The Teflon President (or Obama Lied, America Died)

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I was on another blog the other day and spotted a new “nick name for our peerless leader!  We should all  call him “The Teflon President,” because in the American drive-by media … absolutely nothing sticks to him.

I seem to remember that during the 2008 presidential election, Barack Obama promised to lead the most transparent administration in U.S. history.  However, he has failed to deliver on his promise.  In fact, quite the opposite is true.  The anointed One’s administration’s approach to governing is to:  Choose or create a problem, stridently proclaim the urgent need to address it, propose hurried legislation, and then try to ram it through Congress before congress or people have a chance to read it or appreciate the exact effect it will have on the nation.

Remember the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac bailout? The truth is that the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977 was a democratic bill signed by Jimmy Carter and enhanced by Bill Clinton (who had the Justice Department rewrite it).  Put in the hands of crooks like  Barney Frank, Democrat  and Chris Dodd, Democrat (who should both be sharing a cell with Jack Abramoff);  it forced banks to make mortgage loans to people who simply could not afford them …. or face government sanctions and violent protests by ACORN members outside their banking offices.   So … while banks are not without blame for the housing market collapse , the lion’s share of the blame truthfully belongs to the Democrats.  Well, it now seems the U.S. government’s mortgage monster is again in trouble. Fannie Mae lost money in the fourth quarter and is asking the federal government for nearly $4.6 billion in aid to cover its deficit.  But never fear … Obama says the economy is improving!

Recently, Obama gave a speech at an SEIU (another flavor of ACORN) gathering where he raised $80,000,000 for his campaign fund.  Amid cheers and praises and loud chants of “YES WE CAN’” , Obama spewed forth a record number of lies and half-truths!  Obama knows many Americans will not put forth any effort to check his claims and will just accept them as fact because he spoke them.  After all, he is the Chosen One … descended from on High to leads us to Amertopia, where we are all equally miserable and slaves to an Omniscient, Omnipotent Government (the  liberal left’s PC version of God).  Obama is really very skilful at telling lies and half-truths that sound good enough to be true.   After all, the Cool Aid drinkers will believe anything he spews forth and too many others are just too plain lazy to check the facts! You have to dig a little deeper to get at the truth and that takes work … something the Obama administration discourages regularly. 

And lo and behold, … our Messiah has finally gotten around to coming up with a budget (Can you say … “re-election year”); which, much to my surprise, does not cut any real spending …. and in fact, increases our deficit spending and raises all sorts of taxes (both direct and indirect).  Oh … and did I mention that the interest on my student loans (taken over by Obama’s administration) is about to double … from 3.2% to 6.4%!  Yay!  I am not sure which makes me happier …. that … or $6-a-gallon gasoline!   Anyway, here are some prime examples from Obama’s proposed budget to chew on:

Obama Budget Claim: $850 billion in savings from ending wars. $230 billion of those savings will be used on highways.

The Fact:  There is no direct peace savings. The money that was used for the wars was borrowed money.  If they are to spend it on something else (assuming they can end the wars) they would have to continue to borrow money.

Obama Budget Claim: Taxes on the rich will be increased, breaks for the oil and gas industry’s will end, some spending programs the president is willing to sacrifice, will be cut.

The Fact: There has been no tax increases passed, and any effort to do so will be inevitably blocked by republicans. As it stands right now, the “tax the rich” narrative is nothing more then a campaign promise if he gets re-elected.

Obama Budget Claim: The U.S. will see good GDP growth. The Budget predicts that it will reach 4 percent in 2014 and 4.2 in 2015.

The Fact: Basing a budget on speculative growth is irresponsible. Looking back, the White House GDP projection for 2011 was 2.7 percent. It was actually 1.7 falling a percentage point. For 2012, the White House at first projected 3.6 percent growth, but has since been lowered to 3 percent.  Several reputable firms such as IHS Global Insight have their projections around the 2 – 2.1 percent range. Their record of past projections have been much stronger then the White House’s speculation.

Considering that 2012 is an election year, we could guess that the Obama budget would contain some wild promises, but the released budget was chock full of stretched promises based on non-existent savings.

