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… I.S.I.L. is Evil [#NYSlimes Editorial]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,December 11th,2016

.. the Slimes says that I.S.I.L. is not a ” cancer , ” or ” evil . ”

.. well , guess what ??

.. [h/t — m.newsbusters.org]..
.. [link] to the blog post …

.. they are , you stupid IDIOTS !!

.. [nice catch , Tom Blumer ! ]..

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… Not Hardly ! [#Boston Globe editorial]][#iran nuclear negotiations]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,May 9th,2016

.. the Boston Globe seems to have a serious burr in its saddle .

.. their editorial page had a serious temper tantrum tirade over the letter that the Senate GOP sent to the leaders of Iran over the Nuclear Sanctions negotiations . They thought that they were ripping the seaators a new one over it all . Well , they ended up looking like a bunch of powerless idiots in the process …

.. the Senators are not a bunch of mindless knomes . They are not put there in the Senate for window dressing . They aer public servants themselves . They aer also part of a co — equal branch of government . so they have every right to speak their minds . They can do it individually , or they can do it collectively . The proceedings over the Kyoto Treaty debate are a classic case in point …

.. [h/t — BostonGlobe.com]..
.. [link] to the editorial …

.. Bill Clinton ‘ s people were negotiating a potential treaty over the global warming debate . It was highly unpopular to say the least . Even the DummyCraps did not like it , to a man and a woman . So , since the GOP controlled the chamber , and after lack of consultation ., the Senate GOP leadership decided to send Clinton a message : a Sense of the Senate resolution , with debate by all sides included [in public] …

.. well , that resolution was adopted by a 95 to 0 vote . The Kyoto Treaty would have been thoroughly rejected and discredited here in the United States . Ergo , it was never submitted to the Us sENATE for ratification . The Administration well knoew what would happen if it did …

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… A BlowTorch Job , by His Standards [#Ross Douthat]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,November 24th,2014

.. yea , I am quoting an opinion writer at the NYSlimes ..

.. Douthat is , supposedly , the Slimes ‘ resident ” conservative . ” He is , to be honest , far from that …

.. He is more like a moderate liberal than any kind of conservative . Which makes his column on POTUS ‘ Executive Amnesty moves that much stronger …

.. [h/t — NYSlimes.com]..
.. [link] to the opinion column ..

.. Douthat takes no prisoners . He tears into His Lordship severely , ripping into him multiple times . He really lets him have it , and condemns him for his actions …

.. which makes it all the more stunning …

.. a lengthy quote from the op – ed is very telling …

This argument was specious before; now it looks ridiculous. The election just past was not, of course, a formal referendum on the president’s proposed amnesty, but it was conducted with the promise of unilateral action in the background, and with immigration as one of the more hotly debated issues. The result was a devastating defeat for Obama and his party, and most polling on unilateral action is pretty terrible for the president.

Which is why the thinking liberal’s move, if this action goes forward, will be to invoke structural forces, flaws inherent in our constitutional order, to justify Obama’s unilateralism. This won’t be a completely fallacious argument: Presidential systems like ours have a long record, especially in Latin America, of producing standoffs between executive and legislative branches, which tends to make executive power grabs more likely. In the United States this tendency has been less dangerous — our imperial presidency has grown on us gradually; the worst overreaches have often been rolled back. But we do seem to be in an era whose various forces — our open-ended post-9/11 wars, the ideological uniformity of the parties — are making a kind of creeping caudillismo more likely.

But if that evil must come, woe to the president who chooses it. And make no mistake, the president is free to choose. No immediate crisis forces his hand; no doom awaits the country if he waits. He once campaigned on constitutionalism and executive restraint; he once abjured exactly this power. There is still time for him to respect the limits of his office, the lines of authority established by the Constitution, the outcome of the last election.

Or he can choose the power grab, and the accompanying disgrace.

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… New York is a Tough Audience [#NYDN editorial]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,October 22nd,2014

.. but , jeez …

.. when you have lost the New York Daily News , you know that you are in trouble …

.. boy , did POTUS get it , but good …

nydn headline (POTUS , get a grip)

.. [h/t — HotAir.com]..
.. [link] to the blog post // editorial …

.. the segment from the editorial says it all ….

Later on Wednesday, after cancelling a congressional campaign trip to Connecticut, President Obama said that the U.S. would become more aggressive in coordinating the national response to Ebola, including sending a CDC team to any hospital with a confirmed Ebola case.

But, by stopping short of issuing mandatory protocols, the President again fell back on the catch-as-catch-can system that produced such disastrous results in Dallas. He did so at the peril of health-care providers and the public — because trust that individual hospitals here, there and everywhere would perform superbly is decidedly misplaced.

Frieden acknowledged that he erred badly in assuming that virtually any hospital could stop the spread of Ebola by following proper protocols. Cluelessness about those protocols appears to remain widespread.

