Check out these very telling headlines in advance of President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union address. Hint: It ain’t pretty!
President Obama on Tuesday offered up a new kind of “starter” retirement accounts aimed at employees of companies that don’t offer such plans. Obama is calling them the “MyRA” and said he would, by executive order, direct the Treasury Department…
By: Terence Burlij and Katelyn Polantz Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images President Barack Obama stood in front of lawmakers Tuesday night and pledged to work with them when possible to find common ground, but he also made clear he would not…
JUDY WOODRUFF: Finally tonight: President Obama made an appeal to young people today to enroll in health insurance exchanges to help the Affordable Care Act succeed. He urged them to think of the consequences of not being covered. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA…
At midnight, President Obama and Harry Reid got what they wanted. They sent the government to a screeching halt and pointed their fingers at Republicans.
Why? Because House Republicans (joined by a few Democrats) stood firm against the most coercive, intrusive and unpopular law in modern history – Obamacare. Using the Power of the Purse, these brave souls put their names on the line to side with the public and against big government special interests.
House Republicans were willing to give the President 99% of what he wanted — fully funding the government at outrageously high Obama era spending levels. In return they simply demanded a delay of Obamacare. For that, they were called extreme.
President Obama has already trampled the Constitution to give his own donors and friends Obamacare waivers. Don’t the American people deserve at least a one year reprieve?
This shutdown is the irresponsible consequence of an intransigent President who can’t take 99% of a loaf. Republicans aren’t extreme, Obama is.
As if the Obama administration needed another scandal, we now know that officials have been using secret email addresses to conduct official government business.
Obama appointees originally denied allegations of secret accounts, adding that the accounts were merely “private”. Then government officials to charge over $1 million for access to the information.
The Labor Department initially asked the AP to pay slightly more than $1.03 million when the AP asked for email addresses of political appointees there. It said it needed to pull 2,236 computer backup tapes from its archives and pay 50 people to pore over old records. Those costs included three weeks to identify tapes and ship them to a vendor, and pay each person $2,500 for nearly a month’s work.
But under the department’s own FOIA rules — which it cited in its letter to the AP — it is prohibited from charging news organizations any costs except for photocopies after the first 100 pages. The department said it would take 14 weeks to find the emails if the AP had paid the money.
This is a major violation of trust by the Most Transparent Administration Evah. But that hasn’t, of course, stopped Obama officials from resorting to their favorite response to crisis: Blame Bush!
During the presidency of George W. Bush, a scandal erupted over Bush aides’ use of private, non-governmental email accounts to conduct government business. All emails from federal employees conducting government business are usually subject to public records laws, regardless of what addresses are used to send them. But the Bush-era accounts were, unlike the Obama administration accounts, non-governmental—some, for example, were operated by the Republican National Committee. That means those emails were less likely to be archived and maintained for posterity than emails sent or received by governmental addresses.
If Obama administration officials’ secret-address emails are being archived under federal records laws and being properly searched in response to public records requests, they’re likely above board. (The administration claims that using alternate email addresses was common under past presidents, too.) If that’s the case, the secret email addresses are no more than a modern day equivalent of an unlisted phone number. But if these private emails aren’t being properly archived and searched, it may—and should—be a real scandal.
Ok… So are Obama administration officials properly disclosing and archiving their secret account information? It doesn’t look good.
The AP reviewed hundreds of pages of government emails released under the federal open records law and couldn’t independently find instances when material from any of the secret accounts it identified was turned over. Congressional oversight committees told the AP they were unfamiliar with the few nonpublic government addresses that AP identified so far, including one for Secretary Kathleen Sebelius of the Health and Human Services Department.
…its scale across the government remains a mystery: Most federal agencies have failed to turn over lists of political appointees’ email addresses, which the AP sought under the Freedom of Information Act more than three months ago.
Invoking Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall, President Obama used his sevond Inaugural Address to call his countrymen together in harmony. But Obama’s collectivist nightmare may be more than the country can bear. Reason’s Nick Gillespie tears apart Obama’s lofty fantasy:
Medicare, the nation’s health-payment system for people 65 years and older, and Social Security, the country’s income-assistance program for the retired, massively redistribute wealth and resources from the relatively poor and young to the relatively rich and old. It is the exact opposite of the intergenerational pact that has ruled for most of human civilization. You know, the one where older, wealthier, and wiser people give money, resources, and insight to younger ones.
Since 2010, you will get less out of Social Security than you put in. That sort of uni-directional payout doesn’t “free us to take the risks that make this country great.” It screws over all of us who are footing the bill for retirees whose wealth increased hugely over the past couple of decades.
As for Medicare, that’s a program in which payroll taxes, premiums, and copayments cover maybe 50 cents out of each dollar. Which explains both why recipients love it (it’s the ultimate inexhaustible Living Social coupon – 50 percent off every doctor’s visit until you die!) and why it, more than any other government program, will bankrupt the country minus massive change (read: destruction and replacement with a smaller, targeted program that helps the truly poor and disadvantaged, regardless of age).
