Foreign entanglements – Tea Party Nation

Foreign entanglements – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Judson Phillips

George Washington wisely suggested to the new nation that it avoid foreign entanglements.  We have one foreign entanglement that is not only a disaster for America, but it may impact our Presidential election.

 What is it and why should every American be outraged?

 The entanglement is the United Nations.

 The United Nations was Franklin Roosevelt’s brainchild.  Roosevelt was the closest thing to a dictator this nation has ever had.  He almost had his dream of a socialist, centrally planned economy during World War 2 thanks to the powers a war time President has.  He directed his aide and Soviet spy Alger Hiss to draw up the plans for the UN.

 Isn’t that wonderful.  A communist spy gave us the United Nations.

 Now the UN is doing more than simply being a massive waste of American tax dollars. 

 It is actually interfering in an American election.

 The United Nations is sending observers to watch conservative groups in the upcoming Presidential electoin.  The Obama Regime claims these conservative groups are trying to suppress voter turn out.  The only voters these activists are trying to suppress are the dead voters that Democrats amazingly turn up every four years.

 The UN is not interested in dead voters or the Democrats who vote early and vote often but they are interested in groups that are trying to ensure a fair and accurate election.

 If that was not bad enough, the UN has all but endorsed Barack Obama.

 Ben Emmerson is the United Nation’s Special Rapporteur on Counter Terrorism and Human Rights.  He has said electing Mitt Romney would be a “democratic mandate for torture.”  It seems this brain donor objects to the fact that we used enhanced interrogation techniques on terrorists like Sheik Khalid Mohammad and Mitt Romney is refusing to promise we won’t use it again if he is elected.

 Thanks to the use of those enhanced interrogation techniques, we stopped a number of terrorist attacks on America.  I guess Emmerson would have been happier if we gave these terrorists four star suites at the Hilton and let thousands of Americans die.

 This idiot has in the past demanded that the United States turn over videotapes and other classified information or face a UN Inquiry over drone strikes against terrorists.

 Emmerson wants America to stop drone attacks that are killing terrorists.   Unfortunately he shows no such concern for the lives of Americans who are targets of terrorism.

 In addition to interfering with our elections, the UN wants to trample our constitution.   The UN Small Arms treaty is working its way through the final process of being approved.  Many people believe Barack Obama will sign this treaty that could devastate our 2nd Amendment rights after the election.

 This terrible treaty takes the far left position that self-defense is a collective right of society, not an individual right.  As such, all nations are encouraged to restrict and even ban the private ownership and transfer of guns.

 Our founding fathers were far smarter than any of those clowns at the United Nation.  The UN calls Israel a rogue nation yet puts the genocidal leader of the Sudan on the Human Rights Council

 The real question is why the United States is even a part of this organization any more?

 The United Nation champions nations that are not free and condemns those that are.  It is the enemy of freedom and liberty.  It demands a phenomenal amount of money from America.  Basically we are paying the bill so they can say we are evil.  We are paying the bill so they can interfere in our elections and in our government. 

 Regrettably Mitt Romney has said nothing about this.  It would be great if he were to expel the United Nations from America and get America out of the United Nations.

 If he will not, it is long past time that We the People stand up and demand that America leave the United Nations.

 

Government Motors vs Free Market Ford – Tea Party Nation

Government Motors vs Free Market Ford – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Seton Motley

Note: This first appeared in Breitbart.com‘s Big Government.

 

A picture is worth a thousand words.  Here are several that tell the $82 billion auto bailout story a whole lot better than the Barack Obama Administration has.

 We have been told ad nauseum that the auto bailout was unavoidable – irrevocably necessary.  That without it, the entire American auto industry would collapse in a heap.

 Well, Ford demurred – they refused to take a government dime.

 So let us compare and contrast $50 Billion-Bailed-Out General Motors and Bailout-Free Ford.  And see what our $42 billion auto bailout loss (and counting) actually got us.

 Legend:

F = Ford (in blue)
GM = General Motors (in orange)

 Note:

“New GM” was borne out of bankruptcy in 2010, which is why their numbers pick up at that time.

 Charts From: YCharts.com and Google Finance.

 Revenue

 

 

Bailed-Out GM has had consistently higher revenue.  GM and Bailout-Free Ford track fairly evenly, with a between $4 and $4.5 billion (10%-12%) spread.

 But that’s revenue.  How did that translate into profits?

 Gross Profit Margin

 

 

Profit Margin

 

Net Income

 

 

Bailed-Out GM does worse in gross profit, and breaks about even in straight profit margin and net income.  (GM’s late 2011 spike was the result of the federal government making Government Motors purchases.)

 How are the shareholders doing?  After all, We the Taxpayers still own 500+ million GM shares – 26% of the company.  And we’re set to lose more than $14 billion – just on the GM stock with which we’re stuck.

 Stock Price

 

 

Bailout-Free Ford has been thoroughly, consistently better. 

 So, Bailout-Free Ford has in several key ways done just about as well – or better – than $50 Billion-Bailed-Out General Motors.

 So, again, the question is – why did we throw $82 billion down the auto bailout rat hole?

Executive Order: Obama’s Cyber Security Power Grab – Tea Party Nation

 

Executive Order: Obama’s Cyber Security Power Grab – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Seton Motley

Note: This first appeared in Breitbart.com’s Big Government.

 

As we have oft noted, President Barack Obama is killing the Internet.

Bad policy after bad policy. Often illegally imposed. As a result, the Tech Sector – 1/6 of our nation’s economy, as big as health care – is hemorrhaging jobs.

Tech Layoffs Hit 3-year High in First Half of 2012

Everything the President is doing to the Web is lawless.

The last time Congress addressed Tech policy they intentionally left the ‘Net completely alone.  They authorized no one to regulate the Web in any way. So of course the Obama Administration has been in full-on regulatory Internet assault mode.

The objective of all this Administration is the same as its over-action in all sectors of the private economy – to make it untenable for all private interests, leaving voters stuck with the government as our sole provider.

 he Obama Administration continues its autocratic drive unabated. They are forcing successful cellular phone companies to allow their competitors access to their networks (read: property) at absurdly low government-mandated rates.

Which removes completely the incentive for anyone to invest in a network.  Why would you, when you can instead wait for someone else to spend the hundreds of billions of dollars to build it, and then avail yourself of government-mandated cheap ingress?

In other “light touch” regulation news, the Administration is contemplating an illegal Internet tax.

To further over-fund the 15.7% phone tax, an $8 billion-per-year spread-the-wealth-around universal broadband connectivity program that has been proposed.

And now the latest outstanding free market Administration mess:

White House Draft Cyber Order Promotes Voluntary Critical Infrastructure Protections

Only within the confines of the government (and the media) does an “order” promote “voluntary” actions on the part of the private sector.

The White House so far has failed to get a bill passed by both houses of Congress to improve the cybersecurity of the nation’s critical infrastructure, so it wants to take an alternative approach.

Ummm, no.  If you’ve “failed to get a bill passed by both houses of Congress” – you don’t have an alternative approach.  But that hasn’t stopped this Administration yet, so why should it now?

The administration has created a draft executive order detailing how, within its authority, it would improve the information assurance of the nation’s critical infrastructure, such as the power grid and financial industries.

The draft EO includes eight sections, including the requirement to develop a way for industry to submit threat and vulnerability data to the government.

“Within its authority?”  Again, the Administration doesn’t have any.  And who determines what constitutes “threat and vulnerability data” – the Feds?  They are certainly light years away from being legally able to force the industry to violate their customers’ privacy – and their contracts – and turn over our data to the government.

 Besides which, we need transparency FROM government – not transparency TO government.

90 days after the EO is signed by President Barack Obama, the cybersecurity council — led by the Homeland Security Department secretary — must develop a report to determine which agencies should regulate which parts of the critical infrastructure….

Under earlier cyber bills, DHS would take the lead in regulation, and that concerned some lawmakers and experts. It was a major sticking point in moving forward with a vote on a comprehensive bill.

I can’t imagine why placing “man-caused disaster” DHS Secretary Janet “The System Worked” Napolitano in charge of this huge panoply of private rights’ violations would be a “major sticking point” for some of our elected officials.

(A) National Security Council spokeswoman in an email statement (said) “We are not going to comment on ongoing internal deliberations.”

These are supposed to be external deliberations – conducted in Congress, and commented upon by We the People.

 This isn’t Constitutional republicanism – this is authoritarian rule by Obama fiat.

 The article goes on and on detailing many facets of the Administration’s totally illegal Cyber Security Executive Order.  It is wrong-headed, top-down and government-centric.  It violates or eviscerates private property rights and numerous privacy protections of We the People.

 A far better way is to – like with National Security – contract out to people who know what they’re doing.  The Defense Department doesn’t build bombers – Northrop Grumman does.

 Likewise, it would be far better to have the experts at Verizon, Comcast, Time Warner and the like handle Cyber Security.  Rather than having the at once dictatorial and incompetent Obama Administration – or any Administration – take the reins.

 And to arrive at said solution via the Constitutional deliberative process, with a bill passed by Congress and signed by the President.

 We must bring an end to these terrible power grabs – executed to impose terrible policy.

 

ObamaCare Subjects Nearly Every Phone and Computer to Government Control – Tea Party Nation

Do Obamacare? About his job, not yours.

Do Obamacare? About his job, not yours. (Photo credit: go thunk yourself)

ObamaCare Subjects Nearly Every Phone and Computer to Government Control – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Seton Motley

As we have been again reminded by the Barack Obama Administration’s Sandra Fluke-abortion-pill-and-birth-control assault on the First Amendment, we are staring down the barrel of the ObamaCare gun.  

Its 2014 full-on implementation will lead inexorably to more and more rescissions of our Constitutional rights, a downward spiral of poorer, slower medical attention, rationing thereof – and ultimately all of us herded into the government-only Communal Care Pit.

Our Overlords will slide ever-smaller bowls of health care meat into the Pit – keeping the very best bits for themselves, of course.  And watch while we 300+ million Americans fight for and over the ever-dwindling scraps.

This is the President Obama vision.  He deems it unfair that some are at the bottom – so there he will consign us all.  This is the Left’s definition of Equality – everyone having equal amounts of nothing.  

Save, of course, for Obama and the other Overlords.  They will still get the very best – while conscripting us to wallow in perpetual, poverty-riven misery.  

See: Union, Soviet.  Or Korea, North.  Or Cuba, Fidel.

But as we race towards this ObamaCare dystopia, technology is every day making individualized and ever better medicine more readily available to everyone. 

Which is why the Obama Administration is again targeting it for totalitarian control.  

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This is not just another assault on individual health care.  It is yet another attack on the entire Internet and technology free market Xanadu that exists – and has only just begun to develop.

See: Neutrality, Network.

The completely absurd Fluke-esque demand for birth control “freedom” – from charge – obfuscates and distracts from the dramatic, sweeping freedom losses that ObamaCare imposes.

On July 19, 2011, the Obama Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released Draft Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff ….  

I.e. our smartphone, tablet and computer apps. 

The Obama Administration – the most unilateral-power-grab Presidency in our nation’s history – is asserting that these mobile medical apps may pose “risks.”  And thusly should be regulated as medical devices.

The only “risks” posed by these individualized medical marvels – are to the Administration’s push to consign us all to the Communal Care Pit.  The more control we each have over our own health care, the less Communal control our Overlords have.  

And this obviously must be stopped.

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According to the Administration, the two dollar app that takes your blood pressure should be regulated like an MRI machine.  

(And does anyone doubt that one day in the not-too-distant future we’ll be able on these wondrous devices to self-MRI?)  

And because your phone has on it the two dollar blood pressure app – the Obama FDA asserts that they can thusly regulate your entire phone.  Because according to them that one app has turned your phone into a “medical device.”

Under the FDA’s expansive parameters, almost any device on which you do almost anything regarding your health – your smartphones, your tablets, your desktop and laptop computers – will be regulated.  

Did you use your smartphone/tablet/computer camera or microphone to monitor something health-related?  It just became an Obama FDA-regulated medical device.

Did you save your health care data on any smartphone/tablet/computer?  That too is now regulated.

Did you send an email containing any health care information to your doctor?  The device from which you sent said missive is too now regulated.

Think we’re exaggerating?  

Here’s the Obama FDA’s long litany of “Mobile Medical Apps.”  A virtually limitless expansion of regulatory authority over not just the:

 List of functionalities to illustrate types of mobile medical apps….

But also the:

Mobile medical apps that transform or make the mobile platform into a regulated medical device by using attachments or sensors or similar medical device functions.

And the:

Mobile medical apps that allow the user to input patient-specific information and – using formulae or a processing algorithm - output a patient-specific result, diagnosis, or treatment recommendation that is used in clinical practice or to assist in making clinical decisions.

In other words – almost any device on which you do almost anything regarding your health.

Still think we’re exaggerating? 

Obama’s FDA is concurrently asserting that the adult stem cells in your body are a “drug” – and that therefore your body is now government regulatory property.

In another outrageous power-grab, FDA says your own stem cells are drugs—and stem cell therapy is interstate commerce because it affects the bottom line of FDA-approved drugs in other states!…

Remember when the Left’s battle cry was “Get Your Hands Off My Body?”  

In the Age of Fluke, it is now “Let me get my hands on your wallet, so that others can cost-free get their hands on my body.”

The government has gone from protecting your life, liberty and property from others – to guaranteeing others access to your life, liberty and property.

The implication of the FDA’s interpretation of the law, if upheld by the court, would mean that all food, drugs, devices, and biologic or cosmetic products would be subject to FDA jurisdiction. The FDA is expanding its reach even to commerce within (a single) state….

Still think we’re exaggerating?

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The choice in November is yours.  

You can be snow-blinded by a corrupt, Fluke-ish “War on Woman” – where free-from-cost birth control is allegedly the greatest freedom problem facing our nation.

Or you can with your untrammeled sight view the gi-normous usurpations of our freedom in which President Obama and his Democrat cohorts have serially engaged.  

Perhaps most gi-normous of all being ObamaCare.  Under which the government is doing what government always does – expanding boundlessly the parameters of its authoritarian control.

Up to and including over nearly every computer device we own – and the very stem cells our bodies contain. 

Tell you what – I’ll co-opt the Left’s old mantra. I’ll pay for my birth control, and you Get Your Hands Off My Body – and my smartphones, tablets and computers.  

As freedom trade-offs go, that’s a pretty good one.

Poll: By 2-to-1, Americans Fear Second Obama Term – Center for Individual Freedom.

Poll: By 2-to-1, Americans Fear Second Obama Term - Center for Individual Freedom..

If the Obama Administration already behaves as lawlessly as we are witnessing despite the tempering prospect of an electoral performance review this November, what degree of unbound malevolence might a second term bring? 

As 2012 begins, three events this week brought that question into particular relief. 

First, the United States fell another spot in the latest worldwide Index of Economic Freedom.  That marks the fourth consecutive year of decline, which cannot be dismissed as coincidental.  During the past four years, the U.S. has also suffered the ignominious downgrade from a “Free” designation to “Mostly Free.” 

Welcome to the Age of Obama. 

The chief culprit, according to the Index, is the sheer growth of spending and government regulation

“Rapid expansion of government, more than any market factor, appears to be responsible for flagging economic dynamism.  Government spending has not only failed to arrest the economic crisis, but also – in many countries – seems to be prolonging it.  The big-government approach has led to bloated public debt, turning an economic slowdown into a fiscal crisis with economic stagnation fueling long-term unemployment.” 

Ominously, the Index notes that spending and regulatory growth have cultivated an even more destructive byproduct – corruption: 

“The U.S. score on the Index’s Freedom from Corruption indicator has dropped to 71.0 in 2012 from 76.0 in 2007.  That’s not surprising, given the administration’s excessive regulatory zeal.  Each new edict means a new government bureaucracy that individuals and businesses must navigate.  Each new law opens the door for political graft and cronyism.” 

In the Asia-Pacific region, by contrast, economic freedom has continued to rise and it now claims the four freest economies (Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand).  How will America respond? 

A second notable event this week was the Supreme Court’s harsh – and unanimous – rejection of Obama Administration policy.  The First Amendment issue presented by the case of Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC was whether the federal government can, in the Court’s words, “interfere with the internal governance of the church, depriving the church of control over the selection of those who will personify its beliefs.”  Eager to lasso yet another realm of American life into its regulatory ambit, the Obama Justice Department sought to erode the distinction between churches and regular businesses.  It argued that the government could dictate how churches designated “ministers” and micromanage how religious groups determined who would carry out their missions. 

The Wall Street Journal labeled this decision “among the most important religious liberty cases in half a century.”  The fact that even the Court’s reliable liberals rebuked the Obama Administration vividly illustrates its flagrant Constitutional disregard. 

A third event of particular note this week came in the form of a public opinion survey.  By more than a two-to-one margin, respondents stated that their greatest fear is four more years of Obama versus the alternative.  Trailing close behind an Obama reelection, respondents listed increased taxes as their greatest fear.  Americans over age 65, who tend to vote in higher proportions than younger counterparts, expressed pronounced fear of a second Obama term, so expect more dishonest “granny shoved over the cliff” commercials to frighten them into line this election season. 

Three years ago, Obama told NBC that, “If I don’t have this done in three years, then it’s going to be a one-term proposition.”  Since then, unemployment has risen, inflation has risen, poverty has risen, spending has risen, the deficit has risen and gasoline prices have risen.  Meanwhile, economic freedom has deteriorated while federal regulations have been heaped upon America’s employers. 

All that occurred while Obama faced the prospect of electoral rejection at the end of his first term.  Now Americans are shifting their thoughts to how his administration would conduct itself in the absence of such restraint, and they apparently don’t relish the possibility.

Can America survive? – Tea Party Nation

Can America survive? – Tea Party Nation.

Infomercials hit you with the shocking headline, “Can America survive?”  Some videos begin with dramatic music and ask the same question.  While the advertisers want to sell products, the question is legitimate. 

 Can America survive?

 America is certainly at a crossroads.  We have an administration that is engaging in economic policies that are beyond reckless.  When someone drives a car at 100 miles an hour towards a cliff, you are left with few other options except to conclude they have a death wish.   The Obama regime and the Party of Treason are pushing policies that have a very definite outcome:  National bankruptcy.

 Two things that have made America strong are the middle class and the possibility of upward mobility.  The great majority of Americans have always fallen into the middle class.  For years, the left has made war on the middle class.   The housing bubble, which we can thank Barney Frank and Chris Dodd for, has for the first time since the last great depression destroyed the American dream of home ownership.    Now, for many Americans, especially a majority in the twenty something generation, homeownership is at best a distant dream.

 The American dream of owning a business is becoming an impossibility too.  With a tax code that even the IRS cannot understand and expensive mandates from the government, many businesses are not able to make a profit and stay in business.

 The American tax code can only be described as a war on the productive.  47% of Americans not only do not pay any taxes but many of them receive tax refunds on taxes they did not pay.    What happens when only 47% of Americans are the productive and are the ones paying taxes and 53% are receiving money and benefits back from the government on taxes they did not pay? 

 The government’s immigration policy for the last thirty years has been nothing more than a war against the middle class.  Thirty years ago, American workers built houses.  Today, vast numbers of illegal aliens work on America’s McMansions.   Thirty years ago, workers who built houses could earn a wage that would get them at least into the lower middle class.  Today, illegal aliens who are paid far less than Americans, hold most of those jobs.  Go to a fast food restaurant and see what you find.  Thirty years ago, high school kids and even college students would work there and make a living while in school.   Today, if you go to your average McDonald’s, if you do not speak Spanish, the chances of your order being right are slim.

 One hundred years ago, immigrants came to this country because they wanted to be Americans.  Immigrants came and assimilated into America.  Immigrants who came from non-English speaking countries, such as Italy and Greece would refuse to teach their children the language of the country they came from and make them speak English so they would be Americans. 

 In most of the rest of the developed world, if you want to immigrate to a country, you must either have a lot of money or a skill that is in short supply.  In other words, the country asks every immigrant what they can do for their new country.  Not America. 

 This year, there will be another “diversity lottery.”  The diversity lottery was another bright idea of Ted Kennedy who wanted to figure out as many ways to damage his country as possible during his political career.   Under the diversity lottery, people are given visas to come to America based only on “diversity.”  Instead of waiting in line like others who want to come to America, the winners of the diversity lottery are bumped to the front of the line.   This year, there are almost ten thousand winners of the “diversity lottery” who come from countries that either support terrorism or are hostile to American. 

 Does anyone think this is a bright idea?

 2012 really is the ultimate battle for the soul of America.  In 2012, either we defeat the Party of Treason and put a conservative in the White House who is committed to ripping socialism out of our government root and branch or we will see the end of America.

 The difference between America and those third world banana republics is our large middle class.   We must do everything in our power to protect and grow the middle class.

 We the people need to insist, after the 2012 elections that the progressive income tax be dismantled.  The 16th Amendment must be repealed and some variation of the Fair Tax put in its place.  Government must be shrunk.  So much of government spending now is simply politicians seeking reelection by bribing Americans with their own money.    We must change immigration.  We must first end illegal immigration and send illegal aliens back to their countries so we can put Americans back to work.  Then we need to completely rework the immigration system.  The first criteria for immigration into this country is that the person who immigrates here wants to be an American and can offer this country something.

 If we lose in 2012, the consequences are dire.  If the Party of Treason is able to steal the 2012 elections through fraud, we will see the end of America.  It will not happen overnight, but it will happen. 

 The American middle class will mostly disappear and we will end our lives telling our children and grand children what it was like to grow up in America, when America was the land of the free and the land of opportunity.

 This is what we face in 2012 and to quote the famous words from Apollo 13, “failure is not an option.”

Obamacare is Self Destructing – Bob Beauprez – Townhall Finance

Kathleen Sebelius

Obamacare is Self Destructing – Bob Beauprez – Townhall Finance.

The Obama Administration pulled the plug on one of the key provisions of their health care takeover legislation.

The Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) program, a new entitlement for long-term care that was long a dream of Ted Kennedy, was officially nixed by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius last week.

“Despite our best analytical efforts, I do not see a viable path forward for CLASS implementation at this time,” she wrote in a letter to Congressional leaders.

Thankfully, the legislation required that before implementation of CLASS, the Administration was required to certify that the program would be financially solvent for 75 years.

After 19 months of trying to pull a rabbit out of the hat, Sebelius had to admit what critics had been saying all along – it was unsustainable.

The shell game accounting that was employed in March 2010 by the White House and Democrats in Congress to pretend that ObamaCare would actually reduce the federal deficit was embarrassingly transparent.

So, an admission that even the “best analytical efforts” by the administration – (read: cooking the books) – couldn’t feign fiscal sustainability, speaks to the house of cards upon which ObamaCare is built.

One of the accounting gimmicks used to originally sell ObamaCare directly related to CLASS. The tax to support the program began immediately, but benefit payments were delayed for years.

That convenient trickery was projected to generate a pool of $70 billion the Democrats offered as evidence of deficit reduction. Of course, once benefits of the program started to be paid out, the $70 billion rapidly vanished and the program was, and would forever remain, in the red.

That is the reality that Sebelius finally had to recognize.

As the Wall Street Journal reported: “Now that one of ObamaCare’s major new benefit programs has been scrapped, liberals are trying to make stone soup by claiming that the Obama Administration merely committed an act of ‘good government.’ They claim that when this long-term care insurance program proved to be unworkable, the Administration conceded as much, and now it’s gone.”

If only we could do the same thing to the rest of it as an “act of good government.”

CLASS is the second provision of ObamaCare to bite the dust. Last April, with broad bi-partisan support Congress repealed the onerous business expense reporting requirement of the legislation. That these two parts of the legislation are gone is “Good News.”

But, there remains a couple thousand pages still left to go.

It is time for a special counsel – Tea Party Nation

It is time for a special counsel – Tea Party Nation.

2012 may well be the year that engrosses the Obama regime in scandals.  Solyndra is an expanding scandal but the Fast and Furious Gunrunning scandal has just exploded.

2012 may also be the year that sees Attorney General Eric Holder become only the second Attorney General to be convicted for criminal behavior. 

Recent documents released by the Obama Regime show that Holder most likely lied to a Congressional Committee when he claimed he had only recently become aware of the “Fast and Furious” program.  It is now time for an independent counsel to investigate Holder.

In Congress, Texas Representative Lamar Smith is furious and he is calling for the same thing.  From The Hill:

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) on Tuesday called for President Obama to appoint a special counsel to investigate whether Attorney General Eric Holder lied to Congress.

New documents released this week show that Holder was notified by senior Justice Department officials in multiple memos last year about the controversial Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation.

 Holder testified before Smiths committee in May that he had not been aware of the botched gun-tracking operation, which may have contributed to the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, until recently.

Smith said the contradictions between the memos and Holders comments were cause for Obama to request a special counsel to investigate the matter.

  “Allegations that senior Justice Department officials may have intentionally misled Members of Congress are extremely troubling and must be addressed by an independent and objective special counsel, Smith said in a letter to Obama.

 In the letter, Lamar Smith pointed out that Obama cannot investigate himself.

From Fox News:

House Republicans are calling for a special counsel to determine whether Attorney General Eric Holder misled Congress during his testimony to the House Judiciary Committee on Operation Fast and Furious, Fox News has learned.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, was sending a letter to President Obama on Tuesday arguing that Holder cannot investigate himself, and requesting the president instruct the Department of Justice to appoint a special counsel.

  The question is whether Holder knowingly made false statements of fact under oath during a Judiciary Committee hearing on May 3. At the time, Holder indicated he was not familiar with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives program known as Fast and Furious until about April 2011. 

“I’m not sure of the exact date, but I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks,” Holder testified. 

Many conservatives have predicted the Obama regime would be beset by scandals.   Now those scandals are coming to life.  The question is now, how many members of the Obama regime have a federal prison cell in their future?

Surprise! It works! – Tea Party Nation

Surprise! It works! – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Judson Phillips on October 1, 2011 in Tea Party Nation Forum

This should not come as a surprise to anyone, but immigration laws at the state level work.   A Federal Judge refused to issue an injunction stopping the enforcement of a law in Alabama, which among other things, required school districts to check the immigration status of the children.

 From Fox News:

 BIRMINGHAM, Ala. –  Hispanic students have started vanishing from Alabama public schools in the wake of a court ruling that upheld the state’s tough new law cracking down on illegal immigration.

Education officials say scores of immigrant families have withdrawn their children from classes or kept them home this week, afraid that sending the kids to school would draw attention from authorities.

There are no precise statewide numbers. But several districts with large immigrant enrollments — from small towns to large urban districts — reported a sudden exodus of children of Hispanic parents, some of whom told officials they planned to leave the state to avoid trouble with the law, which requires schools to check students’ immigration status.

 Of course, the Educrats are working their way around the law, making television appearances, pleading for the illegals to come back and assuring them that nothing will happen.

 Unfortunately for America, Obama and the Party of Treason want illegal immigration.  They want to erase the border and cause as much damage to America as they can.

 From Fox News:

 After suing Arizona and Alabama over their strict immigration laws, the Obama administration is seriously weighing whether to legally challenge similar measures in four other states.

“To the extent we find state laws that interfere with the federal government’s enforcement of immigration law, we are prepared to bring suit,” said Justice Department spokeswoman Xochitl Hinojosa. “The department is currently reviewing immigration-related laws that were passed in Utah, Indiana, Georgia and South Carolina.”

“In reviewing these, the department is proceeding consistently with the process followed and the legal principles established in United States v. Arizona,” she said. “Based on that review and applying those principles, the United States will decide whether and when to bring suit challenging particular state laws.”

 Sen. Chuck Grassley, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which oversees federal immigration policy, criticized the administration’s move.

“The administration should be working with states, not against them, to enforce our immigration laws,” he said. “This latest attempt to challenge a state’s efforts to enforce the rule of law, while turning a blind eye to cities and states that knowingly harbor illegal immigrants through sanctuary policies, is undermining the very same rule of law that our country was built on.”

Arizona set the stage last year for the epic battle between the states and the federal government over cracking down on illegal immigration. Arizona passed its law in April 2010 after years of complaints that the federal government hasn’t done enough to assist Arizona, the nation’s busiest illegal entry point, with border security. The legislation inspired protests, led to lawsuits seeking to overturn the law and sparked a debate about whether the law would lead to racial profiling.

A federal judge blocked the most controversial parts of Arizona’s law last year after the U.S. Department of Justice sued, arguing the law intrudes on the federal government’s exclusive powers to regulate immigration. A federal appeals court judge upheld the decision and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

 Grassley got it right.  The Obama regime is working against the state and against the American people.

 As we look to 2012, we need to make sure we elect Republicans who stand with America, not against her!

Obama’s Double Down on Stupid – Bob Beauprez – Townhall Finance

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Obama’s Double Down on Stupid – Bob Beauprez – Townhall Finance.

Solyndra, the California energy company gone bust, was so cash strapped in December, 2010 that they defaulted on a loan payment to the government.  That didn’t bother the Obama Administration, though.  In fact, DOE officials amended the loan agreement, allowing Solyndra to draw another $67 million, and subordinated the taxpayer’s credit position to that of private investors. 

There was an abundance of information and reasons why the Solyndra loan should never have been approved in 2009.  But, the Obama White House rejected all the obvious warning signs preferring to pass out half a trillion dollars like party favors and to create campaign photo-ops.   

The White House says this wasn’t stupid.  “That’s just the way business works,” according to the President’s spokesman, Jay Carney.

The next time Obama shows he understands how ANYTHING in business works, it will be the first time.  

The White House still defends the $535 billion loan guarantee to Solyndra as an investment in “cutting edge technology.”  A less varnished assessment would conclude that it was a government investment in opulence designed to failed from the beginning. 

The glitzy made-for-Hollywood 300,000 square foot plant, characterized by workers as the “Taj Mahal,” had vastly greater manufacturing capacity than Solyndra ever commanded in market share and came with “robots that whistled Disney tunes, spa-like showers with liquid-crystal displays of the water temperature, and glass-walled conference rooms.”

The Administration doubled down on stupid by not recognizing that failure was imminent by the end of 2010.  In addition, the Energy Act of 2005 specifically prohibits subordination of the taxpayer’s credit position – an apparently violation of federal law. 

The DOE says it renegotiated the loan agreement and allowed Solyndra to draw down the additional $67 million because the government officials “thought it gave Solyndra a fighting chance to survive and the taxpayers their best chance to recover their loan.”

What the DOE doesn’t say is that the subordination of the taxpayer’s position and the additional $67 million created an illusion of better financial condition than was reality.   In other words, the DOE helped put a better-than-actual appearance on Solyndra, who then went to the private markets to raise additional investment capital.  That prompted allegations that government officials may be guilty of fraud according to Andrew McCarthy, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney

The Solyndra scandal has already prompted five high level investigations.  What Obama thought would be government funded campaign props is likely to turn into a re-election season nightmare.

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