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Smoking Gun! Obama Administration was Secretly Running Guns to Syria through Benghazi!

by Tim Brown
Well the truth about Benghazi is finally starting to see the light. As we have theorized in several articles, the Obama administration was involved in an international Fast and Furious by trafficking arms through Benghazi into Syria. Today that theory has been confirmed.

Newly released documents show that US intelligence agencies were fully aware that weapons were moving from the Islamic terror stronghold in Libya to Syria before the attack on the Benghazi compound on September 11, 2012.

The documents also contradict Hussein Obama’s claim that the rise of the Islamic State came as a surprise to the administration.

FOX News’ Catherine Herridge said the newly released documents “showed a serious disconnect between what the administration said and what was known by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).”

Judical Watch, who obtained more than 100 pages of previously classified documents reported:

A Defense Department document from the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), dated September 12, 2012, the day after the Benghazi attack, details that the attack on the compound had been carefully planned by the BOCAR terrorist group “to kill as many Americans as possible.” The document was sent to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Obama White House National Security Council. The heavily redacted Defense Department “information report” says that the attack on the Benghazi facility “was planned and executed by The Brigades of the Captive Omar Abdul Rahman (BCOAR).” The group subscribes to “AQ ideologies:”

The attack was planned ten or more days prior on approximately 01 September 2012. The intention was to attack the consulate and to kill as many Americans as possible to seek revenge for U.S. killing of Aboyahiye[1] in Pakistan and in memorial of the 11 September 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center buildings.

Benghazi4″A violent radical,” the DIA report says, is “the leader of BCOAR is Abdul Baset[2], AZUZ was sent by[3] to set up Al Qaeda (AQ) bases in Libya.” The group’s headquarters was set up with the approval of a “member of the Muslim brother hood movement…where they have large caches of weapons. Some of these caches are disguised by feeding troughs for livestock. They have SA-7 and SA-23/4 MANPADS…they train almost every day focusing on religious lessons and scriptures including three lessons a day of jihadist ideology.”

The Defense Department reported the group maintained written documents, in “a small rectangular room, approximately 12 meters by 6 meters…that contain information on all of the AQ activity in Libya.”

(Azuz is again blamed for the Benghazi attack in an October 2012 DIA document.)

The DOD documents also contain the first official documentation that the Obama administration knew that weapons were being shipped from the Port of Benghazi to rebel troops in Syria. An October 2012 report confirms:

Weapons from the former Libya military stockpiles were shipped from the port of Benghazi, Libya to the Port of Banias and the Port of Borj Islam, Syria. The weapons shipped during late-August 2012 were Sniper rifles, RPG’s, and 125 mm and 155mm howitzers missiles.

During the immediate aftermath of, and following the uncertainty caused by, the downfall of the[4] regime in October 2011 and up until early September of 2012, weapons from the former Libya military stockpiles located in Benghazi, Libya were shipped from the port of Benghazi, Libya to the ports of Banias and the Port of Borj Islam, Syria. The Syrian ports were chosen due to the small amount of cargo traffic transiting these two ports. The ships used to transport the weapons were medium-sized and able to hold 10 or less shipping containers of cargo.

The DIA document further details:

benghazi-liarsThe weapons shipped from Syria during late-August 2012 were Sniper rifles, RPG’s and 125mm and 155mm howitzers missiles. The numbers for each weapon were estimated to be: 500 Sniper rifles, 100 RPG launchers with 300 total rounds, and approximately 400 howitzers missiles [200 ea – 125mm and 200ea – 155 mm.]

The heavily redacted document does not disclose who was shipping the weapons.

Another DIA report, written in August 2012 (the same time period the U.S. was monitoring weapons flows from Libya to Syria), said that the opposition in Syria was driven by al Qaeda and other extremist Muslim groups: “the Salafist, the Muslim Brotherhood, and AQI are the major forces driving the insurgency in Syria.” The growing sectarian direction of the war was predicted to have dire consequences for Iraq, which included the “grave danger” of the rise of ISIS:

The deterioration of the situation has dire consequences on the Iraqi situation and are as follows:

This creates the ideal atmosphere for AQI [al Qaeda Iraq] to return to its old pockets in Mosul and Ramadi, and will provide a renewed momentum under the presumption of unifying the jihad among Sunni Iraq and Syria, and the rest of the Sunnis in the Arab world against what it considers one enemy, the dissenters. ISI could also declare an Islamic state through its union with other terrorist organizations in Iraq and Syria, which will create grave danger in regards to unifying Iraq and the protection of its territory.

Some of the “dire consequences” are blacked out but the DIA presciently warned one such consequence would be the “renewing facilitation of terrorist elements from all over the Arab world entering into Iraqi Arena.”

Also, remember that this administration has stood by as Islamic jihadists have stolen 400 missiles in Benghazi, 20,000 missiles in Tripoli and it was alleged that 20,000 m-16s were stolen in Kuwait. Further reports have put Ambassador Chris Stevens at the center of a stinger missile exchange and Kris Paronto, a Benghazi survivor believes that while there was an attempt to kidnap someone on September 11, 2012, he also told us that he believes that the school that Stevens was to open the day of the attack could have been building used to house weapons.

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) had said that he would have dismissed Hillary Clinton from her post for her negligence during the Benghazi attack. But there was more.


Keep in mind that Hillary Clinton was asked explicitly these kinds of questions by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) back in January of 2013. The former Secretary of State was under oath, and said she knew nothing about such an operation, but these documents indicate that either she did know or should have known. It seem like there is a case to be made for pressing perjury charges against Mrs. Clinton at this point and removing her from any potential 2016 presidential campaign.

The problem is that there is no one, and I mean no one, including Senator Paul, Senator Cruz or anyone else that is willing to actually bring forth such charges. We’ll see, but I’m not going to hold my breath. As far as I’m concerned, and call me cynical at this point, but I have questioned anyone running for office for well over a decade. The words of Vladimir Lenin ring in my ears, “The best way to control the opposition is to lead it.” Remember, if they sound too good to be true, they probably are.

Finally, keep in mind that we have also reported that the Benghazi cover-up is merely a proxy battle to the war with Iran, which is just on the horizon as we read the propaganda…. Sorry, “news.”

Read more at http://eaglerising.com/18640/smoking-gun-obama-administration-was-secretly-running-guns-to-syria-through-benghazi/#cUkvAeDoTzCw7vke.99

The Truth Comes Out

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New documents obtained by Judicial Watch and made public Monday show that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other senior officials under President Obama were given intelligence within hours of the Sept. 11, 2012, Benghazi attack describing how it had been planned at least 10 days in advance “to kill as many Americans as possible.”

New documents obtained by Judicial Watch and made public Monday show that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other senior officials under President Obama were given intelligence within hours of the Sept. 11, 2012, Benghazi attack describing how it had been planned at least 10 days in advance “to kill as many Americans as possible.”

A heavily redacted copy of a Sept. 12, 2012, Defense Intelligence Agency memo to Clinton, then Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, the White House National Security Council and the Joint Chiefs of Staff said “the attack was planned 10 or more days prior on approximately 01 September 2012. The intention was to attack the consulate and to kill as many Americans as possible to seek revenge for U.S. killing of Aboyahiye ((ALALIBY)) in Pakistan and in memorial of the 11 September 2001 atacks on the World Trade Center buildings.”

The attack “was planned and executed by the Brigades of the Captive Omar Abdul Rahman (BCOAR). BCOAR is also responsible for past attacks on the Red Cross in Benghazi and the attack on the British Ambassador, they have approximately 120 members.” Rahman is serving a life sentence in a federal prison for his role in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center which killed six people in New York.

The memo was labeled: “Information Report, Not Finally Evaluated Intelligence.”
New documents obtained by Judicial Watch and made public Monday show that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other senior officials under President Obama were given intelligence within hours of the Sept. 11, 2012, Benghazi attack describing how it had been planned at least 10 days in advance “to kill as many Americans as possible.”

A heavily redacted copy of a Sept. 12, 2012, Defense Intelligence Agency memo to Clinton, then Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, the White House National Security Council and the Joint Chiefs of Staff said “the attack was planned 10 or more days prior on approximately 01 September 2012. The intention was to attack the consulate and to kill as many Americans as possible to seek revenge for U.S. killing of Aboyahiye ((ALALIBY)) in Pakistan and in memorial of the 11 September 2001 atacks on the World Trade Center buildings.”

The attack “was planned and executed by the Brigades of the Captive Omar Abdul Rahman (BCOAR). BCOAR is also responsible for past attacks on the Red Cross in Benghazi and the attack on the British Ambassador, they have approximately 120 members.” Rahman is serving a life sentence in a federal prison for his role in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center which killed six people in New York.

The memo was labeled: “Information Report, Not Finally Evaluated Intelligence.”

Guess How Many Changes Obama Has Made Unilaterally to the Affordable Care Act

By our count at the Galen Institute, more than 49 significant changes already have been made to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: at least 30 that President Obama has made unilaterally, 17 that Congress has passed and the president has signed, and 2 by the Supreme Court.

CHANGES BY ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION

1. Medicare Advantage patch: The administration ordered an advance draw on funds from a Medicare bonus program in order to provide extra payments to Medicare Advantage plans, in an effort to temporarily forestall cuts in benefits and therefore delay early exodus of MA plans from the program. (April 19, 2011)

2. Employee reporting: The administration, contrary to the Obamacare legislation, instituted a one-year delay of the requirement that employers must report to their employees on their W-2 forms the full cost of their employer-provided health insurance. (January 1, 2012)

3. Subsidies may flow through federal exchanges: The IRS issued a rule that allows premium assistance tax credits to be available in federal exchanges although the law specified that they only would be available through an “Exchange established by the State.” (May 23, 2012)

4. Closing the high-risk pool: The administration decided to prematurely halt enrollment in transitional federal high-risk pools created by the law, blocking coverage for an estimated 40,000 new applicants, citing a lack of funds. The administration had money from a fund under Secretary Sebelius’s control to extend the pools, but instead used the money to pay for advertising for Obamacare enrollment and other purposes. (February 15, 2013)

5. Doubling allowed deductibles: Because some group health plans use more than one benefits administrator, plans are allowed to apply separate patient cost-sharing limits to different services, such as doctor/hospital and prescription drugs, allowing maximum out-of-pocket costs to be twice as high as the law intended. (February 20, 2013)

6. Small businesses on hold: The administration has said that the federal exchanges for small businesses will not be ready by the 2014 statutory deadline, and instead delayed until 2015 the provision of SHOP (Small-Employer Health Option Program) that requires the exchanges to offer a choice of qualified health plans. (March 11, 2013)

7. Delaying a low-income plan: The administration delayed implementation of the Basic Health Program until 2015. It would have provided more-affordable health coverage for certain low-income individuals not eligible for Medicaid. (March 22, 2013)

8. Employer-mandate delay: By an administrative action that’s contrary to statutory language in the ACA, the reporting requirements for employers were delayed by one year. (July 2, 2013)

9. Self-attestation: Because of the difficulty of verifying income after the employer-reporting requirement was delayed, the administration decided it would allow “self-attestation” of income by applicants for health insurance in the exchanges. This was later partially retracted after congressional and public outcry over the likelihood of fraud. (July 15, 2013)

10. Delaying the online SHOP exchange: The administration first delayed for a month and later for a year until November 2014 the launch of the online insurance marketplace for small businesses. The exchange was originally scheduled to launch on October 1, 2013. (September 26, 2013) (November 27, 2013)

11. Congressional opt-out: The administration decided to offer employer contributions to members of Congress and their staffs when they purchase insurance on the exchanges created by the ACA, a subsidy the law doesn’t provide. (September 30, 2013)

12. Delaying the individual mandate: The administration changed the deadline for the individual mandate, by declaring that customers who have purchased insurance by March 31, 2014 will avoid the tax penalty. Previously, they would have had to purchase a plan by mid-February. (October 23, 2013)

13. Insurance companies may offer canceled plans: The administration announced that insurance companies may reoffer plans that previous regulations forced them to cancel. (November 14, 2013)

14. Exempting unions from reinsurance fee: The administration gave unions an exemption from the reinsurance fee (one of ObamaCare’s many new taxes). To make up for this exemption, non-exempt plans will have to pay a higher fee, which will likely be passed onto consumers in the form of higher premiums and deductibles. (December 2, 2013)

15. Extending Preexisting Condition Insurance Plan: The administration extended the federal high risk pool until January 31, 2014 and again until March 15, 2014 to prevent a coverage gap for the most vulnerable. The plans were scheduled to expire on December 31, but were extended because it has been impossible for some to sign up for new coverage on healthcare.gov. (December 12, 2013) (January 14, 2014)

16. Expanding hardship waiver to those with canceled plans: The administration expanded the hardship waiver, which excludes people from the individual mandate and allows some to purchase catastrophic health insurance, to people who have had their plans canceled because of ObamaCare regulations. The administration later extended this waiver until October 1, 2016. (December 19, 2013) (March 5, 2014)

17. Bay State bailout: More than 300,000 people in Massachusetts gained temporary Medicaid coverage in 2014 without verification of eligibility, with the Obama and Patrick administrations using a taxpayer-funded bailout to mask the failure of the commonwealth’s disastrously malfunctioning

18. Equal employer coverage delayed: Tax officials will not be enforcing in 2014 the mandate requiring employers to offer equal coverage to all their employees. This provision of the law was supposed to go into effect in 2010, but IRS officials have “yet to issue regulations for employers to follow.” (January 18, 2013)

19. Employer-mandate delayed again: The administration delayed for an additional year provisions of the employer mandate, postponing enforcement of the requirement for medium-size employers until 2016 and relaxing some requirements for larger employers. Businesses with 100 or more employees must offer coverage to 70% of their full-time employees in 2015 and 95% in 2016 and beyond. (February 10, 2014)

20. Extending subsidies to non-exchange plans: The administration released a bulletin through CMS extending subsidies to individuals who purchased health insurance plans outside of the federal or state exchanges. The bulletin also requires retroactive coverage and subsidies for individuals from the date they applied on the marketplace rather than the date they actually enrolled in a plan. (February 27, 2014)

21. Non-compliant health plans get two year extension: The administration pushed back the deadline by two years that requires health insurers to cancel plans that are not compliant with ObamaCare’s mandates. These “illegal” plans may now be offered until 2017. This extension will prevent a wave cancellation notices from going out before the 2014 midterm elections. (March 5, 2014)

22. Reducing cost sharing reductions. The ACA originally called for out-of-pocket maximums to be lowered for enrollees with incomes between 100-400% FPL (Sec. 1402), but the provision proved unworkable for those 250-400% of FPL in combination with prescribed actuarial value requirements and was changed through regulation to apply to only those 100-250% of poverty. (March 11, 2014)

23. Delaying the sign-up deadline: The administration delayed until mid-April the March 31 deadline to sign up for insurance. Applicants simply need to check a box on their application to qualify for this extended sign-up period. (March 26, 2014)

24. Canceling Medicare Advantage cuts: The administration canceled scheduled cuts to Medicare Advantage. The ACA calls for $200 billion in cuts to Medicare Advantage over 10 years. (April 7, 2014)

25. More Funds for Insurer Bailout: The administration said it will supplement risk corridor payments to health insurance plans with “other sources of funding” if the higher risk profile of enrollees means the plans would lose money. (May 16, 2014)

26. Exempting U.S. territories: Despite earlier administration claims that “HHS is not authorized to choose which provisions [of the ACA] might apply to the territories,” HHSwaived six major requirements – such as guaranteed issue, community rating, and essential benefit mandates – that were causing serious disruption to health insurance markets covering 4.5 million residents of U.S. territories. (July 18, 2014)

27. Failure to enforce abortion restrictions. A GAO report found that many exchange insurance plans don’t separate charges for abortion services as required by the ACA, showing that the administration is not enforcing the law. In 2014, abortions were being financed with taxpayer funds in more than 1,000 exchange plans. (Sept. 16, 2014)

28. Risk Corridor coverage: The Obama administration plans to illegally distribute risk corridor payments to insurers, despite studies by both the Congressional Research Service and the GAO saying a congressional appropriation is required before federal agencies can make the payments. (Sept. 30, 2014)

29. Transparency of coverage: CMS delays statutory requirements on insurance companies to disclose data on the number of people enrolled, disenrollment, number of claims denied, costs to consumers of certain services, etc. (Oct. 20, 2014)

30. Tax penalty pass: Approximately 50,000 taxpayers filed income tax returns based upon inaccurate subsidy data they received from the federal government. The administration declared that if they received too large of a subsidy, they will not have to repay the government. The ACA requires, in Sec. 5000A, that “Any penalty imposed…shall be included with a taxpayer’s return…” (February 24, 2015)

CHANGES BY CONGRESS, SIGNED BY PRESIDENT OBAMA:

31. Military benefits: Congress clarified that plans provided by TRICARE, the military’s health-insurance program, constitutes minimal essential health-care coverage as required by the ACA; its benefits and plans wouldn’t normally meet ACA requirements. (April 26, 2010)

32. VA benefits: Congress also clarified that health care provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs constitutes minimum essential health-care coverage as required by the ACA. (May 27, 2010)

33. Drug-price clarification: Congress modified the definition of average manufacturer price (AMP) to include inhalation, infusion, implanted, or injectable drugs that are not generally dispensed through a retail pharmacy. (August 10, 2010)

34. Doc-fix tax: Congress modified the amount of premium tax credits that individuals would have to repay if they are over-allotted, an action designed to help offset the costs of the postponement of cuts in Medicare physician payments called for in the ACA. (December 15, 2010)

35. Extending the adoption credit: Congress extended the nonrefundable adoption tax credit, which happened to be included in the ACA, through tax year 2012. (December 17, 2010)

36. TRICARE for adult children: Congress extended TRICARE coverage to dependent adult children up to age 26 when it had previously only covered those up to the age of 21 — though beneficiaries still have to pay premiums for them. (January 7, 2011)

37. 1099 repealed: Congress repealed the paperwork (“1099”) mandate that would have required businesses to report to the IRS all of their transactions with vendors totaling $600 or more in a year. (April 14, 2011)

38. No free-choice vouchers: Congress repealed a program, supported by Senator Ron Wyden (D., Ore.) that would have allowed “free-choice vouchers,” that the Hill warned “could lead young, healthy workers to opt out” of their employer plans, “driving up costs for everybody else.” The same law barred additional funds for the IRS to hire new agents to enforce the health-care law. (April 15, 2011)

39. No Medicaid for well-to-do seniors: Congress saved taxpayers $13 billion by changing how the eligibility for certain programs is calculated under Obamacare. Without the change, a couple earning as much as much as $64,000 would still have been able to qualify for Medicaid. (November 21, 2011)

40. CO-OPs, IPAB, IRS defunded: Congress made further cuts to agencies implementing Obamacare. It trimmed another $400 million off the CO-OP program, cut another $305 million from the IRS to hamper its ability to enforce the law’s tax hikes and mandates, and rescinded $10 million in funding for the controversial Independent Payment Advisory Board. (December 23, 2011)

41. Slush-fund savings: Congress slashed another $11.6 billion from the Prevention and Public Health slush fund and $2.5 billion from Obamacare’s “Louisiana Purchase.” (February 22, 2012)

42. Less cash for Louisiana: One of the tricks used to get Obamacare through the Senate was the special “Louisiana Purchase” deal for the state’s Democratic senator, Mary Landrieu. Congress saved another $670 million by rescinding additional funds from this bargain. (July 6, 2012)

43. CLASS Act eliminated: Congress repealed the unsustainable CLASS (Community Living Assistance Services and Supports) program of government-subsidized long-term-care insurance, which even the Democratic chairman of the Senate Finance Committee dubbed a “Ponzi scheme of the first order.” (January 2, 2013)

44. Cutting CO-OPs: Congress cut $2.2 billion from the “Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan” (CO-OP), which some saw as a stealth public option, blocking creation of government-subsidized co-op insurance programs in about half the states. Early reports showed many co-ops, which had received federal loans, had run into serious financial trouble. (January 2, 2013)

45. Trimming the Medicare trust-fund transfer: Congress rescinded $200 million of the $500 million scheduled to be taken from the Medicare Part A and Part B trust funds and sent to the Community-Based Care Transition Program established and funded by the ACA. (March 26, 2013)

46. Eliminating caps on deductibles for small group plans: Congress eliminated the cap on deductibles for small group plans as part of the SGR “doc fix.” This change gives small businesses the freedom to offer high deductible plans that may be paired with a Health Savings Account. (April 1, 2014)

47. Making the risk corridor program budget neutral. The Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015 provides that CMS may not transfer funds from other accounts to pay for the risk corridor program. Expenditures cannot exceed the funds collected in 2014, blocking CMS from making multi-year calculations. (December 16, 2014).

CHANGES BY THE SUPREME COURT:

48. Medicare expansion made voluntary: The court ruled it had to be voluntary, rather than mandatory, for states to expand Medicaid eligibility to people with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, by ruling that the federal government couldn’t halt funds for existing state Medicaid programs if they chose not to expand the program.

49. The individual mandate made a tax: The court determined that violating the mandate that Americans must purchase government-approved health insurance would only result in individuals’ paying a “tax,” making it, legally speaking, optional for people to comply.

This list was originally published HERE on Galen.org and has been published on National Review Online. It was updated to 29 changes on December 10, 2013.

December 13, 2013 UPDATE: 30 changes (PCIP extension)

December 19, 2013 UPDATE: 31 changes (Hardship waiver)

January 14, 2014 UPDATE: 32 changes (Union reinsurance fee exemption)

January 14, 2014 UPDATE: (PCIP extended again)

January 21, 2014 UPDATE: 33 changes (Equal employer coverage delay)

February 3, 2014 UPDATE: 34 changes (Subsidies may flow through federal exchanges) (List is now ordered chronologically)

February 10, 2014 UPDATE: 35 changes (Second employer mandate delay)

March 5, 2014 UPDATE: 36 changes (Subsidies extended outside of exchanges)

March 5, 2014 UPDATE: 37 changes (Consumers can keep non-compliant plans until 2017)

March 26, 2014 UPDATE: 38 changes (Sign-up deadline delayed)

April 7, 2014 UPDATE: 39 changes (Small group deductible cap eliminated-passed by Congress and signed into law)

April 8, 2014 UPDATE: 40 changes (Cuts to Medicare Advantage in 2015 canceled)

May 22, 2014 UPDATE: 41 changes (More funds for insurer bailout)

July 18, 2014 UPDATE: 42 changes (Exempting U.S. Territories) December 26, 2014 UPDATE: 46 changes (Failure to enforce abortion restrictions; Risk Corridor coverage; Transparency of coverage; Bay State Bailout)

January 7, 2015 UPDATE: 47 changes (Making the risk corridor program budget neutral)

February 24, 2015 UPDATE: 48 changes (Tax penalty pass)

March 2, 2015 UPDATE: 49 changes (Reducing cost sharing reductions)

Download a PDF of this article 49 Changes to ObamaCare (PDF)

Most recent listing posted at Galen.org May 11, 2015

http://www.galen.org/newsletters/changes-to-obamacare-so-far/

Grace-Marie Turner is president of the Galen Institute, a public policy research organization that she founded in 1995 to promote an informed debate over free-market ideas for health reform.

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280 High School Students Just Told Obama To Shove It In An Epic Way

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Hope for the future! And not unnoticed, they are from “Nathan Hale High”…

Via Buzzpo:

280 high schoolers – the entire junior class of Nathan Hale High School in Seattle, Washington – have effectively told President Obama and his band of progressive buffoons that they can take their Common Core and shove it.

When state testing began on Tuesday, not a single junior showed up on campus to participate, as the entire student body had collectively decided to exercise their legal right to opt out of the ‘Smarter Balanced’ exams.

“They didn’t skip school all day,” commented district spokeswoman Stacy Howard, according to the Seattle Times. “They just didn’t show up during the testing period.”

The Nathan Hale students weren’t the only ones to deal this massive blow to the liberal establishment, either. According to early district estimates, about half of the juniors at three other Seattle high schools have also opted out of the Smarter Balanced testing.

“Students voted with their own feet,” remarked Doug Edelstein, a history teacher at Nathan Hale and opponent of the Common Core testing. “They felt like they knew the facts, and made their own decisions.”

Give the junior class at Seattle’s Nathan Hale High two thumbs up for taking a stand against Common Core by sharing this report!

Clinton Foundation is “An International Money Laundering Ring”

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by Tim Brown
The Clinton Foundation has come under scrutiny over the past few months with the scandal concerning Hillary Clinton’s personal email server being used for State Department business. This week, Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann said the Clinton Foundation was nothing more than an international money laundering ring.

In speaking with Newsmax TV, Bachmann said, “This is the most transparent family in the United States, right? The woman who won’t hand over her server, who wasn’t supposed to do her government work on that server in the first place, who violated department rules… who, in all likelihood, probably violated US federal rules, which have criminal penalties, and also prohibits her from running for office again.”

“Then she decided on her on how many tens of thousands of emails she would delete,” Bachmann continued. “So, we know from her past history as the Secretary of State, columnists…. In DC have called Mrs. Clinton a congenital, serial liar. So, in all likelihood, she hasn’t changed her stripes.”
Bachmann then added, “This Clinton Foundation, which is, in effect, an international money laundering ring to benefit the Clintons personally… remember this is tax-exempt, so it is the easiest way to get big dollars in the Clinton world, where they literally fly around the world on private jets and live the life of potentates. It’s really a heady lifestyle to be used to as President of the United States flying around on Air Force One. They really don’t like to give up that lifestyle.”
So what’s the best way for the Clinton’s to continue that sort of lifestyle? According to Bachmann, it’s to start an international foundation in order for people who believe that it is for a specific cause to give money, when it is really to help a couple of Arkansas Marxists live like a king and queen.
“They use poor people as human shields for their pompous lifestyle,” Bachmann concluded.
The Federalist agrees with Bachmann’s assessment:
Multiple Canadian tax and privacy law experts contacted by The Federalist, the Washington Post, and BloombergPolitics said there was no such blanket prohibition on public disclosure of charitable donor identities. While Canada does include a ban on the release of donor information in the course of commercial activity, it specifically exempts fundraising from that definition. And because the public disclosure of a donor’s name doesn’t include any transaction or consideration, it’s not considered to be commercial activity.


The Clinton Foundation’s deliberate misinterpretation of Canadian privacy law in order to rationalize its secrecy raises several questions, chief among them: why? Why go to all this effort to hide years’ worth of million-dollar donations from foreign citizens and foreign governments? Donations which were almost certainly being made while Hillary Clinton was serving as Secretary of State, and almost certainly with the intent to influence her decisions?
The answer is an easy one, albeit one that is highly uncomfortable: for the past several years, the Clinton Foundation has basically been a foreign money-laundering operation. The scheme works like this: collect millions of dollars in foreign money, dump it into a foreign charity, pretend that the law prohibits you from ever disclosing the identities of those foreign donors to the foreign charity, then have the foreign charity bundle all the cash and send it to the Clinton Foundation. Then, when the time comes–whether it be a Clinton Foundation conference or a lavish Clinton Foundation trip overseas–make sure those individuals get some me-time with the Clintons.
While the video is courtesy of the knuckleheads over at Right Wing Watch, the reality is probably a lot more sinister than even Bachmann imagines. I agree with her assessment that the Clintons are using the Clinton Foundation and the money that is contributed to it for their own personal use and lifestyle, there is probably much more going on behind the scenes than even she realizes. Clinton didn’t delete 30,000 emails just to fund a lifestyle.
The Clinton Foundation is not only tied to the Muslim Brotherhood, but even Clinton’s own aide, Huma Abedin, is tied to the Muslim Brotherhood and is facing a lawsuit to disclose her emails during Clinton’s time at the State Department.
There’s more going on here than meets the eye.

Read more at http://freedomoutpost.com/2015/05/michele-bachmann-clinton-foundation-is-an-international-money-laundering-ring/#ttkMTbWmmPyzsZcE.99

1,063 Documented Examples of Barack Obama’s Lying, Lawbreaking, Corruption, Cronyism, Hypocrisy, Waste, Etc.

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by Tim Brown
Editor’s Note: Our friend, Dan from Squirrel Hill, has updated his list to 1,063 documented examples of Barack Obama’s lying, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, etc. He began with 252 examples, then quickly grew to 504 and later to 694. In November 2014, he added more than 200 more examples of the usurper-in-chief’s unlawful acts. Today, that number has grown to 1,063.

