Monday, September 22, 2014

Staggering statistics





War on Poverty Is Destroying America




Even though this may have started out with the best intentions Congress allowing this to mushroom to 22 trillion is indefensible!

According to this article the poverty rate now is almost the same as 1967 proving it to be an abject failure.
 Couldn't we use 22 trillion right now?


Lyndon Johnson on Vietnam :

“I won’t be the first American president to lose a war". 


He was right... he lost two of them.


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The longest war in American history is not Afghanistan. It is an ongoing debacle that we have been losing from the very beginning: the war against property rights, independence, and self-respect that Democrats misnamed the War on Poverty.

Since its beginning, U.S. taxpayers have spent $22 trillion on Johnson's War on Poverty (in constant 2012 dollars). Adjusting for inflation, that's three times more than was spent on all military wars since the American Revolution.

Although it is a staggering amount of money that could have achieved tremendous good had it not been flushed down the toilet, the $22,000,000,000,000 is not the full cost. Think of all the wealth that would have been created if the millions of people seduced into poverty by the government had not been paid not to work.

The welfare state is an end in itself. The objective is not to help the poor, but to grow it by creating more poor. Democrats have been highly successful in this regard.

This is why Obama was reelected despite his glaringly obvious unsuitability for the office. We have reached the point where whoever is less likely to cut off the flow of other people's money will win.

The political, economic, cultural, demographic, and moral consequences of having let liberals reduce us to this state will soon prove cataclysmic.

By now, no informed person could possibly believe that paying people to be poor will stop them from being poor.

Over 100 million people, about one third of the U.S. population, received aid from at least one welfare program at an average cost of $9,000 per recipient in 2013. If converted into cash, current means-tested spending is five times the amount needed to eliminate all poverty in the U.S.

And yet,

The present poverty rate is almost exactly the same as it was in 1967 a few years after the War on Poverty started.

This is because even people who live quite well are regarded as poor on the grounds that they do not earn their money, and because the welfare state has crippled the institution of marriage, creating an explosion of the out of wedlock births that drive poverty.

The success of Obama indicates that we may have passed the point of no return. Freed from "stigma" (formerly known as pride and morality), people will not stop voting themselves other people's money until the system collapses into dictatorship. Many of us will live to see this happen unless the situation is reversed quickly.

A civilization can die from a war. The Third Punic War killed Carthage. The War on Poverty is killing America.

It will kill us if we can't stop it.




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Friday, September 19, 2014

Democrats turn on Debbie Wassermouth Schultz









Talk about a class act


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The party has lost confidence in her as a unifying leader and a party spokesperson.

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Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is in a behind-the-scenes struggle with the White House, congressional Democrats and Washington insiders who have lost confidence in her as both a unifying leader and reliable party spokesperson at a time when they need her most.

Long-simmering doubts about her have reached a peak after two recent public flubs: criticizing the White House's handling of the border crisis and comparing the tea party to wife beaters.

The perception of critics is that Wasserman Schultz spends more energy tending to her own political ambitions than helping Democrats win. This includes using meetings with DNC donors to solicit contributions for her own PAC and campaign committee, traveling to uncompetitive districts to court House colleagues for her potential leadership bid and having DNC-paid staff focus on her personal political agenda.

She's become a liability to the DNC, and even to her own prospects, critics say.

"I guess the best way to describe it is, it's not that she's losing a duel anywhere, it's that she seems to keep shooting herself in the foot before she even gets the gun out of the holster," said John Morgan, a major donor in Wasserman Schultz's home state of Florida.

The stakes are high. Wasserman Schultz is a high-profile national figure who helped raise millions of dollars and served as a Democratic messenger to female voters during a presidential election in which Obama needed to exploit the gender gap to win, but November's already difficult midterms are looming.

One example that sources point to as particularly troubling: Wasserman Schultz repeatedly trying to get the DNC to cover the costs of her wardrobe.

In 2012, Wasserman Schultz attempted to get the DNC to pay for her clothing at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, multiple sources say, but was blocked by staff in the committee's Capitol Hill headquarters and at President Barack Obama's reelection campaign headquarters in Chicago.

