Does Barack Obama present a clear and present danger to America?

Obama as dictatorMost right-thinking Americans have to be concerned that Barack Obama presents a clear and present danger to America. And the more that they know the more that they have become convinced that he is a problem to the security of the country.

Let’s look at some of the external threats that he has not confronted with maximum force. First, we have ISIS or the Islamic State as they prefer. These are the terrorists that have said that they will fly their flag over the White House.

The United States under Obama has confronted them with minimal force. During the Kosovo air campaign there were a total of 38,004 sorties flown over 78 days or 138 per day. Right now the United States is flying 7 sorties per day.

Finally, the daily strike count suggests that the strategy underlying the air campaign may be influenced by a desire to apply the least amount of force possible while still claiming credit for doing something about Islamic State.This rationale would fit with the administration’s claims that degrading and eventually defeating ISIS is likely to take many years.

It may reflect lingering doubts by some policy makers over how serious and far-reaching the threat of an Islamic State caliphate really is to our nation’s vital interests. Or it may be a simple reluctance to begin another open-ended military operation in the Middle East.

We have gradually increased the number of “advisers” with the Iraqi Army, the peshmerga and the Syrian opposition. Meanwhile, Iran is pouring aid, military supplies and troops into the region. Quite simply Iran is beating us to the punch and Barack Obama doesn’t seem to care.

The entire Middle East, North Africa and Central Africa is aflame. Our allied government in Yemen has been quite literally run out of their capital.

Meanwhile, we have implemented a cut-and-run strategy leaving our bases to the rebel Houthis who are supported by Iran. Today, they rolled into our main base. There wasn’t even a whisper of resistance from the Obama administration.

In North Africa ISIS is allied with al Qaeda and Boko Haram. There is news from the region that the three terrorist groups are training together in Mauritania. ISIS, Boko Haram and Al-Qaeda all have links to two camps in the remote sands of the expansive North African country.

While these parts of the globe are undefended by the United States because of Obama’s timidity, Vladimir Putin is pushing both Ukraine and now the northern borders of NATO.

In Ukraine the Russians are assisting Ukrainian separatists both from Crimea and eastern Crimea. Both NATO and the United States are shipping non-lethal aid to the government while Russia is supplying up-to-date heavy weapons and other military supplies.

Meanwhile, the Russian Air Force is testing our air defenses on a daily basis with provocative overflights. The Russians are also approaching the coastal waters of NATO countries with maritime intelligence collection platforms.

In recent days Obama has refused to see the leader of our longtime ally, Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel. He was in Washington having been invited to speak to the Congress.

It has now been reported that Obama has turned down a request by NATO’s new secretary general Jens Stoltenberg who had to be satisfied with a meeting with the U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter. Either the President is just plain lazy or just disinterested.

The Obama administration seems to believe that we can sit back while the situation develops. They don’t believe that the United States is the policeman of the world. Unfortunately, that is not the case. If we don’t take the lead now we won’t be able to take the lead later.





The Circus is coming to town

Hillary Clinton speakingWith the announcements that Donald Trump and Al Gore might quite possibly be joining the presidential field its seems the Republican candidates now number an astonishing total of 21, On the Democrat side of the aisle there are at list ten possible candidates.

With the Presidency being an open seat there was bound to be a big turnout but over 30 hopefuls seems a stunning number of candidates.

The field comes from all occupations: governors, ex-governors, senators, ex-senators, a former Secretary of State and a current Secretary of State.

There are also several business moguls, one of whom was a former Vice President. There is also a sitting Vice President, Joe Biden, and one retired neurosurgeon, Ben Carson. Dr. Carson may have to un-retire in order to determine is several of the candidates need their heads examined for running. Finally, the Republican have one woman.

All of this hullabaloo with the actual campaign starting at least six months away. The only ones who will benefit from such an early start are the media and the pundits who will be writing articles that are repetitive.

Then, of course, various companies that supply candidates with rental cars, hotel rooms, campaign headquarters and other accommodations will also be racking in the big bucks until election day.

