Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on February 12, 2014 by Allahpundit

Republicans have done everything they can think of to strike down Obamacare, but they’ve still only managed to come in second place. For all the House votes to repeal, defund, or weaken Obamacare, some of the most significant setbacks for the law have come from the administration itself

[T]he law does have a specific vision of the future of health insurance. And to hit that vision, it relies on a delicate balance of popular carrots—think coverage for those with preexisting conditions—and unpopular sticks, such as the ever-controversial individual mandate. And the administration keeps chipping away at unpopular parts—sometimes directly, and sometimes by handing Republicans a political weapon.

From a policy perspective, another delay in the employer mandate is negligible. The mandate doesn’t cover very many people. But it gave another big opening to congressional Republicans, who argued—as they did the first time—that big business was getting a break while individuals were still required to buy insurance…

None of these missteps was fatal to the law, and ultimately what matters is people signing up. But Democrats’ vision for the Affordable Care Act is far more likely to happen if they keep control of the Senate this year, and the seemingly endless string of implementation setbacks is making that harder.

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The Affordable Care Act means what it says and says what it means.

Until it doesn’t.

The arbiter is President Obama and a phalanx of health care advisers and political strategists.

Together, they try to implement what even Obama’s heartiest loyalists concede is an onerous and complicated law. They do this amid myriad Democratic midterm anxieties. And frothy Republican objections.

But it’s time to concede that no one has been more adept or aggressive about delaying and defanging Obamacare than Obama himself. Systematically and with an eye toward his party’s immediate political troubles, Obama has reshaped, photo-shopped, reimagined, and reengineered Obamacare. It all sounds techy and cool and flexible—at least to the administration. To those who must live with and live under the law, the arbitrary is the norm. The only pattern is chaos. Obamacare’s worst enemy is Obama.

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There are good reasons that Democrats should be leery about using presidential power to achieve their ends.

Most important, the executive orders put into place by one president can be easily and quickly overturned by the next president. Killing policies that are put into place by Obama would not be extraordinarily difficult nor would it require the kind of long, protracted struggle that Republicans have engaged in with Obamacare, thus far unsuccessfully…

Presidential power also deprives a policy of the fierce public debate and congressional vote that comes with legislation. Although the process of passing bills through Congress is usually very painful for a president, if successful a policy obtains a kind of legitimacy that rarely comes from executive action. This is evident from how durable the programs from the New Deal and Great Society, such as Social Security, the Civil Rights Act, and Medicare and Medicaid have been over time…

Obama certainly would prefer to obtain legislation and the turn to executive power is a decision of last resort, one that realistically might be the only way he can achieve anything else in the next few years. But the strategy will come with some significant costs and Obama’s legacy will remain fragile and vulnerable in the coming years.

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Thus have we been treated to an intriguing paradox: When Congress wishes to delay or amend Obamacare, it risks upsetting the entire American settlement — nullifying a law that was apparently set in aspic, never to be touched; but when Obama wishes to delay or amend Obamacare, he is merely ensuring that it works properly. Indeed, if Congress so much as hints that it would be willing to pass an alteration to the law, the administration takes it as read that it has been granted the moral permission to act on its own; but if Congress wouldn’t be willing to pass a change, then the president is forced to act in order to counter what we are reliably informed is unprecedented obstruction. It’s awfully clever.

This approach seems to have convinced the press corps, even in such cases as it is patently obvious that the government’s changes have nothing to do with the government and everything to do with politics. Almost every media outlet openly acknowledged yesterday that the newest delay was the product of electoral expedience — “in a midterm election year, the WH simply did not need any more healthcare headaches,” CBS’s Major Garrett averred, his eyebrows remaining level — and yet in not a single case did anybody ask the next question, “how is this remotely acceptable?” Certainly, I comprehend the temptation toward cynicism that the abject hypocrisy of politics can yield. I empathize, too, with those who have come to the resigned conclusion that all legal opinions are driven by partisan preference and that each and every challenge to the process by which things are achieved is ultimately a cloaked objection to the outcome at hand. As conservatives had a poor record of calling out executive overreach when George W. Bush was president, the progressive response to Obama’s accelerating domestic imperialism has thus far been to cheer and ask for more. But are we to conclude that this make it acceptable? Of course not.

