Perhaps a Little “Poetic Injustice”?

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I hate to see anyone get the shaft! This is also not a fluke … this same kind of story is cropping up in the news more and more frequently.  I do think, however, this is a little “poetic injustice” and folks like these got exactly what the voted for!

San Francisco architect Lee Hammack says he and his wife, JoEllen Brothers, are “cradle Democrats.” They have donated to the liberal group Organizing for America and worked the phone banks a year ago for President Obama’s re-election.

Since 1995, Hammack and Brothers have received their health coverage from Kaiser Permanente, where Brothers worked until 2009 as a dietitian and diabetes educator. “We’ve both been in very good health all of our lives – exercise, don’t smoke, drink lightly, healthy weight, no health issues, and so on,” Hammack told me.

The couple — Lee, 60, and JoEllen, 59 — have been paying $550 a month for their health coverage — a plan that offers solid coverage, not one of the skimpy plans Obama has criticized. But recently, Kaiser informed them the plan would be canceled at the end of the year because it did not meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act. The couple would need to find another one. The cost would be around double what they pay now, but the benefits would be worse.

“From all of the sob stories I’ve heard and read, ours is the most extreme,” Lee told me in an email last week.

I’ve been skeptical about media stories featuring those who claimed they would be worse off because their insurance policies were being canceled on account of the ACA. In many cases, it turns out [2], the consumers could have found cheaper coverage through the new health insurance marketplaces, or their plans weren’t very good to begin with. Some didn’t know they could qualify [3] for subsidies that would lower their insurance premiums.

So I tried to find flaws in what Hammack told me. I couldn’t find any.

Hammack recalled his reaction when he and his wife received a letters from Kaiser in September informing him their coverage was being canceled. “I work downstairs and my wife had a clear look of shock on her face,” he said. “Our first reaction was clearly there’s got to be some mistake. This was before the exchanges opened up. We quickly calmed down. We were confident that this would all be straightened out. But it wasn’t.”

I asked Hammack to send me details of his current plan [4]. It carried a $4,000 deductible per person, a $40 copay for doctor visits, a $150 emergency room visit fee and 30 percent coinsurance for hospital stays after the deductible. The out-of-pocket maximum was $5,600.

This plan was ending, Kaiser’s letters told them, because it did not meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act. “Everything is taken care of,” the letters said. “There’s nothing you need to do.”

The letters said the couple would be enrolled in new Kaiser plans that would cost nearly $1,300 a month for the two of them (more than $15,000 a year).

And for that higher amount, what would they get [7]? A higher deductible ($4,500), a higher out-of-pocket maximum ($6,350), higher hospital costs (40 percent of the cost) and possibly higher costs for doctor visits and drugs.

When they shopped around and looked for a different plan on California’s new health insurance marketplace, Covered California [8], the cheapest one was $975, with hefty deductibles and copays.

In a speech in Boston last week [9], President Obama said those receiving cancellation letters didn’t have good insurance. “There are a number of Americans — fewer than 5 percent of Americans — who’ve got cut-rate plans that don’t offer real financial protection in the event of a serious illness or an accident,” he said.

“Remember, before the Affordable Care Act, these bad-apple insurers had free rein every single year to limit the care that you received, or use minor preexisting conditions to jack up your premiums or bill you into bankruptcy. So a lot of people thought they were buying coverage, and it turned out not to be so good.”

What is going on here? Kaiser isn’t a “bad apple” insurer and this plan wasn’t “cut rate.” It seems like this is a lose-lose for the Hammacks (and a friend featured in a report last month [10] by the public radio station KQED.)

I called Kaiser Permanente and spoke to spokesman Chris Stenrud, who used to work for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He told me that this was indeed a good plan. Patients in the plan, known as 40/4000, were remarkably healthy, had low medical costs and had not seen their premiums increase in years. “Our actuaries still aren’t entirely sure why that was,” he said.

While many other insurance companies offered skimpier benefits, Stenrud said, “our plans historically have been comprehensive.”

Kaiser has canceled about 160,000 policies in California, and about one third of people were in plans like Hammack’s, Stenrud said. About 30,000 to 35,000 were in his specific plan.

“In a few cases, we are able to find coverage for them that is less expensive, but in most cases, we’re not because, in sort of pure economic terms, they are people who benefited from the current system … Now that the market rules are changing, there will be different people who benefit and different people who don’t.”

“There’s an aspect of market disruption here that I think was not clear to people,” Stenrud acknowledged. “In many respects it has been theory rather than practice for the first three years of the law; folks are seeing the breadth of change that we’re talking about here.”

That’s little comfort to Hammack. He’s written to California’s senators and his representative, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., asking for help.

“We believe that the Act is good for health care, the economy, & the future of our nation. However, ACA options for middle income individuals ages 59 & 60 are unaffordable. We’re learning that many others are similarly affected. In that spirit we ask that you fix this, for all of our sakes,” he and Brothers wrote.

Consumer advocate Anthony Wright said it’s important to remember the way the insurance market worked before the act was passed, when insurers could deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions. “It’s impossible to know what the world would have looked like for these folks in the absence of the law,” said Wright, executive director of the group Health Access.

