Deval Patrick Eyed to Succeed Barack Hussein Obama

November 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

Folks get ready for another carpetbagger to make a run for the White House from MA. Deval has probably spent more time at the White House and on the campaign trail for Barack than he has spent on MA soil and he embraces the same ideology.

Will he be Barack’s Surrogate in 2016?

Could you imagine him as our Commander-in-Chief? If his Administrations patronage appointment of  a drunken menace, Shelia  Burgess to  MA Highway Safety Director is any indication, he will do just fine. Besides, the lack of any record or paper trail for her patronage appointment, shows that he is competent to follow Barack because he mastered the art of deniability and obfuscation.

BOSTON (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) Governor Deval Patrick says state officials followed proper protocol in destroying some of the record related to the hiring of former Highway Safety Director Sheila Burgess.

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While he was in Washigton and campaigning for Barack around thecountry , his State Police Crime Lab chemist was busy doctoring over 34,000 lab investigations that have resulted in placing hardened criminals back on our streets.  H’mmm, I wonder who may have appointed her?

The Governor is being called on to fire the “Highway Safety” Director because her driving record is worse than a drunk’s. Her driving record has 34 entries since 1982, and her license was “nonrenewable” until November 1st because of a failure to pay local excise taxes. The Telegram reported:

“Three Republican state representatives from Central Massachusetts yesterday called on Gov. Deval L. Patrick and Lt. Gov. Timothy P. Murray to fire Sheila Burgess, the state’s highway safety director, whom The Boston Globe reported has a driving record that includes seven accidents, four speeding violations, and two failures to stop for a police officer.”

It turns out she was only in that position because of political favors. She used to work as a fundraiser for U.S. Congressman James McGovern, a Democrat from Worcester, and she also was a principal in a firm that worked for Massachusetts’ current Democratic governor Patrick when he was a candidate for mayor about 10 years ago. For this reason, the three Republican state representatives are also calling on the House Committee on Post Audit and Oversight to investigate the Governor’s administration for patronage.

Read more: http://godfatherpolitics.com/8194/highway-safety-director-drives-worse-than-a-drunk/#ixzz2DhtLNy1b

 

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Deval Patrick for President 2016!!!

 

By: oldtownyankee (Diary)  |  November 24th, 2012 at 03:19 PM  |  

 

Well folks, before you laugh his name is being tossed around by the secular progressive left up here in Massachusetts as well as other bastions of secular progressivism as an encore to Barrack Hussein Obama! Moreover, he and Obama are cut from the very same piece of cloth, know each other very well, speak the same language and embrace the destruction of the Constitutions as we know it.

Patrick was the author of the famed “Yes we can” chant that Obama adopted in 2008. Patrick’s name has surfaced on numerous occasions as being in line for a cabinet position in the Obama administration. Just recently Patrick granted children of illegal immigrants in state tuition dovetailing off of the executive order that Obama handed down last summer where by children of illegal’s shall not be deported. Patrick sighted that order in his executive order.

Best yet, Deval Patrick, once he got going would make Barrack Obama look and sound like William F. Buckley! This guy is a “Moon Bats Moon Bat”. The left loves him, the papers fawn over him, conservatives loath him and the day that he throws his hat into the ring, he has a better than 50% chance of being the next President.

Would Patrick not start out by being the prohibitive favorite in all the blue states that Obama won? Wouldn’t the upper Midwest go for Patrick i.e. Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa without much of a fight? If Obama could win Colorado and Nevada in this economy, would not Patrick do the same four years from now? How about Florida and Virginia? Won’t they have even more government dependants and minorities by 2016?  Who needs Ohio?

Barrack Obama proved beyond any doubt, if nothing else, that its not the reality of the state of the Union, the reality of the economy, our influence in the world or lack there of but what the uninformed voter’s perception of the aforementioned is. So Patrick could and will deliver the same type of message that Obama did and all indications are it could very well work again.

