|Daily Digest for Tuesday
February 11, 2014
“I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny.” –Thomas Jefferson
‘I Can Do Whatever I Want’
“[A]s a president, I can do whatever I want,” Barack Obama reportedly said while, ironically, visiting Thomas Jefferson’s home with French President Francois Hollande. Obama obviously believes that, because, yet again, he issued a unilateral delay of an ObamaCare provision requiring businesses with 50-99 full-time workers to offer health benefits. He had already delayed it until 2015, but now it’s not effective until 2016. Or, you know, whenever.
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TOP 5 RIGHT HOOKS
The New Legal NY AR-15
In the wake of Sandy Hook, New York passed a law last year banning so-called “assault weapons.” Of course, the law focused on cosmetic features like pistol grips, adjustable stocks and flash suppressors, so the results were predictable. Gun manufacturers have designed an AR-15 pattern rifle that is completely legal because it doesn’t have those cosmetic features. Functionally, it’s the same rifle. But as National Review’s Charles C.W. Cooke put it, “Pass a stupid law, get a stupid result.”
Gun Activist Arrested
Fifty-two-year-old Buffalo resident Dwayne Ferguson, a concealed carry permit holder, was arrested last week for carrying a weapon into a public school where he contributes in a mentor program. Here’s the kicker: Ferguson was an outspoken advocate of New York’s SAFE Act, which elevates possession of a weapon on school grounds from a misdemeanor to a felony. He claims it was a simple mistake, but regardless, you reap what you sow. We hate to think of what he’s teaching his students when he can’t even follow a bogus, unconstitutional law he helped put into place — a law that now makes him a felon.
Ohio National Guard Preppers
The Ohio National Guard conducted a training drill in January involving biological weapons used in a school. Certainly, given the efforts of Islamic extremists to terrorize the West, this is a good drill. Except the perps weren’t jihadis; they were right-wing, “anti-government,” Second Amendment supporters. Portsmouth Chief of Police Bill Raisin said the drill accurately represented “the reality of the world we live in,” and that such training “helps us all be prepared.” Wrong. Conservative advocates of constitutionally limited government don’t attack schools using biological weapons. That’s from a fantasy world constructed by tyrannical leftists.
Economic Confidence in DC
How out of touch are the people who live in Washington, DC? Well, according to Gallup, District residents make the only “state” where the economic outlook is positive. “Although scores on Gallup’s Economic Confidence Index improved in most U.S. states in 2013, the index remained negative in all 50,” reports Gallup. “Only the District of Columbia had a positive index.” The CBO’s report last week projects economic growth averaging in the 2% range over the next decade, which means dependence on government will remain high. And therein lies the answer to DC’s positive outlook.
Congress Tackles Redskins
Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) wrote a joint letter to the NFL complaining that the name of the Washington Redskins “disparages” Native Americans and should be changed. The NFL is “on the wrong side of history,” they lectured. The team returned that kick with its own statement: “[T]here are many challenges facing Native Americans, including an extremely cold winter with high energy bills, high unemployment, life threatening health problems, inadequate education and many other issues more pressing than the name of a football team which has received strong support from Native Americans.” Indeed, one would think Congress had better things to do than blitz a football team, but at least that’s a play on which they’ll gain the fewest yards.
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Obama Doesn’t Care to Enforce ObamaCare
Yet again, Barack Obama has issued a unilateral delay of an ObamaCare provision, this time the one requiring businesses with 50-99 full-time workers to offer health benefits. Obama had already delayed that mandate until 2015, but now it’s not effective until 2016. Furthermore, businesses with more than 100 employees need not cover 100% of employees, but rather only 70% of workers by 2015 and 95% in 2016 and after.
Or, you know, whenever. The Obama Treasury Department wrote, “As these limited transition rules take effect, we will consider whether it is necessary to further extend any of them beyond 2015.” Whatever politically benefits Democrats.
Last week’s CBO report showed that ObamaCare is costing the economy big time, but the White House insisted that it’s liberating workers. “Well, which is it?” asks The Wall Street Journal. “Either ObamaCare is ushering in a worker’s paradise, in which case by the White House’s own logic exempting businesses from its ministrations is harming employees. Or else the mandate really is leading business to cut back on hiring, hours and shifting workers to part-time as the evidence in the real economy suggests.”
For the Obama administration, it’s both. While assuring low-info voters that ObamaCare enables people to “make a decision about how they will work, and if they will work,” the White House can also give businesses a reprieve until after the mid-term election. The previous delay put businesses in the position of accounting for the mandate right before the election and that simply wouldn’t do. But the effect of yet another delay and the prospect of who knows how many others is that businesses can’t plan for the law. Therefore, the economy will remain stagnant.
