December 02, 2013
Column: Website, Schmebsite, Keep Your Eyes on the Big Ball
I'm not sure which the Obama administration is better at, deceiving the American people into accepting its initial policy changes or conning them into accepting, after the fact, the lowering of expectations for these failed policies.
Just look at this president's miserable track record on both counts. His administration predicted his exorbitant stimulus package would create boatloads of "shovel-ready" jobs (not to mention reduce unemployment), but it didn't even come close. In response, Obama insisted the economic circumstances he inherited were far worse than he had imagined. He also cynically joked away his promise to generate shovel-ready jobs -- as if to say the American people were fools and dolts for taking him seriously about such a claim.
Obama repeatedly promised that his government-induced green projects, such as Solyndra, would produce thousands of jobs. When the project and similar ones went belly up, he didn't so much as flirt with offering an apology or a plausible explanation but just implied that such colossal failures were bumps in the road toward transitioning into a green economy, and he blithely announced more federal millions dedicated to similar boondoggles.
The examples are endless, but let's move on to the Obamacare website debacle, with which the administration is setting records for both incompetence and chutzpah.
Assuming you haven't been living with Jed Clampett's descendants in the sticks where there is no access to television or the Internet, you're well aware of the stunningly egregious Obamacare website rollout. It would have been infinitely inexcusable had the administration spent tens of thousands of dollars on it and had a shorter window to make it work. But it had several years to plan and implement it and has wasted -- and continues to waste -- hundreds of millions of dollars on it.
November 25, 2013
Column: Iran, a Dangerous Obamacare Diversion
Does anyone with credibility like this deal Obama's team made with Iran? I'm not seeing much encouragement as I scan the news covering the subject.
Ask yourself this: What was so urgent about securing a deal that will allow Iran to pursue nuclear development in exchange for our releasing the sanctions? Did you do a double take on that formulation? You should have.
Nor did the administration even lift a finger in these negotiations to secure the release of American pastor Saeed Abedini, whom Iran has imprisoned based on entirely trumped-up charges. The administration said, "The P5+1 talks focused exclusively on nuclear issues." But as David French writes in National Review Online, "no, they did not. They also included 'humanitarian' discussions. Do we only care about the humanitarian needs of Iranians?"
From Obama's perspective, one thing is definitely more urgent than any foreign policy issue on the table: creating a serious enough diversion to slow down his free-falling approval ratings from the Obamacare rollout and insurance policy cancellations, which have exposed his deliberate deceit of the American people.
For the first time, a CNN poll shows that more than 50 percent of Americans do not believe Obama is "honest and trustworthy," and only some 40 percent believe he is an effective manager of the federal government. It gets worse. Fifty-six percent say the president is not admirable, does not reflect their opinions on important issues and does not inspire confidence.
November 21, 2013
Column: Obama and His Compassion Mirage
President Barack Obama, the quintessential leftist, would have us believe, as would all leftists, that his overarching motivation is his compassion but, like most leftists, reveals through his actions that his driving passion is not so much concern for his fellow man as it is an obsession to control people.
That explains why Obama isn't the slightest bit sympathetic about people losing their health care coverage as a direct result of his fraudulent advertising on Obamacare and why, so far, he has callously resisted all calls for a reset of the worst policy train wreck on the longest policy train in memory.
But Obama's inflexible ideology is not the only thing holding him back from doing the right thing -- assuming he would even want to, which is a gracious assumption at this point; his hubris and self-interest are in the mix, as well.
He has too much pride to concede that his baby, his signature policy "achievement" -- the Affordable Care Act -- is a disaster, despite all evidence leading to that inescapable conclusion. Of course, that is partly because he doesn't consider it a policy disaster, only a public relations disaster, as his goal all along has been a single-payer system.
Anyone who examines the administration's now-exposed unapologetic pre-rollout predictions that the ACA would drive most people off their plans knows it has always been a Trojan horse for a single-payer plan.
November 18, 2013
Column: Obama's Obamacare Deception: You May Not Know the Half of It
Just when you think things can't get much worse with Obamacare, another
shoe drops. Correction: This thing has enough dropping shoes to fully fit a
That Obama deliberately lied (please excuse the redundancy, but it is
apparently necessary to clarify one's meaning in this postmodern age) in
telling people they could keep their plans and doctors is now beyond
dispute. He and his handlers have tried to obfuscate the issue with further
deception but have fallen way short of passing the laugh test.
Some liberals have taunted me on Twitter that all politicians lie. Well,
that certainly ends the inquiry, does it not? Forever after, we'll yield to
this cynical pronouncement and decline to hold any politicians accountable.
Perhaps we should dispense with all moral codes altogether, because we're
Of course, anyone who makes these kinds of arguments advertises himself as
too intellectually dishonest to be taken seriously. Do you think any of
these people would so casually excuse a person lying to them in their
personal or business lives about an important matter?
