Chip Bok cartoon via Townhall.
The left is like the Energizer Bunny, it keeps going and going and going until it wins, or until someone somehow short circuits its battery. Who is going to stop the Obama Terminator Bunny?
Doug Ross: They Lost In The Supreme Court, They Lost In Congress, They Lost At The FEC, So Now The President Is Just Going To Do It By Edict
An “impeccable source” alerts former Department of Justice Attorney Hans von Spakovsky to an imminent presidential executive order that would implement portions of the “DISCLOSE Act”.
You may recall the controversial bill that Democrats tried to ram through Congress last year. Its intent was to make it more difficult for private individuals to fund campaign commercials while simultaneously shielding unions from disclosure requirements. In other words, Democrats — true to form — intend to limit free speech unless it politically benefits them. Former FEC Chairman Brad Smith characterized the DISCLOSE Act as “Democrat Incumbents Seeking to Contain Losses by Outlawing Speech in Elections Now”.
Having failed to limit private speech in the Supreme Court (the Citizens United decision), having failed to pass the DISCLOSE Act itself, and having failed to railroad the Federal Election Commission, the president and his sycophants are using other means to achieve their extra-constitutional ends.
Michelle Malkin: Project Gunrunner update: ATF ignored warnings, DOJ ignores document requests
Tick, tick, tick. Another Project Gunrunner disclosure deadline approaches for the Obama Department of Justice. And GOP watchdogs are hammering away at yet another stonewall erected by corruptocrat Attorney General Eric Holder.
Late last week, Sen. Charles Grassley roasted the DOJ for failing to produce documents he requested in February — and released his own set of damning e-mails between a gun shop owner who had protested the ATF’s dangerous straw purchase scheme repeatedly. Via CBS News’s Sheryl Atkinson:
Damning, newly-obtained emails show that a key gun shop owner made explicit concerns in writing last year in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms’ “gunwalking” scandal.
Starting in late 2009, ATF allegedly directed an undetermined number of Phoenix-area gun shop owners to go ahead with sales of thousands of assault rifles and other weapons to suspicious buyers. Insiders claim ATF knew the buyers were connected to Mexico’s drug cartels, but let the guns “walk” onto the street anyway in a misguided attempt to obtain intelligence. ATF and the Justice Department have denied that.
Investigators from Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) obtained the emails this week.
You can download the .pdf file of Grassley’s letter to the DOJ and the e-mails here.
Big Government: Former SEIU Official Appointed By Obama To Investigate Union Corruption, Cuts Number Of Investigators
Big Labor Payback Job One for Obama
Even though Obama campaigned on transparency and a focus on ethics, cronies at DOL focused on eliminating basic financial union disclosure and union officials’ conflict-of-interest disclosures requirements.
At DOL, John Lund cut the number of labor union investigators, rescinded disclosure of union officer benefits, eliminated financial reporting for unions like the Wisconsin Education Association Council, and eliminated conflict-of-interest reporting for thousands of union officials. Each of these actions benefits Big Labor Bosses, but undercuts those forced to pay union dues and fees as a condition of employment.
John Lund Conflicts-of-Interest
The Obama Ethics Executive Order requires appointees to pledge that they will refrain from involvement in matters involving their former employer or clients. The AFL-CIO and other unions are former clients of John Lund , and these unions remain clients of his former and current employer, the University of Wisconsin School for Workers (Lund is currently on unpaid leave while at DOL). The Wisconsin School for Workers’ primary mission is to train union officials; the very officials that Lund now purportedly investigates for corruption.
The following highlights are but a few that The National Right To Work Committee has unearthed to illustrate Lund’s conflicts-of-interest:
Joseph Klein, NewsReal Blog: Obama Justice Department Shields Islamist Allies From Prosecution
The Obama administration invited the president of one of the unindicted co-conspirators in the Hamas terror finance case, United States v. Holy Land Foundation – the Islamic Society of North America (“ISNA”)– to the White House for a Ramadan dinner banquet two years in a row. Now it is running interference for ISNA and other Islamist allies in a politically sensitive case that career prosecutors at the Department of Justice were thinking of bringing against them.
The mainstream news media, including cable news stations, have dropped the ball on an explosive story – the Obama administration’s despicable decision for political reasons not to prosecute the 246 individuals and Islamist organizations, named as unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation case. The Obama administration is trying to keep its political interference as secret as possible, refusing requests for disclosure of an internal Department of Justice memorandum discussing the matter.
According to a high-ranking source within the Department of Justice, who spoke exclusively to Patrick Poole writing for Pajamas Media – part of the new media that is making mainstream media obsolete – the decision not to seek indictments of the Council on American Islamic Relations (“CAIR”) and its co-founder Omar Ahmad (also the former head of the Palestine Committee of the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States), ISNA, and the North American Islamic Trust (“NAIT”), was a politically motivated decision from the top down.
BOOK TO REVEAL OBAMA'S 'TRUE' IDENTITY?
Wed Apr 20 2011 10:35:52 ET
This year’s high stakes publishing project quietly went to press this week, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.
After years of research and digging by the nation’s top private investigators, here it comes:
“WHERE’S THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE? The Case that Barack Obama is not Eligible to be President.”
The street date is a LONG month away, and author Jerome Corsi, the man who torpedoed John Kerry’s presidential dreams with SWIFT BOAT, has gone underground and is holding his new findings thisclose.
