March 31, 2015
Juan Torres/ Julio Laura
PROS/CONS OF OBAMA’S OPEN DOOR TO CUBA
Juan Torres is a physician and the Central Florida Director for Bear Witness Central, an organization created to inform, educate, and unite Hispanics and Americans against the growing threat of socialism and attacks to freedom of religion. Dr. Torres has also spoken on issues related to faith, family, and opportunities for Hispanics in the Values and Voters Summit as well as other Tea Party and conservative events in Washington, D.C.
At eighteen, Cuban-born Julio M. Lara was a captain in Fidel Castro’s army. Communists took over Cuba, including Lara’s ranch. Julio rebelled against Castro, was hunted, wounded and forced to flee to South America. Communism again seized control of his new home, business and fortune. Now a Christian U.S. citizen, he sees that same evil ideology growing in America. Julio is the author of “American Apocalypse: How to Stop The Destruction Of Liberty” His book is a warning, but also shows how to stop the destruction of liberty.
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April 14th – Karen Schoen – Agenda 21 Issues
April 21st -Mack Payne – IMPACT OF AGENT ORANGE ON VETERANS/WHAT CAN BE DONE
May 5th – Gregg Prentice – Election Intergity of Fl/Voter Registration Issues
May 12th – Starla Brown/Marc Fox – AFP Field Director on Upcoming Plas including Highlands County
May 19th – Joe Bernard – New CEO Highlands Regional Hospital, Highlands County – Hospital Coverage Under ACA
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THEHILL – Obama backs Medicare deal, pressuring Senate – 03/25
The $200 billion Medicare bill backed by House leaders from both parties won a key endorsement Wednesday from President Obama, leaving supporters hopeful that Senate Democrats will warm to the deal. In his first public remarks on the package unveiled Tuesday, Obama said he has his “pen ready” to sign the bipartisan House bill that would repeal automatic cuts to doctor payments under Medicare.The strong support from Obama is good news for Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who have spent weeks negotiating the deal.It also puts new pressure on Senate Democrats, who have mostly withheld support.
Military Rifles through Transgender Policy - 03/25
When it comes to his latest military maneuver, the President isn’t asking — but leaders are telling their concerns. Military officials may finally be saying, “enough!” to the President’s radical social policies. Last month, it looked like the commander-in-chief might finally have a partner in his social experiment, new Defense Secretary Ash Carter. Barely four weeks into the job, the Pentagon’s latest boss said he was on board with the President’s last military makeover: lifting the ban on open transgenderism. “I don’t think anything but their suitability for service should preclude them,” Carter told reporters late last month. “I’m very open-minded about (it)…” Fortunately for Americans, most senior military leaders aren’t. And according to sources, they aren’t shy about saying so. I
NEWSMAX- Jeb Bush Faces ‘Warlord’ Radio Host Opposition - 03/23
“He’s not a conservative,” Limbaugh has said. Even worse, Limbaugh has compared Bush to the not-so-loved candidate expected to carry the Democratic nomination: Hillary Clinton. “The ideal, the perfect ticket, for the 2016 election: Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush,” Limbaugh told his audience. “Now, they can figure out who’s on top of the ticket on their own, but when you compare their positions, Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush, on the key, important issues, they are two peas in the same pod.” Other voices on the conservative airwaves haven’t been any friendlier:
Mark Levin: “You know what Jeb Bush is? He’s an old-time liberal Republican.”
Laura Ingraham: “If I had to bet right now, he’d be the nominee; and if I had to bet right now, he’ll lose.”
Glenn Beck: “I think Jeb Bush … despises people like us.”
Brent Bozell of the Media Research Center told Politico Bush has “a conservative problem.”
Ingraham said the reason for Bush’s radio problem is because he has an “electability” problem.
USA TODAY – Police departments hiring immigrants as officers - 03/23
Law enforcement agencies struggling to fill their ranks or connect with their increasingly diverse populations are turning to immigrants to fill the gap. Most agencies in the country require officers or deputies to be U.S. citizens, but some are allowing immigrants who are legally in the country to wear the badge. From Hawaii to Vermont, agencies are allowing green-card holders and legal immigrants with work permits to join their ranks. At a time when 25,000 non-U.S. citizens are serving in the U.S. military, some feel it’s time for more police and sheriff departments to do the same. That’s why the Nashville Police Department is joining other departments to push the state legislature to change a law that bars non-citizens from becoming law enforcement officers. Department spokesman Don Aaron said they want immigrants who have been honorably discharged from the military to be eligible for service.”Persons who have given of themselves in the service to this country potentially have much to offer Tennesseans,” he said. “We feel that … would benefit both the country and this city.” Current rules vary across departments.
