After a disastrous weekend for Obama’s immigration, gun control, and FBI policies, punctuated by yet more preventable Islamic terrorist attacks on American soil, the president really needed a distraction. And what better place for the Left to create this than at ground zero in one of the few states to openly – and popularly – resist Obama’s insane transgender bathroom proclamation. So agitprop thugs BLM are at it again, with an insta-mob riot in North Carolina where the Left really needs to get out the vote about a month from now.
There have been key moments in American history when the two parties in Congress operated as part of the same team, the Legislature, and stood up to difficult presidents. Nowadays it seems the president’s party in Congress is usually aligned with the Executive against the other congressional party. Different strategies for different times, perhaps, but one thing critically important about 2016 is that whoever is elected in November should be faced by a Congress that fears not the Veto Threat.
President Obama’s EPA has long sought to use the Clean Water Act, originally conceived forty years ago to prevent water pollution, to empower the federal government to directly control any land it designates as “wetlands” – with the owner of the land having no recourse to challenge the finding. Under such a rule the government could designate any land anywhere in the U.S. as “wetlands”, thus requiring the owner of the land to obtain special permits to do anything with that land. Who determines whether these special permits are granted to the owner? Why the federal government, of course.
Is your health care better now than it was four years ago? How much easier is it to get your prescriptions or doctor’s referrals? How are your premiums and deductibles? Is your insurance company reasonable? If you’re like most Americans, the answer to nearly all of those questions is negative. Health care is no better now, and in many ways worse, than it was before the Affordable Care Act that President Obama strong-armed through Congress and signed in 2010. And one massive reason it’s worse is because of the suffocating tangle of unnecessary regulations that drive insurance companies costs up, causing them to pass the pain along to you.
Now the State is set to do with the cable industry what it has so successfully done with health care, the energy industry, and nearly every other industry it has heavily meddled in: bring it to its knees till it begs for a federal bailout, thus giving the federal government permanent, inexorable control over a primary communications channel Americans have always been able to choose for themselves.
A recent article in American Thinker by Eileen F. Toplansky lucidly explains how the standard provisions of Obamacare, plus additional “rules” (i.e. executive orders) made subsequently by the president’s pen and Blackberry, created a negative economic situation and then made it worse. As has been the case with central planning interventions into the economies of socialist nations across the world over the last century, the Obama administration’s tinkering with the American health care system has needlessly created more problems than it solved.
To understand how companies used to compete with each other to attract and retain valuable employees, as well as understand how governmental interference into this process with idealistic but clumsy, counter-productive regulations takes some study and patience. However when we take the time to examine the details, we begin to see how businesses’ self-preserving actions make sense, while the government’s counter-proclamations end up actually hurting the American workers they are trying to help. Toplansky’s article, which I’ve reprinted below in its entirety, does an excellent job of making the complex understandable and is well worth the read, as are her supporting links.
Beware Obama, the Benevolent (by Eileen F. Toplansky)
When President Obama stages a photo op to publicize signing a measure he claims will “help” American workers, you can be almost certain that “unintended consequences” will outweigh any intended benefits. Lacking even an elementary understanding of how a market economy works, he only makes things worse.
How has it come to this?
If anyone is still having trouble just coming to grips with the fact that we, as a nation, are actually debating whether to inject men into women’s bathrooms, you’re not alone. You should still be having trouble coming to grips with it, especially with so many issues facing our nation right now that are actually substantive.