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The Trump Transition

Posted by Steve Markowitz on December 22, 2016

We will shortly have a new president, one from a different political party. This Blog wishes the new president success in addressing the issues the Country faces. This hopefully is the desire of all Americans, irrespective of political leanings.

Given it has been eight years since we have prepared for a new president, it is an appropriate time to reflect on changes that have occurred during this period. Blog reader Jim Mahoney shares his reflections in the post below “A Tale of Two Transitions”. As Jim concludes: “They [the media and the Left] have painted a caricature of Donald Trump as being so buffoonish and inept, that he will hit a home run if he comes into office acting even halfway presidential.” This Blog will hold Donald Trump to a much higher standard.

A Tale of Two Transitions, By Jim Mahoney

Remember back in November 2008? Barack Obama had just won the election and expectations for his presidency were running white hot for no apparent reason. Throughout the campaign liberals, the media and the Obama campaign constantly reminded us about his high level of intelligence and capability and the official narrative was that he would easily be able to solve all of the country’s problems. This led some of us at the time to question exactly what in his background made him so qualified. For those who may not remember, here is a rundown of Barack Obama’s resume.

By his own admission, Obama had a lackluster high school academic career in which he spent most of his time smoking pot with his friends in the Choom Gang. That didn’t prevent him from being accepted to Occidental College and later transferring to Columbia University in his junior year. After graduating in 1983 he had brief stints as a research associate at a New York Public Interest Research Group and as the Director of the Developing Communities Project on Chicago’s South Side.

Obama entered Harvard Law School in the fall of 1988, where he was selected as an editor of the Harvard Law Review at the end of his first year, president of the journal in his second year, and two years as a research assistant to the constitutional scholar Laurence Tribe. After graduation, he was an associate with Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland, a 13-attorney law firm specializing in civil rights litigation and neighborhood economic development. He also taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School as a Senior Lecturer until 2004.

Obama was elected to the Illinois State Senate in 1996, where he developed a habit of voting “Present” to avoid taking a stand on any tough issues that might give him a legislative paper trail.   Sensing an opportunity to run for the United States Senate, Obama became an early opponent of the George W. Bush administration’s 2003 invasion of Iraq. The Illinois U.S. Senate seat was open in 2004, giving Obama the opportunity to win a landslide victory in the March Democrat primary. The primary victory made him an overnight rising star in the Democrat Party and led to him being selected to deliver the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. Obama’s expected opponent in the general election, Republican primary winner Jack Ryan, was forced to withdraw from the race in June 2004 after sealed court records from his divorce proceedings were made public. With no viable opponent, Obama won the November 2004 general election with 70% of the vote. After serving 144 days in the United State Senate, Obama was suddenly on the fast track to the Presidential nomination and ultimate victory.

Bear in mind that this biographic information came from the left-leaning Wikipedia website, which presumably would give the most glowing accounting of Obama’s accomplishments. Even if we accept Obama’s resume as fact, (and we have no choice since none of his school transcripts have ever been made public), there is nothing in his official background to suggest he had any executive experience or that he was even remotely capable of addressing the complex level of economic and structural problems facing the country at that time. Of course, in what rapidly became standard operating procedure for the Obama administration, anyone who dared to question the party line on any aspect of Obama’s intelligence, experience or intentions, even based on legitimate policy differences, was preemptively labeled a racist. What is now abundantly clear in hindsight is that with his wafer-thin resume, Obama was probably the emptiest suit to ever occupy the Oval Office.

obama-pres-electThe media were deeply invested in the charade, and they dutifully played along by immediately shifting all attention away from George W. Bush, other than to continually highlight his falling poll numbers, and turned the spotlight almost exclusively on Barack Obama. During the transition period, we received daily briefings and pronouncements from Obama. He even created something called the “Office of the President Elect”, complete with a sign for his podium. There is no provision in the Constitution for such an office, which should have been our first indication of how Obama planned to govern for the next eight years. Of course, the press covered all things Obama with all of the seriousness of a presidential press conference. They breathlessly reported each day’s pronouncement and the brilliance of each of Obama’s cabinet announcements. Concurrently, the media initiated the narrative that since there were so many problems created by the Bush administration that needed to be addressed, “some people” thought it was a shame that Obama had to wait until January 20th to take office. They longingly wished the Constitution could be changed so he could take office immediately and get right to work curing all of the nation’s ills.

