Bring Us Your Poor

Hillary Clinton claimed that, at the moment she and her husband were signing up for $18 million in book deals, that they were “dead broke.”

Harry Reid (who lives in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel) said liberals are getting bullied by Republican billionaires but the Democratic Party “doesn’t have many billionaires” behind it.

Joe Biden (family earnings: $407,000 last year plus a free house, driver, meals, etc.) claims he “I don’t own a single stock or bond. . . . I have no savings accounts . . . I’m the poorest man in Congress.” (Triple fail: Joe isn’t poor, isn’t in Congress and wouldn’t be the poorest member of it if he were.)

Right here in New York, we’ve learned that City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, the daughter of a wealthy doctor who left a $6.7 million inheritance, took advantage of a no-interest loan intended for underprivileged New Yorkers to buy a Harlem townhouse. Then she forgot to declare the rental income on required city disclosure forms. The townhouse you and I helped buy her for $240,000 is today worth $1.2 million.

The more Democrats insist on their proletarian cred, the more absurd it gets. They’re no longer just holier than thou: Now they’re prolier than thou.

“Half a century later, Sir Alex Ferguson remains Old Labour in speech, if not always in deed, and talks with sincere warmth and lack of prolier-than-though piety (his family were blessed, he points out, with an inside toilet) about his upbringing.”

So you can’t have Millionaire and Billionaires (1%ers) proclaiming they do everything for the poor and that only they understand them, can you? 🙂

The fact that the richest people in Congress are mostly Democrats…And that Democrats ideas for “helping” the poor hurt the poor. But yet they still vote for them?

Fascinating.

Reid is worth about $3 million to $6 million and declined to release his tax returns even as he was screaming about Mitt Romney’s. His statement that “we don’t have many billionaires” was wrong too. Politifact dug up 22 billionaires who have made campaign donations to super PACs lately. Most of them — 13 — sent their checks to liberal and Democratic groups.

And we’ll forget about his shady land deals too…. 🙂
Biden may have been the poorest member of the Senate (not all of Congress) when he was there, but his net worth is still somewhere in the $39,000 to $800,000 range, reported the Center for Responsive Politics.

Why do all these exceedingly well-off people keep trying to convince us we’ll see them at the dollar store?

Bill Clinton even said he “grocery shops” once a week. Yeah, that happens…

It’s all part of the increasingly delusional myth Democrats tell themselves that they are the tribunes of the middle class. In fact, their party is a strange two-headed beast — picture a Cerberus featuring the faces of Barbra Streisand and Lois Lerner.

They have to believe they are vastly superior to the “evil” that is anyone who isn’t them. So they must be better than what they say the “other side” is. Problem is, they aren’t.

That’s where Orwell’s Doublethink comes in. And the media campaign to convince blacks, poor people and the average middle class moron that they are the “enlightened” when in fact they are the darkness.

The Dems are a coalition of ultra-rich cultural-elite donors on the one hand and government employees and their clients on the other. In 2012, President Obama carried those earning under $50,000 by a wide margin. But Romney easily bested him among those over that threshold.

Ever wonder why the Democrats seem to want to keep people poor?

Or are so in favor of Open Borders.

But there’s another reason Democrats can’t talk about their wealth. It’s because they can’t say, “I made it big. Follow me and you can, too.”

Because that’s too Republican. The American Dream is vastly more Republican than these Democrats can admit to, so they don’t.

They just go with “Vote for me, The other guy’s an asshole” and the dumb asses fall for it.

Democrats earn their money in ways that aren’t available to most Americans. Yet even for Democrats, the Clintons got rich in an exotic way. They accumulated something like $100 million not by building a business or inventing something or even writing some hit songs. Their entire fortune came from political celebrity. (Their daughter has even accumulated $15 million by being the offspring of political celebrities. Or did you think NBC News paid her $600,000 a year because of her obvious broadcasting ability?)

If the Clintons had gotten rich inventing Facebook, that fortune would have spawned many others. But celebrity honoraria don’t work that way.

Drug dealers create more middle-class jobs than these people do.

So does the “evil” Oil Industry in North Dakota. 🙂

Moreover, both Clintons have given so many speeches to big-bucks interest groups that there are legions of fat cats who think Hillary owes them a favor should she reach the White House.

No, Hillary, contra your interview in The Guardian, you didn’t strike it rich by “hard work.” Swanning around the world staying in five-star hotels, reading speeches drafted by someone else and signing your name to books written by someone else is not exactly quarry labor. (NYP)

But Vote For me in 2016, because the Republican will be a rich, poor-hating,homophobic,racist,misogynist who hates all of humanity and only care about fat-cat millionaires and Corporate CEOs who just want oppress you and make money!…

Not the Democrats. 🙂

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Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert

 

Surprise!

The Wall Street Journal this week reported on a new analysis of the pool of newly-insured customers under Obamacare. The takeaway: new customers are on the whole sicker than the previously-insured.

 

People enrolled in new plans under the health law are showing higher rates of serious health conditions than other insurance customers, according to an early analysis of medical claims, putting pressure on insurers around the country as they prepare to propose rates for next year.

Among those health-law marketplace enrollees who have seen a doctor or other health-care provider in the first quarter of this year, around 27% have significant health issues such as diabetes, psychiatric conditions, asthma, heart problems or cancer, the data show. That is sharply higher than the rate of 16% for last year’s individual-consumer market over the same time frame, according to the data, which was supplied by Inovalon Inc., a health-technology firm that receives medical claims directly from nearly 200 insurers that are its clients.

It is also more than double the rate among people who held on to their existing individual policies; among those enrollees, the rate was 12%. Those consumers, who kept so-called grandfathered individual plans, are showing by far the lowest rates of use for health-care services such as emergency-room visits, hospital stays and prescriptions.

 

To a certain extent, this makes sense, as one of the main priorities of Obamacare was to insure the very sick, uninsurable population. However, the mix is key: Obamacare was also supposed to draw in enough “young invincibles” – the young people who didn’t have insurance because they weren’t accruing many health costs – to balance it out.

Lanhee Chen, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, writes of the news:

 

This outcome should not surprise anyone. The law’s one-size-fits-all regulatory regime, which requires insurers to offer coverage to all comers and prohibits pricing of coverage based on an applicant’s health status, was bound to increase the number of relatively sicker people purchasing insurance through the exchanges. Moreover, Obama’s executive action, which effectively allowed many people who had individual market plans to remain in them through at least 2016, bifurcated the insurance markets such that healthier people remained in the plans they already had, while relatively sicker patients were left to acquire coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges.

The data portend a vigorous debate over the “risk corridors” program, which is one of three mechanisms in the law designed to give insurers incentives to continue to participate in its exchanges even if they are at risk of significant financial losses. Some Republicans, particularly Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama and Representative Fred Upton of Michigan, have decried this program as an insurer bailout.

Obamacare’s risk corridors are there in order to try to counteract the death spiral: it’s a way for the federal government to compensate private insurers for higher-than-expected health costs and hopefully keep premiums down.

The flipside of that is that if it turns out that the pool of newly-insured are indeed significantly sicker and the risk corridors must be leaned upon, Obamacare becomes much, much more expensive to taxpayers.

SURPRISE! 🙂

Political Cartoons by Robert Ariail

Opportunity

According to a major new report from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), net employment growth in the United States since 2000 has gone entirely to immigrants, legal and illegal. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, CIS scholars Steven A. Camarota and Karen Zeigler found that there were 127,000 fewer working-age natives holding a job in the first quarter of 2014 than in 2000, while the number of immigrants with a job was 5.7 million above the 2000 level.

The rapidity with which immigrants recovered from the Great Recession, as well as the fact that they held a disproportionate share of jobs relative to their share of population growth before the recession, help to explain their findings, the authors report. In addition, native-born Americans and immigrants were affected differently by the recession.

Other significant findings include:

  • Because the native-born population grew significantly, but the number working actually fell, there were 17 million more working-age natives not working in the first quarter of 2014 than in 2000.
  • The share of natives working or looking for work, referred to as labor force participation, shows the same decline as the employment rate. In fact, labor force participation has continued to decline for working-age natives even after the jobs recovery began in 2010.
  • Immigrants have made gains across the labor market, including lower-skilled jobs such as maintenance, construction, and food service; middle-skilled jobs like office support and health care support; and high­er-skilled jobs, including management, computers, and health care practitioners.
  • The supply of potential workers is enormous: 8.7 million native college graduates are not working, as are 17 million with some college, and 25.3 million with no more than a high school education.

According to the study, 58 million working-age natives are not employed.

Camarota and Zeigler report three conclusions:

  • First, the long-term decline in the employment for natives across age and education levels is a clear in­dication that there is no general labor shortage, which is a primary justification for the large increases in immigration (skilled and unskilled) in the Schumer-Rubio bill and similar House proposals.
  • Second, the decline in work among the native-born over the last 14 years of high immigration is consis­tent with research showing that immigration reduces employment for natives.
  • Third, the trends since 2000 challenge the argument that immigration on balance increases job oppor­tunities for natives. Over 17 million immigrants arrived in the country in the last 14 years, yet native employment has deteriorated significantly.

The Center for Immigration Studies is a non-profit research institute. Founded in 1985, the organization is regularly consulted by policymakers, the academic community, and the media on matters of immigration policy. (NRO)

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Lombards Anyone?

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“We’re at the end of the line,” Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) said Thursday during a press briefing in the Capitol. “We’re not bluffing by setting a legislative deadline for them to act.

“Their first job is to govern,” Menendez added, “and in the absence of governing, then you see executive actions.”

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) piled on. Noting that a year has passed since the Senate passed a sweeping immigration reform bill with broad bipartisan support, he urged House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to bring a similar bill to the floor.

“I don’t know how much more time he thinks he needs, but I hope that Speaker Boehner will speak up today,” Durbin said. “And if he does not, the president will borrow the power that is needed to solve the problems of immigration.” (The Hill)

Amnesty by Fiat. Gee, no one saw that coming…:)

Immigration: Borders serve governmental purposes — sometimes good, sometimes evil. Our failure to heed popular wishes to make the U.S. southern border impenetrable is now coming back to haunt us.

