Posted by Steve Markowitz on March 6, 2014
A few months ago Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid used the so-called “nuclear option” and changed the Senate’s filibuster rule for presidential appointments. Prior to Reid’s rule change, the filibuster rules required a 60 vote supermajority to approve presidential appointments. This rule was in play for much of Senate’s history and was designed to give the minority party more of say in passing Senate legislation.
Reid’s gamble on the rule change set a dangerous precedent, significantly increasing the majority party’s power. While that currently serves the interest of Democrats and their liberal allies, it guarantees that sometime in the future it will increase the power for Republicans. This procedural change should concern any American who believes the country needs checks and balances to keep it from swaying too far to the Left or Right.
Earlier this week the Senate handed Pres. Obama a stunning defeat when Democrats could not get even a simple majority to approve his nomination of Debo Adegbile to lead the Justice Department’s civil rights division. By a vote of 52 to 47, seven Democrats abandoned the President and joined all Republicans in blocking Adegbile’s nomination.
Obama’s Adegbile nomination was controversial from the start. Adegbile spent significant legal effort supporting Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted of killing Philadelphia police officer in 1981.
Supporters of Adegbile claim he is being mistreated and that he was merely doing his job as a legal advocate when representing Abu-Jamal’s interests. While that logic may be appropriate for many future employment opportunities, Adegbile’s past associations are fair game when seeking an important post within the Justice Department.
Even though seven Democrats joined Republicans in rejecting Adegbile, Obama was unapologetic labeling the vote a “travesty” based on “wildly unfair” attacks. The President further stated: “Mr. Adegbile’s qualifications are impeccable. He represents the best of the legal profession, with wide-ranging experience, and the deep respect of those with whom he has worked. As a lawyer, Mr. Adegbile has played by the rules. And now, Washington politics have used the rules against him.” History is littered with tales of many individuals who played by the “rules”, but took inappropriate actions.
During his first campaign for the presidency, Barack Obama promised to be the president for both blue and red states. This was one of many broken promises by the President. Many of Obama’s nominees are far to the Left of center politically, to the point of being radical. However, to this president, people like Van Jones, William Ayres, Jeremiah Wright, and Debo Adegbile merely represent his own radical Leftists views.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on March 4, 2014
Last month Jimmy Kimmel had an interviewer inform people on the street that Pres. Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) just passed away and asked for their comments. The fact that FDR passed away in 1945 seemed unknown to them and did not stop respondents from making various interesting responses.
While the Kimmel interviews were humorous, they were at the same time quite distressing. What a sad commentary on the knowledge of some of the electorate. What a sad commentary concerning the state of the American education system.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on March 2, 2014
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report last week estimating that Obamacare (Affordable Healthcare Act) will result in approximately 2,000,000 jobs lost in the United States. VP Joe Biden recently on The View was asked about this consequence of the Act and his incredible answer was: “Look, this is a really good report.” Yikes!
In justifying his response, Biden turned the discussion into a gender warfare issue indicating that women, who currently need to work to have healthcare coverage, will no longer need to do so. That will supposedly allow them, to spend more time with their children.
For years those with basic economic understanding and common sense have expressed concern about the slippery slope that entitlements take the country. As more sugar is handed out by the government, motivation to work decreases along with the structural unemployment. Liberals have historically argued against this rationale, ignoring basic factors of human nature and greed. Leave it to Joe Biden to finally speak the truth about these governmental programs and their actual intent; make people dependent on government.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 28, 2014
In a recent speech, Pres. Obama had the gall to claim his supporters are doing God’s work stating:
We’re going to make a big push these last few weeks. But as I sais – I can talk, my team can talk here in Washington, but it’s not going to make as much of a difference as if you are out there making the case. The work you’re doing is God’s work. It is hard work.”
Obama’s comments are remarkable on a few levels. First, he once again shows that he views his position as imperial or even higher. In addition, the Progressive Left often castigates its political opponents for invoking religion into politics. But when one of their own does it, there is nearly a peep from them once again showing the hypocrisy of the Left.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 26, 2014
The Washington Post has once again attacked Pres. Obama’s credibility, awarding him their infamous “Four Pinocchio’s” for comment he made last week during the Democratic Governors Association dinner. During the partisan event, Obama claimed that 7 million Americans currently have “access to health care for the first time because of Medicaid expansion.” As the Post noted, this claim is patently false.
