Reality Strikes!

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After yesterday’s embarrassingly BAD news conference, it’s become very real for Barack Obama and the American people, that his administration is bordering on complete implosion. Now, whether that actually happens remains to be seen. But, never in our nations’s history has an American president willfully and without any reservation deceived the people of this country to this extent. Mr. Obama has met the seemingly endless parade of incompetence from HIS White House with his trademark unapologetic, vindictive, arrogance.

Even the most clueless and disconnected American voter can, without a doubt, see the Obama administration is a sinking ship and it’s time to head for the lifeboats…if there are enough to be had!

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OBAMACARE ARCHITECT: “COULD BE THE BEGINNING OF A DEATH SPIRAL”  – The Weekly Standard

FOULD AJAMI: WHEN THE OBAMA MAGIC DIED – The Wall Street Journal

OBAMA PIVOTS, DEMOCRATS PANIC – The Daily Beast

INSURANCE, HEALTH CARE EXPERTS SAY OBAMA’S FIX IS BAD MEDICINE – The Chicago Sun-Times

ANALYSIS: FOR OBAMA, HIS PRESIDENCY IS AT STAKE – USA Today

THE PRESIDENT’S NEW RULE WON’T SOLVE EVERYTHING FOR DEMOCRATS – Slate

OBAMA’S POLITICAL MALPRACTICE – Ruth Marcus @ The Washington Post

The list goes on and on and on…..and as you might gather, though they will always be in his pocket, even the liberal media is skeptical at this point. True to form, they’re more concerned about Obama’s presidency than what the nation’s citizens face. In the end, little comfort is taken by myself…and many more..in the fact that we can say “we tried to warn you, but you wouldn’t listen…”

The King of Wishful Thinking!

So President Obama is embarking on a renewed “focus on the economy”….Really?..Is that so?…What a joke! THIS President decides NOW to pivot to an issue which has been NUMBER 1 with the American people for how many years now?…

"You see..I'm very good at ignoring problems and issues which require tough decisions...I'm also very good at stirring up controversy to distract Americans FROM those problems....all the while, I'm offering nothing but hype..."

“You see..I’m very good at ignoring problems and issues which require tough decisions…I’m also very good at stirring up controversy to distract Americans FROM those problems….all the while, I’m offering nothing but hype…”

His initial speech placed the blame upon “Washington”…and how they’ve been distracted by “phony” scandals. You know..stuff like Benghazi, the IRS targeting, etc…you know…insignificant stuff like that. This coming from a President who decided to best focus his efforts on immigration, gay marriage…a gay basketball player..Trayvon Martin..you name it! ANYTHING, BUT the REAL CONCERNS of millions of Americans! THIS from a President who is the MASTER at distraction!

Townhall’s Katie Pavlich puts the president’s speech…and its absolute worthlessness…in perspective…

OBAMA BLAMES FIVE YEARS OF A BAD ECONOMY ON “PHONY SCANDALS” AND “DISTRACTIONS”

“President Obama did his best to shift his administration’s focus to the economy today during a speech at Illinois’ Knox College by blaming the anemic economy on Republicans and “phony scandals.”

As predicted, Obama gave America the same speech he’s been giving for five years, saying the country needs more infrastructure spending due to crumbling roads and bridges, that we must fight poverty, that CEOs are making too much money while the poor suffer etc. He even went so far as to tout “saving the auto industry” one week after Detroit filed for bankruptcy.

“Today, five years after the start of that Great Recession, America has fought its way back. Together, we saved the auto industry, took on a broken health care system, and invested in new American technologies to reverse our addiction to foreign oil and double wind and solar power,” Obama said. “Together, we put in place tough new rules on big banks, and protections that cracked down on the worst practices of mortgage lenders and credit card companies.  We changed a tax code too skewed in favor of the wealthiest at the expense of working families, locking in tax cuts for 98% of Americans, and asking those at the top to pay a little more.”

While Obama claims America is “back,” 50 million people are on food stamps and 23 million people are unemployed. The healthcare system is starting to collapse as doctors leave their practices and gas is on average $3.68 per gallon. It isn’t just the rich Obama has asked to “pay a little more.” In January, he raised taxes on everyone. And finally, big banks are getting bigger.

