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As if we really needed a poll to tell us, the latest Fox News Poll shows that voters have little trust in the president, as 61 percent of respondents said Obama lies about significant issues “most of the time” or “some of the time.” And that includes 38 percent of Democrats and 63 percent of Independents.
His “lie of the year” about keeping your doctor and your insurance is perhaps the most memorable, but his denials about knowing details of the Fast and Furious Mexican gun-running scheme, the IRS scandal, domestic surveillance, gender pay, and the Benghazi attack still hang in the balance, unanswered.
Meanwhile, he continues to inflate ObamaCare enrollment figures thinking that he still has believers, as he works behind closed doors with insurance providers and state insurance commissioners for support. But the real shocker is yet to come; when people discover what a $1,500 deductible means when they visit the doctor, or what that $2,500 premium does to a family budget.
You might be interested in knowing that those most likely to say Obama “never” lies to the country on important matters includes 37 percent of blacks, 31 percent of Democrats and 19 percent of women, according to the poll.
“The point is, the repeal debate is and should be over. The Affordable Care Act is working.” – President Obama, April 17, 2014 press conference.
Nice try, Mr. President, but I don’t buy it and neither do the majority of Americans. Just because you say it’s so doesn’t make it so. I’m reminded of environmentalists who often say, 710 scientists agree that the world is warming. The debate is over. Nonsense.
“Well, ‘the debate is over’ is something of a mantra. The debate is over about climate change – everyone be quiet. The debate is over about early childhood education – everyone be quiet. You hear that from people who are finding the evidence inconvenient.” – Columnist George Will
The president criticized Republicans who he said, “can’t bring themselves to admit that the Affordable Care Act is working,” intimating the debate has taken the focus off creating jobs, improving the economy and raising the minimum wage. Oddly enough those are all failures of his administration.
Will pointed out that the President contradicted himself during the press conference in that while he claims the debate is over, he encouraged Democrats to campaign on how great it’s working.
“(ObamaCare) is working in that it exists; it breathes. But it’s hurting the doctor, hurting the hospital, hurting the patient, it’s hurting the economy, it’s going to cost a fortune.” – Columnist Charles Krauthammer.
Meanwhile, a Pew Research Center poll recently conducted for USA Today was quite revealing. More than 80 percent of respondents believe a candidate’s stance on the troubled health insurance law is important to them, with 54 percent saying it is “very important.” Support for ObamaCare dropped to 37 percent, the lowest level since 2010, the year it was passed. Clearly it will be a mid-term election issue that scares Democrats.
KRAMER NOTE: On March 23, 2014 I posted the last of a four-part series on the IRS scandal. While the Obama administration wants this issue to fade away, I intend to continue to keep it alive as we near the mid-term elections.
An April Fox News Poll reveals that voters, by a 49-41 percent margin, believe the Obama administration “intentionally had the IRS target conservative political groups.”
More importantly, 67 percent of voters want Congress to keep investigating the IRS until someone is found accountable. Agreement appears to cross party lines as the breakdown shows Republicans (77 percent), Independents (67 percent) and Democrats (57 percent).
Sixty-nine percent feel the president hasn’t followed through on his vow to “find out exactly what happened on this.” And 72 percent disagree with the president when he says there is not even a “smidgen” of corruption regarding the IRS targeting. Remember, President Obama has called this a “phony scandal.”
A number of e-mails reveal that Lois Lerner was intimately involved in the targeting scheme, as were other members of the IRS, the FEC and Justice. It’s obvious that Lerner felt emboldened by the president’s State of the Union speech and the backing of Senate Democrats Schumer, Durbin, and Levin, who demanded continued IRS scrutiny of conservative groups.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted 21-12 to hold Lerner in contempt of congress and the House Ways and Means Committee voted to refer her case to the Justice Department for possible criminal prosecution. Meanwhile, House Speaker John Boehner says the House “will continue to shine the light on the administration’s abusive actions and use every tool at our disposal to expose the truth and ensure the American people get the answers they deserve.”
I believe that one day we will learn that the Obama administration’s use of the IRS for political purposes over the past few years is a scandal with far greater abuse than that uncovered in Watergate. With the president and attorney general stonewalling efforts to uncover details of criminal activity, we cannot expect answers soon, but we cannot allow it to die a bureaucratic death.
“So maybe the GOP will drop its obsession with 19-month-old talking points and start asking what more can be done to the bad guys.” – Dana Milbank, Washington Post.
