Friday, November 21, 2014

Obama Gives Voters a Slap in the Face And Invokes Constitutional Crisis with Lawless Unilateral Immigration Move

Blacks and other low skilled Americans will feel the pinch as employment opportunities goes to newly legal workers!

Like ObamaCare, acting unilaterally without any bipartisan support in congress Obama's unilateral act on immigration is intended to be divisive. An act of this magnitude taken solely by Presidential fiat is unprecedented, reckless and a danger to democracy. Imagine the decades of bad feelings generated between Hispanics and Americans because of the way Obama rammed this down our throats.

Blacks will be hardest hit (1,2) as competition for less skilled jobs that black rely on just got harder. And some Hispanic leaders are not happy because Obama's action still leaves six million "in the shadows" with all the negatives Obama described as rationale for his action. They demand a total amnesty and with no way to stop Obama's dictatorial moves they might get it.

As in other domestic and foreign policy missteps the Obama gang doesn't seem to have thought through the consequences of such a unilateral action. David Gergen, writing at CNN:
President Obama's executive order on immigration seems to move us into uncharted, dangerous waters.
the challenges of immigration policy do not represent a national emergency, nor do they touch upon the military authorities of a president. Rather, they represent the chronic, abysmal failures of politicians in Washington to govern well from both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.
As Mark Krikorian writes in National Review, the Reagan and Bush examples were presidents trying to implement congressional directives, as is constitutionally permissible, whereas the current action is the President telling Congress "I'm going to implement my own directives."
Against the spirit of the Constitution

One can argue whether this executive order is legal, but it certainly violates the spirit of the founders. They intentionally focused Article One of the Constitution on the Congress and Article Two on the president. That is because the Congress is the body charged with passing laws and the president is the person charged with faithfully carrying them out.
For a president to toss aside such deep traditions of governance is a radical, imprudent step. When a president in day-to-day operations can decide which laws to enforce and which to ignore, where are the limits on his power? Where are the checks and balances so carefully constructed in the Constitution?
Sadly, we instead have an action from the White House that will cast a dark shadow over prospects for legislative cooperation, falls short of what the immigrant population had hoped and steers us into deep, unknown waters in our governance.
Existing immigration law specifically forbids the kind of action Obama is taking:
No major change may be implemented unless the Congress specifically provides, in an appropriations or other Act, for funds for implementation of the change.
Obama is in clear violation of the law but who will stop him? It's the act of a dictator!

You might have seen the video below where Obama describes his limitations under law that were swept away last night. Here is a better produced version:

May 5, 2010: Obama: "Anybody Who Tells You It's Going To Be Easy Or I Can Wave A Magic Wand And Make It Happen Hasn't Been Paying Attention How This Town Works."

July 1, 2010: Obama: "I Believe Such An Indiscriminate Approach Would Be Both Unwise And Unfair. … This Could Lead To A Surge In More Illegal Immigration."

October 25, 2010: Obama: "I Am Not King. I Can't Do These Things Just By Myself."

March 28, 2011 Obama:"With Respect To The Notion That I Can Just Suspend Deportations Through Executive Order, That's Just Not The Case."

March 28, 2011 Obama: "There are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system that for me to simply through executive order ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as President."

April 20, 2011: Obama: "I Can't Do It By Myself. We're Going To Have To Change The Laws In Congress…"

There are SO MANY more but you get the point!
Obama's unilateral action is a big flip of the finger to American voters who only weeks ago said STOP! We have a lawless President prepared to do whatever he wants and to hell with the Constitution!

Global Warmers Say Snow is a "Thing of the Past." Tell That to the Folks in Buffalo!

Every single prediction made by global warming alarmists has been proven false by history. Yet the alarmists never give up. Why? Follow the money!

