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  • Newest Government Magic Trick: Disability Fraud Holds Down Unemployment Rate

    02/21/2012 6:25:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | February 21, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    Looking for another reason for an artificially low unemployment rate? Consider disability fraud, people claiming disabilities they do not have such as mental illness. Prior to the great recession 33% of applicants claimed mental illness. The number is 43% now. There was fraud before, of course. There is even more fraud now. Please consider Jobless disability claims soar to record $200B as of January Standing too many months on the unemployment line is driving Americans crazy — literally — and it’s costing taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars. With their unemployment-insurance checks running out, some of the country’s long-term jobless...
  • Here Is Why The Dow Just Passed 13,000

    02/21/2012 9:20:09 AM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 41 replies · 1+ views ^ | February 21 2012 | Tyler Durden
    Wondering why the DJIA just passed 13K again? Wonder no more: as the chart below shows it is entirely due to the nearly $7 trillion pumped by global central banks into the world stock markets just in the past 4 years. As Sean Corrigan from Diapason notes, the aggregate global central bank balance sheet has doubled in four years, after doubling in the 5 years before that. We would add that with the entire centrally planned ponzi scheme hell bent on preserving the illusion of nominal gains, global liquidity is now fungibly sloshing from one market to another with absolutely...
  • With $4 Gas Approaching, Team Obama Defends Energy Policy

    02/20/2012 11:29:30 AM PST · by Kaslin · 82 replies ^ | February 20, 2012 | Katie Pavlich
    Nationally, gas prices are $3.53 a gallon, up 25 cents since Jan. 1, and likely headed to $4.25 a gallon by late April. Republicans have demanded more oil production at home, as well as building the Keystone XL pipeline across the middle of the U.S. to allow oil from Canada to reach Texas refineries. Obama rejected the plan, but one of his spokesmen, Robert Gibbs, said the president is looking to increase domestic energy production. "Just on Friday, the Department of Interior issued permits that will expand our exploration in the Arctic. The president has increased our fuel efficiency and...
  • America on Verge of Economic Collapse Because of Obama's Cooked Reports

    02/18/2012 11:56:59 PM PST · by OneVike · 132 replies · 1+ views
    News Blaze ^ | 2/18/12 | Chuck Ness
    The Obama administration has released an economic report that claims everything is coming up roses, and it is making the rounds of the MSM's news outlets. Truth is, when you look into the numbers, it's rather easy to come to the conclusion that the economic reports are as screwy as the administration's employment numbers. In order to convince Americans that his economic measures are working, Obama is claiming there has been an increase in retail sales from December to January by a seasonally adjusted .4%. The administration goes on to explain that while the economy is moving in a positive...
  • Domestic production eyed as gas prices head toward record-breaking height (Obama keeps lying)

    02/20/2012 4:56:01 AM PST · by tobyhill · 51 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | 2/19/2012 | fox news
    President Obama's re-elect team defended White House energy policy on Sunday as gas prices shoot toward the $4 mark and beyond, a level that could devastate voters' pocketbooks as well as Obama's chances for a second term. Nationally, gas prices are $3.53 a gallon, up 25 cents since Jan. 1, and likely headed to $4.25 a gallon by late April. Republicans have demanded more oil production at home, as well as building the Keystone XL pipeline across the middle of the U.S. to allow oil from Canada to reach Texas refineries. Obama rejected the plan, but one of his spokesmen,...
  • SNL mixes POTUS and Bill Cosby to create 'The Obama Show' (Video)

    02/19/2012 12:10:41 PM PST · by Rufus2007 · 17 replies
    TheDC ^ | February 19, 2012 | Jeff Poor
    Michelle Obama’s pet project as first lady has been to campaign for healthier diets to fight obesity, and the cast on Saturday’s “SNL” on NBC had a little fun at her expense. During a skit mocking her campaign, former SNL regular Maya Rudolph as Michelle Obama and Fred Armisen as Barack Obama pretended to be characters of the 1980s and 1990s hit sitcom, “The Cosby Show.” Armisen’s Barack Obama (as Cosby’s Cliff Huxtable) is caught by Rudolph’s Michelle Obama (as Clair Huxtable) eating unhealthy food, with appearances from Jason Sudeikis’ Joe Biden (as Theo Huxtable) and Amy Poehler’s Hillary Clinton....
  • Santorum says Obama agenda not "based on Bible"

