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2013 was the year of people living stupidly

LIBERALS view themselves as the moral and intellectual superiors to conservatives, which seems to be true until liberals gain power. Then the sweetheart deals for billionaire backers begin. Remember Solyndra?

And of course, the dumb programs and Carter administration-style incompetence return. If the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is a preview of government-run health care, America need never again worry about single-payer or universal health coverage. Thanks to the dummies President Obama appointed, more Americans now are leery of government-run health care.

Consider this confrontation between Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., in October over the Sebeliusian decree that men must buy maternity care insurance.

Ellmers: "But men are required to purchase maternity coverage."

Sebelius: "Well, an insurance policy has a series of benefits whether you use them or not."

Ellmers: "And that is why health care premiums are increasing, because we are forcing them to buy things that they will never need. Thank you."

Sebelius: "The individual policies cover families. Men often do need maternity care for their spouses and for their families, yes."

Ellmers: "A single male, aged 32, does need maternity coverage? To the best of your knowledge, has a man ever delivered a baby?"

Shouldn't President Obama have made sure Sebelius knew the facts of life before putting her in charge of America's medical industry?

Sebelius is not the only liberal trying to regulate things she does not understand. Rep. Diane DeGette, D-Colo., urged gun legislation in a forum hosted by the Denver Post.

"I will tell you these are ammunition, they're bullets, so the people who have those now they're going to shoot them, so if you ban them in the future, the number of these high capacity magazines is going to decrease dramatically over time because the bullets will have been shot and there won't be any more available," DeGette said.

That's not how gun magazines work. Maybe she should have read a few magazine articles about gun magazines before weighing in.

Liberals also pride themselves in their compassion for other people, which was shown last January when then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified in Congress about an attack in Benghazi, where Muslim fanatics killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith and Glen Doherty on the 11th anniversary of 9/11.

"With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest, or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they'd they go kill some Americans? What difference, at this point, does it make?" Clinton asked four months later.

Maybe if the people at the State Department circled the anniversary date as a day to take precautions that would have made a difference.

Then there is the global warming theory, which contends that rising carbon dioxide levels are causing a catastrophic increase in the Earth's temperatures. Despite the hockey stick prediction of skyrocketing temperatures, in September, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change sheepishly admitted that global warming has paused for 15 years.

Scientists have finally discovered a big yellow thing in the sky that may have as much to do with temperatures as carbon dioxide does.

However, when it comes to smug incompetence, nobody beats the press. After years of defending the statement as merely "half true," PolitiFact declared as its lie of the year President Obama's promise that if you like your health plan, you can keep it.

Four years too late.

Surber's email is DonSurber@DailyMailWV.com.


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