Readers choice: The top story of 2013 was …

posted at 8:01 am on January 1, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Over the last few days, we looked back on 2013′s top 50 posts by page views, but that just tells us what was popular, intriguing, controversial, and/or outrageous at the moment. What was the most important story of 2013? Over the last two days, readers offered their suggestions, whittled them down to five finalists, and chose their top story of the year. First, let’s look at the runner-up:

  • The ObamaCare rollout fiasco – It’s been a daily story since October 1, and it’s showing few signs of improvement.  In fact, the White House now claims that they never had a 7 million enrollment goal, despite months of using that metric. This may end up being 2014′s top story.

The top story is:

  • Lie of the Year: “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan” – This got almost twice as many votes as the runner-up. It might be the biggest presidential lie since “Read my lips,” but one with a lot bigger consequences for Americans.

We also asked readers to choose the most underreported story of the year. That turned out to a much closer poll race. For quite a while, the runner-up — global persecution of Christians — actually led the polling. Later in the day, though, the eventual winner emerged:

  • White House lawlessness re ObamaCare – Call it a clean sweep for ObamaCare this year. The media seemed genuinely uninterested in the massive power grab by the White House in delaying enforcement of statutory deadlines set by Congress for their own political purposes. Not even the shifting around of the deadline they refused to delay when Republicans pressured them to do so piqued their journalistic curiosity.

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Lie of the Year: “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan” – This got almost twice as many votes as the runner-up. It might be the biggest presidential lie since “Read my lips,” but one with a lot bigger consequences for Americans.

You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!

Murphy9 on January 1, 2014 at 8:03 AM

Happy New Year all! May it be a damn site better than the last!

itsspideyman on January 1, 2014 at 8:12 AM

Period.

CWchangedhisNicagain on January 1, 2014 at 8:14 AM

You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!

Murphy9 on January 1, 2014 at 8:03 AM

Yeah, they’ll send out notices to patients with chronic illness that read, “If you have received this notice, the death panel has recommended your immediate termination.”

kregg on January 1, 2014 at 8:15 AM

Impeach the Tyrant Obama.

Happy New Year

workingclass artist on January 1, 2014 at 8:18 AM

So many choices. Happy New Year…

OmahaConservative on January 1, 2014 at 8:26 AM

Wow….I thought gosnell would have won under reported…. but this one is a doozy as well….lsm owns obamacare as much as dear leader

Happy new year HA family
:)

cmsinaz on January 1, 2014 at 8:33 AM

It might be the biggest presidential lie since “Read my lips,” but one with a lot bigger consequences for Americans.

“Read my lips” wasn’t a lie. It was a broken promise. By contrast “If you like your plan” was a lie, because the entire premise of the law is based on forcing people out of their plans that they did like into more expensive, less coverage plans that they don’t need nor want. Unlike Bush, Obama made a promise that he KNEW he would not keep.

aunursa on January 1, 2014 at 8:33 AM

Wait til he gets around to home insurance. It’ll be if you like your home, you can keep your home.

Kissmygrits on January 1, 2014 at 8:34 AM

And now Obama wants the lsm not to report polls

cmsinaz on January 1, 2014 at 8:34 AM

cmsinaz on January 1, 2014 at 8:33 AM

I was kinda surprised by that one too…

OmahaConservative on January 1, 2014 at 8:38 AM

Wait til he gets around to home insurance. It’ll be if you like your home, you can keep your home.

Kissmygrits on January 1, 2014 at 8:34 AM

Or, if you like your 401k you can keep your 401k.

That is the one that worries me.

esr1951 on January 1, 2014 at 8:41 AM

Or, if you like your 401k you can keep your 401k.

That is the one that worries me.

esr1951 on January 1, 2014 at 8:41 AM

A problem waiting for a crisis.