Contrast the coronation atmosphere created for Obama with the hostile reception being given to the incoming Trump administration. The media’s emphasis is still squarely on Obama as they cover his world tour “explaining” Donald Trump to world leaders and they cheer his last minute flurry of unconstitutional executive orders in an attempt to institutionalize his policies into the future. Any coverage of Trump consists of highlighting the controversies of the ongoing protests against his election, the attempted liberal hijacking of the Electoral College, hit pieces on his Cabinet choices and comparisons to Hitler. They are performing a full court press to cast him as an illegitimate president before he even takes office.

If you look at Donald Trump’s Wikipedia page to get an indication of his background and experience you will have to wade through paragraph after paragraph detailing active and pending litigation against him, unsubstantiated sexual misconduct allegations, his bankruptcies and aspersions on his legitimate use of the Federal Tax Code. However, if you do a little digging, you will find that Trump graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1968 and followed his father into a career in real estate development. He was made head of the company in 1971, and expanded it beyond real estate development into the successful, multinational organization it is today. Based on his 45 years of experience running large companies, managing complex projects and recruiting and evaluating talent, it certainly appears that Donald Trump is far more qualified than Barack Obama to tackle the problems of a bloated, out of control federal government bureaucracy. After all, the federal government is the nation’s largest creditor, debtor, lender, employer, consumer, contractor, grantor, property owner, tenant, insurer, health-care provider, and pension guarantor. In many respects it is similar to a large company in need of effective management, which is right in Donald Trump’s wheelhouse.

Despite the manufactured feel-good stories coming out of the Obama administration, this country faces problems today that are even more ominous than they were in 2008. Consider the following troubling statistics:

  • There are currently 96 million Americans out of work, over twice as many as when Obama took office;
  • The US debt stands at 19.8 trillion; after Obama added more to the national debt than all of his predecessors combined;
  • One in six households currently has no adult in the workforce;
  • Our total debt now stands at 106% of GDP;
  • 45 million Americans are living in poverty and receiving food stamps, up from 32 million when Obama took office; and,
  • Obama is the only president who never achieved a 3% growth in the economy in any year of his presidency.

This country is on its back, and when you add in the problems of a federal government unmoored from the Constitution, unchecked illegal immigration, unvetted Islamic refugees and worldwide tensions we need some help fast. Could you imagine the reaction of liberals and the media if we were to suggest that with all of these major problems facing the country it would make sense for Donald Trump to be able to take office right now to start fixing things rather than waiting until January 20th? The same mainstream media that protected Obama and amplified his meager accomplishments are already in full attack mode against Donald Trump and anyone who dares to support him. The mask has finally come off the media in this election cycle. We used to think they were cheering liberal candidates from the stands, now we know they are really sitting on the bench. However, Trump understands something that made Ronald Reagan so effective; the value of bypassing the media filter and delivering his message directly to the American people – and public seems to be responding positively. The stock market is hitting new highs and a recent poll showed that 70% of Americans surveyed are feeling optimistic, the highest level since 2004.

In many respects, Donald Trump was created by the media. They built him up during the primaries, believing he would be the weakest candidate to face Hillary Clinton, secure in the belief they could tear him down at the right time during the general election. His tendencies to say what’s on his mind and shoot from the hip were also great for their ratings. What the media failed to consider was that his message was resonating with a sizeable portion of the American people who felt the country is on the wrong track. They are tired of the lackluster economy of the past eight years, they are tired of massive government intrusion into every aspect of their lives and they are tired of having their traditions and beliefs ridiculed by elitists.

So buckle up everyone, because the over-the-top behavior we’re currently seeing from liberals and the media will only harden and intensify over the next 8 years. At the same time, liberals have really overplayed their hand. They have painted a caricature of Donald Trump as being so buffoonish and inept, that he will hit a home run if he comes into office acting even halfway presidential. There will be no honeymoon period with the press for the incoming administration, but positive results Trump achieves will speak the loudest.

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Liberal’s Meltdown Since Trump Election

Posted by Steve Markowitz on December 18, 2016

Since Donald Trump’s election, the liberal Left has been in a downward spiral.  Immediately following the election the Left was in shock and acted in a respectable manner.  Hillary Clinton graciously conceded and suggested that the President-elect be given time to work on behalf of the People.  Barack Obama gracious statements included offering his office’s full cooperation in the transition of power.  In the five weeks since, the liberal Left has been in full attack mode.

