Impeach Obama Campaign http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com To Save America Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:49:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.3 Leaked Emails Prove Obama Admin Intentionally Targeted Whistleblowing Reporter http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/former-department-of-justice-official-says-sharyl-attkisson-is-out-of-control/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/former-department-of-justice-official-says-sharyl-attkisson-is-out-of-control/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:49:21 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=191396 "Is this how you envision your tax dollars being spent?"

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Documents disclosed regarding the Fast and Furious scandal to conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch reveals the United States Department of Justice believed that former CBS investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson was “out of control.”

Judicial Watch obtained 10,112 documents comprised of about 42,000 pages. The correspondence shows former United States Department of Justice (DOJ) Spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler talking with White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz about how “out of control” Attkisson has been in covering Fast and Furious; Schmaler intended on contacting her editor and host of CBS’s Face The Nation, Bob Schieffer.

“I”m also calling Sharryl’s editor and reaching out to Scheiffer. She’s out of control.”

 

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This correspondence was from October 2011, when The White House denied any knowledge of the gun running scandal, even though reports show that they were briefed on the matter in 2010, The Daily Caller reported at the time.

Attkisson, who was with CBS News for more than two decades, left in March 2014 amid frustration on her part that her investigative pieces did not make the CBS Evening News more frequently. This is how she responded to the documents on Twitter:

 And she told Fox News in April:

“Now there have always been tensions, there have always been calls from the White House under any administration i assume, when they don’t like a particular story.

“But it is particularly aggressive under the Obama administration and I think it’s a campaign that’s very well organized, that’s designed to have sort of a chilling effect and to some degree has been somewhat successful in getting broadcast producers who don’t really want to deal with the headache of it.

“Why put on these controversial stories that we’re going to have to fight people on, when we can fill the broadcast with other perfectly decent stories that don’t ruffle the same feathers?”

Schultz also told Schmaler he was sending her the National Journal’s Susan Davis, who was writing on House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-California) and could “load her up on leaks,” after her last piece “was really bad for the AG.” A few weeks later, Davis wrote a critical piece on on Issa, as pointed out by Human Events.

Schmaler left the DOJ in March 2013 after being caught colluding with left wing media watchdog organization Media Matters for America, and now works for a firm connected to former Obama adviser David Axelrod.

H/T Townhall

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Fox News Senior Correspondent Geraldo Rivera was an in-studio guest on The Kelly File Thursday night after President Barack Obama’s speech outlining his executive action plan on immigration.  Megyn Kelly asked why the president did not tackle the immigration issue early on in his presidency when he had a Democratic majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.  Rivera was dismissive of the past and applauded Obama’s bold action:

“It’s not relevant to me.  Charles [Krauthammer] is absolutely right.  The president could have done it.  It really made me angry that he chose to go with Obamacare rather than immigration reform, even though he had told the Latino community and the Asian-American community that immigration reform was his priority, but it doesn’t matter tonight.  What matters tonight is he is doing, finally, the right thing.  He may be doing it for awful, base reasons, political reasons, I don’t know and I don’t care.  I care that he is finally doing the right thing for law-abiding, otherwise law-abiding family immigrants who have been here five years or more, who have in every other way followed the law.  These are people that are the seeds of the earth.  These are people who make America strong.  I’m glad he’s done it.”

Kelly pointed out to her colleague that President Obama, himself, has said no less than 25 times that he does not have the authority to pass amnesty without Congress.  Geraldo repeated himself that he doesn’t care.

“This is legal.  It is legal.  It may be hypocritical.  It may be done for the worse reasons, but it is legal.  I guarantee you.  Ask 100 constitutional scholars.”

Rivera blamed the House for their inaction, saying “they had it coming.” He said the House Republicans have blamed the illegal immigrants for ISIS and Ebola. Rivera went on to say that Republicans would make the undocumented immigrants scapegoats for climate change “if they believed in it.”

Rivera explained to Kelly that the people who benefit are the law-abiding families who are seeking a better life.

“You see them on the bicycles delivering pizza.  You see them caring for children, mowing lawns.  You see them working in factories and in fields.  Those are the people who benefit.”

(h/t: Mediaite)

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Obama Announces Immigration Plan, Opponents In Both Parties Cry Foul http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/breaking-obama-announces-immigration-plan-opponents-in-both-parties-cry-foul/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/breaking-obama-announces-immigration-plan-opponents-in-both-parties-cry-foul/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:28:50 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=191378 “To those members of Congress who question my authority..."

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In a speech the New York Times asserted was defined by “confrontation,” Barack Obama laid out the details of his executive action regarding immigration reform Thursday evening.

In all, his plan would affect at least five million illegals currently living in the U.S. He announced a new program that would qualify the illegal parents of American citizens for deferred deportations while granting them the ability to work freely in this country. These criminals will also receive a Social Security card, reports indicate.

Obama also plans to shield at least one million other illegal immigrants from deportation through his unilateral order.

Leading up to his planned speech, Republican leaders have discussed how best to respond to his expected action. Sen. Ted Cruz, for example, urged GOP legislators to block any nonessential Obama nominee until the program is overturned.

For his part, however, Obama claims what he has presented is completely legal, blaming his political rivals for the necessity of his executive order.

“The actions I’m taking are not only lawful,” he alleged, “they’re the kinds of actions taken by every single Republican president and every Democratic president for the past half century.”

He went on to call out those who oppose his position and liberal use of executive orders.

“To those members of Congress who question my authority to make our immigration system work better or question the wisdom of me acting where Congress has failed, I have one answer: Pass a bill.”

Though Republicans made up the largest united voice of opposition to Obama’s amnesty plan, plenty of Democrats felt it was the wrong move as well.

“I am as frustrated as anyone that Congress is not doing its job,” explained Democrat Sen. Joe Donnelly prior to Obama’s speech, “but the president shouldn’t make such significant policy changes on his own.”

Fellow Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin said he expressed a similar position to a group of White House aides Thursday.

“To put it through now is the wrong thing to do,” he said. “I told them I wasn’t comfortable.”

Republicans as a whole offered an even more scathing indictment of his plan. Conservative firebrand Trey Gowdy blasted the action in a statement released Thursday evening. The South Carolina congressman wrote:

“The thread that holds the tapestry of our country together is respect for and adherence to the rule of law.  The law is our greatest unifier and our greatest equalizer.  Attempts to undermine the law via executive fiat, regardless of motivation, are dangerous.  President Obama may seek a fight with Republicans in Congress, but in reality he is fighting with founders of this republic and the carefully crafted separation of powers.

“Whether previous administrations acted outside of constitutional boundaries is not license to do the same.  The President himself recognized his inability to do what he just did – 22 separate times. This action is not only detrimental to any chance in the new Congress for a sustainable, long-term solution on immigration, but also to the bedrock of our system of government— respect for the rule of law.

“When the executive branch acts outside of constitutional boundaries the legislative branch must use all powers afforded it to respond and restore the constitutional equilibrium.  This is not a Republican or Democrat issue.  Rather, it should hasten the resolve of all Americans to make certain her elected officials honor the foundational document they swore to protect and defend.”

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See Who Is Really Killing America And It Is Not Obama Or Liberals… http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/if-you-think-liberals-are-the-ones-destroying-america/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/if-you-think-liberals-are-the-ones-destroying-america/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:22:42 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=191358 Whether they intend to or not.

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What makes America America? What distinguishes this country from the nations of the world–or from world history, for that matter? Even casual historians must admit that there has never been a country like the United States of America ever to exist. This nation is unique to world history. There has never been a country like this–and probably will never be one like it again.

As hard as it is for the anti-God types to admit, America has a deeply-rooted Christian history and culture. However, when one says that “America is a Christian country” (usually spoken by a Christian, of course), he or she may mean something that NEVER existed. So, let’s set the record straight: America was never founded as a theocracy. And even though there are some well-meaning (albeit naïve) Christian people today who pretend that America once had, and should have again, a theocratic-type government and society, the fact is, America was NEVER a theocracy.

The only theocracy in the history of the world was Old Testament Israel under Moses. After the death of Moses, God expected Israel to be governed by the principles established through Moses. Even the reign of Israel’s greatest king, King David, could not be classified as a theocracy. He, too, was expected to adhere to the tenets and principles of Moses. Only through Moses did God directly govern the people. And even within the government of Israel, God established the roots of what became known as republican (small “r”) government. But I will save that discussion for a later day.

So, if by “Christian nation” people mean that America was established as some sort of theocracy, they are gravely mistaken. It is also unfortunate that some well-meaning (at least I think they are well-meaning) Christian people give the unchurched world the impression that they are trying to create some sort of theocracy in America today. Some even go so far as to teach that we don’t need a Constitution or State and municipal laws–and any such laws are themselves evil. This is an asinine philosophy, to say the least.

I, for one, would never want a so-called theocracy administered by the likes of the vast majority of Christian teachers and pastors today. Are you kidding? Most of them can’t even govern a small congregation of believers who are ostensibly assembled under the same ideology, same eschatology, same ecclesiology, etc. Have you been to a church business meeting lately? You really want those people dictating national laws? God forbid!

No! There is no Moses on the scene today with new revelation dictating God’s will for the nation. That being said, there is no mistaking the fact that America has a deeply-rooted, rich Christian tradition.

America’s founders, even those who were not professing Christians (as we understand the term today), acknowledged that fact.

Benjamin Franklin wrote a pamphlet called “Information to Those Who Would Remove to America.” It was intended to be a guide for Europeans who were thinking about relocating to this country. In it, he said, “Hence, bad examples to youth are more rare in America, which must be comfortable consideration to parents. To this may be truly added, that serious religion, under its various denominations, is not only tolerated, but respected and practiced.”

Franklin continued: “Atheism is unknown there; infidelity rare and secret; so that persons may live to a great age in that country without having their piety shocked by meeting with either an Atheist or an Infidel.”

Franklin went on: “And the Divine Being seems to have manifested his approbation of the mutual forbearance and kindness with which the different sects [Christian denominations] treat each other; by the remarkable prosperity with which he has been pleased to favor the whole country.”

Noah Webster (himself an outspoken Christian, of course), said: “The religion which has introduced civil liberty is the religion of Christ and His apostles, which enjoins humility, piety, and benevolence; which acknowledges in every person a brother, or a sister, and a citizen with equal rights. This is genuine Christianity, and to this we owe our free Constitutions of Government.”

Webster also said: “When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers, let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers just men who will rule in the fear of God. The preservation of a republican government depends on the faithful discharge of this duty.”

Notice that Webster did not say we should vote for “Christians.” He said we should vote for “just men who will rule in the fear of God.” That is the correct model set forth in both Natural and Revealed Law. Today, most Christians have never been taught this rudimentary truism.

Daniel Webster noted the following: “Finally, let us not forget the religious character of our origin. Our fathers were brought hither by their high veneration for the Christian religion. They journeyed by its light, and labored in its hope. They sought to incorporate its principles with the elements of their society, and to diffuse its influence through all their institutions, civil, political, or literary.”

There is the correct understanding of America as a “Christian” nation. America’s founders never thought they were creating a theocracy, but they did have a “high veneration” for the Christian faith and “sought to incorporate its principles” into American government.

The principles of the Christian faith include both Natural and Revealed Law. The Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights, especially, clearly illustrate the founders’ understanding and appreciation for these principles.

The Declaration begins: “When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which THE LAWS OF NATURE AND OF NATURE’S GOD [emphasis added] entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the cause which impel them to the separation.

“We hold these truths to be SELF-EVIDENT [emphasis added], that all men are CREATED [emphasis added] equal, that they are endowed BY THEIR CREATOR [emphasis added] with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

As Thomas Jefferson quickly penned the Declaration (and he did write it rather quickly), he was borrowing heavily from John Locke and the commonly understood principles of Natural Law. Though the founders were dissimilar in regards to their understanding of Biblical teaching, to a man, they understood and agreed with the “self-evident” principles of Natural Law, or “the Laws of Nature.”

Furthermore, virtually every “right” enumerated in the Bill of Rights can be traced directly to commonly understood principles contained in Natural and Revealed Law. That fact is unassailable.

