A newcomer chases Rep. Bill Owens (D-N.Y.) into retirement. A 29-year-old GOP businesswoman Elise Stefanik Is the one to thank.
The young Americans who elected Obama reject his signature legislation. “In Missouri, 25 percent of sign-ups were aged 18 to 34… [Senator Blunt] pointed out that the marketplaces need younger customers to off-set the costs of older, sicker patients… If not enough of the younger, healthier population enrolls by March 31, Blunt and others have voiced their concern that premiums will go up.”
If he were not a novice the president would realize the Iranians are making a fool of him. “[W]hat is Iran doing while the president woos legislators? Laughing at us all. Yesterday, Iran’s foreign minister–one of the reputed moderates in the Rouhani camp–was in Beirut and laid a wreath at the grave of Imad Mughniyeh. . . . It is obvious that while we are supposed to freeze any Congressional action lest we upset the sensitive Iranians, they plan to mock the President and indeed the United States. We are to walk on eggshells; they honor a terrorist who murdered hundreds of Americans. (And more: last week Iran shipped weapons to rebels in Bahrain.) The administration’s reaction to all this is to insist with greater and greater heat that Congress must not act, and to cast aspersions on those members who back the legislation.”
It’s not like the U.S. negotiators are rookies; they know exactly what they are doing — giving Iran cover. “The speed at which the United States, Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia are advancing Iran’s nuclear ambitions is mind-boggling. Even before the ink dried on the P5+1′s six-month Geneva accord with Iran — aptly described as ‘just an appetizer’ by former chief UN nuclear inspector Herman Nackaerts – we hear that talks on the final agreement will start shortly after the interim agreement begins on January 20. This is especially alarming since the Geneva agreement did not demand that Iran stops all of its uranium enrichment programs and nuclear weapons research, in return for the West’s lifting some sanctions. Iran has never allowed U.N. inspection of all its nuclear sites and repeatedly stated it will not allow this now.”
An inexperienced lawmaker might have missed the chance to remind voters of the dozens of times Obama “pivoted” to jobs. Not House Speaker John Boehner (Ohio), who slams him. “On Friday, we were reminded once again why the American people continue to ask the question, ‘Where are the jobs?’ And the fact is, the president’s taken his eye off the ball – taken his eye off of the issue of jobs. . . .If the president’s serious about wanting to improve the prospects for our economy — and higher wages and better jobs — all he has to do is pick up the phone and call Democrat leaders in the Senate and ask them to move one of these dozens of bills that we’ve sent over there that would help put Americans back to work.”
Congress is usually the junior partner in foreign policy. But now they are the only adults on the scene. “Seventy-seven former U.S. government officials and foreign policy experts have signed a bipartisan open letter to Congress, urging Senate and House leaders to work together to enforce Iran’s full compliance with the Joint Plan of Action, the interim nuclear deal that Iran agreed to in Geneva on November 24, 2013. The group supports ‘the use of diplomacy and non-military pressure, backed up by the military option, to persuade Iran to comply with numerous U.N. Security Council Resolutions and verifiably abandon its efforts to attain nuclear weapons-making capability.’”
This is not his freshman speech, to be sure. Gov. Chris Christie: “Our destiny is not set – it is the product of the choices we make. Our future is not set – it, too, is the product of the choices we make from this day forward. So, let us choose wisely. We’re set here to act, let’s not fail to act. Let’s create an attitude of choice. Let us choose to invest in better schools, and not in a status quo in which we leave some children behind and put the rest at risk of being swallowed up by a rising tide of mediocrity and failure. Let’s choose the path of safer streets, let’s not leave our families vulnerable to the heartless carjackers who would destroy our quality of life. Let us celebrate every life by creating an opportunity for every citizen, through an excellent education, a productive job, and a safe and thriving community.”