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If the Secret Service gets their way, us peasants won't be able to even look at the White House anymore. All because some guy jumped the fence on Friday, and caught them with their pants down.
Remember when the White House was The People's House? Now it'll be more like The Forbidden City.
The Secret Service is considering a number of proposals designed to prevent intruders from breaching the security perimeter around the White House, according to published reports.
The Associated Press reported that agency officials have had preliminary discussions about setting up checkpoints in public areas around the executive mansion. A law enforcement official told the AP that such a measure has previously been discussed. However, the issue has taken on added urgency after a Texas man carrying a knife jumped the perimeter fence Friday evening and made it inside the North Portico doors before he was apprehended.
The Washington Post reported that security checkpoints could be implemented as far as a block away from the White House entrance. The paper also reported that the Secret Service is also considering keeping people off the sidewalks around the perimeter fence and creating additional barriers.
If only your president would take the security of our Southern border so seriously.
But no, the riff-raff cannot be allowed to get within a mile of His Imperial Majesty. White House tours are still "suspended," supposedly due to the Sequester. (Remember that? It was repealed like 2 years ago.) Schoolkids have to content themselves with watching a movie from the confines of the White House Visitor's Center, located far, far away from the actual thing.
And now we won't be able to even walk down the street in front of Mr. Obama's
Executive Fortress. For our own good, of course. He's better than us. His
wife is better than your wife. His kids are better than your kids. And his
house is off-limits. Avert your eyes, lest you catch a glimpse of the Emperor,
for which the penalty is … death.
Oops, the Big Guy wasn't in the loop after all.
The U.S. Justice Department investigation into Gov. Chris Christie's role in the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal has thus far uncovered no evidence indicating that he either knew in advance or directed the closure of traffic lanes on the span, federal officials tell NBC 4 New York.
The September 2013 closures -- where several entrance lanes to the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee were shut down, causing a traffic nightmare for commuters -- has been the subject of several federal and state investigations.
Federal officials caution that the investigation that began nine months ago is ongoing and that no final determination has been made, but say that authorities haven't uncovered anything that indicates that Christie knew in advance or ordered the closure of traffic lanes.
According to one former federal prosecutor who had no involvement in any of the probes into the lane closures investigations of this kind will often turn up a solid connection early in the inquiry.
"My experience with federal law enforcement is that once you reach critical mass if you don't have it within nine months or so, you're not likely to ever get it," former federal prosecutor Robert W. Ray said.
Will Assemblyman John Wisniewski and the Democrats give up now and put this nonsense to rest?
Don't hold your breath.
"This is not a Chris Christie investigation," he said in a statement. "It's an investigation as to why this happened and who authorized it. As a consequence, this does not change our position."
It's not clear when federal authorities will conclude their investigation or if criminal charges will be handed down to Christie's aides. There are still other angles to the investigation, including how Port Authority funds were used. It is unclear where that part of the investigation might be going.
I'll tell you where it's going. Nowhere. There's no "there" there, no matter how much Wisniewski's band of Hillary surrogates might wish for a smoking gun to magically appear.
But, they're gonna keep slinging this mud for all it's worth until their girl
is firmly ensconced in the White House, or Christie drops out of contention for
2016, whichever comes first. That's been the point of this phony scandal since
Day 1. And if the taxpayers have to shell out millions more for lawyers and
investigators and hearings, well so be it. It's merely the price we pay for
electing an ostensibly Repubican governor in a deep blue state. Just ask
Week Three of a Nine Week Mission, to Seek Out new life for the Senate, to Boldly Go where our nation needs to be!
Focusing on the Senate races (Republicans need just six seats to oust the Dimbulb from Searchlight, Harry Reid as majority leader, ten to show Obama what the country really thinks of him!), is it worth ten bucks a week (1½ lbs. of bacon?) to eliminate Reid's control and give the Senate responsible leadership again?
With that in mind, this week we look to the open Senate seat in AR. Can you contribute just $10 to Senate candidate Tom Cotton?
