Friday, February 28, 2014

Cruising the Web

Here is how the disincentives of Obamacare work as a New York pet store owner says he won't expand his business because it would raise the numbers of his employees over the 50-employee limit in the bill. If he had 50 employees, he'd have to provide them with health care or pay a $2,000 fine for each employee.

Matthew Continetti ponders the empire that Obama's former campaign head, Jim Messina, is building.

Is Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire the leader for the GOP vice-presidential nomination?

Peter Suderman contemplates the $1.2 billion on helping states build their own state-run health insurance exchanges. And the records of those exchanges is not a good one.

Mary Katharine Ham brings together some more stories of people who have been suffering due to Obamacare and wonders if they too are lying. NPR reports on how one doctor's office has to spend an hour or more on the phone to verify the insurance for each Obamacare patient they see. This was a routine they could do almost instantaneously before the Affordable Care Act. Imagine the burden on any small doctor's office.

Charles C. W. Cooke refutes the absurd idea that atheism and conservatism are incompatible. Whew! That's a relief to me. I can still be conservative.

The GAO has determined that the changes that the federal government has made to school lunch menus have been a disaster.

Charles Krauthammer explains what Putin is about when it comes to Ukraine. Michael Barone recommends that we look at the protesters in Ukraine and Venezuela as not fighting for democracy, but for the rule of law.

Bobby Jindal is taking some steps towards running for president in 2016.

Peggy Noonan captures the feelings of many Americans that we are beset by government.
People already enraged by canceled coverage, higher premiums, huge deductibles, lost doctors and limited networks, fume. And the highest-ranking Democrat on Capitol Hill, Majority Leader Harry Reid, goes to the floor of the Senate to say of the ObamaCare horror stories that "all of them are untrue." They're "stories made up out of whole cloth." spread by "the multibillionaire Koch brothers."

Imagine that—you have real problems caused by a bad law, and Mr. Reid tells you that what you are experiencing in your own life is a lie made up by propagandists. He sounded like Lenin. There is no cholera in the new Russia.

The NSA is a real and present threat to your privacy, HHS actually never has to come up with a true number on ObamaCare enrollments or costs, and at the EPA no one talks anymore about why Al Armendariz, a top regional administrator, felt free to brag in a 2010 speech that his "philosophy of enforcement" could be compared to the practice by ancient Roman soldiers of crucifying random victims. When it surfaced, he left the agency. Did his mindset?

People feel beset because they are. All these things are pieces of a larger, bullying ineptitude. And people know, they are aware.

Conservatives sometimes feel exhausted from trying to fight back on a million fronts. A leftist might say: "Yes, that's the plan."

But the left too is damaged. They look hollowed out and incoherent. Their victories, removed of meaning, are only the triumphs of small aggressions. They win the day but not the era. The result is not progress but more national division, more of a grinding sense of dislike. At first it will be aimed at the progressive left, but in time it will likely be aimed at America itself, or rather America as It Is Now. When the progressive left wins, they will win, year by year, less of a country.
That's a dismal thought to start your day, isn't it?