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Rick Perry shaken up by Obama's disturbing threat to governors in meeting

Michael Dorstewitz is reporting that Texas Gov. Rick Perry revealed a disturbing threat coming from the White House directed at several governors -- Republican and Democrat alike.

"I was a bit troubled today by the tone of the president," he began, speaking at the Republican Governors Association Feb. 24.

Perry was describing a meeting at the White House earlier that day between several governors and Barack Obama.

"When you have governors, and we all compete against each other -- we are the laboratories of innovation -- and for the President of the United States to look Democrat and Republican governors in the eye and say, 'I do not trust you to make decisions in your state about issues of education, about transportation infrastructure,' -- and that is really troubling," he said.

Perry expressed his own fears regarding Environmental Protection Agency restrictions choking off America's energy production and a possible reduction in his state's national guard.

"As a matter of fact, he [Obama] said at that meeting, he said, 'If I hear any of you pushing back, making statements about Washington spends too much money, you'll hear from me," he said, adding, "I'm highly offended by that."

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What do you mean "gradual coup?"  As soon as The One got elected with the help of Ineligible Naturalized Citizen McCain in November 2008, THE COUP WAS FULL THROTTLE.  The ramming of Obamacare through Congress was evidence of that.  All these appointment of freakin Czars was evidence of that. 

In 2010, the TEA Party spoke and changed the composition of Congress to take over the House (purse) and gain seats in the Senate.  His actions with the incompetent IRS gestapo is trying to ensure that he can stay in power as a Dictator, King, etc...

What we must do is show him who is the boss.  The folks are restless with being in poverty like the City of Detroit and seeing how destructive this snake poison of Obamacare is to jobs, health, etc...  Democrats know they are in trouble.  They are resigning left and right and Obama knows he needs to act like he is still the King.

1776 all over again.
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The imperial presidency

Elizabeth Harrington is reporting that members of Congress and constitutional law experts testified before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, warning that the legislative branch is in danger of ceding its power in the face of an “imperial presidency.”

The hearing, "Enforcing the President’s Constitutional Duty to Faithfully Execute the Laws," focused on the multiple areas President Barack Obama has bypassed Congress, ranging from healthcare and immigration to marriage and welfare rules.

Jonathan Turley, Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington University, testified that the expansion of executive power is happening so fast that America is at a “constitutional tipping point.”

“My view [is] that the president, has in fact, exceeded his authority in a way that is creating a destabilizing influence in a three branch system,” he said. “I want to emphasize, of course, this problem didn’t begin with President Obama, I was critical of his predecessor President Bush as well, but the rate at which executive power has been concentrated in our system is accelerating. And frankly, I am very alarmed by the implications of that aggregation of power.”

“What also alarms me, however, is that the two other branches appear not just simply passive, but inert in the face of this concentration of authority,” Turley said.

While Turley agrees with many of Obama’s policy positions, he steadfastly opposes the method he goes about enforcing them.

“The fact that I happen to think the president is right on many of these policies does not alter the fact that I believe the means he is doing [it] is wrong, and that this can be a dangerous change in our system,” he said. “And our system is changing in a very fundamental way. And it’s changing without a whimper of regret or opposition.”

Elizabeth Price Foley, a law professor at Florida International University College of Law, agreed, warning that Congress is in danger of becoming “superfluous.”

“Situations like this, these benevolent suspensions as they get more and more frequent and more and more aggressive, they’re eroding our citizens’ respect for the rule of law,” she said. “We are a country of law and not men. It’s going to render Congress superfluous.”

Foley said Congress is not able to tackle meaningful legislation out of fear that Obama would “simply benevolently suspend portions of the law he doesn’t like.”

“If you want to stay relevant as an institution, I would suggest that you not stand idly by and let the president take your power away,” she said.

Panelists and members of Congress dismissed the idea of impeachment, and instead focused on lawsuits to challenge the constitutionality of the president’s unilateral moves.

Four House members testified on the first panel during the hearing to highlight legislation they have sponsored to thwart the administration’s executive overreach.

