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From Hope and Change to disappointment and shame.
Poll after poll shows President Obama's approval rating dipping recently, and one new Quinnipiac University Poll finds that voters say Mitt Romney would have been a better choice in 2012.
With Mr. Obama deploying military troops to Iraq, failing to find compromise with Congress and seeing major defeats in the Supreme Court, voters continue to sour on him.
Quinnipiac found 45 percent of voters say the country would have been better off if Mr. Romney, the 2012 GOP nominee, had been election, while just 38 percent say Mr. Obama remains a better choice.
Even Democrats aren't so sure — just 74 percent of them told the pollsters Mr. Obama was clearly the better pick in the last election.
Voters also rate him the worst president since World War II, topping even his predecessor, President George W. Bush, who had left office with terrible ratings.
Historians will spend years wondering how Obama fooled so many for so long.
Even the ultra-liberals in New Jersey are souring on their Dear Leader.
If a poll released today is any indication, voters in New Jersey have slightly soured on President Obama.
About 51 percent of New Jersey voters surveyed last week disapprove of Obama's performance, according to the Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll. Another 45 percent approve of the work he's doing.
That's a downturn since April, when the president had a 49 percent approval rating; 47 percent gave him a thumbs down at that time.
The only poll that matters, of course, is in November. And sadly the same folks who have opened their eyes to the Real Obama are still enamored with his lapdog Senator.
Democratic Sen. Cory Booker has the early lead in New Jersey's U.S. Senate race, but a poll shows uncertainty among voters.
Today's Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press Poll finds 43 percent of registered voters surveyed support Booker compared to 23 percent who back Republican Jeff Bell.
However, 15 percent say they would vote for another candidate and 17 percent are undecided.
Poll director Patrick Murray says the early preference for none of the above indicates a simmering distrust of the two major parties.
Booker's approval rating of 48 percent remains mostly unchanged from previous surveys in April and February.
And with the GOP doing their best to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory I am not at all optimistic that we'll see a course correction this year, let alone in 2016.
Please America, prove me wrong.
Dear Leader is going to be very, very angry. And I suspect that the IRS just moved 9 names to the top of their Audit Now list.
Barack Obama used his recess powers to appoint a head for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and three radical far left members to the NLRB despite the fact that the senate was in session in January 2012.
The Supreme Court today found Barack Obama's NLRB recess appointments were unconstitutional.
You'd think that a guy who pretended to teach Constitutional Law would be better informed on what the Constitution actually says. Nope. Not even the ultra-liberals on the Court bought his bogus arguments. That's gotta hurt. And it probably won't be very much fun to come anywhere near Royal Consort Valerie Jarrett today.
In a unanimous decision, the high court ruled in favor of Senate Republicans and limited the president's power to fill high-level vacancies with temporary appointments.
The court upheld the general authority of the president to make recess appointments, but said Obama lacked the power to fill slots at the NLRB during a brief, three-day Senate recess in 2012.
Obama had argued that the Senate was on an extended holiday break and that the brief sessions it held every three days were a sham that was intended to prevent him from filling seats on the NLRB.
The justices rejected that argument.
Alas, this ruling is a lot like closing the barn door after the horses have
left. Since Dingy Harry nuked the Senate they've become little more than a
rubber-stamp for the regime. All that could change, of course, if the GOP
gets out of their own way
in November. Then the last two years of Barry's Caliphate could very well
be the worst 2 years of his life.
Because it's leading to rapidly rising oil prices.
Which then causes the price of gasoline to go up, hopefully to somewhere near $8 per gallon.
Hence, Americans will be forced to drive less.
And so we'll emit lower amounts of evil CO2.
Thereby making Mother Gaia, and all of Dear Leader's ecotwit buddies, very happy.
See? Obama does have a Plan. It's just not a plan that's actually
good for America.
History repeats itself, the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.
The Iraqi army is in full retreat.
Presumably Baghdad is next to fall.
