Wednesday, October 2, 2013

New Republic's Advice to Obama: Roll in the Tanks and Blow Up 'Intransigent' Congress

NewsBusters ^ 

On Tuesday, Julia Ioffe, senior editor for the liberal New Republic publication, all but suggested that President Obama needed to use military force against Tea Party conservatives in Congress.

Ioffe likened the current federal government shutdown to the 1993 constitutional crisis in Russia, where then-President Boris Yeltsin ultimately ended the impasse by dissolving the parliament, and had tanks shell the legislative body's "White House".

The writer asserted that both the "old Soviet conservatives" in Russia 20 years ago and the Tea Party representatives in the House were "intransigent, bull-headed faction[s]".

Boehner Advocated Privately for Hill Health Subsidies He Claims to Oppose (who's surprised?) ^ | 10/2/13 | Dan Riehl

These are the words of Republican House Speaker John Boehner on Monday.
“Why don’t we make sure that every American is treated just like we are?” Boehner asked, seeking to prohibit members of Congress and Capitol Hill aides from getting thousands of dollars in subsidies for their health insurance as they join Obamacare-mandated insurance exchanges.
Yet, he privately negotiated with Democrat Harry Reid for months to find a way to quietly keep the subsidies in place for Hill staff as Obamacare rolled out.
Yet behind-the-scenes, Boehner and his aides worked for months with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), and others, to save these very same, long-standing subsidies, according to documents and e-mails provided to POLITICO. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was also aware of these discussions, the documents show.
Speaker Boehner's current rationalization is that he was advocating for a Democrat solution, not one driven by the House Republicans. That's not likely to play too well to a conservative base that already views Boehner as too compromising and perhaps untrustworthy. GOP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was reportedly in on the deal, as well.
Boehner aides insist there was never any intention to move legislation through the House to correct the problem. McConnell was also opposed to any legislation approach to the controversy, said spokesman Don Stewart.
Boehner and Reid, however, went so far as to ask to meet with President Barack Obama to lobby him personally for help — using a cover story in order to protect the secrecy of the discussions, according to these documents.
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Take it back!

Young and healthy needed to make Obamacare mandate work (MSM worried Obamacare will fail)

cnn ^ | 10/1/2013 | By Jen Christensen

Lauren Zanardelli and Graham Foster are the kind of customers the government needs to make Obamacare work.

The chefs own and operate a bright orange hipster magnet called the Neue Southern Food Truck. The farm-to-table vehicle stands out in Greenville, South Carolina, even among the new gastropubs that dot the city's charming Main Street.
Today Zanardelli and Foster are zooming around their rented kitchen on the edge of town, preparing deep-fried Brussels sprouts, Ramen with seaweed and pumpkin sweet rolls. They won't have time after their 12-hour work day to explore the new health insurance marketplaces that opened this morning, but they look forward to seeing what Obamacare can offer them.
And that's good news for health care insurance companies. Young and fit people like Zanardelli, 31, and Foster, 28, have to buy into the system to support the law's mandate that all people must have health insurance next year.
Under Obamacare, companies can no longer deny policies to people with pre-existing conditions, and some 48 million Americans are uninsured, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau figures.
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Obama 'certainly did not' facilitate shutdown, White House claims

Washington Times ^ | 10/1/13 | Dave Boyer

The White House said Tuesday that President Obama is blameless for the first government shutdown in 17 years. Asked by a reporter whether Mr. Obama bears any responsibility for the shutdown that began at midnight Monday, White House press secretary Jay Carney replied, “I’m not sure what you mean.” “It is his responsibility to try to work with Congress in the spirit of compromise,” Mr. Carney said.

“He certainly did not vote to shut the government down.” The president on Tuesday began referring to the crisis as a “Republican shutdown.”Mr. Carney noted that the president called Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio

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I won't be fooled again, again.

Me | 10/01/2013 | Zeneta

As Obamacare is being launched with all it's "FAIL FARE", I hate to bust your bubble.
This has nothing to do with Healthcare.

Or Insurance.

This is Acorn on steroids.

Acorn with techno-savy, government backing with the basic goal of creating as many government dependents as possible.

There are dozens of "private" companies that are authorized to facilitate enrollment in the so-called exchanges. These guys are simply agents that front as "insurance" and collect money to get people to enroll in Government Care.

This administration is using the private sector to expand the nanny state.

And they will call this capitalism.

It's an eminence front.

It's a put on.

Why Aren't Those New, Millennial Liberals Protesting the Shutdown?