Impeachment would “surely be extremely divisive within the Congress and the nation generally, and would divert the attention of Congress from other important issues of the day,” said Rep. Jim Gerlach (R., Pa.).

Gerlach, who testified before the committee, introduced H.R. 3857, the “Enforce the Take Care Clause Act,” which would expedite the review and injunction process for federal courts to challenge executive actions. Such a challenge would have to pass a supermajority in both chambers in order to be fast-tracked.

“Given the growing number of examples where this President has clearly failed to faithfully execute all laws, I believe it is time for Congress to put in place a procedure for a fast-track, independent review of those executive actions,” he said.

Gerlach said he proposed the bill due to Obama’s repeated alterations to his signature law, the Affordable Care Act.

“The ACA has been revised, altered and effectively rewritten by the president and his administration 23 times since July,” he said.

“When we have these constant changes at the president’s whim think about what that does to businesses’ planning capabilities and hiring capabilities and their expansion capabilities,” Rep. Tom Rice (R., S.C.) said. “We shouldn’t wonder why our economy is struggling.”

Rice has proposed the “Stop This Overreaching Presidency (STOP) Resolution” as a remedy. The resolution, which has 114 cosponsors, would direct the House to file lawsuits against four of the president’s unilateral actions, including the employer mandate delay in ObamaCare and deferred action program for illegal immigrants.

Turley said Congress must take action to regain their power as the “thumping heart of our system.”

“The fact is, we’re stuck with each other,” Turley said. “Whether we like it or not in a system of shared powers. For better or worse we may deadlock, we maybe despise each other. The framers foresaw such periods, they lived in such a period.”


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Obama says "I can do whatever I want"

This guy is out of control -- a clear and present danger.


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" In 1933, the Reichstag passed a law and gave Hitler his power. Obama has simply decided to usurp his."

The Media, like Nazi propaganda, deified Obama even before his inauguration. The Dem Congress passed his "Stimulus" pay-off to political cronies, and later ObamaCare over the objections of most people by lies and bribes. MSNBC has practically demanded Obama be given the Dictatorship every time anyone even questions his position for the last 5 years.

Obama is The Great Usurper, but did so with the active participation of the entire Democrat Party and the "Mainstream Media", plus the cowardly acquiescence of so-called "Republicans".

I hate to say anything good about him, but Hitler was a great uniter and leader for an impoverished Germany before he became an insane megalomaniac and lead his nation to destruction.  Obama was a spoiled, incompetent, arrogant, professional political whiny-baby, propped up by a corrupt, lying, Fabian Socialist political oligarchy, greedy criminal unions, a false and politicized 'media', encouraged by rich, but foolish profiteers. He managed to excite many different radical special interest and anti-American groups into an election victory fueled by massive vote fraud, intimidation, and racial threats. Obama's arrogance and thin-skinned self-doubt has not degenerated to the insanity of a Hitler yet, but he's working on it. Everything he has done, or tried to do has failed, his only defense is the false accusation of "racism", and even poor Blacks that ardently supported him for years now are starting to realize it.

The question remains, can the economy and the Nation survive until he is replaced?  And when replaced, ... with whom? ...or what?

The historical record is not good for failed republics recovering as Constitutional republics after such stress and failure.

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15 Dreadfully treasonous words in Obama's speech

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Floyd Brown says Obama huffed… and he puffed… and he, well, blew nothing down.

He moved nothing forward.

All that our once-mighty leader's State of the Union address showed was how completely irrelevant he's become.

In fact, Barack Obama began by practically admitting that his legislation is dead on arrival because of how unpopular he is with Congress.

But the problem isn't Congress… You see, if his agenda was popular with the voters, Congress would be falling all over itself to pass it. Congress follows the voters, and the voters don't want any more of what Obama's selling.

Heil, Obama!

During his first two years in office, Barack Obama controlled all three branches of government. He had unprecedented approval, and he used the opportunity to pass several highly unpopular bills. Unfortunately for the president, those bills have gone on to define his legacy.