Every President, every politician, and every human being tells lies and engages in acts of hypocrisy. But Barack Obama does these things to a far greater degree than anyone else that I have ever known of. His campaign promises were so much better sounding than anyone else’s – no lobbyists in his administration, waiting five days before signing all non-emergency bills so people would have time to read them, putting health care negotiations on C-SPAN, reading every bill line by line to make sure money isn’t being wasted, prosecution of Wall St. criminals, ending raids against medical marijuana in states where it’s legal, high levels of transparency. Obama’s promises of these wonderful things sounded inspiring and sincere. They sounded so much better than the promises of any other President. So when Obama broke these promises, it felt so much worse than when other Presidents broke their promises.
Some of the things on this list are major events that should scare the daylights out of any true liberal who cares about civil liberties.
Other things on this list are medium things that some Obama supporters may dislike, but would be willing to overlook in light of the things that Obama has done which they like.
And some of the things on this list may seem trivial, but I still think they are an interesting reflection of the kinds of policies that Obama supports.
Every claim that I make in this list is sourced. Click on the blue text to see the sources. I have cited a wide variety of sources, from right wing, to left wing, to middle of the road.
I welcome any comments and criticisms that you may have. If you say my list is wrong, please back up your claim by citing specific examples.
And now, on with the list:
1) Carried out military interventionism in Libya without Congressional approval
In June 2011, U.S. Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) said that Obama had violated the Constitution when he launched military operations in Libya without Congressional approval.
In April 2014, Ralph Nader said that Obama should be impeached for his actions in Libya.
2) Gave a no-bid contract to Halliburton cronies – just like Bush did
In May 2010, it was reported that the Obama administration had selected KBR, a former subsidiary of Halliburton, for a no-bid contract worth as much as $568 million through 2011, just hours after the Justice Department had said it would pursue a lawsuit accusing the Houston-based company of using kickbacks to get foreign contracts.
Don’t be fooled by the words “former subsidiary.” These are the same Halliburton cronies that Bush gave a no-bid contract to.
3) Has an administration full of lobbyists, after promising he wouldn’t have any
On November 15, 2007, in Las Vegas, Nevada, Obama said that lobbyists
“… will not work in my White House.”
However, by February 2010, he had more than 40 lobbyists working in his administration. A list of them can be seen here.
4) Has close ties to Wall St., but pretends to support Occupy Wall St.
Although Obama claims to support the Occupy Wall St. movement, the truth is that he has raised more money from Wall St. than any other candidate during the last 20 years. In early 2012, Obama held a fundraiser where Wall St. investment bankers and hedge fund managers each paid $35,800 to attend. In October 2011, Obama hired Broderick Johnson, a longtime Wall Street lobbyist, to be his new senior campaign adviser. Johnson had worked as a lobbyist for JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Fannie Mae, Comcast, Microsoft, and the oil industry.
5) Broke his promise to close Guantanamo Bay
Obama broke his promise to close Guantanamo Bay.
6) Supported the $700 billion TARP corporate-welfare bailout just like Bush
While Senator, Obama voted for the $700 billion TARP bank bailout bill. The bailout rewarded irresponsible and illegal behavior. It redirected resources from more productive uses to less productive uses. It punished the hard working taxpayers who had played by the rules and obeyed the law. It created horrible incentives, and sent the wrong message. The bailout was evil because it rewarded the bad people and punished the good people. No society that does this can expect to remain free or prosperous. Instead of bailing out these corrupt corporations, we should have let them cease to exist, like we did with Enron.
7) Waged the biggest war against medical marijuana of any president, which was the opposite of what he had promised
In May 2008, Obama campaign spokesperson Ben LaBolt said that Obama would end DEA raids on medical marijuana in states where it’s legal. Also in 2008, Obamasaid that he supported the “basic concept of using medical marijuana for the same purposes and with the same controls as other drugs” and that he was “not going to be using Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws.”
However, in February 2010, DEA agents raided a medical marijuana grower in Highlands Ranch in Colorado, a state where medical marijuana is legal. Also in February 2010, DEA agents raided a medical marijuana dispensary in Culver City in California, a state where medical marijuana is legal. In July 2010, the DEA raided at least four medical marijuana growers in San Diego, California. Also in July 2010, the DEA raided a medical marijuana facility in Covelo, California. Then in September 2010, the DEA conducted raids on at least five medical marijuana dispensaries in Las Vegas, Nevada, where medical marijuana is legal. In 2011, the DEA conducted raids on medical marijuana in Seattle, Washington, West Hollywood, California, and Helena, Montana, all places where it is legal. In April 2012, the DEA carried out several raids on medical marijuana in Oakland, California.
In February 2012, Rolling Stone magazine wrote that Obama’s war against medical marijuana went “far beyond anything undertaken by George W. Bush.” In April 2012, Mother Jones magazine wrote: “The president campaigned on the promise that he’d stop federal raids on medical marijuana operations that were in compliance with state laws, a vow that Attorney General Eric Holder repeated after the election. But then the Obama administration raided more than 100 dispensaries in its first three years and is now poised to outpace the Bush administration’s crackdown record.” In May 2012, the Washington Post wrote: “Obama has become more hostile to medical marijuana patients than any president in U.S. history.” In May 2012, U.S. Congressperson Nancy Pelosi (D-California) said she had “strong concerns” about Obama’s forced closure of five medical marijuana facilities in Pelosi’s congressional district. In April 2012, commenting on Obama’s crackdown on medical marijuana, U.S. Congressman Barney Frank (D-Massachusetts) said, “I’m very disappointed… They look more like the Bush administration than the Clinton administration.”
In July 2012, federal prosecutors filed civil forfeiture actions against Harborside Health Center, a medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland, CA, which claims to be the world’s largest, and which claims to serve more than 100,000 medical marijuana patients. In April 2012, federal agents raided Oaksterdam University, an educational institution in Oakland, CA, which teaches people about medical marijuana. In April 2012, federal agents raided a medical marijuana facility which had been serving 1,500 patients near Lake Elsinore, CA. In June 2012, the Obama administration filed asset-forfeiture lawsuits against two landlords who rented their buildings to medical marijuana stores in Santa Fe Springs, CA. The Obama administration also sent warning letters which threatened similar legal action to dozens of other, nearby landlords. During the first seven months of 2012, the DEA shut down 40 medical marijuana dispensaries in Colorado, all of which had been operating in compliance with state and local law.
In April 2013, the DEA raided four medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles, California. Also in April 2013, the DEA raided a medical marijuana dispensary in San Diego, California. In July 2013, the DEA conducted multiple medical marijuana raids in Washington state, including the cities of Olympia, Tacoma, and Seattle. In August 2013, the DEA raided People’s Choice Alternative Medicine, a medical marijuana facility in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In October 2013, the DEA raided 28 medical marijuana facilities in Michigan. In November 2013, the DEA raided 12 medical marijuana facilities in Denver, Colorado.
In May 2012, ABC News reported that during Obama’s youth, he often smoked large quantities of recreational marijuana. Obama’s marijuana smoking wasn’t even medical – it was recreational. And yet now, he is taking large scale, widespread action to prevent people with AIDS, cancer, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, and other illnesses, who have prescriptions from their doctors, from using their prescription medicine – how cold hearted can a person be?
8) Nominated a six-time tax cheater to head the government agency that enforces the tax laws
Obama nominated Timothy Geithner, a repeat tax cheater, to head the government agency that enforces the tax laws.
Prior to his nomination, Geithner had:
1) Illegally failed to pay more than $34,000 in social security and medicare taxes
2) Illegally declared the cost of his children’s summer camp as a form of day care.
3) Illegally failed to pay the early withdrawal penalty when he took money out of his retirement plan
4) Illegally declared non-eligible items as a charitable deduction
5) Illegally declared something which was ineligible as a small business deduction
6) Illegally declared utility expenses which had actually been for his personal use
9) Gave tax dollars to AIG executives, then pretended to be outraged about it
Obama signed a “stimulus” bill that spent money on bonuses for AIG executives. Prior to signing this bill, Obama had said, “when I’m president, I will go line by line to make sure that we are not spending money unwisely.” However, after reading “line by line” and signing the “stimulus” bill that protected the AIG bonuses, Obamapretended to be shocked and outraged at the bonuses, and said, “Under these circumstances, it’s hard to understand how derivative traders at A.I.G. warranted any bonuses at all, much less $165 million in extra pay… How do they justify this outrage to the taxpayers who are keeping the company afloat?” and also said that he would “pursue every single legal avenue to block these bonuses.”
10) Expanded Bush’s unconstitutional government faith based programs
Obama expanded the federal government’s faith based programs which had been started by President George W. Bush.
11) Supported Bush’s unconstitutional Patriot Act
In May 2011, Obama signed a renewal of the Patriot Act.
12) Increased the national debt more in one term than Bush did in two
The national debt increased more during Obama’s first three years and two months than it did during all eight years of George W. Bush’s presidency.
13) Agrees with Bush’s support of unconstitutional, indefinite detention of U.S. citizens without filing any charges
In December 2011, ACLU executive director Anthony D. Romero criticized Obama for signing a bill that gave the U.S. government the power to indefinitely detain U.S. citizens without any charges being filed or any trial taking place.
14) Agrees with Bush’s support of unconstitutional, warrantless wiretapping
President Obama has defended warrantless wiretapping.
15) Avoided prosecution of Wall. St criminals
Although Obama had promised to prosecute Wall St. criminals, during his entire first term, his administration did not file any criminal charges against any of the top financial executives.
16) Had four U.S. citizens killed without judicial process
Obama had four U.S. citizens killed without judicial process.
The ACLU accused Obama of violating the U.S. Constitution for doing this.
U.S. Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) said that Obama’s actions might be an impeachable offense.
Ralph Nader wrote that Obama
“has extended the Bush doctrine by declaring his unilateral right, as secret prosecutor, judge, jury, and executioner, to destroy anybody, anywhere in the world, including American citizens, suspected to be engaged in alleged terrorist activities, all this vaguely and loosely defined as anti-U.S. security.”
17) Ordered private company to fire 1,000 employees
In 2011, after Boeing had hired 1,000 new employees to work at its new factory in South Carolina, the Obama administration ordered Boeing to shut down the factory, because the factory was non-union.
18) Stole money from retired teachers and police officers
During the Chrysler bankruptcy, Obama violated the Fifth Amendment and more than 150 years of bankruptcy law by illegally treating secured creditors worse than unsecured creditors. Some of these secured creditors were retired teachers and police officers from Indiana. Richard A. Epstein, a law professor at New York University School of Law, wrote, “Upsetting this fixed hierarchy among creditors is just an illegal taking of property from one group of creditors for the benefit of another, which should be struck down on both statutory and constitutional grounds.” Todd Zywicki, Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law, wrote that Obama’s treatment of secured creditors was “dangerous to the rule of law.” The Economist wrote that Obama’s actions could “establish a terrible precedent. Bankruptcy exists to sort legal claims on assets. If it becomes a tool of social policy, who will then lend to struggling firms in which the government has a political interest?” Francis Cianfrocca, the CEO of Bayshore Networks, wrote that Obama’s actions were “an astonishingly reckless abrogation of contract law that will introduce a new level of uncertainty into business transactions at all levels, and make wealth generation more difficult going forward… An extraordinary uncertainty has been created when the most powerful man in the world can rewrite contracts and choose winners and losers in private negotiations as he sees fit. Since this is an unquantifiable uncertainty, and not a quantifiable risk, its effect on business and investor confidence will be large and unpredictable. As in the 1930s, a time when government also cavalierly rewrote private contracts, the prudent approach for business will be to invest minimally and wait for another administration.”
19) Supported release of convicted mass murderer
In 2010, Obama supported releasing Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi (who had been convicted of murdering 270 people) from prison.
20) Illegally put thousands of guns into hands of criminals
In Operation Fast and Furious, the Obama administration ordered gun storeowners to illegally sell thousands of guns to criminals.
U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was murdered with one of these guns.
The murderer was sentenced to 30 years in prison, but his accomplices, Eric Holder and Barack Obama, haven’t even been arrested or charged.
21) Fired Inspector General for discovering that Obama’s friend had embezzled government funds
In June 2009, Obama fired Inspector General Gerald Walpin, after Walpin accused Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson, an Obama supporter, of misuse of AmeriCorps funding to pay for school-board political activities. In a letter to Congress, the White House said that Walpin was fired because he was “confused, disoriented, unable to answer questions and exhibited other behavior that led the Board to question his capacity to serve.” A bipartisan group of 145 current and former public officials, attorneys, and legal scholars signed a letter that was sent to the White House, which defended Walpin, said the criticisms of him were not true, and said that his firing was politically motivated. The letter can be read here.
22) Lied about putting health care negotiations on C-SPAN
Although Obama had made a campaign promise to have all of the health care reform negotiations broadcast on C-SPAN, he broke that promise after he was elected.
The secrecy of these negotiations was so strong that U.S. Congresswoman and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-California) said, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”
23) Lied about letting people keep their health insurance
Before Obamacare was passed, Obama said:
“No matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people… If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.”
Also before Obamacare was passed, Obama said:
“Here is a guarantee that I’ve made. If you have insurance that you like, then you will be able to keep that insurance.”
However, after Obamacare was passed, the Congressional Budget Office said that the law would cause seven million people to lose their employer provided insurance.
After Obamacare was passed, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East announced that it would drop health insurance for the children of more than 30,000 low-wage home attendants. Mitra Behroozi, executive director of benefit and pension funds for 1199SEIU stated
“… new federal health-care reform legislation requires plans with dependent coverage to expand that coverage up to age 26… meeting this new requirement would be financially impossible.”
Also, after Obamacare was passed, the Franciscan University of Steubenville dropped its coverage in response to the law.
Universal Orlando dropped its coverage for part time employees in response to Obamacare.
In addition, after Obamacare was passed, Forbes reported
“The House Ways and Means Committee has released a new report that sheds light onto how Obamacare incentivizes companies to dump their workers onto the new law’s subsidized exchanges.”
Also after Obamacare was passed, MSN reported
“The Affordable Care Act mandate most commonly known as Obamacare has some tight stipulations that, CNN says, are forcing health care companies to rip up most of their current plans and draft new ones that comply. According to a University of Chicago study, just about half of the individual health care plans currently on the market won’t cut it once key provisions of the Affordable Care Act kick in next year.”
Furthermore, it was reported that Obamacare would cause 58,000 Aetna and UnitedHealth Group customers in California to lose their insurance.
In response to Obamacare, some employers have dropped coverage for their employees’ spouses. In August 2013, it was reported that UPS had announced that it would be dropping 15,000 spouses of its employees from its health insurance, and that it had cited Obamacare as the reason it was doing this.
The chain of Wegmans supermarkets cancelled the policies of its part time employees in response to Obamacare.
In July 2013, leaders of the Teamsters, UFCW, and UNITE-HERE sent a letter to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi which said that Obamacare
“will shatter not only our hard-earned health benefits… these restrictions will make non-profit plans like ours unsustainable… we can no longer stand silent in the face of elements of the Affordable Care Act that will destroy the very health and wellbeing of our members along with millions of other hardworking Americans”
In August 2013, it was reported that 106,000 New Jersey citizens would lose their health insurance because of Obamacare.
In September 2013, IBM announced that it would be switching 110,000 of its retirees from their current IBM-provided health insurance to the Obamacare exchanges.
In September 2013, Trader Joe’s announced that, in response to Obamacare, it would stop providing insurance to its part time employees.
In October 2013, it was reported that at least 146,000 people in Michigan would be losing their insurance because of Obamacare.
In October 2013, it was reported that Florida Blue would be dropping 300,000 customers because of Obamacare.
In October 2013, it was reported that 491,977 individual insurance plans in California would be canceled because of Obamacare.
In October 2013, it was reported that, in response to Obamacare, Home Depot would stop providing insurance to its part time employees.
In October 2013, it was reported that Obamacare was forcing CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield to cancel the insurance of 76,000 people in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., because their policies did not meet the minimum requirements of Obamacare.
In October 2013, it was reported that hundreds of thousands of people in Washington state would be losing their insurance because of Obamacare.
In November 2013, it was reported that nearly nearly 250,000 people in Colorado would lose their insurance because of Obamacare.
In January 2014, it was reported that, in response to Obamacare, Target was planning to stop offering insurance to its part time employees.
24) Lied about the cost of Obamacare
Before Obamacare was passed, Obama promised
“I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits – either now or in the future. I will not sign it if it adds one dime to the deficit, now or in the future, period. And to prove that I’m serious, there will be a provision in this plan that requires us to come forward with more spending cuts if the savings we promised don’t materialize.”
However, after Obama signed it, the Washington Post reported that it would add more than $340 billion to the budget deficit over the next decade.
In March 2012, the Congressional Budget Office said that over the next decade, Obamacare would cost twice as much as what Obama had promised.
In May 2013, it was reported that Obamacare’s program for high risk patients was more expensive than what Obama had promised.
25) Gave tax dollars to campaign contributors and lobbyists, and falsely claimed the money was for “green energy”
In 2009 the Obama administration gave $535 million to Solyndra, claiming that it would create 4,000 new jobs. However, instead of creating those 4,000 new jobs, the company went bankrupt. It was later revealed that the company’s shareholders and executives had made substantial donations to Obama’s campaign, that the company had spent a large sum of money on lobbying, and that Solyndra executives had had many meetings with White House officials.
It was also revealed that the Obama administration had already been aware of Solyndra’s financial troubles. For example, according to the company’s security filings in 2009, the company had been selling its product for less than the cost of production. In 2010, Obama visited the Solyndra factory and cited it as a role model for his “stimulus” program, saying “It’s here that companies like Solyndra are leading the way toward a brighter and more prosperous future.” The Washington Post wrote of this, “Administration officials and outside advisers warned that President Obama should consider dropping plans to visit a solar startup company in 2010 because its mounting financial problems might ultimately embarrass the White House.” Solyndra was a private company, but had been planning to use its government loans as a means of going public – so when Obama knowingly overstated the company’s condition in order to help his friends at Solyndra, he broke the same law that Martha Stewart had been sent to prison for breaking.
In September 2011, federal agents visited the homes of Brian Harrison, the company’s CEO, and Chris Gronet, the company’s founder, to examine computer files and documents. Also in September 2011, the U.S. Treasury Department launched an investigation.
On September 13, 2011, the Washington Post reported on emails which showed that the Obama administration had tried to rush federal reviewers to approve the loan so Vice President Joe Biden could announce it at a September 2009 groundbreaking for the company’s factory. The company was a hallmark of President Obama’s plan to support clean energy technologies.
The New York Times reported that government auditors and industry analysts had faulted the Obama administration for failing to properly evaluate the company’s business proposals, as well as for failing to take note of troubling signs which were already evident. In addition, Frank Rusco, a program director at the Government Accountability Office, had found that the preliminary loan approval had been granted before officials had completed the legally mandated evaluations of the company.
The New York Times quoted Shyam Mehta, a senior analyst at GTM Research, as saying “There was just too much misplaced zeal at the Department of Energy for this company.” Among 143 companies that had expressed an interest in getting a loan guarantee, Solyndra was the first one to get approval. During the period when Solyndra’s loan guarantee was under review, the company had spent nearly $1.8 million on lobbying. Tim Harris, the CEO of Solopower, a different solar panel company which had obtained a $197 million loan guarantee, told the New York Times that his company had never considered spending any money on lobbying, and that “It was made clear to us early in the process that that was clearly verboten… We were told that it was not only not helpful but it was not acceptable.”
The Washington Post reported that Solyndra had used some of the loan money to purchase new equipment which it never used, and then sold that new equipment, still in its plastic wrap, for pennies on the dollar. Former Solyndra engineer Lindsey Eastburn told the Washington Post, “After we got the loan guarantee, they were just spending money left and right… Because we were doing well, nobody cared. Because of that infusion of money, it made people sloppy.”
On September 29, 2011, the Washington Post reported that the Obama administration had continued to allow Solyndra to receive taxpayer money even after it had defaulted on its $535 million loan.
On October 7, 2011, The Washington Post reported that newly revealed emails showed that Energy Department officials had been warned that their plan to help Solyndra by restructuring the loan might be illegal, and should be cleared with the Justice Department first. However, Energy Department officials moved ahead with the restructuring anyway, with a new deal that would repay company investors before taxpayers if the company were to default. The emails showed concerns within the Obama administration about the legality of the Energy Department’s actions. In addition, an Energy Department “stimulus” adviser, Steve Spinner, had pushed for the loan, despite having recused himself because his wife’s law firm had done work for the company.
In January 2012, CBS News reported that Solyndra had thrown millions of dollars worth of brand new glass tubes into garbage dumpsters, where they ended up being shattered. Solyndra told CBS that it had conducted an exhaustive search for buyers of the glass tubes, and that no one had wanted them. However, CBS discovered that Solyndra had not offered the glass tubes for sale at either one of its two asset auctions that took place in 2011. In addition, David Lucky, a buyer and seller of such equipment, told CBS that he would have bought the tubes if he had had a chance to do so. Greg Smestad, a solar scientist who had consulted for the Department of Energy, also agreed that the tubes had value, and had asked Solyndra to donate any unwanted tubes to Santa Clara University. Smestad stated, “That really makes me sad… Those tubes represent intellectual investment. These could have had a better value to do public good. I think they owed the U.S. taxpayer that.”
Solyndra was not the only “green energy” company involved in this type of fraud. After Obama gave Raser Technologies $33 million to build a power plant, the company declared bankruptcy, and owed $1.5 million in back taxes. After Obama gave Abound Solar, Inc. a $400 million loan guarantee to build photovoltaic panel factories, the company halted production and laid off 180 employees. After Obama gave Beacon Power a $43 million loan guarantee to build green energy storage, the company filed for bankruptcy. After Obama approved $2.1 billion in loan guarantees for Solar Trust of America so it could build solar power plants, the company filed forbankruptcy.
In April 2012, CBS News reported that Solyndra had left a substantial amount oftoxic waste at its abandoned facility in Milpitas, California. In May 2014, it was reported that the building in Longmont, Colorado that had been abandoned by Abound Solar in 2012 was still contaminated with cadmium, a toxic metal which can cause cancer.
Although Obama stated that all of the “green energy” companies that received taxpayer money were chosen “based solely on their merits,” the truth is that 71% of these grants and loans went to Obama donors and fundraisers, who raised $457,834 for his campaign, and were later approved for grants and loans totaling more than $11 billion. By November 2011, the Energy Department’s inspector general had begun more than 100 criminal investigations related to Obama’s “stimulus.” Although an “independent” review said that Obama had not done anything wrong, it was later reported that Herbert M. Allison Jr., the person who had conducted this “independent” review, donated $52,500 to Obama’s campaign.
26) Had “off the record” meetings with lobbyists
In June 2010, the New York Times reported that Obama administration officials had held hundreds of meetings with lobbyists at coffee houses near the White House, in order to avoid the disclosure requirements for White House visitors, and that these meetings “reveal a disconnect between the Obama administration’s public rhetoric — with Mr. Obama himself frequently thrashing big industries’ ‘battalions’ of lobbyists as enemies of reform — and the administration’s continuing, private dealings with them.”
27) Falsely claimed to believe in public education
Although Obama said, “We need to uphold the ideal of public education,” he expressed his true opinion of America’s public education system by sending his own children to private schools while living in Chicago and Washington D.C.
28) Had armed SWAT agents raid a law-abiding guitar factory because it was owned by a Republican
President Obama had armed SWAT agents raid the Gibson guitar factory, ordered the employees to leave, and seized guitars and other property from the factory – and all of this happened without any charges being filed.
It was later reported that Gibson had not broken any U.S. laws.
Obama’s so-called justification for the raid was that Gibson had broken environmental laws from India regarding the imported wood that Gibson had been using.
However, Gibson claimed that it had not broken any Indian laws – and no charges were filed against it.
In addition, it was also reported that Henry E. Juszkiewicz, the CEO of Gibson, was a Republican donor.
Meanwhile, C.F. Martin & Company, Gibsons’s competitor, had used the exact same imported wood, but had not gotten raided. Chris Martin IV, the CEO of Martin, was a Democratic donor.
29) Shut down Amish farm
In February 2012, Obama shut down an Amish farm for selling unpasteurized milk across state lines, even though the customers were happy with what they were buying.
30) Rewarded his fundraisers by giving them federal jobs
Although Obama had promised to have “the most sweeping ethics reform in history,” and had often criticized the role of money in politics, the truth is that after he was elected, he gave administration jobs to more than half of his 47 biggest fundraisers.
31) Ignored constitutional requirements for appointees
In February 2009, U.S. Senator Robert Byrd (D-West Virginia) expressed concern that Obama’s dozens of czars might violate the U.S. Constitution, because they were not approved by the U.S. Senate. U.S. Senator Russ Feingold (D-Wisconsin)expressed a similar concern in September 2009.
32) Gave tax dollars to corrupt private contractors to build 504 units of mice infested, slum housing, with backed up sewage
While Obama was a state Senator in Illinois, he used tax dollars to build 504 units of slum housing, which had mice and backed up sewage. Federal inspectors graded the condition of the housing so bad that the buildings faced demolition.
33) Used tax dollars to glorify murderers
The Obama administration spent $1.6 million to restore graffiti that glorified communist murderers Che Guevara and Fidel Castro.
34) Falsely claimed that the U.S. Supreme Court had never overturned any laws that had been passed by Congress
Despite having taught constitutional law at one of the most prestigious law schools in the country, in April 2012 Obama falsely claimed that the U.S. Supreme Court had never overturned any laws that had been passed by Congress.
35) Supported new bailouts for speculators who caused housing bubble
In March 2012, Obama announced a new set of bailouts for speculators who had caused the housing bubble.
36) Spent $205,075 of taxpayer money on a shrubbery which nurseries sell for $16
As part of his economic “stimulus,” Obama spent $205,075 of taxpayer money to relocate and care for a single specimen of Arctostaphylos franciscana, a shrubbery which nurseries sell for $16.
37) Spent taxpayer money to see if using cocaine helped rats to enjoy the music of Miles Davis
Obama’s administration funded a study to see whether or not rats’ enjoyment of the music of Miles Davis was increased when the rats were high on cocaine.
38) Tried to outlaw family farms
In April 2012, the Obama administration proposed new regulations which would prohibit farm children under 18 from working at grain elevators, silos, feed lots, stockyards, and livestock auctions, as well as from storing, marketing and transporting farm product raw materials. Critics claimed that this would prevent children from the common practice of working on their friends’ and relatives’ farms, and that farm children did not need “help” from a community organizer in Washington.
39) Auctioned off ambassadorship to the Netherlands
In April 2012, Obama nominated Timothy Broas, who had “bundled” more than $500,000 for Obama’s 2012 campaign, to be U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands.
40) Claimed that written tests are a form of “racial discrimination”
The Obama administration accused fire and police departments in Jacksonville, Florida, New York City, and Dayton, Ohio of “racial discrimination” because they required potential firefighters and police officers to take a written test. Ten real examples of these “racist” questions from the New York test can be read here.
41) Made the TSA even more abusive and ridiculous than it had been under Bush
The Obama administration gave a very invasive patdown to a three-year-old boy in a wheelchair, which caused the boy to tremble in fear. The Obama administration gave an aggressive patdown to a seven-year-old girl with cerebral palsy. The Obama administration said that a four-year-old girl was a “high security threat.” The Obama administration placed an 18-month-old girl on its no fly list. The Obama administration gave a patdown to Henry Kissinger. The Obama administration forced a 95-year-old cancer patient to remove her adult diaper and fly without it. The Obama administration ripped open the urostomy bag of a 61-year-old bladder cancer survivor, and forced him to fly covered in his own urine. The Obama administration harassed a sick 3-year-old boy, and caused him to miss his flight.
42) Illegally demanded monetary payment for Freedom of Information Act request
The Obama administration demanded that the Goldwater Institute pay $78,935.80 before it would share public records which it had requested under the Freedom of Information Act.
43) Fined public school $15,000 for selling soda
The Obama administration fined a high school $15,000 for selling soda to students during lunch.
44) Conducted dangerous and illegal scientific experiments on sick people without always informing them of the risks
In 2010 and 2011, the Obama administration conducted illegal scientific experiments which exposed people to dangerous levels of toxins. Some of these people had asthma and heart problems, and were exposed to levels of pollutants as high as 50 times what the EPA considers to be safe . The government did not always tell them about the risks of cancer and death.
45) Closed the Vietnam Memorial for seven hours on Memorial Day so he could have his picture taken
On Memorial Day 2012, Obama prevented Vietnam veterans and their friends and families from visiting the Vietnam Memorial for seven hours so he could have his picture taken.
46) Had the government take 60.8% ownership of General Motors
In July 2009, Obama had the government take 60.8% ownership of General Motors, and fired the CEO.
47) Forced banks to give mortgages to people who could not afford to pay them back, and collected $23,000 in legal fees for himself for doing so
While working as a “community organizer,” Obama filed lawsuits which forced banks to give mortgages to people with bad credit and low incomes. As a result, many of these people ended up defaulting on their mortgages. As their attorney, Obama collected $23,000 in legal fees for himself.
Then in April 2013, during Obama’s second term as President, the Washington Post reported that President Obama was still pressuring banks “to make home loans to people with weaker credit.”
48) Stole money from retired Delphi employees
In 2009, Obama eliminated the pensions of 20,000 retired Delphi employees.
49) Used taxpayer money to buy soda for $3.40 per can
During Obama’s presidency, the federal government repeatedly purchased soda for a cost of $3.40 per can. Obama did not express any desire to switch to a cheaper seller, such as Costco, amazon.com, or Wal-Mart – or to an even still cheaper seller such as a wholesaler. Instead, Obama repeatedly forced taxpayers to pay these outrageous prices for soda.
50) Paid $7 million per household to connect people to the internet
Obama’s “stimulus” paid to connect some households in Montana to the internet, at a cost of $7 million per household.
51) Had a double standard for Bain Capital
Although Obama criticized Mitt Romney for his involvement with Bain Capital, Obama hired Jeff Zients, a former consultant at Bain (and who had an estimated personal wealth of $200 million) to be his budget director.
52) Broke promise to teen campaign volunteers
Obama had promised to his teen campaign volunteers that if they each spent nine hours going door to door on Obama’s behalf, he would invite them to attend his speech of September 6, 2012. However, after the teens did the volunteer work, Obama broke his promise. One of these volunteers, Madeline Frank, age 16, of Charlotte, North Carolina, said of this “I’ve been looking forward to this for a really long time. I am just feeling really let down and like bummed. It was kind of my dream to see him speak, so definitely really sad.”
53) Falsely claimed to know more about Judaism than any other President
Obama falsely claimed to know more about Judaism than any other President.
54) Exempted wind farms from the penalties that other companies get for killing birds
In May 2013, it was reported that Obama had fined oil and electric companies for illegally killing endangered birds, but that he had never fined wind power companies even though they had broken the exact same laws.
55) Falsely claimed that he had never belonged to the New Party
Obama falsely claimed that he had never belonged to the New Party, which is a third political party.
56) Supported punishing students based on their race instead of on their behavior
Obama expressed support for a proposal which would punish students based on their race instead of on their behavior.
57) Used “off the books” funding for military interventionism
In April 2009, antiwar activists who helped elect Obama accused him of using the same “off the books” funding as his predecessor George W. Bush when Obama requested an additional $83.4 billion from Congress for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – a provision which Obama had voted against when he was a Senator.
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58) Tried to silence criticism of auto-bailouts
The Obama administration pressured Ford Motor Company to stop airing a TV ad that criticized Obama’s bailouts of General Motors and Chrysler.
59) Dismissed charges of voter intimidation, despite video evidence
In May 2009, the Obama administration dismissed charges that had been filed by the Bush administration against members of the New Black Panther Party who had been videotaped intimidating voters and brandishing a police-style baton at a Philadelphia polling station during the November 2008 election. In August 2009, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights demanded that the Justice Department explain why it dismissed the charges. In July 2010, J. Christian Adams, a former lawyer for the Justice Department, testified before the Commission on Civil Rights that the case was dropped because the Justice Department did not want to protect the civil rights of white people.
60) Falsely claimed to support the second amendment
Although Obama stated, “I have always believed that the Second Amendment protects the right of individuals to bear arms,” the National Rifle Association gave Obama a rating of ‘F’ based on his voting record.
61) Nominated a communist who said 9-11 was an inside job
In September 2009, Obama’s green czar Van Jones resigned after it was reported that he was a self described “communist” and had blamed George W. Bush for the September 11 attacks.
62) Falsely said he would not raise taxes on the poor and middle class
On September 12, 2008, Obama promised:
“I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.”
However, less than three months into his Presidency, he broke that promise when he raised the cigarette tax. Studies show that poor people are more likely to smoke than rich people.
63) Falsely said he wanted to simplify the tax code, when he actually wanted to make it more complex
Although Obama said that he wanted to simplify the tax code, his proposals would actually add thousands of pages to the tax code.
64) Oversaw some of the world’s worst increases in corruption
In December 2010, Transparency International reported that corruption was increasing faster in the U.S. than anywhere else except Cuba, Dominica, and Burkina Faso.
65) Falsely said “This is the most transparent administration in history”
In February 2013, Obama said, “This is the most transparent administration in history.”
However, that same month, ABC News White House reporter Ann Compton, who covered Presidents Ford, Carter, Reagan, Clinton, both Bushes, and Obama, said “The president’s day-to-day policy development… is almost totally opaque to the reporters trying to do a responsible job of covering it. There are no readouts from big meetings he has with people from the outside, and many of them aren’t even on his schedule. This is different from every president I covered. This White House goes to extreme lengths to keep the press away.”
In July 2009, White House reporter Helen Thomas criticized the Obama administration for its lack of transparency.
In October 2013, ABC News correspondent Ann Compton said that Obama was the “least transparent of the seven presidents I’ve covered in terms of how he does his daily business.”
Also, this list contains a huge number of things that Obama has done which contradict his statement.
66) Falsely claimed he would wait five days before signing bills
Although Obama had promised to wait five days before signing all non-emergency bills, he broke that promise at least 10 times during his first three months in office.
67) Falsely claimed “stimulus” spending would be transparent
Although Obama had promised that the website recovery.gov would list all “stimulus” spending in detail, a 400 page report issued by the Government Accountability Office stated that only 25% of the projects listed on the website provided clear and complete information regarding their cost, schedule, purpose, location and status.
68) Announced plans to send military to Australia
In November 2011, Obama announced that he would send 2,500 Marines to Australia.
69) Falsely promised to accept public campaign financing and spending limits
During the 2008 campaign, Obama broke his promise to accept public campaign financing and the spending limits that came with it.
70) Tried to silence video on YouTube
In June 2011, Obama asked a Jewish singing group to remove its video from the internet.
71) Rejected international help to clean up BP oil spill
After the BP oil spill, Obama rejected offers of cleanup help from Canada, Croatia, France, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United Nations.
72) Falsely said he opposed government waste, when he actually loves it
On September 22, 2008, Obama said, “I am not a Democrat who believes that we can or should defend every government program just because it’s there… We will fire government managers who aren’t getting results, we will cut funding for programs that are wasting your money and we will use technology and lessons from the private sector to improve efficiency across every level of government… The only way we can do all this without leaving our children with an even larger debt is if Washington starts taking responsibility for every dime that it spends.” However, Citizens Against Government Waste gave Obama a 2007 rating of only 10%, and a lifetime rating of only 18%.
73) Nominated past frequent user of illegal drugs to keep illegal drugs out of schools
In September 2009, it was reported that Kevin Jennings, Obama’s Assistant Deputy Secretary for the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, had written about Jenning’s own past frequent illegal drug use in his 2007 autobiography.
74) Avoids firing aides who owe back taxes
In January 2012, it was reported that 36 Obama aides owed a combined total of $833,000 in back taxes.
75) Used Abbott and Costello style economics as a basis for national policy
In 2010, Obama gave $16.3 million to First Solar, a company that manufactures solar panels, so the company could sell solar panels to itself.
76) Sent U.S. troops to Africa
Obama sent U.S. troops to Uganda, Congo, South Sudan and the Central African Republic.
77) Made secret plans for his second term
In March 2012, when Obama was talking to Russian President Dmitri Medvedev and did not know that the microphone was turned on, Obama stated, “On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved but it’s important for him to give me space… This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.”
78) Holds double standard for people who use crude and vulgar language toward women
Concerned Women for America accused Obama of hypocrisy after Obama criticized Rush Limbaugh for using crude and vulgar language to describe Sandra Fluke, but Obama did not criticize Bill Maher (who had donated one million dollars to an Obama PAC) for using the same kind of crude and vulgar language to describe Sarah Palin.
79) Illegally gave Obamacare exemptions to unions that supported the passage of Obamacare
Obama gave some organizations an exemption from some of the requirements of Obamacare. Many of these organizations were unions that had supported the passage of Obamacare, but now wanted exemptions from the very same law that they wanted to force everyone else to obey. This reveals an extreme level of hypocrisy among many of the supporters of Obamacare.
In addition, these exemptions are illegal, because the Constitution requires the law to treat everyone the same.
The Washington Times wrote of this:
“Selective enforcement of the law is the first sign of tyranny. A government empowered to determine arbitrarily who may operate outside the rule of law invariably embraces favoritism as friends, allies and those with the best-funded lobbyists are rewarded. Favoritism inevitably leads to corruption, and corruption invites extortion. Ultimately, the rule of law ceases to exist in any recognizable form, and what is left is tyranny.”
“The now-familiar monthly trickling down of new waivers is, at best, a tacit admission that Obamacare is a failure. So far, seven entire states and 1,372 businesses, unions and other institutions have received waivers from the law. The list includes the administration’s friends and allies and, of course, those who have the best lobbyists.”
“More than 50 percent of the Obamacare waiver beneficiaries are union members, which is striking because union members account for less than 12 percent of the American work force. The same unions that provided more than $120 million to Democrats in the last two elections and, in many cases, openly campaigned in favor of the government takeover of your health care, now celebrate that Obamacare is not their problem.”
80) Defended Bush administration’s unconstitutional, unwarranted use of GPS device
In January 2012, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the Bush administration for having put a GPS tracking device on someone’s car without having a warrant, the Obama administration opposed the court ruling
81) Opposes newspapers reporting the news
Obama spokesman Jay Carney criticized the Los Angeles Times for publishing photographs of U.S. soldiers posing with corpses in Afghanistan.
82) Supported Bush administration for fining CBS for showing Janet Jackson’s breast
Obama came out in favor of the FCC’s fining of the CBS TV network $550,000 for showing Janet Jackson’s breast during the 2004 Super Bowl.
83) Allowed campaign contributors to bring lobbyists into White House
In April 2012, the New York Times reported, “Although Mr. Obama has made a point of not accepting contributions from registered lobbyists, a review of campaign donations and White House visitor logs shows that special interests have had little trouble making themselves heard. Many of the president’s biggest donors, while not lobbyists, took lobbyists with them to the White House…”
84) Falsely said that criminal background checks constituted “racial discrimination”
In 2012, the Obama administration accused Pepsico of “race discrimination” because it used criminal background checks to screen out job applicants.
85) Was cited by nine states for committing 21 illegal acts
Attorneys General from nine states issued a report, titled “A Report on Obama Administration Violations of Law,” which cited 21 illegal acts which had been committed by the Obama administration.
86) Tried to seize hotel because some of its customers had used illegal drugs
The Obama administration tried to seize a mom-and-pop bed-and-breakfast because some if its guests had used illegal drugs.
87) Falsely said his campaign was not funded by large donors
Although Obama has received many large campaign donations from corporate executives and Hollywood celebrities, his spokesperson said that his campaign was funded “not from huge donors at all.”
88) Holds double standard for subsidizing solar power companies
Although Obama gave taxpayer money to numerous American solar power companies, he placed a 30% tariff on solar panels imported from China, because he was against the Chinese government giving subsidies to its own companies.
89) Tried to create an administration full of tax cheaters
Obama nominated tax cheater Tom Daschle to be Secretary of Health and Human Services. After Daschle said he didn’t want the job, Obama then nominated tax cheater Kathleen Sebelius for the same position. Obama nominated tax cheater Nancy Killefer to be his administration’s Chief Performance Officer. Obama nominated tax cheater Hilda Solis to be the Secretary of Labor. Obama nominated tax cheater Ron Kirk be the White House Chief Trade Representative.
90) Hired a Communications Director who admires a mass murderer
Anita Dunn, Obama’s White House Communications Director, said that one of her favorite political philosophers was Mao Tse-tung, the Chinese dictator who murdered tens of millions of innocent civilians.
91) Tried to replace science with political correctness
In July 2010, Charles Bolden, the administrator of NASA, said that Obama had told him that the primary purpose of NASA was “to reach out to the Muslim world.”
92) Made recess appointments when Congress was not in recess
In January 2012, Obama violated the Constitution by making four recess appointments when Congress was not in recess. Recess appointments themselves are constitutional, but only if they are made when Congress is actually in recess.
In January 2013, a federal appeals court ruled that Obama’s appointments had violated the Constitution.
In May 2013, a second federal appeals court also ruled that Obama’s appointments had violated the Constitution.
In July 2013, a third federal appeals court also ruled that Obama’s appointments had violated the Constitution.
93) Said the health insurance mandate was not a tax, but later told the Supreme Court that it was
Before Obama’s health care reform was passed, he said that the mandate was not a tax. However, after it was passed, the Obama administration argued in front of the Supreme Court that the mandate really was a tax.
94 ) Lied about being his “brother’s keeper”
Although Barack Obama likes to cite the Bible phrase “We are our brother’s keeper,” when his real life poverty stricken brother George Obama needed $1,000 for health care bills, Barack Obama refused to pay it, so conservative author Dinesh D’Souza paid it.
95) Punishes hospitals for saving the lives of patients with heart disease
Obama’s health care reform contains a provision that reduces Medicare payments to hospitals with high 30-day readmission rates. Sunil Kripalani, MD, a professor with Vanderbilt University Medical Center, said of this, “Among patients with heart failure, hospitals that have higher readmission rates actually have lower mortality rates. So, which would we rather have — a hospital readmission or a death?”
96) Supports guns for himself and his wife, but opposes them for everyone else
On January 10, 2013, President Obama signed a bill that provides armed guards to himself and his wife for the rest of the lives.
However, in 2004, when Obama was an Illinois state Senator, he voted against allowing people in their own homes to use guns to protect themselves and their families from rapists and murderers.
97) Falsely claimed that he “cut spending by over a trillion dollars in 2011″
On “Meet the Press” on December 30, 2012, Obama said:
“I cut spending by over a trillion dollars in 2011″
In reality, spending during that time period was not cut at all, and was actually increased by $147 billion.
98) Practices environmental hypocrisy
In May 2008, Obama said, “We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK.”
However, just one week later, Obama was photographed exiting an SUV.
In addition, Obama keeps the White House thermostat turned up so high that David Axelrod, Obama’s senior adviser, said, “He likes it warm. You could grow orchids in there.”
Environmentalists criticized Obama for eating Wagyu beef, which was called “theHummer of beef.”
Obama had a chef fly round trip from St. Louis to Washington D.C. so he could make Obama’s favorite pizza.
99) Pressured public schools to replace Catcher in the Rye with a book on window insulation
The Huffington Post reported that Obama’s education policies
“are increasingly worrying English-lovers and English teachers, who feel they must replace literary greats like The Great Gatsby and Catcher in the Rye with Common Core-suggested ‘exemplars,’ like the Environmental Protection Agency’s Recommended Levels of Insulation.”
100) Approved giving 20 F-16 fighter jets to a Sharia dictatorship
Obama approved giving 20 F-16 fighter jets to Egypt, which is a Sharia dictatorship.
101) Falsely claimed that his “Cash for Clunkers” program would help the environment
Although Obama claimed that his “Cash for Clunkers” program would help the environment, it actually caused net harm to the environment. Because the program required cars to be shredded instead of recycled, it wasted 24 million barrels of oil. Many of the cars that were destroyed were in perfectly good condition. Because the program’s minimum requirement for so-called “fuel efficiency” was only 22 mpg, the reduction in pollution was negligible.
102) Violated the very same campaign finance laws that he claims to support
In January 2013, it was reported that Obama’s campaign had been fined $375,000 by the Federal Election Commission for violating campaign finance laws.
103) Lied about how he had answered a questionnaire on gun control
In 1996, when Obama was answering a questionnaire on his political views, one of the questions was “Do you support state legislation to: ban the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns?”
Obama’s answer to the question was “Yes.”
However, in 2008, Obama said “My writing wasn’t on that particular questionnaire.”
However, ABC News later reported that the questionnaire “appears to have Obama’s handwriting.”
104) Falsely claimed that his 2013 inauguration was not funded by lobbyists
Although Obama claimed that his 2013 inauguration was not funded by lobbyists, its sponsors had actually spent $160 million on lobbying during Obama’s first presidential term.
105) Encouraged medical device manufacturers to lay off employees
In November 2012, it was reported that in response to the medical device tax that is part of Obamacare, some medical device manufacturers had announced plans to layoff employees, including Welch Allyn (275 planned layoffs), Stryker (1,170 planned layoffs), and Medtronic (1,000 planned layoffs).
In December 2012, Al Franken, Elizabeth Warren, John Kerry, and 15 other Democrats who supported the passage of Obamacare wrote a letter to Harry Reid, asking him to delay the tax on medical devices, claiming that the tax would hurt job creation in their districts.
In February 2014, it was reported that Obamacare’s medical device tax had destroyed 14,000 jobs, and prevented an additional 19,000 new jobs from being created.
106) Encouraged employers to switch their employees from full time to part time
The New York Times reported that Obamacare
“sharply penalizes full-time employment in favor of part-time employment.”
In response to the employer mandate of Obamacare, some restaurants have announced plans to switch some of their employees from full time to part time, including some franchises of Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, White Castle, and Fatburger.
Community College of Allegheny County switched 200 professors and 200 other employees from full time to part time in response to Obamacare. Clint Benjamin, an English professor at Community College of Allegheny County, said that this would reduce his own monthly pay by $600.
Also in response to the employer mandate of Obamacare, other colleges have announced plans to switch some of their employees from full time to part time, including Florida’s Palm Beach State College, Ohio’s Youngstown State University, and New Jersey’s Kean University.
In Virginia, thousands of government employees had their hours reduced because of Obamacare.
The Carnegie Museum of Pittsburgh reduced the hours of 48 of its employees in response to Obamacare.
Regal Entertainment Group, the largest chain of movie theaters in the country, announced that it would be switching thousands of its employees from full time to part time in response to the Obamacare mandate.
Utah’s Granite School District reduced the hours of 1,200 of its employees in response to Obamacare.
In response to Obamacare, many Wal-Mart stores have stopped hiring full time workers.
In July 2013, leaders of the Teamsters, UFCW, and UNITE-HERE sent a letter to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi which said that Obamacare will
“destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class… the law creates an incentive for employers to keep employees’ work hours below 30 hours a week. Numerous employers have begun to cut workers’ hours to avoid this obligation.”
In response to Obamacare, Forever 21 reduced its employees’ hours.
As of September 2013, more than 200 public-sector employers had reduced their employees’ hours in response to Obamacare.
Sea World reduced the weekly hours of its part time employees from 32 to 28 in response to Obamacare.
Lands’ End limited its part time employees to 29 hours per week in response to Obamacare.
As of September 2013, at least 34 universities and colleges had reduced some of their employees’ hours in response to Obamacare.
On October 23, 2013, Investor’s Business Daily wrote:
IBD has a running list that now includes 351 employers that have opted to cut work hours below 30 per week or take related steps to limit liability under ObamaCare’s employer mandate. Each entry is documented with links to news sources and public records.
About 275 entries on IBD’s list come from the public sector, including more than 100 school districts.
107) Broke his promise to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term
On February 23, 2009, Obama said “Today, I’m pledging to cut the deficit we inherited in half by the end of my first term in office.” Obama broke that promise.
108) Had Freedom of Information Act record worse than Bush’s
In September 2012, it was reported that when it came to honoring requests under the Freedom of Information Act, Obama’s record was worse than that of George W. Bush.
109) Supports installation of hidden cameras on private property without a search warrant
In October 2012, Obama’s Justice Department argued in favor of installing hidden cameras on private property without a search warrant.
110) Used “stimulus” money to pay people to play cards, board games, and video games
In October 2012, it was reported that LG Chem, a lithium-ion battery plant in Holland, Michigan, was using money from Obama’s “stimulus” to pay its employees to play cards, board games, and video games.
111) Spent half a million tax dollars on “Prom Week” video game
In 2012, the Obama administration spent $516,000 on a video game called “Prom Week.”
112) Hypocritically paid his female employees less than his male employees
Although Obama claimed to support equal pay for men and women, his own administration paid its female employees 18% less than its male employees.
113) Falsely said that Romney’s pension was bigger than his own
During a debate in October 2012, Obama falsely stated that Mitt Romney’s pension was bigger than his own.
114) Has a double standard for investing in China and the Cayman Islands
Although Obama criticized Mitt Romney for having investments in China and the Cayman Islands, Obama himself has investments in both of those places.
115) Spent $27 million on “ineffective” pottery classes in Morocco
Obama spent $27 million on pottery classes in Morocco. The class used an American teacher, but the translater who was hired did not actually know how to speak English fluently, and made many mistakes. The instructor often did not bring the right materials to class. The dyes and clays that the instructor did use were not available in Morocco, which prevented the students from being able to copy what they had learned. It was concluded that the classes were “ineffective.”
116) Caused large amounts of perfectly good food to be thrown into the garbage
In one year, Obama’s new school lunch program caused the schools in Lake County, Florida, to throw away $75,000 of perfectly good fruits and vegetables.
117) Accepted illegal campaign contributions from foreign citizens
During an experiment, a non-U.S. citizen attempted to make two $5 donations to both Obama’s campaign website and Mitt Romney’s campaign website. While the Romney website rejected both donations, the Obama website accepted them.
118) Labels opponents of TSA sexual harassment as “domestic extremists”
The Obama administration labels anyone who objects to the TSA’s sexual harassment as a “domestic extremist.”
119) Lied about the Benghazi attack
In September 2012, after four U.S. citizens were killed in a terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, the Obama administration falsely said that the attack was a spontaneous protest against an anti-Muslim video at YouTube.
CBS News reported that although it was obviously a terrorist attack, it took an entire week before the Obama administration was willing to acknowledge it as such.
The Washington Post reported that Obama had falsely said that he had called it a terrorist attack from the very start.
After the attack began, someone (there is a debate over who this someone was) ordered the nearby U.S. military to “stand down,”, i.e., not offer any assistance. Obama is the Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. military. Obama later falsely claimed that the “stand down” order had not been made.
Although the Obama administration made a dozen revisions to its talking points on this incident, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney falsely stated that only a “single adjustment” had been made, and that it simply involved changing the wording of “consulate” to “diplomatic facility.” ABC News published a complete list of all the changes to the talking points, which can be read here.
Among the changes was the deletion of this entire paragraph:
“The Agency has produced numerous pieces on the threat of extremists linked to al-Qa’ida in Benghazi and eastern Libya. These noted that, since April, there have been at least five other attacks against foreign interests in Benghazi by unidentified assailants, including the June attack against the British Ambassador’s convoy. We cannot rule out the individuals has previously surveilled the U.S. facilities, also contributing to the efficacy of the attacks.”
Victoria Nuland, a State Department spokeswoman, played a key role in the editing of the talking points. But instead of firing her for this, Obama offered her a promotion.
The Obama administration asked Fox News to stop reporting on Benghazi.
120) Paid a train carrying biofuel to cross the U.S.-Canadian border 24 times without unloading
As part of Obama’s “green energy” program, Obama used tax money to pay for a train full of biofuel to cross the U.S.-Canadian border 24 times without unloading its cargo.
121) Falsely said that “we got back every dime” of the bailout
In October 2012, Obama said that “we got back every dime” of the bailout. However, at the same time, the Congressional Budget Office that said there was still $24 billion that had not been paid back.
122) Spent $50,000 of taxpayer money on a George S. Patton impersonator
In the summer of 2011, the Obama administration spent $50,000 on a George S. Patton impersonator
123) Spent $75,000 of taxpayer money on a bicycle
The Obama administration spent $75,000 of taxpayer money on a bicycle.
124) Complained to YouTube about an anti-Muslim video
In September 2012, the Obama administration phoned YouTube to complain about an anti-Muslim video.
Ben Wizner of the ACLU said that of this, “It does make us nervous when the government throws its weight behind any requests for censorship.”
Eva Galperin of the Electronic Frontier Foundation said of this, “I am actually kind of distressed by this… Even though there are all these great quotes from inside the White House saying they support free speech….by calling YouTube from the White House, they were sending a message no matter how much they say we don’t want them to take it down, when the White House calls and asks you to review it, it sends a message and has a certain chilling effect.”
125) Falsely said that Fast and Furious was started when Bush was President
In September 2012, Obama said that Fast and Furious had “begun under the previous administration.” In reality, Fast and Furious began in October 2009.
126) Is a “war criminal” who is “more aggressive, more illegal worldwide” than Bush, according to Ralph Nader
In September 2012, Ralph Nader said that Obama was a “war criminal” who was “more aggressive, more illegal worldwide” than George W. Bush.
127) Illegally refused to fire Kathleen Sebelius after she violated campaign finance laws
In February 2012, Kathleen Sebelius, Obama’s Secretary of Health and Human Services, violated campaign finance laws. Although federal law required Obama to fire Sebelius for her illegal activity, he refused to do so.
128) Supports policies that hurt small businesses
In September 2012, a survery of small business owners showed that 69% of them said that Obama’s regulatory policies have hurt small businesses. 55% said that they would not start a business under the current environment.
129) Spent $102,000 per year of taxpayer money on a “dog handler”
In September 2012, it was reported that Obama spent $102,000 of taxpayer money each year on a “dog handler.”
130) Refused to fire federal employee who sent email to 17,000 people praising terrorist who wanted to destroy U.S.
In 2012, an employee of Obama’s administration sent an email to more than 17,000 federal employees which praised Che Guevara, a terrorist who had wanted to destroy the U.S. Obama refused to fire the employee.
131) Called Fort Hood shooting “workplace violence” instead of “Islamic terrorism”
After Nidal Malik Hasan shouted “Allahu Akbar!” and murdered 13 people on U.S. soil, instead of referring to it as “Islamic terrorism,” Obama said that it was “workplace violence.”
132) Falsely said that switching to electronic medical records would make health care cheaper
Although Obama claimed that switching to electronic record keeping as part of Obamacare would make health care cheaper, it actually made it more expensive.
133) Spent $495,000 of “stimulus” money for ads on MSNBC
Obama spent $495,000 of “stimulus” money for commercials on MSNBC.
134) Lied about the cost of federal regulations
In September 2012, it was reported that the cost of federal regulations to citizens and business owners was more than 20 times as much as what Obama had said it was.
135) Broke his promise to pass immigration bill, and then lied about why he broke it
In 2008, Obama promised that he would pass an immigration bill during his first year in office. He broke that promise. He then blamed this on Republicans, even though both the House and Senate were controlled by Democrats during Obama’s first year.
