Stupid Is As Stupid Does

One thing Rep. Gingrey mentioned at the town hall meeting was that ‘ObamaCare’ may have barred members of Congress from the federal employees health program.

Today, that same news broke all over the Internet.

“It is unclear whether members of Congress and Congressional staff who are currently participating in F.E.H.B.P. may be able to retain this coverage,” the research service said in an 8,100-word memorandum.

And even if current members of Congress can stay in the popular program for federal employees, that option will probably not be available to newly elected lawmakers, the report says.

Moreover, it says, the strictures of the new law will apply to staff members who work in the personal office of a member of Congress. But they may or may not apply to people who work on the staff of Congressional committees and in “leadership offices” like those of the House speaker and the Democratic and Republican leaders and whips in the two chambers.

It seems the Democratic leadership was in such a rush to pass the bill, none of them actually read the bill. If they did read the bill, they surely didn’t understand it, which worries me even more.

You see, the bill doesn’t establish a “start date” for this provision of the law, and therefore falls into a very well defined area of statutory interpretation.

Under well-established canons of statutory interpretation, the report said, “a law takes effect on the date of its enactment” unless Congress clearly specifies otherwise. And Congress did not specify any other effective date for this part of the health care law. The law was enacted when President Obama signed it three weeks ago.

This basically means that the law which bans members of Congress and their staff from the health benefit program they all love so much (and probably want to keep) took effect with the stroke of the President’s pens when he signed the health-care bill one letter at a time.

They did not read the bill. They did not understand the bill. The Democrats that voted for this bill deserve this, at the very least.

On another note, I am sure you heard that President Obama has vowed not to use nuclear weapons, no matter what. Well, not only will he not use nuclear weapons, but he informed those who may want to attack us that the government will not respond with aid after an attack.

The White House has warned state and local governments not to expect a “significant federal response” at the scene of a terrorist nuclear attack for 24 to 72 hours after the blast, according to a planning guide.

The chaos that would inevitably follow such a blast would make it difficult for the federal government to react quickly.

It will take them 72 hours to respond to a disaster like this? What do the victims of Hurricane Katrina think about this? Where’s Brownie when we need him?

Do you feel safe now?

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Coming In 2010: Hope & Change

I am so happy 2010 is here. All that ‘hope’ and ‘change’ that Barack Obama promised us will come this year, I know it will. I doubt it will come in the form he promised all his minions, but it is definitely coming.

In his radio address today, President Obama shed some light on the attempted terrorist attack on Christmas day.

“We’re learning more about the suspect,” Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address that the White House released on Saturday as the president vacationed in Hawaii.

“We know that he traveled to Yemen, a country grappling with crushing poverty and deadly insurgencies. It appears that he joined an affiliate of al-Qaida, and that this group — al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula — trained him, equipped him with those explosives and directed him to attack that plane headed for America,” the president said.

It took President Obama eight days to confirm that al-Qaeda was responsible for the foiled Underoo bombing attack on Christmas day, even though al-Qaeda in Saudi Arabia had already claimed responsibility.

It took him eight days to state the obvious because he was afraid of being perceived as weak in the fight against terror, yet when the Afghan Taliban attacked a CIA base on Wednesday, it took him just two days to acknowledge the attack on the CIA. Talk about being weak in the fight against terror.

It appears Barack Obama inexperience and amateurishness has just started bonfires on the bridges connecting him to the American intelligence community and delivered a huge, HUGE psychological win to Al Qaeda.

President Obama pondered calling out al-Qaeda for eight days because he didn’t want to step on any toes in Yemen, but he didn’t even blink an eye to acknowledge the attack that took place on Wednesday, revealing not only that the CIA was involved in activities on that base but also acknowledging that the attack had an impact on the CIA.

Al-Qaeda leaders are making it clear they are more confident in their conversations with the press.

“We attacked this base because the team there was organizing drone strikes in Loya Paktia and surrounding area,” the commander said, referring to the area around Khost, the city where the U.S. facility was attacked. The commander, a prominent member of the Afghan insurgency, spoke on the condition of anonymity.

If President Obama hadn’t acknowledged the CIA presence on the base al-Qaeda (and everyone else) wouldn’t have had a clue, but thanks to him the secret is out and more lives are in jeopardy.

I’m sure al-Qaeda is using his own words in the recruitment efforts at this very moment.

The Talk Of The Town

The White House War On Fox News. It’s still the talk of the town.

Maybe the other networks should focus on the stories Fox News has been reporting to draw such an attack from the White House instead of the attack itself.

Naw, they can’t do that. It would require someone to actually do some journalistic work.

The more the White House attacks, the more the other networks talk about it, the higher Fox News’ ratings shoot through the roof.

That’s it for tonight. I should be back up to full speed in the next day or so. Everyone in the house has some form of “blech”, whether it’s sniffling, sneezing, coughing, aching, stuffy head, fever, or just resting. We’ve all got it.

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