    02/18/2012 4:23:55 PM PST · by Mariner · 144 replies
    Reuters ^ | Samuel P. Jacobs
    (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum challenged President Barack Obama's Christian beliefs on Saturday, saying White House policies were motivated by a "different theology." A devout Roman Catholic who has risen to the top of Republican polls in recent days, Santorum said the Obama administration had failed to prevent gas prices rising and was using "political science" in the debate about climate change. Obama's agenda is "not about you. It's not about your quality of life. It's not about your jobs. It's about some phony ideal. Some phony theology. Oh, not a theology based on the Bible. A different...
  • Putting Women on the Front Lines

    02/18/2012 7:20:22 AM PST · by BarnacleCenturion · 131 replies
    CDT ^ | Feb 18, 2012 | Joshua E. Keating
    The Pentagon made big news last week when it announced it was opening up more combat positions to women in the U.S. military. These 14,000 positions include tank mechanics and front line intelligence officers. However, about one-fifth of active-duty military positions, including the infantry, combat tank units and special operations commando units, will remain off-limits. ... Last week’s rule change in the United States was largely a reflection of the fact that women are, to a large extent, already participating in combat. Despite the restrictions in place, 144 American women have been killed and 865 wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq...
  • Conservatives Lose on Health Care Mandate

    02/17/2012 7:56:25 AM PST · by WPaCon · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 2/17/2012 | Jason Pappas
    The recent Obama mandate for universal birth control gave the Republicans an opportunity to fight for individual liberty -- and they missed it by a mile. Instead of attacking government-imposed health care as a violation of liberty, they only selected a minute fraction of the leviathan and subjected it to very narrow criteria. This was an opportunity to aim for the heart of ObamaCare, but critics asked for only a minor adjustment -- and that's all they got. Government-mandated health care violates individual rights. The objection of Catholics to the funding of contraceptives is just one example of forcing people...
  • "The List", Obama's One Hundred and Sixtieth Week in Office

    02/17/2012 8:11:57 AM PST · by Nachum · 1 replies ^ | 2/17/12 | Nachum
    President Obama's One Hundred and Sixtieth Week in Office2/16/2012Ssolyndra-GateWhite House agrees to Solyndra interviews under subpoena threatJudicial Watch Sues Obama Administration for Records Detailing Bailout Loan to California Solar Manufacturer Heavily in DebtObamacareObama Contradicted: HHS Banned Consideration of ‘Cost Effectiveness’ in Developing Contraception MandateObama administration concludes healthcare law waiver reviewThe Mandates have only just begun...Meet the ObamaCare Mandate Committee ...Think the contraception decision was bad? Wait until bureaucrats start telling your insurer which cancer screenings to cover.Obama's Catholic Church Gambit: Lessons from American CommunistsGunrunner-GateObama's pick for ATF director, anti-gun Andrew Traver, has been transferred from his position as special agent...
  • The Obama Budget: More Budget Gimmicks, More Spending

    02/16/2012 10:09:14 AM PST · by 92nina
    ATR ^ | 2012-02-13 | [Staff]
    Today, President Obama released his budget for the 2013 Fiscal Year. The spending blueprint mirrors other plans he has put forward during his administration. It keeps spending at unprecedented levels, fails to address the looming entitlement crises and uses budget gimmickry to claim fake savings and unrealistic projections. The budget continues to call for spending at historic levels: the request sets spending for the fiscal year at $3.8 trillion and projects $47 trillion in spending over the next ten years Holds spending at 23 percent of the next ten years, two percent higher than its historical average Uses totally dishonest...
  • With All The Volts Counted, Taxpayers Lose Again

    02/15/2012 1:24:23 PM PST · by raptor22 · 24 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 15, 2012 | Staff
    Incentives: Doubling down on industrial policy failure, the administration decides to bump up the taxpayer subsidy for Government Motors' touted electric car. Who said its range wasn't enough to drive us to the poor house? Tucked away in the recesses of President Obama's 2013 budget, a budget that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he will not bring to the Senate floor, is a nugget that speaks volumes about the troubles we're in: While delaying the Keystone XL pipeline, the administration plans to increase the subsidy for the Chevy Volt and other "new technology" vehicles to $10,000 per car. "We...
  • Obama Budget Raises Taxes on Small Employers, Savers, Families