FOXNEWS – UN Envoy warns: Yemen is being pushed ‘to the edge of civil war’ – -03/23 – OBAMA CARES LESS MUST FULLFILL CAMPAIGN PROMISES
The U.N. special envoy for Yemen warned an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Sunday that events appear to be leading the country “to the edge of civil war” and urged all parties to step back from the brink and resolve the conflict peacefully. Jamal Benomar stressed repeatedly in a video briefing from Qatar that “peaceful dialogue is the only option we have.” That view was echoed by the Security Council in a presidential statement which reaffirmed the readiness of the U.N.’s most powerful body to take “further measures” against any party impeding the road to peace in Yemen. That could mean new sanctions, or possibly other actions.
THE HILL – Fla. Dem announces Senate run - 03/23
Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.) will run for Senate in 2016 in a bid to unseat Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), regardless of whether the latter decides to seek the GOP presidential nomination. “I’ve spent the last several months considering the best way I can continue to serve the people of Florida,” he said in a statement Monday morning announcing his candidacy. “After much thought and discussion with people from across this state, I’m proud to announce that I will be a candidate for the United States Senate in 2016.” He also hit Rubio for prioritizing his political ambitions ahead of the state. “For years, Senator Rubio has put the needs of Floridians behind his presidential ambition,” he said. “We need a leader in the Senate whose eyes are firmly fixed on the people of Florida by working together to get things done.”
FOXNEWS – US removes remaining personnel from Yemen - 03/22 (Check out VIDEO)
The U.S. has removed all remaining personnel from Yemen as Shiite rebels controlling the country’s capital called for others to join its battle against government forces. The State Department said in a statement it is removing personnel due to the “deteriorating security situation” in the country. The State Department also said it will continue to engage the Yemeni people and international community to support the country’s political transition. Earlier Saturday, Yemeni security and military officials said that U.S. troops and Special Forces commandos were evacuating from an air base in southern Yemen. The air base was believed to have at least 100 American troops stationed there.
NUMBERSUSA – ICE RELEASED 30,000 ADDITIONAL CRIMINAL ALIENS - 03/20
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced today that it released 30, 558 criminal aliens in fiscal year 2014. About 36,000 had been released in the previous fiscal year. ICE said it had no choice due to overcrowding and the fact that most could not be detained longer under a court decision. Most of the criminal aliens came from countries that refused to repatriate them. In the Zadvydas v. Davis case, a court said such aliens could not be held indefinitely if there was no likelihood of repatriation. According to The Washington Times, ICE agreed to try to reduce the problem. Officials promised that overcrowding would never again be the main reason for the release of criminal aliens, and that a release would have to be approved by top supervisors.
NUMBERSUSA – REPORT: EXECUTIVE AMNESTY TO COST TAXPAYERS $1.3 TRILLION - 03/20
Thu, MAR 19th 2015 @ 9:29 am EDT A study by Robert Rector estimates that illegal aliens receiving executive amnesty will receive well over a trillion dollars in Social Security and Medicare benefits. The study comes as part of prepared testimony that Rector gave to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the high entitlement costs of granting legal status to millions of illegal aliens. Based on Rector’s calculations, which assume that at least 3.97 illegal immigrants would apply for and receive legal status under Deferred Action for Parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents (DAPA), and that the average DAPA beneficiary would have a 10th grade education, the costs would be immense. Specifically, in 2010 dollars, the lifetime costs of Social Security benefits to DAPA beneficiaries would be about $1.3 trillion. He further estimates that DAPA recipients would $7.8 billion each year once they have access to the refundable Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the refundable Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC). Further, the retroactive costs of the EITC and ACTC— current IRS policy will allow amnesty recipients to claim up to three years of tax benefits for illegal work — Rector expects to be as high as $23.5 billion
NEWSMAX – Gen. Hayden to Newsmax: US ‘Vulnerable’ to Tunisia-Style Attack - 03/20
The Islamic State on Thursday claimed responsibility for the attack that killed 21 people at a museum in Tunisia, and retired Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden warned that more of these soft-target attacks could “absolutely” occur around the world — even in the United States. “We are vulnerable, too,” said Hayden, who directed both the CIA and the National Security Agency. “Sooner or later, we’ll see attempts like that here. “We’re less vulnerable because we actually have a very welcoming immigrant culture here,” he added. “And, we’re a pretty tough target. We’re pretty good at defending ourselves through intelligence and the FBI.”
