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American History, POWs and President Obama

Friday, November 14th, 2014

The following was sent to me by a good friend. I guess we are not the only stupid ones the MIT economist Gruber was talking about. You know, he was the chap who helped create ObamaCare and filled it with lies in order for us peons to be able to understand the monsterous bill. I guess his boss isn’t too smart either, as the following might suggest:

Regarding the deserter prisoner exchange, Obama recently spoke of three former Presidents. You may recall that a few weeks ago, President Obama spoke of three former Presidents making prisoner swaps at the end of wars that took place on their watch, “much like this swap” he said convincingly.

CNS News carried this quote,
“This is what happens at the end of wars,” President Barack Obama boasted Tuesday when he was asked about swapping American Army Sgt. Deserter for five vicious Taliban terrorists. “That was true for George Washington… That was true for Abraham Lincoln and that was true for FDR. That’s been true of every combat situation, that at some point, you make sure that you try to get your folks back… And that’s the right thing to do.” Really?

That statement blatantly demonstrates that the most powerful man in the World and two term President of the United States lacks even a grade school level of knowledge of American History; specifically, history as it relates to three of our most famous presidents and it demonstrates again that we have essentially elected a foreigner who has no understanding of the very country that he reigns supreme over. Then again, he was educated at an Ivy league school so you can’t expect too much.

What’s wrong with his statements? Let’s keep it simple —
EVERYTHING IS WRONG!!

George Washington did not become president until six years after the Revolutionary War ended in 1783. By 1789 there were no longer any prisoners for him to exchange.

Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in mid April of 1865. The Civil War ended the following month. He was still dead at that time. No deals were made to exchange prisoners after the war. All prisoners were simply freed.

FDR died of a stroke before the end of WWII. Like Lincoln , he stayed dead after the war so he couldn’t do what this jerk says he did. You’ll recall that Harry S. Truman made the decision to drop two nuclear bombs on Japan , ending World War II. He made no deals for prisoners. We went in and released them when necessary.

None of the Presidents that Obama noted were in office at the ends of those wars, making it impossible for them to make any sort of prisoner swaps, let alone the 5 for 1, plus unspecified cash, for a deserter and traitor by our “57 States” president.

It should be pointed out that countless deserters and traitors were shot or hung during all three of the aforementioned wars.

What amazes one even more than the ignorance of the President is that he has managed to surround himself with a staff that is just as clueless. Including the American Media!!!

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OBAMA GOES LARGE ON IMMIGRATION

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

As predicted, Obama is going ahead with an amnesty executive order, which will bring on a deadful constitutional crisis. The following is a FOX News report today:

Pressured by Democratic lawmakers and activists concerned over an erosion in support from Hispanic voters, the breath of the President Obama’s unilateral move to shore up this critical Democratic bloc is coming into focus, and he’s going large. No longer encumbered by the pleas of vulnerable Democratic candidates, who took a drubbing last week, and un-phased by the warnings from Republican leaders in Congress not to poison the well, Fox News has learned Obama could unload a massive plan for overhauling U.S. immigration policy via executive action as early as next week. The 10-part plan is packed with enough toxins to heavily pollute the water at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue. “The most controversial [of the plan’s initiatives] pertain to the millions who could get a deportation reprieve under what is known as ‘deferred action.’  The plan calls for expanding deferred action for illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children — but also for the parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents. The latter could allow upwards of 4.5 million illegal immigrant adults with U.S.-born children to stay, according to estimates… Another portion that is sure to cause consternation among anti-“amnesty” lawmakers is a plan to expand deferred action for young people…estimated to make nearly 300,000 illegal immigrants eligible.”

[“Congress can stop it and must stop it in my opinion. It’s really a threat to the Constitutional order.” –Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.

Asked about the report, the White House said the president is still taking recommendations from the Department of Homeland Security and hasn’t made up his mind on specific measures to be taken. Republicans have reiterated the explosiveness of Obama’s use of executive action on immigration, though there’s concern in the GOP that some legislative tactics being pushed by conservatives could backfire. WSJ: “A bloc of Republican lawmakers is seeking to use must-pass spending legislation in the final weeks of the year to place limits on President Barack Obama’s ability to loosen immigration rules, threatening to split the party in Congress.” Regardless of when and how Republican choose do battle, if the president follows through on his plan, a bitter fight is certain.

A Suicidal Presidency?

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

The following is a superb essay by Former House Speaker, Newt Gingrich. If Obama were not so twisted, he would take Gingrich’s advice. Unfortunately, we know he won’t.

