LBJ: We were attacked (in the Gulf of Tonkin)!

Nixon: I am not a crook!

Clinton: I did not have sex with that woman… Miss Lewinski!

Bush – 41: Read my lips – No new taxes!

Obama:

I will have the most transparent administration in history.

TARP is to fund shovel-ready jobs.

I am focused like a laser on creating jobs.

The IRS is not targeting anyone.

It was a spontaneous riot about a movie.

If I had a son.

I will put an end to the type of politics that “breeds division, conflict and cynicism”.

You didn’t build that!

I will restore trust in Government.

The Cambridge cops acted stupidly.

The public will have 5 days to look at every bill that land on my desk

It’s not my red line – it is the world’s red line.

Whistle blowers will be protected in my administration.

We got back every dime we used to rescue the banks and auto companies, with interest.

I am not spying on American citizens.

Obama-Care will be good for America

You can keep your family doctor.

Premiums will be lowered by $2500.

If you like it, you can keep your current healthcare plan

It’s just like shopping at Amazon

I knew nothing about “Fast and Furious” gunrunning to Mexican drug cartels

I knew nothing about IRS targeting conservative groups

I knew nothing about what happened in Benghazi

And the biggest one of all:

“I, Barrack Hussein Obama, pledge to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America

It’s really a shame we have to lose a program representing the best science, mathematics and engineering America can produce which inspires not only generations within the U.S. populace, but the world’s as well.

Obama speaks long and hard about achievements and personal endeavors but has no qualms about killing them with the stroke of his pen.

This man is a dangerous bane to this country and for its sake, he needs to go.

If anyone deserves to be on the moon, it’s Obama.

Janet Napolitano’s point of view about the Christmas Day attempt to blow up an American airliner with over 300 souls on board appears to differ from that of President Obama’s.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Sunday that the thwarting of the attempt to blow up an Amsterdam-Detroit airline flight Christmas Day demonstrated that “the system worked.”

Asked by CNN’s Candy Crowley on “State of the Union” how that could be possible when the young Nigerian who has been charged with trying to set off the bomb was able to smuggle explosive liquid onto the jet, Napolitano responded: “We’re asking the same questions.”

Napolitano added that there was “no suggestion that [the suspect] was improperly screened.”

Obama had played it cool on the attempted plot when it happened, then yesterday he spoke about the reviews he had ordered of terrorist watch-lists, but today’s statement was much harsher.

Apparently as an answer to the blistering attacks from critics over Napolitano’s flippant remarks about the state of our domestic security system, President Obama struck a harsher tone today (December 29, 2009) on the attempted terrorist bombing over Detroit, telling reporters in Hawaii that “a systemic failure has occurred, and I consider that totally unacceptable,” adding that he would “insist on accountability at every level.”

The no-fly-list system is “not sufficiently up to date to take full advantage of the information we collect and the knowledge we have,” Obama said, according to reports from Hawaii.

Two days after the successful attempt (read that carefully) to blow up the airliner, I called for the resignation of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. I hope Obama’s statement about insisting on accountability at every level includes Napolitano.

Oslo, Norway
December 10, 2009

President Obama was in Oslo today to humbly accept the Nobel Peace Prize. A record number of nominations, in all 205, have been made for the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, the Norwegian Nobel Institute said

The tally includes 172 individuals and 33 organisations, besting the 2005 number of 199 nominations.

Apparently, you don’t have to actually do anything to be eligible for nomination. The Nobel web-site only says:

The candidates eligible for the Nobel Peace Prize are those nominated by qualified individuals.

Qualified Nominators
The right to submit proposals for the Nobel Peace Prize shall, by statute, be enjoyed by:

    1. Members of national assemblies and governments of states;
    2. Members of international courts;
    3. University rectors; professors of social sciences, history, philosophy, law and theology; directors of peace research institutes and foreign policy institutes;
    4. Persons who have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize;
    5. Board members of organizations who have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize;
    6. Active and former members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee; (proposals by members of the Committee to be submitted no later than at the first meeting of the Committee after February 1) and
    7. Former advisers appointed by the Norwegian Nobel Institute.

    The Nobel Peace Prize may also be awarded to institutions and associations.

The requirements for being an eligible nominator are more stringent than becoming a nominee. We look to 2007’s winner, Al Gore, for his amazing climate change work as confirmation of that fact. As such, the Nobel Foundation should probably review their nominator qualifications.

Al Gore


Nobel rendered the prize to the level of Cracker Jack prize when it awarded Al Gore. Apparently not satisfied cheapening the award with Gore’s give-away, Nobel has now rendered the prize absolutely meaningless by giving one to Obama for.. uh.. nothing.

If either of these two gentlemen had any honor, they would have rejected the award. But we knew they wouldn’t, didn’t we?

The Nobel Committee has insulted every past award winner for their amazing achievements and contributions. Being awarded with the prize now takes on a different meaning when the recipient realizes they are joining the ranks containing these two clowns.

What a farce and what an insult.

The Internal Revenue Service will be your Health Care Enforcer


H.R. 3962, the “Affordable Health Care for America Act” contains thirteen new tax hikes. They are listed here for your enjoyment.


Employer Mandate Excise Tax (Page 275): If an employer does not pay 72.5 percent of a single employee’s health premium (65 percent of a family employee), the employer must pay an excise tax equal to 8 percent of average wages. Small employers (measured by payroll size) have smaller payroll tax rates of 0 percent (<$500,000), 2 percent ($500,000-$585,000), 4 percent ($585,000-$670,000), and 6 percent ($670,000-$750,000).

Individual Mandate Surtax (Page 296): If an individual fails to obtain qualifying coverage, he must pay an income surtax equal to the lesser of 2.5 percent of modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) or the average premium. MAGI adds back in the foreign earned income exclusion and municipal bond interest.

Medicine Cabinet Tax (Page 324): Non-prescription medications would no longer be able to be purchased from health savings accounts (HSAs), flexible spending accounts (FSAs), or health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs). Insulin excepted.

Cap on FSAs (Page 325): FSAs would face an annual cap of $2500 (currently uncapped).

Increased Additional Tax on Non-Qualified HSA Distributions (Page 326): Non-qualified distributions from HSAs would face an additional tax of 20 percent (current law is 10 percent). This disadvantages HSAs relative to other tax-free accounts (e.g. IRAs, 401(k)s, 529 plans, etc.)

Denial of Tax Deduction for Employer Health Plans Coordinating with Medicare Part D (Page 327): This would further erode private sector participation in delivery of Medicare services.

Surtax on Individuals and Small Businesses (Page 336):
Imposes an income surtax of 5.4 percent on MAGI over $500,000 ($1 million married filing jointly). MAGI adds back in the itemized deduction for margin loan interest. This would raise the top marginal tax rate in 2011 from 39.6 percent under current law to 45 percent—a new effective top rate.

Excise Tax on Medical Devices (Page 339): Imposes a new excise tax on medical device manufacturers equal to 2.5 percent of the wholesale price. It excludes retail sales and unspecified medical devices sold to the general public.

Corporate 1099-MISC Information Reporting (Page 344): Requires that 1099-MISC forms be issued to corporations as well as persons for trade or business payments. Current law limits to just persons for small business compliance complexity reasons. Also expands reporting to exchanges of property.

Delay in Worldwide Allocation of Interest (Page 345): Delays for nine years the worldwide allocation of interest, a corporate tax relief provision from the American Jobs Creation Act

Limitation on Tax Treaty Benefits for Certain Payments (Page 346): Increases taxes on U.S. employers with overseas operations looking to avoid double taxation of earnings.

Codification of the “Economic Substance Doctrine” (Page 349): Empowers the IRS to disallow a perfectly legal tax deduction or other tax relief merely because the IRS deems that the motive of the taxpayer was not primarily business-related.

Application of “More Likely Than Not” Rule (Page 357): Publicly-traded partnerships and corporations with annual gross receipts in excess of $100 million have raised standards on penalties. If there is a tax underpayment by these taxpayers, they must be able to prove that the estimated tax paid would have more likely than not been sufficient to cover final tax liability.

Timothy Geithner


Peter DeFazio, a Democrat from Oregon and one of the chairs of the Populist Caucus in the House, just called for the firing of Timothy Geithner and Larry Summers, saying that Barack Obama’s economic team is failing him. He said that there’s a “growing sense” in the caucus that a new economic team committed to jobs and American workers is needed to replace the one primarily concerned with Wall Street.

DeFazio said that “boos” accompany Geithner and Summers’ names in the Populist Caucus meetings. Earlier this month, Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) openly wondered why Geithner still has a job, but DeFazio took it a step further by saying,

“We may have to sacrifice two more jobs to get millions more for Americans.”

This comes at a time when Timothy Geithner is pushing Congress to move quickly in overhauling badly flawed U.S. financial rules, which he says is essential for the health of the economy.

Both the House and Senate are making progress toward revamping the current regulations, but Geithner said a rapid conclusion is needed to keep the economic recovery on track.

“To ensure the vitality, the strength and the stability of our economy going forward, we must bring our system of financial regulation into the 21st century,” Geithner said in remarks prepared for an appearance Thursday before the Joint Economic Committee.

Both the House Financial Services Committee and the Senate Banking Committee are working on their own versions of sweeping overhaul plans. But the two panels are taking sharply divergent approaches in some areas.

Both proposals also face sharp opposition from major sectors in the financial industry, casting doubt on how quickly Congress will be able to reach agreement and send a finished bill to the White House.

Flashback

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder released the following statement relating to President Obama’s historic speech in Cairo, Egypt:

“The President’s pledge for a new beginning between the United States and the Muslim community takes root here in the Justice Department where we are committed to using criminal and civil rights laws to protect Muslim Americans. A top priority of this Justice Department is a return to robust civil rights enforcement and outreach in defending religious freedoms and other fundamental rights of all of our fellow citizens in the workplace, in the housing market, in our schools and in the voting booth.

“There are those who will continue to want to divide by fear – to pit our national security against our civil liberties – but that is a false choice. We have a solemn responsibility to protect our people while we also protect our principles.”


On November 18, 2009, Attorney General Eric Holder, in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, defended his decision to bring five 9-11 conspirators – including the alleged mastermind — to New York to stand trial in federal civilian court.

During his testimony, Eric Holder reminded us we are at war when he said,

“I know that we are at war with a vicious enemy who targets our soldiers on the battlefield in Afghanistan and our civilians on the streets here at home. I have personally witnessed that somber fact in the faces of the families who have lost loved ones abroad, and I have seen it in the daily intelligence stream I review each day. Those who suggest otherwise are simply wrong.”

Eric Holder is confused.
It is obvious this man is incompetent for the job of Attorney General and is over his head on this issue. As it has been pointed out, he is setting “bad history”. The implication is that when we catch bin Laden, we’re going to have to also read him his Miranda Rights.

I accuse the Obama Administration of stating “we are at war” versus “it’s a law enforcement problem” as it suits them.

In this case, Eric Holder is bringing this case to Federal court to the benefit of Covington & Burling. Remember, Eric Holder was a senior partner with Covington & Burling, a prestigious Washington, D.C. law firm, which represents 17 Yemenis currently held at Gitmo. During 2007 alone, Covington contributed more than 3,000 hours of free, top-flight legal assistance to our enemy detainees.

In March 2007, after four years in captivity, including six months of detention at Guantanamo Bay, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed — as it was claimed by a Combatant Status Review Tribunal Hearing in Guantanamo Bay — confessed to masterminding the September 11, 2001, attacks, the Richard Reid shoe bombing attempt to blow up an airliner over the Atlantic Ocean, the Bali nightclub bombing in Indonesia, the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and various foiled attacks.

In spite of this, Attorney General Eric Holder wants to try KSM in federal court.

The Patriot Act is rendered toothless thanks to him.

In my mind, Eric Holder is following Barack Obama’s vision, an enemy of the state and a friend of radical Islam.