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Old 11-14-2013, 07:25 AM   #1
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Thumbs up Obamacare Schadenfreudarama*

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If you can’t take some joy, some modicum of relief and mirth, in the unprecedentedly spectacular beclowning of the president, his administration, its enablers, and, to no small degree, liberalism itself, then you need to ask yourself why you’re following politics in the first place. Because, frankly, this has been one of the most enjoyable political moments of my lifetime. I wake up in the morning and rush to find my just-delivered newspaper with a joyful expectation of worsening news so intense, I feel like Morgan Freeman should be narrating my trek to the front lawn. Indeed, not since Dan Rather handcuffed himself to a fraudulent typewriter, hurled it into the abyss, and saw his career plummet like Ted Kennedy was behind the wheel have I enjoyed a story more.

Alas, the English language is not well equipped to capture the sensation I’m describing, which is why we must all thank the Germans for giving us the term “schadenfreude” — the joy one feels at the misfortune or failure of others. The primary wellspring of schadenfreude can be attributed to Barack Obama’s hubris — another immigrant word, which means a sinful pride or arrogance that causes someone to believe he has a godlike immunity to the rules of life.

The hubris of our ocean-commanding commander-in-chief surely isn’t news to readers of this website. He’s said that he’s smarter and better than everyone who works for him. His wife informed us that he has “brought us out of the dark and into the light” and that he would fix our broken souls. The man defined sin itself as “being out of alignment with my values.” We may be the ones we’ve been waiting for, but at the same time, everyone has been waiting for him. Or as he put it in 2007, “Every place is Barack Obama country once Barack Obama’s been there.”

In every tale of hubris, the transgressor is eventually slapped across the face with the semi-frozen flounder of reality. The Greeks had a god, Nemesis, whose scythe performed the same function. It was Nemesis who lured Narcissus to the pool where he fell in love with his own reflection. Admittedly, most of Nemesis’s walk-on roles were in the Greek tragedies, but in the modern era, comeuppance-for-the-arrogant is more often found in comedies, and the “rollout” of Healthcare.gov has been downright hilarious. (I put quotation marks around “rollout” because the term implies actual rolling, and this thing has moved as gracefully as a grand piano in a peat bog.) But, as the president says, “it’s more than a website.” Indeed, the whole law is coming apart like a papier-mâché yacht in rough waters. The media feeding frenzy it has triggered from so many journalistic lapdogs has been both so funny and so poignant, it reminds me of nothing more than the climax of the classic film Air Bud, when the lovable basketball-playing golden retriever finally decides to maul the dog-abusing clown.

During the government shutdown, Barack Obama held fast, heroically refusing to give an inch to the hostage-taking, barbaric orcs of the Tea Party who insisted on delaying Obamacare. It was a triumph for the master strategist in the White House, who finally maneuvered the Republicans into revealing their extremism. But we didn’t know something back then: Obama desperately needed a delay of Healthcare.gov. In his arrogance, though, he couldn’t bring himself to admit it. The other possibility is that he is such an incompetent manager, who has cultivated such a culture of yes-men, that he was completely in the dark about the problems. That’s the reigning storyline right now from the White House. Obama was betrayed. “If I had known,” he told his staff, “we could have delayed the website” — a hard statement to reconcile with the fact he admitted in 2010 that 8 to 9 million might “have to change their coverage” because of the law.

This is how you know we’re in the political sweet spot: when the only plausible excuses for the administration are equally disastrous indictments.
Jonah Goldberg, NRO



*...the obligatory caveats. It is no laughing matter that millions of Americans’ lives have been thrown into anxious chaos as they lose their health insurance, their doctors, their money, or all three. Nor is it particularly amusing to think of the incredible waste of time and tax dollars that has gone into Obamacare’s construction. And the still-unfolding violence that this misbegotten legislation will visit on the economy and our liberties is not funny either. This very magazine has been downright funereal about the brazen and unconstitutional seizure of one-sixth of the economy, and rightly so.
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Old 11-14-2013, 07:29 AM   #2
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Personally, I could not agree more. I get tingles up my leg whenever I read about the Democrat constituency getting exactly what they voted for.

