Conservative Powerhouse: If Obama Raises Taxes, GOP Will Impeach Him


The move to impeach Barack Obama is moving forward — either in this term or, Heaven forfend, in the next. This week, one of the most influential conservative heavyweights raised the prospect of ignobly kicking the president out of office between elections. Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform is the author of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, a promise signed by hundreds of office-seekers that under no circumstances will they raise taxes. On Thursday, Norquist told the National Journal:

NJ: At the end of 2012, a number of major tax provisions, including the Bush-era cuts, are set to expire. Do you have any predictions?

NORQUIST: We’re focused on the fact that there is this Damocles sword hanging over people’s head. What you don’t know is who will be in charge when all of this will happen. I think when we get through this election cycle, we’ll have a Republican majority, [though] not necessarily a strong majority in the Senate, and a majority in the House. The majority in the House will continue to be a Reagan majority, a conservative majority. Boehner never has to talk his delegation going further to the right.

If the Republicans have the House, Senate, and the presidency, I’m told that they could do an early budget vote—a reconciliation vote where you extend the Bush tax cuts out for a decade or five years. You take all of those issues off the table, and then say, “What do you want to do for tax reform?”

Then, the question is: “OK, what do we do about repatriation and all of the interesting stuff?” And, if you have a Republican president to go with a Republican House and Senate, then they pass the [Paul] Ryan plan [on Medicare].

NJ: What if the Democrats still have control? What’s your scenario then?

NORQUIST: Obama can sit there and let all the tax [cuts] lapse, and then the Republicans will have enough votes in the Senate in 2014 to impeach. The last year, he’s gone into this huddle where he does everything by executive order. He’s made no effort to work with Congress. (Emphasis added.)

Grover is no fly-by-night gadfly. He is one of the most powerful figures on the right-flank of the Republican Party. As his profile on Wikipedia states:

Norquist was listed as one of the five primary leaders of the post-Goldwater conservative movement by Nina Easton in her 2000 book, “Gang of Five”. Working with eventual Speaker Newt Gingrich, Norquist was one of the co-authors of the 1994 Contract with America, and helped to rally grassroots efforts, which Norquist later chronicled in his book Rock the House. Norquist also served as a campaign staff member on the 1988, 1992 and 1996 Republican Platform Committees.

Simply put, when Grover speaks, D.C. Republicans listen.

Norquist is a single-issue conservative. Although he has been associated with other intellectual undercurrents and movements — for instance, his support for anti-Communists in the 1980s and his more recent service in the National Rifle Association — he eats, sleeps, and breathes tax policy. In this week’s comments, he has laid down a potent marker for the president: If Obama goes forward with his plan for “job-killing tax increases” in 2013, Norquist will see that he is consigned to an early retirement.

It’s enough to make me wish momentarily that Obama had already raised taxes.

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– Ben Johnson, The White House Watch.

Video: Biden, I Told Obama to Hold Off on Killing Bin Laden


Vice President Joe Biden has been missing in action for some time. Now we know why. Biden has run for president twice, in 1988 and 2008, and has not ruled out running a third time in 2016. But the Democrats’ Harold Stassen just made a peculiar campaign move: He told a public audience that, when asked, he told Barack Obama not to launch the mission that killed Osama bin Laden. Describing the situation room, he said:

The president, he went around the table with all the senior people including the Chiefs of Staff. He said, “I have to make this decision. What is your opinion?” He started with the National Security adviser, the Secretary of State, and he ended with me. Every single person in that room hedged their bet, except Leon Panetta. Leon said, “GO!” Everyone else said “49/51,” this…

It got to me. Joe what do you think? I said, “You know, I didn’t know we have so many economists around the table. We owe the man a direct answer. Mr. President, my suggestion is don’t go. We have to do two more things to see if he’s there.”

He walked out and said, “I’ll give you my decision.” The next morning, he came down to the diplomatic entrance getting in the helicopter, I believe to get to Michigan, and he turned to Tom Donnel and said…”Go.”

Knowing that, as loyal as everyone is around that table, when pressed and when books are written later that would’ve said, “I didn’t tell him to do that.”

Why would a politically ambitious climber like Joe Biden say something so self-defeating? Because he realizes his only hope for being elected president is to serve two terms as vice president. The gaffe-prone veep of a failed president seldom gets elected: ask Walter Mondale. But the vice president of a two-term president enters the race with substantial advantages. (George H.W. Bush, Al Gore.) But Obama’s presidency has been a low-tide for the nation he “leads.” Incomes and employment rates are down; government dependence is up; and American morale is barreling toward hopelessness.

The only successes he has had, which he wants to campaign on, are in foreign policy, especially Osama bin Laden’s death. Since ordering the team to go forward is the most obvious call a president could make, he has to bolster his “gutsy” call by inventing voices of dissent that begged him not to take this bold, unprecedented step.

Enter the veep.

Biden told the crowd that Obama understood “literally the presidency” was at stake, so “he pulled the trigger.”

“This guy doesn’t lead from behind,” he said. “He just leads.”