And if the barbarism displayed so far is any indication of the outcome, the fate of any US personnel left behind can only be called dire, at best.
So the question is, will Valerie Jarrett let our military rescue our people this time?
Because right now the best case scenario is an ignominious retreat a la Saigon Redux.
Alas, given this Administration's track record, the more likely outcome is Benghazi V2.0.
My guess is that help won't be coming. Because there's golf to be played, funds to be raised, and Republicans to be demonized. Besides, Al Qaeda is on the run dontcha know. Back in 2011 Obama committed to a full withdrawal from Iraq, and damned if he'll admit that was a mistake.
So, all he needs now is for Hillary to find a YouTube video to blame this on and his sycophantic media will take it from there.
Has the Obama administration refused to give permission for Americans to leave Iraq as militant al-Qaeda forces approach Baghdad? Word is coming from friends in D.C. this afternoon that Americans are in danger and the two Generals have asked the State Department for permission to evacuate.
They have been refused. That is the word from someone with a family member over there.
So much for that "profound obligation" to bring our people home.
Remember when exposing the name of a CIA agent was Page One news?
Yeah, me neither.
Chalk up just another day of professionalism at the Obama White House.
Today comes word that the White House blew the cover of the CIA station chief in Kabul by identifying him in a list submitted to Washington Post White House bureau chief Scott Wilson and other reporters covering Obama's trip to Kabul. Wilson copied the list in the pool report that he disseminated to 6,000 recipients ("including foreign media, not taking part in the trip") before noting the reference to the "Chief of Station" named on the list.
Old media spin — Get Scooter Libby!
New media spin: Hey, remember when we got Scooter Libby?
The disclosure marked a rare instance in which a CIA officer working overseas had his cover — the secrecy meant to protect his actual identity — pierced by his own government. The only other recent case came under significantly different circumstances, when former CIA operative Valerie Plame was exposed as officials of the George W. Bush administration sought to discredit her husband, a former ambassador and fierce critic of the decision to invade Iraq.
What Mr. Reputable Journalist forgets to tell us is, Scooter Libby didn't do it. Dick Cheney didn't do it either. The leak of Valerie Plame's super-secret desk-jockey doppelganger's identity came from Richard Armitage, a career bureaucrat working for then-Secretary of State Colin Powell.
Of course that didn't stop the Democrats and their media sycophants from beating up on Cheney. And it didn't keep Scooter Libby out of prison.
Will the Washington Post or New York Times leave no stone unturned in identifying who in the White House screwed up this time?
I won't hold my breath.
Meanwhile, an actual undercover operative, and his family, are probably in mortal danger. He'll have to be secretly whisked back to the States, and his secret agent days are over for good.
Worst. President. Ever.
Dear Leader's senior henchwoman has some bad news for you. Speaking at the Pomona College commencement co-president Valerie Jarrett warned the graduates:
"But also remember, before I hire anybody, I always check out everything that they've been doing online. And believe me, we have ways of finding out everything you've been doing online."
Privacy? You don't have that. Because the Obama Administration thinks your privacy is a joke.
Are you laughing at Jarrett's joke? The audience in attendance did. "That was actually funnier than I intended it to be," Jarrett said.
Yeah, it's all fun and games until the NSA tells the FBI to knock on your door.
The Fourth Amendment used to mean something. I think Ms. Jarrett needs a refresher course because her radical communist roots are showing. And the joke's on us.
Oh, by the way, Remember when Obama "joked" about the IRS auditing his enemies?
The Obamabots don't care; their guy won, and all's fair when it leads to a win for their team. The Conservatives care, but we can't impeach America's Great Black Hope, so what's the point of repeatedly wringing our hands over the deaths of 4 brave men, right?
