Written by Allen West on October 16, 2014
Yesterday President Barack Hussein Obama did something you know must have hurt him deeply — he cancelled a fundraising event. We got a chance to watch a very well staged cabinet meeting performance and everyone looked the part while Obama talked about a CDC SWAT team — oh boy, so now we’ll have CDC storm troopers showing up to disinfect neighborhoods. The problem with Obama’s actions yesterday is that we’ve become so conditioned to him attending fundraisers and playing golf that when he decided not to do so yesterday we all knew it was just a staged optical manipulation. But don’t worry, he’ll be back on the trail.
As reported by The Hill, “President Obama will spend the final week before the midterm elections crisscrossing the country to campaign for Democratic gubernatorial candidates in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Maine, the White House announced Wednesday. And the president is adding at least one Senate race to the president’s campaign schedule: an event for Rep. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), who is battling Republican Terri Lynn Land to replace retiring Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.).”
“But the president’s schedule will be focused primarily on gubernatorial races, where polls indicate that Democrats have a far better chance of victory and where the president, who is struggling with dismal approval ratings (about 40 percent according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll), could inflict far less damage. The president will stay in reliably Democratic areas, focusing his efforts in states he won handily in both 2008 and 2012.”
I bet some of these Democrat gubernatorial candidates are quietly praying in their campaign offices, “please, please don’t let Obama come here, make sure I have an appointment with the dentist that day.”
The Hill says, “the president has been largely shunned by Democrats in the pivotal races expected to decide control of the Senate. Democrats in states like Louisiana, Alaska, Arkansas and North Carolina have made a point of distancing themselves from Obama. In Kentucky, the party’s Senate nominee, Alison Lundergan Grimes, has repeatedly refused to say whether she voted for the president.”
You see, out here in real America — not the fawning fundraiser crowds of Gwenyth Paltrow — folks are struggling and are tired of the empty rhetoric from Obama. Sure, there are those dedicated progressive socialist acolytes who are still enraptured by him. I’m quite sure Obama’s advance team will bus in as many of Lenin’s “useful idiots” as they can find: union members, food stamp/EBT card recipients who will be paid or at least given a free Obama phone, or college kids wanting a free t-shirt — you know, his so called “base.” Real folks will be working or trying to get some rest from working 2 or 3 part-time jobs.
And if you want an example of a delusional Obamabot, go no further than Josh “Not So” Earnest. As The Hill reports, “Earnest said Tuesday Obama was not disappointed that Grimes and other vulnerable Democratic candidates had looked to distance themselves from him ahead of the midterm elections. “The president is pleased on the record that he has amassed in his six years, almost six years in office,” Earnest said, citing the economic recovery and implementation of his signature healthcare law. Asked why, if the president had a strong case to make, Obama had so far avoided appearing at campaign events with any Democratic Senate candidates, Earnest said Obama “obviously has got a few things on his plate these days” — an apparent reference to the Ebola outbreak and fight against jihadists in Iraq and Syria.”
So let’s see what Obama says to folks about Detroit, which went bankrupt on his watch. And perhaps when he goes to Wisconsin he should talk to Governor Walker who created a budget surplus and is sending out rebate checks to Wisconsans — not raising their taxes. When Obama heads over to Pennsylvania, maybe he can explain why he and the Democrat candidate don’t want to expand economic growth and opportunity there with the natural gas boon that would come with fracking approval – I believe the unemployment rate in North Dakota is basically zero! And when he goes to Maine, perhaps he can explain why he refused to eat Senator Susan Collins’ lunch of Maine lobster? And someone may want to brief Obama about Rep. Gary Peters’ embellishment of his military record.
Doggone, Obama hsan’t gotten the memo that Democrat candidates are not out there invoking his name — even in blue states. If Obama shows up talking about the war on women, income inequality or the minimum wage it will show he’s out of touch with mainstream Americans. Right now, Obama needs to stay in DC and perhaps cordon off this Ebola issue before the American people see it as a crisis. Or at least, before Obama “criss-crosses” the country he should establish a travel ban out of West African countries affected by the Ebola pandemic — at least secure our southern border.
Obama and his inner circle may believe they’re safe supporting Democrat gubernatorial candidates in blue states — not so true, as there are some contentious races in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. And if Obama shows up, he is the embodiment of the failed policies he’s stated are on the ballot this midterm election cycle.
I bet there’s a bunch of Democrat candidates who are looking to create a maintenance issue for Air Force One so it can’t take off. Barack Hussein Obama is politically toxic — but no one is telling him.
Another federal court has struck down an IRS rule that gives Obamacare subsidies to customers in federally-run exchanges.
The United States District Court in Oklahoma ruled Tuesday in Pruitt v. Burwell that the IRS rule extending health insurance tax credits to Obamacare exchange customers in states that chose not to build their own exchange is illegal.
The Obama administration’s rule is “arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion or other not in accordance with law,” according to federal district Judge Ronald White.
The question comes down to the repeated instruction in the text of the Affordable Care Act that advanced premium tax credits are to go only to customers of exchanges “established by the state.” The plaintiff in this case, Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt, argues that Congress’ text says customers in Oklahoma, which doesn’t run its own exchange, aren’t eligible for the subsidies.
The decision follows two highly-charged appeals court cases. The Washington, D.C. Circuit Court ruled in Halbig v. Burwell that Obamacare’s tax credits are only applicable to the several state-run exchanges; but hours later, the Fourth Circuit Court ruled that the IRS was within its rights to make the adjustments in its extension of the subsidies. (RELATED: Federal Court Takes Down Obamacare)
But at the Department of Justice’s request, the D.C. Circuit Court agreed to re-hear its case with a full court — which has been packed with three new judges appointed by President Obama since Senate majority leader Harry Reid deployed his nuclear option to avoid Republican opposition last fall.
With liberal judges outnumbering conservatives now by eight to five, it’s likely that the court will take back its initial ruling and approve the subsidies, taking the pressure off the Supreme Court to hear the case.
But Pruitt’s victory in Oklahoma paves the way for another court split in the future. The Department of Justice will presumably appeal the district court’s decision to a United States appeals court, and if the Obama administration loses again, the Supreme Court will once again be presented with a split decision by two equal courts below it. That may prompt the justices to take the decision into their own hands.