Saturday, September 29, 2012

AARP Doesn’t Represent Seniors—Just Big Government

September 21 2012  Carrie L. Lukas
Kim Strassel has a must read piece today on the AARP colluding with the Obama Administration to pass a ObamaCare—legislation that directly harms the interests of American seniors.  Or, as Strassel puts it:
…we now know that AARP worked through 2009-10 as an extension of a Democratic White House, toiling daily to pass a health bill that slashes $716 billion from Medicare, strips seniors of choice, and sets the stage for rationing.
Strassel might have also noted that the AARP itself later sought and received a waiver from aspects of ObamaCare.  In other words, it worked to create rules that it didn’t want to play by.
AARP has long been an organization that—much like the so-called mainstream feminist movement, which claims to, but doesn’t really act on behalf of women--fails to represent seniors.  It is just another cog in the Left’s apparatus seeking to endlessly expand the state and its own power and prestigious.
America’s seniors deserve better. The good news is that they can get better from alternative organizations—such as 60 Plus—that recognize that seniors want sound economic policies rather than the never-ending growth of the state that would bury their grandchildren under a legacy of debt.

Obama using my taxes to buy votes in Ohio

1 million Ohioans using free phone program

Fees on phone bills pay for $1.5 billion national Lifeline program

Subsidized cell phones photo

Aliesa Azbill of Dayton uses a government-subsidized cell phone.
Phone subsidy spending in Ohio photo
Staff Writer
A program that provides subsidized phone service to low-income individuals has nearly doubled in size in Ohio in the past year — now covering more than a million people. At the same time, federal officials say they’re reining in waste, fraud and abuse in the program.
The Federal Communications Commission announced recently that reforms have saved $43 million since January and are expected to save $200 million by year’s end. In Ohio, savings are expected to be $2.9 million a year.
The savings were realized in part because the government gave out fewer cellphones to ineligible people and took steps to avoid issuing duplicate phones.
But the size of the program in the state — and profits to the increasing number of cellphone companies involved — has exploded in recent months, according to a Dayton Daily News analysis of program data.
The program in Ohio cost $26.9 million in the first quarter of 2012, the most recent data available, versus $15.6 million in the same timeframe in 2011. Compared to the first quarter of 2011, the number of people in the program nearly doubled to more than a million.
Growth could cost everyone who owns a phone. The program is funded through the “Universal Service Fund” charge on phone bills — usually a dollar or two per bill — and the amount of the fee is determined by the cost of this and other programs.
A growth of $100 million in this program could result in an increased fee of a few cents on the average bill, according to officials from the agency that administers the program. The total cost of the program nationwide was $1.5 billion in 2011, up from $1.1 billion in 2010.
Growth in the program is fed by the 2008 decision to extend it to prepaid cellphone companies, which get up to $10 every month that someone is subscribed. The number of cellphone companies offering the service in Ohio grew from four in 2011 to nine currently, with seven more awaiting approval from the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.
Advocates for the poor say this growth is to be expected; eligibility is dependent on having a low income or being in a program such as food stamps or heating assistance, and that population is ballooning, they say.
“I am unable to have a cellphone and I need one for emergencies,” said Aliesa Azbill of Dayton, who is in a work training program at Community Action Partnership. She said the 250 free minutes she gets per month through SafeLink isn’t enough to use it for much more than emergencies.
She said it has come in helpful when her home phone has lost service or her 12-year-old daughter goes to the library and she wants her to be able to reach someone in an emergency since public phones have become rare.
Azbill heard about the phone program about six months ago from a friend, and has since told more people about it. Community Action Partnership outreach coordinator Deborah Ferguson said her anti-poverty agency tells people about the program because it helps them reach people when services or jobs become available.
Reforms to the program this year included a one-time crackdown that de-enrolled tens of thousands of people in Ohio found to have more than one phone. The program allows only one line per household; requires future applicants to prove they are eligible, instead of simply attesting to it on a form; and makes people re-enroll each year instead of doing so automatically.
Next year, phone companies will have to check new applicants against a list of current enrollees to screen out duplicates.
“We put in a number of protections to ensure that eligible consumers are signing up and households aren’t getting more than one benefit,” said the FCC’s Kimberly Scardino, who oversees the Lifeline program.
FCC officials point out that many of the reforms became effective in June. So the growth of the program could slow or halt, though they won’t make any predictions.
Studies estimate duplicate service makes up only about 7 percent of the program, and the enrollment has grown nationally from 11.5 million participants in the first quarter of 2011 to 16.5 million in the same period this year. The number of eligible people is estimated at between 20 and 30 million, according to the Universal Service Administrative Company, which administers the program.
“It’s certainly growing, and it’s growing because there are more companies entering the program and offering more services to people,” said USAC Spokesman Eric Iversen.
This growth worries people like Tom Schatz, president of the watchdog group Citizens Against Government Waste.
“There are still questions about whether or not cellphones should be provided at all,” he said. “The entire premise of the program should continue to be examined by Congress.”

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Today's warning signs. America's wake up call!

