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Obama Busted in What May Be the Crime of the Century… Impeach Him NOW

Cartoon - Obama Scandals and CorruptionBREAKING: The CIA’s own report shows that the White House itself had direct involvement in the agency’s spying on the United States Senate.

This is far worse than Watergate … this act of subversion demands immediate impeachment and jail time for any and all involved.

And some of those involved would appear to be among President Barack Obama’s inner circle of most trusted advisers, making it an open question as to how much the president himself knew about this unconstitutional exercise of power by the CIA. Continue reading

Why the Progressive Machine Is Mobilizing for Elizabeth Warren and Ignoring Bernie Sanders

Indian-WarrenIf you want to understand the current state of American politics and why the oligarchy always seems to have an advantage, allow me to make a Civil War comparison: The right is the Confederacy, and the left is the Union. Just as the Confederacy nearly won the Civil War with strategic geniuses like Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee, the left nearly lost the Civil War due to the strategic incompetence of generals like George McClellan and Ambrose Burnside. Even when McClellan had the Confederacy’s battle plans at Antietam, he still failed to win the battle and wasted the lives of thousands of soldiers. The opposite was true of the Confederacy – even when Stonewall Jackson was outnumbered 60,000 to 17,000, his troops still won the Valley Campaign due to his strategic prowess, gaining 46 miles of ground in 48 days. Continue reading

House GOP blocks immigration proposals

"Pull my finger!"

“Pull my finger!”

House GOP leaders formally blocked a pair of immigration measures from getting a vote on a critical defense policy bill early Wednesday, dealing another blow to the prospects of legislation to rewrite the immigration system this year.

The Republican-led House Rules Committee, which hews closely to the wishes of leadership, declined to include legislation written by Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) — giving a path to green cards for immigrants who came here as children if they serve in the military – among the amendments that will get a vote on the National Defense Authorization Act. Continue reading

Crisis of Confidence in U.S. Justice Department Grows

holder_jnrIt appears that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder would like to change the subject from “stock market’s rigged” by our own U.S. stock exchanges and U.S. banks as asserted by bestselling author Michael Lewis on 60 Minutes on March 30 to a different subject involving “tax evasion” by Swiss and other foreign banks.

In a clear sign that the Department of Justice and Holder plan to launch a public relations offensive with a trail of crumbs leading away from U.S. banks, yesterday the DOJ released a video of Holder asserting that no bank is too big to jail. That comes on the heels in the past few days of multiple media outlets reporting that Holder may be close to a guilty plea and more than a $1 billion fine against the large Swiss bank, Credit Suisse, over facilitating tax evasion by Americans.

That Holder might be willing to hold foreign banks to a higher standard of “justice” than U.S. banks has apparently entered the mind of Switzerland’s Finance Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf. According to Bloomberg News, Widmer-Schlumpf traveled to the U.S. last week and met with Holder to ensure that Swiss banks are going to receive even-handed treatment by the Justice Department.

More than a few global finance ministers, along with Wall Street On Parade, have noticed that when it comes to meting out justice, as in the case of the Libor interest-rate rigging prosecutions, for example, the long arm of the law seems to lose its grip when it comes to Wall Street banks. Thus far, the Justice Department has yet to prosecute a U.S. bank over Libor, despite email evidence of serious wrongdoing. It has, however, charged multiple foreign banks. (Continue to original article)

Bundy: The REST of the Story

BLM_444No, no, no – this is not about the alleged “racist” comments that the media is accusing Cliven Bundy of having made. That story has been proven false.

What you are about to read – and I suspect that few of our readers will – because it takes time commitment – is this report issued by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) just weeks before Agents of the Federal Government moved in on the Bundy Ranch.

Oh Harry – you and your minions must be having one BIG laugh over all of this. Just remember – we’re watching – and are ready to ACT!

Our thanks to Lawrence Miller for having taken the time and put forth the effort to find this timely report and send it to the Federal Observer for publication.

Read it and weep! (J.B.)

BLM_Technical Note 444

Social Security Halts Controversial Tax Program

  • Saw thousands of peoples’ refunds seized to recoup overpayments from more than a decade ago
"Oh WE of course knew nothing about it. We didn't know what we signed onto with that last Bill that no one could read until we passed it. But we are so grateful that we could come clean for these poor people who were dealth with so unfairly."

“Oh WE of course knew nothing about it. We didn’t know what we signed onto with that last Bill that no one could read until we passed it. But we are so grateful that we could come clean for these poor people who were dealt with so unfairly.” (SHEESH – Harry looks P.O.’d)

The Social Security Administration is suspending a program in which thousands of people were having their tax refunds seized to recoup overpayments that happened more than a decade ago. Continue reading

Sebelius II: Burwell’s Confirmation Hearings to Run Obamacare Just Got a Little More Difficult

Love the clothes - straight off the rack at K-Mart?

