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North Korea is building atomic bombs as fast as they can.
Iran can't wait to nuke Tel Aviv.
Al Qaeda wants a bomb. Any bomb.
So naturally Barack Obama thinks it's a swell time to cut the U.S. nuclear arsenal by 1/3.
Obama will propose a one-third reduction in U.S. strategic nuclear warheads, lowering the total number of warheads to between 1,000 and 1,100.
The potential reductions would be from a current limit of 1,550, the number set in the New START treaty that was ratified by the Senate in December 2010.
Remember Ronald Reagan's motto of Peace Through Strength?
I'm guessing Obama's Peace Through Timidity plan isn't going to be nearly as effective.
Unless the goal is to destroy the United States.
Having spent most of this weekend attending various graduation parties with a gaggle of Obama voters I can unequivocally say one thing — they don't care that he's spying on Americans. Because according to them, he's spying on the right Americans.
Conservatives, Tea Partyers, Fox News: all perceived as enemies of progressivism. And thus fair game. Because, racism.
It's an interesting, and sadly sophomoric worldview. "Brother Obama," as he is known in certain circles, is a kind of demi-god to these folks. He's omnipotent. He's benevolent. He's a superhuman champion of the underclasses. Everything Barack Obama does is for our own good, because he cannot possibly be anything but perfect. And of course, "Bush was worse," while all of Obama's problems are caused by evil republicans.
One conversation stands out, with a fellow who works in IT for a government contractor. He said everyone who works for the government has a heart of gold. In fact, government is the epitome of altruism, public servants (such as himself!) are the protectors of our freedom. And if that means we citizens need to surrender our personal information to the government (think FB, twitter, email, etc) so be it. The government would never abuse that info! There are "safeguards."
And if someone in the government does do something we don't like, it isn't because they're bad, it's because "we don't understand" the true threat that they're protecting us from. The government knows what's good for us. Moreover, subjecting these data mining programs to public scrutiny undermines the government's ability to protect us, so persecuting Obama's critics keeps America safer!
I gotta tell you, hearing this stuff scares the shit out of me.
But if you wanted to know how Obama thought he could get away with all this skullduggery, well, now you know. His sycophants refuse to acknowledge reality. Their brainwashing is complete.
This is how fascism starts. This is how totalitarian states are born. "First they came for the Tea Partyers, but I didn't care because I wasn't a racist tea bagger." Go ahead, tell me it isn't exactly what's happening right now.
Because Big Brother Obama isn't using all this surveillance to keep America safe.
He's using all this surveillance to punish his political enemies.
And I've discovered that I know a whole lot of people who are OK with that. People who embrace it as necessary. And smile.
Whatever country emerges from the ruins of his administration, it won't be America. Not the America established in 1776. And certainly not the America that Ronald Reagan described as "a shining city on a hill."
Anyone? Bueller? Anyone?
Nope. He must think we're all morons. (Sadly, with regard to the 51% who voted for him, he's right.) But if Pravda can wake up, maybe there's hope.
President Obama strongly defended the government's secret surveillance of people's phone records and Internet activities, saying … that the programs are "under very strict supervision by all three branches of government and they do not involve listening to people's phone calls, do not involve reading the e-mails of U.S. citizens and U.S. residents."
Except when, you know, they do involve exactly that.
Renee Montagne from NPR spoke with liberal columnist and author Glenn Greenwald, the reporter who co-wrote the stories for the British newspaper The Guardian, today on the massive data-mining scandal.
Greenwald dropped this bomb during the interview.
"There are reported examples of the NSA, analysts at the NSA, using mechanisms they have access to. ABC reported several years ago through whistle blowers that they have used it to eavesdrop on people on whom they have personal grudges. There are isolated examples of the Patriot Act being abused. The problem is that the entire system operates behind a wall of extreme secrecy."
Hmm. Grudges, eh? Perhaps like how the IRS just happened to have a "grudge" against Conservatives and Tea Party groups? Those kind of grudges?
