Category Archives: Fruits of Obama Presidency

And We Thought The Budget Could Not Get More Bloated

This is completely mind boggling to me!  Did I step off of planet Earth for a minute and just imagine that the President has been characterizing himself as a deficit hawk?  The President has spent the better part of his presidency pointing back at President Bush and blaming him squarely for our financial woes and the huge deficit that met Obama at the door.  Pssst…Mr President, I think you missed the fact that Democrats controlled Congress for the last two years of Bush’s presidency and I am pretty sure that document you threw out in the trash bin behind the White House gives the spending power to Congress.  And now the President has presented his supposedly “spending freeze” budget to Congress and it comes in at a whopping $3.8 trillion dollars!

With a 2011 budget this large, one just knows there are little goodies stuffed into this thing.  Let’s see, the President thinks he is going to tax the wealthy more to help pay for his spending.  During the State of the Union, he bragged about his tax cuts and promised more for small business.  But many small businesses will fall under this new tax bracket of making over $250,000 annually.  The President promised to cut capital gains taxes for small businesses.  Unfortunately, that means nothing since the Bush tax cuts will go away at the same time, making this a complete wash.  The rich will also be limited in their itemized deductions.  Sure sounds “fair” to me.

There is an additional $100 billion in spending for job creation.  So by the time we get to 2011, this will be Porkulus Bill number 75?  This budget promises to add to the deficit.  So much for pointing back at Bush.  This year, the deficit will be $1.6 trillion and last year was $1.4 trillion and 2011 is projected to be $1.3 trillion.  That is if he can fund the budget.  I already pointed out he wants to soak the rich, which will not work, but he has another plan as well.  Despite the fact that Crap & Tax appears to be all but dead in the Senate, the President has funds raised from carbon credits in his budget.  That’s right, either the President knows something we don’t know – possibly an Executive Order to implement Crap & Tax? – or he is trying to pull a fast one.

Mark Tapscott, writing for the Washington Examiner said, “Whether it’s the $650 billion projected by the Senate bill or the $873 billion of the House bill, it appears highly unlikely, to put it charitably, that either measure will make it to Obama’s desk with the cap-and-trade program intact. That means Obama will be counting phantom revenue as part of his next federal budget proposal.  But then Obama’s $787 billion economic stimulus program has produced two million phantom jobs located in phantom zip codes in phantom congressional districts, so perhaps nobody should be surprised to see phantom revenues in a White House budget proposal.”

Despite the fact that projections show the deficit continuing to lower each year until 2020 when the deficit will be around $800 billion dollars, reality reveals something else that has me questioning if our economy can truly recover with Progressives at the helm. Estimates have the publicly held debt doubling to $18.5 trillion by 2020.  And the interest on our debt will quadruple to more than $800 billion by 2020.

The budget also contains the Tenth Amendment defying guarantee to spend $25 billion to provide state governments with six additional months of help paying their Medicaid bills.

We have watched politicians on both sides of the aisle spend our money irresponsibly and every year the deficit continues to hold above the trillion dollar mark and the national debt balloons.  I have no doubt that if John McCain were the president instead, that the budget would not be much better.  It is up to us on the grassroots level to stop this wasting of our hard earned dollars.

Unions Ink Deal On ObamaCare In Dead Of Night

The transparency of the Obama administration continues as yet another deal is inked while America sleeps.  Big Labor came in swinging when it was revealed that the final healthcare reform tax and spend bill would contain a “cadillac tax” to help pay for the legislation.  This tax would have hit union members hard, many of whom are middle class workers.  The President completely supported the tax initially because the hard truth that someone has to pay for this bloated government control measure was obvious.

The President has been meeting with labor union heads at the White House for the past few days and finally reached an agreement last night around midnight.  And another payoff can be added to list as well as a refiguring of how much this measure will cost.  I had thought that perhaps the unions would swallow this tax in exchange for a Card Check deal, but apparently they are getting something better.  Union members will not have to pay tax on their plans until 2018 and at that time, the insurance exchange will be open for union members to join.  But that is not all because anyone with common sense can see what is happening here.  Until 2018, the unions are going to look like a real good option to join for workers who have cadillac plans but do not belong to unions.  Now they will want to join in order to get the exemption.  This appears to be a win-win for everybody except America.

Democratic Representative Joe Courtney, a leading critic of the Senate tax, said “Right now I think that this is a real uphill battle.  There’s a high degree of skepticism about it.”  The revised deal raises the tax’s income threshold and excludes supplemental coverage for dental and vision.  There was word that talks are still underway because some unions are not happy with this deal either.  And this still will have to get Senate approval where the “cadillac tax” was added.

One thing is for sure, the unions got this President in office and have supported ObamaCare to the point of violence, so he owes them on everything.  This is why Andy Stern, head of SEIU, practically has his own room at the White House because he has visited so much.  We live in an Oligarchy with many pulling the strings of the President Puppet and the labor unions are just one of those groups.  This is why we cannot fail in the 2010 elections.  We must start closing the doors on these special interest groups that run this country.

Obama Fumbles On Security Address

I am now convinced that our President has an inability to be sincere.  Oh sure, he says all the right things like the buck stops with him, but does anyone really believe the Panty-waist In Chief is going to protect us?  He revealed during his first year in office that the main responsiblity of the federal government, the security of the national, was inconsequential to him.  He pushed forward a domestic agenda that even left our ill economy waiting on the back burner.  And now we are to believe that he is serious about this business of “war”.  At least he finally realized that we are in a war here.  Not sure where he has been for the past nine years, but at least he has caught up now.

Obama said, “First, although our intelligence community had learned a great deal about the al Qaeda affiliate in Yemen — called al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula — that we knew that they sought to strike the United States and that they were recruiting operatives to do so — the intelligence community did not aggressively follow up on and prioritize particular streams of intelligence related to a possible attack against the homeland.”  I guess Ft. hood was not enough to put their focus on Yemen.  The first terrorist attack during his presidency that occured in Arkansas went ignored as well, which should have garnered some kind of focus towards terror.  This BVD Bomber attack on Christmas was strike three.  That means you are out, Mr. President.  This is a final warning for your ineptness, do not let it happen again or those tanking approval ratings will be so low, they’ll be buried.

Here are the President’s new steps for action:

“First, I’m directing that our intelligence community immediately begin assigning specific responsibility for investigating all leads on high-priority threats so that these leads are pursued and acted upon aggressively — not just most of the time, but all of the time.  We must follow the leads that we get.  And we must pursue them until plots are disrupted.  And that mean assigning clear lines of responsibility.  (What?!  We were not doing this already?!  If that were the truth, then we would not have been without an attack on our soil during the Bush years.  You are the one’s who have screwed up here.  You have defunded and not placed any importance on the Overseas Contingency Operation that has been causing man0made disasters.)

Second, I’m directing that intelligence reports, especially those involving potential threats to the United States, be distributed more rapidly and more widely.  We can’t sit on information that could protect the American people.  (Again, is this really how seriously the intelligence community took 9/11?!  Something is fishy here.)

Third, I’m directing that we strengthen the analytical process, how our analysis — how our analysts process and integrate the intelligence that they receive.  My Director of National Intelligence, Denny Blair, will take the lead in improving our day-to-day efforts.  My Intelligence Advisory Board will examine the longer-term challenge of sifting through vast universes of intelligence and data in our Information Age.   

And finally, I’m ordering an immediate effort to strengthen the criteria used to add individuals to our terrorist watchlists, especially the “no fly” list.  We must do better in keeping dangerous people off airplanes, while still facilitating air travel.”

I am sure that TSA will make sure that Joan Rivers remains on the no-fly list.  What we did not here from the illustrious leader is that he is fire everyone from the top down and putting new people in who understand how to do the job and will not follow in the footsteps of our leader by remaining on vacation when we suffer a terrorist attack on our soil.  And the fumbling continues…

Interpol’s Obama Protectionism

The blogosphere has been buzzing with a story and an Executive Order that has flown under the radar.  Last week, Barack Obama signed an amendment to Executive Order 12425.  The Executive Order announcement from the Office of The Spokesmoron reads:

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release
December 17, 2009

Executive Order — Amending Executive Order 12425

EXECUTIVE ORDER
– – – – – – –

AMENDING EXECUTIVE ORDER 12425 DESIGNATING INTERPOL
AS A PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION ENTITLED TO
ENJOY CERTAIN PRIVILEGES, EXEMPTIONS, AND IMMUNITIES

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 1 of the International Organizations Immunities Act (22 U.S.C. 288), and in order to extend the appropriate privileges, exemptions, and immunities to the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), it is hereby ordered that Executive Order 12425 of June 16, 1983, as amended, is further amended by deleting from the first sentence the words “except those provided by Section 2(c), Section 3, Section 4, Section 5, and Section 6 of that Act” and the semicolon that immediately precedes them.

BARACK OBAMA

Upon reading this, many people would just pass over the legalese as nothing to worry about. Scrutiny of the particular section referenced proves how nefarious this action is to America. Section (c) reads:

(c) Property and assets of international organizations, wherever located and by whomsoever held, shall be immune from search, unless such immunity be expressly waived, and from confiscation. The archives of international organizations shall be inviolable.

That is inviolable by even United States sovereignty.  That would include the Interpol office in the Department of Defense.  This protects Interpol from the Freedom of Information Act.  Several bloggers have pointed out that the United States could hand documents over to Interpol to keep them from American citizens.  The President has now exempted Interpol from search and seizure.  This places Interpol above the FBI, CIA and the Constitution.

During the reign of the Third Reich and Hitler, Interpol was under the jurisdiction of the SS.  Interpol was headquartered in Austria and Hitler knew that whoever ruled Austria would have control of Interpol.  Germany conquered Austria early during World War II and thus the SS had control of Interpol.  Interpol elected a Nazi as their vice-president in 1937.  That Nazi, General Kurt Daluege, was executed for war crimes in 1946.  The presence of Nazis in Interpol did not deter the FBI from seeking membership with Interpol and it did so under J. Edgar Hoover.  The U.S. paid $1,500 in annual dues and gained membership in 1938.

In 1996, Interpol signed a partnership agreement with the United nations and the two work hand in hand in their efforts.  Interpol’s website states that the agreement provides for the following:

“The co-operation agreement grants the two organizations observer status in sessions of their respective general assemblies. The agreement outlines further areas in which the two organizations could co-ordinate their efforts:

  • responding to the needs of the international community in fighting crime
  • assisting states in their efforts to combat organized crime
  • co-operating in the implementation of the mandates of international judicial bodies
  • carrying out joint investigations and other police-related matters in the context of peace-keeping
  • establishing joint databases related to penal law.”

Anyone who has observed the history of the United Nations, finds their claims of peacekeeping to be laughable. Their peacekeepers raped African women. The United Nations has worked for years to put American sovereignty under international treaties and now apparently, Interpol is working towards that same end.

I expect our next move will be to join the International Criminal Court, which will again undermine American sovereignty.  And Obama would probably love to present former vice president Dick Cheney to that court for war crimes.  Andy McCarthy of National Review Online rightly asks, “Why would we elevate an international police force above American law? Why would we immunize an international police force from the limitations that constrain the FBI and other American law-enforcement agencies? Why is it suddenly necessary to have, within the Justice Department, a repository for stashing government files which, therefore, will be beyond the ability of Congress, American law-enforcement, the media, and the American people to scrutinize?”  McCarthy also covers the history of Executive Order 12425 originally signed by Ronald Reagan, but with stipulations that left Interpol open to U.S. search and seizure.

Obama promised that he and his groupies were “five days away from fundamentally changing America.”  The past year has revealed to what lengths Obama and his administration will go to in order to create that fundamental change.  He did promise hope and change.  America has gotten that change and it is erasing our hope.  The New Global World Order’s infrastructure is being built around us.

No Chamber Of Commerce At Jobs Summit

Anyone with common sense knows that it is small business that creates the most jobs in America, where free enterprise used to reign supreme before government intrusion into the free market happened.  The champion of small businesses is the United States Chamber of Commerce.  One would think that a large jobs summit hosted by the President would definitely include the Chamber.  But today’s Jobs Summit to be held at the White House will not include the Chamber.  They were not invited and there is no doubt as to the reason why: they are being punished.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has been working vehemently against ObamaCare.  This makes sense since it is widely known and just plain common sense that ObamaCare will hurt small businesses.  The Chamber has even put together a Healthcare Toolkit.  For nearly a year, the Chamber has been releasing PDF files that evaluate healthcare reform issues and that critique the various bills coming out of both the House and the Senate.  And the Chamber began running an ad campaign back in June for both print and television.  The Chamber has written Op-eds, sent letters to the Hill and made multiple television appearances.  It has been an all out offensive against ObamaCare.

Also not invited to the farcical summit is the National Federation of Independent Business, which was also critical of ObamaCare.  So who is invited to the summit?  Only the people who agree with the President’s policies and liberal economists who have been wrong at every turn when it comes to the American economy thus far.  And who has agreed with the President?  Union leaders, environmental advocates and executives from Google and other blue-chip firms, of course.  Disney’s Bob Iger has also been invited, which leaves me a bit stumped.  Disney has had a hiring freeze for months now and has preferred to work employees six days a week, rather than hire new employees.  Not sure what Iger will be able to contribute there.  Unless the President plans to threaten these leaders to start hiring?

The Washington Times is reporting:

“He’s going to get lots of recommendations to spend more money,” said Peter Morici, a professor at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. “These are the very same people who gave us the stimulus package. My feeling is we’re not going to get what we need, and that’s a complete change in direction on economic policy.”

A spokeswoman for the White House would not comment for the record on the format or how the list of participants was drawn up. A full list of attendees is expected to be released Thursday.

More federal spending to generate jobs is a likely subject at Thursday’s summit given that guests will include economists such as Paul Krugman, who has argued that the first stimulus package was not large enough. Likewise, chiefs of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Economic Policy Institute, both of whom are slated to be in attendance, have called for more federal dollars to aid states experiencing budget shortfalls.

“My chief concern is that the list features no serious and prominent labor economist, which seems essential to offering a sound, long-run policy to put us on a path of lower unemployment,” said John Coleman, an economics professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

Representatives from NFIB and the Chamber of Commerce said their organizations were not asked to attend, but representatives from some of the country’s largest unions, Change to Win and the United Steelworkers, will participate.

The Chamber has sent a list of recommendations for the President, but i expect those will be found in a dumpster behind the White House, right beside the Constitution.

No “Victory” In Afghanistan Address

The President is going to fight the war in Afghanistan so I support him in his efforts there, but his address last night was lacking in many areas and the most prominent missing piece was any use of the word “victory”.  There was no talk of winning in Afghanistan.  Part of the problem for the President is that he is trying to please everyone.  This was evident in the amount of emphasis he gave to plans for withdrawal, which is marked in 18 months.

The other worrisome area for me is that I fear our President will focus more on training Afghans, rather than killing the enemy.  Killing the enemy was the purpose of this war from the beginning and that got lost somewhere in the idea of nation building.  And nation building for America is unconstitutional.

The President could not resist following his usual path during these addresses as well.  He was very defensive, which has always been unattractive in a leader.  He tried to explain why he dithered, but I remain unconvinced.  He seems to be following General McChrystal’s plan, so his excuses are empty.  He also pulled the usual, blame President Bush.  And he reminded everyone of what I believe will be one of his greatest mistakes: closing GITMO.  He wants to make sure that those on the left like Michael Moore who are steaming mad about his Afghan Plan are somewhat appeased by his promise to close GITMO.

Charles Krauthammer is one of my favorite “common sense” commentators and I think he summed up the speech well by referring to it as “defensive”, “hedging”, “strange” and full of “uncertainty compounding uncertainty.”  I thought the backdrop os West Point really added to his belief that there is nothing better than a photo op.  Especially when those present for the photo op have to respect you completely because you are their Commander-in-Chief.

9/11 Lawyer Cannot Even Admit Murder Occurred In NY

Scott Fenstermaker, the lawyer representing one of the 9/11 terrorists who will stand trial in New York City, appeared on the O’Reilly Factor last night and played a bob and weave game with Bill O’Reilly.  O’Reilly pressed him on issue after issue and the lawyer side stepped answers and the answer of the evening that revealed this lawyer to be a hack came after O’Reilly asked Fenstermaker if he felt the 9/11 victims were murdered.  Fenstermaker would not answer the question and said it was up to the jury to decide.  I understand that when a lawyer represents individuals that he/she needs to be careful with what they say, but what American cannot admit that murder occured in NY?  O’Reilly did not ask if he thought his client had committed murder.  What a waste of human skin!

Fenstermaker represents Ali Abd al-Aziz Ali and met with the terrorist at GITMO.  He was to represent Ali in the military tribunal until Attorney General Eric Holder decided to make a spectacle of the trial and put the prior administration and CIA on trial and so decided to move the trials to civilian court in NY.  Now Fenstermaker is revealing that his client plans to plead not guilty and his defense will be that the attacks were justified.  They should put the President on the stand because I am sure he would make a good case for the 9/11 terrorists since he has spent the better part of this last year apologizing for America around the world.

The fact that Ali plans to plead not guilty opens up the possibility of acquittal – something we have all feared.  And since rumor has it that the terrorists plan to represent themselves with lawyers advising, this trial will be a circus with the terrorists given the ability to spew their rhetoric.  I hope these libtards are pleased with what they are about to do to the American people, especially the 9/11 families.  I do not know how anyone can believe that the Obama administration has any integrity or principles anymore and if this is not the final nail in Obama’s coffin, I do not know what it will take.  More than likely another 9/11 attack, which our President seems to be paving the way to allow to happen.