Politico: Obama’s Price For ‘Victory’

Politico: Obama’s Price For ‘Victory’

As the battle over ObamaCare rages on, Barack Obama is paying a heavy price for his hard-line stance on healthcare “reform” – and for demanding sweeping legislation in the first place. Via Politico:

Twenty years ago, when he was trying to persuade Bill and Hillary Clinton that universal health care was a politically unrealistic goal, the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (a Democrat) repeated one insistent warning:

Sweeping, historic laws don’t pass barely. “They pass 70-to-30, or they fail.”

Four years ago, when he was trying to persuade Barack Obama that he would pay a terrible price for jamming health care reform through a reluctant Congress on a partisan vote, White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel begged his boss to settle for a vastly scaled-down plan.

We now know what happened: Obama’s bill made history — and caused all-out political war. For this president, that’s the price of doing business in a hyper-partisan culture.

Therein lies the essence of the battle. Think about it: what has Barack Obama accomplished in nearly five years in a bipartisan manner? Immigration “reform”? Tax “reform”? His unilateral decision to suspend welfare-to-work requirements? His attempt to ram through gun-control legislation by exploiting Sandy Hook victims?

Daniel Patrick Moynihan was right. So was Rahm Emanuel. Both Democrats. Who’da thunk it?

The facts are these: For the most part, Obama’s “victories” have been pyrrhic. He has “won” either through partisan party-line vote – accompanied by the blaming and ridiculing Republicans along the way – or by executive order. Yet – astonishingly – he blames Republicans for partisanship.

As has been pointed out by numerous Republicans over the last couple of days, this president has no problem negotiating with Russians, Syrians or Iranians, but when it comes to working with Republicans in Congress, not so much – choosing instead to continue his never-ending campaign of bus tours and speeches before adoring college students.

But hey, what better venue could he choose to ridicule and blame Republicans for all that ails America?

3 responses

  1. Senator_Blutarsky

    Frank Zappa once said, “Politics is the entertainment division of the military industrial complex”.

    Do not let yourself be distracted on ninnying issues – The TRANS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP agreement poses a far greater threat than all the scandals of the past 30 years – Bushes and Klinton thrust the door open with WTO-GATT and “regional trade agreements – NAFTA, CAFTA, etc

    The TPP Represents the Total Loss of US Sovereignty

    The TPP is the brain child of the corporations. The TPP places all member nations directly under the control of the TPP instead of their respective national governments. Congress has been denied access to review any of the documents. Alan Grayson (D-FL) was granted a special exemption to view a small part of the TPP and he was told by TPP officials to keep his mouth shut as Grayson recalls that “They maintain that the text is classified information. I’m a member of Congress, but now they tell me that they don’t want me to talk to anybody about it because if I did, I’d be releasing classified information.” Do you realize what this means? The corporate controlled TPP has granted themselves the authority to exercise the governmental power of classifying documents and Congress is included in the exclusion. Do you understand that this means we are living in a corporate dictatorship? It gets even worse.
    Meet Your New Government: Monsanto and Walmart

    As if it is not egregious enough that Congress is not allowed to view TPP documents, the 600 corporate officials, who form the TPP panel (e.g. corporate officials from corporations such as Monsanto and Walmart), have complete control of the development process of the TPP. Obama can view any part of the process, Congress and the American public cannot.

    tpp 4Further, a leaked chapter of the TPP speaks to the creation of a TPP Tribunal Council which will have the authority to force member nations to transform its laws, its civil procedures, its criminal procedures, even its electoral process, in order to abide by the TPP Tribunal dictates. The bottom line, is that we are witnessing the destruction of the Constitution and the entire legal code of the United States, because once the tribunal makes a ruling with regard to a national law, there is no appeal. The Tribunal consists of unelected bureaucrats who are appointed by the creators of the TPP. The term of office for Tribunal officials is unlimited.

    full link-

  2. It is no different than existing conditions. How much say or influence do have in our so-called “government for the people and by the people”. Generous Motors, over 7% US Government owned, likes to brag about the fact that seven out of ten Chevrolet automobiles are now built in China. Forget about learning to speak Spanish and concentrate on learnig Mandarin Chinese.

    We are getting the rewards we so justly deserve for sitting on our hands and letting the lawyers and doctors we insist on re-electing sell our country and our God given, constitutionly guaranteed, rights to the highest bidder and pocketing the proceeds.

    It will not get better until “we the people” stand up on our hind feet and make it so. If that means by “force of arms” so be it. I for one have had enough, but one man can’t undo what many have spent years perpetrating on the gullible public.

    Jack Cavenah

    1. Senator_Blutarsky

      Jack, you are spot on. The last 2 generations have been too busy being entertained and stimulated, rather than paying attention to civic and spiritual matters. It leaves only a small core of liberty-minded citizens as the last/only hope for any improvement.

      I tend to believe it is too late, to save much semblance of the old Republic and its original intent, however imperfect.

      When your dominant political parties are basically the same on policy, when assorted “spiritual” leaders convey blessings and approval on globalists and socialists , and the population is now intimidated by a huge 3rd world influence (by design), the globalists have achieved the upper hand.

      Parker county elects a regional government, supra-governmental directed county judge, state rep and senator, one can understand the old saying ” all politics is local “.

      These 3 prey on the gullibility of the electorate, and have zero intention of taking meaningful stands for individual liberty, property rights, the Texas or US Constitution or Bill of Rights, much less the Magna Carta intent of English common law.

      When any citizenry just accepts the administration of “administrative law & code “, via non-elected boards administering funds and establishing codes and violations, all out of the reach of the direct electors, one understands the design of the globalist- one world system. The serfs and mundanes do not matter, and these “elected” potentates merely serve as bag men for the corporatist technocracy.

      Power and “insider” status are a seductive lure, and we have no I&R recall provisions, or term limits. Incumbents have a ridiculous built-in advantage at election time , along with funds from powerful interest to whom they have curried favor, in financial and other ways. Texas, and American politics has become the embodiment of this quip-

      “Congress should wear uniforms like Nascar drivers,
      so we know who their corporate sponsors are”

      A joke of public education for several generations, along with chemical and pharmaceutical brain-degenerating poisons have made the electorate ” comfortably numb”.

      “The ideal tyranny is that which is ignorantly self-administered by its victims. The most perfect slaves are, therefore, those which blissfully and unawaredly enslave themselves. When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic.”
      – Donald James

      I see no realistic, workable plans to retake Parker county, Texas, or the Republic by orderly means or the electoral process. Playing nicey, pattycake politics is the order of the day, instead of addressing hard issues and vigorously grilling these wannnabe potentates or their staffers at public meeting opportunities.

      “Do not suffer yourselves to be wheedled out of your liberty by any pretenses of politeness, delicacy or decency. These, as they are often used, are but three names for hypocrisy, chicanery, and cowardice.”
      – John Adams, 1789

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