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I agree, he has forged and lied for years now, and anything he does has to be fact checked to see if all or none of what he says is a lie. From what I read, he wasn't a professor, or got the job because they wanted someone black to handle the job. Either way he is a thug, criminal and an experienced liar. No records to prove anything.

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Obama expands his executive power

Martin Gould says that despite campaign promises to refrain from using executive powers to bypass Congress, Barack Obama is increasingly doing just that, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.
 
From helping rebels in the Libyan revolution to granting states waivers from the No Child Left Behind education act, Obama is finding it easier to push his agenda without asking for approval from elected senators and representatives, the paper said.

And that is not sitting well with either Republicans or Democrats who are keen to defend their own turf against what they see as an overreaching executive.

"When he ran for president, Barack Obama promised to roll back President George W. Bush's use of executive power, a defining point of the Bush presidency," Laura Meckler wrote in the Journal piece. "The pledge was part of a broader pitch about Mr. Obama's governing style, which he said would focus on solving problems in a pragmatic, cooperative way.

"The allure of executive power, it turns out, is hard to resist," Meckler added. "Most every chief executive has found ways to escape the shackles of the legislature and expand the power of the presidency. Three years into his first term, Mr. Obama has developed his own expansive view of going it alone, asserting new executive powers and challenging members of Congress in both parties."

White House counsel Kathy Ruemmler told the Journal that Obama has developed a broadr view of executive power since his days as a U.S. senator. "Many issues that he deals with are just on him, where the Congress doesn't bear the burden in the same way," she said. "Until one experiences that first hand, it is difficult to appreciate fully how you need flexibility in a lot of circumstances."
 


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oh PLEEZZE,  Kathy Ruemmler, apologize for the man who would be KING again,  dont you know that your face is getting beet red from the embarrassment you are feeling????

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From the Washington Post (yes, really it is)
Long but worth the read.

"Years from now, historians may regard the 2008 election of Barack Obama as an inscrutable and disturbing phenomenon, a baffling breed of mass hysteria akin perhaps to the witch craze of the Middle Ages.  How, they will wonder, did a man so devoid of professional accomplishment beguile so many into thinking he could manage the world's largest economy, direct the world's most powerful military, execute the world's most consequential job?

Imagine a future historian examining Obama's pre-presidential "life" ushered into and through the Ivy League despite unremarkable grades and test scores along the way; a cushy non-job as a "community organizer"; a brief career as a state legislator devoid of legislative achievement (and in fact nearly devoid of his attention, so often did he vote "present"); and finally an unaccomplished single term in the United States Senate, the entirety of which was devoted to his presidential ambitions.  He left no academic legacy in academia, authored no signature legislation as a legislator.

And then there is the matter of his troubling associations: the white-hating, America-loathing preacher who for decades served as Obama's "spiritual mentor"; a real-life actual terrorist who served as Obama's colleague and political sponsor.  It is easy to imagine a future historian looking at it all and asking:  how on Earth was such a man elected president? 

Not content to wait for history, the incomparable Norman Podhoretz addressed the question recently in the Wall Street Journal:  To be sure, no white candidate who had close associations with an outspoken hater of America like Jeremiah Wright and an unrepentant terrorist like Bill Ayres would have lasted a single day.  But because Mr. Obama was black, and therefore entitled in the eyes of liberaldom to have hung out with protesters against various American injustices, even if they were a bit extreme, he was given a pass:

Let that sink in:  Obama was given a pass--held to a lower standard--because of the color of his skin.  Podhoretz continues:
And in any case, what did such ancient history matter when he was also articulate and elegant and (as he himself had said) "non-threatening", all of which gave him a fighting chance to become the first black president and thereby to lay the curse of racism to rest? 

Podhoretz puts his finger, I think, on the animating pulse of the Obama phenomenon--affirmative action.  Not in the legal sense, of course.  But certainly in the motivating sentiment behind all affirmative action laws and regulations, which are designed primarily to make white people, and especially white liberals, feel good about themselves.

Unfortunately, minorities often suffer so that whites can pat themselves on the back.  Liberals routinely admit minorities to schools for which they are not qualified, yet take no responsibility for the inevitable poor performance and high drop-out rates which follow.  Liberals don't care if these minority students fail; liberals aren't around to witness the emotional devastation and deflated self esteem resulting from the racist policy that is affirmative action.  Yes, racist.  Holding someone to a separate standard merely because of the color of his skin--that's affirmative action in a nutshell, and if that isn't racism, then nothing is.  And that is what America did to Obama.

True, Obama himself was never troubled by his lack of achievements, but why would he be?  As many have noted, Obama was told he was good enough for Columbia despite undistinguished grades at Occidental; he was told he was good enough for the US Senate despite a mediocre record in Illinois; he was told he was good enough to be president despite no record at all in the Senate.  All his life, every step of the way, Obama was told he was good enough for the next step, in spite of ample evidence to the contrary.  What could this breed if not the sort of empty narcissism on display every time Obama speaks?

