Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Obama or Romney: Recession or Real Recovery?

Phil Kerpen, ARRA News Service: The economy is limping along at an official 2 percent growth rate — and even that is overstated because it includes a 9.6 percent increase in deficit-financed government spending. The private sector grew at just 1.6 percent last quarter. Employment data remains weak. Household incomes continue to fall. We're already in the recession red zone, and the largest tax hike in American history looms January 1 if Congress fails to reach an agreement to cancel it. In this contest, the presidential election boils down to a remarkably simple choice: recession or real recovery.

An Obama reelection would all but guarantee the economy tips back into recession next year. For one thing, the purported recovery he's presided over is already the weakest on record. Since the recession officially ended and we entered recovery three years ago, household incomes have actually fallen by $3,000.

Labor markets are extraordinarily weak. Even with the surprise decrease in unemployment in September, that report still found over 12 million Americans unemployed — more than when Obama took office. Add to that 8.6 million Americans working part-time for economic reasons and 2.5 million discouraged workers who want a job but temporarily given up even looking for work, and you get a total of 23.2 million Americans unable to find full-time work. (The newly engaged battleground of Pennsylvania has suffered one of the worst jobless recoveries, losing a net of over 90,000 jobs since Obama took office.)

This is a natural consequence of Obama's big government approach, which entails a dramatically expanded federal imprint on the economy from haphazard and contradictory regulations. Businesses will not hire when the rules of the game are constantly changing and they find it impossible to forecast their tax rates and regulatory compliance costs. The president's health care law has made it impossible to gauge health expenses associated with new hires —they are certain to go up, but nobody knows by how much — creating another drag on hiring.

Genuine economic suffering is far greater than meets the eye, as households are squeezed between falling incomes and rising prices. Gasoline prices have doubled from when Obama took office, and have increased in line with Obama's new restrictions on offshore drilling. The invisible bread lines of this "recovery" have been food stamp and disability rolls. Food stamp rolls have jumped a heartbreaking 45 percent to now include a record 46.7 million Americans. More than 6 million people have signed up for disability since Obama became president.

Clearly, the failed policies of the present are causing widespread suffering. Moreover, and contrary to campaign rhetoric, there is a striking resemblance between Obama's core economic agenda of Wall Street bailouts, reckless spending, and weak dollar monetary policy and Bush's failed second term agenda.

Add to this toxic mix an enormous tax hike looming at the end of this year — a tax hike Obama has already promised to use his veto pen to ensure takes effect — and it's clear that an Obama second term means unacceptable economic suffering and a near certain return to official recession.

A Romney victory promises something very different. Congress would almost certainly cancel all the tax hikes. If Obama is intransigent enough to veto a deal before he leaves office, Romney would sign it into effect retroactively early next year, guaranteeing that no one faces a tax hike with the economy reeling.

Romney promises to unlock America's energy resources, including offshore drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf. When Congress lifted the offshore ban on October 1, 2008, prices at the pump collapsed to under two dollars in just three months — and that could happen again.

Romney promises a regulatory overhaul that would focus on ending the uncertainty of ill-designed scattershot rules to micromanage businesses and replacing it with clear rules of the road that protect consumers and otherwise allow markets to function efficiently. That will bring capital off the sidelines and get companies hiring again, with the benefit of being able to project their labor costs. Romney even promises to radically reduce his own presidential power by signing legislation that would require Congress to approve new regulations before they could take effect — a welcome step toward accountability and regulatory sanity.

The bottom line is Obama's economy isn't creating enough jobs or enough economic growth, and his tax hikes will tip us back into recession. The only chance for a real recovery is to elect Mitt Romney.
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© Copyright 2012 Phil Kerpen. He is the president of American Commitment, and the author of Democracy Denied: How Obama is Bypassing Congress to Radically Transform America – and How to Stop Him. Phil Kerpen is a contributing author for the ARRA News Service.

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More Coal Layoffs Announced

Hurricane Barrack Devastates Jobs
by Bill Smith, ARRA News Service - Before the Hurricane Sandy pounded the East Coast with devastating effects, Americans were experiencing the devastating effects of the Obama administration war on various industries notably the oil, gas, and coal industries. Today, we have new reports on the damage being done to jobs by the Obama administrations "war on coal." Again, Americans employed in the coal industry are losing jobs thanks in part to federal regulations under the Obama administration.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports today, “Consol Energy has told officials and workers that it will idle a West Virginia surface mine and lay off approximately 145 employees starting at the end of the year. The Cecil-based coal and natural gas company blamed the idling on permit delays that have slowed necessary environmental permit approval at its Miller Creek operations. It said it has been working on securing permits related to the Clean Water Act since November 2007, and said it continues to work through permit delays.”

The AP adds, “Consol has sought U.S. Environmental Protection Agency permits to redirect the Mingo County operations to mine land that would then become a 5-mile stretch of the King Coal Highway. . . . [Consol President Nicholas J.] DeIuliis noted that while the EPA had relented in objecting to one of the two permits sought, ‘that permit alone is not sufficient to allow miners to begin work.’”

