November 18, 2013

Latest PJ Media Column (’3 Lessons from Obamacare’s Failed Rollout’) Is Up

Filed under: Economy,Health Care,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:35 pm

It’s here.

It will go up here at BizzyBlog on Wednesday afternoon (link won’t work until then) after the blackout expires.

Gillibrand on ‘This Week’: ‘We All Knew’ That ‘Keep Your Plan’ Wasn’t True

Well, that settles it. Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” (video here) New York Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand admitted that “We all knew” that Obamacare’s core guarantee — “If you like your plan-doctor-provider, you can keep your plan-doctor-provider” — was false. That’s “we” as in “all of us Democrats.”

There’s no wiggle room in what Gillibrand said, as will be demonstrated after the jump. Also note how guest host Martha Raddatz, with her use of “we,” admitted to viewers that she’s on the same team with Washington’s Democrats three different times (HT Truth Revolt via Ed Driscoll).

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High School Senior’s Testimony Devastates Common Core

Filed under: Education,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:15 am

Thank you, Ethan Young (HT Free Patriot):

Money quotes (among many):

  • “… the specific (Common Core) standards were never voted upon by Congress, the Department of Education, state or local governments. Yet the implementation, was approved by 49 states and territories. The President essentially bribed states into implementation via Race To the Top, offering $4.35 billion to participating states.”
  • “Somewhere our Founding Fathers are turning in their graves, turning and screaming and trying to say to us is that we teach to FREE MINDS….we teach to inspire, we teach to equip. The careers will come naturally.”

Exactly.

What is the point of slotting kids for today’s jobs, when many if not most of those jobs will either be radically different or replaced by other jobs we haven’t even heard of yet by the time they enter the workforce?

Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (111813)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

This open thread will stay at or near the top today. Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow. Other topics are also fair game.

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At Education Freedom Ohio: Hey Arnie Duncan!

Education Secretary Arne Duncan, ladies and gentlemen, declared yesterday that the main opposition to Common Core came from “wealthy, white suburban moms” upset to find out that their kids weren’t brilliant, lol. Really, dude?

… Yet another progressive racist, with whom Ohio Republicans Batchelder, Stebelton, Brenner, Lou Terhar, Debe Terhar, Colleen Grady, Bill Coley, Peter Stautberg, Peggy Lehner, Nan Baker, Jon Husted, and of course, along with many others,  “Governor Me, My$elf and I,” align.

Exactly.

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Ron Fournier at National Journal: Incompetence, deception, and lack of accountability doomed the Obamacare rollout. That’s old news. What’s new? The nagging durability of the White House’s incompetence, deception, and lack of accountability.

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Walter Russell Mead (“The Most Shocking Obamacare Revelation”): “So far we are only looking at the fallout as Obamacare-mandated changes hit the relatively small individual insurance market. Coming soon to a cable news outlet near you: the tsunami of outrage when Americans in employer-sponsored programs discover that the President wasn’t telling the truth about their plans and their doctors either.” Actually, you have to be not paying much attention at all to not see this coming already.

Related: “Conservative groups warn of new wave of insurance cancellations”

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2009 Flashback: Obama flack slams ‘disinformation’ about insurance losses”

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Pethokoukis: “Why Larry Summers fears the New Normal is permanent — and why it doesn’t have to be.” The elites want the New Normal to stay that way because it enhances and protects their power and position.

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Lisa Myers at NBC: “Several insurance industry officials and state insurance commissioners expressed frustration Friday, saying they were “baffled” by President Barack Obama’s assertion that the cancellation of millions of insurance policies occurred because a key provision of the Affordable Care Act didn’t work as expected. The administration was warned three years ago that regulations would have exactly that effect, they said.”

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What do you say to this (HT Twitchy) that hasn’t been said about Barack Obama’s inexperience? —

Gloria Borger: Obama’s “No Drama” Credo Led to the ACA Website Disaster
The president should have established a “zone of immunity” for truth-tellers who could deliver the bad news

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Good: “Pelosi: Of course I stand by my ‘we have to pass it so you can find out what’s in it’ remark”

Positivity: Archbishop highlights education to strengthen marriage

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Baltimore:

Nov 15, 2013 / 12:07 am

The U.S. bishops’ chairman on defense of marriage issues encouraged continued efforts to strengthen the institution of marriage, which is rooted in biology and is crucial for the health of society.

“(S)trengthening a marriage culture serves the common good of our country,” said Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco, who heads the U.S. bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage.

In a recent update to his fellow bishops on the U.S. Church’s efforts in defense of marriage, he emphasized the need to educate the faithful and general public on the reason behind Catholic teaching on marriage.

“We are no doubt at a critical point in this country when it comes to the promotion and defense of marriage in the law,” he warned.

Archbishop Cordileone suggested that in explaining the Church’s reasoning on marriage, it can be helpful to “begin with biology” and build out the argument from there.

“Every child comes from a man and a woman. That’s a biological fact,” he noted. “Do we need an institution that unites the child to the man and the woman that brought them into the world or not? If we do, then it’s marriage, because there’s no other institution that does that.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.