“It’s utterly devastating,” reveals a source close to the publisher. “Obama may learn things he didn’t even know about himself!”
Stanley Kurtz, The Corner: IPAB, Obama, and Socialism:
A month ago here at NRO, my EPPC colleague James Capretta described the real plan by which the president and his allies aim to close the fiscal gap. Their goal, says Capretta, is to work by stealth, so voters never fully realize that the government has adopted their strategy. The first part of the plan involves taxing “the rich” for Medicare and health insurance, but without Reagan-style indexing of taxes to inflation. That way, inflation-driven “bracket creep” will raise health-care taxes on the middle class without congressional Democrats ever having to vote for new taxes. (See Ross Douthat on this today.)
The second part of the plan involves IPAB-imposed price controls and the large-scale rationing of health care that implies. But to work, IPAB’s authority has got to extend beyond Medicare. The idea, says Capretta, is to wait until the massive financial strains brought on by Obamacare bring calls for cost control. That’s when the Democrats will push for IPAB’s authority to be extended beyond Medicare to all of Obamacare, at which point we’ll be very close to a single-payer health-care system with Canadian-style rationing.
The president’s speech last week tracks well with Capretta’s predictions. Obama promised tax hikes for “the rich,” and vaguely alluded to plans to expand IPAB’s powers as deficits mount. Of course, even as he laid the groundwork for strengthening IPAB, Obama gave no real hint of the massive health-care rationing that would imply. And at the moment, the Congressional Budget Office predicts little or no savings from IPAB’s price-setting, so Obama’s speech came off as an unserious reply to Ryan. But as Mark Hemingway points out, Obama’s IPAB plan makes sense if we see it as “a Trojan horse” for a regime of “command-and-control rationing” quietly installed over the long term.
Rationing, death panels, socialism, and deception. It’s all there.
Left-Wing Institute For Civil Discourse: Video: Lefty Activists In DC Comically Over-React To Kerry Picket Asking A Question
Kerry Picket of the Washington Times was confronted by a pair of left-wing activists who rather dramatically over-reacted to a question she asked at a news conference about the DC voucher program that Congress has voted to reinstate.
Unidentified activist: You are obviously hostile and filled with contempt. I have no interest in cooperating with you. You know that you are dishonest because you are willing to have a point of view that’s filled with bias and prior conclusions. This is not honest , and the people of DC have *voted -have voted against vouchers. That hardly matters to you and is dispositive because we have a representative democracy where you are utterly driven by ideology which is clearly the case.
Kerry Picket: And your name?
Unidentified activist: Drop dead!
Watch the video to find out what her “obviously hostile, dishonest, biased, and filled with contempt” question was.
Dana Loesch, Big Government: Wonkette Makes Fun of Trig Palin, Calls Him “Retarded”:
They consider this satirical? This entire thing sounds like it was written by some guy, in this case, Jack Stuef who got tired of being bullied on the playground and, seeing his once chance to sound cool and impress people, decides to bully a child. You picked on a kid, dude. Yay for you.
What’s he dreaming about? Nothing. He’s retarded.
Is there no depths of depravity to which these people won’t stoop?
Ace: Marist Poll: Obama’s Got Re-Election Problems
All told: If you’re in a liberal-leaning group and are comfortable enough economically to only care about more abstract things like social issues (abortion forever), racial solidarity (gotta give our brother a second chance), racial condescension (wouldn’t be fair to boot out a black guy just because he’s unqualified and a failure), and also don’t care about taxes, you’re pro-Obama. Plus, anyone getting handouts from the government, or whose jobs depend directly on a large government.
Everyone else is moving away. Way too slowly for me to feel comfortable about it, but it does look like there’s movement away.
Republicans need to hold the line with white seniors, and win over “educated white women”. (The stench of academic rot has never been more manifest.)
The Minority Report: So Much for the New Media King; ForAmerica Claims Credit For Crashing Obama Facebook Town Hall
Our good friend Keith Appell from CRC sent this over:
President Obama’s Town Hall Facebook page was down for about 40 minutes earlier this afternoon shortly after the ForAmerica’s Facebook community became engaged. ForAmerica launched just six weeks before the election and has already grown to almost 1 million fans on Facebook, many of whom became engaged today
Check back later for more.
Ace: Ed Shultz: Not Bright
Weasel Zippers: Liberals Hit New Low, Keep Digging: Attack Paul Ryan Because His Father Died Young, Resulting in Survivor Benefits…
But the Daily Kos blog is now using his father’s early death against Ryan. A Daily Kos diary attacks Ryan in a post entitled, “Entitlement-hating Paul Ryan collected Social Security benefits until he was 18.” Never mind that Ryan’s recent budget proposal doesn’t in fact seek to abolish entitlements, much less get rid of Social Security. It merely seeks to cut the rate of growth of exploding Medicare costs by eventually giving its recipients vouchers they can use to shop around for medical care.
Hot Air: Madison protests cost WI taxpayers millions:
When these final costs get tallied, Republicans should send the bill to the fleebagging Democratic Senators. They drew out the drama for weeks by fleeing the state, trying to help the unions push Republicans into folding. The extended absence forced the state to keep police and other resources bolstered in order to protect the legislature. Had the Democrats accepted the results of the last election and participated in the actual process of governing rather than holding it hostage in an attempt to gain minority rule, the state could have saved itself millions of dollars — and no small amount of embarrassment.