Mission Accomplished

The post “Mission Accomplished” Obama Foreign policy on Terrorism where Al-Qaeda is “crippled” and on no longer as big a threat.

A jihadist website posted a new threat by al Qaeda this week that promises to conduct “shocking” attacks on the United States and the West.

The posting appeared on the Ansar al Mujahidin network Sunday and carried the headline, “Map of al Qaeda and its future strikes.”

The message, in Arabic, asks: “Where will the next strike by al Qaeda be?” A translation was obtained by Inside the Ring.

“The answer for it, in short: The coming strikes by al Qaeda, with God’s Might, will be in the heart of the land of nonbelief, America, and in France, Denmark, other countries in Europe, in the countries that helped and are helping France, and in other places that shall be named by al Qaeda at other times,” the threat states.

The attacks will be “strong, serious, alarming, earth-shattering, shocking and terrifying.”

The Ansar al-Mujahidin network is a well-known jihadist forum that in the past has published reliably accurate propaganda messages from al Qaeda and its affiliates. (WT)

OBAMACARE

Some families could get priced out of health insurance due to what’s being called a glitch in President Barack Obama’s overhaul law. IRS regulations issued Wednesday failed to fix the problem as liberal backers of the president’s plan had hoped.

As a result, some families that can’t afford the employer coverage that they are offered on the job will not be able to get financial assistance from the government to buy private health insurance on their own. How many people will be affected is unclear.

The Obama administration says its hands were tied by the way Congress wrote the law.

I Guess you had to pass it to find out what is NOT IN IT, 3 years later! 🙂

The problem seems to be the way the law defined affordable.

BUT THAT WAS POINT OF THIS MONSTER, RIGHT?? I guess it depends on the what definition of “affordable” is? 🙂

Congress said affordable coverage can’t cost more than 9.5 percent of family income. People with coverage the law considers affordable cannot get subsidies to go into the new insurance markets. The purpose of that restriction was to prevent a stampede away from employer coverage.

Congress went on to say that what counts as affordable is keyed to the cost of self-only coverage offered to an individual worker, not his or her family. A typical workplace plan costs about $5,600 for an individual worker. But the cost of family coverage is nearly three times higher, about $15,700, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

So if the employer isn’t willing to chip in for family premiums – as most big companies already do – some families will be out of luck. They may not be able to afford the full premium on their own, and they’d be locked out of the subsidies in the health care overhaul law.

Employers are relieved that the Obama administration didn’t try to put the cost of providing family coverage on them.

“They are bound by the law and cannot extend further than what the law provides,” said Neil Trautwein, a vice president of the National Retail Federation.

Obamanomics: The economy shrank last quarter, the deficit topped $1 trillion last year, U.S. debt shot up $5 trillion in the past four, and joblessness is at 7.8%. Boy, President Obama sure inherited an economic mess, didn’t he?

According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the economy “unexpectedly” declined 0.1% in last three months of 2012, the first decline since early 2009.

The Obama administration, naturally, tried to look for scapegoats, this time settling on Hurricane Sandy and Republican-induced uncertainty over the “fiscal cliff” outcome.

But if that were the case, why was the administration running around late last year telling everyone how great the economy was doing?

And why didn’t any economist predict a downturn?

The average forecast among 50 economists surveyed earlier this month was for 1.6% GDP growth, and the most pessimistic pegged it at just under 1%.

Liberals were also quick to blame alleged spending cuts. Jared Bernstein — a former Obama economic advisor — complained that “austerity at (a) time when we need a fiscal push” is the problem.

“Congress is applying medieval techniques,” he wrote, “bleeding the patient while ignoring the indicators both here and abroad as to how that’s working.”

An interesting theory. Except that while the BEA says defense spending declined in Q4, overall federal spending was up $31 billion compared with Q4 2011 and up $98 billion compared with Q3 2012, according to monthly spending reports out of the Treasury Department.

And even assuming that the “huge cuts” from the sequester go through, spending this year will be about $570 billion higher than in 2008, and will consume 22.4% of GDP — a level reached only four times in the 63 years before Obama.

So maybe it’s the lack of adequate stimulus?

Perhaps, but only if you ignore the Fed’s massive ongoing pump-priming efforts, and the fact that the deficit in Q4 alone topped $292 billion — nearly double the deficit for all of 2007.

The lack of good excuses might explain why Obama and Co. are so desperate to put a positive spin on the numbers.

Democratic Party communications director Brad Woodhouse actually tweeted that this was “the best-looking contraction in U.S. GDP you’ll ever see.”

That’s one way of looking at it.

Another is that slow to non-existent growth has become the new normal thanks to Obama’s growth-choking policies, with the economy consistently underperforming expectations.

When Obama first took office, he forecast 4% GDP growth for 2011 and 2012, as did most everyone else.

Actual results: 1.8% growth in 2011 and 2.2% in 2012.

Just last summer, Obama was saying that Q4-over-Q4 growth in 2012 would be 2.6%. Actual result: 1.5%.

Now with Obama’s huge tax hikes kicking in, his regulators once again running amok, ObamaCare’s storm clouds looming ever closer, and deficits expected to top $1 trillion for the fifth year, why should anyone be surprised if the economy underperforms again in 2013? (IBD)

But that’s Bush/Republicans/Tea Partier’s Fault!!!
Now onto the next Crisis…
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Sound & Fury

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“You can be partisan, you can have a strong sense of the rightness of your position, but democracy and certainly legislative bodies require compromise, and you can’t let compromise become a dirty word because then you veer towards fanaticism,” she said. “I mean, we were just talking about extremists who think it’s only their way, they’re the ones who have the truth, none of the rest of us have any kind of claim on what is real, in their views.” — Secretary of State Hilary Clinton.

So how do liberals like her say such things and totally not mean a damn word of it?

And you’re supposed to buy it!

Unreal.

Those crazy crackers on the right — if they start with their very hateful language — that is going to kill them in the same way that they learned, at their little retreat, let’s not talking about rape.”- former DNC communications director Karen Finney

But “crackers” a ‘racist’ derisive word for white people isn’t racist because a Liberal said it!

The same Karen Finney in 2012: “Look, I think it will be interesting to see if these guys rally around Herman Cain with as much veracity as they have these last couple of weeks now that it’s clear that a whole other layer of black sexuality has been infused into this,” Finney explained. “Also remember these women were ten years younger than we’re seeing them now. So that whole power dynamic. This is an older man, this younger women. White women, Black man.”

Nudge, Nudge say no More! 🙂
Researchers in Norway recently found that global warming is less severe than previously predicted by the United Nations climate authority, causing skeptics to argue that a growing body of data is on their side while experts cast doubt on the results.“It’s one in a substantial number of papers appearing in scientific literature within the last year or two, reducing the forecast global warming for the 21st century,” Patrick Michaels, director of the Center for the Study of Science at the Cato Institute, told The Daily Caller News Foundation in an interview.“This is just more evidence that the sensitivity was overestimated,” he added.

But Super Storm Sandy was Global Warming!!!
Freezing weather is Global Warming.
Tsunamis are Global Warming.

“Forecasts for the 21st century that were made in the late 1990s had better be revised downward because it’s very clear that we are going to go pretty close to a quarter of a century, at least, without a warming trend,” Michaels told TheDC News Foundation.

Michaels made the same claim in a 2002 study that also found that global warming “will be modest and near the low end” of what the IPCC had projected in it’s third assessment on climate change. Now, a growing number of scientists are starting to revise down their warming estimates for the 21st century.

“It’s appropriate to jump off a ship when it begins to take on water,” Michaels said, “If you look at the monthly temperature anomalies from the University of East Anglia you see no significant trend in any direction going back to the fall of 1996 which would put us at 17 years of no trend.”

But if your religion is Global Warming then you can’t violate your faith for science.
So the Sky is Falling! The Sky is Falling!
You must believe everything I say!
John Stossel: Watching President Obama’s inaugural, I was confused. It looked like a new king was being crowned. Thousands cheered, like subjects worshipping nobility. At a time when America faces unsustainable debt and terrible economic troubles, why such pomp?Maybe it’s because so many people tell themselves presidents can solve any problem, like fairy-tale kings — or gods.
And Obama and his ‘bots (and Ministry of Truth) don’t think so?Government can solve anything.

At his inaugural, President Obama himself said, “The patriots of 1776 did not fight to replace the tyranny of a king with the privileges of a few.”

But then Obama went on to say that his privileged few should force the rest of us to do a zillion things.

He said, “We must do these things, together.” But what “together” means to big-government folks is that they have a vision — and all of us, together, must go deeper into debt to pay for their vision, even if we disagree.

We can afford this, as the president apparently told John Boehner, because America does not have a spending problem.

But, of course, we do have a spending problem, and a debt problem, and the president knows this.

But doesn’t care. We just need more revenue!

The answer to over-spending drug addicts is to give them EVEN MORE DRUGS!

And if you don’t you want to starve kids, kill grandma and force people in poverty!!

Senator Obama said this: “I rise, today, to talk about America’s debt problem. The fact that we are here to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure and our government’s reckless fiscal policies.”

Right!

Sen. Obama went on: “Over the past five years, our federal debt has increased from $3.5 trillion to $8.6 trillion — and yes, I said trillion with a ‘T’!”

But remember, the debt is all George Bush’s Fault!!

So liberals will say anything with sound and fury, but it signifies nothing!

Nothing but Partisan pettiness.

And you’re supposed to buy it.

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Shout Louder: Food For the Sowell V

An old-time trial lawyer once said, “When your case is weak, shout louder!”

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shouted louder when asked about the Obama administration’s story last fall that the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. ambassador’s quarters in Benghazi, Libya, was due to an anti-Islamic video that someone in the United States had put on the Internet, and thereby provoked a protest that escalated into violence.

She shouted:

“We had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they’d go kill some Americans? What difference, at this point, does it make?”

Students of propaganda may admire the skill with which she misdirected people’s attention.

After all, she is now running for President in 2016.

But those of us who are still old-fashioned enough to think that the truth matters cannot applaud her success.

Let’s go back to square one.

After the attack on the American ambassador’s quarters in Benghazi that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, the Obama administration immediately blamed it on the anti-Islamic video.

Moreover, this version of what happened was not just a passing remark. It was a story that the administration kept repeating insistently.

Hoax In High Places

U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice repeated that story on five different television talk shows on the same Sunday. President Obama himself repeated the same story at the United Nations.

The man who put the anti-Islamic video on the Internet was arrested for a parole violation, creating more media coverage to keep attention on this theme.

“What difference, at this point, does it make?” Secretary Clinton now asks.

What difference did it make at the time?

Obviously the Obama administration thought it made a difference, with an election coming up. Prior to the attack, the administration’s political theme was that Barack Obama had killed Osama bin Laden (with an assist from the Navy SEALs), vanquished al-Qaida and was now in the process of putting the terrorist threat behind us.

To have the attack in Benghazi be seen as a terrorist attack — and a devastating one — would have ruined this picture, with an election coming up.

“Mission Accomplished” Anyone? 🙂

The key question that remains unanswered to this day is:

What speck of evidence is there that the attack in Benghazi was due to the much-discussed video or that there was ever any protest demonstration outside the ambassador’s quarters?

If there is no evidence whatever, then the whole attempt to say that a protest over a video escalated into an attack was a deliberate hoax by people who knew better.

There is no point in the administration saying that they did not have all the facts about the attack immediately. All the facts may never be known.

But the real question is:

Did you have even a single fact that would substantiate your repeated claims that some video led to a protest in Benghazi that got out of hand and led to the attack?

Interestingly, Hillary Clinton herself was not featured in this campaign, even though as secretary of State she was a key figure.

Hillary was not about to create video footage that could come back to haunt her if she runs for president of the United States in 2016.

In a larger context, the Benghazi attack showed that you cannot unilaterally end the “war on terror” or the terrorists’ war on us, by declaring victory.

