Thursday, May 16, 2013

Obama pushes back on IRS, AP, Benghazi (he's blameless)

Politico ^ | 5/16/13 | Epstein

President Barack Obama took a firm stance Thursday in response to questions on the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative political groups and the Justice Department’s examination of leaks to The Associated Press, as his administration continued its effort to seize control of the narrative on those fronts.
On the IRS, the president told reporters his “main concern is fixing a problem, and we began that process yesterday” with the resignation of acting IRS commissioner Steven Miller. He plans to appoint a replacement this week.
“The minute that I found out about it, then my main focus is to make sure we get the thing fixed,” he said in the Rose Garden, light rain falling on him and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, who had just finished a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office.
The president also said investigations by multiple congressional committees and by the Justice Department would be “sufficient.”
“Between those investigations, I think we’re going to be able to figure out exactly what happened, who was involved, what went wrong,” said Obama.
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The First Big Step Toward Obama’s Impeachment ^ | May 16, 2013 | Floyd Brown

Over the last few days, I’ve heard the word “impeachment” from more of my sources on Capitol Hill than in the last six years combined.
One member of Congress told me to look at the Richard M. Nixon articles of impeachment and just change the name to Barack Obama.
That member believes that many of the arguments about the Watergate cover-up apply to the current Benghazi cover-up scandal, the IRS Tea Party scandal, and the AP telephone records scandal.
Here’s how article one against Nixon laid out the charges:
  • making false or misleading statements to lawfully authorized investigative officers and employees of the United Statesf
  • withholding relevant and material evidence or information from lawfully authorized investigative officers and employees of the United States
Or how about this one:
  • making or causing to be made false or misleading public statements for the purpose of deceiving the people of the United States into believing that a thorough and complete investigation had been conducted with respect to allegations of misconduct on the part of personnel of the executive branch of the United States
Seems to me all of these charges would apply to Obama’s situation, yet they are direct quotes from the articles condemning Tricky Dick.
It’s too early to say if Barack Obama will be impeached. But mark my words… before the first day of summer, at least one member of Congress will introduce articles of impeachment accusing Barack Obama of “high crimes and misdemeanors.”
Just in the last week, the public statements about potential impeachment have been astounding. Former Governor Mike Huckabee said, “I believe that before it’s all over, this president will not fill out his full term… I remind you, as bad as Watergate was, because it broke the trust between the president and the people, no one died. This is more serious because four Americans did in fact die.”
I know Mike personally, and he‘s not prone to hyperbole and over-the-top statements.
Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma said Benghazi is the “most egregious cover-up in American history… People may be starting to use the I-word before too long.”
Chairman of the Government Reform and Oversight Committee, Congressman Darrell Issa, said of Benghazi: “This is a failure. We need to be investigating.”
When the Salt Lake Tribune asked Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah about impeachment, he said, “It’s certainly a possibility.”
Rep. Steve Stockman of Texas started the year talking about impeachment. As the White House prepared gun control proposals, Obama announced he would carry out a lot of his ideas through executive orders. Stockman, a strong defender of the Constitution, responded to Obama’s comments by saying:
I will consider speaking with my colleagues and filing articles of impeachment… Impeachment is not something to be taken lightly. It is a grave and serious undertaking that should only be initiated in a sober and serious manner. It should be reserved only for most egregious of trespasses by the president. I would consider using executive orders to engage in attacks on a constitutionally-protected right and violating his sworn oath of office to be such a trespass.
Stockman continued, “The president cannot issue executive orders depriving the people of full access to an enumerated constitutional right. I do not think it will come to that. The president is not an absolute ruler, and his actions and orders can be checked and balanced by the Congress and the courts – if the Congress is willing.”
Rep. Louie Gohmert, also of Texas, told NewsMax at the same time that Obama has “already abused the law enough times that it’s just been staggering… It’s not a president who steps up and says: ‘You know what? Previous Congresses have passed the law — and it’s been signed into law, and I disagree with it, so I’m just going to create new law — and as I speak, so shall it be,’” Gohmert concluded.
While these are just a few voices, I believe the chorus for impeachment will grow in the weeks ahead. Obama has made a series of highly questionable mistakes, and he refuses to take responsibility for the problems. Expect to hear much more about these scandals before the long, hot summer is over.

