Ted Cruz on Fox News: Obama Should Apologize For ObamaCare and Do Something To Fix It (Video)

There are five specific questions dealing with the IRS, NSA and Benghazi scandals, ObamaCare, and jobs, that Senator Ted Cruz would like the president to answer in his State of the Union speech, Tuesday.
Today the Texas Senator talked to Gretchen Carlson of Fox about questions he (and many Americans would like answers to).
On Obamacare, he reiterated his assertion that Obama should apologize for lying about ObamaCare, saying “over 5 million people trusted President Obama when he said ‘if you like your health insurance plan you can keep it; if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.’ We now know that statement wasn’t true, and if he was actually taking responsibility for his action, he would number one say I am sorry, but then number two, he would act to fix it. Empty words don’t mean a whole lot.”  He went on to say, “for President Obama’s apology to mean something… he’s got to stop making it worse.”

On Benghazi, he noted that “Hillary Clinton today says she regrets that four brave Americans lost their lives… but at the same time, she doesn’t want to do anything to fix it. If she really was sorry, then she would stand up and join me and 22 other Senators calling for a joint select committee in Congress to investigate… why nobody has been held accountable.”

“A little over a year ago”, he continued, “President Obama said nobody cares more than I do about Benghazi. To the best of my recollection, that was the last time president Obama ever uttered the word Benghazi. If he was telling the truth… then I would expect thattomorrow he would call for some accountability now.”

 

Unfortunately, the chances of the president taking Ted Cruz’s advice and talking about these issues are close to nil.

Obama is president to liberal Democrats. Period. The rest of us can kiss off, as far as he’s concerned.

Check out these headlines that have come out ahead of the  Obama’s State of the Union Democrats Address: Obama To “Offer Election-Year Agenda For Democrats”, “Provide Fodder For Democrats”

Headlines: The State Of The Union Will “Offer Election-Year Agenda For Democrats”

 

Associated Press: “Obama Address An Opening Salvo For 2014 Elections.” (Josh Lederman, “Obama Address An Opening Salvo For 2014 Elections,” Associated Press, 12/17/14)

 

Reuters: “Obama To Use Speech To Offer Election-Year Agenda For Democrats.” (Steve Holland, “Obama To Use Speech To Offer Election-Year Agenda For Democrats,” Reuters, 1/26/14)

 

The Hill: “Obama’s Big Speech: Banging Base Drum.” (Niall Stanage And Amie Parnes, “Obama’s Big Speech: Banging Base Drum,”The Hill, 1/27/14)

 

Politico: “Obama’s Plan To Save The Senate.” (Manu Raju And Carrie Budoff Brown, “Obama’s Plan To Save The Senate,” Politico, 1/15/14)

The White House’s Stated Goal: “Provide Fodder For Democrats Along The Campaign Trail”

 

“Preserving Democrats’ Fragile Majority In The Senate Is Of Key Concern To Obama…” (Josh Lederman, “Obama Address An Opening Salvo For 2014 Elections,” Associated Press, 12/17/14)

 

“…Part Of [Obama’s] Underlying Message Will Be: Please Vote For Democrats In The November Elections.” (Steve Holland, “Obama To Use Speech To Offer Election-Year Agenda For Democrats,” Reuters, 1/26/14)

 

“Obama Has A Plan To Save The Senate’s Tenuous Democratic Majority: Sell A Populist Message…” (Manu Raju And Carrie Budoff Brown, “Obama’s Plan To Save The Senate,” Politico, 1/15/14)

 

“The Aim Is To… Provide Fodder For Democrats Along The Campaign Trail…” (Manu Raju And Carrie Budoff Brown, “Obama’s Plan To Save The Senate,” Politico, 1/15/14)

 

“This Year’s Address Is Critical To Forming A Narrative On Which Democrats Can Campaign This Year.” (Steve Holland, “Obama To Use Speech To Offer Election-Year Agenda For Democrats,” Reuters, 1/26/14)

The White House Is “Coordinating Its Political And Policy Agenda With…Vulnerable Lawmakers”

 

January 15th, 2014: “The White House Is Wasting No Time Coordinating Its Political And Policy Agenda With Congressional Leaders And Vulnerable Lawmakers.” (Manu Raju And Carrie Budoff Brown, “Obama’s Plan To Save The Senate,” Politico, 1/15/14)

 

“The White House Engagement So Far Ahead Of The State Of The Union Is Unusual.” (Manu Raju And Carrie Budoff Brown, “Obama’s Plan To Save The Senate,” Politico, 1/15/14)

 

“Barbara Mikulski Said Lawmakers Pitched Obama On Their Top Priorities For The Election Year.” (Alexander Bolton, “Senate Dems Press Obama On Priorities,” The Hill, 1/15/14)

 

Senate Democrats “Brought Up What They’d Like In The Agenda For The State Of The Union And What They Would Like Us To Concentrate On For 2014.” (Alexander Bolton, “Senate Dems Press Obama On Priorities,” The Hill, 1/15/14)

 

Dick Durbin: “There’s Hardly A Leadership Meeting That Goes By That That Question Isn’t Raised: How Will This Impact The 2014 Class?” (Laura Litvan And Kathleen Hunter, “Reid Gives Landrieu Chairmanship To Tip Re-Election Odds,” Bloomberg, 1/16/14)

Obama SOTU: Same Story, Same Result (Video)

The House Republicans released a video Monday in anticipation of Obama’s State of the Union speech, tomorrow. The video takes us on a trip down memory lane to the president’s last five SOTU addresses, foreshadowing his next round of empty promises and disingenuous happy talk.