She asked again around Obama's inauguration in 2013, pushing so hard that Obama senior adviser — and one-time Wasserman Schultz booster — Valerie Jarrett had to call her directly to get her to stop. (Jarrett said she does not recall that conversation.) One more time, according to independent sources with direct knowledge of the conversations, she tried again, asking for the DNC to buy clothing for the 2013 White House Correspondents' Dinner.

Wasserman Schultz denies that she ever tried to get the DNC to pick up her clothing tab. "I think that would be a totally inappropriate use of DNC funds," she said in a statement. "I never asked someone to do that for me, I would hope that no one would seek that on my behalf, and I'm not aware that anyone did."

Tracie Pough, Wasserman Schultz's chief of staff at the DNC and her congressional office, was also involved in making inquiries about buying the clothing, according to sources. Pough denies making, directing or being aware of any inquiries.

But sources with knowledge of the discussions say Wasserman Schultz's efforts couldn't have been clearer. "She felt firmly that it should happen," said a then-DNC staffer of the clothing request. "Even after it was explained that it couldn't, she remained indignant."

This story is based on interviews with three dozen current and former DNC staffers, committee officers, elected officials, state party leaders and top Democratic operatives in Washington and across the country.


Many expect a nascent Clinton campaign will engineer her ouster. Hurt feelings go back to spring 2008, when while serving as a co-chair of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, Wasserman Schultz secretly reached out to the Obama campaign to pledge her support once the primary was over, sources say.

Meanwhile, the Obama team was so serious about replacing her after 2012 that they found a replacement candidate to back before deciding against it, according to people familiar with those discussions.

Obama and Wasserman Schultz have rarely even talked since 2011. They don't meet about strategy or messaging. They don't talk much on the phone.

Instead, the DNC chairwoman stakes out the president of the United States at the end of photo lines at events and fundraisers.

"You need another picture, Debbie?" Obama tends to say, according to people who've been there for the encounters.


Chairing the DNC should be a political steppingstone — Ed Rendell, Terry McAuliffe and Tim Kaine all went on to bigger things, and even Howard Dean used the post to rehabilitate himself from the man who yelped his way out of a presidential campaign.

And without a doubt, the Florida congresswoman has had plenty of successes. She has overseen the integration of key elements of the Obama campaigns, including its voter file and data programs. After being left with $25 million in bills from the Obama campaign, the DNC enters the fall with the debt cleared and over $7 million on hand. She's started new efforts to build relationships with labor and small business leaders and prioritized the DNC's outreach to female voters.

"My tenure here is not about me," Wasserman Schultz said in an interview with POLITICO at DNC headquarters. "I like to help build this party. That's what I love and that's what I focused on."

She rejects the idea she is over-extended.

"I have always taken on a lot. It's what I love to do. I don't do anything halfway," she said, dismissing any worries that she's overextended. "In some cases, it's sniping; in other cases people are worried about me. I have a lot of Jewish mothers out there that I think very kindly say, 'My god, she's doing so much.' It's OK."


SPLIT WITH OBAMA

The White House is staring at two years of life under a GOP-controlled House and Senate. The DNC chair, however, isn't involved in the strategy talks with the president.

They don't want her there.

For even the occasional Obama briefing by the heads of the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, she is not invited. That includes a key session on July 31, the last day the House was in town before the August recess, when House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), DCCC Chair Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) and DCCC executive director Kelly Ward sat on the couches in the Oval Office running through the political landscape for the president.

Wasserman Schultz described her relationship with the president as speaking to him on an "as-needed basis, whenever I have a need to talk to them or give them a sense of what's going on, but also, as it happens, as we connect on the trail." She declined to provide details of how often, where or when.

When Kaine was DNC chairman during the president's first year in office, he had a monthly lunch with Obama on the calendar (although not all of the lunches actually occurred as planned). Wasserman Schultz demurred when asked if it would be fair to characterize her as speaking "regularly" with the president.

"The best way to describe it is: as often as we need," she said.