Victor Davis Hanson has been talking about nemesis and where Obama has been heading for years. You thought Fast&Furious and Benghazi were fake scandals, because it didn't effect you, or your life, but you had to have the dead fish across the face before you would realize that the man has been lying so long that he actually believes he wrote Dreams and that Bill Ayers just put some finishing touches on it...

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Old 11-14-2013, 07:30 AM   #3
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If you love 7% unemployment, part-time employment and food stamps, boy do I have the health care that you're going to love.


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Old 11-14-2013, 07:39 AM   #4
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Democrats are in the opening stages of the crab-in-a-trap phase. When crabs are caught in a trap they will try to climb out of their predicament. The problem is that other crabs will grab the would-be-escapee and pull them down. When the really nasty infighting starts, as countless Democrats look to fix or delay the law, I’m looking forward to pointing out that such an agenda was once considered “extreme,” even “racist,” by Democrats. Or to quote Harry Reid from last September: “Obamacare has been the law for four years. Why don’t they get a life and talk about something else?”

It would be great fun to watch Reid say something similar to the throngs of panicked fellow Democrats racing for the exits like the Irish peasants below decks on the Titanic. Reid, of course, is just desperate to buy time. He hopes to make it to November 30, the appointed date when the White House still insists it will be able to say, “Behold the power of this fully functional website!” Politically speaking, with every day still producing another terrible story for the White House, that is the sort of timeline that would make Godot look punctual. And that’s if they hit the deadline. So far, the press has been unable to produce a prominent IT expert willing to say on the record that the target date is feasible. Jay Carney is sticking to that promise, but the musky stench of fear, sweat, and urine wafting from the podium makes it hard for all but the true believers to put much stock in his words.

But let’s assume HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius makes the most of that copy of Web Sites for Dummies that a protester handed her at a town-hall meeting last week. Then what?

We have a hint from Colorado, where the state’s own version of Healthcare.gov has been up and running. Al Jazeera America interviewed one of Colorado’s exchange navigators a month after the debut. When asked how many people she had signed up, she replied, “So far, no one. Thus far everybody has taken a look at the rates and they’ve walked out the door. There’s sticker shock. They just can’t afford it.” Medicaid has been driving most of the enrollments, and those who have ended up in private plans are older and poorer on average than the planners had hoped.

Every day, the supposedly conspiratorial right-wing smear that Obama cared more about economic redistribution than he did about the middle class or economic growth looks more reasonable. Surely we’re allowed to say, “We told you so”?
WE TOLD YOU SO!
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Old 11-14-2013, 07:46 AM   #5
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"If Obamacare had been a shining success from Day One, do you think the Democrats would be in the mood to share the credit? Then why should Republicans be in more of a mood to share the blame?"
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Old 11-14-2013, 08:14 AM   #6
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President Barack Obama is the perfect "Low Information President." He is not really interested very much in doing his job. He doesn't know anything going on in his own administration. He is always the last to know. He learns important developments only when he reads about it in the newspaper, apparently after first reading the sports section.

But Obama is keenly interested in basketball. He has turned his NCAA championship "brackets" predictions chart into a presidential event. He is into music, movies, culture. Obama is the "Pop Culture President." In fact, Obama is a "Bystander President" like Chauncy Gardiner in the movie Being There.

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Obama's main support is from "low information voters." These are voters who do not pay much attention to the news or events affecting the nation, or which politician is to blame for what. They may be smart Americans. But they just don't care that much about politics or the fate of the nation. As a result, they are easily manipulated by superficial and emotional appeals in the mainstream media.

Now we know why Obama has a natural affinity with "low information voters." Obama is a "Low Information President." President Obama has played over 160 rounds of golf in office. Obama's White House has pickup basketball games with NBA basketball stars. Obama knows who is up for Academy Awards. He gets his news from Entertainment Tonight. He has entertained 50 cent and Jay-Zee.