In 2008 many who agreed that he lacked executive qualifications nonetheless raved about Obama's oratory skills, intellect, and cool character.  Those people--conservatives included--ought now to be deeply embarrassed.  The man thinks and speaks in the hoariest of cliches, and that's when he has his teleprompter in front of him; when the prompter is absent he can barely think or speak at all.  Not one original idea has ever issued from his mouth--it's all warmed-over Marxism of the kind that has failed over and over again for 100 years.

And what about his character?  Obama is constantly blaming anything and everything else for his troubles.  Bush did it; it was bad luck; I inherited this mess.  It is embarrassing to see a president so willing to advertise his own powerlessness, so comfortable with his own incompetence.  But really, what were we to expect?  The man has never been responsible for anything, so how do we expect him to act responsibly?

In short: our president is a small and small-minded man, with neither the temperament nor the intellect to handle his job.  When you understand that, and only when you understand that, will the current erosion of liberty and prosperity make sense.  It could not have gone otherwise with such a man in the Oval Office.

But hey, at least we got to feel good about ourselves for a little while.  And really, isn't that all that matters these days?"


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Obama: Government "made this country great"

The Conservative Byte is reporting that Barack Obama attacked Republicans for their desire to cut the government spending that "made this country great," while also faulting them for failing to "balance the budget."

Obama said that Republicans have "one message and that is, we’re going to make sure that we cut people’s taxes even more -- so that by every objective measure our deficit is worse and we will slash government investments that have made this country great," he argued, "not because it’s going to balance the budget, but because it’s driven by our ideological vision about how government should be. That’s their agenda, pure and simple."

The president should avoid attacking budgets for failing to balance. Senate Democrats have refused to propose a budget of any kind in over 1,000 days. President Obama’s budget included $3.6 trillion in new spending this year. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., proposed a plan to balance the budget in five years. The Republican Study Committee has also proposed a plan to balance the budget in five years.

"This president is completely irresponsible," Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., told The Washington Examiner in a discussion of Obama’s budgetary policies. "He’s been in office three years. The problems that are facing us, that have us on the edge of the cliff -- he’s avoided. It’s a cowardly thing to do as a world leader not to address the big problems . . . I really think it’s disgraceful."


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The audacity of Obama's arrogance

Conn Carroll says if you want to know why the Obama administration failed so spectacularly to defend Obamacare in the Supreme Court last week, look no further than a 2008 statement Barack Obama gave to author Richard Wolfe: "You know, I believe my own bulls--t."

This arrogance may have served Obama well when he had to take on the Clinton political machine, but it has also caused many of Obama's biggest failures in office. Going into oral arguments, the White House believed that the case for Obamacare was a "slam dunk" and that they would win 7-2, maybe even 9-0. It's just the latest example of Obama's arrogance crippling his effectiveness as president.

It's not that Obama is the only person in Washington with an inflated sense of his abilities. To borrow a phrase from "Apocalypse Now," calling a person arrogant in this town would be like issuing speeding tickets at the Indianapolis 500. But while the rest of the politicians are doing 85 mph in a 60 zone, Obama is blowing past them at 180.

Here is what Obama told aide Patrick Gaspard in 2008: "I think that I'm a better speechwriter than my speechwriters. I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I'll tell you right now that I'm gonna think I'm a better political director than my political director."

Obama's outsize vision of his importance had an almost instant policy and political impact. Just three days after he was inaugurated, House Republicans met with Obama to talk about what the tax portion of the stimulus bill should look like. This was a huge opportunity for Obama. If he had been more flexible and bipartisan -- if he had let some Republicans write the tax portion of the stimulus, in exchange for their votes -- Republicans would have had some ownership of the economy and their criticism of Obama on the economy would have been muted.

But Obama chose a different route. He insisted that the tax portion of the stimulus incorporate only his campaign promises. Republicans would get zero input on the bill. At that meeting, Obama told then-House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, "Elections have consequences, Eric. And I won." Not only that, but the White House press shop made sure to leak this quote far and wide as an additional slight.

Having educated Republicans on their proper role in his Washington, Obama then turned to health care. But restive voters didn't seem to be buying what the White House was selling. Democrats lost off-year elections in Virginia, New Jersey and finally Massachusetts. Surely the loss of Ted Kennedy's Senate seat would cause Obama to engage in some soul searching?

Nope. When Rep. Marion Berry, D-Ark., told Obama that the political atmosphere in his state felt a lot like 1994, when Democrats lost the House for the first time in two generations, Obama replied, "Well the big difference between here and in '94 was you've got me." Upon hearing those words, Berry chose to retire rather than run again. Democrats lost a record 63 House seats -- including Berry's -- and control of the House.