This is not hard to understand. It has never been hard to understand. The White House knew how this attack would look on President Obama's foreign policy credentials. It would have looked as if Obama's foreign policy was weak and a failure. In other words, it would have highlighted the truth of the matter and almost certainly, it would have affected his chances of defeating Mitt Romney and of winning another four-year term. His team couldn't have that, so they launched the campaign of lies that were designed to shield their boss from the truth of the matter. It worked long enough for him to pull off a victory, with the help of the media, who has covered his tracks. We now know it was all lies designed to protect President Barack Obama.
What you may not know is just how complicit the media was in all of this.Ben Rhodes is no ordinary political hack. He has power and influence in Obama's inner circle for one simple reason — his brother David is the head of CBS News.
You know, the very same CBS News which fired Sharyl Attkisson for digging too deeply into the truth about Benghazi. Does anyone here really believe the Rhodes brothers didn't coordinate their actions or share information?
It was all about keeping the lid on a major foreign policy failure until after the 2012 election. Candy Crowley helped. As did most of the mainstream media.
There's the Real Scandal. The media isn't a watchdog; they're lapdogs. And
they can no longer pretend otherwise.
Money in politics is bad, unless it's used to help Democrats.
What you won't hear about in mainstream media is how Billionaire Tom Steyer drove the decision [to again delay Keystone XL] by promising to spend $100 million to help Democrats in the midterm election who help defeat the project:
Depending on how you view money in politics, this is either a bribe or The Chicago Way.
With the decision pushed back probably past the election, this allows the Democrats to be for or against the decision depending on their election chances and how badly they need Steyer's support. Given that a majority of Americans want the project to go through, this is good news for vulnerable Democrats.
Pretend you're for it, while secretly being against it. Or, vice versa. But pledge undying fealty to Tom Steyer, and $100 million dollars can be yours for the asking.
Harry Reid was unavailable for comment, being too busy demagoging the Koch Brothers and all.
Meanwhile, American jobs suffer, and whatever economic impact the project might have had on Russia is ignored for the sake of Obama's political gain.
Everything Obama does is for political gain. Any resemblance between politics
and something which helps Americans is purely coincidental. And definitely
Reading The American Spectator's recap of ABC's "9 Things You Might Not Know About HHS Nominee Sylvia Burwell," one thing really jumped out at me.
Did you know she single-handedly closed access to our national parks, so Obama could spitefully make last year's government shutdown as "painful" as possible?
The ABC story does tell us that Burwell is "really smart." It should have said, "willing to do anything the boss asks." NBC News, in a story that somehow slipped past the editors, reports the following: "A single person shut down the entire U.S. government.… Not a congressman, but an unelected woman named Sylvia Burwell who … sent the email that initiated the process that has closed national parks." This eventually led to the refusal by park rangers to allow WWII veterans into their own memorial, a travesty that clearly demonstrated how the White House was deliberately inflicting as much pain as possible on the public in order to gain political points.
She's Dear Leader's hatchet woman at OMB.
So it's not hard to envision a day at the helm of HHS when she decides to show Republicans who's boss again, this time by closing hospitals, say until they give up on trying to repeal Obamacare.
Given how she treated veterans last year, and knowing how Obama feels about our military, she'll undoubtedly start with Veterans' hospitals first.
Using the government to punish his "enemies" is what Obama does. And Sylvia
Burwell is a faithful Obamabot, well-versed in inflicting pain on America.
From that perspective, she's the perfect choice to lead HHS as Obamacare
is firmly and completely shoved up our ass.
Remember when searching a potential terrorist's library records meant George W. Bush was shredding the Constitution?
Yeah, me neither.
Here comes Barack Obama, openly admitting he's listening to our phone calls, reading our emails, tracking our cell phones, and scanning our license plates. All without a warrant. Not even one of those super-secret fig-leaf warrants from a FISA court. And nobody says "boo," because he's The One, and he craps unicorns or something.
The Obama administration has conducted warrantless searches of Americans' communications as part of the National Security Agency's surveillance operations that target foreigners located outside of the U.S., the administration's top intelligence official confirmed in a letter to Congress disclosed Tuesday.