We already have candidates who have stumbled before they haven’t even gotten out of the gate. Take for example Hillary Clinton’s email scandal that has threatened to derail her campaign before it even starts.

On the Republican side Chris Christie is still being dogged by Bridgegate. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has been criticized for not having a college degree. Ex-Governor Rick Perry of Texas is under a phony indictment.

Then, we have candidates who you wonder why they’re in the race, like Lindsey Graham, Jim Gilmore, Bob Ehrlich, Rep. Peter King, John Bolton and George Pataki. You have to question their reasoning for putting out the time, effort and money.

Of the Fourth Tier candidates only Carly Fiorina makes any sense being the only woman in the race. She would make an excellent and logical vice-presidential running mate.

Finally, we have Donald Trump who I sometimes wonder if he thinks that the campaign is Political Apprentice. Imagine if the campaign ran that way with candidates dropping out weekly.

On the Democrat side we have Snow White (Hillary Clinton) and the seven dwarfs (actually nine dwarfs if Al Gore enters the lists. He’s the wild card on the Democrat side.

As a former vice-president and business mogul he has credibility, money and he understands the system. Gore can mobilize the environmentalists undercutting Hillary on the left. If he joins the fray she’s in real trouble. The Democrat base will be divided to the Republican’s benefit.

The same thing holds true if Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) joins the campaign. Another darling of the left, she would slice and dice the Democrat base to Clinton’s detriment.

The rest of the Democrat hopefuls are simply one-issue opponents who would sting Hillary in a ‘death-of-a- thousand-cuts’ scenario. As an example, Jim Webb would run to Clinton’s right as a war hero and former Secretary of the Navy.

The current Secretary of State John Kerry has been here before in 2004. He would benefit greatly with a negotiated nuclear treaty with Iran.

Hillary’s best bet is a lack of an Iran Treaty. She would also benefit if neither Elizabeth Warren nor Al Gore enter the race. If one or both do run then she’s in real trouble.

Were Clinton aides double-dipping?

hillary-clinton-blackberry-emailWere Hillary Clinton’s aides double dipping by receiving a government salary at the Department of State and consultancy fees from private sources?

This practice is not prohibited, but State Department officers are required to disclose any income that they make while consulting outside the agency. Huma Abedin, however, was not.

According to the New York Times Abedin did not disclose her outside income.

Ms. Abedin did not disclose the arrangement — or how much income she earned — on her financial report. It requires officials to make public any significant sources of income. An adviser to Mrs. Clinton, Philippe Reines, said that Ms. Abedin was not obligated to do so.

Ms. Abedin declined a request for an interview, but the picture that emerges from interviews and records suggests a situation where the lines were blurred between Ms. Abedin’s work in the high echelons of one of the government’s most sensitive executive departments and her role as a Clinton family insider.

While continuing her work at the State Department, in the latter half of 2012, she also worked for Teneo, a strategic consulting firm, which was founded by Doug Band, a former adviser to President Bill Clinton. Teneo has advised corporate clients like Coca-Cola and MF Global, the collapsed brokerage firm run by Jon S. Corzine, a former governor of New Jersey.

At the same time, Ms. Abedin served as a consultant to the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation and worked in a personal capacity for Mrs. Clinton as she prepared to transition out of her job as secretary of state.

In 2013, Politico revealed that Abedin had consulted with the Clinton-linked consulting firm Teneo while she served in an official capacity with the State Department, but the revelation regarding her unique disclosure requirements was previously unknown.

Along with other Clinton aides like 2008 campaign manager Maggie Williams, pollster Jeremy Rosner, speechwriter Jonathan Price, adviser Cheryl Mills, and Democratic operative Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Abedin was also allowed access to Clinton’s private email network.

According to The Wall Street Journal’s reporting, the State Department’s information security specialists were concerned that the number of people accessing the secretary’s special “homebrew” server would be too much for it to handle.