It’s the conclusion you would expect from Milbank, a water carrier for President Obama, following the testimony of Michael Morrell on the Sept. 11, 2012 Al Qaeda attack on our Benghazi, Libya compound.
While Republicans want to learn how five months of attack warnings were ignored and who was responsible for providing false talking points for public consumption, both President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wanted to change the subject. The president calls it a “phony scandal” and falls back on the Pickering-Mullen review as case closed. And, Clinton asked, “what difference does it make?” in an effort to move on. Milbank seems more than willing to support them.
In my April 4, 2014 blog post, Obama, Clinton aided by Benghazi cover-up, I described how Morrell ignored the input of the CIA’s station chief in Libya and instead relied on analysts thousands of miles away in Langley, VA as he rewrote the infamous talking points. Talking points that an obliging Susan Rice used on news talk shows the following Sunday.
Referring to the House hearing as “useless” may be correct since administrative officials continue to play word games or they take the fifth amendment, but Milbank went on to ridicule Republican attempts to get reasonable answers from Morrell. He criticized Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), who had enough of Morrell’s “dancing.” Charging that Morrell changed the talking points for the White House, Bachmann said, “I believe that the totality of the information was obfuscated and there was an intentional misleading of the public.”
Compare the thoughts of former Attorney General Michael Mukasey with those of Milbank. Writing in the Wall Street Journal under the heading, More Obfuscation on Benghazi, Mukasey clearly understands Washington. Writing of the rigidity of the analysts, he said, “So analysts whose deductions put them at odds with those on the scene wouldn’t have considered, and apparently didn’t consider, simply ringing up those on the scene and getting their input. To the contrary, analysts deal only with information that comes in the prescribed way.”
Mukasey also reminded us that it was President Obama and Hillary Clinton who invoked the You Tube video as the cause of the Benghazi attack while receiving of the bodies of the four Americans and addressing the grieving families. They knew better, and don’t forget it.
Mukasey pointed to the need for the appointment of a select committee to investigate Benghazi.
Kramerontheright will continue to press for answers.
In my March 27, 2014 blog post, It’s no joke, Senator Franken, I wrote of his effort to intimidate IRS employees; a plan to closely scrutinize tax exempt status applications submitted by Tea Party groups and other conservative organizations.
Led by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Franken and several other senators pressured the IRS to delay Tea Party application approvals; a scheme to prevent groups from furthering their push for less government, lower taxes, less spending and adherence to the Constitution.
While Franken serves the predominantly liberal state of Minnesota, a poll recently conducted by Magellan Strategies for American Encore.org, revealed a 45 percent unfavorable and 41 per cent favorable ranking for the Democrat senator. While he has only a 44 percent job approval ranking, 40 percent of poll respondents feel he deserves reelection. Go figure.
I never allowed politics to influence what I said or did. Never.” – Former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morrell.
If you watched the Benghazi hearing conducted Wednesday by the House Intelligence Committee, you saw Michael Morrell provide testimony as a willing partner in the cover-up of the Sept. 11, 2012 Benghazi attack.
You will recall that after a late afternoon 30-minute briefing on the attack by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen.Martin Dempsey, President Obama never checked back with Panetta to review the status in Benghazi, and within hours was on Air Force One headed for a fundraising event in Las Vegas
Meanwhile, Morrell, and representatives of the NSA, FBI, Defense Intelligence and the State Department, were writing and rewriting talking points to remove all mention of Al Qaeda. They knew the administration’s position on Al Qaeda and terrorism going into the election and the president was going to tell crowds in Las Vegas, and subsequently in Colorado, that “Al Qaeda was on the run, and Osama was dead.” And blaming the attack on protestors upset with an anti-Muslim video was inserted.
Protecting Hillary Clinton was also of utmost importance. Everyone around her knew her reputation had to be squeaky clean since her aspirations for the office of the president were commonly known at the State Department. We had the first ambassador killed in two decades and Victoria Nuland, Clinton’s spokesperson at State, would have us believe she never discussed the talking points with her boss. In an e-mail she referenced concern from “building leadership” about the wording. Who else would that be?
During his testimony, Morrell said he was deeply troubled by allegations “that I inappropriately altered and influenced CIA’s classified analysis and its unclassified talking points about what happened in Benghazi, Libya in September 2012 and that I covered up those actions. These allegations accuse me of taking these actions for the political benefit of President Obama and then Secretary of State Clinton. These allegations are false.” Continue reading