The recent acknowledgement of warrantless searches on Americans offers more insight into U.S. government surveillance operations put in place after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The government has broadly interpreted these laws to allow for the collection of communications of innocent Americans, practices the Obama administration maintains are legal.
"Senior officials have sometimes suggested that government agencies do not deliberately read Americans' emails, monitor their online activity or listen to their phone calls without a warrant," Democratic Sens. Ron Wyden of Oregon and Mark Udall of Colorado said in a joint statement. "However, the facts show that those suggestions were misleading, and that intelligence agencies have indeed conducted warrantless searches for Americans' communications."
Obama lied? Say it ain't so!
But it's OK, they investigated themselves and decided they did nothing wrong.
Wyden has pressed the administration on whether these searches on Americans have occurred. In a March 28 letter to Wyden, James Clapper, the government's top intelligence official, said the NSA has searched for Americans' communications within information it collected when it targeted foreigners located outside the U.S. In his letter, Clapper also pointed to a declassified document released last August that also acknowledged the use of such searches and stated that these searches were reviewed, and there was no finding of wrongdoing. It was unclear how often these searches are conducted.
Trust them, their motives are pure! Even if the Fourth Amendment says they gotta sell it to the judge first.
"If a government agency thinks that a particular American is engaged in terrorism or espionage, the Fourth Amendment requires that the government secure a warrant or emergency authorization before monitoring his or her communications," Wyden and Udall said.
Oh, c'mon, those kind of legal technicalities only apply when a Republican is president. Don't you guys watch MSNBC?
The Obama administration contends the searches are legal because they are searching information they lawfully obtained.
The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming.
Away from the conflict in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin is quietly seeking a foothold in Latin America, military officials warn.
To the alarm of lawmakers and Pentagon officials, Putin has begun sending navy ships and long-range bombers to the region for the first time in years.
Russia's defense minister says the country is planning bases in Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua, and just last week, Putin's national security team met to discuss increasing military ties in the region.
Gen. James Kelly, commander of U.S. Southern Command said there has been a "noticeable uptick in Russian power projection and security force personnel" in Latin America.
"It has been over three decades since we last saw this type of high-profile Russian military presence," Kelly said at the March 13 hearing.
I'm sure you'll be shocked to learn that Obama is asleep at the switch.
According to Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), there are 10 countries in Latin America that currently have no U.S. ambassador because they either haven't been nominated yet or confirmed, a sign that the region is seen as a low priority.
And when Dear Leader does nominate an ambassador, the guy is a moron.
President Obama has nominated yet another totally unqualified fundraiser to be a US Ambassador. This one is his pick for Argentina, who admitted he's never been to the country.
Priorities, dontcha know. Because his real enemy is the Koch brothers.
This president is determined to nullify U.S. influence in world affairs, and now he's abandoned our oldest foreign policy initiative. James Monroe ensured the Russians would stay out of the Americas for almost 200 years. Barack Obama has reduced the United States to a spectator, powerless to influence events in our backyard, while Russia openly mocks us and taunts our joke of a president.
Putin's beachhead is a harbinger of disaster for America.
Thanks Obamabots. The 1980's called, to remind you of when we were a superpower.
I'll bet you didn't know that up to now Barack Obama has been the very model of "austerity." Ask him, he'll tell you it's true.
Try not to laugh, OK?
Because I guess putting us $17.2 trillion dollars into debt isn't considered profigate in his universe. I wonder what he's smoking.
Anyway, now he says increasing our deficit by more than 60% since he took office hasn't been enough. He needs to spend more money. A whole lot more money.
President Obama's forthcoming budget request will seek tens of billions of dollars in fresh spending for domestic priorities while abandoning a compromise proposal to tame the national debt in part by trimming Social Security benefits.