Love the clothes – straight off the rack at K-Mart?

Sylvia Burwell is President Obama’s pick to replace Kathleen Sebelius atop the Department of Health and Human Services, despite her having no experience in the healthcare industry. This administration’s motto seems to be “no experience required.” Burwell’s main claims to fame up to now aren’t terribly impressive. She ran the Gates Foundation, which never had any money troubles, and she ran the Walmart Foundation, which also never had any money troubles. Foundations tend to be easier to run when they’re flush with cash and can do whatever they want.

She has also headed the Office of Management and Budget, at a time when the US government is spending money at insane rates. OMB doesn’t just work on budgets, though, according to Marc Thiessen. Continue reading

The Bad Guys Always Get Away With MURDER!

  • 2 Reviews Clear F.B.I. Agent Who Killed Man Tied to Boston Suspects

  • Remember ‘Ruby Ridge’?

FBI_300The F.B.I. agent who fatally shot a Chechen man in May during an interrogation about the Boston Marathon bombing suspects in an Orlando apartment has been cleared of wrongdoing by a prosecutor in Florida and by the F.B.I.’s internal review of the shooting, according to law enforcement officials.

A review by the Justice Department, which is nearly complete, is expected to conclude that the agent followed the department’s guidelines on the use of force when he killed the Chechen, Ibragim Todashev, according to the officials. Continue reading

Abramoff: The Mark of McCain

john-mccain-miserableFull disclosure: I think Dana Rohrabacher is one of the greatest representatives sitting in the Congress. I have felt this way since Dana transitioned from one of the key speech writers for Ronald Reagan into elective office. Dana is honest, conservative and truly one of the most decent people in the House. He has been a consistent voice of true conservative principles, and one of our most articulate champions. On a personal note, Dana was one of the few politicians willing to stand by me during my national scandal, and he did it publicly. This is not a man who backs down to what’s trending. He is usually several years ahead of the trends.

Let’s hope that’s the case, as Dana’s latest public proclamation is one that millions of us have been thinking for years – that John McCain and his Senatorial buddy Lindsey Graham are hardly appropriate Congressional spokesmen for the cause of liberty. Continue reading

90 Percent of Top Hill Aides Worried About Their Benefits Under Obamacare

us_capitol_smlAs the number of staffers on Capitol Hill should roughly be split in party allegiance, you might think that half of them love Obamacare. Well, it seems that this isn’t true. In a new survey put out by the Congressional Management Foundation 90% of staffers said they are worried about benefit changes under the new health care law.

Hmmm. Maybe Democrats are changing their tunes on Obamacare? The survey also found that 86% are anxious about the financial hit from the Affordable Care Act, while 79% also cited worries about access under the new rules. Obviously many of these staffers have bosses that are not concerned about their employees’ concerns. Continue reading

Demnesia strikes IRS political appointee

William WilkinsOne of only two political appointees at the IRS, a generous Democrat donor, at the IRS is relying on purported memory failure to evade testifying on embarrassing and potentially incriminating activities related to the targeting of Tea Party groups. Eliana Johnson of NRO writes:

The latest official called to testify before [House Oversight] committee investigators is an important one: IRS chief counsel William Wilkins. Wilkins is one of just two political appointees at the IRS, a generous donor to Democratic candidates and causes, and once represented Jeremiah Wright’s Trinity United Church of Christ. Evidence of his involvement in the targeting would spell trouble for the White House and bring renewed focus to a scandal that has largely receded from public consciousness. (snip) Continue reading

Revealed: Senate Republicans tried to block Obamacare rule that caused millions of insurance cancellations, but EVERY Democrat voted to save it

paul-micKentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul told an audience in Charleston, S.C. last week that the wave of health insurance cancellations following the Affordable Care Act’s implementation came from ‘a regulation written by President Obama’ months after he signed the law.

And every Senate Democrat, he said during his Nov. 11 remarks, voted against the GOP’s attempt to block the regulation. Continue reading

Republicans Again Reject Obama Pick for Judiciary

WASHINGTON — President Obama’s latest choice to fill one of the vacancies on a powerful appeals court went down in a filibuster on Tuesday as Senate Republicans blocked another White House nominee — the third in two weeks — and deepened a growing conflict with Democrats over presidential appointments.

Cornelia T. L. Pillard

Cornelia T. L. Pillard

By a vote of 56 to 41, the nomination of Cornelia T. L. Pillard, a Georgetown law professor, fell short of clearing the necessary 60-vote threshold.