The most destructive to middle class finances -- and Obama's popularity -- has been the Affordable Care Act, aka ObamaCare.

You see, the Affordable Care Act was a gigantic political mistake. Obama allied himself with then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senator Harry Reid to pass a bill with no Republican support whatsoever, rather than working toward a healthcare reform plan with bipartisan backing.

With that single act, Obama polarized the nation… and he hasn't looked back since.

To this day, he continues to poison the body politic; and his newest plans -- debuted to a national audience during the State of the Union -- will cause even more division.

Since he can't get anything done by working with others, Obama has decided to declare himself dictator and attempt to pass laws by executive order. His borderline treasonous words were, "Wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation…that's what I'm going to do."

I can't help but be reminded of Hitler's transition from the elected Chancellor of Germany to complete dictator, ruling by decree. Yet even that comparison isn't entirely accurate. In 1933, the Reichstag passed a law and gave Hitler his power. Obama has simply decided to usurp his.

A Year of Inaction

Thankfully, though, the United States today isn't like Germany in 1933. And despite Obama's attempts to rule by executive order, I believe we're actually witnessing the opposite -- the disintegration of his power.

He can command all he wants; but without Congress' backing, I doubt that states and local governments are going to listen to Obama. In fact, his irrelevance may actually be highlighted by his decrees. But he's going to try anyway.

Obama's first decree will attempt to fix global warming. Amusingly, while he was speaking about global warming, nearly half of the country was huddled together fighting the abnormal cold.

Suffice it to say that Obama's rhetoric is badly out of touch with reality.

He actually stood before Congress and had the mendacity to call ObamaCare a success! Just to recount, the first goal of the Affordable Care Act was to increase insurance coverage… and more people have lost insurance than have gained it under ObamaCare.

The second goal was to make insurance affordable… yet insurance is more unaffordable now than at any time in our history.

Still, Obama blithely encouraged the people who were watching the State of the Union to sign up. Not surprisingly, he failed to mention the myriad problems with healthcare.gov, including security and inaccuracy concerns that have been well documented.

His grand flourish was to call for a "year of action."

But I predict that, one year from now, when we're once again subjected to an excruciatingly painful address, no significant legislation will have been signed by Obama.

If he actually does try to rule by decree, the courts will annul his diktats, one by one, until anything without a basis in existing legislation will be ruled unconstitutional.

Because Obama doesn't have the character, personality, and charisma to move the nation to action, 2014 is more likely to be remembered as the year of inaction. He is untrusted, untalented, and ineffective as Commander-in-Chief.

He will be even worse as Dictator-in-Chief.


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Constitution? What Constitution?

John Hinderaker says, thank goodness we don’t have a Republican president! If we did, we would be in the midst of a constitutional crisis. Imagine this scenario: an American president announces that, rather than taking care that the laws be faithfully executed, as the Constitution requires, the federal government henceforth will enforce only those provisions of federal law with which he personally agrees. Not only that, if Congress declines to enact legislation that he demands, he will issue executive orders having the force of law as though such legislation were in effect. And if you oppose him, he will send the IRS to harass you and have his corrupt Department of Justice charge you with a bogus felony if he can come up with a pretext, or maybe even if he can’t. If that president were a Republican, he would have been impeached by now. Fortunately, he is a Democrat, so our "reporters" and "editors" can confine themselves to Chris Christie’s traffic jam, Justin Bieber and the upcoming Super Bowl.

A few observers have noticed, like Michael Ramirez:

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Maybe one of these days the rest of our "free press" will notice, too.


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Glenn Beck says Obama became "America's first dictator" during state of the union

Matt Wilstein is reporting that Glenn Beck was not a fan of Barack Obama's fifth State of the Union address last night. The host made that fact very clear on his radio show Wednesday morning, calling the speech "horrific from start to finish." But the "worst part," according to Beck were the "continued pronouncements that he fully intends to trash the Constitution of the United States."

Beck was referring to the president's promise to use executive orders to push through action that Congress can or will not pass. "America does not stand still – and neither will I," Obama said in his address. "So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that's what I'm going to do."

