Obama

Do Americans truly understand ‘redistribution of wealth’?

by Virginia Prodan

The  recently uncovered tape of Obama addressing students at Loyola University in  1998 has produced an uproar.  In the tape, Obama expressed  his admiration for redistributive government programs:

I  think the trick is figuring out how do we structure government systems that pool  resources and hence facilitate some redistribution, because I actually believe  in redistribution, at least at a certain level to make sure that everybody’s got  a shot.  How do we pool resources at the same time as we decentralize  delivery systems in ways that foster competition, can work in the marketplace,  and can foster innovation at the local level and can be tailored to particular  communities?

If  he is elected, Obama’s 1998 proposition will be reality in the next four  years.

Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/09/do_americans_truly_understand_redistribution_of_wealth.html#ixzz27doHnImP

America’s Defense Crumbling Under Obama

by Dell’s Bottom Line

“We were once “second to none” in military superiority.  Very soon we may be “second to all”.

“The effects have been immediate and pronounced: nearly 10,000 airmen are being cut; 227 aircraft are being prematurely retired; and critical capability shortfalls are on the rise.”

To suggest we are at a point of no return regarding U.S. military strength would be a gross understatement.  We are standing by, helpless – so it seems – as President Barack Obama plays politics with the entire future of America’s military strength and preparedness.  And it’s all hanging on the President’s insistence on taxing the rich at a higher rate than everyone else.  The so-called class warfare that will seriously damage our defense mechanism no matter who blinks first.

The entire boondoggle is called “Sequestration” and that’s a word you should become immediately familiar with for the sake of our nation’s future.

Mackenzie Eaglen is a resident fellow at the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies. Doug Birkey is head of government affairs for the non-partisan Air Force Association.  Read what they have to say about the perilous position our military finds itself in right this very moment, by clicking right here.

Here’s just a sample:

“A year has passed since Congress passed and President Obama signed into law the Budget Control Act-the legislation mandating sequestration. Funding cuts that once seemed politically remote now loom large for leaders increasingly anxious about the impact $1.2 trillion in automatic budget reductions will have upon their respective districts and states. An estimated two million jobs at risk is a possibility no lawmaker can ignore.

Sequestration threatens the country’s ability to allow those in uniform to do their jobs. To understand what it means in real terms, look at the Air Force. Over the past decade, the service has been hit with numerous cuts and now the 2013 budget risks pushing airmen over the brink. There comes a point when people simply cannot do more with less. Unless Congress passes a sustainable and viable alternative to the Budget Control Act, challenges arising in the Air Force will be mirrored throughout the Army, Navy and Marine Corps — curtailing the number of key policy options upon which our nation’s leaders depend.

“Sequestration threatens the country’s ability to allow those in uniform to do their jobs.” -Mackenzie Eaglen Pentagon Seeks To Tread Water in Asia; Lacks Resources for Pivot

When Defense Secretary Leon Panetta introduced the Pentagon’s new strategic guidance this past January, he said that the country faced a “strategic turning point.”

Read more here:

http://www.independentsentinel.com/2012/08/americas-defense-crumbling-under-obama/

 

 

 

Obama, Welfare President, Socialist Nation

by Sara Noble

With 100 million people on welfare, we now have nearly one-third of our population on entitlements. This clearly points to a systemic problem in our culture. In no way is there a need for one-third of any country to be on welfare. Unfortunately we now have a President who pushes the welfare state.

Does anyone really believe this is sustainable?

Harry Reid refuses to bring a budget to the floor of the Senate in violation of the law because it would hurt the Democratic chances for re-election if people were awakened to the crisis of debt being created.

“1,164 days have elapsed since Senate Democrats last offered a budget plan for the nation. Since that time, we’ve spent $11 trillion and added $4.7 trillion to the debt. The unemployment rate has now been above 8 percent for 41 consecutive months.

Higher debt leads to slower economic growth. Empirical studies show that high levels of government debt inhibit economic growth by creating uncertainty, displacing needed private investment, and placing upward pressure on interest rates…” [Republican Senate Budget Committee]

Read more here:

http://www.independentsentinel.com/2012/08/obama-welfare-president/

Who Gets a Pass?

by Victor Davis Hanson

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently said of the Chick-fil-A fast-food franchise that “Chick-fil-A’s values are not Chicago’s values.” Why? Because Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy is on record as being opposed to gay marriage — as is close to half the U.S. population, according to polls. The mayors of Boston and San Francisco also suggested that the company isn’t welcome in their cities.