So where has Obama's arrogance gotten us as a country? Not only is his signature domestic accomplishment about to be declared unconstitutional, even if it is upheld, it did nothing to address Medicare's long-term funding problems. As a result, Medicare is set to cut doctor reimbursements by a third come Jan. 1.

Also coming Jan. 1 is a slew of expiring tax cuts that will burden our anemic economic recovery with a brand-new $5 trillion tax hike. Obama must also convince Congress once again to raise the nation's debt limit. Remember how well that debate turned out last August?

But don't worry. Obama is the most talented politician of our time. Just ask him. In 2004, after his Democratic National Convention speech, Obama told David Mendell, "I'm LeBron, baby."

So, how does LeBron do in crunch time again?

ccarroll@washingtonexaminer.com


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White House B-balls adorned with The One’s image

Keith Koffler is reporting that as part of its Easter Egg Roll festivities, the White House is conducting a basketball clinic for kids featuring pro players. Have a look the ball being used, as Tweeted by ABC White House Correspondent Jake Tapper.

Apparently, the basketball lesson doesn’t include instruction in humility.


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Just when you think this WH couldn't be more out of touch with the American people....



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http://www.therightplanet.com/2012/04/a-wicked-financial-storm-descends-on-america/

 

Ever since 2008, this blog has been warning about economic devastation heading our way. You see it everywhere you look today, if you bother to look that is… Gas prices are at close to an average of $4 a gallon and in parts of California, it is now hitting $7, with no end in sight. Food inflation that is rising so precipitously, it takes your breath away – but the government says there is no inflation.

In the world that is America now, all things seem to be upside down and sliding full-blown out of control. This includes the Communist who is our current Commander-in-Chief. He claims he is drilling for oil, when the opposite is true. He is blocking all of it and piling so many regulations on our coal plants in lockstep with his bud, Cass Sunstein, that they are shutting down as well. Lie after lie after infernal lie.

As for unemployment, the government is manipulating the hell out of those numbers in an attempt to calm the sheep before the slaughter. They claim it has fallen to 8.2%. Take a long look at the U6 rate, which tracks not only those out of work, but those who’ve essentially given up looking for work. It currently sits at 14.5% – close to double what is being claimed by our ‘progressive’ leadership. Real unemployment stands at closer to 19.1% and is perhaps substantially higher than that.

People are giving up on finding work. A second, even more brutal wave of foreclosures is also on the horizon. Real hunger is coming to the US and hard times that will make the Great Depression seem like the good ole days are pounding on our door. A majority of states are now close to being unable to cover pensions and other entitlements as well as expenses. Bankruptcy is an understatement for what these states are facing. So, to “solve” the problem, a number of them are taxing more which makes it worse and worse. All the while, the rising flood of fuel prices surges against the levee.

When truckers cannot fill their tanks anymore because of the cost, store shelves will become barren wastelands. Real food deserts. When people get hungry, especially when their children are hungry, they get mean and desperate. Just what the Progressives had in mind. Violence, chaos and mayhem in the streets.

So, you say… the election is not far off and we can get rid of Obama then. Maybe, maybe not… I understand a company owned at least in part by Soros will be handling voting results. It doesn’t take a genius to see how that would be manipulated. Then there is a potential war with Iran. If Obama feels his reelection is in jeopardy, war with Iran will look like just the right emergency. Or, there could be any other number of emergencies, real or ginned up like the Trayvon Martin murder that is sparking racial unrest.

If nothing else, the debt we owe will literally drag us into hell all by itself. We’re broke and we aren’t going back to yesteryear anytime soon. That would take massive cuts and pain and no one with that kind of spine exists today in our government. But until the last penny is stolen and the last party is thrown by the Progressives, they will keep spending until there is nothing left but death, war, famine and blood. And they are okay with that, trust me. We face the abyss and our leaders are embracing the gulf.

From The Economic Collapse Blog:

#1 According to one new survey, approximately one-third of all Americans are not paying their bills on time at this point.

#2 The U.S. housing industry is bracing for another huge wave of foreclosures in 2012. The following is from a recent Reuters article….

“We are right back where we were two years ago. I would put money on 2012 being a bigger year for foreclosures than 2010,” said Mark Seifert, executive director of Empowering & Strengthening Ohio’s People (ESOP), a counseling group with 10 offices in Ohio.

#3 The Citigroup Economic Surprise Index, a key indicator watched by many economists, is on the verge of heading into negative territory.

#4 We are supposed to be in the middle of an economic recovery in the United States, but bad news just keeps pouring in from major companies. For example, Yahoo is firing thousands of workers and Best Buy is closing dozens of stores.