Charlie McGrath of Wide Awake News offers an insightful and succint breakdown of what’s really going on behind the scenes of government and finance, and says that the people have had enough. The push-back has been growing for quite some time, starting first with Tea Party protests in 2009 and then with widespread Occupy protests in 2011.
With the system already in the midst of collapse and slowly destabilizing, many have not yet realized what’s happening.
Excerpted from Charlie McGrath :
You’re going to see what’s happening in the rest of the world come to this country. It Is Inevitable. It Is Going To Happen.
Do you think for one second Department of Homeland Security is ordering 450 [million] man shredder rounds so that they can sit back and plink at gofers on the weekend? Absolutely not.
Do you think this one internet bill after another, this trying to clamp down on the sharing and free ideas on the internet because it’s not good for people? No. The control grid is being put into place to handle what they know is coming. They already know this is coming. A kinder gentler government is on its way out the door. Par tyranny is what’s on the menu.

Two days ago we have an elderly pharmacist go before parliament [in Greece], put a gun to his head, and blow his head off. In his suicide note he writes “I would rather die than rummage through the garbage. This is sparking a new onslaught of riots inside of Greece.
But it’s not going to stop with Greece. Just like the Greek debt deal did not fix the problem.
The problem is people are being abused and thrown away like trash; they’re being treated like serfs. At some point they’re going to push back.
So, isn’t it fortunate that we have all these pieces of legislation waiting in the wings? Isn’t it fortunate for the government that we have the security industrial complex squarely aiming 450 million forty caliber human shredder rounds at the people that might want to push back.
An unbiased look at the evidence suggests that the financial, economic and political systems of the world are in the process of destabilizing, and the only thing world leaders have been able to do is extend the deadline for the inevitable breaking point.
Despite throwing trillions of dollars and tens of thousands of pages of government regulations at the problem, nothing has been resolved.
In fact, the American economy, our quality of life, our government’s respect for the rule of law, and our liberty as outlined by our founding documents are worse off today than at any time in our nation’s history. We are, by all accounts, in the midst of a massive paradigm shift that promises to fundamentally alter the American way of life – and not for the better.
While the majority of Americans are oblivious to the warning signs around them, recent actions taken by our government and the governments of other industrialized nations suggest The Powers That Be know very well where we’re head. They are and have been taking steps for quite some time to prepare for what is coming next.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The future.....?

How technology will send you to hell in the FEMA camps

Filed under PPRN, Tyranny
By James Smith
9 Sept 2012

It’s 3:35 AM, and there is a pounding on your front door. Seconds pass and the door is kicked in. You scramble for your gun, but it’s too late. The Taser goes through your t-shirt as if it wasn’t there and you drop to the floor in an unnatural spasm.
Your family is marched outside to the street where your neighbors are. Some barely dressed, some still putting on shoes, and some, like you, are recovering from a megavolt of Taser love.
Armed soldiers, some with US flags, some with Russian or UN flags bark orders. In broken English, a Russian soldier tells you to hold still.
He puts a box to your face and you see a quick flash. Congratulations, your face and irises has been scanned and matched against millions of records. Driver license, Facebook photos, and images taken from street cameras have just identified you. Your fingers are scanned as well. Your entire life is on an electronic document somewhere and now it’s been cross referenced and your data collated into one file.

Everyone on the street receives the same treatment. Even the 3 month old baby from the neighbor across the street. All are equal in the eyes of martial law.
The grey FEMA buses roll onto your street and a man with a French accent orders people onto the bus. But only women and children in this bus. The men get the next one. The one with thick iron bars to stop escape.
Men on top of both buses are armed with UMP-40 machine guns. The ones they were trained with at the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.
Each man carries 500 rounds of .40 hollow point rounds – part of the hundreds of millions of rounds paid for by the very people being rounded up.
Impossible you say, it indeed gets worse
From the bus, people are offloaded onto a field after a 2 hour bus ride. The crying of the children break the spirit of some women, and harden the resolve of others. Everyone knows this won’t end well.
Millions of Jews experienced the same nightmare, and so few survived to tell about the horror.
A large grey train can be heard in the distant and it slows down near the crowd. They were ordered to sit and the sexes were ordered to stay segregated.
A man looks furtively. A small fight breaks out a short distance away and the man runs away. The soldiers open fire and now they have one less person to feed.
There are twenty cars to this train. The men are loaded into the train first. When they get inside there are men already in the seats, chained to the floor.
No. This is not fiction from my dark mind. This is reality. This is a possible reality that faces all Americans.
Homeland Security has put in a special request to buy the Cross Match Seek II handheld biometric computers.
No bidding – just a “we’re buying it and you can’t say anything” sort of declaration.
Just how good is this biometric computer?
“The Cross Match livescan systems were purchased initially for the terrorist identification efforts in Afghanistan and have since been used for the same purpose in Guantanamo Bay. Additionally, the systems are used for other FBI deployments regarding related investigations. The functionality of the identity systems meets the requirements of the deployments.”
John Manzo
Project Manager, FBI Next Generation Identification Program Office
And the company, Cross Match technologies, loves to brag on their product:
SEEK II is the culmination of bringing core Cross Match technologies together. Combining forensic-quality fingerprint capture, rapid dual iris scan capability and innovative facial capture technology, SEEK II is a comprehensive biometric identity management solution.
Here are some photos. Remember what this thing looks like. You’ll be seeing it again soon.