The New Republic ^ | September 30, 2013 | Prof. Michael Kazin, Georgetown, co-editor of Dissent magazine

Is a new, young left really on the rise? A few weeks ago, Peter Beinart wrote a long online essay which argued strongly in the affirmative. It drew a lot of attention—20,000 “Likes” and almost 5,000 tweets, at last count. And it made a lot of the progressives who read it feel better about politics than at any time since Mitt Romney learned 47 percent was actually the percentage of his popular vote.
Beinart cobbled together an impressive set of poll results to show that Millennials (Americans under 30) swing left on a broad range of issues—from such obvious ones as same-sex marriage, immigration reform, and military intervention abroad to more surprising ones, like favoring labor unions and preferring a bigger welfare state to a smaller and cheaper version. They also embrace the message of Occupy and even prefer socialism to capitalism, although no pollster seems to have asked them to define those famously slippery terms.
Given their views, large numbers of Millennials should be protesting vigorously as the House GOP holds the state and the economy hostage to an agenda straight out of a Rush Limbaugh show. They should be surrounding the Capitol to defend Obamacare and blast the Republicans for denying food stamps to millions of poor people. They should be clogging the phone lines to Congress to announce a grand mobilization to overturn the GOP majority in 2014. It’s our government, they ought to declare. Boehner, Cantor, and their band of militants have no right to bankrupt or shut it down.
Alas, the only Americans who seem upset enough to organize, at least in large enough numbers for the media to notice, belong to the Tea Party—most of whose zealots are old enough to have voted for Ronald Reagan. Where’s that new left when we need it?
Like many pundits, Beinart assumes that decisive shifts in public opinion will result in changes in national policy. He predicts that whomever wins the Democratic nomination in 2016 will have to embrace “youthful, anti-corporate passion” if she or he hopes to win the White House. However, a movement and those politicians who support it need to mobilize the people who share those opinions or their opponents can win the day. A majority of Americans actually hold a positive view of labor unions. But that hasn’t stopped big employers like Wal-Mart and their GOP enablers from blocking attempts to organize workers and increase the minimum wage.
The inertia of progressives—young or old—isn’t hard to explain. Few are enthusiastic about the Affordable Care Act. The deals needed to pass it, the lack of a public option, and the High Court’s decision to let individual states refuse to expand Medicaid all dilute the moral vision of universal health care the left promoted for nearly a century. And Barack Obama has done a poor job explaining why most Americans will benefit from the law. My wife has an “I Love Obamacare” bumper sticker on her car. Even where we live, in a super-liberal Maryland suburb just a mile from the DC line, I rarely see another one.
Despite what the polls say, Americans on the left also harbor a deep cynicism toward the federal state. While their mistrust is directed at campaigns funded by the rich and the military and security establishment rather than entitlements, it still leads them to balk at efforts to champion a government and an administration that fail to live up to their liberal promises.
Ironically, the only time in recent years that progressives did manage to organize something resembling a mass movement was when they helped elect Barack Obama in 2008. Not since Franklin D. Roosevelt's landslide re-election in 1936 had left and liberal activists united, with enthusiasm, to work in a victorious presidential campaign. But a run for the White House is not the same as a popular insurgency, and a president cannot be the leader of a movement.
The Occupy camps did appear during the fall of 2011 to have the potential to develop into something bigger and more durable. They made economic inequality the issue of the day, and, a year later, its prominence probably helped elect populist Democrats like Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown who had long sung the same tune. But, in retrospect, the Occupiers, most of whom were Millennials, mistook a brilliant tactic—a youth festival with politics instead of rock music—for a clever long-term strategy. When their tents came down, voluntarily or forcefully, they had no second act to play.
So as the Tea Partiers—inside and outside Congress—mobilize with passionate intensity, their counterparts on the left monitor their media and hope for the best. Perhaps Beinart’s sanguine prediction will come to pass a few years from now. But to laugh, anxiously, as Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and Gail Collins eviscerate Ted Cruz and his ilk does nothing to beat back the danger a determined, well-funded mass conservative movement poses now to the imperfect but vital reforms Obama and the Democrats have been able to pass. Don’t fret, organize.



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Conservative Christian Foster Parents Unwelcome In Massachusetts! ^ | october 1, 2013

During recent comments to members of the Boston Bar Association, officials from the Department of Children and Families indicated that Massachusetts will no longer allow individuals with conservative social values to raise foster children.

In a video of the address, recruitment officer Michelle Gordon described “new expectations” of foster parents, explaining that the DCF is in the process of “weeding out some of this passiveness and sort of destructive behaviors that are occurring.”
Gay rights activist Erika Rickard, who serves on the Commission on LGBT Youth, claimed that two in every 10 foster children are gay. As a result, she said, foster parents must be “supportive” of that lifestyle by offering “welcoming and affirming homes.”
Prospective caregivers in the state are already required to take classes every year to learn more about sexual deviancy. Rickard, along with others on the panel, feel that Massachusetts leaders should do more to make sure foster parents all walk in leftist lockstep.
Tolerance is no longer enough, the speakers agreed, indicating that those who care for a foster child must show “proper support” of his or her particular sexual identity.
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Why Is The Government Shut Down?

