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November 16, 2013


Barack Obama is a strange politician and has never really been a popular President.  When he places himself in sharp conflict with Republicans, his hate machine has been able to push them lower than himself and temporarily raise his own popularity.  In 2012, he defied gravity, winning re-election despite having no significant accomplishments to his name, and with an economic record that would have spelled doom for any former incumbent.  So it’s a little hard to know how to take Obama’s current slide in the polls.  The Gallup poll found that Obama’s approval (approve/disapprove) stands at an anemic 43%/50%.  The Rasmussen survey of likely voters finds Obama approval under water at 44%/55%.  A new Pew poll found approval/disapproval at 41%/53%, but some of the other numbers are even worse.  Fifty-nine percent disapprove of Obama’s performance on health care; a mind-blowing 65% disapprove of his performance on the economy; 56% disapprove on foreign policy: and 60% disapprove of Obama on immigration, too.  Obama’s second term is shaping up much like George W. Bush’s.  One difference between Obama and Bush is that Obama’s decline is entirely self-inflicted. Bush’s decline during the first year of his second term was due largely to media hysteria over Hurricane Katrina, which struck in August 2005.  Bush wasn’t responsible for Katrina, but Obama is responsible for ObamaCare, which is driving voters’ current revulsion toward him.  The economy continues to go nowhere, and next year’s cancellations of employer-sponsored group policies will begin in earnest, which should make the current controversy over ObamaCare look like a garden party.  Obama has survived quite well without being a popular president, but his heightened unpopularity will be important only if it helps Republicans to increase their margin in the House and capture the Senate next year.

(“Are Voters Finally Catching On to Obama?” by John Hinderaker dated November 8, 2013 published by Powerline at http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2013/11/are-voters-finally-catching-on-to-obama.php )

Leave the television on CNN, MSNBC or your local news and between weather and sports, you’ll hear these lies peddled by Obama, his advisors and staffers, and assorted Democrat Party figures reciting the same talking points about the Wild Wild West where Bad Apple plans roamed the frontier, and every word of it is a lie.  The people losing their health care didn’t have substandard plans.  They had a wide variety of plans from light to bulletproof.  The insurance marketplace wasn’t unregulated.  There is no such thing as an unregulated marketplace.  The forced cancellation of health plans for nearly 100 million people is not routine marketplace churn, but instead the result of regulations written for ObamaCare by Obama’s bureaucracy which are calculated to disqualify as many grandfathered plans as possible.  The people complaining about losing their plans didn’t have bad apple plans… they had a bad apple President.  Obama relies on a Wild Wild West of unregulated executive power to set up an illegal law, tamper with it freely and then dump it on the country, while protecting a small sliver of allies in key unions and the government from what he had done to the rest of the country.  American health care has grown worse with each government intervention.  Doctors are accused of playing God, but it’s really the government bureaucrats, the politicians and the professional medical ethicists who have never treated a patient but insist on drawing up lists of who should live and who should die and which people are the biggest burden on health care.  Democrats assume that government is an unrestricted good whose purpose is only fulfilled through social justice.  Fear is not the only thing that government should fear.  It should also fear to destroy the fragile social compact between the people and their government that makes freedom possible.  It should fear that its actions will cause more harm than good, and it should also fear that it is not nearly as wise as it thinks it is.  To every setback, he offers another lie, another talking point and another villain.  Obama has no humility and therefore no ethics. He does not believe in his own immortality, but in his invincibility; political and otherwise. He really does believe that the only thing to fear is fear itself.  100 million Americans will lose their health insurance plans because their bad apple President was too arrogant to question his own bad judgment.  That is why Healthcare.gov does not work and why ObamaCare is such a disaster.  A standard model President understands risks and consequences.  A substandard model like Obama does not.  A good apple President apologizes when he chops down a cherry tree.  A bad apple President blames Bush, the cherry tree, the axe and Global Warming.  The American people are being lied to every day by a bad apple President who covers up one lie with another lie and pastes an even crazier lie on top.

(“The Bad Apple President” by Daniel Greenfield dated November 10, 2013 published by Canada Free Press at http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/59139 )