Obama has championship winning teams visit him at the White House, such as the Dallas Mavericks. The First Family frequently hosts Hollywood celebrities. They have turned the White House into a concert hall for A list performers. George Lucas and Cuba Gooding Jr. visited in January 2012 to screen Red Tails in the presidential private movie theater.

He can tell you what movie won best picture. Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick dropped by. Eva Longoria of the "Desperate Housewives" is a guest. Adrian Grenier, the star of the series "Entourage," visited. I am sure Barack Obama knows every word in the voicemails which Miami Dolphin Richie Incognito sent to teammate Jonathan Martin. He knows all the conversations between Trayvon Martin and teenage witness Jasmine Rand.

But Obama has never had the survivors of the Benghazi Consulate terrorist attack to the White House. He has not hosted the family members of the four Americans killed in the line of duty. He has not had the families of those killed by his Fast & Furious "gun walking" program.

Obama went to sleep while the ambassador he sent to Libya, Chris Stevens, was enduring gunfire and dying in Benghazi, Libya. Why couldn't anyone get a hold of him? Where was Obama -- really?

Obama tells us he didn't know anything about the National Security Agency spying on the leaders of countries we are friends with. He didn't know about NSA spying on Americans. He didn't know about the IRS persecuting conservatives, led by the staff of the IRS General Counsel he appointed.

On November 7, 2013, Obama gave the American people a non-apology apology in an interview with NBC's Chuck Todd. Many pointed out how Obama did not actually apologize for flat-out lying to Americans to get ObamaCare passed.

But there was a much more interesting detail: Obama once again focused on his intentions. Obama, his administration leaders, and Democrats in Congress always discuss ObamaCare in terms of their intentions. Obama doesn't know what is actually in the "Affordable Care Act" (PPACA). Obama doesn't understand the legislation. Why should he? All Obama knows is what he intended.

So Obama tells us that Democrats wanted to save people money. Will the PPACA actually save people money? Obama wanted it, so that's all that matters. Over and over Obama and other Democrats tell us what they are "trying" to do -- regardless of what the law actually says and does.

Democrats have never explained how, exactly, ObamaCare was supposedly going to save anyone any money. What is the mechanism within ObamaCare that would make any family's insurance premiums go down? Only this: Wishful thinking.

Obama just dreamed up out of the clear blue sky that ObamaCare might save families $2,500 per year. There was never anything in the legislation that could ever make that happen.

Obama continually insisted that the PPACA would lower the costs of health care in the Federal budget. Again, what in the law would make anyone believe that?

When Obama ran on "Hope and Change," we didn't know empty hope would replace sound, detailed planning and careful management. Barack Obama doesn't know or care how any governmental project, initiative or law will actually work. Obama just announces what he wishes to be true, and expects someone else to figure it out.

So Barack Obama tells us he didn't know anything about any of the bad decisions, mistakes, failures, and scandals in the administration he runs and is in charge of. Shockingly, Obama skipped his national security briefings leading up to the Benghazi terrorist attacks. He is like the iconic character Sgt. Schultz in the TV series "Hogan's Heroes" who escaped trouble by bellowing: "I know nothing!"


http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/...#ixzz2kca2iVJh


(And Ishmael used Sgt Schultz already this morning when referring to Hillary's part in all of this vis–à–vis her 2016 coronation. )
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Old 11-14-2013, 08:25 AM   #7
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"beclowning of the president"

Pulitzer Prize material.
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Old 11-14-2013, 08:26 AM   #8
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Old 11-14-2013, 09:08 AM   #9
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DEM SENATOR: KILL THE 'DEATH PANEL' vol 2

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Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) said on C-SPAN Wednesday morning that the Independent Payments Advisory Board (IPAB)--the so-called "death panel" of Obamacare, which will cut Medicare costs by restricting care--should be "revisited."