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Via Fox News.

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But why couldn’t U.S. taxpayers, who will be stuck paying for these executive actions, sue the president? “The general public, the taxpayers, are hurt in that this makes that much more unstable and that much more unaffordable a program that was already unstable and unaffordable. But there is a longstanding jurisprudential rule that one cannot establish standing merely by virtue of one’s status as a taxpayer, absent certain rare circumstances,” Lee said.

So when no one has standing to sue the president, is there anything Congress can do to stop his unconstitutional actions? “I think the most effective, efficient way of doing it, the way that sort of maximizes the deterrent effect without significantly disrupting government in general is for Congress to use its spending power in such way that withholds funds in areas in which the president has overreached,” Lee said. “There were many who suggested that we do precisely that, for example, with the illegal recess appointments by withholding funding for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau–you know, when Richard Corday was illegally recess appointed. But alas, the CFPB is funded through the Federal Reserve, which is a private, for-profit corporation and isn’t funded by Congress, so that was outside of Congress’s purview.”

“In other circumstances, Congress has just declined to exercise that option of withholding funding,” Lee continued. “But it is what Congress is supposed to do. The Founding Fathers contemplated that. James Madison discussed it in Fedralist 57. And it’s perhaps the most effective, least intrusive tool for Congress to respond to executive overreach.”

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Via the Daily Rushbo.


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by monday your in acute alcohol poisoning…

going2mars on February 13, 2014 at 2:10 AM

Years ago, after I got off antabuse, I found I couldn’t drink more than a 6 pack at best anymore. And I used to drink 2/3 of a bottle of Smirnoff Blue every night.

Lanceman on February 13, 2014 at 2:14 AM

Dick Hyman – “Topless Dancers of Corfu”

Anti-Control on February 13, 2014 at 2:09 AM

False advertising. There was no topless anything.

Lanceman on February 13, 2014 at 2:16 AM

Build yourself a dog house.

bazil9 on February 13, 2014 at 1:51 AM

Opps. I better get better chocolates for B9. Or else a dog dish for myself.

SparkPlug on February 13, 2014 at 2:16 AM

My ska contribution for the evening:

Yeah, Fuzzy Dice
That’s right, fuzzy dice
At least I got fuzzy dice in my car
That’s a helluva lot more than I can say for you

Anti-Control on February 13, 2014 at 2:16 AM

Baz, is this too much of a dog whistle?

uncommon sense on February 13, 2014 at 2:16 AM

Opps. I better get better chocolates for B9. Or else a dog dish for myself.

SparkPlug on February 13, 2014 at 2:16 AM

Opps? Opps? Next thing you know is you’ll be going scrotched earth on our asses!

Lanceman on February 13, 2014 at 2:17 AM

uncommon sense on February 13, 2014 at 2:16 AM

Jesus Christ, I remember Strother Martin hosting SNL and The Specials was the musical guest. That was like a jillion years ago.

Lanceman on February 13, 2014 at 2:19 AM

Opps? Opps? Next thing you know is you’ll be going scrotched earth on our asses!

Lanceman on February 13, 2014 at 2:17 AM

will this help to prevent that? :)

uncommon sense on February 13, 2014 at 2:20 AM

Lanceman on February 13, 2014 at 2:14 AM

were mostly winos…so you slide up to a number
and then maintain it all day…
the nights…well…we’ve had more than one go “downtown” in years past…

uncommon sense on February 13, 2014 at 2:14 AM

not really a lost weekend…I know who wins..
so after a 12 hour race and a case of wines…
I still know whos in front..

going2mars on February 13, 2014 at 2:21 AM

False advertising. There was no topless anything.