Nah, Barack Obama would never do something like that! He's the Unicorn Healer.
He's not listening to your phone calls. He's not reading your email. He's not watching what you type into Google.
He's got people for that. At the NSA. And they're tracking every single thing you do.
Then, if you're on his enemies list, they'll turn all that data over to OFA. In case someone needs to pay you a visit.
It'll just be for a friendly chat.
The first time.
Did I say "can't?"
I meant won't.
Because to Barack Obama, terrorists and illegal aliens are not a priority. Tea Partyers, Conservatives, and Patriots. They're the priority.
He vowed to "fundamentally transform" America.
And boy oh boy, he sure has.
The amount of surveillance he's unleashed on American citizens would make J. Edgar Hoover blush. Thanks Verizon, yes the NSA can hear you now. And don't for one minute believe that AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Skype aren't also cooperating. As are just about every major internet company and search engine.
According to the Post, the National Security Agency and FBI are "tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading US Internet companies, extracting audio, video, photographs, e-mails, documents and connection logs that enable analysts to track a person's movements and contacts over time." The program is code-named PRISM, and was leaked to the newspaper by a "career intelligence offer" who said, "They quite literally can watch your ideas form as you type."
Also feeding into this Orwellian database? Credit card transactions. And supermarket loyalty card info. Undoubtedly along with a whole bunch of other stuff we haven't heard about yet.
So riddle me this Batman.
With all that data, and given that the Russians told him about the Tsarnaev brothers, why didn't someone stop the Boston Marathon bombing?
Because Barack Obama refuses to consider Islam to be the source of terrorism, that's why.
A correspondent to Breitbart News writes in frustration: "The FBI and NSA were reading [Nidal] Hassan's emails to [Anwar] Al Awlaki and monitoring his phone calls and didn't think he was a threat at Ft. Hood. The FBI was also monitoring the phone calls of the Times Square bomber and didn't do anything. So much for the value of phone call and email monitoring. Check the old news clips on these stories. It's all there."
We know who Obama's real enemies are.
And then comes a reminder of which information the government has been most interested in: information about Tea Party and conservative groups, information about individual activists in the conservative movement, information about the prayers of pro-life groups — information, in other words, about its political opponents, who have been treated since the beginning of the Obama administration like the real national enemy.
Welcome to Chicago politics coupled with Soviet tactics.
This is not the America our Founding Fathers envisioned.
But it's exactly what Obama
promised us we'd get.
Obama isn't even trying to pretend he's an American any more. Or a patriot, deferential to the Founding Fathers.
He's a tyrant, and malevolent to boot.
Susan "YouTube" Rice gets rewarded for her Benghazi duplicity with a promotion to National Security Advisor.
Both reporting for duty under the jaundiced eye of Genghis John Kerry.
Neither interested in what we used to call "America."
While Kathleen Sebelius is now officially Obamacare's Death Panel of one.
Oh, by the way, is Eric Holder still investigating himself? Or was that file closed with nary a whimper? You can't ask the media, and I seem to have lost track.
All is proceeding according to Saul Alinsky's plan.
We won't recognize this country by 2016. That is, if we still have a country.
Richard Windsor has a lot of friends. All of them are fake too. But that's how Obama's top appointees do business — behind aliases, hidden from the public and those pesky Freedom Of Information Act requests.
Some of President Obama's political appointees, including the Cabinet secretary for the Health and Human Services Department, are using secret government email accounts they say are necessary to prevent their inboxes from being overwhelmed with unwanted messages, according to a review by The Associated Press.
The scope of using the secret accounts across government remains a mystery: Most U.S. agencies have failed to turn over lists of political appointees' email addresses, which the AP sought under the Freedom of Information Act more than three months ago. The Labor Department initially asked the AP to pay more than $1 million for its email addresses.
