The sorcerer’s ap­pren­tice

The Washington Times Daily - - Editorial -

The Amer­i­can vot­ers elected to the of­fice of com­man­der in chief a man who has never worn the uni­form of the United States mil­i­tary, a man so ig­no­rant of our armed forces that he re­ferred to a med­i­cal corps­man as a “corpse-man.” Vot­ers chose to put at the helm of the fore­most econ­omy on earth a man who has never man­aged even a lemon­ade stand. In for­eign af­fairs, we watched as he drew “red lines” in the sand be­fore a mi­nor Mid­dle East­ern despot, paint­ing him­self into a cor­ner un­til he was res­cued from his folly by Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin.

Now his sig­na­ture “ac­com­plish­ment” — Oba­macare — has be­gun to col­lapse around his ears, dev­as­tat­ing mil­lions of Amer­i­cans whose health insurance poli­cies have been can­celed and who are un­able to ap­ply for new and pos­si­bly more ex­pen­sive ones be­cause of an in­op­er­a­ble fed­eral web­site. Mean­while, caught in his own lies and re­ject­ing cor­rec­tive leg­is­la­tion in­tro­duced by the op­pos­ing po­lit­i­cal party, he poses ques­tion­able ex­ec­u­tive ac­tions to de­fer or negate the pro­vi­sions of his own law. The insurance in­dus­try is in chaos. The med­i­cal pro­fes­sion is in a quandary. The pub­lic is be­fud­dled.

The Amer­i­can elec­torate has in­stalled a sorcerer’s ap­pren­tice in the White House. J. GRIF­FIN CRUMP Alexan­dria

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