Lanceman on February 13, 2014 at 2:16 AM

Funkadelic – “Free Your Mind”

Anti-Control on February 13, 2014 at 2:22 AM

The Stooges – “I Wanna Be Your Dog”

Anti-Control on February 13, 2014 at 2:27 AM

Anti-Control on February 13, 2014 at 2:22 AM

Strange tastes, but then again you could go down this road.

uncommon sense on February 13, 2014 at 2:29 AM

will this help to prevent that? :)

uncommon sense on February 13, 2014 at 2:20 AM

That works.

were mostly winos…so you slide up to a number
and then maintain it all day…

going2mars on February 13, 2014 at 2:21 AM

I usta could do that until morning. But when that sun comes out? Forget it.

Lanceman on February 13, 2014 at 2:29 AM

Jesus Christ, I gotta get to bed. It’s 2:30! KJ will be in shortly!

Lanceman on February 13, 2014 at 2:31 AM

Obamacare’s America’s worst enemy is Obama

Fixed…

JohnGalt23 on February 13, 2014 at 2:33 AM

Lanceman on February 13, 2014 at 2:31 AM

Good night Lanceman, may you have strange and erotic dreams :-)

uncommon sense on February 13, 2014 at 2:34 AM

But when that sun comes out? Forget it.

Lanceman on February 13, 2014 at 2:29 AM

we try and find the bed before the sun…..its brutal there in the morning…
first cars on the track at like 8am ish..

going2mars on February 13, 2014 at 2:34 AM

Canada beats Denmark 8 to 5…womans curling..
sleep well mr lanceman

going2mars on February 13, 2014 at 2:36 AM

going2mars on February 13, 2014 at 2:36 AM

How did the Russian women’s team do… damn they were hot!

uncommon sense on February 13, 2014 at 2:37 AM

Strange tastes, but then again you could go down this road.

uncommon sense on February 13, 2014 at 2:29 AM

Black Flag – “Police Story”

Anti-Control on February 13, 2014 at 2:39 AM

uncommon sense on February 13, 2014 at 2:37 AM

Russians…saw em..yes hot..
but Canadian CBET TV went to swiss v swedes next
so I don’t know how the Russians are doing tonight

going2mars on February 13, 2014 at 2:41 AM

Anti-Control on February 13, 2014 at 2:39 AM

maybe a little of this?

uncommon sense on February 13, 2014 at 2:41 AM

going2mars on February 13, 2014 at 2:41 AM

Just kidding, but they did have some babes on their team,

uncommon sense on February 13, 2014 at 2:42 AM

Anti-Control on February 13, 2014 at 2:39 AM

or maybe some of this?

uncommon sense on February 13, 2014 at 2:45 AM

Good night Lanceman, may you have strange and erotic dreams :-)

uncommon sense on February 13, 2014 at 2:34 AM

Cheap Trick – “She’s Tight”

Cheap Trick – “Dream Police”

Anti-Control on February 13, 2014 at 2:46 AM

Anti-Control on February 13, 2014 at 2:46 AM

I think this is more along Lanceman’s dreams! :-)

uncommon sense on February 13, 2014 at 2:48 AM

Anti-Control on February 13, 2014 at 2:46 AM

… and of course there is always this!

uncommon sense on February 13, 2014 at 2:51 AM

or maybe some of this?

uncommon sense on February 13, 2014 at 2:45 AM

The Kids – “No Monarchy”

Anti-Control on February 13, 2014 at 2:52 AM

The Kids – “No Monarchy”

Anti-Control on February 13, 2014 at 2:52 AM

we could go here too!

uncommon sense on February 13, 2014 at 2:54 AM

Anti-Control on February 13, 2014 at 2:52 AM

or maybe here?

uncommon sense on February 13, 2014 at 2:56 AM

Anti-Control on February 13, 2014 at 2:52 AM

or even maybe here?

uncommon sense on February 13, 2014 at 2:57 AM

we could go here too!

uncommon sense on February 13, 2014 at 2:54 AM

The Depressions – “Skinhead Terry”

Anti-Control on February 13, 2014 at 2:58 AM

Newtie and the Beauty on February 12, 2014 at 11:04 PM

You can never go wrong with Metallica.