And here is the video of this computer in operation:
“But this couldn’t happen” you scream at the screen.
Yes, it could. But if it makes you be able to get out of bed every day, you can deny the possibility. But to quote the last lines in an Extreme Tech article about the one billion dollar facial recognition system being rolled out by the FBI:
“Imagine if the NGI had full access to every driving license and passport photo in the country — and DNA records kept by doctors, and iris scans kept by businesses. The FBI’s NGI, if the right checks and balances aren’t in place, could very easily become a tool that decimates civilian privacy and freedom. Time to invest in a hoodie, I think…”

Russian ships displayed at DNC tribute to vets

By Sam Fellman - Staff writer
Posted: Tuesday Sep 11, 2012 17:16:10 EDT

Retired Adm. John Nathman speaks on stage with military veterans during the final day of the Democratic National Convention on Sept. 6 in Charlotte, N.C. Experts say the ships in the background are Russian. On the last night of the Democratic National Convention, a retired Navy four-star took the stage to pay tribute to veterans. Behind him, on a giant screen, the image of four hulking warships reinforced his patriotic message.
But there was a big mistake in the stirring backdrop: those are Russian warships. “Ships are all Black Sea Fleet,” A. D. Baker III, a retired Office of Naval Intelligence analyst, told Navy Times after looking at the image. “These four ships, at the time the photo was taken, constituted the entire major surface combatant component of the Black Sea Fleet,” Baker said, noting the photo was likely to be six years old or older.
While retired Adm. John Nathman, a former commander of Fleet Forces Command, honored vets as America’s best, the ships from the Russian Federation Navy were arrayed like sentinels on the big screen above.
These were the very Soviet-era combatants that Nathman and Cold Warriors like him had once squared off against.
“The ships are definitely Russian,” said noted naval author Norman Polmar after reviewing hi-resolution photos from the event. “There’s no question of that in my mind.”

Updated List of CoSponsors for Glass-Steagall

This is what got us into the financial mess we blame on Bush.

We are continually working to make sure this list is current, however, if you are aware of an endorsement that is not presented here, please let us know:
The following is a growing list of both congressional support behind bills for Glass Steagall in the House of Representatives and organizations and municipalities which have passed resolutions in support of HR 1489.
With Congress' return from recess on September 11th comes two new co-sponsors of HR 1489, Rep. Janice Hahn (D-CA) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-NJ).

Current List of Congressional Co-Sponsors to Marcy Kaptur's HR1489. (By date of signing)
  1. (init.) Marcy Kaptur (D - OH)
  2. James Moran (D-VA)
  3. Walter Jones (R-NC)
  4. John Conyers (D-MI), former Chair, current ranking member House Judiciary Committee, dean of Black Caucus
  5. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL)
  6. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), former Co-Chair Progressive Caucus
  7. Jim McDermott (D-WA)
  8. Louise McIntosh Slaughter (D-NY), ranking member House Committee on Rules
  9. Edolphus Towns (D-NY), former Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
  10. Maxine Waters (D-CA), former Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus
  11. Marcia Fudge (D-OH)
  12. Kurt Schrader (D-OR)
  13. Danny Davis (D-IL)
  14. Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD)
  15. John Garamendi (D-CA)
  16. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH)
  17. Peter Visclosky (D-IN)
  18. Jan Shakowsky (D-IL)
  19. Barbara Lee (D-Ca), former Chair Congressional Black Caucus, former Co-Chair of the Progressive Caucus
  20. Mike Coffman (R-CO)
  21. George Miller (D-CA), former Chair, current ranking member Education and the Workforce Committee
  22. Hansen Clarke (D-MI)
  23. Fortney Pete Stark (D-Ca)
  24. Michael Capuano (D-MA), ranking member U.S. House financial services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
  25. Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), former Chairman of the United States House Committee on Ways and Means
  26. Rodney Alexander (R-LA)
  27. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), the Co-Chair of the Progressive Caucus
  28. Daniel Lipinski (D-IL)
  29. John F. Tierney (D-MA)
  30. Donna Christensen (D-VI)
  31. Al Green (D-TX)
  32. Bob Filner (D-CA)
  33. Tammy Baldwin(D-WI)
  34. Peter Welch (D-VT)
  35. John Olver (D-MA)
  36. Larry Kissel (D-NC)
  37. Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY)
  38. Chellie Pingree (D-ME)
  39. Michael H. Michaud (D-ME)
  40. Henry C. "Hank" Johnson(D-GA)
  41. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)
  42. Peter DeFazio (D-OR)
  43. Keith Ellison (D-MN)
  44. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee (Co-Chair for Steering)
  45. Wm. Lacy Clay (D-MO)
  46. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), ranking member Committee on Homeland Security
  47. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA)
  48. John Lewis (D-GA)
  49. Tim Ryan (D-OH)
  50. Collin Peterson (D-MN), ranking member of the Agriculture Committee
  51. David Cicilline (D-RI)
  52. Betty Sutton (D-OH)
  53. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)
  54. Donald M. Payne (D-NJ) (* deceased)
  55. Frederica Wilson (D-FL)
  56. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ)
  57. John A. Yarmuth (D-KY)
  58. Michael F. Doyle, (D-PA)
  59. Susan Davis (D-CA)
  60. Dale Kildee (D-MI)
  61. Edward J. Markey (D-MA)
  62. Karen Bass (D-CA)
  63. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX)
  64. Gene Green (D-TX)
  65. Judy Chu (D-CA)
  66. James McGovern (D-MA)
  67. Paul Tonko (D-NY)
  68. Mazie Hirono (D-HI)
  69. Donna Edwards (D-MD)
  70. Eni F.H. Faleomavaega (D-AS)
  71. Silvestre Reyes (D-TX)
  72. Jackie Speier (D-CA)
  73. Bob Brady (D-PA)
  74. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)
  75. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY)
  76. Tim Holden (D-PA)
  77. Gregorio Sablan (D-MP)
  78. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)
  79. Steven Rothman (D-NJ)
  80. Janice Hahn (D-CA)
  81. Elijah Cummings (D-MD)