Ms. Pillard’s liberal record on issues like abortion has troubled many conservatives, who are concerned about her attaining a position on a court widely considered second in stature to only the Supreme Court. But Senate Republicans have tried to frame their opposition to her not in terms of her views on social issues, instead focusing on the caseload at the court, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which is lower than that of other federal appeals courts. Continue reading

Executive Order — Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change

For Immediate Release

November 01, 2013

Executive Order — Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change


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By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to prepare the Nation for the impacts of climate change by undertaking actions to enhance climate preparedness and resilience, it is hereby ordered as follows: Continue reading

Obama’s Military Coup Purges 197 Officers In Five Years

There is only one way to win the war against the ENEMY WITHIN and it isn’t thru the corrupt and crooked court system as that has been perverted years ago – filled with puppets of the OCCUPATION FORCE. The American military has been polluted with Sodomites and Lesbians and more puppets of the ENEMY WITHIN. Our borders have been opened wide so that more ENEMY WITHIN SOLDIERS can infiltrate every community in America – so that when the *word* is given they will already be deployed in every town, city, state, and every level of government and military. Many will have already married into families and will think nothing of killing *family members*. The politicians, public re-education systems (schools), media, and even most of our churches now have been swallowing the Fool-Aid for a few decades and have NO CLUE as to what America was created to be. They are filled with the indoctrination fluid and really believe that we must accept any and all who want to destroy this nation and love them and pay them to destroy us. INSANITY has replaced what used to be common sense.Granny

obama-ignors-militaryDefense: What the president calls “my military” is being cleansed of any officer suspected of disloyalty to or disagreement with the administration on matters of policy or force structure, leaving the compliant and fearful.

We recognize President Obama is the commander-in-chief and that throughout history presidents from Lincoln to Truman have seen fit to remove military commanders they view as inadequate or insubordinate. Turnover in the military ranks is normal, and in these times of sequestration and budget cuts the numbers are expected to tick up as force levels shrink and missions change.

Yet what has happened to our officer corps since President Obama took office is viewed in many quarters as unprecedented, baffling and even harmful to our national security posture. We have commented on some of the higher profile cases, such as Gen. Carter Ham. He was relieved as head of U.S. Africa Command after only a year and a half because he disagreed with orders not to mount a rescue mission in response to the Sept. 11, 2012, attack in Benghazi. Continue reading

Obama Reportedly Knew Millions Wouldn’t Get To Keep Their Health Insurance But Promised It Anyway

obamacare_weblogThe Obama administration has known for at least three years that millions of Americans would not be able to keep their current health care plans, despite repeated promises to the contrary made by President Barack Obama, NBC News reports, citing sources “deeply involved” in Obamacare.

Americans across the country have begun receiving cancellation letters from their health insurance providers informing them that their current plans do not meet requirements of Obamacare. NBC News’ “expert” sources say 50 to 75 percent of consumers who have individual health care plans can expect to receive such a letter — and they can also expect some “sticker shock” due to more expensive policies. Continue reading

Obama Unaware as U.S. Spied on World Leaders

NSA Stopped Surveillance of Merkel, Others After White House Review

Just who is zoomin’ who here? Just days ago the Bleeder of the Free World stated emphatically that no such surveillance was taking place – but in this column, it clearly states that the spying WAS taking place and that an internal Obama administration memo issued this past summer was completely aware of the goings on, and in fact supported the measure for “national security purposes“. (Ed.)

obamaliarThe National Security Agency ended a program used to spy on German Chancellor Angela Merkel and a number of other world leaders after an internal Obama administration review started this summer revealed to the White House the existence of the operations, U.S. officials said.

WASHINGTON—The National Security Agency ended a program used to spy on German Chancellor Angela Merkel and a number of other world leaders after an internal Obama administration review started this summer revealed to the White House the existence of the operations, U.S. officials said.

Officials said the internal review turned up NSA monitoring of some 35 world leaders, in the U.S. government’s first public acknowledgment that the U.S. government tapped the phones of world leaders. European leaders have joined international outrage over revelations of U.S. surveillance of Ms. Merkel’s phone and of NSA’s monitoring of telephone call data in France. Continue reading

Meltdown Now In Plain Sight

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Glitch Watch: President Obama says he’s glad the shutdown is over. He may soon wish it were back, since there’s now nothing to distract attention from the cataclysmic ObamaCare meltdown — and who’s to blame for it.

If Obama and his fellow Democrats hoped that the startup “glitches” would soon fade from view as technicians patched up the federal exchange, they were badly mistaken. Since its launch, ObamaCare’s problems have only mounted.