Murphy9 on January 1, 2014 at 8:44 AM

Stay cool OC
:)

cmsinaz on January 1, 2014 at 8:46 AM

“Read my lips” wasn’t a lie. It was a broken promise. By contrast “If you like your plan” was a lie, because the entire premise of the law is based on forcing people out of their plans that they did like into more expensive, less coverage plans that they don’t need nor want. Unlike Bush, Obama made a promise that he KNEW he would not keep.

aunursa on January 1, 2014 at 8:33 AM

Indeed. It’s a moot point anyway because of the comment of his successor, coincidentally also having something to do with lips:

“I did not have sexual relations with that woman…”

Drained Brain on January 1, 2014 at 8:53 AM

cmsinaz on January 1, 2014 at 8:46 AM

That is very likely dsrlin’ it is eight degrees on my front porch and snowing…

OmahaConservative on January 1, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Obama’s lawless and deceitful “transformation” made 3013 a very sad year for those of us who prize liberty.

petefrt on January 1, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Somehow, I get the feeling that the end of 2014 will bear little resemblance to its beginning.

We are far away from being out of the woods, I’m sorry to say.

turfmann on January 1, 2014 at 9:03 AM

This morning Obama awoke saying Sotomayor dropped the ball, may she be forever tagged with that line.

meci on January 1, 2014 at 9:06 AM

Brrrrrr OC

cmsinaz on January 1, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Sweetness, got both “right”.

Obama’s lawless and deceitful “transformation” made 3013 a very sad year for those of us who prize liberty.

petefrt on January 1, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Please don’t tell me I have to deal with another 1,000 years of him.

jarodea on January 1, 2014 at 9:13 AM

Weird……this was true in 2013…….and still is in this new year.

http://youtu.be/5eqYdr2iEhM

“When government expands, liberty contracts.”

Let’s hope the top story in 2014 moved us in the right direction on Reagan’s observation back in 1989.

PappyD61 on January 1, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Fun end of the year fact, I was reading about Mexico’s (relatively)new President Pena, and I uttered words my young south Texan self never thought he would say, “I wish we had Mexico’s president”.

Happy New Year America.

jarodea on January 1, 2014 at 9:16 AM

If his bounce back doesn’t happen he will swing the scythe with EO’s that will bring this country to it’s knees.

docflash on January 1, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Perhaps the top story was:
1.The IRS debacle of harassing conservative fundraisers. or
2. The NSA running roughshod over personal info of almost every citizen in the country or
3. Whether Snowden was a patriot or a traitor or
4. Just how bad is the obamcare rollout or
5. Benghazi,Benghazi,Benghazi
6. Zeros alliance with the MB/Egpt/Morsi.
7. Hillary’s lost 400 shoulder fired rockets in Libya and the 40 million dollar reward or
8.Obamcare–You really can’t keep your doctor or transfer the insurance from state to state or most signed up are on Medicaid.
9. 1,000 EO’s by the regime.
10. Our real potus Valerie Jarrett
11.Outrage by parents of dead Seals killed in Afghanistan
I could go on but the picture is pretty obvious.

rodguy911 on January 1, 2014 at 9:19 AM

jarodea on January 1, 2014 at 9:16 AM

You think THAT’S something. I wish we had RUSSIA’S president.

Cleombrotus on January 1, 2014 at 9:21 AM

aunursa on January 1, 2014 at 8:33 AM

Exactly right. Bush broke a promise. “The Won” flat out lied. World of difference.

Oldnuke on January 1, 2014 at 9:25 AM

You think THAT’S something. I wish we had RUSSIA’S president.

Cleombrotus on January 1, 2014 at 9:21 AM

We’ve got a combo, Cuba’s, Venezeula’s and Zimbabwe’s all rolled up into one. Isn’t that good enough?

Oldnuke on January 1, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Further examples of media malpractice:
http://pjmedia.com/blog/2013-media-malpractice/?singlepage=true

onlineanalyst on January 1, 2014 at 9:34 AM

It might be the biggest presidential lie since “Read my lips,” but one with a lot bigger consequences for Americans.

“Read my lips” wasn’t a lie. It was a broken promise. By contrast “If you like your plan” was a lie, because the entire premise of the law is based on forcing people out of their plans that they did like into more expensive, less coverage plans that they don’t need nor want. Unlike Bush, Obama made a promise that he KNEW he would not keep.

aunursa on January 1, 2014 at 8:33 AM

True, true. People seem to struggle with the definition of ‘lie’ in terms of an intentional misrepresentation.