In addition to our common Christian heritage, America was united with a common language, along with a common culture and history. The loss of our Christian heritage and our common language, along with our common culture and history, would certainly transform America into something other than America.

Unfortunately, however, there are those who share our common faith and history who are also contributing mightily to the destruction of America. I am talking about those who would identify themselves as Christians and/or conservatives. Of course, to hear these people talk, America’s problems are all caused by “liberals,” or Democrats. They would also single out drug-dealers (except they always seem to leave out certain politicians who are the true drug lords in America), pornographers, Hollywood entertainers (not all of whom are immoral reprobates, of course), and similar sorts, as being the cause of America’s destruction.

There is absolutely no question that a national breakdown of morality is seriously problematic to the survival of a free republic. No doubt about it! My only contention on this point is that the groups mentioned above are not the true problem; they are only symptomatic of the true problem. The real problem is the CHURCH. A soft, uncommitted, carnal, materialistic, lazy, self-righteous church is the root cause of ALL of America’s problems, including the ones mentioned above.

Too many of today’s churches are thoroughly consumed with self-righteousness and self-centeredness. They either try to mimic the world (and by doing so become just like the world), or they think themselves better than the world (and by doing so become worse than the world.)

Phariseeism is a major problem today. Have you ever noticed that you seldom, if ever, hear a message about Christ and the Pharisees? Why is that? It’s because a study of the subject will reveal that too many church leaders are nothing more than modern-day Pharisees in practice. It’s a lesson that hits uncomfortably close to home.

Okay. Let me toot my own horn here. I have a DVD with three messages on the subject, “Christ And The Pharisees,” available. And, seriously, when is the last time you ever heard the subject mentioned from anybody’s pulpit? I submit that one CANNOT possibly understand the ministry and teachings of Christ if one does not understand the contentious contest that took place between Christ and the Pharisees. If you would like to purchase this three-message series on ONE DVD, go here:

Christ And The Pharisees DVD

The spirit of Phariseeism is so prevalent among the Church today that there is no wonder why so many unbelievers refuse to darken the doors of a church. Many of today’s Christians are as enslaved to the traditions and doctrines of men as any slave anywhere. How in the name of common sense can one expect Christians to fight for the political liberties of our country when they, themselves, are enslaved to the machinations of modern-day Pharisees?

Some of the most enslaved people on the planet are professing Christians. Many of our churches, Christian schools, colleges, seminaries, etc. are filled with the “servants of men.” The fact that our public education system fails to teach children to think critically is only matched by too many of today’s churches and Christian schools.

Not only do so many Christians have a slave mentality; they also have a war mentality. Who are the ones who are the first and loudest cheerleaders for perpetual wars of aggression in the Middle East? Christians and conservatives! But why should that surprise us? Look at our churches. What do you see? Perpetual war: infighting, gossip, slander, backbiting, name-calling, character assassination, etc. Some of the most mean-spirited, low-down, dishonest, conniving, and blood-thirsty people on the planet call themselves Christians. Believe me, if they could get away with it, there is no telling how many people in our country would be losing their heads at the hands of these pious-talking Christians. Hatred and bitterness is nothing more than murder of the heart; and millions of professing Christians are as guilty as can be.

Speaking of losing one’s head, the anti-Muslim bias and hysteria being evidenced in most churches today is absolutely alarming! In the mistaken notion that somehow it is God’s will that the American army be used as some sort of holy crusade against Islamic states, Christians are spearheading a perpetual war doctrine that has become the bane of freedom within our own country.

In the name of fighting a “war on terror,” America is being turned into a giant Police State–and Christians seem to be among its most ardent supporters. But Washington, D.C., is not fighting a “war on terror”; it is fighting a “war on liberty.” Our Bill of Rights is being decimated! We are living under an Orwellian surveillance society, the likes of which Hitler and Stalin could have only dreamed about. And, again, Christians and conservatives are among the loudest proponents.

Now that the GOP has control of both houses of Congress in Washington, D.C., and with a pro-war Democrat in the White House, we can expect an escalation of foreign wars during the next two years analogous to those of the G.W. Bush years. And, unfortunately, most of the Christian war fever seems to be predicated on the erroneous John Hagee theology that modern-Israel is Bible-Israel and that, somehow, it is America’s responsibility to fight all of Israel’s wars.

The war fever demonstrated by too many Christians and conservatives is destroying our country. Endless wars abroad; hundreds of thousands of innocents killed–many of whom are our Christian brothers and sisters; trillions of dollars of deficit spending to fund these perpetual, unconstitutional wars of aggression; a burgeoning Police State at home under the rubric of “we are at war”; ad infinitum.

Worse still is the way Christian war fever has turned the nations of the world not only against America, but against Christianity. How are our missionaries supposed to take the message of the Prince of Peace to a people whom we have just bombed into the Stone Age, killing their parents, children, brothers and sisters, etc.?

Since 1980, the United States has invaded, occupied, or bombed fourteen Islamic countries. Fourteen! But the pro-war politicians in D.C. keep telling the American people the reason that Muslims hate us is because of our freedom. What a crock! Some of us can remember when some of the best friends this country had were Islamic states in the Middle East. A meddling, intrusive, arrogant war spirit in Washington, D.C., has turned people who were once friendly to the United States into some of our most fierce adversaries. And all Christians and conservatives can do is demand more and more war.

See this report:

How Many Muslim Countries Has The U.S. Bombed Or Occupied Since 1980?

And, as it appears right now, the only major prospective presidential candidate on the scene from either major party who is not marching in lock step with the war machine is Rand Paul. And you can bet that the military industrial complex, along with the military religious complex, will try to crucify Rand in the same way they crucified his dad, Ron Paul.

The assault against the United States is massive. We are fast losing our Christian heritage and culture–and Christians are as much to blame as anyone. They have tried to turn the Lord’s Church into a playground or entertainment center–or even worse, a corporation. Phariseeism is rampant. As a result, unbelievers have lost all respect for churches in general. I, for one, don’t blame them.

We have lost our understanding of, and appreciation for, Natural Law. Even most pastors cannot articulate the fundamental principles of Natural Law, even though this is the Law upon which America was founded. This means we have lost the true meaning of America’s Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights.

We cheer as our country has turned into a “Warfare State.” We applaud as our nation has turned into an Orwellian surveillance society. We are losing our common language, our common history and heritage, and our common faith. Christianity in 2014-15 is not even comparable to Christianity in 1775-76. We have traded Jonas Clark for Joel Osteen.

Yes, the very people who claim to love America the most and who claim to be interested in her blessing and prosperity are too often the very ones who are helping to destroy her.

 

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Freedom’s Last Hope Is In New Hampshire http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/freedoms-last-hope-is-in-new-hampshire/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/freedoms-last-hope-is-in-new-hampshire/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:21:48 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=191462

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In Obama’s America, it can seem like freedom and limited government are a thing of the past. With a ballooning federal deficit, religious freedom under fire, and the Constitution treated as a joke, it’s hard to find good news for our great country.

Hard, but not impossible. Thankfully, there’s hope, in the form of a determined group of conservative activists that’s growing by the day: the Free State Project.

With too few dedicated conservatives to reclaim America from the destructive policies of the Obama administration, a group of patriots hatched a plan to take our country back one state at a time starting with New Hampshire–the Live Free or Die state. The goal was to get 20,000 participants to sign a pledge to move to New Hampshire where they would vote and run for public office, taking back state government from liberal control and reestablishing limited government. So far, over 16,000 signers have pledged to move once the 20,000 number has been reached; and almost 2,000 have already moved without waiting for the final number to be achieved.

The brave early movers have turned an already-free New Hampshire into a much freer place. Dozens of these Free Staters have been elected to public office, passing (and blocking) legislation by Free Stater margins, including providing the crucial votes that returned conservative Bill O’Brien to his position as state House speaker. Liberal state representative Cynthia Chase even called out Free Staters as the biggest threat to her socialist agenda, and called on government to limit their freedom.

A team of intrepid filmmakers made an hour-long documentary, 101 Reasons: Liberty Lives in New Hampshire, to show off all the ways conservatives are winning in the Free State and inspire others to do the same. By studying what works there, we can replicate their successes elsewhere.

Liberty isn’t dying everywhere. It lives in New Hampshire. We can take America back, one state at a time.

 

Joël Valenzuela is the publicist for the 101 Reasons documentary. He also runs The Desert Lynx.

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Obama Has Officially Gone Rogue http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/obama-has-officially-gone-rogue/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/obama-has-officially-gone-rogue/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:55:53 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=191443 Running in 2008, Obama said he intended to become a "transformational president." With this decision, he succeeds.

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Asserting a legal and constitutional authority he himself said he did not have, President Obama is going rogue, issuing an executive amnesty to 4 to 5 million illegal aliens.

He will order the U.S. government not to enforce the law against these 5 million, and declare that they are to be exempt from deportation and granted green cards.

Where did Obama get his 4-5 million figure, not 2-4 million, or 5-7 million? Nowhere in law, but plucked out of his own mind, as to what he can get away with. Barack Obama just felt it was about right.

Thus, does our constitutional law professor-president “faithfully execute” the laws of the United States he has twice sworn to uphold?

Our rogue president has crossed an historic line, and so has the republic. Future presidents will cite the “Obama precedent” when they declare they will henceforth not enforce this or that law because of a prior commitment to some noisy constituency.

We have just taken a monumental step away from republicanism toward Caesarism. For this is rule by diktat, the rejection of which sparked the American Revolution.

The political, psychological, and moral effects of Obama’s action will be dramatic. Sheriffs, border patrol, and immigration authorities, who have put their lives on the line to secure our broken borders, have been made to look like fools. Resentment and cynicism over Obama’s action will be deeply corrosive to all law enforcement.

Businessmen who obeyed the law and refused to hire illegals, hiring Americans and legal immigrants instead, and following U.S. and state law on taxes, wages, and withholding, also look like fools today.

Obama’s action makes winners of the scofflaws and hustlers.

Bosses who hired illegals off the books will also receive de facto amnesty. La Raza is celebrating. But, make no mistake; a corrupt corporate crowd is also publicly relieved and privately elated.

Immigrants who waited in line for years to come to America, and those waiting still, have egg on their faces. Why, they are saying to themselves, were we so stupid as to obey U.S. laws, when it is the border-jumpers who are now on the way to residency and citizenship?

When the world hears of the Obama amnesty, millions more from Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East will be coming. And if they cannot get in legally, they will walk in, or fly in, and overstay their visas. Why not? It works.

That this action will be as much a part of Obama’s legacy as Obamacare is certain. The unanswered question is how the Obama amnesty will be remembered by history. His aides think that it will be seen as a second Emancipation Proclamation. Perhaps.

But with this amnesty, Obama takes custody of and responsibility for the entire illegal population. He is the patron saint of illegal aliens. And for what they do, he will be held accountable, as was Jimmy Carter for the Marielitos Castro sent and Carter welcomed.

If the amnestied illegals contribute to the drug trade and violent crime, that will be Obama’s legacy to his country. If they turn up disproportionately on the welfare rolls, exploding state and federal deficits, that will be Obama’s legacy.

If this amnesty is followed by a new invasion across the border America cannot control, that, too, will be Obama’s gift to his countrymen.

One wonders. Will poor and working class blacks and whites, Hispanics, and Asians welcome this unleashed competition from the amnestied illegals, for jobs where the wages never seem to rise?

In the four decades before JFK, the nation had a pause in legal immigration. During that pause, the Germans, Irish, Italians, Jews, Poles, Greeks, and Slav immigrants who had come in from 1890-1920, and their children and grandchildren, were fully assimilated. They had become not only U.S. citizens, but also identifiably American.

The Melting Pot had worked. We had become one nation and one people, almost all speaking the same language, and steeped in the same history, heroes, culture, literature, and faiths.

Today, in 2014, after an influx of perhaps 50 million in 50 years, legal and illegal, no longer from Northwest Europe, or Europe at all, but Latin America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, of every race, color, creed, culture, and language, we seem less a nation than some mammoth Mall of America. An economy, but not a country.

Running in 2008, Obama said he intended to become a “transformational president.” With this decision, he succeeds.

He has accelerated and ensured the remaking of America. Now when the wives and children of the illegals arrive, and their extended families apply for and receive visas, and bring their wives and children, we will become the Third World country of Obama’s dream, no more a Western nation.