    02/15/2012 11:02:04 AM PST · by 92nina · 6 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-02-13 | Ryan Ellis
    President Obama released his FY 2013 budget [Monday] morning. By his own numbers, his budget raises net taxes over the next decade by $1.56 trillion (Table S-9, page 225). As a percentage of the economy, tax revenues would rise all the way to 20.1% of GDP in 2022, far higher than the historical tax revenue average of 18.3% of GDP (Table S-1, page 205). Here are some of the tax lowlights: All 20 of the new or higher taxes in Obamacare are assumed to take place. That means that there will be a 3.8 percentage point surtax on investment income....
  • Combat Drones Soon To Fly Over U.S. Airspace [Police State Coming]

    02/15/2012 3:59:44 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 46 replies · 1+ views
    JD Journal ^ | 2/14/2012
    While combat drones are not allowed in the U.S. airspace without a special certificate from the FAA, the military is in a fix over the 7, 500 military drones deployed overseas, that need to be recalled home.... After returning home, the robotic aircraft would be stationed in military bases around the nation for use in emergencies... Last week, Congress approved legislation requiring the FAA to create a plan for wide-scale integration of drones in the national airspace by 2015.
  • Obama Proposes Nearly $90 Billion in Tax Hikes on Energy Producers

    02/14/2012 10:27:01 AM PST · by 92nina · 8 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-02-13 | Christopher Prandoni
    Obama Energy Tax Proposals The President’s FY 2013 budget contains billions in tax increase on energy production and consumption. These taxes will result in higher prices at the pump, increased utility bills, and fewer American jobs as companies flee the U.S. and companies cannot recover their investments. Below is a breakdown of energy taxes Obama put forth in his 2013-2022 budget: [HTML Chart was over 300 words so I could not carry it over.] ATR Recommendations Congress should reject these new tax increases and move to rapidly increase access to domestic energy resources in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico, part...
  • Mark Levin recommends ‘articles of impeachment’ for HHS Secretary Sebelius (Audio)

    02/14/2012 8:14:48 AM PST · by Rufus2007 · 10 replies
    TheDC ^ | February 14, 2012 | Jeff Poor
    On his Monday show, radio talk show host Mark Levin, author of “Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America,” said “what would happen if we were living in a functioning constitutional republic is articles of impeachment would be drawn up against the secretary of [Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius]” over a slew of charges, most recently the contraception mandate for Catholic institutions. “I’m not trying to be controversial,” Levin clarified. “I’m telling you how it would work if it were [a functioning constitutional republic] . For violating her oath to uphold the Constitution, for violating her fidelity to the rule of...
  • First They Came for Rush and Lou Dobbs

    02/14/2012 5:09:38 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    .....First they came for Rush Limbaugh and Lou Dobbs. And the Catholic bishops did not speak out. Now they are coming for the Catholic bishops. Who will speak out now? Not, alas, the United Church of Christ. Let's go back into recent history -- 2009 to be exact. It was a story that involved the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in a blatant, full-on attack on the right of free speech and a free press -- the First Amendment. As I wrote here, here, here, here, here, and here three years ago, the Catholic bishops had managed to get their...
  • Obama 'College Videos' About to Come Out

    02/13/2012 12:56:55 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 81 replies · 2+ views
    Obama 'College Videos' About to Come Out Watch Andrew Breitbart’s Fiery CPAC Speech: I Have ‘College Days’ Obama Videos By James Crugnale, Mediaite | 6:58 pm, February 10th, 2012 Andrew Breitbart took the podium at CPAC Friday afternoon, introduced to the stage with Rage Against The Machine’s Guerrilla Radio, and revealed to the audience he had “videos” of Barack Obama from his college days. “I have videos, this election we’re going to vet him,” Breitbart disclosed to raucous applause. “We are going to vet him from his college days to show you why racial division and class warfare are central...
  • Notre Dame Faculty to Obama: ‘This Is a Grave Violation of Religious Freedom and Cannot Stand’

