We come from different backgrounds, parties and pursuits but are bound by a common belief in the promise and purpose of America. After all, each of us has been the beneficiary of the choices made—and opportunities created—by previous generations of Americans. One of us grew up poor in the South Bronx of the 1960s and went on to lead a children´s antipoverty program in Harlem. Another grew up in a small town in South Jersey, and went on to be a leading money manager. The third grew up in a small suburb in upstate New
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Interesting and I agree with what they say. The only way we can fix our fiscal mess is to have the political spectrum from left to right agree on the scope of the problem and work on solutions. No party will be able to reform entitlements on their own. Most of our political class doesn´t seem to care.
Don´t count on any Demonrats to display "courage, conviction and compassion" in order to change the on-going theft. They are the architects of the destruction. Any Demonrat who can grab a microphone is spouting off the nonsense that we do not have a spending problem. I hope history informs future generations that it was the Demonrat party´s greed and power lust that sowed the seeds of destruction.
It’s just one tweet, but the sheer mendacity requires its own post. With the media finally in “now it can be told” mode since Obamacare passed and President Obama was reelected, pretty much everyone is admitting what all of us knew four years ago— that no, not everyone would be able to keep their plans if they liked their plans. And, yes, the Obama administration knew it just as sure as its critics did. It was a lie and an obvious one, but the administration, much of the media, and Obamacare supporters happily acted as if it were true and happily
A British security expert is the first Western witness to give his account of the September 11, 2012 attacks on the U.S. Consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya. Morgan Jones (name changed) spoke with CBS´ 60 Minutes about the day of the attack, as well as his conversations with assassinated Ambassador Chris Stevens and Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith in the lead-up to the attacks, both of whom expressed their anxiety about the compound´s protection. Mr Jones came to Benghazi, Libya five months before the attack to train unarmed guards stationed around the American compound. Initially, he thought that the assignment would
Most economists agree that the current pace of U.S. spending is unsustainable in the long run, but how did it get this bad? How did the U.S. manage to spend its way out of a surplus and into massive debt in roughly a decade, putting itself 17 trillion U.S. dollars in the hole? Moreover, as nations worldwide eye Washington´s debt nervously, how will the world´s largest economy pay it off? The issue grabbed headlines earlier this month after a tense standoff between Democrats and Republicans that brought the nation to the edge of a debt default. After the dust cleared,
WASHINGTON -- A year after losing a presidential race many Republicans thought was winnable, the party arguably is in worse shape than before. The GOP is struggling to control tensions between its tea party and establishment wings and watching approval ratings sink to record lows. It´s almost quaint to recall that soon after Mitt Romney lost to President Barack Obama, the Republican National Committee recommended only one policy change: endorsing an immigration overhaul, in hopes of attracting Hispanic voters. That immigration bill is now struggling for life and attention in the Republican-run
A senior administration official on Monday rejected Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Diane Feinstein´s claim that the U.S. has halted intelligence collection against its allies. In a statement released earlier Monday, the California Democrat said that the White House "has informed me that collection on our allies will not continue." But the administration official called that statement "not accurate." "While we have made some individual changes, which I cannot detail, we have not made across the board changes in policy like, for example, terminating intelligence collection that might be aimed at all allies," the administration official said. After the administration’s statement, a spokesman for Feinstein clarified
One of the top security officials on the ground during the Benghazi attack broke his silence on last night’s “60 Minutes,” saying the U.S. government knew that an attack was imminent and didn’t do anything about it. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry demanding answers about why the warnings were ignored. He joined Fox and Friends this morning and called the attack “foreseeable.” “Warnings were made to State Department in Washington and a cry for help was made by the ambassador. Those cries for help were not responded to.” McCaul detailed what eyewitnesses encountered when arriving
