published Sunday, May 19th, 2013

Obama ushers in new wave of tyranny

President Barack Obama speaks on the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups for extra tax scrutiny in the East Room of the White House in Washington.
President Barack Obama speaks on the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups for extra tax scrutiny in the East Room of the White House in Washington.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

In one of the most chilling, fretful and historically confused speeches in recent memory, President Barack Obama told graduates of The Ohio State University to reject voices claiming that "tyranny is always lurking just around the corner."

That commencement address was on May 5. In the two weeks since, Obama's administration has been implicated in no fewer than four scandals resulting from cover-ups and abuses of power -- making it seem that tyranny has gone from lurking just around the corner to bursting through the front door.

Speaking to the class of 2013 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Obama lamented that students have "grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that's at the root of all of our problems. Some of these same voices do their best to gum up the works. They'll warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave and creative and unique experiment in self rule is somehow just a sham with which we can't be trusted."

Perhaps it slipped the president's mind that "our brave and creative and unique experiment in self rule" came as a direct result of our founders' attempts to resist tyranny.

As a matter of fact, America's original founding document, the Declaration of Independence, clearly states that the country was created because King George III established "tyranny over these states."

Of course, good ol' George was probably begging the colonists to reject the voices of those who warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner, too.

In the Declaration of Independence Thomas Jefferson listed 27 abuses the king directed at the colonies for the purpose of establishing a tyrannical government. If the federal government's list of recent tyrannical abuses hasn't yet reached 27, it is well on its way.

On May 10, for example, it was revealed that the IRS targeted conservative organizations, including tea party and 9/12 groups, when they applied for their tax-exempt status. The groups faced improper questions, excessive document requests and intentional slow walking that turned what is usually a six-month process into a four-year ordeal for some organizations.

In the days since the improper IRS behavior toward conservative and center-right organizations was made public, three other acts of tyranny by the federal government have been exposed:

• It was revealed that the Obama administration modified its talking points about the Benghazi attack at least a dozen times. While the White House previously denied making anything other than small cosmetic changes to the documents, it was proven that the administration extensively edited the talking points, deleting CIA warnings about terrorist threats and scrubbing information depicting the administration in an unflattering light.

• The Associated Press discovered that the Justice Department secretly monitored two months of telephone records of more than 20 AP reporters and editors in what the news organization called a "massive and unprecedented intrusion" into how the media gathers the news.

• The Washington Post reported that "Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has gone, hat in hand, to health industry officials, asking them to make large financial donations to help with the effort to implement President Obama's landmark health-care law." The HHS' act of shaking down health care companies over which it wields enormous power is a potential violation of the law.

President Obama, if you worry that Americans grow up "hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister" tyrannical entity, than perhaps you should take steps to make government less sinister and less tyrannical.

After all, you can hardly blame young Americans for feeling that government is tyrannical when, under your leadership, the government constantly engages in despicable acts of oppressive power -- which is, by the way, the definition of the word "tyranny."

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hambone said...

And this editorial is the definition of the word "paranoia"!

May 19, 2013 at 7:25 a.m.
soakya said...

Tyrants are not confined to the federal government. The mayor of Cleveland along with his 7 minions used the Cleveland Banner, CTFP, and the 3 local stations to go after someone who handed out a flyer in the Cleveland area who was exercising their 1st amendment rights. Government at any level should be looked at with a level of distrust. Anyone in government who tells you different is a tyrant.

May 19, 2013 at 9:24 a.m.
carlB said...

CTFP Editorial said:Obama's administration has been implicated in no fewer than four scandals resulting from cover-ups and abuses of power."

=========== REPLY:Have you not been listening to what the objectives of the enemies of President Obama, are?
Under the circumstances and the conditions that this Republic is having to go through, with a group of people wanting to cause the (it's) economic failure thereby creating the possibility of entering into the conditions that another great depression would cause. Therefore these situations/conditions/events occurring, being caused by the anti government people, with 2nd Amendment people wanting the government to not pass any more "gun" restrictions. which could possibly prevent them from having weapons for protecting themselves if the government over stepped their authority or if there was another great depression. If Another great depression did occur, it could create the circumstances of "Anarchy" occurring in the USA and even to occur world wide. From all of the indications, there are many people who would prefer to live in an "Anarchy Rule" to be able to justify their extreme 2nd Amendment "rights."