Oddly, none of these public officials have lectured President Obama to keep clear of their cities. Yet until recently, Obama was likewise on record as opposing gay marriage. Why the exemption?

Nor have the mayors in question disinvited any black churches from their cities. Yet some pastors in churches with black congregations have been quite loud in their denunciations of gay marriage. Fundamentalist Islamic mosques routinely disparage homosexuals, often publicly so in their literature. Is there something about white Christian males that makes their opposition to gay marriage different from that of their black or Muslim counterparts?

Even as Emanuel warned Cathy that his company did not reflect “Chicago values,” his own city remains among the most murderous in the world. This year, Chicago youth have killed more Americans than have the Taliban in Afghanistan. Unable to stop the carnage, a desperate Emanuel welcomed in Nation of Islam minister Louis Farrakhan to help quell the mostly black-on-black violence, even though the latter has a long record of racist and anti-Semitic tirades. Is the Chick-fil-A CEO a greater danger to Chicago than gun-toting gangs, or more illiberal than the racist Farrakhan?

Politics — not just race or religion — is also a key to the paradoxical double standard. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) just slandered Nuclear Regulatory Commission member Bill Magwood, an African-American, as “one of the most unethical, prevaricating, incompetent people I’ve dealt with.” Reid, furious with Magwood because of his support for the Yucca Mountain nuclear repository in Reid’s state, also called Magwood a “treacherous, miserable liar,” “a first-class rat” and a “sh-t stirrer.”

Read more here:

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2012/08/09/who_gets_a_pass_115050.html

President Obama Blames Bush at His Own Portrait Unveiling

by Sara Noble

President Obama can’t stop blaming George Bush. Even George Bush’s portrait unveiling was occasion to insult him yet again.

This is what the very cynical President Obama said –

“The months before I took the oath of office were a chaotic time,” Obama told a crowd of mostly former Bush administration officials and members of the Bush family, including Bush’s parents, former President George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush.[…]

“We knew our economy was in trouble, our fellow Americans were in pain, but we wouldn’t know until later just how breathtaking the financial crisis had been,” Obama continued with the Bush family and colleagues seated just a few feet away.

In stark contrast, former President George W. Bush was gracious and good humored. At one point, he referred to his portrait and joked that when [Obama is] “wandering” the White House halls grappling with tough decisions, he will “now be able to gaze at this portrait and ask, ‘What would George do?’”

Former President Bush sounded like Ronald Reagan talking about John Wayne. Remember John Wayne? He was a good friend of Ronald Reagan’s. John Wayne said he was a socialist in his college days but soon learned that system was not going to work. John Wayne and Ronald Reagan shared a mutual admiration. Both exuded class.

The economist Arthur Laffer recalls that shortly after the U.S. invasion of Grenada in 1983, he met Reagan at a conference. He told Reagan that the newspapers had reported that the administration had gone back and forth on whether to go with the invasion. Laffer asked: “What made you finally decide to do it?” Reagan said, “Well, Art, finally I asked myself, what would John Wayne have done?” Source: Scotsman

What WOULD John Wayne do?

Read more here:

http://www.independentsentinel.com/2012/06/presidential-styles-at-the-portrait-unveiling-on-thursday/#comment-3131

A Cure for President Obama’s March Madness

by James Soviero

It used to be when people referenced President Obama and March Madness the nation was treated to pleasing images of college basketball brackets, long three pointers, and Cinderella Teams.  Not so this year.  What we’re hearing and seeing is anything put pleasant.  On the contrary, this March the president has spent a great deal of his time just being plain, old, mad.  In speech after speech he’s directed his anger at those big, bad, oil companies.  It seems sky rocketing gas prices are proving unhelpful to Mr. Obama’s bid for reelection.

Voters have some pretty solid reasons for blaming him for their pain at the pump.  Filling up the car, or truck costs more than twice what it did when Obama assumed office.  His Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu, has been on record saying, “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe…”.  Mr. Chu, who does not have a car, recently told a congressional hearing the Administration was not working to lower gas prices, but to wean our nation off oil.