Tech experts are now saying that the federal exchange site — which covers 36 states —may be hopelessly flawed. USA Today reports that the government apparently used 10-year-old technology to build it, and quotes experts saying that it will need a complete overhaul before it works properly. Continue reading

The fiscal fights around the corner

In the words of Al Jolson, “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!”

Matter of months until Washington hits ‘reset’ on spending, debt limit

burning c-note_bannerWorn out by the latest round of fiscal fights from Washington? Buckle up: The next ones aren’t far off.

The deal announced by Senate leaders Wednesday funds federal agencies only through Jan. 15. And the country’s borrowing power is extended until just Feb. 7, though with special maneuvering analysts at Citi estimating that power could run until March. So it’ll be a matter of months until Congress and the White House are back at loggerheads over the twin issues that have bedeviled political players and spooked markets.

Will the next round be any prettier than this one? Not if past is prologue. A 16-day-long government shutdown and the willingness to flirt with Treasury’s debt-limit date demonstrate that lawmakers aren’t just capable of not meeting deadlines; they can and will blow past them.

Once the new deal gets through, “we can come back some time in December, January and February and do this all over again,” said Brian Gardner, Washington analyst with Keefe, Bruyette & Woods. Another shutdown in January is “entirely possible,” he says.

There’s another deadline that matters: Dec. 13. That’s the date by which a negotiating committee is due to report on broader budget issues — such as if and how the so-called “sequester” cuts would be replaced with other savings. Continue reading

S H U T D O W N Update

Stalemate summit brings no progress on government shutdown as Democrats and Republicans are STILL miles apart after meeting with Obama
Obama ‘reiterated one more time tonight he will not negotiate,’ Boehner told reporters nearly 90 minutes after the meeting began… (Read Full Story)

‘You should be concerned': Obama warns world markets there is no guarantee US will avoid defaulting on its debts
Chief executives from major financial institutions met President Barack Obama yesterday over the first budget impasse for 17 years. (Read Full Story)

Obama Just Played His Big ‘Trump Card’ On The Debt Ceiling
He would remind seniors that if Congress doesn’t raise the debt ceiling, seniors wouldn’t get their Social Security checks. (Read Full Story)

‘Why would we want to do that?': Harry Reid dismisses funding children’s cancer research separately from the rest of government
The U.S. Senate’s leading Democrat got into a tussle with a CNN reporter who asked him, ‘If you can help one child, why won’t you do it?’ (Read Full Story)

Less than 1% of visitors are signing up for Obamacare on state health exchange websites
California’s health insurance exchange converted an estimated 0.58 per cent of its online visitors into customers on Wednesday. Connecticut fared marginally better, with 0.59 per cent. (Read Full Story)

Lady Gaga, Pharrell and Amy Poehler lead celebrities on Twitter to urge people to join Obamacare
All from people who will never be required to sign on the dotted line for ‘zer leeder (Read Full Story)

Shutdown ‘seriously damages’ national and international security services as the majority of intelligence-gathering agents have been furloughed
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told a Senate committee last night that about 70 per cent of intelligence workers had been placed on unpaid leave. (Read Full Story)

Obama Goes Directly After Boehner, And Says He’s The ‘Only Thing That Is Keeping The Government Shut Down’
“The only thing that is keeping the government shut down is that Speaker John Boehner won’t even let the bill get a yes or no vote because he doesn’t want to anger the extremists in his party.” (Read Full Story)

S H U T D O W N ! ! !

Hundreds of thousands will go without pay as federal government loses funding for the first time in 17 years, following Republicans’ last-ditch effort to arrange a budget compromise with Senate Democrats

  • At midnight the federal government entered a new fiscal year without a checkbook
  • The Obama administration’s Office of Management and Budget has told federal agencies to ‘execute plans for an orderly shutdown due to the absence of appropriations’
  • Republicans offered three stepwise concessions while the White House said it wouldn’t negotiate and the Senate Majority Leader refused to sit down with the GOP, saying they had ‘lost their mind’
  • House leaders in the GOP aimed for both parties to appoint ‘conferees’ – negotiators – who could try to find common ground with the Senate
  • Debate over the federal budget had turned into a game of ping-pong as the Senate killed each new version as soon as the House approved it
  • Democrats blamed the GOP for holding back on government funding unless changes were made to Obamacare
  • President Obama and House Speaker Boehner broke the communications blackout Monday night with a brief phone call, but it was for nought Continue reading

House votes to delay Obamacare for a year edging government ever closer to a shutdown starting on Tuesday

hairyLocked in a deepening struggle with President Barack Obama, the Republican-controlled House approved legislation early Sunday imposing a one-year delay in key parts of the nation’s health care law and repealing a tax on medical devices as the price for avoiding a partial government shutdown in a few days’ time.