When Mrs. Clinton’s aide, Huma Abedin, approached Mr. Clinton’s staff about piggybacking on the server, they were initially skeptical that it technically could handle the additional load. But requests from Mrs. Clinton were nothing they took lightly and they complied, people familiar with the matter said.

There doesn’t seem to be anything untoward about Abedin’s special circumstances, but it’s easy to get the impression that virtually everyone associated with Clinton, including the secretary herself, had some form of special dispensation made. It is no wonder then that America is witness to Clinton’s display of contempt for the public’s galling effrontery as so many dare to question her privileges.

Waiting to pounce on Mrs. Clinton was Rep. Trey Gowdy, the chairman of the House committee on Benghazi. As soon as she walked away from the microphone at the United Nations Gowdy responded.

Gowdy’s office released a statement, chiding the insufficiency of her answers, demanding Clinton turn over the personal computer server and promising to require her to “appear at least twice” before Gowdy’s committee.

Contrary to all rumor and innuendo, Gowdy says he is completely open to the idea that Clinton may have done nothing wrong while secretary of state. But he has publicly pointed out “gaps” that go for “months” in the materials she has provided on Benghazi. But he insists he’s not accusing her of anything; he just doesn’t know yet, he says.

Right now, Gowdy wants an independent arbitrator to decide whether those 30,000 or so emails contain anything significant material to his probe, and he says he’d even accept a respected Democratic professional like Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz for that task.

But when its pointed out to him that another committee he serves on recently accepted a high-level witness’s mere “certification” or a personal oath that his submitted emails were complete, Gowdy says a similar compromise might be possible with Clinton.



Hillary’s Lack of Transparency

hillary-clinton-blackberry-emailBill and Hillary Clinton seem to be able to make up rules as they go along. Contrary to government rules Hillary Clinton set up her own server in her Chappaqua, New York, according to Internet records reviewed by The Associated Press.

How do we know this? The AP has waited more than a year under the open records law for the State Department to turn over some emails covering Clinton’s tenure as the nation’s top diplomat, although the agency has never suggested that it didn’t possess all her emails.

She turned over 55,000 emails after her staff had sanitized them when the special House committee investigating the Benghazi attacks asked for them. It was then that it was revealed that Mrs. Clinton was using her own personal email account rather than the required government account.

Mrs. Clinton did not have a government email address during her four-year tenure at the State Department. Her aides took no actions to have her personal emails preserved on department servers at the time, as required by the Federal Records Act.

“It is very difficult to conceive of a scenario — short of nuclear winter — where an agency would be justified in allowing its cabinet-level head officer to solely use a private email communications channel for the conduct of government business,” said Jason R. Baron, a lawyer at Drinker Biddle & Reath who is a former director of litigation at the National Archives and Records Administration.

A spokesman for Mrs. Clinton, Nick Merrill, defended her use of the personal email account and said she has been complying with the “letter and spirit of the rules.”

Mr. Merrill, the spokesman for Mrs. Clinton, declined to detail why she had chosen to conduct State Department business from her personal account. He said that because Mrs. Clinton had been sending emails to other State Department officials at their government accounts, she had “every expectation they would be retained.”

He did not address emails that Mrs. Clinton may have sent to foreign leaders, people in the private sector or government officials outside the State Department.

Her aides have used the excuse that former Secretary of State Colin Powell did the same thing. Except the federal law governing emails was not in force during Powell’s tenure.

The revelation about the private email account echoes longstanding criticisms directed at both the former secretary and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, for a lack of transparency and inclination toward secrecy.

The new email scandal is just one of a series of scandals that have plagued her stealth campaign. During tenure at the State Department she claimed that the attack in Benghazi was caused by a video when she knew full well that it was a planned terrorist attack.

When two young Latinos at Senator Tom Harkin’s annual steak fry asked her tough questions about immigration policy, Ms. Clinton seemed a little taken aback and replied cryptically that “we need to keep working.” After further questioning, Clinton added “I think we need to elect more Democrats.” Perplexingly Mrs. Clinton seemed somewhat flustered by the interaction.