With the 2015 budget request, Obama will call for an end to the era of austerity that has dogged much of his presidency and to his efforts to find common ground with Republicans. Instead, the president will focus on pumping new cash into job training, early-childhood education and other programs aimed at bolstering the middle class, providing Democrats with a policy blueprint heading into the midterm elections.
That policy being "throw money at people who vote Democrat."
Sadly, it seems to work. At least in the short term. Eventually their kids will have to pay that money back. Right now every man, woman, and child in America owes the Chinese $54,000. Make you check payable to the Peoples Liberation Army and try not to grimace when they become the world's #1 superpower.
As part of that strategy, Obama will jettison the framework he unveiled last year for a so-called grand bargain that would have raised taxes on the rich and reined in skyrocketing retirement spending. A centerpiece of that framework was a proposal — demanded by GOP leaders — to use a less-generous measure of inflation to calculate Social Security benefits.
The idea infuriated Democrats and never gained much traction with rank-and-file Republicans, who also were unwilling to contemplate tax increases of any kind.
He's gonna print more money! Which'll really ratchet up inflation. Hence the need to abandon any pretense of keeping entitlements in check. Social Security payments will have to jump up just to keep pace. Hungry geezers don't vote Democrat!
"Over the course of last year, Republicans consistently showed a lack of willingness to negotiate on a deficit-reduction deal, refusing to identify even one unfair tax loophole they would be willing to close," said a White House official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to describe the budget before its official release. "That is not going to stop the president from promoting new policies that should be part of our public debate."
How quickly they forget that the Bush tax cuts expired.
Obama got his tax increases. Taxes are higher now than they've been in 3 decades. Yet, we never got one thin dime in budget cuts.
"Negotiate?" This president doesn't know the meaning of the word. He dictates. He demonizes anyone who dares to disagree with him. That's not a negotiation. That's petulance.
You know, this is why Ted Cruz is right. The GOP never should have given Obama a "clean" debt ceiling vote. Because as soon as Obama gets what he wants he demands more. He's never satisfied. He just keeps whining and complaining and blaming everyone else for his failures.
Who's he gonna blame when the U.S. goes the way of Venezuela?
Oh, right, George Bush.
Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.
Remember when America didn't negotiate with terrorists?
Yeah, that was when we had a Real President.
Now we have Barack "I love the Muslim Brotherhood" Obama, and he's busy making new friends, with the Taliban.
The Obama administration has decided to revive talks with the Afghan Taliban in an effort to free the only known American soldier in captivity in exchange for the release of Taliban prisoners held at the U.S. detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, The Washington Post reported late Monday.
Five Taliban prisoners who have been held at Guantanamo for years would be released to protective custody in exchange for the release of Bowe Bergdahl, who was captured in Afghanistan in 2009, the newspaper reported, citing current and former U.S. officials familiar with the decision.
The Post reported that senior officials from the White House, the Pentagon, the State Department and other agencies decided within the past month to allow the release of all five prisoners at the same time, though the exchange offer has not been formally made.
It makes me sick. How much more humiliation can this poor excuse for a president impose on my country?
Five bad guys will go free, to plot murder and mayhem again, because he's too weak and dilatory to effectively project American power. And yes, it's important to get our guy back in one piece. But not at the expense of emboldening the regime which helped Al Qaeda attack us on 9/11.
The next time they snatch an American they'll demand the release of 50 bad guys. And why not? Give in to one terrorist, and pretty soon every terrorist in the world is gonna want to get in on the action. It'll be open season on America.
Islam literally means "submission." And Barack Obama has repeatedly shown that he's more than willing to submit.
What's next? Unconditional surrender? I wouldn't put it past him.
Attention American business! All workers are now guaranteed their jobs, for life! Layoffs will result in an investigation by armed agents of the Internal Revenue Service. Participation in Obamacare requires you to comply.
No, I'm not making that up. Dear Leader has effectively nationalized every small business in America. Because if we can't fire someone, or change their hours, we no longer have control over what used to be ours.