Just look around. The United States of America is wallowing the worst recovery ever helped in large part by the Obama’s administrations policies. We have subjugated our foreign policy to the UN. We have no energy policy. The family as the bedrock of society is eroding further yet. Jobs are very few and getting worse as more of our manufacturing goes over seas, with no end in sight. Nothing is working and everything is either stalled, going backwards or barely creeping along. Yet in spite of all this, if one looks at Obama’s job performance, it will be at better than 50%. If we are to believe the print media a vast plurality of Americans think he’s just great.

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Deval Patrick for President 2016!!!

By: oldtownyankee (Diary)  |  November 24th, 2012 at 03:19 PM  |  7

 

Well folks, before you laugh his name is being tossed around by the secular progressive left up here in Massachusetts as well as other bastions of secular progressivism as an encore to Barrack Hussein Obama! Moreover, he and Obama are cut from the very same piece of cloth, know each other very well, speak the same language and embrace the destruction of the Constitutions as we know it.

Patrick was the author of the famed “Yes we can” chant that Obama adopted in 2008. Patrick’s name has surfaced on numerous occasions as being in line for a cabinet position in the Obama administration. Just recently Patrick granted children of illegal immigrants in state tuition dovetailing off of the executive order that Obama handed down last summer where by children of illegal’s shall not be deported. Patrick sighted that order in his executive order.

Best yet, Deval Patrick, once he got going would make Barrack Obama look and sound like William F. Buckley! This guy is a “Moon Bats Moon Bat”. The left loves him, the papers fawn over him, conservatives loath him and the day that he throws his hat into the ring, he has a better than 50% chance of being the next President.

Would Patrick not start out by being the prohibitive favorite in all the blue states that Obama won? Wouldn’t the upper Midwest go for Patrick i.e. Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa without much of a fight? If Obama could win Colorado and Nevada in this economy, would not Patrick do the same four years from now? How about Florida and Virginia? Won’t they have even more government dependants and minorities by 2016?  Who needs Ohio?

Barrack Obama proved beyond any doubt, if nothing else, that its not the reality of the state of the Union, the reality of the economy, our influence in the world or lack there of but what the uninformed voter’s perception of the aforementioned is. So Patrick could and will deliver the same type of message that Obama did and all indications are it could very well work again.

Just look around. The United States of America is wallowing the worst recovery ever helped in large part by the Obama’s administrations policies. We have subjugated our foreign policy to the UN. We have no energy policy. The family as the bedrock of society is eroding further yet. Jobs are very few and getting worse as more of our manufacturing goes over seas, with no end in sight. Nothing is working and everything is either stalled, going backwards or barely creeping along. Yet in spite of all this, if one looks at Obama’s job performance, it will be at better than 50%. If we are to believe the print media a vast plurality of Americans think he’s just great.

The Coming Republican Fiscal Cliff Betrayal

November 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

Republicans and Taxes

 

False congressional fiscal conservatives begin to reveal their true selves.

Andrew Napolitano | November 29, 2012

 

When President Obama won re-election last month by a larger margin than even his most fervent supporters had expected, though with fewer popular votes than he received in 2008, most commentators initially opined that not much had changed in Washington. The president would remain in the White House for another four years, the Democrats would keep control of the Senate, and the House would stay in Republican hands. Most Republicans re-elected to both houses of Congress had publicly pledged not to vote to raise taxes under any circumstances. And most of those Republicans have adhered to that promise—until now.

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Over the Thanksgiving weekend, the false congressional fiscal conservatives in the Republican Party began to reveal their true selves. Led by the Republican presidential standard bearer in 2008, Arizona Sen. John McCain, at least a half-dozen Republican members of Congress have renounced their public promises never to vote to raise taxes. In the case ofC Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., Congressman and Senator-elect Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., they had restated their promises, directly or indirectly, as recently as last month during their successful campaigns. Did they blatantly dupe the voters?  Did they genuinely change their minds? Did they ever sincerely accept the pro-freedom anti-tax logic?

The Founders certainly embraced the pro-freedom anti-tax logic, as they gave us a Constitution that barred the federal government from imposing any direct tax on any persons. That was part of the genius of the document. If the feds really needed cash, they’d need to tax the states. If the states were feeling over-taxed, they could block federal taxes in the Senate, where for 135 years senators were chosen by state governments as delegates to the Senate, rather than elected by voters. This procedure, too, was part of the Founders’ genius. It came about in order to assure a place at the federal table for the states, many of which were older than the federal government and all of which retained their sovereignty when they voluntarily joined the union. This procedure for choosing senators was also a check on the growth of the federal government.