New Obama order makes it easy to seize guns

Obama Administration Passes New Order Making it easier to seize guns without due process

Filed under News   September 11, 2012

It seems the Obama administration is keeping its word on using the Department of Justice to restrict the rights of gun owners in America.
The Washington Times is reporting that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has just given the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) new powers that will make it easier for the ATF to seize American citizens guns without due process of law.
According to our laws, American citizens must be convicted or charged with a crime before the government can seize their firearms. Under these new Obama Administration rules, Due Process just got thrown right out the window.
The ATF has been given the authority to “seize and administratively forfeit property involved in controlled substance abuses.” This means that anyone suspected of substance abuse can now have their firearms seized without even being arrested.
According to the Times, this gives the federal government the power to seize the guns of citizens, even if they are merely suspected of substance abuse. These citizens do not have to be officially charged or arrested. Hell they don’t even have to be guilty.
Under these new rules, you are effectively deemed guilty by default, and will likely never see your property without engaging in a long and costly legal battle with the federal government. For those that think this power won’t be abused, just look at how Tennessee is abusing a similar law and seizing paper currency from people who have never been charged with a crime.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Report: Obama Misses Over Half His Intelligence Briefings

10 Sep 2012Breitbart

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney calls a new Government Accountability Institute (GAI) report finding that President Obama has missed over half of his daily intelligence briefings “hilarious.” 

“It’s revealing that Mr. Carney did not dispute the Government Accountability Institute’s actual numbers,” said Government Accountability Institute President Peter Schweizer in an interview with Breitbart News. “That’s probably because our findings are drawn directly from the White House’s own calendar.”  

The study found the following:

The Government Accountability Institute, a new conservative investigative research organization, examined President Obama’s schedule from the day he took office until mid-June 2012, to see how often he attended his Presidential Daily Brief (PDB) — the meeting at which he is briefed on the most critical intelligence threats to the country. During his first 1,225 days in office, Obama attended his PDB just 536 times — or 43.8 percent of the time. During 2011 and the first half of 2012, his attendance became even less frequent — falling to just over 38 percent.

During a White House press briefing today, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney blasted the Government Accountability Institute’s findings as being “hilarious” and said:

The President of the United States gets the presidential daily briefing every day. He always reads it, every day, because he’s a voracious consumer of all of his briefing material.

Likewise, National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor fired back the following response to Politico via email:

“The President is among the most sophisticated consumers of intelligence on the planet,” National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor wrote in an e-mail. “He receives and reads his [Presidential Daily Brief] every day, and most days when he’s at the White House receives a briefing in person. When necessary he probes the arguments, requests more information or seeks alternate analysis. Sometimes that’s via a written assessment and other times it’s in person.”

Carney also used the report’s findings to take a swipe at former President George W. Bush:

“I believe if you compare our foreign policy record with the one … that proceeded this one, we’re comfortable with that comparison,” he said at the White House’s daily press briefing. “This president is very much steeped in the details of national security issues.”

This isn’t the first time a Government Accountability Institute study has caused controversy. In July, a GAI analysis of President Obama’s calendar found that the president has spent just 412 hours in economic meetings of any kind throughout his presidency versus the over 600 hours he’s spent golfing.
"The numbers are the numbers," says Peter Schweizer. "We just investigate the facts and report them. Citizens will interpret what they mean for themselves.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Why is Obama skipping more than half of his daily intelligence meetings?

President Obama is touting his foreign policy experience on the campaign trail, but startling new statistics suggest that national security has not necessarily been the personal priority the president makes it out to be. It turns out that more than half the time, the commander in chief does not attend his daily intelligence meeting.
The Government Accountability Institute, a new conservative investigative research organization, examined President Obama’s schedule from the day he took office until mid-June 2012, to see how often he attended his Presidential Daily Brief (PDB) — the meeting at which he is briefed on the most critical intelligence threats to the country. During his first 1,225 days in office, Obama attended his PDB just 536 times — or 43.8 percent of the time. During 2011 and the first half of 2012, his attendance became even less frequent — falling to just over 38 percent. By contrast, Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush almost never missed his daily intelligence meeting.

