This is still America, last time I checked, and we can still say whatever we want. It's time to call things what they are! There have been plenty of piles left on the front porch of America, and you don't have to look far to find the dogs that left them there. The Federal Government is out of control and it's time to reign them in or throw them out. They've corrupted the money system, corrupted the elections and are hell bent on destroying our Constitution. Like one of my favorite progressives, George W. Bush said,"It's just a damn piece of paper". It's time to act now!!
It gets better. Mexican officials kindly asked the Homeland Security agency charged with immigration enforcement not to enforce the law in the area while the cards—known as Matricula Consular—are being issued this week. One U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) official claimed to be amazed that the “Mexican government has the gall to tell us what to do.”
The Senate just claimed the title of the world's most delusional body by refusing to strip unelected EPA bureaucrats of the power to regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant. This was the day freedom died. Full Story Here
Barack Obama and the Democrats keep trying to paint the new law in Arizona on immigration as some sort of misguided effort by a frustrated fringe. Unfortunately for them, a new poll from Pew Research shows that they’re the fringe — even in their own party Full Story Here
President Barack Obama has taken the United States one more giant step towards socialism by ramming through the Senate his financial regulation bill.
The bill authorizes the secretary of the Treasury — a political appointee — to seize any financial company (bank or nonbank) simply because, in his opinion, it is too big to fail and in danger of insolvency.
This power can be used for political retribution, pressure for campaign funding, or any other abuse bureaucratic whim or partisan politics can conceive. It is a power Fidel Castro or Hugo Chavez would love to have!
The legislation also requires that any business that extends credit, in any form, to clear the loan instrument in advance with the new consumer protection agency. The backlog of pending applications will strangle consumer credit.
And the bill fails to do the one thing it must do — regulate derivatives and make them transparent. Senator Chris Dodd, D-Conn., bowed to pressure from his sponsors on Wall Street and deleted the regulatory provision and set up a commission to study the situation for two years!
Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., protested the cop-out with a no vote against the legislation.
So how did it pass?
Four Republicans sold out, that´s how!
Among the RINOs were, of course, Susan Collins and Olympia Snow of Maine. But, surprisingly, Scott Brown, R Mass., the newly elected Massachusetts miracle defected as did the normally stalwart Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa.
Now the federal government has effectively taken over about one-third of our national economy by passing Obamacare and regulatory reform in almost the same breath.
Repealing this regulatory travesty must be high on our 2011 agenda!
A top Department of Homeland Security official reportedly said his agency will not necessarily process illegal immigrants referred to them by Arizona authorities.
John Morton, assistant secretary of homeland security for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, made the comment during a meeting on Wednesday with the editorial board of the Chicago Tribune, the newspaper reports.
"I don't think the Arizona law, or laws like it, are the solution," Morton told the newspaper.
Assitant Douchebag of Homeland Security John Morton
A member of Arizona's top government utilities agency threw down the gauntlet in a letter to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, threatening to cut off the city's power supply as retribution for the city's boycott of Arizona.
If Los Angeles wants to boycott Arizona, it had better get used to reading by candlelight.
That's the message from a member of Arizona's top government utilities agency, who threw down the gauntlet Tuesday in a letter to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa by threatening to cut off the city's power supply as retribution.
Gary Pierce, a commissioner on the five-member Arizona Corporation Commission, wrote the letter in response to the Los Angeles City Council's decision last week to boycott the Grand Canyon State -- in protest of its immigration law -- by suspending official travel there and ending future contracts with state businesses
Noting that a quarter of Los Angeles' electricity comes from Arizona power plants, Pierce threatened to pull the plug if the City Council does not reconsider.
"Doggone it -- if you're going to boycott this candy store ... then don't come in for any of it," Pierce told FoxNews.com.
In the letter, he ridiculed Villaraigosa for saying that the point of the boycott was to "send a message" by severing the "resources and ties" they share.
"I received your message; please receive mine. As a statewide elected member of the Arizona Corporation Commission overseeing Arizona's electric and water utilities, I too am keenly aware of the 'resources and ties' we share with the city of Los Angeles," Pierce wrote.
"If an economic boycott is truly what you desire, I will be happy to encourage Arizona utilities to renegotiate your power agreements so Los Angeles no longer receives any power from Arizona-based generation."
Appearing to tap into local frustration in Arizona over the raft of boycotts and threatened boycotts from cities across the country, including Los Angeles, Pierce warned that Arizona companies are willing and ready to fight boycott with boycott.
"I am confident that Arizona's utilities would be happy to take those electrons off your hands," Pierce wrote. "If, however, you find that the City Council lacks the strength of its convictions to turn off the lights in Los Angeles and boycott Arizona power, please reconsider the wisdom of attempting to harm Arizona's economy."
Pierce told FoxNews.com that he was speaking for himself, not the entire commission, though he has the support of at least one other member. But Arizona has some serious leverage over Los Angeles, as well as the rest of California. The state and city get electricity from a nuclear power plant outside Phoenix, as well as from coal-fired power plants in northern Arizona and two giant hydroelectric power generators along the Colorado River.
Despite that, the Los Angeles City Council voted overwhelmingly last week to ban future business with Arizona -- a decision that could cost Arizona millions of dollars in lost contracts.
Los Angeles officials were furious with the Arizona immigration law passed last month and joined local officials in cities across the country in pushing boycotts to register their dismay. Critics say the law will lead to racial profiling and civil rights abuses.
Arizona officials have defended the law, saying the state needed to take its illegal immigration problem into its own hands. Pierce said he's "supportive" of the state's efforts to control the border.
The law requires local law enforcement to try to verify the immigration status of anyone they have contact with whom they suspect of being an illegal immigrant. It empowers them to turn over verified illegal immigrants to federal custody. The legislation explicitly prohibits screening people based solely on race or national origin.
A government incapable of controlling it’s own borders now wants to keep track of the weight of children living in America.
Recently, H.R.5209 The Healthy Communities through Helping to Offer Incentives and Choices to Everyone in Society Act of 2010, was introduced and referred to committee.
It seems, a government short on money must be long on titles for legislation they hope to pass. This bill would put the state and federal government in charge of how skinny or fat American children are.
A state receiving federal grants provided for in the bill would be required to annually track the Body Mass Index of all children ages 2 through 18. The grant would mandate that all health care providers in the state determine the Body Mass Index of all their patients in the 2-to-18-age bracket.
The care provider would then report that information to the state government. The state government, in turn, would be required to report the information to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for analysis.
Excuse me? What about the oath our legislators swore to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America from all enemies foreign and domestic? Are we now to believe that constitutionally fat has become an enemy of the state?
Conspicuously absent in the legislation, is what the government plans to do with children if they are found to be overweight. Deny them future health care? Take them from their parents and deliver them to FEMA controlled fat farms where they may be starved? Remember the movie, “They shoot horses don’t they?”
Perhaps you might be wondering, couldn’t the government do more? Of course they can. In researching this bill I found over thirty such different pieces of legislation winding their way through the legislative process. Doubt me? Please click here.
It will never cease to amaze how our elected officials spend money on such useless legislation. Perhaps legislation will be passed to begin cutting the weight of a bloated federal government. It’s too bad it’s not their money
It is, as we all know, the year 2010 and the era of Obama has fairly begun. Accordingly the commissars of good art taste in our schools have spoken: no kid’s artwork that makes The Obammessiah out to be a commie will be allowed. Interestingly there was another time, another year when things were different. In 2005, as it happened, another kid’s Bush-is-Hitler artwork received a wonderful award for it’s inventiveness. How times have changed, eh?
Washington, DC—Today, Rep. Chaffetz (R-UT), along with Rep. Issa (R-CA) sent a letter to David Kappos, the Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, as well as Michael Williams, President and CEO of Fannie Mae, seeking information concerning a patent issued to Fannie Mae regarding a residential Cap and Trade system.
On June 7, 2005, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued Patent No. 6,904,336 for a “System and Method for Residential Emissions Trading.” The patent was assigned to the Federal National Mortgage Association (“Fannie Mae”) and CO2e.com, LLC of New York. The patent lists former Fannie Mae Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Franklin D. Raines as the primary inventor. Former Fannie Mae executives Scott Lesmes and Robert Sahadi are also listed as inventors.
“I have serious questions about why Fannie Mae, back in 2005, was working on a Cap and Trade scheme,” said Rep. Chaffetz. “Why would they be spending their resources on something that is well outside of the scope of Fannie Mae’s charter? We want to see all the information relating to the patents issued to these ‘inventive’ former Fannie Mae executives?”
“Having ventured far beyond sub-prime lending policies, Fannie Mae appears to have served as a full-blown liberal think tank for crony-capitalist ideas,” said Rep. Issa. “While the crony-capitalist Democrats who ran Fannie Mae like Franklin Raines and Jim Johnson used these kinds of ideas to enrich themselves, it was the American taxpayers who were left holding the bag after they failed. It’s disturbing that Fannie Mae executives were positioning themselves in 2005 for financial gain from an Obama Administration cap-and-trade system, but given the huge amount of campaign contributions Fannie Mae poured over President Obama it should be no surprise.”
Nearly two thirds of the public support the Arizona law to detain illegal immigrants, according to a recent Pew survey.
“Fully 73% say they approve of requiring people to produce documents verifying their legal status if police ask for them. Two-thirds (67%) approve of allowing police to detain anyone who cannot verify their legal status, while 62% approve of allowing police to question people they think may be in the country illegally,” Pew reported on May 12.
In addition, the public is highly critical of Barry Obama’s handling of illegal immigration policy. Just 25% approve of the way Obama is handling the issue, while more than twice as many (54%) disapprove, according to Pew.
Obama and the Democrats understand they have a short time to force “immigration reform” (legalizing illegal aliens) down the throats of the American people.
Democrats also have a more cynical reason to support “amnesty” — converting Latinos into loyal Democrats and voters.
According to WorldNetDaily, the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, has a plan ready to legalize 13 million illegals within a 30-week period. “Democratic leaders recognize their control of both houses is in jeopardy in the November elections and are determined to pass the amnesty program – though they abhor that word,” WorldNetDaily reports today.
In addition to legalizing illegals, the plan calls for legislation requiring public benefits to amnesty applicants.
Exploiting illegals and turning them into Democrat voters is nothing new. In 2006 in Dallas during an illegal immigrant protest where Americans were called “honkies” and told to leave the country, Democrat operatives handed out recruitment flyers (see above image). Note Mexico and Texas connected as a single voting bloc.
Finally, the radical Marxist high school teacher featured in a YouTube video posted on Infowars.com and subsequently picked up by the Fox News was interviewed yesterday. In the 2007 video, Ron Gochez called for a Marxist revolution in opposition to “stolen, occupied Mexico.”
(WASHINGTON, DC) – The Virginia mosque of the radical Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, credited as the key link behind the Fort Hood shootings, the Christmas Day underwear bomber, and the Times Square bomber, has been receiving $23,000 a month from the U.S. Census Bureau for rent of an office building the mosque owns in the Washington suburbs.
“I wonder do we actually even have a Department of Homeland Security,” says Congressman John Carter (R-TX), who represents the Fort Hood area in the House. “The purpose for creating this cabinet-level agency in 2002 was to coordinate all agencies of the federal government to prevent any more radical Islamic attacks like 9-11. Eight years later and they can’t even tell a federal agency they’re renting office space from the very mosque involved with the 9-11 attacks, and that has seeded this past year’s assaults through the likes of Al-Awlaki.”
The former Texas judge says the mosque’s terrorist links could have been easily detected through a DHS background check by the General Services Administration (GSA), which leased the space for the Census Bureau.
“We missed multiple warnings that the 9-11 attacks were coming because federal agencies were not communicating and coordinating with each other concerning intelligence on terrorist activity,” says Carter. “DHS was supposed to correct that, yet they have failed us three times in a row in less than a year, are refusing to admit their failures, and are taking no corrective action.”
Carter says the President should immediately take responsibility for the failures and announce definitive steps to remediate the gross incompetence.
...and you can bet forced student fees support her group.
1. The terrorist with the unpronounceable name admits that she thinks she could be arrested by Homeland Security if she says she supports Hamas. Oh that that were true.
2. She, and by inference the MSA since she is their spokesperson, supports Hamas and supports genocide of Jews. “For it.”
OK, quick questions…
1. What would happen if a College Republican said she was for genocide blacks in the US?
2. How much funding does the MSA get from student fees at UCSD?
3. Should the support of - and promotion of - genocide be a First Amendment issue?
4. How can we get this organization off US campuses?
5. Why isn’t DHS crawling up this woman’s, and the MSA’s, nether regions?
And a final note. If there was any, ANY, question in your mind that we are in a war with radical Islam just look at her face when she says “For it.”
“We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told us just weeks before Congress passed President Barack Obama’s health care plan. Well, the nation’s post-passage Obamacare education continued yesterday when the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) confirmed that the federal government will have to spend an additional $115 billion implementing the law, bringing the total estimated cost to over $1 trillion. The estimate had been requested before passage of the bill by Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA), but the CBO was too overwhelmed with the Democrats’ other constant revisions to the law to get back to Lewis before the final vote.
This is by far not the only nasty little surprise that has come back to bite Obamacare after passage. Shortly after it became law, U.S. employers began reporting hundreds of millions if dollars in losses thanks to tax changes in the bill. AT&T and Verizon alone pegged their Obamacare tax losses at around $1 billion each. At first, Democrats in Congress were outraged by the announcements and threatened to hold hearings persecuting these companies. But then the Democrats not only found out the companies were obligated by law to report their Obamacare related losses, but that the losses were a signal these companies might have to dump their employees’ and retirees’ health care coverage all together.
Then the Obama administration’s own Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final cost projections for Obamacare, finding that, contrary to White House claims, the legislation will increase national health care spending by $311 billion over the next decade. The CMS report also revealed that: 1) 18 million Americans will pay $33 billion in penalties for failing to comply with Obamacare’s individual mandate and still receive no health care; 2) U.S. employers will pay $87 billion in employer mandate penalties; 3) 14 million Americans will lose their current employer-based health coverage; 4) 7.4 million seniors will lose their current Medicare Advantage benefits; 5) 15% of all Medicare providers will be made unprofitable, thus “jeopardizing access to care for beneficiaries.”
Facing this onslaught of reality, the Obama administration has swooped into full spin mode, devoting the Weekly Presidential Address to explaining the “real benefits” Obamacare is “already delivering” to Americans. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius then sent letters to House and Senate leaders touting her “progress” in implementing the law. And then last night White House aides Nancy-Ann DeParle and Stephanie Cutter briefed the House Democratic Caucus on the “tangible benefits” of the law. The sales pitch for all three events was the same: 1) “adults” age 26 and younger can be added to their parents’ plan (never mind that this drives up their parents’ health care costs); 2) new high-risk pools for Americans with pre-existing conditions (never mind that 19 states have rejected working with HHS since Obamacare massively underfunded the pools); 3) supplementing insurance for early retirees (never mind that the Medicare Advantage cuts and tax changes mentioned above are a big reason why seniors will need supplemental coverage).
Democrats know that Americans simply are not buying what they are selling. Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) tells Politico: “It’s just like trying to explain the Encyclopedia Britannica.” And John Spratt (D-SC) adds: “You need to know what you’re talking about and this is extremely complex. It’s really difficult to remember, ‘was this in this bill, or was this in the bill Senate side.’” Maybe Spratt should have figured out what was and wasn’t in the bill before he voted for it.
Since the left can’t even figure out what is in the bill they are trying to defend, the latest Rasmussen Reports shows that 63% of likely voters now believe it will increase the federal deficit, and 56% now favor repeal. Not waiting for this November’s elections to change the leadership in Congress, states are leading the way on the road to repeal. According to The Washington Post 33 states have mounted legal and legislative challenges to the new law. Clint Bolick, litigation director of the Goldwater Institute, tells the Post: “This is going to be a long, protracted war of attrition and we haven’t even seen the first wave of regulations yet. … The initial challenges to McCain-Feingold were rejected. But since then, litigators found the vulnerabilities. Likewise, here I think you’re going to see a thousand flowers bloom in terms of lawsuits. I’m hoping that this will die a death of a thousand cuts.”
The dizzy honeymoon created by the EU and IMF pledge yesterday to throw a trillion dollars at eurozone debt has faded as predicted. Investors realize the “fiscal tightening” — pensions looted, social services slashed, standards of living sent into free fall — will negatively impact growth in the euro zone and result in central bankers cranking up interest rates in anticipation of looming default.
Following a euphoric surge of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index yesterday on the announcement, U.S. stock future tumbled 1.1 percent to 1,143.5 at 9:01 a.m. in New York this morning. The euro lost all of yesterday’s gains. The euro weakened 0.7 percent against the dollar at 8:44 a.m. in New York, trading below the level it was before the European Union-led aid package was announced early yesterday, according to Bloomberg.
“The euphoria of 24 hours ago has passed,” Derek Halpenny, European head of global currency research at Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd. in London, wrote in a report today. “We are in little doubt that steps taken will offer the euro little support and the aid package does not change the fact that Spain and Portugal in particular will still have to undergo further painful austerity measures.”
Expect the central banks and EU apparatchiks to call for even more money in the days ahead. Banker “long term solutions” invariably require long term fleecing of producers.Zero Hedge notes that European banks are betting against the beleaguered euro.
“Zero Hedge has received confirmation that several of the largest French banks are now actively shorting the euro to take advantage of globalized moral hazard, which with every ensuing bailout does nothing but make the bonuses of French FX traders surge.”
In other words, the very banks the EU plans to bailout in part with U.S. taxpayer money (or tax payer long term debt) via the IMF are placing bets against the survival of Europe.
In response to the almost instantaneous cynicism about the effectiveness of throwing a trillion bucks down the black hole of engineered debt, investors are smartly moving into gold. Gold hit a five month high today and moved to within $10 of its December record peak in response to eurozone risk aversion.
Standing on the corner alone, holding my American flag and a sign that read "Honk If You Love Freedom", must have been offensive to the management at the local Walgreens here in Warrenton, Mo. Or maybe it was the sign I had up on public property that said "Warren County Patriots". Or maybe it was because I was alone, instead of the normal 20 + people who took Mothers Day off. Anyway, they decided to call the Warrenton police to have the sign removed. The audio is crappy, so you might have to turn it up. Three officers arrived, and after speaking with the management, approached me and told me that "The sign is on public property, but Walgreens cuts the grass, and if they (Walgreens management) wanted to press the issue, they could force me to take the sign down".I stood my ground! Here's the video.
After giving Walgreens management my answer,the police returned and did the right thing. They told me Walgreens was ok with it now. What an amazingly fast change of heart. BS!! The management knew they were wrong and the cops weren't going to do squat!! Stand Up For Your Rights!! Never Give In!!
Meet Lt. Col. Stephen Labate, U.S. Army Reserves, Iraq War Veteran and candidate for congress in New York’s 2nd Congressional District.
Labate, a staunch conservative, was the front runner, with strong Tea Party support, for the Republican nomination when Hannity stuck his foot into the middle of the process to suggest that his friend, John Gomez, would make an ideal candidate for that district.
Hannity admits that he had no idea of the situation on the ground or who was running before getting involved. In effect he made a mockery of the title of his new book “Conservative Victory”.
The feckless Republican leaders, with visions of Sean Hannity fundraisers dancing in their heads, decided that they would select Hannity’s friend as their nominee. Now the district is going to be convulsed with a needless primary because of Sean’s vanity.
We call upon other veterans to boycott any book signing appearances with Sean ‘Vanity’ Hannity for his disregard of the Tea Party Movement and his blind blundering into the affairs of his own congressional district.
Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and ranking Republican Susan Collins (Maine) on Thursday said they are poised to press their subpoena fight with the Obama administration into court.
Lieberman and Collins, speaking separately, both said the Justice and Defense departments have been uncooperative with their efforts to obtain more information about the November 2009 shootings at Fort Hood, Texas, that killed 13 people.
Both senators stopped short of saying they’ve made a final decision, but made it clear they are probably headed toward a court confrontation with administration lawyers based on doubt that the final round of negotiations would bring success.
“If they won’t respond, I think we have an obligation. It’s not easy to enforce a subpoena against the executive branch, but I’m going to make the fight,” Lieberman said.
“If we yield to the executive branch’s argument that they can’t provide us these witnesses because there’s a criminal proceeding, we’re going to create a terrible precedent for future Congresses that will allow future administrations to just cite that. It makes no sense to me.”
Calls for comment to the Pentagon were not returned immediately. The Pentagon has been concerned that releasing the information would jeopardize the criminal case against Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan.
Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he hasn't gotten involved so far in the struggle between Lieberman and the administration, but that he remains hopeful of a resolution.
"I haven't been asked by either Lieberman or the White House to do anything on that, so I'm just going to wait and see what they work out," he said.
A court fight with the administration wouldn’t happen without a full vote by the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and the Senate, which is far from certain. Congress could also cite Attorney General Eric Holder or Defense Secretary Robert Gates in contempt, but the enthusiasm for that among Democrats is similarly unclear.
Collins told The Hill she is “absolutely” in lockstep with Lieberman.
“I feel it’s our duty and I think it’s unfortunate that it’s come to this. But I think we have an obligation to get the information we need to do our investigation,” Collins said. “The administration just does not want to cooperate, and I think that’s just really unfortunate.”
Lieberman and Collins specifically want access to witnesses to the shootings, allegedly committed by Hasan, as well as data such as Hasan’s personnel file.
Since Lieberman subpoenaed Gates and Holder last month, the administration has shared limited information, but not enough to satisfy Lieberman or Collins. The two senators offered to follow a certain protocol regarding the sought-after information. The administration has also offered some private briefings.
Both Lieberman and Collins said Thursday that the administration has still been resistant to share information, even with their offer of safeguards.
“We’ve tried to show just what we would do to allow us to interview these people and to double-, triple-protect against pre-trial publicity, which is what they’re worried about,” Lieberman said.
CNSNews.com) - Just two weeks after a federal judge in Madison, Wis., ruled that the annual National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional, 92 percent of Americans told the USA Today/Gallup poll that they believe in God and only 5 percent said they oppose the National Day of Prayer.
The day was first created by Congress in 1952, and is being observed this year on May 6 pursuant to a declaration made last week by President Barack Obama.
On May 1-2, the USA Today/Gallup poll asked more than 1,000 American adults this question: “As you may know, in 1952 Congress designated a National Day of Prayer, which will be held May 6 this year. Do you favor or oppose having a National Day of Prayer, or doesn’t it matter to you either way?"
Fifty-seven percent said they favor holding a National Day of Prayer, 38 percent said it did not matter to them, 5 percent said they opposed it, and 1 percent said they had no opinion.
Rev. Franklin Graham speaks with reporters after praying in the Pentagon parking lot, Thursday, May 6, 2010. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Last Friday, President Obama issued a proclamation that said in part: “Now, therefore, I, Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 6, 2010, as a National Day of Prayer. I call upon the citizens of our Nation to pray, or otherwise give thanks, in accordance with their own faiths and consciences, for our many freedoms and blessings, and I invite all people of faith to join me in asking for God's continued guidance, grace, and protection as we meet the challenges before us."
On April 15, U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb ruled that the National Day of Prayer violates the 1st Amendment ban on Congress establishing a religion. The decision came in a suit brought by the Freedom from Religion Foundation.
The day of prayer is celebrated by people of many faiths. USA Today reported that 92% of the Americans surveyed in its poll said they believe in God.
It's always good to get a "progressive" Democrat to retire, rather than to have to beat him, even in a year like 2010.
Rep. David R. Obey, the author of last year's $862 billion economic stimulus law, said Wednesday that he won't seek re-election this year - and on the way out he took shots at the Senate, the press, the country's mood and even former President George W. Bush, whose remarks at a 2001 meeting he considered so arrogant that it caused him to want to stay in Congress eight extra years.
The combative, gravel-voiced Wisconsin Democrat amassed a four-decade career, including two stints as chairman of the Appropriations Committee, during which he fought for historic expansions of government aid on everything from education to veterans' health care, and with it came record-shattering spending.
Posted by Jim Hoft on Tuesday, May 4, 2010, 6:03 AM
The Obama Administration is making plans to take over the nation’s 401(k)s in order to bail out their union backers and their bankrupted pension plans.
Connie Hair at Human Events reported:
In February, the White House released its “Annual Report on the Middle Class” containing new regulations favored by Big Labor including a bailout of critically underfunded union pension plans through “retirement security” options.
The radical solution most favored by Big Labor is the seizure of private 401(k) plans for government disbursement — which lets them off the hook for their collapsing retirement scheme. And, of course, the Obama administration is eager to accommodate their buddies.
Vice President Joe Biden floated the idea, called “Guaranteed Retirement Accounts” (GRAs), in the February “Middle Class” report.
In conjunction with the report’s release, the Obama administration jointly issued through the Departments of Labor and Treasury a “Request for Information” regarding the “annuitization” of 401(k) plans through “Lifetime Income Options” in the form of a notice to the public of proposed issuance of rules and regulations.
Republican Leader John Boehner released this statement today in response to this recent move by democrats:
Keep Bureaucrats’ Hands off Americans’ 401(k)s
House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and members of the House GOP Savings Solutions Group sent a letter to Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner warning the Obama Administration that the government should keep its hands off of the retirement savings of Americans, and should reject proposals that would dismantle or nationalize the private 401(k) system in favor of a government-run retirement security regime. Several Administration officials, including the Vice President, have voiced support for efforts to create so-called “Guaranteed Retirement Accounts” or impose new government mandates which would undermine 401(k) retirement savings plans and jeopardize employers’ willingness to continue offering them to their workers. Boehner issued the following statement:
“The American people are asking ‘where are the jobs?’ They aren’t asking for job-killing policies that jeopardize their retirement savings. Unfortunately, Washington Democrats are pursuing policies that make it more difficult to offer 401(k) savings plans to their workers, and some are even advocating replacing them with government-run accounts and ending 401(k)s altogether. That’s unacceptable and not the solution Americans need at a time when they are still rebuilding their retirement, college, and personal savings.
“Republicans are committed to offering better solutions, and the proposal we have offered – the Savings Recovery Act – will help restore Americans’ savings and ensure that Washington does not stand in the way of families’ ability to save more. It’s time for Democrats to stop advocating policies that will destroy Americans’ savings and work with Republicans on better solutions to help rebuild them.”
Several GOP House members signed on to a letter delivered to labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner expressing their concerns today.
“The essence of Government is power, and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.” James Madison
And it came to pass, on the 4th day of November, in the year of Our Lord 2008, a cabal of devious con men were elevated to power over all the people. Behind closed doors, under the cover of night and the veil of deceit, aided and abetted by a willing majority in a spineless Congress, most of academia and the lion’s share of the news media, they plotted the overthrow of a once-free America, from within.
Using the crises of a faltering economy, rising health care costs and the myth that is man-caused global warming, they put the wheels of their scheme into motion.
First, they nationalized the banks and the car companies.
Second, they nationalized the entire health care industry.
Third, they had already taken control of all American land, public and private, through the implementation of the United Nations’ Agenda 21 policy of social justice and radical environmental protection. Constitutionally protected property rights are now meaningless.
Fourth, they plan to put a stranglehold on industry and nationalize the means of energy exploration and production through the scam of buying and selling puffs of air containing carbon dioxide (CO2), using the so-called Cap and Trade legislation. The vehicle for this massive theft of our energy and our wealth, will be by criminal racketeering under the dubious name of the Chicago Climate Exchange. Costs of just about everything will skyrocket.
Fifth, in their quest for absolute power, they mean to grant amnesty to illegal aliens, thereby creating a block of socialist votes that will keep them in perpetual control of America, blocking any hopes of a conservative resurgence.
Finally, to complete their plan, they will be putting in place draconian regulations to bring Wall Street to its knees.
Their plan is almost complete.
The essence of their diabolical plan is the utter destruction of American freedom and the final subjugation of the American people under Marxist rule and the transfer of their wealth to pay for massive entitlement programs, “..... from those with the greatest capability, to those with the greatest need.” Karl Marx
There are two ways to conquer a nation. The first way is by the force of arms ..... war. The second way is much less bloody, simply buy off the people with money or favors and then wrap the recipients of the money and favors in chains, through the force of law. The former is open and notorious, with no doubt of the aggressor’s objectives. The latter is much more devious and easy to camouflage with propaganda, hype, distortion and lies. Either way, the end result is the same.
If a Hitler or the current Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, wanted to conquer America, either one could not have come up with a more complete scheme to render the U. S. Constitution impotent, institute a police state, destroy our means of production, bankrupt our economy, take control of all land, food, water, energy and health care, replace freedom and liberty with the iron grip of a totalitarian state and turn the American people into nothing more than cattle with RFID chips in their ears, with their every move being monitored by an ever-watchful, intrusive government. That is of course, unless millions of Americans become wise to their plan before it is too late and rise up in defiant opposition to that scheme.
America is neck deep in a bloodless coup d’etat and the perpetrators of this coup hold three of the four aces in the deck. Millions of free Americans had better come up with four-of-a-kind pretty damn quick, or the perpetrators’ three aces are going to win the pot, as well as the game. After the game is lost, there will only be one more alternative to secure America’s freedom and that alternative is the least attractive of all other alternatives, with no guarantee of a positive outcome.
So don’t just sit there in a cesspool of anger and frustration. Get off the damn couch! Join a freedom group! Join a tea party! Get involved in local politics! Help a conservative politician get elected and hold that politician’s feet to the fire of conservative principles. Join with millions of Americans in the 9-12 March on Washington on the 9th through the 12th of September, 2010. Log onto their website at marchondc.org. For God’s sake, don’t let the perpetrators of this diabolical bloodless coup d’etat win, or it’s going to be your hands and feet and your children’s hands and feet that will be in chains.
Ask yourself one question. How far is it from Marxism, to fascism, to a dictatorship? The answer is plain for everyone to see. It is burned into the pages of 20th Century history, painted in deep red crimson. If we let it, history is about to repeat itself.
Imagine the uproar if 200 Tea Party members had gone on a rampage through a downtown city, smashing windows, starting fires, and spraying graffiti everywhere, the corporate media would be all over it, and yet gangs of pro-illegal immigration demonstrators do this and much worse on a regular basis, with no national news coverage whatsoever.
“A large group of protesters demonstrating at a May Day rally for worker’s and immigrant rights downtown broke off into a riot vandalizing about a dozen businesses around 10:30 p.m. Saturday, police said,” reports The Santa Cruz Sentinel.
An Associated Press report states that eighteen businesses were damaged as pro-immigrants rights activists engaged in violent riots, spraying graffiti, smashing windows, setting fire to shop fronts, and causing damage to a cost of up to $100,000 dollars.
If Tea Partiers so much as dare to carry a vaguely inflammatory sign or shout at a lawmaker, they are nationally demonized by the corporate media as dangerous racist extremists and even domestic terrorists. And yet anarchists and pro-illegal immigrant demonstrators can run riot, engage in violence and cause monumental damage to private property and it barely even makes the news.
Three days after he decried the lack of civility in American politics, President Obama is quoted in a new book about his presidency referring to the Tea Party movement using a derogatory term with sexual connotations.
In Jonathan Alter’s “The Promise: President Obama, Year One,” President Obama is quoted in an November 30, 2009, interview saying that the unanimous vote of House Republicans vote against the stimulus bills “set the tenor for the whole year ... That helped to create the tea-baggers and empowered that whole wing of the Republican Party to where it now controls the agenda for the Republicans.”
Tea Party activists loath the term “tea baggers,” which has emerged in liberal media outlets and elsewhere as a method of mocking the activists and their concerns.
On Saturday, the president delivered a commencement address at the University of Michigan where he said one way “to keep our democracy healthy is to maintain a basic level of civility in our public debate … But we can’t expect to solve our problems if all we do is tear each other down.”
America and the world face a financial conflagration of immense proportions. The world of fiat money and massive credit is buckling under the pressure of unpayable debt. Each day the safe haven of gold and silver related assets become more attractive. We ask where else do you go for safety? A conflagration is a fire out of control and that is exactly the conditions the world faces today. The inflationary depression has smoldered for 14 months and it will soon accelerate
Robert Dreyfuss, writing for The Nation, discounts the Taliban link to the Mickey Mouse bomb and blames the Tea Party. “It may be that the Pakistan-based Taliban, the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP), has quietly established a Connecticut franchise while we weren’t looking. That’s possible. But it seems far more likely to me that the perpetrator of the bungled Times Square bomb plot was either a lone nut job or a member of some squirrely branch of the Tea Party, anti-government far right. Which actually exists in Connecticut, where, it seems, the car’s license plates were stolen.”