But then the community organizer did not much like that old America.
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An Odd Sixty-Five-Year-Old Law Could Get This Teacher Suspended For A Year http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/this-odd-sixty-five-year-old-law-sparks-complaint-in-pennsylvania/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/this-odd-sixty-five-year-old-law-sparks-complaint-in-pennsylvania/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:52:34 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=191397 A state law passed in 1949...

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A Pennsylvania parent, Ernest Perce, has filed an official complaint with the local school district and pulled his child from the classroom over a Star of David being worn by a teacher.

Act 14 (section1112), a state law passed in 1949, prohibits teachers from displaying religious symbols in the classroom.

The law reads in part:

“That no teacher in any public school shall wear in said school or while engaged in the performance of his duty as such teacher any dress, mark, emblem or insignia indicating the fact that such teacher is a member or adherent of any religious order, sect or denomination.”

It goes on to say that the penalty for a teacher violating this law should be suspension from employment for one year.

The law states that school directors can be held liable and fined if they do not comply with the law by getting rid of the religious symbols.

WHTM Harrisburg, Pa.

Perce told WHTM-TV:

“They are there to learn about education, not to learn about religious points of view. If a child is subjected to a teacher where a symbol of Judaism is allowed to skirt the law, I believe that a Muslim should be allowed to cover her head as well as a Christian to cover her head like the Bible commands.”

Perce now claims he is an Orthodox Christian, but he has made headlines in the past as an atheist activist, including being attacked by a Muslim man over posing during a Halloween parade as a zombie Muhammad.

Should the teacher have to stop wearing the Star of David as Perce demands?

 

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What’s Really Going On With Obama’s “Temporary” Ebola Amnesty http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/whats-really-going-on-with-obamas-temporary-ebola-amnesty/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/whats-really-going-on-with-obamas-temporary-ebola-amnesty/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:32:15 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=191413 It's not really about public health...

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When it rains, it pours. Just before unveiling his colossal administrative amnesty for millions of “undocumented” aliens and foreign tech workers on Thursday, President Obama separately ordered up to 8,000 more executive pardons and special work passes for Liberians, Sierra Leoneans, and Guineans illegally in this country.

Strange, isn’t it? The same administration that refused to enact travel bans from Ebola-plagued West African nations to protect Americans is now granting “temporary protected status” (TPS) to West Africans on American soil so they don’t have to go back.

It’s not really about public health, of course. It’s about political pandering and electoral engineering.

Here’s the dirty open secret: There’s nothing “temporary” about TPS benefits. Under both Democratic and Republican administrations, the program has become an endless, interminable residency plan for unlawful border-crossers, visa overstayers, and deportation evaders from around the world.

TPS golden ticket holders live here, work here, travel freely, and are immune from detention or deportation. They are eligible to apply for an “adjustment of status,” which puts them on the path to green cards and eventual citizenship.

In theory, TPS is a short-term humanitarian program built on good intentions. The secretary of homeland security “may designate a foreign country for TPS due to conditions in the country that temporarily prevent the country’s nationals from returning safely, or in certain circumstances, where the country is unable to handle the return of its nationals adequately.” Those conditions include hurricanes, environmental catastrophes, civil war, epidemics, and other “extraordinary and temporary conditions.”

In October, the White House extended TPS status and employment permits for an estimated 90,000 illegal alien Hondurans and Nicaraguans “for an additional 18 months, effective Jan. 6, 2015, through July 5, 2016.” Who are these TPS winners? Well, they’ve been here since 1998 — when Hurricane Mitch hit their homeland. That was 16 years ago. Their “temporary” status has been renewed a dozen times since the Clinton administration first bestowed it.

Last October, the Obama administration extended TPS to an estimated 3,000 Syrian illegal aliens; the status will be up for renewal next March. At least 3,700 Liberians who have been here since 1991 on TPS won deferred deportations in September before securing renewed TPS status this week. And several hundred Somalis remain in the country with TPS first granted in 1991, along with some 700 Sudanese who first secured TPS benefits in 1997. TPS for both the Sudanese and Somalis was extended in September and lasts until May 2016.

An estimated 250,000 illegal aliens from El Salvador first won TPS golden tickets after an earthquake struck the country in January 2001. Their latest extension was granted last May and lasts until March 2015.

In addition, 60,000 illegal alien Haitians received TPS after earthquakes in their homeland in 2010. Their “temporary” status was renewed in March and extended “for an additional 18 months, effective July 23, 2014, through Jan. 22, 2016.”

As I’ve reported previously, TPS beneficiaries are supposed to provide proof that they arrived here on an eligible date, committed no more than two misdemeanors and no felonies, and maintained a continuous presence in the country. But the feds’ past experience with amnesties dating back to 1986 shows that the programs are dangerously rife with unchecked document fraud.

A homeland security source pointed out to me recently that the agency is still failing to check biometric records (or, even worse, ignoring them) before granting immigration benefits to aliens who had been put into removal proceedings but then gamed the system by using new, unvetted aliases. Moreover, after more than two decades, the federal government still doesn’t have an entry-exit database in place to track legal short-term visa holders.

The dictionary informs us of the origin of the term “amnesty.” It comes from the Greek word “amnestia,” which means “to forget.” And that is exactly what America is suffering from when it comes to learning amnesty history lessons. There is no such thing as a “temporary” pardon from immigration law-breaking.

Each new infusion of indiscriminate, unskilled foreign labor begets more of the same — all while backstabbing politicians bemoan stagnant wages, high unemployment, and the beleaguered plight of American workers paying a steep price for D.C.’s bottomless “compassion” for the rest of the world.

 

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History Reveals The One Way Obama’s Damage To America Can Be Reversed http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/can-margaret-thatcher-fix-obamas-mistakes/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/can-margaret-thatcher-fix-obamas-mistakes/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:15:04 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=191404 Even the Obama stagnation and economic decline can be reversed.

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As I continue to shadow former governor Mike Huckabee on his journey to absorb the wisdom of John Paul II, Margaret Thatcher, and Ronald Reagan… yesterday, we made a stop in London.

During this visit, I could feel Margaret Thatcher’s presence. It was as if her ghost were guiding us and enlightening us along the way. And if the Halls of Parliament and famous Westminster Abbey could talk, they’d echo some words of wisdom…

Words so profound that they could turn the direction of America’s economy completely around, erasing all of the mistakes in this Obama era.

Last night, our speaker, Liam Fox, a current Member of Parliament (and former British Secretary for Defense), began by describing himself as an unreconstructed Thatcherite.

Mrs. Thatcher came to power almost by accident. She was never a favorite of her fellow Tories. But in the late ‘70s, Britain’s economy was sick. The trade unions were choking productivity, taxes were high, and government services were failing.

When Mrs. Thatcher took the reins at Number 10 Downing Street, everyone expected her to fail.

Instead of taking a modest approach, she made major changes to policy. She dramatically cut the size of government – eliminating entire levels of the stifling bureaucracy.

High taxes were no longer an issue. She tackled that problem by slashing them. And as she cut tax revenue, she cut spending equally.

Shortly following Thatcher’s ingenious decisions, the creative spirit of the British people came alive under the freedom. Britain began to see economic growth. Entire industries, which had been nationalized by the socialist labor governments, were returned to the private sector.

British Telecom (BT) was privatized. British Gas was also returned to the private sector. Even venerable Rolls Royce has become a ward of the state and had to be privatized.

Probably one of Thatcher’s greatest feats was the dramatic reduction in borrowing requirements by the British government. Having her in office gave the economy a serious jump.

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The experience of Margaret Thatcher’s United Kingdom gives us hope for our own United States. Obama has radically changed America. He’s dramatically grown the deficit, as well as government involvement in our affairs. But Thatcher shows that programs can be cut. Big government doesn’t always have to stay that way…

Together with a renewed economy came a renewed spirit of enterprise and hope for the future in Britain. The sluggish economy was defeated, and dynamic growth resumed.

At the end of his speech, Liam Fox made it plain: Those of us who believe in individual liberty, freedom of enterprise, and the rule of law must stick together. Britain and America must always have a special bond.

He warned that Obama’s greatest mistake was believing that opponents of these ideas would listen to reason. Obama is wrong. The jihadists and Islamists who he thought he could contain with words of peace have only been emboldened by his appeasement.

Mr. Fox’s warning was nearly dire as he made his final point. “The deficits you are currently running are unsustainable, and they are a national security concern. America needs to understand that the enemies of freedom want to see the day when debt problems eat your resources to the point that you can no longer defend yourself.”

And his words to Governor Huckabee were clear. America needs a president who will put the fiscal house in order, so that America can continue its role as a defender of the values of freedom.

Mrs. Thatcher’s experience shows that a socialist economy can be renewed with a commitment to restoring free enterprise. Even the Obama stagnation and economic decline can be reversed.

 

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394 Years Ago, The Pilgrims Signed The Mayflower Compact, Not Knowing What Lay In Store http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/394-years-ago-the-pilgrims-signed-the-mayflower-compact-not-knowing-what-lay-in-store/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/394-years-ago-the-pilgrims-signed-the-mayflower-compact-not-knowing-what-lay-in-store/#respond Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:01:03 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=191392 Five years later...

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On NOVEMBER 21, 1620 (NS), the Pilgrims signed the Mayflower Compact and began their Plymouth Colony.

Five years later, in 1625, the Pilgrims filled two ships with dried fish and beaver skins and sent them back to England to trade for much needed supplies.

Governor William Bradford wrote in his History of the Plymouth Settlement 1608-1650 (rendered in Modern English by Harold Paget, 1909, ch. 6, p. 165-7):

“The adventurers…sent over two fishing ships…The pinnace was ordered to load with corfish…to bring home to England…and besides she had some 800 lbs. of beaver, as well as other furs, to a good value from the plantation.

“The captain seeing so much lading wished to put aboard the bigger ship for greater safety, but Mr. Edward Winslow, their agent in the business, was bound in a bond to send it to London in the small ship…

“The captain of the big ship…towed the small ship at his stern all the way over.

“So they went joyfully home together and had such fine weather that he never cast her off till they were well within the England channel, almost in sight of Plymouth.

“But even there she was unhapply taken by a Turkish man-of-war and carried off to Saller (Morocco), where the captain and crew were made slaves…

“Thus all their hopes were dashed and the joyful news they meant to carry home was turned to heavy tidings…

“In the big ship Captain Myles Standish…arrived at a very bad time…a plague very deadly in London…

“The friendly adventurers were so reduced by their losses last year, and now by the ship taken by the Turks…that all trade was dead.”

Muslim piracy had dominated the seas.

In 1605, St. Vincent de Paul was sailing from Marseille, France, when he was captured by Muslim Turks and sold into slavery in Tunis, North Africa.

Fortunately for him, he converted his owner to Christianity in 1607 and escaped to Europe where he started an order to help the poor.

Between 1606-1609, Muslim pirates from Algiers captured 466 British and Scottish ships.

Giles Milton wrote in White Gold: The Extraordinary Story of Thomas Pellow and North Africa’s One Million European Slaves (UK: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd, 2004), that in 1625, Muslim corsair pirates sailed up the Thames River and raided England.

They attacked the coast of Cornwall, capturing 60 villagers at Mount’s Bay and 80 at Looe. Muslims took Lundy Island in Bristol Channel and raised the standard of Islam.

By the end of 1625, over 1,000 English subjects were sent to the slave markets of Sale, Morocco.

In 1627, Algerian and Ottoman Muslim pirates, led by Murat Reis the Younger, raided Iceland, carrying into slavery an estimated 400 from the cities of Reykjavik, Austurland, and Vestmannaeyjar.

One captured girl, who had been made a slave concubine in Algeria, was rescued back by King Christian IV of Denmark.

In 1631, the entire village of Baltimore, Ireland, was captured by Muslim pirates, led by Murat Reis the Younger. Only two ever returned. (Des Ekin, The Stolen Village: Baltimore and the Barbary Pirates, O’Brien Press, 2006).

Thomas Osborne Davis wrote in his poem, “The Sack of Baltimore” (1895):

“The yell of ‘Allah!’ breaks above the shriek and roar;
O’blessed God! the Algerine is lord of Baltimore…”

By 1640, hundreds of English ships and over 1,500 British subjects were enslaved in Tunis, and 3,000 in Algiers.