FOXNEWS – Iran deal would reportedly ease sanctions immediately, allow nuclear enrichment – 03/19“
I wouldn’t trust these people with a spare electron.”- Former US Amassador to the UN John Bolton.
International sanctions that have crippled Iran’s economy for years would be immediately eased and the Islamic Republic could continue to enrich uranium under the terms of a deal being hammered out in Geneva between Tehran and six world powers, according to a report Thursday. Citing a draft that would serve as a framework for a 10-year deal between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, plus Germany, The Associated Press reported that Iran would be allowed to operate 6,000 enrichment centrifuges it claims are for peaceful purposes — while getting immediate relief from nternational economic sanctions. U.S. lawmakers skeptical of Iran’s true intentions raised fresh concerns about the deal in a letter Thursday to the White House.
BREITBART – BOBBY JINDAL UNVEILS PLAN TO ELIMINATE COMMON CORE IN LOUISIANA - 03/19
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) unveiled a plan Wednesday that purports to eliminate the Common Core standards from his state. A press release from Jindal’s office states the plan involves legislation that will allow for a new process involving a committee of parents, teachers, and school leaders to adopt education standards. Until such legislation is passed, Jindal wants public schools to use grade-level expectations from 2004-2005 and the older LEAP and iLEAP assessments to measure student achievement. Additionally, Jindal said he will support legislation that restricts the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) from entering into contracts, Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs), and Cooperative Endeavor Agreements (CEAs) with third parties and the federal government, such as the ones BESE and the state Department of Education made with the federally funded Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC), the interstate consortium that is creating tests aligned with the Common Core standards.
THE HILL – $210B Medicare deal unveiled - 03/19
Bipartisan committee leaders in the House and Senate introduced legislation Thursday to permanently end automatic cuts to doctors under Medicare. The deal is expected to have a total cost of $210 billion with only $70 billion offset — a hole that would pose the highest hurdle in passing the legislation. The language released Thursday is the policy section but does not deal with how to pay for the legislation. That broader package, which is expected to include a two-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, will be released in the coming days and the details are still being worked out. “Obviously the pay-fors are important,” said Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas), one of the main sponsors of the legislation. “We still have more work to do.” Without congressional action, doctors will see a 21 percent cut to their Medicare payments on April 1, under an 18-year-old formula known as the Sustainable Growth Rate, or SGR. The deal would permanently repeal that formula, eliminating a perennial headache for Congress, which has stepped in 17 times to prevent those cuts with temporary patches.
THE HILL – Gun groups rally against Loretta Lynch - 03/19
Gun rights groups are making a vigorous push to stop the Senate from confirming Loretta Lynch as President Obama’s next attorney general. Advocates are organizing petitions, drawing up letters and hitting the phones to urge Senate Republicans to oppose Lynch in a floor vote that could take place as early as next week. The National Rifle Association (NRA) has sent an alert to its members warning that Obama’s nominee would put gun rights at risk. “As the nation’s top law enforcement officer, Lynch would almost certainly have an impact on our Second Amendment rights,” the NRA’s lobbying arm said in the alert. The nomination of Lynch, a former federal prosecutor who was nominated to replace Attorney General Eric Holder, has been in limbo since late last year. A floor vote on her nomination was put off this week due to a fight in the Senate over an anti-human-trafficking bill. Gun groups are capitalizing on the delay to drum up opposition to Lynch, who needs the support of at least four Republicans to be confirmed, should Vice President Biden cast a vote in a 50-50 tie. The NRA says it is concerned that Lynch would support gun control measures such as an assault weapons ban, while other gun groups are warning she could become “Eric Holder 2.0.”
ConservativeHQ – Why We Think Glenn Beck Is Wrong To Bolt The GOP – 03/19
According to reporting by our friend Al Weaver of The Daily Caller, leading conservative talk radio host and internet media commentator Glenn Beck announced on his radio show Wednesday morning that he has officially left the Republican Party. Beck, whose program appears on TheBlaze.com, said the GOP lost him when they said “they were going to stand against Obamacare and illegal immigration.” Beck added that the party “set us up” and “enough is enough.” “I’ve made my decision — I’m out. I’m out of the Republican Party. I am not a Republican. I will not give a dime to the Republican Party. I’m out,” Beck said on his program. “I highly recommend — run from the Republican Party. They are not good. And you see it now.” We agree with Glenn Beck on not giving a dime to the Republican Party, and we haven’t for years, preferring to support individual conservative candidates for public office. But if Glenn and those who share his views don’t like the current state of the Republican Party what have they done to change it? A political party is made of people – it is not a set-in-stone institution immune to change – if you change the people you can change the party.
