Thursday, August 1, 2013

IRS Chief: I Want to Keep My Health Care Plan, Not Switch to Obamacare!

weeklystandard.com ^ | 8/1/13 | DANIEL HALPER

IRS chief Daniel Werfel says he wants to keep his health care plan, not switch to Obamacare:

"Mr. Werfel, last week your employees who are a member of the National Treasury Employee's Union sent a form letter for union members to send in to ask they be exempt from the exchanges," a congressman asked. "Why are your employees trying to exempt themselves from the very law that you're tasked to enforce?"

"I don't want to speak for the NTEU, but I'll offer a perspective as a federal employee myself and a federal employee at the IRS," said the IRS chief. "And that is, we have right now as employees of the government, of the IRS, affordable health care coverage. I think the ACA was designed to provide an...

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Informal ‘White Student Union’ started at Georgia State!


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Fall semester won’t start for several weeks, but Georgia State University has already received a handful of complaints about a new student club — the White Student Union.
Freshman Patrick Sharp said he started the club so that students of European and Euro-American descent can celebrate their shared history and culture and discuss issues that affect white people, such as immigration and affirmative action.
The club is not an official student group recognized by the university. Sharp said any student can join and that he would work with other clubs, such as the Black Student Alliance, on common issues.
Georgia State is highly diverse, with whites comprising 38 percent of the student body, followed by blacks at 35 percent, Asians at 12 percent and Latinos at 7 percent.
“If we are already minorities on campus and are soon to be minorities in this country why wouldn’t we have the right to advocate for ourselves and have a club just like every other minority?” said Sharp, 18. “Why is it when a white person says he is proud to be white he’s shunned as a racist?”
Sharp, who is from Birmingham, Ala., enrolled this summer. Six students complained to the university after seeing his fliers around campus, said Doug Covey, vice president for student affairs. Covey said he responded to each by explaining he group is within its right to exist and that speech is protected even if offensive to someone.
Covey said Georgia State prides itself on diversity. “Many students choose to come to Georgia State over other colleges because of our diversity. We are proud to have a richly diverse environment that looks like the world in which our students will live and work and lead.”
Georgia State has more than 300 university recognized student clubs. These groups can reserve meeting space on campus and are eligible for financial support from activities fees.
Even without official status, the White Student Union can meet in common areas on the downtown Atlanta campus, Covey said.
Sharp said he doubts he will seek official status. The group would need a faculty or staff advisor and Sharp doubts he’d find one. He said a handful of students have joined so far.
He said he expects critics to call him and the group racist.
“I’ve already heard some of that and I don’t care what they have to say,” Sharp said.
Sharp said he was inspired to start the union after viewing videos and interviews with Matthew Heimbach, who started a White Student Union at Towson University in Maryland.
The Southern Poverty Law Center has designated the Maryland club as a “hate group” and two of its members recently advocated for racial segregation at a Conservative Political Action Conference.
Sharp said that doesn’t concern him.
“All we want to do is celebrate white identity,” he said. “This is about being in touch with who you are as a white person and being proud of that.”

Black Florida lawmaker calls Jesse Jackson a 'disgrace'

Tampa Bay Times ^ | July 31, 2013 | Adam C Smith

“I first came to the Sunshine State as a young Air Force officer, and found a place so beautiful and filled with opportunity I decided to make it my home. When the entrepreneurial spirit took hold, my neighbors and colleagues embraced my new venture without prejudice or discrimination. In the decades since, I have been blessed with a loving family and a community where people are treated with respect.
“When Jackson uses language that describes us as an apartheid state and compares our governor to one of history’s most notorious bigots, he is either hopelessly out of touch or purposefully dishonest.
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...for a man who casts himself as a defender of these rights to disparage Florida and our nation with reckless and unfounded commentary is a disgrace.
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The Death of Populism (Victor Davis Hanson, "...no politician speaks for the common man.)

