Obama’s War on America is his Top Priority – Tea Party Nation

Obama’s War on America is his Top Priority – Tea Party Nation.

By Alan Caruba

 

We all know that the “sanctions” Obama has placed on a few of Putin’s pals thus far and those Obama wants the European Union to impose will have no affect whatever on Putin’s decision to annex the Crimea from Ukraine.

 One of Obama’s solutions to protect Ukraine’s sovereignty includes giving it a billion dollars because Russia has raised the price of the natural gas it sells to the Ukraine. This means Putin just made a billion while reacquiring Crimea.

 One way to bring Russia to its knees would be for Obama–if he could–to  impose the same things he is doing in America on the Russian Federation:

 # Require Russia to adopt Obamacare.

 # Ban the mining and use of coal in Russia.

 # Do not allow any drilling on Russian publicly-held land.

 # Redefine the Russian work week to 30 hours.

 # Raise the Russian minimum wage.

 # Mandate overtime pay for Russian government workers.

 # Demand that Russia pay welfare benefits to its illegal immigrants.

 # Require Russia to enact the same regulations as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

 # Increase the Russian national debt by $6 trillion dollars.

 # Require Russia to reduce all elements of its military force and capabilities by reductions to its military budget.

 Not finishedThese policies since 2009 have weakened the United States and, if applied to Russia, they would have the same affect. It’s bad enough what Obama has done and is doing to the U.S., but neither we nor the rest of the world would be better off with a weak Russia. Its economy is too tied into the world’s.

 Putin insists that it was the West led by the U.S. that resulted in the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 after seventy years of communist rule, but it was Communism that brought it to its knees. The other element was a decline in the prices of oil and natural gas–still the primary source of income for the Russian Federation—that undermined its economy.

 While a panoply of experts keeps talking about the prospect of Russia aggression toward its former satellite nations in Eastern Europe, the simple fact is that Putin’s reacquisition of the Crimea just added to Russia’s financial pressures. He can barely afford Crimea. All the hand-wringing about its annexation ignores the fact that it was part of Russia for hundreds of years.

 ImageRuchir Sharma, the head of emerging markets at Morgan Stanley Investment Management, recently spelled out Russia’s economic woes in a Wall Street Journal commentary titled “Putin’s Potemkin Economy.”

 “Mr. Putin’s real power base, the economy, is crumbling,” says Sharma. “Russia’s economic growth rate has plummeted from the 7% average annual pace of the last decade to 1.3% last year,” adding that “the Central Bank of the Russian Federation has been fighting to prevent a ruble collapse since the Crimean crisis began.”

 Does that sound like a Russia that wants to invade its neighbors at this time?

 “The result,” says Sharma, “is that the Russian state has few new sources of income outside of oil and gas, at a time when it is taking on more dependents” in Crimea. As for the rest of the Ukraine population, it’s only the younger generation that did not grow up under the oppression of the former Soviet Russia that thinks giving up its sovereignty is a good idea. Ukrainians with a memory of the pre-1991 days know better.

obama- defending constitution laughing Europe, much of which depends on Russian gas, will be in no hurry to punish Russia beyond a few relatively meaningless sanctions. It’s all a charade.

 It’s true that Europe went to war twice for far less reason than the Crimean annexation, but its present leaders have no wish to repeat that error for all the talk about international law.

 What is being debated now is whether Putin will, for whatever reason, invade Ukraine. Only Putin knows that and the decision would be a bad one for him and everyone else.

 As we strive to survive Obama’s war on the U.S. economy and the current havoc resulting from Obamacare, it is doubtful that even Obama has any inclination to see Russia collapse and could not reverse the Crimean situation even if he cared about it.

Image He doesn’t seem to care about what he’s doing to the rest of us so it’s the war at home which we have to survive.

 © Alan Caruba, 2014

Obamacare is an American Catastophe – Tea Party Nation

Obamacare is an American Catastophe – Tea Party Nation.

By Alan Caruba

 

Halloween terror 03If you type in “Obamacare” on Wikipedia you will discover 25,500,000 links. That’s a lot of news coverage and related commentary about the Affordable Care Act. Most of it is negative. The more people have learned about it, the less they like it and, if we had a Congress that could or would do anything about it, it would have been repealed by now.

 

A March 28 Associated Press poll revealed that only 26% of Americans support Obamacare, a point less than December 2013 and January 2014.

 

The Republicans in the House of Representatives have voted more than 60 times to repeal or dismantle Obamacare. The Senate, namely Harry Reid its Majority Leader, has killed all efforts to address what is clearly a national catastrophe. When passed in 2009, not one Republican member of Congress voted for it. When it was passed, then Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, famously said they had to pass the 2,700 page act in order to find out what was in it.

 

In 2010, voters gave power in the House to Republicans, but the Senate remained under Democrat control. The fact the Barack Obama, when campaigning to become President in 2008 and thereafter lied repeatedly to Americans about it has tarnished his reputation and his approval ratings. Since then he has altered the law unilaterally despite the fact that he utterly lacks any constitutional right to do so.

 

cartersuckedIn February the Heritage Foundation’s legal experts put together a list of seven illegal actions by the President that included delaying Obamacare’s employer mandate, giving Congress and their staffs special taxpayer-funded subsidies, preventing layoff notices from going out just days before the 2012 election, as well as non-Obamacare actions that included gutting the work requirement from welfare reform, stonewalling an application for storing nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain, and making “recess” appointments when the Senate was still legally in session.

 

The first element of the Obamacare catastrophe is an utterly lawless President who the Congress has done little to restrain and nothing to impeach.

 

Another element of the Obamacare catastrophe has been the failure of the mainstream media to address the impact the law has had on America. On March 26, the Media Research Center reported that “They’re just burying the story. They aren’t in denial. They know the truth. They’re just choosing to ignore it. They are pretending there are no broken promises about keeping your insurance plan, or keeping your doctor, or lowering your premium by $2,500 a year.”

 

An analysis by the Center of the three network evening news broadcasts in 2014 “found only 12 stories on three networks in almost three months.” For example, “NBC Nightly News” broadcast only one story on Obamacare and that was on January 1 when Lester Holt called it “a new era in health care in this country.” ABC “World News” provided only six minutes and 58 seconds on Obamacare and “CBS Evening News” managed to provide only 19 minutes and 17 seconds over the course of three months.

 

obamascare“None of the networks,” said the Center’s analysis, “dared to report the ongoing opposition of the American people to Obamacare in 2014, even when they were the ones doing the polling.”

 

Sen. John Thune, (R-SD) posted an article from the Washington Free Beacon on his website, “Fourth Anniversary of Obamacare Brings Billions in Costs to Economy” that cited a report by the American Action Forum that concluded that “From a regulatory perspective, the law has imposed more than $27.2 billion in total private sector costs, $8 billion in unfunded state burdens, and more than 159 million paperwork hours on local government and affected entities.” Sen. Thune said, that “Four years after Obamacare became the law of the land, millions of Americans have little but canceled policies, fewer choices, and skyrocketing costs to show for it. From seniors to young adults, to middle-class families, and small businesses, Obamacare has been to be an equal opportunity offender…people living under this law are acutely aware of the harm Obamacare is causing in their lives.”

 

I have held back from writing about Obamacare because so many others are doing so, but it is impossible to hold back from declaring it the worst law ever passed by Congress and to urge readers to vote to the polls in the November midterm elections and remove from office those Democrats who voted for it and are seeking reelection.

 

distressThere is little need for me to do an Obamacare analysis, but I can recommend one that appeared in The Weekly Standard on February 17. Those who have been following the history of lies and broken promises will find it a detailed study. Is author, Christopher Conover, summed it up saying that “Obamacare has failed miserably on nearly every major promise made about it. The processes used to enact and implement the law have been tarnished by actions of questionable legality and a pervasive lack of transparency.”

 

The ultimate impact of Obamacare on the economy must wait for a calculation, but the demand for its repeal must increase to a point where a future Congress must respond to the voter’s demand. Without that, we are headed for an economic collapse.

 

© Alan Caruba, 2014

Joe Biden Thinks Americans are Stupid and the President is a Saint » Eagle Rising

Joe Biden Thinks Americans are Stupid and the President is a Saint » Eagle Rising.

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Joe Biden is a political animal. He has survived years of Washington, D.C. mostly thanks to the amount of B.S. that liberals seem willing to buy from him. For the last six years, the Obama administration has done their level best to shield Crazy Uncle Joe from the rest of America, and has mostly succeeded. However, they just can’t seem to keep him under wraps 100% of the time… and it is those times that we Americans learn the most about the Obama administration.

Well, Joe’s done it again… this time letting all of America know that the Obama Administration thinks America is filled with idiots.Image

“It’s complicated, so we shouldn’t be surprised that it’s complicated for people who have never thought they’d be able to have insurance. No matter how good the bargain is, it’s especially challenging for folks who are looking at it for the first time.  That’s why they’re so vulnerable. With patience and empathy, you look these people in the eye.  And the first thing you do is you calm them down. The first thing you do is let them know that there’s no reason to be embarrassed that it’s complicated.

How many people have you spoken to you can tell by the look on their face they’re almost embarrassed to asks you the questions, because they don’t want to feel stupid?”

Yep. You’re an idiot that cannot be trusted to figure out the difficult issues that are built into buying healthcare from the government.

Obamacare Before and AfterIs Joe Biden projecting? Does he really believe that most Americans would avoid Obamacare for fear of feeling unintelligent? “Hey, an unforeseen medical expense may cost me hundreds of thousands… but at least I won’t feel dumb asking someone how to answer this question!”

No, Joe.

The reason Americans hate Obamacare is because it needlessly makes healthcare exponentially more expensive while also adding in the impracticality of bureaucracy and the incompetence of government. Obamacare is a perfect storm of terrible – expensive, impractical and incompetent — and that’s why we don’t want it.

joe-biden-idiotDid you notice, though, that Biden grew even more ridiculous as the speech went along? At one point suggesting President Obama should be sainted for his patience.

“My boss, my friend Barack Obama, is an incredibly patient man. I suggested, after going through the first couple weeks, I would nominate him for sainthood …that he kept his patience.”

Right.

The President shoves Obamacare down our throats against our will and then fails to provide the proper oversight to make sure the program is a) rolled out properly and b) that it works. What Joe Biden apparently fails to recognize is that the Obamacare debacle would have never happened had President Obama not been a complete failure of an executive. The American people (who didn’t vote for Obama) are the ones who deserve sainthood! We’re the ones not revolting against the oppressive socialist regime of an incompetent leftist president who can’t even build a website properly. Worse, he can’t even spend millions to order someone else to build a website properly!BidenMoron

So no, Joe, we’re not stupid and your boss doesn’t deserve sainthood.

You’ve got it backwards.

Your boss is an idiot, and we deserve to be sainted for having to put up with his uselessness.

Why Government Does Not Function – Tea Party Nation

Why Government Does Not Function – Tea Party Nation.

By Alan Caruba

Do you have the feeling that we no longer have government from the federal to the local level that is able to function because of vast volumes of laws and regulations that have made it impossible to do anything from build a bridge to run a nursing home? If so, you’re right. The nation is falling behind others who do a better job by permitting elected and appointed officials to actually make decisions. We are living in a nation where lawsuits follow every decision to accomplish anything.

This is the message of Philip K. Howard in a book that everyone concerned for the future of America should read; “The Rule of Nobody: Saving America from Dead Laws and Broken Government” ($23.95, W.W. Norton).

It explains why we can elect a Representative or Senator, send him or her to Washington, D.C. and still see no progress. Instead, we get the Affordable Care Act—Obamacare—that began as a 2,700-page law that has already metastasized into regulations that, stacked up, stand seven feet tall! And more on the way. It has destroyed the healthcare insurance industry and is destroying the U.S. healthcare system.

“The missing element in American government could hardly be more basic. No official has authority to make a decision. Law has crowded out the ability to be practical or fair,” says Howard. “It’s a progressive disease. As law grows to fill the vacuum, the wheels of government go slower every year.”

Howard points to a variety of problems that nation is encountering. “America’s electrical grid is out of date—transformers, on average, are about forty years old, and not digitized.” As vital and essential as the grid is to all life in America, “there’s no active plan to rebuild America’s electrical grid. The main reason is that government cannot make the decisions needed to approve it.”

Citing proposals that would allow the Bayonne Bridge to permit the new generation of large container ships clearance that would enable the Port of Newark to remain competitive, it took three years for environmental reviews to clear the project, but as Howard notes, “the average length of environmental review for highway projects, according to a study by the Regional Plan Association, is over eight years.” Eight years!

“Government on legal autopilot,” says Howard, “doesn’t have a chance of achieving solvency. In 2010, 70 percent of federal tax revenue was consumed by three entitlement programs—Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security—that don’t even come up for annual congressional authorization.”

Americans are in general agreement that Big Government is a big problem, but did you know that more than twenty million people work for federal, state and local government—or one in seven workers in America. Their salaries and benefits total more than $1.5 trillion of taxpayer funding each year or about ten percent of the Gross Domestic Product. Cities in America are declaring bankruptcy because they cannot afford the retirement and other benefits that their employees receive. State budgets are comparably weighed down.

We read about the often incomprehensible results and costs of the legal system affecting all levels of government. “Up and down the chain of social responsibility, responsible people do not feel free to make sensible decisions,” says Howard. “Everything is too complicated: rules in the workplace, rights in the classroom, and machinations in government. We’re bogged down in bureaucracy, pushed around by lawsuits, and unable to steer out of economic and cultural storms.”

“The point of regulation, we seem to have forgotten, is to make sure things work in a crowded society.”

What is forgotten or never learned is that there are elements of risk in everything we do. Trying to legislate risk out of our lives only leaves us with millions of rules that make it impossible to function intelligently in business, in schools, in hospitals and nursing homes, and everywhere else. It eliminates swings and seesaws from playgrounds out of fear of lawsuits.

“America is losing its soul,” says Howard. “Instead of creating legal structures that support our values, Americans are abandoning our values in deference to the bureaucratic structures.” Too often, decisions made by elected officials or reflected referendums voted upon by the public have been taken over by the court system in which judges now feel free to decide these matters. The response was a growing objection to “judicial activism.” Now even the judges are distrusted.

Howard’s book explains why America is in trouble and offers recommendations to put it on the right path again. If it is ignored, the America into which I was born more than seven decades ago will not be around or livable for the next generation or two of Americans.

© Alan Caruba, 2014

Why won’t the GOP repeal Obamacare? (and how they could) – Tea Party Nation

Why won’t the GOP repeal Obamacare? (and how they could) – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Judson Phillips

Just in case anyone has any doubts, the Republican Establishment in the House has pretty much less than zero interest in repealing Obamacare. 

 

There is a reason why there have been over fifty meaningless votes in the House of Representatives to defund or repeal Obamacare, yet when the real opportunity came to do something about Obamacare, the Republican leadership fled like vampires fleeing sunlight.

 

Why isn’t the GOP interested in repealing Obamacare and how could it be done?

 

There are several reasons why the GOP isn’t serious about repealing Obamacare.  Under the feckless leadership of House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the GOP has been afraid of its shadow.   The Tea Party gave the GOP its majority in 2010 but the GOP has been running from the Tea Party ever since then. 

 

The House Republican leadership is totally in the pocket of the Chamber of Commerce and big business.  The Chamber and big business are making war on the middle class. 

 

There was a point when big business stood up for the middle class.  After all, the middle class is the group that purchases most of the goods and services big business produces.  But in their quest for ever increasing profits, big business came upon a solution.

 

The single largest cost item for every business is wages and benefits.  American workers have come to expect the American full time job. It is 40 hours a week and it comes with benefits, including paid vacation and health insurance. 

 

Obamacare is the excuse big business needs to start slashing wages.  Because of Obamacare, it is creating an incentive to go to more part time workers and these are part time jobs without benefits.  One of the single largest costs employers bear is health insurance.  With Obamacare, businesses see the opportunity to transfer that cost from the business to the government.  With amnesty, another major agenda item for the Chamber and big business, wages from the low income through the professional ranks will be slashed. 

 

For the Chamber and big business, it will be more profits until they realize they have killed the golden goose.  Without the middle class, no one will buy the expensive consumer product that are sold. Many Americans suffering through the Great Obama Depression are already seeing houses and new cars float out of the realm of possibility for them. 

 

If the middle class is crushed, which is essentially what the Chamber and big business want to do, then there will be no purchasing class and eventually big business will collapse as well.

 

There is a simple way to repeal Obamacare.  It could be done this year because it plays to the weaknesses of government.  Elected officials like to kick a crisis down the road.

 

All conservatives in Congress need to do is attach a provision to a must pass bill that says, “Unless reauthorized by Congress, the Affordable Care Act shall be repealed on November 1, 2016.”

 

This is a sunset provision and it should be required in every law enacted.

 

Obamacare is incredibly unpopular and it was designed to fail.  The conservatives in the House should force the leadership to add this to a must pass bill and then let’s have that vote on reauthorizing Obamacare right before a Presidential election.

 

The real question here is do the Republicans have the courage to listen to their base or will they continue to listen to the crony socialists that have all but destroyed the Republican Party?

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SEE HOW TO OPT OUT OF OBAMACARE BEFORE 3/31! HURRY – Tea Party Nation

SEE HOW TO OPT OUT OF OBAMACARE BEFORE 3/31! HURRY – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Virginia Gomez


Here’s the (hidden govt pdf) form for opting out of ObamaCare

http://marketplace.cms.gov/getofficialresources/publications-and-ar…


Print it and submit it!
Right NOW! (fill it out, too, of course)

(BTW, God Bless & Thanks …to Herman Cain)


By Dan Calabrese Thursday, March 13, 2014

We told you yesterday that the Wall Street Journal uncovered a new administrative rule by which HHS is quietly making it possible for just about anyone to opt out of ObamaCare’s individual mandate just by claiming a hardship. Today, Kathleen Sebelius confirms it to the WSJ, although she characteristically tries to pretend it’s nothing new.

Anyway, after we ran yesterday’s piece we heard from a lot of you, wanting to know how to get the form that allows you to opt out of it. Kudos to Sarah for tracking it down from deep in the bowels of the federal goverment’s web maze.

Opting out requires you to claim a hardship, and as you’ll see, they don’t require much in the way of proof. It appears they established this administrative rule to give themselves cover so they could argue they’re not forcing people into expenditures they can’t afford. But they don’t really want it widely known because they don’t want too many people taking advantage of it, since they’re having enough trouble getting people to sign up for ObamaCare as it is.

Let’s foil that plan.
The official goal of HermanCain.com is to see everyone in America opt out of ObamaCare.
So go get that form and make it happen, America!

Can America Survive Obama? – Tea Party Nation

Can America Survive Obama? – Tea Party Nation.

By Alan Caruba

cartersuckedAfter a series of events that continue the decline of America’s global reputation along with increasing questions about the level of Obama administration corruption within the Internal Revenue Service, these and other factors lead inevitably to the question of whether America can survive Barack Hussein Obama.

By March 12, a Wall Street Journal/NBC news poll indicated that Obama’s popularity had declined to an all-time low with 48% approval versus 54% disapproval. This is unchanged from December when the Obamacare rollout dominated the news. The rate of disapproval among Democrats stands at 20%.

The question of survival might sound absurd under normal circumstances, but there has not been anything “normal” about Obama’s first term in which he lied repeatedly to Americans to secure the passage of the Affordable Care Act—Obamacare—and then claimed that what he and Congressional Democrats said was an inadvertent misstatement of the facts. His namesake legislation has been a disaster from the beginning. Nothing about it works and it costs more while destroying the healthcare insurance system.

And he has continued to lie to the point where anyone above the age of five has concluded that nothing he says can be trusted. So, if he weren’t President, he could be fired, but he can’t. He can be impeached, but he won’t because Republicans tried that with Bill Clinton and it failed. So that leaves only the forthcoming November midterm elections as a means to curb his further destruction of the economy and all other aspects of life in America.

It is useful to keep in mind that Americans have survived bad times, from the long Revolutionary War to the Civil War through many financial crises and, of course, the Great Depression in the last century. In these and other hard times, many suffered, but the nation was sustained.

ImageI know the headlines out of Wall Street continue to be good. The bankers and the investment crowd know how to turn a dollar, but there are scores of opinion pieces saying that the collapse of the dollar is eminent or that another financial crisis like the one in 2008 is just around the corner. For the record, the banks that survived that crisis, the ones that were “too big to fail”, were not only bailed out with taxpayer dollars, but paid it back and thereafter enjoyed enormous profits thanks to a Federal Reserve that charged no interest on the money it loans them.

On March 6, Wall Street Journal columnist Daniel Henninger opined that “Putin Carterizes Obama, Totally.”  I remember Jimmy Carter mostly for the lines I had to wait in to get gas for my car. Then there was the seizure of American diplomats in Tehran, Iran in 1979.  Every day since then the Iranians wake up crying out “Death to America. Death to Israel” and they mean it. So with whom is Barack Obama and his idiot Secretary of State, John Kerry, “negotiating”? The same Iranians. You know, the ones who were shipping dozens of Syrian-made surface-to-surface rockets to the Palestinians in Gaza until the Israelis boarded the ship in the Red Sea last week and put a stop to that.

What makes me ask the question about survival is the way the ideologies that Obama believes—Communism, Islam, and his ability to influence other nations—blind him to reality. Thinking that diplomacy will get the Iranians to stop their quest to build their own nuclear weapons isn’t just stupid, it’s insane.

obama- defending constitution laughingIt’s the same with his views of Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin. Having “re-set” the former Cold War relationship with Russia, Obama has just discovered that Putin has not. Given the political turmoil in Ukraine, Putin did what all of his predecessors did for hundreds of years; he decided to take control of the Crimea. Why not? Russia has essential shipping ports there and some airfields. The Crimea was part of Russia for hundreds of years. Putin knows that Obama will not go to war over these events. He wouldn’t even take on Syria when it used poison gas.

While Russian troops were moving into Crimea, the President had his Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, announce reductions in the Pentagon budget that would reduce our military power to pre-World War Two days. Last week, China announced it was going to increase its military budget 12.2% within a week or so of the U.S. announcement it was reducing its military budget to pre-World War Two levels.

Obama’s weakness and his policies that weaken America economically and militarily have not gone unnoticed around the world.

It’s hard to win wars with stateless fascist Muslims that call themselves al Qaeda and other names. Throughout the Middle East, despite their increase in numbers, the states there are trying to fight them. The Taliban will regain Afghanistan about a week after we leave while Egypt has allied with Russia after Obama backed the Muslim Brotherhood. A third of Iraq is now controlled by al Qaeda. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates just withdrew its ambassadors from Qatar that backs al Qaeda, the home to al Jazeera, the television channel.

At home the Environmental Protection Agency continues to play havoc with the economy and, in particular, our need for electricity with its “war on coal.” It is undertaking a regulatory storm to control all aspects of our lives.

The question of whether America can survive Obama is not inconsequential.

He’s all for same-sex marriage, the legalizing of marijuana, and forcing people to violate their strong moral and religious convictions. He keeps talking about jobs but there are millions unemployed and millions on government welfare programs. The nation’s economy has gotten worse since Obama was elected in 2008 to fix it. And he prefers to rely on executive orders than to work with Congress.

Elections have consequences. Let’s hope the voters keep that in mind in November.

© Alan Caruba, 2014

INFORMATION for Those who STILL have the Nerve to Support OBAMACARE – Tea Party Nation

INFORMATION for Those who STILL have the Nerve to Support OBAMACARE – Tea Party Nation.

Why are some politicians bringing pressure against TV networks to REFUSE running this story specifically, or any of the countless similar ones?

 


You should be able to answer my question after watching the video, and then reading the 4 points below.

Four points you should read, after you’ve seen the 1 minute video above

1. Julie is one of hundreds (thousands?) from amongst the 5 million or so who have so far had their existing policies cancelled, who are now in a situation where they must choose between their own deaths, or depriving their children of an inheritance, or a college education, or many other things.

2.  This has NOT resulted because of “heartless, greedy” insurance companies’ decisions.  The ACA law PROHIBITS the renewal of some policies, BY LAW.    It became ILLEGAL to renew Julie’s policy beyond January of 2014.  This is why ALL of those 5 million policies were cancelled.

3.  The Admin has postponed the effective date of the “employer mandate” for 1 year.  (This, BTW, is illegal.   The president is NOT legally permitted to alter any law in any way  he wishes, based on his own opinions or political aspirations.  A law passed by  Congress and signed by the Pres can only be changed if Congress votes to amend the law.    If a Pres had the power to change, add, delete, or in any way alter a duly passed law to make it conform to his personal desires or preferences, then the USA would be a de facto dictatorship, run entirely by a single man, ALL of whose laws were the product of a single man’s wishes.)   The reason for the 1-year (illegal) postponement of the “employer’s mandate” provision of Obamacare is to prevent the MAJORITY of the American public from realizing that the IDENTICAL problem will confront them — until Obamacare has had an extra year to become so entrenched, and to cause the destruction of such a huge portion of our medical infrastructure such as hospital closures, doctors’ early retirements, etc., that it  will have become almost impossibe to repeal that atrocity.   Estimates of how many people will have their insurance poliicies cancelled a  year from now are centered around 80 million plus.   These are NOT the estimates of politically motivated sources, but of the independent Congressional Budget Office, various private estimates from insurance companies AND other sectors of the medical profession, AND THEY DOVETAIL WITH THE ESTIMATES OF OBAMA’S OWN HEALTH CARE ADVISORS WHO TOLD HIM 3 YEARS AGO, WHEN THE BILL WAS PASSED, THAT 40% TO 75% OF AMERICANS WOULD FORCIBLY LOSE THEIR EXISTING INSURANCE COVERAGE UNDER THE OBAMACARE LAW.   This last is the reason why you have heard so much about Obama’s blatantly outrageous LIES for over 3 years, repeated on OVER 30 VIDEOTAPED OCCASIONS that ” . . . you can keep your policy, PERIOD.   If you like your doctors, you can keep your doctors, PERIOD”  when HE KNEW ALL ALONG that this was A TOTAL FALSEHOOD.  Julie’s case is one amongst MANY THOUSANDS drawn from the 5 million who had their policies forcibly cancelled, by law.   How many more will there be next year, when 80 MILLION MORE AMERICANS — 16 TIMES as many — RECEIVE NOTICES OF CANCELLATION OF THEIR MEDICAL COVERAGE?

4.   Disbelieve the above if you prefer living in the Twilight Zone.    As Obamacare has been gradually implemented EVERY SINGLE ONE of the issues raised by its critics which has  so far been resolved, has proven the law’s critics were AT LEAST  100% correct — I say “at least” because in most cases, the reality has proven EVEN WORSE than the law’s harshest critics envisioned.   Every single rebuttal by the Administration or others supporting the ACA law, has proven to be FALSE — either dead wrong or a PROVEN lie. 
 
It is now PROVEN that NOT ONLY did the President himself KNOWINGLY AND INTENTIONALLY lie, but so did EVERY SINGLE DEMOCRAT IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE.    Leaked documents  WHICH HAVE BEEN ACKNOWLEDGED TO BE  REAL AND WHICH HAVE BEEN APOLOGIZED FOR IN PUBLIC (though as quietly as possible!!) revealed that the Admin had met EARLY ON with ALL Dems in Congress and FULLY INFORMED THEM as to the estimates of THE ADMIN’S OWN ADVISORS about the MASSIVE coverage cancellations — 40% to 75% of all policies — that were destined to occur, by force of the new law when it was implemented.   All Democrat legislators were effectively warned that they would have to deny this and lie through their teeth to their constituents if they expected to be re-elected. They made their choices. They lied through their teeth. Every single one of them.  

As you may know, the law was passed on an extraordinarily partisan vote, with virtually every single Democrat and NOT ONE Republican voting for it.   The Republicans were 100% against Obamacare even without having the damning inside information (see above paragraph) about it which the Administration had.    ONLY DEMOCRATS VOTED FOR the bill, and then, WHILE KNOWING OF THE MASSIVE HARM IT WOULD DO, THEY LIED ABOUT IT FOR THE NEXT 3 YEARS.    EVERY SINGLE DEMOCRAT IN CONGRESS DID HIS BEST TO DUPE THE AMERICAN  PEOPLE KNOWINGLY AND INTENTIONALLY INTO BELIEVING A LIE.   EVERY SINGLE ONE.  NOT ONE DEMOCRAT TOLD US THE TRUTH, THOUGH EVERY ONE OF THEM UNQUESTIONABLY KNEW IT.  

So dear Obamacare supporter. . . go ahead and believe what you hear from them now: promises that they can fix Obamacare, but the Republicans are interfering with their ability to do so.  Yeah, right.   Go  ahead and believe the desperate men(?) and women(?) of the Democratic Party who lied thru their teeth to you, and now that their lies have been exposed, are desperately afraid you might withhold your vote from them.  Go ahead and DISBELIEVE the people who told you the unvarnished truth without exception, because you think they have turned into liars now.   

Go ahead and be a smart, loyal party-line voter, and help your Party kill countless numbers of  your friends and neighbors.   Gosh what integrity you have, to stick to your political religion’s principles even when if involves mass murder, kinda like the loyal Nazis who were only following their leaders with such extreme loyalty as yours.

It will soon enough also be demonstrated in the real world that Obamacare CANNOT be “fixed” any more that you can “fix” the problem that  3 eggs plus 2 eggs will not be able to provide you  with the dozen you are wishing for. At that time I sincerely hope Obamacare hasn’t killed you yet, so you wlll still have time to become enlightened before it does, assuming (1) that you have more than half a brain and (2) that you have managed to develop a particle of human character between now and then.

Stupid, Evil or Both? – Tea Party Nation

Stupid, Evil or Both? – Tea Party Nation.

By Alan Caruba

For a long time now I have been trying to determine whether the Obama administration is stupid, evil or both. In addition to its long list of scandals, its governance of America increasingly looks like and acts as if the power granted to it by two elections exists to intimidate and harass Americans, inflict endless new taxes, and granted it the right to destroy one of the best healthcare systems and military in the world.

Listening to President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry constantly talk about the non-existent threat of global warming/climate change is both stupid and evil. There is no global warming. The Earth has been in a cooling cycle for some seventeen years at this point and the supposed “science” they cite—that carbon dioxide emissions will heat the Earth—is utterly bogus, based entirely on computer models that have been wrong from the day the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change were first used.

In a recent article in Forbes magazine, James Taylor, editor of The Heartland Institute’s Environment and Climate News, noted that “More than 30,000 scientists have signed a summary of the science explaining why humans are not creating a global warming crisis.” He cites several other surveys that confirm that neither scientists nor the public regard global warming/climate change to be a concern.

What should be a major concern, however, is the way the Obama administration has transformed the Internal Revenue Service into an agency to thwart conservative groups from receiving non-profit status to advance their views. The Environmental Protection Agency has been let loose to generate all manner of regulations whose intent is to shut down coal-fired plants that produce electricity and deny the ability to build new ones. The amount of electricity that is being produced from these plants has dropped significantly from the 50% it once was.

The passage of the Affordable Health Care Act—Obamacare—is wreaking havoc on the economy and is the result of the lies told by the President and many Democratic members of Congress who voted for it without even reading it. The nation is suffering from losses of jobs and the reduction of full-time jobs to part-time. Americans are losing their healthcare plans and Obamacare plans have far higher premiums. Individuals and businesses who fail to sign up for one face fines.

This is worse than stupid. It is evil. It is a deliberate attack on the nation’s economic growth, rendering an estimated 100 million Americans without employment and forcing millions to apply for food stamps in order to put food on the table.

While the lies are evil, the stupidity of those like former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is demonstrated by things she has said in recent years.

“It’s almost a false argument to say we have a spending problem.”  The nation has a huge borrowing and spending problem that currently adds up to more than $17 trillion in debt. Federal spending (25% of the Gross Domestic Product) is the highest since World War II as is the budget deficit (10% of GDP). The U.S. suffered the first downgrade in its credit rating in its history.

The administration’s “stimulus” program wasted billions on alternative energy companies that often filed for bankruptcy shortly thereafter. The promise of “green jobs” was as specious as “shovel ready” jobs that even the President admitted did not exist. Nancy Pelosi said at the time that “Every month that we do not have an economic recovery package 500 million Americans lose their jobs” but the U.S. population is currently around 317 million total!

This goes well beyond just stupidity. Obama’s, Pelosi’s, Biden’s and other administration member’s statements have been a consistent record of lies and that is evil.

When Obama took office in 2009 America was still regarded as the leading nation in the world in the arena of foreign affairs, but in the years since then nations and non-state enemies such as al Qaeda have concluded that it has demonstrated not just weakness, but dangerous stupidity as seen in its current efforts to negotiate with Iran to cease its quest of nuclear weapons. To this day its leaders still lead chants of “Death to America” and to our only true ally in the Mideast, Israel.

Claims that al Qaeda had been defeated were also false as it and other Islamic radical groups expand their activities.

One can barely find any evidence that the Obama administration has shown any success domestically or in foreign affairs and we still have three more years of it to endure.

The only hope at present is the forthcoming November midterm elections and, if power in the Senate can be acquired by the Republican Party and expanded in the House, efforts to thwart the deliberate destruction of the nation can be enacted. We have been living with a President who has refused to negotiate with Congress and with a Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, who has blocked debates and votes on any of the legislation initiated in the House.

The nation is just months away from either further decline or a reversal of policies that are either stupid or evil or both.

© Alan Caruba, 2014

Voter’s Remorse Over Obama – Tea Party Nation

Voter’s Remorse Over Obama – Tea Party Nation.

By Alan Caruba

I don’t recall when I first wrote about Obama telling lies, but it surely must have been early in his first term, if not even earlier in the 2008 campaign. So much of the information about his life was subject to question that it raised my concern.

The way Obamacare was reamed through a Congress that hadn’t even read the bill put me on full alert. No Republican voted for it.

When you have spent your early years as a journalist as I did you tend to develop a healthy skepticism regarding politicians. There are some very good people who go into politics, but they are vastly outnumbered by those who see it as an easy way to line their pockets. They are the “Eddie Haskell’s” if you are old enough to remember the unctuous character from “Leave It To Beaver.”  Glad-handers, back-slappers, and generally smooth talkers.

I was not surprised to read a February 19 article in the Washington Examiner by Paul Paulard. “Poll: Only 79% of Obama voters would vote for him again” was the title and my first response was surprise that that many would still vote for him. Only???

In the poll 71%  of the Obama voters now inclined to vote for someone else if they had the chance said they ‘regret’ their vote to reelect the President. So a majority of those taking The Economist/YouGov.com poll would vote for him again, but nearly all regret having done so.

This is a definition of stupidity. I think Obama and his cohorts counted on this high level of indifference to the facts about his first term.

Among the sample of those who would vote for someone else if they could, 100% of the Hispanics said they would and 80% of the whites said they would. However 61% of the blacks said they would still vote for Obama. It strikes me that many in the African-American community are quick to speak out against any perceived prejudice, but when it comes to electing Obama, skin color was a major factor. I suspect that many are unaware of how Obama’s policies have left the black community with soaring numbers of unemployed, far in excess of other racial groups.

Among women 84% said they would vote for someone else, but just 61% men agreed. The most surprising element of the poll was that 55% of Democrats—yes Democrats—wished they had not pulled the lever for Obama and 71% of independents agreed.

All second term Presidents achieve lame duck status at some point when their power to influence the Congress to support their programs kicks in. Arguably, Obama achieved that in 2010 when voters returned power in the House of Representatives to Republicans. The Senate’s response—mostly Majority Leader Harry Reid’s—was to deny any but a few of the many bills generated in the House an opportunity to be debated and voted upon.

The gridlock that resulted and which Obama endlessly decries was created by the Democrats in the Senate.

Efforts by Republicans were rebuffed along with all manner of charges that they were anti-women and anti-immigrant, among other absurdities. When the Republicans tried to get the insane borrowing and spending under control by shutting down the federal government as a response to raising the credit limits, they were portrayed as political cavemen.

Obama is a President who has made it clear that he considers the Congress as an obstacle to his transformation of the nation from a capitalist to a socialist economy in which Big Government functions as the redistributor of taxpayer funding with an emphasis on programs that, like food stamps, added millions to that handout.

It took the launch of Obamacare to make it abundantly clear how incompetent the Obama administration was and is. The impact on the stagnant job market saw jobs disappear or be turned into part-time, lower-wage positions. People discovered they could not keep their family physician or specialist. Even access to nearby hospitals was denied for some.

We are now being told that being unable to find work is an opportunity to pursue one’s hobbies. Denigrating working for a living is so un-American it is mind-boggling.

The media coverage of Obama’s first term and now the first years of his second protected him against the failure to revive the economy after the 2008 financial crisis. The scandals from Fast and Furious to Benghazi were shunted aside so that the passage of time would diminish their impact. Those who reelected him were not paying attention! Or they just didn’t care.

One can only hope voters are paying attention now and, in the November 2014 midterm elections, they will elect Republican candidates who will have an opportunity—particularly in the Senate—to limit the damage that Obama continues to inflict on the economy and in the area of foreign affairs.

Based on the poll, it took Obama voters over five years, going on six, to conclude they had made a bad choice—but 79% would still vote for him!

That members of Congress, pundits, and others now routinely call Obama a liar is a good sign because he is. But he is also still President of the United States of America and I suspect he doesn’t care what people say about him anymore.

© Alan Caruba, 2014

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