As centuries passed, the U.S. Navy and Marines fought the Muslim Barbary pirates, and, on September 11, 2012, the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya, was attacked by Muslim terrorists.

With questions still lingering as to the government’s knowledge and involvement in attacks, Americans gain new appreciation for the brave Pilgrim forbears who faced similar threats.

 

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New Mexico Mayor Reveals An Immigration Fact That Is Causing Outrage http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/new-mexico-mayor-reveals-an-immigration-fact-that-is-causing-outrage/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/new-mexico-mayor-reveals-an-immigration-fact-that-is-causing-outrage/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:34:21 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=191328

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Not only has nearly every illegal immigrant held at a temporary detention facility in Artesia, New Mexico, been released, they have also been given a bus or plane ticket to a location of their choosing, says the town’s mayor.

The temporary facility in Artesia was opened by the Department of Homeland Security in June to hold people who travel across the southern border illegally from Mexico and Central America. But Philip Burch, the Mayor of Artesia, said on Newsmax TV’s America’s Forum Thursday, “We have ceased calling it a detention center because there’s not very much detention going on.”

Burch said 513 detainees have been released into the United States, while only 35 were deported, citing figures from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The Associated Press (AP) reported Tuesday the Artesia facility will close by the end of December, making way for a new facility in Dilley, Texas. There is also one in Pennsylvania.

In a separate interview with KSVP radio in Artesia last week, Burch said, “I keep thinking of [Department of Homeland Security] Secretary [Jeh] Johnson’s comments when he visited here in July, when it was first starting to get going. He described Artesia as going to be a ‘rapid deportation’ site.”

But Burch asserted on America’s Forum that illegal immigrants were being released into the United States.

“What we are seeing is immigrants being detained and brought to this site when they cross the border only to be housed, fed, clothed, 24 hour a day medical services, and even schooling, and then be released into the United States. If that is going to be the ultimate outcome, it seems like we should just let them go at the border.”

Burch also told Newsmax TV the detainees are taken to a bus stop or the airport to go to a destination of their choosing, typically out of state.

He added, “If the result is going to be that 95 percent end up being released rather than deported, it makes little sense to me to spend the millions of dollars to [detain] them for a short period of time, only to release them into the general public.”

 

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Reform Immigration By Encouraging High-Skill Immigrants http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/reform-immigration-by-encouraging-high-skill-immigrants/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/reform-immigration-by-encouraging-high-skill-immigrants/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:15:39 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=191235 All high-skill immigration policy lacks is a lobby...

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“When the facts change, I change my mind,” economist John Maynard Keynes said when charged with inconsistency. “What do you do, sir?”

As President Obama threatens to stretch his power to faithfully execute the law to a breaking point by effectively legalizing some 5 million illegal immigrants, perhaps I owe readers an explanation of my own changes of mind on immigration.

I tended to support the so-called comprehensive immigration bills passed by the Senate in 2006 and then rejected by the Senate in 2007, due to missteps by new Majority Leader Harry Reid. But I think the similar bill the Senate passed in 2013, which never came forward in the House, is a wrongheaded approach.

Why? Because the facts changed.

When the 2006-07 bills were drawn up, just about everyone assumed that the surge of both legal and illegal immigration from Latin America, mostly from Mexico, would continue indefinitely. With low unemployment, it seemed there was demand for the mostly low-skill workers that would keep arriving.

Economists skeptical of immigration could point to only small downward pressure on low-skill wages in the United States as a result. Otherwise, the economy benefited. The need, then, was to regulate this flow by securing the border and improving workplace enforcement. Technological advances seemed to make this possible.

But even as Reid was killing a bill that could have passed the House and was supported by President George W. Bush, the facts started changing. Housing prices peaked and started falling. Mortgage foreclosures climbed, and a vastly disproportionate number of them struck Hispanics.

The surge of Latin immigration, which had grown in the 25 years from 1982 to 2007 — the same span of time as the huge surge of internal migration of Southern blacks to the North from 1940 to 1965 — suddenly ended. Net migration from Mexico to the United States between 2007 and 2012 was zero, according to the Pew Hispanic Center. The number of illegal immigrants in the United States fell.

The economy dived into a recession, followed by years of agonizingly sluggish economic growth. Most Americans think the recession is still on. The demand for low-skill workers has plummeted. The need for high-skill workers with the potential to increase overall productivity has increased.

With the midterm elections over, Obama is itching to effectively legalize millions of mostly low-skill illegals — one aspect of the 2006-07 and 2013 bills that the nation clearly doesn’t need in 2014.

Back in 2006-07, I argued that providing a path to legalization for illegal immigrants would not incentivize further illegal immigration because the surge of Latin immigration would continue one way or the other. But the surge is over. Last summer we saw how the prospect of legalization — Obama’s 2012 “Dreamers” executive order — incentivized a surge of illegal Central Americans across the Rio Grande. The facts changed, undermining my own argument.

American immigration law is an accretion of old statutes. Latin and Mexican immigration surged despite low quotas in the 1965 act because of the family reunification provisions carried over from an earlier 1924 law. But America’s economy doesn’t need more low-skill collateral family members now.

High-skill immigration is channeled through H-1B visas established in earlier law. These tend to tie high-skill immigrants to particular employers. The high-tech lobby pushed relentlessly for more H-1B’s in the 2006-07 and 2013 legislation. Comprehensive immigration bills are a deal among lobbyists: legalization for the Hispanic lobby, H-1B’s for the high-tech lobby, other provisions for other lobbies.

A better idea is to start all over again rather than patching immigration acts that are now 90, 49, and 28 years old. The United States should follow the successful examples of our Anglosphere cousins, Canada and Australia. They reserve most immigration slots for high-skill applicants who qualify under their point systems. The result: They have more immigration than we do as a share of their populations, and they also have higher test scores and more economic growth. Conservatives might note that both have conservative governments.

America always needs high-skill immigrants. And we don’t need to tie them to specific employers. Let them make their way in what is still, despite over-taxation and over-regulation, our free enterprise system. The country will be richer for it.

There is something in a high-skill immigration system for both political parties. Republicans could talk about whom they’d let in, not whom they’d keep out. Democrats could finally endorse a policy that would produce economic growth.

All high-skill immigration policy lacks is a lobby. Maybe some members of Congress will step forward and fill the gap.

 

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The Top US Military Commander Just Gave This Prediction For How Long ISIS War Will Last http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/the-top-us-military-commander-just-gave-this-prediction-for-how-long-isis-war-will-last/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/the-top-us-military-commander-just-gave-this-prediction-for-how-long-isis-war-will-last/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:28:28 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=191071 The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, says the U.S.-led effort...

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Facing serious challenges for funding the many conflicts the U.S. is now involved in around the globe, America’s top military commander says the fight against ISIS will need more money and resources than are now committed in the Pentagon’s 2015 budget.

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, says the U.S.-led effort to destroy Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria will likely last beyond Barack Obama’s presidency — taking up to four years.

Via the website military.com, here’s what else Gen. Dempsey said about that 4-year timeline for the ISIS fight:

The general pushed back against criticism that the administration doesn’t have a strategy for the mission, known as Operation Inherent Resolve.

“But here’s what I’ll tell you about the strategy – it’s going to change,” he said. “The objective is not going to change … I’m not obsessing so much about what’s in the middle.”

Just as Dempsey was issuing his forecast for the U.S. war against the Islamic State, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the American people must prepare for a long and difficult struggle against the forces of ISIS.

As noted on alarabiya.net, Hagel made that statement in testimony before Congress:

The testimony of Hagel and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the top U.S. military officer, comes just days after President Barack Obama asked Congress for a new $5.6 billion plan to expand the U.S. mission in Iraq and send up to 1,500 more American troops to the war-torn nation, the Associated Press reports.

Hagel has also offered his eye-opening opinion of the strength and resolve of the terror fighters who have repeatedly dedicated themselves to prolonged attacks on Western nations.

A post on iraqinews.com, Hagel said that the Defense Secretary says that he:

“…has never seen anything like ISIS before. It is very organized and its members are highly trained. It is well-funded, well-planned and, it is savage and merciless.”

Earlier this week, Western Journalism reported on President Obama’s admitting that he would change his mind and break his pledge of no U.S. combat “boots on the ground” in Iraq if ISIS were known to have acquired a nuclear weapon.

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Once Again, Obama Playing With Constitutional Fire By Inviting Illegals http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/once-again-obama-playing-with-constitutional-fire-by-inviting-illegals/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/once-again-obama-playing-with-constitutional-fire-by-inviting-illegals/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:27:32 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=191112 What can Congress do?

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Earlier this week, President Obama made it clear that he will soon offer some form of limited amnesty to about five million foreign nationals who are currently living illegally in the United States. He will do so by issuing an executive order to federal officials who oversee immigration directing them to undertake a course of action that, if complied with individually by all persons whom he designates as eligible, will cause the federal government to remove the threat of deportation from those who meet the standards he will lay down.

Can he legally do that?

To address that question, we need to start with the principle that a presidential action may be lawful at the same time that it is unconstitutional. The president has the legal power to defer deportations. The power is called prosecutorial discretion. This is a power traditionally recognized as inherent in the presidency that enables him to defer or modify all federal law enforcement.

The theory is that the president needs the ability to allocate resources as the changing times, emergent events, and public needs may require. Thus, he can, for example, defer prosecuting bank robbers and aggressively pursue drug dealers. That wouldn’t mean that all bank robbers would go free; it would mean that either state prosecutors would pursue them, or they’d wait for trials until the drug kingpins were caught and convicted. But he could set some free if he wished.

The check on the exercise of prosecutorial discretion is gross abuse, which is typically demonstrated by either improper executive motive or effective nullification of law. I don’t know what the president’s motive is. If it is political, I suspect his efforts will backfire. He cannot grant citizenship or the right to vote.

If his motive is humanitarian or moral, I understand him. Under the natural law, people have the right to travel and live wherever they wish. The existence of our natural rights is not conditioned upon the place where our mothers were at the times of our births. And from a free market and historical perspective, immigrants have enhanced the economy as they move up the demographic ladder.

But the president’s behavior has serious constitutional dimensions that go far beyond the motives in his heart; and his oath is to the Constitution, not to his heart.

If the president nullifies deportations on such a grand scale that the effect is the nullification of federal laws, then he has violated his oath “faithfully” to execute his presidential obligations. The Framers required that every president swear to do his job “faithfully” to serve as a reminder to him that his job requires fidelity to the enforcement of laws with which he may disagree. The American people, Congress, and the courts need to know we have a president who will enforce the laws, whether he agrees with them in his heart or not. Without presidential fidelity to the rule of law, we have a king, not a president.

By conferring temporary legal status upon foreign nationals who have not achieved it under the law, providing they meet criteria that he will establish, the president affects huge numbers of persons and produces a result that is the opposite of what the law requires. Can the president’s exercise of his prosecutorial discretion constitutionally nullify a federal statute? No. Can the president’s exercise of his prosecutorial discretion effectively rewrite a federal statute? No.

It is unconstitutional for the president to nullify federal law. It is unconstitutional for him to refuse to enforce laws that affect millions of persons and billions of dollars. It is unconstitutional for him to refuse to enforce laws merely because he disagrees with them — particularly laws that pre-existed his presidential oaths. And it is unconstitutional for him to rewrite laws, even if he is doing so to make them more just.

Every president since Dwight D. Eisenhower has deferred some deportations. President Reagan deferred deportations for about 100,000 families of foreign nationals in 1987 under his reading of the congressionally authorized 1986 amnesty law, and President George H.W. Bush did so in 1990 for about 350,000 foreign nationals under his reading of the same law. Each of these was based on a principled public presidential reading of the words and purposes of a federal statute. Obama does not purport to read and interpret the current immigration law; rather, he effectively rewrites it.

What can Congress do? Congress can pass legislation to invalidate Obama’s executive actions. Yet even if it did so and overrode his certain veto, it has no assurances that Obama would be bound by the new legislation. He refuses to enforce the plain language of well-established and never judicially altered federal statutes. What assurances does Congress have that he would follow any new statutes that he has vetoed and that regulate his behavior?

