Friday Digest

The Heavy Burden of ObamaCare

Nov. 16, 2012
“Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.” –Thomas Paine

Now that the reality of Barack Obama’s re-election is settling in, the U.S. economy is shifting and making the necessary adjustments to brace for four more agonizing years of Hope ‘n’ Change™. In the last 10 days, we’ve seen news of the fallout in everything from the stock market plummeting to jobless claims skyrocketing and the poverty rate spiking. Thanks to Obama’s assault on job creators, the list of businesses announcing layoffs, cuts and closings is growing daily. But not to worry: Obama says the “private sector is doing fine.”

There are two policies that bear primary blame: ObamaCare and the fiscal cliff. Markets and business owners are struggling to prepare for these two gut punches. With the fiscal cliff, of course, higher taxes could cripple particularly small businesses' ability to hire or expand. But ObamaCare is doing much the same thing in a way that will only worsen as the tentacles of regulation extend ever further.

There are many more mandates in the law besides the infamous individual mandate to buy health insurance. For example, businesses of 50 or more employees face the potentially crushing burden of providing full, approved benefits to employees that work more than 30 hours – considered “full-time” employees per the decree of the new law – or fines of $2,000 per employee if they don’t comply. The response is entirely predictable: Businesses avoid hiring that 50th employee, they reduce hours for their current employees or they pay the penalty, which is often cheaper than insurance, though it leaves employees on government exchanges.

Darden Restaurants, the chain that owns Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Longhorn Steakhouse and others, falls into the latter category. The chain announced in October that it would begin limiting employee hours in some markets. McDonald’s, White Castle and Denny’s, among others, are looking to do likewise. Both Darden and McDonald’s were recipients of ObamaCare waivers two years ago. So much for that. John Schnatter, CEO of Papa John’s, estimates that ObamaCare will cost the company between $5 million to $8 million annually, translating to reduced employee hours and higher prices.

These businesses are between the proverbial rock and a hard place. ObamaCare will cost them a fortune, but cutting employee hours and benefits and raising prices to account for it leaves them serving as the lightning rod – by design. On top of that, businesses could very well face retribution from the White House. Washington, DC, employment law attorney Robert B. Fitzpatrick said as much when he noted that if businesses are “just playing with the numbers, playing with the hours to try to avoid compliance … there are going to be consequences.” By “consequences,” of course, Fitzpatrick means lawsuits – just one more way that ObamaCare was a huge bone thrown to trial lawyers.

Meanwhile, states must setup federally mandated insurance exchanges by Dec. 14, a deadline pushed back twice already. Republican governors stalled on implementation, hoping that Obama would be defeated and his abomination of a law could be repealed.

Leftists say that because the states are the ones doing the work, this is a great example of federalism, right? Wrong. The federal government has no constitutional authority to dictate to states what they must do. Many states are taking this position and refusing to set up the exchanges. Important decisions will be dictated from Washington anyway, so why provide them cover as faux deputies? This peaceful revolt of sorts could help ObamaCare collapse under its own weight, and, though that won’t be pretty, it may provide leverage for undoing the law.

Obama’s campaign slogan was Forward, borrowed from his Marxist predecessors in Europe. The American people were Forewarned, but 60 million voters still bought his snake oil, and now many individuals, families and businesses will pay a high price for that decision. Yet those of us who cherish Liberty and Rule of Law must not give up. In fact, we must find our own path forward.

On Cross-Examination

“If I don’t have this [economy turned around] in three years, then this is gonna be a one-term proposition.” –Barack Obama in February 2009

He was wrong on two counts: He didn’t get things turned around, instead making them worse, and he also won a second term. Somebody ‘splain that one.

Meanwhile, the euro zone dipped into official recession last quarter. Are we far behind?

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Government and Politics

News From the Swamp: Fiscal Cliff Ahead

Debate concerning how, or even if, the federal government can avoid careening over the fiscal cliff is sure to consume Washington for the next several weeks. The informed segment of the public is rightly skeptical that politicians will be able to solve the problem and keep the country from sliding into another recession, yet voters returned to office all the guilty parties who put us in this position in the first place. Barack Obama has presided over four years with the four largest deficits in modern American history, each exceeding $1 trillion. Fiscal 2012, which finished on Sept. 30, was the smallest among them at $1.1 trillion. Democrats have (mostly) controlled Congress since 2007, and, notably, the Senate hasn’t passed a budget since 2009.

The slight downturn in last year’s deficit was due to a combination of factors. Defense spending, jobless benefits and Medicaid spending all dropped a few points, while tax revenues were up 6.4 percent to $2.45 trillion, which came close to pre-recession levels. We’d point out that the much-maligned Bush tax rates were in full effect at that time of historically high revenue. Now, Obama seeks to raise the current tax rates on individuals and small businesses, insisting that he will be able to squeeze even more revenue out of the private sector to pay for the ever-swelling public sector. However, an increase in taxes at this point – especially on the job creators in the top tax brackets – will shatter the fragile recovery.

