"Nearly 6 million Americans -- significantly more than first estimated
-- will face a tax penalty under President Obama's health-care overhaul
for not getting insurance" according to analysts for the nonpartisan
Congressional Budget Office, reported the Associated Press's Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar yesterday.
That's 50 percent higher than the 2010 prediction -- when ObamaCare was
passed -- of 4 million facing the ObamaCare penalty, which the Supreme
Court has declared is really, well, a tax. "The average penalty... will
be about $1,200 in 2016," Alonso-Zaldivar noted. That's roughly
$100/month in new taxes.
In a hearing yesterday before the Senate Homeland Security and
Governmental Affairs Committee hearing, an Obama administration official
admitted what all of us already knew through credible reports in
foreign media: Amb. Chris Stevens died on September 11 "in the course of
a terrorist attack." As Karen DeYoung reported in today's Washington Post,
National Counterterrorism Center director Matthew Olsen told the
committee that "the people involved in the violent assault" on the
consulate in Benghazi hailed from "several militant groups, including
localized extremists in eastern Libya as well as affiliates of al
An al Qaeda connection to a deadly attack that killed four Americans at
a consulate on the anniversary of 9/11 should be front-page news, but
it was buried on page A8 of the Post with the bland headline "Intelligence official cites 'terrorist attack' in Libya."*
Only our totally unbiased watchdog media could turn the burning of U.S.
embassies in countries where Barack Obama had recently supported mob
revolts into Mitt Romney's blunder. Journalists couldn't risk having
Obama's campaign slogan "Osama is dead" being amended with "and so is
After our ambassador to Libya was murdered in a preplanned, coordinated
attack on our embassy last week, preceded by an attack on our embassy
in Egypt (and followed by attacks on our embassies in Yemen, Indonesia,
Tunisia and Lebanon), Romney criticized the Obama administration for
"sympathizing with those who had breached our embassy in Egypt."
On last night’s broadcast of
the PBS Newshour, anchor Gwen Ifill discussed the latest polls with
Pew’s Andrew Kohut and Mark Blumenthal, "senior polling analyst" of The
Huffington Post. Her talk about voter engagement and enthusiasm got a
little hazy – if not completely insensitive – when she referred to last
week’s embassy attacks as a “dust up.”
Perhaps "dust up" in her mind only refers to the liberal media's
insular discussions about foreign-policy developments, but could she
sound more cavalier about the deaths of Americans in Libya?