It’s The First Amendment!
“If there is a bedrock principle underlying the First Amendment, it is that Government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive or disagreeable.”
Justice William J. Brennan (1906-1997) U. S. Supreme Court Justice; Source: 1989
White House’s ObamaCare Delay Confirms Law Is A Mess
Confirming again that its reform is a disaster, the White House has stopped yet another provision of the law before it can take effect. This time it’s caps placed on patients’ out-of-pocket expenses. The delay was authorized in February, but had gone unnoticed, the New York Times reported Tuesday, because it “was obscured in a maze of legal and bureaucratic language that went largely unnoticed” on the Labor Department’s website. Department officials confirmed its existence only when asked about it. So much for open government.
The caps, which were supposed to be a “consumer protection” provision of ObamaCare, limit the amount patients can spend through co-payments and deductibles before health insurance kicks in: $6,350 for individual policies, $12,700 for family plans. They were to be enforced beginning in 2014 but now have been delayed for a year. The administration decided that insurers and employers didn’t have enough time to deal with the provision.
So, like a monarch who exercises absolute power, the administration, which has no constitutional authority to write or change laws, delayed the deadline… Tuesday’s revelation that the White House had granted a similar delay is confirmation that it knows, though will never publicly admit, that ObamaCare is hopelessly flawed. Well-constructed legislation does not need to be continuously “amended” by executive fiat.
It should not have to be read to find out what’s in it, nor be so complex that a bureaucracy as big as Washington’s cannot get a handle on it. Neither is good law filled with surprises, more of which are surely to come in the case of Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Many of its effects, though, are quite predictable. Costs will rise. Quality of care will decline. Americans will be spending more time in waiting rooms and less time with their doctors. Innovations in life-enhancing and life-saving medical technology will drop off.
There is no trade-off. No benefits of ObamaCare exist to offset its harmful consequences. It has the distinction of being a well-rounded tragedy. There are so many flaws that the White House can’t possibly avoid them all.
Editorial, Investor’s Business Daily
August 13, 2013
The Budget Sequester Is A Success
The biggest underreported story out of Washington this year is that the federal budget is shrinking and much more than anyone in either party expected… This reversal from the spending binge in 2009 and 2010 began with the debt-ceiling agreement between Mr. Obama and House Speaker John Boehner in 2011… As long as Republicans don’t foolishly undo this amazing progress by agreeing to Mr. Obama’s demands for a “balanced approach” to the 2014 budget in exchange for calling off the sequester, additional expenditure cuts will continue automatically. Those cuts are built into the current budget law.
In other words, Mr. Obama has inadvertently chained himself to fiscal restraints that could flatten federal spending for the rest of his presidency. If the country sees any normal acceleration of economic growth (from the anemic 1.4% growth rate so far this year), the deficit is on a path to drop steadily at least through 2015…
The sequester is squeezing the very programs liberals care most about—including the National Endowment for the Arts, green-energy subsidies, the Environmental Protection Agency and National Public Radio. Outside Washington, the sequester is forcing a fiscal retrenchment for such liberal special-interest groups as Planned Parenthood and the National Council of La Raza, which have grown dependent on government largess…
Liberals had hoped that re-electing Mr. Obama, the most pro-spending president since LBJ, would unleash another four years of Great Society government expansion. Instead, spending caps and the sequester are squashing these progressive dreams. Welcome to the new fiscal reality in Washington. All Republicans need to do is enforce the budget laws Mr. Obama has already agreed to. Entitlement reforms will come when liberals realize that the unhappy alternative is to allow every program they cherish to keep shrinking.
Stephen Moore, The Wall Street Journal
August 11, 2013
Barack Obama: Terrorism Enabler, Muslim Sympathizer, Traitor
At first take it sounds so incredibly ridiculous as to be unworthy of serious consideration, but the more you look into the matter, the more the conclusion becomes inescapable: Barack Hussein Obama is a Muslim sympathizer who enables terrorism, aiding our enemies, and thus, he is worthy to be charged with treason.
In the beginning we should have read the signs: from the apology tour to bowing before the Saudi king, to the declarations in Cairo and refusing to directly reference a “war on terror,” this man has demonstrated preference for America’s enemies, denigrating the U.S. and her allies at every turn. The heart of Obama is measured in the words of his pastor for 20 years, Jeremiah Wright, who proclaimed: “G*d D**n America.”
