Well, then stop defending it. “It’s getting difficult and slinking toward impossible to defend the Affordable Care Act. The latest blow to Democratic candidates, liberal activists, and naïve columnists like me came Monday from the White House, which announced yet another delay in the Obamacare implementation.”
Really, it is time for the media to stop running interference for the White House, especially on the disincentive to work. “The government, in a well-intentioned effort to improve the life circumstances of low-income families, has made earned income less necessary to pay for some of life’s necessities. The problem is that work is the pathway out of poverty and to a better life. The last thing public policy should be doing is discouraging lower-income workers from taking better paying jobs. But Obamacare is doing just that, in a significant way. All of this attention on Obamacare’s work disincentives has obscured what is perhaps the bigger story from CBO’s report, which is that rapid entitlement spending growth continues to create substantial risks for the federal budget and the American economy.”
The only response to failure in this administration is to circle the wagons. “It is time for Mr. Obama to admit that his Syria policy is not working. No one is suggesting sending ground troops. But options range from doing more to arm the moderate opposition, to declaring a no-fly zone. Drones could strike al-Qaeda operatives in Syria; air power could create humanitarian zones near the Turkish and Jordanian borders. The US could also take the lead in referring Mr Assad and his aides for war crimes prosecution.”
It’s getting mighty hard to justify primary mainstream conservatives with characters like this. “A Texas newspaper on Tuesday published what it said is a mugshot of Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) after an arrest in 1977. The congressman, who is waging a primary challenge to Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), has denied ever being charged with a felony despite reportedly making statements to the contrary earlier in his political career.” The far right has a serious quality-control issue.
It gets more difficult by the day for Dems to carry water for the White House on Iran, which suggests no “moderation” in anything. “Iran’s defense minister said on Tuesday that the recent firing of two ballistic missiles was a shot across the bow to the Obama administration, which continues to maintain that the ‘military option’ against Tehran is still on the table. While Iran is permitted to fire these missiles under the recently signed interim nuclear deal, the White House told the Washington Free Beacon on Tuesday that ‘Iran’s missile program continues to pose a dangerous threat to [the] region.’ ” Welcome to non-containment.
She is only trying to protect fellow Dems who may well wind up in the minority after November. “Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) told Morning Joe Tuesday morning that she probably wouldn’t invite President Barack Obama to campaign with her if she were running in a state where his approval rating is underwater.”
How the left, which accused President George W. Bush of “shredding the Constitution,” rationalizes this I don’t know. (Actually I do: It is all for the higher cause, in its mind.) “I agree with the administration that the [employer] mandate should not take effect. But to achieve that, it would need to be repealed. There would most certainly be a majority in Congress in favor of repealing it — and of repealing the individual mandate while they’re at it. The House Republicans should obviously immediately pass a measure doing both, or separate bills for each of the mandates (as they did last year when the president first suspended the employer mandate). If the Senate passed the same, would the president veto it because he would rather ignore bad laws than repeal them? Does he deem Congress unnecessary? Do congressional Democrats agree with him?” I suspect they try not to think about it too hard.