Monthly Archives: June 2012

OBSERVATIONS ON THE SCOTUS UPHOLDING OBAMACARE AS A TAX ON THE MIDDLE CLASS

My daughter asked if I was okay last night after the Obamacare ruling.

I responded that I was doing better than the Democrats in Washington.

For them, the SCOTUS ruling on Obamacare was a losing situation no matter how it went.

Publicly, they taunted us today with profanities and generally made fools of themselves, forgetting they have not won any high profile elections since Obama was inaugurated.

But privately, the people responsible for trying to salvage something for their side in November realized what had happened, and it wasn’t good for them.

In 2010, when they passed Obamacare over our objections, they created a backlash that turned the House of Representatives from a lopsided Democrat advantage to a dominant Republican majority. The only reason the Senate didn’t flip is that those seats are “staggered” which means only a portion of senators were up for reelection. If all 535 seats in Congress had been up for grabs, the Senate would have changed hands as well.

The urgency to repeal Obamacare before the really nasty parts take effect had softened, because the Supreme Court was reviewing the case and many believed they’d overturn Obamacare. For the Democrats, it was a merciful respite from the beating they’d taken ever since early 2010, when the idea that the law might be passed caused voters in MASSACHUSETTS to elect Scott Brown.

That development prompted Anthony Weiner to warn his party that they clearly had a problem on the Obamacare issue. The Democrat leadership refused to listen, passed the law anyway, and then sent Weiner out to be a mouthpiece for it. He drew the short straw of discussing the matter with Sean Hannity on radio and television. The lowest point in Weiner’s career was not the day he said he couldn’t be certain all the girls to whom he sent pictures of Little Tony were 18 or over. Instead, his rock-bottom moment was the time he had to defend Obamacare head-to-head against Michele Bachmann, with Hannity moderating. I suppose the stress of being outmatched in a scenario like that could make the most reasonable person forget the difference between Twitter replies and direct messages, resulting in sending gift packages to all instead of one.

You may excuse the Democrats for not listening to Weiner, but it’s difficult to justify them not listening to the voters. Clearly they thought they could persuade voters that Obamacare was a great thing.

They were wrong.

Obamacare was upheld as a tax on working families and the middle class. That doesn’t mean we want it, and in November, we will elect those who will repeal it.

In 2010, the refusal to listen to America resulted in a grassroots movement of people who got off the couch and got into politics. I am one of those. Like so many others, I have learned how I can most effectively contribute to victory.

And if we changed the House in 2010 when we knew nothing, what do you think we’ll do know that we have learned so much and found our place in the political system?

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NUNS ON THE BUS? OTHER CATHOLICS ARE UNDER IT.

Once I heard a fellow teacher say he wanted to go to a costume party as a priest. So he asked our coworker, who was Catholic, if she had a “fake” rosary.

“There is no FAKE ROSARY,” she answered.

Devout Catholics take the icons of their faith quite seriously. That makes me wonder just how cute most Catholics would find this statement (italics original, bold mine):

“These brave Sisters are working hard to kick the habit of politicians enriching the wealthiest Americans at the expense of struggling, impoverished families.”

That came from an email from Julie Blust on behalf of “PA Working Families.” They were promoting this event:

What: Nuns on the Bus Have a Message for Rep. Tim Murphy

When: Wednesday, June 27, 2:00pm

Where: Congressman Tim Murphy’s Office, 504 Washington Rd, Pittsburgh (Mt. Lebanon), PA 15228

The email invited people to send a letter of support for the nuns who are working hard to kick the habit. The email also asked people to RSVP to join the event.

Here is the stated issue that “PA Working Families” and “the Sisters” claim to have with Murphy, according to the email:

“The Sisters will stop at the offices of members of Congress like Rep. Tim Murphy who voted twice for the controversial Ryan Budget for the 1%. These brave Sisters are working hard to kick the habit of politicians enriching the wealthiest Americans at the expense of struggling, impoverished families. Will you join them?”

About that budget…it’s more controversial than the ones President Obama presented because Ryan’s budget actually got votes and Obama’s got none. Obama’s budget wasn’t controversial. It was rejected unanimously, even by his own party.

These nuns don’t represent Catholics any more than Obama represents Protestants. Obviously, the Sisters were comfortable with PA Working Families saying the nuns were working to “kick the habit” which to them may have been an irresistible pun but might very well be sacrilege to some Catholics who rose up against Obamacare’s atrocious mandates.

I won’t be able to be at this event, because I am part of a PA working family that actually works. I’m hoping someone will print this out and take it to the event and tell Congressman Murphy and Congressman Ryan to continue working hard also, to restore fiscal discipline and sound economic principles to an economy and a culture that has been devastated by the Barackalypse.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU DON’T WANT ME TO CELEBRATE?

