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U.S. National Debt Has Officially Hit $18 Trillion

The Daily Sheeple

According to the U.S. National Debt Clock, America’s debt has now officially hit $18 trillion.

“Woo hoo! Time to par-tay!” said no rational American ever.

At the time of writing this as you can see from the screen cap below, it was $18,007,108,596,026 to be exact.

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That means every time a baby is born in this country, his or her share of the debt would be over $56,000 before the poor little dear even opens his or her eyes all the way.

The debt per taxpayer? $153,726 and counting…

Keep that in mind when you read about how our government is set to pass another gigantic $1 trillion spending bill next week.

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Fuel is cheaper—so let’s hike gas tax: Former governor

Free Republic

Gas prices, on average, are about 50 cents less a gallon than a year ago, giving a de facto tax cut and providing relief to millions of consumers as the holiday season kicks into high gear. However, a growing number of politicians have suggested that, given cheaper fuel costs, conditions might be ripe to hike federal taxes on gas in order to help fund infrastructure projects.

Rendell is one of those voices. He supports raising the federal gas tax—

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Illegal Alien Bashes Border Patrol Agent In Head With Rock, Agent Severely Injured

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Weasel Zippers

Via Breitbart:

A Border Patrol agent is suffering multiple head fractures after an illegal alien attacked him and bashed his head in with a rock, according to several Border Patrol agents who spoke with Breitbart Texas on the condition of anonymity. The attack occurred near the Ajo Station of the Tucson Sector.

The agent was new to the U.S. Border Patrol agency. According to the sources, the illegal alien tackled the agent and used a rock to bash the agent’s head.

A drug trafficking group was apprehended earlier in the day, according to the sources. When the agent was attacked, he reportedly deployed intermediate weapons such as OC spray and a baton. One Border Patrol agent source told Breitbart Texas, “After the Ferguson ordeal, agent’s are so apprehensive about using their firearm that incidents like these may become more frequent. Agents are so hesitant that it is actually risking our lives.”

One Border Patrol source told Breitbart Texas that the agent was taken by an air ambulance and is currently conscious with multiple severe head fractures.

Here Congress Goes Again

The Affordable Care Act, aka ObamaCare, was “only” 906 pages long.  A subsequent version of ObamaCare, passed by the U.S. Senate on 24 Dec. 09, was 2,409 pages long.  Ain’t it funny how a bill grows as it becomes a law?  That law spawned over twenty thousand pages of regulations and is being amended as this is being written.

I think that all will agree that there were some surprises in its final version.  For example, remember in 2009 when Obama said, “If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period.  No one will take it away, no matter what”?  Technically he was correct, but…”You can keep that policy, but you may very well not want to,” said Linda Blumberg, a health economist at the Urban Institute.  Another surprise: remember the “Employer Mandate”?  In order to avoid ObamaCare’s two- to three-thousand-dollar-per-employee penalty for failing to offer qualifying health care coverage, companies offered coverage that did not cover X-rays, maternity care, or surgery as just one cost-cutting option to offset the additional expenses of ObamaCare.

Now we have the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) – all 1,648 pages of it. The bill was posted online at 2232 hrs. on Tuesday, 3 Dec. 14. It is scheduled to be voted on as early as Thursday, 5 Dec. 14. Got that? One thousand six hundred and forty-eight pages to read in two days. I don’t think that even Evelyn Wood could read that fast.

What surprises await us with this one? Well, as a taste of what is to come, there are two parts of this bill that have absolutely nothing to do with national defense.

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The Most Transparent Administration In History Refuses To Release Docs About WH Role In IRS Scandal…

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Sunlight at its finest.

Via Daily Caller:

The Obama administration said that it is withholding all of the thousands of pages of documents related to the White House’s coordination with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) during the IRS conservative targeting scandal.

Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew, Obama’s former White House Chief of Staff, took the documents that were set to be released and now refuses to ever turn them over. His rationale? Lew cannot release information about improper disclosures of confidential taxpayer information because that would be an improper disclosure of confidential taxpayer information.

The Daily Caller reported that the Treasury Department’s inspector general found nearly 2,500 pages of documents that chronicle investigations into the confidential taxpayer information that the White House exchanged with the IRS.

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Obama Administration Releases Illegal Aliens with Terror Ties, Blames It on a ‘Judge’

Family Security Matters

by ANDREW C. MCCARTHY

Homeland Security secretary Jeh Johnson gave some peculiar testimony in a House hearing Tuesday about two men tied to a designated terrorist organization who, he says, fled to Canada after “they were released by the judge” in an immigration hearing. Representative Jason Chaffetz pressed Secretary Johnson on the matter but appears either to have run out of time or not known what to ask. He and the committee should follow up promptly.

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The story begins back in September when the pair, along with two other companions, were caught attempting to enter the United States through Mexico. It was quickly reported that four terrorists had tried to enter the country, igniting concerns that Islamic State cells were taking root here. Johnson quickly moved to ease those concerns by revealing that the four men were, in fact, Kurds associated with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

The PKK is a delicate subject for the Obama administration at the moment. In Iraq and Syria, the Kurds are fighting our enemy, the Islamic State, and PKK forces are among their most effective fighters. The PKK, however, is itself a designated terrorist organization under American law. The administration thus faces a problem similar to that which hamstrings its support for the so-called moderate Syrian opposition: aiding the enemy of our enemy is material support to terrorism – a serious federal crime. (As I’ve noted time and again, the “moderate” Syrian opposition is rife with anti-Western Muslim Brotherhood elements and its most effective fighters are al-Qaeda affiliates.)

At the time of their detention, Secretary Johnson vowed that DHS would deport the four Kurds. But at yesterday’s hearing, he admitted that two were still detained and, worse, the other two had been released and had fled to Canada. Regarding the latter pair, the secretary claimed that their release was:

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PRESIDENT JARRETT: ‘Senior Adviser’ Reportedly Calling All the Shots, Including those in Ferguson

By: Doug Ross
Doug Ross @ Journal

For those who are wondering how Barack Obama — a man seemingly engaged in full-time campaigning, fundraising and rabble-rousing — could also have the bandwidth to weaken America both at home and abroad, the answer is really quite simple.

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The leader of the free world is actually a woman named Valerie Jarrett, a longtime crony of Barack and Michelle Obama, who appears to call all of the shots in the Oval Office.

In the White House, Jarrett has been linked to a wide variety of scandals and other policy debacles.

There are credible reports that Jarrett blocked the attack on Osama Bin Laden’s compound on three separate occasions.

Similar reports indicate that she gave the “stand down” order to would-be rescuers in Benghazi on 9/11/2012.

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