And — if — if we — Steve, when you say, “What can I offer?” — I shouldn’t have to offer anything. — President Barack Obama, on the eve of government shutdown, September 30, 2013
In an interview Monday with NPR’s Steve Inskeep, President Obama expressed his obstinacy and unwillingness to do what is best for the American people. He feels as though he shouldn’t have to offer anything to protect America from Obamacare.
Sadly the Left just won’t come to terms with Obamacare’s failures or its broad unpopularity. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney is obviously no exception to that rule. But his defense of President Obama and Obamacare is weak and frankly embarrassing for the Left:
When pressed on the President’s lack of leadership, Carney responded:
Chris, they don’t like the Affordable Care Act and they ought to try to change it any way they can or repeal it any way they can. And in fact in the House, now they’ve done that 42 times.
Polls today consistently indicate that Obamacare is unpopular. A Fox News poll finds 68 percent of Americans fear for their health care coverage under Obamacare. An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll indicates that 44 percent of Americans call Obamacare a bad idea, while only 31 percent think it’s a good idea.
And according to a Rasmussen Reports poll, a majority of Americans want Congress to do whatever it takes to defund Obamacare, even if the government must undergo a partial temporary shutdown:
Some conservative Republicans in both the House and Senate are refusing to approve a budget unless it slows or stops funding for the health care law, but the president and most congressional Democrats are adamantly opposed to any such cuts. However, 51% of voters favor having a partial government shutdown until Democrats and Republicans agree on what spending for the health care law to cut.
To be clear, no conservative is advocating for government shutdown — we simply want Congress to fund the government while defunding Obamacare. President Obama is the only one threatening a shutdown over Obamacare funding.
But this poll indicates the momentum across America behind the defund effort is real. The Heritage Action Defund Obamacare Tour was critical in building the momentum. It’s just time the bipartisan Washington Establishment gets on board and stops drinking the President Obama kool-aid.
In just 21 days, the Obamacare exchanges are scheduled to open, and as Heritage recently noted, Obamacare is nowhere near ready for show time. The law has not even been fully implemented, and there are myriad ways it has already failed.
The House of Representatives is currently working on a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government. It is unclear whether they will choose to include the defunding Obamacare on the CR, but if they are serious about stopping the law, they must.
On Tuesday, House Republican leaders will meet with their members to propose what The Hill describes as a “complex procedural tactic.”
In a recent op-ed, Mark Rienzi explains that religious freedom should apply to for-profit businesses, not just to corporations affiliated to a particular religious group. Companies make “decisions of conscience” all the time, and they should be free to do so without government intrusion.
Rienzi reminds us of Chipotle, which decided not to sponsor a Boy Scout event because the company disagreed with the Scouts’ policy on openly gay scoutmasters. Starbucks has ethical standards for the coffee beans it buys. The list goes on.
You can agree or disagree with the decisions of these businesses, but they are manifestly acts of conscience, both for the companies and the people who operate them. Our society is better because people and organizations remain free to have other values while earning a living. Does anyone really want a society filled with organizations that can only focus on profits and are barred from thinking of the greater good?
President Obama’s Department of Energy (DOE) likes to gamble with taxpayer money on politically favored green energy companies the private sector is too wise to touch. The Washington Free Beacon has identified yet another instance of the DOE wasting taxpayer money on a failed green energy company, which may now have to declare bankruptcy:
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has suspended stimulus payments to a major green energy company after the company said it is having trouble finding financing and may have to declare bankruptcy.
ECOtality admitted that possibility in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) last week. Lackluster sales caused revenues to fall significantly short of its expenses, the company said.