Something tells me they’ll still manage to deny it.
If the events down in Ferguson and the events in other parts of the country spurred by Ferguson are the result of abject stupidity or awful people. Like most of these situations, I suppose it’s a lot of both.
Look, we clearly have an issue with the criminal justice system in this country. A horrific percentage of black men are incarcerated for drug “crimes” alone. There’s an urgent need for reform and thankfully, this seems to be an issue that both sides can agree on: Criminal Justice Reform Brings Together Liberals, Conservatives.
“The net cost — which is total benefits minus total benefits paid in — of the amnesty recipients I estimate will be around $2 trillion over the course of their lifetime,” Rector explained in an interview with Breitbart News Monday. He added that the calculation is based on the assumption that 4 million undocumented immigrants will participate and they will live, on average, 50 years.
According to Rector — who has published extensively on welfare, poverty, and immigration — the cost has two components: The first is the potential to access Social Security and Medicare, given amnestied undocumented immigrants’ ability to obtain work permits and Social Security Numbers.
“What [Obama] is doing is he is putting these 4 million people — who on average have a 10th grade education — into the Social Security and Medicare programs,” Rector said. He used much of the same methodology he incorporated in his May 2013 study on the cost of amnesty to reach his conclusions.
Eh, who cares? It’s always somebody else’s money when you’re a Democrat.
How Obama Dumped Hagel – Politico
Nothing surprising here. There had to be some kind of shake up in the cabinet after the ass pounding the White House received in the mid terms (Haven’t you noticed that Obama has been smiling more often lately?) and considering that Hagel has no voice in military strategy, this was the easiest move Obama could make while still appearing to listen to the message Americans sent a few Tuesdays ago.
The scary thing is that Hagel’s voice, despite being barely above a whisper, was the lone voice of experience and sanity when it comes to military and defense decisions within the White House. Now those decisions are made exclusively by Valerie Jarrett and Susan Rice. No, I’m not kidding.
The Washington Times has an interesting piece on this as well:
Mr. Hagel, the only Republican in Mr. Obama’s Cabinet, had been marginalized for months, and numerous reports said he was pushed out and that the Defense Department was being micromanaged out of the West Wing of the White House. (Mr. Sasshole’s Note: West Wing of the WH = Rice, Jarrett and Obama)
He becomes the latest member of the president’s national security team to resign and the third defense secretary to leave amid turmoil. Both of Mr. Hagel’s predecessors, Robert Gates and Leon Panetta, blasted Mr. Obama after leaving the Pentagon, penning books that were highly critical of aspects of the administration’s foreign policy.
In addition to the Pentagon chiefs, Mr. Obama also has seen his top diplomat, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, depart after the 2012 election. She was replaced by former Sen. John F. Kerry.
Mr. Obama also has had three national security advisers, with James Jones lasting less than two years and Tom Donilon lasting less than three. The job now is held by Susan E. Rice.
The sad/scary thing is how utterly unqualified most of the current personnel are for their roles. There are at least three current cabinet members that are openly mocked by the rest of the cabinet (including Obama and Jarrett) for their ineptitude. I’ll give you a hint on one of them, his name rhymes with “John Kerry”. We’ve never had a White House like this. But of course, we’ve never had a White House where the duties of the Executive Branch are regarded as a far lower priority relative to implementing the plan that Barack Obama was sent to install.
While you were snoozing/fucking/shooting up/sobbing quietly in a darkened room while smoking a cigarette, Obama quietly re-upped us for another year in Afghanistan!
Or, more accurately, while you were voting. Was Barack Obama conveniently waiting for after the midterm elections to add another year of combat duty to our tour in Afghanistan, or is this just a big coincidence? YMMV, but the New York Times suggests that the decision was made longer than just 17 days ago in this Friday night document dump:
President Obama decided in recent weeks to authorize a more expansive mission for the military in Afghanistan in 2015 than originally planned, a move that ensures American troops will have a direct role in fighting in the war-ravaged country for at least another year.
Mr. Obama’s order allows American forces to carry out missions against the Taliban and other militant groups threatening American troops or the Afghan government, a broader mission than the president described to the public earlier this year, according to several administration, military and congressional officials with knowledge of the decision. The new authorization also allows American jets, bombers and drones to support Afghan troops on combat missions.
In an announcement in the White House Rose Garden in May, Mr. Obama said that the American military would have no combat role in Afghanistan next year, and that the missions for the 9,800 troops remaining in the country would be limited to training Afghan forces and to hunting the “remnants of Al Qaeda.”
The decision to change that mission was the result of a lengthy and heated debate that laid bare the tension inside the Obama administration between two often-competing imperatives: the promise Mr. Obama made to end the war in Afghanistan, versus the demands of the Pentagon that American troops be able to successfully fulfill their remaining missions in the country.
Memo to the idiots out there who are still reassuring themselves with statements like “Obama isn’t a war monger like Bushitler and Cheney!”: They’re all war mongers. Proper grown ups realized a long time ago that the only thing that changes is the rhetoric.
Another hidden Friday news dump:
“Here’s a Friday Obamacare news-dump for you: In a 300-page regulatory proposal released late this afternoon, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that it is considering changing Obamacare’s auto-renewal rules so that, within the health law’s exchanges, instead of being automatically renewed into your current health plan, you’d be moved into the lowest cost plan from the same service tier. . . . It’s not just auto-reenrollment. It’s auto-reassignment. Basically, if you like your plan, but don’t go out of your way to intentionally re-enroll, the kind and wise folks at HHS or state health exchanges might just pick a new plan—perhaps with different doctors, clinics, cost structures, and benefit options—for you. And if you want to switch back? Good luck once open enrollment is closed. There’s always next year. A hassle? Maybe. But have faith: They know what’s best.”
…with the news of impending riots in Ferguson and of course, the Amnesty ruling by Dear Leader, the Obama administration happened to “find” some of those missing Lois Lerner emails.
For those of you not paying attention, this is the Administration’s M.O. that’s been exhibited over and over and over: Release damaging information late in the afternoon on a Friday when the news cycle is at its end for the week and do it at a time where other major issues are grabbing the spotlight. Although I have no doubt that at least part of the delay was the time needed to scrub the emails of any damaging information to the Administration.
The U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) has informed several committees of Congress that approximately 30,000 emails from Lois Lerner, the former chief of the IRS Exempt Organizations Division, that were thought to be lost forever have been found.
The TIGTA said it would take several months to retrieve the emails because they have been stored on “disaster recovery tapes” and separating them is a laborious and time consuming task.The emails take in the years 2009-11. Some may be duplicates of emails Lerner has already supplied to Congress.(Mr. Sasshole’s note: The House and Senate committees requesting this data should have asked for the original backup images from the tapes, not the restored data.)