May 19, 2013 at 10:18 a.m.
acerigger said...

Mr. Editor, you are obviously not "up to speed" on current events, in that it's been proven that the "modifications" of the BENGHAZI!!! talking points was done by REPUBLICANS.

Sorry, but your ginned-up "scandals" all seem to be falling apart.

BTW, I'm sure it must be really frustrating to you to learn, via Gallup poll, that President Obama's and Hillary Clinton's favorability ratings have gone up during all the faux outrage.

The scandal-mongers need to get another dead horse to beat, or a life.

May 19, 2013 at 10:45 a.m.

Oblabla just simply says he's outraged and says he'd never stand for that and that seems to be fine with the a$$wipes in the media. He still behaves as if he's not POTUS, he's just campaigning. He's added nothing of any worth to this country since he was sworn in.

May 19, 2013 at 11:07 a.m.
carlB said...

acerigger, You said it correct. I have to keep repeating this because of the actions of the elected Republican persons who pretend to be doing what the people want them to do. Then, after President Obama took office in January 2009 the Republican's actions have been of disavowal and despicable in the House and Senate to publicly announce their objective was to cause President Obama's failure. Therefore preventing and obstructing the recovery of the 2007 recession. This action should be called a traitorous act against this Republic and the people. After the arrogance shown by these "enemies" of President Obama and of this country, it causes me to be opposed to anybody who tries to "lie to the voters that President Obama has been a complete failure after having tried to cause him to be a failure.

May 19, 2013 at 11:37 a.m.
joseph said...

This editorial title and this 'informed opinion' is a load of horse hockey. Rehashed Republican talking points that rate high in outrage and low in facts.

May 19, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.
anticorp said...

I just love these phony claims of tyranny directed at the American government when the Democrats gain majority. Tyranny is as it has been, since our nation's beginnings, the spawn of Corporations. The lobbying of Parliament in the 1700's for subsidies for the East India Company shifted some of the cost of tea smuggled into England and the Colonies was the impetus for the start of the War of Independence.

Cost shifting-get it? They taxed the working class colonies so a wealthy trading corporation could make more profit (25% subsidy duty refund). It was added to the imports to America.

We are getting the same now from Republicans. They want to go back to cost shifting medical costs by repealing the ACA. They fight to protect oil and coal industry subsidies, while ending those for alternative energy, not ending them all of course.

These Republicans have taken on the roll of the Monarch and the working class is in the roll of the Colonists. We should be the ones caching arms and ammo.

The corporations and the Republicans are the tyrants.

May 19, 2013 at 1:24 p.m.
carlB said...

Every political policy and every ideological principle the Republicans have is for depressing and oppressing the workers while increasing THE WAGE GAP between the workers and the 1% - 2%. If this Republic is driven into another great depression by the Republicans just to be able to blame it on the Democratic persons, instead of helping to prevent it. What are the unemployed people and the military Veterans supposed to do during the conditions of another great depression?

May 19, 2013 at 2:07 p.m.
carlB said...

The loss of US workers' jobs have been caused from the effects of the global economy, with a trade deficit of more than $48 Billion dollars PER MONTH. Now they are against helping the private sectors in re-creating the needed manufacturing/production jobs here? The Republicans' objectives/policies would continue to force more people into poverty and then their principles are against using our Government for helping with these people's existence. Forget about the workers having any representation on the job or there being any help for the people who cannot find a job when there is only one job available for every four people looking for work? The Republicans have made it clear that they would not help and would leave these people in poverty to "fend" for themselves.

May 19, 2013 at 2:11 p.m.
carlB said...

Every objective that the Republicans have projected publicly of doing to cause the the failure of President Obams's policies could definitely cause this Republic to fall into the state of anarchy or Tyranny. Sometimes it is hard for the Republicans to deguise their ulterior motives, but during the last Presidential election and after Obama was elected again, they have gotten desperate in trying to buy their way back into power by lying and putting out biased misinformation, while taking advantage of making up their own talking pointa against the President.

May 19, 2013 at 3 p.m.

Carl, you sound just like that man on MSNBC, Rachel Madcow. Are you her/him/it?

BLABLABLABLA. Poor oppressed Oblabla. If only everyone would just accept his genius and do what he says. Morons.

