The House is about to vote to repeal Obamacare. I just spoke in favor of repeal on the Floor. The White House says, “It’s. The. Law.” Our response? “Not. For. Long.”
Earlier this evening, President Obama announced that he had fired acting IRS Commissioner, Steven Miller in response to the agency’s targeting the tax exempt status of tea parties and other conservative groups. As Fox News contributor, Charles Krauthammer opined, nothing short of and independent prosecutor will do. The fox simply cannot guard the hen house!
Congressman Huelskamp corrects President Obama’s false claim that the IRS is “an independent agency”
One need not be a constitutional law professor (Obama) or have a Ph.D. (Huelskamp) to know that!
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas) utilized a one minute floor speech to show the President where the IRS is located on the executive branch organization chart, educate the President on the legal definition of the term “independent agency,” apprise the President that Congress gave him the power to fire the IRS Commissioner, and admonish the President for his latest effort to pass the buck. Read more at: huesskamm.house.gov.
Cross posted at: commonsensepost.com.
Can there be any more damning evidence of a tyrannical federal government than the secret accumulation of information from the Fourth Estate, the industry that is the lapdog of the progressives? The IRS is targeting conservative political groups, Obama’s administration is covering up Benghazi and the true circumstances of the deaths of Seal Team 6, and now the Justice Department is overriding journalistic freedom. Watch out, citizens. You may be next.
“Well, we’re not done with the Benghazi and IRS scandals, but here, have another one. The Department of Justice secretly collected months of phone data from top newswire service, the Associated Press, and then informed them after the fact.”
John Hayward of Redstate.com has described beautifully the state of the “free market” in America today with his article about Kathleen Sebelius’ “fundraising” for Obamacare. Take any industry and apply the same dynamics of tyrannical government control. Get ready, folks. Life is about to get very unpleasant.
The other evening on my twitter, a person asked me why I didn’t like the Obama’s? Specifically I was asked: “I have to ask, why do you hate the Obama’s? It seems personal not policy related. You even dissed their Christmas family pic.” The truth is I do not like the Obamas, what they represent, their ideology, and I certainly do not like his policies and legislation.
I’ve made no secret of my contempt for the Obamas. As I responded to the person who asked me the aforementioned question, I don’t like them because they are committed to the fundamental change of my/our country into what can only be regarded as a Communist state. Continue reading at: mychal-massie.com.
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.
BUT the perfect opportunity to “starve the beast”! A NO vote from Congress will do it. Let your Congressman know how you feel.
“The Senate voted 69-27 on Monday to send the Marketplace Fairness Act to the House for final passage.
Technically, it would not create a new tax. Consumers are already supposed to pay sales taxes directly to the government when they shop online. But some studies estimate that as much as $23 billion in online sales taxes go uncollected each year, because many consumers don’t realize this.
So the bill would require Internet retailers to collect the tax — just like their brick-and-mortar peers now do. The government sees this as a more efficient means of collection.”
On May 2nd, Zack Taylor, chairman of the National Association of Former Border Patrol Agents (NAFBPO) wrote a letter to the four Republican and four Democrat senators who have recently introduced the 844 page immigration bill. Click here to read the letter.
Beyond arrogance! This past weekend Jesse Watters was at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner and cornered Attorney General Eric Holder and asked him whose decision it was to Mirandize the Boston bomber in the hospital so quickly. Holder tried to blame Congress(?)
Holder: “It was Congress’s decision when they passed the law. The magistrate followed the law. We didn’t give anybody Miranda rights… You guys need to look at the law.”
Let’s see, Tsarnaev, the Boston Bomber (excuse me, alleged), was singing like a canary, the FBI had at least thirty two more hours to question him under the Public Safety exception to the Miranda Act, and Attorney General Eric Holder abruptly steps in via a Federal magistrate and stops all questioning. I wonder how much more information we would have received had Mr. Holder had not intervened and just let the FBI do their job. Twisted! An outrage but not at all surprising. Whose side is our current regime on? TWISTED
Hat tip: Jim Hoft, The Gateway Pundit
Maybe Andrew is resting just a little more peacefully now that the New York Times has finally published the truth about the Pigford Settlement scandal. Last week the Times ran a 5,000 word front page story entitled “U.S. Opens Spigot After Farmers Claim Discrimination.”
“A handful of black farmers who arguably were discriminated against in their dealings with the Agriculture Department were exploited by a racial grievance industry empowered by a government and a president out to fundamentally transform America.” – Investors.com.
Good thing the New York Times didn’t tell its readers about this before the election! They might have gotten some funny ideas about holding Barack Obama accountable.
“This disaster had everything we’ve come to expect from President Solyndra’s operations: reckless disregard for legal safeguards, taxpayer money thrown around with wild abandon, political hacks overriding the judgment of career agency officials, and millions of dollars vanishing into the shadows…” – John Hayward, HumanEvents.com.
Michele Bachmann – Pigford Press Conference uploaded on Feb 14, 2011
The following two videos are from Ed Morrissey at hotair.com.
Hat tip: Lee Stranahan for all your tenacious work for so long on this story.
“What difference does it make?” I have a feeling that this time we’re going to find out.
May 8th – Benghazi Hearings – House Oversight Committee – Get The Popcorn!* – ADB
“I’m not familiar with this notion that anybody has been blocked from testifying,” the president said during a White House news conference on Tuesday. “So what I’ll do is I will find out what exactly you’re referring to.”
Read more at: foxnews.com.
Hat tip: @!FloridaJayhawk
Wasn’t it great last year when The Stock Act became law and SOME of the insider trading laws, that you and I must abide by, applied to Congress and staffers? Well, not so fast. Two weeks ago Congress gutted some of the regulations and the President signed it into law.
