Friday, July 9, 2010

Amused by Tea Parties; Recess Appoiontment; Department of Justice and the Black Panthers; Obama Loses Another Court Challenge; and Lame Duck Laws

A blast from the past: "What President of the United States, asks Daily Caller, mocks and makes fun of the people he serves? Do you ever remember a President being so flippant and condescending?
“I have been amused a little over the past couple of days where people have been having these rallies about taxes,” Obama said.*
President Barack Obama struck a hyperpartisan note Thursday, telling Democrats that he was “amused” by the Tax Day Tea Party rallies.
Obama, addressing a Democratic National Committee (DNC) fundraiser in Miami, did little to endear himself to the Tea Party groups protesting around the country, saying “they should be saying thank you” because of the tax cuts he has signed into law.
[It is in the news that our President has made a recess appointment of his pick to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).   What you may not remember from a blog a month or so ago is this, as reported by ABC News]: In an interview last year with Biotechnology Healthcare, Berwick said society makes decisions about rationing all the time, and that the "decision is not whether or not we will ration care -- the decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open. And right now, we are doing it blindly." [Is it any wonder that Republicans may have given the big O a hard time if Congress had been able to do their duty to vote for him or not?  It's yet one more radical appointee.  It is getting harder to believe it is all a coincidence.] 
In 2008 while speaking on the British health care system in the UK, Berwick said wealthy individuals must redistribute their wealth to those less fortunate for health care funding. Also during this speech, he told those in attendance that he opposes free markets.
“Any health care funding plan that is just equitable civilized and humane must, must redistribute wealth from the richer among us to the poorer and the less fortunate. Excellent health care is by definition redistributional.”
Glenn Beck reports:  The Department of Justice apparently doesn't think the voter intimidation at the polls in Philadelphia by the Black Panthers merits any further attention. Perhaps they haven't seen the video of the same Black Panther who was at the polls [in an earlier venue] also calling for white people (crackers, as he so eloquently put it) and their babies to be killed. He said, " I hate white people, all of them. Every last iota of a cracker, I hate him. You want freedom? You are going to have to kill some crackers. You might have to kill some of their babies". [There is more.  You find this difficult to believe?  Here is King Shameer Shabazi (or something like that) ]
[The DOJ had actually already won the case and was preparing for sentencing when suddenly the case was dropped.  But then the administration moved to dismiss the charges the following month after getting one of the New Black Panther members to agree to not carry a "deadly weapon" near a polling place until 2012. [So - it will be AOK to arm themselves IN 2012 - as in our next Presidential Election?  The Justice Department decided to drop the case because prosecuting blacks is racist- and because the NAACP put pressure on them.  I believe we are on the cusp of becoming a Third World country - where our vote is threatened by thugs and Black Panthers, and ACORN actively works for unfair elections.]    
[It has now been told that the purpose of the Black Panthers was not only to intimidate votors - but to distract votetrs so that the fraudulent ACORN voters would not be noticed.  Our country is in serious troubhle

Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution demands that a US President "shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed." Hence, the President is not only the Commander in Chief he is also the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Law Enforcement Officer. [Is this grounds for Impeachment, along with others?] 
The Obama administration lost its court bid to maintain a six-month moratorium on offshore deepwater drilling which a federal judge ordered lifted last month. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the government's emergency request to stay that judge's order pending appeal.
The motion was denied because the government failed to show "a likelihood of irreparable injury if the stay is not granted," the appeals panel judges wrote in a 2-1 ruling.

The government also "made no showing that there is any likelihood that drilling activities will be resumed pending appeal." 
The rush to recess gives Democrats little time to pass any major laws. That's why there have been signs in recent weeks that party leaders are planning an ambitious, lame-duck session to muscle through bills in December they don't want to defend before November. Retiring or defeated members of Congress would then be able to vote for sweeping legislation without any fear of voter retaliation.
"I've got lots of things I want to do" in a lame duck, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D., W. Va.) told reporters in mid June. North Dakota's Kent Conrad, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, wants a lame-duck session to act on the recommendations of President Obama's deficit commission, which is due to report on Dec. 1. "It could be a huge deal,"
In the House, Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva, co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, told reporters last month that for bills like "card check"—the measure to curb secret-ballot union elections—"the lame duck would be the last chance, quite honestly, for the foreseeable future."