As an aside, the timing of this delay is especially interesting given that House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) just said immigration reform was unlikely because Republicans don’t trust Obama to enforce the law. The president’s doubling down on ObamaCare should completely take immigration off the table.
Speaking of timing, it’s incredibly ironic that, on a visit to Thomas Jefferson’s home with French President Francois Hollande, Obama reportedly said, “[A]s a president, I can do whatever I want.” Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence, didn’t have kind things to say about Obama’s brand of tyranny. “The tree of liberty,” wrote Jefferson, “must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.”
Climate Change This Week: Faulty Accounting
Buttressing this revelation about “fudging” the data, at a time when earlier climate models estimated we had been significantly warmer, the amount of ice and snow cover burying most of the nation signifies otherwise. Satellite reporting this week showed the Great Lakes had their greatest ice cover in two decades, with Lake Superior and Lake Erie being almost totally frozen.An audit by the Office of the Inspector General found that the State Department’s $75 million tab for climate change programs included $600,000 that couldn’t be accounted for. That may be seen as nothing more than a rounding error, but it was also a sign of burning cash and fudging data. The OIG pointed out the recipients in question “did not fully … ensure that the data used in reporting programmatic results were complete, accurate, consistent, and supportable.”
Yet there are some in Congress who continue to use incomplete, inaccurate, inconsistent and unsupportable data to plod on with their tired tales of man-made climate change. After all, there’s a lot of government money to be redistributed and regulations to be handed down from on high. The Safe Climate Caucus (yes, that’s a real thing), chaired by retiring Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), can’t get the time of day in a GOP-controlled House, so the Caucus is enlisting the help of an all too willing Leftmedia. Regardless of the evidence mounting against man-made climate change, Waxman believes the American people will “wake up” and ask “how can you deny this?”
But the chances are greater that a new skepticism of science could arise, argues Australian climate scientist Garth Paltridge. He writes that “the average man in the street … is beginning to suspect that it is politics rather than science which is driving the issue,” fretting that this may put an end to the belief in the honesty of science for years to come. Having to dig out from another foot of snow may also be a sign of this challenge to conventional wisdom.
OPINION IN BRIEF
Columnist Dennis Prager: “[C]apital punishment is only unusual in cultures that have declared it so. In fact it is much more accurate to say that keeping all murderers alive is unusual. It violates the most basic human instinct for fairness and justice. … Two major characteristics of leftism … are a sympathy with, if not full adherence to, pacifism, and an unwillingness to confront evil. … In our time, the left doesn’t fight Islamism nearly as much as it fights those who fight Islamism (‘Islamophobic’ is the epithet for such people). And it is true of individual evil. The left regards murderers, rapists, thieves and other violent criminals more as victims than as contemptible. Violent criminals do what they do because of poverty, racism and inequality, progressives argue. … Secular progressive thought also denies free will, viewing all our behavior as ultimately attributable to genes and environment. … On this issue, the right and left not only have differing ideas, they have different hearts.”
Columnist Mona Charen: “Remember the IRS scandal? It’s gone. Poof. … There was no smoking gun showing that Obama personally ordered the harassment of conservatives, some explain. Is that the standard? Because it seems the press applied a different yardstick to Chris Christie. Well, there’s a ‘scandal attention cycle,’ says the Columbia Journalism Review. To some extent, this is true. But there are different rules for Democrats, and particularly for Obama. … If it concerned just a local office, why did Obama fire the director of the IRS? Why did Lois Lerner plead the Fifth and resign? … It was also a non-scandal when the Justice Department appointed an Obama donor to investigate the IRS. Nor did the press follow up on uncontested accounts of IRS employees leaking confidential taxpayer information — which is a felony.”
Karl Marx (1818-1883): “The theory of Communism may be summed up in one sentence: Abolish all private property.”
Commentator Charles Krauthammer: “This [ObamaCare mandate delay] is stuff that you do in a banana republic. It’s as if the law is simply a blackboard on which Obama writes any number he wants, any delay he wants and any provision. It’s now reached a point where it is so endemic that nobody even notices or complains. … It’s not incompetence, it’s willful breaking of the constitutional order. Where in the constitution is a president allowed to alter a law 27 times after it’s been passed?”
Comedian Argus Hamilton: “The Labor Department reported only one hundred thousand new jobs were created in January. The administration is undaunted. President Obama declared that from now on the percentage of unemployed Americans will be known as the liberation from work rate.”
Semper Vigilo, Fortis, Paratus et Fidelis!
Nate Jackson for The Patriot Post Editorial Team