Those constitutional provisions were cast aside during the progressive era about 100 years ago, when, during a period of just five years, the Constitution was amended so that the states lost their place at the federal table and Congress could tax incomes, and the feds got a new printing press for cash in the form of the Federal Reserve.

I have described this dreadful time in our history in my new book, Theodore and Woodrow: How Two American Presidents Destroyed Constitutional Freedom. They did so by inverting the concept of limited government. With the exception of Abraham Lincoln, every president from George Washington to TR’s predecessor, William McKinley, accepted the truism that the federal government is one of limited powers, and it may only in engage in behavior that is specifically authorized by the Constitution or reasonably inferable therefrom.

Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, who ran against each other and who hated each other, turned this value on its head. They jointly argued that the Constitution does not mean what it says and is not the Supreme Law of the Land as it states. They held that the federal government can do whatever it wishes unless those wishes are expressly prohibited by the Constitution.

For 100 years, the Republican Party resisted the progressive onslaught. As recently as this past election just a few weeks ago, Republicans argued that increased tax revenue, whether from increased tax rates or from decreased tax deductions, effectively moves wealth from the productive sector and delivers it to the consuming sector—which would be the government.

This argument is really one of the basic laws of economics, so why are Republicans now rejecting it? I suspect that they are drunk with power and have concluded that they—just like Obama did—can assure their re-elections, their continued possession of governmental power, if they deliver bigger pieces of the federal pie to the folks back home. Stated differently, they are unwilling to address a system that soon will deliver more in entitlement payments and interest payments on government debt than it collects in revenue by reducing the entitlements, shrinking the government, cutting the debt, returning to the confines of the Constitution and letting hardworking Americans retain what is theirs. Instead, they now want to raise federal taxes.

They would be unwise to try to pull this off—and would be wise to recall recent history. The last Republican president to pledge “Read my lips. NO NEW TAXES” and then violate that promise was dispatched by the voters to a hotel suite in Houston, rather than to four more years in the White House. I bet George Herbert Walker Bush today would stick to his pledge.

Andrew P. Napolitano, a former judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, is the senior judicial analyst at Fox News Channel. Judge Napolitano has written seven books on the U.S. Constitution. The most recent isTheodore and Woodrow: How Two American Presidents Destroyed Constitutional Freedom.

Obama-Nomics = Class Warfare + Wealth-Seizure + Wealth-Redistribution = Collapse of US Capitalism

November 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

“We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.” – 
—  Winston Churchill

 

 

“When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion ­­– when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing–when you see money flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors–when you see that men get richer by graft and pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you– when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self sacrifice- you may know that your society is doomed.”

– Ayn Rand

Our Political Class is considering confiscating your private retirement account known as your 401k in order to “pay down the deficit?” A total deficit that is now being estimated at over $86 Trillion.  Far Left  Socialist  professor,  Teresa Ghilarducci of the New School of Social Research,  describes 401(k)s and related plans as a failed experiment. For about ten years she has argued for  government confiscation of  401k plans.  In October 2008, Democrats were so enthralled with her unconstitutional confiscatory plan  that they actually  asked her to testify before their  subcommittee.

After her testimony, James Pethokoukis wrote in  Money on October 23d that:

“Ghilarducci would offer a lousy 3 percent return. The long-run return of the stock market, adjusted for inflation, is more like 7 percent. Look at it this way: Ten thousand dollars growing at 3 percent a year for 40 years leaves you with roughly $22,000. But $10,000 growing at 7 percent a year for 40 years leaves you with $150,000. That is a high price to pay for what Ghilarducci describes as the removal of “a source of financial anxiety and…fruitless discussions with brokers and financial sales agents, who are also desperate for more fees and are often wrong about markets.” Please, I’ll take a bit of worry for an additional $128,000.”
 