National Review Online ^ | AUGUST 1, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson

Plenty of pleaders for rich and poor, but no politician speaks for the common man.
Occupy Wall Streeters claimed that they were populists. Their ideological opposites, the Tea Partiers, said they were, too. Both became polarizing. And so far populism, whether on the right or left, does not seem to have made inroads with the traditional Republican and Democrat establishments.
Gas has gone up about $2 a gallon since Barack Obama took office. Given average yearly rates of national consumption, that increase alone translates into an extra $1 trillion that American drivers have collectively paid in higher fuel costs over the last 54 months.
Such a crushing burden on the cash-strapped commuter class is rarely cited in the liberal fixation on cap-and-trade, wind and solar subsidies, and the supposed dangers of fracking.
When the president scaled back the number of new gas and oil leases on federal lands over time, or warned that “under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket,” he was appealing to his boutique base — not to those who can scarcely meet their monthly heating and cooling bills.
Should there not be an opening for a conservative populist response?
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Is it 2017 yet?

This is probably going to be my daily mantra for the next 3-and-a-half years...

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People are kind of tuned out to Obama now. I know I feel that way and I'm still creating agitprop/graphics about him.
I was expecting this (and I know I'm not alone). Except for shoving America into the cultural leftist swamp that is Europe it really seems like nothing else motivates this guy. He's basically a celebrity with a crown of power, and somehow we're going to have to learn to coast and smack him down when he overreaches with that undeserved power as best we can until the clock runs out.
Of course, this all changes if Democrats retake congress...then we're REALLY screwed.
Until then, every day it's this...

Hillary Clinton would be a really FINE President, but of what Country?

Dan Miller's Blog ^ | August 1, 2013 | Dan Miller


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Similar to Imam Obama's, her presidency would be an historic first in many ways. 

Former Republican presidential candidate John McCain recently called Ms. Clinton a "fine" Secretary of State and observed that he would find it "tough" to choose were she and Senator Paul to be opposing candidates for the presidency in 2016.
Senator McCain makes "tough" choices poorly -- like his RINO colleagues -- so why should he bother?
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We, however, need to make some choices and they need not all be "tough" ones. Mike at Make an Effort today contended,
The only viable option left to us is a reformation within the Republican Party as we have wandered to far from the Founders Intent and have no time left…“Third Party” only seals defeat for decades, if not forever.
Doing nothing only leaves The Establishment running the Republicans and gets us more John McCain’s who do exactly what the Socialists want under the banner of “Conservatism” which keeps the uninformed confused.  (One should logically ask why Establishment Republicans would do what the Socialists want… it’s because they don’t really disagree with them.  They think Obamacare is a good idea in the end.  They like governing business without taking it over.  They find power in a Command and Control Economy.  They also think you are too stupid to make the right decisions for yourself.  They are in fact Fascist, but they will never be honest enough with us, or themselves, to admit it.  They are a distinction without a difference when held in contrast to Democrats.) [Emphasis added.]
We are at a place where every fight must be fought.
If they are not, the population will never see the difference between the parties… which has been by design for years.
Speaking of choices, Ms. Clinton was an appropriate choice as President Obama's Secretary of State because she is as adept at foreign policy as He is -- not at all. She had lots of company.

One of the most blatant, arrogant views of the American foreign policy establishment today is the frequency with which its members insist that leaders know nothing about their own countries. Thus, Obama, a man who has spent a few hours in Israel and has no empathy with it, can dare to say that he knows better what the country needs than does Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
If elected President, whom might President Clinton chose as her Secretary of State? Huma Abedin, a.k.a. Mrs. Weiner, might be her choice because Ms. Abedin could get right to work on the very first day and even answer a three a.m. telephone call.
Senator McCain chose to persuade some Republicans to vote for cloture on the Senate confirmation hearings for Tod Jones, the acting head for five years of the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives), as permanent director.

