Washington Examiner’s Stephen G. Smith Lays Out How Obama Could Win If Obamacare Overturned, Others Not Buying It
I have no problem with Mr. Smith. I read his articles here and there and never have really taken issue with his ideas or his thought process, until now. I have linked the article from the Washington Examiner above and suggest you all read it to get the full effect of what Mr. Smith is trying to say. In effect, he is saying that if Obamacare is ruled unconstitutional then the President will not have to talk about it during the campaign and can stick to other issues while getting his base behind him using the court decision to drive more voters. If Obamacare would happen to get through the Supreme Court, however, then he has his prize legislation in tact, and in the words of Stephen Smith, “will be able to argue that the Administration always knew Obamacare was constitutional, and the expedited review will muffle the issue in the general-election campaign.” I am not buying this logic, and let me show you why I believe Mr. Smith got this one wrong.
I do agree that if it is struck down at the Supreme Court, the President will be able to use that to get more people out in his favor, maybe tipping the election into his hands if he can get enough people that are not already soured on him. While that may be the case, and the verdict is still out, it does not mean that it will not be a topic of discussion during the debates or even out on the stump. This is a heated issue, and if Republicans knew better they would make sure that no matter if they win or lose at the Supreme Court the people remember what legislation was pushed through Congress that they did not want. To allow the topic to be put aside would be detrimental to the Republican chances next year to take back the White House. read more »
The suggestion by North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue that we should suspend election for two years while we work to fix the economy is something I thought I would have heard from the White House before the Governor of a state, but no matter who is actually putting the idea out there is not the real issue. The issue here is that someone in a position of power would work it into the conversation to see how people would respond to it. Once the Governor and her team saw the people were not behind her idea, they backtracked and told the media that she was just joking. I am not sure what is so funny about this, but suspending elections for no other reason that to try and fix an economy when many Americans are looking forward to voting their leadership out is one of the most despicable ideas ever presented by someone in power in this nation.
As you can tell if you take a look at the video at the link above, which includes the audio of the address by the N.C. Governor, it does not sound like she is kidding. Her press team may believe they can pull a fast one on the American people and the people of her state, but the people are not buying it for a minute. We the people believe that those in Washington need to be held accountable, and if they lose their elections then they lose their jobs. To allow people who would otherwise have lost their jobs to stay in office just because the job market is not where it should be is to say that just because I might be overweight means I should not eat for the next six months. Both ideas make no sense and have absolutely no logic or reason to back them up. read more »
FiveThirtyEight whiz Nate Silver recently asked whether Chris Christie is the anti-Romney or the anti-Perry.
The answer is yes.
Christie is the anti-Romney, because he genuinely and unapologetically embraces and enacts conservative policies, at least on fiscal matters—in particular entitlement reform, the most important policy realm our nation currently faces.
Critics charge that he’s not consistently conservative on issues such as global warming and gun control. Yet Rick Perry critics complain that he’s not consistently conservative on issues such as immigration and the HPV vaccine, and most people wouldn’t call Perry a liberal.
Christie is the anti-Perry, because he knows how to identify, articulate, and justify his positions, using fiery, uncompromising rhetoric that doesn’t sound rehearsed, and isn’t afraid to say things that tick off hallowed interest groups.
Critics charge that he’s arrogant, has a temper, and insults people. Yet his style has proven wildly popular with voters who are fed up with politicians who can’t or won’t stand up to bullying public employee unions that are bankrupting the nation’s most populous states.
If Mitt Romney held more consistently conservative positions on the major issues of the day, he’d be able to articulate them to voters. But he doesn’t.
