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As much as Barack Obama’s actions as president deserve impeachment and conviction and the resulting removal from office (go President Joe!!), it is a bad strategy (the Democrat-controlled Senate would fail to convict) and would only serve to make mr. Obama more of a martyr than he has already made of himself.

Which is why John Boehner’s strategy of filing a lawsuit against this lawless president is a stroke of genius in the interests of protecting and defending the Constitution (Obama’s sworn duty, which he has made a mockery of). I’ll bet mr. Obama knows he stands a very good chance of losing in court and that he is therefore quite worried about it (in fact it might have induced a squiggle in his golf swing).

How amusing, then, to witness mr. Obama’s PR response being riddled with references to “Impeachment”, though there is no plan to impeach this corrupt president.

Dan Pfeiffer, a top aide to President Obama, said that the White House is taking the threat of a possible impeachment attempt by Republicans seriously.

“I think a lot of people in this town laugh that off,” Pfeiffer told reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast. “I would not discount that possibility. I think Speaker Boehner, by going down the path of this lawsuit, has opened the door to Republicans possibly considering impeachment at some in the future.” <Yahoo News, link>

See what I mean? Obama, through his mouth piece, is trying to sway voters by portraying Republicans as being impeachment-mongers (I think most Americans are against impeachment, and Obama, knowing this, is trying to weaken Republican credibility by pretending they are doing something they are not).

To this we say: sorry Obama, your attempts to distract are an obvious sham; you are about to be sued in court, not impeached, and the force of justice may yet censor you and your lawless regime.

Today’s short post on Obamacare and how it is harming us all: Americans are worse off under Obamacare, and they know it.

The number of Americans that Obamacare’s hurting is double the amount it’s helping, according to a Wednesday CNN poll.

Thirty-five percent of adult American respondents said they’re worse off under the auspices of Obamacare, while just 18 percent say they’re better off. <Daily Caller, link>

Oh and by the way, the 18% who responded that they are better off? There is no doubt in my mind that they are lying for political reasons (they cannot let go of their fantasies about mr. Obama’s faux intentions to help the average American).

Not only that, Americans (and Democrats who followed Barack Hussein Obama over the cliff) are waking up to the fact that insurance premiums have been kept down artificially by the Obama regime (through unlawful changes to the ACA law) and that this mirage won’t last.

Even worse, Democrats fear that the release of health insurance premium rates for 2015 throughout September and October will turn the tide against Democrats in midterm elections. While health insurance premium tend to rise every year, Obamacare supporters had promised to lower the cost of health care for families, but most insurers that have reported 2015 premium rates so far are raising their prices.

Obamacar Hindenburg

The Government Accountability Office (GAO), a non-partisan group, released a report today in advance of Congressional testimony tomorrow detailing how easy it is to commit fraud within the Obamacare application process and to qualify for subsidies that are not deserved.

We all know, and many of us have no trouble facing, the reality that Obamacare is a giant Ponzi scheme — perhaps the biggest in human history.

It will bankrupt our nation and we won’t have access to preferred doctors and hospitals along the way. Thanks Barack Obama!

From the Huffington Post [link]:

Congressional investigators using fake identities were able to obtain taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama’s law, according to testimony to be delivered Wednesday.

GAO said its investigators concocted fake identities using invalid Social Security numbers and falsely claiming citizenship or legal residence. In other cases, they made up income figures that would disqualify them from getting subsidies.

Among the findings:

—Contractors processing applications for the government told the GAO that their role was not to ferret out potential fraud.

—Five of six bogus phone applications went through successfully. The one exception involved an applicant who refused to provide a Social Security number.

—Six online applications were snagged by an identity checking system. But investigators just dialed a call center and all six were approved. That seemed to be an open pathway to coverage.

—The GAO also tried to check the reliability of counselors providing in-person assistance. In five out of six cases, investigators were unable to get help. In the final case, the counselor correctly told the undercover investigator that their stated income would not entitle them to subsidized coverage.

I find the call center end-run particularly revealing: here we have healthcare.gov actually working in a few cases to reject the fraudsters, but a quick call to a call center and the fraudsters all got approved anyway.

Do you know what that is?

That is Barack Hussein Obama chasing sign-ups even at the expense of the integrity of the system.

Such are the tactics of a world class Marxist bureaucrat who knows that the more people he can put on the dole, the more he and his ilk can cling to power through patronage and impoverishment of the citizenry (and the illegal immigrants).

Who cares if fraudsters and tricksters receive tax-payer funded subsidies?

No mr. Obama.

If you voted for this man, are you happy with your choice?

Do you think America can survive this?

Has the tide begun to turn against Barack Hussein Obama’s lawless regime?

