How the Democrats got us to a shutdown

    The press has been falling over itself to attack Republicans for the shutdown and claiming that they are the source of all the irresponsibility in the process. They have conveniently forgotten several important things about how much the Democrats have broken the budget process in the last couple of years and in this year in particular.  I wrote back in January about how the Senate | Read More »


    Emperor Obama’s Dog and Pony Show Turns Into A Dog

    So Mississippi Republican Rep. Steven Palazzo tells the Department of The Interior that a group of old, ailing WWII veterans are coming to visit the WWII Momument on the Capital Square. He asks if they can see it despite the coming government shutdown, given that some of them won’t be alive long enough to have another chance. The people-powered administration of Barack Obama responded as follows:

    “We got the heads up that they will be barricaded and specifically asked for an exception for these heroes,” Palazzo told TheDC. “We were denied and told, ‘It’s a government shutdown, what do you expect?’ when we contacted the liaison for the White House.”

    These are the same Miss Congeniality contestants that lectured The Tea Party about civility after the shooting of Congresswoman Gabriella Giffords by a person who later turned out to have ambiguously leftist political beliefs. The current government shutdown was intended to conceal a lot of the administration’s problems, but has instead put them out there in stark bas-relief. The longer this drama goes on, the more the public pays attention to President Obama and Harry Reid and finds out what these people are truly like as human beings.

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    Annnd that is the sound of the California #Obamacare exchange going down in flames.

    Via RNC Research comes this oopsie: That’s a clip on KNTV. Basically, it reports that the California Obamacare exchanges will be taken offline this evening so that Covered California can fix the problem that’s keeping people from… enrolling in the California Obamacare exchanges. Mind you, they’re claiming that the site will be ready again on October 3rd… then again, they also claimed that it’d be | Read More »

    Shutdown Antics

    On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Sarah Isgur to discuss the government shutdown in DC, why Harry Reid should be getting more of the blame for this and a shocking story involving World War II vets being barricaded out of their own memorial.

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    Hold Your Ground and Shut John Cornyn Up

    Hold Your Ground and Shut John Cornyn Up

    After three years of getting ready, yesterday the nation signed on to get Obamacare only to have websites across America crash. The ones that were not crashing were scam sites designed for identity theft. Amid all of that, if you tried to get Obamacare through an internet search engine, you probably got scammed. “[S]ome of these scam sites actually have better search-engine rankings than official | Read More »

    Barack Obama spitefully *chose* to make WWII Memorial inaccessible to veterans.

    Every time I look at the WWII Memorial story, it gets worse. It’s bad that the Obama administration closed down national monuments and museums, because it thinks that attacking DC tourism will give the Democratic party leverage over the Republican party. It’s bad that the Obama administration tried to keep WWII veterans away from the monument that honors them. It failed, of course, but they | Read More »

    The Detroit Non-Bailout And The Power Of A Shut-Down Government

    Let’s say you do what you are told, show up at your place of appointed duty and then lather rinse and repeat for a good 10 to 25 years. If you are a Federal Employeee deemed “non-essential*” that gets you furloughed because the US Senate hasn’t bothered passing a legitimate budget in four years and the House of Representatives no longer has the patience or good will to give them a clean continuing resolution that funds ObamaCare.

    Now let’s say you spend an entire city’s budget on union pensions that are based on untennable guaruntees and are underfunded by a steadily deteriorating tax base. If you are Detroit, and voted 82% for Barack Obama, that means you get $320M worth of what the New York Times insists !IS NOT! a bailout.

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    ObamaCare software is incompatible with American hardware

    When you try to run software that’s incompatible with your hardware, this is what happens.  ObamaCare’s failure is spectacular, and not just the coast-to-coast sharknado of error messages, system crashes, pages not found, and unresponsive technical support.  The data processing problems will eventually be worked out; every computer problem can be solved, if you’re willing to spend enough time and money on the effort.  The | Read More »

    Joe Manchin is a Coward

    cow·ard noun ˈkau̇(-ə)rd : someone who is too afraid to do what is right or expected : someone who is not at all brave or courageous Political : Someone who runs for office in West Virginia and won’t admit that he supports every word of Obamacare. Example Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is a coward. If you ever listen to Democrats run for office in a | Read More »

    Tweet of the Day, Your Marital Problems Are Not My Business, @FLOTUS edition.

    And I’m sorry to hear about them, Mrs. Obama. Due to Congress’s failure to pass legislation to fund the government, updates to this account will be limited. #Shutdown — FLOTUS (@FLOTUS) October 1, 2013   I mean, it must have been awful to have your own husband tell you that you’re not an essential part of the government. Moe Lane (crosspost)

    The Man Who Kept Obamacare Out of Texas

    Welcome to day one of Obamacare America. One of the controversial portions of the law involves the expansion of state Medicaid programs, with strings attached of course. Twenty-Three states and the District of Columbia have agreed to institute the Medicaid expansion portion of the President’s so-called Affordable Care Act. Texas, thankfully, is not one of them. Much of the credit for that goes to someone | Read More »

    Cover Oregon announces signup delay for #Obamacare exchange. *Despite* hipster songs.

    But… but… but… this is impossible! Oregonians will have to wait to enroll for health insurance through President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. I mean, Cover Oregon had a song! Officials said late Monday that Cover Oregon, the state’s insurance marketplace that was supposed to go live on Tuesday, is still experiencing glitches. The online system is not correctly determining eligibility for tax credits, the | Read More »

    Let the Buying Off of Lobbyists Begin

    Talking to a member of Congress this morning, he tells me leadership staffers are sitting around dreaming up new, creative ways to lose this fight. He admits his cynicism is running high and is convinced Republican leadership staff are championing a loss as an “I told you so moment” to buttress a “should have listened to us” line.He is angry at his own side.More troublesome, | Read More »

    Obamacare: Day One

    On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech discuss what to expect on day one of the Obamacare era, pitfalls we may face and how the budget battle in Congress could impact the implementation of Obamacare.

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    The Path Forward

    Republicans have spent the past few days leading up to the overly-hyped October 1 deadline negotiating with themselves.  The House moved from full defunding of Obamacare to delay for one-year, in conjunction with repeal of the medical device tax.  Then they passed another CR merely delaying the individual mandate along with eliminating the congressional exclusion.  Then they passed a resolution attempting to go to conference | Read More »