    02/13/2012 9:15:11 AM PST · by rhema · 65 replies · 2+ views
    CNS News ^ | 2/12/12 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Twenty-five Notre Dame faculty members--led by the university’s top ethics expert, and including some of the school’s most eminent scholars--have signed a statement declaring that President Barack Obama’s latest version of his administration’s mandate that all health insurance plans in the United States must cover sterilizations and all FDA-approved contraceptives, including those that cause abortions, is “a grave violation of religious freedom and cannot stand." The statement—put out on the letterhead of the University of Notre Dame Law School--is also signed by leading scholars from other major American colleges and universities, including Princeton, Harvard, Stanford, Georgetown, Brigham Young, Yeshiva and...
  • Pat Buchanan: 'Obama is trampling on God's turf' (Video)

    02/12/2012 2:29:29 PM PST · by Rufus2007 · 16 replies · 1+ views
    TheDC ^ | February 12, 2012 | Jeff Poor
    According to Pat Buchanan, the Obama administration’s decision to revise its mandate that religious institutions must offer “access” to conception, despite the mandate violating Church doctrine, still falls short. On this weekend’s broadcast of “The McLaughlin Group,” Buchanan criticized the Obama administration Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, describing her as a “nominal Catholic” and questioning the administration’s political judgment. “Trinity girl, nominal Catholic,” Buchanan said of Sebelius. “When they antagonize and enrage and get the bishops of the Catholic Church — a lot of whom grew up in Democratic families and are not hostile toward Obama — fighting...
  • GOP lawmaker walked out on Obama's speech at National Prayer Breakfast

    02/03/2012 9:30:06 AM PST · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 3, 2012 | Jonathan Easley
    Republican Rep. Phil Gingrey (Ga.) walked out of President Obama's speech at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, his spokesman confirmed to The Hill. Jen Talaber said the five-term lawmaker "left quietly" in the middle of the president's remarks. “He was disturbed and offended by the president’s use of prayer and reflection time for partisan politics and class warfare,” Talaber said. “Rep. Gingrey enjoyed listening to the keynote speaker and found the breakfast to be inspiring until President Obama began politicking.” At the breakfast, Obama tried to tie some of the proposals from his State of the Union address, such...
  • President Obama's State of the Union Address: What Was Missing?

    02/02/2012 11:39:02 AM PST · by 92nina · 8 replies
    Cost of Government Center ^ | 2012-01-26 | [Staff]
    After President Obama's third State of the Union address this week, the Cost of Government Center decided to take a look at how this speech different from joint addresses past. The speech, while rife with the President's usual demands for tax hikes on families and small businesses, was more of a campaign speech than an executive joint address. It is telling, then, that the President spent more time avoiding many of the top issues of past addresses than mentioning them. Notably absent from the speech was any mention of his plan to salvage the economy via government “stimulus.” The President...
  • Obama Got Served

    02/01/2012 7:17:02 PM PST · by Sallyven · 692 replies · 1+ views
    American Thinker ^ | February 1, 2012 | Cindy Simpson
    [snip]...Jablonski remained true to his word -- neither he nor Obama showed up for the January 26 hearing. I noted last week that Obama was not scheduled to be anywhere near Atlanta on the date of the hearing, although I had wondered if still, perhaps, Georgia might be on his mind. According to reports in the blogosphere, the president's schedule on the morning of the 26th was open, and according to an unnamed source, Obama watched the live feed of the hearings. Perhaps Obama, as well as the several mainstream media news outlets I spotted at the hearing, were merely...
  • President Obama pokes fun at himself at annual Alfalfa Club dinner

    01/29/2012 5:47:24 AM PST · by maggief · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 29, 2012 | Meghashyam Mali
    esident Barack Obama spoke at Saturday night's Alfalfa Club dinner in Washington poking fun at himself and fellow leaders. The annual black-tie banquet is an exclusive gathering of many of Washington's business and political elite. "You've heard it from the pundits: 'Obama is cloistered in the White House.' 'He's aloof.' 'He's in the bubble.' He's not connecting,'" said Obama. "And that’s why one of my big goals this year was to get out and be among every day, ordinary Americans -- like the men and women of the Alfalfa Club." The president, who broke into song at a recent fundraiser...
  • SOTU Redux: Tax Oil and Natural Gas Companies More