Todd Jones was the highest ranking official during Fast and Furious.  Mr. Jones has refused to answer questions from Senator Grassley, Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee, concerning the scandal and any disciplinary action taken by his office.
Yesterday, he "mistakenly" entered the room where a Democrat caucus was being held.

There was confusion Wednesday after the Arizona Republican mistakenly strolled into President Obama’s meeting with Senate Democrats at the Capitol.The room full of Democrats — who happened to be meeting in the same room where the Senate GOP usually holds their weekly policy luncheons — erupted in applause and laughter as the former Republican presidential candidate made his entrance.
As McCain, 76, walked out of the Dem-filled space, reporters pressed him as to why he stepped foot in the room.
Saying he “had to give a speech,” McCain was eyed walking away sporting a big grin.
Right. When will/did "Maverick" McCain switch parties? Recently, soon or back in 2008?
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Or have the Democrat and Republican parties become fungible, making a switch from one to the other meaningless?
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Wednesday, July 31st, was Adopt a Pet Day at the U.S. Capitol and many lobbyists as well as endangered CongressCritters were likely there to display their own owner-pleasing personalities to potential new owners. New names might be equally useful, with no other changes needed. Here is a short verse that my great grandfather posted on the courthouse door in his home town, Stuart, Virginia:
Hog by name
Hog by nature.
Changed to Hogue
By legislature.
An historic presidency
It is understandable that Senator McCain considers Hillary Clinton to have been "fine" as Secretary of State and to be a presidential candidate for whom he might vote. Senator Paul would not be the first senator to become the President, but Ms. Clinton would be the firstfemale President of the United States (discounting Valerie Jarrett, who is not really the President). Not only that, but on November 14th Ms. Clinton will receive The National Defense University Foundation Patriot Award, as once did Senator McCain.

“As First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton tirelessly worked to support and defend our nation and our allies around the world,” said Al Zimmerman, chairman of the NDU Foundation Board of Directors, in the press release announcing the award.“Secretary Clinton will be the first woman to receive this award and in doing so joins an outstanding group of Americans who have been honored with the American Patriot Award, our very highest recognition,” Zimmerman continued in the release. “By honoring Secretary Clinton’s exemplary career in public service the NDU Foundation celebrates not only the American spirit of patriotism, but the leadership qualities necessary to preserve and protect that spirit.”
First Lady Clinton demonstrated her histrionically historically patriotic bravery while under fire in Bosnia.
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She didn't really come under fire, of course, but political reality is special. The attack on the unfortunate Mr. Ben Ghazi had nothing to do with a poorly made and little seen YouTube video as she and others in the Obama Administration repeatedly claimed, but the claims seemed to be politically realistic. Making such claims enhances Ms. Clinton's already substantial credibility as a national teller of tall tales, like President Obama. Even with that and no other presidential attributes she would certainly make as fine an office holder as He has. I wonder whether Venezuela might take want her.
Does anything the Grand Old Party is doing make good sense? If someone will please figure it out and let me know, I'll be grateful.

ObamaCare Kicks Wives Off Husbands' Health Plans [Why does Obama the liar hate women?]

Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 28, 2013

Dumped: An unintended consequence of the abomination that is called ObamaCare is the dropping of wives from husbands' employer-provided health care insurance. It's a de facto war on women.
ObamaCare is filled with grinding mandates. One of them requires that children remain covered by their parents' health care plans until they're 26 when their parents' insurance "provides dependent coverage of children."
The government calls this "protecting young adults." But insuring children long past the day they are dependent on their parents exposes companies, which will bear the added costs of paying the inevitable higher premiums. And in some cases, the extra expense could be significant.
So at many companies, something has to go. Quite often, the rational response to rising health insurance costs is to drop spouses, more specifically wives, from insurance plans. Sometimes it's the husbands who must go. But benefits experts have confirmed to MarketWatch that those who are kicked out of plans "tend to be women."
Employers also have a strong incentive to drop spouses because of a "per life" fee that ObamaCare requires from companies that insure their workers. That fee is now $1 or $2 per life. But it will be substantially more — $65 — in 2014.
The trend of dumping spouses will only accelerate when the federal health exchanges are open next year, health care experts told MarketWatch.
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Administration readies income checks for Obamacare!

