Is the Obama Ship of State Sinking? A Rambling Rant.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas it’s sinking. 


Domestic policy

Here’s a link to an article at Swampland.time — rarely if ever a pinnacle of conservative thought — relating the unpleasant situation into which President Obama has managed to plunge Himself and His party. It begins like this and then gets better worse.

President Barack Obama is facing one of the toughest tests of his political life: a Democratic revolt that threatens to do irreparable harm to his signature legislative achievement. So far, it’s not clear how he intends to respond.

Just four weeks after scoring one of the cleanest political victories of his presidency over the government shutdown, Obama’s job-approval rating is at a record low, and a majority of Americans don’t believe him to be honest and trustworthy. Democratic political strategists are throwing their hands in the air in desperation. Worst of all for Obama, his own party in Congress senses a titanic shift in public opinion. Fearing for their jobs in next year’s midterm elections and seeing cover in former President Bill Clinton‘s criticism of the President, Hill Democrats are on the verge of open rebellion.

The White House’s response has amounted to little more than “Hang in there.”

President Obama, during one of His historically punctual appearances for a press briefing, today announced an ObamaScare fix. Here is a video of His remarks:

According to another article at Swampland-Time, those whose insurance has been cancelled can keep it through 2014 if they wish.

“I completely get how upsetting [losing insurance] could be for many Americans, especially after they heard assurances from me,” Obama said. “We’re going to do everything we can to help Americans who are receiving these cancellation notices.”

“There is no doubt that the way I put that forward unequivocally ended up not being accurate,” Obama added. “My working assumption was that the majority of those folks would find better policies and lower costs or the same costs in the marketplaces.”

Before Obama spoke, a senior White House official said that “insurers can offer customers the option to renew their 2013 plan in 2014 without change, allowing these people to keep their plans.”

According to senior White House officials, the regulatory solution would remove the need for legislative action that is being pushed by both parties on Capitol Hill. One bill, offered by Republican Rep. Fred Upton, would allow those less comprehensive plans to be sold to new customers. The officials said such a plan “would undermine the Affordable Care Act and the marketplaces.” The White House has been skeptical of any legislative solution, which would quickly become a Christmas tree for amendments to undermine the bill. [Emphasis added.]

“I will not accept proposals that are just another brazen attempt to undermine or repeal the law,” Obama said. [Emphasis added.]

The White House shift follows a revolt among congressional Democrats over the law’s rocky implementation, one year before the midterm elections. Officials acknowledged that Obama directed the change in response to public outcry over millions of cancellation notices received by Americans in the individual market, saying the change was designed to further “a better and smoother transition” for them onto the exchanges. [Emphasis added.]

Apparently, He can’t compel private (and therefore vile) insurances companies to reinstate cancelled plans. But what if insurance companies reinstate non-compliant plans voluntarily? Will the purchasers be subject to an ObamaPenalty for not having compliant coverage? Apparently not. According to an article at Fox News,

White House officials say a letter going out to state insurance commissioners will specify that current plans sold to existing customers will not be considered out of compliance with the health care law in 2014

But won’t lack of a penalty, resulting at least briefly in the non-purchase of compliant policies, shift many ObamaScare financial burdens of sickness back from the healthy to the sick, contrary to the principle of doing the reverse that is behind the legislation?

What, Oh what, is a Great Leader to do when His legacy legislation explodes like a suicide vest and He is wearing it? Apologize to members of His own party, of course.

Facing open revolt from members of his own party over the disastrous roll-out of his signature health care law, President Barack Obama apologized to congressional Democrats Thursday for “letting them down.”

“There is no doubt that our failure to roll out the [health care law] smoothly has put a burden on Democrats whether they’re running or not,” Obama said during a lengthy news conference at the White House, when asked about the political consequences of the error-filled insurance enrollement website and the unfulfilled promise that people can keep their health insurance if they like it.

According to this post at The Daily Pest Beast, it’s all been mainly the fault of excessive media coverage. Whatever and besides, there’s really no problem because the Democrats have a surefire winner with ObamaScare. Just ask DNC Chairwoman Debbie:

Not only that! Particularly for first time voters, 2014 will be a wonderful year to give it all (whatever “it” is)  to a really great guy (or gal, of course) supported by “our” Dear Leader.

