Republicans won a big victory in the midterm elections, so big that the media are calling it a "wave." Is President Obama planning to cope with this by "working together" and "bipartisanship"? The New York Times gave us his answer on the front page.
Barack Obama arrogantly announced the day after the election that he is "vowing to bypass Congress and use his executive authority to handle the nation's immigration system." Obama renewed his commitment "to act on his own to allow millions of undocumented immigrants (i.e., illegal aliens) to stay in this country."
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) responded by saying, that's "like waving a red flag in front of a bull." That's right, Mitch. It's surely not a route to bipartisanship or working together with the newly elected Republicans. more >>
Harry Reid's (D-NV) control over the Senate will soon end, and corrupt, pork barrel spending will be his legacy. He has left more earmarks during his brutal reign than Mike Tyson. Hopefully there will be counselors for Dingy Harry and his fellow Democrat Senators to help them transition into other forms of white collar crime.
Obama's failed policies and his arrogance hurt Democrats. He has worn on people. I am not sure he even gets the window seat on Air Force One any more. During his post-election press conference, he displayed not an ounce of humility and remains bitter, defiant and antagonistic. He seems intent on just continuing down his policy path that voters overwhelmingly rejected.
Democrat candidates ran away from Obama and did not want him campaigning for them in their states. Pretty soon they will start demanding to see Obama's birth certificate. more >>
A new initiative is encouraging supporters of Iranian-American pastor Saeed Abedini to purchase and send postcards to the White House to urge President Barack Obama to demand the release Abedini as part of the upcoming nuclear negotiations with Iran.
The prepared message to Obama on the postcards reads:
"A man in your position has been given great power and responsibility to represent every American, whether on domestic or foreign soil. Please hold to your own words, that no one is left behind. We, the American people, ask you to do everything within your power to bring U.S. citizen, pastor, husband & father, Saeed Abedini, home to his family from his time of incarceration in Iran." more >>
The time for Republican self-congratulation is over, and the work needs to begin. It appears that the majority of the voting population recognizes that our country is in dire condition. Time is running out to fix it. Are Republicans going to work for our country, or just shift money around to different special interests?
It is not reassuring that some Republican Party strategists think they won because they purged controversial candidates who might make a campaign gaffe—and who might upset the ruling elite's agenda if they got elected. Or that Democrats seem confident that Republicans will "work together" with them to continue the Progressive agenda—or else Obama will do it all by himself.
Republicans can no longer blame Harry Reid for their failure to repeal or defund ObamaCare. They can't just take symbolic votes and complain (not too loudly) when bills get bottled up in the Senate. It's on them now. more >>
Constitutional government in America, but could lead to even further damage to the rule of law. No, I am not referring to the elections.
The Supreme Court announced that it will take up the case of King vs. Burwell. In this case the Obama administration is being challenged over the legality of paying Obamacare subsidies to nearly 5 million enrollees on HealthCare.gov, the federal health care exchange. They have paid those subsidies without statutory authority, according to the plaintiff. The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, explicitly allows those subsidies only to those who enroll on state-run exchanges. If the Supreme Court agrees that the subsidies are illegal under the plain language of the legislation, nearly 5 million people would lose their subsidies. This would be disruptive, to say the least, since 36 states do not have a state-run exchange.
The case is very awkward for the Obama administration. The Obama administration, working with Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, wrote the legislation and passed the legislation without the participation of a single Republican. They put in the explicit language that limited subsidies to enrollees of state-run exchanges as a political tool to force states to set up state-run exchanges. A key policy maker for the Obama administration plainly stated as much in a very public way. But once it became clear that many states were not going to set up state-run exchanges, the Obama administration ignored its own legislative language, and paid subsidies to enrollees on the federal health care exchange anyway. more >>
President Barack Obama revealed that the war on terror group ISIS is entering a "new phase" that will involve Iraqi ground troops pushing back against the jihadists, who have captured several cities across Iraq and Syria. The president insisted that the 1,500 additional American troops sent to Iraq will only assist local soldiers and will not engage in combat, however.
"Rather than just try to halt ISIL's momentum, we're now in a position to start going on some offense. The airstrikes have been very effective in degrading ISIL's capabilities and slowing the advance that they were making. Now what we need is ground troops, Iraqi ground troops, that can start pushing them back," Obama told CBS' News chief Washington correspondent Bob Schieffer on Sunday.
"What hasn't changed is our troops are not going to be engaged in combat." more >>