You remember Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, don’t you? He’s the brother of Rahm, who played an instrumental role in crafting and promoting Obamacare — and who occasionally lets the truth slip regarding its myriad broken promises. Here he is admitting what has become painfully obvious: The so-called ‘Affordable’ Care Act that he helped design, and that Democrats marketed to the public as a cost-reduction measure, is failing by its own standards. “We need to focus on cost control,” means “the law isn’t controlling costs.” The doctor is correct on this point: With the open enrollment deadline for Obamacare looming next month, one of the chief architects of the president’s health law said Friday the plans offered on government-run exchanges need to be more affordable in order to boost participation rates. High-deductible plans are part of the problem, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel added…”Even though I am a liberal, I think we really have to focus on cost control. Affordability is absolutely critical across the board, because if we don’t have affordable plans we are not going to get universal coverage. They are intimately linked,” said Emanuel…He did acknowledge: “We’ve overplayed the high-deductible plans. People are feeling this is less and less insurance. And just more and more, ‘I’m paying out of my pocket.'”
Speaking on the Senate floor on November 19, Senator Jeff Sessions (shown, R-Ala.) strongly condemned President Obama’s request for funding for refugee resettlement, basing his opposition on both economic and security threats found in the president’s plan. In his speech, Sessions outlined the reasons behind his opposition to more federal spending for refugee resettlement:Refugees are among the most costly immigration program for several reasons. Refugees are instantly eligible for federal welfare and entitlements. They are low-skilled and frequently lack any kind of formal education. There is a great cost involved — about $6.5 billion lifetime cost per each 10,000 refugees. The President said he will bring in at least 85,000 this year and perhaps 100,000 or more next year.There are enormous security concerns as well. We have seen a number of refugees implicated in terrorist activity inside the United States.Yet, in this environment of increasing federal debt, wage stagnation driven by excess labor supply, and ISIS terrorists trying to infiltrate the U.S. as refugees, President Obama has announced a unilateral expansion of the refugee program to begin admitting large numbers of Syrian refugees. This at a time when 83 percent of voters say projected growth in immigration should be curbed.
The United States is already at war with the Islamic State, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said in extensive interview airing Thursday, amid calls for a stronger response against the threat from the Obama administration.”We have to defeat ISIL,” Carter told MSNBC “Morning Joe” hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezenski. “It is something that must be defeated.”And after last week’s attacks in Paris, Carter said he is “glad the French are galvanized in joining the fight now,” and he agrees with French President Francois Hollande that there is a war against ISIS, saying that “Hollande has said it very well.”
In a speech delivered November 10 at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, Secretary of State John Kerry (shown) appeared to be intentionally amping up the already incendiary rhetoric aimed at those scientists and citizens who express doubt or skepticism about — or opposition to — the wild, apocalyptic claims of the climate-change choir. “The science tells us unequivocally, those who continue to make climate change a political fight put us all at risk,” Kerry said. “And we cannot sit idly by and allow them to do that.”This was not the first time Secretary Kerry has made comments that lightly veil an implicit threat aimed at climate realists. Kerry, who has been beating the anthropogenic (manmade) global (AGW) warming drum loudly all year long, in preparation for the imminent UN Climate Summit in Paris, made a similar comment before the Atlantic Council in March. “When an apple falls from a tree, it will drop toward the ground. We know that because of the basic laws of physics. Science tells us that gravity exists, and no one disputes that,” Kerry said, in statement of supposedly unassailable logic that should end all debate. “Science also tells us that when the water temperature drops below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, it turns to ice. No one disputes that,” he continued. Then came the “logical” clincher: ”So when science tells us that our climate is changing and human beings are largely causing that change, by what right do people stand up and just say, ‘well, I dispute that, or I deny that elementary truth?’”Yes, by what right? After all, they are “putting us all at risk,” right? “And we cannot sit idly by and allow them to do that,” can we?Kerry doesn’t say what “we” can do to stop these doubters who put us all at risk, but he is playing to a powerful global choir that has already been salting public opinion with invective, the purpose of which is to demonize and criminalize those who challenge the “elementary truth” or the “settled science” of the AGW alarmists.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest was put in the challenging position Wednesday morning of defending some extremely questionable statements made by President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry regarding ISIS.“I would encourage you to spend just as much time focusing on the president’s actions as you do his words,” Earnest said in an interview with “Fox & Friends.”Well, considering that his actions are even more problematic than his words, Earnest should be grateful that we don’t.But the words are bad enough. When there has been a terrorist attack of this magnitude, and all the president can think to say about it is that it has been a “setback,” something’s gone of the rails. Something is wrong when the leader of the free world examines a major flaw in his strategy, thinks it over, and comes to the conclusion that everything is going according to plan. It’s one thing to be a fool. It’s another thing to stoop to such ignorance that you can never be anything but a fool.But what John Kerry said was even more baffling. Speaking Tuesday at the U.S. embassy in Paris, Kerry said there was a difference between the attacks last Friday and the assault on Charlie Hebdo in January.“There’s something different about what happened from Charlie Hebdo, and I think everybody would feel that,” he said. “There was a sort of particularized focus and perhaps even a legitimacy in terms of — not a legitimacy, but a rationale that you could attach yourself to somehow and say, okay, they’re really angry because of this and that. This Friday was absolutely indiscriminate. It wasn’t to aggrieve one particular sense of wrong. It was to terrorize people.”
» Iraqi refugees who settled in Kentucky supported Al-Qaida, attempted to send guns, cash » News — GOPUSA
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — From a Kentucky college town, two Iraqi refugees plotted to send sniper rifles, Stinger missiles and money to al-Qaida operatives waging an insurgency back home against U.S. troops. The scheme was foiled and both are in prison, but the case has left jitters about whether extremists might slip in among Syrian refugees resettling in the U.S.The two men had been involved in insurgent attacks in Iraq before arriving in Bowling Green, Kentucky, in 2009 as part of a U.S. program to help displaced Iraqis. Their plan unraveled when they teamed up with an FBI informant, leading to their 2011 arrest.Neither Waad Ramadan Alwan nor Mohanad Shareef Hammadi was charged with plotting to launch attacks inside the U.S., and authorities said their weapons and money never made it to Iraq. But their plotting in a middle-American city of 61,000 has given ammunition to opponents of allowing Syrian refugees into the U.S. following the deadly attacks last week in Paris.Sen. Rand Paul, who is vying for the Republican presidential nomination, pointed to the case in his hometown this week while touting legislation to block President Barack Obama’s goal of bringing 10,000 additional Syrian refugees to the U.S.
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a stinging rebuke to President Barack Obama by Republicans and Democrats, the House ignored a veto threat Thursday and overwhelmingly approved GOP legislation erecting fresh hurdles for Syrian and Iraqi refugees trying to enter the United States.
In 24 hours, House Democrats have gone from opposing the GOP proposal to tighten the United States’ screening of Iraqi and Syrian refugees to supporting the bill in large numbers.The shift is due to a number of factors, including pressure from constituents to take action this week — as well as frustration with the White House’s inability to offer a compelling reason to wait.“What they should be doing is accepting the bill and offering to work with all of us on both sides to make it workable,” said Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, D-Va., of administration officials.President Barack Obama has threatened to veto the measure, which the Office of Management and Budget said “would introduce unnecessary and impractical requirements” on the vetting of refugees fleeing both war-torn Syria and Iraq who are victims of terrorism at the hands of the Islamic State.Connolly, who plans to vote for the GOP bill, left a Democratic whip meeting Thursday morning unsatisfied with the pitch he and his colleagues had just received from White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.“Frankly, my sense is more and more of my colleagues feel the same way,” he said, adding there was a “lack of a compelling reason to vote ‘no.’”
“He seems disconnected from reality.” That declaration, used to describe President Obama, did not emanate from Charles Krauthammer or Ted Cruz. No, the words were those of MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, and they were not refuted by his mostly liberal panel of regulars.”The only strategy that’s working is the strategy that he tends to dismiss.” That damning analysis came not from Ralph Peters or John McCain, but from CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.Even many of President Obama’s most reliable supporters have awakened from their seven-year slumber. They can finally recognize that he is a commander-in-chief without a strategy, a president without a clue. The day before the Paris terror attacks, the president notoriously boasted that ISIS had been ‘contained.’ Then, after the attacks, he minimized the carnage as a ‘setback.’But when the subject turned to accepting refugees from Syria, President Obama finally displayed some real anger. Not at ISIS or Assad or his own strategy, which many believe led directly to the refugee crisis. The president’s palpable ire was directed at Republicans and a few Democrats who are calling for at least a pause in accepting refugees from Syria.
President Obama hopes to make gun control the top issue of his final year in office, saying Americans aren’t more violent than other people but they “have more deadly weapons to act out their rage.”