Barack Obama’s Greatest Lie

Update: Breaking: TAA crushed, 126-302. So much for those that declared this was a lost cause and “Kabuki theater”. This was always a serious fight and a fight worth fighting. Fight, Fight, Fight. On a side note, after the TAA vote there was a vote on the TPA. The TPA won (barely, 210-211) but not really. In order for fast track authority to pass all elements had to pass. The massive loss on TAA means Obama loses a legacy nut. Obama will try some more tricks but when even Obama Dimocrats say “the Emperor has no clothes”… well it’s that Humpty-Dumpty thing.

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ObamaTrade is the latest example. Before that there was Exelon. There was The Obama Health Plan Obama Supporters Do Not Want To Discuss. Then came the great gift to big insurance companies and to the detriment of everyday Americans – We know the GOP’s greatest lie. ObamaCare. Barack Obama’s greatest lie is that he is on the side of everyday Americans, the hardworking Joes and Jills that pay the bills.

Obama Dimocrats in the Congress, this late, realize that Obama’s greatest lie is just that and know Obama cannot be trusted to protect hardworking Joe and Jill – so after so many years they are fighting Barack Obama tooth and nail on ObamaTrade. We warned them years ago.

Before ObamaCare there was another Obama health care treachery. We wrote about it and we will remind those that have forgotten that Barack Obama was the voice and vote of the insurance industry. In public Barack Obama mouthed words in support of hardworking Joe and Jill but behind the scenes Obama was the shield and sword of Big Pharma and Big Insurance.


Chicago Clown

Most of the Obama Dimocrats and Obama supporters who frantically flung themselves on swords for their beloved Obama never heard of Exelon. In what can be considered a more comprehensive version of “Barack Obama’s Greatest Lie” we partially reprised earlier articles (with excerpts from such as the New York Times) about Obama and Exelon in 2013:

“When residents in Illinois voiced outrage two years ago upon learning that the Exelon Corporation had not disclosed radioactive leaks at one of its nuclear plants, the state’s freshman senator, Barack Obama, took up their cause.

Mr. Obama scolded Exelon and federal regulators for inaction and introduced a bill to require all plant owners to notify state and local authorities immediately of even small leaks.” [snip]

“A close look at the path his legislation took tells a very different story. While he initially fought to advance his bill, even holding up a presidential nomination to try to force a hearing on it, Mr. Obama eventually rewrote it to reflect changes sought by Senate Republicans, Exelon and nuclear regulators. The new bill removed language mandating prompt reporting and simply offered guidance to regulators, whom it charged with addressing the issue of unreported leaks.

Those revisions propelled the bill through a crucial committee. But, contrary to Mr. Obama’s comments in Iowa, it ultimately died amid parliamentary wrangling in the full Senate.

“Senator Obama’s staff was sending us copies of the bill to review, and we could see it weakening with each successive draft,” said Joe Cosgrove, a park district director in Will County, Ill., where low-level radioactive runoff had turned up in groundwater. [snip]

Since 2003, executives and employees of Exelon, which is based in Illinois, have contributed at least $227,000 to Mr. Obama’s campaigns for the United States Senate and for president. [snip]

In addition, Mr. Obama’s chief political strategist, David Axelrod, has worked as a consultant to Exelon.

In public Barack Obama made sounds in support of those afflicted by Exelon. Behind the scenes Barack Obama mugged and stabbed in the back the victims of the rich and powerful Exelon.

We won’t go into the Obama FISA lies, his deal with Billy Tauzin of Big Pharma to prevent Medicare from negotiating cheaper prices for drugs, the freezing tenants in the tenements owned by Obama pal Antoin “Tony” Rezko, nor his many other lies. As we wrote at the time “Drag a dollar bill through a sewer and you hook yourself an Obama.”

Richard Nixon, the resigned and disgraced former president, is a paragon of virtue compared to Barack Obama.


Resignation or Impeachment

Now comes ObamaTrade. Once again Big Pharma will be a big winner as drug costs will soar even as working Joe and Jill get bitten by snake in the grass Obama. ObamaTrade is an ‘International system designed to maximize monopolies’…:

U.S. Shifts Stance on Drug Pricing in Pacific Trade Pact Talks, Document Reveals

WASHINGTON — Facing resistance from its Pacific trading partners, the Obama administration is no longer demanding protection for pharmaceutical prices under the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership, according to a newly leaked “transparency” annex of the proposed trade accord.

But American negotiators are still pressing participating governments to open the process that sets reimbursement rates for drugs and medical devices. Public health professionals, generic drugmakers and activists opposed to the trade deal, which is still being negotiated, contend that it will empower big pharmaceutical firms to command higher reimbursement rates in the United States and abroad, at the expense of consumers.

They also say it could expose international markets to the direct consumer appeals that Americans have experienced.

“It was very clear to everyone except the U.S. that the initial proposal wasn’t about transparency; it was about getting market access for the pharmaceutical industry by giving them greater access to and influence over decision-making processes around pricing and reimbursement,” said Deborah Gleeson, a lecturer at the School of Psychology and Public Health at La Trobe University in Australia, who has seen the leaked document. And even though it has been toned down, she said, “I think it’s a shame that the annex is still being considered at all for the T.P.P.” [snip]

The agreement “will increase the cost of medicines worldwide, starting with the 12 countries that are negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership,” said Judit Rius Sanjuan, a lawyer at Doctors Without Borders, a humanitarian organization that provides medical care in more than 60 countries. [snip]

The newly leaked annex, dated Dec. 17, 2014, explicitly lists Medicare and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as falling under its strictures.

That may embolden critics.

“The leak is just the latest glaring example of why fast-tracking the T.P.P. would undermine the health of Americans and the other countries and cost our government more, all to the benefit of pharma’s profits,” said Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch and one of the most prominent voices in the coalition working to scuttle trade promotion authority. [snip]

While the leaked annex may fall short of what pharmaceutical companies wanted, it also offers them new opportunities to challenge the decisions of trading partners on which drugs they will offer their citizens through government health care programs and the rates at which they will reimburse drug sellers. [snip]

In the United States, pharmaceutical companies and Medicare have fought for years over which drugs are listed for reimbursement, especially when Medicare lists generic drugs over name brands. While advocates of the trade deal, including President Obama, say opening markets to competition should lower prices for consumers, generic drug makers say the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership could raise costs instead.

Heather Bresch, the chief executive of Mylan, one of the largest generic-drug makers, said the brand-name pharmaceutical industry was “establishing, through U.S. trade policy, an international system designed to maximize its monopolies.” [snip]

By explicitly listing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the annex makes it clear the United States is not immune to Trans-Pacific Partnership rules.

This is a replay of Barack Obama’s deal with Big Pharma’s Billy Tauzin to pass ObamaCare. After he stops his occupation of the White House expect Barack Obama to make millions from sinecures and largess from Big Pharma and Big Insurance.

The American people, the working Joes and Jills are against this latest ObamaScam:

Survey: Obama’s Trade Proposal a Tough Sell for Most Americans

Despite a heavy push by President Barack Obama for a sweeping multinational trade deal, a majority of Americans echo the concerns of labor unions and a number of Democratic members of Congress that the trade accord will negatively impact U.S. workers and companies.

Two-thirds of Americans say protecting American industries and jobs by limiting imports is more important than allowing free trade so they can buy products at lower prices from any country, according to the most recent NBC News online survey conducted by SurveyMonkey from June 3-5.

And that sentiment is held across party lines, with majorities of Republicans, Democrats, and independents agreeing that limiting imported inexpensive goods from other countries to protect jobs from other countries is more important than being able to buy cheap goods.

Most Americans have not read in detail what this battle over ObamaTrade is about. Most Americans do not fully grasp the impact on healthcare and drug prices Barack Obama plans to inflict on working Jill and Joe. But Americans do not trust Barack Obama.

As we previously wrote whether TPP or TPA or ObamaTrade is good or bad is near irrelevant. “We could wait another 18 months until this administration is out.” The bottom line is Obama cannot be trusted on any issue by friend nor foe.

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  1. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jun/11/wesley-pruden-trans-pacific-partnership-a-bipartis/

    A bipartisan betrayal of trust

    Rep. Paul Ryan, once the tough numbers cruncher for the Republicans, has been the eager point man for President Obama in the campaign to give him authority to make unilateral trade deals that include far more than mere trade. Mr. Ryan is having trouble dealing with partisan stress on the eve of the Friday vote. He has lately become a sidekick for Nancy Pelosi, [SNIP]

    This sounds like something from the playbook of Mzz Pelosi, who once famously — or, more to the point, infamously — said that Congress had to pass Obamacare to find out what was in it. Mr. Ryan, in fact, sounds a lot like Mzz Pelosi as the acrid debate moves toward a vote. [SNIP]

    Skeptics of the trade legislation abound, including both Democrats and Republicans, and John Boehner, the Republican speaker, has cheerfully connived with the Obama administration to keep as many of the details as possible hidden in the legislative argle-bargle. Curious members of Congress who insist on reading the legislation they’re asked to vote for must repair to a secret room in the Capitol to read it. They can take no notes, and they are required to sign a paper that they will say nothing about what they read in the secret room. No one but a congressman who knows the password and the secret handshake can enter the secret room. [SNIP]

    The stakes in the trade vote are large for everyone. The vote on Friday is one of the most consequential of the president’s second term, measuring the size of his clout on Capitol Hill. He has never before said anything nice about the Republicans in Congress, but now he must depend on them to bail him out on this far-reaching legislation. If Mr. Ryan is correct, and he should know, the rest of us won’t have any idea what Congress imposes on us until the legislation is adopted and sent to the president.

    Some of the leaks are scary, indeed. Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, a Republican, says the legislation takes a big bite out of the nation’s sovereignty, putting the nation’s interests at the mercy of other governments. By assigning authority to the president to decide who gets in and who doesn’t, Mr. Obama can open the gates at will to uncontrolled immigration. This appeals to certain Republican business interests, who are eager to guarantee an ample supply of cheap and easily abused labor. It appeals to Mr. Obama and the Democrats for the promise of new waves of illegal aliens who can be expected to vote Democratic forever.

    Deceit and deception often work in the short run, but the ultimate price of betrayal is high. If there was nothing to hide, why are the president and Mr. Ryan playing a game of hide-and-seek?

  2. Read it and giggle:

    http://www.politico.com/story/2015/06/obama-trade-vote-meeting-with-democrats-118937.html

    Obama: A vote against trade is a vote against me

    The president plays his last card in a last-ditch effort to save his trade deal.

    By making a rare, last-ditch visit to Capitol Hill, President Barack Obama’s message to House Democrats was clear and simple: The trade deal they’re in danger of voting down is about him.

    The unscheduled lobbying trip to the Hill on Friday morning was Obama’s first in nearly two years and it put his reputation on the line in an unusually personal way. He met privately with the entire House Democratic caucus, and made what one lawmaker described as a “powerful presentation.” [snip]

    The Hill trip followed another scrambled appearance Thursday night to the annual Congressional baseball game at Nationals Park. He didn’t mention trade, but the crowd of lawmakers and staffers knew that that’s what his unscheduled visit was about. Republicans, who generally support the legislation, greeted the president with cheers using the bill’s acronym — “TPA, TPA!” House Democrats, whose votes are needed to get to a majority, watched their president applauded by the crowd and the opposition, a question hanging in the air: Would they really humiliate him by taking a vote that would scuttle his entire trade agenda?

    For weeks, Democrats in the House and Senate supporting the legislation, as well as those on the fence looking to get to “yes” out of loyalty to the president, had been begging Obama to identify himself more explicitly with the fast-track authority he needed to finalize the trade pact — make this “Barack Obama’s trade deal,” not just Trade Promotion Authority, they said.

  3. Update: Breaking: TAA crushed, 126-302. So much for those that declared this was a lost cause and “Kabuki theater”. This was always a serious fight and a fight worth fighting. Fight, Fight, Fight. On a side note, after the TAA vote there was a vote on the TPA. The TPA won (barely, 210-211) but not really. In order for fast track authority to pass all elements had to pass. The massive loss on TAA means Obama loses a legacy nut. Obama will try some more tricks but when even Obama Dimocrats say “the Emperor has no clothes”… well it’s that Humpty-Dumpty thing.

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  4. Everyone: please be careful if you go out today. Pigs are flying all over the place. DrudgeReport has a headline with effusive praise of Nancy Pelosi. We don’t know what other pigs will fly about today.

