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The Obama Watch

Propping Up Obamacare

By 6.10.15

Speaking to reporters in Germany on Monday, President Obama glibly declared that his transformation of America’s health care system is “working.” He chuckled over the absence of predicted “horrors” from the change. “None” exist, he asserted.

His much-advertised empathy doesn’t extend to the countless Americans who have seen their health care costs increase as their coverage decreases. These aren’t “horrors” in Obama’s mind, just problems Americans deserve to bear for the sake of the collective.

He still speaks as if his law produces only winners and no losers. It clearly doesn’t improve health care “for all.” It may improve it for some, but even that is a dubious claim, given the significant number of Americans who have lost the coverage Obama falsely promised they could keep and found themselves scrambling for lesser coverage many doctors won’t service.

The Current Crisis

Hillary’s New Constituency

By 6.10.15

For a generation—perhaps longer—the liberals have been segregating Americans into smaller and smaller groups. Then they claim to be each group’s unique champion. First they fragmentize America. Then they step forward and represent themselves as fragmented America’s noblest defenders.

Last week Hillary Clinton identified yet another of these fragmentized groups, and she promised to take up their cause in time for the 2016 election. Her cause is the voter who oversleeps, particularly the voter who oversleeps on Election Day. Hillary is coming to the aid of these drowsy voters by demanding at least a 20-day period for them to vote. Even a chronic oversleeper ought to be able to awaken at least one morning in 20. Hillary assures us that the 20-day period will include evenings and weekends and perhaps mood music. Possibly the Federal Election Commission will throw in an alarm clock and a cup of coffee. Voting rights advocates claim that as many as one-third of our fellow citizens suffer from this disability.

Another Perspective

Hillary’s Plans to Stuff the Ballot Box in 2016

By 6.9.15

(Debra J. Saunders is off. The following column is by Phyllis Schlafly.)

Hillary Clinton has laid out her game plan for winning back the White House for herself and her husband next year. Let’s hope Republicans were paying attention.

She apparently decided it won’t be enough to rely on the 66 million people who voted twice for Barack Obama, many of whom are disillusioned by the failure of “hope and change.” Obama promised an end to wars in the Middle East, a more prosperous economy for the average American and more harmonious race relations, but all three problems have only gotten worse.

Seeing as Clinton won’t have the youthful exuberance that propelled Obama to his unlikely double victory, she plans to build a whole new electorate out of people who didn’t vote for Obama. That was the gist of her speech in Houston last week, which her friends at MSNBC called a “far-reaching vision for expanding access to the ballot box.”

At Large

Isaac Herzog’s BDS Comments Are BS

By 6.9.15

Nearly three months have passed since Benjamin Netanyahu shocked the world by winning re-election in Israel despite the best efforts of the Obama Administration to remove him from power in favor of left-wing Labor Party leader Isaac Herzog who headed up the Zionist Camp coalition.

We all know that Obama is still smarting, as he never misses an opportunity to bash Bibi. It was only last week during an interview with Israel’s Channel 2 that Obama said Netanyahu was endangering Israel's “credibility” because of his equivocation on a Palestinian state. (As if Mahmoud Abbas were a beacon of credibility.) Yet the same could be said for Herzog, who no doubt believed he would be Israel's next Prime Minister. How else does one explain his recent comments blaming Netanyahu for the ongoing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement? Also speaking with Channel 2, Herzog stated on Friday, “Netanyahu has failed in dealing with this boycott. He is incapable of overcoming it. Instead, he is leading us to a Jewish-Arab state.”

Main Street U.S.A.

This Is Going to Be a Long Election Cycle

By 6.9.15

Those Republicans! Here’s the lowdown on ’em — and on their lousy, lowdown approach to governing.

They don’t want the wrong people voting. They’re “scared of letting citizens have their say.”

They’re engaged in “a sweeping effort to disempower and disenfranchise people of color, poor people, and young people from one end of our country to the other.” Don’t you just want to kick ’em? Don’t you just want to vote for Hillary Clinton? Which after all is the point of Clinton’s demagogic tirade last week — getting you to vote for her so she can launch new and better demagogic tirades.

