Dodge Obamacare, Push Populist Programs

Don’t put brinkmanship past the Democratic party.  With Congressional approval polls barely breaching double digits, they plan on countering the (un)Affordable Care Act’s many shortcomings with a strategy named after Obama’s Campaign tag line “A Fair Shot for Everyone.”  This gimmick rests on ten bills related to budget concerns that cause the two parties to clash.  That’s exactly what the Democrats want.

​Via the New York Times:

Privately, White House officials say they have no intention of searching for any grand bargain with Republicans on any of these issues. “The point isn’t to compromise,” a senior White House official said, speaking anonymously to divulge strategy. “We don’t have a willing partner for compromise.” 

Batting cleanup in this lineup is a vote on the Minimum Wage Fairness Act.  This in spite of the bi-partisan Congressional Budget Office’s warning, that a few hundred thousand jobs would be lost from the very demographic targeted for relief.​

​CBO Report on Minimum Wage February 2014:

Effects of the $10.10 Option on Employment and Income

Once fully implemented in the second half of 2016, the $10.10 option would reduce total employment by about 500,000 workers, or 0.3 percent, CBO projects.

The beauty of this strategy is the arrogance with which it will be executed.  Liberals concede, there’s very little concern for the success of the proposals.

​Via the New York Times:

The proposals have little chance of passing. But Democrats concede that making new laws is not really the point. Rather, they are trying to force Republicans to vote against them.

“We think we need a sword and a shield,” said Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York, the No. 3 Democrat who has been working with the White House on an approach to combine the bully pulpit of the presidency with a package of bills in Congress. “I don’t think we’ll ever overcome the Republican attacks on Obamacare, but I think we can mute it greatly.” 

What voters have to look forward to this fall, is liberals working feverishly to divert your attention from the partially mandated, partially implemented mess that is the Affordable Care Act and sugar coat his foreign policy skill and prognostication which coincidentally has been just as successful.

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