Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Obama administration has gone rogue

The Washington Times ^ | October 9, 2013 | Andrew P. Napolitano

Before you rejoice that the government has seized an alleged terrorist in Libya who was indicted for planning the notorious 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Africa, before you join the House of Representatives in a standing ovation for the Capitol Hill police who killed a woman whose car struck a White House fence and who then drove away at a high speed, and before you commend the New York Police Department for quickly getting to the bottom of an alleged assault by a motorcycle gang that tormented a young family on a city street, please give some thought to the rule of law.
Last weekend, a team of Navy SEALs kidnapped a Libyan, Abu Anas al-Libi, off of a public street in Tripoli. The Navy men did not have a warrant for his arrest, did not have the permission of the local authorities or the Libyan government to carry out this kidnapping, and were unlawfully present bearing arms in public in Libya. Many of al-Libi’s alleged accomplices already had been arrested, prosecuted and convicted in the United States. The U.S. could have sought his extradition, as it did with some of them, had President Obama not bombed the American-friendly government of Col. Moammar Gadhafi out of existence, without a congressional declaration of war.
Obama apologists have praised this maneuver as a bloodless way to obtain justice without using drones to kill. (How low we have sunk when Mr. Obama can be praised for not executing someone with a drone.) Secretary of State John F. Kerry, acknowledging that al-Libi is innocent until proved guilty, has claimed that the rule of law was followed here because he will be brought to a civilian U.S. court for trial...
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...

Let it burn!

Now It’s Time for Full Throttle Defund of Obamacare

redstate.com ^ | 10/10/13 | Daniel Horowitz

The House plans to pass a bill to raise the debt limit by $117 billion, bringing the new deadline to November 22. The bill will specifically prohibit the Treasury Department from using extraordinary measures to concoct an arbitrary crisis deadline.
Conservatives can debate the prudence of this particular strategy, but the more important question is what comes after the vote on this bill. The establishment has been trying to conflate the budget battle with the debt ceiling and transform our priorities into extraneous policy issues that are not nearly as serious and as pressing as Obamacare.
Now they have no excuse to ignore the Obamacare fight.
[Parenthetically, this delay should also preclude any effort to bring up amnesty this year.]
Once the debt ceiling is pushed into November, Republicans must all unite behind full defunding of Obamacare. No talk about taxes, Social Security, or Medicare. No talk about a grand bargain or vague fiscal agreements. With premiums skyrocketing, implementation of Obamacare crashing, and massive dependency right around the corner, we don’t have time for other policy fights. This is the one the public sees most, and this is the one we must message throughout the Democrat shutdown.
Our message is very simple: this law was passed using the budget process to circumvent a higher vote threshold. Now that the law is proven to be unworkable, it will be uprooted through the budget process. We are willing to fund every other aspect of government, including those functions we oppose, except for Obamacare and the agencies tasked with enforcing it.
Unfortunately, there are those in the party who are not only distracting us with other issues but are also watering down our messaging on Obamacare. Mitch McConnell and Susan Collins are committed to making this fight about repealing the medical device tax. Obviously, the end-point of the negotiations would be a mere delay of that tax.
Although this is a harmful tax, it doesn’t cut to the core of Obamacare. The entire law needs to be defunded, and at the very least, delayed. Obamacare is not just about the cost of the health insurance. The 159 boards, agencies, and programs created by the law completely interrupt the delivery of healthcare and destroy the doctor-patient relationship. This is about our entire healthcare system, not just the cost. Focusing on the medical device tax, while leaving the rest of the law intact, is like failing to remove a brain tumor but taking solace in setting a broken ankle on the same patient.
If conservatives are willing to give some leeway on a temporary increase in the debt ceiling, leadership must begin refocusing on defunding Obamacare. Otherwise, they should just pass a long-term CR and debt limit increase, and go home.