Just last month, the AP reported, “Coal producer Alpha Natural Resources said Tuesday it’s cutting production by 16 million tons and eliminating 1,200 jobs companywide, including 400 with the immediate closing of eight mines in Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. . . . [Chief Executive Officer Kevin] Crutchfield called it ‘a difficult day,’ but said the shutdowns and layoffs are a necessary part of ensuring Alpha survives in what has become a difficult U.S. market, where coal companies face a dual challenge: Power plants are shifting to cheap, abundant natural gas, while companies like his face ‘a regulatory environment that’s aggressively aimed at constraining the use of coal.’

And of course, these layoffs have effects beyond the jobs for coal workers themselves. Recently, the AP noted that “Norfolk Southern Corp. says it has laid off about 200 workers in the railroad’s divisions based in Bluefield and Roanoke. Robin Chapman of Norfolk Southern tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph that decreased coal traffic led to the furloughs.”

Phil Kerpen, president of American Commitment, said last month, "At this point, you’d have to be blind not to see President Obama’s war on coal, and the devastating impact it is already having on coal mining communities and will, sooner rather than later, have on everyone who pays an electric bill. Does this administration care at all about saving American jobs?"

Earlier this month, Kerpen noted, "War on coal comes to Virginia . . . Mines are being closed. The latest announcement came from Alpha Natural Resources, which is laying off 1,200 coal miners, citing 'a regulatory environment that’s aggressively aimed at constraining the use of coal.' The strongest words of anger against this regulatory destruction of the coal industry came from Cecil E. Roberts, president of the United Mine Workers: 'The Navy SEALs shot Osama bin Laden in Pakistan and [Obama EPA Administrator] Lisa Jackson shot us in Washington. This rule is an all-out, in my opinion, decision by the EPA that we’re never going to have another coal-fired facility in the United States that’s constructed.'"

As noted this summer, Senator Mitch McConnell said, “Perhaps the clearest example of this Administration’s regulatory assault is its War on Coal.  Since being sworn in, President Obama’s EPA has set out to circumvent the will of Congress and the American people by turning the already-cumbersome mine permitting process into a back-door means of shutting down coal mines. . . . With this radical environmental/anti-coal agenda, it is no wonder the Administration has failed to answer the American people’s call for greater domestic energy production.  The real-world impact of their fantasy-world energy policy is that people are losing their jobs and energy prices will rise even further.”

It is time to Stop Obama's War on Coal, Gas and Oil

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Conservatism is Calling

The Visual Edge: Made by a private talented individual who was NOT paid and loves liberty. Watch This Video AND Pass it on!

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Obama's Need for Lies, Propaganda, and Derision

By Jim Mullen: Barack Obama is the most anti-traditional, anti-business, and anti-capitalist President in American history. His every speech and press release begin by stridently repeating every loser’s refrain, “It’s not my fault,” quickly followed by incessant rants of class warfare. It’s evident to even the most disinterested observer that Barack Obama does not like this country and its Constitution.

He derides Republicans about what he calls their trickle-down economics. Truth is he has the only trickle-down economic plan. He seizes money from job-creators, the successful, and the producers in America, and then filters the money through a monstrous federal government. The little remaining money subsequently filters down, and Obama redistributes it to his handpicked voting blocs of Democrats and “Obama-crony Capitalists.” While he preaches against the fat cats of Wall Street, Obama set records for accepting campaign money from those on Wall Street willing to play by his Marxist rules.

This President’s economic policies led the nation into a financial quagmire that stunted national growth beyond anything seen since the Great Depression. Over 23 million people are looking for work with over a million fewer people working today than when Obama took office. Welfare and disability rolls soared to record levels in the last four years, and government is increasingly institutionalizing the once proud American populace. One thing he is accomplishing with great proficiency - gaining Marxist control over industry and the American people.

Entrepreneurs who were dreamers of the possible built this nation, not dreamers of more government control, higher taxes, and massive regulations. They knew that self-sacrifice, hard work, determination, and the free American spirit were the constitutionally guaranteed keys to unlock the door of success.

The free-enterprise system so hated by Barack Obama, fed more of the world’s people, provided greater opportunities for all Americans, and helped them achieve their dreams of prosperity more than any other system on earth. Obama is tearing down everything that built this country because he knows that economic and personal freedoms are the antithesis to Marxism. Amazingly, we have a President of the United States who believes the entire system is evil, and that he is ordained to oversee its destruction.

Gasoline prices under Obama have more than doubled, placing an incredible extra financial burden on low and middleclass Americans; not to mention stifled job creation. The increase is, in large part, the result of his fanatical refusal to issue new drilling permits and by rejecting the Canadian pipeline.

Obama’s entire energy policy consists of killing carbon-based energy and sticking taxpayers with a multi-billion dollar solar energy swindle. This radical’s idea is to increase the cost of oil, coal, and gas to a point where his almost comical solar energy con job is competitive. Another four years of his war on coal, and his refusal to allow new oil exploration will in his words, make energy prices “skyrocket” even more.

