Thursday, June 20, 2013

Why the Dow Is Plummeting -- and Why You Shouldn't Care

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It's easy to feel a sense of panic on a day like today, when the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES: ^DJI  ) is off by 344 points, or 2.28%, with an hour left in trading. But for what it's worth, there's simply no reason to be concerned -- at least, no more concerned than you are on any other day.
To put it in perspective, if the Dow closes more than 100 points lower, which it appears likely to do, it will mark the eighth day in a row that it has changed by a triple-digit figure. Volatility is the name of the game lately, and it's one more reason that you're better off not opening your brokerage account on a daily or even weekly basis.
That being said, let's take a look at why the market is tanking.
For starters, there were a handful of economic reports that paint a conflicting view of the still-incipient economic recovery. The best news came courtesy of the National Association of Realtors, which reported that existing-home sales rose by 4.8% last month compared to April and 12.9% over May of 2012. However, the good news was tempered: As the association's chief economist observed, "Home price growth is too fast, and only additional supply from new homebuilding can moderate future price growth."
On the other hand, the government released figures that further revealed the ongoing struggles in the labor market. According to the Department of Labor, the number of people filing for unemployment benefits rose last week by 18,000, or 5%, from the preceding week. While this is only an estimate and it covers a short period of time, it's nevertheless discouraging in light of the 7.6% unemployment rate that's afflicting the economy.
Beyond these, though, there's little doubt that the markets are being roiled by one thing and one thing only: the Federal Reserve. Following the conclusion of the bank's quarterly monetary-policy meeting yesterday, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke continued to intimate that the bank would draw down on its support for the economy if the unemployment situation continues to improve and consumer prices remain stable.
Although this wasn't really news -- we've known that QE3 wasn't meant to continue forever since it was initiated last September -- there's clearly a growing sense of concern among market participants that the end is near. I personally don't have any insight into this, other than to say that the economic fundamentals don't appear to be reaching the level where the Fed, under its current policy guidance, would make a move. In other words, it looks a lot more like intentional posturing aimed at driving down asset prices from their recent, and arguably inflated, highs.
But whether or not this is the case, stocks have fallen hard today.
In terms of individual companies, shares of Disney (NYSE: DIS  ) are leading the Dow lower, off by 3.7% in midafternoon trading. The entertainment company is suffering alongside its blue-chip brethren for the reasons discussed above, but it's also feeling the effects of an analyst downgrade. As my colleague Anders Bylund noted, the influential investment bank Goldman Sachs cut its rating on Disney to "neutral" from "conviction buy," pointing to increased competition for Disney's lucrative ESPN division and slower earnings growth owing to jumped-up costs to acquire broadcast deals for sporting events.
Alternatively, one of the best-performing components on the Dow is American Express(NYSE: AXP  ) , which is off by a relatively modest 1.6%. There are any number of ways to interpret this, but I'd guess that it has something to do with the anticipated direction of long-term interest rates. Financial companies like American Express look to the spread between long-term and short-term rates for much of their profits. With the purported end of QE3 in sight (though, as I said above, I think this may be a premature conclusion), long-term rates have already started to climb, expanding this profitable spread. This is why banks and other lenders could theoretically move countercyclically over the next few quarters.
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Look Who is Holding Obama's Umbrella in Germany

An ObamaCare Board Answerable to No One: 'Death panel' is new beast, w/god-like powers!

The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 19, 2013 | David B. Rivkin, Jr. and Elizabeth P. Foley

Signs of ObamaCare's failings mount daily, including soaring insurance costs, looming provider shortages and inadequate insurance exchanges. Yet the law's most disturbing feature may be the Independent Payment Advisory Board. The IPAB, sometimes called a "death panel," threatens both the Medicare program and the Constitution's separation of powers. At a time when many Americans have been unsettled by abuses at the Internal Revenue Service and Justice Department, the introduction of a powerful and largely unaccountable board into health care merits special scrutiny.
For a vivid illustration of the extent to which life-and-death medical decisions have already been usurped by government bureaucrats, consider the recent refusal by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to waive the rules barring access by 10-year old Sarah Murnaghan to the adult lung-transplant list. A judge ultimately intervened and Sarah received a lifesaving transplant June 12. But the grip of the bureaucracy will clamp much harder once the Independent Payment Advisory Board gets going in the next two years....

