Monday, October 10, 2011

Senate passes nuclear option which could be used against them with Obamacare; Obama tries to seal his records; Labor unions enjoy the tax loopholes they castigate; Fact-checking Obama's presser; Alabama losing illegals; Romney cheered at Citadel; Red flags fro Solyndra ignored; Energy Dept. moved ahead despite warnings; Feds appeal judge's decision allowing Alabama immigration law; Occupy DC storms Smithsonian; Obama and appointees take multi-million from banks they castigate; Obama tries embarassment as fundraising tool; Tyranny occurs when weakness and a power vacuum exists; Herman Cain criticises Occupy Wall St.; Bizarro world in Atlanta; Obama receives more money from Wall Street than any other politician; Our culture of narcissism

"Socialism is the philosophy of failure and the gospel of envy"  - Winston Churchill

Vision to America writes: On Thursday, the US senate was poised to cast a pro forma vote on final passage of a China currency bill when Senate Republicans attempted to use the rules of the Senate to attach a post-cloture amendment. The Republican amendment would have required a vote on President Obama’s jobs bill, forcing Democrats to vote on the plan the president has been blaming Republicans for blocking. Because there are insufficient votes among Senate Democrats to force closure or pass the bill, allowing the amendment would have blown up the charade that congressional Republicans are the lone roadblock to Obama’s jobs bill.
Senate Majority Leader Reid objected to the affirmative ruling on the amendment and forced a vote along party lines, 51-48,  to overrule the parliamentarian’s decision to allow it. Reid’s move effectively eliminates the minority’s ability to offer amendments, casting aside Senate history and precedent to change Senate rules simply to avoid a vote on a jobs plan his Democratic president has been demanding from Congress.
The Reid move establishes a dangerous precedent for the minority party. The repeal of Obamacare in January, 2013, may have just shifted from “possibility” to “likelihood,” thanks to a senior Senator who changed the rules simply to avoid embarrassment. Harry’s problems may be just beginning.
According to Judicial Watch, Rep. Edolphous Towns (D-NY) has introduced the Presidential Records Act Amendments of 2011. That bill would do with Obama’s presidential records what Obama has already done to his personal and collegiate records: Seal them up.
In an obvious effort to protect President Barack Obama, a group of congressional Democrats has introduced legislation to create an official process that will allow the commander-in-chief to keep presidential records secret after he leaves office.
Ironically, Obama revoked a similar George W. Bush order in one of his first official acts as president. In 2001 Bush penned an executive order severely limiting public access to his presidential records. Shortly after swearing in, Obama killed it as part of his much-ballyhooed commitment to government transparency. At the time, the new president claimed that he was giving the American people greater access to “historic documents.”
Keep reading. Hypocrisy – Thy Name is Obama.
Washington State Wire opines: When labor unions attack tax loopholes, they must not mean their own.
            Labor unions in this state enjoy a massive tax exemption that costs taxpayers millions of dollars annually – just like the business tax breaks they have been attacking before the Legislature this year.             
Unions don’t pay the state business and occupations tax. At current tax rates, the exemption saves them somewhere in the neighborhood of $9 million a year. When you start talking about loopholes, you should talk about all of them,” said state Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville. “The hypocrisy of some union bosses never surprises me.”
Fox News reports: In challenging Republicans to get behind his jobs bill Thursday, President Barack Obama argued Republicans have supported his proposals before, demanded that they explain themselves if they oppose him, and challenged others to come up with a plan of their own. The rhetoric in the president's quick-moving press conference dodged some facts and left some evidence in the dust.
OBAMA: "The answer we're getting right now is: Well, we're going to roll back all these Obama regulations... Does anybody really think that that is going to create jobs right now and meet the challenges of a global economy?"
THE FACTS: Well, yes, some think it will. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce last month submitted a jobs proposal to Obama that included a call to ease regulations on businesses. It specifically called for streamlining environmental reviews on major construction projects and to delay the issuance of some potentially burdensome regulations until the economy and employment have improved. In the letter, Chamber President Thomas Donohue also called on Congress to pass legislation that would require congressional approval of major regulations.__
OBAMA: "We can either keep taxes exactly as they are for millionaires and billionaires, with loopholes that lead them to have lower tax rates, in some cases, than plumbers and teachers, or we can put teachers and construction workers and veterans back on the job."
THE FACTS: True, "in some cases" wealthy people can exploit loopholes to make their tax rate lower than for people of middle or low income. In recent rhetoric, Obama had suggested it was commonplace for rich people to pay lower rates than others, a claim not supported by IRS statistics. But on Thursday, Obama accurately stated that it only happens sometimes.
Politico reports: Alabama farmers frantically looking for workers to replace those that have fled the state in the wake of its tough new immigration law should just stop by their local prison, according to the head of Alabama’s agriculture department.
John McMillan, commissioner of the Alabama Dept. of Agriculture and Industries, told the Montgomery Advertiser on Thursday that inmate labor through the state’s worker release program offers a short-term solution to the sudden labor shortage that has hit Alabama since enforcement of its illegal immigration law kicked in.
The Weekly Standard writes: This morning, Mitt Romney used his foreign policy address at the Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina to criticize what he called the Obama administration's "feckless policies of the last three years." 
"I believe we are an exceptional country with a unique destiny and role in the world," Romney said, with an audience of cadets sitting behind him. "Not exceptional, as the president has derisively said, in the way that the British think Great Britain is exceptional or the Greeks think Greece is exceptional. In Barack Obama’s profoundly mistaken view, there is nothing unique about the United States."
In his closing argument, Romney contrasted his vision of America's role in the world with that of Obama. "I will not surrender America’s role in the world," he said. "This is very simple. If you do not want America to be the strongest nation on Earth, I am not your president. You have that president today." The cadets applauded.

