Thursday, April 24, 2014

Chicag-no

Breitbart: "Bulletproof Subway restaurant sign of Chicago violence."

In completely unrelated news: "Gallup: Illinois tops the list of states whose residents think they live in the worst state possible."  By a wide margin.

Small businesses prep for Obamacare

It's a comin'.
Some owners have begun to weigh strategies that might help them avoid complying with the law later on, such as opting out of providing the required coverage and instead paying a federal penalty of $2,000 for each full-time worker after the first 30.
Others have begun restructuring their businesses, reducing their employees' hours, for example, or trimming their total head counts to fewer than 50 full-time workers.
What!?!  Who saw that coming?  Oh yeah, everyone outside Nancy Pelosi's sphere of delusion.

A pyromaniac in a field of straw men

George Will reviews the rhetorical stylings of our boy-wonder: "The adolescent President"
Finally, the real discussion-stopper for the righteous — and there is no righteousness like an adolescent’s — is an assertion that has always been an Obama specialty. It is that there cannot be honorable and intelligent disagreement with him. So last week, less than two minutes after saying that the argument about the ACA “isn’t about me,” Obama said some important opposition to the ACA is about him, citing “states that have chosen not to expand Medicaid for no other reason than political spite.”
Peter Wehner noted the same cheap stereotyping a year ago:
This is a president who, when he’s not sermonizing on the importance of civility in public discourse, is accusing Republicans of being social Darwinists and members of the “flat earth society,” of putting their party ahead of their country, and of wanting dirty air and dirty water.
We love us our rich people, too.  Obama's shortcut to political discourse saves time since it shuts down debate and has the added benefit of stroking his ego.  After all, only the crazy and evil could possibly oppose the pure and virtuous, the One who stops the oceans from rising.

Related - WashTimes: "President Obama's 'selfie doctrine'."

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Down the pipe

Washington Post editorial: "Keystone XL’s continued delay is absurd."  "The administration’s latest decision is not responsible; it is embarrassing. The United States continues to insult its Canadian allies by holding up what should have been a routine permitting decision amid a funhouse-mirror environmental debate that got way out of hand. The president should end this national psychodrama now, bow to reason, approve the pipeline and go do something more productive for the climate."

Monday, April 21, 2014

Pipeline to nowhere

Here's Jonah Goldberg in the L.A. Times with "Obama's Keystone pipeline trap."  "Obama, who is rarely reluctant to act unilaterally when it benefits him politically, and who regularly brags about his red-tape cutting, is paralyzed by perhaps the only big shovel-ready jobs project he's been presented with."

The McLaughlin Group is rising fast

Everybody's having a good laugh at David Gregory's declining ratings at "Meet the Press" with the Vodkapundit quipping: "Honestly, it couldn’t happen to a nicer group of shills."

The comparison to Tim Russert is inevitable.  Russert would open each show with a news update and a sincere thanks to his guest before checking his notes then going full-on hammer and tongs.  Russert's staff would find obscure position papers or transcripts and spring it on unsuspecting guests.  It was great television.

Even Garrick Utley managed to bring a little conflict to MTP by - get this - making guests meet the press.  There would be a little panel and they would take turns asking questions.  There is no such interrogation on Gregory's show where it's mostly a panel of politicos sitting around a table regurgitating talking points.  I couldn't bear to watch Debbie Wasserman-Schultz this past Sunday since I knew Gregory wouldn't knock her off her spiel.

Which leads to another gripe about most Sunday morning shows in general.  What happened to guests of opposing viewpoints appearing together?  They just shuttle in-and-out of the green room to make speeches instead of engaging in debate.  David Gregory's MTP is just the worst example of this parade.

Friday, April 18, 2014

C'mon, you knew this was coming

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

But...sign ups

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

Thursday, April 17, 2014

"Shut up" they explained

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

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Deceive inveigle obfuscate


If you wondered if this White House would ever present the unvarnished truth about the train wreck known as Obamacare, wonder no more.  The book-cooking and goalpost-moving will continue until morale improves.  Here's Megan McArdle:
For several months now, whenever the topic of enrollment in the Affordable Care Act came up, I’ve been saying that it was too soon to tell its ultimate effects. We don’t know how many people have paid for their new insurance policies, or how many of those who bought policies were previously uninsured. For that, I said, we will have to wait for Census Bureau data, which offer the best assessment of the insurance status of the whole population. Other surveys are available, but the samples are smaller, so they’re not as good; the census is the gold standard. Unfortunately, as I invariably noted, these data won’t be available until 2015.
I stand corrected: These data won’t be available at all. Ever.
The Administration claims the change to the way the Census Department calculates the uninsured is designed to make the count more accurate.  But nobody outside of kiss-ass Ezra Klein believes it's anything more than a way to obscure an honest apples-to-apples comparison of health coverage after Obamacare.  The numbers look good: success!  The numbers look bad: oh, well we can never know because of the new calculation.

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

More - Twitchy: "Nothing to see here."

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The not-so-sure deal

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