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Wayne Allyn Root on Obama's Gestapo

Wayne Allyn Root
Obama’s America
Obama is going rogue. By every metric the Obama economy is melting down. We are seeing the beginning stages of another recession at best, or a total economic meltdown at worst.
At the moment there are no decent paying jobs in America. Obama has opened the border and given amnesty to at least 5 million illegal aliens already in the country, thereby putting them in competition with working class and middle class Americans.
Think I’m wrong? Did you know the government is giving businesses a $3000 incentive to hire illegal’s over native-born Americans?
Did you know cities are hiring non-citizens (and even illegal aliens given amnesty by Obama) as policemen? All you need is a work permit. Someone here illegally can wear a badge and enforce the law against you.
Did you think the border crisis was over? Obama’s amnesty has encouraged a new wave of poverty-stricken illegals at the border.
And, in a bankrupt nation with over $18 trillion in debt, Obama has used amnesty to give illegals access to food stamps, free healthcare, Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, earned income tax credits…and by issuing drivers licenses and Social Security cards they will be able to vote immediately (because States don’t have the technology to tell the difference between a legal citizen or a noncitizen, legal or not).
The Obamacare fiasco gets worse by the day. The middle class is being bankrupted by skyrocketing increases in their health insurance premiums; hospitals are being bankrupted by the flood of illegal aliens accessing services; and the economy will drown in the new debt caused by Obamacare.
Obama’s claim that ISIS is on the run is a proven fraud, ripped bare by America’s embarrassing military withdrawl from Yemen.
Obama is going nuclear in his hatred for Bibi Netanyahu and Israel, force-feeding the world a weak nuclear agreement with Iran that is so bad, even France is fighting for stronger sanctions. Meanwhile Obama threatens to become the first president in history to abandon Israel at the United Nations.
But, I haven’t gotten to the bad part yet. Is it possible the terrible news about the economy, the border, ISIS and Israel is all just a distraction? Because the really important news is that Obama has created a modern-day version of “the Gestapo.”
The Obama government is using an initiative called “Operation Chokepoint” to force legal businesses it doesn’t like out of business, by threatening and intimidating banks and credit card processors.
At the same time, the Obama government is urging banks to call the police to report citizens who withdraw $5000 or more from their own bank accounts. Yes, I said banks are urged to call the police, when you withdraw your own money.
This comes at the same time that FEMA announced it will no longer provide FEMA disaster relief funds to states whose Governors deny “climate change.”
And let’s not forget Obama used an FCC party-line vote to take over the Internet and institute sweeping new changes to a system that is working perfectly as the form of communication for most Americans.
Obama’s first goal is clearly massive new taxes on Internet usage, just another way to destroy the middle class and redistribute income. But is his real goal controlling communications on the Internet- specifically the anti-Obama criticism and anti-government message so prevalent on the Internet.
But let’s circle back to the most Gestapo-like Obama initiative ever. It’s called “Operation Chokepoint.” This is your government’s attempt to put morality controls (just like those in Iran) on the American public by shutting down gun stores, precious metals companies, casinos, tobacco distributors, telemarketers, and short-term money lenders.
How can they close legal businesses you ask? By threatening and intimidating banks and credit card processors to close accounts for businesses the government doesn’t like. Just like an Iranian Ayatollah, if Obama doesn’t like your business, he will “choke off” your ability to stay in business. Hence the name, “Operation Chokepoint.”
Never forget Obama has been on a 6-year long relentless crusade to raise our taxes and take away our tax deduction for charitable donations, choking off contributions to churches. Yes, Obama is trying to “choke off” the funding that keeps churches in business too.
Why is this happening? First, because Obama despises capitalism. He needs to put prosperous businesses out of business. By murdering the middle class’s ability to prosper, he creates his utopia of equality (ie “shared misery”), making everyone dependent on government in a classless, socialist society. Think Cuba and Venezuela.
Second, there is an obvious reason Obama hates these particular industries. The subtitle of my 2009 book, “The Conscience of a Libertarian” says it all. The subtitle was “Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gold, Gambling & Tax Cuts.” Is it a coincidence that virtually every item I mentioned is under attack?
The businesses on the list of “Operation Chokepoint” are all dominated by people that Obama would describe as capitalists, patriots, conservatives, Tea Partiers, Christians and supporters of the Constitution. Not coincidently, those are the same groups targeted by Obama in the IRS scandal.
And then of course, if Obama can’t close your business, or “choke off” your ability to prosper, he can force banks to call the police if you dare to withdraw money from your own account.
Folks this is eerily reminiscent of The Gestapo, or the Soviet KGB, or the East German Stasi.
Is this the America you want? The NSA spying on your every move…the federal government in charge of your healthcare and now your free speech on the Internet…the IRS auditing enemies and critics of the government…the federal government forcing legal businesses they deem “unacceptable” out of business…and banks spying on their own customers and being forced to call the police when customers withdraw too much of their own money.
Yes, under Barack Hussein Obama the Gestapo is alive and well in the former “Land of the Free.”
Wayne Allyn Root, a former Libertarian Vice Presidential nominee, is one of the most popular political and media stars in America. His columns and commentaries are read at the biggest political & news web sites in America- including FoxNews.com. He makes regular appearances at Fox News Channel, and hundreds of radio stations across the country. Wayne is a Capitalist Evangelist, entrepreneur and small businessman, home-school dad, best-selling author, and Tea Party Libertarian conservative. His web site: www.ROOTforAmerica.com

