Monday, March 30, 2015

Celebrate Five Years of Obamacare

Obamacare was signed into federal law on March 23rd, 2010.  The edict was written in such a way so that most of its horrible provisions didn’t take effect right away, but rather gradually kicked in over time. This was done to allow the unknowing masses to get used to having Obamacare around and to prevent them from feeling the pain right away. Did someone say 2012 and 2014 elections?

Well, after five years, the time for the pain has come.  So rejoice and celebrate higher deductibles, higher co-pays, higher premiums and and more taxes.  And after you sober up, have another round and celebrate fewer doctors, fewer insurance plans to choose from, fewer working hours and in general, less access to care.  But not to worry, just sit down and fine tune your NCAA basketball bracket sheets and everything will be fine.  Click here to Show your pride!

Megyn Kelly: Did Bergdahl Really Serve with ‘Honor?’

In the aftermath of the U.S. Army charging Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with desertion, Megyn Kelly faced off with State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki Wednesday night. The Fox News host wanted to know if the Obama Administration still thinks Bergdahl served with “honor and distinction” as National Security Adviser Susan Rice said after his freedom was traded for the release of five Taliban detainees last spring.

Source: Fox News and Mediaite  Hat/Tip: Usa News Page

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Gen. Barry McCaffrey: WH Comments on Bergdahl Are ‘Incomprehensible’ – They Knew What Happened.  hat/tip: Washington Free Beacon

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Ted Cruz Announces Presidential Run

March 23rd, 2015: In a speech on the campus of Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA, Sen. Ted Cruz became the first major candidate to announce a presidential bid for 2016. It is fitting that Cruz picked this campus to announce, as he has clearly championed Liberty throughout his lifetime. And it is no accident, in my opinion, that he chose today to announce, as it is the fifth anniversary of the signing of Obamacare into law.

 

 

Trevor Loudon has Some Advice for Ted Cruz

Trevor Loudon, a New Zealand author, speaker and political activist, spoke at an event hosted by the Greater Orlando Tea Party on September 26th, 2014. In this short excerpt of his presentation, Mr. Loudon gives some poignant advice to a future 2016 Republican presidential hopeful (Ted Cruz).

The Tea Party Remembered


Hat tip: Peter Boddie

Defend Yoho NOW


Congressman Yoho’s Gainesville district office phone number:  (352) 505-0838

Ted Yoho, Mr. Tea Party

By: Kevin Derby – March 9, 2015

Over the last five years, as Sunshine State News covered Florida politics, among the biggest stories was the emergence of U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla. Yoho has become one of the leaders of the tea party across the nation.

While he is best known nationally for making waves in Washington, standing up to U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, Yoho pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Florida political history in August 2012 when he ousted U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns in the Republican primary.  Read more at:  sunshinestatenews.com.

Pulse of America: Some Folks Are Ready for Hillary … Especially Her Emails (VIDEO)

South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy, Chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, appeared on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” with Bob Schieffer on Sunday. He was questioned about Hillary Clinton’s emails and why they were so important.

One of the things he focused on were the “huge gaps” in the emails he has received related to the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012.

Here is a partial transcript of the CBS segment (Video appears at the end):

Bob Schieffer:  “Are you going to release the emails that she has sent to your committee.”

Trey Gowdy: “Uh no sir not yet because we don’t have all of them and there’s a reason that serious investigations don’t leak, and I don’t like selective releases. We had eight emails, Bob last August. We didn’t release those. We got three hundred more emails totaling eight hundred pages in February – We haven’t released those. It’s frankly not fair to the secretary, not fair to your viewers or my fellow citizens to selectively release information. Now if she wants to release all of them with the emphasis being on the word all, she’s welcome to do that I can’t stop her from doing, but serious investigations don’t make selective releases.”

Bob Schieffer: Well let me make sure I understand why this is significant. And that is by, by using this private account on a private server, she could not only keep those emails from the reach of the government as I understand it, but she could delete the emails without anybody knowing it. So she has sent you some emails but are there any gaps in the emails you have received so far from her?”

Trey Gowdy: “Yes sir, there are gaps of months and months and months and if you, if you think to that iconic picture of her on, a C-17 flying to Libya, she had sunglasses on and she has her handheld device in her hand. We have no emails from that day, in fact we have no emails from that trip. So it’s strains credibility to believe that if you’re on your way to Libya to discuss the Libyan policy that there’s not a single document that’s been turned over to Congress. So there are huge gaps and, you know, with respect to the president. It’s not up to Secretary Clinton to decide what’s a public record, and what’s not. We need someone, and frankly, I’ve lost confidence in the State Department to make that determination. They’re the ones who allowed this arrangement, they’re the ones who did nothing about this arrangement until they got a request from out committee. I mean frankly, I think your viewers are entitled to a neutral, detached arbiter to determine what’s a public record, first of all, so that never should have left the custody of the government, and secondarily, what is our committee entitled to? We’re not entitled to everything. I don’t want everything. I just want everything related to Libya and Benghazi…”

“…I continue to naively believe that people have a right to expect their government to tell them the truth in the aftermath of a tragedy, and we know that the video was not connected, and we know it was not a spontaneous protest. What we don’t know, is how early the administration knew those two narratives were false”

Bob Schieffer then abruptly ends the interview citing time constraints.