136) Made it much harder for start ups to raise capital and create jobs
In July 2010, Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Act. The Wall St. Journal wrote of this:
“Senator Chris Dodd’s 1,400-page financial reform bill contains many economic land mines, and here’s one of the worst: Provisions that would make it harder for business start-ups to raise seed capital.”
“Currently, wealthy individuals who want to invest directly in a new business can do so with minimum interference from regulators. The law requires only that the investor be “accredited” by meeting thresholds for net worth ($1 million) or income ($250,000). Entrepreneurs depend on these “angel” investors, since many new businesses lack the collateral for bank loans and are too small to interest venture capitalists. ”
“Amazon, Yahoo, Google and Facebook all benefited from angel investors, who typically target companies under five years old. According to a 2009 Kaufman Foundation study, such firms are less than 1% of all companies yet generate about 10% of new jobs. Between 1980 and 2005, companies less than five years old accounted for all net job growth in the U.S. In 2008, angels invested some $19 billion in more than 55,000 companies. ”
“Mr. Dodd’s bill would change all this for the worse. Most preposterously, it would require that start-ups seeking angel investments file with the Securities and Exchange Commission and endure a 120-day review. Rare is the new company that doesn’t need immediate access to the capital it raises, and a four-month delay is the kind of rule popular in banana republics that create few new businesses. ”
“The Dodd bill also raises the net worth and income thresholds to $2.3 million and $450,000, respectively. The Angel Capital Association, a trade group, estimates that these provisions would disqualify about 77% of current accredited investors.”
137) Paid six figure salaries to federal employees so they could watch pornography all day long
In April 2010, ABC News reported:
“On a day when President Obama argued for more government regulation over the financial industry, a new government report reveals that some high-level regulators have spent more time looking at porn than policing Wall Street. ”
“The Securities and Exchange Commission is supposed to be the sheriff of the financial industry, looking for financial crimes like Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme. But the new report, obtained by ABC News, says senior employees of the SEC spent hours on the commission’s computers looking at sites like naughty.com, skankwire, youporn, and others. ”
“The investigation, which was conducted by the SEC’s internal watchdog at the request of Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, found 31 serious offenders over the past two and a half years. Seventeen of the offenders were senior SEC officers with salaries ranging from $100,000 to $222,000 per year. ”
“Eight Hours a Day Spent on Porn Sites”
“One senior attorney at SEC headquarters in Washington spent up to eight hours a day accessing Internet porn. When he filled all the space on his government computer with pornographic images, he downloaded more to CDs and DVDs that accumulated in boxes in his offices. ”
“An SEC accountant attempted to access porn websites 1,800 times in a two-week period and had 600 pornographic images on her computer hard drive.”
“Another SEC accountant attempted to access porn sites 16,000 times in a single month.”
In May 2014, Bloomberg News reported:
An employee at the Environmental Protection Agency downloaded more than 7,000 pornographic files onto a government computer and viewed them for two to six hours a day, according to the agency’s independent watchdog.
The employee caught viewing pornography is still on the payroll, earning about $120,000 a year.
138) Spent tax dollars on a “mindreader”
Obama used taxpayer money to hire a “mindreader.”
139) Used tax dollars to build a million dollar bus stop
Obama spent federal tax dollars to pay for part of the cost of a million dollar bus stop which opened in Arlington, Virginia in March 2013. Despite its huge cost, the bus stop can only accommodate 15 people, and does not even protect them from the wind and rain.
140) Filed a lawsuit against a non-existent “monopoly” in the beer industry
Although the number of breweries in the U.S. increased from 89 to 2,336 between 1978 and 2013, the Obama administration sued Anheuser-Busch InBev, which already owned half of Mexico’s Grupo Modelo, to prevent if from buying the other half, despite the fact that there were no laws on the books against such a purchase. The Obama administration’s so-called justification for this lawsuit against a law abiding company was that the company might, possibly, maybe, break some unspecified law, at some unspecified, distant point in the future.
141) Falsely said the sequester would cause janitors to take a pay cut
In February 2013, while talking about the sequester, Obama said
“The folks who are cleaning the floors at the Capitol — now that Congress has left, somebody is going to be vacuuming and cleaning those floors and throwing out the garbage — they’re going to have less pay… The janitors, the security guards, they just got a pay cut, and they’ve got to figure out how to manage that. That’s real.”
CBS News reported that Obama’s statement was false.
142) Falsely said that he goes skeet shooting “all the time”
At the beginning of Obama’s second term, he said that he goes skeet shooting “all the time.” However, a witness said that when he saw Obama go skeet shooting, Obama acted as if he had never fired a gun before, that he appeared to be uncomfortable with a gun, and that he only stayed for five minutes. In addition, during his first term, the media had never reported on his alleged skeet shooting, although it never failed to cover the more than 100 rounds of golf that he played during his first term.
143) Gave special access to people who raised or donated $500,000
In February 2013, the New York Times reported that people who raised or donated at least $500,000 to Organizing for Action, a political group that supported Obama, would be given “the privilege of attending quarterly meetings with the president, along with other meetings at the White House.”
144) Said the deficit had gone down when it had actually gone up
In February 2013, Obama said that the federal deficit had gone down by $2.5 trillion since he had taken office. In reality, it had actually increased by $5.9 trillion during that time.
145) Refused to make available necessary tax forms to taxpayers
On February 21, 2013, CBS News reported that the Obama administration had not yet made available dozens of different tax forms that taxpayers would need in order to meet the legal deadline of April 15 for filing their taxes.
146) Nominated someone to be Secretary of the Treasury who had participated in “the biggest tax scam on record”
Obama nominated Jack Lew to be Secretary of the Treasury. Lew had previously invested in the Cayman Islands, which Obama had referred to as “the biggest tax scam on record.”
147) Adopted harmful new restrictions on prescription painkillers – even though the House had already voted against them
After the U.S. House voted against new restrictions on prescription painkillers, the Obama administration ignored the House’s vote, and adopted the new restrictions anyway. Dr. Lynn Webster, president-elect of the American Academy of Pain Medicine said of these new restrictions, “It will have an impact on a lot of patients who have been receiving them for some time for legitimate purposes.”
148) Rolled back union transparency rules
The Obama administration rolled back union transparency rules, which had been created so that union members could find out how their union was spending their union dues.
149) Tried to eliminate workers’ right to a secret ballot when voting on whether or not to unionize
Obama supported the elimination of workers’ right to a secret ballot when voting on whether or not to form a union
150) Gave “supervised release” to a convicted criminal who later went on to murder a nun
Obama gave “supervised release” to a convicted criminal, who then went on to murder a nun.
151) Falsely said that he did not propose the sequester
On October 22, 2012, Obama said, “The sequester is not something that I’ve proposed.” However, on February 22, 2013, the Washington Post reported that “the automatic spending cuts were initiated by the White House” and that “Obama personally approved of the plan.”
152) Illegally refused to submit a budget on time during four of his first five years
The President is legally required to submit a budget by the first Monday in February. Obama broke this law during four of his first five years in office. Since 1921, no President had missed this deadline more than once.
153) Canceled White House tours for thousands of people so he could use the money to play golf with Tiger Woods
During the sequester in early 2013, the Obama administration said it would save $18,000 per week by cancelling all White house tours, despite the fact that thousands of people had planned their vacations far in advance. However, Obama had no problem with spending more than $1 million in tax money so he could go golfing with Tiger Woods for one weekend.
154) Falsely said the Newton shooter used a “fully automatic weapon”
In April 2013, four months after Adam Lanza murdered 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Obama falsely stated that the shooter had used a “fully automatic weapon.”
155) Broke his own deadline for creating healthcare exchanges
Three years after Obama signed Obamacare, the New York Times reported that Obama would miss his own deadline for creating some of the insurance exchanges for small businesses.
156) Falsely said that surgeons get paid between $30,000 and $50,000 for amputating a leg
In August 2009, while trying to justify the passage of Obamacare, Obama stated
“Let’s take the example of something like diabetes, one of — a disease that’s skyrocketing, partly because of obesity, partly because it’s not treated as effectively as it could be. Right now if we paid a family — if a family care physician works with his or her patient to help them lose weight, modify diet, monitors whether they’re taking their medications in a timely fashion, they might get reimbursed a pittance. But if that same diabetic ends up getting their foot amputated, that’s $30,000, $40,000, $50,000 — immediately the surgeon is reimbursed. Well, why not make sure that we’re also reimbursing the care that prevents the amputation, right? That will save us money.”
The American College of Surgeons responded to this by saying
“President Obama got his facts completely wrong. He stated that a surgeon gets paid $50,000 for a leg amputation when, in fact, Medicare pays a surgeon between $740 and $1,140 for a leg amputation. This payment also includes the evaluation of the patient on the day of the operation plus patient follow-up care that is provided for 90 days after the operation. Private insurers pay some variation of the Medicare reimbursement for this service.”
157) Falsely said that doctors perform unnecessary tonsillectomies to make more money
In July 2009, Obama said
“Right now, doctors, a lot of times, are forced to make decisions based on the fee payment schedule that’s out there. So if … your child has a bad sore throat, or has repeated sore throats, the doctor may look at the reimbursement system and say to himself, ‘You know what? I make a lot more money if I take this kid’s tonsils out.'”
“Now, that may be the right thing to do. But I’d rather have that doctor making those decisions just based on whether you really need your kid’s tonsils out or whether it might make more sense just to change — maybe they have allergies. Maybe they have something else that would make a difference.”
The American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery responded by saying
“The AAO-HNS is disappointed by the President’s portrayal of the decision making processes by the physicians who perform these surgeries. In many cases, tonsillectomy may be a more effective treatment, and less costly, than prolonged or repeated treatments for an infected throat.”
158) Purchased 2,717 mine resistant armor protected vehicles for use on civilian streets in the U.S.
In March 2013 it was reported that the Obama administration had purchased 2,717 mine resistant armor protected vehicles for use on civilian streets in the U.S.
159) Spends $277,050 per year for three professional calligraphists
In March 2013, it was reported that Obama was spending $277,050 of tax money per year for three professional calligraphists. It was also reported that cheap computer software could produce the exact same calligraphy for a tiny fraction of that cost.
160) Allowed 311,566 federal employees and retirees to get away with $3.5 billion in unpaid federal taxes
In 2011, Obama allowed 311,566 federal employees and retirees to get away with $3.5 billion in unpaid federal taxes.
161) Spent $2.6 million to teach Chinese prostitutes how to drink responsibly on the job
Obama spent $2.6 million to teach Chinese prostitutes how to drink responsibly on the job.
162) Fined UPS $40 million because some of its customers had used UPS to ship illegal drugs
In March 2013, Obama forced UPS to pay $40 million because some of its customers had used UPS to ship illegal drugs.
163) Added 20,000 extra pages to Obamacare without Congressional approval
After Obamacare was passed, Obama added 20,000 extra pages to it, even though those extra 20,000 pages had not been voted on by Congress.
164 ) Signed health care reform law whose own authors called it a “huge train wreck” that was “beyond comprehension”
U.S. Senator Max Baucus (D-Montana), one of the authors of Obamacare, said of it, “I just see a huge train wreck coming down.”
U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-West Virginia), another author of the law, said it was “beyond comprehension.”
165) Eliminated disclosure requirements for most federal employees in the executive and legislative branches
In April 2013, Obama eliminated the disclosure requirements for most federal employees in the executive and legislative branches.
166) Waited until after the 2012 election to release unpopular Obamacare rules
In April 2013, the New York Times reported:
… even fervent supporters of the law admit that things are going worse than expected.
… the Obama administration didn’t want to release unpopular rules before the election.
Everything is turning out to be more complicated than originally envisioned.
A law that was very confusing has become mind-boggling… Americans are just going to be overwhelmed and befuddled. Many are just going to stay away, even if they are eligible for benefits.
167) Made it easy for people to fraudulently collect $50,000 by falsely claiming to be “farmers”
In April 2013, the New York Times reported
the Obama administration’s political appointees at the Justice and Agriculture Departments engineered a stunning turnabout: they committed $1.33 billion to compensate…
The deal… was fashioned in White House meetings… the $50,000 payouts to black farmers had proved a magnet for fraud.
the claims process prompted allegations of widespread fraud and criticism that its very design encouraged people to lie… Agriculture Department reviewers found reams of suspicious claims, from nursery-school-age children and pockets of urban dwellers, sometimes in the same handwriting with nearly identical accounts of discrimination.
As a senator, Barack Obama supported expanding compensation for black farmers, and then as president he pressed for $1.15 billion to pay those new claims.
In 16 ZIP codes in Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and North Carolina, the number of successful claimants exceeded the total number of farms operated by people of any race in 1997, the year the lawsuit was filed. Those applicants received nearly $100 million.
In Maple Hill, a struggling town in southeastern North Carolina, the number of people paid was nearly four times the total number of farms. More than one in nine African-American adults there received checks. In Little Rock, Ark., a confidential list of payments shows, 10 members of one extended family collected a total of $500,000, and dozens of other successful claimants shared addresses, phone numbers or close family connections.
In Arkansas, prosecutors rejected a test case against a Pine Bluff police officer who had admitted lying on his claim form.
in one ZIP code in Columbus, Ohio, nearly everyone in two adjoining apartment buildings had filed, according to the former high-ranking agency official.
She cinched the claim, he said to a ripple of laughter, by asserting that her father had whispered on his deathbed, “I was discriminated against by U.S.D.A.”
168) Tried to rig federal auctions of radio spectrum space
In April 2013, it was reported that the Obama administration was trying to rig federal auctions of radio spectrum space in a manner that would favor Sprint and T-Mobile, and make it harder for AT&T and Verizon.
169) Put someone in jail for making an anti-Muslim video
In May 2013, Politico reported:
“Nakoula Basseley Nakoula deserves a place in American history. He is the first person in this country jailed for violating Islamic anti-blasphemy laws.”
“You won’t find that anywhere in the charges against him, of course. As a practical matter, though, everyone knows that Nakoula wouldn’t be in jail today if he hadn’t produced a video crudely lampooning the prophet Muhammad.”
“In the weeks after the attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others, the Obama administration claimed the terrorist assault had been the outgrowth of a demonstration against the Nakoula video. The administration ran public service announcements in Pakistan featuring President Barack Obama saying the U.S. had nothing to do with it. In a speech at the United Nations around this time, the president declared — no doubt with Nakoula in mind — ‘The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.'”
“After Benghazi, the administration was evidently filled with a fierce resolve — to bring Nakoula Basseley Nakoula to justice. Charles Woods, the father of a Navy SEAL killed in Benghazi, said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told him when his son’s body returned to Andrews Air Force Base: ‘We will make sure that the person who made that film is arrested and prosecuted.'”
“Lo and behold, Nakoula was brought in for questioning by five Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies at midnight, eventually arrested and held without bond, and finally thrown into jail for a year. He sits in La Tuna Federal Correctional Institution in Texas right now, even as the deceptive spin that blamed his video for the Benghazi attack looks more egregious by the day.”
170) Oversaw IRS whose employees illegally targeted conservative groups
In May 2013, the Washington Post reported that the IRS had illegally targeted conservative groups for additional reviews. Organizations with the words “tea party” or “patriot” were singled out for harassment, such as requiring them to provide a list of donors, details about their internet postings on social networking websites, and information about their family members.
When this was first reported by the media in May 2013, Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS division that had conducted these illegal activities, claimed that only low level employees had known about it, and that no high level IRS officials had known about it. However, soon afterward, NPR reported that an Inspector General report showed that Lerner had been lying, and that she herself had actually been aware of it since June 29, 2011. Even worse, during March and April of 2012, Lerner herself had actually written such letters to fifteen different conservative groups. One of these letters can be read here.
While testifying in May 2013, Lerner said, “I have not done anything wrong. I have not broken any laws. I have not violated any IRS rules or regulations. And I have not provided false information to this or any other congressional committee.” However, afterward, she invoked her fifth amendment right to remain silent. The Washington Post reported that there was disagreement as to whether or not Lerner’s statement constituted a waiving of her fifth amendment right to remain silent. Soon afterward, she was placed on paid administrative leave. At a later hearing in March 2014, Lerner again invoked her fifth amendment right to remain silent.
In September 2013, a House committee released several of Lerner’s emails, which showed that she had targeted tea party groups, and that she had asked that their applications be delayed. In one of the emails from 2011, she had written “Tea Party Matter very dangerous.”
In September 2013, after having been on paid leave for four months, Lerner had still not been fired by Obama.
In October 2013, it was reported that newly discovered emails proved that Lerner had violated federal law by giving the Federal Election Commission confidential tax information of several Tea party groups.
The Washington Post reported that IRS officials at the IRS headquarters in Washington D.C. had sent such letters to conservatives groups. Reuters reported that higher level IRS officials had taken part in discussions about it as early as August 2011. However, 21 months later, on May 10, 2013, the Washington Post reported that President Obama had not done anything to investigate or fire the IRS employees who had engaged in this illegal harassment. As of May 14, 2013, none of the IRS employees who engaged in any of this illegal behavior had been disciplined, despite the fact that higher level IRS officials had known about their illegal behavior at least since August 2011. Despite all of these media reports about the involvement of high level IRS officials, in February 2014, Obama said that these things had come from “a local office.”
On May 15, 2013, it was reported that Steven Miller, the acting IRS commissioner, had resigned. However, it was also reported that his assignment would have ended in early June anyway. He resigned – Obama did not fire him.
The IRS gave out confidential information about conservative groups. ProPublica wrote:
“The same IRS office that deliberately targeted conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status in the run-up to the 2012 election released nine pending confidential applications of conservative groups to ProPublica late last year.”
“In response to a request for the applications for 67 different nonprofits last November, the Cincinnati office of the IRS sent ProPublica applications or documentation for 31 groups. Nine of those applications had not yet been approved—meaning they were not supposed to be made public.”
“No unapproved applications from liberal groups were sent to ProPublica.”
President Obama either lied about when he first knew about this – or was too busy playing golf and attending fundraisers to read the memos that were sent to him. The Daily Caller wrote:
“White House press secretary Jay Carney said in a press conference Tuesday that the White House was notified about the IRS targeting tea party groups ‘several weeks ago.’ This comes a day after President Obama said he found out about it from news reports on Friday of last week.”
“During a press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday, President Obama was asked about the IRS scandal. He responded, ‘I first learned about it from the same news reports that I think most people learned about this. I think it was on Friday.’ ”
“However, Carney said Tuesday that first a report had to be compiled by the IRS’s inspector general and then when it was completed, it was passed on to the administration.”
“‘A notification is appropriate and routine and that is what happened and that happened several weeks ago,’ Carney said.”
When Media Trackers, a conservative organization, applied to the IRS for non-profit status, after waiting 16 months, it got no response. But when it reapplied with a liberal sounding name, it got approval in just three weeks. Yahoo wrote:
“In May 2011, Drew Ryun, a conservative activist and former Republican National Committee staffer, began filling out the Internal Revenue Service application to achieve nonprofit status for a new conservative watchdog group.”
“When September 2012 arrived with still no word from the IRS, Ryun determined that Media Trackers would likely never obtain standalone nonprofit status, and he tried a new approach: He applied for permanent nonprofit status for a separate group called Greenhouse Solutions, a pre-existing organization that was reaching the end of its determination period.”
“The IRS approved Greenhouse Solutions’ request for permanent nonprofit status in three weeks.”
Politico reported:
“The same Internal Revenue Service office that singled out Tea Party groups for extra scrutiny also challenged Israel-related organizations, at least one of which filed suit over the agency’s handling of its application for tax-exempt status.”
“The trouble for the Israel-focused groups seems to have had different origins than that experienced by conservative groups, but at times the effort seems to have been equally ham-handed.”
The IRS asked conservative groups what books they were reading.
Although the IRS went 18 months or longer without responding to conservative organizations’ applications, the IRS demanded that these same organizations answer the IRS’s intrusive questions within a few weeks.
After the Waco Tea Party sent an application to the IRS, the IRS waited 19 months to respond. In its response, the IRS asked for printouts of its web page and social networking sites, copies of all of its newsletters, bulletins and fliers, and copies of all stories written about it. The IRS also asked for transcripts of its radio interviews.
As one example of how the IRS treated conservative organizations differently from liberal ones, Politico reported:
“Chris Littleton, one of the co-founders of the Ohio Liberty Coalition, said the group got a grilling from the IRS when it submitted its application, in letters the group has posted on its website. The IRS also gave him so much grief when he tried to apply for tax-exempt status for another group, American Junto, that ‘we just gave up on it,’ he said.”
“But when he submitted an application for a third group — Ohioans for Health Care Freedom, now renamed Ohio Rising — ‘it went through just fine,’ Littleton said. ‘They never asked a single set of questions.'”
After the Greater Phoenix Tea Party Patriots sent in their application, it took two years for the IRS to respond. The IRS response included 35 questions. When the group’s cofounder called the IRS, the IRS agent claimed that he had their group’s file right in front of him. But when the group’s confounder asked the IRS agent a question, the IRS agent asked, “What’s your group’s name again?”
Tea Party groups who spoke with each other said they were all getting the same questions from the IRS.
The Washington Post reported that some IRS employees were “ignorant about tax laws, defiant of their supervisors, and blind to the appearance of impropriety.”
In 2012, the IRS leaked confidential information about Mitt Romney to the co-chairman of President Obama’s re-election committee.
For a 27 month period that began in February 2010, the IRS gave exactly zero approvals to Tea Party organizations that had sent in applications. During that same time period, numerous liberal organizations with names including words such as “progress” or “progressive” did get approval.
After True the Vote, a conservative organization which was founded by Catherine Engelbrecht, sent its application to the IRS, the IRS went three years without responding. During that three year period, Engelbrecht and her family’s small manufacturing business were audited by the IRS, and were investigated by OSHA, the ATF, and the FBI.
Democratic U.S. Senators pressured the IRS to target conservative groups. In May 2013, U.S. News & World Report wrote:
“Over the last three years, Democratic senators repeatedly and publicly pressured the IRS to engage in the very activities that they are only now condemning today. At the same time, Republicans repeatedly and publicly warned against this abuse of government power and pointed to a series of red flags that strongly suggested conservative political organizations were being targeted by the IRS. Those warnings were deliberately ignored by the Obama administration and Democratic leaders in Congress.”
“From Max Baucus to Chuck Schumer to Jeanne Shaheen, key Senate Democrats publicly pressured the IRS to target groups that held differing political views and who, in their view, had the temerity to engage in the political process. The IRS listened to them and acted.”
In order to get approval, the IRS required members of Coalition for Life of Iowa, a pro-life organization, to sign a promise to avoid protesting in front of Planned Parenthood.
The IRS asked Christian Voices for Life, a pro-life organization, questions about its prayer vigils.
According to the official White House visitor’s log, during Obama’s first four years as President, IRS commissioner Douglas Shulman made 157 visits to the White House. This is more visits to the White House – by a very large margin – than any other cabinet member during Obama’s first term. By comparison, during the four years that Mark Everson was IRS commissioner when Bush was president, Everson made only one visit to the White House.
Shulman donated $500 to the Democratic National Committee in October 2004.
During Congressional testimony that had taken place in March 2012, Shulman falsely said that the IRS had not targeted conservative groups.
Shulman’s wife, Susan L. Anderson, is the senior program advisor for Public Campaign, a liberal organization. The Dailer Caller wrote of this group:
Public Campaign receives “major funding” from the pro-Obamacare alliance Health Care for America NOW!, which is comprised of the labor unions AFL-CIO, AFSCME, SEIU, and the progressive activist organization Move On, among others.
Public Campaign also receives funding from the liberal Ford Foundation, the Common Cause Education Fund, and Barbra Streisand’s The Streisand Foundation, among other foundations and private donors.
Stephen Seok was one of the IRS agents who wrote threatening letters to conservative groups. After doing so, he was given a promotion.
In June 2013, it was reported that two IRS employees had violated government ethics rules at a 2010 conference when they received $1,100 in free food and other items. One of them was Fred Schindler, the director of implementation oversight at the IRS Affordable Care Act office. The other was Donald Toda, a California-based employee. Obama did not fire them. Instead, he gave both of them paid leave. By comparison, in 1981, President Reagan fired 11,359 air-traffic controllers who had been illegally striking.
In June 2013, it was reported that The National Organization for Marriage, a conservative organization, had forensic evidence which proved that its donors’ private information had been illegally leaked by the IRS. The IRS employees who illegally leaked this private information could get five years in prison. However, Obama refused to file any charges against these IRS criminals.
The IRS illegally leaked the private information of Christine O’Donnell the same day that she announced that she would run for U.S. Senate as a tea party candidate.
According to White House visitor logs, Obama met with Colleen Kelley, the president of the National Treasury Employees Union, on March 31, 2010. The very next day, IRS employees who belonged to that union union started to target tea party organizations.
In July 2013, it was reported that Obama had met with a key IRS official who was involved in the targeting just two days before the key official had told his colleagues how to target tea party groups. The Daily Caller reported:
The Obama appointee implicated in congressional testimony in the IRS targeting scandal met with President Obama in the White House two days before offering his colleagues a new set of advice on how to scrutinize tea party and conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.
IRS chief counsel William Wilkins, who was named in House Oversight testimony by retiring IRS agent Carter Hull as one of his supervisors in the improper targeting of conservative groups, met with Obama in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on April 23, 2012. Wilkins’ boss, then-IRS commissioner Douglas Shulman, visited the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on April 24, 2012, according to White House visitor logs.
On April 25, 2012, Wilkins’ office sent the exempt organizations determinations unit “additional comments on the draft guidance” for approving or denying tea party tax-exempt applications, according to the IRS inspector general’s report.
Jon Stewart said of this:
“Well, congratulations, President Barack Obama. Conspiracy theorists who generally can survive in anaerobic environments have just had an algae bloom dropped on their f***ing heads, thus removing the last arrow in your pro-governance quiver: skepticism about your opponents.”
Michael Macleod-Ball, chief of staff at the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office, said of this:
“Even the appearance of playing partisan politics with the tax code is about as constitutionally troubling as it gets. With the recent push to grant federal agencies broad new powers to mandate donor disclosure for advocacy groups on both the left and the right, there must be clear checks in place to prevent this from ever happening again.”
In January 2014, it was reported that the Obama administration had chosen Barbara Kay Bosserman to head the investigation of the IRS’s targeting of tea party groups. Bosserman had donated more than $6,000 to Obama’s two presidential campaigns.
In January 2014, it was reported that since Sarah Palin had announced her candidacy for vice-President in 2008, the IRS had harassed her father six different times. Prior to that, the IRS had never contacted him during the 50 years that he had worked. The report did not specify how many of these six incidents happened under President Bush, or how many happened under President Obama.
In January 2014, it was reported that during the FBI’s so-called “investigation” of the IRS’s harassment of tea party groups, the FBI had not actually interviewed any tea party groups.
In January 2014, it was reported that the IRS had demanded that Friends of Abe (a conservative organization whose members work in the entertainment industry) give the IRS enhanced access to its security protected website (which included its secret membership list), even though such a demand was not standard IRS procedure. In addition, even though the organization had applied to the IRS for tax free status two years earlier, the IRS had still not made a decision regarding the application.
In February 2014, Obama said that there was “not even a smidgeon of corruption” in the IRS’s actions.
In February 2014, it was reported that during Obama’s presidency, 100% of the established 501(c)(4) groups that had been audited by the IRS were conservative.
In February 2014, when Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly asked Obama about the IRS harassment of tea party groups, Obama said “These kinds of things keep on surfacing, in part because you and your TV station will promote them.”
In May 2014, it was reported that tea party donors had been audited by the IRS at ten times the rate of the general population.
In June 2014, the IRS claimed that Lerner’s emails to outside agencies from January 2009 through April 2011 had been “lost” when her hard drive “crashed.” Also in June 2014, the IRS claimed to have “lost” the emails from six additional IRS employees who were relevant to this scandal when their hard drives “crashed.” One of these IRS employees was Nikole Flax, who had been chief of staff to former IRS commissioner Steven Miller. Flax had made 31 visits to the White House during the time that the IRS had been targeting tea party groups. However, a private company called Sonasoft had a contract with the IRS since 2005 to back up all of the IRS’s emails. The company keeps multiple and redundant backup copies of all the IRS’s emails. The company advertised itself by saying “If the IRS uses Sonasoft products to back up their servers why wouldn’t you choose them to protect your servers?” In addition, Norman Cillo, an Army veteran who had worked in intelligence, and who had also worked as a program manager at Microsoft, listed six reasons why the IRS’s claim about “losing” the emails must be false. Also, federal law requires the IRS to keep permanent, backup copies of all of its emails at an external location. And finally, the NSA has copies of all of the emails.
171) Spent $402,721 on underwear that detects the presence of cigarette smoke
In May 2013, it was reported that the Obama administration had spent $402,721 on underwear that detects the presence of cigarette smoke.
172) Rewarded one of his biggest campaign fundraisers by nominating him for the ambassadorship to Canada
In April 2013, it was reported that Obama had nominated Bruce Heyman to be the ambassador to Canada. During Obama’s election campaign, Heyman had raised more than $1 million for Obama.
173) Hired a retarded man to sell illegal drugs and guns, and then arrested him for doing so
In April 2013, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported:
“ATF agents running an undercover storefront in Milwaukee used a brain-damaged man with a low IQ to set up gun and drug deals, paying him in cigarettes, merchandise and money, according to federal documents obtained by the Journal Sentinel.”
“For more than six months, federal agents relied on Chauncey Wright to promote ‘Fearless Distributing’ by handing out fliers as he rode his bike around town recommending the store to friends, family and strangers, according to federal prosecutors and family members.”
“Wright, unaware that the store was an undercover operation being run by agents with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, also stocked shelves with shoes, clothing, drug paraphernalia and auto parts, according to his family.”
“Once authorities shut down the operation, they charged the 28-year-old man with federal gun and drug counts.”
“Wright’s IQ measures in the 50s, about half of a normal IQ, according to those familiar with him. Wright’s score is classified as mildly or moderately disabled, depending on the IQ scale used.”
174) Secretly obtained phone records from Associated Press reporters and editors
In May 2013, Associated Press reported:
The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative’s top executive called a “massive and unprecedented intrusion” into how news organizations gather the news.
The records obtained by the Justice Department listed outgoing calls for the work and personal phone numbers of individual reporters, general AP office numbers in New York, Washington and Hartford, Conn., and the main number for AP reporters in the House of Representatives press gallery, according to attorneys for the AP. It was not clear if the records also included incoming calls or the duration of calls.
In all, the government seized the records for more than 20 separate telephone lines assigned to AP and its journalists in April and May of 2012. The exact number of journalists who used the phone lines during that period is unknown but more than 100 journalists work in the offices where phone records were targeted, on a wide array of stories about government and other matters.
In a letter of protest sent to Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday, AP President and Chief Executive Officer Gary Pruitt said the government sought and obtained information far beyond anything that could be justified by any specific investigation. He demanded the return of the phone records and destruction of all copies.
“There can be no possible justification for such an overbroad collection of the telephone communications of The Associated Press and its reporters. These records potentially reveal communications with confidential sources across all of the newsgathering activities undertaken by the AP during a two-month period, provide a road map to AP’s newsgathering operations, and disclose information about AP’s activities and operations that the government has no conceivable right to know,” Pruitt said.
Soon afterward, it was reported that obtaining these phone records had required approval from Eric Holder, Obama’s Attorney General.
This has had a very dangerous and harmful effect on the media’s ability to report the news. In June 2013, Gary Pruitt, the president and chief executive of Associated Presssaid:
“Some longtime trusted sources have become nervous and anxious about talking with us… In some cases, government employees we once checked in with regularly will no longer speak to us by phone. Others are reluctant to meet in person … This chilling effect on newsgathering is not just limited to AP… Journalists from other news organizations have personally told me that it has intimidated both official and nonofficial sources from speaking to them as well.”
175) Asked contractors to disclose their political donations before bidding on government contracts
In April 2011, Obama asked contractors to disclose their political donations before bidding on government contracts.
176) Tried to deport German family that had fled Germany over Hitler’s ban on homeschooling
In Germany in 1938, Adolf Hitler outlawed homeschooling. He said “Give me a child when he’s seven and he’s mine forever.”
Hitler’s ban on homeschooling is still in effect today. In 2006, Katharina Plett was arrested for homeschooling her own children. Her husband and their children fled the country. In 2008, Juergen and Rosemary Dudek were sentenced to 90 days in jail for homeschooling their own children.
Uwe and Hannelore Romeike and their homeschooled children fled Germany after the police showed up at their house to enforce Germany’s ban on homeschooling. They came to the United States in 2010 and were granted political asylum, which gave them legal permission to live in the U.S. as political refugees However, in March 2013, the Obama administration argued in federal court in favor of deporting them and sending them back to Germany. This means that Obama does not consider them to be political refugees, and that he does not consider Germany’s policy of jailing homeschooling parents to be a form of persecution.
177) Said, “We’re gonna punish our enemies, and we’re gonna reward our friends”
Obama said (the bolding is mine)
“If Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, ‘We’re gonna punish our enemies, and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us’ — if they don’t see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election — then I think it’s going to be harder. And that’s why I think it’s so important that people focus on voting on November 2nd.”
This is a rare instance of a promise that Obama has actually kept instead of broken. A huge number of the things on this list can be explained by that one simple sentence that Obama said.
178) Falsely accused a law abiding news reporter of being “an aider and abettor and/or co-conspirator” in a criminal investigation
James Rosen is a law abiding reporter for Fox News. However, the Obama administration falsely labeled him as “an aider and abettor and/or co-conspirator” in a criminal investigation when it applied for a warrant to read his emails.
The New York Times wrote of this:
With the decision to label a Fox News television reporter a possible “co-conspirator” in a criminal investigation of a news leak, the Obama administration has moved beyond protecting government secrets to threatening fundamental freedoms of the press to gather news.
Leak investigations usually focus on the source, not the reporter. But, in this case, federal prosecutors also asked a federal judge for permission to examine Mr. Rosen’s personal e-mails, arguing that “there is probable cause to believe” Mr. Rosen is “an aider and abettor and/or co-conspirator” in the leak.
Though Mr. Rosen was not charged, the F.B.I. request for his e-mail account was granted secretly in late May 2010. The government was allowed to rummage through Mr. Rosen’s e-mails for at least 30 days.
Michael Clemente, the executive vice president of Fox News, said on Monday that it was “downright chilling” that Mr. Rosen “was named a criminal co-conspirator for simply doing his job as a reporter.” Bruce Brown, the executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, added on Tuesday that treating “routine news-gathering efforts as evidence of criminality is extremely troubling and corrodes time-honored understandings between the public and the government about the role of the free press.”
Obama administration officials often talk about the balance between protecting secrets and protecting the constitutional rights of a free press. Accusing a reporter of being a “co-conspirator”… shows a heavy tilt toward secrecy and insufficient concern about a free press.
The Washington Post wrote of this:
The Rosen affair is as flagrant an assault on civil liberties as anything done by George W. Bush’s administration, and it uses technology to silence critics in a way Richard Nixon could only have dreamed of.
To treat a reporter as a criminal for doing his job — seeking out information the government doesn’t want made public — deprives Americans of the First Amendment freedom on which all other constitutional rights are based. Guns? Privacy? Due process? Equal protection? If you can’t speak out, you can’t defend those rights, either.
Beyond that, the administration’s actions shatter the president’s credibility and discourage allies who would otherwise defend the administration against bogus accusations such as those involving the Benghazi “talking points.” If the administration is spying on reporters and accusing them of criminality just for asking questions — well, who knows what else this crowd is capable of doing?
My Post colleague Ann E. Marimow, who broke the Rosen story, obtained the affidavit by FBI agent Reginald Reyes seeking access to Rosen’s private e-mails. In the affidavit, Reyes stated that “there is probable cause to believe that the reporter has committed or is committing a violation” of the law against national security leaks. The affidavit detailed how the FBI had monitored Rosen’s comings and goings from the State Department and tracked his various phone calls with the suspected leaker, analyst Stephen Jin-Woo Kim.
Rosen’s supposed crime? Reyes got his evidence from an e-mail from the reporter: “I want to report authoritatively, and ahead of my competitors, on new initiatives or shifts in U.S. policy, events on the ground in [North Korea], what intelligence is picking up, etc. . . . I’d love to see some internal State Department analyses. . . . In short: Let’s break some news, and expose muddle-headed policy when we see it, or force the administration’s hand to go in the right direction, if possible.”
That is indeed compelling evidence — of good journalism.
Obama is establishing an ominous precedent.
179) Asked Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate himself for lying under oath
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder lied under oath. He said that he had nothing to do with monitoring the emails of Fox News reporter James Rosen. But it turns out that it was Holder’s own signature on the search warrant.
Even the liberal Huffington Post said that Holder should be fired over this.
Holder could get five years in prison.
So, did President Obama fire Holder?
Of course not!
Instead, Obama asked that Holder be investigated – not by an independent investigating committee – but by Holder himself!
I can see it now…
Obama: “Did you lie?”
Holder: “No.”
Obama: “OK. That’s good enough for me. You’re cleared of any wrongdoing.”
180) Used Obamacare to illegally give the IRS additional powers without approval from Congress
In May 2013 the Washington Post wrote:
The law allows the Department of Health and Human Services to set up federal health exchanges in the holdout states. But the statute makes no mention of the IRS providing credits and subsidies through federal exchanges.
The IRS resolved this conundrum by denying its existence. In a May 2012 regulatory ruling, it asserted its own right to provide credits outside the state exchanges as the reasonable interpretation of an ambiguous law. But the language of the law is not ambiguous. And health scholars Jonathan Adler and Michael Cannon, in an exhaustive recent analysis, find no justification for the IRS’s ruling in the legislative history of Obamacare. “The statute,” they argue, “and the lack of any support for the IRS rule in the legislative record put defenders of the IRS rule in the awkward position of arguing that it was so obviously Congress’ intent to offer tax credits in federal exchanges that despite a year of debate over the PPACA, it never occurred to anyone to express that intent out loud. A better explanation is that the PPACA’s authors miscalculated when they assumed states would establish exchanges.”
So: The IRS seized the authority to spend about $800 billion over 10 years on benefits that were not authorized by Congress. And the current IRS scandal puts this decision in a new light. What was the role of politics in shaping this regulatory decision? What pressure was applied?
181) Used environmental regulations to shut down an ambulance while it was taking a patient to the hospital
In May 2013 the Washington Post reported:
A Wednesday shootout on the streets of Washington Highlands left a cop injured and a carjacking suspect dead. But before the suspect expired, he went on an unusual ambulance ride that involved moving him from one vehicle to another on the shoulder of Interstate 295. While this might appear to be another story of Fire and Emergency Medical Services dysfunction, the story is rather more complicated. As WUSA-TV explains, newer-model diesel engines are required by federal regulations to have emission-control features that, in some circumstances, require the motor to shut down for “regeneration” — a process in which the exhaust system burns off trapped soot. The need for regeneration can be unpredictable. The transfer to a second ambulance delayed 34-year-old Nathaniel McRae’s arrival at a hospital by seven minutes. FEMS insists the wait did not play a role in his death.
182) Had “a serious management problem” with his refusal to fire bad workers
A 2011 USA Today article on federal employees states:
“The federal government fired 0.55% of its workers in the budget year that ended Sept. 30 — 11,668 employees in its 2.1 million workforce.”
“White-collar federal workers have almost total job security after a few years on the job. Last year, the government fired none of its 3,000 meteorologists, 2,500 health insurance administrators, 1,000 optometrists, 800 historians or 500 industrial property managers.”
Wow! Those must be excellent workers, right?
Actually, no. The article also says:
“San Francisco State University management professor John Sullivan, an expert on employee turnover, says the low departure rates show a failure to release poor performers and those with obsolete skills. ‘Rather than indicating something positive, rates below 1% in the firing and layoff components would indicate a serious management problem,’ he says.”
A serious management problem?
So who exactly is the highest ranking manager of the federal government?
It’s President Obama.
183) Illegally solicited donations from health insurers
In May 2013, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius solicited donations from health insurers to help pay for Obamacare. Such soliciting is illegal.
184) Chose an economic advisor who wanted roads and bridges to be built by unqualified workers
Obama chose to have Robert Reich be his economic advisor. Regarding Obama’s “stimulus,” Reich said:
“I am concerned, as I’m sure many of you are, that these jobs not simply go to high skilled people… And therefore, in my remarks I have suggested to you, and I’m certainly happy to talk about it more, ways in which the money can be — criteria can be set so that they money does go to others… people who are not necessarily construction workers or high-skilled professionals.”
185) Pressured unions to reduce the amount of health insurance coverage for their employees
In May 2013, the New York Times reported:
Say goodbye to that $500 deductible insurance plan and the $20 co-payment for a doctor’s office visit. They are likely to become luxuries of the past.
Expect to have your blood pressure checked or a prescription filled at a clinic at your office, rather than by your private doctor.
Then blame the so-called Cadillac tax, which penalizes companies that offer high-end health care plans to their employees.
Although the tax does not start until 2018, employers say they have to start now to meet the deadline and they are doing whatever they can to bring down the cost of their plans. Under the law, an employer or health insurer offering a plan that costs more than $10,200 for an individual and $27,500 for a family would typically pay a 40 percent excise tax on the amount exceeding the threshold.
Tom Leibfried, a legislative director for the A.F.L.-C.I.O., one of the unions whose plans are vulnerable to the tax, says the demands that workers pay more for their care is a perennial aspect of labor negotiations. “We’re very concerned about the hollowing out of benefits in general,” he said. “What the excise tax will do is just fuel that.”
186) Falsely said “We believe in the free market”
In June 2013, Obama said,
We don’t think that top-down solutions are the right way to go. We believe in the free market. We believe in a light touch when it comes to regulations. – See more at: http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/obama-we-dont-want-tax-all-businesses-out-business#sthash.NDb17lc6.dpufWe believe in the free market. We believe in a light touch when it comes to regulations.
“We believe in the free market.”
Obama was lying. The free market means that in the business world, it is the customers, not the government, who pick winners and losers. But this list contains a huge number of instances where Obama tried to use the government to pick winners and losers in the business world.
187) Falsely said “We believe in a light touch when it comes to regulations”
In June 2013, Obama said, “We believe in a light touch when it comes to regulations.”
He lied. For example, after Obamacare was passed, Obama added 20,000 extra pages of regulations to to it.
188) Said Catholic schools are “divisive” but did not say the same thing about other religious schools
In June 2013, Obama said:
“If towns remain divided – if Catholics have their schools and buildings and Protestants have theirs, if we can’t see ourselves in one another and fear or resentment are allowed to harden – that too encourages division and discourages cooperation.”
I can understand why a person might criticize religious schools in general – although I myself happen to think that religious schools are a superior alternative to public schools. But for Obama to single out one religion in particular as being divisive, while not saying the same thing about all religious schools in general, is a double standard.
189) Favored a new tax on Christmas trees so the money could be used to subsidize Christmas trees
In November 2011, Obama proposed a new tax on Christmas trees, so that the money could be used to subsidize Christmas trees. If this had been a Rube Goldberg cartoon it would have been funny. But to suggest it as an actual government policy is absurd.
190) Betrayed the people of the city that helped him launch his political career
As part of his effort to get Obamacare passed, Obama repeatedly promised that people could keep their current health insurance if they liked it.
More than any other city, the people of Chicago helped to get Obamacare passed. Chicago is where Obama chose to live when he first got into politics. The people there launched his political career and voted him into office.
And this is how Obama repays them. In May 2013, the Chicago Tribune reported:
Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to start reducing health insurance coverage next year for more than 30,000 retired city workers and begin shifting them to President Barack Obama’s new federal system.
The move is aimed at saving the city money
Once the phaseout is complete, those retired workers would have to pay for their own health insurance or get subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. The city-subsidized coverage is particularly important to retired workers who aren’t yet eligible for Medicare
Henry Bayer, executive director of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31, said the uncertainties of the Affordable Care Act and the state insurance exchanges they would create make the city’s plan hard to assess.
“This uncertainty will cause anxiety and fear for tens of thousands of seniors who gave their working lives to public service — men and women whose retirement savings are already under attack in the name of ‘pension reform.'” Bayer said.
191) Proposed military interventionism in Syria
In June 2013, Obama proposed that the U.S. get involved in Syria’s military conflicts.
192) Planned to use military snipers to shoot innocent lions and cheetahs in the wild
In June 2013, Obama was planning to use military snipers to shoot innocent lions and cheetahs in the wild.
However, after the media reported on his plans, Obama got embarrassed, and cancelled his plans.
193) Refused to fire or prosecute more than 1,000 IRS employees who illegally used their IRS credit cards for their own personal use
During Obama’s first term, more than 1,000 IRS employees illegally used their IRS credit cards for personal purchases, but Obama refused to fire or prosecute them.
194) Defended intelligence chief who lied under oath
In March 2013, James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, falsely stated under oath that the NSA was not gathering data on millions of U.S. citizens. In June 2013, after it was reported that Clapper had lied under oath, Obama defended him, instead of firing him.
195) Had the Secret Service visit a law abiding citizen who had criticized his policies on Twitter
In April 2013, Obama sent the Secret Service to visit the home of Tom Francois, a law abiding citizen who had criticized Obama’s policies on Twitter.
The Secret Service admitted that Francois had not made any threats against Obama.
196) Had the IRS grant special, illegal favors for his brother’s so-called “charity”
In May 2013, the Dailer Caller reported that the IRS had taken the “unprecedented” step of approving a non-profit application within just one month. In this particular case, the application was from the Barack H. Obama Foundation, a so-called “charity” which was headed by Malik Obama, Barack Obama’s brother.
In addition, the IRS illegally gave retroactive approval for the organization’s tax exempt status. Prior to getting this approval, the organization had illegally solicited tax deductible donations even though it did not have legal approval to do so.
197) Raised the interest rate on student loans to pay for Obamacare
Obamacare raised the interest rate on students loans from 5.3% to 6.8%. The money is used to fund Obamacare.
198) Refused to fire or prosecute 15 IRS agents who illegally seized the medical records of 10 million people
In March 2011, 15 IRS agents illegally seized the medical records of 10 million people without a warrant. Obama refused to fire or prosecute them.
199) Hired 16,500 new IRS agents to run Obamacare
In June 2013, it was reported that Obama had hired 16,500 new IRS agents to run Obamacare.
200) Tried to reward wasteful IRS spending with an increase in funding
In June 2013, Danny Werfel, Obama’s new nominee to head the IRS, asked Congress for an increase in funding. At the same time, NPR reported on this waste of taxpayer money at an IRS conference:
Some of the 2,600 attendees received benefits, including baseball tickets and stays in presidential suites that normally cost $1,500 to $3,500 per night. In addition, 15 outside speakers were paid a total of $135,000 in fees, with one paid $17,000 to talk about “leadership through art,” the committee said.
Considering how the IRS wasted all that money on luxury hotel rooms and worthless speeches, Werfel really had some nerve asking Congress for more money. By proposing to reward wasteful spending with a budget increase, Werfel proved that he is incompetent to head the IRS. The fact that Obama nominated such an incompetent person does not surprise me one bit.
201) Illegally bypassed Congress to delay Obamacare’s employer mandate
As the Obamacare law was written, the employer mandate was to begin in January 2014. This is what the law said when it was passed by the House and Senate, and signed by President Obama.
However, in July 2013, Obama delayed the employer mandate part of Obamacare until January 2015. Obama did this without approval from Congress.
For Obama to change a law that was passed by Congress, without first getting approval from Congress, is a violation of the Presidential oath that Obama took to uphold and defend the Constitution.
What Obama did here is an action of a dictator, not an action of a President whose power is limited by a written constitution.
If Obama can get away with this, then it sets a horribly dangerous precedent, and means that the President can arbitrarily make any change to any law that has been passed by Congress, without first getting approval from Congress.
202) Made it too hard for some doctors to continue their practices
In July 2013, ABC News reported that some doctors were shutting down their practices in response to Obamacare.
Dr. Robert WcWilliams, an obstetrician/gynecologist with more than 5,000 patients, said:
“It’s going to be run by bureaucrats – and it’s going to be run by politicians – who have no idea what is in your best interests, then I’m getting out.”
203) Falsely told Africans that contaminated water is a smaller problem than global warming
In July 2013, while speaking in Johannesburg, South Africa, President Obama said that global warming was “the biggest challenge we have environmentally” and that it was worse than “dirty water, dirty air.”
However, according to the World Health Organization, while global warming kills 140,000 people each year, air pollution kills 3 million people per year.
According to UNESCO, each year, contaminated water causes 4 billion cases of diarrhea, 120,000 cases of cholera, 300 million cases of malaria, 12 million cases of typhoid, 6 million cases of trachoma, 200 million cases of schistosomiesis, and more than 1 billion incidents of intestinal parasites.
You know what’s worse than global warming? How about living your entire life without ever having access to a toilet?
The World Health Organization says that dirty water is “the leading cause of disease and death around the world.”
That Obama would downplay these problems shows how scientifically illiterate he is.
That he would do so while giving a speech in Africa, which has the highest rate of water borne illness of any continent, shows how thoughtless and insensitive he is.
204) Spent $630,000 of taxpayers’ money to get more Facebook “likes”
In July 2013, it was reported that Obama had spent $630,000 of taxpayers’ money in order to get more Facebook “likes.”
205) Declared that hacking was an act of war, then hacked the EU
In 2011, the Obama administration issued a statement which said that when one country hacked another country’s computers, the hacking constituted an “act of war.”
In July 2013, it was reported that the Obama administration had hacked computers which were owned by the European Union.
206) Said “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon”
In Florida, after a school security camera showed Trayvon Martin marking graffiti, a search of his backpack showed that it contained 12 pieces of women’s jewelry, including silver wedding rings, and earrings with diamonds. The backpack also had a screwdriver, which is often used as a tool by burglars. Martin said that the jewelry belonged to a friend, but refused to say who that friend was.
Why would a teenage boy bring a backpack full of silver wedding rings and diamond earrings to school? Do Martin’s millions of defenders really think that he was not a burglar?
The fact that Martin was in possession of stolen jewelry at school is perfectly in line with George Zimmerman’s claim on the 911 call that Martin was acting suspiciously. And there had been quite a few burglaries in the area recently.
Also on the 911 call, Zimmerman had said that Martin was acting as if he was on drugs. Martin’s autopsy showed that there was THC in his system. And while other parts of marijuana can stay in the system for weeks after it’s smoked, the THC only stays in the person’s system for a few hours. Therefore, Martin was indeed high when Zimmerman saw him.
So Trayvon Martin was a burglar, used illegal drugs, broke Zimmerman’s nose, and smashed Zimmerman’s head against the concrete.
And how does Obama respond to all of this?
Obama said:
“If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”
207) Falsely said that Secretary of State John Kerry had not been on his yacht during the regime change in Egypt
In July 2013, the Obama administration falsely said that Secretary of State John Kerry had not been on his yacht during the regime change in Egypt.
Evan after CBS news presented the Obama administration with photographic evidence that Kerry had been on his yacht during that time, the Obama administration still continued to falsely claim that Kerry had not been on his yacht.
CBS News reported:
On Thursday night, CBS News obtained a photo of Kerry on his boat and sent it to the State Department, asking whether they still stand by their denial that Kerry was on a boat.
The response: “Yes.”
208) Said “the planet will boil over” if African citizens adopt a first world standard of living
In July 2013, Obama said “the planet will boil over” if African citizens adopt a first world standard of living.
“the planet will boil over
209) “Among those who Strongly Approve of the president, more fear the Tea Party than radical Muslims.”
In June 2013, Rasmussen conducted a poll to find out what people considered to be the “nation’s top terror threat.”
Reporting on the results of the poll, Rasmussen wrote:
“Among those who Strongly Approve of the president, more fear the Tea Party than radical Muslims.”
210) Illegally forced 2,200 privately owned auto dealerships to close, which destroyed 120,000 jobs
In 2009, Obama illegally forced 2,200 privately owned auto dealerships to close. These dealerships had employed 120,000 people.
211) Subsidized the production of alcoholic beverages
In June 2013, Breitbart reported:
The USDA Rural Development agency also touted a program to subsidize the Wine Barn LLC in “marketing and increasing production of its Kansas produced wine.” That cost $25,000. The USDA Rural Development also said it would hand $300,000 to the Mackinaw Trail Winery in Michigan, $100,000 for the Appleton Creek Winery in New York, $162,500 for the Old Westminster Winery in Maryland, and tens of thousands of dollars to wineries in Nebraska and Iowa.
Liquor is the name of the game for the USDA, apparently – they’re also subsidizing the production of vodka in North Carolina, Bloody Mary mix in West Virginia, and hard cider in Virginia.
212) Gave 23,994 tax refunds worth a total of $46,378,040 to illegal aliens who all used the same address
In 2011, the IRS gave 23,994 tax refunds worth a total of $46,378,040 to illegal aliens who all used the same address in Atlanta, Ga.
213) Sued private businesses for using “racist” criminal background checks to screen employees
In June 2013, the Obama administration filed lawsuits against Dollar General and BMW for using criminal background checks to screen employees. The Obama administration claimed that such background checks were “racist.”
214) Used tax money to pay federal employees to organize protests against George Zimmerman
In March and April of 2012, Obama used tax money to pay federal employees to organize protests against George Zimmerman.
215) Illegally continued giving foreign aid to Egypt after it had a coup
Federal law requires that U.S. foreign aid to Egypt be ended if and when Egypt has a coup. However, after Egypt had a coup in July 2013, the Obama administration said that it would continue giving foreign aid to Egypt.
216) Broke promise to end Bush’s surveillance of U.S. citizens who were not suspected of committing a crime
In August 2007, Obama promised that he would end Bush’s surveillance of U.S. citizens who were not suspected of committing a crime. However, in June 2013, such surveillance was still being conducted.
217) Spent $3 million to study the health risks of dating Mexican prostitutes
In July 2013, it was reported that the Obama administration had spent $3 million to study the health risks of dating Mexican prostitutes.
218) Lied about the cost of IRS conferences
In June 2013 it was reported that the Obama administration had lied about the cost of IRS conferences. While the actual cost was $50 million, the Obama administration had claimed that the cost was only 1% of that mount.
219) Spent $890,000 per year on service fees for bank accounts that had no money
In April 2013, it was reported that the Obama administration was spending $890,000 each year on service fees for bank accounts that did not have any money in them. At the time, the government had 13,712 empty accounts which it was supposed to have closed, but which it had kept open anyway.
