News/Politics 9-26-12

This is the News thread.

What story in the news is on your mind?

Say it with me now, “You have to pass it……..”

From Investors Business Daily

“During his first run for president, Barack Obama made one very specific promise to voters: He would cut health insurance premiums for families by $2,500, and do so in his first term.

But it turns out that family premiums have increased by more than $3,000 since Obama’s vow, according to the latest annual Kaiser Family Foundation employee health benefits survey.”

Read more here

Also,

From the Washington Examiner

“A majority of small business owners and manufacturers are mulling drastic changes to comply with Obamacare, with 21 percent set to drop health insurance to workers altogether and 38 percent planning to make employees pay much more.

In a poll done for the National Association of Manufacturers and National Federation of Independent Businesses, 59 percent said that they will have to consider changes once the full law kicks in because increased costs will jeopardize their operations. According to the poll, 67 percent expect Obamacare to raise healthcare costs.”

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The Libya Situation

The President gave his speech to the UN. Strangely, he didn’t mention terrorism as the cause, yet mentioned the movie they’d like to blame numerous times. Weak. I’m sorry, but it is.

From the WashingtonTimes

“His expected campaign advantage on foreign-policy issues suddenly in doubt,  President Obama at the United Nations on  Tuesday portrayed the deaths of four Americans in Libya as a result of inflamed tensions over an  anti-Islam movie produced in the U.S. rather than a terrorist attack aimed at  his policies in dealing with the Arab Spring and Middle East unrest.

Although his administration in recent days acknowledged that the deaths of  Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens  and three others were caused by a terrorist act on Sept. 11,  Mr. Obama didn’t mention terrorism as the likely motive in front of an  international audience at the U.N.  General Assembly’s annual gathering. After referencing the killing of the ambassador, Mr. Obama focused much of his  speech on promoting religious tolerance and free speech, blaming the film for  provoking the anti-U.S. outbursts while saying there is never an excuse for  violence.”

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Romney and Ryan have hit the President on the issue.

From RealClearPolitics

“”I think they want to do their very best to keep the people of America from understanding exactly what happened. We expect candor, we expect transparency, particularly, as it relates to terrorism,” Romney said.

“Why is he (Obama) not on the same page with his own administration officials who are saying that this is a terrorist attack? We’ll leave it up to you to decide whether it’s a coverup or not,” Ryan said.”

Watch it here

And now Senators are asking questions too.

From ForeignPolicy.com

“Two top senators on the Foreign Relations Committee don’t want to wait for the State Department to do its own investigation.com into the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi that killed four Americans including Ambassador Chris Stevens; they want Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to show them Stevens’s diplomatic cables and other correspondence now.”

“”While we appreciate the sensitivities associated with this ongoing investigation, we must insist on more timely information regarding the attacks and the events leading up to the attacks,” wrote Sens. Bob Corker(R-TN) and Johnny Isaakson (R-GA) in a letter to Clinton Tuesday.”

Read more here

Claims of Executive Privilege in 5, 4, 3,…………

13 thoughts on “News/Politics 9-26-12

  1. From talking to various small businessmen, I believe the growing cost of healthcare as mandated by the government is the single biggest reason businesses have been slow to hire over the last three years. Regulations, tax uncertainty, and major problems with our lending industry also played major roles. If Obama or any of his top advisers had ever run a lemonade stand, they might have a clue as to what is going on in the economy.

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  2. You have to pass it to see what’s in it. Or as someone else paraphrased, however accurately; Pass it to find out if it works.

    We told them before they passed it, that it wasn’t going to work. It’s already not working as advertised. It’s caused our insurance premiums to jump drastically, and recent findings show that it’s going to cost the middle class even more dearly…

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  3. How many times do you suppose Obama’s statement, The future must not belong to those who would slander the Prophet of Islam, been replayed in the Muslim world since he said it at the UN yesterday? Just to depict an image of him is slander in their eyes. And why does this self-proclaimed Christian call Mohammed “Prophet,” but fail to call Jesus “Lord” in the same sentence?

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  4. Kay, spot on. He is strong in condemning those who slander Muslims though has nothing to say about the daily vicious slander of Christianity and Israel by many in the Muslim world.

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  5. Pffft…

    By the muslim world? How about by his own party, and even he himself. Bitter clingers and all that.

    Don’t forget the crucifix in a jar of urine was an NEA grant recipient. He has no problem with Christianity being mocked and ridiculed. He supports spending taxpayer dollars to enable it. He’s a joke.

    But he does love to project his inner Neville Chamberlain, don’t he?