The AP asked for the addresses following last year's disclosures that the former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency had used separate email accounts at work. The practice is separate from officials who use personal, non-government email accounts for work, which generally is discouraged -- but often happens anyway -- due to laws requiring that most federal records be preserved.
The secret email accounts complicate an agency's legal responsibilities to find and turn over emails in response to congressional or internal investigations, civil lawsuits or public records requests because employees assigned to compile such responses would necessarily need to know about the accounts to search them. Secret accounts also drive perceptions that government officials are trying to hide actions or decisions.
"What happens when that person doesn't work there anymore? He leaves and someone makes a request (to review emails) in two years," said Kel McClanahan, executive director of National Security Counselors, an open government group. "Who's going to know to search the other accounts? You would hope that agencies doing this would keep a list of aliases in a desk drawer, but you know that isn't happening."
Remember when Barack Obama promised us "the most transparent administration in history?"
Yeah, me neither.
With all these secret noms-de-guerre how does anybody in Washington keep track of who's who?
I can see it now. Somewhere deep in the bowels of the Old Executive Office
Building there's a guy, in a closet, with a dusty log book and a bank of
56K modems, diligently writing down the name of every freshly minted
doppelganger. And of course, nobody knows his real name either.
The head of the IRS met with the manager of Barack Obama's presidential campaign. Repeatedly. In the White House. But, nothing nefarious occured. Really. Trust them.
And yet, the IRS suddenly decided to target conservatives and Tea Party groups for extra special scrutiny. Purely coincidentally, of course.
C'mon people. How much more evidence do you need?
Barack Obama is a tyrant. And he has hijacked the federal bureaucracy to
enforce his will.
Not that they needed a whole lot of persuasion, but still, it's beyond
Hey, did you hear? The War on Terror is over.
On Thursday, President Barack Obama urged an end to the war against terrorism, which legally began once Congress reacted to the jihadi attack on the Twin Towers.
"Our systematic effort to dismantle terrorist organizations must continue" through the use of courts and police, he announced in a speech at the National Defense University.
"This war, like all wars, must end. That's what history advises. That's what our democracy demands," he said.
Remember when we used to demand victory? Yeah, me neither.
But, the New York Times is happy, so that's gotta count for something, right?
And thus we see why Code Pinko Medea Benjamin was planted at his speech yesterday. Closing Gitmo had to wait until "the war" was over. And now, the war is over, which gives him an excuse ("International Law") to close up shop and release all the captives.
Go home fellas! No hard feelings, right? And don't forget to enroll in our Frequent Jihadi Program where we're offering double heavenly virgin points for a limited time!
Not for nothing Barry, but before you go and get ready for your "Mission Accomplished" photo op maybe you should check to see if the terrorists are still at war with us.
Because from where I sit, I'd say yes,
yes they are.
The question isn't whether or not we're paranoid. The question is whether or not we're paranoid enough.
Because the Obama Administration took the IRS executive responsible for overseeing Tea Party persecutions and put her in charge of enforcing Obamacare.
The Internal Revenue Service official in charge of the tax-exempt organizations at the time when the unit targeted tea party groups now runs the IRS office responsible for the health care legislation.
Sarah Hall Ingram served as commissioner of the office responsible for tax-exempt organizations between 2009 and 2012. But Ingram has since left that part of the IRS and is now the director of the IRS' Affordable Care Act office, the IRS confirmed to ABC News today.
Since a picture is worth 1,000 words, I swiped this one from Facebook:
Ms. Ingram also earned $103,390 in bonuses for persecuting Tea Party members. And that's peanuts compared to what Barry's gonna pay her when she starts denying medical treatment to us.
Are you waking up yet America? Your government is out of control.
First they came for the Tea Partyers, but you did nothing because you hate those racist Tea Baggers just like MSNBC told you to.
Then they came for the Associated Press, but you weren't paying attention because Glee and American Idol were on.
When they played favorites with the environmentalists you said "good" because you despise those evil oil dudes, especially every time you gas up your SUV.