Mrs. Clinton has never been the superb campaigner that her husband is and has been able to benefit from her association with him.

Obama’s desire for a legacy will pose a danger to America

Obama Head in HandsIn the last two years of his administration Barack Obama is frantic to preserve and leave a legacy of his eight years in the White House. But things have gradually changed in the Congress.

In 2010 his party lost 63 seats in the House and the majority,making it the largest seat change since 1948 and the largest for any midterm election since the 1938 midterm elections.

The Republicans gained six seats in the Senate increasing their minority. More importantly, the Republicans gained 680 seats in state legislative races. This left Republicans in control of 26 state legislatures, compared to the 15 still controlled by Democrats. After the election, Republicans took control of 29 of the 50 State Governorships.

Despite Obama’s reelection to the Presidency the Republicans won another 33 seats to strengthen their majority. Despite their House victory the Republicans lost two seats.

In 2014 Things continued to move the Republican’s way. The Republicans gained firm control of the Senate by picking up nine seats. In the House they picked up a net gain of 13 seats.

Obama realized that he was in trouble in terms of creating a legacy with both houses of the Congress in Republican hands. He announced that he meant to govern with his pen and his phone using executive orders

Many Republicans announced that they would fight him in the federal courts deeming his approach unconstitutional. He signed an executive order on immigration that would have allowed some 4 to 5 million illegals to remain in this country. A federal judge in Brownsville, Texas issued a restraining order against it.

He also precipitated a nasty fight in the Congress for the funding of the DEpartment of Homeland Security. Whichever side wins this initial fight will have poisoned the well for future actions.

Let’s look at the issues that are the President';s agenda and there is a full agenda.

Perhaps the most dangerous issue is the Iranian Nuclear Treaty. This contest of wills has gone on for at least ten years. With postponements of talks called for by one side or the other, the Iranians have played the U.S. and our allies for time. They have gotten us to soften the sanctions on their exports which has enabled them to gain much-needed currency.

If they do get a bomb it will precipitate a nuclear arms race in the Gulf. The oil-rich Gulf states will simply buy nuclear technology and face-off against the Iranians. If Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry aren’t successful we may see World War III.

Then we ISIS who are spreading all over the Middle East. There is ferocious fighting in Iraq and Syria with ISIS committing war crimes on a daily basis. They have now moved in to Yemen and Libya. The Obama administration seems unable to summon the will to fight them.

Instead of sending in our full force of combined arms, the administration has chosen to use pin-prick air attacks that have had little effect on ISIS. Where we had over 500 air sorties a day in Kosovo we only have 50 in the Iraq/Syria campaign. It took the administration months to supply the Kurds who are the best ground fighters in the theater.

Then we have the administration’s weak response to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine. Using proxy Ukrainian troops the Russians have taken first Crimea and then eastern Ukraine.

The proxy fighters have been supplied with a huge amount of modern weaponry: tanks, self -propelled artillery and infantry fighting vehicles. The Ukrainians have been unable to counter this flow of weapons. Neither the Europeans nor the Americans have supplied the Ukrainians with substantial aid.

Obama seems unable to use the military power of the United States for the benefit of us and our allies. Will he defend our ally Israel or Saudi Arabia and the gulf states? He’s shown that he won’t defend Iraq. Will he defend our Eastern European NATO allies? He’s shown that he won’t aid Ukraine.

At home his signature program, the Affordable Care Act, is in jeopardy of being seriously damaged by the Supreme Court in the case of King v Burwell. Arguments will be heard tomorrow.

His executive order on immigration will be argued in the Brownsville Federal Court at the end of the February. If the government loses in the lower court the case will then move to the Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

If the government loses there the case moves to the Supreme Court. All of this will take time. If the case moves to the Supreme Court it probably will be heard in the fall.

In any case Barack Obama’s immigration executive orders will probably continue to be caught up in lawsuits while the Congress will attempt to stymie them with legislation.