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Catholics are leaving the Democratic Party

It seems that every day, we are inundated by bad news, including posts published on FOTM.
It gets depressing.
But never fear! I bring you a piece of good news for a refreshing change!
Though U.S. Catholics are not a monolithic voting bloc, their votes are very important because in election after election, Catholics consistently voted the way that the majority in the election voted. In other words, the Catholic vote is a swing vote.
But the term “Catholic Democrats” should be and is an oxymoron. Despite church teachings on the sanctity of (heterosexual) marriage and on abortion being an un-negotiable “intrinsic evil,” too many American Catholics are and vote Democrat. Even worse, they remained Democrats despite their party openly and publicly denying God three times at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
But that is beginning to change. Catholics, especially white Catholics, are leaving the Democratic Party.
Hallelujah!
~Éowyn
Armor of God I can do all things through Christ
From California Catholic Daily, March 19, 2015:
It’s one of the central contradictions of American politics: that there’s no such thing as the “Catholic vote,” yet the Catholics vote still matters.
There’s no “Catholic vote” in terms of Catholics representing an electoral bloc that votes according to what their bishops tell them, or in lockstep with the tenets of their religion. Yet winning Catholic voters has been essential to almost every presidential victory in modern times. And the defection of Catholics voters has played a role in some of the most consequential congressional turnovers in recent history — from 1994 to 2014 — making Catholics the ultimate swing voters. And for Democrats, that could be bad news.
While Catholics have been swing voters since Richard Nixon’s second term, white Catholics are now identifying as Republican by historic margins. According to the most recent polling from the Pew Research Center, 53 percent of white Catholics now favor the GOP, versus 39 percent who favor the Democrats—the largest point spread in the history of the Pew poll. And for the first time, white Catholics are more Republican than the voting group usually considered the ultimate Republicans: white Protestants (a designation that includes both mainline and evangelical Protestants).
These are ominous signs for the Democrats, evincing a new and growing allegiance with the Republican Party that has long-term implications.
So why are white Catholics abandoning the Democratic Party? There are some long-term trends at play. Steve Krueger, head of the group Catholic Democrats, notes that conservative bishops have been beating the war drums since the George W. Bush administration, even going so far in some cases as to argue that “good” Catholics can’t vote for Democrats because of their support for abortion rights and, more recently, same-sex marriage — which has resulted in an increased politicization of the church.
Stephen Schneck of Catholic University’s Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies has noted that there’s been a certain “distillation” of the Catholic vote as a record number of presumably more liberal-leaning Catholics — some one-third of those raised Catholic — have left the faith altogether. “More and more of those who remain are those who actively choose to embrace the church and its teachings,” he wrote.
But neither of these trends explains why white Catholics have abandoned the Democratic Party so suddenly and so dramatically. After all, in 2008 Barack Obama managed to keep his margin of loss of white Catholic voters to John McCain to just 5 points. But four years later, he lost the white Catholic vote to Mitt Romney by a stunning 19 points.
Krueger points to the Catholic bishop’s demonization in 2011 of the “contraceptive mandate” in the Affordable Care Act, and their subsequent ginning up of the war on “religious liberty” — which was joined by elements of the religious right and fused with its war on Obamacare — as another factor helping to drive Catholics toward the GOP. And the numbers bear Krueger out. According to Pew, between 2009 and 2014, the number of white Catholics who said the Obama administration — and by inference the Democratic Party — was “unfriendly to religion” more than doubled from 17 percent to 36 percent. 
“The shift in the Catholic vote should really be a wakeup call to the Democrats,” says Krueger. “White Catholics are 18 percent of the electorate and Catholics vote 1 to 2 percentage points above their representation in the overall population. This is a significant voting bloc that now perceives Republicans as being more welcoming to people of faith.”

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Wayne Allyn Root on Obama's Love for America

