A Country Run by Idiots

Posted on October 2nd, 2015

Never Underestimate The Sutpidity of IdiotsEDITOR’S COMMENT: No doubt you have seen versions of “you live in a country run by idiots” over the past few years on the Internet and elsewhere. I thought these ‘contradictions’ were very accurate and timely!

By Monty Pelerin

We truly live in a country run by idiots. The contradictions between common sense and government actions are just too many to have happened by accident or chance. But perhaps the leaders are not the idiots. Maybe the people tolerating such leaders and laws are the true idiots.

What follows is a contrast between common folk wisdom and what Washington considers wisdom. These contradictions are inconvenient for government, threatening to reveal their incompetence or hidden agenda. The author of this piece is unknown although it sounds like something that could have come from Jeff Foxworthy who popularized this presentation style.

If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but not for being in the country illegally, you live in a country run by idiots. Read More..

Who Could Doubt the President’s Obvious Faith?

Posted on September 24th, 2015

Obama and religion Muslim by Rick McKee, The Augusta ChronicleEDITOR’S COMMENT: Frankly, I still don’t understand why President Obama gets so upset, when someone or some group hints or suggests that he is a Muslim. Particularly since, he goes out of his way to praise other Muslims at every opportunity, when seldom, if ever, saying anything about Christians.

By Jeffrey T. Brown

The United States is being visited by Pope Francis, who is kind of a big deal in Christian circles. On the eve of that visit, some rube at a Trump rally offered the unforgivable viewpoint that the president is a Muslim. As if on cue, the Christian bona fides of President Obama were suddenly front and center, championed by every atheistic and/or secular media figure capable of reaching a camera or a microphone. This, apparently, is a significant part of their current job description. They serve and protect the president from scrutiny, and to smear and demean anyone who might express unflattering opinions based on their day to day observations. Actually exploring how such a question might arise in the first place, and whether there is any possible basis for suggesting that Barack Hussein Obama is not a Christian, is a fool’s errand.

How do we know President Obama is a Christian? Because he told us so, that’s how, and he never lies. Besides, there’s no way he’d say something to trick millions of people into a false sense of security, including about the faith he allegedly shares with them, while he attacks the fundamental building blocks of America, including Christian law, teachings and values.  Is there? Of course not, don’t be silly.

Why, this is the president who told us that he believes marriage is between one man and one woman. How could anyone doubt his sincerity, especially after so many public declarations of his faith? He promised us just as certainly that he did not support gay marriage. He must have told us two dozen times, very publicly and persuasively, that if you liked your doctor, you could keep your doctor. And that there wouldn’t be any infringement of Christians’ religious principles and practices imposed upon them by the Affordable Care Act. So America, get a grip. He isn’t one of these anti-Christian haters who sics his attack dogs on people of faith, forcing them into court where he intends to have their religious rights vaporized before their very eyes, assuming the case lands in front of an ever-increasing number of secularized, anti-First Amendment liberal judges. He’d never do that because he’s a Christian, too.

In fact, he’s just as Christian as the rest of his party. I recall watching the 2012 Democratic National Convention when they went out of their way to discuss God, and His place in their platform. And the way they talk about evangelicals, and those who still attend church. Such passion! Why, I recall that the Mayor of Houston was so consumed by Christianity that she sought the text of all the sermons being delivered in Houston’s churches for some period, so she could read them in advance. Wow, you can’t find that sort of investment in Christianity anywhere other than the left. Read More..

Democrats Threaten Shutdown for Higher Spending

Posted on September 18th, 2015

Media blames GOP for government shutdown by Gary McCoy, Cagle CartoonsBy Phil Kerpen

Congress has just  returned from vacation with the clock rapidly ticking toward a government shutdown because of a deliberate strategy adopted by Senate Democrats to block all of the bills that fund the government. Their goal? To renege on the Budget Control Act, the historic agreement capping discretionary spending that both parties agreed to and President Obama signed in 2011, and go back to irresponsible, runaway federal spending.