Obama also has an on-going desire to create new rules and regulations on climate change by the Environmental Protection Agency. Meanwhile, the Congress will try to stymie EPA rule-making with legislation and reviewing them.

All in all Barack Obama will be hard-pressed to accomplish anything substantive without getting the cooperation of Congress. He won’t be able to do that with the current adversarial atmosphere that is prevailing in the Capital.

It’s Time to Take Back Education from the Federal Government

American studentsThe No Child Left Behind law is in the process of being rewritten in order to ‘improve’ it, according to the sponsors of the bill that would replace it. Under consideration is a 620-page proposal called the Student Success Act (H.R. 5), which Republican leadership says will scale back Washington’s involvement in local education.

But conservatives say the measure doesn’t go far enough in doing that. According to Lindsey Burke, The Heritage Foundation’s Will Skillman Fellow in Education:

This proposal spends nearly as much as No Child Left Behind, is nearly as long in page length, and fails to give states an option to opt out of the law. As it stands, it’s a huge missed opportunity to restore state and local control of education.

But one asks a further question: why is Washington even involved in local education? The Federal government’s thirst to permeate every part of American life has distorted the visions of the Founders.

The Founders believed in limited government with an equal balance of powers. In fact the men who wrote the Constitution saw the Congress as the primary driver of policy with the President executing the laws written and passed by them.

Instead, over the past 100 years we have evolved into a country with an imperial that has sprawled across the American landscape unchecked.

The system seems to be that when we have a problem we appoint a committee, create a new commission or set up a new Department. That’s how the Department of Education was founded.

Originally the Department of Education was part of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. During Jimmy Carter’s term the department was split in two with education becoming one department and Health and Welfare renamed the Department of Health and Human Services.

Upgrading Education to cabinet level status in 1979 was opposed by many in the Republican Party, who saw the department as unconstitutional, arguing that the Constitution doesn’t mention education, and deemed it an unnecessary and illegal federal bureaucratic intrusion into local affairs.

However many liberals and Democrats see the department as constitutional under the Commerce Clause, and that the funding role of the Department is constitutional under the Taxing and Spending Clause. The National Education Association supported the bill, while the American Federation of Teachers opposed it.

Like most departments and programs spawned by the Federal government the Department of Education grew like Topsy. In 1979 the predecessor Office of Education had 3,000 employees and a budget of $12 billion. In 1979 the department had a budget of $19.4 billion with $17,000 employees. As of 2011, the discretionary budget was $69.9 billion.

The main driver in the budget growth was the Bush-era No Child Left Behind bill. The Department’s budget increased by $14 billion between 2002 and 2004, from $46 billion to $60 billion.

With the explosive growth in the budget came the Education Department’s programs of unfunded and funded mandates. The liberals in the government see the Education Department as a vehicle to indoctrinate America’s youth to their way of thinking.

And right now they are succeeding. Every day we have new stories about teaching materials and methods being used by liberal teachers. The most inflammatory issue is Common Core. According to the website, a site that supports Common Core. Their site says:

Today’s students are preparing to enter a world in which colleges and businesses are demanding more than ever before. To ensure all students are ready for success after high school, the Common Core State Standards establish clear, consistent guidelines for what every student should know and be able to do in math and English language arts from kindergarten through 12th grade.



The standards were drafted by experts and teachers from across the country and are designed to ensure students are prepared for today’s entry-level careers, freshman-level college courses, and workforce training programs. The Common Core focuses on developing the critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills students will need to be successful. Forty-three states, the District of Columbia, four territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity have voluntarily adopted and are moving forward with the standards.

Sounds wonderful but education is a local issue. No two states or even districts are alike but Common Core treats every student the same. In addition, some of the teaching methods and materials have been heavily criticized.

But Washington bureaucrats can not resist the opportunity to further control American life. Isn’t it time that citizens spoke out and petitioned their representatives to curb the power and reach of the Department of Education?

Does Barack Obama Love America?

