Obama Administration Admits To Lawlessness

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Hat/Tip to Caroline May at Breitbart.

Old and busted: If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it….

New and wow: If a government lawyer admits the President broke the law and no MSM is around to hear it…


 

The Obama administration violated U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen’s injunction halting President Obama’s executive amnesty programs, Justice Department lawyers have admitted to the court, according to the Washington Times.

The Times reports that in a late night filing Thursday, Justice Department lawyers revealed that the Department of Homeland Security had issued some 2,000 three-year work permits (as opposed to the currently permissible two-year permits) to illegal immigrants granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

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The issuance of the three-year work permits — an aspect of Obama’s November 20 executive actions which expanded DACA — was violation of Hanen’s February 16 injunction preventing the executive amnesty programs from going forward.

This occurred despite repeated statements from administration officials that they were abiding by the injunction.

“The government sincerely regrets these circumstances and is taking immediate steps to remedy these erroneous three-year terms,” the Times quoted the lawyers, who added they would get more information to Hanen about what went awry by May 15.

According to the Times, DHS Sec. Jeh Johnson has requested the DHS inspector general look into the snafu and officials are looking into replacing the three-year permits DHS improperly issued with the proper two-year ones.

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The Further Criminalization Of Parenting

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Danielle and Alexander Meitiv under investigation for letting kids walk home from park
Danielle and Alexander Meitiv under investigation for letting kids walk home from park

Danielle and Alexander Meitiv were recently investigated by the police and child welfare for allowing their two children, aged 10 and 6, to walk home from the park without them.  The walk is approximately one mile in length.  A person, who very likely thought they were doing a good deed, saw the children and called the police.

The Meitiv’s live in Silver Spring, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, DC.  The law in Maryland states that a child under the age of 8 cannot be home alone without someone who is at least 13-years-old.  It says nothing about being outside of your home.  But that didn’t stop the police.  Now, I want to be clear, the police aren’t really to blame here.  They were called.  They had to respond.  They followed the law, as is their job.  With children they are also most likely obligated to contact Child Protective Services.

Child Protective Services were contacted and came to check out the parents and the safety of the children.  When CPS arrived at their home, they were interrogated and told not to allow the children out alone unsupervised.  They were told that they were being investigated for neglect.  They were basically told do as your told, or your children will be taken away.

CPS has finished their investigation and the outcome is “unsubstantiated child neglect”.  Whatever the heck that really means I’m not sure, but for these parents they are now in the cross hairs of CPS for the next five years.  That is not a typo.  For the next five years, they will be continually monitored for child abuse.  Insert primal scream here.

It matters none if you agree with their parenting style, known as Free Range Parenting.  It matters none if you would feel safe letting your children walk a mile on their own.  What matters is do you want the state to have this type of power over your choices as a parent?

Now, when I was kid I was not driven to my middle school on a daily basis. Unless the weather was bad, we walked.  I can’t tell you how long of a walk that was, but I figure it had to be at least a mile, if not a little more.  I also walked through a wooded area when I did it.  I did this twice a day for three years.  I grew up in one of the few states that allows you to have your late in the year birthday kids start school when they are four, if you choose.  My mother did make that choice because I already knew how to read and she felt I was ready.  That means I was ten when I started middle school.  So was my mother guilty of neglect when I was walking to school?  I guess I might have thought so at the time if it was snowing or raining out.

Here are the facts, the rates of children being abducted by strangers is down by more than 35%.  A child is in much more danger of being in accident while you are driving them to school instead of letting them walk.  Do we start telling parents who drive their kids to school are guilty of neglect because the odds are far greater of being hurt than they are if they walked instead?

Parents need to let children grow, mature, and learn responsibility.  How each parent chooses to do that is going to vary.  But it is part and parcel of the parenting experience.  Today, we are seeing more and more parents who are constantly on top of their children.  The so-called helicopter parents.  The parents who are so engaged with their children and their activities that we hear stories about them involving themselves in the job interview process.

Government is getting larger and larger.  It is getting more and more intrusive.  A government that can swoop in and decide that a parent isn’t allowed to make a choice about a short walk home from the park is a government that is way too large.  A government that now has the right to investigate these parents for the next five years is a government that I don’t want.

I am not sure I would let a ten and six-year-old walk a mile on their own.  I lived outside of Washington, DC for many years.  I know the Silver Spring area fairly well.  The children were walking on Georgia Avenue, it is a major roadway that normally has a great deal of traffic.  But what I don’t know is the maturity levels of these children.  There will be ten-year-olds that are very likely ready for that walk.

But I do know that I don’t think that act alone is a good enough reason for this family to be investigated continuously for the next five years.  Has anyone thought that these children are going to become distrustful of police now?  How is that a good thing?

These children have learned a valuable lesson.  A government that is large can do almost anything.  I hope they carry this with them into adulthood.

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ISIS Beheads 21 Coptic Christians: White House Unable To Call It Terrorism Or Call The Victims Christians

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Hat/Tip to Breitbart and the Tea Party News Network.

Our President and his administration will go to great lengths to avoid calling Radical Islamic Terrorists what they are. He can’t even say that their victims in this instance were Christians.

The 21 Egyptians weren’t killed because they were from Egypt. They were slaughtered because they were infidels, namely Coptic Christians.

On Sunday night, White House press secretary Josh Earnest issued a statement condemning the actions of Islamic State Militants after they released a video of the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians.

The statement from the White House described the victims as “innocents” and “citizens,” but made no mention of the victims’ faith.

“The United States condemns the despicable and cowardly murder of twenty-one Egyptian citizens in Libya by ISIL-affiliated terrorists,” the statement read, offering condolence to the victims families.