Obama has orchestrated the leaking of classified information to hurt our country and help our enemies, making himself look good to retain power and forward the agenda: knock down American to build up global government…
Obama left Iraq prematurely and we see the resulting destruction: a country once poised to be a beacon of freedom in the world, now a nexus of terrorism, a vassal of Iran. Telegraphing the end game, Obama has handed Afghanistan back to the Taliban and al Qaeda. Pouring weapons into Syria, he helps Jihad annihilate Christians, arming thugs who murder women and children with great efficiency. These are not accidental failures. They are purposeful, calculated developments designed to shame the U.S., and forward the cause of Sharia in the world.
Obama just released $500 million to Hamas, a terrorist organization whose mission statement is the annihilation of Israel, a group thoroughly coordinating with Iran. That’s on top of $147 million he sent to Hamas last year.
Obama overthrew Mubarak in Egypt, unleashing violence, death and turmoil in that country for the last two years. Then he armed the Muslim Brotherhood, embraced their members, and appointed them to positions of authority in our own government.
Add all this to the increase in attacks on the homeland, negligence in securing our borders, increases in homegrown terrorism, and efforts to promote Sharia in America, and the unbelievable becomes the unavoidable reality: the President of the United States is the enemy of the United States.
Allan Erickson, ClashDaily
August 12, 2013
Why Fracking Could End The Age of Gas Price Spikes
For decades, a specter has haunted the U.S. economy: surging gas prices. From the malaise years of the 1970s to the early 21st century spike when a gallon of gas climbed from $0.90 in 1999 to more than $4 a gallon in 2008, families lived in fear that we were one Middle East conflict away from another painful bite into our paycheck, says Karl Smith, an assistant professor of economics and government at the University of North Carolina.
But what if we could end that pain with one word: Fracking. Hydraulic fracturing (” fracking”) is the drilling technology that has produced a slew of cheap domestic natural gas. Some energy analysts suggest that it could do the same for oil and gasoline.
•• Getting oil from Earth’s crust to your car is an arduous process that makes it susceptible to price surges. Oil fields have to be discovered, wells dug, pipelines constructed and refineries erected. Each one of these investments is enormously expensive.
•• Once in place, the system can produce constant flow for decades: up the well, down hundreds of miles of pipeline, into a refinery’s distillation tower, through a series of chambers for oxygenation and blending, and ultimately poured out as consumer-ready gasoline.
Fracking is altogether different. It’s not just an innovative way to get at previously unreachable oil reserves. It alters the very nature of the oil and gasoline supply chain.
•• A traditional well might produce 50 barrels of oil a day when it opens, but it will produce close to that for more than a generation.
•• Newly fracked wells have been known to produce over 7,000 barrels a day. That torrent will slow to a trickle in as a little as 18 months, but the rush of oil fundamentally changes the dynamics.
•• Oil is produced so quickly there often isn’t time to lay pipelines. Much of the oil from North Dakota’s prolific Bakken Shale has made it to market by train, which is more expensive but more flexible.
•• The oil itself is also different in composition. Much of it nearly qualifies as natural gasoline — very close to the stuff you that you put in your car and requires relatively mild refining and blending.
Crises will continue to erupt and global oil supplies will continue to be threatened. Yet, now we have the means to fight back. The production of gasoline from domestically-sourced, hydraulically-fracked oil can be ramped up within months, and ever increasing pain at the pump can finally be relieved.
National Center for Policy Analysis
August 13, 2013
Questions To Ask Your Congressman And U.S. Senators
The Center for Immigration Studies has released a new report highlighting questions on immigration legislation that voters might ask their representatives when trying to determine their actual stance on the issue. Too many politicians have discussed immigration legislation proposals with clichéd talking points that fail to describe the true impact of increasing legal immigration and amnestying 11 million illegal immigrants. The questions in this report are intended to help move the discussion beyond the evasions and platitudes usually offered by politicians…
Questions are available online at: http://www.cis.org/questions-for-lawmakers-on-immigration
“These are the type of questions that constituents and journalists should be asking of politicians promoting amnesty legislation,” said Jon Feere, Legal Policy Analyst at the Center for Immigration Studies. “Thus far, too many politicians have shown a complete lack of understanding of the impact their legislation would have. These questions should foster a deeper conversation between the public and congressional leadership.”
Jon Feere, Center for Immigration Studies
August 13, 2013
“Loose Lips Sink Ships” And Corrupt IRS Sinks The Nation!
A system of voluntary tax compliance cannot survive a dishonest IRS. Lois Lerner and company have virtually ruined the agency. For the foreseeable future, each time an American receives a tax query, he will wonder to what degree his politics ensures enhanced or reduced scrutiny — or whether his name as a donor, activist, or partisan has put him on a watch list. Worse still, when a high commissioner of the IRS takes the 5th Amendment, it sends a frightening message: those audited go to jail when they refuse to testify; those who audit them who do the same do not…
The Associated Press/James Rosen monitoring by the Obama administration was creepy not just because it went after a heretofore obsequious media, but because Obama’s lieutenants alleged that the reason was aiding and abetting the leaking of classified material.