I suppose you could call it “a tale of two speakers.”

But it’s as much my story as it is theirs.

Regarding the SCOTUS ruling on Obamacare, a ruling that seems very likely to go the American people’s way, Speaker of the House John Boehner has asked us not to celebrate.

Just as there was no excessive display when Boehner was elected Speaker, he doesn’t want one now.

If the Supreme Court does indeed rule Obamacare invalid and unenforceable due to its unconstitutionality, not celebrating will require restraint for some of us.

In March of 2010, I was politically neutral and nonpartisan. I first registered to vote in 2000. I registered as a Democrat, because where I lived, there were no Republicans to vote for in primaries, and there was no stigma about being a Democrat in that socially conservative area.

For the next ten years, I normally voted for the most pro-life Democrat in the primary, and then voted for the most pro-life candidate from either party in the general. For example, in 2004 I voted for Manchin as governor and Bush for president.

I never knew it at the time, but voting for “pro-life Democrats” would come back to haunt me.

In 2010, Boehner’s predecessor, Nancy Pelosi forced the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” and Health Reconciliation Act of 2010 upon us. To do this, she had to consolidate her power and force Democrats to submit to it by voting for the already unpopular “health care reform” law. That required “pro-life Democrats” in a coalition led by Bart Stupak to hold out for empty assurances from Pelosi and Obama that this law would somehow not violate their pro-life principles in the eyes of voters.

Pelosi miscalculated, believing her domination of the House of Representatives would survive the backlash.

She did not count on people like me.

As I sat there with my face in my hands, asking HOW this happened, I made one of the most crucial observations of my life.

There are more of us than there are of them.

Polls then, as they do now, reveal that the statutory atrocity now known as Obamacare was opposed by a majority of Americans.

President Barack Obama, told Matt Lauer in a “Today” exclusive interview, 2/6/12:

“What’s frustrated people is that I have not been able to force Congress to implement every aspect of what I said…”

However, what frustrated me (and a majority of Americans) is what Obama was able to force Congress to do when he owned it.

After the passage of Obamacare, Republicans—from Boehner to state officeholders here in Pennsylvania—immediately assured us that they would repeal and replace it.

They had my attention. I registered as a Republican the following week.

What I did not expect at that time was that I would ultimately become more than just a “registered Republican.”

I was impressed by the humility the Republicans showed. They acknowledged that in the past they had made mistakes, and asked voters (who longed for those mistakes as opposed to the mistakes of the Obama-Reid-Pelosi triad) to give them a chance to make things right.

Eventually, I met Congressman Tim Murphy and the folks at the Republican Committee of Allegheny County.

I made alliances, and even some friends. Today, I serve as the Republican County Committeeman for my voting district.

Lucky, good, or both, the candidates I’ve supported have won more often than not. Election nights since 2010 have mostly been happy occasions for me.

But I don’t do it for bragging rights.

I do it so my family and my community can have government worthy of us.

So what will I do if the SCOTUS completely eradicates the legislative offense that effectively changed my life in 2010?

I’ll do what Speaker Boehner has asked. I will not make a spectacle of myself celebrating. I will show my appreciation for the humility and regard for voters (and the rule of law) that Republicans have shown since 2010 by behaving appropriately.

We all want to move forward. And I believe a majority of us want to be sure it’s in the right direction.

HOPE AND CHANGE THE SUBJECT? NOT SO FAST…

It was reported earlier that bloggers had been offering the White House advice about how to change the subject away from Obama’s statement on Friday that the “private sector is doing fine.”

The suggestion was made that Obama should try to cast a narrative that he inherited a disaster, but things are improving, and Romney would create another disaster.

Um…THAT’S BEEN THE THREEFOLD MESSAGE FROM OBAMA FOR THE PAST SIX MONTHS.

Apparently, bloggers want Obama to change the focus and put the spotlight back on Romney.

But that’s what got Obama in so much trouble last week.

I’m not 100% sure why Obama had to have that disastrous press conference in the first place, but it probably was to try to get out in front of some of the numbers that have come to characterize his presidency. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has now become Team Obama’s worst enemy, revealing the unmistakable results of the agenda he has pursued.

Obama was swept into office in a messianic fashion, with his own advisor telling the NBC audience he would need to “take power” and “rule” from day one. His rule for the first two years was absolute, fully supported by Nancy Pelosi’s dominant majority in the House and Harry Reid’s filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.

They had total control of the federal government.

They forced through a health care reform so contrary to the principles of American liberty that the Supreme Court could rule in unconstitutional this week, reportedly as early as today.