Wayne Allyn Root
When Rudy Guliani said he thought “Obama doesn’t love America,” it set off a media firestorm. You know, those same fine ultra-liberal Americans now running the mainstream media who, while in class with me at Columbia University, cheered the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan…and who today no doubt support students at California college campuses who voted to remove the American flag…criticized Guliani for stating the obvious.
Naturally, the media decided to play “gotcha” with GOP presidential candidates and ask them if they agree that Obama doesn’t love America. As usual, GOP candidates panicked and ran away from Guliani’s statement. Well, I have the perfect answer to that question. Scott Walker are you listening?
The answer is, “I believe Obama loves America…the same way Castro has loved Cuba for the past half century. And I believe Obama loves America the same way Hugo Chavez loved Venezuela…the same way Stalin loved Russia…the same way Ho Chi Minh loved North Vietnam…and the same way the Socialist presidents of insolvent, bankrupt EU countries like Greece, Spain and France today love their country.
I’m sure Obama loves America the same way they all loved their countries and their people. Yet they managed to destroy their countries and economies. That’s what socialism, communism, or Marxism (whatever you want to name it) does. It destroys everyone and everything it touches. Ask the people of Detroit now living in an abandoned city.
It’s not a matter of patriotism. Obama may love America. I’m sure Fidel Castro would say he’s the biggest Cuban patriot ever. Castro loves his people…and he will love Cuba until his dying breath.
Yet, look at the results. Castro’s country lies in ruins. The Cuban people own nothing, not even their own thoughts or free speech. Disagree, protest, speak out publicly and the Castro brothers send you to prison to rot or die. People living in the country that Fidel Castro loves so much have spent the last half century escaping through shark infested waters in boats made of spit, glue and rubber tires. The Cuban people were willing to die to get away from the man who loves his country to death.
In all socialist countries “The state” takes care of you. “The state” knows what’s best. “The state” tells you what to think. In each and every case, all that love (and smothering state control) ruins your life.
So, does Obama “love America”? Perhaps, but it’s clear his version of love is similar to the husband who beats his wife, all the while proclaiming “I love you honey…this is for your own good.”
That’s exactly what Scott Walker and other GOP presidential candidates need to say when the media asks “Does Obama love America?” That’s the perfect answer. Watch the media turn ash white and look sick to their stomachs.
No one can prove whether Obama loves America. But I do know he is destroying America. I do know Obama is Castro.
The people I trust who have dealt with Castro…the parents and grandparents of my friends in the Cuban community…all say Obama is Fidel Castro all over again. They’ve seen firsthand the lies, corruption, fraud, propaganda, massive taxation and regulation, the tyrant saying with such sincerity that he loves his country and is here to “save” it. They’ve heard him say that everything he does is for “the good of the people.” They recognize Castro when they see him…and Cubans who lived under Castro are certain Obama is Castro.
It’s not just Castro. Every socialist tin-pot dictator is the same. They all channel Saul Alinsky. Everything they say is the opposite of the truth. Everything they say is to deceive and distract.
Everything they do is to bribe the poor with free stuff- stolen from the middle class and business owners. The politically correct name is “income redistribution.” But it’s theft. It’s the central tenant of communism and Karl Marx’s “Communist Manifesto.”
Rip off your opposition to make them poor and redistribute the stolen loot to the dependent poor, buying their loyalty and votes. That’s socialism… that’s Castro… and that’s Obama.
I have one more recommendation to GOP presidential candidates. When asked what you think of Guiliani’s comments, tell them you’ll answer only when they’ve asked Democrat presidential candidates if they agree with Obama’s comments that Muslim terrorists have “legitimate grievances”?
Do Democratic candidates agree with Obama that “Muslim” and “terrorist” can’t be used in the same sentence? Do they agree with his use of illegal Executive Orders to make law or his use of the IRS to destroy political opponents? Do they agree that illegal aliens given amnesty should collect up to $24,000 in income tax credits even though they paid no taxes?
Do they agree that $8 trillion in new debt added by Obama could destroy our economy and our children’s future?
Tell them you’ll answer their questions when you hear the Democrats’ answer to these.
It’s time to fight fire with fire. It’s time to stop bringing a knife to a gun fight. This is war. This is a battle for the very survival of America, American exceptionalism, small business, capitalism, free enterprise and free speech.
Sure Obama loves America, just like those communist tyrants loved their country. That is, as long as they own it…control it… and fundamentally change it. So perhaps the corrupt, Marxist, Muslim sympathizer, sociopath, tyrant in the White House loves America too. You can quote me.
It’s time to speak up now, before America is gone. It’s time to stand up to evil. It’s time to stand up to bullies. It’s time to take back America from the tyrant who loves it…to death.
Wayne Allyn Root, a former Libertarian Vice Presidential nominee, is one of the most popular political and media stars in America. His columns and commentaries are read at the biggest political & news web sites in America- includingFoxNews.com. He makes regular appearances at Fox News Channel, and hundreds of radio stations across the country. Wayne is a Capitalist Evangelist, entrepreneur and small businessman, home-school dad, best-selling author, and Tea Party Libertarian conservative. His web site: www.ROOTforAmerica.com

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We're going after Congress, the enablers of King Obama

By now, for those with eyes that see, ears that hear, and minds that are clear instead of fogged, it is clear that the American Republic is moribund, our Founders’ vision and careful designs upended without a fight, for we are ruled by a self-anointed king instead of a president who answers to the people or their elected representatives.

And yet the latest polls say Obama still has a 49% approval!

During his first term in the White House, Obama was aided and abetted by a Democrat-controlled Congress, which made possible the passage of Obamacare into law.
Last November’s mid-term elections voted in a substantial Republican majority to the House of Representatives, and a slimmer Republican majority to the Senate. But that means nothing to Obama because months before the mid-term elections, he already had declared that “I will act with or without Congress.”
Obama as king
On January 15, 2014, King Obama told Senate Democrats that he plans to use his executive authority to act when Congress stands in his way, that is, without the second branch of the U.S. government. On January 28, 2014, at his 5th State of the Union address, King Obama pronounced to the entire country:

wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do. (Cheers, applause.) … I’ll act on my own ….”