After they left 4 Americans to die in Libya you said it was no big deal because they were partying with Beyonce and she's way cooler than those baby-killer military psychos who probably got what they deserved.
And you still don't know who that Ben Ghazi fellow is anyway. But you're pretty sure he wasn't a guest on The View so he can't be that important.
The guy they locked up for making a movie is still in jail but you say that's OK because he should have known Islam is a Religion of Peace and besides every guy who violates his parole deserves to be stuck in solitary for the rest of his life.
Tyranny. It doesn't just rise up one day and bite you in the ass. It slowly and deliberately encircles you, eating away at your freedom bit by bit. By the time you finally figure out what's going it'll probably be too late.
I'll save you guys a seat in the prison exercise yard.
It's time to call this president by his real name — Barack Hussein Milhous Obama.
Except Nixon was a piker compared to Obama.
Nixon bugged a hotel suite. Obama bugged Congress.
Nixon tried using the IRS against his enemies. Obama stacked the IRS with so many Democrats they went after his "enemies" with gusto.
In fact, the IRS seems so overwhelmingly politicized that it's hard for me to even believe everything I read.
But when Planned Parenthood has the power to torpedo a pro-life group's tax exempt status, what else can I do but believe the IRS is 100% in bed with the Democratic Party?
"In one case, the IRS withheld approval of an application for tax exempt status for Coalition for Life of Iowa. In a phone call to Coalition for Life of Iowa leaders on June 6, 2009, the IRS agent 'Ms. Richards' told the group to send a letter to the IRS with the entire board's signatures stating that, under perjury of the law, they do not picket/protest or organize groups to picket or protest outside of Planned Parenthood," the Thomas More Society announced today. "Once the IRS received this letter, their application would be approved."
Remember, Planned Parenthood enthusiastically supported Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. And they're going to make a lot of money off of the "women's health" provisions mandated by Obamacare. So naturally the Internal Revenge Service wants to keep them fat and happy.
That is, when the IRS isn't dancing to Chuck Schumer's tune.
In a letter still posted on his web site, and also signed by six other Democrat senators, Schumer called on the IRS to "prevent abuse of the tax code by political groups focused on federal election activities." Now, to be sure, the letter did not specifically mention the Tea Party, nor did it mention targeting conservatives in general. But I don't think it needed to do so in order to get its point across. In the aftermath of the Citizens United ruling, Democrats were up in arms about right-wing groups that might accept corporate donations. The letter even cites a New York Times story that prattled on about the same so-called outrage.
Schumer and these six other Democrat senators didn't have to hire skywriters to let the IRS know who they were concerned about.
But Obama would have you believe it was all because of an interim IRS commissioner, who he "fired" yesterday, a mere 3 weeks before the guy's term expired. Oh, did I mention that this interim commissioner didn't start his job until a year after the supposedly rogue agents in Cincinnati were up to their eyeballs in duplicity?
Can you say "fall guy?" Sure, I knew you could.
Amd the husband of Lois Lerner, who issued the initial "apology" on behalf of the IRS, is an Obama bundler.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) official who apologized for targeting conservative nonprofit groups for extra scrutiny is married to an attorney whose firm hosted a voter registration organizing event for the Obama presidential campaign, praised President Obama's policy work, and had one of its partners appointed by Obama to a key ambassadorship.
That's the two top people responsible for scrutinizing tax exemption applications. They're both in Obama's pocket.
How about that Cincinnati office where this whole thing supposedly started? It's a hotbed of Democratic Party donors.
In the past three election cycles, the Center for Responsive Politics' database shows about $474,000 in political donations by individuals listing "IRS" or "Internal Revenue Service" as their employer.
This money heavily favors Democrats: $247,000 to $145,000, with the rest going to political action committees. (Oddly, half of those GOP donations come from only two IRS employees, one in Houston and one in Annandale, Va.)
