Filed under: Politics, Domestic Policy, Economy, Health Care, Democrat Corruption, Progressivism | Tags: Barack O'Blameless, ObamaCare Is Fine, The Government Shutdown
Sometimes actions of the Obama administration are so transparent in their defensive intent that it is embarrassing. Obama was determined to blame the Shutdown on Republicans. Bridget Johnson reported at PJ Media: “The Office of Management and Budget released a 27-page report on the effects of the government shutdown on November 7, claiming that the combination of the government shutdown and debt limit brinksmanship may have resulted in 120,000 fewer private-sector jobs created during the first two weeks of October.” Uh huh.
On October 15, Obama claimed “we don’t know yet the full scope of the damage” of the shutdown. Even beyond the economy, he said, “probably nothing has done more damage to America’s credibility in the world, our standing with other countries, than the spectacle that we’ve seen these past several weeks. It’s encouraged our enemies. It’s emboldened our competitors.”
Um, nobody noticed the debacle in Egypt where we ended up supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, angered the Saudis, proved ourselves terminally weak in Syria, unable to decide who to support, what we meant by a red line, and how much we would waffle when confronted with a determined enemy? Those rebels didn’t really need our support anyway, did they? The world didn’t notice all that, but got really excited over a shutdown that didn’t accomplish anything but going to extravagant lengths to try to keep Americans from seeing their national monuments and World War II veterans from seeing the monument erected in their honor.
Having made a really foolish statement to try to blame the Republicans because he refused to negotiate with them, Obama ordered up some justification for his position that it was all terrible and all the Republicans’ fault from the Office of Management and Budget, and they produced the required document as ordered.
OMB Director Sylvia Matthews Burwell dutifully said “the shutdown that occurred last month inflicted completely unnecessary damage on our economy and took a toll on families and businesses across the country.”
Well, a lot of private businesses on public lands were illegally shut down by the Park Service, and the whole nation watched as armed Park Service agents tried everything to keep World War II veterans from their last chance all-expenses-paid trip to visit their monument; but the vets who once stormed Normandy beaches simply stormed the monument and went home proudly waving yellow police tape.
From the report:
“Because the Treasury Department’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau was unable to issue export certificates for beer, wine, and distilled spirits, more than two million liters of U.S. products were left sitting at ports unable to ship.”
“The National Park Service (NPS) estimates that the shutdown led to over $500 million in lost visitor spending nationwide.”
Already under fire for a backlog of Veterans Affairs claims, the OMB blamed the shutdown for “stalled weekly progress in reducing the backlog of veterans’ disability claims, which was previously being reduced at a rate of almost 20,000 claims per week.”
“Prevented the timely and complete investigation of 59 airplane accidents by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).”
“The IRS was unable to conduct most enforcement activities during the shutdown, which normally collect about $1 billion per week.”
Unfortunately, any attempt to make the shutdown a big deal was instantly overshadowed by the devastating damage being done to the economy, the employment situation and the American people by the debacle of ObamaCare, as the website doesn’t work and shows no signs of ever working. The evidence of Obama’s direct lies to the American people about ObamaCare and the resulting insurance cancellations of the policies that the people liked and the president fraudulently promised they could keep, has finally focused the people’s attention on ObamaCare.
Obama has assured everyone that he’s really, really angry that the website isn’t working, but he continues to claim that the old policies were junk and people will be getting wonderful new policies (in most cases — Medicaid, at double and triple the previous cost or more). As Andy McCarthy said: If Obama were a CEO in the private sector, he’d be prosecuted for such massive fraud.
ADDENDUM: James Pethokoukis notes that the federal government shutdown my have distorted the U.S. employment report for October— but not the U.S. Economy.
Apparently, the near three-week Federal government shutdown had little, if any impact on payrolls. Manufacturing increased by a healthy 19,000, construction increased by 11.000 and retail increased by 44,000… the U.S. economy appears to be overcoming a summer swoon.
The week’s big economic report on October jobs from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the third quarter GDP from Commerce show that the economy continues to plod along slowly. It shows how little the private economy was damaged by the government shutdown. Business investment slumped. Possibly the investment slowdown is related to the big investment tax increase that Obama imposed in January. Obama seems to define investment as something that government does. When you tax something more, you get less of it.
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