For years, the Bush administration’s phrase “war on terror” was avoided like the plague by the Obama administration, even if that required the Fort Hood massacre to be classified as “workplace violence.”

But, no matter how clever the rhetoric, reality nevertheless rears its ugly head.

Once the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi is seen for what it was — a highly coordinated and highly successful operation by terrorists who were said to have been vanquished — that calls into question the Obama administration’s Middle East foreign policy.

That is why it still matters.

But Obama and his minions in The  Ministry of Truth have moved on to other distractions, Gun Control and Amnesty.
Benghazi? What’s that? Oh that thing, that’s old news stop worrying about that. You’re just trying to hurt the President by bringing that up. Go away….
We have the Coronation succession of Queen Hilary I to plan. Go away you partisan pests…
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Trapped

Tell Me, this isn’t the same here and one reason why we have such an increase in “disability” and people just giving up looking.

And the new “dependent” voter.

The Sun (London UK): A SKIVING couple told last night how they claim £17,680 a year in benefits — and don’t even bother looking for work because it would leave them worse off.

FYI: Skiving is British for lay about gold-bricking person, aka Lazy.

Danny Creamer, 21, and Gina Allan, 18, spend each day watching their 47in flatscreen TV and smoking 40 cigarettes between them in their comfy two-bedroom flat.

I looked it up, the average apparently for a 47″ flat screen is about £1900-2000 British pounds.

1.00 British Pound = 1.57 U.S. Dollars currently

Do the Math.

It is all funded by the taxpayer, yet the couple say they deserve sympathy because they are “trapped”.

They even claim they are entitled to their generous handouts because their hard-working parents have been paying tax for years.

 

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The couple, who have a four-month-old daughter Tullulah-Rose, say they can’t go out to work as they could not survive on less than their £1,473-a-month benefits.

1.00 British Pound = 1.57 U.S. Dollars currently

So that’s $2,312,61. Per month or $27,751.32 a year. That”s well above minimum wage in this country. Of course, they have a flat 17.5% VAT tax on everything and Inland Revenue (think IRS) but still I have had many jobs that paid less than that.

The pair left school with no qualifications, and say there is no point looking for jobs because they will never be able to earn as much as they get in handouts.

Gina admits: “We could easily get a job but why would we want to work — we would be worse off.”

Tell Me, Liberals aren’t thinking the same thing!

Danny’s father, 46, even offered him a job with his bowling alley servicing company — but could not pay him enough.

Danny’s mum, 45, works as a carer, while Gina’s mum, 46, is a teacher and her dad, 53, is a manager with a security company.

Yet their parents’ work ethic has not rubbed off on Danny and Gina. Instead, they claim they are entitled to benefits because of their parents’ tax contributions — and even complain they should be given MORE.

Gina, flaunting fake tan and perfectly manicured nails, said: “I don’t see that we’re living off the taxpayers, we’re entitled to the money our parents paid all their lives.

“They’ve worked so hard since they left school and I’m sure they’d rather it went to us than see us struggle. They pay a lot of tax, and although they’d rather we weren’t in this situation and one of us had a job, they understand why we are where we are. We can’t help it, we’re stuck like it.”

Danny, who quit his job as a supermarket shelf-stacker after eight months, admitted: “I could easily go and work for my dad. He’s got a job for me, but could only afford to pay for my travel and accommodation because I’d be going around the country.

“After that he wouldn’t be able to afford to pay me a wage, so I’d be worse off.

“The same would happen if I was to work somewhere like a supermarket. If I was earning less than £26,000 a year, there wouldn’t be any point. I’d be no better off. Who in their right mind would do that?” The pair spoke after we revealed last Sunday that Lithuanian Natalija Belova, 33, branded Britain “a soft touch” for giving her £14,408 annual benefits. Mum-of-one Belova told how she lives a life of luxury in Watford, Herts, thanks to our “strange system”, adding: “I am not going to work like a dog on minimum wage.”

British Minimum wage : £6.08 to £6.19 an hour on October 1 2012

And yesterday Gina agreed. She said: “The only way we’d ever be better off is by both working. But then childcare would probably be one of our wages gone, and put us back in a more difficult position.

“We don’t feel ashamed for being on benefits. Neither of us have the slightest bit of guilt towards the taxpayers as both of our parents have been paying into the tax system for the last 30 years.

“So we are just getting back our parents’ huge contributions. My dad earns £65,000 a year so he’s paid more than his fair share of tax, so I don’t see what the problem is. The fault lies with the system, not us. There’s just no incentive to find work when we’ve got a better lifestyle than if we were to go out and work for 35-40 hours every week. Why would we give this up?”

The couple, who live in Hants (Southern England), receive £340 a week, made up of £150 housing benefit, £60 child tax credit, £20 child benefit and £110 in Job Seeker’s Allowance. They pay just £25 towards their spacious £625-a-month home.

Their lounge is dominated by the huge TV and a leather sofa. A laptop and Tullulah-Rose’s toys are scattered around the room.

The couple’s monthly outgoings are £240 on food, £40 phone bill for their shared Nokia and an £80 payment towards their TV. They spend the same on tobacco as they do on their daughter’s milk and nappies.

The pair, who want another child, say they would need to earn at least £2,200 a month before tax to make working worth their while.

Danny said: “We’ve thought about a lot of things we wouldn’t normally have considered. Gina looked up escorting and saw you can make £110 an hour, but we decided we wouldn’t go down that route.

“We simply want the best for our daughter, which means even shoplifting becomes a temptation. We’d never do it, but being in this situation and feeling trapped changes you.

“We would work, but it’s just not worth our while because without qualifications we’ll only earn about £14,000 a year. That’s a lot less than what we get now. We need more money so we can maintain the way we live now but have a few extras, like holidays.

“People don’t understand — we’re actually stuck on benefits. In fact, we feel trapped.” Danny and Gina thought about going to college, but could not decide which course to take.

Gina said: “We have discussed getting more qualifications but just thought there’s no point when we don’t know what we want to do in the future. We wouldn’t know where to start.”

The couple are adamant that whatever they do in future, they want to enjoy the same luxuries as now. Gina said: “We spend £40 a month on clothes for Tullulah-Rose. It’s important she looks nice.

“We like a takeaway (Take out) too, Why shouldn’t we? It isn’t like I’m some scrounging single mum trying to cash in. It’s silly to think I’d actually be better off financially if Danny walked out on me and my daughter than if one of us got a job.

“Anyone else would do exactly the same if they were in our shoes. It’s actually really hard for us. We’re in a lose-lose situation here.”

And with reports out that the Birth rate in the US has been falling just as the largest population is retiring is going to make this kind of “trapped” dependence very, very, very costly to everyone.

But, he it’s better than working hard. 🙂

Every job in the last 25+ years I’ve had prior to my current one has paid me less than this a year. And I’m still not “rich”.

Makes you wonder I even bother…But at least I’m not “trapped”…Yet… 🙂

 

The Ultimate Reality Show

“It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry.”– Thomas Paine

Mark Steyn: When it comes to facing the music, Obama is peerless at making a song and dance about tunes nobody’s whistling without ever once warbling the real big numbers (16 trillion). But, like Beyoncé, he’s totally cool and has a cute butt.

Or as Sen. Biden put it: “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.” 🙂

A couple of days later, it fell to the 45th president-in-waiting to encapsulate the ethos of the age in one deft sound bite: What difference does it make? Hillary Clinton’s instantly famous riposte at the Benghazi hearings is such a perfect distillation that it surely deserves to be the national motto of the United States. They should put it on Paul Krugman’s trillion-dollar coin, and in the presidential oath:

“Do you solemnly swear to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States?”

“Sure. What difference, at this point, does it make?”

Well, it’s the difference between cool and reality — and, as Hillary’s confident reply appeared to suggest, and the delirious media reception of it confirmed, reality comes a poor second in the Obama era. The presumption of conservatives has always been that one day cold, dull reality would pierce the klieg-light sheen of Obama’s glamour. Indeed, that was the premise of Mitt Romney’s reductive presidential campaign. But, just as Beyoncé will always be way cooler than some no-name operatic soprano or a male voice choir, so Obama will always be cooler than a bunch of squaresville yawneroos boring on about jobs and debt and entitlement reform. Hillary’s cocksure sneer to Senator Johnson of Wisconsin made it explicit. At a basic level, the “difference” is the difference between truth and falsity, but the subtext took it a stage further: No matter what actually happened that night in Benghazi, you poor sad loser Republicans will never succeed in imposing that reality and its consequences on this administration.

And so a congressional hearing — one of the famous “checks and balances” of the American system — is reduced to just another piece of Beltway theater. “The form was still the same, but the animating health and vigor were fled,” as Gibbon wrote in The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. But he’s totally uncool, too. So Hillary lip-synced far more than Beyoncé, and was adored for it. “As I have said many times, I take responsibility,” she said. In Washington, the bold declarative oft-stated acceptance of responsibility is the classic substitute for responsibility: rhetorically “taking responsibility,” preferably “many times,” absolves one from the need to take actual responsibility even once.

In the very same self-serving testimony, the secretary of state denied that she’d ever seen the late Ambassador Stevens’s cables about the deteriorating security situation in Libya on the grounds that “1.43 million cables come to my office”– and she can’t be expected to see all of them, or any. She is as out of it as President Jefferson, who complained to his secretary of state James Madison, “We have not heard from our ambassador in Spain for two years. If we have not heard from him this year, let us write him a letter.” Today, things are even worse. Hillary has apparently not heard from any of our 1.43 million ambassadors for four years. When a foreign head of state receives the credentials of the senior emissary of the United States, he might carelessly assume that the chap surely has a line of communication back to the government he represents. For six centuries or so, this has been the minimal requirement for functioning inter-state relations. But Secretary Clinton has just testified that, in the government of the most powerful nation on earth, there is no reliable means by which a serving ambassador can report to the cabinet minister responsible for foreign policy. And nobody cares: What difference does it make?

Four Americans are dead, but not a single person involved in the attack and the murders has been held to account. Hey, what difference does it make? Lip-syncing the national anthem beats singing it. Peddling a fictitious narrative over the coffin of your “friend” is more real than being an incompetent boss to your most vulnerable employees. And mouthing warmed-over clichés about vowing to “bring to justice” those responsible is way easier than actually bringing anyone to justice.

And so it goes:

Another six trillion in debt? What difference does it make?

An economic-stimulus bill that stimulates nothing remotely connected with the economy? What difference does it make?

The Arab Spring? Aw, whose heart isn’t stirred by those exhilarating scenes of joyful students celebrating in Tahrir Square? And who cares after the cameras depart that Egypt’s in the hands of a Jew-hating 9-11 truther whose goons burn churches and sexually assault uncovered women?

Obama is the ultimate reality show, and real reality can’t compete. Stalin famously scoffed, “How many divisions has the Pope?” Secretary Clinton was more audacious: How many divisions has reality? Not enough.

The Housewives of ‘X’ have nothing on Obama and Company. Reality is a concept to them. A concept to be shaped and mold to appear as they want it to appear not as it actually is.

It’s the Bachelor, the fairytale. Handsome man, chased woman. They find love. Everything’s wonderful.

Unfortunately, for us reality is more John & Kate +8 (trillion in debt) but its projected to be American Idol with Obama as the Host.

“I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grand-children’s time — when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness…

The dumbing down of American is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30 second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance”
― Carl Sagan

When fantasy is more interesting and more desired than reality you get Obama.

When the fantasy endsReality is going to be a very harsh mistress.

Bust at least we can secure in the knowledge that it will be Bush/Rich people/Republican’s/Tea Partiers Fault! 🙂

Veni Vidi Vici

Millions of smokers could be priced out of health insurance because of tobacco penalties in President Barack Obama’s health care law, according to experts who are just now teasing out the potential impact of a little-noted provision in the massive legislation.

ObamaCare allows health insurers to charge smokers buying individual policies up to 50 percent higher premiums starting next Jan. 1.