May 19, 2013 at 7:45 p.m.
Easy123 said...

zab,

"Carl, you sound just like that man on MSNBC, Rachel Madcow. Are you her/him/it?"

Rachel Maddow is a woman, moron.

BLABLABLABLA. Poor oppressed WingNuts. If only everyone would just accept their genius, do what they say, and hate the President.

MORON.

May 19, 2013 at 7:47 p.m.

Easy, Easy. It sounds like a woman, but she looks and acts like a man. Don't you recognize sarcasm when you see it. Humorless leftist toad.

May 19, 2013 at 8:13 p.m.

No, dope, Oblabla thinks he's genius and above everyone. There's no doubt about that. What he is, in fact, is a lazy a$$ golf bum. Did you catch that sickening commencement speech he gave today? The dope thinks he's "down with the struggle". LOL He's a spoiled Commie brat. LOL His scrawny "metrosexual" a$$ wouldn't last 5 seconds just two blocks from his mansion in Hyde Park on the south side. He has no connection with what the black community is going through even in his adopted home town. Liar.

May 19, 2013 at 8:20 p.m.
Easy123 said...

Zab,

You always take the bait. LMFAO!

Thank you for exposing your sexist, homophobic, racist thoughts.

May 19, 2013 at 8:41 p.m.

Hate the POTUS? NO, no, no, no, Easy. You can hate the sin, but not hate the sinner. Oblabla isn't "hated" because he's a mulato, or a Democrat, I can think of many Republicans I "hate", but he's "hated" because he takes a big dump on the Constitution and on the citizens of this great country. He quite simply looks at us as beneath him and just something to squeeze money out of. He's the phoniest of the phony.

Anyone who strongly disagrees with Oblabla is automatically labeled a hater by you lefties.

May 19, 2013 at 8:50 p.m.

Sorry, Easy, I haven't written one "homophobic", sexist or racist thing. Nice try at doing what Liberals do best, stick labels on people.

May 19, 2013 at 8:53 p.m.
Easy123 said...

zab,

"I haven't written one "homophobic", sexist or racist thing. Nice try at doing what Liberals do best, stick labels on people."

Keep telling yourself that. Everyone else sees you and your ilk for what you really are.

Nice job at doing what WingNuts do best: being an ignorant, racist bigot.

May 19, 2013 at 9 p.m.

No, Easy. Not ignorant at all, not a bigot at all, but you are. There is no bigger bigot, racist or bully than you your average die-hard lefty. You don't Americans, you see colors, and you love to label and hyphenate. Laughable, absolutely laughable.

May 19, 2013 at 10:11 p.m.
Easy123 said...

zab,

No, zab. Not ignorant at all, not a bigot at all, but you are. There is no bigger bigot, racist or bully than you your average die-hard Righty. You don't see Americans, you see colors, and you love to label and hyphenate. Laughable, absolutely laughable.

WOW! Crazy how truly accurate that is if you just change it a little! LMFAO!

May 19, 2013 at 10:13 p.m.
carlB said...

zableedofisterix said... Carl, you sound just like that man on MSNBC, Rachel Madcow. Are you her/him/it?

Reply: zableedofisterix, How do you know what I sound like? Are you looking for an easy way to insult someone and to get off of the subject? Do the words and the message of truth disturb you?

May 19, 2013 at 10:37 p.m.
carlB said...

zableedofisterix said... Easy, Easy. It sounds like a woman, but she looks and acts like a man. Don't you recognize sarcasm when you see it. Humorless leftist toad.

Reply: zableedofisterix, There is not any "humor" in your kind of "sarcasm." All I get out of reading your BS is that you have not learned to have any respect for any one who does not think and act as you.

May 19, 2013 at 11:01 p.m.

Oh, shucks, I'm so intimidated by your bold type. Oh, please don't gang up on me.

Anyone can say whatever they want, please. I still maintain that Rachel Madcow is a manly manLOL

May 19, 2013 at 11:14 p.m.
carlB said...

zableedofisterix,Terrorism to our Republic and to the people can be classified under the physical damage done or by other means, such as financial or mental damage. We have had our share of all the above over the past years and recently by "non elected" individuals acting to cause mential and physical harm to the people and to this country. When the Republicans had their planning session, on the same day President Obama was sworn in, January 2009, they decided to make it "their number one objective to cause his failure during his first term. I personally have taken their actions as being very negative against President Obama and to our entire country since he has been elected President. The Republicans have stepped over the "political line" in trying to get the people to not respect this President. Therefore their tactics and their strategies should be questioned. What if their objectives of causing the failure they wanted and were trying to cause had resulted in causing another GREAT DEPRESSION? Would their actions against the Commander in Chief's policies be considered worse than a terrorist attack?