IRS employees also gave $67,000 to the PAC of the National Treasury Employees Union, which in turn gave more than 96 percent of its contributions to Democrats. Add the PAC cash to the individual donations and IRS employees favor Democrats 2-to-1.
The Cincinnati office where the political targeting took place is much more partisan, judging by FEC filings. More than 75 percent of the campaign contributions from that office in the past three elections went to Democrats. In 2012, every donation traceable to employees at that office went to either President Obama or liberal Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio.
The IRS officials whose names appear in the IG report are also Democrats with partisan histories. William Wilkins, IRS general counsel and one of the agency's two explicitly political appointees, is a former Democratic congressional aide, lobbyist (clients included the Swiss Bankers Association), and Democratic donor.
Joseph H. Grant, who ran the Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division that includes the Cincinnati office, is a former Democratic staffer on the House Ways & Means Committee.
Going after their chosen candidate's enemies is just another day at the office for the partisan hack unionistas of the IRS.
Are you still with me here? Good! Because this is tyranny. This is abuse of power. Abuse that reaches to the highest levels of our government. ABC News says someone in the West Wing of the White House "knew" and "authorized" the harassment of conservative groups. When you've lost ABC News…
We simply cannot trust this president, or his government. Everything he says is a lie. Including "and" and "the". These guys weren't kidding when Valerie Jarrett said "After we win this election, it's our turn. Payback time. Everyone not with us is against us and they better be ready because we don't forget. The ones who helped us will be rewarded, the ones who opposed us will get what they deserve. There is going to be hell to pay."
Hell is right. And in case you're wondering, Valerie Jarrett is the
West Wing. Nobody takes a dump over there without her permission. So just wait
until next year when these same IRS enforcers
get to decide who receives health care and who doesn't. If you like your
doctor, you can keep your doctor, unless Obama sics the IRS on you.
Compared to Barack Obama, Richard Nixon was a rank amateur.
I've said it before, and I'll undoubtedly say it again. There is no low to which Obama won't stoop. None.
Low-level staffers in Cincinnati my ass! The IRS rot goes all the way to the top. The very top. Obama's White House counsel's office learned about the persecution of Tea Party groups last month. But we're supposed to believe he only found out by reading the papers?
So the White House counsel's office knew generally that the IRS was targeting conservative groups in April, but apparently didn't know the "details."
Suppose you're some innocent little president, sitting in your Oval Office playing with your ship in the bottle, watching the news and all of a sudden you learn that the government that you are in charge of has been targeting your political enemies with harassment and bullying. What would be your first reaction — if you were an innocent little president?
WHY THE BLAZES DIDN'T ANYONE TELL ME!
Suppose then you learn that your personal counsel kept the bad news from you. Even though he didn't have "specific details," he was aware of the program targeting the president's enemies and, presuming he isn't brain dead, knew the political ramifications of such targeting and the very real possibility that it could destroy the administration. If you were indeed just some innocent little president, minding your own business, what would be the first words out of your mouth when the White House counsel came to see you after the story broke?
I do not believe that Barack Obama first learned of the IRS's targeting of conservatives from "news reports" on Friday. That doesn't pass the smell test, especially since a close aide was told of the program three weeks ago. Are we to believe that the president's own counsel didn't immediately go to the Oval Office after learning of this and tell Obama "We've got a big problem, sir"? And the fact that the White House is now in full-blown circle-the wagons damage-control mode would suggest that their primary goal is to keep the president a thousand miles away from anything having to do with this scandal.
That's what you call a cover-up. Especially since the current IRS Commissioner also knew about the targeting of conservative groups.
The Associated Press, via the Washington Post, runs this breaking story about the exploding IRS scandal. It turns out that while outgoing IRS commissioner Douglas Shulman told Congress twice in March 2012 that the agency wasn't targeting conservative groups, just two months later his acting replacement Steve Miller knew all about it:
IRS says current acting commissioner learned in May 2012 that tea party groups were targeted.