“We certainly had an individual market, especially in California which was the Wild Wild West, where there was huge price increases, cancellations, a range of other practices.

“That doesn’t mean that there were certain people who lucked out in the old system, who wound up in a group with a relatively healthy risk mix and thus lower premiums,” he added. “The question is: Is health insurance something where people get a rate based on the luck of the draw or do we have something where we have some standards where people who live in the same community, of the same age, with the same benefit package are treated equally?”

Wright said discussions should focus on how to provide consumers like Hammack with assistance if they barely miss qualifying for subsidies.

So what is Hammack going to do? If his income were to fall below four times the federal poverty level, or about $62,000 for a family of two, he would qualify for subsidies that could lower his premium cost to as low as zero. If he makes even one dollar more, he gets nothing.

That’s what he’s leaning toward — lowering his salary or shifting more money toward a retirement account and applying for a subsidy.

“We’re not changing our views because of this situation, but it hurt to hear Obama saying, just the other day, that if our plan has been dropped it’s because it wasn’t any good, and our costs would go up only slightly,” he said. “We’re gratified that the press is on the case, but frustrated that the stewards of the ACA don’t seem to have heard.”

by Charles Ornstein

It is amazing to me that, like Lemmings, they still gulp down their daily allotment of cool aid and continue to worship and follow Dear Leader!  The old saying is, “Be careful what you wish for … it might come  true!”

Can you detect horse manure?

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Interesting comment on the news this evening. When President Bush said that there were chemical weapons in Iraq, all of the worlds intelligence agencies agreed with him. (Well, those that are affiliated with NATO and our allies.) Democrats and Republicans on the intelligence committees also supported this conclusion. When it turned out that these weapons had been moved and were no longer in the country – the media promoted the whole “Bush Lied, People Died” mantra. Now that President Obama has been proven to make multiple statements that are the exact opposite of the truth, and evidence has come out since that he had been briefed on the facts so he absolutely knew that he was not telling the truth the media reaction is: “He misspoke.” Really? Dozens of times, using the same phrase in different situations, specifically as a response to the challenge that the plan would force people out of their current plans? This is misspeaking? Wow. Perhaps ABC, NBC and CBS should get their ombudsmen to publish their definitions of lying as a public service announcement so we all know how to react when politicians are feeding us a load of horse manure. Or is it as simple as: No matter the statement, if it comes from a Republican, it is a lie. The corollary being, no matter how outrageous the lie, if it comes from a Democrat (and it gets proven beyond a reasonable doubt) then it was a mistake. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t blame the politicians for this… this is a failure on the part of the talking head media.. of course our leaders in Washington take advantage of the situation.

by Dan Gilbert

Are We Confused Yet?!

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I sure am …

So Obama tells us, on one hand, that al Qaeda is defeated and on the run; while on the other hand he foments Islamic revolutions, arms terrorists and gives our fighter jets and tanks to the Muslim brotherhood … while he slashes the U.S. military and is working hard to disarm law-abiding citizens!
Meanwhile, the liberal drive-by mass media reports “U.S. Law Makers Rattled” (I am sure al Qaeda was thrilled to read this report) by new non-specific “specific threat” that will certainly be used to justify increased cavity searches at American airports and NSA spying on American citizen’s phone calls and emails … and we close 20+ embassies (We sure don’t want another Benghazi Gate)!
Of course, all this comes after spending over $2 trillion to defeat al Qaeda and their “man-caused disasters” and “over-seas contingencies”!
So, now we have new al Qaeda affiliates are cropping up all over the place like Yemen and Boston, … probably well-funded with U.S. taxpayer dollars via that same Muslim brotherhood Obama gave billions of dollars to!
Then in the name of Homeland Security, Eric Holder prosecutes our border states who attempt to protect their own borders by enforcing the federal laws he refuses to enforce … while hiding behind “Executive Privilege” to cover up his incompetence and gun-running schemes in Mexico … also while labeling the Tea Party, American veterans, and Christians as terrorists.
Meanwhile, Union leaders like Jimmy Hoffa Jr., finally realizing ObamaCare is as bad as we told them it was before Pelosi passed it to find out what was in it, are calling for it to be fixed, unfunded, or repealed … and in response, Obama simply gives his “rattled” Congress an exemption from that same ObamaCare!
SO…  is the crème-de-la-crème of the liberal democratic party?  Are you freaking kidding me?  Yay!

Barack Obama: Extortion 17 to Benghazi

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Extortion 17:  I think it is time true Americans stand and be counted.  It is truly no longer a time to “accept the things we cannot change.”  It is time to change the things we cannot accept.

Want some truth?

Seal Team 6, America’s most elite special operations team, was sent to their slaughter in the most obscenely mismanaged military failure in recent Naval history.  93 days after Seal Team 6 got Osama Bin Laden (we should not even know this) they were stupidly sent to their death in what was probably an Al Qaeda planned ambush.  Joe Biden put the targets on their backs, Obama‘s “Rules of Engagement” let it happen.  They were sent into a landing zone in the middle of 3 hour long battle, in a slow moving 28-year-old CH-47D Chinook because our military does not have enough MH-47s … and with no pre-landing suppressive fire (those troublesome rules of engagement again).