The Washington Monument Syndrome

Jewish World Review ^ | October 9, 2013 | Ron Hart

We are over a week into the government shutdown; shouldn't we be looting Target for a flat screen TV by now? Why haven't you joined a marauding street gang?
Two things have become apparent: how little we need most of government, and how spiteful public servants can be when they do not get their funding.
A turning point in this game of government shutdown brinksmanship happened last week when "our" petulant government went to great lengths to shut down open air memorials in order to intimidate us from ever cutting its funding.
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This is a vengeful regime. It has no problem bullying and extorting from the people it was elected to serve.
The privately-funded World War II Veterans Memorial was blocked with barricades; it took more effort to barricade it than to staff it. When a busload of "greatest generation" veterans from Mississippi and Iowa showed up, the barricades didn't stop them. They did the right thing -- again. The World War II vets, self-reliant and with little tolerance for petty politics, came in anyway. They made the administration in D.C. look like exactly what it is: a bunch of heavy-handed, union-like goons.
This government tactic is called the "Washington Monument Syndrome," and is a well-worn ploy. It got its name in 1969 when the then-director of the National Park Service contrived a plot to pressure Congress into not cutting its funding by being defiant.
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In an interview this past weekend, Nancy Pelosi said that the government cannot cut any more. Pelosi also said she will not rest until Obamacare is fully implemented or until she captures all 101 Dalmatians.
(Excerpt) Read more at jewishworldreview.com ...

Support the Vets March on Washington

American Thinker ^ | October 10, 2013 | Russ Vaughn

Nothing seems to have angered the public quite so much as the Obama administration's needless closure of our national war monuments and the forcible denial of access to those sites to the warriors whom they were erected to honor.
In an absolutely shameful move, the administration has selected for particular abuse those who have given the most to preserve the democratic survival of this nation. The outrage this churlishness has provoked is so widespread and deep that even Democrats should realize it as petty spitefulness coming from a petulant president and counterproductive to their cause. Sadly, none has thus far had the courage to speak up in support of our veterans.
Supporters of the Obama barricades are about to get a wakeup call. At 9:00 am this coming Sunday, October 13, there will be a Million Vet March on the Memorials by veterans. It is being organized by Special Operations Speaks, a political action committee organized by veterans of special operations service in all our military services to promote the political will of all military veterans...
(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...

Defunders, Back on Message

National Review Online ^ | October 9, 2013 | Andrew Stiles

Conservatives will use the shutdown and Obamacare rollout embarrassments to push for delaying the law.
Conservative groups and their allies in Congress appear to be rallying around a new strategy to refocus budget negotiations on Obamacare, the original point of contention that led to the government shutdown that’s is heading into its tenth day.
In a somewhat ironic development, support is growing on the right for a short-term debt-limit increase with relatively few strings attached. “We should raise the debt,” Heritage Action CEO Michael Needham told reporters Wednesday. “My tactic is to focus on the [continuing resolution].”
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But first, Republicans need to shift the conversation back to Obamacare. They plan to highlight some of the more embarrassing ways the government has handled the shutdown — preventing veterans from visiting the National World War II Memorial, forcing the closure of privately operated parks, and denying death benefits for veterans’ families.
“This is the inevitable result of a government that is too big and too powerful,” the aide says. “The government has shown a vindictive willingness to misuse its power to gain political advantage, the American people be damned. Do you want these people involved in the most intimate decisions about your health care?”.....
(Excerpt) Read more at nationalreview.com ...

20 Things You Never Want To Hear In Obama's America

Townhall.com ^ | October 10, 2013 | John Hawkins

1) The Death Panel will now decide if your treatment is too expensive.
2) Yeah, right! There's a better chance Democrats would go after veterans or kids with cancer than do that!
3) We'll get to the bottom of this scandal in no time now that the Obama Administration is investigating itself!
4) Sure, it's dangerous being in this embassy, but the Obama Administration is handling security; so we have nothing to worry about.
5) Come on, you really think liberals are going to be offended by that?
6) As long as Lindsey Graham doesn't cave, Republicans have got this one in the bag!
7) So, I lost my job. No big deal! In this economy, I'll have a new one in no time!
8) That shouldn't be a problem as long as you can trust the government to do the right thing.
9) Guess what? Your company is unionizing!
10) The only way that could happen would be if Obama has been lying to us all along.
11) You really think the park service would be that vindictive?
12) As long as Obama doesn't behave like a bratty little child who's going to hold his breath until he turns blue if he doesn't get his way, everything will work out fine.
13) Come on! The only way we could get in trouble for writing something like that would be if the government was reading our emails.
14) Even Obama wouldn't blame Bush for that, would he?
15) Good news! The Al-Qaeda rebels Obama backed in Syria won and took over the country! They're sending America a "special surprise" as a thank you for all of our support!
16) No, you couldn't have heard gunshots. We're in a gun-free zone!
17) There's no way anyone would call me a racist just because of that, is there?
18) We have to pass it so you can find out what's in it.
19) This crime is as good as solved now that Eric Holder is on the case!
20) The only way that check will stop coming is if the government goes bankrupt!