Faced with a shortage of men and military material, China found that turning to defense and building The Great Wall was a comparatively cheap way of restoring military and economic strength.

The Berlin Wall and other barriers erected by totalitarians protected communist regimes by preventing the massive emigration that would quickly have deprived them of the slaves without which they could not have operated.

Sharp-edged, steel-mesh double fences, high concrete walls and heavily militarized zones the length of several football fields were among the East-West border’s features. Most Hungarians weren’t even allowed within 10 miles of their own border.

In all cases, the governments were serious about stopping large numbers of people from going where they were highly motivated to go. The U.S. for years has demonstrated that it is not serious.

Walls could be built, even back during the Middle Ages, as China demonstrated. But in the 21st century, the greatest country in the history of the world can’t — or, more accurately, won’t — do it.

The nation is now faced with more than 52,000 Central American children arriving here since October. A backlog of more than 360,000 court cases of immigrants housed in military bases in three states is going to take years to resolve.

And as House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., on Wednesday reminded us, more than 90% of illegals simply “do not return for their hearings” after being processed.

Why would they bother? They pay no price if they don’t.

As Breitbart reports, swine flu is the latest health hazard that the influx has imported. Border criminals are increasingly adding the commodity of people to the drugs and weapons that they already smuggle into the U.S, with “stash houses” packing aliens like sardines. Hustling one person across the border can reportedly command as much as $7,000.

The word has gone out that all that the children have to do is get to America. Once here, they can just turn themselves in, with no worries that they will be sent back anytime soon. “If you go to the United States, your children can go to school,” one detained mother from Guatemala who had crossed into Texas told CNS News.

Traffickers have even been giving their cargo phony answers to give U.S. officials — they say they’re afraid of drug gangs, for example — that will allow them to stay.

The claims are “well-rehearsed, and it is a consistent story,” Rio Grande Border Patrol agent and agents’ union official Albert Spratte told the Blaze. “We can’t even get them to answer their name before they tell us the gangs were the reason they fled their country.”These are the people on whose behalf the Obama administration has the gall to ask Americans to send thousands of “white 100% cotton men’s briefs” in various sizes.

Amnesty-based immigration “reform” is now, thankfully, dead in the wake of the crisis on the border, according to lawmakers on both sides of the issue.

Meanwhile, making our border impenetrable is a priority that should be more alive than ever. But we know of few politicians who see this as the opportunity finally to do what we should have done many years ago: physically protect our country from invasion. (IBD)

“The humanitarian crisis unfolding across our nation’s southern border demands Congress come together and find thoughtful, compassionate and bipartisan solutions,” Pelosi said. “We must ensure our laws are fully enforced, so that due process is provided to unaccompanied children and the safety and well-being of unaccompanied children is protected. We must also work to address the root causes of the problem.”–Nancy Pelosi

Lombards anyone? 🙂

Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

Overwhelming

Immigration: A federal employment ad posted in January showing that 65,000 unaccompanied minors will enter the U.S. illegally shows that the administration expected this cross-border child abuse and encouraged it.

Concrete evidence has shown up proving our earlier assertion: The breach of our border by waves of unaccompanied alien children was orchestrated by the administration based on a strategy straight out of the playbook President Obama studied as a community organizer. His goal is to get his way on immigration reform by overwhelming the U.S. Border Patrol and collapsing an already weakened system.

The evidence comes in the form a government contract solicited in January by the Department of Homeland Security. The listing asked for “Escort Services for Unaccompanied Alien Children” in expectation of the arrival of 65,000 minors on our southern border without their parents or guardians.

The operative language in the listing is the statement by DHS/Immigration and Customs Enforcement that they expect there “will be approximately 65,000” alien minors requiring assistance. This is a significant increase from the 5,000 minors who are detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement annually. It also strongly suggests not only advance knowledge of the human catastrophe about to unfold but a lack of any effort to stop it.

Not only have the numbers vastly increased, but the points of origin have changed. No longer are we talking about just poor Mexican families seeking a better life from an “act of love,” as one possible 2016 presidential candidate put it. Hondurans, Salvadorans and Guatemalans now make up about 75% of illegals caught in South Texas.

The number of children traveling without parents has overwhelmed Border Patrol detention centers along the Texas border, prompting officials to ship them to converted warehouses and military bases as far away as California. The situation is so bad that there is fear we would have no place to put American citizen refugees if another Hurricane Katrina occurs. Some have even called this alien-children invasion Obama’s Katrina.

This is no act of love, as children are transported by cartels and other human traffickers from Central America and then through 1,800 miles of difficult Mexican roads. They are subjected to the worst abuse along the way, then dumped across the border, where they huddle on warehouse floors in conditions ideal for the spread of infectious diseases.

Such a journey is made on the expectation that these children will not be turned away. At a House Homeland Security Committee hearing this week, committee Republicans noted three causes for this influx: Obama executive actions such as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program; lax enforcement policies; and talk on both sides of the aisle of comprehensive immigration reform indistinguishable from amnesty.

As committee Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul noted in his opening statement:

“Newspapers in El Salvador and Honduras seem to be encouraging youth to head to the United States based on these policies. And recent internal DHS surveys of these children reveal that more than 70% believe they are going to stay in the country.”

This is a human tragedy of the administration’s making. ICE union boss Chris Crane testified last year at a House Judiciary Committee hearing, lodging complaints about the lawlessness behind the “nation’s broken immigration system.”

“ICE has essentially prohibited its agents from enforcing” immigration law, Crane said. “What message do ICE practices send to the world? The message is: ‘We don’t enforce our laws, come on over, and if you do get caught, just lie to us. Lie about the day and year you entered, lie about going to high school, you won’t be required to prove anything.'”

This is a humanitarian disaster as well a political outrage, and the Obama White House wanted it to happen. (IBD)

SURPRISE! 🙂

The hope for immigration reform this year has been sucked out of perhaps the most optimistic advocate on Capitol Hill: Rep. Luis Gutierrez.

In a fiery floor speech Wednesday, the Illinois Democrat – the leading congressional advocate on the issue – declared the prospects for reform dead this year and said the only option left is for President Barack Obama to take unilateral action to stem deportations.

Using an analogy from the World Cup, Gutierrez said he had already given a “yellow card” to the House GOP as a warning that if they continued to drag their feet on immigration reform, Obama would move on deportation relief on his own.

Gutierrez had called on Republicans to produce immigration reform legislation before the Fourth of July recess, which begins next week. Other Democrats on Capitol Hill have pressured the GOP to move on immigration bills by August.

“I gave you the warning three months ago, and now I have no other choice,” he said. “You’re done. You’re done. Leave the field, too many flagrant offenses and unfair attacks. You’re out. Hit the showers. It’s the red card.”

“Your chance to play a role in how immigration and deportation policies are carried out this year are over,” he declared. “Having given ample time to craft legislation, you failed.” (Politico)

Do it our way or else! 🙂

So I give the last word today to Arizona’s Idiot Savant (mostly idiot):

“I can’t tell you … that we have a great shot at it, but I know the consequences of failure, which will motivate me to continue to try no matter what,” said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), pointing to the need for his party to make inroads with Latino voters. “You can do the demographics, I can show you the math of the rise and influence of the Hispanic voter not only across the southwest but in other parts of the country as well.” (Politico)

What a moron. No wonder they can hide their agenda in plain sight with people as sharp as that in charge… 😦

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Political Cartoons by Glenn Foden

An Earnest White House

I have been quietly waiting for this one. Knowing eventually the never-wrong, always- someone-else’s-fault-for-our-mess Democrats would get around to it, eventually.

After previously saying America’s borders are more secure than ever, the White House on Tuesday seemingly blamed Republicans for apparent holes along the southern boundary, evidenced by the flood of unaccompanied children streaming into the U.S. from Mexico, Central America and elsewhere.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest challenged Republicans, if they are truly concerned about border security, to back the comprehensive immigration reform package that passed the Senate last year and is strongly supported by President Obama.


“If we really wanted to solve this problem, one good way to do it is for those Republicans to get on board … and support common sense immigration reform,” Mr. Earnest told reporters.

aka AMNESTY. Do what we want you to do and everything will be solved. 🙂

Mr. Earnest also said the administration has made a “historic commitment” to border security over the past five years, but the White House last week announced a new surge of resources to combat the stream of illegal immigrants.

Orwell is smiling upon you my son.

It’s all your fault, you Raci$ts! If you just did everything we ask, when we asked, without question, then there wouldn’t be any problem!

So when will this be Bush’s Fault? 🙂

“Death trains” rumbling through Mexico teeming with children, headed for the U.S. border. Teenage girls raped. Unspeakable violence at the hands of ruthless coyotes, carrying out President Obama’s stunningly reckless new foreign policy.

Of course, Mr. Obama did not issue a formal edict inviting each of the tens of thousands of children pouring over the border from Mexico. He didn’t have to. His executive action legalizing underage illegals in the U.S. was all the invitation they needed. And come they did.

At this hot pace, we will have more than a quarter-million orphaned children on the border by the end of next year — each and every one the sole responsibility of Mr. Obama.

Actions have consequences, Mr. President. And executive actions have executive consequences. You are personally responsible for the harrowing condition of every one of these children. You are personally responsible for ripping apart every single one of these families.

Mr. Obama and congressional Democrats have pursued amnesty for illegals hoping for millions of indentured voters — poor new Americans they believe will feel obligated to vote for Democrats for decades to come. Yes, a sick political gambit.

The End justifies the means. 🙂

But the underlying immigration and foreign policies will be devastating.


Under this kind of open-borders lunacy, America’s immigration policy is no longer about what is best for America and Americans. Under Mr. Obama, America’s immigration policy is about what is best for everybody in the world — except America.

