American Crossroads today released a new video, “Cancer” – detailing the Obama campaign’s lies, and refusal to denounce a widely criticized ad by Obama’s Super PAC Priorities USA, which blames Governor Romney for a woman’s death from cancer.
Obama won’t denounce the ad – with campaign spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter even claiming “you know, we don’t have anything to do with Priorities USA.”
In fact, the Obama campaign has much to do with Priorities USA. Obama campaign officials actually helped raise money for the ad they refuse to denounce:[list type="arrow"] [li]
- White House senior advisor David Plouffe raised money for Priorities USA in March.
- Obama campaign manager Jim Messina raised money for Priorities USA in February.
- Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod raised money for Priorities USA in June.
- Obama campaign staff may have attended other unreported fundraisers.
President Obama could easily call off the dogs, denounce the ad, and ask them to take it down.
Instead, the man who once self-righteously pined for “an end to the politics that would divide a nation just to win an election” is now content to have staff call Mitt Romney a criminal and is OK with blaming him for folks’ deaths.
No wonder voters who bought into hope and change in 2008 are leaving Mr. Obama in droves now.
It reminds us of something John Dean said almost forty years ago, featured at the end of the video: “We have a cancer within – close to the presidency. It’s growing. It’s growing daily.”
- Huma Abedin Timeline: US Government Associations and Muslim Brotherhood Associations
- Louay Safi Timeline: US Government Associations and Muslim Brotherhood Associations
- Kifah Mustapha Timeline: US Government Associations and Muslim Brotherhood Association
[/li] [/list] Reports on the Abedin Security Clearance Controversy
- Center Report Reveals Radical Islamist Views and Agenda of Senior State Department Official Huma Abedin’s Mother
- Andrew Bostom: Abedin Family Journal Promoted Muslim Brotherhood Views
- Walid Shoebat: Proof: Huma has Ties to Muslim Brotherhood – Countless Documents Surface
Background on Security Clearance Laws and Regulations[list type="arrow"] [li]
- Information on State Department security clearances
- Executive Order: Presidential access to classified information
- Further resources on Executive Orders regarding national security and background investigations
- House Subcommittee on Intelligence Security Management: Security Clearance Reform — Upgrading the Gateway to the National Security Community
- Original letters sent by 5 Members of Congress to Inspectors General of executive branch agencies regarding the Muslim Brotherhood
- Letter from Rep. Michele Bachmann to Rep. Keith Ellison with extensive sourcing explaining Member’s concerns
- Letter from prominent conservative leaders supporting the sending of the Inspectors General letters
- Letter from National Security leaders supporting the Inspector General letters
This article is located here: http://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/p19058.xml
Her Medicare Lies Aren’t Working So She’s Resorting to More Lies
(Las Vegas, NV) – Congresswoman Shelley Berkley, who is now under investigation by the House Ethics Committee, is so desperate for a seat in the United States Senate she will say or do anything to try to bring Dean Heller to her level. With her new ad, Congresswoman Berkley is attempting to create an issue that simply does not exist.
“Obviously, Shelley Berkley’s lies about Medicare are not working, so now she is inventing new ones. Congresswoman Berkley is a desperate politician whose ambitions are being destroyed by her own ethics problems. This is a story that Shelley Berkley has been trying to sell to reporters for months, but no one would buy it because there were no facts to support her allegations. So now she has resorted to running a blatantly false negative attack in a desperate attempt to create more fiction. What’s next, Congresswoman? Is Dean Heller responsible for Bernie Madoff?” said Chandler Smith, Heller for Senate spokeswoman.
Dean Heller has never received any federal campaign contributions from any person employed by CMKM Diamonds. The contributor Berkley uses in her ad was not employed by CMKM Diamonds, there is no evidence that the SEC brought any charges against him or even mentioned him in their complaint. He is a contributor to the National Republican Senatorial Committee, National Republican Congressional Committee and to other members of the Nevada delegation.
Dean Heller was never contacted during any part of any investigation into CMKM Diamonds because he was in no way responsible for or related to any of the company’s wrongdoings.
Shelley Berkley is under investigation by the House Ethics Committee for using elected office for personal gain. Shelley Berkley’s campaign has become increasingly desperate and has poured more than a million dollars into ads to refute the charges. Clearly, they aren’t working.
During the 20th century, the American economy led the rest of the world. But now, America is beginning to stumble over hurdles other countries don’t have. America is falling behind, but this is far from over. Our best days are still ahead.