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The Affordable Care Act contains many provisions. I strongly supported the bill itself. But in terms of that particular provision, I agree, there are certain concerns that I have. The purpose of the board is to make sure that health care costs are maintained at a reasonable level and that there is an objective review of the payments made under the healthcare system. That was the main purpose of this board in its report. It comes into effect under certain circumstances. It has not been implemented yet, but it is a provision in the law that needs to be revisited to make sure the concerns you expressed [death panel] do not occur.
Former Gov. Sarah Palin once called the IPAB a "death panel," and was mocked for doing so. Now, however, it appears that Democrats are worrying about political backlash against the IPAB from their constituents.
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Old 11-14-2013, 10:42 AM   #10
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I can tell you what he's feeling in English. It's called "sadism."
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Old 11-14-2013, 01:11 PM   #11
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"beclowning of the president"

Pulitzer Prize material.
I saw that statement as well. Not only award winning.....a PERFECT description of him and this whole mess.
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Old 11-15-2013, 08:15 AM   #12
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Hey, stupid, a sadist inflicts...


This is self-inflicted. That makes you the sadist. Well, actually, the masochist...

At best, you might call me a voyeur...

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Old 11-15-2013, 08:17 AM   #13
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And now, it gets even funnier as The Emperor in his New Clothes is waving his magic wand hoping that he can make it all go away when it is clear that his little wand is not up to the task...

"I command the tides to recede!"
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Old 11-15-2013, 08:31 AM   #14
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Why isn't anyone asking the question whether he even has the authority to change a law passed by Congress?
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Why isn't anyone asking the question whether he even has the authority to change a law passed by Congress?
Because they have been clamoring for the day when he would just do what needs to be done to achieve the Progressive goals of Socialism without any compromise or negotiation, which, when it comes to Republicans, has morphed into negotiating with terrorists at the same time that John Kerry has decided to negotiate with the Iranian terrorists from a position of weakness...
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Because they have been clamoring for the day when he would just do what needs to be done to achieve the Progressive goals of Socialism without any compromise or negotiation, which, when it comes to Republicans, has morphed into negotiating with terrorists at the same time that John Kerry has decided to negotiate with the Iranian terrorists from a position of weakness...
I mean..this isn't like banning fish on Friday.
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Old 11-15-2013, 08:42 AM   #17
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I mean..this isn't like banning fish on Friday.
Obama has never been overly modest about his own powers. [during his campaign], he declared that history will mark his ascent to the presidency as the moment when “our planet began to heal” and “the rise of the oceans began to slow.”
When you anoint yourself King Canute, you mustn’t be surprised when your subjects expect you to command the tides.

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Old 11-15-2013, 08:55 AM   #18
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“Even if it takes a change to the law, the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they got.”
Former President Bill Clinton, November 12

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So the former president asserts that the current president continues to dishonor his “you like your plan, you can keep your plan” pledge. And calls for the Affordable Care Act to be changed, despite furious White House resistance to the very idea.

Coming from the dean of the Democratic Party, this one line marked the breaching of the dam. It legitimized the brewing rebellion of panicked Democrats against Obamacare. Within hours, that rebellion went loudly public. By Thursday, President Obama had been forced into a rearguard holding action, asking insurers to grant a one-year extension of current plans.

The damage to the Obama presidency, however, is already done. His approval rating has fallen to 39 percent, his lowest ever. And, for the first time, a majority considers him untrustworthy. That bond is not easily repaired.

At stake, however, is more than the fate of one presidency or of the current Democratic majority in the Senate. At stake is the new, more ambitious, social-democratic brand of American liberalism introduced by Obama, of which Obamacare is both symbol and concrete embodiment.

Precisely when the GOP was returning to a more constitutionalist conservatism committed to reforming, restructuring, and reining in the welfare state (see, for example, the Paul Ryan Medicare reform passed by House Republicans with near unanimity), Obama offered a transformational liberalism designed to expand the role of government, enlarge the welfare state, and create yet new entitlements (see, for example, his call for universal preschool in his most recent State of the Union address).The centerpiece of this vision is, of course, Obamacare, the most sweeping social reform in the last half-century, affecting one-sixth of the economy and directly touching the most vital area of life of every citizen.