And NEW WELFARE DEMOCRATS to vote for their “saviors”. 🙂

This posture turns the Bush-Cheney foreign doctrine completely on its head. Their philosophy was that the U.S. should fight terrorists abroad so that we don’t have to fight them on American soil.

A who cares about Terrorists coming across the border, certainly not Democrats. After all, the only real terrorists they see are “Baggers”. 🙂

The Nobel Prize-winning Obama-Biden foreign policy is to just take the absolute worst problems from all around the world and bring them here. We can’t handle them either, but let’s just make them our problem.

And what is so amazing about it is that the very people who are hurt the worst under this policy are the various factions of the Democratic Party that put Mr. Obama and his political allies in power in the first place. Countless studies have shown that such a mass influx of poor workers will hurt mainly blacks, unions, other Hispanics and the working poor. Pretty much the only ones to benefit from amnesty will be business owners and big corporations hungry for cheap labor.

And Democrats for cheap voters.

Efforts to sweep the problem under the rug have blown up in the administration’s face.

A former monastery in the heart of Obama country outside Chicago was identified as a good place to house the illegal orphans. The Chicago media went along and kept the story hush-hush until word leaked and an Illinois blog posted a story about it. After a firestorm over social media, the plan was scrapped.

Another effort met a similar demise after the administration and their Democratic allies in the Senate quietly plotted to house the illegal orphans at a shuttered school in rural Brunswick County, Virginia. More than 1,000 people showed up at a meeting to protest.

That is a pretty adamant showing for a town of fewer than 1,500 residents — and pretty scary for Democrats, considering that Mr. Obama carried Brunswick County by more than 25 percentage points in 2012.

As one resident told representatives of the federal government: “Please take your [unaccompanied alien children] and relocate them to D.C., where you can keep a very close eye on their welfare and keep them out of our backyard.” (WP)

But don’t worry, The Democrats will just consider them back country raci$ts and low country morons who don’t understand that Liberals are your superiors and they know better than you on EVERYTHING.

After all, if you just did everything they wanted, when they wanted, because they wanted and just did as you are told there wouldn’t be a problem. 🙂

They are Homo Superior Liberalis, they are just morally and intellectual superior to you low country, greedy, nasty ass raci$ts! 🙂

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

Political Cartoons by Nate Beeler

The Barrage

Central American leaders have taken to lecturing the U.S. on the care and feeding of the tens of thousands of their emigrants who have suddenly flooded our southern border. Have they no shame?

Apparently they don’t, though the Spanish language has a very strong word — sinverguenza — for such gall.

Start with Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernandez. After 37,049 of his countrymen were repatriated by the U.S. after fleeing in 2013, he told Fusion: “I’ve asked the United States government to treat this matter with the utmost care from a humanitarian perspective. They are kids in search of their parents, and they have the complete right to be with their parents.”

And where has he been the last eight days? Not in Honduras, where the crisis starts, but attending the World Cup in Brazil, in an eight-day extended vacation, missing a critical meeting last week with Vice President Joe Biden, who arrived with $254.6 million in free (for him) U.S. taxpayer cash for the region.

Ambassador Jorge Milla Reyes went his boss one better by declaring that the U.S. had probably violated “international treaties” in its handling of tens of thousands of his fleeing countrymen, something that perturbed him in a way the conditions in his own country did not.

“We have serious doubts about the possibility of a violation of some norms reflected in international treaties,” he told Reuters, without specifying which treaties the U.S. may have violated.

Then there was the Salvadoran ambassador to the U.S., Ruben Zamora. After 21,602 of his countrymen were deported from the states in 2013, he declared that the U.S. must respect “the universal rights” of the tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors — who have fled the horrors of his country.

Less offensive was the Guatemalan ambassador, Julio Ligorria. He admitted to Univision over the weekend that “it’s essentially lack of opportunities” in his own country that is driving his people north.

And that gets to the nub of it — the absence of working economies in these purported popular (and leftist) democracies.

On the Heritage Foundation’s 2013 Index of Economic Freedom, Honduras ranked a miserable No. 96 out of 177 countries, below the world average. Labor freedom in particular was low, meaning job creation is all but nil.

El Salvador ranked No. 53, with high corruption and a downtrend since the election of a leftist government hostile to capitalism, while Guatemala ranked No. 85. What’s more, these three nations are absolutely dependent on remittances as lifelines to their low-growth economies.

In El Salvador, remittances comprise 16.5% of GDP, in Honduras, 15.7% and in Guatemala, 10% — far higher percentages than other Latin countries, according to the Pew Research Hispanic Trends Project.

With facts on the ground like these, the only appropriate retort to such shameless leaders and envoys is what now-retired Spanish King Juan Carlos famously told Hugo Chavez: “Porque no te callas?” — why don’t you shut up?

Why would they, Obama is bribing them to continue the barrage. Gotta have all those new Welfare Democrats!

Oops! There is go being “raci$t” again! Silly me…

 

Political Cartoons by Robert Ariail

Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell

Political Cartoons by Nate Beeler

Science & Religion

When future generations try to understand how the world got carried away around the end of the 20th century by the panic over global warming, few things will amaze them more than the part played in stoking up the scare by the fiddling of official temperature data. There was already much evidence of this seven years ago, when I was writing my history of the scare, The Real Global Warming Disaster. But now another damning example has been uncovered by Steven Goddard’s US blog Real Science, showing how shamelessly manipulated has been one of the world’s most influential climate records, the graph of US surface temperature records published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Goddard shows how, in recent years, NOAA’s US Historical Climatology Network (USHCN) has been “adjusting” its record by replacing real temperatures with data “fabricated” by computer models. The effect of this has been to downgrade earlier temperatures and to exaggerate those from recent decades, to give the impression that the Earth has been warming up much more than is justified by the actual data. In several posts headed “Data tampering at USHCN/GISS”, Goddard compares the currently published temperature graphs with those based only on temperatures measured at the time. These show that the US has actually been cooling since the Thirties, the hottest decade on record; whereas the latest graph, nearly half of it based on “fabricated” data, shows it to have been warming at a rate equivalent to more than 3 degrees centigrade per century.

When I first began examining the global-warming scare, I found nothing more puzzling than the way officially approved scientists kept on being shown to have finagled their data, as in that ludicrous “hockey stick” graph, pretending to prove that the world had suddenly become much hotter than at any time in 1,000 years. Any theory needing to rely so consistently on fudging the evidence, I concluded, must be looked on not as science at all, but as simply a rather alarming case study in the aberrations of group psychology. (Christopher Booker, UK Telegraph)

Uncorrupted US Temperature Data Showed Cooling From 1930 To 1999

The data was originally on the GISS web site at the URL below, but has since been deleted. I can’t imagine why.

http://www.giss.nasa.gov/data/update/gistemp/graphs/FigD.txt
:)
Temperatures have also cooled in the 12 years since Hansen corrupted the US temperature record.

Bottom line is that the US has been cooling for 80 years, and Hansen et al have completely corrupted the data set.

As I have said all along, “Global Cooling…Warming…Change…Disruption” is a leftist political scam, not actual science.
It’s science with a Political Agenda.

And as we know with the Left, THE AGENDA IS AGENDA and the consequences or the Truth be damned!

Mia Nony, a commenter, said:

“WE ARE RUNNING OUT OF SUNLIGHT IN 4 BILLION YEARS:
SINCE SUNLIGHT IS THEREFORE A SCARCE COMMODITY, HENCEFORTH SUN BATHING IS FORBIDDEN.”

And that Global Warming is Both Religion AND Politics.

I couldn’t agree more with that statement. And that’s the problem and why having a rational discussion on it is so hard.

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Obama Fatique

With 2½ years left in the Obama presidency, it is at least an open question what will be left of it by December 2016. Or us.

In this week’s Wall Street Journal-NBC poll, conducted as the disintegration of Iraq began, Mr. Obama’s approval rating has fallen to 41% and his handling of foreign policy to 37%.

Respondents to this poll know what is going on in the world—Ukraine destabilized, Iraq disintegrating, their economy eternally recovering.

Mr. Obama’s world this week consisted of flying to the University of California-Irvine to give a speech about a) himself (check the text if you doubt it) and b) climate change. On Wednesday he was in New York City for a midtown fundraiser, an LGBT fundraiser and a third, $32,000 per person fundraiser at the home of Vogue editor Anna Wintour.

The Hill newspaper ran a piece earlier this week wondering if Mr. Obama is “done with Washington.” Jamal Simmons, a Democratic strategist, says, “He’s never really made it a secret he’s not a fan of this place.” Or Syria. Or Ukraine. Or Iraq.

The defenders of the Obama presidency—which increasingly is becoming a project separate from the person—argue that GOP obstruction thwarted the president’s agenda. If the Republicans were the rank partisans of Democratic myth, Eric Cantor would still be Majority Leader and Mississippi’s Sen. Thad Cochran would be waltzing to his seventh term.

As to the American people now pushing his approval below 40%, Barack Obama entered office with more good will than any president since John F. Kennedy. If the Obama presidency has run out of aerobic capacity 2½ years from the finish line, it is because of Mr. Obama’s own decisions. He did this to himself.

If there’s one Obama foreign-policy decision that sticks in anyone’s mind it is the “red line” in Syria. It was Mr. Obama’s decision last September, at Vladimir Putin’s invitation, to step back from his own criteria for punishing Syria’s Bashar Assad if he used chemical weapons against his own people. The voters now tanking Mr. Obama’s foreign affairs number don’t think it’s just random bad luck that Russian tanks ended up in Ukraine and some al Qaeda group they’ve never heard of took over half of Iraq in two days. The world is slipping beyond President Obama’s control, or interest. From here on out, it—and we—are in God’s hands.

Meanwhile, the Obama domestic presidency is entering its Lois Lerner phase. The Internal Revenue Service says it lost Ms. Lerner’s hard drive with emails relevant to its audits of numerous conservative citizen groups. Actually, the IRS says Lois herself lost them because the emails were on her own PC.