The national debt and the deficit exploded during his abysmal days in the Oval Office. Just paying the interest on the debt will be an insurmountable burden on the nation’s youth. When interest rates rise, as they assuredly will, the burden will double or triple. Paying interest on the debt will very soon be the single largest item in the federal budget.

Obama in his first term ignored Congress and created his own laws by executive decree. He steadfastly refused to enforce the laws of the land but had no compunction about instituting lawsuits against American states and their people for simply defending themselves by enforcing the law.

Barren of any solutions to real problems facing this country, and primed for attacking his critics, Obama’s tactics always involve using Saul Alinsky’s rules for radicals. His favorite is Rule 5: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” Stinging from the first presidential debate humiliation, Obama struck back like all cowards by attacking the conqueror with his brave mouth. Now, when addressing his left-wing supporters, mocking and ridiculing Mitt Romney are his ideas of bravery, policy, and debating skill. Since he had no other defense for his record, in the next two debates he simply saved time by sneering, deriding, and ridiculing Romney in front of the world. The President’s desperate, self-indulgent displays are typical Obama arrogance, this time on display for the world to see.

In every debate, left without his Teleprompter, brazen attacks and lying are his only defense of the extreme, leftist policies that left America in this state of devastation. The more that Obama and liberal Democrats stray from reality and facts, the greater the need for lies, propaganda and derision.

One must believe the country is fed up with the childlike antics and unimaginable, spontaneously-combustible rants of Joe Biden. The longer he’s in office the more he becomes unhinged. The cartoonish vice President represents the other half of a presidency that is so predictably unstable as to threaten the personal liberty and fortunes of the American people at home and abroad. In the end, this economically anemic duo of Obama and Biden jeopardize the existence of the United States as a free and independent Republic.

Americans have heard enough excuses, blame, class warfare, and race baiting. They’ve seen enough welfare, unemployment, food stamps, social justice, and income redistribution. They’ve seen all they care to of catering to the slugs of society using taxpayers’ money to buy votes.

On the domestic front, Obama will continue his victimization of the American people and our country’s condition will deteriorate further with four more years of leftist rule. Liberal judge appointments to all federal courts and the Supreme Court will help transform this country into something unrecognizable by the Founders. Obama will consider a win in November as justification to implement more of his radical agenda and create additional presidential laws like legitimizing the remaining tens-of-millions of illegal aliens.

In international policies, Obama’s plans are to place the United States under the autonomy of NATO and the American-hating United Nations, by using the banner of national security. Both organizations exist only because of the billions of dollars forcefully extracted from American taxpayers, and the sacrifices of our young people in the military. A military compelled to serve under another flag, not the American flag under which they agreed to serve. All of this while he guts defense spending, leaving the country open to attacks by bullies around the globe. 

The saintly aura fashioned by the media around Barack Obama is gone. The only glow emanating from this White House is the reek of ugly, Chicago-style, corrupt politics and failed Marxist-socialist policies. Americans discover that after his first presidential stint, they’re left with a bitter, hate-filled President who dictates with lies, cover-ups, misinformation, and disinformation after promises of the most transparent administration in history.
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Jim Mullen, Parkersburg, WV
My Site: FreedomNow.com
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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Leaks, Lies, Libya...Lack of Leadership

Special Ops Speaks: Former Special Ops officers from four separate branches of the military have joined ranks for one specific purpose -- to remove Barack Obama from office for failing as Commander-in Chief. In this video, the following Special Operations officers speak out:
US Army Retired: BG Joe Stringham, COL Stan Shaneyfelt, MAJ Jim Grimshaw
US Navy Retired: CAPT Larry Bailey, LCDR Bill Langley
US Air Force: COL Dick Brauer, COL Roland Guidry, COL Tom Bradley

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

"Bowing" To China

American Crossroads: We can't afford four more years of bowing to China!

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

An October Surprise

Phyllis Schlafly
by Phyllis Schlafly, Eagle Forum: Political pundits have been warning about an October Surprise that could affect the outcome of the presidential election. But this year’s October Surprise may have been the 9/11 murder of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens plus three other Americans, and President Obama’s deceitful, cowardly response.

The fallout is the collapse of the false narrative that the assassination of Bin Laden brought finality to Muslim threats, the proof of the failure of President Obama’s Middle East policy, and the coverup. A coverup is a bad act or false statement followed by an effort to conceal or mislead public knowledge.

Obama got away with his war on Libya without congressional approval because no Americans were killed. Now four Americans have been killed.

The 9/11 attack in Benghazi, Libya was a preplanned, calculated, organized, military-style assault on U.S. territory and personnel. But the Obama Administration persisted for two weeks in spinning the fairy tale that it was just the spontaneous outburst of a mob angry about an anti-Muslim video.

On Sept. 16, the Obama Administration sent UN Ambassador Susan Rice onto five Sunday TV programs to redundantly present the party line that the torching of the consulate and murder of the U.S. Ambassador were merely an angry mob reaction to an anti-Islam video made in the U.S. Rice called the event “spontaneous, not a premeditated response” that seemed “to have been hijacked” by “extremists who came with heavier weapons.”