Cindy Munford on February 13, 2014 at 3:02 AM

Anti-Control on February 13, 2014 at 2:58 AM


yup, or here too!

uncommon sense on February 13, 2014 at 3:03 AM

or maybe here?

uncommon sense on February 13, 2014 at 2:56 AM

From the (great) album in that video:

The Pontiac Brothers – “Doll Hut”

Anti-Control on February 13, 2014 at 3:07 AM

Anti-Control on February 13, 2014 at 3:07 AM

Too bad most of the country doesn’t believe in this.

uncommon sense on February 13, 2014 at 3:09 AM

but we mat already be here???

uncommon sense on February 13, 2014 at 3:11 AM

You can never go wrong with Metallica.

Cindy Munford on February 13, 2014 at 3:02 AM

Metallica – “Master of Puppets”

RIP Cliff

Anti-Control on February 13, 2014 at 3:11 AM

uncommon sense on February 13, 2014 at 3:11 AM

may, not mat… my bad

uncommon sense on February 13, 2014 at 3:12 AM

Of course this applies to our president.

uncommon sense on February 13, 2014 at 3:14 AM

but we mat already be here???

uncommon sense on February 13, 2014 at 3:11 AM

I made an mp3 of that for a girl on AOL back in ’99 (I bought that album when it came out, too!) :)

Discharge – “State Violence State Control”

Anti-Control on February 13, 2014 at 3:17 AM

Anti-Control on February 13, 2014 at 3:17 AM

one of my favorites!

uncommon sense on February 13, 2014 at 3:21 AM

X-Ray Spex – “The Day the World Turned Day-Glo”

Anti-Control on February 13, 2014 at 3:23 AM

one of my favorites!

uncommon sense on February 13, 2014 at 3:21 AM

45 Grave – “Partytime”

Anti-Control on February 13, 2014 at 3:28 AM

Anti-Control on February 13, 2014 at 3:23 AM

Another great band!

uncommon sense on February 13, 2014 at 3:28 AM

and of course a simple classic!

uncommon sense on February 13, 2014 at 3:32 AM

Another great band!

uncommon sense on February 13, 2014 at 3:28 AM

The Avengers – “We Are the One”

Anti-Control on February 13, 2014 at 3:32 AM

I had to leave for a while..Thx for your links Uncommon Sense! I wasn’t ignoring you.

bazil9 on February 13, 2014 at 3:32 AM

and of course a simple classic!

uncommon sense on February 13, 2014 at 3:32 AM

For/about bluegill:

The Ramones – “Loudmouth”

Anti-Control on February 13, 2014 at 3:35 AM

bazil9 on February 13, 2014 at 3:32 AM

sure you were, but its all good :)

one more for the road!

uncommon sense on February 13, 2014 at 3:37 AM

Anti-Control on February 13, 2014 at 3:35 AM

one more and I’m out… tomorrow is another day of testing death and destruction.

uncommon sense on February 13, 2014 at 3:39 AM

one more and I’m out… tomorrow is another day of testing death and destruction.

uncommon sense on February 13, 2014 at 3:39 AM

Ok. Let me know how the testing goes!

Here, here I am
Just, just one man
So small in the universe
But here on Earth, I’m a Big Big Man

Anti-Control on February 13, 2014 at 3:43 AM

uncommon sense on February 13, 2014 at 3:37 AM

Good to see you! Take care man. =)

bazil9 on February 13, 2014 at 3:46 AM

Night all, tomorrow is another day… much fun, plenty of music, and the fact that I get to play with new and better ways to deal with our fellow man… who wouldn’t be excited? my last one for the road, and it has been fun A/C.

uncommon sense on February 13, 2014 at 3:47 AM

Obama bypasses laws meh
Gop president bypasses law 24/7 outrage

No whining lsm/lefties…..you started this precedence

However with the squishy gop they won’t let next president do that….it wouldn’t be right and the lsm will hate us

Arrrgghh

cmsinaz on February 13, 2014 at 5:29 AM

Politico helping Hillary out with a to do list…..good lapdog

cmsinaz on February 13, 2014 at 5:40 AM

going2mars on February 13, 2014 at 1:44 AM

Mornin’.
I had one of those Tonka trucks too. I got it for Christmas, 1976.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 13, 2014 at 6:12 AM