 Would you believe that  Ghilarducci’s  plan is now actively  being discussed in the “Cliff Talks” .  Not so good you say? It gets worse.  Also being floated is the idea that when you pass on to your Great Reward, your annunity would terminate. There would be no payout to your heirs. If you already feel like the government has stolen your retirement through the Social Security ponzi scheme, you had better speak out before  your 401k is  seized and redistributed to freeloaders as a solution to ward off  the fiscal cliff.

The following article from our friends at the Pittsburgh Tea Party Movement demonstrates statistics  that indicates that Pennsylvania is already  well on the road to  Obam-Nomics  and a “Welfare State”. 

 Pittsburgh Tea Party Movement
The Blaze has an outstanding article ‘Welfare Nation’: The Sad Truth which includes a study by Gary Alexander, Secretary of Public Welfare, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Please check out the study from our Secretary of Public Welfare.The article includes facts such as:

  • For every 1.65 employed persons in the private sector, one person receives welfare assistance;
  • For every 1.25 employed persons in the private sector, one person receives welfare assistance or works for the government;
  • It makes more financial sense for a single mom to earn $29,000 and get government subsidies than for that single mom to earn $69,000; and
  • It is now more lucrative – in the form of actual disposable income – to sit, do nothing, and collect various welfare entitlements, than to work, as shown below:

Glenn Beck Pens a New Book on the Dangers and Consequences of UN Agenda 21

November 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

Forewarned is forearmed

Those who follow Glenn Beck might be aware that Tuesday November 20th marked the release of his latest book, “Agenda 21,” the suspenseful and perhaps sobering tale of a futuristic America in which a UN-led program spawned an authoritarian state where individuals are stripped of all personal rights and freedoms. Oddly, Beck’s novel is not simply a work of fiction, but based on an actual program created by the United Nations by the very same name — “Agenda 21″ — which, according to the UN’s own website, is a “comprehensive plan of action to be taken globally, nationally and locally by organizations of the United Nations system, governments and major groups, in every area in which human impacts on the environment.” In so many words, the United Nations seeks to co-opt, via individual governments, and eventually, a “one-world government,” privately held land under the auspices of ensuring its “sustainability.” Worse still, the UN’s Agenda 21 has even laid out plans for “depopulation” or rather, “population control.” If it sounds like something out of George Orwell’s 1984, that is because Agenda 21′s tenets are eerily in line with the demented alternate reality Orwell himself had imagined while scribing the pages of his famed novel. “Sustainable development” is the catch-phrase Beck urged his Monday evening viewers to be leery of. Where one can live and what land should be designated for would, under fully-realized Agenda 21 plan, be controlled by the United Nations and a future one-world government. Consider the following section from the UN website on Agenda 21′s plan for “promoting sustainable human settlement development.” Emphasis added:

 

Gov. Deval Patrick to Offer In-State Tuition to illegal Immigrants

November 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

Obama confident and virtual cabinet member Deval Patrick, is following in the footsteps of the Dear Leader. I.e. giving away  the  Peoples State Tax  receipts to illegal aliens in order to further his own career. A give away that our legislature has rejected.

Does our state’s apprentice Dear Leader  have the authority to give away our money, under our state constitution,  without legislative approval? Of course not, but as a disciple of of our Federal Dear Leader, he has learned that legalities  don’t matter. Who will challenge  his illegal action? Our spineless legislature? Martha Martha?

Deval has spent more time campaigning outside of MA for the Dear Leader in the last two years, than within our borders . In  case you haven’t figured it out it would appear that he is now  being groomed  to carry on the legacy of our Dear Leader in 2016. The thrust of his new mantra  is, Give, Give Give away.  Yes, he will Give away your confiscated tax dollars, even as he clamors for more , more more taxation in the days and months  ahead.

It is up to you. If you wish to see our state and Republic endure, then you must speak out and stop our political classes from bribing segments of our population with  our public treasury. If you don’t take action,then as  Ayn Rand foretold, “…– when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self sacrifice- you may know that your society is doomed.”

Governor Deval Patrik’s contact Info:

BostonMassachusetts State House
Office of the Governor
Office of the Lt. Governor
Room 280
Boston, MA 02133

Phone: 617.725.4005
888.870.7770 (in state)
Fax: 617.727.9725
TTY: 617.727.3666
SpringfieldWestern Massachusetts Office of the Governor
State Office Building
436 Dwight Street
Suite 300
Springfield, MA 01103

Phone: 413.784.1200

 

 

 

 

Posted: Nov 19, 2012 7:16 AM EST Updated: Nov 19, 2012 7:16 AM EST

BOSTON (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) – It’s sure to set off a firestorm. Governor Deval Patrick is getting ready to order all state colleges and universities to offer illegal immigrants in-state tuition rates.

An administration official told the Boston Globe that Governor Patrick will send a letter to the Massachusetts Board of Education Monday. The letter will offer the cheaper in-state rate to illegals who obtain work permits through a new federal government program.

In June, President Barack Obama halted the deportation of illegals under 30 years old if they arrived in the U.S. before they were 16, had no criminal past and met other requirements.

Supporters are praising the move, but critics say the governor is neglecting American citizens struggling to afford higher education.

Read more: http://www.myfoxboston.com/story/20134439/2012/11/19/report-gov-patrick-to-offer-in-state-tuition-to-illegal-immigrants#ixzz2CfrLD0G4

 

Hostess Brands is Closed; Unions Slay Twinkies – Its Time for National Right to Work Legislation

November 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

At a time when our economy is headed for a Double Dip Recession, unemployment if characterized in the same manner as the 1929 Great Depression is close to 24%,  and the baking industry is over capacity, The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers’ International Union (BCTGM) an affiliate of the AFL/CIO Union, arrogantly and callously refused to bargain and forced an American institution to padlock it’s doors.

 

 

The Hostess Corporation notified its striking unions and their 18,500 workers that they could no longer afford the pensions and the looming healthcare cost increases.

Here is why:

  • There are 372 Bargaining Agreements

  • There are 40 different Pension Plans

  • There are 5500 Delivery Routes

The Unions wouldn’t allow Twinkies and Hostess bread to be delivered to the same store on the same truck.

Different delivery routes had to be utilized for the Twinkies and Hostess Bread  products.

The Unions required that each truck had to have a driver and a Pull-up. A Pull-up is the person who takes the product from the truck into the store.

Because of these outrageous work rules for all markets across the US and the failure of  the AFL/CIO BCTGM Union in particular to provide concessions,  ( Concessions that the Teamsters Unions had agreed to)  Hostess was forced to shut down.

18,500 direct jobs have been lost along with 33 Factory closings around the Country.

Hamas Lighting Fuse in Middle East: Update November 16

November 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

War Looms in Gaza; Egypt May be Worsening Situation

November 16, 2012

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Day three of the Gaza crisis has Israel keeping its foot on the gas with more punishing air strikes against Palestinian militants while Hamas seems to have found its second wind after the disastrous loss of one its top commanders. Two rockets landed in open fields outside of Jerusalem today, the first time the city has ever been targeted by rockets fired by Gaza militants. A failed Egyptian diplomatic mission to Gaza today and harsh anti-Israeli rhetoric by Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi could worsen this conflict by emboldening Gaza militants to keep up their attacks.

 

Photos taken today from the southern Israeli Gaza border. Top: Photo of rockets being launched from the Gaza strip into Israel. Bottom: Smoke billowing from areas in the Gaza Strip targeted by Israeli air strikes. (JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

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Original Post November 14th

The Obama Administration is providing more than a $1-Billion dollars to an Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood  Regime that not only has allowed Terrorists to  operate freely in Gaza but is also responsible for Human Rights Violations against it’s own citizens.

Amnesty International releases its report on October 2nd  on “a litany” of human rights violations by the Egyptian government, military, and police.  In “Brutality Unpunished and Unchecked,” AI documents violations across three events: the Maspero protest in October 2011, the so-called Cabinet Offices events in late 2011, and the Abasseya sit-in this past spring. In one, a woman protester was dragged along the ground by her hair, and another’s abaya was pulled up to expose her underwear, resulting in a viral video.”

And as the Egyptian Government pretends, with a wink-wink,  to take action against against terrorists, they have continued to allow Hamas to smuggle rockets and armaments into the Gaza Strip.  and now the new Egyptian Brotherhood Regime in Egypt is standing by as:

Gaza terrorists fire two rockets at Tel Aviv

By JPOST.COM STAFF, YAAKOV LAPPIN
LAST UPDATED: 11/15/2012 20:05

Over 277 rockets fired into Israel since start of operations.

Inside view of Kiryat Malachi home hit by rocket PHOTO: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST

Booms were heard following an air raid siren in Tel Aviv Thursday evening, just an hour after a rocket from the Gaza Strip exploded in an open field outside of Rishon Lezion. There were no reports of injuries in either strike.

The attacks mark the first time the center of the country was hit in the renewed violence from the Gaza Strip. The incident was also the first time that a real siren was sounded in Tel Aviv since the Gulf War in the early 1990s. Palestinian Islamic Jihad took responsibility for the rocket on Tel Aviv.

The rockets, among 277 fired from Gaza into the South since the IDFlaunched Operation Pillar of Defense Wednesday to root out the terror infrastructure in the coastal territory, landed less than 15 km south of Tel Aviv. The operation began with the Wednesday afternoon targeted killing of Ahmed Jabari, the chief of Hamas’s military wing.

The first rocket fired toward the Center hit in an open area near Rishon Lezion. The second rocket fired toward the greater Tel Aviv area “did not hit the ground,” the IDF Spokesman said.

Earlier Thursday, three people were killed and two others injured in a direct hit on a Kiryat Malachi apartment building. Hours later, a rocket fired into the Eshkol region injured three IDF soldiers, two moderately.

MDA paramedics treated five wounded people at the site of the Kiryat Malachi attack, in which a rocket hit a four-story building. Three people were pronounced dead on the scene and two others were suffering moderate injuries, including a baby.

A house in Ashdod and a school in Ofakim near Beersheba also sustained damage from rockets on Thursday morning. Rockets also landed in the Eshkol Regional Council area, Gan Yavne and Ashkelon.

The IDF Spokesman’s Office stated the Iron Dome rocket defense system has successfully intercepted more than 85 rockets since the operation began.

Courtesy of IDF Spokesman

A separate IDF spokesman confirmed that all Palestinian terror factions took part in rocket fire overnight Wednesday, with Hamas trying to take the lead.

He added that the IDF “believes the rocket fire will intensify.” Tank fire also was directed at terror targets, he said.

Since beginning its operation, the IDF has struck nearly 250 Hamas and Islamic Jihad targets in Gaza, including several terrorist cells preparing to fire rockets at Israel and medium-range rocket launchers located across the Strip.

Palestinian sources said that 15 people were killed in Gaza as a result of the IAF strikes, with more than a hundred suffering injuries.

The spokesman concluded by describing the Hamas-ruled Strip as “a forward Iranian base,” and urged the populace to remain steadfast, as “home front resilience is vital for the continuing operation.”

Schools within 40 km. of the Gaza Strip were declared closed Thursday, and residents were urged to follow directives from the IDF Home Front Command. Magen David Adom paramedics treated 13 Israelis for injuries suffered overnight prior to the fatal strike in Kiryat Malachi, the organization said. Of the injured, four suffered light wounds while nine more suffered shock symptoms.

Gaza-border communities were in lockdown, with residents ordered to remain in their homes if they live within 7 km. of Gaza.

Explosions have been reported as far away as Dimona, some 75 km. from the Gaza Strip.

At an emergency meeting in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, the security cabinet authorized Defense Minister Ehud Barak to mobilize reservists if needed.

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The cabinet also agreed that the IDF should continue to act against terrorist infrastructure and activity in Gaza. It instructed the Foreign Ministry to begin a diplomatic public relations campaign to explain that Israel was acting in self-defense against military targets, as the continued rocket barrage had become intolerable.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke on the telephone on Wednesday night with US President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton. He was also scheduled to speak with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The prime minister thanked Obama and Biden for taking the position that Israel had a right to defend itself.

The military operation immediately increased tensions with Egypt, which condemned Israel’s actions and recalled its ambassador.

Tovah Lazaroff and Reuters contributed to this report

Components of the Fiscal Cliff and How it Will Affect You

November 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

Everything you need to know about the fiscal cliff in one post

Washington Post

Posted by Dylan Matthews on July 16, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Mass Taxpayers Going Over a cliff!

This morning, my colleague Lori Montgomery reported that Democrats are increasingly willing to allow the United States to fall off the so-called “fiscal cliff” at the end of this year  to get Republicans to agree to allow higher rates on wealthy taxpayers. Which raises the question — what the heck is the “fiscal cliff”?

What is it? How big is it?

The term is wonk-speak for a series of major policy changes that will happen automatically at the end of this year if Congress does nothing. The big players on the tax side are the Bush tax cuts and the payroll tax cut. On the spending side, the automatic cuts included in last summer’s debt ceiling deal will take effect. But there’s a lot more, as you can see in this table from the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget:

 

Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget

The combined effect will be a huge fiscal contraction, one which, according to conventional economic theory, could pose a real threat to the economic recovery. Here’s how the major provision break down by category, courtesy of the CBO:

By far the biggest provision is the Bush tax cuts, followed by the payroll tax cut and the cost of indexing the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) eligibility cutoff to inflation.

When will it happen?

The payroll tax break expires this December, and the Bush tax cuts expire Jan. 1, meaning that new, higher rates will take effect the following year. Since payroll taxes are deducted from wages every week, the effect there will be immediate, whereas the income tax rate increases only affect income starting in 2013. If employers adjust withholding, the effects could come sooner, but if there are logistical hurdles to that, the economic dent could be delayed.

The sequestration cuts will take effect starting in January too, meaning their impact, like the payroll tax cut’s expiration, will be more immediate. The cuts are evenly split, with $27 billion each in 2013 for defense and non-defense spending, plus $12 billion in cuts to Medicare.

What will happen to the economy?

The CBO estimates that the total effect of these provisions is a 3.9 percent reduction in the growth rate of GDP next year — enough to make the year’s total growth rate negative, plunging the country back into recession. What’s more, the mere anticipation of this change will reduce GDP growth by 0.5 percent this year. However, this change is not evenly distributed between the cliff’s components, as this helpful chart from the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget shows:

So letting us fall over the fiscal cliff would be very bad in the short-term, and a deal that offset some of the changes would do a lot to mitigate that. The CBO estimates that if the payroll tax cut is allowed to expire but the other provisions are extended, growth will fall by 2.3 percent — not good, but it would leave the overall growth rate still positive.

Curiously, both deficit hawks and groups focused on promoting the interests of low-income people are more bullish about the cliff than the CBO is. The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, for one, has noted that since most of the economic damage of the cliff is concentrated in the payroll tax cut expiring and the debt ceiling’s cuts, letting the more expensive Bush tax cuts expire while extending those provisions would have a much lesser impact.

Some deficit hawks are also sanguine about the cliff. A report from the Carlyle Groupargues that going over the cliff is actually preferable to extending these policies and increasing the long-term deficit. “This automatic deficit reduction package would largely solve near-to-medium term fiscal problems,” the authors, Jason Thomas and David Marchick, argue. But it’s worth noting that while the expiration of these provisions reduces the deficit, the effect on growth actually grows the deficit by $47 billion between 2012 and 2013. This is easily overwhelmed by the deficit reduction of the actual provisions, but it’s a reminder that growth is an important and frequently undervalued tool for deficit reduction.

What could stop it?

The simplest way to prevent the fiscal cliff is simply to prevent any of its components from taking effect. But few want to do this. This would involve extending the Bush tax cuts again, which goes against Obama’s deficit reduction plan, and extending payroll tax cuts that were supposed to be temporary. Democrats don’t want to the former, and no one wants to do the latter indefinitely. So the likeliest deal would involve preventing most of the elements of the fiscal cliff from taking effect — such as by making the doc fix and AMT patch permanent — while limiting or eliminating the Bush and payroll tax provisions.

Here’s my estimate of how a range of possible plans would affect growth, using the CBO’s multipliers and the OMB’s estimates of the cost of extending the middle-class provisions of the Bush tax cuts. I measured the impact if nothing changes, with and without the Bush tax cuts, with only the Bush tax cuts on middle-income people, and with and without the payroll tax cut:

All scenarios reduce growth, but removing all provisions except the Bush tax cut extension, and especially the Bush tax cut extension for high-income people, reduce it by a lot less.

There’s also the possibility that the fiscal cliff will be averted by a “grand bargain” on the debt of the kind that was attempted last summer. A bipartisan group of senators ranging from Chris Coons to Mark Warner to Lamar Alexander to Tom Coburn has been meeting to try to hash out just such a deal. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer’s “go big” working groupis focused on a similar solution, and Paul Ryan has touted his debt plan as a potential way to avoid the cliff. The idea is that by delaying some of the near-term contraction in favor of longer-run deficit reduction, we could get the best of both worlds: no recession in the near term, no debt crisis in the long-term. Such a deal could also include tax reform that cuts harmful tax expenditures. But as we’ve seen again and again, it’s easier to talk about the possibility of such a deal than it is to get 60 senators and 218 representatives to go along with it.

Read the entire story here:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2012/07/16/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-fiscal-cliff-in-one-post/

Benghazi- Gate Update – Petraeus Has Agreed To Testify On Benghazi Libya! Friday Nov 16

November 14, 2012 in Uncategorized

Former CIA Director David Petraeus has agreed to testify about the Libya terror attack before the House and Senate intelligence committees, Fox News has learned.   Petraeus had originally been scheduled to testify this Thursday on the burgeoning controversy over the deadly Sept. 11 attack. That appearance was scuttled, though, after the director abruptly resigned over an extramarital affair.

The resignation has since expanded into a sprawling scandal that now includes allegations that Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, exchanged “inappropriate” and sexually charged emails with Jill Kelley, a Florida socialite linked to the Petraeus case. The rapid developments in the case have all but obscured what until last week was an intense debate on Capitol Hill and beyond over the Benghazi terror attack.   After Petraeus’ resignation, lawmakers complained that the scandal was no reason they shouldn’t hear from the man at the helm of the CIA when CIA operatives came under attack alongside State Department employees in Benghazi last month.   The logistics of Petraeus’ appearance are still being worked out. But a source close to Petraeus said the former four-star general has contacted the CIA, as well as committees in both the House and Senate, to offer his testimony as the former CIA director.   Fox News has learned he is expected to speak off-site to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Friday about his Libya report. The House side is still being worked out.   Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in the Sept. 11 attack, which the administration initially blamed on a “spontaneous” mob reacting to protests over an anti-Islam film. Officials later labeled the attack terrorism.   While Petraeus prepares to give his side, lawmakers have begun to openly question when Petraeus first knew about the investigation that uncovered his affair — and whether it impacted his statements to Congress on Sept. 14 about the Libya terror attack.   Petraeus briefed lawmakers that day that the attack was akin to a flash mob, and some top lawmakers noted to Fox News he seemed “wedded” to the administration’s narrative that it was a demonstration spun out of control. The briefing appeared to conflict with one from the FBI and National Counterterrorism Center a day earlier in which officials said the intelligence supported an Al Qaeda or Al Qaeda-affiliated attack.   Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., told Fox News he now questions whether Petraeus’ statements — which were in conflict with both the FBI briefing and available raw intelligence — were in any way impacted by the knowledge the FBI was investigating his affair with Broadwell.   King questioned whether the investigation “consciously or subconsciously” affected his statements to Congress.   Fox News’ Catherine Herridge contributed to this report.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/11/14/petraeus-agrees-to-testify-on-libya-before-congressional-committees/#ixzz2CD4kVjFK

30 States Residents Petition To Secede From The Union!

November 14, 2012 in Uncategorized

Citizens in over 30 states have so far started petitions at the White House “We the People” website seeking permission to secede from the Union. The number is more than double what we reported Monday morning. Two competing petitions seeking deportation and exile of everyone who signed the petitions have also appeared.

The states now include California, Kansas, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, Alaska, Ohio and Delaware. California, Ohio and Delaware voted for Obama in the recent election.   The White House web site is not the only place where such petitions are showing up.   “A massive number of petitions are currently circulating on Change.org, a website designed to call for action by the federal government or by private institutions on particular causes, calling for particular states to be granted permission to secede,” The Blaze reported Monday. als)