Obama has failed to pass a budget since he took office in 2009: “America has been without a budget for the past four years and counting. We go from continuing resolution to continuing resolution to keep the government funded.” Now, Obama says he’s going to break the law and release his 2014 budget to Congress 2 months late.
Incredibly, Obama has the nerve to slam Republican Paul Ryan’s 10-year budget plan which essentially “shows that we can balance the budget in just a decade without any new taxes and still increase spending if we get rid of the massive cost of ObamaCare.” Maybe Obama should propose his own budget plan before he criticizes Republicans’ budget plans. Senator Jeff Sessions said it best: “Will he ever commit himself to a plan? He has been very effective in criticizing others.”
Obama was ready and willing to go over the fiscal cliff at the end of 2012, and the last-minute fiscal cliff deal on January 1, 2013 merely delayed sequestration for another 2 months. Now that March 1, 2013 is approaching and out-of-control government spending continues under Obama, our national security is at stake: “The Pentagon notified Congress on Wednesday it will be furloughing its civilian workforce of 800,000 employees if sequestration goes into effect March 1. Defense officials have warned lawmakers that sequestration will devastate the military and lead to a hollow force.”
Update: How comforting: The White House has raised the terror threat and warned that illegal immigrants could flood the borders due to sequestration. Of course, Republicans have pointed out that Obama “is setting up “a false choice” between tax increases and security. They said the other alternative is to make $85 billion in spending cuts in other parts of the budget, rather than the across-the-board cuts that make up the sequester.” Obama apparently believes that U.S. national security should be sacrificed so that he can continue wasting American taxpayer dollars (giving paid time off to federal employees so they can spend their time helping unions instead, spending hundreds of millions of dollars on lavish “conferences”, refusing to use $45 billion in unspent taxpayer dollars to offset the $85 billion in sequester cuts, spending money to “find advancements in beef jerky from France” and conduct research to determine “what lessons about democracy and decision-making could be learned — from fish”, and so many other ridiculous things) while maintaining his own paycheck.
Tellingly, it was Obama who first proposed the idea of the sequester— “legendary journalist Bob Woodward… who made his name and reputation in reporting the Watergate scandal that led to the resignation of Richard Nixon… noted—as he has before—that both President Obama and his would-be Treasury Secretary Jack Lew lied on the campaign trail by saying the sequester originated with House Republicans.
Update #2: And just to show they aren’t kidding: “The sequester is officially still three days away, but the Obama administration already is making the first cuts, with officials confirming that the Homeland Security Department already has released several hundred illegal immigrants from detention“— they’re refusing to confirm “how many immigrants were released or how they were selected.” However, it was subsequently revealed that Obama’s Department of Homeland Security plans to release 5,000 illegal immigrant detainees due to sequestration. Obama’s Department of Homeland Security is also planning to furlough 5,000 border patrol agents. Now, the Obama’s U.S. Federal Aviation Administration says it will furlough air traffic controllers (because clearly, Obama’s urge to spend is more important than air safety). According to the House Armed Services Committee and Army Chief of Staff, the Marine Corps will lose 57,000 soldiers, “by the end of calendar year 2013, less than half of our ground units will be trained to the minimum readiness level required for deployment,” the Army will lose 143,000 soldiers, 78% of Army units will “significantly curtail training,” the Navy will delay the deployment of an aircraft carrier, and there will be a 20% pay cut for 800,000 civilian employees working for the Department of Defense. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder claims “the Justice Department will be handicapped in some of its most vital missions to prevent terrorist attacks and crime” with furloughs of FBI agents, ATF agents, DEA agents, prosecutors. The infamous Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters claims that 170 million jobs could be lost in America— a ludicrous claim, considering that the total U.S. population (including children and the elderly) is 315 million as of February 2013. Obama’s Education Secretary Arne Duncan has been caught lying about teachers getting pink slips because of the looming sequester. Obama himself was caught lying about U.S. Capitol janitors and security guards getting a pay cut.
