Obama to GOP: Do as I Say, Not as I Did


By:     Debra  J.  Saunders

Washington, D.C., should host an Olympics for finger-pointing. There would be no shortage of accomplished practitioners. Start with President Barack Obama, who, in introducing Judge Merrick Garland as his choice to replace Justice Antonin Scalia on the big bench, asked the Senate “to give him a fair hearing and then an up-or-down vote.” He told senators: “If you don’t, then it will not only be an abdication of the Senate’s constitutional duty, it will indicate a process for nominating and confirming judges that is beyond repair. It will mean everything is subject to the most partisan of politics — everything.”

 You’d never guess Obama not only voted against Chief Justice John Roberts but also supported a filibuster — that is, he opposed an up-or-down vote — to thwart the confirmation of Samuel Alito in 2005. Hillary Clinton also opposed Roberts and supported…

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Operation Choke Point, Bank De-Risking, and Obama Administration Coercion

International Liberty

For all his faults, you have to give President Obama credit for strong convictions. He’s generally misguided, but it’s perversely impressive to observe his relentless advocacy for higher taxes, bigger government, more intervention, and limits on constitutional freedoms.

That being said, his desire to “fundamentally transform” the United States leads him to decisions that run roughshod over core principles of a civilized society such as the rule of law.

Consider, for instance, the Obama Administration project, known as “Operation Choke Point,” to restrict banking services to politically incorrect businesses such as gun dealers.

It doesn’t matter than these companies are engaged in legal activities. In pursuit of its ideological agenda, the White House is using regulatory bullying in hopes of getting banks to deny services to these businesses.

For more information, click here to read about recent efforts to end this thuggish initiative…

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Who said you’re worth $15/hr?

Vermont Loon Watch

California just passed the law mandating a minimum wage of %15/r. It’s %10.50 now, goes to $11 in 2018, then up $1.00/hr per year until 2022. here’s the Government telling businesses what an employee is worth, not what the job is worth to the employer. For those Progressives that like it, let them pay it.

There is another side to this which hasn’t been explored, YET. This will show up after the first few paychecks are in the workers’ hands.

But first, let us look at what $15/hr really is.

It is in a 40 hour week-$600/wk or $31,200 per year. Thanks to ObamaCare, there are very few 40 hours/week jobs left. Most are part-time somewhere between 20 hours and 29 hours/week That works out to $300 to $435 per week. Sounds good right?

From that $435, deduct Federal and state taxes, however small those amounts may be, unions…

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A Horrifying Socialist Future for America?

International Liberty

The debate over socialism shouldn’t even exist. Everywhere big government has been tried, it has failed.

And we have reams of evidence that free-market economies dramatically out-perform statist economies.

Yet the siren song of socialism still appeals to a subsection of the population, either because of naiveté or an unseemly lust to exercise power over others.

So let’s once again wade into this debate that shouldn’t be happening.

Writing for the Dallas Morning News, former Texas A&M economics professor Svetozar Pejovich explains that adding “democratic” to “socialism” doesn’t change anything. What really matters is that Sanders and his supporters want bigger government. And that never ends well.

Sanders’ policies…are…incompatible with the American tradition of self-responsibility, self-determination and limited government under a rule of law. …putting those premises into practice requires the acceptance of two institutions: the redistribution of income initiated and monitored by federal government, and the attenuation…

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Loretta Lynch and the Government War on Free Speech

Mountain Republic

Climate Change censors could set a precedent that could silence numerous other views

Loretta Lynch and the Government War on Free Speech Image Credits: United States Mission Geneva

During her appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, Attorney General Loretta Lynch admitted that she asked the FBI to examine whether the federal government should take legal action against so-called climate change deniers.

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Attorney General Lynch is not responding to any criminal acts committed by climate change skeptics. Instead, she is responding to requests from those frustrated that dissenters from the alleged climate change consensuses have successfully blocked attempts to create new government programs to fight climate change.

These climate change censors claim that the argument over climate change is settled and the deniers’ success in blocking congressional action is harming the public. Therefore, the government must disregard the First Amendment and silence anyone who dares question the reigning climate change dogma. This argument ignores…

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New documents show the Obama admin aggressively lobbied to kill transparency reform in Congress

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Freedom of the Press Foundation by Trevor Timm

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New documents obtained through Freedom of the Press Foundation’s lawsuit against the Justice Department reveal that the Obama administration – the self described “most transparent administration ever” – aggressively lobbied behind the scenes in 2014 to kill modest Freedom of Information Act reform that had virtually unanimous support in Congress.

Three months ago, we sued the Justice Department (DOJ) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for communications between the DOJ and Congress, since there were vague reports that the DOJ may have opposed the bill – despite much of it being based word-for-word based on the Justice Department’s own policies.

Today, we are publishing a detailed memo authored by the Justice Department that strongly objected to almost every aspect of FOIA reform put forth by the House of Representatives at the time.

The bill in question – known as the…

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Socialism is not the Answer

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Independent Sentinel

It took Dr. Rand Paul to stop the transfer of fighter jets to Pakistan today. It is a wonder why anyone would expect the US taxpayer to send hundreds of millions to terrorists who laugh in our face.

The United States Congress is inexplicably about to send $300 million dollars worth of F-16 fighter jets to a country that hates, supports the Taliban, hid bin Laden away for years, imprisoned a doctor who helped us, and persecutes Christians.

As Dr. Paul said, “we don’t have money to borrow the money from China to send it to Pakistan.” We are $19 trillion in debt and we need to take care of the problems here at home instead of sending it to corrupt regimes abroad. We have given $15 billion to Pakistan and yet they’ve admitted they’ve armed, aided and abetted the Taliban. Pakistan was only one of two countries…

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Marco Rubio’s dishonesty about Ted Cruz’s votes on NDAA defense appropriations bills


Marco Rubio with his allies: Democrat Chuck Schumer and RINO John McCain Marco Rubio with his allies: Democrat Chuck Schumer and RINO John McCain

Shane Vander Hart who blogs at Caffeinated Thoughts wrote a post about how Marco Rubio is taking up his previously-discredited attack on Cruz’s votes on NDAA defense appropriations.

He writes:

South Carolina is a major military state with two Air Force bases, an Army base, two Marine bases, a Navy weapons station and two naval hospitals located in the state. U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) gave a policy speech today in Charleston, SC that unveiled his plan to invest in rebuilding the armed forces.

His opponents, mainly U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), have tried to discredit Cruz’s resolve in this issue. One of the chief ways they have attempted to do this is by pointing out his no votes on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

He found articles by Rubio supporters in National Review and Weekly Standard…

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“More slaves TODAY than at any point in human history.”- TIME Magazine, Jan. 18, 2010

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There are more slaves today than at any time in human history, reported Benjamin Skinner, a fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

An estimated 27 million people in the world are forced to work, held through fraud, under threat of violence, for no pay beyond subsistence, in forced marriages, in sex-trafficking and prostitution.

Though mostly illegal and called by different names, slavery nevertheless exists today in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Southeast Asia, Romania, Sudan, Haiti, Brazil, Latin America, and even in the United States.

It was reported in TIME Magazine, Jan. 18, 2010:

“Despite more than a dozen international conventions banning slavery in the past 150 years, there are more slaves today than at any point in human history.”

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Ancient cultures made slaves of those captured during wars in Babylon, Persia, Greece, China, India, Africa, and Rome. Israelites were…

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