White House spokesman Jay Carney insisted on Sept. 14 that the attack was all about an anti-Muslim video, saying, “We have no information to suggest that it was a preplanned attack.” He spent eight days denying the obvious before he admitted that the label of terrorism was “self-evident.”

When Obama spoke to the United Nations on Sept. 25, he announced “the vision we will support.” Expressing “outrage” at the anti-Islam video (which he mentioned six times), but not at the terrorists or violent enemies of the United States, Obama proclaimed that “the future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”

In an emotional pitch to the UN, Obama announced that it’s the world’s duty to condemn the video. Obama and Administration spokesmen almost sounded like they were empathizing with the rioters, and that it must be our fault for allowing a video to be shown that hurt the rioter’s feelings.

Mitt Romney challenged Obama on the Libyan attack in the second presidential debate on Oct. 16. Obama responded by claiming he had called it a “terror” event the day after it happened, after which moderator Candy Crowley showed her bias by immediately backing up his statement.

Fact checkers emphatically pointed out Obama had made a vague reference to unspecified “acts of terror” in his Sept. 12 Rose Garden remarks, but he absolutely did not apply the “T” word to the fatal Benghazi attack. It took Obama two weeks to admit that we had suffered another deliberate enemy attack, meanwhile whining that suggestions that he would “mislead is offensive.”

Obama spent more time discussing the evils of the video than castigating any particular violent attack from the Muslim world. He said Ambassador Stevens was “killed” in Benghazi without mentioning who murdered him, much less labeling them as terrorists.

Obama is deeply committed to the myth of a liberating “Arab Spring” and “the forces of change” to bring about democracy in the Middle East. He seems oblivious to the reality of how his policy of dislodging dictators friendly to the United States, such as in Egypt and Libya, has resulted in rule by Islamist forces who attack and kill Americans.

The evidence is overwhelming that Ambassador Stevens and his tiny security staff had made repeated requests to the Obama Administration for enhanced security and more security staff. Fox News reported 230 prior security incidents in Libya.

Assistant Secretary of State Charlene Lamb, who was in charge of diplomatic security, testified on Oct. 10 that she had placed “the correct number of assets in Benghazi at the time of 9/11 for what had been agreed upon.” That doesn’t square with the denials of repeated requests for enhanced security measures and staff.

Obama revealed his messianic self-importance in this interview given on New Hampshire Public Radio on Nov. 21, 2007: “The day I’m inaugurated, not only the country looks at itself differently, but the world looks at America differently…. If I’m reaching out to the Muslim world, they understand that I’ve lived in a Muslim country, and I may be a Christian, but I also understand their point of view.”

We hope congressional investigations will keep digging. We still want to know, what did Obama and other Administration officials know and when did they know it.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Barack Obama "Not Optimal"

American Crossroads: After four years, Nobel Peace Prize winner Barack Obama has proven to be "not optimal" for America.

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

An Obama Top Priority If Reelected: Banning Guns

Chris W. Cox, Executive Director, NRA-ILA: You've heard it from Wayne and me Chris Co, NRA-ILAfor the past four years. And in Tuesday's presidential debate, you heard it from Obama himself.

If Obama wins a second term in office, he's going to make banning your guns a top priority.

You and I, as NRA members, have a duty to arm every gun owner and freedom-loving American we know with the truth about Obama's gun ban agenda. That's why I went on CNN yesterday to expose this threat to everyone within earshot. Go here to watch my interview and see how your NRA is fighting to make sure we defeat Barack Obama.

Also, take a moment to go view NRA's new ad below that we'll be airing in major battleground states from now until Election Day.

Obama gave a clear warning to you, me, and every gun owner in America that he's coming for our freedom if he wins reelection. Now we have to do everything in our power to make sure he loses on November 6th.

The stakes couldn't be higher. Please forward these videos to your friends and family to help us get the word out.

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

President Obama’s Other Libya Scandal

Bob Morrison and Ken Blackwell
Ken Blackwell and Bob Morrison, Contributing Authors: As presidential debaters clash over the meaning of a Rose Garden general reference to “acts of terror,” and whether that phrase was applied to the murder of our ambassador to Libya and three of his colleagues, and with a debate moderator throwing a “life line” to one of the candidates, it’s interesting to note something else said in the secure environs of the White House complex the bright morning after that night of flame and death in Benghazi.

It’s almost like Poe’s short story, The Purloined Letter. The critical evidence is in plain sight. The day after the murders of the Americans, President Obama promised to cooperate with our presumed friends in the new Libyan regime in Tripoli. Here’s what he said:
The United States condemns in the strongest terms this outrageous and shocking attack. We're working with the government of Libya to secure our diplomats… And make no mistake, we will work with the Libyan government to bring to justice the killers who attacked our people. ~ Rose Garden Statement, September 12, 2012The “make no mistake” phrase has been poll-tested, no doubt, to suggest the speaker is most resolute, most firm. In this context, however, the phrase is as vacuous as Bill Clinton’s definition of “is” is, or Joe Biden’s definition of “we.”

