Negotiations, Obama StylePosted by Tim O'Donnell on October 2, 2013
On Friday September 27th, 2013 President Barack Obama did something that an American Government official has not officially done in over thirty years. He had a direct diplomatic conversation with a high ranking member of the Iranian government. For seventeen minutes the President of the United States had a phone conversation with the President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani. The complete content of the conversation was not published but we did get some important information from the call. For instance, apparently President Obama apologized to President Rouhani for the awful traffic in New York during his visit to the UN prior that week. This call was supposed to open the door to new US/Iran relations and help us talk Iran down off of the nuclear fence. It worked so well the Iranian Foreign Minister and former chief nuclear weapons negotiator said Monday on his English language twitter feed that Obama was a “flip-flop” and that his “presumption that Iran is negotiating because of his (Obama’s) illegal threats and sanctions is disrespectful of a nation, macho and wrong”. Regardless of the hilarity of the Iranian translator for their twitter accounts saying things like “macho” & that Rouhani was “super busy” after coming back from NYC, the message remains the same. Negotiation with terrorist states just doesn’t work.
A few weeks ago we had bounced from Obama blunder to Obama blunder into foreign policy by gaffe. The spin was that Obama negotiated John Kerry’s gaffe in England, with Vladimir Putin in their 20 minute talk at the G20 summit. So we negotiated with our number one geopolitical foe, Russia, to get weapons of mass destruction from Syria. Later reaching an agreement with Russia and Syria to get the chemical weapons out of their hands & into international control for destruction. There is no inventory of the Syrian chemical weapons, President Assad has asserted since before negotiations started that he doesn’t even have chemical weapons, should we trust him & Putin? Perhaps this was also a bad idea of negotiating with a terrorist state? Maybe Obama should call his style of negotiations “Domino’s Pizza” style, with foreign policy in 20 minutes or less?
Now we have a situation that is completely internal to the United States. It involves and directly affects Americans. The only thing holding the President up at this point is his egomaniacal protection of his legacy. His signature legislation, that is unwanted by at least 54% of Americans in polls by the most liberal of news sources, is at risk. A law that has proven to cost Americans jobs, working hours, and insurance plans. A law that has proven to raise premiums and deductibles on a large percentage of Americans. A law that has already hurt the medical supply device industry with a tax on all medical devices to include wheelchairs. A law that has hurt businesses so much the President himself delayed the Employer Mandate until after the 2014 midterm elections. The provisions of that law I’ve listed are those the Republicans would ask to negotiate on. But, because they’re Republicans, because this is his legacy at stake, and because of his ideology and goal to push all Americans to a single payer system and to socialized medicine, Barack Obama absolutely refused to negotiate on the parts of this law that have proven to be destructive. A man who will negotiate with Iran & Syria, two states that will sponsor terrorism, a man who will negotiate with a former KGB officer who batted him around the world stage like a hippie with a hacky sack, will not negotiate with fellow Americans for nothing other than partisan reasons.
Make no mistake, the goal of obamacare is to destroy private insurance. Whether they use actual insurance companies to reach that goal remains to be seen but the reason the democrats are allowing a law that is so destructive to move forward is to funnel us peons to the insurance exchanges. Those of us who don’t know enough to know what’s good for us will be sent into socialized medicine, a single payer system, or as they call it universal healthcare. Their political ideology says that those of us who care to advance or rise to the highest level of our abilities and those who take responsibility for our lives and those of our families will have to pay for those who don’t care to do the same. Through higher taxes, premiums, copays, deductibles, and overall healthcare costs we will bear the brunt for those who cannot or will not pay. Guised in the cloak of helping those less fortunate their ultimate goal is to raise those up who are down by bringing those down who are up. The altruistic ideas they claim to have is the way in which they think they can get us to some sort of utopian society. As the great economist Friedrich von Hayek told us, these theories do not take into account the element of human nature. The Road to Serfdom will be paved with these types of laws and intentions.
Contrary to the hyperbole of the Obama administration the Republican Party is not being controlled by one faction. The Tea Party is not terrorists, bullies, or arsonists. The few establishment Republicans who fear the grip they have had on the party for years is slipping away. The moderates who may only call themselves Republican because only a Republican would win in their districts, these are the people in the party who are against the idea of fighting the provisions of this destructive law. These few are being held up as examples of the supposed infighting within the party. Don’t be fooled, if the Republicans stick to their principles, if not these particular tactics, they will win the war even if they lose this particular battle. We got the first taste of the failure that is obamacare on October 1st. The websites that had three years to be designed to handle the supposed millions of people who want to sign up for it were barely able to work to have people sign up to review the exchanges much less have them signed up for insurance. Obamacare will fail for a myriad of reasons. The American people have to know how hard Republicans will fight it and this is why we will come out of this fight on top. Americans want people who appear to compromise and the democrats will not compromise right now. Barack Obama’s policy of “no negotiations” with Republicans will backfire on him here. I hope things went well with Iran & Syria, because it seems that it will all go downhill from here, unless we Republicans allow people like Senator John McCain or Rep Peter King to take us to the middle ground of surrender once again.