We just got four swell pieces of information.
The First: The Supreme Court refused to accept an expedited review of ObamaCare. The Justices don't seem to think that this unconstitutional horror show and its attendant hijacking of one-fifth of the U.S. economy is worth taking a quicker look at. They are A-OK with letting it just meander through the appellate court process as if it were some garden-variety case.
This is madness. And since it's madness, it's also a win for the Obama administration and the Democrats. Why? Because the longer this thing drags on, the deeper ObamaCare's tentacles can go into American health care, and the more difficult it will be to detach them. Team Obama WANTS to slow-walk ObamaCare through the courts for 2 reasons: 1. They front-loaded this monstrosity with "goodies"---such as the pre-existing condition exemption and kids being allowed to stay on their parents' insurance until age 26---to get people addicted to the new entitlement. The longer that can go on, the more people might warm to it. (Although that hasn't happened yet. A clear majority still favors complete repeal.) And 2. If Justice Elena Kagan recuses herself from the case (as she should since she argued on behalf of ObamaCare as Solicitor General), there might be a hung Court: a 4-4 decision. In that event, the ruling of the lower Appellate Court would stand. Team Obama is playing the odds that a left-wing Appellate Court will uphold it.
By not fast-tracking the case, the Supremes just did every American a grave disservice. Everybody and their momma knows that the case is going to end up there anyway. Why prolong the pain? The only reason is to help the unpopular policy out politically. Pathetic.
The Second: The International Monetary Fund announced that according to its latest forecasts, China's economy is set to surpass America's economy in just 5 short years. The "Age of America," they say, will soon be over. Now, they may just be a bunch of international bankers and bureaucrats looking to score some rhetorical points against the United States. Or they may be correct. Given our oppressive and unsustainable debt, weak growth, and high unemployment, my guess is the IMF is closer to being right than wrong. After all, they're not alone: Standard and Poor's just downgraded our credit outlook from "stable" to "negative." If Obama's plan is to take American down a notch or two, it's working.
The Third: You know Obama is a disaster when he loses the support of a man he so clearly and openly supported: Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas. Abbas went public with his disappointment and contempt for Obama: "It was Obama who suggested a full settlement freeze," Abbas said, referring to the Israeli construction that was a sticking point in peace talks. "I said OK, I accept. We both went up the tree. After that, he came down with a ladder and he removed the ladder and said to me, jump. Three times he did it."
That's what you call a DISS of epic proportions. It takes a lot for a foreign leader to slam the President of the United States publicly. Saudi King Abdullah has been doing it in private---and obliquely in public. Other leaders have been either rolling their eyes or, tired of waiting for the administration to take action here or there, are doing it themselves. Many of them wonder whether Obama is either completely incompetent or stoking chaos for a more sinister purpose.
The Fourth: The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, warned that the war in Libya (meant to prevent an imaginary slaughter) is headed quickly toward "stalemate." Meanwhile, the White House released a statement "strongly condemning" the actual slaughter being carried out by the terrorist Syrian regime against its own people. It's a moral relativity extravaganza!
Everywhere you look, proclamations are being made that America is in decline, losing its global leadership role through fiscal irresponsibility at home and breathtaking weakness abroad. We can turn this around, but we're going to need a real president in 2012 and a real Republican party. So far, we haven't seen many signs of either. One thing's for sure: we are Americans, and Americans don't stand for weakness, collapse, and being second best. Our leaders might, but we don't. So once again, our leaders are going to have to gangway so we the people can save the country.