Another Consequence Of A Spineless, Game Playing, pResident

Another Consequence Of A Spineless, Game Playing, pResident

What can I say? We all saw this coming months ahead of the election and subsequent installation of the pResident.

Putin Visits Chavez in Russian Bid to Grow in Obama’s Backyard

April 1 (Bloomberg) — Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will pay his first visit to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez tomorrow as Russia seeks to regain lost influence in Latin America through energy and arms deals.

The highlight of the one-day trip to Caracas may be the formation of a joint venture to pump oil from Venezuela’s Orinoco Belt. Putin also plans to meet Bolivia’s Evo Morales, who like Chavez opposes U.S. policy in the region.

Chavez, who visited Russia eight times during his decade in power, has wooed Putin by signing more than $4 billion in arms deals and inviting state energy companies OAO Gazprom and OAO Rosneft to explore for oil. Venezuela was a lone supporter of Russia during the five-day Georgian war in 2008 and hosted joint naval war games later that year.

“Chavez has already signed up for more weapons than he can buy, and Russian energy companies aren’t really interested in exploration and production in Venezuela,” said Pavel Baev, a professor at the International Peace Research Institute in Oslo. “It’s much more a political project.”

The two countries fed off each other’s anti-Americanism as oil prices hit all-time highs in the final year of the Bush administration. Now, under the conditions of the global financial crisis, Putin’s successor President Dmitry Medvedev is seeking a more “sober” foreign policy, Baev said.

A message for Chavez and Putin; most Americans are NOT LIKE Obama.  Just sayin’….

AYFKM?  Now They Want To Help Homeowners?

AYFKM? Now They Want To Help Homeowners?

On the heels of  Bank of America’s new forgiveness program, Bahana C. Obama plans to ‘expand foreclosure prevention efforts”.

Are You Freakin’ Kidding Me?  Three years after the beginning of this mess, the Obama administration and the banks want to help?  This is all about protecting a bottom line that would go straight to the bottom of the Mariana Trench if Americans, en masse, just walked away from their underwater homes until the market resets itself.  Double bonus, though, guess who gets to foot the bill for Obama’s re-distribution of wealth?  $14 Billion in ‘red’ money will be used from the TARP program.

At some point, the peaceful civil disobedience of the American citizen will get the message through to the banks and corporations that THEY DON’T OWN US if we ain’t buying.  A national strike is looking better and better.

First Bank of America from this morning’s Palm Beach Post, Money section:

Bank of America has new ‘forgiveness’ program to help struggling homeowners

Bank of America Corp. will permanently cut up to 30 percent from home loan balances for tens of thousands of struggling borrowers under a new program that some predict will become industry norm.

The plan, announced Wednesday, was virtually unthinkable just months ago.

So taboo was the idea of forgiving principal amounts, that some lenders refused to comment when Ron Faris, president of West Palm Beach-based Ocwen Financial Services, promoted it as a solution to the continuing foreclosure crisis before a congressional committee earlier this month.

But with millions of Americans underwater on their home loans, and increasingly willing to walk away, bank officials said Wednesday that cutting loan amounts is necessary to reduce defaults.

“The banks have been reluctant to come to the reality that ‘Houston, we have a problem,'” said Michael Sichenzia, president of Dynamic Consulting Enterprises in Deerfield Beach. “It’s inevitable more banks will follow. The cost to administer foreclosures is growing exponentially.”

Bank of America, which estimates it has 1.5 million home loans that are 60 or more days behind on payments, calls its plan “earned principal forgiveness.”

To qualify, a borrower must prove financial hardship, be two months delinquent in payments, and owe at least 20 percent more on the loan than the home is worth.

The program targets the riskiest home loans awarded during the real estate boom including subprime adjustable rate mortgages and certain loans that have a fixed interest rate for the first two years before adjusting annually.

Under the new plan, which begins in May, a portion of the principal balance will be set aside interest free. That principal can then be forgiven over five years if the homeowner stays current on new lowered payments.

Obama Expands Foreclosure-Prevention Efforts

The White House will announce Friday an expansion of its foreclosure-prevention efforts to include reducing the mortgage loan balances for some distressed borrowers and giving temporary help to the unemployed, people familiar with the plans said.

In the latest overhaul of the year-old mortgage-loan modification program, these people said, the White House will announce plans to allow unemployed borrowers to receive sharply reduced payments—or a break from making any payments—for at least three months and up to six months. The revamp will also require banks to consider writing down loan balances as part of the formula for lowering monthly payments under the federal Home Affordable Modification Program, or HAMP.

In addition, the administration will introduce a program that uses the Federal Housing Administration to insure new loans for borrowers who are underwater, owing more than the current values of their homes.

Under that program, investors who reduce loan balances to 96.5% of the current property value would refinance borrowers into an FHA-backed loan. Investors would have to reduce first-lien mortgages by at least 10%. For properties that have second-lien mortgages, the program is designed to reduce the total mortgage debt to no more than 115% of the estimated property value. Banks that hold second-liens will be eligible for incentive payments if they write down those loans so borrowers can qualify.

To pay for the expanded program, the administration will allocate $14 billion in money from the Troubled Asset Relief Program that had already been earmarked for foreclosure prevention efforts.

An administration official said that the program adjustments were designed to “better assist responsible homeowners who have been affected by the economic crisis through no fault of their own.” The administration is trying to walk a fine line, offering more help to the most troubled homeowners without encouraging people who can afford their payments to default in the hope of getting similar treatment.

Nope, nobody has been saying for over two years now that a floor has to be put under the home market, we all just wanted the banks to get more money.

Are you getting tired of the dictator-in-chief appeasing everybody but the people footing the bill?

(H/T KG)

Obama’s Campaign Starts Today

Obama’s Campaign Starts Today

Americans are such a flock of dumb farm animals that the Dems have to take the show on the road to sell us on what this healthcare bill is going to do ‘for us’ even though no one is going to see jacksh** except taxes and IRS agents for years.  If dumb farm animals on the left want to keep believing that this bill is anything but a revenue stream put in place to keep the government afloat for a bit longer, please go right ahead.  Tea Party Patriots will be flipping this Congress in 8 short months and repealing this POS bill ASAP.

A note to Bahana C. Obama: Puleeeezzze keep talking about healthcare right up until the midterms!  Anything you have to continue to sell after it has been passed and signed into law MUST be mana from heaven.

Obama basks in glow of health care victory, but now comes the hard part: selling it to the people

WASHINGTONPresident Obama starts a victory lap on health care Tuesday, signing it into law at a White House lawn party – and hitting the road to sell it to the American people.

That may be the tough part. A national CNN poll last night found Americans opposed the bill 59% to 39%. A majority fear it will cost them money while giving government too much power.

Sen. John McCain mocked “champagne toasting” at the White House and pledged a dragged-out fight. “Outside the Beltway, the American people are very angry” with the bill, McCain said. “They don’t like it, and we’re going to repeal this.”

Democrats professed not to fear voter backlash.

“When people see what the bill actually does, they will see that it helps them in more ways than they might have realized,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)

All the House members who voted for the bill, and “even some that didn’t,” were invited to a signing ceremony this morning on the White House South Lawn, press secretary Robert Gibbs said.

Even as Senate Republicans dug in to block a package of adjustments to the bill and bring down the whole effort, Obama will begin the big sell to families and small businesses in Iowa City, where he first outlined his health care reform vision in 2007.

Gibbs said the Iowa stop will be the first of many to build up health care as a shield against the GOP drive to target Dems who voted “yes” and take back Congress in the fall elections.

“I assume the President will talk about health care for a long time,” Gibbs said.

Obama Approves Of Amnesty For Illegals (And Secures More Democrat Voters)

Obama Approves Of Amnesty For Illegals (And Secures More Democrat Voters)

This is EXACTLY what we need when millions of ACTUAL AMERICANS are unemployed!

CAN WE IMPEACH HIM YET?

Obama endorses immigration blueprint

President Obama on Thursday gave a thumbs-up to the framework of a plan to legalize illegal immigrants and create a flow of low-skilled foreign workers for the future, saying the bill being worked on by a Republican lawmaker and his Democrat counterpart is “promising.”

For which jobs exactly?  Clinton and Bush II made sure that all the jobs went overseas.

The long-awaited framework, written by Sens. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, and Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, calls for illegal immigrants to be put on a path to citizenship and would create a temporary program for future foreign workers. Maybe most contentious of all, it would turn all Social Security cards into tamper-proof IDs to be checked by employers when they are about to hire a new worker. The cards would include biometric information designed to prevent counterfeiting — but the senators said the information would not be stored in a government database. (emphasis mine)

Welcome to the Fascist States Of America.  If you believe that information won’t be stored in a database, you must have just fallen off the turnip truck.

“I congratulate Senators Schumer and Graham for their leadership, and pledge to do everything in my power to forge a bipartisan consensus this year on this important issue so we can continue to move forward on comprehensive immigration reform,” Mr. Obama said in a statement soon after the two senators published their framework on The Washington Post’s Web site.

The senators said their legalization approach would be a “tough but fair” program that would require illegal immigrants to admit they broke the law and make them perform community service and pay a fine.

‘Tough but fair’ would be to throw them out of our country without shooting them first.  THEY BROKE THE LAW WHEN THEY STEPPED ACROSS THE BORDER.

South Dakota; Fifth State To Pass Firearms Freedom Act

One by one, the states are enacting legislation that pushes back the federal government’s encroachment on states’ rights.  South Dakota joins Montana, Tennessee, Utah, and Wyoming in passing a firearms freedom act, and Virginia has passed a law making it illegal to federally mandate health insurance.  35 more states have legislation on the floor or in the pipeline following Virginia’s lead.

Does the Obama team care?  NOPE.  Why should they?  ‘They won!’, and we are just a bunch of deaf, dumb, and blind right-wing domestic terrorists who need health care explained just one more time in a simple pamphlet.

5th state exempts guns. Is Washington noticing?

‘I think they’re going to let it ride, hoping some judge throws out case’

A fifth state – South Dakota – has decided that guns made, sold and used within its borders no longer are subject to the whims of the federal government through its rule-making arm in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and two supporters of the growing groundswell say they hope Washington soon will be taking note.

South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds has signed into law his state’s version of a Firearms Freedom Act that first was launched in Montana. It already is law there, in Tennessee, Utah and Wyoming, which took the unusual step of specifying criminal penalties – including both fines and jail time – for federal agents attempting to enforce a federal law on a “personal firearm” in the Cowboy State.

According to a report in the Dakota Voice, the new South Dakota law addresses the “rights of states which have been carelessly trampled by the federal government for decades.”

“As the federal government has radically overstepped is constitutional limitations in the past year or so, an explosion of states have begun re-asserting their rights not only with regard to firearms, but also in shielding themselves against government health care, cap and trade global warming taxes, and more,” the report said.

South Dakota’s law specifically notes “any firearm, firearm accessory, or ammunition that is manufactured commercially or privately in South Dakota and that remains within the borders of South Dakota is not subject to federal law or federal regulation, including registration, under the authority of Congress to regulate interstate commerce.”

Glenn Beck, 3.8.2010: Chicago Moves To Washington

Glenn will be interviewing former Rep. Massa on tomorrow’s show about how he was forced out of his seat because he voted against Obamacare.  Quite an interesting story unfolding about Rahm Emanuel and ‘the Chicago way’.

Part 2, America on the right track?:

Part 3:

Part 4:

Rep. Massa’s radio interview from today:

Eric Massa: Democrats ousted me over health care

Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) says the House ethics committee is investigating him for inappropriate comments he made to a male staffer on New Year’s Eve — and that he’s the victim of a power play by Democratic leaders who want him out of Congress because he’s a “no” vote on health care reform.

“Mine is now the deciding vote on the health care bill,” Massa, who on Friday announced his intention to resign, said during a long monologue on radio station WKPQ. “And this administration and this House leadership have said, quote-unquote, they will stop at nothing to pass this health care bill. And now they’ve gotten rid of me, and it will pass. You connect the dots.”

A spokeswoman for House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) rejected Massa’s charge out of hand.

“That’s completely false,” said Katie Grant. “There is zero merit to that accusation.”

Massa insisted that he did not know the basis of a House ethics committee investigation into his conduct until after he announced his retirement last Wednesday, and he took Hoyer to task for going public with information related to the probe before it is completed.

In the monologue — an audio recording of which has been posted by Rochester’s WHAM-TV — Massa said he first heard that the ethics committee was questioning his staff in early February but had no idea why.

He said he now understands the basis of the committee’s investigation — and dismissed it as a matter of “political correctness” gone awry.

“I have to come find out that on New Year’s Eve, I went to a staff party — it was actually a wedding for a staff member of mine,” Massa said. “There were 250 people there. I was with my wife, and in fact we had a great time. She got the stomach flu, I went down to sing “Auld Lang Syne.” And with cameras on me — I’m talking three of them — filming me, I danced with the bride, and I danced with the bridesmaid. Absolutely nothing occurred.

“I said goodnight to the bridesmaid. I sat at down at the table where my whole staff was, all of them, by the way, bachelors. One of them looked at me and — as they would do after, I don’t know, 15 gin and tonics and goodness only knows how many bottles of champagne — a staff member made an intonation to me that maybe I should be chasing after the bridesmaid. His points were clear, and his words were far more colorful than that.

“And I grabbed the staff member sitting next to me and I said, ‘What I really ought to be doing is frakking you,’ and then tossled the guy’s hair and left, went to my room, because I knew the party was getting to a point where I shouldn’t be there.”

“Was that inappropriate of me? Absolutely.”

A Massa aide has told POLITICO that the New York Democrat has been engaged in inappropriate behavior “for eight months.”

Obamacare: I’ll See You A Reconciliation And Raise You A Judgeship

Obamacare: I’ll See You A Reconciliation And Raise You A Judgeship

Shades of Walpingate. They must know what they are doing wanders the very edge of the ethical abyss, but they keep going…

243 days to go.  In the meantime, I think we should give them plenty of rope; as we may yet see the perp-walk.  We can clean up their mess after we boot them.

From the Weekly Standard:

Obama Now Selling Judgeships for Health Care Votes?
Obama names brother of undecided House Dem to Appeals Court.

Tonight, Barack Obama will host ten House Democrats who voted against the health care bill in November at the White House; he’s obviously trying to persuade them to switch their votes to yes. One of the ten is Jim Matheson of Utah. The White House just sent out a press release announcing that today President Obama nominated Matheson’s brother Scott M. Matheson, Jr. to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

“Scott Matheson is a distinguished candidate for the Tenth Circuit court,” President Obama said. “Both his legal and academic credentials are impressive and his commitment to judicial integrity is unwavering. I am honored to nominate this lifelong Utahn to the federal bench.”

Scott M. Matheson, Jr.: Nominee for the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Scott M. Matheson currently holds the Hugh B. Brown Presidential Endowed Chair at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1985. He served as Dean of the Law School from 1998 to 2006. He also taught First Amendment Law at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government from 1989 to 1990.

While on public service leave from the University of Utah from 1993 to 1997, Matheson served as United States Attorney for the District of Utah. In 2007, he was appointed by Governor Jon Huntsman to chair the Utah Mine Safety Commission. He also worked as a Deputy County Attorney for Salt Lake County from 1988 to 1989. Prior to joining the University faculty, Matheson was an associate attorney from 1981 to 1985 at Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington, D.C.

Matheson was born and raised in Utah and is a sixth generation Utahn. He received an A.B. from Stanford University in 1975, an M.A. from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1980.

So, Scott Matheson appears to have the credentials to be a judge, but was his nomination used to buy off his brother’s vote?

Hit the link above to read the rest.

(H/T BB)

AYFKM? Washington Needs To Reassure America

AYFKM? Washington Needs To Reassure America

Today’s AYFKM? Award goes to Barack Obama, not for using the nuclear option to shove Obamacare down our throats, but for this statement:

“At stake right now is not just our ability to solve this problem, but our ability to solve any problem. The American people want to know if it’s still possible for Washington to look out for their interests and their future,” Obama said at the White House.

ARE YOU FREAKIN’ KIDDING ME? I cannot stop laughing at this jackass.

We have known that Obamacare was not dead and was going to be passed using reconciliation. We’ve known for months that the Barry, Harry, Nancy show was all about what the democrats want because this may be the last time in a very long time that they have this type of power.  Obama does not care what we want because we are too stupid to understand the messenger and, therefore, should not be making any decisions.  The insanity of the above statement is doubled when coupled with the polling numbers that show a majority of Americans feel the economy is the #1 issue in the country, NOT HEALTH CARE.  I know that health care is an integral part of the economic puzzle, but Obamacare does not create jobs, it shuts companies down.

Obama and his crew KNOW we don’t want this, but it does not matter.   He wants to reassure us that they do actually have our best interests at heart.  Are you buying it?  Now who is living in ‘my little pony world’?

Obama: ‘Congress owes the American people a final vote on healthcare’

President Barack Obama launched the end-game on healthcare Wednesday, urging Congress to “finish its work.”

Obama said he believed the Congress owed the American people a final up or down vote on healthcare reform, but did not use the word reconciliation.

Instead, the president pointed to past examples of landmark and costly legislation that had been approved through the use of the rules, which prevent a filibuster from being used against budget-related measures in the Senate.

He also said he didn’t not see how more negotiations would help resoved continued differences between Republicans and Democrats “giiven the honest and substantial differences between the parties”

No matter which approach is favored, he said, “I believe the U.S. Congress owes the American people a final vote on healthcare reform. (emphasis mine)

Spinning, spinning, spinning.  Spinning like a top…

“Reform has already passed the House with a majority, it has already passed the Senate with a super major with 60 votes,” Obama continued. “And now it deserves the same kind of up-or-down vote that was cast on welfare programs, that was used on the children’s health insurance program… and the Bush tax cuts, all of which passed Congress with a simple majority.”

WE DID NOT WANT EITHER OF THOSE BILLS, and the dems passed them anyway.

Republicans have warned Democrats they will lose control of Congress if they push healthcare reform through Congress with the use of reconciliation rules.

Imagine that!  Surprised?

Obama described healthcare reform as a test of whether the political system is capable of tackling the nation’s biggest issues.

“At stake right now is not just our ability to solve this problem, but our ability to solve any problem. The American people want to know if it’s still possible for Washington to look out for their interests and their future,” Obama said at the White House.

Obama acknowledged that the year-long quest for healthcare reform has bruised him and the Democrats who control Congress. “I don’t know how this plays politically, but I know it’s right. And so I ask Congress to finish its work, and I look forward to signing this reform into law,” he said.

And I look forward to electing candidates that will repeal this un-Constitutional and un-American law as soon as humanly possible.

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