"Over and over again, looking us in the eye, he said he would use his executive power to get his way," Beck said. "He bragged about it repeatedly." He urged his audience to remember this moment, because "this was the State of the Union where our president declared he would become America's first dictator."

But "the most chilling part of the speech" according to Beck, was that half of the Congress "who are about to lose their power, cheered him like the lemmings that they are."


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Limbaugh & Levin blast Dictator Obama's executive order threats


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Obama directs Cabinet to subvert the Constitution

Keith Koffler says, think about it. Barack Obama convened a Cabinet meeting (read first) to instruct the executive branch to do everything it can think of to subvert the Constitution and contravene the intentions of the Founders by end running Congress like a political tailback on steroids.

Here’s what he said before he threw the press out:

So one of the things that I’m going to be talking to my Cabinet about is how do we use all the tools available to us, not just legislation, in order to advance a mission that I think unifies all Americans -- the belief that everybody has got to take responsibility, everybody has got to work hard, but if you do, that you can support a family and meet the kinds of obligations that you have to yourself and your family but also to your communities and to your nation.

All the tools available to us? The president isn’t supposed to have such tools. That’s what the Constitution was all about -- checking the power of a potential monarch.

I looked back through the Constitution and reread Article II, which describes the executive branch. Here, in toto, are the president’s significant powers:

  • Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a Law, be presented to the President of the United States: If he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it
  • The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States
  • He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for
  • He shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed, and shall Commission all the Officers of the United States.

AND THAT’S IT. Otherwise he’s supposed to be twiddling his thumbs.

But not Obama.

In order to advance a mission that I think unifies all Americans, he said.

What mission? Americans don’t UNITE behind a mission in support of their president. That’s for Bolsheviks. We are a republic designed to safeguard the rights and views of individuals and minorities WHO DON’T WANT TO COME ALONG ON SOMEONE’S MISSION.

Obama’s viewpoint is distinctly opposite to this. It’s majoritarian, saying, I’ve been elected and so I will rule, never mind the inconvenience of the people’s other elected representatives and their views.

The president laid out his approach for the rest of his second term, which will involve ignoring Congress and the Constitution as much as possible:

But one of the things that I’ll be emphasizing in this meeting is the fact that we are not just going to be waiting for a legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help that they need.

I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone -- and I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward in helping to make sure our kids are getting the best education possible (ha, ha, hah) and making sure that our businesses are getting the kind of support and help they need to grow and advance (ha, ha, hah), to make sure that people are getting the skills that they need to get those jobs (ha, ha, hah) that our businesses are creating (ha, ha, hah).

And I’ve got a phone that allows me to convene Americans from every walk of life -- non-profits, businesses, the private sector, universities -- to try to bring more and more Americans together around what I think is a unifying theme: making sure that this is a country where if you work hard, you can make it.

He’s got a pen and he’s got a phone. He’s gonna use ‘em. And who’s going to do anything about it?

Nobody!


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Obama on executive actions:  "I've got a pen and I've got a phone"

The AP is reporting that calling for "all hands on deck" to assist the economy, Barack Obama is urging his Cabinet to identify ways to keep his administration relevant to people struggling in the up-and-down recovery.

With two weeks left before delivering an economy-focused State of the Union address to Congress, Obama is picking up the pace of his jobs message and demonstrating how he can advance his economic agenda administratively and through his ability to coax action from important interest groups.

"We’re not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help they need. I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone," Obama said Tuesday as he convened his first Cabinet meeting of the year.

Obama continued: "And I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward in helping to make sure our kids are getting the best education possible, making sure that our businesses are getting the kind of support and help they need to grow and advance, to make sure that people are getting the skills that they need to get those jobs that our businesses are creating."

Obama stated he wants to "advance a mission" in an effort to unify all Americans.

Continue reading here . . .

Mark Levin opened his show today livid over Obama’s announcement that he will ignore the legislature and use his pen to write executive orders. He says the separation of powers are the key to our Republic and yet today Obama just announced that he would assume lawmaking powers via executive orders.

