Daniel Hannan, Member European Parliament for South East England, has a few. His book, Inventing Freedom: How the English-Speaking Peoples Made the Modern World, was excerpted by The Wall Street Journal a couple weekends ago. Here are some of Hannan’s thoughts from that excerpt.
Asked, early in his presidency, whether he believed in American exceptionalism, Barack Obama gave a telling reply. “I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.”
A day after he questioned President Obama’s decision to unwind a major tenet of the health-care law and said the nation’s capital might not go along, DC insurance commissioner William P White was fired.
White did acknowledge that the Deputy Mayor who fired him didn’t specifically lay the cause off to White’s reluctance to rubberstamp Obama, but the DM didn’t give any other reason, either. And the timing of the firing is…curious.
In a statement White issued after Obama announced his ObamaFix, White said in part,
Didier Bellens, CEO of Belgacom (Belgium’s largest telecommunications company) has been fired. He complained too much about government regulation and taxes.
As The Wall Street Journal described it,
Over the years, Mr Bellens has launched a number of broadsides against the government. Friday’s dismissal comes after the latest attack, in which he asked a business club breakfast in the chic Brussels suburb of Uccle, “Who’s the worst shareholder?” His answer: “The Belgian state.”
Yep. The Belgian government owns 53.5% of Belgacom. And the government disapproved of Bellens’ political—even business—speech. Last Friday, Prime Minister Elio di Rupo fired Bellens, announcing
Two Gonzaga [University] students are facing possible expulsion from the University after they pulled a weapon in self defense as a six time felon attempted to get into their on campus apartment.
It seems these two students were confronted, on a recent Thursday night, by a six-time felon with an active arrest warrant on him (which, of course, the students couldn’t know at the time) who tried to force his way into their apartment, demanding money (which, of course, the students understood very clearly at the time). It was only when one of the students brandished a pistol—for which he has a concealed weapons permit—that the thug left (to be arrested later based on the students’ subsequent report to the police).
This time using the excuse of AGW to drive the fiat governance.
President Barack Obama has issued another of his diktats Executive Orders, this time placing the Executive Branch squarely in charge of “responses” to “climate change” and wholly cutting the people’s representatives, our Congress, out of the discussion. Never mind that human impact on climate change has yet to be demonstrated—or even hinted at very strongly. His EO forms a task force to advise the Federal government of how to respond to climate change impacts.
Of course, it’s also an Obama-esque bipartisan group:
Sequester—that invention of President Barack Obama, with which he intended to extort Republicans and Conservatives into acceding to his taxing, spending, and borrowing economic policy—is starting to cause trouble for Obamacare, now. The sequester is blocking a set of subsidies that were supposed to help pay deductibles and co-pays under Obamacare.
Amy Payne, writing for The Foundry, quoted Chris Jacobs in The Wall Street Journal on impacts:
Government snooping on the ObamaCare website certainly raises alarms. But [TrustedSec President, David] Kennedy says even more concerning is that—according to his research—HealthCare.gov is riddled with holes in security.
“We can look at the code that’s behind it,” Kennedy told Fox News, “look at how things work. And we can tell that there wasn’t even minimum standards bolted onto this application, even before its release.”
The Feds, of course, insist otherwise. Health and Human Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner testified before last week’s House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing:
They can trust that the information they’re providing is protected to the highest privacy standards.
A bit ago I wrote about a…fix…to Healthcare.gov that purported to let me browse Obamacare “insurance” policies before creating an account and giving up all those personal data first. The new button that was supposed to let me do that didn’t entirely work.
Today (27 Oct) I tried the button again, and I can report “progress.” Now, after clicking the SEE PLANS NOW button, I’m invited to answer a few reasonable questions—do I want personal or employee coverage, health or dental, that sort of thing—I’m taken to a page where two things immediately become apparent—and from them that Obamacare and Obamacare’s software remain abject failures.
Here’s another example. A 17-year-old high school student (and volleyball player) in the North Andover Public Schools system, Erin Cox, was texted by a friend at a (underage) drinking party who needed a ride home. Notwithstanding the judgment that brought the friend to such a gathering, this young lady retained the good sense to ask for help, recognizing that she was too drunk to drive herself. Cox answered the call.
Shortly after she arrived to pick up her friend and bring her home, though, the police also arrived and made a number of arrests—not including Cox. The police involved absolved her of any wrong-doing, recognizing she was there to help a friend and not a party participant.