Remember when the global warmers said "snow was a thing of the past." That headline appeared first in The Independent, a British newspaper in 2000:
Sledges, snowmen, snowballs and the excitement of waking to find that the stuff has settled outside are all a rapidly diminishing part of Britain's culture, as warmer winters - which scientists are attributing to global climate change - produce not only fewer white Christmases, but fewer white Januaries and Februaries.
the warming is so far manifesting itself more in winters which are less cold than in much hotter summers. According to Dr David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia,within a few years winter snowfall will become "a very rare and exciting event".

"Children just aren't going to know what snow is," he said.
You think the Warmers would have learned since then but no, in the New York Times a variation of the headline was repeated in February 2014 when half the U.S. was locked in Ice and Snow. Not only that but at Christmas last year Greenpeace ran an ad with Santa informing the kiddies that Christmas was canceled because the North Pole had melted.

Tell it to the folks in Buffalo who are experiencing record snows and across the country were record lows and high snows are breaking records going back more than a century (1,2).

Not sure where she thinks she's going. The roads are all blocked.

Some made the most of being totally snowed in:

But the Warmers never give up. Despite the fact that they predicted just the opposite (or that NONE of their scaremongering predictions have come true) they simply change their tune and continue. The Washington Post has a columnist who insists that "global warming" is the reason winters are colder. So now we're supposed to believe that prediction?

Four years ago Climate scientist Roger Pielke Sr writes
“This failure to skillfully predict any of the extreme weather patterns we have seen in the past should be a wake-up call to policymakers and the public that the climate science community is overselling the prediction skill that is possible.”
That's putting it mildly. So why do the alarmists persist? MONEY! Trillions at stake. Think about all Obama's grants to fund "green jobs"  are nothing but a kickback scheme to fund Democrat campaigns.

Another truism from 2010 came from an Investor's Business Daily editorial which ran the week before the December blizzard & nailed it:
No matter what the weather, it's all due to warming. This isn't science; it's a kind of faith. Scientists go along and even stifle dissent because, frankly, hundreds of millions of dollars in research grants are at stake. But for the believers, global warming is the god that failed.

Why do we continue to listen to warmists when they're so wrong? Maybe it's because their real agenda has nothing to do with climate change at all. Earlier this month, attendees of a global warming summit in Cancun, Mexico, concluded, with virtually no economic or real scientific support, that by 2020 rich nations need to transfer $100 billion a year to poor nations to help them "mitigate" the adverse impacts of warming.

This is what global warming is really about — wealth redistribution by people whose beliefs are basically socialist. It has little or nothing to do with climate.
Think about that while you are shoveling the snow this winter!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

As Obama Foreign Policy Unravels, Deaths from Terrorism Skyrocket

The trend to contain the violence has been erased during the Obama years!

The annual report on peace and terrorism from the Institute for Economics and Peace is out. It's not good news:

Scope of terrorism grows worldwide. Full size image here.
Among the key findings:
  • 17,958 people were killed in terrorist attacks last year, that’s 61% more than the previous year.
  • 82% of all deaths from terrorist attack occur in just 5 countries: Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria and Syria.
  • Last year terrorism was dominated by four groups: the Taliban, Boko Haram, ISIL, and al Qa’ida.
I thought Obama had won the war on terror? Didn't he say so at least 32 times just since the Benghazi attack in 2012?

Most troubling is the sharp spike up. This chart from the Atlantic illustrates the point:

In June Obama declared"The world is less violent than it has ever been." Really?

Palestinians Celebrate After Terrorist Kill Americans in Synagogue in Israel

Tell me again why I should care anything for the Palestinians?

Imagine what would happen if a Christian or Jew walked into a mosque and began shooting people and hacking others to death and defiling the holy place. There would be riots in Muslim hotspots all over the world. You know the drill. But when Palestinian Muslims do this in a Jewish synagogue the world mostly shrugs. Except for the Palestinians. They celebrate. Here's what happened in Jerusalem on Tuesday (more at the Daily Mail):

Imagine what would happen if someone did this to a Koran!
Bloodlust in Palestine. No tears from me when they get what they deserve. Bombs away!
Three American Jews were among the five dead. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Obama Prepares to Shed Past Principles on U.S. Constitution in Lawless, Political Immigration Move

Constitution of the United States of America:The Congress shall have power to establish a uniform rule of naturalization. Article I, Section 8.