The Largest Cave In the United States

 

Question:  What is the largest cave in the United States?

Answer:  The Republican Establishment.

While there a relatively small number of true Conservative Republicans in the House (thankfully our own Congressman, Ted Yoho is one of them) and Senate, many are not.  Many talk the talk, but when it comes to walking the walk, not so much.  They are so concerned with their own reelection and power, that principles do not seem to matter.  The voters gave them a mandate to do the right thing, but they just keep on keeping on with their Washington business-as-usual behavior.  At least the Progressive Democrats are honest about where they stand; they want more government control of everything and everyone and they make no bones about it.

The links below illustrate this cave-in mentality.  While many refer to very recent events, one can easily locate articles that go back years. Just Google the phrase Republican party caves or Republican cave.  You’ll come up with more than you care to read.  Sad!

While Netanyahu Stands Up To the Cavemen Of Iran, Boehner Caves On Amnesty

Boehner Caves, Aims Now To Support Obama’s Executive Amnesty With Tax Dollars

House Approves Clean DHS Funding Bill

Mitch McConnell Caves

Republicans Cave on Everything

House conservatives: Boehner’s Speakership is in danger if he caves on DHS/amnesty like McConnell did

McConnell Caves, But Reid Wants Full Surrender From Boehner As Well

GOP retreats on bill to block unprecedented ‘net neutrality’ regulation

Rubio Abandons GOP Position, Caves To Obama Executive Amnesty

Republican Congress will cave on a shutdown

House GOP leaders cave on abortion bill

The Republican Party Caves On Their Boycott and Puts MSNBC on “Probation

Republicans Set to Cave on Hagel

Kasich Caves, Accepts ObamaCare Funds for Medicaid Expansion

House GOP Caves on Debt Ceiling, Delaying Confrontation Until Spring

Jeb Bush’s CPAC Fail

NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland–Here at CPAC, the speaker lineup got shuffled around to accommodate Sen. Rand Paul’s voting schedule in the Senate. That led to a big delay for a large group of young Jeb Bush supporters who arrived in time to boost their candidate’s CPAC speech.

Instead of Jeb Bush, who was expected to speak at 1:40 this afternoon, supporters found Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson on stage.

As the delay continued, the influx of Bush supporters wearing red “Jeb!” stickers thumbed through their smart phones and waited patiently in the ballroom aisles for their candidate. Many of the ballroom chairs weren’t filled, but they appeared willing to stay standing in groups.  Continue reading at breitbart.com.

Jeb Bush Bombs at CPAC 2015

 

Here’s Jeb’s full speech if you can sit through it.

February 26, 2015 – The End of Freedom in America

BY ALAN CARUBA

The America that has existed from the days of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, when its sovereignty was acknowledged by a treaty with England 1783, and its founding in 1788 with the ratification of the Constitution is no more. The America for which thousands fought and gave their lives is no more.

That America ends on February 26 when the Federal Communications Commission, under intense pressure from the Obama White House and with the votes of its Democratic Party commissioners asserts government control over the Internet with a 332-page set of regulations, dubbed “Net Neutrality.”

Writing in the Feb 22nd Wall Street Journal, columnist L. Gordon Crovitz summed up what will occur saying “Obamanet promises to fix an Internet that isn’t broken…The permissionless Internet which allows anyone to introduce a website, app, or device without government review, ends this week.”

“The big politicization came when President Obama in November demanded that the supposedly independent FCC apply agency’s most extreme regulation to the Internet.” Of course Obama wants the Internet regulated and of course the Democratic Party will support this move to control who gets to put up a website or blog and, more importantly, who gets to say anything critical of the President.

The Democratic Party has been in everything but name the Communist Party in the United States for several decades. Obama was raised and mentored to be a Marxist. What we are witnessing is nothing less than tyranny replacing democracy.

Crovitz warned that “This week Mr. Obama’s bureaucrats will give him the regulated Internet he demands. Unless Congress or the courts block Obamanet, it will be the end of the Internet as we know it.”

Earlier this week, as reported by Giuseppe Macri in The Daily Caller the FCC’s two Republican commissioners, Ajit Pai and Michael O’Rielly, asked Chairman Tom Wheeler “to delay the vote and release his proposal to the public. ‘We respectfully request that FCC leadership immediately release the 332-page Internet regulation plan publicly and allow the American people a reasonable period of not less than 30 days to carefully study it.’”

