News and Commentary for October 9

“Note that they were not permitted “to recreate.” To be physically present, yes. But to recreate? No.” Yellowstone Park Rangers Use “Gestapo” Tactics to Harass Seniors on Tour Bus

Is anyone just a little bit scared of our government now? “The conduct of the National Park Service over the last week might be the biggest scandal of the Obama administration. This is an expansive claim, of course. Benghazi, Fast and Furious, the IRS, the NSA, the HHS mandate—this is an administration that has not lacked for appalling abuses of power. And we still have three years to go.” Our Park Police Gone Wild

“President Barack Obama’s second cousin has confirmed to The Daily Caller that he will challenge Republican Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas in the 2014 primary.” Tea Party Radiologist to Primary Kansas Republican Republican for Senate Seat

A trip down memory lane. “Before we march the Tea Party off to the Guillotine, let’s remember what fired up that unruly crew to begin with.In the midst of the economic crisis, the government went on a spending spree, shelling out hundreds of billions for TARP, Cash for Clunkers, the Stimulus – the list seemed endless. Our nation’s debt and deficits soared; the financial crisis became a fiscal crisis.” Why Reviled Tea Party was Right about Obamacare

Rep. David Schweikert has been all over this for years. “What exactly are unfunded liabilities? They are payments the government knows it owes in the future, including the future costs of Medicare, Social Security, and the prescription drugs of Medicare Part D. You can follow the unfunded liabilities tab on the U.S. Debt Clock website — right now, this site estimates our unfunded liabilities to be $125.7 trillion. In 2017, if current trends continue, the site’s “Debt Clock Time Machine” estimates unfunded liabilities will reach $153 trillion.” Debt Limit, Huh: Unfunded Liabilities Dwarf$16.7 Trillion ‘Ceiling’

The pain is coming. And most have no clue. “You can fix computer problems, but you can’t alter the laws of economics.” Obamacare’s Real Glitch

Can we get out from under this? “What may be new, however, is the uniquely intractable form of tyranny that is currently metastasizing throughout the world, namely the rule of an authoritarian plurality of societal parasites.” Parasitocracy

Confirmed: We need better communicators. “When Speaker Boehner today goes around talking about the “CR,” that is just more of the same thinking — or lack of thinking. Policy wonks inside the Beltway know that he is talking about the continuing resolution that authorizes the existing level of government spending to continue, pending a new budget agreement.” Inarticulate Republicans

Liberals are such hypocrites. Be sure to check out the comments. The Libs are showing their true colors.  “For the medieval liberal who has created two classes out of the old three, he knows that such places as Bakersfield, Mendota, Inglewood, and Los Banos exist, but he knows few of the unfortunates who actually live there. These areas can be safely driven by on the way to the John Muir Trail. If he is a Silicon Valley magnate, he praises high taxes and regulations, and then does his best to outsource production abroad and keep his capital offshore.” Medieval Liberals

And how is this country, that is already broke, going to pay for these subsidies exactly? “Not only that, he says, taxpayer subsidies will lower the costs for some. “Very significant subsidies,” says Pollack, “that will be provided to people to help them pay for their premiums. And these subsidies reach deeply into the middle class.”” Government Actuaries Say Obamacare will Increase Health Care Spending by $621 Billion Over Next Ten Years

He’s not that into religious freedom apparently. “Mr. Obama has never been a particular fan of the First Amendment guarantee of the free exercise of religion, but he never attacked it in so direct a way as with his feud with Roman Catholic Church. He’s threatening to punish “contract priests” hired to supplement the chaplain corps.” Ignoring the Constitution

This is disgusting. Read it and weep. Lawmakers Say Military Pay Should Have Covered KIA Payments Frozen by Hagel

More on what is disgusting. Almost a Half a Billion for Public Broadcasting but Nothing for Families of Fallen Troops

How can this be? “More than 4,000 job postings remained active on the federal government’s hiring site as of Tuesday. Although many ads first ran before the shutdown began, nearly 500 posts were placed in the past three days.” Obama wants you! Feds looking to hire for thousands of open jobs amid shutdown

Insanity! You can’t even pull over to the side of the road! “‘I just don’t know what they’re trying to accomplish.” So says Jim Hagen, South Dakota’s secretary of tourism, about the federal government’s blocking off not only the entrance to the Mount Rushmore monument but also roadside viewing areas outside the park.” Vindictive Shutdown Theater

No matter your political leanings, all Americans should be alarmed. “Negotiating with Republicans has never been in Obama’s playbook.” Obama Seems to Think Presidency Gives Him Absolute Power

“Before the ascendance of the Left, it was assumed that the old had more wisdom than the young. Indeed, even every leftist I have asked, “Are you wiser today than 20 years ago?” has answered in the affirmative.” The Left Hates Anything Old

My sister, who doesn’t say too much about politics, was absolutely appalled with both Obama and the press at yesterday’s press conference. “You see, by funding uncontroversial and broadly popular programs while not automatically funding everything else, the Republicans are trying to trick the government into setting priorities, building bipartisan coalitions, and engaging the public in how to spend their tax money. Obama seemed to think this was self-evidently foolish, which tells you much about what the president thinks of the taxpayers.” Obama Stumbles Despite Friendly Press

More on the press conference debacle. “Most of Obama’s words, in fact, were old and stale stump propaganda. Anyone accidentally overhearing even a partial newscast in recent weeks has heard Obama say the same things over and over and over again. Did we mention, he has repeated himself many, many, many times?” Obama’s so called news conference: What the media failed to ask

This is what the Tea Party folks have been screaming at the top of their lungs! “We cannot be sure how the political wrangling in Washington will play out. But what we do know is that the laws of mathematics – unlike those made by Congress – are universal and unyielding. Sooner or later, suggest the laws of maths, the US government is going to default on its debts.” Sooner or Later the U.S. Government is Going to Default on Its Debt

Most folks on the Left are not decent. “A decent person might have ended the whole matter after Andrew’s death.” Vampires: Shirley Sherrod Lawyers Seek to Sue Widow of Andrew Breitbart

Please watch the video available at the link. You’ll cheer! “Mitchell tried to mangle the current situation regarding the “shutdown” and Duffy would have no part of it. He came back at her time after time with facts and challenged her, and the media in general, to do their job.” Thank You Congressman Duffy!

If I lived in New York City, I’d sell quickly. “Contra Bill de Blasio, the real divide is between those who pay taxes and those who live off them.” A Fairytale of Two Cities

They won’t be happy until everyone lives in poverty. “The Obama administration plots a wholesale federal intrusion into local housing policy.” HUD’s Power Grab

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