What? ANOTHER video showing Obama saying one thing and then doing something else? It's almost as bad as Obama's Lie of the Year: "if you like your plan you can keep it. Period!"

“I take the Constitution very seriously,” he told a Pennsylvania town hall in 2008. “The biggest problems that we’re facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the Executive Branch and not go through Congress at all, and that’s what I intend to reverse when I’m President of the United States of America.” 
“I swore an oath to uphold the laws on the books. . . . Now, I know some people want me to bypass Congress and change the [immigration] laws on my own. . . . That’s not how our Constitution is written” (July 25, 2011).
“This notion that somehow I can just change the laws unilaterally is just not true. . . . There are laws on the books that I have to enforce” (Sept. 28, 2011).
“If, in fact, I could solve all these problems without passing laws in Congress, then I would do so. But we’re also a nation of laws” (Nov. 25, 2013).
And what do you bet that when Republicans try to reign in Obama's constitutional overreach he'll somehow try to convince the news media that THEY are the problem!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Dem Post Election Blame Game Turns to Open Civil War in Senate Caucus

They blamed Obama and now they are blaming each other!

First soon to be former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid(D-NV) and his top lieutenants pointed the finger of blame for this years mammoth election loss squarely at President Obama. The Washington Post story which broke the news was particularly scathing.

Not to be outdone the New York Times has a piece appearing Friday reporting the war that has broken out between remaining liberal and moderate Democrats in the U.S. Senate. We often hear of trouble within the GOP ranks. It's refreshing for the Times to admit that it's happening to the Dems as well.

The first sign that trouble was brewing was revealed when the Dem meeting to elect new leaders for the next session of Congress lasted 3 1/2 hours. The Times reports that the moderates were warning the Democrat Party was becoming increasingly isolated from mainstream America by supporting an extreme left wing agenda and the liberals were insisting the reason that Democrats lost is that they were not liberal enough.

Since there are fewer moderates left in the Democrat Senate  (note: there are NO conservatives) we might expect to see the remaining senators take an even more extreme and isolating view as the new Congress opens.

Fine by me if Dems want to make themselves completely irrelevant. This election showed that the American people do not support a left wing agenda. If Democrats refuse to learn that lesson it will have to be taught again. And again!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Lefty Contempt for Military on Veterans Day

Not that further proof of the left's contempt was needed!

Just before Veterans Day, liberal webzine Salon posted an anti-military rant by David Masciotra.
Put a man in uniform, preferably a white man, give him a gun, and Americans will worship him. It is a particularly childish trait, of a childlike culture, that insists on anointing all active military members and police officers as “heroes.” The rhetorical sloppiness and intellectual shallowness of affixing such a reverent label to everyone in the military or law enforcement betrays a frightening cultural streak of nationalism, chauvinism, authoritarianism and totalitarianism, but it also makes honest and serious conversations necessary for the maintenance and enhancement of a fragile democracy nearly impossible.

It has become impossible to go a week without reading a story about police brutality, abuse of power and misuse of authority. Michael Brown’s murder represents the tip of a body pile, and in just the past month, several videos have emerged of police assaulting people, including pregnant women, for reasons justifiable only to the insane.

It is equally challenging for anyone reasonable, and not drowning in the syrup of patriotic sentimentality, to stop saluting, and look at the servicemen of the American military with criticism and skepticism.
It goes downhill from there accusing the military and police of rampant criminality and abuse.

The headline to the military was "you don't protect my freedom." I'd like to know who does?

ObamaCare Chief Admits Lying and Contempt for "Stupid American Voters"

If they told the truth about ObamaCare it would "not have passed."

Jonathon Gruber, a key architect of ObamaCareadmitted that the bill was passed on a lie because the voters were too stupid to catch it:

GRUBER: You get a law which said healthy people are going to pay in, it made explicit that healthy people pay and sick people get money, it would not have passed. Ok? Just the cal – people transparent – lack of transparency is a huge political advantage and basically, you know, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically, that was really, really critical to get this thing to pass.
Gruber repeated some variation of the "stupid American voter" at least two more times. The slip of the tongue defense won't work this time around.