For a 55-year-old smoker, the penalty could reach nearly $4,250 a year. A 60-year-old could wind up paying nearly $5,100 on top of premiums.

There rich, I’m sure they can afford it. After all, they voted for Obama because of his Health Care and their Entitlements….

Younger smokers could be charged lower penalties under rules proposed last fall by the Obama administration. But older smokers could face a heavy hit on their household budgets at a time in life when smoking-related illnesses tend to emerge.

Workers covered on the job would be able to avoid tobacco penalties by joining smoking cessation programs, because employer plans operate under different rules. But experts say that option is not guaranteed to smokers trying to purchase coverage individually. (DC)

So what next after Smokers?
First they came for the smokers
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a smoker.
Then they came for the junk food
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a concerned
Then they came for the “fat” people,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t fat (I thought).
Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me.

Meat? Salt? Drinks? What won’t they stop at, in the name of “health care”?

Nothing. Why would they. It’s for your own good! and it makes them “feel” good.

We are from the Government and we are here to help you… 🙂

Obama: Together, we resolved that a great nation must care for the vulnerable, and protect its people from life’s worst hazards and misfortune.

Through it all, we have never relinquished our skepticism of central authority, nor have we succumbed to the fiction that all society’s ills can be cured through government alone. Our celebration of initiative and enterprise; our insistence on hard work and personal responsibility, are constants in our character.

But central authority to a liberal IS the answer to everything. And Entitlements are the answer to “fairness” and “equality” and “compassion” and success is bad (except when you fund their political campaigns so they can do even more “good” for themselves and thus for you…:) )
“In 1960, social-welfare programs accounted for less than a third of all federal spending. Today, it counts for nearly two-thirds of federal spending. Welfare spending is nearly twice as much as defense, justice and everything else Washington does combined.” Megyn Kelly
But if you cut anything other than Rich people’s loopholes and the Military you’re a heartless, racist, evil bastard who just want old people and kids to starve and die!! 🙂

Obama: The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But America cannot resist this transition; we must lead it. We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries – we must claim its promise.

So if we have 15 more Solyndras that is better than one evil Keystone Pipeline. Oil is evil Oil companies, doubly so. So what if it’s cheaper and more efficient and everyone uses it now we don’t care.

So what if the technology is not there. It makes us feel superior.

So what if the Chinese kicked our asses on it.

So what if it Many , Many Times MORE expensive. So what. It’s Better for you. 🙂

It makes us feel better about ourselves. And you will too, or else!

California has been a leader in Renewable Energy production, in part due to federal and state level policies that provide incentives for producers of renewable power. However, a new report found that California’s Energy policies will raise state power rates and associated costs by nearly 33 percent.

The report by the free-market Pacific Research Institute specifically focuses on the additional costs imposed by a state mandate that requires 33 percent of its power come from renewable sources, like wind, solar and geothermal by 2020. PRI estimates that the California renewable portfolio standard will be an additional $5 billion in 2020.

The mandate represents an implicit 27 percent tax on power generation in the state due to the “the forced substitution of expensive power in place of cheaper electricity, particularly in terms of transmission, backup, and generation costs.”

“Moreover, this implicit tax to be imposed upon the California economy will grow each year as the size of the electricity market expands and the RPS requirement forces ever-greater amounts of high-cost power onto the market,” writes PRI senior fellow and report author Benjamin Zycher.

“This perverse effect inexorably will be reflected fully in rising rates paid by consumers, whether directly or indirectly,” Zycher continues.

The costs to California consumers in 2020 will rise by more than 13 percent as a result of the renewable fuel mandate. However, the report notes that even without the mandate, state power rates would rise by nearly 20 percent due to “various capital investments driven by both economic and regulatory factors,” and because of the state’s cap-and-trade program.

All of these policies taken together will cause power rates and costs to rise nearly 33 percent between now and 2020, according to the report.
California already suffers from high retail electricity rates relative to the rest of the country. PRI reports that retail rates in the Golden State are up to 131 percent higher than rates in the Pacific Northwest and 70 percent higher than rates in the Mountain region. In fact, California rates are 53 percent higher than the U.S. as a whole.

“This adverse effect is certain to worsen the other important disadvantages that various California public policies have created in terms of competitive dynamics with other states,” writes Zycher.

State residents are already being hit hard if they do not install solar devices onto their rooftops. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Californians who don’t have solar rooftop installations paid an extra $1.3 billion in yearly power bills.

“The higher costs to be borne by the California economy will not be offset even in part by economic benefits,” concludes Zycher. “That the rising costs to be imposed upon the private sector might engender greater political opposition to the RPS requirements may be a source of hope for policy reform.” (DC)

But don’t worry this won’t hurt the poor and the elderly…and imagine if you’re a smoker too! 🙂
And do you know where the majority of the electric Power from the Palo Verde NUCLEAR Power Station west of Phoenix goes to?
One Guess.
California. 🙂

Gotta love Liberals. Otherwise taking that line from Shakespeare about killing all the lawyers starts to come to  mind. (kidding…no need for Janet to send her goons to my door).

Sort of. 🙂

And lastly, remember when Liberal were insane to destroy Bush (for many reasons even today) over his “handling” of Katrina.

Well, did you know there are  Super storm Sandy victims that are still freezing this winter because of a lack of response by the Government?

But since they are predominately Liberals I’m sure they will give Obama and company a pass right?

It’s no big deal.

Not even a $2500 Debit Card… 🙂

The superstorm destroyed their homes — and the cold weather is playing havoc with their lives.

Sandy-ravaged homeowners have been driven to extremes as they try to survive in houses that are essentially construction sites.

“It’s colder here because of the water,” said Mary Lou Foley, a Breezy Point, Queens, resident who has spent the past week huddling under a slew of comforters and carrying a space heater from room to room.

“It’s 18 degrees in the city, but it feels like 5 because of the wind. It’s just too cold,” the 56-year-old said Thursday.

She has been staying here for the past month without heat, sleeping on a comforter on the floor but she has remained optimistic and says she is “happy.”

I bet if it were Bush Or even Romney,, she wouldn’t be. 🙂

Foley is one of the lucky ones because she has power in some parts of her partially rebuilt house, allowing her to use an electric heater.

But she can only plug in one at a time.

“If I plug in two heaters, I’m afraid I will blow a fuse. So I plug in one heater and try to stay close to it,” she said. “I have to do this until I have power restored.”

Construction crews are working as fast as they can in Sandy-afflicted areas like the Rockaways, but no one can slow down Mother Nature.

But someone has sure slowed down the “outrage”. 🙂
Where are the FEMA trailers that were demanded by the Left the last time?

“It’s freezing in my house,” the mom said. “I’m hearing a lot of horror stories from my neighbors. Their pipes are bursting. It’s that cold.”

Eddie Saman, 47, of New Dorp Beach in Staten Island, insulated his walls with donated blankets in a futile attempt to trap his radiator’s weak heat.

Where’s the outrage?

The Congress passed a relief bill, half of it was Pork for NASCAR, banks and other ‘constituents’ of importance.

Where’s the outrage?

Let’s be “fair” shall we. If you want government to run your life for you because you’re a moron, then you should demand they do a better job of it, just to be “fair” and “equal”… 🙂

Political Cartoons by Eric Allie

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Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

Political Cartoons by Henry Payne

Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

Does it Matter?

Benghazi Update: Britons and all other westerners were told to leave the Libyan city of Benghazi on Thursday after diplomats received warning of an “imminent” terror threat in the wake of the Algerian hostage siege.

By the way, “Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk last night who decided to kill some Brits? What difference at this point does it make? 🙂

Michael Ramirez Cartoon

A day after President Obama vowed an aggressive global war on global warming, Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman delivered a political hot potato to the White House in the form of state approval of a re-routed Keystone XL pipeline.

Given the pressing domestic need for a) more reliable sources of oil and b) thousands of long-delayed, good-paying jobs, you might think federal approval of the endeavor with our closest neighbor and best friend is a gimme.

Ah, but we are just three days past the middle of the 2,922-day Obama era. So, it’s much more complicated.

The 1,700-mile long pipeline is designed to carry 700,000 barrels a day of Canadian heavy crude oil from Alberta tar sands excavations to Gulf Coast refineries. The project would create thousands of construction jobs and reduce U.S. dependence on unreliable foreign oil sources, often cited by both American political parties as a good thing.

Heineman, a Republican, had rejected Trans-Canada’s original route through important aquifers and the state’s fragile Sand Hills region, a step the Obama crowd cited for its initial parallel rejection of the facility. A new study by the State Department, which must approve pipelines crossing international borders, isn’t due until late March at the earliest.

By that time, of course, the Obama administration will have a new secretary of State in the form of John Kerry. The about-to-be-former senator has fallen hook, line and sailboat for the global warming bunkum, making approval appear iffy.

Environmentalists, who plan a White House pipeline protest next month, claim the extraction and combustion of such oil volumes would contribute catastrophically to global warming.

Unfortunately for that argument, it’s not like a pipeline defeat will keep that oil in Canadian soil. It will just be exported through another pipeline to the West Coast for sale to China, while alienating the United States’ best neighbor, closest ally and largest trading partner.

Both Republican congressional leaders sought to add approval pressure on Obama Tuesday. Said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell:

“The President says he’s for an all-of-the-above approach to energy and now it’s time for him to live up to it. Nebraska has taken care of the issues the President raised when he denied the permit, so there’s no more room for excuses or delays and it should be expeditiously approved.”

Added House Speaker John Boehner:

“Nebraska’s approval of a new Keystone XL pipeline route means there is no bureaucratic excuse, hurdle, or catch President Obama can use to delay this project any further. He and he alone stands in the way of tens of thousands of new jobs and energy security.

“Every state along the proposed route supports this project, as does a bipartisan coalition in Congress and a majority of Americans. I recognize all the political pressure the president faces, but with our energy security at stake and many jobs in limbo, he should find a way to say yes.”

In his inaugural address Monday Obama gave numerous nods to his liberal base. “We will respond to the threat of climate change,” he said, “knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations.”

His full text and a complete C-SPAN video are available here.

But the Democrat, who has only 1,458 days left in office, also called for large-scale investments in the nation’s infrastructure to stimulate new jobs and rebuild the country after a decade of war-drained finances.

Although Obama has never appeared bothered by adding some $6 trillion so far to the national debt, now north of $16.3 trillion, the job-creating pipeline expenditures would be private.

So, do you think Obama will choose to come down in favor of his jobs vow or his environmental vow?

Given Obama’s long record of, shall we say, flexible vow-keeping, the answer is most likely, Yes. (IBD)

🙂

After all, he raised the payroll tax on everyone but it was the same as 2 years ago so he didn’t “increase” it.
🙂

So expect doublespeak and much gnashing of someone elses teeth and blaming someone else for it.
That is only if they can’t just ignore it all together.
What does it Matter? 🙂
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Stop Picking on Me!

“With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans,” Clinton responded, raising her voice at Johnson, who continued to interrupt her. “Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk last night who decided to kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, Senator.”

Yeah, there’s just this massive lying that went on for weeks and months. Nothing too serious.

Nothing to see here. Stop picking on me!

Gee, when  George W Bush did something similar with “Yellow Cake from Niger” (an “intelligence failure”) the Left spend years trying to “get him” and impeach him and destroy him utterly.

Here, they just want us to leave them alone and stop picking on them. Poor Bastards.

They just lied like a Persian rug. But because they are the superior race that can never be wrong and never ever take responsibility for being wrong it’s just being nasty to call them on the carpet for lying.

She blames Congress (aka Republicans!, after all, doesn’t every liberal politician) for a lack of funding for the embassy. Yet it it was the State Department itself that decided that the security would be pulled.

The “War on Terror” was over. We won! 🙂

“The Only Person That’s In Jail Right Now Is The Filmmaker” Rep. Dana Rohrbacher.