So from the perspective of those of us in the real world, Obama has himself
in quite a pickle.
November 14, 2013
Column: No Real Mea Culpa in Obama's Litany of Dodges and Excuses
I don't know how President Obama could get more surreal. At this point,
it's hard to tell whether he's more dishonest or delusional.
At Obama's news conference Thursday, CBS' Major Garrett pressed him,
essentially, to admit he'd flagrantly lied when he promised Americans that
with the advent of Obamacare, they could keep their health care plans and
their doctors if they liked them.
Though Obama did pay lip service to admitting he shouldn't have made the
promise "unequivocally," he quickly degenerated into a disjointed string of
meaningless verbiage involving nuances, grandfathering, great-grandfathering
and whatnot, all designed to confuse us and excuse himself. Besides, he
insisted, many congressmen made the same "sincere" pledge that he made
concerning keeping their plans. "They did it, too, Mommy."
The unequivocal truth is that Obama made the claim unequivocally not
through excess passion born of selfless magnanimity but as a calculated
maneuver to sell his unpopular plan. It was not, as he stated, sincere. Had
he not made the claim unequivocally, he wouldn't have been able to cram the
bill through, even with the unconscionable level of arm-twisting he engaged
It's beyond offensive that he blithely waved off his premeditated lie as a
November 11, 2013
Column: Learning to Bask in Obama's Comforting Assurances
"The end justifies the means" is an unstated rationale that guides much
liberal thinking and rationalizes immoral behavior in service to a
supposedly greater good. But a column I've just read stretches this twisted
ethical calculus to a new level.
Columnist Michael Cohen, in an op-ed for the New York Daily News, tells us,
essentially, that President Obama's lie that people could keep their health
care plans if they liked them is not just defensible -- because it was in
service to the greater good of imposing Obamacare on an otherwise unwilling
populace -- but darn near laudable.
Obama is to be praised for having the courage to deceive us because we are
not enlightened enough to know what is in our best interests. The headline
of the column is "Behind Obama's lie, our own immaturity." The subhead digs
the knife in further: "We can't handle the truth."
Where would we be without the superior wisdom of liberals and their
altruistic willingness to engage in fraudulent coercion to speed us along
the evolutionary food chain?
November 07, 2013
Column: Obama's Obamacare Lies Were Chronicled From the Beginning
Don't you believe that President Obama's lies that people could keep their health insurance plans and doctors were his only lies about Obamacare or that these and the other lies were not demonstrably false when he uttered them.
In my book "Crimes Against Liberty," I chronicled Obama's multitudinous lies about Obamacare and many other subjects, from earmarks to tax increases. Please allow me to revisit some of my reporting on the Obamacare lies in light of the recent furor over Obama's dissembling concerning health care.
Let's start with the particularly galling declaration Obama made after Congress' partisan passage of Obamacare on March 21, 2010: "We proved that this government -- a government of the people and by the people -- still works for the people. ... Tonight's vote ... is a victory for the American people."
Never mind that the American public was manifestly against passage of the bill, as shown in poll after poll and further demonstrated by Obama's inability to get the bill passed -- despite overwhelming Democratic majorities in both chambers -- without, in my words in the book, "legislative trickery, executive deception, political bribes, arm-twisting, and a meaningless executive order to supposedly negate the bill's abortion funding provisions."
Sen. Lamar Alexander, no raging conservative, then observed that Obama's behavior on Obamacare was "the most brazen act of political arrogance since Watergate ... in terms of thumbing your nose at the American people and saying, 'We know you don't want it, but we're going to give it to you anyway.'"
November 04, 2013
Column: Obamacare Is Obama Unmasked
Everyone is focusing on Obamacare because it is such an obvious disaster, but in fact, it is but a microcosm of Barack Obama's entire presidency. Obamacare is Obama unmasked.
Aren't some of you tired of making lame excuses for him that only serve to make things worse? He has made a mess of nearly everything his policies have touched, and he's mostly avoided the blame; but he owns Obamacare, and he has nowhere to hide.
When someone with the influence Obama enjoyed upon first taking office sets out to fundamentally transform the nation -- and he has the unqualified support of the entire liberal media apparatus, the Democratic Party in lock step, millions of people purchased with government money and/or indoctrinated in liberal universities, and the cudgels of racial shaming and white guilt -- the possibilities are endless.
Constitutionalists have observed for years that America has been on a downward spiral as its ruling class has discarded its founding principles -- the very ideas that led to this nation's uniqueness, power, prosperity and benevolence. We've known that we could not forever piggyback, with impunity, on America's system of limited government and its free market economy. Eventually, statist encroachments on both would destroy our prosperity, liberty and power.
But we were thinking in terms of decades into the future, not a matter of a few years. Who would have ever thought the United States would embark on such an accelerated path of national suicide?