The Obama-Reid-Pelosi triad pushed through stimulus measures designed to show the power of government investment, growing the economy by putting Americans to work by spending an obscene amount of money on anything they could find.

Vice President Joe Biden praised the results of the $787 billion stimulus package during a Middle Class Task Force roundtable in Washington, DC on March 27, 2010 by declaring “We have new ideas about how to spend government money wisely.”

But the enlightenment Biden celebrated has now yielded this outcome, according to the BLS:

  • 552,000 jobs were lost in Obama’s presidency.
  • 23.2 million Americans are without jobs, underemployed, or have given up trying to find work.
  • Since Obama took office, the average duration of unemployment has doubled (from just under 20 weeks to almost 40 weeks).

Obama likes for it to be all about him.

Now it is.

IS OBAMA REALLY THIS OUT OF TOUCH?

 

President Obama’s casual remark on Friday that the “private sector is doing fine” prompted a lot of questions, but some of the ones that most urgently need answered came from challenger Mitt Romney. At a rally in Iowa, Romney asked:

“Is he really that out of touch? I think he’s defining what it means to be detached and out of touch with the American people. Has there ever been an American president who is so far from reality?”

As you know, Obama hastily threw together an embarrassing “clarification” interview Friday afternoon for obvious damage control.

So how out of touch is Obama?

Well, one piece of his Saturday itinerary is revealing. According to the White House press pool, he went golfing. By my numbers, this was round 99 for him.

Obama never seems to deny himself a round of golf or vacation. He has never appeared to worry about how that looks to the public.

Another indicator of Obama’s detachment is how much time he spends with celebrities. He’s made headlines several times in the past year with things he said at fundraisers attended by the “A-listers.”

In Chicago last August, he tried to reassure some celebrity supporters by saying “We knew this was going to take time because we’ve got this big, messy, tough democracy.”

More recently, he spoke nervously to the stars at George Clooney’s place. Obama raised $15 million by saying people forget the magnitude of the 2008 recession, and that HE HIMSELF SOMETIMES DOES.

I’m not sure how reassuring that is to the long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks and over). The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that their numbers rose from 5.1 to 5.4 million in May.

But everyone from Hollywood megastars to the long-term unemployed should be frightened by Obama’s choices last week.

He wouldn’t even go into Wisconsin to try to help the public sector unions defeat Scott Walker. But after Wisconsin voters rejected the elevation of the public sector, Obama was focused on it Friday afternoon.

House Republicans tried to get Obama to approve the Keystone Pipeline, but Obama refused. My understanding is that some or many of those would have been union jobs.

As he has done so often, when an easy opportunity to create jobs was placed on his desk, he said no.

Is Obama really this detached and out of touch?

Governor Romney…I believe you have your answer.

WHY DOES SOMEONE WHO MEANS WHAT HE SAYS NEED TO CLARIFY WHAT HE SAYS?

“I assume that people meant what they said when they said it…that’s at least been my practice.”

–President Barack Obama, White House news conference, 4/30/12

 

Those were the words President Barack Obama used to criticize a 2007 statement from 2012 rival Mitt Romney regarding the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Remember when I said this in my blog regarding that?

 

In my work, I have often quoted the president saying things that his defenders either refuse to acknowledge or will say “that’s not what he meant.”

We now know Obama has meant everything he has said.

 

Since then, the Obama reelection campaign has been an unmitigated disaster. Obama’s supporters have struggled to keep up. Yesterday, it was so bad that Obama couldn’t keep up with himself.

Anything can happen, but in the most critical election of my lifetime, I believe June 8 was the turning point. If you share my goal (of replacing Barack Obama with Mitt Romney), you are now in the driver’s seat. The momentum is officially ours now.

But I am not suggesting in any way that we can let up or relax. In fact, I ask you to join me in stepping up our individual and collective efforts, working harder and smarter than ever before.

Because we are reminded of how high the stakes are.

Obama’s demonstrable incompetence and willingness to sacrifice the interests of his allies and supporters show how ill-suited the 44th President of the United States is for the position he occupies today. The weaknesses that have made his reelection campaign falter also reveal how dangerous his ineptitude is, and how essential it is to succeed in replacing him.

In case you somehow missed it yesterday, Obama made these statements at these approximate times:

 

“The private sector is doing fine.” (Press conference, 6/8/12, 11:00 AM)

“The economy is not fine.” (Television interview, 6/8/12, 4:30 PM)

 

In attacking Romney, Obama told us he means what he says when he says it. That forced the media outlets that serve as extensions of his campaign to run the obligatory but implausible pieces about how contradiction is “clarification.”

The situation in which Obama has placed his supporters has gone from undesirable to impossible. The guy who means what he says when he says it now has them scrambling to explain how he didn’t mean what he said when he said it.