Saturday, July 07, 2012

Cruising the Web

What a surprise, the guy who made up stuff in his autobiography is now making up stuff when he talks about his first campaign for the state Senate. What he's leaving out is how he worked to invalidate the petition signatures of his challengers in the primary and then ran unopposed in the general election.

James Taranto has some fun analyzing Obama's betting metaphor.

Here's a report from March that I missed. One of Obamacare's architects and defenders now acknowledges that Obamacare will raise the cost of insurance for young workers 19 to 30%, not lower premiums as he originally argued. It turns out that he made a major mistake, as he now acknowledges, in his original calculations. Oops.

Remember that it was Democrat Deval Patrick who implemented Romneycare and made changes in Romney's original design. Romney's mistake was thinking that, in Democrat-run Massachusetts that things would be any different.

How stupid are California politicians? They've now agreed to go forward with the high-speed rail line that will cost the state billions of dollars that they don't have. And for a rail system that will go from Madera to Bakersfield, not the most well-traveled distance in California.

Paul Moreno provides a history of Congress's power to tax in which we learn that the first product that was taxed for regulatory purposes was margarine. Who knew?

Back in 2004 when the May numbers showed that the economy added 310,000 and unemployment was at 5.6%, Obama blasted the Bush administration.
“After three dismal years of job-loss, we all welcome encouraging statistics,” Obama acknowledges in the 2004 address. “But for most Americans, the health of our economy is measured in a different and more personal way: If I lose my job, where will I find one that pays as well and offers real benefits? Can I afford health-care coverage on my own, or the cost of sending my children to college? Will I ever be able to save and retire with dignity and security? These are the questions I hear hardworking people asking. For them, the basic rewards of a middle-class life, rewards that we once took for granted, have become an elusive dream.”
Sounds like a ready-made ad for today's numbers.

Remember that there are at least 20 new taxes contained in Obamacare. So even without counting the mandate as a tax, Obama was already raising taxes.

David Brooks examines how our school system is failing boys by imagining how Henry V would be treated in today's schools.

If Barack Obama were the head of a corporation, would he keep his job? Should he?

One problem Obama has is self-inflicted: he made grandiose, yet specific promises of how he'd turn the country around. Now he can't escape the stark contrast between what he promised for the economy and the what the reality is. And although he tries, he can't blame it on the economy being worse than he thought because he knew at the time how bad things were.

Jeffrey H. Anderson makes the argument for Romney to pick Paul Ryan as a running mate. I'm sold. One of the major objections is that then the Obama campaign would unleash their thowing-grandma-over-a-cliff demagoguery at Romney. Well, they're going to do that anyway. Why not have on the ticket and give a national platform to the guy who can best refute those arguments and expose them for the hollow lies they are? That's much better than the awful idea of putting Condi Rice on the ticket.

Even Robert Reich is fed up with Obama's excuse making.

James Carville thinks that Romney needs to talk more about his religion. Hmmmm, I wonder why he's offering that advice...

3 comments:

John A said...

UNRELATED -
Krugman is at it again, though I admit I did not know better - but he should.

"In a better America, Mitt Romney would be running for president on the strength of his major achievement as governor of Massachusetts: a health reform that was identical in all important respects to the health reform enacted by President Obama."

Gov. Romney vetoed at least eight parts of "Romneycare." The Dem party overrode all 8. And the implementation is not what he had envisioned.

OTOH, yes, it is popular.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/06/opinion/off-and-out-with-mitt-romney.html?src=me&ref=general

equitus said...

I like Ryan a lot, but I'm one of those who thinks we still need him in the legislature. I think being VP wouldn't make the best use of him.

Jindal has executive experience and is specialized in health care reform. He needs a national platform now.

mark said...

Are repubs now going to try to blame Deval Patrick for Romneycare? Perhaps all of those recordings of Romney defending the mandate and praising Ted Kennedy were done under duress.
Of the many repubs who once supported mandates, your party chose the one person who actually instituted them. But why accept responsibility when you can blame someone else?