#5 Richard Russell says that the “big money” is starting to quietly exit from the financial markets….

“My guess is that this is the big money that has been holding off as long as it decently can — and then dumping their goods just before the close. I don’t think the big money likes this market, and I think they have been slowly exiting this market, as quietly as they can.”

#6 Goldman Sachs is projecting that the S&P 500 will fall by about 11 percent by the end of 2012.

#7 All over the country, local governments are going into default and we have not even entered the next recession yet.

#8 The U.S. government will add more to the national debt in 2012 than it did from the time that George Washington became president to the time that Ronald Reagan became president.

#9 The Federal Reserve is desperately trying to control interest rates. The Fed purchased approximately 61 percent of all government debt issued by the U.S. Treasury Department in 2011. This is the only thing that is keeping interest rates in the United States from soaring dramatically.

#10 German industrial production is falling at a pace that is far faster then expected.

#11 Italy’s debt-to-GDP ratio is now up to 120 percent.

#12 The Spanish government admitted on Tuesday that Spain’s debt-to-GDP ratio will rise by more than 11 percent this year alone.

#13 Yields on Spanish bonds are rising to dangerous levels.

#14 The Spanish government is projecting that the unemployment rate in Spain will exceed 24 percent by the end of the year.

#15 Unemployment in the eurozone as a whole has risen for 10 months in a row and is now at a 15 year high.

#16 In the aftermath of a 77-year-old retiree killing himself in front of the Greek parliament in protest over pension cuts, the economic rioting in Greece has flared back up dramatically.

#17 At this point, Greece is experiencing an economic depression with no end in sight. Some of the statistics coming out of Greece are really hard to believe. For example, one port town in Greece now has an unemployment rate of approximately 60 percent.

#18 The IMF is asking the United States to contribute more money for European bailouts.

#19 At this point, even some of our top scientists are projecting economic trouble. For example, researchers at MIT are projecting a “global economic collapse” by the year 2030 if current trends continue.

We don’t have till 2030… I personally don’t think we have until 2013. As the stock market (which is hideously manipulated) teeters on the edge of Armageddon and those with any money at all are running for the exits, the warnings of a wicked financial storm descending on America are blaring for all they are worth. And it would seem America is still asleep. Prepare to reap the whirlwind of an economic collapse – we are at its door.

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"#9 The Federal Reserve is desperately trying to control interest rates. The Fed purchased approximately 61 percent of all government debt issued by the U.S. Treasury Department in 2011. This is the only thing that is keeping interest rates in the United States from soaring dramatically."
 
And what did they "purchase" those debt instuments with?
Mandrake the Magician Money!  Nothing, nada. More debt created from nothing.
 
But the FED expects the Taxpayers to pay the "interest" on this "debt", after the next election. And to get anyone to buy new "Debt Instruments", high interest rates will be necessary. Inflation will soar.
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Is an Obama dictatorship in the air?

Robert Ringer says I began warning about Barack Obama’s dictatorial ambitions before he even won the 2008 presidential election. Now, finally, more people are beginning to take this possibility as a serious threat.
 
Obama’s recent contention that it would be "unprecedented" for the Supreme Court to overrule congressional legislation had dictatorship written all over it. It was, quite obviously, an ignorant slip on his part.

Rather than lashing out with absurd statements like this, the Marxmeister does much better when he follows the far-left playbook and innocently feigns indignation over anything that isn’t to his liking. Or when he vilifies his natural enemies -- primarily Republicans, the "rich" and tea partiers.

Targeting the Supreme Court showed a lack of self-discipline in adhering to his well-planned stealth-Marxism strategy. His angry, careless remark must have given chest pains to cheerleading, brainless Obamaviks everywhere.

Then there’s poor Jay Carney, who appeared to be on the verge of crying while playing with his pacifier and trying to find a way to spin BHO’s idiotic misstatement. How in the world did Obama expect someone who looks 16 and talks like he’s 14 to convince the press that his boss, who supposedly taught constitutional law, was just kidding about the Supreme Court’s not having the power to overturn legislation it deems to be unconstitutional?
 
I will say yet again what I have been saying for more than three years: If polls indicate that Obama is going to win the upcoming election, no problem. He’ll keep flashing that fake Barry Obama grin until Nov. 7, then move swiftly to begin unleashing a dictatorial full monty -- consisting of more regulations, higher taxes and less freedom -- that will shock all but his staunchest Marxist allies.

Nothing will be off limits -- a national police force, instant citizenship for all Third World people who want to come to America, forced equalization of income (except for Obama’s wealthy supporters), widespread use of tax audits to carry out vendettas against enemies of his administration, a virtual end to oil drilling, coal mining and gas exploration, suspension of habeas corpus, a new sedition act that will make it a crime to speak out against the government, the police, or the military … and much, much more.
 