So much for the Founders’ institutionalization of a separation of powers via dividing government into three branches of government — the executive, legislative, and judicial — so that the branches would check and balance each other. In so doing, the Founders believed, government would be prevented from becoming tyrannical, and individual liberty would be ensured and preserved.
True to his words, Obama proceeded to act without Congress in one executive action (executive orders, executive memoranda, presidential determinations, presidential notices) after another, the most malicious of which include:

All of which has already made Obama’s executive actions more numerous than those of any U.S. president in history.
To all that, Congress willingly and pliantly ceded their constitutional authority by doing nothing.
It is time for the American people to turn our wrath on Congress.
Obama, Boehner & McConnell
On Saturday, February 28, 2015, six ordinary Americans went to the local offices of their respective senator or representative and served them with an “Intent to Repossess” their offices, paid for by taxpayers. The six members of Congress are:

  • Senator Robert Casey (D-PA)
  • Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
  • Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
  • Representative Diane Black (R-TN)
  • Representative John Ratcliffe (R-TX)
  • Representative Ann Wagner (R-MO)

The Intent reads:
We The People of the sovereign and united States of America, the ultimate sovereigns of the elected tenant of this office (‘Tenant’), which Tenant is bound by law to serve and obey, hereby give formal notice to Tenant that we intend to repossess the Constitution for the United States of America.

  1. We intend to hold Tenant, our sworn public servant, to the letter of the Constitution.
  2. We will offer to Tenant opportunity to cease aiding and abetting organized crime benefitting industry under the guise of performing legislative duties, by Tenant formally agreeing to join the AmericaAgain! Good Guys roster.
  3. We will offer Tenant immunity from criminal prosecution by formally agreeing to support, co-sponsor, and/or vote for the 20 AmericaAgain! reform laws drafted and sponsored by We The People.
  4. Should Tenant refuse to cooperate, instead continuing to aid and abet violations of the U.S. Constitution in collusion with industry and with corrupt executive and judicial branch servants — We The People intend to pursue multi-count felony indictment in the courts of this Sovereign State against defendant Tenant, via the AmericaAgain! Indictment Engine™.

The visits to the offices of Casey, et al., were the second batch of visits by members of a new group, AmericaAgain!, founded by David Zuniga, author of This Bloodless Liberty. On January 19, 2015, AmericaAgain! had visited the local offices of:

  • Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX)
  • Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)
  • Rep. Scott Peters (D-La Jolla, 52nd District)
  • Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ, 2nd District)
  • Rep. Grace Ming (D-NY, 6th District)

America Again!
At each of the senators’ and representatives’ offices in 11 cities, the AmericaAgain! delegates served them with the Intent to Repossess and a letter informing them about the AmericaAgain! campaign which you can read here. The delegates called on the 5 senators and 6 representatives to sign a public statement of agreement in principle that states:

  • Whereas, the People themselves are the highest governmental authority in America and according to the opening words of the Constitution, the only human power over that law; and
  • Whereas, I have been elected by the sovereign citizens of my State or U.S. congressional district to serve and represent them by obeying and supporting the U.S. Constitution; and
  • Whereas, all three branches of federal government for generations have engaged in violations of that supreme Law of the Land; and
  • Whereas, the People’s failure to enforce that supreme law in no way constrains them from taking up its enforcement at any time they see fit; and
  • Whereas, the criminal courts of the sovereign States of this republic must arrest felony crimes perpetrated by residents of their State – whether perpetrated by omission, commission, negligence, abuse of office, ignorance, or other condition – and must apply such sanctions as will address said conditions of perpetrators; and
  • Whereas, I have no desire to ignore, enable, legitimize, or cover up such crimes committed by Congress, however convenient or cherished the resulting funds may be to the recipients; and
  • Whereas, I am aware that many federal laws affecting industry and regulatory bodies have been, and are, written by operatives to favor the affected industry, and often voted for by legislators who have not considered — or even read — the bill;
  • Therefore, I support in principle the 20 legislative reforms put forth by AmericaAgain!, publicly asserting my intention to support such laws drafted by the People as presented to me for co-sponsorship, consideration, or vote, and I will make no attempt to amend, attach riders or earmarks to, or impede the expeditious passage of said reform bills through calendar and committee procedures, as that would constitute obstruction of the sovereign right of the People and States to enforce the U.S. Constitution.

Here’s a video explaining AmericaAgain!
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So far, not one of the 5 senators and 6 representatives, whom the people had elected to Washington, DC, has the decency to respond. But AmericaAgain! vows to continue until every member of Congress is served notice.
To join this noble campaign to take back our country, visit AmericaAgain! (or go to AmericaAgainNow.com).
H/t Freedom Outpost 
See also “America’s Bipartisan Ruling Class vs. the People.”
~Éowyn

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Dogs are better at spotting liars than Obama supporters

U. of British Columbia Professor of Psychology Stanley Coren writes in Psychology Today, Feb. 24, 2015, that like human children, young dogs approach almost every human being in a trusting and friendly manner. Over time, the human child will learn that some people are more reliable and worthy of trust than others.
Two new studies show that the same holds for dogs. If you frequently lie to dogs, they lose their trust in you and begin to act as if they can no longer rely on the information that you give them.
In a pair of studies published in the journal Animal Cognition, “Do dogs follow behavioral cues from an unreliable human?,” a team led by Akiko Takaoka of Kyoto University in Japan showed that dogs will only use information and follow commands from people who have a track record of being trustworthy, that is, who don’t lie to them.
dogs can identify liars
Most dogs will go in the direction that a human being points to. The first Kyoto study consists of three parts and involved 24 dogs. Two opaque containers were presented to the dog—under one of which was hidden a bit of food.