The current commissioner knew for a full year that the agency was targeting Tea Party groups and other opposition organization for aggressive auditing? And in the middle of an election year, no less? And yet, today Barack Obama insists that he knew nothing of this practice until last Friday.
That's either gross incompetence. Or willful deceit.
I'm going with deceit. Because, guess what? It wasn't just the IRS. Obama's EPA pulled the same shit.
Conservative groups seeking information from the Environmental Protection Agency have been routinely hindered by fees normally waived for media and watchdog groups, while fees for more than 90 percent of requests from green groups were waived, according to requests reviewed by the Conservative Enterprise Institute.
CEI's fee waiver rejection rate? 92 percent. Symmetry!
Then today, just to keep the tyranny in high gear, we learn that the same IRS office which coordinated harassment of conservative groups also illegally leaked copies of those groups' confidential tax return information to a pro-Obama organization.
The same IRS office that deliberately targeted conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status in the run-up to the 2012 election released nine pending confidential applications of conservative groups to ProPublica late last year.
Who's behind ProPublica? George Soros.
And why did George Soros want these confidential documents? To expose tea party donors to media scrutiny, with of course the aim of silencing them.
Are you detecting a pattern here yet?
It's time for people to go to jail. And by "people," I mean Barack Hussein
That $40 bucks a month he started swiping from your pocket in January? It's merely the beginning. Open your wallets kids, because Barack Obama is coming for your money.
President Barack Obama rarely misses a chance to call on upper-income Americans to pay more taxes.
But his annual budget is doing more to target middle-class taxpayers than any of his previous proposals, calling for caps on deductions, changes in the way some tax benefits are calculated and a big hike in cigarette taxes — all proposals that would make middle-class Americans pay more.
"It's a new paradigm," said Bob Williams, a senior fellow at the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. This is the first budget he's presented that has proposed raising taxes on people below the $250,000 thresholds he's maintained over the past five years."
It also has some Democrats worried, especially those who represent districts where their constituents make a good salary but don't see themselves as rich stand to get hit.
"It's a concern," Rep. Allyson Schwartz, a Pennsylvania Democrat who represents some of Philadelphia's suburbs, told POLITICO in reference to Obama's proposed deduction cap. For many people, the mortgage tax deduction is your biggest deduction. It's very significant. And just as the housing market is coming back, there's a question about the timing of that."
What's funny is that the story is from Politico, a "news" organization which up to now has never missed a chance to cheerlead for Obama and the Democrats. But it's OK, he's safely re-elected, so a few well-rehearsed potshots will surely re-establish their credibility with all you low-information voters, right?
And if these new taxes start to hurt the middle class? They'll just blame it on Republicans. Again.
My job will be to remind you folks of who really screwed you over.
Do you claim the Earned Income Tax Credit? You'll get a smaller check this year. Smoke cigarettes or drink flavored vodka? The tax man wants a few more bucks from you. Deduct your mortgage interest or property taxes? Sorry, those deductions will be severely limited now.
Pay up suckaz. You voted for this clown. You deserve all the misery your Dear
Leader can dish out.
The Senate delivered a devastating blow to President Obama's agenda to regulate guns Wednesday by defeating a bipartisan proposal to expand background checks.
It failed by a vote of 54 to 46, with five Democrats voting against it. Only four Republicans supported it.
The totally not good: Alleged McConnell Bugger Visited White House
The head of a group accused of illegally taping private meetings of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's campaign visited the White House days before the group's Twitter account began actively attacking the Kentucky Republican, according to White House visitor logs.
Oops. So much for that "no Democrats were involved in this fiasco" theory, eh Barry?
Sixty Minutes Barry. Once they dig in their claws they don't let go. Yes, even if all the evidence points to you. Because the mothers of the four men killed in Benghazi could be reached for comment, since by now Darrell Issa has them on speed dial.