So, who thinks that the Boehner will do the right thing and step down from the speakership?

uncommon sense on February 13, 2014 at 1:01 AM

I used to have respect for Boehner. He isn’t my rep but he’s next door. He’s one of us – descendant of German immigrants. I have little repect for him now. I don’t know what happened to him. Whatever you think though he is good at herding cats. He can pull the Repubs together. We just no longer like what he’s pulling them together to do.

crankyoldlady on February 13, 2014 at 6:16 AM

joe, when harry reid won’t bring any of the gop bills up for a vote who is going to know

cmsinaz on February 13, 2014 at 6:19 AM

ATTN: FLORA DUH

Please read my recent comments in the “Tea Party Poll” thread where we were discussing Walker and amnesty. You are a good commenter and I want to recruit you for the fight against amnesty. I hope that people like you, who I believe are not for amnesty, will not become apologists for the Rubios and the Walkers. Just because a politician says “I’m not for amnesty” doesn’t mean they’re not for amnesty. There is a concerted effort to change the terms of the debate, and many Republicans are not on our side at all. We should be supporting the ones who are.

bluegill on February 13, 2014 at 6:20 AM

Really, I do wish he’d do the right thing and step down, but he’s just too stubborn. I keep wondering just what it is that Obama’s minions have found out about our current crop of elected Republicans that makes them such wimps when it comes to doing the right thing…especially impeachment. Obama’s lawlessness is reaching dictatorial dimensions, as Rush’s comments show.

theotherone on February 13, 2014 at 1:11 AM

I’m convinced some of them have been threatened. It is the Chicago way after all. But I also think some people just keep doing the same things and can’t change. Although some of us saw this coming years ago most didn’t and would have never thought of such a thing.

crankyoldlady on February 13, 2014 at 6:23 AM

Just because a politician says “I’m not for amnesty” doesn’t mean they’re not for amnesty. There is a concerted effort to change the terms of the debate, and

We know that. You just can’t always tell who’s lying. You have to be vigilant.

crankyoldlady on February 13, 2014 at 6:43 AM

We know that. You just can’t always tell who’s lying. You have to be vigilant.
crankyoldlady on February 13, 2014 at 6:43 AM

You are right! My comment was more directed at Flora, who had posted an article which quoted Walker denying that he supported amnesty mere months after he repeatedly expressed support for granting legal status to illegal aliens.

You all probably know this already, but the following site is a wonderful resource:
https://www.numbersusa.com/

And Sen. Jeff Sessions is a great ally!!

Thought I would post the link in case any readers are seeing these comments now.

bluegill on February 13, 2014 at 6:52 AM

Thought I would post the link in case any readers are seeing these comments now.

bluegill on February 13, 2014 at 6:52 AM

I didn’t know about that link. It looks like a good place to go for the latest.

crankyoldlady on February 13, 2014 at 6:56 AM

I didn’t know about that link. It looks like a good place to go for the latest.
crankyoldlady on February 13, 2014 at 6:56 AM

As you say, we need to be vigilant. Pro-amnesty groups are using “get tough on illegal immigrants” language to confuse people into thinking they are opposed to amnesty, when they really aren’t, so it can be hard to know who is for real and who isn’t. NumbersUSA will tell it straight.

bluegill on February 13, 2014 at 7:04 AM

And they make it clear that they are not about “immigrant bashing”:

https://www.numbersusa.com/about/no-immigrant-bashing

bluegill on February 13, 2014 at 7:06 AM

Chucky with joe and mika giving his immigration spiel

cmsinaz on February 13, 2014 at 7:11 AM

cmsinaz on February 13, 2014 at 7:11 AM

Joe using Thomas Freidman to advocate for open borders. Stapling green cards to backs of Phd diplomas.

majority of new businesses started by immigrants?d

renalin on February 13, 2014 at 7:22 AM

Good Morning, Patriots! And, Troll(s).

We are witnessing a great awakening. Millions of Texans, millions of Americans are rising up to reclaim our country, to defend liberty and to restore the Constitution.