According to multiple people familiar with the president, Obama's opinion of Wasserman Schultz was sealed back in 2011. Shortly after becoming chairwoman, she pushed hard for a meeting with the president that she kicked off by complaining that she had been blocked from hiring the daughter of a donor — who'd been on staff in her congressional office — as a junior staffer to be the DNC's Jewish community liaison.

Obama summed up his reaction to staff afterward: "Really?"

Asked about the relationship between the president and Wasserman Schultz, the White House issued a statement praising the chairwoman and DNC staff.

"The president's foremost political goal is helping Democrats do well in the midterms — and Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is doing a great job in that effort," said White House spokesman Eric Schultz. "The president is grateful for all of the hard work being done by the entire team at the DNC. He fully recognizes the value of their work, and that's why he has worked so hard to support them."

Wasserman Schultz resisted Obama circle favorites Marlon Marshall and Buffy Wicks replacing Patrick Gaspard as executive director. When Jarrett found out that Wasserman Schultz had had her daughter sit in on the interview with Wicks at the end of July 2013, she called to register her dismay, describing Wasserman Schultz's behavior, according to people familiar with the conversation, as "completely unprofessional and rude."

Shortly thereafter, the DNC chairwoman spoke at length to POLITICO about how she planned to leverage the donors she'd met as DNC chairwoman into fundraising to build chits for her own political future. Jarrett was infuriated and called Wasserman Schultz.

Jarrett had always been a defender, she reminded Wasserman Schultz, according to people familiar with the call, but now she delivered a clear message: She was disappointed by the narrative in the story the chairwoman herself had fed, and cautioned her to remember that Obama is head of the party.

Obama's team came very close to replacing Wasserman Schultz after the 2012 race.

At the Charlotte convention, Wasserman Schultz's DNC staffers assembled a collection of perks — entry to her skybox, access to the chairwoman's lounge — for House members and candidates she was hoping to attract for her leadership run and DNC voting members she would need to retain her DNC post should Obama replace her. She also had her DNC staff explore and plot how she could remain chairwoman if Obama lost the race.

A DNC official said Wasserman Schultz denies she ever made or directed staff to make such inquiries in the event the president was going to lose, but sources say White House and Obama campaign staff were furious.

"She was trying to figure out what the protocol was," said a DNC staffer at the time. "What was the exact length of her term, what would it take to run."





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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Ex-official claims Clinton allies scrubbed Benghazi documents in secret session







Before reading understanding Clintonesque is inessential.


Clintonesque:

(Noun) (slang) Using language as a tool of deceit, Clever obfuscation, using language to avoid candor and truthfulness, intending to confuse by clouding an issue. 

Usage: His answer was so Clintonesque that it was laughable. 

e.g.

(Bosnian Snipers)

(Depends on what is is)



This is so Clinton. Two piles of documents... one for the Accountability Review Board a "scrubbed" version ( I wonder if she scrubbed them with Whitewater) and another for what actually took place.


The MSM response:

What difference does it make?






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A former State Department official has told lawmakers that Hillary Clinton allies privately removed politically damaging documents before turning over files to the supposedly independent board investigating the Benghazi terror attack. 

The account from Raymond Maxwell, former head of the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA), was first published in The Daily Signal. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, confirmed to FoxNews.com on Monday that Maxwell told him and other lawmakers the same story when they privately interviewed him last year about the attacks and their aftermath. 

Chaffetz said that Maxwell claimed Clinton's chief of staff and deputy chief of staff were overseeing the document operation, which allegedly took place on a weekend in a basement office of the State Department. 

"What they were looking for is anything that made them look bad. That's the way it was described to us," Chaffetz said. 

According to Chaffetz' account of his interview with Maxwell, as well as the Daily Signal report by Sharyl Attkisson, Maxwell said those scrubbing the documents were looking for information that would cast Clinton and senior leaders in a "bad light." 

Chaffetz said such documents were said to be removed, so that Congress and the Accountability Review Board -- the board probing security lapses as well as the attack's aftermath -- would not see them. 