NEWSMAX – Feds Probe Rick Scott on Firing of FDLE Chief – 03/18
Ousted Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey, who oversaw the state police, said he met two weeks ago with federal prosecutors who have been urged to probe his dismissal and his claims of political interference by Gov. Rick Scott’s office. Bailey said he met with members of U.S. Attorney Pamela Marsh’s staff in Tallahassee, but her agency declined to discuss its interest in the case, according to a report from Steve Bousquet in the Tampa Bay Times and Bradenton Herald. Bailey has said he was in his office on Dec. 16 when he was ordered by Scott’s former counsel Pete Antonacci to vacate his job as FDLE commissioner. Scott immediately replaced him with one of Bailey’s assistants, Rick Swearingen, who had overseen the FDLE security detail that protects the governor and first lady. Scott claimed that Bailey resigned, but Bailey asserted: “I did not voluntarily do anything. If he said I resigned voluntarily, that is a lie. If he said that. He’s being totally untruthful.”
http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/235899-holder-goes-out-swinging - 03/17
Attorney General Eric Holder is speaking his mind in his final days in office, swiping at GOP antagonists and leaving the Department of Justice on his own terms. Holder has ridiculed Senate Republicans for delaying the nomination of his successor, Loretta Lynch, arguing it is only keeping a man that the House in 2012 held in contempt of Congress in office longer. “You would actually think that her process would be sped up given their desire to see me out of office,” he said at the National Press Club last month. “Be that as it may, logic has never been necessarily a guide up there.” Holder has pushed back forcefully against critics who claim he operated the department as a political appendage for President Obama.
THE HILL – House GOP budget cuts $5.5T in spending, balances in eight years – 03/17
House Republicans are offering a budget Tuesday that would balance in eight years and cut $5.5 trillion in projected spending over the next decade. The budget would keep spending ceilings under a 2011 budget deal in place, but would provide $90 billion in additional war funding — much more than the $51 billion proposed by President Obama. House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price’s (R-Ga.) blueprint would repeal ObamaCare and proposes a premium support system for Medicare similar to the one proposed in previous House budgets by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Price’s predecessor. It does not touch Social Security but proposes that a bipartisan commission study the entitlement program’s problems and then submit proposals to Congress. On the tax side, Price would repeal the alternative minimum tax but otherwise does not propose major tax reform, unlike the last year’s budget from Ryan.
NEWSMAX – Politico: Trey Gowdy Is Biggest Threat to Hillary’s 2016 Ambitions - 03/16
Rep. Trey Gowdy insists that he remains strictly impartial in his committee’s probe of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s exclusive use of a personal email account during her tenure and her refusal to turn her server over to a neutral examiner for an independent determination of whether she illegally may be hiding information from the American public. Nonetheless, Gowdy, R-S.C., who says his investigation is not directed personally at Clinton, and who accepts that his eventual findings may bring him only condemnation from both the left and the right, has emerged as the biggest threat to Clinton’s presidential ambitions, Politico notes.
NEWSMAX – Democrats Prepared to Turn Against Iran Deal – 03/16
Despite the backlash against the open letter sent last week by Republicans to Iran’s leaders, Democrats say they are still prepared to support legislation that could impose new sanctions on Iran or give Congress review power over the deal, Politico reported. “The letter’s incredibly unfortunate and inappropriate,” North Dakota Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, who voted for the sanctions bill in committee and is a sponsor of the congressional approval legislation, told Politico. “That doesn’t diminish my support for the legislation that we introduced.”
NEWSMAX – ISIS Vows to Bomb ‘White House, Big Ben, and the Eiffel Tower’ - 03/14
ISIS has declared its intention to “blow up your White House, Big Ben, and the Eiffel Tower,” its official spokesman said in a new audio message. An ISIS spokesman said Thursday that the organization had accepted a pledge of allegiance from the Nigerian terror group Boko Haram, Canada’s National Post newspaper reported. In a 28-minute Arabic-language audio, translated by the SITE Intelligence Group, ISIS spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani declared that Boko Haram’s move was “a new door opened by Allah” and said jihadists should go to West Africa. Adnani said ISIS wanted control of numerous cities across the globe, including Jerusalem, Kabul, Rome, and Paris.
