If it takes the destruction of this nation, to preserve our political power, so be it!

This is the current icon of both America’s political parties. 12/29/14 41JH.

The simple reality is that all government, no matter what design, what genesis, or what application, result in tyranny. The war between man, individual man, and the power of the state has never ceased since the reality that man is a societal species. The hermit has no tyrant, nor does he inject his personal opinion on any in society to conform to his observation of what is good, or what is bad. Is the hermit detrimental to society, or in reality the most free man among us? His liberty is his objective. His very existence is his and his alone to direct. The application is constant. The result, some man, or men, dictate to others – without constraint – the actions of all. There is reason that early known leaders were identified as ‘THE GREAT,’ for their relativism of their existence was but that; I’m so great I can be god little (g) on earth. It matters not if Emperor, Pharaoh, or the leader of the ‘God’s chosen people,’ the leader by action was ominous, absolute in dictate to all others of the society in which they ruled. Many will take offense to this reality, but it is reality. It matters not what your faith, your foundations, or your beliefs, facts are facts and when a society – as the citizens of this nation – refute those realities, then the whole observation of that society, as we are facing in this nation today, become convoluted lacking concepts such as facts, reason, and certainly the most missing of all, principles.
If there is any challenge in this fact is the observation that man in his most barbaric of existence, advanced thinking and reason, much greater than has occurred since the acceptance of tyranny and the central planning of the state. On the scale of man’s insight, knowledge, and comprehension, it is, as the inverse exists. The more technical our society, the greater the ease of existence, the availability of a society without effort of thought, only destruction, the advancement of ignorance in every genre important to man’s very existence currently is being accelerated. Today our society is so Balkanized that even literacy of our society is disappearing. If society cannot speak in literacy of this nation, then how is it that we expect they can read in the language of our wonder? How can this be possible? If they cannot read, lacking literacy, then why is it we wonder that continually we watch our society lacking even the basics of understanding our social wonder, the society in which we live? This attack on our ethnicity our culture and the very society of this nation continues on a continuum.

Americans often forget that few societies ever achieved the rule of law, the rights of protection, the dignity of man. Today this basic concept is unknown in any nation, even our own on the face of this planet. This concept, this endowment of man’s rights, replaced with the civil rights of man, and the advancement of central planning, and tyranny of all governments. ‘War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth a war, is much worse. (sic) It is difficult to not understand that all men would comprehend this. Yet, who in this nation can say many, in fact far too many, have no more idea of this nation and its wonder than the nihilist – America’s own god little (g) destruction of our nation – elected as president – or installed under the guise of voter fraud! Are we as a nation not inundated at nauseous repetition that there are many – the press, the political parties, the government and the bureaucracy – that daily, by the minute, every second they have the audience of this nation, condemning this nation and its wonder. If those in a nation are advocates of that nation’s destruction, is not the simple that when a nation’s own citizens will not stand up for that nation’s wonder, the nation has lost the war, and is destroyed?
What is the measurement when society, those who are coerced by Largess of government debauchery of the wealth of each and every American, is that not as the most selfish purpose any could identify? If man is but chattel of the dictates of state, our own government, is not the destruction of our society, and the economic pestilence of this nation’s wonder of economic enterprise – the lowest and least considerate of all choices of the state – of government?
A man who has nothing which he is willing to fight for, nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal safety, is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. As long as justice and injustice have not terminated their ever-renewing fight for ascendancy in the affairs of mankind, human beings must be willing, when need is, to do battle for the one against the other.’ (sic) Is there any more of a perfect identifier of this nation today? The war against the liberty of man, the freedom of man, and even the acknowledgement that man has any value in our society is missing. Concepts, such as ideas of right and wrong are dismissed from our society. Today we have entities, such as All civil.
Rights legislation, actions of the Department of Immigration, the United States Citizenship and Immigration service, do not enforce the laws of our nation’s legislation, but assist – financed by the tax payers of this nation – to assist in the invasion of this nation by illegals. Today we find the direction, the actions, and the efforts of this nation being this nation’s – the greatest form of society known to man – under the continuing assault to ‘FUNDAMENTALLY TRANSFORM,’ the antithesis of this nation’s preservation.
The reality, just because of the physical size and population it probably has been for a long, long time.
If they are, then should not some questions be asked? What is the policy of China in dealing with their illegals that have invaded their nation – for the economics of improving their lives? Is it not strange that there are no illegals in the nation to worry about? Could it be there are no jobs that the Chinese won’t do? Could it perhaps be there are no open borders, and there are no ‘welfare’ programs off the teat of the Chinese government?
Is it not also interesting that one never sees the one person who did so much to create the renovation of the Chinese economic recovery? It is beyond comprehension that the person who did so much – in fact the one who singlehanded resurrected the Chinese society – is also the person who created the greatest unemployment if citizens in this nation. Why this simple reality is never acknowledged seems not only strange, but unbelievable. Have you ever as an American citizen stopped to wonder, who and why did anyone use the dollars of this nation, to advance the crony capitalism of the communist design of China? While at the same time, advance the crony capitalism of this nation, destroying the concept of enterprise, and a free economic environment.
More than Moa, more than Marx, more than any other leader known to mankind, Richard Nixon single handedly through the most insane trade policy ever conceived resurrected China, while at the same time, destroyed the manufacturing and jobs of the American workers. To then add the absolute disgraceful bureaucracy of the EPA, never designed as a punitive agency, but one that has metamorphosized into a draconian arm of government dictate equal too, and with the same detrimental power of the Internal Revenue Service.
Compare this scenario with what Mills identified: ‘A man who has nothing which he is willing to fight for, nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal safety, is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.’
Is his not the exact scenario of so many in this nation follow to the opposite conclusion? Those who revel in the wonder of this nation, say nothing. Those who would destroy this nation – as what we are seeing from the minorities that advance civil rights, immigration that advance destroying this nation’s ethnicity, and the destruction of our nation’s wealth by the actions of the congress and our government – do not only dismiss this nation design, they advocate and advance the nihilism, the destruction of this nation. The government that advances the largess of spending the treasury of the nation for political power, where is the willingness to fight, except for this nation’s destruction? Is it not only the personal positon, the retention of political party by those elected in those political parties that is the only driver, their only not ideals, but the lowest of all motivations, the ‘PERSONAL SAFETY’ of the political party and the politician – the hell with the nation, the philosophy, the idealism, the wonder of our nation’s concepts. Is not that they are a miserable creature the most apropos statement of identification?
Our error, is, and has always been the problem that our nation’s design was to eliminate the totalitarian sovereignty of government over the life of mankind. It is our genesis, our fate, our desires from long before this nation’s beginning. It is, and was, the fundamental desires of men wishing to be free to enjoy a life of liberty, and be free, released from the chains of government dictate.
They knew domination of state. They knew domination of kings, lords, and every other form of government entity that still to this day reduce man to chattel, making him less than man.
Our nation is the greatest experiment ever conceived. For it to work requires that the reason for the experiment not be forgotten. That is our problem today. Today the invasion of those who are invading this nation do not know that wonder. Today they do not understand simple concepts of the philosophical ideals of abstract concepts of liberty, and the dignity of man. Today those who have only the basic desires, those same identifications of Mill’s ‘nothing which he cares more about than he does
about his personal safety.’ Today the idealist of what it is to be an American is slowly being destroyed. Leading this assault is the very entity made in error and given power – without restraint – our own congress. The debacle of this latest travesty, the omnibus bill of absolute caustic insult in the face of the citizens of this nation is only the latest in political insults advanced by our own government for far too long.
Power without restriction, as the constitution allowed, is a fallacy. As man is but man, only when the government is not only restricted, but is confined in that restriction can the liberty, the freedom of man be preserved. Today we have the whole apparatus of our own government advancing the central planning of communism, while rejecting the enumerations of our contract with government, as our servant, not our master.
The roles have been reversed, and we hear far too voices objecting to this absolute nihilism advance by this nation’s government to destroy the very wonder of the nation this nation is.
The power of our government is in congress, not the administration. All power rests with congress, and now bill passed today has to be approved by those new congresses that are coming into election.
Is it not time that our politicians heed the words of Mills. Is it not time for our own politicians protect – our citizens – against tyrannical injustice? Is it not time for politicians to give victory to ideas of right and good? Is it not time for politicians to, for the honest purpose of their free choice, — advance the means of this nation’s regeneration, and stop the current path of nihilism being advanced?
Is it not time this nation return to being American, and reject the insanity of we are part of some world government and society, of which we are not!