(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...

Obamacare Health Care Exchanges are Democrat Party Front Organizations

Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | 6/20/13

BEGIN TRANSCRIPT
RUSH: I hate to do this to you, but the Investor's Business Daily had an editorial yesterday, and they have discovered the purpose of Obamacare. It has nothing to do with health care. The purpose of Obamacare got nothing to do with your health, and nothing to do with your insurance.
It's about building a permanent, undefeatable, always-funded Democrat majority. One example: The exchanges. We're being told that the government's running way behind on setting up the exchanges, and we're being told it's because the bill so complicated, big, unmanageable. Nobody could possibly get this done on time. IBD has tracked how these exchanges are being set up, and basically the health care exchanges in these states are going to be Democrat political action committees, funded with your tax dollars.
They're going to operate under the guise of selling you your health insurance when in fact what they're going to be doing is providing employment for Democrats and Democrat voters and Democrat operatives. They are going to use the exchanges to give out money to sympathetic Democrats and people who vote for other Democrats. I'll give you the details. It's on a par with how I've tried to explain that the stimulus was a money-laundering operation for Democrat campaign coffers.
Because the vast majority of stimulus money went to keep government union employees working. It went to make sure they weren't laid off in a really bad and down economy. State and local union employees pay dues. They're required to pay it. The dues are collected by Democrat union leaders. They run all the union organizations, and the dues are what fund Democrat campaigns. Well, you can't collect dues if the people aren't working. If you're the Democrats, you can't (not yet, anyway) just write a check for $900 billion to the US Treasury and then start giving it away.
But you can come up with a "stimulus" bill that you tell people it's all about creating jobs and roads and bridges and building up infrastructure. Then you get the check, and you are in charge of how the money is spent and where it goes, and you see to it that it ends up ultimately in the back pockets of union employees so that they continue to be employed and paying dues. So it's a roundabout way of getting $900 billion, or a percentage of it, back to the Democrat Party in campaign contributions.
That's what the stimulus bill was!
I'll take a break. Take a couple phone calls, and then I will share with you the dirty details of the Investors Business Daily editorial on what is really happening with Obamacare and the exchanges.
BREAK TRANSCRIPT
RUSH: Now, on to the Investor's Business Daily. They have an editorial that explains in quite extensive detail how Obamacare is actually a funding operation for Democrat Party operatives and a technique for improving increasing Democrat Party voter registration.
"The Obama administration granted a whopping $910 million to California to set up its insurance exchange. That money is not for bandages, surgery, nurses and doctors to care for the sick. ... Shockingly, the $910 million is slated for bureaucracy, including rich compensation packages for exchange employees." In fact, the executive director of the exchange in California will make $360,000 a year. The exchange money, this $910 million, is being used for computer equipment, public relations, and outreach.
What is the exchange? It's supposedly where you go, by mandate, to buy your health insurance. The exchange is supposed to just be a catalog, basically. And the only thing in the catalog are insurance policies, and you go there and you pick yours. You go there, decide what you want. That's what the exchange is. Instead, the regime has decided to use these exchanges, probably part of the original plan, as Democrat get-out-the-vote efforts complete with walking-around money and employment for loyal Democrats.
"California lawmakers passed a law (Senate Bill 35) requiring that voter registration be part of the health insurance exchange." California lawmakers, again, passed Senate Bill 35 that requires voter registration be part of the health insurance exchange. Now, you think you're going to the exchange to pick your insurance policy. Guess what? You're gonna get pressured to register to vote, if you're not, and maybe even if you already are. "Last month, Covered California announced $37 million in grants to 48 organizations to build public awareness about the opening of the health exchange on Oct. 1."
