In August 2009, on a visit to Elkhart, Indiana to tout his stimulus plan, Obama sat down for an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd, and was conveyed a simple request from Elkhart resident Scott Ferguson: “Explain how raising taxes on anyone during a deep recession is going to help with the economy.”
Obama agreed with Ferguson’s premise – raising taxes in a recession is a bad idea. “First of all, he’s right. Normally, you don’t raise taxes in a recession, which is why we haven’t and why we’ve instead cut taxes. So I guess what I’d say to Scott is – his economics are right. You don’t raise taxes in a recession. We haven’t raised taxes in a recession.”
Now he’s had to push for it, to please his base of class warrior addicts for his re-coronation. My how stinky politics is…
A pithy summaryof the situation from James Pethokoukis at Reuters, well worth the read – will we one day look back on this crisis and realize Boehner was channeling Ronald Reagan on this one? Let’s hope.
So in the end, it was bit of a Ronald Reagan moment for John Boehner on Saturday. Just as the U.S. president walked away from a bad arms control agreement with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev at Reykjavik, Iceland in 1986, the House speaker passed on President Barack Obama’s mega-debt reduction deal in Washington.
In both case, the asking price was just too high. For Reagan, it was lethal limitations on his Strategic Defense Initiative. For Boehner, it was a trillion-dollar tax distraction from America’s true fiscal threat: spending run amok: “Despite good-faith efforts to find common ground, the White House will not pursue a bigger debt reduction agreement without tax hikes.”
So the meetings will continue until someone caves.
Then there’s our resident Gestapo of Incompetence: The TSA
If you fly within the United States in the future, keep your expression neutral, do not blink too much or too little, and do not sweat. Carefully maintain a normal respiration and heart beat as you submit to demands from Homeland Security agents. If you question or resist their demands, you could be detained as a pre-crime suspect, fined up to $11,000 and added to a No Fly list.
According to the bioethical news source BioEdge, “‘Pre-crime’ terrorist detector field tested in US.”
BioEdge <http://www.bioedge.org/index.php/bioethics/bioethics_article/9574/> explained that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has finished initial testing of Future Attribute Screening Technology (FAST), which is “designed to spot people who intend to commit a terrorist act.” According to DHS documents, however, FAST targets a far broader range of people, from “individuals planning to cause a disturbance or use false documents to individuals who are planning an assassination or terrorist attack. The future time horizon can range from planning an event years in advance to planning to carry out the act immediately <http://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/privacy/privacy_pia_st_fast.pdf > after passing through screening.”
Unlike most other security measures, FAST is not aimed at finding contraband or explosives but at identifying suspicious people before they can cause trouble.
In the recent field test, sensors were embedded in an isolated corridor through which volunteers passed and were “read” as they did so. It is not possible to assess how reliable the readings were because the data is classified. Earlier lab tests, however, claim an accuracy rate of about 70 per cent but the tests were non-random, with no blind study or other standard controls. Nevertheless, Undersecretary for the Science and Technology Directorate for Homeland Security, Jay Cohen, has pronounced the first stage of FAST to be a “home run” This means the program will not only seek to expand but will also be installed in areas through which everyone must pass.
And for god’s aske don’t be a 95 year old diabetic dying in a wheelchair with a depends diaper on–you’re a Terrorist for sure!! 😦
But it will look like they are “doing something” while they sexually molest you. But don’t complain, or else you’re a terrorist for sure!
The entire project revolves around tracing the U.S. guns that are allowed into Mexico using the eTrace system. ETrace does not electronically tag any of the guns. It simply serves as an online database that contains all registered information for each gun, including the personal information for all registered owners as well as whether law enforcement has information the gun was ever used in a crime. In essence, Etrace is a giant firearms monitoring database.
Project Gunrunner and its various inceptions, including “Operation Fast and Furious,” are coming under newfound scrutiny with a public investigation headed by Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.
However, we found a 2009 speech by Holder on the Department of Justice’s own website in which Holder boasts about “Project Gunrunner.
Stated Holder in 2009 <http://www.justice.gov/ag/speeches/2009/ag-speech-090402.html> : “Last week, our administration launched a major new effort to break the backs of the cartels. My department is committing 100 new ATF personnel to the Southwest border in the next 100 days to supplement our ongoing Project Gunrunner, DEA is adding 16 new positions on the border, as well as mobile enforcement teams, and the FBI is creating a new intelligence group focusing on kidnapping and extortion. DHS is making similar commitments, as Secretary Napolitano will detail.”
Sounds like a dception and cover up to me.