The ISIS video was directly targeted at Christians, citing their faith as the reason for their death.

At the beginning of his tenure as Attorney General, Eric Holder basically called out ALL of America as cowards when it comes to discussing race. Well Mr. Holder, where is your speech calling out ALL of your boss’s administration as cowards when it comes to discussing Radical Islamic Jihad?

Here is the press release in its entirety:

The United States condemns the despicable and cowardly murder of twenty-one Egyptian citizens in Libya by ISIL-affiliated terrorists.  We offer our condolences to the families of the victims and our support to the Egyptian government and people as they grieve for their fellow citizens.  ISIL’s barbarity knows no bounds.  It is unconstrained by faith, sect, or ethnicity.  This wanton killing of innocents is just the most recent of the many vicious acts perpetrated by ISIL-affiliated terrorists against the people of the region, including the murders of dozens of Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai, which only further galvanizes the international community to unite against ISIL. 
 
This heinous act once again underscores the urgent need for a political resolution to the conflict in Libya, the continuation of which only benefits terrorist groups, including ISIL.  We call on all Libyans to strongly reject this and all acts of terrorism and to unite in the face of this shared and growing threat.  We continue to strongly support the efforts of the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General Bernardino Leon to facilitate formation of a national unity government and help foster a political solution in Libya.

Not once is the word “Christian” even mentioned in that release. Again, those men were not murdered because they were from a particular country. They were beheaded because the Islamic faith dictates that all infidels be “smote about the neck.”

“So when you meet those who disbelieve, then strike the necks until when you have subdued then…”

Quran 47:4

How did other world leaders respond?

British Prime Minister David Cameron specifically identified the victims as Christians, in astatement condemning the murders.

“I am appalled by the murder of Christians in Libya, a simply barbaric and inhumane act. My thoughts are with the families of those killed and the UK stands united with the Egyptian people during this period of mourning,” he said.

Pope Francis also strongly condemned the murders of the Coptic Christians on Monday.

“Their only words were: ‘Jesus, help me!’ They were killed simply for the fact that they were Christians,” he said. “The blood of our Christian brothers and sisters is a testimony which cries out be heard. It makes no difference whether they be Catholics, Orthodox, Copts or Protestants. They are Christians!”

Well, what do you know? Both of those men actually admitted that the religion of the victims played a HUGE role in their slaughter.

But really, to be fair we ought to at least find out what our President did upon hearing the news of the 21 beheaded Coptic Christians Egyptians.

Obama was so shook up by the horrific news that barbaric Islamic State savages had beheaded 21 Coptic Christian hostages in Egypt that he reacted in the same way he did literally minutes after learning that American journalists had been beheaded.

He went golfing. 

Obama golfed Sunday at a golf course owned by the third richest man in America, proving that he’s still “down for the struggle,” while spending the three-day weekend, including Valentine’s Day, away from his wife and daughters in sunny, Southern California. 

Obama played at Porcupine Creek in Ranch Mirage, CA, a course owned by the co-founder of Oracle, Larry Ellison, who has a reported net worth of $50 billion. 

Nothing to see here, folks. He’s still concerned about “inequality.” 

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NY Police Find Arsenal Of Weapons At Home of Man Accused Of Plotting To Kill Cops

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Hat/Tip to Warner Todd Huston at Breitbart.

It’s not enough to kill cops, now they need to kill WHITE cops.

Thanks President Obama for the biggest racial divide in America since the Civil Rights protests of the late ’60s.

A Queens man arrested after he was allegedly overheard vowing to kill white cops in New York was found to have an “arsenal” of weapons, including bulletproof vests and firearms with serial numbers filed off, the NYPD reported.

Police say that Elvin Payamps of Queens was heard talking on his cell phone lamenting the fact that neither of the two officers killed the weekend before Christmas were white and vowing to kill white officers to correct the situation.

Thank God the guy was dumb enough to make his threats within earshot of a cop.

According to Otero, Payamps said:

“I’m going to kill another cop. We should do it before Christmas. The cop should have been white that was killed. I always have a gun on me.”

After Payamps’s arrest, police reportedly found several firearms with defaced serial numbers, a pair of brass knuckles, and two bulletproof vests–one of which he admitted to stealing from the Brooklyn Detention Center. Some small amount of pot was also recovered from the apartment.

Payamps was ordered held in lieu of $500,000 bail on felony weapons charges, charges of felony aggravated harassment, unlawful use of a police uniform, and marijuana possession.

Read the full story here.

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Merry Christmas And Happy New Year From The EPA

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The Grinches in the Obama administration’s Economy Pulverizing Agency (EPA) are spreading their own diabolical idea of Christmas cheer on our fragile economy by dumping 1200 new regulations on it with an estimated economic cost of $20 billion, which brings the EPA’s added regulatory burden for the year to over $200 billion.

For the new year, they are already hard at work to drive up the cost of energy produced by fracking on federal lands.

You can read the details here.

With two more long years left, you can bet that President Obama, with the help of his pen and his phone, will have his Grinches busy helping him complete his promise to make electricity costs in America skyrocket.

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

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BREAKING: Govt. Hiring Thousands of New Federal Employees To Immediately Approve Applications For Obama’s Executive Amnesty

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Hat/Tip to Katie Pavlich in the Tipsheet at TownHall.com.

Oops, the cat’s out of the bag. All those jobs that his amnesty was going to create seem to be going mostly to new federal employees.

A December 1 bulletin from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) details the immediate opening of 1,000 permanent federal employee positions at a new operational facility that will open soon in Crystal City, Virginia. Newly hired employees will be tasked with approving applications submitted by illegal immigrants taking advantage of President Obama’s recently announced executive amnesty program.

