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TheDC Morning: Obamacare = Obamajobkiller

1.) Obamacare = Obamajobkiller — With all the talk about Solyndra and Fast & Furious, it’s easy to forget about the biggest Obama administration scandal of all: Obamacare. TheDC’s Neil Munro reports on the latest unintended-but-long-predicted consequence of the unpopular utopian legislation:

“President Barack Obama’s health care reform law is already bleeding jobs from the nation’s high-tech, high-wage medical device industry, but Senate Democrats aren’t trying to close the wound, says Minnesota Republican Rep. Erik Paulsen. The 2010 law imposed a crippling 10-year, $20 billion tax on revenues — not on profits — earned by companies that make medical devices, such as catheters, artery-clearing stents, scalpels and pacemakers. The tax is prompting American companies to shed jobs, move factories overseas and reconsider niche-market research projects, said Paulson, whose district include medical device companies. No Senate Democrats are supporting his tax-repeal bill, even though many have medical devices companies in their districts, he said. ‘They’re the ones digging to protect Obamacare,’ he told The Daily Caller. ‘The administration will dig in and protect Obamacare at all costs, even if it looks like it is going to cause the layoff of 10 percent of the medical-device workforce, or 43,000 jobs,’ said Paulson, who has gathered 218 House signatures for a bill to repeal the tax.”

If those 43,000 people wanted to keep their jobs, they shouldn’t have gone into an industry that helps sick people and saves lives. Besides, what good is creating jobs if it means some people have more money than other people?

2.) Past Obama vs. Present Obama — Speaking of The Greatest President in the History of Everything (copyright Frank J. Fleming), just because what he’s saying now is the exact opposite of what he’s said in the past doesn’t mean that what he’s saying now is the exact opposite of what he’s said in the past. Neil Munro reports:

“In 2008, presidential candidate Barack Obama dismissed President George W. Bush as ‘unpatriotic’ for boosting the national debt by roughly $4 trillion. These days, President Obama slams Republicans as unpatriotic because they oppose his even higher pace of deficit spending. On Wednesday the federal debt reached $15 trillion, or $48,000 for every American man, woman and child. In July 2008 the national debt was $9 trillion when Obama spoke to a campaign-trail crowd in Fargo, N.D. ‘The problem is, is that the way Bush has done it over the last eight years is to take out a credit card from the Bank of China in the name of our children,’ Obama complained, ‘driving up our national debt from $5 trillion for the first 42 presidents, [and] number 43 added $4 trillion dollars by his lonesome, so that we now have over $9 trillion of debt that we are going to have now to pay back… That’s irresponsible, that’s unpatriotic,’ he declared. Campaigning for re-election in 2012, however, Obama has decidedly changed his rhetoric. He downplays the scale of his presidency’s spending binge — America ran $1.3 trillion deficits in 2009 and 2010 — and claims Republicans are unpatriotic for not raising taxes to support his new deficit spending.”

But it was different in 2008 because that was George Bush, and George Bush is bad. Obama is good, so when he does the same thing he condemned the bad man for doing, except even more so, it’s good. Maybe you haven’t heard of this little thing called logic? It’s really great, you should look into it.

3.) The latest from the Occupy Wall Street police blotter — Nkrumah Tinsley, the Occupier who was caught on camera ranting about how he was going to “burn New York City to the f***ing ground” and how we’re all going to see “what a Molotov cocktail can do to Macy’s,” has been arrested. Hey, whatever happened to free speech? Also in the hoosegow is Oscar Ortega-Hernandez, the guy suspected of putting a bullet in a White House window. (But don’t worry, he has nothing to do with Occupy Wall Street! The sociopolitical climate they’ve created has nothing to do with any acts of violence. This guy isn’t like Jared Lee Loughner, who went on a shooting spree because of political rhetoric he never heard.) And at Occupy Seattle, a pregnant woman and an 84-year-old woman were pepper-sprayed along with the rest of a mob that was blocking traffic. So now you’re supposed to be outraged that the police would do such a thing, rather than ask why a pregnant woman and an 84-year-old woman were blocking traffic. You see, when Occupy DC knocked down an old lady, it was her own fault for trying to get home from an event they didn’t like. It’s different when an elderly person puts herself in harm’s way deliberately, because shut up.

4.) Q: How many Herman Cain accusers does it take to screw in a light bulb? — A: That’s not funny!

Herman Cain has had a rough month, but at least he can still laugh about it, thereby infuriating people who then feel the need to insist they do too have a sense of humor. TheDC’s Alex Pappas reports:

“The phrase most often associated with Herman Cain’s presidential candidacy is ‘9-9-9,’ the name of his tax reform plan that helped propel the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO into the top tier of White House contenders. But there’s another phrase we’ve heard more than a few times on the trail from Cain: ‘America needs to learn how to take a joke.’ Cain’s likeability and sense of humor are assets for the businessman from Georgia who takes pride in being an unorthodox candidate. He has endeared voters with jokes about his Secret Service codename being ‘Cornbread’ and installing a fully functioning Godfather’s Pizza inside the White House if elected. But using the excuse that he’s only joking, or a variation of it, is also a technique Cain uses to back away from past statements that may be outlandish or contradictory to what he stands for today. Take, for example, last month when Cain told The Daily Caller he wasn’t being serious when he penned a column in 2006 calling on Republicans to groom golfer Tiger Woods to run for president. ‘That was a joke,’ Cain said. ‘That was a joke, okay. That was a joke. Americans got to learn how to have a sense of humor.'”

There’s nothing funny about opposing The One. By the way, we’re now heading into Caingate Week 4 without a specific accusation from a credible accuser. Weird how everybody’s shrugging and shuffling their feet and pretending they never cared about it, huh?

5.) There’s nothing bacon can’t do, but there’s at least one thing it shouldn’t — The most important meal of the day just got even more important. And the decline of Western civilization proceeds apace. TheDC’s Caroline May reports:

“The self-described ‘Bacontrepreneurs’ are back at it, this time with a bacon-themed product to spice up your love life… J&D’s Foods, the company best known for attempting to make every food taste like bacon, announced Tuesday that they have created and are now selling the ‘the world’s first bacon-flavored personal lubricant,’ J&D’s baconlube. ‘The McRib of sex,’ as Esch and Lefkow describe it, is now available for $11.99 and is already in short supply since they have only manufactured 3,000 bottles. The pair admitted that they never intended for baconlube to be a real product. It started out as an April Fools’ Day joke and only went forward after a flood of emails and other encouragement from bacon lovers poured in.”

Wouldn’t it be a lot cheaper and easier to just… Wait. No. Ew. Ewwwwwwww.

6.) Today’s words of wisdom from the Twitter feed of Adam Baldwin (no relation) — “#Occupy exploits #VictimMascot martyr & radical octogenerian woman as an arrestable human shield ==> thestar.com/iphone/news/wo…

VIDEO: Turns out that when you give “Patriotic Millionaires” the opportunity to practice what they preach about everyone paying their fair share, they say you’re “being silly”