In other words, they're treating this as the grand opening of a great shopping center, a great mall. They're doing this to attract all kinds of people. It's a government bureaucracy. It would be no different than if the DMV started running ads to get you to show up.
"Of the 48 organizations that got grants, only a handful are health-care related." For example, Covered California announced $37 million in grants to 48 organizations to build public awareness about the opening of the health care exchange. Now, why in the world would the California NAACP get $600,000? But they did. The California NAACP got $600,000 of Obamacare money, California exchange money, to go door-to-door canvassing and registering voters, and to create presentations at community organizations, presentations about the Democrat Party, presentations about registering and supporting the Democrat Party and its candidates.
"Service Employees International Union, which says its mission is 'economic justice,' received two grants totaling $2 million to make phone calls, robo-calls and go door to door." Now, what in the world does a health exchange need a union going door-to-door for? I'm talking about in the strict structure of these exchanges. Remember, our low-information people have no clue what's gonna hit them here, folks.
You think they know what a health care exchange is? You and I know what it is. It's a place where we're gonna have to go to get our insurance policy. Little do we know that when we show up we're going to be hit with Democrat Party propaganda. Little do we know that the insurance exchanges are gonna be giving money to the NAACP and the Service Employees International Union to go out and do "voter outreach," voter registration drives, show up at community organizing centers.
They're gonna be making robo-calls, phone calls all about getting out the vote. "The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor AFL-CIO got $1 million for door-to-door, one-on-one education and social networking." For what? An insurance policy? "It describes its role as 'engaging in both organizing and political campaigns, electing pro-union and pro-worker candidates.'" That's the AFL-CIO. That's how it describes itself.
So we have the NAACP in California getting 600 grand to go door-to-door to register voters, to do this or that. "Service Employees International Union, which says its mission is "economic justice," received two grants totaling $2 million to make phone calls, robo-calls and go door to door," to the outreach, open community centers, make phone calls, robo-calls, register voters, get them to the polls. The AFL-CIO getting another million. So just in three groups, we're at $3,600,000 from a health exchange to basically gin up support for the Democrat Party.
"Community Health Councils, a California organization with a long history of political activism against fracking, for-profit hospitals, state budget cuts and oil exploration, got $1 million to conduct presentations at community and neighborhood meetings and one-to-one sessions." So health care exchange money for California has been given to a group that opposes fracking, for-profit hospitals, and opposes state budget cuts, opposes oil exploration.
They get a million bucks to "conduct presentations at community and neighborhood meetings" against all of these things. In other words, Community Health Councils, California group, got a million dollars to promote the Democrat Party. The AFL-CIO, $1 million to promote the Democrat Party. The Service Employees International Union, $2 million to promote the Democrat Party. The NAACP, $600,000 to promote the Democrat Party.
It's $910 million total of taxpayer money to the state of California -- and by the way, gonna happen in every state. This is not just California. But you might be asking, "Wait a minute, Rush! Wait a minute! What about getting people actually signed up for health care, insurance policies?" Well, guess what? That has also been assigned to constituencies in the Democrat Party. Basically what's happening is Obamacare's exchanges are being funded, money is being given.
The same people who got stimulus money, folks. You didn't. Your shovel-ready job didn't. Your school didn't. Your road, your bridge, none of those things got it. Your job didn't get it. Democrat loyalists got the money. The same thing is happening with the Obamacare exchanges. Democrat supporting groups are being given millions of dollars to promote the Democrat Party, register Democrat voters, and get them to the polls on Election Day. The purpose? To set up a permanent one-party system in this country.
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The slobbering is hardly unprecedented...


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EPIC SPEECH Irish Lawmaker Denounces “Unprecedented Slobbering” Over “War Criminal” Obama (Video)

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com ^ | June 19, 2013 | Mara Zebest

Americans feel the same frustration perfectly articulated by Clare Daly. It should be noted that the Irish lawmaker is not the only one who wants Obama prosecuted for war crimes. The Africa Muslim Lawyer Association feel the same way. The Irish Times reports the following:
[...] Ms Daly, a TD for Dublin North, hit out at the “almost unprecedented slobbering” over the Obama family’s visit. “It’s really hard to know which is worst, whether it’s the outpourings of the Obamas themselves or the sycophantic falling over them by sections of the media and the political establishment,” she said.
“We’ve had separate and special news bulletins by the State broadcaster to tell us what Michelle Obama and her daughters had for lunch in Dublin, but very little questioning of the fact that she was having lunch with Mr Tax Exile himself,” she said in reference to U2’s Bono.
She described Mr Obama as a “war criminal”, having “just announced his decision to supply arms to the Syrian opposition, including the jihadists, fuelling the destabilisation of that region, continuing to undermine secularism and knock back conditions for women”.
Ms Daly said: “This is the man who is in essence stalling the Geneva peace talks by trying to broker enhanced leverage for the Syrian opposition by giving them arms – and to hell with the thousands more who’ll lose their lives, or the tens of thousands who will be displaced.
“This is the man who has facilitated a 200 per cent increase in the use of drones which have killed thousands of people, including hundreds of children.” [...]
Read more at the Irish Times and The Hill. Well done Clare… all excellent and accurate points.

              

Homeland Security Abandons Amnesty Background Checks

Heritage.org ^ | June 20, 2013 | by David Inserra

Last week, government watchdog Judicial Watch issued a report that showed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) abandoning ordinary background checks due to a surge in amnesty applications as a result of President Obama’s executive action last year.
If DHS cannot manage a few hundred thousand temporary amnesty applications, it is scary to think about how it will handle 10 million or more amnesty applications that would occur as a result of the Senate’s immigration reform bill.
Under the Senate’s immigration bill, S. 744, the vast majority of the estimated 11.5 million unlawful immigrants would be given registered provisional immigrant status after passing a background check. This is supposed to ensure that criminal aliens or national security threats are not being allowed to remain in the U.S. DHS, however, would only have six months to prepare for this flood of amnesty applications and background checks.
(Excerpt) Read more at blog.heritage.org ...

Where's The Fence?

wnd.com ^ | 12/12/07 | Jerome Corsi

Steve Elliott, the president of Grassfire, says he still wants to know, “Where’s the fence?”
Elliott, in a telephone interview, told WND an amendment submitted by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, for the Department of Homeland Security 2008 budget would gut the already-approved Secure Fence Act, which was adopted with the promise hundreds of miles of physical fencing would help secure the U.S. border with Mexico.
But the budget bill now in a conference committee contains the Hutchinson amendment, and Elliott says it simply would drop the requirement for the security project. “After the Secure Fence Act of 2006 was signed into law by President Bush in October 2006, millions of Americans had a right to expect a double-layer fence would be built along our border with Mexico,” Elliott said. “Now, if the Hutchison amendment gets signed into law that fence is never going to be built,” he said.
Elliott said the language of the amendment from Hutchison (S. Amdt. 2466) specifically would exempt the Department of Homeland Security from having to build any fence at all.
“By slipping the Hutchison amendment into the DHS funding bill, Hutchison intends to give DHS total discretion to build a fence or to not build a fence in any particular location. That is not what the American people were led to believe would happen when Congress passed the Secure Fence Act in 2006,” Elliott said.
In a special report filed on the Grassfire website titled “Border Fence Funding Hoax of 2006 and 2007,” Elliott argues Hutchison first suggested this type of legislative modification on the very day the Secure Fence Act of 2006 was passed.
“A deal had already been struck to basically un-do the Secure Fence Act before the vote was ever taken,” Elliott said.
(Excerpt) Read more at wnd.com ...

Treason is the reason.

 


Healthcare privacy law guarantees anything BUT privacy

Coach is Right ^ | 6/20/13 | Douglas H. Book

Few people realize that the HIPAA “privacy” form shoved under the nose of every individual visiting a hospital or doctor’s office has NOTHING whatever to do with the preservation of patient privacy. Nor does it mean that patient consent will be required before a provider may share their records. On the contrary, signing the form simply means the patient has been advised that his most private medical (and other) information may be legally accessed by some 2.2 million entities, many having nothing to do with either health or treatment.
In 2009, the federal government modified the HIPAA “privacy rule” so as to “…permit the selling of Americans’ electronic health records for...
(Excerpt) Read more at coachisright.com ...

