It’s War – Media Jump On GOP Brawl – Boehner Attacks Overshadow Budget – Media Buzz Spotlight

December 16, 2013 in Boston Tea Party, Congress, Debt Crisis, Debt Limit, Depression, Economic, Economic Deception, MassGOP, Tax Hike, Tea Party, The Grand Deception

gopIt’s War – Media Jump On GOP Brawl – Boehner Attacks Overshadow Budget – Media Buzz  Spotlight

 

Obama To Boehner: “We Don’t Have A Spending Problem” -WJS

January 7, 2013 in Debt Crisis, Economic, Economic Deception, Economy, Fiscal Cliff, Gas Price, Obama-Nomics, Obama's America 2016, Obamanation, President Obama, Propaganda, Quantitative Easing, Redistribution of Wealth, Tax Hike

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Obama To Boehner: “We Don’t Have A Spending Problem” – WJS
Pelosi: More Tax Revenues Must Be Part Of Any Debt Deal
Boehner: Obama Blames “Health Care Problem” For Deficit -WSJ
Democrats Pushing For Another $1 Trillion In Tax Revenue – Rpt

 

Obama to Boehner: ‘We Don’t Have a Spending Problem’

By Ben Shapiro, Breitbart.com

In an interview with Stephen Moore of the Wall Street Journal, newly re-elected House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) opened up about President Obama’s utter unwillingness to cut a single dollar from federal spending. In a stunning admission, Obama reportedly told Boehner, “We don’t have a spending problem.”

Boehner added that President Obama continues to maintain that America’s federal deficit is caused not by governmental overspending but by “a health-care problem.” Said Boehner, “They blame all of the fiscal woes on our health-care system.” Boehner told Obama, “Clearly we have a health-care problem, which is about to get worse with Obamacare. But, Mr. President, we have a very serious spending problem.” Obama eventually replied, “I’m getting tired of hearing you say that.”

Obama may be tired of hearing Boehner talk about a spending problem, particularly when Obama has been re-elected on the basis of ignoring government spending. Nonetheless, America does have a spending problem, which Obama is steadfastly ignoring. “He’s so ideological himself,” Boehner explained, “and he’s unwilling to take on the left of his own party.” That’s why Obama refused to raise the retirement age for Medicare after agreeing to it. “He admitted in meetings that he couldn’t sell things to his own members,” said Boehner. “But he didn’t even want to try … We could never get him to step up.”

Read more: http://nation.foxnews.com/government-spending/2013/01/07/obama-boehner-we-dont-have-spending-problem?intcmp=fly#ixzz2HNU1yTAL

Rep Gohmert (R -TX) On Why he Voted Against Speaker Boehner

January 4, 2013 in Fiscal Cliff, Integrity, Patriotism, Political Courage, Speaker John Boehner, Tax Hike, Taxiation with Representation

Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX), a principled an unrelenting spokesman for Fiscal Constraint and a signatory to the  Americans for Tax Reform’s Taxpayer Protection Pledge was one of a small group of Patriots that not only had the courage to vote against the “Fiscal Cliff”  Debacle, but also the  chutzpah to vote against chicken-hearted, Speaker Boehner.

Two Texas Republicans have defied Speaker John Boehner in the roll call vote to grant him another term running the U.S. House. Rep. Louie Gohmert of Tyler voted for Allen West, a tea partier from Florida who was defeated for reelection to Congress. And freshman Rep. Steve Stockman — who served one prior term, from 1995 to 1997 — voted “present.”

On a first round of voting, Stockman didn’t answer the clerk’s call of his name and he was among a small group given a second chance.

Other tea party-backed Texans fell in line with Boehner, and all the Democrats from Texas supported Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

play by play as votes are being tallied:

Rep. Kevin Brady, R-The Woodlands, stopped by to chat with Gallego. Over in the GOP section, Reps. Ralph Hall of Rockwall, John Culberson of Houston and Ted Poe of Humble are in the front row. Laredo Democrat Henry Cuellar sauntered over to say hi.

Toward the back, freshman Rep. Roger Williams of Weatherford just posed for a photo with fellow Republicans Randy Neugebauer of Lubbock and Bill Flores of Bryan. And look at that,  there’s Cuellar again, chatting with Williams. Same row as Reps. Blake Farenthold of Corpus Christi.