Midas on January 1, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Media poodles are allowing our nation to go to the dogs.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/dec/30/gaffney-when-the-press-is-a-poodle/?page=all#pagebreak

onlineanalyst on January 1, 2014 at 10:09 AM

White House lawlessness re ObamaCare – Call it a clean sweep for ObamaCare this year. The media seemed genuinely uninterested in the massive power grab by the White House in delaying enforcement of statutory deadlines set by Congress for their own political purposes. Not even the shifting around of the deadline they refused to delay when Republicans pressured them to do so piqued their journalistic curiosity.

The most corrupt, dishonest administration ever.

Grant was an affable guy, duped by those around him. Harding was a corrupt b@stard, but at least those around him were only concerned about personal wealth. heck, even Hillary!’s cattle futures exchange seems quaint now.

What we have now is a group of people who are not only intent on gaining personal wealth, but also want to solidify their position and slam the door behind them. It’s post industrial age feudalism.

rbj on January 1, 2014 at 10:24 AM

I hope the term Obamacare haunts the history of this president in much the same way Final Solution haunts Hitler’s memory.

jazzuscounty on January 1, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Or, if you like your 401k you can keep your 401k.

That is the one that worries me.

esr1951 on January 1, 2014 at 8:41 AM

Cash out now. Market is up 30% last year, take the money and run before the bastiches make a grab for it.

Who is John Galt on January 1, 2014 at 10:55 AM

I hope the term Obamacare haunts the history of this president in much the same way Final Solution haunts Hitler’s memory. – jazzuscounty on January 1, 2014 at 10:25 AM

A wee bit over the top. I hate Obama as much as anyone, but Obama not in the league with Hitler, Stalin or Mao. Now you could compare him with Chamberlain’s foolish statement, “Peace in our Time”. The term Obamacare and its consequences will stick to the Democrat Party like a tar baby for some time to come.

SC.Charlie on January 1, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Obama’s lawless and deceitful “transformation” made 3013 a very sad year for those of us who prize liberty. petefrt on January 1, 2014 at 8:59 AM

“And now for News From the Future,” -Dan Rowan.

Akzed on January 1, 2014 at 11:13 AM

It’s so emblematic of who Obama is, of how frequently he’ll say something, and then later, not stand behind what he said. Which, on important things, seems like most of the time.

MKH or someone else so inclined ought to write a book detailing Obama’s “say one thing, do another” method. It would write itself, and to my mind, would be the proper summing up of the man and his presidency.

Paul-Cincy on January 1, 2014 at 11:19 AM

The 2010 Shellacking is going to look like an aberration compared to this next election cycle. Democrats will become an instant endangered species, illegible for federal subsidies to maintain their existence. Too bad that Obama and the Democrats took the path of lying to the American public by 1) not admitting the bill was a tax, and 2) “if you liked it, you could keep it”—words that will go down in history as the demise of liberal socialism.

Rovin on January 1, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Rovin on January 1, 2014 at 11:23 AM

I hope you are right and I feel like you are but first thing this morning Fox News had Larry Sabato pronouncing the Tea Party dead (again) with them being down to only family & staffers for support. Surely he can’t be right and will be eating crow after the ’14 elections.

jffree1 on January 1, 2014 at 12:02 PM

It might be the biggest presidential lie since “Read my lips,”

No, as bad as it was, that was a broken promise, it was not an intentional lie. Bush thought at the time he would keep that promise. Obama on the other hand, knew the truth at the time about ACA but deliberately told his lie, and even worse, he told it to pass a massive piece of legislation that he knew would not pass without lies.

Obama’s lie was shear treachery against how our Republican democracy is suppose to function. And it was one of several lies to get ACA passed. Obama is our lying king.

Chessplayer on January 1, 2014 at 12:03 PM

The 2010 Shellacking is going to look like an aberration compared to this next election cycle. Democrats will become an instant endangered species, illegible for federal subsidies to maintain their existence. Too bad that Obama and the Democrats took the path of lying to the American public by 1) not admitting the bill was a tax, and 2) “if you liked it, you could keep it”—words that will go down in history as the demise of liberal socialism.