In this video, House Republicans look back at Obama’s sickening  lies on ObamaCare:

Last week, Mark Levin suggested that the GOP boycott the SOTU. I think every sentient being in the country should. (I realize that excludes most Democrats.) Let Obama speak to his own dwindling, tone deaf, cacophonous  choir.

They need to do something bold that will get the attention of some of our fellow citizens and which the media, which will attack it, but cannot ignore it.

If they’re not going to take a stand constitutionally and legally, they should at least take a stand on the steps of the Capitol or somewhere. Together, shoulder to shoulder, and say we have a lawless president doing lawless things and make their case to the American people. It would be historic, it would be profound.

What is he going to say that he hasn’t said before? What will he be offering to the group his policies have hurt the most – the middle class – this time? More government spending? More wealth redistribution?  What promises will Obama’s teleprompter make him say on Tuesday, and why would anyone with a brain believe him?

I don’t have the stomach to watch it.

Krauthammer’s Advice to GOP: “Take the Side of the Little Sisters of the Poor – You Can’t Lose” (Video)

After yesterday’s “media tempest in a teapot” over some misquoted lines from a Mike Huckabee’s speech, pundits are debating whether Republican men should discuss women’s issues or just zip it. In a speech before the NRC, the former Arkansas Governor said Democrats want to “insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control, because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of government.” Some media outlets reported the line as if Huck himself believed women can’t control their libido. Many took offense that he characterized Democrats as believing the same.

John Hayward weighed in at the Conversation, arguing that men shouldn’t shy away from important issues, but learn to avoid certain words and phrases that can be easily mischaracterized.

The other conservative backlash I’ve noticed against this specific passage of Huckabee’s speech is that he was foolish to set himself up for misquote mania by daring to talk about women’s libidos and reproductive systems, even if he was sarcastically describing Democrats’ views of women, or more precisely their political agenda to make women see themselves that way.  Republicans are therefore supposed to avoid using any words that could be randomly resorted to make them look really bad.  In fact, maybe it would be best if male Republicans avoided talking about women altogether, especially in the context of social issues.

There are a few topics that could be judged especially radioactive – the fallout zone around Todd Akin is large, and it’s got a half-life that take years to decay.  But it seems to me that backing male Republicans away from “women’s issues” entirely would be ceding a great deal of rhetorical territory to the Democrats, who incessantly make proclamations on those subjects.  In fact, if male Republican candidates never say a word about women, they will soon be attacked for their silence on women’s issues.  Is the challenge really more about avoiding certain words and phrases?  That’s really a universal political skill, when you think about it.  Every conceivable segment of the electorate has words and phrases that are guaranteed to provoke a negative reaction.  And when you’re a Republican, you can guarantee the media will never, ever ignore your utterance of those hot-button phrases.

Bret Baier asked the panel to weigh in on the question on Special Report, Friday evening. He noted that Republicans (ever in a defensive posture)had chosen Congresswoman Kathy McMorris Rogers to give the Republican response to Obama’s State of the Union speech – hoping to mitigate the Democrats’ “War on Women” b.s.

Krauthammer declared, “that kind of cosmetic change is not going to work if you keep having people talk about the psychology of women’s sexuality. For God’s sake, why do you have to talk about that?!” My thoughts exactly. Republicans are not impressed with symbolic gestures – (if that’s what it is.) They need to learn how to talk about women’s issues without giving Democrats any openings to attack them on, and go on the offensive where we’re on solid ground.

Dr. K.’s advice to Republicans is for them to talk about issues like late term abortions – which everyone agrees are an abomination – or the Regime’s attacks on the Little Sisters of the Poor.

“When there’s a suit between the leviathan State of Obama and the Little Sisters of the Poor”, Krauthammer declared,  “take the side of the Little Sisters of the Poor. You can’t lose.”

So true.

Video via National Review.

Feds Finally Crack Down on 2012 Campaign Finance Fraud

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In 2012, Obama.com—which was run by Robert Roche, an American businessman and Obama fundraiser who lives in Shanghai — raised a boatload of money for Barack Obama’s reelection campaign..

Roche’s China-based media company, Acorn International, runs infomercials on Chinese state television. Obama.com redirects to a specific donation page on BarackObama.com, the official campaign website. Unlike BarackObama.com, Obama.com’s traffic is 68 percent foreign, according to markosweb.com, a traffic-analysis website. According to France-based web analytics site Mustat.com, Obama.com receives over 2,000 visitors every day.

The name Robert W. Roche appears 11 times in the White House visitors log during the Obama administration. Roche also sits on the Obama administration’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations, and is a co-chair of Technology for Obama, a fundraising effort. (In an email exchange, Roche declined to discuss his website, or his support for the Obama reelection effort, referring the inquiries to the Obama campaign team. The Obama campaign, in turn, says it has no control over Roche’s website; it also says only 2 percent of the donations associated with Obama.com come from overseas.)

But it isn’t just foreign donations that are a concern. So are fraudulent donations. In the age of digital contributions, fraudsters can deploy so-called robo-donations, computer programs that use false names to spew hundreds of donations a day in small increments, in order to evade reporting requirements.

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This makes it all the more surprising that the Obama campaign does not use a standard security tool, the card verification value (CVV) system—the three- or four-digit number often imprinted on the back of a credit card, whose purpose is to verify that the person executing the purchase (or, in this case, donation) physically possesses the card. The Romney campaign, by contrast, does use the CVV—as has almost every other candidate who has run for president in recent years, from Hillary Clinton in 2008 to Ron Paul this year. (The Obama campaign says it doesn’t use the CVV because it can be an inhibiting factor for some small donors.) Interestingly, the Obama campaign’s online store requires the CVV to purchase items like hats or hoodies (the campaign points out that its merchandise vendor requires the tool).

