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The Obama Morning News || November 17, 2014

Republicans weigh shutdown . . . One Republican leader on Sunday held open the possibility that his party could move to shut down the government in an attempt to stop President Barack Obama from taking executive action on immigration policy.

A vocal group of conservatives in the House of Representatives is pressing to use government funding as leverage to prevent any White House moves that would allow millions of undocumented immigrants to stay and work in the United States. Reuters

More Gruber! . . . In the latest installment of our enthralling series, the architect of Obamacare explains that those who resist measures he thinks will help low income earners with their health care are either misinformed or racist. Fox News

I think “Gruber” should become a new English language word for cynical nonsense. As in, “Oh that’s just a bunch of Gruber,” or, “There you go with all that Gruber again.”

Obama dismisses Gruber . . . “The fact that some adviser who never worked on our staff expressed an opinion that I completely disagree with … is no reflection on the actual process that was run,” Obama said during a press conference at the Group of 20 leaders meeting in Brisbane, Australia. Reuters

Obamacare website runs smoothly . . . President Obama says that more than 500,000 people successfully logged onto the federal website on Saturday, the first day of sign-ups for ObamaCare in 2015. Fox News

Obama vows $3 billion for UN climate fund . . . Speaking at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia on Saturday, President Barack Obama vowed, “We are going to contribute $3 billion to the Green Climate Fund so we can help developing nations deal with climate change.” CNS News

Romney to Obama: Don’t rule out boots . . . If Mitt Romney were president, all options for defeating the terrorist group ISIS would be left on the table—including boots on the ground in Iraq. National Journal

Obama opens door for Central American kids . . . The Obama administration quietly announced a program late last week to create a legal channel for thousands of Central American children to come to the U.S., a move designed to prevent a repeat of this summer’s illegal immigrant surge but which Republicans said amounted to “border sabotage.” Washington Times

Obama questioned mass immigration . . . Then-Senator Obama wrote in The Audacity of Hope his 2006 autobiography: “The number of immigrants added to the labor force every year is of a magnitude not seen in this country for over a century. If this huge influx of mostly low-skill workers provides some benefits to the economy as a whole . . . it also threatens to depress further the wages of blue-collar Americans and put strains on an already overburdened safety net.” Daily Caller

Former aides criticize Obama “micromanagement” . . . Leon Panetta and Robert Gates, two former directors of the CIA and Defense Department, on Saturday criticized President Barack Obama’s “micromanagement” of the military. Fox News

Christie’s real problem is not his temper . . . What doesn’t play well on YouTube? As many as 10,000 people unemployed because of the closure, in a matter of months, of at least a third of the casinos in Atlantic City. The second worst credit rating among states in the nation. And unlike the nation as a whole, which has more than recovered the jobs it lost during the recession, New Jersey has yet to recover half of its lost jobs. Politico

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70 Responses to The Obama Morning News || November 17, 2014

  1. Fox is reporting that Gruber’s been paid more than $6,000,000.00 by the federal government, and four states, for his work on the ACA.

    • I saw that. He must have been in very bad shape before the flight to Nebraska. I heard sometime yesterday that his American born wife had offered to reimburse the cost of the flight.

    • Another story out there (and sorry I can’t remember the link) is that the NYC Ebola doctor who ran all over NYC with the disease has run up a bill of $20 million. Chuck You Schumer does not want NYC or NY State to pay the bill but rather the federal taxpayers.

      • http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/16/politics/new-york-ebola-cost/index.html

        Should cities be reimbursed for Ebola costs? One U.S. senator says yes
        (CNN) — The federal government should pay back New York and other cities that have shelled out millions to deal with Ebola, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer said Sunday.

        In New York, which diagnosed its first Ebola case last month, the price tag has been steep, Schumer said.

        The city has spent about $20 million so far to quarantine and treat Dr. Craig Spencer, trace his contacts and make sure the disease doesn’t spread, according to Schumer, a Democrat.

        Spencer was released from Bellevue Hospital Center last week after weeks of treatment. Word that Spencer went for a jog, traveled the city’s vast subway system and went bowling before his diagnosis sparked fears that the number of Ebola cases could grow in the city, though authorities stressed that the risk of him spreading the virus was low.
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        “The world-class effort mounted by the city and Bellevue to fight Ebola was not cost-free — far from it,” Schumer told reporters Sunday.

        Spencer’s treatment was “extremely expensive,” Schumer said, involving about 100 workers. City health officials also ramped up operations to keep track of people returning from Ebola hotspots in West Africa and those who had direct contact with Spencer, Schumer said.

        “Simply put, local communities, local taxpayers should not foot the whole bill for handling this infectious disease that may have been physically present in New York City, but was truly a threat to the whole nation,” he said.