May 19, 2013 at 11:30 p.m.
carlB said...

How can you tell a terrorist from an elected Republican who wants this Republic to fail? In January 2009 "their number one objective was to cause President Obama's failure during his first term." All I am saying is that if the Republicans had been able to have caused the President's failure, the economic conditions would have been more like another great depression and we would not be concerned with the temporary inconvenience of this "sequester."

May 19, 2013 at 11:33 p.m.

LOL Carl, please. My gosh, how ridiculous. Bush was hammered before he was even sworn in. Give me a break. "mental damage", wow poor babies. I knew Oblabla was a statist before he was even sworn in and I did want him to fail in his goal, which is to have the government dominate our lives. He has succeeded, so what are you bitching about? Are you unhappy because we all don't kiss his feet. In other what you're saying is anyone who doesn't cheer for Oboob is the equivilent of a terrorist? Talk about not being able to take criticisim

May 19, 2013 at 11:37 p.m.
Easy123 said...

Zab,

Your psychosis has been duly noted.

May 19, 2013 at 11:41 p.m.

Sequester, well the world didn't end did it. Typical leftist tactic of trying to cause panic.

May 19, 2013 at 11:41 p.m.
Easy123 said...

The Sequester hurt and affected a lot of people.

Typical WingNut tactic to be completely ignorant of facts.

May 19, 2013 at 11:45 p.m.

Of course, Mr. Easy, anyone who doesn't agree with the left on this site is taken to task. I fully understand.

May 19, 2013 at 11:46 p.m.
Easy123 said...

zab,

Just the people who don't agree with the facts. And you don't fully understand. You're oblivious of your own ignorance. It has nothing to do with Left or Right. It has everything to do with facts and the truth. And you have an aversion for both.

May 19, 2013 at 11:49 p.m.
carlB said...

zableedofisterix, you appear or seem to be highly biased and are taking the the fact that Obama is the President of these United States on a too personal level and cannot accept that he was legally elected twice.
This Republic cannot be sustained with the Gridlock AND with the unsustainable $42 to $46 Billion dollar TRADE DEFICIT PER MONTH, created by the US consumers with the global corporations. Therefore, the enemies of President Obama that are causing the obstructionism, have prevented a full recovery of the 2007 deep recession. Time is of the essence. Going backwards into another great depression, similar to the one in 1929 is not an option to consider. zableedofisterix, whom do you think can "fix" all of the problems that need to be gotten rid of? zableedofisterix, If you are new, "Oh, shucks, I'm so intimidated by your bold type" the bold print comes out on it's own. I do not like when it does the bold thing. I did not do the bold print to hollow at you.

May 20, 2013 at 12:32 a.m.

Not personal at all. I don't know the man personally. I know he's a lying politician, probably one of the best. I never said I don't accept that he was legally elected. What that tells me is how ignorant the electorate is. I do know the buck stops at the top, accept with him, it seems. To believe he has nothing to do with the IRS targeting certain groups he doesn't like would be naive. He's was mentored in the Chicago machine. Anything goes with that bunch.

May 20, 2013 at 12:45 a.m.
carlB said...

zableedofisterix, people who use their judgment as you do not have to know a person to have an excuse take a PERSONAL attitude against them. I am convinced that under the circumstances you would not want to recognize who is deliberately lying to the people.

May 20, 2013 at 1:43 a.m.

Yeah, there're many people in Government lying to the people. Both parties, no doubt. Oblabla is chief among them.

It's obvious he can't take criticism, and now more and more is coming about how the DOJ has tracked reporters. He wants to control the media, the best he can, like some third world thug. His news conferences, if you want to call them that, are a joke.

What is this, North Korea.

Let's call him Barack Milhous Nixon Obama. Back him all you want, but he's nothing special. He's just a lying politician on steroids.

May 20, 2013 at 8:57 a.m.
Handleit said...

