by William Teach | March 15, 2009 9:13 am
You know things are not going well with Obama’s talking points (this wasn’t really a promise, just a complaint and position by That One) when even the New York Times is calling him on it, albeit softly: Administration Is Open to Taxing Health Benefits
The Obama administration is signaling to Congress that the president could support taxing some employee health benefits, as several influential lawmakers and many economists favor, to help pay for overhauling the health care system.
The proposal is politically problematic for President Obama, however, since it is similar to one he denounced in the presidential campaign as “the largest middle-class tax increase in history.” Most Americans with insurance get it from their employers, and taxing workers for the benefit is opposed by union leaders and some businesses.
I never particularly cared for that plan, as it was espouse by Senator McCain, since it was “tax me then give me a rebate/welfare check,” but, of course, that is not the point. I have to agree with many leading Democrats in Congress and union officials, do not start taxing my health benefits, but, that’s not the point. The point is, Obama is learning that there is a vast difference between thinking that running for president is experience to be President of the USA and actually being President of the USA. Which is why it is always Obamateur Hour!
On the bright side, Obama’s gun talking points are still working wonders, and even the British press is noticing
On the campaign trail last year Mr Obama proposed restoring a Clinton-era ban on several types of military-style semi-automatic rifles and high-capacity magazines, as well as background checks for buyers at gun shows, and other “common-sense measures”.
His pledge has proved a potent catalyst, with manufacturers recording soaring profits since his election.
Smith and Wesson last week posted third-quarter profits of $2.4 million (:£1.7 million), reversing a loss of $1.8 million over the same period the previous year, as its pistol sales leapt 46 per cent and tactical rifle sales more than tripled. Another manufacturer, Sturm Ruger & Co. reported an 81 per cent increase in takings.
Demand for certain ammunition is also outstripping supply as enthusiasts build up stockpiles ahead of threatened tax increases on bullets.
Well, at least Obama has done something positive for the economy.
On the flip side, Obamabi has yet another promise that will soon be broken: President Promises to Bolster Food Safety.
Describing the government’s failure to inspect 95 percent of food processing plants as “a hazard to the public health,” President Obama promised Saturday to bolster and reorganize the nation’s fractured food-safety system.
No one else has been able to do, and there are all sorts of reasons for it. But, really, most of the time food inspection is done very well. Companies do not want their food tainted. Things like that cost them money and can put them out of business. But, O’Barry has created a new task force, the Food Safety Working Group, which will probably fail overall, but, is a great way to intrude more into the private sector and raise the cost of the food you eat. But, Obama doesn’t mind, since the tax payers are picking up the tab for $100 a pound Waygu steak parties.
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