Is the blanket refusal to enforce federal laws that profoundly affect five million persons — and in the process severely straining the social services of all 50 states — an impeachable offense? The president is playing with constitutional fire; and impeachment is the only constitutional remedy available, short of 25 months of a constitutional conflagration that he has ignited.

 
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Rand Paul And Other Republicans Are Preparing To Hold The Fed Accountable http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/could-audit-the-fed-pass-the-senate/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/could-audit-the-fed-pass-the-senate/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:11:08 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=191088 "It’s absolutely imperative that we get a..."

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Republican lawmakers in both the House and Senate will soon be pushing for the “Audit the Fed” bill to pass. Representative Thomas Massie (R.-Ky.) will introduce the bill in the House, and Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) will introduce the bill in the Senate. Paul said in an interview this week that he intends to introduce the bill in January.

With Mitch McConnell’s ascent to the majority leader position in the Senate, there is a stronger chance for the bill to be passed by both houses of Congress.

Represenative Massie said:

“I think our odds keep improving. His [Rand Paul’s] profile will be raised as he runs for president, which bodes well for this bill, and his relationship with Sen. McConnell I think bodes well for this bill in the Senate.”

The bill was originally designed by Ron Paul, Rand Paul’s father. It passed the House 333-92 in September.

McConnell spokesman Don Stewart said in an email that McConnel “supports the bill, he’s a co-sponsor.”

Fed chairman Janet Yellen strongly opposes the bill and thinks it would threaten the central bank’s independence and make it subject to “political pressures.”

Paul Broun, who introduced the bill in the last Congress, takes a dramatically different position:

“It’s absolutely imperative that we get a transparent, full audit of the Fed so the American public can know what is going on with this entity. Members of Congress are more and more beginning to see how critical it is.”

What do you think? Should “Audit the Fed” be passed? Does it expose a little-known-about public-private institution? Or does it threaten the Fed’s ability to conduct monetary policy? Let us hear your thoughts.

 

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Obama’s 2014 Labor Day Trips Cost Taxpayers More Than $1.5 Million http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/obamas-2014-labor-day-trips-cost-taxpayers-more-than-1-5-million/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/obamas-2014-labor-day-trips-cost-taxpayers-more-than-1-5-million/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:22:00 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=191116 ...for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee this year.

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Obama’s 2014 Labor Day trips cost taxpayers more than $1.5 million, including a trip to an MSNBC host’s wedding, fundraising, and politicking. Judicial Watch obtained records from the United States Air Force detailing the pricy trips.

Obama spent $527, 193 on Democratic National Committee fundraisng trips to WestChester, New York, and Providence, Rhode Island. The fundraisers were at the homes of former UBS CEO Robert Wolf and former Nortek CEO Richard Braly.The fundraiser at Braly’s home was the ninth fundraiser Obama attended for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee this year.

He also attended the wedding of White House Chef Sam Kass to MSNBC host and liberal commentator Alex Wagner. This cost taxpayers $358,491.

Obama flew on Monday to Laborfest 2014 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he made a campaign speech.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton commented:

“This Labor Day back-and-forth shows President Obama seems to confuse Air Force One with Uber.  President Obama abuses not only taxpayers with this unnecessary travel – he strains an already overstretched military and a Secret Service that is in crisis and can’t even guard the front door of the White House.  The new Congress could do worse than to reform presidential travel so taxpayers aren’t gouged by candidates and campaigns benefitting from the political use of Air Force One.”

The reaction on Twitter was strong:

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Chuck Todd Admits MSNBC Has A “Liberal Perspective,” Says Fox News Feels “More Campaign-y” http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/chuck-todd-admits-msnbc-has-a-liberal-perspective-says-fox-news-feels-more-campaign-y/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/chuck-todd-admits-msnbc-has-a-liberal-perspective-says-fox-news-feels-more-campaign-y/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:12:26 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=191164 "I certainly think at night there’s certainly a liberal perspective [and] a conservative perspective..."

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During an interview with HuffPost Live, Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd admitted that MSNBC’s evening line-up has a “liberal perspective,” while Fox News, due to Roger Ailes background, feels “more campaign-y:”

“I think it’s a little bit different because, look, I’ve always thought the Roger Ailes political past sort of makes it, because he actually worked as an operative, it always feels a little more campaign-y than what gets accused on the MSNBC side. I certainly think at night there’s certainly a liberal perspective [and] a conservative perspective. I think in the daytime both channels would argue that there’s a lot more straight-forward reporting during the daytime, and I think there’s a lot of evidence to support that.”

Todd’s “campaign-y” comment was a veiled reference to the liberal charge that Fox News is an arm of the Republican Party, while ignoring the balance that Fox offers on its shows when discussing politics. Todd also conveniently left out the fact that Hardball host Chris Matthews worked for former Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill for six years and has openly declared his allegiance to Hillary Clinton in 2016. Which network is more campaign-y again?

If Todd had answered the question honestly he might have said that Roger Ailes is a master programmer, as compared to MSNBC’s Phil Griffin, and that he is the reason that Fox has been the top rated cable news network for the last 12 years. He would have also said that MSNBC’s ratings are so bad that the future of liberal television is now in doubt. But that level of honesty was apparently too much for Todd to handle.

 

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Outside Agitators In Ferguson More Militarized Than Police http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/outside-agitators-in-ferguson-more-militarized-than-police/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/outside-agitators-in-ferguson-more-militarized-than-police/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:56:19 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=191038 It is becoming increasingly clear that the stories of alleged police militarization were a diversion from the real problem...

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Remember when the media were complaining about the “militarization” of the police in Ferguson? ABC News is now reporting that the police have reason to be worried and well-armed. ABC News Justice Department reporter Pierre Thomas says the FBI is warning about violent extremists and outside agitators targeting the city.

The ABC News report says, “The FBI assesses those infiltrating and exploiting otherwise legitimate public demonstrations with the intent to incite and engage in violence could be armed with bladed weapons or firearms, equipped with tactical gear/gas masks, or bulletproof vests to mitigate law enforcement measures.”

The FBI also warns that electrical facilities, water treatment plants, and computer networks could be attacked by groups such as “Anonymous.”

So it looks like some of the agitators could be “militarized” themselves, and may in fact be part of an international plot.

You may recall that the Senate was rushed by the media into holding hearings on the alleged police “militarization” problem, as if the police were overreacting to the riots in the city after a police officer shot and killed a violent thug named Michael Brown.

The FBI report confirms what we reported back in August—that terrorist elements have been active on the scene. We said, “Ferguson has become a ‘war zone’ because of outside agitators…The real story out of Ferguson is that a national network of agitators is ready, on a moment’s notice, to arrive on the scene to cause violence and mayhem.”

Now, the FBI confirms the existence of a sophisticated network of violent extremists, including computer hackers with the ability to strike on a global basis.

We have reported on participation in the Ferguson protests by members of the Workers World Party, a Marxist-Leninist group, and its front, the ANSWER Coalition. The group supports regimes in Russia and North Korea.

The media have extensively covered the protests without noting the outside agitators who, in some cases, lead and manipulate them.

The result has been a propaganda bonanza for anti-American elements. The party newspaper, Worker’s World, reported, “The protests demanding justice for Brown were covered nationally and internationally. CNN, Al-Jazeera America, Press TV, Russia Today, the Guardian in London, as well as thousands of other news sources and media agencies…”

Al Jazeera and Russia Today are foreign-owned and operated propaganda channels. Al Jazeera is sponsored by the Middle Eastern Arab government of Qatar, while Russia Today is funded by the Vladimir Putin regime in Moscow.

The communists say the Ferguson “rebellion” is designed to expose U.S. “racism” to a global audience. Regimes such as the one in China use such reports to accuse the U.S. of failing to deal with its own problems and unfairly focusing attention on human rights issues abroad.

The FBI report gives the media the opportunity to finally tell the truth about the “spontaneous” nature of these well-planned demonstrations, which are deliberately designed to turn violent.

But it’s not clear that the FBI has actually infiltrated the protest groups in order to gather information about planned violence. The FBI may simply be gathering information from open or public sources.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon had called out the National Guard to maintain the peace when the local police, supposedly armed with military-style weapons, were overwhelmed.

Now, as the public waits for word on whether or not the police officer who shot and killed Brown will be charged with murder, Nixon has called out the National Guard again. Most reports say the grand jury in the case will decline to indict the officer, Darren Wilson, as a result of clear and convincing evidence that he shot and killed Brown in self-defense.

While Congress has failed to probe the role of outside communist agitators in the Ferguson protests, the media have, on occasion, been forced to concede the violent nature of some of the demonstrations and riots.

Reuters quotes one agitator as saying, “Rioting and looting are the tools of those without a voice… There is no revolution without violence.”

Despite CNN’s sympathetic coverage of the protests, the communist Workers World paper singles out CNN for its alleged “sensationalized images” of violent protesters and “repeated character assassination” of Brown. The group helped organize a protest outside CNN headquarters in Atlanta.

The “character assassination” of Brown is a reference to video showing his strong-arm robbery of a convenience store and reports of him attacking Wilson before he was shot.

As the local police and Missouri National Guard brace for the anticipated violence when the grand jury verdict is handed down, it is becoming increasingly clear that the stories of alleged police militarization were a diversion from the real problem—outside communist agitation in Ferguson and the manipulation of black America for political and revolutionary purposes.

Some of this has been deliberately unleashed by President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, always eager to stoke racial extremism.

Katie Pavlich, News Editor at Townhall.com, revealed that former FBI Assistant Director and Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund President Ron Hosko said in a letter to Obama that Holder has been an “antagonist” to local police and that “his ill-timed decision to launch a full investigation into the Ferguson Police Department at the height of racial tensions in that community” amounted to “throwing gasoline on a fire that was already burning.”

He added, “Many officers were disgusted by such a transparent political maneuver at a time when presidential and attorney general leadership could have calmed a truly chaotic situation.”

Many of the anti-police reports originated with Washington Post blogger Radley Balko, a supposed expert on police “militarization” who also serves as a “media fellow” with the Cato Institute. His writings have been characterized by the need for corrections and unwarranted assumptions in his accounts of alleged police misconduct.

But much damage has already been done by this kind of erroneous reporting.

“We are the Militant Resistance against this corrupt police state, that includes the national guard,” says one Ferguson group called RbG Black Rebels.

The group claims to be fighting for Uhuru, the “liberation” of blacks worldwide, and has announced they will pay $5,000 for the “location” of Officer Wilson.

Wilson is said to be in hiding, while black radicals and communists plot openly to destroy the city, attack police, and destroy businesses.

 

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Obama’s HHS Ignores Fraud In Discount Drug Program http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/obamas-hhs-ignores-fraud-in-discount-drug-program/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/obamas-hhs-ignores-fraud-in-discount-drug-program/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:49:09 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=190992 abused by corporations to pad their bottom line.

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Politicians love to promise to weed out waste, fraud and abuse from federal spending but even when it is staring them in the face they often do nothing.  That’s exactly what the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) did when confronted with the reality that a congressionally established program to help the poor and indigent get discounted prescription drugs was being abused by corporations to pad their bottom line.

In 1992, Congress established the 340B Drug Discount Program (340B) to help underserved communities get access to prescription medicines. Designed to reduce outpatient drug costs by mandating deep discounts from drug manufacturers as a condition of Medicaid reimbursement. The program remained small until it was radically expanded under provisions enacted by ObamaCare drawing the attention of Wall Street financiers and lobbyists for the contract pharmacies who realized little safeguards existed. They soon realized they could receive drugs at a discounted rate and charge the government and private insurance companies for the full freight, pocketing the difference between the discount and the actual cost of the drug.

Faced the the endless possibilities of profits from the government created goldmine, the 340B program has expanded rapidly with hospitals and chain drug stores like CVS getting into the act.  Duke University made almost $50 million off of the program  when its hospital purchased $65.8 million in drugs through the discount program, which saved $48.3 million. It sold the drugs to patients for $135.5 million, for a profit of $69.7 million.  Some of New York City’s top nonprofit hospitals have gotten on the gravy train.  The wealthiest hospital in the City, New York Presbyterian gave 1 percent of its nearly $4 billion in revenue to discounted services to the poor.