A Suicidal Presidency?
Originally published at CNN.com.(11/13/14)

President Obama seems determined to launch a two-front war with the new Republican Congress. The bigger news has been about his threatened executive order on immigration. The White House, however, has also indicated a determination to greet the new Senate majority leader from coal country with a series of very expensive environmental regulations necessitated by the climate agreement he announced with China.

Before he takes these steps, President Obama should take a few days off and read a couple of books about President Woodrow Wilson’s last two years in office.
There are a lot of parallels between the two presidents. Both were college professors. Both liked to hide on a golf course (Wilson holds the record having played more than 1,000 rounds as President). Both were powerful orators. Both had deeply held convictions. Both disliked the Congress.
The collapse of the Wilson presidency after the 1918 midterm defeat is a cautionary tale for President Obama. Republicans gained 25 seats in the House and five seats in the Senate, enabling them to control the Senate by a narrow 49-47 margin.

Wilson did not seem to realize how powerful that Senate control was, even if by a close margin. He also did not realize how deeply senators feel about their prerogatives and constitutional authority.
Wilson’s reaction to the new Republican Senate was to defy it. He went off to the peace conference of Versailles which ended World War I with no Republican senators in the delegation. He wrote the League of Nations treaty (the forerunner to the United Nations) refusing to compromise with Republicans in the Senate.
When the Republicans insisted on adding some limitations to the treaty, Wilson fought them. He went to the country and launched a nationwide speaking tour. The tension and exhaustion led him to collapse with a stroke on October 2, 1919. The incapacitated president was protected by his wife, who in effect ran the administration until he left office.

The American people repudiated Wilson by an enormous margin in the 1920 elections. Republican Warren Harding won 404 electoral votes and more than 60% of the vote. In the House, Republicans gained 62 seats for a 302-131 majority. In the Senate, Republicans gained 10 seats for a 59-37 majority.
President Wilson had presided over the destruction of the Democratic Party — and it did not become competitive again until the Great Depression a decade later.
President Obama seems determined to reject the American people. He set the terms for this election on October 2 at Northwestern University when he declared that his “policies were on the ballot.” The American people took him at his word and defeated Democrats at every level.

When the President’s party loses the Senate, additional seats in the House, a number of governorships, and almost 300 state legislators, the American people have spoken.

Republicans today have more state legislators than any time in the party’s history. Republicans also control more state legislative bodies than any time in their history. Republicans have very likely tied and may surpass their post World War II high-point in membership in the U.S. House, making Speaker Boehner the most successful Republican Speaker in electoral terms since Longworth in the 1920s.
If the president’s opponent reaches those kind of high-water marks after a 160-year history, something big is happening.

Pollster Kellyanne Conway reports that 74% of last week’s voters wanted President Obama to work with Congress rather than unilaterally issue an executive order on immigration. Gallup reports that 53% of the American people want the new GOP Congress to set priorities while only 36% favor President Obama setting the priorities. This is a striking decline for the President from 2012 (Obama is down 10 percentage points and Republicans are up 11 points in two years).

If President Obama defies the will of the American people, he will destroy the Democrats’ chances in 2016. Democrats in 2014 had to hide from Obama. By 2016, at this rate, they will have to repudiate him. That would all but guarantee their party’s defeat, with a party descending into internal strife and the pro-Obama hard-liners fighting with anti-Obama Democrats who just want to survive. Hillary Clinton would find it a nearly impossible environment for a campaign.

There are more immediate consequences to an Obama war on Congress. The Congress will fight back, and the Congress has more tools to fight with than the President does (the spending power, committee hearings and oversight power, and taking votes, to name a few).

Congressional tools are so extensive and so misunderstood that they deserve their own column.

It will be interesting to see how the White House reacts to the new Congress. Outgoing majority leader Harry Reid has protected the President from a lot of difficult choices by controlling the Senate so tightly.
As a result, President Obama and his team may not even fully understand the disaster they could be creating by declaring war on Congress. Reading of Wilson’s catastrophic experience might temper the Obama White House. If not, the new Republican Congress will defeat it.

Obama Ignores the Will of the People

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

On November 4, the people spoke (even though Obama downgraded their importance as only one third of the voting public. He heard the silent voices of the two thirds of the people that didn’t vote and they were for him, of course).  In this monumental election, the Republicans picked up eight Senate seats giving them 53 to 45 for the Democrats and two independents who caucuses with the Democrats. There will be a runoff in Louisiana on December 6, and that  might go Republican as well  giving  Republicans a total of 54 Senate seats.