On Thursday, April 11th, Senator Harry Reid introduced and passed S. 716 (Bill to modify the STOCK ACT) with no debate and no recorded vote. The next day, after all scheduled business had already been finished, Rep. Eric Cantor introduced and passed the same bill, also with no debate and no recorded vote. President Obama signed this hastily passed bill and under-examined bill into law on Monday, April 15th.
This is lighting speed for a bill to become a law.
It turns out that reporting requirements included in the STOCK Act would have gone into effect on Monday, April 15th 2013 unless there was a change to the law.
Let’s credit leadership of both the Senate and the House for knowing how to play the game and get what they want without having to present it for a vote. After you recover from feeling sick for once again being ignored, lease click on the following links for more information.
The nation’s dysfunctional immigration laws need reforming. But the Senate bill unveiled last week would explode the number of people on food stamps and ObamaCare.
Shockingly, the bill also would put left-wing community organizations in charge of educating immigrants about citizenship — a blatant attempt to herd future voters into the Democratic Party. [Emphasis mine]
Sens. John McCain and Marco Rubio, two Republicans pressing for passage, haven’t mentioned these shenanigans. Have they even read the bill? Read more at Investor’s Business Daily.
As more and more Conservatives are speaking out against the Senate’s 844 page immigration bill being pushed by the so-called Gang of Eight, I can’t help wondering: Why is this gang trying to run ruin our country? Isn’t the Chicago Mob currently in charge enough?
The following letter by nationally known Conservative attorney, founder of the Freedom Center, author and reformed Communist, Daniel Horowitz originally appeared on redstate.com.
An Open Letter to Senator Marco Rubio
Dear Senator Rubio,
As the public finally gets an opportunity to read and analyze the bipartisan gang of 8 immigration bill, it is clear that there will be some irreconcilable differences between your vision of immigration reform and that of many conservatives across the country. However, we should all agree that this is an extremely consequential bill and must go through a long process – one which will allow all points of view to be heard.
Several months ago, you promised Rush Limbaugh that you would never be part of a process “that comes up with some bill in secret and brings it to the floor and gives people a take it or leave it.” Unfortunately, the process that has commenced thus far is ostensibly a ‘take it or leave it’ approach.
This bill was crafted behind closed doors with the help of special interests, including big business, big labor, and ethnic front groups, instead of by the relevant subcommittee. It is becoming clear from the committee hearings that Democrat members of the gang have been briefing their colleagues and special interest supporters on the details of the bill for weeks. At the same time, the Republican members of the Senate, including the members and staffers on the Judiciary Committee, were not informed of the details until the bill was dropped at 2:25 AM Wednesday morning. While Democrats and their outside allies were amply prepared for the hearings this week, Republican members were flummoxed and struggling to analyze the details of the bill. Hence, groups like La Raza know more about the bill than the chairmen of the Budget and Judiciary committees. That is simply wrong.
After rushing through two hearings within a few days of publicizing this 844-page, enormously complex bill, Senator Leahy has called for a committee markup this Thursday. Due to committee rules and the Senate recess, Republicans are able to delay the markup until May 7. There is simply not enough time to prepare for amendments on one of the most complex and consequential issues of our time.
While it is true that Republicans will get to offer amendments before the bill is brought to the floor, it is impossible to fully digest and analyze such a complex issue in just two weeks. Consequently, it is unlikely Republicans will have the opportunity to provide input that will improve the impact of the bill.
There is broad consensus among conservatives, many of whom have divergent opinions on the fundamentals of immigration policy, that this should be done in piece meal bills – with those components that deal with enforcement and enjoy broad support considered first. However, if we are going to deal with this issue “comprehensively,” shouldn’t your fellow Republicans be afforded the requisite time to study the impact of this multi-faceted bill?
This is not just a bill that remakes our current economy; it remakes the orientation of our society. Between those illegals who receive legal status along with their families; those temporary workers who are brought here with their families; those future legal immigrants who are brought here without any family caps; those Dream Act recipients and agriculture workers who can bring in family members to enjoy an expedited pathway to citizenship, there are serious questions about future flow, the fiscal cost, and the ability to absorb and assimilate such a precipitous flow of new immigrants. Some in our party might come to the conclusion that the benefits outweigh the costs; others will conclude the opposing view. But we must all agree that this is one of the most impactful issues we will ever consider, and it must be subjected to comprehensive analysis. This problem wasn’t created in a few weeks; it need not be solved in a few weeks.
As such, I would humbly request that you ask Chairman Leahy to push back the May 7th markup and allow for more time to prepare for this historic opportunity. You have bent over backwards for Democrats in an effort to craft a bipartisan bill. The least they can do is grant the committee members – who have already been shut out of the process – ample time to study the bill before offering amendments.
The conservative movement stood behind you during a time of need. Please stand behind us as we’re steamrolled by this reckless process.
By Michelle Malkin
I’ve read through the nearly 900-page “immigration reform” bill released by the Senate’s so-called Gang of 8 last week. Anyone can read it here. The question, of course, is whether non-deluded conservatives can read right through the phony promises, false triggers, and open-borders illusions. As I’ve pointed out repeatedly over the past two decades, the federal government, under both GOP and Democrat majorities, has never bothered to fulfill its legislative mandate to create a functioning entry-exit system — something Congress has promised to do six times over the past 17 years. (Grievance groups helped kill even a limited entry-exit registration system under the Bush administration called NSEERS that specifically targeted terror-friendly countries.) Continue reading at: michellemalkin.com.