Today a Federal court ruled that Obamacare subsidies are illegal under the ACA law itself (Obama’s so-called “signature achievement”):

A federal appeals court has thrown out an IRS regulation that implements key subsidies for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, dealing a potentially significant blow to the law. 

In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit sided with plaintiffs who argued the law, as written, only allows for subsidies to be provided through state exchanges. The lawsuit, Halbig v. Burwell, has the potential to cripple Obamacare in the 36 states where the federal government provides subsidies for low-income people to buy health insurance. <Yahoo Finance, link>

Kaboom, folks.

What will be the Manchurian’s next move?

Shall we guess?

MORE LAWLESSNESS.

And so now, moments later, we see that this guess is right on the money:

The Obama administration will continue handing out Obamacare subsidies to federal exchange customers despite a federal court’s ruling Tuesday that the subsidies are illegal. <Daily Caller, link>

The Obama regime has no respect the law, no respect for the Constitution, and no respect for our way of life and government.

But its repugnant designs are under heavy assault in recent weeks, and America may yet wake up and throw off the malignant spell it fell under in 2008 and 2012.

 

 

Many of us remember a scary day in 1983 — the height of the Cold War — when the Soviets shot down a 747 passenger plane in cold blood, killing all 269 aboard.

Korean Airlines flight 007 strayed off its course and into Russian airspace and a military fighter jet fired a missile at the defenseless aircraft, causing it to crash and kill everyone.

The Evil Empire: The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

The Evil Empire: The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

My internet search for stories on the incident returned an amazing article written about a year ago — long before the current Russian surface-to-air missile destruction of another passenger aircraft, this time in Ukraine. It was written by Thom Patterson of CNN, and it starts like this:

(CNN) — The idea that Soviet fighter jets would shoot down a Boeing 747 airliner seems shockingly unbelievable. Two-hundred sixty-nine innocent people died in a largely forgotten Cold War attack that took place exactly 30 years ago this weekend. <CNN, link>

Remember, Patterson was writing these words last year, before the current infamy.

This comment of his mirrors my own feelings at the time: he lists a series of events that demonstrated the escalating tensions between the USSR and USA in 1983, and then says the following:

But it was the downing of KAL 007 that opened many eyes to the Cold War’s widening wave of darkness, its increasing uncertainty and its growing threat to peace.

Exactly — it was a feeling that if the Soviets could order a military fighter jet to down a 747 full of civilians, then they were capable of any atrocity, and who knew what they might do next.

The Soviet pilot who took the fatal shot had this to say in 1998:

“I could see two rows of windows, which were lit up,” Soviet pilot  told CNN in 1998, describing the 747’s telltale double-deck configuration. “I wondered if it was a civilian aircraft. Military cargo planes don’t have such windows.”

He was ordered to shoot it down anyway.

But as we all know, we and the rest of the free world had Ronald Wilson Reagan in the White House, a man who had spent much of his adult life fighting Communism and its evils and who, as President, was facing down our violent enemy in a direct and fierce manner.

Patterson goes on to say the following, and it made me laugh:

Then, something amazing happened: The Cold War ended. Somehow, the world had made it through.

YES, Thom, something “amazing” happened — Ronald Reagan.

And NO, Thom, the world didn’t make it through “somehow”; it made it through on Ronald Reagan’s iron back and spine.

Savior of the United States, and the world.

Savior of the United States, and the world.

His bold American defense buildup, opposed by many Americans who had become accustomed to living in fear and without belief in our moral superiority as a nation, and his posturing that we would build a missile defense shield that would tip the scales of mutually-assured-destruction in our favor, caused the USSR and its leadership to crumble from within as its economy failed to keep pace with our own.

And so here we are in 2014.

Ronald Reagan is long gone, may he rest in peace, and today we have Barack Hussein Obama hurriedly digging America’s grave. Commentators are lately saying that mr. Obama is disengaged and mentally “checked out”, but look a little closer and you can easily see the truth: he is as busy as ever smashing the foundations of our nation, including our role in the world, our military, our economy, our national balance of accounts, our sovereignty, the rule of law, and the Constitution itself.

As shocking as it was that Reagan could actually end the Cold War, liberate all of eastern Europe, and bring about the physical collapse of the Berlin Wall, it is equally shocking that a man such as Barack Obama could ascend to the presidency without any qualifications and then do such terrible things that the Cold War would actually come back to haunt us and the world.

How do we know the Cold War is back?

The Russians just shot down another civilian airliner:

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday that the evidence indicates that a Russian missile was used to shoot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 <Yahoo News, link>

And so here we are in 2014: the Russians just killed 298 innocent people and are being led by Vladimir Putin, a man with no fear of the likes of Barack Obama, what with his toothless “red line” in Syria and his “leading from behind”.

If you voted for Barack Obama, the destroyer, in 2008 and / or in 2012, I ask you now whether you honestly believe the world would be falling apart the way it is had Mitt Romney been elected president.