Democrats have been open, even boastful, about their strategy. Harry Reid announced it in June in a splashy story on the liberal website Politico. The Senate’s top Democratic appropriator, Barbara Mikulski, went on the record, saying: “The president will veto bills at this allocation, and Democrats will vote against motions to proceed to these bills on the Senate floor.” The allocation she was referring to was the spending levels both parties and the president agreed to that are now, by law, binding caps. Reid put it more plainly: “We’re headed for another shutdown.”

Got that? Democrats want to shut down the government if they can’t spend more money than they themselves agreed to on the EPA, the IRS, HHS, and all the rest of the vast, wasteful federal bureaucracies. It would be tragic for the country if Democrats succeed because the Budget Control Act caps are working. Read More..

Obamacare’s Blue State Money Laundry

Posted on September 16th, 2015

DID YOU KNOW? red Rubber Stamp over a white background. BasicBy David Catron

Is Andrew Slavitt using failed exchanges to facilitate the creation of Democrat slush funds?

When Maryland’s Attorney General announced last summer that his office had negotiated a settlement whereby $45 million would be recouped from the IT contractor that botched the state’s Obamacare exchange, it was widely reported as good news for taxpayers. It appeared that their investment in the mismanaged project would not be a dead loss. But the AG’s statement included this curious passage: “The agreement… will lead to the recovery of funds for both Maryland and the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services [CMS].” What’s so odd about that? Well, the state didn’t contribute any money to the project.

All of the money used to build the failed exchange, as well as its hastily constructed replacement, came from federal start-up grants. Maryland received more than $179 million in such grants. About $73 million was paid to the original contractor, Noridian Healthcare Solutions, and another $41 million was paid to the firm that cleaned up the mess. Yet, according to the Maryland AG’s office, the state is in negotiations with CMS concerning how the $45 million will be divided. But why would Maryland receive any part of the settlement if all the money used to build and repair the exchange came from Washington?

This very question, as it happens, occurred to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch when he got wind of the Maryland deal. Hatch’s committee has been pressing Obama administration officials for information on their plans to recoup billions in federal tax dollars that have disappeared into the coffers of states that followed Obamacare’s directive to set up insurance exchanges. Only fourteen, all controlled by Democrats, set up these “marketplaces.” And, like Maryland, they used federal grants to do so. Those states, along with the District of Columbia,spent more than $5 billion to launch their exchanges. Read More..

How Obama Transformed America

Posted on August 27th, 2015

Obama yelling, speakingBy Phil Gramm

His progressive legacy won’t last because he passed vague laws and abused his executive power to impose policies that are unpopular.

How did Barack Obama join Franklin Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan to become one of the three most transformative presidents in the past century? He was greatly aided by the financial crisis that erupted during the 2008 campaign. This gave the new president a mandate and a large Democratic congressional majority that fully embraced his progressive agenda.

Having learned from previous progressive failures, President Obama embarked on a strategy of minimizing controversial details that could doom his legislative efforts. But no factor was more decisive than his unshakable determination not to let Congress, the courts, the Constitution or a failed presidency—as America has traditionally defined it—stand in his way.

Americans have always found progressivism appealing in the abstract, but they have revolted when they saw the details. Read More..

Did Congress Lie About Key Facts to Obtain Obamacare Exemption?

Posted on August 11th, 2015

Congress Obamacare Waiver by Rick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle

By Kate Scanlon

Sen. David Vitter, R-La., wants to know why members of Congress and their staff are exempted from Obamacare.

Washington insiders should be forced to live under Obamacare just like the rest of America without a special taxpayer funded subsidy,” says @DavidVitter

Vitter, who launched an investigation this week, said in a statement that “false information may have been filed with the D.C. Health Benefits Exchange to allow Congress to be exempt from [the] Obamacare exchange.”

