American Tyranny Has Come Gradually!
“American tyranny has come gradually, like a slowly rising river. Each of us does not realize the danger until the water comes in our door. Until then, it is merely someone else’s problem and a problem that we fool ourselves into thinking won’t reach us.”
Charlie Reese, Source: The Orlando Sentinel, Feb. 28, 1999.
Immigration Reform Is Dead And Obamacare Implementation Killed It
“Let me tell you something else, David,” NBC News’s Chuck Todd told David Gregory on Meet the Press Sunday, “the White House had been so confident that they were going to sign immigration reform this year. But for the first time I am hearing that there is some doubt seeping in, that they think that maybe the House won’t act … The problem is there’s no trigger at the end of this year. … So I don’t know how this happens by the end of this year and suddenly now the White House doesn’t see a path to how this happens.”
Todd is right. Something did change in the immigration debate last week. But it wasn’t the realization that there is no “trigger” to force the House to act. That has been true since the beginning of the debate. What changed this week is that Republicans lost all trust in President Obama’s ability to faithfully execute the laws of the United States.
Delayed mandates and invitation to fraud. On Tuesday of last week, news broke that the Treasury Department was about to announce it’s intention to delay implementation of Obamacare’s employer mandate for a year. Nothing in the law gives the Obama administration authority to delay the mandate, but he did it anyway. As bad as that blow to the rule of law was, the Department of Health and Human Services followed it up with 600 pages of regulations Friday, one of which also delayed a requirement that states verify the eligibility information submitted by applicants. Not only is this also not authorized in the statute, but, as National Review’s Yuval Levin notes, it is also an open invitation for those wanting health care subsidies to defraud taxpayers.
“They will simply ignore the parts they don’t like.” “They have shown no respect for traditional Constitutional separation of powers,” Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., told National Review‘s John Fund about the impact of the Obamacare delays on the immigration debate, “and that makes it difficult to pass laws where the fear is that they will simply ignore the parts they don’t like.”
Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, who is on the House Judiciary Committee and had been a member of a bipartisan group working on immigration reform, echoed Roe’s concerns on Meet the Press. “In fact, if you look at this Obamacare debacle that they have right now, this administration is actually deciding when and where to actually enforce the law. And that’s what some of us in the House are concerned about. If you give to this administration the authority to decide when they’re going to enforce the law, how they’re going to enforce the law … what’s going to happen is that we’re going to give legalization to 11 million people and Janet Napolitano is going to come to Congress and tell us that the border is already secure and nothing else needs to happen.”
House Republicans already have a full plate on their agenda this summer and fall. Not only will there be full investigations into the legal basis for all of the Obamacare delays, but Congress must also pass new spending authorization to keep the government running by the end of September, and they have to raise the debt limit some time before January. Considering the breach of trust Obamacare implementation has already created, just keeping the government running will keep Congress busy enough.
Conn Carroll, The Washington Examiner
July 8, 2013
Evidence, Not Consensus, Is What Counts
Last week a friend chided me for not agreeing with the scientific consensus that climate change is likely to be dangerous. I responded that, according to polls, the “consensus” about climate change only extends to the propositions that it has been happening and is partly man-made, both of which I readily agree with. Forecasts show huge uncertainty.
Besides, science does not respect consensus. There was once widespread agreement about phlogiston (a nonexistent element said to be a crucial part of combustion), eugenics, the impossibility of continental drift, the idea that genes were made of protein (not DNA) and stomach ulcers were caused by stress, and so forth—all of which proved false. Science, Richard Feyman once said, is “the belief in the ignorance of experts…
So, yes, it is the evidence that persuades me whether a theory is right or wrong, and no, I could not care less what the “consensus” says.
Matt Ridley, National Optimist Blog
July 7, 2013
Amnesty Bill No Benefit To American Workers
Excerpt: The recent movement on immigration legislation shows how many in the U.S. Congress are out of touch with the voters.
If it becomes law, the Senate amnesty bill (S.744) will welcome tens of millions of immigrants to our country at a time when over 20 million Americans are struggling to find work. Based on the Congressional Budget Office numbers, the Center for Immigration Studies projects that the bill would result in the foreign-born share of the U.S. population hitting a record high of 15 percent in 2020—surpassing the all-time high of 14.8 percent reached in 1890. Based on the CBO’s analysis, we further project that the foreign-born would reach 17 percent of the population (65.2 million) by 2033, a level never before seen in U.S. history. For perspective, the foreign-born population was less than 20 million as recently as 1990, or 7.9 percent of the total population…
In the final moments before the vote, Senator Schumer made this outlandish claim: “To reject this bill would tear the fabric of America asunder.” But the exact opposite is true. The bill is designed to undermine immigration law, dismiss our sovereignty, lower wages and cheapen the value of our citizenship while creating voters who will vote to do it again in the future after the next wave of illegal immigration.