220) Spent $34 million to construct a new military headquarters in Afghanistan after U.S. military commanders said they did not want it
After U.S. military commanders said in 2010 that they did not want a new headquarters in Afghanistan, the Obama administration spent $34 million to build it anyway.
221) Falsely said that his scandals were “phony”
In July 2013, Obama said
“With an endless parade of distractions, political posturing and phony scandals, Washington has taken its eye off the ball.”
These scandals are not “phony.” I have cited a huge number of sources in this list to show that these scandals are real.
222) Falsely guaranteed that people could keep their doctor
Before Obamacare was passed, Obama said:
“Here is a guarantee that I’ve made… If you’ve got a doctor that you like, you will be able to keep your doctor.”
However, in July 2013, the Obama administration said that people “may” be able to keep their doctor.
223) Falsely said the auto bailouts prevented Detroit from going bankrupt
Obama falsely stated that the auto bailouts prevented Detroit from going bankrupt.
224) Illegally seized a privately owned gun from a law abiding citizen
After a jury found George Zimmerman not guilty, the Obama administration announced that it would seize his gun. This violated the double jeopardy clause of the U.S. Constitution, as well as the takings clause of the fifth amendment.
225) Broke his promise to have real time verifiability of Obamacare subsidies
In July 2013, Investor’s Business Daily wrote:
Meanwhile, the administration tacitly admitted last week that its promise of real-time verification of a consumer’s eligibility to buy subsidized coverage at an ObamaCare exchange wasn’t exactly panning out.
Under ObamaCare, only those who don’t have access to “affordable” insurance at work can buy coverage in an exchange, and only those below certain income levels are eligible for tax subsidies.
Rather than a high-tech instant check, the administration told states they could simply take the applicants’ word for it when it comes to their employer-provided coverage, as well as their “projected annual household income,” without the need for “further verification.”
226) Signed health care reform whose rules contradicted each other
Obamacare allows insurance companies to charge higher premiums for smokers. At the same time, it prohibits insurance companies from charging more than three times as much for older people as it does for younger people. In June 2013, Obama’s computer programmers said that they had been unable to write a computer program that simultaneously agreed with both of these rules.
227) Signed a health care reform plan that is so horrible that even the IRS agents who run it don’t want to participate in it
Obama hired 16,500 new IRS agents to run Obamacare.
But Obamacare is so awful that even the IRS agents who run it don’t want to participate in it.
In July 2013, the National Treasury Employees Union, which represents the IRS employees who will be running Obamacare, provided a form letter to its members to send to their Congressmen. The letter stated:
“I am very concerned about legislation that has been introduced by Congressman Dave Camp to push federal employees out of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and into the insurance exchanges established under the Affordable Care Act.”
When asked about this, IRS chief Daniel Werfel responded by saying:
“I don’t want to speak for the NTEU, but I’ll offer a perspective as a federal employee myself and a federal employee at the IRS. And that is, we have right now as employees of the government, of the IRS, affordable health care coverage. I think the ACA was designed to provide an option or an alternative for individuals that do not. And all else being equal, I think if you’re an individual who is satisfied with your health care coverage, you’re probably in a better position to stick with that coverage than go through the change of moving into a different environment and going through that process. So I think for a federal employee, I think more likely, and I would — can speak for myself, I would prefer to stay with the current policy that I’m pleased with rather than go through a change if I don’t need to go through that change.”
228) Tried to tax small businesses at a higher rate than corporations
Obama raised the top tax rate on small businesses to 39.6%, and tried to lower the top tax rate on corporations to 28%.
229) Illegally prevented individual employees of small businesses from choosing their own plan during the first year of Obamacare
Obamacare requires that individual employees of small businesses be allowed to choose their own insurance plan during the first year of Obamacare. However, in March 2013, the Obama administration announced that it would not be allowing them to make this choice during the first year.
230) Falsely said that Obamacare had not hurt jobs
In July 2013, the Obama administration said that Obamacare had not hurt jobs.
However, in the real world, in response to the medical device tax that is part of Obamacare, some medical device manufacturers have announced plans to layoff employees, including Welch Allyn (275 planned layoffs), Stryker (1,170 planned layoffs), and Medtronic (1,000 planned layoffs). In December 2012, Al Franken, Elizabeth Warren, John Kerry, and 15 other Democrats who supported the passage of Obamacare wrote a letter to Harry Reid, asking him to delay the tax on medical devices, claiming that the tax would hurt job creation in their districts. The New York Times reported that Obamacare “sharply penalizes full-time employment in favor of part-time employment.” In response to the employer mandate of Obamacare, some restaurants have announced plans to switch some of their employees from full time to part time, including some franchises of Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, White Castle, and Fatburger. Community College of Allegheny County switched 200 professors and 200 other employees from full time to part time in response to Obamacare. Clint Benjamin, an English professor at Community College of Allegheny County, said that this would reduce his own monthly pay by $600. Also in response to the employer mandate of Obamacare, other colleges have announced plans to switch some of their employees from full time to part time, including Florida’s Palm Beach State College, Ohio’s Youngstown State University, and New Jersey’s Kean University. In Virginia, thousands of government employees had their hours reduced because of Obamacare. The Carnegie Museum of Pittsburgh reduced the hours of 48 of its employees in response to Obamacare. Regal Entertainment Group, the largest chain of movie theaters in the country, announced that it would be switching thousands of its employees from full time to part time in response to the Obamacare mandate. Utah’s Granite School District reduced the hours of 1,200 of its employees in response to Obamacare. In response to Obamacare, many Wal-Mart stores have stopped hiring full time workers. In response to Obamacare, Forever 21 reduced its employees’ hours. As of September 2013, more than 200 public-sector employers had reduced their employees’ hours in response to Obamacare. Sea World reduced the weekly hours of its part time employees from 32 to 28 in response to Obamacare. Lands’ End limited its part time employees to 29 hours per week in response to Obamacare. As of September 2013, at least 34 universities and colleges had reduced some of their employees’ hours in response to Obamacare. In September 2013, it was reported that in response to Obamacare, Indiana University would be laying off 50 of its employees and switching them to a temp agency. In July 2013, leaders of the Teamsters, UFCW, and UNITE-HERE sent a letter to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi which said that Obamacare will “destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class… the law creates an incentive for employers to keep employees’ work hours below 30 hours a week. Numerous employers have begun to cut workers’ hours to avoid this obligation.”
231) Falsely said that health insurance premiums would be reduced by $2,500 per family by the end of his first term
In February 2008, Obama said:
“We are going to work with you to lower your premiums by $2,500. We will not wait 20 years from now to do it, or 10 years from now to do it. We will do it by the end of my first term as president.”
However, by the time his first term was over, family premiums had gotten bigger, not smaller. The increase was $3,065 per family.
232) Illegally gave Obamacare waiver to Massachusetts
In August 2013, Obama gave an Obamacare waiver to Massachusetts.
This waiver was illegal for two reasons. First, the waiver was not approved by the U.S. Congress. Second, the U.S. Constitution requires that the federal government treat all states the same.
233) Betrayed the unions that helped him to get elected
In January 2013, the Wall Street Journal reported:
Some Unions Grow Wary of Health Law They Backed
Labor unions enthusiastically backed the Obama administration’s health-care overhaul when it was up for debate. Now that the law is rolling out, some are turning sour.
Union leaders say many of the law’s requirements will drive up the costs for their health-care plans and make unionized workers less competitive. Among other things, the law eliminates the caps on medical benefits and prescription drugs used as cost-containment measures in many health-care plans. It also allows children to stay on their parents’ plans until they turn 26.
Some 20 million Americans are covered by the health-care plans at issue
Top officers at the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the AFL-CIO and other large labor groups plan to keep pressing the Obama administration to expand the federal subsidies to these jointly run plans, warning that unionized employers may otherwise drop coverage. A handful of unions say they already have examined whether it makes sense to shift workers off their current plans
“We are going back to the administration to say that this is not acceptable,” said Ken Hall, general secretary-treasurer for the Teamsters, which has 1.6 million members and dependents in health-care plans. Other unions involved in the push include the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union and Unite Here
Sheet Metal Workers Local 85 in Atlanta, which has about 1,900 members. Next year it must lift the $250,000 annual cap on the amount it will pay for medical claims. The law’s requirements will add between 50 cents to $1 an hour to the cost of members’ compensation package
234) Illegally changed Obamacare to benefit members of Congress and their staff
Obamacare was passed by the House and Senate, and signed by President Obama.
Three years later, members of Congress and their staff complained that Obamacare was going to cost them a lot of money, and said that this would likely cause a brain drain among their staff. In response to this, Obama made changes to Obamacare so that these things would not happen. However, Obama’s actions were illegal, because he made these changes without Congress voting on them first.
The New York Times wrote of this:
… the language of the health care law requires Congressional employees to obtain health insurance through an exchange created by the law, but other parts of the federal legal code restrict the ability of the federal government to pay the usual employer share for group insurance programs approved by the Office of Personnel Management.
A straightforward reading of the law thus means that Congressional staff members, starting in January 2014, will have to obtain insurance through the Affordable Care Act but pay for it on their own without the normal contribution from their employer — Congress. This would be a multi-thousand-dollar income hit for those affected… many… would potentially feel the pain, giving rise to concerns over a potential brain drain of Congressional staff members finding other employment.
… the federal personnel office initially ruled that Congressional staff members would not be eligible for the subsidies, and then changed this decision under pressure from the White House…
235) Told General Mills to stop making true claims about Cheerios
For quite some time, advertisements for the breakfast cereal Cheerios made the true and accurate claim that eating Cheerios lowers a person’s cholesterol.
However, even though this claim is true and accurate, in May 2009, the Obama administration ordered General Mills, the maker of Cheerios, to stop making this claim in its commercials.
236) Illegally avoided enforcing the required income verification of people who receive subsidies for Obamacare exchanges
Even though Obamacare requires the government to verify the income of people who receive subsidies for Obamacare exchanges, in August 2013 it was reported that Obama would not be verifying their incomes.
237) Placed a 40% tax on so-called “Cadillac” insurance plans
Obamacare includes a 40% tax on so-called “Cadillac” insurance plans. In August 2013, unions that supported the passage of Obamacare complained about this tax.
238) Made medical care for special needs children more expensive
In August 2013, it was reported that Obamacare would make it more expensive for the parents of special needs children to pay for their children’s medical equipment and specialized private schools that cater to their medical needs.
239) Responded to the Benghazi attack by going back to bed, and then later got up and headed off to Las Vegas for a fundraiser
In September 2012, after Obama found out that U.S. citizens were being killed in Benghazi, Libya, he went back to bed. After he got up in the morning, he went off to Las Vegas for a fundraiser.
240) Illegally delayed the caps on out of pocket health care payments without Congressional approval
As it was passed by the House and Senate and signed by Obama, Obamacare sets caps on the out of pocket payments that people pay for health care, and these caps were legally required to take effect in January 2014.
However, in August 2013, Obama delayed these caps until January 2015.
Because Obama imposed this delay without it first being approved by Congress, Obama’s action was illegal. The President does not have the legal authority to change an Act that was passed by Congress, without that change first being approved by Congress. What Obama did here is not the act of a President whose power is limited by a written constitution, but is, instead, the action of a dictator.
241) Holds a double standard when it comes to supporting “gun free” zones
In December 2012, a petition at whitehouse.gov stated:
“Eliminate armed guards for the President, Vice-President, and their families, and establish Gun Free Zones around them”
“Gun Free Zones are supposed to protect our children, and some politicians wish to strip us of our right to keep and bear arms. Those same politicians and their families are currently under the protection of armed Secret Service agents. If Gun Free Zones are sufficient protection for our children, then Gun Free Zones should be good enough for politicians.”
The Obama administration rejected the proposal.
242) Outlawed the low-premium, high-deductible health insurance that some people prefer
Obamacare bans to the low-premium, high-deductible health insurance that some people prefer.
243) Lied about how many people he had helped to protect from mortgage fraud
In August 2013, it was reported that less than one month before the 2012 election, the Obama administration had lied about the number of people that it had helped to protect from mortgage fraud, as well as the total amount of money involved. In August 2013, when the truth was revealed, Newsbusters reported:
“Thus, the number of defendants fell by 80% from what DOJ claimed less than a month before the presidential election. The number of victims fell by 76%. The amount of losses involved dropped by over 90%.”
244) Falsely said the NSA review was being conducted by an “independent” body
In August 2013, Obama said that he would establish an “independent” investigation of NSA surveillance.
However, three days later, it was reported that this so-called “independent” investigation would be run by James Clapper, who had falsely testified to Congress that the NSA was not collecting information on U.S. citizens.
245) Used tax money to pay for a separate flight just for his dog
In August 2013, Obama forced taxpayers to pay for a separate airplane flight just for his dog Bo.
246) Closed off public roads so he could buy books
In August 2013, Obama had public roads closed to the public so he could go to a bookstore. Why didn’t he just order the books online?
247) Gave illegal EPA exemption to one oil refinery, and would not say which refinery it was
The EPA has a very expensive ethanol mandate that applies to all oil refineries. However, in August 2013, it was reported that Obama had given one oil refinery an exemption from this mandate.
This exemption is illegal for two reasons. First, the exemption was not approved by Congress. And secondly, the Constitution requires that federal laws apply equally to everyone.
In addition, Obama refused to say which refinery it was that received this exemption, which is completely contrary to his repeated promises of “transparency.”
248) Created new fines for charitable hospitals that give treatment to uninsured people
In August 2013, it was reported that Obamacare creates new fines for charitable hospitals that give treatment to uninsured people.
249) Blamed poverty on zip codes instead of on behavior
In July 2013, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan said:
“Unfortunately, in too many of our hardest-hit communities, no matter how hard a child or her parents work, the life chances of that child, even her lifespan, is determined by the ZIP Code she grows up in. This is simply wrong.”
However, let’s consider two groups of people in the U.S. The first group has a poverty rate of 2%. The second group has a poverty rate of 76%.
The first group consists of people who followed all three of these steps:
1) Finish high school.
2) Get a full-time job.
3) Wait until age 21 and get married before having children.
The second group consists of people who followed zero of those three steps.
Among people who follow all three of these steps, the poverty rate is 2%.
Among people who follow zero of these steps, the poverty rate is 76%.
(My source for that information is this article, which refers to this PDF, and the relevant data is on page 15 of the PDF. The study uses data from the U.S. Census Bureau.)
250) Nominated a telecommunications lobbyist and Obama fundraiser to head the FCC
In May 2013, Obama nominated Tom Wheeler to head the FCC. Wheeler had previously been the head of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, which is a lobbying organization for the cable TV industry. He had also been the head of CTIA, a lobbying organization for cellphone carriers. In addition, he had also been a fundraiser for Obama.
251) Tried to violate defendants’ right to a fair trial
In August 2013, Reuters reported:
A secretive U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration unit is funneling information from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a massive database of telephone records to authorities across the nation to help them launch criminal investigations of Americans.
Although these cases rarely involve national security issues, documents reviewed by Reuters show that law enforcement agents have been directed to conceal how such investigations truly begin – not only from defense lawyers but also sometimes from prosecutors and judges.
The undated documents show that federal agents are trained to “recreate” the investigative trail to effectively cover up where the information originated, a practice that some experts say violates a defendant’s Constitutional right to a fair trial. If defendants don’t know how an investigation began, they cannot know to ask to review potential sources of exculpatory evidence – information that could reveal entrapment, mistakes or biased witnesses.
“I have never heard of anything like this at all,” said Nancy Gertner, a Harvard Law School professor who served as a federal judge from 1994 to 2011. Gertner and other legal experts said the program sounds more troubling than recent disclosures that the National Security Agency has been collecting domestic phone records. The NSA effort is geared toward stopping terrorists; the DEA program targets common criminals, primarily drug dealers.
“It is one thing to create special rules for national security,” Gertner said. “Ordinary crime is entirely different. It sounds like they are phonying up investigations.”
252) Threatened internet service providers with contempt of court if they did not install surveillance software
In August 2013, it was reported that the Obama administration had pressured internet service providers to install surveillance software, so that it could monitor internet traffic without a warrant. Internet service providers who did not cave in to this pressure were threatened by the Obama administration with contempt of court. This violated the Constitution’s ban on warrantless searches. In addition, the executive branch does not have the legal authority to declare contempt of court, as this power is reserved exclusively for the judicial branch.
253) Sued Louisiana to keep low income blacks trapped in bad schools, and lied about why he did it
In August 2013, the Obama administration sued Louisiana to try to bring an end to its school voucher program – a program which had just been passed in 2012.
Under the Louisiana program, both of the following criteria had to be met in order for a student to get a school voucher. First, the student must come from a family whose income is below 250% of the poverty level. And second, the current public school that the student is attending must be rated as “C” or below.
86% of students who received vouchers had used those vouchers to flee from public schools which had been rated as “D” or “F.”
Only the most vulnerable children were eligible for the vouchers – the poorest students attending the worst schools.
Obama’s reason for filing the lawsuit was that “many of those vouchers impeded the desegregation process.”
However, in response to Obama’s claim that the vouchers discriminated against blacks, Louisiana Education Superintendent John White pointed out that almost all of the students using the vouchers were black, and said that “it’s a little ridiculous” for Obama to claim that these vouchers caused discrimination against blacks. The Washington Post reported that 90% of the students who receive the vouchers are black.
It’s also worth noting that only students whose parents request such vouchers are eligible to participate in the voucher program. Obama is therefore claiming that parents want their own children to be discriminated against. Obama is extremely wrong on this. These parents do not want their children to be discriminated against. In reality, what these parents want is for their children to have a chance at a better education.
This also makes Obama a hypocrite, because while he was living in both Chicago and Washington D.C., he always sent his own children to private schools. Does Obama really want us to believe that he subjected his own children to racial discrimination by sending them to private schools?
254) Encouraged 40,000 longshoremen to quit the AFL-CIO
In September 2013, it was reported that 40,000 longshoremen had quit the AFL-CIO, and that they had cited Obamacare as one of their reasons for doing so.
255) Paid $67 million to so-called “volunteers”
In August 2013, it was reported that Obama has paid $67 million to so-called “volunteers” to teach people about Obamacare.
256) Illegally used Obamacare to fund pre-K education without approval from Congress
In August 2013, it was reported that Obama had illegally used Obamacare to fund pre-K education without approval from Congress.
257) Signed so-called “hunger-free” act that left students feeling hungry
In December 2010, Obama signed the “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act,” which limited school lunches to a maximum of 850 calories. Students complained that this so-called “hunger-free” program left them feeling hungry.
Meanwhile, the lunch that Obama served to his guests at his 2013 inauguration contained more than 3,000 calories.
258) Signed health care reform that is so terrible that less than 3% of federal employees want to join it
In August 2013, it was reported that less than 3% of federal employees wanted to participate in Obamacare.
259) Avoided doing background checks on Obamacare “navigators”
In August 2013, it was reported that the Obama administration would not be doing background checks on Obamacare “navigators,” despite the fact that these “navigators” would have access to people’s personal, private, and financial information.
260) Illegally paid White House interns less than minimum wage
In June 2013, a federal court ruled that Fox Searchlight Pictures had violated the minimum wage law by using unpaid interns. Two months later, it was reported that the Obama administration was using unpaid interns. In addition to this being illegal, it also makes Obama a hypocrite, because he had previously spoken out in favor of raising the minimum wage.
261) Said broccoli was his favorite food
In July 2013, Obama said that broccoli was his favorite food. However, before he made this claim, even though the media showed many pictures of him eating, and even though there were many articles published about the foods that he ate, as far as I know, none of those pictures or articles ever showed or mentioned him eating broccoli. While this may seem trivial, it shows that there is nothing – absolutely nothing at all – that Obama is not willing to lie about.
262) Illegally missed half of Obamacare’s deadlines
In August 2013, it was reported that Obama had illegally missed 41 of Obamacare’s 82 deadlines.
263) Tried to give illegal Obamacare subsidies to unions without Congressional approval
In August 2013 it was reported that Obama was trying to give illegal Obamacare subsidies to unions, without approval from Congress.
264) Made it harder for writers, actors, artists, and musicians to obtain health insurance
In September 2013, the Weekly Standard reported:
Nancy Pelosi waxed rhapsodic in 2010 as she imagined the benefits of Obamacare: “Think of an economy where people could be an artist or a photographer or a writer without worrying about keeping their day job in order to have health insurance.”
But as Obamacare begins to kick in, artists, photographers, writers, and other members of the “creative class” who have access to health insurance programs through numerous professional organizations will lose that coverage.
Up until now professional organizations have worked with insurance providers to craft reduced-rate plans for their members. But thanks to the fine print in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), on January 1, 2014, many of these plans will fail to pass legal muster.
The College Art Association website posted a notice this month: “The New York Life Insurance Company recently informed CAA that it will no longer offer catastrophic healthcare coverage previously available to CAA members.”
The Entertainment Industry Group Insurance Trust (TEIGIT) website posts the following notice: “All individual and/or Sole Proprietor Health Insurance will terminate January 1, 2014. This includes plans acquired as Members of our Affiliated Associations & their groups.” Those affiliated associations include the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, the Dramatists Guild, the Graphic Arts Guild, NY Women in Film and Television, and many others.
This will affect huge numbers of freelance artists, musicians, disc jockeys, and so forth.
freelance artists, designers, and musicians forced to enter the state-run exchanges are far more likely to see their rates go up
Pelosi’s vision of a world full of carefree artists, musicians, and writers is a mirage and becoming fainter the closer we get to January 1.
265) Banned the sale of flavored cigarettes, but gave an exemption to the most dangerous flavor
In September 2009, the Obama administration banned the sale of flavored cigarettes, but exempted menthol from the ban. Although I am opposed to this ban, it’s this exemption that I find to be the most troubling. If Obama thinks that flavored cigarettes are so dangerous that they deserve to be banned, then why did he exempt one particular flavor?
The Obama administration later announced that menthol cigarettes were more dangerous than other flavors such as cherry, cloves, chocolate, coconut, and cinnamon, but still continued to exempt menthol from the ban. If Obama thinks that flavored cigarettes are so dangerous that they should be banned, then why did he knowingly continue to give an exemption to the most dangerous flavor?
266) Tried to censor the Washington Post
In August 2013, the Washington Post reported:
The Obama administration referred all questions for this article to John DeLong, the NSA’s director of compliance, who answered questions freely in a 90-minute interview. DeLong and members of the NSA communications staff said he could be quoted “by name and title” on some of his answers after an unspecified internal review. The Post said it would not permit the editing of quotes. Two days later, White House and NSA spokesmen said that none of DeLong’s comments could be quoted on the record and sent instead a prepared statement in his name. The Post declines to accept the substitute language as quotations from DeLong.
267) Dumbed down math education to make wrong answers acceptable
In August 2013, the Daily Caller reported:
Quick: what’s 3 x 4?
If you said 11 — or, hell, if you said 7, pi, or infinity squared — that’s just fine under the Common Core, the new national curriculum that the Obama administration will impose on American public school students this fall.
In a pretty amazing YouTube video, Amanda August, a curriculum coordinator in a suburb of Chicago called Grayslake, explains that getting the right answer in math just doesn’t matter as long as kids can explain the necessarily faulty reasoning they used to get to that wrong answer.
“Even if they said, ‘3 x 4 was 11,’ if they were able to explain their reasoning and explain how they came up with their answer really in, umm, words and oral explanation, and they showed it in the picture but they just got the final number wrong, we’re really more focused on the how,” August says in the video.
268) Broke his promise to label genetically modified food
Before the 2008 election, Obama promised to require labeling of genetically modified food. He broke that promise.
269) Asked the Supreme Court to allow warrantless cell phone searches
In August 2013, the Obama administration asked the U.S Supreme Court to allow warrantless cell phone searches.
270) Used an armed SWAT team to check for water pollution
In September 2013, the Alaska Dispatch reported:
When agents with the Alaska Environmental Crimes Task Force surged out of the wilderness around the remote community of Chicken wearing body armor and jackets emblazoned with POLICE in big, bold letters, local placer miners didn’t quite know what to think.
Did it really take eight armed men and a squad-size display of paramilitary force to check for dirty water? Some of the miners, who run small businesses, say they felt intimidated.
Miners suggest it might have been better all around if officials had just shown up at the door — as they used to do — and said they wanted to check the water.
The EPA has refused to publicly explain why it used armed officers as part of what it called a “multi-jurisdictional” investigation of possible Clean Water Act violations in the area.
271) Purchased 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition for the Department of Homeland Security to use in the U.S.
In March 2013, it was reported that the Obama administration had purchased 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition for the Department of Homeland Security to use in the U.S.
272) Released 2,837 convicted sex offenders from prison
In September 2013, the Obama administration released 2,837 convicted sex offenders from prison.
Although the Obama administration had released these sex offenders in response to a court order to alleviate prison overcrowding, it could have released non-violent drug offenders instead. See #7 on this list for how Obama has carried out the biggest war against medical marijuana of any President in history.
Apparently, Obama thinks that people with doctors’ prescriptions for medical marijuana are a bigger threat than rapists and child molesters.
273) Refused to fire or prosecute Obamacare employee who released private info of 2,400 people
In September 2013, it was reported that an Obamacare employee had released the private information of 2,400 people. Obama refused to fire or prosecute this Obamacare employee.
274) Tried to monitor 80% of all credit card transactions
In September 2013, it was reported that the Obama administration was trying to monitor 80% of all credit card transactions.
275) Tried to censor the AFL-CIO
In September 2013, Associated Press reported:
The AFL-CIO on Wednesday approved a resolution critical of parts of President Barack Obama’s health care law in spite of efforts by White House officials to discourage the labor federation from making its concerns so prominent.
The strongly worded resolution says the Affordable Care Act will drive up the costs of union-sponsored health plans to the point that workers and employers are forced to abandon them. Labor unions still support the law’s overall goals of reducing health costs and bringing coverage to all Americans, the resolution says, but adds that the law is being implemented in a way that is “highly disruptive” to union health care plans.
Some individual unions have complained about the law’s impact for months. The resolution marks the first time the nation’s largest labor federation has gone on record embracing that view. Unions were among the most enthusiastic backers of the law when it passed in 2010.
A labor official told The Associated Press that White House officials had been calling labor leaders for days to urge them not to voice their concerns in the form of a resolution.
276) Falsely said that he had not declared a “red line” on Syria
In August 2012, while talking about Syria, Obama said:
“A red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized.”
However, in September 2013, while talking about Syria, Obama said:
“I didn’t set a red line.”
277) Falsely gave himself credit for John Kerry’s idea about Syria
In September 2013, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry suggested that Syria turn over all of its chemical weapons to an international body.
The Obama’s administration initially responded to Kerry’s statement by saying that Kerry had not been serious, and that his statement had just been a “rhetorical” answer to a hypothetical question.
However, after former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that Kerry’s idea made sense, Obama falsely stated that he had talked about the idea a week earlier.
278) Made it more difficult and bureaucratic for restaurant employees to collect automatic tips from parties of eight or more
In September 2013, the Obama administration announced new paperwork requirements for restaurants that collect automatic tips from parties of eight or more. These new regulations create additional paperwork for restaurants each and every time a party of eight or more leaves an automatic tip. It also means that restaurant employees would have to wait extra time to receive these automatic tips from parties of eight or more. In addition, in some cases, restaurant employees might not get any tip at all from some parties of eight or more, because their employer might decide that the paperwork is too burdensome, and stop collecting automatic tips altogether.
There’s also the fact that Obama imposed these new regualations without approval from Congress, which means that Obama’s actions were illegal.
279) Secretly and illegally reversed NSA restrictions without approval from Congress
In September 2013, the Washington Post reported:
The Obama administration secretly won permission from a surveillance court in 2011 to reverse restrictions on the National Security Agency’s use of intercepted phone calls and e-mails, permitting the agency to search deliberately for Americans’ communications in its massive databases, according to interviews with government officials and recently declassified material.
In addition, the court extended the length of time that the NSA is allowed to retain intercepted U.S. communications from five years to six years — and more under special circumstances, according to the documents, which include a recently released 2011 opinion by U.S. District Judge John D. Bates, then chief judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
Together the permission to search and to keep data longer expanded the NSA’s authority in significant ways without public debate or any specific authority from Congress. The enlarged authority is part of a fundamental shift in the government’s approach to surveillance: collecting first, and protecting Americans’ privacy later.
The court decision allowed the NSA “to query the vast majority” of its e-mail and phone call databases using the e-mail addresses and phone numbers of Americans and legal residents without a warrant, according to Bates’s opinion.
The court in 2008 imposed a wholesale ban on such searches at the government’s request, said Alex Joel, civil liberties protection officer at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). The government included this restriction “to remain consistent with NSA policies and procedures that NSA applied to other authorized collection activities,” he said.
280) Encouraged employers to use temp agencies
In September 2013, it was reported that in response to Obamacare, Indiana University would be laying off 50 of its employees and switching them to a temp agency.
In June 2013, Time magazine wrote:
Why Temp Agencies Are Learning to Love the Affordable Care Act
Staffing companies like Robert Half International and On Assignment have seen their stock prices soar since President Obama’s reelection in November, as the election made it nearly certain that the implementation of the law would continue as planned. “In general [Obamacare] is viewed as something that will lead to increases in the penetration rate of temporary workers,” says Tobey Sommer, an analyst with SunTrust Robinson Humphrey. Firms like Robert Half International are especially well positioned to benefit from the law, Sommer says, because they specialize in small and medium-sized companies, the very sort that may be using temporary workers to help them stay below that all-important 50-worker mark.
There’s also an opening for staffing companies to present themselves as experts in the labor rules of the Obamacare law, and as a resource that other businesses can turn to for help with its many rules and regulations. “The increasing burden of these regulations will cause some clients to throw up their hands and say, ‘I can’t deal with all of this,” says Sommer. And when that happens, a full-service staffing company could be the perfect place to seek help navigating the unknown waters of Obamacare.
281) Encouraged layoffs of health care workers
In September 2013, it was reported that in response to Obamacare, Emory Healthcare, which is in Georgia, would be laying off more than 100 of its employees.
In September 2013, it was reported that in response to Obamacare, the Cleveland Clinic would be laying off some of its employees.
282) Encouraged insurance companies to reduce their customers’ choices of doctors and hospitals
In September 2013, the Los Angeles Times reported:
The doctor can’t see you now.
Consumers may hear that a lot more often after getting health insurance under President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.
To hold down premiums, major insurers in California have sharply limited the number of doctors and hospitals available to patients in the state’s new health insurance market opening Oct. 1.
New data reveal the extent of those cuts in California, a crucial test bed for the federal healthcare law.
These diminished medical networks are fueling growing concerns that many patients will still struggle to get care despite the nation’s biggest healthcare expansion in half a century.
Consumers could see long wait times, a scarcity of specialists and loss of a longtime doctor.
In September 2013, the New York Times reported:
… under President Obama’s health care law… many insurers are significantly limiting the choices of doctors and hospitals available to consumers.
From California to Illinois to New Hampshire, and in many states in between, insurers are… restricting the number of providers who will treat patients in their new health plans.
… insurers… have created smaller networks of doctors and hospitals than are typically found in commercial insurance.
Consumers should be prepared for “much tighter, narrower networks” of doctors and hospitals, said Adam M. Linker, a health policy analyst at the North Carolina Justice Center, a statewide advocacy group.
In a new study, the Health Research Institute of PricewaterhouseCoopers, the consulting company, says that “insurers passed over major medical centers” when selecting providers in California, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee, among other states.
Juan Carlos Davila, an executive vice president of Blue Shield of California, said the network for its exchange plans… did not include the five medical centers of the University of California.
Daniel R. Hawkins Jr., a senior vice president of the National Association of Community Health Centers, which represents 9,000 clinics around the country, said: “… insurers have shown little interest in including us in their provider networks.”
Dr. Bruce Siegel, the president of America’s Essential Hospitals, formerly known as the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems, said insurers were telling his members: “We don’t want you in our network. We are worried about having your patients, who are sick and have complicated conditions.”
In New Hampshire, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, a unit of WellPoint, one of the nation’s largest insurers, has touched off a furor by excluding 10 of the state’s 26 hospitals from the health plans that it will sell through the insurance exchange.
283) Encouraged a hospital to close
In September 2013, WCYB reported:
Jonesville, Va. – A local hospital is closing its doors.
Wellmont Health System is citing unprecedented changes in health care as the reason for closing Lee Regional Medical Center.
Company officials say three reasons led to the decision reimbursement cuts associated with the Affordable Care Act, extremely low community use of the hospital and a lack of consistent physician coverage.
Lee Regional will cease all operations on October 1.
284) Required doctors to ask patients sexual questions and put their answers in an electronic database
In September 2013, it was reported that Obamacare requires doctors to ask patients personal questions about their sex lives, and to put their answers into an electronic database. Doctors who avoid doing this will be penalized.
Dr. Adam Budzikowski, a New York cardiologist, said these sex question were “insensitive, stupid and very intrusive,” and that he could not think of any reason why a cardiologist would need such information.
Dr. Richard Amerling, an associate professor of medicine at Albert Einstein Medical College, said that a patient’s medical record should be “a story created by you and your doctor solely for your treatment and benefit,” and that Obamacare turns doctor appointments “into an interrogation, and the data will not be confidential.”
The New York Civil Liberties Union said that these requirements were a violation of patients’ privacy.
The Obama administration said that patients who wished to keep their information out of the electronic database should pay in cash.
285) Listed wrong prices for Obamacare
On September 20, 2013, just 10 days before the Obamacare exchanges were legally required to be ready, it was reported that they had the wrong prices.
286) Made it easier for people to commit health care fraud
In September 2013, CNBC reported:
Deep staff cuts are hitting a federal agency responsible for investigating health care fraud just as Obamacare is due to kick in, leaving less people to investigate an ever-growing crime that costs taxpayers billions of dollars.
And in a perverse twist, the funding cuts at the Health and Human Services Department’s Inspector General’s Office might save money in the short term for the U.S. taxpayer. But over the long run, more money that could have been recouped from the fraud cases now going unpursued, is being left on the table, the agency said.
For every $1 spent on health-care fraud probes, nearly $8 is recouped in fines, restitution or settlements, according to HHS.
287) Included a so-called “family glitch” in his health care reform
In September 2013, USA Today reported:
A so-called “family glitch” in the 2010 health care law threatens to cost some families thousands of dollars in health insurance costs and leave up to 500,000 children without coverage, insurance and health care analysts say.
That’s unless Congress fixes the problem, which seems unlikely given the House’s latest move Friday to strip funding from the law, which is also called the Affordable Care Act.
Congress defined “affordable” as 9.5% or less of an employee’s household income, mostly to make sure people did not leave their workplace plans for subsidized coverage through the exchanges. But the “error” was that it only applies to the employee — and not his or her family. So, if an employer offers a woman affordable insurance, but doesn’t provide it for her family, they cannot get subsidized help through the state health exchanges.
That can make a huge difference; the Kaiser Family Foundation said an average plan for an individual is about $5,600, but it goes up to $15,700 for families.
288) Made it harder for Canadian politicians to get health care
Canada has had so-called “universal health care” for a long time.
However, when Robert Bourassa, the premier of Quebec, Canada, needed cancer treatment, he came to the United States and paid for his health care with his own money.
And when Canadian Liberal MP Belinda Stronach needed cancer treatment, she also came to the United States and paid for her health care with her own money.
And when Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams needed heart surgery, he, too, came to the United States and paid for his health care with his own money.
Now that Obama has given the U.S. so-called “universal health care,” where will Canadian politicians go when they get sick?
289) Gave married couples an annual tax of up to $11,028 for being married instead of single
In front of the U.S. Supreme Court, the Obama administration argued that Obamacare is a tax.
According to the Obamacare calulator, Obamacare places an annual tax on married couples for being married instead of single. The amount of this tax depends upon the ages, incomes, and parental status of the married couple.
According to the Obamacare calculator, the extreme case of this tax occurs with a 60-year-old married couple with no children, where the two spouses have identical incomes totaling $62,041 per year. Under this scenario, according to the Obamacare calculator, Obamacare gives them an annual tax of $11, 028 for being married instead of single.
290) Gave people an annual tax increase of up to $12,214 for earning one more dollar of income
In front of the U.S. Supreme Court, the Obama administration argued that Obamacare is a tax.
Obamacare gives some people a tax increase if they increase their income by one dollar. The amount of this tax increase depends upon the person’s age, income, and marital status.
According to the Obamacare calculator, the extreme case of this occurs with a 64-year-old married couple with a combined income of $62,041. Under this scenario, according to the Obamacare calulator, Obamacare gives them an annual tax increase of $12,214 when their income increases by one dollar, in the case of their income going from $62,040 to $62,041.
This amounts to a marginal tax rate of 1,221,400%. That’s not a typo – the marginal tax rate on that one dollar of additional income is more than one million per cent.
291) Refused to fire IRS employees who “lost” $67 million from Obamacare “slush fund”
In September 2013, it was reported that IRS employees had “lost” $67 million from a “slush fund.” Obama refused to fire those employees. Obama had created the “slush fund” as part of Obamacare.
292) Refused to fire ATF employees who “lost” 420 million cigarettes
In September 2013, it was reported that ATF employees had “lost” 420 million cigarettes. Obama refused to fire them.
293) Falsely said his mother’s insurance company had refused to pay for her cancer treatment
During the 2008 election campaign, Obama falsely said that his mother’s health insurance company had refused to pay for her cancer treatment.
294) Had 19.5 million fake Twitter followers
As of September 2013, Obama had 19.5 million fake Twitter followers.
295) Illegally delayed online registration of Obamacare for small businesses
Obamacare requires that the online registration for small businesses be ready by October 1, 2013. However, five days before that date, Associated Press reported that this deadline would not be met.
296) Encouraged 30,000 Puget Sound grocery workers to vote in favor of authorizing a strike
In September 2013, a union representing 30,000 employees at Safeway, Fred Meyer, QFC, and Albertson’s in the Puget Sound area of Washington state voted in favor of authorizing a strike. Union members said that one of their reasons for voting in favor of the strike was that their employers were trying to switch their part time employees form employer provided insurance to the Obamacare exchanges.
297) Waived the U.S. ban on arming terrorists
In September 2013, the Washington Examiner reported:
Obama waives ban on arming terrorists to allow aid to Syrian opposition
President Obama waived a provision of federal law designed to prevent the supply of arms to terrorist groups to clear the way for the U.S. to provide military assistance to “vetted” opposition groups fighting Syrian dictator Bashar Assad.
Some elements of the Syrian opposition are associated with radical Islamic terrorist groups, including al Qaeda
The law allows the president to waive those prohibitions if he “determines that the transaction is essential to the national security interests of the United States.”
298) Caused a family’s monthly insurance premium to increase from $333 to $965
Andy and Amy Mangione and their two sons live in Louisville, Kentucky. In September 2013, they received a letter from Humana, their insurance company, which said that Obamacare would be causing their monthly premium to increase from $333 to $965.
299) Caused Michelle Malkin’s family to lose their health insurance policy
In September 2013, conservative writer Michelle Malkin, who has always opposed Obamacare, wrote:
Like an estimated 22 million other Americans, I am a self-employed small-business owner who buys health insurance for my family directly on the individual market. We have a high-deductible PPO plan that allows us to choose from a wide range of doctors.
Or rather, we had such a plan.
Last week, our family received notice from Anthem BlueCross BlueShield of Colorado that we can no longer keep the plan we like because of “changes from health care reform (also called the Affordable Care Act or ACA).” The letter informed us that “(t)o meet the requirements of the new laws, your current plan can no longer be continued beyond your 2014 renewal date.”
This isn’t just partisan business. It’s personal. Our cancellation letter states that Anthem is “not going to be selling new individual PPO plans.” When we asked whether we could keep our children’s doctors, an agent for Anthem told my husband and me she didn’t know.
300) Tried to force Little Sisters of the Poor and other Catholic organizations to violate their religious principles
In September 2013, Becket Fund for Religious Liberty sued the Obama administration on behalf of Little Sisters of the Poor, a Catholic charity. Other Catholic organizations were also represented in the lawsuit.
Sister Loraine Marie said of this lawsuit:
“We cannot violate our vows by participating in the government’s program to provide access to abortion-inducing drugs.”
Mark Rienzi, one of the lawyers representing these Catholic organizations, said:
“These women just want to take care of the elderly poor without being forced to violate the faith that animates their work. The money they collect should be used to care for the poor like it always has — and not to pay the IRS.”
301) Signed health care reform that broke his promise not to increase taxes on families making less than $250,000 a year
On September 12, 2008, Obama promised:
“I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.”
In 2010, Obama signed Obamacare.
In 2012, in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, the Obama administration argued that Obamacare is a tax.
302) Pushed millions of working people “into a regulatory health coverage no man’s land”
In February 2013, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (Democrat-Oregon) said:
“We’ve got millions of people — working-class, middle-class people — who are going to be pushed into a regulatory health coverage no man’s land. They are unable to afford the family coverage through their employer and ineligible for the subsidy that could be used by dependents on the exchange.”
303) “Unfairly” forced federal lawmakers and their aides to participate in the same health care reform as everyone else
In June 2013, U.S. Congressman John Larson (Democrat-Connecticut) said that it is “not fair” to force federal lawmakers and their aides to participate in the same health care reform as everyone else.
304) Encouraged SEIU union to go on strike
The Service Employees International Union supported Obama in both elections, and also supported the passage of Obamacare.
However, in September 2013, member of the Chicago chapter of the SEIU went on strike over jobs cuts that were caused by Obamacare.
305) Removed promise of “free” health care from Obamacare website
In September 2013, the Obamacare website removed its promise of “free” health care.
306) Exposed the hypocrisy of MSNBC host Ed Schultz
After Obamacare was passed, MSNBC host Ed Schultz praised it almost every day for three years. However, on Sepotember 26, 2013, just five days before the Obamacare exchanges were to begin, Schultz said that unions should be exempt from it.
307) Punished people who were unable to accurately predict their income a year in advance
Obamacare requires people to predict their income a year in advance. If their prediction is wrong, they can be punished by the IRS.
308) Created Obamacare website where less than 1% of the people who visited on its first day actually registered for Obamacare
U.S. Congressman Congressman Jim Himes (Democrat-Connecticut) said that out of the 28,000 people from Connecticut who had visited the Obamacare website on its first day, only 167 had actually signed up for Obamacare.
309) Obama administration falsely said it did not know how many people had enrolled in Obamacare
On October 3, 2013, the third day that the Obamacare website was in operation, White House spokesman Jay Carney said that “7 million” people had visited the Obamacare website so far. However, when asked how many of those people had actually enrolled in Obamacare, he said, “We don’t have that data.”
Carney was lying. Of course the Obama administration had that data. CBS News was able to get a copy of that data, and reported that during the first 24 hours after the Obamacare website went online, only six people had used the website to enroll in Obamacare.
310) Broke promise that Obamacare “navigators” would not go door to door
On October 1, 2013, the very first day that Obamacare registration was taking place, the Obama administration broke its promise that Obamacare “navigators” would not go door to door.
311) Created Obamacare website where reporters from various news agencies were unable to register on its first day
On October 1, 2013, a CNN reporter was unable to register at the Obamacare website.
On October 1, 2013, an MSNBC reporter was unable to register at the Obamacare website.
On October 1, 2013, a reporter from the Tennessean was unable to register at the Obamacare website.
312) Created Obamacare phone line that was answered by “navigators” who had no training
President Obama signed Obamacare in March 2010. The Obama administration had three and a half years to hire and train the “navigators” who answer the Obamacare phone line.
However, on October 1, 2013, one of the “navigators” who answered the Obamacare phone line said “We have not been trained yet.”
313) Created Obamacare website that can’t handle as much traffic as a website which is run by one guy in his pajamas from his apartment
drudgereport.com is run by Matt Drudge, who runs the website in his pajamas from his apartment. I’ve visited his website just about every day since the late 20th century. It runs very well. His website has gotten as many as 45 million hits per day.
On the first day of the Obamacare website, it had 5 million visitors. It could not handle that amount of traffic.
314) Created Obamacare phone line where “navigators” told people to go to a building that turned out to be empty
Obamacare “navigators” who answered the Obamacare phone line told people to go to a building that turned out to be empty.
315) Created Obamacare phone line with a number that when spelled out is “F*** YO”
When spelled out, the Obamacare phone number is “F*** YO.”
This is not a complaint on my part. On the contrary, I consider this to be truth in advertising. For once, the Obama administration is telling us the truth about Obamacare.
316) Tried to censor a book about the “Fast and Furious” scandal
In October 2013, the ACLU announced that it would be defending John Dodson’s first amendment right to free speech, against the Obama administration, which was trying to prevent Dodson from publishing a book about Obama’s “Fast and Furious” scandal.
317) Michelle Obama said she could not tweet as often after the federal shutdown caused layoffs of her 16 “assistants,” who have salaries as high as $172,200
Michelle Obama has 16 taxpayer funded “assistants,” whose salaries are as high as $172,200.
During the government shutdown in October 2013, her 16 “assistants” were laid off, and her twitter account said:
“Due to Congress’s failure to pass legislation to fund the government, updates to this account will be limited.”
318) Hypocritically blocked Texas’s voter ID law for being “racist”
In March 2012, Obama’s Justice Department blocked Texas’s voter ID law, claiming that it was “racist.”
However, the very same Obama Justice Department that did this, also requires photo ID for everyone who enters it. In this video, beginning at 2:39, we see that a security guard at Obama’s Justice Department requires photo ID for everyone who enters.
319) Falsely said that his negotiating over the debt ceiling would be unprecedented
In October 2013, Obama falsely said that his negotiating over the debt ceiling would be unprecedented.
320) Blocked access to outdoor memorials and monuments during the government shutdown, even though it would have been cheaper to leave them open
During the government shutdown in October 2013, Obama shut down the Vietnam Memorial, despite the fact that it would have been cheaper to leave it open.
Obama also shut down the World War II Memorial. Obama used metal fences and yellow police tape to block the entrances.
Obama put up orange cones to prevent drivers from stopping and taking pictures of Mount Rushmore.
Obama put up yellow police tape in front of the Lincoln Memorial to prevent people from entering.
During previous government shutdowns, these memorials and monuments had remained open.
Since it’s more expensive to close these outdoor memorials and monuments than it is to leave them open, I have to wonder what Obama’s reason was for shutting them down.
321) Kicked people out of their privately owned vacation homes on federal land during government shutdown
During the government shutdown in October 2013, Obama forced people to leave their privately owned vacation homes along Lake Mead. The privately owned homes were situated on land owned by the federal government. All of the homes in question were vacation homes, not primary residences, so no one was forced into homelessness. Nevertheless, there was no legitimate justification for Obama to do this.
322) Forced private businesses on federal land to close during government shutdown
During the October 2013 government shutdown, Obama forced privately owned marinas, restaurants, inns, and concessions stands which were situated on federal land to close. Although the Obama administration claimed that this was done because the government did not have enough money to allow them to stay open, the government actually spent extra money to have federal guards prevent people from entering these private businesses.
323) Kept one of his favorite golf courses open during government shutdown
During the October 2013 government shutdown, while Obama was busying closing federal parks, monuments, and memorials, he made one exception – he allowed one of his favorite golf courses to stay open.
324) Spent $98,670 to build an outhouse
In September 2013, the Obama administration spent $98,670 to build an outhouse at the Swede Park Trail Head in Alaska.
325) Engages in “a sign of leadership failure”
In March 2006, Senator Obama said:
“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure.”
However, in September 2013, President Obama argued in favor of raising the debt ceiling.
326) Used armed guards to imprison law abiding tourists inside a locked building at Yellowstone National Park
During the October 2013 government shutdown, Obama used armed guards to imprison law abiding tourists inside a locked building at Yellowstone National Park.
327) Illegally denied death benefits to the families of dead U.S. soldiers
During the October 2013 government shutdown, Obama illegally denied death benefits to the families of dead U.S. soldiers. Prior to the government shutdown, the funding for these death benefits had already been authorized by law.
328) Spent $47,174 on a mechanical bull during government shutdown
During the October 2013 government shutdown, while Obama was busy closing parks, memorials, and monuments, and denying death benefits to the families of dead U.S. military personnel, he did manage to spend $47,174 on a mechanical bull.
329) Seized $35,000 from a law abiding owner of a grocery store without any warning , explanation, or charges
For 30 years, Terry Dehko has been legally operating a grocery store near Detroit, Michigan. In January 2013, the Obama administration seized $35,000 from Dehko’s bank account, without giving any warning or explanation, and without charging Dehko with any crime.
330) Ran “the most closed, control-freak administration I’ve ever covered”
For the past 20 years, David Sanger has been a New York Times reporter stationed in Washington, D.C. In October 2013, he said:
“This is the most closed, control-freak administration I’ve ever covered.”
331) Fined a runner $100 for running in Valley Forge
During the October 2013 government shutdown, the Obama administration fined a runner $100 for running in Valley Forge.
332) Ordered Claude Moore Colonial Farm to shut down, even though it was privately funded
During the October 2013 government shutdown, the Obama administration ordered Claude Moore Colonial Farm to shut down, even though it was privately funded.
333) Ordered a volunteer to stop cleaning up the National Mall
During the October 2013 government shutdown, the Obama administration ordered Chris Cox, a volunteer, to stop cleaning up the National Mall.
334) Told students to remove two amendments from the “outdated” Bill of Rights
As part of Obama’s “Common Core” education program, students in a sixth-grade history class in Bryant, Arkansas, were told to removed two amendments from the “outdated” Bill of Rights.
335) Ordered people to appear in federal court because they had entered the Grand Canyon
During the October 2013 government shutdown, the Obama administration ordered people to appear in federal court because they had entered the Grand Canyon.
336) Ordered volunteers to stop bringing therapy dogs to visit sick children in the hospital
During the October 2013 government shutdown, the Obama administration ordered volunteers to stop bringing therapy dogs to visit sick children in the hospital.
337) Had veterans arrested for visiting the Vietnam Memorial
During the October 2013 government shutdown, Obama had veterans arrested for visiting the Vietnam Memorial
338) A “lead navigator” for Obamacare falsely told applicants that they must provide their credit score
In October 2013, Anne Packham, a “lead navigator” for Obamacare, falsely told applicants that they had to provide their credit score.
339) Created Obamacare website which “looks like nobody tested it”
President Obama signed Obamacare in March 2010. He had three and a half years to create and test the Obamacare website.
However, in October 2013, CBS News quoted Luke Chung, an online database programmer who supports Obamacare, as saying the following about the Obamacare website:
“It wasn’t designed well, it wasn’t implemented well, and it looks like nobody tested it… It’s not even close. It’s not even ready for beta testing for my book. I would be ashamed and embarrassed if my organization delivered something like that.”
340) Obamacare’s first publicized “enrollee” turned out to be a Democratic activist who had not actually enrolled in Obamacare
After the Obamacare website went online, the media tried and tried to find someone who had actually enrolled, but could not find anyone, because the website was so badly designed.
After much searching, they finally reported that they had found someone – a 21-year-old guy from Georgia named Chad Henderson.
On October 3, 2013, the Washington Post reported:
Meet Chad Henderson, the Obamacare enrollee tons of reporters are calling
Ask and, apparently, you shall receive.
Just moments after writing a blog post Thursday morning, about the lack of information on Obamacare enrollees, Enroll America reached out with contact information for Chad Henderson, a 21-year-old in Georgia who had successfully enrolled in coverage on the federal marketplace.
It was a little difficult to reach Henderson, mostly because so many other reporters wanted to talk to him. “I’m supposed to talk to the Chattanooga Times Free Press in a half hour,” Henderson said. “And The Wall Street Journal is supposed to call.”
Luckily, Henderson managed to squeeze me in for a few minutes. He’s a student at Chattanooga State University who lives across the state border in Flintstone, Ga.
Politico reported:
Rare health exchange enrollee gets 15 minutes of Obamacare fame
Chad Henderson, a college student who is one of the few people to have signed up for health insurance on a federal exchange, is having his 15 minutes of Obamacare fame.
But wait.
It turns out that Henderson had not actually enrolled in Obamcare.
In addition, Henderson is actually a member of Organizing for Action, the organization that ran Obama’s election campaign.
341) Said it’s “unfair” to ask for Obamacare enrollment numbers just one week after Obamacare website went online
U.S. Congressional reperestentative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Democrat-Florida) is the chairperson for the Democratic National Committee. When a reporter asked her how many people had enrolled in Obamacare during its first week, she said it was “unfair” to ask that question so early.
When a new movie comes out, we know how many people bought tickets in the first week. When a new video game, or a new CD, or a new book comes out, we know how many people bought it in the first week.
But when a news reporter asks “the most transparent administration in history” how many people signed up for its new health care program during its first week, we are told that such a question is “unfair.”
342) Declined to idenifty the private contractors who screwed up the Obamacare website
When the New York Times asked the Obama administration to identify the private contractors who had screwed up the Obamacare website, the Obama administration refused to answer.
343) Refused to answer why businesses, but not individuals, were able to delay the Obamacare mandate for a year
When Jon Stewart asked Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius why businesses, but not individuals, were able to delay the Obamacare mandate for a year, Sebelius refused to answer.
344) Gave people Obamacare “rate shock”
Many news sources, including the Washington Post, the Christian Science Monitor, Investor’s Business Daily, the Daily Caller, CBS News, Forbes, CNN, the San Jose Mercury News, and the San Francisco Chronicle, have been reporting on something called Obamacare “rate shock.”
For example, Tom Waschura, a self employed engineer who lives in Portola Valley, California, said that he supports Obamacare, and that he voted for Obama in both elections.
However, on October 5, 2013, Waschura said:
“I was laughing at Boehner — until the mail came today.”
