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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Obama administration contemplates flying refugees to US

From the New York Times;
Hoping to stem the recent surge of migrants at the Southwest border, the Obama administration is considering whether to allow hundreds of minors and young adults from Honduras into the United States without making the dangerous trek through Mexico, according to a draft of the proposal.
If approved, the plan would direct the government to screen thousands of children and youths in Honduras to see if they can enter the United States as refugees or on emergency humanitarian grounds. It would be the first American refugee effort in a nation reachable by land to the United States, the White House said, putting the violence in Honduras on the level of humanitarian emergencies in Haiti and Vietnam, where such programs have been conducted in the past amid war and major crises.
Now it becomes clear why the administration needs $3.7 billion to deal with the crisis. According to Senator Jeff Session the White House has huddled with the DOJ and the DHS to build a legal case for the executive order. The order could be issued as soon as September.

Regardless of how Americans may feel about the plan simply putting it forward with no discussion with anyone but fat cat donors is not apt to remedy the public distrust of government. It borders on dictatorial arrogance regardless of the dubious legalese that would accompany the order. If this sort of lawlessness is constitutional then the republic needs a new constitution. Voters have every right to demand to know why their senator and their congressman did not defend the constitution rather than capitulate to Obama.

Just words? Don’t tell me words don’t matter.

I guess it's because they try too hard. What else explains Democrats' chronic affinity for plagiarism? It wasn't always so. We remember the oratory of the Kennedy's. "Ich bin ein Berliner" which sustained a besieged city in its hour of need and "When I returned Mary Jo and the car were gone." which sustained Republican fund raisers for a generation. Some may complain that having Ted Sorensen as a speech writer and a ghost writer good enough to write Profiles in Courage was misleading and gave JFK a leg up but it is no more misleading than Bill Ayers ghost writing Dreams from my Father.
Then there was the matter of Obama's quoting, without attribution, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.
“Don’t tell me words don’t matter, 'I have a dream'. Just words? ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal.’ Just words? ‘We have nothing to fear but fear itself.’ Just words? Just speeches?”
An adoring press allowed Obama to slip the noose on that account and the President had the foresight so seal every word he wrote in his academic career.
In 1988 Senator Joe Biden was forced to drop out of the presidential primary when he was caught plagiarizing British Labor Party leader Neil Kinnock with some rubbish about his Irish ancestors who worked all day and played football all night. Then it came to light that he was a serial plagiarist having lifted clever lines from Robert Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey.
With Democratic politicians it not a question of when-soon but rather who will be the next plagiarist.

Democrats were thrilled when John Walsh was selected to fill out retiring Montana Senator Max Baucus' term. Here was a man who didn't hate the military but had actually served in Iraq. Imagine the chagrin when the Senator was outed by none other than the New York Times for having extensively plagiarized his master's thesis at the United States Army War College. Incredibly the very first sentence was flagged for improper attribution and it goes down hill from there.
To quote from the Times;
Most strikingly, each of the six recommendations Mr. Walsh laid out at the conclusion of his 14-page paper, titled “The Case for Democracy as a Long Term National Strategy,” is taken nearly word-for-word without attribution from a Carnegie Endowment for International Peace document on the same topic.
It was not just a sentence here and a paragraph there. The Times finds about 25% of the essay lacked proper attribution. View it here and you will agree it's lean on originality. Will Walsh pay a price? Probably not as the Real Clear Politics average of polls has him trailing Republican Steve Daines by 12.5 points.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

CNN poll: Less than 1 in 5 better off because of Obamacare

The latest CNN/ORC poll finds Obama underwater with only 42% approving and 55% disapproving of his job performance. His approval is down one point since the last poll but at least he can pride himself on doing better than his signature legislation, Obamacare. Only 40% approve of Obamacare while 59% disapprove.
When asked the question:
From what you know of that legislation, do you think you and your family are, in general, better off, worse off or about the same now that the major provisions of the health care law have taken effect?
Less than 1 in 5 of respondents answered they were better off-18% while 35% answered worse off (about 1 in 3) and 46% saw no change. I like those odds going into the midterm elections. Almost twice as many people are harmed than helped by the law. By November the influx of illegals could abate and things could settle in the Middle East but this issue has staying power. When more people make the connection to cuts in Medicare's Home Health Services and cuts to Medicare Advantage and Obamacare more will feel harmed. It's smart politics for Republicans to vehemently campaign against Obamacare and I'm sure both parties know that.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Medicare Advantage Cuts Hurt!

Medicare Advantage first came into existence in 1997 as part of Balanced Budget Act of 1997. As is the case in compromise the Democrats dropped their opposition to Advantage in order to reach a budget compromise that President Clinton could sign. It has never been popular among Democrats as it is administered by private insurers and the billing is not run through CMS. While passing Obamacare the Democrats took the opportunity to cut $156 billion over 10 years from the program and now the effects are beginning to hurt senior Americans.
Thousands of primary-care doctors and specialists across the country have been terminated from privately run Medicare Advantage plans, sparking a battle between doctors who say patient care is being threatened and insurers that insist they have to reduce costs and streamline their operations. Just as in Obamacare, insurance companies must reduce their provider networks to contain costs.
About 30% of Medicare beneficiaries are enrolled in Medicare Advantage. Cuts to Medicare Advantage helped fund the ACA's coverage expansion, which you might remember was a central part of the GOP attack during the 2012 campaign. Republicans refined their narrative in the special congressional election in Florida's district 22 where a nobody Republican named David Jolly defeated Democratic rising star, super star Alex Sink. In that district 22% of the electorate is over age 64. Voter turnout in this year's mid term will most likely mimic the electorate demographic of Florida 22.
In the blowout year of 2010 61% of citizens age 65 and older voted, the best turnout of any age group. More than half (54 percent) of those ages 55 to 64 also cast a ballot. Those under age 45 are much less likely to vote. Just 37 percent of 25- to 44-year-olds made it to the polls in November 2010. And not even a quarter (21 percent) of the youngest citizens—ages 18 to 24—entered a voting booth in 2010. That trend seems to be holding this year. In the Illinois Democratic primary with a hotly contest governor's race just 19,000 voters under age 45 made it to the polls in the city of Chicago. That city has a population of about 2.7 million.
Properly framed the cuts to Medicare Advantage have the potential to be the major issue in the fall elections. Every senior has a vested interest in Medicare and almost a third of seniors have Medicare Advantage. This popular program has been ravaged by the pure vindictiveness of the Obamacare supporter in Congress. They need to go! Medicare Advantage rates differ from from one geographical area to another depending on the age of the Medicare pool. To see how deeply it has been cut in your area click on the box below.

Inspiration!

Inspiration! Located on the campus of Acuity Insurance in Sheboygan, Wisconsin stands the country's newest and tallest flagpole. It stands 400 feet and weighs 420,000 pounds



Flagpole Facts:
  • 400-foot flagpole weighs approximately 420,000 pounds
  • There are two versions of the 60- by 120-foot flag:
    - 220 pound flag is flown during normal conditions
    - 350 pound flag is flown during harsher weather
  • Each star is 3 feet high and each stripe is 4 1/2 feet wide
  • 680 cubic yards of concrete used in foundation
  • Over 500 gallons of paint cover the pole
  • 11-foot diameter at base tapers to 5 1/2-foot diameter at top
  • Three pendulum-style tuned mass dampers reduce movement and vibration
  • Designed to withstand a low temperature of -42°F

Pew: 84% of young illegal immigrants are teenagers

Using data obtained via FOIA inquiries Pew Research has put together the first comprehensive profile of the wave of illegal immigrants entering the U.S. Although children under 12 is the fastest growing segment among minors 84% are teenagers. The 12 and under group has grown 117% and increased from 39,759 for all of fiscal year 2013 to 46,932 from October of 2013 to May of 2014. The largest percentage of the young children among total immigrants come from Honduras, 27% and El Salvador, 22%.
The term "unaccompanied" requires some elucidation especially when it is reported that 1% (94 cases) of apprehended unaccompanied children are younger than 1, and about 2% (785) are 5 or younger. ICE labels children as unaccompanied when they are not with a parent or guardian so a child traveling with an aunt, grandparent, or older sister, regardless of age would be reported as un accompanied.
Read the entire post here.

July 26 Ohio statewide Liberty Event

Another state wide event opportunity from the Northwest Ohio Conservative Coalition, July 26:
  Liberty is ALIVE in 2014! Lets get together and keep fighting for liberty in Ohio! This will be a good opportunity to better equip your tool box.  
  We have a great line up, networking and lunch planned. Learn what others are working on across the state that you and your group can get involved in. Please feel free to invite other patriots and conservatives. All
are welcome as we gather on Saturday, July 26th, in Lewis Center, Ohio.
 
Saturday, JULY 26, 2014
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Includes Lunch (donations accepted)
 
Admission is free but please Click Here to reserve your spot on  Eventbrite.
To see the full agenda, speakers and details, please click here to see the flyer.
Questions?  Call (740) 837-4593

Sponsored by the Ohio Liberty Coalition
 

Tonight---We Will Not Conform!

From the NWO Conservative Coalition, a reminder that We Will Not Conform will be shown at Fallen Timbers and Franklin Park:
On Tuesday, July 22 at 8p.m., theaters across America will be featuring a live town hall sponsored by Glenn Beck titled, "We Will Not Conform." This simulcast will deal with the subject of how to stop Common Core.  Showing at both Fallen Timbers and Franklin Park. 

Let's fill the theaters and capitalize on meeting other Ohioans concerned about Common Core. This will be a great opportunity to build our group and our force for repeal. Please see exciting details below and get your tickets today!

Join fellow concerned Ohioans at one of Ohio's thirty-two locations for an evening of discussion and action to defeat Common Core in Ohio and nationwide. This will be a live, interactive simulcast, intended to draw on the successful work of grassroots efforts going on in states across the country. Various leaders of the anti-Common Core movement - including state grassroots leaders along with conservative media and organizations - will headline the event live from the Dallas studios into over 650 theaters across the country. Get tickets here. (\

Ohio is receiving particular attention for the event.  As the bellwether state, Ohio's repeal status is of significant national importance. We have the fourth largest number of theater locations, and the highest among states with active, viable repeal legislation. Heidi Huber, leader of Ohioans Against Common Core, will be part of the live production from Dallas as a member of the Grassroots Desk along with Emmett McGroarty of The American Principles Project, Heather Crossin of Hoosiers Against Common Core and Dana Loesch, conservative talk show host and star of "Dana" on The Blaze TV Network. Other desks include - 'Political' with Jenni White of Oklahoma and David Barton, 'Education Alternatives' with Dr. Terrence Moore and Pat Gray, 'Research' with Shane Vander Hart of "Truth in American Education" and 'PR' with Michelle Malkin and Steve Deace.

Ohioans Against Common Core has a team covering every location who will be distributing information on the truth behind Common Core and Ohio's effort towards full repeal. Just look for the team wearing red "No Common Core" t-shirts with #DischargeOhHB237 on the back!  There will also be several locations where Ohio House Members will join in, welcoming constituents and sharing why they have signed the Sub HB237 Discharge Petition and joined the effort. They will also be donning the matching t-shirt, so please make sure to thank them and acknowledge their support to END COMMON CORE IN OHIO! A special THANK YOU to Rep. Andy Thompson and Rep. John Adams for leading the legislative charge for repeal!