First, Green Party candidate Jill Stein asked for vote recounts in various states even though she received few votes during election.  This effort had the tacit support of Hillary Clinton’s team.  When that effort failed, the Russian-backed computer issue took over.  While there is clear evidence of Russian hacking that was known before the election, the liberal Left attempted to create a nexus between that hacking and the election’s outcome.  However, there is absolutely no evidence to support this narrative.

The liberal Left is persistent.  Now, their attempt to nullify the will of the People is focused on convincing Electors to ignore the vote outcomes in their states.  While this effort will fail, the tactic nevertheless indicates a distain for the Democratic process and Constitution.  Prior to the election, when the Left was convinced of Hillary’s inevitable victory, their related focus was on whether Trump would accept the will of the People when he lost.  Their approach since demonstrates the Left’s hypocrisy.

The Left’s derangement since Trump’s election goes deeper than organized political associations.  This has been exhibited by some in the news media breaking down in tears, college professors giving students time off for election depression, and New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio offering paid counseling for city workers depressed by Trump’s election.  Families were even coached prior to Thanksgiving on how to avoid acrimonious discussions during the holiday dinner.

This week Fox News host Tucker Carlson interviewed Kurt Eichenwald, senior Newsweek writer, concerning his reporting of Trump.  The exchange, included in the video below, is a poster child for Leftist derangement.

Carlson raised an Eichenwald tweet in which the Newsweek reporter indicated that Trump had a nervous breakdown and was “institutionalized in a mental hospital for a nervous breakdown in 1990.”  Carlson asked a yes or no question as to whether Trump was ever institutionalized.  Not only wouldn’t Eichenwald’s answer, but he is response devolved into derangement with the Newsweek senior writer seemingly losing connection with reality.

It is understandable that those who voted for Hillary Clinton are disappointed with the election.  However, given that Donald Trump was elected and will become the next President of the United States, the derangement has developed is irrational.  It also is undemocratic.

It is time for all Americans to get behind the President-elect and work with him to promote policies that are for the benefit of the Country.  Should the President-elect propose or promote policies not in keeping with one’s moral or political views, that would be the appropriate time for opposition.

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Obamacare May Implode

Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 19, 2016

The news media and Americans are focused on the upcoming presidential election.  Given the important role the president plays in the United States this is natural.  However, the focus on the election has been on the questionable personal traits of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.  This myopic focus masks serious issues that face the Country and the next president, irrespective of who is elected.

The significant challenges the Country faces include international relations, as well as economic issues.  The Middle East is devolving into chaos that will eliminate the artificial borders and countries created after World War I.  Russia is again adversarial and imperialistic.  Economic growth in the United States is tepid with the total debt soon to exceed $20 trillion.  Irrespective of whether Clinton or Trump become president, these issues will prove intractable.

Within the broader subject of economic challenges is the out of control medical costs.  This problem had its roots long before Barack Obama became president.  However, the President’s signature program, Obamacare, exasperated the problems and is showing signs of heading into a death spiral.

The President is aware of Obamacare failings writing in The Journal of the American Medical Association: “Too many Americans still strain to pay for their physician visits and prescriptions, cover their deductibles or pay their monthly insurance bills; struggle to navigate a complex, sometimes bewildering system; and remain uninsured.”  This is a far cry from the President’s promises to the American people that healthcare costs would decrease.  Obamacare not only added expensive mandates to the cost of medical insurance, but covered some 20 million people who previously did not have insurance.  For the President to have made this cost cutting promise indicates incompetence or dishonesty, there is no third option.

A more honest representation of the realities of Obamacare was made earlier this month by former President Bill Clinton who said:

bill-clinton“You’ve got this crazy system where all of a sudden, 25 million more people have health care and then the people that are out there busting it – sometimes 60 hours a week – wind up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half.”

Leave it to Bill Clinton to take a complex issue and break it down to its most basic problem; the middle class and healthy younger Americans are being forced to pay for the health costs of others.  Insurance is a system whereby risk is spread amongst a population of people with an example being auto insurance.  Some drivers will have accidents while others will not.  In the case of so-called health insurance, all beneficiaries will require significant benefits.  Therefore what we call health insurance is an entitlement and cannot be financed as if it was insurance.

In early October Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said: “The reality is the Affordable Care Act is no longer affordable”.  This is no partisan attack coming from a Democrat governor of a state that is projected to have increases in the Affordable Care Act medical exchanges in excess of 50%. (Source)  Other states are facing similar problems.

