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Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Give Me Liberty Message of Faith
Evangelist Dexter Sanders, pastor of Orlando Rock,exhorts us to “get back to God” as he begins this patriotic evening of the Give Me Liberty tour. Calling us as a people and as a nation to recognize that our enemies have a plan to destroy us from within, he challenges us to stand up for what we believe. Mentioning 45 issues that undermine our culture and society, he points out that the enemy’s plan has been and is working to take away traditional American freedoms. This is the first of 5 messages by the Give Me Liberty tour group that can bring you to your feet!
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WND – Former Delta Force commander to Hagel: Speak out now! – 11/18
“The American people deserve and have a right to hear the truth about the damage the president’s policies have inflicted on the military. We can’t wait any longer to restore the readiness of our military. Our national security depends upon it,” he said. “One of the most serious and demoralizing actions of this administration is its attack on religious liberty, as the First Amendment rights of service members’ faith are being infringed on constantly. By embracing the foolish and destructive decisions of the Obama administration, the military leadership is contributing to and overseeing the downfall of our most important national security asset, the U.S. armed forces.
THE HILL – 13 Republicans most likely to win the White House in 2016 - 11/28
Republicans say their long list of 2016 hopefuls is among the deepest, most diverse group in recent history without a clear frontrunner. “This is the most open field we’ve ever seen,” one GOP strategist told The Hill. That means there will be a narrow path to victory for many of the candidates, as they fight for the money, media, and voters they’ll need in the win-early-or-go-home battle royale. The Hill spoke to more than a half-dozen Republican strategists to find out where the top names currently rank. Here’s their take. THE BIG THREE These candidates will leverage strong donor bases and have the most potential to bridge the establishment vs. conservative gap.
REDSTATE – The Truth - “Comment” even after we told congress no to Obama’s policies, they are still going to support him. 11/28
I will keep nothing from you. Today, let me share with you the truth. Republicans will not stop Barack Obama’s executive overreach. In fact, while you were enjoying your Thanksgiving there were a number of stories out that the Republican leadership wants to give its members an opportunity to express their outrage and opposition. Expression is not action. They will take no action to stop the President. In fact, a few days ago the House Appropriations Committee tried to convince everyone they do not even have the power to stop the President. Congress’s own research service disagrees.
But Republicans have no intention of stopping Barack Obama. Why would they? The House and Senate Republicans leaders favor precisely the measures he took. They can huff and puff that he overreached, but they know they cannot get a similar measure passed in Congress. So instead, when Congress returns to Washington after this Thanksgiving break, they will behave like the turkeys we all just carved up for dinner. They’ll do a song and dance, they will express their outrage, then they will fund Barack Obama’s amnesty plan. They have no intention of stopping him.
NEWSMAX – Illegal Executive Orders Reward Illegal Immigration – 11/26
Like millions of other Americans, I appreciate the plight of billions of people throughout the world who would like nothing more than to find themselves in the United States, where they could enjoy a much higher standard of living and wonderful opportunities for advancement. It certainly seems like a compassionate thing to offer them legal status in America and the opportunity to pursue their dreams. It should first be considered, however, that we have millions of people already mired in dire poverty in our inner cities, rural townships, and places such as Appalachia who would certainly appreciate a helping hand before we extend one to foreigners.
RED STATE – Republicans Will Vote to Fund President Obama’s Amnesty. Then Try to Take It All Back. - 11/26
You people are being played by the GOP. Remember when the GOP wanted to raise the debt ceiling, but claim they would oppose it. They voted to raise it, but then Congress could vote to stop the raise. The President could then veto the stoppage and the debt ceiling would raise. But the GOP could claim they opposed him. That is happening again. This time it is with amnesty. The House GOP is going to pass a continuing resolution to fund the government. Then, in January, they will try to defund what they’ve already funded. The President will veto it, but the GOP can say they tried. They won in a historic wave election against the President with a majority of the public on their side on this issue and they are going to cave. Already, the House Appropriations Committee has released a statement saying the appropriations process cannot stop the President. The statement reads
RED STATE – Republicans Will Not Block Barack Obama (Because They Want the Same Thing) - 11/26
In 2011, Barack Obama said he did not have the constitutional authority to do what he is going to announce today. In fact, on March 28, 2011, Barack Obama said: “With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, that’s just not the case…. There are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system that for me to simply through executive order ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as president.” The only thing to change between 2011 and now are two elections — one of which saw President Obama win after saying this. The other saw both he and his party go down to defeat after suggesting he had changed his mind. In other words, the status quo of public opposition (even among Hispanic voters) to a unilateral decision by fiat remains. What also remains is a Republican leadership that wants amnesty too. The Republican leaders know they must put on a dramatic display for the public, but they are already stacking the deck to ensure Barack Obama gets away with what he is doing.