Now, it's not news that ObamaCare was built on a lie. After all, Obama won "Lie of the Year" for 2013 from Politifact by claiming "if you like your plan you can keep it. Period!"

What's new here is the undisguised contempt that liberals like Gruber have for the American people. Admitting that the left lies to get what it wants in such a brazen fashion is quite a revelation.

Not that you'll see any report of this on the Big Three news networks. Apparently liberals lying is not considered newsworthy. Perhaps because it's so common that everyone just assumes it.

The most sweeping social change legislation in generations is built on lies, deception and contempt. Can there be any better reason for Republicans to repeal it when the new Congress takes over?

On second thought perhaps those on the right shouldn't be offended by this. WE weren't fooled. We pegged the lies of ObamaCare and the corruption needed to pass it from the beginning. It's the people who were stupid enough to vote for Obama and the Dems that were fooled. And there's no argument with Gruber about those folks!

UPDATE: More Lies. Nancy Pelosi Denies Knowing Gruber After Praising Him
The Washington Post has the story. On Thursday Pelosi said "I don't know who he is. He didn't help write our bill." Within hours the Post and other news organizations dug up past Pelosi statements praising Gruber. Add to that a New York Times story from 2012 where it was reported:
Mr. Gruber helped the administration put together the basic principles of the proposal, the White House lent him to Capitol Hill to help Congressional staff members draft the specifics of the legislation.
Now, let's not call Pelosi a liar. She might just be another example of those "stupid voters" Gruber was talking about!

Monday, November 10, 2014

GOP State House Gains Promise Big Change

GOP is in the stronger position nationwide than it has been in nearly 100 years!

Historic gains in state legislatures

The GOP went from controlling 60 out of 99 state legislative bodies to controlling 69. The previous high was 64 in 1920. Republican now hold over 4,100 of the nation’s 7,383 legislative seats. That is their highest number of legislators since 1920.

When it comes to total state government control (both houses and governor) the GOP advantage is clear: 23 R, 7 D, 18 divided and 1 undecided (Alaska). Those majorities can now move to undue much of the damage that Dems have done these past years.

Here's a chart from Real Clear Politics which illustrates the profound change:

While the story above doesn't get as much media coverage as federal races the importance is profound. Here's what Marc Thiessen wrote at the Washington Post:
This is more than an anti-Obama swing of the political pendulum. A conservative revolution has been taking place in the American heartland. And that revolution will have lasting consequences in a number of areas.
For one thing, while the Obama administration was turning Washington into a laboratory for a failed experiment in big government liberalism, Republicans have turned the states into laboratories for bold, successful conservative reforms. The results speak for themselves. After six years of Obama’s leadership, trust in the federal government is at an all-time low. Gallup recently found that while only 19 percent of Americans have confidence in the federal government to do the right thing. Meanwhile, after six years of growing Republican leadership in the states, 62 percent of Americans trust state government.
Thiessen added two more points:
the success of conservative reformers in the states has allowed the party to cultivate the national leaders of tomorrow. The Republican Party is like a pro hockey team that has been struggling at the NHL level but has drafted well for the past three seasons. As a result, the GOP now has a deep bench of talented prospects. Democrats, by contrast, have experienced what Politico recently called “the virtual wipeout of the Democratic talent pool across the country.”
Third, the GOP success in the states provides a road map for national Republicans — one the new Republican-led Congress would be wise to heed. Republican leaders in the states have been successful while the national party has struggled because GOP governors are focused on reforms that are relevant to the daily lives of their citizens. Instead of fighting over fiscal cliffs, sequesters and debt limits, they are focused on improving education, reforming government, lowering taxes, fixing entitlements, caring for the poor, reducing dependency and creating jobs and opportunities for the unemployed. If Republicans in Washington want to cement their new majority, they should take a page from the GOP playbook in states and champion a positive, hopeful reform agenda.
Add just one more point: these state gains will also pay dividends for the GOP in 2016!