Want some more truth?

In the 11 years we have been waging war in Afghanistan, 79% of those killed or wounded have been under Obama’s leadership.  During the 8 years of the Bush administration, 2072 American soldiers came home wounded from Iraq/Afghanistan.  In only the last 3 years under Obama, 14,977 American soldiers have come home wounded.  Obama increases the number of American soldiers being wounded in action almost as fast as he increases our debt!

Who would you rather have in charge if your son or daughter was serving in our military?  I served in the military.  American sons and daughters volunteer to fight to defend  the country they love; not to be sent in to be sacrificed or slaughtered because of some radical leftist president’s ideological love-fest with radical Muslims.

Did you ever stop to wonder what Obama and Clinton were trying so hard to cover up in Benghazi?  (I mean, besides their sheer incompetence)  Maybe … missiles to Syria?  Just asking …

ObamaCare: Killing An Already Dying Economy!

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Can you say … Duh!  The Affordable Care act (ObamaCare), Obama’s only real achievement since becoming president in 2008, is in real serious trouble. A new AP poll finds that only 1/3 of Americans support his takeover of our nation’s healthcare system.

Many small businesses have already had to start cutting employee hours or even have been forced to have layoffs to avoid the business-killing regulations imposed by ObamaCare.  This has not helped an already terrible economy.  To make matters worse, the recovery has also been further stalled by uncertainty as Obama’s massive tax hikes (you know, the ones Nancy Pelosi had to “pass” the bill to see were hidden in it) have slowly come into the light.   But then, Pelosi can just exempt herself from ObamaCare … can’t she.  Handy … isn’t it!

Small businesses aren’t the only ones trying to mitigate Obama’s jobs-killing rules, either. Even unions have begun to understand how bad ObamaCare will be and have started making noises … and asking if it should be repealed.

Remember Obama’s claim that his new law would lower medical costs for all? Now, even the government is admitting that costs will actually go up as a result of ObamaCare. In fact, insurance rates and healthcare costs are skyrocketing as the full effect of ObamaCare is beginning to be realized.  Maybe somebody should have read it before Congress rammed it on through!  Ironically, Sen. Democrat leader Harry Reid just recently asked for even more money for ObamaCare.

Some elected Democrats are running scared over their support of ObamaCare, worried that it will cost them their seats.  And it should!  Republican or Democrat, we pay our representatives a six-figure salary to do their jobs … which should, I would think, include reading and understanding the legislation they are voting to pass.

ObamaCare is making healthcare costs go up,  is already making healthcare harder to get, is already driving doctors out of the field, is driving up the costs of business, depressing wages, and is hurting our already delicate economy.  We have Obama, Pelosi, Reid and their group of radical, non-reading left-wing thugs to thank for that!  Remember that in 2016!

America Blown to Bits and Pieces by Our Feckless Leader

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My heart and prayers go out to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, their families, and the City of Boston.  Such a heinous attack on innocent civilians is unforgivable.  I learned something else from this tragic event.  As Sean Hannity has often stated, true journalism in America … is dead!  Journalists, at one time, tried to ferret out the TRUTH and report it … consequences be damned!  Now … pseudo-journalists rush to be the first to prematurely place blame based on political agenda … and the TRUTH be damned!  It is a sad day and further evidence of the declining standards of integrity and morality that is slowly destroying our great country.

 

Obama ranted and raved in the Rose Garden that the NRA ‘willfully” lied to Congress about Harry Reid‘s “anti-gun bill.”  Well, Obama got what he wanted … a vote.  Obama lost … and like the petulant little dictator wannabe he is … he was throwing a temper tantrum.  Gallup Polls show clearly that only about 4% of Americans are concerned with new gun laws (despite his claim 90% of Americans support his universal background check).  The 4.5 million NRA members and 300,000 GOA members all know that the term “universal background check” is simply Obama-speak for “disgraced AG Eric Holder gets a list of all American gun owners.”  None of the new regulations and restrictions would have prevented Sandy Hook, or Aurora, or future tragic shootings.  They only penalize  law-abiding gun owners with arbitrary, silly, and poorly thought out restrictions while ignoring the root causes of these shootings … young people desensitized to extreme violence by graphically violent Hollywood movies and video games, the declining moral fiber of our nation, ignored mental illness, and illegally acquired weapons.  I seem to remember the two Columbine killers even had pipe bombs which were already banned (or illegal)!  If we continue to follow the Obama, Pelosi, Moore, Reid , Maher, Feinstein plan to end violence in America … we are now going to have to add to our list of assault weapons: backpacks, pressure cookers, boxes of 100 white envelopes, and even possibly fertilizer factories.  Have no fear, while the gun-grabbers have suffered a defeat … they will be back!  The American people cannot be properly subjugated until they have properly disarmed all of us!

