15 Dreadfully Treasonous Words In Obama’s Speech





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Obama huffed… and he puffed… and he, well, blew nothing down.

He moved nothing forward.

All that our once-mighty leader’s State of the Union address showed was how completely irrelevant he’s become.

In fact, the president began by practically admitting that his legislation is dead on arrival because of how unpopular he is with Congress.

But the problem isn’t Congress… You see, if his agenda was popular with the voters, Congress would be falling all over itself to pass it. Congress follows the voters, and the voters don’t want any more of what Obama’s selling.

Heil, Obama!

During his first two years in office, Barack Obama controlled all three branches of government. He had unprecedented approval, and he used the opportunity to pass several highly unpopular bills. Unfortunately for the president, those bills have gone on to define his legacy.

The most destructive to middle class finances – and the president’s popularity – has been the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.

You see, the Affordable Care Act was a gigantic political mistake. Obama allied himself with then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senator Harry Reid to pass a bill with no Republican support whatsoever, rather than working toward a healthcare reform plan with bipartisan backing.

With that single act, Obama polarized the nation… and he hasn’t looked back since.

To this day, he continues to poison the body politic; and his newest plans – debuted to a national audience during the State of the Union – will cause even more division.

Since he can’t get anything done by working with others, Obama has decided to declare himself dictator and attempt to pass laws by executive order. His borderline treasonous words were, “Wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation…that’s what I’m going to do.”

I can’t help but be reminded of Hitler’s transition from the elected Chancellor of Germany to complete dictator, ruling by decree. Yet even that comparison isn’t entirely accurate. In 1933, the Reichstag passed a law and gave Hitler his power. Obama has simply decided to usurp his.

A Year of Inaction

Thankfully, though, the United States today isn’t like Germany in 1933. And despite Obama’s attempts to rule by executive order, I believe we’re actually witnessing the opposite – the disintegration of his power.

He can command all he wants; but without Congress’ backing, I doubt that states and local governments are going to listen to the president. In fact, his irrelevance may actually be highlighted by his decrees. But he’s going to try anyway.

Obama’s first decree will attempt to fix global warming. Amusingly, while he was speaking about global warming, nearly half of the country was huddled together fighting the abnormal cold.

Suffice it to say that the president’s rhetoric is badly out of touch with reality.

He actually stood before Congress and had the mendacity to call Obamacare a success! Just to recount, the first goal of the Affordable Care Act was to increase insurance coverage… and more people have lost insurance than have gained it under Obamacare.

The second goal was to make insurance affordable… yet insurance is more unaffordable now than at any time in our history.

Still, Obama blithely encouraged the people who were watching the State of the Union to sign up. Not surprisingly, he failed to mention the myriad problems with healthcare.gov, including security and inaccuracy concerns that have been well documented.

His grand flourish was to call for a “year of action.”

But I predict that, one year from now, when we’re once again subjected to an excruciatingly painful address, no significant legislation will have been signed by Obama.

If he actually does try to rule by decree, the courts will annul his diktats, one by one, until anything without a basis in existing legislation will be ruled unconstitutional.

Because Obama doesn’t have the character, personality, and charisma to move the nation to action, 2014 is more likely to be remembered as the year of inaction. He is untrusted, untalented, and ineffective as Commander-in-Chief.

He will be even worse as Dictator-in-Chief.

 

This commentary originally appeared at CapitolHillDaily.com and is reprinted with permission. 





Congress Finally Unleashes Its Killer Robots





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Today’s U.S. Army doesn’t look anything like the Army of even a decade ago, and that’s a very good thing. For starters, our troops are safer now because of huge advances in force protection.

On top of that, technology is  giving ever-smaller groups of men greater “power projection,” which the U.S. Department of Defense defines as a nation’s ability to “apply all or some of its elements of national power – political, economic, informational, or military – to rapidly and effectively deploy and sustain forces… to respond to crises, contribute to deterrence and enhance regional stability.”

And now, the use of robots is about to give power projection a quantum leap forward.

An Unstoppable Robot Militia

Of course, robots are already being used by the Army, especially to deal with improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Early in the Iraq war, IEDs were killing soldiers, destroying equipment, and making travel inside Iraq difficult.