Source—dan short,

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Republicans will not reappoint CBO’s Elmendorf

—12/29/14 51JH.
The incoming Republican majorities in Congress have decided not to reappoint Douglas Elmendorf as director of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, according to multiple reports.
The decision would mean that the Democrat-appointed Elmendorf would leave after his term expires in January, to be replaced by a Republican pick.
Generally parties pick their own directors of the CBO, which is responsible for publishing official economic and budget estimates for Congress and scoring the fiscal impact of legislation. Elmendorf, however, is viewed as an honest broker by many economists on the Left and Right, and some Republicans had favored him for another term. U.S. News and World Report and Bloomberg reported, citing unnamed sources, that Republicans have decided to go with their own nominee.
Some Republicans faulted Elmendorf for what they thought was a mistakenly favorable scoring of the spending impact of Obamacare when the healthcare legislation was being debated.
Members of the GOP also have suggested that it might be necessary to replace Elmendorf to change the CBO’s scoring methodology to include dynamic analysis. Dynamic analysis would reflect the macroeconomic changes that come from changes to taxes or spending in the official budget estimates.
Currently, the CBO and the Joint Committee on Taxation, which scores tax legislation, assume that there will be no changes to economic growth from changes in taxes or spending, although they often present that information separately.
Incoming House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price authored legislation last year to make dynamic analysis the default. Price, a Georgian, told reporters after the House left for the year that the decision relating to Elmendorf was an ongoing discussion among Republicans.
Elmendorf said last week at an appearance at a Washington think tank that it was “really up to” Congress to decide what role dynamic analysis would play in budget estimates.
But these are not ordinary times. Against the backdrop of a ballooning deficit, the debate over health care has turned into a seesaw struggle, and Elmendorf has been thrust into the role of scorekeeper. Scorekeepers determine outcomes, even in the amorphous game of politics, as official Washington was reminded on July 16 at a Senate Budget Committee hearing. Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D., asked Elmendorf if bills coming out of the House would curb federal health care costs. “On the contrary,” Elmendorf said, “the legislation significantly expands the federal responsibility for health care costs.”
With that verdict, the mild-mannered director of the Congressional Budget Office set off a storm that helped fuel the cross-country uprising against the health plan. “A devastating assessment,” the Washington Post said of Elmendorf’s analysis. It sent BlackBerries buzzing all over town, a New Republic blogger reported. The repercussions — for the legislation, Congress and the broader political world — are far from over. Ten days ago, President Obama went on national television and told a joint session of Congress that he would “not sign a plan that adds one dime to the deficits, either now or in the future. Period.” The president was speaking to the nation, of course, but his remarks were also targeted at one man: Doug Elmendorf. He manages a nonpartisan agency of economists and analysts whose primary job is to estimate the budgetary effect of proposed legislation. Dry stuff, perhaps, but sometimes explosive.
Elmendorf was simply carrying out what Dan Crippen, one of his predecessors, described as the occasional task of the director: “Popping out of the foxhole, throwing a grenade, and then ducking back in and waiting for things to sort themselves out.” “Nothing that I had ever said before in my life attracted as much attention as that comment,” Elmendorf, 47, said of his testimony on health care costs. “It’s not a familiar place for me.”
The trip from Cambridge to the capital took him to staff jobs at the CBO, the White House Council of Economic Advisers, the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve.
During the Republican years of George W. Bush, Elmendorf — who gave $1,000 to Obama’s campaign in June 2008, after the candidate had securely established himself as the Democrats’ presidential nominee — returned to the Fed, holding senior staff jobs, and then moved to the Brookings Institution.
At the liberal-leaning think tank, he took over an economics project that had been headed by Peter Orszag, who left Brookings in 2007 to take over the reins of the CBO. When Obama picked Orszag to head the Office of Management and Budget, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., president pro tempore of the Senate, appointed Elmendorf to the CBO post. He has been there since Jan. 22. The CBO, created in 1974, is tasked with figuring out what legislative proposals will cost — “scoring,” in Hillspeak. It is neither a hotbed of creative, original research — the mark of a successful academic — nor home to political movers and shakers. Its director doesn’t pull many levers. But the agency’s reports and testimony on anticipated costs can add to the weight those legislative levers must move, or lighten their load.
Elmendorf made his first big splash in March when he estimated that Obama’s budget would add $9.3 trillion to the deficit over 10 years — $2.3 trillion more than the White House projected. A day after he stunned the Senate Budget Committee, Elmendorf put the 10-year cost of the principal House bill at a whopping $1.3 trillion. He subsequently estimated that components of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee bill would add $645 billion. This week he scored a bipartisan bill put forward by Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., at $774 billion, but only because many costs were imposed directly on individuals, companies and states. Elmendorf laughed knowingly at Crippen’s summary. “CBO’s job is to report its analysis without regard to the political consequences. We need to constantly strive to do better analysis and be open to suggestions about how to do better — but we need to always be resistant to pressure to bend that analysis to meet people’s political goals,” he said in a recent telephone interview. “Every director has stories about resisting pressure.”
The director’s market-moving pronouncements can make and break fortunes, let alone influence the course of such legislative behemoths as overhauling the nation’s health care system.
And the issues on his desk are, with health care, among the most emotional — and costly — to face a Congress: the year-opening fiscal stimulus bill, climate policy, energy, the breadth of national security matters — all being debated within the framework of the huge budget deficit. “We have a lot of balls in the air,” he said. He has dealt with macroeconomic issues, Social Security, the financial markets and, of course, health care. He was an analyst at the CBO in 1993 and 1994 when the Clinton administration’s health care proposal went down in flames, with the budget office’s estimate of its cost fueling the fire.
But most important, he arrived with the reputation of a straight-shooter.
“Doug is low-key, an extremely good, careful economist,” said James R. Horney, director of federal fiscal policy studies at the Council of Budget and Policy Priorities, a liberal think tank. “I don’t think of Doug as a bomb-thrower at all.”
Until a senator asks him about the cost of health care reform.
Source-joseph lawler, tom price, james gerstenzang, scott applewhite,

