More news about how bad ObamaCare sucks.
And that’s bad news for the 83% of Americans who won’t buy their health insurance through an “exchange.” The CBO report stresses that the increase in premiums will be offset by subsidies for those who qualify, but that means that American taxpayers will be footing the bill for the increase. The report also calls into question — again — one of the primary funding mechanisms for ObamaCare
Huckabee says the “system” failed with Maurice Clemmons. Really? Before Huck commuted his sentence, the “system” had him in jail.
Power Line makes some very good points here. The system was working, until Huckabee got involved, and 4 officers died because of it.
Lets not forget the woman who was raped and killed by another of his releases or the other woman that same person is suspected of raping and murdering.
Most governors are not measured by their death tolls, but this one can be… and should be.
During the last presidential primary season, we wrote extensively about Mike Huckabee’s excessive use of his power, as governor of Arkansas, to issue pardons and commutations, and his role in influencing the parole process. In one particularly egregious instance, Huckabee worked behind the scenes in favor of releasing on parole a convicted rapist who, once free, raped and murdered a woman in Missouri.
Now we learn that Maurice Clemmons, accused of the execution-style murder of four police officers in Washington state, had a lengthy jail term commuted by Huckabee in 2000. Clemons had served only 11 years of a 95-year prison sentence.
The Huckabee camp is trying to pass this off as failure of "the system" in both Arkansas and Washington. But my friend Bill Otis, a former prosecutor, observes that the "system" had Clemmons behind bars for the duration until Huckabee let him out.
Chairman Zero’s character flaws are beginning, ever so slowly, to be noticed. John F. Harris of Politico lists "seven stories Barack Obama doesn’t want told":
1. He thinks he’s playing with Monopoly money: No fiscal responsibility whatsoever.
2. He’s a dithering intellectual poseur. He would rather study a problem, and impress his clique by holding forth on its nuances, than actually solve it.
3. He governs like a Chicago thug. He buys off corrupt pols ($300 million for Mary Landrieu’s vote on health care) and bullies opponents like FoxNews and certain Inspectors General who dare to investigate his cronies.
4. He’s a wuss. All of his bowing to foreign leaders conveys weakness. He comes back from China with nothing.
5. He doesn’t believe the USA is a great country: At best, the USA is just one country in the community of nations, no more special than Ecuador or Finland. At worst, the USA is a pariah state whose shameful history of slavery expectation far exceed any good that might have happened before he was elected.
6. He and Pelosi are peas in a pod: Two vain, radical leftists who are in way over their heads.
7. He’s a pathological narcissist. He fancies himself the bride at every wedding, the corpse at every funeral.
Even before I knew about Clemency-Fest 2000, I never liked Huckabee. As they said in the article below, “a populist with a Bible”. Now we see his stupidity and 4 officers paid the price for it.
At least we won’t have to worry about him in 2012. His career is done.
Maurice Clemmons, the 37-year-old Tacoma man being sought for questioning in the killing of four Lakewood police officers this morning, has a long criminal record punctuated by violence, erratic behavior and concerns about his mental health.
Nine years ago, then-Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee granted clemency to Clemmons, commuting his lengthy prison sentence over the protestations of prosecutors.
"This is the day I’ve been dreading for a long time," Larry Jegley, prosecuting attorney for Arkansas’ Pulaski County said Sunday night when informed that Clemmons was being sought in connection to the killings.
Back when Huckabee was governor, the people of Arkansas were so worried about his commutations of violent criminals, they looked at amending the state constitution to limit the governor’s pardon power. This is what Huckabee had to say about executive clemency:
“I would not deny that my sense of the reality of redemption is a factor,” the former Baptist pastor said in a radio interview with KUAR in Little Rock. “And I don’t know that I can apologize for that because I would hate to think of the kind of human I would be if I thought people were beyond forgiveness and beyond reformation and beyond some sense of improvement.”