In business or economics matters, prior to resolving a problem the issue and goals need to be clearly vetted and defined.  This was not done with healthcare reform.  Instead, proponents of Obamacare promoted problems to elicit emotional responses.  This included Americans without medical insurance and the increasing costs of medical care.  Ignored were the basic laws of supply and demand that have impacted these issues and will play a role in any propose resolution.  The upcoming implosion of Obamacare is the result of this gross failure.

After the presidential election the winning party will throw celebrations for the power they gained or maintained in Washington.  Beginning in January a new president who will be forced to address the problems left behind by Barack Obama.  A major issue will be the growing problem of the increasing cost of healthcare.  Democrats will promote a single-payer system; i.e., government run healthcare.  This should concern Americans given the government’s poor track record managing the health care of veterans through the VA Administration.

Republicans will promote market oriented solutions for health care reform.  However, continue calling a solution “insurance” improperly defines the problem and will not lead to productive results that are politically or economically palatable.

When discussing the problems of increasing healthcare costs, rarely will politicians discuss economic realities including supply and demand.  Instead, many scapegoat insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, and/or doctors.  While these factors play some role, it is minor compared to demographic changes.  For example, the Country is rapidly aging.  In 2000 there were 35 million Americans over 65 years of age.  In less than two decades this has increased to 47 million.  In addition we have become more obese.  Both factors increase the demand for healthcare and therefore cost.  Not including these issues in the broader discussion of healthcare reform dooms any program to failure.

The Kaiser family Foundation reported that in the last six years, health insurance premiums rose about 19%, three times greater than inflation.  At the same time, peoples’ salaries rose only 11%.  This increasing cost of healthcare as a percentage of total income is one reason the recovery has been sluggish.  Consumer spending on other goods and services has been decreased as a result.  Unless healthcare costs are brought under control, this negative impact on the economy will grow.  May the force be with the next president!

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Trump, the Ultimate RINO

Posted by Steve Markowitz on March 6, 2016

Sometime in the not too distant past a new term entered American lexicon; RINO.  Google the word RINO and the following definition appears:

RINO

The definition of RINO is instructive in today’s political environment.  It helps define the current state of the Republican Party and more specifically the meteoric rise of Donald Trump in the Party’s presidential nominating process.

There is significant discontent within the Republican Party, especially by those who consider themselves conservative.  This discontent emanates not only from the direction the Country is travelling and the fact that conservatives feel marginalized, but also by the Republican Party’s inept response to the Progressive agenda associated with the modern Democratic Party.

President George W Bush’s policies clearly defined him as a RINO.  George W. Bush was no fiscal conservative, not only increasing deficit spending, but also supporting fiscal policies that fed into crony capitalism.  As a result of America’s discontent with the state of the economy and the ill-advised war in Iraq, Americans voted for the charm of Hope and Change and elected a radical Leftist, Barack Obama, president.

The change Obama brought to Washington quickly became unpopular, not only with conservatives, but also more moderate Americans.  Two years after his election, America sent a clear message to Washington giving Republicans an historic majority in Congress, as well as significant gains at the state level.  These gains can in art be attributed to the grassroots efforts of the Tea Party.

As unpopular as Barack Obama’s presidency had become, he was able to secure a second term.  Some of the blame for Obama’s reelection rests with the Republican Party’s inept political strategies and disjointed policies.

The discontent among conservatives and Republicans continued with the 2014 midterm elections.  Once again Republicans saw huge gains, now controlling both houses of Congress and making further advances in statewide elections.  This Republican victory should have resulted in a legislative agenda that promoting the will of more conservative Americans.  Instead, Republicans squandered the advantage.  Conservatives saw no perceptible change in the Country’s direction.  This, in a nutshell, explains discontent that has morphed into outright anger for many Republicans.

Shortly after the 2014 midterm elections, the Republican Party’s power elite decided to anoint one of its own, Jeb Bush, as the candidate of choice.  A massive war chest was collected that the Party hoped would lead to Jeb Bush’s nomination (coronation?).   The rank and file would have none of this.  Bush’s rejection was total.  The people have spoken and that is a good thing.

As is often the case when people feel marginalized, currently the case amongst many in the Republican Party, emotions overtake common sense.  A large minority in the Republican Party are exhibiting this emotional response by supporting Donald Trump.  Why understandable, this reaction will not promote the policies or values desired by conservatives.

