- 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 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
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
2 Reviews Clear F.B.I. Agent Who Killed Man Tied to Boston Suspects
The 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
Full 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
As 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
One 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
Kentucky 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
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
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
For Immediate Release
November 01, 2013
Executive Order — Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change
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PREPARING THE UNITED STATES FOR THE IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE
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
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
Defense: 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
The 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
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.)
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.
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
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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
In the words of Al Jolson, “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!”
Matter of months until Washington hits ‘reset’ on spending, debt limit
Worn 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
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
Locked 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
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Readers 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).
NATURAL-BORN CITIZENS ARE THOSE WHO ARE CITIZENS OF THE U.S. FROM BIRTH AND WHOSE PARENTS ARE CITIZENS OF THE U.S. AT THE TIME OF THEIR BIRTH.
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
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 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
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