Washington Times ^ | Aug 1, 2013 | By Tom Howell, Jr.

The Obama administration is set to unveil new procedures that will greatly expand the government’s ability to verify the income of Americans who seek government subsidies under the federal health care law.
“We’re going to be sampling 100 percent. There’s new information,” Gary Cohen, deputy director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, told the House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.
He made his assurances after Chairman Dave Camp, Michigan Republican, aired concerns that enrollees in state health exchanges will self-certify their income. The administration would have to cross-check that information much later, when the enrollees file their tax returns.
Mr. Cohen said the government will verify the income of everyone who applies for subsides on the state-based exchanges, where those without employer-based insurance can shop for private health coverage with the help of premium tax credits.
Daniel Werfel, acting director of the IRS, said the tax credits will be delivered through the health exchanges, and not directly to the individual enrollees.

“That money goes directly to the insurance company,” Mr. Werfel said.

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The Obama-Soros Coup

Western Journalism ^ | AUGUST 1, 2013 | BY DAN DEROECK

The ‘cloak-and-dagger’ was then predictably revealed following the reelection of Obama in 2012, as numerous scandals began to peel away from his beguiled, rotten core. Worse yet, the pervasive mainstream media, willingly consenting to the lawlessness that ensued, help set up the precursor of massive, chaotic change, a notable Saul Alinsky trademark. The new ‘vision’ had been packaged under the guise of democracy, contrived upon Obama’s ‘Fundamental Change‘ edict, and delivered to an unwitting accomplice: the low-information voter, the new posit majority of the country. Even though the erosion of our Constitution began long before the Obama regime, the Marxist-in-Chief was handpicked to carry it out to an unprecedented level, a level of destruction so massive that ‘walking it back’ to any semblance of normalcy would prove futile.
Obama is responsible for tipping the scale in his favor, piling on over $5 trillion of debt that will ultimately collapse world financial markets and eventually render the U.S. dollar worthless.
The national health reform bill (a.k.a. ObamaCare) was the opening act of this play. The numerous scandals that followed were spectacles, mere sideshows designed for the public to ‘take the eye of the ball.’ In the meantime, Obama will no doubt heroically campaign against those very same scandals he ordered up to create a facade that he is in no way, shape, or form part of, and will continue to ‘fight to find the answers’ for the people, the charade that became known as the Limbaugh Theorem.
There’s no other way to put it — America, the land of the free and home of the brave, has been hoodwinked. You might ask, who is behind such a ubiquitous vision of doom? Who could prop up a former ‘pothead,’ allowing him to command the world stage with relative ease? Does George Soros come to mind? In fact, Soros has nearly unlimited funding; and with a little help from his friends at the Trilateral Commission, there seems to be no limit to what they can achieve.
George Soros is a billionaire “philanthropist” who hates America. He is a soulless, anti-God, anti-family, pro-Marxist, and self-proclaimed sociopath that has no self-conscience. Soros has played a key role in quite a few political revolutions around the world, including the 1992 ‘Black Wednesday,’ where he allegedly brought down the Bank of England and collected a cool one billion dollars for his effort. Feeding his psychotic narcissism is seemingly Soros’ only objective in life; he takes great joy in collapsing national economies and inflicting pain onto others in exchange for rabid power.
The usurping of American sovereignty is in full swing; we may soon be at the mercy of a Marxist regime, specifically designed to decimate the democratic benchmark of the world, the United States. Make no mistake: the ignorance and contempt of the voting masses will ultimately carry the ball over the goal line for a group of elitists cloaked in altruism with blood on their hands. Soros’ long-time political aspiration is to establish a New World Order government, but by no means is he acting alone. The Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission (or the Bilderberg Group), is the brain of the scarecrow, one that controls Obama’s every major move. This vast network of private think tanks, foundations, unions, stealth PACs, and other front groups make up the ‘Shadow Party,’ the mastermind. Obama is merely the hand-picked, surrogate puppet that carries out the marching orders. The Trilateral Commission strategically appointed key members of the media, including David Bradley, Chairman of Atlantic Media Company; Karen Elliot House, former Senior V.P., Dow Jones & Company; and the list goes on and on. Soros and company have created the perfect coup and designed it around the ‘Manchurian President’ of choice, Barack Hussein Obama.
Obama’s nexus to the Trilateral Commission is unequivocal. Immediately after taking office, he appointed twelve per­cent of the U.S. Tri­lat­eral Com­mis­sion mem­ber­ship to key positions, three of those positions related to our national security. Soros and the Trilateral Commission have never lost sight of the grand prize, that of collapsing the U.S. economy and destroying the dollar. And, Soros makes no bones about it when telling the Financial Times in October 2009 that ‘an orderly decline of the dollar is actually desirable.’
The entire edifice of global financial markets has been erected on the false premise that markets can be left to their own devices, we must find a new paradigm and rebuild from the ground up. I decided to sponsor INET to facilitate the process.
Needless to say, if the dollar gets toppled as the world’s preferred currency, it would be catastrophic for the United States. Sadly, this may come to fruition with or without the assistance of George Soros.
One could make the argument that Soros is simply an ‘opportunist’ taking advantage of inadequate, flailing economies of the world. Others see it as a deeper evil, a subset of carefully crafted, culturally changing events predicated upon major economic parameters, all to accomplish the end goal: the feeding of unquenchable power and greed to an elite class. To George Soros, the U.S. is simply a pawn on his chessboard, one he desperately wants and will go to any length to make it happen.
The United States is in a perilous state. Her back is against the wall. We are literally clinging onto constitutional sovereignty while witnessing the destruction of our economy (and possibly culture and society as we know it.) There is no time for excuses, and there’s no time for political correctness. We must stand tall and fight for our Constitution with every last breath within us. We must now contend with a formidable enemy that is among us.