The candid world has already seen just how cooperative this new Libyan regime is. The New York Times inadvertently showed us the spots of this leopard in its story on the reported death of Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi back in May.
Tripoli’s new leaders refused to return him. But, under international pressure, they signaled a willingness to get to the bottom of the Lockerbie case, still unresolved after nearly a quarter of a century of struggle among nations and investigations that spanned the globe, touching on Iranians, Syrians, Palestinians and Libyans.The NY Times then reported how Tripoli’s new rulers had declined to help the U.S. bring closure to the investigation into the bombing of PanAm 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988. Recall, these are rulers whom President Obama helped to put in power. For them, he ordered NATO airstrikes against the dictatorship of Col. Muammar Khaddafi. For them, he has requested another $250 million in foreign aid.

Suddenly, the man who was imprisoned in Scotland, but who later infamously was released from jail and flown home to a rapturous reception in Tripoli, has turned up dead. How convenient.

It is this same Libyan gang that President Obama says he will work with to get to the bottom of the murders in Benghazi. Don’t hold your breath. We’ve been waiting 24 years for the “international community” to bring to justice the killers of 270 passengers of the doomed jet liner and bystanders on the ground in Lockerbie. With the supposed death of Megrahi, we will probably count PanAm 103 as a cold case and not pursue it further.

Libya is a burning issue. The case of the PanAm jet that fell in flames from the skies cries out for justice. Why should we give a penny in aid to a so-called government in Tripoli that stonewalled our efforts to bring Megrahi to justice?

That same Tripoli government was duty-bound under international law to protect our diplomats and State Department employees. We saw on September 11th — of all days — how indifferent this Libyan bunch was to the safety of our American personnel.
“Working with the government of Libya to secure our diplomats” is one of the weakest excuses in history. We already know how much this Libyan regime cares about American lives.

They do care, of course, about another $250 million in American aid. Not a penny of that money should be given unconditionally to people who have already shown their indifference to human lives—ours and others.

The final presidential debate is scheduled for next week. Let us see whether CBS’ Bob Schieffer will raise this burning Libyan issue with the candidates.
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Ken Blackwell is a conservative family values advocate. Blackwell is a former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Commission and is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and a visiting professor at Liberty University School of Law. Bob Morrison is a Senior Fellow for Policy Studies at the Family Research Council. He has served at the U.S. Department of Education with Gary Bauer under then-Secretary William Bennett. Both are contributing authors to the ARRA News Service.

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Obama has continued Bush’s failed policies

Phil Kerpen
Phil Kerpen, ARRA News Service Contributing Author: Romney’s biggest missed opportunity in the second debate wasn’t on Libya – he’ll get to address that in depth in the third debate. It was on the question about how he would differ from Bush administration economic policies. It was a missed opportunity because he should have connected the dots between Obama and Bush to illustrate the accurate point that on the most significant dimensions of economic policy, Obama has accelerated Bush’s policy errors rather than reversing them.

In the crucible of the 2008 financial crisis, President Bush famously remarked that “I chucked aside my free-market principles .” He was referring to TARP, his infamous big bank bailout. Obama supported the bill and voted for it.

Even before the TARP bill gave legal legitimacy to bank bailouts, the Federal Reserve was already conducting extraordinary operations well beyond its normal monetary policy purview, in a series of backroom deals negotiating principally in the office of the New York Fed, then led by Timothy Geithner.

So nothing signaled a continuation of Bush-era policies more clearly than Obama’s decision to promote Geithner to Treasury Secretary, his point man on economic issues. The message wasn’t lost on Wall Street special interests, who the New York Times reported refer to Geithner as “our man in Washington.”

During the Dodd-Frank fight, Obama pretended to be ending bailouts, but the truth was he was virtually guaranteeing them. In a report on the repeated bailouts of Citigroup, the special inspector general for TARP reported that Secretary Timothy Geithner admitted bailouts are still part of the plan, saying: “In the future we may have to do exceptional things again if the shock to the financial system is sufficiently large.”

On government spending, it’s the same story. Bush racked up one of the most disastrous records of out-of-control spending and debt the country had ever seen. Every aspect of the federal budget jumped under Bush. Economist Veronique de Rugy of the Mercatus Center found that in Bush’s second term, he nearly doubled total federal spending. Moreover, she found that spending on subsidy programs – big government interventions in the market to pick winners and losers that have been a central theme of Obama’s agenda – jumped 30 percent under Bush and included over 1,800 separate programs.

Art Laffer and Stephen Moore summarized the orgy of government spending at the end of the Bush administration: “From the second quarter of 2007, i.e., the first full quarter of a Pelosi-Reid dominated Congress and a politically weakened President Bush, to the second quarter of 2009 when President Obama assumed office, government spending skyrocketed to 27.3% of GDP from 21.4%. It was the largest peacetime expansion of government spending in U.S. history.”