And while Obama and his lap-dog media has successfully shifted America’s attention elsewhere:

  • U.S. unemployment claims last week jumped 4000 to 352000
  • U.S. Border Patrol agents have found the remains of three suspected illegal immigrants on South Texas ranches in recent days, adding to a total that is quickly outpacing last year’s numbers.
  • Mexican drug cartels are listed as the number one organized crime threat in Texas.
  • Iran and North Korea are racing to see who can launch the first nuke at American territories or Allies.
  • Radical Islamists who have received huge gifts of cash, 450 Abrams tanks, and a boatload of F18s from our feckless leader are dancing in the streets and singing for joy at the deaths and injuries brought about by the bombings at the Boston Marathon.
  • Brian Terry’s family still has no answers or satisfaction from Obama, Holder, or the DOJ over the  “Fast and Furious” fiasco!
  • And … guess what … the economy still sucks!

Oh … and none of this is George W. Bush’s fault!

 

 

House Resolution 36: Obama’s Banghazi-Loo?

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On September 11, 2012, four Americans were murdered in Benghazi, Libya.  The four were: Ambassador Chris Stevens, Communications Specialist Sean Smith, and former Navy SEALS Ty Woods and Glen Doherty.

For weeks, the Obama administration insisted it was the result of Islamic anger over an amateurish anti-Muslim YouTube videoU.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, hit the Sunday news show circuit with this story, doing segments of five such shows in one day!  Hillary Clinton, the U.S. Secretary of State joined in on the cover-up, appearing with Obama in a $70,000 commercial apologizing to “our Muslim friends in Pakistan” who were rioting and tearing apart their countries because they hated America so much.  Even Obama took this “You Tube Video” lie to the United Nations, delivering a long-winded speech about how evil it was for an American citizen to exercise his right to free speech by making the “anti-Muslim” YouTube video.

Obama’s administration even imprisoned the producer of the video for so-called “probation violations.” One wonders where the producer of the video, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, is now. Obama probably whisked him off to some rendition camp in Karachi.

Despite the Obama administration’s best efforts, most of us who can think for ourselves knew the Benghazi incident was a terrorist attack.  And finally, we all “officially” learned that it was indeed a terrorist attack; but now … nobody seemed to know who originally Susan Rice, Hillary Clinton, and the President of the United States that it was all caused by a YouTube video.

And … as it turns out; Obama was informed that the al-Qaeda-linked group Ansar al-Sharia had claimed responsibility for the attack within two hours.

It also turned out from a series of hacked emails (from Bill Clinton crony Sidney Blumenthal to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton) that Ansar al-Sharia attacked the consulate and CIA annex in retaliation for the CIA’s involvement in the Libyan civil waron Muammar Gaddafi’s side.  We also know from a Blumenthal February 16, 2013 email that the attack on the consulate was funded by our so-called allies, the Saudis.  And we now knowthat Benghazi was a hub for funneling weapons and cash to the al-Qaeda-linked Syrian rebels.

But this has only scratched the surface. There must have been something much worse going on in Benghazi for the Obama administration to so desperately want to keep a tight lid on it.  What was the Obama administration doing in Benghazi that was so top secret, that the thirty odd survivors have been kept under lock and key, prohibited from speaking to Congress, or anyone else for that matter?

Americans now know from the recently published book, Benghazi: The Definitive Report, that Obama’s chief counter terrorism officer at the time, John Brennan (now CIA chief) had been secretly involved in the Libyan civil war.

Through a secret black ops unit—operating not only outside the purview of Congress, but outside the purview of the Pentagon and the CIA, John Brennan, conducted his secret war in Libya.  And this is probably not the only secret war he was involved in!  One would wonder, now that he’s CIA chief, what he is up to now?

Obama, smooth operator that he is, naturally promised the American people that  he would get to the bottom of what happened in Benghazi and “bring the perpetrators to justice.”  However, to date, not one single person has been “brought to justice.”  The killers of an American Ambassador are still at large.  I wonder how Obama’s newly appointed replacement Ambassador, Deborah Jones, feels about that?

And the result of his “investigation”, the so-called “Benghazi Accountability Report,” released on December 17, 2012, didn’t actually find anyone accountable. This is not surprising, since the report’s chief author was Islamic apologist Thomas Pickering, who is tied to the National Iranian American Council. Pickering also hobnobs with leftist billionaire George Soros, sharing the Board of Directors table at the think tank International Crisis Group.

Congressman Frank R. Wolf is now calling for a real investigation … a “Watergate style” investigation, as outlined in House Resolution 36, sponsored by over fifty congressional members.

Further, on April 8, an open letter was sent to the House of Representatives,  signed by seven hundred Special Ops veterans demanding House Resolution 36 be acted upon. The mother of Sean Smith, the communication officer murdered on September 11, has also supported the passage of House Resolution 36.

They want answers:

  1. Why were no military assets sent to protect American lives?
  2. Why was the “stand down” order given?
  3. Why has Obama hidden the survivors?
  4. Why has Obama forbidden the survivors to speak to Congress?