Obama and GiulianiRecently, Rudy Giuliani stirred up a firestorm when he was asked if he thought Barack Obama loved America. Giuliani told GOP-leaning business execs that he did not “not believe that the president loves America” and that President Obama “doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country.” 

Giuliani backed off slightly and softened his statement somewhat but in the main he was probably right but for the wrong reasons.

Certainly, Barack Obama loves America but the key to that statement is quite simple. He may love America but not this America.

That may sound strange but if we remember his statements in his 2008 Presidential campaign it becomes very clear that Obama is in love with a different America.

For those who think that the President lives in a different dimension you’re partially right. However, this dimension is the America that he wants to create.

He has talked about income redistribution in both subtle and blatant ways. For instance, the Affordable Care Act (i.e. Obamacare) is a subtle form of income redistribution.

People who cannot afford the mandated levels of insurance have received subsidies paid for by those who can afford it. This is simply a way of leveling the income levels across the board.

In the area of foreign affairs Obama wants America to “lead from behind” as we did in Libya and have somewhat done against ISIS. In many ways Barack Obama resembles the pre-World War II British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain.

Chamberlain never wanted to push back against Hitler and in the end took his country in a catastrophic war that dismembered the British Empire. Barack Obama believes that America is an imperial power that needs to be curbed.

Thus, he has traveled the world apologizing for supposed past American transgressions even though we have freed dozens of nations and led the world into an era of freedom and prosperity.

But in six short years Obama has undone a half century of progress. Many countries are slipping back into dictatorships or outright anarchy.The forces of ISIS have nearly destroyed Syria and Iraq. They now are working on Yemen and Libya.

Obama simply doesn’t want to exercise American military and political power at all. He’s more interested in global warming and other left-wing issues to see that our carefully balanced world order is disintegrating.

He has carried on a never-ending negotiation with Iran over their nuclear program. And never once has he used American power to move the negotiations along. In fact, he has eased the sanctions allowing Iran to sells hundreds of million dollars in oil.

He has shrunk from confronting Vladimir Putin on the question of Ukraine. In fact, when the Ukrainians asked for military aid after the Russians and their puppets seized the Crimea he came up with a number of reasons why we couldn’t help.

As the conflict in Ukraine continues we have shipped non-military supplies to the Ukrainians. Does he think that they’ll throw them at the Russian tanks? Using legalese he has managed to steer clear of the conflict.

In the Middle East he has dispatched a limited number of aircraft to the conflict zone but promising that there will be no American boots on the ground. Meanwhile, ISIS has slaughter thousands in the heinous ways.

Beheadings, crucifixions, burying people alive and burning people alive are just a few of their methods but Barack Obama is not moved. He sends just enough aid and military advisers to avoid criticism by his allies in the main stream media.

He talks about American energy independence, yet his government has gone out of its way to hinder energy exploration. Just this week he vetoed the Keystone pipeline bill, an innocuous project to bring Canadian oil to refineries.

And like lemmings his fellow Democrats are following him off the cliff into the abyss. In 2012 they were “shellacked” in his own words and lost over 60 House seats and the control of that chamber. In 2014 the Democrats lost yet more seats in the House plus nine Senate seats and control of that chamber.

More importantly, the Democrats have lost hundreds of legislative seats and with them the control of state legislatures from coast to coast.

The Republicans can now control the redistricting of House and local legislative districts. It will take years for the Democrats to recover. In fact, they may never recover.

But Barack Obama still lives in his own America. His administration believes that everything is going along swimmingly. Take unemployment as an example. Every time the unemployment rate goes down the White House trumpets the new percentage.

But they neglect to point to the decreasing number of Americans who are in the workforce. The Labor Force Participation Rate has been steadily declining throughout Obama’s term in office. In January 2005 the rate was 65.8%. In December 2014 it was 62.7%.

He talks about American energy independence, yet his government has gone out of its way to hinder energy exploration. Just this week he vetoed the Keystone pipeline bill, an innocuous project to bring Canadian oil to refineries.

