Saturday, May 3, 2014

Obama: After Oklahoma’s botched execution, I’m asking Eric Holder to review the death penalty!

HOTAIR.COM ^ | 02 MAY 2014 | ALLAHPUNDIT
Is this a real review, or one of those buy-some-time-until-people-forget-about-it “reviews” a la Holder weighing whether to charge George Zimmerman with a federal crime after he was acquitted in Florida? Given the recent dip in support for the death penalty has fallen, Democrats might feel safe-ish pushing for a moratorium on capital punishment in federal cases circa late 2015 or early 2016, to goose their base a little before the next vote. A studiously fair ‘n balanced review by Eric Holder could be just the pretext they need.
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The Koch Brothers vs. George Soros

canada free press ^ | 5/2/2014 | Chuck Lehmann
To listen to the Democrats and the “Lame Stream Media”, headed up by NBC and the N.Y. Times, you’d think that the Koch Bros. were the worst people in the world, besides being un-American. How come they have been singled out for such scathing criticism by the loony left? Would being Republican have anything to do with it?
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America's Failure is Obama's Success!

grasstopsusa.com ^ | 05/02/2014 | Don Feder
In the past 80 years, only two presidents have been this successful – FDR and Ronald Reagan. And still him-so-dumb thinking dominates the right. Okay, Obama isn't a bloody genius. Neither was Stalin, Hitler, Al Capone or Meyer Lansky. But like his ideological soul-mates, Obama is cold, calculating, ruthless, and diabolically clever at advancing his agenda. He also keeps a low profile. To quote Al Pacino as the Prince of Darkness in "The Devil's Advocate" – "They never see me coming." Last December, after five years of that old Obama magic and three-quarters of a trillion in economic stimulus, the unemployment rate finally dipped below 7%. The media celebrated this as the start of something big. It was the continuation of something pathetic. In the last month of 2013, 74,000 jobs were created. In a nation of 310 million, that's less than half the number needed just to keep pace with population growth. Obama wants to do more – raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that will annihilate another 500,000 jobs. Bill Gates observes: "If you raise the minimum wage, you're encouraging labor substitution and you're going to go buy machines and automate things.... It does cause job destruction." The president is counting on it. High unemployment is a symphony for the party of plunder. It gets to play lord bountiful with regular extensions of long-term unemployment benefits (now up to 99 weeks) which heartless Republicans will be castigated for opposing. As more Americans slip below the poverty line, the Democrats' base grows, and the president has another opportunity to demagogue about the "growing problem of income-inequality" and push new programs from the playbook of Marx and Engels. Unlike employment, food stamps has had banner growth in the Obama years, up from 26 million in 2007 to 47 million this year. According to the Census Bureau, by 2011, more Americans were receiving one or more means-tested federal programs than were employed full-time, year round. These programs, which cost almost $1 trillion annually, cover over 100 million Americans. ObamaCare is big government's latest great leap backward. Nationalized health insurance will drive up costs, ravage the private insurance market and put the power of life and death in the hands of warm and caring bureaucrats. The administration now admits that 93 million will lose their existing plans (the ones Pinocchi-prez assured the gullible they could keep, if they liked them) and be forced onto one of the exchanges to buy an inferior product at a higher price. From 2005 to 2013, premiums for the average individual plan increased 37%, for a family plan, they rose 31% during that period. Anticipating the impact of ObamaCare, the same premiums rose nearly 40% and 56% respectively since February 2013. The burden of ObamaCare will also be measured in lost jobs. When fully implemented, the employer-mandate is expected to add $5.51 an hour to the cost of employing a full-time worker with dependents. It will add tens of millions of low-income individuals to Medicaid, result in hiring 16,000 new IRS agents, and provide funding for close to 50,000 "navigators " – leftwing activists paid up to $48-an-hour to promote enrollment. As the guide "ObamaCare: Before And After," published by Discover the Networks, explains: "It is a matter of public record that President Obama and many other leading Democrats view ObamaCare not as the final solution to the nation's health care problems, but rather as a stepping stone toward the ultimate goal of a single-payer system administered entirely by the federal government. Obama has acknowledged this many times over the years, as have Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Kathleen Sebelius." The failure of ObamaCare .01 will be used to roll out a full-fledged socialized system. Along with dependency, federal spending and the National Debt have also soared. In 2011 Washington's share of Gross Domestic Product climbed to 24% – the largest share of GDP consumed by the federal establishment since the end of World War II. When the messiah ascended on January 20, 2009, the National Debt was $10.626 trillion. By January 31, 2014, it had reached $17.293 trillion – an increase of $6.666 trillion over the Obama years. It took 227 years (from America's founding to 2003) for the National Debt to hit $6.666 trillion. Obama added as much debt in just five years. By driving the nation into bankruptcy, Obama impoverishes the middle class and further undermines the economy. When Republicans protest raising the debt ceiling, Democrats and their media mutts get to growl about a looming government shutdown. "It's the end of the world as we know it...." Democratic power grows from dependency. The left wants a swelling army of the dole-addicted looking to Washington for food, housing, health care and other necessities – a mob which will storm the polls every two years to vote their perceived interests. Obama hates American preeminence. He hates economic growth. He hates energy production. He hates the private sector and middle-class prosperity. He hates a system where consumers can shop for health insurance and have real choices. He wants to leave America poorer, job growth stagnant, our people more dependent, and our economy gasping for air. That will be his enduring legacy to our national decline. America's failure is Obama's success. Stupid, inept, incompetent, hapless? The president and his supporters hope you'll keep right on underestimating him.

