In the White Houses right now people should be noodling on this: What does the president say if the loss is big enough to constitute a clear repudiation of his leadership?
On Nov. 5, Mr. Obama will have to say something that shows he gets it. That shows without saying that he’s humbled, that he isn’t living in a bubble.
Here’s the problem. The qualities required of such a statement—humility, self-awareness, sensitivity to the public mood—are sort of the opposite of what the president brings to the table.
Christen Topping of Greenpeace even went so far as to tell O’Keefe the exact address in ‘ghetto Aurora’ where he could find ballots in trash cans that could be fraudulently mailed in. She said residents of the ‘ghetto’ were unlikely to vote because they ‘don’t really care.’
Imagine if such racial imagery were employed by a conservative political activist.
Today, he is releasing some new undercover footage that raises disturbing questions about ballot integrity in Colorado, the site of fiercely contested races for the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House, and the governorship. When he raised the issue of filling out some of the unused ballots that are mailed to every household in the state this month, he was told by Meredith Hicks, the director of Work for Progress, a liberal group funded by Democratic Super PACS.: ‘That is not even like lying or something, if someone throws out a ballot, like if you want to fill it out you should do it.’ She then brazenly offered O’Keefe, disguised as a middle-aged college instructor, a job with her group.
Shocked. Shocked to find fraud here. Round up the usual suspects.
There are other changes. Two years ago, when he early voted in Chicago for his reelection, President Obama was happy to show the required photo ID. But people voting early this year will no longer have to show an ID. Voters will also be able to register to vote and cast a ballot on Election Day — what is known as same-day registration. That lax system has led to frequent reports of fraud and abuse in neighboring Wisconsin, richly detailed in a 68-page 2008 Milwaukee Police report.
Chicago newspapers are already reporting cases of early voters casting ballots for Republicans on Cook County’s touch-screen machines, only to have the machines switch their votes to the Democrat opponent.
Democratic governor Quinn signed the changes into law after the Democratic legislature rammed them through on the second-to-last day of this year s session. Despite his claim that the new law is all about “removing barriers to vote” the same-day registration and expanded early voting hours apply only to the November election. They then mysteriously expire. Or perhaps not so mysteriously. Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, under siege from minority and liberal opponents of his tenure, was said to worry that expanded voting opportunities would benefit a challenger seeking to oust him in the spring 2015 election. So the new voting rules had to go, after they presumably serve their purpose in rescuing the unpopular Governor Quinn from defeat.
All of the false accusations about “suppressing minority votes” and the like are about changing the subject, as are almost all of the leftist accusations of racism.
The leftists want to leave all possible avenues open that might facilitate vote fraud. In close elections even a few hundred fraudulent votes can make a difference. Senator Al Franken has vote fraud to thank for his seat, and Norm Coleman did a huge disservice to the citizens of Minnesota by not pursuing this fraud.
Early voting and mail-in ballots are invitations to fraud. If you want to exercise the franchise, you should have to show up at your polling place, on Election Day, affirmatively establish your identity and eligibility, and maybe bother to INFORM yourselves before you can cast a ballot.
Hunter got himself appointed to multiple corporate board positions, including a directorship with Eudora Global. Its an investment firm founded by one Jeffrey Cooper, head of one of the biggest asbestos-litigation firms in the country. SimmonsCooper, based in Madison County, Ill., donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Biden the Elders various political campaigns over the past decade — all while the firm poured $6.5 million into lobbying against a key tort-reform bill, which former Sen. Biden worked hard to defeat. Cooper also contributed to the Delaware attorney general campaign of Hunters older brother, Beau, and paid Beau for legal work on lucrative asbestos-litigation cases.
Hunter also was previously a top official at Paradigm Global Advisors, a hedge fund holding company founded with Vice President Bidens brother, James, and marketed by convicted finance fraudster Allen Stanford. As Paradigm chairman, Hunter oversaw half a billion dollars of client money invested in hedge funds while remaining a lobbyist at Oldaker, Biden and Belair. Cooper chipped in $2 million for the ill-fated venture, which went bust amid nasty fraud lawsuits.
Continually failing upward, Hunter snagged a seat on the board of directors of taxpayer-subsidized, stimulus-inflated Amtrak, where he pretended not to be a lobbyist, but rather an “effective advocate” for the government railroad system serving the 1 percenters D.C.-NYC corridor.
These people are complete and utter sleaze. Naturally attracted to government because graft and pandering are all they know, and there’s that old saw about fooling all of the people most of the time.
The ‘Age of Austerity,’ GOP Style
As you may recall, when the ‘conservative’ hey, stop laughing! House GOP passed the Farm Bill last January, several members were quick to tout the big farm subsidy ‘savings’ that the Congressional Budget Office projected. The media, in typical fashion, accepted such statements at face value, dutifully reporting the ‘savings’ in their frequent reports.
This is the kind of bs that that should get GOP congressmen fired. We need more Eric Cantors – the ones that get sent home.
Being happy with the win doesn’t mean we can’t analyse our performance and it was worryingly bad against a team who really aren’t that good at all.
The wind is delicious
Sweet and wild with the promise of pleasure
The stars are alive
And nights like these
Were born to be
Sanctified by you and me
Lovers, thieves, fools, and pretenders
Perfect rock song. Cannot be surpassed.
Why, then, has reading these biographies of a deeply flawed woman—putting it gently—made me want to go back and reread her novels yet again?
Interestingly, the article doesn’t explain what makes the Dutch system so superior to its American counterpart, but the phrase ‘each generation should pay its own costs’ is a big hint. That basically means the system is not based on inter-generational redistribution, which is a core feature of pay-as-you-go schemes such as America’s bankrupt Social Security system.
That’s important, but what’s really key is that the Dutch system is based on private savings and private investment.
There was a moment, after the 2004 elections, where Bush tried to address this issue. Congressional Republicans abandoned principle and their president at the first signs of a fight. Opportunity lost.
Contrast that to Obamacare. More than half the country was clearly aligned against this scheme, and the Left closed ranks, shoved it down our throats.
Remember – the enemy is ruthless.