Obama is hearing none of that, though. He has taken an impossibly hard line in the upcoming fiscal negotiations by calling for $1.6 trillion in higher taxes, double the amount he put forward last year. True to his socialist nature, Obama made no substantive suggestions about where to cut spending because he has no intention of doing so. Federal baseline spending has risen about $800 billion since he took office, an amount strikingly similar to the 2009 “stimulus” package, the supposed one-time “emergency-spending” package that we then warned would become the new normal. With ObamaCare now set to roll full steam ahead and his having a number of special interest groups to pay back for re-electing him, Obama can’t tighten the screws on spending now even if he wanted to. His plan is to use political capital earned from the election and to rely on his outsized ego to push the Republicans to succumb to his will.

This Week’s 'Alpha Jackass’ Award

“Maybe peace would have broken out with a different kind of White House, one less committed to waging a perpetual campaign – a White House that would see a 51-48 victory as a call to humility and compromise rather than an irrefutable mandate.” –Perpetual Campaigner Barack Obama on George W. Bush’s defeat of John Kerry in 2004

From the ‘Non Compos Mentis’ File

“Well, maybe, I’m with the Eleventh Amendment so, ah, er, is it the Eleventh Amendment that, uh? Ha ha! Fourteenth is it? But whatever it is, I’m with the Constitution of the United States.” –Nancy Pelosi, attempting to answer a question about taxing and spending

From the Left: Election Day Voter Fraud

In last week’s election, politicians and political action committees spent $6 billion and the result was to keep the status quo. The biggest part, of course, was Barack Obama’s re-election, which is again tainted by voter fraud. For example, in 59 Philadelphia precincts, his minions managed to count not a single vote for Mitt Romney in tabulating a 19,605-0 win for Obama. Of course, this was after a Democrat poll watcher kicked out GOP poll inspectors. Suspiciously similar circumstances conspired to prevent Romney from garnering votes in Cuyahoga County, Ohio.

Elsewhere in Wood County, Ohio, Obama’s ground game “eked out” a majority of votes – with a record 108 percent of the vote cast in his favor. To the Left, questioning how Romney failed to garner a single vote is both unpatriotic and racist rather than being a mathematical query. Floridians may have also experienced some irregularities, but it’s unclear whether that was from a failure to realize ballots in St. Lucie County had two pages, resulting in a misreported 141.1 percent voter turnout. Trouble there also has Rep. Allen West (R-FL) fighting back with a recount. Financial and electoral math is hard in the Obama era.

It’s certainly no wonder that Democrats so vociferously oppose voter ID laws. But even leftist UN inspectors were shocked that voter ID isn’t uniformly required as it is in many other countries. Recall that in Pennsylvania, the legislature actually passed a voter ID law, but after “civil rights” organizations sued, a judge delayed it until after the 2012 election. Voter ID is critical if fraud is to be stopped.

Rep. Jackson Working on Plea Deal

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) is currently negotiating a plea deal that may see him shipped off to prison for misuse of campaign funds. Jackson was handily re-elected to Congress last week while convalescing in Minnesota’s Mayo Clinic, where he is reportedly being treated for depression and a bipolar disorder. The deal on the table calls for Jackson’s resignation from Congress and repayment of the contributions he used to buy gifts and decorate his home. Some brief period behind bars is expected, but no details have been worked out yet. Jackson’s congressional pension is also being discussed, but reports say that he won’t consent to resigning unless he also gets disability pay.

Economy

Income Redistribution: The Expansion of Welfare

The welfare state is alive and expanding according to a new study by American Enterprise Institute scholar Nicholas Eberstadt. His report uses a rich supply of data to prove that federal entitlements have expanded to such a degree in the last several years that they threaten to overtake the government’s fiscal resources and leave America a lazy, uninspired nation.

The numbers are staggering. Transfers from healthy working-age Americans to those in need accounted for just 3 percent of the economy in 1935. Today those transfers amount to 20 percent. In 2011, welfare spending, including health care, accounted for 65 percent of federal spending, up from 21 percent in 1955. Most recently, we have seen an explosion in the food stamp program. A record 47.1 million Americans now receive food stamps, close to double the number of people enrolled just five years ago. This growth has taken place for a number of reasons, the principle one being that the welfare state never shrinks of its own accord. People get used to receiving free money, and some of them will go to any lengths, including fraud, to keep the tap running.

