UPDATED: Fire Sebelius? Like Lois Lerner, She’s Doing EXACTLY What She Was Told

UPDATE: Rep. Leonard Lance’s (R-N.J) House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on October 24 to investigate not only all the problems with the Obamacare website, but also the millions spent to make it work.

A couple of days ago, Sen. Pat Roberts, a Republican and fellow Kansan, called on Sec. of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to resign over the disastrous rollout of Barack Obama’s “signature achievement.” (Aside: if that’s supposed to be a laugh line, kudos to the comedy writers over at the White House.) Even Obama’s legacy media pals have had to report on the “glitches” in the Obamacare completely non-functional website. First, no one could sign up because when they tried to do so, the website displayed a “come back later” screen, which apparently appeared at all hours of the day and night. In predictably Orwellian fashion, the Regime portrayed the fact that no one could log on to the site as evidence of what a huge success it is. Now we have reports that the few who were somehow able to sign on, may have filed duplicate enrollments, or misidentified family members as children when they are actually spouses, or omitted essential information by leaving data fields blank.

I hate to fall prey the corrosive cynicism that I always deride, but I can think of at least several reasons to believe that these “glitches,” as in a completely non-functional cluster-you-know-what of a website that took over three years to create, are not mistakes or inevitable issues that have to be worked out. Rather, they are DELIBERATE.

Why do I say that? Reason number one is that I know that there is only one thing important to Barack Hussein Obama and the apparatchiks who idolize him and share his desire to “transform” America with his wealth and income redistributionist schemes, and that one thing is political power. Anyone designing an online “marketplace” (another laugh line) would not require people to enter a boatload of personal information before they can browse. Do you have to do that on amazon or Zappos, or any other successful shopping website? Of course not, and that’s because those companies want you to stick around, look around and buy something. This bunch, Obama, Sebelius and Co., aren’t interested in that. They want to collect data on everyone. That’s a much higher priority. They don’t really care if any of the saps that they claim to care so much about are able to get insurance. What difference does that make when this is just a way station to Medicaid for all? No, they want those email addresses and that demographic gold for the next election cycle.

Second, let’s think about the population we’re talking about here, the 15% of people who do no have insurance through their evil, greedy corporate employers. Are these the most computer savvy people in the country do you suppose? Aren’t the same liberals who whine about their inability to get health insurance always telling us how unfair it is that they don’t have computers or access to high speed internet, or cellphones? So, of course, the Oppressed and the Downtrodden are going to help. Help from whom? Why the “navigators,” of course! As in the left-wing, ACORN 2.0 interest groups with whom the Obama regime has already shared lots of our cash. And, of course, while they are “helping” the O and D get their “free” insurance, they can get them registered to vote for democrats who will give them more “free” stuff.

Finally, as previously noted here, they don’t want people to know how much this health “insurance” is actually going to cost. HHS admits that that is one reason that they didn’t include the option to browse before people entered all that personal information. They couldn’t tell people what subsidy they qualify for until they know include, family members, etc. And, as we noted on last week’s edition of The Teri O’Brien Show, the difference between being an Obamacare winner and loser, as in paying $94/month for health insurance v. $1302/month, is $2000 a year in income.

So, like Lois Lerner before her, Sec. Kathleen Sibelius was only following orders.

Six Degrees of Chuck Schumer-Connecting the Dots Between Amnesty and 1993′s Motor Voter Law

If there’s one thing we know about the Left, it is that they are relentlessly patient. They understand the value of incrementally infecting our political system with their toxic policies so that they can gradually achieve their goal of “remaking” (read “destroying”) the country we grew up in. Like our country’s other primary enemy, the Islamist radicals who have vowed to destroy us, they think in terms of decades or even centuries. Appreciating that fact is critical to understanding and defeating them.

Nearly fifty years ago, on May 2, 1966, two radical Columbia University professors Richard Andrew Cloward and Frances Fox Piven published an article entitled “The Weight of the Poor: A Strategy to End Poverty” in the commie journal The Nation.  The strategy is explained by Discover the Networks:

“Poor people can advance only when “the rest of society is afraid of them,” Cloward told The New York Times on September 27, 1970. Rather than placating the poor with government hand-outs, wrote Cloward and Piven, activists should work to sabotage and destroy the welfare system; the collapse of the welfare state would ignite a political and financial crisis that would rock the nation; poor people would rise in revolt; only then would “the rest of society” accept their demands.”

David Horowitz has summarized the “Cloward-Piven Strategy” succinctly.

“The strategy of forcing political change through orchestrated crisis. The “Cloward-Piven Strategy” seeks to hasten the fall of capitalism by overloading the government bureaucracy with a flood of impossible demands, thus pushing society into crisis and economic collapse.”