The Obama Campaign claimed that it was rigorous in its self-regulation effort. “We take great care to make sure that every one of our more than three million donors are eligible to donate and that our fundraising efforts fully comply with all U.S. laws and regulations,” a campaign spokesman told GAI president Peter Schweizer.

But as Schweizer noted, instead of allowing outsiders—the press, the public, good government watchdog groups, or the Federal Election Commission—to independently determine whether everything was on the up and up, the Obama camp instead relied on self-policing combined with a lack of transparency – leaving an opening for foreign and fraudulent donations. In 2012, Obama raised over $1 billion.

Finally,  the feds are looking into massive campaign finance fraud. Just not Obama’s. And actually not all that massive.

See, there’s this guy who is accused of reimbursing “people who he had directed to contribute $20,000″ to the campaign of a U.S. Senate candidate.

The accused is conservative author Dinesh D’Souza, the author of books like Illiberal EducationWhat’s So Great About America, and The End of Racism, and the  the film 2016: Obama’s America, which was based on his book, The Roots of Obama’s Rage.

According to Reuters, D’Souza was accused of “arranging excessive campaign contributions to a candidate for the U.S. Senate.” He is accused of reimbursing “people who he had directed to contribute $20,000″ to the campaign of a U.S. Senate candidate who is not named in the indictment. He was also charged on one count of “causing false statements to be made.”

In 2012, federal law “limited primary and general election campaign contributions to $2,500 each, for a total of $5,000, from any individual to any one candidate.”

Preet Bharara, an Obama appointee who is the U.S. Attorney for Manhattan, said, “As we have long said, this Office and the FBI take a zero tolerance approach to corruption of the electoral process.”

An *Obama* appointee who takes “a zero tolerance approach to corruption.” It is to laugh.

D’Souza’s lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, told The Hollywood Reporter that D’Souza “did not act with any corrupt or criminal intent whatsoever… at worst this was an act of misguided friendship by D’Souza.”

Gerald Molen, a co-producer of the 2016 movie, accused the Obama administration of “criminalizing dissent through the selective enforcement of the law.”

As you may remember 2016: Obama’s America became a box office hit in the summer of 2012 – a rare thing for a political documentary. You may also remember –  it wasn’t complimentary of Obama or his vision.

“After we win this election, it’s our turn.  Payback time.  Everyone not with us is against us and they better be ready because we don’t forget. The ones who helped us will be rewarded, the ones who opposed us will get what they deserve. There is going to be hell to pay.  Congress won’t be a problem for us this time. No election to worry about after this is over and we have two judges ready to go.”  - Valerie Jarrett 11/2012 (Allegedly)

Retaliation against political enemies? – check.

Via Ace of Spades HQ: 

Coincidence: Hollywood’s only conservative group is getting close IRS nonprofit scrutiny

Another Coincidence: James O’Keefe Group Being Audited by NY. Again.

Yet Another Coincidence: Dinesh D’Souza Indicted For Election Fraud

Still Another Coincidence: IRS Proposes New 501(c)(4) Rules That Just Happen to Cover Most Tea Party Groups

Judge Strikes Down Wisconsin’s ‘John Doe’ Subpoenas

one more: Obama Admin Accused Of Filing Standard and Poor’s Lawsuit In Retaliation For 2011 US Credit Downgrade

It’s like the night of the long knives – Chicago style.

Congress won’t be a problem for them, this time - check.

Two judges ready to go – check. 

They’re not even being subtle. We are officially living in a Banana Republic, now folks….

And the Stupid Party is  doing what? 

Let this seep in for a few minutes. The entire force of the GOP establishment is being applied towards Obama’s most cherished agenda item for his second term, not towards fighting Obamacare and the debt ceiling. While Americans are concerned about out-of-control government, Obamacare, debt, and jobs, these clowns are concerned about illegal immigrants, foreign lobbies, and special interests. –Daniel Horowitz

Rolling over and playing dead.

Update via Weasel Zippers: 

Keep in mind, D’Souza is facing a maximum sentence of two years in prison. Update: Now I’m hearing $1,000,000 fine from D’Souza plus up to seven years of jail…(I’m guessing his debate with Bill Ayers at Dartsmouth on Jan 30 is now cancelled…)

Let’s look at what happens when you do even more than what Dinesh is alleged to have done, but you’re a Democrat…

From Overlawyered:

The Federal Election Commission has fined an Arkansas law firm for making illegal contributions to John Edwards’ 2004 presidential campaign. Tab Turner solicited four $2,000 contributions from his co-workers at Little Rock law firm Turner & Associates in January 2003 and illegally reimbursed them for their contributions using a company credit card, according to the FEC. He also used a company credit card to make an illegal campaign contribution in his own name and to pay for various campaign expenses. Federal law prohibits donors from making contributions in others’ names and prohibits direct corporate contributions to a federal candidate. Edwards for President also agreed to pay a $9,500 fine, and called the commission’s announcement “old news,” reported the AP.

Linked by Doug Ross, thanks!

Issa Explains Why He’s Against A Select Committee On Benghazi (Video)

Darrell Issa appeared on Fox News’ America’s Newsroom, Monday,  to talk about Obama’s continuing scandals. The latest ATF scandal, which involves manufacturing crimes using mentally challenged individuals, he called “Fast and Furious revisited.”