If Rick Perry were more articulate and had a better understanding of the issues, his positions would be conservative enough for most Republicans. But he isn’t. read more »
I came across this while reading through the news this afternoon, and while it does not surprise me that anyone on MSNBC would try to make race an issue, the way it was done in this instance only shows they are reaching to the bottom of the barrel for something to talk about. AFter the President’s speech to the Congressional Black Caucus, the AP put out a transcription of the speech, as many other news outlets also did. The difference in the AP version is that it was not “cleaned up”, which means where Obama dropped his g’s for effect, the AP left it as it was said while other news organizations “cleaned up” the transcript to make it look like he was speaking to the group as he would any other group. Realistically, however, the AP transcribed the speech as they should have, while the other news networks and news outlets changed it, for one reason or another. Because of this, MSNBC thought it prudent to call out the AP (which for the record is as Left Wing as MSNBC, so this makes no sense at all) and try to bring race into the discussion once again. Unfortunately, I do not think it is working because the six people left on the planet that actually still watch MSNBC were watching something else at the time.
If this shows us anything, it shows how the next election is going to be run. This is why I truly believe it would be great for this nation if there were two black men going head to head for the Presidency, so the media would not be able to use these kinds of tricks on the people. While media outlets like MSNBC would still try to, the people would never buy into an excuse that a black man was racist against another black man on the campaign trail and would throw all the ammunition that MSNBC and the others have right out the window. I believed this the last time that Obama ran for election, and there was no one in the Republican Party willing to stand up and say the same thing because they were afraid off looking like racists if they said that the GOP needed a black candidate. There is nothing wrong with saying someone who is black and Republican would make a good choice for President, and to say it would not take way from the media arsenal would be denying the games that we have seen them play already in this election season. We all know it will get worse, and the GOP needs to look deep into their party and look at who REALLY has the best chance of not only beating President Obama but the media as well. read more »
In the latest Zogby poll, asking respondents if the primaries were held today who would you vote for, 28% say that Herman Cain is now their choice for the Republican nomination. While many may see this as a step in the right direction, I fear that Herman Cain is hitting his high point much too early in the process. With word coming that Christie will more than likely decide for the final time to stand aside during the Republican primary and not run, the field that we see is the field that we are getting. I am split between really believing that the Republicans will jump behind Herman Cain and him getting too popular much too early, making his run through the primary much more difficult.
There is a reason we are seeing this, however. This is not JUST because people may believe that Herman Cain would be the best choice to go against Barack Obama, but because the field of other nominees is weak. Rick Perry is having a terrible time trying to explain his stance on immigration, and it is not playing well, especially in early primary states. Mitt Romney is having the same problem he had the last time around, and can still not explain away his health care plan when he was Governor. The only man left with any kind of chance that is in the field right now is Herman Cain, and it would upset the balance if this man actually got the American people on his side.
The Republican primary may not be much of a gauge when it comes to how electable a man or woman is for President, considering many pundits do not give Cain much of a chance against Obama. What the Republican nomination process may show us, however, is that the party is starting to move away from the status quo. We have been asking for something different all along, and when that is shown to us and there is a possibility that it could work, we cannot stand by and say that we may not agree with him on one or two issues. I have not met a person yet who has said to me they rather see Perry or Romney beat someone like Cain or even Paul. We want something different than the status quo, and we have it if we are willing to fight for it. The name Herman Cain is now out there and prominent among political circles, it is time to work hard to get a man who has ideas to get the job done into the nomination, and put someone with him that will carry the election for the Republicans. read more »
Have you ever wondered just what happens to all those people we keep reading about in the news, and in the government’s seriously flawed demography, who have just dropped out of sight in this depression? Yes… depression.
I’ve had it with the cutesy defining of a recession that in no way ended in 2009, as the politicians and their pet economic idiot savants claim. “Why, Skip” you say, “we had two quarters of positive growth in 2009?. Okay, and if you believe that math, I have some shares in Solyndra for sale for you, cheap.
Ask just about anyone in the great San Joaquin and Central Valleys here in California, agricultural regions that could have fed the world with their bounty, if the recession has ever ended. Ask them if they see anything on the horizon except more crippling regulation, taxation or punitive regulatory dictat from both the Federal Government and that runaway bunch of Marxist radicals infesting Sacramento.
