Obama thinks he’s cool; world leaders think he’s arrogant and weak

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Greg Jaffe of the Washington Post reports that President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are “soul mates.” Why? Because Obama “disdains. . .needy, showboating allies and [Merkel] is neither.”

That’s hilarious. Who on the world stage is more of a showboater than Barack Obama — he of the speech in front of Greek columns, the shockingly pretentious Cairo lecture to Muslims, and the receding ocean tides? Obama’s “disdain” for “showboating” suggests that he’s self-delusional, self-hating, or both.

Now that we know how Obama views America’s allies (other than Merkel), it might be instructive to ask how America’s allies view Obama. Jaffe (along with the Post’s Griff Witte) has the answer to that one too. Many view him warily.

 

In the Post’s telling, however, that’s mostly the fault of America’s allies, not Obama. It seems that Obama’s “cold eyed view of [the] allies” and his “cerebral, dispassionate approach” has been off-putting. In short, he’s too smart and too cool for the rest of the world’s leaders (other than Merkel), many of whom, in Obama’s estimation, are “out of their mind.”

The Post must be kidding. The contempt in which Obama is held in the Middle East isn’t about his allegedly cerebral approach. It’s down, first, to his tilt to Iran, which culminated in a nuclear deal that’s unacceptable to most of the nations in the region. It’s down, second, to his failure to deal with the rise of ISIS.

Tell me what is so “cerebral” about dismissing ISIS as “the jayvee.”

Obama’s problems with many of Europe’s leaders are also the result of his policy decisions, coupled with his arrogance. They are only marginally less turned off by American weakness and disengagement than their Middle Eastern counterparts.

Early on, Obama sold out Poland and the Czech Republic by scrapping a planned missile defense system. Early on, he thumbed his nose at Great Britain. Later, he blamed the debacle in Libya on David Cameron.

Furthermore, European leaders surely understand that Obama bears considerable responsibility for the rise in terrorism and the current refugee crisis that afflict Europe. If Obama had acted more decisively in Syria and had not pulled the U.S. out of Iraq, ISIS would not have become a power capable of attracting, inspiring, and training so many terrorists, and Syria might not have deteriorated to the point that millions of Syrians want to flee.

No wonder Angela Merkel is now Obama’s lone soul mate among world leaders. No wonder Merkel is facing what the Post’s Jaffe calls “unprecedented pressure” domestically.

 

IRS Rewrites Identity Theft Law to Aid and Abet Illegal Immigrants

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The IRS was never anyone’s favorite agency but it is now so corrupt and politicized, it not only targets opponents, it is charged with essentially rewriting law. The IRS allows illegal immigrants to file false tax returns with false identifying information as long as it’s for jobs and the IRS can collect taxes.

These are likely the same illegal immigrants who collect child tax credits and get all the money they paid into the system back when the year ends.

Senator Dan Coates of Indiana asked IRS Commissioner John Koskinen during a Senate Finance Committee why the IRS is allowing illegal immigrants to use fraudulent W-2 information for the purpose of refunds.

“What we learned is that … the IRS continues to process tax returns with false W-2 information and issue refunds as if they were routine tax returns, and say that’s not really our job,” Coats said. “We also learned the IRS ignores notifications from the Social Security Administration that a name does not match a Social Security number, and you use your own system to determine whether a number is valid.”

Koskinen made it clear that the IRS is helping the illegal immigrants break the law.

“What happens in these situations is someone is using a Social Security number to get a job, but they’re filing their tax return with their [taxpayer identification number].” What that means, he said, is that “they are undocumented aliens … . They’re paying taxes. It’s in everybody’s interest to have them pay the taxes they owe.”

Since they use the identity theft to get jobs, the IRS has unlawfully decided it isn’t identity theft.

“The question is whether the Social Security number they’re using to get the job has been stolen. It’s not the normal identity theft situation,” Koskinen said.

The IRS also doesn’t care if they are using the fraudulent identities of people they know. That’s apparently okay.

“There are questions about whether there’s a way we could simply advise people… . A lot of the time those Social Security numbers are borrowed from friends and acquaintances and they know they’ve been used, other times they don’t.”

You can listen to Koskinen on this link.

Team Obama’s War On NASCAR

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According to President Obama, the greatest threat we face is climate change. So his administration has gone to war on, wait for it, NASCAR.