Talyst, that is a consultant to hospitals and contract pharmacies that paid lobbyists to expand the 340b program is now openly bragging to its clients about the profitable possibilities for their clients thanks to the program.  In a recent white paper, the firm stated “There is no requirement to pass the savings on to patients directly. (http://www.talyst.com/wp-content/uploads/Talyst_White_Paper_Benefit_Becoming_Contract_Pharmacy.pdf).  The “Talyst AutoSplit Contract Pharmacy solution” allows the “negotiated dispense fee from the hospital will be in addition to your normal profit margin.”  Translation:  You pocket the discount.

This is fraud, pure and simple, yet when confronted with the evidence, HHS decided to do nothing.  Last week, HHS withdrew a proposed regulation to create sweeping rules that would have damaged the cottage industry bilking taxpayers, insurers and patients of hundreds of millions of dollars.  Instead, the agency intends to offer “guidance” to the stakeholders.

Congress must get involved and reform the program, but it won’t be easy.  The beneficiaries have formed their own lobbying group known as the 340 Coalition not only to fight any reforms of the program but to seek further expansion.  Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Mike Enzi (R-WY) are among those who have been leaning on the Obama administration to fix the program.  With a Senate majority, they should move quickly to end the abuse.

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“Obamacare Via GruberGate?” http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/obamacare-via-grubergate/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/obamacare-via-grubergate/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:47:19 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=191020 In 2006, Obama claimed that he had "stolen ideas liberally from Jon Gruber," and more recently at a G-20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, he said... "Gruber was never on the White House staff."

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Obamacare. Real or a hoax perpetrated on the “stupid” American voters?

With the controversy heating up surrounding Jonathan Gruber, MIT professor and Obamacare architect, and the denial by President Obama and his fellow Democrats that Gruber was one of the authors of the bill and despite the assurance by Nancy Pelosi that “I don’t know who he is,” and “he didn’t help write our bill,” the question still remains as to the true integrity of the Affordable Care Act, and the honesty of our government.

In taking a brief look back at the tumultuous life at Obamacare, we will find a history of distortion, exaggeration, fabrication, falsification and downright lies!

Obama: “In a Obama administration, we’ll lower premiums by up to $2500 for a typical family per year.” “If you like your plan you can keep your plan.” “If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor.” “The uninsured will be able to sign up for affordable quality health insurance at a significantly cheaper rate than what they can get right now on the individual market.”

In response to Obama’s claim on saving families $2500, Jonathan Gruber, MIT economist said in 2008, “I know zero credible evidence to support that conclusion.” He further said, “At the end of the day, the only way to control health-care costs in American is to deny Americans health care they want.””Basically, we just don’t know. We just have no clue what it’s going to do.”

In 2006, Obama claimed that he had “stolen ideas liberally from Jon Gruber,” and more recently at a G-20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, he said,

“The fact that an adviser who was never on our staff expressed an opinion that I completely disagree with in terms of the voters is not a reflection on the actual process that was run.” “Gruber was never on the White House staff.”

So, was Jonathan Gruber really the mastermind of Obamacare?

Steve Rattner, who served as Counselor to the Secretary of the Treasury and led the Obama Administration’s successful effort to restructure the automobile industry said,

“The problem is not that Gruber helped put Obamacare together, because he was the man, the problem is what he said in the last two weeks and how the White House handled it.” “Jonathan Gruber was, back in the day in 2009, the guru on health care. I remember that when I was in the White House, he was certainly viewed as an important figure in helping put Obamacare together.”

According to the Wall Street Journal,

“Gruber visited the White House six times in 2009 and several more times in 2010. One of those meetings was a small group gathering with the President. Gruber also had multiple meetings with senior White House officials including Jeanne Lambrew, a deputy assistant to the president for health reform.”

So, we have to ask ourselves, if Gruber was not one of the architects of Obamacare, then why was he paid $400,000 as a consultant for Health and Human Services? He was then paid $400,000 by the state of Wisconsin to conduct a study on the impact of the bill, and $329,000 by the state of Minnesota to make its exchange conform with the health care bill requirements. In 2012 West Virginia paid Gruber $121,500 , and Michigan paid $481,050 for studies on their healthcare exchanges. But what is all the fuss about? People make money off the government everyday.

Because, in speeches concerning the Affordable Care Act/ Obamacare, Jonathan Gruber said,

“This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure the CBO [Congressional Budget Office] did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. So it’s written to do that.”

“In terms of risk-rated subsidies, in a law that said health people are gonna pay in — if it made explicit that healthy people are gonna pay in, sick people get money, it would not have passed. Okay — just like the … people — transperen— lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical to get anything to pass.”

At the G-20 summit in Brisbane, Obama further said,

“The one thing we can’t say is that we did not have a lengthy debate about health care in the United States of America. Or that it was not adequately covered. I would just advise — every press outlet here, go back and pull up every clip, every story, and I think it will — it’s fair to say there was not a provision in the health care law that was not extensively debated and was fully transparent. Now, there were folks who disagreed with some of the various positions. It was a tough debate.”

However, if we do look back, we will find the healthcare law was extensively debated, but it was far from transparent. From the beginning, Obama promised on many occasions to include everyone in the debate and it would all be televised on C-SPAN,

“I’m going to have all the negotiations around a big table. We’ll have doctors and nurses and hospital administrators. Insurance companies, drug companies — they’ll get a seat at the table, they just won’t be able to buy every chair. But what we will do is, we’ll have the negotiations televised on C-SPAN, so that people can see who is making arguments on behalf of their constituents, and who are making arguments on behalf of the drug companies or the insurance companies. And so, that approach, I think is what is going to allow people to stay involved in this process.”

In fact, not only was the health care law not transparent, but meetings were held behind closed doors with invitations going out to Democrats only. We cannot forget not a single Republican voted for the catastophic healthcare bill and further suffered great indignities for their negative positions on the ACA. The “Green Eggs and Ham” story still follows Ted Cruz like a black cloud, even though he was fulfilling the wishes of the constituents who elected him.

Who can forget the famous comment made by Nancy Pelosi,

“But we have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of controversy.”

Add insult to injury, the bill passed in the Senate on Christmas Eve. Now we all know that the House never misses a vacation or Holiday break, so should the fact that it was passed on the night before Christmas, and that the majority of our representatives had not even read the 2700 page bill, place it in the “questionable ” column.

The public’s concern in 2010 about the individual mandates, taxes, and taxpayer-funded abortion coverage, and the potential for the breakdown of the insurance market was obviously well founded. However, over the years, we have been assured that the Affordable Care Act was the best thing for the American people. Even Michelle Obama got in on the act convincing us that the ACA was best for them even if they were too stupid to know it. On the Jimmy Fallon show she said, “young people are knuckleheads!” And why? “They’re the ones who are cooking for the first time and slice their finger open, they’re dancing on the bar stool.” Now comes the funny connection; Google defines knucklehead as a stupid person. Maybe Michelle was in on those Obamacare meetings with Gruber since, they all seem to be on the same “stupid American” page.

At the end of the day, when this is all summed up, the most important question remains: Did the President of the United States intentionally distort, mislead and lie to the American people to pass a healthcare bill to ensure his legacy regardless of the damage it would do in the end?

Short and sweet…..did the taxpayer get Obamacare via GruberGate?

 

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Pipeline Politics–Why The Democrats Will Lose http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/pipeline-politics-why-the-democrats-will-lose/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/pipeline-politics-why-the-democrats-will-lose/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:28:37 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=191127 For the last six years, voters have been playing in a lose-lose game.

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Talk about being in the middle of Middle America.

This week, I’m in bitterly cold Nebraska — Omaha, to be exact — visiting with my wife Colleen’s family.

On Tuesday night, I watched the Die-hard Democrats in the Senate stop a bill to force approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline that would carry oil from Canada and Montana and North Dakota to the refineries of New Orleans.

The proposed $8 billion shortcut across Nebraska and other Red States is a big deal.

It makes economic and environmental sense for their citizens and for all Americans. But of course, that hasn’t stopped the pipeline from becoming a political cause celebre for liberal Democrats and their narrow interest groups.

President Obama, Senator Reid, and their whacko pals in the environmental lobby have managed to delay the Keystone XL’s approval for six years.

But they better celebrate Tuesday night’s buzzer beater while they can. Their one-vote “victory” in the Senate is the last time they’ll be able to get away with their screw-you attitude toward voters.

The Keystone XL will get the green light as soon as the Republicans who were elected in the midterm elections start running things in Congress next year.

Watching the Die-hard Democrats in the Senate vote against the pipeline was creepy. It reminded me of the spiteful thing President Carter did in 1980 when he was blown out of office by my father.

As the 1980 election returns were coming in from Back East, my father was taking a shower and getting ready to go to dinner in L.A.

Polls were still open in the rest of the country, but Jimmy Carter already could see the landslide coming. At 6:01 Pacific time, he called my father to concede.

Giving up so soon — and thereby discouraging many Democrat voters in the western time zones from going to the polls — made the Reagan avalanche even worse.

Republicans took control of the Senate, 53-46, picking up 12 seats.

Carter knew what he was doing. He was an outsider who never worked well with his party’s Washington insiders.

Insisting on conceding so early, despite advice from his advisers and the pleas of party leaders like Tip O’Neill, was Carter’s way of punishing the Democrats who ran Washington.

I think Senate Democrats were acting like Jimmy Carter on Tuesday when they defeated the pipeline vote.

It’s inevitable that the Keystone XL pipeline will be built. Harry Reid and his gang of obstructionists know that.

But they voted against the pipeline anyway, even ignoring the small chance that a pro-Keystone vote might have saved Mary Landrieu’s Senate seat in Louisiana.

Democrats flat didn’t care. The pipeline vote was their final act of spite. It was a last-minute kick in the teeth of Red State voters for electing so many Republicans to Congress in the midterms.

I believe it was President Obama who famously said to Eric Cantor after re-winning the White House in 2012 that “elections have consequences.”

Obviously, you were right, Mr. President.

But seeing Democrat Senators stick it to the American electorate on the pipeline, and watching you desecrate the Constitution to push your immigration agenda, has made me realize something.

When you and the Democrats win an election, America suffers. And when you guys don’t win an election, America suffers just as much.

For the last six years, voters have been playing in a lose-lose game. But for the next two years, things will be different. Because, thank God, elections do matter.

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Although cable news outlets including CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC will air President Obama’s primetime address at 8 p.m. ET Thursday, the major networks will be bucking the President for their normally scheduled programming.

On the east coast, the President has to compete with the fall finale of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, CBS’s The Big Bang Theory, Bones on Fox, and The Biggest Loser on NBC, according to TV Guide.

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None of the so-called “big four” will bump their regular broadcasts for the President Thursday. Also, coverage of the NFL’s Thursday night game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Oakland Raiders begins at 8 p.m. ET on the NFL Network, though kickoff is scheduled for 8:26 p.m. ET.

In the address, President Obama is expected to announce that he will grant amnesty to about five million illegal immigrants, Fox News reported.

The networks are upset at the White House because they released the announcement on Facebook, a senior administration official told Politico:

“In 2006, Bush gave a 17 minute speech that was televised by all three networks that was about deploying 6000 national guard troops to the border. Obama is making a 10 minute speech that will have a vastly greater impact on the issue. And none of the networks are doing it. We can’t believe they were aggrieved that we announced this on Facebook.”

A network insider told Politico’s Mike Allen the reason they are not carrying Thursday’s address is because there was a clear consensus that President Obama’s speech was “overtly political.”

“The White House has tried to make a comparison to a time that all the networks carried President Bush in prime time, also related to immigration [2006]. But that was a bipartisan announcement, and this is an overtly political move by the White House.”

There is one consolation for President Obama, however. Spanish language broadcasters Telemundo and Univision will show his speech live. Univision will delay the start of the 15th annual Latin Grammy’s so its audience can hear the President speak, while Telemundo will have reaction and analysis on its network until at least 9 PM ET.

 

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Robert Byrd, The Longest Serving Member Of Congress, Was Born On This Day 97 Years Ago http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/robert-byrd-the-longest-serving-member-of-congress-was-born-on-this-day-97-years-ago/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/robert-byrd-the-longest-serving-member-of-congress-was-born-on-this-day-97-years-ago/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:48:21 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=191082 "'Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?'"