Many of you probably know that, like Cloward and Piven, Barack Obama is an acolyte of Saul Alinsky, and believe that he has been actively trying to implement their crisis strategy ever since he took office. The incessant effort to increase the food stamp rolls, including the outrageous and ridiculous recruiting of new recipients in Mexico, is no accident. Obamacare is the crown jewel of socialism and this crisis strategy, a program deliberately designed to destroy the private insurance system, and force everyone onto an expanded version of Medicaid.

Motor Voter Signing-Cloward Piven

What many have probably forgotten, even those who are very familiar with the Cloward-Piven Strategy, is that this dynamic duo was instrumental in the enactment of one of the greatest vote fraud facilitation systems that this country has ever seen, the 1993 National Voter Registration Act aka “the Motor Voter Law.” Here’s a photo of them standing right behind Bill Clinton at the 1993 signing ceremony, Piven is in the green coat, and Cloward is in the light grey suit.)

Motor Voter was designed to add millions of new voters to the roles, most of whom would never vote. The proponents of this new law, including then Representative, now Senator Chuck Schumer, who was a co-sponsor of the bill, knew that its enactment wouldn’t result in millions of new informed, civic-minded voters. They also knew that the demagoguery about “voter suppression” that they liked to use as a cudgel against opponents of this scheme was malarkey. Increasing legitimate voting was never the objective of this law. It was designed to overwhelm the ability to ensure the integrity of the system by enabling fraudulent registration, and voting. It’s clear that when coupled with laws prohibiting photo I.D. as a pre-requisite for voting, this racket can, and has, succeeded beautifully.

Now, Sen. Schumer is the point man in enacting more legislation designed to use the Cloward-Piven Strategy to enable the looting of the Makers by the Takers, euphemistically called “Comprehensive Immigration Reform.” The so-called “Gang of 8” proposal that he is actively promoting, with its ‘legalization first, border security whenever’ (read ‘never’), is actually a way to invite anyone and everyone to illegally enter the country, and enroll in our generous entitlement programs. What, you say, you’ve heard those ads run by the phony, Mark Zuckerberg-funded front group, Americans for a Conservative Direction, saying that these newly-legalized “undocumented” people won’t be eligible for benefits? I hope that you’re sitting down when I tell you that that’s a lie.  

So, let’s sum up. Cloward and Piven devised a brilliant scheme nearly 50 years ago to destroy capitalism, and over the decades, implementing it has become the dream of millions of leftists, including Barack Obama, who not coincidentally attended Columbia, and who also as an attorney successfully sued the State of Illinois back in 1995 over that state’s failure to implement the Motor Voter law. Now we have the next phase, amnesty and the opening of the U.S. Treasury to the entire planet, designed to deliver the coup de grace to racist, unfair Amerika.


If We Don’t Get America Out of the Hands of The Community-Organizer-in-Chief, Soon There Will Be Nothing Left

We have frequently mentioned here and on the Teri O’Brien Show that Barack Hussein Obama’s “remaking” of America is all about redressing the “unfairness” inherent in racist Amerika. Obamacare was designed to make sure that even if you and your spouse work full-time to make sure that your kids have good health insurance, they don’t have anything better than the illegitimate spawn of welfare recipients, an illegal aliens or the bum who wants to wash your windshield while you wait for the light to change at the underpass because that’s not “fair.”

Here’s the latest about plans to re-ignite a new housing bubble, from The American Spectator:

The principle instrument this time is not the Justice Department, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, as it was last time, but the brand-new Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, designed by good old Elizabeth “Nobody-Ever-Made-It-On-Their-Own” Warren, which should really be called the Bureau for Bringing Down the Entire Economy. As reported in last Sunday’s New York Post by Hoover Institution Media Fellow Paul Sperry, the CFPB has just announced that it is adopting a 20-page “Policy Statement on Discrimination in Lending” issues by the Interagency Task force on Fair Lending in 1994 that kicked off Attorney General Janet Reno’s draconic enforcement of the Community Renewal Act. Part of the policy statement reads, “Applying different lending standards or offering different levels of assistance to applicants who are members of a protected [i.e., minority] class is permissible in some circumstances. Providing different treatment to applicants to address past discrimination would be permissible if done in response to a court order.” There are already plenty of court orders sitting around.
Just two weeks ago Wells Fargo caved to a Justice Department offensive and paid $175 million for alleged past discriminating against minority borrowers. All this occurred even though the bank received an “outstanding” grade in its most recent Community Reinvestment Act exam. The government did not even bother to prove discrimination in a single instance but relied instead on statistics showing lower rates of homeownership in minority neighborhoods. Thomas Perez, the Justice Department honcho who is spearheading this campaign, says banks discriminate “with a smile” and “fine print” and are “every bit as destructive as the cross burned in a neighborhood.” Nice objective evaluation there.
As in most such cases, Wells Fargo chickened out about going to court and refused to admit any wrongdoing but agreed to all kinds of diversity training and sensitivity counseling. The bank will have to “prominently display” a notice informing minority customers that they cannot be turned down for loans just because they are receiving public assistance such as unemployment benefits, welfare payments or food stamps. (Maybe they can even use food stamps for the down payment.) Wells Fargo must provide minority customers $50 million for down-payment and closing-cost assistance, including “Borrower Assistance Grants” of up to $15,000 per individual. It was also ordered to pay $125 million to as yet unnamed victims of previous discrimination. But get this! If those past victims don’t show up, the money must be handed over to community organizing groups. President Obama, you have a job waiting for you if you lose office this fall.

