By Michael Goodwin
Today’s quiz: What do Vladimir Putin’s aggression and ObamaCare’s troubles have in common? OK, that was too easy.
It is impossible to dismiss as mere coincidence the Russian Bear’s invasion of Ukraine and the continuing mayhem of the Affordable Care Act. In their own ways, each reflects the full flowering of the policies of Barack Obama.
His chickens are coming home to roost, and what a mess they are making.
Obama’s sixth year in the White House is shaping up as his worst, and that’s saying something. He’s been in the Oval Office so long that it is obscene to blame his problems on George W. Bush, the weather or racism. Obama owns the world he made, or more accurately, the world he tried to remake. Read more at nypost.com.
Always candid congressman Trey Gowdy (R SC) discusses National Security Advisor Susan Rice’s comments on Meet the Press, where she said she has no regrets for using misleading talking points about the Benghazi attack.
About David Gregory’s softball (or should I say beach ball) interview with Rice on Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” he said, “I get tougher questions in the Bojangles drive-thru than he asked her.”
Department of Veterans Affairs employees destroyed veterans’ medical records to cancel backlogged exam requests [AUDIO]
Employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) destroyed veterans’ medical files in a systematic attempt to eliminate backlogged veteran medical exam requests, a former VA employee told The Daily Caller.
Audio of an internal VA meeting obtained by TheDC confirms that VA officials in Los Angeles intentionally canceled backlogged patient exam requests.
“The committee was called System Redesign and the purpose of the meeting was to figure out ways to correct the department’s efficiency. And one of the issues at the time was the backlog,” Oliver Mitchell, a Marine veteran and former patient services assistant in the VA Greater Los Angeles Medical Center, told TheDC.
“We just didn’t have the resources to conduct all of those exams. Basically we would get about 3,000 requests a month for [medical] exams, but in a 30-day period we only had the resources to do about 800. That rolls over to the next month and creates a backlog,” Mitchell said. ”It’s a numbers thing. The waiting list counts against the hospitals efficiency. The longer the veteran waits for an exam that counts against the hospital as far as productivity is concerned.” Read more at: dailycaller.com.
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) challenges the press’ knowledge of the events surrounding the Benghazi Embassy attacks on September 11, 2012. Folks, he’s at his best here:
A federal judge ruled Monday that the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of phone records likely violates the Constitution, in a major setback for the controversial spy agency.
U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon granted a preliminary injunction sought by plaintiffs Larry Klayman and Charles Strange. However, he also stayed his decision “pending appeal,” giving the U.S. government time to fight the decision over the next several months. Continue reading at: foxnews.com.
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The following column by Michelle Malken needs no introduction other than to remind our readers that it was written ten years ago.
Across the nation, public officials will strike somber poses and shed television-friendly tears and bow their blow-dried heads in memory of the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
They’ll hold hands, light candles, and pass around a plateful of platitudes: “Never forget,” they’ll intone. “Let’s roll,” they’ll thunder. “God bless America,” they’ll warble in perfect harmony.
They’ll assure us that they are committed to fighting terror and securing our borders and doing whatever it takes to protect the homeland from another horrific mass murder at the hands of freedom-hating fanatics. And then?
And then, from Washington state to Washington, D.C., they’ll go back to work, roll up their sleeves, and spit on the graves of the 9/11 dead.
Your pious city councilwoman will return to the office to draft a resolution condemning the common-sense detention and deportation of Middle Eastern illegal aliens suspected of terrorism.
Your politically correct police chief will refuse to cooperate with federal authorities in criminal investigations of illegal visa overstayers and border-crossers and ship-jumpers.
Your pandering mayor will stealthily renew his policy of preventing city employees from reporting illegal aliens.
Your indignant local librarian will promote fear-mongering and misinformation about the Patriot Act.
Your regional Chamber of Commerce president will join forces with Canadian and Mexican government representatives to put business interests ahead of border enforcement.
Your tuition-thirsty university president will lobby behind closed doors against federal efforts to track foreign students and ensure that they go home when required. Your vote-hungry governor will encourage document fraud through his support of insecure foreign-issued identification cards and driver’s licenses for “undocumented workers.”