After claiming the country was on the right track economically, Obama proceeded to blame Republicans for “distractions” and “phony” scandals coming out of Washington.

With an endless parade of distractions, political posturing and phony scandals, Washington has taken its eye off the ball.  And I am here to say this needs to stop.  Short-term thinking and stale debates are not what this moment requires.  Our focus must be on the basic economic issues that the matter most to you – the people we represent,” Obama said.

Funny, I’m not sure the IRS targeting American citizens (with the help of one of Obama’s political appointees) for political purposes or four dead Americans killed in Benghazi count as “phony” but hey, “what difference, at this point, does it make?” And speaking of distractions, apparently taking the time to personally call pro-abortion Wendy Davis, Sandra Fluke and the first openly gay NBA player Jason Collins while opining on local crime cases, playing golf and going on numerous vacations doesn’t count when it comes to deflecting attention away from anything but the disastrous and stagnant economy….

I’ll leave you with this from liberal Washigton Post blogger Ezra Klein:

“That was a lot of hype for  very little policy.” – @ezraklein”

More….

THE INEQUALITY PRESIDENT – The Wall Street Journal

For four and a half years, Mr. Obama has focused his policies on reducing inequality rather than increasing growth…”

OBAMA ROADSHOW IS ALL ABOUT POLITICS, NOT ECONOMICS – Big Government

“The president wants more infrastructure spending, publically-funded pre-kindergarten education and a higher minimum wage.  However, those will not substantially change the unemployment picture.”

WHY DOES THE PRESIDENT THINK INCOME INEQUALITY IS A BIGGER PROBLEM THAN UNEMPLOYMENT? – James Pethokoukis @ AEI

“We are still some 10 million jobs short of what we would need to return to the prerecession employment trend, while the unemployment rate, adjusted for the drop in labor force participation, is closer to 10% than 7%. But Obama mentioned “unemployment” just once.”

OLDER, BUT NOT WISER – The Weekly Standard

“In the unlikelihood you’ve been paying attention to Obama’s speeches, you’ve heard all this before, particularly about what government will do for you.  For Obama, free markets are irrelevant.  But here’s the worst part.  This speech was first of a series on the economy.”

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It’s been noted over the years of his reign, that King Barack simply decides to rule by decree. Ignoring what he doesn’t like and enforcing what he does. The ‘rule of law be damned’. There was his fiasco on oil exploration, permits, etc., following the Gulf oil well disaster. His so called ‘welfare reform’, an effort to relax the requirements for applicants, and now the delaying of the employer mandate in ‘Obamacare’. HIS signature piece of legislation. The irony here being he had little to do with crafting the law. However, he undoubtedly approved of the final mess of a bill.

Michael McConnell, writing at The Wall Street Journal, takes a look at the latest tangled web the administration finds itself in…

OBAMA SUSPENDS THE LAW

Like King James II, the President decides not to enforce laws he doesn’t like. That’s an abuse of power.

President Obama’s decision last week to suspend the employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act may be welcome relief to businesses affected by this provision, but it raises grave concerns about his understanding of the role of the executive in our system of government.

Article II, Section 3, of the Constitution states that the president “shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.” This is a duty, not a discretionary power. While the president does have substantial discretion about how to enforce a law, he has no discretion about whether to do so.

This matter—the limits of executive power—has deep historical roots. During the period of royal absolutism, English monarchs asserted a right to dispense with parliamentary statutes they disliked. King James II’s use of the prerogative was a key grievance that lead to the Glorious Revolution of 1688. The very first provision of the English Bill of Rights of 1689—the most important precursor to the U.S. Constitution—declared that “the pretended power of suspending of laws, or the execution of laws, by regal authority, without consent of parliament, is illegal.”

To make sure that American presidents could not resurrect a similar prerogative, the Framers of the Constitution made the faithful enforcement of the law a constitutional duty.

The Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, which advises the president on legal and constitutional issues, has repeatedly opined that the president may decline to enforce laws he believes are unconstitutional. But these opinions have always insisted that the president has no authority, as one such memo put it in 1990, to “refuse to enforce a statute he opposes for policy reasons.”

Attorneys general under Presidents Carter, Reagan, both Bushes and Clinton all agreed on this point. With the exception of Richard Nixon, whose refusals to spend money appropriated by Congress were struck down by the courts, no prior president has claimed the power to negate a law that is concededly constitutional.

In 1998, the Supreme Court struck down a congressional grant of line-item veto authority to the president to cancel spending items in appropriations. The reason? The only constitutional power the president has to suspend or repeal statutes is to veto a bill or propose new legislation. Writing for the court in Clinton v. City of New York, JusticeJohn Paul Stevens noted: “There is no provision in the Constitution that authorizes the president to enact, to amend, or to repeal statutes.”

The employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act contains no provision allowing the president to suspend, delay or repeal it. Section 1513(d) states in no uncertain terms that “The amendments made by this section shall apply to months beginning after December 31, 2013.” Imagine the outcry if Mitt Romney had been elected president and simply refused to enforce the whole of ObamaCare.

This is not the first time Mr. Obama has suspended the operation of statutes by executive decree, but it is the most barefaced. In June of last year, for example, the administration stopped initiating deportation proceedings against some 800,000 illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. before age 16, lived here at least five years, and met a variety of other criteria. This was after Congress refused to enact the Dream Act, which would have allowed these individuals to stay in accordance with these conditions. Earlier in 2012, the president effectively replaced congressional requirements governing state compliance under the No Child Left Behind Act with new ones crafted by his administration.

The president defended his suspension of the immigration laws as an exercise of prosecutorial discretion. He defended his amending of No Child Left Behind as an exercise of authority in the statute to waive certain requirements. The administration has yet to offer a legal justification for last week’s suspension of the employer mandate.

Republican opponents of ObamaCare might say that the suspension of the employer mandate is such good policy that there’s no need to worry about constitutionality. But if the president can dispense with laws, and parts of laws, when he disagrees with them, the implications for constitutional government are dire.

Democrats too may acquiesce in Mr. Obama’s action, as they have his other aggressive assertions of executive power. Yet what will they say when a Republican president decides that the tax rate on capital gains is a drag on economic growth and instructs the IRS not to enforce it?

And what of immigration reform? Why bother debating the details of a compromise if future presidents will feel free to disregard those parts of the statute that they don’t like?

The courts cannot be counted on to intervene in cases like this. As the Supreme Court recently held in Hollingsworth v. Perry, the same-sex marriage case involving California’s Proposition 8, private citizens do not have standing in court to challenge the executive’s refusal to enforce laws, unless they have a personal stake in the matter. If a president declines to enforce tax laws, immigration laws, or restrictions on spending—to name a few plausible examples—it is very likely that no one will have standing to sue.

Of all the stretches of executive power Americans have seen in the past few years, the president’s unilateral suspension of statutes may have the most disturbing long-term effects. As the Supreme Court said long ago (Kendall v. United States, 1838), allowing the president to refuse to enforce statutes passed by Congress “would be clothing the president with a power to control the legislation of congress, and paralyze the administration of justice.”

Mr. McConnell, a former judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, is a professor of law and director of the Constitutional Law Center at Stanford Law School and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution.

A version of this article appeared July 9, 2013, on page A13 in the U.S. edition of The Wall Street Journal, with the headline: Obama Suspends the Law.

More reading….

WHITE HOUSE DETERMINED TO START OBAMACARE MONEY FLOW – Townhall

THE FIASCO THAT IS OBAMACARE – The Weekly Standard

OBAMACARE IS COMING UNDONE – Reason

 

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Freaky Friday!

Welcome to the end of a rather tumultuous week! Each day brings with it new surprises…and most of them NOT good! It’s a wonder we manage as best we can!…

Let’s take a look at what’s going on, shall we?!