On the other hand, two or three months before the election, if the polls clearly show that Obama is going to go down in defeat, I believe there’s better than a 50-50 chance of a major "emergency" coincidentally making its appearance, convincingly manufactured in such a way as to cause the average entitlement junkie to agree that we must rally around the president and "postpone" the November elections.

During a speech in Las Vegas, Obama, railing on about the woeful economy he inherited, said that "we can’t wait for an increasingly dysfunctional Congress to do its job. Where they won’t act, I will." It was a clear message about his dictatorial intentions in his second term.

Americans who find it difficult to break free of their normalcy bias should think about F. A. Hayek’s explanation, in "The Road to Serfdom," of how countries travel the road leading from democracy to dictatorship:

Hitler did not have to destroy democracy; he merely took advantage of the decay of democracy and at the critical moment obtained the support of many to whom, though they detested Hitler, he yet seemed the only man strong enough to get things done.

Likewise, notwithstanding his cunning and cleverness, Chairman Obama didn’t walk into a finely tuned republic and reduce it to a redistribution-of-wealth democracy overnight. The reason he and his left-wing cronies have been able to violate the Constitution as though it didn’t exist is that they are merely taking advantage of the decay of our republic into a democracy -- and the subsequent decay of our democracy -- that was already present when they came to power.
 
The Founding Fathers realized that a democracy is but a pretense for tyranny of the majority. Like all democracies before it, our democracy has destroyed itself through an excess of democracy. Majority rule has evolved into a free-for-all stampede of citizens appealing to politicians to give them more and more of the plunder. And there is never a shortage of vile human beings who are willing to resort to meaningless slogans like "hope and change" to win over the mindless masses.

In his book "Keeping the Republic," Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels brings the reader face to face with reality:

History teaches us that all national greatness is temporary. Every great civilization -- from the Roman Empire to the British Empire -- has eventually collapsed. Americans have grown complacent in their position of dominance, but the term "the American Century" suggests how relatively brief this period of dominance has been. An ancient Roman would not have been impressed by a less-than-one-hundred-year run on top.
 
Decline and fall are only occasionally foreseen by those en route to those destinations, and still less often forestalled by forceful and timely action. Denial of reality is a powerful human impulse, as is the tendency to mistake the status quo for the natural and inevitable order of things.

Dictatorship and total collapse is in the air. I can feel it. That’s why it was encouraging when Lt. Col. Terry Lakin, a decorated Army doctor, refused to go to Afghanistan unless Barack Obama would make his birth certificate public, which resulted in his serving six months in prison and being dishonorably discharged. But it’s far more discouraging that no other high-ranking officer has had the courage to join him.
 
This is an important issue, because I continue to believe that if a dictatorship starts to emerge (many would argue that it already has), it may ultimately get down to a question of whether, at the moment of truth, the military will take orders from Barack Obama or, instead, side with American citizens.

Those who chuckle at all this would do well to bone up on their history.


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I also, like Robert Ringer, have been "feeling" these same things since the first time I laid eyes on and heard Obama speak, before the Convention, when he was relatively unheard of.  I have been called every kind of name because most of the people I know think that I am overreaching and putting things into places that are not really there, much like those Scots who think they saw the Lochness Monster, but I still hold my ground, HE IS GOING TO DO SOMETHING THAT WILL FULLY CONSTITUTE MAKING HIMSELF A DICTATOR VERY SHORTLY, and I don't know if there will even be any effort to actally stop it from happening by anyone with the ability to do really do anything meaningfull......  It has been a feeling and an aprehension that I have been living with for nearly a full 7 years now, and I can feel it rising and coming full force, and I just don't know who to contact or what to say to make them KNOW what I KNOW.......  and it scares me to death.........sometimes I get so unnerved by these feelings, that I actually start shaking, because I know that I ALONE cannot stop anything....  and I do not have the ability to convey these feelings to many more people than are already thinking that I am "slowly" going off my rocker.......  but I know that what I am thinking and feeling are very real, for I have had athe same kinds of "prophetic" eye-openers before and they were all TRUE, in my lifetime.  And several others also know that I am trying to share the truth with them, because they also have seen and know of the truths that I have predicted many times already.

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Democracies fail because irresponsible voters elect irresponsible and criminal leaders.
Once the voters learn that they can vote for a living rather than earning a living, the whole thing falls apart.

The Democrat (Socialist) Party has been expanding 'Voter Rights' and welfare for half a century. Also creating new unassimilated minorities by ridiculous immigration and giving them the vote. Almost 50% of voters pay no taxes, so how do you expect them to vote responsibly?