Issa made clear that the ATF never acts alone, these are multi-agency operations.: “This is President Obama’s Dept of Justice that continues to support these rogue operations that lead to harm in communities,” Issa charged.

in response to the question of why a select committee has not been  been appointed, he noted that ” the IRS scandal is a good candidate for a Special Prosecutor.” But in the case of Select Committees, “the fact is, I have all the same powers and have used the same authorities as a Select Committee would use. This administration is slow.”

He argued that the Obama administration does the same type of stonewalling  to ALL the committees that have lawfully subpoenaed material.

“And I think that’s where we’re beginning to have some real headway, he continued. “An Obama appointee – a federal judge, has begun in fact going forward to order the administration to turn over the false statements and the information related to it in Fast and Furious. It may break loose – the whole idea that this administration cannot deliver us what we want, lie to us whenever they want to, and then slow roll any kind of discovery relating to information about false statements.”

Issa plans to pursue, the Fast and Furious, Benghazi and IRS scandals, in 2014, set to be his last year as Chairman of the Oversight and Reform Committee.

Full Chris Christie Presser: ‘Embarrassed and Humiliated,’ Fires Aide, Apologizes for Traffic Jam Scandal

In his hour long press conference, this morning, New Jersey Governor  Christie expressed more sadness than anger that  his deputy chief of staff Bridget Kelly had lied to him about the bridge closure, which allowed him to go out and give false denials to the public. Christie said he had fired Kelly, and told “Bill Stepien, his 2013 campaign manager, not to apply to become state party chairman or to work with the Republican Governors Association, which Christie is taking over.”

Jim Geraghty puts his finger on the most troubling aspect of this.

Large stretches of Christie’s press conference made for a textbook example of authentic, emphatic expressions of contrition, including a raw, refreshing bluntness about his long ties to the aides in question, and direct, quick action to ensure consequences for wrongdoing. But there was a somewhat troubling aspect in that Christie remained to insist that not one but several members of his team behaved in reprehensible manner, abused the state’s authority, and were willing to lie to him about it. He may not have known about their actions, and may have been left in the dark the whole time… but he apparently has terrible judgment in who he hires and trusts.

My own feeling on this is that Christie will come out of it okay, if the investigation shows that he had no part in it. But that remains to be seen.

The transcript from the Press conference is here.

Preibus: There’s Going to Be ” An Avalanche of Information on Hillary Clinton” (Video)

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Today’s scandal du jour, (which comes right on the heels on former Defense Sec Robert Gates’ devastating book indicting the Obama Regime[!]) is “BridgeGate”, which Ace thinks may well sink Chris Christie’s chances in 2016 – (and if he had any part of that – it should.) We’ve had quite enough of nasty politicians “targeting their political enemies” for one decade. Whomever the Republican nominee is – has to be squeaky clean, anyway. If Christie isn’t squeaky clean – he shouldn’t waste our time. It’s not like the media is going to give a Republican any kind pass if they smell blood in the water.

As for the presumptive Democrat – well, obviously, Christie has nothing on her. But the MSM sharks won’t be circling the water around her Magesty.  I don’t have to tell you the Democrat media complex will be much more willing to look the other way when it comes to the Queen Bee. There will have to be mass quantities  - a virtual avalanche of dirt, so to speak – on her….

And it just so happens that in an appearance on CNN’s “The Situation Room” with Wolf Blitzer, RNC chairman Reince Priebus  predicted just that:  “an avalanche of information on Hillary Clinton” will be spilled out as she runs for president in 2016.  He added, “she wanders and scandal surrounds her.”

Via The Daily Caller:

The chairman was responding to the revelation in former Defense Secretary Robert Gates new book that Clinton, as secretary of state, told President Obama that her opposition to the 2007 surge in Iraq was political because she was facing him in the Iowa primary.

“I think there will be an avalanche of information on Hillary Clinton and the things she has done over the years,” Priebus predicted, “dating back to the governorship in Arkansas and her role and many of the things that happened back then to her poor rollout of health care to her affiliation with Barack Obama, to her gross negligence in Benghazi, political decisions on the war.”

“This is a very political person who makes decisions based on how the wind blows,” he said, “and this is just the tip of the iceberg.”

Asked if he thinks she will be the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016, Priebus said he wasn’t sure. “But with all of the scandal around her, I’m not sure so it would be all that bad for the Republican Party, to tell you the truth,” he said.

Corrected: It’s Christie, not Christy. I knew that.

Video: Rand Paul Files Suit Against Obama and the NSA

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is leading a class-action with lawsuit with hundreds of thousands of Americans against Obama and the NSA over its spying on the American people.

Sen. Paul will be discussing the lawsuit in an exclusive appearance on Fox News with host Eric Bolling at 10 PM ET on Friday. Breitbart News has learned that Paul will file the class action lawsuit soon in the D.C. District Court and that he will be filing it as an individual, not as a U.S. Senator. For a U.S. Senator to file a such a class action lawsuit against the President of the United States would be extremely rare.

This lawsuit allows the American people to join together in a grassroots manner against President Obama’s NSA with a sitting U.S. Senator at the helm. Two prior class action lawsuits were filed in June. Classes have not yet been certified in those cases.

Ken Cuccinelli is leading the legal team with the hopes of taking it to the Supreme Court.

During his appearance on Fox News, Eric Bolling asked Paul if he was worried that he was being monitored by the NSA and other agencies.

