Posted 30 October 2013 - 09:47 AM
I read an interesting article this morning on RCP. It's authored by Dennis Prager... The President Who Has Done the Most Damage
Prager hits on many of the complaints that I have had about this POTUS. I'm starting to see more and more writers becoming outspoken about these kinds of issues.
I have been broadcasting for 31 years and writing for longer than that. I do not recall ever saying on radio or in print that a president is doing lasting damage to our country.
I have never written or broadcast that our country was being seriously damaged by a president. So it is with great sadness that I write that President Barack Obama has done and continues to do major damage to America. The only question is whether this can ever be undone.
He has mired the country in unprecedented levels of debt: about $6.5 trillion dollars in five years (this after calling his predecessor "unpatriotic" for adding nearly $5 trillion in eight years).
He has fashioned a country in which more Americans now receive government aid -- means-tested, let alone non-means tested -- than work full-time.
He has no method of paying for this debt other than printing more money -- thereby surreptitiously taxing everyone through inflation, including the poor he claims to be helping, and cheapening the dollar to the point that some countries are talking another reserve currency -- and saddling the next generations with enormous debts.
In this president's White House, the buck stops nowhere.
Among presidents in modern American history, he has also been a uniquely divisive force. It began with his forcing Obamacare through Congress -- the only major legislation in American history to be passed with no votes from the opposition party.
Though he has had a unique opportunity to do so, he has not only not helped heal racial tensions, he has exacerbated them. His intrusions into the Trayvon Martin affair ("If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon") and into the confrontation between a white police officer and a black Harvard professor (the police "acted stupidly") were unwarranted, irresponsible, demagogic and, most of all, divisive.
He should have been reassuring black Americans that America is in fact the least racist country in the world -- something he should know as well anybody, having been raised only by whites and being the first black elected the leader of a white-majority nation. Instead, he echoed the inflammatory speech of professional race-baiters such as Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.
Virtually nothing Barack Obama has done has left America or the world better since he became president. Nearly everything he has touched has been made worse.
He did, however, promise before the 2008 election that "We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America." That is the one promise he has kept.
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Posted 12 November 2013 - 03:39 PM
Obama’s Fallout for the Left
He will not be harmed by his “misspeaking,” but his fellow liberals will.
By Victor Davis Hanson
Conservatives keep blaring, “Obama lied!” over the president’s serial untruths about the Affordable Care Act. Even liberal pundits now talk of the president’s “misspeaking,” or even of his “misleading” statements and only so-so corrections.
But so what?
Obama is an iconic figure who will survive even the latest scandal of flatly misleading the American people, just as he was not harmed much by being less than honest about Benghazi, the AP monitoring, and the IRS and NSA scandals.
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Posted 12 November 2013 - 05:12 PM
Actually pretty boring stuff by Hanson..
Obama's legacy in history will pretty much be defined by the success or failure of the ACA (Obamacare), it's the most significant and far reaching piece of legislature that will come from this administration....All the gaffes are pretty much minor stuff that all administrations have suffered from. Only the Obama haters make a big deal over the minor scandals (IRS, Benghazi etc.) that other presidents had as well....
Posted 12 November 2013 - 06:32 PM
The absence of honesty will be his legacy.
depends on your definition of honesty.
Posted 12 November 2013 - 07:09 PM
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Posted 12 November 2013 - 07:13 PM
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Posted 15 November 2013 - 07:35 AM
"John Della Volpe, director of polling at Harvard’s IOP, said there was a moment between the reelection campaigns of George W. Bush and Barack Obama when the case could have been made to Millennials that government is transcendent. “But instead, they came of age in a period of polarization and gridlock,” said Della Volpe, who is otherwise sympathetic to Obama. “The president they supported could not overcome it.”"
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Posted 29 November 2013 - 09:17 AM
One day, when a few bottled-up judicial nominees and a malfunctioning health-care Web site are barely a memory, we will still be dealing with the toxic residue of this outbreak of authoritative lawlessness.
