Insider Says ObamaCare Site Should Be Completely Rebuilt

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Despite administration claims the kinks are slowly being worked out of the ObamaCare enrollment website, lingering concerns about user security led one official to recommend scrapping the troubled site and starting anew.

Republican Rep. Mike Rogers, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, recently indicated he believes criminals could use weaknesses in system to gain access to individuals’ private information.

“I know that they’ve called in another private entity to try to help with the security of it,” he said in an interview Sunday. “The problem is, they may have to redesign the entire system.”

Rogers said security risks are an inherent risk because of “the way the system is designed,” noting seven separate federal government agencies have access and administrative power over distinct areas of the site. The porous nature of that setup, he explained, increases the possibility of personal data being swiped by a cyber criminal.

That aspect, he added, is the “weakest, most vulnerable part” of the site, adding “it was clear to me they don’t have those boundaries secure.”

While federal sources, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, claimed the site was developed with security in mind, Rogers said its design leaves many concerns unaddressed.

Americans — including about 700,000 who have already submitted applications — were told the site would not store personal data, though many find that claim hard to believe.

Rogers noted the site and agencies involved in its implementation would “have to store your application at some point,” citing his concern “that they do not have an overarching, solid cybersecurity plan to prevent the loss of private information.”

After spending an outrageous amount of taxpayer money to develop a site for a product the majority of Americans don’t want, the administration is trying desperately to save face as continues to falter. With the added danger of identity theft identified by Rogers and others, there seems little chance to reverse public opinion.

–Western Journalism staff writer

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‘God’ Stripped From Air Force Oath

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Capitulating to the demands of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, military officials have decided Air Force recruits will no longer be required to add the phrase “so help me God” when reciting their Honor Oath.

The Air Force Academy, which requires graduates to repeat the oath at graduation, received complaints recently from the MRFF after displaying a poster featuring the entire oath: “We will not lie, steal or cheat nor tolerate among us anyone who does. Furthermore, I resolve to do my duty and live honorably, so help me God.”

When the foundation’s president, Mikey Weinstein, contacted Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson, the academy’s superintendent, he successfully prompted her to remove the ostensibly offensive poster.

At the time, Johnson confirmed the academy had “already directed the Honor Review Committee to fix this next week when they meet.”

The academy itself also released a statement, indicating it was “assessing the situation” and “working to put together a way ahead that is respectful to all perspectives.”

Contrasting the view of the MRFF, the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty came out in favor of maintaining a reference to God in the oath. To do otherwise, Executive Director Ron Crews said, amounts to “hostility toward religion.”

Under the supposed leadership of Barack Obama, the armed forces have been stripped of officers and funding while Christian faith has been under constant attack. If any group of Americans could use an extra measure of divine influence, it is the men and women fighting to preserve our religious freedoms here at home.

Instead, they are seeing any semblance of their faith destroyed and derided by an increasingly secular military.

–Western Journalism staff writer

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Eric Holder Condemning Black Students To Failing Schools

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In the name of diversity, the modern left will stoop to almost any level to achieve its goal. A number of prominent Republicans are accusing Attorney General Eric Holder of curtailing the educational potential of black youth in Louisiana based on his desire to impose racial quotas.

About two dozen senators signed a letter demanding an explanation for the Department of Justice’s decision to force at least 570 students to stay in underperforming schools despite the fact they received scholarships to relocate to better facilities.

One of the Republican senators named in the letter, Pennsylvania’s Pat Toomey, said Holder’s decision to “block any child from obtaining a good education is bad enough,” adding “doing so based solely on the children’s race is inexcusable.”

Hundreds of kids were told they could escape their failing schools following Hurricane Katrina, he explained. Nine out of every 10 students given a scholarship were minorities.

Since then, however, the Justice Department ruled that many of the black students told they could transfer must remain in their current school to maintain racial quotas.

According to the senators’ letter, if the area’s racial makeup were different, students would not be held hostage in substandard schools.

“These children are not statistics,” the letter states, requesting a response from Holder by Nov. 6.

For all their posturing on the issue of racial equality, it is clear progressives care only about the perception of such ideals as evidenced by a minority’s representation in any given community. Conservatives, on the other hand, want to foster success for everyone — regardless of race.

Unfortunately, the left’s lip service regarding race has been so distorted that many Americans identify it as genuine concern. That perception is now showing deep cracks, however, as evidenced in the senators’ pointed letter.

–Western Journalism staff writer

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Defending National Motto: Congressman Proposes Inspiring Bill

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Amid the cacophony of leftists decrying “In God We Trust” as an unconstitutional religious promotion, plenty of patriotic Americans continue to make the case for our national motto.

Leading the charge is Pennsylvania State Rep. Rick Saccone, a Republican whose recent proposal to include the phrase on public school buildings in the state has been met with both praise and criticism.

Dubbed The National Motto Display Act, Saccone’s bill would mandate each government-operated educational facility in Pennsylvania would be required to add the invocative phrase in some highly visible way within 60 days after it is passed.

While those who feel God has been driven out of the school system with far too much vigor likely view the proposal as a positive step, Saccone indicates his bill has far less to do with religion than education.

The phrase was first included on a coin nearly 150 years ago by a former Pennsylvania governor who subsequently took over the U.S. Mint. As a way of commemorating that momentous event, Saccone wants to call attention to the four-word proclamation that eventually became the national motto.

He said he wants youth to learn about “an important but overlooked part of Pennsylvania’s heritage” and learn about “patriotism through the display of the national motto” should his plan be implemented.

Schools host an infinite variety of other special interest events, he added, wondering why “In God We Trust” is somehow unacceptable.

“It’s displaying our national motto,” he stated, adding schools “can have Harry Potter on the walls, zombies and witches on brooms but not the national motto?”

While Saccone said those in his district are overwhelmingly supportive of the bill, the usual leftist suspects are already clamoring to be the first to disparage the proposal.

“I know we would oppose it,” said American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania representative Vic Walczak. “The only question is if we would sue upon its passage or wait until a school district enacts it.”

The congressman, however, expects such backlash, calling it “par for the course.”

While conservatives reluctantly accept the fact any mention of a higher power will be met with significant leftist outrage, it is especially discouraging that just a couple of generations ago, the phrase “In God We Trust” was considered an integral reflection of the American experience. Today, however, it is seen merely as the basis for a frivolous lawsuit.

–B. Christopher Agee

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Leftist Comedian Gets Serious, Calls For Socialist Revolution

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While it is undeniable a large portion of the political left strongly favors policies derived or directly taken from Socialist regimes, most won’t come out and say so. Outspoken comedian and actor Russell Brand, however, is not your usual liberal.

In a recent BBC interview, the star explained that he is fed up with the prevailing system of politics, suggesting a revolution is necessary to create the leftist utopia he favors.

He said he wants to see a “socialist egalitarian system based on the massive redistribution of wealth, heavy taxation of corporations and massive responsibility for energy companies and any companies exploiting the environment.”

Though his rhetoric is more transparent, Brand’s comments basically just paraphrase Barack Obama’s campaign promises.

He continues by declaring “the very concept of profit should be hugely reduced.”

The utter disconnect of millionaire entertainers is so apparent in comments such as this. Without a profit motive, there would be no reason to make the movies and comedy specials in which he stars.

In addition to “calling for change” and “calling for genuine alternatives,” Brand supports a global revolution — though he is quick to admit he has no idea how such an event would play out.

“Don’t ask me to sit here in an interview with you,” he told his interviewer, “in a bloody hotel room, and devise a global utopian system.”

Perhaps he doesn’t know how a socialist resurgence would affect the world, but millions who suffered under such regimes certainly do.

After years of oppression, countless resourceful and brave citizens from other nations escaped their harsh rule to enjoy the unparalleled freedoms of Western culture. Today, however, Brand and other unhinged leftists want to impose the same liberty-stifling control on the entire world’s population.

One wonders how he would react when notified his wealth would be subject to “massive redistribution.”

–Western Journalism staff writer

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