    01/27/2012 12:34:43 PM PST · by 92nina · 4 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-01-25 | Christopher Prandoni
    Continuing to demonize some of America’s largest employers, Obama mischaracterizes tax policies employed by the oil and natural gas industry during last night’s State of the Union speech: “We have subsidized oil companies for a century. That’s long enough. It’s time to end the taxpayer giveaways to an industry that’s rarely been more profitable, and double-down on a clean energy industry that’s never been more promising. Pass clean energy tax credits and create these jobs.” This is simply not true. The federal government has not given oil and natural gas producers a penny to explore and develop America’s vast natural...
  • Helen Thomas: "Changing the State of Our Union" [WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES]

    01/26/2012 3:28:17 PM PST · by seanmerc · 22 replies ^ | 26 Jan 2012 | Helen "More Responsive" Thomas
    President Barack Obama painted the state of the union as strong and safe in his third address to the nation, but glossed over solutions to some of the nation's biggest problems. The President, running for reelection, touched base on all major issues including the economy, energy, regulation, immigration and education. He exuded confidence and laid out many points he is expected to hit on the campaign trail. Although Obama has failed in the past at every attempt to work with the Republicans in the Congress, he still attempted to reach out to the opposition. Most Republicans and Democrats could agree...
  • Hume: Obama's big speech was 'a bit boring' (Video)

    01/25/2012 6:22:22 AM PST · by Rufus2007 · 15 replies
    TheDC ^ | January 25, 2012 | Jeff Poor
    Although the political world grinds to a seeming halt when the president addresses Congress every year in January, that doesn’t necessarily mean anything interesting comes out of the ordeal. And on Tuesday’s coverage of the State of the Union address on the Fox News Channel, senior political analyst Brit Hume said this year’s from President Barack Obama was no different. “I’ve covered about 35 of these things and I thought they were always a murderous assignment for any president,” Hume said. “For one thing they are too long and for certain political reasons in Washington, they need to be because...
  • Despite Solyndra, Obama to Boost Green Energy (Scandal-be-damned attitude is in first TV ad!)

    01/23/2012 6:05:02 PM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    US News ^ | 1/23/12
    Despite Solyndra, Obama to Boost Green EnergyJanuary 23, 2012 With a Solyndra-scandal-be-damned attitude, President Obama is expected to revive his push for new green fuel sources in Tuesday's State of the Union address, claiming that they will boost jobs and help clean the environment. Industry sources who met with policy officials at the White House last week say the president will hint at an emerging administration plan to propose increased spending on green fuel sources and radical changes in how the government and Americans power machines in the future. [See a collection of political cartoons on energy policy.] "He wants...
  • ATR Presents Obama/State of the Union BINGO!

    01/24/2012 8:20:57 AM PST · by 92nina · 2 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-01-23 | [Staff]
    Americans for Tax Reform once again presents these handy Bingo cards which you may use to check off terms and phrases likely to be used during President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday. As a bonus, print out the different versions of the card and watch the speech with your friends or family. There are five different versions! How to Play: 1) Make sure you "like" ATR on Facebook and follow ATR on Twitter. 2) Print out as many of the Obama Bingo cards listed below as you'd like. 3) Watch the ATR Facebook page and Twitter account...
  • Court won't hear arguments demanding Kagan recusal

    01/23/2012 10:21:45 AM PST · by ColdOne · 22 replies ^ | 1/23/12 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won't hear arguments from a conservative watchdog group that wants Justice Elena Kagan disqualified from deciding the constitutionality of President Barack Obama's national health care overhaul. Freedom Watch asked the high court for time to demand Kagan's recusal or disqualification during arguments on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The law is aimed at extending health insurance coverage to more than 30 million previously uninsured people and would, by 2019, leave just 5 percent of the population uninsured, compared with about 17 percent today, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
  • Comprehensive List of Obama Tax Increases