And like lemmings his fellow Democrats are following him off the cliff into the abyss. In 2012 they were “shellacked” in his own words and lost over 60 House seats and the control of that chamber. In 2014 the Democrats lost yet more seats in the House plus nine Senate seats and control of that chamber.

He talks about American energy independence, yet his government has gone out of its way to hinder energy exploration. Just this week he vetoed the Keystone pipeline bill, an innocuous project to bring Canadian oil to refineries.

And like lemmings his fellow Democrats are following him off the cliff into the abyss. In 2012 they were “shellacked” in his own words and lost over 60 House seats and the control of that chamber. In 2014 the Democrats lost yet more seats in the House plus nine Senate seats and control of that chamber.

More importantly, the Democrats have lost hundreds of legislative seats and with them the control of state legislatures from coast to coast.

The Republicans can now control the redistricting of House and local legislative districts. It will take years for the Democrats to recover. In fact, they may never recover.

But Barack Obama still lives in his own America. His administration believes that everything is going along swimmingly. Take unemployment as an example. Every time the unemployment rate goes down the White House trumpets the new percentage.

But they neglect to point to the decreasing number of Americans who are in the workforce. The Labor Force Participation Rate has been steadily declining throughout Obama’s term in office. In January 2005 the rate was 65.8%. In December 2014 it was 62.7%.

So while the rest of us live in an America that is deteriorating, our President lives in a dream world of his own making. It may be time to end his dream.





The DHS Budget Impasse: Follow the Facts

DHS Secretary Jeh JohnsonSometimes, the favorite line that you hear from the government is to follow the money. When it comes to the DHS Budget Impasse you need to follow the facts of the battle.

Barack Obama started this fight by signing an Executive Order that would have allowed would have allowed millions of immigrants in the country illegally to live and work in the U.S. without fear of deportation. Some say the number could be as high as 4 to 5 million.

The Congressional Republicans then threatened to block funding for the immigration part of the Department of Homeland Security’s budget. The House wrote and passed a bill that did exactly that.

DHS and the White House began the hand-wringing by intimating that America’s national security was imperiled. The fact is that somewhere between 87% of DHS employees have been classified as essential.

That means that they will continue to work but if the impasse continues for some time they will not receive a paycheck. In the most recent government shutdown, DHS only sent home 31,295 employees out of their 231,000 total.

The reality is that a shutdown will have no noticeable effect on the important duties of the Department of Homeland Security. Literally all the front line DHS workers (TSA screeners, border agents, Coast Guard, secret service, immigration workers) will continue working, only the administrative personnel will be furloughed.

During the last shutdown suspension of programs included research and development of new security screening technology, non-disaster grant programs for state and local governments, and civil liberties training programs for local law enforcement personnel. Will the country survive for several weeks without these types of non-essential programs?

But the administration rolled out the Washington Monument Defense. According to the administration if Congress doesn’t agree on the additional funding and allows the DHS “shut down” it will imperil the safety and security of the United States.

If that is true, then Obama is willing to voluntarily imperil the safety and security of the United States just to preserve an Executive Order that was issued for transparently political reasons.

And now Obama’s Executive Order is on hold due to a ruling by a Federal judge in Texas in a suit brought by 26 states. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen said the president overstepped his authority. Hanen wrote, “The genie would be impossible to put back into the bottle” id the Executive Order went into effect.

The administration immediately announced that they would appeal the ruling to the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. Meanwhile, DOJ lawyers filed a request for a stay with Hanen’s court.

Legal experts say it is unlikely Hanen will put his ruling on hold, because he wrote in his 123-page court order that states would “suffer irreparable harm in this case” if Obama’s actions on immigration were to proceed while the lawsuit is argued.

Meanwhile, DHS will continue to prepare for the implementation of the Executive Order assuming that the courts will rule in the Administration’s favor. Obama told reporters:

The Department of Homeland Security will continue with the planning because we want to make sure that as soon as these legal issues get resolved — which I anticipate they will, in our favor — that we are ready to go.