        Last month, officials in Dallas County, Texas, told The Dallas Morning News they’d already spent more than $1 million responding to the Ebola crisis. County leaders there have also said they plan to request reimbursement, the newspaper reported.

        The Obama administration said earlier this month that it wants Congress to foot the bill for more than $6 billion in “emergency funding” to fight Ebola. That includes $4.5 billion for immediate response and $1.5 billion for a contingency fund, an Office of Management and Budget official told CNN.

        Schumer said Sunday that money should include a special “Ebola Contingency Fund” that would reimburse states and local governments for treatment and containment of Ebola. Obama’s existing appropriations request, Schumer’s office said, “does not include any plan to reimburse localities like New York City in such a substantial way.”

        Last month, the World Bank estimated that the cost of Ebola could top $32 billion over the next two years if the deadly virus spreads to more countries in West Africa.

  2. Gruber has already entered the English language as a verb: we’ve been grubered. As for Obama’s dismissing Gruber, I’m tempted to break the language parameters you’ve set up on WHD. If you know what I mean.

  3. Keith, something you missed on Obama’s Daily Schedule for November 5, the day after the midterms: Obama had an unannounced (aka secret) meeting with leaders of the Ferguson protests and urged them to stay on course.

  4. There is some Harvard study out saying 70% of those on Obamacare like it. Or don’t hate it. Or something. I have no details…but this will come up. Are the companies sending people to the site yet or telling them the cost of their new company healthcare with the bells and whistles. I still maintain that the reason “costs” seem to be going down is no one can afford the deductibles–they do without. I have two sets of ailments–the Live With Its and the Need Some Treaments.

    My the way that Burwell’s “charm offensive” on MTP was a little simpery for my tastes.

    • I would guess that those are the ones who had no previous insurance and are now on the Medicaid expansion. I also saw a poll this morning which said Obamacare now has its lowest approval rating ever at 37% (56% disapprove). I would guess that that poll comes from the populace at large.

      • They can slant it any which way. It’s the greatest wealth re-distribution/heist in history. Not to mention inferior care. But if you don’t have to pay – it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread.

        • Exactly. It’s either a free ride on Medicaid or they get a subsidy and pay only about 20% of the premium. No one paying the full freight of over $1,000/month for a family plan with a high deductible is pleased with OZeroCare.

  5. It’s not Christie’s temper…
    So true. NJ is a mess b/c Christie is too busy campaigning and sucking up to influential Democrats and donors. His constituents despise him. Take a look at the comment section the next time he makes the news. The comments are brutal!
    He is receiving kudos for the success in the gubernatorial races earlier this month. Hope it dies down by 2016.

    • Doesn’t NJ have the worst taxes in the US or at least the second worse? To me, Scott Walker is an example of can-do and Christie of can’t do. Even the Sandy response in the end has been negative.

    • I also didn’t care for his recent comment that he’d rather die than run for the Senate. My, my, would he be another President who wouldn’t work with Congress? I don’t like the smell of it.

      • I’ve been very aware of Chris Loudmouth Christie for decades, as I live not far from him and he started out on the board of County Freeholders (about 20 years ago). Let me just say, he is very much like Obummer in that he is a supreme narcissist. I could say so much more, but I’ll refrain. Last year, I met someone who has been very involved in his campaigns for years, is a friend and neighbor of his, and even he had started to turn a bit on Chris, just disappointed in his behavior and his performance

        NJ is a freaking mess and Christie has done little to help the economy. Unemployment is terrible. Businesses are leaving, stores are closing, and even quite affluent areas have felt it. NJ’s credit rating has been downgraded eight times. Christie has a lot of nerve to even consider running when he has such a horrible record as a governor of NJ. Scott Walker and Rick Perry have accomplishments we should look to. Christie has nothing to offer other than self-promotion and a big mouth.

      • Ugh:

        http://news.yahoo.com/christie-calls-house-gop-compromise-202016250–politics.html

        Christie calls on House GOP to compromise

        AP) — Making a rare Capitol Hill appearance, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Monday encouraged the GOP’s newest members of Congress to embrace compromise and common ground as they shift to a governing role following their party’s midterm rout.
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        The Republican governor, who is contemplating a 2016 presidential bid, addressed newly elected House Republicans and their spouses during a closed-door orientation luncheon inside the Capitol. The often-outspoken Christie declined to answer questions from reporters afterward, but attendees said offered a distinctly bipartisan tone.

        “He did talk about compromise and finding common ground,” said incoming Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J.

        A vocal critic of both parties’ performance in Washington in the past, Christie’s remarks come as the GOP debates its next steps having seized the Senate majority and expanded its House advantage earlier in the month. The GOP’s more conservative wing wants party leaders to consider another government shutdown to prevent President Barack Obama from changing the nation’s immigration laws.

