Why Do Republicans Want To Prop Up A Scandal Plagued President?

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I’m so confused.

It was only a month ago, that major scandal eruptions were rocking the Regime off balance,  and Republicans like me were finally smelling blood in the water. We had Benghazi, which had been festering for months, and before that Fast and Furious,  we had the wretched IRS scandal, which the average American could understand, the AP/James Rosen scandals that outraged the press, massive ongoing scandals at the EPA, and finally the NSA scandal – which seems to be mostly an issue about trust and competence.  These scandals should be burying this Regime. Obama is sliding badly in the polls. People not only don’t trust this government – they fear it.

A month ago, I said, Obama’s agenda for his second term is dead. Even “the Stupid Party” knows better than to work with a Regime as corrupt and scandal plagued as this one, right? Time to stick a fork in Obama’s agenda, right?

We’ve got multiple instances of Regime officials lying under oath to Congress. Anyone at all have a problem with that? Republicans should be spending most of their time undoing the damage this Regime has done, fighting Obama’s agenda, investigating their many scandals, and  holding hearings. Period.

What the hell are we doing “reaching across the aisle” to make deals with the same moral cretins who circled the wagons during Fast and Furious and Benghazi,  wanted the tea party targeted by the IRS, and were against NSA spying (during the Bush years) before they were all gung-ho for it, (all hail Obama.)

It should be obvious by now, that everything this president does is destructive in one way or another. He started his second term with the transparent desire to win the House in 2014 so he could finish off the Republican party. And damned if we don’t have a Republican party that is helping him do it.   We have a president who should be in a free-fall right now, but instead of kicking him while he’s down, we have Republicans who  are  helping him back up.

Ann Coulter dubbed Marco Rubio “the Jack Kevorkian of the Republican party” and she’s right. Instead of dropping  comprehensive immigration like a hot potato after all of the scandals erupted, he stayed right with it –  doing Obama’s bidding it turns out to pass the “Gang of Nine” bill.

Although some pundits are predicting that the Immigration bill will die in the House, this year, hope springs eternal when we have  “conservatives” like Rep. Paul Ryan gushing that the Senate’s  action “makes final passage on immigration ‘even more likely.’

Dude.

Are you kidding me, Paul Ryan?

Do these R-words have any idea how badly they’re screwing up, right now?

UPDATE:

Ryan talked about  the House’s plan to a dubious  Mark Levin, last week. Levin noted the government’s history of breaking its promises to secure the border, so why should we trust anything that’s passed, now?

Granted the House plan is leaps and bounds better than the Senate plan, but what happens  when the two bodies reconcile their versions of reform? Secure the border now – then take incremental steps toward immigration reform.

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We live in a country in which this happens, and Republicans shrug: IRS Sent $46,378,040 in Refunds to 23,994 ‘Unauthorized’ Aliens at 1 Atlanta Address:

(CNSNews.com) – The Internal Revenue Service sent 23,994 tax refunds worth a combined $46,378,040 to “unauthorized” alien workers who all used the same address in Atlanta, Ga., in 2011, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).

That was not the only Atlanta address theoretically used by thousands of “unauthorized” alien workers receiving millions in federal tax refunds in 2011. In fact, according to a TIGTA audit report published last year, four of the top ten addresses to which the IRS sent thousands of tax refunds to “unauthorized” aliens were in Atlanta.

The IRS sent 11,284 refunds worth a combined $2,164,976 to unauthorized alien workers at a second Atlanta address; 3,608 worth $2,691,448 to a third; and 2,386 worth $1,232,943 to a fourth.

Other locations on the IG’s Top Ten list for singular addresses that were theoretically used simultaneously by thousands of unauthorized alien workers, included an address in Oxnard, Calif, where the IRS sent 2,507 refunds worth $10,395,874; an address in Raleigh, North Carolina, where the IRS sent 2,408 refunds worth $7,284,212; an address in Phoenix, Ariz., where the IRS sent 2,047 refunds worth $5,558,608; an address in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., where the IRS sent 1,972 refunds worth $2,256,302; an address in San Jose, Calif., where the IRS sent 1,942 refunds worth $5,091,027; and an address in Arvin, Calif., where the IRS sent 1,846 refunds worth $3,298,877.

Where’s the outrage?!

Meanwhile Obama is trying to use the “Cool factor” and public schools to sell his disastrous, unpopular and ungodly health care law.

Welcome to the USSA says Matt Bracken: California Schools to Train Kids to Sell ObamaCare:

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Is anyone at GOP HQ looking at this or are they too busy trying to suck-up to college kids by holding “Google hangouts” about student loans?

A new Fox Poll: 82% of Americans Say Founding Fathers Would Disapprove Of How Things Are Going In Washington Today…

And Rasmussen reported today that  72% Think NSA May Have Monitored Congress, Military Leaders, Judges.

72 freaking percent of us think that Obama’s NSA is likely to have “violated one of the country’s most cherished constitutional standards – the checks and balances between the three branches of government – by spying on the private communications of Congress and judges.”

This concern takes on even more significance given that 57% of voters believe it is likely the NSA data will be used by other government agencies to harass political opponents.

And what are our leaders in the Grand Old Party doing? Holding Google Hang-outs with teenyboppers!

COME ON!

Holder Refuses to Answer If DOJ Spied on Members Of Congress (Video)

Today, Attorney Gen. Eric Holder testified before a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Justice Department’s FY2014 budget. He was asked about the seizure of Associated Press phone records and the IRS targeting conservative groups for investigation.

Senator Kirk (R-IL) asked Holder if the DOJ monitored phones for members of Congress, and shockingly, he refused to answer.

The guy who wouldn’t answer this very basic question, has “no intention” of stepping down, mind you.

Cruz explained why on Twitter:

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via The Blaze:

Jar Jar weighs in…

In an interview with the Huffington Post, White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett said there’s no chance Attorney General Eric Holderwill resign in light of revelations that his Justice Department has spied on journalists.

“You can take it from me,” she said. “He will be in his position for quite a while.”

The audacity of totalitarianism.

Oh Debbie! DNC Chair Caught Lying Again – Egg All Over Her Face – Will MSM Report?

This amazing scoop by Phillip Klein explains why Obama is trying so hard  to quash conservative media access at the DNC.

On Monday, at a DNC training session for Jewish Democrats for Obama, Debbie Wasserman Schultz  claimed that Israel’s ambassador to the United States had accused Republicans of being “dangerous” to Israel by criticizing President Obama’s record.

Phil Klein of the Washington Examiner reported:

As she [Schultz] was wrapping up her remarks, she claimed that, “We know, and I’ve heard no less than Ambassador Michael Oren say this, that what the Republicans are doing is dangerous for Israel.”

Yesterday, Ambassador  Oren released a diplomatic statement forcefully denying Schultz’s allegation.

“I categorically deny that I ever characterized Republican policies as harmful to Israel. Bipartisan support is a paramount national interest for Israel, and we have great friends on both sides of the aisle.”

Alana Goodman of Commentary was curious about how Debbie would handle this.

The question now is whether Wasserman Schultz responds. She’d be better off keeping her mouth shut, but obviously that’s going to be hard to do at a convention teeming with reporters. What’s her best option here? Dig in against the embassy, and say she stands by her characterization of Oren’s comments? Make up some lame excuse for why she apparently manufactured a remark from the Israeli ambassador? Schedule an emergency root canal?

She didn’t have to wait long for an answer. Last night at the Democrat Convention, Shepard Smith read the statement on the air while Debbie was sitting there, and asked for her comment. (Kudos to Shep Smith!) Turns out Goodman left out one option…

She tried to weasel out of it by blaming the messenger.

