Stories of the Day
Shocking that this is being reported at Yahoo.com. Note to the middle class. Leftist policy is never designed to help you (although Leftists will say otherwise). The Left’s policies are intended to ensure there are only two classes: the elites and the rest of us. How Obama lost the middle class
From Instapundit: “The press will do its best to hand the middle class back to whoever the Dems’ nominee is in 2016 by portraying whoever the GOP runs as an out-of-touch, scary plutocrat. This is obvious, and yet the GOP seems to be doing nothing to counter it.” “One of the emerging ironies of the Obama presidency, in fact, is the sagging fortunes of the American middle class while those on either end — rich and poor alike — have arguably fared better under Obama. The poor have been direct beneficiaries of many Obama programs — most notably, Obamacare—while the rich have benefited from a roaring stock market that has helped restore all the wealth lost during the 2008 financial meltdown, and then some. Middle earners, however, still face soaring costs for healthcare and education, while incomes have stagnated and many are sliding sideways or drifting backward.” HOW OBAMA LOST THE MIDDLE CLASS
Emphasis mine. “The Democrats could have enacted these tax increases when they controlled both houses of Congress during the first two years of the Obama administration, but they didn’t. From an economic standpoint, they are a terrible idea, and they would also discomfort the Democrats’ rich supporters, who have prospered during the Obama administration even as average Americans have suffered. The Democrats don’t want the tax increases actually to happen, they just want to blame Republicans for not enacting them–just like the Democrats didn’t enact them when they had the opportunity.
Obama’s newfound concern for the middle class is touching, but a little late. He has been president for six years, and his administration has been a disaster for middle-income Americans.” LAME DUCK OBAMA GETS OLD-TIME LEFT-WING RELIGION
If Obama was truthful, this is what he will really say tonight in his State of the Union address. Personally, I won’t be watching. I can’t listen to the lies. “Now, I know a lot of businesses who pay people hourly, like Burger King franchise owners, announced last year they will reduce employees’ hours below 30 hours a week to avoid paying for Obamacare. But I still think Congress should raise the minimum wage even though it may force businesses to cut jobs.
“For those young people who may be working part-time at Burger King and want to go to college, I’ve announced a $60 billion plan to provide two years of free community college to students. How will we pay for this? By taxing the rich more!
“As I’ve said many times, the rich (that’s really code for higher earners) need to pay their fair share. There’s no reason people who are already making lots of money because they work hard for long hours shouldn’t pay more in taxes.” If Obama Spoke Honestly, Here’s What He’d Say in State of the Union
Facts to consider while you’re listening to the president tonight tell us all how wonderful HIS economy is… “When the economic numbers have been terrible or just plain mediocre, the network newscasts have often ignored or underplayed the larger human story of jobless people struggling to survive. When there was periodically modest improvement, however brief, they made it sound like the economy was roaring back.
You would be hard-pressed to find a major story on the network news over the last six years of his presidency that really dug into the troubles of the long-term unemployed or the part-time workers that have defined Mr. Obama’s economy — and still do.
There’s been a political cover-up about how anemic the job numbers have been, and more recently in the last year or so it’s gotten worse. It’s not just about the numbers they report, but the numbers they don’t.” Hiding the real economic story: These 8 facts prove the situation in America is not normal right now.
This where we’re really at. “After five years, Reagan increased employment by 9.4 percent, whereas Obama has boosted jobs only 4.5 percent. Consequently, nearly one in six prime working age men between 25 and 54 is not working, and 72 percent of those are not even bothering to look.
Obama has made Medicaid, food stamps and social security disability quite easy to get, and idle men form a new leisure class by combining those benefits with handouts from relatives and girlfriends.
For employers, a higher minimum wage, compulsory health insurance, and sick and parental leave will make those men even more costly to hire.” The Real State of Our Union: More entitlements, taxes and unemployment
He’s not delusional. He’s just playing politics to the detriment of “we the people” as usual. “Let’s imagine you were a Democratic president who just lost control of Congress to the Republicans, and you wanted to make it really, really clear that you are not serious about governing. What would you do? Simple: Use your State of the Union address to propose hundreds of billions of dollars in new taxes that will never be enacted, in order to fund a slew of new government programs that have no chance of being approved.
Welcome to President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union address.
On Tuesday night, Obama will ask the new Republican Congress to approve$320 billion in tax increases. To see how absurd this is, imagine for a moment what the reaction would have been if, after losing control of Congress to the Democrats in 2006, President George W. Bush had used his next State of the Union address to propose $320 billion in growth-oriented tax cuts. Would anyone have taken him seriously? The media would have dismissed Bush as delusional. Democrats would have laughed. Everyone would have asked: What’s wrong with him? Didn’t he get the message of the 2006 midterms? What planet is he on?
