Memories. “Obama in 2008: ‘I Intend to Reverse’ Executive Power Grabs, Go Through Congress.”
I bet you remember when Democrats said, “It’s the law of the land!” It’s more day to day now: “A leading credit rating agency is panning two proposed changes to ObamaCare’s implementation as negative for health insurance companies. Moody’s Investors Service said Thursday that requiring insures to expand their provider networks and allowing patients to keep non-compliant health plans for an additional two years could harm insurers and raise prices on the exchanges. The firm also characterized this week’s second, partial delay of the employer mandate as frustrating and logistically complicated for the insurance industry.”
Obama’s Cairo speech was all about a better life for “the Muslim World” is a faint memory. Elliott Abrams asks “So, the question again arises: do we care, or are we indifferent to what goes on within the borders Secretary Kerry is trying to negotiate? Has the United States reverted to the position we had in the 1990s, when Yasser Arafat visited the White House 13 times and our policy goal was to hand him a state, no questions asked? How can it possibly contribute to the building of a decent, peaceful, democratic Palestine for the United States to appear–or worse yet, to be–indifferent to the actual conduct of the Palestinian Authority? Secretary Kerry and other U.S. officials have spoken often about the negotiations and their goals, but I do not recall any honest discussion of the problem of growing corruption and lawlessness in the Palestinian Authority. State Department spokesmen issue statement after statement about Israeli settlement activity, seemingly whenever one brick is laid atop another, yet ignore these serious issues. What kind of Palestine is it that the United States is seeking to create?”
It’s worth remembering what he says when. “It’s my biggest problem with this White House and with politics in Washington in general is they assume people are dumb and that they’re not going to get beyond the spin and find out what’s really happening. The fact of the matter is they said they needed to get to 7 million. Now they’re saying, ‘No, no, no, we weren’t talking about 7 million.’ They were.”
Not the most memorable report of the day. “Sen. Mark Warner’s office blamed a staff snow day ‘#fail’ for a deleted tweet Thursday morning that made a joke about the Virginia GOP and the winter storm that shut down Washington. ‘Just a matter of time: waiting for the @VA_GOP to claim this winter storm was caused by The Affordable Care Act. #Snowbamacare,’ the account tweeted, deleting it 26 seconds later, according to an archive of deleted tweets kept by the Sunlight Foundation.” Actually I don’t know why Warner’s staff deleted and apologized; pretty tame stuff.
Remember when the president said . . . oh, you know. “Hundreds of thousands of Americans in poorer counties have few choices of health insurers and face high premiums through the online exchanges created by the health-care law, according to an analysis by The Wall Street Journal of offerings in 36 states. . . . Higher participation rates among young adults, as much as 40%, is seen as essential to balance out the higher costs of covering older people for insurers that are already limiting the counties where they offer coverage.”
Remember when John Kerry denied Iran was open for business? “When he met with French President Francois Hollande, President Obama threatened to come down “like a ton of bricks” on companies that violate sanctions against Iran. Just how hollow those words are is clear from this IMF report today on the bounceback the Iranian economy has experienced since Obama reached an ‘interim’ deal with the mullahs to lift some sanctions in return for a slowdown in the Iranian nuclear program.”