President Barack Obama is the perfect "Low Information President:" he is not really interested very much in doing his job; he doesn't know anything going on in his own administration; he is always the last to know; and he learns important developments only when he reads about it in the newspaper, apparently after first reading the sports section.  Obama is the "Pop Culture President." In fact, Obama is a "Bystander President" like Chauncy Gardiner in the movie Being There.  Obama's main support is from "low information voters."  These are voters who do not pay much attention to the news or events affecting the nation, or which politician is to blame for what.  They may be smart Americans, but they just don't care that much about politics or the fate of the nation.  As a result, they are easily manipulated by superficial and emotional appeals in the mainstream media.  Now we know why Obama has a natural affinity with "low information voters." Obama is a "Low Information President."  Obama went to sleep while the ambassador he sent to Libya, Chris Stevens, was enduring gunfire and dying in Benghazi, Libya.  Obama tells us he didn't know anything about the National Security Agency spying on the leaders of countries we are friends with.  He didn't know about NSA spying on Americans.  He didn't know about the IRS persecuting conservatives, led by the staff of the IRS General Counsel he appointed.  Obama gave the American people a non-apology apology in an interview with NBC's Chuck Todd, but many pointed out how Obama did not actually apologize for flat-out lying to Americans to get ObamaCare passed.  There was a much more interesting detail: Obama only focuses on his intentions.  Obama, his administration leaders, and Democrats in Congress always discuss ObamaCare in terms of their intentions.  Obama doesn't know what is actually in the "Affordable Care Act."  Obama doesn't understand the legislation. All Obama knows is what he intended.  When Obama ran on "Hope and Change," we didn't know empty hope would replace sound, detailed planning and careful management.  Barack Obama doesn't know or care how any governmental project, initiative or law will actually work, so he just announces what he wishes to be true, and expects someone else to figure it out.  So Barack Obama tells us he didn't know anything about any of the bad decisions, mistakes, failures, and scandals in the administration he runs and is in charge of.  We just need to put White House briefings and briefings from his cabinet secretaries on Sports Center, TMZ, or Entertainment Tonight, because surely the networks would set aside a half hour each day to keep our hipster President up to speed on world events. 

(“Barack Obama, Low Information President” by Jonathon Moseley dated November 14, 2013 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/11/barack_obama_low_information_president.html )


Despite what you are being told, the Affordable Health Care Act (ACA), commonly known as ObamaCare, is already proving to be a resounding success, but problem is that the majority of Americans don’t fully understand the objectives of this plan, or the roles of its architects and its defenders. Even the vast majority of conservative pundits in all venues don’t seem to ‘get it’ and consequently, are leading their readers and listeners astray by focusing on the wrong issues.  It is vital to understand that the ACA is not now, nor never was, about providing affordable health care.  It is the vehicle that is being covertly used to conduct the most massive transfer of power to the Executive Branch of government that this nation has ever experienced.  Presently, all eyes are on the ostensible failures of the internet gateway or ACA website.  The Obama regime and globalist handlers want us to get caught up in the minutia and not see the bigger picture.  To understand what you are seeing unfold, one simply has to understand the Hegelian Dialectic, which is a method where a crisis or problem is manufactured, and that problem causes chaos within the system. Their ultimate objective is to completely nationalize the entire health care industry of the United States, thus completely taking over one-sixth of the U.S. economy.  Their goal all along has been to implement a single-payer system, where the federal government alone collects all fees for health care services, pays all costs, and has complete control.  The other Marxist method is detailed in the Cloward-Piven Strategy, whose goal is to “hasten the fall of capitalism by overloading the government bureaucracy with a flood of impossible demands, thus pushing society into crisis and economic collapse.  It is the strategy of forcing political change through orchestrated crisis.”  Once you understand that ObamaCare is not about providing a workable system of healthcare, and understand the Marxist tactics that are currently being used for its implementation as it was initially designed, the next logical step would be to identify the true objectives of the plan.  ObamaCare is the Pandora’s Box that will facilitate a number of objectives dear to the globalists.  It will result in an unprecedented consolidation of power to the Executive Branch of the government.  It will advance eugenics, or population control that is near and dear to the Fabian Socialists from which this regime has its roots.  ObamaCare will also serve as a tool of economic sabotage and will facilitate the killing of the U.S. dollar.  It will thereby provide the means to usher in a system of global governance, or the “New World Order” that so many U.S. presidents and world leaders have advocated.  While the conservative leaders and pundits continue to keep you attentive to the failures of the ObamaCare website, remember that the issues are much bigger, and the stakes are much greater and we’re being played, so don’t fall for it. 

