Dear Mark: President Obama has now delayed implementing Obamacare's employer mandate for businesses with 50 to 99 employees until 2016. I may not be a political pundit, but this decision seems to reek of pure politics as this pushes further Obamacare implementation past the 2014 midterms and possibly the 2016 presidential election. Sounds like he's using his pen. — Jojo in SoCo
Dear Jojo: Your olfactory senses are correct, as this latest delay is definitely political. During his Super Bowl interview concerning the Affordable Care Act, President Obama told Bill O'Reilly, "The good news is that right away, we decided how are we going to fix it, it got fixed within a month and a half, it was up and running and now it's working the way it's supposed to and we've signed up three million people."
Since the media has failed to ask the obvious, I will: If the Affordable Care Act is "working the way it's supposed to," then why delay the employer mandate? The president appeared smug when he tried to defend his imperial decision as if he just made this problem disappear for the Democrats' election hopes in November. Does Obama really believe business owners and independent voters will forget the Obamacare disaster and vote for the Democrats anyway?
The irony about Obama's decision is that, just last week, Democrats were crowing about Obamacare giving people the freedom to leave their current jobs that enslave them. Now Obama, the evil plantation owner, has delayed American workers' freedom for at least two more years.
Dear Mark: I'm no fan of Attorney General Eric Holder and some of the flaps he's involved with, but here's an issue I kind of agree with. Holder wants to return the right to vote back to convicted felons if they've successfully served their time. Seems to me if someone has served their time in prison and completed their parole without any violations, they should be able to vote. What are your thoughts? — Still Conservative in Cincinnati
Dear Still: Many critics of these laws use the argument that felons have paid their debt to society by serving time in prison. Lets' not forget that losing the right to vote is also the penalty for felony convictions in many states. The felons should have thought of that before they infringed upon the rights of their victims.
During a criminal justice forum at the Georgetown University Law Center, Attorney General Holder stated, "These laws deserve to be not only reconsidered but repealed."
Personally I'm not against revisiting some of the felony laws currently on the books and reconsidering their appropriateness, but a blanket statement calling for total repeal sounds a lot like political revenge by President Obama's DOJ's personal hit man. Or as Obama and Holder like to call it, "social justice."
Holder also said at that same event, "Of the 5.8 million Americans who cannot vote because of current or previous felony convictions, 2.2 million are black." Let me do some quick math: About 90 percent of blacks vote for the Democrat party, so that would mean 1.98 million new Democrat voters. Naw, no politics here from the Obama administration.
Dear Mark: Papers have been released concerning Hillary Clinton and her reaction to Bill's affair with Monica Lewinsky among other things. Apparently Hillary was described as "ruthless" when it came to politics, and she thought Lewinsky was a "narcissistic loony tune." Do you think there is anything to these revelations? — No Hill in 2016
Dear No Hill: From the excerpts I've read, there is nothing that we didn't already suspect. I mean, really, who doesn't know that Hillary is "ruthless"? As far as "narcissistic loony tune," surely the former first lady could think of something more specific because that describes half of Washington.
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