RED STATE – You Are Being Played – GOP Stand on Amnesty - 11/16
I oppose comprehensive immigration reform. I think Congress always fails as comprehensive legislation. But, long time readers know I am squishier on the immigration issue than many RedStaters. There are portions of what the President proposed last night that I support in principle and, frankly, was surprised by how mild some of the actions were, given the run up to the announcement. But whatever I think of those things the President proposed, it is irrelevant because I believe the President has no power to do what he has done. He himself agreed back in 2011. The President has taken actions that require Congressional approval. His advisors say Congress had their chance and did not act. That is, essentially, an affirmative act of Congress. By not acting, the President himself cannot act alone. He is not a dictator. Here, though, is where you are being played. There are enough Republicans in Congress who in private support what the President did that they will go through elaborate kabuki theater to keep you convinced they’re going to fight him, when in reality the Republicans are going to fund the President’s plan.
You are being played.
- WESTERN JOURNALISM – An Obama Official Dared Tell A Truth Obama Wanted Quiet, And Obama Just Made Him Pay - 11/23
President Barack Obama announced at the White House Monday that United States Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will be stepping down from his post. Hagel will be staying on in his role until a successor is named and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Hagel’s impending departure was first reported by The New York Times, who noted in their lead that he is stepping down “under pressure” after discussing his future with President Obama for the past two weeks; and the two “mutually agreed” that it was time for the former Nebraska Senate Republican to leave. Hagel aides say the Defense Secretary was expected to serve a full year term.
THE HILL – Five candidates to replace Hagel – 11/23
The surprise resignation Monday of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stirring rampant speculation about who might take his place in President Obama’s Cabinet. While Obama has several possible candidates, the choice is complicated by the fact that he will have to get his nominee past a Republican-controlled Senate next year. Two of Obama’s three Department of Defense (DOD) secretaries — Hagel and Robert Gates — have come from the GOP, raising the possibility that the president will seek yet another nominee from the opposing party to ease the path to confirmation. But the president hasn’t shied away from confrontation with the GOP in the wake of his party’s midterm election defeats, and could seek to make a statement with his Defense pick.
THE HILL – House Republicans sue President Obama ACA – 11/21
Republicans initiated legal action against the Obama administration Friday over its use of executive authority, an issue that helped galvanize the GOP to victory in the Nov. 4 midterm elections. The lawsuit focuses on ObamaCare’s twice-delayed rule that larger employers offer health insurance, and in a surprise move, also questions funding for a method of consumer financial assistance created by the law. The action was filed Friday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the morning after President Obama announced broad executive action on immigration that infuriated the GOP. ”Time after time, the president has chosen to ignore the will of the American people and rewrite federal law on his own without a vote of Congress. That’s not the way our system of government was designed to work,” Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said in a statement on the healthcare suit. “If this president can get away with making his own laws, future presidents will have the ability to as well. The House has an obligation to stand up for the Constitution, and that is exactly why we are pursuing this course of action,” Boehner said.
BREIRBART – JEFF SESSIONS: NOW IS ‘TIME TO STAND STRONG’ AGAINST OBAMA’S ILLEGAL AMNESTY TO PROTECT AMERICAN WORKERS AND THEIR FAMILIES- 11/21
Incoming Senate Budget Committee chairman Sen. Jeff Sessions says that President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty is something that is “endangering our entire constitutional order” as a democratic Republic. “President Obama’s executive amnesty violates the laws Congress has passed in order to create and implement laws Congress has refused to pass,” Sessions said in a statement. “The President is providing an estimated 5 million illegal immigrants with social security numbers, photo IDs, and work permits—allowing them to now take jobs directly from struggling Americans during a time of record immigration, low wages, and high joblessness.” Sessions noted that Obama’s specific actions were each rejected by Congress, and as such acting without congressional approval puts the U.S. system of government in jeopardy.