  1. In Part One of the study, a researcher first pointed toward the container that had the food concealed inside. As expected, the dogs ran to that one and got the reward.
  2. Part Two of the study was designed to show that this human was no longer trustworthy. In the presence and view of the dogs, the researcher showed that one of the containers had food under it while the other did not. However, just before the dogs were freed to go to the containers, the man pointed toward the empty container and encouraged the dogs to go to it. In other words, the man was lying.
  3. Part Three of the study was a repeat of Part One, with the dogs being shown two containers and the experimenter again correctly pointing toward the one which had the concealed food.

The results were quite dramatic:

  1. In Part One of the experiment, the dogs showed their usual trust of people and the majority went to the container that the researcher had (correctly) pointed to.
  2. In Part Three of the experiment, the dogs appeared to have learned that the researcher was untrustworthy — only 8% of the 24 dogs went in the direction that he pointed to although he was being truthful this time. In other words, once a dog finds you in a lie, the dog decides that person is unreliable and stops following the cues he/she gives.

Takaoka says she was surprised that the dogs “devalued the reliability of a human” so quickly. “Dogs have more sophisticated social intelligence than we thought. This social intelligence evolved selectively in their long life history with humans.”
Did the dogs learn that all people are unreliable in this task, or that only this particular person is a liar? Previous research has shown that dogs make judgments about the personality and behavior of specific people, and do not generalize to all people. Thus dogs learn to pick out those people who are selfish and those who are not.
So the researchers repeated the experiment with a new group of 26 dogs. The first two parts of the study were the same as in the initial experiment—thus, in the first phase the experimenter reliably pointed to the baited container, and in the second phase showed the dog which container contained the piece of food, but then pointed to the empty one in order to prove his unreliability. The trick in this second study was that in the final phase the “liar” was removed and a new experimenter, previously unknown to the dog, replaced him for testing. But the dogs proved that they had not lost faith in all humans but only in the one who had been shown to be untrustworthy. They did this by once again acting reliably on the information provided by the pointing of the new person and going to where he pointed.
In an interview with the BBC, Takaoka said that this means that dogs can use their experience with particular human beings to determine whether they can be trusted. They determine the nature and personality characteristics of each person, then use this information to predict the future behavior of specific people, and adjust their behavior accordingly.
It appears dogs are better than young human children at judging the reliability and trustworthiness of people.
A study conducted by a team of researchers led by Kimberly Vanderbilt of the University of California, San Diego, did a somewhat similar study using preschool-aged children. They found that even after the children had been shown that some people were untrustworthy, 3-year-olds tended to accept the advice of the known liars to the same degree as from the truthful people. Four-year-olds were more skeptical but were still accepting advice from the unreliable people, and only the 5-year-olds systematically preferred the information from the more trustworthy person.
This means that dogs, whom scientists usually credit with having mental abilities similar to a human 2- to 3-year-old child, are more discerning about liars than human children younger than 5 years old.
Barack Obama
The Kyoto experiments also demonstrate that, as the past 6 years and 2 months have shown, dogs are smarter and better judges of character than MILLIONS of American adults who, despite Barack Obama’s many and repeated lies, still believe in and support him. (69,498,516 Americans voted for Obama in 2008; 65,918,507 in 2012.)

Here’s a list of Obama’s lies, compiled by PolitiFact:

