I hope you are all enjoying watching the wheels come off the ObamaCare Bus.
I know I am.
The failed website, the panic of Democrats up for re-election next year, the non-apology “apology,” the late-night comics mocking him; yes, it couldn’t have happened to a more “deserving” POTUS.
And, I hope the narcissistic injury caused by the shame of his failure, the drop in his popularity, and his recent turn as the butt of jokes, is causing him great psychic pain.
(No, I do not feel sorry for him. I reserve my empathy for the millions who have lost, or are about to lose, their health insurance.)
Although we may be witnessing the beginning of the end of Obamacare, Daniel Henninger points to something much larger that is failing:
via The Wall Street Journal: Progressive Government Fails
…. Let us try to understand clearly what is happening now with the Obama presidency. On display to everyone watching this week is not merely the failure of a federal website or a software program or Ms. Sebelius’s management skills. This is the failure of the very idea of progressive government. Not liberal government. Progressive government.
That battle a few weeks ago over the government shutdown was a familiar Beltway spectacle. But what is happening this week to ObamaCare and the political class that created it is historic. Forty years from now, the millennials who in 2008 and 2012 believed in and voted for the progressive ideal—limitless, mandated, state-led goodness—can tell their grandchildren they watched it fall apart in 2013. This is the glitch that failed….
What made ObamaCare an exemplar of progressive politics and policy is precisely what has been on view this week in news stories and the Sebelius hearing. It’s not that the health program was to be administered by the state or that it promised benefits to all. Liberalism did that for decades. What made it peculiarly progressive were the mandates. And not just the law’s individual and business mandates to purchase their insurance. The essence of modern Democratic progressivism is: “You will participate in what we have created for you, and you will comply with the law’s demands….”
Barack Obama may have spent a lifetime failing up, but eventually it’s just failure. He has presided over five years of sickly economic growth, inadequate job creation, a doubling of the food stamp population and now this—ObamaCare….
Progressive government has failed in the U.S. Most fascinating to behold will be whether the Democratic presidential candidate who follows this meltdown will embrace it, fake it or move on.
And, I would like to add something Karl Rove wrote (Ok, not exactly our favorite, but, as Tammy says, “Even a broken clock is right twice a day.” )
We can only hope voters remember this the next time a well-spoken community organizer decides he wants to be president.
Karl Rove: The President’s Broken Health-Care Promises
Larry Kudlow — Daily Caller: The liberal entitlement-state dream is crumbling
Rebecca Hagelin — Washington Times: We the people vs. Obamacare