All in all, they are demanding that sixteen specific questions be answered.  Of course, Obama and his cronies will not willingly answer these questions; as they have not answered questions about Fast and Furious, or taxpayer dollars lining the pockets of  bankrupt “green energy” company CEOs who just happened to be Obama campaign bundlers!

A Watergate-style series of hearings may begin to unravel these Benghazi  lies and cover-ups … so Americans can finally find out what exactly the Obama administration was doing in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 … that Obama feels must be hidden at all costs?

Maybe we should pay some attention to the man behind the green curtain and see just what underhandedness Barack Hussein Obama was involved in.

Obama’s “Really Hip” Unadulterated Foreign Policy Incompetence!

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English: Photograph of Barack Obama (center), Joe Biden (left) and Hilary Clinton (right) during Office of the President speech. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

That really hip dude, Barack Hussein Obama, is a foreign policy genius through and through.  And if he needs help, good old Uncle Joe Biden (a buffoon with little to no foreign policy experience) can step right in and save the day!  We should be so lucky … just ask Chris Matthews (who get a shiver up his leg whenever Obama opens his mouth) or Piers Morgan (who seems to forget that America fought a revolution to escape the kinds of aristocratic nonsense he espouses)!

However, for those of us who have to live in the real world, Obama’s a foreign policy (or lack there of) has been disastrous. His administration is totally and completely incompetent.

As my brother posted on Facebook yesterday, Obama and his socialist minions do seem to confuse “sound bytes” with a coherent and functional foreign policy.  And because of this, we are now indeed facing a major crisis on several different fronts:

  • The Middle East:  Obama has no plan, just sound bytes celebrating the “Arab Spring“, oh yeah … and giving the Arab Brotherhood $250 million, Abrams tanks, and 20 F16s .
  • North Korea and Iran:  Again … no plan, no action (other then sending Dennis Rodman?), no policy position … just more sound bytes about getting rid of a missile defense system that Obama now apparently realizes we do need after all.
  • Diplomacy:  So we demand respect as a nation state … but we don’t protect our embassies, protect or seek justice for our murdered ambassadors,  or show any intent to preserve our military capability.  If I were Deborah K. Jones, I would think twice about taking that new opening as Ambassador to Libya …
  • Cyber warfare:  Again, no strategic plan!  However, we do seem to have a great many “off the top of the head” sound bytes going back to about 2009.  But has Obama’s administration implemented any of what is state in their sound bytes?  Not so you’d notice!
  •  What about Obama’s other foreign policy “plan?”  They seem to include:
    • Alienate Israel
    • Abuse our relationship with the UK
    • Become a Chinese satellite state
    • Become bogged down in endless civil wars on the African continent
    • Ignore mutually beneficial economic deals with our neighbor Canada
    • Murdering American border agents and hundreds Mexican citizens by “Fast and Furiously” providing “assault weapons” to the Mexican drug cartels through the ATF in an effort to create a scandal they could use to justify national gun registration and/or confiscation.  Too bad they got caught … ain’t “Executive Privilege” a wonderful thang!

It really should not come as a shock!  We re-elected a “sycophantic demagogue” and his “court Jester” (who was brought onboard for his supposed  “Foreign Policy” expertise) as president and vice-president.  The real truth is that good old uncle Joe Biden doesn’t have a clue about foreign policy and is … fundamentally …  an idiot!  So, we are left with “the demagogue” to set policy.

Maybe Hillary Clinton actually has a clue (I kind of doubt it … but according to my brother’s post, some Washington DC insiders insist it is so), … but she has largely been ignored.  And … she was the Secretary of State during the whole tragic Benghazi security fiasco and coverup stupidity … and we have seen how well this group works together to cover each others ineptness.

And now … Democrats are saying the dream ticket for 2016 is Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama?  God help us all!!

The Great Socialist Gun Grab!

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Tell me … how many of you really believe the government can keep you safe?  How many of you will be assigned your own personal security team?  Barack Obama, Diane Feinstein, Joe Biden, John Kerry, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi all travel with bodyguards armed with … “gasp” … guns!  Why is it ok for them to have the protection firearms provide … but not you?  Are their lives more valuable to them than yours is to you?  Will the country not survive without them … so therefore, they are the privileged few … the only ones who deserve to be protected?

Or … maybe in their eyes, we are not all created equal in the eyes of the Lord.

Like glorified Snake Oil salesman, Obama and his administration want to sell you the idea that only the government can keep you free and safe.  But to Obama and his big-government socialist cronies, the truth hidden behind all the trappings is that to them, it is simply about obedience to their laws (legal or otherwise) and to your betters … a benevolent dictatorship!  This is kind of funny in a way because Obama runs one of the most lawless administrations in the history of our country.

The vigorously renewed liberal elite’s assault on the 2nd Amendment is being wrapped in the guise of protecting the American people from criminals and is capitalizing on the raw emotions brought on by recent shooting tragedies such the two that occurred in Aurora, Co and Newtown, CT.  These were tragic events and I do not in any way belittle them. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the victims and their families.  However, the highly emotional context of this situation makes people very susceptible to government-sponsored knee-jerk reactions and quick fixes like blaming and banning the gun; while ignoring the shooters, their history, mental illness, etc.  They also ignore the fact that most of these shooters obtained their weapons illegally!   In the minds those evil or mentally ill in our society who murder the innocents among us; obedience to gun laws is the very last of their thoughts.

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Therefore, passing laws that take away the ability of law-abiding Americans to protect themselves against criminals is not the right answer, the smart answer, or the Constitutional answer.  The hard reality is that, because the federal government refuses to do its job of protecting its citizens along our southern border, we have ranchers in Texas, New Mexico, California, and Arizona fighting pitched battles with Mexican Cartel drug runners and human traffickers. Obama’s administration even uses the sequestration, which is in reality a very, very minor cut in the growth of government spending, as a politically expedient excuse to cut funding for Border Patrol Agents.  The real “irony” is that the drug runners and human traffickers are heavily armed with “assault weapons” provided by Obama, Eric Holder, and the ATF during operation “Fast and Furious!”   So what is the solution according to Obama and the liberal elites?  Simple … disarm the ranchers!  Common sense would tell you that the venerable old double-barrelled shotgun suggested by good old Uncle Joe “gun-expert” Biden would be wholly inadequate to the task these ranchers are left on their own by the Anointed One to complete.  No, the real truth is, that for Obama and the ruling liberal elites, banning guns is the politically expedient answer.

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The truth is that, historically, all governments have feared individual freedom.  God gave us freedom (the Right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness) and the government systematically tries to take it away!  I have always subscribed to the theory that all government is evil,  and that the American form of democratic government is just the least evil form.  The Founding Fathers knew that for this new Nation to survive, it needed a means to control its destiny, protect its citizens, and protect its interests.  It needed a government of some form.  They worked hard to design a government with a system of checks and balances to keep the government from getting to big and enslaving its citizens.  Was it a perfect government?  No!   Just the best one going!  But the Founding Fathers also understood that, by its very nature, government negates freedom and liberty;  and that the bigger it gets … the more freedom it negates.  That is why George Washington said that government is not reason or eloquence … it is force. And, that if the government gets its way, it would have a monopoly on force!

However, individual freedom was the essential key that made America the unique, prosperous, and wonderful experiment it was.  It was this idea; that personal freedom comes as a gift from God and thereby comes first … that made American special.   This very same idea led to the end of slavery, to civil rights, and to modern ideas of equality for all people … disregarding race, gender, age, ethnicity, religion, creed, or sexual preference!   Again … is it perfect?  No!  Did it take time?  Yes!  But it happened and it continues to improve!  But, too many people have such short memories!  These ideas did not come from government … they came from “We the People!”  Americans usually had to fight the government to change the status quo!  Democrats fought hard to keep slavery intact!  Democrats fought hard against civil rights legislation!   A Republican even had to call out the Nation Guard to see civil rights legislation enforced.  As Ronald Reagan said, government is not the solution … it is the problem!

To those of us who believe in the U.S. Constitution, this gun-debate is not about the law (or even about a new bunch of gun laws that good old Uncle Joe Biden say the government has no time to enforce anyway).  To those of us who believe in the U.S. Constitution, this debate is about personal liberty and personal responsibility in a free society.  And the real, ugly truth that Obama and liberal/socialist elites do not want Americans to know is that …  it is the exercise of one specific personal freedom; the freedom to defend yourself and those you love when the police cannot and the government will not, and the freedom to use weapons to repel tyrants if they take over our government …that Obama, his big-government socialist thugs, and their doting Hollywood elitist buddies fear the most!  Do you ever stop and wonder why communist dictators and fascist tyrants such as Fidel Castro or Hugo Chavez are so attractive to liberal elites such Jack Nicholson, Stephen Spielberg, Sean Penn, Danny Glover, Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Oliver Stone, Chevy Chase, Courtney Love, and Harry Belafonte?  And, that just perhaps, it is the same reason they are so equally enamored with Barack Obama?

Simply put, government always compels, restricts, and takes away.  Thomas Jefferson understood that when he wrote in the Declaration of Independence that “We are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights.”  According to Jefferson, the only reason the Founding Fathers created a “federal” government was to protect these same rights, and then, as a further protection … they hammered out the U.S. Constitution to keep the federal government contained.  But there have always been those opposed to this idea.  There are always those who like to rule those around them … and they often buy power by promising those who prefer, or are at least willing, to be ruled that they will take care of them with entitlements.  Vote for me and I will give you a house, food stamps, free government schools, a free cellphone, free lunch, free government television programing, a free chicken in every pot, free this, free that.  I ask you … what will happen when the government runs out of its “free Obama money,” and begins to implement austerity measures such as we saw in Greece and some European countries?  Riots, looting, violence, crime!  I will keep my guns thank you!

Those in the ant-gun crowd cannot point to a single case when restricting the freedoms of law-abiding citizens has stopped criminals, the mentally ill, or the down-right-evil from killing innocent people. Criminals by their very nature do not obey laws, and the mentally deranged do not recognize any external restraints on their own behavior because they cannot distinguish between right and wrong; and cannot be reasonably expected to do so in the future either!  Hence, the “not guilty by reason of insanity” plea!

On the other hand, the American Revolution was successful in great part due to the fact that Americans were armed and did not fear the use of weapons.  I am very sure King George III later wished he had stripped the colonists of the means to defend themselves.  Had King George III and his Parliament passed and enforced the kinds of laws Obama, Hillary Clinton, Diane Feinstein, and a few others want to enact; laws that told them who among us owned guns, that limited the capacity of those guns, and limited the amount of ammunition one could possess … our Founding Fathers could and would have been hanged for treason!  One of the true stories of the American Revolution which is not taught in our public schools is that the colonists actually had superior firepower to the Kings forces. British soldiers carried the standard issue smooth-bore musket, which propelled a lead ball (or several of them) less than 100 yards from the shooter with very little accuracy.  The colonists, however, had the long gun(sometimes known as the “Kentucky” or “Tennessee” Long Rifle) which propelled a single lead ball up to 200 yards (about 2 times farther than the British soldier could shoot) and with much greater accuracy.  It is no wonder that by 1781, King George III had lost enough men and money to surrender!

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During World War II, the American federal government constantly worried about a Japanese invasion of the West Coast.  This impart led to the successful attack at Pearl Harbor.  Politicians would not listen to front line commanders, and worried about their own safety!  When, after the war was over, Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto was asked why Japan never invaded the U.S.   He replied that they had determined it would be a suicidal attempt saying,” You cannot invade the mainland United States.  There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.”  I always wondered why anyone in their right mind would be for gun bans and confiscation … seeing it was such a historic deterrent to the invasion of the United States!

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And … a great many Americans are alive today because they had the means to protect themselves from murders, rapists, home invaders, etc.  Their stories are out there to!  You just never hear about them from the Obama lap-dog media!

The real lesson in all of this is that a free people cannot remain free very long  by permitting the government to take their freedoms away …   even when it is a temporary, popularly elected government that can later be unelected.  Simply stated, the anti-American liberty faction, composed of Obama, his big government thugs, rich liberal/socialists, Hollywood elites, and their entitlement addicted voting block  … want your guns!  Of course, Gabby Gifford’s husband and other liberal elites get to keep theirs!

Obama and his administration are deceptively trying to present this as some kind of benevlent big government action designed to protect the many law-abiding citizens from the few violent criminals by taking away the rights of the many law-abiding citizens (Does anyone else see the apparent flaw in this logic … or is it just me?). Obama will use any means, U.S. Constitution be damned, to create burdensome and intrusive registration laws, laws that restrict the capacity of weapons and  quantity, and quality of ammunition, and their latest trick … laws that impose financial liability on law-abiding gun manufacturers and sellers for the criminal behavior of a few users to make gun ownership so hard and so burdensome, that law-abiding gun owners will simply roll over and give up.

What Barack Obama, like King George III, does not understand is that the more you try to restrict freedom … the more you create the desire for it in.  The more you tax an already overly taxed citizenry, the more resentment grows.  This is what caused the first American Revolution.  Hopefully, history will not repeat itself as it so often does.  But then, perhaps this is why the Department of Homeland Security is so busily buying 1.6 billion bullets and 2,700 light-armored tanks!

Lap-dogs Don’t Hunt!

Ignore this ... be a good little lapdog!

Be a Good Little Dog … drink the Cool Aid!

A catchy new phrase I heard Hallerin Hilton Hill use on the radio this morning … “Lap-dogs don’t hunt!”  I like it.  It fits so nicely in the discussion of today’s political nonsense!  A fine example of this is the drive-by American news media.  They don’t “hunt” for facts and report “real” news.  They simply sit in Obama’s lap and feed us the “approved” left-wing spin lines as news headlines!  This is how $1 trillion in new taxes gets reported by Politico as $1 trillion in new revenue!  Revenue implies some kind of sales.  Exactly what is the Obama administration selling us?  When the federal government takes more of the money I earned (either directly or an indirectly) and spends it the way that they see fit; that is not “revenue” … that is a tax.  I am not opposed to paying my “fair share” … but the federal government wastes way to much of it.  These are the same folks who are spending $1.5 million to fund a study to see why so many lesbians are fat!  Well, just maybe … it is because they eat too much!  Before the Obama administration raises taxes on me … they better clean up  their spending habits!  I do not make over $250,000 per year, but my taxes have already gone up!

Left-wing liberals want us all to become good little lap-dogs.  Liberal educators love to pay lip service to the idea of developing “critical thinking skills” in our young students today.  It sounds so catchy and impressive when they use it to try and persuade us … doesn’t it?  But what is the real truth?  Why do you need critical thinking skills?  Well, I would say,”to view the choices around you, weigh the pros and cons, and then make an intelligent decision based on that information.”  This would, however, imply that you do not need a “law” or a “ban” to force you to make the right choice.  You make the choice freely of your own volition … and then … you accept the ramifications of that choice!  That is “critical thinking” and that is “freedom.”