Obama came in and continued spending recklessly. Bush’s $152 billion stimulus bill failed and so did Obama’s $821 billion stimulus bill. Bush flushed $25 billion in bailout funds to Chrysler and General Motors, and Obama added another $20 billion before finally recognizing that the companies would inevitably file for bankruptcy. All of the pre-bankruptcy bailout dollars were lost. Obama’s health care law will add trillions more to federal spending, and if reelected he plans astonishing spending increases that would make Bush’s profligacy appear amateur; Obama’s never-balancing budget anticipates spending jumping to 30 percent of the economy by 2027, 40 percent by 2040, 50 percent by 2060, and 80 percent by 2080.

Bush’s final deficit of $458 billion in 2008 – nearly half a trillion dollars – was then the largest in American history. Obama has run trillion-dollar-plus deficits in each of his four years.

Most egregious of all, Obama kept Ben Bernanke at the helm of the Federal Reserve, piloting an adventurist monetary policy that has tried to micromanage the economy. Artificially low interest rates are robbing savers and investors of returns, encouraging imprudent risk-taking and rewarding big banks for sitting on huge reserve balances instead of making loans. The Fed’s outsized bond purchases have propped up the failed government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and have enabled Congress and President Obama to rack up their trillion dollar deficits without being disciplined by bond markets. Now, with QE3, we can expect open-ended money creation for the foreseeable future, creating new asset bubbles and punishing thrift and capital creation.

On the biggest economic policy questions, the Bush/Geithner/Bernanke approach is almost indistinguishable from the Obama/Geithner/Bernanke approach. It hasn’t worked. Obama’s failed policies of the present are all too similar to Bush’s failed policies of the past. It’s time to try something different.
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© Copyright 2012 Phil Kerpen. He is the president of American Commitment; a columnist on Fox News Opinion where he first shared this article;, and the author of Democracy Denied: How Obama is Bypassing Congress to Radically Transform America – and How to Stop Him. Phil Kerpen is a contributing author for the ARRA News Service.

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

American Crossroads: "Act of Terror"

American Crossroads: President Obama misled the American people on Libya. This American Crossroads video gets to the bottom of it -- piece by ugly piece.


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Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Libya Lie, 55 Days and Counting

Today is October 11, 2012 and it is 30 days after the terrorist attack on our Embassy in Libya where four (4) patriotic Americans died for this country. The current administration has known that this attack was an act of terror since that date, but chose to spread a lie about the failure of this President to protect citizens as mandated by the US Constitution not to mention spreading a foot and mouth disease from the White House to Nevada to the United Nations and let us not forget all those television appearances.