Donald Trump has been a master at understanding and taking advantage of Republican anger.  He in fact may become the Party’s nominee.  This troubles to this Blogger given Trump’s history, irrespective of than contemporary words.  History shows Trump’s disdain for core conservative beliefs on both economic and social issues.  That history shows a man who used crony-capitalism and litigation to achieve success in business.  It shows a man who was more likely to support Progressive policies, rather than the Constitution.  It seems likely that Trump’s supposed conversion in the past year has been made for personal gain, rather than seeing the light.  Finally, it is difficult to believe that if elected president, Trump would not revert back to the same philosophies that made him successful in the business world.

Trump’s often repeated claim is that he will “make America great again”.  Yet there is no substance behind this claim.  In fact, a true conservative would instead say that government can’t make a country great.  Only the People can make a country great.  In this respect Trump’s battle cry sounds eerily similar to Obama’s “Hope and Change” message of eight years ago.

It is ironic that much of the anger currently being exhibited by Republicans at their party is the result of the power elite and RINOS who run the Party.  While Donald Trump is certainly an outsider as it relates to the Republican Party, he is a life-long member of the power elite and certainly the most famous contemporary RINO.

Donald Trump’s rise to power in the current primaries also emanates from the Party being fractured with too many candidates splitting the anti-Trump vote.  For many of us the candidate we would like to see nominated is already out of the race.  It is now crunch time and we are down to two realistic choices; Donald Trump or Ted Cruz.  While Ted Cruz is not without warts, he is the last man standing if the Republican Party wants to run a conservative against Hillary Clinton.  That makes the choice easy for this Blogger.

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Democrat Offers a Reality Check on Obamacare

Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 14, 2014

The 2014 midterm elections are nearly two weeks behind us.  The historic defeat for Democrats and President Obama’s policies continue to reverberate throughout the media.

Today’s Wall Street Journal includes an op-ed, posted in its entirety below, from a lifelong Democrat titled This Democrat Is Giving Up on ObamaCare.  Cutting through the scandals and many problems that plagued the Administration during the last six years, Burke Beu, a social service counselor from Denver, Colorado, proffers the view that Obamacare, the President’s supposed signature achievement, is the main culprit behind the Democrat’s recent whopping.

Beu concludes:

I voted for Barack Obama  in 2008, then lost my job in the Great Recession. ….. I survived on part-time jobs while paying out-of-pocket for my health insurance.  I voted for President Obama again in 2012, then received a cancellation notice for my health insurance.  This was due to ObamaCare, the so-called Affordable Care Act.  However, I couldn’t afford anything else.

ObamaCare is a failure. …  It punishes responsible consumers like me and treats younger individuals as fools who are expected to pay the bills while not paying attention.

Now we learn in videos that came to light this week that Jonathan Gruber, MIT economist and a key architect of the Affordable Care Act, proudly relied on his perceived “stupidity of the American voter” as the basis for designing ObamaCare.  Such comments, along with the program’s notoriously dysfunctional website and false assurances that people can keep their previous health plans, are insults to every citizen regardless of party.

…, ObamaCare looks and feels exactly like what it is: a health-care plan devised by lawyers and corporate executives rather than true health-care providers.  ….  We claim to be the party of the underdogs, but on ObamaCare we simply catered to a different set of fat cats.

When the next Congress convenes in 2015, Democrats need to work with the new Republican majority, repeal ObamaCare, override a presidential veto if necessary, and start from scratch on health-care reform.

Mr. Beu, a realist, has been on the receiving end of bad policies promoted by Obama and his allies in Congress.  Will Obama listen to middle-of-the-road Democrats like Beu?  Unlikely.  A few days before his first term victory Barack Obama promised to fundamentally change America.  That goal remains his primary focus irrespective of damage that results from his radical-leftist policies.  Mr. Beu, you are but collateral damage.

This Democrat Is Giving Up on ObamaCare, By BURKE BEU, Nov. 13, 2014

The disastrous rollout of the Affordable Care Act was the catalyst for my party’s midterm thumping.

I grew up in a Democratic family.  I have been a registered Democrat since age 18, a Democratic candidate for statewide office in Colorado and a party precinct captain in that caucus state.  I’ve volunteered for numerous Democratic candidates and contributed to party causes and campaigns.  The 2014 election results were extremely disappointing for me, but hardly a surprise. Read the rest of this entry »

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Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan refuses to Call Obama a Strong Leader

Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 24, 2014

One indication of how negatively Barack Obama is viewed are the many politicians within his own party that are jumping ship as election approaches.  This week Democratic Senator from North Carolina, Kay Hagan, was asked a simple question by a reporter: “Do you think Pres. Obama is a strong leader?”  After dancing around the issue a bit, Hagan finally answered in the negative, as seen in the video below.