If our “liberal educators” actually tought “critical thinking skills” there would be no need for laws banning “big gulp” soft drinks or ear buds.  Nanny Bloomberg, like Barack Obama, thinks he knows what’s best for you!  So, in his mind … you really and truly do not need critical thinking skills at all; and by extension …  freedom of choice should, therefore, be benevolently taken away!  Folks, this is … simply put …  totalitarianism!!  Without choices … there is no Freedom!

They say one thing publicly  … but behind closed doors, they really do something else!  Obama does this repeatedly … over and over … ad nauseum!  Cool Aid drinkers don’t care about it!  Low knowledge voters don’t know about it!  Liberal elitists embrace it!

Here is a PRIME EXAMPLE:  Publicly … liberals loudly proclaim for all to hear,”Our children need to develop critical thinking skills!”   This gets them elected!  But once they are in office you actually get,”Americans aren’t smart enough to make decisions for themselves … so we are banning “64-0unce soda pops, ear buds, and magazines that hold over 8 rounds!”  Folks, if someone hands you a 55-gallon diet coke and a straw … and you actually drink it … you deserve exactly what you get … and you do not then, now, or ever … have the right to take away my freedom of choice because you drank it!

I think this is also why the NEA has led the charge in dumbing down our educational system while fighting tooth and nail against charter schools, school vouchers programs, home schooling, or anything that would allow parents to get their children out of their left-wing brainwashing mills and into a real school where “critical thinking” is actually taught!  You know, a school where it is not illegal to say the Pledge of Allegiance, sing the National Anthem, or teach evolution while at the same time … horror of horrors … mention God!!   A school where reading, writing, and arithmetic take a little more precedence than socialist brainwashing, exploring alternative life-styles, providing morning-after pills, or learning the proper technique for putting a condom on a banana!

Nanny Bloomberg intends to spend lots of time fighting the ruling that halted his “soda pop” ban; because after all, New York City has no other really pressing concerns.  It is much more important to waste a lot of taxpayer money on “soda pop” judicial proceedings,  than to spend more time trying to end serious problems like, oh, say, gangs, rapes, drugs, and violence in New York City!  Oh Wait … my bad … New York City doesn’t have THOSE problems because they have those really strict gun laws!  I forgot!!  Anyway, we should a be good little “lap-dogs” and live our lives according to Bloomberg’s, or Obama’s, commands.  And maybe Bloomberg can really do some good for New Yorker’s … he could ban rape!

Yes indeed!  Good little lap-dogs dote so on their masters,! They are so happy with the little scraps of  food they receive from the table, and squirm with pure glee when they receive that little “pat on the head.”  We should all be good little lap dogs …  because good little lap-dogs would never wonder:

  • Why the U.S. Marines have no money for training because of Sequestration, but the Dept of Homeland Security has an open purchase order for 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition!
  • Why the White House is closed to school children’s tours, but Obama can sell presidential access for $500,000 a visit?
  • Why the administration can spend $1.5 million of my tax dollars to “learn” why so many lesbians are fat … and then say, with a straight face, they need to raise taxes?
  • Why the Royal Family cost British taxpayers about $60 million for expenses last year, while the Obama family cost American tax payers $1.4 billion for expenses?
  • Where was Obama “really,” … when Americans,  including a U.S. Ambassador, were being murdered during an Al Qaeda terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya?
  • Where are all the millions in tax dollars Obama gave to his “bundling buddies” in the so-called “green energy” stimulus scandal?  Still in their grubby little  “bankrupt” pockets?
  • Why “waterboarding” captured terrorists to stop future terrorist attacks is horrific, but using drones to assassinate Americans on Obama’s personal hit list is fine and dandy?
  • How idiots like Congresswoman Diane Feinstein (who thinks it is legal to hunt humans … but is oh so very concerned with how many shots you actually get to kill them) can even get elected?
  • Why such a win-win for the U.S. economy (jobs, friendly neighbor oil supplier, tax revenue) as the Key Stone Pipeline is still being blocked by Obama?
  • Why Eric Holder is STILL in office after the ATF provided Mexican Drug Lords with  more than 100 “assault weapons” that were used to commit brutal crimes including the murder of American Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and 16 young people attending a party in a residential area of Ciudad Juárez in January of 2010.
  • Why Obama shielded Eric Holder behind “executive privilege” even though neither Obama nor Holder “knew anything about it?”

Yes!  Be a good little lap-dog and simply ignore the massive volume of dirty deals, influence peddling, shadow-government Czars, lawlessness, scandals, imperial decrees, and outright violations of the Constitution perpetrated by the Obama administration!

Way too many Cool Aid drinkers are willing close their eyes, sit, beg, get patted on the head, rollover, and trade their freedom and American heritage for a few scraps from the Obama/Bloomberg table!  Well sorry folks … not me!

Unless concerned Americans take action, the Obama administration, left-wing democrats, and certain RINOs intend to continue operating a corrupt, self-serving, greedy, bloated  government … regardless of the law, the U.S. Constitution , or the will of the American taxpayers!  Liberty, Freedom, and the greatest nation on earth will be fundamentally transformed into a pseudo-communist state with the progressive/leftist elites in charge of us all!

And that is why they want … your guns.

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