I asked National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor about the findings, and whether there were any instances where the president attended the intelligence meeting that were not on his public schedule. Vietor did not dispute the numbers, but said the fact that the president, during a time of war, does not attend his daily intelligence meeting on a daily basis is “not particularly interesting or useful.” He says that the president reads his PDB every day, and he disagreed with the suggestion that there is any difference whatsoever between simply reading the briefing book and having an interactive discussion of its contents with top national security and intelligence officials where the president can probe assumptions and ask questions. “I actually don’t agree at all,” Vietor told me in an e-mail, “The president gets the information he needs from the intelligence community each day.”
Yet Vietor also directed me to a Post story written this year in which Obama officials discuss the importance of the intelligence meeting and extol how brilliantly the president runs it. “Obama reads the PDB ahead of time and comes to the morning meeting with questions. Intelligence briefers are there to answer those questions, expand on a point or raise a new issue,” The Post reported. “One regular participant in the roughly 500 Oval Office sessions during Obama’s presidency said the meetings show a president consistently participating in an exploration of foreign policy and intelligence issues.”
Not so consistently, it seems. Since Obama officials have actively promoted the way the president runs his daily intelligence meeting as evidence of his national security leadership (even releasing a photo of him receiving the briefing on an iPad), it is fair to ask why he skips the daily meeting so often.
According to former officials who have detailed knowledge of the PDB process, having the daily meeting — and not just reading the briefing book — is enormously important both for the president and those who prepare the brief. For the president, the meeting is an opportunity to ask questions of the briefers, probe assumptions and request additional information. For those preparing the brief, meeting with the president on a daily basis gives them vital, direct feedback from the commander in chief about what is on his mind, how they can be more responsive to his needs, and what information he may have to feed back into the intelligence process. This process cannot be replicated on paper.
While the Bush records are not yet available electronically for analysis, officials tell me the former president held his intelligence meeting six days a week, no exceptions — usually with the vice president, the White House chief of staff, the national security adviser, the director of National Intelligence, or their deputies, and CIA briefers in attendance. Once a week, he held an expanded Homeland Security briefing that included the Homeland Security adviser, the FBI director and other homeland security officials. Bush also did more than 100 hour-long “deep dives” in which he invited intelligence analysts into the Oval Office to get their unvarnished and sometimes differing views. Such meetings deepened the president’s understanding of the issues and helped analysts better understand the problems with which he was wrestling.
When Obama forgoes this daily intelligence meeting, he is consciously placing other priorities ahead of national security. As The Post story that the Obama White House sent me put it, “Process tells you something about an administration. How a president structures his regular morning meeting on intelligence and national security is one way to measure his personal approach to foreign policy.”
Indeed it is. So is how often he holds it. With President Obama, it seems, the regular morning meeting on intelligence is not so regular.
Marc A. Thiessen, a fellow with the American Enterprise Institute, writes a weekly online column for The Post.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Democrats: "Let’s Ban Profits!"

Waters turning red!

Last month a lake in France and now China?
(ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)For a river known as the "golden watercourse," red is a strange color to see.
Yet that's the shade turning up in the Yangtze River and officials have no idea why.
The red began appearing in the Yangtze, the longest and largest river in China and the third longest river in the world, yesterday near the city of Chongquing, where the Yangtze connects to the Jialin River.
The Yangtze, called "golden" because of the heavy rainfall it receives year-round, runs through Chongqing, Southwest China's largest industrial and commercial center, also known as the "mountain city" because of the hills and peaks upon which its many buildings and factories stand.
The red color stopped some residents in their tracks. They put water from the river in bottles to save it.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Are You Better Off?