The Lonely Conservative exposes his tyranny:
Monday night on the "Kelly File" Megyn Kelly revealed that the Obamacare mandate delay includes a provision directing employers that they are not to lay off workers if they want to take advantage of the delay. Nice Deb picked up on it:
"Basically", she continued, "what the government is telling employers is that you will not fire a single person. You will not lay off a single person — if you want to take advantage of our gift. And you have to certify it under penalty of perjury to the IRS that you didn't do that!"
IRS storm troopers are our new masters. That's fascism. Straight up fascism. There's really no other way to describe what this president has done.
And he did it with the stroke of his pen. L'Etat, C'est Moi!
Meanwhile John Boehner continues to bow down before His Imperial Majesty. I really wish I knew why.
America is doomed.
Obama has gone out of his way to make sure that journalists keep their mouths shut about the shady actions and scandals that his administration has been involved in.
He threatened to destroy the career of a Fox News reporter exposing the truth about Benghazi. He's using Soviet tactics to prosecute a filmmaker who made a movie exposing Obama's radical background. He's also been the most aggressive president since Nixon in keeping a tight grip on information. One former NSA official even came out and said that Obama's tactics have made the US a police state.
And let's not forget how he used the IRS to harass Conservatives.
And besides, all his problems are caused by Fox News. They're spreading lies!. Lies and more lies! It's all lies!
While speaking about Benghazi, Obama laughed at one point when O'Reilly asked about Susan Rice's contention that the attack was a spontaneous action.
About two minutes later, Obama blamed Fox News for people believing Obama did not call the Benghazi attack terrorism.
"Your detractors believe that you did not tell the world it was a terror attack because your campaign didn't want that out," O'Reilly said.
"And they believe it because folks like you are telling them that," Obama said.
"No, I'm not telling them that," O'Reilly responded to laughter.
You know what I find most disconcerting? How he laughed at O'Reilly's questions. Classy, that, isn't it? Real Presidential.
Because he knows he can squash O'Reilly and Fox like a bug. And he won't hesitate either, especially since Democrat control of the Senate is hanging in the balance.
If the 2014 election is a referendum on President Obama, Democrats are in deep trouble.
That's according to a new state-by-state study of Obama's job-approval ratings released by Gallup that puts his disapproval rating at over 50 percent in 10 of the 21 states where Democrats are defending Senate seats this fall. In many of those states, Republicans have recruited strong candidates and are preparing to spend big bucks to win the six seats they need to regain the majority.
Obama is deeply unpopular — with a disapproval rating higher than 55 percent — in five states: West Virginia (67.3 percent disapproval), Montana (60.9 percent), South Dakota (59.3 percent), Arkansas (57 percent) and Alaska (55.4 percent).
Beyond those five seats, there is a second tier of states where the president's disapproval rating stands somewhere between 50 percent and 55 percent, including: Iowa (50.1 percent disapproval), New Hampshire (50.2 percent), North Carolina (50.4 percent),Colorado (51.2 percent) and Louisiana (53.9 percent).
So I'm sure it's just a coincidence that new IRS regulations will effectively put most conservative groups out of business, right before the 2014 midterm elections.
IRS Reg-134417-13 will forbid conservative groups from holding voter registration drives, advertising, promoting, and prohibits any kind of political activity including rallies, mailings, teas, and forums.
Meanwhile unions, a heavy Democrat-friendly constituency, are exempt from these new rules. I'm sure that's just an oversight…
Anyone here remember Nakoula Basseley Nakoula? He spent a year in jail to cover Susan Rice's ass, and emerged with a case of Stockholm Syndrome worthy of a North Korean propaganda film.
If Bill O'Reilly is next, who'll be less surprised than me?
Valerie Jarrett is
cackling with glee — Dear Leader is going to act unilaterally again,
ruling by decree tonight during his State of the
On Tuesday, White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that Americans are "hungry" for Obama to take unilateral action, bypassing Congress wherever he can to get things done, CNS News reported.