But today, the standard TALON robot is used to identify and eliminate IEDs. In fact, TALON robots have been so effective in military operations that they’re now used in chemical, biological, and nuclear detection, and even as part of HAZMAT units nationwide. Though unarmed, TALON robots have proven their resourcefulness.

Better yet, they’re durable. During one engagement in Iraq, a TALON robot was blown off the roof of a Humvee, only to land in a river. Sometime later, the robot was driven via remote control out of the river and was retrieved on the bank.

The Next Logical Step

Given the success of the unarmed TALON, the U.S. Army has decided to push ahead with armed robots, mirroring the progression we’ve seen with unmanned drones. (Drones were first used for reconnaissance, but they’re now routinely used in the projection of lethal force.)

The powerful and combat-ready Modular Advanced Armed Robotic System (MAARS) robot has added target acquisition to its duties, in addition to reconnaissance and surveillance missions. MAARS can “man” forward positions in remote areas where personnel are currently unable to monitor, or where it’s too dangerous to send soldiers.

These robots will play a critical role in the Army’s plan to draw down the number of troops in uniform. According to a briefing given by General Robert Cone, head of the service’s Training and Doctrine Command, the Army is considering reducing the size of the brigade combat team from about 4,000 soldiers to 3,000. The Army would replace the lost soldiers with robots and unmanned platforms.

“I’ve got clear guidance to think about what if you could robotically perform some of the tasks in terms of maneuverability, in terms of the future of the force,” Cone said. He added that he also has “clear guidance to rethink” the size of the nine-man infantry squad.

Could We Live to See Skynet?

The military’s technological revolution is happening so quickly that it’s nearly impossible for an individual to keep up with it. But don’t worry – at Capitol Hill Daily, we’ve been diligently following the changes for months. And we’re using what we learn to recommend the defense and technology stocks most likely to benefit. In fact, they’ve become the cornerstone of our extremely successful National Treasure Portfolio.

But most importantly, our military can now project more power with fewer men than at any time in our history. That’s great news for our soldiers. But I wonder whether Skynet isn’t far from becoming a reality…





And The Biggest Prostitution Ring On Capitol Hill Is…





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When I travel the country giving speeches, I’m often asked, “Why is the Washington press corps so biased towards big government?”

Well, the answer is simpler than you think.

Reporters – like all other creatures on Earth – are self-interested. And soon after they arrive on Capitol Hill, they realize that they can attain riches and glory by prostituting themselves before the idols of big government.

In fact, there are just three steps that any Washington reporter needs to take to reach his or her goal. And it creates an endless feedback loop that supports bigger and bigger government.

1. The Revolving Door

The revolving door is really just the racket by which Washington reporters get perks, access, and better jobs.

To see the revolving door in action, look no further than Emily Pierce. She just received a big promotion this week. Emily spent six years as a reporter for Congressional Quarterly, and then joined the staff of Roll Call, where she wrote the much-followed column “Road Map.”

Now, she’s leaving her position as senior staff writer for a job with Obama. More specifically, Emily is going to work for Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder, and the Twittersphere has been abuzz over her new job. Brian Fallon of the DOJ recently tweeted, “Can’t wait to welcome @emilyprollcall to @TheJusticeDept Office of Public Affairs later this month. She is a true pro.”

But do you think Emily Pierce is being rewarded for her tough coverage of the Justice Department and its troubles with Capitol Hill?

Nope. Pierce is most likely being rewarded for participating in the liberal media protection racket.

And three years from now, when the Obama administration says goodbye to Washington, D.C., she’ll head back to the media or take a lucrative job with a law firm or K Street influence peddler. Her bank accounts will likely be fuller in the years ahead, and the revolving door will have come around full circle.

2. The All-Important “Access”

The second step is access. If you’re in the media and you protect the powerful elite, they’ll give you this much-coveted “access,” which is code for invitations to all the right parties, all the right power dinners, and all the right outings at the golf or yacht clubs.

You may even get a tip for a story at one of these affairs because most business in D.C. isn’t done in the offices by day. Instead, the horse trading and profit conspiracies take place at night in velvet-padded bars and private clubs.

It’s here that the term “lobbyist” was coined, as people would hang around in lobbies hoping to talk with a member of the elite.

