Sunday, January 26, 2014

Carney: Obamacare ‘Absolutely Worth It’ if Dems Lose the Senate

national review ^ 

January 26, 2014 10:28 AM  By Andrew Johnson

Even if Obamacare proves to be electoral Kryptonite for Democrats in this year’s midterms, the White House still believes the health-care law was worth the political hit.
“The answer is it is absolutely worth it, no matter what happens politically,” press secretary Jay Carney told ABC’s Jon Karl. In fact, Carney didn’t expect running against Obamacare to even be a winning message for Republicans “because they’ve got to explain what repeal [of the law] means.”

Are Government Bureaucrats Corrupt and Dishonest?

Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell 

I don’t like government bureaucrats.

Actually, let me re-phrase that statement. I know lots of people who work for different agencies in Washington and most of them seem like decent people.
So maybe what I really want to say is that I’m not a big fan of government bureaucracies and the results they generate. Why?
Because a bloated government means overpaid bureaucrats, both at the federal level and state level (and in other nations as well).
Because inefficient bureaucracies enable loafing and bad work habits.
Because being part of the government workforce even encourages laziness!
And it may even be the case that government bureaucracies attract dishonest people. A story in the L.A. Timesreveals that there’s a correlation between cheating and a desire to work for the government.
Here are some excerpts.
College students who cheated on a simple task were more likely to want government jobs, researchers from Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania found in a study of hundreds of students in Bangalore, India. Their results, recently released as a working paper by the National Bureau of Economic Research, suggest that one of the contributing forces behind government corruption could be who gets into government work in the first place. …Researchers ran a series of experiments with more than 600 students finishing up college in India. In one task, students had to privately roll a die and report what number they got. The higher the number, the more they would get paid. Each student rolled the die 42 times. …Cheating seemed to be rampant: More than a third of students had scores that fell in the top 1% of the predicted distribution, researchers found. Students who apparently cheated were 6.3% more likely to say they wanted to work in government, the researchers found.
I’m not surprised. Just as the wrong type of people often are attracted to politics, we shouldn’t be surprised to learn that less-than-admirable folks sometimes are attracted to jobs in the bureaucracy.
But I don’t want to draw too many conclusions from this research.
The study looked at people in India and that nation’s government is infamous for rampant corruption.
However, if you look at how America scores in that regard (corruption measures are included in both Economic Freedom of the World and the Index of Economic Freedom), the problem is much less severe.
So even though I’m willing to believe that bureaucrats in America are more prone to bad habits than their private-sector counterparts, I don’t think many of them decide to get government jobs in the expectation that they can extract bribes.
Indeed, I would guess that the average American bureaucrat is far more honest than the average American politician.
That’s damning with faint praise, I realize, but it underscores an important point that the real problem is big government. That’s what enables massive corruption in Washington.
P.S. Switching gears, I’ve written a couple of times about the intrusive and destructive Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act. Well, we have some good news on that front. The Republican National Committee has endorsed the law’s repeal. I don’t want to pretend that’s a momentous development and I even told Reuters that the GOP may only be taking this step for narrow political reasons.
Daniel Mitchell, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank, said: “It’s hard to imagine an issue this obscure playing a visible role in elections … It is making overseas Americans far more sympathetic to (Republicans) and could have an impact on fundraising.”
That being said, I’m more than happy when politicians happen to do the right thing simply because it’s in their self interest. And if we can eventually undo FATCA and enable more tax competition, that’s good news for America and the rest of the world.
P.P.S. And here’s another positive update on a topic we’ve examined before. Governor Rick Perry of Texas has joined a growing list of people who are having second thoughts about the War on Drugs. Here’s an excerpt from a report in the Washington Post.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Thursday voiced support for softening penalties for marijuana use, and touted his work moving in the direction of decriminalization. “After 40 years of the war on drugs, I can’t change what happened in the past. What I can do as the governor of the second largest state in the nation is to implement policies that start us toward a decriminalization and keeps people from going to prison and destroying their lives, and that’s what we’ve done over the last decade,” Perry said, according to the Austin American-Statesman.
He joins a growing list of people – such as John StosselGary JohnsonJohn McCainMona CharenPat Robertson,Cory Booker, and Richard Branson – who are recognizing that it’s foolish to give government massive amounts of power and money simply to stop people from doing dumb things to themselves.
But maybe you disagree with all those people and would rather be on the same side as Hillary Clinton.
And make life easier for the folks in this cartoon.
P.P.P.S. I’ve written before about how leftists always criticize so-called tax havens, even though rich statists are among the biggest beneficiaries of these low-tax jurisdictions.
President Obama, for instance, has been so critical of tax havens that he’s been caught making utterly dishonest statements on the topic.

