Thursday, July 18, 2013

Cruising the Web

President Obama is just too precious. Now he's threatening a veto for legislation delaying the employer mandate even though his administration unilaterally already went ahead and did so. I suspect he doesn't want any indication that this delay needed congressional action. He wants to preserve his ability to just do whatever he wants to regardless of the law. As Philip Klein writes,
This move isn’t terribly surprising. If Obama were to support the House employer mandate legislation, it would be seen as a tacit acknowledgement that he acted outside of his authority by issuing a regulatory delay of the mandate. And if he were to waive the individual mandate as well, it would increase the risk that not enough young and healthy people would sign up for insurance to help offset the cost of covering older and sicker Americans, crippling the law.

That said, it’s an incredibly arrogant attitude toward power for Obama to suggest he can arbitrarily rewrite the law by waving his regulatory wand with one hand, and then wave his veto pen with the other when Congress asserts its Constitutional authority to make changes to the law.
I'm sure that everyone is shocked to find out that the New York Times' position on reforming the filibuster depends on which party controls the Senate.

Imagine this: you can use Twitter to get yourself out of Purgatory. This is the state of indulgences in the 21st century.

Ben Bernanke testified before Congress is that Obamacare is leading some employers to hire part-time workers to avoid the mandate. That's sort of a Duh! observation, but the common sense of that conclusion apparently eluded the Democrats as they crafted this monstrosity. The Chamber of Congress is estimating that 74% of small businesses, because of Obamacare, are already planning to fire workers, cut the number of full-time staff, or shift workers to part-time due. Even if that estimate is cut in half, it's still a deep concern. Bernanke was circumspect in blaming the health care bill for the large numbers of part-time employment in today's workforce, but it's clearly a concern for anyone whose full-time job is not guaranteed.

Paul Krugman is the "mean girl" of economics.

Can a mayor with the chutzpah to grab women and "stick his tongue" down their throats have enough chutzpah to remain in office? Democratic Mayor Filner of San Diego is sure trying but I don't think any explanation of being an enthusiastic hugger is going to hack it.

The Democrats may come to regret allowing themselves to get on the wrong side of a wedge issue refusing to ban even 1% of abortions. They might be able to sell this as a war on women, but a lot of people will see opposition to a ban on late term abortions as a war on babies.

Mark Oppenheimer, writing in the New Republic, wonders when liberals became so Puritanical. He traces their uptight stress back to the Progressive movement - the source of so much unintended consequences in American history.

Someone actually took advice from Joe Biden.

Another defeat for Obama's recess appointments to the NLRB.

Here is some research school districts should pay attention to regarding teenagers and their circadian rhythms when it comes to what time school should start. My school begins at 9:00 am and I consider that a big plus for the students (and teachers). Of course, in big school districts with hundreds of bus routes, it becomes impossible to have high schools start that late because the buses need to deliver the older kids to school and then turn around to get the younger kids. One more advantage to charter schools.


Linda said...

Betsy, papal indulgences are poorly understood by non-Catholics. An indulgence is better thought of as a "extra credit" - won't change the overall final result, but may swing the decision in a close race.

Those who travel (spending both money and time to do so) have their efforts rewarded with a small indulgence. This ability to gain indulgences through Twitter contact is reflective of the focus that Catholics would put on reflecting on God during that time they read the Tweets.

Sounds kinda silly to non-Catholics, but it's a long-accepted practice in the Church. The so-called Stations of the Cross in Catholic churches? It's a local replacement for taking a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. It costs Catholics nothing but time, but there is a requirement to follow the practice prayerfully and reflectively.

Pope Francis may get non-Catholics to sign up, and, if they are fortunate, by reading they may come to deepen their understanding of Christ.

I'm not a professional theologian; if my explanation is wrong in any way, blame me for poor understanding.

Charles Curran said...

Barry O doesn't care what any court says about anything he does. A federal judge ordered the interior dept to lift its ban on drilling in the gulf 2-3 years ago, and Barry O just ignored it to this day.

elkh1 said...

That Democratic Mayor of San Diego should quit "in shame", apologize profusely, and plot a come back for next year, or another office. He's a Democrat after all, those sex things don't hurt. From Willy to Tony to Eliot.

Rick Caird said...

Obama has a problem on the employer mandate. By dropping that, he lost his ability to determine eligibility for individual subsidies. So, he dropped those, too.

But, not only is it clear he has abused his authority by overturning black letter law, he really, really does not want Congress to open ObamaCare back up to legislation because who knows what will be included.

So, he is in the conundrum of refusing authorization to do what he wants to do, but doing it without authorization is illegal.

I laugh at his arrogance.

LargeBill said...

I'm not sure if Obama would have a son that he'd look like Trayvon, but I'm pretty darn certain that if Clinton had a son he'd act like Filner.