Lawmakers ask FTC to probe solar panel sales

: 12/29/14 18JH.
Under the standard deals, the homeowner pays a monthly fee to the installation company, which…
A dozen Republican lawmakers have asked the Federal Trade Commission to look into whether deceptive practices are being used to market federally subsidized solar panels.
The legislators said there was evidence that homeowners were entering into long-term contracts with solar panel companies, unaware that the solar panels were actually reducing the value of their homes.
“As a very new industry with a limited track record and little regulatory oversight, the solar leasing market may pose a considerable risk to the increasingly large numbers of American consumers that commit to the leasing product without all of the relevant information (not to mention the American taxpayer, who heavily subsidizes each rooftop solar project),” the lawmakers, led by Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., wrote.
The lawmakers pointed to reports by Bloomberg and NPR earlier this year, in which homeowners entered into decades-long leasing contracts for solar panels without realizing that the contracts would have to carry over to any new owners. That forced the owners to substantially reduce their asking
The lawmakers also expressed concerns that third-party leasing companies were overstating the potential energy savings from the panels and aggressively marketing them through zero-money-down deals.
An estimated 70 percent of solar panel installations are done through leases, according to the GTM Research. Homeowners can apply for tax credits of up to 30 percent of the cost to install panels through the 2005 Energy Policy Act.
Under the standard deals, the homeowner pays a monthly fee to the installation company, which owns the panels and gets the tax incentives for them. The homeowner gets the electricity from the panels, reducing the house’s power costs. The lease deals typically run 20-30 years and are tied to the home, so they must be taken up by any new owners.
“At the minimum there appears to exist a need for a resource center for consumers to weigh risks before making a financial commitment,” the lawmakers wrote.
Source—sean higgins, washington examiner, gtm research

Regulatory delays are costing lives

“Right to Try” Laws Give Terminal Patients a Fighting Chance—. 23LH. 12/29/14
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for determining which prescription drugs are legal to sell in the United States, with all new products forced to undergo a lengthy and expensive approval process before patients can access their benefits. But in many cases, the FDA is actively standing in the way of patients with debilitating or terminal illnesses being allowed to choose their own treatment, denying them the chance to fight for their survival. If you’re dying, with little chance of recovery from currently available treatments, shouldn’t you have the choice to try potentially life-saving new medicines? Wouldn’t you want to try every option available to save your life?
They are blocked by drug regulations that effectively condemn them to certain death. Fortunately, some states are trying to change that introducing so-called “Right to Try” laws, that give terminal patients the option of trying medicines not approved for the general public.
The FDA justifies its mission on the basis of protecting consumer safety. By making sure drugs are safe before releasing them, they argue. The lives that are lost due to the unavailability of a new medicine is a statistic that is impossible to quantify, and less attention is therefore paid to the problem than to those instances when an approved drug actually harms people.
For a person who is dying, and who has no hope of recovery with currently available medicine, is naturally going to be more tolerant of risk than other patients. Yet, in most states, the law allows no exception for people in desperate situations.
So far, five states have enacted Right to Try laws. Michigan, Colorado, Louisiana, Missouri, Louisiana, and most recently Arizona, which passed its own Right to Try law in this November’s elections, are leading the nation in expanding access to medicine for terminal patients. Wyoming may soon join them, having prefiled Right to Try legislation for the 2015 session.
The FDA is notoriously cautious compared to drug approval agencies in other countries, and there are many life-saving medicines available in Europe, but still prohibited in the United States. A loosening of restrictions could do immeasurable good for desperate patients waiting for a cure.
It is understandable that the FDA would want to protect consumers, but in the case of terminal patients, these protections no longer make sense. People in such desperate situations should be allowed to try any methods to save themselves, rather than being forced to sit idly by and accept an inevitability that need not be. Give patients a choice; their lives are the ones at stake, not ours.
Source—logan albright,