The Kentucky Senator replied, “The potential for abuse exists. Think about it in this context – we now have an administration that has used the IRS to go after people who are of conservative political bent or have certain religious beliefs. So they’ve already shown that they will use what is supposed to be impartial – the IRS – to do it… it leads me to wonder and worry whether or not they would use the NSA that way.”

Yes, Virginia – there is a Big Brother. And he may be watching you – especially if you’re a a member of a tea party or pro-life group.

Rand was careful to note, “I have no proof that they have, but I am concerned that it could be abused. But I’m also concerned that even if a president isn’t going to abuse a power, I’m concerned that the president thinks he has the power to collect all our records.”

Congratulations To Darrell Issa, Human Events’ Conservative of the Year

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Human Events decided it was time to recognize the hard work of Rep. Darrell Issa, the Chairman of the Government Oversight and Reform Committee, awarding him the title of “Conservative of the Year”.

The rule of law is a matter of much concern lately, thanks to President Obama’s extraordinary use, and often flagrant abuse, of executive power.  Congress held hearings on the subject in December, with some of the most damning testimony coming from leading liberal intellectuals.  For the past five years, no one has worked more diligently to hold this Administration accountable than Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), who represents northern San Diego County, and chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Chairman Issa issued a statement in response to the award:

“I am deeply honored that Human Events, the favorite newspaper of Ronald Reagan, has chosen me as 2013’s Conservative of the Year. As Chairman of the Committee for Oversight and Government Reform, I have endeavored to defend the American people’s right to know how their tax dollars are being spent. Increased transparency leads to increased accountability. Abuses occur under every Administration, but today with a sweeping new health care law, an IRS that got caught abusing its authority, and abuses of powerful technology to eavesdrop on American citizens, government is playing a more intrusive role in our lives than ever before. I view this award as recognizing the importance of oversight, a fundamental responsibility of Congress that has a been a greater point emphasis over the last year than any other point in my 13 years of public service.

“This year, the Oversight Committee focused on the many problems with ObamaCare and HealthCare.gov, the IRS’s inappropriate targeting of conservative groups, excessive government conference spending, ending billions in waste in federal IT procurement, stopping Medicaid fraud in New York and finding answers about the events surrounding the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, among many other issues. We have also advanced bipartisan legislation to improve transparency and spending, the DATA Act, which creates an online database so Americans can see just where their tax dollars are going, and pushed for postal reforms that would save taxpayers billions.”

Issa is one of my favorite congressmen, one of the more intelligent Reps in the House – though he does have his Republican detractors  who would like to see him do more to mitigate the Regime’s lawlessness.

One of my favorite Issa moments from the past year – when he called Obama’s “comically evasive mouthpiece”, Jay Carney, a “paid liar.”

“The administration is still — their paid liar, their spokesperson, picture behind — he’s still making up things about what happens and calling this local rogue,” the House Oversight Committee chairman said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “The reason that [IRS administrator] Lois Lerner tried to take the Fifth [Amendment] isn’t because there’s a rogue in Cincinnati, it’s because this is a problem that was coordinated, in all likelihood, right out of Washington headquarters and we’re getting to proving it.”

What more –  he didn’t apologize when the left had a collective hissy fit.

NICE:

Oh, was that too blunt? Maybe the Regime should stop insulting everyone’s intelligence with their absurd lies. And maybe the MSM can do a better job in 2014 keeping them honest.

We can always hope.

Let’s also hope that 2014 is a fruitful year for the Oversight and Reform Committee.

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House GOP Requests Criminal Probe of Intel Czar James Clapper

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On Thursday, seven House Republicans sent a letter to  Attorney General Eric Holder requesting that the Justice Department  open a criminal investigation into whether Director of National Intelligence James Clapper lied to Congress.

In the letter GOP Reps. Darrell Issa (Calif.), James Sensenbrenner Jr. (Wis.), Trent Franks (Ariz.), Blake Farenthold (Texas), Trey Gowdy (S.C.), Raúl Labrador (Idaho) and Ted Poe (Texas) “said Clapper’s ‘willful lie under oath’ fuels distrust in the government and undermines the ability of Congress to do its job.”

“There are differences of opinion about the propriety of the NSA’s data collection programs,” they wrote. “There can be no disagreement, however, on the basic premise that congressional witnesses must answer truthfully.”

During a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in March, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) asked Clapper whether the National Security Agency collects data on millions of Americans. Clapper insisted that the NSA does not — or at least does “not wittingly” — collect any information on Americans in bulk.

After documents leaked by Edward Snowden revealed that the NSA collects records on virtually all U.S. phone calls, Clapper apologized for the false comment.

Of course, there’s only a 0 to .000001% chance that Holder will actually cooperate with Oversight’s request on this, so I’m not sure what they’re objective, here, is.

On Fox News, a couple of weeks ago, Sensenbrenner said Clapper should be prosecuted for lying to Congress

One Republican Congressman who is definitely not on board this effort, is Rep. Peter King, who responded viscerally to Senator Rand Paul’s recent comments about Clapper.

Rep. Peter King said fellow Republican Sen. Rand Paul owes the nation’s top intelligence official an apology after saying he should resign for “lying” to a Senate committee about a controversial surveillance program.

The New York congressman also said that Paul’s comparison of National Intelligence Director James Clapper to NSA leaker Edward Snowden is “absolutely disgraceful.”

“For Senator Paul to compare that patriot, General Clapper, with someone like Snowden, who is a traitor, who has put American lives at risk – Senator Paul should be ashamed of himself,” King said Thursday on CNN’s “The Situation Room.”