“I really don’t like the Republican tactics, but at least now I can understand why they are so pissed about this. When you take $10,000 out of my family’s pocket each year, that’s otherwise disposable income or retirement savings that will not be going into our local economy.”
This next quote is one of the funniest things that I’ve heard anyone say about Obamacare so far. It comes from Cindy Vinson, a retired teacher from San Jose, California, who said that she supports Obamacare, and that she voted for Obama in both elections. This is what she said in October 2013, after she found out that Obamacare would be causing her insurance premium to increase:
“Of course, I want people to have health care. I just didn’t realize I would be the one who was going to pay for it personally.”
CNN reported:
One North Carolina reader was upset to learn her current $267 a month plan was being canceled and the cheapest option on the exchange would cost her family $750 a month. They don’t qualify for a subsidy.
“Obamacare is a nightmare for my family,” she wrote.
345) Made sure that Obamacare “rate shock” did not happen until after the 2012 election
Obamacare was deliberately written so that Obamacare “rate shock” would not occur until after the 2012 election.
On October 9, 2013, Obama’s approval rating was only 37%. Obamacare “rate shock” was a significant factor in this low approval rating. If Obamacare “rate shock” had happened in October 2012 instead of in October 2013, it’s highly unlikley that Obama would have won the 2012 election.
346) Had the Obamacare website built by cronies instead of by qualified programmers
Obama had the Obamacare website built by cronies instead of by qualified programmers.
347) Used 55 different contractors to build the Obamacare website
Instead of choosing just one contractor or a few contractors who could properly build the Obamacare website, Obama decided to spread the work out over 55 different contractors, which made it much harder to get all the parts to run together properly.
348) Waited until after the 2012 election to issue major rules for the Obamacare website
Obama signed the Obamacare law in March 2010. The law requires the online exchanges to be up and running by October 2013. So Obama had three and a half years to get the website ready.
However, Obama waited until after the 2012 election to release some of the major rules for how the website was supposed to be designed. So instead of having three and a half years to get the website ready, Obama made sure the programmers had less than one year.
349) New York Times reporter was never able to log in to Obamamacare website during more than 40 attempts over 11 days
During more than 40 attempts to log in to the Obamacare website over a period of 11 days beginning on October 1, 2013, a New York Times reported was never able to log in.
350) Hired illegal immigrant as Obamacare “navigator”
Obama hired an illegal immigrant to work as an Obamacare “navigator.”
351) Hired someone with an outstanding arrest warrant as Obamacare “navigator”
Obama hired someone with an outstanding arrest warrant to work as an Obamacare “navigator.”
352) IRS collected taxes but did not send out refunds during government shutdown
During the October 2013 government shutdown, the IRS collected taxes but did not send out tax refunds.
353) Prevented Catholic volunteers from practicing their religion at military bases during government shutdown
During the October 2013 government shutdown, the Obama administration prevented Catholic volunteers from practicing their religion on military bases.
354) Spent more than $500 million to build unusable Obamacare website
Obama spent more than $500 million of taxpayers’ money to build the unusable Obamacare website.
355) Refused to fire Kathleen Sebelius, even after the failure of the Obamacare website
Even after the Obamacare website failed, Obama still refused to fire Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.
356) There is “no reasonable expectation of privacy” at Obamacare website
The source code for the Obamacare website states:
“You have no reasonable expectation of privacy regarding any communication or data transiting or stored on this information system. At any time, and for any lawful Government purpose, the government may monitor, intercept, and search and seize any communication or data transiting or stored on this information system. Any communication or data transiting or stored on this information system may be disclosed or used for any lawful Government purpose.”
357) Requires users to reveal private info before shopping at Obamacare website
Legitimate shopping websites such as amazon.com allow users to browse merchandise without having to enter their personal information. However, the Obamacare website requires users to enter their name, social security number, and other personal information before they are allowed to look at the insurance plans.
358) Michelle Obama refused to pick vegetables from her own garden without federal help
During the October 2013 government shutdown, Michelle Obama decided to avoid picking her own vegetables from her own garden, and instead, allowed them to rot.
Reuters reported:
In the famous White House kitchen garden, tomatoes are rotting on the vine. Herbs have gone to seed. And the sweet potatoes – a favorite of President Barack Obama – have become worm food.
It’s another impact of the government shutdown, one that only the fox and the many squirrels that live on the White House grounds could love.
359) The Obamacare website is “a hacker’s wet dream”
John McAfee, the computer programmer who founded McAfee, Inc., said the Obamacare website is “a hacker’s wet dream.”
360) Caused a leukemia patient to lose his insurance
Michael Cerpok lives in Fountain Hills, Arizona. He has leukemia.
In 2012, his health care cost more than $350,000. But because he had insurance, he only had to pay $4,500 of that amount.
However, in October 2013, his insurance company sent him a letter which said that because of Obamacare, his insurance policy would be canceled on January 1, 2014.
361) Added 11 million words of regulations to Obamacare, which is 30 times as many words as the law itself
The regulations that Obama addded to Obamacare after he signed it are 11 million words long. That’s 30 times as many words as the actual Obamacare law that Obama signed in March 2010. Because Obama added these 11 million words without approval from Congress, his actions are illegal.
362) Threatened to arrest people for telling jokes
In October 2013, the Obama administration announced the following on loudspeakers at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas:
“Inappropriate remarks or jokes concerning security may result in your arrest.”
363) Changed Obamacare registration deadline at the last minute
For three and a half years, the Obama administration repeatedly said that people had to register for Obamacare by March 31, 2014.
However, in October 2013, the Obama administration changed that deadline to February 14, 2014.
364) Ignored the successful methods of eHealthInsurance.com
The website eHealthInsurance.com has been successfully selling health insurance since 1998. The website is simple and easy to use.
However, when Obama created the Obamacare website, he chose to ignore the successful methods that are used by eHealthInsurance.com.
365) For two weeks, CNN reporter was never able to log in to Obamacare website
During the first two weeks of October 2013, a reporter from CNN repeatedly tried to log in to the Obamacare website, and was never able to log in.
366) Paid $500 per gallon for gasoline
In October 2013 it was reported that the Obama administration had paid $500 per gallon for gasoline.
367) Referred people to uncertified Obamacare “navigagtors” and “assisters”
In October 2013, the Obamacare website referred people to uncertified “navigagtors” and “assisters.”
368) While the Obamacare website was not working, 700 counterfeit Obamacare websites were working
It’s not Obama’s fault that criminals created 700 counterfeit Obamacare websites. However, it is interesting to note that while the Obamacare website was not working, those 700 counterfeit websites were working.
369) Asked Blue Cross Blue Shield not to release Obamacare exchange numbers
On October 22, 2013, three weeks after the failed Obamacare website went online, the Obama administration asked Blue Cross Blue Shield not to release information on the number of people who had signed up for their policies through the Obamacare website.
370) 100% of Senate Democrats up for reelection planned to support a delay in Obamacare’s individual mandate
On October 23, 2013, CNN’s Dana Bash tweeted:
“new: senior dem source tells me to expect every sen dem running in 2014 to back @JeanneShaheen proposal to delay #ACA enrollment deadline”
371) Sold aircraft carrier for scrap metal for one cent
In October 2013 it was reported that the Obama administration had sold the 1,067-foot long U.S. Navy aircraft carrier Forrestal for scrap metal for one cent, to a Texas company called All Star Metals.
372) Obamacare website gave wrong prices
In October 2013, CBS News reported:
A new online feature can dramatically underestimate the cost of insurance.
In some cases, people could end up paying double of what they see on the website.
Industry executives CBS News spoke with could not believe the government is providing these estimates, which they said were useless and could easily mislead consumers. They also said that the website repeatedly states the actual prices could be lower, but it makes no mention that they could be higher.
373) Obamacare website sent false information to insurance companies
In October 2013, it was reported that the Obamacare website was sending false information to insurance companies
374) Threatened to punish people for not buying health insurance from a website that wasn’t even working
The Obama administration threatened to impose tax penalties on people who did not buy health insurance from the Obamacare website, even though the website was not working.
375) In the first two weeks of the Obamacare website, “no more than 5,000″ enrollees had successfully completed the enrollment process
Two weeks after the Obamacare website went online, it was reported that “no more than 5,000″ enrollees had successfully completed the enrollment process.
376) Falsely said “No one is more frustrated than I am” regarding the Obamacare website
On October 21, 2013, regarding the failure of the Obamacare website, Obama said:
“No one is more frustrated than I am.”
Obama has absolutely no right to be “frustrated” about any of the Obamacare webstie’s problems, because he is the person who chose to cause those problems in the first place.
It was Obama who signed a 2,600 page law that he hadn’t read.
It was Obama who added an additional 20,000 pages of regulations that he hadn’t read to Obamacare without Congressional approval.
It was Obama who chose to hire cronies instead of competent programmers to create the Obamacare website.
It was Obama who waited until after the 2012 election to issue some of the main rules for the Obamacare website, which gave the programmers less than one year to comply with those rules, instead of the three and half years they would have had if Obama hadn’t waited.
It was Obama who falsely said that the price of annual family insurance premiums would fall by $2,500.
It was Obama who falsely told people that they could keep their insurance if they were happy with it.
It was Obama who gave employers a huge financial incentive to switch their full time employees to a part time, 29 hour week.
It was Obama who refused to fire Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius after the Obamacare website failed.
Every thing that’s bad about the Obamacare website is the direct result of choices that Obama made.
Obama has no right to be “frustrated” at the website’s failure.
You want to know the people who really do have the right to be “frustrated” at Obamacare’s problems? It’s the people who have opposed Obamacare from the start. It’s the people who predicted that these problems would happen. It’s the people who called the bluff from the very start on Obama’s many lies about Obamacare. These are the people who have the right to be “frustrated” at Obamacare’s problems.
And yet somehow, not only does Obama falsely say that he is “frustrated,” but he also falsely says that he is more frustrated than anyone else.
The people who are truly “frustrated” are the millions of people who were against Obamacare but are now being forced to participate in it.
Obama owns this – he created it. He has no right to be “frustrated” about it.
377) Obamacare website was built using 10-year-old technology
The Obamacare website was built using 10-year-old technology.
378) Required note from doctor for a mother to feed her own child
A federal preschool program sent a note home to the parents of the students. The note said:
Dear Parents,
I have received word from Federal Programs Preschool pertaining to lunches from home. Parents are to be informed that students can only bring lunches from home if there is a medical condition meriting a specific diet, along with a physicians note to that regard.
I am sorry for any inconvenience. If you have any questions concerning this matter, please contact [name redacted], the Health Coordinator for Federal Programs Preschool at [number redacted].
379) Obamacare website violates copyright laws
The Obamacare website violates copyright laws.
380) Repeatedly promised that the Obamacare website would be ready on October 1, 2013
This video shows Kathleen Sebelius, Obama’s Secretary of Health and Human Services, repeatedly promising that the Obamacare website would be ready on October 1, 2013.
381) Called the Obamacare website “the easiest, most consumer friendly website to use”
Beginnging at 0:44 in this video, Kathleen Sebelius, Obama’s Secretary of Health and Human Services, calls the Obamacare website “the easiest, most consumer friendly website to use.”
382) Obamacare website had between 10 and 20 times as many lines of code as it should have had
The Obamacare website has 500 million lines of code.
Dave Kennedy, the CEO of information-security company Trusted Sec, said that a website for a project on the scale of Obamacare should actually have between 25 million and 50 million lines of code.
383) Jared Polis opposes delaying Obamacare’s individual mandate for the entire country, but favors such a delay for his own district
U.S. Congressional representative Jared Polis (Democrat-Colorado) voted against delaying Obamacare’s individual mandate for the entire country, but later requested such a delay for his own district.
When Polis requested a special delay for his own district, he said:
“We will be encouraging a waiver. It will be difficult for Summit County residents to become insured. For the vast majority, it’s too high a price to pay.”
384) Gave a no-bid contract to CGI Federal to build the Obamacare website
Obama gave a no-bid contract to CGI Federal to build the Obamacare website.
385) Broke promise to have Spanish version of Obamacare website up and running on October 1, 2013
Obama broke his promise to have a Spanish version of the Obamacare website up and running by October 1, 2013.
386) Broke promise that Spanish version of Obamacare website would be up and running by “mid October” 2013
After Obama broke his promise to have the Spanish version of the Obamacare website up running by October 1, 2013, his administration made a new promise to have it up and running by “mid-October.” However, Obama broke that promise too – as of October 25, 2013, the Spanish version of the website was still not up and running.
387) Fired an Obamcare phone operator for truthfully answering a caller’s question
In October 2013, a caller to the Obama phone line asked:
“Have you ever gotten anyone who really likes it yet?”
The phone operator, a woman named Earline Davis, answered:
“Um, not really.”
Davis was fired for her answer.
388) Gave contract for Obamacare website to Michelle Obama’s college classmate
Instead of having the Obamacare website built by someone who was qualified, Obama had it built by CGI Federal, a company that was run by Toni Townes-Whitley, who attended Princeton University with Michelle Obama.
389) Spent $634 million for Obamacare website as of October 1, 2013, even though it was only supposed to cost $94 million
The Obamacare website was originally supposed to cost $94 million. However, when it went online on October 1, 2013, it had already cost $634 million.
390) New York Times writer gave Obama a grade of ‘F’ for rollout of Obamacare website
On October 25, 2013, New York Times writer Uwe E. Reinhardt wrote:
“… who exactly should be assigned the F for the troubled rollout of HealthCare.gov?”
“Once elected, a president becomes chief executive of a giant federal enterprise. Anyone familiar with corporate management would have thought that for as ambitious and technically a complex project as the initial rollout of HealthCare.gov – so important to many uninsured Americans and so politically important to the White House – the chief executive would have remained in very close touch with the management team overseeing the project and thus would have been briefed daily or at least weekly on the progress of the project and especially on any problems with it.”
“… the blame for the disastrous rollout of HealthCare.gov goes to its entire management team, to be sure, but primarily to the chief executive on top of that project. In my view, not only the proverbial buck stops on the chief executive’s desk, but, for the management of this particular project, the grade of F goes there as well.”
391) Said “Don’t believe what you’ve heard” regarding criticism of Obamacare
On October 25, 2013, regarding the various criticisms of Obamacare, Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius said:
“Don’t believe what you’ve heard.”
In other words, the Obama administration says we shouldn’t believe the Washington Post, the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Associated Press, Reuters, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, NPR, Politico, the Wall St. Journal, the Christian Science Monitor, Investor’s Business Daily, Forbes, the BBC, Huffington Post, the Nation, Mother Jones, or New Republic.
392) Closed a public beach and prevented a private charity from raising money for art in the schools
For the past 30 years, a privately run charity in San Francisco called Leap has had a charity event where they build sand castles to raise money to support art in the schools. In 2012, this contest raised more than $250,000 for art in the schools.
However, during the October 2013 government shutdown, Obama closed the public beach where the charity event was to take place, and prevented it from happening.
393) Monitored phone calls of 35 world leaders
In October 2013, it was reported that the Obama administration had monitored the phone calls of 35 world leaders.
394) Refused to answer question about whether or not Obama administration had monitored Angela Merkel’s phone
In October 2013, the New York Times wrote:
… yesterday, Der Spiegel reported that German Chancellor Angela Merkel asked Mr. Obama “for a thorough explanation of serious indications that U.S. intelligence agencies had declared her private mobile phone to be a target in their operations.”
The White House press secretary, Jay Carney said, “The president assured [Merkel] that the United States is not monitoring and will not monitor the communications” of the chancellor.” Please note: IS not monitoring and WILL NOT monitor. The allegation, unaddressed, was that the United States HAD been monitoring her calls (until it was caught in the act).
395) Hacked the email of Mexican presidential candidate
In October 2013, it was reported that the Obama administration had hacked the email account of Mexican presidential candidate Enrique Peña Nieto, who later won the election.
396) Illegally seized documents from reporter Audrey Hudson
Audrey Hudson is a reporter who lives in Shady Side, Maryland. In 1986, her husband, Paul Flanagan, was convicted of resisting arrest. Because of this, he is legally prohibited from possessing a firearm.
In August 2013, federal agents entered their home, with a warrant that specifically said they were allowed to search for firearms. However, the federal agents illegally seized documents that belonged to Hudson, which were not listed on the warrant.
397) Required law abiding citizens to purchase insurance coverage for treatment for heroin addiction
Obamacare requires law abiding citizens to purchase coverage for treatment for heroin addiction.
398) Required men to purchase insurance coverage for maternity care
Obamacare requires men to purchase coverage for maternity care.
399) Obamacare website could not even handle “just a few hundred people” at the same time
The Washington Post reported that during testing, the Obamacare website could not even handle “just a few hundred people” at the same time.
400) Falsely blamed the Obamacare webstie’s problems on too much traffic
The Obama administration blamed the problems of the Obamacare website on too much traffic.
However, the Washington Post reported that during testing, the Obamacare website could not even handle “just a few hundred people” at the same time.
In addition, CBS News quoted Luke Chung, an online database programmer who supports Obamacare, as saying the following about the Obamacare website:
“It wasn’t designed well, it wasn’t implemented well, and it looks like nobody tested it… It’s not even close. It’s not even ready for beta testing for my book. I would be ashamed and embarrassed if my organization delivered something like that.”
401) “Health insurance cancellation notices soar above Obamacare enrollment rates”
On October 24, 2013, the Daily Caller reported:
Health insurance cancellation notices soar above Obamacare enrollment rates
Hundreds of thousands of Americans who purchase their own health insurance have received cancellation notices since August because the plans do not meet Obamacare’s requirements.
The number of cancellation notices greatly exceed the number of Obamacare enrollees.
402) Was still falsely claiming that people could keep their insurance on October 28, 2013
Even as late as October 28, 2013, the Obama administration was still falsely claiming that people could keep their insurance if they liked it.
403) Kathleen Sebelius falsely said that Obama did not know about the Obamacare website’s problems before October 1, 2013
On October 22, 2013, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that Obama did not know about the Obamacare website’s problem’s before October 1, 2013.
However, on October 30, 2013, CNN reported that Obama had known about the defective Obamacare website a month before it went online.
404) Before Kathleen Sebelius ran Obamacare website, she had long track record of failure at running websites in Kansas
In October 2013, the Daily Caller reported that before Obama hired Kathleen Sebelius to run the Obamacare website, she had had a long track record of failure at running websites when she was governor of Kansas.
Kansas state representative Scott Schwab said of this:
“We pretty much expected HealthCare.gov to fail, because she has a pattern of failing on these big initiatives.”
405) Federal employees who tested Obamacare website gave it their approval
Federal employees who had tested the Obamacare website before October 1, 2013, gave it their approval.
406) Said he was “mad” over botched Obamacare website, but refused to fire anyone
Obama said he was “mad” over the botched Obamacare website, but refused to actually fire anyone over it.
407) Kathleen Sebelius said “I don’t work for” the people whose taxes pay her salary
On October 24, 2013, Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius said:
“The majority of people calling for me to resign I would say are people who I don’t work for.”
408) Obamacare website had only six enrollments in the first 24 hours
During the first 24 hours after the Obamacare website went online, only six people used the website to enroll in Obamacare.
409) Obama falsely blamed insurance companies for canceling policies that did not meet Obamacare’s minimum requirements
Obamacare requires all insurance policies to cover pre-existing conditions, maternity care, treatment for heroin addiction, and certain other things.
Therefore, based on simple logic, any policies that do not cover these things are rendered illegal by Obamacare, and must be canceled.
The Washington Post said of this:
“Beginning Jan. 1, the new plans must cover 10 essential benefits including pediatric care, prescription drugs, mental-health services and maternity care. In general, policies that don’t offer those can’t be sold after 2013.”
However, after insurance companies canceled these policies, Obama blamed the cancellations on the insurance companies instead of on Obamacare.
410) Obama administration told insurance company executives not to criticize Obamacare
On October 30, 2013, CNN reported that the Obama administration had told insurance company executives not to criticize Obamacare.
411) In July 2010, Obama knew that Obamacare would cause millions of people to lose their insurance, but he continued to falsely say they could keep it
On October 28, 2013, NBC reported that in July 2010, Obama had known that Obamacare would cause millions of people to lose their insurance, but that he continued to falsely say that they could keep it.
412) Obamacare covers “a narrow network of doctors and hospitals”
On October 29, 2013, CNN reported that Obamacare covers “a narrow network of doctors and hospitals.”
413) Obama knew about the defective Obamacare website a month before it went online, but he let it go online anyway
On October 30, 2013, CNN reported that Obama had known about the defective Obamacare website a month before it went online.
414) Valerie Jarrett falsely said “Nothing in Obamacare forces people out of their health plans”
On October 28, 2013, Valerie Jarrett, Obama’s senior advisor, tweeted:
“Nothing in Obamacare forces people out of their health plans.”
However, the very next day, CBS News reported:
CBS News has learned more than two million Americans have been told they cannot renew their current insurance policies — more than triple the number of people said to be buying insurance under the new Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.
415) Kathleen Sebelius said the Obamacare website “has never crashed” at the exact same time that it was crashing
On October 30, 2013, while giving federal testimony on the Obamacare website, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that the Obamacare website
“has never crashed.”
However, at the exact same time that Sebelius was making her statement, the Obamacare website said:
“The system is down at the moment.”
“We are experiencing technical difficulties and hope to have them resolved soon. Please try again later.”
416) “Top Hospitals Opt Out of Obamacare”
On October 30, 2013, U.S. News and World Report reported that “Top Hospitals Opt Out of Obamacare”
417) Obama falsely said that using the Obamacare website would be like shopping at amazon.com
Before the Obamacare website went online, Obama falsely said that using it would be like shopping at amazon.com.
418) Obama said Obamacare could cause premiums to “fall by as much as 3,000%”
At 1:17 in this video, Obama says:
“your employer, it’s estimated, would see premiums fall by as much as 3,000%”
419) Threatened to prosecute someone for selling “Department of Homeland Stupidity” coffee mugs
Merchant Dan McCall sells items that parody the U.S. government, such as coffee mugs that say “Department of Homeland Stupidity.” Although such parody speech is protected by the first amendment, the Obama administration sent him a “cease and desist” letter, and threatened to prosecute him if he did not stop selling the products.
420) Monitored phone calls and emails regarding future Pope Francis
In October 2013, it was reported that during late 2012 and early 2013, the Obama administration had monitored phone calls and emails which concerned future Pope Francis before and during the Vatican conclave at which he was chosen to be the next Pope.
421) Used drones to kill dozens of civilians in Yemen and Pakistan
In October 2013, the Washington Post reported that Obama, the Commander-in-Cheif of the U.S. military, had used drones to kill at least 57 civilians in Yemen, and at least 31 civilians in Pakistan. In December 2013, the Guardian reported that an additional 15 civilians in Yemen had been killed by a U.S. drone.
422) High ranking Obama administration official said the U.S. is an “Islamic country with an Islamically compliant constitution”
Mohamed Elibiary is a member of the Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council. In October 2013, a Twitter user asked him:
“show me just ONE example of an Islamic country where non Muslims are treated with equality.”
Elibiary responded by Tweeting:
“America and yes I do consider the United States of America an Islamic country with an Islamically compliant constitution. Move On!”
423) Obama “puts a chill on what is really a healthy discourse between journalists and their sources”
In October 2013, New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson said:
“… the Obama administration has initiated seven criminal leak investigations… these seven leak investigations are more than double, all of the criminal leak investigations in all administrations before the Obama administration. And it puts a chill on what is really a healthy discourse between journalists and their sources. And it’s our sources who mainly risk going to prison.”
424) Obamacare website sent some people the eligibility letters of other people
In November 2013, it was reported that the Obamacare website had sent some people the eligibility letters of other people – people who were total strangers, who lived in other states.
425) Falsely said that his promise of letting people keep their insurance had included the words “if it hasn’t changed since the law passed”
On June 15, 2009, Obama said:
“That means that no matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.”
However, on November 4, 2013, Obama said:
“Now, if you have or had one of these plans before the Affordable Care Act came into law and you really liked that plan, what we said was you can keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law passed.”
426) Three people built a healthcare exchange website that works
On November 2, 2013, it was reported that three people in San Francisco – George Kalogeropoulos, Ning Liang, and Michael Wasser – had read about the defective Obamacare website – which had cost $634 million – and decided to try and build their own health care exchange website that actually worked. And they succeeded. Their website actually works. It’s located at http://www.thehealthsherpa.com/
427) White House gave itself waiver which allowed the Obamacare website to go online, despite the fact that it was deemed to be a high security risk
Four days before the defective Obamacare website went online, the White House gave itself a waiver which allowed the website to go online, despite the fact that it was deemed to be a high security risk.
428) Denied saying that people could keep their insurance even though it was on video from more than 20 different occasions
Obama denied saying that people could keep their insurance even though it was on video from more than 20 different occasions. The video of him saying it more than 20 different times can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCUpJDzyRnY
429) Broke his promise to “call out” people who lie about Obamacare
In September 2009, Obama said:
“If you misrepresent what’s in this plan, we will call you out.”
However, as of November 2013, Obama has not “called himself out” for lying about what was in Obamacare. He has not “called himself out” for falsely saying that people could keep their insurance. He has not “called himself out” for falsely saying that families’ premiums would fall by $2,500 by the end of his first term. He has not “called himself out” on any of his many Obamacare lies that are on this list.
430) Gave CGI Federal new contracts after the launch of its defective Obamacare website
CGI Federal is the company that created the defective Obamacare website, which went online October 1, 2013. After that date, the Obama administration gave new contracts to the company.
431) Obama apologized – not for lying – but for the fact that people believed his lie
On November 7, 2013, NBC News reported:
President Obama said Thursday that he is “sorry” that some Americans are losing their current health insurance plans as a result of the Affordable Care Act, despite his promise that no one would have to give up a health plan they liked.
“I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me,” he told NBC News in an exclusive interview at the White House.
“We’ve got to work hard to make sure that they know we hear them and we are going to do everything we can to deal with folks who find themselves in a tough position as a consequence of this.”
432) On November 8, 2013, the White House website still said, “If you like your plan you can keep it”
On November 8, 2013, the White House website still said, “If you like your plan you can keep it”
433) Obama used fraudulent accounting to overstate the number of people who had “enrolled” in Obamacare
In November 2013, the Washington Post reported:
Who counts as an Obamacare enrollee? The Obama administration settles on a definition.
The fight over how to define the new health law’s success is coming down to one question: Who counts as an Obamacare enrollee?
Health insurance plans only count subscribers as enrolled in a health plan once they’ve submitted a payment. That is when the carrier sends out a member card and begins paying doctor bills.
When the Obama administration releases health law enrollment figures later this week, though, it will use a more expansive definition. It will count people who have purchased a plan as well as those who have a plan sitting in their online shopping cart but have not yet paid.
434) In June 2010, the Obama administration estimated that 93 million people would lose their insurance because of Obamacare
In June 2010, the Obama administration estimated that 93 million people would lose their insurance because of Obamacare.
435) Obamacare caused cancer patient Edie Littlefield Sundby to lose her insurance and her doctor
In a November 2013 opinion column in the Wall St. Journal, Edie Littlefield Sundby wrote:
I had great cancer doctors and health insurance. My plan was cancelled. Now I worry how long I’ll live.
For almost seven years I have fought and survived stage-4 gallbladder cancer, with a five-year survival rate of less than 2% after diagnosis. I am a determined fighter and extremely lucky. But this luck may have just run out: My affordable, lifesaving medical insurance policy has been canceled effective Dec. 31.
My choice is to get coverage through the government health exchange and lose access to my cancer doctors, or pay much more for insurance outside the exchange (the quotes average 40% to 50% more) for the privilege of starting over with an unfamiliar insurance company and impaired benefits.
After four weeks of researching plans on the website, talking directly to government exchange counselors, insurance companies and medical providers, my insurance broker and I are as confused as ever. Time is running out and we still don’t have a clue how to best proceed.
Two things have been essential in my fight to survive stage-4 cancer. The first are doctors and health teams in California and Texas: at the medical center of the University of California, San Diego, and its Moores Cancer Center; Stanford University’s Cancer Institute; and the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
The second element essential to my fight is a United Healthcare PPO (preferred provider organization) health-insurance policy.
Since March 2007 United Healthcare has paid $1.2 million to help keep me alive, and it has never once questioned any treatment or procedure recommended by my medical team. The company pays a fair price to the doctors and hospitals, on time, and is responsive to the emergency treatment requirements of late-stage cancer. Its caring people in the claims office have been readily available to talk to me and my providers.
But in January, United Healthcare sent me a letter announcing that they were pulling out of the individual California market.
So if I go with a health-exchange plan, I must choose between Stanford and UCSD. Stanford has kept me alive – but UCSD has provided emergency and local treatment support during wretched periods of this disease, and it is where my primary-care doctors are.
Before the Affordable Care Act, health-insurance policies could not be sold across state lines; now policies sold on the Affordable Care Act exchanges may not be offered across county lines.
For a cancer patient, medical coverage is a matter of life and death. Take away people’s ability to control their medical-coverage choices and they may die. I guess that’s a highly effective way to control medical costs. Perhaps that’s the point.
436) Five minute CNN video of Obamacare supporter complaining and complaining and complaining about her insurance being canceled
Here’s a five minute CNN video of an Obamacare supporter complaining and complaining and complaining about her insurance being canceled: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otmjtqU7tQU
437) In December 2013, Obama gave unions even more illegal exemptions from Obamacare
In December 2013, it was reported that Obama had illegally exempted some unions from some of the Obamacare fees, without approval from Congress.
438) Obamacare website gave someone’s password, address, and social security number to three complete strangers
In November 2013, MKOV reported that the Obamacare website had given the password, address, and social security number of a woman in St. Louis, Missouri, to three complete strangers.
439) Obamacare “navigators” encouraged applicants to lie about their income and smoking
In November 2013, undercover video footage showed Obamacare navigators encouraging applicants to lie about their income and smoking status. A second video with more examples was also released.
440) “4 Things The US Government Accomplished In Less Time Than A Working Obamacare Website”
In November 2013, camharris.us reported:
4 Things The US Government Accomplished In Less Time Than A Working Obamacare Website
From the day that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act went into effect to the morning that the federal healthcare exchange went live, 1288 days passed. 3 years, 6 months, and 8 days. In all that time, our federal government could not construct a website that actually worked, and we are still waiting for a final product.
Here are 4 things the United States government accomplished in less time than it has taken to build a working website:
1. We Fought World War I
April 6, 1917-November 11, 1918
1 years, 7 months, 6 days
2. We Fought A Bigger War
December 7, 1941-May 8, 1945
3 years, 5 months, 2 days
3. We Built The Bomb
June 17, 1942-July 16,1945
3 years, 1 month
4. We Orbited A Man Around The Earth
October 7, 1958-February 20, 1962
3 years, 4 months, 13 days
441) Falsely claimed credit for the increase in domestic oil production
During Obama’s Presidency, domestic oil production increased, and the Obama administration claimed credit for it. However, this increase only happened on privately owned land and state owned land, which Obama had no control over. On land that is owned by the federal government, oil production actually went down.
442) Falsely said “I actually respect the Constitution.”
In 2007, Obama said:
“I actually respect the Constitution.”
However, this list contains a huge number of examples which prove that Obama’s statement is false.
443) Senator Obama repeatedly voted in favor of funding the Iraq War
In March 2007, the Boston Globe reported:
Obama defends votes in favor of Iraq funding
Senator Barack Obama yesterday defended his votes on behalf of funding the Iraq war
Obama has voted for all of the president’s war funding requests since coming to the Senate
444) Banned Navy SEALs from wearing the “Don’t Tread on Me” Navy Jack patch on their uniforms
For more than 200 years, the “Don’t Tread on Me” Navy Jack flag has been a well respected symbol of the U.S. Navy.
However, in October 2013, the Obama administration banned Navy SEALs from wearing a patch of it on their uniforms.
445) Gave 655 “tax refunds” to a single address in Lithuania, and 343 to a single address in Shanghai
In 2012, the Obama administration gave 655 “tax refunds” to a single address in Lithuania, and 343 to a single address in Shanghai.
446) Banned the linking of terrorism to radical Islam during training of anti-terrorism agents
Although the Fort Hood shooter, the shoe bomber, and underwear bomber, and 100% of the 9-11 terrorists were all radical Muslims, the Obama administration enacted a ban on associating terrorism with radical Islam during training exercises of anti-terrrorism agents.
447) During Obamacare’s first month, only 106,185 people enrolled
On November 12, 2013, it was reported that during October 2013, only 106,185 people had enrolled in Obamacare. And even this pathetically low number is fraudulently overstated, because it includes people who had left insurance policies in their shopping cart without paying for them. No legitimate online retailer counts unpaid items left in the shopping cart as a sale.
448) Less than 1% of Massachusetts citizens who lost their insurance because of Obamacare have signed up for a new policy at the Obamacare website
On November 9, 2013, the Boston Herald reported:
Just weeks before a Jan. 1 enrollment deadline, state officials admitted yesterday that just 1 percent of the 150,000 Bay Staters facing canceled heath insurance under Obamacare rules have signed up for new plans.
Massachusetts Health Connector officials told the Herald that only 549 applicants — out of the 150,000 Bay Staters forced to switch their health plans to comply with Obamacare rules — are poised to receive insurance through the new system.
449) “The Obamacare Exchange Scorecard: Around 100,000 Enrollees And Five Million Cancellations”
On November 12, 2013, Forbes reported:
The Obamacare Exchange Scorecard: Around 100,000 Enrollees And Five Million Cancellations
HHS has released the official numbers here. The HHS report states that only 26,794 people enrolled in the federal exchange—which amounts to 23 per state per day—and 79,391 enrolled in the state-based exchanges, for a total of 106,185.
In the market for individually-purchased health insurance, more than 4.8 million Americans have received notices that their preexisting plans are soon to be illegal, and will be cancelled. Many more cancellation notices are imminent.
450) Obama told insurance companies to break the law
On November 14, 2013, after insurance companies had canceled policies that did not meet the minimum requirements of Obamacare, Obama told them to restore these policies. However, he did this without Congress voting to approve these changes to Obamacare. The President does not have the legal authority to change a law that was passed by Congress, without those changes first being approved by Congress.
451) Obama falsely said “In the first month alone, we’ve seen more than 100 million Americans already successfully enroll in the new insurance plans”
On November 18, 2013, Obama said:
“In the first month alone, we’ve seen more than 100 million Americans already successfully enroll in the new insurance plans.”
In reality, the actual number was 106,185.
452) Jessica Sanford, whom Obama had cited as an Obamacare success story, later said she could not afford to buy an Obamacare policy
Jessica Sanford is a a self-employed single mother from Washington state, who earns slightly less than $50,000 a year, and has not had health insurance for 15 years.
On October 21, 2013, Obama cited Sanford as an Obamacare success story, because she would be able to purchase an Obamacare policy for herself and her son for only $169 per month.
However, a month later, it was reported that the Obamacare website had quoted the wrong price for Sanford. Her true, actual price was $621. She said that she could not afford this, and that she would just pay the penalty instead.
453) Video shows students at historically black college complaining that Obamacare caused them to lose their insurance
Bowie University is a historically black college in Maryland. This video shows students from the college complaining about how Obamacare caused them to lose their insurance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPuFt6g_0a8
454) “Obama brings chilling effect on journalism”
In October 2013, Associated Press reported:
Obama brings chilling effect on journalism
A report finds the U.S. government’s aggressive prosecution of leaks and efforts to control information are having a chilling effect on journalists and government whistle-blowers.
The Committee to Protect Journalists released its first examination of U.S. press freedoms Thursday, focusing on changes under the Obama administration.
Leonard Downie Jr., a former executive editor of The Washington Post, wrote the 30-page analysis entitled “The Obama Administration and the Press.” Downie interviewed reporters and editors who described a chilling effect in which “government officials are increasingly afraid to talk to the press.”
Those suspected of discussing classified information are subject to investigation, lie-detector tests and scrutiny of telephone and email records.
455) Sued a trucking company that fired Muslim truck drivers for refusing to drive trucks carrying alcoholic beverages
In May 2013, the Obama administration sued Star Transport, Inc., a trucking company based in Morton, Illinois, because it fired Muslim truck drivers who had refused to drive trucks that were carrying alcoholic beverages.
456) Gave personal information of thousands of bookstore customers to dozens of federal agencies
In November 2013, it was reported that the Obama administration had given the names, social security numbers, and other personal information of thousands of bookstore customers to dozens of fedeal agencies, including the IRS, CIA, NSA, and FDA.
457) Created fake unemployment statistics before the 2012 election
Soon before the 2012 election, the Obama administration created fake statistics to make the unemployment rate appear lower than it actually was.
458) “White House blocks access to Obama events, news groups say”
In November 2013, McClatchy reported:
White House blocks access to Obama events, news groups say
The nation’s largest news organizations lodged a complaint Thursday against the White House for imposing unprecedented limitations on photojournalists covering President Barack Obama, which they say have harmed the public’s ability to monitor its own government.
The organizations accuse the White House of banning photojournalists from covering Obama at some events, and then later releasing its own photos and videos of the same events.
“Journalists are routinely being denied the right to photograph or videotape the president while he is performing his official duties,” according to a letter the organizations sent to the White House. “As surely as if they were placing a hand over a journalist’s camera lens, officials in this administration are blocking the public from having an independent view of important functions of the executive branch of government.”
“You are only seeing what they want you to see,” said Lucy Dalglish, the dean of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland.
the news organizations stressed that they’re referring only to presidential activities of a “fundamentally public nature,” not private or restricted events, including ones that may affect national security.
Examples cited in the letter are Obama’s meetings with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus on July 10, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on July 29 and Pakistani human rights activist Malala Yousafzai on Oct. 11.
In each case, journalists weren’t allowed – and sometimes were unaware – of the event. The White House later released written summaries of the events, along with photos taken by a government photographer.
On Thursday, the presidents of the American Society of News Editors and the Associated Press Media Editors sent a letter to their members urging them to stop using handout photos and video from the White House.
“We must accept that we, the press, have been enablers,” the letter says. “We urge those of you in news organizations to immediately refrain from publishing any of the photographs or videos released by the White House, just as you would refuse to run verbatim a press release from them.”
Harry Walker, the director of the McClatchy-Tribune Photo Service, said opening access to events was “the foundation for journalism, not just photojournalism.”
The letter was signed by 38 news organizations, including all the major broadcast and cable networks, wire services, online services and newspapers, including The New York Times, The Washington Post and the McClatchy Co., which owns 30 daily newspapers across the nation.
459) Three days after the Egyptian government murdered dozens of Egyptian civilians, the Obama administration announced it would give military aid to the Egyptian government, which, soon afterward, murdered hundreds of additional Egyptian civilians
On April 12, 2013, it was reported that the Obama administration had just given four F-16 fighter jets to Egypt, and that it had also given them eight others on earlier dates.
On July 8, 2013, it was reported that the Egyptian government had murdered at least 51 Egyptian civilians who had been protesting against the Egyptian government.
Three days later, it was reported that the Obama administration would be giving four additional F-16 fighter jets to the Egyptian government.
On July 27, 2013, it was reported that the Egyptian government had murdered at least 72 additional Egyptian civilians who had been protesting against the Egyptian government.
On August 15, 2013, it was reported that the Egyptian government had murdered more than 600 additional Egyptian civilians who had been protesting against the Egyptian government.
460) Spent $1.5 million to help women in Brazil quit smoking
In August 2013, it was reported that the Obama administration would be spending $1.5 million to help women in Brazil quit smoking.
461) “NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times per year, audit finds”
In August 2013, the Washington Post reported:
NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times per year, audit finds
The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, according to an internal audit and other top-secret documents.
Most of the infractions involve unauthorized surveillance of Americans or foreign intelligence targets in the United States, both of which are restricted by statute and executive order.
The NSA audit obtained by The Post, dated May 2012, counted 2,776 incidents in the preceding 12 months of unauthorized collection, storage, access to or distribution of legally protected communications.
462) Announced plans to illegally regulate greenhouse gas emissions without approval from Congress
In August 2013, the Obama administration announced that it planned to regulate greenhouse gas emissions without approval from Congress. Without approval from Congress, Obama’s actions would be illegal.
463) Refused to answer question about whether or not people who don’t buy insurance should be put in jail
The Obama administration argued in front of the Supreme Court that the Obamacare mandate was a tax. Obama hired 16,500 new IRS agents to run Obamacare. In this video, ABC News asked Obama whether or not he thinks that people who don’t buy insurance should be put in jail. Obama refused to answer the question. Even after the interviewer asked Obama the question a second time, Obama still refused to answer it.
464) An estimated 70% of California doctors will not participate in Obamacare
In December 2013, the California Medical Association estimated that 70% of California doctors would not be participating in Obamacare.
465) California’s Obamacare website gave out the contact information of tens of thousands of people without their permission
In December 2013, it was reported that California’s Obamacare website had given private insurance agents the names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of tens of thousands of people without their permission.
466) Made it easy for a future Republican President to give every U.S. citizen a permanent Obamacare waiver, without approval from Congress
The President does not have any legal authority to change the law without those changes first being approved by Congress. However, this list contains many examples of Obama making changes to Obamacare without approval from Congress. Some of these changes involve Obama giving Obamacare waivers to unions who supported the passage of Obamacare. Other changes include Obama delaying certain parts of Obamacare. Obama made these changes illegally, because they were not approved by Congress. With a small number of exceptions, Democrats have not criticized Obama for doing this.
Therefore, in the future, if a Republican President were to give permanent Obamacare waivers to every U.S. citizens without approval from Congress, the vast majority of Democrats would be hypocrites if they objected to it.
467) Obamacare encourages patients to rig the system to rip off doctors, repeatedly, year after year after year
In November 2013, Forbes reported:
Obamacare has… a 90-day grace period. This means people can buy an Obamacare policy, have costly procedures done and then cancel the policy within 90 days. If the cancellation comes during the first 30 days, the insurer is responsible for trying to collect payment, but after that, doctors are on their own. They would have to spend time and money chasing patients for payments. California Healthline reported that deadbeats “would not receive a fine, a premium rate increase or a repayment order. They also would not be barred from purchasing another subsidized plan during the next enrollment period.” No other type of health insurance has a 90-day grace period like this.
468) Tech experts said that a properly working Obamacare website should not have cost more than $10 million, whereas the defective version built by Michelle Obama’s incompetent Princeton classmate had actually cost $634 million
Instead of hiring competent programmers to create the Obamacare website, Obama hired CGI Federal, a company that was run by Toni Townes-Whitley, who attended Princeton University with Michelle Obama. When the defective Obamacare website went online on October 1, 2013, it had already cost $634 million.
However, David Kennedy, president of the technology firm TrustedSec, said that even if the Obamacare website had worked properly, it should not have cost more than $10 million. Luke Chung, president and founder of the technology firm FMS, said he agreed with Mr. Kennedy.
469) Harry Reid, Barbara Boxer, and several other Democratic Senators who voted for Obamacare, have exempted their own staff from Obamacare
In December 2013, Yahoo News reported:
Harry Reid exempts some of his Senate staff from Obamacare exchanges
One of the biggest public supporters of the Affordable Care Act has reportedly decided that some of his staff should be exempted from the new law.
CNN reports that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is the only top congressional leader to exempt some of his staff from having to buy insurance through the Affordable Care Act exchanges.
Yahoo News has reached out to the offices of all 100 U.S. senators to see if any other members have exempted committee staff from the federal exchange. So far, the offices of 42 senators have responded to our inquiry, with 37 saying that the senator and their entire staff will switch over to the exchanges in January.
The offices of Ron Wyden, Tim Johnson, Barbara Boxer, Patty Murray and Thomas Carper, all Democrats, said they were exempting some of their staff. Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, has not responded.
470) In a contest for videos to promote Obamacare, the Obama administration gave first prize to a video called “Forget About the Price Tag”
The Obama administration held a contest where it asked people to make videos to support Obamacare. The Obama administration awarded first prize to a video called “Forget About the Price Tag.” The video can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpRNAkG-Nx0
471) Broke his promise to have the Obamacare website fixed by November 30, 2013
On October 25, 2013, White House spokesman Jeffrey Zients said:
“By the end of November, the vast majority of consumers will be able to successfully and smoothly enroll through Healthcare.gov”
However, on December 1, 2013, the New York Times reported:
Insurers Claim Health Website Is Still Flawed
The problem is that the systems that are supposed to deliver consumer information to insurers still have not been fixed. And with coverage for many people scheduled to begin in just 30 days, insurers are worried the repairs may not be completed in time.
“Until the enrollment process is working from end to end, many consumers will not be able to enroll in coverage,” said Karen M. Ignagni, president of America’s Health Insurance Plans, a trade group.
The issues are vexing and complex. Some insurers say they have been deluged with phone calls from people who believe they have signed up for a particular health plan, only to find that the company has no record of the enrollment.
472) Democratic aides who supported the passage of Obamacare said their new Obamacare premiums are “simply unacceptable”
In December 2013, Politico reported:
Older Hill aides shocked by Obamacare prices
Veteran House Democratic aides are sick over the insurance prices they’ll pay under Obamacare, and they’re scrambling to find a cure.
“In a shock to the system, the older staff in my office (folks over 59) have now found out their personal health insurance costs (even with the government contribution) have gone up 3-4 times what they were paying before,” Minh Ta, chief of staff to Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.), wrote to fellow Democratic chiefs of staff in an email message obtained by POLITICO. “Simply unacceptable.”
In the email, Ta noted that older congressional staffs may leave their jobs because of the change to their health insurance.
473) Members of Congress and their staff are exempt from the income limits for Obamacare subsidies that apply to everyone else
Most people are eligible for Obamacare subsidies only if their income is no more than 400% of the poverty level. For a family of four, 400% of the poverty level is $94,200. A family of four with income higher than that amount it not eligible for an Obamacare subsidy.
However, members of Congress and their staff are exempt from this limit. Members of Congress are paid $174,000 a year. Because of their special exemption, a middle aged member of Congress who is married and has children, will get a special Obamacare subsidy of $10,000.
474) Obamacare website often doesn’t tell insurance companies about customers who “bought” insurance
On December 1, 2013, the New York Times reported:
Some insurers say they have been deluged with phone calls from people who believe they have signed up for a particular health plan, only to find that the company has no record of the enrollment.
475) Obama’s nominee to head the IRS has “little tax experience”
In December 2013, Reuters reported:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Senate panel hearing on President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Internal Revenue Service was set to resume Wednesday after it was abruptly halted on Tuesday at a Republican senator’s request, committee aides said.
John Koskinen, a 74-year-old lawyer with little tax experience chosen by Obama to take over the beleaguered IRS, traveled up to Capitol Hill to face the Senate Finance Committee, but the session did not last long.
476) Obama said we should raise the minimum wage, but barackobama.com advertised for “unpaid” interns
In February 2013, Obama said:
“Tonight, let’s declare that in the wealthiest nation on Earth, no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty, and raise the federal minimum wage to $9.00 an hour. This single step would raise the incomes of millions of working families. It could mean the difference between groceries or the food bank; rent or eviction; scraping by or finally getting ahead. For businesses across the country, it would mean customers with more money in their pockets. In fact, working folks shouldn’t have to wait year after year for the minimum wage to go up while CEO pay has never been higher. So here’s an idea that Governor Romney and I actually agreed on last year: let’s tie the minimum wage to the cost of living, so that it finally becomes a wage you can live on.”
However, barackobama.com advertised for “unpaid” interns. The bolding is mine:
https://my.barackobama.com/page/s/organizing-for-action-hq-internship—chicago
HQ Internship Opportunity:
OFA is now accepting applications for full-time and part-time HQ Interns for the Spring 2014 and Summer 2014 HQ Internship Programs in Chicago, IL. HQ Interns will have the unique opportunity to work closely with staff in advancing the President’s agenda. Departmental placements available include Grassroots Organizing, Training, Issue Campaigns, Digital, Press and Finance. Please include your departmental placement preferences in your cover letter. Accepted HQ Interns will be paired with departments based on their stated interest, qualifications and availability. This is a 14-week, unpaid internship program.
Please note that our Washington, D.C. location is not our primary location and has a limited number of staff and, accordingly, internship positions available. As a result, we are no longer considering candidates for this location.
The ideal candidate is a highly motivated individual with a strong desire to learn and a deep commitment to OFA’s mission. Requirements of the candidate include:
Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills
Strong desire to learn and work in the field of public service, grassroots organizing, and political engagement
Strong project management skills
Detail oriented, thinking critically and creatively
Ability to work efficiently and effectively in a fast-paced environment
Strong commitment to changing the world
Spring Program Dates: January 2014 – May 2014
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If you are interested in volunteering in your state, consider applying to the Organizing for Action Organizing Fellowship Program.
Organizing for Action is an equal opportunity employer.
477) Falsely said that he had never lived with his drunk driving, illegal alien uncle
In 2011, the Obama administration said that Obama had never lived with his drunk driving, illegal alien uncle. However, in December 2013, it was reported that Obama actually had lived with him.
478) In New York City, thousands of Obama voting, well educated, upper class professionals complained about losing their insurance because of Obamacare
In December 2013, the New York Times reported:
With Affordable Care Act, Canceled Policies for New York Professionals
Many in New York’s professional and cultural elite have long supported President Obama’s health care plan. But now, to their surprise, thousands of writers, opera singers, music teachers, photographers, doctors, lawyers and others are learning that their health insurance plans are being canceled and they may have to pay more to get comparable coverage, if they can find it.
“I couldn’t sleep because of it,” said Barbara Meinwald, a solo practitioner lawyer in Manhattan.
Ms. Meinwald, 61, has been paying $10,000 a year for her insurance through the New York City Bar. A broker told her that a new temporary plan with fewer doctors would cost $5,000 more, after factoring in the cost of her medications.
Roy Lyons, managing director of Marsh U.S. Consumer, an insurance brokerage, said he had heard complaints from physicians, lawyers, pharmacists and optometrists.
Among those affected are members of the Authors Guild; the Advertising Photographers of America; the Suzuki Association of the Americas, a music teachers organization; the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators; the New York City Bar Association; and the New York County Medical Society.
It is not lost on many of the professionals that they are exactly the sort of people — liberal, concerned with social justice — who supported the Obama health plan in the first place. Ms. Meinwald, the lawyer, said she was a lifelong Democrat who still supported better health care for all, but had she known what was in store for her, she would have voted for Mitt Romney.
It is an uncomfortable position for many members of the creative classes to be in.
“We are the Obama people,” said Camille Sweeney, a New York writer and member of the Authors Guild. Her insurance is being canceled, and she is dismayed that neither her pediatrician nor her general practitioner appears to be on the exchange plans. What to do has become a hot topic on Facebook and at dinner parties frequented by her fellow writers and artists.
“I’m for it,” she said. “But what is the reality of it?”
479) Washington state’s Obamacare website stole money from people’s checking accounts
In December 2013, KGW reported that the Obamacare website for Washington state had stolen money from people’s checking accounts.
480) Illegally ordered insurance companies to cover “customers” who had never paid any premiums
In December 2013, Obama ordered insurance companies to cover “customers” who had never paid any premiums. Obama’s action was illegal because it violated the takings clause of the Fifth Amendment. It was also illegal because he did not have approval from Congress.
481) Millennials who voted for Obama and supported the passage of Obamacare did not want to purchase Obamacare insurance for themselves
In December 2013, it was reported that most of the Millennials who had voted for Obama and had supported the passage of Obamacare did not want to purchase Obamacare insurance for themselves.
482) Obamcare website violated federal security laws
In December 2013, it was reported that the Obamacare website was in violation of federal security laws.
483) Refused to answer questions about how many of Obamacare’s so-called “enrollees” had actually paid their first month’s premium
On December 11, 2013, more than two months after the Obamacare website had gone online, the Obama administration still refused to answer questions about how many of Obamacare’s so-called “enrollees” had actually paid their first month’s premium. Instead, the Obama administration was still fraudulently counting as “enrollees” people who had put Obamacare policies into their shopping cart without actually paying for them. No legitimate online retailer counts unpaid items left in the shopping cart as sales.
484) Illegally delayed Obamacare’s online SHOP enrollment by one year
In November 2013, it was reported that Obama had delayed Obamacare’s online SHOP enrollment by one year. Because Obama did this without approval from Congress, his action was illegal.
485) Ten different Obamacare “customer service” representatives refused to let cancer survivor Lynn Baklor sign up for Obamacare
Lynn Baklor lives in Maryland, and is a survivor of breast cancer. Over a period of two months, she spoke on the phone with ten different “customer service” representatives from Obamacare, and none of them allowed her to sign up for Obamacare. The Obamacare website was not working either. A WBAL news report on her situation can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F79acewkZ78
486) Obama’s nominee to head the defense department said he did not know much about the military
In January 2013, Chuck Hagel, Obama’s nominee to head the defense department, said he did not know much about the military.
487) Federal judge said Obama’s bulk collection of phone records was unconstitutional
In December 2013, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon said that Obama’s bulk collection of phone records violated the fourth amendment’s prohibition against unreasonable searches. It was Edward Snowden, a former NSA employee, who had first revealed to the public that Obama had been engaging in this unconstitutional activity.
488) Gave out even more illegal Obamacare waivers
On December 19, 2013, Obama gave exemptions from the Obamacare mandate to people whose insurance had been canceled due to Obamacare. Because Obama gave out these exemptions without approval from Congress, his action was illegal.
489) Obamacare creates a new 2% tax on every insurance plan
Obamacare creates a new 2% tax on every insurance plan. This breaks Obama’s promise that he would not raise taxes on families making less than $250,000 per year.
490) Obamacare requires some people to pay 19% of their income for premiums
In December 2013, the New York Times reported:
A 60-year-old living in Polk County, in northwestern Wisconsin, and earning $50,000 a year, for example, would have to spend more than 19 percent of his income, or $9,801 annually, to buy one of the cheapest plans available there.
491) Six Democratic Senators who voted for Obamacare complained that it was causing voters in their districts to lose insurance
In December 2013, six Democratic Senators who had voted for Obamacare wrote a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, complaining that Obamacare was causing voters in their districts to lose insurance.
492) Admitted that the so-called “Affordable” Care Act was actually “unaffordable” for some people

