From James Taranto’s Best of the Web
Here is Obama:
“You don’t like a particular policy or a particular president, then argue for your position. Go out there and win an election. Push to change it. But don’t break it. Don’t break what our predecessors spent over two centuries building. That’s not being faithful to what this country is about.”
And here is Mr. Taranto:
This is galling for multiple reasons. For one, he was lecturing members of Congress, every one of whom (with the exception of New Jersey’s appointed junior senator) holds his office by virtue of having won his most recent election. Granted, Obama won his too, but with the help of an abusive IRS. And the country now faces a crisis because in 2009 and 2010, when it came to health care, Obama and his fellow Democrats failed to act in accord with the advice he now dishes out: “Don’t break it.”
Can I hear an amen.
And in conclusion:
The Hill reports that “White House press secretary Jay Carney said Thursday that President Obama was seeking ‘accountability’ from federal employees working to fix glitches with the ObamaCare website.” Carney added that “the president was ‘not happy’ with how the rollout had gone.”
But it is not the job of federal employees to keep Barack Obama happy. It is the job of federal employees including Barack Obama to be accountable to the people. This disastrous law was a product of Obama’s willfulness. It is up to him to account for its results, and to devise a plan to minimize the damage. So far there is no indication he is even making an effort.