Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Cruising the Web

Just another lie in President Obama's press conference yesterday.

In case you were concerned, don't buy the scary stats in the sexual coercion study.

Don't be impressed by the stats that the administration is touting about how many people signed up for Obamacare. Marc Thiessen has some caveats we should all be remembering.
Besides, the number that matters is not how many Americans signed up for Obamacare but rather how many previously uninsured Americans signed up for Obamacare. By that standard, Obamacare may be headed for an epic failure.

Recall that between 5 million and 6 million Americans lost their health plans because of Obamacare last fall. If the administration now succeeds in signing up 5 million to 6 million previously insured Americans, it will have achieved . . . nothing. Breaking even is no great accomplishment.

And let’s not forget: Many of those new Obamacare sign-ups are self-sufficient people who were previously paying their own way and now receive government subsidies for insurance. Creating government dependency is not progress — it’s a step backward.

The stated goal of Obamacare was not to move millions of privately insured Americans into taxpayer-subsidized health coverage. The goal was to cover the uninsured. That was the justification for all the chaos and disruption Americans have experienced — and that is the standard by which the administration should be judged.

Todd Purdum writes in Politico to pay tribute to the little-remembered Ohio Republican congressman who ensured that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed in the form that it did.

It sounds like Bobby Jindal is set to run for the nomination in 2016. Of those getting mentioned, he's the one I'd support though I suspect he has little chance of making it out of the primaries against some of the flashier candidates.

Vulnerable Democrats are starting to realize that the administration's cuts to Medicare Advantage are going to come back to bite them this Fall.

Corruption has come back to bite California Democrats who have lost their supermajority due to losing three of their state senators having been convicted or indicted "from charges ranging from bribery to gun-running."

This is a quite improbable comeback. After beating out Stephen Colbert's sister to fill Tim Scott's vacated seat, Mark Sanford is now running unopposed for reelection.

Arizona is swapping out their previous statue of some forgotten mining executive in Statuary Hall in the Capitol to be replaced with one of Barry Goldwater. Good for them. I just wish that North Carolina could find someone else to represent us other than Zebulon Vance, famous for being governor during the Civil War or Charles Aycock who was elected governor in 1900 as the leader of the Democratic Party's push to recover power from a fusion party of Republicans and Populists who had won state control in 1896 by running a vicious campaign of white supremacy. As part of that campaign earlier in 1898, Democrats sparked a murderous race riot in Wilmington in which 14 -60 men were murdered. This is a shameful moment in North Carolina's history and it mystifies me why we're still celebrating a leader of that white supremacy campaign and its main beneficiary in the U.S. Capitol. Certainly, there are other North Carolinians of note that could be celebrated. Perusing this extensive list, I see several worthy, noncontroversial replacements whom I would suggest: Dolley Madison, Levi Coffin (a leader in the Underground Railroad), Edward R. Murrow, or David Brinkley. Or perhaps one of the many athletes associated or from North Carolina. Meadowlark Lemon certainly outranks a white supremacist politician. Maybe I can get some of my students who need a cause to start lobbying our legislature.

Rich Lowry pays tribute to Jeremiah Denton, the former POW who recently died and guaranteed his permanent status as a hero as he blinked Morse code for "torture" when the North Vietnamese forced him to make a propaganda statement for the media. Lowry is corret - this was one of the "great statements of defiance in American history." I'd never seen that video, but it is still powerful today.