LAST RESISTANCE – Kerry: Manmade Global Warming is an Elementary Truth Like Gravity - 03/14
I don’t think it’s quite the same thing, Mr. Kerry. Gravity has been observed since the beginning of time. They may have not had all the equations that described it, but everyone knew it was there. No one disputed it. The fact that there is such scientific opposition to the idea of manmade global warming, and the fact that so much of the data have been “adjusted” in order to yield more “suitable” dire global warming predictions, shows how unsettled it is. It’s the opposite of something like gravity. And like one commenter noted, “I’d think we’d have noticed if gravity had just stopped for over 18 years.” Manmade global warming is not science. It’s mostly politics, mixed in with some scientific half-truths and unfounded assumptions.
WND – Will Obama force U.S. to submit to ‘climate justice tribunal’? – 03/14
While Washington focuses on whether President Obama will sign on to a nuclear agreement with Iran without submitting the deal for Senate approval, the administration is following a similar strategy on a global climate change policy that could leave the U.S. beholden to an International Climate Justice Tribunal. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, or UNFCCC, recently released the negotiating language for the agreement to the public. The official purpose of pursuing a “universal climate agreement” is to renew the Kyoto Protocol, the 1997 deal championed by then-Vice President Al Gore but resoundingly condemned by the U.S. Senate. President George W. Bush eventually cut all U.S. ties to Kyoto.
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Cornell dean says ISIS welcome on campus in undercover video
So this is supposedly the best in the country for higher education ….. The All Knowing , All Powerful Ivy League Experience?? James O’Keefe, exposes yet another disaster. In this instance, Jim has a student pose as a student from Morocco and videos a conversation he has with an Assistant Dean at Cornell. It is beyond belief.
This guy is either the dumbest Ivy League bigwig ever or politically correct to a fault — for welcoming offers to bring ISIS and Hamas to Cornell University.
A video sting operation shows Cornell’s assistant dean for students, Joseph Scaffido, agreeing to everything suggested by an undercover muckraker posing as a Moroccan student. Scaffido casually endorses inviting an ISIS “freedom fighter’’ to conduct a “training camp” for students at the upstate Ithaca campus — bizarrely likening the activity to a sports camp.
Is it OK to bring a humanitarian pro-“Islamic State Iraq and Syria” group on campus, the undercover for conservative activist James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas asks. Sure, Scaffido says in the recorded March 16 meeting. Scaffido doesn’t even blink an eye when the undercover asks about providing material support for terrorists — “care packages, whether it be food, water, electronics.”
Environmental concerns dip in US – About time Americans start to understand that this whole concept of Global Warming/Climate Chan age is a United Nations HOAX.
Environmental concerns dip in US
By Jesse Byrnes – 03/25/15 08:16 AM EDT
Concern over climate change and a handful of other environmental issues has fallen from last year after generally increasing the previous several years, according to a new poll. Since 2014, the percentage of Americans who have a “great deal” of concern about air pollution and the loss of tropical rain forests has fallen 8 percentage points each, according to Gallup’s annual survey of top environmental concerns.
Concern over pollution of drinking water, consistently a top response, has fallen 5 percentage points, from 60 percent to 55 percent, according to Gallup, while the percentage worried about pollution of bodies of water like rivers and lakes, and the extinction of animals and plants has fallen 6 percentage points and 5 percentage points, respectively. Global warming or climate change worries have ticked down just 2 percentage points, though the issue remains last among the other concerns on the list, with less than a third of Americans, 32 percent, considering it a major problem.
Worries over nearly all of the environmental issues polled by Gallup have fallen across political parties since 2000, with double-digit drops among Republicans and Democrats for water pollution, air pollution and loss of tropical rain forests. Concern over climate change is up since 2000 among Democrats, by 4 percentage points.
Most of the issues on the poll remain near record lows reached in 2010 and 2011. The survey of 1,025 U.S. adults was conducted March 5-8 via landlines and cellphones with a margin of error of 4 percentage points.
Army charges Bergdahl with desertion and misbehavior
The Army on Wednesday charged Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with desertion, reigniting the debate over whether President Obama paid too high a price to secure his release from the Taliban. Bergdahl, 28, who went missing from his base in 2009 while serving in Afghanistan, could face life imprisonment for the separate charge of misbehavior before the enemy. Some suggested that other soldiers had died while looking for Bergdahl.
Obama released five Taliban commandos from the Guantánamo Bay prison in Cuba in exchange for Bergdahl, the last U.S. prisoner of war in Afghanistan.
Republicans have argued that was far too high a price to pay for Bergdahl, who fellow soldiers accused of walking off the job and endangering their lives. They have also pointed to a CNN report from January that said one of the five men released from Guantánamo had attempted to return to militant activity by contacting his former associates. “I have no doubt that, in the future, the ‘Taliban 5’ will return to the fight against the United States,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Wednesday in response to the news about the charges against Bergdahl.