Moving up the road from this latest Clinton tour de force shouldn’t be hard. The Clinton view of the right to vote is that it exists to put Clintons in office, rather than to affirm faith in the power of free, unimpeded voter choice.

Political Hay

Hillary Plays the Race Card

By 6.9.15

Well, that didn’t take long.

Here we are barely at the half-way mark of the year before the presidential election — and right on cue Hillary Clinton is out there playing the race card, this time using the vehicle of voter ID cards. Ah yes. Nothing like using racism to stir the liberal base.

In last year’s election cycle Americans had to wait until the closing days of the campaign before Democrats running for office in states like Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, and North Carolina began the usual left-wing race baiting. The Wall Street Journal noted this here-we-go-again tactic in an October 26, 2014 editorial titled: “The 2014 Race Card: Democratic appeals to racial division are worse than ever.”

True. And that’s saying something. Also, noted the WSJ: “Black voter turnout exceeded white turnout in states like Georgia and Indiana after voter ID laws passed.”

The Hillary Watch

Voting Rights Is Not the Issue

By 6.9.15

There are few candidates in recent memory for whom the maxim “the issue is not the issue” applies more than it does to the Duck ’n’ Hide presidential wannabe, Hillary Clinton.

Her current strategy is sensible for someone so surrounded by the stench of corruption, cronyism, and incompetence. (Is it not remarkable how a woman who lost the 2008 Democratic nomination despite unbeatable name recognition and high approval ratings, and who presided over the least distinguished tenure for a long-serving secretary of state since Cyrus Vance, was nevertheless able to maneuver herself into earning several thousand dollars a minute for uttering meaningless babble and into raising hundreds of millions of dollars for a tax dodge posing as a charity? In self-enrichment, at least, Hillary shows some skillz.)

Given the Clinton strategy, which includes refusing to answer questions from reporters and not taking positions on certain controversial issues while flip-flopping on others, literally nothing the woman says should be taken at face value.

A Further Perspective

Who Lost Iraq?

By 6.9.15

After the pro-Western government of China was forced to flee to the island of Taiwan in 1949, when the Communists took over mainland China, bitter recriminations in Washington led to the question: “Who lost China?” China was, of course, never ours to lose, though it might be legitimate to ask if a different American policy toward China could have led to a different outcome.

In more recent years, however, Iraq was in fact ours to lose, after U.S. troops vanquished Saddam Hussein’s army and took over the country. Today, we seem to be in the process of losing Iraq, if not to ISIS, then to Iran, whose troops are in Iraq fighting ISIS.

While mistakes were made by both the Bush administration and the Obama administration, those mistakes were of different kinds and of different magnitudes in their consequences, though both sets of mistakes are worth thinking about, so that so much tragic waste of blood and treasure does not happen again.

Ben Stein's Diary

Beverly Hills Poetry

By 6.8.15

There is a brilliant line in an early Bruce Springsteen song that goes something like this: “The poets down here don’t write nothin’ at all. They just stand back and let it all be…” Is it from “Jungleland”? I think so.

I think of this as I go through my little life in Beverly Hills. A few days ago, I was at a four-way stop two blocks from my house. On my right was a white Porsche. Right in front of me was a black Bentley convertible, the required vehicle to be cool as of summer 2015. To my left was a black Rolls Royce sedan. I was in an 8-year-old Caddy with two dogs sleeping in the back. Except for me, not one driver was over 30.

On each street corner was a gardeners’ truck loaded with rakes and blowers and lawnmowers, and leaning against them, exhausted brown-skinned men, sweating, straining, loading branches and leaves and trim into immense sacks.

Media Matters

Careful in the N.Y. Times’ Red Light District

By 6.8.15

Consistent with the mainstream media’s policy of shining bright light on ephemera, the nation has lately been treated to a full-court examination of Senator Marco Rubio’s driving record in his home town of Miami. Also, so as not to be sexist, that of his wife. Apparently, the need for speed and impatience with the inconvenience of red lights are the Rubios’ Miami vices.

As another Miami-area resident, Dave Barry, might introduce a column on this subject: “I’m not making this up.”

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