While you folks are busy taking jabs at each other our House and Senate representatives are sitting on their backsides laughing at us. Those two groups are the worst sets of representatives I can ever recall. Their only concern is getting re-elected to continue inflating their pockets. If they are in office now, vote'em out. We need representatives that care about this country.

May 20, 2013 at 9:34 a.m.
joneses said...

Hussein Obama is the most dishonest person to ever occupy the White House and foolish liberals show their stupidity by believing every word this liar says. Hussein Obama is out to destroy America as we know it. Ask yourself, why will Hussein Obama not explain in detail where he wants, in his own words, to "move America forward" to and how he wants to "fundamentally change America"? what does he want to change America to? Have you liberals ever thought what the answer to this question might be?

May 20, 2013 at 9:38 a.m.
carlB said...

What will happen when the 98% of the masses do not have money to spend on imported goods? The loss of US workers' jobs have been caused from the effects of the global economy, with a trade deficit of more than $48 Billion dollars PER MONTH. Now they are against helping the private sectors in re-creating the needed manufacturing/production jobs here? The Republicans' objectives/policies would continue to force more people into poverty and then their principles are against using our Government for helping with these people's existence. Forget about the workers having any representation on the job or there being any help for the people who cannot find a job when there is only one job available for every four people looking for work? The Republicans have made it clear that they would not help and would leave these people in poverty to "fend" for themselves.

May 20, 2013 at 10:20 a.m.
joneses said...

carb

If the Republicans are for putting more people into poverty then why are more people in poverty after four years of the majority of congress and the white house being controlled by democrats and hussein obama?

What is wrong with what you call "fending for yourself" and what I call "being responsible for yourself"?

By the way the Republicans are not in charge and have not been for quite sometime.

May 20, 2013 at 2:06 p.m.
joneses said...

Hussein Obama is trying his best to make America into a Banana Republic. He purposely audited Mitt Romney supporters, the Tea Party and it's supporters to scare them into not donating to these causes. Hussein Obama and the democrats cannot run on their record so they have strategies to take away funding from their opponents.

Do not be fooled by hussein obama he and his string pullers know exactly what they are doing.

May 20, 2013 at 2:08 p.m.
Leaf said...

Times Free Press Ushers in a New Wave of Paranoia.

In one of the most disjointed and bloviating articles in recent weeks, the editors of the Free Press opinion page pandered to their base by attacking the President with random unproven charges of impropriety, some of them ocurring while his predecessor was in office. In an apparent confirmation of these charges of tyranny, or coverups, or something, a longtime reader responded, "The guvmint better not come onto my prop'ty" before racking his twelve-gague.

Several references to the Founding Fathers helped disguise the lack of content of the article, and helped clothe the writer in an aura of patriotism. The writer summed up the piece by referring to Obama's administration as the definition of the word "tyrrany". Thankfully the author was able to resist beginning the article with the phrase, "According to Webster, the definition of "tyrrany" is. . . " (although I heard on the internet that the first draft of this article did start that way, and that Hillary Clinton made him change it.)

May 20, 2013 at 2:13 p.m.
carlB said...

joneses said... Hussein Obama is the most dishonest person to ever occupy the White House and foolish liberals show their stupidity by believing every word this liar says. Hussein Obama is out to destroy America as we know it.

joneses, You left yourself too much wiggle room on who has been lying the most.
It was my thinking that George W. Bush and his adminisrtration were at the top of the list when it comes to the liars club. Too bad you are not living in the White House. With this post and thwe others above you might top Bush W.

May 20, 2013 at 3:04 p.m.
joneses said...

Carlb

Again, democrats have had the most power in America so it is they who are responsible for more people being in poverty now since the depression. It starts with the failed policies of hussein obama and the fools that believe all his lies. President Bush has not been in office in over 4 years. I suggest you stay up on current events.

Lies During Fourth Year “The sequester is not something that I’ve proposed. It is something that Congress has proposed.” Politifact.com

“Mitt Romney raised nursing home fees eight times.” Politifact.com

“Mitt Romney called the Arizona law a model for the nation.” Politifact.com

“Planned Parenthood provides mammograms” Spero News

“We got back every dime we used to rescue the financial system” cbsnews.com

Benghazi violence was caused by an internet video & demonstrations State Department

“Mitt Romney Plans to fire Big Bird” Politifact.com

“Under Gov. Romney’s definition … Donald Trump is a small business.” politifact.com

Because of Obamacare, “over the last two years, health care premiums have gone up — it’s true — but they’ve gone up slower than any time in the last 50 years.” politifact.com

“I think it’s important for us to understand that the Fast and Furious program was a field-initiated program begun under the previous administration” abcnews.com

Romney and Ryan will gut pell grants for low-income college students. Factcheck.org My budget will cut the deficit by $4 Trillion over 10 years. Factcheck.org

“I am told that Governor Romney’s new running mate, Paul Ryan, might be around Iowa the next few days,” he said while in Council Bluffs, Iowa. “He is one of the leaders of Congress standing in the way. So if you happen to see Congressman Ryan, tell him how important this farm bill is to Iowa and our rural communities.” House passed bill on August 2, 2012 (Paul Ryan voted yes)

The American automobile industry has come roaring back…So now I want to say what we did with the auto industry, we can do it in manufacturing across America. Let’s make sure advanced, high-tech manufacturing jobs take root here, not in China. And that means supporting investment here. Governor Romney … invested in companies that were called ‘pioneers’ of outsourcing. I don’t want to outsource. I want to insource. Forbes- Outsourcer-In-Chief: Obama Of General Motors

“You Didn’t Build that”

A few examples

May 20, 2013 at 3:26 p.m.
NirvanaFallacy said...

Obama's response to the most recent scandals to hit his administration: "We aren't corrupt - just incompetent." It is shocking to still find people that want to expand government after what has come out in the news the last few weeks - IRS targeting, State department lies, Military sexual harassment, the HHS secretary's shakedown of the health industry for more money, and the DOJ attacking the AP with super subpoenas.

May 20, 2013 at 3:27 p.m.
joneses said...

carlb

You conveniently left out the rest of my post.

Ask yourself, why will Hussein Obama not explain in detail where he wants, in his own words, to "move America forward" to and how he wants to "fundamentally change America"? Have you liberals ever thought what the answer to this question might be?

May 20, 2013 at 3:43 p.m.
carlB said...

joneses, if you were not so biased AGAINST PRESIDENT Obama you would be able to see how backward this Republic was being taKEN BEFORe pRESIDENT Obama was elected/

May 20, 2013 at 4:39 p.m.
NirvanaFallacy said...

Carl what has Obama done that has been so different than what Bush did in his time of office. Obama has basically done everything that Bush did and more. So, how exactly was the Republic being taken backward?

May 20, 2013 at 7:01 p.m.
Easy123 said...

"Obama has basically done everything that Bush did and more."

Maybe you could enlighten me about the two wars Obama started, the Hurricane/FEMA debacle under Obama, tax cuts on the wealthy, limiting stem cell research, not capturing Osama Bin Laden, and not signing the Kyoto Protocol.

Oh wait, Obama didn't do any of that stupid sh!t, did he?

May 20, 2013 at 8:18 p.m.
NirvanaFallacy said...

You are right, Obama's list of stupid sh!t is far longer than Bush's.

Here's just a few things Obama can hang his hat on: 1. U.S. sovereign debt downgrade: first in American history 2. Federal spending (25% of GDP): highest since World War II 3. Budget deficit (10% of GDP): highest since World War II 4. Federal debt (67% of GDP): highest since just after World War II 5. Employment (58.1% of population working): lowest since 1983 6. Long-term unemployment (45.9% of total): highest since 1930s 7. Increase in nonfarm payroll employment (0.5%) since recovery began 26 months previously: slowest job growth in the 26 months after a severe recession since World War II 8. Home ownership rate (59.7%): lowest since 1965 9. Percentage of taxpayers paying income tax (49%): lowest in modern era 10. Government dependency (47%), defined as the percentage of persons receiving one or more federal benefit payments: highest in American history Sources: Standard & Poor’s, Office of Management and Budget, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Morgan Stanley, Joint Committee on Taxation, U.S. Census.

Also, who could forget the widespread drone strikes, $825 billion stimulus package that didn't stimulate anything, cash for clunkers, record spending, exploding debt and budget deficits, IRS targeting of opponents, a DOJ that's out of control, demonizing the rich and corporations, least transparent gov't in history, the highest number of prosecutions of whistle-blowers ever in history, an ambassador murdered, the Obamacare train wreck and the list goes on and on.

May 20, 2013 at 11:54 p.m.
Easy123 said...

NirvanaFallacy,

"You are right, Obama's list of stupid sh!t is far longer than Bush's."

Keep telling yourself that. LMFAO!

"Here's just a few things Obama can hang his hat on:"

You do realize the economy was going down BEFORE Obama was elected, right? And you do realize that the economy, unemployment, etc. is improving UNDER Obama, right?

"widespread drone strikes"

Happened under Bush.

"$825 billion stimulus package that didn't stimulate anything"

Absolutely, utterly, verifiably, and demonstrably false. It saved and created several million jobs and kept the economy from hitting rock bottom.

"record spending"

Which has been going down.

"exploding debt and budget deficits"

There is nothing exploding about our debt or budget.

"IRS targeting of opponents"

Happened under Bush.

"a DOJ that's out of control"

Both of the issues the DOJ (Fast & Furious and media subpoenas) is demonized for happened under Bush.

"demonizing the rich and corporations"

As opposed to the Republican way of demonizing the poor and middle class?

"least transparent gov't in history"

That is your opinion and nothing more. The Obama administration is exponentially more transparent than the Bush administration.

"the highest number of prosecutions of whistle-blowers ever in history"

To prevent the leaks that Republicans were crying about.

"an ambassador murdered"

As opposed to the 4,000+ dead United States soldiers, 3,000 dead Americans on 9/11, etc. under Bush?

"the Obamacare train wreck"

That is your opinion and nothing more.

"and the list goes on and on."

Would you like to try again?

May 21, 2013 at 12:07 a.m.
carlB said...

NirvanaFallacy and joneses, since you both and others have decided to completely be against President Obama as being in the position of President and are only looking at everything he has done as being a negative FOR this Republic. Then SO be it, if that is the judgment your want everyone else to know you are using, it is not my problem, but you'als. The World keeps on turning.
President Obama has been elected twice for two terms legally by the Presidential election process, thanks to the better judgment of the majority of the voters.

If the people want to really to be honest in making their life's decisions, based on their best realistic judgment, it will be the 2014 and the 2016 Elections. The time has come for ALL of the voters to consider their need, for the good of the 47% and the 98%, to vote for the Democratic Candidates after getting informed of the facts instead being over loaded and over exposed with the misleading lies and misinformation being put out by the opponents of this administration.

May 21, 2013 at 7:53 a.m.
carlB said...

NirvanaFallacy said... What lies have I told carl? And are saying we can no longer criticize the President of the United States, even if his beliefs are directly opposite of our own?

Reply: NirvanaFallacy, What "opposite beliefs" are you talking about?? Are they Political, Party, individual, Group or Religious beliefs? The conditions of this Republic will never be perfect, satisfying everybody and it is for sure our elected leaders will never be "perfect" for pleasing everybody. It is very important for the voters to be aware that the elections of 2014 can be the time when the masses of the voters have the choice of sending their message and in determining, whether they want to get back the proper "balance" of this Republic which should be "for the people and by the people." Not anyone of us can act as if live on a single island, isolated from the other people. Everybody has to make adjustments and sacrifices to keep the correct BALANCE of this Republic working for all of us, not just for a small percentage.

May 21, 2013 at 7:18 p.m.
NirvanaFallacy said...

I agree the 2014 elections will be very important for this country. Hopefully, we can get some people that will make the tough choices and rein in this ever expanding federal government.

May 21, 2013 at 11:29 p.m.
carlB said...

Remember what the conditions of this Republic were at the end of the Cheney/Bush W. administration with the help of the fraud occurring in the private financial systems and with the effects of the global economy. We were on the verge of another great depression. Was it the private enterprise systems that prevented another great depression?

Are the "enemies" of this Republic and the enemies who are opposed to President Obama winning a second term, aware that the realistic and the sensible voters have gotten wise to their obstructionism and the stalemate caused by them? Thereby getting rid of the biased, deliberately created stalemate in the House while gaining in the control of the Senate, by voting Obama in for a second term and to vote in 2014 for other true Democratic candidates giving him the help that he needs to "Move Forward" in helping create the needed private sector jobs

May 22, 2013 at 1:01 a.m.
joneses said...

The most unsafe and worst place to live in America is government housing so one can assume the worst health care will be government health care. The larger the government becomes the more it fails and cannot be held accountable. A perfect example is how hussein obama claims to know nothing about Benghazi, the abuse of power by the IRS and the violation of the First Amendment by the DOJ. This is the government hussein obama wants where no one can be held accountable and all the government bureaucrats have to say when caught violating individual rights is "I know nothing". This is where hussein obama wants to move us forward to where we are all owned by the government and not one in government can be held accountable for violating our rights. There is also the theory hussein obama is an empty suit and his puppet masters tell him what to say and hopes he does not screw it up. This is proved by how stupid he sounds when he is on his own which is very rare.

May 23, 2013 at 7:49 a.m.
Carl said...

This piece was just stupid and a reflection of the quality of this alleged newspaper. No matter which side you favour, this piece is so biased it should only be read for entertainment purposes and not for serious, accurate journalism which is lacking in this provincial publication. I would take the World Wrestling Federation more seriously.

May 23, 2013 at 7:54 a.m.
joneses said...

I find it amazing how liberals condone massive debt, out of control spending, irresponsible government, the abuse of power by the IRS, the violation of the First Amendment by the DOJ, leaving brave servicemen to die and be mutilated in Benghazi. It is amazing how these liberals are so enamored by hussein obama they are to scared to hold him and his regime responsible for any of their failures. They have not the intellect to see how dangerous this is to their own lives and America. The only defense they have is what hillary said, "What difference does it make!".

May 23, 2013 at 8:09 a.m.
klifnotes said...

That's because, joneses, from Benghazi, IRS to AP so-called scandals you mention are already being proven to not be scandals after all. Just rightwingNUT talking points and their diehard followers jumping on board to keep the falsehoods circling.

May 23, 2013 at 10 a.m.
NirvanaFallacy said...

Claiming that Benghazi and the DOJ targeting of the press are not scandals is fine. I disagree, but I can at least understand the argument for why some do not consider them scandals.

However, the IRS targeting conservative groups and flagging them for review based only on the fact that their applications contains such thing as "Patriots" or "Tea Party" is indefensible. Had the IRS targeted liberal groups in the same way it would be just as bad. But, the facts show and they have admitted that they only targeted conservative groups and did not flag similar progressive or liberal labels. That is abusing the power of the IRS and every American should be appalled.

501(C)(4)'s should be eliminated and hopefully that will happen as a result of this scandal. But, as long as it is still in the Code then the IRS must enforce the Tax Code impartially.

May 23, 2013 at 2:48 p.m.
klifnotes said...

They were targeted because such a large number applied for tax exemption attempting to use the 501(c)(4), while other groups applied under the 501(c)(3). They set themselves up for added scrutiny. That makes a big difference.

I do agree, however. That is, the 501(c)(4) code should be elminated altogether. It created a perfect storm for abuse.

May 23, 2013 at 9:29 p.m.
NirvanaFallacy said...

Unfortunately claiming that such a huge number applied for tax exemption fails to hold up when looking at the dates and the actual number of applications.

There was only a small increase in the number of applications when the IRS implemented this stupid policy. The Washington Post looked at this and said, "while there was an increase in 2010, it was relatively small. The real jump did not come until 2011, long after the targeting of conservative groups had been implemented." http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/a-bushel-of-pinocchios-for-irss-lois-lerner/2013/05/19/771687d2-bfdd-11e2-9b09-1638acc3942e_blog.html

There is no defending the IRS's actions.

May 23, 2013 at 10:38 p.m.
carlB said...

Just waNTED TO point out that the Carl below is not carlB. I did not post this.

Carl said... This piece was just stupid and a reflection of the quality of this alleged newspaper. No matter which side you favour, this piece is so biased it should only be read for entertainment purposes and not for serious, accurate journalism which is lacking in this provincial publication. I would take the World Wrestling Federation more seriously.

May 23, 2013 at 7:54 a.m.

May 24, 2013 at 11:14 a.m.
chet123 said...

TEA PARTY SHOULD HAVE BEEN TARGET......THEY DO NOT OPERATE FOR THE SOCIAL WELFARE OF THE COUNTRY........

THEY OPERATE TO EMPOWER THE RICH AND GREEDY!!!!

May 26, 2013 at 12:39 p.m.
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