And He didn’t even do it! 🙂

As a reminder:

“I want to take a moment to take moment to address the video circulating on the internet that has led to these protests.

“To us, to me personally, this video is disgusting and reprehensible. It appears to have a deeply cynical purpose: to denigrate a great religion and to provoke rage,” Clinton said. “But as I said yesterday there is no justification, none at all, for responding to this video with violence.”

The Obama administration also used $70,000 in taxpayer money to purchase an advertisement apologizing for the video on Pakistani television. The ad included an official message from the President of the United States Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Clinton said, adding that she directed the response to the attack on 9/11, briefed President Obama and stood in the Rose Garden with him when he called it “a terrorist attack” on 9/12.  

And we won’t even get into Ambassador Rice who was dutiful stooge who lied repeatedly on TV for days on end and was obvious promised  a promotion if she did so when she was nominated for his Cabinet not long after. Fortunately, for us she didn’t get her booby prize.

But yet for weeks on end they blamed an Internet trailer and some of the more extreme on the left blame the “Congress” (aka Republicans) for it when that excuse was exposed as utter hogwash.

Today Clinton washed her hands of the situation, saying she did not choose Rice and did not help with talking points for her media appearances.

“People have accused Ambassador Rice and the administration of misleading Americans…nothing could be further than the truth,” Clinton said. “I wasn’t involved in the talking points process.”

Clinton also said that nobody in the administration was or is “stuck on talking points.”

ROTFL!!!!!!

An incumbent president covered up the truth about the murder of a U.S. ambassador and three other American personnel during the climax of his re-election campaign, even puppeteered his United Nations ambassador to echo the lie on five TV shows, all to cover up the incompetence of the Obama administration’s counter-terrorism policies.

Anything that distracted from Obama’s re-election message that “Osama bin Laden is dead” couldn’t be let out if the president’s re-election was to be assured.

Moreover, in Hillary’s afternoon testimony an unrelenting Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., reduced her to floundering that “I may be going beyond my brief here,” and to contradicting sworn testimony by deputy assistant secretary of state Charlene Lamb that the State Department observed what was happening at the U.S. facility in Benghazi in close to real time.

Instead of apologizing to the American people for the lies and her disheveled management of the State Department, Hillary used her testimony to shout at Republicans with a teary eye on 2016.

Exposing deceitfulness and incompetence in government makes a huge difference, Madam Secretary. (IBD)

But she a Liberal and Liberals are supposed to be able to get away with anything, after all because they are the superior life form capable of so much more than you petty little people.
Reps. Dana Rohrabacher, Matt Salmon and Mo Brooks mentioned the anti-Islam film originally blamed for the attack. Clinton danced around the subject by saying the investigation into what happened in Benghazi is ongoing. (townhall)
Aside: I voted for Matt Salmon when he ran against Janet “Big Sis” Napolitano for governor of Arizona. Love that guy.
 “We have no doubt they were terrorists, they were militants, they attacked us, they killed our people but what was going on and why they were doing what they were doing is still unknown,” Clinton said.
So if you have no doubt they were terrorist why were you blaming a Los Angeles Internet Filmmaker for WEEKS??
Oh right, there was a re-coronation to complete. 🙂
Then ends justify the means, after all.
This tedious waltz between culpability and blamelessness permeated the entire affair. Mrs. Clinton said she is ultimately responsible for Libya but that none of the particular failures manifested there were her fault. She claimed that heads have rolled at the State Department, but the three individuals who were removed from their posts remain on paid administrative leave. She assured Congress that the State Department was acting on umpteen recommendations of a review board, but maintained, broadly, that the system worked.
We had an Ambassador named Christopher Stevens
He died! he died!
Obama said he was killed by protestors
He lied! he lied!
Why oh why is my Ambassador dead?
Could it have been terrorism  instead?
I had a 3 others named Security
They died…
(apologies to Lisa Simpson) :0

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Addressing His Ego

Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell

America is on “a never-ending journey,” President Obama declared, using a metaphor that makes sense for the biggest-spending chief executive in the history of mankind; never-ending journeys never run into a Day of Reckoning.

According to this president, “being true to our founding documents … does not mean we all define liberty in exactly the same way.” Liberty, we are to believe, is an eye-of-the-beholder proposition.

This is what we are to have in mind as we swallow the “ask not what your country” line of Obama’s address: “preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action.”

In other words, there is no real liberty without big government. Or perhaps we should turn to Orwell’s 1984 to break the code: “Freedom Is Slavery.” (IBD)

Fear is Hope.
Ignorance is Strength.
Reagan once said that Government WAS the problem.
Obama says Government IS the Solution.
Obama: “we reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future.”Translation: We can have our fiscal cake and eat it too. Forget $16.5 trillion in national debt. Forget trillion-dollar deficits. Forget government hyper-spending’s toll on the private sector.

The executive branch has no intention over the next four years of reforming — or, more correctly, saving from bankruptcy — our wasteful entitlement programs. Indeed, ObamaCare is a huge new entitlement heaved on to the taxpayers’ backs.

Lady Thatcher warned that socialists “always run out of other people’s money.” The president has made it clear he is nowhere near to being finished pursuing collectivism in the name of individual freedom. (IBD)

You know the saying that if you us “But” that negates everything you said prior and tells us what you really thought:
“But we have always understood that when times change, so must we; that fidelity to our founding principles requires new responses to new challenges; that preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action.”
No single person can train all the math and science teachers we’ll need to equip our children for the future, or build the roads and networks and research labs that will bring new jobs and businesses to our shores. Now, more than ever, we must do these things together, as one nation and one people.

YOU DIDN’T BUILD THAT 🙂 And only we, the Government can collectively and only we in the government c an protect you from it.

Ah, now talk about codewords. Collective. Collectivism. Bye-bye individual initiative. Hello, collective action, collective groups, collective farms, collective benefits. Wealth redistribution. Confiscating firearms for the group’s own safety. Whatever your most-feared collective demon, you can read that into Obama’s “collective action.” 

Those two words — “collective action” — did not appear there by accident. These speeches are written over many weeks and re-shaped countless times by way too many cooks.

But before any minutemen reach for their trusty musket, we should all remember Obama’s record on doing what he says he’s going to do. It’s beneath pathetic.

Go through the budget cutting line-by-line. Close Guantanamo. Try terrorists in New York. Lower healthcare costs through ObamaCare. Ban lobbyists from his White House. Run the most open government ever. Hold healthcare hearings in public. Really get down to work this time building new jobs. Protect the middle-class from tax hikes that hit their paychecks this month. Create hundreds of thousands of new jobs in a few months with “shovel-ready” projects. Yada-yada.

Speaking of collective, did anyone else notice that Obama, who usually loves the word “I,” instead used the royal word “We” 85 times?

He mentioned “God” five times, “journey” and “war” six times each and “equal” seven times. “Change,” “values” and “jobs” each got three mentions, “deficit” and “middle class” once apiece. “Gay” got a nod, as in: “Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law.”

The returned president did not once say the words: “taxes,” “balance,” “budget,” “Afghanistan,” “victory,” “guns,” “violence,” “Hollywood,” “family,” “church” or “big !#%+=&* deal.”

But Obama did indulge himself in the time-dishonored political gimmick of holding out the impossible prospect of guaranteed social safety for all, as if even his bloated, deficit-addicted federal government could produce such an idyllic place free of tragedy.

“Our journey is not complete,” Obama declared, “until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia, to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for and cherished and always safe from harm.”

Life is fair and equal and safe.

And it’s the Republicans/Rich/Capitalists fault if it’s not.

And the Republicans are too weak to stand up for Reagan and Conservatives.

So, Comrade, enjoy your Collective “fairness”.

But the guy’s got 1,458 days left in office. As he told the Russians last spring, he need never face voters again. But Obama just cannot ever extricate himself from campaign mode.

“For we, the people, understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it. We believe that America’s prosperity must rest upon the broad shoulders of a rising middle class.  (the problem is that his policies are sinking the middle class as we speak but he can’t see the truth through the lofty rhetoric because it sounds better- The road to hell and all that…)We know that America thrives when every person can find independence and pride in their work (but your boss is an evil capitalist pig out to destroy you!); when the wages of honest labor liberate families from the brink of hardship (“fairness”!). We are true to our creed when a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else, because she is an American; she is free (as long as you do what I say), and she is equal (as I define it) , not just in the eyes of God but also in our own. “
“We do not believe that in this country freedom is reserved for the lucky, or happiness for the few.  We recognize that no matter how responsibly we live our lives, any one of us at any time may face a job loss, or a sudden illness, or a home swept away in a terrible storm. The commitments we make to each other through Medicare and Medicaid and Social Security, these things do not sap our initiative, they strengthen us. They do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great. “
He obvious has no clue how anything works in reality. But in his head it works just fine.

And Only a Big Government bureaucracy can insure all this. Individual grit and determination just can’t. Life must be made “fair” and only government can do that.
A Big Bloated, over spending behemoth that will crush your children after I am gone!
That will be Someone Elses Problem. 🙂
It won’t be his fault because he had the most noble of intentions. It was dirty rotten bastards who opposed him that screw it up.
Meanwhile, the addicts get more addiction not intervention.
We are all one big happy dysfunctional family and you can’t pick your family so we just have to all get along.
OR ELSE BIG BROTHER will settle it for you.
Because that’s what a Big Brother is for…
And Big Sis is also back for another go at it.
So you better behave or Santa Claus will be very cross with you and put you on his Naughty List and you don’t want to be on his Naughty List…
Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

Less is More

Hilariously disingenuous Quote of 2013 so far, Our Dear Leader:

“We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate,” Obama said from atop the Capitol steps overlooking the National Mall.

Remind of the Tucson “Civility” Speech a year ago:

“But at a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized -– at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who happen to think differently than we do -– it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we’re talking with each other in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds.”

Too Bad he doesn’t mean a word of it and his minions will not heed these word for even a microsecond and he knows that. This stuff is for the consumption of the stupid, ill-informed, I-don’t-wanna-know voter and for the Liberal media for fawn over.

In short, it’s for the stupid and uniformed “peasant” masses and your King is just giving a lofty speech of  Sound and Fury signifying nothing!

And The Ministry of Truth is doing it’s job and be a sycophant and fawn all over his gloriousness.

“We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations,” the president said.

But the threat posed by his over-the-top spending. Let’s not be to be too hasty. Let’s go slow. Let’s do next to nothing.

It’s not on the Agenda so it really doesn’t matter.

He said America must not rest until “all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for, and cherished, and always safe from harm.”

Santa Claus is coming to town and the distractions are looking good for him.

We are from the Government and we are here to help you… 🙂

Officially, some 23 million people don’t have regular work. While official unemployment has dipped below 8%, the real unemployment rate — the one that counts discouraged workers and those who’d like full-time jobs but can’t find one — is 14.4%. (Which is actually higher than 4 years ago!!)

Yes, we know, this is a tired litany. And yet, have we become as a people so inured to Obama’s failure that we no longer take note of it?

After all, if you complain about it your just a hateful, divisive, ne’er-do-well who just wants everything to fail. You have no hope. Obama is your only hope!

FEAR IS HOPE!

Worse, do we just do nothing, letting Obama’s ruinous Keynesian experiments take their course?

The Liberal Media will bash into the ground worse than The Incredible Hulk jumping up and down on your carcass if you don’t play along.

During Obama’s first weeks in office in early 2009, hopes were high. At the time, he promised that, if Congress passed his $830 billion stimulus right away, by December of 2012 unemployment would be 5.2%.

Well, guess what: it’s 7.8%. (and that’s what it was 4 years ago at this time!)

That’s failure enough. But it’s far worse than even that. Today, we are still 4 million jobs below the pre-recession peak of employment. Just 460,000 jobs total have been created during Obama’s tenure.

But the Liberal will tell you it’s millions because of their fuzzy, dishonest partisan Math “skills”. But how do you create millions of jobs but still have the same unemployment rate (U3) but a higher U6??

