Thursday, January 16, 2014

Cruising the Web

In just a few minutes Jimmy Kimmel undoes all the benefit that Obamacare and its supporters have tried to gain from advertising to young people. Forget the silly brosurance ads trying to persuade young people how cool Obamacare is. Forget all the ads from celebrities aimed at young people. In three minutes and 19 seconds Jimmy Kimmel bears how ridiculous it would be for young people to pay so much for health insurance in order to fund insurance for older people who, on average, have a lot more wealth than young people.
And as Noel Sheppard points out, what if other sources than the conservative press and politicians had pointed out the logic underlying all of Obamacare before the thing was passed or before the 2012 election, perhaps young people, who have been suffering an awful employment situation, would not have been so supportive of Obama's presidency.
Really delicious stuff.

However, this raises a question: with the exception of the penis pump issue, everything that Kimmel addressed was known before ObamaCare was enacted.

Certainly, America’s youth are woefully uninformed – but why is that?

Assume for a moment that as this bill was being crafted, and well before it was rammed through both chambers of Congress without one Republican vote, America’s media had actually informed the public about what was in the legislation.

Imagine if news outlets other than conservative ones explained that the entire concept of the law was that healthy young people were going to be required to buy something they didn’t need so that older, less healthy people would either get health insurance for free or more cheaply.

Imagine if news outlets other than conservative ones explained that young people were also going to be required to buy something they didn’t need so that Medicaid could be expanded offering “free” healthcare to more lower income people.

Imagine if MTV for example brought on experts to discuss how this law was going to impact its young viewers rather than showing public service announcements featuring actors and musicians selling them on why they should support something that clearly wasn’t in their best interest.

Without question, if America’s media had behaved responsibly in 2009 and 2010, the calls and emails to Congress opposing this legislation would have been so voluminous it never would have passed.
It's a nice dream. If only...

Amazingly, Senate Democrats worked with Republicans to issue a very critical report blaming the Obama administration for not preventing the terrorist attack on the diplomatic compound in Benghazi that resulted in the death of four Americans. The State and Defense Departments and CIA are blamed for not being prepared against terrorist threats before the attack.
A long-delayed Senate Intelligence Committee report released Wednesday faulted both the State Department and the intelligence community for not preventing attacks on two outposts in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador, in 2012.

The bipartisan report laid out more than a dozen findings regarding the assaults on a diplomatic compound and a CIA annex in the city. It said the State Department failed to increase security at its mission despite warnings, and blamed intelligence agencies for not sharing information about the existence of the CIA outpost with the U.S. military.
Of course, Senate Democrats were apparently willing to go only so far in their criticisms of the administration. They managed to write a report criticizing the State Department and mention Hillary Clinton only once. If Chris Christie is to be blamed for Bridgegate, shouldn't Clinton bear the blame for the failures of her department regarding Benghazi? And what about Barack Obama who is, amazingly, also absent from the report.

And for all the huffing and puffing about Chris Christie and the closing of a bridge, Daniel Henninger reminds us of how the left has used government to go after their political opponents.

Exploding three myths of labor force participation that liberals have used to try to discount the terrible statistics about how many people have simply dropped out of the workforce.

Good riddance. Democratic Representative Jim Moran of Virginia is retiring. He'll be replaced by another Democrat most probably, but the House will be a much better place without this guy.
Over the years Moran has served on Capitol Hill, his professional accomplishments were sometimes overshadowed by personal scandals. Brash and occasionally outspoken to a fault, he has shoved members leaving the House floor, suggested that the Jewish community pushed for the U.S. invasion in Iraq in 2003 and possibly squandered a small fortune in the stock market. In 2012, his son resigned as field director for his father’s re-election campaign after he was caught on camera advocating voter fraud.
You can check out some of his "greatest hits" and be shocked that this guy who cursed out and threatened to shoot an eight-year-old boy for supposedly trying to steal his car or he screamed at a priest who dared to give a pro-life sermon. This was a guy who screamed at a disabled Navy veteran and also said that military service is not public service. This guy gives jerks a bad name, but he got reelected again and again because he represents such a reliably Democratic district, a district that should have been ashamed to have had him for their representative and chosen another Democrat. And then there are all the allegations of corruption against Moran.

Two former Democratic lawmakers and a four-star general who helped devise the successful surge strategy in Iraq testified yesterday in the House about the rising danger from the spread of al-Qaeda throughout the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. And they keyed in how Obama's approach has failed and how, during his presidency, he has allowed the spread of terrorists in that area. Former Senator Joe Lieberman was especially harsh.
Lieberman noted that the only reason the al-Qaeda “core” in the Af-Pak region has been diminished is because of military force. “Al-Qaeda is not a social organization,” he said. “It is a brutal military organization.”

In the meantime, he said, American policy is “inviting the whirlwind.”

“There are large parts of the Obama administration’s strategy that are simply not working. This is going to go on for a large part of this century,” Lieberman said of the “fearless and ideologically driven killing machine” of Islamic terrorism.

“In the end, if we do nothing, the result will be worse.”