Democrats Say Benghazi Is Old News Unworthy of Further Concern!

Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 2 May 2014 | John Semmens
The revelation of Obama Administration memos proving that it knowingly perpetrated a fraudulent cover story blaming a little watched video for the attack on the US Benghazi Consulate is, according to former National Security Council Spokesman Tommy Vietor, “old news unworthy of further concern.” “Look Dude,” Vietor told Fox News' Bret Baier, “all that happened like two years ago. There's nothing anybody can do about it now. I think former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton established that it doesn't make any difference at this point.” Vietor also defended the State Department's and White House's pivot toward protecting the Administration from damaging political fall out. “While it was sad that four Americans died in Benghazi, the greater threat to the Administration from the domestic insurgency led by Mitt Romney had to be dealt with in a decisive manner,” Vietor argued. “The four casualties we suffered in Benghazi was a minor setback. A loss to Romney would've had far graver impacts for the President and his program. Even in hindsight, I think we made the right choice.” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) echoed Vietor's perspective and called continued GOP interest in the topic “a baldfaced attempt to divert people's attention from the headway this Administration is making. They don't want voters to know that over 8 million have signed up for the Affordable Care Act's new health insurance. They don't want voters to know that unemployment has dropped to its lowest level since the President took office. It's the same old 'dirty politics' we have come to expect from Republicans.” Pelosi predicted that “this scheme won't work because I believe that the Statute of Limitations for prosecuting anyone involved in anything that happened in Benghazi has expired. And even if it hasn't President Obama can simply pardon anyone the GOP witch hunters try to get their claws into. It's time to move on.”

President Obama racked up close to $3 million in flight costs this year on two trips he billed as Official Business!

Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 07:28 EST, 1 May 2014 | Francesca Chambers
The White House spent $2,952,278 in flight expenses this year for two trips President Barack Obama took on which he spent a large chunk of his time playing golf. Obama billed both trips as official business, but he spent more time golfing than he did participating in government meetings, government oversight organization Judicial Watch reports. The conservative organization obtained the cost of Obama’s Air Force 1 trips through Freedom of Information Act requests. The cost per flying hour of the president’s plane is $210,877, the Department of the Air Force told Judicial Watch. …
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