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“May the father of all mercies scatter light, and not darkness, upon our paths, and make us in all our several vocations useful here, and in His own due time and way everlastingly happy.” –George Washington (1790)
A&E network indefinitely suspended Phil Robertson, star and patriarch of cable’s all-time number one “reality” show “Duck Dynasty,” for espousing views distasteful to people who don’t watch “Duck Dynasty.” When Robertson conducted an interview with GQ magazine promoting “Duck Dynasty,” he answered a question about sin by pointing out homosexuality — in his usually colorful way, of course. The network responded immediately with the suspension. Then again, the only real problem A&E has this coming weekend is covering the programming slots that aren’t filled with “Duck Dynasty.” Look for marathon programming of the popular show to continue.
Wednesday, we warned that officials at Guantanamo were likely to cave on demands that two Nativity scenes be removed from dining halls. We were right. Both will be moved to the courtyard of the base chapel. Mikey Weinstein, leader of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, says that the complainants wish to remain anonymous: “They are terrified. Right now, there is a witch hunt going on to find out who did this,” he said. The only “witch hunt” is by his group, seeking out each and every reference to Christianity in the military for eradication.
Senate Passes Budget
The Senate passed the Ryan-Murray budget compromise 64-36, staving off yet another “crisis” before Christmas. Nine Republicans voted for the deal; three more switched to “no” votes after voting “yes” on cloture. Most Republicans voted “no” on the bill in order to say they opposed modifying the sequester, but in reality this deal benefits the GOP. As Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), who voted “no,” put it, “Republicans kind of look at this election as probably the best opportunity we’ve ever had at taking control” of the Senate. Indeed, that will be necessary to derail some of Obama’s agenda for his final two years in office, and in order to win that election, the GOP must focus on reminding voters what a disaster ObamaCare is — not budget fights that the minority party cannot yet win.
Reid Keeping Subsidy
Harry Reid — who makes $193,400 a year as senate majority leader — has enrolled for insurance coverage through the D.C. ObamaCare exchange and will be taking advantage of the federal subsidy, which could alleviate the cost by up to $11,378 a year depending on the plan. Astoundingly, Reid told CNSNews, “I’m just like 150 million other people in America. My employer helps me pay for my health care.” And who, exactly, does Mr. Reid think employs him? Additionally, at least Reid and the rest of the ever-privileged congressmen and woman get to keep their rosy insurance plans — we can’t say the same for their constituents and the rest of America.
Insurers Extend Deadline
America’s Health Insurance Plans, described as “the national trade association representing the health insurance industry,” announced this week that individuals will get extra time to pay their first month’s ObamaCare premiums. The deadline, originally Dec. 31, has been extended until Jan. 10 for those enrolled by Dec. 23. This comes following a recommendation from Health and Human Services just last week that insurers grant consumers more time given the technical issues rendering the federal exchange almost useless. AHIP President Karen claims, “Our community is taking an important step to give consumers greater peace of mind about their health care coverage.” Unfortunately, no amount of extensions will fix a model being crushed by government inaptitude.
The Left shoved ObamaCare down our throat by insinuating the need to provide “affordable” coverage for millions of uninsured Americans. But according to a new CBS/NYT poll, 53% of uninsured don’t approve of Obama’s signature achievement. In retrospect, this is higher than the percentage of those who are insured but disapprove, at 51%. Before you know it, we’ll need to address ways of insuring the uninsured that chose to remain uninsured.
Big Govt. Our Greatest Threat
A new Gallup poll reveals that a record percentage of Americans believe that big government is the greatest threat facing our nation. According to the report, “Seventy-two percent of Americans say big government is a greater threat to the U.S. in the future than is big business or big labor, a record high in the nearly 50-year history of this question. The prior high for big government was 65% in 1999 and 2000.” Even among Democrats, 56% view the Feds as a viable threat. The trend has been for a steady increase in Americans skeptical of big brother initiatives since Obama began his tenure. And with ObamaCare quickly unraveling, the NSA under fire for recent spying allegations, and the numerous other scandals beleaguering this administration, that figure is prone to jump even further.
Putin Defends … NSA?
Russian leader Vladimir Putin this week defended the National Security Agency, which is presently mired in spying allegations that threaten to unravel the agency’s way of doing business. He also expressed envy towards Barack Obama. The irony here, of course, is that whistleblower Edward Snowden was allowed to seek refuge in Russia after leaking classified documents that put the agency in the spotlight to begin with lest he face retaliation in the States. The Russian president said that the NSA’s model “isn’t a cause for joy, it’s not a cause for repentance either,” with one caveat: “On [a] political level, it’s necessary to limit the appetite of special services with certain rules.” He added, “How do I feel about Obama after Snowden’s revelations? I envy him, because he can get away with it.”
Walters Late to the Game
Barbara Walters’ recent admission — “We thought that [Obama] was going to be … the next messiah” — prompted this response from political commentator Charles Krauthammer: “[I]t’s remarkable that it would take half a decade for the veil to be lifted from her eyes. Five years to realize the man isn’t a messiah? I think it took … almost all of us about, you know, an hour and a half to realize that he gives a good speech, but he’s shown no aptitude at governing.” Of course, for those who knew Barack Obama even before his days as a senator, it was a forgone conclusion that BO wasn’t anything other than a rhetorical propagandist intent on transforming the United States of America. All he needed was a low-info constituency.
O’Care’s Unflattering Milestone
National Review’s Ed Haislmaier: “[T]he Obama administration has spent longer botching the implementation of Obamacare than the Roosevelt and Truman administrations spent fighting and winning the Second World War. America’s involvement in World War II began on December 7, 1941, with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. It ended 1,365 days later on September 2, 1945, with the surrender ceremony aboard the U.S.S. Missouri anchored in Tokyo Bay. President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law on March 23, 2010. Today, December 18, 2013, marks the 1,366th day of post-enactment Obamacare implementation. Now, it is true that building the Hoover Dam — that icon of activist liberal government — did take a bit longer (four and a half years), but at the end of that process the Hoover Dam actually worked.”
Semper Vigilo, Fortis, Paratus et Fidelis!
Nate Jackson for The Patriot Post Editorial Team
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