I didn’t say he said that,” Wasserman Schultz insisted. “And unfortunately, that comment was reported by a conservative newspaper. It’s not surprising they would deliberately misquote me. What I always say is that unfortunately the Republicans have made Israel a political football, which is dangerous for Israel. And Ambassador Oren has said that we can’t ever suggest that there is any daylight between the two parties on Israel because there isn’t. And that that’s harmful to Israel. That’s what I said, and that is accurate.”

When a Democrat begins a sentence with, “What I always say….” or in Obama’s case, “What I’ve always said” – know that some desperate dissembling is under way.

She had said exactly what the conservative newspaper said she said, and luckily, Phillip Klein was able to prove it because he had recorded her statement.

Ooftah! What a despicable liar!

Daniel Halper of the Weekly Standard wonders, will Debbie be dumped?”

So: Debbie Wasserman Schultz lied on national TV. And she did so while impugning the character of the reporter (Klein) who quoted her accurately. And she appears to have been lying about what an ambassador allegedly told her in private—which she then repeated for apparent political gain.

We’re all used to politicians exaggerating, misstating, and the like. But being caught in flat out lies? Won’t the Obama campaign—which, it’s been widely reported, is none too fond of Wasserman Schultz in the first place—decide it’s time for Debbie to go?

A few things come to mind…

#1 – As far as I can see – this is only a story in the conservative media. No MSM “factcheckers” have called DWS out on the lie. Dems have no problem brazening out lies if they can keep them from being exposed to the wider public.

#2 – The entire Obama campaign is running on lies and smears…if David Axelrod and Stephanie Cutter get to keep their jobs after all the lies they’ve told, why shouldn’t Debbie? DWS hasn’t done anything any one of them wouldn’t do. She only gets thrown under the bus if this story gets wider play, which it won’t.

#3 Didn’t Michelle Obama give a magnificent, masterful speech, last night? My goodness, she sure outclassed that rich rube, Ann Romney, didn’t she?

That’s what the MSM is talking about, today. Not Debbie Downer.

I would love to be proven wrong on this.

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John Nolte: Media Savages Ryan for Telling Truth, Accepts Wasserman-Schultz’s Bald-Faced Lies:

Because the media knows that on a level playing field Barack Obama has absolutely no chance of winning reelection, this very same media is thrilled to see that the Obama campaign has launched a negative, divisive, and dishonest quest for a second term. The media wants him to win and if this is how a failed Democrat has to win, they are all for it.

But the lies!

The lies!

The bald-face black and white lies the Obama  campaign tells are legion and by the day growing in number, desperation, and sheer audacity.

But the media doesn’t care.

In fact, they love it.

@adamsbaldwin linked to  this  edifying Dr Sanity piece that explains the Democrat shame culture:

Most psychological theorists (Erikson, Freud, Kohut) see shame as a more “primitive” emotion (since it impacts one’s basic sense of self) compared to guilt, which is developed later in the maturation of the self. Without the development of guilt there is no development of a real social conscience.

Hence, we see Republicans as a group are far more likely to resign positions when their unethical or immoral behavior is exposed.

Democrats don’t tend to do this. In the first place, they will not even acknowledge a “scandal” unless it remains in the national media for an extended period of time (they hope it will go away, and if it does, then they can continue to go about their business as if it never happened). They can always count on the MSM to minimize the damage–even not to report it at all if they can.

Thus the first and foremost rule: if no one knows about their shame, then it doesn’t count and they can continue to pretend they are innocent. Just think of the likes of Charles Rangell; Chris Dodd or Barney Frank. Could a Republican politician ever recover from being responsible for the death of a young woman while he saved himself and didn’t even report the accident to the police? Yet, someone like Ted Kennedy is now a revered senior statesman on the Democratic side of the aisle. No one talks of his crime. Do you imagine Larry Craig–whose indiscretion hurt no one– could ever make a comeback like that? Not on your life.

No, because Democrats, on the whole, firmly believe that they are “better people”–i.e., more loving, more compassionate, more intelligent etc. etc. ad nauseum; they go to great lengths to avoid shame; and hence, to avoid responsibility for their behavior. For every corrupt Ted Stevens, there are at least three John Murthas, Charlie Rangells, and William Jeffersons.

They lie, they deceive, they distort. They take kickbacks and are self-righteous about how innocent they are. They vow to eliminate pork, but think all they have to do is take their name off the bill they support and they are in the clear. They wonder what the meaning of “is” is. They insist they” did not have intercourse with that woman” because rhetorical maneuvers are a key postmodern method to avoid having to deal with shame and oral sex isn’t really sex anyway. They deny deny deny, and they pretend that they are innocent victims of vast rightwing conspiracies or, as in the case with ex-Governor Blagojevich, they emphasize what “champions” of the little guy they are. They ignore facts and when that doesn’t work, they are prepared to ignore the whole of reality itself. Because the cost to their fragile self-esteem if they are discovered is far too catastrophic.

Republicans tend to be amused when they watch Democratic scandals unfold–they, at least have few illusions about human frailty. Democrats, OTOH, immerse themselves in an orgy of self-gratifying excitement and jubilation when they hear of a Republican who fails to live up to the morality he espouses. “HYPOCRISY!” they scream in delight, cheered by the fact that they can once again feel superior.

UPDATE:

See? There wasn’t much media blowback so ditzy Deb is doubling down:

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., Fla.) told the Washington Free Beacon Wednesday evening that she will not be apologizing to Washington Examiner reporter Philip Klein after she falsely accused him of “deliberately misquoting” her.

“No, I definitely will not” offer Klein an apology, Wasserman Schultz said with a slight laugh as she was exiting an event meant to honor Center For American Progress founder John Podesta.

Asked if she had a message for Klein, Wasserman Schultz bristled.

“I don’t,” she said.

Members of the shame culture are not shamed as long as there are still people who believe them.

Video: Ditzy Debbie Wasserman Schultz: “I Have No Idea of the Political Affiliation” of the Priorities USA PAC”

Really lady? No idea?

It’s a mind boggling mystery we’ll be studying for years to come, that one… Someday, maybe, just maybe we’ll know the political affiliation of the folks who made the despicable claim that Republican candidate  for President, Mitt Romney is responsible for a woman’s death from cancer.

Until then, we can only wonder, while pondering the hypocrisy of the Republicans for crying foul.

So says Ditzy Debbie:

Begging to differ, the Washington Post gave its  Worst Week in Washington Award  to Priorities USA for its steelworker ad.

It seemed like a powerful message.

On Tuesday, Priorities USA Action — a Democratic super PAC run by two former Obama White House aides and blessed by the president himself — released an advertisement featuring a former steelworker named Joe Soptic. He told a devastating story about losing his job and his health insurance just as his wife got sick with what turned out to be terminal cancer. Soptic’s job was eliminated by Bain Capital, the company that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney helped found.

And so on and so forth. As we all know,  it was based on scurrilous lies:

Priorities USA, for hitting a new low in a campaign full of negative ads, you had the worst week in Washington. Congrats, or something.

Joining Priorities USA in infamy are its shameless Democrat defenders, first and foremost among them, Ditzy Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Meanwhile on CBS, the Obama campaign’s Stephanie Cutter was spared the opportunity to make an ass of herself: CBS Refuses To Confront OFA’s Cutter About Massive ‘Cancer’ Ad Lie.

Today’s “Meet the Press” was the first opportunity for a journalist to confront Ms. Cutter on this blatant and brazen lie and over the twelve minute interview, the subject was never broached.