Real Clear Politics has Cotton up 1.7 points on the average, and rates the state as a toss up.
You can contribute to Tom Cotton here. Good luck and Godspeed, Tom!
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(Aside from Wy — last week before Ten Buck Friday Joni Ernst was up by 2 points; after Ten Buck Friday she's now up by 6! Behold the power of the blogosphere!)
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VP Joe Biden colorfully slandered Jews yesterday with an offensive medieval stereotype.
"My son as attorney general, the year in Iraq, came back and that's one of the things that he finds is, was most in need, when he was over there in Iraq for a year, people would come to him and talk about what was happening at home, in terms of foreclosures, in terms of bad loans that were being, I mean these Shylocks who took advantage of these women and men while overseas."
The reference is from Shakespeare's play "The Merchant of Venice," where the evil Jewish moneylender literally required a pound of flesh from someone who didn't repay their loan. It has long been considered a vile and offensive term.
Then it was Bill Clinton's turn, bashing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Iowa.
Bill Clinton was recorded bashing Bibi Netanyahu, agreeing that the prime minister was "not the man" to make peace with Palestinians — a position at odds with his wife's pro-Israel stance, a new report said Monday.
Bubba thought he wasn't being recorded. So, um, then this is what he really thinks, right?
Good to know.
At least Hillary won't have to worry about Elizabeth Warren trampling on her purported pro-Israel turf. Fauxcahontas told a Holocaust survivor that it's "fair" to compare Israel's actions to a Nazi atrocity.
"Eva Moseley, I'm not a student, I'm not an alumnae, but was in faculty life. I was also a Holocaust refugee and I'm extremely concerned that Jews don't do to another people what was done to them," said the activist.
"I think that's fair," Senator Warren responded.
Yes, because protecting your citizens from bombs and rockets is exactly like rounding up Jews and shoving them into ovens, or something.
The attitudes of these top Democrats is sickening.
The casual bigotry on display here is endemic of a wider problem. Because if lots of people, including many in the media, didn't share these reprehensible beliefs, Democrats wouldn't be so quick to toss them around. Obviously they presume they're among friends, fellow travelers who nod approvingly at rampant anti-Semitism.
And their odious prejudice is contagious.
This fall NYC's Metropolitan Opera will present "The Death of Klinghoffer," a play that is filled with ugly, anti-Semitic propaganda lies that romanticize the Palestinian cause. The fact that an innocent, disabled Jewish man was thrown to his death from a cruise ship? Who cares, he was probably a Shylock anyway.
UPDATE 17 Sep 2014 14:23:
Biden, Clinton, and Warren have nothing on Democrat WV Rep Nick Rahall.
Rahall employs one Collin Peterson, whose Facebook page features a picture of him posing in terrorist garb holding an AK-47.
Peterson is also a Field Organizer for the West Virginia Democratic Party.
Draw your own conclusions.
On the plus side, you'll have (allegedly) cheap health insurance, and more time to play golf.
Because, thanks to Obamacare, your job just went poof!
Businesses are cutting jobs due to ObamaCare, according to surveys by several regional Federal Reserve Banks.
Health economist John Goodman noted that "three Federal Reserve Banks in Philadelphia, New York and Atlanta have surveyed the folks in their area and roughly one fifth of the employers are saying they cut back on employment."
"Roughly one fifth are saying they're moving from full time to part time," Goodman added. "More than one in ten are saying they're doing more outsourcing - all this because of the new health care reform."
Doug Holtz-Eakin, former Director of the Congressional Budget Office, said for the smaller employers -- those that have between 20 and 49 employees -- you get a negative impact on jobs, you get a negative impact on wages in those jobs. What this means for small business as a whole is over $22 billion of earnings gone for their workers and 350,000 jobs."
The president repeatedly has delayed the mandate requiring businesses with more than 50 employees to provide insurance. But businesses know it's coming, so many avoid hiring to keep their worker rolls below 50.
Also, the mandate applies only to those who work more than 30 hours a week -- an incentive for employers to reduce hours.