  1. “My position hasn’t changed” on using executive authority to address immigration issues.
  2. Says his comment about extremists being a JV team “wasn’t specifically referring to” Islamic State.
  3. “Most young Americans right now, they’re not covered” by health insurance.
  4. “We’ve got close to 7 million Americans who have access to health care for the first time because of Medicaid expansion.”
  5. The “most realistic estimates” for jobs created by Keystone XL are “maybe 2,000 jobs during the construction of the pipeline.”
  6. “We have doubled the distance our cars will go on a gallon of gas.”
  7. “Throughout, we have kept Congress fully informed of our efforts” to create a legal framework on counterterrorism.
  8. “If the House of Representatives fails to extend the middle-class tax cuts, 400,000 middle-class Rhode Island families will see their federal income taxes increase.”
  9. Says Mitt Romney “called the Arizona law a model for the nation.”
  10. “Under Gov. Romney’s definition … Donald Trump is a small business.”
  11. Because of Obamacare, “over the last two years, health care premiums have gone up — it’s true — but they’ve gone up slower than any time in the last 50 years.”
  12. “Over the last four years, the deficit has gone up, but 90 percent of that is as a consequence of” President George W. Bush’s policies and the recession.
  13. “Fast and Furious” began under the Bush administration.
  14. Mitt Romney “says the Arizona immigration law should be a model for the nation.”  
  15. Says Mitt Romney would deny gay people the right to adopt children.
  16. “The only time government employment has gone down during a recession has been under me.”
  17. “Under the Romney/Ryan budget, interest rates on federal student loans would be allowed to double.”
  18. If the Supreme Court throws out the federal health care law, it “would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.”
  19. “For the first time since 1990, American manufacturers are creating new jobs.”
  20. “Preventive care … saves money, for families, for businesses, for government, for everybody.”
  21. “Thirty million Americans, including a lot of people in Florida, are going to be able to get healthcare next year because of that law.”
  22. “I made a bunch of these promises during the campaign. … We’ve got about 60 percent done in three years.”
  23. Under President Barack Obama, the United States has “doubled our exports.”
  24. Says stories about his birth certificate drowned out media coverage of the Republican and White House budget plans the week of April 11.
  25. The president’s proposed budget “will help reduce the deficit by $400 billion over the next decade to the lowest level since Dwight Eisenhower was president.”
  26. Under the White House’s budget proposal, “we will not be adding more to the national debt” by the middle of the decade.
  27. Twelve judges have thrown out legal challenges to the health care law because they rejected “the notion that the health care law was unconstitutional.”
  28. “I didn’t raise taxes once.”
  29. When President Franklin D. Roosevelt started Social Security, “it only affected widows and orphans,” and when Medicare began, “it was a small program.”
  30. The Bush administration had been “giving (auto companies) billions of dollars and just asking nothing in return.”
  31. “The vast majority of the money I got was from small donors all across the country.”
  32. “We’ve excluded lobbyists from policymaking jobs.”
  33. When Obama was interviewed by American reporters in Asia, “Not one of them asked me about Asia. Not one of them asked me about the economy.”
  34. Insurers delayed an Illinois man’s treatment, “and he died because of it.”
  35. Health reform will “give every American the same opportunity” to buy health insurance the way members of Congress do.
  36. Preventive care “saves money.”
  37. “If we went back to the obesity rates that existed back in the 1980s, the Medicare system over several years could save as much as a trillion dollars.”
  38. “I have not said that I was a single-payer supporter.”
  39. Stimulus tax cuts “began showing up in paychecks of 4.8 million Indiana households about three months ago.”
  40. Health insurance companies are “making record profits, right now.”
  41. “We import more oil today than ever before.”
  42. “In eighth grade math, we’ve fallen to ninth place.”
  43. “There is no disagreement that we need action by our government, a recovery plan that will help to jump-start the economy.”
  44. “Senator McCain would pay for part of his (health care) plan by making drastic cuts in Medicare — $882-billion worth.”
  45. “The centerpiece of Senator McCain’s education policy is to increase the voucher program in D.C. by 2,000 slots.”
  46. Under John McCain’s health care plan, people get a $5,000 tax credit to buy a $12,000 health care policy, and “that’s a loss for you.”
  47. John McCain accused Barack Obama “of letting infants die.”
  48. “Oil companies …currently have 68-million acres that they’re not using.”
  49. McCain “has opposed stem cell research.”
  50. “But if my opponent had his way, the millions of Floridians who rely on it would’ve had their Social Security tied up in the stock market this week.”
  51. “The fact is that although we have had a president who is opposed to abortion over the last eight years, abortions have not gone down.”
  52. Oil companies “haven’t touched” 68 million acres where they already have rights to drill.
  53. Fully inflating tires is “a step that every expert says would absolutely reduce our oil consumption by 3 to 4 percent.”
  54. John McCain refuses to support a new bipartisan energy bill “because it would take away tax breaks from oil companies like Exxon Mobil.”
  55. The U.S. government spends less on energy innovation “than the pet food industry invests in its own products.”
  56. “Our National Guard, as we saw in the Midwest flooding, can’t function as effectively as it could. I was talking to National Guard representatives. Fifteen of their 17 helicopters in this region were overseas during the flooding.”
  57. “I think we came down here (to Florida) one time … but we weren’t actively fundraising here.”
  58. “I have never said that I don’t wear flag pins or refuse to wear flag pins.”
  59. “He’s promising four more years of an administration that will push for the privatization of Social Security…”
  60. “We are bogged down in a war that John McCain now suggests might go on for another 100 years.”
  61. “Hillary Clinton believed NAFTA was a ‘boon’ to our economy.”
  62. “As has been noted by many observers, including Bill Clinton’s former secretary of labor, my plan does more than anybody to reduce costs.”
  63. Americans “have never paid more for gas at the pump.”
  64. “She said, you know, ‘I voted for it, but I hoped it wouldn’t pass.’ That was a quote on live TV.”
  65. “I know that Hillary on occasion has said — just last year said this (NAFTA) was a boon to the economy.”
  66. “Gas prices have never been higher, and Exxon Mobil’s profits have never been higher.”
  67. “If we went back to the obesity rates that existed in 1980, that would save the Medicare system a trillion dollars.”
  68. “John wasn’t this raging populist four years ago” when he ran for president.
  69. “Right now, an employer has more of a chance of getting hit by lightning than be prosecuted for hiring an undocumented worker. That has to change.”
  70. If African-Americans vote their percentage of the population in 2008, “Mississippi is suddenly a Democratic state.”