As for 2016, we must dare to dream that the American electorate will recover its sanity and elect a candidate who loves his country, at least.

Obama playing golf again while America burns

Two Senators wrote an essay about the growing Obamacare slaughter of the American taxpayer, and rather than excerpt it, here is the whole thing. Obamacare will bankrupt our nation in many ways, but the one discussed here is how the Obamacare subsidies (free money) are being taken by people who do not qualify for them and who have not been identified by healthcare.gov because….the software code to verify each applicant’s data has not been written yet…

These are shocking and terrible times in America.

From Senator Mike Johanns (Nebraska) and Senator Jerry Moran (Kansas) [source]

The problems with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act have been well documented. A glitch-laden website, wave after wave of delays, massive uncertainty, and a string of broken promises are clearly visible symptoms of this flawed law. What has also become extremely concerning are the issues occurring behind the scenes — issues the Department of Health and Human Services claimed had been fixed — that threaten to create more pain for individuals and families.

Former Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell recently replaced Kathleen Sebelius as Secretary of HHS. Along with a new office, she is inheriting the fallout from the marred Obamacare rollout and new information that important safeguards needed to process applications have yet to be built.

Recent revelations suggest HHS may be hemorrhaging taxpayer dollars because the systems required by law to verify consumers’ eligibility for Obamacare subsidies do not exist. As a result, hundreds of thousands of Americans may be receiving tax credits for which they do not actually qualify. Others may not be receiving the subsidies allowed under the law to help pay for health insurance. As Ranking Members of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittees that oversee HHS and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) spending, we are very concerned that the administration is failing to protect taxpayer dollars from waste and abuse.

Consumers attempting to enroll in Obamacare exchange health plans are required to submit their income level, citizenship, and immigration status, which may qualify them for tax credits and other cost-sharing reductions to obtain coverage. The initial round of these tax credits began in mid-January 2014. But according to recent media reports, more than two million of those applications contain data that is not consistent with other federal records, and the government currently does not have a dependable system in place to address the discrepancies.

The administration has no way of knowing the amount of taxpayer dollars going to ineligible consumers, or how many Americans were denied assistance they were eligible for under the law. One thing is clear: When it comes to ACA errors, the stakes are high. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the ACA’s insurance coverage provisions are expected to cost $36 billion in taxpayer dollars in 2014 alone. More than $1 trillion is projected to go toward exchange subsidies and related spending over the next decade. The Kaiser Family Foundation estimates the average ACA tax credit to be about $2,700 per family this year.

It is disturbing to think that any government official would knowingly proceed with implementing such a costly law without a robust, reliable verification system, so when the administration issued a rule rescinding requirements designed to safeguard taxpayers, Congress acted to address this problem. This final rule, issued by HHS last summer, disregarded the ACA requirement that exchanges verify consumers’ income and indicated the government would “accept the applicant’s attestation [regarding eligibility] without further verification.” In response, Congress passed legislation requiring a stringent verification process to be in place before tax credits were issued.

In early January, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius assured Congress that “the Marketplaces have implemented numerous systems and processes to carry out these verifications” to determine eligibility for premium subsidies such as tax credits and cost-sharing reductions. So, why are more than two million applications in question while the government struggles to sort out inconsistencies? And, if the administration is able to identify irregularities, why are tax credits being distributed to potentially hundreds of thousands of Americans who do not actually qualify for them?

Whether this is the result of the administration’s race to bolster enrollment numbers by scaling back requirements, or simply another example in a long list of systemic failures, the American taxpayer is being forced to foot a hefty bill for a broken law. This administration’s push to implement the ACA, despite a minefield of flaws and the outright absence of necessary safeguards, is creating a greater burden for taxpayers as credits are doled out despite stacks of unresolved applications.

Sometimes an article about non-political subjects (n this case, tattoo removal) contains an unexpected nugget of patriotism.

After hearing about Melanie Griffith wanting to remove her “Antonio” tattoo in the wake of divorce from Mr. Banderas, and some other stories of tattoo regret, we get this bit about Johnny Ford:

There is an alternative to having them removed: Get even more to cover up the offending art. “I had a voluptuous nude fairy with wings riding a guitar on my arm from the 1980s,” says Johnny Ford , 42, a musician and New York City-based tattoo artist. “After 9/11, I had a wife and baby and thought it would be a good idea to join the army, but you’re not allowed tattoos with naked females. In the Middle East that’s considered very taboo.” His solution? “I had it covered with a skull design and roses.” <Market Watch, link>

How about that: a man with a new wife and baby is inspired to join our all-volunteer army in the wake of the 9/11 attack on America.

I don’t know if he went ahead and enlisted, but I like the spirit, and we need more patriots now more than ever if we are going to regain our heritage and save our country.

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