Political Realities ^ | 10/02/13 | LD Jackson

Democrats Government ShutdownIt's a simple question. Why is the federal government of the United States shut down? A simple question that has a simple answer. The mainstream media will not tell you the truth about the government shutdown. All you will hear out of them is how the Republicans are causing trouble for everyday American citizens by their refusal to compromise their right-wing ideology. It sounds bad when it's said like that, but it gets even worse when you finally understand just how much of a lie that statement really is. The Republicans are not to blame for the government shutdown.
The Democrats took control of the House of Representatives and the Senate in 2007. Since that time, the federal government has relied on continuing resolutions to fund operations. Even after the Republicans regained control of the House in 2010, that process continued. This is mainly due to the lack of compromise by the Democrats. They have refused to budge on their left-wing ideology that requires more and more government spending. That's the plain truth of the matter.
Let's be clear about this. The Republicans have tried to offer compromises that would fund the government. My feeling is that they should pass a real budget, but that is probably out of the question, at least for the time being. Instead, they have offered up several different continuing resolutions that would fund certain areas of the government. They originally wanted to defund Obamacare and when that failed, they moved to the continuing resolution that would delay the individual mandate and repeal the medical device tax. That offer was refused by the Senate. They didn't even vote on the bill.
Currently, the Republicans in the House are considering three different proposals that would allow veterans benefits to continue, reopen national parks, and allow the government of Washington, D. C. to continue its operations. Those proposals will likely be approved later today, but President Obama and Harry Reid have already said they would reject them, out of hand. The White House called them "piecemeal" and "no way to run a government". In other words, give us all or give us nothing. The government is shut down because the Democrats refuse to compromise.
Why this refusal to compromise? Another simple question that has a simple answer. The government could have continued its operations, unhindered, had the Democrats not been busy filling the airwaves with their lies and rhetoric. Remember how President Obama has portrayed himself as "fighting for the middle class"? Since the time he started campaigning for President, he has consistently harped about the evils of large corporations. I believe that play is one reason he won reelection. As that rhetoric moves into his second term, we find reality to be much different.
President Obama has granted delays and waivers from the rules and mandates to a number of groups and organizations. Unions have found themselves to be exempt. The mandate that big businesses provide health insurance to their employees has been delayed for a year. The most notable delay that is missing, the delay that could help Americans who are hurting because of the mandates of Obamacare, is the one year delay of the mandate that every American buy health insurance. That is a no-starter for President Obama. That seems to be awfully strange, coming from a man who casts himself has a President fighting for the common man. In my view, his refusal to compromise and delay the individual mandate shows him for what he really is; a politician who cares nothing for the constituents he supposedly serves. So much for hope and change.

Mid government shutdown, Obama under pressure to cancel week-long Asia trip [Clown Cancel

Washington Post ^ | 10/2/13 | David Nakamura and Juliet Eilperin

... Obama’s overtures to Asia have been built on the twin premises that the United States will be a reliable partner and that its democratic values are to be emulated.
But Obama now finds himself preparing to leave for a week-long trip to the region amid the first U.S. government shutdown in 17 years —and facing political pressure to remain in Washington during the crisis.
It marks a potential embarrassment for a president who has expressed a personal interest in strengthening the United States’ position in Asia.
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Obamacare marketplaces raise data security concerns

cbs ^ | 10/2/2013 | By STEPHANIE CONDON

Minnesota insurance broker Jim Koester was looking for information about assisting with Obamacare implementation; instead, what landed in his inbox last month was a document filled with the names, Social Security numbers and other pieces of personal information belonging to his fellow Minnesotans.
In one of the first breaches of the new Obamacare online marketplaces, an employee of the Minnesota marketplace, called MNsure, accidentally emailed Koester a document containing personally identifying information for more than 2,400 insurance agents, the Minnesota Star Tribune reported. MNsure was able to quickly undo the damage because Koester cooperated with them, but the incident left him unnerved.
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My email from Congressman Carter (Texas)

My personal email | rfreedom4u

Regular Order- Imagine that!

WASHINGTON D.C. - Congressman John Carter (R-TX31) is releasing the following statement regarding the government shutdown.

Today, the Federal Government has regrettably shut its doors and turned off its lights; this is a clear result of President Obama, his administration and the Senate’s unfortunate failure to come to the table with the House and listen to the American people.

For years, I have pushed for the timely passage of our Nation’s annual appropriations bills through the House and Senate. With the exception of recent history, every year since 1789 Congress has passed regular appropriations bills to keep the government funded. Passing all annual appropriations bills is called being in “regular order.
Regular order is our friend, especially in this fight to delay Obamacare, a system that is undeniably flawed and not even close to being ready for primetime.
Why haven’t we been using this constitutionally directed process? Maybe it’s because 58% of the members of Congress have been there less than six years. It’s a foreign concept to these new members but a historic moment to get back to our constitutional duty. We must return to this process that will bring the Senate to the table after three rejected solutions.
I stand ready with my colleagues in Washington to fix this budgetary mess. I will not stand idly by and allow President Obama and Harry Reid to shut this government down at the foot of Obamacare and in defense of Democrats’ out of control spending.”