  5. Hahaha. Breathe. Hahaha. This was a absolutely NO CONFIDENCE vote for Obama AND Boehner. Thanks to Wikileaks, Nigel Farage, and Senator Sessions. And the Labor financed Dems who got threatened at the last minute about voting YES. Now Obama will pout, smart off, and hopefully slink off on vacation. Dead duck Obama.

  6. Headlines:

    http://www.politico.com/story/2015/06/barack-obama-capitol-hill-trade-deal-118927.html?hp=t1_r

    Dems deal Obama huge defeat on trade

    In a staggering blow to President Barack Obama’s trade agenda, the House easily defeated….

    http://bigstory.ap.org/article/e452c71581ff41b0a925f980e2a67e9a/obamas-trade-bill-faces-showdown-vote-capitol-hill

    The House derailed a high-profile White House-backed trade bill on Friday, a humiliating defeat for President Barack Obama inflicted….

  7. Whoops…….

    “a humiliating defeat for Obama inflicted by Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and dozens of union-backed lawmakers from his own party”- AP

  8. O, his admin, the repubs and some dims…really think we are so stupid and just exist to give them our hard earned money while they create one more submissive hardship after the next for average people “working hard for their money” to be forced to obey while out of touch DC/Global Corp crooks take that hard earned money to play out their follies and get richer and richer while the middle class becomes the lower/poorer middle class with hardly anything left over for them…

    global this and global that…and screw the Americans all they can…

    just watching O’s spokeperson Josh lie and lie and lie about all the good O does and wants to do…crooks…cynical crooks…

    by the time O leaves office he will have done his best to turn the once great USA into a third world country…paying for everyone else through the nose…

    kudos to those dems that woke up and fought…the time is coming for Hillary to grow some bigs ones and do the same…I hope she has got it in her…come down to earth and sees the freaking writing on the wall…

  9. Yay!
    However, I’m surprised that no one has mentioned how this impacts Hillary’s campaign.

    I have been reading this blog for years. I campaigned for Hillary and she is the only candidate I ever contributed $ to. Much as I like and admire her, unless the Repugs run a pro amnesty candidate, I will not be voting for her. I am beyond disappointed in her pro illegal immigration, pro amnesty statements as well as her positions against securing the vote for citizens only and her position on the now failed TPA. She is clearly running as Obama’s 3rd term and is making strong statements so at this point I must believe these are things she really supports along with Obamacare.

    There is no need to call me names or accuse me of being a Republican. I believe in equal rights for all, believe in universal not for profit health care and believe we all need protection from predatory corporate greed and corruption. I am an environmentalist. I just don’t understand how her supporters on this site express dismay with so many of her positions, which now seem out of step with what most of us believe, and yet continue to support her candidacy.

    Today she also seems out of step with democrats. I think at this point Hillary will win the nomination and lose the general election. My vote in NY will not matter. I believe she is ignoring the results of the 2010 election and the fact that the American people TRIED to elect people to stop Obama, voting against candidates who supported Obamacare and amnesty.

  10. Well said totally,
    I have been saying the same, how can you believe her now after spouting all the lefts agenda, who is Hillary? Change really only happens when one has a profound experience, not poll numbers.
    I really believe in her, I have been so disappointed. Right now I have no one to support.

  11. Admin

    Breaking: TAA crushed, 126-302. So much for those that declared this was a lost cause and “Kabuki theater”. This was always a serious fight and a fight worth fighting. Fight, Fight, Fight. On a side note, after the TAA vote there was a vote on the TPA. The TPA won (barely, 210-211) but not really. In order for fast track authority to pass all elements had to pass.

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    I’ll take that as darn good news on a Friday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Hallelujah!

  12. The Dems voted down TAA. That was the union slush fund that doled out “jobs training” payments to displaced workers. It’s been a cherished bit of Democrat and AFL-CIO pork since Kennedy passed it in the early 1960s. Last year, it cost $250 million. Republicans hated it on wasteful spending grounds. It had to be broken out in a separate vote (it was a horse trade combo deal in the Senate version), because some conservatives wouldn’t vote for it.

    The Repubs and some Dems passed the TPA fast track authority with 219 votes. In my kabuki theater prediction, I guessed it would be 221 or 222 votes, so I was off by a couple (I did not figure Pelosi coming out against Obama).

    It’s in limbo for now because the Senate voted for both parts (the trade authority and the union pork fund). The House has only voted for one (the trade authority, but not the union pork fund).

    So, now one of three things will happen:

    1) The house dems will vote for the TAA union pork on Tuesday and the entire bill goes to the Prez.

    2) Some kind of reconcilation process allows the Senate to strip the union pork from the bill. This could probably be done with 51 votes, but not with 60 votes, so only a parliamentarian would know if this is possible.

    3) The whole thing dies, Obama takes a massive black eye, a 50 year old union pork fund goes away forever (that don’t suck too bad) and neither Obama nor the next President will be able to negotiate trade deals.

    Obama deserves what he gets. The government has lost the trust of the American people. Losing the trust has consequences. And, the guy couldn’t sell tea kettles to melt ice to Eskimos. Same for the Repubs. It’s breathtaking how badly they countered all the tin foil hat nonsense on the internet on this topic. And, brain dead that Obama didn’t release the draft of the TPP so people could read it instead of imagining a house of horrors.

  13. Richard Nixon, the resigned and disgraced former president, is a paragon of virtue compared to Barack Obama.

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    Absolutely, Admin.

    Nixon and his band of voting thieves were small time crooks compared to the THUG in the White House.

    The Obama’s should be run out of town with millions of pitchforks.

  14. The TPP is, in one sense a bit of nothing burger. We already have free trade agreements with every TPP country except two or three. The big loss to the US is that TPP countries now can do trade deal with each other, but not the US. So that leaves us with less leverage to protect US interests (for example software counterfeiting). Not doing trade deals for the next six years will probably be a net hit on US business and the US economy, but I guess people will get used to a slow growth rate.

  15. BTW, 191 Repubs and 28 Dems voted for the TPA fast track authority. From pre vote estimates, the Repubs had 190 votes without going to the well for any of the 20+ tea party votes controlled by Jim Jordan. None of them were required to “walk the plank” as 28 Dems took the walk into the jaws of Richard Trumpka churning the water below.

  16. http://nypost.com/2015/06/10/how-obama-is-wasting-the-power-of-the-presidency/

    How Obama is wasting the power of the presidency

    As the Supreme Court staggers toward the end of its term, I keep thinking about a phrase quoted by Chief Justice John Roberts. He noted that when a president defies the express will of Congress, his power is at its “lowest ebb.” [snip]

    His point could serve as a marker for much of Obama’s entire tenure, which has often seen presidential power at its lowest ebb — or in a “zone of twilight.”

    Both phrases are from a famous opinion written in 1952 by Justice Robert Jackson. He was writing about what he called “the actual art of governing.”

    This is the shortcoming that has hobbled Obama’s presidency — on ObamaCare, immigration, gun control, trade and Iran, to name but a few issues.

    Jackson was an FDR liberal of the first water, but he understood presidential powers fluctuate depending on relations with Congress. Only with the “express or implied” authorization of Congress, he wrote, can a president be said to “personify the federal sovereignty.”

    “Zone of twilight” was the phrase Jackson used to describe the predicament where a president acts “in absence of either a congressional grant or denial of authority,” meaning when Congress is quiet. Either the president or Congress might have the authority, but “its distribution is uncertain.”

    A president’s power is at its “lowest ebb,” Jackson wrote, when he takes measures that are “incompatible with the expressed or implied will of Congress.” President Obama’s troubles stem from the frequency with which he has found himself in the twilight zone or at the low ebb. [snip]

    The ObamaCare poser currently before the court should have been an easy fix, if it’s just, as the administration insists, about erroneous wording. Simply send it back to Congress for a rewrite.

    It’s turned into a titanic drama because Congress wouldn’t come close to rewriting it the way the president wants. So he’s now crosswise with the legislature. On the centerpiece of his entire domestic program, he can’t personify the federal sovereignty.

    The same is true for, say, gun control. The president wants to speak for the nation, but he’s without the support of Congress. So his latest gambit is to issue a regulation banning certain bullets that Congress won’t ban. He’s in the twilight zone.

    On some issues — trade, metadata collection, immigration — conservatives like me may be with him. But Congress isn’t, at least not yet. Obama just can’t speak for the federal sovereignty. Nor take a hint. So he’s lurching around in the twilight zone, a weakened figure.

    We’re likely to see this thrown into sharp relief if he gets his deal with the Iranian ayatollahs. Congress doesn’t like this appeasement. It’s made that clear. There may not be a veto-proof majority in Congress against him, however.

    That’s what Jackson meant when he warned of acting against the “express or implied” will of Congress. The president, he wrote, has but “his own constitutional powers minus any constitutional powers of Congress.”

    This doesn’t mean the president always loses. Obama defied the express will of Congress in, for example, refusing to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act. And he won. But it’ll be difficult for him to speak with the full federal sovereignty while the two branches are apart.

    It’d be nice to think that whoever ends up as the next president will take this to heart. How wonderful it would be to have a president skilled enough in the actual art of governing as to speak with the authority of the full federal sovereignty.

    Obama is just dust in the wind. The minute he is gone, so will the stink.

  17. We’ve written this article earlier and better:

    http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-obama-courts-legacy-20150610-story.html#page=1

    How will history judge Obama? Courts may decide

    After battling Republicans in Congress for more than six years, President Obama and his lawyers will spend much of his remaining time in office fighting in the courts to preserve the administration’s most significant domestic achievements.

    The fate of Obama’s healthcare law again rests with the Supreme Court, in a case that will decide this month whether the administration may continue to subsidize health insurance premiums for millions of low- and middle-income Americans.

    Likewise Obama’s effort to defer deportation and extend work permits to as many 5 million immigrants in the U.S. illegally is stalled in a Texas federal court. And legal battles are just getting underway in Washington over his plan to fight climate change by forcing a 30% reduction in carbon pollution.

    Though all presidents have their share of legal battles, particularly at the end of their terms, Obama’s accomplishments in office will turn to unusual degree on how he fares before the high court, legal experts say.

    “Not since the New Deal has the court been as involved in defining a president’s legacy,” said Irving L. Gornstein, a Georgetown University law professor who directs its Supreme Court Institute. “Healthcare is Obama’s defining achievement. It’s the one thing that everyone associates with him. If healthcare goes down, the Obama legacy will be seriously compromised.” [snip]

    For Obama, the most important ruling will come in King vs. Burwell by the end of June. If the justices decide that federal subsidies are illegal in states that did not create their own insurance “exchanges” under the healthcare law, more than 6 million people could lose their coverage, unraveling the program in two-thirds of the states. [snip]

    Now it is Republicans who are turning to the courts and accusing the president of abusing his authority. Last year, the House under Republican control voted for the first time to sue a president for exceeding his authority.

    Jonathan Turley, a George Washington University law professor who said he voted for Obama, signed on as the lead lawyer for the House. His suit says Obama chose to extend several deadlines set in the healthcare law and opted to spend money that was not appropriated by the House.

  18. anyone with a brain in the House and the Senate should vote against any trade bill or Iranian deal that O wants…

    you would have to be living under a rock not to know that the man is the worst negotiator this country has had in most of our lifetimes…he is distracted, does not care, does not know what he is doing and only shows up at the eleventh hour when he thinks he can bribe or use his useless charm offense to get his way at the last minute…

    …and then there is his chief negotiator with Iran who breaks his leg foolishly riding a bicycle while on a mission as Sec of State…cannot make this stuff up…

    this admin is comical and dangerous at the same time…

    …one begins to wonder if he has even worse motives in his warped sense of thinking and reflections on how bad America is and what we should pay back to make up for all the horrible things he believes we have done in the world…before he came along to right all the bad America wrongs….

    the only people that are so desperate to get this done with this lame duck failed president are crooks who are destined to benefit from it or that directly benefits at their “contributors”…

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    any wise politician in DC would know now is the time to put this stuff on the back burner and reintroduce trade, etc with a new President…whether it be Hillary or a republican…some fresh…something transparent and on the table…

    not more of the Ocare way of wheeling and dealing and then the majority of Americans end up suffering the consequences from pure legislation that “they had to pass before they knew what was in it”

  19. 11th hour cynicism

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/12/obama-hill-trade_n_7569168.html

    Obama Heads To Capitol Hill To Save His Trade Agenda

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama ventured to Capitol Hill on Friday to make a last-minute plea to House Democrats to support legislation designed to allow him to expedite major trade deals through Congress. It fell on deaf ears.

