Baltimore’s Riots Haven’t ‘Distracted’ from the Problems. They’ve Revealed Them.
Ramesh: You’re quite right about Obama’s comments about the riot coverage. But the problem with the “distraction” canard — trotted out this week, and also when events turned violent in Ferguson — goes even deeper.
As I wrote …
Federal Judge Refuses to Lift Injunction Against Obama’s November Executive Amnesty
Federal judge Andrew Hanen has declined to lift his injunction against President Obama’s November executive amnesty, ruling yesterday that the government has not “shown any credible reason for why this Directive necessitates immediate implementation.” The ruling is a temporary …
Coming Soon to Syria: Some Sort of U.S. Military Action Against ISIS
Do we do covert surveillance anymore? Do we really need somebody to announce every step we take to keep an eye on the bad guys?
U.S. surveillance flights over Syria have started with President Obama’s go ahead, a step …
White House Wants ‘Transparency’ Credit for Releasing VA Wait Lists Audit
President Obama deserves credit for the fact that his administration is no longer hiding the extent to which the Veterans Affairs Department hid the fact that 57,000 veterans are waiting for health care, according to his spokesman.
“The first thing I …
Obamacare’s Never-Ending Dance of Delays
From the Thursday edition of the Morning Jolt:
Obamacare’s Never-Ending Dance of Delays
How the Obamacare discussion has progressed, in short-play form:
Congressional Republicans: Obamacare’s new rules are eliminating plans that people like.
President Obama: That’s not …
Can a Minimum-Wage Hike Really Motivate Voters?
President Obama’s message for the coming year is going to be a renewed focus on “income inequality.” Or as Bloomberg News puts it:
One of the president’s agenda items on this is raising the minimum wage. President Obama backs a …
Shutdown Strategies, Past and Future
On Tuesday, Rich wrote, “Did it take the shutdown to draw attention to Obamacare? I think it’s been pretty conclusively shown the last few weeks that the answer is ‘no.’”
Yesterday a regular reader wrote in, disagreeing, concluding:
Spared by the Sequester: Catfish Inspections, $500K Hotel Stays, New U.S. Drone Complexes
Jazz Shaw notices more spending “Spared by the Sequester”: $14 million per year for catfish inspections.
Meanwhile, the U.S. State Department spent $500,000 on lodging, hotel conference rooms. and other services in San Jose, Costa Rica; the cost is associated with …
President Obama’s Rough Weekend
So, other than Israel intervening in Syria — with no heads-up to the United States — and unnamed administration officials telling the New York Times that the “red line” policy was a giant accident, and the fact that the Benghazi …
A Presidency Without… Guts
So the secondhand tale of House Speaker John Boehner’s assessment that President Obama “can’t make a decision. He’s got balls made out of marshmallows” … has a certain precedent, as Exurban Jon reminds me:
Obama and Revolutionary Romance
Lots of questions arise about the muddled foreign policy of the Obama administration. Critics suggest that America’s friends have now become enemies, and enemies friends. Others cite incompetence and naïveté rather than deliberate agendas as the cause of …
I just noticed that today is March 4, which used to be presidential inauguration day. So, under the old system, Obama would have two full years left to go. As it is, he has two years minus a month and a …
IG: Afghans Aren’t Using U.S.-Provided Transport Planes, Don’t Need Another
The independent special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction is warning Pentagon leadership that the Afghan air force doesn’t need all the C-130 transport planes provided by the U.S. in $100 million–plus deal, and is urging the Pentagon to halt …
Anyone Seen the Guy Who Gave GM $49 Billion in Taxpayer Money?
Also in today’s Jolt:
Has Anyone Seen The Guy Who Gave GM $49 Billion in Taxpayer Money?
Remember Steve Rattner? From his own biography: “Rattner served as Counselor to the Secretary of the Treasury and led the Obama Administration’s successful effort …
Obama to ‘Sign Up’ for Insurance Today
Valerie Jarrett just announced to the press that President Obama will “sign up for for Health Insurance on the marketplace by the end of today to lead by example.”
We can safely assume if the site is “down for maintenance” …
Obama Launches New PR Offensive for Dysfunctional Web Site
As mentioned below, today’s Morning Jolt talks about President Obama’s inability to see himself and his administration clearly. He can’t grasp the severity or the scope of the problem; he continually shifts back to seeing it as a “messaging” …
Look Beyond the Speeches to See How Obamacare’s Working
President Obama gave another speech on Obamacare in Maryland today.
Let’s look beyond the speech to see how Obamacare’s implementation is actually working.
McIver News Service, reporting in Wisconsin:
Starting next week when the Obamacare Exchanges go online, …
Obama’s Numbers on Job Approval, Honesty Suddenly Tumble
Another busy Jolt today#…#two sections to preview this morning:
BOOM: Quinnipiac Sees Obama’s Approval Take a Sudden Tumble
For a couple of weeks, Obama fans have been high-fiving each other, looking at polling numbers and concluding the public …
The ‘Good Answer’ on Rising Health Insurance Premiums
This Tweet from Democratic strategist Donna Brazile is getting a great deal of attention.
What’s on your menu? Just got off the phone with my health care provider asking them to explain why my premium jumped up. No good …
My Fellow Americans, the State of Our Satire Is Weak.
Over on the home page, I audaciously and arrogantly declare… the state of our satire is weak.
A lot of folks will attribute this to Hollywood’s fear of mocking Obama; certainly something odd is going on when Saturday Night …