In December 2013, the Obama administration admitted that the so-called “Affordable” Care Act was actually “unaffordable” for some people.
493) 53% of people without insurance disapprove of Obamacare
In December 2013, the New York Times reported:
Americans who lack medical coverage disapprove of President Obama’s health care law at roughly the same rate as the insured, even though most say they struggle to pay for basic care, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.
Fifty-three percent of the uninsured disapprove of the law, the poll found, compared with 51 percent of those who have health coverage. A third of the uninsured say the law will help them personally, but about the same number think it will hurt them, with cost a leading concern.
494) Under certain circumstances, Obamacare recipients between the ages of 55 and 64 can have their homes seized by the government after they die
Under certain circumstances, when someone between the ages of 55 and 64 participates in Obamacare, then after they die, the government can seize their home, preventing their children from inheriting it.
495) PolitiFact repeatedly changed its rating of Obama’s promise that people could keep their insurance, based on how many Presidential elections he still had left
PolitiFact is a left wing organization that rates the truthfulness of statements made by politicians. Regarding Obama’s promise that people could keep their insurance, PolitiFact has given out three different ratings.
In October 2008, when Obama still had two Presidential elections coming up, PolitiFact rated his statement as “true.”
In June 2012, when Obama only had one more Presidential election coming up, PolitiFact rated his statement as “half true.”
In December 2013, when Obama could no longer run for President ever again, PolitiFact rated his statement as “lie of the year.”
In all three of these cases, PolitiFact was rating the exact same statement. So why did they keep changing their rating? The best explanation that I can think of is that as Obama had fewer and fewer Presidential elections coming up, they were willing to be more and more accurate in their ratings. So only when he was no longer able to run for President again, were they finally willing to admit the truth about his statement.
496) Obamacare supporters at Democratic Underground later complained about it
For some really hilarious displays of shock and outrage by supporters of Obamacare at how it’s harming people, check out these threads at Democratic Underground: one, two, three, four, five, six, and seven.
497) Commander-in-Chief Obama adopted lower military standards so unqualified women could serve in combat
In December 2013, NPR reported:
Starting Jan. 1, every woman in the Marines Corps was supposed to meet a new physical standard by performing three pullups. But that has been put off.
The three pullups is already the minimum required for all male Marines. Now the Marine Corps has postponed the plan, and that’s raising questions about whether women have the physical strength to handle ground combat, which they’ll be allowed to do beginning in 2016.
Why does this matter?
Well, the same NPR article continued:
The Marine Corps has been using it to test upper body strength for men for more than 40 years. And that upper body strength, they say, is necessary to serve in ground combat: to pull yourself out of a canal in Afghanistan, to climb over a mud wall, to carry an ammunition box.
And a CNS News article on the subject stated:
Pull-ups have been used to test Marines’ upper body strength for over 40 years. The ability to pull-up one’s own body weight over a bar shows the upper body strength that, in combat, is needed to lift fallen comrades, pull one’s self over a wall, and carry heavy munitions. Combat Marines also carry a pack that weighs around 90 pounds, with gunners carrying an additional 50 or 60 pounds.
In other words, this qualification is by no means trivial. On the contrary, this involves skills that are necessary in combat – necessary for saving the soldier’s own life, as well as for saving the lives of other soldiers.
Obama, who is Commander-in-Chief of the military, is saying that he’s perfectly OK with allowing unqualified women to go into combat, even if it means that their lack of qualifications could end up killing them, as well as killing other U.S. soldiers who depend on them.
498) Had double standard for hate crime laws
When someone participated in the so-called “knockout game,” the Obama administration filed hate crime charges when a white person attacked a black person, but not when a black person attacked a white person.
499) Tried to prevent federal judge from ruling on NSA surveillance
In December 2013, the Obama administration tried to prevent a federal judge from ruling on NSA surveillance efforts.
500) Illegally tried to avoid disclosure of a foreign aid directive that he had signed
In December 2013, a federal judge ruled that Obama’s attempt to avoid disclosure of a foreign aid directive that he had signed in 2010 was illegal.
501) Forced a woman to undergo a strip search, an observed bowel movement, and a CT scan without a warrant
In December 2012, federal agents forced a New Mexico woman to undergo a strip search, an observed bowel movement, and a CT scan, all without a warrant.
Laura Schauer Ives, the legal director for the New Mexico ACLU, said of this:
“What is truly frightening about this incident is that it could have happened to anyone… The failed drug war and militarized border region have created an environment in which law enforcement officials increasingly inflict extreme and illegal searches on innocent Americans.”
502) Spent $914,000 to study fictional romance
In December 2013, it was reported that the Obama administration had spent $914,000 to study “romance as told in novels, films, comics, advice books, songs, and internet fan fiction.”
503) Spent $65 million on television ads to promote tourism in New York and New Jersey
In December 2013, it was reported that the Obama administration had spent $65 million on television ads to promote tourism in New York and New Jersey
504) Spent $1.5 million per year to tell the movie industry how to portray the FBI in movies
In December 2013, it was reported that the Obama administration had spent $1.5 million each year to tell the movie industry how to portray the FBI in movies.
505) Threatened to fine Catholic nuns over Obamacare’s birth control mandate, all the way to the Supreme Court
Little Sisters of the Poor is a group of Catholic nuns that runs hospice care, i.e., medical care for people who are dying.
Obama doesn’t like letting these nuns practice their freedom of religion. He threatened to fine them for violating Obamacare’s birth control mandate, and planned to take his meddling all the way to the Supreme Court.
506) Michelle Snyder, the Obama official who oversaw the building of the defective Obamacare website, announced her retirement soon after the website’s defective rollout
In December 2013, Michelle Snyder, the Obama official who oversaw the building of the defective Obamacare website, announced her retirement. Obama did not fire her. By retiring, she will be allowed to collect her full pension and benefits.
507) AmeriCorps “volunteers” support Obamacare but want an exemption for themselves
AmeriCorps is a federal agency that pays so-called “volunteers” to do “charity” work.
In December 2013, it was reported that the insurance that AmeriCorps provided to its “volunteers” did not meet Obamacare’s minimum standards, and that, as a result, these “volunteers” may have to pay the Obamacare tax penalty for not having insurance.
Abby Grosslein, an AmeriCorps “volunteer” who lives in New Orleans, said:
“It would be nice if the government waived the penalty.”
Note she she did not say that the penalty was wrong, or that the penalty should be repealed. Instead, she merely wants certain people to be exempt from the penalty. This is typical of the huge number of examples on this list of liberals who support Obamacare for everyone else, but want exemptions for themselves.
508) Falsely said that he had never set a target of 7 million Obamacare enrollees by March 31, 2014
In June 2013, the Obama administration said that its goal was to have 7 million Obamacare enrollees by March 31, 2014.
However, in December 2013, the Obama administration claimed that it had never said such a thing.
509) May force thousands of volunteer firefighter departments to close
In Janaury 2014, it was reported that thousands of volunteer firefighter departments might be forced to close because they could not afford the cost of Obamacare.
510) Falsely said that 2.1 million people had signed up for private insurance under Obaamacare by the end of 2013
At the end of December 2013, the Obama administration claimed that 2.1 million people had signed up for private insurance under Obamacare. However, this number included people who had left the insurance in their shopping cart without actually paying for it. No legitimate online retailer counts as sales items that people had left in their shopping cart without paying for.
511) Self described “cheerleader” for Obamacare says she can’t afford it for her and her son
In January 2014, CBS News reported:
One Oregon mother says that she is unable to afford health insurance for her and her 18-month-old son because it’s too expensive.
The woman — who wishes to remain anonymous — tells KOIN-TV that she originally championed President Barack Obama’s signature health care law because she thought it would help people in her situation.
“I’ve been a cheerleader for the Affordable Care Act since I heard about it and I assumed that it was designed for people in my situation,” she told KOIN. “I was planning on using the Affordable Care Act and I had done the online calculator in advance to make sure I was going to be able to afford it.”
512) Obamacare website can’t handle it when someone has a new baby
In January 2014, Associated Press reported:
For now, the HealthCare.gov website can’t handle new baby updates
513) Supports bailouts for private insurance companies
In January 2014, it was reported that Obamacare includes bailouts for private insurance companies.
514) Wal-Mart’s insurance was better and cheaper than Obamacare
In January 2014, it was reported that the insurance that Wal-Mart had been giving its employees was better and cheaper than Obamacare.
515) Made it far more expensive for parents of disabled children to pay for their health care
The Davert family lives in Bay City, Michigan. They have twins with brittle bone disease.
Under their children’s old insurance, the combined expenses for the two children were capped at $2,500 per year. However, Obamacare forced their old insurance to be canceled. Under their new Obaamacare insurance, the combined expenses for the two children are capped at $10,200 per year.
516) Illegally extended the Obamacare enrollment deadline for people with preexisting conditions
In January 2014, Obama delayed the Obamacare enrollment deadline for people with preexisting conditions. Because Obama did this without approval from Congress, his action was illegal.
517) Gave illegal Obamacare subsidies to people in the 36 states that did not set up their own state exchanges
Only 14 states created their own Obamacare exchange.
As the Obamacare law was written, it says that Obamacare subsidies are to be given out
“through an Exchange established by the State.”
Despite the wording of the Obamacare law, Obama illegally gave Obamacare subsidies to people in the 36 states that did not set up their own exchanges.
518) Caused Bill Clinton’s favorite Washington D.C. restaurant to shut down its buffet
Filomena is Bill Clinton’s favorite Washington D.C. restaurant. On January 1, 2014, it shut down its buffet because of Obamacare.
519) Illegally delayed Obamacare’s rules on equal coverage
Obamacare prohibits private employers from giving better insurance to top executives than to other employees. In January 2014, Obama delayed this provision of Obamacare. Because Obama did this without approval from Congress, his action was illegal.
520) Told reporters to stop reporting his low poll numbers
In Decmember 2013, Joel Benenson, Obama’s pollster, told reporters to stop reporting Obama’s low poll numbers.
521) Falsely said that he had met his half brother only recently
Obama first met Mark Obama Ndesandjo, his half bother, in the 1980s. However, in 2013, Obama said that the two had recently met for the first time.
522) Spent $544,338 for an “Enhanced Company Profile” on LinkedIn
In January 2013, it was reported that the Obama administration had spent $544,338 for an “Enhanced Company Profile” on LinkedIn.
523) Illegally tried to force private businesses to post pro-union notices
In January 2014, two federal appeals courts struck down Obama’s attempt to force private businesses to post pro-union notices.
524) In 2013, Obamacare caused a net reduction in the number of people who had insurance
On January 1, 2014, the Daily Caller reported that during 2013, Obamacare had caused a net reduction in the number of people who had insurance.
525) Criticized the Daily Caller for truthfully reporting that in 2013, Obamacare had caused a net reduction in the number of people who had insurance
On January 1, 2014, the Daily Caller reported that during 2013, Obamacare had caused a net reduction in the number of people who had insurance. On January 2, 2014, the Obama administration criticized the Daily Caller for truthfully reporting this information.
526) Obamacare website had such horrible security that it was hacked by one person in less than four minutes with nothing but a regular web browser
In January 2014, hacking expert David Kennedy was able to hack into the Obamacare website in less than four minutes, using nothing but a regular web browser. During that time, he was able to access the private information of 70,000 people.
527) Obamacare website is exempt from laws that require other websites to report security breaches to their customers
The Obamacare website is exempt from laws that require other websites to tell their customers when their private information has been breached.
528) Less than one third of Obamacare enrollees were previously uninsured
In January 2014, it was reported that less than one third of the people who had enrolled at the Obamacare website were previously uninsured.
529) Gave early release to a lawyer who had been convicted of aiding Islamic terrorists
In December 2013, the Obama administration gave early release to Lynne Stewart, who had been convicted of aiding Islamic terrorists.
530) Forced U.S. taxpayers to bailout Fiat, an Italian company
In January 2014, it was reported that some of the money that Obama had used to bailout Chrysler ended up being used to bailout Fiat, an Italian company.
531) U.S. Supreme Court ruled 9-0 against Obama administration’s attack on religious freedom
The Obama administration tried to force Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School in Redford, Michigan, to hire someone whom it did not want to hire. In January 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 9-0 against the Obama administration’s attack on religious freedom.
532) Considered revoking trademark protection for the Washington Redskins’ name because some people said it was offensive
In January 2014, it was reported that the Obama administration was considering revoking trademark protection for the Washington Redskins’ name because some people said it was offensive.
This could set a horrible precedent.
Just about every R-rated movie includes content that someone would consider offensive, whether that content be violence, sex, profanity, etc. The same can be said for the content of many books, the lyrics of many songs, the content of many paintings, etc. If any copyright, patent, trademark, etc., can be revoked because someone finds it offensive, then I can’t even begin to imagine how much damage this would cause to the concept of intellectual property, as well as to the arts, sciences, music, literature, movies, etc.
There is no such thing as a right to not be offended. The whole point of protecting free speech in the first place is to protect speech that some people might find offensive. If we only protected speech that was dull, bland, and non-controversial, there wouldn’t be much point to having such protection in the first place.
533) Said Osama bin Laden’s former bodyguard was no longer a “significant threat” to the United States, and planned to release him
In January 2014, the Obama administration said that Mahmoud Abd Al Aziz Al Mujahid, Osama bin Laden’s former bodyguard, was no longer a “significant threat” to the United States, and planned to release him.
534) Lied about his involvement with ACORN
During a 2008 debate with John McCain, Obama falsely said that the only time he had ever been involved with ACORN was when he had represented them in a lawsuit where they tried to get Illinois to adopt a “motor-voter” law.
In realty, there were several other times that Obama had been involved with ACORN.
For example, Obama had taught leadership training sessions for ACORN.
In addition, Obama had also worked as an organizer for Project Vote, an ACORN offshoot. The New York Times quoted Obama as saying:
“Even before I was an elected official, when I ran Project Vote voter registration drives in Illinois, Acorn was smack dab in the middle of it.”
Furthermore, Obama had been on the board of directors of the Woods Fund when it gave ACORN $75,000 in 2001, and $70,000 in 2002.
Also, during the 2008 primary campaign, Obama’s campaign had given Citizens Services Inc., an ACORN affiliate, more than $800,000 for “get out the vote” efforts. However, Obama’s campaign had falsely told the FEC that the money was for “staging, sound, lighting.”
535) Although Obama complains about income inequality, his own policies have made income inequality even worse
In January 2014, President Obama complained about income inequality, Wall St., wealthy investors, and bankers.
However, while Senator, Obama had voted for the $700 billion TARP bank bailout bill, which worsened the problem of income inequality, and forced poor and middle class taxpayers to bail out the very same Wall St., wealthy investors, and bankers that Obama had complained about.
Obamacare has also worsened the problem of income inequality because it has caused many employers to replace full time jobs with part time jobs in order to avoid the Obamacare employer mandate.
536) Accused lenders of “racism” without actually knowing the races of the people who had been “discriminated” against
In January 2014, it was reported that the Obama administration had accused lenders in the auto industry of “racism.” However, the auto industry does not report or keep track of the race of the people whom it lends money too, and the Obama administration’s accusation of “racism” was based on guessing the races of the people who had borrowed money.
537) Illegally gave out private info of farmers and ranchers
In July 2012, the Obama administration illegally gave out the home addresses, phone numbers, GPS coordinates, and medical histories of up to 100,000 agricultural workers.
538) Proposed giving wind farms 30 year permits to kill bald and golden eagles
Federal law prohibits the killing of bald and golden eagles, regardless of whether the killing is done on purpose or by accident. However, in January 2014, the Obama administration proposed giving wind farms 30 year permits that would allow them to kill these birds.
539) Allowed members of the Muslim Brotherhood, a terrorist organization, to skip TSA screening
The Muslim Brotherhood is a terrorist organization. In April 2012, the Obama administration allowed members of the Muslim Brotherhood to skip TSA screening.
Meanwhile, the Obama administration gave a very invasive patdown to a three-year-old boy in a wheelchair, which caused the boy to tremble in fear. The Obama administration gave an aggressive patdown to a seven-year-old girl with cerebral palsy. The Obama administration said that a four-year-old girl was a “high security threat.” The Obama administration placed an 18-month-old girl on its no fly list. The Obama administration gave a patdown to Henry Kissinger. The Obama administration forced a 95-year-old cancer patient to remove her adult diaper and fly without it. The Obama administration ripped open the urostomy bag of a 61-year-old bladder cancer survivor, and forced him to fly covered in his own urine. The Obama administration harassed a sick 3-year-old boy, and caused him to miss his flight.
540) Obama’s nominee for ambassador to Norway “displayed total ignorance” about Norway, but he did raise more than half a million dollars for Obama’s 2012 campaign
In January 2014, the Norway edition of The Local reported that George Tsunis, Obama’s nominee for ambassador to Norway, had “displayed total ignorance” about Norway during a U.S. Senate hearing. At the same time, the Huffington Post reported that Tsunis had raised more than half a million dollars for Obama’s 2012 campaign.
541) Obamacare encourages employers to limit the size of their workforce to no more than 49 employees
Obamacare’s employer mandate only applies to employers with 50 or more employees. This gives employers an incentive to limit the size of their workforce to no more than 49 employees.
542) Spent $2,797,979 so people in Veitnam could watch television
In January 2014, it was reported that the Obama administration had spent $2,797,979 so people in Veitnam could watch television.
543) Obama had Dinesh D’Souza arrested for making an anti-Obama film
In August 2012, Dinesh D’Souza released 2016: Obama’s America, a movie that was critical of Obama.
In January 2014, D’Souza was arrested for violating campaign finance laws.
However, even though Obama himself had violated campaign finance laws on two different occasions (see here and here), Obama never had himself arrested.
Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz said of D’Souza’s arrest:
“This is clearly a case of selective prosecution for one of the most common things done during elections, which is to get people to raise money for you…If they went after everyone who did this, there would be no room in jails for murderers.”
“This is an outrageous prosecution and is certainly a misuse of resources. It raises the question of why he is being selected for prosecution among the many, many people who commit similar crimes… This sounds to me like it is coming from higher places. It is hard for me to believe this did not come out of Washington or at least get the approval of those in Washington.”
Former Federal Election Commissioner David Mason said of D’Souza’s arrest:
“What struck me first was that it is unusual in cases like these for the FBI to go out and actually arrest someone, simply because it is not necessary… And even less so in this case because [D’Souza] has enough prominence that it is fairly obvious that he is not a flight risk. White-collar indictments are made lots of times without an arrest being made.”
Commenting on D’Souza’s arrest, former acting U.S. attorney general George Terwilliger of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius said that there were
“legitimate questions that could be asked about the political motivation for bringing the case.”
Dominic Gentile of Gordon Silver, an expert on the enforcement of campaign finance law, conducted extensive research on other people who had done the same thing as D’Souza, and concluded:
“Twenty thousand dollars?”I’ve never heard of a $20,000 criminal case for campaign finance violations.”
544) Obamacare makes it harder for patients to get knee replacements, hip replacements, angioplasty, bypass surgery, and cataract operations
In January 2014, it was reported that Obamacare makes it harder for patients to get knee replacements, hip replacements, angioplasty, bypass surgery, and cataract operations.
545) Obama’s administration is “the most secretive White House that I have ever been involved in covering”
In January 2014, New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson said that Obama’s administration
“is the most secretive White House that I have ever been involved in covering, and that includes — I spent 22 years of my career in Washington and covered presidents from President Reagan on up through now, and I was Washington bureau chief of the Times during George W. Bush’s first term.”
546) Made even more illegal changes to Obamacare
In February 2014, the New York Times reported:
The “employer mandate,” which was originally supposed to take effect last month, had already been delayed to Jan. 1, 2015, and now the administration says that employers with 50 to 99 employees will not have to comply until 2016 — allowing Democrats to placate business concerns and pushing the issue well beyond this year’s midterm elections.
In addition, the administration said the requirement would be put into effect gradually for employers with 100 or more employees. Employers in this category will need to offer coverage to 70 percent of full-time employees in 2015 and 95 percent in 2016 and later years, or they will be subject to tax penalties.
Because Obama did this without approval from Congress, his action was illegal.
547) Illegally banned employers from firing any of their employees to avoid the Obamacare mandate
In a February 2014 article about Obamacare’s employer mandate, the Washington Post reported that Obama had banned employers from “cutting back on positions just to fall below the threshold.” Because Obama did this without approval from Congress, his action was illegal.
548) Obamacare caused sick children in Seattle, Washington, to lose access to doctors
In February 2014, CBS News reported that Obamacare had caused sick children in Seattle, Washington, to lose access to doctors.
In the report, Dr. Sandy Melzer said:
“The exclusion of a major provider like Seattle Children’s from a major insurance network in this market is unprecedented… We’re seeing denials in care, disruptions in care. We’re seeing a great deal of confusion, and at times, anger and frustration on the part of these families who bought insurance, thinking that their children were going to be covered, and they’ve in fact found that it’s a false promise.”
The report can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0FHI0vFNgY
549) Falsely said that Obamacare “will cover every American”
In June 2007, Obama said
“I will sign a universal health care bill into law by the end of my first term as president that will cover every American.”
However, in September 2013, the Washington Post reported
“The Congressional Budget Office estimated back in 2012, before the Supreme Court even gave states the option of opting out of the Medicaid expansion, that there would be 27 million people who lacked health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act.”
550) Obamacare’s tax on tanning salons applies to gym members who never use the gym’s tanning salons
Obamacare includes a tax on tanning salons, and this tax applies to gym members who never use the gym’s tanning salons.
551) Although Obama sued states for their “racist” requirement of voter ID, Obamacare requires ID
Obama’s Justice Department blocked Texas’s voter ID law, claiming that it was “racist.” Obama also sued North Carolina for requiring voter ID.
However, Obamacare requires people to provide ID.
552) Falsely said, “When I’m president, I will go line by line to make sure that we are not spending money unwisely”
In September 2008, Obama said,
“When I’m president, I will go line by line to make sure that we are not spending money unwisely.”
However, if you search this list for the word “spent,” you will find many examples of Obama wasting the taxpayers’ money.
553) Obama refused to file charges against Hilda Solis, his Secretary of Labor, for illegally avoided reporting thousands of dollars worth of free private jet travel
In February 2014, it was reported that during conformation hearings in 2009, Hilda Solis, Obama’s Secretary of Labor, had illegally avoided reporting to the Federal Election Commission the thousands of dollars worth of free private jet travel that she had been given by the International Union of Operating Engineers. Obama refused to file any charges against her.
554) Obama falsely said, “That’s the good thing about being president, I can do whatever I want.”
In February 2014, Obama said:
“That’s the good thing about being president, I can do whatever I want.”
Obama was lying. In truth, the powers of the President are defined and limited by the U.S. Constitution. Obama does not have the legal authority to do whatever he wants. Unfortunately, that hasn’t stopped him from doing a huge number of illegal things that are on this list.
555) Obama’s nominee for ambassador to Argentina has never been to Argentina, but did raise more than $500,000 for Obama’s re-election campaign
In February 2014, it was reported that Noah Mamet, Obama’s nominee for ambassador to Argentina, had never been to Argentina, but that he had raised more than $500,000 for Obama’s re-election campaign.
556) Falsely claimed he never said he wanted to “fundamentally transform the United States of America”
Five days before the 2008 election, Obama said:
“We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”
You can see and hear him saying those exact words in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrefKCaV8m4
However, on February 2, 2014, Obama told Bill O’Reilly that he never said those words. Here is the transcript from the interview:
O’Reilly: OK. I got a letter from Kathy LaMaster, Fresno, California. I said I would read one letter from the folks, all right?
Obama: All right.
O’Reilly: “Mr. President, why do you feel it’s necessary to fundamentally transform the nation that has afforded you so much opportunity and success?”
Obama: I don’t think we have to fundamentally transform the nation.
O’Reilly: But those are your words.
557) Spent $464,272 to find out why gay men in Peru get Syphilis
In February 2014, it was reported that the Obama administration had spent $464,272 to find out why gay men in Peru get Syphilis.
558) Obamacare may cause the government to seize homes from the estates of poor people
Between 1993 and 2013, the state of California seized $978.5 million worth of assets from the estates of medicaid recipients.
Obamacare requires everyone in the U.S. whose income is less than 138% of the poverty level to enroll in medicaid.
Based on those two pieces of information, it seems likely that Obamacare will result in the homes of quite a few poor people being seized by the government.
In February 2014, the Los Angeles Times reported:
One thing the ACA didn’t change was Medicaid’s estate recovery rule. Under a law enacted in 1993, states are required to seek recovery from the estates of deceased enrollees for the costs of long-term care, such as nursing-home care. The recovery rule applied to those who received that care when they were 55 and older, or who were permanently institutionalized at any age.
Medicaid eligibility for the expanded programs is based on income alone, which means there might be some new members with low incomes but sizable illiquid estates, such as homes worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The prospect of asset seizures raises people’s hackles, especially since under the Affordable Care Act, those earning less than 138% of the poverty level may be offered no choice for subsidized health insurance except Medicaid.
On the whole, the estate recovery program hasn’t been a big moneymaker for government at any level. Since 1993, California has collected $978.5 million
559) Contradicted his own advice that everyone in California should conserve water during the drought
In February 2014, when there was a drought in California, Obama said:
“It can’t just be a matter of there’s going to be less and less water so I’m going to grab more and more of a shrinking share of water… Instead what we have to do is all come together and figure out how we all are going to make sure that agricultural needs, urban needs, industrial needs, environmental and conservation concerns are all addressed.”
However, during this very same drought, Time magazine reported:
On Saturday, Obama played at the Sunnylands estate, built by the late billionaire Walter Annenberg, which features a nine-hole course that is played like 18 holes. The following day he golfed at billionaire Oracle founder Larry Ellison’s 19-hole Porcupine Creek. On Presidents’ Day, Obama hit the links at Sunnylands once again.
The 124 golf courses in the Coachella Valley consume roughly 17% of all water there, and one-quarter of the water pumped out of the region’s at-risk groundwater aquifer… Each of the 124 Coachella Valley courses, on average, uses nearly 1 million gallons (3.8 million L) a day because of the hot and dry climate, three to four times more water per day than the average American golf course.
560) Falsely claimed to have increased the number of deportations of illegal immigrants
In April 2013, it was reported that the Obama administration had falsely claimed to have increased the number of deportations of illegal immigrants.
561) Illegally changed the immigration laws to allow entry into the U.S. by immigrants who had supplied “limited material support” to terrorists
In February 2014, Obama changed the immigration laws to allow entry into the U.S. by immigrants who had supplied “limited material support” to terrorists. Because Obama did this without approval from Congress, his action was illegal.
562) Falsely said Obamacare would not cover illegal aliens
In September 2009, Obama said:
“There are also those who claim that our reform effort will insure illegal immigrants. This, too, is false – the reforms I’m proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally.”
However, in February 2014, the Spanish version of California’s Obamacare website said:
“No temas si eres indocumentado/a y quieres inscribir a tu familia en un seguro médico.”
In English, this means:
“Fear not if you are undocumented and want to enroll your family in health insurance.”
563) A judge who was nominated by Obama confused the Declaration of Independence with the U.S. Constitution in one of her rulings
In December 2010, Obama nominated Arenda L. Wright Allen to be on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
In a February 2014 federal court ruling, judge Allen wrote
“Our Constitution declares that ‘all men’ are created equal”
Those words are in the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution.
It’s perfectly understandable why a person with no legal training might make this mistake. But for a federal judge, there’s no excuse.
564) Although Obama has always supported the U.S. income tax, he complained about the fact that U.S. Olympic athletes had to pay income taxes on their winnings
Obama has always supported the U.S. federal income tax. However, during the 2012 summer Olympics, and then again during the 2014 winter Olympics, Obama complained about the fact that U.S. Olympic athletes had to pay income taxes on their winnings.
565) Planned to illegally put government bureaucrats inside TV stations and newspaper offices to monitor their activities
In February 2014, Ajit Pai, a commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, wrote the following in the Wall St. Journal:
Last May the FCC proposed an initiative to thrust the federal government into newsrooms across the country. With its “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs,” or CIN, the agency plans to send researchers to grill reporters, editors and station owners about how they decide which stories to run.
… the FCC’s queries may be hard for the broadcasters to ignore. They would be out of business without an FCC license…
… why does the CIN study include newspapers when the FCC has no authority to regulate print media?
Also in February 2014, the Washington Examiner wrote:
The First Amendment says “Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press…” But under the Obama administration, the Federal Communications Commission is planning to send government contractors into the nation’s newsrooms to determine whether journalists are producing articles, television reports, Internet content, and commentary that meets the public’s “critical information needs.” Those “needs” will be defined by the administration, and news outlets that do not comply with the government’s standards could face an uncertain future. It’s hard to imagine a project more at odds with the First Amendment.
If the FCC goes forward, it’s not clear what will happen to news organizations that fall short of the new government standards. Perhaps they will be disciplined. Or perhaps the very threat of investigating their methods will nudge them into compliance with the administration’s journalistic agenda. What is sure is that it will be a gross violation of constitutional rights.
566) Illegally raised the minimum wage for employees of federal contractors
In February 2014, Obama raised the minimum wage for employees of federal contractors. Because he did this without approval from Congress, his action was illegal.
567) Obamacare requires pizza restaurants to post the calorie counts for 34 million different combinations of pizza toppings
In February 2014, it was reported that Obamacare requires pizza restaurants to post the calorie counts for 34 million different combinations of pizza toppings.
568) Commander-in-Chief Obama allowed U.S. soldiers to wear Islamic beards, turbans, and hijabs as part of their military uniform
In January 2014, Commander-in-Chief Obama began allowing U.S. soldiers to wear Islamic beards, turbans, and hijabs as part of their military uniform.
569) Illegally gave Massachusetts another Obamacare waiver
In February 2014, Obama gave Massachusetts a three month extension to fix its defective Obamacare website and get people enrolled in Obamacare. This was illegal for two reasons. First, Obama did it without approval from Congress. And second, the Constitution requires that federal law apply equally to every state.
570) Obamacare prevented Chris Dunn, who was in terrible pain, from getting back surgery
In February 2014, it was reported that Obamacare had prevented Chris Dunn, of Sonora, California, who was in terrible pain, from getting back surgery.
571) Obamacare caused leukemia patient Julie Boonstra to lose her insurance
In February 2014, it was reported that Obamacare had caused leukemia patient Julie Boonstra, of Michigan, to lose her insurance. A video of her can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kpjyr1x7mC0
572) Obamacare caused lupus patient Emilie Lamb to lose her insurance
In February 2014, it was reported that Obamacare had caused lupus patient Emilie Lamb to lose her insurance, and that her new insurance was costing her an extra $6,000 a year in higher premiums and co-pays. A video of her can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxImgr13N1k
573) More than 12,000 Congressional staffers enrolled in Obamacare’s “small-business” exchange even though they did not own or work for a small business
In February 2014, it was reported that more than 12,000 Congressional staffers had enrolled in Obamacare’s “small-business” exchange even though they did not own or work for a small business.
574) Obamacare caused cancer patient and Republican U.S. Senator Tom Coburn to lose his oncologist
Tom Coburn is a Republican U.S. Senator from Oklahoma. He voted against Obamacare. He has prostate cancer. In January 2014, it was reported that Obamacare had caused his insurance coverage to be reduced, and his oncologist was no longer covered. Coburn started paying out of his own pocket to continue seeing the doctor who was treating his cancer.
575) Obamacare’s 29 hour work week disproportionately hurt women
In January 2014, the New York Times wrote:
A “29er” refers to someone working 29 hours per week, the maximum that an hourly employee can work and still be considered part time by the federal government, as defined under the Affordable Care Act.
Part-time employees do not create a health-insurance requirement or a penalty for their employer, which gives large and small employers an incentive to reduce at least some employees’ hours to 29 hours.
I used the Census Bureau’s data to put together a sample of people likely to be 29ers over the next couple of years, based on working 30 to 37 hours per week before this year and not having health insurance available through a spouse (if married). Women outnumber men more than 2 to 1 among likely 29ers. The 29ers are also likely to be less than 30 years old.
Naturally, working fewer hours means less pay. By disproportionately reducing women’s work hours, health reform may have the unintended consequence of increasing the gap between men’s and women’s wages and salaries.
576) Some Obamacare “navigators” had been previously convicted of identity theft
In January 2014, it was reported that some Obamacare “navigators” had been previously convicted of forgery. In August 2013, it had been reported that the Obama administration would not be doing background checks on Obamacare “navigators,” despite the fact that these “navigators” would have access to people’s personal, private, and financial information. Obama considers background checks to be “racist.”
577) WTAE shows small business employees complaining about the high cost of Obamacare
WTAE is the ABC TV station in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In this video, they show small business employees complaining about the high cost of Obamacare: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuA2_P-m4Sk
578) “Public Sector Cuts Part-Time Shifts to Bypass Insurance Law”
In February 2014, the New York Times reported:
Public Sector Cuts Part-Time Shifts to Bypass Insurance Law
Cities, counties, public schools and community colleges around the country have limited or reduced the work hours of part-time employees to avoid having to provide them with health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, state and local officials say.
Among those whose hours have been restricted in recent months are police dispatchers, prison guards, substitute teachers, bus drivers, athletic coaches, school custodians, cafeteria workers and part-time professors.
In Medina, Ohio, about 30 miles south of Cleveland, Mayor Dennis Hanwell said the city had lowered the limit for part-time employees to 29 hours a week, from 35. Workers’ wages were reduced accordingly, he said.
Lawrence County, in western Pennsylvania, reduced the limit for part-time employees to 28 hours a week, from 32. Dan Vogler, the Republican chairman of the county Board of Commissioners, said the cuts affected prison guards and emergency service personnel at the county’s 911 call center.
In Virginia, part-time state employees are generally not allowed to work more than 29 hours a week on average over a 12-month period. Thousands of part-time state employees had been working more than that
To hold down the work hours of school bus drivers, Vigo County has reduced field trips for children and cut back transportation to athletic events. School employees who had two part-time jobs totaling more than 30 hours a week — for example, bus driver and basketball coach — were required to give up one of the jobs.
The Obama administration says “there is absolutely no evidence” of any job loss related to the Affordable Care Act.
The American Federation of Teachers lists on its website three dozen public colleges and universities in 15 states that it says have restricted the work assignments of adjunct or part-time faculty members to avoid the cost of providing health insurance.
The University of Akron, in Ohio, has cut back the hours of 400 part-time faculty members who were teaching more than 29 hours a week, said Eileen Korey, a spokeswoman for the school.
579) Kathleen Sebelius falsely said “There is absolutely no evidence — and every economist will tell you this — that there is any job loss related to the Affordable Care Act.”
In February 2014, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius said:
“There is absolutely no evidence — and every economist will tell you this — that there is any job loss related to the Affordable Care Act.”
However, in November 2012, in response to the Obamacare’s medical device tax, some medical device manufacturers announced plans to layoff employees, including Welch Allyn (275 planned layoffs), Stryker (1,170 planned layoffs), and Medtronic (1,000 planned layoffs).
In February 2014, it was reported that Obamacare’s medical device tax had destroyed 14,000 jobs, and prevented an additional 19,000 new jobs from being created.
In December 2012, Al Franken, Elizabeth Warren, John Kerry, and 15 other Democratic hypocrites who supported the passage of Obamacare wrote a letter to Harry Reid, asking him to delay the tax on medical devices, claiming that the tax would hurt job creation in their districts.
580) “Labor union officials say Obama betrayed them in health-care rollout”
In January 2014, the Washington Post reported:
Labor union officials say Obama betrayed them in health-care rollout
Leaders of two major unions, including the first to endorse Obama in 2008, said they have been betrayed by an administration that wooed their support for the 2009 legislation with promises to later address the peculiar needs of union-negotiated insurance plans that cover millions of workers.
Their complaints reflect a broad sense of disappointment among many labor leaders, who say the Affordable Care Act has subjected union health plans to new taxes and mandates while not allowing them to share in the subsidies that have gone to private insurance companies competing on the newly created exchanges.
After dozens of frustrating meetings with White House officials over the past year, including one with Obama, a number of angry labor officials say their members are far less likely to campaign and turn out for Democratic candidates in the midterm elections.
“We want to hold the president to his word: If you like your health-care coverage, you can keep it, and that just hasn’t been the case,” said Donald “D.” Taylor, president of Unite Here, the union that represents about 400,000 hotel and restaurant workers and provided a crucial boost to Obama by endorsing him just after his rival Hillary Rodham Clinton had won the New Hampshire primary.
Taylor and Terry O’Sullivan, president of the Laborers’ International Union of North America, laid out their grievances this week in a terse letter to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), saying they are “bitterly disappointed” in the administration.
581) Illegally seized more than one million dollars in tip money from a stripper
In January 2014, it was reported that the Obama administration had illegally seized more than one million dollars in tip money from a stripper.
582) Part of the Obamacare website was created by a “repressive dictatorship” in Eastern Europe
In February 2014, it was reported that part of the Obamacare website was created by Belarus, a “repressive dictatorship” in Eastern Europe.
583) 70% of California doctors boycotted Obamacare, but California’s Obamacare website falsely said they were participating
In December 2013, it was reported that 70% of California doctors were boycotting Obamacare. However, many of these doctors were falsely listed on California’s Obamacare website as participating in Obamacare.
584) A self described “complete fan of the Affordable Care Act” who had cancer complained that Obamacare had caused her to lose coverage for her oncologist
Danielle Nelson lives in Aliso Viejo, California. She has non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of blood cancer. After she found out that Obamacare had caused her to lose coverage for her oncologist, she said:
“I’m a complete fan of the Affordable Care Act, but now I can’t sleep at night.”
585) Caused U.S. ranking in the World Press Freedom Index to fall by 14 places in just one year
The World Press Freedom Index in an annual ranking of countries created by Reporters Without Borders. During just one year of Obama’s presidency, from 2013 to 2014, the U.S. ranking on the list fell by 14 places, dropping from #32 to #46.
586) During Obama’s first five years as President, marketable U.S. debt more than doubled
During the five year period that ended at the end of January 2014, marketable U.S. debt increased from $5.7 trillion at to $11.8 trillion.
587) Obama gave Oregon $304 million to build its defective Obamacare website that enrolled zero people
Obama gave Oregon $304 million to build its defective Obamacare website. As of February 28, 2014, exactly zero people had signed up at Oregon’s Obamacare website.
588) Illegally shut down a privately owned farm in Tehama County, California
In early 2013, the Obama administration shut down Duarte Nursery in Tehama County, California, without due process.
589) Obamacare’s medical device tax destroyed or prevented the creation of 33,000 jobs
In February 2014, it was reported that Obamacare’s medical device tax had destroyed 14,000 jobs, and had prevented an additional 19,000 new jobs from being created.
590) A convicted terrorist who murdered two people was hired as an Obamacare “navigator”
In Israel, Rasmieh Yousef Odeh was convicted of putting a bomb in a box of candy on a grocery store shelf, which killed two people. In 2013, she was hired as an Obamacare “navigator.” Obamacare “navigators” are not subject to federal background checks, because Obama considers them to be “racist.”
591) Harry Reid falsely said that “all” Obamacare horror stories were “untrue”
In February 2014, Senate majority leader Harry Read said:
“There’s plenty of horror stories being told. All of them are untrue.”
You can see him saying it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSJOLivL-NU
He was lying. This list contains many true Obamacare horror stories.
592) Congressman Gary Peters threatened to revoke the licenses of TV stations if they continued airing an anti-Obamacare ad
In February 2014, Congressman Gary Peters (D-Michigan) had his lawyers sent a letter to TV stations, threatening to revoke their licenses if they continued airing an anti-Obamacare ad. The ad can see seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kpjyr1x7mC0
593) Obamacare caused Catherine Blackwood to lose coverage for her cancer medications
Catherine Blackwood lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and manages the Family Medicine Center. She has cancer. In November 2013, Obamacare caused her to lose her insurance policy that had been paying for her cancer medications. Her new Obamacare policy does not cover her cancer medications.
594) Approved giving 200 Abrams tanks to a Shariah dictatorship
Obama approved giving 200 Abrams tanks to Egypt, which is a Shariah dictatorship.
595) Obamacare won’t let people switch from one Obamacare plan to another
Andrew Robinson lives in Orlando, Florida. In early 2014, after he enrolled in one Obamacare plan, he changed his mind and decided that he wanted a different plan. Over a period of several weeks, he spent 50 hours on the phone trying to cancel his original Obamacare plan, but was not allowed to do so.
596) Falsely said “You can’t say the Affordable Care Act has killed job growth”
In February 2014, White House health care adviser Phil Schiliro said:
“You can’t say the Affordable Care Act has killed job growth.”
However, in November 2012, in response to the medical device tax that is part of Obamacare, some medical device manufacturers announced plans to layoff employees, including Welch Allyn (275 planned layoffs), Stryker (1,170 planned layoffs), and Medtronic (1,000 planned layoffs).
In February 2014, it was reported that Obamacare’s medical device tax had destroyed 14,000 jobs, and prevented an additional 19,000 new jobs from being created.
In December 2012, Al Franken, Elizabeth Warren, John Kerry, and 15 other Democrats who supported the passage of Obamacare wrote a letter to Harry Reid, asking him to delay the tax on medical devices, claiming that the tax would hurt job creation in their districts.
597) A doctor summed up Obamacare in one sentence
In August 2012, Dr. Barbara Bellar of Chicago, Illinois, summed up Obamacare with the following sentence:
“So, let me get this straight (this is a long sentence), we’re going to be gifted with a healthcare plan we are forced to purchase, and fined if we don’t, which purportedly covers at least ten million more people, without adding a single new doctor, but provides for 16,000 new IRS agents, written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn’t understand it, passed by a congress that didn’t read it, but exempted themselves from it, and signed by a president who smokes, with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn’t pay his taxes, for which we will be taxed for four years before any benefits take effect, by a government which has already bankrupted Social Security and Medicare, all to be overseen by a surgeon general who is obese, and financed by a country that’s broke… so what the blank could possibly go wrong?”
You can see a video of her saying it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdnY8r7_fLw
598) Tried to shut down organic farms that had not done anything wrong
In February 2014, the Los Angeles Times reported:
Now, farmers are discovering that the FDA’s proposed rules would curtail many techniques that are common among organic growers, including spreading house-made fertilizers, tilling cropland with grazing animals, and irrigating from open creeks.
Suddenly, from small family operations nestled in the foothills of Appalachia to the sophisticated organic-grower networks that serve Los Angeles and San Francisco, the farms that celebrity chefs and food-conscious consumers jostle to buy from are facing an unexpected adversary.
They’re fighting back. Even though full enforcement of the rules is still years away, they are warning customers that some farms would have to close.
“They are going to drive farms out of business,” said Dave Runsten, policy director for Community Alliance with Family Farmers in Davis, Calif.
“The consumer groups behind this don’t understand farming,” Runsten says. “They talk out of both sides of their mouth. They demand these one-size-fits-all regulations, then say, ‘I don’t want to hurt those cute little farmers at the farmers market. I shop at the farmers market.’ It is frustrating.”
Many farmers who take part in the locally grown food movement argue that contamination is a problem of industrial-sized farms and that some of the practices the FDA might ban actually make consumers safer.
599) Illegally put the medical and financial information of more than 5,000 veterans on the internet, after ignoring warnings about problems with security
In February 2014, it was reported that the Obama administration had illegally put the medical and financial information of more than 5,000 veterans on the internet, after ignoring warnings about problems with security.
600) New York Times and Ralph Nader criticized Obama for illegally seizing private property and violating disclosure laws
In February 2014, the New York Times and Ralph Nader criticized Obama for illegally seizing assets from shareholders of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and for illegally avoiding disclosing this information to shareholders.
The fifth amendment requires that compensation be given for such seizures, but Obama did not do this.
Federal disclosure laws require that shareholders be informed of this information immediately, but Obama waited more than three years to tell them.
In February 2014, the New York Times wrote:
Would you buy stock in a company that barred you from sharing in its future earnings? Of course not. Participating in the upside is what stock ownership is all about.
And yet, as of December 2010, holders of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac common stock were subject to such a restriction by the United States government. They didn’t know it at the time, though, because the policy was not disclosed.
This month, an internal United States Treasury memo that outlined this restriction came up at a forum in Washington.
The memo was addressed to Timothy F. Geithner, then the Treasury secretary, from Jeffrey A. Goldstein, then the under secretary for domestic finance. In discussing Fannie and Freddie, the beleaguered government-sponsored enterprises rescued by taxpayers in September 2008, the memo referred to “the administration’s commitment to ensure existing common equity holders will not have access to any positive earnings from the G.S.E.’s in the future.”
The memo, which was produced in a lawsuit filed by Fannie and Freddie shareholders, was dated Dec. 20, 2010. Securities laws require material information — that is, information that might affect an investor’s view of a company — to be disclosed. That the government would deny a company’s shareholders all its profits certainly seems material, but the existence of this policy cannot be found in the financial filings of Fannie Mae. Neither have the Treasury’s discussions about the future of the two finance giants mentioned the administration’s commitment to shut common stockholders out of future earnings.
In February 2014, Ralph Nader wrote:
“What legal authority does the Administration have, as this section of the memo intimates, to completely wipe out shareholders — even after taxpayers have been repaid (as is likely to happen soon)?”
“Contrary to this statement, neither the memo — nor Treasury’s actions by unilaterally amending the PSPAs — leaves one with the impression that this point in the memo is meant to highlight the importance of repaying the taxpayers. It seems to be setting a precedent for using and abusing the GSEs’ shareholders.”
“Taxpayers should recoup their investment in the GSEs; but the Administration does not have to wipe out shareholders in order for this to happen.”
“This need not be an issue of choosing taxpayers over shareholders. The federal government has similarly recouped taxpayer money used to bailout other corporations (A.I.G., Citigroup, etc.) involved in the financial collapse, but has allowed the shareholders of those companies to share in their recovery. The same should be the case with the GSEs.”
601) Illegally gave Obamacare subsidies to people who bought insurance from somewhere other than the Obamacare website
As it was passed by Congress, Obamacare only gives subsidies to people who buy insurance at the Obamacare website. However, in February 2014, Obama allowed people who bought insurance from somewhere other than the Obamacare website to get these subsidies. Because Obama made this change without approval from Congress, his action was illegal.
602) An estimated 65% of small businesses that already had insurance will pay higher premiums because of Obamacare
In February 2014, it was reported that an estimated 65% of small businesses that already had insurance would pay higher premiums because of Obamacare.
603) Allowed anti-gay Muslim preacher who wants homosexuals to be executed into the U.S. to spread his message to mosques in 17 U.S. cities
Sheikh Mohammad Rateb al-Nabulsi is a Muslim preacher from Syria who has called for homosexuals to be executed. In March 2014, Obama gave him a visa so he could spread his message to mosques in 17 U.S. cities.
604) Illegally gave unions an exemption from Obamacare’s “reinsurance” tax
Obamacare includes a so-called “reinsurance” tax. In March 2014, Obama gave unions an exemption from this tax. This was illegal for two reasons. First, Obama made this change without approval from Congress. And second, the Constitution requires that laws apply equally to everyone.
605) Illegally delayed Obamacare’s minimum standards for certain insurance policies until after the 2016 election
Obamacare’s minimum standards for insurance policies were required to take effect on January 1, 2014. However, in March 2014, Obama delayed these standards for certain insurance policies until after the 2016 election. Because Obama did this without approval from Congress, his action was illegal.
606) Illegally extended Obamacare’s open enrollment period for 2015
In March 2014, Obama extended Obamacare’s open enrollment period for 2015. Because Obama did this without approval from Congress, his action was illegal.
607) Unite Here said Obamacare “threatens the middle class with higher premiums, loss of hours, and a shift to part-time work and less comprehensive coverage.”
Unite Here is a union that represents 300,000 employees in the hotel and restaurant industries. It supported Obama in both elections.
In March 2014, Unite Here said:
“If employers follow the incentives in the law, they will push families onto the exchanges to buy coverage. This will force low-wage service industry employees to spend $2.00, $3.00 or even $5.00 an hour of their pay to buy similar coverage.”
“… the ACA threatens the middle class with higher premiums, loss of hours, and a shift to part-time work and less comprehensive coverage.”
“Obamacare will cost our members the equivalent of a significant pay cut to keep their hard-won benefits.”
“… it will inevitably lead to the destruction of the health care plans we were promised we could keep.”
608) Doctor who survived breast cancer said “Under Obamacare, I’d be dead.”
Dr. Katherine Albrecht lives in Nashua, New Hampshire. After she was diagnosed with breast cancer, doctors at her local hospital told her there was nothing they could do for her. So, she went to experts at the Dana Farber Cancer Center in Boston, Massachusettes, who saved her life. She later received follow up care at Cornell Breast Cancer Center in New York City. Her insurance paid for her treatment at both of these out-of-state facilities.
Afterward, her insurance policy was canceled, because it did not meet Obamacare’s minimum requirements.
Her new, Obamacare-compliant policy does not cover treatment in Boston, New York, or any other out-of-state medical facility.
She said of this:
“Under Obamacare, I’d be dead.”
609) Tried to censor the Center for American Progress
In March 2014, it was reported that the Obama administration had called the Center for American Progress to complain about its accurate report that Obama’s troop surge in Afghanistan had more troops than the highest number during Bush’s presidency.
610) Told border guards to run away from illegal immigrants who were throwing rocks
In March 2014, it was reported that the Obama administration had told border guards to run away from illegal immigrants who were throwing rocks at them.
611) Illegally read the emails of two law abiding, adult citizens who were engaged in a consensual sexual relationship
In February 2014, it was reported that the Obama administration had illegally read the emails of two law abiding, adult citizens who were engaged in a consensual sexual relationship.
612) Tried to prevent Florida from removing ineligible people from its voter rolls
In March 2014, it was reported that the Obama administration had tried to stop Florida from removing ineligible people from its voter rolls.
613) Threatened to veto a bill that would require the President to enforce federal laws
In March 2014, it was reported that Obama had threatened to veto a bill that would require the President to enforce federal laws.
614) Obamacare refused to provide insurance to a business which had paid its Obamacare premiums for three months
United Reported Publishing is a business in Folsom, California. As of March 2014, it had paid its Obamacare premiums for the past three months, but had not received the insurance that it had paid for. When the company called the Obamacare customer service phone number to try to find out why, the Obamacare customer service refused to do anything to help them.
615) Threatened to fine a law abiding citizen $75,000 a day for legally building a stock pond on his own private property
Andy Johnson lives in Wyoming. He obtained a permit to legally build a stock pond on his own private property. However, in March 2014, it was reported that the Obama administration had threatened to fine him $75,000 a day for building it.
616) Skipped National Security meeting so he could attend a film festival
In March 2014, it was reported that Obama had skipped a National Security meeting so he could attend a film festival.
617) Prohibited Catholic military personnel from practicing their religion during off-duty hours
In March 2014, it was reported that Commander-in-Chief Obama had prohibited Catholic military personnel from practicing their religion during off-duty hours.
618) Got even worse regarding his violations of the Freedom of Information Act
In 2013, Obama’s violations of the Freedom of Information Act were even worse than during the previous years of his presidency.
619) Illegally changed Obamacare’s medical loss ratio provision
Obamacare has a medical loss ratio provision which requires insurers to spend at least 80% of premiums on health care. In March 2014, Obama changed this percentage. Because Obama made this change without approval from Congress, his action was illegal.
620) Tried to censor the ACLU and NAACP
In March 2014, it was reported that the ACLU and the NAACP had criticized the Obama administration’s proposal for new regulations that would restrict the speech of non-profit organizations during election campaigns.
621) Gave up U.S. control over certain aspects of the internet.
The U.S. invented the internet. However, in March 2014, it was reported that Obama had given up U.S. control of certain aspects of the internet.
622) Democratic Underground’s WilliamPitt said Obamacare caused his wife to lose coverage for her multiple sclerosis medicine, and called Obama a “used-car salesman”
In March 2014, Democratic Underground’s WilliamPitt wrote: (I have redacted the vulgar language from the original)
What I’ve learned about the Affordable Care Act
What I’ve learned after a three-month war with these fiends: the ACA says the insurance companies cannot deny coverage to those with pre-existing conditions, which is true as far as it goes. But they can deny coverage for the life-saving medications necessary to treat those conditions. The insurance company I signed up with through the ACA exchange just denied coverage of my wife’s multiple sclerosis medication. We’re “covered,” to the tune of $700 a month…just not for what she really needs.
A cozy loophole, that.
F*** you, insurance industry.
F*** you, Mr. President, you piece of s*** used-car salesman.
From my heart and soul, f*** you.
623) More than one third of people who receive Obamacare subsidies will have to repay part or all of their subsidy when they do their taxes the following year
In March 2014, it was reported that more than one third of people who receive Obamacare subsidies will have to repay part or all of their subsidy when they do their taxes the following year.
624) Illegally rewrote the Freedom of Information Act to prevent the release of politically sensitive documents
In March 2014, it was reported that in April 2009, Obama had rewritten the freedom of Information Act to prevent the release of politically sensitive documents. Because Obama did this without approval from Congress, his action was illegal.
625) Man received $407,000 in medical bills for care that he had received after his Obamacare policy had taken effect
Larry Basich lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. He started paying his Obamacare premiums in November 2013, for coverage that was supposed to start on January 1, 2014. He paid his premiums every month. However, in March 2014, he was billed $407,000 for medical care that he had received during January and February 2014.
626) Under Commander-in-Chief Obama, the military kept track of civilians’ parking tickets, traffic citations, and fender-benders
In March 2014, it was reported that under Commander-in-Chief Obama, the military was keeping track of civilians’ parking tickets, traffic citations, and fender-benders.
627) Obama Motors refused to recall defective cars that killed 12 people
In July 2009, Obama had the government take 60.8% ownership of General Motors.
In December 2013, ownership of Obama Motors was returned to the private sector.
In March 2014, it was reported that during the time that Obama had been in charge of Obama Motors, he refused to recall defective cars that had killed 12 people. This is very unusual, because typical car recalls happen before anyone dies.
628) Proposed illegally building skyscrapers out of wood
In March 2013, Obama proposed building skyscrapers out of wood. To do so would be in violation of numerous safety regulations and building codes, not to mention the laws of physics.
629) Falsely accused Matt Drudge of lying when Drudge said he had just paid his Obamacare tax
Since Matt Drudge runs a business, he pays his income taxes on a quarterly based. However, in March 2014, after Drudge truthfully commented on this, the Obama administration falsely accused him of lying.
630) New York Times reporter James Risen said Obama was “the greatest enemy of press freedom that we have encountered in at least a generation”
In March 2014, New York Times reporter James Risen said Obama was:
“the greatest enemy of press freedom that we have encountered in at least a generation”
631) Spied on Chinese politicians and companies
In March 2014, it was reported that the Obama administration had spied on Chinese politicians and companies
632) Eric Holder illegally avoided reporting and paying taxes on his use of government aircraft for personal trips
In March 2014, it was reported that Attorney General Eric Holder had illegally avoided reporting and paying taxes on his use of government aircraft for personal trips.
633) Illegally delayed the Obamacare enrollment deadline
Obamacare sets the enrollment deadline at March 31, 2014. However, a week before this deadline, Obama granted extensions. Because Obama did this without approval from Congress, his action was illegal.
634) Obamacare author said it will cause most employers to stop offering insurance
In March 2014, the New York Times reported:
Why Employers Will Stop Offering Health Insurance
Here’s a prediction: By 2025, “fewer than 20 percent of workers in the private sector will receive traditional employer-sponsored health insurance.” The source of this claim? Dr. Ezekiel J. Emanuel, in his just-published book, “Reinventing American Health Care.”
Dr. Emanuel is an accomplished oncologist, medical ethicist and academic (and contributing opinion writer to The New York Times). And, of course, he’s no stranger to politics: He helped craft the Affordable Care Act as a health policy adviser to the Obama administration, when his brother, Rahm, now the mayor of Chicago, was chief of staff.
… he argues, the so-called Cadillac tax on especially generous health plans, set to take effect in 2018, will help pave the way by discouraging companies from offering those plans.
635) Conducted a DEA raid on someone’s home based on the fact that she had purchased a 16 ounce bottle of fertilizer at a gardening store
In October 2013, the DEA raided the home of a woman in Shorewood, Illinois, based on the fact that she had purchased a 16 ounce bottle of fertilizer at a gardening store.
636) Used more than 200 armed agents and snipers to confront a farmer who was trespassing on federal land
In April 2014, the Obama administration used more than 200 armed agents and snipers to confront a farmer who was trespassing on federal land.
637) Ordered a high school to undo improvements that parents had made to its bleachers
Plymouth Canton Community Schools is a high school in Michigan. The students’ parents used their own money to improve the bleachers at the school’s baseball field. In March 2014, the Obama administration ordered the school to undo these improvements.
638) Spied on private companies in Germany
In March 2014, it was reported that the Obama administration had spied on private companies in Germany.
639) Spied on 122 world leaders
In March 2014, it was reported that the Obama administration had spied on 122 world leaders.
640) California’s Obamacare website gave people voter registration cards that were pre-marked as Democrat
In March 2014, it was reported that California’s Obamacare website had given people voter registration cards that were pre-marked as Democrat.
641) Secretly gave military equipment to Russia after Russia invaded Ukraine
In March 2014, it was reported that the Obama administration had secretly given military equipment to Russia after Russia invaded Ukraine.
642) Released 68,000 convicted criminal aliens in one year
In 2013, the Obama administration released 68,000 convicted criminal aliens.
643) Obama’s press secretary had Soviet communist propaganda posters on the walls of his house
In April 2014, it was reported that Jay Carney, Obama’s press secretary, had Soviet communist propaganda posters on the walls of his house.
644) Obama administration removed info from its own website about why it wanted a farmer to get off of federal land
In April 2014, the Obama administration used more than 200 armed agents and snipers to confront a farmer who was trespassing on federal land. After the standoff had been going on for several days, it was reported that the Obama administration had been planning to let a Chinese company use the land to build a solar farm, and that the Obama administration had removed information about these plans from its own website.
645) Obamacare caused a Kansas hospital to layoff 15 employees
In April 2014, it was reported that Obamacare had caused Newman Regional Health hospital in Emporia, Kansas, to layoff 15 employees.
646) Voted against requiring medical care for babies who were born alive after botched abortions
In Illinois, it was discovered that an abortion clinic was refusing to provide medical care to babies who were born alive after botched abortions – medical workers at the clinic were letting these babies die. When Obama was an Illinois state senator, he voted against requiring medical care for these babies who were born alive after botched abortions.
647) Targeted companies with Republican CEOs so the Justice Department could block their mergers
In April 2014, it was reported that the Obama administration had targeted companies with Republican CEOs so the Justice Department could block their mergers.
648) Of the 7.1 million people who enrolled in the Obamacare exchanges, only 20% had been previously uninsured
In April 2014, it was reported that of the 7.1 million people who had enrolled in the Obamacare exchanges, only 20% had been previously uninsured.
649) Illegally regulated banks in Canada and Europe, and illegally required them to violate the privacy of their own citizens
In March 2010, Obama signed the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, which takes effect on July 1, 2014. This law imposes new regulations on banks in Canada and Europe, and requires them to violate the privacy of their own citizens. The U.S. Constitution does not give these powers to the U.S. President.
650) Proposed 442 different tax increases as of April 14, 2014
As of April 14, 2014, President Obama had proposed 442 different tax increases.
651) Obamacare caused a woman who was six months pregnant to lose coverage for her obstetrician
Susan Estrich is a law professor at the University of Southern California. In April 2014, she said that Obamacare had caused her pharmacy technician, who was six months pregnant, to lose coverage for her obstetrician.
652) Obamacare caused New York City brain surgery patient to lose all her doctors and anti-pain medications
Margaret Figueroa lives in New York City. She has had four brain surgeries. On January 1, 2014, Obamacare caused her to lose all her doctors and anti-pain medications. Three months later, she said:
“I have been in pain. I’ve been vomiting. I lost 22 pounds. The pain is unbearable.”
653) Obamacare forced Los Angeles family to buy dental insurance that covered zero dentists within 100 mile radius
Scot Vorse lives in Los Angeles, California. He has two children. Obamacare required him to buy dental insurance for his children. However, when he searched the Obamacare website for dentists who were covered by his policy, it said that there were zero participating dentists within a 100 mile radius.
654) Obama voters in San Francsico area complained that Obamacare does not actually give them access to a doctor
Mountain View, California, is part of the San Francisco area, where Obama won both elections by a huge percentage. In April 2014, Obama voters in this area complained that Obamacare did not actually give them access to a doctor.
655) Illegally shot and killed cattle, and lied about the reason why
In April 2014 in Nevada, the Obama administration illegally shot and killed cattle, in violation of a court order. Although the cattle had been safely enclosed inside a fenced area, the Obama administration falsely claimed that the cattle had been running around loose and were a threat.
656) Illegally rounded up wild horses so they could be sent to a slaughterhouse, and lied about the reason why
In April 2014 in Wyoming, the Obama administration rounded up wild horses so they could be sent to a slaughterhouse, despite the fact that these wild horses were legally protected from such actions. The Obama administration falsely claimed that these wild horses were not actually wild.
657) Threatened to veto a bill that would change Obamacare’s defintion of “full time” from 30 hours per week to 40
Obamacare’s employer mandate only applies to “full time” employees, which Obamacare defines as those who work at least 30 hours per week. This has encouraged many employers to reduce their employees’ weekly hours to 29. In response to this, in April 2014, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that redefines Obamacare’s definition of “full time” work to 40 hours per week. Obama threatened to veto this proposal.
658) Forced New Jersey to eliminate its FamilyCare Advantage health care program
In 2008, New Jersaey started running a program called FamilyCare Advantage, which provided affordable health insurance to families. However, in 2014, Obamacare forced New Jersey to eliminate this program.
659) Obama’s State Department “misplaced and lost” $6 billion
In April 2014, it was reported that Obama’s State Department had “misplaced and lost” $6 billion.
660) Obamacare patient got rejected by all 96 doctors that she contacted
In an April 2014 article in Ebony magazine, Danielle Kimberly wrote:
As a proud new beneficiary of the Affordable Health Care Act, I’d like to report that I am doctorless. Ninety-six. Ninety-six is the number of soul crushing rejections that greeted me as I attempted to find one. It’s the number of physicians whose secretaries feigned empathy while rehearsing the “I’m so sorry” line before curtly hanging up.
661) Ann Coulter said her friend’s sister died because of Obamacare
In February 2014, Ann Coulter said that her friend’s sister died because she could not afford to get medical care, because her insurance had been canceled because of Obamacare.
662) Obama ad falsely said women get paid 77 cents on the dollar for doing the “same work” as men
In June 2012, an Obama ad said:
“President Obama knows that women being paid 77 cents on the dollar for doing the same work as men isn’t just unfair, it hurts families.”
While women do indeed get paid 77 cents for every dollar that a man gets, it is not for the “same work.” The Huffington Post reported that the claim that women get paid 77 cents on the dollar for doing the “same work” as men is wrong: the comparison is not for the “same work,” the comparison does not adjust for education, job, experience, hours worked per week, etc., and when you do adjust for those things, the gap disappears. People who claim that the gap exists count a male lawyer and a female librarian as having the “same” job, even though lawyers earn far more than librarians.
663) Tea party donors were audited by the IRS at ten times the rate of the general population
In May 2014, it was reported that tea party donors had been audited by the IRS at ten times the rate of the general population.
664) Obama gave taxpayers’ money to Obamacare contractor to hire employees to do nothing
In May 2014, it was reported that Obama had given taxpayers’ money to Serco, an Obamacare contractor, to hire employees to do nothing. The more employees that Serco hired to do nothing, the more taxpayer money it got from Obama. At the time of the report, Serco was still hiring new employees.
665) Obamacare customers filed class action lawsuit because even though they had paid their premiums, they did not receive the coverage that they had paid for
In April 2014, a class action lawsuit was filed in Nevada by Obamacare customers because even though they had paid their premiums, they did not receive the coverage that they had paid for.
666) Obama hired a top criminal attorney as his new White House council
In April 2014, it was reported that Obama had hired Neil Eggleston, a top criminal attorney, as his new White House council.
667) Broke his promise to end Bush’s policy of circumventing Congress
In 2008, Obama said:
“The biggest problems we’re facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all. And that’s what I intend to reverse when I’m president of the United States of America.”
However, as of February 2014, Obama had broken that promise 168 times.
668) Said “Earth Day is about taking action” and then burned more than 35,000 gallons of fuel
On Earth Day 2014, the Obama administration said:
“Earth Day is about taking action”
Obama then spent the day burning more than 35,000 gallons of fuel.
669) Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services spent $146 each month for each employee for email
In April 2014, it was reported that the Department of Health and Human Services was spending $146 each month for each employee for email.
670) Removed 1.5 million medical orders from waiting lists at Veterans Administration hospitals without actually providing any medical care
In May 2014, the Washington Examiner reported:
More than 1.5 million medical orders were canceled by the Department of Veterans Affairs without any guarantee the patients received the treatment or tests they needed, the Washington Examiner has found.
Since May 2013, veterans’ medical centers nationwide have been under pressure to clear out 2 million backlogged orders for patient care or services.
They were given wide latitude to cancel unfilled appointments more than 90 days old. By April 2014, the backlog of what the agency calls “unresolved consults” was down to about 450,000.
What happened to other 1.5 million appointments is something that no one, including top officials at the veterans’ agency, can answer.
In May 2014, CNN reported:
At least 40 U.S. veterans died waiting for appointments at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system, many of whom were placed on a secret waiting list.
The secret list was part of an elaborate scheme designed by Veterans Affairs managers in Phoenix who were trying to hide that 1,400 to 1,600 sick veterans were forced to wait months to see a doctor, according to a recently retired top VA doctor and several high-level sources.
671) Falsely said that he found out about long waiting lists at Veterans Administration hospitals on the news in 2014
In May 2014, the Obama administration said that it had just found out about the long waiting lists at Veterans Administration hospitals on the news.
However, Obama had previously talked about this problem in 2008.
672) Sued a trucking company because it would not allow an alcoholic employee to drive a truck
In September 2011, the Obama administration sued Old Dominion Freight Line because it would not allow an alcoholic employee to drive a truck.
673) Sued a private company for using the same kind of background checks as the Obama administration
In 2012, the EEOC sued Kaplan, a for-profit education company, for using credit checks on its employees, which were described as being “the same type of background check that the EEOC itself uses.”
674) Defended a Muslim airline that illegally bans Israeli Jews from flights that originate in the U.S.
In 2013, a passenger who wanted to fly from New York to London on Kuwait Airways was illegally rejected by the airline for being an Israeli Jew. The passenger filed a discrimination complaint with the Obama administration. The Obama administration dismissed the complaint, claiming that the airline was subject to Kuwaiti law, and not U.S. law, even though the flight originated in the U.S.
675) Illegally seized money from the bank account of a law abiding grocery store
Terry Dehko is a law abiding citizen who owns a grocery store in Fraser, Michigan. 35% of the store’s sales are done in cash. The store regularly deposits this cash into a bank account. In January 2013, the Obama administration illegally seized the contents of the store’s bank account.
676) Illegally pressured banks to close the accounts of porn stars