There is some evil at work here because, as the Republican commissioners point out, “the plan in front of us right now is so drastically different than the proposal the FCC adopted and put out for public comment last May.”

Shades of ObamaCare! Even the Democrats who voted that monstrosity into law had not read it. Now neither Congress, nor the rest of America is being permitted to see regulations that will determine what can and cannot be posted to the Internet, the greatest instrument of free speech ever invented since the printing press.

Commissioner Pai says that the FCC is “adopting a solution that won’t work to a problem that doesn’t exist using legal authority we don’t have.” He estimates that the regulations will add up to $11 billion in new taxes on Internet access.

In a commentary, “Neutralize Obama’s Hijacking of the Internet”, Judi McLeod, the editor of CanadaFreePress.com, said “Forget NSA, the FBI, the CIA, and all warnings sent by Edward Snowden. They’ve got nothing on how Net Neutrality will silence you.”

“Someday in the near future when you type in the words “Islamic terrorists” in an Internet post, you will be knocked off the Net and find it all but impossible to climb back on again.”

Do I think the Congress will exercise its oversight responsibilities and stop this tyrannical power grab? No. Do I think our court system will do anything other than bow to precedent set by earlier FCC regulations? Yes.

As a nation founded on and devoted to freedom of speech, I think February 26, 2015 will go down in the history books as the day when that freedom came to an end in America [bold type, mine].

Thanks to a National Security Agency we no longer have any privacy regarding anything we say using telephones, the Internet or any other form of communication.

If the Democrat-controlled FCC has its way, the Internet will slow your access and could eliminate access [sic] countless sites that provide news and express opinions the federal government finds offensive. That’s what tyrannies do.

© Alan Caruba, 2015

Common Core Tweets

My Tweets from yesterday’s Tweet fest to stop Common Core & No Child Left Behind event sponsored by Heritage Action:

https://twitter.com/AlanBerkelham/status/570350896099430401

https://twitter.com/AlanBerkelham/status/570364387661209600

https://twitter.com/AlanBerkelham/status/570369162440151042

What Obama’s Internet Power Grab Means for Free Markets and Free Speech

This is IMPORTANT.  Net Neutrality will kill the internet and our Free Speech as we know it – How is Obamacare working out for YOU?

February 26 is Internet Doom’s Day.

Written by: Seton Motley

That is the day President Barack Obama’s campaign-coin-bundling Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler will jam through President Obama’s Title-II-Reclassification-Net-Neutrality power grab.

(At this point, I wish Chairman Wheeler had instead been appointed an ambassador – like oh-so-many other Obama contributors.)

Meanwhile, President Obama wants to ramp up government-provided broadband. To fill the void his Internet regulatory body slam will create in the private sector.

And here is where a free market problem begets a free speech one.

As we know, government control leads to rationing – in this case bandwidth. As we know from the Internal Revenue Service scandal – it is Less Government advocates that will get the short end of the government stick.

Democrat donors will never have to wait in line for ObamaCare medical attention. Or Web downloads.

We will.

All of which and more is laid out in this Public Service Announcement (PSA).

Please contact your Senators and Congressmen – and demand they do everything they can to rein in this rogue Commission:

(202) 224-3121.

Transcript:

“Obama’s plan for the Internet – Net Neutrality, Title II Reclassification – is Socialism for the Internet. It guarantees everyone equal amounts of nothing.

“What this is – is an assault on the industry to effect an ideological outcome.

“Where have we seen this before? ObamaCare.

“Likewise, with the Internet – with Title II Reclassification and Net Neutrality – this is an assault on the Internet industry to effect that same ideological outcome.

“This is why Barack Obama is trying to fund through federal money the local governments’ foolhardy notion of getting into the broadband business.

“He wants to ramp that up to fill the void he is creating with Net Neutrality and Title II Reclassification

“And when this government presence grows as the private presence shrinks – this very quickly becomes a free market problem that begets a free speech problem.

“When government is the sole Internet Service Provider (ISP), bandwidth rationing becomes a problem just like health care rationing becomes a problem.

“And then when they’re rationing and deciding who gets bandwidth and who doesn’t. As we’ve seen from the IRS, the Left-wing websites won’t have a problem getting bandwidth – it’s going to be the Right-wing websites who will have a problem getting bandwidth.

“The people who are going to be waiting in line – whether it’s for health care, whether it’s for bandwidth – are the people who are opposed to Big Government, the people who are opposed to government takeovers of private sectors.

“So a free market assault begets a free speech problem.

“All of which is consolidated and compiled into the February 26 Internet power grab takeover that’s going to happen at the Federal Communications Commission.”

Editor’s Note: This first appeared in Red State.

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