Your race card-fearing congressman will court Arab and Muslim special interest groups and donors who have coddled Islamists on college campuses, in prisons, and in the U.S. military in the name of “diversity.”
Your grandstanding senator will block funding for long-delayed homeland defense measures — such as a national entry-exit system to monitor temporary foreign visitors — even as he whines about the need for more money to ensure our safety.
Your incompetent Transportation Security Administration will stonewall pilots who want training to be armed, squander tens of millions of taxpayer dollars on lucrative contracts for weapons-detection equipment that doesn’t work or get used, and continue to ban racial profiling.
Your indifferent Interior Department will look the other way as underequipped and understaffed park rangers along the southwestern border remain vulnerable to drug smugglers and terrorists.
Your bloated Homeland Security Department will keep Clinton-era holdovers in pivotal positions, reduce routine inspections at seaports in the name of efficiency, and continue to shortchange interior enforcement against deportation fugitives and asylum con artists in favor of duct tape tipsheets and cosmetic color-coded alerts.
Your corrupted State Department will appease Saudi terror-backers, reward butt-covering managers, assuage European travel industry tycoons, and continue to defend lax visa screening policies.
Your Democratic presidential candidates will unanimously endorse the very kind of amnesty policies that allowed several al Qaeda operatives to infiltrate this country and hatch terrorist plots.
And your Republican Party elites will continue to spurn immigration enforcement reformers within their own ranks for fear of alienating ethnic constituencies that will never vote for them anyway.
To those who lost their lives on Sept. 11 because their government failed to enforce its borders, laws, and sovereignty, the politicians and bureaucrats and civic leaders will ostentatiously offer one measly day a year of dedication in rhetoric — and 364 days of desecration in deed.
It’s September 11th. It’s been ONE YEAR since the travesty in Benghazi. We stil don’t have the answers. We need the answers. We will never forget. We will NEVER give up!
MANY THANKS to Candy Parker for chronicling the Tea Party Meeting With Ted Yoho!
Saturday’s Tea Party meeting with our district’s Congressman Ted Yoho was informative, encouraging and motivating. Many thanks to the Gainesville Tea Party, the Gilchrist County Tea Party and the North Central Florida Tea Party for hosting this event. And last, but certainly NOT LEAST, many thanks to Countryside Baptist Church for allowing these patriots to use their church and for the great support given by Countryside’s Pastor Bill Keith.
Congressman Yoho opened with a reminder that he campaigned on the view that people have ‘Had Enough’. He is honored to be in Washington to serve as our vehicle of change.
BIG votes coming next for the House:
The Nutritional portion of the Farm Bill
Continuing Resolution(s) on the debt – aka ‘Band-Aids’.
Charlie Perez of the Gilchrist County Tea Party did a great job of organizing and moderating the questions offered by the crowd of over 200 people present.
**NSA – Rep. Yoho said that the efforts of Rep. Justin Amash came within 7 votes of those needed to “bring down a rule” for consideration of an amendment not favored by Republican leadership. This in itself was a significant victory. Rep. Amash accomplished this even though he was removed from many committees at the start of his second term in the House apparently for no other reason than his determination to stick to
his principles. When Rep. Yoho asked him how he did it, he said “I have a loud voice even in the background”. Rep. Amash’s amendment would have prevented the NSA from storing (for 5 years) the information they are collecting on Americans unless the NSA has probable cause. Rep. Yoho, like so many other Tea Party approved members of the House, believes that our Rights come from Our Creator and not from men. He and 11 other Florida Representatives voted for this amendment.
**IRS – Rep. Yoho feels that this is a very scary situation about which everyone should be very concerned. He said that never before has the IRS been used to target regular Americans. It has been improperly used in the past by political opponents. But the head of the IRS refused to cooperate when President Nixon tried to use it in the same manner.
