Edwards: Drop the weapon and put your hands on your head.
K: I warned him.
Edwards: Drop the weapon!
K: You warned him.
Edwards: Don’t make me kill you.
Jeebs: You insensitive prick! Don’t you know how much that stings!
—Will Smith as Edwards, Tommy Lee Jones as K, and Tony Shalhoub as Jack Jeebs in Men In Black
OK, everybody who’s surprised by the colossal failure of the rollout of FUBARCare raise your hand.
Mr. Obama, you can put yours down.
Amazingly, the Progressives are still trying with a straight face to defend this thing, and some are even having the brass stones to blame Republicans for the problems. But by now it is impossible for any remotely rational person not to see what a pack of lies this has been:
- We were told FUBARCare was essential to bring medical insurance to millions upon millions of “uninsured” “Americans.” At present, FUBARCare has resulted in more people losing their insurance than have gained it.
- We were told if you liked your coverage and your doctor, you could keep them. But see above, and also note that as a result of FUBARCare, some carriers are firing doctors—doctors one imagines at least some insured patients liked and wanted to keep.
- We were told that FUBARCare would cost $900 billion, most of which was money already being spent anyway, and that it would not add to the deficit. The last cost estimate I saw was $1.8 trillion, and CBO says it will add $6.2 trillion to the deficit long-term.
- We were told that FUBARCare would reduce premiums. It is in fact increasing them dramatically.
- We were told that FUBARCare would create jobs. It has in fact resulted in layoffs and reduced hours.
- We were told that FUBARCare wouldn’t increase taxes. The Supreme Court has ruled that the individual mandate is in fact a tax.
- We were told that FUBARCare would not result in taxpayer-funded abortions. Turns out there may end up being hundreds of thousands of tax-subsidized abortions per year under FUBARCare.
But the FUBARCare debacle over the last week is hardly surprising; to the contrary, it was utterly predictable, because it is merely the most recent illustration of this Administration’s consistent display of incompetence and deceit. Indeed, is there anything this Administration has touched that hasn’t turned out to be a gigantic steaming pile of cow flop covered with (f)lies?
The primary goal of our military involvement in Afghanistan was to “get” Osama Bin Laden. That was achieved—in Pakistan—on May 2, 2011, over two and a half years ago, yet Americans are still dying in Afghanistan. At last count, over 700 Americans—more than during the entire Bush administration—have been killed there since Bin Laden’s death. Why? Perhaps if Obama attended a security briefing once in awhile he’d be aware that our armed forces are still engaged in that theater.
On September 11, 2012, four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, were killed in a series of military-style assaults on our consulate—sovereign U.S. soil—in Benghazi, Libya. Although Stevens had repeatedly warned of the deteriorating situation and requested additional security, although escalating incidents over the preceding several months had led the British to close their facility, and although the 9/11 anniversary posed an obvious symbolic targeting date, the Administration refused to bolster security and left the diplomatic personnel in place. Although the President knew about the attacks less than 90 minutes after they began, and although they took place over a period of some nine hours as the President and his staff watched in real time via surveillance drone, the President did nothing. That weekend, Obama sent U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice all over the Sunday talk shows with a series of talking points blaming a silly internet video when they knew it was an al-Qaeda affiliated terrorist assault, while he ran around to multiple campaign fundraisers. Obama later pledged to hunt down those responsible and bring them to justice, yet to date the only person jailed as a result has been the producer of the irrelevant internet film (who just recently got out of prison); no one in Libya has been arrested, and the Benghazi raid isn’t even among the crimes for which the Administration is offering a reward for information.
Economy and Budget
We’ve been told for several years now that we’re in a “recovery” from the Bush recession. Obama has repeatedly said that he was focused like a laser on jobs, and that he “will not rest” until everyone has one. Yet as of September, a full ten million people have left the workforce since Obama took office. Workforce participation is now at a paltry 63%. A recent Census Bureau report counts more people receiving means-tested government benefits (read: welfare) than with full-time jobs. Meanwhile the national debt now exceeds $17 trillion, nearly double what it was when Obama took office (just under $10 trillion), Obama is continuing to spend at around a $4 trillion/year clip, and Harry Reid says “everybody” wants to pay more in taxes.
This is some rescue.
Fast & Furious
On December 14, 2010, U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was killed in a gun battle with Mexican drug runners. Guns used in the fight were traced back to Operation Fast & Furious, a Justice Department action in which illegal guns were deliberately permitted to be sold and transported outside the U.S. in an effort to track them to Mexican cartels. Despite multiple memos and emails to Attorney General Eric Holder mentioning the program—including some from before Terry’s murder—Holder has steadfastly denied (read: lied) knowing anything about it. Since then, he and the President have spent the better part of the last three years doing everything possible to avoid providing Congress, the American people, or the Terry family any information about it.
Obama the investment banker, in his infinite wisdom, illegally diverted $80 billion in TARP bailout money effectively to nationalize GM and Chrysler. On the GM side alone, taxpayers are still out nearly $20 billion, and the GM stock still held by the government would have to triple in value for John Q. Public just to break even. To put that in perspective, the first time in our entire history that the total federal budget reached $20 billion was 1942, and here we’re talking about the loss on a single piece of a single program. Meanwhile as I have reported previously, Obama’s Energy Department has lost billions making high-risk loans to unproven “green energy” firms—many, not coincidentally, owned by huge Obama donors—that have gone belly-up. And the few jobs “created” through the bailout and loans have in large part been overseas. Not a particularly good rate of return.
IRS & NSA
When the IRS hasn’t been gearing up to serve as the jack-booted enforcers of FUBARCare, it turns out they’ve been selectively targeting conservative political groups to delay or deny them tax-exempt status. Originally passed off as the isolated action of a couple of rogue low-level employees in Cincinnati, it is becoming increasingly clear that this was actually a deliberate program to weaponize the IRS as a political tool for the Left, overseen at the highest levels. Meanwhile, we’re learning that the NSA has been—without a warrant—effectively spying on millions of innocent private U.S. citizens. Once again, however, the Administration absolutely refuses to discuss either issue with Congress or the American people.
Obama took office pledging to restore America’s image in the world. Then in his first official act, he embarked on a global apology tour, basically denouncing everything America has ever been or done. Since then, he has displayed a breathtaking lack of leadership in the Middle East, he’s been horrifyingly weak in dealing with Russia, and he’s alienated and offended our European and Western Hemisphere allies by repeatedly getting caught spying on them (compounded by the fact that he never sits down with those leaders one-on-one to foster those relationships). The Saudis have recently severed diplomatic ties. And Obama’s relationship with Israel is so deteriorated that one suspects the only circumstance in which he wouldn’t piss on Benjamin Netanyahu is if the Prime Minister were on fire. If there is left any nation that would count us as a friend, or at least acknowledge any respect for us, I don’t know who that would be.
At this point the grim reality has to be inescapable. Even the true believers on the Left can’t avoid recognizing—without engaging in an unconscionable self-fraud—that this President is an embarrassingly epic failure. He has accomplished exactly nothing positive, and the level of arrogance, ignorance, incompetence, and paranoia that permeates this Administration is unlike anything we’ve ever seen. At the end of the day, we’re left with nothing but angry lectures, empty platitudes, cheesy staged political stunts, fundraisers, and golf.
And lies. Upon lies. Upon lies.
This is what you get when you elect a community organizer with literally zero real-world experience, whose sole drivers are a blind adherence to radical ideology, and a limitless thirst to erect a monument to his own ego, real-world results and consequences be damned.
Some of us tried to tell you . . .