Read the piece at Reason Online
PJ Lifestyle is following a story that takes a deeper look into the “Black Vote” from the 2012 election and the surprise emergence of young black men straying from Obama. How much of a separation, you ask?
The number of young black men who cast a vote for the Republican presidential candidate in 2012 tripled that of 2008. Hearing this statistic, one commenter quipped, “Is this one of those situations where three times nothing is still nothing?” No. “Nearly 20 percent of black males under 30 voted for Romney, more than three times what McCain got.” That according to Ann Coulter, who gets her information from Pew Research. How? Why? Is there a growing number of young black conservatives?
Check it out at PJ Media: http://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2012/12/18/are-young-black-men-rejecting-obama/
I’m always a little leery when a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat offers opinions about what Republican candidates ought to do. It seems a bit moot for someone on the other side to suggest what a conservative should do. I ask “And if they pick this ‘moderate’ candidate and run him against your guy, do you vote for our D-Lite?” “Well, no… but I’d sure like the other guy more.”
This, then, is not a treatise on how Obama can make my side like him more. Rather, it’s a hopefully frank look at how the 2nd term can set the GOP in the rears for a generation. To that extent, let’s hope they don’t figure this out.
1) Pick up the “fiscal responsibility” fumble.
Obama has the opportunity to do what was once thought impossible — become the voice of budget sanity.
The George W. Bush era Republicans were many things… budget hawks was not among them. Tea partiers were no more fond of the bank bailouts, the prescription drug coverage or the DC solution to unemployment that was the Department of Homeland Security than they were the absurd 1,100 page Obama health care plan.
Obama ran in the first term saying he’d cut the deficit in half. He, instead, doubled it. Yes, of course, he was re-elected while still spending more money than all his predecessors put together. But if he began to legitimately work to bring the budget down, he’d be able to successfully usurp one of the main GOP themes for the past century. Recent “Republicans” have left the ball lying there for him to steal.
2) Be Bibi’s BFF
The Jewish vote for Obama in 2012 was 68%… sizable, yet a full 10 points lower than his 2008 showing in the same group. How can Obama get some of these traditionally left-of-center voters back to that column for years to come?
The dems need to recognize the immutable old truth that “you can’t make friends of your enemies by making enemies of your friends”. Obama seems to have through his first term decided to keep Israel’s at least at arm’s length if not farther.
It’s not too late, however. Obama can still craft his foreign policy legacy for his second term.
Take the Monroe Doctrine to Israel. I don’t have the slightest idea what the Hebrew equivalent of Ich bin ein Berliner is, and I don’t dare trust Google Translate for that, but I’m sure Obama has someone he can ask what it might sound like if he was ever willing to actually come out and say his second-term policy is “We are Israel. Full stop.”
3) Make Jon Hunstman Jr. Secretary of State.
He’s a better choice than Susan Rice, even just on pure qualifications. It takes a stride in the direction of “getting serious” on China, whatever the hell that means.
And, perhaps most damagingly, it has the potential of putting the stake in the ground a fair distance into Republican territory. It says “anyone from this point on, I can work with. Anyone beyond this… well… I tried. What are you doing to try?”
4) “Never interfere with your enemy when he is making a mistake”. – Napoleon
“Never murder a man who is committing suicide” – Calvin Collidge
“When your opponent is drowning, throw the son of a bitch an anvil.” – James Carville
No matter how you say it, the sentiment is the same. If the other side is self-destructing, sometimes all you have to do is take a step back and leave them to their own malfunctioning devices.
Anyone emotionally invested in the GOP doing well, yet still possessing an analytical eye WINCED whenever Donald Trump opened his smirking yap about Obama’s birth certificate or Todd Akin betrayed having skipped some basic biology classes when discussing rape, women and pregnancy.
Adjusting slightly for a degree of comfort speaking off the cuff, ANYONE who gives as many speeches a day as politicians must today will drop a couple of beauts. Sadly, only conservatives seem to highlight Obama’s own gaffes. It’s not as if SNL made weeks of giddiness from Obama standing in Hawaii saying “Here in Asia…”
However, this is more than just a case of foot-in-mouth disease. Donald Trump didn’t misspeak. He said what he meant to say… and in many ways that’s more dangerous. Akin’s was actually a double whammy — he inarticulately made a point that was also completely wrong. That’s like being about to shoot yourself in the leg and shooting yourself in the chest instead.
Some Republicans need to be served a big tall frosty glass of shut-the-hell-up.
Obama seems smart enough to know… he certainly doesn’t have to be the one to pour it. When Republican speakers were prompting “facepalms”, Obama knew not to say “Hey, did you realize you’re about to make an ass out of yourself?”
So…four ways Obama can cement the lead. And see, I didn’t even have to make the media’s racist generalizations about “Hispanics” once 🙂