Then Tuesday, House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa said the IRS also lost similarly relevant emails from six other IRS employees. At a hearing Friday, he will ask IRS Commissioner John Koskinen to explain the AWOL emails.

On Jan. 27, 2010, Mr. Obama used his State of the Union speech to explicitly criticize the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, seated in front of him, for their campaign-finance ruling in Citizens United v. FEC.

The forces Mr. Obama put in motion with this attack were described in a seminal piece for this newspaper by former FEC Chairman Bradley Smith—”Connecting the Dots in the IRS Scandal.” Through 2012, a succession of Democratic senators urged the IRS to investigate 501(c)(4) nonprofit political groups. Mr. Obama himself in a March 2010 radio address spoke of “shadowy groups with harmless sounding names” that threaten “our democracy.”

Here’s a partial list of the American place names where the “tea party” groups audited by the IRS were organized: Franklin, Tenn.; Livonia, Mich.; Lucas, Texas; Middletown, Del.; Fishersville, Va.; Jackson, N.J.; Redding, Calif.; Chandler, Ariz.; Laurens, S.C.; Woodstown, N.J.; Wetumpka, Ala.; Kahului, Hawaii; Sidney, Ohio; Newalla, Okla.

He’s right, these people do live most of their lives in the shadow of daily American life, out of the public eye. Still, they considered themselves to be very much inside “our democracy.” Then the IRS asked them for the names of their donors, what they talked about, political affiliations.

The IRS tea-party audit story isn’t Watergate; it’s worse than Watergate.

The Watergate break-in was the professionals of the party in power going after the party professionals of the party out of power. The IRS scandal is the party in power going after the most average Americans imaginable.

They didn’t need to do this. The Obama campaign machine was a wonder, perfecting the uses of social media in 2008 and 2012. But the Democrats were so crazed in 2010 by Citizens United, so convinced that anyone’s new political money might bust their hold on power, that they sicced the most feared agency in government on people who disagreed with them.

Barack Obama wanted this job. He didn’t want it to come with Ukraine, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or Darrell Issa. But it does. (WSJ)

Forthcoming

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Rep. Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) lit into IRS Commissioner John Koskinen over the missing Lois Lerner emails at a Friday House Ways and Means Committee hearing, flatly telling him he didn’t believe his excuse for them being gone.

The emails of Lerner, the former tax-exemption chief at the center of the investigation into IRS targeting of conservative groups, were reported lost in a “hard drive crash,” an explanation which Koskinen said was on the line.

“I’m sitting here, listening to this testimony, I don’t believe it,” Ryan said. “That’s your problem. Nobody believes you. The Internal Revenue Service comes to us a couple years ago and misleads us and tells us no targeting is occurring. Then it said it was a few rogue agents in Cincinnati. Then it said it was also on progressives. All of those things have been proven untrue.”

Ryan called Koskinen’s explanation for the loss of the emails “unbelievable.”

“You are the Internal Revenue Service,” he said. “You can reach into the lives of hard-working taxpayers and with a phone call, an e-mail or a letter you can turn their lives upside down. You ask taxpayers to hand onto seven years of their personal tax information in case they are ever audited and you can’t keep six months worth of employee e-mails? And now that we are seeing this investigation, you don’t have the e-mails, hard drives crashed. You learned about this months ago. You just told us, and we had to ask you on Monday.”

This is not being forthcoming, he said.

“This is being misleading again,” Ryan said. “This is a pattern of abuse, a pattern of behavior that is not giving us any confidence that this agency is being impartial. I don’t believe you. This is incredible.” (WFB)

Gee, I guess they should have used a reel-to-reel audio tape under the desk. Then the Democrats would actually care. 🙂

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One of the seven people, including Lois Lerner who lost emails from the period of Tea Party targeting by the IRS, served as chief of staff to former IRS head Steven Miller. She also made 35 visits to the White House.

The funny thing about emails is that they are never orphans. When you send one, there’s always a recipient who has his or her own copy. The “lost” Lois Lerner emails had recipients. How about subpoenas to all of them during the Tea Party targeting period? That should help find what we need to know — or maybe not.

It seems six more IRS officials have lost critical emails from that period, a seeming statistical impossibility that shouts out a conspiracy to obstruct justice, and more violations of the Federal Records Act, which requires paper copies of these emails to be printed and stored just in case of computer problems.

One of those officials who received Lerner emails and also lost them was Nikole Flax, chief of staff to former IRS Commissioner Steven Miller. Miller, who was fired in the wake of the targeting scandal, visited the White House more than most Cabinet members.

Flax, as the Daily Caller reports, “made 31 visits to the White House between July 12, 2010, and May 8, 2013, according to White House visitor logs.”

While not quite as numerous as another former IRS Commissioner, Douglas Shulman, who made some 118 visits — including one he testified was for the Easter egg roll on the White House lawn — Flax’s visits dovetail nicely with key points in the IRS scandal.

The visits started just as the IRS’ targeting of the Tea Party began; the last occurred two days before the scandal broke in May 2013. On the day of her last visit, according to the Daily Caller, Flax got an email from Lerner seeking advice on a plan to coordinate with the Justice Department to criminally prosecute conservative activists.

Responding to this email, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request filed by Judicial Watch, Flax gave the green light to Lerner’s plan to coordinate criminal prosecutions with DOJ, a suggestion that had been made by Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse.

We also know that Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings’ staff was in contact with Lerner about the conservative group True the Vote.

Whitehouse and Cummings might be two of the “Democratic offices” referred to in a statement from the House Ways and Means Committee when it derided IRS’ claims that “it cannot produce emails written only to or from Lerner and outside agencies or groups, such as the White House, Treasury, Department of Justice, FEC, or Democrat offices.” (IBD)

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Less Offensive

Whatever one’s view about the name “Redskins,” the public should worry about the government bowing to political pressure and stripping a trademark nearly 80 years after it was first used. Where will it end?

Surely the Cleveland Indians’ mascot has to go. Chief Wahoo is a goofy cartoon depiction of a Native American, whereas the Redskins logo shows a dignified and stoic warrior.

And the Atlanta Braves….

And how about the “Fighting Irish”? Doesn’t that feed into the disparaging image of drunken Irishmen? Or the “Buccaneers” and the “Raiders,” which seem to be derogatory terms for pirates? How many “Vikings” mascots wear a farcical, and historically inaccurate, horned helmet?

Or the Red Mesa High School Redskins, on the Navajo Nation in Northern Arizona. 🙂

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Currently, federal trademark law does not allow the registration of any names that bring individuals or groups into contempt or disrepute. The PTO cited this rule in their decision regarding the Redskins’ name.

Here are twelve other trademarked names that apparently didn’t come up on anyone’s offense radar.

Yes, that is a trademark for FAG. FAG is a mark for “technical lubricating oils and greases.” Yep. The mark is registered and is not pending cancelation. This is not offensive according to the USPTO.

Figgas over Niggas: This pending trademark seeks to cover a line of “Apparel for dancers, namely, tee shirts, sweatshirts, pants, leggings, shorts and jackets.” “Niggas,” of course, is a slang version of the word “nigger,” a term considered highly offensive towards black Americans.

Kraut Kap: Another recently-filed trademark, this one for a line of plastic lids. “Kraut” was made famous in World War II as a derogatory term for opposing German soldiers, as well as Germans in general.

Dago Swagg: A label created for a line of clothing. ”Dago” is a corruption of the common name Diego, and is used in English-speaking countries as an offensive term for those of Italian descent, and occasionally people from other Mediterranean countries as well.

Cracka Azz Skateboards: Unsurprisingly, this trademark was taken out for a line of skateboards and longboards, as well as associated clothing such as bandannas. While the USPTO helpfully notes that “The wording ‘cracka azz’ has no meaning in a foreign language,” “cracka” is a slang version of “cracker,” which in this context is a term of derision for whites, used primarily within the black community.

You Can’t Make A Housewife Out Of A Whore: This trademark for T-shirts and hats appears to imply that women involved in prostitution can never transition into the domestic role of a housewife. Such an accusation would certainly “bring them into contempt or disrepute,” the stated reasoning for eliminating the Redskins trademark.

Blanco Basura: A seemingly innocuous phrase, Blanco Basura, rendered into English, is actually the highly offensive slur “white trash.” White trash is a derogatory insult that typically refers to poor, white Americans, who have a penchant for crime and a patent disrespect for authority. Apparently, they thought they could go unnoticed designing a hateful beer.

Home Cookin Biscuit Head: Intentionality, as we well know, is not required in order for something to be highly, highly offensive. They should’ve done their due diligence before designing this logo for the restaurant industry. The term “biscuit head” has its origins in the Korean War, when American GIs picked this unseemly term to describe the shape of Koreans’ heads.

‘teensdoporn.com’: This is a classic example (Safe For Work) of a harmful stereotype used to justify condescension toward teens in the form of countless hours of sex-ed in high school. It wrongfully supposes that all teens are sex-crazed maniacs, who given the chance, will opt for trading their sexuality on a website for fame and fortune.

Gypsy Soule Women Who Live By Their Own Rules: This line of makeup containers and tote bags is a double whammy. “Gypsy” is a term for the itinerant Romani people that derives from the erroneous belief they originated from Egypt, rather than India. In addition, the “Live by their own rules” component hearkens to the common stereotype that Romani routinely ignore the law and engage in criminality.

Mammy Jamia’s: A company going by the name of A & S Cairns Limited has decided to attach its good name to an antebellum slur used to refer to an enslaved black woman who was in charge of household affairs, particularly caring for white children. The product? Frozen fruits and vegetables. Was it really worth it, A &S?

Uppity Negro: Intended to be imprinted on mugs and apparel, this trademark references the frequently used adjective “uppity” to describe blacks who agitated for greater respect and civil rights in the Jim Crow-era South.