Business Insider writes: In 2011, the Treasury Department warned the DOE about the questionable legality of Solyndra's refinancing deal, which put investors ahead of taxpayers in the event the company went under.
"In February, we requested in writing that DOE seek the Department of Justice’s approval of any proposed restructuring,” an assistant Treasury secretary wrote in an August 2011 memo to the OMB. “To our knowledge that never happened.”
Another email, obtained by TIME, suggests that Solyndra's bad finances and poor business model were well-known within the solar panel industry. A February 2009 letter from the CEO of Solyndra's main competitor, Nanosolar, basically asks what everyone in the country is asking now:
“In light of the DoE loan program application of a competitor of ours, Solyndra, and given the well-publicized rapidly deteriorating financial state of this company as well as its failure to secure new investors and maintain a balance sheet adequate for product introduction, I would appreciate clarification from you about whether the DoE loan guarantee program is suitable as a ‘bail-out’ program for failing private manufacturers."

Here are eight red flags the government totally ignored in the Solyndra disaster :


Washington Post writes: Energy Department officials were warned that their plan to help a failing solar company by restructuring its $535 million federal loan could violate the law and should be cleared with the Justice Department, according to newly obtained e-mails from within the Obama administration.

The e-mails show that Energy Department officials moved ahead anyway with a new deal that would repay company investors before taxpayers if the company defaulted.
Local15news reports: The federal government has appealed a judge's decision to let Alabama's immigration law take effect.
The man who signed what many call the toughest immigration law in the country says he's not backing down. Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says he's not surprised by the appeal.

"We're not talking about discrimination. We're talking about enforcing the laws. We expect the federal government to enforce the laws. Here in Alabama, we will enforce the laws," Bentley said.
The Gateway Pundit writes: Chanting “The whole world is watching!” the Occupy DC protesters tried to storm the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum today. They pinned a guard against the wall.
The mob forced the museum to shut its doors early. 
According to Smithsonian spokesperson Linda St. Thomas, a crowd of “about 100 to 200 people” tried to enter through the museum’s Mall entrance.
“They were carrying signs and a lot of protest materials,” St. Thomas said in a statement. “You cannot bring that stuff into the museum under any circumstances.”
According to St. Thomas, the crowd tried to shove its way into the museum after being denied entry by security.
“One security guard was grabbed and pinned against the wall. He could not extract himself,” the spokesperson said. “Another security guard came over to help him and ended up pepper-spraying one person.”
Global Research opined: Obama has campaigned against restrictions on bonuses paid to executives at insurance giant American International Group (AIG) and other bailed-out firms, and repeatedly assured Wall Street that he will slash social spending, including Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
The new financial disclosures reveal that top Obama advisors directly involved in setting these policies have received millions from Wall Street firms, including those that have received huge taxpayer bailouts.
[Summers  is] rather typical of the Wall Street insiders who comprise a cabinet and White House team that is filled with multi-millionaires, presided over by a president who parlayed his own political career into a multi-million-dollar fortune.
Michael Froman, deputy national security adviser for international economic affairs, worked for Citigroup and received more than $7.4 million from the bank from January of 2008 until he entered the Obama administration this year. This included a $2.25 million year-end bonus handed him this past January, within weeks of his joining the Obama administration.
Citigroup has thus far been the beneficiary of $45 billion in cash and over $300 billion in government guarantees of its bad debts.
David Axelrod, the Obama campaign’s top strategist and now senior adviser to the president, was paid $1.55 million last year from two consulting firms he controls. He has agreed to buyouts that will garner him another $3 million over the next five years. His disclosure claims personal assets of between $7 and $10 million.
Obama’s deputy national security adviser, Thomas E. Donilon, was paid $3.9 million by a Washington law firm whose major clients include Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and the private equity firm Apollo Management.
Louis Caldera, director of the White House Military Office, made $227,155 last year from IndyMac Bancorp, the California bank that heavily promoted subprime mortgages. It collapsed last summer and was placed under federal receivership.
The UK Daily Mail wrote: President Barack Obama is making it personal in a new fundraising pitch aimed at the generosity of his supporters.