**FARM BILL – Rep. Yoho described the drama and posturing of both sides and said that these theatrics serve no one. There are NOT 50 million people starving in America (unless it is getting close to breakfast, lunch or dinner…) During the high inflation and high unemployment of the Carter years, Ted Yoho and his wife Carolyn were both between jobs at the same time and used Food Stamps for a month. He believes that Food Stamps should exist as a safety net, but NOT as a life-style. Laurie Newsom, Gainesville Tea Party, later added that charity is the responsibility of individuals, charitable organizations and churches – NOT the government.
**THE FAIR TAX – Rep. Yoho stands for it and promotes it. He believes the House is ready to look at it. The people want it. Interestingly industry hasn’t helped. Corporate America is ready to ‘settle’ for a 25% flat tax. Rep. Yoho recommends we ‘lock in’ a 20% tax. He asked 7 captains of industry (collectively,
employers of a large percentage of Americans) if they had actually studied the Fair Tax for themselves. – They had not – Rep. Yoho encouraged them to look at
it. The problem is most of them are going on what they’ve heard about it therefore it is poorly understood and subject to a lot of misinformation. Rep. Yoho said it would be a ‘great time for us to write’ Rep. Dave Camp, head of the House Ways & Means Committee and ASK HIM TO LOOK AT the Fair Tax. Rep. Camp is signed on as a supporter and now may be a great time for some encouragement.
**BENGHAZI – Rep. Yoho feels it is marked by a lack of leadership and misdirection. He asked Hillary’s question: “Why does it matter?” and answered it this way: The integrity and character of the US government is at stake. If the American people aren’t able to trust our government to do the right thing then no one else will either. Our present Administration is not trusted…OR RESPECTED and that’s not good for America (my paraphrase). Rep. Yoho remains confident that Reps. Trey Gowdy and Jason Chaffetz along with others will not let it go.
**MASSIVE AMMUNITION PURCHASES and the Militarization of Police Forces – Rep. Yoho read from an informational letter that these purchases are for continuing target practice and readiness. However, he is supporting an amendment by Rep. Mark Meadows to require a report of how it will be used and why it’s necessary BEFORE funds will be provided for future purchases. (The citizen discussion after Rep. Yoho left reflected the continued doubts of experienced shooters that “hollow point rounds would be used for target practice”).
**War on Hydrocarbons& Fossil Fuels – Rep. Yoho feels that if we don’t give some relief to our economy via the Keystone Pipeline and protections for the Coal Industry we are in for some very bad economic times. He pointed out that the progressives are after Coal Ash now. Coal ash is used in the manufacturing of dry wall and its loss will cause the struggling construction industries even more harm.
**The 10th Amendment – Rep. Yoho stated they are trying to turn the responsibility for more issues back to the States. Rep. Steve King wrote a bill based entirely on the 10th Amendment. Federal Government needs to stay out of Common Core, Egg Production best management practices and an endless array of other things that people want the power of the Federal Government to force on their neighbors or competitors; per Rep. Yoho those are the types of issues we citizens should be taking up with our State legislators.
**The Tea Party – He says we are a force and we are being listened to. The Democrats are committed to having Rep. Pelosi continuing as Speaker of the House. The splintered nature of the Republican Party is hampering the success for stopping that agenda. We need to unite around what we are able to agree on for this battle.
**The Grassly Amendment (Would have prevented Congress from exempting themselves from Obamacare – what applies to the people would apply to Congress.) Rep. Yoho agrees that one of our big problems is that we’ve been ‘taken over’ by agencies like the EPA and are being policed by unelected bureaucrats. He recommended a book by Daniel Hanna, The New Road to Serfdom.
**OBAMACARE – Rep. Yoho stated that it has been deemed a TAX and should be treated as such. Constitutionally, TAXES must originate in the House – not the Senate as the Obama-Tax was. Rep. Yoho supports measures to “make it go away” on Constitutional grounds. He also personally feels that “we will defund it and it will go away.” There are 21 separate taxes in the Obama-TAX. He is supporting Rep. Tom Price’s bill, HR2300, to replace it. Medicine needs to remain between the doctor and the patient, not moderated by IPAB bureaucrats and their statistics. He told a story of a 35 year-old survivor of colon cancer who was a supporter of Obamacare until he pointed out, that if it had been up to the IPAB, she would not have been able to get the colonoscopy at age 35 that saved her life. Her doctor would have been penalized if he had granted her pleas for the test.