Mark Levin says what’s going on here is that we are witnessing a gradual, quiet coup:

He’s just announced that he is going to assume lawmaking powers. He does not recognize the majority in the House of Representatives. I don’t know how much more clearly he can say it. You know what this is folks? This is a gradual, quiet coup. That’s what is taking place. It’s gradual. It’s quiet, in the sense that it’s non-violent. But it’s a coup!

Obama's threat of dictatorial action is real.  His rationale is bullshit!

Nobody has ever done more to divide Americans than Barack Obama.


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Whatever happened to the Constitution?

Scott Johnson says the Progressive assault on the Constitution of limited government and divided powers succeeded in the creation of the apparatus of the administrative state. In the administrative state, executive branch agencies exercise judicial and legislative powers. The assumption of royal or dictatorial powers by the president has grown up along with the administrative state. Barack Obama has accelerated the process and aggravated the phenomenon. We have previously quoted Professor Jean Yarbrough:

We need an updated online primer in American government and political thought. We all learn about the separation of powers and federalism, but don’t understand that these restraints do not operate in the administrative universe. Indeed, the administrative state was designed to overcome these obstacles. Our mission should be to educate Americans on the real effects of this turn toward administrative regulations and rules.

In the age of Obama, Professor Yarbrough sees the arrival “not [of] soft despotism, but hidden and rather hard despotism for those who fall into the maw of the administrative state.”

In his column today George Will touches on these issues. Citing a forthcoming law review article by Professor Zachary Price, Will elaborates on Obama’s assumption of royal powers to suspend statutes or make them inapplicable to certain individuals or groups. He argues that Obama’s assumption of these powers is inconsistent with his constitutional obligation to take care that the laws be faithfully executed:

It is, says Price, part of America’s “deeply rooted constitutional tradition” that “presidents, unlike English kings, lack authority to suspend statutes” or make them inapplicable to certain individuals or groups. Indeed, the take care clause may have been intended to codify the Framers’ repudiation of royal suspending prerogatives. Hence the absence of an anti-suspension provision in the Bill of Rights.

In his conclusion Will alludes to the constitutional anomalies implicit in the administrative state:

The sprawl of the modern administrative state requires vast delegations of powers, often indistinguishable from legislative powers, to an executive branch whose scale defies even adequate congressional oversight. Fortunately, in the Newtonian physics of our constitutional system, wherein rivalries among the three branches are supposed to trend toward equilibrium, actions often produce equal and opposite reactions. Obama’s aggressive assertions of executive discretion are provoking countervailing attention to constitutional proprieties. His departures from the norms proper to the take care clause may yet cause Congress to take better care of its prerogatives.

Ascribing the source of the problem the “sprawl” of the administrative state is confused and confusing. Though Will’s column raises important issues that bear on the current controversies over Obamacare, we nevertheless remain in need of the updated primer on American government for which Professor Yarbrough calls.


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The stuff that dreams are made of

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That's the vision of a dictator.

And you can bet your last dollar that if Obama could figure out a way to do it, he would dismantle Congress and the Supreme Court tomorrow.


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Obama's new imperial decree

Matthew Vadum is reporting that for purely partisan reasons, Team Obama cynically unveiled extra-legal plans on the eve of Thanksgiving to unilaterally delay the launch of a website for small businesses to select plans through federal health care insurance exchanges.

It's just the latest sleazy political move by the Community-Organizer-in-Chief to salvage his party's fading electoral prospects by delaying at least some of the approaching tens of millions of health insurance policy cancellations until after the national vote next November.

It is also a sign of Team Obama's growing desperation over the political ramifications surrounding the grotesque failings of ObamaCare. The administration said Wednesday it will unilaterally delay the upcoming launch of the online portal for small businesses. The website, which would allow small businesses to window-shop plans through the federal health insurance exchanges, won't be ready for another year.