Proliferating scandals expose truth about Obama

 Chicago Tribune ^ | May15 | John Kass

Dogged by scandal, and with his press secretary presumably now curled up in the fetal position and breathing into a brown paper bag, it's obvious President Barack Obama is in need.
Our president must find his happy place
Like Benghazi, where four Americans died and he stood before the United Nations and made a phony reference to a ridiculous video in order to save his politics at the expense of the truth.
And now it's known that his Internal Revenue Service was used to threaten conservative and tea party groups and quash political dissent. The IRS also leaked damaging information from secret files against his political enemies to the media, prompting some to call him President Barack Milhous Obama.
Another scandal, involving the Justice Department seizing reporters' phone records hoping to find administration leaks, is a chilling assault on the First Amendment that would have made Nixon or J. Edgar Hoover smile.
What Obama requires is another relaxing vacation. This time, the man needs a visit to Happy Land.
So please take my hand, Mr. President, and we'll fly there, over those political storm clouds in Washington, to where things were just about perfect:
Back home to Chicago. Grant Park. November 2008.
Can you remember the looks of genuine adoration in their eyes?
Some were so overcome they couldn't help but weep for joy. Others barely stopped their lips from twitching. Still others were wiggly with excitement, like puppies unable to keep still, and we know what puppies do when they're excited.
Many hugged and offered high-fives, or loudly clapped, or clinked glasses and gave each other profound smiles of satisfaction and joy.
And that was just the journalists.
The rest of Obama's voters were ecstatic too. But as historians will no doubt tell us, American journalists were especially thrilled.
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Obama rejects calls for independent probe of IRS scandal! ^ | 05/16/2013 | Hillary Chabot

Obama brushed off calls for a special independent investigator into the IRS scandal that has engulfed his administration during a press conference this afternoon, saying the internal audit and criminal investigation headed by Attorney General Eric Holder are “sufficient.” (nothing to see here, move along)

“Between those investigations I think we’re going to be able to figure out exactly what happened,” said Obama. “I think we’re going to be able to fix it.”

The press conference comes after Obama scrambled last night to fend off growing concerns about his administration following the news that the IRS targeted conservative groups. He also has been battling other controversies, including questions about the deadly attacks in Benghazi and the Department of Justice secretly obtaining Associated Press phone records.
Obama also downplayed growing comparisons to his administration and that of former President Richard Nixon, who was brought down by the Watergate scandal.
“I’ll let you guys engage in those comparisons. You can go ahead and read the history I think and draw your own conclusions,” said Obama, who went on to say he “makes no apologies,” for the AP phone records probe.
The president also dismissed growing murmurs that Holder may be fired.
“I have complete confidence in Eric Holder,” he said. “He does his job with integrity and I expect he will continue to do so.”
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Imagine ^ | May 16, 2013 | Michael Reagan

Remember the 1996 movie, "A Time to Kill"?

An adaptation of John Grisham's 1989 legal thriller, it stars Matthew McConaughey as a small-town lawyer in Mississippi who defends a black man who killed the two white racists who had raped his 
10-year-old daughter.

In his closing arguments McConaughey asks the jury to close their eyes and listen to the painful details of a story about the brutal rape of an innocent little girl.

Then he ends his gripping story with a powerful request to the jury -- "Now imagine she's white."