Some of the president’s own, troubling words regarding the cost of energy have been resurrected.  He stated, “Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity prices would necessarily skyrocket…”.  When previously asked about spiking fuel costs Mr. Obama commented coldly, he “would have preferred a gradual adjustment”.   Then there is his lack of interest in bringing more crude on line.  President Obama killed the Keystone Pipeline, and under his Administration,  there has been a huge drop in the number of permits issued to companies seeking oil on federal lands.

Barack Obama apparently feels the cure to his political ills is to demand outfits developing our fossil fuel resources be forced to pay more money to the federal government.   The idea could be a big winner for him, and the country, if he’d simply allow the companies an opportunity to do just that.  The problem is, Mr. Obama’s policies of delaying and denying natural resource development have prevented these businesses from feeding big bucks to government bureaucracies.  While the president is looking to recover 4 billion dollars in “subsidies” from targeted organizations, he keeps those very same groups from paying infinitely more in both taxes and fees.

Read more here:

It used to be when people referenced President Obama and March Madness the nation was treated to pleasing images of college basketball brackets, long three pointers, and Cinderella Teams.  Not so this year.  What we’re hearing and seeing is anything put pleasant.  On the contrary, this March the president has spent a great deal of his time just being plain, old, mad.  In speech after speech he’s directed his anger at those big, bad, oil companies.  It seems sky rocketing gas prices are proving unhelpful to Mr. Obama’s bid for reelection.

Voters have some pretty solid reasons for blaming him for their pain at the pump.  Filling up the car, or truck costs more than twice what it did when Obama assumed office.  His Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu, has been on record saying, “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe…”.  Mr. Chu, who does not have a car, recently told a congressional hearing the Administration was not working to lower gas prices, but to wean our nation off oil.

Some of the president’s own, troubling words regarding the cost of energy have been resurrected.  He stated, “Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity prices would necessarily skyrocket…”.  When previously asked about spiking fuel costs Mr. Obama commented coldly, he “would have preferred a gradual adjustment”.   Then there is his lack of interest in bringing more crude on line.  President Obama killed the Keystone Pipeline, and under his Administration,  there has been a huge drop in the number of permits issued to companies seeking oil on federal lands.

Barack Obama apparently feels the cure to his political ills is to demand outfits developing our fossil fuel resources be forced to pay more money to the federal government.   The idea could be a big winner for him, and the country, if he’d simply allow the companies an opportunity to do just that.  The problem is, Mr. Obama’s policies of delaying and denying natural resource development have prevented these businesses from feeding big bucks to government bureaucracies.  While the president is looking to recover 4 billion dollars in “subsidies” from targeted organizations, he keeps those very same groups from paying infinitely more in both taxes and fees.

Read more here:

http://www.independentsentinel.com/2012/04/a-cure-for-president-obamas-march-madness/

 

Blame Obama, Not Oil Companies For High Prices

Energy Policy: That gas prices are edging ever closer to $4 a gallon is bad enough. But even worse is the fact that the public blames the wrong villains. No wonder President Obama seems so unconcerned.

Last week’s average price for regular gasoline hit $3.94 a gallon, according to the Dept. of Energy. That’s up 11 cents in just three weeks, and more than $2 a gallon since Obama took office.

So who gets the blame? Obama for cutting oil production on federal lands and killing Keystone XL pipeline, for endlessly berating the industry and offhandedly dismissing oil as “yesterday’s fuel”?

Nope, almost half of Americans in the latest IBD/TIPP poll blame oil companies and Wall Street speculators, the two players that have nothing whatever to do with the pain at the pump.

Twenty-eight percent blame price-gouging by oil companies as being most responsible for rising gas prices. And 18% blame “the actions of speculators.” Just 13% blamed “lack of domestic production.”

But the Federal Trade Commission and the Government Accountability Office have repeatedly investigated the oil industry for collusion or price gouging after previous price spikes. Each time they’ve found the same thing: The industry is highly competitive, and supply and demand, not collusion, set the price of oil.