Chaffetz described Maxwell's account as "consistent" all this time. The congressman said he is speaking publicly about Maxwell's allegations because Maxwell himself has gone public with them. 

State Department spokesman Alec Gerlach denied the allegations in a statement to FoxNews.com. 

"That allegation is totally without merit. It doesn't remotely reflect the way the ARB actually obtained information," he said in an email. He explained that an "all-points bulletin"-type request went out department-wide instructing "full and prompt cooperation" for anyone contacted by the ARB, and urging anyone with "relevant information" to contact the board. 

"So individuals with information were reaching out proactively to the Board. And, the ARB was also directly engaged with individuals and the Department's bureaus and offices to request information and pull on whichever threads it chose to. The range of sources that the ARB's investigation drew on would have made it impossible for anyone outside of the ARB to control its access to information," Gerlach said. He further noted that the leaders of the ARB have claimed they had unfettered access to information and people. 

Maxwell was one of four State Department officials disciplined in the wake of the 2012 Benghazi attack, in which four Americans were killed. He was put on administrative leave, and has spoken out before about how he felt he was scapegoated. 

Maxwell was eventually cleared, but retired last year. 

According to The Daily Signal report, Maxwell walked in on the weekend session on a Sunday afternoon after hearing about it. He reportedly claims he saw stacks of documents when he arrived as well as an office director who worked for him -- but who hadn't told him about the assignment. 

Maxwell reportedly claimed she told him they were instructed to go through the stacks and pull out items that could put anybody in the NEA "front office" or seventh floor -- where the secretary's office is -- in a "bad light." 

Maxwell said he "didn't feel good about it" and left a short time later. 

Chaffetz said that he was told then-Clinton Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills and Deputy Chief of Staff Jake Sullivan were there and overseeing the operation. 

"For Hillary Clinton's personal chief of staff and deputy chief of staff to be making a concerted effort to hide documents, make sure that the Accountability Review Board and Congress did not see those documents is unbelievable and absolutely wrong," Chaffetz said. 

Requests for comment to representatives for Clinton, Sullivan and Mills have not yet been returned. 

The new allegations have surfaced as the House select committee on Benghazi prepares to hold its first open hearing on Wednesday. 

Scheduled to testify are Greg Starr, the department's assistant secretary for Diplomatic Security, and Mark Sullivan and Todd Keil, members of the Independent Panel on Best Practices, created to review the accountability board's efforts. 

The board was led by former Ambassador Thomas Pickering and Adm. Michael Mullen, who have already testified before Congress and are expected to be called before the select committee. 

Maxwell told Attkisson that the ARB probe was "at best, a shoddily executed attempt at damage control." 

FoxNews.com's Judson Berger contributed to this report. 






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Monday, September 15, 2014

If you thought Barry was out of touch with reality... this will confirm your suspicion













It gets even better.


September 15, 2014


I'm starting to think we're all in serious trouble.

Because when the President of the United States starts speculating what he would do if he was an ISIS terrorist, it shows a desperate disconnect with reality.

In a lengthy article in the New York Times, Barack Obama decided to discuss what he would do if he was an advisor to ISIS.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/14/world/middleeast/paths-to-war-then-and-now-haunt-obama.html?_r=0

Before you read on, consider this: Would FDR offer unsolicited advice to Nazi Germany? Would Lincoln opine on what the Confederacy should do? Hell, would LBJ provide suggestions to the North Vietnamese? I would think not.

But here's our president, offering his take on what ISIS should do. What goes on in the liberal mind? Better be sitting down for this one.

If he had been "an adviser to ISIS," Mr. Obama added, he would not have killed the hostages but released them and pinned notes on their chests saying, "Stay out of here; this is none of your business." Such a move, he speculated, might have undercut support for military intervention.


Pin notes on their chests with a sternly written note? Does he have any clue who we're dealing with?

This is something your kid's teacher does when they misbehave in school.

I'm seriously concerned that our president simply isn't remotely aware of the enemy we face. And that's terrifying.









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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Democrats and the MSM...like peanut butter and jelly








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