The President from ACORN

– 12/29/14 15JH.
THIS IS LONG READ, BUT IF YOU THOUGHT ACORN WAS A THING OF THE PAST-SURPRISE
Remember ACORN? That’s the nationwide network of community organizing groups Judicial Watch helped expose for organizing and implementing a plethora of voter fraud schemes and financial misappropriation exercises that undoubtedly helped put President Obama in office. It’s the group for which Obama once served as an attorney and to which he proudly boasted, “I’ve been fighting alongside ACORN on issues you care about my entire career.” Despite a 5-year-old congressional ban on federal funding for the notably corrupt Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) and new offshoots, JW has now obtained documents that show a sizeable amount of taxpayer money went to an affiliate serving as Obamacare “Navigators.”  My report to you here is based on our exclusive report that first appeared at our essential Corruption Chronicles blog.
More Acorn Voter Fraud Comes to Light–Congressional Democrats still want the group to be eligible for federal money.
Democrats are split on how to deal with Acorn, the liberal “community organizing” group that deployed thousands of get-out-the-vote workers last election. State and city Democratic officials — who’ve been contending with its many scandals — are moving against it. Washington Democrats are still sweeping Acorn abuses under a rug.
On Monday, Nevada officials charged Acorn, its regional director and its Las Vegas field director with submitting thousands of fraudulent voter registration forms last year. Larry Lomax, the registrar of voters in Las Vegas, says he believes 48% of Acorn’s forms “are clearly fraudulent.” On Thursday, prosecutors in Pittsburgh, Pa., also charged seven Acorn employees with filing hundreds of fraudulent voter registrations before last year’s general election.
Acorn spokesman Scott Levenson calls the Nevada criminal complaint “political grandstanding” and says that any problems were the actions of an unnamed “bad employee.” But Catherine Cortez Masto, Nevada’s Democratic Attorney General, told the Las Vegas Sun that Acorn itself is named in the criminal complaint. She says that Acorn’s training manuals “clearly detail, condone and . . . require illegal acts,” such as requiring its workers to meet strict voter-registration targets to keep their jobs.
Other Democrats on the ground have complaints. Fred Voight, deputy election commissioner in Philadelphia, protested after Acorn (according to the registrar of voters and his own investigation) submitted at least 1,500 fraudulent registrations last fall. “This has been going on for a number of years,” he told CNN in October. St. Louis Democrat Matthew Potter, the city’s deputy elections director, had similar complaints.
Elsewhere, Washington state prosecutors fined Acorn $25,000 after several employees were convicted of voter registration fraud in 2007. The group signed a consent decree with King County (Seattle), requiring it to beef up its oversight or face criminal prosecution. In the 2008 election, Acorn’s practices led to investigations, some ongoing, in 14 other states.
The stink is bad enough that some congressional Democrats have taken notice. John Conyers, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, pressed New York Rep. Gerald Nadler, chairman of the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, to hold a hearing on Acorn. He called the charges against it “serious.” Mr. Nadler agreed to consider the request.
Mr. Nadler’s office now says there will be no hearing on Acorn because Mr. Conyers has changed his mind. Mr. Conyers’s office released a statement on Monday saying that after reviewing “the complaints against Acorn, I have concluded that a hearing on this matter appears unwarranted at this time.” A Democratic staffer told me he believes the House leadership put pressure on Mr. Conyers to back down. Mr. Conyers’s office says it is “unaware” of any contacts with House leaders.
Then there’s Barney Frank, the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee. Last month, he voted for a committee amendment (to the Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act) by Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R., Minn.) to block groups indicted for voter fraud from receiving federal housing or legal assistance grants. Identical language was passed into law in the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008. Mr. Frank now says he “had not read [the amendment] carefully” before backing it. He gutted the amendment on Thursday, claiming that the language Congress passed just last year is “a violation of the basic principles of due process.”
A lot of money is at stake. In the stimulus bill passed by Congress, Acorn is eligible — along with other activist groups — to apply for $2 billion in funds to redevelop abandoned and foreclosed homes. Meanwhile, public records show that last spring the IRS filed three tax liens totaling almost $1 million against Acorn, most of which concerned employee withholding.
All of this infuriates Marcel Reid, who, along with seven other national Acorn board members, was removed last year after demanding an audit of the group’s books. “Acorn has been hijacked by a power-hungry clique that has its own political and personal agendas,” she told me. “We are fighting to take back the group.” She says its development director, Karen Gillette, told her she had direct contact with the Obama campaign and also told her to call Obama donors who had maxed out on donations to the candidate but who could contribute to Acorn. Project Vote calls her charges “absolutely false.” (Ms. Gillette has declined comment.)
Acorn’s relationship to the Obama campaign is a matter of public record. Last year, Citizens Consulting Inc., the umbrella group controlling Acorn, was paid $832,000 by the Obama campaign for get-out-the-vote efforts in key primary states. Mr. Obama distanced himself from the group’s scandals last year, saying “We don’t need Acorn’s help.” Nevertheless, he got his start as a community organizer at Acorn’s side. In 1992, he headed a registration effort for Project Vote, an Acorn partner at the time. In 1995, he represented Acorn in a key case upholding the new Motor Voter Act — the very law whose mandated postcard registration system Acorn workers use to flood election offices with bogus registrations.
But Acorn’s registration tricks may soon be unnecessary. Congressional Democrats are backing a bill to mandate a nationwide data base to automatically register driver’s license holders or recipients of government benefits.
This “would create an engraved invitation for voter fraud,” says Hans von Spakovsky, a former Federal Election Commission member, who points out that these lists are filled with felons and noncitizens who are ineligible to vote. Ironically, in light of its troubles with the law, Acorn was selected in March to assist the U.S. Census in reaching out to minority communities and recruiting census enumerators for the count next year.
As for the Nevada indictment, Acorn isn’t worried. “We’ve had bad publicity before, and all it does is inform the community that we’re here working for the community,” Bonnie Greathouse, Acorn’s head organizer in Nevada, assured the Las Vegas Review-Journal this week. “People always come forward to our defense. We’re just community organizers, just like the president used to be.”
Deception Fatigue: Over the past three years, President Obama has demonstrated his willingness to lie about anything and everything if it leads to the acquisition and retention of maximum power for himself and his cohorts.  Obama follows a pattern of overloading the system with deception, making responses to every individual distortion impractical or outright impossible.  While Obama’s opponents spend their precious time addressing each new lie, Obama keeps the focus off the end-zone, and seizures of power previously unthinkable are accomplished. 
At some point, citizens grow weary of hearing that their leaders are out for their ill, that political policies are nothing more than grand deceptions.  Who wants to believe that his president is a serial liar that seeks to impose full Socialism on the land of the free?  Some truths are too big to contemplate — an observation that would lead one of the world’s most successful propagandists to write:
It would never come into their [the people’s] heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation. This strategy has a name; it is called “The Big Lie,” and it depends in part on a fundamental truth of human nature: fatigue. 
Obama has masterfully refined the Big Lie with his own approach; call it “Deception Fatigue.”  To the untrained eye, his approach of covering obvious and blatant lies with even more shallow and little-rehearsed fibs would seem an ineffective way to deceive a well-educated populace.  But it is possible that Obama doesn’t intend primarily to deceive in every case so much as to disarm.  The somewhat bumbling fib-mongering of Obama should not be confused with lack of skill. 
President Clinton disarmed Americans, well-aware of his penchant for falsehood, with humor.  Obama achieves the same effect with repetition.  Citizens eventually lose momentum and give up.  Resistance gives way to desensitization or simply self-diversion.
Obama lies about everything:  Opposition to taxpayer-funded birth control and government-mandated funding of abortion by churches is depicted as a “war on women.”  This from the president who last Ramadan praised the idea of hijabs and niqabs as defenses against male lust.  Obama’s lies are so pervasive that listing them all requires data-mining, so, for efficiency, those interested in a somewhat thorough catalog of Obama’s lies may follow this link.
Obama is clever, and he is manipulative.  He will often avoid the direct approach and will instead opt for insinuation and implication — e.g., when he stood before Congress at the 2010 State of the Union shortly before the narrow passage of his majority-opposed health care reform bill and intimated that if Republicans would merely provide alternatives to his reform proposal, he would look at them.  This statement carries the implication that Republicans had no alternative reform proposals and were merely taking cheap shots at the president’s “perfect” plan.  But Republicans had in fact provided numerous alternatives, none of which President Obama would acknowledge or give the time of day.
Similarly, when observers challenge Obama’s power-grabs, Obama utilizes redirection and name-calling to divert public attention from his massive constitutional overreach.  He will accuse Republicans of “dividing” instead of “uniting” or, worse, release ads tarring anyone who opposes government expansion at the expense of liberty as “the mob.”  A sitting president of the United States referring to his fellow citizens as a “mob” is unprecedented in American history and would likely not be tolerated if the president hadn’t neutralized all criticism by branding it “racist.”
This brilliant use of indirect labeling can be observed in Obama’s dismissal of the constitutional role of the Supreme Court to interpret the law.  Obama said that he hoped that an “unelected body” wouldn’t overturn his law. This subtle derision implies that the role of the US Supreme Court is unfounded and somehow unsanctioned.  This kind of cynical demagoguery targets not the educated public participant, but the uneducated voter.
Despite the incessant parade of falsehoods, surpassing even former President Bill Clinton in sheer nerve, Obama will lie even when he is on tape contradicting himself.  The best example of this outrageous inability to tell the truth can be observed when Obama passionately asserted his opposition to a “universal single-payer” health care system, even though he is on tape advocating for just that.
And then there’s Obama insisting he did not have ties to ACORN, despite his following statement:
I’ve been fighting alongside ACORN on issues you care about my entire career. Even before I was an elected official, when I ran Project Vote voter registration drive in Illinois, ACORN was smack dab in the middle of it, and we appreciate your work. It must take true audacity to contradict your own statements on recorded media and simply not care if anyone notices.  What can be gained if a liar is caught lying?  If a liar is lying fast enough and often enough, then the answer is: everything.
It was Lenin who once observed that “a lie told often enough becomes truth.”
America can ill afford “deception-fatigue” any longer.  We cannot be complacent about our president’s mendacity.
Let’s heed Ben Franklin’s words: “Up sluggard and waste not life; there will be sleeping enough in the grave…do not squander time, for time is the stuff life is made of.”
Time is running out.  We’d better wake up and take action while we still can.

Specifically, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) violated the ACORN funding ban by awarding a Louisiana nonprofit called Southern United Neighborhoods (SUN) a hefty $1.3 million Obamacare Navigator grant to recruit customers for the president’s disastrous healthcare law and help them sign-up for its costly and complicated insurance exchanges. Headquartered in New Orleans, SUN was founded with former ACORN members and claims on its website that it is dedicated to combating poverty, discrimination and community deterioration – all with your tax dollars, no less.
The South maintains the nation’s highest rate of child poverty at 18.9%, and these families live in a cycle of poverty that is characterized by inadequate wages, high unemployment rates, lower educational and skill-building opportunities, poorly performing schools, and communities with weak infrastructure and higher rates of crime. The mission of SUN is to address the adverse conditions of poverty, discrimination and community deterioration in order to improve the lives of low to moderate income families. SUN works to create affordable housing programs, financial literacy services and support for low to moderate income families to help them get out of poverty and create citizen wealth.
Terrific: Former ACORN Workers Are Back as Obamacare ‘Navigators’: Since the implementation of Obamacare and the new development of healthcare “navigators,” both Democrats and Republicans have been sounding the alarm about potential fraud and identity theft that could come as a result. Obamacare “navigators” have been hired throughout the country to help people get enrolled in exchanges and landing a job as a navigator is easy considering passing a background check isn’t necessary or required (as a reminder, navigators have access to detailed personal information and health information).
From California:
The exchange, known as Covered California, recently adopted rules for a network of more than 21,000 enrollment counselors who will provide consumers with in-person assistance as part of the federal Affordable Care Act. In some cases, they will have access to personal and financial information, from ID cards to medical histories.