THE LIBERAL HOLLYWOOD SCANDAL, EXPOSED BY OBAMACARE.

CookingWithChefCarlo. ^ | Jan 26 2014 | Carlo3b 

For decades the Hollywood elite have denied the existence of a Media Socialist Cabal, established for, and protected by the equally corrupted, national media outlets, and the highest levels of the Democrat Party.

The target of this effort is to promote, shape and influence public opinion on a host of Progressive causes, the latest of which is the takeover of Healthcare Industry, 16% of the national economy, and the long sought prize of the Marxist, Leninist, Communist, Globalist Agenda..
The plan, outlined in its entirety, in the Communist Manifesto, is always the same, corrupt from within, control the terms and dialogue, capture the education of the children, remove, or quiet the dissidents, and destroy the existence of order and moral structure, then bring about the Hope and Change though the inevitable ciaos.
The promise never wavers, Fairness, Equity, Equality, but the words ring as hallow as the results, utter failure and remorse..
From the mid ninetieth century, the collectivist, socialist ideals, have been tried, failed, and tried again, in all corners of the globe, with always the same catastrophic outcome, a resulting a ruling fascist elite, draining the final resources of an equally repressive regime.
The reminisce of these efforts can be found in the latest formerly Communist experiments, the Soviet Union, Cuba, China, North Korea, and Venezuela. The excuse is always the same as well, it’s never been tried in an existing, successful, already rich, market driven economy. We are the answer to that lie, as is already apparent.
The decades of planning, thousands of laws advancing the transformation, and now the last ditched effort to slam the door on Liberty, has become a reality, welcome to Obamacare..
Where does Hollywood, the Media, and Academia, come into play? Propaganda, through the dominating organs of entertainment, domination of the News sources, and education of the masses through massive Goebbelesque messaging, created to capture the mind and body of the culture. The refusal to admit the obvious, that controlled messaging does indeed influence the culture, as in Violent content, Smoking in cinema, film and TV, lowing the limits in sexual behavior, and the introduction of moral equivalency, can and does bring about Change, whether Good or Evil..
This weekend, Obama and his hierarchy are planning a meeting with the honchos in Hollywood, and the Media to plan such an assault, through the medium of these organs of power, let us be prepared to fight back with the vigor of the character of our Founding Fathers, and the blood of those that sacrificed to maintain this glorious Nation.. GOD BLESS AMERICA, but GOD bless you if we lose..
Carlo Morelli

Dissent Is Not Allowed!

Alan Levy, Gun Owner | 1/25/14

We no loner live in times that allow us to shrug our our shoulders and say, "Naah. That could never happen here". We now live in times that force us say "I sure hope that ain't true".
I hate to sound like an alarmist, but ladies and gentlemen, the situation is dire. There's no nice way to put this. The Federal Leviathan is now targeting political dissenters with Stasi-like tactics. Case and point:
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"Sen. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) proposed using the Internal Revenue Service to curtail Tea Party group funding during a speech on how to 'exploit' and 'weaken' the movement at the [$oros funded] Center for American Progress on Thursday.
Arguing that Tea Party groups have a financial advantage after the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, Schumer said the Obama administration should bypass Congress and institute new campaign finance rules through the IRS.
'It is clear that we will not pass anything legislatively as long as the House of Representatives is in Republican control, but there are many things that can be done administratively by the IRS and other government agencies—we must redouble those efforts immediately,' Schumer said."
http://freebeacon.com/schumer-calls-for-using-irs-to-curtail-tea-party-activities/
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Then, there's HR 3878 that, if passed, will be used to classify unapproved political speech as "hate speech":
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"Hate Crime Reporting Act of 2014 - Directs the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to update a report for Congress concerning the role of telecommunications in the commission of hate crimes.
Requires such report to include: (1) an analysis of the use of telecommunications (including the Internet, broadcast television and radio, cable television, public access television, commercial mobile services, and other electronic media) to advocate and encourage violent acts and the commission of hate crimes as specified in the Hate Crime Statistics Act; (2) NTIA recommendations; and (3) updates concerning the role of telecommunications in crimes of hate and violent acts against ethnic, religious, and racial minorities."
http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th/house-bill/3878
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In other words, the government will decide you're a dangerous hatemonger if you have the Spauldings to write a blog against homosexual "marriage", allowing illegal aliens to invade our country, or dare to criticize a liberal who happens to be a minority. (Of course, if you throw some venom at a minority that has the nerve to believe in the Constitution, you'll get the Presidential Medal of Freedom.)
There's no longer an attempt to even remotely hide the Authoritarian Left's desire to silence dissent.
Isn't that right, Governor Cuomo?
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"Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives who are right to life, pro assault weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that's who they are, and if they are the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York because that's not who New Yorkers are. If they're moderate Republicans, like in the Senate right now, who control the Senate -- moderate Republicans have a place in this state."
http://www.syracuse.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/01/audio_clip_of_gov_andrew_cuomos_comments_on_extreme_conservatives.html
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And there's countless other instances how bad things have gotten, ranging from the DHS report that was accidentally leaked to the press in 2009 to the Southern Poverty Law Center attempting to sic law enforcement on Conservatives such as Pamela Geller and Tony Perkins in the name of "tolerance".
Even West Point has started to call Conservatives enemies of the state:
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"A West Point think tank has issued a paper warning America about 'far right' groups such as the 'anti-federalist' movement, which supports 'civil activism, individual freedoms and self-government.' The report issued this week by the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., is titled 'Challengers from the Sidelines: Understanding America’s Violent Far-Right.' The center — part of the institution where men and women are molded into Army officers — posted the report Tuesday. It lumps limited government activists with three movements it identifies as 'a racist/white supremacy movement, an anti-federalist movement and a fundamentalist movement.' ”
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/jan/17/west-point-center-cites-dangers-far-right-us/#ixzz2rNVCXBr2
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Folks, It doesn't get more serious than this. Add all of the above to the NSA spying on us and Chairman Obama constantly threatening to act without CONgress and We the People have a serious problem, and not one that can be solved with cut 'n paste solutions like "we need to elect more Republicans". The nudging of partisan politics has been replaced by authoritarian shoving. We're on the edge of political, economic, and social disaster.
God help us all.