-
Ted Cruz

My take: Vichy Republicans Vote to Raise Debt Ceiling… and Shaft Conservative Base

kingsjester on February 13, 2014 at 7:23 AM

Oh yeah Renalin

cmsinaz on February 13, 2014 at 7:39 AM

Great take KJ

Send our best to Mrs KJ

cmsinaz on February 13, 2014 at 7:43 AM

My take: Vichy Republicans Vote to Raise Debt Ceiling… and Shaft Conservative Base

kingsjester on February 13, 2014 at 7:23 AM

Saw your blog. It wasn’t exactly a more innocent time. It’s just that we used to be able to go about our lives and let our representatives do their thing more or less secure in the knowledge they were representing our interests. Now we have to get involved

crankyoldlady on February 13, 2014 at 8:17 AM

…great one again kj…ditto hope the little woman is doing ok!

KOOLAID2 on February 13, 2014 at 8:19 AM

bluegill on February 13, 2014 at 6:20 AM

I responded. I’ve always known you are a whackdoodle, but I never would have expected you to be a follower of a White Supremacy group.

#WAR

Flora Duh on February 13, 2014 at 8:39 AM

Thaks y’all! Mrs. KJ is fine. Just stir crazy. She goes to the Dr. Tomorrow for follow-up.

Ms. Flora, what o expect? Bluegill was agre with the whackadoodle marathon troller LeftoCenter, yesterday.

kingsjester on February 13, 2014 at 8:47 AM

do you”

kingsjester on February 13, 2014 at 8:47 AM

Thaks y’all! Mrs. KJ is fine. Just stir crazy. She goes to the Dr. Tomorrow for follow-up.

Ms. Flora, what o expect? Bluegill was agre with the whackadoodle marathon troller LeftoCenter, yesterday.

kingsjester on February 13, 2014 at 8:47 AM

Glad to hear the Mrs. is ok. Gotta keep that blood pressure under control. My 32 yr old daughter had a mild heart attack in October, didn’t even know she had high BP. Unfortunately it appears she’s inherited cardio-vascular disease from me.

And yes, I saw the exchange yesterday between those two. I can’t believe the mods here let him/her go ALL day, hopping from one thread to another.

Flora Duh on February 13, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Flora Duh on February 13, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Me, neither.

kingsjester on February 13, 2014 at 9:14 AM

#WAR

Flora Duh on February 13, 2014 at 8:39 AM

:-)

Fallon on February 13, 2014 at 9:33 AM

#WAR

Flora Duh on February 13, 2014 at 8:39 AM

:-)

Fallon on February 13, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Look! Two of my favorite Ladies in one place at the same time! ; )

Bmore on February 13, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Look! Two of my favorite Ladies in one place at the same time! ; )

Bmore on February 13, 2014 at 9:39 AM

:-) Hi B, my grandson is supposed to be going up your way with his ROTC group this weekend, what’s the weather supposed to be like?

Flora Duh on February 13, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Flora Duh on February 13, 2014 at 9:52 AM

51 Saturday partly cloudy, 60 Sunday mostly sunny. We ended up getting about two or three inches of snow. At first it was frozen ice bb’s . We did not get the dreaded ice storm. Hopefully the roads should be okay by weekend.

Bmore on February 13, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Friday 51 and partly cloudy if that is his drive day. Roads will hopefully be clearing by then. Right now hardly anyone is out. Its very quiet . All sorts of little birds at the feeders. ; )

Bmore on February 13, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Bmore on February 13, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Thanks. :-)

Flora Duh on February 13, 2014 at 9:58 AM

#WAR

Flora Duh on February 13, 2014 at 8:39 AM

YES!

Lanceman on February 13, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Flora, I just stepped outside to see what it looks like. Everything is already starting to melt. Fairly quickly by the looks of it. ; )

Bmore on February 13, 2014 at 10:09 AM

#WAR

Flora Duh on February 13, 2014 at 8:39 AM

Hagfish has to be a she. No male could hate SP with that kind of vicious venom…

OmahaConservative on February 13, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Instead of Obamacare, it should be Obamatares

Hening on February 13, 2014 at 10:48 AM

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