How does Dreyfuss know it was the Tea Party? Because the Oklahoma City bombing was supposedly pulled off by a white guy. In the “aftermath of the Oklahoma City bombing, when self-appointed experts blamed Muslims only to find out that it was a Gulf War veteran named Tim who did it, there has once again been an unseemly rush to judgment.”
The white guy caught in a video and suspected of placing the “bomb” with its toy clock “looks like your typical Tea Party radical,” writes Gather.
“General consensus is that the perpetrator was a white 40 year old male Christian card carrying member of the Tea Party crowd,” declares The Political Jungle blog. In order to make this point, the blogger cites a string of goofy commented posted at Fox News.
We’re not living in an Orwellian Police state; it’s all just a conspiracy theory. However, that’s not what Pennsylvania’s government is telling their citizens. In what can only be described as a mafia-style intimidation tactic, the Pennsylvanian government is telling citizens there that they “know who you are”. The video shows a satellite image zooming in on and individual’s home while a computerized voice informs him that they know who he is and that he owes $4,212 in back taxes. The voice then proceeds to tell him that they can make it easy for him if he pays quickly. The ad then closes with a threatening message: “FIND US BEFORE WE FIND YOU”.
What is more disturbing than the ad itself is that governments are now finding it suitable to announce to us that we are living in an Orwellian police state and that we are all being monitored. “Pay up, or we will find you. We know where you live. We are watching you.” This commercial is a chilling confirmation that we are living in an Orwellian nightmare.
It’s amazing to watch the civil libertarians hide when Democrats propose the most sweeping intrusions of privacy in generations. In addition to the litany of bad policies contained in the Dodd Financial Reform bill is this nugget on pages 1039-1040. In short, it extends government reach to every deposit account of every citizen. Subtitle G of the Dodd discussion draft bill requires that records be maintained and reported “for each branch, automated teller machine at which deposits are accepted, and other deposit taking service facility with respect to any financial institution, the financial institution shall maintain a record of the number and dollar amounts of deposit accounts of customers.” What’s worse, banks will be required to submit these records to the new super regulatory agency called the Consumer Financial Protection Agency (page 1041). The CFPA will be allowed to use this information for any purpose “as permitted by law” under CFPA rules—rules set by CFPA themselves. So, lets get this straight—the law requires banks to snoop on its customers MOST PERSONAL INFORMATION and submit it to another government agency so it can be used anyway the CFPA see’s fit. So, if the CFPA Czar see’s fit, information about your deposit account activity could be shared with the IRS, immigration officials, state officials, or any other entity that the Administration and their various Czar’s think beneficial. But CFPA will impact your life even before they give away your personal data. Remember that part of the excuse for including this authority is to make policy recommendations. So, be careful not to run your credit limit too high above the amount of money you are depositing in the bank or the CFPA will know you can’t pay your bills and make the appropriate “policy recommendations”. This is exactly why conservatives have fought so hard against things like national ID cards—if the government is authorized to collect and utilize data, there is no way to prevent the government as a whole or certain individuals within the government from using the information against the citizens. But passage of the CFPA will settle the whole ID card thing once and for all. There will be no need for them because if you have a bank account, you already have a number and the CFPA will have it. The breadth of sweeping new powers given to the federal government by these three pages is astonishing. Yet we have heard nary a peep about this provision. After capitulation and surrender, Republicans will have a chance to amend the legislation when it comes to the floor of the Senate and protect the private details of your banking account. But if they don’t, smile the next time you go to the ATM because Big Brother will be watching
Via: Michelle Malkin...During the Quincy, Illinois Tea Party that was being held outside a venue in which President Obama was speaking, Bob McCarty spoke to a few people waiting in line for the Obama speech while a local SWAT team held the rowdy and dangerous Tea Party protesters at bay.
One man, a radiation oncologist just the other side of portly himself, pointed back to the Tea Party protesters and said that “all the chubby guys back there” are the ones who need the health care:
More proof that Barry Soetoro was elected by the most un-informed people in America. Maybe there should be a mandatory test people should pass before voting.I hate to call them idiots, but... their knowledge says it all. O-BA-MA!! The imbeciles chant mindlessly while clutching their foodstamps and drooling at the thought of more something-for-nothings! I get to give away 1/4 of my paycheck every week to pay for these people to be stupid! The Mainstream media raped the US in this election, and through the past 8 years. These people have been led like sheep to the slaughter. They aren't people any more, they're sheeple
Don't Be Fooled!! This was an obvious attempt by Dictator Barry Soetoro to get the "Tea Partiers" to react in a negative way. If that would have happened, it would have been all over the state controlled media. He's looking for an excuse to eliminate our first amendment rights and silence the opposition. His tactics didn't work and the protesters remained civil. They called off their dogs after just a few minutes. This isn't going to be the last time we see these fellows! Here's some bonus footage. Thanks to Patch "The P/Oed Patriot" Adams