Obama, whose political stature seems to shrink almost hourly, is feverishly trying to keep congressional Democrats aboard his sinking political ship. On Capitol Hill, Democratic lawmakers are now openly panicking at the damage the growing public backlash over ObamaCare is going to inflict on their standings in the next Congress. Recent developments suggest that an electoral tsunami is developing that threatens to drown Democrats and give Republicans a healthy majority in the Senate.

The new one-year small business signup delay is just the latest in a series of unilaterally imposed deadline changes. One allows consumers to enroll until Dec. 23 -- instead of Dec. 15 -- to get coverage in time for the new year. Obama also announced plans to push back the beginning of individual enrollment next year from Oct. 15 to Nov. 15, or after the 2014 midterm congressional elections. Obama has no legal authority to do this but he doesn't care.

As Obama, a one-time part-time constitutional law lecturer ought to know, obstructing the implementation of a duly enacted federal law by refusing to enforce it in order to secure partisan political advantage almost certainly rises to the level of "high crimes and misdemeanors," as the Framers of the Constitution recognized when they wrote the presidential impeachment provision in Article 2, Section 4 of the Constitution. Of course, hardly a day goes by in Obama's increasingly imperial presidency without the Chief Executive creating new grounds for his own impeachment, and so this latest outrage is, unfortunately, barely newsworthy.

The Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) that is being delayed was supposed to help small businesses by providing tax credits that could be used to defray the cost of premiums, according to the Washington Times.

"In the case of SHOP, the administration said that online tool won't be ready until November 2014. Department of Health and Human Services officials said they are still allowing enrollment through agents, brokers and insurers in the federal marketplace.

Businesses with fewer than 50 employees, which are not required to offer coverage under the Affordable Care Act, can compare plans online starting Dec. 1, even if they have to rely on non-Internet applications to qualify for tax credits and gain coverage for employees, officials said."

Republicans say this is the latest indication that ObamaCare should be repealed outright.

"The president bit off more than he can chew with this health care law, and small businesses are now forced to bear the consequences," said Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio).

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The "biggest barrier and impediment" to Obama’s progressive agenda is…

…the democratically elected representatives of the People.

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Wow!  Did George Will get a back-bone transplant?  I thought he had kind of faded into the "Go-Along, Get-Along Gang" in D.C.?
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Is Obama a president or a king?


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Thanks Longknife 21.  One thing we know for certain is Resident Obama will do his very best to stack the courts with anti-capitalist/pro-islamist/communist lifetime appointments before the 2014 elections. 
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They will pitch a hissy-fit when they lose the Senate.

Why is it that the Lib/Commies always get make/change the rules?
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More "flexibility" from the dictator, Obama

Today, Obama defended the "nuclear option" against "arcane procedural tactics."

When the shoe was on the other foot, Obama opposed the "nuclear option in order to protect "free and democratic debate."

Our Founders envisioned a system of laws, not men, Barack. Today, you Democrats have proven to the American People that system is now null and void.  Under you and your party's lawless reign, Americans now live in a system subject to your whims -- supported by your fellow statists in the Democrat Party.

God help America!


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Obama didn't even consult with insurance providers before dumping his "fix" idea on them

John Hayward says here's the beginning of The New York Times story about today's hour-long emergency meeting between insurance executives and Obama:

A day after they were caught off guard by Barack Obama’s proposal to prevent cancellation of insurance policies for millions of Americans, top executives of some of the biggest insurance companies emerged from a meeting at the White House on Friday, expressing mixed feelings about whether the idea could work in every state.

The hastily called meeting was an attempt by the White House to address the growing frustration of the nation’s insurers over the administration’s fumbling of the health care law. It came just a day after the president announced on television that insurers could now continue coverage for people whose policies were being canceled because they did not meet the new law’s standards.

That's right, folks -- Barack Obama threw out his insurance cancellation "fix" without consulting insurance companies.  He didn't bother to ask them if it was feasible or nor.  He called industry leaders to the White House a day later to discuss it with them.  According to the Times, many of them "expressed anger that the president had not consulted them before Thursday's announcement."  I'll bet they did.