On Sunday, February 12, 2012, Obama sent his Chief of Staff, Jack Lew, out to demonize the Republican Party as a smoke screen when people began asking why his administration had not passed a budget since his election.   Jack Lew lied to every single mainstream media outlet that would welcome his lies.  And not ONE network host challenged his bold-faced lies!

From NBC‘s Meet the Press, Sunday, February 12, 2012:

MR. GREGORY: So the leadership deficit in Washington has had an impact on what business does in America and certainly our economic outlook. Here’s a stat that a lot of people may not know, but it’s pretty striking. The number of days since Senate Democrats passed a budget is 1,019. Can you just explain as a former budget director, how do you fund the government when there’s no budget?

MR. LEW: Well, you know, one of the things about the United States Senate that I think the American people have realized is that it takes 60, not 50 votes to pass something. And there has been Republican opposition to anything that Senate Democrats have tried to do. So it, it is a challenge in the United States Senate to pass legislation when there’s not that willingness to work together. Congress didn’t do a great job last year. It, it, it drove right to the edge of a cliff on occasion after occasion. I actually think it’s unfair to blame the United States Senate for that. A lot of that was because of the extreme, you know, conservative approach taken by House Republicans.

From  CNN‘s State of the Union that same day:

CROWLEY:  I know we’ll want to talk about the tax hikes in a second, but I want to read for our viewers something that Senator Harry Reid, the Democratic majority leader in the U.S. Senate, who said, we do not need to bring a budget to the floor this year.  It’s done.  We don’t need to do it, talking about last year’s two-year agreement and saying that, you know, so it’s already done.
 
This budget, I can assure you and you know, because you’ve been in this town for a long time, is going to be attacked as a political document.  This is a budget that promises 2 million more jobs if it’s passed, so that come September the president can go out there and say, well, if they’d only passed by budget, we’d have 2 million more jobs, but those darn Republicans are standing in my way, when, in fact, even the Democratic leader in the Senate says, you know what, we don’t need a budget.
 
LEW:  Well, let’s be clear.  What Senator Reid is talking about is a fairly narrow point.  In order for the Senate to do its annual work on appropriation bills, they need to pass a certain piece of legislation which sets a limit.  They did that last year.  That’s what he’s talking about.
 
He’s not saying that they shouldn’t pass a budget.  But we also need to be honestYou can’t pass a budget in the Senate of the United States without 60 votes, and you can’t get 60 votes without bipartisan support.  So unless Republicans

So, what is the real truth?

As Politifact CLEARLYpoints out:

Most business in the Senate is subject to filibustering — that is, actions, or even just threats, to talk a bill to death. Filibusters can be overcome by what’s known as a “cloture” vote that shuts off debate and moves a measure toward final consideration. For the Senate to agree to cloture requires 60 votes — a high threshold that many Senate majorities are unable to muster on controversial votes (and, increasingly, even on relatively uncontroversial votes).

However, the filibuster cannot be used to block a budget resolution. That’s because the Budget Act sets out a specific amount of time for debate in the Senate — 50 hours. If a specific amount of debate time is enshrined in the controlling statute, the filibuster is moot. So a simple majority — not 60 votes — is all that’s required to pass a budget resolution.

Indeed, passing a budget resolution by at least 60 votes has become increasingly rare in recent years, according to CRS data. Since 1994, the Senate vote has exceeded that vote threshold just three times, either in the initial vote or on a subsequent vote in which lawmakers consider an identical House-Senate version of the resolution.

More common in recent years are votes where 51 was enough to prevail. In 2009, the Senate even passed the final budget resolution by a 48-45 margin.

“The budget resolution vote is always a partisan affair, and rarely does it gain any minority party support,” said Steve Ellis, a vice president at Taxpayers for Common Sense.

So Lew is clearly wrong to say that “you can’t pass a budget in the Senate of the United States without 60 votes.” As a longtime senior official at OMB and other federal agencies, he should have known better.

The truth is that you need 51 votes to pass a budget.  The Democrat Party currently has 53 votes in the Senate.  When Obama took over, they had a filibuster-proof Senate and they could have passed ANY budget they wanted.  You need to remember that just last year, Obama submitted a budget to a Senate under the control of his own party.  It was such an abject disgrace that it went down 97-0 without a SINGLE Senator voting for it.

