I know it’s hard to keep up with
a regime an administration that has more “focus shifts” than Lindsay Lohan has DUIs, butt you have to remember that Obamacare 1.0 was never really the “final solution” anyway. That honor has been reserved for Obamacare 2.0; and the unplanned fiasco engulfing Obamacare 1.0 just means we’ll be able to migrate to the new Obamacare platform (bigger and better!) sooner than anyone around here ever dreamed.
Big Guy’s pretty happy about this, as he was for single payer healthcare:
“I happen to be a proponent of a single-payer health care program. I see no reason why the United States of America, the wealthiest country in the history of the world, is spending 14 percent, 14 percent, of its gross national product on health care, cannot provide basic health insurance to everybody...A single-payer health care plan, a universal health care plan. And that's what I would like to see. As all of us know, we may not get there immediately.”
before he was against it: (New Hampshire townhall, 8/11/09)
“I have not said I am a single payer supporter.”
Butt now that even BO has conceded that there’s no point in trying to convince people they love Obamacare, he’ll just wait until they get sucked into it so far that they can’t help but love it.
In an interview with The New York Times, President Obama said that he can’t turn around public opinion on Obamacare through a PR push, but instead people will begin to appreciate the law once it goes into affect.
So just sit-tight and wait awhile. Eventually you will learn to stop worrying and love “da bomb” too. Just like Detroit did.
It is our expectation that everything else on our list of potential scandals will be dispatched with the same simplicity. We’re currently working on a plan to blame all of them on Republican obstructionism. Here’s our first trial balloon, to test the concept:
On Sunday, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew told Fox News Sunday that Keystone’s failure to move forward was somehow Republicans’ fault: “There were some political games that were played, that took it off the trail and path to completion, where Republicans put it out there as something that was put on a timetable that it could not be resolved. It caused a delay. Playing political games with something like this was a mistake.”
Or there’s this variation – a Republican/Canadian/big oil collusion:
“Republicans have said that this would be a big jobs generator,” Obama said. “There is no evidence that that’s true.” He then blamed Canada for not “doing more” to prevent carbon emissions from oil sands. Obama continued, “I meant what I said; I'm going to evaluate this based on whether or not this is going to significantly contribute to carbon in our atmosphere. And there is no doubt that Canada at the source in those tar sands could potentially be doing more to mitigate carbon release.”
Or something. All I know is we need to stop worrying about all these phony scandals and start worrying about
Global Warming Climate Change and our collective carbon footprints.
Meanwhile, around the globe, other people are worried about the U.S.’s carbon footprint too:
Billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal said the Gulf Arab kingdom needed to reduce its reliance on crude oil and diversify its revenues.
His warning comes as rising shale energy supplies in the United States cut global demand for Saudi oil.
Prince Alwaleed said demand for oil from Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) member states was "in continuous decline".
Gee, that sounds like a good thing for our side, right? Natural gas is greener than dirty coal and dirty oil - and we’ve got TONS of it! Not so fast there, mother-earth frackers: although Big Guy has gone on the record as being in favor of fracking:
In this year's State of the Union address, Obama spoke of gas in a fashion that presaged his more recent "you didn't build that" campaign-trail argument in favor of higher taxes and bigger government. "[I]t was public research dollars, over the course of 30 years, that helped develop the technologies to extract all this natural gas out of shale rock," he said.
Obama's claim is untrue - the federal government spent little to research fracking and stopped altogether in 1992,
His environmentalist backers know that behind the scenes he stands with them against this unnatural carbon profiteering.
When President Obama's regulatory apparatus takes the side of environmentalists against the workers and consumers who must bear the consequences of his decisions, his green enforcers are usually the U.S. Department of the Interior or the Environmental Protection Agency. In the rare instance, as with the Keystone Pipeline, it is the State Department that delivers the crippling blow. But where these agencies have failed to inflict sufficient damage on one of America's fastest-growing industries, the Department of Transportation has stepped forward, cudgel in hand.
Brillig! Read all about it yourself, as there’s no way I can do justice to the bureaucratic stonewalling made possible through the application of byzantine regulations. Simply brillig!
So, in summary: Obamacare, on track; phony scandals, in the bag; energy policy, clean and green – like Detroit, the first American city to go 100% green.
Detroit: where moss grows on abandoned boardroom floors:
They have created vast greenbelts within the city:
And there are certified greenhouses everywhere:
Any questions? If so, please hold them for Jay Carney’s press briefings, as he’s the only designated hitter up today.
Oh, and please: no questions about our upcoming vacay at the $7.6 million estate on Martha’s Vineyard. At this point, what difference does it make?
Cross-Posted on Patriot Action Network