I had intended to write on an different subject…then I saw the headlines. Some made me laugh like the one from the liberal rag, the National Journal:
New poll underscores public’s mad-as-hell attitude toward Republicans and Democrats.
The NJ parrots the liberal theme that the shutdown was ALL due to the ‘Pubs. That underscores their entire publication. But, now, they’re alarmed that the polls only marginally support their propaganda. Horrors! Seventy-four percent of the people say, “a pox of both your houses.”
Partisans in both parties will never admit it, but the public is putting a pox on both houses.
74 percent of Americans believe Congress is contributing to problems in Washington rather than solving them.
Only 22 percent think the nation is headed in the right direction. Two-thirds believe that the nation is in a “state of decline.”
Just two of every 10 Americans think the economy will get better in the next year.
Only three of 10 Americans are optimistic about the future of the U.S. political system.
A majority of Americans don’t identify with either party.
Makes me laugh.
Then in Bloomberg Business Week, Ezra Klein, laments:
In the 2008 election, President Obama’s advisers talked of their boss’s belief that it was time for an “iPod government.” Obama, a technology addict who tools around on his iPad before going to sleep and who fought the U.S. Secret Service bureaucracy for the right to carry a smartphone, would be the first president truly at home in the Digital Age. That put him, he thought, in a unique position to pull the federal government into the Digital Age, too. His administration wouldn’t just be competent. It would be modern. And it would restore America’s faith that the public sector could do big things well.
Then he wails that the premier project of technocrat Obama, HEALTHCARE.GOV, is a complete, and possibly unfixable, failure.
The disastrous launch of healthcare.gov,the online portal that was supposed to be the linchpin of the Affordable Care Act, has dealt a devastating blow to Obama’s vision. In the months leading up to the Oct. 1 rollout of the site, the president rarely compared his signature policy achievement to Medicare or Social Security. Instead, he favored analogies to e-commerce sites such as Orbitz (OWW), Travelocity, and Expedia (EXPE). Obamacare was supposed to be the model for a 21st century social program, not a replica of programs built in the 20th. Now Republicans are seizing on the breakdown of the health exchange to reinforce the idea that government can’t do anything right—particularly not anything of this size. “The rollout of this law made a trip to the DMV look like a day in the park,” says Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
The left is slowly beginning to wake up that they’ve been duped. Nevertheless, they will continue to drink the kool-aid as dutiful liberals and democrats following Obama down the road of failure.
These two headlines are followed by this one from FOX:
CRASHES, CANCELLED POLICIES FRACTURE DEMS –As millions of Americans receive notices that their insurance policies are being cancelled because of new ObamaCare regulations, Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., will offer her own bill that will allow Americans to keep their existing plans. When news broke this week that the president for years led voters to believe they could keep their coverage under his insurance overhaul despite knowing otherwise, Republicans pounced offering legislation to block the Obama rules banning low-post, bare-bones coverage. Landrieu, facing a tough re-election fight in a Republican state, is jumping the line with a bill of her own. “The promise was made and it should be kept,” Landrieu told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “And it was our understanding when we voted for that, that people when they have insurance, could keep what they had. So, I’m going to be working on that fix.” Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is also preparing his own legislation that would delay by a full year the imposition of ObamaCare fines for those who don’t buy insurance.
Crash drives Obama to new low – President Obama went to Boston to rally his supporters on behalf of his embattled law, but a new WSJ/NBC News poll shows that the failed launch of his signature law is proving a major drag with the public at large. His job approval rating skidded to 42 percent, the lowest-ever rating in the poll. That’s an 11-point drop from his job approval rating following his re-election and 5 points since last month.Disapproval for the health law shot up to 47 percent, 10 points ahead of approval, double the gap from earlier this month.
Scary stuff – It was a dire WSJ/NBC News poll that drove Republicans to the exits on the partial federal shutdown three weeks ago. Now it’s the Democrats turn for a fright. The president’s tanking poll numbers and the surge in concern over the beleaguered ObamaCare rollout will push more moderate Democrats to conclude that their best path is away from the president and his law. Shutdowns are temporary. ObamaCare is forever.
Taken together with the Daily Caller’s discovery that Obama and the White House is strong arming insurance carriers to not reveal the extreme costs for the large majority of Obamacare clients (I like the word clients. It’s so much more…elegant than prisoner, ward of the state or slave.) No, Obama desperately doesn’t want that fact known—nor the fact that Obamacare purposely made illegal nearly all of the existing healthcare plans now offered by insurers.
I needed a good laugh today and I got it.