    Obama met privately with Democrats for about 20 minutes in a caucus meeting at the Capitol, just ahead of a vote on a package of bills that will shape U.S. negotiations with countries on major trade deals. One of the trade deals in the queue, the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership, would encompass over half of the world’s economy.

    But the president’s 11th-hour pitch may have backfired. Some of the Democrats leaving the meeting said Obama promptly insulted their integrity, took no questions and left.

    “Basically, the president tried to both guilt people and then impugn their integrity,” said Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.). “There were a number of us who were insulted by the approach.”

    The final battle has come down to whether supporters of so-called “fast track” will have enough votes to pass Trade Adjustment Assistance, legislation that helps workers displaced by trade deals.

    (we know what happened from this point on…helps explain Gonzotx’s question)

    A vote on TAA is scheduled for early afternoon. The House must pass it in order for a vote on the next step in the trade agenda to come up, but many Republicans oppose it, so Obama and House Republican leaders had been counting on Democrats’ votes. Then they had planned to rely mostly on Republicans to pass fast track, or trade promotion authority, which would give Obama expedited powers to speed trade deals through Congress without threat of filibuster or amendments.

    Shortly before the vote, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who tread the middle road throughout the debate, dealt a blow to Obama.

    “If TAA slows down the fast track, I am prepared to vote against TAA,” Pelosi said on the House floor.

    If TAA fails, House rules specify that the vote on TPA would be pulled, and House leadership would have to scrap the entire plan. The blow would be huge to Obama, and it would be very difficult for the House to muster the votes for a second attempt to pass the two bills.

    But progressive Democrats who are enraged by Obama’s trade agenda, namely the TPP, are attempting to derail TAA, knowing that in doing so fast-track authority will go down with it.(they did it)

    Lawmakers leaving Friday’s caucus meeting took issue with Obama repeatedly used the phrase “play it straight” in making his pitch: If you oppose fast-track authority, vote against it. If you support it, vote for it. But if you’ve supported TAA in the past, don’t oppose it now just to sink the entire trade deal.

    For Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) and others there’s nothing crooked about opposing TAA, if it accomplishes the goal of killing fast track.

    “If you’re against TPA and you believe that TAA is going to allow it a better chance to pass, from a legislative point of view, that’s playing it straight. So in a sense, he was saying he didn’t mind people opposed to him, but play it straight,” Rangel said. “And some people were offended that he was challenging their integrity as it relates to TAA. But if a piece of chocolate is going to make you feel good, but it’s got a poison pill in it, I don’t see why you can say that the chocolate is good by itself.”

    “He was eloquent in terms of saying that he respected our opinion,” Rangel continued. “Where he kind of went off is in believing that anyone voting against TAA was not playing it straight.”

    “He said you’re not ‘playing it straight’ if you vote against TAA but you supported it in the past. … That’s questioning someone’s integrity,” DeFazio said. “We’re legislators. It’s the only legislative tool we have to stop something that is otherwise inevitable.”

    “I don’t fault him for trying to get what he wants, but I do reserve the right to disagree with him when he says ‘play it straight,'” said Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.). “He cares about trade adjustment assistance, but he is using adjustment assistance as a bargaining chip to get what he really wants, which is TPA. Is that playing it straight?”

    “I mean, come on. He reserves the right to play politics to himself? Come on,” Ellison added. “And you can’t take politics out of politics. That’s just the way it is.”

    Obama’s unexpected trip to visit Democrats may be too little, too late, and reflects the vast schism his trade agenda has caused among the party.

    Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), an early supporter of Obama when he first ran for president, went so far as to call Obama’s decision to bring his fast-track request to Congress a “mistake.”

    “What really needs adjusting here today is the no-compromise, no-amendment attitude on trade,” said Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas). “This vote wouldn’t be so close if this process hadn’t been so closed.”

    House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) had summoned his whip crew to a 10 a.m. meeting to go over final strategy in the wake of the unexpected revolt, a GOP source said.

    “Everything’s in play at this point,” another House Democratic aide told The Huffington Post.

    Some Democrats said Obama did the best he could with his last-minute plea, but his message just didn’t get at the problem people have with the trade policy itself.

    “The president is emotional, moving, dedicated, inspirational and wrong on trade,” said Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.). “A lot of us view this as one vote. It was one vote in the Senate and it’s one vote here. … I’ll be pushing my red button twice to cast my vote against fast track.”

    Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) said Republicans have told him they need at least 100 Democrats to vote for TAA for it to pass. He was skeptical that there were that many Democrats on board, and said Republicans need to step up their vote count.

    “I think they can do better,” Cuellar said.

    On Thursday night, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Pelosi spoke on the House floor to go over vote counts. Pelosi, according to House sources, asked how many Republican votes they could deliver for TAA. The answer came back: roughly 100.

    “How about 150?” Pelosi asked, a strong hint that the wheels were starting to come off.

    *********************************

    Joe Manchin was just on CNN…he said he knew more about the iranian deal than the trade deal…it is so secretive that he cannot take notes, cannot have his staff with him…said he does not have photographic memory…so hell No, he voted NO

    *********************

    this is America…the United States of America…why does an international trade deal…with so much at stake for American workers…have to be done in such secrecy

    What kind of insanity BS is this…America stood up for itself today…hope it lasts…

  20. I don’t think the Republicans will push for vote. As of right now, they’ve got:

    a) the same trade authority that’s been in place for the last four years

    b) the end of a 50 year old Dem pork program that saves $450 million a year.

    c) A major embarrassment for Obama and open war in the Dem ranks.

    They might just declare victory and go home.

  21. …what I don’t want to hear is Hillary saying “she wants to be our Champion” over and over again…and then she ducks ‘fighting the fight’…the real fight not some phoney continuation of the ‘war on women’, ‘voting rights’ – because in the 21st century people should have an ID to vote, etc, etc, etc…

    I don’t want to hear her repeating all the O policies she is for and will expand on…and then not hear one original and new idea that is hers come out of her…

    …don’t want a lot of words and platitudes that are timid and safe with the so-called ‘O coalition”

    the ‘O Coalition’ isn’t even sure it still believes in O…so why in the hell does Hillary want to go roaming down that path…

    Hillary, be yourself…be real…lose some, check that…lose most of that O control…be bold and unafraid…don’t throw out the independents and moderates to keep the ‘O coalition’ pleeeaase….

    be true to yourself, put your foot on the gas and let’s go…

    (hoping!)

  22. Hillary has to move to the left of Obama, now. The Democrat party has moved to a far more extreme position than even Barry Obama, and that’s pretty damn extreme. Do you think Richard Trumpka and his counterparts at the SEIU are going to allow Clinton to tack to the center?

  23. This is not Hillary’s fight right now. Hillary is not the POTUS and does not have the power to change this. She has made her statement about trade bills and jobs, that is enough. It would not be going into a rebellion if she had not given that a wink and a nod.

    We need more than ever, now a champion. Especially if this monstrosity does pass.

  24. Of course, it’s Hillary’s fight. She’s the Democrat nominee for President. All major political issues are the fight of the party’s standard bearer. especially one who has called the TPP the “gold standard” of trade deals. Does she walk that back now that her party has overwhelmingly rejected free trade bills?

  25. Her are the 28 Dimocratic TPP Traitors

    Brad Ashford (2nd-Neb.)
    Ami Bera (7th-Calif.)
    Don Beyer (8th-Va.)
    Earl Blumenauer (3rd-Ore.)
    Suzanne Bonamici (Ore.)
    Gerry Connolly (8th-Va.)
    Jim Cooper (5th-Tenn)
    Jim Costa (16th-CA)
    Henry Cuellar (28th-Texas)
    Susan Davis (53rd-CA)
    John Delaney (6th-Md.)
    Suzan DelBene (1st-Wash.)
    Sam Farr (20th–CA)
    Jim Himes (4th-CT)
    Ruben Hinojosa (15th-TX)
    Eddie Bernice Johnson (30th-Texas)
    Derek Kilmer (6th-Wash.)
    Ron Kind (3rd-Wis.)
    Rick Larsen (2nd-Wash.)
    Beto O’Rourke (16th-TX)
    Scott Peters (52nd-CA)
    Jared Polis (2nd-Colo.)
    Mike Quigley (5th-Ill.)
    Kathleen Rice (4th-NY)
    Kurt Schrader (Ore.)
    Terri Sewell (7th-Alabama)
    Debbie Wasserman Schultz (23rd-FL)

  26. See the troll wants Hillary to step in to the rigged game where she has little power and nothing to gain. How many contradictions in the poison it spews. So the game is rigged and theater, but Hillary should be in there fighting? The fucking progressives gave Obama the power and now want Hillary to fix it? Bullshit.

    Hillary made her statement about trade agreements and jobs. No more than a wink and a nod. Hillary needs to keep her mouth shut.

  27. Actually, I would rather see Hillary take a stand and state, unambiguously her support for free trade, the TPP, and fast track authority. That’s been her position and I would respect the gumption to stick to it as Ted Cruz did today:

  28. Will the Hillary rally be underwater?

    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/scott-whitlock/2015/06/12/flashback-abcs-08-prediction-nyc-under-water-climate-change-june

    FLASHBACK: ABC’s ’08 Prediction: NYC Under Water from Climate Change By June 2015

    New York City underwater? Gas over $9 a gallon? A carton of milk costs almost $13? Welcome to June 12, 2015. Or at least that was the wildly-inaccurate version of 2015 predicted by ABC News exactly seven years ago. Appearing on Good Morning America in 2008, Bob Woodruff hyped Earth 2100, a special that pushed apocalyptic predictions of the then-futuristic 2015.

    The segment included supposedly prophetic videos, such as a teenager declaring, “It’s June 8th, 2015. One carton of milk is $12.99.” (On the actual June 8, 2015, a gallon of milk cost, on average, $3.39.) Another clip featured this prediction for the current year: “Gas reached over $9 a gallon.” (In reality, gas costs an average of $2.75.)

    On June 12, 2008, correspondent Bob Woodruff revealed that the program “puts participants in the future and asks them to report back about what it is like to live in this future world. The first stop is the year 2015.”

    As one expert warns that in 2015 the sea level will rise quickly, a visual shows New York City being engulfed by water. The video montage includes another unidentified person predicting that “flames cover hundreds of miles.”

    Then-GMA co-anchor Chris Cuomo appeared frightened by this future world. He wondered, “I think we’re familiar with some of these issues, but, boy, 2015? That’s seven years from now. Could it really be that bad?”

  29. Leave it to Obola and the Ugly Penguins to drag their TPP mess across the Hillary 2016 Campaign Kickoff.

    Hillary Clinton’s message to America: ‘It is your time’

    Hillary Clinton will kick off the next phase of her presidential campaign on Saturday by delivering a major speech on Roosevelt Island in New York City. According to a Clinton campaign official, her address will have four key elements.

    The four main parts of the speech fit with the main overarching theme of Clinton’s campaign, her desire to be a “champion for everyday Americans.”

    At one point, the official said, Clinton will address these everyday Americans directly with a simple message:

    “It is your time.”

    The official said the first major component of the speech would be a discussion of what motivated Clinton to enter public service. Specifically, Clinton will talk about how her mother’s life story cemented her belief that everyday people, and particularly children, need advocates.

    Clinton’s mother, Dorothy Rodham, died in 2011. As a teenager, Rodham was abandoned by her parents. In her memoir “Hard Choices,” Clinton wrote about her mother’s traumatic upbringing.

    “When I got old enough to understand all this, I asked my mother how she survived abuse and abandonment without becoming embittered and emotionally stunted,” Clinton wrote. “How did she emerge from this lonely early life as such a loving and levelheaded woman? I’ll never forget how she replied. ‘At critical points in my life somebody showed me kindness,’ she said.”

    According to the campaign official, Clinton will in her speech credit Rodham with giving her a fighter’s instinct. She will also explain that Rodham’s story of being sustained through acts of kindness from friends and neighbors helped shape her belief people need a champion.

    The official said the second element of the speech would see Clinton outline who she is fighting for in the 2016 race. Clinton will outline something she will describe as her guiding principle, that the country’s success should be measured by how families are doing rather than how the richest fare.

    Clinton will expand on this idea in the third portion of her speech, wherein she will share her vision for the country. As part of this, the campaign official said, Clinton will identify what she considers the central question of the 2016 race: whether you are advocating everyday Americans. Clinton will then preview a set of domestic policies she plans to detail further in a series of announcements over the next few months.

    The fourth element of Clinton’s speech will involve her casting the 2016 election as a starkly clear choice between her ideas and Republicans’ policies. She will cast the GOP as being focused on trickle-down economics and outdated social policies, the official said.