Hotel allows guns for Kansas Republican convention

Eyewitness news KWCH-TV Wichita ^ | Jan 23, 2014 | Jim Grawe 

WICHITA, Kan. -
Preparations are underway at Wichita's Hyatt Regency to welcome hundreds of Kansas Republicans this weekend. When they show up at the door they'll see the familiar sign forbidding firearms, but they can ignore it if they have a concealed carry permit. Kansas GOP chairman Kelly Arnold says that was part of the deal that brought the state convention to this hotel.
"The Second Amendment is a fundamental right that we have, and it's part of our Republican Party platform," Arnold says. "I know my committee and my convention goers are going to want to be able to have at least the opportunity to carry if they wish to. Will they? I don't know."
(Excerpt) Read more at kwch.com ...

Deal Worked Out To Solve Pot Shortage In Colorado

1-26-14 | Retired Texas Vet 

Deal Worked Out To Solve Pot Shortage In Colorado. Colorado Governor Chickenhumper and DOJ Eric Holder have worked out a deal to eliminate the pot shortage in Colorado.

Eric Holder has enlisted his partners in the Sinaloa Cartel to supply pot to the government of Colorado. Eric chided Chickenhumper on the current rather amateurish, unprofessional and unreliable supply channel.

Rather than have the trucks carrying guns to Mexico returning to the US empty, Eric has contracted the cartel to return the trucks filled with pot. Since the states of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas might object to the transport across their states, the trucks will be designated and treated as diplomatic pouches and exempt from state inspections.
A 10% fee (or in Supreme Court terminology - tax) will be levied by the Federal Government for it's services. All taxes will be directed to organizations representing public good; primarily Planned Parenthood, Moveon.org, Organizing for America, DNC, HillaryPAC, etc.
Chickenhumper and Holder have agreed that if this operation works well they will consider expanding into meth, coke, and crack. Holder explained that with the latitude of enforcing laws he possesses and the President's unlimited Executive Order powers that expansion without Congress' approval is a given.

Heroin Kingpin Busted in Florida is an Illegal Alien…on FOOD STAMPS!

http://toprightnews.com ^ | january 26, 2014 | brian hayes 

Yet another welfare and illegal alien insanity story – while amnesty pimps like Sen. Dick Durbin keep telling us “undocumented immigrants can’t collect welfare”.
The head of the largest heroin operation in Polk County, FL history, along with numerous others who work for him, are illegal aliens who collect foodstamps. Four of the operation’s women also collect WIC payments.
In addition to raking in hundreds of thousands of dollars in drug money, the ringleader collected $900 every month from the government.
“You, the hard working taxpayer of this state, were paying him for this,” the Polk County Sheriff said.
(Excerpt) Read more at toprightnews.com ...

Income Inequality: Fact And Fiction

Forbes ^ | Jan 24, 2014 | Mark Hendrickson, 

Americans who hope for more such “fairness” should be very worried about Obama’s agenda. Yes, it sounds very much like what they want, but if Obama’s presidency has demonstrated anything, it is that he produces results that are the opposite of what he preaches (Exhibit A: Obamacare).

Government redistribution designed to reduce income inequality rewards and subsidizes those who are less productive and penalizes the productive. The result is that the ranks of the unproductive swell while those of the wealth-producers shrink. Society gets poorer.
(Excerpt) Read more at forbes.com ...

Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) to go after Obama!

The Hill ^ | 1/26/14 | Mike Lillis 

Leaders of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) plan to publicly rebuke President Obama over a lack of diversity in his federal judicial picks.


The lawmakers are organizing a Capitol Hill press conference as early as this week to decry what Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) called “the appalling lack of African American representation” among Obama's nominees, particularly in the 11th Circuit, which includes Georgia, Florida and Alabama.

The Democrats also contend several of Obama’s nominees have championed policies that either discriminate against minorities, or are just plain racist.

“We have very grave concerns [with certain nominees] given disparities that are particularly common in the South,” Norton said Thursday in a telephone interview.

The outcry is a rare public split between Obama and his staunchest allies.

Yet the president’s relationship with black lawmakers on Capitol Hill is more complicated that it sometimes appears.

While the CBC’s underlying support for Obama has been unwavering, many have also expressed disappointment that he hasn't fought harder for the liberal policy priorities that propelled him twice into the White House.

Norton, who heads a CBC panel focused on judicial nominations, said the group has met with other CBC members representing the 11th Circuit states to discuss an opposition strategy to Obama's picks. While “no decisions have been made” about specifics, she said, the exasperation within the CBC is general.

“This is a caucus-wide concern,” she said.

The focus will likely be on Georgia, where most within the Democratic delegation – including Rep. John Lewis, the civil rights icon – have been up in arms since Obama named a handful of nominees for the federal bench just before Christmas.

One of them, Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Michael Boggs, had voted years ago as a state legislator to keep the Confederate battle emblem a prominent part of Georgia's state flag – a move to preserve “one of the most vicious symbols of hate and white supremacy” in the country's history, Rep. David Scott (D-Ga.), a CBC member, charged earlier this month.

Another nominee, Atlanta lawyer Mark H. Cohen, helped to defend Georgia's voter ID law, which the Democrats say is designed to discourage the participation of poor and minority voters at the polls.

“You tell me, how can you have the Justice Department fighting the voter ID, voter suppression law in Texas and at the same time put on the court for life the man who defended that same law in Georgia?” Scott asked, referring to the DOJ’s lawsuit against Texas’s new voter ID law.

Reached by phone Friday, Cohen declined to comment, citing the ongoing nomination process. Boggs did not respond to a similar request.

A third pick, DeKalb County State Court Judge Eleanor Louise Ross – the only African American in the group – has raised the Democrats' eyebrows for a different reason.

“Most of us never heard of her, don't know anything about her,” Lewis said earlier this month, “and I understand she's a Republican.”

The White House did not respond to questions for comment for this story. But last month the administration pushed back against the criticisms, arguing that Obama had nominated an African American woman, Atlanta attorney Natasha Silas, to the federal bench in Georgia in early 2011, only to see her blocked by the state’s GOP Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson.

The White House said 18 percent of Obama's confirmed judges have been African-American – higher than the 8-percent rate under President George W. Bush and the 16-percent figure under President Clinton.

The defense has done little to comfort CBC members and other civil rights advocates, however. They say neither the Senate's archaic “blue slip” system — which essentially empowers home-state senators to veto judicial nominees — nor Obama's track record excuses the push for an overwhelmingly white court in Georgia, where the road to civil rights was often paved in blood and the black population, at 31 percent, is well above twice the national figure.

“They have the right to nominate someone,” Lewis said. “But black women in Georgia hold a higher [voting] percentage than any group – higher than white women, higher than white men, higher than black men. And there’s a lot of Democratic [black] women – members of the bar – that are very, very good. And they should have been taken into consideration.”

The clash comes as the result of negotiations between the White House, Chambliss and Isakson over federal judgeship nominees in the state.

Last year, the sides reached an agreement wherein the Republicans would drop their opposition to attorney Jill Pryor, one of Obama nominees for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, in return for allowing the senators to pick three nominees for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. A Bush appointee, Julie Carnes, the chief judge of the Northern District, would also be elevated to the 11th Circuit as part of the deal.

The nominees must be approved first by the Senate Judiciary Committee, headed by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), and then by the full Senate. No hearing has yet been scheduled on Georgia's controversial picks.

Leahy, true to form, has not weighed in on the controversial picks ahead of their nomination hearings.

Scott said his frustration has much less to do with the policy records of Boggs and Cohen than with the choice by Obama – the nation's first black president – to nominate the pair to positions they’d hold long after the White House has another occupant.

“When you look at what these two men represent, to put them on the court for life …,” Scott said, trailing off.

“Do you think a white president, a George W. Bush, a Republican president – any white president – would appoint these kinds of nominees with the confederate flag background? With the voter suppression background? That White House would have been maimed by people crying out.

“It is a very strange situation,” he said.

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