The main battle is in the Congress with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell proposing to split the House’s bill into two bills. One would deal with the budget issue, the other with immigration. McConnell is willing to throw away his majority power to look good for the media.

The only problem is the conservatives in the House and the Speaker himself. Boehner’s spokesman issued the following statement:

The Speaker has been clear: the House has acted, and now Senate Democrats need to stop hiding. Will they continue to block funding for the Department of Homeland Security or not?

Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., in an interview this afternoon with The Daily Signal said:

It’s more smoke and mirrors, isn’t it? It’s more designed to be able to look like you’re doing something to the folks back home when you know you are doing absolutely nothing.

He then added:

I don’t know how you tell people back home that elections have consequences if we pass a clean Homeland Security bill. If we do, folks back home have the right to ask the question, ‘Would this have been different if Democrats were still in charge of the Senate?’ And I think the answer apparently is no: That elections don’t have consequences in the United States Senate. I think that’s unacceptable to the folks back home and it’s unacceptable to me. I have spent too much time and money trying to help Republicans get elected to the Senate to be told that it doesn’t make a difference.

Don’t bet on anything being passed in the Senate and certainly not in the House.


The ISIS Threat: Obama Still Doesn’t Get It

ISIS beheadingsWhile ISIS is slaughtering Christians and Muslims alike, Barack Obama and his administration is more interested in blaming this sea of blood on, wait for it, the lack of jobs and other opportunities in their home countries.

Rather than concentrate on how to eradicate this threat to civilization the Obama administration is spending three days on extraneous discussions that focus on “grievances” that terrorists exploit, including economic and political issues.

Once again Obama declined to label the threat as “Islamic terrorism” or “Islamic extremism”. Instead, he labeled it simply at extremism or just plain terrorism. This on-going failure to define the problem will prevent it from being eradicated.

Rob O’Neill, former Navy SEAL Team 6 member who claims to have fired the shot that killed Usama bin Laden, told Fox News: “They get paid to cut off heads — to crucify children, to sell slaves and to cut off heads and I don’t think that a change in career path is what’s going to stop them.” Of course, he was referring to ISIS and their hired thugs.

“He was meandering, unfocused and weak,” said Richard Grenell, former U.S. spokesman at the United Nations during the George W. Bush administration and a Fox News contributor. “He was talking about isolating terrorists. He doesn’t understand the threat that we face… People are being burned in cages and he’s talking about more investments?”

As Obama was addressing the conference there were reports, according to the local police chief, that ISIS burned another 45 people to death in al-Baghdadi, Iraq. Some of the victims were thought to be members of the Iraqi security forces and their families.

So rather than rally the military forces of the free world in both the west and the Middle East the Obama White House has chosen to talk the problem to death.

Meanwhile, ISIS has made serious inroads in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and its latest victim, Libya. The Egyptians have been bombing the ISIS hotbed in Derna, Libya in retaliation for the mass beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians on the shores of Tripoli.

The Obama administration was given multiple chances Wednesday to endorse a longtime ally’s airstrikes on America’s biggest enemy at the moment, the so-called Islamic State.

Over and over again, Obama’s aides declined to back Egypt’s military operation against ISIS. It’s another sign of the growing strain between the United States and Egypt, once one of its closest friends in the Middle East.

Right now, we have a dysfunctional effort against ISIS. Our air strikes in Iraq and Syria are minimal at best. We have shipped little or no weapons to our so-called allies. The Kurds who have been the most successful of the forces fighting ISIS have seen little in the way of heavy weapons from the United States.

Our so-called training of the moderate Syrian opposition in partnership with our Turkish allies will ‘perhaps’ start in March but the numbers of trainees are minimal at best.

A total of 15,000 Syrians will be trained in Turkey, Jordan and Saudi Arabia over three years as part of the campaign against jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group (also known as ISIS) and the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. By then ISIS will have spread throughout the Middle East.

The Obama administration is slow-walking all of our efforts against these savages because they simply don’t have the heart to carry out a coordinated military campaign. In the meantime the ISIS threat comes closer to the American homeland.




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