From the bulletin, itself:

“USCIS is taking steps to open a new operational center in Crystal City, a neighborhood in Arlington, Virginia, to accommodate about 1,000 full-time, permanent federal and contract employees in a variety of positions and grade levels. The initial workload will include cases filed as a result of the executive actions on immigration announced on Nov. 20, 2014. Many job opportunities at the operational center will be announced in the coming days and please continue to monitor USAJOBS if you are interested,” the USCIS bulletin reads, urgently listing the availability of jobs in red.


Republican Senator from Alabama, Jeff Sessions, explains the Obama Administration’s rush on this, and the damage it will do.

“It has just been discovered today that the Obama Administration is now opening a new USCIS facility in Crystal City, Virginia for the purpose of immediately implementing the President’s imperial immigration decree. They are in the process of hiring 1,000 full-time staff to quickly approve applications for the President’s illegal amnesty, which will provide work permits, photo IDs, Social Security, and Medicare to illegal immigrants—all benefits rejected by Congress. This action will mean that American workers, their sons, their daughters, their parents, will now have to compete directly for jobs, wages, and benefits with millions of illegal immigrants,” Sessions said in a statement. “This facility is a clear symbol of the President’s defiance of the American people, their laws, and their Constitution. He is hiring federal employees to carry out a directive that violates the laws Congress has passed in order to foist on the nation laws Congress has repeatedly refused to pass.”

“Some have suggested that implementing this amnesty would not have a financial cost, but this action unmistakably demonstrates otherwise. Moreover, the USCIS employees themselves have made plain that taxpayers will be on the hook, warning through their union that the agency is an ‘approval machine’ that will ‘rubber stamp’ applications for amnesty,” Sessions continued. 

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Bam! Emeril Slams ‘Obama Nonsense,’ Laments Decline of Restaurant Industry

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Hat/Tip to TownHall.com.
It seems all areas of our society are waking up to the nightmare that is named Obama…

As a celebrity chef, cookbook author, and TV personality, Emeril Lagasse is one of the most well known chefs in the country, and with a net worth of about $50 million and a food empire that brings in an estimated $150 million, he’s one of the wealthiest, too. So it was surprising to hear him say at a recent event that he has “nowhere to go, really—other than broke.”

The reason? Predictably, Big Government.

“It’s becoming a very challenging industry to become a very successful average restaurateur,” continued Lagasse. “I can’t charge $300 a person in my restaurant or I would not be in business. Am I using any different ingredients? Not really. Am I using any caliber of service staff? I don’t think so. I think our service is as good or better than most places.”

“And then you add all the Obama nonsense to what it’s become in the last several years. I don’t have anything against Mr. Obama. I’m just saying the way that, you know… the government should stay out of things. […] Pretty soon, they’re going to wipe a lot of the middle restaurateurs and restaurant cooks. […] If it continues, then watch: you’re going to have high-end, and you’re going to have fast food, and you’re going to have chain restaurants.”

Lagasse went on to lament that the areas in which he operates restaurants — including New Orleans, Las Vegas, and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania — have been hit particularly hard by the problems in the economy. “Somebody having a $12.99 meatball and pasta dish at my restaurant means a lot to them,” he said. “That’s like a special occasion.”

At the event, which was promoting his upcoming reality series “On the Menu,” Lagasse explained that despite really listening to people and being very connected to America, he doesn’t have the solution. “All I can tell you is the balance of the economic cycle is out of whack,” he said.

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ObamaCare Forces Insurance Companies to Spend YOUR Money

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Hat/Tip to WeaselZippers.

ObamaCare Wants Your Financial Information so Insurance Companies can Enroll You WITHOUT Your permission AND Charge You!

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ACA Requires Insurance Companies Enroll You In Plans Without Your Permission

Today I received a letter from my insurance company Horizon Blue Cross, Blue Shield of New Jersey (“BCBSNJ”).  They alerted me that my plan (which already went up from $187 to $216) would now be rising again.

I had expected this day would come but what I did not expect was that the ACA empowered insurance companies who had a person’s checking account on file to automatically enroll them in a new policy.

That’s right folks, if you have a policy you like and lose it – instead of losing your insurance the ACA apparently empowers insurance companies like BCBSNJ to enroll you in a new plan and charge you for it.

So if you are out on vacation or don’t get the letter.  Guess what?  Blue Cross, Blue Shield of NJ will automatically select a new plan for you.  In my case, the plan is $1xx more than what I have now.

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If you’re wondering if our government is friend or foe, wonder no more.

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Political cartoonists are some of our most clever people. With simple caricatures and a few words they are able to capture the essence of an important issue facing the people. In my opinion, this cartoon which I borrowed from Zero Hedge, explains perfectly why Americans on Main Street do not feel like the government is working in your best interests.

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h/t @butifulabsurdt

That’s exactly right, isn’t it? The well being of the folks on Main Street was not a fundamental of interest to our central planners in Washington, D.C. Your well being was not a part of their calculus. Instead, they used your tax dollars and mortgaged the future earnings of your children and grandchildren and their children to prop up the banking cartel and their Wall Street cronies. One percent of the One Percent Club are enjoying a tremendous recovery while you are left sucking wind. Of course, they tell us that they saved from having to suffer a horrible economic melt down, which is true, but what they don’t tell us is that their methods are setting the stage for a much worse melt down in the near future. That is not a flaw in their plan; it’s a feature.

The President doesn’t give a damn about you folks on Main Street. Oh, he talks a good game. He fancies himself as the Middle Class Warrior. Really? What the hell has he done for middle class since he’s been president; other than screw them over by making them pay through the nose for his unaffordable Affordable Care Act and flood the country with illegal immigrants to help his US Chamber of Commerce cronies keep their labor cost down.