Fewer jobs. And the jobs that remain are part-time.
But wait, there's more bad news.
Prices are rising, and incomes are shrinking.
More than a third of manufacturing firms in the NY Fed survey said they're raising prices to cover the costs of health care, and about half the businesses surveyed by the Dallas Fed said ObamaCare is raising insurance costs for their employees.
"Yes we are going to see increased cost to employers who are trying to provide health care for their employees, but employers don't just take that lying down," said Tevi Troy of the American Health Policy Institute.
Goodman added, "Even among full-time workers, their take home pay is going to go down because one thing that almost all the employers are doing in response to ObamaCare is raising the deductibles, raising the co-payments and making the employee pay more of the premium."
Oops. Scratch that "cheap health insurance" baloney. I can tell you from first-hand experience that the decrease in disposable income is all too real.
But smug liberals get to feel good about themselves for "helping" the uninsured, so there's that.
Meanwhile out here in The Real World, Obamacare is a train wreck. And that
light at the end of the tunnel? Yeah, it's another oncoming train.
The next time some Obamabot tries to tell you American corporations aren't paying their "fair share" in taxes, show her this chart.
See that bottom red line? The one that says "United States?"
Yeah, Barack Obama, Harry Reid, Hillary Clinton, and pretty much all Democrats believe a corporate tax rate of 39.1% is not high enough.
Sane people might disagree.
Any day now the White House and Sen. Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.) will attempt to raise taxes on business, while making the U.S. tax code even more complex. The Obama and Schumer plans to punish businesses for moving their legal domicile overseas will arrive even as a new international ranking shows that the U.S. tax burden on business is close to the worst in the industrialized world. Way to go, Washington.
Can you see why Burger King wants to pay taxes in Canada? They'll save 13% overnight!
The index takes into account more than 40 tax policy variables. And the inaugural ranking puts the U.S. at 32nd out of 34 industrialized countries in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
"With the developed world's highest corporate tax rate at over 39% including state levies, plus a rare demand that money earned overseas should be taxed as if it were earned domestically, the U.S. is almost in a class by itself. It ranks just behind Spain and Italy, of all economic humiliations. America did beat Portugal and France, which is currently run by an avowed socialist.
Well, to be fair, America is currently being run by an avowed socialist too.
And when I say "run," I mean Into The Ground. Barack Obama is
running America into the ground. He seems to be enjoying it, too.
What Recovery? While Obama golfs, the people who voted for him are struggling just to make ends meet.
Every day, Kim Ticehurst walks a financial tightrope.
A single mother in Montclair, Ticehurst lost her job in the construction industry in January. At 50, she has decades of experience in project management, planning, organization and design, but the scores of resumes she has submitted have been met with no response.
"It's a horrible feeling," she said last week. "You definitely confront times when you're like 'how do I get through this day?'"
She has pieced together employment, working part-time in childcare while she tries to get her new home-organization business off the ground. For the first time in months, she's feeling optimistic.
But she knows the littlest of things, from a toothache to a car accident, could turn her life upside-down.
A new study conducted by the United Way of Northern New Jersey shows an alarming number of New Jersey residents are in Ticehurst's position. Data compiled by the group show that 38 percent of New Jersey households are struggling to meet basic needs. These households are just scraping by, one lost job or medical emergency away from potential fiscal ruin.
The report, called ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed), paints a stark picture of how widespread financial hardship like Ticehurst's is in New Jersey.
While 11 percent of state residents fall below the Federal Poverty Line, which stands at an annual income of $22,811 for a family of four, the report found that when adjusted for cost of living the same family needs nearly triple that — $61,200 — just to meet a basic survival budget.
In one of the wealthiest states in the country, 1.2 million households fall below this threshold. And while the state's economy has shown signs of recovery in the wake of the Great Recession, the number of households struggling by the United Way measure increased by about 24 percent from 2007 to 2012, the most recent data available.
Hmm, back in 2007, who was running for president and promising he'd help people like Kim Ticehurst? Yeah, too bad she (and everyone else in Montclair) voted for that Obama guy.
What? She expected him to draw on his decades of experience?
Welcome to Obama's New Normal. Where average Americans struggle just to get by while he and his rich Wall Street friends keep telling us it's all somebody else's fault.
ALICE households exist in every age bracket in New Jersey, but the largest segment of the group is those who are typically in their income earning prime. Households headed by those aged 25-64 represent 75 percent of those beneath the ALICE threshold.
The average budget needed to provide basic needs, both for the individual and the family household in New Jersey, increased by 19 percent from 2007 to 2012.
High paying jobs are scarce. Jobs paying less than $40,000 a year now comprise 53 percent of all jobs in New Jersey, and these jobs are projected to be the primary source of labor growth in the coming years.
Obamanomics — lower paying jobs, higher costs for life's necessities.
What's not to like about that?
"For people in poverty, their attempt to escape from poverty has been more difficult because of the large number of people with more education than them competing for available jobs," Van Horn said. "And in our own research here, we found that more than half of Americans who were able to get another job, their next job was either lower-paying or paid the same."
"So people are either staying where they were or they're downwardly mobile."
Trickle-up poverty. Because Obama so loved the poor that he made millions
more of them.
Week Two of a Nine Week Mission, to Seek Out new life for the Senate, to Boldly Go where our nation has been before!
Once again focusing on the Senate races (Republicans need just six seats to oust the Dimbulb from Searchlight, Harry Reid as majority leader), is it worth ten bucks a week (30 pkgs. of Ramen?) to eliminate Reid's control and give the Senate responsible leadership again?
With that in mind, this week we look to the open Senate seat in IA. Can you contribute just $10 to Senate candidate Joni Ernst?
Real Clear Politics has Ernst up 2 points on the average, and rates the state as a toss up.
You can contribute to Joni Ernst here. Good luck and Godspeed, Joni!
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He can't help himself. His bubris mandates his intellectual superiority must be displayed. And thus Barack Obama started his latest speech with a cringe-worthy apology to Muslims.
Because he knows Islam better than anyone else. (Just like with Obamacare; he knows Catholicism better than the Pope does.) He took a class. He discussed it with Smart People. And his opinion is obviously more reasonable than any practical considerations arising out of, you know, the actions and beliefs of actual Muslims.
Obama: "ISIL is not Islamic". So what does he think the acronym stands for?— Bart Simmons (@SimmonsBart) September 11, 2014
Let him be clear: ISIL in not Islamic. Except that they call themselves the Islamic State. And they kill in the name of Islam. #ObamaSpeech— Nadine Elhindi (@NadineElhindi) September 11, 2014
Ignoring reality is The Progressive Way. They truly believe they're our moral and intellectual superiors. And when the world doesn't meet their utopian fantasies, it's not them who has failed. It's the world. The world has not lived up its potential, because it did not follow The Progressive Way.
And so Obama redoubles his efforts to remake the world into his vision
of what it should be. He won't be deterred, no matter how many times he's
With the election only 2 months away a new poll puts Cory Booker's support at only 42%, albeit 13 points higher than GOP challenger Jeff Bell.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Cory Booker leads Republican opponent Jeff Bell by 13 points, according to a poll released this morning.
The Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind survey of 721 registered voters shows Booker with 42 percent support to Bell's 29 percent.
More than a quarter of voters — 27 percent — are undecided.
More than a quarter of NJ is still undecided? Wow.
One potential drag for Democrats is President Obama, who the poll shows with a 36 percent approval rating, compared to 49 percent of voters who disapprove.
Senator Booker is 100% behind his president.
"I believe Barack Obama has the right ideas to move this nation forward."
— U.S. Senator Cory Booker
Really Senator? What ideas?
His uber-excellent foreign policy?
Obamacare? With the moveable mandates, missing doctors, and burgeoning costs?
Executive orders on illegal immigration, that demand "immediate" action, right after this election?
Or perhaps you're in favor of his weaponized IRS? Yeah, you probably are 110% behind that one.