Unbelievable, but true. Barack Obama never concealed who and what he is, and given who and what he is, no one should be surprised that he wants to redistribute wealth from  the makers to the takers.

That’s the simple choice presented in the upcoming election.

Fast and Furious with Katie Pavlich, Obama’s Lies About His Socialist Past with Stanley Kurtz:The Teri O’Brien Show, Show Notes, 6/24/12

Thanks to our special guests, Stanley Kurtz and Katie Pavlich.

Stanley Kurtz made news, announcing a still super-secret project, hisnew book, due in 5 weeks

Everything you need to know about Fast and Furious, including why Lame Stream Media types continue to express skepticism about the operation’s hidden agenda, even though Katie Pavlich has written about the internal emails admitting it!

SL (Smart Listener) calls to reports on our “deadbeat president.”

SL calls to ask whether Eric Holder could be prosecuted for lying to Congress

Chris “Thrill Up my Leg” Matthews and friends slobber all over Obama, but Howard Kurtz explains the we don’t hear “the music”

Critiquelator on Fast and Furious

Illegal and over 30? Have you considered a post-dated Hawaiian birth certificate?

Obama’s Third-Party History – Stanley Kurtz – National Review Online

Brought to America as children, 3 mothers now face deportation to Mexico | Deseret News

Did Obama assert executive privilege to bail out Holder before? | The Daily Caller

Brought to America as children, 3 mothers now face deportation to Mexico | Deseret News

American Children Struggle to Adjust in Mexico – NYTimes.com

Amazon.com: Radical-in-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism: Stanley Kurtz: Books

Amazon.com: Fast and Furious: Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and the Shameless Cover-Up (9781596983212): Katie Pavlich: Books

Obama’s Best-Kept Secret – Rich Lowry – National Review Online

The Truth About Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal, Fast and Furious with author Katie Pavlich: Today on the Teri O’Brien Show

While faux network “news” reports waste the 22 or so minutes they have between commercials for incontinence products and prescription meds for ailments that afflict those old enough to remember the first Carter administration on foolishness like abusive brats berating a monitor on a school bus, Jerry Sandusky, battling bears, and the world’s ugliest dog, there is actual news out there. Try as the Lame Stream Media might to avoid reporting it, it’s still happening. The Obama administration is engaging in a coverup that would make Nixon’s crowd blush, complete with a a last-minute assertion of executive privilege. Watergate was about political power, and destroying Richard Nixon, who would never be forgiven by the Left for outing Alger Hiss. It caused a lot of turmoil and media hysteria, but no one actually died. Fast and Furious was about undermining our constitutional rights, and two American agents, as well as several hundred Mexicans, have been murdered as a result of this boneheaded Obama administration operation. Katie Pavlich has written the definitive book on this unraveling scandal, Fast and Furious: Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and Its Shameless Coverup. She’ll join us today to tell us the story behind the story. Why do Eric Holder’s apologists continue to insist that Fast and Furious began during the Bush administration, when that is provably false? Will Eric Holder be held in contempt of Congress, and if so, then what? Why doesn’t Barack Obama throw him under the bus? What of Janet Napolitano? Could she be charged with perjury?

Here we are nearly four years after Barack Hussein Obama was elected president, and finally many of the cognoscenti are conceding what frustrated so many of us back then; specifically, the true identity of the man who would soon occupy the Oval Office was being hidden by a lapdog media. Among those who tried to tell the public who this man was (and is) is Stanley Kurtz of Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and a Contribuing Editor to National Review Online. He wrote the essential read, Radical-in-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism. In his most recent piece for National Review, he wrote about what recently discovered documents, from Illinois ACORN and the Wisconsin Historical Society, reveal about Barack Obama’s membership in the extreme left-wing New Party. Barack Obama deliberately deceived the American public about so many things. Why was it especially important for him to conceal his membership in the New Party?

Speaking of that school bus incident, is it really surprising, given the coarsening of our culture, that these brats would behave this way toward an older woman? Have you seen Facebook lately?

Tune in today for the rest of the story.


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Obama’s Summer Rerun

Here we go again. Today, our Dear Reader will once again set up his TelePrompTer in front of another group of wet-behind-the-ears college students to perform his tired schtick, a cross between bad standup, which wasn’t even funny the first time, and screaming sloganeering designed to whip the kids into an emotional frenzy. Expect more clever remarks about someone ordering a steak dinner and a martini, and leaving someone else with the check. I guess the silly self-important children who write this foolish drivel for him to read think we won’t realize that that’s not the best analogy for our current economic crisis. It’s more like a “community-organizing” jackass with a clipboard showing up with a screeching mob outside your restaurant and demanding that everyone be given a free steak dinner and that the martinis keep flowing at your expense. Barack Obama and his left-wing activist pals in ACORN were the ones threatening financial institutions with accusations of RAAAACISM if they didn’t give mortgages to those without the means to pay back what they borrowed. Now, we have the ridiculous spectacle of his trying to blame his predecessor in office for the consequences of the policies he enthusiastically advocated.

What a contrast between Barack Obama and the members of his administration, notably the arrogant, and proudly incompetent Eric Holder, and J.P. Morgan Chase’s Jamie Dimon, who is being praised for his testimony before the Senate Banking committee yesterday. Missing from Mr. Dimon’s testimony were the hallmarks of the Obama brand: whining, finger pointing, and attempts to shift the responsibility to anyone else for economic losses. Even more notable: Mr. Dimon was apologizing for losses of private money. We are still waiting for B. Hussein to apologize for giving his cronies at Solyndra and the sons of Solyndra taxpayer-funded loan guarantees, and otherwise throwing our money down various ratholes. Don’t expect to hear those apologies today, or …ever.

Obama’s Enemies List

As frequently noted in this space, and on the Teri O’Brien Show, our country’s White House is currently occupied by a blatantly lawless regime, led by a man determined to conduct business using naked coercion or even bare-knuckle force to do whatever he wants, statutes, U.S. Constitution, the rule of law or even common decency be damned. (For specific examples, read this post.) To make this governing style work, it’s essential that you “reward your friends and punish your enemies,” as Barack Obama famously said. That’s the Chicago Way, and it is being practiced unabashedly by the One’s administration, be it in the crony capitalist scams like Solyndra, or in the employers humbly beseeching the crown for temporary waivers from its health care system destroying scheme, to cite only two examples among many. The reeking stench of these things is very familiar to denizens of Chicagoland. I suspect that even some of the well-intentioned people who in 2008 allowed their emotions to blind them to the obvious are starting to detect the odor, and asking themselves how they could have believed that the spawn of the slough of corruption known as Cook County by way of ACORN would be a non-partisan, centrist, uniting reformer.

Of course, if you’re going to punish your enemies, you have to have an enemies list. As Kimberly Strassel notes in this piece, fortunately Obama has one, and all you have to do to earn a spot on it is contribute to Obama’s opponent.

Try this thought experiment: You decide to donate money to Mitt Romney. You want change in the Oval Office, so you engage in your democratic right to send a check.

Several days later, President Barack Obama, the most powerful man on the planet, singles you out by name. His campaign brands you a Romney donor, shames you for “betting against America,” and accuses you of having a “less-than-reputable” record. The message from the man who controls the Justice Department (which can indict you), the SEC (which can fine you), and the IRS (which can audit you), is clear: You made a mistake donating that money.

Are you worried?

Richard Nixon’s “enemies list” appalled the country for the simple reason that presidents hold a unique trust. Unlike senators or congressmen, presidents alone represent all Americans. Their powers—to jail, to fine, to bankrupt—are also so vast as to require restraint. Any president who targets a private citizen for his politics is de facto engaged in government intimidation and threats. This is why presidents since Nixon have carefully avoided the practice.

Save Mr. Obama, who acknowledges no rules. This past week, one of his campaign websites posted an item entitled “Behind the curtain: A brief history of Romney’s donors.” In the post, the Obama campaign named and shamed eight private citizens who had donated to his opponent. Describing the givers as all having “less-than-reputable records,” the post went on to make the extraordinary accusations that “quite a few” have also been “on the wrong side of the law” and profiting at “the expense of so many Americans.”

Not that His Highness is opposed to the idea of fundraising. Au contraire. From ABC News:

Obama has headlined 132 re-election fundraisers for his campaign and the Democratic Party since early last year, according to tracking by ABC News and U.S. Naval Academy political scientist Brendan Doherty.

President George W. Bush attended 86 fundraisers for his re-election campaign, the Republican Party or both groups during his first term.  Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush appeared at a total of 70 and 24, respectively.

And as Obama travels the country – or across the street, as was the case last night – taxpayers foot most of the bill, experts say.

In a little less than six months, we will have the opportunity to put a stop to the attempt by this narcissistic, deceitful empty suit to “remake” America into Cook Country writ large. If we don’t do it, we’ll deserve what we get.