With word coming from The White House that President Barack Obama is open to meeting with Iran’s new President, Hassan Rouhani, the President’s recent Syria debacle, the Edward Snowden-Russian asylum fiasco, among other foreign policy blunders, now is the perfect time to jump into the way-back machine and revisit a post on ThinkFY from May 2012:
Former White House Chief of Staff and current Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel once said that you never want a good crisis to go to waste.
Emanuel: “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” (“Rahm Emanuel: Never Let A Crisis Go To Waste,” ThinkFY’s YouTube Channel)
True to form, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and President Barack Obama seized on Monday’s tragic mass-shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. – while the events were still unfolding no less – to push once again for gun control.
It’s been 12-years since the terror attacks of 9/11. With each passing year, we should never forget those that lost their lives, the families that lost mothers, fathers, daughters and sons. We should never forget that there is evil in this world and it means to do us harm.
It has also been one year since the terror attack in Benghazi, Libya. We must not forget those who died. It is a reminder that those that seek to do us harm are still out there.
When you think about it, it’s hard to believe that a year has passed since the 9/11 anniversary attack on our consulate in Benghazi. It’s even more unbelievable that those that committed the attack, which took the lives of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, are still at-large. And what comes as utterly dumbfounding is the fact that one of the known assailants, Ahmed Khattalah, has given media interviews, but the Obama Administration has failed to capture the fugitive.
Known to be slow, labor unions are starting to realize what many Americans decided long ago: ObamaCare is going to be a catastrophe. As Kevin Bogardus reported this morning in The Hill, “labor unions are breaking with President Obama on ObamaCare.”
What’s got Big Labor all in a tither?
“Months after the president’s reelection, a variety of unions are publicly balking at how the administration plans to implement the landmark law. They warn that unless there are changes, the results could be catastrophic.” (Kevin Bogardus, “Labor Unions Break Ranks With White House On ObamaCare,” The Hill, 5/21/13)
As outlined in the U.S. Constitution, before a President can “enter on the Execution of his Office,” he or she must make the "following Oath or Affirmation:—‘I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.’”
President Barack Obama has twice put his hand upon a bible to take that oath. In doing so, President Obama not only promised to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution,” but also to uphold the rule of law.
Curious then why the President’s Senior Advisor would go on national television on Sunday morning and say that “the law is irrelevant” regarding the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) targeting of conservative groups and individuals.
So, the big news of the day wasn’t that Jodi Arias was deservedly found guilty of first-degree murder or the unfolding story of the horrific kidnappings in Ohio, but rather what transpired on Capitol Hill throughout the day.
While the establishment news was dominated at times by an enraptured bonbon audience enthralled with coverage of Arias and the evil-doer Ariel Castro; what the American public learned today is that the Obama Administration, the State Department, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Ambassador Susan Rice and others engaged in a deliberate campaign to deceive the American people about a terrorist attack on the 11th Anniversary of 9/11 in Benghazi, Libya. In other words: a cover up of the murder of four Americans in a foreign land who were there just doing their jobs serving their country.
A spontaneous protest? No. An anti-Muslim YouTube video? Nope.
President Barack Obama doesn't believe in a balanced budget. It's unbelievable, but it's true.
This week President Obama flat-out rejected the idea of balancing the budget in 10-years time.
President Obama: “My goal is not to chase a balanced budget just for the sake of balance. My goal is how do we grow the economy, put people back to work, and if we do that we are going to be bringing in more revenue.” (George Stephanopoulos, “President Obama Won’t Balance Budget ‘Just For The Sake Of Balance,’” ABC News, 3/12/13)
Even the budget the President plans to unveil in April won’t balance, at any point! When asked by George Stephanopoulos whether his budget would be “balanced at any point,” Obama replied “no.”
President Barack Obama keeps talking about folks paying their “fair share.” It’s nothing but a bunch of mumbo jumbo.
Way back in July 2011 ThinkFY posted this piece about President Barack Obama’s call for the wealthy to pay their fair share during the debt limit stand-off with the House Republicans. It was an appropriate post tackling the whole issue about so-called grand compromises, tax hikes and entitlement reform. Worth a read if you have some spare time.
Now back to business. With the sequester in effect, President Obama and Capitol Hill Democrats continue to call for tax hikes – on top of the $600 billion they already raised at the end of 2012 – it seems appropriate to revisit this false notion that the rich don’t pay their fair share.
Let’s consider some facts just published by The Associated Press that Democrats will find very inconvenient:
The across-the-board spending cuts, known as sequestration or the "sequester," are set to go into effect tonight at midnight. The cuts are $85 billion for the remainder of fiscal year 2013 (which ends in September) and $1.2 trillion overall during the course of the next 10 years.
No one likes these cuts. They were proposed by the Obama Administration and were allegedly designed to force compromise to avert them. Of course no one seems able to find a way forward, thus the cuts will happen.
Part of the reason there is no compromise is the Republican Party refuses to move on the President’s demand to raise more taxes without a complete overhaul of the tax code. Recall, Republicans already agreed to raise taxes by $600 billion to avert the so-called fiscal cliff at the end of 2012.
Not surprisingly, the Financial Times is reporting that “The US was more reliant on the Middle East for its oil imports last year.”
Politicians, from President Barack Obama on down, talk a great deal about energy independence, but there’s only one man who stands in the way of easing our overreliance on oil from countries who are ruled by despots and don’t like us very much. His name is Barack Obama.
With the stroke of a pen, Obama could green-light the Keystone XL pipeline. But, he hasn’t. After punting on the decision in November 2011, he ultimately decided against it in January 2012.