Video: Krauthammer predicts In The End, Obama Will Cancel Employer Mandate

Bret Baier asked his panelists about the late breaking news Monday afternoon, that the Regime would delay for yet another year the Employer health-care mandate.

“It’s a double whammy here,” said Charles Krauthammer, combining “the loss of the equivalent of 2 million jobs from people choosing idleness” because of the  ObamaCare subsidy out of other people’s tax money, and “the people who would be losing their jobs involuntarily as a result of the mandates.”

“They are getting tremendous complaints from small business that they can’t do this. It will destroy their business, and that’s why it’s a delay. It’s a political delay,” Krauthammer said. “I think in the end they are going to decide they’re going to have to cancel it because there is no way it will not increase joblessness on top of the 2 million who will be leaving on their own.”

 

Video via National Review

Cynics Say Latest ObamaCare Delay Just May Be Driven By Politics (Video) Obama: “I Can Do Whatever I Want”

In yet another unilateral and unlawful executive overreach,  the Regime on Monday announced  another delay in Obamacare’s rules for employers.

Via CNBC:

The government will now exempt companies employing between 50 and 100 full-time workers from complying with the mandate that they offer employees affordable health insurance by another year, until 2016.

Companies that have 100 or more full-time workers, defined as employees who work more than 30 hours per week, still will have to begin complying with the mandate to offer such coverage in 2015 or face financial penalties of up to $3,000 per worker.

“I’m sure the cynics out there might point out that this delays the mandate until….after the midterm election”, an astute Jake Tapper noted dryly on CNN. “Do we have any idea whether employers were pressuring the White House for this – or there were political considerations, as well?”

CNN reporter, Brianna Keillar answered frankly, “there certainly were political considerations…”

So glad we got that settled.

“The change is likely to draw criticism, for three reasons,” according to Jason Pye of United Liberty:  

One is because the administration has, yet again, ignored statutory requirements in the text of Obamacare. As noted, the employer mandate was supposed to take effect at the beginning of 2014 before it was unceremoniously delayed last year.

Secondly, it’s another example of the administration moving the goal posts on the law. Businesses had warned that the employer mandate was causing disruption, and they pushed to raise the definition of a full-time worker from 30 hours a week to 40 hours.

The administration has stuck by the law, almost religiously, even though mounting delays of various provisions undermines its arguments that the law won’t have a negative impact on the economy.

Lastly, it’s obviously a political move with control of the Senate on the line in the 2014 mid-term election, a narrative upon which the Republican National Committee has already seized.

“The Obama Administration is failing to deal with ObamaCare because it is simply bad law,” said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus. “After refusing to accept bipartisan changes to the law, the administration is unilaterally making it up as they go along.”

“Whether you are an American worker, employer, a union member or healthcare provider, you’ve had enough. What’s the remedy? Elections matter. Democrats may try hiding from President Obama on the campaign trail, but when it comes to his signature accomplishment, ObamaCare, each Democrat Senator up for reelection this year helped make it a reality,” he added.

Meanwhile,  Obama told his latest BFF on the world stage, today, ‘That’s the Good Thing as a President, I Can Do Whatever I Want.’

President Obama “quipped” today during a visit to Monticello with the French president, “That’s the good thing as a President, I can do whatever I want.”

Via the pool report:

Monticello

At 4:45 POTUS and president Hollande walked out from a portico and strolled in Front of your pool with Leslie Bowman, president of the Monticello Foundation. Looking at a terrace she said that Jefferson loved to admire the landscape from there. POTUS said that he’d like to take a look and seemed delighted to “break the protocol”.
“That’s the good thing as a President, I can do whatever I want” he quipped, walking to the terrace with his guest and Ms. Bowman. Pool now in the mansion as the leaders will come and visit Jefferson’s study.

C’est magnifique. Video here.

Eric Cantor responded to the news on Twitter, via Twitchy

Adorable – are we going to do anything more about this than post cute photoshops, GOP?

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Groundhog Day: Debt Limit (Video)

The Heritage released a video at the Foundry, this morning, expressing that feeling of “deja-vu” we all feel when it’s time for Washington to have their multi-annual debt ceiling debate.

As far as Washington is concerned, it’s like the movie Ground Hog Day where the Bill Murray’s character wakes up again and again on the same morning – and keeps making the same mistakes.

Depending on which party’s in power, the ones arguing for or against raising the debt ceiling will change—which makes for fun historical quotations like Obama vs. Obama on the debt limit. In our new video, you can see politicians from both sides arguing the debt limit—and vowing that they will not, absolutely not, have this same argument again next year.

FYI, since last Fall,  Congress hasn’t been limiting the debt at all.

The government has actually been operating since October with no debt limit in place. Congress “suspended” it twice last year, and they’re considering doing it again—for an entire year.