Even before the House voted, Senate Democrats pledged to reject the measure and the White House issued a statement vowing a veto in any event.

Republicans are pursuing ‘a narrow ideological agenda … and pushing the government towards shutdown,’ it said. Continue reading

Natural Born Irony

~ Forewords ~
ted-cruzReaders are well aware of my position on Cruz running for President. I have been on this matter since he first ran for the Senate here in TX. I have emailed his office as well on my stand that due to his (CRUZ) not being a *Natural Born Citizen* (have never received a response or acknowledgement of that email).


Ted Cruz’ father didn’t become a US citizen until 2005 and Cruz himself was born in Canada.

I have mentioned all that to Cruz’s office and told him flat out that he is no more eligible than Soetoro and for him to run for President in the face of those facts he proves himself to be a FRAUD just as Soetoro is.

I have urged him to not run for President but to become a GREAT STATESMAN. He stands (or at least SPEAKS) for all the things that those of us who are TRUE PATRIOTS stand for so he should be a leader of the cause but not tarnish his reputation by violating the requirements to run for or be President of these united States of America.

The argument put forth below that because he isn’t eligible to be President that he shouldn’t vote or fight for defunding makes no sense to me. Cruz is eligible (under the law) to be a senator and that gives him the right to vote to DEFUND bad programs.

Jackie Juntti  Continue reading

Rep. Jason Chaffetz: ‘There Should Be a Pathway to Citizenship’

This guy illustrates the absolute IGNORANCE of those who occupy political offices in America. This is the result of all those years of DUMBING DOWN in EDUCATION. I have to wonder if this politician has EVER READ the original immigration laws and those that came afterwards.

He calls for *a pathway to citizenship* – we have had that PATHWAY TO CITIZENSHIP in America for a couple hundred years now. What we have lacked is the determination to ENFORCE that PATHWAY.

Instead of passing NEW or MORE laws on anything – we need to repeal all those laws that have created the stumbling blocks to ENFORCING the initial laws dealing with all these things. We don’t need *reform* – we need the guts to enforce the original laws or else outright repeal them all and start over with how a foreigner enters America and becomes a CITIZEN. Every time the REFORM or ENLARGE some law they are confounding the initial intent of the law – to create LOOPHOLES – all this is done in order to make enforcement much more difficult – all to make more money by the lawyers (liars) and the politicians (liars). – Granny

Rep. Jason ChaffetzRep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) said he supported a pathway to citizenship for the country’s illegal immigrants after his town hall event in Utah Wednesday.

“There should be a pathway to citizenship, not a special pathway and not no pathway, but there has to be a legal lawful way to go through this process that works and right now it doesn’t,” Chaffetz told ABC 4 Utah.

Chaffetz said though he rejects the Senate bill and would not vote for it, “there are five bills in the House that we have supported.” Continue reading

Napolitano: DHS Has ‘Deferred’ Deportation of 430,000 Illegals; Approved 98.3% of Applications Reviewed

Ma Damn Secretary

Ma Damn Secretary

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says that over the past year the Obama Administration has exercised what she calls “prosecutorial discretion” in allowing 430,000 self-declared illegal aliens to stay in the United States without any worry that her department—which is charged by law with enforcing the immigration law—will take action against them.

Napolitano calls this non-enforcement of the law “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (DACA). Under the program, the administration considers anyone who had not yet turned sixteen when they first entered the United States illegally, or first overstayed a visa, to be a “childhood arrival.”

“Because of the action we have undertaken through the DACA process, thousands of hardworking young people who are American in every way but a piece of paper now have the ability to continue their educations and contribute to their communities,” Napolitano said in a written statement marking the first anniversary of the program, which began accepting applications from illegal aliens on Aug. 15, 2012. Continue reading

$67 Million Awarded to Groups Helping With Health Law

All the ONE is waiting for now, is for Handbag Oprah to come back on board. (Ed.)

obamacare_weblogWASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Thursday awarded $67 million to 105 groups around the country that will serve as “navigators” to help the uninsured understand their options under the new health care law and sign up for coverage.

The administration had initially planned to spend less — $54 million — on navigators in the 34 states where the federal government will run all or part of new insurance markets created under the law. Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, an official with the Department of Health and Human Services, said the additional $13 million had come from a fund set up under the health law to pay for public health and preventive care initiatives.

The administration has transferred several hundred million dollars from the fund to pay for aspects of the law, drawing criticism from some members of Congress. Continue reading

Report: IRS agents used secret DEA data to make cases against taxpayers, covered up where the info came from

pee-on-irsAn outdated version of a manual distributed to Internal Revenue Service agents showed them how to hide the origin of intelligence on taxpayers that came from a secretive database built by the Drug Enforcement Agency.