Additionally, the Obama White House recently loosened requirements so that more people will enroll for food stamps and other welfare programs. The more people who rely on the central government for sustenance, the more powerful the central government becomes. This will be a hard cycle to break, but it is the essence of Obama’s promise to begin “fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”

On the Verge of an Oil Boom

The Obama administration is finalizing plans to begrudgingly open a portion of what was supposed to be nearly 2.5 million acres of Western land to oil shale development. While 1.6 million acres of this reserve will be placed off limits for dubious reasons, the fact that the Department of the Interior is opening over 800,000 federally controlled acres in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming can be considered as a tacit admission from the Obama camp that the best, most effective part of an “all of the above” energy strategy is taking advantage of rapidly advancing technology in the extraction and processing of oil from heretofore untapped sources.

With that new information, the International Energy Agency revised its previous estimate that Russia and Saudi Arabia would be duking it out in a decade to lead the world in oil production. That new champion could be the United States. Furthermore, the IEA believes that North America could be a net oil exporter by 2030. Even OPEC is now convinced that shale oil would diminish its share of the U.S. market. We can’t say that organization would be missed.

Of course, that route to energy freedom is imperiled by a motley crew of environmental groups hell-bent on derailing carbon-based energy production, no matter the cost in jobs or to our wallets. Energy prices must “necessarily skyrocket,” as a recently re-elected U.S. president once said. Demonizing coal was a start, and leftist groups are working on their scare tactics for fracking and other technological advancements that have reduced the cost of oil. Yet the challenge to those Luddites is one of job creation, since oil exploration and production have created thousands of jobs nationwide and brought economic growth to places like North Dakota and Pennsylvania.

Around the Nation: Blaming the Market

It’s been nearly three weeks since Hurricane Sandy whacked the mid-Atlantic region. A few thousand people in New York are still without electricity, while many more thousands of drivers in New York and New Jersey are stuck with gasoline rationing based on the old odd/even plate number scheme common during gas shortages 35 years ago.

Yet rather than working to return the supply chain to normal, the state of New Jersey is suing gasoline station owners for alleged price gouging. Indeed, charging $5 to $6 a gallon may seem to be taking advantage of consumers who have nowhere else to go, but it also gives suppliers an incentive to bring in more product. And it dissuades those who don’t absolutely need the product from buying it at an artificially low price. Once supply and demand level out, prices can return to normal. Unfortunately, politicians in New Jersey can’t or don’t want to understand these facts – they’re simply listening to the wailing of those who still have to wait hours to fill their tanks because demand is high and few gas stations have been able to reopen.

While gas station owners are taking the brunt of criticism for being heartless, another lobby isn’t letting this crisis go to waste, believing they have a chance to corner more of the market. The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (read: ethanol lobby) sent a letter to Barack Obama last week, urging him to temporarily allow an E-20 blend to be used in the affected areas. Never mind that cars not already damaged by the storm could be irreparably ruined by such a mixture, the corn growers smell an opportunity and are willing to take full advantage. It’s only gouging if done by the politically incorrect.

Security

The Petraeus Affair

CIA Director David Petraeus resigned last Friday after a months-long FBI investigation uncovered an extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. Gen. John Allen, commander of American forces in Afghanistan, was also ensnared in the investigation, as was an FBI investigator. We’ll leave the sordid details to cable news channels, but there are critical elements of this story that shouldn’t get lost amid the fluff.

Petraeus was a key figure in the investigation of the jihadi 9/11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. In fact, the CIA was running an operation – possibly a jihadi holding center – out of the consulate and a nearby annex building. But Petraeus also serves as a scapegoat for the administration and, specifically, the president, to avoid responsibility for the failure to adequately prepare for, respond to, investigate and provide an honest accounting of that attack. The Petraeus resignation certainly comes at a highly convenient time for the president: after the election and before Petraeus' testimony to Congress.

Meanwhile, the CIA issued its own timeline of events at Benghazi, including denying having issued a stand-down order during the attack. That leaves unanswered the question of who is responsible for leaving four brave Americans to die. We do know that the administration is desperate to maintain the narrative that al-Qa'ida is defeated merely because Barack Obama killed Osama bin Laden. But, to the contrary, the terrorist group has taken root in Libya following Moammar Gadhafi’s ouster and death last year, and it is responsible for a coordinated attack against U.S. assets. We also know that Obama has long postured against indefinite detention, so if the CIA annex in Benghazi was in fact a holding center that would also prove inconvenient. The White House is no doubt pleased to see these unfortunate details get lost in a suspiciously timed sex scandal.

Congressional hearings began yesterday, and Petraeus agreed to testify today in a closed-door session. We wonder if his new testimony will be compromised, as it seems clear it was on Sept. 13. He at that time repeated the administration’s phony tale of an obscure video as proximate cause of the murderously sustained and coordinated attack despite knowing of al-Qa'ida activity. Certainly, he faced at least implied pressure to maintain the party line. (Nice reputation you have there, General; shame if anything happened to it.)