All Natural My Dadz Nutz Carmelized Jumbo Redskins: Available at MyDadzNutz.com, this line of savory peanuts is unlikely to run into trouble for applying “redskin” to a line of peanuts. One might argue the two terms describe different things, and so the overlap does not matter, but that hasn’t stopped the old name for Brazil nuts from fading away. Kaffir limes, meanwhile, are a discouraged name in the Oxford Companion to Food, as “kaffir” is a highly offensive term for blacks in South Africa. (DC)

http://dailycaller.com/2014/06/18/12-team-names-the-pc-police-want-outta-here-slideshow/screen-shot-2014-06-12-at-3-35-09-pm/

And since the law specifically forbids “immoral” or “scandalous” matter, how is it that the USPTO saw fit to make “Boobies Make Me Smile” a registered trademark? Or “PornHub”? There must be plenty of people who find those deeply offensive.

Perhaps, rather than let the Patent Office use that 1946 law to appease today’s interest groups, Congress should strip it of this moral authority altogether, or at least strictly limit it. After all, isn’t the free market a better arbiter of what’s appropriate in today’s society than a handful of pale-faced Washington bureaucrats?

Much Better than Washington Redskins… 🙂

No selective PC “moral outrage” or Political hackery here. Move along…. 🙂

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Michael Ramirez Cartoon

Scalped By Big Brother

The United States Patent and Trademark Office canceled six federal trademark registrations for the NFL’s Washington Redskins on Wednesday, saying the nickname is “disparaging to Native Americans” and cannot be trademarked under federal law that prohibits trademark protection on offensive or disparaging language.

Big Brother and his Politically Correct radical cronies are mad at you and you won;t do what they want so we’ll just have to push you. And if you still won’t do it we’ll have to come up with something else.

I personally could care less, I’m not a football fan anymore, but I am not a fan of President Fiat and his Regulatory army of Leftists.

But my contribution to the Politically Correct Hyperventilating Crowd:  I think they should change it to “Code Talkers” (after the WWII Hero Navajos) or “NAW- The Native American Warriors” That way if anyone has a problem they can just “NAW, no problem.” 🙂

After all, the same Administration, along with it’s lapdogs in Congress, want to increase the gas tax from 18 cents to 30 cents. Doesn’t sound like a lot until you start thinking volume, like truckers (who deliver your goods to stores) or “Poor people” who are already strapped by Obama.

The Feds already make more profit from a gallon of gas that the company that produced it. Also, since Government won’t cut spending they have to increase taxes on you. So do you like paying more because the drug addicts in Washington can’t stop themselves?

And why is the Federal Highway Fund almost bankrupt (other than just the usual government inefficiency)?  Because the cars today get better gas mileage so they use less gas, thus less tax money.

Now who has been pushing that?  Government.

Obama himself is pushing hard for even more withing the next few years, or else Uncle Sam was going to be very cross with the Car companies.

So in a few years if they raise the tax again because it will dry up again and they’ll want to raise it again!

Again, cutting spending will never have occurred to drug addicted darlings in Washington or their cohorts.

Reaching into your pocket does. Doesn’t that make you happy? 🙂

After all, Obama is going to make your electricity rates “skyrocket”. You can afford it. 🙂

Then there’s ObamaCare. 🙂

Well, They ain’t done yet. Your Job may be Next. Be Happy.

The head of a leading environmental group recently defended job losses from the Obama administration’s new anti-carbon regulations as “collateral damage” in the fight against global warming. Joseph Schumpeter must be turning over in his grave.Writing in the Huffington Post, William Becker of the Climate Action Project praised the new Environmental Protection Agency regulations to stop climate change, and wrote that “there is nothing explicit in the (Obama) plan to mitigate or adapt to the economic disruption the clean energy transition will cause for coal and oil-country families.”

Translation: F*Ck ’em all! (That’s that famed and much touted liberal “compassion”).

These families thrown out of work, he said, are an “evolutionary step in technology and the economy” and a move toward “economic progress.”

Despite the fact that the “new technology” doesn’t actually work or is grossly more expensive, who cares! THE AGENDA IS THE AGENDA and anyone who gets in our way is going to get mowed down!! (More of that famed liberal “sensitivity”)

And his solution to the increase in unemployment in West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio is to create yet another job training program, as if that will compensate for turning workers’ lives upside down.

They can train them how to be good Welfare Democrats. 🙂

These comments may seem offensive and elitist (imagine the media outcry if an industry representative described workers laid off as “collateral damage”). But at least Becker is honest about the negative impact of the radical anti-carbon lobby’s crusade on middle class families.

Yeah, he honestly doesn’t care. 🙂

The Obama administration fantasizes that this knife to the throat of our domestic energy industry will somehow create “green” jobs. On the contrary.

A study by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce finds that the new EPA regulations will destroy 200,000 mostly blue-collar energy jobs, reduce the U.S. GDP by about $50 billion a year and cost families thousands of dollars over the next decade in higher energy costs.

Becker writes that this disruption to the lives and livelihoods of middle-class blue-collar Americans is a natural “evolutionary” step toward a mature 21st-century economy, and likens the new government rules to the typewriter industry being displaced in the 1980s by the computer.

But he doesn’t get the Schumpeterian concept of “creative destruction.”

Economic modernization is beneficial and wealth-enhancing if it is driven by a free market in ways that reduce costs and increase output. Obama’s green “evolutionary” step is due not to market forces but an edict from the government that will force people to use more inefficient sources of energy.

How is using a 500-year-old technology (wind power) — which is two to three times more costly than fossil fuel electricity — an evolutionary step toward anything but the poor house? This is anti-progress.

It’s easy for wealthy elites in the green movement to be so cavalier about destroying high-paying energy industry jobs. This won’t disrupt their lives much at all. They aren’t facing the collateral damage from the loss of their jobs as university professors, hedge fund managers, community activists and heads of “charitable” research organizations.

Hopefully, statements such as those from Becker will awaken workers in blue-collar industries across the country to the fact that they can no longer coexist in a political movement whose leadership views the squeeze on the middle class and the loss of jobs as acceptable “collateral damage.” (IBD)

THE AGENDA IS THE AGENDA! Damn The Consequences Full Steam Ahead!

Scalp ’em if you have to!

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Michael Ramirez Cartoon

This is Your Money

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) spent almost $29 million to cover Medicare Part D prescription drugs for 4,139 individuals “unlawfully present” in the U.S. and thus ineligible to receive federal health care benefits, according to an audit by Daniel Levinson, inspector general of the Department of Health & Human Services.

CMS “inappropriately accepted 279,056 PDE [prescription drug event] records with unallowable gross drug costs totaling $28,990,718” between 2009 and 2011, Levinson reported. Total federal expenditures under Medicare Part D during that same two-year time period came to $227 billion.

Medicare Parts A and B cover hospitalization, skilled nursing care, doctor visits, and other medical services and supplies. The IG previously reported in January that CMS had also paid $91.6 million to health care providers to cover 2,600 ineligible illegal aliens.

And with them flooding the border in record numbers and ObamaCare and besides:

“When a Mexican, or any other citizen, crosses a boarder, let’s say illegally, they are not committing a crime. They are doing it illegally, but they are not committing a crime. No, they are not. Check your law,” Public Affairs Minister Ariel Moutsatos-Morales says. (CNS)

The unallowable payments were made by CMS despite the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, which prohibits illegal aliens from receiving federal health care benefits, and CMS’ own 2003 memo warning: “Make no payments for Medicare services furnished to an alien beneficiary who is not lawfully present in the United States.”

Like Liberals care about The Rule of Law. They care about the Rule of The Agenda.

Medicare Part D is a voluntary program that requires individuals who are entitled to benefits under Part A or enrolled in Part B to opt in by filling out a form to enroll in a federally approved prescription drug plan that has a contract with CMS. Enrollee premiums cover about a quarter of the overall cost, with Medicare picking up the rest.

Each time a Medicare Part D beneficiary fills a prescription, his or her plan sponsor is required to fill out a PDE and submit it to CMS. Medicare Part D providers receive “prospective payments…based on information in the sponsors’ approved annual bids” which are later reconciled with actual prescription costs.

CMS uses data from the Social Security Administration to determine Medicare eligibility, but “CMS did not have a policy addressing payments for unlawfully present beneficiaries under Medicare Part D that was equivalent to the existing policy that covers payments for these beneficiaries under Parts A and B,” the IG reported.

“Because CMS did not have such a policy, it did not have internal controls to identify and disenroll unlawfully present beneficiaries and to automatically reject PDE records associated with them,” auditors noted.

The IG recommended that CMS “develop and implement controls to ensure that Medicare does not pay for prescription drugs for unlawfully present beneficiaries” by preventing them from enrolling, disenrolling those already in the Medicare Part D system, and “automatically rejecting PDE records submitted by sponsors for prescription drugs provided to this population.”

The IG also recommended that CMS take steps to recover the $29 million. However, CMS said that “there was no effective way to fully recover the improper payments in question without first implementing the appropriate policies and procedures” that would have prevented the overpayment problem in the first place. (CNS)

The electricity price index and the average price for a kilowatthour (KWH) of electricity both hit records for May, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The average price for a KWH hit 13.6 cents during the month, up about 3.8 percent from 13.1 cents in May 2013.

The seasonally adjusted electricity price index rose from 201.431 in May 2013 to 208.655 in May 2014—an increase of about 3.6 percent.

If the prevailing trend holds, the price of electricity will hit an all-time record high this summer, when demand for electricity is at its peak.

And remember Obama is having the EPA screw these producers of electricity for his “green” agenda so that they’ll go even higher. But hey, that’s “fighting” “Global Warming” for you… 🙂

In 2008, President Obama said he would “bankrupt” coal plant owners and force energy prices across the U.S. to “skyrocket” as part of his plan to combat global warming – and now a new EPA rule on power plant emissions promises to do just that, slashing as much as 40 percent of the nation’s power supply and possibly even doubling Americans’ energy bills.

“So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it’s just that it will bankrupt them, because they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted” Obama told the San Francisco Chronicle editorial board in January 2008.