Neither Obama nor Frieden had the sense to issue directives with the firm, clear quality of standards sought by National Nurses United, representing thousands of nurses across the country.

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… the ObamaCraps have to Be ” Less Than Thrilled ” With This [#Mad Magazine cover]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,June 28th,2014

.. GigaOuch !! …

.. boy , oh boy , did Mad nail this one on the head .

.. And , it is going to play in political ads , count on it …

.. [h/t — HotAir]..
.. [link] to the cover poster …

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… Are We Governed …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,April 6th,2014

.. by the Rule of law , or by Presidential Decree …

.. I wanted to reproduce and reuse an excellent editorial of National Review , that they entitled ” It ‘ s the Law …”

.. [h/t — NationalReview]..

.. [link] to the editorial..

As the Supreme Court considers whether the Obama administration can force Hobby Lobby to buy morning-after pills under the Affordable Care Act, the very architecture of that law is on trial one mile away at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The question is nominally one of a technical issue in the Affordable Care Act but is more deeply one of the nature of the presidency: Is the president bound by law, or can he unilaterally overrule Congress when he deems it prudent?

Will we be governed under law, or under presidential decree?

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–>The Affordable Care Act authorizes the federal government to offer subsidies and tax credits for the purchase of health insurance through the so-called exchanges created by the states under the law. The architects of Obamacare, having richly larded the bill with a variety of financial inducements, expected that every state would create an exchange and thereby make its residents eligible for those subsidies and tax credits. The great majority of the states, 34 of them, in fact, said, “No.” So the federal government stepped in, as the law empowers it to do, and set up its own exchanges in those states that declined to create their own. The problem, which the Democrats might have anticipated if they’d bothered reading the law before passing it, is that the Affordable Care Act distinguishes between those exchanges created by the states and those created by the federal government, and it authorizes tax credits and subsidies only for state-created exchanges, helpfully identified in the text of the law as exchanges created by one of the fifty states or the District of Columbia. On top of that, a key feature of Obamacare’s complex architecture is that employers and certain individuals are subject to penalties only if those tax credits are available.

 

This created both a policy problem and a political problem for the Democrats: Without the subsidies and punitive taxes, those 34 federally created exchanges will collapse. At unsubsidized rates, premiums will exceed 8 percent of income for practically all of the residents of states receiving subsidies through the federal exchanges — which the Affordable Care Act defines as “unaffordable” — triggering exemptions from the individual mandate to purchase insurance. Which is to say, Obamacare would lose its power to bribe and its power to coerce simultaneously.

So the Obama administration has ordered its health-care enforcers at the IRS to ignore the law and offer the subsidies and credits through the federal exchanges as well. The IRS has no legal authority to do so, and Congress has appropriated no funds for the purpose of underwriting those subsidies. The president is ordering agents of the federal government to violate the law.

The text of the Affordable Care Act repeatedly distinguishes between state-created exchanges and federally created exchanges; the two kinds of exchanges are in fact created in entirely separate sections of the law, Section 1311 for the state exchanges and Section 1321 for the federal exchanges. The law authorizes tax credits and subsidies “through an Exchange established by the State under 1311.” It authorizes none for those created under 1321. This was by design: The authors of the law wanted the states rather than the federal government to create exchanges, partly for political purposes and partly for policy purposes. It is not an oversight that there is no authorization of subsidies for the federal exchanges — the law is designed that way intentionally, which is why the qualifier “established by the state” appears repeatedly throughout its discussion of subsidies and tax credits.

Those who have been seeking to force the Obama administration to follow the law have had a rough go of it in the courts, with Judge Paul Friedman of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia exercising maximum judicial imagination to uphold the president’s distilling out of thin air new broad powers for the IRS authorized by no law. Judge Friedman’s legal reasoning is faulty, in no small part because, as Jonathan Adler notes at the Volokh Conspiracy, he “seemed not to understand how the PPACA became law.” Among other things, the judge cites House legislation in support of the Obama administration’s case, but the ACA was a Senate creation, and the House legislation was never merged with the Senate bill and therefore never became law. The Senate bill was famously passed through the reconciliation process with limited amendments and is a very different sort of law from what the House bill was.

President Obama is no doubt disappointed and exasperated by the obduracy of the majority of the states in refusing to go along with his signature health-care program. He should remind himself, or be bluntly reminded, that we write down our laws for a reason, that reason being that the rule of law has proved itself infinitely preferable to arbitrary big-man government. Barack Obama was elected and he was reelected, but he has not yet been offered coronation, and is therefore obliged to follow the law like the rest of us — even a law so deformed, unfinished, and sent before its time into this breathing world scarce half made-up as the Affordable Care Act.

As somebody once said: “It’s the law.”

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