It’s possible that Petraeus was forced out after the CIA issued its timeline. After spending two weeks blaming a YouTube video for the attack, the administration then blamed the intelligence community, an account undercut by the timeline, leading to Petraeus' ouster with the affair as the stated reason. As an aside, keeping this alive now helps Republicans gain political leverage against the president for fiscal cliff negotiations, because it keeps Obama on his heels.

In the end, the most important fact is that four Americans are dead. More than two months later, all we know is that there were gross failures at numerous points before, during and after the attack, and that Team Obama’s story keeps changing. So much for the “most transparent administration in history.”

The Future Cabinet

The Obama regime wasted little time after the election in naming people for key cabinet positions, particularly the secretaries of State and Defense and the U.S. attorney general. Naturally, good Americans should be concerned about each expected pick.

Obama showed utter contempt for the American (and, we might add, Mexican) people by asking Attorney General Eric Holder to remain at the Justice Department. Holder’s department ran that fabulous failure known as Operation Fast and Furious, which caused two American and hundreds of Mexican deaths. Holder shouldn’t serve again, unless it’s serving time.

Meanwhile, at State, Obama appears to have settled on UN Ambassador Susan Rice to replace the exiting Hillary Clinton. Rice came under tremendous criticism for her dogged defense of the White House’s initial excuse for the Benghazi attack as an unplanned riot over an anti-Islam YouTube video. The White House knew within hours, if not minutes, that the Benghazi consulate was attacked by terrorists, so Rice is a liar or was lied to and repeated it to the American people or is utterly incompetent. While in the State Department, she was also instrumental in scuttling a deal with Sudan to get Osama bin Laden in the late 1990s. She is absolutely unfit to serve as secretary of state.

During a news conference on Wednesday, Obama reacted angrily when asked about Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham pledging to block her nomination. “They should go after me,” he fumed with faux indignation, apparently because he was the one who had sent her out with the phony video story.

And at Defense, Obama, in another openly contemptuous and near-treasonous move, is considering Sen. John Kerry (D-Cambodia) as the new secretary. Kerry, who by the way served in Vietnam, is famous for returning from service and slandering his brothers-in-arms, testifying before the House Armed Services Committee in 1971:

“[Servicemen] told stories that, at times, they had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Ghengis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam, in addition to the normal ravage of war and the normal and very particular ravaging which is done by the applied bombing power of this country.”

Make this miscreant secretary of defense? We should note that in 2004, The Patriot Post collected some 214,445 signatures on a petition to indict Kerry for acts of treason. The utter shamelessness of this regime knows no bounds.

Warfront With Jihadistan: Israel and Hamas

Hamas jihadis in Gaza launched rockets into Israel this week, killing three Israelis and provoking a swift and heavy response from the Jewish state. The attack broke four years of relative quiet on the Gaza border. Israeli jets and artillery fired back on the Gaza Strip while the military mobilized 16,000 reservists to prepare for a possible ground invasion. An Israeli strike Wednesday killed Ahmed Jabari, commander of Ezzedin al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas.

Hamas recently broke from Bashar Assad’s regime in Syria, deciding to back rebels there, so if Assad’s regime falls, coupled with Egypt controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood, Israel will once again find itself surrounded by aggressively hostile enemies. Egypt recalled its ambassador to Israel this week, and sent its prime minister to meet with Hamas. Meanwhile, the biggest state sponsor of Hamas, Iran, fired on a U.S. drone two weeks ago and continues to proceed with its nuclear weapons program. The Obama White House has proven itself weak and feckless at foreign policy, and this episode provides another test.

Culture

Village Academic Curriculum: Man in Girls' Locker Room

In a case that is astounding for its depths of ludicrousness, Evergreen State College in Washington has refused to stop a 45-year-old man from exposing himself to girls as young as six – all because “he” identifies himself as a “she.” The girls' locker room at the college is used by a duo of high schools as well as a swim club with students as young as kindergarten age. Yet, when a concerned parent and a coach contacted the police after children witnessed the man naked in the locker room, Evergreen State’s reply was that it would not prevent the man from being on the premises because it condones his sexual disorientation. Worse still, the county prosecutor’s office indicated it is unlikely to prosecute the man for indecent exposure. And the depths of politically correct degradation extend even deeper in that the police report lists the gender of the man in question as female.

Coming to the defense of these children and young people is the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF, formerly the Alliance Defense Fund), whose senior legal counsel David Hacker accurately noted, “Little girls should not be exposed to naked men, period. A college’s notions about ‘non-discrimination’ don’t change that.” Furthermore, in a letter to the college, Hacker wrote, “Clearly, allowing a person who is biologically a man to undress and expose himself to young girls places those girls at risk for emotional distress and harm. Any reasonable person would view this as dangerous to the young girls involved.” Indeed! Unfortunately, Evergreen State College has subjugated reason to political correctness at the expense of innocent children.