Are You Better Off? 40 Statistics That Will Absolutely Shock You

Are you better off today than you were four years ago?  This is a question that comes up nearly every election.  This year the Romney campaign has even created a Twitter hashtag for it: #AreYouBetterOff.  The Democrats are making lots of speeches claiming that we are better off, and the Republicans are making lots of speeches claiming that we are not.  So are most Americans actually better off than they were four years ago?  Of course not.  One recent poll found that only 20 percent of Americans believe that they are better off financially than they were four years ago.  But the same thing was true four years ago as well.  Our economy has been in decline and the middle class has been shrinking for a very long time.  The Democrats want to put all of the blame on the Republicans for this, and the Republicans want to put all of the blame on the Democrats for this.  A recent CNN headline defiantly declared the following: "Decline of middle class not Obama's fault", and this is the kind of thing we are going to hear day after day until the election in November.  But obviously something has gone fundamentally wrong with our economy.  So who should we blame?
Sadly, you hear very little on the mainstream news networks or the talk radio shows about the institution that has the most power over our economy.  The Federal Reserve has far more power over our financial system than anyone else does, but the media and both political parties tell us that the Federal Reserve is "above politics" and that their "independence" must never be questioned.
Unfortunately, most Americans have gone along with that.
But the truth is that the debt-based financial system that the Federal Reserve is at the core of is absolutely central to our economic problems.  If you do not understand this, please see this article: "10 Things That Every American Should Know About The Federal Reserve".
The Federal Reserve has done more to mess up our economy than anyone else has.
So shouldn't they be held accountable?
That is a very good question.
Have you ever wondered why financial markets move so dramatically whenever Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke gives a speech?
The same thing does not happen when Barack Obama gives a speech.
That is because the financial markets know who holds the real power in our financial system.
But during this election season the American people are told to put all of their attention on the "red team" and the "blue team".  We are told that the two major political parties are philosophical opposites and that they want to take the United States is two completely different directions.
The "true believers" on the blue team are completely and totally convinced that Barack Obama will be able to rescue the economy and save America.
The "true believers" on the red team are completely and totally convinced that Mitt Romney will be able to rescue the economy and save America.
Once upon a time I was one of those political activists.  I was fully convinced that America could be turned around if we could just get enough Republicans into office.
But then I noticed that nothing really seemed to change no matter who was in power.  I became disillusioned as I realized that Republicans were doing things pretty much the exact same way that Democrats were doing them when they got into power.
Yes, there are some minor differences between the two parties on taxes and regulations.
If we elect one guy over the other our economy might decline at a slightly different pace.
But in the end both political parties are taking us to the exact same place.
Down the toilet.
I wish that wasn't true.
But we need to be honest with ourselves....
-Both parties fully support the Federal Reserve.
-Both parties supported the nomination of Ben Bernanke to a second term as the head of the Federal Reserve.
-Both parties endlessly push the job-killing "free trade" agenda of the global elite.
-Both parties see nothing wrong with running absolutely enormous trade deficits with the rest of the world.
-Both parties supported TARP.
-Both parties supported the "economic stimulus" packages.
-Both parties supported the auto industry bailouts.
-Both parties have run up massive amounts of federal debt when in power.
-Both parties have greatly expanded the size of the federal government when in power.
-Both parties are full of control freaks and both parties have added more layers of ridiculous regulations to our already overburdened society when in power.
-Neither party supports getting rid of the income tax or the IRS.
-Neither party has any intention of doing anything to prevent the coming derivatives crisis that could bring down the entire global financial system.
-Both parties are absolutely showered with cash from the big Wall Street banks.
-Both parties think that the TSA is doing a great job.
-Both parties supported the NDAA and the renewal of the Patriot Act.
-Both parties have greatly expanded the unconstitutional surveillance of American citizens by government agencies.
-Both parties are extremely soft on illegal immigration.
-Both parties have treated military veterans horribly.
-Both parties are absolutely packed with corrupt politicians that are living the high life at your expense.
-Neither party plans to balance the federal budget in 2013 if their candidate wins the election.
-Neither party has a plan that will fix our deeply broken health care system.
-Neither party has any plans to shut down the Federal Reserve.  In fact, both parties see absolutely nothing wrong with our current system.
Of course this list could go on indefinitely, but hopefully you get the point.
But I can understand those that are deeply frustrated with Barack Obama and that desperately want to avoid another four years of his policies.
I also believe that Barack Obama has been the worst president in U.S. history and that he and his entire cabinet should immediately resign in disgrace.
However, the Republican party foolishly chose to nominate the Republican candidate that was most like Barack Obama to run against him.
That was an enormous mistake.
No matter what the talk radio shows are telling you, the truth is that this country will continue on pretty much the same path no matter who wins the election.
I know that statement is going to make a lot of people angry.  But it is the sad reality of what we are facing.
Even if you focus on just the economy, the truth is that Mitt Romney's "five point plan" is almost exactly the same thing that Barack Obama has been saying.
Many Americans believe that since Mitt Romney made lots of money on Wall Street conducting leveraged buyouts of vulnerable corporations that he understands how to fix our economy.
Sadly, that is not the truth.
I have listened to many Romney speeches about the economy and I keep waiting for some pearls of wisdom, but I have found that he is just as clueless about the economy as our other recent presidents have been.
Look, I know that there are a lot of people out there that have good hearts that want to have someone that they can believe in.
They want to believe that things can get better.
They want to have hope.
And I don't blame them for that.
I just think that it is time to pull our heads out of the sand and realize that things are not going to be getting any better.
A political savior on a white horse is not going to come riding in to save the day.
So by this point in the article a whole lot of Democrats and a whole lot of Republicans are very upset with me.
But I am not against you.  There is way too much hate in our society today.  Even if we disagree with someone else we can still love them.
I just think that it is very important that we understand that there is not going to be a solution to our problems on the national level and that our economy is headed for collapse no matter who gets elected.
The total amount of debt in the United States has risen from less than 2 trillion dollars to nearly 55 trillion dollars over the past 40 years, and there is nothing that Barack Obama or Mitt Romney can do to prevent the "correction" that is coming.
So are Americans better off than they were four years ago?
Of course not.
But things will soon get a whole lot worse no matter how the election turns out.
The following are 40 statistics that will absolutely shock you....
#1 During the time Barack Obama has been in the White House, median household income has fallen by 7.3 percent.
#2 Back in 2007, 19.2 percent of all American families had a net worth of zero or less than zero.  By 2010, that figure had soared to 32.5 percent.
#3 According to the Federal Reserve, the median net worth of American families dropped "from $126,400 in 2007 to $77,300 in 2010".
#4 According to the Pew Research Center, 61 percent of all Americans were "middle income" back in 1971.  Today, only 51 percent of all Americans are "middle income".
#5 Back in 1970, middle income Americans brought home 62 percent of all income in the United States.  In 2010, middle income Americans only brought home 45 percent of all income.
#6 The unemployment rate in the United States has been above 8 percent for 42 straight months.
#7 The percentage of working age Americans with a job has been below 59 percent for 35 months in a row.
#8 In June, the number of Americans added to the food stamp rolls was nearly three times larger than the number of jobs added to the U.S. economy.
#9 Approximately 53 percent of all U.S. college graduates under the age of 25 were either unemployed or underemployed last year.
#10 Since Barack Obama entered the White House, the number of long-term unemployed Americans has risen from 2.7 million to 5.2 million.
#11 Today, the average duration of unemployment in the United States is about three times as long as it was back in the year 2000.
#12 According to a report that has just been released by the National Employment Law Project, 58 percent of the jobs that have been created since the end of the recession have been low paying jobs.
#13 According to the Center for Economic and Policy Research, only 24.6 percent of all of the jobs in the United States are "good jobs".
#14 In 2010, the number of jobs created at new businesses in the United States was less than half of what it was back in the year 2000.
#15 The average pay for self-employed Americans fell by $3,721 between 2006 and 2010.
#16 According to U.S. Representative Betty Sutton, America has lost an average of 15 manufacturing facilities a day over the last 10 years.  During 2010 it got even worse.  That year, an average of 23 manufacturing facilities a day shut down in the United States.
#17 At this point, one out of every four American workers has a job that pays $10 an hour or less.
#18 While Barack Obama has been president the velocity of money has plunged to a post-World War II low.
#19 According to one recent survey, 85 percent of middle class Americans say that it is harder to maintain a middle class standard of living today compared with 10 years ago.
#20 Electricity bills in the United States have risen faster than the overall rate of inflation for five years in a row.
#21 There are now 20.2 million Americans that spend more than half of their incomes on housing.  That represents a 46 percent increase from 2001.
#22 Over the past decade, health insurance premiums have risen three times faster than wages have in the United States.
#23 Health insurance costs have risen by 23 percent since Barack Obama became president.
#24 As I wrote about yesterday, back in 1980 less than 10 percent of U.S. GDP was spent on health care but now about 18 percent of U.S. GDP goes toward health care.
#25 In a previous article, I noted that 62 percent of all middle class Americans say that they have had to reduce household spending over the past year.
#26 Family budgets in America are being stretched to the breaking point.  Today, 77 percent of all Americans live paycheck to paycheck at least part of the time.
#27 While Barack Obama has been president, U.S. home values have fallen by another 11 percent.
#28 More than three times as many new homes were sold in the United States in 2005 as will be sold in 2012.
#29 The United States was once ranked #1 in the world in GDP per capita.  Today we have slipped to #11.
#30 Since Barack Obama became president, the number of Americans living in poverty has risen by 6.4 million.
#31 The number of Americans on food stamps has grown from about 17 million in the year 2000 to 31.9 million when Barack Obama entered the White House to 46.7 million today.
#32 Approximately one-fourth of all U.S. children are enrolled in the food stamp program at this point.
#33 It is being projected that half of all American children will be on food stamps at least once before they turn 18 years of age.
#34 It is estimated that child homelessness in the United States has risen by 33 percent since 2007.
#35 Back in 1965, only one out of every 50 Americans was on Medicaid.  Today, approximately one out of every 6 Americans is on Medicaid.
#36 As I wrote about the other day, it is being projected that Obamacare will add 16 million more Americans to the Medicaid rolls.
#37 It is being projected that the number of Americans on Medicare will grow from 50.7 million in 2012 to 73.2 million in 2025.
#38 The number of Americans receiving federal housing assistance increased by a whopping 42 percent between 2006 and 2010.
#39 At this point, well over 100 million Americans are enrolled in at least one welfare program run by the federal government.
#40 Amazingly, more than half of all Americans are now at least partially financially dependent on the government.
So are you better off than you used to be or worse off?

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Wall Street Journal Sizes Up Obama

A "deadly" article regarding Obama, at the Wall Street Journal, which today is the most widely circulated newspaper in America .

Article from the Wall Street Journal - by Alan Caruba:

"I have this theory about Barack Obama. I think he's led a kind of make-believe life in which money was provided and doors were opened because at some point early on somebody or some group (George Soros anybody?) took a look at this tall, good looking, half-white, half-black, young man with an exotic African/Muslim name and concluded he could be guided toward a life in politics where his facile speaking skills could even put him in the White House.

In a very real way, he has been a young man in a very big hurry. Who else do you know has written two memoirs before the age of 45? "Dreams of My Father" was published in 1995 when he was only 34 years old. The "Audacity of Hope" followed in 2006. If, indeed, he did write them himself. There are some who think that his mentor and friend, Bill Ayers, a man who calls himself a "communist with a small 'c'" was the real author.

His political skills consisted of rarely voting on anything that might be deemed controversial. He went from a legislator in the Illinois legislature to the Senator from that state because he had the good fortune of having Mayor Daley's formidable political machine at his disposal.

He was in the U.S. Senate so briefly that his bid for the presidency was either an act of astonishing self-confidence or part of some greater game plan that had been determined before he first stepped foot in the Capital. How, many must wonder, was he selected to be a 2004 keynote speaker at the Democrat convention that nominated John Kerry when virtually no one had ever even heard of him before?

He outmaneuvered Hillary Clinton in primaries. He took Iowa by storm. A charming young man, an anomaly in the state with a very small black population, he oozed "cool" in a place where agriculture was the antithesis of cool. He dazzled the locals. And he had an army of volunteers drawn to a charisma that hid any real substance.

And then he had the great good fortune of having the Republicans select one of the most inept candidates for the presidency since Bob Dole. And then John McCain did something crazy. He picked Sarah Palin, an unknown female governor from the very distant state of Alaska . It was a ticket that was reminiscent of 1984's Walter Mondale and Geraldine Ferraro and they went down to defeat.

The mainstream political media fell in love with him. It was a schoolgirl crush with febrile commentators like Chris Mathews swooning then and now over the man. The venom directed against McCain and, in particular, Palin, was extraordinary.

Now, 3 full years into his presidency, all of those gilded years leading up to the White House have left him unprepared to be President. Left to his own instincts, he has a talent for saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. It swiftly became a joke that he could not deliver even the briefest of statements without the ever-present Tele-Prompters.

Far worse, however, is his capacity to want to "wish away" some terrible realities, not the least of which is the Islamist intention to destroy America and enslave the West. Any student of history knows how swiftly Islam initially spread. It knocked on the doors of Europe, having gained a foothold in Spain .

The great crowds that greeted him at home or on his campaign "world tour" were no substitute for having even the slightest grasp of history and the reality of a world filled with really bad people with really bad intentions.