Of course, disclosing top-secret information and thereby damaging the national interest is no small thing. But was leaking the real reason that Eric Holder lied under oath when he assured his congressional inquisitors that he was not monitoring the communications of Americans — after he had done just that in the case of James Rosen of Fox News?
No modern administration has leaked classified data like the Obama administration. Do we remember a frustrated Secretary of Defense Robert Gates warning White House National Security Adviser Tom Donilon “to shut the f— up” for disclosing the secret details of the bin Laden hit?…
Victor Davis Hanson, PJMedia
August 12, 2013
400 US Surface-To-Air Missiles Were ‘STOLEN’ From Libya During The Benghazi Attack And Are ‘Now In The Hands Of Al Qaeda’, Claims Whistleblower
Four hundred American surface-to-air missiles were ‘taken from Libya’ during the terror attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, a former U.S. Attorney who represents whistleblowers claimed on Monday. He added that the U.S. intelligence community is terrified they might be used to shoot down airliners. Joe diGenova, whose wife Victoria Toensing – a former deputy assistant attorney general – also represents Benghazi witnesses and others with knowledge of the terror attack, told WMAL radio that the loss of those missiles is also one the reason the U.S. State Department shut down 19 embassies across the Middle East last week. ‘A lot of people have come forward to share information with us,’ he said during the radio station’s ‘Mornings On The Mall’ program Monday morning.
‘We have learned that one of the reasons the administration is so deeply concerned’ is that ‘there were 400 surface-to-air missiles stolen, and that they are … in the hands of many people, and that the biggest fear in the U.S. intelligence community is that one of these missiles will be used to shoot down an airliner. 400 missiles, surface-to-air missiles, taken from Libya.’ Asked if the missiles are now ‘in the hands of al-Qaeda operatives,’ DiGenova replied, ‘That is what these people are telling us.’
David Martosko, Daily Mail [UK]
August 13, 2013
DOJ, FBI Admit They Inflated Claims About Mortgage Fraud Crackdown Last Year
The Justice Department and FBI have quietly acknowledged they grossly overstated the scope of a mortgage fraud crackdown, which the administration heralded with much fanfare a few weeks before last year’s presidential election. According to a memo circulated by the FBI and a correction posted online by the Justice Department, the number of defendants, the number of victims and the size of the losses are, in reality, a fraction of what officials claimed last October.
Attorney General Eric Holder and other law enforcement officials claimed in early October that the initiative charged 530 criminal defendants on behalf of 73,000 victims who suffered over $1 billion in losses. The so-called Distressed Homeowner Initiative, which targeted fraud schemes against distressed homeowners, was highlighted in a press release and press conference at the time. Holder, talking to the cameras on Oct. 9, called it “a groundbreaking, year-long mortgage fraud enforcement effort.”
The real numbers, it turns out, were far smaller. The feds now admit that the number of criminal defendants charged was more like 107, not 530. The number of victims was 17,185 — still a large number, but roughtly one fourth the size of the original headcount. And the losses totaled $95 million — not $1 billion, as originally claimed…
Bloomberg columnist Jonathan Weil called on Holder to apologize, and explain how this happened.
“He used a press conference with the cameras rolling to give out numbers that proved to be false — and they appear to have been willfully false,” Weil wrote. “He should be just as eager to hold another press conference to set the record straight, answer any questions about his apparent sleight of hand when it comes to financial-fraud metrics and apologize to the American people.”
Judson Berger, FOXNews
August 14, 2013
The Obama Regime has corrupted all government agencies. Is there one that the voters can trust? Don O’Nesky
Will The Obama Clown Be Invited To The Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo?
…The Nation’s Justin Sink reports, “Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) invited the rodeo clown who sparked controversy by donning a mask of President Obama at the Missouri State Fair to perform in Texas, his office said Wednesday. Liberals want to bronco bust dissent. But Texans value speech, even if its speech they don’t agree with,” Stockman said in a statement. “From Molly Ivins to Louie Gohmert and every opinion between, Texans value free and open political speech. I’m sure any rodeo in Texas would be proud to have [the] performers.”
Stockman dismissed the reaction as “straight out of Alinsky.”
This leaves Floridians wondering if Governor Scott, a member of the Florida legislature or member of the Florida delegation will invite the Obama clown to the Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo being held on September 21, 2013.
Where is a politician with true grit like John Wayne when you need him?