- The United States emerged as the largest world economic power shortly before 1890, when it supplanted the previous global giant: China. (Source: CNN Money)
- The United States has the world’s highest corporate tax rate. (Source: CNN Money)
- The annual cost of federal regulations in the United States is more than $1.75 trillion. (Source: Small Business Administration, Office of Advocacy)
- Total federal debt in the United States is approaching $16 trillion. (Source: U.S Department of Treasury)
- China will overtake America’s economic output in 2018. (Source: The Economist)
Learn More at embraceeconomicfreedom.com
From the Morning Fix:
It’s official: The 2012 presidential campaign has hit rock bottom.
In the course of the last week, the following things have occurred:
[list type="arrow"] [li]* Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Mitt Romney hadn’t paid taxes in a decade, but refused to name his source.
* President Obama referred to the Republican presidential nominee as “Romney Hood” because he allegedly robs from the poor to give to the rich.
* Romney dubbed Obama’s alleged exaggerations about his record as “Obama-loney.”
* A Democratic super PAC ran an ad that not-so-subtly suggested that Romney’s actions led to the death of a woman.
* The Romney campaign released an ad accusing Obama of working to “gut” welfare reform, a claim that independent fact-checkers found highly questionable.
WASHINGTON – House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Jeff Sessions of Alabama issued the following joint statement marking the 1,200th day since Senate Democrats have last adopted a budget:
“Tomorrow marks another disappointing record for the United States Senate: Senate Majority Leader Reid and his Democrat conference will have gone an unprecedented 1,200 days without adopting a budget plan as required by law. Not only have they failed to adopt a budget, but with America under threat of financial calamity, they have refused to even present a plan for public scrutiny. Last year, Majority Leader Reid said it would be ‘foolish’ to do a budget and the legally required Budget Committee mark-up was cancelled. No plan from his conference has seen the light of day. He refuses to disclose who he plans to tax and how he plans to spend taxpayers’ money.
“This year, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad committed to bringing forth a budget plan and conducting a mark-up, and was shut down by the Majority Leader. Once again, the conference put forward no proposal and offered nothing on the Senate floor. The Senate Majority did not offer up a single plan or even cast a vote in support of a single plan. By contrast, House Republicans laid out and adopted a credible, responsible plan that avoids this looming debt crisis with spending cuts and pro-growth tax reform while preserving the safety net.
“Never before has our nation needed a budget and a long-term financial plan as badly as it needs one now. The Congressional Budget Office stated this week that the federal government is on track to run another trillion-dollar deficit this year and our debt will continue to explode with this continued lack of leadership. In addition to huge deficits, we face a $4 trillion tax increase at the end of this year and a sequester that Defense Secretary Panetta said will ‘do catastrophic damage to the military.’ Responsible and moral leadership requires the Senate to meet its legal obligation to pass a budget and to begin to address the fiscal crisis that is fast approaching our nation.”
In Nevada, KRNV-TV reports that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Reno, Sparks and Northern Nevada Chamber endorsed Dean Heller and his pro-jobs campaign. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce proudly partnered with the Chamber of Reno, Sparks, and Northern Nevada to announce their endorsement today of Dean Heller’s re-election for U.S. Senate. Margaret Spellings, president of the U.S. Chamber’s Forum for Policy Innovation and former U.S. Secretary of Education, made the announcement at a small business in Sparks, Nevada. … “Above all, Northern Nevada needs jobs and Senator Dean Heller has consistently fought to remove regulatory barriers that will allow local businesses to grow and create jobs,” said the Chamber of Reno, Sparks, and Northern Nevada’s Director of Government Relations Tray Abney. “On behalf of the Chamber of Reno, Sparks, and Northern Nevada, we’re proud to stand with the U.S. Chamber and highlight Senator Heller’s record fighting for our state’s small businesses and long term prosperity.”
- Meanwhile, Carson City News also reports on this important endorsement for Heller. U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., showed up at a Sparks floral shop today to receive the endorsement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in his reelection bid against Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev. The national endorsement was made by former U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, who said the choice was clear for the organization. “This is a time, as you all know, of great contrast in politics,” said Spellings, president of the U.S. Chamber’s Forum for Policy Innovation. “These are not close calls; these are not tough calls, these endorsements. People who support business do so proudly and we are proud and honored to support them. While a lot of people talk a good game, it’s pretty easy to decide who is pro-business around here.”
- Finally, the Reno Gazette-Journal reports that next Monday, embattled Congresswoman Shelley Berkley will skip the bipartisan Tahoe Summit. U.S. Rep. Shelley Berkley, locked in a tight U.S. Senate race with Sen. Dean Heller, said Thursday she will not attend next Monday’s Tahoe Summit … Besides Heller, major office holders from both Nevada and California will attend, including Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki, California Gov. Jerry Brown, U.S. Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-Cal. The Tahoe Summit has been held every year since 1997. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nv., helped organize the inaugural event that featured President Bill Clinton and brought international attention to the environmental challenges facing the lake that straddles the Nevada-California line.
Obama: Let’s Bail Out Every Industry
Politico reports, “President Obama, while villifying Mitt Romney for opposing the auto industry bailout, bragged about the success of his decision to provide government assistance and said he now wants to see every manufacturing industry come roaring back. ‘I said, I believe in American workers, I believe in this American industry, and now the American auto industry has come roaring back,’ he said. ‘Now I want to do the same thing with manufacturing jobs, not just in the auto industry, but in every industry.’”
U.S. Financial Markets “prettiest horse at the glue factory”
McClatchy reports, “Hiring picked up much faster in July than expected. Car sales remain solid. Home prices are climbing again in parts of the country. It all points to a strong second half of 2012, right? Not necessarily. Weighing against growth are the ongoing debt crisis in Europe, a clear slowdown in China and uncertainty over a bitter presidential election, expiring Bush-era tax cuts and the possibility of steep, across-the-board cuts in government spending. That’s led most economists to predict sluggish growth at best for the latter half of the year, and some even whisper that recession is possible next year…Given debt problems abroad, U.S. financial markets have been the prettiest horse at the glue factory.” Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a former director of the Congressional Budget Office said, ‘If you start to lose the beauty contest, you are still in the glue factory. You don’t have to be an economist to figure out what happens: You go south and the only question is for how long.’”
Sec. of Energy Fought Officials Questioning Solyndra Loan Agreement
The Wall Street Journal reports, “Secretary of Energy Steven Chu fought back opposition from some of President Barack Obama’s top economic advisers at a White House meeting last summer to ensure government backing of a $1.4 billion project slated to use solar panels made by now-bankrupt Solyndra LLC, according to newly released emails. … Two days after Mr. Chu visited the White House on June 14, 2011, an Energy Department official boasted to a colleague that Mr. Chu’s performance was ‘close to an annihilation’ of those who questioned the deal, according to the emails released Thursday. The skeptics included Jacob Lew, who was then the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget and is now White House chief of staff, and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, according to the emails.
Postal Service Loses $5.2B, Calls on Congress for Help
Bloomberg reports, “The U.S. Postal Service’s announcement yesterday that it lost $5.2 billion in its third quarter added to calls for Congress to help the agency that’s supposed to run itself like a business and in many ways can’t. The Washington-based service yesterday reported its 11th consecutive quarter of losses and said it may lose $15 billion in the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30. The service said it still will make payroll for its workforce of 530,000 and pay suppliers when it temporarily runs out of cash in October… Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe called on Congress, which is in recess until September, to pass legislation that will help it cut costs. … ‘It’s going to take a calamity,’ said James O’Rourke, a University of Notre Dame management professor. ‘When the post office literally runs out of money to pay its employees and suppliers, that’s what it’s going to take to get Congress to act. They’ve shown little interest to this point.’ Resistance from Congress prompted the service to abandon plans earlier this year to close as many as 3,700 rural post offices, part of its strategy to reduce its size in an era of less hard-copy mail and more e-mail. In 2006, Congress passed a law requiring the service to pay now for future retirees’ health care, something the Postal Service says it can’t afford and that its unions say is unnecessary.”
U.S. Exports Grew in June
The Wall Street Journal reports, “U.S. exports bucked a world-wide trade slowdown in June but face serious headwinds from the recession throughout much of Europe and softening growth in Asia. The U.S. trade deficit with other countries narrowed to $42.9 billion in June from $48 billion a month earlier, the Commerce Department said Thursday, as imports fell and exports grew. Exports, which have been a pivotal contributor to the economic recovery, were strong almost everywhere except to Europe, where a recession and a protracted sovereign-debt crisis have sapped demand. Europe’s lackluster appetite for U.S. goods was more than countered by countries such as China, where reliance on U.S. exports continues to expand, even as that economy has slowed from double-digit growth… Thursday’s figures indicate that the U.S. remains as yet unscathed by—but in the path of—an economic downdraft affecting the rest of the world.”
Bowles Calls for “serious national debate about our debt”
Erskine Bowles editorializes in The Washington Post, “The most important lesson Al [Simpson] and I learned on the commission is that to fix the debt, everything must be on the table. … So although I give Romney credit for pledging to reform the tax code to reduce loopholes, his current proposal will not take us to the promised land. … Obama hasn’t gone as far in cutting spending, particularly in health care, as is necessary to stabilize the debt at a reasonable level and keep it on a downward path as a percentage of the gross domestic product. … Over the next four years, the United States will need to do much more to address its long-term debt than either party has been willing to do. This fall, the American people deserve a serious national debate about our debt, not easy promises. To avoid the most predictable economic crisis in history, we must let the numbers do the talking.”
Papa John’s Pizza founder John Schnatter spurred new outrage over Obamacare when he said recently that the law will hike pizza prices. But his business isn’t the only one that will have to pass its new costs on to consumers—or cut back, which will mean even fewer jobs.
At least 60 percent of firms are estimating Obamacare will raise their health care costs, according to a new study released Wednesday by Mercer, a human resources consulting firm. One-third of those expect a cost increase of 5 percent or more. The study reports:
The employers that will be hit hardest are those with large part-time populations—employers in retail and hospitality services. Nearly half of these employers (46%) expect PPACA will push up cost by at least 3% in 2014—and another third don’t yet know what the impact will be.
A full third of the businesses can’t even estimate Obamacare’s impact yet—because so many of the law’s rules have yet to be written by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). And a number of its main provisions don’t go into effect until 2014. (continued below chart)
The impact of this outlook—staring down cost increases mixed with the uncertainty of more government mandates and costly regulations to come—falls heavily on the economy.
Obamacare requires all businesses with 50 or more full-time employees to provide health coverage for their workers or pay a $2,000 penalty for each employee after the first 30 workers. Some businesses have expressed that they are likely to avoid hiring so they don’t go over the 50-worker threshold for mandated coverage; also, they are likely to cut workers’ hours so that they don’t qualify as full-time to avoid the penalty.
This is especially tough for restaurants, which provide lots of jobs for low-income workers. The Wall Street Journal reported that “McDonald’s Corp. Chief Financial Officer Peter Bensen said in an earnings call two weeks ago that each restaurant will incur between $10,000 and $30,000 in added annual costs because of provisions in the law.”
The restaurant group that owns Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr., CKE Restaurants, will face the choice between expansion—creating new jobs—and tightening its belt to deal with Obamacare, its CEO lamented. Andy Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, said:
The money to comply with the [Affordable Care Act] must come from somewhere. We use our revenue to pay our bills and expenses, to pay down our debt, and we reinvest what’s left in our business. That’s how we create jobs. There’s no corporate pot of gold we can go to, to cover increased health care costs. New unit construction will cease if we have to allocate moneys for that construction to the ACA. And building new restaurants is how we create jobs.
Of course, as costs increase on businesses, more will likely decide to drop health coverage for their workers altogether. Surveys have indicated that anywhere from 11 million to 35 million Americans will lose the health insurance they have through their jobs.
Yet this is part of Obamacare’s design. House minority leader and Obamacare advocate Nancy Pelosi (D–CA) said that “the way we see it is an innovative prevention-oriented way for businesses to be emancipated from health care costs because they have a way out or whatever works for them.”
Once businesses are “emancipated from health care costs,” their employees will be going to government to get coverage. As more people are dependent on government for their health care, the cost burden simply shifts to taxpayers.
Pelosi describes this as businesses’ “way out.” But the effects are harmful to job creators, workers, taxpayers, and consumers. There is no way out except repeal of Obamacare.
Candice Lanier – The President is considering executive-branch action on U.S. cybersecurity, in response to Congress failing to pass cybersecurity legislation. “If the Congress is not going to act on something like this, then the president wants to make sure that we’re doing everything possible,” John Brennan, Obama’s counterterrorism adviser, said at a Council on Foreign Relations event.
According to Stewart Baker, a former assistant secretary for policy at the Department of Homeland Security, Obama could accomplish many objectives of the Lieberman-Collins bill with an executive order or other directive. Matthew Eggers,senior director of national security at the Chamber of Commerce, however, disagrees and said that “an executive order would be counterproductive and would cut short the proper legislative process, which needs to continue.”
“An executive order makes clear the administration’s intent to put a mandatory program into place to regulate businesses,” Eggers added.
Additionally, Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA) has called on Obama to issue an executive order to try to protect the nation’s electrical grid from cyberattacks. “I’m calling on President Obama to do by Executive Order what Congressional Republicans refuse to do through legislation: protect our nation from the 21st century cyber-armies preparing to wage war on our banking, health care, and defense systems by knocking out America’s electricity grid,” Markey said.