I know,  I know.  That was the Republicans Party’s fault, too.   

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So … by the way …. do high gas prices have you bummed?  Are you stressing over the strain on you already overburdened wallet?

No need to  worry!!  The Anointed One, President Obama, is coming to save you.  Can I get a “YES HE CAN!  YES HE CAN!”    I knew I could!!

Do you remember?   It was not to long ago that the Anointed One proclaimed that just periodically checking your tire pressure will help you save money on as!  

“Simple things you can do to save gas.  Make sure that your tires are inflated properly.  And getting regular tune ups.”

 So next time your feeling down because you can’t pay those skyrocketing gas price, remember that “YES YOU CAN” … and you will … unless we elect a President who will pave the way for increasing the exploration and drilling for America’s abundant supply of fossil fuels, decrease America’s dependence on foreign oil, build “Keystone” pipe lines, and yes, RESPONSIBLY investigate alternative energy. 

However,  if we get four more years of nonsense and suggestions that consumers  “check your tire pressure;” while  Obama gives more money to companies Solyndra to flush down the toilet;  then we’re pretty much screwed.

Now, let me  be completely honest!  For America, (as true patriotic, conservative American’s love it) to survive; we must defeat  Obama and his  party of pathological socialist liars in 2012.  Whoever is the Republican nominee must be supported by supporters of the other candidates.  And … to finish Jack Lew’s earlier interrupted sentence, unless Republicans can grow a set of balls … and rise up and hold the Democrats responsible for all of their vicious lies, this nation is doomed.

Who Totes The Note?

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Americans should be furious!  Have we truly lost our minds?  I understand there will always be some Obama-zombies who drank entirely way too much cool-aid and believe Obama is the new Messiah … but what about the rest of us?   Are we really going to sit back in voter apathy, or squabble over the perfect candidate to beat Obama and then simply not vote if our “personal choice” does not happen to win the Republican National Convention?  That is precisely how Obama could win re-election … in fact, that is what he is counting on!! 

Let’s look at a few things:

  • Congress has a 9% approval rating.  64% of Americans rate congress as the least professional and ethical  profession in the U.S.  Pin heads keep talking about how we need to elect experienced representatives to Congress.  Well, if their experience is in amassing trillions of dollars in debt, not passing budgets, partisan brinksmanship, ignoring the will of the people, and voting themselves endless pay raises … fire the bums!   We need Statesman and businessmen … not business-as-usual politicians!
  • Congress has not passed a budget in three years!  They simply rely on “continuing resolutions,” which amounts to living paycheck-to-paycheck as a nation.  When we run out of money … they borrow more.  When China won’t loan us any more, they simple print more!  It does not take an economics degree from Harvard to understand that this is sheer lunacy!  How do you cut money from a budget that does not exist? A balanced-budget amendment is not enough.  That simply means that the “incoming” must equal the “out going.”  There are two ways to do that: 1) Cut spending, or 2) raise taxes.  But with spending out of control … Congress simply cannot raise taxes enough to cover their insane spending spree!   A $15 trillion current debt, a $2 trillion a year shortfall, and an estimated national debt of $30 trillion by 2030 tells us we have to seriously cut spending. 
  • Entitlements have to be looked at as well.  We have created a generation of narcissistic, entitlement-minded  sheeple who expect great jobs where the don’t have to actually work, have plenty of leisure time, and make great money … or if not, the government gives them everything.  That is not the American way.  Americans work hard, sweat, take risks, create, invent, and succeed by the fruits of their own labors … and sometimes they fail!  But they can always try again.  It is the land of equal opportunity, not equal result!  Why do some folks think that they have the right to take from people who work harder than they do? Or that it is the government’s job to provide everyone with a $100,000 per year life-style whether they work or not?
  • We cannot cut defense spending to the point of national weakness!  Obama has weakened us enough with his apologies and inept, bumbling lack of foreign policy.  Iran is six months from nuclear weapons.  North Korea is selling nuclear technology to Iran. Iran is planning war games to practice shutting down the Strait of Hormuz! They also shot down and captured one of our top-secret drones and all Obama can do is ask for it back “pretty, pretty please!”  I don’t think Achmed is very afraid of Obama!!  Ohl!  Wait … Obama says he got Osama Bin Laden ….  so he is a bad-ass President!  However, all he did was give the go-ahead.  Actually, the CIA and the Navy SEALS got Bin Laden with intel gathered by the intelligence machine created under Bush (which by the way, Obama wanted to shut down and Eric Holder wanted to prosecute).
  • Speaking of Eric Holder (our esteemed Attorney General)!  I think “Fast and Furious” was a plan to help the Anti-gun groups in this country make a case for stronger gun control, but it backfired on them.  Total incompetence because Obama hires based on ideology … not qualifications!!  And now American border patrol agents are dead, and 2000 weapons are in the hands of Mexican border criminals.  An American border agent armed with a freaking “bean-bag” gun is gunned down by a Mexican border criminal with a fully automatic weapon!   And  … Holder knows nothing?  Obama knows nothing?  Ahhh!  but … they know enough to prosecute governors, states, and Sheriffs who try to do what they can to protect their border-state citizens!
  • Barney Frank and Chris Dodd should be in prison!  Using Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac, Congress forced banks to make crazy mortgage loans to people who could in no way afford them …. simply to buy democratic votes.  Then when these people, predictably,  could not pay their mortgages, Congress demonized the banks … and useful-idiots  like the “occupy Wall street” crowd fall into lock-step and protest the wrong people … taking the scrutiny away from where it should be … on Congress!  It should be “occupy Washington!”  Do you now why Obama, Pelosi, and Reid embraced the “Occupy Wall street” movement … because as long as they were occupying wall street, they weren’t looking where the should be looking … at an incompetent President and his liberal Congress!
  • People who pay no income taxes are mad at people who pay 75% of federal income taxes for not paying “their fair share!”  An oil pipeline that could create millions of jobs and give America a safe oil supply is shelved so Obama can punish states for rejecting Obama care!  Obama, Pelosi,and Reid spew vitriolic nonsense about Conservatives wanting autistic children to die of downs syndrome, little old grannies to be sent to forced-labor camps to die while performing slave labor stamping out Republican bumper stickers, and that conservatives like to drink toxic water while inhaling smog … and the Obama-zombies listen and believe!  Class-warfare at its finest.  Saul Alinski would be so proud!  The question is … are American voters really going to fall for this nonsense?

Obama’s Report Card:  F-

And who totes the not for this insane foolishness?  … the American tax payer!  How much longer are we going to put up with this!

Just a few random musings ….

~ On Nancy Pelosi’s statement that we need to pass the Health Care Bill to find out what’s in it … please tell me I am not the only one who sees the shear idiocy of this statement! I cannot help but believe that George Washington would have just sat across the table from this moron shaking his head … completely at a loss for words … thinking “We shed the blood of honorable men for this?”

~ As our “impartial” news media is giddily starting to hyperventilate in joy when reporting on a march of perhaps 100,000 pro-amnesty activists on Sunday, March 21, all of us need to remember that amnesty is about keeping 8 million jobs in the hands of illegal aliens and OUT of the hands of unemployed Americans.  Actually … maybe President Obama was really referring to illegal aliens when he was promising to save jobs during his campaign.  I wonder how many of these illegal aliens voted for Barack Obama with the assistance of ACORN?

~ In responce to the report by ESPN that President Obama plans to ban sport fishing in many of America’s territorial waters, many bloggers who support Obama are now reporting the initial report was a hoax and that ESPN lied.  I hope they are right, because  according to one report, despite taking only three percent of the saltwater fish harvested each year, the recreational fishing sector creates nearly half the jobs associated with domestic saltwater fisheries.  I cannot help but wonder, though, how such a “hoax” of a story got started.

On a more serious note:

My last post titled “If Only God Were Not …” created a real outrage for at least two atheistic bloggers and inspired some pretty venomous comments.  I am glad it stirred the pot because that was the intention.  While Americans certainly do believe in religious freedom … and we defend the right of its people to practice their religion in peace and security (and that includes the freedom to not believe), America was founded as a nation based on Christian principles.  If that were not the case, we would not have had the lines:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness

included in the Declaration of Independence.