Does anybody really think the likes of John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and John McClain go to their offices every day to represent you? They are only interested in protecting their positions of power and getting reelected. Period! The sad truth is, with few exceptions, people do not get into politics to serve you. They get into politics to benefit themselves.

The nation’s Attorney General hates you. He thinks you are all a bunch of racist cowards. The IRS thinks you are all A-holes. The EPA is working overtime to raise your cost of living and lower your standard of living. The CIA sees you as pawns in their game of geo-political chess. And, the NSA thinks you have no rights at all.

Judge Andrew Napalitano use to open his program with this question: “Does the government work for you or do you work for the government?”  The answer is pretty clear, isn’t it?

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

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ObamaCare – Fake Applicants Approved For Health Care Subsidies

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It’s been a while since I wrote about ObamaCare, but this is worthy of a post. We all know, if we will admit to the knowledge, that ObamaCare is a boondoggle. It is a massive federal program that is poorly designed and even more poorly conceived. It is an attempt to take over the health care system in America, out of the control of the patients and doctors and placing it in the control of the federal bureaucracy. If for no other reason than that, it is a bad law and even worse program. When you consider the ineptitude and fraud that almost always comes with any big government program, it gets even worse.

Ever since ObamaCare was rammed down our throats, we have been told its detractors are lying to the American people. In spite of the proof to the contrary, its supporters always seem to get a pass. Even the law itself got a pass by the United States Supreme Court, with Chief Justice John Roberts changing the definition of a word so he could support the bill. As it turns out, the detractors of ObamaCare have not been lying to the American people. Just one example of this comes at the hands of investigators from the Government Accountability Office. They have found it is not hard at all to sign up for federal health care plans and subsidies, using fake documents and information.

Fox News – Investigators from the Government Accountability Office have been able to register fake applicants with fictitious identifying documents for health plans and federal subsidies through ObamaCare, according to a published report.

The Washington Post reports that investigators were able to obtain subsidized health coverage for eleven of twelve fictitious applicants online or over the phone. The investigators used invalid or missing Social Security numbers or inaccurate citizenship information in applying for coverage. In one of the eleven approved instances, the paper reported that the application was denied, but later approved at the second attempt.

The Post also reported that six attempts were made to sign up false applicants via in-person representatives. In five of those cases, the representative did not know that the applicant’s income was too high to receive a subsidy in the first place.

Read that again. Eleven of twelve fictitious applicants were able to receive subsidized health coverage. And these are the ones we know about. Of all the applicants that have signed up for the wonderfulness of ObamaCare, how many are actually valid? How many are lying on their applications? Given the known fact that the verification process is almost non-existent, how much fraud is really going on behind the scenes with ObamaCare?

This is a disaster that is already rolling and is just waiting to explode. Big government is almost never a good thing and ObamaCare is certainly a prime example. The people who pay the bulk of the taxes in America have been put in a place of having to subsidize health care for those who receive subsidies from the federal government. All of these applications are going through a system that has been shown to be a failure on all levels. Are we supposed to just accept this as normal and move on with our lives? Forgive me if I refuse to do that, choosing instead to raise my voice in protest.

I say again, ObamaCare is showing itself to be the failure we warned about and it isn’t even fully implemented yet. What will it look like when it is?

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Veterans Affairs – Latest Example Of Government Gone Big And Bad

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If you have read many of my posts, you will know I am not a fan of big government. I have railed against it on more than a few occasions and I firmly believe the quote from Thomas Jefferson in the above picture is true. Most bad government comes from having too much government. For the most part, it does not work the way its champions claim it will. Time after time, we have seen the examples. Government agencies growing too big for the pants they are trying to wear. The EPA and the IRS both think they are God to the American people. The Department of Education thinks they are the fix for all that is wrong with the education system in America. And the Department of Veterans Affairs thinks it is the one-stop solution for all things concerning the men and women who have served our country, protecting our freedom.

What is the one thing these departments have in common? They are all part of a massive government bureaucracy that has grown far past its original mandate. And the more they grow, the more out of control they become. The EPA has claimed the right to garnish your wages, should they deem it necessary to fine you for some perceived wrong you are doing to the environment. The IRS has investigated tax exempt groups for their conservative leanings and claimed bonuses for “doing a good job”. Veterans Affairs has gone down that same road. They have caused thousands of veterans to have delayed healthcare. Some of them have died while on the waiting list to see their doctors. Said waiting lists have been manipulated and manufactured, hiding the truth about what is really going on at the VA. And all the while, bonuses are being paid for jobs well done.

Let’s take a look at some of the things that have gone on at the VA, courtesy of Human Events.

Huffington Post – The scandal-plagued Department of Veterans Affairs is systematically overpaying clerks, administrators and other support staff, according to internal audits, draining tens of millions of dollars that could be used instead to ease the VA’s acute shortage of doctors and nurses.

The jobs of some 13,000 VA support staff have been flagged by auditors as potentially misclassified, in many cases resulting in inflated salaries that have gone uncorrected for as long as 14 years.

Rather than moving quickly to correct these costly errors, VA officials two years ago halted a broad internal review mandated by federal law. As a result, the overpayments continue.

Moreover, in the two years since thousands of misclassified jobs were identified, hundreds of additional positions have been filled at improperly high salaries. Internal VA documents obtained by The Huffington Post show that between September 2013 and May 2014, for instance, overpayments in annual salaries for the latter jobs alone came to $24.4 million, not counting benefits.

In May alone, senior VA classification specialists identified 284 probably misclassified positions newly posted on the federal jobs site, USAJobs. Once filled, those jobs would result in estimated overpayments of $3.3 million per year.

For that amount of money, the VA could instead hire five neurosurgeons, 10 psychiatrists and five suicide prevention case managers at the average salaries currently offered on USAJobs.

The pattern continued in June, with more than a quarter million dollars of overpayments involving jobs at the Veterans Health Administration headquarters, according to an internal VA report.

Some of this is almost surreal. Imagine, an agency of the federal government so far removed from the needs of the people it is charged with serving that the most important thing on their minds isn’t to serve those people. Rather, the people in charge of the VA are more concerned with protecting their status and salaries. And people wonder how Senator Tom Coburn can find so many places where the federal government is wasting money? It’s not that hard to see. All you have to do is look.

It should be noted that this problem is not necessarily isolated to the Obama administration. I believe they have made things worse with their lackadaisical attitude towards the management of the federal bureaucracy, but this was going on well before they moved into the White House. One thing that exasperates the problems at the VA, or any other government agency, is the lack of review and positive action taken to correct the problems that are found. No one wants to be the man or woman who stands their ground and says enough big and wasteful government is enough. If reviews are started, they are halted and excuses are given as to why it is taking so long to correct the issue.

The widespread misclassification of jobs has created a deep and systemic problem at the VA that will require massive job and pay turbulence to resolve — and will surely set off angry protests within the ranks. The General Schedule, or GS, sets pay grades and rates for all federal employees. Even if they keep their higher pay, the loss of a GS grade can affect employees’ future promotions and retirement pay.

Evidently alarmed at that looming employee reaction, senior officials at VA headquarters in Washington ordered a halt two years ago to any review and correction of misclassified jobs that might lead to lowered pay grades and smaller salaries. Paula Molloy, the senior official at the VA’s Office of Human Resources Management handling the issue, told HuffPost that once the VA begins to examine the misclassified jobs, it will be at least 15 months before any corrective action could be taken.

“We are not going to be able to do these reviews overnight,” she said.

That means VA communications clerks, for instance, will keep receiving overpayments. These jobs were misclassified above the proper civil service grade in 2003. All such clerks across the VA have been overpaid since then, at a total cost of $33,715 for each clerk in the last decade. Checks will also continue to go out for air conditioning equipment operators who were improperly classified in 2000, resulting in overpayments for each of those jobs of $67,172 over the past 14 years.

As I have written this post, I have gone back and read some of the comments on the Huffington Post article. Yes, I know it is a liberal blog, but those comments are interesting, nonetheless. Many are complaints about how much it costs to build military equipment or how much Congress is making. While those may be valid arguments on another level, there is one thing that those commenters are missing, or are simply ignoring.

The scandals (yes, I used that word) at the VA are symptomatic of the overall problem of a large federal government and the bureaucracy that comes with it. It is so far out of control that the problems can not even be addressed. It’s like driving a boat with the steering wheel locked straight and the throttle full on. Sooner or later, we are going to run out of water to swim in and we will run aground. Much of this could have been avoided, and could at least be slowed down, if only we could see and admit the truth. Our federal government is growing bigger and badder every day.

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Executive Order Creates New Department of Feline Education

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Why do Republicans want cats to be ignorant?

President Obama today issued a sweeping executive order creating the Federal Department of Feline Education.

“America faces perhaps no greater threat than feral cats mired in the vicious cycle of poverty” declared the President in a Rose Garden ceremony.

Many are familiar with the tragic case in New York City where signs were placed in the Gateway National Recreation Area warning felines that they cannot live in cat colonies on Federal property.  Because of the high illiteracy rate among feral cats many could not read the sign resulting in the colony being tragically killed by a SWAT team.  Americans are a compassionate people.  I’m sure they would agree with me that no problem is intractable.  We must teach cats to read so this never happens again.

Under the executive order the Department of Feline Education will be given a budget of 800 million a year and have a workforce of 4,000.  Department employees will fan out across the United States looking for feral cats.  When one is found the Department will have the right of eminent domain to seize whatever property the cats reside on.  The owners will be fined until they can prove that they are not responsible for the cat’s illiteracy.

Said the President:

Studies have shown that cats who are unable to read cannot function as adults. Many of them have trouble finding work.  Many sink into alcoholism and drug abuse. Just think if all the feral cats in Appalachia could read how it would improve the quality of life in that area. And now that coal has been banned they can lead longer lives as well.

Obama then recited some statistics.

  1. Cats who are illiterate are more likely to get feline aids.
  2. Illiterate cats have a higher percentage of out of wedlock births.
  3. Cats such as these are more like to watch Fox news.

Standing next to the President as he made his announcement was famous celebrity cat, Morris (pictured here), spokescat for Nine Lives.

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“Morris will now tell us about his rise from poverty, helped in no small part by Federal funding of the ‘No Cat Left Behind Act.’ “ said Obama

As Morris adjusted his reading glasses those in attendance waited to hear his inspirational story.  Instead Morris seemed confused as the speech was handed to him.

“Maybe he can’t read” joked a reporter.

It was then that Morris lunged at him and sank his claws into the reporter’s wrist.

As the injured reporter was led away President Obama warned those in the Rose Garden.

Never underestimate the power of Feline Rage.  After all why shouldn’t they be angry.  Their basic rights are being trampled on.  The reporter acted stupidly and it is time for an honest discussion of human-feline relations.

In addition to the extensive cat literacy program the President also announced that cats will be registered to vote.

The Republican majority in Congress had better fund this new initiative or they will have to explain to their constituents why they want to keep cats in poverty.

It is expected that the newly-registered cats will vote overwhelmingly Democratic.

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Guest Post From The Classic Liberal: There Is No Conservative Movement

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Note From Matt:   The following  is a guest post from The Classic Liberal.  It is posted here because our friend has the habit of forcing us to think about what we are doing.  I’m all for debate, and being challenged, so give this a read, and see if it makes you consider your thinking or actions.  

Dan Riehl wrote a couple of posts earlier this year that are worth examining. Here’s the second one first.

What Conservative Movement?

Bush 43 was correct, there’s more than enough evidence to conclude there is no genuine Conservative Movement in America today; mostly, it’s a term of art to define a fairly lucrative industry. Had there been … there would be at least one, if not more top notch conservatives running for President this year and the self-professed leaders of said movement would be leading something, as opposed to running book clubs, now fatted institutions and selling speeches to anyone interested in hearing them discuss Republican politics and some ideals they … don’t even fight for when it comes down to it.

h/t Erick Erickson for this in Time … What Is a Conservative?

[A]mong those who chose to answer the question: Is there a crisis in the conservative movement? Reason’s Nick Gillespie is by far the most honest and accurate, while making the most sense.

At least since the election of St. Ronald Reagan, self-styled conservatives have repeatedly revealed themselves to be the biggest frauds or most delusional suckers in American politics. Conservatives ostensibly believe in limited government … But under Reagan and, more recently, George W. Bush and a Republican Congress that spent like LBJ on a bourbon-fueled bender, they cheered an immense increase not just in federal outlays and borrowing but also in centralization of power in Washington.

National Republicans Online editor Rich Lowry tells us there is no crisis in the movement today. Of course not, because there is no genuine movement and the only crisis that might gain Lowry’s attention would be if NRO’s donations took a nose dive.Does anyone believe Lowry is leading anything today that does anything but give Republicans a more right-leaning alternative to what progressive Democrats are trying to do at any point in time … ?

[I]f the 2012 primary tells us anything, it is that, effectively, there is no genuine organized grassroots conservative movement in America today and the vast majority of those in Washington portrayed as leaders of some imagined conservative movement are little more than Republican Party toadies …

Riehl is right. GWB was right too. There is no conservative movement. All that exists today are a bunch of people who willingly prostitute themselves for the Republican Party – a diabolically corrupt institution that has done everything in its power to destroy American liberty.

Stand on principle? C’mon now, that’s so lame. Besides, partisanship is way more important! Conservative ideals can wait for another day. We can keep kicking the can down the road. Right now we gotta “Sock It to the Left!”

Same as it ever was … same as it ever was … and America keeps drifting to the left.

Here’s the first.

Good Grief, Conservative Bloggers Are Lame

If the least conservative candidate, Romney is also viewed as the most electable, then these conservative bloggers (I didn’t participate) don’t even believe in what they purport to believe in enough to fight for it, and or they think conservatism is a losing proposition. What the hell is the point of blogging if that’s how you feel? You’re not interested in advancing your own agenda, you’re only interested in spouting off about your victim status. Go the hell away and leave the blogging to people willing to fight for what they believe in, not whine because you’re a candy-assed mainstream media kool-aid drinking loser.

Conservative bloggers? There aren’t too many of them. There sure are a lot ofRepublican bloggers though. Case in point: blogs4mittens.com.

In 1964, Romney was the enemy. Yet today we’re supposed to collectively get behind Willard “the liberal” Romney??? … So much for advancing your own agenda, eh? Hookin’ for the GOP is much more fun!

But it’s not productive.

The DC Leviathan has continued to grow in size, scope and cost every single day of my life. Republicans have done nothing to stop it. A Republican president backed by a Republican Congress gave us socialized drugs, centralized education, Keynesian stimulus, bailouts, corporate welfare, a police state, utopian nation-building, and undefinable, illogical wars.

Republicans ? Big Government every bit as much as Democrats do. Yet “conservatives” remain obediently in the GOP’s hip-pocket. Go figure.

Cui bono? Certainly not conservatives. Republicans routinely spit on conservative ideals. You can spare me all the “victim” and “stupidity” talk too. Republicans are not, and have never been victims of Democratic shenanigans. They’re not naive either. The truth is that Republicans, just like Democrats, worship the golden calf of statism.

The only folks who’ve been duped are the Republican groupies who believe the GOP stands for something other than plunder, raw power, and government largesse.

But, but … what about those stupid Democrats?

Personally, I could give a rat’s behind about those stupid Democrats. Worrying about them only perpetuates the myth that Republicans give a damn about freedom. They don’t. When (if) they ever do, maybe I’ll care. Until then, conservatives who claim to believe in liberty but then turn around and support statist policies and vote for statist politicians, worry me a whole lot more.

Hookin’ for the GOP!

Principles, philosophy, your own agenda … purged long ago. The originals like Kirk, Nisbet, and Weaver were antiwar, or in “conservative” parlance, anti-American. Besides, that dastardly Russell Kirk sounds way too much like Ron Paul! Can’t have that now, can we? The Republican Party is the War Party. And the Republican Partyalways comes first.

I know, I know, today’s “conservative” is a pragmatist … The (not so) funny thing is though, pragmatism, the philosophical school of thought advanced by William James and John Dewey, rejects the permanent things outright. Pragmatism insists that there is no such thing as basic principles. Pragmatism, quite literally, is a rejection of conservatism.

Conservatives who proudly claim to be “pragmatists,” feeling smarter than thou doing so, are therefore proving Riehl’s thesis correct: “conservative bloggers don’t even believe in what they purport to believe in.”

With 4 years of talktalktalk behind us, here we are again. The 2012 election upon us, and conservatives are obediently lining up behind the latest Establishment Liberal:

If you think trading one socialist for another socialist is a “win,” you’re deluding yourself. A President Romney would be a disaster of epic proportions, while destroying whatever is left of conservatism. But then again, there is no conservative movement … Just a collective of hookers for the GOP!

Original Post:  The Classic Liberal

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Judge Napolitano: Do we have a constitution?

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Do we have a constitution anymore? Can the republic be restored? Judge Andrew Napolitano and Utah Senator Mike Lee examine this topic in the below video. Please take a few minutes and watch it.

Mark Levin says we are living in a “post constitution” period in America. Conservative talk show host Mike Church believes our constitution is dead and that we need to get over it.  The other day I was listening toAndrew Wilkow and he made the case that DUI checkpoints which is now commonplace in America are 100 percent unconstitutional.  Think about it, every time law enforcement set these checkpoints up to randomly pull over cars and subject the individual to a sobriety tests or breath alcohol test without any probable cause they are violating the 4th amendment which was crafted to guard against unreasonable searches and seizures without probable cause.  I never really thought about until Mr. Wilkow talked about it his show.  This is another example where our society has traded off their personal liberties for what they view as a safer driving environment.  Constitutional violations occur everyday in America and no one is willing to stand up and challenge these violators.  This brings me to a conversation I had with Right Hand Man yesterday.

We both believe that the solutions to our problems resides within each of us.  It will not be found in a politician with a silver tongue or a governmental body. The solution will be found in us.  The first step is taking off the political party goggles and examine ourselves as individuals with a critical eye.  Until we find the Cicero in each of us to stand up and defend the republic I’m afraid we will watch our once great republic slip away.  You see the problem isn’t just with the politician; it with us.  After all we are the ones who elected these individuals and at the end of the day they are a reflection of who we have become.  The constitution is violated each day because we have not stood up as a whole and defended it.  We must hold these violators of the constitution accountable for their acts and this is done by replacing them with an individuals who is constitutionally grounded.

Looking at our candidates I only see two who are constitutionally grounded and they are in the back of the pack.  What does that say about us?  What does that say about the future of individual liberty in America?  Our government is growing and our nation is drowning in debt.  We’re on the verge of financial collapse and two big government candidates are leading our field.  All I will say is we get the government we deserve.  If I sound frustrated it’s because I am.  I don’t want to live in a post constitution America.  I want to live in an America where the constitution is reestablished as a wall between the government and the people.  I know I’m partly to blame for the mess we’re in because I blindly voted for the “R” and not for the conservative in the past.  No more.  Big government Republicans are not going to restore the republic or reestablish our constitution.  Only we the people will restore the republic and reestablish our constitution.  And we will do this by replacing those who are ignoring the constitution with those who have a strong desire to reestablish it; but it all starts with us.

Liberty forever, freedom for all!

Original Post:  The Sentry Journal

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Look Out Uncle Sam!!!

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Remember the video the left made about gramma being pushed over a cliff by the conservatives? That video was played up by the MSM and went viral in the liberal blogoshere. The video below was made in response but it will receive no attention from the MSM. Help make this video go viral as well. A big Hat Tip to Bunkerville for finding this.

Original Post:  Conservatives on Fire

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Profiles in Useful Idiocy: Mitt Romney Espouses the Big Lie

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I’ve been openly critical of Mitt Romney as a POTUS candidate.  From his creation of RomneyCare, to his waffling on the issues, I believe that he is a RINO who will talk a good game to get elected, but will govern as a “Republicrat.”  For more evidence on that assertion, I offer you this from the Daily Caller…

Liberal Al Gore took to his blog Wednesday to applaud the former Massachusetts governor for his stance on climate change.

“Good for Mitt Romney,” Gore, the former Democratic vice president, wrote about the Republican seeking the White House in 2012.

He continued: “While other Republicans are running from the truth, he is sticking to his guns in the face of the anti-science wing of the Republican Party.”

Here is some more from the WaPo…

The putative Republican presidential front-runner, eager to prove his conservative bona fides, could easily have said what he knew many in his party’s base wanted to hear.

Instead, the former Massachusetts governor stuck to the position he has held for many years — that he believes the world is getting warmer and that humans are contributing to that pattern.

Romney’s answer to the question about climate change last Friday during his first town hall meeting since announcing his second presidential campaign allowed him to demonstrate what he hopes voters will see as a new and improved candidate — an authentic leader with core convictions.

OK, not only is the WaPo reporting it, they are applauding him for it.  This has to invoke what is perhaps Rule Number One for Identifying and Avoiding RINOs:

If the MSM lauds a GOP candidate, run from them as if he or she has the plague (because they probably do).

And, here is Romney in his own words…

And to consider that Think Regress is helping us out by exposing this stooge?  I don’t know that their game is, but if this keeps Romney from getting the nomination, they’ve done the world a favor.

In the end, Romney is shilling for the big lie.  The consequences of that are the same as we’ve been discussing all along:

  • Downgraded lifestyles.
  • Higher prices for energy, and therefore, everything else.
  • Millions of jobs lost.
  • Government control of all aspects of human life.

If you want any, or all of those, then vote for Romney in the coming primaries. You’ll get what you deserve for doing it.

How many of us spent the 90’s and particularly, the last decade, holding our noses and voting for a flawed GOP candidate?  I know I did, and I did it to keep the Democrats from winning.  And what did that get us?  We got Obama, Pelosi, and Reid for our trouble.  We voted for RINOs-people who talked a good game on the campaign trail, but once in office, voted for big government.  Was it AS big government as the Democrats have since achieved?  No, but it did fail just the same.  Then, out of that failure, we got the leaders that have now driven us to the brink of complete disaster.

I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of compromising my principals to “just win.”  Voting just to win doesn’t result in victory, it results in losing at a slightly slower rate. We simply can not afford that anymore.

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Evidence of Democratic Success! Record Number Enroll in Government Anti-poverty Programs!

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One measure of success for Democrats is the number of people that they have helped save from starvation and poverty. It is a worthy measure of whether a policy is successful or not, and Obama, Peters, and all the other Democrats often campaign about how hard they have worked to expand the ‘safety net’ and ‘feed the starving masses.’ In their speeches they talk about how they are setting a goal for themselves of getting as many people who need help into the right government programs. And on their watch, under the Democratic Congress and a Democratic President, they have been successful in destroying an economy and driving record numbers of people to accept the forced charity of the governments dependence programs.

Democrats have been successful in ruining the private economy, of killing jobs with high taxes and regulation, of drying up private charities through taxes and regulations, of bankrupting businesses with regulations and taxes, and of setting up legal and regulatory barriers so that that private individuals are increasingly unable to help others. Barack Obama has done his job- under his watch and guidance, more and more people are forced to swallow their pride and accept the forced charity that is government welfare. Gary Peters has done his job well- money has been taken from businesses and individuals who worked hard for it, some of those businesses and individuals are unable to pay that money and go out of business or into bankruptcy, the money that is collected is cycled through several government agents who are well paid and have great benefits and retirement funds, some of that money is transferred to people and businesses who have friends in government and use those political connections to take some of that money, and then what little of that money is left given those people who need it. Success! And under Obama and the Democrats, that number has gotten bigger and bigger!

More than 50 million Americans are on Medicaid, the federal-state program aimed principally at the poor, a survey of state data by USA TODAY shows. That’s up at least 17% since December 2007, the month that Democrats enlarged their majorities in the House and Senate and captured the Presidency. One out of every six people in the United States have been driven to beg for aid from the government, creating a mass of dependent wards of the state who are stuck on the dole but reliably deliver votes to those people who promise more benefits with less obligations and time limits. The remaining five out of every six people in the US are forced to work increasingly harder to provide for themselves and for the other who are not working.

Even worse is that last year Obama and Democrats in Congress like Gary Peters passed Obamacare, which is scheduled to add a minimum of 16 million new people to Medicaid, starting in 2014. This massive expansion in taxpayer funded welfare is sure to drive increasing numbers into bankruptcy and job losses, driving the numbers on welfare up even higher, all thanks to the success of Democrats policies.

More than 40 million people get food stamps, an increase of nearly 50% since the election of Obama in December of 2007, according to government data through May. The program has grown steadily for three years, ever since the Democrats captured Congress in 2006, as Democrats policies have increasing taken their toll on Americans and driven more to beg government agents for food.

Close to 10 million receive unemployment insurance, nearly four times the number from 2007. Benefits have been extended by Congress eight times beyond the basic 26-week program, enabling the long-term unemployed to get up to 99 weeks of benefits.

One last success for Obama and the Democrats- more than 4.4 million people are on welfare, an 18% increase during the recession.

(Source data comes from USA Today’s Record number in government anti-poverty programs)

Original Post: A Conservative Teacher

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Pat Dollard’s “Young Americans” Debuts at Big Hollywood

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Here’s a cross post from Feed Your ADHD.  Snarky Basterd wanted me to re-post, so here it is.

If you thought the tiny glimpse of the Iraq War you were allowed to see all those years through the polished prisms of pretty-boy liberal-run cable TV was real … get ready to have your ass blown up by an IED.

Pat Dollard, who’s gracious enough to lower his standards and let your insane narrator have a weekly spot on his site, PatDollard.com, had his tenacious and riveting and truly ground-breaking Young Americans video series debut yesterday at Big Hollywood. It’s the reportage the MSM never wanted you to know about, for fear you’d double your support for the war we won but Dirty Harry once claimed we “lost.”

Here’s a mesmerizing taste:

“…Some short-hand background: I was a William-Morris talent agent, a 17-year veteran with Steven Soderbergh as my flagship client. I wasn’t restless, I wasn’t having a mid-life crisis, nor did I go for any other cheap reason that the Left would have you believe in order to prevent you from finding any decent, substantive or, God forbid, patriotic or moral reason to film what I did. I went because my country was engaged in both a shooting and information war, and if I could do it, I faced a moral imperative to serve my country in those wars, in the best available way that I could. At the time, I was too old to enlist, so I joined the fray in the next most appropriate manner. In both the series and the story behind it, there are great heights of human achievement, the most stinging moments of human pain, the lowest depths of human failure and human evil, and loss of life of family and friends. I went to war and kept my life, but lost my family, in a bizarre reversal of the usual dark process. Someone recently told me that I have never come home. And like so many of us who journey into war, I have found that this person was inadvertently correct. Because I did come home, but home was no longer there. It really never is, if only because the home we left was in part a no-longer effective illusion, and because our vision of the natures of both the world and the men who populate it, so stripped to their essential truths by conditions that are governed by nothing more than the forces of cunning and power, has been made much clearer, and so different, that home by perception is most certainly not, and never again will be, the place that we left. We will be entirely present, we will flourish, and we will start a new home with the people we left in the old one, but no one ever returns home from war.”

Still here? What the fuck for? Click here for the preamble story and video, and follow over to Big Hollywood for the full effect, including Episode 1 of Young Americans. Then take a good hard look inside your heart and ask yourself: “Do I really want our young Americans in Afghanistan to go through all of this shit again … for nothing?”

For Snarky’s original post, check out Pat Dollard’s “Young Americans” Debuts at Big Hollywood

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