ObamaGodThat’s cool and President Obama, with His customary wisdom and grace, will prevail with ObamaScare and all other petty obstacles.

Foreign policy

Iran? Nothing could be simpler for  a master of foreign policy of His historic caliber. According to this article,

One thing for which Israelis ought to be grateful is that the Obama administration’s malicious intent toward us is only outdone by their incompetence. [Emphasis in original.]

On Wednesday, US Secretary of State John FN Kerry appeared at a closed-door session before the Senate Banking Committee to brief them on Iran. What came out of the session was that Kerry told the Senators to ignore Israel and slow down the sanctions like the Obama administration wants. The Senators were singularly unimpressed.

. . . .

“It was an emotional appeal,” Sen. Bob Corker told reporters after the briefing. “I have to tell you, I was very disappointed in the presentation.”

Corker said that senators were given no details of the interim deal being formulated in negotiations between Iran and world powers in Geneva this month. Secretary of State John Kerry briefed the committee, along with Vice President Joe Biden and the State Department’s lead Iran negotiator Wendy Sherman.

“I am stunned that in a classified setting when you’re trying to talk to the very folks that would be originating legislation relative to sanctions, to have such a lack of specificity — I feel I may get that over the next 24 hours in another setting, but it was solely an emotional appeal,” Corker said.

. . . .

A Senate aide familiar with the meeting said that “every time anybody would say anything about ‘what would the Israelis say,’ they’d get cut off and Kerry would say, ‘You have to ignore what they’re telling you, stop listening to the Israelis on this.’”

“They had no details,” the aide said. “They had no ability to verify anything, to describe anything, to answer basic questions.”

Kirk also criticized Sherman, whose “record on North Korea is a total failure and embarrassment to her service.” Sherman was part of the U.S. negotiating team that focused on North Korea in the 1990s.

“Wendy wants you to forget her service on North Korea,” Kirk said. “You shouldn’t allow her.”

Sherman is a total incompetent who is in way over her head. In fact, one has to wonder whether the real reason that Kerry rushed to Geneva last weekend was because the administration has no confidence in Sherman, who is nothing but a hack.

. . . .

The Democrats mostly had no comment about the meeting. But among those who were said to be unconvinced by Kerry is Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a member of the Senate Banking Committee.

Here is Secretary Kerry on Morning Joe explaining his position on the mess and/or making it up as necessary:

Joseph Wouk, who posted the video at You Tube, commented at his blog

A completely incoherent attempt to justify the Obama Administration’s policy on Iran.

It’s no wonder he did so poorly on the hill…

– JW

Another aspect of “our” Dear Leader’s progress in bringing peace in our time to the Middle East is noted at Debkafile — not my favorite source of accurate information but far, far better than the ObamaAdminisration.

The visit to Tehran Monday, Nov. 11, by Yukiya Amano, head of he Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency, was intended to show him meeting supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as a signal that he approved of further efforts at an understanding to overcome the impasse reached last week in Geneva. This is reported by debkafile’s intelligence sources.

The Iranian leader’s show of goodwill would have been used by the Obama administration to persuade Israel, France and Saudi Arabia to stop fighting the draft accord on Iran’s nuclear program that was tossed out at the Six-Power negotiations with Iran last Saturday. [Emphasis added.]

However, Khamenei’s brush-off for Amano put paid to that effort.

The White House failed in its initial search for an European leader able to make an impression on the supreme leader and get him to sign off on diplomacy for a nuclear deal. No volunteers willing to risk a snub stepped forward.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif then promised the Americans that if the IAEA chief came to Tehran, an audience with Khamenei would be set up.

But from the moment Amano set foot in Tehran Monday until he left, no one mentioned an audience. He was fobbed off with “a roadmap for cooperation,” which he signed alongside the head of Iran’s atomic energy commission Ali Akbar Salehi for a photo op.