They won’t answer that. You’re not supposed to ask that.

At the current rate of 151,000 new jobs a month with about 120,000 new entrants into the workforce each month, it would take, oh, until about 2024 just to get back to the our pre-recession peak in employment.

Today, the average time spent unemployed by those who lose jobs is 39.7 weeks — near its highest since the Great Depression. Some 4.8 million Americans are long-term unemployed, a national disgrace. Meanwhile, unemployment rates for youths and minorities are stuck at double-digit levels.

Beneath all these depressing statistics is a hard fact: The Obama economy has horribly underperformed.

But you’ll never here that from the Ministry of Truth or Obama’s Minions. They have done an ‘outstanding’ job against the odds considering how much evil they have had to fight because of George W. Bush! And those evil “obstructionist” Republicans who just want to kiss the rich and kill the poor. And let’s not even talk about the violent domestic terrorists, The Tea Party!! Pure abominations they all are.

Just have to give them more time. GWB’s evil is ever present and ever-growing to them.

The long-term GDP growth average for the U.S. is about 2.5% annually. Under Obama, growth has averaged about 1.6%. All told, therefore, our our GDP today is 9% less, or $1.4 trillion less, than it should be. That’s what the Obama economy has cost you.

And the service on the debt now is $1.4 Trillion a year. That’s one hell of a minimum credit card payment!

Obama has spent four years not passing budgets, running up trillion-dollar deficits, piling on $6 trillion in debt, spending $800 billion on phony “stimulus,” while hitting businesses large and small with an estimated $518 billion in new regulations.

And that doesn’t include the coming hit from new taxes contained in the fiscal cliff deal and ObamaCare that will start hitting entrepreneurs and small businesses this year. In short, don’t expect boom times. (IBD)

Expect Less. He’ll meet your expectations and everyone will be happy.
Now that’s an America every one can get behind.
Sounds Great. Less Results!
Don’t look to the Sky, Look at your Feet!
Strive for Less and you’ll succeed!!
Now that’s America 2013! Be Loud and Proud! 🙂
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Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

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It was Bush’s Fault! Damn Republicans…

The Actual Report Card

During President Barack Obama’s first term, the number of Americans collecting federal disability insurance increased by 1,385,418 to a record 8,827,795.

As a result, there is now one person collecting disability in this county for every 13 people working full-time (and that of course is also flat as the unemployment rate in Jan 2009 and the unemployment rate now are the same- The u6 for underemployment is actually higher than in Jan 2009). Forty-two years ago, in December 1968, there were 51 people working full-time in this country for each person collecting disability.

But don’t worry, that was GW Bush’s Fault! like everything else that’s bad about our newly Re-coronated King.

The number of Americans age 16 or older who decided not to work or even to seek a job increased by 8,332,000 to a record 88,839,000 in President Barack Obama’s first term, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

At the same time, the number of retired workers collecting Social Security increased by only 4,234,480.

The increase in Americans opting out of the labor force during Obama’s first term resulted in a decrease in the labor force participation rate from 65.7 percent in January 2009, the month Obama was first inaugurated, to 63.6 percent in December 2012, the latest month reported. Before Obama took office, the labor force participation rate had not been as low as 63.6 percent since 1981, the year President Ronald Reagan took over from President Jimmy Carter.

To be in the labor force a person must either have a job or actively sought one in the previous four weeks.

So I guess those millions of jobs “saved or created” wasn’t that fantastic after all… 🙂

In the comparable period of George W. Bush’s second term, the number of Americans choosing not to participate in the labor force went from 76,808,000 in January 2005 to 80,380,000 in December 2012—an increase of 3,572,000.

But Bush is the spawn of the Devil himself and he caused all of this so this must be a lie told by right wing extremists! Because everyone who is “intelligent” knows that everything in the world went to hell after he was elected. 🙂

President Barack Obama averaged a 49.1 percent job approval during his first term in office, among the lowest for post-World War II presidents, according to a new Gallup poll.

Only Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford had lower job approval averages in their first terms, Gallup reported. (CNS)

Now that’s good company! 🙂

So 49% approved and 50% voted for him.  And it had been Lower than Carter’s (aka the lowest on record since WWII) in 2011.

Wow! that’s tight. No wonder he ran the dirtiest, nastiest, ugliest smear campaign in probably 150 years.

It was vote for me The Unpopular or Vote for my Opponent — The Evil Rich White Asshole!

And the stupid people fell for it!

When the Bush tax cuts and War on Terror went into effect, the debt as a dollar amount rose, but as a percentage of GDP it remained fairly stable.   It was only when the financial crisis hit that the debt exploded.  So, it’s not mathematically possible that policies that were put into place nearly seven years prior to the debt exploding, could be responsible for its rise.

The left is simply cherry-picking the policies–expenditures in their minds– that it likes the LEAST, from the time prior to Obama taking office and using them to deflect the blame away from things like the stimulus, the growth of welfare spending and the failure of liberal economic policies to stimulate economic growth.

Think about it this way.  The amount of money taken out of the general fund each year to pay for Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security is more than the cost of any one year of the Bush Tax cuts or the was in Iraq and Afghanistan when they were at their peak.

By the left’s standards, you could pin just as much blame for the debt increase on the presidents who passed those entitlement programs.  But, you don’t hear President Obama pinning the blame on LBJ or FDR for the $5 Trillion in new debt that we’ve accumulated since he took office. (CNS)

So in closing, a Little Comedy:

And this is funny:

They are having  a 3/5 sale! 🙂

Now if that doesn’t offend the hyper-sensitive Left I don’t know what will.

I know, George W, Bush!  That always works! 🙂

 

 

 

The Coronation Part 2: Be a BEPPER Too!

In honor of the Coronation of  His Most Narcissistic Majesty, King Obama I:

(from the old Dr Pepper Jingle)

“I’m a BEPper he’s a BEPper
She’s a BEPper we’re a BEPper
Wouldn’t you like to be a BEPper too?
Be a BEPper Drink The Kool-Aid Too.”

BEPper = Bush Excuse Psychosis. Definition: A mindless drone who believes everything that is wrong is due to George W. Bush (and by extension any non-liberal like Republicans and Tea Party Members). The universe is black and white. They are Black (because being white is politically incorrect and fits their backward thought processes)  and they and only they are the Great Black Hope of America and only they are upright, moral, fair, compassionate and perfect.

Everyone who isn’t them are evil, greedy, narcissistic (project much do they? :)) morons who are beneath their contempt and certainly not due any respect whatsoever.

My way or the highway.

Psychosis (from the Ancient Greek ψυχή “psyche”, for mind/soul, and -ωσις “-osis”, for abnormal condition or derangement) refers to an abnormal condition of the mind, and is a generic psychiatric term for a mental state often described as involving a “loss of contact with reality”. People suffering from psychosis are described as psychotic. Psychosis is given to the more severe forms of psychiatric disorder, during which hallucinations and delusions and impaired insight may occur.

People experiencing psychosis may exhibit personality changes and thought disorder. Depending on its severity, this may be accompanied by unusual or bizarre behavior, as well as difficulty with social interaction and impairment in carrying out daily life activities.

Sound like the Left to you? 🙂

To use a Star Trek analogy, You have to be of the Body, or else you are foreign disease which must be “corrected”.

Also see my blog at Drone Warfare

So the national Debt: $16,453,521,000,000

And the attendant $5 Billion dollars a day in borrowing and the $1.4 Trillion in debt payments (think credit card minimum payments) are the exclusive fault of (in order) George W Bush, “Congress” (aka Republicans), and Ronald Reagan.

Any mention of a Democrat of any kind having anything to do with this is automatically disqualified from having any mental capacity for  “intelligence” and is totally devoid of “the facts” and as such will be treated generally to a shotgun blast of hate-filled ad hominems because they are obviously, without question, a moron and in need of reminding of this fact of nature and their place in it for believing such trash.

And if the subject of Spending comes up you’ll general get 1 of 2 responses that will likely contain other tangents and insults in the response.

1) Bush’s Illegal Wars caused the crash. And we are still paying for them even now, so it’s his fault. End of discussion.

One of the more curious corollaries to this one is: Medicare Part D . It was an unfunded Mandate passed during Bush’s turn that the Democrats were all for. But because it involves spending some of the more psychotic will use this as derisive thing but when you come back with, “well, why don’t you get rid of it then?” they immediately switch to another line of attack because their mindlessly programmed drone attack can’t handle counter attacks, especially from “stupid” people who don’t understand “the facts” and of course it’s Bush’s fault!

2) Well, Reagan Doubled the Debt and Bush Tripled it is the battle cry or something very similar.

Reality: Debt (fiscal year ending)

09/30/1980  907,701,000,000.00  Reagan In

09/28/1990  3,233,313,451,777.25  Reagan Out

09/30/2000 5,674,178,209,886.86   GWB in

09/30/2008 10,024,724,896,912.49 GWB out

Today: $16,453,521,000,000  Obama

What a BEPper Sees:

09/30/1980  907,701,000,000.00  Reagan In

09/28/1990  3,233,313,451,777.25  Reagan Out (so it’s his fault He started it!!)

09/30/2000 5,674,178,209,886.86   GWB IN

Today: $16,453,521,000,000  Bush’s Fault (from 5 to 16- that’s “tripled”)

That’s it. It’s that simple. 🙂

Anything else is heresy. It’s thought that must be suppressed and destroyed.

ALL HAIL KING OBAMA!

He’s all credit for the Good and no fault for the bad.

And frequently the “good” isn’t actually good.  But it must be projected as such because they are the superior beings and they cannot be seen to be wrong, EVER. No matter what. No matter how silly or psychotic they get they are always “right” and they always have all the “facts” and you don’t.

YOU are a Mindless drone of FOX News, if you disagree with them. It’s YOU who are programmed.

It’s All YOU!!

The U3 unemployment rate is the same now as it was 4 years ago at his first inaugural. Most people who are rational would think this is a bad thing.

But not the left. Oh no.

“well at least we stop shedding 700-800,000 jobs like we did under BUSH.” or some variant on this Talking point that has been programmed into them.

Because it should be obvious to all that the reason the jobs are not growing fast enough (Obama has created over 5 million jobs you know– that’s why the unemployment is unchanged! :)) is because of George W. Bush – The Evil Satan! Destroyer of the World!

Unemployment Rate by Month

The fact that it was higher than 7.8% (which was Jan 2009) until Sept 2012 and hasn’t actually budged since is not Obama’s economics fault it is The Republicans fighting Obama and Bush’s Fault.

That’s it. End of story.

The Fact that the Senate hasn’t passed a Budget since 2009 (which by law it has to pass one) is the Republican’s fault, don’t you know.

They send the Senate, “silly”, “outrageous” Budgets so the Democrats feel they must ignore them. It’s the Republicans fault for “playing games” and “obstructing” the process.

If they’d only send up a Budget that they approve of then everything would be fine! 🙂

Do it my way, or else it’s your fault that nothing gets done!! 🙂

The alternative to this is the “BUT MOM! he did it too!” response. We all know what this is in reality, and excuse to get out being in trouble by saying that a sibling did it too or first or timmy’s mom/dad let him/her do it!

So if the Republican ever did ANYTHING that you are complaining about ANYWHERE in history or ANYTHING even remotely like it, then it’s ok for them do it because you did it first so stop complaining about it.

In real life you’d get the MOM look and you’re busted because she ain’t buying it for a second.

But not the Democrats, especially when they have the Ministry of Truth to back them up.

And if that doesn’t work, fall back to the ultimate line of defense: YOU’RE A RACIST! or You’re Nazi-esque and of course no sane person wants to be that so they must be right and you MUST be wrong after all. 🙂

So our King will give a flowery speech about “coming together” and “unity” and “love” and “reaching across the isle” and “bi-partisanship” for the sake of the children and the country… AND NOT MEAN ONE DAMN WORD OF IT!

NOT ONE WORD!

