House Republican Leader, John Boehner has one of the better Republican blogs in Congress. You should check it out once in awhile. In his latest post, he feigned surprise that Obama is admitting that ObamaCare will not cut costs, as promised:
More Employers Report Squeeze From ObamaCare’s Job-Killing Tax Increases and Health Care Cost Hikes
Washington, Mar 30 – With his new health care law already hurting our economy, President Obama now admits ObamaCare is not cutting costs like he repeatedly promised it would. Apparently, the federal government is spending a trillion dollars, raising taxes, cutting Medicare, and imposing job-killing mandates for a “first step” that will require “further adjustments.” Tell that to the employers, workers, and small businesses who are watching ObamaCare take money out of their pockets.
We’ve seen this presidential switcheroo before: when it became clear the trillion-dollar ‘stimulus’ wasn’t working, the President claimed it was never about creating jobs anyway. For the American people, who have always considered lowering costs to be their highest health care priority, ObamaCare is fast becoming just another Washington program that overspends and underdelivers. That’s why we need to repeal this government takeover of health care and replace it with reforms focused first on lowering costs and protecting American jobs.
According to a new USA Today/Gallup poll, a majority of Americans say ObamaCare is “too costly”:
“Nearly two-thirds of Americans say the health care overhaul signed into law last week costs too much and expands the government’s role in health care too far, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, underscoring an uphill selling job ahead for President Obama and congressional Democrats. Those surveyed are inclined to fear that the massive legislation will increase their costs and hurt the quality of health care their families receive…”
Yes, a growing number of people are wising up and realizing that virtually every promise Obama makes has an expiration date, as Jim Geraghty so painstakingly cataloged, here..
James P. Gannon at the American Spectator writes eloquently of America’s Quiet Anger:
There is a quiet anger boiling in America.
It is the anger of millions of hard-working citizens who pay their bills, send in their income taxes, maintain their homes and repay their mortgage loans — and see their government reward those who do not.
It is the anger of small town and Middle American folks who have never been to Manhattan, who put their savings in a community bank and borrow from a local credit union, who watch Washington lawmakers and presidents of both parties hand billions in taxpayer bailouts to the reckless Wall Street titans who brought down the economy in 2008.
It is the fury of the voiceless, the powerless, the ordinary nobodies of Flyover Country who are ridiculed, preached to, satirized and insulted by the Celebrity Loudmouths of the two Left Coasts, the Jon Stewarts and Keith Olbermanns, the Paul Krugmans and their ilk.
It is the salted wound of the millions who see that ruling Democrats in Congress are not listening to them but are willfully ignoring public opinion and the verdict of recent elections in passing a huge new health care entitlement when the existing entitlements of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are already going broke.
Etc etc etc…..The Democrat Socialists in power have given us so much to be angry about, our cups runneth over.
Most of the angry are not out marching in the streets, waving signs or shouting into bullhorns. And they are not smashing windows or phoning death threats to politicians. They are simply waking up angry in the morning, and going to bed angry at night. And their resentment is multiplied by the media’s efforts to portray them all as dangerous, crazy people, and by the effort of certain Democrats to tar them with brush of violent intent.
They are embittered, too, by the rhetoric of a triumphant president who turns on its head Winston Churchill’s heroic attitude promising defiance in defeat but magnanimity in victory. For a president of a deeply divided country, defiance in victory is not an endearing posture. It has all the persuasive charm of a Chad Ochocinco victory dance in the end zone of the opponent’s stadium.
Exactamundu, and at this point I’m probably violating fair use, so please go read the rest at The American Spectator.
I would add that many of us have had it with the “blame Bush” meme, as well. A Goy and His Blog attempts to set the record straight:
Today we learn from the Wall Street Journal that Personal Income is in decline and Ben Bernanke tells us the future looks “dark“.
It all kinda makes one mindful of the not-so-distant past, when things weren’t nearly so dismal. Not that one would know this by listening to the mindless, chattering Left Wing Media or our Blame Duck President.
There are a few little-regarded truths that have been buried under the relentlessly spewed pile of lies that were used to demonize George W. Bush and the Republican Congress from the day Al Gore failed to carry his own home State in the 2000 Election until… well… it’s still pretty much a leftist pastime.
The horror of “the last 8 years” has become it’s own self-perpetuating meme. The problem is that it’s a meme without meaning. Two of those eight years – now stretched to three out of the last nine – saw fiscal and regulatory policies determined by the Democrat Congressional majority, elected in 2006. Every economic indicator available shows that this is where America’s recent tribulations began.
The real horror – the years since the Democrat Congress rose to absolute power – hasn’t seen much discussion. It’s “all Bush’s fault”, as they say. But as the last ten years recede into the rear view mirror, we can see them in context. And 20/20 hindsight can often be quite revealing.
Here are a few helpful factoids and graphs to help the TEA Party, GOP, RNCC and ALL Republican and Independent candidates beat the living snot out of Socialism every day from now until November.
Via Potluck, we find Roger Kimball also expressing the angst so many of us are feeling::
Americans are entering upon untrodden ground here. What just happened? Everyday, it seems, brings some new enormity. ObamaCare is a bludgeon with which Obama beats down capitalist instincts. Spreading the wealth around requires that he spread the pain around, too. Suddenly, anyone with a job is “rich.” Taxes must rise. Regulation must become more onerous. Individual initiative must be stifled. Everything must be more complicated, more subject to oversight by the only part of the economy that’s booming: the public sector, the sector the rest of us pay for with our taxes.
What just happened? It’s untrodden ground in this country, but other countries have not been so fortunate. For decades, the Soviet Union labored under similar contradictions. How was the wheat production this year, comrade? The correct answer is “Absolutely splendid!” The true answer is “Disastrous.” Hunger, of course, is a counter-revolutionary sentiment, as is dissatisfaction with the paradise your masters are preparing for you. Dissent is now unpatriotic. Criticism is a sign of greediness. What just happened? Something glorious, friends. We’ve put ourselves deeper into debt which means we are ever so much more prosperous. We are about to see taxes rise enormously, which means we will become enormously richer. We have just passed a bill that will employ 16,000 new IRS agents, which means we will be freer than ever of government intrusion. We have cut our defense budget, obliterated critical programs, therefore we are more secure. What just happened?
NRO: Alexander: Obama’s ‘Soviet-Style’ Takeover of Student Loans [Robert Costa]
“It changes the kind of country we live in more than it changes American education,” Alexander concludes. “The American system of higher education has become the best in the world because of choice and competition. Unlike K-12, we give money to students and let them choose among schools, having the choice of private lenders or government lenders. That’s been the case for 20 years. Having no choice, and the government running it all, looks more like a Soviet-style, European, and even Asian higher-education model where the government manages everything. In most of those countries, they’ve been falling over themselves to reject their state-controlled authoritarian universities, which are much worse than ours, and move toward the American model which emphasizes choice, competition, and peer-reviewed research. In that sense, we’re now stepping back from our choice-competition culture, which has given us not just some of the best universities in the world, but almost all of them.”
From the Republican House:
Obamacare Flatlines: An Overdose of Layoffs and Job Losses
An Overdose of Job Killing Taxes
Announcing Healthcare 218: Educating the American Public About the Need to Repeal and Replace
Linked by Michelle Malkin, and Doug Ross, thanks.