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Here's What Victory Looks Like: Map of Congressional Districts After Election

Wouldn't it be nice if Obama sought to lead ALL the country and not just the shrinking blue bits?

From National Journal. Democrat held districts are in blue Republicans in red:

And if anyone thinks Obama is serious about working with both sides, make sure to see the update of the post below. Even the mainstream media couldn't help but notice he's sticking to his "my way or the highway" style!

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

A Victory for Democracy and Common Sense & Repudiation and Revenge for Obama's Overreach

The adults are back in charge in the U.S. Capitol!

What a night! The GOP retook control of the Senate easily with surprisingly higher victory margins than had been predicted. As of this hour Alaska is yet to be decided but looks good and we can expect the Louisiana runoff to be another pickup. That would make a total of nine with a new majority of 54 seats. Virginia may go to a recount because of the very close contest (don't tell me fraud couldn't impact an election).

Republicans beat 3 incumbent Democrats and didn't lose one of our own. In Kansas, where Pat Roberts was in trouble he won handily with 53-43%. All Senate results here.

In Governor's races Republicans did also exceeded expectations. We lost one incumbent, Tom Corbett in Pennsylvania but knocked off Democrat incumbent Pat Quinn in Illinois and won races in deep blue Massachusetts and Maryland where Obama campaigned for the Democrat. Governor John Kasich, who I was proud to support in his very first campaign for Congress, was re-elected in Ohio with a margin of 31%!  Democrats failed to knock off Scott Walker. Do you think they might give up after three tries? With several races still too close to call the GOP has three pickups. All gubernatorial results here.

In House contests the GOP is projected to win 12 or more seats bringing their majority to a post World War II record high. Notable wins were 30-year-old Republican Elise Stefanik in New York, making her the youngest female House member in history and 38 Mia Love, a black conservative woman from Utah. All house race results here.

Doubt that Obama will learn from defeat!

After the 2010 midterm election bloodbath Obama admitted he got "shellacked" and promised he would work with GOP leaders. Here's what he said on November 3, 2010:
We must find common ground in order to set -- in order to make progress on some uncommonly difficult challenges. And I told John Boehner and Mitch McConnell last night I am very eager to sit down with members of both parties and figure out how we can move forward together.
Then he went right on attacking Republicans at every opportunity and rejected every appeal for any real bipartisan progress. Expect more of the same on Wednesday and the months to follow.

What about 2016?

Another big loser Tuesday was Hillary Clinton. Virtually every Democrat in a close election for whom she campaigned lost. Looking ahead to 2016 that demonstrates her vulnerability but also, she has few people who owe her for helping them and that will hurt in the primaries and general election.

Tuesday was a great night with a fantastic win. There will be setbacks in the months ahead but we have to keep our eyes on the long game and not let our giddy expectations following such a grand victory turn to disappointment. Republicans won the battle of 2014 decisively but the war goes on!

UPDATE: Obama "Defiant" in the face of overwhelming defeat. No change in policy!

Obama insisted his policies were on the ballot "every single one of them." The election result was surely a repudiation of his policies and his leadership. But he doesn't get it. Julie Pace, writing for the Associated Press put it this way:
A day after Democrats lost control of the Senate and suffered big losses in House and governors' races across the country, Obama struck a defiant tone. He defended his policies, stood by his staff and showed few signs of changing an approach to dealing with congressional Republicans that has generated little more than gridlock in recent years. Rather than accept the election results as a repudiation of his own administration, the president said voters were disenchanted with Washington as a whole.
Chris Cillizza writing at the Washington Post told a similar story titled "Republicans just won the election. President Obama doesn’t much care."

Question: Does this sound like a man who understands the clear and sweeping message from the election and is truly ready to work with Republicans? Or, is this the uncompromising tone of a man prepared to defy the will of the American people as clearly expressed at the ballot box?
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