George Washington University in April of 2011, which he used to denounce Paul Ryan’s budget before meeting or discussing it with Ryan, was “a mistake.” 
Well, he got over his qualms.  Here's the Federalist explaining Obama's recent press conference where opponents of Obamacare have only one nefarious goal: to deny Americans health insurance.
This may explain why the President suggests that his opponents are “working . . . hard for people not to have health insurance.” There are two options: either you’re an advocate of Progressive justice who wants people to have healthcare, or you’re actively trying to keep people from getting it. To imagine a person who seeks a just administration of human affairs, who is not a Progressive, and who does not support the principle of predetermined, state-enforced positive rights is to dream of a man who lacks both a head and a heart, yet who claims to be on the road to virtue. Late bloomers and the repentant are always welcome. But qualified dissent is not.
Oh but rest assured that Mr. Reasonable is always willing to work with these puppy kickers and Grandma shovers, because that's how hope and change works.  Until it doesn't: "Carney Suggests Republicans are like Racists."
It just boggles the mind that we have a White House that routinely villainizes half the country, over which it also presides. What a sad moment this is.
Hey, there are elections ahead and an ego to protect.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Culture spinout

Today's NASCAR race in Texas was postponed until Monday due to persistent rain showers.  I was flipping back and forth on the TV and, when they finally gave up, the race was replaced by an infomercial for "Soul Hits of the 1970s."  Culture-wise, this is a 180-degree neck-snap.

Tough times ahead

Americans are not saving for retirement and Social Security can't save us from the poorhouse.  Prepare to work into your 80s.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Pier One Imports!

There's a lot of space in this  Buzzfeed: "Completely Surreal Photos Of America’s Abandoned Malls."  Includes the one from "Minority Report" and the one in "The Blues Brothers."  Now they look like they're ready for any zombie apocalypse movie.  Hat tip: Maggie's Farm.

Just because, they explained

The Corner: "Head of Obama's $26 million advocacy group laments Koch money in politics."  It is ever thus with the Left: free speech for me but not for thee.

Friday, April 04, 2014

I'm pretty sure E.J. Dionne is just trolling here

Here's the Obamacare apologist finally coming to his senses:
Is there any accountability in American politics for being completely wrong? Is there any cost to those who say things that turn out not to be true and then, when their fabrications or false predictions are exposed, calmly move on to concocting new claims as if they had never made the old ones?
Yes! YES!  Is there any accountability to the clowns who said that you could keep your doctor, could keep your insurance, a family's premiums would go down, and a whole other list of outright lies?

Oh wait: E.J. is stoked about the 7 million who have signed up for Obamacare...after they were kicked off their regular insurance.
So let's say it out loud: The ACA is doing exactly what its supporters said it would do. It is getting health insurance to millions (right now, it looks like around 10 million) who didn't have it before.
Please do "say it loud" Democrats, during the midterm elections.  Marc Thiessan explains:
Recall that between 5 million and 6 million Americans lost their health plans because of Obamacare last fall. If the administration now succeeds in signing up 5 million to 6 million previously insured Americans, it will have achieved . . . nothing. Breaking even is no great accomplishment.
Ah, but don't forget about the higher taxes, the restricted access, the attenuation of religious liberties, the cost to businesses that will lead to job loss, and the lawlessness of delay and "selective enforcement."

Now that Obamacare is a reality and not just an abstract, there will be accountability.