I was reminded of that powerful scene in "A Time to Kill" as I watched the raggedy parade of scandals coming out of Obama's Washington last week.
The tragedy in Benghazi and subsequent spinning and covering up. The IRS harassment and abuse of conservative political groups prior to the 2012 election. The Justice Department's seizure of Associated Press reporters' phone records.
Now, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, close your eyes and think about the details of these crimes against the people by the Obama administration -- and then imagine the president is George W. Bush or Ronald Reagan. `
Do you think the Benghazi, IRS and AP stories might have been covered any differently if the president's name didn't start with "O" and his party didn't start with "D"?
Of course they would have.
Do you think the America people would know a little more about Benghazi today if last fall editors at The Washington Post, The New York Times or "60 Minutes" had issued orders to dig into what really happened there and why Ambassador Stevens was targeted for assassination?
I don't know all the facts and answers about Benghazi or the IRS. But lots of folks in the Obama government do, and digging them up is supposed to be the job of an honest news media -- some members of which are being shamed into finally doing their jobs.
It's pretty amazing. Thanks to the IRS' dirty tricks, even liberals are turning on St. Barack.
He now is being compared to Nixon, the only president every American is allowed to hate. Liberal pundits are dusting off the old "W" word -- Watergate -- and recycling forgotten terms like "enemies list."
Of course the golfer in chief says he's shocked -- shocked, he tells us -- to learn IRS bureaucrats were doing dirty work on his behalf.
Of course the president knew nothing about the IRS' crimes until last week. It was not his fault. It was those damn underlings again. He can't help it if they love him so much they break the law.
And when the Justice Department went fishing at the AP last year for information about reporters' phone calls, it was new news to the Prez. "I must have been golfing with Tiger that weekend," I think I heard him say, "but I'll get to the bottom of it and fire a few secretaries."
Shouldn't the media be asking if Obama has an enemies list? Or are enemies lists things that are only kept by Republicans and conservatives?
These major scandals rising out of the Obama administration -- each pre-dating the 2012 election -- are only now starting to attract the mainstream media attention they deserve.
The New York-DC media ignored Benghazi or pooh-poohed its importance until Obama was safely re-elected.
Now it's beginning to sound like we should have known about those partisan crimes at the IRS last year, too -- and we would have if Big Liberal Media had been acting like watchdogs instead of Obama lapdogs.
It's great to see the shine finally coming off President Obama's phony halo. But it's not the result of the "Second Term Curse," as some of his apologists would like us to believe.
And it's not because the mainstream media have finally stepped up and done their jobs as fair and honest journalists. It's simply the result of the president's character and the character of his sleazy regime.

Second appeals court invalidates Obama's NLRB recess appointments!

Politico ^ | May 16, 2013 | Tal Kopan

A second appeals court has joined the D.C. Circuit in ruling that President Barack Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board were unconstitutional, concluding that some board actions taken in the wake of those appointments were also invalid.
The issue has far-reaching implications for both the NLRB and other boards, including Obama’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which has been a frequent target of conservatives and whose director was a recess appointment.
The 2-1 decision Thursday from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (posted here) found that the presidential recess appointment power is limited to breaks between sessions of Congress, not breaks within sessions or other adjournments during which the Senate might meet in pro forma sessions. The reasoning mirrors that in a ruling of the D.C. Circuit Court in January.
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Everyone Agrees That Tax Cuts Create Jobs!

Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/15/2013 | Jarrett Skorup

It’s a popular saying for many: "Tax cuts don’t create jobs." Google it, and there are more than 100,000 results for that specific claim.
At this point, it is a truism for liberal politicians and commentators that tax cuts are ineffective.
In 2010, Gov. Rick Snyder ran a campaign around getting rid of the hated Michigan Business Tax, which was one of the first things accomplished by the new Legislature. The change overwhelmingly helped small businesses while shifting larger corporations to a much less complicated 6 percent flat tax. The result was a $1.7 billion business tax cut.
Here are some of the responses in the years since:
"Republicans have consistently cut taxes for big corporations and made middle class families pick up the tab," House Minority Leader Tim Greimel, D-Auburn Hills, was quoted as saying in a Detroit Free Press article. "They've shifted an incredible tax burden from businesses to individuals and he did it promising there'd be jobs and he can't point to a single job," Robert McCann, spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer, D-East Lansing, told the Lansing State Journal. "My suspicion is that the tax cuts went into pockets, rather than into jobs," Sen. Glenn Anderson, D-Westland, was quoted as saying in a Lansing State Journal story. "There hasn't been a wave of new job creation as a result of the new 6 percent corporate income tax, which amounted to a $1.7-billion tax cut for businesses," reported a Detroit Free Press editorial. Ignoring the debate over how much those specific tax changes helped the economy, the focus of this column is on one simple truth: Despite the rhetoric, people from all sides of the political aisle dole out tax breaks because they know businesses respond with jobs.
When businesses and individuals have capital, they spend it in areas that require workers. The two main ways policymakers can ensure these groups receive extra cash is through a tax cut, which allows them to keep more of their own money, or a subsidy from the state, where the government takes money via taxes and redistributes it.
So if left-leaning groups and liberal Democrats do not believe tax cuts create jobs, why do they overwhelmingly approve of corporate welfare programs? A lot of Republicans approve of selective subsidies as well, but at least they tend to believe — and say — that lower taxes on businesses are good.
For example, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. gives selective tax abatements and direct subsidies to businesses in the state. The largest program of the MEDC is the 21st Century Jobs Fund, which passed 92-13 in the House and 35-3 in the Senate, with every Democrat voting in support. Michigan's corporate welfare arm also administers the state's film subsidy. The original bill creating the program passed a combined 145-1, with the only "no" vote coming from a Republican senator who no longer is in office.
At the national level, Democrats voted overwhelmingly for the federal "stimulus" program, which was sold as giving selective tax abatements to individuals and companies. And there is a fierce debate in this country over specific tax breaks and outright subsidies for "green" energy companies. For example, electric car battery maker A123 Systems brought President Obama, Sen. Carl Levin, D-Detroit, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, and former Gov. Granholm together at the company's plant in Livonia in 2010.
Left-leaning advocacy groups in Michigan also support these corporatist programs. Progress Michigan praised stimulus spending on A123, Johnson Controls, Compact Power and Dow Kokam in 2010 (before most of these companies went bankrupt). And Michigan Liberal loved the MEDC — at least when it was administered by a Democratic governor.
So if lower taxes and more money for businesses to spend doesn’t create jobs, how can the left support these tax breaks and subsidies?
Because the crux of this debate is not over whether an infusion of money creates jobs — it's over centralized planning.
The difference between the left (and far too many who call themselves conservatives) and those who favor the free-market is that one side believes that tax breaks and subsidies create jobs when the government gives them to favored companies while the other side believes it is more efficient to have a level playing field, with lower overall tax rates for everyone.
My colleague Michael LaFaive refers to these selective subsidies as "feeding the sparrows through the horse::
Imagine that a central planner wanted to help sparrows grow and prosper. The central planner can dump feed on the ground evenly and let sparrows partake of it directly, or he can run the feed through a horse first, and let the sparrows pick through the pile that the horse leaves behind. The horse in our example represents the government bureaucracy created to maintain economic development programs. The bottom line is that it costs money to pay bureaucrats to take your money and redistribute it to someone else. Spending millions to support these programs just deprives entrepreneurs of the resources they could be using to create more jobs on their own accord. Many on the left demonstrate an understanding of how business investment creates jobs. But they should explain why reallocating capital through bureaucrats and politicians for the purpose of creating jobs is superior to allowing all businesses to keep more of their own money and produce the same effect.

Report: IRS employees ‘simply did what their bosses ordered’! ^ | May 16, 2013 | Doug Powers

Former acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller had originally said that a couple of lower level employees went “rogue” and “off the reservation” by targeting conservative organizations for extra scrutiny. With that in mind, there’s this from FOX19 in Cincinnati:
One of FOX19′s two sources went on say that these four IRS workers claim “they simply did what their bosses ordered.” FOX19 reported on Tuesday that the report by the Office of Inspector General states that senior IRS officials knew agents were targeting Tea Party groups as early as 2011.
In fact, according to that report, Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS division that oversees tax exempt organizations, was told on June 29, 2011 that groups with ‘Tea Party’, ‘Patriot’ or ’9/12 Project’ in their names were being flagged for additional, and often burdensome, scrutiny.
While the IRS is pointing at ‘two rogue employees,’ the number of organizations that were singled out has swelled to nearly 500, according to Rep. Congressmen Darryl Issa and Ohio’s Jim Jordan.
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Air Force Attack Plane Pilot Says "Load Of Manure" That Jets Could Not Reach Benghazi

JoeClarke.Net ^ | 05/16/20`3 | JoeClarke.Net

Even in Vietnam, we Marines could depend upon close air support which was miraculously accurate - shooting down individual buildings, people and vehicles from the skies. I cannot remember one time in Vietnam when my squadron would not respond to a call for help from fellow Marines and others, who were in a "hot zone," needing immediate firepower from the skies. Tip Of The Hat to those Marine, Air Force, Army, and Navy jet and helicopter pilots. jc

From Various Sources. . .

Lt Colonel Dan Hampton
May 15 2013
U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Dan Hampton flew more than 150 combat missions during his twenty years as a fighter pilot. He won multiple decorations for his service in the Iraq War, Kosovo conflict, first Gulf War, and elsewhere.

Sigonella, Sicily Naval Base Was Well Within Reach Of Benghazi
"The Obama national security team, including CIA, DNI, State Department and the Pentagon, watched and listened to the assault but did nothing to answer repeated calls for assistance. It has been reported that President Obama met with Vice President Joseph R. Biden and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta in the Oval Office, presumably to see what support could be provided. After all, we had very credible military resources within striking distance. At our military base in Sigonella, Sicily, which is slightly over 400 miles from Benghazi, we had a fully equipped Special Forces unit with both transport and jet strike aircraft prepositioned. Certainly this was a force much more capable than the 22-man force from our embassy in Tripoli.
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Holder: I can’t remember when I recused myself from the AP investigation!

Hotair ^ 

Kelly O'Donnell @KellyO

AG Holder says he did not inform WH he recused himself in @AP case, did not do so in writing and cannot say when he did so.

Twitter is blowing up over this right now. Stand by for updates.
Update: Gabe Malor asks an excellent question:
Gabriel Malor @gabrielmalor
If there's no written record of recusal, who told DAG Cole that he was running the AP investigation?
Did Holder just sort of … “drift away” from this whole mess after his recusal? Remember, this was no ordinary investigation. Yesterday Holder himself called the leak in the AP case one of the most serious, if not the most serious, he’d ever seen. He must have recognized instantly that there was a chance that reporters’ phone records would be subpoenaed to get to the bottom of it, which would be politically explosive for the White House. And yet he never formally notified anyone that he was backing away, huh?

God Pees on Liberal Media and Tells Them It’s Just a Tea Party! ^ | 5-16-2013 | John Ransom

For those of you who hate the Tea Party, I have a one word reply to you: Ha!

Because they were right, and you were very, very wrong!
They were right about the IRS, right about Boston, right about Benghazi.
They were right about Eric Holder and the threat that our top law enforcement officer posed to the Bill of Rights; they were right about Obama and his smarmy, made-up, intellectual know-it-all-ism; they were right about the press being active advocates for partisan purposes while ignoring Obama’s smarmy, made-up, intellectual know-it-all-ism; they were right about the GOP being wrong on taxes and spending; they were right on Obamacare and Mitt Romney and the constitutional limits of government, as well as the limits placed on government by natural law.
And they were right about Sarah Palin, ringing her bells and warning the liberals that we were gonna be free and we were gonna be armed.
And they were right about Glenn Beck, who’s been right about almost everything it seems.
And they are right about this too: If the GOP ever wants to win again, they should bet on the Tea Party, rather than excoriate them.
They were right and liberals were wrong.
Get over it.
About the only good thing to happen since Obama was elected president was the spontaneous, righteous and healthy formation of citizens’ groups that make up the Tea Party, the best organization without any organization to come around since the Great Awakening.
Without the Tea Party, 2010 would have been just another mid-term muff by the GOP.
So count me as thrilled that God has proved that He has such a great sense of humor that he pees on liberals and then tells them that it’s just a Tea Party.
This is especially true when it comes at the expense of folks like metro-sophisticates Senator John McCain, former Senator Dick Lugar, who was done in by the Tea Party, and
Slate, with comedic timing that could have only been provided by the “One,” penned an article in March titled The Tea Party Caucus is Dead and That's OK.
“Nationally, the Tea Party flag is so tattered that it's not in a Republican's interest to maintain it,” wrote Slate.
That’s what happens when liberals put their faith in the fake “One” as if he’s he’s the real “One” because his press clippings and bumper stickers tell them he is. One day they end up really, really, really wrong, even if they happened to be a hallowed member of the press- hollowed now because of the halo they bestowed on the One back then.
I guess freedom of the press included the press freedom to obfuscate for and excuse Obama and Holder while the administration was suppressing those other parts of the First Amendment that apparently has nothing to do with the press at all: freedom of religion, freedom of speech, the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
And because the Tea Party was right about so many things, from the IRS to Benghazi to Eric Holder, they’re back, even the though Republican officials and liberals- sometimes the same thing- will be less than pleased about the Tea Party resurrection.
Ah, and just when the GOP was making plans to do without the grassroots, it turns out that maybe, just maybe, the GOP has a chance to win again.
Quick question: Would the RNC prefer to win with the help of the Tea Party or lose and exclude them?
It’s important question. The Tea Party, unlike the GOP, Barack Obama and John McCain, at least has a clear understanding of what they are in the American political spectrum.
Without the grinding, and the hustle and the sacrifice of the Tea Party, the GOP might just be progressive-lite. And many of us have a suspicion that many them in the GOP- and yes I’m looking at you Ryan Call- would prefer to be progressive-lite because it would be so much easier to “message.”
I proudly count myself amongst Tea Party types, even though I’m also a GOP-type too.
I guess to Senator John McCain, no fan of Tea Party types, or of the GOP, I’m kind of a Hobbit dressed in khaki pants and a blue blazer, who clings to quaint notions of the constitution, smaller government and a real contrast between the two political parties.
Although I don’t wear the blazer, I’m good with being a Hobbit who loves the GOP.
And do you know why?
Because I’m right: It turns out, just as I suspected, that the tingle running down Chris Matthew’s leg?
It was just tea after all.
And yes: God is that funny.

Documents: IRS harassing letters came from DC headquarters and California offices!

Daily Mail UK ^ | 5/15/2013 | David Martosko

Documents: IRS letters harassing conservative groups came from Washington, DC headquarters and from California offices, despite Inspector General's focus on Cincinnati employees
Tax agency has admitted targeting tea party groups and other conservative organizations for special, politically motivated scrutiny
IRS inspector general focused on wrongdoing in Cincinnati, Ohio office and ignored abusive letters coming from other cities
MailOnline found letters from IRS's Washington, D.C. headquarters, and from IRS offices in two southern California cities
The American Center on Law and Justice is threatening to sue the IRS if 27 tea party groups aren't granted tax-exempt statuses by Friday
Letters from the IRS to tea party-related organizations in Oklahoma City and Albuquerque, New Mexico show that IRS headquarters in Washington, D.C., and two satellite offices in California, were directly involved with sending harassing letters to conservative organizations that sought tax-exempt status.
The IRS has acknowledged only the involvement of its Exempt Organizations office in Cincinnati, Ohio, which typically makes most decisions about granting or denying tax-exempt status to non-profit organizations.
And Wednesday afternoon, CNN cited a congressional source in reporting that the acting IRS Commissioner – whom President Obama fired later in the day – had identified two 'rogue' employees, both in Cincinnati, whom he thought were responsible for targeting right-wing organizations with tactics that were not applied to left-wing or non-political groups.

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Here's That "Dynamic Scoring" You Asked For, Senator

Town Hall ^ | 15 May 2013 | Ann Coulter

The Heritage Foundation recently issued a comprehensive report showing that Sen. Marco Rubio's plan to instantly legalize 11.5 million illegal immigrants would add $6.3 trillion to the nation's budget deficits over the next 50 years. Heritage assumed there are 11.5 million illegals, but other estimates put the number at 33 million, which would mean adding another $18 trillion to the deficit. To put that in perspective, the largest U.S. budget deficit in history was $1.4 trillion in 2009. Currently, the average illegal alien gets about $24,721 in taxpayer-funded benefits and pays about $10,334 in taxes. After full legalization, they will be eligible for a whole new panoply of government benefits such as direct welfare payments, Obamacare, Social Security and Medicare. Heritage concludes that the total government benefits to these former illegal aliens will then rise to about $43,900 per household, while the taxes paid by them will increase only modestly to around $16,000.
Rubio says Heritage's report is all wrong because it fails to use "dynamic scoring."
The sentence ends there. It's like when Obama responds to questions about Benghazi by saying it's a "political circus," or liberals say their position on abortion is that "it's a complex issue." What isn't political? What isn't complex? Those aren't answers; they're deflections.
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How Would Democrats Use These Scandals against Liberty If the Tables Were Turned?