**IMMIGRATION – The sentiment in the House is NO forward movement until the border is secure; and, can be independently verified to be secure on an annual basis. He said to assume that they will secure it – after immigration reform is passed -is a joke and an insult to the American people. They have not enforced the laws on the books since the Reagan years so why would they enforce provisions of a new bill that they don’t like? There are four bills in the House now intending to deal with border security, guest worker programs and such. Rep. Yoho stated, “I don’t want them to stop coming; I want them to come legally”. (A single terrorist is known to have brought more than 1,500 other terrorists over the southern border in the last few years.)
**One of the problems faced by the Republicans is the lack of unity amongst the members of the House. That splintering of support for any particular issue makes the very near miss of the Amash amendment even more encouraging by indicating a move towards solidarity.
**What do Congressmen listen to the most? Rep. Yoho says that letters, emails and phone calls are tabulated for them. This gives them an idea of what issues are important to people. There are many issues supported by one member or another, and Rep. Yoho may be in agreement with them, but he finds the issue of Economic Freedom to be more important than many other things that he can spend his time on. His focus is still strongly on the strengths that built this nation: Free Markets and a Constitutionally Limited Government. He also extends much credit to his wife, Carolyn, on whom he continually relies to keep his focus sharp.
Rep. Yoho left to a standing ovation, shaking hands on the way out.
The meeting continued after his departure with a discussion to determine which issues were top priority and all were encouraged to write letters expressing each opinion.
CONGRESSMAN TED YOHO SAID LETTERS ARE IMPORTANT SO WRITE YOURS TODAY!
Does he think he’s Nero?
by Keith Koffler on August 4, 2013
As his top national security advisors gathered for an urgent Saturday meeting to discuss the terrorist threat that has forced the United States to close embassies overseas, President Obama was at Camp David celebrating his birthday with friends.
Sixteen senior officials participated in the unusual gathering, according to the White House. Among them were National Security Advisor Susan Rice, who chaired the session, Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, and Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco, and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. Continue reading at: Whitehouseinsider.com.
“It’s not officially on the growing list of Obama administration scandals, but earlier this month families of Navy SEAL Team 6 members killed in a disastrous August 2011 shoot-down of a Chinook helicopter in Afghanistan gathered at the National Press Club asking for answers, calling for a congressional investigation and blaming their government for the tragedy, the indifference and the secrecy that followed.”
Read More At Investor’s Business Daily: http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/052813-657928-extortion-17-is-our-afghanistan-benghazi.htm#ixzz2Ugm1Th4p
Krauthammer: I think there is a bigger story here that will in time come out. The biggest scandal of all, the biggest question is what was the president doing in those eight hours. He had a routine meeting at five o’clock. He never after during the eight hours when our guys have their lives in danger, he never called the Secretary of Defense, he never calls the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, he never called the CIA Director, Who does he call? But five hours in he calls the Secretary of State. And after the phone call she releases a statement essentially about the video and how we denounce any intolerance. It looks as if the only phone call is to construct a cover story at a time when the last two Americans who died were still alive and fighting for their lives. There’s the scandal and that has to be uncovered.”
Hat tip: The GatewayPundit
Another great monologue on the Judge’s May 18th, 2013 show. You’ve got to watch THIS!
Seven Things We Learned from the Benghazi Whistleblower Hearing
The Republicans mishandled the Benghazi whistleblowers’ hearing. What should have been stretched across several days to give the nation time to digest it all, was instead packed into a single day filled with an overwhelming amount of information. The media’s attention span is not that long. The verdict in the Jodi Arias trial came along in the afternoon and blew Benghazi off the networks, most of which didn’t want to cover it at all. Even Fox joined the drive-by media, taking Benghazi off the air in favor of the irrelevant Arias trial. Following the announcement of the Arias verdict, charges were read in the Cleveland kidnapping case. Those were aired live as well, relegating Benghazi again.
Nevertheless, for those who slogged through the entire day of hearings and ignored local crime stories, new information was there to be learned. Read more at: PJMedia.com.