He added, “Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. Even regardless of what I say about whether coal is good or bad. Because I’m capping greenhouse gases, coal power plants, you know, natural gas, you name it — whatever the plants were, whatever the industry was, they would have to, uh, retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that money on to consumers.” (WND)

The Agenda is The Agenda!

Daniel Simmons, vice president of policy at the Institute for Energy Research  told WND the new rule slashes emissions standards in half from existing levels, and he believes future coal plants are not the only targets here.

“If they are able to do this, and if they get away with it, they will then go after existing coal-fired power plants,” Simmons warned.

According to Simmons, coal provides about 40 percent of the nation’s power supply, and it is not at all clear how that would be replaced.

“That’s a heck of a lot of electricity that would have to be made up somewhere. We’re talking about dramatically increasing the cost of electricity all to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. I think that is the real goal,” said Simmons, who has not officially crunched the numbers but firmly believes if the EPA proceeds with the rule it will have disastrous effects on American pocketbooks and the economy at large.

“It could get awfully expensive,” he said. “Some people might see their electricity rates double. If there’s no backup power plants, that means electricity is going to get awfully expensive when you have shortages around the country. If we want to build manufacturing in this country again, the cost of electricity is critical. Otherwise, companies are going to go places where electricity is reliable and inexpensive, and the EPA is trying to make it so that the electricity in the United States is neither reliable nor inexpensive.” (WND)

But you’ll get stuck with the bill!! 🙂

Don’t worry, Be Happy…

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Missing

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

The IRS said it could not recover an untold number of emails to and from Lois Lerner, the former head of the IRS tax-exempt organizations unit, because of a hard drive crash. That time period — from January 2009 to April 2011 – included a critical time in the IRS’ extra scrutinizing of Tea Party and other conservative groups.

Lerner has refused to testify on the subject, meaning that her emails are one of the only records of what happened in her own words.

How convenient. I suppose the backups also “disappeared” mysteriously.

Gee, maybe Nixon should have just said, “hey, the tapes were mangled. It happens” and Woodward & Bernstein would have go, “oh, yeah happens every day. Nothing to see here” and go on their way.

Asked by a reporter aboard Air Force One whether he thought the technical glitch was in fact a “reasonable explanation,” Earnest, the incoming press secretary, was at first dismissive.

So, he’s the next Liar-For-The-King that explains it. 🙂

“You’ve never heard of a computer crashing before?” Earnest asked.

Whoopsie, How clumsy are we… 🙂

When pressed that emails are stored on servers and not hard drives, Earnest gave a more detailed response, including attacking Republicans in Congress.

“I think it’s entirely reasonable because it’s the truth and it’s a fact,” Earnest said. “And speculation otherwise I think is indicative of conspiracies that are propagated in a way that left people with a disinformation about exactly what occurred.”

Earnest said the IRS provided 67,000 emails to and from Lerner to congressional committees. He said this included emails during the period of time that the IRS said the crash included.

“So a good-faith effort has been made by the IRS to cooperate with congressional oversight,” Earnest continued. “The far-fetched skepticism expressed by some Republican members of Congress is not at all surprising and not particularly believable.”

The IRS notified Congress late Friday afternoon that because of a computer crash in 2011, it would not be able to recover some of Lerner’s emails from January 2009 to April 2011.

An IT expert told TheBlaze Friday it would be nearly impossible for the IRS not to have backup for such emails.

Norman Cillo, an Army veteran who worked in intelligence and a former program manager at Microsoft, argued it is very difficult to lose emails for good and believes Congress is “being lied to.”

D’oh!

 Anyone wanna ask the NSA? 🙂

The IRS descends into criminal enterprise, with word of a 26-month gap of lost emails from the very period it was illegally targeting Tea Party groups. Computer crash? Try obstruction of justice.

Just as the claim that President Nixon’s secretary, Rose Mary Woods, inadvertently hit the “erase” button instead of “pause” gave impetus to the drive to impeach Nixon, so too should the IRS announcement that it can’t find two years of Lois Lerner’s emails lead to a criminal investigation of this administration and creation of a select committee.

In April we wrote, “Lois Lerner Should Go To Jail.” We think so now more than ever and also that she shouldn’t be the only one to be measured for an orange jumpsuit. As in Watergate, this fish rots from the head.

We are reminded how, during his Arizona State University commencement speech in 2009, President Obama noted that ASU had refused to grant him an honorary degree and “joked” that “President (Michael) Crowe and the Board of Regents will soon learn all about being audited by the IRS.”

The joke was not funny then and is less funny now. It was a predictor of administration behavior. Lerner’s knowledge of and participation in planning to use the IRS as a political weapon, in coordination with the White House, is why she twice invoked the Fifth Amendment in her congressional visits, even as she was cooperating — or is it coordinating? — with Eric Holder’s Justice Department.

As Joseph Curl notes in the Washington Times, the Articles of Impeachment against Nixon charged that he “endeavored to obtain from the Internal Revenue Service, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, confidential information contained in income tax returns for purposes not authorized by law, and to cause, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, income tax audits or other income tax investigation to be initiated or conducted in a discriminatory manner.”

Sounds like IRS targeting of the Tea Party to us. The president’s defenders have told of rogue agents in Cincinnati and other tales while claiming that the trail doesn’t lead to the White House. The missing Lerner emails might show a trail straight into the Oval Office.

A statement from the House Ways and Means Committee after Friday’s announcement noted how implausible and convenient it was that the IRS computer crashed and lost Lerner emails from January 2009 to April 2011.

Due to the supposed crash, it said, the agency has only Lerner’s emails to and from other IRS staff during this time. The IRS says it can’t produce emails “written only to or from Lerner and outside agencies or groups, such as the White House, Treasury, Department of Justice, FEC, or Democrat offices.”

Lerner was justifiably charged with contempt of Congress. The entire Obama administration is in contempt of Congress, the American people, the law and the Constitution. As in Watergate, more than a few individuals warrant prosecution and incarceration. But that would have to come from Eric Holder’s Justice Department, an organization shown to be as corrupt as the IRS.

Watergate’s John Mitchell was the first attorney general to be convicted and imprisoned due to illegal activities. We suggest that he shouldn’t be the last. (IBD)

But he’s the Kings loyal hatchet man. So you’ll just have to get over it. Move on…Nothing to see here.

Chaos Theory

http://www.myfoxboston.com/video?clipId=10265401&topVideoCatNo=238258&autoStart=true

Immigration: As an unprecedented wave of undocumented children from Central America spills over our Texas border, a veteran lawmen’s organization has declared it an “orchestrated” event. If so, who benefits?

To date, there hasn’t been a word from the White House or its agencies urging families in Honduras, Guatemala or El Salvador not to send their children alone through Mexico’s merciless badlands infested with cartel criminals to reach the U.S. There’s some Twitter activity and little else.

But the newspapers and television stations throughout Central America are falsely reporting that amnesty will be theirs if they can just make it through the Mexican obstacle course — and that the time to do it is now.

It doesn’t matter that these children are likely to succumb to desert heat, be snatched by vicious human traffickers, forced into prostitution, slavery or the drug trade, or simply murdered as has already happened to thousands, as the white crosses at the border can attest.

Not since the radio broadcasts that triggered Rwanda’s Tutsi massacres in 1994 has such false information been spread unchecked by authorities who might be able with just their words to make a difference.

U.S. embassy websites still have no warnings to Central Americans about not sending children north, and until recently the U.S. embassy in Guatemala’s website prominently featured links to President Obama’s campaign website with his speech declaring to Guatemalans that “our immigration system is broken.”

So no wonder the National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers, after 50,000 apprehensions of border crossers in south Texas, declared this week that “certainly we are not gullible enough to believe that thousands of unaccompanied minor Central American children came to America without the encouragement, aid and assistance of the United States government.”

Besides the valuable observations of veteran lawmen who know the patterns of the border and can spot anomalies, the evidence that the flood of illegals is an orchestrated event, and not spontaneous, is piling up.

Not long ago, Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, a foe of illegal immigration, stated that based on evidence he’d seen and conversations he had with lawmen, there appeared to be an ongoing political campaign to destroy law enforcement at the border — something the former border agents called an effort to create “a failed state” on the border. If so, it’s a page straight out of the Cloward-Piven theory President Obama was so influenced by as a community organizer and at Columbia.

Meanwhile, Vice President Joe Biden, who frequently lets the truth slip out beyond the spin, stated this week that America needs a “constant” inflow of immigrants, supporting the argument that the White House is seeking a vast pool of illegal immigrants to ensure a long-term stream of Democrat voters.

The strategy is to create chaos — not just to punish political opponents such as Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, whose state is becoming a dumping ground for Obama’s catch-and-release policy.

The idea of inflicting chaos for political purposes has been White House border policy for some time, based on its Fast and Furious scandal, in which thousands of U.S. weapons were allowed to reach Mexico’s cartels. It was done to create chaos in Mexico and the U.S. and, as a result, to whip up public support for gun control.

Such a strategy requires political loyalists, not lawmen dedicated to the law first. In 2009, President Obama so badly wanted La Raza board director Mari Aponte as U.S. ambassador to El Salvador that he installed her in the job in a recess appointment.

That conflict of interest between U.S. immigration law and La Raza — a group that strongly opposes U.S. immigration law— didn’t concern Obama. Indeed, it seemed that was why Aponte appealed to him. And he appointed her despite her anti-American past, including a relationship with an agent of Cuba’s secret intelligence service, the DGI. That scuppered her nomination as ambassador to the Dominican Republic in 1998.

There will be many who dismiss concerns about an orchestrated campaign. But the signs are everywhere. And there’s just one beneficiary to this misery on the border — the Obama White House. (IBD)

And THE AGENDA IS THE AGENDA…

ALL HAIL THE AGENDA! 🙂

 

Amnesty

Not since a 42-to-1 underdog named Buster Douglas knocked out undefeated heavyweight champion Mike Tyson in 1990 has there been an upset like economics professor Dave Brat defeating House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the Republican primary in Virginia.