Even worse, when Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom charged the Obama Campaign with dirty politics, guest host Nancy Cordes carried water for President Obama by saying, “Well, I think we’ve seen some petty, negative politicking from both sides this week…”

And on ABC, Via Weasel Zippers: Video: Axeldouche Won’t Say If President Obama Condemns His Super PAC’s Cancer Ad…

Naturally, that would take some class, of which Obama has none.

On ABC’s “This Week” David Axelrod won’t say if Obama condemns the false Super PAC ad by Priorities USA (August 12, 2012).

Photoshop: Baghdad Debbie “Pretty Happy” With Our Job Growth

After Friday’s dismal job report, even the water-carrying Obama fans at the Washington Post said it’s become “increasingly difficult for the president to argue that what he has tried is working well, or that he has something new to offer. Each month that the economy produces fewer jobs than are needed just to keep pace with population growth adds to the burden the president faces as the clock ticks toward November.”

But Baghdad Deb isn’t worried. She says she’s “pretty happy” with our job growth. How can she say this? By defying basic laws of economics and hoping the average voter doesn’t notice:

I’m pretty happy with twenty-eight straight months of job growth in the private sector-DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

No, really. She said that:

The “job growth” of which she speaks is not only anemic – it’s not keeping pace with population growth. Poor Baghdad Deb is just doing her part to further Obama’s talking point that the private sector is “doing fine”.

But as this chart via The Foundry shows, if anyone is “doing fine”, it’s the public sector:

This goes beyond the far more generous pension and health benefits they enjoy. While the private sector lost 4.6 million jobs (a 3.9 percent drop) since the recession began, government payrolls have only fallen by 240,000 jobs (a 1.1 percent drop). Federal employment has actually grown nearly 12 percent since the end of 2007, and while the country suffers from 8.2 percent unemployment, the unemployment rate for government employees is just 4.2 percent.

Via of Fox News:

“14.9 percent”

– The percent of Americans unable to find work, forced to take part-time work or who have given up looking work in the month of June, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The rate has been essentially steady since February.

Fox’s John Lott opined, the private sector is not doing fine, Mr. Obama:

There is one measure of employment that shows “4.3 million jobs [were created] over the last 27 months” since February 2010. But Obama ignores how private-sector job creation during this recovery compares to other past ones. The total actual number of private-sector jobs has grown by 2.8% during the “recovery” – the average for recoveries since 1970 is 8%, and 11% after severe recessions.

The growth also looks anemic when it is compared to what was lost. 36 months into the recovery and the private sector hasn’t even made up half the jobs lost during the recession, let alone make up for the fact that there are about 7.6 million more working age people than when the recession started.

What about the 4.2 million that were lost between when Obama became president and February 2010? The “growth” just replaces what was lost during the first part of his administration. Let alone the 8.8 million private sector jobs that were lost between when the recession started.

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Rebutting his Democratic counterpart, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, who appeared right before him, Priebus argued that the country is absolutely not better off than it was four years ago. He said that Obama “can’t fulfill a promise” and accused the Democrats of “living in Fantasyland,” declaring that the best way to help stimulate the economy in the long-run is firing Obama and hiring Mitt Romney in November.

When guest host John Roberts asked Priebus if Romney can effectively run on the weak jobs numbers that came out on Friday, Priebus added that the number is actually worse because, as he claimed, 30 percent of the jobs added were just temporary employment. He ripped into the Democrats for pushing a class warfare mentality.

“All of this stuff is small ball that they’re playing, all of this nastiness and division about investments and money and rich vs. poor. This is going to come down to how people feel in November, how people feel about this president. Did he fulfill the mission he promised this country?”

Priebus declared, “For the sake of the very idea of America, Mitt Romney has to win for liberty and freedom.”

According to Dem Source, Obama Told Debbie Wasserman Schultz, “Don’t forget you work for me.”

Javier Manjarres has managed to  find a Democrat source who is “a close associate” of Democratic National Committee Chairwoman,  Debbie Wasserman Schultz, an “insider”, if you will.

Wasserman Schultz, who represents the 20thcongressional district in Florida, is known to be one of those most strident,  polarizing and egocentric members of Congress. Apparently, that  has not made her popular with the Narcissist in Chief, who according to this source, once snapped at her, “It’s not about you, it’s about me.” (Oooooh…burn)

Rumors have been swirling around that Wasserman Schultz was not in President Obama’s top tier of candidates to sit at the helm of the Democratic National Committee.

A source within the Democratic Party who is a close associate of Wasserman Schultz has told the Shark Tank the details about the process that took place when the vetting of prospective candidates for the DNC chair.

The source told the Shark Tank that, “she (Wasserman Schultz) was not the first choice,” and that Wasserman Schultz feverishly lobbied her case of being a sitting ‘Jewish’congresswoman in a very safe Democratic district.  According to the source, Obama was pressured into picking Wasserman Schultz because she impressed upon him that he needed her as a loyal foot soldier to run cover him and shore up his dwindling support with the Jewish voters as well as with women.

But while Obama has been able to rely on Wasserman Schultz to carry his water, the President has grown increasingly annoyed with the polarizing manner in which she attacks her political opposition-a style that has galvanized her Republican opponents and chased many of those coveted ‘Independents’ away.

Just recently, Wasserman Schultz defended her former aide and current DNC Jewish Outreach liason for her juvenile misstep of posting pictures of herself on Facebook that referred to her and her fellow Jewish girlfriends as “Jewbags.” President Obama was reported to be so upset with the aide’s publicized antics that he did not allow Wasserman Schultz to introduce him at any of the events during his most recent trip to Florida.

Wasserman Schultz is known to always introduce the President whenever he is in Florida, and he did so during his previous visit to the Sunshine State, a little over a month ago.  Then ‘Jewbag-gate’ broke, and on Obama’s subsequent trip a couple of weeks back, Wasserman Schultz only introduced the President at a couple of events and merely acknowledged her presence at others. Ouch!  But in all fairness, the truth is that Wasserman Schultz’s role in President Obama’s recent trip was already scripted by his campaign.

It seems as if the relationship has soured to the point that according to the source, “He does not want her in the DNC anymore.”

Apparently, President Obama had discussions with the DNC Chairwoman regarding her approach, even telling her, “Don’t forget you work for me.”

It’s not about you, its about me. – attributed to President Barack Obama to Debbie Wasserman Schultz, as per our source.

Manjarres opines that this would be an awkward time for Obama to dump her because it would look like the party was in disarray, but “it would be very hard to find someone that is both in lock-step with his agenda and willing to run cover for him as she has done.”

Oh, I don’t know about that – there are plenty of lick-spittles in the Democrat party, (and the MSM, BIRM) who are willing to carry Obama’s water. Most of them come off as insane, but that’s beside the point.

Stay tuned at The Shark Tank for more exciting revelations to come from his new source!

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Slowly, Slowly, We’re Losing It All (Video)

Bill Whittle asks, “how do you overturn fundamental American rights without forcing people into the streets with protest signs, or even rifles?” By doing it slowly… slowly…

Bill Looks at how the Affordable Care Act and the National Defense Authorization Act threaten our First and Fifth Amendment rights and how both parties are slowly taking away the protections that guard us from the Ring of Power.

The  erosion of our precious liberties has been happening slowly, but relentlessly. Why are so many of our fellow Americans not alarmed?