Rovin on January 1, 2014 at 11:23 AM

The Republicans don’t look too promising either. I’m a little more “GOP establishment”-friendly than most here, but there’s really no one I can see that could the the reigns of *real* change two years from now.

If ever there was a golden opportunity for the more conservative/tea party candidates, this is it. But it has to be played right. I think we can all agree that ObamaCare is a complete and utter failure. Regardless of how the Left will blame anyone but themselves for the ACA debacle, they’re branded with it, and they own it lock, stock, and barrel.

Now is the time to groom a decent crop of possible candidates for POTUS. I don’t think it can be done successfully outside of the GOP (think ‘third party’) and another RINO won’t cut it. The keyword: Unity. Been saying that forever. If we’re polarized as a party, the Left wins…every time.

JetBoy on January 1, 2014 at 12:15 PM

liberal socialism. Rovin on January 1, 2014 at 11:23 AM

100 years of it ain’t going away without bullets, friend.

Yet, I pray you are right and I am wrong.

If they get away with what basically is an enabling act of 1/6 of the economy the other 5/6 will quickly follow. Every 3,000 page bill will be riddled with the phrase,.,,

As shall be determined

wolly4321 on January 1, 2014 at 12:17 PM

It might be the biggest presidential lie since “Read my lips,”

No, as bad as it was, that was a broken promise, it was not an intentional lie…

Chessplayer on January 1, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Semantics.

When a statement is qualified like:

Read my lips…no new taxes”

“If you like your plan, you can keep your plan…Period

There’s no difference. It’s like, did Rubio lie about “amnesty” or did he simply break a promise? Ultimately, there’s no difference.

JetBoy on January 1, 2014 at 12:22 PM

There’s no difference.

JetBoy on January 1, 2014 at 12:22 PM

I’d say there is a huge difference between Read My Lips… and If you like your plan….

GHWB did not spend years selling his economic policies based on the idea that he’d never raise taxes. The whole basis of public support for Obamacare is the idea that those who liked the healthcare they had would not lose it. The lazy shiftless coward didn’t give one speech about Obamacare for three years that did not include the lie. And when the lie emerged there was a whole raft of other lies about grandfathering when the reality was that HHS knew from the very beginning that most Americans would lose the healthcare plan they had.

Happy Nomad on January 1, 2014 at 12:27 PM

JB- were the new taxes logged in the Federal Register prior to Bush saying “read my lips” about a thousand times?

Losing your healthcare plan was.

wolly4321 on January 1, 2014 at 12:31 PM

It might be the biggest presidential lie since “Read my lips,” but one with a lot bigger consequences for Americans.

Ed, that’s a bold accusation you make against GHWB and I’d like to see your evidence that it was a lie.

Texas Gal on January 1, 2014 at 12:33 PM

By Election Day, he’ll have the low-info crowd convinced that 0bamacare was all the GOP’s doing. And the GOP will go right along with it.

CurtZHP on January 1, 2014 at 12:35 PM

I can go along with Obamacare being the number one story, but the most unreported story has to be the IRS going after the tea party. The fact that an administration has put the tax collecting arm into the political equation should be the big target in the radar scope. It doesn’t take an immense amount of intelligence to see where this can lead, especially when you look at the new rules they’re proposing. Those rules are aimed specifically at groups who, not only oppose Obama’s policies, but also the Democrats policies. To believe they won’t be utilized to win races in 2014 is just being naive.

Both of these stories affect the whole country and their outcome will determine our future. If the administration is allowed to use the IRS against political opponents it will become precedent and you can believe the next Republican administration will appoint people who advocate just that. With the new filibuster rules, all appointees will be approved and let the games begin.

bflat879 on January 1, 2014 at 12:43 PM

JB- were the new taxes logged in the Federal Register prior to Bush saying “read my lips” about a thousand times?

Losing your healthcare plan was.

wolly4321 on January 1, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Inconsequential to the fundamental “lie” vs. “broken promise” debate. Not to mention, we don’t know if Obama “lied” at this point…but if he didn’t lie, then he’s really more inept and out of the loop than we thought.

