Jeanine Pirro on the SOTU: “Mr. President, We Need a Leader!” (Video)

Judge Jeanine began her show, Saturday night, with a look ahead to the president’s State of the Union speech next week. Obama’s themes this year are reported to be about “opportunity, action and optimism.” And she predicted that on Tuesday, the president will say that “he will work with congress in a bipartisan way, he’ll grow the economy, strengthen the middle class, and give us the economic security that we need.”

But who believes a thing this president says anymore? For the past two weeks he’s been promising to bypass congress – not work with them.   And how does he propose to grow the economy? More taxes and spending? More redistribution of wealth? Obama’s shown no propensity for learning from his mistakes, so we can expect him to double down on all of the same economic policies that have been failing for the past five years, and he’ll do it in the name of the middle class –  the people who have been hurt the most by his policies. He’ll pretend to be a uniter when he’s really a divider, he’ll say one thing and do another.

The American people have finally heard enough of this man’s BS and have started to tune him out.

Last week, the buzz was that the theme for the SOTU would be income equality. But then Fox News released this poll.

The poll finds that only a small minority of voters (13 percent) thinks the government should do something about the fact some people make a lot more money than others.  A 62-percent majority is okay with disparities in income “because that’s just how the economy works.”  Another 21 percent say income inequality “stinks,” but still think the government “shouldn’t get involved.”

Reducing income inequality – Obama’s top priority for the rest of his term – is something only 13% of the American people support.

The reason for the surprising findings is that despite decades of liberal indoctrination, most voters don’t see success as a zero-sum game.

Only 12 percent say if someone makes a lot of money it means someone else has to make less, while the vast majority – 84 percent don’t think it works that way.

The poll also shows that many voters think government involvement can make things worse:

..for example, 55 percent think giving unemployment benefits to people who have been out of work for a long time discourages them from looking for a job.  More voters than not in both higher and lower income groups say the benefits keep people from trying to find work.

A new Gallup poll shows that 2/3 of the American people believe that the federal government is too big and too powerful – which is obviously bad news for the party of big government.

Now suddenly,  income inequality is out, “ladders of opportunity” is in.

Eager to dispel claims that President Barack Obama is engaging in “class warfare” as he heads into his State of the Union address next week, the White House is de-emphasizing phrases focusing on economic disparity and turning instead to messages about creating paths of opportunity for the poor and middle class.

The adjustment reflects an awareness that Obama’s earlier language put him at risk of being perceived as divisive and exposed him to criticism that his rhetoric was exploiting the gap between haves and have-nots.

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“We have to make sure that there are new ladders of opportunity into the middle class, and that those ladders — the rungs on those ladders are solid and accessible for more people,” Obama said last week, expanding a metaphor from his 2013 State of the Union address.

But how does Obama propose to create “ladders of opportunity” for the poor and the middle class? By reducing government regulations and red tape? Lowering taxes? Cutting spending? Repealing ObamaCare? Discouraging government dependency instead of growing it? Approving the Keystone pipeline?  Oh hell no. None of those things.

It will be more of the same failed policies – tax and spend and spend and tax and spend. And he will go over the heads of Republicans in Congress to inflict more damage on the country.

As Obama prepares for his big SOTU speech, Peggy Noonan describes very well the nation’s mood at the WSJ:

No one’s really listening to the president now. He has been for five years a nonstop windup talk machine. Most of it has been facile, bland, the same rounded words and rounded sentiments, the same soft accusations and excuses. I see him enjoying the sound of his voice as the network newsman leans forward eagerly, intently, nodding at the pearls, enacting interest, for this is the president and he is the anchorman and surely something important is being said with two such important men engaged.

But nothing interesting was being said! Looking back on this presidency, it has from the beginning been a 17,000 word New Yorker piece in which, calmly, sonorously, with his lovely intelligent voice, the president says nothing, or little that is helpful, insightful or believable. “I’m not a particularly ideological person.” “It’s hard to anticipate events over the next three years.” “I don’t really even need George Kennan right now.” “I am comfortable with complexity.” “Our capacity to do some good . . . is unsurpassed, even if nobody is paying attention.”

Nobody is!

He gave a speech on the National Security Agency, that bitterly contested issue, the other day. Pew Research found half of those polled didn’t notice. National Journal’s Dustin Volz wrote that Americans greeted the speech with “collective indifference and broad skepticism.” Of the 1 in 10 who’d followed it, more than 70% doubted his proposals would help protect privacy.

The bigger problem is that the president stands up there Tuesday night with ObamaCare not a hazy promise but a fact. People now know it was badly thought, badly written and disastrously executed. It was supposed to make life better by expanding coverage. It has made it worse, by throwing people off coverage. And—as we all know now but did not last year—the program was passed only with the aid of a giant lie. Now everyone knows if you liked your plan, your doctor, your deductible, you can’t keep them.

When the central domestic fact of your presidency was a fraud, people won’t listen to you anymore.

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Saturday Movie Matinee: Conservatives In The Crosshairs

Bret Baier  took an in depth look at the the targeting of conservatives on Special Report, last night.

Are conservative political activists being targeted? Doug McKelway reporting from Washington:

Truth Revolt: Head of Hollywood Conservative Group: ‘IRS Told Us We Had Been Targeted’:

On Thursday, Megyn Kelly of Fox News reported on a developing story out of tinseltown where the group Friends of Abe — a networking group for Hollywood conservatives — had allegedly been targeted by the IRS.

The report began with Fox west-coast anchor, Trace Gallagher, who stated the following:

The group is called ‘Friends of Abe’, named after Abraham Lincoln, and its made up of 1500 conservative members of the entertainment industry. They gather for things like meals, drinks, and to learn about the political process. It is now seeking 501(c)(3) tax exempt status, so that donations could be tax deductible just like some progressive groups. Getting the exemption would prohibit the group from partisan activity. Now ‘Friends of Abe’ acknowledges having speakers like Karl Rove and Herman Cain, but they deny having a political agenda. ‘Friends of Abe’ says it doesn’t just suspect they were being targeted by the

Dr. Michael Burgess: Weekly Video Address: IRS Investigation:

This week, Dr. Burgess provides an update from Washington regarding the lack of accountability regarding the IRS scandal.

New Power Grab Threats – Boehner: No Reason It Can’t Be Bipartisan YR – Trey Gowdy On The Record:

Trey is now a regular guest on Greta and he never disappoints.

Daily Rushbo: LIMBAUGH: “Obama And The Democrats Plan On Running Against Me And Fox News”:

RUSH: You remember we talked about it yesterday. Obama blamed me for convincing you not to agree with Obama. He blamed me. See, you’re just a bunch of sponges, mind-numbed robots, not able to think on your own. They’re used to people being that way. Their own voters are mind-numbed robots. Their own voters are not curious. They’re not critical or independent thinkers. They just buy it hook, line, and sinker.

You don’t, and the reason you don’t is because of me and Fox News, and Obama’s really bothered by that. What this all means — and we’ve even got a sound bite from a Democrat consultant admitting it. What it all means is that… As the election for the House and the Senate, the midterms gear up in November, what it all means is that if things don’t change, Obama and the Democrats plan on running against me and Fox News.

If they’re going to do that, it means that they’ve got polling data that indicates to them that that energizes their base. Now, it is abundantly clear to Obama and Chuck-U Schumer that you are not gonna abandon me because they criticize me. They’re not gonna pick you up as voters because the rip me, and they’re not gonna pick you up as voters ’cause they rip Fox. (interruption) Well, no. They won’t.

So what are they trying to do? They’re not trying to pick you off; they’re not trying to convert you. They’re trying to rally their base. What that means is they got problems at home. What that means is that Obamacare and a whole bunch of other things have got their own base less than jazzed, less than excited. They’ve got focus group data (I know this is true) showing their base — Democrat voters — hate me.

Eric Holder:  Voter ID Used to ‘Depress the Vote’ of People Who Don’t Support GOP:

Holder generously allows that there may be some people who argue for voter ID in good faith, (I’m so touched) but of course, most evil Repubs are just doing it for “partisan advantage” to disenfranchise brown-skinned voters. And oh, by the way – voter fraud doesn’t exist so voter ID laws aren’t even needed.

Speaking exclusively to MSNBC host Ari Melber, Attorney General Eric Holder sharply criticized state-level voter identification policies and said that he believes those policies are a “remedy in search of a problem.” He added that, while some may be arguing for voter ID in good faith, he believes that most are advocating for this policy in order to “depress the vote” of those who do not support the “party that is advancing” voter ID measures.

“I think many are using it for partisan advantage,” Holder said of voter ID.

“People have to understand that we are not opposed to photo identification in a vacuum,” he continued. “But when it is used in — certain ways to disenfranchise particular groups of people, whether by racial designation, ethnic origin, or for partisan reasons, that from my perspective is problematic.”He added that “all the studies” show that in-person voter fraud “simply does not exist” at a level that requires a legislative solution.

“Not opposed to using photo identification in a vacuum..”  So voter IDs are okay to use other reason other than voter integrity? Unbelievable. This man is absolutely, positively without a question – the most corrupt, radical, partisan and nakedly political miscreant to ever hold his office.

Truth Revolt: Obama Donor Picked for Ambassador to Norway Fumbles Basic Questions About Norway:

The next US ambassador to Norway, George Tsunis bundled $500,000 for President Obama in 2012, apparently knows nothing about Norway. Questioned by Senator John McCain about the anti-immigration Progress Party, which has now joined the ruling coalition, Tsunis had no idea what McCain was talking about. McCain asked for his thoughts; Tsunis replied, “You get some fringe elements that have a a microphone and spew their hatred. And I will tell you Norway has been very quick to denounce them.”

That is untrue. They are part of the ruling coalition, as McCain quickly pointed out.

Stay tuned for more Banana Republic style corruption in a year or two, as the State Dept tries to cover up the next wave of embarrassing scandals that will be coming out of our ambassadorships around the world. Can’t wait to find out what kind of trouble Tsunis gets into.

Daily Rushbo: RUSH: ‘Earth-Shattering’ News On Scott Walker Ignored By The Media:

Megyn Kelly Can Barely Keep It Together Talking About… Broken Toilets:

Fox News Megyn Kelly File: “And now, a new recall that may have folks saying, ‘Oh, crap.'” That just gives you some idea of what ensued, with Kelly getting help from crew members who joined in the crazy revelry.

See also WHD: WH Defends Witless Ambassador Pick:

The White House is standing by George Tsunis, President Obama’s pick for ambassador to Norway, despite a side-splitting confirmation hearing performance in which he averred that Norway has a president, which it doesn’t, and that the Norwegian government had condemned a Party with which it has formed a coalition.

“I can tell you that this president has confidence in all of the nominees he’s put forward for ambassadorial positions as well as other positions in the administration, in the government,” said White House press secretary Jay Carney today.

PJ Media: BIG Government and Why Size Matters:

The Five: Not Fox’s Fault That ‘No One Watches’ MSNBC:

Dana Perino makes a good point.

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Murmuration (Official Video) by Sophie Windsor Clive & Liberty Smith:

A short film that follows the journey of two girls in a canoe on the River Shannon and how they stumble across one of nature’s greatest phenomenons; a murmuration of starlings.