If we want responsible leaders, we must have responsible elections with positive ID and paper ballots. And we must have responsible voters - proof of citizenship, written tests, and financial means test to register, and removal for felony, drug use, or welfare.  If you don't pay taxes, why should you expect to have a say in how the taxes are spent?
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Obama sent one of his attack-poodles to whine about Ann Romney never had a real job.
Poll slapped her down 97%-3%.
Poodle and Obozo now in Full Scale Apology Mode.
 
 Longknife asks: When did The Usurper ever have a "Real Job"?
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"I think that most folks understand how hard I work and how hard this administration works on behalf of the American people".

  

Yes, we do. That's a big problem for Obama now that the mask is off and Americans, like the reporter in this video, are starting to question him about his work or lack of it.


       http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obama-hammered-jetting-around-taking-vacation-while-americans-suffer_636942.html

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Obama makes 1st Amendment-protected speech a felony (HR 347)

   
Here is the bill.

 

The key words are "restricted area," which can be meant to be anything or anyplace the Secret Service says it is.
    


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and to think, that Bill passed BOTH HOUSES with a MAJOR MAJORITY, sort of tells you what the Republicans think of ordinary Americans ALSO!!!!!  And Obama couldn't wait to sign it into LAW.

NOT ONE PORTION OF OUR GOVERNMENT AS IT STANDS TODAY WANTS TO ALLOW THE AMERICAN WE THE PEOPLE ANY OF THE RIGHTS THAT ARE GUARANTEED TO US BY THAT CONSTITUTION, however they sure do make damn good and sure that they have every right and then some to protect themselves and feather their nests good and strong AGAINST WE THE PEOPLE......
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Obama's amazing power-grab

Kyle Stone says With little consternation or lasting opposition, the Obama administration has dramatically usurped congressional power at the expense of popular will and the rule of law.  Numerous dastardly bureaucratic coups -- motivated by Obama's progressive and political agenda -- have amazingly failed to engender a serious response.
 
What began as a trickle of presidential power-grabs has turned into a cascade of executive roguery.  A list of them is worth some review and reflection:

• In June 2012, Obama circumvented Congress's refusal to pass the DREAM Act by instituting a portion of it on his own. Through executive order, the administration has directed federal officers to no longer deport large swathes of younger illegal immigrants, with an inclusive net that could impact over a million. Conservative sage Charles Krauthammer summed it up pithily: "This is out-and-out lawlessness. You had a clip of the president himself say[ing] months ago, 'I cannot do this on my own because there are laws on the books.' Well, I have news for the president -- the laws remain on the books. They haven't changed."

• Earlier this month, the Obama administration quietly stripped away a central component of the 1996 bipartisan welfare reform act -- the lynchpin work requirements -- passed by a Republican Congress and signed into law by President Clinton. The regulations allow states to substitute education programs as "work" for their residents to enjoy welfare benefits. Self-described "neo-liberal" pundit Mickey Kaus reacted to the "surprising (and possibly illegal) attempt to grant waivers of the work requirements" as follows:

A great deal of effort was put into defining what qualified as work, and making sure that work actually meant work and not the various BS activities (including BS training activities) the welfare bureaucracies often preferred to substitute for work[.] ... To the extent the administration's action erodes the actual and perceived toughness of the work requirements, which it does, it sends the opposite and wrong signal.

In effect, the administration is taking the teeth out of the reform.  So long as states believe that new methods might achieve employment goals in the long run, the feds can approve the changes, and those not working can enjoy sustained welfare benefits.  All this without consulting those charged with actually making law.

• The so-called Affordable Care Act (ACA) is one mammoth legislative concession to executive-branch lawmaking. The Act is hardly a law at all, but rather a series of directives and mandates, providing the secretary of HHS (i.e., the Obama administration) immeasurable power in implementing the Act's policy aims. One example from earlier this year is the HHS religious mandate, requiring employers to include abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception in their employee health insurance. The regulation applies to religious institutions like Catholic hospitals, schools, and charities -- regardless of whether these institutions object to such services on moral grounds. Want to find the portion of the 2,700-page bill that deals with this issue? Good luck. It's not there.

• Less publicized examples are numerous. The Wall Street Journal's Kimberly Strassel, in a recent superb column, outlined a laundry list a few weeks ago:

• The president opposes a federal law criminalizing medical marijuana.  No problem -- he merely instructed his Justice Department not to prosecute violators.

• He disapproves of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.  No need to work with Congress on repealing it -- he merely stopped defending it in court.

• With no love for the federal No Child Left Behind Act, he ordered his Education Department to issue waivers "that are patently inconsistent with the statute."

• Congress falls short of passing cap-and-trade?  The administration had the Environmental Protection Agency enforce something similar though unilateral regulations.

• Congress demurred in taking up "net neutrality" internet regulations, so the president's Federal Communications Commission did it instead.

This list could go on.
 