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The longest serving member of the United States Congress was Senate Majority Leader Robert Byrd, who was born NOVEMBER 20, 1917.

Elected as a Democrat to Congress in 1953, and serving in the Senate from 1959-2010, he never lost an election.

On June 27, 1962, just two days after the Supreme Court stopped school prayer, Senator Robert Byrd addressed Congress:

“Inasmuch as our greatest leaders have shown no doubt about God’s proper place in the American birthright, can we, in our day, dare do less?…

“In no other place in the United States are there so many, and such varied official evidences of deep and abiding faith in God on the part of Government as there are in Washington….

“Every session of the House and the Senate begins with prayer. Each house has its own chaplain…”

Senator Byrd continued:

“The 83rd Congress set aside a small room in the Capitol, just off the rotunda, for the private prayer and meditation of members of Congress. The room is always open when Congress is in session, but it is not open to the public.

“The room’s focal point is a stained glass window showing George Washington kneeling in prayer. Behind him is etched these words from Psalm 16:1: ‘Preserve me, O God, for in Thee do I put my trust.’..”

He went on:

“Inside the rotunda is a picture of the Pilgrims about to embark from Holland on the sister ship of the Mayflower, the Speedwell. The ship’s revered chaplain, Brewster, who later joined the Mayflower, has open on his lap the Bible. Very clear are the words, ‘the New Testament according to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.’

“On the sail is the motto of the Pilgrims, ‘In God We Trust, God With Us.’

“The phrase, ‘In God We Trust,’ appears opposite the President of the Senate, who is the Vice-President of the United States.

“The same phrase, in large words inscribed in the marble, backdrops the Speaker of the House of Representatives…”

Byrd added:

“Above the head of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court are the Ten Commandments, with the great American eagle protecting them. Moses is included among the great lawgivers in Herman A MacNeil’s marble sculpture group on the east front.

“The crier who opens each session closes with the words, ‘God save the United States and this Honorable Court.’

“Engraved on the metal on the top of the Washington Monument are the words: ‘Praise be to God.’

“Lining the walls of the stairwell are such biblical phrases as ‘Search the Scriptures,’ ‘Holiness to the Lord,’ ‘Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.’

“Numerous quotations from Scripture can be found within its [the Library of Congress] walls.

“One reminds each American of his responsibility to his Maker: ‘What doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly and love mercy and walk humbly with thy God’(Micah 6:8).

“Another in the lawmaker’s library preserves the Psalmist’s acknowledgment that all nature reflects the order and beauty of the Creator, ‘The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament showeth His handiwork’ (Psalm 19:1).

“And still another reference: ‘The light shineth in darkness, and the darkness comprehendeth it not’ (John 1:5)…”

Senator Byrd stated further:

“Millions have stood in the Lincoln Memorial and gazed up at the statue of the great Abraham Lincoln.

“The sculptor who chiseled the features of Lincoln in granite all but seems to make Lincoln speak his own words inscribed into the walls.

“‘…That this Nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.’

“At the opposite end, on the north wall, his Second Inaugural Address alludes to ‘God,’ the ‘Bible,’ ‘providence,’ ‘the Almighty,’ and ‘divine attributes.’

“It then continues:

“‘As was said 3000 years ago, so it still must be said, The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.’…

He concluded:

“On the south banks of Washington’s Tidal Basin, Thomas Jefferson still speaks:

“‘God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?

“Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that his justice cannot sleep forever.’

“Jefferson’s words are a forceful and explicit warning that to remove God from this country will destroy it.”

 

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Wow: What Mike Huckabee Is Doing In The Battle Of Good Vs. Evil Is Incredible http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/huckabee-celebrates-victory-of-good-over%e2%80%8b-evil/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/huckabee-celebrates-victory-of-good-over%e2%80%8b-evil/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:35:48 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=191079 "...unless we stand against evil in our own time…"

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Governor Mike Huckabee is in the midst of a 10,000-mile trek across Krakow, London, and California – retracing the steps of Pope John Paul II, Margaret Thatcher, and Ronald Reagan.

I was asked by the sponsor, David Lane of the American Renewal Project, to come along. Over 100 political and faith leaders are accompanying Governor Huckabee on his journey.

Our first stop was emotionally overwhelming… But it’s at this place that Huckabee’s mission became crystal clear.

A Painful Past: The Final Solution

We all congregated in the Nazi death camp, known as Auschwitz, near Krakow. Over one million prisoners died at Auschwitz and Auschwitz-Birkenau (a second camp built nearby) combined. The Nazis attempted to completely liquidate the Jewish race here. They called it the “Final Solution.”

Our guide called this place “the world’s largest cemetery without a grave marker. After gassing the men, women, and children, the Nazis burned their bodies and spread the ash on nearby agricultural land as fertilizer.”

At first, we entered the main gate, above which was written the Nazi slogan: “Work makes you free.” Upon arrival, Governor Huckabee gave a warning, saying that this is a place “where innocent, unarmed people were systematically murdered by the most educated, scientifically advanced, theologically trained, sophisticated, modernized, and knowledgeable Germans.” He called the camp “evil personified.”

Huckabee continued, “The very people who created the death industry and ‘scientifically’ and medically experimented on prisoners… went home every day, ate dinner with their families, played with their children, went to concerts, and lived normal lives – knowing all the while [that] those under their authority were living in horror.”

He said the camp “should be a sobering reminder that unless we stand against evil in our own time… it will happen again.”

The Nazi regime treated the camp as if it was a rendering plant. Nothing was wasted. They shaved the hair off prisoners to make cloth; they stole their shoes, clothes, and other belongings to be sold. They even pulled the gold teeth from their victims.

Only the unthinkable and unimaginable took place in this camp.

Take Solace in This Thought…

This is not to say Governor Huckabee didn’t give us hope. He continued by sharing with the assembled leaders a story about visiting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “The Prime Minister has an amazing photograph on the wall of his office. It is a picture of an Israeli F-16 flying over the main gate of this camp. The Polish government allowed the flyover on the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. It was intended to show all that hope prevailed.”

We can take solace, Huckabee said, that “evil personified lost, and God won.”

According to Lane, the purpose of the trip is “to encourage these leaders to achieve extraordinary feats.” He has even named the trip, “The Journey: A Spiritual Awakening.”

Lane has called for a grassroots movement of 1,000 pastors to run for political office in the upcoming 2016 elections. And he says that “this would revolutionize the political process and dramatically change the political climate in America.”

Huckabee is sounding a similar refrain. Speaking within the shadow of the ruins of the Birkenau gas chamber, Huckabee said that being a tourist and visiting here is not enough…

“It’s not enough, unless it does something to the way we live the rest of our lives. This is not a time to say ‘I’ve been to Auschwitz’… Because when the day comes, when we are called upon to put at risk our lives, our families, our fortunes, we have to decide if we will march like lemmings to our death, or take whatever steps necessary to stop the kind of tyranny that results, ultimately, in what we’ve been able to see firsthand today.”

And the war against evil continues.

 

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

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Leaked Email Reveals Obama’s Sinister Plan That Will Enrage Millions Of Americans http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/leaked-email-offers-shocking-glimpse-into-obamas-amnesty-order-2/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/leaked-email-offers-shocking-glimpse-into-obamas-amnesty-order-2/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 19:30:15 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=190796 ...followed up with a second email asking the recipients to “please ignore” his previous message.

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Amnesty supporters and detractors alike have long expected Barack Obama to announce unilateral action regarding immigration shortly after the Nov. 4 midterm elections. According to a Reuters report Wednesday, that announcement will come Friday during a stop in Las Vegas.

Early reports are based on a Las Vegas Review-Journal report confirming Obama has scheduled a stop in the city this week and a subsequent CNBC claim that he will share details of an executive order during the trip. While there are few confirmed details regarding the contents of his anticipated immigration plan, Reuters cited a source who advised the action will defer deportation of the illegal parents of legal American citizens.

Activist Dawn Le of the Alliance for Citizenship sent an email out to her contacts this week calling for the formation of “watch parties” Thursday evening and Friday in anticipation of a “celebratory” announcement regarding amnesty. BuzzFeed reported that labor union representative Jeff Hauser passed the correspondence along to several news organizations – apparently by accident.

The email, which was obviously sent to rally pro-amnesty activists, arrived in the inboxes of reporters from major outlets, including the New York Times and USA Today, before Hauser followed up with a second email asking the recipients to “please ignore” his previous message.

Obama will also likely allow immigrants currently in the U.S. illegally to remain in this country and could announce new border security measures. Reports suggest the only deportation efforts Obama is interested in pursuing involve illegals convicted of serious crimes.

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Amnesty supporters and detractors alike have long expected Barack Obama to announce unilateral action regarding immigration shortly after the Nov. 4 midterm elections. According to a Reuters report Wednesday, that announcement will come Friday during a stop in Las Vegas.

Early reports are based on a Las Vegas Review-Journal report confirming Obama has scheduled a stop in the city this week and a subsequent CNBC claim that he will share details of an executive order during the trip. While there are few confirmed details regarding the contents of his anticipated immigration plan, Reuters cited a source who advised the action will defer deportation of the illegal parents of legal American citizens.

Activist Dawn Le of the Alliance for Citizenship sent an email out to her contacts this week calling for the formation of “watch parties” Thursday evening and Friday in anticipation of a “celebratory” announcement regarding amnesty. BuzzFeed reported that labor union representative Jeff Hauser passed the correspondence along to several news organizations – apparently by accident.

The email, which was obviously sent to rally pro-amnesty activists, arrived in the inboxes of reporters from major outlets, including the New York Times and USA Today, before Hauser followed up with a second email asking the recipients to “please ignore” his previous message.

Obama will also likely allow immigrants currently in the U.S. illegally to remain in this country and could announce new border security measures. Reports suggest the only deportation efforts Obama is interested in pursuing involve illegals convicted of serious crimes.

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ISIS Is Now In Libya http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/isis-is-now-in-libya/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/isis-is-now-in-libya/#respond Wed, 19 Nov 2014 18:22:00 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=190779 "...They are well on the way to creating an Islamic emirate in eastern Libya."

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ISIS now officially has a stronghold in Libya- the coastal city of Derna.

The Derna branch is composed of 800 fighters who operate six camps outside of town with training facilities in the  Green Mountains.

ISIS controls the courts, all aspects of administration, education, and the local radio. Judges, journalists, and army officers opposing ISIS have been assassinated in the last year.

The black flag of ISIS now flies above the town.

ISIS in Libya calls itself the “Barqa” provincial division, the same name that Muslims used when they first conquered the area.

ISIS’ forces in the area have been bolstered by the return of 300 Libyan jihadists, formerly part of the ISIS al Battar Brigade–deployed first in Syria and later Iraq.

Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, said in an audio recording:

“We give you good news by announcing the expansion of the Islamic State to new lands … the lands of Al Haramayn [Saudi Arabia], Yemen, Egypt, Libya and Algeria.”

According to Noman Benotman, a former Libyan  jihadist now involved in counterrorism, “ISIS pose a serious threat in Libya. They are well on the way to creating an Islamic emirate in eastern Libya.”

Twitter reacted:

 

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Students Delighted With Aircraft That Landed At Their Alaska School http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/students-delighted-with-aircraft-that-landed-at-their-alaska-school/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/students-delighted-with-aircraft-that-landed-at-their-alaska-school/#respond Wed, 19 Nov 2014 18:17:30 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=190828

...was flying the Taylorcraft BC-12, when he lost power...

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A small, single-engine aircraft flying to Soldotna, Alaska, with two people onboard experienced engine failure and landed on a highway Sunday afternoon. The pilot, Robbie Smithwick, was flying the Taylorcraft BC-12, when he lost power and set down on the road near Cook Inlet Academy on K-Beach Road. 

Smithwick was able to repair the “T-craft” by Monday afternoon in the school’s parking lot while police kept onlookers away. The students and staff of Cook Inlet Academy watched Smithwick taxi the plane out of the parking lot to the road to take off. Cars pulled to the side of the road to create a makeshift runway for the small aircraft. Smithwick was able to bring the light, high-wing plane up to speed on K-Beach Road while avoiding power lines. He flew the plane to the nearby airport and landed safely.