3. Growing Together

The third and final issue at work is the symbiotic relationship between the press and big government.

You see, both parties depend on each other for survival. For reporters to climb the Washington ladder, government agencies must always be growing. And for government agencies to continue growing, the press needs to report on their financial shortcomings.

Take Hurricane Katrina, for example.

All of the stories following Katrina had a common theme: “The tragic events wouldn’t have been so bad if the federal government had the resources to take care of everybody.”

To the reporters and government officials involved, the solution was to simply grow the size and scope of FEMA.

And why not? That way, FEMA officials could get new titles and raises. After all, a bigger agency has to manage a bigger budget. Suddenly, they’re much more important.

On top of that, a bigger agency requires more reporters – perhaps even a full-time bureau – to keep up with the flurry of activity resulting from the increased budget.

Finally, K Street now has a new honeypot for grants and contracts, and that’s never a bad thing in a lobbyist’s eyes.

In fact, the only potential loser in this scenario would be the taxpayers… except that they don’t pay for government anymore. Instead, D.C. will just borrow another trillion bucks from the Chinese or ask the Fed to print some more bills.

That way, everybody wins!

At least until the Ponzi scheme implodes.

 

This commentary originally appeared at CapitolHillDaily.com and is reprinted here with permission. 





Hillary Readies Her Crash Helmet





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Three years from today, Barack Obama will be retired, which means America is once again heading into the messy political period known as a presidential campaign.

With that in mind, let me give you a word of caution: Don’t believe the liberal media. They always get it wrong.

The liberal pundits in the mainstream media predicted that Jimmy Carter would be re-elected in 1980. They predicted that John Kerry and Al Gore would both beat George W. Bush. And they predicted that Hillary Clinton would easily outdistance the political novice and freshman U.S. Senator, Barack Obama.

Now, the mainstream media has declared a winner for 2016! They’re preparing for the coronation of Hillary Rodham Clinton, but I think time will prove them wrong.

Hail, the Conquering Clinton

On Google (GOOG), a quick search for Hillary headlines brings us such unbiased titles as: “16 Reasons Why Hillary Clinton Will Win 2016.”

Or how do you like this one? “Why Hillary Clinton Believes That Having a Female President Matters.”

My personal favorite is this one from the Huffington Post: “Ready for Hillary LGBT Kickoff Event Stirs Clinton Presidential Buzz.”

Meanwhile, liberal pundits are giddy over Chris Christie’s bridge scandal because – you guessed it! – they believe it will help Hillary Clinton.

I hope these leftists keep reading their own press releases because Hillary, though a strong candidate, can certainly be beaten.

You see, Hillary has a big problem. Since she’s already been anointed, there’s only one direction she can go from here… down.

The former first lady faces a very difficult task. After eight years of Democratic rule, people are bound to want change. Hillary won’t get the benefit of running after an eight-year GOP reign as Barack Obama once did.

In fact, after one party has been in power for eight years, Americans haven’t elected the same party to a third term since 1988. Even then, George H. W. Bush won largely because of the overwhelming popularity of Ronald Reagan. Bill Clinton couldn’t get Al Gore elected in 2000, and George W. Bush couldn’t get John McCain elected in 2008.

Call me an optimist, but I see the conservative backlash against socialism gaining ground. I also see a talented group of conservative candidates preparing for the White House race. I think Americans will be just as happy to see Obama leaving as they were when George W. Bush retired to Texas in 2008.

Hillary knows this, and she’ll likely try to distance herself from Barack Obama. But Hillary was a liberal Senator from New York, and she served as Secretary of State in the Obama cabinet. It will be difficult to draw much distinction between herself and the president.

A Healthcare Nightmare

On top of that, Hillary has been a strong supporter of socialized healthcare since her husband’s first term. Remember “Hillarycare”?

If any one policy is responsible for Barack Obama’s unpopularity, it’s Obamacare. And Hillary has been in favor of socialized medicine since Barack Obama was nothing more than a union organizer in Chicago.

Couple that with Hillary’s involvement in the Benghazi scandal, and you can see why her road to the White House will be a rocky one. Hillary’s name is all over the killing of Libyan Ambassador Chris Stevens, as she was Stevens’ boss at the time and should be held accountable.