    According to the official, Clinton’s discussion of her personal history and the lessons she learned from her mother would continue when she hits the campaign trail after the speech. Her team is also producing a biographical video that will be released in the days after the kickoff event that will focus on Clinton’s work for the Children’s Defense Fund after she finished law school.

    After Clinton announced her campaign in April, she entered what her campaign characterized as a “ramp up” phase in which she held relatively small-scale events focused on intimate conversations with voters in key primary states.

    Her speech Saturday will serve as a formal kickoff for the campaign, and afterward Clinton will begin to outline some of her specific policy ideas.

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/hillary-clintons-campaign-kickoff-speech-preview-2015-6#ixzz3cuIIQWex

  30. There is an interesting gender issue with the 28 TPP Dimocrat traitors. 65 of the 188 House Dimocrats are women (35%). But only 6 of the 28 traitors (21%) are women. That was one of the problems Hillary 08 had with the superdelegate votes. Although the party was more than half women, the superdelegates were like 65% male and about 68% of them voted for Ovomit. Hillary had support from about half the women superdelegates.

  31. Lu4PUMA
    June 12, 2015 at 7:54 pm
    TP cleanup needed 7:47 pm!

    ———-
    Will the troll ever realize that no one is reading his worthless posts???

  32. Great song Adm..I have been on tour following the band and have not had much time to post, but keep up the good fight!!!

  33. Lu4PUMA
    June 12, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    ————
    Thank you for posting that video Lu, Hillary doesn’t quit, she works her fingers to the bone and she doesn’t just talk about helping Americans, she has been doing it all of her adult life.

    No other GOPer or Dim can say the same. They just toss out ideas but have no history to back it up.

  34. Amen, gonzotx & today ABC is dutifully reporting Dem revolt against Obama. Many browny points surely to come for them having defied der fuhrer so bravely lol.

    Here are some pieces of the latest chicanery. From an RT headline:
    House passes Obama’s ‘fast-track’ authority to negotiate trade deal — RT USA Pub time 6/12 17:58
    Edited time 6/12 18:36

    I’m adding in expansion of the topic from a tweet within that article:

    …Now I’m really confused, didn’t Congress reject TAA by 302- 126?

    …Yes, but Boehner put forth a motion to reconsider. It clearly failed by voice vote, but the R chair lied and said [sic]
    http://twitter.com/JonathanCohn/status/609434678899007488

  35. U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)

    warns:

    It appears there will be another attempt by Tuesday to force through new executive powers for President Obama. A vote for TAA next week is a vote to send fast-track to the President’s desk and to grant him these broad new executive authorities. If that happens, it will empower the President to form a Pacific Union encompassing 40 percent of the world’s economy and 12 nations—each with one equal vote. Once the union is formed, foreign bureaucrats will be required to meet regularly to write the Commission’s rules, regulations, and directives—impacting Americans’ jobs, wages, and sovereignty. The union is chartered with a “Living Agreement,” and there is no doubt it will seek to expand its membership and reach over time.

    Fast-track will not only apply to the Pacific Union, but can expedite an unlimited number of yet-unseen international compacts for six years. There are already plans to advance through fast-track the Trade in Services Agreement, the goal of which includes labor mobility among more than 50 nations, further eroding the ability of the American people to control their own affairs.

    Americans do not want this, did not ask for it, and are pleading from their hearts for their lawmakers to stop it.

    The same people projecting the benefits of leaping into a colossal new economic union could not even accurately predict the impact of a standalone agreement with South Korea. The latter deal, which promised to boost our exports to them $10 billion, instead only budged them less than $1 billion, while South Korea’s imports to us increased more than $12 billion, nearly doubling our trading deficit. This new agreement will only further increase our trading deficit: opening our markets to foreign imports while allowing our trading partners to continue their non-tariff barriers that close their markets to ours.

    If we want a new trade deal with Japan, or with Vietnam, then they should be negotiated bilaterally and sent to Congress under regular order. Under no circumstances should the House authorize, through fast-track, the formation of a new international commission that will regulate not only trade, but immigration, labor, environmental, and all manner of commercial policy.

    What American went to the polls in 2014 to vote for fast-track and a new global union? Can anyone honestly say that Congress is trying to ram this deal through because they think their constituents want it?

    While elites dream of a world without borders, voters dream of a world where the politicians they elect put this country’s own citizens first.

    The movement among Americans toward a decent, honest populism—toward a refocusing on the needs of American citizens and American interests—grows stronger by the day. Every vote to come before Congress, beginning with the next fast-track push, will face this test: does your plan strengthen or weaken the social and economic position of the loyal, everyday working American?

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/06/12/sessions-a-vote-for-taa-next-week-is-a-vote-to-send-fast-track-to-the-presidents-desk/

  36. Obama promptly insulted their integrity, took no questions and left.
    ————
    A rescue mission gone wrong? His goal was to deliver a message. His goal was to keep that message intact. Therefore he refused to take questions?

    Big mistake. For a lame duck president, advancing a republican agenda against his own base and his own party and the American People that was the stupidest decision of all.

    Lesson: After a debacle (for him) such as this, the only thing you can do is open the floor for discussion, let them vent, tell them you understand, and figure out a way through it. (Note: This scenario should have been anticipated and addressed long before this vote.

    Now, all the can do is try to put Humpty Dumpty together again. This will be more difficult, because he is unable to deliver the mea culpa which the situation requires, and for lack of it, a bitterness will persist among his congressional delegation, who are now supported by the majority of the American People.

    Conclusion: Barack Hussein Obama, the darling of big media, is mentally, emotionally, and character-wise incapable of leading a cub scout troop, much less the country.

    Follow-up: This little vignette provides a teaching moment: This failure of leadership should be a topic of discussion at the Harvard Negotiation Laboratory. The first question should be this:

    a. Is Obama Really A Democrat–Or Just a Poseur? Or

    b. Is Obama a latter day Harry Houdini, who survived a series of life threatening stunts, including the Chinese Water Torture stunt which went horribly wrong, but succumbed to a punch in the gut–from his own party.

    https://youtu.be/QJ9lNRAjTQM

  37. Lu4Puma…love that clip of Hillary…that’s the Hillary I want to see…strong, independent, unafraid and speaking in her own voice…and meaning it…

    not a shadow or parrot of O or George Soros…

  38. Let us hope that historians (not poseurs like that fucking Michael Bechloss–who broke his pick in the beginning of Obama’s imperial reign by calling Obama the smartest man to ever occupy the Oval Office, but real ones) duly record that Barack Hussein Obama, our first black president, presided over an era of corruption, bribery and influence peddling unseen in American History since the Administration of Ulysses S. Grant. That would serve to set the record straight. Yes? And then do a Broadway play on it. A movie is hardly sufficient. But if you did do a movie, it could be titled The Death of A Nation—Sequel to the silent move classic by D.W. Griffith– Birth of A Nation.

  39. Lu4Puma…love that clip of Hillary…that’s the Hillary I want to see…strong, independent, unafraid and speaking in her own voice…and meaning it…

    not a shadow or parrot of O or George Soros…
    ——-
    Unfortunately, that doctrine is now baked into the cake. Her support for open borders, her opposition to voter i.d. laws to curtail voting corruption, her embrace of climate change legislation and taxes on the middle class, and her refusal to take a position on this give away of American jobs, all of these things are right out of the Soros playbook, plus her support from big business which ties back into the Clinton Global initiative. Likewise, she is afraid to distance herself from Obama for fear of losing the black vote, for whom he is a god like symbol, despite the fact that no president since the aftermath of Reconstruction has done less to help them. All they seem to respond to his skin color and kill whitey–or in this case, the cops. Some believe it while others exploit it for profit or political gain. I can think of no better example than Eric Holdler, but there are hundreds like him in this corrupt administration, and thousands like him in the house organs of big media.

  40. Somewhere above there was a reference to the lack of public trust in Obama which caused this legislative debacle. I think it is more than that. It is active distrust of Obama. And the difference between a lack of trust, and an active distrust, is far more than semantics.

  41. a little known action that the House took this week…

    this is but a tiny bit of the shenanghins that will go on with this trade deal O is so desperate to pass…

    …just whose interest is it in to prohibit US citizens from knowing where the meat they are eating is coming from…the standards in other countries, such as Canada and Mexico, are different than the standards in the USA…but the WTO has the power to dictate to us and fine us for wanting our citizens to know where the food they are eating is coming from…WTH?

    …fwiw…this morning I was listening to Washington Journal on C-Span and the American public is hot, hot, hot against the trade deal…many O supporters calling in are firmly against it and angry with O for supporting it…

    one woman called in and made some excellent points…two of them that stood out in my mind were:

    (1) the disaster Americans in the USA had with drywall that was imported into the USA from China…and how all of it had to be ripped out of homes at very high costs to homeowners

    (2) the pet food that was imported into the USA…again, I believe from China, that ended up actually killing many of our beloved pets in the USA because of poisonous ingredients in the imported pet food…

    bottom line…the standards from many of these countries are not the same standards we have here in the USA…how do these trade deals protects us from more of this when these countries start dictating to us on how to protect our citizens from their deceits and damage they bring to us…and then have the power to actually FINE US billions of dollars if we do not comply…NO, NO, NO!

    http://www.usnews.com/news/business/articles/2015/06/10/congress-considering-repeal-of-meat-labeling-law

  42. Billy McCarthy (pronounced McCarty with a Boston accent) was president of Local 25, an International Organizer, and General President of the International. He was a real wacko bird. He had Irish Alzheimers—forgot everything except a grudge.

    The same is true of the big media beloved messiah. On the eve of the catastrophic 2014 mid term elections, he declared that the public was not voting on the democratic candidates who were up for election. They were voting on him and his agenda. Whereupon, he got shellacked. Likewise, here he chose to tell his fellow democrats that this was about him. In both cases, he chose to make the issue personal. And it both cases he got rebuffed. After voters delivered a staggering blow to him in 2014, he tried to misinterpret it as a message that voters wanted the parties to work together to achieve his agenda, which was a form of denial. But the wound went much deeper. He immediately proceeded to condemn the Republicans and defile the constitution with a bevy of executive orders under the pretense that since congress cannot act, I will. It remains to be seen how he will react to the rejection of his position by his own party, which was helped in no small measure by the fact that the Congressional Black Caucus after endless apologies came out against it as well. His natural reaction to rejection is hostility. Lest we forget is part and parcel of his sociopathic profile:

    http://www.mcafee.cc/Bin/sb.html

  43. …another thing that has been irking the hell out of me…

    How can we have this vaulted NSA that is spying on everyone’s everything…phone calls, email, whereabouts, etc…they have that big compound in Utah monitoring every breath Americans take…and they miss the largest hack into our Federal system of all Federal employess in our history…

    what use is this NSA when they allow our enemies to hack into our Federal systems and acquire the personal information and health records of every single Federal employee…

    more insanity…and a waste of our resources…and precious time the NSA spends on what is important…

  44. wbboei
    June 13, 2015 at 9:43 am
    …but succumbed to a punch in the gut–from his own party.

    It looks to me like he is just getting his deserved retaliation kicks on his way down. He kicked and abused his way up after all. Weakness, stupidity,failure and running out of time makes him a pinata.

  45. wbboei

    June 13, 2015 at 10:06 am

    **********************

    wbboei…all I can say is I hope she is just ‘playing the game’…I don’t like it…grudgingly I understand it…I hope that when she gets her ‘legs’ under her as this campaign goes on, her own voice will come out strong and shine…instead of all the O/Soros/far left positions she seems to be cornered into taking for now…

    …my worry is that she boxes herself in to the point that people really don’t trust her and when we get to the national campaign she contradicts herself to the point that she isn’t taken seriously and people look elsewhere

  46. S
    June 13, 2015 at 10:40 am
    what use is this NSA when they allow our enemies to hack into our Federal systems and acquire the personal information and health records of every single Federal employee…

    The NSA is not responsible for the IT security of agency websites. Agency IT has been a nest of crony contracts, incompetence, and outright theft for a long time. Think Obamacare website. Cronies get fat contracts, get paid megabucks, and produce crap that doesn’t work and requires more money to try to fix. The same is done in the security part of the IT networks. They spend money on new systems that don’t work, keep ancient systems limping along from the ’80-90’s (or even 70’s in a few cases) that are not even compatible with today’s security needs and try to patch in security. It doesn’t work and the contract money is essentially stolen and the networks are wide open to hackers.

  47. China is not a TPP country. The whole idea of these trade pacts is to establish a uniform set of product standards for dozens of industries, so that all of the participating countries meet these standards. In general, the US standards are the starting point. The idea is for all of the countries involved to know exactly the standards and labeling that must be met to have their products legal for export.

    The reason that US companies are so strongly in favor of these trade deals is that they want to force competitors to match US product quality standards and, therefore, not be able to undercut them on price. If anyone is getting screwed, it’s usually the other/smaller countries.

    Protectionists believe that the US is always hurt by international trade.

  48. CSPAN now broadcasting Hillary Campaign Launch at Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park NYC.
    She’s expected to begin speaking at 11:45.
    There is a total change. I love what I see so far. Even unexpected tears of joy. If you have luxury of time to watch…. I’ll be at other end of trailer viewing tv.

  49. Mormaer

    June 13, 2015 at 10:57 am

    S
    June 13, 2015 at 10:40 am
    *****************************

    I hear you Mormaer…however wouldn’t they be aware of a major cyber security threat upon our Federal system…

    The National Security Agency (NSA) is an intelligence organization of the United States government, responsible for global monitoring, collection, and processing of information and data for foreign intelligence and counterintelligence purposes – a discipline known as Signals intelligence (SIGINT).

    …just saying…they collect everything else but miss this…

  50. US/Global Corporations want TPP to make more money and gain more global control…thus limiting the power of the USA and the American worker…who will then become open to being sued or prohibited from setting the standards they want…it is a loss of power and soverninty of our country…and states rights…and individual and small business rights…

    American workers cannot compete with workers in Viet Nam who are being paid 53 cents a hour…

    btw…there was another caller this am on WJ/C-Span who went on about how workers were doing very well…and union workers were doing well during the 1970’s…all the while the infrastructure for the companies there were working for were being built in foreign companies…and then poof…the american manufacturing jobs…shoe factories in Vermont, Costume Jewelry factories in Rhode Island/New England were gone…and all the much cheaper imports flooded the market in the USA putting what was left of manufacturing in the USA out of business…

    throw in the massive illegal immigration…and all the summer jobs for high school and college kids disappeared…the landscaping jobs that paid $14-20 went to illegals…the dishwasher/busboys/serice jobs went to illegals…the picking the apples in the fall…well, you get the drift…

    China, Viet Nam, wherever…they do not care about our standards (sometimes I wonder if we even care about our standards)…only a very naive being would believe that…money, money, money and multinational global control…One World…is the name of this game….

    I just hope this new found courage the Dims summoned will last for at least the next week…and round two of O and his bribes…his charm sure did not work…

  51. China is not a TPP country
    ——–
    Not yet, but if I understood the Messiah correctly, he is open to the possibility that they would become a party to those agreements. Obviously, the people who pull Obama’s strings would be as open to that scenario as they were to MFN– if they can make a buck off it. His financial backers would do anything to get into that market because to date western banks are limited in what they can do in the largest nation on earth with the largest economy. Soros has spoken to that issue as well. He said that the United States is “kaput” as the engine to drive world commerce and the future belongs to China. This explains his earnest desire to obliterate this nation through the toxic policies he advocates. It also explains his contempt for the dollar as the world reserve currency, and his support for the alternative special drawing rights alternative. Obama is his puppet. Let us hope that Hillary can avoid following in those footsteps. It will not be easy however given the control he exercises over the democrat party. Horowitz calls him the shadow government. That is reality.

  52. high noon and I’m done. she’s saying what I cannot bear to hear and crowd is lapping it up I really enjoyed the young band Echo something-or-other. Hope she somehow turns it around before she is done.

  53. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_OBAMA_CHALLENGES?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2015-06-13-03-24-33

    He made a surprise visit Thursday to watch lawmakers’ annual charity baseball game. Obama brought a case of his White House beer for the winners

    He made a rare trip to the Capitol to meet with House Democrats on Friday morning. Asked as he emerged if he had changed any minds, Obama replied, “It’s just a question if I changed votes.”

    He hadn’t.

    Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., a critic of the trade legislation, offered a blistering critique: “He’s ignored Congress and disrespected Congress for years and then he shows up at the baseball game with homemade beer, and then comes to the caucus and lectures us for 40 minutes about his values and whether or not we’re being honest by using legislative tactics to try and stop something which we believe is a horrible mistake for the United States of America and questions our integrity.”

    DeFazio added, “It wasn’t the greatest strategy.”

  54. I hear you Mormaer…however wouldn’t they be aware of a major cyber security threat upon our Federal system…

    You are being logical and frugal by using government experts who already work for the federal government so no they don’t do that. They hire cronies of the agency bosses or the administration currently in office for contracts and tell Congress that they need more and more money to address threats that are not really addressed. I imagine that OPM’s contracting IT history is awful and rife with incompetence. VA does the same thing with buildings, staff, and drugs ie misusing money.

  55. it’s ‘invasion of the body snatchers”. obviously, an extraterrestrial replaced Hillary in 2008. the former Hillary Clinton is nowhere to be found. she is gone.

  56. http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-takes-one-on-the-chin-from-his-own-party-on-trade-bill/2015/06/12/d1aa7da6-1126-11e5-9726-49d6fa26a8c6_story.html

    Cheers rang out Thursday evening when President Obama made a surprise visit to the annual congressional baseball game at National Park. Thousands of Democratic staffers began to chant: “O-ba-ma! O-ba-ma!” More unexpectedly, Republican lawmakers and staffers, who have been locked in battle with the president for more than six years, began a cheer of their own: “TPA, TPA!” they chanted, voicing approval for Obama’s trade promotion agenda.

    Obama flashed the GOP side a thumbs up.

    Inside the Democratic dugout, according to several senior aides and lawmakers, the president’s usual allies were appalled by the scene: He was waving to Republicans in approval of trade legislation that most of them opposed.

    A day later, the Democratic team threw the president a curveball by blocking his high-stakes bid to win fast-track authority to complete a sweeping, multinational Pacific Rim free-trade accord. For Obama, who has staked enormous personal credibility and political capital on the effort, the loss on Friday represented a major setback on a key presidential priority and renewed questions in Washington about his relationship with the House Democratic caucus.

    Though the White House and GOP leaders quickly vowed to try again on trade next week, the rebuke from the president’s own party — despite a personal plea from Obama on Capitol Hill just hours before the vote — sent a clear message that their own skepticism on trade trumped their faith in Obama. The blow left his trade agenda on life support.

    “Unfortunately, Democrats did not heed his message,” said Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.), who supported the trade deal. “Trade is an existential issue for a lot of Democrats. That transcends everything, including loyalty to him. A lot of Democrats were really anguished about that very choice. They were saying: ‘I don’t want to harm him. I don’t want to damage him. But I can’t go home to my district and say that out of loyalty to him, “I sold you all [out].” ’ ”

    The outcome was especially frustrating for a president who has spent four years unable to advance major initiatives — including a tax and budget “grand bargain,” stricter gun control and immigration reform — through Congress in the face of relentless Republican opposition. [snip]

    During his tenure, Obama has been criticized by both sides of the aisle for ignoring lawmakers, courting them only when absolutely necessary and failing to establish personal connections that could help him politically.

    That the president was attending an exhibition game that was not on his public schedule showed the lengths he felt he had to go to try to salvage his trade deal.

    By Friday morning, however, the vote remained in doubt — and Obama was leaving the White House on another scheduled trip, this time to Capitol Hill for an emergency meeting with the House Democratic caucus. Once there, he huddled privately with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi(D-Calif.) and her deputies, before addressing the entire membership.

    “You could always say there coulda, shoulda been more with any president,” Connolly said, when asked if Obama’s lack of attention to lawmakers over the years harmed his chances on trade. “This president’s style is different than Bill Clinton’s. He is who he is. I don’t know if somehow it’s fundamentally flawed. It’s just different.

    What Conolly says in Washingtonspeak is that Obama’s governing philosophy is “fundamentally flawed.”

  57. wbboei

    June 13, 2015 at 12:02 pm

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    you are correct…

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    btw…when I mentioned above that all those $14-20 hr landscaping jobs that high school and college kids had went to illegals…obviously the illegals were not…or are not… getting 14-20/hr…

    now there’s someone’s logic and frugality for you…knock the american workers out of good paying jobs in their own country and put in illegals that will work for a rate higher than say…viet nam…or china … would pay them…

    and then justify illegal immigration by saying that no American would do that kind of work

    unintended consequences of our own kids having nothing to turn to but fast food jobs if they can get them…or drug dealing on the streets

  58. I think it is rather likely that Carly will be the Republican candidate for Vice President. That would neutralize the gender advantage Hillary enjoys. Assuming the country as a whole favors having a woman president. I tried to sell that proposition in 2008 and it was a non starter. But then big media was promoting race, whereas this time, they will be promoting gender at every turn. That will get more people thinking about it, especially those meek wives who under the influence of big media feel the edge of a carving knife and study their husband’s neck. It is the perfect default position for those who lack the will or capacity to study the issues.

    The question then becomes what does Carly know about the dismal science of running government. What could anyone possibly know about it who has not immersed themselves in that process, and become part of that Mandarin order who populate the beltway, and has proven themselves resistant to food grade diatomaerous, term limits, and other strategies for bed bug, cockroach, and flea removal? Simply put, how can anyone who is not of government, by government and for government, run government? That by the way is another non-sequitur.

    Let me go out on a limb here and say, not only is it possible, but it is necessary. For the same reason that all professional endeavors need some form of civilian oversight, be they the military, the medical profession or the legal profession, the only anecdote to business control of government is to have someone from business guarding the hen house. And on the strength of the following interviews from FOX news, I believe someone like Carly could do it.

    If you can separate the messenger from the message, and the cheap shots at our girl, you may wish to listen to Carly in the two video clips of her appearance on center seat at FOX News. Note in particular how well she answers the questions posed to her by the FOX inquisitors. She is a brilliant woman with a story to tell, and more important some solutions that make sense to me, and reflect my values, just as Hillary did in 2008. But what do I know? I was sure they would never elect Obama, and the ignoranti did it twice.

    http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2015/06/12/carly-fiorina-had-a-great-week-n2011812?utm_source=BreakingOnTownhallWidget_7&utm_medium=story&utm_campaign=BreakingOnTownhall

  59. I now realize my error.

    I have been selling Obama short—all these years.

    If Carly is right that leadership is about “unlocking the potential of others” . . .

    Then it becomes obvious that our first black president is also a leader . . .

    Lets face it, Barack Insane Obama has unlocked the power of ISIS, Sharpton, NAAACP, Southern Poverty Law Institute, Goober Peas, Big Pharma, Big Insurance, Lois Learner, Fast and Furious, Clapp Trapper, Tom Friedman, Green Energy Con Men, Jeff Imelt, the drug cartels.

    Yes, he is a leader alright.

    The question then becomes what kind of a leader are we talking about.

    Obviously, the record speaks for itself.

  60. “For the same reason that all professional endeavors need some form of civilian oversight, be they the military, the medical profession or the legal profession, the only anecdote to business control of government is to have someone from business guarding the hen house. And on the strength of the following interviews from FOX news, I believe someone like Carly could do it.”
    ___________________________________

    After sending over 30,000 American jobs oversea among other things, Carly was let go by HP supposedly among cheers, however, she managed to come away with $21 million severance pay although HP workers lost their jobs and livelihood. Stock in HP rose immediately after her removal. Afterward, Carly served on some but boards but was removed by some because she only attended less than 20% of the meetings. Carly served as an advisor on John McCain’s presidential campaign…he lost. She ran for the US Senate…she lost.

    To paraphrase Geraldine Ferraro back in 2008, I’d wonder if Ms. Fiorino were not a female, would she be where she is in this campaign and built up by the Republican? Remember as well in 2008, the meme that Obama would be a great president because he was supposedly an outsider. We were lead to believe that inexperience was a plus.

    Lest we forget, a vice president is only a heart beat away from being president. So the “smart” Republican strategy is to put in Carly simply to neutralize Hillary? Hum.

  61. Hillary’s handlers are crafting a message for her which amounts to the following.

    I believe the Republican Party is suppressing the vote by refusing to allow 1.5 billion Chinese to emigrate to this nation illegally and vote in our elections illegally. Those laws are the flotsam and jetsom of a white male dominated homeopathic sexist racist order which must be toppled. In the name of humanity and the global village let them emigrate!!! Let them vote!!! The more the merrier.

    This is being coordinated with the attack on voter ID laws financed by Soros.

  62. After sending over 30,000 American jobs oversea
    ————
    Correct. I deleted a paragraph from what I posted in which I anticipated the line of attack. I deleted it because I wanted to avoid a discussion of politics beyond the gender issue and focus on the policy implications. The loss of 30,000 jobs is precisely the issue that concerns me, even though every major company in this country was offshoring the back office functions, and under prior Republican administrations they were given a tax benefit for doing that. When I worked for a Fortune 300 company, the pressure was on us to match FED EX and UPS who were sending airbill entry functions offshore which reduced the cost from 25 cents to 6 cents per airbill. I made that pitch to the Teamsters union across the country, and managed to get them to agree that we could remove the work. BUT at my behest, I inserted a clause which said that function must continue to be performed within the United States. My company never knew I did that, and it did not become an issue until years later after that company was purchased by DHL. Over a period of 8 years, DHL lost five times what they paid for our company, and over 15,000 people lost their jobs. To add insult to injury, they broke the agreement I had made with the union and farmed all those jobs out to India. This is what happens when big business with a global agenda calls the shots. Often what you find is they cannot pour piss out of a boot if it had the instructions on the bottom side.

  63. That said, I must say there is no comparison between Carly and the head of DHL (Deutsche Post). She is a smart CEO. I could never say the same for their people. They were a lot like the government, wherein politics trumps competence. I can only imagine how agonizing it must be to be trapped in a government job, or a big media job, where you are prevented from doing what is right for the nation. When I wrote that long paper on Soros several years ago, at the behest of the Cuban banker, I inserted a paragraph at the end, begging anyone with inside knowledge of what he was doing to pass up the paycheck and blow the whistle on him. However, that never happened. My conscience is clear on both accounts.

  64. Southern Born
    June 13, 2015 at 2:58 pm
    —————
    Forty years ago, I did the skud work on a shareholder derivative suit launched against my company by New York investors who claimed that in our communications to shareholders we made materially misleading statements about the outlook for salmon harvest in the summer and fall of that year, and they relied on those false statements to their detriment. They got a shark law firm to launch the suit–Rabin and Silverman, and we–actually our directors liability carrier got a white shoe Wall Street firm, White and Case. The case settled on the court house steps, for $30,000. Our attorney fees were $300,000–which was a lot of money in those days. Our general counsel was not the brightest bulb held forth about how excessive those fees were measured by the paltry amount the case settled for. The response was our law firm took the case as they found it, and had to deal with that.

    By the same token, you cannot evaluate Carly’s performance at HP based on random factors–or the fact that she was fired. Many of the problems she inherited, and many of the successes enjoyed thereafter were based on what she did. Admiral Gormley was fired after Pearl Harbor, Bull Halsey replaced him, and that was ironic since they had been friends since their youth at the Naval Academy. Gormley’s question was why, Halsey answer was politics, and he then assured his friend that whatever success he enjoyed in the future would be based in no small measure on what Gormley did but never got credit for.

    Leadership is all about picking the right team, and unlocking their potential. She gets it. And Obama? He does not. He is obsessed with the perks and the power. He surrounds himself with sycophants. And the results are a foregone conclusion./

  65. The questions I would be asking someone like Carly would be how would you go about picking the right team? Would it be based on proven success, or political favoritism? How would you unlock their potential? How would you hold them accountable? Would she favor giving congress legal standing to pursue rogue bureaucrats in the executive branch like Lois Lerner in federal court? Those are salient questions because they will tend to determine whether she manages the bureaucracy or the bureaucracy manages her. Obama is such a weak leader that he does not manage the bureaucracy. His management style is similar to the Bohemian corporal in the sense that he is something of a mystic, gives only a vague sense of what he wants, assigns overlapping responsibilities so contenders fight it out and have no loyalty except to him, encourages them to come up with radical ideas in an effort to please his every whim, and seig heil.

  66. Carly served as an advisor on John McCain’s presidential campaign
    ————
    Now that was a gut punch worse than the one that killed Houdini.

    She was not the only one who was fooled at the time by Dr. Strangelove.

    My only defense: the lesser of the two evils.

    My plea: never again punch me with that one. I may not survive.

  67. Coup d’oeil: an intellect that, even in the darkest hour, retains some glimmerings of the inner light which leads to truth; and the courage to follow that faint light wherever it may lead”—General Carl Von Clausewitz, Prussian Army, 1813. He was speaking of Napoleon, but he could just as easily been referring to Richard Fernandez who I have posted before.
    ——-

    Five Hundred

    If the 20th century proved that democracy could beat totalitarianism, the history of 21st so far suggests that dedicated totalitarians can beat the living daylights out of half-baked ones. All over the world, countries have put their trust in elites. Now, in the globalized world of 2015, when every economy aspires to be a crony capitalism — a “mixed economy” to you, the deciding factor in international contests appears to be whether my totalitarian is better than your totalitarian.

    After all, the elite are all that matter now. Ezra Klein at Vox expressed his dissatisfaction with the Great Unwashed in a recent article: “Why the most informed voters are often the most badly misled.” In it he argues that additional information only confirms people in their prejudices.

    In 2006, the political scientists Christopher Achens and Larry Bartels presented a paper titled “It Feels Like We’re Thinking: The Rationalizing Voter and Electoral Democracy.” In it, Achens and Bartels make a point that is so obvious we often forget its implications: “Very few politically consequential facts are subject to direct, personal verification.”

    In other words, an informed voter rarely knows anything firsthand, the way we know the sky is blue and the sun rose this morning. Everything she knows is taken on trust; an informed voter is only as good as her information sources. And because we all get to choose which information sources to believe, voters with more information are not always more informed. Sometimes, they’re just more completely and profoundly misled.

    The answer, he argues is universal voter registration, which will moderate the influence of people who’ve already acquired a point of view. What happens when everyone has been registered and opinionated he does not explain. Fortunately the ignorant and bigoted masses are being retired from any real role in decision making. In every part of the world the Enlightened are in taking charge. They even meet occasionally to exchange notes at Davos and in Climate Change events. The rise of the few was inevitable since Marxist-democracy and Islamic-democracy are alike contradictions in terms where nothing after the hyphen can contradict what came before. Ideologies are jealous; there’s no elite like an ideological elite.

    Their totalitarians are not only holding their own against our totalitarians, they are pulling wedgies on them. The KGB, the Chinese Secret Service and Islamist 5th column are running circles around the unionized, politicized federal bureaucracy. This is not in the least bit surprising. Both Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin have risen through the pitiless school of hard knocks. Xi has managed to imprison, suborn or kill thousands of rival, hard-core bureaucrats on his bloody climb to the summit of China. Putin has done the same. Watching Putin and Xi go up against Barack Obama calls to mind the scene in the movie Knockaround Guys, where a legitimate tough guy walks up to a wannabe in the middle of a barroom floor and starts this monologue.

    Five hundred. … 500 fights, that’s the number I figured when I was a kid. 500 street fights and you could consider yourself a legitimate tough guy. You need them for experience. To develop leather skin. So I got started. Of course along the way you stop thinking about being tough and all that. It stops being the point. You get past the silliness of it all. But then, after, you realize that’s what you are.

    The problems we are witnessing are the result of the fact that Xi, Vladimir and the Ayatollahs have already done their 500 fights. They’ve stomped over whole cemeteries full of rivals. They are genuine tough guys. And against them all Barack Obama can set are his sealed academic records, a couple of books which may or may not be his, a “present” voting record, no job experience and a string of failures dating back to the day he was elected. In the contest of totalitarians, America is overmatched. The “elite” — determined to play the power game — are in over their heads.

    The mismatch did not exist back when America was a country content to be run by its citizens; that didn’t aspire to be run by elites who were nothing but media creations. The earlier America didn’t need an experienced thug for president. It could rely on its freedom to be a superior, productive society as a trump. For it was the country — not the elites — that beat its rivals. When you let America be itself it simply overwhelmed the opposition. All the cleverness of Hitler or Stalin did them no good. They still lost the Second and Cold Wars to an America of ordinary free people.

    An American president simply needed to understand his limits, which he could remedy by surrounding himself with country’s matchless talent pool. Ronald Reagan knew this, but then he was smart enough to know he was dumb. On the other hand a president dumb enough to think he’s smart starts imagining himself as some kind of messiah and starts making speeches in front styrofoam columns while Xi and Vladimir laugh.

    In any geopolitical contest America will beat Russia. It may even beat China. But once the nation wants an aristocracy it will start playing a game it can’t win by redefining the contest as between America’s so-called elite versus the KGB or the Chinese Communist Party. It’s a losing game ten times out of ten.

    The crazy thing is that everyone in America knows their aristocracy is bogus. A 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll showed that the federal government was America’s least trusted institution. “Thirty-eight percent of Americans chose the federal government as the most corrupt institution in American society followed by the news media 17 percent, banks and financial institutions 16 percent, the police 11 percent and organized religions 7 percent.” Yet every TV show and Hollywood movie would portray the reverse. In their narrative the problem with America is flyover country, a condition that can only be cured by the feds.

    The response to the Chinese hacking of goverment’s personnel database follows the typical pattern. What did the Chinese take? Nothing of importance. Like what happened at Benghazi? Nothing worth mentioning. As with the impact of losing Libya, Mosul, Ramadi, Yemen and Syria, nothing anyone should worry about. Deny, deny, minimize, spin. That’s all people who don’t fear reality, facts, actualities, God — whatever you want to call it — know how to do. In this respect even the most atheistic totalitarian is a comparative believer. Xi and Putin understand the necessity of deception and the danger of self-deception. They understand facts have consequences more than our elites.

    In the end anyone who wants to win must recognize, however dimly, that the world can’t be spun. That there’s always stuff that there’s no use denying. How does the saying go?

  68. This gets to the core of what I have been feeling about our elites, particularly those of my generation and those that have come after. They tend to be media creations, they inherit their standing through family ties and connections, they are Ivy Leaguers, and they are the self centered, materialistic, and disastrous, if you measure them in terms of actual accomplishments. I take no stock in the idea that Obama was merely the mistake of 2008. He was and is the embarrassment of 2008 and 2012. Moreover, his failure, while completely predictable, reflects badly every American citizen, whether we pulled the lever for him, or his opponent. And now, all we can do is watch as events march toward an inexorable conclusion which no one intended, but most will agree was inevitable, once it is too late to do anything about it. The damage Obama has done to our power, standing, cohesion as a nation, is in my judgement irreparable.

  69. admin
    June 13, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    Cheers rang out Thursday evening when President Obama made a surprise visit to the annual congressional baseball game at National Park. Thousands of Democratic staffers began to chant: “O-ba-ma! O-ba-ma!” More unexpectedly, Republican lawmakers and staffers, who have been locked in battle with the president for more than six years, began a cheer of their own: “TPA, TPA!” they chanted, voicing approval for Obama’s trade promotion agenda.

    Obama flashed the GOP side a thumbs up. (snip)

    A day later, the Democratic team threw the president a curveball by blocking his high-stakes bid to win fast-track authority to complete a sweeping, multinational Pacific Rim free-trade accord. For Obama, who has staked enormous personal credibility and political capital on the effort, the loss on Friday represented a major setback on a key presidential priority and renewed questions in Washington about his relationship with the House Democratic caucus.

    Though the White House and GOP leaders quickly vowed to try again on trade next week, the rebuke from the president’s own party — despite a personal plea from Obama on Capitol Hill just hours before the vote — sent a clear message that their own skepticism on trade trumped their faith in Obama. The blow left his trade agenda on life support.

    “Unfortunately, Democrats did not heed his message,” said Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.), who supported the trade deal. “Trade is an existential issue for a lot of Democrats. That transcends everything, including loyalty to him. A lot of Democrats were really anguished about that very choice. They were saying: ‘I don’t want to harm him. I don’t want to damage him. But I can’t go home to my district and say that out of loyalty to him, “I sold you all [out].” ’ ”
    ————
    Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright;
    The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light,
    And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout;
    But there is no joy in Mudville — mighty Casey has struck out.

  70. This must be a profound disappointment to those thousand of Democrat staffers who changed O-BA-MA and who had their future jobs lined up with lobbying firms representing the only beneficiaries of this toxic legislation big corporations to see all of it go down in flames. I will bet you they filled the bars on K street bemoaning this unexpected outcome and asking the bar tender what is to become of me now? Whereupon the bar tender will have to decide whether they can handle the truth before he answers.

  71. They were saying: ‘I don’t want to harm him. I don’t want to damage him. But I can’t go home to my district and say that out of loyalty to him, “I sold you all [out].” ’
    ——–
    I fancy that Obama is an honorable man, but only in this sense:

    O masters, if I were disposed to stir
    Your hearts and minds to mutiny and rage,
    I should do Brutus wrong, and Cassius wrong,
    Who, you all know, are honorable men:

    I will not do them wrong; I rather choose 125
    To wrong the dead, to wrong myself and you,
    Than I will wrong such honourable men.

  72. Hillary fights for minimum wage:

    Experienced, adult political operatives who want to do grassroots work for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign currently have no choice but to work as unpaid, full-time interns, raising new questions about how the White House frontrunner runs her own labor force as she prepares to double down on young people’s role in the American economy.

    The Clinton campaign is currently in the midst of what multiple Democratic sources described as a “hiring freeze” for paid organizing positions in the early campaign states where the former Secretary of State is laying the foundations of a massive national staff, with few if any paying jobs available for field operations.

    http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jun/13/hillary-clinton-unpaid-summer-intern-campaign

    The article points out that the only young people who can afford to work for free probably come from wealthy families.

  73. CNN should not be allowed to moderate any debates in 2016. You can blame it on fatso Candy Crowley. Or you can blame it on this. You can blame it on misspeaking if you like. And you can blame Crowley’s throwing the debate to Obama. And you can pretend that Phil Griffin’s stated commitment to out MSNBC MSNBC to steal their audience, since his network has been unable to grow organically. But the pattern here is undeniable. It suggests a darker truth. They make a market in chaos. Misspoke, my ass.
    ——

    CNN Anchor Refers to Dallas Gunman’s Actions as ‘Courageous and Brave’
    by Josh Feldman | 1:30 pm, June 13th, 2015 VIDEO

    During a discussion on the Dallas Police headquarters shooting this afternoon, CNN anchor Fredricka Whitfield appears to have really misspoken in referring to the gunman’s actions as “courageous and brave.”

    Whitfield was speaking to CNN legal analyst Philip Holloway when she said this:

    “It was very courageous and brave, if not crazy as well, to open fire on the police headquarters, and now you have this scene, this standoff. So you believe these are the hallmarks of more than one person’s involvement.”
    We have reached out to CNN for comment.

  74. Latest post from Sharyl Attkisson heralds a game changer. Business as usual will not cut it in 2016. And the solution to the democrat party is not not the republican party and the solution to the republican party is not the democrat party, because as Lou Dobbs once observed they are two wings of the same bird, called the uniparty, and big media is their mouthpiece. This program will challenge the proven ability of big media to control the dialogue, and decide sua sponte what it outside the realm of acceptable discourse, in other words to censor opinions which they–and their corporate handlers find unacceptable.
    ———

    I’m busy at work with my staff planning our new Sunday morning national program for this fall. Our focus will be accountability: whether it’s government, corporations, special interests or other. Our goal is reporting on untouchable subjects in a fearless fashion. We’ll be doing original and investigative reporting each week.

    The program will appear on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates nationwide owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group. It will also stream live. Sinclair’s reach is strong–it has more local news viewers than all the network evening newscasts combined.

    My team includes award-winning investigative producer Kim Skeen. Skeen, formerly of ABC and CBS, was with me for our Emmy Award winning reporting on Congress, including investigations into Republican fundraising and lobbying. The visionary Batt Humphreys, formerly of CBS News, has graciously agreed to be our executive producer. The talented photographer Bryan Barr will be our lead on the visuals.

    We are interviewing for two more producers, another cameraman and an editor. More details to come.

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  75. Sharyl was prevented by the New York crowd from selling her investigative reporting to the evening news with Scott Pelly. Scott is a suck up to the New York crowd, and that is why he has the job.

    Therefore Sharyl is going around the major networks and selling her investigative reporting to the local affiliates of big media who are owned by Sinclair. This tactic ensures deeper penetration at the local level, and the New York crowd is powerless to prevent it. It will render obsolete and irrelevant the sanitized tripe which the New York crowd publishes under the pretext of journalism.

  76. Did anyone listen to HRC’s kick-off speech yesterday? I listened and found myself finishing her statements before she did. seriously, you would think her writers would come up with something original. trite to say the least. she also sounded robotic with contrived emotion.

    She said she wants to be our “champion”? champion of what? climate change? obama-care? pro-amnesty, no voter id? seriously, out of the 18 million votes Hillary garnered in 2008, who will support this?

    I walked away when she said “President Obama asked me to serve, and I accepted because we both love our country”.

    I cannot rationalize this shit.

  77. I watched it. I was disturbed by this promise:

    “If necessary, I will support a Constitutional amendment to undo the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United.”

    Citizens United was a very simple case. A non-profit advocacy group (like Emily’s List) produced a 90 minute political documentary (like Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11). They planned to run it as a pay-per-view on Direct TV, and run TV ads promoting its availability.

    When they checked the FEC, the US government ruled that showing the documentary would be felony crime and the principle of the group would be liable for a jail sentence. For showing a political documentary.

    At the Supreme Court arguments, the questions were obvious. If you can’t show a 90 minute political documentary, what does the right to free speech even mean?

    How can you prevent this non-profit corporation from free political speech while you change the name of the corporation to General Electric (NBC NEWS) or the New York Times Corporation and they can and do broadcast political speech?

    If you can ban this political speech in the form of a movie, can the federal government put you in jail for selling a book version? How about a Kindle version? I you sell a Kindle book on Amazon mentioning a political candidate, can the government put you in jail for that, too? How about Hillary is 44? Can admin be put in jail?

    When you really start looking at the government passing laws that make political speech a crime, it’s hard to draw a line. And if speech protesting the actions of politicians and the government isn’t fair game, then why even have free speech?

    Initially, the Court tried to decide this case on narrow technical grounds (i.e. this political speech is permissible, but that political speech could still be illegal), but a draft opinion by Justice Kennedy convinced a majority that they couldn’t do it without continuing to chill free speech with the fear of imprisonment. They went back for new oral arguments on much more sweeping scope and ended up overturning several precedents. They ruled that the government cannot ban or place limits on individuals or associations of individuals (corporations) from political speech before an election. They ruled that the government cannot put people in jail for political speech.

    Hillary wants to overturn this decision, by changing the Constitution if necessary. That’s a very scary thing. IMO, the First Amendment gives Emily’s List the right to run political documentaries on abortion and candidates without the threat of being put in jail. If the government can put Emily’s List in jail for political speech, do we even have freedom?

    This is not a trivial issue.

    http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/citizens-united-misunderstood

  78. No, Alcina, I cannot rationalize this shit. But I can trivialize it. The reason she is probably doing it is because too much of the Democrat electorate is stupid and it contains a lot of kooks. I realized that, reading a lot of the comments. This is not Hillary ’08 and you are not going to see her unless she is challenged. But do not be mistaken about what lies at the core of this person. And that is what we saw in ’08. She will remain hidden, protected from the scrutiny of her enemies, until it is time to do what she needs to do.

    In 2008 I was filled with dread over the selection of Obama. And that dead has turned out to be well founded.

    Today I am grateful. I am grateful that he inherited a post-Bush America. The looting was well under way. And they were so arrogant as to not do an economic reset in 2008 because they believed they could loot more through QE. But the more is worth less and there are a lot of signs the fake economy will not hold up past September of this year. It is beyond a failure of the Obama administration, it is a failure of their global agenda. The TPP is a last ditch effort to sustain that failed system at the expense of the populous. In denial of their failure, they are doubling down in tyranny.

    Yes, I am grateful Hillary did not succeed in 2008 and establish a prosperous America because we would them be looking at Obama inheriting it for the looting now. I am grateful for that because the next 8 years may be an opportunity for us to leave our children a better America. You see, the problems in this country are really not so insurmountable that they could not be solved by a POTUS who could do the math and could do their job.

  79. with Hillary’s abrupt swing to the left, I cannot help but think she has made a Faustian pact with the devil Obama. if that is the case and HRC wins the general, that guarantees another 4 to 8 years of Obama influence. the prick never leaves office.

  80. Alcina,

    Obama is an empty suit. Not real. He copied Hillary on the issues, but is devoid of substance or delivery. His mission came from the global elites and it was to implement their kook agenda and loot the nations wealth. Hillary could not be him, if she tried. What you have to realize is that Obama who sounds like Hillary, not the other way around.

    Look, even NAFTA could have benefited the country if it had been implemented properly. Certainly it would not have done the massive damage that it did, if Bush had enforced our protections. But that was not his agenda. Bush=Obama=Global Looters

    I do not expect to get a candidate that is 100%. What I expect from Hillary is that she will reflect about 60% of my interests and deliver on at least half of them. I expect Hillary to deliver on 30% of my interests. Every other candidate, is 0.0%

    Look at the TPP that loots Medicare to pay for unemployment caused by the GOP plans to loot for the global elite. They are garbage. Every last one of those ugly penguins.

    Hillary is still the only game in town. It is a long way to November 2016. Things will get clear in time. Just keep watching.

  81. this is something/someone who puts up big red flags with Hillary’s campaign and strategy for me…

    evidently he is her spokesperson for strategy and was on morning shows this am

    gives me a sinking feeling…feels like they are taking her in the wrong direction

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2015/01/13/hillary-clinton-recruits-chief-strategist-media-advisor-for-2016-effort/

    following the policies of a failed lame duck presidency does not seem the right choice to getting elected to me…particularly when so many people have been waiting for Hillary on her own…I hope she (and Bill) knows what she is doing…

  82. I’ve been surfing the “news” Sunday Morning shows on TV and listening to the Republican media and their arrogant and “oh, so sensible, intelligent, fair and balanced” blah, blah against anything Hillary while lifting up any Rep. candidate. The message is loud and clear in their words and arrogant body language, “I’m an elite, Ivy League journalist and KNOW so much more than you, you unwashed, insignificant, working class people. You low info voters cannot pos-sib-ly understand or make an informed decision so with our superiority we’ll help you out, you poor thangs and tell you what you should think. And while we’re at it, we’ll bamboozle you so you keep getting screwed financially while our “masters” get richer…but sh-h-h-…we’re keeping that our little secret.”

    But then the Democratic media is just as corrupt and evil.

    It is amazing to me that after all the vicious Hillary attacks 24/7 by the media that she is still…still not only in the race but not bottoming out in the polls. Imagine if Hillary had good defenders like Administrator rather than those who flop like Karen Finney under tough grilling by Chris Wallace although Joel Benenson did a fair job of speaking for Hillary on George Step’s show. Imagine if Hillary had even a little postive press, if she had an army of trolls on Republican sites like our own troll here at Big Pink, although our troll is a failure because he/she/it is not changing minds. Even with rotten press and the media out to take her down, Hillary is still standing. Imagine if she were treated anywhere near fair by the media.

    I may not agree with everything that Hillary says, however, which candidate on either side do any of us agree with 100%? I will stand with Hillary. I’m not ready to abandon her. I understand what she has to do to win the primary. I look to the Hillary who will emerge in the general.

  83. S
    June 14, 2015 at 11:27 am
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    Her campaign has been bla bla bla so far. I can’t say I like it, or the smell BO. Kind of like a dysfunctional family dinner that you know you have to go to.

  84. SB and Lu4Puma…I thought Joel B sounded very robotic and generic and then George S threw that wrench at him with his quote when JB was with O’s camp against Hillary and Joel B kind of got that deer in the headlights look

    that’s part of the problem …something just off about it all…like Hill is there to sub for O…bottom freaking line…i don’t know why she needs so many of O’s people running and fronting her campaign…Penn was bad, is this the answer? I do not trust them…

    Hillary looks good…I support her…she is not a quitter…there is just this nagging feeling that she is being tightly controlled…yes ‘it’s early’

    Hillary deserves her chance to be her…regardless of all the media…if she is allowed to be herself (and trust her own instincts) she does get better as things go on…and she gets fierce when she is against the wall…

    I don’t think it helps her to get backed into a corner where she has to defend herself against being the third Obama Presidency…especially when he is failing and then what…she has to take time from herself to defend him…NO

    (maybe too many of O’s people are telling her she will never be an O..she should be happy about it…we still have a year to go, why be so invested in him)

  85. Southern

    Imagine if Hillary had good defenders like Administrator rather than those who flop like Karen Finney under tough grilling by Chris Wallace although Joel Benenson did a fair job of speaking for Hillary on George Step’s show. Imagine if Hillary had even a little postive press, if she had an army of trolls on Republican sites like our own troll here at Big Pink, although our troll is a failure because he/she/it is not changing minds. Even with rotten press and the media out to take her down, Hillary is still standing. Imagine if she were treated anywhere near fair by the media.

    I may not agree with everything that Hillary says, however, which candidate on either side do any of us agree with 100%? I will stand with Hillary. I’m not ready to abandon her. I understand what she has to do to win the primary. I look to the Hillary who will emerge in the general.

    —-
    Wouldn’t it be absolutely amazing if Hillary were treated fairly by some media other than Greta?

    Hillary has been and still is winning in all the polls, and that’s because American’s choose her against what ever the media says.

  86. S
    June 14, 2015 at 12:05 pm
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    Yes, there is something rotten about it all. I have been a fighter all my life and have the knocks to prove it. And there are two things that I have learned of importance in all that. One, is to totally surrender on all matters of total unimportance. And the other is to pick your fights.

    There will be treachery. I hope Hillary 2016 is ready.

    I personally think the economy is going to be the game changer. In 2000 and 2008 we have seen the crash for the new POTUS to do the QE Looting thing. And Obola set this one up to be worse than 2008 with the extended ZIRP. I mean, they have tied it to the taxpayer and set it up so they avoid the consequences. It is like it is already planned. But the timing is tricky.

    The central banks have been controlling the fake economy and they have run it out about as far as it can go. Now the two wild cards are a Greek withdrawal from the Eurozone and the biggest debt bomb in recoded history: China.

    Watch the month of September of this year as things will get hairy. The people in charge are incompetent.

  87. John Podhertz in the NY Post today calls her Hillary Rodham Obama:

    Please welcome to the presidential race the latest version of the Democratic front-runner: Ms. Hillary Rodham Obama!
    The speech Hillary delivered Saturday on Roosevelt Island made clear her presidency would be Barack Obama’s third term. The policies she would advance as president are intended to deepen Obama’s unprecedented enmeshment of the economy and the government.

    http://nypost.com/2015/06/13/hillary-clinton-reboots-campaign-with-attack-on-the-rich/

  88. To Hell with trolls, they are just blood sucking ticks that can’t be part of any community, so they hang on and try to cause drama.

    That’s why we have ‘names’ at the top of each post, so we know when to read and when to bypass.

  89. LU4Puma…yes, especially when O now is seen as best buds with the repubs and treacherous to his own party…who knows where the loyalty of O and his peep will go…especially if Hillary hits a rough spot

    I am just so tired of Bill and Hill carrying his weight…the man…and his peeps cannot be trusted by friend and/or foe…and MO is starting to let her ‘true’ self fly with indignation…none of this is helpful to Hillary…imho…

  90. Shadowfax
    June 14, 2015 at 1:04 pm
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    Yes, the turds are dropping like rain. We need troll umbrellas. I guess it is good practice to see what the bobots are pushing. Obola grabbing Hillary in his death grip.

    Can you image a Democratic POTUS who joins with the evil GOP to loot Medicare to pay for unemployment expected to result from their deal to loot the country for the global elites? That is what trolls sell.

    UUUUgggggggggggggly Troll.

  91. Why the Dems Can’t Get It

    Is the long list of foreign policy failures due to stupidity and incompetence, or to some sort of purposeful malevolence? by Michael Ledeen
    June 13, 2015 – 6:07 pm

    I am a big fan of John Hinderaker over at Powerline, and you can see why if you read one of his latest, this one about the Democrats’ lack of any sort of coherent national security policy. Here is the essence of it:

    Democrats are incapable of devising a coherent strategy for dealing with (our problems), and seemingly don’t even try to do so. The charitable explanation is that they are incompetent. But perhaps it is because they aren’t sure what their desired ends are. Do they want the U.S. to win? Do they want us to be powerful, prosperous, influential and successful? That is not a hard question for most Americans, but it is for leading Democrats like Obama and Clinton. If you don’t know the answer to that question, then coming up with a strategy is tough. That, I suspect, is what we have seen for the last six or seven years.

    It’s the basic question about the Obama administration (Hinderaker however is focused on Hillary Clinton and her failed Libyan actions): is the long list of foreign policy failures due to stupidity and incompetence, or to some sort of purposeful malevolence?

    I think this question is invariably framed too narrowly. I think that we are dealing with the result of the collapse of an entire world view, and that collapse has left the Democrats without any guiding principles. Their old templates, from class struggle to capitalist imperialism, no longer apply to the real world. The most potent forces in play are those the left has never understood. Religion above all.

    They used to favor the poor countries, ergo they advocated foreign aid galore and all power to the UN. Neither is working out. They will never forgive us for winning the Cold War, thereby ending their utopian dream that the Soviet Union would truly become the successful incarnation of “real socialism.” And instead of class interest, most people pursue narrower goals, motivated by passions, like religion, which leftists believe archaic. You know, redneck stuff like guns and bourbon. Except that now, religion is the most dynamic force in the world, for good and for ill. This frustrates and angers them, since, unable to make sense of the world, they can’t craft policies that make sense.

    The collapse of the old world view is not surprising. Any decent cultural historian will tell you that world views collapse with striking frequency. But our current leftists don’t know this, because they are products of an educational system that doesn’t teach history. Obama is a great example of the ignorance that abounds, even in our “best” schools. From his amazing claim that “Islam” brought printing to the Western world (it was the Chinese, who sold it to the Europeans, and Portuguese Jews brought it to the Middle East) to claims of Muslim “toleration,” his ignorance of history has been demonstrated over and over again. Instead of acquiring some real knowledge, he and his cohorts have been taught to blame us—the West, the capitalists, the Jews, above all, the United States—for the palpably alarming state of affairs in the world. And blaming us, they embrace a seemingly simple solution to the world’s problems: rein us in, deprive us of the capacity to reshape the world, turn us into an unexceptional country, and work with nasty foreign leaders who, the leftists believe, have been wrongly branded as evil. Hence Cuba. Hence Iran.

    If you can’t tell your friends from your enemies, you end by adopting your enemies’ view of the world.
    Which brings me back to Hinderaker. I think they have answers to his questions. Do they want us to win? Certainly not. Those who want us to win and to flourish are, in the oft-repeated words of the president and his acolytes, “on the wrong side of history.” As Ali Khamenei and Fidel Castro might put it.

  92. S
    June 14, 2015 at 1:12 pm
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    Well, everybody says Hillary is a phony and a liar. I always thought it was a requirement in politics. Why would you think any loyalty to him is sincere?

    She says generally good things about him, but how could her criticism of Wallstreet greed not reflect on him? Her lack of support for the TPP speaks volumes. She made her general statement about trade agreements and jobs. The Dems revolted.

    His policies: Too big to fail
    Her policies: Too small to fail

    His campaign: This is our time.
    Her campaign: This is your time.

  93. Unless she makes a complete 180 as compared to the stuff her campaign has put out thus far, I will definitely vote against her (or not vote at all if a GOPe is the nominee, e.g., Bush / Rubio) . She sounds like Obama 3.

  94. I do not know what people are talking about, her sounding like Obola. She sounds like Hillary to me. I like what she says and think she would be good for the country. Sure, she blames the Repubs instead of Obola for mess, but he is obviously one with then now so he gets included.

    Not really exciting. Just competent and compassionate.

    Hillary has my vote.

  95. Lu

    I don’t read the troll comments and don’t want to know what he thinks or says.

    I also don’t believe that Hillary is in the death grip of anyone, even the Fraud. Hillary has to play nice to not only her supporters but to the less than 18 million that ended up voting to Oh in the General Election.

    If Hillary went into attack mode against Obama before the primary, she might as well not run for President. That’s the truth everyone seems to forget. Obama is not running in 2016, her opponents are the GOP and the few Dims that will run against her.

  96. Lu4PUMA
    June 14, 2015 at 2:38 pm
    I do not know what people are talking about, her sounding like Obola. She sounds like Hillary to me. I like what she says and think she would be good for the country. Sure, she blames the Repubs instead of Obola for mess, but he is obviously one with then now so he gets included.

    Not really exciting. Just competent and compassionate.

    Hillary has my vote.

    ___________

    Shadowfax
    June 14, 2015 at 3:14 pm
    Lu

    I don’t read the troll comments and don’t want to know what he thinks or says.

    I also don’t believe that Hillary is in the death grip of anyone, even the Fraud. Hillary has to play nice to not only her supporters but to the less than 18 million that ended up voting to Oh in the General Election.

    If Hillary went into attack mode against Obama before the primary, she might as well not run for President. That’s the truth everyone seems to forget. Obama is not running in 2016, her opponents are the GOP and the few Dims that will run against her.

    __________

    I agree with both comments.

  97. I don’t always agree with her, but Salena Zito is my favorite columnist because she is generally rational and moderate. A good reminder from her for today:

    It is quite possible that all 7,620 people who live in this central Pennsylvania town lined up along Baltimore Street for the annual Memorial Day parade. It’s also quite possible that every one of them held an American flag.

    The red-white-and-blue waves rippling along both sides of the street, seven people deep, certainly made it feel that way.

    The scene was straight out of a Frank Capra movie: babies squirming in strollers, elderly veterans and their wives in folding chairs; teenagers zigzagging through the crowd; black, white, Hispanic — pretty much a cross-section of America waving flags (many bought for a dollar from strolling vendors) — as a high school band played “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

    The moment, simple and even kind of kitschy in that charming small-town way, was surprisingly inspirational in an uninspiring time. It gave pause to the standard narrative of a waning national impulse to be proud of the American values our flag represents.

    Today marks the birth of the American flag. On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress of the United States replaced the British flag with 13 white stars arranged circularly on a blue field and 13 red or white stripes. The red symbolized valor; the white, purity; the blue, perseverance.

    As we grew, so did the number of stars. The last, our 50th, was added in 1960.

    The tradition began in 1885, when a Midwest kindergarten teacher thought our stars-and-stripes should have a birthday. Inspired by the patriotism of schoolchildren who carried off the first event, the June 14 birthday party quickly spread and eventually was recognized by Congress as an annual affair.

    It was meant to be a day for Americans to remember their loyalty to the nation, to reaffirm their belief in liberty and justice, and to observe the nation’s unity.

    There is evidence all across this country that most of us, whichever side of the political divide we fall on, still hold those beliefs to be true, that most of us believe in our country’s promise, our communities and ourselves, which is arguably our greatest asset.

    The political will to divide us lessens the strength we share as a reflective, thoughtful people. If you tune in too much to social media or cable news programs that pick sides, you might not believe that. But, as my wise father has taught every generation of our family, moderation in everything is a good practice.

    One hundred years ago President Calvin Coolidge said a yearly contemplation of our flag strengthens and purifies the national conscience: “We see in the flag the great multitude of blessings, of rights and privileges that make up our country. But … we must remember that it is equally a symbol of our duties. Every glory that we associate with it is the result of duty done.”

    His sentiment is timeless, and I’d argue that it can’t hurt to think about it daily, especially in a world turned upside down by economic or ideological turmoil and a level of incompetency in our own government so profound that it hurts the senses. (In the past seven days alone we’ve learned government airport screeners failed to detect explosives and weapons in nearly every test by undercover teams, Secret Service agents newly assigned to the White House lacked security clearances, and the president announced to the world that he has no strategy to fight ISIS in Iraq.)

    Thank goodness most people don’t confuse honoring our flag’s values with not honoring government when it is incompetent.

    Respect for our flag doesn’t necessarily come from small-town parades, either.

    Last week, while riding my bike in Pittsburgh, I nearly collided head-on with three black teenagers rounding a blind corner in my direction; all four of us veered to the side after the near-miss. One young man, not older than 16, jumped off his bike and ran over and put his arm around me: “You OK, ma’am?”

    Smiling, thanking him profusely and nodding yes, I watched him walk back to his friends. I shouted, “Yes, I am. Yes, I am,” and they all smiled and waved.

    And there it was, that star-spangled banner, stitched to his backpack as they rode toward the city.

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2015/06/14/still_waving_despite_all_our_divisions_126972.html

  98. my two big fat cents…

    quick touchbase…I was thinking about the discussion/analysis we were having about Hillary’s current roll out…

    …and (imo) Southern Born asked an important question above…paraphrasing she asked…”Doesn’t Hillary have someone that can speak for her??” (Insert my griping…why are O’s people speaking for Hillary especially when they are vulnerable to a GS headlights question like this am)

    and I did see a much thinner but still relatively strong Ann Lewis out there being a trooper…

    and then it hit me resoundingly…

    Hillary’s camp needs to immediately start using Mandy Grunwald and Lisa Caputo as Public/PR/Press Communicators and PR Spokespeople …both are highly respected and regarded

    Mandy and Lisa C up front and central with Hillary’s message…pronto!

  99. SB…I am in moderation

    but the short answer to your question about people speaking for Hillary

    I highly reccommend Mandy Grunwald and Lisa Caputo to ‘up front and central’ on Hillary’s Public/Pr Message…

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