Perhaps even more astonishing–––  the Republicans picked up three governorships in Illinois, Maryland and Massachusetts, all deeply “blue states,” and there are now 31 Republican governors to 19 Democrat governors and 66/99 state legislatures are in Republican hands.

One might have thought that Obama would reach out to the Republicans. No, no. He dramatically indicated that he will push for more executive orders in essence coming legislative “dictator” of the United States, ignoring Congress and of course, the Constitution which he despises.

The following is a snippet from Fox news:
Just a few days before Americans get the pleasure of wading through the upgraded though still not completely debugged Healthcare.gov Website, another bombshell that paints a picture of public deception in pushing through the president’s unpopular health law has been dropped by ObamaCare’s chief architect. Forbes: “You’ve got to hand it to MIT economist Jonathan Gruber. The guy dubbed the ‘Obamacare architect’ is a viral YouTube sensation. A few months back, he was caught on tape admitting that Obamacare doesn’t provide subsidies for federally-run insurance exchanges; it’s now the topic of a new case before the Supreme Court. [Monday] a new video surfaced in which Gruber said that ‘the stupidity of the American voter’ made it important for him and Democrats to hide Obamacare’s true costs from the public. ‘That was really, really critical for the thing to pass,’ said Gruber. ‘But I’d rather have this law than not.’ In other words, the ends—imposing Obamacare upon the public—justified the means. The new Gruber comments come from a panel discussion that he joined on October 17, 2013 at the University of Pennsylvania’s Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. He was joined on the panel by Penn health economist Mark Pauly. Patrick Howley of the Daily Caller was the first to flag Gruber’s remarks.
The Daily Caller reports the University of Pennsylvania has scrubbed the video of the Oct. 2013 event where Johnathan Gruber made his comments.]
Okay, I now understand. One must lie in order to pass a horrible piece of legislation that the people didn’t want and still don’t. I guess lying is now the new “transparency.”

Well, maybe there is help coming:
Rubio and Ryan teeing up ObamaCare alternative – Tampa Bay Times: “Sen. Marco Rubio [R-Fla.] and Rep. Paul Ryan [R-Wis.] are preparing to release a health care alternative to Obamacare, a proposal that could get more traction under a Republican-controlled Congress but set up a confrontation with President Barack Obama… Rubio’s office indicated Monday that things were still coming together. (He’s broadly talked about other ideas.)”

THE GOP IS WORKING ON  MULTI-FRONTS TO BLUNT OBAMA IMMIGRATION MOVE: Although Republicans are not in the majority yet, they are sending clear signals they are ready for a showdown with President Obama over executive action he’s said he’ll take on immigration. With the president recently doubling down on his threat to go-it-alone despite warnings from Republicans, GOP lawmakers are leveraging on fronts ranging from Congress’ power of the purse to consideration of Obama’s nominee for attorney general to head off Obama.

Unfund’em – National Review: “Conservative members in both chambers want to pass a continuing resolution to fund the whole government with language that expressly prohibits using federal funds to enable any executive action on immigration policy, blocking funding, for instance, of work-authorization documents for illegal immigrants. Congressmen will work this week on crafting a strategy to pass such a bill, and one working plan would have House Republicans include such language in a continuing resolution that’s needed to keep the government funded past mid-December… But getting to a bill, period, let alone a bipartisan one, won’t necessarily be easy. Republican leadership in the House may so fear a government shutdown that such legislation never reaches a vote.…Conservative sources say they think an amnesty-blocking CR could get support from Democratic senators Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, plus independent Senator Angus King of Maine. And if the bill is brought up before the new Congress is seated, sources say that Democratic senators Mark Begich  [of Alaska] and Mary Landrieu [of Louisiana] might add their support, too.”

The U.S Chamber of Congess is riled up by a new Obama ploy to take over the internet. The Chamber quotes the Wall Street Journal as follows:

Obama vs. the Internet.
The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal editorial board writes, “So much for the will of the voters. Before last Tuesday’s elections, President Obama said that while he wasn’t on the ballot, his policies were. Now that the American people have rebuked those policies, Mr. Obama is attempting another federal power grab over an innovative U.S. industry. On Monday he urged the Federal Communications Commission to apply to the Internet century-old telephone regulations designed for public utilities. In a video posted on Youtube, Mr. Obama endorsed the regulation of Internet access providers under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. When the FCC floated this idea in May, we called it “ObamaCare for the Web,” but that was too kind. The Obama Internet plan would treat cable, telephone and wireless broadband networks as common carriers subject to federal price controls and myriad other regulatory restrictions.”

Well enough of this awful news for now. However, I fear we are heading for a terrible Constitutional crisis. Stay tuned.


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