Each year millions go on and off Medicaid, as the Post indicated and further noted that there were approximately 6.3 million people deemed eligible for Medicaid in the last quarter of 2013, the number that probably led to Obama’s 7 million claim. However, a substantial portion of these people were the normal Medicaid churn, having nothing to do with Obamacare (Affordable Care Act) with a Post stating:
(Obama) seems to be falling into the same trap as other Democrats, and some reporters, by assuming that everyone in the Medicaid list is getting health insurance for the first time because of the Affordable Care Act. But that number is nowhere close to 7 million. It could be as low as 1.1 million (Avalere) or as high as 2.6 million (Gaba.) If one wanted to be generous, one could include people coming out of the woodwork, even though they would have been covered under the old law, but no one is really sure what that figure is. In any case, no matter how you slice it, it does not add up to 7 million.
Is remarkable just how many outwardly false statements the President has made to the People. The question is whether he is in fact that out of touch with reality or he is purposely lying for political gain.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 24, 2014
Barack Obama was first elected under the rallying cry of “hope and change”. He also promised transparency and that he would not lead by executive orders. These promises proved hollow.
During the first few years of his presidency, Obama was only called on his broken promises by right of center political forces. With the exception of some cable news channels, the mainstream media remained silent on the President’s transgressions. That is no longer the case with some of the more liberal in the media including Jon Stewart questioning Obama’s policies.
Earlier this month, liberal constitutional law professor and Obama supporter, Jonathan Turley, was interviewed by Fox News’ Megyn Kelly and raised serious concerns relating to Pres. Obama’s power grab stating:
Well, I’m afraid this is beginning to border on a cult of personality for people on the left. I happen to agree with many of President Obama’s policies. But in our system, it’s often as important how you do something as what you do.
And I think that many people will look back on this period in history and see nothing but confusion as to why people remained so silent when the president asserted these types of unilateral actions. You have a president who is claiming the right to basically rewrite or ignore or negate federal laws. That’s a very dangerous thing. It has nothing to do with the policies, it has to do with the power.
Well, you know, a system in which a single individual is allowed to rewrite legislation or ignore legislation is a system that borders on authoritarianism. I don’t believe that we are that system yet.
Prof. Turley’s warnings should be of concern to all Americans. Today, the Left controls the executive branch of government. That will change at in the future. The slippery slope that Obama and the Country are traveling has dangerous consequences.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 23, 2014
MSNBC is unapologetic in its backing of Democratic and Leftist politicians. Their bias has even caused Progressive Bill Maher to question fellow Leftist Rachel Maddow on the network’s over-the-top coverage of the Chris Christie New Jersey lane closing scandal. It is entertaining to watch this Maddow squirm in the Maher interview.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 22, 2014
At the behest of the Obama Administration, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced a “study” that endangers the Country’s freedom of the press. The study using typical governmental doubletalk jargon is called “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs”. According to the FCC it is intended to understand a network’s “perceived station bias”, as well as how much of its time is dedicated to “critical information needs in a community”.
While the study is categorized as “voluntary”, given the FCC’s power over networks and their required licenses, this designation is a misnomer.
Below is a discussion of the FCC’s dangerous intrusion into the freedom of the press with comments by Judge Andrew Napolitano. The Judge’s fears on this matter should be troubling to all Americans and is a continuation of the slippery slope our politically correct and Progressive society is traveling. According to the World Press Freedom Index, since 2012 the US is rating has dropped to the 46th slot, down 13 since 2012. More hope and change from an administration that cannot tolerate dissent.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 19, 2014
Syndicated columnist George Will was on Chris Wallace’s talk show this past weekend and ably articulated the real motivations behind many of the zealots who have closed the book and their minds on reasonable debate concerning the causes of climate change. As has been said on many occasions, when in doubt, follow the money.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 16, 2014
Comedian Jon Stewart is at it again. This liberal has had enough of Barack Obama and has lately been on the attack of the President. This week he excoriated Obama for in essence selling ambassadorships to big donors, as seen in the video link below.
While presidents have been selling cushy jobs to financial backers long before Barack Obama came around, this president promised hope and change. While that facade was broken long ago, it is amazing to see just how imperial this president has become. It is this reality that is likely lead to Stewart’s dismay.
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