He argued that the trade was part of an effort by the Obama administration to empty the Guantánamo prison, which the president vowed to close in the first days of his presidency. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) in a statement said he believed the trade had made Americans less safe. “Knowing that the United States does not negotiate with terrorists is one of our greatest protections, and now it is compromised,” he said. “Frankly, this is another example of President Obama ignoring our long-established foreign policy priorities, the bipartisan concerns of Congress, and the American people.”
After Cruz pledge to repeal ObamaCare, White House asks: Remember Romney?
The White House on Monday warned Republican presidential hopefuls that promising to repeal President Obama’s signature healthcare reform law is a proven political loser.
“There was a presidential candidate who ran in 2012 promising to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and that campaign pledge didn’t work out very well for him,” press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters.
The comments came on the same day Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) launched his presidential campaign pledging to roll back Obama’s agenda, including repealing “every word” of ObamaCare.
Earnest was reluctant to speak in depth about the 2016 campaign, but he did allude to 2012 GOP candidate Mitt Romney, who also promised to repeal the healthcare law.
Earnest, however, said he does not have a “direct response” to anything proposed by Cruz or any of the other potential presidential hopefuls seeking to replace Obama. He also declined to weigh in on Cruz’s desire to abolish the IRS.
“There will be a robust debate about the future of the country,” Earnest said. “The president is certainly pleased about the substantial progress that has been made over the last six years. There is a lot more the president hopes to get done in his remaining two years in office.”
Obama will not own up to the fact that actually only 3.5 million people who have signed up of the 16 million are new, all the rest either lost their insurance because of Obama Care and had to sign up with ACA, or they are people who were already insured like myself and my company set up a new plan to be in sync with ACA, also because he has set up IRS penalties if you do not buy insurance many signed up for the minimum with high deductibles so they would not be fines every year. otherwise they would choose to go uninsured and many young people did for several years.
Add to that the GAO says we still have 31-32 million uninsured so exactly what did ACA accomplish ?
This is from his own Administration GAO who put out the statistics which do not correlate to the ACA B.S. Number.
ACA is the second biggest HOAX ever pulled on the American people, and Obama’s adminstration lies about it every day..
He us cost our industries and tax payers trillions of dollars by siding with the UN on the HOAX of the century and imposing uncontrolled laws by the EPA ( An Illegal branch of the Federal government by the way). First it was “Global Warming” then when proven wrong changes the name to “Climate Change” how convenient everyone believes that; it happens every year, 4 times a year to be exact. The garbage about the oceans rising 10 inches? where did that come from, they have not risen only a barley measurable amount in the hundredths of an inch. Watch out Miami, you may be gone by 2016 according to Al Gore and the Obama Administration.
And what about Education, Obama has forced the long arm of the Federal government in to our education system also against the law according to the Constitution, but then what the hell he doesn’t believe in that any way.
I would like Josh Ernst to list Obama’s “substantial progress that has been made” except making a mess of the world and pissing off all of our allies, allowing millions o Illegals into the country when we still have record unemployment numbers (real Numbers) not his faked one. 92 million out of work, food prices at record highs, millions of dollars lost on inefficient Renewable energy (solar and wind). He cannot claim any credit on the price of gas, that is controlled by the market and private enterprise pumping more oil and natural gas then we have had in years, of course he will take credit.
This president lowered out credit rating, the first one in history to do so, still lowered, has set race relations back to the pre 1960’s, exactly what the hell has he done that is positive?
Like Hillary Clinton, show me one Positive thing Obama has done to improve this country.
So I ask you: How are you enjoying your progressive/Socialist way of life? Stick around it is going to get worse unless we make some major changes. Be very alarmed about this statement by Josh Ernst “There is a lot more the president hopes to get done in his remaining two years in office.”
Human Trafficking Restitution Fund – Cloture – Vote Rejected (56-42, 2 Not Voting)
The Senate rejected a motion to invoke cloture, and thus limiting debate, on the bill that would use fines and penalties against sex-trafficking perpetrators for more restitution and assistance funds for victims.
Sen. Bill Nelson voted NO
Sen. Marco Rubio voted YES
Volunteer Firefighters Healthcare Passage – Vote Passed (415-0, 17 Not Voting)
T he House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would clarify that qualified services rendered as a bona fide volunteer to an eligible employer do not count as employee Hours of service for the purposes of the employer mandate under the 2010 health care overhaul.
Rep. Vern Buchanan voted YES
Rep. Tom Rooney voted YES
EPA Rule-Making Guidelines Passage – Vote Passed (241-175, 16 Not Voting)
The House passed a bill that would prohibit the EPA from proposing, finalizing or disseminating a rule or other covered action unless all scientific and technical information used to decide upon the rule is made available to the public so the research can be independently analyzed and reproduced.
Rep. Vern Buchanan voted YES
Rep. Tom Rooney voted YES
NLRB Case Representation Procedures Passage – Vote Passed (232-186, 14 Not Voting)
The House passed a joint resolution that would provide for congressional disapproval and nullification of the National Labor Relations Board rule relating to case representation procedures.
Rep. Vern Buchanan voted YES
Rep. Tom Rooney voted YES
Arizona Hasn’t Seceded from the Union, But It Is Declaring Its Independence from Obama – THIS IS WHAT FLORIDA NEEDS TO DO!
Arizona Hasn’t Seceded from the Union, But It Is Declaring Its Independence from Obama
Last week the Arizona House of Representatives passed House Bill 2368, which if signed into law, would guarantee that Arizona could not fund any executive orders issued by President Obama. The sponsor of the groundbreaking bill is Republican Representative Bob Thorpe of Flagstaff.
According to the state legislature’s fact sheet, there are only two provisions to the bill:
– Prohibits this state or any of its political subdivisions from using any personnel or financial resources to enforce, administer or cooperate with an executive order issued by the President of the U.S. that has not been affirmed by a vote of Congress and signed into law as prescribed by the U.S. Constitution.
– Prohibits this state or any of its political subdivisions from using any personnel or financial resources to enforce, administer or cooperate with a policy directive issued by the U.S. DOJ to law enforcement agencies in this state that has not been affirmed by a vote of Congress and signed into law as prescribed by the U.S. Constitution.
In a scathing–yet somewhat sarcastic–Arizona Republic column, author Laurie Roberts writes,
“[Arizona] leaders are marching ever closer to declaring our independence from the United States of America.”
However, the bill was apparently so uncontroversial in the Arizona House that, according to Roberts, only one representative spoke against it on the floor: Democrat Bruce Wheeler from Tucson.
The legislation passed easily along party lines. The vote was 36-24, and the bill moved to the state Senate. Critic Roberts called the bill:
…One of a series of kooky measures aimed at declaring [Arizona’s] independence from federal gun laws, from the Affordable Care Act, from the Environmental Protection Agency, from the Department of Justice, from Barack Obama and from just about anything else associated with the state’s most detested f-word. Federal, that is.
The Arizona House also passed House Bill 2643, a measure directed at Obamacare. The bill would prohibit the state from “using any personnel or financial resources to enforce, administer or cooperate with the Affordable Care Act.”
The Obama administration is currently attempting to obtain a waiver of a federal injunction placed against the President’s amnesty program on February 16th, by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen. The judge ruled in a suit brought against the administration by 26 states, in protest of the Obama plan to offer deportation relief to as many as 5 million illegal immigrants. Another court hearing is scheduled for March 19th.
Last week, however, the Justice Department asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to invalidate the hold and allow Obama to go forward with his program, saying “The district court’s order is unprecedented and wrong.”
TED CRUZ EXPECTED TO LAUNCH PRESIDENTIAL
CAMPAIGN ON MONDAY
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is set to deliver a major speech at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, on Monday morning—and speculation is mounting that Cruz may indeed launch a presidential bid right then and there.
Roll Call’s Niels Lesnewski reported on Saturday that the speech is being “billed as ‘an important speech.”
“Aides to the Texas Republican, who has been contemplating a run for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016, were tight-lipped Friday about the details of the visit to the campus of Liberty University, but the timing of the speech would be right for getting somewhat ahead of the curve on announcing a White House run, at least among senators,” he wrote for the Roll Call story.
Then on Saturday, the Houston Chronicle—citing anonymous sources inside the Cruz team—wrote that Cruz will announce a formal presidential campaign, forgoing the exploratory committee stage to become the first declared candidate for the Republican nomination in 2016.
If that’s true, Cruz could effectively box out the rest of the field as now grassroots activists, donors and others who could be supporting any presidential campaign have an early home to go to and work with. With Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) slated to wait until April 7, according to most major news reports, barring any other candidates announcing their candidacy earlier, Cruz could have the entire field to himself for at least two weeks.
Boehner eyes ‘doc fix’ breakthrough
By Sarah Ferris – 03/23/15 06:00 AM EDT
The House is inching closer to a major deal on Medicare payments that could help cement a legacy for Speaker John Boehner.
Boehner has spent two months quietly working with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to finally solve a Medicare payment problem that has eluded congressional leaders for more than 20 years. The House leaders are expected to unveil their $200 billion Medicare deal early next week. Facing little opposition so far, the proposal is bringing Boehner closer than ever to tackling his long-time goal of entitlement reform.
“This could be one of the two or three accomplishments of the 114th Congress,” said a GOP leadership aide. “It’s a really big deal.”
The bill would repeal a Medicare formula known as the sustainable growth rate (SGR), which calculates payments to doctors. In a crucial first step toward what would be a once-in-a-generation dea, bipartisan bills were introduced in both the House and Senate on Thursday. House leadership offices will now spend the week whipping votes, aiming for final passage before this year’s SGR formula expires on March 31. “I’m encouraged by what we’ve seen and hope we can end this problem once and for all,” Boehner said Thursday as he spoke publicly about his plans for the first time.
The stakes are high for Boehner, who tried and failed — with much fanfare — to secure a deal on the Medicare formula last year. Those efforts ended in a 17th temporary “patch” for the SGR. This year, both House leaders say they are ready to compromise — giving Boehner a second chance at uniting his caucus around a deal. “I think it’s important for us to get as big a vote on our side as we can because it’s an expression of support and confidence for the Speaker,” Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) told The Hill on Thursday.
Dems want to empower Boehner
House Democrats fighting for leverage in the GOP Congress are hoping they can empower an unlikely ally: Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). Democrats are outnumbered by more than 50 members – and have almost no power to bring bills to the floor. But they see Boehner as a willing compromiser on must-pass legislation like funding the government and raising the debt ceiling – once the Speaker can convince his troops that the partisan route endorsed by his conservative wing has been denied.
By banding together in veto-sustaining majorities against conservative proposals demanded by Boehner’s right flank, Democrats hope to both sink those GOP measures and grease the skids for more moderate compromises. “[The Republicans] have a majority party that’s deeply divided,” Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), the Democratic whip, said Thursday from his office in the Capitol.
“And … what we’ve learned is if we stick together – and we have been sticking together, we’ve been very unified – that it can empower Speaker Boehner at some point in time to say, ‘Look, I tried every which way I can think of to accomplish the objectives that our caucus wants to do. But if I can’t accomplish those, I will not allow the government to shut down, the debt limit to be not extended, or other things that are harmful to the country,’” Hoyer said. Those dynamics were on full display in the recent fight over funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Brennan state” We have learned from mistakest with Iran” They Have? then why are we negotiating with them while scream “Death To America” do target practice on a mock Aircraft American carrier?
CIA director says US will keep pressure on Iran over nuclear capabilities despite outcome of ongoing talks
WASHINGTON – CIA Director John Brennan said Sunday despite the outcome of nuclear talks with Iran, the U.S. will “continue to keep pressure” on the country and learn from its past mistakes.
“The nuclear program is one issue that we’re hoping to be able to halt; but also, we see that Iran is still a state sponsor of terrorism,” Brennan said during an exclusive interview on “Fox News Sunday.”
“And so what we have to do, whether there’s a deal or not, is continue to keep pressure on Iran and to make sure that it is not able to continue to destabilize a number of the countries in the region.”
Brennan believes Tehran realizes that there will be “tremendous costs and consequences and implications” if they don’t comply and says there are a number of things that the U.S. still has available in its arsenal to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear bomb.
“President Obama has made it very clear that we are going to prevent Iran from having that type of nuclear weapon that they — they were going on the track to obtain,” Brennan said. “So if they decide to go down that route, they know that they will do so at their peril.”
The week that could break the House: Balanced budget and the Medicare ‘doc fix’
Next week could very well break the U.S. House of Representatives.
Or, if things go well, the House Republican majority could score two of its biggest legislative victories in quite a while, demonstrating it can govern. The stakes are high as the GOP plans to debate and approve a budget. It’s a two-step in which Republicans slash spending but maneuver parliamentarily to bolster defense programs, satisfying both fiscal conservatives and budget hawks.
Or, the effort could blow up in the Republicans’ face. In addition, the House will tiptoe through what has become one of the most-nettlesome votes in Congress: approving a replacement measure to cover the “doc fix” for physicians and seniors who use Medicare.
That would force the Medicare system into a tailspin, prevent elderly patients from receiving treatment and possibly implode a surfeit of individual doctor practices — which rely on the government for payments. A failure to act could be an economic disaster — to say nothing of a public health crisis.
Conservative Republicans hate the doc fix because it’s not paid for. A current plan could spill an additional $140 billion onto the national debt. But the political consequences of wrecking the Medicare system could be catastrophic.
Let’s start with the budget.