Funny how they never got a radio address to call their own. A
"Sinty Minutes" gig? That's better. Unless you're Barack Obama.
Because I'm sure he'd
rather be golfing.
I guess he's too busy golfing.
"Barack Obama, who sent an official delegation from his administration to Venezuela for socialist dictator Hugo Chavez's funeral, won't send one to Margaret Thatcher's," writes Matthew Burke. One of Marxist Obama's first shamefully embarrassing, classless acts as president was to return a bust of the great British leader, Winston Churchill, a gift from Britain to the U.S. which was displayed in the White House. It was such a disgusting act that the Obama propaganda machine originally lied about it, calling the story "100% false." Finally, they had to admit it was true, but like all decisions made by "Dear Leader" Obama, it was largely ignored by the mainstream media. It should have been a strong warning to Americans about Obama's ideology.
Not to worry, two former Reagan Administration officials will pay our nation's respects.
Two former Republican Secretaries of State — James Baker and George Shultz — will lead the U.S. delegation to the Thatcher funeral on Wednesday.
Ah, remember the days when America had a Real President?
In the now legendary anecdote, Barack Obama accused candidate Mitt Romney of paying a lower tax rate than Warren Buffett's secretary, as if this was proof Romney was cheating on his taxes. The MSNBC brain(less) trust had a field day with that, of course.
So wouldn't it be nice if Obama himself paid a higher tax rate than Warren Buffett's secretary? Um, not so much.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama paid $112,214 in federal income taxes in 2012 on adjusted gross income of $608,611, an effective rate of 18.4%, the White House said Friday.
According to my accountant my effective tax rate is 24.2%, mostly because of the Alternative Minimum Tax.
Alas, Obama says I'm still not paying "my fair share," and his proposed budget includes the "Buffett Rule" which calls for even higher tax rates.
But mendacious WaPo libtalker Kirsten Powers says those rates shouldn't apply to Obama. He's special.
Meet Professor Obama, he knows how to budget responsibly.
I thought this was an April Fool's Day joke momentarily, but apparently, it's for real. The White House has declared that this is the month to give advice to young people on how to budget responsibly.
Borrow. Borrow some more. Send the bill to your grandchildren. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.
"I call upon all Americans to observe this month with programs and activities to improve their understanding of financial principles and practices," Obama said in an official proclamation released Friday.
"My Administration is dedicated to helping people make sound decisions."
Really. Those are his exact words. As he takes every opportunity to demagogue a modest reduction in the rate of spending growth. As we still await his federal budget. As he prints money like it's going out of style, and borrows more than all other presidents combined.
This just in, May will feature Mark Sanford and John Edwards starring in Be Faithful to Your Wife Month. June marks the 37th annual National Diet Month featuring Michael Moore and Rosie O'Donnell, with a special guest appearance by Oprah Winfrey. And in July we'll learn the basics of sensual shower massage from Jerry Sandusky.
All of which are, sadly, more believable than pretending that Barack Obama
knows thing one about budgeting.
The United States has quietly unblocked almost $500 million in aid to the Palestinian Authority which had been frozen by Congress for months, a top US official said Friday.
"To date, we have moved $295.7 million in fiscal year 2012 money. and $200 million in fiscal year 2013 assistance," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters.
Yes, the Palestinian Authority is Hamas, the guys who shot rockets at Dear Leader during his trip to Israel. Is this a payoff for not scoring a direct hit?
If it was up to me I'd cut off all aid to Muslim nations and let them hate us for free.
Instead, Barry's boys want more money for his Palestinian pals.
The Obama administration also notified Congress in late February that it was seeking a further $200 million to fund US Agency for International Development (USAID) programs for the Palestinians.
Nobody tell Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Her poor staffers are literally starving after their lobster and caviar budget was decimated by the Sequester. And then there's Joe Biden, having to get by in Paris on a measly $585,000 per day. Quelle Horreur! Make the cuts stop already, before something really important is affected!