This must read essay via Alt-Market answers that question: Understanding the Slave Mentality:

In the initial stages of nearly every recorded tyranny, the saucer eyed dumbstruck masses exhibit astonishing and masterful skill when denying reality.  The facts behind their dire circumstances and of their antagonistic government become a source of cynical psychological gameplay rather than a source of legitimate concern.  Their desperate need to maintain their normalcy bias creates a memory and observation vacuum in which all that runs counter to their false assumptions and preconceptions disappears forever.  It is as if they truly cannot see the color of the sky, or the boot on their face.  The concrete world of truth becomes a dream, an illusion that can be heeded or completely ignored depending on one’s mood.  For them, life is a constant struggle of dissociation, where the tangible is NOT welcome…

This is the problem that we in the Liberty Movement deal with most often in our writings and films.  Our confrontation with willful ignorance has been epic, even by far reaching historical standards.  The gains in social awareness have been substantial, and yet the obstacles are incredible.  Unprecedented.  As an activist trend, we have an almost obsessive drive to draw back the curtain so that the public has at least the opportunity to see what is on the other side.  Unfortunately, there is another danger that must be taken into account…

It is one thing to bear witness to the rejection of truth in our time and the oblivious attitudes of many towards the growth of totalitarianism.  Eventually, though, a second phase in the development of oligarchy arises.  I am speaking of the point at which tyranny becomes so blatant that the skeptics have to acknowledge its existence, but after doing so, they choose to rationalize it as necessary.  Yes, there are many in this world that will laugh at the prospect of the Orwellian nightmare only to happily embrace it when it arrives in full color.

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The True Slave: The true slave is not a person who has been shackled, beaten, tortured, and made to comply under threat of death.  As long as that poor soul has the spirit of rebellion and is ever seeking freedom, they are not imprisoned fully.  The true slave is a person who enjoys their subservience, who is weighted with fear by the very idea of independence from the system, and who would actually fight and die to maintain the establishment which enslaves them.  The true slave is not able to imagine living any other life beyond his micro-managed existence. The Facts Lose Value: The worst flaw of the slave is not necessarily his ability to overlook the truth, but his ability to see it, comprehend it, and then shrug it off anyway because it is contrary to his mission to fulfill his private delusions.  For the slave, the truth exists, but is no longer useful.  Lies make his universe turn, and facts are a tool to be used or cast aside at his leisure.

If that didn’t put you in a dark mood to start your Easter week, here’s some more doom and gloom via Noisy Room:

If nothing else, the debt we owe will literally drag us into hell all by itself. We’re broke and we aren’t going back to yesteryear anytime soon. That would take massive cuts and pain and no one with that kind of spine exists today in our government. But until the last penny is stolen and the last party is thrown by the Progressives, they will keep spending until there is nothing left but death, war, famine and blood. And they are okay with that, trust me. We face the abyss and our leaders are embracing the gulf.

From The Economic Collapse Blog:

#1 According to one new survey, approximately one-third of all Americans are not paying their bills on time at this point.

#2 The U.S. housing industry is bracing for another huge wave of foreclosures in 2012. The following is from a recent Reuters article….

“We are right back where we were two years ago. I would put money on 2012 being a bigger year for foreclosures than 2010,” said Mark Seifert, executive director of Empowering & Strengthening Ohio’s People (ESOP), a counseling group with 10 offices in Ohio.

#3 The Citigroup Economic Surprise Index, a key indicator watched by many economists, is on the verge of heading into negative territory.

#4 We are supposed to be in the middle of an economic recovery in the United States, but bad news just keeps pouring in from major companies. For example, Yahoo is firing thousands of workers and Best Buy is closing dozens of stores.

#5 Richard Russell says that the “big money” is starting to quietly exit from the financial markets….

“My guess is that this is the big money that has been holding off as long as it decently can — and then dumping their goods just before the close. I don’t think the big money likes this market, and I think they have been slowly exiting this market, as quietly as they can.”

#6 Goldman Sachs is projecting that the S&P 500 will fall by about 11 percent by the end of 2012.

#7 All over the country, local governments are going into default and we have not even entered the next recession yet.

#8 The U.S. government will add more to the national debt in 2012 than it did from the time that George Washington became president to the time that Ronald Reagan became president.

#9 The Federal Reserve is desperately trying to control interest rates. The Fed purchased approximately 61 percent of all government debt issued by the U.S. Treasury Department in 2011. This is the only thing that is keeping interest rates in the United States from soaring dramatically.

#10 German industrial production is falling at a pace that is far faster then expected.

#11 Italy’s debt-to-GDP ratio is now up to 120 percent.

#12 The Spanish government admitted on Tuesday that Spain’s debt-to-GDP ratio will rise by more than 11 percent this year alone.

#13 Yields on Spanish bonds are rising to dangerous levels.

#14 The Spanish government is projecting that the unemployment rate in Spain will exceed 24 percent by the end of the year.

#15 Unemployment in the eurozone as a whole has risen for 10 months in a row and is now at a 15 year high.

#16 In the aftermath of a 77-year-old retiree killing himself in front of the Greek parliament in protest over pension cuts, the economic rioting in Greece has flared back up dramatically.

#17 At this point, Greece is experiencing an economic depression with no end in sight. Some of the statistics coming out of Greece are really hard to believe. For example, one port town in Greece now has an unemployment rate of approximately 60 percent.

#18 The IMF is asking the United States to contribute more money for European bailouts.

#19 At this point, even some of our top scientists are projecting economic trouble. For example, researchers at MIT are projecting a “global economic collapse” by the year 2030 if current trends continue.

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LifeNews: Eric Holder’s “Conspiracy” Against Pro-Life Advocates:

Eric Holder is a busy man. When President Obama’s chief law enforcement officer isn’t tied up selling guns to Mexican drug cartels, refusing to prosecute self-serving cases of voter intimidation or ignoring “wanted dead or alive” bounties placed by black militants on the heads of private citizens, he’s busy conspiring with pro-abortion extremists to bring the full weight of the federal government down upon innocent pro-life advocates.

So much tyranny, so little time.

Eric Holder is much more than just incompetent. He’s an extremist pro-abortion activist who shares his boss’s goal of “fundamentally transforming America” to reflect both men’s secular-socialist self-image.

Big Government: Reaping the Rewards of a ‘Progressive’ America:

Today, as the United States Supreme Court contemplates the constitutionality of yet another Progressive expansion of governmental authority – and, yet again, another diminishing of our individual liberties – and as we can clearly see the fomentation of a potential race war in Florida at the hands of Progressive race-baiters, we have to ask ourselves some important questions: Do we really approve of the government and society that the Progressive Movement has delivered us? Is this the government we want to leave to our children; a government that tells us what we have to buy and eat, who are privileged and who are not, what we can say and where we can acknowledge our God?

The question put to all of us this coming election is not whether we are Democrat or Republican; Liberal or Conservative, it is whether we embrace liberty and freedom or cede both to further governmental encroachment upon individual sovereignty. Truth be told, our Founders and Framers started a revolution over this very question. I wonder if we will make them proud, or further disappoint them with our abdication of constitutional stewardship.

“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Benjamin Franklin

Hilarious “Debbie Downer” Ad Inspires Obama Camp To Ride To DWS’s Rescue With Flurry of Fundraising Emails (Video)

Via Weasel Zippers, The NY Daily News reports that the President is “riding to the rescue” of the deplorable Florida Congresswoman and DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

On Tuesday, the chief fund-raiser of Obama’s re-election effort, Rufus Gifford, emailed members of the DNC’s National Finance Committee, asking them to donate $1,000 to Schultz’s campaign for her to defend herself against the “Saturday Night Live”-inspired “Debbie Downer” ads that the Karl Rove-founded super-PAC American Crossroads has bought in her district.

In his email, Gifford said Rove has “targeted Debbie’s race and flooded her district in Florida with tons of money.” Super-PAC donors can give unlimited amounts anonymously, and American Crossroads has raised tens of millions to use against Democrats. Gifford did not respond, but a spokeswoman for the Obama campaign said “We support the congresswoman,” saying the email “speaks for itself.”

