“If a captain has the lifejackets filled with cement, his assurance that ‘you can keep your lifejacket’ is only half the crime.” — Jonah Goldberg/National Review
“If Obama had pitched his health-care-reform plan as an effort at economic redistribution that would include millions of Americans losing their insurance and millions more facing higher premiums, it never would have passed.” — Jim Geraghty
It’s been a stormy week for Cap’n Barry and the Bolsheviks, and any bad week for them is by definition a good one for America. Panicked DemocRATS are leaping from the poop deck of the HMS Affordable Care in numbers not seen since Jimmy Carter went down with the ship 33 years ago. Obama has steered his scow onto the rocks, and it’s sprung so many leaks that not even his formerly reliable bilge pumps can bail it out.
Cap’n Barry, of course, will not acknowledge his own faulty navigation as the cause of the catastrophe — he would prefer to blame the ship builders, despite the fact that their design has proved seaworthy over many years — and he wants them to somehow sail him safely to shore. Or at least to take the rap for him once his vessel and all its passengers disappear beneath the waves.
Five years ago, the Cap’n and his clueless corsairs sailed into Washington City singing “Yo ho ho and a bottle of dumb” and dreaming of plunder. They renamed the place Port Progressive and began undertaking risky voyages into uncharted waters, cheered on by a citizenry conditioned to believe that brigandage was both romantic and justified. “Shiver me timbers”, said the half of the population that received 90% of the spoils , “it’s the pirate’s life for me.” But now that Obama’s picaroon ship has foundered, not many want to accompany him to Davy Jones’s chilly locker.
“They hoist the Jolly Roger
And they drink their jugs of rum,
But it isn’t quite as Danny thought:
He’s crying for his mum.
He didn’t know they’re dirty
And he didn’t know they stank
And the pirates keep on threatening
To make him walk the plank.
There’s droppings in the porridge
And no mattress on the bunks;
There’s lice in Blackbeard’s beard
And there’s sand in Danny’s trunks.
Everyone has scurvy
And they scowl with snaggled teeth;
There’s beetles on the top deck
And the rats live underneath.
So next time that you make a wish
Heed what I say, it’s true:
Young Danny hates the pirate life
And so, I think, will you.”
— The Homesick Pirate by Joshua Seigal
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- You asked for it, You got it (ireport.cnn.com)