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Don’t Let Obama & His Corrupt Union Bosses Stand in the Way of Recovery Any Longer by American Elephant
February 28, 2011, 4:11 pm
Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Economy, News, Politics, Taxes | Tags: , , ,


Wednesday Stack of Stuff by American Elephant

Part of the problem with blogging is that there are so many interesting storied to write about, and nowhere near enough time to write about them all. Here’s just some of the stories catching my attention:

How will Obama block it? — “New drilling method opens vast oil fields in US”

Heh heh — AOL Buys HuffPo, stock takes $315 million dive

Jennifer Rubin“Obamacare Support Melting Away”

iBubble? —  “Apple is Most Valuable Company on Earth: Analysts”

First GOP Senate pick up?“Webb won’t seek re-election”

Gallup — Poll: Obama 68% disapproval on Defecit

Progressive Control Freaks  still controlling — Boston to ban smoking in parks?

Most corrupt administration ever #1 – Obama fired another investigator for doing his job.

Most corrupt administration ever #2 — Emanuel/Blagojevich phone calls conveniently go missing

NASA shock — New 3D photographs reveal Sun looks remarkably the same from all sides



Florida Ruling Halts Obamacare in 26 States by American Elephant

Until and unless a higher court grants a stay, this ruling prohibits the Federal Government from enforcing Obamacare in the 26 petitioning states.

Jennifer Rubin has the details:

I read the section on “Injunction” and could scarely believe my eyes. Was the judge ordering the government not to enforce ObamaCare in all 26 states? Oh, yes, indeed.

Robert Alt of the Heritage Institute e-mailed me, “The judge noted that declaratory relief is the functional equivalent of an injunction, and applied the long-standing presumption ‘that officials of the Executive Branch will adhere to the law as declared by the court.’ So in the case, the judge asserted that the declaratory relief should bind the parties. If the Obama administration wishes to impose the requirements of Obamacare upon the states, it will need to seek a stay of the opinion either from the judge, or from the 11th Circuit.” [emphasis mine]

Those states are: AL, AK, AZ, CO, FL, GA, IA, IN, ID, KS, LA, ME, MI, MS, NE, NV, ND, OH, PA, SC, SD, TX, UT, WA, WI and WY.

Correction: It is incorrect that this ruling only affects the 26 petitioning states, it stops enforcement of Obamacare in ALL states, because, as Gabriel Mator at Ace of Spades reminds us, the ruling is binding on all parties, not just the petitioners, but also the Federal Government:

The law is unconstitutional and that ruling is binding on the parties. Not just the 26 plaintiff states, mind you, as I’ve also seen erroneously reported.All parties to a lawsuit are bound, including and especially the defendants, that is, the U.S. departments attempting to implement ObamaCare. [read more]

Duh! Dumb, dumb, dumb mistake on my part. I apologize for the error.

(h/t Gay Patriot)



SHOCK: Rule of Law Revived in Chicago! (Dems scramble to snuff it out) by American Elephant

It’s ALIVE! …or is it?

The rule of law at least momentarily wheezed back to life in the most politically corrupt city in the country, opened it’s eyes and saw the light of day. Now Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago Democrat machine and very possibly the White House are scrambling to snuff it out.

Yesterday, an Illinois appellate court recognized in it’s decision what the whole world already knows, that Rahm Emanuel, as Obama’s Chief of Staff, has lived continuously in Washington DC for the past two years, not Chicago, and as such does not meet the clear-cut residency requirement to run for Mayor of Chicago. In doing so, they tossed out the decision by the blatantly corrupt  Chicago Board of Election Commissioners, that despite living and working in DC, despite moving his family to DC with him, despite renting out his former home to new tenants, that the foul-mouthed, sleazy little weasel is still a resident in his heart, or something. The court reversed a lower Chicago court, and ordered that Rahm’s name not be allowed on the ballot.

Chicago election law requires that a mayoral candidate must “reside in” Chicago for the full year before the election — not own rental property, not intend to move back someday — reside in. But the clear cut letter of the law is never clear cut when it stands between a Democrat and what they want.