The video in question is genuinely funny – a brilliant deployment of Alinsky Rule #5, which is the one Alinsky rule I totally support:

The video was uploaded by on Jun 8, 2011, so it’s by no means new. I would like to see it updated with her recent disgusting comments attempting to link  tea party incivility with the Tucson massacre. This is how you fight the left.

Video: Repugnant Debbie Wasserman Schultz Still Blaming Tea Party For Tucson

What. a. bimbo.

Almost a year ago, on January 14, 2011 to be exact, I wrote The Tucson Massacre’s Hall Of Shame: Liberals Who Used Tragedy To Smear The Right, where I cataloged all of the shameless liberals who jumped at the chance to implicate an entire movement, and their leaders, (most notably Sarah Palin) as accessories to the crime.

See – by the 14th, enough was known about the assailant, Jared Loughner, that to the degree he held any political positions at all, we knew,  they were on the kook left - emphasis on kook. He didn’t like the government’s grammar! It was obvious that Loughner was not a tea party member/follower/supporter in any capacity what-so-ever, and he probably had no idea who Sarah Palin even was.

So – a whole year ago, I was mocking this cavalcade of cretins  for their obtuse slanders – and here we have the leader of the Democrat party today,  trying to revive the old smear — because what?  It was such a winner for them a year ago? It didn’t make the ones who did it look like bottom feeding slime, at all?

She dares impugn the tea party after we’ve witnessed months of Obama/Pelosi/Wasserman-Shultz endorsed occupiers infesting parks all over the nation, increasing the levels of filth, stench,  vermin and crime wherever they go? Oh, and I almost forgot  — incivility. 

When the LA arson suspect was caught on January 2nd,  I complimented the right-wing blogosphere for their restraint. The fact of the matter is – I know a lot of us were thinking, “maybe it’s an occupier…” because they’ve been so prone to destructive behavior, especially on the left coast. But nobody went there because it would have been irresponsible to do so – and stupid, because we would have ended up with egg on our faces like the idiot left did after they insisted on blaming ‘tea party incivility’ for the Tucson shooting.

But the shameless left seems to be impervious to eggs…

Here is what Debbie Wasserman Schultz had to say about the precious occupiers, last October:

“We understand their frustration, we applaud their activism and hopefully they’re going to help get the Republicans in Washington’s attention so we shift the Republican’s focus from just Barack Obama’s job, to everyone’s job,” she said of the protesters.

Once again, via The Jawa Report, here’s a side by side comparison of the Tea party vs OWS:


The craven dishonesty and hypocrisy of some people- it’s almost too much to bear.

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As Michelle Malkin ruefully noted:

They just couldn’t help themselves.

This weekend’s one-year anniversary of the Tucson massacre passed quietly and respectfully.

And then femme-a-gogue Democrat Debbie Wasserman Schultz had to open her big mouth.

Linked by Michelle Malkin, thanks!

“Obama and His Band Of Merry Men” Continue To Shred Immigration Law In AZ

Last week, Sheriff Joe Arpaio held a press conference to blast “Obama and His Band of Merry Men” for “shredding immigration law“. He was reacting to a scathing U.S. Justice Department report about his office’s law enforcement tactics which found that his office had  carried out a blatant pattern of discrimination against Latinos.

The DOJ canceled the 287G agreement with Arpaio’s office which means law enforcement in Maricopa County will no longer able to check the immigration status of  criminal offenders  brought to their jails.

Now, via Gateway Pundit, KPHO reports that ICE is refusing to take illegal immigrant human traffickers from Sheriff Joe’s jail:

Sheriff Joe Arpaio had his first run-in with a group of suspected illegal immigrants since things heated up with the Department of Justice.

The Department of Justice recently revoked his deputies’ ability to check immigration status inside Maricopa County jails.

Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Justin Griffin says they pulled over a vehicle and have eight people in their custody for human smuggling at 35th Avenue and Durango.

Griffin says they attempted to give four of the detainees to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, but MCSO says ICE is refusing to take them.

Griffin says, “We asked ICE, ‘If we were DPS, would you take them from us?’ And we were told specifically, ‘Yes.’”

Robert Blain of The Dayton Tribune sees this as just one of many multi-front attacks Holder and the  Obama administration have setup to make sure states are stripped of their ability to enforce U.S. immigration laws.

 Now the DOJ is suing the most active and largest sheriff’s office in Arizona (Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office has 189 officers) by extending an investigation into alleged civil rights violations.

Back in March of 2009 the DOJ informed sheriff Arpaio that a probe was underway to investigate what the DOJ claimed were “alleged patterns or practices of discriminatory police practices and unconstitutional searches and seizures.” This is where things get sticky for Eric Holder and the Obama Administration.

Six months prior to this investigation the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) had already conducted its own investigation of sheriff Arpaio’s office and not only gave it a clean bill of health, they actually gave a raving review. The report said things like “The OI and DRO supervisors consider the conduct and performance of the MCSO … officers to be professional and meeting the requirement of the MOA.” And that they considered the working relationship between the feds and the sheriff’s office to be “excellent” and that cases brought by the sheriff’s office to be “high quality.”

The DOJ then got caught with its pants down when more government documents were uncovered under the Freedom of Information Act that suggests politics may be at the root of the investigation. Sheriff Arpaio’s lawyers found a March 11, 09 e-mail, that was sent just after the Justice Department investigation was announced, from an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency employee to John P. Torres who was at the time the acting assistant secretary of ICE. The email said: “Did you see this?” attaching a news report on the investigation. “Yes,” Torres responded a few minutes later. “Interesting politics at play.”

Thursday’s DOJ lawsuit against sheriff Arpaio is for Arpaio’s allegedly failing to cooperate fully in the probe, despite the fact there has already been an ongoing probe for over a year and a half now and not a single charge has been levied against Arapio or his office by the DOJ for violating anyone’s civil rights.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio is convinced that he is the victim of a politically motivated attack by the Obama administration. I think it’s pretty obvious he’s right.

UPDATE:

Via The Daily Caller:

Sheriff Paul Babeu of Pinal County, Ariz., said that Attorney General Eric Holder’s recent attacks on his colleague, Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Ariz., were an attempt to take public attention off of Operation Fast and Furious.

“The fact [that the Department of Justice] chose today to release their findings was only done to take the attention away from themselves,” Babeu said in a press release, according to Sonoran News. “Today marks the one year anniversary since the murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.”

Holder’s DOJ announced on December 15 that it “had reasonable cause to believe” Arpaio’s office was discriminating against Latinos.

RELATED OUTRAGES:

CNS: DHS Spent $9.8M to Store $44M of Steel It Bought But Did Not Use to Build Mexico Border Fence

AoSHQ: Sources: Eric Holder Condones Perjury Among His Justice Department Staffers

Video: Debbie Wasserman Schultz Also Not Interested In Condemning Violent Anti-Teaparty Rhetoric

Debbie Wasserman-Schultz has been less than stellar in her media appearances since she took on the mantle as head of the DNC, last Spring. I’ve covered some of her more risible moments here at Nice Deb. This interview with Gretchen Carson on Fox and Friends was her most pathetic performance to date, as she steadfastly refused to answer Gretchen Carson’s question, opting to jibber about jobs, instead. Note the nervous laughter, and “Are you kidding me?”

No ma’am, we’re not kidding. What happened to the new tone?