But the state insurance commissioner and anti-fraud groups say the exchange is falling short in ensuring that the people hired as counselors are adequately screened and monitored.

Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones also said the exchange does not have a plan for investigating any complaints that might arise once the counselors start work. That means consumers who might fall prey to bogus health care products, identity theft and other abuses will have a hard time seeking justice if unscrupulous counselors get ahold of their Social Security number, bank accounts, health records or other private information, he said.

“We can have a real disaster on our hands,” Jones, a Democrat, said in an interview.
From Illinois:
Growing concerns about identity theft and fraud have led the Illinois Department of Insurance to issue a public warning, just as the new health insurance exchanges enter their implementation phase.

Concern focuses on those charged with assisting Illinoisans with enrollment to the new health insurance exchanges, the so-called “navigators.”
So who exactly are these people? Some are former ACORN workers.
A group formed from the ruins of ACORN is hard at work signing people up for ObamaCare, and may be collecting taxpayer cash for their work despite Congress’ efforts to cut the organization and its affiliates off from government funding, a watchdog group charged.

The United Labor Unions Council Local 100, a New Orleans-based nonprofit, announced last month it would take part in a multi-state “navigator” drive to help people enroll in President Obama’s health care plan. The labor council was established by ACORN founder Wade Rathke after his larger group was broken up amid scandal in 2009 and banned from receiving taxpayer funds.

The government has given out $67 million in Navigator grants to help with the controversial rollout of ObamaCare. It was not clear if Local 100 got a grant of its own, but it has set up a help center with Southern United Neighborhoods, a charity founded in March 2010 with many former ACORN members, to enroll people in ObamaCare. Southern United Neighborhoods received a Navigator grant of $486,123.
Let me remind you of exactly why the criminal enterprise known as ACORN was stripped of federal funding in 2009: the organization was promoting tax evasion, underage human trafficking, underage prostitution, voter fraud and more. ACORN’s criminal activity was exposed by the late Andrew Breitbart, Hannah Giles and James O’Keefe through a series of undercover videos. To put things into perspective, think about the last time Congress defunded anything…..they hardly ever do, but ACORN was so bad and full of corruption that defunding was pushed through in bipartisan fashion. The House voted 345-75 to strike ACORN funding from a student aid bill with two voting present.
Later, the Senate voted 85-11 to eliminate ACORN funding from an Interior Department spending bill. Surprised former ACORN workers are helping with Obamacare? You shouldn’t be. President Barack Obama has a long history with the “community organizing” fraudster group and was heavily tied to them during his time in Chicago. It’s not clear in the documents obtained by JW how much of the $1.3 million HHS grant actually went to Rathke’s local, which is one of SUN’s four partner organizations. But the point remains that the group is an ACORN successor specifically proscribed by federal law from receiving taxpayer dollars. But receive these illicit monies it does – at the pleasure and for the benefit of the Obama administration.
According to an investigative report by National Review, “Local 100 is a ‘sub-grantee’ providing Navigators for the Southern United Neighborhoods group.” Other organizations profiting handsomely from the Navigator boondoggle, by the way, include the National Urban League, which was paid $376,000 for its Obamacare outreach in Texas, as well as such leftwing groups as Planned Parenthood and the Virginia Poverty Law Center Inc.
NRO Header Navigation–Secondary NRO Navigation: Undercover video at a National Urban League office in Dallas, Texas.

John Fund There’s much more in the video, which O’Keefe hints will not be his last. Left unexplored is how so many navigators nationwide were hired without any background checks required. While Texas and some other states have passed requirements of their own, the absence of such checks at the federal level was acknowledged by HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius last week. She was asked by Texas senator John Cornyn if “a convicted felon could be a navigator and could acquire sensitive personal information from an individual unbeknownst to them.”
“It’s possible,” was Secretary Sebelius’s less-than-comforting reply. Michael Astrue served as commissioner of Social Security until earlier this year, and in the 1990s served as general counsel for HHS. He wrote in The Weekly Standard last month that he is genuinely frightened of the lax security surrounding the Obamacare website, and the fact that navigators will access the federal data hub to help people enroll:
HHS opened the door to large-scale fraud by providing funding for tens of thousands of “navigators”—people who are supposed to persuade the uninsured to apply for coverage and then assist them in the application process. Instead of hiring well-screened, well-trained, and well-supervised workers, HHS decided to build political support for the Affordable Care Act by pouring money into supportive organizations so they could launch poorly trained workers into their communities without obtaining criminal background checks or creating systems for monitoring their activities.
As a practical matter, these navigators are unaccountable, and yet they will be asking people for Social Security numbers and other sensitive information. It will not take long for navigators to become predators, and HHS has no plan to deal with the new breed of predators it is creating. The somnolent HHS inspector general has been silent about this scheme that will inflict widespread fraud and identity theft on vulnerable Americans.
Finally, we should all remember that the Minnesota exchange illegally disclosed the Social Security numbers of 2,400 of its state’s citizens 18 days before its exchange opened for business. With HHS’s convoluted patchwork of contractors, including the data centers of “the cloud,” tens of thousands of people have now gained access to our personal data.
In Texas, some of those people work for Local 100 United Labor Unions, a New Orleans group run by ACORN founder Wade Rathke. Local 100 is a “sub-grantee” providing navigators for the Southern United Neighborhoods group, which received a $600,678 grant to promote Obamacare enrollment. It also received a $270,193 grant for similar work in Arkansas and a $486,123 grant for Louisiana. Marcel Reid, a former dissident board member of ACORN who broke with the group in 2008 over its questionable practices, told me earlier this year, “ACORN is forming new groups under new mismanagement, and if Wade Rathke is involved in any of them, it spells trouble.”
Navigators. If you liked ACORN, you’ll love the Obamacare Navigators. I’m sure there will be good, sincere people who really want to help people navigate the Obamacare maze. But there will be enough bad apples employed as navigators to supply plenty of scary anecdotes and weird encounters that will result in a steady ridicule of the overall program. And there will no doubt be activists with hidden cameras ready to capture a few creepy and outrageous encounters that will grab everybody’s attention and make voters even more skeptical of Obamacare.
The law’s problems are coming from more sides than a pentadecagon. But one of the most serious things undermining its credibility is the Obama administraion’s seemingly complete indifference to corruption within one of the key groups tasked with its implementation. We’ll have to see just how much worse it gets.
ACORN, SEIU, Planned Parenthood activists get $48/hour as Obamacare ‘navigators’: Members of Obama’s professional voter fraud machine will now be getting paid up to $48 per hour (plus benefits) to sort through the personal medical files and tax records of millions of Americans and steer them through the endless maze of bureaucratic dysfunction that is Obamacare…with no background checks and only 20 hours of training…on a 2,700-page law that no one has read, with 10,516 pages of added regulations.
Among the other left-wing groups hopping on the Obamacare navigator bandwagon are the Democrat-friendly Planned Parenthood, National Urban League, and Virginia Poverty Law Center Inc. Among the Champions of Coverage are Families USA, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), NAACP, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and U.S. PIRG Education Fund.
And of course, Obama naturally made sure his trademark anti-white hiring practices were embedded in this process as well (see video).
As if we didn’t already have plenty of reasons to want this Constitution-shredding disaster of a law urgently defunded, repealed, and those who forced it through immediately removed from office, now we also have the added insult of tens of thousands of known criminals and rabid left-wing fanatics accessing our most sensitive personal information without any oversight.
What could possibly go wrong?
Never mind the obvious identity theft concerns or the fact that Obama’s corrupt, scandal-plagued IRS (the enforcer of this economy-killing train wreck) has already been caught using such information to target conservatives and rig elections. Or that Obama himself has relentlessly abused his power to silence dissent at every turn. Again, liberals stand for absolutely nothing other than Democrat power. And everything else simply gets thrown under the bus as Rome burns. At a November 6, 2014, Senate Finance Committee hearing, former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius admitted to Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) that the federal government conducts no background checks on Obamacare Navigators, and it was “possible” that they could be convicted criminals. Indeed, in January 2014, it was reported that as many as 43 convicted criminals were working as Obamacare navigators in California alone.
Sebelius tells Cornyn: It’s “Possible” Obamacare Navigators Could Be Convicted Felons: Cornyn: ‘So a convicted felon could be a navigator and could acquire sensitive personal information from an individual unbeknownst to them?’Cornyn: “The only thing I can conclude is it’s impossible to do something in this Administration that gets you fired. It’s impossible.  You can lie to the American people, you can consistently misrepresent the facts but it’s impossible to get fired. Isn’t it true that there is no federal requirement for navigators to undergo a criminal background check, even though they will receive sensitive personal information from the individuals they help to sign-up up for the Affordable Care Act?”
Cornyn: “So a convicted felon could be a navigator and could acquire sensitive personal information from an individual unbeknownst to them?” Sebelius: “That is possible.”
For instance, in 2011 a JW probe found that Obama’s Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded a $79,819 grant to an ACORN reincarnation called Affordable Housing Centers of America (AHCOA) to “combat housing and lending discrimination.”
The controversial Navigator program is not the only way the Obama administration has found to funnel money to ACORN offshoots and its corrupt former officials.  As we have reported in the past, the money has flowed through various federal agencies. For instance, in 2011 a JW probe found that Obama’s Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded a $79,819 grant to an ACORN reincarnation called Affordable Housing Centers of America (AHCOA) to “combat housing and lending discrimination.”

