The public hates ObamaCare

December 13, 2010

Health care reform is probably the signature achievement of the Obama administration, realizing a decades-old progressive dream. It was Obama’s big issue during the 2008 campaign, he fought hard to get it passed in 2009 and 2010, and I suspect that part of the reason he has been accommodating toward Republicans after last month’s election drubbing is that he is building a position from which to defend ObamaCare from any efforts to repeal it. This is the one issue he truly cares about; as Stanley Kurtz has shown, nationalized health care is the lever Obama intends to use to tip the nation toward overall Socialism. It’s not much of a bet to say he will fight to defend it.

If so, he’ll have to fight a majority of the nation; we just hate ObamaCare:

Time doesn’t seem to be winning the new national health care law any more friends. Most voters have favored repeal of the law every week since it was passed and support for repeal has now inched up to its highest level since mid-September. Many Americans remain concerned that the law will force them to change their health insurance coverage.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 60% of Likely U.S. Voters at least somewhat favor repeal of the health care law while 34% are opposed. As has been the case since the law was first passed, those who favor repeal feel more passionately than those who want to keep the law–46% Strongly Favor repeal while just 23% who are Strongly Opposed. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Total support for repeal is up four points from a week ago but consistent with opposition to the law for months. Support for repeal has ranged from 50% to 63% in weekly tracking since Democrats in Congress passed the law in late March.

More and more companies are announcing the elimination of coverage or changes to their offered plans detrimental to those covered, because of ObamaCare. Even his biggest union backers are feeling the pinch. As this rolling snowball grows and more people find they can’t keep the plan they like –Obama’s promise notwithstanding– I expect those repeal numbers will grow, too.

Good luck fighting the tide, President Canute.


Swedish PM: Don’t bother me with facts when I’m being tolerant

December 13, 2010

Following up on the recent jihadist terror attack in Stockholm, the BBC interviewed Prime Minister Reinfeldt. His reaction to the near-atrocity in his capital? Outrage? Anger? A vow to defend his nation and people with whatever it takes?

Nope. Instead he responded with a firm “This is unacceptable.”

My reaction? Unbelievable.

Click the image to watch the interview at the BBC’s site:

“Unacceptable.” Boy, I bet that has the guys who love death just quaking in their boots.

And he’s not sure that the attack and the threatening emails received minutes before were related? You mean the emails that read

“Our actions will speak for themselves, as long as you do not stop your stupid war against Islam, your humiliation of the prophet, and your support of the pig Wilkes,” the warning said.

Emphases added. That last is in reference to Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks, who’s under death threats for drawing Muhammad in a satirical manner.

Back to Prime Minister Unacceptable, if he’s still unsure, maybe he should ask the jihadis themselves, who have identified the bomber as one of their own:

An Islamist website on Sunday identified the bomber behind Saturday’s attacks in the Swedish capital Stockholm as Taymour Abdel Wahab and published a photograph it said was him.

“It is our brother, mujahid Taymour Abdel Wahab, who carried out the martyrdom operation in Stockholm,” said the website Shumukh al-Islam, which published a photograph of a man in dark glasses and Western clothes.

And just in case PM Head-In-The-Sand quibbles that the website authors could just be blowing smoke from their hookahs, the UK’s Daily Mail confirms:

Iraqi-born Taimour Abdulwahab Al-Abdaly, 28, blew up his car, then himself, in the capital Stockholm.

And today it emerged he was thrown out of a Luton mosque three years ago for being too radical.

A Swedish prosecutor said it was likely that Abdulwahab was wearing a bomb belt and was possibly on his way to a department store or train station when the explosive detonated by accident.

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The Bedfordshire town has a Muslim population of 20,000 and has been linked with a string of high-profile extremists.

Last year Muslim protesters disrupted a homecoming march of soldiers returning from Afghanistan.

It has also emerged Abdulwahab – who had lived in the UK for 10 years – visited radical Islamic websites and Facebook groups including one which offers advice on preparing for Judgement Day.

Another website he visited – Yawm Al-Qiyaamah – shows pictures of Tower Bridge engulfed by flames and has more than 8,000 followers.

His Facebook page features an Islamic flag being raised over a world in flames. On the page, he says he is a member of the group Islamic Caliphate State, which seeks to establish Islamic rule worldwide and adds: ‘I’m a Muslim and I’m proud.’

Honestly, if this is the kind of leadership Sweden has, then just give up now and welcome your new masters. There’s value, of course, in being thoughtful and calm in time of crisis, but when someone is trying to kill your people, when a group has declared war on your whole society, just saying what they’re doing is “unacceptable” is an act of weakness and an open invitation for the next attack.

And when that happens and you’re bagging body parts on the streets, what do you do next? Unleash a public shaming?

LINKS: McQ at Q&O says Sweden has a choice to make.

SOURCE: Jim Geraghty’s Morning Jolt newsletter. Must-reading, trust me.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Obama: “Stupid Republicans have cooties.”

December 13, 2010

Don Surber imagines a presidential fireside chat in the wake of last week’s bizarre kinda-sorta resignation:

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


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