It was clear, yesterday, when the President failed to distance himself from James Hoffa’s unhinged Labor Day rhetoric, that the Democratic party as a policy, was  condoning, (even encouraging) violent anti-tea party speech. His speech wasn’t, after all, any worse than the anti-teaparty rhetoric we’ve been hearing for the past several weeks from Democratic congressmen. The Democrat party has apparently declared war on the tea party, and is using copious amounts of class-war, race-war, violent anti-teaparty rhetoric….but to what ends? To inspire the more violent, and unhinged members of the left-wing mobs to wreak havoc? They know that “Days of Rage” protests are planned September 17 in New York City…..is that the sort of rhetoric they want the left hearing right before they attempt to “occupy Wall Street”? Liberals love to talk about “dog whistles”…I think what we’ve been hearing for the past few weeks is one big dog whistle.

The White House had no comment on  Hoffa’s demented anti-teaparty rant in which he said:

“President Obama, this is your army. We are ready to march…Everybody here’s got a vote…Let’s take these sons of bitches out and give America back to an America where we belong.

Which shouldn’t surprise anyone given that the President himself is on record telling a Hispanic audience to “punish their enemies.” We’ve long known that this is not a President who wishes to preside over all Americans. The divisive speech he used from the very beginning of his presidency assured us of that.

James Hoffa, himself, expressed that he had “no regrets” for anything he said in his speech.

Media Matters is in full spin mode, trotting out the standard, “taken out of context” trope they use every time a lib is caught saying something stupid. (Yes, libs are forever being taken out of context.)

Jay Carney Absolutely Refuses To Criticize Hoffa’s “War” and “Son of a Bitch” Comments

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A response from the right:

The Daily Caller: Palin calls out Hoffa’s ‘thuggery’ for his ‘sons of bitches’ remarks

Newsbusters: Scarborough: There Seems to be a Rule – If You Support Obama You Can Say ‘Take People Out’

Linked by Michelle Malkin, thanks!

Hat tip: The Blaze

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Rick Perry’s Crony Capitalism Problem

Ugh, this isn’t good at all.

Today, Michelle Malkin has as her top story,  Rick Perry’s ill-conceived and ill-fated attempt to force the Gardasil vaccine on sixth grade girls:

He also forced state health officials to make the vaccine available “free” to girls ages 9 to 18. The drug, promoted by manufacturer Merck as an effective shield against the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV) and genital warts, as well as cervical cancer, had only been approved by the Food and Drug Administration eight months prior to Perry’s edict.

Gardasil’s wear-off time and long-term side effects have yet to be determined. “Serious questions” remain about its “overall effectiveness,” according to the Journal of the American Medical Association. Even the chair of the federal panel that recommended Gardasil for children opposes mandating it as a condition of school enrollment. Young girls and boys are simply not at an increased risk of contracting HPV in the classroom the way they are at risk of contracting measles or other school-age communicable diseases.

Perry defenders pointed to a bogus “opt-out” provision in his mandate “to protect the right of parents to be the final authority on their children’s health care.” But requiring parents to seek the government’s permission to keep an untested drug out of their kids’ veins is a plain usurpation of their authority. Translation: Ask your bureaucratic overlord to determine if a Gardasil waiver is right for you.

Libertarians and social conservatives alike slammed Perry’s reckless disregard for parental rights and individual liberty. The Republican-dominated legislature also balked. In May 2007, both chambers passed bills overturning the governor’s unilaterally imposed health order.

Now, Perry is lamely trying to excuse this huge blotch on his record by saying that “he didn’t do his research well enough”:

Well, Malkin did her research:

Perry’s former chief of staff Mike Toomey is a top Merck lobbyist. Toomey’s mother-in-law headed a Merck-funded front group pushing vaccination mandates. Merck’s political action committee pitched in $6,000 to Perry’s re-election campaign in 2007 and Merck discussed the vaccine with Perry staff on the day they donated.

And that’s just one of many examples of Perry’s crony capitalism. Left Coast Rebel lists a few more:

The file on Perry’s abuses of power, insider deals with cronies and tax and spend policies is thick, but for a start here are what Texas RLC members voted as the top five Perry scandals which GOP primary voters need to know more about:

    1.Business Slush Funds:
    Perry made heavy use of business incentive “slush funds” which used taxpayer dollars to subsidize selected businesses, many of them run by his major campaign contributors. Just two of these funds, the Texas Enterprise Fund and the Texas Emerging Growth fund, spent over $700 million to subsidize businesses to move to Texas or expand operations in Texas, with little evidence that these handouts of taxpayer money produced job or revenue growth anywhere near sufficient to justify the expense. In fact, many of these businesses eventually downsized or relocated long before they had earned the money Perry gave them, or even went bankrupt with $25 million fund dollars like Countrywide Financial.

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    2.Toll Roads and Land Seizures:


    Perry has never met a toll road project he wasn’t willing to seize huge amounts of private land for and then give the exclusive management contracts to foreign corporations. Perry’s time in office has set records for eminent domain land seizures – over a million acres have been seized. His toll road projects have confiscated family farms and torn communities apart. Toll roads have been used as a massive off-the-books tax program, taking money from Texas drivers and feeding it to foreign financial interests and management groups which lobbied the governor for special deals which produce much higher tolls and higher profits than are typical in other states.

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    3. Forced Vaccinations:


     In 2007 Perry issued an executive order which would have forcibly vaccinated every girl in Texas entering the sixth grade with Merck’s Gardasil vaccine for Human Papilloma Virus. This massive violation of the privacy rights of Texas teenagers and their parents would have come at a cost of $360 in taxpayer money per shot. It would have been a huge windfall for Merck, which had paid Perry’s former Chief of Staff $250,000 to lobby the governor and legislature to promote the forced vaccination program.

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    4. The Job-killing Franchise Tax:


    Knowing that it would be impossible to pass an income tax against popular opposition in Texas, Perry promoted the idea of a special business tax called the “Franchise Tax” which taxes businesses at different arbitrary rates set by the government. This tax expands business taxes to types of businesses which are not taxed in most states and in many cases taxes small businesses more than large corporations they compete with. For example it taxes small car repair shops at double the rate it taxes large dealerships for car repairs. It’s a small business and job killer.

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5. Scuttled the anti-TSA Bill:


When Rep. David Simpson led the Texas legislature towards passage of an enormously popular bill (HB1938) to hold the TSA accountable for intrusive searches of airline passengers, Perry played a key role in making sure that the bill was not passed. When the TSA and the Justice Department began pressuring him, although Perry had promised to submit the bill to the special legislative session, he delayed submitting the bill until it was so late in the session that it was virtually impossible to hold the constitutionally mandated votes necessary for passage. That way he could score points with the public for submitting the popular bill while at the same time making sure that it wouldn’t pass. It’s a classic example of Perry’s insincere pandering.

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I remember that TX anti-TSA bill, and was pretty excited about it.  Ugh. I’ve been waiting for a candidate to come out forcefully against the TSA’s grope and grab policies, and here we have someone, who when he had the power to do something about it, he caved to pressure from Obama’s corrupt TSA and DOJ? Ugh.

No thank you on Rick Perry.

NEXT!

I’m still hearing that Ryan and Christie may enter the race…..

And another (former) Republican Governor, who spent her time in office fighting the type of crony capitalism we see coming out of Rick Perry’s Texas, still may enter the race.

P.S.

I’m open to any explanations  Perry defenders have on any or all of these examples of what appears to be crony capitalism. In fact I’d like to hear his side of the story.

SEE ALSO:

An even-handed report by Doug Ross: The Truth About Rick Perry, Cliff Notes Version

For those interested in an overview of PeskyTruth‘s two masterful articles describing the pros and cons of Rick Perry (“Want to know more about Rick Perry?” and “Seventeen (17) things that critics are saying about Rick Perry“), please consider the following “Cliff’s Notes” version.

And

CounterContempt: Debunking the Rick Perry Pro-Sharia School Curriculum Myth

And

Chuck DeVore: Big Government: Governor Perry, the Trans-Texas Corridor & Eminent Domain: Do Limited Government Conservatives Need to Worry? No!


 

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Wake Me Up From This Nightmare

Boom boom boom…nothing but bad news on the economic front —and with every decision Obama and the Socialist Dems make,  things only get worse.

The tea party movement was born  in Feb 2009  because people instinctively knew that the Stimulus bill was was just a huge expansion of a capital-sucking government. Now, via Dan Riehl, I see at USA Today:

Paychecks from private business shrank to their smallest share of personal income in U.S. history during the first quarter of this year, a USA TODAY analysis of government data finds.

At the same time, government-provided benefits — from Social Security, unemployment insurance, food stamps and other programs — rose to a record high during the first three months of 2010.

Those records reflect a long-term trend accelerated by the recession and the federal stimulus program to counteract the downturn. The result is a major shift in the source of personal income from private wages to government programs.

Or spreading the wealth around…

Economist David Henderson of the conservative Hoover Institution says a shift from private wages to government benefits saps the economy of dynamism. “People are paid for being rather than for producing,” he says.

Here’s some cheery news from Doug Ross:

Black coffee-style sobering: “Anyone Who Is Still Bullish On Housing Clearly Isn’t Paying Attention To The Real Numbers.”

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Conclusion: “Add it all up, and there is a massive structural imbalance in residential real estate that will take at least a decade more to unwind. We could be looking at a replay of the same 26 year period from 1929 to 1955 when prices remained flat, and we are only 3 years into it!”

More cheery economic news from Doug:

Economy Hitting On All Cylinders as Obama Recovery Rolls On

Betsy Mccaughey in an oped at the NY Daily News says : Bam’s budget is a monstrosity: Deficits are huge. A value-added tax could be coming

On Feb. 1, President Obama released his fiscal 2011 budget. It’s a whopper. It calls for federal spending of $3.8 trillion, soaring to $5.7 trillion in 2020.

A 5-foot-high stack of hundred-dollar bills totals $1 million. To get to $1 billion, you need 10 stacks as high as the Washington Monument. To get to $3.8 trillion, you need 38,000 Washington Monuments.

$3.8 trillion also equals 25% of everything produced in the U.S. (Gross Domestic Product). State and local government spending brings the total to 42% of GDP.

Government spending has crossed the 40% line just twice in American history: when the nation plunged into World War II and again last year, during the economic crisis. The Obama administration intends to make big government permanent, with spending at 40% even in 2020, when no crisis is expected.

Money News.com: Sen. Gregg: Finance Reform Bill a ‘Disaster':

Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., has a very harsh view of the financial reform bill passed by the Senate last week, calling it a “disaster.”

“The bill is a disaster because it doesn’t address the fundamental underlining causes of the economic issue, which were real estate and underwriting,” he says.

“This bill became, ‘I want to score the most points against Wall Street.’ Most of the initiative of this bill wasn’t directed at solving the problem, but it was directed at scoring political points,” he recently told CNBC.

The Senate version of financial reform was approved late last week and must now be reconciled with the House version before it is signed into law by President Barack Obama.

He said the proposed consumer protection agency will extend the footprint of government and spark conflicts with the banking industry.

Gregg proposed underwriting standards in tandem with Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., that weren’t included in the bill.

Gregg’s also upset that the bill doesn’t reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. “The failure to take on Fannie and Freddie is almost malfeasance of a criminal level,” he said.

“You’ll basically have a consumer protection agency which decides to go out and in the morning and say, ‘Well everybody who’s XYZ should have a loan, even though the local community bank says XYZ shouldn’t have a loan, because if we give them a loan, we know they’re not going to pay back,’” he said.

“It’s going to become an agency that defines lending on social justice purposes instead of safety and soundness purposes.”

With Republicans still burning from that travesty, it would have been fun to have been a fly on the wall when Obama came to visit Senate Republicans, earlier today. This Washington Post report probably only scratches the surface:

“He needs to take a Valium before he comes in and talks to Republicans,” Sen. Pat Roberts (Kan.) told reporters. “He’s pretty thin-skinned.”

Heh!: Krauthammer offered to write Bam a prescription, video at Weasel Zippers.

Sen. Sam Brownback (Kan.) described the meeting as “testy,” and Sen. John Thune (S.D.) called it a “lively discussion.” Others questioned whether the “symbolism” of Obama’s approach matched the actions of his Democratic congressional allies.

In his first meeting with the Senate Republican caucus in more than a year, Obama hoped to secure support on a broad range of issues, including immigration. As he left, the president said, “We had a good, frank discussion on a whole range of issues.”

But his spokesman Robert Gibbs acknowledged that little agreement was reached. “Obviously, there were continued differences on some of these issues. But the president believes that direct dialogue is better than posturing, and he was pleased to have the opportunity to share views with the conference,” Gibbs said.

Brownback said Obama explained several times that he is “under pressure from his left” on major issues, including climate change. Obama asked Republicans to be willing to take some of the same kind of criticism from their right flank in working toward bipartisan accords, other senators said.

DO NOT FALL FOR IT, REPUBLICANS!

Bob Corker was brutal:

“I said, ‘I got to tell you something, there’s a degree of audacity in you being here today,’” Corker said, recalling his exchange with the president.

“If you look at your three major initiatives they were almost all done on party-line votes,” Corker told Obama. “I feel we’re all props here today.

“Just last week you engineered a very partisan vote,” Corker added. “I would just like for you to explain to me, when you get up in the morning, and when you come over to lunch like this, how you reconcile that duplicity.”

“It hit a nerve, obviously,” Corker said, describing Obama’s reaction to the broadside.

Corker told The Washington Post:

“How can you come in on a Tuesday after [the financial bill vote]? . . . It was odd to me.”

Obama’s doing a lot of odd things lately, like planning to  jet off to Chicago for Memorial Day weekend, instead of  making the traditional Arlington National Cemetery Memorial Day speech:

On Monday, Obama will make remarks at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, south of Chicago – missing the usual tradition of presidents speaking at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day.

Ace thinks Obama’s being commendably honest, here…or perhaps he’s just clueless:

Past Democratic presidents — Clinton, say — were plainly card-carrying members of the would-be ruling class of the Harvard-to-DC corridor. But they feared the people, at least, and practiced gestural politics to symbolically, but deceptively, suggest they “shared the values” of non-ruling-class Americans.

Obama’s kind of giving up on that ruse. His attempts to establish populist credentials were half-hearted from the outset, and now he can’t even be bothered to phone it in.

See Sondrak’s photoshop - it says it all.

And now, Byron York notices, (with some satisfaction, I think), that the chumps in the MSM are getting the cold shoulder from their Messiah:

Will Barack Obama go an entire year without holding a formal news conference? He’s getting close: The president’s last full-scale session with the press was on July 22, 2009, which was 307 days ago.

Obama makes no secret of his disdain for the press. Just look at the scene in the Oval Office May 18, when Obama invited a few journalists to watch him sign a new bill — it just happened to be the Daniel Pearl Freedom of the Press Act.

“Speaking of press freedom, could you answer a couple of questions on BP?” CBS’s Chip Reid asked Obama after the signing.

“You’re certainly free to ask them, Chip,” Obama said.

“Will you answer them?” Reid continued. “How about a question on Iran?”

“We won’t be answering — I’m not doing a press conference today,” Obama said. “But we’ll be seeing you guys during the course of this week. OK?”

And that was that. In the spirit of the day, Obama conceded that the press had the freedom to ask questions — he just didn’t have to answer them. (By the way, Obama aides edited the exchange with Reid out of the video of the signing posted on the White House Web site.)