‘Same Old Song’ for Dems steers Detroit to crash

http://bostonherald.com/ ^ | 06/20/2013 | Cornelius Chapman

If you want to know where the progressive road to progress ends, come to Detroit.
In 1950, Detroit was the wealthiest city in America by per capita income. It had a Republican mayor, and the GOP ran the city until 1962.
For the past half century Detroit has been governed by Democrats and has become, in the words of the Bay Area Center for Voting Research, “the most liberal city in America.”
Motown bought the fully-loaded version of the progressive sedan: taxes that redistribute income from businesses to bureaucrats, a living wage that is higher than the federal minimum, and municipal employee unions that make sure that the public using public services comes second to their members.
Today, Detroit is on the verge of a Chapter 9 filing, the bankruptcy forum for municipalities that live beyond their means. With $20 billion in long-term liabilities it can’t pay, the Motor City would be the biggest bankruptcy case in history.
In a country where a 3.9 percent difference in the popular vote in a presidential election is considered a landslide, the overwhelming majority of the mayors and city council members of bankrupt cities are Democrats, as in Detroit.
As the Four Tops would say, it’s the same old song.
(Excerpt) Read more at bostonherald.com ...

The IRS And Terrorists (with Video)

Western Center for Journalism ^ | 6-19-2013 | Kris Zane

 BY KRIS ZANE


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Americans were livid when they found out the IRS was targeting conservative groups—using endless questionnaires to demand donor lists, political and family connections, Facebook posts, event records, transcripts of speeches, and even the content of their prayers! The IRS then put these endless questionnaires in the circular file for up to three years, and some conservative groups—specifically Tea Party groups—are still waiting for a resolution to their applications. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the targeting of conservative groups had a two-fold purpose that had nothing to do with determining conservative groups’ tax status: 1. To keep Tea Party groups busy filling out paperwork instead of organizing in order to neutralize them until after the 2012 election. 2. To collect opposition research on Obama’s political enemies.
At the same time, not one single progressive group was targeted by the IRS. Not one single progressive group received endless questionnaires. Not one single progressive group had to wait years for a determination of their tax-exempt status, but were fast-tracked in a period of months. This included the Kenya-based Barack H. Obama Foundation headed by Obama’s half brother, Malik Obama. TheBarack H. Obama Foundation was approved by none other than IRS poster girl Lois Lerner, personally approving it in a speedy thirty days! Lerner even went further, illegally backdating the application to 2008—a full three yearsallowing them to keep the thousands of dollars they had illegally collected.
But this is mild compared to what the IRS has been engaged in. According to a report by WND.com, an even more egregious act by the IRS regards CAIR —the Council on American Islamic Relations—whose tax-exempt status was revoked in June of 2011. Despite having failed to file annual tax filings for multiple years, in June of 2012, during the height of the Obama administration’s IRS attack on conservatives, the IRS secretly reinstated CAIR’s tax-exempt status despite Congressional investigations of the shady so-called Muslim “outreach” group.
This is the same CAIR that has deep ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
This is the same CAIR that was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 2008/2009 Holy Land Foundation terrorist-funding trial. The Holy Land Foundation, posing as a Palestinian charity, was a conduit for funneling millions of dollars to the terrorist group HAMAS, the sister organization of Muslim Brotherhood.
This is the same CAIR that the Obama administration allowed to literally purge hundreds of pages of classified FBI training materials of terms like “jihad” and “Islamist,” in order to remove any words that Obama felt included so-called “Islamaphobic” terms.
Why was a terrorist front group’s tax exempt status reinstated? Perhaps we should ask the Obama administration: CAIR has had literallyhundreds of meetings with the State Department, the FBI, and yes, even the White House! A terrorist front group in the White House? Unbelievably, yes!
What does this tell us about an administration that targets conservative Americans who stand up for the Constitution, that love their country, and embraces an organization tied to terrorists, tied to the Muslim Brotherhood, an organization that has openly vowed to destroy the United States?
That Barack Hussein Obama is a traitor, that he has committed high crimes and misdemeanors, and thus there is only one solution: Impeach him now—today.

