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Why Obama and Obamacare may be the death of American liberalism

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Ed Haislmaier of the Heritage Foundation points out an important fact about President Obama's implementation of his signature domestic policy achievement:

"America’s involvement in World War II began on Dec. 7, 1941, with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. It ended 1,365 days later on Sept. 2, 1945, with the surrender ceremony aboard the U.S.S. Missouri anchored in Tokyo Bay.

"President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law on March 23, 2010. Today, Dec. 18, 2013, marks the 1,366th day of post-enactment Obamacare implementation."

Big, dumb government

It's almost impossible to exaggerate the absurdities that have attended Obamacare, beginning with the president's infamous lies about keeping your present plan and your doctor, and continuing through the 11,000 pages of implementing regulations written to date, according to USA Today's Jayne O'Donnell.

Incredibly, thousands more Obamacare regulations are yet to be written, many of the horrendous problems with the program's healthcare.gov website remain unsolved and 2014 promises to add millions more people to nearly six million who lost their coverage in 2013.

Compared to the record of the Greatest Generation in defeating the Nazis on two continents and the Japanese on a third in less time than Obamacare has already consumed, the politicians, corporate cronies and bureaucrats behind Obama look like the Most Incompetent Generation.

Death of liberalism?

The same week Obamacare cruised past WWII on the implementation-time log, a stunning Gallup Poll was published.

It was stunning because 72 percent of the respondents said Big Government is the most serious problem facing America. That's the highest percentage Gallup has ever recorded in response to this question.

And the same week, a New York Times/CBS News poll found 53 percent of the uninsured disapprove of Obamacare and 56 percent of them say they don't plan to enroll.

When you've even lost most of the people your signature domestic policy achievement is aimed at helping ...

On today's washingtonexaminer.com

Editorial: Employees lose when management and labor collude.

Ron Arnold: Science illiteracy helps global warmists spread their gospel.

Veronique de Rugy: Bitcoin -- or something like it -- is here to stay.

Manhattan Moment: Why Obamacare wishes it was Amazon.

Philip Klein: Obamacare's "death spiral" scenario is about the states, stupid.

Joseph Lawler: Treasury' Jack Lew says debt ceiling must be raised by late February or early March.

In other news

The Washington Post: Official defenses of NSA are crumbling.

NBC News: Death penalty on life support.

USA Today: "Duck Dynasty" family says no show without Phil.

The New York Times: Obama White House eases another Obamacare rule.

CNN: North Korea threatens war -- via fax.

New York Post: Coach fired for being straight defends heterosexual lifestyle.

Lefty Playbook:

Talking Points Memo: Industry groups give up on Medicaid expansion in big blow to Obamacare.

The American Prospect: The Fed transformed.

Huffington Post: States report surge in Obamacare signups.

Bonus must-read

New Republic: 2013 was the year the "Grand Bargain" died. Good riddance.

Righty Playbook

National Review Online: Real rednecks.

Hot Air: Did conservatives get trolled by Pajamaboy?

American Thinker: Ben Carson in his own words.

Bonus must-read

The Federalist: Are men irrational for opting out of education, careers and families?

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