But his drones and his sycophants will cheer and smile and wonder how the universe ever got a long without someone who is so perfect in every way.

And then they’ll have their 2-minute BEPper Hate (designed to increase the hatred for the current enemy of the Party, as much as possible) and go on about their day secure in the knowledge that not only are they always right, but that you- the heretic- are in fact a Moron to be pitied for your lack of intelligence.

From Wikipedia entry: The left-wing media watchdog site Media Matters for America, set up to counteract what was perceived as a domination of the public square by right-wing intolerance and misinformation, particularly on FOX News and conservative talk radio, has used the theme by uploading regular “Two Minutes Hate” segments to the Internet composed of inflammatory or extremist language used by right-wing pundits.

And Wikipedia is the fountain of all knowledge as we know so it must be true! 🙂

So are you a BEPper There a BEPper
They are a BEPper They  expect you to be a BEPper
Wouldn’t you like to be a BEPper too?
Be a BEPper Drink The Kool-Aid  and “feel” better.

Your King and his army of drones command it.Bask in the glow of his greatness and be “enlightened”.

After all, you’re not a racist, bigoted, savage in need of enlightenment are you? 🙂

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

 

 

The Grand Distraction

Wanna know how warped the Left is?

From here…

“As we peer into society’s future, we — you and I, and our government — must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering for our own ease and convenience the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow.”

President Dwight D. Eisenhower (D)
Farewell Address to the Nation; January 17, 1961

To Eternity…

Here are Obama’s thoughts on the debt limit in 2006, when he voted against increasing the ceiling:

    The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here. Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.

In 2007 and in 2008, when the Senate voted to increase the limit by $850 billion and $800 billion respectively, Obama did not bother to vote. (He did vote for TARP, which increased the debt limit by $700 billion.)

I guess he was running for President by then…funny that…It was all for show. He didn’t mean it then, he was just be a partisan contrarian, and he doesn’t mean it now.

Now you get the latest and most whacked….

Actor Danny Glover (who I respect as an actor only) folks.

“I don’t know if you know the genesis of the right to bear arms,” he said. “The Second Amendment comes from the right to protect themselves from slave revolts, and from uprisings by Native Americans.”

“A revolt from people who were stolen from their land or revolt from people whose land was stolen from, that’s what the genesis of the second amendment is,” he continued.

It isn’t. But it feeds the ideological beast so it must be true.

Alleged Non-Liberal “Journalist” CBS’s Bob Schieffer: The NRA are Nazis.

The Obama era of liberal civility just keeps on getting better. A gun control discussion that should be about policy has once again given way to leftist bloodlust. As usual, everything with them becomes personal. The multi-billionth example comes from CBS correspondent Bob Schieffer. Stressing the urgency to restrict the freedoms of law-abiding citizens, Schieffer lamented that “defeating the Nazis, was a much more formidable task than taking on the gun lobby.”

BOB SCHIEFFER: …Let’s remember: there was considerable opposition when Lyndon Johnson went to the Congress and…presented some of the most comprehensive civil rights legislation in the history of this country. Most people told him he couldn’t get it done, but he figured out a way to do it. And that’s what Barack Obama is going to have to do…what happened in Newtown was probably the worst day in this country’s history since 9/11. We found Osama bin Laden. We tracked him down. We changed the way that we dealt with that problem. Surely, finding Osama bin Laden; surely, passing civil rights legislation, as Lyndon Johnson was able to do; and before that, surely, defeating the Nazis, was a much more formidable task than taking on the gun lobby.

SCHIEFFER: This is a turning point in this country, and the President is going to have to do more than just make a speech about it. This is one of the best speeches I’ve ever heard him deliver, but it’s going to take more than that from the White House. He’s going to have to get his hands dirty. He’s going to have to get in there and – and work this problem until he gets it done. But unless we figure out a way to make sure that something like Newtown never happens again, we’re not the country that we once were. I think we still are. I think there’s hope. I think something’s going to happen here.

So being for the Second Amendment is now Racist and Nazi-esque. Gee, where has this process of mental limitation occurred before on the left?

Every time they want something from their ideological grab-bag.

Fascinating.

So yet again, if you disagree with the LEFT eventually you are are a Racist Nazi in the end. 🙂

IBD: President Obama has settled on a political communications strategy for his final term that begins Sunday:

Talk about admirable aspirations, ignore the nation’s economic and fiscal realities, keep everyone fighting amongst themselves over anything at hand while calmly deploring all the disputes, rancor and chaos that this president has helped to engineer.

“My starting point is not to worry about the politics,” Obama said with a straight face. “My starting point is to focus on what makes sense, what works, what should we be doing to make sure that our children are safe and that we’re reducing the incidents of gun violence.”

Everyone faint in awe of HIS GREATNESS, The King.

Such stunning cynicism has actually worked pretty well for the Real Good Talker this past year.

Never mind stratospheric millions of jobless, an amazingly ineffective economic stimulus program, historic highs in poverty rates, a national debt larger than a national economy and nearly 50 million people collecting food stamps tossed out like free candy from a parade float.

Instead, talk about educating every single American child for their own fair shot at some kind of idealized future, delivering better healthcare to millions more people for less money with no additional doctors and protecting ill-defined middle-class Americans from someone doing something to them.

None of it will ever come to pass on his grand rhetorical scale. But the community organizer doesn’t care. By the time enough figure it out, Obama will be back in the Pacific golfing with Choom Gang buddies while another ghostwriter drafts the next autobiography.

Now that he’s got Washington and Republicans fighting over how to address his briefly postponed sequester cuts and a national debt that grows by $2.8 million every single minute of every single day, Obama this morning launches his next divisive distraction: More controls on firearms.

While the media has been full of stories of booming post-election gun sales, less attention has been focused on another fact: As the estimated count of non-military U.S. firearms now exceeds 310 million, the annual number of gun homicides has declined strikingly: From more than 17,000 in 1993 to 9,900 in 2011.

No one believes that anything Washington orders will stop the awful occasional outbreaks by a few twisted souls among the more than 315 million Americans. But it’s admirable to try, isn’t it? It sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? Can you prove it won’t work?

And fortuitously for Obama and his mob from Chicago, the nation’s newest gun homicide capital, a renewed emotional if useless, constitutional debate over bearing arms will keep folks from discussing other issues potentially more embarrassing to this White House.

Like Benghazi. Fast & Furious. Unemployment. Inflation. Foreign Policy. Energy Policy. ObamaCare…

Political Cartoons by Glenn McCoy

Michael Ramirez Cartoon

 

A Means to an End

Michael Ramirez Cartoon

The question is extremely simple: If Congress agrees to meet the president’s demands and hike the debt ceiling without any preconditions, what dollar figure and/or time frame would the president like to see in the legislation?  Increasing the debt ceiling isn’t a hypothetical or symbolic action.  It involves extending the government’s ability to borrow a finite amount of money — you know, actual dollars and cents.  Carney doesn’t even try to answer the reporter’s basic and reasonable question; instead, he reverts back to mindless repetitions of Obama’s exhortations for Congressional action.  Yeah, we got all that, Jay.  Your boss prattled endlessly about it on Monday.  So what’s going on here?  I see two possibilities:

(1) Carney was caught off-guard by the simplest of questions and honestly didn’t know the answer, so he tossed himself up a meaningless word salad and made a mental note to get that information for tomorrow.

(2) The White House has made a calculated political decision that high-ranking administration officials should avoid saying the dollar amount on camera.  Explicitly talking about trillions in new borrowing authority may not necessarily be the soundbyte they want floating around as as they try to downplay the severity of the nation’s debt crisis.  The president seemed to adopt this approach when he David Letterman asked about the specific size of our national debt prior to the election.

If Carney can’t or won’t answer this strikingly basic question in the coming days, we’ll have our answer. (Townhall)

I vote for #2.

Median household income (adjusted for inflation) is lower than it was in 2009. And more Americans live below the poverty level than they did four years ago.

U3 Unemployment is the same as it was 4 years ago. U6 has gone up.

The federal public debt has increased from $10.6 trillion in Jan. 2009 to $16.4 trillion now.

But if we actually don’t raise the limit the President says we’ll default and look like losers who can’t pay their bills (and he threw in the obligatory scare tactic of “not paying Social Security”).

Yeah, when you not only max out your credit card but you go way over it the best thing to do is up your limit and just keep on going with what you were doing!

So, there’s that. Six trillion dollars, and we have the exact same unemployment rate (with the bonus of a much smaller workforce), no more people with health insurance even though Obama has put the nation and the health care system through the wringer implementing his foolproof, expensive plan to get us all insured, and more people in poverty and on food stamps.

And that’s why the people re-elected him. He was better than an evil rich white guy! 🙂

Ben Shapiro: But that’s all the left’s got on issues ranging from gun control to the debt ceiling: appeals to emotion and to the supposed moral shortcomings of their opposition….It’s President Obama, who held a press conference on gun control flanked by small children who had written him letters about violence using guns, then trotted out the grief-stricken parents of one of the children who murdered at Sandy Hook. “[M]ost of all,” Obama intoned, ” I think about how when it comes to protecting the most vulnerable among us, we must act now, for Grace, for the 25 other innocent children and devoted educators who had so much left to give; for the men and women in big cities and small towns who fall victims to senseless violence each and every day; for all the Americans who are counting on us to keep them safe from harm.”

Obama’s implication is clear: disagree with him, and you are fine with what happened in Sandy Hook.

That’s a vile, despicable Maury Povich tactic. It’s daytime talk show material, not honest political discussion about how to solve the problem of murder by guns in the United States.

But here’s the dirty little secret: this isn’t about preventing another Sandy Hook for the left. It is about political posturing. If the left really wanted to be true to its own philosophy, it would simply attempt to repeal the Second Amendment and go for a total British-style gun ban. The vast majority of murders committed with guns in the United States are committed with handguns. Yet the left insists that it wants to leave private handgun ownership in place, while targeting so-called “assault rifles.” That’s not an attempt at a solution, even from the left. It’s just preening for the cameras while pointing to the bodies of shooting victims.

But that’s all they want out of it. More Power. More agenda-driven satisfaction. And making their political opponents look bad.

What else would they want. NEVER LET A CRISIS GO TO WASTE.

It’s not about solving the crisis, it’s about what THEY can get out of it Politically.

That’s all that really matters.

Live or Dead, children are just a means to an end.

But the left doesn’t want to have that discussion. They just want the warm glow of moral righteousness in their breasts, even as they invade the rights of law-abiding citizens while making children less safe than they otherwise would be.

They want “school resource officers” aka Mental health enforcers of the Liberal agenda not actual cops or trained armed personnel.

They want to stop deviant thinking, not deviants.

ALL HAIL BIG BROTHER!

Political Cartoons by Chuck Asay

Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson
 Political Cartoons by Steve Breen

The Obama Cabinet Awaits You! 🙂

 

HAMMER TIME!!!!!!

King ObamaIn honor of our Sovereign King who rules by Executive Fiat…

That’s word because you know
U can’t touch this (oh-oh oh oh-oh-oh)

U can’t touch this (oh-oh oh oh-oh-oh)
Break it down
(Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh oh-oh) (x4)
Stop Hammer time!!

In 2005, the number of murders committed with a rifle was 445, while the number of murders committed with hammers and clubs was 605. In 2006, the number of murders committed with a rifle was 438, while the number of murders committed with hammers and clubs was 618

In 2011, there was 323 murders committed with a rifle but 496 murders committed with hammers and clubs.

And so the list goes, with the actual numbers changing somewhat from year to year, yet the fact that more people are killed with blunt objects each year remains constant.

For example, in 2011, there was 323 murders committed with a rifle but 496 murders committed with hammers and clubs.

And it seems fairly obvious that if more people had a gun, less people would be inclined to try to hit them in the head with a hammer. 🙂

ILLEGAL ALIENS

Some statistics show that 12 people a day are killed by Illegal Aliens so they are far deadlier than “assault rifles” but will the Left ban them?