Maybe you mean his economic ideas? You know, the ones which have put more Americans out of work than any other president? The ones that raised the unemployment rate in majority-Black cities like Newark to the highest in history?
How about his poverty-inducing energy policies, where electricity rates have "necessarily" skyrocketed?
You can have 'em. And the capital "F" Failure they represent.
Because you, and Obama's progressive policies, have indeed failed America.
It's time for new leadership. One without slogans and platitudes masquerading as strategy.
Jeff Bell for United States Senate. He's no Obamabot. And that's a good
Hindsight is 20/20.
And really, I told you so.
But no, you morons voted for him. Twice.
Now it's too late, even if the lightbulb finally came on.
A majority of Americans and even many Democrats consider President Obama's tenure to be a "failure," according to a new poll from the Washington Post and ABC News.
The poll shows Americans say 52-42 that Obama has been more of a failure than a success. Among registered voters, the gap is even bigger -- at 55-39 -- with four in 10 (41 percent) saying they "strongly" believe Obama has been a failure.
Those saying Obama has been a failure include one in four Democrats (25 percent), nearly three in 10 liberals (29 percent) and the vast, vast majority of conservative Republicans (92 percent). Nearly one in five liberals (18 percent) say they feel "strongly" that Obama has been a failure.
I believe the canonical phrase is "Stuttering Clusterfuck of a Miserable Failure," but hey, welcome to the party anyway kids.
Then again, those liberals labeling him a "failure," when reached in Mom's basement, probably said he hasn't taken us far enough to the left.
There's no pleasing some folks.
But the rest of us? We'll be applauding the Mitt Romney Nyuk Nyuk Nyuk World Tour.
And really, let this be a lesson to you. Because if you idiots turn around
and vote for Hillary in 2016? Yeah, congratulations, you destroyed
America, on purpose.
There's a law against wagering on professional sports. Chris Christie just told everyone in New Jersey to ignore it.
After a more than four-year battle to legalize sports betting, the Christie administration today cleared the way for wagering at the state's casinos and racetracks by telling them they will not be held civilly or criminally liable by state law enforcement agencies.
Seizing on a loophole in a federal ban on sports betting, acting state Attorney General John Hoffman issued a directive to law enforcement telling them that casinos and racetracks continued to be exempt from prosecution under the 2012 law authorizing such wagering.
The move sent a clear message to those facilities that they can begin offering wagering without fear of state reprisal, so long as no betting occurs on college sports or athletic events in New Jersey, or on any of the state's college teams, regardless of where they play.
The legal maneuver would allow betting to begin without specific, state-sanctioned regulations, licensing or authorization, which are banned under the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act and a federal court injunction issued against the state.
Along with the law enforcement directive, the state Attorney General's Office also filed a motion with U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp to make clear that the state's action is in line with his injunction, issued last year, as well as a subsequent federal appellate court ruling.
Both actions come as Gov. Chris Christie holds a closed-door summit in struggling Atlantic City, which stands to benefit the most should sports betting begin later this year.
So the casinos can take the bets, on the qt, and the state won't stop them.
But Christie'll still go after the guy in the corner deli who's offering better odds.
I think that's what we call "eliminating the competition."
And there's no guarantee Eric Holder won't take a sudden interest in what NJ's casinos are doing. Especially since the state won't be regulating the action.
This looks like a Hail Mary pass to keep Atlantic City afloat on the backs of the mathematically challenged. If it works, great. If it gets torpedoed by the feds, hey, Christie can blame them for killing AC. Politically it's brilliant.
But I have my doubts as to whether or not it's a sound revitilization
strategy. Online poker was supposed to "save" Atlantic City. And the
racetracks too. Except,
it hasn't. There's a lot less money coming in than the so-called experts
predicted. Who's to say sports betting will be the panacea they're claiming
A new color-coded map shows just how much reach your favorite NFL team has across the United States. Basically, the odds are good that you're surrounded by like-minded football fanatics — unless your team happens to be the New York Jets.
The map shows which counties various football fans live based on which NFL team they "Like" on Facebook. Based on the data, the New York Jets are only NFL team that failed to win over a single county.
I am a Jets fan!
And I'm proud to be a Jets fan!
My daughter is a Jets fan too!
I even have a friend who's a Jets fan! Really!
Then there's this guy:
And not for nothing, but the Jets are sold out. Every game.
Unlike say, the Bills.
So c'mon Jets fans. Get those Facebook "Likes" in gear. Show that other team how Met Life Stadium is our stadium too. No matter what some silly map says.
Now, repeat after me:
J - E - T - S, Jets! Jets! Jets!
If Dear Leader really hates the wealthy as much as he says he does, why has he made them richer while keeping everybody else down and out?
Under President Obama, the richest 10 percent were the only income group of Americans to see their median incomes rise, according to a survey released this week by the Federal Reserve.
The Fed data covered the years 2010-2013, during which period Mr. Obama constantly campaigned against income inequality and won re-election by painting his Republican rival as a tool of Wall Street plutocrats.
"Data from the 2013 [Survey of Consumer Finances] confirm that the shares of income and wealth held by affluent families are at modern historically high levels," the report said in noting that the median income fell for every 10-percent grouping except the most affluent 10 percent.
When Obama says he's helping the middle class, it's a lie.
And when he talks about caring for the poor, that's a lie too.
But making fat cats get fatter? Yeah, he's real good at doing that. Everything he's done has accelerated "income inequality." Almost like he planned it that way.
This past weekend I had an Obamabot smirk at me, "he saved this country!"
To which I replied, "from what, prosperity?"
Riddle me this, Batman. If we only added 142,000 new jobs last month, how did Obama manage to fudge the unemployment rate down to 6.1%?
Can you say "labor force participation rate?"
Sure, I knew you could.
[Not] only did the headline data disappoint, the labor force participation rate dropped once again to 62.8% from 62.9%, matching the lowest since 1978, as a result of the people not in labor force rising once again, and hitting a new all time high record of 92,269,000, up 268,000 from the prior month. In fact, in August the number of people not in the labor force increased by nearly double the number of people who found jobs, which as we reported previously, was only 142K.
Putting it another way, since the start of the depression in December 2007, the number of people not in the labor force has increased by 13.0 million. The number of jobs added: 768,000.
Think about that for a minute.
Obama has now sent thirteen million Americans over the abyss, into employment oblivion. No job. No unemployment benefits. No hope.
When he promised "change you can believe in," I'm pretty sure that isn't what most of us had in mind.
So, tell me again why you guys voted for him?
Back in halcyon years of old (2010), some conservative bloggers put forth a plan where, a poll would be taken of conservative candidates around the country and the winner would be the recipient of a ten dollar contribution to their campaign from each of the participants. Forgive me for not taking a poll, but there are only nine Fridays between now and the midterm elections. Our country has not had a budget passed in the Senate since 2009, forcing a series of continuing resolutions which keep the nation at the brink of a shut down and masks the obscene amounts of money that the President and Congress want to spend. Hundreds of bills passed in the House are not even brought up for a vote in Harry Reid's Senate.
Focusing on the Senate races (Republicans need just six seats to oust the bottleneck, hyper partisan Harry Reid as majority leader), is it worth ten bucks a week (two lattes?) to eliminate Reid's control and give the Senate responsible leadership again?
With that in mind, this week we look to the open Senate seat in GA. Can you contribute just $10 to Senate candidate David Perdue?Real Clear Politics has Perdue up 3.8 points on the average, but rates the state as a toss up.
You can contribute to David Perdue here. Good luck and Godspeed, David!
(If you mark your contribution as "Ten Buck Friday", they'll see if the blogosphere can give them a little bump.)
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The nation's fast food workers are out protesting again, agitating on behalf of the SEIU for a $15 an hour "living wage." It's the same old song, pay us more money for unskilled, easily automated work. Because Class Warfare! Or, something.
