Wednesday, February 12, 2014

In New Video, Ted Cruz Hits Obama, IRS for Lack of Accountability!

blog.heritage.org ^ | 2/12/14 | Rob Bluey

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is hitting back at President Obama’s claim that there was “not even a smidgen of corruption” at the IRS. In a new video shared exclusively with The Foundry, Cruz contrasts Obama’s own words with last week’s congressional testimony about the IRS targeting scandal.
The video, which runs about a minute, comes as the IRS faces increasing scrutiny for its targeting of conservative and tea party groups. The scandal, which first broke in May 2013, resurfaced during Bill O’Reilly’s interview with Obama on Fox News. >>> Read More: IRS-Targeted Scandal Victims Will Not Be Silenced Cruz’s video features both Obama’s comments from last May — “Americans have a right to be angry about it, and I’m angry about it” — with his recent “smidgen” quip to O’Reilly. Last week, a House committee heard from individuals who were subject to IRS targeting as well as Cleta Mitchell, who represents several of the conservative groups. In her testimony, Mitchell called the government’s criminal investigation “a sham.” That probe by the FBI and U.S. Department of Justice is being led by DOJ attorney Barbara Bosserman, who has come under scrutiny for her political donations to Obama and the Democratic National Committee. “No one would have trusted John Mitchell to investigate Richard Nixon,” Cruz says in the video.

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U.S. Senate to speed up debt limit vote ahead of winter storm (Cornyn cloture crapweasel alert)

Reuters ^ | 2/12/14 | Reuters

The U.S. Senate could approve a one-year extension of the U.S. debt limit by mid-afternoon on Wednesday after Republicans and Democrats agreed to shorten debate time ahead of an approaching snowstorm, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said.
The Democratic-controlled Senate at 1:45 p.m. (1845 GMT) will take a procedural vote on the "clean" debt ceiling hike passed on Tuesday by the House of Representatives, where Republicans hold the majority. Should the legislation receive the required 60 votes to advance, the Senate will move immediately to a final vote on the measure, said Reid, a Democrat. The vote would likely occur between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

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Ray Nagin, former NOLA Mayor, convicted, guilty of 20 charges

NOLA ^ | Andrew Boyd | The Times-Picayune

Ray Nagin, former NOLA Mayor, has been found guilty on 20 of 21 corruption charges. You can read the full list of charges penalties at link above.

Poor vs Rich

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I'm Ready!

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It made a difference!

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Pumping?

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That explains everything!

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Tweets

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Great Idea!

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Stuck valve!

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Back-end problems!

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Being a liberal

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The Pipeline

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RINOPLASTY!

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...a light dusting?

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Cooling trend

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"The shadow knows"

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DENIER!

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Why Democrats Hate Work

Townhall.com ^ | 2-12-2014 | Ben Shapiro

Last week, the Congressional Budget Office released a report discussing the ramifications of Obamacare. The report revealed that the work-hour equivalent of approximately 2.5 million jobs would disappear from the workforce, thanks to Obamacare, in a voluntary process in which employees would simply dump out of their jobs, knowing they could get health care through expanded Medicaid and federal subsidies they would lose by working.

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., an ideological leftist thought leader, spun the report as a massive positive for Obamacare: "The single mom, who's raising three kids (and) has to keep a job because of health care, can now spend some time raising those kids. That's a family value." And Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., celebrated the report as a defeat for the dreaded condition known as "job lock" -- the situation in which you have to stick at a job you don't like for the benefits. "We have the CBO report," Reid stated, "which rightfully says, that people shouldn't have job lock. If they -- we live in a country where there should be free agency. People can do what they want." But, of course, people can only do what they want by taxing other Americans, borrowing from foreign creditors, and burdening future generations with unsustainable debt. And unfortunately, Schumer's proclamation that the greatest beneficiaries of Obamacare will be single mothers turns out to be false: One of the studies relied upon by the CBO stated that those who benefit from the end of job lock are disproportionately white, single and of work age. In reality, the Democratic vision of the world centers on the notion that work itself is a great evil to be avoided, and that any program allowing people to free themselves of work -- whether to finger-paint or start a garage band -- is an unmitigated good. "Job lock," according to the definition Reid gives, goes by another name, according to those who live in the real world: "having a job." There are times that everyone hates his or her job. Were they freed from the economic consequences of having these jobs, they'd drop out of the workforce. There are only two problems with this strategy: First, someone has to pay for it; second, it is not the recipe for human fulfillment. Leisure time is only leisure time when it is earned; otherwise, leisure time devolves into soul-killing lassitude. There's a reason so many new retirees, freed from the treadmill of work, promptly keel over on the golf course: Work fulfills us. It keeps us going. This doesn't mean every job fulfills us, naturally. But we have all worked rotten jobs in order to get to jobs we like. Capitalism doesn't mean, as my grandmother used to say, that you don't have to walk through some manure to get to the roses. It just means that if you walk through enough manure, you'll likely get to the roses sooner or later. In the leisure-first world of the left, however, wallowing in mire is a preferred road to happiness over the hard work that brings true fulfillment. The European style of living is seductive: fewer hours worked, more hours at the cafe, less concern over self-betterment. But that style of living does not produce a purposeful life. Perhaps we'd all be happier in the short run were we somehow freed of our job lock. But we certainly would not contribute to the betterment of ourselves or the community around us. We'd leave the world worse than we found it. The opt-out society opts us out of societal happiness.

Dr. Ben Carson Blasts 'Gestapo' IRS Tactics!

Newsmax ^ | Monday, 10 Feb 2014 | David A. Patten

Dr. Benjamin Carson, the former director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital who is considered a possible GOP contender for the 2016 GOP nomination, told Newsmax TV on Monday that he and his family have been personally targeted by the IRS in retribution for his frank critique of President Obama’s policies at the February 2013 National Prayer Breakfast. Carson said audits and other harassment began in May or June of 2013 and gradually expanded to include family members, associates, and his charitable endeavors. "I’ve been quite I would say astonished at the level of hostility that I have encountered," Carson said in an exclusive interview with host John Bachman on "America’s Forum" on Newsmax TV. "The IRS has investigated me. They said, ‘I want to look at your real estate holdings.’ There was nothing there. ‘Well, let’s expand to an entire [year], everything.’ There was nothing there. ‘Let’s do another year.’ Finally, after a few months, they went away. But they’ve come after my family, they’ve come after my friends, they’ve come after associates."

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