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NEWS TO MUSE: Plummeting Credibility, Glass Houses and a Civic Lesson for a President

The Media Spin Cycle

“Survey shows that US uninsured rate has plummeted.”  That was the headline in my morning Sun Sentinel newspaper.  The most “plummeting” came from states with the highest uninsured rates (well duh!) and that had set up state exchanges (another, well duh!).  But, that was NOT the story.  Let us recall that Obamacare was to provide coverage for between 35 and 40 million Americans – and a lot of young people.  Without that, Obamacare will either crash and burn, or will be propped up by ever increasing truck loads of taxpayer money until the entire American economy crashes and burns.  Once I read the story, I found it depends on what you mean by “plummeting.”  The news article was based on a Gallup survey.  “It found that nationwide the rate of uninsured adults declined from 17.3 percent in 2013 to 13.8 percent last year,” quoting the news report.  That’s a 3.5 percent improvement over two years.  This is not even the Obamacare impact because some percentage must be attributable to the lowering unemployment rate, with workers getting company sponsored insurance coverage.  I am sure this spin will cause President Obama to continue his daily exercise of running victory laps.  He habitually claims victories by continuing to lower the definition of success.  If you think that is an unfair assessment, you should recall when Obama said his stimulus package reduce unemployment to 6 percent in 6 month.  It took six years (and the successes of a lot of Republican governors) to reach that mark.  But still, the victory lap.  He is still taking victory laps over his Middle East anti-terrorist policy (ending a war in Iraq that is still raging with US boots on the ground), and you know how that is going.  He still speaks proudly of his international coalition, although their presence is nowhere to be seen.  The simple fact is that Obamacare enrollment is far below the target figure of even dubious sustainability, and the young folks are not signing up.  The only thing I see plummeting is the President’s credibility.

What’s Good for the Gander ain’t so Good for the Goose

Speaking of plummeting credibility, Hillary Clinton’s creds as a feminist maybe taking a dive.   One of the cable news stations (not sure which one since I channel surf) reported that Hillary’s recently announced campaign team does not have a single woman in leadership.  Another reported that while she was Secretary of State, the female staffers were paid less than the boys.  If you want to break through glass ceilings, it is better not to live in a glass house.  That’s a double “tks tsk” for Lady Clinton.  And by the way … she has recently become harder to find than Waldo.  Maybe that’s because her poll numbers are better when she is not talking.

This Kid Could not be Obama’s Son

Remember when President Obama said that Travon Martin could have been his son – although Obama doesn’t have a son.  I am sure Obama would not say that about 12-year-old C.J Pearson — maybe because the kid obviously loves America so much.  I think he has a better response to Rudy Giuliani’s calling out Obama than any of the GOP presidential candidates.  If you have not seen the video, check it out.  http://www.thepoliticalinsider.com/whoa-watch-this-12-year-old-student-destroy-obama-about-isis-awesome/