 

Can you smell that?  It is the smell of panic in the air.  As I have noted before, when financial markets catch up to economic reality they tend to do so very rapidly.  ...Over the past several years they have been grossly twisted and distorted by the Federal Reserve and by the other major central banks around the globe.  Did the central bankers really believe that there wouldn't be a great price to pay for messing with the markets?  The behavior that we have been watching this week is the kind of behavior that one would expect at the beginning of a financial panic. .."

“Can you smell that? It is the smell of panic in the air. As I have noted before, when financial markets catch up to economic reality they tend to do so very rapidly. …Over the past several years they have been grossly twisted and distorted by the Federal Reserve and by the other major central banks around the globe. Did the central bankers really believe that there wouldn’t be a great price to pay for messing with the markets? The behavior that we have been watching this week is the kind of behavior that one would expect at the beginning of a financial panic. ..” – THE ECONOMIC COLLAPSE BLOG

 

 

f you tweet a picture from your living room using your smartphone, you’re sharing far more than your new hairdo or the color of the wallpaper. You’re potentially revealing the exact coordinates of your house to anyone on the Internet. The GPS location information embedded in a digital photo is an example of so-called metadata, a once-obscure technical term that’s become one of Washington’s hottest new buzzwords..." - McClatchy DC

“If you tweet a picture from your living room using your smartphone, you’re sharing far more than your new hairdo or the color of the wallpaper. You’re potentially revealing the exact coordinates of your house to anyone on the Internet.
The GPS location information embedded in a digital photo is an example of so-called metadata, a once-obscure technical term that’s become one of Washington’s hottest new buzzwords…” – McClatchy DC

 

"I think the Republican House was put on this earth to save us from huge pieces of comprehensive legislation like this that I think are not well designed, would not work well. If we want to solve particular parts of the immigration problem, we can solve them. We can have more high-tech workers, if you want. We could have more guest workers for agriculture, if that's necessary. We could legalize the people who are here. This 1,000-page bill, which is now probably 1,100 page bill--and much more expensive bill--because of this amendment, is not a good idea.." - William Kristol @ The Weekly Standard

“I think the Republican House was put on this earth to save us from huge pieces of comprehensive legislation like this that I think are not well designed, would not work well. If we want to solve particular parts of the immigration problem, we can solve them. We can have more high-tech workers, if you want. We could have more guest workers for agriculture, if that’s necessary. We could legalize the people who are here. This 1,000-page bill, which is now probably 1,100 page bill–and much more expensive bill–because of this amendment, is not a good idea..” – William Kristol @ The Weekly Standard

 

After months of reassurances that the ObamaCare exchanges would be running by Oct. 1, it turns out they're well behind schedule. Truth becomes an even rarer commodity in the Obama administration." - Investor's Business Daily

“After months of reassurances that the ObamaCare exchanges would be running by Oct. 1, it turns out they’re well behind schedule. Truth becomes an even rarer commodity in the Obama administration.” – Investor’s Business Daily

 

The president of the Chicago Teachers Union charges that racism and "rich white people" are to blame for the immense financial and educational crisis facing the Chicago Public Schools." - Investor's Business Daily

“The president of the Chicago Teachers Union <Karen Lewis> charges that racism and “rich white people” are to blame for the immense financial and educational crisis facing the Chicago Public Schools.” – Investor’s Business Daily

 

"They're taking food out of the mouths of babies," Pelosi said of her Republican colleagues following the defeat of the farm bill in a floor vote. "Two million families would lose their food under the bill, much less under the Southerland amendment."

“They’re taking food out of the mouths of babies,” …”Two million families would lose their food under the bill, much less under the Southerland amendment.”

 

This is just the tip of the iceberg!

We have financial markets collapsing after they’ve been propped up by the Fed for so long. Never mind that this created a false sense of security!

We have a federal government essentially able to monitor nearly every move you make and every word you say and type!

We have moronic Senators, Lindsey Graham (R-SC) among them, practically breathless to craft a piece of crap immigration “reform” bill! Never mind the feds have REFUSED to enforce existing law on nearly EVERY aspect of immigration and securing the border. It doesn’t take a genius to see what the result of this disastrous bill will do!