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Taxpayers paid $225,756 for Senator Hillary Clinton's private plane trips

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Jonathan Allen reports for Bloomberg, Jan. 29, 2015, that during her 8 years as a U.S. senator (D-NY), Hillary Clinton took more than 200 privately chartered flights at taxpayers’ expense, to the tune of $225,756.
More troubling is the fact that for some of those private plane trips, she used the jets of corporations and major campaign donors. So much for Hillary being for the poor and the little people.
Clinton, 67, the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, reported the travel in official filings with the Senate. While there is no evidence Hillary’s Senate trips, which ranged in cost from less than $200 to upwards of $3,000 per flight, ran afoul of Senate rules, some senators don’t charter private flights at all. Others, like Hillary, do. Their privately chartered flights in just one year — 2013 — cost taxpayers $1 million, according to a report in USA Today.
The practice became a political issue last year for Democratic Senate candidates, including Louisiana’s Mary Landrieu, who spent $47,000 on charter flights in 2013, and Virginia’s Mark Warner, who spent $8,500 on a tour around his state that year. Landrieu lost, while Warner narrowly won.
In Clinton’s case, her private air travel included jets owned by a handful of private companies and investment groups, including Coca-Cola, Citigroup, Abbott Laboratories, InfoUSA (now known as InfoGroup Inc.), Avenue Capital Group LLC, and Saban Capital Group. Some of those private companies are major donors to Hillary and Bill Clinton which, of course, should raise conflict-of-interest questions:
1. Saban Capital Group was founded by longtime Clinton campaign financier Haim Saban, who, along with his wife and their family foundation, contributed between $10 million and $25 million to the Clinton Foundation through 2013. Saban told Bloomberg Television he will spend “as much as needed” to help elect Hillary president in 2016.
2. Avenue Capital Group: On April 8, 2006, when Hillary criticized President George W. Bush’s use of the powers of the presidency at a women’s leadership forum in Providence, Rhode Island, she flew round trip on Avenue Capital Group’s plane at a cost of $408, which was billed to taxpayers. The firm, run by Clinton campaign benefactor Marc Lasry, later hired Hillary’s daughter, Chelsea, who worked there until 2013.
3. InfoUSA: On Dec. 30, 2005, Hillary flew from White Plains, New York, to Washington to pick up top aide Huma Abedin on the way to Charleston, South Carolina. They rode aboard InfoUSA’s jet, which company founder Vinod Gupta, a close family friend, often used to transport and entertain the Clintons and other recognizable figures, according to court filings. Hillary Clinton billed the Senate for $858 to fly on his company’s plane. Bill Clinton made more than $3 million as an adviser to InfoUSA after leaving the White House in January 2001 and also was given options on 100,000 shares of stock, which were never exercised. In 2010, Gupta paid a $7.4 million settlement after the Securities and Exchange Commission charged him with misappropriating company funds.
4. Aircraft Services Group Inc.: The bulk of Senator Hillary’s privately chartered flights were chartered through Aircraft Services Group Inc., which boasts two Gulstream IV jets and a 16-seat Embraer Legacy among its managed fleet. The president and chief executive officer of Aircraft Services Group, George Reenstra, donated $500 apiece to Clinton’s Senate and presidential campaigns in 2006 and 2007, according to Federal Election Commission records.
An unnamed aide to Mitt Romney — who was criticized by the media for being an out-of-touch rich man during the 2012 presidential campaign — told multiple news outlets this week that Hillary would have a hard time portraying Romney as out of touch in a 2016 campaign when she owns multimillion dollar houses and seldom flies commercial.
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You Might Be a Democrat If… Part 2

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You just might be a Democrat if…
You support a boycott of Israel, but can’t find it on a map.
You’re an A-list movie star who takes time off promoting your new shoot-em-up action movie to speak out for more gun control.
You’ve never been audited by the IRS.
You’re a frequent traveler who has visited 57 states.
You think the rainstorm that ruined your car wash was Bush’s fault.
You call Republicans racists while sending your own kids to private school.
You think Lois Lerner is that gal who pals around with Superman.
You look like Obama when you throw a baseball.
You like the way Obama looks when he throws a baseball.
You hate all Christians, but just love the new Pope.
Your husband wears a dress and you think he’s hot.
Your son wears a dress and you think he’s hot.
You won’t wear a dress, because you’re a feminist. And you’re not hot.
The reason you’re a feminist is Bush’s fault.
You watch ten hours a day of reality television and think conservatives are misinformed.
You think you know what’s best for America, but you don’t know who Joe Biden is.
Your most prized possession is your EBT card.
You mouth off to the person behind you in line at the grocery store when they gave you a second look for buying steak, lobster, and wine with your EBT card.
You’re a white-skinned, blue-eyed politician who claims to be Native American.
Your idea of class and sophistication is Michelle Obama with a runny nose.
Your idea of a positive role model for your daughter is Kim Kardashian.
You buy gossip magazines at the checkout counter (with your EBT card) and wish you were Kim Kardashian.
You’re an artist who survives on government grants.
You think the Second Amendment is meant for hunters.
You’re a Hollywood actor who makes good money making bad movies.
You’re a teacher who hates kids.
You hate kids, period.
You’re a teacher, period.
You think it’s your right as an American to have food stamps, free health care, and live in your parents’ basement.
You actually like living in your parents’ basement.
You have a picture of Che Guevara hanging in your parents’ basement.
You’re living in your parents’ basement, because it’s Bush’s fault.
Your parents pay for your car, your insurance, and all your living expenses, but to you they’re capitalist pigs.
You think your parents, who pay your $20,000 a year college tuition, the rent for your off-campus apartment, and all your living expenses, don’t know anything about life, but your angry college professor, who hates America and has never held a job in the private sector, is a genius.
You’re furious that George Bush might have lied about WMDs, but you believe every word that comes from Obama’s teleprompter.
You just lost your health insurance and you think it’s Bush’s fault.
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You go ga-ga over the man who calls himself Obama, but couldn’t care less about Americans deserted at Benghazi.
You think anyone who disagrees with you is a racist.
You say you’re not a racist, but you support affirmative action and hiring quotas based on skin color.
You speak passionately about equality and the redistribution of wealth, but you won’t share your bag of Planters Peanuts with your cell mate.
You hate Sarah Palin because she’s everything you’re not.
You live in Chicago and you’re well known at every voting precinct in the city, especially on Election Day.
You’ve been dead for twenty years, but you voted for Obama forty-seven times.
And it’s all Bush’s fault.
Mike
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https://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2013/12/01/you-just-might-be-a-democrat/