Rahm immediately appealed to the State Supreme Court, and said with an actual ominous cackle, “I have no doubt at the end we’ll prevail in this effort.” Conveniently, Obama’s top adviser, Valerie Jarrett chimed in and let it be known that Obama also thinks Rahm should be on the ballot.

Jarrett made the comments at the end of an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America” with co-host George Stephanopoulos, who asked her what Obama thought of the appellate decision.

“Well, you know, we haven’t talked to Rahm, but I’ll tell you one thing we know is that he’s going to vigorously appeal. Rahm is a fighter, and I’m sure — as you know, he will be appealing to the Supreme Court, and I’m sure he will vigorously make that case.”

Stephanopoulos pressed her asking, “Does he believe then — so is it fair assume then that the president did believe that Rahm is eligible and the appeals court is wrong?”

Replied Jarrett, “Well, I think that he believes that he’s eligible, and I believe that he believes that Rahm will pursue his appeal in the courts. And as he said then, he thinks Rahm would make a terrific mayor.” [emphasis mine]

Translation? They’ve talked to Rahm.

Call me a cynic, but when someone offers defensive language that has nothing to do with the question you asked them, you know they’re lying. Snuffleupagus didn’t ask if they had talked to Rahm, he asked what Obama thought of the decision.

This mayoral race is important to the White House. Obama is moving his re-election campaign to that most notoriously corrupt city, Obama’s top political adviser, David Axlerod, has already moved into position to run that campaign from Chicago, and Obama want’s his guy in charge of the city, and the political machine, so they can more effectively, illegally coordinate their efforts with each other, with the unions who contributed unprecedented sums to Obama and to whom Obama funneled untold millions, if not billions, in taxpayer “stimulus” money — not to mention the reorganized groups formerly known as ACORN.

If the Illinois Supreme Court finds in favor of Rahm, in clear contradiction of the law,  look for some of those justices to quietly get “coincidental” nominations to the Federal bench in some months when no one is paying attention.

It’s the Chicago way. It’s the Obama way.

(h/t Michelle Malkin)



Democrat Congress Has Worst Job Approval in Gallup History by American Elephant
December 15, 2010, 12:46 pm
Filed under: Liberalism, News, Politics, Progressivism | Tags: , , ,

Thirteen percent approve of the current Democrat congress — the worst approval rating of any congress since Gallup started polling the issue 30 years ago. That means almost no one approves of this “progressive” congress other than staffers and family members.

Can we finally admit it? Worst congress EVER!



Obamacare Preview #247: by American Elephant

British hospital put dying elderly woman in storage cupboard overnight “for being too noisy.”

Nurses put a dying woman in a hospital storage cupboard overnight because they said she was being too noisy.

Dora Duggan, 81, who was terminally ill and suffering from dementia, was moved from her ward to a  room which was full of boxes and was being used for storage at the time.

…Mrs Young, 46, a civil servant, said: ‘They treated her like an animal and shut her in a room that wasn’t even sterile.

…Mrs Young also said that her mother had been begging to go home and that doctors had refused to discharge her even though she had just a few days left.

But when a member of staff at the hospital discovered that Miss Duggan had traces of MRSA, the hospital allowed the family to take her home with half-an-hour, according to Mrs Young.

Mrs Young added: ‘She had a big graze on her arm and they couldn’t explain why. We went in one day and she had juice over her glasses and all over her. [more]

Yet another example of grossly inhumane and intolerably substandard treatment from the very same socialist healthcare system that Democrats point to as their ideal system. An elderly woman with dementia left dying in a broom closet in a wheelchair overnight and sent home with drug-resistant MRSA that she didn’t have when she checked in.

It brings to mind the government-run mental institutions right here in the United States that finally had to be shut down because the standard of care was neglect and cruelty. But Democrats don’t care about the level of treatment – if they did, they would not have exempted themselves from Obamacare as they did — they care only that government — and thus they — as the party always willing to give out more “free” goodies with other people’s money — will be in control of it.