Superpowerless: When your friends stop trusting you and your adversaries stop fearing you, decline — military and economic — is the inevitable result. Former Vice President Dick Cheney´s warning is no mere political barb. Appearing on ABC´s This Week Sunday program, this is how Dick Cheney summed up the massive damage that President Obama has caused to the U.S. role in the world: "Our friends no longer count on us, no longer trust us. And our adversaries don´t fear us." Cheney called that prestige "the cornerstone and the basis of the U.S. ability and influence." And he warned that under Obama, "a
With ObamaCare´s health insurance exchanges unraveling — especially HealthCare.gov, the federally run portal for the 36 states that decided not to set up their own exchanges — it´s safe to say that the president´s effort to expand coverage isn´t going well. It´s about to get worse. Once the calendar flips to 2014, ObamaCare intends to expand Medicaid — the joint federal-state health insurance program for low-income Americans — to an additional 8.7 million people. But Medicaid isn´t working for the 62 million Americans it currently covers. Taxpayers are struggling to shoulder the program´s $400-billion-plus price tag. Beneficiaries, meanwhile, are finding that doctors won´t
Health Fail: Healthcare.gov´s implosion may be due to one of its major developers being selected less for its technical competence than for cronyism. Perhaps the White House was hoping for a friends and family discount. Why pick a Canadian firm with a French name to help develop the official ObamaCare website? It certainly wasn´t based on the track record in developing health care software of CGI Federal, the IT contractor that orchestrated most of the Healthcare.gov website. CGI Federal is a wholly owned subsidiary of Canada´s CGI Group (CGI stands for "Conseillers en Gestion et Informatique" in French, which roughly translates to
Scandal: In recent days, President Obama has claimed ignorance about spying on allies and the ObamaCare meltdown. How can it be this president is always the last to know whenever anything goes wrong in his administration? Even though the NSA tapped the phones of German Chancellor Angela Merkel some time ago, President Obama claims he didn´t know anything about it until after an internal review he ordered earlier this year. Why should he? After all, "the president doesn´t sign off on this stuff," one official said. If Obama´s ignorance of this seems dubious, consider that a German weekly reports that Army Gen. Keith
I´ve always thought of Barack Obama as the "Chauncey Gardiner" of American politics. Like Peter Sellers´ character in the classic film, "Being There," Obama is an embodiment of outsiders´ hopes and dreams for who they think he is. Reality, like the film, shows there isn´t really a lot of there, there. This weekend, we learned that President Obama "didn´t know about" NSA spying on world leaders, especially German Chancellor Angela Merkel. He also "didn´t know about" the posthumously obvious problems with the rollout of the ObamaCare website exchanges. According to the New York Times, these problems were evident eight months ago.
Distancing itself from President Obama’s oft repeated assurance that “if you like your plan you can keep it,” the Obama administration is now executing a strategic retreat from this promise. With David Axelrod having said that “most people” will be able to keep their insurance and press secretary Jay Carney admitting that “there are existing health care plans that [. . .] do not qualify for the Affordable Care Act,” the White House again limited its claims in a response to an online petition demanding that those who like their plans be able to opt out of Obamacare and keep
60 Minutes had an absolutely devastating report on the Obama administration’s failure to protect Ambassador Chris Stevens and other Americans in Benghazi. I’ll post the video when available (update – available and added), but the heart of the report is that there were clear and unequivocal warnings which were ignored, and the Obama administration lied about these warnings after the attack. Hillary and Obama blamed a video and stood by the caskets perpetuating that lie. And remember how almost all of the media obsessed with Mitt Romney’s statement over Benghazi, and colluded to ask Romney gotcha questions while downplaying and obfuscating what really
The following script is from "Benghazi" which aired on Oct. 27, 2013. The correspondent is Lara Logan. Max McClellan, producer.When Chris Stevens was killed in Benghazi, Libya, on the anniversary of September 11th last year, it was only the sixth time that the United States had lost an ambassador to its enemies. The events of that night have been overshadowed by misinformation, confusion and intense partisanship. But for those who lived through it, there´s nothing confusing about what happened, and they share a sense of profound frustration because they say they saw it coming. Tonight, you will hear for the
"All we´ve been hearing the last three years is if you like your policy you can keep it.... I´m infuriated because I was lied to," one woman told this newspaper, as part of a story on how some middle-class Californians have been stunned to learn the real costs of Obamacare. And that lie looks like the biggest lie about domestic policy ever uttered by a U.S. president. The most famous presidential lies have to do with misconduct (Richard Nixon´s "I am not a crook" or Bill Clinton´s "I did not have sexual relations") or war. Woodrow Wilson campaigned on the slogan "He kept us out of war" and then plunged
President Obama and his family attended Sunday services at St. John´s Episcopal Church, which is across Lafayette Park from the White House. It is a day for reflection, not politics. When a pool reporter asked if the Obamacare website can be fixed by the end of November, Obama responded: "C´mon guys. I´m going to church." During the service, seminarian Sarah Taylor offered prayers "for Barack, our president, the leaders of Congress, the Supreme Court, and all who are in authority, for Afghanistan, and the Middle East, for this community, the nation and the world." After church, in the afternoon, Obama took
President Barack Obama personally authorised the phone tapping of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile because he wanted to ´know everything´ about the world’s most powerful woman, it was claimed on Sunday. (Snip) ‘Obama did not stop the action at that time but allowed it to continue,’ said an intelligence official familiar with the NSA operation against Merkel image on Sunday. ´Obama did not stop the action but rather furthered it,´ said the Bild informant. ´The reason for the action?´ said Bild. ´Obama wanted to know exactly who this woman was.´ German handling of the eurozone crisis and its refusal to get involved
First Lady Michelle Obama and her Princeton classmate whose company received the no-bid government contract to build the HealthCare.gov Obamacare website were both members of a black student organization that caused a tense scene on campus by inviting a PLO leader who advocated for terrorism. Michelle Obama ’85 and her classmate Toni Townes-Whitley ’85, a senior vice president at CGI Federal, were both students at the university when their groups the Organization of Black Unity (OBU) and the Third World Center (TWC) engaged in a confrontation with Jewish students on campus. Michelle Obama was a member of both the OBU and TWC
President Obama repeatedly assured Americans that after the Affordable Care Act became law, people who liked their health insurance would be able to keep it. But millions of Americans are getting or are about to get cancellation letters for their health insurance under Obamacare, say experts, and the Obama administration has known that for at least three years. Four sources deeply involved in the Affordable Care Act tell NBC News that 50 to 75 percent of the 14 million consumers who buy their insurance individually can expect to receive a “cancellation” letter or the equivalent over the next
Food stamp recipients face a massive benefit cut set to kick in when stimulus funds expire Friday. The nationwide cut “is equivalent to about 16 meals a month for a family of three,” according to a Center on Budget and Policy Priorities analysis using the USDA’s “Thrifty Food Plan.” CBPP called the roughly $5 billion annual cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program “unprecedented” in “depth and breadth.” “If you look across the world, riots always begin typically the same way: when people cannot afford to eat food,” Margarette Purvis, the president and CEO of the Food Bank..
Appearing by phone on Steve Malzberg‘s NewsMaxTV show Monday afternoon, Charles Krauthammer responded to Rush Limbaugh‘s criticism that the Washington Post columnist was “fooled” into believing President Obama was a “centrist” at the beginning of his first term in office. On his radio show, Limbaugh ran clips of Krauthammer and fellow columnist George Will telling Fox News that they initially thought Obama painted himself as a compromising centrist. “I intellectually don’t know how you can not figure out Barack Obama,” the radio host said. “A liberal is a liberal. I know Obama, for the low-information crowd, could be whatever you wanted
Trenton — Gov. Chris Christie says he understands victims´ frustrations a year after Hurricane Sandy but maintains that his administration isn´t to blame for delays in aid reaching victims. In an interview with The Associated Press as the anniversary of the Oct. 29 megastorm approaches, Christie blamed Congress, which took three months to approve a $50.7 billion relief package for the region, and a thicket of red tape put in place to prevent the type of fraud that occurred after Hurricane Katrina. (Snip) Christie was in many ways the face of the storm, whether he was embracing President Barack Obama during
California residents are rebelling a bit against Obamacare, with thousands shocked by the sticker price and rethinking their support, saying that what seemed wonderful in principle is not translating so well into reality. As Pam Kehaly, the president of Anthem Blue Cross in California, reported, she received a letter from one woman who saw her insurance rates rise by 50 percent due to Obamacare. “She said, ‘I was all for Obamacare until I found out I was paying for it,’ ” Ms. Kehaly said, in the Los Angeles Times. Several hundred thousand other Californians in coming weeks may be feeling