Adding to the hilarity, remember that part of Obama's weird train wreck of a press conference involved him admitting, at long last, that he doesn't know much of anything about the insurance business.  "What we’re also discovering is that insurance is complicated to buy," he chirped, as if this was some incredible secret the whole country is discovering together, rather than just one out-of-touch aristocrat trying to cover his politically exposed posterior.

Keeping the industry out of the loop is further evidence, if any were needed, that this was never a serious proposal by Obama.  He doesn't care if it won't work or can't be done.  He just needed to get out there, ahead of the votes on measures such as Rep. Fred Upton's Keep Your Health Plan Act, and convince his panicked Party that he can shift blame to the insurance companies.  They needed some evidence that the old socialist mojo was still working, some reason to believe that they'll be able to spend the summer of 2014 pointing fingers of blame at corporate leaders and railing that all these canceled policies are their fault.  Why, His Majesty graciously offered to let them ignore inconvenient passages in the royal health care decree, and those miserable swine still canceled your policy!  Hate them, peasant rabble!

Of course it never occurred to Barack Obama that he should run his proposed "fix" past the people he's going to use as scapegoats. This was a political maneuver, not a policy proposal.

Update: According to NBC News, insurance industry leaders and state regulators are "baffled" that Obama is acting surprised by a wave of insurance cancellations they warned him about over three years ago.

They said the widespread cancellations in the individual health insurance market -- roughly 5 million and counting -- are in line with what was projected under regulations drawn up by the administration in 2010, requirements that both insurers and businesses objected to at the time. Cancellations also are occurring in the small group market, which covers businesses with between two and 50 employees, they noted.

“We have been saying for years that the requirements in the law were going to mean that people couldn't keep their current plans and they were going to have to purchase coverage that was more expensive,” said one high-level heath industry insider who spoke on condition of anonymity. “We said these changes would disrupt coverage and increase premiums for consumers. And now everything we said is coming true and people are acting surprised.”

Well, it's a pity you fellows didn't scream "He's lying!" at the top of your lungs when Obama was running around telling everyone they could keep their plans.  I suspect they're coming out with this now because they caught a whiff of the tar and feathers being cooked up for them in the White House torture chambers, and they don't like the smell.


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Obama has "absolutely been abusing his power"

Jorge Ramos interviewed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for an October 28 episode of "AMERICA with Jorge Ramos." Here's an excerpt:

Jorge Ramos: I was listening to a speech by your father Rafael last July in Salt Lake City and he made a comparison between- of course he was born in Cuba.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX): Right.

Ramos: He made a comparison between Fidel Castro the dictator and President Obama. Do you agree with it?

Cruz: Well, I will say that it is an incredible blessing to be the child of an immigrant. To be the child of someone like my father who fled oppression and came here with nothing. And one of the real benefits of that is you appreciate how precious and fragile is the freedom we have here. My father has seen what happens when-

Ramos: And it is a terrible dictatorship in Cuba. But is it fair to compare it with the United States? I mean is President Barack Obama a dictator from your point of view?

Cruz: Well the point he made- look obviously there are enormous differences between President Obama and Fidel Castro.

Ramos: We have freedom of the press, we have democracy, political parties-

Cruz: Absolutely, but his point was he was focusing on a statement President Obama made at the State of the Union where if he said if Congress doesn't act to enact his agenda that he will do it anyway on his own. And one of the things I am very concerned about is the explosion of power in the federal government. We've got the NSA seizing our cell phone records, our emails, and we have seen this president expand presidential power in a way that is contrary to the Constitution.

Ramos: You think President Obama has been abusing his power?

Cruz: I think he has absolutely been abusing his power and when you have a president who says "regardless of whether Congress acts I'm going to force my agenda on the American people," that's wrong, that's not consistent with our constitutional protections.


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YEAH for Wild Bill, he at least has the guts to tell it like it is happening.  We all knew this would come about, but NOW he has hard PROOF......  I wish more people would listen to him with an open mind and see what is really happening here in the Good ol' USofA.....
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The Obama protection racket


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