vanity ^ | 16 May 2013 | Nathan Bedford

How Would Democrats Use These Scandals against Liberty If the Tables Were Turned?
The first thing the left would do is recognize that these scandals are occurring 18 months before the next congressional elections and three years before the next presidential election. Therefore, the left would seek to taint the entire Republican Party with the scandal and, in particular, it would attempt to discredit potential presidential candidates such as Senators Cruz, Paul, and Rubio.
The Democrats would declare that such abuses arise out of the very culture of the Republican Party. They would say that the Republican party will inevitably commit these scandalous acts and, because of its hate-filled nature, the Republican Party is inherently incapable of refraining from scandalous acts and certainly unable to police itself after it is caught out. It will say that the only way for the voter to protect himself against out-of-control, radical, racist, runaway, Republicans is to debar them from office forever and install Democrats who will ensure that these abuses never happen again.
The left will find victims of these Republicans crimes, lionize them, and parade them before a supportive Congress and a fawning media to tell the American public of their suffering and personal anguish done to them by the brutish Republicans. Tears will flow; media indignation will overflow.
We will see interviews of bereaved wives and mothers of our brave heroes murdered because of a failed Republican foreign policy. We will see families bankrupted, evicted from their homes with their children out on the street because the Republican dominated Internal Revenue Service persecuted them. We will meet journalists whose careers have been ruined by the McCarthyite tactics of the jackbooted Republican Attorneys General.
Journalists will write news accounts highlighting the callousness and partisanship of Republicans who fail to accept blame for the scandal and note with approval that they are to be primaried and, even better, they will cheer on Democrats for offering bright, young, energetic candidates to confront these Neanderthals in the next general election.
Academia will write the history of the affair so that the next generation will understand, in effect, that there were no Communists who had infiltrated Democrat government, rather there were only Republican McCarthyites but this time around, crusading, courageous Democrats have thwarted the racist, capitalist, Republican conspiracy.
Momentum will build to a crescendo and, inevitably, some Republicans will make their way to cameras and microphones to express their shame over the conduct of the radicals in their own party. They will wallow in guilt. They will declare that it is time for the Republicans to clean their party of such ideologues. They will express support for legislation creating a new government agency to prevent such horrors in the future and they will express support for legislation criminalizing conduct and speech relating to the scandalous actions. They will call for special courts to try those who behave politically incorrectly.
The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives will threaten to impeach the Republican president and a gang of eight Republican senators will drive down Pennsylvania Avenue and tell the Republican president that he must resign or be impeached and convicted because senators of his own party had turned against him. Without any other option, the president will resign. His Republican vice president will assume the office but he will, in effect, be forced to operate his office as though it were controlled by a Regency of Democrats.
The Democrats will retain the House in 2014, retake the Senate as well, and force the a Republicans to nominate a Rino in 2016.
The Democrats will exploit the scandals to silence any coherent Republican opposition to immigration amnesty, Obama care, gun control, and tax increases. Republican contributions will dry up and Republican journalists and think tanks will find they have inadequate financial support to investigate Democrats.
By 2016 the Republican Party will be riven in twain with a rump minority of conservatives decamping from the Republican Party and running their own candidates thus ensuring a Democrat landslide across the board.
After 2016, with the Democrats in full control of all branches of government, the country will move into a new age of international progressivism with the best and the brightest from all nations fixing our economy and our justice system for the collective good of all.
Now that we know what the Democrats would do if the tables were turned, what do you suppose the Republicans will do?

Report: Susan Rice’s promotion to National Security Advisor ‘definitely happening’!

Twitchy ^ | May 15, 2013

Benghazigate might have derailed Ambassador Susan Rice’s bid to be Secretary of State, but the “extraordinary” Rice might have a promotion in her future after all. Foreign Policy reports today that Rice “has become the heir apparent to National Security Advisor Tom Donilon — a post at the epicenter of foreign-policy decision making and arguably more influential than secretary of state.” Writer John Hudson quotes an unnamed source as saying “it’s definitely happening.”
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Justice Dept. Wiretapped the House of Representative's Cloak Room!

The Weekly Standard ^ | 5/16/2013 | Daniel Halper

California congressman David Nunes made the claim yesterday that the Justice Department wiretapped telephones in the House of Representative's Cloak Room, an exclusive part of the Capitol where members are able to privately interact with one another. Nunes made the claim on Hugh Hewitt's radio show.
"I don’t trust the Department of Justice on this," said Hewitt, referring to the subpoenas the Justice Department to obtain the Associated Press's phone records. "Do you, Congressman Nunes?"
"No, I absolutely do not, especially after this wiretapping incident, essentially, of the House of Representative. I don’t think people are focusing on the right thing when they talk about going after the AP reporters. The big problem that I see is that they actually tapped right where I’m sitting right now, the Cloak Room," Nunes respond.
Hewitt was surprised. "Wait a minute, this is news to me," he said.
"The Cloak Room in the House of Representatives," Nunes repeated.
Hewitt again expressed surprise. "I have no idea what you’re talking about," said the radio host.
"So when they went after the AP reporters, right? Went after all of their phone records, they went after the phone records, including right up here in the House Gallery, right up from where I’m sitting right now. So you have a real separation of powers issue that did this really rise to the level that you would have to get phone records that would, that would most likely include members of Congress, because as you know," Nunes claimed.
Hewitt responed by saying, "Wow."