NEWSMAX – Sen. Ron Johnson on Amnesty: Cynical Move for ‘Political Gain’ 11/21
Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson tells Newsmax that President Barack Obama is using executive action on immigration as a “political weapon” and he’s “poking a stick” in the eyes of the Republicans. “What he’s serious about is using immigration cynically for political gain. He’s using it as a political weapon,” Johnson told J.D. Hayworth on “America’s Forum” on Newsmax TV Friday. “If he was really serious about passing the bill, which he was taunting us to do, he would’ve worked with us to find an agreement to start doing this in a common sense approach,” he explained. The Wisconsin Republican contends that there was a lot in Obama’s immigration plan, which he described in his speech Thursday night, that Republicans agree on and that those areas of “common ground” could have been a good place to start negotiations to begin to “build a level of trust.”
NEWSMAX – Pat Buchanan: ‘Rogue President’ Says ‘To Hell With Constitution’ - 11/20
The United States has a “rogue president” who has decided he is going to do what he wants to do and “to hell with the Constitution,” columnist Pat Buchanan, former adviser to Presidents Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon, told Newsmax TV Thursday. “We have a rogue president who tonight is going to announce that he is going to do something he said not so long ago, one year ago, he does not have the legal or constitutional authority to do,” Buchanan told “America’s Forum” host J.D. Hayworth. “This is being done for his political base in the Hispanic community. He looked at the election returns and said, with Republicans strengthened like this, there’s nothing I can get done with Congress so I’m going to do what I can do and what I want to do and to hell with the Constitution.”
NEWSMAX – Boehner’s Office: Obama’s ‘Amnesty’ Plan Cements His Legacy of ‘Lawlessness’ - 11/19
A move by President Obama granting “amnesty” to some illegal immigrants would ruin the chances of Congress acting on immigration and other issues, a spokesman for U.S. House Speaker John Boehner warned on Wednesday. “If ‘Emperor Obama’ ignores the American people and announces an amnesty plan that he himself has said over and over again exceeds his constitutional authority, he will cement his legacy of lawlessness.
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By A. Dru Kristenev November 27, 2014 |COMMENTS
Immigration reform, Keystone XL, net neutrality, ObamaCare manipulation (Gruber disclosures), bankrupting coal, bankrupting business… Don’t forget the president’s encouraging the choreographed protests that followed the grand jury’s lack of an indictment of Officer Darren Wilson and Obama’s champion Eric Holder’s unwillingness to accept the ruling.
With every one of these issues the president has had a field day challenging not just Congress, but the vast majority of the American People. And he does it best from an overseas podium where, last week, he finally announced the executive order granting free passage to five million illegal immigrants which he signed as soon as Air Force One touched down.
Throughout his rise to the national stage, Obama has continued to make his case before foreign audiences and for obvious reasons. They’re the easiest people to address having no skin in the game. In other words, they have no vote much like the “2/3rds who didn’t vote” November 4, not that the President of the United States gives any credence to American opinion other than those he imagines. All one has to do is listen to Jonathon Gruber’s explanation of how the administration and democrat Congress attempted to bamboozle the public by obfuscating the actual consequences of the ACA behind misnomers and plain, ordinary lies. Fact is, they never convinced the majority of Americans about ObamaCare, they passed the bill despite the People’s opposition. By ignoring the Midterm election outcome and issuing the executive order “reforming” immigration, Obama continues steamrolling over the voters’ disapproval and anger when, clearly, America does not want the president’s agenda, past, present or future.
The president does enjoy a challenge and has thrown down another gauntlet with the “firing” of Chuck Hagel from the role of Secretary of Defense. If anyone believes that the ousting of Hagel was to cast responsibility for the foreign policy (which is intentional not feckless as so many claim) onto the SecDef’s hapless back, they’ve overlooked the conspicuous. As soon as Obama signed his executive order releasing five million illegals into the system, and arguably millions more, the republican response came fast and hard. The incoming Congress is being urged to block relevant funding and, you guessed it, any appointees other than national security positions. So what did the president immediately do? He roundly kicked Secretary Hagel, the one “republican” in the cabinet, out the door, thus issuing a challenge to the republican Congress for a showdown.
Adolf Hitler was elected to the office of prime minister in post-Weimar Germany. With the promise of bringing in hope and change
It’s time to examine how well President Obama has been reading his history. As much as there is a knee-jerk reaction every time someone mentions correlations to the takeover of Germany by the National Socialists, it’s necessary to take a walk through the years leading up to WWII. What people have a tendency to forget is that Adolf Hitler was elected to the office of prime minister in post-Weimar Germany. With the promise of bringing in hope and change (his exact words) Hitler was ushered into office with the full backing of the people and the Parliament. Then came the changes. One by one, he inched his way to irrefutably altering the face of Germany from a country of tolerance of every lifestyle, including homosexuality, into a society that proscribed religion, alternative lifestyles and, of most particular interest, anything that criticized the new government.
And this metamorphosis was all accomplished with the quiet acquiescence of Parliament because members were happy to avoid political fallout by nodding their heads to the new agenda. Before long, those who didn’t outwardly agree or condone what was occurring in the national government went from being ostracized to being named enemies of the state, complete with scapegoats—the Jews.
The one thing America has going for it that did not exist in Germany is a Written Constitution that was instituted by founders who understood exactly how this kind of “change” could occur. Trouble is, we are in the midst of an executive push to force the transformation of America into something that it was never meant to be—a nation run by a few for the benefit of those same few using the masses to power the few’s extravagant living. And who is being saddled with the blame for not supporting the Progressive surge? Tea Party conservatives and, throwing the range wider to encompass all republicans and large blocks of independents, anyone who disagrees with the far left supporters of Obama’s agenda. In fact, blame even includes the Jews as Obama’s administration turns its back on Israel in favor of treating with Iran, essentially giving that rogue nation the go-ahead to go nuclear.
The challenge has been made. It’s up to the People and their newly elected representatives to assure this nation doesn’t fall into the historical trap of other countries. Inclusivity is America’s stronghold, but it is only the exclusivity of liberty promised by our founding documents that can keep America standing. We could allow each new “authorization” from the Oval Office scofflaw to undermine our nation, or we could meet the challenge by effectively applying our Constitution.
Obama, Congress dig in on Iran sanctions
By Charles Hoskinson
The more President Obama is seen as willing to give in to Iran, the more calls emerge for tougher sanctions.
GOP ready to fight Obama on climate change pact
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The White House is trying to forge a deal that wouldn’t require Senate approval.
Bad Obamacare month could haunt White House
By Brian Hughes
The last few weeks were the worst stretch for Obamacare since its botched rollout in fall 2013.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg released from the hospital
By Justin Green
The Supreme Court Justice has been sent home.
Iran’s Supreme Leader supports extending talks
By Justin Green
Ayatollah Khamenei says he’s ok with a seven-month extension.
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13 Republicans most likely to win the White House
By Jonathan Easley
Republicans say their long list of 2016 hopefuls is among the deepest, most diverse group in recent history without a clear frontrunner.
Insurance industry’s lame-duck Hail Mary: The NFL
By Kevin Cirilli
The National Football League is pushing Congress to reauthorize a long-term insurance program during the lame-duck session.
Five things to watch in Ferguson
By Peter Sullivan
The long Thanksgiving holiday weekend is going to be dominated by one story.
Obama thanks deployed service members
By Kyle Balluck
Obama offered his “profound gratitude,” the White House said.
Ginsburg due back at work on Monday
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Ariz. Dem loses lawsuit ahead of recount
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Darren Wilson, Michael Brown and cultural stereotypes
By Allan J. Lichtman, contributor
A bogus and racist myth is deeply seated in American history.
The one and only Marion Barry
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Most of the country had a one-dimensional view of former Washington Mayor Marion Barry.
The Washington Post: Advocacy groups warn about immigration scams
By Elliot Spagat
President Obama’s action may inspire greater effort to prey on those seeking legal status.
The New York Times: Liberal treasury nominee’s Wall St. prowess may be a vulnerability
By Jonathan Weisman
Mr. Weiss, President Obama’s nominee to be under secretary of the Treasury for domestic finance, has given the left an unlikely rallying cry to press for a more aggressively liberal economic policy agenda.
The Wall Street Journal: Democratic rifts surface after defeat
By Peter Nicholas, Siobhan Hughes and Byron Tau
Long-muted tensions within the Democratic Party over policy and strategy are surfacing publicly, a sign of leaders looking beyond President Obama’s tenure in the wake of the party’s election defeat.
Reuters: Obama’s $7 billion plan to ‘Power Africa’ hasn’t delivered power yet
By Joe Brock
Barack Obama last year told a cheering crowd in Cape Town that a $7 billion plan to “Power Africa” would double electricity output on the world’s poorest continent and bring “light where currently there is darkness”.
Obama Admits To Violating The Constitution
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Obama, whose approval rating has fallen below 40 percent, close to an all time low, was responding to a heckler who interrupted his speech by shouting “You have been deporting families.” “What you’re not paying attention to is the fact that I just took an action to change the law, so that’s point No. 1,” Obama responded.
“Point No. 2, the way the change in the law works is that we’re reprioritizing how we enforce our immigration laws generally.” he added. “The point is that though I understand why you might have yelled at me a month ago, although I disagree with some of your characterizations, it doesn’t make much sense to yell at me right now when we’re making changes,” he said.
Sycophantics in the audience thunderously applauded this outright admission by the President that he has violated the Constitution.Just last week both Obama and his staff were insistent that the President is not changing the law and cannot do so without a bill being passed in Congress. Indeed, Obama has said repeatedly that he cannot change the law. “This notion that somehow I can just change the laws unilaterally is just not true,” Obama said at a Hispanic Roundtable meeting in the White House in 2011, adding “We are doing everything we can administratively.”
On Monday night, after the media’s attempted racial assassination of Officer Darren Wilson shipwrecked on the rocky shoals of the criminal justice system, President Obama took to the podium to try to salvage their narrative of American racism. The media spent months portraying 18-year-old black man Michael Brown as a “gentle giant” victimized by cruel white racist Wilson, and by extension, charging America’s law enforcement establishment with the ultimate sin. Unwilling to let that narrative die, President Obama stepped forward – and in doing so, fueled the flames for future racial conflagrations.
Obama, of course, invested long ago in the notion that every incident involving a black victim and a white (or white Hispanic) shooter symbolizes America’s greater racial ills. There is no individual justice; there is only social justice. Darren Wilson and Michael Brown were not individuals; they were merely stand-ins for racial conflict. That’s why President Obama said that Trayvon Martin was like his fictional son; it’s why he told the United Nations that the situation in Ferguson demonstrated America’s failures. Every story fits into a narrative for President Obama.
Sadly for President Obama, the grand jury looked at the evidence – something Obama and his allies have never bothered to do – and decided that Obama would have to find a different symbol of racial injustice. But that didn’t faze Obama a bit. Striding to the podium, speaking off-teleprompter – which is when Obama truly says what he thinks, in all of its incoherent but radical glory – Obama explained that Wilson wasn’t really innocent, that America could never be absolved of its past racial sins, and that the only solution was for him to be given more power.
Obama opened by stating that America was a “nation built on the rule of law.” When millions of Americans stopped guffawing at the irony of President Executive Amnesty glowing over the value of process, Obama continued:
[W]e need to accept that this decision was the grand jury’s to make. There are Americans who agree with it, and there are Americans who are deeply disappointed, even angry. It’s an understandable reaction.
No, actually, it isn’t. As it turns out, justifiable anger should be based on evidence of injustice, not a vague sense of it purveyed by the media and opportunistic politicians. And there is not a shred of evidence suggesting that Officer Darren Wilson was a racist, profiled Michael Brown, or gunned him down summarily.
Why, then, is such anger justified according to the president? Because while Wilson may not be guilty, America is guilty:
[W]e need to recognize that the situation in Ferguson speaks to broader challenges that we still face as a nation. The fact is in too many parts of this country a deep distrust exists between law enforcement and communities of color. Some of this is the result of the legacy of racial discrimination in this country.
It is the year 2014. This is not Selma, as the president has acknowledged. The legacy of racial discrimination had nothing to do with Michael Brown, an 18-year-old who strong-arm-robbed a convenience store before allegedly twice attacking a police officer. Absent fathers, a culture of casual crime, disdain for education – all of these are “broader challenges” in our nation. But “deep distrust” is not. Neither are “issues in which the law too often feels as if it is being applied in a discriminatory fashion.” Feelings cannot be cured, unless a licensed psychotherapist is on hand. And Obama is not America’s psychotherapist.
Only behavior can be cured. And unless President Obama is willing to name specific cases of behavior, and recommend specific punishments, this is happy talk designed to win him raves in The New York Times and generate more federal government interventionism. President Obama creates amorphous “challenges” America must overcome, and which can only be solved by him and his minions: I’ve instructed Attorney General Holder to work with cities across the country to help build better relations between communities and law enforcement. That means working with law enforcement officials to make sure their ranks are representative of the communities they serve. We know that makes a difference. It means working to train officials so that law enforcement conducts itself in a way that is fair to everybody. It means enlisting the community actively on what should be everybody’s goal, and that is to prevent crime.
Only Obama doesn’t want to prevent crime. If he did, he’d focus on the causes of crime, a list on which white racism does not even rank in the top 100. Obama prefers to focus on unsolvable problems, because unsolvable problems always carry the same solution: more power for the executive.
Ben Shapiro is Senior Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News and author of the new book, The People vs. Barack Obama: The Criminal Case Against The Obama Administration (Threshold Editions, June 10, 2014). He is also Editor-in-Chief of TruthRevolt.org. Follow Ben Shapiro on Twitter @benshapiro.
By Stephen Dinan – The Washington Times – Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Under the president’s new amnesty, businesses will have a $3,000-per-employee incentive to hire illegal immigrants over native-born workers because of a quirk of Obamacare.
President Obama’s temporary amnesty, which lasts three years, declares up to 5 million illegal immigrants to be lawfully in the country and eligible for work permits, but it still deems them ineligible for public benefits such as buying insurance on Obamacare’s health exchanges.
Under the Affordable Care Act, that means businesses who hire them won’t have to pay a penalty for not providing them health coverage — making them $3,000 more attractive than a similar native-born worker, whom the business by law would have to cover.
The loophole was confirmed by congressional aides and drew condemnation from those who said it put illegal immigrants ahead of Americans in the job market.
“If it is true that the president’s actions give employers a $3,000 incentive to hire those who came here illegally, he has added insult to injury,” said Rep. Lamar Smith, Texas Republican. “The president’s actions would have just moved those who came here illegally to the front of the line, ahead of unemployed and underemployed Americans.”
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The only acceptable answer Congress can make towards Obama’s executive order is to defund – NumbersUSA
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The only acceptable answer Congress can make towards Obama’s executive order is to defund.
The political pundits at NBC News write There are two reasons why Republicans aren’t winning the political fight over President Obama’s executive action on immigration.
First, they say: The GOP remains divided in how to respond (beyond decrying the action Obama took on Thursday).
The GOP has a clear path to to stopping the executive action before it really gets underway: pass a short-term Continuing Resolution and come back in 2015 with a new Congress and DEFUND the amnesty then.
But GOP leadership has not committed to that effort yet. And House Appropriations Chairman, Rep. Hal Rogers has been pushing to fund the amnesty with an omnibus spending bill that will give the President virtually free reign to issue his Executive Amnesty with no threat of Congress de-funding it for another 11 months. Rogers has attempted to fool Congress and the public first by falsely claiming that Congress has no power to defund the amnesty (Congress does) and then by suggesting that Congress fund the amnesty but use a “recission” bill to stop it later (a plan so quixotic that Rogers himself had trouble explaining it). Not surprisingly, Democrats who support the executive amnesty think Rogers’ plan to fund it is “excellent.”
Second, the NBC pundits say: The GOP ceded the political high ground when House Republicans refused to consider ANY immigration bill that dealt with border enforcement and the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States.
NBC is wrong. The Republican-controlled House did pass an immigration bill that would have addressed the border surge and defunded DACA. NBC may not like that bill but they can’t deny that it was passed. The Senate didn’t take up the legislation.
But NBC didn’t make the false claim up themselves — pro-amnesty Republicans did. NBC quotes Gang-of-Eight Members Lindsey Graham and Jeff Flake blaming their own Party for executive actions.
Graham says: Shame on us as Republicans. Shame on us as Republicans for having a body that cannot generate a solution to an issue that it’s national security, that’s cultural and it’s economic … I’m disappointed in my party.
Flake says: I think we ought to put legislation on the president’s desk. That ought to be the response [to executive amnesty].
Graham’s and Flake’s comments were widely picked up by the mainstream media (MSNBC, Washington Times (again, here, CNN, WND, Huffington Post, and Voice of America, among others). The NBC pundits sum it up best when they write: As long as there are these kinds of quotes from Republicans, the GOP isn’t going to win this fight, even if the public doesn’t like the process Obama used here.
Arab ban on Muslim Brotherhood death knell for CAIR?
Bans on the radical Muslim Brotherhood abroad combined with a historically large GOP majority in Washington could provide the impetus to pass the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act introduced earlier this year by Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R-Minn., congressional sources say.
The bill, which would effectively outlaw the radical Muslim Brotherhood in America, has attracted 19 Republican co-sponsors but has languished since being introduced in the House in July by Bachmann, a member of the House Intelligence Committee. Since then, however, the Republicans have gained the largest majority in the House since World War II, while taking control of the Senate.
And earlier this week, the United Arab Emirates joined Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Russia in outlawing the Muslim Brotherhood and many of its subsidiary organizations. UAE took the additional step of designating two U.S. Muslim Brotherhood front groups — the Washington-based Council on American Islamic Relations, or CAIR, and the Muslim American Society, or MAS – as terrorist organizations on par with ISIS and al-Qaida.
CAIR is cited several times in the text of the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act as a Brotherhood-controlled entity. Pressure to blacklist the Brotherhood and its U.S. front groups is building both internationally and domestically, U.S. officials say. With Republicans now controlling the legislative agenda in Washington, the anti-Brotherhood bill – H.R. 5159 – is expected to move on a faster track when the new Congress is seated in January.
“It will certainly get more attention and more sponsors now,” a senior Republican legislative aide on the Hill said.
However, if the bill passes through Congress, Muslim Brotherhood-friendly President Obama would more than likely veto it. No final action likely could be taken against the jihadist support network – which controls most of the Islamic nonprofit groups, charities and mosques in America – until Obama leaves office.
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OBAMA CLAIMS ‘BORDERS MEAN SOMETHING,’ ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS SHOULDN’T GET REWARDED
On Friday, at the Las Vegas, Nevada high school where then-candidate Barack Obama pivoted to his “Si, Se Puede” (Yes, we can) message in 2008, President Barack Obama celebrated his executive amnesty in which he essentially declared, “Yes, I can.”
After announcing his executive amnesty at the White House on Thursday evening that will give temporary amnesty and work permits to millions of illegal immigrants, Obama went to Del Sol High School in Nevada and became the salesman-in-chief. Obama will reportedly try to “aggressively” sell his executive amnesty in the coming weeks across the country, including next Tuesday in Chicago with Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) and Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
He sold his executive overreach by claiming that his executive amnesty was not “amnesty” but actually “accountability” for illegal immigrants.
“It’s not amnesty,” Obama claimed. “What we are offering is accountability.”
Obama also said that illegal immigrants “shouldn’t get rewarded for cutting in line” and conceded that “undocumented workers broke our immigration laws.” He even conceded that “some are dangerous” criminals.
Obama said that since illegal immigrants who qualify for his executive amnesty will have to register with the federal government, pass a background check, pay their fair share of taxes, they will be held “accountable” even though Obama is rewarding them for breaking the country’s immigration laws and treating them differently under the rule of law. All that was still not enough for a heckler who felt Obama did not go big enough on his executive amnesty.
Obama also said America was exceptional not because of its rule of law but because “we welcome” illegal immigrant DREAMers. Obama said he believes in “fairness” and mentioned that the “immigration system feels fundamentally unfair” even though Obama’s executive amnesty rewarded illegal immigrants at the expense of legal immigrants who have been waiting in line for years or decades to come lawfully to the United States.