Dr. Richard Swier, WatchDogWire–Florida
August 15, 2013
Egyptian Islamists Target Christian Churches in Wave of Apparently Coordinated Attacks
Some supporters of Egypt’s ousted Islamist president directed their wrath at the country’s Christian minority Wednesday, in what activists described as “the worst coordinated attacks on Egypt’s Coptic community in modern history.” Largely eclipsed by the military’s crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood protest camps in Cairo and resulting loss of life, more than 20 churches in a number of provinces were reported to have been targeted for arson and other attacks.
Through the day news reports and social media posts drew attention to individual incidents and it soon became apparent that a concerted campaign of coordinated attacks was underway. Most of the targeted churches were Coptic Orthodox, but Catholic churches were also attacked as well as at least one Protestant church. One of the groups monitoring the situation through contacts on the ground, the Australian Coptic Movement Association (ACM), released a list of 16 churches and related sites attacked, and said the true figure could reach 40…
According to Egypt’s independent Mideast Christian News service, eyewitnesses to one of the church attacks in Sohag reported seeing Muslim Brotherhood supporters hijack a fire truck to prevent it from attending the fire. “These attacks on the Copts is unprecedented in the modern era,” Bishop Anba Suriel of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Melbourne, Australia, wrote on his Twitter account. “Will the world continue to standby passively amidst this injustice?” An hour later, citing reports of more than 20 separate attacks, he tweeted again, “Where is the army?”…
“The pro-Morsi supporters and Muslim Brotherhood leaders have been inciting hatred and violence against Egypt’s Coptic Christians and now we are seeing those threats acted on in an unprecedented way. “Western leaders have also failed to take the issue of Coptic persecution seriously and seem to be more interested in protecting the rights of those who persecute Christians.”
Patrick Goodenough, CNSNews
August 15, 2013
Jeff Sessions Probes Obamaphone Program Waste
An obscure welfare program that provides free cell phones to low-income Americans came to national prominence when a video went viral of an Ohio woman exclaiming that she “got an Obamaphone,” and the spotlight has brought with it increased congressional oversight. “I write to express serious concerns about the Lifeline program, a part of the Universal Service Fund (USF) that, according to the Congressional Budget Office, outlayed more than $9.3 billion in FY2012,” Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, wrote in a letter to Federal Communications Commission Acting Chairman Mignon Clyburn.
Sessions cited a National Review column by Jillian Kay Melchior who wrote about receiving three of the phones despite failing to meet any eligibility requirements for the program. “The failure to check applicants’ eligibility might be one of the reasons the Lifeline program has more than doubled in recent years — from $822 million in 2008 to over $2 billion in the latest annual report from the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC),” Sessions said…
Joel Gehrke, The Washington Examiner
August 15, 2013
Obama ‘Body Man’ Reggie Love Says He Played Cards With The President During Bin Laden Raid
It’s one of the most iconic photos of the entire Obama presidency. Obama sitting in the situation room with his national security team, everyone with tense looks on their faces, the president leaning forward anxiously as they await news of the raid to kill Osama bin Laden. There was speculation at the time that the scene was staged and Obama was photoshopped into it. Nonsense, said the White House. Except we now learn from Reggie Love, Obama’s close friend and “body man,” that he and the president played about 15 hands of spades during the raid…
The president could very well have returned to the situation room for the climax of the raid, so the notion the photo is bogus is a stretch. What is also bogus, however, is the image crafted by Obamabots of a president fully engaged, on top of the situation, and engrossed in the operation.
Admittedly, once set in motion, a Commander in Chief has very little to do but await the outcome of an operation. And it’s not like he left the White House and went golfing. But what do you think are the chances that the narrative of a courageous president, pouring over details of the raid and worrying about the safety of his men will be altered to reflect this new information? Not a chance.
Rick Moran, American Thinker
August 15, 2013
While US troops were involved in one of the most sensitive actions during the Obama Administration, the occupant of the White House decided to play cards. Not what a real President would have been doing. Don O’Nesky
GOP Whip McCarthy: Secure Border Before We Talk About Amnesty
House Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) states on his congressional website that no amnesty should be granted to any illegal immigrants. “As a nation founded by immigrants, we should to continue embrace the individuals who wait in line and come to the United States legally to work hard and contribute to our society,” McCarthy writes on the page titled “Immigration” on his official House of Representatives website.
“However, we should not provide any amnesty that would benefit those who defy our laws and enter the United States illegally,” it continues. “In order to reduce the number of illegal immigrants in our country, we must enforce the laws that already exist. In order to do this, we must secure our border by using both physical as well as electronic barriers. We should also ensure that illegal immigrants are not receiving any of the benefits that are reserved for American Citizens.”…
Matthew Boyle, Breitbart
August 15, 2013
More patriotic members of Congress should be saying and doing this! Don O’Nesky