In fact, Obama dithered for 16 hours while the military waited for him to make a decision. As they pushed him for an answer, Obama replied, “I’m not going to tell you what my decision is now – I’m going to go back and think about it some more. I’m going to make a decision soon.” Ever since SEAL Team 6 did its duty, he has presented himself as a combination of Rambo, Chuck Norris, and the Lone Ranger rolled into one.

Biden and Valerie Jarrett both urged him against the mission. One is a knave, the other is a fool, and their boss is mistaken if he believes the American people believe he is either a decisive leader or worthy of the office he holds.

The Republican Establishment’s Last Desperate Push: Mitch Daniels Again


The Republican Establishment sees the 2012 presidential nomination process breaking wide open and it’s panicked. In one last, desperate attempt to reassert control of the party from the Tea Party, the Establishment is floating another presidential candidate: Mitch Daniels.

The party leadership tapped Daniels to give the GOP response to the State of the Union Address — and his performance shows why he would be such a perfect choice for the Establishment and a disastrous choice for the party.

Daniels’ speech referred to himself and his followers as the “loyal opposition,” twice. “The status of ‘loyal opposition’ imposes on those out of power some serious responsibilities,” he intoned. Not the least of these is “to show respect for the presidency and its occupant, to express agreement where it exists. Republicans tonight salute our president, for instance, for his aggressive pursuit of the murderers of 9/11.” [1]

Eschewing any ideological differences and downplaying the gulf separating the two parties, Daniels said, “The challenges aren’t matters of ideology, or party preference; the problems are simply mathematical, and the answers are purely practical.” This calls to mind another former governor turned presidential candidate: Michael Dukakis. In his 1988 convention speech, Dukakis said, “This election isn’t about ideology. It’s about competence.” A bland, technocratic governor was a loser then (thank God), and would be a loser again today.

Like Dukakis, Daniels looked stiff, dull, gray, ashen, and virtually lifeless. Worse, his address dredged up the worst compromising, middle-of-the-road tradition of the Republican Establishment’s ghosts of lost campaigns past.

What does Governor Daniels want to do? He said, “we must unite to save the safety net. Medicare and Social Security have served us well, and that must continue. But after half and three quarters of a century respectively, it’s not surprising that they need some repairs.”

That has been the GOP Establishment’s crie de coeur since Alf Landon promised to make the New Deal run better in 1936. (He lost the biggest Electoral College landslide in history.) His call was picked up by Wendell Willkie, Thomas Dewey, Nelson Rockefeller, George Romney, Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush, Bob Dole, and John McCain – a team that, between them, won one presidential election.

Daniels went on to blame his own party. He siad, “to make such action happen, we also must work, in ways we Republicans have not always practiced, to bring Americans together.” He added, “We will speak the language of unity.”

“Let us rebuild our finances, and the safety net, and reopen the door to the stairway upward; any other disagreements we may have can wait,” he insisted.

Daniels is the same man who called for a social issues truce — which always means a conservative unilateral surrender, as the forces of social revolution stream forward.

His feckless address quickly made an unforced error. He condemned Obama’s “extremism,” because “unless they stop us, we might pick the wrong light bulb.” Of course, the incandescent light bulb ban was the act of a Republican, Michigan’s Rep. Fred Upton, who later changed his mind on the idea. It was signed by George W. Bush, Daniels’ former boss, whose allies are now promoting him for president and publicly goading him to enter the race. (Daniels was budget director under George W. Bush, when spending continued to surge.)

Despite these massive flaws — or rather because of them — Charles Krauthammer called Daniels’ address “one of the best speeches I’ve heard as a response to the State of the Union.” (Despite his stance as resident Solomon on Fox News, Krauthammer is a pro-abortion, pro-homosexual advocate who formerly wrote speeches for Walter Mondale.)

The unearned plaudits continued. On Wednesday, on Fox News Channel’s Your World with Neil Cavuto, pollster Frank Luntz tried to prove Daniels’ viability by showing how popular his comments on the “loyal opposition” were – with Democrats. (I’m certain they were.) He added that it was a presentation “without the aggressiveness” [sic.] often seen when other Republicans speak. (That it was.)

Daniels is The Great RINO Hope. Mitch Daniels and Haley Barbour were the GOP Establishment’s bush-league team, after Jeb Bush could not run and Tim Pawlenty floundered.

Barbour’s recent pardon scandal shows how RINOs govern: badly. Daniels’ speech shows how RINOs campaign: weakly. The natural will to survive within any conservative should tell him how the RINO Establishment deserves to be treated: brutally.

ENDNOTES:

1. Daniels also honored Obama’s “strong family commitment” – which I give him. In one year, he adopted a new dog, moved in with his mother-in-law, and stopped smoking. Even someone as opposed to his policies as I am can appreciate that. And Obama has certainly shown solicitous care for his big, illegal family members, like Aunt Zeituni and Uncle Omar.

– Ben Johnson, The White House Watch.