Rep. Sam Johnson of Plano, wearing a neck brace, is seated in the same row, between Reps. John Carter of Round Rock and Pete Olson of Sugar Land.

And now, at 1:39, the gavel bangs for the official tally… Boehner wins another term as Speaker. He got 220 votes. Pelosi got 192. Runner-up: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, with 3 votes.

West got 2 votes.

Stockman was the only “present” vote.

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Carbon Tax Can Avoid Fiscal Cliff

December 10, 2012 in Agenda 21, Climate Change, Economic Deception, Freedom, Global Warming, Tax Hike

Hold on to your wallets!

Now, the Eco-Socialists are after our treasure. H’mmm, a confiscatory Carbon Tax will aid us in avoiding the Fiscal Cliff? What 2d rate Economics College did these pseudo economists attend? An international team of scientists has debunked global warming using tree ring data from the last 2,000 years and has been published in the prestigious scientific journal Nature Climate Change.   

Tree Ring Study Debunks Global Warming

” An international team including scientists from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) has published a reconstruction of the climate in northern Europe over the last 2,000 years based on the information provided by tree-rings. Professor Dr. Jan Esper’s group at the Institute of Geography at JGU used tree-ring density measurements from sub-fossil pine trees originating from Finnish Lapland to produce a reconstruction reaching back to 138 BC. In so doing, the researchers have been able for the first time to precisely demonstrate that the long-term trend over the past two millennia has been towards climatic cooling. “We found that previous estimates of historical temperatures during the Roman era and the Middle Ages were too low,” says Esper. “Such findings are also significant with regard to climate policy, as they will influence the way today’s climate changes are seen in context of historical warm periods.” The new study has been published in the journal Nature Climate Change.”

There final conclusion is that the earth has been cooling for the last 2000 years.

“In addition to the cold and warm phases, the new climate curve also exhibits a phenomenon that was not expected in this form. For the first time, researchers have now been able to use the data derived from tree-rings to precisely calculate a much longer-term cooling trend that has been playing out over the past 2,000 years. Their findings demonstrate that this trend involves a cooling of -0.3°C per millennium due to gradual changes to the position of the sun and an increase in the distance between the Earth and the sun.”

 

But Al Gore, who stands to make $Billions off of Carbon Tax legislation, along with a number of  Eco-Socialists are attempting  to jam the Carbon Tax through Congress in the same manner as ObamaCare.

 

 

And a further study, which is explained in the following, further refutes Al Gore and his minions unscientific contentions!

 

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A new study by the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change – The State of Earth’s Terrestrial Biosphere: How is it Responding to Rising Atmospheric CO2 and Warmer Temperatures? – refutes claims by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that global warming is stressing Earth’s natural and agro-ecosystems by reducing plant growth and development.  “Such claims are simply not justified when one examines the balance of evidence as reported in the peer-reviewed scientific literature,” said report author Dr. Craig Idso, founder and chairman of the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change and a senior fellow for environment policy at The Heartland Institute.   “Far from being in danger, the vitality of global vegetation is better off now than it was a hundred years ago, 50 years ago, or even a mere two-to-three decades ago,” Idso said. “And the observed increases in vegetative productivity and growth are happening in spite of all the many real and imagined assaults on Earth’s vegetation that have occurred during this time period, including wildfires, disease, pest outbreaks, deforestation, and climatic changes in temperature and precipitation.”   Specific findings in the meta-analysis examining hundreds of scientific studies on the subject include:

  • The productivity of the planet’s terrestrial biosphere, on the whole, has been increasing with time, revealing a great greening of the Earth that extends throughout the entire globe.
  • Satellite-based analyses of net terrestrial primary productivity (NPP) reveal an increase of around 6 to 13 percent since the 1980s.
  • There is no empirical evidence to support the model-based IPCC claim that future carbon uptake by plants will diminish on a global scale due to rising temperatures. In fact, just the opposite situation has been observed in the real world.
  • Earth’s land surfaces were a net source of CO2-carbon to the atmosphere until about 1940. From 1940 onward, however, the terrestrial biosphere has become, in the mean, an increasingly greater sink for CO2-carbon.
  • Over the past 50 years, for example, global carbon uptake has doubled from 2.4 ± 0.8 billion tons in 1960 to 5.0 ± 0.9 billion tons in 2010.
  • There is compelling evidence that the atmosphere’s rising CO2 content – the chief reason behind the IPCC’s concerns about the future of the biosphere, due to the indirect threats the IPCC claims will result from CO2-induced climate change – is actually most likely the primary cause of the observed greening trends.
  • In the future, Earth’s plants should be able to successfully adjust their physiology to accommodate a warming of the magnitude and rate-of-rise that is typically predicted by climate models to accompany the projected future increase in the air’s CO2 content. And factoring in the plant productivity gains that will occur as a result of the aerial fertilization effect of the ongoing rise in atmospheric CO2, plus its accompanying transpiration-reducing effect that boosts plant water use efficiency, the world’s vegetation possesses an ideal mix of abilities to reap a tremendous benefit in the years and decades to come.

Given these findings, the report contends the recent “greening of the Earth” observed by a host of scientists will likely continue. Government leaders and policy makers should take notice of the findings of this important new assessment on the state of the Earth’s terrestrial biosphere.   The report can be viewed or downloaded here at The Heartland Institute, or at the Web site of the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change. Questions about the report can be addressed to Dr. Idso at contactus@co2science.org.   Dr. Idso is the coauthor, with Dr. Robert M. Carter and Dr. S. Fred Singer, of Climate Change Reconsidered: 2011 Interim Report of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) (The Heartland Institute, 2011), and with Dr. Singer of a preceding volume titled Climate Change Reconsidered: The 2009 Report of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) (The Heartland Institute, 2009). He is leading an international panel of scientists that is writing a comprehensive assessment of climate science to be published in 2013.


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The Obama Legacy

December 7, 2012 in Budget, Christmas, Obama-Nomics, Political Deception, President Obama, Tax Hike, Taxiation with Representation, Who Is Barack Hussein Obama?

While many Americans are facing a difficult at best or Bleak  at worst financial Christmas Season, President Obama and his entourage will be once again a enjoying a 21 day Hawaiian vacation, at taxpayer expense. The cost to us taxpayers will be well over $20,000,000 or approximately $1,000,000 per day. Meanwhile, while we continue down the path to financial Armageddon, President Obama continues to spend our hard earned confiscated treasure on outrageously decadent vacations. Perhaps we should look on the bright side, it could have spent even more. With all the tax increases coming our way in  2013, he will have more of  our hard earned treasure  to re-distribute for even more lavish $$$ getaways.

 

1.4 BILLION Spent On The Obamas In 2011 – British Taxpayers Only Spent 57.8 Million On The Royal Family

By Michael, on September 27th, 2012

 

While most of America is suffering through one the worst economic downturns in U.S. history, the Obamas are living the high life at your expense.  During 2011, U.S. taxpayers spent an astounding 1.4 billiondollars on the Obamas.  Meanwhile, British taxpayers only spent 57.8 million dollars on the entire royal family.  Does anyone else see something wrong with this picture?  So where did the 1.4 billion dollars go?  That money paid the salaries of their staff members, it paid for their transportation and housing costs, it paid for entertainment and vacations for the Obamas, and $102,000 was even spent on a “dog handler” for the family dog Bo.  In his new book entitled “Presidential Perks Gone Royal: Your Taxes Are Being Used For Obama’s Re-election“, author Robert Keith Gray reveals some absolutely shocking details about the enormous amounts of U.S. taxpayer money that are being spent on the personal needs of the Obamas.  At a time when the U.S. national debt is absolutely exploding this kind of outrageous spending is completely and totally inappropriate, but of course the mainstream media is not going to report on this because they don’t want to do anything to put the Obamas in a bad light this close to the election.

Some of the things that Robert Keith Gray has uncovered are absolutely mind blowing.  The following are a few facts from his new book….

-Never before has so much money been spent on a president and his family during a single year

-The Obamas have the “biggest staff in history at the highest wages ever

-While Obama has been in office, Air Force One has been “running with the frequency of a scheduled air line

-Obama has 469 senior staff working under him, and 226 of them make more than $100,000 a year

-There is always at least one projectionist at the White House 24 hours a day just in case there is someone that wants to watch a movie.

-The “dog handler” for the family dog Bo reportedly makes $102,000 per year and sometimes he is even flown to where the family is vacationing so that he can care for the dog

Are you outraged yet?

When the Obamas are at the White House the expenses are outrageous, but the expenses really kick in to a whole new level when the Obamas go on vacation.

And the Obamas sure do love to go on vacation.

Over one recent 12 month period, Michelle Obama spent 42 days on vacation (and that does not even count Saturdays and Sundays).  The following is an excerpt from a Daily Mail article about the legendary Obama vacations….

The First Lady is believed to have taken 42 days of holiday in the past year, including a $375,000 break in Spain and a four-day ski trip to Vail, Colorado, where she spent $2,000 a night on a suite at the Sebastian hotel.

And the first family’s nine-day stay in Martha’s Vineyard is also proving costly, with rental of the Blue Heron Farm property alone costing an estimated $50,000 a week.

The source continued: ‘Michelle also enjoys drinking expensive booze during her trips. She favours martinis with top-shelf vodka and has a taste for rich sparking wines.

‘The vacations are totally Michelle’s idea. She’s like a junkie. She can’t schedule enough getaways, and she lives from one to the next – all the while sticking it to hardworking Americans.’

As I wrote about the other day, many Americans are working so hard just to survive in this economy that they don’t ever get to take any vacations at all.

But it doesn’t seem to trouble the Obamas that many of their vacation trips cost more than many American workers will make in an entire decade….

The following is from a recent Newsmax article….

A trip to Spain in 2010 by Michelle Obama, family, and staff cost taxpayers $467,585 and a trip by the First Lady and family to South Africa and Botswana last year cost $424,142 for the flight and crew alone, according to Judicial Watch.

Yes, when the family of the president travels it is going to be expensive, but this is ridiculous.

It can even be insanely expensive for the Obamas to take a vacation even if they don’t leave the country.

For example, in 2010 an Obama family vacation to Hawaii ended up costing U.S. taxpayers more than a million dollars.

So how much is too much?

It has been reported that Michelle Obama spent over 10 million dollars of U.S. taxpayer money on vacations during just one recent 12 month period alone.

At a time when there are 46 million Americans on food stamps is this an appropriate amount of U.S. taxpayer money to spend on vacationing?

It seems that Barack Obama does not have his priorities in order.

Barack Obama may not have time to meet with important world leaders such as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but he sure always seems to find time to play golf.  In fact, since he has been in the White House Obama has played more than 100 rounds of golf.

A lot of hard working American men have not played that many rounds of golf in their entire lifetimes.

Sadly, the Obamas are not the only ones that are blowing U.S. taxpayer money as if there is no tomorrow.

In a previous article, I detailed how the U.S. Congress is also living the high life at your expense.  The following are a few facts from that article….

-In 2010, the federal government spent $33,387 on the hair care needs of U.S. Senators.

-In 2010, U.S. Senators pulled $72,370 out of the “Senate Restaurant Fund”.

-In 2010, U.S. Senators took $166,673 out of something called the “Senate Gift Shop Revolving Fund”.

-In 2010, an average of $4,005,900 of U.S. taxpayer money was spent on “personal” and “office” expenses per Senator.

-Insider trading is 100% legal for members of Congress, and they refuse to pass a law that would change that.

So why don’t these politicians get voted out?

Well, the truth is that both political parties are deeply corrupt, and both parties have learned that they can buy votes by promising lots of free stuff and benefits to the voters.

I have written previously about how the U.S. government gives out free cell phones and free cell phone minutes each month to welfare recipients.

In the video posted below, a protester outside of a Romney campaign event explains that one of the main reasons why she is going to vote for Obama is because he gave her a free cell phone….

http://youtu.be/tpAOwJvTOio

Meanwhile, our national debt is growing out of control and the middle class is being absolutely crushed by taxes, regulations and the declining economy that Obama is overseeing.

According to one recent survey, 55 percent of all small business owners in America “say they would not start a business today given what they know now and in the current environment.”

The economy is completely and totally falling apart, and yet the Obamas are partying as if it was 1999.  Their attitude seems to be “let them eat cake”.

So what do you think about the crazy amount of money that is being spent on the Obamas every year?  Please feel free to post a comment with your thoughts below….

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What has happened to Ann Coulter?

December 6, 2012 in Ann Coulter, Fiscal Cliff, Liberty, Obamanation, Political Courage, Tax Hike, Tea Party

Ann Coulter used to be one of the shinning voices of the Conservative movement.  She could be counted on to verbally joust and destroy liberal opponents.

 

Suddenly she isn’t doing this.

Suddenly she is saying we should give in to Obama.

What has happened to Ann Coulter?

I must confess, I have been a fan of Ann Coulter for a long time.  I admire her writing and her writing has been something of an inspiration to me.

Yet I have to wonder what is going on.

Last year she came out for Mitt Romney in the primaries against a slew of other good and real conservatives.  She has spoken admiringly of that gelatinous blob and Al Gore certified source of hot air and global warming, Chris Christie.

Now, she has come out and said we should just give into Obama on taxes.

What?

Ann Coulter was on Hannity last night and she said that Republicans should agree to raise taxes on the rich because if we don’t and Obama pushes us off the fiscal cliff, the Republicans would be blamed.

She reminded Sean Hannity that Republicans lost the election.  So, in her mind, Obama is going to beat us on this issue so it is just better to surrender.

Ann, that is so John Boehner of you!

Let’s set a few records straight.  The Republicans did not lose the race.  Mitt Romney lost the race.  The Republican establishment, which gave us their hand picked candidate, lost the race.

Conservatives did not lose.  We did not have a horse in the race.  The election was an extreme liberal against a not as liberal Republican.  Coulter is right.  Obama and the drive-by media will blame Republicans no matter what.  They will blame Republicans for cracks in the sidewalk and a cloudy day.

So what?

Coulter is right that our messaging is worse than terrible.

But that is not a reason to surrenderIt is a reason for us to improve our messaging.  It is also a reason for us to change leaders and get rid of the RINOs who have done nothing but lead us to defeat after defeat.

A friend of mine posted a blog today in which he talked about the famous Revolutionary War hero, Admiral John Paul Jones.    Jones fought the enemy.  When his ship was on fire and sinking, a British Captain demanded his surrender.

Jones’ words became legend.

“I have not yet begun to fight.”

For America, for freedom and liberty we fight.  And we conservatives have not yet begun to fight.

Perhaps someone should remind Ann Coulter of the words of a great leader and hero of freedom: Sir Winston Churchill.

 

“We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.”

 

We shall fight on against Obama and the rest of his liberal cronies in the name of freedom.  Ann Coulter may surrender if she wishes.  We shall never surrender in our fight against socialism lest the lamp of liberty be extinguished in this God-blessed nation and we be forced to live the words of Ronald Reagan who warned of a day where we would tell our children and our grandchildren what it was like to grow up in a free America.

We shall never surrender.

 

See entire post at: http://www.teapartynation.com/forum/categories/tea-party-nation-forum/listForCategory

 

 

The Coming Republican Fiscal Cliff Betrayal

November 29, 2012 in America's Collapse, Bail Out, Budget, Congress, Fiscal Cliff, Freedom, Government, Liberty, Political Deception, Politics, Republicans Vs. Tea Party, Socialism, Tax Hike

Republicans and Taxes

 

False congressional fiscal conservatives begin to reveal their true selves.

Andrew Napolitano | November 29, 2012

 

When President Obama won re-election last month by a larger margin than even his most fervent supporters had expected, though with fewer popular votes than he received in 2008, most commentators initially opined that not much had changed in Washington. The president would remain in the White House for another four years, the Democrats would keep control of the Senate, and the House would stay in Republican hands. Most Republicans re-elected to both houses of Congress had publicly pledged not to vote to raise taxes under any circumstances. And most of those Republicans have adhered to that promise—until now.

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Over the Thanksgiving weekend, the false congressional fiscal conservatives in the Republican Party began to reveal their true selves. Led by the Republican presidential standard bearer in 2008, Arizona Sen. John McCain, at least a half-dozen Republican members of Congress have renounced their public promises never to vote to raise taxes. In the case ofC Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., Congressman and Senator-elect Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., they had restated their promises, directly or indirectly, as recently as last month during their successful campaigns. Did they blatantly dupe the voters?  Did they genuinely change their minds? Did they ever sincerely accept the pro-freedom anti-tax logic?

The Founders certainly embraced the pro-freedom anti-tax logic, as they gave us a Constitution that barred the federal government from imposing any direct tax on any persons. That was part of the genius of the document. If the feds really needed cash, they’d need to tax the states. If the states were feeling over-taxed, they could block federal taxes in the Senate, where for 135 years senators were chosen by state governments as delegates to the Senate, rather than elected by voters. This procedure, too, was part of the Founders’ genius. It came about in order to assure a place at the federal table for the states, many of which were older than the federal government and all of which retained their sovereignty when they voluntarily joined the union. This procedure for choosing senators was also a check on the growth of the federal government.

Those constitutional provisions were cast aside during the progressive era about 100 years ago, when, during a period of just five years, the Constitution was amended so that the states lost their place at the federal table and Congress could tax incomes, and the feds got a new printing press for cash in the form of the Federal Reserve.

I have described this dreadful time in our history in my new book, Theodore and Woodrow: How Two American Presidents Destroyed Constitutional Freedom. They did so by inverting the concept of limited government. With the exception of Abraham Lincoln, every president from George Washington to TR’s predecessor, William McKinley, accepted the truism that the federal government is one of limited powers, and it may only in engage in behavior that is specifically authorized by the Constitution or reasonably inferable therefrom.

Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, who ran against each other and who hated each other, turned this value on its head. They jointly argued that the Constitution does not mean what it says and is not the Supreme Law of the Land as it states. They held that the federal government can do whatever it wishes unless those wishes are expressly prohibited by the Constitution.

For 100 years, the Republican Party resisted the progressive onslaught. As recently as this past election just a few weeks ago, Republicans argued that increased tax revenue, whether from increased tax rates or from decreased tax deductions, effectively moves wealth from the productive sector and delivers it to the consuming sector—which would be the government.

This argument is really one of the basic laws of economics, so why are Republicans now rejecting it? I suspect that they are drunk with power and have concluded that they—just like Obama did—can assure their re-elections, their continued possession of governmental power, if they deliver bigger pieces of the federal pie to the folks back home. Stated differently, they are unwilling to address a system that soon will deliver more in entitlement payments and interest payments on government debt than it collects in revenue by reducing the entitlements, shrinking the government, cutting the debt, returning to the confines of the Constitution and letting hardworking Americans retain what is theirs. Instead, they now want to raise federal taxes.

They would be unwise to try to pull this off—and would be wise to recall recent history. The last Republican president to pledge “Read my lips. NO NEW TAXES” and then violate that promise was dispatched by the voters to a hotel suite in Houston, rather than to four more years in the White House. I bet George Herbert Walker Bush today would stick to his pledge.

Andrew P. Napolitano, a former judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, is the senior judicial analyst at Fox News Channel. Judge Napolitano has written seven books on the U.S. Constitution. The most recent isTheodore and Woodrow: How Two American Presidents Destroyed Constitutional Freedom.

Prisonor Sex Change – Taxpayer To Pay For It!

September 6, 2012 in Anarchy, MA, Scott Brown, Senator Scott Brown, Senator Scott Brown Versus The Tea Party, Socialist, Tax Hike

A federal judge on Tuesday ordered state prison officials to provide taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery to a transgender inmate serving life in prison for murder.
Michelle Kosilek was born male but has received hormone treatments and now lives as a woman in an all-male prison. Robert Kosilek was convicted of murder in the killing of his wife in 1990.
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U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf is believed to be the first federal judge to order prison officials to provide sex-reassignment surgery for a transgender inmate.

Kosilek first sued the Massachusetts Department of Correction 12 years ago. Two years later, Wolf ruled that Kosilek was entitled to treatment for gender-identity disorder but stopped short of ordering surgery. Kosilek sued again in 2005, arguing that the surgery is a medical necessity.

In his ruling Tuesday, Wolf found that surgery is the “only adequate treatment” for Kosilek’s “serious medical need.”

“The court finds that there is no less intrusive means to correct the prolonged violation of Kosilek’s Eighth Amendment right to adequate medical care,” Wolf wrote in his 126-page ruling.

Prison officials have repeatedly cited security risks in the case, saying that allowing Kosilek to have the surgery would make him a target for sexual assaults by other inmates.

But Wolf, who was appointed to the federal bench by President Ronald Reagan in 1985, found that the security concerns are “either pretextual or can be dealt with.” He said it would be up to prison officials to decide how and where to house Kosilek after the surgery.

Diane Wiffin, a spokeswoman for the prisons department, said the agency would have no immediate comment on the ruling.

“We are reviewing the decision and exploring our appellate options,” Wiffin said.

In a telephone interview last year with The Associated Press, Kosilek said the surgery is a medical necessity, not a frivolous desire to change his appearance.

“Everybody has the right to have their health care needs met, whether they are in prison or out on the streets,” Kosilek said. “People in the prisons who have bad hearts, hips or knees have surgery to repair those things. My medical needs are no less important or more important than the person in the cell next to me.”

Wolf noted in his ruling that the Department of Correction’s own medical experts testified that they believe surgery was the only adequate treatment for Kosilek.

The department’s ex-commissioner Kathleen Dennehy testified that providing Kosilek the surgery would present insurmountable security concerns, but Wolf said Kosilek had proven that those purported concerns masked the real reason for denying surgery: “a fear of controversy, criticism, ridicule and scorn.”

Kosilek’s lawsuit has become fodder for radio talk shows and lawmakers who say the state should not be forced to pay for a convicted murderer’s sex-change operation — which can cost up to $20,000 — especially since many insurance companies reject the surgery as elective.

Inmates in Colorado, California, Idaho and Wisconsin have sued unsuccessfully to try to get the surgery, making similar arguments that denying it violates the U.S. Constitution’s protection against cruel and unusual punishment.

Wolf noted that Kosilek’s gender-identity disorder has caused Kosilek such anguish that he has tried to castrate himself and twice tried to commit suicide, including once while on Prozac.

Kosilek’s lead attorney, Frances Cohen, called the decision courageous and thoughtful.

“We feel very grateful that the judge listened very carefully to the medical experts and has given Michelle Kosilek what the prison doctors had recommended,” Cohen said.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/09/04/massachusetts-judge-approves-taxpayer-funded-sex-change-for-inmate/#ixzz25hGS23CI

The Tea Party Influence – The New Faces Of The GOP

August 26, 2012 in 1st Amendment, 2nd Amendment, America's Collapse, Audit the Fed, Bail Out, Budget, Constitutional, Debt Crisis, Economic Deception, Economy, Election, Freedom, Gas Price, Immigration, President Obama, Presidential Candidates, Presidential Candidates on the Issues, Republicans Vs. Tea Party, Tax Hike, United States Constitution, US Sovereignty

Tea Party activists may keep low profile at first GOP convention
By Cristina Corbin Published August 25, 2012 FoxNews.com
Next week marks the Tea Party’s first Republican convention.
But despite its role in helping the party win the House majority in 2010, the movement is expected to keep a relatively low profile inside the arena, activists say. Some Tea Party groups are deliberately giving the party space to spotlight its nominee, though others claim they’re being snubbed by GOP leaders.

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The Tea Party, of course, is composed of thousands of different groups, each with its own causes. A Tea Party scene could erupt in Tampa at any moment. But unlike some other factions heading into the once-every-four-years affair, the Tea Party does not appear to have a concerted agenda.
Gop Platform Emerging Draws Praise and Criticism
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Instead, the movement may just settle for speaking roles for favored politicians and shout-outs in the platform.

The four-day convention in Tampa will kick off Monday with speeches from Tea Party favorites, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Senate candidate Ted Cruz of Texas. The party’s draft platform that will be voted on includes many of the conservative policies championed by the movement.

FreedomWorks, a Washington-based Tea Party-aligned think tank started by former House GOP leader Dick Armey, announced Wednesday that nearly all of its “Freedom Platform” has been adopted by the GOP, including a repeal of President Obama’s health care law, an end to tax hikes and an audit of the Federal Reserve.

“They were very open to our ideas and willing to work with us,” FreedomWorks vice president Russ Walker said of the platform-writing committee chaired by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven and Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn.
The Tea Party’s visibility beyond that, though, may be minimal at the convention, activists say. The expectation has drawn mixed reactions from the loosely organized anti-tax movement.

“They like the work we’re doing, but they’re afraid because they don’t want to turn off independents with the Tea Party brand,” said Todd Cefaratti of the group, TheTeaParty.Net. The group has filed a petition called “Let Them Speak,” urging the Republican National Committee to allow Tea Party leaders to speak at the convention.

“You get these moderate Republicans and they say ‘I don’t want to offend Grandma Independent,’” Cefaratti said. TheTeaParty.Net is a chief sponsor of the “Unity Rally 2012” to be held at a Tampa church on the eve of the convention, featuring speeches by Tea Party darlings and former presidential candidates Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain.

“It’s our response to a lot of our leaders being shut out of the convention,” Cefaratti said.
Another group, The Kitchen Table Patriots, also expressed resentment over the Tea Party’s representation at the convention.

“The amount of effort that the GOP went through to make sure that no Tea Party person went to the convention was unbelievable,” said Anastasia Przybylski, one of the group’s co-founders. “I did not see it coming.”

Przybylski’s counterpart, Ana Puig, claims the GOP in Bucks County, Pa., spent $70,000 to derail her run to become a delegate at the convention. Puig is now paying her way to go as an “honorary delegate,” she said, meaning “I can do everything except vote.”

“What is the convention going to accomplish except that Mitt Romney will formally be the candidate? It’s a shoulder-rubbing event,” Puig said.

Puig, however, said she is happy the Tea Party’s platform has been well-received by the RNC, adding that she’s hopeful “we would see a trickle down effect to the GOP on the local level,” she said.

“I am looking at this trip as a way for us, Tea Party, and GOP to try to mend some fences and move side by side to secure a big win in November.”

But not everyone within the movement believes Tea Party leaders should be on prominent display during the convention.

“This is the Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan show and it should be,” said Sal Russo of the Tea Party Express, one of the most visible factions of the movement. “We don’t have an agenda beyond that.”

“I would consider this an extremely successful convention for the Tea Party,” Russo said, noting that Romney was always among his group’s top three picks for a presidential nominee. “We thought we shouldn’t try and intrude on a convention that we’re happy with.”

Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, echoed Russo’s sentiment, characterizing the convention as “more style than substance.”

“The purpose is to legally nominate their candidate,” Martin told FoxNews.com. “Tea Party Patriots are far more concerned about what laws are going to be passed than what they’re doing at a party in Florida and Charlotte.”

“As long as our values are represented, we are making an effect. What we will be happy about is when bills are signed into law that repeal the president’s health care law, and when the budget is balanced and when we’re on the road to recovery,” she said. “The convention is just a very small step along the way.”

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4 Illegals Claiming 20 Kids each Get Over $30,000 in Tax Payers Dollars From The IRS

August 23, 2012 in America's Collapse, Amnesty, Anarchy, Economic Deception, Economy, Immigration, President Obama, Tax Hike, Welfare

Illegal immigrants could receive more than $7 billion this year in federal tax credits, according to one estimate, thanks to a loophole in the law that allows people not authorized to work to reap the government payments with no questions asked.

Sen. Jeff Sessions’ office calculated that, based on recent trends, illegal immigrants could receive roughly $7.4 billion through a provision known as the Additional Child Tax Credit. That’s more than quadruple what the payout was four years ago, but the payments have been steadily increasing over the past decade.

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Though illegal immigrants are prohibited from receiving similar tax credits, a quirk in the law allows them to qualify for the child tax credit. And it’s a “refundable” credit, meaning recipients can reap the money — with average checks totaling about $1,800 — even if they’ve paid no taxes.

An aide to Sessions, R-Ala., the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, said the issue is a “serious matter that deserves attention” and another sign of how “Washington is disconnected from reality.”

Illegal immigrants can qualify because even people not authorized to work in the U.S. are supposed to file returns with the IRS. If they don’t have a Social Security number, they are provided what’s known as an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number in order to file returns.

Ad those filers are not excluded from claiming the Additional Child Tax Credit, which is offered to some families with children under 17 years old.

A report last year by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration found the claims added up to $4.2 billion in 2010. Sessions’ office calculated the $7.4 billion figure based on the IG report numbers and White House budget numbers.

The IG report last year recommended that Congress pass legislation to “clarify” whether the tax credits should actually be paid to those not authorized to work in the U.S.

Sessions co-sponsored a bill earlier this year to bar illegal immigrants from receiving the credit, but the bill was blocked from reaching the floor by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Reid at the time said the bill targeted the children of low-income Hispanic families.

Recent expansions to the credit under the stimulus law are set to expire at the end of the year.

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