This worthless piece of paper permitted IAEA visits to the uranium mines at Garchin and the unfinished a heavy water plant in Arak, but continued to withhold permission to inspect projects suspected of clandestine work on developing a nuclear weapon – for instance, the Parchin military complex, to which the IAEA has repeatedly been denied access to check on suspicions of nuclear-related explosion tests of warhead detonators.

A normally calm and collected official, Amano was so put out by the disrespect shown him by Washington and Tehran that he went on record Wednesday, Nov. 13 to remark pointedly that he had seen no changes in Iran’s nuclear activities in the three months since the election of Hassan Rouhani as president: Iran continued to enrich uranium up to the 20 percent level just as before, he stressed. [Emphasis added.]

This dry comment exploded the optimistic assumption at the root of the Obama administration’s soft policy on Iran, namely that Tehran had assumed a new, moderate face, amenable as never before to talking through a deal on its nuclear program. [Emphasis added.]

In deference to Administration requests, of which there have been none, I shall seek no compensation when my proposal for settling the Iranian nuke matter by playing a novel version of Let’s Make a Deal is implemented. I also have a plan to improve ObamaScare, but Senator Cruz and others beat me to it by demanding that it be defunded or repealed. That’s unlikely to happen soon, but maybe it will after an historic Democrat “victory” through losing in 2014.


Here’s a YouTube video posted by Joseph Wouk, who also seems to sense the nexus between the ObamaScare lies and President Obama’s attitude toward Iran and Israel.

UPDATE November 15th —  from Bryan Preston at PJ Tatler. Thank you, Bryan.

Both the Chicago Tribune and the Las Vegas Review-Journal have called for the repeal of ObamaCare.

The Tribune concludes that Congress should repeal Obamacare: “Many of the Americans who heard their president say Thursday that ‘we fumbled the rollout of this health care law’ would have been pleased to hear him add: So we’re admitting it. This law is a bust. We’re starting over.”

The Review-Journal concludes,

The law is so deeply flawed, with so many components in direct conflict with one another, that tweaking just one part will accelerate its collapse.

The Obamacare debacle is just getting started — and it only gets worse from here. Repeal and replace.

Both papers had supported ObamaCare from its inception until recently. Here are links to the Chicago Tribune and Review Journal editorials. What must President Obama of Chicago and Senator Reid of Las Vegas think?





About danmillerinpanama

I was graduated from Yale University in 1963 with a B.A. in economics and from the University of Virginia School of law, where I was the notes editor of the Virginia Law Review in 1966. Following four years of active duty with the Army JAG Corps, with two tours in Korea, I entered private practice in Washington, D.C. specializing in communications law. I retired in 1996 to sail with my wife, Jeanie, on our sailboat Namaste to and in the Caribbean. In 2002, we settled in the Republic of Panama and live in a very rural area up in the mountains. I have contributed to Pajamas Media and Pajamas Tatler. In addition to my own blog, Dan Miller in Panama, I an an editor of Warsclerotic and contribute to China Daily Mail when I have something to write about North Korea.
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6 Responses to Is the Obama Ship of State Sinking? A Rambling Rant.

  1. Think how much better off the Republicans would be now if they hadn’t played Don Quixote and caused the shutdown just as ObamaCare was going belly-up.

    For the sake of argument, significantly better off. But how realistically can prescience about the roll out and President Obama’s lies being covered by the “legitimate media” be attributed to them?

  2. Tom Carter says:

    The Democrats are in trouble going into the mid-term elections. But can the Republicans stop biting each others’ legs and take advantage of the situation?

    • Who knows? Who even has a clue? With some exceptions, the Republicans seem likely to break only a few of each others’ legs during the mid-term elections. The 2016 presidential primaries and the general election seems likely to present a different context.

      • Tom Carter says:

        Both parties are so upgescrewed that all they can do is hope the other side makes enough mistakes to make them look good. Think how much better off the Republicans would be now if they hadn’t played Don Quixote and caused the shutdown just as ObamaCare was going belly-up. As they say, when your opponent is digging himself into a hole, just stand back and watch.

  3. boudicabpi says:

    Reblogged this on BPI reblog and commented:
    Is the Obama Ship of State Sinking? A Rambling Rant.

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