Oddly and perhaps even inevitably, his political experience, a cakewalk, has positioned him to destroy the Democrat Party's hold on power in Congress because in the end it was never about the Party. It was always about his communist ideology, learned at an early age from family, mentors, college professors, and extreme leftist friends and colleagues.

Obama is a man who could deliver a snap judgment about a Boston police officer who arrested an "obstreperous" Harvard professor-friend, but would warn Americans against "jumping to conclusions" about a mass murderer at Fort Hood who shouted "Allahu Akbar." The absurdity of that was lost on no one. He has since compounded this by calling the Christmas bomber "an isolated extremist" only to have to admit a day or two later that he was part of an al Qaeda plot.

He is a man who could strive to close down our detention facility at Guantanamo even though those released were known to have returned to the battlefield against America . He could even instruct his Attorney General to afford the perpetrator of 9/11 a civil trial when no one else would ever even consider such an obscenity. And he is a man who could wait three days before having anything to say about the perpetrator of yet another terrorist attack on Americans and then have to elaborate on his remarks the following day because his first statement was so lame.

The pattern repeats itself. He either blames any problem on the Bush administration or he naively seeks to wish away the truth.

Knock, knock. Anyone home? Anyone there? Barack Obama exists only as the sock puppet of his handlers, of the people who have maneuvered and manufactured this pathetic individual's life.

When anyone else would quickly and easily produce a birth certificate, this man spent over a million dollars to deny access to his. Most other documents, the paper trail we all leave in our wake, have been sequestered from review. He has lived a make-believe life whose true facts remain hidden.

We laugh at the ventriloquist's dummy, but what do you do when the dummy is President of the United States .

We the people are coming!

Only 86% will send this on. Should be a 100%. What will you do?

Please send it on if only to one person.

Christians Denied Chance to Welcome DNC Delegates - Politics - CBN News - Christian News 24-7 -

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

God’s name has been removed from the Democratic National Committee platform.

Exclusive: Democrats Drop 'God' From Party Platform

David Brody

CBN News Chief Political Correspondent

Guess what? God’s name has been removed from the Democratic National Committee platform.
This is the paragraph that was in the 2008 platform:
“We need a government that stands up for the hopes, values, and interests of working people, and gives everyone willing to work hard the chance to make the most of their God-given potential.”
Now the words “God-given” have been removed. The paragraph has been restructured to say this:
“We gather to reclaim the basic bargain that built the largest middle class and the most prosperous nation on Earth – the simple principle that in America, hard work should pay off, responsibility should be rewarded, and each one of us should be able to go as far as our talent and drive take us.”

Monday, September 3, 2012

You Know You’re a Moron If…

We now know the theme of Barack Obama’s campaign in the remaining weeks before the November 6 election. 


September 3, 2012 | By  

In an interview with the Associated Press last week he said that Mitt Romney holds “extreme positions.” This is in line with the immediate Democratic Party attack launched against Paul Ryan as a “radical.”
The sad part of this is that people who will vote for Obama still believe what he says.
To them I say, you know you’re a moron if….
You can ignore the fact that, under Obama, the nation has been through forty-two months with an unemployment rate of eight percent or higher.
You know you’re a moron if…
You don’t know that there are currently an estimated 23,000,000 Americans unemployed or who have simply given up looking for work.
You know you’re a moron if….
You don’t know that there are 45,000,000 Americans on food stamps.
You know you’re a moron if….
You don’t know that there are 46,000,000 Americans living below the poverty line.
You know you’re a moron if….
You don’t know that the Congress has not passed a budget in the last three years and that both houses were controlled by the Democratic Party for Obama’s first two years in office.
You know you’re a moron if….
You don’t know that Obamacare takes $716 billion out of Medicare in order to fund a law that has twenty-two new taxes hidden in it.
You know you’re a moron if….
You don’t know that the United States of America is $16 trillion in debt; more than the nation’s annual Gross Domestic Product, the total of all its goods and services.
You know you’re a moron if….
You don’t know that the Obama Department of Justice sued Arizona to thwart its effort to stop illegal immigration and reduce the flow of drugs and human trafficking across its border with Mexico.
You know you’re a moron if…
You don’t know that the Obama administration is still covering up “Fast and Furious”, an operation to move guns to the Mexican drug cartels that cost a Border Patrol office his life.
You know you’re a moron if….
You don’t know that Obama’s “stimulus” program, a $787 billion slush fund for unions, green energy companies, and other cronies of the administration, has been a massive failure.
You know you’re a moron if…
You don’t know that Obama intervened to stop the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline even though it was estimated to produce 20,000 construction and related jobs, and provide the U.S. with Canadian oil without costing the American taxpayer a dollar.
You know you’re a moron if…
After Obama installed pro-union members on the National Labor Relations Board, it ordered Boeing aircraft company not to build a plant in South Carolina.
You know you’re a moron if…
You don’t know that in May 2012 Obama endorsed same-sex marriages, the first President to ever do that. The next day, North Carolina voters approved a ban on gay and lesbian marriages.
You know you’re a moron if….
You think it’s a good idea to reduce America’s nuclear arsenal to 1,500 warheads in a world where the North Koreans have nukes, Pakistan has nukes, and Iran is working feverishly to acquire them.
I could go on, but it is a very long list of things Democrats and liberals apparently either do not know or prefer to ignore.
Voters for Obama will ignore the fact that Obama is “transforming” America into the equivalent of Greece and taking the nation over a fiscal cliff.
© Alan Caruba, 2012