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Survey finds most Americans see U.S. as fading superpower

Once again I ask:
To the Americans who voted for Obama in 2008 and 2012, are you happy now?

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Survey finds U.S. military plagued with low morale

To the Americans who voted for Obama in 2008 and 2012, are you happy now?

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#TBT 2012: "An Obama Win Will Improve Race Relations"

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The Root: When Barack Obama was elected president, some people assumed that one man and one election would be enough to help our country heal a racial wound 250 years in the making. In addition to his handling of the economic crisis and the war on terror, his first term was to be judged by some Americans according to one unspoken campaign promise: to permanently fix U.S. race relations.
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Despite his critics’ most ambitious attempts to paint his first term as a failure, by a number of measures — among them the killing of Osama bin Laden and the troop drawdown in Iraq — it has not been. But one measure in which it could be deemed a failure is its impact on race relations.

According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, this will be the most polarized election since 1988. Furthermore, a new Associated Press poll has found that anti-black attitudes have actually increased among Americans since the president took office, with a slight majority now holding anti-black feelings. An ABC Nightline special on “the new Klan” called President Obama’s election a great recruiting tool for hate groups such as the Ku Klux Klan.
Well known KKK recruiter...

Well known KKK recruiter…

For these reasons it could be argued that Barack Obama’s first term will be regarded as disastrous for U.S. race relations. This is precisely why a second term could be seen as one of the most important steps forward in this country’s race relations since the height of the civil rights movement in the 1960s.
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A Continual Cycle
Since its inception, our country has followed a somewhat reliable pattern when it comes to race: It usually consists of one small step forward, followed by a gigantic step back and eventually a step forward that’s too big to be pulled back again.
The end of slavery represented a step forward for our nation. So did the number of black legislators who took seats in Congress as part of Reconstruction. But that seemingly momentous step forward was followed by a horrifying step back. The same year that slavery was abolished, in 1865, disgruntled former Confederate soldiers founded the Ku Klux Klan. African-American lawmakers began to disappear as newly restrictive voting laws kept many blacks from the polls. Jim Crow segregation policies and the Klan became additional tools for ensuring that black Americans remained second-class citizens. The lesson learned? When some people fear losing the only America they know, they turn to hate.
We would see this pattern repeated time and time again. In the early decades of the 20th century, while the wealthy black boxer Jack Johnson flaunted his interracial marriages and so-called Black Wall Street prospered in the Greenwood section of Tulsa, Okla., the number of lynchings reached an all-time high and race riots rocked the nation. It was a race riot that would lead to the destruction of Greenwood, as well as the Florida town of Rosewood (the destruction of which was chronicled in a 1997 film of the same name). Klan membership also skyrocketed, particularly after the release of the D.W. Griffith film Birth of a Nation in 1915.
With the dawn of the modern-day civil rights movement in the mid-20th century, again we saw our country step forward, but there were some painful steps back along the way to bring us where we are today. Among them was the re-emergence of the Klan as a powerful and intimidating force, resulting in the deaths of four little girls in a church bombing; and the killing of three teenage civil rights workers, which would inspire a federal investigation and the film Mississippi Burning. The list goes on.
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A step forward…

But when it was all said and done, not only was our nation left with the Brown v. Board of Education decision that ended legalized school segregation, but the man who litigated that case before the Supreme Court, Thurgood Marshall, became the first black man to occupy a seat on the high court. Just three years ago the first black mayor was elected in Philadelphia, Miss., the town in which those three civil rights workers were murdered and whose leaders helped cover it up.
The Next Step Forward
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This is all to say that none of us should be surprised that race relations appear to have gotten worse since President Obama’s election. What would be surprising is if they had not. But history has shown us that in the long run, as long as our nation is willing to risk taking that first step and has the collective courage to try to keep moving forward, we will progress.
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Billy cub-wielding Black Panthers at a Philadelphia polling station, 2008

Today, in many ways, race relations are better than they have ever been. Unlike 100 years ago, today most young people are growing up to see those of different races not only as not so different but also as potential mates, and therefore potential family members. According to a Pew Research Center study in 2010, nearly 100 percent of millennials approve of interracial relationships. According to Census Bureau data, biracial children are the fastest-growing demographic in America.
thomasAnd if Barack Obama gets a second term, there will be a whole new generation of kids whose formative years and entire childhood have been shaped by the presence of a black man from a multiracial family in the White House. It will officially be the “new normal” and the only America they know. Such a step forward in race relations may just be too big for anyone to pull back.
My, how far we’ve come…
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Two race baiters


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