Morning Action: We Will Never Forget 9/11
9/11. We will never forget September 11, 2001. The Heritage Foundation notes:
That day will forever serve as a generation’s reminder of the fragility of life. Today, we give thanks for those who survived. We remember those who were lost in the horrific terrorist attacks. And we salute all the heroes who set aside their own safety in the chaos of that day to help their fellow Americans—whether firefighters, police, emergency responders, or strangers in the crowd.
We will never forget.
SYRIA. The Heritage Foundation explains that the Russian diplomatic initiative with regard to Syrian chemical weapons will not work. “President Barack Obama’s incompetence,” they state, “has deeply embarrassed the United States of America.”:
President Obama’s speech tonight makes one thing clear: Despite all his bellicose rhetoric, he never wanted to strike Syria in the first place. Yes, he has focused on making a case for military action, but the real action now will be diplomatic—responding to the Russian proposal to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons.
There’s only one problem: The Russian plan won’t work.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will not give up his chemical weapons during a time of war. Russia undoubtedly will drag out the process to delay a strike. The Syrian civil war will rage on, with the only difference being that Assad now knows his chemical weapons—and not his regime’s survival—are the focus of international negotiations. Obama may end up off the political hook with Congress, but he will emerge as a paper tiger internationally, surpassed in gravitas by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
OBAMACARE. Trader Joe’s is dropping health coverage for part-time workers under Obamacare:
After extending health care coverage to many of its part-time employees for years, Trader Joe’s has told workers who log fewer than 30 hours a week that they will need to find insurance on the Obamacare exchanges next year, according to a confidential memo from the grocer’s chief executive.
In the memo to staff dated Aug. 30, Trader Joe’s CEO Dan Bane said the company will cut part-timers a check for $500 in January and help guide them toward finding a new plan under the Affordable Care Act. The company will continue to offer health coverage to workers who carry 30 hours or more on average.
DISCONTENT. A prominent labor leader is calling for more expression of discontent with Obamacare at the AFL-CIO annual convention:
Terry O’Sullivan, president of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), on Tuesday said a draft resolution that bashes the healthcare law doesn’t go far enough.
O’Sullivan and LIUNA have raised concerns about the healthcare law and its effect on union plans, and have been pushing to debate the law out in the open. The union president said he hasn’t decided whether he will support the resolution, though he plans to speak about it from the convention floor on Wednesday.
The LIUNA chief made waves in Los Angeles this week by saying that if the Obama administration cannot fix the law to answer labor’s concerns, it should be repealed.
“We are supportive of fixing parts of ObamaCare and our primary objective is to change it. But if it can’t be changed, then it needs to be repealed,” O’Sullivan said.
Interestingly, many unions and labor groups were the law’s strongest supporters. Now, however, they are witnessing what a failure Obamacare is, and they are beginning to fear loss of health coverage and higher costs. They need to understand that the law cannot be fixed; it is far too flawed and breaks down the patient-doctor relationship. There are better solutions to health care reform.