The Best of The Forge
Obamacare has already been a scourge to the American people. Costs are skyrocketing and the Congressional Budget Office recently reported that it will force 7 million Americans out of their existing health insurance. Congress passed the bill, and only now are we finding out what is in Obamacare. This downward spiral can and must be prevented, though. Although many of Obamacare’s provisions are now the law of the land, many of the law’s most damaging and irreversible provisions do not take effect until 2014.
During his State of the Union address, President Obama called for government-mandated and federally-funded preschool for “every child in America.” This declaration for Universal Pre-K was followed by the dubious assertion that studies show students stand a greater chance to succeed if exposed to government run childhood education programs.
Aside from the obvious fiscal concerns of creating new federal education programs and expanding existing ones, the President apparently missed the latest study out of his own Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) showing the Head Start program to be a dismal failure.
Despite all of the red flags demonstrating that former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel would be a terrible Secretary of Defense, some suggest that enough Republican lawmakers will cave and approve the nomination of this grossly inadequate nominee.
What is clear, though, is that if the Hagel nomination receives the consent of the Senate, our national security will be in jeopardy.
Before the Senate passed its version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), we and other conservative organizations wrote about its flaws, and more importantly, its glaring ineffectiveness.
The House is up next and is poised to unveil its version of VAWA next week. And, unfortunately, lawmakers in the lower chamber will be confronted with the same choice: act like we’re helping women by passing VAWA or do the right thing by opposing it.
Using police officers and fire fighters as a political backdrop, the commander-in-chief alleged the forthcoming sequester would “eviscerate job-creating investments in education and energy and medical research.”
Fear mongering is a childish and irresponsible way to budget and certainly not the approach most families would take if faced with a similar situation. Even National Journal’s Matthew Cooper, who thinks there is a “good side” to the sequester, said Americans “ should be wary of the ‘firemen first’ principle, where agencies cut or threaten to cut their most popular programs first.”