Other lame-duck possibilities? Senate ratification of the New Start nuclear treaty, a federally mandated universal voter registration system to override state laws, and a budget resolution to lock in increased agency spending.
Then there is pork. A Senate aide told me that "some of the biggest porkers on both sides of the aisle are leaving office this year, and a lame-duck session would be their last hurrah for spending."
Other lame-duck possibilities? Senate ratification of the New Start nuclear treaty, a federally mandated universal voter registration system to override state laws, and a budget resolution to lock in increased agency spending. Then there is pork. A Senate aide told me that "some of the biggest porkers on both sides of the aisle are leaving office this year, and a lame-duck session would be their last hurrah for spending."

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Price and Value; American Wrath; Uncertainty; Health Care Wait Times; Oil Rig Alarm; Democrat Donor Revolt and more

“Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.” — Warren Buffett   [We certainly are paying a very high price for electing this President, and we are getting the value of the waking up of good Americans to the agenda of Progressives.]

The American people are slow to wrath, but when their wrath is once kindled, it burns like a consuming flame.” — Theodore Roosevelt.  [Go forth to change our country this November!  Call a politician, write a letter to the editor, volunteer to make phone calls for a favorite candidate, put a candidate's sign in your yard,  question a liberal/progressive on his reasoning - just do something!  Our time is running out!]  [I am proud to support US Congressman Pete Hoekstra, of the Intelligence Committee, for Governor of Michigan!]
Daily Caller writes:  There is one word being mentioned by business leaders and economists more frequently when the conversation turns to why jobs are not returning more quickly to the U.S. economy: uncertainty. “By reaching into virtually every sector of economic life, government is injecting uncertainty into the marketplace and making it harder to raise capital and create new businesses,” said Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg at a speech in Washington in late June. Federal Reserve Governor Kevin Warsh said in a recent speech in Atlanta: “Owing to a less-than-assured economic outlook and broad uncertainty about public policy, employers appear quite reluctant to add to payrolls.”
CHICAGO – Emergency rooms, the only choice for patients who can't find care elsewhere, may grow even more crowded with longer wait times under the nation's new health law.
That might come as a surprise to those who thought getting 32 million more people covered by health insurance would ease ER crowding. It would seem these patients would be able to get routine health care by visiting a doctor's office, as most of the insured do.
But it's not that simple. Consider:
_There's already a shortage of front-line family physicians in some places and experts think that will get worse.
_People without insurance aren't the ones filling up the nation's emergency rooms. Far from it. The uninsured are no more likely to use ERs than people with private insurance, perhaps because they're wary of huge bills.
_The biggest users of emergency rooms by far are Medicaid recipients. And the new health insurance law will increase their ranks by about 16 million. Medicaid is the state and federal program for low-income families and the disabled. And many family doctors limit the number of Medicaid patients they take because of low government reimbursements.
_ERs are already crowded and hospitals are just now finding solutions.
Less than four months after President Barack Obama took office, his new administration received a forceful warning about the dangers of offshore oil drilling. The alarm was rung by a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., which found that the government was unprepared for a major spill at sea, relying on an "irrational" environmental analysis of the risks of offshore drilling. [Without saying that this would have prevented the explosion I ask this:  So at last will Obama stop blaming President George W. Bush?  He had his request for change and decided to ask the court to revisit there decision and go along with Bush - making this HIS program.]
A revolt among big donors on Wall Street is hurting fundraising for the Democrats' two congressional campaign committees, with contributions from the world's financial capital down 65 percent from two years ago. The drop in support comes from many of the same bankers, hedge fund executives and financial services chief executives who are most upset about the financial regulatory reform bill that House Democrats passed last week with almost no Republican support. [This is yet one more example of those who cozied up to Obama getting little respect for their efforts.]
An unusual number of Democratic candidates running this cycle are basing their victory scenarios on the existence of Independent or third-party candidates in their races. Are their hopes reasonable or are they merely grasping at straws?  [It was a third party candidate who gave us Bill Clinton (President with only 43% of American's votes), and it was what helped get John McCain as our Presidential candidate.  My belief is that we must work within the party to improve it and NEVER vote for the third party - unless we want the Democrats to win.  What do you think?];_ylt=Ak6rbv0RfWVAk7yvVtSW3A74R9AF;_ylu=X3oDMTJsNjJkNHJiBGFzc2V0A2NxLzIwMTAwNzA2L3BvbGl -------
Americans for Tax Reform propose the following:  “This card a tangible reminder that Obama has deliberately broken his central campaign promise not to raise any form of taxes on Americans earning less than $250,000. The last President to break his tax pledge – Bush 41 – served only one term.” – Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform
Obama Tax Hike Exemption Card
Back of the Obama Tax Hike Exemption Card

