So to sum up, Obamacare is leading to fewer hours worked, less tax revenue for the government and bigger government subsidies for health insurance for people who were already insured in the first place. If enough companies do this, Obamacare will become a massive dead weight on the federal budget, even as it does little more than shuffle people from one insurance plan to another, whether they like it or not. The Congressional Budget Office estimates, at the high end, that 20 million workers could see their health plans dropped thanks to Obamacare.
Thomas Sowell excoriates Obama for his dishonest representation in 2007 that the federal government wasn't using the Stafford Act to exempt New Orleans from its matching requirements.
Senator Obama, as he was then, pointed out that this requirement was waived in the case of New York and Florida because the people there were considered to be "part of the American family." But the people in New Orleans -- predominantly black -- "they don't care about as much," according to Barack Obama.This is the mendacity of Barack Obama.
If you want to know what community organizers do, this is it -- rub people's emotions raw to hype their resentments. And this was Barack Obama in his old community organizer role, a role that should have warned those who thought that he was someone who would bring us together, when he was all too well practiced in the arts of polarizing us apart.
Why is the date of this speech important? Because, less than two weeks earlier, on May 24, 2007, the United States Senate had in fact voted 80-14 to waive the Stafford Act requirement for New Orleans, as it had waived that requirement for New York and Florida. More federal money was spent rebuilding New Orleans than was spent in New York after 9/11 and in Florida after hurricane Andrew, combined.
Truth is not a job requirement for a community organizer. Nor can Barack Obama claim that he wasn't present the day of that Senate vote, as he claimed he wasn't there when Jeremiah Wright unleashed his obscene attacks on America from the pulpit of the church that Obama attended for 20 years.
Chalk up one more piece of evidence in the cover-up that the Obama administration tried to pull about the attack on the Benghazi consulate. Now, on the eve of the hearings on the attacks and the lack of security there, the administration has admitted that there was no protest outside the consulate before the murders. This is in direct conflict with the story that the administration was putting out for over a week after the attack that the attacks were a result of protests against the Muhammad video. Now that their lies about the attack have been revealed, the next question they will have to answer is why they turned down requests for more security even as attacks and terrorist incidents against foreigners in Libya mounted.
ABC is trying to hide that Obama attended the 1991 wedding of Martha Raddatz, the ABC reporter who will be moderating the vice-presidential debate tomorrow. It was two decades ago and she has since been divorced from her husband who had been a friend of Obama's from their time on the Harvard Law Review, but ABC doesn't want to admit even that much.
Ed Morrissey explains why Obama shouldn't be depending on Joe Biden to reverse the trend that we have seen since last week's debate.
Although Obama went to law school and taught law, he is ignoring the rules of law. Michael Barone writes,
Campaigns aren't allowed to accept donations from foreigners. But it looks like the Obama campaign has made it easier for them to slip money in. How much foreign money has come into the Obama campaign? Schweizer and Boyer say there's no way to know.There are quite a few examples of how Obama is ignoring the rule of law.
The campaign, as my former boss pollster Peter Hart likes to say, always reflects the candidate. A campaign willing to skirt the law or abet violations of it reflects a candidate who, as president, has been doing the same thing.
In public speeches he has defended such policies by shouting, "We can't wait!" The results are good, or at least politically convenient, so why be held back by a few words written on paper?
The Constitution was written by men who had a different idea. They wanted a government bound by the rule of law. Do we?
Jay Cost analyzes the state of the race now that we're four weeks out. We're where we've been for a long time now with a close race with each candidate getting about 47% of the vote. The fight is now on for disengaged voters and they're concerned with issues that don't favor Obama like the economy, deficit, health care and gas prices.
Sean Trende has a very intelligent analysis asking if "Obama can resist the forces of gravity?" He points out that Obama's big strategy is to run a horserace campaign that creates its own sense of inevitability. That is why the storyline since last week has been so damaging to Obama.