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Crony Faux-Capitalism, and Proud of It?

By Daniel Bongino


President Obama’s press conference yesterday was another, in a long list of, missed opportunities to bridge the growing political divide in America which is ripping us apart. If you pay careful attention to the words Mr. Obama uses, and the context in which he uses them, you will notice a consistent, and troubling, pattern. Mr. Obama rarely uses any data or evidence when he talks about the economy and taxes and he carefully, and deliberately, uses terms which are impossible to define. He does this because he is employing a marketing technique, to sell to Americans, economic policies which are failing us.

For example, President Obama uses terms such as “fair-share” when talking about taxes without discussing what exactly that means. What is a “fair-share?” Is there a number he can provide us to assist us in managing our finances? Is there evidence that his tax rate number actually generates growth and tax revenue? He avoids all of these “complexities” because he isn’t really interested in growth. But, he is interested in control of your money and, when you are ideologically committed to state-control of a free economy, you use slick marketing to separate people, from their hard-earned money.

Here’s another example; did you ever notice that when President Obama discusses the economy and growth, he always discusses them in terms of what he will “allow” and “not allow?” “Allow?” What kind of country have we morphed into where American’s economic prosperity and security are held hostage to the ideology of one man? We are not a monarchy; yet.

Sadly, the administration is lording over the transformation of a once free economy into a state-controlled, economic monster. In this new economy, friends and donors to the politically-connected class move directly to the front of the line for government-approved “credit” in the form of tax-payer subsidies and they write their own regulations to ensure that their competitors are buried in red-tape.
These regulations are being put into place to bankrupt ideological enemies of the President and his crony faux-capitalist friends (i.e. coal, derivatives markets, the petroleum industry), with zero regard for the millions of lives negatively impacted by the administration’s ongoing assault on economic liberty. These regulations double-down on economic destruction by bankrupting small businesses, not connected to the political cocktail-party-class, who are unable to handle the massive legal fees associated with complying with the thousands of pages of red-tape, regulatory measures slapped on their backs as they are trying to get up from the near knockout-punch the recession delivered to them.

Finally, I need to address a counter argument which many of the President’s supporters are using in a bait-and-switch tactic. It goes something like this, “The President is doing a great job! The stock market is up, fuel costs are down, and the economy is adding jobs.” While these statements are factually correct, they completely ignore the role of the President’s policy initiatives.

First, the stock market is up in spite of the President’s policies, and here’s the evidence. American businesses are doing quite well, but not here. Much of their bottom-line growth is coming from overseas sales and the cutbacks on expenses such as labor. In other words, many of these companies, due to our corporate tax rate, which is the highest in the industrialized world, are leaving us to stay profitable in a globally competitive market. If we refuse to fix this problem, both outsourcing and off-shoring will continue and American employees will suffer.

Second, fuel costs are down because petroleum-extraction technology has enabled us to tap into our, once-hidden, wealth of oil and gas. We are floating on petroleum wealth here in the United States and this is driving down fuel prices. But, and this is crucial, this is happening on PRIVATE land, not PUBLIC land. The President is actively standing in the way of us responsibly developing a limited subset of public land, and the hidden wealth underneath. That the President takes credit for the decrease in gas prices, despite his numerous attempts to block bi-partisan energy-development plans (i.e. Keystone, ANWAR, continental-shelf exploration), is utterly outrageous. If he would just get out of the way, gas prices would be likely be dramatically lower.
Third, although we are adding jobs, we are doing slow at the SLOWEST rate of any economic recovery in modern times. In the eight years of both the Reagan and Clinton administrations, they were both in office while the economy created over 15 million jobs. For President Obama to leave office with the same results the economy would have to generate 10 million MORE JOBS in his final two years alone.

In conclusion, Mr. Obama’s state-controlled “capitalism” model is an abysmal failure that has only succeeded in increasing the paper-wealth of America’s crony faux-capitalists. Surely, many of you remember the real economic recoveries of the Reagan and Clinton years where your neighbor and you both had smiles on your faces. The only people smiling now are the jokers who made big investments in expensive Washington DC cocktail parties to cater to the elected oligarchs who get to pick who wins and, tragically, who loses in our new, government-controlled “free-market.”

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The Supreme Court DID NOT say Obamacare was legal….

Received this by email..have not researched it yet, but it does make sense.


People of The USA .We are being played as fools. Chief Justice Roberts did not say obamacare was his RULING ..He said that the mandate was NOT Constitutional and that the ONLY WAY THAT the federal government could enforce obamacare is to to enforce it as a tax….WELL here is where the obamacare mandate is unconstitutional..Right when Justice Roberts made that ruling THE ACA should have went BACK to congress and should have been VOTED ON BY EACH MEMBER OF CONGRESS AS A TAX .. IT WAS NOT .. The House did not pass obamacare as a tax..they said that it was NOT a tax..DO NOT BE FOOLS PEOPLE .. OBAMACARE IS ILLEGAL ..ALSO THE ACA Originated in the SENATE and a Tax cannot originate in the Senate..PLUS..OBAMA has unlawfully changed the law by giving exemptions ..HE CANNOT DO THIS ..He is an Alinskyite Radical revolutionary and his lap dog Main Stream media Knows the Alinsky rules and is REPEATING THE LIE over and over and over again so it becomes the new reality.. JUST BECAUSE YOU HEAR SOMETHING ON THE NEWS DOES NOT MAKE IT ACCURATE .. They are trying so hard to make us all believe that Obamacare is legal AND IT IS NOT LEGAL…Take the IRS to court if THEY try to garnish your bank account when you OPT-OUT ..go to (generation AND ( There will be a chance for class action lawsuits against the Federal Government but we cannot take them to court until they try to tax us for not having health insurance . PLEASE SHARE THIS

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It’s back to court for Barack Obama and his advisers who are fighting for their state-run Obamacare rules and regulations.

The U.S. Supreme Court today ordered a lower appeals court to review concerns raised by Liberty University that Congress simply didn’t have the power it needed to force employers to provide federally mandated insurance – or require them to pay for abortion-related services for employees.
“Today’s ruling breaths new life into our challenge to Obamacare. Our fight against Obamacare is far from over,” he said. “Congress exceeded its power by forcing every employer to provide federally mandated insurance. But even more shocking is the abortion mandate, which collides with religious freedom and the rights of conscience.”

The case on behalf of the school and individuals Michele Waddell and JoAnne Merrill asked the Supreme Court to reverse an order from the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, which denied a petition for a writ of certiorari.

“Specifically, petitioners request that this court enter an order granting, vacating and remanding the petition because the Fourth Circuit’s determination that the Anti-Injunction Act deprived it of subject matter jurisdiction was overruled by this court in National Federation of Independent Businesses v. Sebelius.”
The NFIB case was the decision earlier this year in which the court, hinging on the vote of Chief Justice John Roberts, declared Obamacare a tax – making it the largest tax increase ever for American citizens – and within the authority of Congress.

Liberty Counsel had filed the petition for rehearing because it said the Richmond, Va., appeals court should hear the arguments on the constitutional issues at hand. Liberty Counsel said the action could pave the way for the case to return to the Supreme Court in 2013.

Specifically at issue are the demands from Obama that employers pay for government-listed health care coverages, including abortifacients and other services that Christians and others cannot accept because of their religious beliefs.

The constitutional issue is the First Amendment’s Free Exercise of Religion Clause – and the question is whether the government can order people to violate their faith. Also involved is the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

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Roberts’ ruling a poison pill for Obamacare…..

Calling mandate, penalties a ‘tax’ creates huge constitutional problem….
The penalties Americans will be required to pay under Obamacare for going without health insurance were declared constitutional in a U.S. Supreme Court decision that hinged on Chief Justice John Roberts’ assertion that the assessments are taxes.

But a legal challenge to the federal government takeover of health-care decision-making says that’s a problem, because Harry Reid created the Obamacare legislation, with all of its new “taxes,” in the U.S. Senate.
The Constitution requires any tax bills to begin in the House.

The demand for an explanation is being raised in an amended complaint filed by the Pacific Legal Foundation, which is representing a man who believes the new bureaucracy isn’t legal.

“If the charge for not buying insurance is seen as a federal tax, then a new question must be asked,” said Paul J. Beard II, the principal attorney for the organization.

When lawmakers passed the Affordable Care Act, with all of its taxes, “Did they follow the Constitution’s procedures for revenue increases?” Beard asked.

The Supreme Court wasn’t asked and didn’t address this question, he noted.

“The question of whether the Constitution was obeyed needs to be litigated, and PLF is determined to see this important issue all the way through the courts,” he said.

PLF explained that under the Supreme Court’s decision in June, the Affordable Care Act now charges a “tax” on Americans who fail to buy health insurance.

But Reid introduced the tax plan in the Senate, not the House, as the Constitution’s Origination Clause requires for new revenue-raising bills, in Article I, Section 7, the legal team argued.

The plaintiff in the case is Iowa small business owner Matt Sissel, who chooses to pay for medical expenses on his own. He objects “on financial, philosophical, and constitutional grounds to be ordered by the federal government to purchase a health care plan he does not need or want, on pain of financial penalty.”

“I’m in this case to defend freedom and the Constitution,” said Sissel. “I strongly believe that I should be free – and all Americans should be free – to decide how to provide for our medical needs, and not be forced to purchase a federally dictated health care plan. I’m very concerned about Congress ignoring the constitutional roadmap for enacting taxes, because those procedures are there for a purpose – to protect our freedom.”