The events and time line of that day and what actually happened continue to emerge and thus continue to unravel the Libya Lies as advocated by the Obama administration. Bret Baier shared an impressive timeline that started several weeks before the event. Here is a summary of those dates along with some other dates that support this administration's simple incompetence, failure and what can only be perceived as anti-American position when they care more about not offending Muslims than protecting Americans.:
  • May 13, 2012 - Request for Libya security denied, but Chevy Volts and $100,000 was given to Vienna embassy
  • June 6, 2012 - Bomb goes off in front of Benghazi consulate 
  • August 15, 2012 - State Department reports situation "trending negatively:
  • September 5 and 6, 2012 - Democrats highlight killing of Osama Bin Laden at national convention
  • September 10, 2012 - Video surfaces from spiritual leader of al Qaeda asking for reprisals
  • September 10, 2012 - No protest outside Benghazi Consulate
  • September 11, 2012 - Ambassador Stevens sends a 3 page cable labeled sensititve over security concerns
  • September 11, 2012 - Protests in Cairo over anti-Muslim video
  • September 11, 2012 - Around 5 pm attack on Embassy begins
  • September 11, 2012 - Romney releases his viewpoint on the attack 
  • September 11, 2012 - White House disavows Cairo embassy statement
  • September 12, 2012 - Secretary of State H.Clinton speaks and speaks about the video
  • September 12, 2012 - Press grills Romney on his statement
  • September 12, 2012 - President Obama makes speech at Rose Garden and refers to anti-Muslim video
  • September 12, 2012 - US knows the attack was a terrorist attack
  • September 12, 2012 -President Obama sits down with 60 Minutes with the "bumps in the road" comment
  • September 12, 2012 - President Obama in 60 Minutes refrains from calling it terrorism when asked
  • September 12, 2012 - President Obama leaves for campaign in afternoon and lands in Las Vegas
  • September 12, 2012 - Fox News gets word at 6pm confirming the possibility of the participation of terrorist groups
  • September 12, 2012 - CBS confirms it may have been a terrorist attack tied to 9/11
  • September 12, 2012 - At 9pm in Nevada, President Obama continues to campaign and  briefly mentions the attack
  • September 12, 2012 - President continues to campaign in Colorado
  • September 13, 2012 - At State Deptartment confirms security of what was known was appropriate
  • September 13, 2012 - Secretary of State mentions the anti-Muslim You Tube video
  • September 14, 2012 - CNN finds the Ambassador's Journal
  • September 14, 2012 - President and Secretary of State greet the bodies
  • September 14, 2012 - Senator McCain states "it is very obvious" about it being a terrorist attack
  • September 16, 2012 - U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations goes on five 5 Sunday morning shows and repeats the lie of "anti-Muslim video" was too blame and this attack was spontaneous
  • September 17, 2012 - At State Department, spokesperson does not want to put "labels on this" and "we do not know enough"
  • September 18, 2012 - President goes on David Letterman and blames the video made by a US "shadowy character"
  • September 19, 2012 - Mathew Olson, Head of National Counter Terrorism Center, confirms at a hearing on Capitol Hill the four were killed as a result of a terrorist attack
  • September 20, 2012 - Jay Carney "self evident" what happened was a "terrorist attack"
  • September 20, 2012 - President in Florida interviewed by Univision does not want to speak until "all information" is received
  • Sepgember 21, 2012 - Secretary of State admits it was a terrorist attack
  • September 24, 2012 - President and the First lady on the View said it just wasn't a mob action and still doing "an investigation"
  • September 25, 2012 - President at the United Nations refers to the video as the reason for the attack
  • September 25, 2012 - Secretary of State talks about attacks, Al Qaeda and terrorists in the area and matches almost verbatim a report received in August of 2012
  • September 27, 2012 - Leon Panetta, Secretary of Defense, says it was a "terrorist attack."
  • October 2, 2012 - FBI arrives in Libya to investigate terrorist attack.
  • October 4, 2012 -  FBI leaves after 3 days without interviewing any witnesses
  • October 10, 2012 - Jay Carney admits to "something going wrong" and states the message from the White House remains the same. 
  • October 10, 2012 - Cooper Anderson of CNN interviews the mother of one of the slain state department officials who is still waiting for word as to what happened.and so far the administration told her they are "still studying it."
  • October 11, 2012 - Stephanie Cutter, Obama Deputy Campaign Manager, blames Romney regarding the Libya attack and fails to answer the questions asked. 
  • October 11, 2012 - Day 30, the President remains silent and the lie continues.
  • October 11, 2012 - VP Biden makes claim during the debate that the Administration was not told more security was needed.
  • October 12, 2012 - Former Pres. Bill Clinton is allegedly developing a contingency plan if the Administration blames Secretary of State Hilary Clinton
  • October 14 2012 - Republican leaders compare the Libya attack to Pres. G. Bush mission accomplished.
  • October 14, 2012 - Bob Woodward of Watergate fame chimes in with a lot of unanswered questions
  • October 15, 2012 - Former Michigan Gov.Jennifer Granholm says administration is not to blame because Benghazi did not ask for more security and Benghazi was not the Embassy but a compound
  • October 15, 2012 - Sec. of State Hilary Clinton takes blame for Benghazi and said Obama and Biden were not involved. 
  • October 17, 2012 - President Obama denies he did not mentioned on 9/12/2012 in the Rose Garden that the Benghazi attack was not terrorism
  • October 19, 2012 - Republican Congressmen release 166 pages detailing the security concerns at Benghazi including a 3 page cable signed by the Ambassador on September 11, 2012
  • October 23, 2012 - Reuters announced White House was informed 2 hours after the attack on 9/11/12 that an Islamic group claimed credit for the attack on the Consulate. 
  • October 26, 2012 - Fox News reports that CIA operators denied support.
  • October 26, 2012 - Navy Seal Tryone Woods broke orders to rescue Ambassador and staff
  • October 31, 2012 - Senator Lindsey Graham sends letter to Tunisia
  • November 2, 2012 - State Department refuses to answer any questions 
  • November 5, 2012 - CBS releases the final cut remarks from 60 Minutes interview on 9/12/12
Years ago, there was another coverup discovered by two reports. This coverup resulted in the resignation of a President. Yet, one crucial difference between that coverup and this one:

Four Dead Americans!

Post Script: As more and more information becomes available as this ball of lies continues to unravel, I will attempt to update this timeline.

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The Race Hustling of Barack Obama and the Democratic Party

By Jim Mullen: A white presidential candidate presenting the same abysmal credentials and background as Barack Obama would not be President of the United States. Nevertheless, liberals claim white America is racist.

A few decades ago, anyone coming upon the American political scene spouting the Marxist philosophies of Barack Obama, would be branded a fringe Kook. His message that all money, income, wealth, and property, rightfully belong to government, would have been summarily rejected. Likewise, his insistence of redistribution would swiftly have been repudiated. A community organizing presidential candidate espousing the ludicrous claim that anyone who earns or accumulates more than their “fair share” in America, must have done so through nefarious, illegal means, would have been viewed with contempt.

More people voted for Barack Obama than against him because of his race. This presidential election will be no different. However, his progressive standard-bearers, the leftwing Democrats and their Mainstream Media, brand anyone a racist for holding him accountable in any way for his anti-American, anti-capitalism, anti-free enterprise policies.

At the same time, they screech uncontrollably when black conservatives point out that poor blacks and whites are victims of government, not beneficiaries. Black conservatives are branded as “traitors to their race” and guilty of a sin that is completely unacceptable to all liberals; acting white.

Racist gyrations by progressives have long been their most oppressive weapon in clubbing conservatives into submission and keeping them cowering in fear.

