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OBAMA REALITY CHECK … Is Obama A Tin-Horn Dictator?

Do you remember these Obama campaign promises:

“My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government” — Barack Obama, January 28, 2009

Promising “a new era of openness in our country,” President Obama [said]: “Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency” — CNN, January 21, 2009

“A democracy requires accountability, and accountability requires transparency. As Justice Louis Brandeis wrote, ‘sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.’ In our democracy, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which encourages accountability through transparency, is the most prominent expression of a profound national commitment to ensuring an open Government. At the heart of that commitment is the idea that accountability is in the interest of the Government and the citizenry alike. . . .

All agencies should adopt a presumption in favor of disclosure, in order to renew their commitment to the principles embodied in FOIA, and to usher in a new era of open Government” — Barack Obama, January 21, 2009

How does Obama square his “new era of open government” with left-wing liberal’s  refusal to investigate Acorn’s rampant corruption, intimidation techniques and voter fraud ? 

Why would the Congress use the cover of Michael Jackson’s spectacle of a funeral to slip through Cap & Trade is “open government” is now they name of the game? 

Why is Obama so very anxious to pass a healthcare bill he hasn’t even read? 

 Obama was asked in a press conference about Section 102 of the Health Care Reform Bill and he could not answer  … stating he was unfamiliar with that section.   That is simply amazing to me since Obama has promised us that if we have andwant to keep our private insurance  we can … and Section 102 deals precisely with that issue.   

While Section 102 does not “outlaw” private health insurance as some have claimed, it does regulate it out of existance:

Secton 102.a does allow individual plans to be grandfathered in so long as they do not ever change their benefits, cost shares, terms & conditions (except as required by law), or enroll any new people except dependants after the date this plan goes into effect. But how realistic is that? How long can the plan remain competitve without enrolling new members or changing something? This means that they can’t reduce the cost shares the enrollee has to pay without it being “required by law” or they lose their grandfathered status, right? They can’t increase their benefits without it being “required by law” to better serve their enrollees without losing their grandfathered status. Yes, this will prevent them from reducing benefits and cost shares, but it also prevents the reverse.

Section 102.c states that any individual plan that is not grandfathered (meaning static and not allowed to change to reflect new technologies and procedures that are not “required by law”) “may only be offered as an Exchange-participating health benefits plan.”

And what about all these Czars?  How do they fit into Obama’s  “open and transparent government?”  By most counts, Obama currently has nearly three dozen czars in his administration, managing everything from closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility to ending the genocide in Darfur.  It is interesting to me that both Republicans and Democrats seem to have a problem with this Czarist system:

“The accumulation of power by White House staff can threaten the Constitutional system of checks and balances,” Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W. Va., wrote in a letter to Obama.

Rep. Jack Kington, R-Ga., promised legislation to address what he’s call a “parallel government” that he says diminishes the Senate advice and consent role.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, expressed concern that the president may be breaking his promise of transparency stating that by “creating these czars that are insulated from accountability, whose work is not transparent, he’s moving in exactly the opposite direction.”

How about this little tidbit?  According to the watchdog organization overseeing the federal government’s financial bailout program, the full tab for bailouts and stimulus since 2007 amounts to a whopping $23.7 trillion dollars.  Thats about $80,000 for every American citizen.

According to the Associated Press, that $23.7 trillion figure is comprised of  “about 50 initiatives and programs set up by both the Bush and Obama administrations as well as by the Federal Reserve.”

In testimony delivered to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Neil Barofsky, the inspector general for the TARP, will tell Congress that “the Treasury Department has repeatedly failed to adopt recommendations aimed at making the TARP program more accountable and transparent.”  According to Barofsky, taxpayers are in the dark as to who has received the money and what they are doing with it.

Oh yeah … I remember now … they are buying pork!   It seems that the Department of Agriculture has awarded a contract worth $1,191,200 for 2 lbs of “Frozen Ham, Sliced”.

So … I wonder  … where is all this “sunshine” and transparent government you promised your voters Mr. Obama?  Or … was it all exactly what I believed it to be …  a big, fat charismatic lie?

Hey… does it bother anyone else that Obama now controls OnStar?

Oh wait …. I know …   it is all Bush’s fault we now have a left-wing shadow government and at its head … a tin-horn dictator.

How’s HOPE and CHANGE working out for you?

