The most serious problem of our time

Polling Data Shows Nearly 80% Of Americans Consider Illegal Immigration A Serious Problem/Crisis

As it says at the link:

It’s the data most responsible for the sudden shift in Democrats’ tone this week as more and more in Congress give the media hints that they are willing to allocate funding for at least some of the border protection measures being pushed by President Trump. You see, it’s not that these Democrats in Congress think it’s the right thing to do but rather that the vast majority of Americans (nearly 80%) think it’s the right thing to do and so the hands of Democrats are now being forced to do something or face a serious political backlash heading into 2020.

To grube – to tell people you lied to how stupid they were to believe what you said

obama duped the public

It’s one thing to fool the voters since our political elites already think we’re stupid but it is another to fool the media which, whatever the rest of us think of them, they think of themselves as always the smartest people in the room, even when Obama is in the room at the same time. They share the same delusions.

But now with Gruber having let the cat out of the bag, the wounds are festering and even the media is starting to report an issue that has gone viral. They may no longer be acting in unity to hide this issue from the public. This may be the issue that finally breaks the logjam of the hold on the media by the left and not just in the US. It still hasn’t reached the three major networks but perhaps it is only a matter of time. Do people really want to remain in ignorance of so much that affects their lives?

This is from The Chicago Tribune, you know, Barack’s adopted home town: Smug Obama administration duped the public.

Until Gruber’s videos appeared, it was hard to prove the administration actually intended to deceive voters when it rammed through the legislation on straight party-line votes. Perhaps the president was simply making statements he believed to be true but later turned out to be false. That’s not lying. That’s an honest mistake.

The Gruber videos are devastating because they say flatly that the deception was premeditated and was used self-consciously to pass the law. The professor goes further and says the law would have been defeated if its central provisions had been known to voters.

And then there’s Charles Krauthammer, in the Washington Post as always so nothing new there, but this time with a story that really may penetrate the fog of resistance, The Gruber Confession. The article points out that Gruber may by himself sink Obamacare because he has stated on tape the interpretation of the Act that if upheld by the Supreme Court, will mean that Obamacare cannot function. It will sink immediately if it upholds that using the word “states” in the act really does refer to the states. And as for Democrats and the politics of the left:

It’s refreshing that “the most transparent administration in history,” as this administration fancies itself, should finally display candor about its signature act of social change. Inadvertently, of course. But now we know what lay behind Obama’s smooth reassurances — the arrogance of an academic liberalism, so perfectly embodied in the Gruber Confession, that rules in the name of a citizenry it mocks, disdains and deliberately, contemptuously deceives.

There are layers of tar to go with the feathers to come. But this is one administration whose ability to convince anyone of anything has disappeared, absolutely disappeared. No one will ever trust it again. The Senate majority leader (or at least he is until January) wants Obama to delay introducing his immigration changes until after the money is appropriated by Congress. He may no longer think a shutdown of Congress would irritate the community but might even be welcomed. Who would have thought you would see this, Harry Reid Urges White House to Delay Immigration Executive Action?

House Speaker John Boehner . . . said a government shutdown could not be ruled out. Several rank-and-file Republicans are already threatening to try and hold up the spending bill over immigration.

He said all options were on the table, declaring: “We’re going to fight the president tooth and nail if he continues down this path.”

A government shutdown was not the preferred route, Boehner said, but he said it could not be ruled out.

“Our goal here is to stop the president from violating his own oath of office and violating the Constitution,” Boehner said. “It’s not to shut down the government.”

Reid first expressed his concern about immigration during an off-camera conversation with a CNN producer, saying: “I’d like to get the finances of this country out of the way before he does it, but that’s up to him.”

Sometimes you just have to let them shut the Washington Monument and a few national parks for a few weeks if you are going to save your country. With a zero-credibility president who still has an agenda of his own, there are certainly interesting times ahead.

As for the man who let the cat out of the bag, his name should now become a noun and a verb. A gruber (n.) is someone who grubes (v.i.) – they tell people who they lied to how stupid they were to believe what they were told.

Will the US default? What will happen if it does?

I don’t know if these continuing episodes of the Perils of Pauline are just there to sell newspapers or whether there is more to it and the US might really default on its debt but this is where we are right now. From The Washington Post:

A campaign to persuade House Republicans to lift the federal debt limit collapsed in humiliating failure Tuesday, leaving Washington careering toward a critical deadline just two days away, with no clear plan for avoiding a government default.

Senate leaders quickly moved to pick up the pieces, saying they were “optimistic” that they could reach agreement to advance an alternative proposal that would raise the debt limit through Feb. 7 and end a government shutdown, now in its third week.

But it was unclear whether a deal struck by Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) could pass the Senate before the Treasury Department exhausts its borrowing power Thursday.

So far as principle goes, the imperative of getting the US budget under control seems straightforward enough. But the politics for the President and the Democrats, looking forward to the elections 12 months from now, are much less certain. And with the possibility that the President – being a Bill Ayres protege and all – would actually prefer to harm the US than help it to prosper, what will happen and how it will unfold remains a mystery.

But at some stage either spending is going to start tapering off or the debt limit will not be increased is a certainty. Whether this is the moment is the question, and with the President adament about maintaining the level of spending – and therefore allowing debt to keep on rising – who knows? This may be the moment we find out what happens if the US is even technically able to default on its debt and then what happens if it does. Stay tuned.