He served in the Army National Guard until 2008 and spent two years in Iraq as a combat medic. He received the Bronze Star and now owns an art business in Iowa City.

“It’s dispiriting to see our lawmakers treat the rules set out in the Constitution with disrespect, as if they’re just suggestions, or as if members of Congress are too important to follow them,” he said.

His lawsuit was filed before the Supreme Court opinion was released by Roberts, but it was on hold while that case from the National Federation of Independent Business and 26 states was pending.

The plaintiffs in the Supreme Court case alleged that a mandate to buy insurance was a violation of the Constitution’s Commerce Clause, and the Supreme Court agreed. But Roberts’ opinion simply changed the “penalty” as it was enacted by Congress to a “tax” and deemed it constitutional for that reason.

Reid took a House-passed bill that helps veterans buy homes, eviscerated it and inserted the Obamacare language.

“When we focus on the Origination Clause, we’re not talking about dry formalities and this isn’t an academic issue,” said Beard. “The Founders understood that the power to tax, if misused, involves the power to destroy, as Chief Justice John Marshall put it. Therefore, they viewed the Origination Clause as a vital safeguard for liberty. They insisted that the power to initiate new taxes should be left with the lawmakers who are most directly accountable to voters – members of the House, who are elected every two years by local districts.”

The Sissel complaint is being amended to challenge the entire law on that basis.

The amended complaint explains that Roberts specifically approved the “shared responsibility payment,” which the Obama administration said was not a tax, as “a tax.”

“The chief justice explained the apparent inconsistency in concluding that the ‘shared responsibility payment’ is a tax for constitutional purposes, but not for purposes of the Anti-Injunction Act.”

His logic was that while Congress did not have the power to require citizens to buy insurance, it could require them to pay a tax.

But Roberts’ holding that the payments are taxes “raises new questions about the tax’s conformity with other constitutional provisions,” which the court left unresolved, the legal filing said.

“Despite the fact the act raises considerable revenues, it originated in the Senate, not the House,” the brief argues. “The Affordable Care Act was not the result of a lawful amendment of H.R. 3590, because the subject matter of the one had nothing whatsoever to do with the other.”

The Obamacare law already was under attack in the courts for its “mandate” that employers pay for abortifacients for employees. Dozens of lawsuits have been filed by Christian organizations that say the mandate violates freedom of religion.

In a Michigan pending case, the government insisted it has the authority to “substantially burden the exercise of religion”on two conditions.

If it is “in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest” and “the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest.”

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God Save US from King Obama…Message from Mike Reagan

It’s taken more than 200 years, two world wars, an industrial revolution, and the dawn of the Internet, but the United States once again finds itself at the mercy of an intolerant king.

Instead of a tax on tea, King Barack Obama and his Knights of the Fast Food Table seem intent on imposing a penalty on chicken — but not all chicken.

They are only targeting poultry prepared by Chick-fil-A.

And it’s not because King Obama has decreed that Chick-fil-A makes a product that is any way unsuitable for the American people. It’s because Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy had the audacity to make comments supporting the “biblical definition” of marriage as between a man and a woman — comments that directly conflict with the King’s recent pronouncement on gay marriage.

Cathy’s comments have undoubtedly infuriated the petulant king and his court, so much so that King Obama’s mayors in Boston and Chicago issued proclamations of their own aimed at stopping further expansion of Chick-fil-A restaurants in their cities.

This is nothing short of outrageous behavior by a king who is obviously out of touch with the rest of us peasants.

King Obama’s rule is so egregious in fact that the traditionally left ACLU has weighed in on the side of Chick-fil-A. A senior attorney for the ACLU of Illinois reportedly told an interviewer that any government that can exclude a business for being against same-sex marriage, can also exclude a business for being in support of same-sex marriage.

It shows you how far to the left Obama and his allies have gone when the ACLU can’t support its positions.

Unfortunately, the King’s bad behavior doesn’t stop with the food we eat. Part of King Obama’s healthcare law also took effect this week. It will essentially force most employer-based insurance systems to provide contraceptive services.

The implementation of the healthcare mandate comes less than a week after a federal judge in Colorado temporarily blocked the government from enforcing its contraception requirement on the Denver-based Hercules Industry, a private manufacturer of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment, which is run by a Catholic family.

This is a case where King Obama’s Justice Department offered the head of Hercules a choice: Either give your employees free contraception or surrender your company to the crown.

Put another way, give up your company, or give up your religion.

Not only is my father probably rolling over in his grave right now, but I would be so bold to say that FDR and John F. Kennedy are too.

We have a president who thinks he’s a king. And America cannot afford a king who can so cavalierly discard the U.S. Constitution when it doesn’t suit his political agenda.

I find it somewhat ironic that while the Justice Department is asking people to surrender their religion and their companies, and even some wealthy Democrats are giving up their passports to escape the tyranny of King Obama.

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