You may have noticed that President Obama has broken his central campaign promise – a “firm pledge” that Americans making less than $250,000 would not see “any form of tax increase.” He first broke this pledge sixteen days into his presidency when he signed a 156 percent increase in the federal excise tax on tobacco. And Obamacare contains 21 tax increases – several of which violate his “firm pledge”.
To protect you from these tax hikes, Americans for Tax Reform presents the “Obama Tax Hike Exemption Card”.
The new strategy is said to rely more on using Obama’s rhetoric
and the backdrop of the White House, and less on a legislative agenda.
In other words, more speeches with little specifics, hoping people
will (once again) see what they want to see.

Indications are that he will focus on three general themes to support
his new reformer image: campaign finance reform, American
competitiveness and government transparency.  
An American Thinker therapist writes: But still, when I received a flyer in the mail last week, it absolutely stunned me. The flyer announced a conference for children and teens, age 13 to l8, by a group called Gender Spectrum. The advertisement reads as following: Come join other transgender, gender bending, gender nonconforming teens, children and families for three days of celebrating individuality, making new friends, and having fun. The slogan of Gender Spectrum?  Be Yourself. Change the World.  Obama has already appointed transexuals to high positions.  And then there's Elena Kagan, about to become a SCOTUS.   While she presents as unassuming, at Harvard she was a firebrand.

There, Kagan reportedly strong armed Harvard's health insurer to pay for
sex change operations for staff and students.  So an l8 year old who wasn't sure about his career choice could, without parental knowledge or approval, reconfigure his private parts. 

Kagan also spearheaded a campaign to make bathrooms unisex. Apparently, she considers gender-neutral johns to be a Constitutional right, more compelling than the First and Second Amendments. 

Kagan and Obama and all the President's Czars are secular fundamentalists.  They are trying to force feed a radical agenda on this country.  And they're doing it, in part, by recruiting impressionable children.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Declaration of Independence; Pass and Deem on Budget; Reaching Out to Muslims; and the Arizona Immigration Law

[Here are some powerful words that are still important to this day]:  "That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.....   But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. —"
As part of a procedural vote on the emergency war supplemental bill, House Democrats attached a document that “deemed as passed” a non-existent $1.12 trillion budget. The execution of the “deeming” document allows Democrats to start spending money for Fiscal Year 2011 without the pesky constraints of a budget.