Boehner says Obama climate change plan is ‘absolutely crazy’

The Daily Caller ^ | 6/20/13 | Alexis Levinson

WASHINGTON — Speaker of the House John Boehner lambasted the climate plan that President Barack Obama is set to release in the next few weeks as “absolutely crazy.”
White House energy adviser Heather Zichal announced Obama will release his second term agenda on climate change in July, the New York Times reported Wednesday.
Speaking in Berlin on Wednesday, the President pledged “we will do more,” on climate change.
One specific component of that plan, according to the New York Times, will create “regulations limiting carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants.”
(Excerpt) Read more at dailycaller.com ...

How Obamacare Is Being Used to Create a Permanent Democratic Majority

powerline ^ | 6-19-13 | John Hinderaker

To a remarkable degree, liberalism has been institutionalized as an official ideology, funded by your tax dollars. This editorial in Investors Business Daily explains, in shocking detail, how Obamacare is being used to fund Democratic Party operatives and drive Democratic Party enrollment:

The Obama administration granted a whopping $910 million to California to set up its insurance exchange. That money is not for bandages, surgery, nurses and doctors to care for the sick. … Shockingly, the $910 million is slated for bureaucracy, including rich compensation packages for exchange employees ($360,000 a year for the executive director) and contracts for computer equipment, public relations and “outreach.” Outreach is the largest expenditure and where the real monkey business occurs.

(Excerpt) Read more at powerlineblog.com ...

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Pro-Amnesty Immigration Bill Will Cripple America

RightWingPatriot.com ^ | June 19, 2013 | RightWingPatriot

The pro-amnesty immigration bill continues forward in the US Senate despite the fact that it will vastly hurt Americans and reward unlawful behavior. Right now, many amendments are being voted on for this piece of trash that will pave the way for amnesty for 11+ million illegal aliens, thus ensuring that conservatives will never win a national election for decades to come. Like most legislation coming out of Washington, this bill is a travesty.
Republican defenders of the bill originally said that this wasn't amnesty and that border security would be the top priority. We were also told that illegal aliens wouldn't get government handouts, that it would boost the economy, and that this wouldn't hurt working (or looking for work) Americans. Well, surprise, surprise. It seems that all these are flat out lies. First, the border security issue. Even Marco Rubio has admitted that amnesty will come before border security. Of course, we're expected to believe that the federal government (and the progressives) will actually enforce such laws in the future. However, we all know that this is a total crock. Our current laws are not being enforced, illegal immigration is running rampant, and border security is a joke. If our past and present laws are not being enforced, why the heck should we believe that any future laws will be?
As for getting amnesty, we were told that people would have to get in the back of the line, pay fines, etc. The Congressional Budget Office has come out and said that, under the current bill, 8 million illegals would get legal status and be eligible for benefits. The progressive left desperately wants this as 8 million new voters, who will vote liberal, will instantly join the electorate. All the talk of illegals not being able to receive federal benefits has just been refuted in the CBO report, not to mention the fact that illegal aliens would still get benefits through state and local governments.
This piece of garbage bill, weighing in at over 24 pounds, will keep Americans from working, or if they're working, earning less money. The vast, vast majority of illegal aliens are low-skilled workers. Coincidentally, low-skilled American workers have been more severely affected by the Obama economy, with minorities being especially hit hard. Flooding the market with cheap, legal labor will further decimate American workers. Also, it has been estimated that a further 30+ million illegal aliens will come across the border within the next ten years if the current bill is passed. The CBO and the JCT (Joint Committee on Taxation) have stated that passage of the bill will also drive down the wages of American workers. Hmmm....a flood of new illegal aliens, who are primarily unskilled, pushing American workers out of the job market....sounds like a good thing to me. (If I was a left-wing loon!) Even hardcore liberal Bernie Sanders, Senator from Vermont, derided the bill saying that it would take jobs away from Americans. When even a socialist is ripping your bill, you know it stinks bad.
Passage of this bill into law would fundamentally restructure America politically, which is the reason that it's being pushed. Look at what happened in California after Reagan agreed to amnesty in 1986. California went from a state that had voted Republican for presidential elections a total of nine out of ten from 1952 to 1988. Since then, six straight elections all to liberal Democrats. What happened in California is the progressive blueprint for America.

House Approves Drug Tests for SNAP Applicants

Big Government ^ | 6/20/2013 | William Bigelow

The House voted Wednesday voted to give states the power to perform drug tests on people who apply for food stamps under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The proposal was written as an amendment to North Carolina GOP Rep. Richard Hudson’s farm bill. Hudson commented:
If adopted, this amendment would join a list of good-government reforms contained in the farm bill to save taxpayer money and ensure integrity and accountability within our nutrition system. From preventing lottery winners from receiving food stamps, to closing loopholes and preventing illegal immigrants from receiving benefits, I commend the chairman and ranking member on the work done to reform the food stamps program in the farm bill.
Democrats asserted that the drug testing amendment was proposed by the GOP because the GOP is implying that people applying for food stamps use drugs. Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) claimed that studies have shown SNAP recipients are not using drugs more than the general populace, that the proposal was unconstitutional, and that the proposal would humiliate SNAP users. She said, "It costs a lot of public money just to humiliate people. It'll cost $75 for one of these drug tests, and for what purpose? Just to criminalize and humiliate poor people."
(Excerpt) Read more at breitbart.com ...

Obama Scandal Bracket Down to Quarterfinals: YOU Make the Call!

Reaganite Republican ^ | 20 June 2013 | Reaganite Republican




Lies Subvert Democracy!

 NRO ^ | 20 June 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson 

Truth is the lifeblood of democracy. Without honesty, the foundations of consensual government crumble.
If the Internal Revenue Service acts unlawfully, our system of citizens’ computing their own taxes implodes.
Yet Lois Lerner, one of the IRS’s top officials, would not answer simple questions about her agency’s conduct during congressional testimony, instead pleading the Fifth Amendment. Any taxpayer who tried that with an IRS auditor would end up fined, if not in jail.
Almost everything that IRS officials have reported about the agency’s unlawful targeting of conservative groups has proven false. IRS malfeasance was not limited only to the Cincinnati office, as alleged, but followed directives sent from higher-ups in Washington. Lois Lerner confessed to the scandal only through a rigged public query by a planted questioner, designed to preempt an upcoming critical inspector general’s report. There is legitimate dispute over both the number and the purpose of former IRS commissioner Douglas Shulman’s visits to the White House and nearby executive office buildings, but he did his credibility no good by snidely remarking to Congress that at least one of those visits was to take his kids to the White House Easter Egg Roll.
(Excerpt) Read more at nationalreview.com ...

TWICE AS MANY Turn Out at DC Tea Party Rally Than Go See Obama in Berlin!

The Gateway Pundit ^ | 6/20/13 | Jim Hoft

The Tea Party Patriots estimated bwtween 10,000 and 15,000 supporters turned out for the rally.



Meanwhile, in Berlin today, the pool reporter said only 4,500 turned out for Barack Obama’s speech. In 2008 Barack Obama drew 200,000 to his rally there.

Oinkle Sam

Out of Order Blog ^ | 6-20-13 | Dale

The American Medical Association has officially classified obesity as a disease. With this edict, the Obamacare facilitating AMA opens the door for publicly financed mandatory treatment programs, because prevention initiatives have failed.

For the full weight of the U.S. Government to be effective in solving this new health crisis, old Uncle Sam will need to bulk up. So, who's the biggest loser in the administrations War on Liberty? We are.

No Marines to fan him? Obama drips with Historic Sweat™ during Berlin speech (damn!)

Twitchy ^ | 6/19/13

Silly! Hydrating is only a gaffe when a Republican does it. But a very sweaty President Obama looked like he could use some water or an ice bath today as he delivered a lengthy speech at Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.

What? No Marines to fan him and feed him peeled grapes during the speech?

(Excerpt) Read more at twitchy.com ...

Obama Erects New Berlin Wall 
He was ridiculous - yakking away stuck behind his enclosure of 8" thick see-through, bullet proof glass to keep him safe from the reff-raff of the planet. 
A real "Man Of The People, he is.
He looked like a monkey in a zoo cage.