    01/23/2012 10:02:34 AM PST · by 92nina · 2 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-01-20 | John Kartch and Ryan Ellis
    ...14. Obamacare Blue Cross/Blue Shield Tax Hike (Tax hike of $0.4 bil/took effect Jan. 1 2010): The special tax deduction in current law for Blue Cross/Blue Shield companies would only be allowed if 85 percent or more of premium revenues are spent on clinical services. Bill: PPACA; Page: 2,004 15. Obamacare Excise Tax on Charitable Hospitals (Min$/took effect immediately): $50,000 per hospital if they fail to meet new "community health assessment needs," "financial assistance," and "billing and collection" rules set by HHS. Bill: PPACA; Page: 1,961-1,971 16. Obamacare Tax on Innovator Drug Companies (Tax hike of $22.2 bil/took effect Jan....
  • Biden time for Hillary in new role

    01/20/2012 1:28:48 PM PST · by pietraynor · 23 replies
    The Lowell Sun ^ | 01/20/2012 | Peter Lucas
    The way people in his administration have been abandoning President Barack Obama, don't be surprised if Joe Biden is the next to go. Only in Biden's case -- unlike the situation of William Daley of Chicago, Obama's third chief of staff in three years, who abruptly announced his resignation a week ago after only months on the job -- Biden could be pushed out the door to make room for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to take his job and run as Obama's vice-presidential running mate in 2012. Don't scoff. Obama is in for a tough fight for re-election, and...
  • Breaking: White House Shut Down

    01/17/2012 6:40:28 PM PST · by Dysart · 53 replies · 1+ views
    Politico ^ | 1-17-2012
    "Smoking objects" found near north portico.
  • Obama "Jobs Commission" Endorses Corporate Income Tax Rate Cut

    01/17/2012 1:08:17 PM PST · by 92nina · 4 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-01-17 | Ryan Ellis
    President Obama's "Jobs Council" today released their annual report. In the tax section, much attention is given to the need to cut the corporate income tax rate. Reading most of the report, it sounds like something that might be written by ATR or another free market organization. It points out how the U.S. has the highest corporate income tax rate in the developed world, a full 14 percentage points higher than the OECD average of 25 percent. It also points out how big U.S. trade partners like Japan, Canada, and the United Kingdom are continuing to cut their corporate rate...
  • Michelle Obama for Senate in 2016?

    01/14/2012 10:47:10 AM PST · by Rufus2007 · 30 replies · 2+ views
    TheDC ^ | January 14, 2012 | Jeff Poor
    In November 2016, Illinois voters will go to the polls to decide who they want to occupy the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican Sen. Mark Kirk. And although it is a long way off, could one of the names on the ticket be first lady Michelle Obama? At the end of this weekend’s broadcast of “The McLaughlin Group,” show host John McLaughlin made that bold prediction, saying a Michelle Obama run for the seat her husband won in 2004 would happen. “Michelle Obama will run for the United States Senate in 2016 and she will be thereby mimicking,...
  • Payroll Tax Holiday: Temporary from the Beginning

    01/13/2012 12:39:02 PM PST · by 92nina · 5 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-01-13 | Rushad Thomas
    In December 2010, Congress enacted a 2 percentage point payroll tax reduction, bringing the FICA rate down from 6.2 percent to 4.2 percent as a part of the legislation extending unemployment benefits and preventing tax rates from rising. All throughout the debate Democrats billed the reduction as a temporary move, slated to expire on December 31, 2011. Congress is considering whether to extend this rebate. Because it was always a temporary measure, opposition to this extension cannot fairly be called support for a tax increase. There is ample evidence that Democrats always believed the payroll tax rebate to be temporary....
  • Obama to Congress: I’ll decide what’s constitutional

    01/11/2012 12:04:59 AM PST · by neverdem · 24 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Caller. ^ | 01/05/2012 | Chris Cox
    Election season is here, and you might think President Obama would be going out of his way to show voters that he can be trusted with the powers of the presidency. But you would be wrong. Just a few days before Christmas, Obama served notice to all Americans that he will continue to abuse executive privilege by seeking new ways to vilify gun owners and further his anti-gun agenda. Congress placed a provision in the $1 trillion omnibus spending bill for 2012 designed to bar the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from using any of its $30.7 billion taxpayer funds...
  • Gibbs Shares ‘Regret’ for Explosive Michelle Obama Spat

    01/10/2012 12:16:28 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Gibbs Shares ‘Regret’ for Explosive Michelle Obama Spat Former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said he regrets losing his cool during an explosive 2010 White House staff meeting, in which he reportedly shouted profanities about the first lady. Gibbs downplayed the blowup, reported in a new book by New York Times correspondent Jodi Kantor, saying in a written statement today, “in any high-pressure work environment there are occasional arguments and disagreements and that is certainly true of the White House. I regret speaking in anger and regret that this disagreement became so public.” The incident followed reports that Michelle...
  • Wrong Chicago Guy Resigns from White House

    01/10/2012 5:22:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies · 1+ views ^ | January 10, 2012 | John Ransom
    In a trade that made a lot of sense for Democrats, Chicago Mayor Richie Daley decided to take a powder as Mayor-for-Life in October 2010, while Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel succeeded Daley as mayor of the big, broken city by the lake. The player to be named later in the trade was William Daley, Richie’s brother. Bill Daley took Emanuel’s place as chief of staff with the charge to be the White House’s bridge to the business community. The Obama administration was hoping that Daley’s business savvy would help them repair a rocky relationship with big business- and...
  • Updated: Comparison of Tax Plans for 2012 Presidential Candidates

    01/09/2012 9:52:01 AM PST · by 92nina · 23 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-01-09 | Ryan Ellis
    Confused about the proposed tax reform from each of the presidential candidates? Be confused no more. ATR has compiled a single chart that covers the essential differences between each candidate's plans. As proposals change, this chart will be updated, so be sure to bookmark it and share it with your friends using the Facebook, Twitter, and email links above.For an html version, please click here.
  • George Will's advice to GOP: Blame Bush, not Obama (Video)

    01/08/2012 12:38:39 PM PST · by Rufus2007 · 30 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Caller ^ | January 8, 2012 | Jeff Poor
    The Iowa Republican caucuses turnout numbers were slightly higher in 2012 than they were in 2008. However, without a Democratic presidential caucus to compete with, some are asking why the turnout numbers weren’t significantly higher. The suggestion is that the enthusiasm for the field is lacking. That could be a problem, according to Washington Post columnist George Will. On Sunday’s “This Week,” Will chalked that deficiency up to the tea party not being passionate about Republican politics. “That’s right, because Iowa is on everyone’s list of 12 to 14 swing states that you have to carry to win the presidency,...
  • Obama bucks Republicans by making unprecedented recess appointment

    01/04/2012 9:45:59 AM PST · by yoe · 36 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | January 4, 2012 | Stephen Dinan
    Congressional officials said President Obama has used his recess appointment powers Wednesday to name a head for the controversial new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in a move Republican lawmakers said amounted to an unconstitutional power grab. Mr. Obama made the appointment of former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray even though the Senate, which has the power to confirm nominees, considers itself still in session. But the White House argues Republican senators stonewalled the nominee for so long that Mr. Obama had no choice but to circumvent them. In making the appointment, Mr. Obama rejected the precedent set by former President...
  • Mark Steyn on Iowa results: 'If I were Obama, I would be feeling kind of OK' (Audio)

    01/04/2012 9:47:38 AM PST · by Rufus2007 · 36 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Caller ^ | January 4, 2012 | Jeff Poor
    After Iowa, the picture on who will be this year’s Republican presidential nominee is becoming a bit clearer, for better or for worse. And in the eyes of National Review columnist Mark Steyn, author of “After America: Get Ready for Armageddon,” it is for worse. Steyn has often categorized this election as “truly consequential” and warned that without a change of course, the United States is destined for the same fate as some European countries or worse. On “The Dennis Miller Show” on Wednesday, Steyn said the prospects of that change by defeating President Barack Obama were in doubt. “If...
  • US Closes 2011 With Record $15.22 Trillion In Debt, 100.3% Debt/GDP, $14 Billion From Debt Ceiling

    01/03/2012 5:36:55 PM PST · by lbryce · 22 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | January 3, 2012 | Tyler Durden
    Unabridged Title:US Closes 2011 With Record $15.22 Trillion In Debt, Officially At 100.3% Debt/GDP, $14 Billion From Breaching Debt Ceiling While not news to Zero Hedge readers who knew about the final debt settlement of US debt about 10 days ahead of schedule, it is now official: according to the US Treasury, America has closed the books on 2011 with debt at an all time record $15,222,940,045,451.09. And, as was observed here first in all of the press, US debt to GDP is now officially over 100%, or 100.3% to be specific, a fact which the US government decided to...