When presidents past overstepped constitutional or statutory boundaries, the Fourth Estate would lecture on "imperial" presidencies.  For President Obama, however, the media's progressive core prompts compliments of bravery and perseverance, while journalistic duty turns a blind eye to procedural lawlessness.  One wonders what their reaction would have been had President George W. Bush and his administration acted similarly.
 
Politically combatting this lawlessness is difficult, as a public debate about procedural malfeasance invariably morphs into disputes of the substantive policy itself.  Attempts to highlight procedural strong-arming are blurred by political attacks -- "wars" on women, immigrants, the poor, and the like.  It may also be said by political strategists that when one argues about procedure, he has already lost the policy debate.
 
Political challenges, however, are no excuse for allowing this administration to peel away constitutional checks and balances.  A coordinated effort by conservative and Republican (big "R" and small) causes must be brought to bear to inform the voting public on these knavish executive end-runs.  John Adam famously warned that our Constitution sought "a government of laws and not of men."  Process matters.  Our constitutional framework depends on it


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Operation Hot Mic

Operation Hot Mic was first posted here back in April, but I keep getting links to it in emails.  So I am reposting it for those that have not see this powerful ad.

The people at American Crossroads have put out an ad which reminds us of the potential damage that a second Obama term could cause to American national security.  While it's tongue-in-cheek tone is amusing, the fundamental message is anything but amusing.


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Thomas Sowell says there are some very serious issues at stake in this year's election -- so many that some people may not be able to see the forest for the trees. Individual issues are the trees, but the forest is the future of America as we have known it.
 
The America that has flourished for more than two centuries is being quietly but steadily dismantled by the Obama administration, during the process of dealing with particular issues.

For example, the merits or demerits of Barack Obama's recent executive order suspending legal liability for young people who are here illegally, presumably as a result of being brought here as children by their parents, can be debated pro and con. But such a debate overlooks the much more fundamental undermining of the whole American system of constitutional government.
 
The separation of powers into legislative, executive and judicial branches of government is at the heart of the Constitution of the United States -- and the Constitution is at the heart of freedom for Americans.

No president of the United States is authorized to repeal parts of legislation passed by Congress. He may veto the whole legislation, but then Congress can override his veto if they have enough votes. Nevertheless, every president takes an oath to faithfully execute the laws that have been passed and sustained -- not just the ones he happens to agree with.
 
If laws passed by the elected representatives of the people can be simply overruled unilaterally by whoever is in the White House, then we are no longer a free people, choosing what laws we want to live under.

When a president can ignore the plain language of duly passed laws and substitute his own executive orders, then we no longer have "a government of laws, and not of men" but a president ruling by decree, like the dictator in some banana republic.
 
When we confine our debates to the merits or demerits of particular executive orders, we are tacitly accepting arbitrary rule. The Constitution of the United States cannot protect us unless we protect the Constitution. But, if we allow ourselves to get bogged down in the details of particular policies imposed by executive orders, and vote solely on that basis, then we have failed to protect the Constitution -- and ourselves.
 
Whatever the merits or demerits of the No Child Left Behind Act, it is the law until Congress either repeals it or amends it. But for Barack Obama to unilaterally waive whatever provisions he doesn't like in that law undermines the fundamental nature of American government.
 
Barack Obama has likewise unilaterally repealed the legal requirement that welfare recipients must work, by simply redefining "work" to include other things like going to classes on weight control. If we think the bipartisan welfare reform legislation from the Clinton administration should be repealed or amended, that is something for the legislative branch of government to consider.
 
There have been many wise warnings that freedom is seldom lost all at once. It is usually eroded away, bit by bit, until it is all gone. You may not notice a gradual erosion while it is going on, but you may eventually be shocked to discover one day that it is all gone, that we have been reduced from citizens to subjects, and the Constitution has become just a meaningless bunch of paper.
 
ObamaCare imposes huge costs on some institutions, while Obama's arbitrary waivers exempt other institutions from having to pay those same costs. That is hardly the "equal protection of the laws," promised by the 14th Amendment.
 
John Stuart Mill explained the dangers in that kind of government long ago: "A government with all this mass of favours to give or to withhold, however free in name, wields a power of bribery scarcely surpassed by an avowed autocracy, rendering it master of the elections in almost any circumstances but those of rare and extraordinary public excitement."
 
If Obama gets re-elected, he knows that he need no longer worry about what the voters think about anything he does. Never having to face them again, he can take his arbitrary rule by decree as far as he wants. He may be challenged in the courts but, if he gets just one more Supreme Court appointment, he can pick someone who will rubber stamp anything he does and give him a 5-to-4 majority.


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"Ex-communist" -- a term still in Obama's future

"There is one experience which most sincere ex-Communists share," wrote Whittaker Chambers in his classic conversion narrative "Witness," and that is the epiphany, the road-to-Damascus moment, the instant they realize the life they have been living is a lie.

