Wednesday, September 25, 2013

TWO SPEECHES: OBAMA AND CRUZ

Isn't it interesting that on the same day that President Obama speaks at the U.N. in a VERY LONG speech, that Senator Ted Cruz began speaking for a VERY LONG time as well?

Obama stands up too long at speech, Reserved reactions to US president’s triple-length address from both American and international officials

Ted Cruz filibuster goes on all night

President Obama's long speech included expected comments about Syria, Iran and the on-going peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. It was clear from President Obama's long speech that Israel cannot expect help on the Iran issue unless the Israelis produce successful results in the peace talks; in other words, the two issues are tied together.

Obama U.N. speech transcript

I've commented on that before.

In President Obama's worldview, usually the only view that counts, Israel's peace and security are NOT threatened by any nuclear program from the Iranians, but rather will be resolved when the Palestinian conflict is resolved; the whole region will settle into blissful existence if only Israel would follow Obama's words of wisdom. President Obama frequently acts as though he should merely speak the words and all will right itself as it should.

Israel does not hold this view. It does appear that they have accepted the premise that some measure of peace will come if they give up land to the Palestinians, but I'm pretty sure they don't share President Obama's belief that once they give up land and the Palestinians have half of Jerusalem as their capital (a capital that Obama probably would recognize) that the Iranians will say, "Ok, whew! They finally gave up the land -- shut down the centrifuges, mullahs. Mission accomplished!"

Yet, that is the course that our Ulysses is setting.

In the meantime, after Obama has spoken at LENGTH about two issues very PERSONAL to Israel, Ted Cruz starts talking at LENGTH about an issue very PERSONAL to Obama -- his signature healthcare legislation.

The legislation, poorly named the Affordable Care Act, is anything but affordable. Sticker shock, which we have been warned about numerous times in the past two years, is starting to hit home as families are starting to receive bills that have premiums TRIPLE what they have been paying in the past. At the same time, employers have been having to make tough choices about how many hours to give employees to avoid paying penalties demanded by Obamacare. Some employees find that their employers, because of the new Obamacare rules, will no longer cover spouses and children, leaving many families doing without. However, under Obamacare rules, doing without is NOT an option -- families MUST purchase health care from an exchange, regardless of the price or whether they have the funds or not to purchase. Obamacare rules require that families make healthcare premiums a PRIORITY over rent, mortgages, food or prescription drug costs as none of those expenses are REQUIRED TO BE PURCHASED by law. Faced with rising premium costs and fewer hours to work, where is the money going to come from?

Yet, Jay Carney, Obama's spokesman, says there is NO evidence that Obamacare is having any negative impact on American businesses.

The deliberate disconnect is stunning to behold.

And I haven't even touched on some of the "rules" governing how healthcare will be apportioned. When a 12-year-old girl recently needed a lung transplant and request was made for a set of adult lungs, Kathleen Sebelius, who is in charge of implementing Obamacare, said, "No" to the parents and explained, "those are the rules."

A college professor recently advocated that those who oppose Obamacare are "nonbelievers" and should be denied access to medical care. Sounds ridiculous until one realizes that's pretty much what the IRS has done under this administration for any groups that oppose President Obama -- they were denied access as groups to the political arena. Their "thinking" isn't the same as Obama's, they are "nonbelievers," therefore, they were denied accommodations that groups with thinking aligned with the President's received.

President Obama is counting on Obamacare as being his legacy, as what will be the defining issue historians and future Americans will hail him for. He is counting on it being eventually HUGELY popular and what no American would want to be without. He is a man who desperately wants to be remembered for forever and ever, listed among the greats like Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt. He wants to be the fifth face on Mount Rushmore. He wants future schoolchildren to color his silhouette on President's Day and for teachers to tell the story of how he, against tremendous odds, righted and re-oriented a once unfair healthcare system to his way of thinking. He wants future generations of college students to discuss, not debate, the fundamental transformation he brought to America. He wants thesis papers to be written on the subject.

That's what he wants. But is it what he will get?

Critics of Obama's pet child claim that Obamacare will collapse under its own monstrous weight -- the question is not "if" it will take down the American economy when it does, but how much of the American economy. We are already seeing individual families faltering under the higher premiums and fewer working hours, and, in some cases as with the unions, finding that they CAN'T keep their former satisfactory healthcare plans. Some businesses are staggering under the weight of penalties and fees. Some businesses, like Hobby Lobby, are enduring crippling legal fees because of the Obamacare mandate that requires employers MUST subsidize employees' sex lives by providing FREE birth control AND if things don't go according to plan for the employees, then the employer MUST provide the means via abortificients to KILL the unborn child.

The President's response to the legal challenges has been, "too bad, so sad, but this is the way I think things should be."

The purpose of this blog is to point out events that happen on the same day or within 48 hours on issues that concern Israel, the President, natural disasters and cultural phenomenon. And on the same day that President Obama tied Israel's security in the face of a nuclear Iran to how much they are willing to do to move the peace talks along, not in a New York Times op-ed, not in official meetings in Washington, D.C., not in a lecture to Israeli college students in Jerusalem -- but behind the podium of the U.N. General Assembly and on the record, his baby came under attack -- not in the newspapers, not on talk radio, not in coffee shops -- but on the floor of the Senate and on the record.

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