Obama’s “American Jobs Act” Ploy Convinces Some, Anyway

The Obama administration’s “American Jobs Act”—a token measure forgotten by all but a few—is back in the news. Just over a year ago, I reported on the constitutional defects of President Obama’s “American Jobs Act” (AJA), a bill clearly designed to force Republicans to vote against it, thereby giving the President political “cover” on his poor…

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Warrantless Wiretapping Worse Under Obama; Fascism on the Rise

On January 20, 2009, America’s liberals rejoiced that the days of Bush-era fascism were over. As an article in Reason magazine reports:

Back then, liberals were raising the alarm about impending fascism because of post-9/11 policies such as warrantless wiretapping, wars of choice, military commissions, indefinite detention and so on.

Warrantless surveillance, for instance, drew intense scrutiny and saturation media coverage from the time it was discovered until approximately 12:05 p.m. EST January 20, 2009. Interest then dropped off markedly. After all, Barack Obama had promised “no more illegal wiretapping of American citizens.” So, problem solved.

Except it wasn’t. In fact, it got worse.

Much worse.

As late as last week, the Supreme Court denied review of an appeal court ruling upholding the constitutionality of the Federal Information Securities Amendments Act (FISA).

The FISA Amendments Act was signed into law by President George W. Bush on July 10, 2008 after being overwhelmingly passed 293 to 129 in the House and 69-28 in the Senate. Just a couple of days prior to its being enacted, Representative Ron Paul and a coalition of Internet activists united to create a political action committee, Accountability Now, and conduct a money bomb in order to raise money to purchase ad buys to alert voters to the names of those congressmen (Republican and Democratic) who voted in favor of the act.

George W. Bush’s signature was but the public pronouncement of the ersatz legality of the wiretapping that was otherwise revealed to the public in a New York Times article published on December 16, 2005. That article, entitled “Bush Lets U.S. Spy on Callers Without Courts,” described the brief history of the “anti-terrorist” program:

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The Bribery of the Five Percent

Bribery is the lifeblood of democracy. The President of these United States, putatively known as the Leader of the Free World, is chosen not for his commitments to liberty, constitutional rule of law or limited government. Instead we bear embarrassing witness to Mitt and Barry jousting for the votes of the five percent who will decide the election based upon promises of government swag. Pell Grants! Cash to Planned Parenthood! Cheaper gasoline! Pick me! No, pick me!

These five percenters are not ideologues. Indeed, they are eminently pragmatic. They rightly suspect that the robust tax-and-spend programs of the Left will lead to our collective financial ruin. At the same time, and without apparent dissonance, they see a big government pie and want their piece.

Barry’s job should be the easy one. His is the party of bribes. Democrats are legendarily famous for showering their constituencies with free food, free houses, free phones, free mortgages, free salaries, free health care, free venture capital loans and of course free salamander crossings.

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Is this Our Last Hope?

The Tampa Bay Times enthusiastically endorsed Pres. Barack Obama for a second term last week.

“This is not the time to reverse course and return to the failed policies of the past. Without hesitation, the Tampa Bay Times recommends Barack Obama for re-election as president.”

When I read this, I thought to myself, “Self…weren’t the last four years really just a continuation of the ‘failed policies of the past?’”

I mean seriously – more war, more Patriot Act spying (with NDAA detention thrown in as a bonus), more unfettered spending, more bailouts, more drug war, more crony capitalism, more federal meddling in education, more federal meddling in health care, more federal meddling in the housing market…more, more, more.

How was the last four years significantly different than the previous eight? Or the eight before that?

I could go on.

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Washington I-502; A Chance to Take Some Power Back

On November 6th, Washington State Initiative 502 will appear on your ballot as the following:

“This measure would license and regulate marijuana production, distribution, and possession for persons over twenty-one; remove state-law criminal and civil penalties for activities that it authorizes; tax marijuana sales; and earmark marijuana-related revenues. “

I have read some fairly compelling arguments against I-502, from people who support legalization.

First of all, there is the 25% tax. Yikes. That’s a lot of tax. Even so, you would be able to buy a small amount of marijuana, legally. That’s not happening anywhere else, folks. Nobody’s forcing you to pay the tax, it’s just part of the package of a legal purchase in Washington State. You could choose to opt out of marijuana altogether.

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On the Presidential Debate, ACA Nullification and more

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Welcome to Tenther Radio Sixty-Nine, Michael Boldin broadcasting live from the Los Angeles Studio (his spare bedroom) and joined this evening by his Texas colleague, Jason Rink from the Tenther Austin Studio.