        Christie avoided immigration altogether during his remarks, according to attendees. The two-term governor, who is often criticized by his party’s most passionate conservatives, talked instead about energy policy — including the need for the Keystone Pipeline — tax reform and reducing government regulation.

        “He alluded to shutting the government down was not a good idea,” said incoming Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont.

        “I asked him what he was going to do about uniting the party,” Zinke added. “His answer was focus on things we can agree on.”

        House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, among the only House leaders to attend, said Christie emphasized voters’ desire for Congress to get something done.

        “They want to see this country move forward,” said McCarthy, R-Calif. “They want to see competency. They want to see something work.”

        Christie’s camp said he was invited to address the incoming House Republicans and had no other business in Washington during Monday’s brief appearance. The head of Christie’s finance team, Bill Palatucci, joined him at the meeting.

        Christie is set to decide on a 2016 presidential bid in the coming months. He formally steps down as chairman of the Republican Governors Association later this week when his one-year term ends.

  6. When the democrat party has stuffed this country full of low-skilled Latin Americans, mostly illiterate in their own language immigrants, without the infrastructure to support this, who are they expecting to pay for all of the welfare and social services to support their permanent underclass? Do they think the rest of us are going to sit back and enjoy seeing the country devolve into another third world cesspool? If so, then they must really think that the rest of us are stupid enough to continue working to pull this cart!

  7. I see the Bush consigliere, Britt Hume, is warning that a government shutdown will automatically be blamed on the Republicans. I’m not so sure this time.

      • They cannot let Obama’s executive actions on amnesty pass. Period. If it comes down to shutting the govt down, it will be Obama’s doing if he doesn’t get his funding. The Republicans have to be prepared to stress that. And the Republicans would lose ground in 2016.

        And Brit Hume is a flunky for the Bushes including Jeb who just happens to be for amnesty. You may agree with them, but you also have to admit that the public is overwhelmingly against amnest.

  8. U. S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin Warns: Biochips Hazardous to Your Health: Warning, biochips may cause behavioral changes and high suicide rates. State Attorney Generals are to revoke the licenses of doctors and dentists that implant chips in patients. Chip used illegally for GPS, tracking, organized crime, communication and torture.

    Former Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) director and now Google Executive, Regina E. Dugan, has unveiled a super small, ingestible microchip that we can all be expected to swallow by 2017. “A means of authentication,” she calls it, also called an electronic tattoo, which takes NSA spying to whole new levels. She talks of the ‘mechanical mismatch problem between machines and humans,’ and specifically targets 10 – 20 year olds in her rant about the wonderful qualities of this new technology that can stretch in the human body and still be functional. Hailed as a ‘critical shift for research and medicine,’ these biochips would not only allow full access to insurance companies and government agencies to our pharmaceutical med-taking compliancy (or lack thereof), but also a host of other aspects of our lives which are truly none of their business, and certainly an extension of the removal of our freedoms and rights.

    The ARRA authorizes payments to the states in an effort to encourage Medicaid Providers to adopt and use “certified EHR technology” aka biochips. ARRA will match $5 for every $1 a state provides. Hospitals are paid $2 million to create “crisis stabilization wards” (Gitmo’s) where state police torture people – even unto death. They stopped my heart 90 times in 6 hours. Virginia state police have murdered so many already and admit to it!

    Mary E. Schloendorff, v. The Society of New York Hospital 105 N. E. 92, 93 (N. Y. 1914) Justice Cardozo states, “every human being of adult years and sound mind has a right to determine what shall be done with his own body; and a surgeon who performs an operation without his patient’s consent, commits an assault, for which he is liable in damages. (Pratt v Davis, 224 Ill. 300; Mohr v Williams, 95 Minn. 261.)
    This case precedent requires police to falsely arrest you or kidnap you and call you a mental health patient. You can also be forced to have a biochip if you have an infectious disease – like Eboli.

  9. Re: Obama vows 3 Billion to UN climate fund.

    No surprise here.

    In 2008, then US Senator Obama sponsored Senate Bill S. 2433, bill entitled Global Poverty Act. It did not pass.

    During Fiscal Year 2008 then Senator Obama sponsored or co-sponsored $98.6 Million in Earmarks.

  10. 3 BILLION DOLLARS FOR UN CLIMATE FUND! Is their a break down of exactly where, what who, etc this money will go to?
    The thousands of kids will be let in by the Legal channel they dug up.
    Can’t someone in office stop this? This is unfair to the American children who’s classes will be behind.
    When o stated: I don’t know Gruber, ( in so many words), Was there anyone filming the cameramen and reporters as they giggled at that comment?