Judicial Benchmarks: Michigan Affirmative Action

On Thursday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit struck down a 2006 Michigan constitutional amendment that bans affirmative action for public university admissions. In other words, the Court held that banning discrimination is unconstitutional because it harms minorities. We don’t follow.

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments recently in a similar case involving the University of Texas. A young white woman who was denied admission sued, saying the university was discriminating by favoring minorities in its admissions process.

Second Amendment: Gun Salesman of the Year

In the months leading up to Barack Obama’s first election in 2008, gun sales surged as concerns mounted about stricter gun control under Obama’s watch. The number of background checks that year was 12.7 million – 1.5 million more than 2007. Predictably, gun sales have once again surged, increasing 18.4 percent in October as Obama hinted at another “assault weapons” ban. In fact, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) – one of the most outspoken members of Congress on gun control and co-author of the 1994 ban – is already leading the way in attempting to create more gun control legislation.

Many on the Left have joined Obama’s chorus in characterizing this surge as “bitter” voters clinging to their guns. It’s not uncommon for gun sales to surge during election season, but there’s never been a more valid reason for it, either. The saving grace at the moment is that getting another ban on semi-automatic rifles through the Republican-led House would be nothing short of impossible. But with a dubious economic “recovery,” fear of bigger government and the realization that Obama has nothing to lose in his second term, it’s no wonder citizens fear the erosion of the Second Amendment.

And Last…

Gun sales may be up, but some gun sellers are making a statement against the gun-grabbing Left. One Arizona gun dealer won’t even allow Obama voters into his store. He posted a sign on the front door that reads, “If you voted for Barack Obama your business is not welcome at Southwest Shooting Authority. You have proven you are not responsible enough to own a Firearm.” Well said. We’ve all heard of businesses banning gun owners, but this time, it’s the gun owners banning the banners.

Semper Vigilo, Fortis, Paratus et Fidelis!
Nate Jackson for The Patriot Post Editorial Team

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140 Comments

"Bitter Clinger" in Kansas said:

In his comments of Nov.15, Clarence De Barrows nailed it...please allow me to re-post it today:

"Mr. Alexander: I concur with your thinking, but not your confidence that we can correct the problem by working within the current political system and those in power. My contention is that the WHOLE political community is complicit in ignoring the mandates inherent in our Constitution. They are ALL, the Judiciary, the Congress and the Executive branch complicit in perpetuating a "rigged game" of politics. We can dialogue and work to influence those in power, but it is still taking place in a "rigged" setting. You can't win in a rigged game. The powers that be will allow only so much latitude for discussion before shutting down dissent. The Founders knew this. That's why our Constitution incorporated the safeguards which are ignored, in our time, by citing "case law" as the significant authority relative
to same. I respect your opinion relative to the action which should be taken, but we've talked enough. It's time for action. The problem is I'm afraid that, sadly, the character of a good number of American Citizens has been so compromised that talk is all they are capable
of as they feed at the public trough."

He's right...we can talk our way right into the Gulag. You can't win against a stacked deck, and you can't successfully negotiate with individuals who wipe their feet on the Constitution on a daily basis.

Friday, November 16, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. replied:

"...we can talk our way right into the Gulag."

It's NOT a Gilag, it's a Re-Education Center.

Friday, November 16, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Rodney in Maryland replied:

It is time to poll the states and count up those who have called for a Constitutional convention, the work on the stragglers. The number is very close to the required numbers, if my memory serves, around 28 or so. We need 34. I think this is a better way to approach the problem than attempting the ill fated secession route. The Federal government has already cashed that check in blood and will undoubtedly do so again if pushed to it.

Friday, November 16, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. replied:

Rodney,

It's the reason that I so admire Abraham Lincoln. There's a presidential prededent for quashing states rights.

Friday, November 16, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Joe in California replied:

Are you arguing the southern states had the right to succeed to protect slavery? Seriously? Please clarify...

Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 12:45 PM

JWH in "The Republic of Texas" replied:

Rodney: Be careful what you wish for. It has been at least two generations since the founding principles of this country have been seriously taught in the public schools and probably just as long for parents teaching their cildren in the home. When men and women, with this lack of knowledge gather at a Constitutional Convention, I would be fearful of what might be decided. The only real solution is to begin to teach our children the fundamental principles of the country(at home if the schools refuse) so that they are able to recognize attacks on their freedoms.

Friday, November 16, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Joe in California replied:

In Illinois as a high school student I was required to take a semester of civics to graduate and that was 1992. I'm not sure where you when to high school, but my civics course was rigorous and started with the founding documents themselves. I'm not so sure a constitutional convention would be a failure. Iceland just adopted a new constitution after their economic crisis and it appears to be quite reasonable.

Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Mike in Fairbanks replied:

(Sorry -- I posted this same comment further below, but I think it goes better under Mark's comment. Maybe webmaster can delete my lower duplicate posting)

Is the election truly in the bag? Just because Romney conceded, has there been any court challanges to the voter fraud in Philly and Ohio and other places (which could be a game changer), and recounts requested on the presidential vote in preparation for the Electoral College vote?