Jack Cashill says Chambers memorably quotes one young woman about her father's Damascus moment: "He was immensely pro-Soviet … and then -- you will laugh at me -- but you must not laugh at my father -- and then -- one night -- in Moscow -- he heard screams. That's all. Simply one night he heard screams."

Barack Obama has never heard those screams. He has written two books -- or at least put his name on two books -- and not hinted that he ever had anything like a Damascus moment.
 
His anti-Americanism runs too deep. When in Indonesia his stepfather, Lolo Soetoro, asked his mom to meet some of "her own people" at the American oil company where he worked, she shouted at him, "They are not my people."

In the midst of all these "ugly Americans," Ann remained, in Obama's words, "a lonely witness for secular humanism, a soldier for New Deal, Peace Corps, position-paper liberalism."
 
As a boy, Obama learned that perhaps the only thing exceptional about America was Barack Hussein Obama. Back in Hawaii, his communist mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, reinforced his mom's ugly-American riff, and Obama soaked it in.

In his 1995 memoir, "Dreams from My Father," he describes the Americanization of Hawaii as an "ugly conquest." Missionaries brought "crippling diseases." American companies carved up "the rich volcanic soil" and worked their indentured laborers of color "from sunup to sunset."
 
During World War II, of course, the government interned Hawaii's "Japanese-Americans."

In Obama's account, as in the standard progressive retelling of American history, facts are bent to serve a larger purpose. In the litany above, Obama bends one fact beyond the breaking point.
 
In reality, more than 99 percent of Hawaii's Japanese and Japanese-Americans were not interned. After Pearl Harbor, this policy suggested not racism or oppression, as Obama implies, but of enlightened restraint.
 
After hitting the mainland, Obama surrounded himself with leftists well versed in Marxist cant. "I chose my friends carefully," he writes in "Dreams." "The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The Chicanos. The Marxist professors and structural feminists and punk-rock performance poets."
 
With his new friends, Obama discussed "neocolonialism, Franz (sic) Fanon, Eurocentrism, and patriarchy" and flaunted his alienation. Dr. John Drew confirms that the Obama he met at Occidental College was indeed a "Marxist planning for a Communist style revolution."
 
The literary influences Obama cites include radical anti-imperialists like Fanon and Malcolm X, communists like Langston Hughes and Richard Wright, and tyrant-loving fellow travelers like W.E.B. DuBois.
 
"Josef Stalin was a great man," DuBois wrote upon Stalin's death in 1953. "Few other men of the 20th century approach his stature."
 
In "Dreams," Obama gives no suggestion that this reading was in any way problematic or a mere phase in his development. He moves on to no new school, embraces no new worldview.
 
Obama unwittingly gives the game away in his 2006 book, "Audacity of Hope." When scolding his fellow liberals for not facing up to current international threats, he writes, "It's useful to remind ourselves that Osama bin Laden is not Ho Chi Minh."
 
No, of course not. In ObamaWorld, Ho is the kind of murderous thug kids still look up to, sort of like Ché, just not cute enough to put on a T-shirt.
 
In 2008, some Obama campaign workers in Texas proudly tacked Ché posters to the wall, blissfully unaware that communist executioners lack red-state crossover appeal.
 
Not surprisingly, given his inputs, Barack Obama has embraced a vaguely Marxist, post-colonial view of the capitalist enterprise. In the 2004 preface to "Dreams," written after his keynote speech at the Democratic convention, he describes an ongoing "struggle -- between worlds of plenty and worlds of want."

America, he implies, prospers only at the expense of the rest of the world, a zero-sum fallacy common among those who refuse to understand the way free enterprise works.
 
"I have seen, the desperation and disorder of the powerless: how it twists the lives of children on the streets of Jakarta or Nairobi in much the same way as it does the lives of children on Chicago's South Side," Obama continues.

When the powerless strike back, the powerful respond with "a steady, unthinking application of force, of longer prison sentences and more sophisticated military hardware."
 
By equating Chicago with the Third World, Obama endorses the link between racism and imperialism, the presumed motive for America's involvement in Vietnam.
 
Later in "Dreams," he makes this point more explicitly when he talks about righteous insurrections in "Soweto or Detroit or the Mekong Delta." For the left, racism at home parallels imperialism abroad, one or both of which must inevitably underwrite the capitalist adventure.
 
To be fair, the "Detroit" and "Mekong Delta" references -- the whole preface for that matter -- are more likely to have come from Bill Ayers' pen than Obama's, but if so, Obama surely felt comfortable with Ayers' conclusions.
 
And from all evidence, even after nearly four years of spreading the misery in a failed quasi-socialist experiment, he still hasn't heard those screams.
 
Time to take the damn cotton out of your ears, Barry!


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