The Czar was away in the enchanted community of Three Drunk Indians #6, Michigan, planning for our world domination. You would be amazed at how critical that hamlet shall prove to be in the next few years, and why the first five identically named towns in that state would not do. Or numbers 7 through 9.
Alas, while we were out, the President said something about Reagan violating the Constitution by pardoning Josef Mengele or some such, and Operative BJ sent a then-timely thesis on the subject of everyone’s favorite liberal, Gruber (evidently pictured right). This letter, like all of Gaul is divided into four parts (Caesar was wrong, as you know, as he totally missed Norway):
|Your Majesty,This lowly one has listened to the statements made by one named Gruber, the denials and dissembling from the child-king Obama and his evil enabler Pelosi, and the 3-monkey response to the Gruber Videos by the Democrats and the MSM, and has come up with the following analysis:
1. The lies and misleading statements by the one named Gruber were meant to fool only the weak-minded, thus explaining why the only legislators to vote to implement Obamacare were Democrats – in both houses of Congress;
It’s astonishing how many people on the Right do not realize this. American voters never voted for Obamacare; indeed, they routinely voted against it in a variety of ways. It was solely the Democrats in Congress who voted for it, nearly all of whom have been beaten out of politics as a result. It looks as if, as of 2014, Americans are still blaming them for this travesty of common sense and good law.
|2. The MSM were either fooled by Gruber’s statements due to their inability to do simple math, because they were too afraid to stand up and reveal that the Obamacare numbers made no sense because of their support for Liberals, or because they were knowingly complicit in lying to the American public – again, because of their support for Liberals;|
Again, you are correct. There were many—more than we realize—in the media calling out the math, questioning the accuracy, and basically revealing the truth about Obamacare. After all, that’s how you heard about it, first. But the sheer force of will by liberals not only covered this up, but revealed to the average American how out-of-whack our media is. If you seek encouragement, know that the media have indeed ruined their credibility with Americans, who overwhelmingly see the media as con men. And women.
|3. The child-king Obama was either fooled by Gruber’s statements due to his inability to do simple math, was too wrapped up in his “legacy” to pay attention to the obvious “unintended consequences” of the bill, or knew he was lying to the American public when he said – multiple times – that they could “keep your plan” etc.|
Also agreed: the Czar, as readers know, has long considered the President to be something of an intellectual trifle—someone who read all the alternative literature and books, but never read the foundation texts that put that alt lit into context. In other words, he read the pamphlets, not the books they railed against. He’s about an inch thick as an intellectual—his grades would reveal that Bush had higher grades in much tougher courses—and he lacks the scientific, mathematical, and historical discipline needed to make it as a real, intelligent person. The Czar very much doubts the President ever completed any math course more recent than high school geometry, at which he probably had iffy grades indeed.
So yes—the economic numbers and common-sense logic were probably way beyond the President’s ken, and he was too embarrassed to admit he didn’t understand any of it. He simply “trusted” on whatever his handlers were assuring him.
|Your Highness, the question of the future of the PPACA now lies, once again, with the Supreme Court. This time, there is precedent from previous Supreme Court decisions that relates directly to King v. Burwell – including one from last term – regarding whether “clear statutory language” can be ignored in favor of regulatory rules (no, it can’t) (Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community). This one thinks that the SCOTUS will find for the plaintiffs and require the statutory language be obeyed as written, thus ordering the discontinuation of subsidies for Obamacare plans that are purchased on the Federal – not State – exchanges.The Administration may try to commingle the meanings of State and Federal, but this one thinks that the SCOTUS needs go no further than the 10th Amendment, wherein the definitions of State and Federal – and the limits of their powers – are clearly outlined.
The question, then, becomes “what is the remedy?” This one does not know whether a clearly illegal regulatory expenditure will be required to be recovered, e.g., whether those who received illegal subsidies will be required to return those funds to the Treasury. However, this one thinks that the SCOTUS will order the immediate termination of those regulatory rules that have provided those subsidies.
If the SCOTUS rules according to its own previous precedents and if it terminates non-State subsidies, the immediately increased costs of Obamacare may make the child-king’s legacy look like a punishment levied on those who believe in the merits and beneficence of a strong central government.
And I can’t think of a better result than that.
Guess what? Also agreed. Some day in the future, liberals will be looking back at their demise and realize that the election of Barack Obama was the worst thing that happened to them, too. And the Czar does not mistake your point—there really are no winners with this guy. He was a huge mistake, all across the board.
Ultimately, the legacy of Barack Obama is that the Baby Boomers will never see another liberal Congress—and possibly another liberal President—elected in their lifetime.
For the Boomers who were into the whole free love, fight the Man, and tune in movement, good on you. For the latter-day Boomers who are largely libertarians and conservatives, the Czar is deeply sorry.
Божію Поспѣшествующею Милостію Мы, Дима Грозный Императоръ и Самодержецъ Всероссiйскiй, цѣсарь Московскiй. The Czar was born in the steppes of Russia in 1267, and was cheated out of total control of all Russia upon the death of Boris Mikhailovich, who replaced Alexander Yaroslav Nevsky in 1263. However, in 1283, our Czar was passed over due to a clerical error and the rule of all Russia went to his second cousin Daniil (Даниил Александрович), whom Czar still resents. As a half-hearted apology, the Czar was awarded control over Muscovy, inconveniently located 5,000 miles away just outside Chicago. He now spends his time seething about this and writing about other stuff that bothers him.