The procedural vote passed 215-210 with no Republicans voting in favor and 38 Democrats crossing the aisle to vote against deeming the faux budget resolution passed. Never before -- since the creation of the Congressional budget process -- has the House failed to pass a budget, failed to propose a budget then deemed the non-existent budget as passed as a means to avoid a direct, recorded vote on a budget, but still allow Congress to spend taxpayer money.
“Facing a record deficit and a tidal wave of debt, House Democrats decided it was politically inconvenient to put forward a budget and account for their fiscal recklessness.  With no priorities and no restraints, the spending, taxing, and borrowing will continue unchecked for the coming fiscal year,” Ryan said.  “The so-called ‘budget enforcement resolution’ enforces no budget, but instead provides a green light for the Appropriators to continue spending, exacerbating our looming fiscal crisis.”
In a video, Charles Bolden, head of NASA, tells Al Jazeera that the "foremost" task President Obama has given him is "to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with predominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science, math, and engineering." Thus, NASA's primary mission is no longer to enhance American science and engineering or to explore space, but to boost the self-esteem of "predominantly Muslim nations." Exploring space didn't even make the top three things Obama wants Bolden to accomplish.  Exploring space didn't even make the top three things Obama wants Bolden to accomplish. The other two are "re-inspire children to want to get into science and math" and "expand our international relationships,"    [Isn't it great to be a Muslim in America?]
[Arizona's law, according to Barack Obama]:  "It also has "the potential of violating the rights of innocent American citizens and legal residents, making them subject to possible stops or questioning because of what they look like or how they sound."  [Well, that is just an outright lie, and he is either pitting us against each other on purpose, or he is not the brilliant man we have been told he is...]
Arizona's Republican governor, Jan Brewer, responded Thursday that Obama was failing to secure the border with Mexico, which forced her state to act on its own.
"Do your job. Secure the border," Brewer said of the president in a speech to a Republican group. She pledged to "defend this law against every assault, including attacks by the Obama administration."

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Michelle and Barack; Lindsay Graham and Robert Byrd

MICHELLE OBAMA [during the campaign]: "Barack knows that we are going to have to make sacrifices; we are going to have to change our conversation; we're going to have to change our traditions, our history; we're going to have to move into a different place as a nation."
"Five days from now [the election] we will fundamentally change America", said Barack Hussein Obama.  [And he wasn't just kidding.]

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who has earned the ire of Tea Party groups for his penchant for negotiating with Democrats, predicted this week the movement will "die out."  [I think it's time for Lindsey Graham [Gramnesty] to be replaced with a real Republican, don't you?]
[Following is a history lesson for those of you readers who are young and for whom much of the true history of our  country has been expunged from school history books.  You will learn who Senator Robert Byrd really was.  I add that I did admire one thing about him - his respect for the US Constitution, a ragged copy of which was always in his suit pocket.\
Wikipedia writes of him: Byrd, in his autobiography, attributed the beginnings of his political career to this incident, although he lamented that they involved the Klan. According to Byrd, a KKK official told him "You have a talent for leadership, Bob... The country needs young men like you in the leadership of the nation." Byrd recalls that "suddenly lights flashed in my mind! Someone important had recognized my abilities! I was only 23 or 24 years old, and the thought of a political career had never really hit me. But strike me that night, it did."[4] He participated in the KKK during World War II, holding the titles Kleagle (recruiter) and Exalted Cyclops. He did not serve in the military during the war, working instead as a welder in a Baltimore, Maryland shipyard, where he helped build warships.
Byrd commented on the 1945 controversy about racially integrating the military. Byrd, when he was 28 years old, wrote to segregationist Senator Theodore Bilbo, of Mississippi, vowing never to serve in such a military:
"Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels [for him, the n word], a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds.[5]"
He had earlier written "I shall never fight in the armed forces with a Negro by my side.  and 
"During the general election campaign, Byrd's GOP opponent uncovered a letter Byrd had handwritten to Green, the KKK Imperial Wizard, recommending a friend as a Kleagle and urging promotion of the Klan throughout the country. The letter was dated 1946 -- long after the time Byrd claimed he had lost interest in the Klan. "The Klan is needed today as never before, and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia," Byrd wrote, according to newspaper accounts of that period. Byrd makes no mention of the letter in his new book."
[Byrd did change, at least in his public life.  And that is what our President was referencing when he said, "the quintessential American quality is the capacity to change".  I'll add that change is sometimes necessary in order to stay in office til one is 92 years old.  One wonders if our President has any of that quality in himself.]
Malik Zulu Shabazz, chairman of the New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense (NBPP):
"We believe in a Black first philosophy and a Black Liberation Theology."