Obama is not delusional. He knows his plan has no chance of becoming law. White House officials, according to Politico, “aren’t holding their breath that Obama’s new proposals will pass Congress now that Republicans control both chambers.” (Which raises the question why, if Obama were serious, didn’t he propose them when Democrats controlled both chambers?) The goal is for “Obama to position himself as a defender of the middle class” and put Republicans in the “politically awkward” position of resisting tax increases on the rich to pay for programs that benefit the middle class.
In other words, Obama’s move is completely and transparently political.” Obama uses his tax proposal to taunt the GOP
Mommy, mommy. Make them pay attention to me! “To that end, his proposals are now beginning to match the worst stereotype of liberal policymaking — a stereotype often unfairly applied, but which certainly fits now. Obama’s ideas are getting more expensive and more generous with other people’s money, because that’s what he believes it will take to keep the public’s attention.
Obama’s two most recent policy proposals — federally funded community college and paid sick and maternity leave — fit this populist model well. Each offers something that appears to be free, while attempting to hide the very real costs from the public.” In the face of irrelevance, Obama buys attention with other people’s money
Interesting Bits of New You Probably Missed
Sleep well America—we’re in the best of hands. “Members of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology are worried about the future of U.S. weather satellites, which may include a gap in coverage that could leave the U.S. without crucial satellite data for over a year.” Why the Entire U.S. Weather Satellite System is at Risk: New report finds our next-generation weather satellites are threatened by budget overruns, blown deadlines, and mismanagement.
Creeping Sharia. “As we know by now, after the powers that be at Duke University decided to allow the Muslim call to prayer to be broadcast from the university chapel, they later changed their mind.
This is an act of Islamic supremacism.
If Muslim students at UCLA can’t figure out how to tell time or keep track of when they need to pray, that’s their problem. The call to prayer is something that is blasted over loudspeakers in Muslim majority countries and Muslim enclaves around Detroit. We’ve already heard enough “Allahu Akbar” for a lifetime.” Muslim call to prayer blasted out over UCLA
Evil. “Raising doves and pigeons is a deadly pursuit in ISIS-controlled Iraq.
The popular hobby is in the sights of extremist Islamist fighters, who this week rounded up 15 boys and young men in the eastern province of Diyala for pursuing a pastime now deemed un-Islamic. Three have already been executed, according to a security official in the area who spoke to NBC News on condition of anonymity.
Abu Abdullah, a 52-year-old farmer, told NBC News about the moment earlier this week that six gunmen barged into his home and dragged away his oldest son, who is 21.” ISIS Executes Pigeon and Bird Breeders in Diyala, Iraq
More evil. “ISIS terrorists slaughtered thirteen boys in public after they caught them watching a soccer game on TV. The boys were gunned down in Mosul and their bodies were left in the street for hours.
The New York Post reported:
ISIS jihadists publicly executed 13 teenage boys for watching a soccer match.
The young fans were reportedly watching an Asian Cup match between Iraq and Jordan on TV last week when they were caught by the militants in the Iraqi city of Mosul, which ISIS, or the Islamic State, controls.
The group of teens was executed in public by a firing squad that used machine guns, according to Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently, an activist group that exposes ISIS atrocities. Before the kids were killed, their “crime” was announced over a loudspeaker, reports said.” ISIS Slaughters 13 Teen Boys in Public for Watching Soccer Game – Hangs 3 Men From Bridge
2016 Presidential Election
Have no fear Hillary. I am sure they were properly scrubbed. Huge trove of Hillary Clinton White House files set for release
Go Ted go! “Cruz has countered that to win the White House, Republicans must nominate a strong conservative who contrasts sharply with the Democratic nominee, likely Hillary Clinton.
Cruz has maintained a vigorous political travel schedule and been a constant presence in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina — hosts, in that order, of the first three 2016 primary contests. On Sunday, he was in Myrtle Beach to address the South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention. Cruz has cast himself as the conservative alternative in a field that could feature multiple Establishment and Tea Party candidates. That is consistent with the image Cruz has cultivated since bursting onto the national scene three years ago.” Ted Cruz builds his White House team
We need to talk about values. “In 2014, Kasich won by more than 30 points. He carried heavily Democratic counties like Lucas and Cuyahoga. In fact, in a key swing state, Kasich carried 86 of Ohio’s 88 counties and a quarter of the African-American vote. He’s also one of America’s most engaging and interesting politicians. He would add a lot to a presidential race, and in fact he probably already has, for the reason Brooks homes in on.