Just since the limit was suspended in the fall, Washington has borrowed nearly $600 billion. So what happens if lawmakers throw up their hands and abandon the debt limit for a year? Romina Boccia, Heritage’s Grover M. Hermann Fellow, warns:

The debt limit serves as an important congressional check on federal spending and borrowing. Without a debt limit, all control over borrowing decisions shifts to the Treasury secretary, who is appointed by the president. Effectively, this concentrates borrowing authority in the executive branch, and hands the president a blank check to borrow against the U.S. taxpayer.

President Obama is already threatening to disregard Congress and use executive actions to make laws. Will he have all the borrowing power, too? Does Congress do anything anymore?

Members will take another vote at the end of February to determine what to do about the debt ceiling. In the meantime, the U.S. national debt reached nearly $17.3 trillion at midnight on February 7. As Boccia says, “The approach of that deadline should have sparked serious Congressional deliberations of how to reduce the growing debt burden on taxpayers.”

Republicans had been planning to tie the debt ceiling deal to the Keystone Pipeline, but now it looks like they’re taking Charles Krauthammer’s advice and are hoping to repeal the “risk corridors”  in ObamaCare that allow for a taxpayer bailout for insurance companies.

That wish list, described to TIME by a House GOP leadership aide, represents a marker being laid down as the Obama Administration says the debt ceiling must be raised by the end of February, and as Democrats warn Republicans not to play a game of chicken with the nation’s credit rating again. The path toward approval of the controversial pipeline was cleared a bit last week by a State Department report that found minimal environmental impact in building the pipeline. So Republicans are leaning toward seeking a repeal of so-called risk corridors in the health-reform law instead. The risk corridors reimburse insurers buffeted by fewer healthy people signing up than they had originally expected, acting as a cost buffer during the experimental early years of health care reform.

The leadership aide described repealing the risk corridors as Republicans’ more likely target. Many Republicans are calling the program a government bailout of insurance companies, including Representative Steve Scalise, Republican of Louisiana, who chairs a coalition of House conservatives. “I think it would be a real tough position to sell to say that when we’re running out of money, when we’re maxing out our credit card, we should also be borrowing money from China to bail out insurance companies,” Scalise told TIME last month.

Political Insiders: Lawless Holder Overreaching on Same Sex Marriage (Video)

Political Insiders, Pat Caddell, Doug Schoen, John LeBoutillier, with Fox News’ Harris Faulkner took on the issues of the DOJ unilateral action on gay marriage, the jobs report, the devastating CBO report on ObamaCare,  and more, Sunday evening.

Faulkner began the show by asking about Holder’s announcement, Saturday night, that the Justice Dept will ensure that couples in  same-sex marriages will “receive the same privileges, protections and rights as opposite-sex marriages under federal law.”

“It is overreaching, Schoen said.  “It was a politically inspired move – with 2/3 of the states against gay marriage, it is designed to raise money for the Democratic party in the midterms.” LaBoutillier agreed, noting that the gay lobby poured oodles of money into Obama’s campaign in 2012 after he came out for gay marriage.

Caddell came out swinging, “first of all – Eric Holder is the most lawless Attorney General —  since John Mitchell. He has about as much respect for the law as the moon does.”

“They’re playing to get votes and distract young people particularly,” he explained, because they “are more pro gay marriage.” He added that Democrats  do all of these things to distract the young people from the fact that “they don’t have jobs, they’re getting screwed on ObamaCare, and the rest of it because they can’t deliver on what really matters – so they take issues that aren’t very important – but that Republicans are so inept at…”

LaBoutillier chimed in, “this comes 36 hours after a terrible jobs report.”

Schoen clarified that “the merits of the issue  should be litigated in the states or litigated in Congress – it is not something for the president to make law for the Atty General to make law…”

Moving on to the CBO report, Pat Caddell was particularly annoyed by the Democrat spin; “the fantasy that is being perpetrated by the Democrats in defense of the indefensible –  which is a law that doesn’t work – my God I think they’d say that Pearl Harbor was a success,” he quipped.

“I wouldn’t go that far!” Shoen replied, slightly taken aback.

Caddell answered that it’s like Democrats are getting in the American peoples’ faces and telling them that they’re idiots. After further discussion of the “fundamental transformation” we’re witnessing with the enactment of ObamaCare, Caddell reiterated his point, “What bothers me the most, is the fantasizing here, he lamented.  “The trying to turn dung into something nice – something  wonderful. The White House comes out with this answer form Alice in Wonderland.”

They also discussed the alarming situation that has been developing in Syria, Putin embarrassing Obama on the world stage again, and oddly enough – the Beatles.

Video via Johnny Dollar