Fraud clearly won this election. So with the direction demographics are going and the boldness of voter fraud, I can't see a non-Progressive ever winning the presidential seat again in this country's future. How can "dialog" win in such an environment? Even if enough people can be woken up and convinced where we are going, their votes won't be legitimately counted at the poles any more.

Friday, November 16, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Honest Abe in North Carolina replied:

Are we in 2012 at the same point in history Germany was when it elected Adolf Hitler to Chancellor? If we are, the despot who fools the people with his lies will surely begin to usurp power and use force to impose his will upon the nation. God have mercy on the United States.

Monday, November 19, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Joe in California replied:

Are you comparing Obama to Hitler?

Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Tabby in Harrison replied:

Yes they r comparing hitler to Obama!!!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Rifleman in Nawth Georgia said:

The following message was printed on the back of the last sheet of my current checking account statement which arrived yesterday:

"Effective immediately, the Bank may make a change in your Checking Account that will not affect your available balance, interest earnings, FDIC insurance, or bank statement. This account will consist of a checking sub account and a savings sub account. The Bank may periodically transfer funds between these two sub accounts. If your Account is a Plan non which interest is paid, your interest calculation will remain the same. Otherwise, the savings sub account will be non interest bearing. The savings sub account will be governed by the rules governing our other savings accounts."

I spoke with a bank officer who said that this directive came from Corporate which was obeying a directive from The Fed.

Here's my take on this directive: Obamacare mandates authority to the IRS to withdraw money from personal savings, checking and investment accounts to cover the costs of Obamacare. In other words,  the IRS may determine that your costs attendant to your health care are insufficiently covered and then will draw from your account(s) what money they determine is necessary to cover your "fair share."

That's how I read the purpose behind the creation of these "sub accounts." 

Since savings accounts pay almost nothing in interest and since I fear what might happen to our accounts should hard times come, I withdrew a substantial amount from our savings accounts today. 

What was curious was that even though she knew me personally, the teller had to confirm my Driver's License number "to prove who I am."

Obamacare will be fully-implemented on 1 January, 2014. It's well along in process as I write. Our daughter, 20 years an RN, tells me that all medical records are now centralized and under the aegis of the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

I read all 2,400+ pages of Obamacare and, though I didn't understand all of the legal gobbledygook, after every sub-section, the same sentence appeared:

“The Secretary shall determine….”

The current HHS Secretary and all other future HHS Secretaries will have control over our health care -- and they have the IRS to supply them with the "needed" finances.

Friday, November 16, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. replied:

We're gonna take care of you cradle to grave! Relax and call us when you're shovel-ready. Don't worry about your money, it's safe with "us". You're worrying. Don't worry. Golf anyone?

Friday, November 16, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Rodney in Maryland replied:

Perhaps you would have had better luck trying to tell them that asking for your driver's license discriminates against you as a driver and against non-drivers because they don't have one. Why make it easy for Big Brother?

Friday, November 16, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Lisa in MD replied:

Funny how they asked you for your driver's license at a bank, yet they don't require it when you vote.

Friday, November 16, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Joe in California replied:

Not funny and entirely explainable - voting is a fundamental right that should not be easily taken away. Access to your bank account is protected by the bank as your fiduciary by requiring basic identification which your bank agreement specifies. It's not hard to see the differences. If you would like a bank that will let you withdraw money from your account with no ID, I'm sure we can find one, but I don't think you'd feel safe banking there. However, denying a citizen their constitutional right to vote should be handled with the uptmost consideration based on fundamental conservative principles. Laws exist for election fraud and they should be rigorously enforced, but I see little need beyond that that meets constitutional muster.

Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 1:26 PM

RK Sprau in L.C. N.M. replied:

sound like theft. What we need to do is to drop "Shall determine" and force them (IE Congress) to write an explanation) No one should have that much power.) while we're at it, overall the IRA tax code and take away most of there Gestapo Power.

Friday, November 16, 2012 at 4:34 PM

The Texas Cooke in Lockhart, Texas said:

U S Constitution
Article 2 The Executive Branch
Section 1 The President
....Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:
"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

The wordings of the current oath of enlistment in the Armed Serices and oath for commissioned officers are as follows:
"I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic;...

Hey guys....the enemy is in Washington D. C. ....you'll find them in Congress and every federal agency.....and the lying oath breaker in the Whitehouse. Get ready....

Friday, November 16, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Joe in California replied:

Mr. Bush is no longer president and Romney was defeated. Two lying oath breakers down, more to go.

Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 1:49 PM

terri in california said:

When other presidents have lied they have been impeached.....this president took no action to protect our people when clearly they sounded the alarm instead he went on to party in Las Vegas and make jokes on tv shows repeatly making up stories

Friday, November 16, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. replied:

Now that's not true. I was campaigning not partying, although it was quite fun and I wasn't anywhere near any cigars or interns.

Friday, November 16, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Mr. John in Colorado said:

Why does no one see Obama's efforts for what they are? A deliberate effort to destroy the US under the weight of his mandates, taxes, regulations, and social welfare. The sad thing is once he completes this, he and the Democrats will blame it on the GOP or George Bush or whoever or whatever else they can and not be held accountable as we have just seen in the recent election.

Friday, November 16, 2012 at 11:24 AM

RK Sprau in L.C. N.M. replied:

You have made a very interesting observation. I said this before and received negative feedback. You asked the question, why can't anyone see? 1st off you have to look at ourselves then study the enemy. Most individuals hated to study the enemy part. We had a special squadron called top gun. they flew like Soviet pilots, they thought like Soviet pilots, they were Soviet pilots. As a result of studying the enemy and our pilots practicing against them, we became the best fighter pilots in the world.
We need to study them for they have studied us and see what a little homework did for them.

Friday, November 16, 2012 at 4:38 PM

TheHarp in Oregon said:

Just as AGW/"climate change" is about acquiring control of the means of production, O'Care is all about gaining further control of the people. One of the traditional methods ofimposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine.
"The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants." Albert Camus

Friday, November 16, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Andrew Amway in Lancaster, PA said:

The America of Gary Cooper, John Wayne, and Jimmy Stewart died on election day. Self reliance, yankee ingenuity, and hard work have been replaced with "I'm entitled" to this! The number pulling on the oars is now outnumbered by those sitting on their derrieres.

Friday, November 16, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Joe in California replied:

Funny you should bring this up given the number of states, like missississippi and west virginia, who receive more in government handouts than they pay in taxes - those states almost uniformly voted for Romney. I was curious to see what would happen to those states when Romney cut taxes and more money stayed in California, New York, Illinois and Texas due to lower taxes while income flows into Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma, and other republican leaning states plummeted.

Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Rodney in Maryland said:

The spate of people rushing to concede elections is despicable. No election should be conceded. When ALL of the counting is done, including our Military absentee ballots, and districts which show Blatant discrepancies such as those cited earlier in this letter are resolved by impartial judges, then it is gracious of the losing candidate to issue a speech acknowledging the voice of the people and the fact of the loss. That should never be done until the fraud and the results are examined against the official voter rolls. Early voting is an invitation to fraud. it should be ended, as should voting my mail as they do in Washington state. Those individuals who will not or cannot be at the polls on election day have always had the option of voting by absentee ballot. If it is good enough for our troops to have to vote that way, then any citizen away from his base should do the same.

Friday, November 16, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Mike in Fairbanks replied:

Is the election truly in the bag? Just because Romney conceded, has there been any court challanges to the voter fraud in Philly and Ohio and other places (which could be a game changer), and recounts requested on the presidential vote in preparation for the Electoral College vote?

Fraud clearly won this election. So with the direction demographics are going and the boldness of voter fraud, I can't see a non-Progressive ever winning the presidential seat again in this country's future How can "dialog" win in such an environment? Even if enough people can be woken up and convinced where we are going, their votes won't be legitimately counted at the poles any more.

Friday, November 16, 2012 at 12:30 PM

BlueShadowII in Texas replied:

"... unbiased judges ..."? Good luck with that!

All early voting and absentee ballots should be banned. The ONLY exceptions should be for those serving as diplomats or in the military. Counting should occur only with observers designated by the candidates and only after all absentee ballots have been received.

Friday, November 16, 2012 at 3:15 PM

MNIce in Minnesota replied:

State authorities will move far too slowly to investigate election fraud, if they have any intention of acting at all. This is too critical to wait six and and a half years for a Democrat Attorney General to decide he'll drop it because he won't be able to stroll over to the courthouse before the statute of limitations expires.

We the people can't wait for a corrupt government to act on its own corruption. There are two things we can do. First, if you personally witnessed any election fraud, call the Republican Party Headquarters in your state, explain what you saw, and insist on being transferred to a party officer or attorney. Do this even if Mitt Romney won your state; we need to show the people this is indeed a problem.

Second, the Electoral College meets on December 17. Your state's delegation is supposed to meet at a place in the state capital determined by the legislature. Find out where it is, then get your Tea Party friends together to blockade the location and demand a new election, especially if your state is one of those with strongly apparent vote fraud. A recount is worthless if somebody has pulled out the Republican votes and replaced them with Democrat ballots or otherwise stuffed the box. Oh, and the new election MUST use proper voter ID verification if the law is on the books.