GHWB did not spend years selling his economic policies based on the idea that he’d never raise taxes. The whole basis of public support for Obamacare is the idea that those who liked the healthcare they had would not lose it. The lazy shiftless coward didn’t give one speech about Obamacare for three years that did not include the lie. And when the lie emerged there was a whole raft of other lies about grandfathering when the reality was that HHS knew from the very beginning that most Americans would lose the healthcare plan they had.

Happy Nomad on January 1, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Again, whatever happened prior to the statements, and after the statements were made, is inconsequential. It’s about the statements themselves…and if they were “lies”, or “broken promises”. I just don’t see the difference.

JetBoy on January 1, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Show me something similar about Bush and taxes..

wolly4321 on January 1, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Let’s not forget a more recent example. Bill Clinton was, in fact, screwing an intern. He lied under oath about it and kept up the lie for months. His staff painted a picture of the President as trying to help a troubled young woman. Part of the so-called “nuts and sluts” defense that worked for Clinton through a series of affairs and (arguably) rapes.

Now, I realize that a lie about one’s marital fidelity isn’t the same as kicking millions off of health insurance, many for the first time ever. But considering that there is some support for Killary to get another shot at the job of POTUS the utter despicable character of Bill Clinton is still relevant.

Happy Nomad on January 1, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Again, whatever happened prior to the statements, and after the statements were made, is inconsequential. It’s about the statements themselves…and if they were “lies”, or “broken promises”. I just don’t see the difference.

JetBoy on January 1, 2014 at 12:46 PM

I think intent comes into play. GHWB may well have been sincere in his promise. The filthy lying bastard didn’t mean it for a minute during three years of shucking and jiving about being able to keep one’s healthcare plan and how it would cost far less than before. We have documentation showing that HHS always knew that millions would become uninsured.

Happy Nomad on January 1, 2014 at 12:49 PM

the most unreported story has to be the IRS going after the tea party.

bflat879 on January 1, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Honestly, I’m less concerned about the media covering up for the rat-eared bastard. They’ve been doing that for five years now. What concerns me more is the fact that they went with the eight rogue low-level clerks in Ohio without any involvement from DC. It was about three weeks before they finally got around to following the paper trail straight to the highest levels of the IRS and covert meetings between IRS officials and the White House.

Happy Nomad on January 1, 2014 at 12:55 PM

…HAPPY NEW YEAR!

KOOLAID2 on January 1, 2014 at 12:57 PM

SC.Charlie on January 1, 2014 at 10:59 AM

I started to end with a qualifier to my comment, and I should have done so. I meant the usage or the terms. In no way would I compare the loss of insurance to the horrendous Holocaust.

Both terms should conjure negative connotations in the reader or listener.

jazzuscounty on January 1, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Again, whatever happened prior to the statements, and after the statements were made, is inconsequential. It’s about the statements themselves…and if they were “lies”, or “broken promises”. I just don’t see the difference.

JetBoy on January 1, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Actually, the “before” and “after” events are precisely what makes the difference between a lie and a broken promise.
If you make the promise knowing that you don’t intend to expend any effort in keeping it then it is indeed a lie (you may have a history of making “piecrust promises” or not; that only makes a difference in how much weight people give to your claims).

Let’s suppose I tell my kids on Monday, “I promise I’ll take you to the zoo on Saturday.” (Add “period” or “read my lips” as you choose.)
(1) If I wake up Saturday morning and the car won’t start, and I can’t get anyone to fix it, and I don’t can’t find anyone who will take us to the zoo, then I broke a promise – because I had every intention of keeping it “before” but unfortunate circumstances intervened “after”.

(2) If, on Sunday, I had already accepted an invitation to go out all day on Saturday with some friends, and I woke up Saturday morning and told the kids, “Gee, I’m sorry, something just came up and we can’t go to the zoo after all,” then I lied – twice, in fact. (I might weasel out by telling them I had forgotten the previous offer, and that may or may not be true, which parses the “lie” vs. “promise” tree a little bit further.)

(3) But suppose it was on Friday that my friends invited me out, and I just decided to do that instead of taking my kids to the zoo, then I broke a promise; I might or might not lie about the reason for breaking it as well, but the original statement was not a lie when I made it. (If you substitute “something came up at work” the same analysis applies, but you may not feel so guilty about it.)

(4) Now, in situation (3), if I’m the kind of low-life scum who frequently breaks promises whenever I feel like it, because I’m an opportunistic self-centered twit, then I probably added an unspoken “maybe” to the promise when I made it, in which case I did lie to the kids, because I knew I might not keep my word.

Intent and circumstances all play a part in whether a statement is a lie or not.

AesopFan on January 1, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Nothing new. I told you that obama is an eternal narcissistic thug, enabled by sheepleton, of whom Eleanor says “they think that the Rs repealed obama’care’”…thus, she blames the Rs for not enough signing up.

Maxine Waters used to be on my top dummies list, for years.

Schadenfreude on January 1, 2014 at 2:01 PM

There’s no difference. It’s like, did Rubio lie about “amnesty” or did he simply break a promise? Ultimately, there’s no difference.
JetBoy on January 1, 2014 at 12:22 PM

I disagree. The difference is between knowing you’re lying and not knowing (at the time) you’ll break a promise under pressure. You’re essentially saying, I think, that in the end the evil done is equivalent. But even here the difference is that Obama’s intentional lie made possible a massive 1/6 economy law and an chaotic intrusion into our lives unlike anything Bush intended. Bush broke his promise (he raised taxes but not technically “new” taxes) to reduce the deficit whereas Obama has hugely done the opposite with his lies.

Obama lied on many levels, claiming the individual mandate involved not a tax, and then he has his solicitor general plead before SCOTUS that a tax it precisely is. Obama is an abomination with a bodyguard of lies.

Chessplayer on January 1, 2014 at 2:04 PM

May you giggle all year!

Schadenfreude on January 1, 2014 at 2:13 PM

The top story is:
Lie of the Year: “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan”
– This got almost twice as many votes as the runner-up. It might be the biggest presidential lie since “Read my lips,” but of all time, one with a lot bigger consequences for Americans.

Obama’s promises, assurances, and re-assurances were as clear as could be.

And when others doubted Obama’s promise that you would be able to keep your plan, Obama went out of his way to slowly, clearly emphasize exactly what he meant.

Obama promised you could choose to keep your plan, and that if you CHOSE to get the so-called “better” Obamacare plan, it would be 14% to 20% CHEAPER!

THE PRESIDENT: …
One thing, Jon, you shook your head when I said that people would be able to choose the better plan because the notion was, well, people are mandated. Actually, any insurance that you currently have would be grandfathered in so you could keep it. And so you could decide not to get in the exchange the better plan — I could keep my Acme insurance, just a high-deductible catastrophic plan — I would not be required to get the better one. If I chose to get the better one, it would be 14 to 20 percent cheaper than if I were going into the individual market. I just wanted to clarify that issue.

http://www.youtuberepeater.com/watch?v=gdj5bEXZ_0E&s=4368&e=4405

Full Transcript at WhiteHouse.gov

ITguy on January 1, 2014 at 2:30 PM

“Read my lips” wasn’t a lie. It was a broken promise. By contrast “If you like your plan” was a lie, because the entire premise of the law is based on forcing people out of their plans that they did like into more expensive, less coverage plans that they don’t need nor want. Unlike Bush, Obama made a promise that he KNEW he would not keep.

aunursa on January 1, 2014 at 8:33 AM

Well said. I was about to post the same thing, but decided to skim the stuff up the line first. Glad to see somebody make this important distinction only about 8 comments in. I’ll also add that GHWB was pressured by a Democrat Congress to break this promise, who then used his words against him once he did. He didn’t lie. He got rolled. That’s also unpleasant, but it makes a great deal of difference in intention.

Gingotts on January 1, 2014 at 2:37 PM

obama’care’

Schadenfreude on January 1, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Lie of the Year: “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan

Never to forget that pajama-obama also said that about your doctor and your hospital.

Schadenfreude on January 1, 2014 at 3:36 PM

One thing must be said, always. Where were the Rs in the congress/senate and the media. They knew all this about the law and obama.

I know where the media were, in obama’s azz. May they all suffocate and choke from what they consume there.

However, what about the Rs through the debate of the ‘law’, its illegal passage, during the re-elect campaign of obama.

Where was Romney’s oppo research team? The HHS regs were all posted throughout, one by one.

Pajama-obama and Nurse Ratched are the fascist socialists, along with Nanzi and Mr. Mortician-Reid. But the others are complicit.

Schadenfreude on January 1, 2014 at 3:40 PM

I predict a year of more lies and lawlessness from Comrade Obama. Or should I refer to him as HRH?

Philly on January 1, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Where was Romney’s oppo research team? The HHS regs were all posted throughout, one by one.

Schadenfreude on January 1, 2014 at 3:40 PM

That’s not entirely accurate. The regs were posted but they say stuff like the Secretary of Blame (aka Sebelius) has the authority to…… It was only after the election that these criminals got mobilized. Romney’s people, at best, could have made claims about what the administration was about to do. Weak sauce at best.

Happy Nomad on January 1, 2014 at 4:10 PM

I predict a year of more lies and lawlessness from Comrade Obama.

Philly on January 1, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Way to go out on a limb there Philly. ;0

I actually think they’ve run the lawlessness thing about as far as they can. Short-term anyway. Too many people are noticing. The lies are a given considering they still claim that Healthcare.gov is just glitchy.

Today, millions of Americans find themselves without health insurance. Many for the first time in their lives. And where was our “leader” The bastard went snorkeling. I’m guessing they had to use weights to counter the bouyancy of those rat ears.

Happy Nomad on January 1, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Happy Nomad on January 1, 2014 at 4:10 PM

The reg about not “keeping” your plan, doctor and hospital was officially posted way ahead of the 2012 re-elect.

Schadenfreude on January 1, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Lie of the Year: “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan” – This got almost twice as many votes as the runner-up. It might be the biggest presidential lie since “Read my lips,” but one with a lot bigger consequences for Americans.

False comparison.

GHWB’s “lie” was probably not really a lie. It was a promise he did not keep. It is only a lie if he knew when he said it he had every intention of raising taxes. I do not think he planned to raise taxes when he said that. He was not deliberately saying something he knew was not true. He betrayed his own base when he broke his promise. He broke his promise in his first term and paid the consequences at the polls when he was not reelected.

What Comrade O said, OTOH, was a lie by any definition of the word. When he said it he knew millions of people would not be able to keep the health insurance plan they “liked”. He was deliberately saying something that he knew was not true. And he was lying to advance his socialist agenda. Socialists do that all of the time. Comrade O said his lie in his first term. His lie did not become common knowledge until after he was reelected. Since he will not be up for reelection he will not have to face direct consequences for his lie. And he knew this would be the case when he told his lie. Further, his base does not care that he lied. In fact, they are proud of him for doing it because he advanced The Cause.

Comparing what GHWB said to what Comrade O said is not really legitimate.

farsighted on January 1, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Personally, I think it was the biggest presidential lie since “I am not a crook.”

And yes, this one will probably have bigger – and longer lasting – consequences that even that one.

psrch on January 1, 2014 at 6:02 PM

I think the Obamacare ACA start up was “a story” in 2013, but most folks haven’t really felt the impact of it just yet. I think the law leads to long waits and higher prices. But not sure if that all starts in 2014 or a year or two down the road. This law is staggered out so that instead of killing the frog immediately, the flame under the pot is turned up slowly over the course of a few years.

muckdog on January 2, 2014 at 2:19 AM

Citizen’s unite. The voting is in and the evidence is quite clear. The President lied to U.S. and continues to us Obama Care – aka ” The Affordable Care Act” to prosecute U.S. for non compliance. Those who wrote and voted for this lie are the ones that need to prosecuted.

The President’s actions alone are worse that those of President Nixion, who had the character to realize he broke his Oath of Office and resigned.

If President Obama does not want to face the fact that he his administration are and will do everything it can to enslave U.S. Then , there is no choice but to use the Constitution to impeach him before he and his Marxist cronies can destroy the Constitution any further.

MSGTAS on January 4, 2014 at 12:02 PM