Addendum: Keep in mind, this is the same British system that had been paying millions of pounds a year to silence whistle-blowers, and which the Tory government is now feverishly trying to save from bankrupting that nation by re-privatizing it as fast as they can.



Paul Ryan Takes on Neo-Keynesian Spending! by The Elephant's Child

Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) is the ranking member of the House Budget Committee.  He has been terrific on all matters to do with finance, budget and economics, and with a White House on a uncontrolled spending spree, it’s very worthwhile to listen to someone who actually understands such things.

On the lessons from Europe:

We are doubling down on this neo-Keynesian borrow and spend spree. It’s not working. We’ve lost 3.6 million jobs since the last stimulus was passed and they want to do more of the same. Bailing out state governments is the next roll of the dice. We are copying European economic policies of the past and that is going to give us a European kind of debt crisis in the future if we don’t change our policies. Yet the President is doubling down, giving us a big debt hangover.

On whether there will be the votes in Congress for the President’s demands for more spending:

The President got those same centrist Democrats to vote for a budget that doubles our debt in five years and triples our debt in ten years. He got those same centrist Democrats to vote for $1.8 trillion dollars in new spending and $670 billion in new taxes in this session of Congress. He has always gotten, along with Speaker Pelosi, the votes needed to engage in their continued spending spree.

On Washington’s failed economic doctrine:

What we have right now is a neo-Keynesian model being pushed, which means spend, spend, spend — and they still have no problem with all of these tax increases. This economic doctrine conveniently fits a political ideology. This political agenda is built upon building government programs, building up spending — and they use this economic doctrine to satisfy their political pent up demand. The so-called “stimulus” was not about jobs as much as it was spending money on all these programs that they have wanted to spend on for a long time. Now that they have Congress and the White House, the spending spigot is wide open.

On better solutions from House Republicans:

In Congress, Eric Cantor, the House Republican Whip, has formed an economic growth working group, focused on jobs and economic recovery. I put out an alternative budget last year that cut 4.8 trillion out of the spending line and actually got us on track to pay off our debt. This year, Democrats are not even doing a budget. House Republicans continue to put out better alternatives — aimed to keep taxes low, get a grip on spending and entitlements, and prevent us from becoming a stagnant welfare state, which is clearly unsustainable as we’re seeing in Europe.

On having a better grasp than most in Congress on economic issues:

It’s not a very high bar to clear.



The “Progressive” Ideological Agenda Trumps the Law, the Constitution, And The Will of the People. by The Elephant's Child


When federal Judge Martin Feldman overturned President Obama’s six-month moratorium on  oil and natural gas drilling in all waters more than 500 feet deep,  a passage in the decision said: “The [interior] Secretary’s determination that a six-month moratorium on issuance of new permits and on drilling by the 33 rigs is necessary does not seem to be fact-specific and refuses to take into measure the safety records of those others i the Gulf.  There is no evidence presented indicating that the Secretary balanced the concern for environmental safety with the policy of making leases available for development.  There is no suggestion that the Secretary considered any alternatives….”

Obama’s response to Feldman was to forge ahead with the very policy that the Judge had just ruled unconstitutional.  He is also challenging the thousands of Gulf Coast oil industry employees to just try and stop him in the appeals courts. He hopes the spill will help to pass his cap-and-trade bill.

As Byron York says in the Washington Examiner:

This response is the latest evidence of a disconcerting pattern with this president and his cronies in the executive branch and Congress; Their “progressive” ideological agenda comes first; everything else, including the will of the people and the letter of the law, is at most an obstacle on the road to “change we can believe in.”

Obama wanted government health care.  Growing majorities opposed Obamacare in survey after survey.  Congress was deluged with calls, letters, and protests, but Obama and his congressional cronies wrote the bill behind closed doors, offered bribes and other corrupt bargains to garner votes and passed it anyway, without a single Republican vote.