As the only socially transformational legislation in modern American history to be enacted on a straight party-line vote, Obamacare is wholly owned by the Democrats. Its unraveling would catastrophically undermine their underlying ideology of ever-expansive central government providing cradle-to-grave care for an ever-grateful citizenry.

For four years, this debate has been theoretical. Now it’s real. And for Democrats, it’s a disaster.
Charles Krauthammer, NRO


And it is with sweet pleasure that I now say...

I TOLD YOU SO!


The man has proven to be everything I, and others warned you about...


"The intellectuals and the young, booted and spurred, feel themselves born to ride us."
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"We know that the moment of greatest danger to a society is when it comes near realizing its most cherished dreams."
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Thank Gawd, for posterity's sake, it is the young who get to pay the full price of the Progressive Left's most cherished dreams...
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Now the same people who literally wrote the law feel betrayed when the law does exactly what they intended. That’s like getting mad at a remote-control car when you crash it. Yes, the website’s failures make the panic more acute, but the fact remains that the Affordable Care Act is doing precisely what it’s supposed to do.

A great many Democrats voted for the Iraq war and then, when the war became unpopular, claimed they’d been lied to by President Bush. That was dishonorable enough. But at least the Democrats could claim they didn’t have all of the information.

When it comes to the quagmire of Obamacare, the only liars they should be mad at are Democrats.
Jonah Goldberg, NRO

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Maybe they genuinely didn’t know better. Our representatives in Congress can’t be expected to read or understand legislation they support to transform a major sector of the American economy. These are busy and important people, after all. But at the very least, the president’s policy staff could have let them in on the joke.

Obama’s promise on insurance wasn’t just injudicious, it was completely impossible. It wasn’t an incidental falsehood but ran counter to the central premise of his own health-care law. People losing their current insurance isn’t an unintended consequence of the law; it is an intended consequence without which much of the law doesn’t work. Its viability depends on people being forced from their current policies and onto the exchanges.

That’s why Obama’s “fix” is so deeply cynical. Its purpose is to provide the greatest possible political cover while having the smallest possible real-world effect. The White House hopes congressional Democrats can point to the administrative action as addressing the problem of cancellations, at the same time insurers and state regulators won’t be able to reverse field and undo the train of policy cancellations already underway.

The White House vehicle is, as usual, a unilateral and undemocratic act. There’s no reason that the president couldn’t have asked Congress to change the law, except he wouldn’t have total control over the process.
Rich Lowry, NRO

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Obama suffers from what we call CEREBRAL NARCISSISM. But to most folks he reminds them of the old joke where Jesse Jackson jumps outta an airplane wearing a Boy Scouts backpack. That's Obama. He's Wile E. Coyote.
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And now, it gets even funnier as The Emperor in his New Clothes is waving his magic wand hoping that he can make it all go away when it is clear that his little wand is not up to the task...

"I command the tides to recede!"
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President Obama Threatens To Veto Bipartisan Bill To Fix Cancelled Plans


Seeking to force Pres Obama to make good on his promise you could keep your plan if you liked it. House Republicans and a growing list of Democrats came together and wrote H.R. 3550 “Keep Your Plan Act”.
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This fucker is beginning to act like the absolute ruler of a Banana Republic.


Where's Adre to lecture. us. on. the. law. of. the. land. PERIOD. or . is. the. rule. of. man. now. preferable. to. the. rule. of. law?

Does Brutus advocate for a Caesar now?
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I like his new apology...


It wasn't ME! Congress was the one lying to you about keeping your plan. I didn't know anything about it until MSNBC brought it to my attention and I'm as mad as hell over it, so I'm going to fight the Congress; the gawd-damned Tea Party Terrorists have been lying to us from DAY ONE!!! I'm sorry you think it was me, but look, it was the insurance companies who are in the back pocket of the Republicans and I'm going to prove it. I'm going to demand that they give you back your plans! You hear that? DEMAND! Caesar has spoken...

I am the insurance whisperer!




Narcissism, meet Nemesis...

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