Great moments in WTF: Obamacare has nothing to do with the budget?

September 26, 2013


Charles C. W. Cooke commented on the speech President Obama gave today on Obamacare, and to say he was flabbergasted would a vast understatement. After recounting the various lies, non-sequiturs, and insults that filled the speech (1), he turns to the whopper of whoppers: Obama’s assertion that the PPACA has nothing to do with the budget:

These were all astonishing and infuriating in equal measure. But they paled in comparison to the dishonesty of the president’s central claim, which was that the attempt to link defunding to the debt-ceiling fight is illegitimate because Obamacare has “nothing to do with the budget.” I struggle to imagine how the president could have kept a straight face when he said this. This is a law, remember, that was crowbarred through Congress with the questionable use of reconciliation, a parliamentary procedure that is reserved exclusively for budgetary matters; a law that was sold as a deficit-reduction measure; a law that contains a significant spending component, including a 5-10 percent increase in the size of the federal budget; and, alas, a law that boasts a central mandate that was upheld (rewritten) by the Supreme Court as a tax, thus ensuring that any changes to the penalties must be approved by the House. “Nothing to do with the budget”? This is what we call a lie, Watson.

Where’s Joe Wilson when you need him?

If we had an honest press, he’d be called out on this garbage every time he stepped anywhere within eyesight of a journalist. Instead, the vast majority will continue to kiss his shoes, just as they have since 2007.

(1) Such as comparing opposition to Obamacare to some unnamed (imaginary?) person saying that the law is the equal of the Fugitive Slave Act. I’m not joking. He really said that. That’s straight out of Rule 13 of Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals. The man cannot stop being a community organizer. I don’t think he can help himself.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)

The Obamacare Chronicles: the Democrat wall begins to crack

September 26, 2013
"Obamacare has arrived"

“Obamacare has arrived”

One of the points Republicans and conservatives have made again and again since President Obama illegally delayed the Obamacare employer mandate is the gross unfairness of not also delaying the individual mandate, the requirement that Americans as a price of their existence buy heath insurance or pay a penalty tax. How, they ask, can it be just to force people to meet the law’s burdens, but not businesses? It’s a particularly difficult question for Democrats, since they’re on the hook for Obamacare (1).

And thus it is, having thought about that question, one Democratic senator has come up with the right answer: “Break ranks and save myself!”

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia broke ranks with fellow Democrats and said he’d support a stopgap spending plan that delays the individual mandate in President Barack Obama’s health-care law.

“There’s no way I could not vote for it,” Manchin said at a Bloomberg Government breakfast today. “It’s very reasonable and sensible.”

The individual mandate is the linchpin of the law that requires most Americans to purchase health care through government-run insurance exchanges. Republicans, led by a group of newcomers in the House, are pushing to dismantle the health-care law and are using a ticking clock on a possible Oct. 1 government shutdown as leverage.


Manchin, 66, said he’d be willing to delay the individual mandate as part of the budget negotiations because the Obama administration in July gave businesses an extra year to provide their workers with health insurance.

“Don’t put the mandate on the American public right now,” Manchin said. “Give them at least a year. If you know you couldn’t bring the corporate sector, you gave them a year, don’t you think it’d be fair?”

Manchin is no dummy; he’s a Democrat because Democrats owned West Virginia for decades, but his instincts lean “conservative, do whatever I can to get reelected,” and he can see how unpopular Obamacare is in his home state. And Reid probably gave him the okay to defect, because he can afford to lose a few senators and still defeat any measure that limits or cripples Obamacare.

But not too many, and there are several Red-state senators up for reelection in 2014 (Manchin isn’t up until 2016) who might sorely tempted to be on the side of the angels on this one. My guess is that we’ll see a few more “stand with Joe” and that, while Obamacare won’t be defunded, there will be a last-minute deal delaying the individual mandate, too.

And it will be fun to watch Obama whine and cry and throw a fit… and then eventually knuckle under to sign it.

via Memeorandum

(1) No Republicans voted for it, after all, and most have promised repeatedly to repeal it — and they know they will be held to that promise. Unlike the Democrats’ sheep base, rank and file conservatives are quite willing to hold their employees’ feet to the fire.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)

Study: The Late Cretaceous Period was likely ice-free

September 26, 2013

The author of the study makes an intellectual error by implying that rising CO2 levels caused an ice-free Earth; correlation, after all, is not necessarily causation — did the CO2 rise precede or follow the ice-free state, or were they both effects of another cause (solar cycles, for example)? Still, the basic research is interesting and the map of Cretaceous Earth is neat.

Watts Up With That?


From the University of Missouri-Columbia

COLUMBIA, Mo. – For years, scientists have thought that a continental ice sheet formed during the Late Cretaceous Period more than 90 million years ago when the climate was much warmer than it is today. Now, a University of Missouri researcher has found evidence suggesting that no ice sheet formed at this time. This finding could help environmentalists and scientists predict what the earth’s climate will be as carbon dioxide levels continue to rise.

“Currently, carbon dioxide levels are just above 400 parts per million (ppm), up approximately 120 ppm in the last 150 years and rising about 2 ppm each year,” said Ken MacLeod, a professor of geological sciences at MU. “In our study, we found that during the Late Cretaceous Period, when carbon dioxide levels were around 1,000 ppm, there were no continental ice sheets on earth. So, if carbon dioxide levels continue…

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