Jon Feere, Center for Immigration Studies
July 2, 2013
St. Vincent Health Eliminating About 865 Jobs In Indiana
St. Vincent Health said late Friday afternoon that it has made cuts that will reduce its labor costs by 5 percent—a move that will eliminate about 865 jobs in the state. St. Vincent employs about 17,300 at its 22 hospitals across Indiana. It was not clear how many workers were losing their jobs within the Indianapolis area. However, people familiar with the cuts said the reductions were heavy in the administrative ranks, and many of those jobs are on the city’s north side.
The reductions are meant to save money as Obamacare and Congressional budget cuts promise to take a bite out of hospital reimbursement rates. At the same time, St. Vincent’s parent organization, St. Louis-based Ascension Health Alliance, is pushing to boost operating profit margins across its national chain of Catholic hospitals. All hospitals are trying to cut expenses drastically, by as much as 25 percent, in order to prepare for a future they expect to be far more austere than the past. With personnel typically accounting for 60 percent of hospital expenses, staff reductions are an inevitable part of that process. But St. Vincent’s layoff announcement is the largest single reduction to date among Indiana’s largest hospitals…
The 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, called for $155 billion in cuts to hospitals’ Medicare payments over 10 years. Then the fiscal-cliff deal on Jan. 1 of this year chopped out another $15 billion. And the budget sequester, which hit March 1, looked ready to sap another $10 billion.
J.K. Wall, Indianapolis Business Journal
June 28, 2013
ObamaCare = More of ObamaMalpractice! Don O’Nesky
It’s The ‘Independence,’ Stupid
“All men are created equal.” It’s a self-evident truth. But it’s not the point of “the Declaration.” The point is revolution. We no longer depend on tyrants. We’re breaking it off. We are free. We shall govern ourselves. Thomas Jefferson cobbled together a series of non-debatable axioms, mostly borrowed from other writers, as a preamble to the litany of complaint, which, in turn, justified the action.
And yet, in our time, many seem to think “the Declaration” was penned to proclaim eternal verities about the human condition — a poetic tribute to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” — as if it were a collection of fine words about high-minded ideals. No! It was a rebellion against bad governance, against political arrogance, against oppressive laws, against restriction, constraint, and imposition without representation. We call it “the Declaration,” but that’s not the object. It’s the “Independence,” stupid.
The members of the Second Continental Congress did not expect to forfeit their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor for stating the obvious about the “laws of nature and of nature’s God.” Their necks ripened for the noose because they altered, abolished, and threw off the yoke of their government. They counted all as loss to obtain freedom; to be absolved of allegiance to their government, to dissolve all political connections between themselves and the state which they had always referred to as their own.
“The Declaration” offers exhaustive reasons for committing open treason, nonetheless, treason it was. Independence Day then is not a celebration of government, but a regular reminder — albeit a fun one — of the necessity to reject corrupt, abusive government.
Scott Ott, PJ Media
July 3, 2013
Holiday Weekend Shooting Spree In Chicago: 72 Shot Resulting In 12 Deaths
In Chicago, 72 people were shot over the weekend, resulting in 12 fatalities. A total of 202 homicides have occurred this year alone in Chicago. This brings the murder total to 1,037, since Rahm Emanuel assumed the office of mayor in 2011.
Washington Free Beacon Staff
July 8, 2013
Obama’s NSA Operates On Two Sets Of Books — Who Is Watching The Watchers?
Washington and the National Security Agency (NSA) are operating on two sets of books. One that everyday Americans have to go by and a second set for President Barack Obama, his benefactors and political allies. It’s the U.S. Constitution versus Executive Orders. The U.S. citizens and journalists versus President Obama.
Can anyone cite one executive order that has been overturned by Congress or the Judiciary? If not, then where’s the balance of power? Wake up. It doesn’t exist.
Corruption and abuse cannot be detected and exposed when there are no constitutional checks and balances in play. Otherwise freedom of speech and a free press operate in name only. They are dead when our system is operated exclusively or more precisely—tyrannically by executive orders, in this case signed by one person—the President, who is currently Barack Obama. This voids constitutional protections, operations and jurisdictions. Congress and the Judiciary are merely rubber stamps for executive mandates. This is un-American.
Not only is Obama’s National Security Agency (NSA) under fire for targeting U.S. citizens inside the United States and their worldwide espionage practices, they are stonewalling journalists’ ability to expose abuses within the spy agency itself by denying Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests by hiding behind Executive Order 13526. Even more disturbing, the NSA dismisses its U.S. victims who seek redress from NSA misconduct, and the journalists who try to expose it, as potential national security threats to the United States. Who is watching the watchers?
This executive branch tyrannical, foggy, black cloud will suffocate America into a long dark night of dictatorial oppression if it is not stopped. Clearly what America got under the auspices of protecting the homeland under the U.S. Patriot Act was a bait and switch… It’s time for the righteous to stand up and hold Washington accountable because the political justice system is corrupt and apparently the NSA, like the IRS, is above the law… It’s RICO [Racketeer Influence & Corrupt Organizations Act] time…
Marinka Peschmann, Canada Free Press
July 8, 2013
Recovery Woes: America’s Second-Largest Employer Is A Temp Agency
Behind Wal-Mart, the second-largest employer in America is Kelly Services, a temporary work provider.
Friday’s disappointing jobs report showed that part-time jobs are at an all-time high, with 28 million Americans now working part-time. The report also showed another disturbing fact: There are now a record number of Americans with temporary jobs.
Ashe Schow, The Washington Examiner
July 8, 2013
‘Robust’ Does Not Seem Like The Right Word!
Vicki Needham at the Hill writes that: “Robust hiring in June may put the Federal Reserve on a faster-than-expected timetable to wind down its massive efforts to stimulate the economy.”
The Fed doth move in mysterious ways and perhaps views the June BLS report as proof of “robust hiring.” But in the universe where common sense still counts for something, the report probably won’t be seen as all that red hot. As James Pethokoukis writes: “The economy lost 240,000 full-time workers last month, according to the more volatile household survey, while gaining 360,000 part-time workers. In other words, the entire increase in the household measure of employment was accounted for by persons working part-time for economic reasons. The underemployment rate surged to 14.3% from 13.8%.”
Furthermore: “There are 28 million part-time workers in US vs. 25 million before the Great Recession. There are 116 million full-time workers in US vs. 122 million before the Great Recession. In other words, 19% of the (smaller) US workforce is part time vs. 17% before the Great Recession”
“Robust,” does not, somehow, seem like the word. But the Fed speaks, and thinks, in tongues mere mortals cannot comprehend.
Geoffrey Norman, The Weekly Standard
July 6, 2013
Egypt: Fruits Of The Obama Administration’s Neglect
For a leader, neglect almost always turns out for the worse. Problems fester. Opponents are emboldened, and supporters demoralized. Aimlessness begets powerlessness, as changing positions confuse and bewilder. Then, after all is said and done, the very thing you most earnestly wanted to avoid comes to pass anyway, only now it’s too late for you to do anything about it. That is the sad predicament President Obama now faces in Egypt. He has never figured out what to do. He is like an eager amateur who rushes in with easy answers, only to find they don’t work. He then pulls back in a fog of passivity, pretending his newfound aloofness was his intent all along.
Look at his record in Egypt. At one point, Obama backed former President Hosni Mubarak. Then he abandoned him. Next, under the democratic banner of “letting the Egyptian people decide,” he stood on the sidelines as the Muslim Brotherhood took power and began to run the country into the ground. Again unsure of what to do, he took what he thought was the line of least resistance—supporting the Brotherhood and its leader, President Mohamed Morsi. Only that didn’t work either. Now Morsi is gone, and all the President can muster in response is that he is “deeply concerned” by the Egyptian military’s decision to oust Morsi. Once again Obama got it wrong, and his policy is repudiated.
Foreign policy is hard. An American President cannot dictate events in Egypt. But that’s no excuse for wandering all over the place in confusion. The United States had tremendous influence with the army at the beginning of the Egyptian revolution. Obama squandered it by backing Morsi and his Brotherhood allies… Whatever happens, nobody in Egypt is likely to trust Obama’s word again. His tendency is to support whoever ends up in power, but in the meantime, none of the factions knows which way he will jump…
Kim Holmes, The Heritage Foundation
July 8, 2013
Republicans Ask CBO For Obamacare Score After Mandate Delay
House Republicans have asked the Congressional Budget Office for a new cost estimate of President Obama’s health care law in light of recent regulations that both suspend the law’s employer mandate and remove key anti-fraud safeguards.
“Chairman Ryan’s staff asked CBO to evaluate the impact of the administration’s recent decisions,” House Budget Committee spokesman William Allison told the Washington Examiner Monday. “CBO will need time to complete this request. And Congress needs more time to sort out the effects of what amounts to a startling admission by the administration: Obamacare is unworkable. But all Americans should get more time. Workers and families should get relief from the law. Policymakers should get a chance to start over and fix what’s broken in health care.”…
Conn Carroll, The Washington Examiner
July 8, 2013
Another Fine Mess Obama’s Gotten Us Into In Mideast
Is it too late, Mr. President, to get a refund on the billions in aid you gave the Islamist thugs in Egypt? How about the F-16s and Abrams tanks you sent? It’s now painfully obvious you invested in the wrong regime. It took just 12 months for Egyptians to drive President Mohamed Morsi and his Islamofascist regime from office after Obama personally congratulated his election as a democratic “milestone.”
In just one year, Morsi and his radical Muslim Brotherhood trampled the rights of women and Coptic Christians, censored the press, stacked the judiciary with theocrats and destroyed the economy in the process. Morsi even demanded the release of jailed al-Qaida terrorists — including the Blind Sheik responsible for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the fatwah giving Osama bin Laden the blessing to launch 9/11.
Yet, at every sordid step along the way, this administration rewarded him with more and more aid and legitimacy on the world stage. The White House now downplays that role. But the record is clear, starting with his “engagement” of the Brotherhood in 2009 and undercutting of steady ally Hosni Mubarak. Then came Obama’s triumphant “mission accomplished” speech in 2011 in which he obscenely likened Egypt’s Islamists with the American revolutionaries. “Think of the defiance of those patriots in Boston,” he rhapsodized, as he and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton dispatched a team of diplomats to Cairo to help Morsi take power.
By throwing Mubarak under the bus and America’s weight behind anti-Semite Morsi and the formerly banned Brotherhood, Obama not only alienated our most trusted Middle East partner, Israel, but created untold instability in the region. There’s now a good chance Islamists even more radical than the Brotherhood — including al-Qaida operatives — will fill the vacuum left by the bloody coup. Already, terrorists in the Sinai are attacking checkpoints along the Israeli border.
Mideast ill-will toward America, meanwhile, grows worse. Cairo protesters weren’t just carrying signs denouncing Morsi. They also waved pickets slamming our own president as well as signs with the X’ed-out photo of the U.S. ambassador to Egypt, who pleaded with protesters to tone things down. Of all the Mideast policy blunders by this president — from Libya to Turkey and from Syria to Iran — his sponsorship of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt could prove to be the worst.
In a scathing piece in Foreign Policy magazine, Sen. Ted Cruz aptly called it “one of the most stunning diplomatic failures in recent memory.” Obama, he said, yoked America to “a repressive, Islamist regime and the enemy of the secular, pro-democracy opposition.” As Cruz points out, the president could have used U.S. aid as a lever to “extract concessions” from the Morsi regime on human rights, as well as economic and political reforms. Instead, he chose to write blank checks.
Obama blew it. Now Congress must step in and halt remaining aid to the regime, while speaking out on behalf of those honestly seeking democratic reforms.
Editorial, Investor’s Business Daily
July 8, 2013
Obama Loses Altitude, Needs Solid Wins
Six months into his second term, the momentum that President Obama gained from his reelection win is a fading memory. Few could have foreseen this White House struggling so much after Obama’s convincing 332-206 electoral vote victory over Mitt Romney last November. “He needs wins and he needs them soon. There’s no way around that,” said one top Democratic strategist who routinely communicates with the White House. “I think just about everyone realizes that.”
Obama is headed into a key part of his presidency with immigration reform teetering, another debt-limit showdown looming and the daunting task of implementing his signature healthcare law hanging over him. In 2012, Obama predicted that if he won, it would break a GOP “fever,” which was how he characterized Republican efforts to block his agenda. But since his inauguration, Republicans have battled him on many issues.
Obama’s year to date has been marked by a combination of failures, distractions and uncertainties. A push for gun control in the wake of the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school last December came to nothing. Controversies over the IRS and, more recently, National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden absorbed administration energy and time…
“The people’s trust in his leadership has fallen,” said Susan MacManus, a professor of political science at the University of South Florida. But, she added, “people are increasingly disgusted with both political parties. For the average American, you really don’t have anyone who seems like they can craft solutions. People are losing faith that their government can do so much.”
Republicans are, predictably, even less charitable. “You’re in a bad place when scandals far outnumber your legislation achievements,” said Brendan Buck, a spokesman for Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). “The president spent a billion dollars to get reelected and still has nothing to show for it.”…
Niall Stanage & Amie Parnes, The Hill
July 8, 2013
Elephant Pride Daily News Letter By Don O’Neskey
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