Thursday, January 30, 2014

Joe Biden Itchy?

Executive Lawlessness: Obama's Weapons of Political Intimidation

A Winter Poem

H/T:  Muskegon Pundit

LBJ's Black Vote Strategy

And how did LBJ's Great Society work out for black families?  Not too good.

H/T:  Weasel Zipper

Obamacare Smacks Around Small Business Employees

Affordable health plan?  Not so affordable.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Walter Williams on Nullification, Secession, and Other Topics


H/T:  What Bubba Knows

Dinesh D'Souza vs. Bill Ayers January 30,2014

Dinesh D’Souza is scheduled to debate one of Barack Obama’s political mentors: the anti-American, trust fund baby Bill Ayers.

Topic: What’s So Great About America?
Location: Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
Date: January 30th, 2014
Time: 7:30 PM
Sponsor: College Republicans
National Sponsor: Young America’s Foundation

Now, we know why the federal government chose to indict Mr. D’Souza on suspect campaign fraud charges.

Obama's Executive Orders a Means to Squash America's Rebellion

In an interview with Greta Van Susteren, Nancy Pelosi likened Barack Obama’s executive orders to Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. She believes the president should disregard Congress.  She and her ilk would resort to a totalitarian form of government as long as it advances their agenda.

Should someone remind Princess Pelosi that the Emancipation Proclamation only pertained to those states that seceded from the union?  President Lincoln looked upon Southern slaves as war contraband, that’s why there wasn’t a general emancipation. 

Do Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and the Democratic Party believe the American people are in rebellion?  Are they at war with our republican form of government?  One can easily come to that conclusion when they use this kind of an analogy.

An Interview with Justice Clarence Thomas

Obama's Pot Dealer Bludgeoned to Death for Face Farting

More bizarre stories from Obama’s Choom gang past:

President Obama’s high school pot dealer who he thanked in his yearbook for the 'good times' was beaten to death by his lover after a series of fights over flatulence and drugs, MailOnline can reveal today.

Raymond Boyer, known as 'Gay Ray' to Obama and his marijuana smoking 'Choom Gang', was bludgeoned to death with a hammer seven years after he sold the future president and his friends drugs.

His lover Andrew Devere, a male prostitute, gave police a laundry list of reasons for the killing, including that Boyer, a surfer and unemployed chef, constantly put him down, made him beg for drugs and had a habit of breaking wind in his face.

That explains Obama’s bizarre obsession with the gay community and this proxy war on global warming through the taxation of cow flatulence.  What’s next?  Can we expect a mandatory registration on hammers?

2014 State of the Union in Real Time U.S. Dollars

Face the Nation Edits Sen. Ted Cruz's Lament

Don’t believe the mainstream media is a cheerleading squad for the Sandinistas in the Obama administration?  Think again.  Face the Nation edited out Senator Ted Cruz’s lament on the lawlessness of Dear Leader.  Here is what hit the cutting room floor:

SCHIEFFER: “Will you run for President?”

CRUZ: “My focus is on the abuse of power of this President. Let’s take something like the IRS scandal-“

SCHIEFFER: “Do I take that as a yes or a no?”

CRUZ: “What you can take is that my focus is standing and fighting right now in the Senate to bring back jobs and economic growth. Let me tell you something that is deeply concerning—the abuse of power from this Administration. We’ve seen multiple filmmakers prosecuted and the government’s gone after them. Whether it’s the poor fellow that did the film that the President blamed Benghazi and the terrorist attacks on, turns out that wasn’t the reason for the attack but the Administration went and put that poor fellow in jail on unrelated charges. Just this week it was broken that Dinesh D’Souza, who did a very big movie criticizing the president, is now being prosecuted by this Administration.”

SCHIEFFER: “Senator-“

CRUZ: “Can you image the reaction if the Bush Administration had went, gone and prosecuted Michael Moore and Alec Baldwin and Sean Penn?


CRUZ: It should trouble everyone the government uses government power and the IRS in particular to target their enemies and you are talking a new minutes to Chuck Schumer—“

SCHIEFFER: “We are going to leave this for another day, senator. Thank you for joining us and we’ll talk to you again.

Obamacare's Red State Medical Tourism Potential

It’s one thing to enroll and obtain an insurance policy on the Obamacare exchanges, it’s quite another to find a doctor, or hospital that will participate.  Many are finding out the pickings are slim.

It's been less a month since the Affordable Care Act started providing health coverage for people who bought insurance through the exchange, and now some people who are going to the doctor for the first time are finding some complications.
"We have health insurance that is worthless," said customer Shawnna Simpson.
Simpson found out last week the new insurance for which she is paying $600 a month was a bad choice for her family.
Her 15-year-old daughter was hurt in a cheerleading accident, so Simpson called her family doctor only to learn don't take her new health plan: Blue Cross Network E.
Ever since, she's been on the phone with the healthcare exchange, looking for a family doctor in Williamson County that accepts her plan, but finding none.
"We can't use it in the county where we live," she said

Some Blue States are trying to remedy that predicament.  Legislators are making threats to force doctors to swallow the Obamacare snake oil.  If these physicians refuse, states will revoke their licenses, thereby denying them the ability to practice.
What we will witness is legions of doctors retiring, or moving to friendly Red States.  We could have a Canadian style health care tourism within the United States.  New Yorkers will travel to Texas to expedite simple medical procedures.  I can actually see health care cost decreasing in those states that refuse this Obamacare monstrosity.
 Since the third-party payer system would be eliminated, customers will have to pay cash.  Patients will know the actual cost of a procedure.  They will have the ability to shop around for cost effective health care.  What a novel idea.
 Maybe Obamacare isn’t so bad, after all.   

Who's Participating in the Obamacare Exchanges?

Who’s participating in the Obamacare exchanges?  Bloomberg Business Week provided the following charts:

Does this look sustainable to you?


County Jails Dump Inmates Onto Obamacare Exchanges

There are always unintended consequences to “do-gooder” laws.  Obamacare is a perfect example.  Many predicted that businesses would dump their employees onto the exchanges.  What they didn’t see coming were local and county governments dumping their employees and wards onto the federal taxpayers.

Backers have promoted the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion as a way to reduce health care costs for many Americans.

Multnomah County officials expect national health care reform to cut the county's medical bills, too.
By enrolling jail inmates in nationally subsidized healthcare -- best known as "Obamacare" to both the President and his critics -- the county could bill the federal government for the cost of providing some of them medical care.

County health department officials briefed Multnomah County commissioners on the issue this week.

In addition to saving the county money, enrolling inmates in Obamacare would also mean a significant percentage will now have insurance when their jail stay is done.

I see a lawsuit in the future.  Inmates will find out that few doctors will participate in their care causing a lack of service.  They will decry cruel and unusual punishment.  Law abiding citizens have been saying that since the inception of this monstrosity.  What bank do we have to rob, to get our advocate?


John Wayne on Liberals

H/T:  Muskegon Pundit

Executive Lawlessness: Obama Skirts Constitution

Democrats Demand Minimum Wage Increase While Stiffing Interns

Democrats are always bellowing about income inequality.  They want to raise the minimum wage because it is the compassionate thing to do.  But how do these lawmakers treat their interns.  Not too good apparently.

A new study by the Employment Policies Institute (EPI) has found that 96 percent of Congressional Democrats who support the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013 do not paytheir interns. The abstract of the study explained:

“…the same Members of Congress who are supporting a 40% wage hike on private sector employers are simultaneously failing to provide any wages to their own employee interns.”

In recent months, the Democratic party has embraced raising the minimum wage as a key part of its strategy for winning elections in 2014. The President’s senior advisor, Dan Pheiffer, described it as “an important value issue when it comes to fairness,” and President Obama is expected to discuss it in tonight’s State of the Union address.

Compassion and values go so far with a democrat.  You want an example of two Americas.  Look to Washington D. C. 

H/T:  Weasel Zippers

Senator Ted Cruz Op-Ed Shames Lawless President

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal describing the lawless nature of the Obama administration.  Here are a couple of excerpts:

Of all the troubling aspects of the Obama presidency, none is more dangerous than the president's persistent pattern of lawlessness, his willingness to disregard the written law and instead enforce his own policies via executive fiat. On Monday, Mr. Obama acted unilaterally to raise the minimum wage paid by federal contracts, the first of many executive actions the White House promised would be a theme of his State of the Union address Tuesday night.
 The president's taste for unilateral action to circumvent Congress should concern every citizen, regardless of party or ideology. The great 18th-century political philosopher Montesquieu observed: "There can be no liberty where the legislative and executive powers are united in the same person, or body of magistrates." America's Founding Fathers took this warning to heart, and we should too
Rule of law doesn't simply mean that society has laws; dictatorships are often characterized by an abundance of laws. Rather, rule of law means that we are a nation ruled by laws, not men. That no one—and especially not the president—is above the law. For that reason, the U.S. Constitution imposes on every president the express duty to "take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed."

 Yet rather than honor this duty, President Obama has openly defied it by repeatedly suspending, delaying and waiving portions of the laws he is charged to enforce. When Mr. Obama disagreed with federal immigration laws, he instructed the Justice Department to cease enforcing the laws. He did the same thing with federal welfare law, drug laws and the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

Senator Cruz makes the case that Obamacare is one illegal enterprise:

The law says that businesses with 50 or more full-time employees will face the employer mandate on Jan. 1, 2014. President Obama changed that, granting a one-year waiver to employers. How did he do so? Not by going to Congress to change the text of the law, but through a blog post by an assistant secretary at Treasury announcing the change.
 The law says that only Americans who have access to state-run exchanges will be subject to employer penalties and may obtain ObamaCare premium subsidies. This was done to entice the states to create exchanges. But, when 34 states decided not to establish state-run exchanges, the Obama administration announced that the statutory words "established by State" would also mean "established by the federal government."
 The law says that businesses with 50 or more full-time employees will face the employer mandate on Jan. 1, 2014. President Obama changed that, granting a one-year waiver to employers. How did he do so? Not by going to Congress to change the text of the law, but through a blog post by an assistant secretary at Treasury announcing the change.
The law says that only Americans who have access to state-run exchanges will be subject to employer penalties and may obtain ObamaCare premium subsidies. This was done to entice the states to create exchanges. But, when 34 states decided not to establish state-run exchanges, the Obama administration announced that the statutory words "established by State" would also mean "established by the federal government."

 It’s about time someone in Congress shamed this administration.  Even then, I doubt it would put a stop to this president.


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Federal Government Omnipresent Complex

Year after year, we watch the State of the Union Address.  I have come to the conclusion that these Washington D.C. creatures believe they are the center of the universe.  Their contempt for the American people is something to behold.  I’m sure they are amazed we plebeians can make it through a day without the guiding hand of a federal government bureaucrat. 

President Obama, as have his predecessors, rambled on about what the federal government has done for us.  If you didn’t know better, the job you have, the house you dwell in, the food you eat, the business you built, and the car you drive wouldn’t exist hadn’t it been for them.  You are just a bystander in a bureaucratic managed economy.  Why you would be wallowing in your own filth, if they didn’t intercede on your behalf.

President Eisenhower once warned of the military industrial complex.  I’m waiting for a president to step up and take on the federal government omnipresent complex.  I would love to see victims of federal government bureaucracies pointed out in a State of the Union Address.  Now that would be a speech to watch, not to mention the look of horror as the statist sit with mouth agape as they confront the victims of their policies.

We all know that will never happen.  But I can always dream.  

Monday, January 27, 2014

Senator Ted Cruz: Obama Should Apologize to Nation in State of the Union Address

That will never happen.

The Moaning of Life

My favorite curmudgeon has returned to the small screen.  First, he was An Idiot Abroad.  Now, he’s back with The Moaning of Life on the Science Channel.

Kronies: Political Grafter Action Figures

Available at your local Democratic Party headquarters.  A must Festivus gift for a libtard dearest to you.

H/T:  Weasel Zippers

Electoral College: How to Change Blue States to Red

Senator Chuck E. Schumer: Super Genius let the cat out of the bag.  He wants to rig elections as a means to deny tea party candidates a chair at the political table.  Of course, he and his subversives need States’ participation.  I doubt state and county wide Republican Party members would be foolish enough to entertain the machinations of a New York thug.  But, we should never underestimate the Washington D.C. GOP establishment.

The simple fact is, the Constitution allows the States to prescribe the time, manner and place of holding elections; however, Congress can pass laws or regulations altering them.  It would have to be a complete D.C. power grab.  And as we’ve witnessed, they’re capable of doing it.

There is a way republicans in a Blue State can constitutionally alter the means by which we elect a president.  States like Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, and Florida have a republican governor and legislature.  They, instead of granting a winner- take- all Electoral College vote system, could divide electors up according to congressional districts.

Had all States used this strategy, Mitt Romney would have won 52% of the congressional districts.  Instead, Obama cleaned up.  Here are some maps depicting this contrast.

This is one dirty little secret Democrats don’t want anyone to know about.  However, electing a president still doesn’t address the runaway bureaucracies that rule this country.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

State of Soft Tyranny Index

I wonder when this chart was created.

H/T:  Maggies Farm

Friday, January 24, 2014

What is the Proper Role of Federal, State and Local Governments

What is the proper role of federal, state and local governments?  There was a time when Americans knew.  Now, thanks to Progressives, those lines have been blurred.  I posted this a couple of years ago.  Read to the end, when Tocqueville describes what happens to people who do not understand federalism.

Alexis de Tocqueville when traveling the United State in the early 1800’s wrote about Americans and their familiarity with the role of federal, state and local governments. He also wrote about the fate of countries who tried to replicate our style of government without understanding it.

Here is an excerpt from his Democracy in America:

Once the general theory is well understood, the difficulties of applying it remain; these are countless because the sovereignty of the Union is so entwined in that of the states that it is impossible at first glance to see its limits. Everything in such a government is arbitrary and contrived and it can only suit a nation long accustomed to self-government and where political science reaches right down to the lowest rungs of society. Nothing has made me admire the good sense and practical intelligence of the Americans more than the way they evade the countless difficulties which derive from their federal constitution. I have scarcely ever encountered a single man of the common people in America who did not perceive with surprising ease the obligations entailed in the laws of Congress and those which owe their beginnings to the laws of his own state, nor who could not separate the matters belonging to the general prerogatives of the Union from those regulated by his local legislature and who could not point to where the competence of the federal courts begins and the limitation of the state tribunals ends.

Do the above describe today’s average American? I don’t think so. Just look at the courts of today. The federal judiciary is usurping the powers of the state tribunals. The federal government is dictating to the states and its citizens what it can and can’t do. Is this what our founding fathers envisioned?

Tocqueville further states what happens to those nations who replicate, but don’t follow the SPIRIT of our Constitution as understood by our founding fathers:

The Constitution of the United States is akin to those fine creations of human endeavor which crown their inventors with renown and wealth but remain sterile in others hands.

Contemporary Mexico has illustrated this very thing.

The Mexicans, aiming for a federal system, took the federal constitution of their neighbors, the Anglo-Americans, as their model and copied it almost exactly. But although they transported the letter of the law, they failed to transfer at the same time the spirit which gave it life. As a result, they became tangled endlessly in the machinery of the double system of government. The sovereignty of the states and Union entered into a collision course as they exceeded the sphere of influence assigned to them by the constitution. Even today Mexico veers constantly from anarchy to military despotism and back again.

H/T: Video NC Renegade

Obama's Star Chamber Targets Tea Party and Rivals

Valerie Jarrett, Obama’s top advisor, promised retribution after the 2012 election.  Well guess what.  It’s happening.  Anyone that is influential, critical or a perceived rival of this administration or the Democratic Party are being targeted.  Shame is of no consequence with this administration.  The IRS has been given a license to continue its bullying of Tea Party organizations.  What we have is a modern day Star Chamber.  The Wall Street Journal reported the following:

President Obama and Democrats have been at great pains to insist they knew nothing about IRS targeting of conservative 501(c)(4) nonprofits before the 2012 election. They've been at even greater pains this week to ensure that the same conservative groups are silenced in the 2014 midterms.

That's the big, dirty secret of the omnibus negotiations. As one of the only bills destined to pass this year, the omnibus was—behind the scenes—a flurry of horse trading. One of the biggest fights was over GOP efforts to include language to stop the IRS from instituting a new round of 501(c)(4) targeting. The White House is so counting on the tax agency to muzzle its political opponents that it willingly sacrificed any manner of its own priorities to keep the muzzle in place.

And now back to our previously scheduled outrage over the Chris Christie administration's abuse of traffic cones on the George Washington Bridge.

The fight was sparked by a new rule that the Treasury Department and the IRS introduced during the hush of Thanksgiving recess, ostensibly to "improve" the law governing nonprofits. What the rule in fact does is recategorize as "political" all manner of educational activities that 501(c)(4) social-welfare organizations currently engage in.

It's IRS targeting all over again, only this time by administration design and with the raw political goal—as House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R., Mich.) notes—of putting "tea party groups out of business."

 Anyone remember the Dinesh D’Souza documentary, “2016, Obama’s America”?  Well, the Obama administration does.  He has been indicted for alleged illegal campaign contributions.  And apparently, the green light has been given to bastions of progressive states.  Even conservative activist, James O’Keefe has been targeted by New York State.  And we know how much they love us.

Obama and the Democrats know that he will never be impeached.  It is politically impossible.  But we can take away his Star Chamber.  Even the English Parliament was able to abolish an abusive and secretive agency that kings used to target political foes.  And never forget, Obama is not a king.


Wisconsin: A Beacon of Light in a Henry VII/Carter-esque Age

Our national malaise continues under a Democratic president and Senate.  We are on the precipice of an authoritarian government.  It seems the Oval Office has devolved into a Star Chamber and our elected representatives are unable to stop a man who professes to have a phone and a pen, and is willing to use it.  Can anyone say, Hugo Chavez?

Despite the totalitarian policies of Barack Obama and the Democratic Party, there is one state, a blue state that has defied the odds of economic stagnation.  That state is Wisconsin.  Here is an excerpt from Governor Scott Walker’s state of the state address:

 During my predecessor’s last term, Wisconsin lost more than 133,000 jobs and lost more than 27,000 businesses.  In 2009, the unemployment rate peaked at 9.2%.
During that same year, Wisconsin’s ranking in Chief Executive Magazine’s best and worst states for business was 43rd.  In 2009, a survey of employers by the chamber of commerce showed just 4% thought our state was heading in the right direction.  Now, our ranking is up to 17th—one of the fastest jumps of any state in the country.  As of last month, 95% of the employers surveyed said Wisconsin is headed in the right direction.   That’s right, ninety-five percent.

 Another reason for our positive revenue numbers is our prudent fiscal management.  Three years ago, we inherited a state government with a $3.6 billion budget deficit.  The state had past due bills to Minnesota, owed more than $200 million to the patient compensation fund, and raided $1 billion from the segregated transportation fund.  At the same time, they only had $1.7 million in the rainy day fund.

 Sure, we had to make some tough decisions, but they paid off.  We ended our fiscal year in 2013 with a $759 million surplus; we paid back Minnesota, filled the fund to help injured patients of medical malpractice, and restored funding for transportation.  And the rainy day fund, well, it’s now 165 times bigger than it was when we took office.

Congratulations to Governor Walker, the republican legislature and the citizens of Wisconsin.  You are a beacon of light in a Henry VII/Carter-esque age.

Sen. Chuck E. Schumer: Super Genius, Schemes to Marginalize Tea Party

Sen. Chuck E. Schumer: Super Genius outlined his 2014 fascist manifesto that is designed to suppress the Tea Party vote.  The last election cycle, he and a number of his fellow thugs, sent a letter to the IRS demanding they harass and suppress conservative organizations that dared to voice their discontent.  Some were even audited.  This wily senator is demanding the whole federal bureaucracy step up their game and drive the upstart plebeians back onto their political island where they can be monitored and marginalized.

This New York thug believes that confronting tea partiers on policy issues would mitigate their hostility to “big government.”  To that I say, bring it on asshole.  The last thing you want is an honest an open debate on the policies that you’ve brought about.  The “morass” the American people are going through can be laid directly at your party’s feet.  But we know that will never happen.  Instead, you will resort to fictional “wars on women” and other nonsensical deflections that don’t exist.

Sen. Chuck E. Schumer: Super Genius doesn’t trust elections.  He doesn’t trust that process.  He wants to rig it:

"Our very electoral structure has been rigged to favor tea party candidates in Republican primaries, even when the district or the state may not be that red." 
Schumer said "the tea party machine" has a particularly strong influence on Republican primaries, partly because the far right turns out to vote; and partly because of gerrymandering -- "where Republicans have learned to capture state legislatures and then use innovative technology to draw districts where a Democrat could never be elected.
"Hence, the Republican House member only has to look over his right shoulder and moves much further to the right than the average voter in his or her district would want."
 The same thing can happen in Democratic primaries, Schumer admitted -- "but at the moment, it is far more exaggerated on the Republican side."
Schumer said one way to "lessen the grip of the tea party on the electoral process" is to have a primary where voters of every party can vote, leading the top two vote-getters, regardless of their party affiliation, into a run-off.
"This would prevent a hard-right candidate from gaining office with only 22 percent of the vote. It would force the most extreme candidates in Republican districts to move closer to the middle to pick up more moderate Republicans and independents in order to be one of the top two vote-getters and enter the run off," he added.
 These bastards are always scheming to retain power.  It’s not enough that their lapdogs in the media have dictated our presidential nominee for the past two election cycles, now they want to control our congressional primaries.
 Well here is my plan that would restore accountability and give equal representation to the districts in each state when appointing a U.S. Senator:  repeal the 17th Amendment.  It is obvious that a handful of populated districts in the state of New York are responsible for keeping a thug like Chuck Schumer in office.  And as for equal representation for a state’s electoral college votes, a winner takes all system should be banned.  Each congressional district should have a say as to who is president.
 If we allow these thugs to keep pushing us around, New York will not be the only state that bans conservatives.