Part 1, The Truth About Cap and Tax (Oops … my bad!  I mean trade)! 

Why would Obama and his liberal dream team work so hard to rush through such a horrible, economically disasterous, travesty of a bill.  It makes absolutely no sense at all … unless … just maybe … Rush Limbaugh is correct; and Obama simply hates America and simply wants to drive this country into bankruptcy to destroy it.  

In my opinion, any Representative or Senator who votes for this bill is not a true American and does not have this country’s best interests at heart.  In fact, in my opinion, they are actually “domestic enemies” of this country and should be treated as such!

It is time for conservative Americans step up and be heard.  We need to stop this legislative catastophe called the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill before the Senate can foolishly approve it.   Too many Americans sat, stupified, watching the mind-numbing mass media coverage of the deification of Michael Jackson … while the House of Representatives used this Hollywood lovefest as cover to pass this bill while nobody was looking.  Americans should have taken that time to understand how bad this bill really is … and not to worship a troubled, drug addicted man with a serious identity crisis who slept with young boys … but was not a pediphile.

By the way, what happened to Obama’s campaign pledge of open and transparent government process …. Oh well!

This bill is being sold to us  as a means to slow man-caused carbon emissions  … and thus help prevent global warming.  However, even if we were to accept  as fact the absurd assertions of  hysterical, tree-hugging, leftists  that man is causing the global warming that will destroy the planet … Cap & Trade could (and would) not prevent this disaster.

According to reknowned climate scientist Chip Knappenberger, this bill would only reduce Earth’s temperature by 0.1 to 0.2 degree Celsius by 2100.   This calculation is backed up by  Heritage Foundation’s Ben Lieberman, who states that he can find no legimate counter to the assertion that the impact of this bill on the global temperature  would be inconsequential.

On the other hand, it is pretty clear that this Cap & Tax bill will have a major negative impact on the economy … one that which would not be inconsequential. 

Some experts estimate that  this bill will cause  job losses averaging about 1.15 million between 2012 and 2030, and the cumulative projected loss in gross domestic product would be almost $10 trillion by 2035.  This means that the national debt burden would increase by 26 percent, or $115,000,  by 2035 for a typical American family of four. 

Even liberal economists (at least those who have some personal integrity) such as with the  Brookings Institution, estimate that this farce  known as Cap & Tax would cost as much as 1.8 percent of the GDP in 2035 and 2.5 percent by 2050.

The fact is that economists from liberal think tanks, conservative think tanks, and industry associations all agree that Waxman-Markey cap & trade bill will reduce income by hundreds of billions of dollars per year.

So, I ask again … why the big rush to pass it?  Why is Obama and his henchmen (and henchwomen) pressing so hard to get it passed so quickly?  What does Obama gain?

If these facts are not enough to make you question why the American people aren’t screaming …. and threatening to un-elect,  impeach, or lynch anyone involved with passing this travesty of a bill,  here are a few other little tidbits about this Cap & Tax fiasco you should understand:

  1. This bill contains a hidden provision establishing unemployment benefits for up to three full years for workers displaced as a result of Cap & Tax, as well as health insurance premium subsidies and $1,500 each for job search and relocation expenses …  all at taxpayers’ expense.
  2. The American Issues Project has uncovered a section (Section 204) of this bill that gives the federal government unprecedented authority over your home.  This section mandates that new homes be 30 percent more energy-efficient than the current building code on the very day the law is signed and  this requirement will increase to 50 percent by 2014 … and continues to increase until 2030.
  3. The bill would also affect existing properties you currently own. It requires states to label residential and nonresidential buildings based on their efficiency ratings and to publicize this information. This will allow states to inspect a building for a myriad of reasons including: you want to renovate your house in a way that requires a building permit, you want to sell your house, or you even want to just change the name of the person responsible for paying its utilities.
  4. Our liberal government officials, with their boundless generosity with other people’s money, have also set aside a fund to help homeowners retrofit their properties. 
  5. This bill is so obscene that even with the strong Democratic majority in the House, it couldn’t have passed it without bribing some reluctant representatives.  In fact, to buy Ohio Rep. Marcy Kaptur’s vote, Obama and hs dream team offered her a new federal power authority, which, according to The Washington Times, is loaded with up to $3.5 billion in taxpayer’s money available for lending to renewable energy and economic development projects in Ohio and other Midwestern states.    Hmmmmm!  Imagine that ……
  6. The truth is that, in addition to all the economic destruction the bill would wreak, this bill is not about global warming at all. It simply creates a new revenue stream for Obama’s shadow government.  It is really about the Obamian wealth redistribution plan.  Obama’s own budget promises to raise $650 billion in revenues by selling carbon permits (simply a form of indirect taxation).  However, only $150 billion of this $650 billion will go to alternative energy production. The rest will be redistributed to people who “don’t pay income taxes.”

Enough is enough!  Are we, as Americans, going to sit by and let this great country abandon its principles of personal freedom, equal opportunity, individual achievement, and real economic prosperity … and go quietly into the dark … sowing the seeds of our own destruction.

It is time for true Patriotic Americans to make a stand!

Random Liberal Absurdities

Blue Star Outrage

We have now, no doubt, all heard Canton, Ohio military mother who had been ordered by her condominium board to take down a blue star flag honoring her son’s wartime service.  

The flag with a blue star on a white background is a symbol for families with members serving during a time of war. Marlene Gano of Perry Township near Canton vowed her flag would remain in place until the Iraq war was over and her son,  Master Sgt. Richard Gano Jr., was home.

During the dispute with Marlene Gano and her 76-year-old husband, Richard, the condominium management company found itself flooded with dozens of calls and e-mails since the weekend, some asking if they were communists, or run by Al Qaeda, and some even included death threats.

The condo association on Channonbrook Street SW did reverse its course on Monday, and its management company, REM Commercial Association Management, said Marlene Gano could display the flag 

Despite the reversal, the Ganos said Monday that they still plan to move.

“They may say they’re going to back down,“ said Richard Gano, an Army veteran. “But sometime in the future, it may come back up again.”  It seems they did not like the Gano’s Cresh or Christmas candles in the window either.


“Always tell the truth. That way, you don’t have to remember what you said.”

~Mark Twain

In 2007, Real Clear Politics published an artice in which Porter Goss places Madame Pelosi right along with the top members of the intelligence committees at a “virtual tour” of CIA interrogation facilities in 2002:

Their article described some of the background to last week’s congressional uproar over the CIA’s destruction of so-called “terror tapes” that had been made during harsh interrogations of captured al-Qaeda terrorists.

It turned out that back in September 2002, four top members of the intelligence committees — including Rep. Nancy Pelosi, who is now House speaker — had been given a “virtual tour” of CIA interrogation facilities overseas.

They heard descriptions of some of the harsh techniques that would be used, including the now-infamous practice known as waterboarding.

“Among those being briefed, there was a pretty full understanding of what the CIA was doing. And the reaction in the room was not just approval, but encouragement,” former Rep. Porter Goss told the Post reporters.

He attended the 2002 briefing, along with Pelosi, as chairman of the House intelligence committee. He later served from 2004 to 2006 as CIA director.

This should come as no surprise!  

Either Nancy Pelosi, as the ranking Democrat on the intelligence committees, knew of and condoned the use of expanded interrogation techniques such as waterboarding … which makes her a liar!

Or …

Nancy Pelosi, as the ranking Democrat on the intelligence committees, attended these briefings and left clueless … which makes her incompetent.  

You choose!

As a passing thought … it does seem that clueless and incompetent are the two hallmark characteristics President Obama’s uses in selecting his choices for his administrative appointments …  lets see:

Joseph Biden … doesn’t know when to shut up!

Janet Napolitano … can’t keep her secret in-house memos detailing her radical left-wing reportings on the imminent danger posed by freedom-loving, pro-life, law-abiding American veterans an in-house secret!

Eric Holder … using his Attorney General’s Office to pursue political vendettas against anyone and anything that is a viable tool in the war on terror … excuse me, I mean  … overseas contingency operations! 

Check this link out!

And Lastly … we have all seen what Obama’s economic dream team has accomplished:

President Barack Obama, calling current deficit spending “unsustainable,” warned of skyrocketing interest rates for consumers if the U.S. continues to finance government by borrowing from other countries.

“We can’t keep on just borrowing from China,” Obama said at a town-hall meeting in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, outside Albuquerque. “We have to pay interest on that debt, and that means we are mortgaging our children’s future with more and more debt.”

Mr. President … You promised us tax cuts … but it really sounds to me like you are setting us up for massive tax increases!   This would be especially aggrevious and insulting in light of the irresponcibly less than serious nature of your proposed tax cuts!

But hey … America … you got what you voted for!

Obama On, “Putting Children First”

Obama’s Education Secretary, Arne Duncan, stated at a discussion on education in Cedar Falls, Iowa that “today… if children don’t have the skills to graduate, we condemn them to social failure and poverty.”   

And … in fact, Obama’s administation has already committed S100 billion to inprove our  American education system.  I wonder who is going to actually get that money … the NEA?

Probably so, because “good old Arne” decided, a few weeks back,  not to admit any new students to the D.C. voucher program; a program which has initially shown itself to be succcessful in allowing low-income children to get a better education by attending private schools … instead of the failed, violent, drug-dealer infested, gang ridden Washington, D.C. public school system.

The  decision … made just a week after 200 families had been told that their children were being awarded scholarships for the coming fall …  was made despite a new study showing some promising initial results for students in the program and before the Senate has had a chance to hold promised hearings on the issue.  

Yet again, it seems that even with all the talk during Obama’s campaign about putting children first; it’s clear that the special interest groups that have long opposed vouchers (for example, the NEA), are getting their way.

Even when I try to find something good to say about Barack Obama and his administration, he invariably pulls the rug out from under that attempt.  

Obama is quickly proving to me that he is truly nothing more than another politically correct, coldly calculating, successful career politician who has simply risen to power on his charisma … a secular humanist bent on creating a new America based on big government, wealth redistribution, and the suppression of individual rights. 

Naturally, this would have to include the right to send your children to a school of your choice … where they might get a good education … and not be preyed on by drug dealers and gang bangers.  

I sometimes wonder why there is not more outrage within the  Black and Hispanic communities at Barack Obama  for his betrayal of these two ethnic groups who voted overwhelmingly for him.  I would think that this is an issue that would be  of real importance to both those communities, as well as the American community as a whole.  Maybe they are still under the influence of the Obama Cool Aid … and still chanting …..

The simple truth is that this Hope and Change president has destroyed the chances of a good education for minority children in high risk areas like Washington, D.C.   Barack Obama’s administration has ended the Hope for Washington, D.C. area children who were able to attend private schools, some of which were on the verge of graduating.  The Change is that they will now be back in the failed public school system.

Some of these fortunate children who had recieved vouchers were even able to attend the Sidwell Friends School, a D.C. area private school where Obama sends his own children.  From his campaign speeches, one might have thought Obama would break the elitist mold … step up … and maybe even lead by example by enrolling his children into the same public schools he is now condemning these children to … since  those vouchers, which  allowed some families to make up the difference and send their children to this $29000 per year private school, are now history.

When Obama signed that Omnibus Spending Bill several weeks back, he put into effect legislation that had been included by several congressional democrats that will effectively end the school voucher program, and send almost 2000 mainly Black and Hispanic school children back to the failed, violent, and poorly-performing D.C. public schools.  He has, in effect, ended one of the  rare federal programs which has actually achieved some success.

It would be interesting to hear Obama’s reasoning for this action.  Obama could have vetoed this pork-laden Omnibus Spending Bill for several reasons.   He could simply have told Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid that he would not allow a program that was achieving measurable success in providing quality education to “at risk” American children to be cancelled.

But … and I guess not suprisingly … Obama went right along with Nancy Pelosi’s radical left-wing anti-American political agenda and signed a bill that took the real  Hope  out of the future of these children.  Why you might ask  … I will tell you why … simply because the powerful teachers unions oppose it and the Republicans had originally initiated it.

The real injustics of this action by Obama and the liberal democratic elitists in congress is that while they seem perfectly willing to send these “at risk” children back to the violent, drug-ridden hell that is the  D.C.  public schools, you can bet your bottom dollar they would never consider sending their own children to those same schools.  They are clearly stating that these schools are good enough for your children … but not for theirs!  I ask you … what happened to “change we need?”

The simple fact is, we stilll have business as usual in Washington.

President Obama has stated he will make the public schools in this country a place where all children can get a decent education, and that this will end the need for any voucher programs.

I call on Barack Obama to prove he’s serious about improving the public school systems throughout America.  I would really like to see him put his money where his mouth is!  He could begin by enrolling his two daughters in a Washington, D.C. public school, and urging those members of Congress who are for shutting down the voucher program to do the same.  At least then, they would have some real motivation to improve those school systems.