Update #3: There’s a very interesting editorial based on former Superior Court Judge Andrew Napolitano’s commentary about the above: “… you see the strategy: Apply the sequester in the most panic-inducing ways possible so as to confirm Obama’s predictions of Armageddon and create a backlash against Republicans. In other words, intentionally pursue a strategy of making the federal government’s performance the worst it can possibly be, all to demonstrate how horrible it is to cut 2.3 from the projected increase in federal spending. That, the judge argues, is a dereliction of Obama’s duty as president, and “almost an impeachable offense”… Napolitano is right. Obama is not trying to keep things running well in the face of a budget shortfall. He is trying to do the opposite. He is deliberately making decisions that will make the federal government’s performance worse, and hurt the country, as a way of proving his point… he prefers to release prisoners, furlough border patrol officers and generally go down the path of sabotaging the country to make a political point, since he’s confident the media will not only let him skate, but help him blame his political opponents for it.”
Forget the U.S. Constitution: Obama says, “Where Congress is not willing to act, we’re going to go ahead and do it ourselves.”
Update: “President Barack Obama is tired of waiting for Congress to move on legislation to reduce carbon emissions, and his administration is poised to move forward on actions to do just that—including a move that will effectively eliminate the possibility of any new coal plant opening in the United States, experts say.” So, not only is Obama once again acting unilaterally and trashing the separation of powers– but he’s also following through on his promise to destroy the coal industry.
Strange Update: Does Obama have a split personality disorder too? America is incredulous now that he’s been taped saying this: “You know, the one thing about being president is, after four years, you get pretty humble… You realize all the mistakes you made. But you also realize you can’t do things by yourself. That’s not how our system works. You’ve got to have the help and the goodwill of Congress.” Right…
As the provisions of Obamacare kick into gear during Obama’s second term, we can see the consequences playing out:
- The IRS has announced that under Obamacare the cheapest health insurance plan available in 2016 for a family will cost $20,000 for the year.
- Obamacare will push 7 million people out of their job-based insurance coverage — nearly twice the previous estimate, according to the latest estimates from the Congressional Budget Office.
- Hospitals and medical professionals can’t function under Obamacare: As an example, a Pennsylvania hospital has announced that it “will stop delivering babies after March 31 because its obstetricians are either leaving or refocusing their practices, and because hospital officials believe they can’t afford it based on projected reimbursements under looming federal health care reforms.”
- Oops: Obama’s “pathway to citizenship” for illegal immigrants could increase the projected cost of Obamacare by $300 billion over the next decade, according to the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee (which based its calculation on the Congressional Budget Office’s estimate that 7 million illegal immigrants are without insurance and 85% of them have incomes low enough to qualify for Obamacare benefits).
Wow, the Democrats really screwed up on this one– after disregarding the Constitution and passing Obamacare without reading the bill (since Democrats know what’s best for the American people, who can’t take care of themselves– right?), their constituents are confused about why they’re experiencing rising costs and higher insurance premiums because of Obamacare.
Update: Democrats trumpeted Obamacare as bringing an end to “discrimination against Americans with pre-existing conditions.” Well, that didn’t last long! Just as the provisions of Obamacare are starting to take effect in 2013, we’ve been told that “Tens of thousands of Americans who cannot get health insurance because of preexisting medical problems will be blocked from a program designed to help them because funding is running low. Obama administration officials said Friday that the state-based “high-risk pools” set up under the 2010 health-care law will be closed to new applicants as soon as Saturday and no later than March 2, depending on the state.” This is just more evidence that Obamacare is a dismal failure– it was marketed as a miraculous solution to America’s healthcare problems, but was dependent on non-existent funding.
Update: On January 25, 2013, a federal appeals court “overturned President Obama’s controversial recess appointments from last year, ruling he abused his powers and acted when the Senate was not actually in a recess… The judges ruled that the appointments he made to the National Labor Relations Board are illegal… They said Mr. Obama erred when he said he could claim the power to determine when he could make appointments… Allowing the president to define the scope of his own appointments power would eviscerate the Constitution’s separation of powers.”