When General Motors bondholders opposed Obama’s takeover, Obama ignored age-old bankruptcy law and essentially nationalized the company and turned it over to the United Auto Workers Union.  When auto company executives expressed their concerns about Obama’s big increase in fuel economy standards, his chief environmental adviser told them not to “write anything down” about their discussion.

When Congress began to hear from the public about their worries about excessive federal spending, Obama appointed a “fiscal commission” to rubber stamp his ideas. Congressional Democrats ignored the law that since 1974 has required Congress to approve an annual budget.  They do not intend to deal with it. It would expose the red ink to all, when there is an election coming up.

The Senate refused to vote on Obama’s cap-and-trade bill,  so his Environmental Protection Agency administrator issued a threat:  Either pass the bill, or the EPA will unilaterally impose carbon emission limits on America.

This does not count the laborious diplomacy that went into locating missile defense weapons in Eastern Europe.  Dumped because Russia didn’t like it.  Nor the extensive talks that went into the free trade agreement with Columbia and NAFTA.  The Labor Unions don’t like NAFTA and they don’t like free trade agreements.

Mark Steyn pointed out that “Obama held the biggest meeting of world leaders on American soil since the founding of the UN 65 years ago on nuclear nonproliferation— and Iran wasn’t on the agenda.” Preventing Iran from getting nuclear weapons was high on the president-elect’s agenda.

President Obama has said he will not secure the border in Arizona because he wants to pass a comprehensive immigration bill (amnesty). He plans to sue Arizona for passing a law that mirrors existing federal law.

And of course the very successful Opportunity Scholarships that let poor black children escape  Washington DC’s failing schools have not been renewed.  The teachers’ unions don’t like those.  There’s more, but you get the idea.



WARNING! Democrat Politicians Now Physically Assaulting Constituents! by American Elephant

Looks like Democrats are now eliminating their usual Union Thug middlemen and just beating up constituents directly:

That’s Democrat representative Bob Etheridge from North Carolina. (“Mainstream” news reports will conveniently forget his party.) I hope he wasn’t planning on being re-elected, indeed, I hope he wasn’t planning on finishing his term or even returning home. He needs to serve time.

And you had better believe that Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats need to be held accountable for creating the environment where such a thing could happen in America. This is where Democrats have lead the country. Where gangs of union thugs storm private homes with terrified children inside, where union thugs beat up a black man selling “Don’t tread on me” flags and put him in the hospital. Where President KickAss talks about “bringing guns”, “getting in their faces”, “hitting back twice as hard” and “kicking ass”.

Keep in mind, Democrats are not some aggrieved minority — they control ALL the levers of power. They have virtually a filibuster proof majority, yet their agenda is SO extremist, so radical that they STILL can’t get it passed without resorting to violence and intimidation.

You know when their crimes are bubbling over into public view, that there are many more crimes happening where the public can’t see.

Welcome to the Thugocracy.

(via HotAir)



ACORN Admits It’s the Vote-Fraud Arm of the Democrat Party by American Elephant

And they’re still very much open for business:

The radical activist group ACORN “works” for the Democratic Party and deliberately promotes election fraud, ACORN employees told FBI investigators, according to an FBI document dump Wednesday.

The documents obtained by Judicial Watch, a watchdog group, are FBI investigators’ reports related to the 2007 investigation and arrest of eight St. Louis, Mo., workers from ACORN’s Project Vote affiliate for violation of election laws. All eight employees involved in the scandal later pleaded guilty to voter registration fraud.

Project Vote is ACORN’s voter registration arm. Project Vote continues to operate despite the reported dissolution of the national structure of ACORN.

The handwritten reports by FBI agents show that ACORN employees reported numerous irregularities in the nonprofit group’s business practices.

One employee told the FBI that ACORN headquarters is “wkg [working] for the Democratic Party.”

According to one report, an ACORN employee said the purpose of “[f]raudulent cards” was “[t]o cause confusion on election day to keep polls open longer,” “[t]o allow people who can’t vote to vote,” and “[t]o allow to vote multiple times. [Emphasis Mine. Read the whole thing]

And while the Democrat’s vote fraud operation continues unabated, the other arms of ACORN that were forced to disband are already opening their doors again under new names.

Naturally, the corrupt Attorney General, Eric Holder, still has no interest in investigating the vote-fraud arm of the Democrat party, and the shake-down artists who bear a great deal of responsibiligy for creating the very “toxic assets” that brought down the economy. The same group to which his boss, Obama has such long-standing ties.

I don’t trust Eric Holder to investigate this scandal, I think congress must appoint an independent investigator.



A Power Grab Over Troubled Waters. by The Elephant's Child

Imagine this:  Representative James Oberstar (D-Mich.) wants to rewrite the Clean Water Act.  Back in 1972, when the law was written, even liberals respected the Constitution. They understood if you wanted the federal government to regulate the waters, you had to say “navigable”so that it was legal under the Constitution’s Commerce Clause.

Representative Oberstar wants to remove the word “navigable”. How do you then explain why the federal government should regulate waters that are not navigable?  And what are waters that are not navigable — mud puddles, prairie potholes, irrigation ditches, intermittent ponds?  Or bathtubs, fish ponds, fountains, on private lands — neighborhood backyards?

This isn’t the first time Oberstar has tried this.  He tried it in 2007.  He and others were not happy with Supreme Court rulings that defined the limits Washington faced over bodies of water that had no relation to navigability or commerce.   They want full federal control over all waters. Richard Baker, then a Republican congressman from Louisiana, a state filled with waterways, called the bill “the largest-ever expansion of federal power over private property.

The federal government has already deeply damaged Central Valley farmers in California by denying them water because of an “endangered” minnow — the Delta smelt.  Unemployment in the Central Valley is high in the double digits, and orchards and vines are dying for lack of water.  Is the Delta smelt really endangered?

Farmers should be particularly concerned.  Oberstar’s bill gives federal regulators the power to police farming practices and to take their land through regulatory restrictions if those practices are deemed to be in violation of the law. There is even a clause that adds “and the land that impacts it” so it could regulate everything around it.

This is a drive by the Environmental Protection Agency to expand its jurisdiction.  Most of the justification for the existence of the agency is becoming questionable.  The air is very clean, in general, so the EPA is attempting to find possible bad effects on health from, um,  particulates, anything, that can be regulated under the Clean Air Act.  They’re not done with CO2, but the case for controlling that is becoming questionable.  So we have a grasp for power that is sanctioned at the highest level.

Liberals understand that they have a brief window in ’09 and ’10 — they are trying to get as much enacted as possible before the November elections. They need to be stopped.



Actuaries Are Responsible For Long Run Cost Estimates. by The Elephant's Child
April 23, 2010, 9:53 pm
Filed under: Health Care, Law, Taxes | Tags: , ,

You need to sit down.  There is news, and you may find it shocking.

ObamaCare will cost more than they claimed.

A new report by the actuaries from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services at Health & Human Services concludes that rather than cutting costs, the Affordable Care Act will increase medical spending by at least one percent over ten years — a figure that could get bigger — because the government  is unlikely to follow through on the proposed Medicare cuts that would push 15 percent of hospitals into the red, and result in service cuts for seniors.

Bet you never expected that, did you?

Some of the cost control measures in the bill, could help reduce the rate of cost increases, but “during 2010 – 2019, these effects would be outweighed by the increased costs associated with the expansions of health insurance coverage.  Also the longer-term viability of the Medicare ..reductions is doubtful.”

The report also notes that cuts in Medicare Advantage will drive as many as half of seniors out of their plans and into more traditional, and more insolvent, Medicare plans while boosting their out-of-pocket costs.  And a new long-term care insurance program buried in the bill — whose premiums were among those items wrongly double-counted as deficit-reducing, faces a “very serious risk” of insolvency.

HHS Secretary Sebelius said:  “The Affordable Care Act will improve the health care system for all Americans, and we will continue our work to quickly and carefully implement the new law.”

So there you go.  File this under media report.




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