HELL NO!  They are the future of the Democrat Autocracy.

DRUNK DRIVERS

Some 4,000+ are killed every year by People who are drunk behind the wheel of a car.

So do we ban alcohol?

Nope. Tried that. it failed miserably.

Regulations?

Sort of. But it’s not that hard for a drunk to get booze and then drive off. People with multiple convictions for DUI and DWI are still driving.

So obviously we need King Obama I to pass more executive fiats to restrict the sale of alcohol. Maybe we need a government permit or a government approved store that runs background checks to see if you have every been arrested for DUI or DWI first before we let you have that fifth of Jack Daniels.

After all, it would save lives, especially of children and these kinds of things are always done in the name of children or “for the children”.

Most Commonm Reasons for Death and Injury

So what’s the conclusion….

Here’s a Shocker, especially for King Obama. IT’S ALL POLITICAL! 🙂

President Obama is using the national debate over gun violence to push for further action on his health care law, including insisting on the kind of mental health coverage states must provide under their Medicaid programs.

Mr. Obama, unveiling his gun proposals Wednesday barely a month after the deadly school shooting in Newtown, Conn., will make it clear that his health law, known as the Affordable Care Act, allows doctors to ask patients whether they have guns in their homes, and will tell them they are able to report any threats of violence they hear to police.

The president also will lay out the mental health coverage that all insurers will be required to provide under his signature-achievement law.

NEVER LET A CRISIS GO TO WASTE!
That’s what this is all about, This is an opportunity to increase the ObamaCare government officials in schools!!

But you think I’m being absurd and over-the top. Just wait.

(UPI) — School officials in Maryland suspended two 6-year-old boys for pretending to shoot each other with imaginary guns, a move some parents call “ridiculous.”

Officials at a Talbot County elementary school suspended the two boys, who were playing cops and robbers during recess, using their fingers in the shape of imaginary guns, WJZ-TV, Baltimore, reported Tuesday.

“It’s ridiculous,” said parent Julia Merchant.

This is the second such incident in less than a month in Maryland, after 6-year-old Rodney Lynch was suspended from a Montgomery County school for pretending to fire an imaginary gun at a fellow student.

“They’re saying he threatened a student, threatened to shoot a student. He was playing,” said Rodney Lynch Sr., the boy’s father.

Child psychologist Dr. Joe Kaine said he did not believe Rodney was acting out of maliciousness, and most children that age can’t comprehend why something they consider fun might upset adults.

“I can certainly appreciate that at school, that’s not a type of play that they are going to endorse and I certainly support that, but that’s where we educate the time and place for doing things,” he said.

Leave it to government bureaucrats to top even the absurd.
Michael Ramirez Cartoon
Political Cartoons by Eric Allie

Political Cartoons by Chuck Asay

 Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell

Political Cartoons by Chuck Asay

The Dependent Life

Americans have now elected twice a man who said he wanted to spread the wealth around. So how ugly is it going to get? The Senate Budget Committee says welfare spending will nearly double in 10 years.This would be the Senate Budget Committee that refused to pass a budget for the 4th time in a row despite it being a requirement of both the Congress and The President. 🙂

Using data from the Congressional Research Service and Congressional Budget Office, the Budget Committee’s Republican staff has added up what’s spent on cash aid, health assistance, housing assistance, and social and family services.

All told, welfare spending will rocket from roughly $800 billion in the current fiscal year to about $1.4 trillion in fiscal 2022 — a nearly 80% jump.

All told, overall welfare spending for the decade will be $11 trillion — “roughly one-quarter of cumulative federal spending,” the Budget Committee reports.

And that doesn’t even include state spending on welfare, which, when added to federal benefits, was more than $1 trillion in fiscal 2011. That’s enough, the Budget Committee tells us, “to mail every household in poverty a check for $60,000 each year.”

How did we get here? In Obama-esque fashion, of course. The committee says the unimaginable spending is in part “driven by a series of controversial recruitment methods that include aggressive outreach to those who say they do not need financial assistance.”

Recruitment. Come be poor on the government’s dime. It’s free, it’s easy and you can be lazy. And all you have to do to maintain it is vote for me because the other guy’s an asshole who wants to take your candy away.

“Recruitment workers are even instructed on how to ‘overcome the word “no”‘ when individuals resist enrollment,” says committee research. “The USDA and Department of Homeland Security also have promotions to increase the number of immigrants on welfare despite legal prohibitions on welfare use among those seeking admittance into the United States.”

We want you to buy this poverty that you don’t need and you get a Free Obama Phone as free gift, and if you act now we’ll throw in free internet also!

So where’s my Ginzu Knife? 🙂

The best welfare program is not a government plan.

It is a strong, expanding economy, which is, in fact, the only path for overcoming poverty.

But poverty and the class warfare to go with it works much better for Democrats. A Permanent underclass is preferred. And then you add in 12 million illegal aliens and you have a voting block to win elections regardless of how bad things get for everyone else. What could be better than that? 🙂

Science fiction writer Robert Heinlein noted that “throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man.” It is only through free enterprise, which is fed by open trade, unfettered capitalism and liberalized markets, that humans have emerged from their natural state in which life was nasty, brutish and short.

To paraphrase the great Milton Friedman, man’s great achievements have not been the product of a government program, a redistributionary scheme or bustling bureaucracy. They are due to the simple profit motive at work in political systems that let people be fittingly compensated for their innovations and efforts.

No system has lifted man’s standard of living as free enterprise has. As Friedman also once said, the masses that suffer the most from grinding poverty are those trapped in societies that depart from free enterprise.

But Free enterprise is evil. Just as a Democrat.

“The record of history is absolutely crystal clear,” he said. “There is no alternative way so far discovered of improving the lot of ordinary people that can hold a candle to the productive activities that are unleashed by a free enterprise system.”

Washington’s focus should be on removing the restraints it has placed on free enterprise rather than busying itself with building a nation of dependents, as it has for the last eight decades.

But then it wouldn’t all be about them and what they want. We can’t have that!!

A growing welfare state helps no one — aside from politicians who traffic in addiction to government — but a burgeoning economy improves everyone’s well being.

But the addiction to government IS what government wants. The more the merrier.

Having people struggle and fail and struggle and succeed is far worse than people just sitting back and letting government do everything for them and then voting to continue to give them more and more of less and less and less.

It’s not what’s good for the people that matters. Its what’s good for the government that matters. After all, government is both Mother and God all rolled into one. Government can solve anything, can take care of anyone, better than any force on earth, right?

The best policy? Doubling not welfare spending over the next decade, but the size of the economy. (IBD)

But then you have a bunch ungrateful rich and independent people who want to do what’s best for THEM, and not you the government and we can’t allow that to happen now can we.
And don’t bother talking to people about inflation. The Democrats have bred their cattle dumb and with an unhealthy uninformed narcissism just like they like them.

If you put $1,000 in your piggy bank in 1960 and took it out to spend in 2000, you would discover that your money had, over time, lost 80 percent of its value.

Despite all the political rhetoric today about how nobody’s taxes will be raised, except for “the rich,” inflation transfers a percentage of everybody’s wealth to a government that expands the money supply. Moreover, inflation takes the same percentage from the poorest person in the country as it does from the richest.

That’s not all. Income taxes only transfer money from your current income to the government, but it does not touch whatever money you may have saved over the years. With inflation, the government takes the same cut out of both. (thomas sowell)

But “soak the rich” is the battle cry to get the addicted to rise up against their “oppressor” and vote to stick it to them!!!
The sheep then get sheered and don’t even know they got fleeced.
Always the best strategy for a thief, to make sure the mark never knows (or know way too late) that they’ve been robbed.
The use The Ministry of Truth to cover it up and rile up the addicts and you have the making a of a perpetual E-motion machine that will do your bidding almost mindlessly.
What could be better.

The biggest and most deadly “tax” rate on the poor comes from a loss of various welfare state benefits– food stamps, housing subsidies and the like– if their income goes up.

Someone who is trying to climb out of poverty by working their way up can easily reach a point where a $10,000 increase in pay can cost them $15,000 in lost benefits that they no longer qualify for. That amounts to a marginal tax rate of 150 percent– far more than millionaires pay. Some government policies help some people at the expense of other people. But some policies can hurt welfare recipients, the taxpayers and others, all at the same time, even though in different ways.

Why? Because we are too easily impressed by lofty political rhetoric and too little interested in the reality behind the words. (Thomas Sowell)

Dependency is Life. Life is dependency.
Government is your GOD.God will provide (hence cutting spending is also an evil that must be destroyed).
Life isn’t fair, but Government will make it fair! For you! All you have to is sell your soul to the Government store!
Join the faith!!!…. You will be Assimilated!…. or else!
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Report Card

Report Card For Barack H. Obama

Unemployment: Jan 2009  7.8%    Jan 2013 7.8%    Grade: F

u6 Unemployment (all categories and underemployed): Jan 2009  14.2%

Jan 2013: 14.4%   Grade: F

Spending: Spent $6.5 Trillion Dollars  added to the Debt.  Grade: F

The amount spent to service the debt is now as much as the cost of Iraq and

Afghanistan War:  Grade F

The “Arab spring”- Rampant Radical Islam. 4 people dead.  Grade: F

Fast & Furious: The only thing “fast” and “furious” was the cover up. Several dead in US and many more in Mexico: Grade F

Campaign promise: “I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.”   Grade F  (payroll tax flim-flam, Obamacare, etc)

Speaking of ObamaCare: “it’s a Tax!”. Yes it is. And it costs 3x the estimates already and is crushing job growth and empowering and burdening the IRS with enforcement of mandatory Insurance.  Grade: F

Gasoline: January 2009: $1.90

U.S. monthly average regular gasoline retail prices increased from an average of $3.53 per gallon in 2011 to average $3.63 per gallon in 2012, driven partly by isolated refinery outages and lower inventory levels on the East and West coasts. U.S. regular gasoline retail prices fell from an average of $3.85 per gallon in September 2012 to an average of $3.31 per gallon in December, which was the lowest average since December 2011. (eia.gov)

I paid 3.01 on Saturday.Grade: F

2nd Amendment: Grade F

Alternative Energy:  Wasted nearly a Trillion Dollars on 15 Solar companies that all went bankrupt quickly and refused to increase our own production of Oil because of pure politics.

The “Obama Car” The Chevy Volt continues to be one of the worst selling cars of all-time.    Grade: F

US Budget Submission Homework: Missed it every year except first one.

Grade : F

Iran:   (he ignoring them)  Grade F

But what’s most troubling is the the student displays a Narcissistic Personality Disorder and his legion of followers blame everything on someone else and are incapable of accepting responsibility for anything but they will take Credit for anything that services either a) their egos or b) their politics or perceived political advantage.

Case in Point:

On Saturday, for instance, the White House declared that “there are only two options to deal with the debt limit: Congress can pay its bills or it can fail to act and put the nation into default.”

Obama returned to the theme at his Monday press conference: “Raising the debt ceiling does not authorize more spending, it simply allows the country to pay for spending that Congress has already committed to.”

In other words, I didn’t load $5 trillion in future taxes on our children and grandchildren. Congress did it.

It’s important to note that when Obama says “Congress,” he’s talking about Republicans — specifically the Republicans who have controlled the House of Representatives for the past two years. The GOP has not held the Senate during any part of Obama’s time in office.

And it did not hold the House in Obama’s key first two years, when spending exploded with his blessing. In other words, most of the responsibility in Congress for the Obama deficits sits with members of his own party.

But you never hear this from Obama and his media allies. The problem is with Speaker John Boehner and, to his right, those Tea Party wackos who want the federal government to stop sending out Social Security checks.

Republicans, for their part, haven’t made their case, even with facts clearly on their side. But we have not given up hope that Americans, summoning up their reserves of common sense, will see through this Obama whopper even if they have let others pass.

