Big trouble. “A Democratic senator who helped craft President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law gave the administration ‘a failing grade’ on Wednesday for its efforts to educate the public and small employers about sweeping changes due to take effect in eight months. ‘I just see a huge train wreck,’ Senator Max Baucus of Montana told Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at a hearing of the Senate Finance Committee, an oversight panel that he chairs.” Well, he could fix that by putting the law on hold.
The Associated Press has a “Big Story,” and it really is: “Technicians upgrading Iran’s main uranium enrichment facility have tripled their installations of high-tech machines that could be used in a nuclear weapons program to more than 600 in the last three months, diplomats said Wednesday. They say the machines are not yet producing enriched uranium and some may be only partially installed. Still the move is the latest sign that 10 years of diplomatic efforts have failed to persuade Tehran to curb its uranium enrichment. Instead, Iran continues to increase its capacities.”
Big difference — Bush is a Republican! “President Bush did urge not to be afraid to ‘go shopping for their families,’ as part of a general appeal not to be intimidated from an ordinary daily routine. And he even encouraged Americans to ‘go to Disneyworld,’ as part of broader appeal to renew confidence in the safety of air travel. . . . I am reminded of this when I hear President Obama praise the way Bostonians have refused to be cowed or when I see Thomas Friedman suggest that a rational response to the Boston terror attack is to ‘schedule another Boston Marathon as soon as possible.’”
Big push from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) on quality of life issues: “The Working Families Flexibility Act will provide working moms and dads with more freedom and flexibility in how they use their earned overtime hours. Through a voluntary agreement with their employers, working parents can build a bank of time to use when they need it most. In the coming weeks, the House will consider this common sense legislation to protect workers and make life work for more people.”
Big get for Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.): “Pro-immigration-reform evangelicals: Senate bill is not ‘amnesty.’” Getting a significant segment of Christian conservatives on his side is important for Rubio in this fight and possibly in 2016.
Big waste of money. “New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has spent at least $14 million in support of new gun control legislation since December, when the Obama administration began its push for gun control in the wake of Adam Lanza’s shooting spree in Newtown, Conn.” Oh well, he’s got more.
Big gap where a coherent Syria policy should be. Now the Obama administration wants Bashar al-Assad to fall more slowly so the jihadis it allowed to gather — while the U.S was doing nothing — won’t take over. “The concerns about what would happen if Assad were to fall are real, although, given Assad’s recent counteroffensive in the north, we should also be worried about whether he is actually going to fall. The best way to topple him and to shape a post-Assad regime is to do precisely what Obama won’t: to arm the moderate opposition and support their efforts with a no-fly zone. Micromanagement from thousands of miles away is a poor substitute for roll-up-your-sleeves work on the ground–and in the air.”