“It’s an absolute disgrace. He disgraced his office and he owes General Clapper an apology immediately.”

Meanwhile, the founder of the political-watchdog organizations Judicial Watch and FreedomWatch, is on a one-man mission to have Obama impeached for violating the constitutional rights of American citizens with the NSA spying.

Fresh from winning a restraining order against the National Security Agency’s telephone surveillance, attorney Larry Klayman declared that the misdeeds of Richard Nixon, who resigned in disgrace, pale in comparison to President Obama’s.

“In Watergate, Richard Nixon faced impeachment for breaking into the offices of the chairman of the Democratic National Party,” Klayman told WND in an interview.

“Obama has broken into the homes of 300 million Americans.”

WND asked Klayman if he was calling for the impeachment of Obama.

“Yes,” Klayman responded. “The NSA and the Obama administration are engaging in criminal behavior, and both are lying.”

He called it the “most outrageous violation of constitutional rights in American history.”

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His case, on behalf of a Verizon Wireless customer, was launched after the extent of government spying on Americans was unveiled by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who said the court’s decision made him feel justified in releasing classified documents.

Named in the case are the NSA, Department of Justice and several U.S. officials, including President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder.

Klayman alleged in a WND interview Monday that after he filed the case, he was put under surveillance by the NSA.

The complaint alleges the government, with the participation of private telephone companies, has been conducting “a secret and illegal government scheme to intercept and analyze vast quantities of domestic telephonic communications.”

Klayman dismissed Obama administration arguments that the NSA is collecting only “metadata” and not recording for analysis the content of ordinary citizens’ conversation unless there is suspicion of criminal activity that might violate the Patriot Act or other national security legislation.

“The NSA takes interest in countless Americans, even boyfriends and girlfriends of NSA employees, as we now know,” he argued.

“If you end up being a person of interest to the NSA or the Department of Justice, the NSA recording of telephone conversations permits the NSA to know everything about you, even whether or not your wife is pregnant, just by the number of times she calls her doctor and the pattern of her health-care-related telephone conversations.”

Wastebook: Government Spent $400K On Tea Party Intelligence Study – Allen West On The Record

Senator Tom Coburn released the 2013 edition of the annual Wastebook on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, and it is filled with enraging  examples of  federal spending.

Greta Van Susteren wants to know why the federal government thought it was necessary to fork over almost $400,000 to do a study the cognitive abilities of tea party members. The “surprising” conclusion of the study showed that tea party members  have a better scientific comprehension than non tea party members.

Wow. Who could have guessed that people who tend to be pro-life, pro-family, pro- oil, hunting, fishing, meat eating, global warming skeptics would have better scientific comprehension than liberals? But- to be fair – I’m sure libs leave us in the dust in the self-esteem department.

Greta also had Coburn on to talk about his report.

Gowdy Says He’d Like To Prosecute Fraudulent O-Care Navigators Himself -Carney Blasts Repubs For “Sabotaging O-Care”

Monday afternoon,  the  Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a field hearing at the Charles Eisemann Center in Richardson, Texas to answer the question – who are the  navigators and what is their role in Obamacare?

In an oped for The Dallas Morning News, Rep Pete Sessions Congressional (R-TX) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) indicated their reason for choosing Texas for their hearing:

Disturbingly, news reports from the last four weeks have highlighted numerous examples of fraudulent activity related to health navigators in Texas.

The congressmen were referring to  Project Veritas’ investigative videos in Texas showing Obamacare Navigators counseling applicants on how to lie about on how to lie on government forms, evade legal requirements, and ignore proper procedures. As a result of O’Keefe’s investigation into ObamaCare fraud, 5 Navigators have been fired, suspended, or resigned. 

Congressman Trey Gowdy, (R-SC), a member of the Oversight and Reform Committee appeared on Fox News Channel’s “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren,”  Monday night, to discuss the ObamaCare navigator issue.

“There are at least two tapes that I’m aware of”,  Gowdy told Greta. “One was lie about your finances, and the other was lie about your pre-existing habit of smoking …which would impact your premium and your subsidy.”

Greta read the House report about the incidents, and asked Gowdy if it had been referred to the DOJ or the local district attorney.

“Oh I doubt it”,  Gowdy replied. Nothing much seems to get referred these days for criminal prosecution, I don’t even know if they lost their job, Greta. I know the young lady who made the mistake of answering Sean Hannity’s questions on the phone lost her job…..But there’s no background check. There’s 20 hours of training. You undergo more training to be a lifeguard at a reflection pool than you do to become a navigator – and you can take the test as many times as you need to. Think how well we would have done in school, if we could  just keep taking the test until you pass it. So the whole navigator thing — it’s a shame that you have to have a navigator to access a federal program to begin with. Then no background check, 20 hours of training, you can take the test as many times as you want and then you can council people to commit fraud once you want to enroll.”

“We’ve got a lot of issues in this country – morality being one of them”, Gowdy continued. “I just can’t believe that ….taxpayers are paying the salary of someone who is counseling someone to further defraud taxpayers out of money.”

He went on to say that he would like to prosecute the case, himself.

Greta asked Gowdy about the  congressional subpoenas  to Obamacare contractors and he told her he’d like to see an investigation of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Sebelius instructed contractors for the HealthCare.gov website to ignore subpoenas  from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, reasoning that the contracts prevented the contractors from sharing information with third parties.

“I’ve got news for Secretary Sebelius: Congress is not a third party,” said Gowdy.