Like, you know, foreign aid to terrorists.
Compare and contrast. The White House, closed to visitors for the foreseeable future. Military readiness jeopardized. Air traffic controllers furloughed, airports left unmanned. All that, and more, because of supposedly draconian budget cuts required by the dreaded Sequester.
But Queen Michelle's 50th birthday bash will go on as scheduled, a ritzy extravaganza featuring A-list Hollywood performers Adele and Beyonce. Paid for out of the First Family's annual allotment of taxpayer cash.
An allotment that at last count came in at around $1.4 billion dollars. Yes, billion, with a "B."
The FAA says they need $600 million to keep the planes from falling out of the sky. That's a little less than half of Dear Leader's household budget.
Should be a no-brainer, right?
I guess that's why I'm not King.
Iowa sixth graders begging for their tour of the White House to be rescheduled are out of luck.
Beginning Saturday, all public tours of the White House are canceled, a move administration officials said was necessary after $85 billion in across-the-board budget cuts kicked in March 1. Republicans counter that the move was made to maximize public frustration with the cuts.
In response, students from St. Paul's Lutheran School in Waverly, Iowa made a video in which they held signs reading, "The White House is our house; please let us visit." The video went viral Thursday but the White House says the Iowa students, along with all others scheduled for tours after Friday, won't be accommodated.
On The Five today, Eric Bolling offered to pay the expense of keeping the White House open for tours for one week — tours already cancelled, doors already shut. Sean Hannity followed up with a tweet that he would pay for a second week. If you think this is grandstanding, think about the people with plans to be in Washington, D.C. the next two weeks. Reservations made — likely cannot be cancelled without additional cost to a family already sacrificing to take the trip of a lifetime and visit the White House. Two weeks would at least, give some notice to those who can cancel.
Sorry, Dear Leader said "no." Bolling and Hannity aren't offering enough cash. It costs half a million bucks to buy your way into the White House and he won't settle for one penny less.
The People's House is closed to the people. Is Obama the Best President
Ever or what?
You know, I'd take the sequester doom and gloom a lot more seriously if it wasn't for stuff like this:
Luckily, the Air Force will be able to ride out the cuts — in style — after pledging almost $50 million to support their fleet of C-37 luxury jets.
The C-37 is described on the Air Force's website as "a twin-engine, turbofan aircraft acquired to fill the worldwide special air missions for high-ranking government and Defense Department officials."
Because Eric Holder can't fly commercial. He might encounter one of those interminable security lines Janet Napolitano says are now necessary because of those horrible sequester-imposed spending cuts. Can't have that, he's important.
I wonder how many TSA dudes Big Sis could hire for $50 million? Yeah, the feds are still hiring. Really. 400 new jobs were posted yesterday, even as the sequester cuts furloughed "essential" government workers. Apparently there are some jobs that can't possibly go unfilled.
The U.S. Forest Service on Monday posted help-wanted ads for a few good men and women to work as "recreation aides" this summer, the Internal Revenue Service advertised for an office secretary in Maryland, the U.S. Mint wanted 24 people to help press coins, and the Agriculture Department said it needs three "insect production workers" to help grow bollworms in Phoenix.
Bollworms are essential. Write it down so you'll remember why the schools are closed when the Head Start funding runs out.
And Secretary of State Genghis John Kerry just airdropped $250 million smackeroos onto the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt so they'll hate us a little less. I suppose he used one of those luxury jets to do it too.
In other news, and perhaps emblematic of Dear Leader's sequestration mendacity, the IRS is on pace to vacuum up a record $2.7 Trillion dollars of our hard-earned money this year. Which to hear him tell it, isn't nearly enough to save "mission critical" federal services like bollworm breeding.
Oh wait, sorry, bollworms are safe. It's stuff you and I actually care about
that's on the chopping block. Because the Republicans made him choose those
painful cuts. Honest. Joe Biden said so.