Corrupt RINO Lindsey Graham elevates his TREASON on amnesty and H1B to new level!

 by Javeth

SC Sen. Lindsey Graham's blatant treachery against the conservative movement, along with that of John McCain and Marco Rubio- often aided and abetted by the corrupt Republican establishment, no less- had gone well beyond the Pale long before today. So conservatives throughout South Carolina have rightfully begun organizing to back a conservative opponent, most likely Lee Bright, to take Graham in the primaries for the 2014 Senate elections.
But now Graham has exceeded even his own sickening standards for treason and betrayal. As has become clear over the last last week, Obama has been embroiled in perhaps the most disgusting attacks on the US Constitution and our most cherished freedoms of any President for a century, and his runaway corruption and government overreach are threatening the fundamental character of the nation. Every Republican, heck every member of Congress from either party, should put Obama's corrupt legislative "agenda" on hold and use their power, in the House and Senate, to find the truth and condemn this corrupt Administration.
So then what do the Gang of Eight RINO's do? Rubio and McCain just roll over and virtually play dead, pushing forward on their plans to betray the American people for cheap labor, amnesty and the H1B visa. But the most traitorous of all is Graham, who in the midst of BLATANT EVIDENCE of misconduct by the administration, expresses words of open collusion with this corruption. From Politico:
“I think the conditions are ripe for the [immigration] bill to make it through. The president’s been very helpful. He’s been there when we’ve asked him to be, he’s laid low when we ask him, and I’ve got no complaints about the president and I think he can be very helpful getting it over the finish line"
This unctuous, bootlicking, collaborationist quisling jerk Lindsey Graham is winking, nodding and bending over in the midst of the most appalling White House corruption in decades, threatening the very integrity of basic Constitutional rights. For him and his fellow RINO traitors, no amount of blatant treason against the integrity of the USA is too much, all they care about is selling out for cheap labor. There could be full-on evidence of the Obama Administration throwing open the USA's borders to known al-Qaida operatives, and Graham and the other RINO traitors would still be pushing for this filthy amnesty and H1B visa bill, still pushing for cheap labor and the betrayal of the American people and our most basic Constitutional rights.
Graham needs to be taken down immediately, with every bit of fury and intensity that we can muster. Along with similar RINO traitors John Cornyn, Marco Rubio, Orrin Hatch, Paul Ryan and Jeff Flake. Are you listening, GOP establishment?
Well, you'd better be, because this is already having real consequences. My entire neighborhood, heavily conservative and Republican-leaning, has ripped up their Republican registration cards over this. We will not donate another penny to the RNC or any other GOP establishment shill so long as prominent RINO's like Graham and Rubio push for this corrupt amnesty and H1B bill, and so long as the GOP fails to help true conservative primary opponents against these sell-outs (like Lee Bright in South Carolina or Ted Poe in Texas). NOT ONE CENT AND NOT ONE VOTE! We will not support them or you, and we will not vote for them or you. Our dollars and votes will only be given directly to the campaigns of true conservatives, in the primaries and the general elections.
A strong base of conservative support has already been organizing around SC State Sen. Lee Bright in SC, to announce (perhaps this month) a primary challenge against the traitor Lindsey Graham, who has now become an object of deserved revulsion in the conservative movement.
Others mentioned as prospects to oust Graham have been Nancy Mace, Richard Cash and others. Hopefully one of them will announce soon, so that we can rally our support around a single challenger. It's galling that such a treacherous sell-out RINO is representing anyway, but especially a conservative bedrock like South Carolina.
The same goes for John Cornyn, a pro-amnesty RINO representing conservative Texas of all the travesties- yes, TEXAS!!- who is also up in 2014, and also has plenty of conservative challenges who can take him down, such as Ted Poe and Tom Craddick. Once again the sooner one of them declares against Cornyn, the better, so that we can gather our support around him. The same for an opponent to Paul Ryan in Wisconsin, unless Ryan quickly changes his stance. Even though other traitors like Rubio, McCain, Hatch and Flake aren't up for reelection in 2014, we can still make their lives miserable by supporting potential primary opponents early and urging them to speak out, writing letters to the editor, putting up billboards (a clever one in Georgia has deflated the enormous, filthy ego of Marco Rubio) and of course, calling, snail-mail writing and emailing our representatives aggressively, whatever their party, as we did successfully in 2006 and 2007. This fight is for the survival of our nation, and it demands political ruthlessness and unswerving perseverance and resolve on our part to stand in her defense!