Via Newsmax: 

Gowdy and others have argued that Congress is a co-equal branch of government and is entitled to see any documents the executive branch has.

Two contractors already have decided to comply, Gowdy said, and he expects Mitre Corp.  to do the same. Mitre President Alfred Grasso sent a letter to the committee’s chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., explaining why his company could not comply.

Even if all eventually share their documents, Gowdy wants Issa to investigate Sebelius anyway.

“If you counsel someone to impede a congressional investigation, even if they don’t take your advice,” he said, “I would still love to see it investigated.”

“SABOTAGE!” Jay Carney charged at his White House briefing, Monday afternoon, in response to a reporter’s question about the Oversight and Reform field hearing in Texas.

“This is just one more data point in the Republican obsession with sabotaging ObamaCare”, Carney sneered, sounding to all the world like a basement dwelling Kos Kid, or at least an MSNBC prime time host. Referring to his notes, he continued his lecture: “all navigators must complete about 20 hours of training (less than reflection pool lifeguards, as Gowdy sagely noted), and this training is not a one time only process – navigators have regular refresher opportunities where they can share updates, receive information,  and address issues as they are in the process of HELPING people in their communities. (Well damn – they will “share updates”, “receive information” and “address issues”. What the hell were we worried about?) All navigators must complete their training and pass course exams (as many damn times as it takes) to ensure appropriate understanding of relevant exchange related information – which includes privacy issues…”

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ. Wha – huh? Oh, sorry, I dozed off there.

Carney Continued, “Navigators are required to comply with privacy and security standards, and they should not obtain information without the consumer’s consent.” Yeah, clearly there isn’t a problem, here.

And these knuckle dragging troglodyte Republicans – how dare they criticize these selfless Americans who are endeavoring to better their communities by helping people sign up for ObamaCare.

The same guy who called the IRS, DOJ and Benghazi scandals “phony” and  “pretend”,  lashed out at Republicans for attacking navigators like “the folks at the University of AR, the Epilepsy Foundation of FL.,  the Visiting Nurse Service of IA”, etc. etc. All good, kind, noble people “who are engaging in an effort to help Americans who want health insurance – get it!”

I can testify to the fact that there was a training event at the University of Central Arkansas – complete with an exciting condom prize give-away – because I covered the grotesquerie  at Breitbart News, last month.

The organizer told the  attendees , “so when you’re leaving, you can stop by my table and I’ll give you whatever — condoms — that box has a bunch in it. Anyway … Our corporation, LA Corp … And I’m waiting on my dental dams and female condom order that still hasn’t come in. If you ever need condoms, let me know because we have thousands — boxes of magnums, we get magnums a lot. So here is the prize table.”

Yes, this happened:

Thanks for reminding me of that, Jay. It’s all so – so – wonderful that our communities are being HELPED by sex-obsessed  Obama cultists.

Jay said, “it’s pretty evident upon scrutiny, (the WH’s propganda) that this is an effort to…in a partisan way – sabotage the Affordable Care Act – it’s in keeping with a long line of efforts to sabotage the Affordable Care Act.” (Why isn’t he calling it ObamaCare, now? Is it because all that Republican sabotage caused the ACA to suck so much, they don’t want the president’s name associated with it?)

Nice try, Carney — You putz.

Investigating this corrupt Regime’s screw-ups and malfeasance isn’t “sabotage”. It’s called government “oversight,” and we need it now, more than ever.

Paul Ryan: “This isn’t Even Close To My Ideal Budget” (Video)

Rep. Paul Ryan, Chairman of the House Budget Committee, appeared on Fox News with Sean Hannity, Wednesday night to discuss the budget deal he hashed out with Democrat Senator Patty Murray. As most of you, I’m sure know – Ryan’s budget is being called a sh*t sandwich and worse from both sides of the aisle. According to The Hill, Dems are retching as much as Republicans are. (that’s a sign of a good compromise, ya’ll.)

The budget deal worked out by House and Senate negotiators is on the verge of unraveling over the exclusion of federal unemployment benefits, several leading Democrats warned Wednesday. The lawmakers are outraged by a GOP move to add the Medicare “doc fix” to the package but not a continuation of unemployment benefits — a strategy they say could sink the entire package by scaring away Democratic votes. Reps. Chris Van Hollen (Md.) and Sandy Levin (Mich.) said the move creates a “new dynamic” undermining Democratic support for the plan announced Tuesday by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.). “I think it puts at risk the whole bill, and it surely puts at risk my vote,” said Levin, the top Democrat at the House Ways and Means Committee. Van Hollen echoed that message.

Here are some recent headlines from the rightosphere, via Doug Ross:

The Ryan/Murray Budget Deal Is… Awful: Ace

Ryan Deal Limits Senate GOP’s Power to Block Tax Increases: Jonathan Strong

What the Hell, Paul Ryan?: Ace

The Ryan Budget is Partly Bill Clinton’s Republican Legacy: Erick Erickson

Running on Obamacare… away from the election: Hot Air

Shorter Ryan: I’m Gonna Kick Tomorrow: R.S. McCain

“Guess what, Sean – elections have consequences,” Ryan told Hannity after he complained that the budget deal still increases the debt and doesn’t get us anywhere near a balanced budget. Ryan explained, “we’re going to have to win a couple of elections to actually pass the kind of budgets you and I are in favor of  like the one I passed just last Spring. House Republicans have passed three budgets in a row that actually balanced the budget – that actually pay off the debt.”

“So this isn’t your ideal budget,” Hannity said, (stating the obvious.)