"People around our country are hungry for action," she said. "And what you'll hear from the president tonight is going to be all about action -- creating opportunity -- and it's going to be a very optimistic speech."
According to Jarrett, Obama will "set forth very specific, concrete proposals that he things will move our country forward -- create opportunity for hard-working Americans who want to succeed."
Although Obama will prod Congress to act on his agenda, Jarrett said Obama "will make clear tonight that he will take action on his own," bypassing Congress when he sees fit.
Liberals love their dictators. Well, their left-wing, commie dictators anyway.
Imagine Jarrett's reaction if President Palin used the same executive power to build Keystone XL, restore incandescent light bulbs, means-test and privatize Social Security, restrict what slackers can buy with food stamps, order all Americans to purchase an AR-15, and with the strike of a drone or 2 make working for the New York Times punishable by death.
Yeah, I'll bet Libtard Val would fall in love with the Constitution again before I could say "hypocrite."
Oh, and Americans are "hungry" alright. Mainly because Obama's economic policies mean a whole lot of us are unemployed and can't afford food.
Nothing he says or does tonight will change that.
When Dear Leader steps up to the podium next week to deliver his annual State
Party Union speech he'll emphasize class warfare and
wealth redistribution, aka "income inequality."
You know, the idea that rich CEO's (but not Hollywood celebs or big-time sports stars) need to earn less so burger flippers can be paid $15 per hour.
It's what I call Marxism for Morons. "From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs" wrapped up in a flag and touted as "fairness." And his sycophants fall for it, because our nation is full of public school automatons spoon-fed grievance-mongering and an inflated sense of self-esteem in place of basic economics and common sense.
Just to emphasize how silly the whole thing is, Obama's henchmen at the DCCC plan to "study" the problem next month. At the post St. Regis Hotel in NYC. Where room rates start at $695 per night. And where the maids don't make that much in a week.
But please don't ask rich Democrats to spread their wealth around. Some people are more equal than others dontcha know. When Barack Obama took office in 2007 his net worth stood at around $1.3 million. Today it's 10 times that.
I think he needs a pay cut, don't you?
Nah, the Democratic Party's motto seems to be "hard work never killed anyone, but why take the chance?" So they pass out entitlements like candy and then rail against the "unfairness" of anyone who dares to think for himself and build something the government didn't tell him to build.
America stands for Equality of Opportunity. When Obama says "income inequality" what he's really saying is "Equality of Outcome."
Or as Janis Joplin might have sung, Obama won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz… Throw in a big screen TV and a night on the town while you're at it too.
Bottom line? If you want Income Equality, move to North Korea.
In truth, North Korea represents the ideal for those who fight for income equality with its one man at the top worth tens of billions of dollars while the entire civilian population starves, largely impoverished.
America could not succeed without income inequality. Why? Because it forces us to seek out new opportunities, new inventions, new directions, and in the process advance science, engineering, culture, and society as a whole.
Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.
This is known as "bad luck."
— Robert A. Heinlein
Of course in Obama's world it's know as "Bush's Fault."
And the only cure is another government program. To counter all the existing government programs, regulations, and crony capitalism which screwed up everything in the first place. It never occurs to these statists that the simplest solution is to just get government the hell out of the way. Because then they won't have Control.
You know who the GOP should get to deliver their SOTU response?
To Barack Obama, the pen is mightier than the Constitution.
"We're not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we're providing Americans the kind of help they need. I've got a pen and I've got a phone," Obama said Tuesday as he convened his first Cabinet meeting of the year.
Obama continued: "And I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward in helping to make sure our kids are getting the best education possible, making sure that our businesses getting the kind of support and help they need to grow and advance, to make sure that people are getting the skills that they need to get those jobs that our businesses are creating."
Obama rules by decree. Because he can.
Separation of powers? Such a quaint, anachronistic concept.