The man identified by witnesses as a ringleader in the attack continues to walk the streets of Libya without fear of arrest. Ahmad Abu Khattala has admitted being at the consulate during the horrific attack but has yet to be questioned by any Libyan authorities. Abu Khattala spoke to a New York Times reporter Thursday from a hotel patio as he sipped a strawberry frappe and mocked the US and Libyan governments. “These reports say that no one knows where I am and that I am hiding,” he boasted. “But here I am in the open, sitting in a hotel with you. I’m even going to pick up my sister’s kids from school soon.”
Update: During Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s testimony on the Obama Administration’s cover-up of the Libya attack, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher “alluded to the fact that no one involved in the Benghazi terrorist attack has been arrested while the man who made the anti-Islam film “Innocence of Muslims,” was arrested by California police for a parole violation. The administration originally said the video was the cause of the attack.”
As the GOP always knew, Obamacare is a tool of tyranny. You don’t even need to be anti-gun control to find it repulsive that Obama is now using Obamacare to compel doctors to ask their patients about gun ownership and “gun safety.” This isn’t a question of health or security– this is about freedom and privacy. Obama should not use legislation such as Obamacare for unintended purposes so that he can advance his political agenda.
There are certainly desirable gun control measures that should be taken– but Obama won’t let the American people have stricter background checks unless they also accept a national database of law-abiding gun owners. It’s all or nothing, to Obama.
During debt-ceiling negotiations to avoid the “fiscal cliff,” the White House informed House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan that it plans to break the law by missing the legal deadline for sending a budget to Congress.
Obama knows he’s a failure– in 2006, he had these harsh words to say about then-President George W. Bush, who added less national debt during his 8-year term than Obama added during his first 4-year term:
“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here. Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.” — Obama
Yes, we have a failure of leadership in the Obama Administration– and Americans deserve better. Well said, Obama.
Ignoring all evidence that violent criminals target “gun-free zones”— just a few examples include the Virginia Tech “gun-free zone” mass shooting in 2007 and the Aurora movie theater “gun-free zone” massacre in 2012– Obama’s second-term agenda is aimed at Americans’ gun rights under the 2nd Amendment.
Obama clearly understands that he’s attacking fundamental rights without justification– now that his own hometown of Chicago has implemented the strictest gun control laws in the country, it has a murder rate “far worse now than it was during the city’s most notorious crime era.”
Since Barack “former constitutional law professor at Harvard” Obama knew that he couldn’t get Congress to support his illogical, counter-productive, and unconstitutional plans, he announced his intent to bypass the elected legislative branch of government altogether and impose his will on the American people. He’s gotten away with so many unconstitutional executive orders already, that he knows he can simply do it again.
VP Biden openly admitted that the White House identified 19 executive actions for President Obama to move unilaterally on gun control. So what did Obama do? He signed 23 executive orders on gun control, leading to immediate calls for his impeachment by certain members of Congress.
Not only has Obama proven his divisiveness and partisanship by acting unilaterally– also keep in mind that his executive actions impose gun control on the American people, while giving free passes to King Obama and his Democratic nobility with their life-long 24/7 armed security teams.
None of this sounds very appealing, does it? Well, Obama’s going to make sure you don’t speak up– by surrounding himself with children during his gun control announcement. Yes, using these
children political props will make sure the American people surrender more liberty in return for a false sense of security.
Update: “Tyrants who have used children as props: USSR’s Joseph Stalin, China’s Mao Zedong, Germany’s Adolf Hitler, Cuba’s Fidel Castro, North Korea’s Kim il-Sung, and Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez.” It’s unbelievable that a sitting U.S. President has adopted the manipulative tactics of these tyrants.
Update #2: Obama’s hypocrisy over gun control is even more extreme because his “Fast and Furious” scandal (in which Obama’s Administration purposefully sold thousands of guns to Mexican drug cartels) resulted in the deaths of at least 200 Mexicans and 2 U.S. border patrol agents. This image says it all: