Friday, August 10, 2012

Obama wants to "do the same thing" in every industry; Obama would have trouble; Romney's 20% rate reduction for everyone; Unions have permission for stalking, trespassing and threatening; IRS allowing illegals to commit fraud; Fraudulent tax returns produce tax refunds; Rewriting public pension plans; Keystone Pipeline continues to be built; Bringing truth to Obama's claims; Microwave popcorn linked to Alzheimer's; 70% opf GM products built outside US; Sudanese warlord accused of genocide to be on UN Human Rights Council; Fans & Furious was about supplying guns, not about tracking them; Britain being sued over US "kill list" in Afghanistan

*President Obama, while villifying Mitt Romney for opposing the auto industry bailout, bragged about the success of his decision to provide government assistance and said he now wants to see every manufacturing industry come roaring back.
“I said, I believe in American workers, I believe in this American industry, and now the American auto industry has come roaring back,” he said. “Now I want to do the same thing with manufacturing jobs, not just in the auto industry, but in every industry.

Author: ‘Obama would have trouble getting a security clearance for an entry-level government job’

Author Paul Kengor wants you to know just how radical Frank Marshal Davis — a man many consider to have been a mentor to President Barack Obama during his teenage years — was.
“Obama’s mentor was considered so radical, and such a potential pro-Soviet threat, that the federal government placed him on the Security Index,” Kengor told The Daily Caller in an interview about his new book on Davis, simply titled “The Communist.”
“That meant that if a war broke out between the United States and the Soviet Union, Frank Marshall Davis could be placed under immediate arrest.

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 As the editors of the Wall Street Journal explained, after noting that Romney’s proposal actually includes a 20 percent rate reduction for everyone who pays taxes, combined with the elimination of unspecified tax deductions that would primarily affect higher tax brackets: 

*A new study from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce finds that, when it comes to “threatening or disruptive behavior,” union members have far more rights—or, at least, far more license—than their fellow Americans. The Chamber's study, “Sabotage, Stalking, and Stealth Exemptions: Special State Laws for Labor Unions,” examines little known state laws that favor organized labor, even to the point of exempting union members from laws prohibiting “conduct that would otherwise be considered criminal activity.”
Although none of the laws highlighted by the Chamber’s report condone violence, the report suggests that state laws facilitate or even encourage the circumstances in which a labor dispute might become violent—or even deadly. The report highlights exemptions for violations such as stalking, trespassing, and other kinds of behavior that can be intimidating or seriously disturbing.
For example, in California, “making a credible threat to cause serious bodily injury to another, and then within 30 days thereafter entering the residence or workplace of the target” is punishable with up to a year in jail. But the law also states that this prohibition "shall not apply to any person who is engaged in labor union activities."
Child tax credit payments to illegal immigrants have quadrupled in the past five years as a result of President Obama’s stimulus package and the Internal Revenue Service’s refusal to pursue instances of fraud, a new study shows. The IRS is also failing to inform citizens that illegal immigrants have stolen their Social Security Numbers.
The IRS paid out $7.4 billion in tax refunds to illegal immigrants in 2012, quadruple the $1.7 billion paid out in 2007, according to a new report by Senate Republicans. The report was released as Treasury Department Inspector General J. Russell George revealed that the tax agency has allowed tax breaks for illegal immigrants and other areas of fraud to continue under the Obama administration.
In 2010, 741 tax returns were filed to the federal government from a single address in Belle Glade, Fla., the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. In response, the Internal Revenue Service issued over $1 million in combined tax refunds to that address, which is, y'know, embarrassing.
Most or all of those returns were probably filed by identity thieves, and the Belle Glade case isn't even the worst of it, according to a report issued last month by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. That report notes that in addition to the Belle Glade home, there was an address in Tampa that sent in 518 tax returns and got back almost $1.8 million in refunds, and an address in Lansing, Mich., sent in 2,137 tax returns and got more than $3.3 million back. The returns from these addresses all bore the hallmarks of identity theft, according to TIGTA.
What was once considered a basic right and untouchable is now on the chopping block: public pension plans.
I have been writing about the massive budget deficits that municipalities and states have been dealing with, the largest contributor to those budget deficits being the public pension plans.
Many states and municipalities have cut pension plan benefits for new workers, but what were once considered the legal and embedded rights of current retirees and public workers have been torn down.
In both San Diego and San Jose, California, residents have voted overwhelmingly—close to 70% in both cities—to cut the pension benefits of current public workers. (Source: New York Times, June 6, 2012). The residents weighed the budget cuts when factoring public workers retiring after 30 years of service with 90% of their salaries—which is almost unheard of in the private sector—versus having basic services cut and libraries unopened because of the massive budget deficits.
Residents of San Diego and San Jose chose to implement budget cuts on what they perceived as very generous pensions for public workers in order to reduce the budget deficits.
Previous court cases have sided with public workers, but now these measures voted on by the residents themselves will be tested in court.,2_0_0_1_120730_ALZaimIAAPC6UCKdIwASjU9q3cc,2_0_0_1_92815_ANlbimIAAAmxUCHqdgkT2FAXSq0,2_0_0_1_57293_ANlbimIAADqIUCEuNAF3XE00GYk,2_0_0_1_46697_AHZaimIAAQ%2FVUCETGA7sJCQKBLk,2_0_0_1_5416_ANlbimIAAI1QUB8Ifg3lAFeD0E8,2_0_0_1_6466_ANlbimIAAAcKUBwsGAyb9iIPM0M,&sort=date&order=down&startMid=0&hash=91d4186715cc8797cfd321f616d140a4&.jsrand=723879
A federal judge denied the Sierra Club’s request for a temporary injunction to halt construction of the lower half of the Keystone XL Pipeline Sunday.
Obama Administration Claim #1: We Didn’t Gut Work Requirements
Ever since the 1996 law passed, Democratic leaders have attempted (unsuccessfully) to repeal welfare’s work standards, blocking reauthorization of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program (TANF) and attempting to weaken the requirements. Unable to eliminate “workfare” legislatively, the Obama HHS claimed authority to grant waivers that allow states to get around the work requirements.
Humorously, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius now asserts that the Administration abolished the TANF work requirements to increase work.
HHS now claims that states receiving a waiver must “commit that their proposals will move at least 20 percent more people from welfare to work compared to the state’s prior performance.” But given the normal turnover rate in welfare programs, the easiest way to increase the number of people moving from “welfare to work” is to increase the number entering welfare in the first place.
Diacetyl, a flavoring used to produce the buttery flavor and aroma of microwave popcorn and other food, may be linked to Alzheimer's, U.S. researchers say.
General Motors is becoming China Motors. Forget the spin. The evidence is clear and convincing. Did U.S. taxpayers save GM for China? Listen to the candid comments of GM's CEO.  [Since the GM bailout, 70% of sales of GM products built have been produced somewhere outside the US.]
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The election of a Sudanese warlord accused of genocide to the United Nations Human Rights Council is now virtually guaranteed, since he has the full backing of the world body's African delegation.
The International Criminal Court has issued a warrant for Omar Al-Bashir -- its first ever for a sitting head of state -- for crimes against humanity he allegedly committed in Darfur. Yet, his regime is set to take its place on the panel, in the latest bizarre appointment to make a mockery of the UN's human rights credibility, according to critics.
A high-ranking Mexican drug cartel operative currently in U.S. custody is making startling allegations that the failed federal gun-walking operation known as “Fast and Furious” isn’t what you think it is.
It wasn’t about tracking guns, it was about supplying them — all part of an elaborate agreement between the U.S. government and Mexico’s powerful Sinaloa Cartel to take down rival cartels.
The explosive allegations are being made by Jesus Vicente Zambada-Niebla, known as the Sinaloa Cartel’s “logistics coordinator.” He was extradited to the Chicago last year to face federal drug charges.

Zambada-Niebla claims that under a “divide and conquer” strategy, the U.S. helped finance and arm the Sinaloa Cartel through Operation Fast and Furious in exchange for information that allowed the DEA, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and other federal agencies to take down rival drug cartels.

Britain faces legal challenge over secret US 'kill list' in Afghanistan

Afghan man who lost relatives in missile strike says UK role in supplying information to US military may be unlawful;
An Afghan man who lost five relatives in a missile strike started proceedings against the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) and the Ministry of Defence demanding to know details of the UK's participation "in the compilation, review and execution of the list and what form it takes".

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