The thing is, they don't do themselves any favors when they send out guys like this:
Protester Prospero Sanchez, who was at the rally near Times Square, said the $11.50 per hour he earns making pizzas at a Domino's Pizza restaurant is not enough to support him, his wife and two kids. He started working at the same restaurant 14 years ago, when he made $5 an hour.
Dude, get a new job.
I mean, really, 14 years doing the same thing, and you expect what exactly, a medal? Why didn't you try to move up, maybe to assistant manager? Let me guess, because then you'd have to work harder, right?
He has asked his bosses for more money. "They said no," Sanchez, 32, said.
What did you offer them? That you'll keep making pizzas just like you do now?
And they said, "no?"
Wanna see my shocked face?
Listen up Chief, get your ass into night school. Stop complaining and do something to help yourself. Look up the word "ambition." Memorize the definition.
Then we'll see your shocked face, when McDowell's offers you more than $15 an hour. Because you've got skills to offer them.
Maurice: "Oh yeah, I started out mopping the floor just like you guys. Then I moved up to washing lettuces. Now, I'm working the fat fryer. Pretty soon I'll make assistant manager, and that's when the big bucks start rolling in."
America. It's the land of Opportunity. We open the door. But you have to walk
How did we go from this
"We know that if we are joined by the international community, we can continue
to shrink ISIL's sphere of influence, its effectiveness, its financing, its
military capabilities to the point where it is a manageable problem."
— Barack Hussein Obama
I wonder, how many beheadings a month are "manageable?"
Maybe Obama can ask the international community to come up with a consensus on that. You know, just so we don't offend anyone.
Because it sure seems like the only time this president wants to win is when he's playing golf.
Meanwhile, reality TV star Phil Robertson takes up Reagan's mantle:
"Either convert them or kill them."
And before you go all liberal on me and get the vapors over such straight talk, remember this. It's the same choice ISIL gives Christians.
Let's see 'em try to complain about that.
Hey America, got an extra $760 million in your school budgets? Because that's how much we're gonna need to educate the massive influx of illegal alien kids Obama dumped into our communities this year.
A new report puts the price of educating the thousands of illegal immigrant children who recently crossed into the U.S. at a whopping $761 million this school year -- as some school systems push for the feds to pick up the tab.
The estimate comes from the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), which issued a report on the 37,000 "unaccompanied minors" — who mainly are from Central America — after analyzing data from the Department of Health and Human Services and education funding formulas in all 50 states.
The numbers underscore the concerns critics have raised for months about the burden the surge is putting on local school systems and governments.
"We're not doing American students any favors by dumping in tens of thousands of additional illegal alien children," FAIR's Bob Dane told Fox News.
The report breaks down the costs by state. The biggest impact reportedly will be seen in California, Texas, Florida and New York. The Empire State leads the list with a bill of more than $147 million.
Will the feds pick up the tab?
Nope. Local taxpayers are on the hook for the whole enchilada.
That is, if we can find enough teachers.
PATERSON — With classes about to start, city school officials are scrambling to fill scores of vacant teaching positions, many of them for special education and students who are learning English.
As of last Wednesday, the district had 131 openings at its schools, most of them teaching jobs, said deputy superintendent Eileen Shafer. That included 38 special education jobs, 29 for English Language Learner classes, seven for math and six for science.
I don't suppose La Raza would volunteer to send a few teachers our way.
So the kids who belong here will get shortchanged, as if they aren't disadvantaged already, while Obama keeps the border wide open so he can appease foreign governments and their lobbyist lackeys. Meanwhile, you and I get to pay for it all.
Hey, while we're at it, maybe we should teach these kids how to play golf.
If nothing else, Obama ought to be willing to cough up a few bucks for that.
You'd think the Obamacare brain trust would have learned their lesson. But, no, they rolled out a companion website to Healthcare.gov, and it failed spectacularly too.
Another federal government-run website created under ObamaCare is suffering the same symptoms as the troubled federal health care exchange -- grappling with delays, data problems and other hiccups as the deadline to take it public nears.
