President Obama now has a new name and new title. As of today, I declare his new name to be President Enron. Why? Enron promised to deliver a functional energy exchange. It took in lots of money, but it turned out to benefit a very small number of clients but profoundly benefitted the principles of Enron. It was incapable of delivering on its promises. President Enron promised to deliver a working healthcare exchange. He got elected to the highest office in land based on the lies he told about keeping doctors, keeping insurance, and not costing the taxpayers one dime. What followed the enactment of the Unaffordable Careless Act earned him his new title, Commandeer-in Chief. This is not a typo. President Enron commandeered over $700 billion from the Medicare trust fund. Here are the numbers:
President Enron and his minions are responsible for the creation of a system that doesn’t only have a flawed Web portal, it doesn’t even have a system created to pay insurance carriers. So the Unaffordable Careless Act has the ability to take money in but it doesn’t have the ability to send money out. The Commandeer-in-Chief is also a prolific liar. He told millions of Americans that “the product is good.” If the product was good, it would be able to do what was promised.
If you don’t like the name President Enron, I have an alternative: President Barry Madeoff.
The placement of a U.S. embassy in a nation is an important action. In 1995, Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act. The Act dictated that the U.S. would have to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to the recognized capital of Israel, Jerusalem by 1999. It is still in Tel Aviv thanks to executive orders from presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama.
To provide equal opportunity insults, the Obama administration has ordered the U.S. mission to the Holy See (a/k/a Vatican City) be moved to the campus of the U.S. embassy in Rome. The Holy See is effectively the world capital of Roman Catholicism. The Holy See has made it clear that embassies should be set up in Vatican City. The justification of the move is security and cost savings. The State Department does not identify any unusual security problems in Italy, the Holy See, and San Marino (travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1146.html). The cost savings is projected to be $1.4 million. That is a whopping 1.4% of what taxpayers shelled out for the Obamas to travel to Africa in June and July of this year.
To my Catholic friends, welcome to the fold, you now get to experience some of the slights my people, the Jews, have experienced for millennia.
On October 1, 2013, America was forced to participate in the purchase of a service that the majority of Americans do not want. If uninsured Americans don’t have insurance and don’t buy insurance under the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare), they will be penalized because, as the Supreme court determined, Obamacare is a tax and that tax will be a penalty imposed on Americans that choose to not buy the service. At 2PM on October 20, 2013, I attempted to go to the exchange page for my state’s Health Insurance Exchange. This is what I was greeted with:
I am a hunter. This continued lack of availability of the ability to sign up for Obamacare is akin to requiring me to buy a hunting license online before hunting but then not having a working website to buy that license. That is just flat-out ridiculous!
“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. Over the past 5 years, our federal debt has increased by $3.5 trillion to $8.6 trillion. That is “trillion” with a ‘T.’ That is money that we have borrowed from the Social Security trust fund, borrowed from China and Japan, borrowed from American taxpayers. And over the next 5 years, between now and 2011, the President’s budget will increase the debt by almost another $3.5 trillion.
This year, the Federal Government will spend $220 billion on interest. That is more money to pay interest on our national debt than we’ll spend on Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. That is more money to pay interest on our debt this year than we will spend on education, homeland security, transportation, and veterans benefits combined. It is more money in one year than we are likely to spend to rebuild the devastated gulf coast in a way that honors the best of America.
Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.
I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit.
Almost two years ago, I predicted that Mr. Obama would win if the Republicans put a moderate in place. Furthermore, the House and the Senate would stay the same. For 2016, the Republicans will put a real conservative in place, possibly Chris Christie. The Republican landslide in the 2016 election will be Reaganesque in magnitude to include the loss of the Senate. I’ll add a few more details:
In 2014, the House and Senate will hold their current majorities although to a lesser extent
DOMA will still be the law of the land, despite a growing number of states passing marital equality laws
Our credit rating will not improve above AA+
The Department of Homeland Security will expand
The national debt will increase at a somewhat slower rate but it will be nearly $20 trillion by 2016
We will still be in Afghanistan
Unemployment will hover around 8
Things will be stagnant through Mr. Obama’s second term as a mixed Congress will never allow him to get any of his pet projects passed. There will be one exception because Mr. Obama will present something more moderate and that will get passed
Our trade deficit will increase
Businesses going offshore will increase
Bankruptcies will increase in 2014 when the full set of laws under Obamacare hit small to medium businesses
An increasing number of Republicans will become “liberty-minded” and more libertarian planks will find their way into the Republican platform for 2016
Just remember, if you always do what you always did, you will always get, what you’ve always gotten.