Read more Here:

http://news.investors.com/Article.aspx?id=606492&p=1&ibdbot=1

US Secret Service Says No Anti-Obama Rallies Allowed!

by Sher Zieve

Over the weekend I received an email from my local TEA Party Director that Barack Hussein Obama would fly into Carlsbad, NM airport on Wednesday 21 March, in order to “make an appearance at the South Easter NM oilfields.”  However, apparently after hearing that an immediate anti-Obama rally had been planned, Obama and his entourage changed the landing location to Roswell, NM… a city 77 miles from Carlsbad.

Note:  Interesting as, despite the fear and trepidation Obama is trying valiantly to instill into the American people, his own panic seems to be showing.

When the US Secret Service discovered that the enterprising group of our Southeast New Mexico Patriots had, also, switched their plans and would drive to Roswell to engage in peaceful and Constitutionally allowed dissent against the Obama policies of the destruction of the United States of America, the SS began to put their respective feet down.  First, the SS made a strong request that the anti-Obama rally not occur…at all.  When the TEA Party members advised them that they still planned to do so, it was announced that the main road (Earl Cummings Loop) into and out of the Roswell airport would be closed.  In other words, only the planned Obama sycophants, adherents and Adoration Groups will be allowed in…all others no longer have any free speech.

Read more here:

http://gulagbound.com/27609/us-secret-service-says-no-anti-obama-rallies-allowed/

Time To Chu-se

Need a sure sign that rising gas prices are worrying the Obama White  House?

Note last week’s public humiliation of Energy Secretary Steven Chu.

Asked at a Senate hearing about his infamous 2008 statement that “somehow we  have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe” — to force Americans off fossil fuels and into alternative energy — Chu meekly  said: “I no longer share that view.”

He added: “Of course we don’t want the price of gasoline to go up, we want it  to go down.”

But just one week before, in a House hearing, when asked if the “overall goal  is to get our [gasoline] price down,” Chu responded: “No, the overall goal is to  decrease our dependency on oil.”

What changed in a week? Gas prices heading north in the direction of $5 a  gallon — and President Obama’s poll numbers heading precipitously south of 50%.

Now, it’s probably not entirely fair for voters to draw such comparisons; a lot of factors determine the price of a gallon of gasoline.

But fair doesn’t always count for a lot in politics.

And instead of blatant political posturing, it would be nice if the  administration embraced policies that might help dampen long-term gas-price  fluctuation — and leave America less vulnerable to the vagaries of Middle East  turmoil.

But no sign of that happening.

Quite the contrary.

Earlier this month, the US Senate voted on legislation directing the  administration to fast-track the Keystone XL pipeline Canada-to-Texas project.

The measure failed for one simple reason: President Obama twisted the arms of  Democrats to convince them not to back it.

Previously, Obama blocked pipeline development in a sop to the environmental  radicals who make up the Democratic base.

A Democratic-majority Senate passing legislation clearly repudiating this  decision would have been a major election-year embarrassment.

Can’t have that, now, can we?

So the president throws in with the environmental extremists — at the expense  of increased domestic-oil distribution.

And his energy secretary is forced to humiliate himself after naively  revealing the administration’s true motives. Sad.

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/editorials/time_to_chu_se_1SuATDjstTNvS9KDxiKhlK#ixzz1pXcys5Hb

 

What If Oil and Natural Gas Are Renewable Resources?

by Greg Lewis

President  Barack Obama and his green energy  confederates are determined to scare the public about a declining supply of  “fossil fuels.”  If we accept the  idea that oil is produced by the conversion of organic matter — from plants to  dinosaurs — under extreme pressure, we must also accept the idea that there is  a limited supply of oil and that we’ve got to do everything we can to find a  replacement for fossil fuels before we run out.

The  evidence is mounting that not only do we have more than a century’s worth of  recoverable oil in the United States alone (even if there is a limit to the  earth’s oil supply), but that we also actually have a limitless supply of Texas  tea because oil is in fact a renewable resource that is being constantly created  deep under the earth’s surface and which rises upward, where microscopic  organisms that thrive in the intense pressure and heat miles below us interact  with and alter it.

Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/03/what_if_oil_and_natural_gas_are_renewable_resources.html#ixzz1pXcIArHo

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