We have embarrassments like Chicago teacher’s union prez, Karen Lewis, whose failed leadership is in dire need of scapegoats. She simply has to play the race card. THAT will garner support from the fools that don’t have a CLUE on solving the dire problems of public education!

We have the continuing, insipid, stupidity of Congressional Democrats like Nancy Pelosi, who resort to literal lunacy when it comes to spending. Never mind that there are a RECORD NUMBER OF AMERICANS ON FOOD STAMPS! HER PARTY’S SOLUTION: SPEND MORE!

It’s all of this sort of garbage that has placed this nation in the mire it now finds itself. Self serving so called “leaders” are the enemy we all must face. They have “led” us down a road to a situation from which we may never recover. Until more of us wake up, this stuff will continue!

 

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Your Monday morning headlines!….

"I much prefer f**king around here with you idiots...I mean...nice people...than dealing with that sh*t in Washington!"

“I much prefer f**king around here with you idiots…I mean…nice people…than dealing with that sh*t in Washington!”

OBAMA TO ATTEND 3 DEMOCRATIC FUNDRAISERS MONDAY – The Weekly Standard

Can you say “too busy to be President”..??..!!

"Yeah..whew!..I didn't think I was going to get away with it for a while there!...Just goes to prove as long as the media is in your pocket, you can get away with anything..especially in you're in government!"

“Yeah..whew!..I didn’t think I was going to get away with it for a while there!…Just goes to prove as long as the media is in your pocket, you can get away with anything..especially if you’re in government!”

ON BENGHAZI PROBE, GOP’S ISSA SAYS ‘HILLARY CLINTON IS NOT A TARGET’  – NBC News

If she isn’t, she damned sure should be!

They're likely paying taxes...

They’re likely paying taxes…

It's a safe bet to say she isn't...as well as millions more like her!

It’s a safe bet to say she isn’t…as well as millions more like her!

HOW THE IRS TARGETED TEA PARTY GROUPS FOR ABUSE – Reason

Gee! What a surprise!

"Yeah..this job f**kin' sucks..I'm nothing more than a mouthpiece for an administration full of pathological liars..."

“Yeah..this job f**kin’ sucks..I’m nothing more than a mouthpiece for an administration full of pathological liars…”

GEORGE WILL: JAY CARNEY’S USEFULNESS TO THIS ADMINISTRATION IS DIMINISHING RAPIDLY – The Daily Caller

Tell us something we DON’T know!

Read them and weep!…or at least shake your head in disgust!

What it boils down to…

Forget all of the analysis, the punditry, the speculation……..THIS is what’s in store for EVERYONE!!!..UNLESS, we wise up!…Like THAT will ever happen!…

"It's simple..we're taking MORE of YOUR money..if you don't like it, f*ck you!

“It’s simple..we’re taking MORE of YOUR money..if you don’t like it, f*ck you!

CONFIRMED: SENATE DEMOCRATS’ BUDGET ACCELERATES SPENDING, NEVER BALANCES – Townhall

"SCREW the 2nd amendment!...We simply CANNOT allow law abiding American citizens the right..I mean..the privilege...to defend themselves!"

“SCREW the 2nd amendment!…We simply CANNOT allow law abiding American citizens the right..I mean..the privilege…to defend themselves!”

THE ILLOGIC OF DIANE FEINSTEIN’S ‘ASSAULT WEAPONS’ BAN – The Washington Times

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Hey!..Dumbass!…I know what’s good for you and don’t you f*cking forget it!”

WHAT IF NEW YORK’S ‘NANNY IS ACTUALLY A THUG? – Reason

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OBAMACARE: HIGHER PREMIUMS, LESS PRIVACY – The Weekly Standard

If you were not part of the moron class that returned Barack Obama to office last November, not to worry! Get ready to bend over! You’ll get yours soon enough!

Sign of the times…

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I can certainly understand the hype over Rush Limbaugh’s comments today…Nevertheless, I can agree, with clarification: I am not ashamed of my country per se, but I am MOST DEFINITELY ashamed of a majority of the citizens of this country for their vindictiveness and their foolishness in placing their trust and faith in a man like Barack Obama. Period!