Posted 29 November 2013 - 03:24 PM
The problem is not the change itself. It’s fine that a president staffing his administration should need 51 votes rather than 60. Doing so for judicial appointments, which are for life, is a bit dicier. Nonetheless, for about 200 years the filibuster was nearly unknown in blocking judicial nominees. So we are really just returning to an earlier norm.
The violence to political norms here consisted in how that change was executed. By brute force — a near party-line vote of 52 to 48 . This was a disgraceful violation of more than two centuries of precedent. If a bare majority can change the fundamental rules that govern an institution, then there are no rules. Senate rules today are whatever the majority decides they are that morning.
What distinguishes an institution from a flash mob is that its rules endure. They can be changed, of course. But only by significant supermajorities. That’s why constitutional changes require two-thirds of both houses plus three-quarters of the states. If we could make constitutional changes by majority vote, there would be no Constitution.
As of today, the Senate effectively has no rules. Congratulations, Harry Reid. Finally, something you will be remembered for.
Edited by Tina, 29 November 2013 - 03:25 PM.
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Posted 29 November 2013 - 03:38 PM
The MTNA is not yet free of fear; the FTC has still to approve the consent decree. An FTC spokesman told me the agency does not confirm or deny the existence of investigations. The organization to this day has no idea how it became a target, nor will it ever because the FTC doesn't have to provide it.
While this abuse of power has received no national attention, it has riled the music community. Brian Majeski, the editor of the journal Music Trades, lambasted the FTC in a December editorial, noting that "a consumer watchdog that sees piano teachers as a threat either has too much time on its hands, or badly misplaced priorities."
That might be too kind. Whether it is the IRS targeting conservatives, the Justice Department hounding Gibson Guitar, or the EPA conducting an armed raid on an Alaskan mine—this administration has a tendency toward abuse of power. That's how antitrust laws created to tackle megamonopolies end up being used to hound and hammer a nonprofit devoted to piano teachers.
Posted 30 November 2013 - 09:19 PM
Shortly after Yellen’s nomination passed Committee, Harry Reid called a vote to change the rules to confirm executive branch nominees, including Yellen. Instead of 60 votes, it now only takes 51 and totally eliminated the use of the filibuster, putting a wrench in Sen. Paul’s plan.
Senate democrats are fed up with Republicans blocking President Obama’s nominees. However, Janet Yellen’s nomination is very different from the rest. First, she has bipartisan support and opposition from both democrats and republicans. Second, she is set to head what is arguably the most powerful financial institution in the world. Third, she plans to continue a program that even former Fed officials have apologized for, calling it an “absolute coup for Wall Street.” This is much bigger than politics. This is about opening up the Fed’s books and addressing claims of cronyism within the institution. We do this for other government agencies, why not the Fed?
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Posted 30 November 2013 - 10:17 PM
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Posted 30 November 2013 - 11:14 PM
Well, the Fed isn't exactly a government agency.
Yes, a group of PRIVATE bankers have convinced the sleeping masses that an audit would be "politicized" and they have to stay behind the curtain so that they can stay impartial. Hahahahaa!
Wake up America! They OWN your government!
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Posted 05 December 2013 - 11:04 AM
JONATHAN TURLEY: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The danger is quite severe. The problem with what the president is doing is that he's not simply posing a danger to the constitutional system. He's becoming the very danger the Constitution was designed to avoid. That is the concentration of power in every single branch.
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Posted 05 December 2013 - 11:56 AM
Obama's image-makers are taking advantage of new technologies that democratized the media, subverting independent news organizations that hold the president accountable. A generation ago, a few mainstream media organizations held a monopoly on public information about the White House. Today, the White House itself is behaving monopolistically.
The fast-moving trend is hampering reporters and videographers who cover the White House, but Mills's profession has probably been hardest hit. "As surely as if they were placing a hand over a journalist's camera lens, officials in this administration are blocking the public from having an independent view of important functions of the Executive Branch of government," reads a letter delivered today to Carney by the WHCA and several member news organizations including The Associated Press and The New York Times.
The letter includes examples of important news events that were not covered by media photographers, and yet pictures were taken by the White House image team and widely distributed via social media. This happens almost daily.
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