There are pockets of chronic unemployment in some of those communities as high as 30% or 40%, with an average of a whopping 25%. A figure I found difficult to swallow until I heard them re-stated by some people in the valleys and by one of the few conservative lawmakers in California, Devin Nunes. I wish he was my representative. This guy is the real deal.
In the latest Gallup Poll which asked people if they felt the government was a threat to their individual liberties, nearly half of the respondents said that the government WAS, in fact, a threat to their individual liberties. This is the highest it has ever been since the poll started being taken by Gallup back in 2003. Although only 28% of Democrats say that the government is a threat to their liberties, 61% of all Republicans and 57% of all Independents agree that the government is a threat. We can see the divide between party lines and those who are sticking with President Obama through thick and thin. As Gallup states, the numbers during the Bush Administration were also high, but not nearly as high as this and the number of Democrats were much higher than Republicans at that time, with Independents believing that no matter who is in office they are a threat to the freedom of the American people.
With these numbers getting higher and higher by the year, does the government have to start taking notice of what the American people feel or will they put it aside and not pay any attention to it? Pelosi, during the debate on Health Care Reform, responded very sarcastically to someone who asked her it was against the Constitution to pass such legislation. This is one of the reasons, I believe, that the numbers are much higher than they have ever been. The people see that the government is a threat to individual liberties if they do not understand where their power ends and the people’s power begins. The people in power are no different than any other people in history who wanted even more power once they tasted a little, and if we go down the road of those other civilizations we will end up in the trash heap of history along with them. read more »
…and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and he carries his banners openly.
But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the galleys, heard in the very halls of government itself.
For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in the accents familiar to his victims, and wears their face and their garment, and he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men.
He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of a city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.
We, in all our arrogant sophistication, have utterly failed to grasp what this ‘primitive’ philosopher knew forty two years before the birth of Christ.
The critical situation in which America now finds itself is a gut check of monumental proportions. There can be little doubt in any rational person’s mind that there are forces at work in this country which, left unchecked, will certainly extinguish the greatest beacon of democracy in the history of the world, resulting in the enslavement of free people’s souls. We’ve been served a constant diet of lies and prevarication for close to a century. read more »
This is an extended clip of the exchange between the teacher and the Tea Party leader in this district of Texas. It does not seem like the teacher is all that happy with the answers he is receiving, so of course the next thing out of his mouth must be that the Tea Party leader is a Nazi because that is what he heard on MSNBC. It would make sense that this teacher said something like this because this is what we think of when we think of teacher. Wrong or right this is what we think of, and the fact that it is so predominant in our nation we really have to look at who we are allowing to teach our children. This man obviously has no idea what the Nazi’s did, and it was not round up illegal aliens and ship them out of the country unharmed.
This teacher, a government teacher at the John F. Kennedy School, seemed to not be so pleased with what was said in response to his agitation, so he took it up a notch by calling the leader a Nazi. While I would hope a government teacher would have more sense than to call someone a Nazi, this shows that our children are many times better off being taught by a blind, deaf, hooker than they are being taught in a public school by teachers such as this. While I know there are many good teachers out there, there are not enough to make the American people believe that the kids who are entering these schools are getting an education of fact and not indoctrination. read more »
Here is the shocker of a lifetime, isn’t it? The Palestinians have asked the United Nations for a statehood declaration, but the Palestinians STILL refuse to acknowledge the right of Israel to exist. This has, as far as I know, never happened at the United Nations and it should not be allowed to happen this time. The member-states can get up and cheer for the Palestinians all they want, but at the end of the day they are cheering for a group of people, headed by Hamas, that will do everything in their power to destroy the nation of Israel. Is that something to be clapping about? Are these other nations in belief along with the Palestinians that Israel does not have the right to exist? It seems to me that if you are going to stand up and clap for a people that would kill their neighbor faster than you can say Holy Land, you are supporting a people that do not have the right to be included in such a body.
Just imagine that the United States was not a member-state at the United Nations and they applied for statehood. During that time they told the United Nations that they wanted statehood, but they would not recognize the right of Canada to exist. I doubt there would be many standing ovations for that declaration, but it seems to be a different situation. Those who want to see a Palestinian state have no idea what they are asking for, and the United States would never allow the United Nations to approve something like this. I know President Obama seems friendly with the Palestinians and probably is too friendly for being an American President, but the fact remains this will never happen outside of the negotiating room, and even there is not much of a chance it would happen there, either. read more »
We on the right are saying “I told you so” today, but it would not be the first time we did so. Since the bill was passed into law and signed by the President, individuals like myself have been pointing out that health care coverage prices would go up in some way, but those Democrats who are so happy to have this plan will not hear it. They are still happy about the passage of the law, even though they will have to pay more as well. With the taxes going higher, more money going to health care, and energy prices on the rise, we as Americans are going to have a lot less money when it comes to buying anything else that we enjoy. This is not because we did not fight hard enough against the law, because we did. We protested in Washington and made our stance to Congress that this is not what we wanted. The polls showed the majority of Americans were against the plan, yet the Democrats pushed it through. They were so excited and planned a whole march to the chamber to make sure everyone seen their accomplishments. The only problem is their accomplishments, if left unchecked by SCOTUS, will cost every single hard working American more money. I would ask the President and those Democrats in Congress how this is fair!
I have been around politics long enough to know that just because it is not fair doe not mean it will not happen. I am a realist, and the realist in me says the Democrats will do anything to make sure this law sticks. The only hope we the people have now is the Supreme Court, and that is not a sure bet. We have to come to the realization right now that we may be stuck with this, and if we are what will the Republicans do to get rid of it if and when they take the White House and also the Presidency next year. That question is something that has been asked of the candidates, but as we have seen in the past it is much more difficult to get rid of these programs once they are started than it is to stop them in their tracks when it comes to passing them. We have the fight of the century on our hands, and I am not so sure the American people are up for it. read more »
It would seem that the country has seen and heard every single falsehood that Obama and the DeMarxists have foisted on the American people. If there was ever an address that underwhelmed the public purview of Barack Hussein’s pitch for ‘balance’ and more taxes against the ‘rich’, this was it.
The top 10% of earners pay 70% of the taxes in this country to start with. If you confiscated every dime of the wealthiest people in this nation it would scarcely run the Federal Government for more than about ninety days. I’ve never gotten a job from a poor person. So, then, it stands to reason that Obama is determined to to forever destroy the job creators in our country.
Never in my lifetime, and very possibly in the history of this country, have we seen someone who is so wrong in so many different ways. If Mr Hussein was a private citizen it wouldn’t make a hoot or holler of difference. We all know incorrigible knotheads… people for whom abject ignorance is a virtue. But they’re not the President of the United States.
There’s a lead picture on ‘Drudge’, showing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Barry Obama at a meeting earlier today. Pull it up and check it out for yourselves. Obama looks like a man at the end of his rope. He’s presiding over a completely failed and ineffectual foreign policy with the sole purpose, as far as I can determine, of isolating the State of Israel, and doing everything in his power to advance the aims of the people who would see Israel in flames. read more »
What do all of these three things have in common: Troy Davis, the death penalty, and race? Well, for starters, the supports of Troy Davis, the man who was executed earlier this evening in Georgia, are playing the race card yet again. I am here to try and be the voice of reason, although many in the black community will call me a racist, bigot, and whatever other term they learned from Left leaning radio.
First, I want to start out by telling everyone something that may surprise them: I am, in many instances, against the death penalty. I know that is very odd for someone who calls himself a Conservative, but I have my reasons. One of those reasons is because there are many doubts in many cases, and since our system is not fool proof, I believe that in many of the circumstances the death penalty can do more harm than the good it is supposed to do. Having said that, I also believe that there are times when it must be used. Some may call that hypocritical, but I call it being as consistent as possible on an issue that is never the same. Case by case we, from the outside, can look and judge for ourselves if we believe the person should die or not. The fact of the matter is that we, from the outside in many cases, only have some of the information or we choose to join the crowd that is against the death penalty because it pushes our belief system to the next level. Having said that, we need to look at this case in general. Those who are angry that this man was CONVICTED, and in subsequent appeals was not able to be set free or his death sentence set aside, are angry not at the process but those who made that decision. read more »
House Resolution 365 (linked above) is something many of you out there may have never even heard of before. I will not lie, I just heard about it right before writing this blog because an old friend of mine on Facebook had posted a petition for others to sign to get this resolution moving. Although the Resolution does nothing itself to change any kind of law or reason inside Washington, the premise is simple: Pass this resolution to say that the Congress is supporting a forgiveness of student loan debt. While there are other parts to this resolution which you can read on your own and form an opinion on, for this blog I want to stick with why I believe a plan of action like this could, in the end, hurt America more than actually help America and its economic troubles.
In a time when the President wants to raise taxes on everyone in this nation, a Democrat sponsoring a bill that would forgive student loan debt seems to defeat the purpose of raising revenue, at least in my eyes. Students take out loans from the government and promise to repay them, and in turn the government makes money off of those loans. That is the way it is supposed to be, but we all know that these loans, many times, are not paid back and the government loses a lot of money on student loans. To forgive a large portion of the loans taken out by the young adults in this country because many cannot find a job is going much too far, and is taking away any kind of revenue jump you may be able to get out of the program in the future. If this was a one time sell-off where the government was getting out of the loan game, it would be much different. But this resolution would call on the President and the Congress to pass immediate legislation to make sure that the loans keep coming while those who are out of school and cannot find work would have their loans forgiven by the government. read more »
A Guest Blog By David Pring-Mill
September 19, 2011
I. Slander against the Tea Party
At the time of this writing, the current U.S. national debt is $14,699,021,631,213.05#. The nonpartisan CBO recently noted, “The $1.3 trillion budget deficit […] for 2011 will be the third-largest shortfall in the past 65 years (exceeded only by the deficits of the preceding two years).” With a startling lack of transparency, trillions of government dollars have been spent to bail out and support the financial institutions that recklessly wreaked havoc upon the U.S. economy. In 2009, President Obama signed a stimulus bill that cost $787 billion. Following that first year in office, the Obama administration has shown no signs of mitigating its urge to spend, and an aspect of Obama’s healthcare plan, the mandatory insurance provision, has been judicially deemed to be unconstitutional. Obama now wants to pass a jobs bill that will cost $447 billion. During his September 8th address to Congress, he repeatedly demanded “pass this jobs bill” and “you should pass it right away.” This refrain was uttered 17 times. The veracity of these figures is undisputed, and the implication of these figures is clear – under the President’s leadership, our government is spending money that it doesn’t have and justifying this spending with an increasingly dubious, ineffective ideology and macroeconomic theory. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 46.2 million Americans lived in poverty last year – a record high. The bureau noted that this is “the largest number in the 52 years for which poverty estimates have been published.” read more »
What were we told when this mission in Libya started? We were told by our President that it would last only days and this battle would make the world safer. I do not believe, after looking at the facts, many people actually believed that knowing many of our enemies were sneaking into Libya trying to take out the Libyan regime. Many months later and a lot more money down the toilet for a President, that while campaigning, was anti-war, there is a three month extension to keep the fight against Gaddaffi up and to take him out. One has to not only ask themselves why we got into this in the first place but why the President and others feel the need to keep it up after they have complained so much about wars in Afghanistan and Iraq over the past decade. I know they will try to point out the differences here, but the fact remains that the United States, for all intents and purposes, IS NATO, and we are going to be on the hook for more money over the next few months when we cannot even get people back to work here in the states.