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While Obama dodges questions, his spokesman stonewalls them. There’s simply no other word to describe the White House handling of Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak’s charge that the Obama administration offered him a job if he would not challenge Sen. Arlen Specter in the state’s recent primary.

And so on…Read Byron’s entire piece.

I wondered after the election if the media would ever turn on Obama, after their shameless, salivating, bias during the election. I always figured that they had too much of their own credibility invested in him, to ever turn on him. But maybe they never bargained for such a snide, arrogant and narcissistic Socialist Messiah.

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2010 May Not Be So Great Economically

Some are saying that hyperinflation, (the likes of which have been seen in third world dictatorships like Mugabe’s fascist Zimbabwe), is just around the corner.

Doug Ross @Journal (always a great place for cheery economic news) reports: The U.S. has no way of avoiding a financial Armageddon:

Bankrupt sovereign states most commonly use the currency printing press as a solution to not having enough money to cover obligations. The alternative would be for the U.S. to renege on its existing debt and obligations, a solution for modern sovereign states rarely seen outside of governments overthrown in revolution, and a solution with no happier ending than simply printing the needed money. With the creation of massive amounts of new fiat dollars (not backed by gold or silver) will come the eventual destruction of the value of the U.S. dollar and related dollar-denominated paper assets.

What lies ahead will be extremely difficult, painful and unhappy times for many in the United States. The functioning and adaptation of the U.S. economy and financial markets to a hyperinflation likely would be particularly disruptive. Trouble could range from turmoil in the food distribution chain to electronic cash and credit systems unable to handle rapidly changing circumstances. The situation quickly would devolve from a deepening depression, to an intensifying hyperinflationary great depression.

American Thinker: 2010 Will Be Worse

The year 2010 is likely to be the pivotal year where pundits stop referring to the recession and begin openly talking about a depression.

Our economic problem is rather simple to describe: There is too much debt relative to income and/or wealth.

Read the whole thing…the unsettling conclusion:

The possibility of losing our form of government is a real risk under any of the alternatives. So is civil unrest and strife. All are probably more likely under alternative 1 because of the corrosive effects of high inflation combined with a depression.

Beware the turn of the calendar. Things are going to get interesting, and probably very quickly.

Scary looking charts at both locations.

And just to remind everyone, once again, Tea Partiers scrambled and began screaming NOOOOOOO! to Obama’s insane spending sprees starting in February 2009. Yes, this problem has been years in the making, (with liberals deserving the brunt of the blame), but Obama  made a bad situation worse, cut off escape hatches, and hastened our demise.

Thanks to Retired Geezer for the cartoon!

Previously:

Obama Worried That Debt May Lead To Double-Dip Recession


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Notre Dame PWNAGE

I wanted to end the chapter on Obama’s depressing and dishonest appearance at Notre Dame yesterday, but several updates later, I have found that I’m still not through venting, so time for another post.

How dishonest was “President Infanticide’s” speech? Slublog was particularly affronted by this bit of pablum:

In his commencement address, he said the following:

So let us work together to reduce the number of women seeking abortions, let’s reduce unintended pregnancies. Let’s make adoption more available. Let’s provide care and support for women who do carry their children to term. Let’s honor the conscience of those who disagree with abortion, and draft a sensible conscience clause, and make sure that all of our health care policies are grounded not only in sound science, but also in clear ethics, as well as respect for the equality of women.” Those are things we can do.

Senator Barack Obama, answering a questionnaire from a pro-choice group:

Does Sen. Obama support continuing federal funding for crisis pregnancy centers? Why or why not?

No.

He didn’t then…he doesn’t now. See? Lip service. But his audience approved of his pretty words with enthusiastic applause.

They had forgotten…or perhaps they had never known about Obama’s chilling rational for infanticide:

Maybe they hadn’t heard of Obama’s 2004 fund raising letter opposing the “so called” partial birth abortion ban.

Not everybody was in the dark, though: Some photo reflections at Jill Stanek’s blog.

Did anyone hear about the mass peaceful protest that occurred at Notre Dame? The MSM only focused on the trespassing protesters. A caller into the Rush Limbaugh Show had this to report:

Hey I wanted to call in and talk to you about Notre Dame a little bit.  My wife and my three daughters were there yesterday, and they were at the student protest called ND Response.  And what’s really shocking is how it’s not being covered at all in the media.  You had about 4,000 students at the South Quad, and 4,000 people. There were faculty members there. There was a whole slew of speakers. They had a Holy Cross priest, actually an African-American priest who is a Notre Dame grad who went to Notre Dame obviously.  There was ex-football player Chris Godfrey who spoke, a lot of great speakers.  They actually had the different faculty members that were there supporting what they were doing get up on stage and be recognized. There were about 30 faculty members that stood up.  And when we went to read about this on the news last night and how it was reported, there was just no coverage of it.  And I kind of compare it to what happened with the tea parties and how the press just really ignored it because it was going to be anti-Obama press and they just didn’t need to cover it.  They were covering the real outspoken pro-life demonstrators out at the gates of Notre Dame and the people getting arrested and things, but they didn’t cover this peaceful protest that was on campus organized by the students and had an actual turnout.

In one of the most repulsive troll droppings I’ve  come across on the web, Slublog commenter, “Tom” left this:

LoL, it’s hillarious how angry conservatives are about his visit to Notre Dame.

It’s not surprising. After all, the students shouted down the pro-life thugs who tried to ruin their graduation ceremony and cheered when they were led away by the police. All conservatives did was embarass themselves on national television and help to guarantee, once again, that the next emerging generation will thoroughly despise them.

Get over it, losers. The students loved Obama and DESPISED thugs like you.

And:

Conservatives got PWNED.

Honey,  conservatives are not the ones who are getting “PWNED”, here.

We are actually winning the debate.

And now that all the pageantry and fanfare has ended…who else comes out the loser? Whose very identity is at stake, here?

Well…Notre Dame University is already becoming known as a “formerly Catholic” institution.

And  alumni donors had promised to withhold over $8.2 million at last count, if ND actually honored the pro abortion President. That is probably a conservative estimate.

I hope this travesty was worth it for them.

RELATED:

Wintery Knight has a list of all the pro-abortion actions Obama has taken since he was elected POTUS, as well as actions taken as a US Senator.

Yet, pro lifers are asked to find common ground with him.

Also:

George Weigel at NRO:

In order to secure the political advantage Obama had gained among Catholic voters last November, the president of the United States decided that he would define what it means to be a real Catholic in 21st-century America — not the bishop of Fort Wayne–South Bend, who in sorrow declined to attend Notre Dame’s commencement; not the 80-some bishops who publicly criticized Notre Dame’s decision to invite the president to receive an honorary degree; not the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which explicitly and unambiguously instructed Catholic institutions not to do what Notre Dame did. He, President Obama, would settle the decades-long intra-Catholic culture war in favor of one faction — the faction that had supported his candidacy and that had spent the first months of his administration defending his policies.

Jives nicely with what Paul Mirengoff of Powerline said the other day:

In fairness to Obama, these interests are considerable. Obama hopes to drive a wedge between the leaders of the Catholic Church and rank-and-file Catholics in order to substantially reduce Church leaders and their teachings as a moral force in the United States. Such a reduction, in turn, will remove a barrier to Obama’s left-wing agenda, especially his left-wing social agenda, just as the steep decline in the authority of Catholic Church paved the way the leftist agenda in certain European countries.

I wasn’t going to be that cynical, but I fear they’re right. Shame on Notre Dame for being such willing pwns.

Oh look.

More common ground:

Barack Obama’s new federal budget calls for taxpayer funded abortions in the nation’s capital.

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