Here are some facts for them to chew on:

• It takes two to tango. Congress cannot spend a single greenback unless the president signs a bill to do so. Thus, Obama OK’d every cent of the $5.095 trillion in deficit spending (per White House and Congressional Budget Office) from 2009 through 2012.

• Congress had its real spending binge in 2009, when Democrats were in charge of both houses and Obama asked for — and got — a massive stimulus bill. Total outlays soared from $2.98 trillion in 2008 to $3.53 trillion in 2009 and $3.46 trillion in 2010 (these are fiscal years ending Sept. 30). Spending in 2011 peaked at $3.60 trillion, but pulled back to an estimated $3.54 trillion in 2012.

• Presidents are required to submit budgets. Obama’s budgets called for the deficit spending he now claims wasn’t his fault.

A final thought: If Obama were just now taking office and if John McCain, say, had been president for the past four years, whose name would be on the debt problem? Hint: It wouldn’t be the new guy. (IBD)

Grade: F
But the moron, low-info, I-Dont-Wanna-Know Voter Grade: They don’t care.
Media Grade: F
Republican Grade: D
“Draining the Swamp” (Speaker Pelosi): Zzzzzzzzz
Failure is Success. Fear Is Hope.
Gotta Love America in 2013.

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The Road to Hell is Paved…

The tax code is so hideously complex that even the IRS is complaining about it. Too bad President Obama is about to make it far worse.

In her latest annual report, IRS National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson spells out just how mind-bogglingly complicated our tax laws have become. Some examples:

• The code today consists of nearly 4 million words.

• Complying with it requires the equivalent of more than 3 million full-time workers, and wastes $168 billion a year.

• Tax laws are so complex that almost 90% either pay a professional or use tax software to file their returns — even though nearly half of Americans don’t owe any income taxes.

• Even so, the IRS still gets more than 115 million calls for help each year.

• Since 2001, Congress has enacted nearly 5,000 changes to the code, or more than one a day.

As Olson explains, massive complexity not only wastes time and money, it also makes it tougher to collect what’s owed and breeds contempt for the system.

A classic example is the Alternative Minimum Tax, designed to keep the super rich from using loopholes to avoid paying taxes. The AMT increasingly ensnares middle-class families while still letting tens of thousands of rich people avoid paying income taxes.

Olson calls for a radical simplification of the tax code that trades lower rates for fewer deductions, exemptions, breaks and incentives, and broadens the base.

Unfortunately, Obama is pushing the code in the opposite direction. Not only has he managed to get rates increased as part of his “fiscal cliff” deal, his health reform law will add vast new layers of tax complexity.

For example, ObamaCare adds a new refundable tax credit to offset the cost of insurance that will not only be a nightmare to administer, but will also narrow the tax base still further by kicking 8 million off the tax rolls.

The law gums up the code with new breaks for small businesses, health care investments, adoptions and so on. And it forces the IRS to figure out who gets penalized for not buying insurance and how much they owe.

All told, the IRS says it needs more than a thousand new auditors and staff to cope with ObamaCare. None of that will make taxpayers’ lives any easier.

But it will give Olson lots more to complain about in the years ahead. (IBD)

And if you don’t do it right, the IRS will chop off you fingers and toes and feed them to The Beast.

In the short time since President Obama was re-elected, government has issued hundreds of new regulations. The bureaucrats never stop. There are now more than 170,000 pages of federal regulations.

Worse, government’s micromanagement stifles innovation. Companies now invest in lawyers and “compliance officers,” rather than engineers and creators. Tax attorney, etc.

Government-Good Intentions Gone Wrong

We are From the Government and we are here to help you…

 

 

What’s Important

Benghazi Update (remember that?): Before we confirm the president’s national security team, let’s get some answers to why no terrorists have been captured or killed after the consulate attack and why the administration doesn’t seem to care.

Last Tuesday, the Tunisian government released Ali Ani al-Harzi, a leading suspect in the attack who was taken into custody after fleeing Libya for Turkey and then sent to Tunisia. A Tunisian court said he was released for lack of evidence, but more likely he was released for no lack of pressure from Islamist groups in and outside Tunisia.

Harzi is free now to share a fruity drink with fellow suspect Ahmed Abu Khattala. According to the Oct. 19 New York Times, Khattala, an alleged ringleader of the Sept. 11 attack, was found at a crowded luxury hotel, sipping strawberry frappes on a patio and scoffing at the threats coming from the U.S. and Libyan governments.

Sad to say, this is the apparent extent of our knowledge of and investigation into just who is responsible for planning and executing the terrorist attack.

President Obama has vowed to bring the killers of Ambassador Stevens and the three other Americans to justice. Yet four months after the assault, little progress, if any, has been made, and the only one in jail is Mark Basseley Youssef, the man said to be behind the film “Innocence of Muslims,” originally blamed by the Obama administration for provoking the attack.

“Make no mistake,” President Obama told reporters the morning after the attack, “we will work with the Libyan government to bring to justice the killers who attacked our people.”

So far this has been just one of many empty and broken promises. As Benghazi fades away, no one has been brought to justice and no one may ever be. (IBD)

Just like Fast & Furious.
But boy are Obama & Co hot to take YOUR guns away from YOU because you are a violent psychopath!
Funny that.
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“In what other ways might the mighty eagle emulate the tattered old lion? First comes reorientation, and the shrinking of the horizon. After empire, Britain turned inward: Between 1951 and 1997 the proportion of government expenditure on defense fell from 24 percent to seven, while the proportion on health and welfare rose from 22 percent to 53. And that’s before New Labour came along to widen the gap further.

“Those British numbers are a bald statement of reality: You can have Euro-sized entitlements or a global military, but not both. What’s easier to do if you’re a democratic government that’s made promises it can’t afford — cut back on nanny-state lollipops, or shrug off thankless military commitments for which the electorate has minimal appetite?” (Mark Steyn)

So you crush the Defense Department (which liberal loath with a psychotic passion) and nominate someone who will gladly wield a battle axe and not a scalpel when cut the Defense budget (“waste”).

Thus you have more money to hide, guess what?, OBAMACARE. That bloated mess that cost 3 times what it was supposed to and it hasn’t even kicked in 100% until next year.

Barack Obama prefers to say that it’s time for the United States to do some nation-building at home.

By that he means an authoritarian post-“empire” Empire for Liberal progressive socialism.

Isolation. Big Brother needs isolation. The Ministry of Truth needs control.

Either line will do, and, like Britain’s inverted budget priorities, both implicitly acknowledge that a military-industrial complex and a dependency-bureaucrat complex are incompatible. And that’s before you factor in Washington-size borrowing, under which, within this decade, the interest payments on the debt will be covering the entire cost of the Chinese military. America can fund the Pentagon or the People’s Liberation Army, but not both, not for long. Having gotten the citizenry to accept a supersized welfare bureaucracy, Obama reasonably enough figures he can just as easily get them used to a shrunken American presence in the wider world.

So the president is looking for his equivalent of Denis Healey, the Labour cabinet minister who in the 1968 defense review announced an all but total withdrawal of British forces from “east of Suez” — a phrase that in the imperial imagination is less geographic than psychological.

Kipling’s English Tommy on the road to Mandalay: “Ship me somewheres east of Suez  . . . ” And then a cheeseparing defense minister says: No, we won’t. Not now, not ever again. It’s over.

Who would you hire for the Pentagon’s east-of-Suez moment? According to the Washington Post, Obama picked Hagel to “bridge the partisan divide.” (Mark Steyn)

Add in “swift Boat” Kerry and a “Tax and Spend” Treasury Secretary and possible some more Liberal Progressive Justices to the Supreme Court and you have the makings of a great new state for America.

Add in all the “Dreamers”, the 12 Million new Democrat voters…

So in conclusion, we all know that the Modern Democrat is always looking out for “Bi-partisan” solutions and the right people for the right job to make America prosperous again.

So they can KILL THEM stone dead! 🙂

What’s Important is that the Liberals take over everything and everybody because they are so vastly superior to all forms of life and they are going to prove it be dominating all other life forms utterly and completely and you aren’t going to even miss your freedoms.

Turn up the heat on that frog in the warm water, it’s time to start boiling….

 

 

Subprime Subplime

Federal regulators for the first time are laying out rules aimed at ensuring that mortgage borrowers can afford to repay the loans they take out.

IMAGINE THAT!

Wow! what a concept!

Funny, since the rules they laid previously were the CAUSE of this “problem” in the first place!

Funny how that worked out. 🙂

The rules being unveiled Thursday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau impose a range of obligations and restrictions on lenders, including bans on the risky “interest-only” and “no documentation” loans that helped inflate the housing bubble.

Funny, the Liberals were the ones who forced it on the industry in the name of “fairness”.

Lenders will be required to verify and inspect borrowers’ financial records. The rules discourage them from saddling borrowers with total debt payments totaling more than 43 percent of the person’s annual income. That includes existing debts like credit cards and student loans.

But the government can still continue to spend on it’s Credit Card ad infintum. 🙂

CFPB Director Richard Cordray, in remarks prepared for an event Thursday, called the rules “the true essence of `responsible lending.'”

Oooh, look the Obama Consumer Protection Bureau is doing something good for consumers !(sarcasm).

“Responsible lending”  Ooohhh! aaaaahhh! Isn’t just so wonderful! They care!

So where were they 20 years ago?

Oh, right THEY WERE THE ONES PUSHING the irresponsible lending in the name of “fairness” and “compassion”… 🙂

NOW, Decades later the Liberals want to protect the people from the Community Reinvestment Act and Clinton’s Housing initiatives that were the primary reason for the 2008 housing bubble crash to begin with.

So the liberals are going to pass regulations to protect consumers from the regulations they passed previously to “help” consumers. Got it! 🙂

Wow! is government just so wonderful!!! 🙂

And of course, the Ministry of Truth will be gushing praise all over them like a love sick stalkerotzi puppy and we’ll drown in the slobber. It won’t even occur to them as “journalists” that this is two-faced.

And the low-information, moron voter will think Obama is just the greatest guy since the invention of man and that he cares about them.

They should look at their shrinking paychecks and the inflation in their living costs first before kissing The Emperor’s Ring!

Cordray noted that in years leading up to the 2008 financial crisis, consumers could easily obtain mortgages that they could not afford to repay. In contrast, in subsequent years banks tightened lending so much that few could qualify for a home loan.

But, we all know from the liberal memes that the reason everything crashed was not the subprime ponzi scheme set up by Liberals, but GEORGE W BUSH!! (isn’t everything? 🙂 ), his evil tax cuts (which the Democrats just made permanent by the way) and those evil “illegal” wars (Libya excluded). You know, the ones that cost just as much as the rise in the cost of servicing an ever growing debt- think credit card payments rising. The amount of increase in the debt payments equals the cost of those wars. Funny, how liberals don’t mention this… 🙂

The new rules seek out a middle ground by protecting consumers from bad loans while giving banks the legal assurances they need to increase lending, he said.

Protect the bank from more lawsuits and protect consumers from “predatory bankers”. 🙂

These would be the same banks that the Government told by laws and regulations to lend to people who couldn’t afford the loans to begin with because that was more “fair”. 🙂

So the Banks were bad people for not lending and now they are bad for doing what the Government wanted them to. Got it! 🙂

So they took all that bad debt, created derivatives and traded it around like hot potato toxic waste until it melted down all over everyone!

WHAT WE REALLY NEED IS PROTECTION FROM LIBERALS! And anytime they think something is “fair” because we are going to get an enema like the world has never seen every time.

The bureau also proposed amendments that would exempt from the rules some loans made by community banks, credit unions and nonprofit lenders that work with low- and moderate-income consumers.

Yeah, we don’t want to upset the morons who vote for Democrats now do we.

Which means this is all for show, as usual. It’s just Politics. Not economics. It’s all for Show. Yet Again.

“We are from the Government and we are here to help you” 🙂

(Thanks to Scotty Starnes for the story lead)

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