Democrats spent generations trying desperately to make blacks forget that Republicans were the party of abolition. The Democratic Party was the party of the Klan and fought fiercely against nearly all civil rights’ legislation. They’ve since used taxpayers’ money for bribery and Republicans as scapegoats for their own absolution and to pay recompense and reparations. Liberals’ misguided and shameful drive for atonement and satiation of their white guilt, culminated in trillions of dollars in national debt.

Democrats became supportive of civil rights not to be on the right side of history or justice, but to be on the winning side of politics. Their present-day racial machinations are geared toward growing and cultivating the permanent welfare class and maintaining one of their most loyal voting blocs. They use the same fraud on poor whites except they’re indoctrinated with class warfare. Obama uses every tool in his vast Marxist platform to keep poor and middleclass Americans - both black and white - bowing to the federal government. His every policy further dooms them to a life of hopelessness.

Liberals’ use of slavery as a crutch in America today does nothing but continues enslavement. Not until our country discards the crutches will the country learn to walk together. Race hustlers and leftist politicians must continually pummel the wounds and stoke resentment to remind everyone of how much they care. They show their caring by throwing trillions of taxpayer dollars into their “atonement for past sins pot.”

We need look no further than Democrat-controlled inner cities, poor regions of Appalachia, and American Indian reservations, to see the deadly “byproducts of progressive government gone mad.”

They introduced slavery and subjugation of a different nature, “the gentile (sic) but deadly bondage of government enslavement.”

Obviously, deep-seated racial hatred and rage fuel the overt, blatant racism of the Klan and Black Panther Party. However, the covert race hustling of Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton, are all branches of the same racist tree. White-guilt liberalism, the mainstream media, and the oppressive forces of political correctness provide continual nourishment.

When this “Welfare and Food Stamp President," says Republicans are being obstructionists to his plans, he means the Republican-controlled House is thwarting his drive at completely socializing this country. It also means Republicans are attempting to create an atmosphere of freedom whereby Americans of all races can set upon a path of prosperity that will free them from the shackles of federal management.

Barack Obama and his progressives crush the breath of freedom and the soul of hope from the American dream, and a near-lifeless nation suffocates in “fruitless bondage.” We are all victims of the massive, oppressive federal tyranny, but minorities are nearly always the foremost losers of liberty because they place their faith in untrustworthy politicians and are accepting of their false promises.

Obama’s message of hope was no message of hope at all; it was a message of deceit and misery that left people wallowing in economic desperation. His promise of being the great uniter turned into a deliberate, brutal campaign of class warfare and race baiting. His declaration of a new day, and a new way in Washington was really a declaration of all-out war on liberty, on the states, and on our foundation of freedom; the Constitution.

These are the lethal legacies from radical leftist extremists. They created generations of political and cultural dependency. The last chains of oppression will fall at the feet of the oppressed when government takes its proper place and removes its patronizing, paternalistic hand from the heads of all Americans. It’s not just an issue of race; it’s an issue of freedom and dignity for all Americans.

Straight from the “mouth, who roared,” the mentally unarmed Joe Biden spewed the perfect Democratic Party racial rant while speaking to a black audience. “Republicans are going to put y’all back in chains.”

Caught with his Teleprompters down in a 2007 video, Barack Obama whipped up race hatred and fear. With his personal friend and spiritual advisor, radical-Reverend  Jeremiah Wright in attendance, he told an audience of black preachers that the U.S. government didn't care about black people. He said the government failed to waive the Stafford Act, which requires communities receiving federal disaster relief to contribute 10 percent of what the federal government contributes.

According to Thomas Sowell, “Less than two weeks earlier, on May 24, 2007, the United States Senate had in fact voted 80-14 to waive the Stafford Act requirement for New Orleans, as it had waived that requirement for New York and Florida. Obama was one of just 14 Senators who voted against -- repeat, AGAINST -- the legislation which included the waiver.” Doctor Sowell further stated, “More federal money was spent rebuilding New Orleans than was spent in New York after 9/11 and in Florida after hurricane Andrew, combined.”

This was just one of the countless Obama attempts to divide a nation by race, gender, class, and national origin.

Al Gore, speaking to a predominantly African-American audience, told them that, “Republicans have the wrong agenda for African- Americans -- they don't even want to count you in the census.”

When the schoolyard bullies of the mainstream media peddle their racial hatred, they’re just part of a fringe group of wannabe intellectuals trying to pump up their dwindling followers. When top Democrats spend billions of dollars and untold decades whipping up their special brew of division and loathing, there is a problem with the Democratic Party.

However, when a black President of the United States, elected in a country with a supermajority of white voters uses his race as a battering ram to attack those same voters, it’s a national disgrace. This despicable President uses a vicious, well-planned, race-hustling political game designed to garner votes by dividing the country’s races.

At very best, Barack Obama and his group of radicals are racial demagogues; at worst, they are the very racists they purport others to be. Another four years of this President and his Democratic Party will produce a country set asunder by racial and class disharmony. It will also be four more years of involuntary servitude for all Americans.
Jim Mullen, Parkersburg, WV
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