Driving the Week: Obama’s Central Planning

Get ready for a busy week in Washington.  With the House out of session and the Senate toiling away on an FFA reauthorization bill, President Obama will try to steal the spotlight by launching a new national campaign dubbed “Startup America.”

Unfortunately, the effort is little more than a repackaging of policies he unsuccessfully pushed during the past two years.  As The Hill reports, the administration will also begin messaging on their “new energy plan.”  President Obama will argue this is about winning the future, hope and a yes we can spirit.  It’s not.  It’s about big government and central planning.

As Heritage Action’s CEO Michael A Needham wrote in Townhall today:

Despite his rhetoric, President Obama has a different vision. He thinks the government, not the American people, will “win the future.” He believes the “best and the brightest” minds in America can sit in a room in Washington and choose winners and losers.


The irony of the President’s initiative is that during the past two years, under his watch, our economy has shed nearly 3 million jobs and reckless spending has added more than $4 trillion to our national debt.

As he tries to hide the past and “look forward,” the courts are poised rule on the constitutionality of his central legislative accomplishment, Obamacare.  A Florida judge could rule as early as today on what Reuters dubbed the “biggest legal challenge yet” to the law:

[Judge] Vinson has suggested strongly that he too will rule the individual mandate oversteps constitutional limits on federal authority. He may also move to invalidate the entire law, by granting the plaintiff states’ request for an injunction to halt its implementation.

According to the legal experts at Heritage, the case is clear-cut.  And a handful of Senate Democrats have indicated their displeasure with the individual mandate as well.  It is anyone’s guess how Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Jim Webb (D-VA), John Tester (D-MT) and Mark Pryor (D-AR) will react to the ruling.

Stay tuned!  It’s going to be a busy week.

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