It's Smart Diplomacy™, the Muslim-in-Chief way. Taking a page out of progressive nutjob Bill de Blasio's playbook, Barack Obama is distancing the U.S. from any diplomatic contact with Pope Francis and The Vatican, by moving our ambassador to a closet in the Italian Embassy.
The Obama administration is going to close the US Embassy at The Holy See and move the offices over to the US Italian Embassy.
The administration says the Vatican office is unsafe.
It's unsafe. Really. That's their excuse.
Unsafe for those in the grip of devil, that's for sure. Being in the presence of so much holiness must be unnerving for Obama's heathen hordes, because they can't really walk around in their "I had an abortion" T-shirts like they do at the White House.
But unsafe as in "insecure?" Gimme a break.
As a part of the security reviews that followed the attacks on our embassy in Benghazi last year, State Department officials are now claiming that the current U.S. Embassy to the Holy See is no longer safe.
Oh brother. And we can't possibly make it safe, now can we. Nope. Gotta shut it down, and if that pokes a stick in that Francis feller's eye, well that's just icing on the cake, now isn't it. After all, who does he think he is, acting all Catholic by tellin' us enlightened progressives we shouldn't force nuns to pay for birth control. We'll show him!
This afternoon I spoke with former Vatican Ambassador James Nicholson. He wanted me to tell CV readers:
"It's another manifestation of the antipathy of this administration both to Catholics and to the Vatican — and to Christians in the Middle East. This is a key post for intermediation in so many sovereignties but particularly in the Middle East. This is anything but a good time to diminish the stature of this post. To diminish the stature of this post is to diminish its influence.
"The State Department has for a long time wanted to do this. It came up when I was an ambassador. I explained the folly of this and it went away. But now they seem determined to do this. The perception is [with this action] that the United States is showing a lack of appreciation for the relevance of its diplomatic partner in the Vatican."
Diplomatic relations between the United States and the Holy See suffered for generations because of rampant anti-Catholicism in our country. It took until 1984, twenty-four years after the election of a Catholic president, for President Ronald Reagan to officially create the first United States Ambassador to the Holy See.
And of course Obama is determined to undo every single one of President Reagan's accomplishments. Reagan stood up to Iran; Obama is kissing their ass. How did Iran celebrate his appeasement? By chanting "Death To America!" at the site of our former embassy in Tehran. Wanna bet Obama plans to reopen that embassy? "Safety" be damned?
This president is inexorably moving the United States into alignment with the Muslim world and away from our traditional allies like England and Israel. And now he's sending a clear message to the world's Catholics — submit.
The fundamental transformation of America continues…
May Almighty God have mercy on our souls.
Caliph Barack I doesn't like Republicans.
President Barack Obama sounded a nostalgic personal note Sunday night and offered a rare self-assessment while criticizing congressional Republicans as an "impediment" to governing during the start of a West Coast fundraising tour for the Democratic Party.
I think he means impediment to "dictating," not governing. And I'm damn glad to do it! Because someone has to try and stop this Marxist Muslim madman from destroying our great nation.
And get a load of his "rare self-assessment."
"I'm not a particularly ideological person," he said, adding he still is passionate about giving people a fair shake, about the environment, and working for peace and national security. "But I'm pretty pragmatic about how we get there."
Wait, he's not "ideological?"
Have you ever read anything funnier in your life? No? Me neither!
Obama is the embodiment of radical progressive ideology. He spends every waking minute waging class warfare while demagoguing anyone who disagrees with him. His administration lives for "payback" against their perceived enemies. He refuses to compromise. He refuses to negotiate with Republicans, while giving away the store to our enemies. He hates everything the Founding Fathers believed in, because he worships at the feet of Jeremiah "God Damn America" Wright while lapping up the rantings of domestic terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn. His ultimate goal is no less than the destruction of Judeo-Christian Western Civilization.
So yeah, I'm damn proud to impede this president. And his ignorant sycophants. Every chance I get. Because I'm a patriot. And because America is bigger than any pissant little narcissist.