This is another example of the President wanting to play by his own rules and not allow anyone else to have a say. The American people are screaming for the government to step aside and allow businesses to do what they choose to do to create jobs, but while they beg for a little room the government wants MORE regulation, MORE taxes, and they want to spend money on more wars that really do not make much sense to many people out there in this country. While Bush had a hard time selling Iraq and still does to an extent, President Obama can never explain away why he told Congress that this operation would last days not weeks, and it has lasted MONTHS. There is no explanation coming from the White House, and the press pool does not seem to be concerned with it at this point in time. They are more worried about the White House and another scandal that they believe could bring this President down. The press is there to tell the people what is happening in this nation, and that is ALL of that is happening in this nation. We can read about more than one topic in a sitting, and we can understand when we are being fooled into believing that this war in Libya is going to come to an end soon. We are teaming up with our enemies to fight a foe who, for all intents and purposes, did what the United States told them to because they were afraid something like this could happen. President Obama comes to power and he rocks the world with his stance on other nations and their leaders, and as we look at the world it is much different than it was even just a year ago. read more »
History has taught us that the farcical “peace process” between Israel and the Palestinian Authority breaks down every single time it is forcibly initiated by the West. The routine disintegrates because it always unpeacefully proceeds in the following manner: Palestinians make demands, and Israel agrees to them; Palestinians smell blood in the water and up the stakes, and Israel necessarily balks; Palestinians attack Israel, and Israel counterattacks; the world condemns Israel for its “disproportionate” response, and Palestinians secretly celebrate Israel’s global denigration without shedding a tear over the deaths of its own civilians; and then the whole sordid cycle starts again.
The Palestinians’ latest gambit for feigning legitimacy in the eyes of free nations is for PA President Mahmoud Abbas to request a platform for better infiltrating, isolating, and attacking Israel—I mean, “statehood”—at the United Nations’ Security Council meeting this Friday. This entreaty would require fulfilling President Obama’s outrageous demand earlier this year that Israel return to its undefendable, pre-1967 borders and cede east Jerusalem to the Palestinians. A usefully idiotic coalition of Catholic, Anglican, Orthodox, and Lutheran priests in Jerusalem have boosted the PA’s bid.
The PA’s move on Friday will almost certainly be blocked by the United States, which, as a core member of the Security Council, has veto power over any such bid. If its statehood attempt fails, Abbas has implied that the PA will present its case to the U.N. General Assembly, whose peanut gallery of Third World dictatorships will likely approve an upgrade for the PA from “entity” to non-voting, non-member observer state. read more »
I have to say I am very surprised to even see the AP take something like this up. They usually steer clear of doing fact checks like this because they know it will hurt the Left, but this time they came out, hit the nail on the head, and have shown the American people that the President, along with Buffett, is not being truthful to the people of this nation. The truth is right there in black and white for the President to see, and the truth is that the rich are already paying their fair share. The fact that there is not enough money left to pay for everything is not the fault of the rich not paying enough, but the fault of Washington spending too much. Taxing the “rich” even more is not going to solve our problems, fixing the tax code and making it fair for everyone is the only way to go.
The facts are what they are, and the AP has laid them out for everyone to understand. 10% of the households with the highest income pay more than half of the federal taxes in this nation, which shows that the President is not telling the whole truth when he goes out stumping for the new tax increases that he is looking for. The other argument is that the tax code is set up to benefit those of higher incomes. This is the case in a few instances, but the IRS reports that only 1,470 house holds in America with income over $1 million paid no federal taxes in 2009, while there were 237,000 returns that were at the $1 million mark or over (AP). That is less than ONE PERCENT of those making over $1 million a year, something you have not heard from the President, have you? read more »