Finally, the GOP has several candidates who are finally ready for primetime. One is Mike Huckabee, who spent the last six years on the Fox News channel. He’s well known and well liked. In fact, Huckabee is better known now than when he first ran for president in 2008 (following his tenure as Governor of Arkansas).

Other successful governors who may run include Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Mike Pence of Indiana, Chris Christie of New Jersey, and John Kasich of Ohio.

And don’t underestimate the core of U.S. Senate Republicans who will likely put their names in the hat. The list includes Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, and Senator Marco Rubio of Florida. Each of these men would make formidable candidates, which means Hillary will have to win a brutal fight to become the next President of the United States.

 

This commentary originally appeared at CapitolHillDaily.com and is reprinted here with permission.





Dying Man Gasps “I Hate Obamacare” As His Last Words





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It’s official: Obamacare is burying America.

Thousands of people who once had health insurance are now uninsured. In fact, Obamacare has canceled more healthcare policies than it has written.

Meanwhile, job creation is way down; and the only new jobs out there are mostly part-time and low wage. Ask any business leader “why?” and they’ll point to Obamacare.

Zerohedge.com reports that, “In January 2009, the number of ‘officially unemployed’ workers plus the number of Americans ‘not in the labor force’ was sitting at a grand total of 92.6 million. Today, that number has risen to 102.2 million. That means that the number of working age Americans that are not working has grown by close to 10 million since Barack Obama first took office.”

On top of that, security experts have concluded that Healthcare.gov is a hacker’s dream. If you want to suffer identity theft, a good plan is to enter all your personal information on the government’s Obamacare website.

But don’t worry… Capitol Hill’s brightest minds are on the case!

Just ask New York Senator Chuck Schumer, who told “Meet the Press” last month: “The president is working to fix it; we’re working in the Senate to fix it; we urge our Republican colleagues to join us in fixing it.”

Or are they? According to a report in The Weekly Standard, “Plans to fix Obamacare haven’t even been discussed at weekly Democratic Senate caucus meetings.”

They’ve “never talked about it in the caucus,” said Senator Pat Leahy.

Well, it’s pretty difficult to fix something if you don’t talk about how to fix it!

The problems keep getting worse each day; but our leaders in Washington – who have conveniently exempted themselves (or, in the case of Congress, given themselves special subsidies) – ignore the problems and hope they’ll go away. I guess it’s easy to look the other way when you’re immune to the trauma.

Who Needs Security?

Yet the recent revelation from security expert Kevin Mitnick regarding Healthcare.gov’s security flaws is even more damaging.

Before becoming a legitimate professional, Mitnick was once known as “Condor,” one of America’s most dreaded hackers and the most-wanted cyber criminal in America. He actually spent five years in prison, including 4.5 years before he even received a trial!

Amazingly, Mitnick also endured eight months in solitary confinement because U.S. government officials convinced a judge that Mitnick could “start a nuclear war by whistling into a payphone.”

But today, Mitnick runs his own firm, Mitnick Security Consulting, which helps companies assess their security protocols.

After analyzing the Healthcare.gov website, Mitnick concluded that, “It’s shameful [that] the team that built the Healthcare.gov site implemented minimal, if any, security best practices to mitigate the significant risk of a system compromise.”

In a letter to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Mitnick wrote, “After reading the documents provided by David Kennedy that detailed numerous security vulnerabilities associated with the Healthcare.gov website, it’s clear that the management team did not consider security as a priority.”

David Kennedy, the CEO and Founder of TrustedSec LLC, backed up those comments when he testified before the committee.

Kennedy calls himself a “white hat hacker,” or someone who hacks to fix security issues. Amazingly, Kennedy believes that the Healthcare.gov website “may have already been hacked.”

But in spite of its myriad problems, Obamacare stumbles forward.

Republicans, under the leadership of John Boehner and Paul Ryan, continue to pour taxpayer dollars into this Frankenstein program. In fact, it’s Paul Ryan’s own $1.1-trillion Congressional 2014 fiscal budget that’s keeping Obamacare alive.

If ever there was an example of fiddling while Rome burns, we’re watching it. Such is the fate of being ruled by leaders who could care less about real people.

 

This commentary originally appeared at CapitolHillDaily.com and is reprinted here with permission.