Governor Kasich’s inaugural speech was about values and virtues, about the good life and the good society. He spoke about economic growth as being a means to help those who live in the shadows of society. He warned about the toxicity of an ethic of instant gratification; the importance of personal responsibility, resilience, teamwork, family, and faith; and about empathy being the first ingredient in compassion.” John Kasich Shows Republicans How to Talk About Values
Will he or won’t he? “Whether or not Romney does run, every would-be GOP nominee needs to listen to and adopt the Romney opening graphs about the serial fiascos of the Clinton-Obama-Kerry-James Taylor era foreign policy. It is going to be a national security election, like 1980, where fear of America decline will be driving the debate. Whether he runs or not, Romney has already figured out the key theme for ’16.” All 2016 Republican presidential candidates should be listening to Mitt Romney
Mush. “But in fact Romney and Bush are so closely aligned ideologically that they might as well be referred to as Governor Jitt Rombush. Mr. Rombush being the endlessly ideal moderate GOP candidate of the Republican Establishment that has been regularly putting forth losing presidential nominees with names like Romney, McCain, Dole, and Ford for decades. Even when they win – Bush 2000 – they managed to lose the popular vote to Al Gore – Al Gore! – and required the Supreme Court to get in the White House door. Not to mention barely scraping by in 2004 with a skin-of-the-teeth, 100,000 votes or so in Ohio for a sitting president to defeat John Kerry. John Kerry! Did I mention that they left the White House in 2009 with a popularity rating lower than a snake’s belly and handed the country over to the Obama Left? Or mention that 1992 Bush 41 outing with 37% of the vote, four years after winning what was called “Reagan’s Third Term” on Reagan’s landslide coattails?” The Jitt Rombush Mushy Middle GOP
2016 Senatorial Elections
Good riddance. “Between his low approval numbers and the existence of at least one, if not more popular potential Republican challengers, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has emerged as the most vulnerable Democrat in the upcoming election cycle according to Larry Sabato.” ANALYST: HARRY REID MOST VULNERABLE DEMOCRAT IN 2016
They’d better not stop fighting. Or we’ll remember in November 2016. “There may well be other acceptable, effective ways to confront the president’s power grab. The one unacceptable option: watching the current DHS proposal fail and then proposing a new “clean” funding bill. Voting to fund an agency that is implementing an unconstitutional order without cavil would amount to surrender. Republicans can and should do better, for the sake of our constitutional order and the people who live under it.” Don’t Give Up the Fight
Go see it. And bring a box of Kleenex. “American Sniper” had the largest opening ever on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, or any weekend in January. It has played especially well in Middle America, with its top-grossing theaters in places like San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Houston and Albuquerque.
All of this is profoundly disquieting to the left, which has so much sway in Hollywood. It hates and distrusts the idea of the war hero, believing it smacks of backwardness and jingoism. Its notion of compelling war movies were the tendentiously anti-war flops “Green Zone,” “Stop-Loss” and “In the Valley of Elah.” Its reaction to “American Sniper” has been to belittle the movie and smear Chris Kyle.
Actor Seth Rogen compared “American Sniper” to the Nazi propaganda film featured in the movie “Inglourious Basterds.” Director Michael Moore tweeted that he’d been taught to consider snipers cowards. Kyle “was a hate-filled killer,” according to The Guardian, which also deems him “a racist who took pleasure in dehumanizing and killing brown people.” Americans love war heroes, despite what Hollywood liberals think
Not learning from history AGAIN. “That panic would not have occurred, Wallison argues, had not the government sparked the creation of defective securities and had not government regulations masked their defects. Private firms, after all, do not buy assets that they believe will become worthless.
Could it happen again? Wallison points out that government regulators are once again reducing the credit standards for mortgage seekers. The argument, as in the 1990s and 2000s, is that traditional standards are misleading and unduly prevent low-income and minority households from buying homes.
Fannie and Freddie are now purchasing the large majority of mortgages and announced last month they would buy mortgages with only 3 percent down payments. The qualified mortgage standards laid down by HUD and other regulators in October allowed for mortgages with zero down payments.
That sounds like a recipe for another housing bubble — and for mass foreclosures, which hurt the policies’ intended beneficiaries — and perhaps for another financial crisis as well.” Government created the housing and financial crises — and might be doing it again
The Democrats have never met a tax they didn’t like. “These are the major factors that contribute to “risky” lending. A tax on banks is not going to reduce it. If President Obama truly wanted to help the middle class (a marxist term–why must any of us be reduced to “class”?), why not stop the guaranteeing of mortgage loans and relax the CRA requirements? That will help banks, and ultimately the middle class in the form of lower interest rates, much more than taxing big banks.” Will taxing big banks really help the middle class?
Does not anyone study and learn from history anymore? “Jews with a conscience should leave Holland, where they and their children have no future, leave for the U.S. or Israel,” advised Frits Bolkestein, the former EU commissioner and head of the Dutch Liberal party. “Anti-Semitism will continue to exist, because the Moroccan and Turkish youngsters don’t care about efforts for reconciliation.”
Thus, posterity’s jest. Pre-war Europeans would never have entertained for a moment the construction of mosques from Malmö to Marseilles. But post-war Holocaust guilt, and the revulsion against nationalism and the embrace of multiculturalism and mass immigration, enabled the Islamization of Europe. The principal beneficiaries of the Continent’s penance for the great moral stain of the 20th century turned out to be the Muslims — with the Jews on the receiving end, yet again.” A Judenrein Europe
Forewarning. “Non-Jewish non-Muslim Europeans may not realize it, but the bell is tolling for them, too.” Mark Steyn on the disappearing Jews of Europe
House of Representatives
Emphasis mine. “Now comes this article in National Journal entitled: “Boehner Foes Get Gavels, Not Punishment,” and subtitled “The speaker’s allies are annoyed that GOP rebels are getting top subcommittee slots. (snip)
The only constant seems to be the constant carping within the Republican Party. But Boehner certainly doesn’t seem to be at fault here, and the reports that he was taking revenge were (IMHO) efforts to stir up reactive anger on the part of conservatives.
I would caution all conservatives to be alert to the very real possibility that the press is trying to fan the flames of your ire, and that you are sometimes being manipulated.” Remember all those articles about Boehner taking revenge on those who’d opposed his Speakership…
Liars everywhere in Obama’s government. “Embattled Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner is resigning her post overseeing Obamacare just months after she admitted that the Obama White House’s highly publicized 8 million Obamacare enrollment figure was inflated by at least 1.3 million.
“The mistake we made is unacceptable,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell. “I will be communicating that clearly throughout the department.” TOP OBAMACARE CHIEF RESIGNS IN WAKE OF PHONY FIGURES FIASCO
2015 is going to be a really bad year for Obamacare, but will Boehner and McConnell help to get rid of this monstrosity? “Now, you know this is a lie because the Democrats’ lips are moving, but also because no one has been more snuggled up to Wall Street than President Robin Hood. The Democrats are now the party of the very, very, very rich and the indigent and the indolent: they don’t give a damn about the middle class except as it affects them at the ballot box.
Forget the details about Obamacare, whether it works or it doesn’t (it doesn’t); whether it was a noble intention (it wasn’t); whether it can be fixed (it can’t). Instead concentrate on the principle behind the thing: a breathtaking Leftist power grab, so long sought and finally achieved. It’s not the end; it’s only the beginning, unless it is ripped out, root and branch before it’s too late. Over to you, John Boehner and Mitch McConnell.
If it weren’t for Fox News, and Bill O’Reilly, we’d be hearing nothing of this. “Army Gen. Ken Dahl, who conducted the investigation, has certainly been under pressure to do it right. So too is Army Gen. Mark Milley, who, based on Dahl’s findings, will make the ultimate decision on whether to charge Bergdahl. Both generals know that the White House is watching them closely, as is America, and as are military servicemen and women worldwide. Very closely. And we can guess what the White House wants.
In White House terms, not charging Bergdahl means that he was indeed worth the trade for the Taliban Five. But charging him on any level means that releasing the five Taliban was an error of monstrous proportions, one the administration will never be able to explain away satisfactorily.” Is nervous Obama White House holding Bergdahl report hostage?
Socialism NEVER works. “As socialism plays out to its logical conclusion in Venezuela, the specters of long lines, rationing, troop enforcers, bizarre edicts and desperate statements are now the order of the day.
Not only have more than a dozen Venezuelans been arrested for posting photographs of empty store shelves on social media, three governors have responded to long lines by — prohibiting them; ordering the arrest of anyone who lines up for goods before sunrise.
Troops now supervise lines because so many fistfights and looting incidents break out in these daily 12-hour ordeals for rice or toilet paper. Warehouses full of diapers have been seized and their owners accused of “hoarding.” Strange arrangements have cropped up, too, with the rich paying the poor to spend their days in line for them, securing supplies so they don’t have to. (snip)
“Nobody has been willing to call a spade a spade,” he said, citing an unwillingness even among Venezuela’s opposition to characterize the effects of socialism on the poor. “They’ve always been in awe of (the late strongman Hugo) Chavez, and never understood that (the largess of his socialism) was fueled by an unsustainable oil boom and it was going to collapse.”
Thanks to socialism, the country is falling apart. This week, UBS investment bank estimated that Venezuela had an 80% likelihood of default this year.” Shortages Undermine Venezuela’s Teetering Socialism