Earlier today the DC Circuit Court ruled that those who buy health insurance through the federal healthcare exchange (Healthcare.gov) are not eligible for offsetting subsidies. The ruling came careening out of nowhere and it hammers the Obamacare law.
This president doesn’t like criticism. Of course no president does, most of them are egomaniacs. But one gets the sense that there is a certain Nixonesque vein which runs through Mr. Obama. The way Obama has shut out the media or alternatively has sought to control it. The seeming need to display his bigshot status. The chip on his shoulder. The “do you know who I am” spirit which wafts around him.
OK, I think there are any number of reasons why Ms. Clinton should not be considered for the presidency. But I guess I need to add delusion to the list. I think she’s conniving, ruthless, a crony capitalist, an opportunist, and generally a political hack. But I didn’t think she wandered around in an alternate reality. Does she seriously believe that even her supporters are buying this nonsense?
“If one person comes up with a way to cheat on a report to the government and profit from that lie, that’s defrauding the government,” the whistleblower said. “If [hundreds] of people are defrauding the government, it’s a conspiracy, and that’s what you’ve got now and it runs coast to coast and bottom to top.”
The short answer is yes. Don’t worry Democrats (and Republicans) Hillary will be plenty liberal or “progressive” or whatever the word for statist will be in 2016. But part of that package, the pro-state package, is partnering with powerful corporate interests. That’s just the way it is. The state in many ways is owned by these interests but the state also owns these corporate interests too. It is the crony capitalist tango and it is a key part of having large government. It defines our economic system and Hilary Clinton knows this and knows how to work it.
DOJ can’t physically go in and just shut down payday lenders, ammo manufacturers, and tobacconists (yet), but they can flood the companies which process payments for these businesses with requests and compliance paperwork to the point where business can’t be done. And that’s what they are doing.
The apologists on MSNBC are truly something. They will forgive our president for anything and Chris Hayes basically says this to Glenn Greenwald in the attached video.
Hayes explains that he really likes Glenn Greenwald but that he feels like he has to make a choice between Greenwald and Obama, and “Obama got a lot of people Medicaid,” so Obama wins.
Well, if this isn’t a warning I don’t know what is.
Conor Friedersdorf at Atlantic Magazine reviews Glenn Greenwald’s new book, No Place to Hide and he finds the case made within the pages to be a conservative one.
The establishment, especially but not solely the establishment Left, is concerned with the rise of online news. Since the dawn of mass media statists have basically controlled the information outlets. The official narrative was until recently controlled by gatekeepers who usually heralded from the Northeast, went to certain colleges, and had a certain worldview. Anything which contradicted the media consensus narrative could be tossed aside as “outside of the mainstream” and therefore illegitimate.