The DEA program, operated by its clandestine Special Operations Division (SOD), includes information collected by the National Security Agency. It made front-page news on Monday when Reuters reported that it funnels intelligence including overseas intercepts, domestic wiretaps and statements from informants to other law enforcement agencies, which use the material to build criminal cases against Americans.

One controversial element of the program involves the government’s use of ‘parallel construction’ techniques to recreate criminal investigations without disclosing that the NEA’s Special Operations Division provided its launching point. Continue reading

Tax reform proposals to be secret for 50 years

Senators are promised their tax break proposals will be kept secret for 50 years.

secret-tax-breaksTax reform is apparently so treacherous for senators these days that they require the utmost protection from the public — half a century’s worth.

The leaders of the Senate Finance Committee last month asked senators to submit written proposals detailing tax breaks they’d like to see preserved once the tax code is reformed and explain why. The point was to help inform committee leaders in their efforts to craft a tax reform bill.

The request apparently wasn’t embraced, and the committee has now promised skittish senators that their proposals will be kept secret for 50 years. Continue reading

JOHN McCAIN ERUPTS ON SENATE FLOOR – Blasts GOP For Not Supporting ‘Gang of 8? Plan

You’ll take responsibility? Well hell John – that’s a first… The fact of the matter is Senator – you have never done a ‘good job’ for the people of this nation. It’s time for you to go!

This will make you ill…

Senator John McCain erupted on the senate floor yesterday blasting Republicans for not supporting the “Gang of 8? amnesty plan. McCain says Republicans just don’t understand it, otherwise they’d support it.

Senator John McCain:

“We tried before and we failed. And, I won’t go into why we failed on all the people who were responsible. I’ll take responsibility. I didn’t do a good enough job in selling my colleagues on the absolute need for immigration reform. The facts are that 11 million people live in the shadows. And they live here in defacto amnesty and by God they are being exploited every single day.”

Save your lectures, John.

Maybe we just don’t want more empty promises on border security, John.

Grassley: Baucus Retiring Because He’s ‘Fed Up’ With Obamacare

baucus-31162-20090705-8Cedar Rapids, Iowa ­- Democratic senator Max Baucus is retiring because he is “fed up” with the Affordable Care Act, according to his Republican colleague Chuck Grassley. Speaking at Friday night’s Lincoln Day dinner in Iowa, Grassley told the audience the Montana senator is leaving office ”because he’s so fed up with the possibility of the implementation of Obamacare being a train wreck

Baucus, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, played a key role in writing the 2010 law.

Grassley said that dissatisfaction with the health-care bill exists across party lines, describing a “bipartisan coalition in Washington” that considers the implementation of the law a disaster. “It’s a shame that a trainwreck even left the station a couple years ago,” he added, referring to Baucus’s now-infamous statement of frustration. Continue reading

The Other Big Winners in Gang of Eight Immigration Bill: Lawyers, Lobbyists and Advocacy Groups

immigration_protestSome of the interests that stand to gain the most from the Senate Gang of Eight immigration bill, S. 744, are obvious.

Within six months of enactment of the bill, millions of illegal aliens would be eligible for Registered Provisional Immigrant (RPI) status – the first and most important step in the amnesty process. They would be granted permission to remain and work in the United States while they wait for green cards and eventual citizenship.

Also obvious winners in the 844-page bill are business interests that would gain easier access to foreign labor. S. 744 provides for significant increases in guest workers who would be made available to businesses, as well as new flows of low-skilled and skilled permanent immigrants.

But there are still others who would hit the jackpot if S. 744 were to become law: lawyers and an array of groups that advocate on behalf of illegal aliens. Continue reading


the gangThe “Gang of Eight,” aka the “Eight Gangsters,” are concocting Comprehensive Immigration Reform legislation. Purportedly this legislation is needed to address the presence of the officially-estimated population of 12 million illegal aliens.

While the legislation is referred to as being “Comprehensive,” there is nothing truly comprehensive about their approach, other than the fact that it would provide nearly all illegal aliens who are in the United States, or who will arrive in the months to come, with lawful status and ultimately, a pathway to United States citizenship. It would also increase the number of visas for many thousands of foreign workers and allow them to compete unfairly with American workers. Continue reading

Gang of Eight’s Immigration Reform: Gang Members and Drunk Drivers are Welcome if…

The Gang of Eight’s bill is like a bad reality TV show. How many points do you need to win a green card?

the gangSens. John McCain (R-Ariz), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Chuck Schumer (D-NY), are urging Congress not to stop or delay the Gang of Eight’s immigration reform because of the Boston Marathon bombings. Sen. Marco Rubio’s spokesman, Alex Conant, warned on Friday, “The situation in Boston is still developing and it’s too soon to jump to conclusions, let alone use the tragedy to make political points,” referring to the Boston Marathon bomber suspects, who were legalized in the U.S.—two brothers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, from Russia.