That’s right. The Environmental Protection Agency under the direction of its regulate-everything-in-sight administrator, Gina McCarthy, has reportedly decided that – in the interest of cutting gases that supposedly contribute to planetary warming – the conversion of street cars into race cars will have to be restricted.

It’s not clear whether making it harder to upgrade regular cars into racing machines will make an iota of difference in world surface temperatures. Even the UN acknowledges that far more dramatic regulations won’t have appreciable impact. What is a pretty safe bet, though, is that the EPA’s ruling will inflame the nation’s millions of NASCAR fans – and give them a reason to vote this fall.

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Hillary Confirms Trillion Dollar Tax Hike Plan

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    During an interview with the editorial team of the New York Daily News, Hillary Clinton admitted her tax proposals will increase taxes on the American people by at least $1 trillion over the next ten years. Here is the key exchange from the meeting, according to a transcript released by the Daily News:

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    America’s Greatest Enemy – The Establishment

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    The United States in 2016 has a myriad of enemies: ISIS, the Taliban, Iran, North Korea, Russia and China.

    While these countries, terrorist groups and paramilitary forces pose varied threats to the nation, there is an enemy which is much more insidious and which is destroying America every day.

    It is an enemy within, supported by foreign entities that benefit from our demise.

    It is the Establishment. It is the single greatest threat to the life, liberty and happiness of the American people since the British Empire in 1776.

    The Establishment in 2016 has many of the vile traits of its British ancestor 240 years ago. It is arrogant, ruthless and greedy. It will stop at nothing to protect its modus operandi, which has been at full force for the last 53 years.

    America is under siege. The wages and jobs of Americans are under siege. Our freedom and prosperity are under siege.

    The United States hasn’t been conquered by foreign powers, but by a criminal cabal of its citizens who are hell bent on keeping their power, the people be damned.

    What is this so-called Establishment and what do they want?

    The Establishment includes: the military-industrial complex, the pharmaceutical companies, the bankers, the K Street lobbyists, the politicians, the mainstream media, the Federal Reserve and the corporations that benefit from illegal immigration and low wages.

    The Establishment wishes to keep the US/Mexican Border wide open, in order to continue a steady flow of Mexicans and Latin-Americans who migrate north, take American Blue Collar jobs and in doing so, drag down American Blue Collar wages to a Third World status.

    The Establishment wishes to keep outsourcing American jobs and American companies, in order to boost profits, while destroying American White Collar jobs in the process. The Establishment knows that this can only continue by maintaining NAFTA and implementing TPP.

    The Establishment wishes to keep the endless, unwinnable wars going at full speed. Endless, unwinnable wars destroy the soul of the US military and the soldiers and Marines who must endure the horrors of war. The Establishment could care less about the average American soldier or Marine. War is good business. Keep it going and convince the American people that endless war is somehow making us all safe.

    The Establishment wishes to keep the American people dumbed down by common core education and liberal mainstream media lies.

    It’s all about control, over the American people, every day and for the life of every American citizen.

    It’s all about the gravy train continuing for corrupt traitors who are not only destroying the US economy, the US status in the world, the US national defense, but the lives of American citizens.

    The Establishment doesn’t care if a Republican or a Democrat is in office, as long as Mr. Sanders or Mr. Trump is not residing in the White House. While Sanders and Trump have nothing in common politically, they are the two outsiders who are a threat to the Establishment’s way of life, a way of life that is criminal and traitorous.

    The Establishment is the enemy of everyone who believes in freedom, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Like the British Empire of 1776, they will stop at nothing to maintain their power.

    They are the modern day Redcoats. They are the enemy of the American people. They wish to keep power in Washington and to break the will of the average American, who they are fleecing.

    The Establishment is now at the point where they will do anything to stop Trump or Sanders. They will cancel elections, rig ballots, pressure, strong-arm and bribe delegates, change the rule books, while keeping Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney powdered with makeup in the green room, ready to burst out on the world stage as the new GOP candidates for President and Vice President, in whatever order they decide.

    The Establishment knows that Hillary must be the Democrat nominee. Hillary is literally the poster child for the Establishment and every evil tenet it represents. Whether Hillary or a Ryan or Romney wins the election is of no concern to the Establishment. As long as it’s someone on the payroll, that’s all that counts.

    The Establishment could care less about Ted Cruz. He is a useful, dutiful and ambitious dupe who they will use to destroy Trump then discard like dryer lint.

    This weekend a frustrated Colorado voter who had just had his voting rights usurped like millions of other Colorado citizens wrote the head of the Colorado GOP and told him that the American people were on the verge of burning the whole Republican Party down.

    The Colorado GOP responded, “Go ahead, burn it down. We don’t care.”

    The arrogance of the Establishment is off the charts.

    The Establishment, like the British Empire so many years before is blind. Like the British and King George, they believe the people will never rise up, and if they do, they will be easily brow-beaten into submission.

    Even at the end, the British couldn’t believe they were defeated by the so-called “rabble in arms.”

    The American people are awakening from their slumber. We defeated the Establishment in battle 240 years ago. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that again.

    As President Kennedy, a victim of the Establishment once said, “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”

    What Does the FBI Have on the Obama Gang?

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    The Fight over Financial Aid to Illegal Alien Students Continues

    Too often, politicians at every level will ignore the clear language of a law if it doesn’t let them do as they wish.  This is evident on two fronts this week: in California and here in the District of Columbia.

    First California.  You will recall that we filed a taxpayer lawsuit in August 2014 challenging a decision by the University of California Regents to give up to $27.1 million in non-resident tuition waivers and financial aid to illegal alien students in their schools.

    A lower California state court upheld their action, and we’ve now completed the briefing for the appeal of the lower court ruling with the filing of a reply brief this week.  We brought this litigation on behalf of Earl De Vries, a legal resident and taxpayer of California (Earl De Vries v Regents of the University of California (BC555614)).  Under California law, taxpayers have the right to sue government officials to prevent unlawful expenditures of taxpayer funds and taxpayer-financed resources.

    In our August 2014 lawsuit on behalf of De Vries in the L.A. County Superior Court, we asked the court to halt the estimated annual $19.6 million in non-resident tuition waivers; $4.3 million in taxpayer-funded grants and scholarships; and $3.2 million in state loans the Regents have started giving illegal alien students.

    Under the “Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act” passed by Congress in 1996, unlawfully present aliens are ineligible for state or local public benefits.  The only exception to this federal law is when a state “affirmatively provides for such eligibility” to illegal aliens, which states may do “only through the enactment of a State law …

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    “Deeply Troubled” DHS System Blows Millions, Feds Want Extra $1 Bil

    Years after the U.S. launched an automated Homeland Security system essential to keeping the nation safe, it’s a malfunctioning flop that’s so far swallowed a mind-boggling $1.7 billion and needs an additional billion and several more years to perhaps get it to work. That’s not even the best part. A number of federal audits have documented the serious problems with this costly failure in the last few years and officials at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have simply ignored the government investigators’ findings and recommendations.

    The program is known as Electronic Immigration System (ELIS) and was launched by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the DHS agency that oversees lawful immigration to the country, in 2012. It was supposed to improve the current method of processing forms for benefits, visas and refugee requests at USCIS, which has more than 5 million people on visa waiting lists. In its latest report highlighting the serious flaws with ELIS, the DHS Inspector General attaches a letter to USCIS Director Leon Rodriguez blasting his agency for blowing off all of the watchdog’s past investigations. “This is our sixth review of a deeply troubled program which has, over its life, wasted hundreds of millions of dollars,” DHS IG John Roth tells Rodriguez. “In the course of our audit work, and that of the Government Accountability Office (GAO), USCIS has continually minimized the shortcomings of the program and resisted independent oversight.”

    In fact, the agency watchdog writes that he’s “perplexed at USCIS’s non-concurrence,” which he points out is not rational, is contrary to department policy and suggests continued effort to promote disagreement rather than collaboration towards the shared goal of bolstering effectiveness and efficiency in agency operations. Despite this blatant negligence, the cash hasn’t stopped rolling and now DHS claims it needs another three years and an additional $1 billion if there’s any chance of getting ELIS to work properly. In its current form, the automated system “lacks critical functionality,” isn’t “user-friendly,” and has “significant performance problems” processing cases, according to investigators. Until the agency makes all the needed improvements-and there are many-it will be unable to meet its national security goals, the IG report affirms.

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