We would not have had, after the Revolutionary War, the Founders continuing to hold public days of prayer and appointing chaplains for both Congress and the armed forces.

We would not have had “In God We Trust” on our national currency, “One Nation Under God” in our Pledge of Allegiance, and “LAUS DEO,” which is Latin for “Praise be to God” inscribed on top of the Washington Monument. We would also not have had the Ten Commandments play such a prominent position in the art and architecture of the Supreme Court building.

Sadly enough, in the past, the Supreme court has ruled that the Ten Commandments may be displayed outside on government property but not inside the courthouse. The liberal Supreme Court Justices on the bench at that time relied upon a false interpretation of the doctrine of the separation between church and state.

The 1st Amendment states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” 

The first clause of this Amendment clearly states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.”  Notice that, at the same time, it places no restrictions on the states, only on Congress

The 10th Amendment states “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.”  This means that the federal courts actually have no authority to rule in this matter.  

It is clear, according to the 1st and 10th amendments, the power to make laws respecting and establishing religion is reserved for the states alone, making both of the Ten Commandments displays that have previously been ruled un-Constitutional and ordered taken down by federal courts … actually not even under their jurisdiction.  It is really sad that some members of the Supreme Court clearly do not understand the very Constitution of the United States they have sworn to uphold and protect.  

I know … maybe they just don’t have time to read it!  You know … like Congress does not have time to read the bills it passes.  After all, as Pelosi says, they have to pass them to find out what is in them! 

Oh wait … darn … the Constitution is only a few pages long.  Surely even our more liberal or secular-minded Supreme Court Justices can find time to read it … unless, of course, they can’t read; and  I am sure that is not the case.  Could it be they have some kind of political agenda?  Of course not.  I am just being paranoid!

So … is all this just whining about the “good ole days” gone by?  It is my wish to inflict Christianity on those who chose to not believe?  Not at all!  I do, however, want to be able to say Merry Christmas and to have Christmas be a celebration of the birth of Christ … and not be simply a commercially driven and almost obscene spending spree that you are made to feel guilty if you do not participate in; and that takes many Americans until the following June to recover from.  I should be able to have a Cresh on my lawn in Tennessee and not insult some lawyer from the ACLU based in California somewhere, and to not have my children’s religious beliefs insulted or ridiculed in public schools.  

Has the Christian majority in this great country simply given up and given in to liberal secularism run amok?  I certainly hope not. 

We have witnessed over the last several decades the slow but steady shift to a more secular America.  What have we gotten from this? 

Our children can no longer say the Pledge of Allegiance or mention God’s name in our schools; but they can get free condoms, birth control pills, and abortions without parental consent.  And if some members of our government get their way, those abortions will be paid for with tax dollars collected from Christian taxpayers.

Our government wants to ban us from giving a misbehaving child a disciplinary swat on the butt, but wants to hold parents accountable for unruly children.  And no … this is not a defense of child abuse!

Our country is in deep financial trouble caused, for the most part, by greed.  Greed on the part of many corporate executives, greed on the part of many Wall Steet traders, greed on the part of corrupt government officials like Barney Frank (D – MA), Chris Dodd (D – CT), John Ensign (R-NV), John Murtha (D-PA), Charles Rangel, (D-NY), our Secretary of Treasury Tim Geithner, and others.  Could it possibly be that some of the Christian lessons on greed got left out here?

Our current adminsitration’s answer is to put these same people in key positions of power, print more money just as fast as they can, and vote themselves still more money to consolidate their power by buying votes (remember the more recent verison of the Louisana Purchase involving Sen.  Mary Landrieu) to push their agendas like big government, socialized healthcare and the eradication of individual rights.  What do you think Nancy Pelosi is planning on doing with all that stimulus money (about $500 billion) that has not yet been spent? 

I think some of it should be used to buy every Congressman a copy of the Constitution of the United States, a Bible, and a copy of David Ramsey’s book Financial Peace, a non-denominational, common sense,  Christian-based approach to financial planning.  It sure couldn’t hurt!

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