You couldn’t write a script like this for a movie and have it be believable. Congressman Eric Cantor, with all kinds of name recognition, and outspending his opponent by 5 million dollars to $100,000, lost 55 percent to 45 percent against somebody that virtually nobody ever heard of before. Polls, incidentally, had predicted that Cantor would defeat Brat 62 percent to 28 percent.

To add a touch of absolute fantasy to the story, Dave Brat’s Democratic opponent this fall is another professor at the same Randolph-Macon College where Professor Brat teaches.

Who would believe that in a movie?

In the end, all of this will be just a curious footnote to what this election means to the Republican Party and — more important — to the country at large.

To those in the media who see everything as just a contest — a “horse race,” as they say — between different individuals and factions, this is being reported as a victory of the Tea Party over the Republican establishment.

One of the encouraging things about Professor Brat is that he apparently does not see it that way. He says that he is for the same principles as other Republicans, but that he believes in putting those principles into practice.

Unlike those Republicans on either the establishment side or the Tea Party side who are preoccupied with their internal party battles, Dave Brat is focused on the issues confronting this country at a crucial juncture in history and with the immediate task of defeating the Democrats in this fall’s election.

If this primary election defeat puts an end to cocky talk by Republican establishment leaders about crushing their Tea Party rivals, there may be some hope that they can spare some time to deal with the serious issues facing this country, rather than their own ego indulgences.

A key issue in this campaign was amnesty for illegal immigrants. Apparently the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives — which is to say, House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor — thinks that amnesty is not amnesty if you call it “immigration reform” and toss in some fig-leaf requirements before the amnesty kicks in.

Immigration laws are the only laws that are discussed almost entirely in terms of what can be done to help those who have broken the law. Some want to help a little and some want to help a lot. But amnesty lite is still amnesty.

Some people seem to think that amnesty is not amnesty if you throw in requirements for citizenship. Amnesty is not some esoteric concept. It means that you are not going to be punished for breaking the law — and that simply brings laws into contempt. Denying citizenship is not a punishment because crossing the border illegally does not entitle you to citizenship. Providing a legal status short of citizenship is not punishment either.

There is no requirement for either amnesty or for citizenship that President Obama cannot ignore or dilute unilaterally, as he has ignored or diluted existing immigration laws, as well as other laws. Barack Obama is the biggest reason to pass no immigration “reform” laws until after he is gone.

It doesn’t matter what immigration policies you believe in if you don’t control your borders — and the vast numbers of minors flooding across our borders today show that the Obama administration has no intention of controlling the borders. They are more concerned with controlling the border guards and ordering them not to take pictures that show the public what is happening.

If you are serious about controlling the borders, then you pass laws to control the borders first. Some years later, after you can see whether the border has been controlled or not — you can start discussing what our national immigration laws should be.

Otherwise, “comprehensive” immigration reform means granting some form of amnesty up front and promising to control the border later. How many more times are we going to fall for that bait and switch fraud? (Thomas Sowell)

Every time, or, YOU’RE A RACIST! 🙂

Border Patrol officials are swamped by the number of minors crossing illegally into the United States and frustrated that they can’t turn away known Mexican gang members.

Chris Cabrera, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council Local 3307 in the Rio Grande Valley, said that confirmed gang members in Mexico — including those from Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) — are coming into the country to be reunited with their families, National Review reported Friday.

“If he’s a confirmed gang member in his own country, why are we letting him in here? … I’ve heard people come in and say, ‘You’re going to let me go, just like you let my mother go, just like you let my sister go. You’re going to let me go as well, and the government’s going to take care of us,’” Mr. Cabrera told the magazine.

He said that the only way to solve the problem was to implement harsher restrictions on who can be allowed to cross.

“Until we start mandatory detentions, mandatory removals, I don’t think anything is going to change. As a matter of fact, I think it’s going to get worse,” he said, National Review reported.

Other Border Patrol officials said that officers must treat minors with gang-affiliated tattoos the same as anybody else wishing to cross the border.

“It’s upsetting that a lot of them are 16 pr 17 years old and a lot of them are not going to face deportation,” said Art Del Cueto, president of the National Border Patrol Council Local 2544 in Tucson, Ariz, National Review reported.

Mr. Cabrera told the news agency that the Rio Grande Valley location has nine stations. The largest facility is in McAllen, Texas, with a capacity of 275 people. Its agents sees between 700 and 1,500 people daily. (WT)

THE BORDER HAS NEVER BEEN MORE SECURE…NOTHING TO SEE HERE….

In January, just 28,000 people attempted to cross the border; that number spiked to 60,000 in May, according ton Sen. McCain’s office.

The number of children and teenagers traveling alone from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador is expected to reach up to 90,000 across the Southwest border by the end of the year, along with a surge of families with children seeking safe passage into the U.S.

IF YOU RESIST, YOU’RE A RACIST! And Heartless and hate children and families!!

So Bow down to the Future of America, or else, you insensitive racist! 🙂

And where is the GOP exactly? Cowering under their beds and behind the sofa…

The Future’s So Bright…

 

” our borders now are more secure than they have ever been in history.” Jay Carney 2013.

THE RESULTS:  🙂

Political Cartoons by Dana Summers

 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is welcoming members of Congress and their senior staff to tour a temporary shelter being used to house illegal immigrant children — but the invite comes with a list of rules, including a suggestion that members leave their cellphones in their vehicles.

No recording devices will be allowed (We may ask you to leave your cellphone in our vehicle)
No questions will be allowed during the tour, but questions will be addressed later
No interacting with staff and children at the shelter
We will provide photos of the facility after the tour.

But one congressional staffer invited to tour the facility called the planned tours “a dog and pony show.”

“Don’t talk to anyone, don’t record anything you might happen to see, but come visit us and we’ll give you a sanitized story with only the photos and accounts we want you to have,” said the staffer, who requested anonymity.

“This isn’t some totalitarian closed society trying this tactic, this is our own government. They clearly wouldn’t be offering up this kind of dog and pony show if they weren’t hiding a very ugly truth somewhere.” (DC)

Don’t want any “inflammatory” or “racist” picture leaking out now do we… 🙂

The Associated Press (AP) obtained an email from Eligio “Lee” Pena, an assistant patrol agent, that ordered more than 3,000 agents to not speak to reporters about the “humanitarian crisis.” The email allegedly said that reporters are likely to press for details and “may try to disguise themselves” in the process.” 

Pena’s email went on to warn agents that they could be disciplined or even charged with a crime if they speak to media, according to the AP.

This is not the first time Border Patrol agents have been ordered to remain silent on an issue. In May, Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) ordered agents not to speak to reporters regarding the 36,000 convicted criminal illegal immigrants that were released onto U.S. soil.

YOU VILL BE PUNISHED HEIL DER FUHRER- OBAMA!

President Obama reminded Democratic donors that “our future rests” on the success of people brought to the United States illegally as children, who would qualify for citizenship if Congress had passed the DREAM Act.

Yeah, all those Democrats to vote for an absolute Totalitarian takeover. 🙂

“About 30 to 40 percent of the kids in this school, by the way, are DREAM kids,” Obama said Wednesday evening. “You wouldn’t know it looking at them, because they are as American as apple pie.  But every single one of these kids, you might not be able to tell the difference, but a whole bunch of them — they’re worried about whether or not they’re going to be able to finance their college education of their immigrant status.  They’re worried about whether, in fact, this country that they love so deeply loves them back and understands that our future rests on their success.  Why wouldn’t we want to give them that certainty that you are part of the fabric of this nation, we’re counting on you, and we’re going to make sure you succeed?  Why wouldn’t we want to do that?” (NRO)

Especially if they’ll vote for complete and absolute Democrat control of everyone and everything. But he’s not a Dictator-in Waiting…. 🙂

Actual American Citizen, who gives a crap about those RACISTS…Let them rot.

So you have…

Teenage Latin Border Horde ( 47,000 foreign children traveling alone to the U.S. since October — 3 years ago it was 6,000 a year!)
Urged by local media, minors from Mexico and Central America are clogging Border Patrol stations.

 

Falling Down

Not Iraq…:)

Between the Cantor earthquake, the VA scandal (with new allegations cropping up, and bipartisan Congressional action underway), the Bergdahl affair, and the Benghazi select committee, Obamacare’s ongoing flaws and failures have taken a back seat in the political media in recent weeks — even within conservative circles. We’ve been on it, however, covering the CBO’s quiet acknowledgement that it will no longer score the law’s long-term fiscal impact, highlighting the millions of application “discrepancies” that are plaguing “new” “enrollees,” and noting that the law remains as unpopular as ever. Politico now reports that a long-delayed Obamacare feature has been pushed back…again:

The piece of Obamacare meant to help small businesses provide better health insurance options for their workers failed to launch in Year One, and the Obama administration on Tuesday gave the go ahead for 18 states to put part of it on hold once again. The Small Business Health Options Program is Obamacare’s neglected stepchild. As one of two new marketplaces set up by the health care law, SHOP was meant to encourage companies with up to 100 employees to cover their workers and give them a menu of insurance options. The delay leaves the exchange for small employers hobbled in large parts of the country until at least 2016 and creates another element of the law that’s inconsistent from state to state. SHOP has always been in the shadow of the individual exchanges, but unlike HealthCare.gov, which recovered from its fiasco start and signed up 8 million people, the federal SHOP is still nearly moribund. Its website has yet to get off the ground.