Former ACORN Director Gets $445 Mil From U.S. Treasury: It means the ACORN official (Joe McGavin) will go from operating a corrupt leftist community group that’s banned by Congress from receiving federal funding to controlling over $445 million in U.S. taxpayer funds.  The money is part of a $7.6 billion Treasury Department program to help the “unemployed or substantially underemployed” make their mortgage payments.
In this case, JW found that a subcomponent of the state-run Illinois Housing Development Authority, known as the Illinois Hardest Hit Program, received a generous $445,603,557 Treasury infusion. The Obama Administration established Hardest Hit in 2010 to provide targeted aid to families in states hit hardest by the economic and housing market downturn, according to its website.   
The Obama-tied community organization supposedly shut down after a series of exposés about its illegal activities, including fraudulent voter registration drives and involvement in the housing market meltdown. Read all about it in Judicial Watch’s special report, “The Rebranding of ACORN.” The legal scandals led Congress to pass a 2009 law banning federal funding for ACORN, which for years enjoyed a huge flow of taxpayer dollars to promote its various leftwing causes.
The Obama Administration has violated the congressional ACORN funding ban, however. Last summer Judicial Watch uncovered records that show ACORN got tens of thousands of dollars in grants to “combat housing and lending discrimination.” The money came via Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which awarded a $79,819 grant to AHCOA. HUD’s inspector general found that the group “inappropriately” spent more than $3.2 million in grants that were supposed to be used to eliminate lead poisoning in its housing program.
Remember, all of this occurred after Congress was forced to pass a law (Defund ACORN Act) in 2009 to stop the huge flow of taxpayer money that annually filled the corrupt organization’s coffers. The Obama administration chose to do an end run around that law. And it continues to do so today.
The recent “Crominbus” bill that funds HHS and the departments of Labor and Education once again contains specific language restricting any money from going to ACORN. “None of the funds made available under this or any other Act, or any prior Appropriations Act, may be provided to the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, allied organizations, or successors,” the bill says. But, there is no reason to believe the Obama administration will abide by that law any more than they have by its predecessors.
Sources—corruption chronicles blog, wsj, john fund, scott levenson, fred voight, las vegas sun, matthew potter, barney frank, marcel reid, karen gillette, bertha lewis, citizens consulting inc, antia moncrief, hans von spakovsky, bonnie greathouse, john griffing, war on women, souther united neighborhoods, sun, hhs, katie pavlich, dave jones, national review, taboola, michael astrue, ed rogers, washington post, joe mcgavin, tom fitton

President’s Political Junkets Continue Unabated-

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It has become a tiresome, tedious – and costly – routine. Hollywood calls with a passel of cash, and President Obama comes running – at great expense to taxpayers – to fill up his political coffers. That’s what we discovered anew after obtaining records from the U.S. Department of the Air Force highlighting yet another Obama fundraising trip to Los Angeles and San Francisco, California. These documents came to us in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed on October 20, 2014. Instead of advancing the nation’s interests and keeping the public trust, the president is instead, once again, using taxpayer money to subsidize lavish political junkets.

On October 9, Obama attended a ritzy fundraiser hosted by Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow in Los Angeles.  Obama also attended “a $15,000-per person ’roundtable’ discussion fundraiser for the DNC on Friday morning at the home of restaurateur Michael Chow and his wife Eva, a fashion designer.”

Then he went to San Francisco for two more fundraisers, including one at a “private home.” The AP reported that “the event, his fourth California fundraiser in three days, is closed to media coverage.”

 

According to the newly released records JW obtained, transportation for Obama to Los Angeles, California, on October 9, 2014, for the Paltrow fundraiser cost taxpayers $1,011,051.30. Transportation for Obama to San Francisco, California on October 10, 2014, fundraiser cost taxpayers an additional $165,069.60. The fundraiser at the home of A-list actress Gwyneth Paltrow, who also held a fundraising event for Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign, came with a price tag of up to $32,400 per attendee.

While Obama benefits financially from the allure of Hollywood, some of the comments made by his host proved to be more than a little embarrassing. Paltrow showed an apparent disregard (or perhaps lack of understanding) for the constitutional separation of powers when at one point she gushed, “It would be wonderful if we were able to give this man all of the power that he needs to pass the things that he needs to pass.” Even the editors at TMZ, a popular celebrity gossip news site, gave Paltrow and Obama a harsh tongue-lashing for that comment. “It’s the latest example of how demeaning it has become for Presidents to act like circus animals – performing for crowds that will feed them…” TMZ editors concluded, “…the celebrity circus has sullied the Presidency of the United States.”

 

On October 10, Obama took time out from his fundraising schedule to declare the Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park part of the San Gabriel Mountains in San Dimas as a national monument via executive order, bypassing the constitutional authority of Congress to declare a national park – and making it more difficult to protect our border.

Obama seizes N.M. land for national monument in Bundy-like showdown: By Dave Boyer – The Washington Times – Monday, May 19, 2014

President Obama on Wednesday will declare a national monument in southern New Mexico, delivering a win for environmentalists but angering ranchers and local law enforcement, who say the land restrictions will end up creating a safe haven for drug cartels to operate within the U.S.

Mr. Obama will declare about 500,000 acres as the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. About half of that land is expected to be set aside as wilderness, meaning it will be closed to vehicles and construction.

Local ranchers say it’s a land grab that will interfere with their grazing rights, and border security advocates said the move will make it tougher for federal agents and local police to patrol the land, leaving a security gap that Mexican smuggling cartels will exploit.

This is about opposing so many thousands of acres that is going to create nothing more than a pathway for criminals to get into this country to do their criminal acts,” Dona Ana County Sheriff Todd Garrison told The Washington Times in a telephone interview Monday. “This designation will in no way limit our ability to perform our important border security mission, and in fact provides important flexibility as we work to meet this ongoing priority,” said spokeswoman Jenny Burke. “CBP is committed to continuing to work closely with the Department of the Interior and the U.S. Forest Service to maintain border security while ensuring the protection of the environment along the border.”“The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument will help protect our way of life while allowing for responsible development and expanding opportunities for all Americans to enjoy the beauty and multi-cultural history of this unique landscape,” Billy Garrett, Dona Ana County Commission chairman, said in a statement. The BLM, which is part of the Interior Department, will administer the national monument.

The land contains five mountain ranges with fragile landscapes, prehistoric rock art and more recent historic sites such as a training area for the Apollo astronauts.

The monument would cover hundreds of thousands of acres right next to the Mexican border.“An Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument will preserve important cultural links to our past and strengthen southern New Mexico’s economy by boosting tourism and recreational opportunities, like hunting, hiking, camping, and horseback riding,” Sen. Martin Heinrich said in a statement.

Only Congress can declare a national park, which stops most land uses. But under the 1906 Antiquities Act the president has the power to declare national monuments, which offer heightened environmental protections.

The New Mexico monument is Mr. Obama’s second designation this year. In March, he added 1,600 acres in the Point Arena-Stornetta region to the California Coastal National Monument established by President Clinton in 2000. Sheriff Garrison said that will shut down roads that his department uses to patrol the land, though he said the cartels are unlikely to stop using it just because it is declared wilderness.That agreement prevents most routine patrols through wilderness, though it does allow them to continue to follow smugglers in hot pursuit.

The agreement has been controversial for both sides of the immigration debate. Environmentalists and some immigrant rights advocates argue that the Border Patrol has used the arrangement to trample pristine land. Border security advocates say agents’ hands are tied when they are in pursuit of illegal immigrants and drug smugglers.Hours before news of the designation broke Monday, Mr. Bishop, chairman of the Natural Resources Committee’s public lands subcommittee, sent a letter to Mr. Obama asking him to hold off until the border can be controlled.

It’s irresponsible to focus efforts on new land designations rather than finding solutions to existing criminal activities plaguing the border,” the congressman wrote.

Even as Obama postures as a champion of average Americans, he continues to run up excessive tabs for taxpayer-funded political junkets. Over the Labor Day Weekend, for example, Obama ran up a total of $1,539,402.10 in taxpayer-paid transportation expenses.

 

The trip began in Westchester, New York, on Friday, August 29.  While in New York, Obama attended two fundraisers for the Democratic National Committee, one of them a BBQ at the home of millionaire and former UBS CEO Robert Wolf. Obama later that day took off for Providence, Rhode Island, for a fundraiser at the plush private residence of former Nortek CEO Richard Bready and Betty Easton, where tickets cost up to $32, 400.  Although the president was initially scheduled to fly back to Westchester, New York, that Friday night, and then return to D.C. after attending the Saturday wedding of White House chef Sam Kass to MSNBC host Alex Wagner, he made some very costly last minute changes. Instead, according to White House press secretary Josh Ernst, Obama flew back to Washington on Friday to “sleep in his own bed, do a little work… spend time with his family ….” Then he flew back to New York on Saturday – at a cost total of $295,227.80 more in taxpayer-paid flight expenses. And that is nearly six times what the average American makes in a year – an amount which, critics would argue not so coincidentally, has actually fallen 8% since Obama became president.

Taxpayers are being gouged by President Obama for unnecessary travel for political fundraising and vacations.  There needs to be a reconsideration of the longstanding taxpayer subsidy that forces our nation’s military and Secret Service into the service of political parties and candidates.  Prior presidents – Republican and Democrat – also made 30 plus trips on Air Force One for fundraising activities.  Reimbursement by the parties and candidates for the tremendous costs to taxpayers is ridiculously low – just relatively modest airfare and money for hotel, food.  It is a scam and the actual process for billing is secret, as the AP reports, in the most transparent White House in history:

When a presidential trip includes multiple stops, some of them for political events and some for official purposes, then travel costs get divided up between the campaign and the government. But following a decades-old White House tradition, Obama aides declined to share details on how that’s done.

President of the United States into the traveling Barnum and Bailey of political fundraising?

In the meantime, President Obama will abuse his presidential perks further by going to Hawaii for a 17 day “working vacation.”  JW found that one prior Christmas vacation for Obama cost you and your grandchildren – and their grandchildren – $4,086,355.20 for flights alone!  Try not to think of how our country is going further into debt as you enjoy your Christmas. 

    1. First Family Vacations

Below is a list of First Family vacations. Judicial Watch has been at the forefront of exposing the trips and the waste of taxpayer dollars through Freedom of Information Act requests and lawsuits, to obtain the details, when necessary.

Judicial Watch Obtains Records Revealing Obama’s $1,176,120.90 in Transportation Expenses to Attend Political Fundraisers in Los Angeles and San Francisco 

Lavish fundraiser hosted by Hollywood star Gwyneth Paltrow marked Obama’s 30th fundraising visit to Los Angeles County, CA.

Judicial Watch: Air Force Documents Show President Obama Ran up $1,539,402.10 in Flight Expenses Alone for Labor Day 2014 Weekend Trips

After fundraising in Westchester, New York, Obama flew home to ‘spend the night in his own bed’ before returning for a wedding, running up to $295,227.80 in additional expenses.

Obama July Political Fundraising Trips to Denver, New York City Cost Taxpayers $1,159,823.50 in Flight Expenses Alone

U.S. Department of Air Force Headquarters Air Mobility Command records detail expenditures of $1,159,823.50 by President Obama in flight costs alone for his July 2014 fundraising trips to Denver, Colorado, and New York, New York.

Judicial Watch Obtains Documents: Secret Service Tab for Obama Family 2013 Africa Trip Cost Taxpayers $2,189,727.60 for Lodging, Entertainment, and Security

The Secret Service entourage accompanying President Obama and his family during their trip to sub-Saharan Africa from June 27 to July 3, 2013, incurred $2,189,727.60 in lodging, entertainment, and security expenses.

Judicial Watch Obtains Records Revealing Obama’s 2014 Palm Springs and Key Largo Golf Outings Cost Taxpayers $2,952,278 for Flight Expenses Alone

President Obama’s February 2014 Palm Springs, California, and March 2014 Key Largo, Florida, golf outings cost the taxpayers $2,952,278 for flight expenses alone.

Records Reveal Obamas’ Ireland Trip Cost Taxpayers $7,921,638.66

President Obama’s June 2013 trip to Belfast, Ireland, including a Dublin sightseeing side trip by Michelle Obama, her daughters, and her entourage, cost the taxpayers $7,921,638.66.