Adding insult to injury is the fact that the question was posed to Hagan from the far Left media outlet, MSNBC.

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Obamacare’s Implosion

Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 27, 2013

October has been an amazing month on the political front.  It began with the government shutdown, the result of a foolhardy attempt by Republicans to tie the budget talks into shutting down or delaying Obamacare.  This attempt was destined to fail and took the focus off of the miserable implementation of Obamacare and its nonfunctioning website.

After Obamacare’s passage, Republicans took a convoluted strategy.  On the one hand they correctly concluded that the economics behind Obamacare could not work and the program would significantly drive up overall healthcare costs.  This economic reality guaranteed the ultimate failure of Obamacare that would to the choice of substantially changing the program or watching it significantly add to America’s deficit.  Given this the strategy should have been to let Obamacare proceed as quickly as possible to implode on its own.

After the government shutdown defeat, Republicans once again take the wrong strategy with Obamacare.  Given the failure of the website portal and the news media panning Obamacare’s implementation, Republicans now attempt to delay the program for a year.  This will not kill Obamacare, but instead delay it until after the November congressional elections.  This delay will lessen the political damage to Democrats who supported the program.  Those that supported Obamacare must take ownership and responsibility for its failure.  The day of reckoning is in November 2014, unless the Republicans continue to step on their own toes.

Economists Larry Kudlow posted an article titled Don’t Delay Obamacare, Let Democrats Hang Themselves that correctly lays out how Republicans should be responding to Obamacare, as posted below.  Kudlow correctly concludes that “If your opponent is determined to hang himself, for Heaven’s sake, don’t take away the rope”.  Amazingly, Republicans in Congress cannot see what’s so obvious.  And that is one example of why Washington does not work.

Don’t Delay Obamacare, Let Democrats Hang Themselves, By Larry Kudlow

One huge political question surrounds the catastrophic launch of Obamacare:  Will the cancelled insurance contracts for millions, terminated doctor-patient relationships, sticker shock from higher premiums and deductibility, damage to job hiring and economic growth and the administration’s double-talk get the GOP off the shutdown hook for the 2014 midterm elections?

That is the question. Donald Rumsfeld would call it a known unknown. And right now nobody knows the answer.

But Christopher Ruddy, founder and CEO of Newsmax, makes an interesting point about this:  “The key to stopping Obamacare is for its opponents to win in congressional elections in 2014.  Delaying Obamacare only helps the Democrats who support this boondoggle.”

So far, with all the problems plaguing the Obamacare website, Senator Marco Rubio is leading the Republican charge to delay the March 31 enrollment deadline and tax penalty.  And a lot of Republicans are lining up behind him. But is that the right tactic?  On the Democratic side, Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and nine of her colleagues are urging the White House to push back the same deadline.

But is that just to save their re-election hides next November?

Now, Obama recently appointed a new team to fix the website.  And that team promptly predicted a successful fix by the end of November.  So if that happens, it’s possible the whole Obamacare-disaster issue dies.

But according to highly respected health-industry expert Bob Laszewski, the chances of that are low.  He says it will take at least a year to fix the “backend” problems — the technical links between the website, the HHS, and most importantly the insurance companies, which are receiving massively error-laden information.

Laszewski says this is more important than the front-end disaster, where somebody in the Obama administration — literally at the last minute in mid-September — gave the order that the website require a detailed account registration process before a user can shop for insurance.

Nobody knows why that decision was made. Perhaps it was to stop the media from seeing unsubsidized premium prices that undermine Obama’s promise for cheaper insurance. Or maybe the Obama folks wanted to block potential registrants from pricing-structure sticker shock. Either way, the decision to put registration ahead of shopping blew up thewhole system.

And it may also have blown up Obama’s attempt to break the Republican Party in half and carry a Democratic House in 2014.

And that’s Ruddy’s point: If Republicans hold the House and win the Senate next year, there’d be two houses to repeal Obamacare. But if the March 31 delay effort works, will voters forgive and forget a botched website launch?

Experts like Laszewski are now talking about the possibility of 16 million people getting pink slips for their current insurance. That’s no insurance. No doctor. Nothing. Already, more than one 1 million people have lost their insurance, with cancellation notices actually soaring above Obamacare enrollment rates.

Of course, President Obama said none of this would happen. Remember?

But everything has changed. And unless the system gets fixed by Jan. 1, a lot of folks are going to be very angry as they’re left out in the cold.

Holman Jenkins of the Wall Street Journal calls the whole Obamacare effort a con job.  By that he means a key Obama constituency, the young and healthy, are not going to buy overpriced insurance policies. They are the losers.  And the winners are the older and sicker shoppers who allegedly are going to be subsidized by the young.

But the young are not stupid. They’d rather pay the minor tax penalty to stay out of this mess.

And that means the system may go bankrupt because older and sicker customers will experience soaring premiums if the young and healthy don’t show up to subsidize their care.

And guess who’s going to do that subsidizing? We are.  The taxpayers.  And the whole cost structure of Obamacare will take another giant leap upward — above the CBO’s already tripled cost estimates.

The net economic effects of Obamacare also will become more apparent as large companies with heavy numbers of low-wage workers cut back on hiring, reduce hours worked, take on part-timers whenever possible, and send their workers into the Obama exchanges.  But those workers won’t wind up in the exchanges. They’ll end up in Medicaid, which is already going bankrupt.

And who’s paying for that bailout? We are. The taxpayers.

The mainstream media have in large part turned against Obamacare, and all these factoids are going to be reported. So that raises the question regarding 2014:  Do Republicans really want to bail out Obama by handing him a year’s delay? If all the flaws in Obamacare do pan out, they may well overshadow the shutdown negatives suffered by the GOP.

I think I am lining up on Chris Ruddy’s side. There’s an old political adage:  If your opponent is determined to hang himself, for Heaven’s sake, don’t take away the rope.

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Liberal Colorado Legislator Whines About Election Loss

Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 13, 2013

Two liberal Colorado state legislators were kicked out of office in recall elections this week.  While the people have spoken, one of the legislators, Angela Giron, refused to accept their message after being defeated by Republican George Rivera.  The video below shows a whining politician that looks like a deer in the headlights when questioned about the People’s decision.

The recall against Ms. Giron was initiated and run by a grassroots organization that was against her stance on gun control and its implication for Second Amendment rights.  While being interviewed on CNN after the recall, Giron refused to acknowledge this reality or take any responsibility for the defeat.  Instead, she blamed “voter suppression”, “voter confusion” and that voters didn’t know “the rules of the game” or where or how they were to vote.  Given these ludicrous claims, the CNN anchor rightfully cut off Giron at various points in interview.

Interestingly, the victor Rivera was backed by a grassroots organization in Colorado.  Giron, on the other hand, had the backing of national liberal organizations including New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg who donated $350,000 to her campaign.  While Giron seems to have not gotten the message, hopefully Bloomberg did.

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Republicans Must Focus on Strategic Issues

Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 17, 2012

Blog reader Liz pointed us to an interesting op-ed in the Wall Street Journal written by James Taranto titled The Audacity of 51%Taranto correctly points to the doubletalk that has become the hallmark of Barack Obama.

After George W. Bush was reelected in 2004, Obama wrote in his book: “The Audacity of Hope“: “Maybe peace would have broken out with a different kind of White House, one less committed to waging a perpetual campaign–a White House that would see a 51-48 victory as a call to humility and compromise rather than an irrefutable mandate.”  Fast-forward eight years with Obama winning a second term by a similar margin over Mitt Romney and the President’s tone is quite different.  In this week’s news conference he acted like a man who received a mandate.  This myopic approach will result in his second term becoming as disastrous as that of George W. Bush.

One of the first actions taken by the President took after his second term election was to invite to the White House ultra-Leftists for a summit on economic policy.  This group included union bosses and MoveOn.org.  The significance of the meeting immediately following the election was clear; the hard Left will lead in his administration for the next four years, hardly a sign of compromise.

The rants coming from those Leftists after attending the meeting was telling.  Teacher union president Dennis Van Roekel, said: “I brought the message that, number one, it’s important that we let the Bush tax cuts disappear for the wealthiest 2%.  As we’re looking for a $1.2 trillion solution, $829 billion takes us a long way there.”  Forgetting for a moment whether one agrees with increasing taxes on the upper income bracket, this statement exhibits illogic.  October’s deficit alone was $120 billion.  At an estimated $829 billion in taxes over 10 years, this surcharge will only cover about seven months of the deficit, certainly not “a long way there” for anyone on the proper side of sanity.

Efforts to control the Country’s deficit and spending have failed during the past decade.  While the deficit has been made significantly worse under President Obama, the problems started before his election.  Those of us who believe in smaller government and more responsible spending have failed to exert any political clout, even when Republicans controlled the presidency and the Congress.