 

In the states where small business exchanges will finally open, only one “option” we be available for consumers to “choose.” President Obama repeatedly promised that a centerpiece of his healthcare overhaul would be “choice and competition. He told small businesses owners and employees that SHOP would reduce their rates by 25 percent. His administration estimated earlier this year that roughly two thirds of small businesses will actually face higher premiums. Meanwhile, in spite of their brave-face cheering and “winning streak” declarations from the media, Senate Democrats are still extremely wary of Obamacare’s politics. Here’s what went down in a key Senate committee just yesterday:

The chairwoman of the Senate committee responsible for a spending bill funding implementation of President Barack Obama’s health care law has canceled a vote on the measure after Republicans signaled they would force a series of votes that would be politically painful for some committee Democrats. The move by Maryland Democrat Barbara Mikulski came after several Democrats expressed reservations about voting on amendments related to so-called Obamacare. The bill’s author, Iowa Democrat Tom Harkin, had said the Appropriations Committee would debate and approve the measure on Thursday. But the session never was scheduled by Mikulski, whose spokesman says the schedule is “under review.”
And who, exactly, may have “expressed reservations” about being forced to vote on Republican Obamacare-related amendments? Surprise:

Several Appropriations Democrats, including Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Mark Begich of Alaska, are at risk of losing re-election bids this fall.
Why would these selfless public servants pass up an opportunity to both fund a law they voted for and help “fix” it, as they claim to support? Weird.

Finally, a news report out of Kentucky highlights the problem of increased ER visits in the era of Obamacare. Increased coverage levels was supposed to reduce this problem, but that outcome has not been borne out by the facts.(Townhall)

Also…

The House of Representatives is set to vote Thursday on a Department of Agriculture spending bill that contains a provision to allow schools to opt out of the Obama administration’s healthy school lunch standards.

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) acknowledged that the healthy lunch standards create an additional cost for schools. However, she argued that treating conditions like Type 2 diabetes and hypertension in overweight children cost even more, about $14 billion a year.

“I have been very clear that we want to move forward,” Stabenow said.”We’re not going to roll back what we’re doing.”

Stabenow should realize that whether or not medical treatment is more expensive, the schools aren’t responsible for footing those healthcare costs. They are, however, responsible for paying for this mandatory policy that many children don’t even want to utilize. While the cause is admirable, making such regulations mandatory will not work for every school. Obama needs to realize that a better strategy would be to work on this issue in other non-compulsory ways, rather than to maintain this required regulation that forces schools to play parent even when the policy clearly isn’t working. (Townhall)

But that’s not how Liberals roll. They rule, they dictate and then when it goes to hell they ameliorate and modify because they are morally and ethically superior beings (in their own heads) and they just have to figure out how to get the lesser beings (you and me) to do what they want you to do.

When it all goes pear shaped, they can’t admit they we’re wrong. Bottom Line. They will keep tinkering until you give in.

After all, “They Care”… 🙂

Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell

 Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

 

Heavyweight

In the aftermath of the City Council’s vote to raise Seattle’s minimum wage by more than 60% – under threat of a union-sponsored initiative that would certainly be used against any city council member who dared vote against labor – it is worth again reviewing a letter published two months ago by Seattle celebrity chef Tom Douglas.

It should have been required reading by those who were stampeded into voting for this misguided measure, but clearly was not.

For those who didn’t follow his role in this debate, Douglas supports a minimum wage increase, and put his money where his mouth is last year by raising the wages of his kitchen (or back-of-the-house) employees. However, he had extreme concerns about the direction that Mayor Ed Murray and the city council were heading without much thought for the economic consequences of their clearly political vote. Douglas expressed his concerns in an open letter to the public.

1. On an across-the-board $15 minimum wage increasing prices for consumers:

“That is a $5 million+ direct price hike annually on our menus and consequently to our customers.  That is more than double our bottom line before taxes and reinvestment.  In other words there is no way for us to absorb this expense in-house. This also does not reflect price increases we are likely to receive from our farmers, dry goods vendors and beverage distributors.  This price increase is hugely inflationary to the restaurant business and is irresponsible when considering business people who have long-term leases and investments based on prior economic models.”

2. On the $15 minimum impacting all aspects of day-to-day life:

“This is going to touch everybody soon, so I suggest you do your own math and see where it might affect your life. Can or will your employer still afford health care?  Staff meals? Everything you buy from local produce to rent to childcare to your own meals out on the town will be affected.  We do know that the City Council and Mayor’s office will still make their wage and enjoy their health and retirement benefits without fail.

3. On the $15 minimum wage as a sign of Seattle elected officials’ lack of  respect for taxpayers and businesses:

“I would be lying to say that I’m not concerned with the outcome of this national experiment happening in the Seattle market.  It is also not lost on me that our City Council and Mayor’s office have very little small business experience. While they have budgets to live by, they are not playing with their own cash.  Parking meter fees, B&O tax dollars, excise “sales” taxes and fees collected from tourist and business travelers and the rest of us are chess pieces to be moved on a board, but the cost of failure is ours, the tax payers. Raises and benefits given to city workers are from our tax pockets.  They might get voted out of office for their actions and decrees, but they won’t go bankrupt. It is inherently easier to spend other people’s money than the gut check of investing your last dime into a dream.

4. On how the $15 minimum wage perpetuates an already harsh economic reality of the 21st century:

“When a local has to choose where to dine, they are now faced with a 520 bridge toll, increased parking rates and hours, future tunnel tolls, terrible traffic jams and now a possible 20%+ menu inflation.  It’s not hard to imagine them choosing to stay at home.  In fact, many already have because of another trend….on line shopping.  We began to feel the effects of this trend in 2013 and don’t see it stopping anytime soon. When the modern American shopping center was born right here at Northgate Mall and proliferated to suburbs around the nation, many downtown cores were decimated. In a recent chat with a downtown department store owner, there is serious concern that in-store foot traffic will decrease by 50% between 2010 and 2020.  That is what their models are showing with the extrapolation for us being if you’re not coming downtown to shop you’re probably not going downtown for dinner either.

5. On how the $15 minimum wage is an unbearable tax on businesses:

“It is clear to me that this is a direct tax on restaurants like we were some sort of vice like tobacco or marijuana.  It is also a thinly veiled tax grab for the city.  First the lusty new parking rates and now 20 to 25 percent more sales taxes on increased menu pricing.  Shel Silverstein wrote an elegant morality tale called “The Giving Tree” and I’m afraid our leaders have not read it recently. Seattle’s City Council and Mayor attribute their election to the support of organized labor while we as a community are being eaten alive, limb by limb… This minimum wage issue could, depending on the outcome, be the most serious threat to our ability to compete so far.”

Now Seattle gets to watch this grand experiment unfold.

Political Cartoons by Eric Allie

Political Cartoons by Steve Breen

Where is the GOP?

I am happy to report that a wussy “Republican” for Amnesty lost his primary this week, Rep. Eric Cantor, the House’s #2 man. Maybe now, someone will get a message. But I doubt it.

The result could halt efforts to craft a House immigration reform bill, as nervous Republicans hustle to protect themselves against future challenges from the right ahead of the Nov. 4 midterm elections.

It could also make Republicans even more hesitant to cooperate with President Barack Obama and Democrats for fear of being labeled a compromiser.

We’re too “extreme”, too “hateful” and too “nutty” for that. 🙂

After all Cantor outspend the economics professor 12-to-1.

“Eric Cantor’s loss tonight is an apocalyptic moment for the GOP establishment. The grassroots is in revolt and marching,” said Brent Bozell, a veteran conservative activist and founder of the Media Research Center and ForAmerica.

With nearly all precincts reporting, Brat had about 56 percent of the vote to Cantor’s 44 percent. (Chicago Tribune)

The left is already calling the victor a “A debt-ceiling denialist” because “My commitment is not to increase spending; to have a spending bill where you don’t increase it. Cantor’s voted for 10 of the last 15 debt ceiling increases. I just don’t buy the idea that you are truly put in the position of backing the debt ceiling increase the last minute, that you had no choice.”

And now he’s an “extremist”…

Naturally, Democrats jumped at the chance to fundraise off of the loss. DNC Communications Director Mo Elleithee sent out an email last night to supporters with the subject line, “Wow. Wow wow wow,” painting Brat as a tea party extremist who must be stopped.

http://video.foxnews.com/v/3616628821001/house-majority-leader-eric-cantor-loses-gop-primary/#sp=show-clips

http://video.foxnews.com/v/3616575864001/what-does-eric-cantors-loss-mean-for-the-gop/#sp=show-clips

Which brings us to the question of the day…

Republicans should take the president to task for unlawfully enticing thousands of “unaccompanied illegal children” from Latin America to cross the border. Instead, a GOP leader asks for an amnesty deal.

What is at the top of the Republican wish list? A vibrant economy? An America strong and respected in the world? Capturing the Senate? A Republican elected to the White House in 2016?

Nah. The GOP wants amnesty for illegal aliens.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., made that abundantly clear in an interview with a local Virginia TV station WTVR last Friday. He said he told President Obama that “we can work on the border security bill together. We can work on something like the kids.”

🙂

And Breitbart reports that Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is secretly gauging House GOP support for action on amnesty legislation before August.

On almost every issue, it makes more sense to wait until Republicans fulfill their current excellent chances this year of getting a Senate majority and retaining the House before considering dealing with Obama. But on immigration it makes no sense at all to make a deal.

Democrats use immigration to smear Republicans as racists. Expanding immigration will give Democrats millions of new votes in the coming decades, destroying forever the political forces that oppose big government.

The more than 90,000 children who crossed the Mexican border into the U.S. and were apprehended this year, and the more than 140,000 expected next year, could and should turn the immigration issue into a GOP weapon against Democrats.

Instead of sending them back home to their parents, Attorney General Eric Holder made it a priority to hire taxpayer-funded lawyers for them. Why don’t we hear Cantor, Ryan and other GOP leaders shout that Democrats are exploiting children to further their political agenda?

Moreover, this whole crisis is of the administration’s making. Its Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program two years ago prevented minors’ deportation for two years, and now Obama has added two more years. As the immigration system becomes overloaded, disease and hygiene issues are coming into play.

Cantor himself is suffering for defying his base. A June 2 Daily Caller/Vox Populi poll found him at only 52% against GOP primary challenger Dave Brat.

Obama is equating immigration law enforcement with cruelty to children in the public’s mind. Instead of holding him responsible, Republicans are asking how they can help him. (IBD)

All those poor new Democrats….

Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell