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OH GOD, NO: Is Obama Going To Be A Third Term President?

bho-numbers-500x280Originally posted at CLASH Daily

America is already well aware that for Hillary Clinton, who many think is “the smartest woman in the world,” it’s difficult to keep track of minor details like a philandering husband and confidential emails.

Much like Hillary, Barack Obama, the “smartest person in the room,” is also super-intelligent, which is why he may struggle with things like simple math.

Take for instance, back in 2008 when Obama informed Americans that there were seven extra states in the union, all of which he believed he had visited. He even believed he had one left to go. This may be because Obama really does possess the power to “slow the rise of the oceans” and “heal the planet,” so counting states may be too trivial an endeavor.

Either way, Obama’s latest number fumble came a couple of days after exhibiting a very shaky grasp of economics at the State of the Union address. This time, the president, who has been busy “fundamentally transforming” our “fundamentally flawed” Constitution for the last 8-years, added 10-years to America’s age.

Rather than July 4th, 1776, according to Obama, the birth of America occurred in 1766.

In addition to revising our nation’s birthday, while appearing at the University of Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska the president also rewrote a few other things when he said: “Just as all this talk about how the American economy is terrible is just not true, it’s also not true when you hear folks talking about how America’s so weak.”

Obama went on to elevate himself by ridiculing Republicans for being less than enthusiastic about his many other accomplishments such as his having made America, “far and away the most powerful nation on the planet.”

Meanwhile, on a more serious note, as Obama was busy taking credit for America being the “most powerful nation on the planet,” 10 American sailors were being humiliated by Iran on the deck of an apprehended naval ship.

Nonetheless, the president proceeded to rebuke Republicans and educate detractors about America’s strength, explaining we are who we are, “because the United States of America, for two hundred, err – 50 – years, has been working to make us the strongest.”

Huh?

Wait! In fairness, during America’s bicentennial celebration, which took place in 1976, Barack Obama was only 15-years-old, going by the name Barry Soetoro, and was still living in Indonesia. That may be why Obama believes our nation, which is approaching its 240th birthday, is really 250-years of age. Or maybe little Barry tends to use some kind of Indonesian form of common core math.

Another possibility could be that the former Constitutional law professor is cognizant of something our Founding Fathers didn’t know, either that, or he and his Choom Gang really did tour those 9 states in his Choom Wagon during the decade no one else knew existed.

And while all this misperception could be benign, if Obama continues to fumble around with numbers, there is a dilemma America could encounter in the months ahead.

The red flag went up when an acolyte in the adoring University of Omaha crowd shouted out to Obama: “Four more years!”

The president responded to the suggestion: “I can’t do that because of the Constitution” (which he’s been defying and demeaning for two terms). Then Obama followed up with: “And I can’t do that because Michelle would kill me!”

Here’s the problem: In 2009, deposed president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya sought to rewrite the Honduran constitution’s term limit provision so he could stay in office, something the Honduran constitution prohibited. At the time, newly-elected Barack Obama, who, as we can see, has the propensity to add additional numbers to everything, called for “democratic order” to be restored by supporting Zelaya’s defiance to the Honduran constitution.

Now Barack Obama, who has already proven he can’t count, is reassuring America that after eight years he plans to leave? Don’t count on it.

Obama’s ‘Empty Chair’

5067315_GOriginally posted at American Thinker

At the 2012 Republican Convention, Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood addressed Barack Obama by speaking to an empty chair. The left was peeved, and the Obama campaign was greatly offended.

Four years later, for the 2016 State of the Union address, Obama, the Teleprompter Thespian, plans to emulate Eastwood’s stunt.  The difference is that instead of the sort of exploitation of the living the president typically indulges in, this time, as a prop, Obama will exploit the dead by leaving an empty chair in the First Lady’s skybox to represent those killed by gun violence.

Based on what he had to say to 20,000 participants during a recent Organizing for Action conference call, the empty chair is necessary because the president feels, although deceased, victims of gun violence need to be “seen and understood.”

Americans already know that, as part of his 8-year repertoire, this president never hesitates to employ manipulation to further policy initiatives. That’s why, in his last State of the Union address, Obama will stress that if one loses a life because of a gun it “means something to this country.”

So, although the vacant seat next to FLOTUS could be a safe spot to place one of her $5,000 designer handbags — it’s not.  Instead, the empty chair will “tell [victim’s] stories and honor their memory… [and] remind every single one of our representatives that it’s their responsibility to do something.”

Speaking of representatives, during this joint session, Obama probably won’t be taking any opportunities to thank the armed security for protecting and preserving the lives of every politician occupying a filled seat in the House chamber.

And while Obama’s fake show will undoubtedly be about as heartrending as his recent display of crocodile tears, one thing’s for certain, the people the president won’t refer to in his memorial are those who have died as a result of progressive ideals and goals being advanced.

Take, for instance, Border Patrol agent Brian Terry — it’s unlikely that Obama will venerate Brian’s death at the State of the Union. Brian was shot and killed in 2010 with a gun provided to Mexican drug cartels by the Obama administration’s failed Fast and Furious ATF gun-walking effort.

Is it important to Barack Obama that the death of Brian Terry be “seen and understood?”  According to the president, does Brian’s premature death “mean something to this country?”

Barack Obama will be clear about how he feels about empty chairs, but where’s his memorial to the empty boots that belonged to Navy SEAL “American Sniper” Chris Kyle and Chris’s friend Chad Littlefield, both of whom were shot in cold blood by a former Marine at a shooting range?

Despite Chris Kyle’s service to this nation, Obama never acknowledged his death, nor did he find the time to put his golf clubs down long enough to attend Kyle’s funeral.

So does the death of military heroes like Chris Kyle, SEAL Team 6, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, who died in Benghazi, and every soldier whose blood has been poured out in vain, thanks to Obama’s failed policies, ‘mean something’ to this Commander-in-Chief or not?

How about Obama including in his memorial empty chair show every victim of an illegal alien who currently is not sitting in a chair, but because of open borders and lax immigration policy, lies in a grave?

Why not mention victims like Kate Steinle, the 32-year-old woman who, while strolling on Pier 14 in San Francisco with her father Jim, was shot in the back with a stolen .40 caliber handgun, by Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, an illegal felon who had been deported five times and was still wandering around loose in a sanctuary city?

Then again, based on his immigration stance, and his constant excuse-making for radical Islam, during the SOTU, it might be in the president’s best interest to avoid mentioning the violent extremists skulking around in the U.S. killing cops in the name of Allah, mowing down unarmed military, and blowing away defenseless citizens.

Moreover, in advance, it might be best for Obama not to concede to the empty chairs that will be needed to accommodate the deaths resulting from his dogged effort to impose an influx of ISIS-infiltrated refugees upon the Americans people.

In the meantime, when honoring and lamenting the losses caused by guns in Charleston, Sandy Hook, Oak Creek, Tucson, and Aurora, to avoid looking like a complete fraud, Obama best disremember the gun violence perpetrated on the victims of Nidal Hasan in the Fort Hood massacre, Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez in Chattanooga, and the fatalities visited upon the 14 people in San Bernardino by the K-1 Visa, and “Jihadi Bride,” Tashfeen Malik.

And amid the man’s constant speechifying, why hasn’t Barack Obama ever pointed to all the empty cribs?

Because this president doesn’t want the 4,000 victims a day killed in abortion clinics, with his approval, to be “seen and understood.” Nor does Planned Parenthood’s biggest defender want any of us to understand the tremendous impact the absence of 60 million human beings “means… to this country.”

That’s why, when a tearful Obama dramatically points to the empty chair in the Special People Sky Box at the State of the Union address, it’s important for Americans to remember that the uninhabited seat represents a small, select minority consisting of dead Americans whose demise has value only because their death advances the president’s agenda.

Either way, a stadium full of empty chairs is not big enough to accommodate all of Barack Obama’s empty rhetoric.

That’s why, at this year’s SOTU, murdered border patrol agents and victims killed in the name of Islam will not be esteemed. Neither will the cops shot in the head by a black man named Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley, nor the innocent citizens slain by illegals currently walking the streets of America with Barack Obama’s approval.

Will Families of Slain NYPD Officers be Obama’s Guests at the SOTU Address?

pendleton-obama-2Originally posted at American Thinker

On January 29, 2013, on the South Side of Chicago, while standing with friends in Vivian Gordon Harsh Park, 15-year-old teen Hadiya Pendleton was killed by two youths who shot into the group in an attempt to hit a rival gang member.

At the time, the president was attending memorials and reacting to the tragedies surrounding the Gabby Giffords; Aurora, Colorado; and Newtown, Connecticut shootings, all three of which took place in 2011 and 2012.  Eager to suppress the Second Amendment by exploiting gun violence (while simultaneously promoting and funding unrestricted feticide), and supposedly in hopes of making sure the children are safe, Obama sent wife Michelle to Hadiya’s funeral in Chicago.

In an effort to ratchet up her husband’s anti-gun rhetoric, at Harper High School in Chicago, where several students had recently lost their lives to gun violence, Michelle personally identified with the murdered teen when she uttered the words “Hadiya Pendleton was me, and I was her.”

It was all very poignant and moving.

Then, just weeks after young Hadiya had been laid to rest, to drive home the guns-need-to-be-controlled point, at the State of the Union, sitting right beside Michelle Obama in the Special People/Political-Point-Scoring Skybox, were Cleo and Nat Pendleton.

Hadiya’s bereaved parents listened while the president encouraged a vote for gun reform by referencing their daughter’s love for Fig Newtons and lip gloss and her drum majorette performance at an event celebrating his second inauguration.

Stressing the need for Congress to vote for gun control, Obama told his audience that “Hadiya’s parents, Nate and Cleo, are in this chamber tonight, along with more than two dozen Americans whose lives have been torn apart by gun violence. They deserve a vote.”

Then the president hammered home the point by saying that “Gabby Giffords deserves a vote[.] … The families of Newtown … [and] the families of Aurora deserve a vote.”

Fast-forward to December 2014.  Amid tensions agitated by the guy who seems more amenable to gun violence if it’s taking place during a bout of racial unrest, and with the encouragement of race-hustler Al Sharpton and that converter of lesbians with the biracial son whom he warned to watch out for the NYPD, Mayor Bill de Blasio, two New York City police officers were shot in the head execution-style.

This was not a random shooting.

Just one week before Christmas, citing the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, clad in camouflage pants and a baseball cap, Ismaayil Brinsley targeted Wenjian Liu, son of Chinese immigrants, and Brooklyn native and aspiring church chaplain Rafael Ramos, solely because they were cops.

Carrying a high-caliber handgun, Brinsley silently approached and fired through the passenger-side window of the police cruiser.  Newlywed Liu and devoted father Ramos, who were working overtime on an anti-terrorism drill, were both mortally wounded.

In the wake of those deaths, the president has had little to say.  Preoccupied by a 17-day Christmas vacation in Hawaii, the man who flew to South Africa for Mandela’s funeral did not allow his golfing time to be disrupted by funerary obligations.  Even Michelle was given a reprieve.  Rather than rush to New York as she did to Chicago when she attended Hadiya’s funeral, the first lady remained in Oahu.

What is odd is that every chance he gets, the president endeavors to weaken the Second Amendment, and yet in the wake of the NYPD murders, Obama seems unwilling to call attention to the rampant bloodshed being perpetrated by angry black youths with racism as their grievance.

It’s also strange is that although he’s the nation’s chief law enforcement official, unlike Michelle identifying with Hadiya, Obama doesn’t seem to personally identify with the assassinated police officers.

After all, if the belief on the left is that “anti-government, pro-gun, xenophobic populism” contributed to the Tucson, Aurora, and Newtown tragedies, isn’t it then the president’s responsibility to acknowledge how expressions of sympathy for the Trayvon Martins and Michael Browns of the world might become an inspiration for Ismaayil Brinsley types to attack and kill cops?

Maybe President Obama hasn’t noticed, but if ever there was a gun-toting, Quran-carrying “bitter clinger,” Brinsley was it!

Furthermore, based on his silence on the subject, the president must not feel it’s necessary to mention that the shooter, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, was part of the paramilitary, San-Quentin-originated Black Guerrilla gang and a Muslim with connections to the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).

However, all is not lost; as the annual State of the Union address draws near, there’s plenty of time for Obama to redeem himself.

Similar to the respect he gave Hadiya Pendleton’s parents by inviting them to sit in the gallery of the House of Representatives, maybe the president will offer equal time at the upcoming SOTU to the heartbroken teenage sons of Rafael Ramos, Jaden and Justin, and their mother Maritza, as well as the inconsolable widow of Wenjian Liu, Pei Xia Chen.

And what better occasion than a primetime speech for Obama to point out how, despite the stringent regulations his executive orders have sought to impose on law-abiding gun owners, if a thug like Ismaayil Brinsley is bent on murder, acquiring a firearm is still easy to do?

Then, just as the president stressed the significance of saving one child’s life through gun control in a prior State of the Union, this year, Obama can announce new measures to protect the lives of the police officers currently threatened by the disgruntled black youths he and his cohort of race-baiters have so blatantly incited.

Michelle Obama Wore ‘A-What-A’ to to the SOTU?

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Originally posted at American Thinker blog

One week after partying in the White House with millionaires and billionaires for Michelle’s 50th, the pre-SOTU buzz was that the president was planning to address income inequality and the minimum wage, among other non-issues Americans aren’t concerned about.

Determined to get the president’s attention, notorious aisle-hugger Sheila Jackson Lee showed up in a two-piece suit the color of a wad of Bazooka bubble gum or perhaps a drippy bottle of Pepto-Bismol.

As for Michelle Obama, in an effort to counterbalance the ocular assault, the woman who spends America’s money like a drunken sailor must have thought it would be a good idea if she wore the dress she had on for Barbara Walters‘ 2012 Christmas interview.

Burrowing deep into her closet, Michelle located the dress, which was designed by Azzedine Alaïa, a Tunisian Paris-based couture designer whose shoes start at $2,000 a pair.  Then, like the moneyed elitist she is, the FLOTUS subjected a nation in economic pain to the sight of her descending the stairs and making her way to her seat wearing a shade of forest-green that came curiously close to the color of money.

As Barack Obama spends his time in office destroying what Ronald Reagan built, after being popular in the 1980s Azzedine Alaïa is suddenly making a comeback.

Mrs. Obama’s Alaïa featured an oversized belt that cinched in at the waist with a flouncy A-line skirt, decorated in silk stripes and topped with a cropped jacket that sported three-quarter-length bicep-concealing sleeves. Oh yeah, and some very unappealing black opaque tights.

Immediately following the SOTU, Mrs. Obama headed straight to California to fulfill her husband’s call to address “income inequality” by way of fundraising. Michelle might even feign thriftiness by wearing her Azzedine Alaïa a third time to a scheduled gathering attended by those who managed to raise $32,400 per guest.

Way back in 1995, Mr. Alaïa was mentioned in the movie Clueless, a flick about another spoiled rich girl with a wardrobe full of haute couture named Cher Horowitz.

In one scene, Cher, played by actress Alicia Silverstone, goes to a party wearing a snug red dress with matching red shoes, topped off by a fluffy black boa. After leaving unescorted, Cher is mugged in a parking lot outside a liquor store. The gunman instructs Ms. Horowitz to get down on the ground.

Hesitant to dirty her pricey frock on the oil-stained asphalt, Cher responds, “Oh no, you don’t understand! This is an Alaïa!” – as in Azzedine Alaïa.

The robber says, “An a-what-a?”

Cher responds, “It’s like a totally important designer,” to which the gunman angrily retorts, “And I will totally shoot you in the head. Get down!”

Speaking of ‘clueless,’ reading about what Michelle chose to wear to the SOTU in an article entitled Michelle Obama’s State Of The Union Dress: She Stuns In Alaïa Ensemble, what immediately came to mind was ‘Oh brother, she stunned alright! The nation is a mess, and this woman shows up in haute couture?’

Then again, on second thought, while her husband pulls off a national stick-up, ‘clueless’ Michelle wearing “an a-what-a” was quite apropos.

SOTU Update: Who Will Sit With Michelle in the Magic Sky Box?

Sky Box

Originally posted at The Blacksphere

Tonight at the SOTU Jason Collins, the openly gay professional basketball player representing the LGBT community, will be out of the closet but in the Sky Box with FLOTUS.

When Obama says over and over “regardless of who you love,” liberals on the floor can look up at Jason when they cheer.

Also in a SOTU Special People SkyBox seat of honor will be survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing Carlos Arredondo and Jeff Bauman, Gary Bird, a fire chief from Moore, Oklahoma, which was hit by a tornado last year.   Also on hand will  be young Joey Hudy, a 16-year-old entrepreneur and intern at Intel, whose parents are definitely Obama supporters, as well as, on behalf of teacher’s unions, District of Columbia Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year, Kathy Hollowell-Makle.

Representing the glass ceiling shatterers, waving from the balcony like Marie Antoinette’s handmaiden will be GM CEO Mary Barra. Mary will sit right beside Marie…I mean Michelle Obama, and if we’re lucky we may even see Ms. Barra adjust Mrs. Obama’s tiara and train.

It’s unclear whether, as part of the proceedings,  there will be a same-sex wedding or whether Beyonce and Jay-Z will be sharing some steamy skin.

Either way, what would be fun is if, up there in the ‘SOTU Special People SkyBox,’ there were individuals that could ensure that Barack Obama would be so anxious  to get out of there he would only punish America for a short amount of time.

Right now, we already know Willie Robertson of Duck Dynasty is coming as a guest of Louisiana Rep. Vance McAllister, and conservative talk show host Sean Hannity will be sitting with Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas.

While Willie and Sean should get Barry stuttering a bit and could help speed up the torture, wouldn’t it be fun if, in full camouflage regalia, Phil Robertson showed up on behalf of traditional marriage?

Or how about that blonde Danish chick that took a selfie with Barry at Mandela’s funeral? Barack Obama would likely be in agreement that the fetching Helle Thorning-Schmidt could certainly represent Apple technology.

Rush Limbaugh, Principal of the Limbaugh Institute for Advanced Conservative Studies could be there on behalf of education.

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates could receive a  standing ovation on behalf of truth.

And, last but not least, the Tea Party Three:  Mike Lee (R-UT), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Rand Paul (R-KY) could give a shout-out for freedom!

Here’s to a rousing SOTU toast! Skål!

 

Hip Boot Alert: SOTU Incoming

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Originally posted at The Blacksphere

Barack Obama is about to pull out his Teleprompter and pile it higher and deeper than ever before.

In anticipation of the State of the Union, word to the wise: don the goggles, hip boots, and ‘shovel ready’ shovel.

The shovel is especially important to dig  out from under the high, wide pile that is about to bury America under lies, cluelessness, incessant hissing ‘S’ sounds, Republican demonization, right-to-left bobble heading, and controversial Sky Box people-watching.

And Michelle Obama sleeveless outfit-wearing, which is sure to dazzle both Joan Rivers and Kelly Osbourne.

Expect zero humility, no apologies, and a truckload of blame passing.

So, pop the popcorn, put your feet up, and stock up on anti-nausea/vomiting medication…America is gonna need it!

That and a good pair of hip boots.

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Sean Hannity Is Headed to the SOTU

Sean Hannity

Originally posted at The Blacksphere

The State of the Union is going to be great! Here’s why: Sean Hannity will be the guest of another vocal critic of the President, Texas Representative Louie Gohmert.

Besides the sheer gloriousness of Sean Hannity being among the live spectators, what will really be entertaining is to see how Sean’s presence rattles Barack Obama.

Let’s face it…the star of the State of the Union address is such a narcissist that having Sean Hannity anywhere within 10 miles of the Capitol will drive him absolutely nuts. Don’t be surprised if the vindictive brat instructs the Secret Service to find a reason, any reason, to escort Hannity off the premises and forbid him from entering the House Chambers.

One thing’s for sure – if Sean does manage to get inside and Barry spots him in the crowd, the Teleprompter man will not be able to control the snide remarks. It’s almost guaranteed the “Caricature” will reference hateful talk radio hosts, people who divide rather than unite, and mention those  responsible for his failures because they spew vitriol over the airwaves day after day.

The only thing better than Sean staring down the president at the State of the Union address would be to have Rush Limbaugh park himself front and center and blow cigar rings skyward as the Prevaricator spends the hour prevaricating.

Obama has already mentioned Sean Hannity publicly, so it’s clear the conservative radio talk show host/Fox News TV star irritates the big baby.

Just for fun, maybe Sean can elbow notorious “aisle hog” Shelia Jackson Lee out of the way as the Sergeant at Arms yells, “Mr. Speaker, the President of the United States,” and lean in for a face-to-face handshake as Obama works his way to the podium.

Either way, for personal protection, Hannity should at least coordinate a small section of likeminded people.

For instance, Sean should sit in between Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and Representative Joe ‘You Lie’ Wilson of South Carolina. Hopefully he’ll be able to convince those two truth tellers to sit right behind the star of the 2010 State of the Union, that insubordinate head shaker, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.

It would never happen, but it is fun to fantasize Hannity introducing some lighthearted fun into the evening.

For starters, Sean could bring a kazoo. Then, every time Obama slips into that sibilant mode and starts that little whistling “S” or “SH” speech impediment thing he does, Sean could stand up and blow the kazoo.

For those who need a definition of sibilance, it’s a speaking style that produces the sound of a whistle or the hiss of a snake.

Sib·i·lance: characterized by or producing a hissing sound like that of /s/ or /sh/

Then, when Obama introduces the ‘Poor Me’ gallery dwellers and Michelle Obama’s special guests, who’ll likely include any or all of the following: upstanding illegals, women forced to buy their own birth control, income inequality targets, a potential ABC ‘Gay Bachelor,’ a misunderstood Iranian nuclear scientist, and Beyoncé and Jay-Z, that would be the perfect time for Sean to whoot-whoot and throw red, white and blue confetti.

For the lying portions of the address, which will be peppered throughout, it would be awesome if Sean stood on his seat, pointed at the president with a foam finger, and in honor of the military blew a Navy Boatswain whistle? Sean could rise above the sea of liberal Democrat applause and just let loose with the “Pipe Down” command on the boatswain pipe.

There’s no doubt having Sean Hannity in the house is going to make Mr. Suave Bolla Barack very uncomfortable.

On January 28, 2014, even without Hannity being able to antagonize Obama with kazoos and foam fingers, just his presence in the same room as the president will make the grueling yearly SOTU actually worth watching.

Sheila Jackson Lee Wants to Revamp Welfare’s Image

Sheila Jackson Lee

Originally posted at the Blacksphere

On behalf of those who want to gussy-up bad social policy with fancy words, Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), the woman known for her famous braids and multi-colored pashminas, is proposing the term “welfare” be changed to “transitional living fund.”

Wait! Does Sheila mean “transitional” like in transitioning from one welfare check to another welfare check for 50 years, or another kind of transitional?

While waiting for the answer, and before agreeing that the name change is a good idea, maybe we should revisit some of Sheila’s other stupefying statements.

The Texas congresswoman is the person who, when pontificating on the House floor about America winning a war we did not win, actually said that there are two Vietnams.

From geographical knowledge to astronomical appreciation to Ku Klux Klan identification, Ms. Lee also said that Neil Armstrong landed on Mars.  And that “All those who wore sheets a long time ago have now lifted them off and started wearing… uh, clothing, uh, with a name, say, I am part of the tea party.”

Recently, during the government shutdown, Sheila offered the mind-boggling suggestion that martial law is a means to reopening government.

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Now, embroiled in the unemployment insurance to-do, Lee took to the House floor again. This time to honor the 50th anniversary of LBJ’s abysmal failure called the War on Poverty which, unlike the War on Terror, Sheila was willing to call by name.

Sans those trademark braids, Sheila offered the following poignant plea about the war on poverty:

“Mr. Speaker, and I ask us not to give up the fight because the American people are looking to us to win the war.”

Placing her stamp of approval on government welfare programs and without explaining what she meant when she said it, Ms. Lee said the “safety net has to be something for all of us.”

The congresswoman extolled the Earned Income Credit and food and nutrition programs which currently have 47 million Americans receiving benefits. Lee mentioned jobs training and education programs, Medicaid, Medicare, and the Affordable Care Act, describing them as “huge safety nets — not handouts, but safety nets.”

“Quite frankly,” Congresswoman Lee said, “of all the wealthy nations, we have the lowest safety net and the highest poverty, because we’re not willing to accept the fact that sometimes an American needs help. Even a veteran — even a soldier.”

Sheila brought along visual teaching tools. To drive home the need for unemployment insurance, she exhibited a picture of people standing in a very long line.

Although unsure herself of what they were even standing in line for, which could have just as easily been Billy Joel concert tickets, Ms. Lee shared that the people could “possibly be looking for work.”

Yes, or lining up outside an Apple store for a new iPhone, or waiting for Walmart to open their doors on Black Friday.

Jackson-Lee did admit that by merely looking at the picture there is no way to know which, if any, of the people in the photograph “are near the edge of poverty or living in poverty simply because they cannot find work.”

Finally, Sheila Jackson-Lee used her persuasive gift of rhetoric to press Congress to extend provisional benefits in the form of a “transitional outreach to individuals who are chronically unemployed.”  An unemployed thanks to the president she insists on hugging in the aisle at every State of the Union address.

The Left’s coined the term “man-caused disaster” for terrorism, and changed the image.

Now Ms. Lee is convinced that with a clever name change, the stigma associated with chronically requesting government assistance can be banished from America’s consciousness forever.

The Segregated SOTU Sympathy Skybox

pendleton-obama-2The most infuriating thing about the ‘Fat Tuesday’ State of the Union address was not the fact that bespectacled Bob Menendez (D-NJ), who is under investigation for having sex with underage prostitutes, was milling around in the crowd as if nothing is going on, or having to tolerate seeing elected officials act like hormonal teenagers grabbing at the President like he was Justin Bieber working a velvet rope line.

It wasn’t the president’s predictable left-wing drivel, or seeing a comatose Ruth Bader Ginsburg being propped up on either side by John Paul Stevens and Anthony Kennedy.

The most unnerving part of the event took place in the SOTU Sympathy Sky Box. As first lady Michelle got a standing ovation for God knows what, it was apparent that the gallery was packed with a diverse group of people there only because their stories supported the president’s anti-gun, pro-illegal immigrant, pro-woman, green ribbon-wearing, big-spending agenda.

Read the rest of the article at The Blacksphere

Axelrod Gets Axed on Fox News

Originally posted at American Thinker blog

Sunday, prepared for a cardio workout, I ventured to the gym. And lo-and-behold, I was just in time for Chris Wallace’s “Fox News Sunday.”  Truth be told, I had prepared myself for the pain of jogging uphill on a treadmill, but what I hadn’t anticipated was the torture of listening to Barack Obama’s chief campaign advisor, David Axelrod being interviewed.

Alas, the grief was impossible to avoid. Just as I was warming up, Chris Wallace began the segment by showing a 2008 video clip of then- candidate Barack Obama criticizing John McCain for doing what he’s incessantly done since 2008 — “painting” the philosophy of his political adversaries as something the American voter “should run from.”

Now, in 2012, Obama is still insisting that “The [GOP] budget [is] so far to the right it makes the Contract with America look like the New Deal.” According to Rachel Weiner of the Washington Post, Obama is now warning of the Republican “radical vision” and citing “social Darwinism,” claiming that the Ryan plan, by “radically transforming social welfare programs, would pit Americans against each other for resources and let the poor and weak die out — ‘dog eat dog’ capitalism.”

Chris Wallace challenged the obvious double standard and was countered by Axelrod, who defended Obama as merely “tak[ing] a look at the proposals on the other side and critiqu[ing] them.”

Then, Axelrod shifted into his own brand of “scare tactics,” telling Wallace that with a Republican budget, “a decade from now we would have a third less spending for example on Medicaid and that will hit people with disabilities. It will hit people in nursing homes very, very hard.”

Right about then, the treadmill mysteriously shifted to an incline of 10+, which eased the growing pain I was experiencing listening to David Axelrod’s verbal gyrations.

Wallace then pointed out that Obama’s “Buffett Rule” doesn’t work out mathematically because “millionaires [would] pay a minimum tax of 30 percent [which] would bring in $47 billion over the next decade, while the president’s budget adds $6.4 trillion to the deficit over the next decade,” and that “according to one estimate — the money you would get from the Buffett Rule would cover just 17 days of the increased deficit under the Obama budget.”

A forceful Wallace challenged Axelrod, saying that Obama said the “Buffett Rule would, quote, ‘stabilize our debt and deficit over the next decade’ — that wasn’t true.” Axelrod responded, “No, what he said was that it’s part of an overall plan [to] stabilize our debt and deficit,” to which Wallace shot back, “That is not what he said.”

Chris Wallace had the audacity to insert logic and truth into the discussion?

On that note Axelrod, who, like Barack Obama, hasn’t a clue how to create an economic environment that benefits all Americans, wandered straightaway into “fairness” and “piece of a larger pie” territory, saying “But nobody can argue — nobody can argue, Chris — nobody can argue that it makes sense for people who are making $1 million a year or more to pay less than the average middle class worker in this country.” Then, predictably, David endorsed the need for more “fairness in our tax system.”

Axelrod never mentioned that in less than three years, Obama grew the national debt by $4.2 trillion; instead he asserted that the president’s plan would cut “deficits by $4 trillion over the next decade.”

Right then and there, for relief, I adjusted the treadmill to the grueling “Mt. Everest” setting. My blood sugar started to plummet when Axelrod somehow forgot to mention a predicted $500 billion Obamacare price tag while remembering to claim $800 billion in savings by eliminating the Bush tax cuts.

Axelrod’s fuzzy math was getting fuzzier, so in an effort to knock Chris Wallace off balance he tossed out the trusty Planned Parenthood/women’s health/Mitt Romney-hates-women hardball.

Those comments, along with the revelation that Obama “paid a tax rate of 20.5 percent, which is a lot less than the 30 percent he talks about…[and]… lower than what his secretary pays,” got me thinking:  During the State of the Union address, why didn’t Obama sit his secretary in the gallery with the other secretaries who pay more in taxes than their bosses?

Then Wallace zinged Axelrod again, when he asked, “if the president feels so strongly about tax fairness, is he going to contribute money to the Treasury, and they have a special department just for this, to help with the deficit?” Ouch!

Whoa, and double whoa.  Clearly miffed, spinning and spewing talking points like a carnival cotton candy machine run amok, an irritated Axelrod responded “Listen, Chris, first of all, the reason that his tax rate was so low was in part because 22 percent of his income was donated to charity.” Curiously, in an election year, Barack Obama’s charitable contributions suddenly skyrocketed to an impressive 22%.

Nonetheless, the always fair and balanced Chris Wallace reminded Axelrod that Mitt Romney contributes millions, making Obama’s recent philanthropic efforts a moot point.  Axelrod’s response? A flustered “Yeah, but there’s no proportionality there.”

Gotcha Wallace then brought up that the “president has the worst unemployment rate and second worst growth rate” of four prior presidents who consequently only served one term. That hard truth was countered with “those numbers are coming down,” which is sort of like Axelrod insisting that it’s better to drown in 6 feet of water than 10.

After three-plus years of what Dick Cheney characterized as “unmitigated disaster,” the newest hopeful change pledge from Axelrod/Obama is a middle-class-friendly economy where stagnant wages will miraculously increase and hard work will no longer be punished and the irresponsibility-rewarding policy Obama spent three years nurturing will magically disappear.

Winding down, Wallace cited a Fox News poll after which, speaking in treadmill terms, Axelrod continued: “The choice in this election is between an economy that produces a growing middle class and that gives people a chance to get ahead … and … continues down the road we are on, where a fewer and fewer number of people do very well, and everybody else is running faster and faster just to keep pace.”

Clearly, the bigger issue for David Axelrod isn’t the President’s culpability for America’s Obama-induced problems, nor “where we’ve been,” but looking ahead to where we’re going. Strangely, as I watched David Axelrod’s lips moving, the ending of the movie “Thelma and Louise” flashed before my eyes.

In the end though, it wasn’t all that bad listening to David Axelrod’s twaddle. In fact, the President’s chief campaign advisor actually motivated me to run, not walk, to the polls this fall to vote for anybody but Barack Obama.

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