We can use good news wherever we can find them. Here are three:
- Obama’s approval numbers are at an all-time low. Overall, 56% of American voters now disapprove of the way Obama is performing his role as president. 46% of American voters Strongly Disapprove, while only 25% Strongly Approve, which gives Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -21, the lowest Approval Index rating yet recorded for this president. (H/t sagacious GiovanniWorld member Cec Moon!)
- Rep. Parker Griffith, a freshman Democrat from Alabama, will announce today that he’s switching parties to become a Republican. (H/t loyal GiovanniWorld member Steve!)
- The offices of Sen. Ben (call me Judas) Nelson (D-Nebraska) in both Nebraska and Washington, D.C. are inundated by phonecalls from outraged constituents. Hahahaha!
- Even a liberal contributing editor of Newsweek and Washington Post, Robert Samuelson, has become critical of Obama and ObamaCare. In an article in yesterday’s WP titled “A Parody of Leadership,” Samuelson writes that:
“We usually associate presidential leadership with the pursuit of goals that, though initially unpopular, serve America’s long-term interests. Obama has reversed this. He’s championing increasingly unpopular legislation that threatens the country’s long-term interests. “This isn’t about me,” he likes to say, “I have great health insurance.” But of course, it is about him: about the legacy he covets as the president who achieved “universal” health insurance. He’ll be disappointed.
Even if Congress passes legislation — a good bet — the finished product will fall far short of Obama’s extravagant promises. It will not cover everyone. It will not control costs. It will worsen the budget outlook. It will lead to higher taxes. It will disrupt how, or whether, companies provide insurance for their workers.
…[The fears of Americans] are well-grounded. The various health-care proposals represent atrocious legislation…. Meanwhile, the health-care proposals would impose substantial costs. Remember: The country already faces huge increases in federal spending and taxes or deficits because an aging population will receive more Social Security and Medicare. Projections the Congressional Budget Office made in 2007 suggested that federal spending might rise almost 50 percdent by 2030 as a share of the economy (gross domestic product). Since that estimate, the recession and massive deficits have further bloated the national debt….
The country would be the worse for this legislation’s passage. What it’s become is an exercise in political symbolism: Obama’s self-indulgent crusade to seize the liberal holy grail of ‘universal coverage.’ what it’s not is leadership.”