 

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Study: 57 Percent Of NHL Free Agents Signed With Teams With Lower Tax Rate http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/study-57-percent-of-nhl-free-agents-signed-with-teams-with-lower-tax-rate-2/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/study-57-percent-of-nhl-free-agents-signed-with-teams-with-lower-tax-rate-2/#respond Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:57:01 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=190801 “Injuries can damage your favorite sports team. So can high taxes in your state or province...”

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A new study conducted by American and Canadian taxpayer advocacy organizations finds that more than half of the players who were unrestricted free agents in the National Hockey League (NHL) in 2014 signed with teams that paid lower taxes.

The study, entitled Home Ice Tax Disadvantage was conducted by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) and the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) and found that, of 123 unrestricted free agents who signed with another team in the NHL, 57 percent chose teams that paid fewer taxes to their state or province.

Two Canadian teams, the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames, paid the lowest true roster tax rate, accounting for federal and local taxes in the 2013-14 season, at 38.1 percent and 38.3 percent respectively. The Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Dallas Stars, Nashville Predators, and Phoenix Coyotes (now identify as the “Arizona Coyotes”) come close behind.

The Montreal Canadiens, one of the league’s most storied franchises having won the most Stanley Cups in the NHL’s history, has the worst true roster tax rate with 53.9 percent, with all three of the California teams, the current Stanley Cup champions Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks, and San Jose Sharks not far behind with 53 percent, 52.9 percent, and 52.3 percent each. The New York Rangers, who play in the heart of Manhattan, do not fare much better at 52.1 percent.

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Photo: ATR/CTF

Some jurisdictions are strapped, especially if they have to pay an additional city tax on top of federal and state/provincial taxes. “Injuries can damage your favorite sports team. So can high taxes in your state or province,” ATR President Grover Norquist said of the findings.

The study notes how some players move. Jason Spezza, who had been with Ottawa Senators for his entire career and was their captain, went to the Dallas Stars in a trade over the summer and will save $394,732 in taxes. And Benoit Pouliot, who went to the Stanley Cup Finals with the Rangers in 2014 and signed with the recently mediocre Edmonton Oilers, would have to pay $575,752 if he stayed on Broadway.

 

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A new study conducted by American and Canadian taxpayer advocacy organizations finds that more than half of the players who were unrestricted free agents in the National Hockey League (NHL) in 2014 signed with teams that paid lower taxes.

The study, entitled Home Ice Tax Disadvantage was conducted by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) and the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) and found that, of 123 unrestricted free agents who signed with another team in the NHL, 57 percent chose teams that paid fewer taxes to their state or province.

Two Canadian teams, the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames, paid the lowest true roster tax rate, accounting for federal and local taxes in the 2013-14 season, at 38.1 percent and 38.3 percent respectively. The Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Dallas Stars, Nashville Predators, and Phoenix Coyotes (now identify as the “Arizona Coyotes”) come close behind.

The Montreal Canadiens, one of the league’s most storied franchises having won the most Stanley Cups in the NHL’s history, has the worst true roster tax rate with 53.9 percent, with all three of the California teams, the current Stanley Cup champions Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks, and San Jose Sharks not far behind with 53 percent, 52.9 percent, and 52.3 percent each. The New York Rangers, who play in the heart of Manhattan, do not fare much better at 52.1 percent.

Photo: ATR/CTF

Photo: ATR/CTF

Some jurisdictions are strapped, especially if they have to pay an additional city tax on top of federal and state/provincial taxes. “Injuries can damage your favorite sports team. So can high taxes in your state or province,” ATR President Grover Norquist said of the findings.

The study notes how some players move. Jason Spezza, who had been with Ottawa Senators for his entire career and was their captain, went to the Dallas Stars in a trade over the summer and will save $394,732 in taxes. And Benoit Pouliot, who went to the Stanley Cup Finals with the Rangers in 2014 and signed with the recently mediocre Edmonton Oilers, would have to pay $575,752 if he stayed on Broadway.

 

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Racists, Red Herrings, And Rhetoric…Oh My! http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/racists-red-herrings-and-rhetoricoh-my/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/racists-red-herrings-and-rhetoricoh-my/#respond Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:39:54 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=190820 Something to think about...

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Are you tired of being slapped with the label “racist” whenever you speak out against unconstitutional policies like affirmative action, amnesty for illegal aliens, or anyone who supports such efforts? Who benefits from rhetorical games in matters of equality and law?

Racist accusations such as these are the worst kind of red herrings. For any non-fishermen, an explanation is in order:  The red herring is probably the smelliest fish that God put on this beautiful earth. For this reason, it is the best tool for training a good hunting dog.  Trainers use a raccoon tail to drag across the ground, leaving its scent for the dog-in-training to follow.  Somewhere along this trail, the pungent odor of a red herring is introduced over the top of the coon scent. Then the trail splits – the red herring going in one direction, the coon going in the other.  Only the best of dogs will follow the coon scent, the original target, because the stink of the red herring is so overpowering.

Progressives seem to have a boatload of these red herrings and wield them endlessly against Constitutional arguments – rudely injecting a smelly distraction to divert people from the main trail. Affirmative action – making racial quotas for college or job entrance requirements – is a racist program, but not in the way the progressives frame it. Affirmative action is an insult to every person of color.  Its very premise assumes that non-whites are inferior and need help to compete with Caucasians.  What possible connection could there be with the amount of melatonin in a person’s body (the hormone that produces skin pigment) to their readiness for college or jobs?

Affirmative action in education stinks. It keeps the most qualified applicants out. Worse, it allows those into college who are not qualified, setting up the most vulnerable for yet another failure.  The majority drop out within their first year, unable to keep up academically. Those who support affirmative action give themselves a ‘high-five” for getting greater numbers of non-whites into these institutions.  Do any of them follow up to see if these academically-challenged students need assistance to succeed once they are there?  The drop-out rates would indicate they do not. Is this compassionate? Is this fair? Is this equality? Who benefits?

Affirmative action in hiring stinks. Those required to hire less qualified applicants are forced to spend precious resources on extra training, or oftentimes leave these positions empty as there are no applicants of the “right” color. Is this fair? Is this equitable? Who benefits?

What about amnesty for illegal aliens?  Same stench from another reeking red herring. People who enter this country illegally are breaking the law. Their ethnicity or skin color is completely irrelevant. If I rob a bank, am I only guilty if my skin is the right/wrong color? What utter nonsense. It is the criminal act that requires the penalty of law enforcement and justice, regardless of my ethnicity.

So, why do we allow progressives to get away with this perverse, smelly game of rhetorical distortion? Why do we allow them to distract us from the real issues? Why has the race card been allowed into the debate of education and politics? Who benefits?

Only those whose political and social agendas outweigh true equality under the law and true compassion.  Politicians who cannot win elections on the merits of their ideas often resort to name-calling, turning attention away from the real issue.  Create the illusion that you are helping hapless victims (unqualified non-white students or job seekers, illegal immigrants, etc.), and a naïve voter bloc emerges that sees these malodorous red herring bearers as their hero.

Time for an air freshener – truth!  America and Americans benefit when law is upheld, when compassion and opportunity join hands to help those who need a temporary hand up–not those who want a permanent hand out.  Martin Luther King, in his famous I Have a Dream speech, said he dreamed of the day when a man would not be judged by the color of his skin, but by the content of his character.

Right on, Brother.  America is about equal opportunity under law – not privilege based on skin color or ethnicity.

Time to push back. Time to stop allowing progressives to sidetrack the real issues with their smelly accusations. I’ve had enough of red herrings and racial rhetoric. How about an intelligent discussion and true reform based on law and equality?

Something to think about.

 

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Steven Crowder smacks down Hollywood’s self-avowed socialist by addressing his asinine arguments so you don’t have to.

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WATCH: Judge Napolitano Drops The Hammer, Saying Obama A ‘Candidate For Impeachment’ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/watch-judge-napolitano-drops-the-hammer-saying-obama-a-candidate-for-impeachment/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/watch-judge-napolitano-drops-the-hammer-saying-obama-a-candidate-for-impeachment/#comments Fri, 07 Nov 2014 19:32:58 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=188177

Republicans in Congress will have "very little recourse"...

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Judge Napolitano

A brand new, post-election poll on Americans’ feelings about illegal immigration shows that the public, by an almost 2-to-1 margin, clearly favors:

-enforcement of current law,
-repatriation of young illegal immigrants to their home countries, and
-limiting the President’s ability to use executive action to legalize immigrants on his own.

In other words, this new survey, like so many before it, finds that Americans by and large disagree with Barack Obama’s immigration policies and his stated intent to move forward with executive action on amnesty.

Before heading to the White House for a scheduled meeting with the president and other Congressional leaders today, Friday, John Boehner issued a stern warning to Obama about proceeding with any executive order on Illegal immigration.

“I’ve made clear to the president that if he acts unilaterally on his own outside of his authority, he will poison the well and there will be no chance for immigration reform moving in this Congress,” Boehner said.

“When you play with matches, you take the risk of burning yourself. And he’s going to burn himself if he continues to go down this path.”

And while no Republican leader on the hill is now mentioning the “i” word — impeachment — Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst, Judge Andrew Napolitano, certainly is.

In no uncertain terms, Judge Napolitano says that if Obama does what he says he will do regarding amnesty, Republicans in Congress will have “very little recourse” for stopping him other than pursuing impeachment.

You can watch the Judge’s explanation of the reason for impeachment by clicking on the video above.

 

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Sergeant Manny E. Vega, after the midterm election Tuesday night, takes the news to President Obama on the steps of the White House. Armed with a megaphone, Vega exercises his First Amendment right and calls out Obama–and does so for about an hour, according to Mad World News.

Vega, a Marine and now a member of the Patriot Militia, has spent nine years in the Marine Corps and has been deployed to Iraq three different times.

Sgt. Vega says Obama should just leave his office and pursue golfing instead of his presidency and repeatedly asks for his resignation. He even goes into a speech about Obama’s birth certificate, which he doesn’t believe to be authentic.

He suggests Obama is an “usurper” and suggests he just leave his job.

“You know Mr. President, the American people have had about enough of you. They have had about enough of all you do against this country and against the Constitution,” Vega said in the megaphone.

“These politicians are our public servants and they will maintain their positions only by serving the American people,” Vega told Mad World News.

Strangely, no Secret Service members came to stop Vega during his demonstration at one o’clock in the morning.

Vega closes out the video by singing a portion of America the Beautiful to the White House walls and the President inside, who is perhaps unaware of the patriot’s demonstration.

H/T Mad World News

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39% Of Democrats Want Obama To Run For A Third Term http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/39-of-democrats-want-obama-to-run-for-a-third-term/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/39-of-democrats-want-obama-to-run-for-a-third-term/#comments Fri, 07 Nov 2014 17:51:30 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=188207 This contrasts with the general population...

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A recent Economist/YouGov poll found that 39% of Democrats wish that the 22nd Amendment, which limits a President to two terms, didn’t exist so that Obama could run for a third term.

The number of African-Americans who think Obama should go on to a third term, though, stands at 64%.

Moreover, when you add in Republicans and Independents and look at the overall percentage of people who think that Obama should run for a third term, the number only stands at 19%.

In the poll, a whopping 95% of Republicans disapproved of the way Obama conducts his job; and 79% of them think that his values are different from most Americans.

Only 37% of people surveyed approve of the way Obama handles foreign policy, with only one in three having confidence in Obama to handle an international crisis.

People with an unfavorable opinion of Barack Obama used the following words to describe him: incompetent, failure, arrrogant, liar, dishonest, inept, ineffective, liberal, and socialist.

People with a favorable opinion of Obama used these words to describe him most often: intelligent, strong, good, honest, great, President, disappointing, and determined.

The assessment of Obama among whites is not positive overall. Only 33% of whites say he shares American values, whereas 52% say he does not.

More than six in ten whites say Obama does not care much- or does not care at all- about their needs and problems.

This contrasts with the general population, where just under half say that he cares at least somewhat about their needs and problems.

What do you think? Why would 39% of Democrats still support Obama for a third term?

 

h/t: Breitbart

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