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"God who gave us life gave us Liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?" --Thomas Jefferson, 1774
The cost of developing the federal Healthcare.gov exchange is well into the hundreds of millions of dollars, if not already north of $1 billion according to a Bloomberg Government (BGOV) report. One tech expert explains what developing the website should have cost if done properly. David Kennedy, President and CEO of TrustedSec, told Fox News' Sean Hannity, "I would say to build a site like this with the infrastructure, the architecture around it, you are looking at maybe $5 million to $10 million at a very maximum rate." Then again, government is incapable of managing anything efficiently.
Class Warfare Fun
What would you say is the "defining challenge of our time"? Barack Obama says it's income inequality, and he promises to focus on it "for the rest of my presidency." He warned of "a dangerous and growing inequality and lack of upward mobility that has jeopardized middle-class America's basic bargain -- that if you work hard, you have a chance to get ahead." He didn't mention that inequality has increased during his presidency. His solution, of course, is for the government to redistribute more of your income. That inevitably hits the middle class. In reality, he's just looking for something -- anything -- to distract the nation from the disaster of ObamaCare.
Did He Really Say That?
"Christmas time is no time for Congress to tell more than one million ... Americans that they have lost their ... insurance, which is what will happen if Congress does not act before they leave on their holiday vacation." So said Barack Obama, though he was talking about unemployment "insurance." Obama continued, "These programs are almost always temporary means for hard-working people to stay afloat while they try to find a new job or are going to school to retrain themselves for the jobs that are out there." That's undoubtedly true in many cases, but Democrats argue that unemployment benefits are one of the main drivers of economic activity. Saying that people without jobs living off the labor of others drives economic growth is a bizarre argument to make. And perhaps he should have thought about Christmas when he signed a law causing tens of millions of Americans to lose their health insurance.
He's the Constitutional Problem
Regarding Obama's unilateral exercise of power to amend legislation, such as altering the O'Care legislation to fit his political agenda, George Washington University Law Prof. Jonathan Turley, an Obama supporter, notes that his actions are a great threat to Rule of Law: "The problem with what the president is doing is that he's not simply posing a danger to the constitutional system. He's becoming the very danger the Constitution was designed to avoid. That is the concentration of power in every single branch."
Debunking Health Care as a Right
Columnist Jonah Goldberg: "[T]he right to free birth control -- or health care generally -- is not one you'll find in the Constitution. And even if you think it should be a right, that is hardly a settled issue in American life. The right to own a gun is a far more settled issue constitutionally, politically and legally in this country, but not even the National Rifle Association would dream to argue that we have a right to free guns, provided by our employers. If your boss were required to give you a gun, your new employer-provided Glock still wouldn't be free because non-cash compensation is still compensation. The costs to the employer are fungible, which means whether it's a pistol or a pill, the cost is still coming out of your paycheck -- and your coworkers' paychecks."
NYC Takes Guns
"The New York City Police Department is taking aim at owners of certain shotguns and rifles," Fox News reports, "telling them all long guns with a five-round or more capacity must be turned in, altered or taken out of town." Letters were mailed to about 500 people on Nov. 18 telling them they could either modify their guns, surrender them to police, or permanently move the gun out of the city. And you know how many long guns are used by gangs in drive-by shootings. The reality is that the Second Amendment doesn't say anything about how many rounds your gun carries, only that you can keep and carry your gun.
Still Exploiting Newtown
Barack Obama's perpetual campaign arm, Organizing for Action, wants to use the Dec. 14 anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, to remind people to push Congress for gun control legislation. In an email, OFA said that "communities are coming together to reflect and stand as one with the families of Newtown." They invited people to my.barackobama.com to set up a community event to exploit that terrible crime for political ends. "OFA will give you the resources you need to ensure your event is a powerful reminder of what we lost a year ago, and a reminder that we as a nation need to do more to prevent gun violence and keep our communities safe." And this is just a reminder that nothing proposed by Obama or his NeoCom cadres would have prevented a single death that day.
CRS: More Guns, Less Crime
A new report from the Congressional Research Service affirms a point 2nd Amendment advocates have long argued: Despite the massive growth in the number of firearms obtained by Americans through the decades, the homicide rate has fallen dramatically -- more than 50% since 1993. Breitbart's AWR Hawkins gives the breakdown: "According to the report, the 'firearm-related murder and non-negligent homicide' rate was 6.6 per 100,000 Americans in 1993. Following the exponential growth in the number of guns, that rate fell to 3.6 per 100,000 in 2000. This rate rose from 2004 to 2005 and got as high as 3.9 in 2006 and 2007, but it then resumed falling in 2008... This figure fell to 3.2 per 100,000 by 2011." Given the Left's rhetoric, you'd think the homicide rate has never been higher. Far from it.
Media Silent on 'Knockout' Game
Columnist Ann Coulter: "In Slate, Emma Roller wearily recounted other episodes of black-on-white violence in order to announce: 'The 'Knockout Game' is a myth.' ... So you see, stupid right-wingers, young black males have always been violent, so what's the big deal about the Knockout Game? Your honor, my client's not a killer; he's a serial killer. ... According to the FBI, between 1976 and 2005, blacks, who are about 12 percent of the population, committed 53 percent of all felony murders and 56 percent of non-felony murders. ... But if liberals took the first step toward sanity and admitted that young black men commit an awful lot of violent crime, they might have to ask why that is. That's a dangerous question for people who refuse to acknowledge the devastation of fatherless boys caused by liberal welfare policies."
They Had Time for What?
Congress has just seven working days before the end of this session, but they do manage to find time for the really important things. The Committee on Science, Space and Technology, chaired by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), met Wednesday for a two-hour hearing called "Astrobiology: Search for Biosignatures in our Solar System and Beyond." That's right -- a hearing on life on other planets. We suppose it's far too late for a hearing concerning intelligent life in Washington.
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Nate Jackson for The Patriot Post Editorial Team
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