Danger Of A Lame Duck Congress, Obamacare And A Best President Poll
July 16, 2010 by Chip Wood
*If the right wins big this November. There are some interesting stories floating out of Washington about what could happen after this November’s elections. If the Republicans win control of the House—something many pundits are predicting—expect the Democrats to demand a lame-duck session of Congress, where they will try to get enough defeated congressman to approve several programs that look hopeless today. Would a bunch of losers actually agree to pass Cap-and-Trade, a union “card check,” and other liberal favorites? Only if they want to see a real revolt by voters afterwards.
*ObamaCare’s disastrous results. Last month an 83-page document surfaced in Washington with more bad news about the healthcare legislation Obama rammed through Congress. According to the study, more than half of all employer-provided health insurance plans will be effectively eliminated between now and 2014. The effects among small businesses will be even worse, with estimates that 66 percent or more of America’s small businesses will abandon their healthcare insurance plans. It’s no rightwing think-tank making such dire predictions, by the way. The gloomy predictions come straight from the Obama White House.
*The best president ever? A new poll of 238 “presidential scholars” at U.S. colleges and universities confirms what many of us have suspected for years: The people teaching our sons and daughters (and now our grandsons and granddaughters) are a very liberal bunch. The scholars were asked to rate the nation’s 43 chief executives on 20 attributes, ranging from legislative accomplishments to integrity and imagination. Franklin Delano Roosevelt won the top spot, as he has every year since the poll was first conducted in 1982. Barack Obama shot up to the 15th slot, three ahead of Ronald Reagan. Meanwhile, George Bush came in at No. 42—second only to Warren G. Harding as the very worst president of all time. No bias here, of course.