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  6. Victor Davis Hanson cuts our president absolutely NO slack whatsoever in his pathetic foreign policy. He minces no words when he calls him President Ethelred the unready: http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/328332/president-ethelred-victor-davis-hanson

    Coyote Blue should rebut Hansons view that: “The murdering of Americans in Libya is, embarrassingly so, the logical fruition of a failed — and increasingly dangerous — foreign policy in the Middle East.”

    I’m not the only one that says Obama is a foreign policy disaster. I don’t see how you can defend his foreign policy record any more than you could defend his solution to our economic woes…

    Hanso also does a pretty good analysis of what, actually, is at the root of the Islamic anger when he says:

    “The Middle East is not fascist, communist, Baathist, pan-Arabist, or Islamist, so much as it is screwed-up-ist and blame-them-ist.”

    http://www.victorhanson.com/articles/hanson092212.html

    In short, the inhabitants of the Middle East need to grow up, take responsibility for their own shortcomings and problems, and join the 21st century. As it is, they are quite similar to Cuba’s attitude that all their woes are the fault of the US…. And that’s no way out of the slimy cesspool they find themselves in. Blaming others never did solve a single problem that I know of.

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  7. Sorry about the delay MiM,

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  8. MiM,

    I agree, and it’s apparent that they show no sign of joining the civilized world here in the 21st century. They are stuck in the medieval times, barbaric to their own people and neighbors, and their religon of choice is to blame for a lot of this.

    I’m having some difficulty not getting angry about Obama’s pathetic apologies and response to the whole matter. These people understand that a President that shows weakness, is a President they need not fear. He’s allowed these people into his administration (MB), and this is his just rewards. The Left and their policies lead to the mastermind being released. And Obama is still meeting with the group directly responsible for his release from Gitmo to reoffend. Pathetic.

    http://cnsnews.com/blog/michelle-malkin/who-white-house-visitor-hisham-altalib

    “The White House meeting with overseas Muslim Brotherhood leaders was reported in April by a few mainstream journalists and questioned loudly by conservative media. But the White House confab in March with U.S.-based Altalib — which appears to be a prep session with the global Muslim Brotherhood’s American advance team — has received no attention until now.

    So, who is Hisham Yahya Altalib? What is his agenda?

    And why exactly did the Obama administration conduct domestic “faith-based” outreach with this Muslim Brotherhood figure in Virginia, who just happens to be 1) tied to bloody jihad and 2) a major contributor to the left-wing Center for Constitutional Rights, the group of jihadi-sympathizing lawyers who helped spring suspected Benghazi terror plotter Abu Sufian bin Qumu from Gitmo?”

    “CCR is the umbrella group providing more than 500 pro bono lawyers to Gitmo detainees. They have regularly dismissed national security concerns about Gitmo recidivism as “irresponsible … scare stories.” That’s exactly what they did after one of CCR’s clients, Libyan terror leader Abu Sufian bin Qumu, was sprung in 2007.”

    And yes, Hillary’s BFF Huma, is cozy with them as well. Now you know why they attacked Bachmann so harshly for pointing out the connections.

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  9. Obama was born to a Muslim father.
    That makes him Muslim.
    He attended a Muslim school in Indonesia.
    He says he was converted at Jeremiah Wright’s church and is now a Christian.
    I can’t deny that.
    But, I do know, as Walid Shoebat says, “Islam is like Hotel California, you can check out any time, but you can never leave.”

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  10. Perhaps it would be useful for you all to read the President’s actual speech rather than your wing nut commentators take on it?

    Here are excerpts your news analysts left out:

    The attacks on the civilians in Benghazi were attacks on America. We are grateful for the assistance we received from the Libyan government and from the Libyan people. There should be no doubt that we will be relentless in tracking down the killers and bringing them to justice. And I also appreciate that in recent days, the leaders of other countries in the region — including Egypt, Tunisia and Yemen — have taken steps to secure our diplomatic facilities, and called for calm. And so have religious authorities around the globe.

    But understand, the attacks of the last two weeks are not simply an assault on America. They are also an assault on the very ideals upon which the United Nations was founded — the notion that people can resolve their differences peacefully; that diplomacy can take the place of war; that in an interdependent world, all of us have a stake in working towards greater opportunity and security for our citizens.

    If we are serious about upholding these ideals, it will not be enough to put more guards in front of an embassy, or to put out statements of regret and wait for the outrage to pass. If we are serious about these ideals, we must speak honestly about the deeper causes of the crisis — because we face a choice between the forces that would drive us apart and the hopes that we hold in common.


    And yet the turmoil of recent weeks reminds us that the path to democracy does not end with the casting of a ballot. Nelson Mandela once said: “To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” (Applause.)

    True democracy demands that citizens cannot be thrown in jail because of what they believe, and that businesses can be opened without paying a bribe. It depends on the freedom of citizens to speak their minds and assemble without fear, and on the rule of law and due process that guarantees the rights of all people.

    In other words, true democracy — real freedom — is hard work. Those in power have to resist the temptation to crack down on dissidents. In hard economic times, countries must be tempted — may be tempted to rally the people around perceived enemies, at home and abroad, rather than focusing on the painstaking work of reform.

    Moreover, there will always be those that reject human progress — dictators who cling to power, corrupt interests that depend on the status quo, and extremists who fan the flames of hate and division. From Northern Ireland to South Asia, from Africa to the Americas, from the Balkans to the Pacific Rim, we’ve witnessed convulsions that can accompany transitions to a new political order. …

    Here in the United States, countless publications provoke offense. Like me, the majority of Americans are Christian, and yet we do not ban blasphemy against our most sacred beliefs. As President of our country and Commander-in-Chief of our military, I accept that people are going to call me awful things every day — (laughter) — and I will always defend their right to do so. (Applause.)

    Americans have fought and died around the globe to protect the right of all people to express their views, even views that we profoundly disagree with. We do not do so because we support hateful speech, but because our founders understood that without such protections, the capacity of each individual to express their own views and practice their own faith may be threatened. We do so because in a diverse society, efforts to restrict speech can quickly become a tool to silence critics and oppress minorities.

    We do so because given the power of faith in our lives, and the passion that religious differences can inflame, the strongest weapon against hateful speech is not repression; it is more speech — the voices of tolerance that rally against bigotry and blasphemy, and lift up the values of understanding and mutual respect.

    Now, I know that not all countries in this body share this particular understanding of the protection of free speech. We recognize that. But in 2012, at a time when anyone with a cell phone can spread offensive views around the world with the click of a button, the notion that we can control the flow of information is obsolete. The question, then, is how do we respond?

    And on this we must agree: There is no speech that justifies mindless violence. (Applause.) There are no words that excuse the killing of innocents. There’s no video that justifies an attack on an embassy. There’s no slander that provides an excuse for people to burn a restaurant in Lebanon, or destroy a school in Tunis, or cause death and destruction in Pakistan.

    In this modern world with modern technologies, for us to respond in that way to hateful speech empowers any individual who engages in such speech to create chaos around the world. We empower the worst of us if that’s how we respond.

    More broadly, the events of the last two weeks also speak to the need for all of us to honestly address the tensions between the West and the Arab world that is moving towards democracy.

    Now, let me be clear: Just as we cannot solve every problem in the world, the United States has not and will not seek to dictate the outcome of democratic transitions abroad. We do not expect other nations to agree with us on every issue, nor do we assume that the violence of the past weeks or the hateful speech by some individuals represent the views of the overwhelming majority of Muslims, any more than the views of the people who produced this video represents those of Americans. However, I do believe that it is the obligation of all leaders in all countries to speak out forcefully against violence and extremism. (Applause.)

    It is time to marginalize those who — even when not directly resorting to violence — use hatred of America, or the West, or Israel, as the central organizing principle of politics. For that only gives cover, and sometimes makes an excuse, for those who do resort to violence.

    That brand of politics — one that pits East against West, and South against North, Muslims against Christians and Hindu and Jews — can’t deliver on the promise of freedom. To the youth, it offers only false hope. Burning an American flag does nothing to provide a child an education. Smashing apart a restaurant does not fill an empty stomach. Attacking an embassy won’t create a single job. That brand of politics only makes it harder to achieve what we must do together: educating our children, and creating the opportunities that they deserve; protecting human rights, and extending democracy’s promise.

    MIM — I need to rebut Victor Davis Hansen — a man who would have us decide who should be in charge in MENA countries — that has been part of the problem — we supported dictators, people are upset by that and view the US as identified with Mubarak in the case of Egypt. If we are to get out of that set of problems we can’t keep doing the same old thing which is what Hansen would have us do.

    AJ

    Appalled by your slurring of Huma. Scripture has warning against repeating vicious falsehoods, does it not?

    Chas

    I know many a Christian that will say “once saved, always saved” how is that different from the Hotel California quip?

    All ya’ll, when you get on to the subject of muslims and start making the argument that they are all the same, you are in error. But then you all have a hard time believing in the possibility of moderates in general.

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