    01/02/2012 5:56:39 PM PST · by Yosemitest · 139 replies · 2+ views ^ | January 2, 2012 | Jonathan Turley
    President Barack Obama rang in the New Year by signing the NDAA law with its provision allowing him to indefinitely detain citizens. It was a symbolic moment to say the least. With Americans distracted with drinking and celebrating, Obama signed one of the greatest rollbacks of civil liberties in the history of our country. . . and citizens partied only blissfully into the New Year. Ironically, in addition to breaking his promise not to sign the law, Obama broke his promise on signing statements and attached a statement that he really does not want to detain citizens indefinitely. Obama insisted...
  • Rush Limbaugh on how to fix Detroit: 'Get rid of every liberal in government' (Video)

    12/30/2011 7:17:18 AM PST · by Rufus2007 · 23 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | December 30, 2011 | Jeff Poor
    In an appearance on Fox News Channel aired on Thursday night’s “On the Record with Greta Van Sustren,” conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh explained, in no uncertain terms, how to fix Detroit, where unemployment and poverty are rampant. His solution: End liberalism. “Get rid of every liberal in government,” he said. “What is the one constant in Detroit, all of these years? Been run by liberals. Liberal ideology. Liberal economics. Liberal belief system. Detroit, other places: A microcosm of where Europe is, and where we are headed — unchecked, unstopped liberalism. For those of you who like the Democrat...
  • TSA screenings aren't just for airports anymore [read this]

    12/26/2011 3:52:36 PM PST · by upchuck · 77 replies
    LAT ^ | December 20, 2011 | Brian Bennett
    The Transportation Security Administration isn't just in airports anymore. TSA teams are increasingly conducting searches and screenings at train stations, subways, ferry terminals and other mass transit locations around the country... The TSA's 25 "viper" teams — for Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response — have run more than 9,300 unannounced checkpoints and other search operations in the last year. Department of Homeland Security officials have asked Congress for funding to add 12 more teams next year. According to budget documents, the department spent $110 million in fiscal 2011 for "surface transportation security," including the TSA's viper program, and is asking...
  • Obamas celebrate Christmas at church

    12/25/2011 3:39:44 PM PST · by ColdOne · 63 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 12/25/11 | JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii -- The first family made its way to the chapel on the Marine Corps base here for a Christmas morning church service. President Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha made their way into the chapel shortly after 11 a.m. local time following a brief drive from the vacation home they're renting in nearby Kailua. The president was wearing a navy blue polo shirt and khakis, while the three Obama women wore sleeveless dresses. T
  • George Will likes Obama's 2012 reelection chances (Video)

    12/25/2011 11:26:50 AM PST · by Rufus2007 · 54 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 25, 2011 | Jeff Poor
    Despite the steady stream of negative economic numbers, conservative Washington Post columnist George Will thinks that President Barack Obama‘s election prospects aren’t so dire. “All of the numbers say that the president won’t be,” Will said of the President Obama’s election prospects on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday. “But if the president carries the John Kerry states, he has 245 electoral votes. He needs 25 more. Don’t count the president out.” ABC political analyst Cokie Roberts went further, saying that she thinks the odds are in favor of the president’s reelection. ...more (w/video)...
  • Sen. John McCain blocks return of the body of Richard Somers, (1804) namesake of Somers Point

    12/24/2011 9:33:36 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 33 replies
    The Press of Atlantic City, Pleasantville, NJ ^ | December 24, 2011 | Rob Spahr
    SOMERS POINT — Master Commandant Richard Somers will have to wait a little longer to come home, if it happens at all. Efforts to repatriate the remains of the city’s namesake and U.S. Naval hero — killed with his crew aboard the USS Intrepid in 1804 in Tripoli Harbor during the First Barbary War — date to the 1840s. Spurred by this year's political upheaval in Libya, the movement seemed to finally have the congressional backing it needed to order the Department of Defense to take action regarding the return of the bodies of Somers and his men to the...