Let’s cut to the chase. If the Gang of Eight’s so-called immigration reform legislation becomes law, expect the number of illegal aliens that will be legalized in a broken, crime riddled agency, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), to explode. Everyone from family members, step children, gang members and drunk drivers are welcome to apply. Moreover, as Crime & Incompetence: Guide to America’s Immigration Crisis documents, the USCIS can’t process legal immigrants competently let alone millions of illegal aliens. Even the Government Accountability Office has warned that the USCIS does not operate using “best practices.” These are just some of many reasons why this reckless bill should be scrapped immediately.

Gang of Eight welcomes gang members and drunk drivers Continue reading

Exploiting Families Of Sandy Hook Victims Backfires

bear arms_thumbSecond Amendment: Gun ownership restrictions that the president said were supported by 90% of the nation have died in a Senate controlled by his party. Exploiting Newtown is haunting the power grabbers.

Just last week it was a political no-brainer. “Ninety percent of Americans support universal background checks,” President Obama asserted yet again. This time he was at the University of Hartford, less than an hour’s drive from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Ct., where 20 students and six staff members were slaughtered just before Christmas. With Obama were many of the Newtown victims’ parents. Continue reading

Senators close to historic deal that would allow 11 million illegal immigrants to become U.S. citizens

11 Million? These damned bas-TURDS in DC can’t count. Get ready for an amnesty, which will allow in excess of THIRTY MILLION+++ lawbreakers to invade your neighborhood – if they are not already here. Remember 1986? They told us then, that it would be a one-time affair, allowing ONE million illegals amnesty. It wound up being THREE times that number. Governments LIE by three.

Get out the ropes boys and girls – it’s time to hold a necktie party… - Jeffrey Bennett, Editor and Publisher

The Up-Chuckster

The Up-Chuckster

Even with one of the largest hurdles to an immigration overhaul overcome, optimistic lawmakers cautioned on Sunday they had not finished work on a bill that would provide a path to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants.

The AFL-CIO and the pro-business U.S. Chamber of Commerce reached a deal late Friday that would allow tens of thousands of low-skill workers into the country to fill jobs in construction, restaurants and hotels.

Yet despite the unusual agreement between the two powerful lobbying groups, lawmakers from both parties conceded that the negotiations were not finished.

‘With the agreement between business and labor, every major policy issue has been resolved,’ said Sen. Chuck Schumer, the New York Democrat who brokered the labor-business deal.

But it hasn’t taken the form of a bill and the eight senators searching for a compromise haven’t met about the potential breakthrough.

‘We haven’t signed off,’ said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

‘There are a few details yet. But conceptually, we have an agreement between business and labor, between ourselves that has to be drafted,’ he added.

Yet just before lawmakers began appearing on Sunday shows, Sen. Marco Rubio warned he was not ready to lend his name – and political clout – to such a deal without hashing out the details.

‘Reports that the bipartisan group of eight senators have agreed on a legislative proposal are premature,’ said Rubio, a Florida Republican who is among the lawmakers working on legislation.

Rubio, a Cuban-American who is weighing a presidential bid in 2016, is a leading figure inside his party. Lawmakers will be closely watching any deal for his approval and his skepticism about the process did little to encourage optimism.

Rubio, who is the group’s emissary to conservatives, called the agreement ‘a starting point’ but said 92 senators from 43 states haven’t yet been involved in the process.

The detente between the nation’s leading labor federation and the powerful business lobbying group still needs senators’ approval, including a nod from Sen. John McCain, the Arizona Republican whose previous efforts came up short.

‘I think we’re on track. . But as Sen. Rubio correctly says, we have said we will not come to final agreement till we look at all of the legislative language and he’s correctly pointing out that that language hasn’t been fully drafted,’ Schumer said.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., also noted the significance of the truce between labor and business but added that this wasn’t yet complete.

‘That doesn’t mean we’ve crossed every `i’ or dotted every `t,’ or vice versa,’ said Flake, who is among the eight lawmakers working on the deal.

Schumer negotiated the deal between AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka and Chamber of Commerce head Tom Donohue during a late-Friday phone call.

Under the compromise, the government would create a new ‘W’ visa for low-skill workers who would earn wages paid to Americans or the prevailing wages for the industry they’re working in, whichever is higher.