The Electoral College is responsible for hiring the President. That means that under Federal immigrant labor laws, its members are required to view the documents listed on Form I-9 proving eligibility for the position, including proof of citizenship if it is a job requirement. While you are having your discussion with your state's electors, warn them that they can be prosecuted for willfully failing to comply with this law.

Friday, November 16, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Fred Ross in Oregon said:

Firearms sales have skyrocketed under the current administration, and that's good for the economy. What a lot of people don't know is in 1934, Congress passed the Pittmon/Robertson Act, which collects 10% excise tax on the sales of firearms and ammunition, and 11% on archery equipment. These funds are supposed to be returned to the states for the enhancement of wildlife habitat and shooting opportunities, and are administered by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Dept. The resultant increase in these funds should be huge to the states, but it hasn't developed that way. USF&W funded (illegally) the reintroduction of the wolf with P/R funds, and uses it as their own slush fund for projects Congress won't fund. The few whistle blowers from within USF&W have unfortunately been largely ignored. These are our funds, and need to be returned to the states, not used for other projects at USF&W. There have been small bumps in apportionment to the states, but not at the same levels as sales.

Friday, November 16, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Fred Ross in Oregon said:

Firearms sales have skyrocketed under the current administration, and that's good for the economy. What a lot of people don't know is in 1937, Congress passed the Pittmon/Robertson Act, which collects 10% excise tax on the sales of firearms and ammunition, and 11% on archery equipment. These funds are supposed to be returned to the states for the enhancement of wildlife habitat and shooting opportunities, and are administered by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Dept. The resultant increase in these funds should be huge to the states, but it hasn't developed that way. USF&W funded (illegally) the reintroduction of the wolf with P/R funds, and uses it as their own slush fund for projects Congress won't fund. The few whistle blowers from within USF&W have unfortunately been largely ignored. These are our funds, and need to be returned to the states, not used for other projects at USF&W. There have been small bumps in apportionment to the states, but not at the same levels as sales.

Friday, November 16, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Mery M. Ployer in Knoxville, TN said:

I believe Obamacare, like Prohibition, will be ignored by millions of people, and because of that, ultimately (hopefully) suffer the same fate as Prohibition. Before that though, look for underground medical "speakeasies to crop up, very possibly controlled by the Mob, just like they were during Prohibition. Because I mean do we really expect the young folks to shell out 10 to 15 grand a year for medical insurance, thereby having to cut back on their weed supply? Not a chance.....

Friday, November 16, 2012 at 11:40 AM

RK Sprau in L.C. N.M. replied:

Interesting thought. Could you you please expand on it?

Friday, November 16, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Dan in The People's Republic of MD replied:

Back when MD instituted costly lead paint inspection laws for rental property, it was largely ignored. Slowly, the State figured out how to enforce it by withholding licenses, etc. The Feds will figure it out too, although I do like the idea of the States refusing to implement it. But ultimately they will cave too either by the courts or the ballot box.

Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Dan in The People's Republic of MD replied:

Your strategy did ultimately work to a large extent in Canada with their gun registration boondoggle.

Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Joe in California replied:

So if I follow you correctly, every young person in the US is a diehard weed smoker? Really? That's what you believe?

Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 7:12 PM

hoodoo in utah said:

this Pretender in chief must be impeached NOW. Lies, treason at a minimum

Friday, November 16, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Lewis Nitkin in Gloucester said:

Subject: Fw: Stimulus Package

Just wanted to let you know - today I received my 2012 Social Security Stimulus Package.

It contained two watermelon seeds, cornbread mix, two discount coupons to KFC, an 'Obama Hope & Change' bumper sticker, a prayer rug, a machine to blow smoke up my ass and a 'Blame it on Bush' poster for the front yard.
The directions were in Spanish.

Yours should arrive soon.
....Best of luck in the next 4 years, everyone's gonna need it.

Friday, November 16, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Lisa in MD replied:

Funny, This is good.

Friday, November 16, 2012 at 1:11 PM

RK Sprau in L.C. N.M. replied:

I also like it. Now to be serious, I think everyone growing a garden, raising there own meat might be a good idea.

Friday, November 16, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Scott in OH replied:

Coffee, out nose--meet keyboard!!

Funniest thing I've read since the official death of the USA November 6th!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 11:39 AM

gtmoj in La said:

This Marxist has used the Constitution as toilet paper, He has committed numerous acts of Treason and such as numerous democrats in the Senate and Congress. He has exceed his Constitutional authority and it is time the Congress and the Supreme Court, but the Marxist himself has put his minions in the high position of the courts to do his Anti-Constitutional biding.

Friday, November 16, 2012 at 11:58 AM

John W. Harvey in Pearland, tx said:

I feel sure that all of the individuals that want to ban farearms are willing to give up their armed protection. If they are not willing to become ordanary citizens subject to the same hazards as the rest of us they are just living objects that get bitten by their mothers when they run out from under the porch.

Friday, November 16, 2012 at 12:03 PM