(“The unspoken success of ObamaCare” by Doug Hagmann dated November 11, 2013 published by Canada Free Press at http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/59175 )

"If you like your plan, you can keep it" is a promise that has become a symbol for millions of Americans who have lost their health insurance as a result of the Affordable Care Act. The main reason for the cancellations has been standards: ObamaCare added some basic "minimum standards" that all policies must have... whether customers want them or not, and anything else has to go.  With all the buzz over ObamaCare, it's sometimes easy to forget that the healthcare biz isn't the only area government is facing backlash in over imposed standards.  Under the auspices of the new Common Core State Standards, the federal government is once again expanding its reach into an area that affects every family in America: education.  The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (the act which, ironically, established the Department of Education) explicitly forbids the formation of a national curriculum. In a campaign as shrewd as it is shocking, the administration helped organize the "independent" authors of state standards, essentially choosing who and what would be involved in their formation.  By doing this, they maintained technical separations from the standards, but managed to mould the standards by proxy.  At the same time, the administration applied a "carrot and stick" approach to states on the fence about the new standards: If they agreed to adopt Common Core (before it was completed) the administration would provide waivers from some of the onerous requirements of No Child Left Behind.  Faced with the possibility of failing to meet NCLB benchmarks, many states agreed.  Common Core is coming into effect in many states this year and, as with healthcare, many Americans are having buyers' remorse: Some of the "new" features people are unhappy with include state tracking of students (including their families' religious and political background) from Pre-K to high school graduation, and the introduction of large-scale assessments that already show signs of forcing schools to teach to the test.  Several states such as Indiana and Minnesota have paused implementation in response to grassroots organizing by dissatisfied parents and teachers.  Dozens more are already considering legislation to stop Common Core.  The One Size Doesn't Fit All in Education Act. The bill, introduced by Congressman Jack Kingston, would dry up the Common Core effort at its source by both stopping the flow of funds for national curriculum efforts and forbidding the DOE to offer waivers as an incentive to adopt standards or assessments.  If passed, this would go a long way toward shutting down the federal Common Core movement and return control of education where it belongs: with local parents and school boards; and after all, if they like their education plans for their children, they should be able to keep them.  

(“One Size Really Doesn’t Fit All” by Nicholas Arnold dated November 9, 2013 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2013/11/one_size_really_doesnt_fit_all.html )


Chris Christie’s greatest obstacle to becoming President of the United States is neither his weight nor his conservative credentials, but rather his crappy economic record as governor of New Jersey.  Christie just won an impressive reelection victory, securing 60% of the vote in a blue state that President Obama won by 17% in 2012, but Democrats would love to run against him for President in 2016.  Christie won big for two reasons, neither of which is his record.  First, as a proud New Jersey native, I can tell you Christie connects with New Jersey voters on a visceral level.  At a time when politicians are typically ideologues or those who say whatever voters want to hear, the governor is a breath of fresh air.  He isn’t afraid to speak bluntly, and he has worked with Democrats, as we famously saw after Hurricane Sandy, when he teamed up with Obama.  Second, Christie’s gubernatorial opponent was an unknown state senator, Barbara Buono, who didn’t have the resources to make a compelling case that she could do better.  When governors run for President, their record is their résumé. They generally tout their successes and promise voters they can replicate those accomplishments on a national level.  Christie’s failings are easy to spot. Here are just a few of his economic record’s lowlights, which his opponents are sure to broadcast:

·    Economic growth: In 2011, New Jersey was just one of seven U.S. states whose economy shrank. The state ranked 47th in terms of GDP growth.

·    Unemployment: New Jersey’s unemployment rate is 8.5%, considerably higher than the national rate of 7.3%, making the state 41st in the nation. 

·    Job creation: New Jersey ranks 44th in job growth during Christie’s governorship. 

·    Credit rating: Three major credit agencies have cut the state’s credit rating since Christie became governor, making it costlier to borrow money.

·    Taxes: New Jersey is tied for 50th in the Tax Foundation’s annual report, which ranks which states have the most business-friendly (translation: lowest) taxes.  Plus, the tax burden grew by 18.6% for the average family under Christie. 

·    Poverty: The poverty rate in New Jersey has reached a 52-year high, with 24.7% of the state below the poverty level.

·    Home prices and foreclosures: Mortgage delinquencies have increased 2.8% since Christie took over, the highest of any state in the nation. Plus, home prices are down 6.7% in that time, putting New Jersey in the bottom quarter of all states.

Of course, Christie isn’t responsible for all these economic woes, but that doesn’t mean his opponents in the 2016 GOP primaries won’t run negative ads showing the New Jersey statistics.  Unless the economic numbers improve greatly, Christie will be wishing people were still just talking about his weight and not what matters most: his record. 

(“Don’t Believe the Chris Christie Hype – Look at His Economic Record” by Dean Obeidallah dated November 11, 2013 published by The Daily Beast at http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/11/11/don-t-believe-the-chris-christie-hype-look-at-his-economic-record.html )

* There is so much published each week that unless you search for it, you will miss important breaking news.  I try to package the best of this information into my “Views on the News” each Saturday morning.  Updates have been made this week to the following issue sections:

· Politics at http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/intro/politics.php

· Culture at http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/Culture/philosophy.php

· Healthcare at http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/Culture/healthcare.php

· Employment at http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/dp/employment.php

· Environment at http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/dp/environment.php


David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY