Bob Woodward, the famous journalist behind the Nixon “Deepthroat” scandal decades ago, has been on the warpath, but this time, Obama is the one who is the target. Woodward is known for having intricate access to key political figures.
Unfortunately, he apparently hasn’t been drinking the Kool-Aid, leading him to be despised by would-be dictators in DC. His book “Obama’s Wars” revealed intricate details about the president’s conflicted, muddled response to the wars in such alarming detail that Osama bin Ladin made a video telling people to read the book to see why Obama was doing such a bad job. Not exactly an endorsement to be proud of, but the truth about the president is embarrassing.
But now, Woodward has been threatened by the White House after going on a public rant against the White House. Before we talk about the rant, we first need some background on the last week or so of Obama’s foreign and domestic policy.
Obama is Hurting America to Gain Political Points
The president — like most power-hungry politicians — is using the American people as pawns in a game. He’s been neglecting basic government policies, and then blaming it on “budget cuts” that are looming. The general idea is to beat the American people until they feel like they have no choice but to raise taxes again. Obama is literally trying to take the nation hostage.
The administration’s defense is that they weren’t too dangerous. This just begs the question… why were they arrested in the first place? If someone should be jailed, then they should be jailed. If not, then they shouldn’t. This isn’t a budget issue, it’s a justice issue. Either way, anyone with any level of political savvy knows this has absolutely nothing to do with justice, and everything to do with scaring people into being against budget cuts and supporting more taxes. That’s it.
Obama has also not deployed aircraft carriers to the Persian Gulf, and has said that he wouldn’t be able to do so.
“Can you imagine Ronald Reagan sitting there and saying ‘Oh, by the way, I can’t do this because of some budget document?’” Woodward said.
“Or George W. Bush saying, ‘You know, I’m not going to invade Iraq because I can’t get the aircraft carriers I need’ or even Bill Clinton saying, ‘You know, I’m not going to attack Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters,’ as he did when Clinton was president because of some budget document?” he added.
Of course, we disagree with Woodward on this. “Some budget document” is the rule of law, and we do not want Obama to be able to write his own checks. Good grief, we’re almost to that point already, and it’s nothing but disaster. Either way, the White House seems to continue with their pattern of Chicago politics of intimidation.
The White House Threatens Bob Woodward
The response by the White House? They tried to threaten him to scare him. It probably won’t work:
In the end, Woodward is wrong. The “budget document” is absolutely important. The president should have a budget, he should stick to it, and that’s that. But there is no budget problem. The president has trillions more than needed to protect American citizens from having their natural rights violated — this is a political problem.
In the end, we’re not siding with Obama or Woodward. But one thing should be certain:
This isn’t a problem of too little money; this is a problem of too much Barack Obama.
There are lies, big lies, and then there are statistics. Perhaps worst of all, there are government statistics. Trusting the government to be honest about the economy is like trusting the fox to be honest about guarding the hen house — it’s a recipe for eventual disaster.
When Obama took office, the unemployment rate was 7.8%. When Obama took his oath the second time, it was 7.8%… still. So did we have roughly the same labor market during both times? Heck no.
Millions upon millions have lost full-time work and have been pushed down to part-time work — this inflates the numbers of employment while drastically hiding those who are suffering.
There are 3 reasons we shouldn’t trust federal unemployment estimates:
Conflict of interest. The people reporting statistics have an interest in making them look rosy. Considering nearly all statistics can be misleading — especially economic statistics — that immediately makes all positive news suspect.
They stop counting. The unemployment rate doesn’t count students, people forced into early retirement, or people who have run out of unemployment insurance. In other words, a huge portion of the unemployed are ignored. The real rate is nearly double what’s reported. If the “official” rate was believed, it would only be a little harder to find a job — most people know it’s several times harder at least, and wages are even more difficult to acquire.
Not all jobs are equal. A job created by government isn’t the same as a job that actually provides a service the economy has a demand for. Some government jobs are understandable — military, police, etc — but many are created that achieve nothing – bureaucrats, regulators, etc.
So how can we determine if the economy is getting worse? Read below.
The “Real” Economy: More People Can’t Afford Food.
To see how many people have seen substantial cuts in their income to the point of not being pushed into poverty, just look to food stamps as a percentage of the population. Over the last three years, the number has essentially skyrocketed. In 2011, unemployment dropped by .5%.
But the main reason for the drop is that so many people have taken early retirements or have been pushed to part-time work — not that they’ve actually gotten back on their feet.
The “recovery” is always a delusion. It is false hope for individuals who want to believe things will get better.
Meanwhile, use of food stamps is essentially skyrocketing. For the first time in the history of the United States, over 15% of Americans are on food stamps. That means Obama’s solution to “fixing” the economy is essentially increasing spending by creating a dependent class of people.
This isn’t just up compared to Bush. Food stamps are drastically higher for 2011 than for 2010. That means even after Obama’s first two years, food stamp usage is still increasing while unemployment is supposedly “decreasing”.
And no, this number won’t drop in just a few years. Since food stamps were created as a program, their use has gotten larger essentially every year. This means an important part of the economy will come to rely on welfare as an important part of their income.
How many people rely on a check from the federal government? According to Investors Business Daily, roughly 49% of home get benefits. This is a huge political move — essentially nobody who gets a check is going to vote against the guy who’s giving them checks in the mail.
Meanwhile, the national debt is skyrocketing. Our national debt is now bigger than the US economy as a whole.
Meanwhile, the senate hasn’t passed a budget since Obama acquired office. We’re literally spending money so fast, we don’t even have a budget any longer.
This insanity can’t continue. Over the next 5 or so years, we’ll be hitting an important point in our history. We’ll be getting into so much debt — unless something stops the increase — that we’ll have to either default on the debt or just print our budgets in the first place.
That’s bad. That’s a big deal. And you should be prepared for both recessions and inflation going forward.
I’m tired of hearing people talk about how the rich game the system and take all of our money. Certainly, corporate welfare and cronyism play a part of the present injustices in society. It’s evil and it has to stop.
But this general hatred of the rich and of their wealth absolutely has to go. I keep hearing people complain that the rich have gamed the system and taken everything from us. They are out to get the middle class, to turn us into their personal serfs, they exploit labor, etc., etc., etc. We’re told that it’s not fair that they are rich and we are not. Our president literally banks his political rhetoric off of the assumption that most Americans accept this attitude.
If you’re one of these people, stop it. Just stop it.
Chances are, if you were to take one random day from a rich person’s life (Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Truett Cathy, Charles Koch, David Koch, Warren Buffett, etc.) I would bet that in that day, they provided more value for the rest of society than either your life or my life in total. Their various political viewpoints aside, in their day to day lives, these people have taken risks, launched new ventures, failed many times, tested many ideas, and figured out newer and better ways of serving you and me. For that, millions of individuals have voluntarily given them lots of money.
Instead of thinking about how greedy and evil rich people are, instead of being angry that they have more money than others, instead of worrying about income inequality, instead of complaining that the system is rigged against us, ask yourself just one question:
“What value have I created today in service of others?”
Let’s stop ripping at the speck in the eye of the rich and start realizing the log of envy that is rammed fast into our own eye. It’s a really humbling thought to realize that the reason that you’re not wealthy yet is not because you’re young, old, unlucky, tired, perpetually busy, or a victim of circumstances.
It’s because you’re just not as good as the rich at giving the world a lot of value.
This isn’t an insult. It’s just a fact. The only person that can change this reality is you. The Internet has transformed many of the old ways that people used to run businesses and make money. It’s given us all a platform from which to think and to explore new ideas. It’s provided us with the ability to each figure out how we can contribute to a dynamic and changing world. At the same time, that means that none of us have an excuse for an inability to provide value to the world.
I ask again:
“What value have I created today in service of others?”
If more people started asking themselves this question whenever they heard someone complaining about corporate greed, wealthy elites, and the 1%…
…then maybe, just maybe, the world might change a little bit for the better.
One of the most mind-boggling problems in America is the outright denial so many statists have about welfare abuse. I personally know people who are gaming the system in order to get as much as possible while working at little as possible. Talk to anyone who works at a grocery store, and you’ll hear horror stories.
Action 4 News, a local news organization, finally began investigative journalism in order to see how real the abuse is getting. The results? Enough to make you sick.
Since foodstamp cards “rollover”, they’re extremely easy for people to game the system by working extra hours, save the food stamp money over time, and then have a huge balance on their cards — in order to buy luxury items, sell the food to others, or something else entirely.
Yes, this is illegal to do, but there is next to no way to stop it in the system. Again, the system is designed to get people to game it in order to grow the welfare state as a kind of “stopping point” on the road to socialism. The plan is working well.
If someone disagrees, just have them talk with anyone who works in a grocery store. The abuse is real. The left is ignoring it, and the end game is a power grab like what we’ve never seen before.
Click here to read the rest of the report, or watch the video below.
Most of the news is currently drenched with protests to “drastic” cuts to the government. Some are calling it suicide. So how bad are the cuts? Only 3% of projected increases… spending will never actually go down. Rand Paul has some strong words for Obama, as everyone should watch in the video below. Here’s a short quote from the more pertinent part:
“It’s untrue, unfair, dishonest, disingenuous. The president is making stuff up… Our country is drowning in a sea of debt, borrowing $50,000 a second. We have to slow down spending.”
Piers Morgan seems to enjoy debating gun control even though he’s made it abundantly clear he doesn’t know anything about the topic. He’s been destroyed by everyone from Larry Pratt from the Gun Owners of America to Ted Nugent. Morgan apparently can’t get enough.
In the video below, Morgan tries to debate with two women, and ends up having his position destroyed — he gets so frustrated at the end, he throws paper at one of his guests. Sorry, no matter how many fits you throw, Piers, you’re still wrong, gun control is killing your countrymen back in the UK, and you’ve been proven wrong in front of your audience.
The following has been written by Michael Connelly, J.D., the Executive Director of the United States Justice Foundation. Below, he explains how the VA is threatening some veterans with prison if they purchase guns or ammunition — without explaining what the reasoning is, or by what authority they have this “power”.
How would you feel if you received a letter from the U.S. Government informing you that because of a physical or mental condition that the government says you have it is proposing to rule that you are incompetent to handle your own financial affairs? Suppose that letter also stated that the government is going to appoint a stranger to handle your affairs for you at your expense? That would certainly be scary enough but it gets worse.
What if that letter also stated: “A determination of incompetency will prohibit you from purchasing, possessing, receiving, or transporting a firearm or ammunition. If you knowingly violate any of these prohibitions, you may be fined, imprisoned, or both pursuant to the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, Pub.L.No. 103-159, as implemented at 18, United States Code 924(a)(2).”? That makes is sound like something right from a documentary on a tyrannical dictatorship somewhere in the world. Yet, as I write this I have a copy of such a letter right in front of me.
It is being sent by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to hundreds, perhaps thousands, of America’s heroes. In my capacity as Executive Director of the United States Justice Foundation (USJF) I have been contacted by some of these veterans and the stories I am getting are appalling.
The letter provides no specifics on the reasons for the proposed finding of incompetency; just that is based on a determination by someone in the VA. In every state in the United States no one can be declared incompetent to administer their own affairs without due process of law and that usually requires a judicial hearing with evidence being offered to prove to a judge that the person is indeed incompetent. This is a requirement of the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that states that no person shall “… be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law…”.
Obviously, the Department of Veterans Affairs can’t be bothered by such impediments as the Constitution, particularly since they are clearly pushing to fulfill one of Obama’s main goals, the disarming of the American people. Janet Napolitano has already warned law enforcement that some of the most dangerous among us are America’s heroes, our veterans, and now according to this letter from the VA they can be prohibited from buying or even possessing a firearm because of a physical or mental disability.
Think about it, the men and women who have laid their lives on the line to defend us and our Constitution are now having their own Constitutional rights denied. There are no clear criteria for the VA to declare a veteran incompetent. It can be the loss of a limb in combat, a head injury, a diagnosis of PTSD, or even a soldier just telling someone at the VA that he or she is depressed over the loss of a buddy in combat. In none of these situations has the person been found to be a danger to themselves or others. If that was the case than all of the Americans who have suffered from PTSD following the loss of a loved one or from being in a car accident would also have to be disqualified from owning firearms. It would also mean that everyone who has ever been depressed for any reason should be disarmed. In fact, many of the veterans being deprived of their rights have no idea why it is happening.
The answer seems to be it is simply because they are veterans. At the USJF we intend to find the truth by filing a Freedom of Information Act request to the Department of Veterans Affairs to force them to disclose the criteria they are using to place veterans on the background check list that keeps them from exercising their Second Amendment rights. Then we will take whatever legal steps are necessary to protect our American warriors.
The reality is that Obama will not get all of the gun control measures he wants through Congress, and they wouldn’t be enough for him anyway. He wants a totally disarmed America so there will be no resistance to his plans to rob us of our nation. That means we have to ask who will be next. If you are receiving a Social Security check will you get one of these letters? Will the government declare that you are incompetent because of your age and therefore banned from firearm ownership. It certainly fits in with the philosophy and plans of the Obama administration. It is also certain that our military veterans don’t deserve this and neither do any other Americans.
Rand Paul only has full control over one part of the federal government… the money they give him to run his senate office. And he just announced that he’s giving over $600,000 BACK to the federal treasury with money he saved this last year alone. This means he’s not just talking big — he’s taking big actions even on a personal level.
If you want to see an example of someone who knows that to save money you have to cut spending, then look no further than Rand Paul. One thing is certain — we need more of this kind of drastic cuts in DC. This is a breath of fresh air. Most politicians want to cut spending elsewhere but keep the perks. Rand Paul hates all of it — and that’s great. Video of his announcement is below:
Nancy Pelosi is the embodiment of almost everything wrong with statism. Economically ignorant, resentful, elitist, and completely clueless on every level. There are a lot of reasons why central economic planning doesn’t work, and she’s up there on the list.
She also thinks that even talking about cutting her pay — while millions of Americans are unemployed — is out of the question. Why it’s not just out of the question… it’s actually a violation of her “dignity”. That’s right, she thinks it is beneath her to live like a typical American. Meanwhile, she’s doing a hideous job of ruling over us petty peasants. Absolutely disgusting.
When asked about pay cuts, Pelosi told a Hill reporter: “I don’t think we should do it; I think we should respect the work we do. I think it’s necessary for us to have the dignity of the job that we have rewarded.”
What is Wrong With Congress?
Congress is one of the most corrupt “organizations” in the country. It’s filled with open thieves, crooks, and people who openly say it’s their goal to make it legal for them to rob you more every day of the year. I won’t mince words: these people are generally trashy gangsters.
Don’t get me wrong, there are some good apples. Rand Paul, Justin Amash — there are a handful of individuals who are there to actually defend the republic and the constitution, but they are an extreme minority.
This is the fundamental problem with organizing society on the basis of government rather than the market. People who are likely to become politicians, and then are likely to succeed at the insanely dirty game of politics, are almost always the kind of people you wouldn’t want to have dinner with — much less the kind of people to which society gives all of the power. It’s a recipe for pure disaster.
This doesn’t mean that the “right” politicians can make socialism “work”. Socialism can’t work. Central planning — whether it’s fascism, communism, corporatism, or some other ism — can’t work because it ignores the foundation of the market: pricing mechanism. It also can’t work because political inequality inherently leads to abuses. It also can’t work because without profits and losses, people begin to look for ways to game the system rather than work hard and create value.
In the end, there are a million reasons socialism can’t work, hasn’t worked, and will never work. People like Nancy Pelosi being “famous” successful politicians is a good example of why. Society shouldn’t be managed by elites — and it definitely shouldn’t be managed by an “opposite” of elites, which is exactly who she is.
A lot of people are speculating that Rubio and Rand are considering a ticket together to run in 2016. Only time can tell, though it would likely be a popular ticket among conservatives, and quite a few libertarians would be on board — though libertarians are generally split on Rand Paul, with the “purists” who are upset over his conservative positions on some issues. Either way, the video of Rand’s speech is below, and the full-text of the speech is posted below as well.
Everything below this point is by Rand Paul.
I speak to you tonight from Washington, D.C. The state of our economy is tenuous but our people remain the greatest example of freedom and prosperity the world has ever known.
People say America is exceptional. I agree, but it’s not the complexion of our skin or the twists in our DNA that make us unique. America is exceptional because we were founded upon the notion that everyone should be free to pursue life, liberty, and happiness.
For the first time in history, men and women were guaranteed a chance to succeed based NOT on who your parents were but on your own initiative and desire to work.
We are in danger, though, of forgetting what made us great. The President seems to think the country can continue to borrow $50,000 per second. The President believes that we should just squeeze more money out of those who are working.
The path we are on is not sustainable, but few in Congress or in this Administration seem to recognize that their actions are endangering the prosperity of this great nation.
Ronald Reagan said, government is not the answer to the problem, government is the problem.
Tonight, the President told the nation he disagrees. President Obama believes government is the solution: More government, more taxes, more debt.
What the President fails to grasp is that the American system that rewards hard work is what made America so prosperous.
What America needs is not Robin Hood but Adam Smith. In the year we won our independence, Adam Smith described what creates the Wealth of Nations.
He described a limited government that largely did not interfere with individuals and their pursuit of happiness.
All that we are, all that we wish to be is now threatened by the notion that you can have something for nothing, that you can have your cake and eat it too, that you can spend a trillion dollars every year that you don’t have.
I was elected to the Senate in 2010 by people worried about our country, worried about our kids and their future. I thought I knew how bad it was in Washington. But it is worse than I ever imagined.
Congress is debating the wrong things.
Every debate in Washington is about how much to increase spending – a little or a lot.
About how much to increase taxes – a little or a lot.
The President does a big “woe is me” over the $1.2 trillion sequester that he endorsed and signed into law. Some Republicans are joining him. Few people understand that the sequester doesn’t even cut any spending. It just slows the rate of growth. Even with the sequester, government will grow over $7 trillion over the next decade.
Only in Washington could an increase of $7 trillion in spending over a decade be called a cut.
So, what is the President’s answer? Over the past four years he has added over $6 trillion in new debt and may well do the same in a second term. What solutions does he offer? He takes entitlement reform off the table and seeks to squeeze more money out of the private sector.
He says he wants a balanced approach.
What the country really needs is a balanced budget.
Washington acts in a way that your family never could – they spend money they do not have, they borrow from future generations, and then they blame each other for never fixing the problem.
Tonight I urge you to demand a new course.
Demand Washington change their ways, or be sent home.
To begin with, we absolutely must pass a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution!
The amendment must include strict tax and spending limitations.
Liberals complain that the budget can’t be balanced but if you cut just one penny from each dollar we currently spend, the budget would balance within six or seven years.
The Penny Plan has been crafted into a bill that millions of conservatives across the country support.
It is often said that there is not enough bipartisanship up here.
That is not true.
In fact, there is plenty.
Both parties have been guilty of spending too much, of protecting their sacred cows, of backroom deals in which everyone up here wins, but every taxpayer loses.
It is time for a new bipartisan consensus.
It is time Democrats admit that not every dollar spent on domestic programs is sacred. And it is time Republicans realize that military spending is not immune to waste and fraud.
Where would we cut spending; well, we could start with ending all foreign aid to countries that are burning our flag and chanting death to America.
The President could begin by stopping the F-16s and Abrams tanks being given to the radical Islamic government of Egypt.
Not only should the sequester stand, many pundits say the sequester really needs to be at least $4 trillion to avoid another downgrade of America’s credit rating.
Both parties will have to agree to cut, or we will never fix our fiscal mess.
Bipartisanship is not what is missing in Washington. Common sense is.
Trillion-dollar deficits hurt us all.
Printing more money to feed the never-ending appetite for spending hurts us all.
We pay higher prices every time we go to the supermarket or the gas pump. The value of the dollar shrinks with each new day.
Contrary to what the President claims, big government and debt are not a friend to the poor and the elderly. Big-government debt keeps the poor poor and saps the savings of the elderly.
This massive expansion of the debt destroys savings and steals the value of your wages.
Big government makes it more expensive to put food on the table. Big government is not your friend. The President offers you free stuff but his policies keep you poor.
Under President Obama, the ranks of America’s poor swelled to almost 1 in 6 people last year, reaching a new high as long-term unemployment left millions of Americans struggling and out of work.
The cycle must be broken.
The willpower to do this will not come from Congress. It must come from the American people.
Next month, I will propose a five-year balanced budget, a budget that last year was endorsed by taxpayer groups across the country for its boldness, and for actually solving the problem.
I will work with anyone on either side of the aisle who wants to cut spending.
But in recent years, there has been no one to work with.
The President’s massive tax hikes and spending increases have caused his budgets to get ZERO votes in both houses of Congress. Not a single Democrat voted for the President’s budget!
But at least he tried.
Senate Democrats have not even produced a budget in the time I have been in office, a shameful display of incompetence that illustrates their lack of seriousness.
This year, they say they will have a budget, but after just recently imposing hundreds of billions in new taxes, they now say they will include more tax hikes in their budget.
We must stand firm. We must say NO to any MORE tax hikes!
Only through lower taxes, less regulation and more freedom will the economy begin to grow again.
Our party is the party of growth, jobs and prosperity, and we will boldly lead on these issues.
Under the Obama economy, 12 million people are out of work. During the President’s first term 800,000 construction workers lost their jobs and another 800,000 simply gave up on looking for work.
With my five-year budget, millions of jobs would be created by cutting the corporate income tax in half, by creating a flat personal income tax of 17%, and by cutting the regulations that are strangling American businesses.
The only stimulus ever proven to work is leaving more money in the hands of those who earned it!
For those who are struggling we want to you to have something infinitely more valuable than a free phone, we want you to have a job and pathway to success.
We are the party that embraces hard work and ingenuity, therefore we must be the party that embraces the immigrant who wants to come to America for a better future.
We must be the party who sees immigrants as assets, not liabilities.
We must be the party that says, “If you want to work, if you want to become an American, we welcome you.”
For those striving to climb the ladder of success we must fix our schools.
America’s educational system is leaving behind anyone who starts with disadvantages.
We have cut classroom size in half and tripled spending on education and still we lag behind much of the world.
A great education needs to be available for everyone, whether you live on country club lane or in government housing.
This will only happen when we allow school choice for everyone, rich or poor, white, brown, or black.
Let the taxes you pay for education follow each and every student to the school of your choice.
Competition has made America the richest nation in history. Competition can make our educational system the envy of the world.
The status quo traps poor children in a crumbling system of hopelessness.
When every child can, like the President’s kids, go to the school of their choice, then will the dreams of our children come true!
Washington could also use a good dose of transparency, which is why we should fight back against middle of the night deals that end with massive bills no one has read.
We must continue to fight for legislation that forces Congress to read the bills!
We must continue to object when Congress sticks special interest riders on bills in the dead of night!
And if Congress refuses to obey its own rules, if Congress refuses to pass a budget, if Congress refuses to read the bills, then I say:
Sweep the place clean. Limit their terms and send them home!
I have seen the inner sanctum of Congress and believe me there is no monopoly on knowledge there.
If they will not listen, if they will not balance the budget, then we should limit their terms.
We are the party that adheres to the Constitution. We will not let the liberals tread on the Second Amendment!
We will fight to defend the entire Bill of Rights from the right to trial by jury to the right to be free from unlawful searches.
We will stand up against excessive government power wherever we see it.
We cannot and will not allow any President to act as if he were a king.
We will not let any President use executive orders to impinge on the Second Amendment.
We will not tolerate secret lists of American citizens who can be killed without trial.
Montesquieu wrote that there can be no liberty when the executive branch and the legislative branch are combined. Separation of powers is a bedrock principle of our Constitution.
We took the President to court over his unconstitutional recess appointments and won.
If necessary, we will take him to court again if he attempts to legislate by executive order.
Congress must reassert its authority as the protector of these rights, and stand up for them, no matter which party is in power.
Congress must stand as a check to the power of the executive, and it must stand as it was intended, as the voice of the people.
The people are crying out for change. They are asking for us to hear their voices, to fix our broken system, to right our economy and to restore their liberty.
Let us tonight let them know that we hear their voices. That we can and must work together, that we can and must re-chart our course toward a better future.
America has much greatness left in her. We will begin to thrive again when we begin to believe in ourselves again, when we regain our respect for our founding documents, when we balance our budget, when we understand that capitalism and free markets and free individuals are what creates our nation’s prosperity.