Beyond the Constitution’s Tipping Point


We have reached a tipping point in this country The fraud in the White House threw all pretense of adherence to the Constitution to the wind and made several blatantly illegal “recess” appointments of extreme leftists to positions of power within the government. Clearly, this was a move to avoid letting the Senate exercise its advise-and-consent authority over appointments. The thing is, Congress was not in recess, so the move was illegal.

It would seem, however, that we conservatives are not the only ones who have noticed how spinelessly co-operative Congress has become in foisting totalitarian socialism on America in the past few years. The Marxist/neo-fascists who run the Democrat Party and write the speeches and policy for the Sock Puppet in the White House, appear to be keenly aware of the compliance of this worthless body. Confronted with the reality of a massive defeat at the polls in November – assuming, of course that an honest election could actually take place (entiende “fat chance,” amigos?) – they have pulled out all the stops and are imposing their agenda on the country, the Constitution and federal laws be damned. The Reichstag has been burned.

Strategically, from the point of view of the radical left, this makes total sense. If they can continue to get away with over-the-top lawlessness, as they have with their cover-up of the Fast and Furious debacle that resulted in the deaths of over 200 Mexican citizens, and two American federal agents; numerous obvious, but unprosecuted cases of Democrat voter fraud; the looting of the Treasury, disguised as “stimulus;” collusion with Big Unions and “green” corporations in return for huge bribes euphemistically called “campaign donations;” their refusal to close the border and their actual facilitation of the invasion of illegals by refusing to build the fence mandated by law, their refusal to enforce immigration laws, their refusal to deport apprehended illegals, and their withdrawal of National Guard personnel from the border, et cetera, et cetera, ad nauseam, then it is likely that they will get away with what amounts to a coup d’etat. And so far, they are succeeding.

I find this especially disheartening since it was only a couple of weeks ago that Obama- Soetoro’s hero and role model, Marxist dictator Hugo Chavez, publicly called him a clown and accused him of wrecking the country. Why is it that a ham-fisted communist dictator can speak the truth, but our self-proclaimed conservative “leaders” in Congress are as silent as the grave they appear to be digging for American freedom and liberty?

I can’t help but think that one of the events that encouraged the Marxist Democrats to go on the offensive – and folks, their actions have been offensive, in every sense of the word – is the fact that all but a small handful of members of both the House and the Senate voted for the Constitution-crushing National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), including some whom I had previously considered genuine conservatives. [Read more...]

Justice Dept. Backs Down Against Sheriff Joe Arpaio


In its developing battle with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio over alleged violations of the civil rights of Hispanics, the Justice Department appears to have blinked, backing away from an earlier threat to take the Arizona lawman to federal court immediately.

Now, the DOJ suddenly wants to talk.

Still, the Civil Rights Division under the direction of Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez has made it clear that the DOJ has no intent of proving its charges, as Arpaio has demanded.

In an email sent to WND on Jan. 5, the DOJ stated, “If MCSO wants to debate the facts instead of fixing the problems stated in our findings, we will do so by way of litigation.”

Yet, in a six-page letter delivered to Arpaio’s office Wednesday, Perez appeared to have softened his position by offering to talk, rather than going to court immediately.

“We stand ready to meet, answer questions and discuss a resolution with you and your client immediately.” Perez wrote to the sheriff’s office’s outside counsel, Joseph J. Popolizio.

In the proposed meetings, nevertheless, Perez made it clear the DOJ has no intent of showing or debating any of its alleged evidence.

“The nature and extent of the document request suggests that your real goal is not ‘transparency’ and ‘cooperation,’ but rather further delay,” Perez wrote.

Arpaio was not amused.

“I’ll be happy to meet with DOJ anytime,” Arpaio told WND. “But I believe we have a right to see the evidence DOJ says they have against us and to defend ourselves against the charges.”

Arpaio bristled that Perez presumed the charges were valid, simply because the DOJ investigated his office.

“What about our right to see the evidence and confront our accusers?” Arpaio asked.

As WND reported, some Arpaio supporters point to evidence that the Obama DOJ has launched a political campaign against the sheriff in retaliation for his decision to constitute a Cold Case Posse to investigate Obama eligibility for the Arizona ballot this fall.

Before assuming his current position with the DOJ, Perez was a board director for Casa de Maryland, a Hispanic advocacy group affiliated with the radical national organization La Raza.

In 2007, as Maryland’s labor secretary, Perez joined students to urge the Maryland legislature to approve a bill granting in-state tuition rates to illegal aliens, according to the Washington Post.

La Raza even today holds the extreme view that the United States should, as a minimum, concede back to Hispanic rule major portions of California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

WND has also reported that the DOJ appears to be coordinating its actions with Randy Parraz, a California-born activist/attorney who has relocated in Arizona with the announced goal of masterminding a Saul Alinsky series of 1960-styled political protests designed to force the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to ask for Arpaio’s resignation.

“I have no intention of resigning,” Arpaio affirmed to WND.

Arpaio has announced his attention to seek a sixth term as Maricopa County sheriff in the upcoming November elections…..

Read more from Dr. Jerome Corsi, WND.com.