The chairman of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee cited a court filing obtained by Judicial Watch that admits Congress—with more than 16,000 employees—doesn’t fit the District of Columbia’s definition of a “small employer,” an organization with less than 50.

In order for Congress may remain exempt from Obamacare, Vitter alleges that “House and Senate officials submitted false information, including fake names, birthdays, zip codes, and had signed under the electronic signature claiming they had provided ‘correct answers to all questions.’” Read More..

Obama Administration Urges States to Cut Health Insurers’ Requests for Big Rate Increases

Posted on August 5th, 2015

Obamacare snow job from www.caglecartoons.com # 155614EDITOR’S COMMENT: The Obama administration continues to try and mislead the American public on the high costs of Obamacare, in this case by putting pressure on the states and the insurance companies to ‘artificially’ lower their rates one more time. This disastrous program simply cannot stand on its own because of its built-in high cost structure.

By Robert Pear

Hoping to avoid another political uproar over the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration is trying to persuade states to cut back big rate increases requested by many health insurance companies for 2016.

In calling for aggressive regulation of rates, federal officials are setting up a potential clash with insurers. Some carriers said they paid out more in claims than they collected in premiums last year, so they lost money on policies sold in the new public marketplaces. After finding that new customers were sicker than expected, some health plans have sought increases of 10 percent to 40 percent or more.

Administration officials have political and financial reasons for wanting to hold down premiums. Big rate increases could undermine public support for the health care law, provide ammunition to Republican critics of the measure and increase costs for some consumers and the federal government. Read More..

It’s the Obama Record That O’Malley and Sanders Are Bashing!

Posted on July 2nd, 2015

Better off food stampsBy Silvio Canto, Jr.

Governor O’Malley made it official.  He is in and running for us, as he told the crowd:

Our economic and political system is upside down and backward and it is time to turn it around[.]

Senator Sanders said something similar a few days ago.

Who’s been in the White House for seven years?  Whose stimulus didn’t stimulate?  Whose “shovel ready” jobs weren’t ready after all?  Who promised so much and didn’t deliver? Read More..

Bad Medicine: Obamacare “Doctors Should Warn of Global Warming Could Make Patients’ Health Worse”

Posted on June 30th, 2015

Obama in doctors outfitBy Max Slavo

If having your doctor quiz you about owning a gun isn’t enough to raise your blood pressure, then this new Obamacare policy surely will.

Obama’s White House is once again politicizing health care, even as the net/noose tightens, now asking medical professionals to advise patients on the effects that global warming/climate change will supposedly have on their health.

The Daily Caller reported:

Americans trust their doctors, so the White House wants these medical professionals to be a mouthpiece for President Obama’s global warming agenda. Read More..

Supreme Court Upholds Subsidies for Obamacare State Exchanges

Posted on June 26th, 2015

Obamacare safeEDITOR’S COMMENT: Even though I truly believe that this SCOTUS decision was wrong, this will not in all likelihood change the outlook for Obamacare, as premiums are continuing to soar, as are the ever-increasing huge deductibles. A number of the exchanges, as well as almost all of the specially-established ‘cooperatives’ are crashing or about to go out of business. And, doctors are starting to resist taking on certain new patients, especially those newly signed up under Obamacare for Medicaid. And, finally, the polls continue to show that the majority of Americans do not approve of Obamacare. Given all these facts, it would seem that Obamacare should either collapse of its own weight, or would appear to be particularly ripe for conservatives to propose some meaningful alternatives, if they can ever fight for the real principles, for which they were elected to support.

By Rick Moran

The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that tax subsidies for Obamacare insurance policies are legal.  Joining the liberals in the majority were Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Kennedy.  Roberts wrote for the majority.

Associated Press:

Chief Justice John Roberts again voted with his liberal colleagues in support of the law. Roberts also was the key vote to uphold the law in 2012. Justice Anthony Kennedy, a dissenter in 2012, was part of the majority on Thursday. Read More..

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