End Child Tax Credits for Illegal Aliens!

Newsmax.com ^ | 01 Aug 2013 | Melanie Batley and John Bachman

Rep. Jack Kingston has introduced a bill to stop illegal immigrants from receiving child tax credits saying the current system is "absurd" and riddled with fraud. In an exclusive interview with Newsmax TV, the Georgia Republican said the measure could save the taxpayer between $3 billion and $4 billion a year at a time when lawmakers are trying to find ways to decrease the size of the deficit.
"What has happened is that illegal aliens have been given the right to claim child tax credit and it's so bad that one guy in Indianapolis was discovered he had claimed 20 children and 19 of them lived back in Mexico — a cost of $29,000 a year to taxpayers," he said.
"It's just absurd. This is a commonsense bill and it really should just fly through the floor of the House," Kingston said.
Kingston acknowledged the bill will likely face criticism from Democrats, as a similar bill did in 2012, but said in today's political environment Democrats will use any opportunity to attack Republicans.
"What we have seen, starting with this president in the White House, is that anytime that the Democrats don't have logic and fact on their side they argue emotions. So Republicans are always painted as people who hate children, hate education, hate seniors, don't like the poor, don't like the elderly, and we can't walk around Washington being shell-shocked as Republicans," he said.
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Rosetta Stone

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Bring the camera!

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LOOTS!

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I Can't Wait!

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Know his name?

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The Symbol

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Your Face

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Phony Scandals?

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Holy Crap

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White Mexicans

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Private Eye

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What difference?

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Low Level

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Never happen here?

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Detroit

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