Tonight’s thrilling episode, our heroes discuss Maine’s efforts to nullify Obamacare having Maine State Representative Aaron Libby sharing his efforts on this quest.  But first, Michael and Jason discuss the news.

Out of the gate, Michael and Jason discussed…

OH WAIT!  PSYCH!

Michael Boldin threw a curve ball (high and outside), and brought in the whole Tenther Crew: Jason Rink, John Lambert from the Houston Studio, and John Michaels from the Yugoslavian Studio as they shared their thoughts on Tuesday’s Night Presidential Debate.

Maine State Representative Aaron Libby joined us discussing his efforts to nullify Obamacare in his state.  He introduced a bill last term which failed, but he is planning introducing the bill again which he feels this time will have better success since the Supreme Court ruling.

Jason Rink asked if Romney wins what will be the impact on the Obamacare Nullification movement.  Libby responded, “I will be worried if people were saying, ‘President Romney’ will take of it.  I think if we have the opportunity, we should be doing it and take charge of it.  Don’t push the job off on someone else.”

Later, Libby was asked about the problems with the federal government being limited in theory, but pass laws as they are supreme.  “Definitely, you could have just made the Constitution on line: the federal government is the supreme law of the land.  BOOM…The reason why they spent so many hours in that hot room, arguing and debating was to protect us.  They knew government could be evil.”

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Who Is Responsible for the Mess in Libya?

by Judge Andrew Napolitano

How many times have you heard the truism that in modern-day America the cover-up is often as troubling as the crime? That is becoming quite apparent in the case of the death of Chris Stevens, the former U.S. ambassador to Libya.

Stevens and three State Department employees were murdered in the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, last month, on September 11th. About an hour before the murders, the ambassador, who usually resides in the U.S. embassy in Tripoli but was visiting local officials and staying at the consulate in Benghazi, had just completed dinner there with a colleague, whom he personally walked to the front gate of the compound. In the next three hours, hundreds of persons assaulted the virtually defenseless compound and set it afire.

Around the same time that these crimes took place in Benghazi, a poorly produced, low-grade 15-minute YouTube clip was going viral on the Internet. The clip shows actors in dubbed voices portraying the prophet Mohammed and others in an unflattering light. The Obama administration seized upon the temporary prevalence of this clip to explain the assault on the consulate. Indeed, the administration sent U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to represent it on five Sunday morning TV talk shows on September 16th, to make the claim that the attack on the consulate was a spontaneous reaction to the YouTube clip, that it could not have been anticipated, and that the perpetrators were ordinary Libyans angry at the freedom moviemakers in America enjoy.

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Don’t Miss the Debates. The Important Ones!

In an election year such as this, there is a sense in the air that the 2012 elections could be the most important ever.  However, it is not for the reasons the Republican and Democratic establishments like to tell us.  Whether Obama is reelected or Romney successfully makes him a one term President, whether current majorities in the House and Senate remain, one chamber changes parties, or they reverse, the way of DC will remain the same.  Authoritarian, top-down rule will be the name of the game.

So why is this year so important?  Why shouldn’t we miss the debates?  Because I’m not talking about the Presidential debates, even the third party ones that allow some discussion outside the “acceptable spectrum” as Tom Woods has called it.  We also have local debates and elections.  County and municipal elections will be occurring throughout New Jersey, and we need a major change, starting as locally as possible.

I personally will be attending the South Plainfield Borough Council debates.

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Rejecting the Incorporation Doctrine

by Bill Evelyn, State of Georgia Tea Party

NOTE: The Following is a letter that was sent to Jerry Henry, Director of GeorgiaCarry.org

Dear Mr. Henry,

I heard on the news today that you have asked the Supreme Court to make a ruling on the ban of guns in churches in Georiga.  I want to prove to you that this is a very bad way to approach this issue.

The 2nd Amendment restrains the federal government from regulating arms and gives those powers to the state governments via the 10th Amendment.  In Georgia’s Bill of Rights the State government is restrained from prohibiting a person to arm themselves, but with regulations.  In essence the state legislature can outlaw all weapons in Georgia if is deems so, but those legislators would be risking their seats in the next election.  I don’t see this occurring.

The ban of guns in churches was passed by the Georgia legislature 143 years ago during reconstruction and can simply be repealed.  This is the way we should move forward on this matter.

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