“No, of course not – this isn’t even close to my ideal budget,” Ryan laughed. “But here’s the point, Sean,” Ryan continued. “Is this a step in the right direction, or not? This cuts spending. This lowers the deficit, it doesn’t raise taxes, and it stops those defense cuts from happening any more.”

He maintained that this deal isn’t a Republican budget – “it’s an agreement that is a step in the right direction – it’s a small step – I’m not going to oversell that – but here’s the other point, Sean: It stops government shutdown in January and it stops a shutdown in October. And we don’t think it’s in our interest to have these government shutdowns. We want to focus on ObamaCare and ObamaCare oversight. We want to focus on speaking truth to power and doing real congressional oversight on this administration, AND we want to focus on our proactive agenda. If we have all these government shutdowns, we don’t think that helps us do that…”

Ryan’s right. The dirty little secret is, the Democrat left were hoping for protracted budget fights and looming government shutdowns in 2014 – to get the public’s attention off of ObamaCrash. And I’ve been saying all year – Republicans need to be focusing on “oversight” (to use Ryan’s word) – that is –  investigating the sh*t out of this corrupt Regime. This crap sandwich gives them room to do that.

Caddell Slams Media Coverage of ObamaCare Meltdown: They’re “Rolling Over With Their Paws Up In The Air” (Video)

Fox News’ Political Insiders, Pat Caddell, Doug Schoen, John LeBoutillier joined Harris Faulkner, Sunday afternoon, to talk about Democrat desperation while the  ObamaCare mess continues to melt down.

Favorite Caddell line from the segment, “if the media wasn’t just rolling over with their paws up in the air….” to which Harris Faulkner took issue, being on the sole network that has been asking tough questions and taking issue with the Regime’s lies. “We’re talking about main stream media!” The guys assured her. “That’s quite a visual..on their back with their paws up,” Faulkner laughed. “But that’s what they do!”  Caddell exclaimed. They’re lap dogs and they’re waiting for him to rub their stomachs. If they were covering him… the way they would cover any other president, he would be destroyed!”

Schoen added, “have you noticed that the scandals disappeared?” Caddell answered, “that’s the Republicans fault, too.”

Moving on to the nuke deal with the Iranians, Faulkner asked Caddell what his greatest concern was going forward. He said, “what we have done is basically assure they will enrich when they’re ready. They will have nuclear weapons. And we have now created a monster when that happens because we have taken our influence off the table.” He continued, “this president, who is desperate for a deal for anything – can’t wait to go over there. We watch what the Chinese are doing…when  the US can’t stand up to what they’re doing in the South China Sea — everywhere — I never thought I’d be this afraid.”

“He extends himself more for the Iranians than he does to the Republicans,” Schoen said. “Good point!” Caddell agreed. “And (extends himself) more to the Iranians and radical Islamists than our own allies.”

LeBoutillier reiterated his distrust of John Kerry. “I don’t think this agreement is an honest agreement,” he said. “Tehran decided what sites gets inspected!”

“Why would they even agree with this?” Faulkner asked. All the men responded at the same time, “because they’re desperate for a deal – an agreement.” Caddell noted that some of the same braniacs behind the disastrous Nork deal have been working on this.  “They will sell the country out no matter what” to get a deal,” he said.

Video via Johnny Dollar:

 


Congressman Introduces Articles of Impeachment Against Eric Holder (video)

Eric Holder

The rumors were true. Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) has introduced an Articles of Impeachment resolution against Attorney General Eric Holder for his role in various scandals in the Obama administration – most notably – Fast and Furious.

Via Matt Boyle of Big Government:

Seven congressman have signed onto the resolution thus far in addition to Olson. They are Reps. Larry Bucshon (R-IN), Blake Farenthold (R-TX), Phil Roe (R-TN), Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA), Roger Williams (R-TX), and Ted Yoho (R-FL).

The Articles of Impeachment has four different sections. The first calls for Holder’s official removal because of his failure to comply with congressional subpoenas relating to Operation Fast and Furious. Holder has been voted on a bipartisan basis into both criminal and civil contempt of Congress for his failure to comply with the Fast and Furious subpoenas from House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA).

The second section of the Articles of Impeachment deals with Holder’s refusal to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the Controlled Substances Act, and the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986. The third section calls for Holder’s impeachment on the grounds that he has refused to prosecute any IRS officials involved in the “scandal of unauthorized disclosure of tax records belonging to political donors.”

The fourth section of the Articles of Impeachment goes after Holder for his involvement in the targeting of reporters. Holder testified under oath on May 15, 2013, the resolution states, that he “he was neither involved in nor had heard of a potential prosecution of the press.” Three days later, though, Holder’s Department of Justice (DOJ) “released documents naming journalist James Rosen as a co-conspirator in an alleged violation of the Espionage Act.”

Holder later confirmed to Congress that he had in fact “approved a search warrant on James Rosen.”

There is also going to be another resolution vote of No Confidence on Holder.

What is stopping the rest of the GOP from jumping on this bandwagon? Are they afraid of being called racists? Do they think it’s too politically risky? Aren’t they able to recognize when they are in the catbird seat? The Regime is floundering right now – It has finally dawned on most Americans that this is not an honest, trustworthy administration. … Repubs need to kick them while they’re down. Impeach Holder now…Are Democrats going to want to taint themselves further by circling the wagons for these slimeballs?

And after we take the Senate in 2014 – who knows.

Tim Constantine of TPNN Videos interviewed Rep Yoho about the resolution, today:

Yoho said since Eric Holder has broken the law, and lied under oath, he has no place in our government.

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