The Labor Department would determine prevailing wage based on customary rates in specific localities, so that it would vary from city to city.

The proposed measure would secure the border, crack down on employers, improve legal immigration and create a 13-year pathway to citizenship for the millions of illegal immigrants already here.

It’s a major second-term priority of President Barack Obama’s and would usher in the most dramatic changes to the faltering U.S. immigration system in more than two decades.

‘This is a legacy item for him. There is no doubt in my mind that he wants to pass comprehensive immigration reform,’ said David Axelrod, a longtime political confidant of Obama.

During the last week, an immigration deal seemed doomed. But the breakthrough late Friday restarted the talks.

Ultimately the new ‘W’ visa program would be capped at 200,000 workers a year, but the number of visas would fluctuate, depending on unemployment rates, job openings, employer demand and data collected by a new federal bureau being pushed by labor groups as an objective monitor of the market, according to an official involved with the talks who also spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of a formal announcement.

A ‘safety valve’ would allow employers to exceed the cap, the official said, if they could show need and pay premium wages, but any additional workers brought in would be subtracted from the next year’s cap.

The workers could move from employer to employer and would be able to petition for permanent residency and ultimately seek U.S. citizenship. Neither is possible for temporary workers now.

‘As to the 11 million (illegal immigrants), they’ll have a pathway to citizenship, but it will be earned, it will be long, and it will be hard, and I think it is fair,’ Graham said.

illegal_amnestyThe new program would fill needs employers say they have that are not currently met by U.S. immigration programs.

Most industries don’t have a good way to hire a steady supply of foreign workers because there’s one temporary visa program for low-wage, non-agricultural workers but it’s capped at 66,000 visas per year and is only supposed to be used for seasonal or temporary jobs.

Separately, the new immigration bill also is expected to offer many more visas for high-tech workers, new visas for agriculture workers, and provisions allowing some agriculture workers already in the U.S. a speedier path to citizenship than that provided to other illegal immigrants, in an effort to create a stable agricultural workforce.

Published on The Daily Mail April 1, 2013. Continue reading

Obama Administration: We Can and Will Force Christians to Act Against Their Faith

David and Barbara Green

In a legal argument formally presented in federal court in the case of Hobby Lobby v. Kathleen Sebelius, the Obama administration is claiming that the First Amendment, ­which expressly denies the government the authority to prohibit the “free exercise” of religion, ­nonetheless allows it to force Christians to directly violate their religious beliefs even on a matter that involves the life and death of innocent human beings.

Because federal judges ­including Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor­ have refused to grant an injunction protecting the owners of Hobby Lobby from being forced to act against their Christian faith, those owners will be subject to federal fines of up to $1.3 million per day starting Tuesday for refusing to include abortion-inducing drugs in their employee health plan. Continue reading

Labor unions, liberal groups fear lame-duck betrayal by Obama

Major labor unions and dozens of liberal groups working to elect President Obama are worried he could “betray” them in the lame-duck session by agreeing to a deal to cut safety-net programs.

While Obama is relying on labor unions and other organizations on the left to turn out Democratic voters in battleground states, some of his allies have lingering concerns about whether he will stand by them if elected.

The liberal groups are planning to launch an aggressive campaign immediately after Election Day to pressure Obama and Senate Democrats not to endorse any deal that cuts Medicare and/or Social Security benefits. Continue reading

The Supreme Court Is Going To Decide Whether You Have To Prove You’re A Citizen Before You Can Vote

The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to rule on the constitutionality of a state requirement that voters must prove they are U.S. citizens before they register to vote and cast their ballots.

The Court granted review of an Arizona case in which they previously had refused the state’s request to block a lower court decision that struck down that requirement.

Arizona’s voters adopted that law when they passed “Proposition 200? in 2004. The Court will not rule on the case until after this year’s election, so the requirement will not be in effect next month. (The case is Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council, docket 11-71.)

That was the only new case granted Monday. In one significant denial, the Court refused to consider imposing a heavier duty on managers of employee retirement plans to justify investing plan assets in the company’s own stock. The Court turned aside without comment two petitions on that issue. (Gray v. Citigroup, 11-1531, and Gearren v. McGraw-Hill Companies, 11-1550.)

The new Arizona voting rights case is important not only because of the citizenship proof requirement, but perhaps even more so because it calls on the Court to sort out the cooperative but sometimes conflicting roles of the state governments and Congress in regulating election procedures. In its petition, the state of Arizona complained that the Ninth Circuit Court, in nullifying Proposition 200, had created a new test for when states must yield to Congress in their control of elections.

Written by Lyle Denniston, and published on the Business Insider October 15, 2012.

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