The obstructionist behavior of Republicans during past two years has also failed to limit government spending or its intrusions and has played a role in the reelection of the most Leftist Pres. of modern times.  If the GOP is to be the party of responsible government, a change in its strategy and governance are demanded.

The American people reelected a president who was clear on his goals and policies.  Therefore, this writer suggests that the Republicans in Congress should allow Obama to implement his fiscal policies including the proposed tax increases.  The President’s policies are not grounded in economic reality and are therefore destined to fail.  Given the precarious economic situation facing the United States, this failure will occur relatively quickly and the President and his party will be held responsible and accountable.  This is the only avenue open for conservatives to obtain the mandate required to realistically address the deficit and overregulated environment that had so sapped the strength out of the Country and its economy.

In addition, conservatives must focus all of the capital they maintain in Washington on battles whose outcomes have truly long-term future effects.  There are no battles more important than those that are yet to come over President Obama’s Supreme Court nominees.  Taxes and their rates can be changed in fairly short order.  The same is true for most legislation.  A Supreme Court justice can inflict damage on the country for decades.

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Conservative Remorse

Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 8, 2012

The election is over, but the consternation of Conservatives is just beginning.  It is natural after the election defeat that Republicans and conservatives in particular are feeling low.  Some express the belief that this loss signifies a tipping point, marking the beginning of the end of conservatism in America and will lead the Country towards European type socialism.

Jim Maloney, a contributor to this Blog said: ” Unfortunately the election results show that Obama has made good on his promise (threat) to “fundamentally change the United States”.  We now officially have more people in the wagon than are pulling the wagon.  The country is hanging by a thread and another 4 years of this will leave us with something none of us will recognize.

Bob Lonsberry in his post titled The GOP Died Last Night said:

  • “Somewhere in the suburbs of Cleveland, on the shore of Lake Erie, in the decisions of some suburban voters, the Republican Party stopped being a nationally viable political organization.”
  • “The nation has changed, the values have been replaced, the demographics are different.”
  • “Last night was a tipping point, …..  The margins will grow, the base will shrink, the tide will turn and the day will pass.”
  • “More specifically, America wants liberal.  It wants an activist, empowered government, imposing fairness and supporting entitlement.”
  • “It was the last chance to gain a last national electoral victory over the Democratic coalition – Latinos, blacks, gays, feminists, trade unionists, government employees and welfare beneficiaries.”
  • “Four years from now, more of the older conservative voters will be dead, and more of the younger liberal voters will be registered to vote.”

Both Jim and Bob make valid points.  However, this Blog believes that their dire conclusions are premature.

Too many America’s including corporations and individuals now look to the government for support and betterment.  This offers an advantage to the Democrats who promise the most “treats”.  However, there is an invisible partner working against the Liberals.  The unfailing law of supply and demand will cause disappointment for those looking for government handouts.  The very system and corruption that Liberal politicians use to retain power is top-heavy and will implode, likely during the tenure Barack Obama, due to unsustainable economics.  This will necessitate cuts in benefits to the very constituents that voted the Liberals in power.  At that time the electorate will be open to more sound economic approaches.

Another block of Americans that voted against Romney is Hispanics.  However, this category is an unnatural creation of Progressive government.  Ones language does not connote a culture or political view when the individuals come from varied countries.  Immigrants from Eastern Europe throughout history entered American politics from the Left only to move to the Right as they climb the social ladder.  While improvement is currently more difficult due to Progressive politics, Spanish-speaking citizens will also move the Right as they are forced to pay increasing taxes for others.

While minorities and special interests were major forces behind the President’s victory, Obama won the vote of the Country’s biggest majority; women.  While some voted Democratic because of economic handouts and radically pro-abortion policies, others voted for Obama because of what they perceive as Republican policies that are intrusive to individual woman’s rights.  The Republican Party must return to Libertarian values that limits governmental powers only to those expressly granted under the Constitution.  It is disingenuous for Republicans to castigate the Left for interpreting the Constitution as a living document when they do the same for their pet peeves.

It is undeniable that Tuesday’s election results are a repudiation of Republican and conservative policies.  However, to conclude that this is a sign of the end of conservatism in America is premature.  Let us remember that it was only two years ago that the Tea Party dominated the midterm elections.  Still later, the Scott Walker recall was soundly defeated in Wisconsin.  It was

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