An email sent to one New Yorker read: 'Here's something you don't have in common with 15,049 other supporters of this movement who tell us they live in New York, N.Y.'

It added: 'Now's your chance to change that.'

The email then asked for a $3 minimum donation to boost the campaign to 1million contributors.

The emails, obtained by, come complete with local numbers on how many of the president’s supporters have given to his campaign.

Brad Blakeman, who served as a senior adviser to President Bush in his 2000 campaign, called President Obama’s plan a 'scare tactic.'
American Thinker writes: It should be no surprise, then, that the Occupy Wall Street uprisings are happening.  After all, such mob uprisings have historical precedent.  Anarchy followed by tyranny occurs whenever weakness and a power vacuum, perceived or real, exists.

Examples from history abound, but two cases may be particularly pertinent.
The result of the incompatibility of these two entities -- on the one side, free and constitutionally established governmental and economic institutions, and on the other, the means and goals of the current radical administration and its allies -- is civil unrest to a degree scarcely seen since the Civil War.

Thus we have the Wall Street protestors, who have now been joined by the too-often thuggish labor unions, organizations which have historically have often been wedded to violence as a means of achieving what cannot be gained by bargaining or legislative and judicial process.  Comforting murmurs of support from President Obama, who says he understands the frustrations of the marchers, and House minority leader Nancy Pelosi's blessing -- "God bless Wall Street protestors"-- are green-light indicators that the Democratic leadership is callously and recklessly encouraging the mobs taking over the streets of our largest cities. 
It is conceivable that a combination of anarchists, labor unions, and left-leaning media could unite and utilize the unrest and chaos to derail the 2012 elections themselves, giving the administration the opportunity to suspend elections because of a national emergency.  The nightmare that would ensue is almost unimaginable, as the tactics already utilized by the administration could become even more fully utilized.  The erosion of the rule of law and constitutional institutions would be assured.

Thus the slippery slope to dictatorship begins.
The LA Times reports: Republican presidential contender Herman Cain amplified his criticism Sunday of the growing Occupy Wall Street movement, calling the protesters “jealous’ Americans who "play the victim card” and want to “take somebody else's” Cadillac.

On CBS, Cain suggested that the rallies had been organized by labor unions to serve as a “distraction so that many people won’t focus on the failed policies of the Obama administration.”
The banking and financial services industries aren’t responsible for those policies, Cain said. “To protest Wall Street and the bankers is basically saying you’re anti-capitalism,” he said.
“There a lot of people in America who are angry,” Newt Gingrich said. “This is the natural product of President Obama’s class warfare.”,0,972806.story
[To witness a truly bizarre experience, watch the video linked to below.  At a demonstration in Atlanta, every single word the speakers say is said in short groups of words and are repeated by the protesters.  They voted to not let someone who came to offer his support to speak - civil rights pioneer Rep. John Lewis (D-GA). It took a full 10 minutes of this to get to the vote which eliminated his speech.    
Townhall reports: The look on Lewis' face throughout these, um, "deliberations" is absolutely priceless.  When his speaking opportunity is ultimately nixed, he just wanders off in a confused daze.  Isn't the Left awesome, Congressman?  The cringe-worthy preciousness and feel-goodery of the entire episode evokes a dystopic kindergarten setting, in which every child and teacher has equal say in everything.  If it weren't so laugh-out-loud pathetic, I think this video represents a snapshot of my own personal hell.  I'll leave you with the latest edit to "The People's Document," which is this incoherent movement's non-binding manifesto, of sorts.  It seems they've hit on a new plan for how to run the country and distribute wealth "fairly."  The good news?  They (for the moment) want to eliminate all taxes except for a universal four-percent sales tax.  The bad news?  They want to mandate maximum salaries for everyone.  Their scheme pegs a doctor's top income at $28,000 -- $500 less than "public servant" salaries:
Daily Caller reports: Despite his rhetorical attacks on Wall Street, a study by the Sunlight Foundation’s Influence Project shows that President Barack Obama has received more money from Wall Street than any other politician over the past 20 years, including former President George W. Bush.

When asked by The Daily Caller to comment about President Obama’s credibility when it comes to criticizing Wall Street, the White House declined to reply.

Townhall 's Star Parker writes: I wouldn’t think it would be worthwhile to draw attention to the Occupy Wall Street “movement,” or its list of demands that wouldn’t pass muster in an average kindergarten class.
But if America’s president and vice president choose to talk about it, and give it credibility, then it’s news.
According to VP Joe Biden, demands such as free college, pay independent of work, a $20 minimum wage (why not $100 or $1000?), and a nation with open borders have legitimacy and “a lot in common with the tea party movement.”
President Obama sees these demonstrations against corporate America as reasonable protest toward “the same folks who acted irresponsibly trying to crack down on abusive practices that got us into this situation to begin with.”
This should provide perspective to what our most fundamental problem is today.
We have an endangered species in America whose loss threatens our future. That species is called the American adult.

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