At issue is a database known as the Open Payments website. It was created under the Affordable Care Act to shed light on the financial ties between doctors and pharmaceutical companies as well as device manufacturers.
The transparency initiative is supposed to include detailed information about drug payments made by doctors as well as the value of gifts and services given by drug makers. Such items can include everything from meals to swanky retreats.
The database project, though, is dealing with a minefield of technical problems and confusion over the data. The problems led the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to shut down what is currently a private site for 11 days earlier this month.
The government is hoping to take the site public on Sept. 30. But it's already a year behind schedule, and if some industry heavy hitters have it their way, the schedule will slip by another six months.
The data is hopelessly garbled. The procedure for registering is convoluted, and inaccurate. There are major technical glitches. And it's more than a year behind schedule.
It's deja vu all over again!
Let's say Obama has a plan to build a permanent Democrat majority. A plan that will guarantee Hillary Clinton wins the White House in 2016. A plan which takes precedence over all other concerns, no matter what the cost to America's short-term well-being or long-term prospects for security and prosperity.
I suspect he (well, actually, Valerie Jarrett) does, and I'd say it looks something like this.
Newly released Census data reveals nearly 110 million Americans — more than one-third of the country — are receiving government assistance of some kind.
The number counts people receiving what are known as "means-tested" federal benefits, or subsidies based on income. This includes welfare programs ranging from food stamps to subsidized housing to the program most commonly referred to as "welfare," Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.
At the end of 2012, according to the stats, 51.5 million were on food stamps, while 83 million were collecting Medicaid — with some benefitting from multiple programs.
Though the programs were created to help those in need, some analysts worry that the way they're designed is, increasingly, incentivizing people not to work. They note that when recipients combine several government assistance programs, in many cases they pay better than going to work.
The Cato Institute's Michael Tanner said that in the eight most generous states, the benefits can be tantamount to a $20 minimum wage — which would exceed the $7.25 minimum wage in most states.
"So in many cases people could actually do better on welfare than they could in an entry level job," Tanner said.
When people are beholden to the government for sustenance, they tend to vote for the politicians who promise them more of that sustenance.
And nobody is better at promising unlimited Free Stuff than today's Democratic Party. Remember the woman who said Obama was going to pay her mortgage? The entitlement mentality is seductive, and contagious.
It's also ridiculously easy to make promises, and then blame "evil Republicans" when you don't deliver. The goal isn't to help people; the goal is to keep people dependent, and voting your way.
In other words, the goal is Power. Power at any cost.
Barack Obama never intended to govern.
Barack Obama is a permanent campaigner, skilled at drumming up primal emotions, and then focusing them for the benefit of his Party. The incongruity of his Class Warfare rhetoric is lost on the guilty white liberal donors who pour millions of dollars into his coffers at every opportunity. And all that matters to Obama is that the money flows into electing, and re-electing Democrats.
Hence he eschews policies which might jeopardize their hegemony.
Building the Keystone Pipeline might piss off the econuts, and he needs their cash.
Fighting Islamic terrorists might piss off the kumbaya crowd, and he needs their cash too.
Promoting private sector job growth might dilute the culture of dependency, and he needs every vote he can get.
Helping businesses succeed might make the unions wonder why he isn't raising taxes instead, and he needs their votes too.
Stopping the invasion on our southern border might upset La Raza, and he needs their anger and envy to keep them from wanting to embrace what we used to call The American Dream.
You know, there's the really sad legacy of Obama and the Democrats.
Once upon a time it was said that the business of America is Business.
They've turned that old saw on its head. The business of America is dependency. Wealth transfer. Class envy. Business is a dirty word.
Why work? Vote Democrat and somebody else will do that. Then, as your reward, the government will mail you checks.
You gotta admit it's a sweet deal.
"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only
exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money from the
public treasure. From that moment on the majority always votes for the
candidates promising the most money, with the result that a democracy always
collapses over loose fiscal policy followed by a dictatorship.
— Alexander Tyler
Or, as Lady Thatcher put it, sooner or later they'll run out of other people's money.
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