JW Obtains Docs from Secret Service Regarding Security Costs for Obamas’ “Date Night” in New York City

$11,648.17 in security costs related to President Obama’s “date night” with First Lady Michelle Obama on May 30, 2009 in New York City.

Judicial Watch Obtains Documents Revealing Cost of Barack and Michelle Obama’s Failed Bid to Bring 2016 Olympics to Chicago

 Expenses for the two-week trip appear to have far exceeded $467,175, in light of the fact that costs associated with the aircrafts ‒ two Boeing 747s and several Air Force cargo planes – have not been made available.

Judicial Watch Obtains Documents Revealing Obama 2013 Africa Trip and Honolulu Vacation Cost Taxpayers $15,885,585.30 for Flight Expenses Alone

The Obama family 2013-2014 vacation to Honolulu cost $210,877 per hour for travel alone; at 36.9 total hours, the cost to taxpayers for the vacation’s flight expense was $7,781,361.30

 Obama, Biden Presidents’ Day Weekend Vacations Cost Taxpayers $295,437 According to Records Obtained by Judicial Watch

President Obama spent the Presidents’ Day Weekend (February 15-18) on a golf trip in West Palm Beach, Florida. First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters spent the same holiday weekend on a ski trip in Aspen, Colorado. Vice President Biden and his family spent that weekend skiing in Aspen…

JW Reveals Obama’s 2013 Vacations Cost Taxpayers $7,396,531 

Judicial Watch announced today that it has obtained flight expense records from the U.S. Department of the Air Force revealing that President Obama incurred $7,396,531.20 in flight expenses alone for his 2013 vacations to Hawaii and Martha’s Vineyard and his trip to California to appear on the Jay Leno Show.

Judicial Watch Obtains Documents Detailing the Cost to Taxpayers for Michelle Obama’s Family Trip to Africa

On June 28, 2011, Judicial Watch filed a FOIA request seeking the mission taskings, transportation records, and passenger manifests for Michelle Obama’s Africa trip. Documents were only provided after Judicial Watch filed suit…

Malia Obama Vacations In Mexico With 25 Secret Service Agents

Keeping with the Obama family’s penchant for costly vacations, the president’s 13-year-old daughter enjoyed spring break in a country plagued by so much violence that the State Department has issued travel warnings to discourage Americans from going there.

Michelle Obama’s August 2010 Vacation in Spain Cost American Taxpayers $467,585 According to Records Obtained by Judicial Watch

Judicial Watch obtained documents from the United States Air Force and the United States Secret Service detailing costs associated with Michelle Obama’s controversial August 2010 vacation to Spain.  According to a Judicial Watch analysis, the records indicate a total combined cost of at least $467,585.

Judicial Watch Sues U.S. Air Force for Records Detailing Costs of Michelle Obama’s August 2010 ‘Whirlwind’ Vacation to Spain

Judicial Watch announced that it filed a lawsuit on March 5, 2012, in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia against the United States Air Force to obtain records detailing Michelle Obama’s controversial August 2010 vacation to Spain.  Overall, Judicial Watch is seeking information pertaining to the costs to taxpayers for this vacation as well as any indication of official business conducted by Mrs. Obama while she was in the country (Judicial Watch v. USAF (No. 1:12-cv-00345)).

Judicial Watch Sues Air Force and Secret Service for Records Detailing Michelle Obama’s Family Ski Vacation to Aspen, Colorado

Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Air Force and U.S. Secret Service (No. 1:12-cv-00866)) on May 31, 2012 against the United States Air Force and the United States Secret Service to obtain records detailing Michelle Obama’s February 2012 President’s Day weekend ski vacation to Aspen, Colorado with her two daughters.

Michelle Obama’s Family Ski Trip to Aspen, Colorado Cost Taxpayers at Least $83 Thousand Say Records Obtained by Judicial Watch

Judicial Watch obtained records from the United States Air Force and the United States Secret Service detailing Michelle Obama’s February 2012 President’s Day weekend ski vacation to Aspen, Colorado, with her two daughters.

2010 Marred By Debt, Waste, Costly Hawaiian Vacation

As U.S. taxpayers dish out millions for President Obama’s lavish Hawaiian vacation crushing year-end statistics reveal unprecedented government debt and a myriad of waste that should outrage all Americans.

Source—ap, dave boyer, judicial watch, washington times, todd garrison, jenny burke, billy garrett, rob bishop,

Wall Street braces for Warren run:

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Supporters who have launched campaigns to push her into the race as a rival to Hillary Clinton launched a protest in Warren’s name outside Citigroup’s Manhattan offices on Thursday, which only added to the industry’s anxiety. The demonstration came a week after Warren led a populist uprising against changes to the Wall Street reform bill that were included in the $1.1 trillion government-spending bill. Banking lobbyists interpret her actions as a bid for influence in the Senate, and also believe it could be a sign she is re-thinking her repeated statements that she will not run for the White House in 2016. Equally jarring to Wall Street is the possibility that Warren could force Clinton to the left to appease progressives. Income equality has emerged as the number one issue on the left, and it is seen as a touchstone issue for Warren. Republican strategist Chip Saltsman dubbed Warren’s rise as “a huge headache for Hillary.”

This is going to move Hillary to the left,” said Saltsman, a former senior adviser to GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. “Hillary is going to have to placate the Warren-wing of the party.”

Clinton, who also has not said if she will run for the White House, has already sent signals of concern about Warren.

In her Senate floor speech last week about the spending bill, she railed against the “many Wall Street institutions” that “have exerted extraordinary influence in Washington’s corridors of power.”

Citigroup has risen above the others,” said Warren. “It’s grip over economic policymaking in the executive branch is unprecedented.”

Citigroup was seen as instrumental in getting the changes to the Wall Street reform bill included in the government-funding package. The changes would allow banks overseen by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to engage in derivatives trading, something Warren argues increases the chances of a financial storm and bailouts by taxpayers.

More broadly, the tweaks irritate Warren because they highlight the influence well-funded lobbyists for Wall Street have in Washington.

She’s taken issue with the so-called “revolving door in which employees of Citigroup and other banks go back and forth between government and the private sector, blurring the relationship between the banking industry and regulators. MoveOn.org and Democracy For America are urging Warren to run for president in 2016. Earlier this month, MoveOn invested more than $1 million in starting a “Run Warren Run” campaign. Democracy for America invested $250,000 in the effort.

The banking industry shouldn’t be ‘unnerved’ by the prospect of a President Elizabeth Warren, they should be terrified by it and the Americans who would cheer her on as she ripped their moneyed fangs out of the political process,” said DFA spokesman T. Neil Sroka. Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), she was criticized for saying that she helped contribute to the start of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

She also drew fire for a gaffe during a 2012 Senate campaign speech when she argued that businesses succeeded because of the government’s help.

There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own,” she said during the remarks. “I don’t think big banks are popular with anyone,” said Mark Calabria, a former senior GOP Senate Committee Banking aide who now heads up the Cato Institute’s financial services team. “But she has more to lose with the, ‘You didn’t build that,’ type of comments.”

GOP strategist Ford O’Connell said that Warren plays well to the Democratic base, but that’s about it.

If she can’t cogently explain how her ideas are going to put Americans back to work – especially blue collar voters who feel the economy has passed them by – mainstream voters will discount her as just another socialist crackpot,” O’Connell said.

Source—kevin cirilli, jamie dimon, neil sroka