A four-hour stop in New Orleans, on his way to a $3 million fundraiser.
Snubbing the Dalai Lama.
Signing off on a secret deal with drug makers.
Freezing out a TV network.
Doing more fundraisers than the last president. More golf, too.
President Barack Obama has done all of those things — and more.
What’s remarkable is what hasn’t happened. These episodes haven’t become metaphors for Obama’s personal and political character — or consuming controversies that sidetracked the rest of his agenda.
It’s a sign that the media’s echo chamber can be a funny thing, prone to the vagaries of news judgment, and an illustration that, in politics, context is everything.
Conservatives look on with a mix of indignation and amazement and ask: Imagine the fuss if George W. Bush had done these things?
Washington (AP) – A war plan that asks President Barack Obama to commit tens of thousands of additional U.S. forces to Afghanistan is too ambitious, a top Senate Democrat said Monday.
Sen. John Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the White House’s point man during last week’s tense talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, praised commanding Gen. Stanley McChrystal but said his plan for adding troops in Afghanistan “goes too far, too fast.”
Hmm, John Kerry worked hard to bring about an American defeat in Vietnam. He voted against the 1991 Gulf War, for the Iraq War, but changed his mind. Now it looks like he is performing the same loop the loop on Afghanistan.
He’s not anti-war so much as he just can’t stand for America to win.
This is a HUGE question that needs to be explored. Unfortunately it is being treated as a “gotcha” and everyone is moving on.
The questions should be; if the government can force you to purchase “health care”, is there anything that they CAN’T force you to buy?
Can they force you to buy your next car only from GM or Chrysler? Can they force you to buy groceries only from Organic Coops? Can they force you to buy your cable service only from companies that don’t offer Fox News?
No? Why not?
As ridiculous as all that might sound, what restrictions on their powers exist that would allow them to force you to pay for “health care” but not any of these other things?
If Congress gets away with this, what will they make you buy next? You know that our 535 little tin gods spend their days trying to make themselves more powerful. Do you really think they will stop with health insurance?
This is a question that needs to be taken seriously.
How’s that hopey changey thing workin out for ya?
- CNSNews.com – Hoyer Says Constitution’s ‘General Welfare’ Clause Empowers Congress to Order Americans to Buy Health Insurance
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer D-Md. said that the individual health insurance mandates included in every health reform bill, which require Americans to have insurance, were “like paying taxes.” He added that Congress has “broad authority” to force Americans to purchase other things as well, so long as it was trying to promote “the general welfare.”
It has often been said that Republicans run for President, but Democrats run for King.
There’s no question that the Obama administration seems to operate under the assumption that they simply command as they see fit.
But now we have evidence that Democrat Congressmen see themselves as some kind of aristocracy.
The Senate Majority Leader is claiming that they can do whatever they want as long as it for the “general welfare”. I’ve heard this argument before. It’s one that James Madison wrote about in the Federalist Papers. He said that such a claim would be ridiculous, as it is. But it is catnip to those who see the rest of us, not as citizens, with a voice in our governance, but as subjects that can be directed by their betters in whatever way they determine is in the interest of our “general welfare”.
To think that someone that has been in Congress long enough to be made the Majority Leader seems to think that there is no restrictions on their power as long as it is couched in terms of the “general welfare” is mindboggling. It simply shows that the majority party is far, far out of touch with the citizens of the United States.