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Harry Reid: Concern About Runaway Spending Is 'Anarchy'??!!!

Townhall.com ^ | October 10, 2013 | Larry Elder


A national network reporter, during an interview about about the government shutdown, actually told me: "Democrats believe government should do some things. Republicans don't believe government should be doing anything." Where had we heard that characterization of the GOP?
"'Anarchist'? Why in the world wouldn't I use the term anarchy?" said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., in a CNN interview. "That's what they are. They're anarchists. They don't believe in government -- at any level. ... They're anarchists, just like they were at the beginning of the 20th century. ... They're not blowing up buildings and they're not killing people. But they're throwing monkey wrenches in the wheels of government." That a reporter parroted the line almost verbatim explains why Obama and the Democrats believe they will win the PR battle over which party voters will blame for this partial government shutdown.
Well, forgive tea party Republicans, elected to stop Obamacare, for actually going to Washington D.C. to try to stop Obamacare. Politicians literally attempting to fulfill campaign promises. Imagine.
Ted Cruz, the brash new Republican senator from Texas, believes, as do many economists and most doctors, that Obamacare is a bad idea and will undermine, not improve, our healthcare system.
Cruz believes that America's fast-growing debt imperils the nation's future. The Congressional Budget Office thinks so, too. In a recent report, the CBO calls America's spending and borrowing levels "unsustainable":
"The gap between federal spending and revenues would widen steadily after 2015 under the assumptions of the extended baseline, CBO projects. By 2038, the deficit would be 6 1/2 percent of GDP ... and federal debt held by the public would reach 100 percent of GDP. ... With such large deficits, federal debt would be growing faster than GDP, a path that would ultimately be unsustainable."
Even President Barack Obama once used the very same term. "The long-term deficit and debt that we have accumulated," the President told a Rio Rancho, N.M., town hall crowd in 2009, "is unsustainable."
And many economists say America's true debt is higher than the often-cited $16 trillion. America's real debt -- including unfunded liabilities and entitlements like federal loan guarantees, deposit insurance, Medicare and Social Security obligations -- is closer to $70 trillion. To this, the Democrats want to add Obamacare, described by Forbes columnist Peter Ferrara as "the biggest single spending bill in world history."
Look at the shape of the other three major entitlement programs:
Social Security: Ten years after President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the original Act, over 40 workers supported each retiree. Soon the number of workers per retiree will be 2.5-to-1. We still refuse to allow workers to invest their Social Security money in the stock market. Chile and some 30 other countries have allowed their workers to put their money in market-based investments, with much better returns for retirees.
Medicare: In 1965, the projection for its cost in 1990 was $3 billion. ($12 billion in 1990 dollars.) The actual 1990 cost was $98 billion, higher than estimated by a factor of 8. The unfunded liability for Medicare, according to the 2013 Medicare Trustees' report, is $43 trillion -- a $7 trillion increase over their 2010 report.
Medicaid: This program, begun in 1965 and run jointly by the federal government and the states, provides health and long-term care coverage to the poor. For many states it is the fastest growing budgetary item. Enrollment in Medicaid grew 2.5 percent in 2013, but is expected to grow 8.8 percent in 2014.
Economist Milton Friedman long advocated simply giving the money directly to the poor. He called it a "negative income tax" -- or a direct payment to poor families. When you look at the amount of federal and state aid per poor family -- over $60,000 per year -- it would be cheaper to simply cut a check for every poor family.
Republicans like Ted Cruz believe Obamacare will reduce healthcare quality, increase -- not reduce -- the cost of health care and add another program whose projected costs are as likely to be as wrong as the projections were for Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. More important, tea party Republicans, like Cruz, believe that health care and healthcare insurance, however desirable, are not rights, let alone "rights" paid for with someone else's money.
At one time a brash, young senator took then-President George W. Bush to task over the rising U.S. debt: "The problem is, is that the way Bush has done it over the last eight years is to take out a credit card from the Bank of China in the name of our children, driving up our national debt from $5 trillion dollars for the first 42 presidents. Number 43 added $4 trillion dollars by his lonesome, so that we now have over $9 trillion dollars of debt that we are going to have to pay back -- $30,000 for every man, woman and child. That's irresponsible. It's unpatriotic!"
Today Sen. Harry Reid would call that young Illinois senator -- and future president, Barack Obama -- an "anarchist."