In May 2014, it was reported that the Obama administration had illegally pressured banks to close the accounts of porn stars.
677) Huffington Post said Obamacare will leave 40 million Americans uninsured
In February 2014, the Huffington Post reported that Obamacare would leave 40 million Americans uninsured.
678) Obamacare is illegal because it originated in the Senate instead of in the House
The Obama administration argued in front of the Supreme Court that the Obamacare mandate was a tax.
The U.S. Constitution requires all tax bills to originate in the House, but Obamacare originated in the Senate.
679) Moved control of the Census Bureau from the commerce secretary to the White House
In March 2009, Obama moved control of the Census Bureau from the commerce secretary to the White House. Larry Sabato, a professor at the University of Virginia, said of this:
“The last thing the census needs is for any hard-bitten partisan (either a Karl Rove or a Rahm Emanuel) to manipulate these critical numbers… Partisans have a natural impulse to tilt the playing field in their favor, and this has to be resisted.”
680) Changed questions in the census to falsely inflate the number of people who gained insurance from Obamacare
In April 2014, the New York Times reported:
Census Survey Revisions Mask Health Law Effects
The Census Bureau, the authoritative source of health insurance data for more than three decades, is changing its annual survey so thoroughly that it will be difficult to measure the effects of President Obama’s health care law in the next report, due this fall…
… the new questions are so different that the findings will not be comparable…
An internal Census Bureau document said that the new questionnaire included a “total revision to health insurance questions” and, in a test last year, produced lower estimates of the uninsured. Thus, officials said, it will be difficult to say how much of any change is attributable to the Affordable Care Act and how much to the use of a new survey instrument.
“We are expecting much lower numbers just because of the questions and how they are asked,” said Brett J. O’Hara, chief of the health statistics branch at the Census Bureau.
681) Illegally created a new Obamacare rule and penalty without approval from Congress
In May 2014, the New York Times reported:
Many employers had thought they could shift health costs to the government by sending their employees to a health insurance exchange with a tax-free contribution of cash to help pay premiums, but the Obama administration has squelched the idea in a new ruling. Such arrangements do not satisfy the health care law, the administration said, and employers may be subject to a tax penalty of $100 a day — or $36,500 a year — for each employee who goes into the individual marketplace.
Obama’s actions here are illegal. There is nothing in Obamacare that gives Obama or the IRS the power to prohibit employers from dumping employees onto Obamacare exchanges, or for fining them $100 a day per employee for doing so. The President does not have the legal authority to change the law without those changes first being approved by Congress.
682) Obamacare forced colon cancer survivor Janet Grigg to lose her doctor. Her new Obamacare policy covers zero doctors within a 400 mile radius of her home.
Janet Grigg lives in Oklahoma and is a survivor of colon cancer. Obamacare caused her to lose coverage for her doctor. Her new Obamacare policy covers zero doctors within a 400 mile radius of her home. You can see a video of her at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FoyREgDH_8
683) Paid $150 per gallon for green jet fuel
In May 2014, it was reported that the Pentagon had paid $150 per gallon for green jet fuel.
684) Gave $20 million loan to an Obama donor and “very good friend” of Joe Biden to open a Porsche dealership in Ukraine
In May 2014, it was reported that the Obama administration had given a $20 million loan to John Hynanksy to open a Porsche dealership in Ukraine. Vice President Joe Biden has referred to Hynanksy as “my very good friend.” Hynanksy has donated to Obama’s campaign.
685) Obama broke the same law that Martha Stewart had gone to prison for breaking
Solyndra’s shareholders and executives made substantial donations to Obama’s campaign, the company spent a large sum of money on lobbying the Obama administration, and its executives had many meetings with Obama White House officials. Afterward, Obama gave $535 million of taxpayers’ money to Solyndra. Before Obama gave the money to Solyndra, Obama had already been aware of Solyndra’s financial troubles. For example, according to the company’s security filings in 2009, the company had been selling its product for less than the cost of production. In 2010, Obama visited the Solyndra factory and cited it as a role model for his “stimulus” program, saying “It’s here that companies like Solyndra are leading the way toward a brighter and more prosperous future.” The Washington Post wrote of this, “Administration officials and outside advisers warned that President Obama should consider dropping plans to visit a solar startup company in 2010 because its mounting financial problems might ultimately embarrass the White House.” Solyndra was a private company, but had been planning to use its government funding as a means of going public – so when Obama knowingly overstated the company’s condition in order to help his friends at Solyndra, he broke the same law that Martha Stewart had been sent to prison for breaking.
686) Refused to explain why he waited two years to label Boko Haram as a terrorist organization
In 2011, an organization called Boko Haram bombed the Abuja U.N. headquarters. However, the Obama administration waited two years to label it as a terrorist organization, and would not explain why it waited.
687) Falsely claimed that Republicans had “filibustered about 500 pieces of legislation”
In May 2014, Obama falsely claimed that Republicans had “filibustered about 500 pieces of legislation.”
688) Refused to prosecute Hilda Solis, his labor secretary, for violating campaign finance laws
In March 2012, Hilda Solis, Obama’s labor secretary, illegally asked federal employees to donate to Obama’s campaign. Obama refused to prosecute her.
689) Illegally ordered two Secret Service agents to leave their White House post and guard the home of a top official’s aide
During the summer of 2011, the Obama administration illegally ordered two Secret Service agents to leave their White House post and guard the home of a top official’s aide.
690) Spent $194,788 to study how transwomen use Facebook
In April 2014, the Obama administration spent $194,788 to study how transwomen use Facebook.
691) Illegally released five “high risk” Taliban terrorists
Federal law requires the President to notify Congress 30 days before releasing terrorists. However, in May 2014, Obama released five “high risk” Taliban terrorists without giving advance notification.
692) Under Commander-in-Chief Obama, a military deserter was given promotions instead of a court-martial
In June 2009, private first class Bowe Bergdahl deserted his post. Afterward, instead of being court-martialed, he was promoted to the rank of specialist in June 2010, and later promoted to the rank of sergeant in June 2011.
693) Falsely said a military deserter had been “captured on the battlefield” and had served “with honor and distinction”
In June 2009, private first class Bowe Bergdahl deserted his post. However, in June 2014, Susan Rice, Obama’s national security adviser, said that Bergdahl had been “captured on the battlefield” and had served “with honor and distinction.”
694) Commander-in-Chief Obama did not know that the letter “p” in the word “corpsman” was silent
Commander-in-Chief Obama pronounced the letter “p” in the world “corpsman” twice in less than a minute. For a young child who is learning how to read, such a pronunciation makes perfect sense. But for the Commander-in-Chief of the most powerful military in the world, it is inexcusable.
695) Referred to the Taliban Five as “gentlemen”
At 3:25 in this video from June 2014, Marie Harf, the deputy spokesperson for Obama’s State Department, refers to the five then-recently released Taliban terrorists as “gentlemen.”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWQ28sUBvwE
696) Illegally invited, encouraged, and allowed tens of thousands of unaccompanied minor illegal immigrants to enter and stay in the U.S., and then pretended to be surprised when they showed up
In 2012, the Obama administration announced that unaccompanied minor illegal immigrant children would not be deported.
In January 2014, the Obama administration placed an advertisement requesting contract services to care for 65,000 “unaccompanied alien children.” The advertisement can be read here. However, afterward, when these illegal immigrants entered the U.S., the Obama administration pretended to be surprised at their arrival.
They are largely from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.
95% of them said the main reason they came was because of Obama’s new promise for amnesty.
In June 2014, Associated Press reported:
The number of unaccompanied minors detained on the U.S. border has more than tripled since 2011.
The migrants also uniformly said they decided to head north because they had heard that a change in U.S. law requires the Border Patrol to swiftly release children and their mothers and let them stay in the United States.
The Central American minors who cross the border alone have generally been released into the care of relatives already in the U.S…
… many are reporting in calls back home that they’re free to move around the U.S.
Also in June 2014, Associated Press reported:
The Obama administration has released into the U.S. an untold number of immigrant families caught traveling illegally from Central America in recent months — and although the government knows how many it’s released, it won’t say publicly.
Senior U.S. officials directly familiar with the issue, including at the Homeland Security Department and White House, have so far dodged the answer on at least seven occasions over two weeks, alternately saying that they did not know the figure or didn’t have it immediately at hand. “We will get back to you,” the Homeland Security deputy secretary said Friday.
The figure is widely believed to exceed 40,000 since October. It’s believed to be slightly below the roughly 52,000 children caught traveling illegally from Central America over the same period, an extraordinary increase since last year that is driving a humanitarian crisis at the border.
Instead of returning these illegal immigrants to south of the border, the Obama administration made plans to ship some them to Virginia and New York.
In June 2014, the Obama administration announced that it would give $254.6 million to the countries that sent these illegal immigrants to the U.S. Obama was planning to reward illegal immigration by subsidizing it. Whatever you subsidize, you get more of it. When you subsidize illegal immigration, you get more of it.
697) Falsely claimed to have “lost” Lois Lerner’s emails
In June 2014, the IRS claimed that emails from Lois Lerner (a high level IRS employee) to outside agencies from January 2009 through April 2011 had been “lost” when her hard drive “crashed.” However, a private company called Sonasoft had a contractwith the IRS since 2005 to back up all of the IRS’s emails. The company keeps multiple and redundant backup copies of all the IRS’s emails. The company advertised itself by saying “If the IRS uses Sonasoft products to back up their servers why wouldn’t you choose them to protect your servers?” In addition, Norman Cillo, an Army veteran who had worked in intelligence, and who had also worked as a program manager at Microsoft, listed six reasons why the IRS’s claim about “losing” the emails must be false. Also, federal law requires the IRS to keep permanent, backup copies of all of its emails at an external location. And finally, the NSA has copies of all of the emails.
698) Obama’s so-called “indepentent” investigator of the Solyndra scandal donated $52,500 to Obama’s campaign
Although a so-called “independent” review said that Obama had not done anything wrong in the Solyndra scandal, it was later reported that Herbert M. Allison Jr., the person who had conducted this “independent” review, donated $52,500 to Obama’s campaign.
699) Gave bonuses to employees who created Oregon’s defective Obamacare website
Obama gave Oregon $304 million to build itsdefective Obamacare website. As of February 28, 2014, exactly zero people had signed up at Oregon’s Obamacare website.
However, in June 2014, it was reported that the employees who had built Oregon’s defective Obamacare website had been given $650,000 in taxpayer funded bonuses.
700) Gave news organizations the secret identity of the CIA’s top officer in Kabul
In May 2014, the Obama administration gave news organizations the secret identity of the CIA’s top officer in Kabul.
701) Obama nominated a judge who had written memos in favor of using drones to kill U.S. citizens without a trial, and Obama would not let people read those memos
In May 2014, Obama nominated David J. Barron to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Before that, when Barron was an official in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, he had written two memos arguing in favor of using drones to kill U.S. citizens without a trial. When it was requested that these memos be made public, Obama refused to do so.
702) In 2013, Obama released hundreds of illegal aliens who had been convicted of violent crimes
In 2013, the Obama administration released hundreds of illegal aliens who had been convicted of violent crimes. The violent crimes that they had been convicted of included 193 murder convictions, 426 sexual assault convictions, 303 kidnapping convictions, and 1,075 aggravated assault convictions.
703) Obama’s Department of Agriculture ordered submachine guns with 30 round capacity
In May 2014, the Department of Agriculture orderedsubmachine guns with 30 round capacity. The order can be read here.
704) Illegally pressured banks to stop doing business with gun sellers
In May 2014, it was reported that the Obama administration had imposed new regulations on banks which pressured them to stop doing business with gun sellers. Because Obama did this without approval from Congress, his actions were illegal.
705) Illegally seized industrial hemp seeds
In May 2014, the DEA illegally seized industrial hemp seeds in Kentucky.
706) Falsely promised to end the problem of long waiting lists at Veterans Administration hospitals
In 2008, Obama falsely promised to fix the problem of long waiting lists at Veterans Administration hospitals.
707) Obama’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau holds its meetings in secret
In 2010, Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Act, which created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which holds its meetings in secret.
708) Falsely said he was “madder than hell” about long waiting lists at Veterans Administration hospitals
In May 2014, Denis McDonough, Obama’s chief of staff, said that Obama was “madder than hell” about long waiting lists at Veterans Administration hospitals. However, even though Obama had talkedabout this problem in 2008, he had not done anything to fix it during his first five years as President.
709) Illegally ignored Judical Watch’s Freedom of Information requests regarding Fast and Furious
Obama illegally ignored Judicial Watch’s Freedom of Information requests regarding Fast and Furious.
710) Illegally ignored Judicial Watch’s Freedom of Information requests regarding the Benghazi attacks
Obama illegally ignored Judicial Watch’s Freedom of Information requests regarding the Benghazi attacks.
711) Gave $499,479 of taxpayers’ money to an organization that published a list of “Pitfalls of Working With White People”
In May 2014, it was reported that the Obama administration had given $499,479 to Beyond Diversity Resource Center, a New Jersey organization that published a list of 29 “Pitfalls of Working With White People.” Some of these “pitfalls” said that white people “ask stupid questions,” “are arrogant,” “say something stupid,” and “get too friendly too fast.”
712) Obama’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau stopped conducting employee evaluations because they were “racist”
In May 2014, it was reported that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau had stopped conducting employee evaluations because they were “racist.” The agency’s new policy would pay all employees as if they had received the highest score. This new policy will cost more than $5 million.
713) Fined Toyota $1.2 billion for the non-existent “problem” of “unintended acceleration” after a government study proved that Toyota had done nothing wrong
Beginning in 2009, there were media reports that Toyota cars had a “problem” called “unintended acceleration.” Allegedly, when drivers stepped on the break, their cars would go faster instead of stopping. However, this “unintended accelelarion” was happening far more often with elderly drivers than with other drivers, which suggested that the problem was caused by the driver hitting the wrong pedal, and not by some defect in the car. In February 2011, a study by NHTSA and NAA proved that Toyota was innocent. The study can be read here. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said, “The verdict is in. There is no electronic-based cause for unintended high-speed acceleration in Toyotas.” However, despite Toyota’s innocence, Obama finedthem $1.2 billion.
714) Proposed that Hawaii’s legal system treat people differently depending on their race
In May 2014, it was reported that Obama had proposed that Hawaii adopt different taxing, spending, and law enforcement policies for people, depending on their race.
715) Spent $430,000 of taxpayers’ money to renovate a house in Detroit, and then sold it for $80,000
In May 2014, it was reported that the Obama adminitration had spent $430,000 to renovate a house in Detroit, and then sold it for $80,000.
716) Illegally violated Freedom of Information request regarding the closing of Mt. Rushmore during the October 2013 federal shutdown
During the federal shutdown of October 2013, South Dakota governor Dennis Daugaard proposed using state and private funds to keep Mount Rushmore open, but the Obama administration did not allow this to happen. In October 2013, National Review filed a Freedom of Information request on this subject, but the Obama administration illegally ignored the 20 day deadline for providing this information, and did not provide it until May 2014.
717) Union that represents 16,500 border patrol agents complained that Obama was forcing them to change the diapers of illegal aliens
In June 2014, the union that represents 16,500 border patrol agents complained that Obama was forcing them to change the diapers of illegal aliens.
718) Turned U.S. military bases into day care centers for illegal aliens
In July 2014, it was reported that Obama had turned four U.S. military bases into day care centers for illegal aliens.
719) Prohibited a U.S. Congressman from visiting a U.S. military base in his own state that was being used to house illegal aliens
In July 2014, it was reported that the Obama administration had prohibited U.S. Congressman Jim Bridenstine (R-Oklahoma) from visiting Ft. Sill, a military base in Lawton, Oklahoma, which the Obama administration was using to house illegal aliens.
720) Spent $252 per day per child to house illegal aliens
In July 2014, it reported that the Obama administration was spending $252 per day per child to house illegal aliens.
721) Flew illegal aliens to Massachusetts and then released them
In June 2014, it was reported that the Obama administration had flown illegal aliens to Massachusetts and then released them.
722) Fraudulently declared meadow jumping mouse “endangered” in order to hurt ranchers
On May 24, 2014, Wikipedia’s article on the meadow jumping mouse stated:
The meadow jumping mouse (Zapus hudsonius) is the most widely distributed mouse in the subfamily Zapodinae. It may be found from the Atlantic coast, to the Great Plains, as far north as the arctic tree lines in Canada and Alaska, and as far south as Georgia, Alabama, Arizona, and New Mexico.
The meadow jumping mouse is currently not in any kind of danger. According to the IUCN Red list, it is widely spread, common, and not declining throughout most of its extensive range. It is also present in many protected areas, and so does not have any major threats of it becoming an endangered species.
However, on July 3, 2014, the Daily Caller reported:
Feds Declare Mouse Endangered, Family Might Lose Everything
A family’s livestock enterprise in New Mexico is in danger of being completely shut down now that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has declared the meadow jumping mouse to be an endangered species…
The new regulations came into effect from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last month, and as a result, the U.S. Forest Service is considering installing 8-foot high fences to protect the mouse, which would permanently prevent the Lucero family’s livestock from grazing.
The family is already in possession of grazing permits from the federal government, but the permits become irrelevant in the event that a new species is declared endangered.
The Lucero family has had their livestock graze on the land in the Santa Fe National Forest for more than a century, starting first with sheep, but then switching to cattle in the 1920s.
Obama’s declaration of this animal as being “endangered” is contrary to all scientific evidence, and is just a cover for his war on ranchers.
723) After cancer patient Linda Rolain paid her Obamacare premiums, Obamacare refused to pay for her medical treatment, and she died
Linda Rolain lived in Las Vegas. She had brain cancer. After she paid her Obamacare premiums, Obamacare refused to pay for her medical treatment, and she died.
724) Sued a private company for “discrimination” because it required its employees to speak English
In July 2014, it was reported that the Obama administration had sued Wisconsin Plastics, Inc. for “discrimination” because it required its employees to speak English.
725) Gave thousands of illegal aliens bus tickets to the U.S. city of their choice
In June 2014, it was reported that Obama had given thousands of illegal aliens bus tickets to the U.S. city of their choice.
726) “Thugs Run L.A. Classrooms, Thanks To Obama Suspension Ban”
In July 2014, Investor’s Daily reported:
Thugs Run L.A. Classrooms, Thanks To Obama Suspension Ban
As we predicted, the Obama regime’s anti-suspension policy is backfiring. Los Angeles teachers complain unsuspended violent kids are intimidating them and effectively ruling their classrooms.
In 2011, the Education Department accused the Los Angeles Unified School District of discriminating against black boys, who were suspended for bad behavior at a disproportionate rate. The agency ordered it to reduce suspensions in the hopes that unruly minority students would stay in school and graduate.
Last year, Los Angeles schools became the first in the state to ban “willful defiance” as grounds for suspension. As a result, their overall suspension rate dropped to 1.5% from 8% in 2008.
Offenders just aren’t being sent home at the same rate they were before the federal order. And they’re getting younger and bolder.
“Last week I was terrified and bullied by a fourth-grade student,” a teacher at an urban L.A. school said. “The black student told me to ‘back off, bitch.’ I told him to go to the office and he said, ‘No, bitch, and you and no one can make me.'”
Complained another LAUSD teacher:
“Kids aren’t even suspended for fights or drugs.”
Even threats against teachers are ignored, as administrators’ hands are tied by the new policy. Knowing there won’t be consequences, thugs can control the classroom, disrupting lessons for other kids, including minorities, who want to learn.
727) Sent 200 U.S. troops to Iraq in June 2014, even though the Iraq War had allegedly ended in December 2011
In June 2014, Obama sent 200 U.S. troops to Iraq, even though the Iraq War had allegedly ended in December 2011.
728) Served cake on Air Force One, but pressured public schools to ban it
In June 2014, Obama served cake on Air Force One, but pressured public schools to ban it.
729) Threatened to arrest doctors and nurses if they talked about the contagious diseases that illegal aliens were bringing into the U.S.
In July 2014, the Obama administration threatenedto arrest doctors and nurses if they talked about the contagious diseases that illegal aliens were bringing into the U.S.
730) Illegally violated the religious freedom of Catholic business owners by forcing them to pay for birth control
In June 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Obama had illegally violated the religious freedom of Catholic business owners by forcing them to pay for birth control.
731) Obama wanted poet Maya Angelou put in jail because she used a gun to protect herself from someone who was trying to break into her home
In an interview with Time magazine, poet Maya Angelou said that she once used a gun to protect herself from someone who was trying to break into her home. When Obama was a state senator in Illinois, he voted against allowing people in their own homes to use guns to protect themselves and their families from murderers and rapists. Obama wanted Maya Angelou put in jail because she used a gun to protect herself, in her own home, from an intruder who could have been planning to rape and murder her.
732) Obama’s Justice Department investigated a parade float that was critical of Obama
In July 2014, the Justice Department launched an investigation into a parade float that was critical of Obama.
733) Awarded a $50 million contract to put illegal aliens in a resort hotel with an indoor Olympic sized swimming pool, an outdoor swimming pool, Jacuzzis, a sauna, a steam room, tennis courts, racquetball courts, Wi-Fi, and cable TV
In July 2014, the Obama administration awarded a $50 million contract to put illegal aliens in a resort hotel with an indoor Olympic sized swimming pool, an outdoor swimming pool, Jacuzzis, a sauna, a steam room, tennis courts, racquetball courts, Wi-Fi, and cable TV.
734) Allowed illegal aliens into the U.S. without performing proper medical screening
In July 2014, the Obama administration allowedillegal aliens into the U.S. without providing proper medical screening.
735) “Border Patrol Agent Hospitalized with Pneumonia Caught from an Illegal Immigrant, Expected to Have Lifelong Complications”
In July 2014, National Review reported:
Border Patrol Agent Hospitalized with Pneumonia Caught from an Illegal Immigrant, Expected to Have Lifelong Complications
A Border Patrol agent from the Laredo, Texas, Sector has been hospitalized for seven days with bacterial pneumonia, which the agent contracted while processing illegal immigrants, officials from National Border Patrol Council 2455 tell National Review Online.
Agent Jarrad Seely, vice president of NBPC 2455, says the agent is expected to have chronic asthmatic symptoms for life, according to information relayed by the agent. The illness has so swollen the agent’s throat that it’s difficult for the agent to speak, Seely says.
“It’s a very traumatic experience for [the agent] and [the agent’s] family,” he says. “[The agent’s] got small children.” He says that it’s too soon to tell if the agent will be able to make a full recovery and return to work, and says the agent was healthy prior to processing the immigrants.
736) Allowed illegal aliens with active cases of tuberculosis, scabies, lice, and chicken pox to enter the U.S.
In July 2014, it was reported that Obama had allowed illegal aliens with active cases of tuberculosis, scabies, lice, and chicken pox to enter the U.S.
737) Put illegal alien children into foster homes in the U.S. without doing proper background checks of the foster parents
In July 2014, it was reported that the Obama administration had put illegal alien children into foster homes in the U.S. without doing proper background checks of the foster parents.
738) Less than a month after Obama allowed illegal alien Pedro Alberto Monterroso Navas to enter the U.S., Navas murdered someone in Louisiana
On June 26, 2014, illegal alien Pedro Alberto Monterroso Navas was caught trying to enter the U.S. The Obama administration released him, andallowed him to stay in the U.S. On July 13, 2014, Navas murdered someone in Louisiana.
739) Falsely said “… we would not make any decisions about transfer of any detainees without consulting with Congress.”
In June 2013, White House press secretary Jay Carney said:
“… we would not make any decisions about transfer of any detainees without consulting with Congress.”
However, in May 2014, the Obama administrationbroke this promise.
740) Repeatedly violated a judge’s orders to stop destroying NSA records that could have been used to prove that the NSA had broken the law
In June 2014, it was reported that the Obama administration had repeatedly violated a judge’s orders to stop destroying NSA records that could have been used to prove that the NSA had broken the law.
741) Noam Chomsky said Obama “… seems determined to demolish the foundations of our civil liberties.”
In June 2014, Noam Chomsky said that Obama
“… seems determined to demolish the foundations of our civil liberties.”
742) Encouraged college students to take out loans that they could not afford to pay back
In 2010, Obama signed a law that limited the monthly payments for student loans to 10% of their discretionary income, and would forgive all remaining debt after 20 years of payments. Since students know they won’t have to pay back the money, this encourages them to borrow more money than they could afford to pay back.
743) Illegally expanded student debt forgiveness
in June 2014, Obama expanded student debt forgiveness. Because Obama did this without approval from Congress, his action was illegal.
744) Broke his promise to end no-bid contracts above $25,000
In January 2010, it was reported that Obama had broken his promise to end no-bid contracts above $25,000.
745) Planned to free an al Qaeda terrorist because he had started doing yoga
In June 2014, it was reported that Obama was planning to free an al Qaeda terrorist because he had started doing yoga.
746) Obamacare call center employee left confidential info of Obamacare customers at a deli
In June 2014, it was reported that an employee of an Obamacare call center had left a backpack containing handwritten notepads at a deli in Hartford, Connecticut. The notepads contained names, addresses, and social security numbers of 151 Obamacare customers.
747) Obama proposed housing almost 30,000 illegal aliens in the U.S. for one year for $126,000 each, would is 200 times the cost of flying them back to their home country
In July 2014, Obama proposed spending $3.8 billion to house almost 30,000 illegal aliens in the U.S. for one year. That works out to $126,000 to house each illegal alien for one year. Flying them back to their home country would only cost 1/200th of that amount.
748) In the name of “diversity,” Obama chose a non-pilot to head the Air Force in the Pacific
In July 2014, in the name of “diversity,” Obamachose a non-pilot to head the Air Force in the Pacific. A retired pilot explained why this was a terrible thing for Obama to do:
“It is because you make operational decisions that require the understanding of what you are going to ask pilots to execute in combat where the wrong decisions mean the difference between life and death.”
749) In the name of “protecting” the environment, Obama made it harder for firefighters to fight wildfires
In July 2014, it was reported that in the name of “protecting” the environment, Obama made it harder for firefighters to fight wildfires.
750) In the name of “safety,” Obama banned the use of wood in cheese-making, even though it has zero safety risk when done properly
In June 2014, in the name of “safety,” the Obama administration banned the use of wood in cheese-making, even though it has zero safety risk when done properly.
Chris Roelli, a Wisconsin cheese maker, said of this:
“… the flavor produced by aging on wood cannot be duplicated. This is a major game changer for the dairy industry in Wisconsin, and many other states.”
“We do not have a viable option available to us that will do the same things that the wood does to the cheese… The wood provides a way of controlling moisture, wood provides flavor, and the wood provides a stable environment for the beneficial microbes to grow that allow the cheese rind to develop.”
“Wood has been used in cheese making in Europe for thousands of years, from day one of cheese… it would severely hamper what we are doing at this point. 85% of the product I manufacture is made to be aged on wood.”
751) Veterans Administration hospital spent $20 million on solar panels while its patients died from lack of treatment
In June 2014, it was reported that the Phoenix VA Health Care System spent $20 million on solar panels while as many as 40 of its patients died while waiting for care.
752) Prohibited members of Congress from bringing cameras or audio recorders when they visited a shelter housing illegal aliens
In June 2014, it was reported that the Obama administration had prohibited members of Congress from bringing cameras or audio recorders when they visited a shelter housing illegal aliens.
753) Threatened to arrest border patrol agents if they talked to reporters
In June 2014, it was reported that the Obama administration had threatened to arrest border patrol agents if they talked to reporters.
754) Allowed known gang member illegal aliens to enter the U.S.
In June 2014, it was reported that the Obama administration had allowed known gang member illegal aliens to enter the U.S.
755) Covered up deaths at a Veterans Administration hospital to make its statistics look better
In June 2014, CNN reported:
Records of dead veterans were changed or physically altered, some even in recent weeks, to hide how many people died while waiting for care at the Phoenix VA hospital, a whistle-blower told CNN in stunning revelations that point to a new coverup in the ongoing VA scandal.
“Deceased” notes on files were removed to make statistics look better, so veterans would not be counted as having died while waiting for care, Pauline DeWenter said.
756) Punished a whistleblower for exposing abuse of patients at a Veterans Administration hospital
In June 2014, it was reported that Val Riviello had worked at a Veterans Administration hospital in Albany, New York for 28 years, first as as a nurse, and later as a nursing manger. She had always been considered an outstanding employee. However, after she exposed the abuse of patients, she was moved to an office cubicle, was prohibited from working as a nurse or as a nursing manager, and faced a possible 30 day suspension without pay.
757) “Military Bans Bibles But Forces Soldiers to Adhere to Ramadan Rules”
In June 2014, the Getaway Pundit reported:
Military Bans Bibles But Forces Soldiers to Adhere to Ramadan Rules
The US Air Force kicked Christian Gideon’s volunteers off base in March. The Bibles were too offensive and violated the separation of church and state rule.
But US military personnel are expected to adhere Islamic practices during Ramadan.
758) Obama supporters who repeatedly criticized Bush’s “tax cuts for the rich” don’t seem to care that Obama signed a two year extension of them
Obama supporters who repeatedly criticized Bush’s “tax cuts for the rich” don’t seem to care that Obamasigned a two year extension of them.
759) Veterans Administration employees avoided helping veterans so they could work on Obamacare
In July 2014, it was reported that Veterans Administration employees had avoided helping veterans so they could work on Obamacare.
760) U.S. Supreme Court ruled 9-0 that Obama did not have the legal authority to tell churches who their ministers should be
In January 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 9-0 that Obama did not have the legal authority to tell churches who their ministers should be.
761) Illegally seized raisins from farmers
Ever since FDR’s New Deal, every President, including Obama, has been seizing raisins from farmers without paying them the compensation that was required by the takings clause of the fifth amendment.
762) Prohibited members of the media from bringing cameras or audio recorders when they visited a shelter housing illegal aliens
In July 2014, it was reported that Obama had prohibited members of the media from bringing cameras or audio recorders when they visited a shelter housing illegal aliens.
763) Falsely blamed the shrinking economy on winter weather
In July 2014, Obama blamed the shrinking economy on the previous winter’s weather. However, during four of the five worst winter storms since 1947, the economy got bigger, not smaller.
764) Even after illegal alien gang members admitted to having committed torture and murder, Obama still allowed them into the U.S.
In July 2014, it was reported that even after illegal alien gang members admitted to having committed torture and murder, Obama still allowed them into the U.S.
765) Allowed illegal alien gang members to spray graffiti on the walls of a federal building
In July 2014, it was reported that Obama had allowed illegal alien gang members to spray graffiti on the walls of a federal building.
766) 38 media organizations complained to Obama about his lack of transparency
In July 2014, 38 media organizations sent a letter to Obama complaining about his lack of transparency. The letter can be read here.
767) Prohibited school children from sending U.S. troops Christmas cards that said “Merry Christmas” or “God Bless You”
In December 2013, it was reported that the Obama administration had prohibited school children from sending U.S. troops Christmas cards that said “Merry Christmas” or “God Bless You.”
768) Filed charges against FedEx because some of its customers had shipped prescription medications without a prescription
In July 2014, it was reported that the Obama administration had filed charges against FedEx because some of its customers had shipped prescription medications without a prescription.
769) Illegally gave Obamacare waivers to U.S. territories
In July 2014, it was reported that Obama had given Obamacare waivers to U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, etc.,), which exempted them from certain Obamacare regulations. Because Obama did this without approval from Congress, his action was illegal.
770) Secretly flew four planeloads of illegal aliens to Massachusetts without notifying local communities
In July 2014, it was discovered that the Obama administration had secretly flown four planeloads of illegal aliens to Massachusetts without notifying local communities.
771) Illegally aided and abetted the smuggling of illegal aliens
After Obama ordered border patrol agents not to talk to the media, border patrol agent Hector Garza ignored the gag order, and told CNN that Obama was aiding and abetting the smuggling of illegal aliens. The CNN report can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4K3o35uS8lg
772) Sent hundreds of unaccompanied illegal alien children to Chicago
In July 2014, it was reported that the Obama administration had sent hundreds of unaccompanied illegal alien children to Chicago.
773) Pulled 70% of border patrol agents off their patrols and made them do paperwork instead
In July 2014, it was reported that the Obama administration had pulled 70% of border patrol agents off their patrols and made them do paperwork instead.
774) Allowed illegal aliens to fly on commercial airlines without proper ID
In July 2014, it was reported that the Obama administration was allowing illegal aliens to fly on commercial airlines without proper ID
775) Falsely said “Today border security is stronger than it ever has been.”
In July 2014, the Obama administration said:
“Today border security is stronger than it ever has been.”
Many of the entries on this list prove that the Obama administration was lying.
776) Allowed illegal alien gang members to use a federal building as a recruitment center for gangs
In July 2014, it was reported that the Obama administration was allowing illegal alien gang members to use a federal building as a recruitment center for gangs.
777) Spent as much as $1,000 each on beds for illegal alien children
In July 2014, Sylvia Burwell, Obama’s Secretary of Health and Human Services, said the government was spending as much as $1,000 each on beds for illegal alien children. amazon.com has many fine children’s beds for far lower prices.
778) Ordered a U.S. Congressman to stop criticizing Obama’s policy on illegal aliens
In July 2014, U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) told CNN that the White House had called him and ordered him to stop criticizing Obama’s policy on illegal aliens. The CNN report can be seen athttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhSB0WWBGYI
779) Falsely said that his policies had not caused an increase in illegal immigration
In July 2014, Obama falsely said that his policies had not caused an increase in illegal immigration.
780) Gave taxpayers’ money to terrorists who launched rockets at Israel
In July 2014, it was reported that Obama had given taxpayers’ money to terrorists who launched rockets at Israel.
781) Helen Thomas said Obama’s administration was less transparent than Nixon’s
In July 2009, White House reporter Helen Thomassaid:
“The point is the control from here. We have never had that in the White House. And we have had some control but not this control. I mean I’m amazed, I’m amazed at you people who call for openness and transparency and have controlled… Nixon didn’t try to do that… They couldn’t control (the media). They didn’t try. What the hell do they think we are, puppets? They’re supposed to stay out of our business. They are our public servants. We pay them.”
782) “The president’s day-to-day policy development… is almost totally opaque”
In February 2013, ABC News White House reporter Ann Compton, who covered Presidents Ford, Carter, Reagan, Clinton, both Bushes, and Obama, said:
“The president’s day-to-day policy development… is almost totally opaque to the reporters trying to do a responsible job of covering it. There are no readouts from big meetings he has with people from the outside, and many of them aren’t even on his schedule. This is different from every president I covered. This White House goes to extreme lengths to keep the press away.”
783) Obama is the “least transparent of the seven presidents I’ve covered”
In October 2013, ABC News correspondent Ann Compton said that Obama was the
“least transparent of the seven presidents I’ve covered in terms of how he does his daily business.”
784) “The Obama administration has been extremely controlling and extremely resistant to journalistic intervention.”
In October 2013, Michael Oreskes, a senior managing editor at Associated Press, said:
“the Obama administration has been extremely controlling and extremely resistant to journalistic intervention.”
785) Gave one of his campaign donors and fundraisers an exemption from rules that govern airway auctions
In July 2014, Obama gave Grain Management LLC an exemption from rules that govern airway auctions. The company is controlled by David Grain, who had donated more than $60,000 to Obama’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee in 2008, and $22,500 in 2012, and had raised between $200,000 and $500,000 for Obama’s campaign during the 2008 election.
786) Tried to keep White House emails secret during the Breitbart-Sherrod libel lawsuit
In July 2014, during the Breitbart-Sherrod libel lawsuit, the Obama administration tried to keep the relevant White House emails secret.
787) NSA often shared private photos of people who were under surveillance
In July 2014, the New York Times reported that the NSA often shared private photos of people who were under surveillance.
788) Contradicted his own claim that he had learned about many of his scandals from the news
Before July 2014, Obama had said that he had learned about many of his scandals from the news. However, in July 2014, he said that he doesn’t watch the news, because
“Whatever they’re reporting about, usually I know.”
789) Gave Obamacare policies and subsidies to non-existent people with fake ID
In July 2014, it was reported that Obamacare had given policies and subsidies to non-existent people with fake ID.
790) Obama’s fundraiser prevented a woman in labor from getting to the hospital
In July 2014 in Los Angeles, Obama’s fundraiserprevented a woman in labor from getting to the hospital.
791) Falsely said “It’s pretty hard to find an economic measure where we’re not significantly better off.”
In July 2014, Obama said:
“It’s pretty hard to find an economic measure where we’re not significantly better off.”
However, in May 2014, it had been reported that the labor participation rate had fallen to its lowest level since 1978. Furthermore, in April 2014, one million discouraged workers quit looking for a job. In addition, during Obama’s “recovery,” median annual household income fell by 4.4%, the poverty rate went up, the percentage of the population on food stamps increased, the home ownership rate fell, and income inequality got bigger.
792) Pressured schools to stop having bake sales
In July 2014, it was reported that the Obama administration had pressured schools to stop having bake sales.
793) Served his own guests lunch with more than 3,000 calories, but limited students’ school lunches to 850 calories
In December 2010, Obama signed a law that limited students’ school lunches to no more than 850 calories. However, at his iauguration in January 2013, he served his guests a lunch that contained more than 3,000 calories.
794) Pointed a loaded gun at Iowa Boy Scouts troops, confiscated one of their cameras, and threatened to put them in prison
In July 2014, at the Canada-Alaska border, Obama’s border patrol pointed a loaded gun at Iowa Boy Scout troops, confiscated one of their cameras, and threatened to put them in prison.
795) For four years, IRS supervisors were too dumb to notice that their own employee was embezzling money from the IRS
In mid-2009, IRS employee Yetunde Oseni was given an IRS credit card for work related purchases. Over the next four years, she used it to purchase hundreds of items for herself from amazon.com, including a chocolate fondue fountain, Bollywood movies, Pampers, Harlequin romance novels, Omaha Steaks, Apple Bottoms skinny jeans, mango body wash, a Ginsu knife set, a snow-cone maker, a pinata, and two trench coats. During those four years, her supervisors were too stupid to notice the fake receipts that she was giving them for these purchases.
796) Lent $105 million of taxpayers’ money to build an aquarium in Fortaleza, Brazil
In July 2014, it was reported that the Obama administration had lent $105 million of taxpayers’ money to build an aquarium in Fortaleza, Brazil.
797) Spent $34 million of taxpayers’ money to try to convince the people of Afghanistan to grow and eat soybeans, even though it’s not part of their traditional diet, and the climate does not favor it
Between 2010 and 2014, the Obama administrationspent a total of $34 million of taxpayers’ money to try to convince the people of Afghanistan to grow and eat soybeans. The Obama administration ignored the warnings from agronomists that the country’s climate was not appropriate for growing soybeans. In addition, soybeans are not part of the traditional Afghan diet.
798) “Surveillance Programs Hinder Journalists, Lawyers, Report Says”
In July 2014, the Wall St. Journal reported:
Surveillance Programs Hinder Journalists, Lawyers, Report Says
Large-scale U.S. surveillance programs hinder the ability of journalists to communicate confidentially with sources and restrain lawyers from adequately representing clients, according to a report issued Monday by two advocacy groups.
As a result, journalists and lawyers face challenges—both to their ability to disseminate information and to hold the U.S. government accountable—said the report by Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union. The groups said the government’s “massively powerful surveillance apparatus” limits and jeopardizes the privacy required by both groups.”
Journalists and their sources, as well as lawyers and their clients, are changing their behavior in ways that undermine basic rights and corrode democratic processes,” it said.
799) Purchased gears for $8,123.50 each, even though they could have been purchased for $445.06 each
In July 2014, it was reported that the Pentagon had purchased gears for $8,123.50 each, even though they could have been purchased for $445.06 each.
800) Hundreds of thousands of machine guns and rifles that Obama gave to Afghanistan were “missing”
In July 2014, it was reported that hundreds of thousands of machine guns and rifles that Obama had given to Afghanistan were “missing.”
801) Obama illegally ignored Obamacare author Jonathan Gruber’s comments that subsidies only apply to state exchanges
On January 18, 2012, Jonathan Gruber, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist who helped write Obamacare, said:
“What’s important to remember politically about this is if you’re a state and you don’t set up an exchange, that means your citizens don’t get their tax credits.”
You can see him saying it in this video. Link set to start video at 31:25, the relevant point:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtnEmPXEpr0&feature=youtu.be&t=31m25s
On January 10, 2012, Gruber said:
“… if your governor doesn’t set up an exchange, you’re losing hundreds of millions of dollars of tax credits to be delivered to your citizens…”
You can hear him saying it in this video. Link set to start at 1:16, the relevant point:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbMmWhfZyEI&t=1m16s
So how is it that the federal government is giving subsidies through the federal exchange?
It’s because under the corrupt leadership of President Obama, the IRS illegally gave itself new power without approval from Congress.
802) Paid dozens of federal paralegals $60,000 to $80,000 a year even though they had no work to do
On July 31, 2014, the Washington Post reported:
Dozens of federal employees at an obscure agency that handles appeals of patent applications went years with so little work to do that they collected salaries — and even bonuses — while they surfed the Internet, did laundry, exercised and watched television, an investigation has found.
The employees, paralegals making $60,000 to $80,000 a year, were idle with full knowledge of their immediate bosses and multiple layers of managers and judges who “sat on their hands” waiting for work to give them, a year-long probe by the Commerce Department inspector general’s office uncovered.
803) Obama illegally allowed the IRS to strike a deal with atheists to monitor churches
In July 2014, it was reported that Obama had illegally allowed the IRS to strike a deal with atheists to monitor churches.
804) Refused to prosecute federal employees who committed time and attendance fraud
In July 2014, it was reported that Obama had refused to prosecute federal employees who committed time and attendance fraud.
805) Used the Department of Homeland Security to raid the home of someone who was not suspected of terrorism
In July 2014, the Department of Homeland Securityraided the home of Jennifer Brinkley of North Carolinian, even though she was not suspected of terrorism.
806) Falsely accused the Pennsylvania State Police of “employment discrimination against women” because it held male and female applicants to the same standard
In July 2014, Obama’s Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the Pennsylvania State Police, accusing it of “employment discrimination against women,” because it held male and female applicants to the same standard.
807) Helped Hamas obtain the construction materials that it used to dig its terror tunnels
In August 2014, it was reported that the Obama administration had helped Hamas obtain the construction materials that it used to dig its terror tunnels.
808) Obama’s Securities and Exchange Commission bypassed the courts, which is unconstitutional
In August 2014, it was reported that Obama’s Securities and Exchange Commission had bypassed the courts, which is unconstitutional.
809) Obama’s “transparency” website was missing information about how $619 billion had been spent
In August 2014, it was reported that Obama’s “transparency” website was missing information about how $619 billion had been spent.
810) Repealed the 1983 ban on Libyans receiving training as pilots and nuclear scientists in the U.S.
In August 2014, Obama repealed the 1983 ban on Libyans receiving training as pilots and nuclear scientists in the U.S.
811) Hid important information from federal torture report
In August 2014, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) accused the Obama administration of hiding important information from a federal report on torture.
812) Criticized corporations for using legal methods to reduce their taxes
In August 2014, Obama criticized corporations for using legal methods to reduce their taxes.
813) Illegally planned to change the tax laws without approval from Congress
Article I, section 7 of the U.S. Constitution states:
“All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives”
President Obama took the following oath at both of his inaugurations:
“I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
You can see him taking the oath here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvEANPi1c6k
In addition, Obama has a Harvard Law degree.
Furthermore, Obama taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School for twelve years.
However, in August 2014, Associated Press reported:
“Aiming to sidestep a logjam in Congress, the Obama administration is looking for steps it could take on its own to prevent American companies from reincorporating overseas to shirk U.S. taxes, officials said Tuesday.”
814) “US inspectors general say gov’t has blocked access”
In August 2014, Associated Press reported:
US inspectors general say gov’t has blocked access
Independent watchdogs of dozens of federal agencies decried on Tuesday what they said were Obama administration efforts to delay or stall their investigations.
A letter to Congress from a broad cross-section of inspectors general cites specific instances in which watchdogs for the Justice Department, Environmental Protection Agency and the Peace Corps said they were denied timely access to documents and other information while doing their investigations. The letter says other inspectors general have faced similar obstacles, and that congressional action may be needed to ensure cooperation from government agencies.
815) Lied about the reason U.S. corporations incorporate overseas
In August 2014, Obama said the reason U.S. corporations incorporate overseas is that
“They’re basically renouncing their citizenship and declaring they’re based somewhere else, just to avoid paying their fair share.”
Despite Obama’s claim, these corporations are stillpaying taxes to the U.S. government on the profits that they earn in the U.S. The only tax they are avoiding is the U.S. tax on the profits that they earn overseas. But the U.S. is the only major country in the world that taxes overseas profits.
816) Helped one corporation use a certain tax loophole, but later criticized other corporations for using the exact same tax loophole
In 2009, the Obama administration helped Delphi, a U.S. corporation, reduce its taxes by declaring it to be a British company. However, in 2014, Obama criticized other U.S. corporations for doing the exact same thing.
817) Said we should pass an equal pay law, while ignoring the fact that such a law has already been in place since 1963
In August 2014, Obama said we should pass a law that requires men and women to be paid the same for doing the same work. However, such a law has already been in place since 1963.
818) Bombed Iraq in August 2014, even though the Iraq War had allegedly ended in December 2011
In August 2014, Obama bombed Iraq, even though the Iraq War had allegedly ended in December 2011.
819) Lied about the reason he sent U.S. troops to Iraq
In June 2014, when Obama sent U.S. troops to Iraq, he said they would only have an advisory role, and would not participate in combat. However, in August 2014, he ordered those troops to bomb Iraq.
820) Lied about which President removed U.S. troops from Iraq
Obama repeatedly gave himself credit for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq that happened in late 2011. However, in August 2014, he blamed the troop withdrawal on Bush. I’m not going to say which of Obama’s two statements is true, and which is a lie. But one of them must be a lie.
821) Illegally tried to block a Freedom of Information release of the video that shows Michael Brown committing theft and assault
On August 15, 2014, NRP reported:
[Ferguson Police Chief Thomas] Jackson said he had gotten numerous Freedom of Information Act requests from the media to release the video. “I had to release it,” he said.
“I had been sitting on it and too many people put in FOIA requests for it and I had to release it,” he said.
On August 16, 2014, CBS News reported:
Feds opposed releasing Ferguson robbery video
Federal authorities opposed Friday’s release of a surveillance video showing a man resembling Michael Brown committing a robbery at a convenience store in Ferguson, Mo., CBS News correspondent Bob Orr reports.
The Justice Department asked Ferguson police not to release the video, believing that it would roil the community further, and were able to successfully prevent the video from being released Thursday, the U.S. law enforcement official said.
Friday’s release occurred over the objection of federal authorities, the official said.
Here is the video that Obama illegally tried to prevent people from seeing:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2z5-H8NSGA
822) Obama sued Bank of America because it did exactly what he had told it to do. Obama then gave some of the settlement money to left wing groups that he had worked for.
While working as a “community organizer,” Obama filed lawsuits which forced banks to give mortgages to people with bad credit and low incomes. As a result, many of these people ended up defaulting on their mortgages. As their attorney, Obama collected $23,000 in legal fees for himself.
Then in April 2013, during Obama’s second term as President, the Washington Post reported that President Obama was still pressuring banks “to make home loans to people with weaker credit.”
However, in August 2014, it was reported that the Obama administration had sued Bank of America for giving mortgages to people who could not afford to pay them back, and the bank had agreed to pay $16.6 billion in order to avoid further prosecution from the federal government.
In August 2014, it was reported that Obama had given some of the settlement money from Bank of America to left wing organizations including the National Council of La Raza, Operation Hope, and National Community Reinvestment Coalition. These groups used to be known, collectively, as ACORN. In the past, these organizations had pressured banks to give mortgages to people who could not afford to pay them back.
In addition, Obama had worked with ACORN in the past. Obama had represented them in a lawsuit where they tried to get Illinois to adopt a “motor-voter” law. On top of that, Obama had taughtleadership training sessions for ACORN. Also, Obama had worked as an organizer for Project Vote, an ACORN offshoot. Furthermore, Obama had been on the board of directors of the Woods Fund when it gave ACORN $75,000 in 2001, and $70,000 in 2002. Finally, during the 2008 primary campaign, Obama’s campaign had given Citizens Services Inc., an ACORN affiliate, more than $800,000 for “get out the vote” efforts.
823) 47 out of 73 Inspectors General wrote a letter to Congress complaining about Obama’s lack of transparency
In August 2014, 47 out of 73 Inspectors Generalwrote a letter to Congress complaining about Obama’s lack of transparency. The letter can be readhere.
824) Illegally treated independently owned McDonald’s franchises as a big corporation
In July 2014, the Obama administration illegallytreated independently owned McDonald’s franchises as a big corporation.
825) Broke his promise not to take any vacations during his presidency
In 2008, Obama falsely promised not to take any vacations during his presidency. You can see the video of him saying it athttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68WS5B19LC4
826) Operated an illegal lottery
During Obama’s 2008 campaign, he used a lottery to raise money, which is illegal.
827) Obama’s lottery fraudulently continued to sell tickets after one of the winners had already been chosen
In 2008, Obama’s lottery fraudulently continued to sell tickets after one of the winners had already been chosen.
828) Veterans Administration spent $399 million of Obama’s “stimulus” on green energy while patients were dying due to lack of care
In August 2014, it was reported that the Veterans Administration had spent $399 million of Obama’s “stimulus” on green energy while patients were dying due to lack of care.
829) Obama’s so-called “recovery” actually hurt blacks, women, and the poor
In August 2014, the Wall St. Journal wrote:
If the Obama recovery had been as strong as the average of the previous 10 postwar recoveries, 13.9 million more Americans would be working today and the average real per capita income of every man, woman and child in America would be $6,308 higher.
But the real scorecard on the Senate Democrats elected in 2008 is in the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey data. While all Democrats claimed to be champions of the middle class and defenders of minorities and women, census data show how their program did not live up to their campaign promises.
Since the Senate Democratic Class of 2008 took control, the average real income of the poorest one-fifth of American families has declined every year, falling to $15,534 in 2012 from $16,962 in 2008 (the 2013 data will be released Sept. 16). The average real income of the lowest quintile of Americans is now below the level it was in 1968, the year when the War on Poverty began its spending surge.
The next-highest income quintile, often referred to as the working class, has also experienced a continuous decline in real income since January 2009. The average income of these Americans has fallen 6.5% and is now $1,182 lower than it was when President Reagan left office.
The third quintile—America’s middle class—has seen its average income decline to $62,464 from $65,672. More than half of this decline has occurred since the recovery officially began in the second quarter of 2009.
Under the Obama administration, the median income of women has fallen more during the recovery than it did during the recession, an unprecedented economic failure in postwar America.
The real median income of African-American households has fallen by 9.5%, more than any other major census classification.
830) Obama criticized local police for using the military gear that he had given them
In 2013, the Obama administration gave nearly $450 million of military gear to local police. However, in 2014, Obama criticized local police for actually using that military gear.
831) Obama’s “job training” program left many participants unemployed and in debt
In August 2014, it was reported that Obama’s “job training” program had actually left many of its participants unemployed and in debt.
832) Obama helped fund the construction of a solar power plant that incinerated as many as 28,000 birds each year
Obama gave Ivanpah a $1.6 billion federal loan guarantee to build a solar power plant. After the plant began operation, it incinerated as many as 28,000 birds each year. During an early inspection, it was discovered that the birds killed by the plant included “a peregrine falcon, a grebe, two hawks, four nighthawks, and a variety of warblers and sparrows.”
833) Illegally ignored a subpoena which had ordered the release of 1,300 pages of information on Fast and Furious
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder illegally refused to release 1,300 pages of information on Operation Fast and Furious, even after he had been subpoenaed to do so.
834) Cause of Action sued twelve federal agencies for violating the Freedom of Information Act
In August 2014, Cause of Action, a civic watchdog group, sued twelve federal agencies for violating the Freedom of Information Act.
835) Banned school cafeterias from serving the following nutritious foods:
Obama banned school cafeterias from serving the following nutritious foods:
grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup
spaghetti with meatballs
turkey sandwich
hard boiled eggs
falafel with flatbread and rice pilaf
pasta primavera with roasted vegetables and olive oil
hummus
836) Set limits on how much milk and juice students could drink at school cafeterias
Obama limited elementary school students to eight ounces of milk or juice at school cafeterias, and limited middle school students to twelve ounces.
837) Forced school cafeterias to throw away more than one billion dollars worth of perfectly good fruits and vegetables
Obama required that fruits and vegetables be placed on students’ lunch trays, even if the students did not want to eat them. The food that they didn’t eat was then thrown into the garbage. In September 2014, it was reported that Obama had forced school cafeterias to throw away more than one billion dollars worth of perfectly good fruits and vegetables.
838) Exempted his own children from the very same food rules that he forced everyone else’s children to follow
While Obama was busy forcing everyone else’s children to obey a very strict and very ridiculous set of food rules, he allowed his own daughter to havebacon and eggs covered in a buttery sauce, with no fruits and no vegetables.
839) Falsely claimed that his “Cash for Clunkers” would help the auto industry
Although Obama claimed that his “Cash for Clunkers” program would help the auto industry, it actually hurt the auto industry, because it encouraged buyers to purchase vehicles that were less profitable than what they would have purchased if the program had not been in effect.
840) 46% of doctors gave Obamacare a “D” or an “F”
In a September 2014 survey by the Physicians Foundation, 46% of doctors gave Obamacare a “D” or an “F.”
841) Spent taxpayers’ money on elevator operators
Obama spent taxpayers’ money on elevator operators so U.S. Senators wouldn’t have to press the buttons themselves.
842) When Obama’s approval rating was only 35%, he said, “All around the country, wherever I see folks, they always say… you’re so great.”
In September 2014, when Obama’s approval rating was only 35%, he said:
“All around the country, wherever I see folks, they always say, oh, Barack, we’re praying for you – boy, you’re so great.”
843) Although Obama banned school vending machines from selling sugary snacks with more than 200 calories, he allowed a White House vending machine to sell honey buns with 590 calories
Although Obama banned school vending machines from selling sugary snacks with more than 200 calories, he allowed a White House vending machine to sell honey buns with 590 calories.
844) Illegally transported two illegal aliens
In October 2014, Obama gave two illegal aliens a ride. Giving a ride to an illegal alien is a crime that could get the person as much as five years in prison.
845) Falsely said it was “unlikely” that anyone from Africa with Ebola would fly to the U.S. because the “necessary precautions” were being taken
On September 16, 2014, Obama said:
“First and foremost, I want the American people to know that our experts, here at the CDC and across our government, agree that the chances of an Ebola outbreak here in the United States are extremely low. We’ve been taking the necessary precautions, including working with countries in West Africa to increase screening at airports so that someone with the virus doesn’t get on a plane for the United States. In the unlikely event that someone with Ebola does reach our shores, we’ve taken new measures so that we’re prepared here at home.”
However, on September 19, 2014, just three days after Obama made the above statement, the only thing that Liberian Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncanhad to do to get past these “necessary precautions,” was to lie on an airport questionnaire. After Duncan lied, he was allowed to fly from Liberia to Dallas, Texas.
846) Refused to answer reporter’s question about whether or not the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. was a U.S. citizen
On September 30, 2014, during a press conference, the Obama administration refused to answer a reporter’s question about whether or not an Ebola patient who traveled from Liberia to Dallas, Texas, was a U.S. citizen. Afterward, the Liberian government identified the patient as Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian citizen.
847) Allowed people under “quarantine” for having had contact with an Ebola patient to go to the store
Although the Centers for Disease Control had placed people who had come into contact with Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan under “quarantine,” it allowed them to go to the store during their so-called “quarantine.”
848) As President, Obama urged Congress to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank and said it “pays for itself,” after having previously referred to it as “corporate welfare” during his election campaign
During his 2008 election campaign, Obama said the Export-Import Bank was “corporate welfare.” However, in 2014, he urged Congress to reauthorize it, and said it “pays for itself.”
849) Cornel West said of Obama: “He posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit. We ended up with a Wall Street presidency, a drone presidency.”
Cornel West, a professor at Union Theological Seminary, said of Obama:
“He posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit. We ended up with a Wall Street presidency, a drone presidency.”
850) Ordered reporters to stop filming Michelle Obama on a public sidewalk at Martha’s Vineyard
In August 2014, the Obama administration orderedreporters to stop filming Michelle Obama on a public sidewalk at Martha’s Vineyard.
851) Illegally pressured banks to stop doing business with pawn shops and payday lenders
In August 2014, Obama pressured banks to stop doing business with pawn shops and payday lenders. Because Obama did this without approval from Congress, his actions were illegal.
852) Illegally pursued an international climate agreement without approval from Congress
In August 2014, Obama illegally pursued an international climate agreement without approval from Congress.
853) Continued Bush’s illegal policy of trying to force New York Times reporter James Risen to reveal his confidential source
Obama continued Bush’s illegal policy of trying to force New York Times reporter James Risen to reveal his confidential source.
854) Ordered a reporter not to talk to the people in the crowd at a Michelle Obama event
In September 2014, the Obama administrationordered a reporter not to talk to the people in the crowd at a Michelle Obama event.
855) Falsely said that U.S. intelligence agents had “underestimated” ISIS
In September 2014, Obama said that U.S. intelligence agents had “underestimated” ISIS. However, during three previous occasions, Obama had been given information which was contrary to his September 2014 claim.
856) Falsely said that a travel ban on people from Ebola infected countries could make the Ebola outbreak worse
In October 2014, CDC Director Tom Frieden said that a travel ban on people from Ebola infected countries could make the Ebola outbreak worse. However, the first people to contract Ebola in the U.S. got it from Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian Ebola patient who had flown to the U.S.
857) Falsely told nurse who had cared for Ebola patient and who had a fever that it was OK for her to fly on a commercial flight
In October 2014, the CDC told Amber Vinson, a nurse who had cared for Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, and who had a fever, that it was OK for her to fly on a commercial flight. However, after she took the flight, she was diagnosed with Ebola, and the CDC started to monitor the 132 passengers.
858) Lied about the results of an Ebola study that had been funded by his own administration
After a federally funded study concluded that there was a nearly 25% chance of Ebola reaching the U.S. in September 2014, Obama said:
“First and foremost, I want the American people to know that our experts, here at the CDC and across our government, agree that the chances of an Ebola outbreak here in the United States are extremely low.”
859) Said you can give, but can’t get, Ebola on a bus
In October 2014, CDC Director Tom Frieden said that you cannot get Ebola on a bus, but also said that people with Ebola should not ride on buses because they might give Ebola to someone else.
860) The first 500 U.S. soldiers that Obama sent to Africa to fight Ebola were given only four hours of Ebola-related training
In October 2014, it was reported that the first 500 U.S. soldiers that Obama had sent to Africa to fight Ebola had been given only four hours of Ebola-related training.
861) Obama’s Ebola czar had zero background in medicine or health care, but was a “key player” in Obama’s Solyndra con game
In October 2014, it was reported that Ron Klain, Obama’s newly appointed Ebola czar, had zero background in medicine or health care, but was a “key player” in Obama’s Solyndra con game. (See #25 on this list for a thorough explanation of Obama’s Solyndra con game.)
862) Broke his promise to finish his first term in the U.S. Senate and not run for President in 2008
Obama broke his promise to finish his first term in the U.S. Senate and not run for President in 2008.
863) Obama’s biggest lie of all
President Obama falsely took the following oath at both of his inaugurations:
“I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
864) Broke his promise to “walk on that picket line with you as President of the United States of America”
On November 3, 2007, Obama falsely said:
“And understand this: If American workers are being denied their right to organize and collectively bargain when I’m in the White House, I’ll put on a comfortable pair of shoes myself, I’ll will walk on that picket line with you as President of the United States of America. Because workers deserve to know that somebody is standing in their corner.”
865) Spent $466,642 of taxpayers’ money to find out why obese teenage girls have a hard time getting dates
In October 2014, it was reported that Obama had spent $466,642 of taxpayers’ money to find out why obese teenage girls have a hard time getting dates.
866) Planned to illegally let thousands of Haitians into the U.S.
In October 2014, Obama announced that he would let thousands of Haitians into the U.S., even though Congress had not approved it.
867) Created a fake Facebook account using a woman’s name and photos without her permission
In October 2014, it was reported that the DEA had created a fake Facebook account using a woman’s name and photos without her permission.
868) Obama’s new Ebola czar did not attend his very first Ebola meeting
In October 2014, Ron Klain, Obama’s newly appointed Ebola czar, did not attend his very first Ebola meeting.
869) Did not answer reporter who asked what the Ebola czar knew about Ebola
Ron Klain was Obama’s Ebola czar. In October 2014, White House press secretary Josh Earnest refused to answer a reporter who asked “What does Ron Klain know about Ebola?”
870) Banned U.S. flights to Israel, and lied about the reason for the ban
In July 2014, the the Obama administration bannedU.S. flights to Israel, based on the Obama administration’s false claim that Hamas rockets were being fired at the Israeli airport. Once this lie was exposed, the flight ban was lifted.
871) Planned to illegally let illegal aliens join the U.S. military
In October 2014, it was reported that Obama was planning to illegally let illegal aliens join the U.S. military.
872) Planned to illegally give guns to illegal aliens
In October 2014, it was reported that Obama was planning to illegally give guns to illegal aliens.
873) Refused to answer reporters’ questions about the cost of his fundraising trips
In October 2014, White House spokesman Eric Schultz refused to answer reporters’ questions about the cost of Obama’s fundraising trips.
874) Spent $667,000 of taxpayers’ money to study the health benefits of watching reruns on television
In October 2014, it was reported that the Obama administration had spent $667,000 of taxpayers’ money to study the health benefits of watching reruns on television.
875) Spent $600,000 of taxpayers’ money to find out why chimpanzees throw their poop
In October 2014, it was reported that the Obama administration had spent $600,000 of taxpayers’ money to find out why chimpanzees throw their poop.
876) Spent $350,000 of taxpayers’ money to study the importance of imagination while golfing
In October 2014, it was reported that the Obama administration had spent $350,000 of taxpayers’ money to study the importance of imagination while golfing.
877) Lied about the results of an investigation into White House employees’ involvement with a prostitute in Cartagena, Colombia
On April 23, 2012, White House press secretary Jay Carney said that there were
“… no specific, credible allegations of misconduct by anyone on the White House advance team or the White House staff.”
“Nevertheless… out of due diligence, the White House Counsel’s office has conducted a review . . . [and] came to the conclusion that there’s no indication that any member of the White House advance team engaged in any improper conduct or behavior.”
However, in October 2014, it was discovered that Carney had been lying.
878) Tried to help illegal aliens get driver’s licenses
In September 2014, the Obama administration triedto help illegal aliens in Arizona get driver’s licenses.
879) CDCs “enhanced screening” allowed an Ebola patient to ride the New York City subway
Craig Spencer is a U.S. doctor who, as a participant in Doctors Without Borders, went to Guinea to treat Ebola patients. After he got back to the U.S., hepassed the so-called “enhanced screening” that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control gives to all returning travelers from West Africa. After he passed this “enhanced screening,” he rode on the New York City subway system, went to a bowling alley, and rode in a taxi. After that, he tested positive for Ebola. CDC Director Tom Frieden said that people with Ebola should not ride on mass transit because they might give Ebola to someone else.
880) CDC said health care workers being “quarantined” for possible exposure to Ebola could go “jogging in the park”
In October 2014, the CDC said that health care workers being “quarantined” for possible exposure to Ebola could go “jogging in the park.”
881) Illegally hacked into and monitored the computer of CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson
In October 2014, it was reported that the Obama administration had illegally hacked into and monitored the computer of CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson.
882) Was “more restrictive” and “more dangerous” to the press than any other president in history
In October 2014, USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page said that Obama was “more restrictive” and “more dangerous” to the press than any other president in history.
883) “This administration exercises more control than George W. Bush’s did.”
In October 2013, Bob Schieffer, a TV news anchor for CBS, as well as its chief Washington correspondent,said, “This administration exercises more control than George W. Bush’s did.”
884) Stopped telling reporters what wine he was serving
Historically, the White House has always told reporters what wine it was serving. However, after the media reported that one of the wines served by the Obama administration had originally sold for $115 per bottle bottle and was selling for $399 per bottle at the time it was served, the Obama administration stopped telling reporters what wines it was serving.
885) Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber said Obamacare was passed due to “lack of transparency” and “the stupidity of the American voter”
In October 2013, Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber said:
“This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO [Congressional Budget Office] scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. Okay, so it’s written to do that. In terms of risk rated subsidies, if you had a law which said that healthy people are going to pay in – you made explicit healthy people pay in and sick people get money, it would not have passed… Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really really critical for the thing to pass….Look, I wish Mark was right that we could make it all transparent, but I’d rather have this law than not.”
886) Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber lied to the New York Times in a disclosure contract that he signed
In January 2010, the New York Times wrote:
Corrections
January 9, 2010
Editors’ note
On July 12, the Op-Ed page published an article by Jonathan Gruber, a professor of economics at M.I.T., on health insurance and taxation. On Friday, Professor Gruber confirmed reports that he is a paid consultant to the Department of Health and Human Services, and that his contract was in effect when he published his article. The article did not disclose this relationship to readers.
Like other writers for the Op-Ed page, Professor Gruber signed a contract that obligated him to tell editors of such a relationship. Had editors been aware of Professor Gruber’s government ties, the Op-Ed page would have insisted on disclosure or not published his article.
887) When M.I.T. economics professor Jonathan Gruber wrote a pro-Obamacare opinion piece for the Washington Post, he did not disclose the fact that the Obama administration had paid him $392,000 to help write Obamacare
In December 2009, when M.I.T. economics professor Jonathan Gruber wrote a pro-Obamacare opinion piece for the Washington Post, he did not disclose the fact that the Obama administration had paid him $392,000 to help write Obamacare.
888) Obama ordered Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber to lie about Obamacare’s Cadillac tax
In July 2009, Obama ordered Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber to lie about Obamacare’s Cadillac tax.
889) Falsely said that he had never worked with Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber at the White House
Although the Obama administration said that Obama had never worked with Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber at the White House, White House visitor logs show that Obama and Gruber were together in the same room in the White House for nearly four hours on July 20, 2009.
890) Nancy Pelosi gave Obamacare waivers to 38 restaurants, nightclubs, and hotels in her own Congressional district
Although Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-California) voted for Obamacare, in April 2011, she gaveObamacare waivers to 38 restaurants, nightclubs, and hotels in her own Congressional district.
891) Falsely said, “If you actually took the number of Muslim Americans, we’d be one of the largest Muslim countries in the world.”
In June 2009, Obama said:
“If you actually took the number of Muslim Americans, we’d be one of the largest Muslim countries in the world.”
However, at the time Obama made his statement, there were 57 countries that had more Muslims than the U.S.
892) Illegally ignored Judicial Watch’s Freedom of Information Request regarding the FCC’s plan to put government bureaucrats inside TV stations and newspaper offices to monitor their activities
In November 2014, the Obama administration illegally ignored Judicial Watch’s Freedom of Information Request regarding the FCC’s plan to put government bureaucrats inside TV stations and newspaper offices to monitor their activities.
893) Announced plans to illegally send 1,500 U.S. troops to Iraq in November 2014, even though the Iraq War had allegedly ended in December 2011
In November 2014, Obama announced plans to send 1,500 U.S. troops to Iraq, even though the Iraq War had allegedly ended in December 2011.
U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut) said of this:
“I do not think president has the ability under current authority to authorize 1,500 troops without Congress acting.”
894) Falsely said he would not send U.S. troops to Iraq
In June 2014, Obama said he would not send U.S. troops to Iraq. However, in November 2014, he announced plans to send 1,500 U.S. troops to Iraq.
895) In Obama’s own words, his actions on illegal aliens mean that he is “ignoring the law”
In September 2013, Obama said that if he allowed illegal aliens to stay in the U.S. without approval from Congress, it would mean that
“… I’ll be ignoring the law…”
However, in November 2014, Obama said he would allow up to five million illegal aliens to stay in the U.S., even though he did not have approval from Congress.
896) In Obama’s own words, he has declared himself to be “emperor of the United States”
In February 2013, when Obama was talking about what he could and couldn’t do for illegal aliens when Congress was not cooperating with him, he said:
“This is something that I have struggled with throughout my presidency… The problem is, is that I’m the president of the United States, I’m not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed.”
However, in November 2014, Obama said he would allow up to five million illegal aliens to stay in the U.S., even though he did not have approval from Congress.
897) Falsely said “All we’re saying is we’re not going to deport you.”
In Obama’s November 2014 immigration reform speech, he said:
“All we’re saying is we’re not going to deport you.”
However, Associated Press responded with thefollowing:
“He’s saying, and doing, more than that. The changes also will make those covered eligible for work permits, allowing them to be employed in the country legally and compete with citizens and legal residents for better-paying jobs.”
898) Falsely said “… this summer, there was a brief spike in unaccompanied children being apprehended at our border.”
In Obama’s November 2014 immigration reform speech, he said:
“… this summer, there was a brief spike in unaccompanied children being apprehended at our border.”
However, Associated Press responded with thefollowing:
“… it was more than a ‘brief spike.’ The number of unaccompanied children apprehended at the border has been on the rise since the 2011 budget year. That year about 16,000 children were found crossing the border alone. In 2012, the Border Patrol reported more than 24,000 children, followed by more than 38,800 in 2013. In the last budget year, more than 68,361 children were apprehended.”
899) Falsely said “… what I can guarantee is that we will have in the first year an immigration bill that I strongly support and that I’m promoting. And I want to move that forward as quickly as possible.”
In 2008, Obama said:
“… what I can guarantee is that we will have in the first year an immigration bill that I strongly support and that I’m promoting. And I want to move that forward as quickly as possible.”
He broke that promise.
900) Obama used the Department of Homeland Security to buy thousands of pairs of underwear for illegal aliens, even though none of them were actually terrorists
Although the Department of Homeland Security was created to protect the U.S. from terrorism, Obama used it to purchase thousands of pairs of underwear for illegal aliens, none of whom were terrorists. This included 4,800 in size 2X-Large, 4,800 3X-Large 4,800 4X-Large, 3,600 5X-Large, and 2,400 in size 6X-Large, which are for men who weigh as much as 500 pounds.
901) Emails prove that the Obama administration pressured CBS News to stop airing reports by Sharyl Attkisson
On October 3, 2011, CBS News aired a story by Sharyl Attkisson which showed that Attorney General Eric Holder had lied under oath regarding Fast and Furious. The report can be seen at:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JaDEShZIvQ
On October 4, 2011, Holder’s top press aide, Tracy Schmaler, wrote the following in an email to White House Deputy Press Sectary Eric Schultz:
“I’m also calling Sharryl’s [sic] editor and reaching out to Scheiffer. She’s out of control.”
Schultz responded with an email that said:
“Good. Her piece was really bad for the AG.”
Afterward, CBS made it harder and harder for Attkisson to do reports on Fast and Furious, and she eventually quit her job at CBS.
902) Gave employers a $3,000 annual incentive, per employee, to hire illegal aliens instead of U.S. citizens
Obamacare, when combined with Obama’s November 2014 executive amnesty, gives employers a $3,000 annual incentive, per employee, to hire illegal aliens instead of U.S. citizens.
903) Falsely overstated the number of Obamacare signups by incorrectly including dental subscribers
In November 2014, it was reported that the Obama administration had falsely overstated the number of Obamacare signups by incorrectly including 380,000 dental subscribers.
904) Falsely said that his “Power Africa” plan had achieved 25% of its goal during its first 17 months
In June 2013, Obama announced a new program called “Power Africa,” with a goal of building 10,000 megawatts of new electricity generation in Africa. In November 2014, the organization claimed that it had reached 25% of that goal. However, some of that claimed amount included electricity plants that had already been built before the plan was created. Also, some of that claimed amount included electric plants that had not been built at all, which had merely been written down on contracts that had been signed with the promise of getting built in the future.
905) Gave $100,000 of taxpayers’ money to one of his campaign donors to build an urban garden that never actually got built
When Obama was a state Senator in Illinois, he gave $100,000 of taxpayers’ money to Kenny B. Smith, an Obama campaign donor, to build an urban garden that never actually got built. The Chicago Sun-Times wrote of this:
“… what was supposed to be a six-block stretch of trees and paths is now a field of unfulfilled dreams, strewn with weeds, garbage and broken pavement.”
906) IRS employees who did not pay their taxes were still eligible for bonuses
In 2014, IRS employees who did not pay their taxes were still eligible for bonuses.
907) Falsely said that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline would be “shipping Canadian oil to world markets, not to the United States”
In November 2014, Obama said that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline would be
“… shipping Canadian oil to world markets, not to the United States.”
Afterward, PolitiFact responded with:
We asked several energy economics experts, and they believe that quite a bit — if not most — of the Keystone XL crude oil will be bought and used by American refineries.
“It’s difficult to say with any certainty, but it is most likely that most would be refined in the U.S.,” said Kenneth Medlock, an expert in energy economics at Rice University in Texas.
A recent State Department report argues that it would not be “economically justified” for Canada to primarily export its Keystone XL oil to countries other than the United States, when there are plenty of American refineries to consume it.
Some independent refineries — particularly those in the upper Midwest, but also in Texas — are in desperate need of crude oil, said Charles Ebinger, a senior fellow in energy security at the Brookings Institution. Currently, the refineries have to import crude from places like Venezuela and Mexico — though it would be cheaper and better for overall energy security to buy from a North American source, rather than pay high transport costs.
On Nov. 17, TransCanada told Reuters, it “makes no business sense for our customers to transport oil down to the U.S. Gulf Coast, pay to export it overseas but then pay to transport millions of barrels of higher-priced oil back to the U.S. refineries to create the products we rely on.”
Ebinger added that many American refineries are geared to use heavy crude, which is what Keystone would transport from Canada’s tar sands.
908) Illegally obtained, and illegally released, confidential tax information about the Koch Brothers
In August 2010, the Obama administration illegally obtained confidential tax information about the Koch Brothers from the IRS. White House economic advisor Austan Goolsbee illegally released this confidential information to the media.
909) After three private companies did exactly what Obamacare told them to do, the Obama administration sued them for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act
Obamacare encourages employers to offer their employees financial incentives to engage in healthy behaviors, such as quitting smoking, losing weight, etc. However, in November 2014, it was reported that the Obama administration had sued Honeywell International and two smaller companies for doing exactly that. The Obama administration claimed that by doing what Obamacare told them to do, they were violating the Americans With Disabilities Act.
910) November 2014 Gallup poll showed that Obamacare made health care less affordable, which is the opposite of what Obama had promised
President Obama signed Obamacare in March 2010. In November 2014, the Daily Caller reported:
Gallup: Peak Number Of Americans Delaying Medical Care Over Costs
One in three Americans has put off seeking medical treatment in 2014 due to high costs, according to Gallup — the highest percentage since Gallup began asking the question in 2001.
Thirty-three percent of Americans have delayed medical treatment for themselves or their families because of the costs they’d have to pay, according to the survey. Obamacare, of course, had promised that it would help make health care more affordable for everyone, but the number of people who can’t afford a trip to the doctor has actually risen three points since 2013, before most Obamacare provisions took effect.
The hardest-hit: the middle-class. Americans with an annual household income of between $30,000 and $75,000 began delaying medical care over costs more in 2014, up to 38 percent in 2014 from 33 percent last year; among households that earn above $75,000, 28 percent delayed care this year, compared to just 17 percent last year.
911) Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber secretly told the Democratic governor of Wisconsin that Obamacare would make premiums more expensive, at the same time that Obama was telling everyone it would make them less expensive
In November 2014, it was reported that in 2010, when Obama was telling everyone that Obamacare would make premiums less expensive, Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber secretly told Jim Doyle, the Democratic governor of Wisconsin, that Obamacare would make premiums more expensive.
912) Obama nominated the defender of a convicted cop killer to be the head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division
In 2014, Obama nominated Debo Adegbile to be the head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. Previously, Adegbile had worked as a lawyer for Mumia Abu-Jamal, who had been convicted of murdering a Philadelphia police officer. After Abu-Jamal had been sentenced to death, Adegbile got the death sentence overturned.
913) Illegally made it easier for illegal aliens who were convicted of domestic violence, sexual abuse, burglary, unlawful possession or use of a firearm, drug dealing, and drunk driving, to stay in the U.S. after they finish their prison sentence
In November 2014, Obama made it easier for illegal aliens who were convicted of domestic violence, sexual abuse, burglary, unlawful possession or use of a firearm, drug dealing, and drunk driving, to stay in the U.S. after they finish their prison sentence. Because Obama did this without approval from Congress, his action was illegal.
914) After Palestinian terrorists murdered four Jews at a synagogue in Jerusalem, Obama said, “too many Palestinians have died”
In November 2014, after Palestinian terrorists murdered four Jews at a synagogue in Jerusalem, Obama said, “too many Palestinians have died.”
915) As part of Obama’s “stimulus,” he gave google billionaires a $1.6 billion loan guarantee to build a solar power plant that only produced half as much electricity as what they had predicted
Ivanpah is a solar power company owned by Google, BrightSource Energy, and NRG.
In April 2011, as part of Obama’s “stimulus,” Obama gave Ivanpah a $1.6 billion loan guarantee to build a solar power plant.
In November 2014, when the plant was up and running, Associated Press reported that it was producing only “about half of its expected annual output.” The California Energy Commission blamed this failure on “clouds, jet contrails, and weather.”
In November 2014, Ivanpah asked Obama for a $539 million bailout.
Google is owned by Larry Page and Sergey Brin. At the time they requested this $539 million bailout, Page was the 19th richest person in the world, with assets of $30.4 billion, and Brin was the 20th richest person in the world, with assets of $30 billion.
916) Photographs from 2007 show Obama marching with and speaking to the New Black Panther Party
These photographs from 2007 show Obama marching with and speaking to the New Black Panther Party.
917) Refused to prosecute members of the New Black Panther Party for their plot to commit murder and bombing
In a November 2014 undercover sting operation, the St. Louis police sold a fake bomb to members of the New Black Panther Party, who thought they were buying a real bomb. They tried to buy two additional bombs, but the EBT card that they were using did not have enough money on it. They were planning to murder Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson and St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch, and bomb the Gateway Arch.
Normally, the federal government would have charged them with terrorism.
However, the Obama administration refused to charge them with terrorism, or with plotting to commit murder and bombing. The only charges filed by the federal government were for making false statements when they attempted to purchase two 0.45 caliber pistols. The federal indictment made no mention whatsoever of their plot to commit murder and bombing.
918) Refused to explain why he nominated a campaign fundraiser who knew nothing about Hungary to be the ambassador of Hungary
In December 2014, Colleen Bell became the new U.S. ambassador to Hungary, even though she had been unable to name even one strategic interest the U.S. had with Hungary during her conformation hearing. When ABC reporter Jon Karl asked White House spokesman Josh Earnest why Bell was given this position, Earnest refused to answer. Bell had helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for Obama’s 2012 campaign.
919) Falsely said that letting illegal aliens stay in the U.S. “will help secure the border”
In December 2014, the Obama administration released a fact sheet which falsely said that letting illegal aliens stay in the U.S. “will help secure the border.”
920) Refused to pay Obamacare navigators for work that they had done more than half a year earlier
In November 2014, it was reported that some Obamacare navigators had not been paid for work that they had done at the beginning of the year.
921) Forced some people to buy an Obamacare policy even though they were also enrolled in Medicare
In December 2014, it was reported that some people were being forced to buy an Obamacare policy even though they were already enrolled in Medicare. When these people tried to cancel their Obamacare plans, they were unable to do so.
922) After police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, Obama ignored the testimony from seven black witnesses, and the forensic evidence
On October 23, 2014, the Huffington Post reported:
Over a half-dozen black witnesses who have testified before a grand jury deciding whether to indict the police officer who killed Michael Brown have provided testimony that “largely supports” Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson’s account of events…
… forensic evidence showed that Brown’s blood was on the gun… other evidence was consistent with Wilson’s account of the shooting…
Based on this testimony and evidence, a St. Louis County grand jury decided on November 25, 2014, that it would not file charges against officer Wilson.
When Obama expressed his disappointment with the grand jury’s decision, he made no reference to these “witnesses” or “evidence.” The complete text of Obama’s statement can be read here.
In addition, after the grand jury announced its decision, the Obama administration said that it would continue its own investigation of officer Wilson.
923) For some families, Obamacare’s “affordable” insurance can cost them “almost a quarter of their family income”
In December 2014, NPR reported:
Don Benfield of Taylorsville, N.C., makes $11 an hour…
The situation only gets worse if Benfield decided to add his wife to his employer policy. Adding her would nearly triple the annual cost, driving it up to $6,200 a year, almost a quarter of their family income.
924) Illegally told employers that they could not dump their sick employees onto Obamacare exchanges
Obamacare allows employers to dump their sick employees onto Obamacare exchanges. However, in December 2014, the Obama administration told employers that they were not allowed to do this. Because Obama made this change to Obamacare without approval from Congress, his action was illegal.
925) Illegally ordered for cash benefits to be given to illegal aliens
In November 2014, Obama ordered for cash benefits to be given to illegal aliens. Because Obama did this without approval from Congress, his action was illegal.
926) Released 30,862 foreign criminals into U.S. cities and neighborhoods during fiscal year 2014
During fiscal year 2014, Obama released 30,862 foreign criminals into U.S. cities and neighborhoods.
927) Deported less than 1% of illegal aliens during fiscal year 2014
During fiscal year 2014, Obama deported less than 1% of the illegal aliens who were living in the U.S.
928) Falsely said “the good book says don’t throw stones at glass houses”
In December 2014, Obama falsely said, “The good book says don’t throw stones at glass houses.”
929) Illegally made it easier for illegal aliens to vote in U.S. elections
According to federal law, if an illegal alien with a child born in the U.S. wants to apply to become a U.S. citizen, the illegal alien must leave the U.S. and wait 10 years before their U.S. born adult child can sponsor them for citizenship. If and when they eventually do become a U.S. citizen, they would then be allowed to vote in U.S. elections. However, in November 2014, Obama eliminated this 10 year waiting requirement. Because he did this without approval from Congress, his action was illegal.
930) “I’m an Obama supporter. But Obamacare has hurt my family. Obamacare has been far more frustrating than I’d ever dreamed.”
In December 2014, the Washington Post wrote:
I’m an Obama supporter. But Obamacare has hurt my family.
Obamacare has been far more frustrating than I’d ever dreamed.
By Catherine Keefe
December 10, 2014
Obamacare brought us new health insurance options, but cost us our more affordable plans.
In November 2013, Jim learned his small-business policy would be canceled because it didn’t comply with the new mandate to cover pediatric dentistry and maternity care.
The individual plan I had with Blue Cross was canceled, too.
We learned patience, but we couldn’t keep our doctors.
We had applied online and sent copies of our passports to California Covered for verification, but we received no bill, no confirmation of our coverage, no insurance cards. Jim spent an hour and a half on hold once before getting disconnected. He tried again the next day, waiting another two hours before getting disconnected.
… the urologist wouldn’t accept our new Blue Shield plan – even though the Blue Shield website said he did.
We have no choice to opt out of the required pediatric dentistry or maternity coverage we’ll never use…
931) Skipped 57% of his daily intelligence briefings during his first term
During Obama’s first term, he skipped 57% of his daily intelligence briefings.
932) Obama said 20% of female college students are sexually assaulted, but a study by his own Department of Justice said the actual number was 0.61%
Obama said 20% of female college students are sexually assaulted, but a study by his own Department of Justice said the actual number was 0.61%.
The 20% figure came from a study that counted “attempted forced kissing” as sexual assault.
933) Illegally used a racial double standard to decide who would get prosecuted for growing and selling marijuana
In December 2014, the Obama administration saidthat it would not prosecute Native Americans for growing and selling marijuana. This exemption is illegal for two reasons. First, the exemption was not approved by Congress. And secondly, the Constitution requires that federal laws apply equally to everyone.
934) The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 9-0 against the Obama administration’s claim that international law superseded U.S. law
In 1993, the U.S. adopted an international treaty called “Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on Their Destruction.” The purpose of this treaty was to deal with the possible widespread use of chemical weapons against large numbers of people by terrorists.
However, the Obama administration used this treaty to prosecute a woman who, after finding out that her husband had had an affair with another woman, used toxic chemicals to contaminate the mailbox and car of that other woman. The Obama administration argued that international law superseded U.S. law. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 9-0 that this crime fell under the jurisdiction of state government, and not the international treaty.
935) Harvard faculty members who supported the passage of Obamacare later complained that they had to pay for it
In January 2015, the New York Times reported:
For years, Harvard’s experts on health economics and policy have advised presidents and Congress on how to provide health benefits to the nation at a reasonable cost. But those remedies will now be applied to the Harvard faculty, and the professors are in an uproar.
Members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the heart of the 378-year-old university, voted overwhelmingly in November to oppose changes that would require them and thousands of other Harvard employees to pay more for health care. The university says the increases are in part a result of the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act, which many Harvard professors championed.
The faculty vote came too late to stop the cost increases from taking effect this month, and the anger on campus remains focused on questions that are agitating many workplaces: How should the burden of health costs be shared by employers and employees? If employees have to bear more of the cost, will they skimp on medically necessary care, curtail the use of less valuable services, or both?
In Harvard’s health care enrollment guide for 2015, the university said it “must respond to the national trend of rising health care costs, including some driven by health care reform,” in the form of the Affordable Care Act. The guide said that Harvard faced “added costs” because of provisions in the health care law that extend coverage for children up to age 26, offer free preventive services like mammograms and colonoscopies and, starting in 2018, add a tax on high-cost insurance, known as the Cadillac tax.
Richard F. Thomas, a Harvard professor of classics and one of the world’s leading authorities on Virgil, called the changes “deplorable, deeply regressive, a sign of the corporatization of the university.”
Mary D. Lewis, a professor who specializes in the history of modern France and has led opposition to the benefit changes, said they were tantamount to a pay cut. “Moreover,” she said, “this pay cut will be timed to come at precisely the moment when you are sick, stressed or facing the challenges of being a new parent.”
Jerry R. Green, a professor of economics and a former provost who has been on the Harvard faculty for more than four decades, said the new out-of-pocket costs could lead people to defer medical care or diagnostic tests, causing more serious illnesses and costly complications in the future.
“It’s equivalent to taxing the sick,” Professor Green said. “I don’t think there’s any government in the world that would tax the sick.”
“It seems that Harvard is trying to save money by shifting costs to sick people,” said Mary C. Waters, a professor of sociology. “I don’t understand why a university with Harvard’s incredible resources would do this. What is the crisis?”
936) Nominated someone for attorney general who had illegally used secret sentencing procedures to reward criminals for their cooperation
In January 2015, it was reported that Loretta Lynch, Obama’s nominee for attorney general, had illegally used secret sentencing procedures to reward criminals for their cooperation.
937) Although Obama said Obamacare would reduce the number of E.R. visits, a Harvard study showed there was actually an increase
Before Obamacare was passed, Obama said it would reduce the number of emergency room visits. However, a study published by Harvard University in January 2014 showed that Obamacare had actually caused an increase in emergency room visits.
938) Although Obama claims to be against income inequality, he dined at a restaurant that charges $500,000 to be a “Charter Member,” and $50,000 to be a “Special Member”
Although Obama claims to be against income inequality, in January 2015 he dined at a restaurant that charges $500,000 to be a “Charter Member,” and $50,000 to be a “Special Member.”
939) Gave federal employees in Cannes, France, a travel allowance of $702 per day, even though a three star hotel in that city only cost about $100 per night
In December 2014, it was reported that the Obama administration had given federal employees in Cannes, France, a travel allowance of $702 per day, even though a three star hotel in that city only cost about $100 per night.
940) Illegally seized seven bows from the Budapest Festival Orchestra at JFK International Airport based on a false accusation that they were made from ivory
In June 2014, the Obama administration illegally seized seven bows from the Budapest Festival Orchestra at JFK International Airport based on a false accusation that they were made from ivory. At the time, all seven bows had documentation with letters and and photographs from their makers which proved that they did not contain any ivory.
941) Illegally destroyed 13 handmade flutes belonging to Boujemaa Razgui at JFK International Airport based on a false claim that they were “fresh” bamboo
In December 2013, the Obama administration illegally destroyed 13 handmade flutes belonging to Boujemaa Razgui at JFK International Airport based on a false claim that they were “fresh” bamboo.
942) Spent $550 million of taxpayers’ money on “improvements” to the FBI’s IT system which actually made it worse
In September 2014, it was reported that the FBI had spent $550 million of taxpayers’ money on “improvements” to its IT system which actually made it worse.
943) Falsely said the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant “is not Islamic”
In September 2014, Obama falsely said the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant “is not Islamic.”
944) Signed a law that allows unions to cut the retirement benefits of their workers and retirees if the plan is 20% or more underfunded
In December 2014, Obama signed a law that allows unions to cut the retirement benefits of their workers and retirees if the plan is 20% or more underfunded.
945) Forced a pair of U.S. Army captains to change their wedding plans at the last minute so he could play a round of golf
In December 2014, Obama forced a pair of U.S. Army captains to change their wedding plans at the last minute so he could play a round of golf.
946) After Vermont paid Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber $80,000 for his “research assistants,” Gruber refused to provide the names, W-2’s, and other information to prove that these “research assistants” actually existed
In November 2014, after Vermont paid Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber $80,000 for his “research assistants,” Gruber refused a request to provide the names, W-2’s, and other information to prove that these “research assistants” actually existed.
947) Obama said that it’s wrong to criticize a man who raped a child
When Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, was 53 years old, he raped a girl who was either nine or ten years old at the time.
In September 2012, Obama said:
“The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”
You can see him saying it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPKf5IUGn_Y
948) Falsely said “My job is to communicate to the American people that the Muslim world is filled with extraordinary people who simply want to live their lives and see their children live better lives”
In 2009, Obama said:
“My job is to communicate to the American people that the Muslim world is filled with extraordinary people who simply want to live their lives and see their children live better lives.”
However, there is nothing in the U.S. Constitution which says that that is part of the President’s job.
949) Although 44% of college graduates were already working at jobs that did not require a college degree, Obama proposed that even more people go to college
In January 2015, Obama proposed that anyone with a C+ average should get two years of free tuition at community college. However, in June 2013, 44% of college graduates were already working at jobs that did not require a college degree.
950) Commander-in-Chief Obama gave female Navy recruits an exemption from getting a mandatory short haircut when they arrive at boot camp
Although Obama claims to believe that women and men should be treated the same, in January 2015 Commander-in-Chief Obama gave female Navy recruits an exemption from getting a mandatory short haircut when they arrive at boot camp.
951) Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber said “The real substance of cost control is all about a single thing: telling patients they can’t have something they want.”
In October 2009, Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber wrote:
“The real substance of cost control is all about a single thing: telling patients they can’t have something they want.”
Although liberals ignored Gruber’s remark, two months earlier, in August 2009, they were very critical of Sarah Palin’s claim that Obamacare would result in “death panels.”
I don’t know if Palin’s claim about “death panels” is true or false. But I do know that the liberals who criticized Palin’s statement while ignoring Gruber’s statement were being hypocritical.
952) Announced plans to illegally create a new retirement plan
In January 2014, Obama announced that he would order the Treasury to create a new retirement plan. Because Obama was planning to do this without approval from Congress, his plan was illegal.
953) Only 9% of the illegal aliens that Obama had freed during the border surge of 2012-2014 showed up for their mandatory court appearance
In December 2014, it was reported that only 9% of the illegal aliens that Obama had freed during the border surge of 2012-2014 showed up for their mandatory court appearance.
954) Obama gave funding to the Free Syrian Army, which is controlled by Al-Qaeda
In December 2014, it was reported that Obama had given funding to the Free Syrian Army, which was controlled by Al-Qaeda.
955) Obamacare illegally gave the President powers that were not permitted by the Constitution
In December 2014, the American Spectator wrote:
The Constitution does not permit Congress to cede its legislative powers to any other branch of the government. Yet, this is precisely what the Democrats did in the case of IPAB. Prior to the passage of Obamacare only Congress had the power to make changes to Medicare’s payment rates or coverage. But PPACA transferred that power to IPAB, an Executive branch body whose members will be appointed by the President.
956) Instead of prosecuting Alissa Starzak for stealing classified documents from the CIA, Obama nominated her to be the U.S. Army’s top lawyer
In December 2014, it was reported that Alissa Starzak had stolen classified documents from the CIA. However, instead of prosecuting her, Obamanominated her to be the U.S. Army’s top lawyer.
957) Obama refused to fire or prosecute NSA employees who illegally used the NSA’s spying technology to spy on their romantic partners
In December 2014, it was reported that Obama had refused to fire or prosecute NSA employees who illegally used the NSA’s spying technology to spy on their romantic partners.
958) Social Security Administration broke its promise to “immediately” stop collecting debts from the children of people who had been wrongly paid decades earlier
In April 2014, the Social Security Administration said it would “immediately” stop collecting debts from the children of people who had been wrongly paid decades earlier. However, in December 2014, it was still making such collections.
959) Awarded a grant to create a video game which involves the player “consensually slapping her girlfriend in the face”
In 2013, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded a grant to create a video game which involves the player “consensually slapping her girlfriend in the face.”
960) Illegally seized $33,000 from law abiding restaurant owner Carole Hinders
In 2014, it was reported that the Obama administration had illegally seized $33,000 from Iowa restaurant owner Carole Hinders, even though she had not been charged with any crime.
961) “Ecuador Family Wins Favors After Donations to Democrats”
In December 2014, the New York Times reported:
Ecuador Family Wins Favors After Donations to Democrats
The Obama administration overturned a ban preventing a wealthy, politically connected Ecuadorean woman from entering the United States after her family gave tens of thousands of dollars to Democratic campaigns, according to finance records and government officials.
The woman, Estefanía Isaías, had been barred from coming to the United States after being caught fraudulently obtaining visas for her maids. But the ban was lifted at the request of the State Department under former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton so that Ms. Isaías could work for an Obama fund-raiser with close ties to the administration.
962) During Obama’s first six years as President, new rules issued by the EPA contained 43 times as many words as the Gutenberg Bible
During Obama’s first six years as President, new rules issued by the EPA contained 43 times as many words as the Gutenberg Bible.
963) For four years after a new NASA rocket program was cancelled, Obama continued construction of a $349 million test facility that had been started by President Bush
In 2007, when Bush was President, NASA started constructing a $349 million test facility for a new rocket program in Gulfport, Misissippi. In 2010, the rocket program was canceled. However, the construction of the test facility continued for four more years. In June 2014, the construction was finished, at which point the test facility was shut down, never having been used.
964) Hired a convicted thief to work at HUD, who then went on to steal more than $800,000 of taxpayers’ money
After Brian Thompson was convicted of theft, HUD hired him as a GS-13 loan guarantee specialist, for an annual salary of nearly $90,000. He then went on to embezzle more than $800,000 of taxpayers’ money. The Obama administration said that criminal background checks were a form of “race discrimination.”
965) Spent $33,341 to find out if gay and lesbian couples lived near stores that sold cigarettes
In December 2014, the Obama administration spent$33,341 to find out if gay and lesbian couples lived near stores that sold cigarettes.
966) Allowed his friend Al Sharpton to avoid being prosecuted for long term non-payment of millions of dollars of taxes
During Obama’s first six years as President, his friend Al Sharpton visited the White House 72 times. In 2009, Sharpton owed $1.1 million in back taxes. As of November 2014, Shaprton owed more than $4.5 million in back taxes.
967) Although carbon dioxide is the bottom of the food chain, John Holdren, Obama’s science adviser, said we should try to get its emissions “close to zero by 2100″
Carbon dioxide is the bottom of the food chain. All plants and algae need to consume it in order to live. Every living person and animal emits it. However, in December 2014, John Holdren, Obama’s science adviser, said we should try to get carbon dioxide emissions “close to zero by 2100.”
968) Used taxpayers’ money to fund a “blacks only” meeting for the All African People’s Revolutionary Party
In December 2014, it was reported that the Obama administration had given taxpayers’ money to the All African People’s Revolutionary Party to fund a “blacks only” meeting in Portland, Oregon.
969) Lied about the rate of economic growth
Although the economic growth rate during the third quarter of 2014 was 2.7%, the Obama administration falsely claimed that it was 5.0%.
970) Eric Schultz, Obama’s Deputy Press Secretary, falsely said “We don’t give concessions to terrorist organizations”
In May 2014, Obama released five “high risk” Taliban terrorists in exchange for U.S. military deserter Bowe Bergdahl. However, in January 2015, Eric Schultz, Obama’s Deputy Press Secretary, said, “We don’t give concessions to terrorist organizations.”
971) The “most transparent administration in history” said it won’t let the public see its 332 page net neutrality plan until after the FCC voted on its implementation
In February 2015, the Obama administration saidthat it would not let the public see its 332 pageproposal for net neutrality until after the FCC voted on its implementation.
972) Obama’s 332 page net neutrality plan contained excessive levels of taxation and regulation
Republican FCC Commissioner Ajit Paisaid said that Obama’s net neutrality plan was 332 pages long, and that
“It gives the FCC the power to micromanage virtually every aspect of how the Internet works…”
“The plan explicitly opens the door to billions of dollars in new taxes on broadband… These new taxes will mean higher prices for consumers and more hidden fees that they have to pay.”
“The plan saddles small, independent businesses and entrepreneurs with heavy-handed regulations that will push them out of the market… As a result, Americans will have fewer broadband choices. This is no accident. Title II was designed to regulate a monopoly. If we impose that model on a vibrant broadband marketplace, a highly regulated monopoly is what we’ll get.”
The Daily Caller reported:
In his initial cursory overview of the plan, the commissioner said it would hinder broadband investment, slow network speed and expansion, limit outgrowth to rural areas of the country and reduce Internet service provider (ISP) competition.
973) “President Obama’s 2016 budget targets retirement accounts”
In February 2015, MSN published this article titled “President Obama’s 2016 budget targets retirement accounts.”
974) Tax Policy Center, a liberal think tank, said Obama’s proposed “middle class” tax cut was actually an increase in taxes for the middle class
In January 2015, Tax Policy Center, a liberal think tank, said that Obama’s proposed “middle class” tax cut was actually an increase in taxes for the middle class. Specifically, it said Obama’s policy would result in a seven dollar tax increase for the middle quintile.
975) Bill Maher said Obama “… is perhaps the worst president we’ve had on clamping down on the press”
In January 2015, Bill Maher said Obama…
“… is perhaps the worst president we’ve had on clamping down on the press.”
976) George Washington University Law School professor Jonathan Turley said of Obama, “… many of his actions… are violations of his oath of office”
In January 2015, George Washington University Law School professor Jonathan Turley said of Obama:
“The effort to establish unilateral authority presents an existential threat to our system of government. Although the President has insisted that he is merely exercising executive discretion, any such discretion by definition can only occur within the scope of granted authority and only to the extent that it is not curtailed by the language of the Constitution. This includes his obligation to faithfully execute the law. U.S. Const. art. II, § 3, cl. 4. Some of the President’s actions can be viewed as within permissible lines of discretion. However, many of his actions cannot and are violations of his oath of office. That oath is not merely an affirmative pledge to defend the Constitution but to yield to its limitations on his own authority. To put it simply, that was the deal struck on January 20, 2013.”
977) Julie Moreno borrowed $14,000 to pay forcataract surgery because her Obamacare policy refused to pay for it
In February 2015, it was reported that Julie Morenoof Mountain View, California, borrowed $14,000 to pay for cataract surgery because her Obamacare policy refused to pay for it.
978) Lied about the unemployment rate
In February 2015, Gallup CEO Jim Clifton wrote:
The Big Lie: 5.6% Unemployment
Here’s something that many Americans — including some of the smartest and most educated among us — don’t know: The official unemployment rate, as reported by the U.S. Department of Labor, is extremely misleading.
Right now, we’re hearing much celebrating from the media, the White House and Wall Street about how unemployment is “down” to 5.6%. The cheerleading for this number is deafening. The media loves a comeback story, the White House wants to score political points and Wall Street would like you to stay in the market.
None of them will tell you this: If you, a family member or anyone is unemployed and has subsequently given up on finding a job — if you are so hopelessly out of work that you’ve stopped looking over the past four weeks — the Department of Labor doesn’t count you as unemployed. That’s right. While you are as unemployed as one can possibly be, and tragically may never find work again, you are not counted in the figure we see relentlessly in the news — currently 5.6%. Right now, as many as 30 million Americans are either out of work or severely underemployed. Trust me, the vast majority of them aren’t throwing parties to toast “falling” unemployment.
There’s another reason why the official rate is misleading. Say you’re an out-of-work engineer or healthcare worker or construction worker or retail manager: If you perform a minimum of one hour of work in a week and are paid at least $20 — maybe someone pays you to mow their lawn — you’re not officially counted as unemployed in the much-reported 5.6%. Few Americans know this.
Yet another figure of importance that doesn’t get much press: those working part time but wanting full-time work. If you have a degree in chemistry or math and are working 10 hours part time because it is all you can find — in other words, you are severely underemployed — the government doesn’t count you in the 5.6%. Few Americans know this.
There’s no other way to say this. The official unemployment rate, which cruelly overlooks the suffering of the long-term and often permanently unemployed as well as the depressingly underemployed, amounts to a Big Lie.
979) Instead of deporting illegal aliens, the Obama administration spent taxpayers’ money to give them hormone therapy
In January 2015, it was reported that instead of deporting illegal aliens, the Obama administration spent taxpayers’ money to give them hormone therapy.
980) Illegally gave 982,000 work permits to illegal aliens and other foreign nationals who were not legally qualified for admission
During Obama’s first six years as President, he illegally gave 982,000 work permits to illegal aliens and other foreign nationals who were not legally qualified for admission.
981) Obamacare customer service telephone number connected an Obamacare customer to “someone reading off a script in the Philippines”
In November 2014, a New York Times article on Obamacare said that Health Republic Insurance was
… a new co-op plan created under the law, for people who lived in the area.
In February 2015, the New York Times wrote:
Compounding the problem is the lack of basic information to shop effectively. When Andrea Greenberg, a New York lawyer, called the help line of Health Republic to clarify the difference between two plans, she found herself speaking to someone reading off a script in the Philippines. “I was really outraged,” she said. “This is an important decision with potentially dire consequences. It’s not like you’re choosing a sweater.”
982) During the first year that Obamacare was in effect, the percentage of U.S. citizens who said they had trouble affording health care increased from 36% to 46%
In February 2015, the New York Times wrote:
A recent New York Times/CBS poll found that 46 percent of Americans said they had trouble affording health care, up 10 percentage points in just one year.
983) A year after Obamacare took effect, the New York Times wrote, “For still others, the new fees are so confusing and unsupportable that they just avoid seeing doctors”
A February 2015 New York Times article on Obamacare said:
“For still others, the new fees are so confusing and unsupportable that they just avoid seeing doctors.”
984) Although Obamacare gives employers an incentive to reduce their employees’ hours, Obama criticized companies that actually responded to this incentive
Because Obamacare’s employer mandate only applies to employees who work 30 or more hours per week, it gives employers an incentive to reduce their employees’ hours to 29 hours per week.
In July 2013, the New York Times reported that Obamacare
“… sharply penalizes full-time employment in favor of part-time employment.”
In July 2013, leaders of the Teamsters, UFCW, and UNITE-HERE sent a letter to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi which said that Obamacare will
“… destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class… the law creates an incentive for employers to keep employees’ work hours below 30 hours a week. Numerous employers have begun to cut workers’ hours to avoid this obligation.”
Although it was Obama himself who signed Obamacare into law in March 2010, in February 2015 Obama said:
“… when I hear large corporations that make billions of dollars in profits trying to blame our interest in providing health insurance as an excuse for cutting back workers’ wages, shame on them.”
985) Falsely said, “There is no reason for an employer who is not currently providing health care to their workers to discourage them from either getting health insurance on the job or being able to avail themselves of the Affordable Care Act.”
In February 2015, Obama said:
“There is no reason for an employer who is not currently providing health care to their workers to discourage them from either getting health insurance on the job or being able to avail themselves of the Affordable Care Act.”
However, in the same article, Reuters explained that there is indeed such a reason:
“The Affordable Care Act requires companies with more than 50 employees to pay for health insurance for people who work 30 hours a week or more. Reuters has reported that some businesses are keeping staffing numbers below 50 or cutting the work week to less than 30 hours to avoid providing employee health insurance.”
986) In February 2015, Democrats who voted for Obamacare complained that people actually had to pay for it
In February 2015, Associated Press reported:
Democrats seek relief from health law penalties
Senior Democrats seek sign-up extension for people facing health law penalties
Three senior House members told The Associated Press that they plan to strongly urge the administration to grant a special sign-up opportunity for uninsured taxpayers who will be facing fines under the law for the first time this year.
The three are Michigan’s Sander Levin, the ranking Democrat on the Ways and Means Committee, and Democratic Reps. Jim McDermott of Washington, and Lloyd Doggett of Texas. All worked to help steer Obama’s law through rancorous congressional debates from 2009-2010.
“Open enrollment period ended before many Americans filed their taxes,” the three lawmakers said in a statement. “Without a special enrollment period, many people (who will be paying fines) will not have another opportunity to get health coverage this year.
“A special enrollment period will not only help many Americans avoid making an even larger payment next year, but, more importantly, it will help them gain quality health insurance for 2015,” the lawmakers added.
987) “Top teacher” said she resigned because of Obama’s Common Core and Obama’s continuation of Bush’s No Child Left Behind
In February 2015, Stacie Starr, winner of the 2014 “Top Teacher” award by “Live with Kelly and Michael,” said that she was resigning because of Obama’s Common Core and Obama’s continuation of Bush’s No Child Left Behind. She did not quit teaching per se. Instead, she resigned her official teaching position, and said she would be focusing her efforts on alternative systems of education that were not controlled by the federal bureaucracy.
988) Gave out even more illegal exemptions to Obamacare
In February 2015, Obama gave out even more exemptions to Obamacare. Because he did this without approval from Congress, his action was illegal.
989) Sent false tax information to 800,000 Obamacare enrollees
In February 2015, it was reported that the Obama administration had sent false tax information to 800,000 Obamacare enrollees.
990) Falsely said that “economic grievances” were a cause of terrorism
In February 2015, Obama said that “economic grievances” were a contributing factor to terrorism. However, in the real world, many terrorists comefrom middle class and wealthy backgrounds.
991) Illegally continued part of his illegal amnesty program even after a federal judge blocked it
In February 2015, the Obama administrationcontinued part of its illegal amnesty program even after a federal judge blocked it.
992) Department of Energy spent taxpayers’ money on a casino night, a Super Bowl party, a golf tournament, a banquet on a dinner cruise boat, and dinner at the NASCAR Hall of Fame
Between April 2013 and September 2014, the Department of Energy spent taxpayers’ money on a casino night, a Super Bowl party, a golf tournament, a banquet on a dinner cruise boat, and a dinner at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
993) Advised border patrol agents to release drunk drivers
In February 2015, the Obama administration advisedborder patrol agents to release drunk drivers.
994) Made it possible for illegal aliens to collect back tax refunds even if they had never actually paid any taxes
In February 2015, IRS Commissioner John Koskinentold Congress that Obama’s amnesty program for illegal aliens made it possible form them to collect back tax refunds even if they had never actually paid any taxes.
995) After an Islamic terrorist who murdered four Jews at a kosher supermarket in France said he had specifically targeted them because they were Jewish, Obama falsely said the attack was “random”
In January 2015, an Islamic terrorist named Ahmedy Coulibaly murdered four Jews at Hyper Cacher, a kosher supermarket in France.
The Jerusalem Post reported:
Coulibaly called a French TV station from the kosher supermarket and said he was an al-Qaida terrorist and that he chose the kosher supermarket because he wanted to kill Jews.
However, Obama said the murders were “random.”
996) Broke his promise to release a 28 page document which allegedly proved that the Saudi Arabian government had supported the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks
In September 2014, it was reported that Obama had broken his promise to release a 28 page document which allegedly proved that the Saudi Arabian government had supported the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
997) Pressured colleges to adopt sexual harassment rules that were so bad that 28 Harvard Law School professors signed a letter of protest
In February 2015, it was reported that the Department of Education had pressured colleges to adopt sexual harassment rules that were so bad that 28 Harvard Law School professors signed a letter which criticized the rules for being “inconsistent with many of the most basic principles we teach” and for giving accused people “the absence of any adequate opportunity to confront witnesses and present a defense.” The complete text of the letter can be read here.
998) Illegally refused to provide annual reports on ways to reduce the complexity of the tax code
In January 2015, it was reported that the IRS had illegally refused to provide annual reports on ways to reduce the complexity of the tax code.
999) Illegally implemented net neutrality rules
In February 2015, the Obama administrationimplemented net neutrality rules. Because Obama did this without approval from Congress, his action was illegal.
1,000) Falsely said there were “nearly 7 million American Muslims in our country”
In June 2009, Obama said there were
“nearly 7 million American Muslims in our country”
However, in June 2009, PolitiFact wrote:
We are using numbers from the CIA Online World Factbook, a highly regarded government source for global statistics. It’s updated twice a month, and we’re relying on the latest version. By the World Factbook’s count, Muslims in the United States make up about 0.6 percent of the population. That’s around 1.8 million.
1,001) Held a fundraiser in the living room of terrorist bomber and communist Bill Ayers
In 1969, a guy named Bill Ayers co-founded a terrorist organization called Weather Underground, whose founding document called for “world communism.”
In 1969, Ayers set off a bomb in Chicago at a statue that was dedicated to the city’s police. At the time of the explosion, no one was close enough to the statue to be killed. However, the explosion was so powerful that it broke almost 100 windows.
On March 6, 1970, three members of Weather Underground, including Diana Oughton (Ayers’s girlfriend) and Terry Robbins (Ayers’s close friend), were killed when they accidentally, prematurely set off a bomb which they were in the process of building, in their townhouse in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City. The explosion was so powerful that it destroyed the entire four-story townhouse.
In 1970, Ayers bombed the headquarters of the New York City Police Department.
In 1971, Ayers bombed the United States Capitol building.
In 1972, Ayers bombed the Pentagon.
Although charges were filed against Ayers for these bombings, the charges were later dropped because law enforcement agents had conducted wiretaps and property searches without warrants.
In 1995, when Obama was running for state senator in Illinois, Obama held a fundraiser in the living room of Bill Ayers’s home.
1,002) After Eric Holder participated in a five day takeover of an abandoned ROTC headquarters at Columbia University, Obama hired him to be the country’s highest ranking law enforcement official
In 1970, Eric Holder participated in a five day takeover of an abandoned ROTC headquarters at Columbia University.
Afterward, Obama hired Holder to be Attorney General.
1,003) Used taxpayers’ money to refurbish Muslim mosques in other countries
In July 2011, it was reported that the Obama administration had used taxpayers’ money to refurbish Muslim mosques in other countries.
1,004) After Hillary Clinton stole $28,500 of furniture from the White House, Obama hired her to be Secretary of State
In February 2001, it was reported that Hillary Clinton had stolen $28,500 of furniture from the White House.
Afterward, Obama hired Clinton to be Secretary of State.
1,005) After Hillary Clinton cheated on her taxes, Obama hired her to be Secretary of State
In 1980, Hillary Clinton avoided reporting $6,498 of income from commodities trading on her income tax form.
Afterward, Obama hired Clinton to be Secretary of State.
1,006) In her own words, Hillary Clinton, Obama’s Secretary of State, said that her own use of a private email account for official government business had “shredded” the U.S. Constitution
In 2007, when Bush was President, Hillary Clintonsaid that the use of private email accounts by members of the Bush administration “shredded” the U.S. Constitution.
However, in March 2015, it was reported that when Clinton had been Obama’s Secretary of State, she herself had used a private email account to conduct official government businesses. Clinton’s emails were not archived in official government records, even though such archiving is required by federal law. The New York Times reported
Mrs. Clinton’s exclusive use of personal email for her government business is unusual for a high-level official, archive experts have said. Federal regulations, since 2009, have required that all emails be preserved as part of an agency’s record-keeping system. In Mrs. Clinton’s case, her emails were kept on her personal account and her staff took no steps to have them preserved as part of State Department record.
By using a private email account, Clinton was able tothwart record requests that had been made by Congressional investigators in 2012 regarding the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.
In 2013, Clinton used her private email account tothwart a Freedom of Information request by Nitasha Tiku, a reporter for Gawker, regarding information about Sidney Blumenthal.
The New York Times reported that Clinton’s use of the private email account
protected a significant amount of her correspondence from the eyes of investigators and the public
1,007) Falsely said he learned about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email account “the same time everybody else learned it through news reports”
In March 2015, Obama said he had first learned about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email account
“the same time everybody else learned it through news reports.”
However, the White House had actually beeninformed about Clinton’s use of a private email account in August 2014.
In addition, Obama himself had emailed Clinton at her private email account.
1,008) The “most transparent administration in history” illegally ignored Freedom of Information requests from Associated Press regarding information on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
In March 2015, it was reported that the Obama administration had illegally ignored Freedom of Information requests from Associated Press regarding information on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
1,009) Gave H-1B visas to Southern California Edison so it could fire its American employees and replace them with with foreign workers – the company even had the nerve to order the American employees to train their foreign replacements
Although the alleged reason for the H-1B visa program is to fill jobs that Americans don’t want to work at, in February 2015 it was reported that the Obama administration had given H-1B visas to Southern California Edison so it could fire its American employees and replace them with with foreign workers. The company even had the nerve to order the American employees to train their foreign replacements.
1,010) Loretta Lynch, Obama’s nominee for Attorney General, falsely said that illegal aliens have a “right” to work in the U.S.
Even though it is illegal for U.S. employers to hire illegal aliens, in January 2015 Loretta Lynch, Obama’s nominee for Attorney General, said:
“I believe that the right and obligation to work is shared by everyone in this country, regardless of how they came here.”
1,011) Proposed an illegal retroactive tax on corporate income held abroad
In March 2015, it was reported that Obama had proposed a retroactive tax on corporate income held abroad. However, retroactive taxes are illegal, as the U.S. Constitution prohibits the federal government from passing ex post facto laws.
1,012) Even though it would be illegal, Josh Earnest, Obama’s Press Secretary, said Obama was “very interested” in raising taxes without approval from Congress
Even though it would be illegal, in March 2015 Josh Earnest, Obama’s Press Secretary, said Obama was “very interested” in raising taxes without approval from Congress.
1,013) Spent taxpayers’ money to pay government employees to try to find out how a picture of one of his daughters got on the internet
In January 2015, it was reported that Obama had spent taxpayers’ money to pay government employees to try to find out how a picture of one of his daughters got on the internet.
1,014) Falsely said the Ferguson, Missouri police department was racist because it stopped black drivers at a higher rate than white drivers, which contradicted a report by Obama’s own administration which said the reason black drivers were stopped more often than white drivers was because black drivers were more likely to break the traffic laws
In March 2015, Attorney General Eric Holder said the police in Ferguson, Missouri were racist because they stopped black drivers at a higher rate than white drivers.
However, a 2013 report by Obama’s own administration said:
Seat-belt usage is chronically lower among blacks. If a law enforcement agency aggressively enforces violations, police will stop more black drivers.
In addition, in March 2015, Investor’s Business Dailywrote:
… federal data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that blacks violate traffic laws at higher rates than whites in every offense, including driving with an invalid license.
Also, in March 2015, the New York Post – citing statistics from the federal government – wrote:
… blacks die in car accidents at a rate about twice their share of car owners.
1,015) Falsely said the proposed Keystone XL pipeline “bypasses the United States”
In February 2015, Obama said:
“I’ve already said I’m happy to look at how we can increase pipeline production for U.S. oil, but Keystone is for Canadian oil to send that down to the Gulf. It bypasses the United States and is estimated to create a little over 250, maybe 300 permanent jobs. We should be focusing more broadly on American infrastructure for American jobs and American producers, and that’s something that we very much support.”
Afterward, the Washington Post responded with:
The crude oil would travel to the Gulf Coast, where it would be refined into products such as motor gasoline and diesel fuel (known as a distillate fuel in the trade). Current trends suggest that only about half of that refined product would be exported, and it could easily be lower.
A report released in February by IHS Energy, which consults for energy companies, concluded that “Canadian crude making its way to the USGC [Gulf Coast] will likely be refined there, and most of the refined products are likely to be consumed in the United States.” It added that “for Gulf refineries, heavy bitumen blends from the oil sands are an attractive substitute for declining offshore heavy crude supply from Latin America.” It concluded that 70 percent of the refined product would be consumed in the United States.
Enviromentalists dismiss IHS as a biased source, but the analysis mirrors the conclusions of the State Department’s final environmental impact statement on the Keystone XL project. This is what is especially strange about Obama’s remarks, as he appears to be purposely ignoring the findings of the lead Cabinet agency on the issue.
1,016) Proposed a new rule that would falsely define ditches, drains, seasonal puddle-like depressions, intermittent streams, and ponds as “navigable waters”
In February 2015, the EPA proposed a new rule that would falsely define ditches, drains, seasonal puddle-like depressions, intermittent streams, and ponds as “navigable waters.”
1,017) “Why This Liberal No Longer Supports Universal Health Care: An Open Letter to President Obama”
Melissa Klein lives in San Francisco, California. In February 2015, she wrote:
Why This Liberal No Longer Supports Universal Health Care: An Open Letter to President Obama
Dear President Obama,
I voted for you in both elections. I’m proud to call you our president. I was a staunch supporter of universal health care. Thank you for following through on your campaign promise. That you did so IS significant.
But I have to say, you’ve let us down in a big way. This health care system blows.
For the past few weeks I’ve been dealing with this 1095-A issue. You see, I never received it and as you know I need it to file my taxes. Being a law abiding citizen and all, I typically like to file my taxes on time.
I called Covered California in January and was assured I’d get it soon. But alas, it never arrived. So, I spent my entire afternoon (and part of yesterday afternoon), on hold with different folks at Kaiser and Covered California.
At first I wasn’t worried. I mean, a) I’m insured. b) I have several letters from Covered California congratulating me on being insured. c) I have emails from Kaiser and Covered California confirming payment for insurance. d) I have my credit card bill that also shows that I, in fact, paid for insurance. And e) I’m insured!!!
My second interaction with Covered California on this issue was both straightforward and unhelpful.
“If you didn’t receive a 1095-A you have to fill out a dispute form and FAX it to us.”
I respond, “Ok, but I’m not disputing anything. I’m asking for the form you’re supposed to have sent me.”
Alas, my logic seems illogical to the person on the helpline and she tells me that her hands are tied and that nothing can be done until I submit a dispute form.
I sheepishly ask, “Can I email it to you?”
“No, but you can fax it.”
Of course I can FAX it. Cuz, we’re in 2015. Who doesn’t fax stuff?
Miraculously, I manage to find a fax machine and send over my dispute form.
I call back today to make sure that they received my fax.
After being on hold for 30 minutes I’m told, “We’ll let you know in 2 weeks if we received the fax. You’ll get a letter in the mail.”
So I ask again, “Can’t you just tell me over the phone?”
“Nope, ya gotta wait for the letter.”
I then ask what I think is a simple question. Shame on me. “Can you at least tell me if a 1095 was ever generated?”
This is when things turn from bad to comical.
“Ma’am, it doesn’t appear as though you’re in our system for having insurance in 2014. Are you sure you didn’t imagine signing up through our exchange?”
“I’m sorry ma’am but I think you’re mistaken. You signed up through Kaiser and Kaiser will send you the 1095.”
Getting through to Kaiser took a mere 48 minutes. But who’s counting? Once someone finally picks up I’m told, “Oh yes, I see right here, you were covered by us in 2014 through Covered California.”
“But you need to talk to them about the 1095.” Of course I do.
And so, I call Covered California back. I’m thrilled to inform them that I didn’t imagine signing up through the exchange and that Kaiser can, without a doubt, confirm that I’m covered.
I’m then told, “Ma’am, you need to submit a dispute form.”
“I’ve already done that,” I say exasperated.
“Well, they’ll figure it out within 60 days. Don’t worry you’ll still get your taxes filed in time,” The women replies matter of fact-ly.
“60 days?,” I respond again, exasperated. “Actually, if you’re telling me I’ll receive my form in 60 days I will have missed the deadline.”
“Oh. Sorry about that. You’ll have to file for an extension then. Is there anything else I can help you with?”
1,018) After Senator Hillary Clinton gave taxpayer’s money to someone who donated to her foundation, Obama hired her to be Secretary of State
In January 2009, the New York Times wrote:
An upstate New York developer donated $100,000 to former President Bill Clinton’s foundation in November 2004, around the same time that Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton helped secure millions of dollars in federal assistance for the businessman’s mall project.
Mrs. Clinton helped enact legislation allowing the developer, Robert J. Congel, to use tax-exempt bonds to help finance the construction of the Destiny USA entertainment and shopping complex, an expansion of the Carousel Center in Syracuse.
After Clinton gave that taxpayers’ money to someone who donated to her foundation, Obama hired her to be Secretary of State.
1,019) After Hillary Clinton falsely said she was “under sniper fire,” Obama hired her to be Secretary of State
In March 2008, Senator Hillary Clinton said the following about a trip she had made to Tuzla, Bosnia, when she was first lady in 1996:
“I remember landing under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base.”
Afterward, PolitiFact wrote:
But that’s not what happened, as demonstrated by CBS News video that shows Clinton arriving on the tarmac under no visible duress, and greeting a child who offers her a copy of a poem. The Washington Post Factchecker also turned a skeptical eye on Clinton’s comments, reporting that a review of more than 100 news stories from the time documented no security threats to the First Lady.
CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson, who covered Clinton on the Bosnia visit, wrote of her memories of the trip: “To be sure, it was not the ‘safest’ trip for a first lady to take: there were serious risks in traveling to Bosnia, even for the president’s wife under the vigilant protection of the U.S. military. It took some guts for her to go. But I don’t recall, and did not note, any close calls on this trip with sniper fire or any other dangers. “
Immediately after the speech that day, a reporter asked Clinton about remarks from others on the trip who suggested the trip was for photo opportunities rather than foreign policy and she stood by her account of sniper fire. “There was no greeting ceremony, and we basically were told to run to our cars. Now, that is what happened,” she said.
The CBS News report can be seen athttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BfNqhV5hg4
After Clinton told this lie, Obama hired her to be Secretary of State.
1,020) Misquoted the Quran to give the false impression that it did not support murder
In February 2015, Investor’s Business Daily wrote:
… while hosting last week’s “Summit on Countering Violent Extremism,” Obama recited a verse from the Muslim holy book like so: “The Quran says whoever kills an innocent, it is as if he has killed all mankind.”
A beautiful passage — if only it were as he states it.
The Quranic verse the president quotes — 5:32 — actually condones killing those who “murder” Muslims, “wage war against Allah” or spread “mischief in the land.”
Mischief is defined as “treason against Allah,” and the very next verse — 5:33 — calls for guilty infidels to be beheaded. Obama glosses over all of this in his version.
Here’s the full text of the relevant verse (5:32), according to even the watered-down translation of the Quran approved and distributed by American Muslim groups, including the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Note the key section that Obama omits from his speeches:
“(I)f anyone slew a person — unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land — it would be as if he slew the whole people. And if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people. Then although there came to them our Messengers with clear signs, yet, even after that, many of them continued to commit excesses in the land.”
The hammer comes down in the next verse, 5:33: “The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger, and strive with might and main for mischief through the land is: execution, or crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite sides, or exile from the land: That is their disgrace in this world, and a heavy punishment is theirs in the hereafter.”
1,021) The “most transparent administration in history” refused to say whether or not Hillary Clinton signed a form declaring that she had turned over all work related emails when she quit her job as Secretary of State
In February 2013, when Hillary Clinton quit her job as Secretary of State, she was supposed to sign a form OF-109, declaring that she had turned over all work related records, including all work related emails. It is a crime to lie on this form.
In March 2015, the Obama administration refused to say whether or not Clinton had signed this form.
1,022) After Wal-Mart board of director member Hillary Clinton refused to criticize Wal-Mart for waging war against unions, Obama hired her to be Secretary of State
In January 2008, ABC News reported:
Clinton Remained Silent As Wal-Mart Fought Unions
In six years as a member of the Wal-Mart board of directors, between 1986 and 1992, Hillary Clinton remained silent as the world’s largest retailer waged a major campaign against labor unions seeking to represent store workers.
Wal-Mart’s anti-union efforts were headed by one of Clinton’s fellow board members, John Tate, a Wal-Mart executive vice president who also served on the board with Clinton for four of her six years.
Tate was fond of repeating, as he did at a managers meeting in 2004 after his retirement, what he said was his favorite phrase, “Labor unions are nothing but blood-sucking parasites living off the productive labor of people who work for a living.”
Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton and other company officials often recounted how they relied on Tate to lead the company’s successful anti-union efforts.
An ABC News analysis of the videotapes of at least four stockholder meetings where Clinton appeared shows she never once rose to defend the role of American labor unions.
After Clinton refused to defend unions against Wal-Mart’s attacks, Obama hired her to be Secretary of State.
1,023) The “most transparent administration in history” “set a new record again for more often than ever censoring government files or outright denying access to them”
In March 2015, Associated Press reported:
The Obama administration set a new record again for more often than ever censoring government files or outright denying access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, according to a new analysis of federal data by The Associated Press.
1,024) Illegally ignored a Freedom of Information Act request from the ALCU regarding information about airport security
In March 2015, it was reported that the Obama administration had illegally ignored a Freedom of Information Act request from the ALCU regarding information about airport security.
1,025) One of Obama’s professors from Harvard Law School said Obama was “burning the Constitution”
In March 2015, Laurence Tribe, one of Obama’s professors from Harvard Law school, said:
“EPA possesses only the authority granted to it by Congress… Its gambit here raises serious questions under the separation of powers… because EPA is attempting to exercise lawmaking power that belongs to Congress and judicial power that belongs to the federal courts… Burning the Constitution should not become part of our national energy policy.”
1,026) The “most transparent administration in history” exempted itself from Freedom of Information regulations during the same week that was supposed to be a celebration of the Freedom of Information Act
In March 2015, U.S. News & World Report wrote:
The Obama administration announced Tuesday it will ditch regulations that subjected large portions of White House correspondence to public records requests, a decision derided by transparency advocates who wryly noted it was issued during a week celebrating open access to government.
The notice exempting the White House’s Office of Administration from the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act was contained in Tuesday’s Federal Register, reversing a three-decade-old policy during Sunshine Week, the annual celebration of the FOIA law.
Anne Weismann, interim executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), says the step “makes mockery of the administration’s commitment to transparency, especially given that it’s Sunshine Week.”
1,027) Falsely said his net neutrality plan would not allow any new taxes to be placed on the internet
Before implementing its net neutrality plan, the Obama administration said the plan did not allow for any new taxes to be placed on the internet. However, after the plan was implemented, the Obama administration said that such taxes were in fact made possible by the plan.
1,028) Obama gave the Medal of Freedom to communist Dolores Huerta, and refused to let an anti-communist hero Lech Walesa into the White House
President Obama gave Dolores Huerta the Medal of Freedom, the highest honor that can be given to a civilian. Huerta has praised Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan communist dictator who had repeatedlyused the military to seize food from private owners. Chavez also had butchers arrested, held at a military base, and strip searched for running out of beef. In addition, he shut down a TV station that criticized him. Chavez placed a “luxury tax” on toilet paper. After Chavez seized farmland from farmers, Chavezstated, “The land is not private. It is the property of the state.” Chavez has seized many supermarkets from their owners, and under government ownership, the shelves in these supermarkets are often empty. Chavez’s mismanagement of the nationalized oil industry is so severe that the country has actually had to import gasoline, despite having some of the hugest oil reserves in the world. Chavez’s takeovers have also caused severe damage to the steelindustry, the cement industry, the constructionindustry, the telephone industry, and the electricindustry. He has also caused a brain drain, with many of the most intelligent and well educated people fleeing the country.
Meanwhile, Lech Walesa was a major participant in the defeat of communism in Eastern Europe. National Review wrote:
Lech Walesa was once a trade-union activist. He was often arrested for speaking his mind against Communist oppression behind the Iron Curtain in Poland and for defying the Soviet Union. He was an electrician who, with no higher education, led one of the most profound freedom movements of the 20th century — Solidarity. He became president of Poland and swept in reforms, pushing the Soviet Union out of his homeland and moving the country toward a free-market economy and individual liberty.
But President Obama wouldn’t even let Walesa in theWhite House.
Obama gave the highest civilian award to someone who wants the U.S. to copy the policies of communist dictator Hugo Chavez. And at the same time, Obama refused to let an anti-communist hero into the White House.
1,029) Invited illegal aliens, who had previously been deported, to return to the U.S.
In February 2015, it was reported that the Obama administration had invited illegal aliens, who had previously been deported, to return to the U.S.
1,030) After Obama had been given multiple intelligence briefings about the threat of ISIS, he dismissed the threat by referring to them as a “jayvee team.” However, he later claimed that he had not specifically referred to ISIS as a “jayvee team.”
After Obama had been given multiple intelligence briefings about the threat of ISIS, he dismissed the threat by referring to them as a “jayvee team.” However, he later said that he had not specifically referred to ISIS as a “jayvee team.”
1,031) Allowed recipients of “stimulus” spending to violate labor laws and tax laws by illegally classifying their employees as independent contractors
In September 2014, it was reported that Obama had allowed recipients of “stimulus” spending to violate labor laws and tax laws by illegally classifying their employees as independent contractors.
1,032) “Despite Obama’s pledge to curb it, NSA mass surveillance wins rubber stamp”
In September 2014, National Journal wrote:
Despite Obama’s pledge to curb it, NSA mass surveillance wins rubber stamp
Mass surveillance just earned another 90-day blank check, nine months after President Obama promised to rein in the NSA’s spying powers.
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court approved the Justice Department’s request for another 90-day extension of the National Security Agency’s controversial mass-surveillance program, exposed publicly last summer by Edward Snowden and authorized under Section 215 of the post-9/11 Patriot Act.
The extension marks the third of its kind since President Obama pledged in January to reform how the NSA spies on Americans
1,033) “Reporters say White House sometimes demands changes to press-pool reports”
In September 2014, the Washington Post reported:
Reporters say White House sometimes demands changes to press-pool reports
White House press-pool reports are supposed to be the news media’s eyes and ears on the president, an independent chronicle of his public activities. They are written by reporters for other reporters, who incorporate them into news articles about President Obama almost every day.
Sometimes, however, the White House plays an unseen role in shaping the story.
Journalists who cover the White House say Obama’s press aides have demanded — and received — changes in press-pool reports before the reports have been disseminated to other journalists. They say the White House has used its unusual role as the distributor of the reports as leverage to steer coverage in a more favorable direction.
The disputed episodes involve mostly trivial issues and minor matters of fact. But that the White House has become involved at all represents a troubling trend for journalists and has prompted their main representative, the White House Correspondents’ Association, to consider revising its approach to pool reporting.
1,034) Obama created an “enemies list” which consisted of law abiding U.S. citizens who made large donations to Romney’s campaign. Obama then used the government to harass one of the people on this list.
In April 2012, the Wall St. Journal wrote:
The President Has a List
Barack Obama attempts to intimidate contributors to Mitt Romney’s campaign.
Try this thought experiment: You decide to donate money to Mitt Romney.
Several days later, President Barack Obama, the most powerful man on the planet, singles you out by name… shames you for “betting against America,” and accuses you of having a “less-than-reputable” record. The message from the man who controls the Justice Department (which can indict you), the SEC (which can fine you), and the IRS (which can audit you), is clear: You made a mistake donating that money.
Any president who targets a private citizen for his politics is de facto engaged in government intimidation and threats. This is why presidents since Nixon have carefully avoided the practice.
Save Mr. Obama, who acknowledges no rules. This past week, one of his campaign websites posted an item entitled “Behind the curtain: A brief history of Romney’s donors.” In the post, the Obama campaign named and shamed eight private citizens who had donated to his opponent. Describing the givers as all having “less-than-reputable records,” the post went on to make the extraordinary accusations that “quite a few” have also been “on the wrong side of the law” and profiting at “the expense of so many Americans.”
These are wealthy individuals, to be sure, but private citizens nonetheless. Not one holds elected office. Not one is a criminal.
The real crime of the men, as the website tacitly acknowledges, is that they have given money to Mr. Romney.
In July 2012, the Wall St. Journal wrote:
Obama’s Enemies List—Part II
First an Obama campaign website called out Romney donor Frank Vandersloot. Next the IRS moved to audit him—and so did the Labor Department.
Mr. VanderSloot has been targeted by the federal government. In a letter dated June 21, he was informed that his tax records had been “selected for examination” by the Internal Revenue Service.
Two weeks after receiving the IRS letter, Mr. VanderSloot received another—this one from the Department of Labor.
The ranch was fined $8,400, mainly for too many “flies” and for “grease build-up” on the stove. God forbid a cattle ranch home has flies.
1,035) Prevented the residents of Mandeville Canyon, California, from traveling so he could have a fundraiser
In October 2014, the New York Times wrote:
Obama Visit Fuels a Paltrow Neighborhood Feud
As gossip websites buzzed about Gwyneth Paltrow and President Obama — her “you’re so handsome that I can’t speak properly” is already being mocked unmercifully — her Los Angeles neighbors lashed out Friday that the Paltrow-hosted presidential fund-raiser had come at their expense.
Traffic stood still, children were stranded at school, residents could not leave their own driveways. That’s not the way life is supposed to be lived in Mandeville Canyon.
In a post on the Nextdoor Mandeville Canyon website, a private social network for area residents, Bret Lewis said that the neighborhood did not need people like Ms. Paltrow “who pay no heed to the concerns of their neighbors.”
He went on to solicit support for having Ms. Paltrow kicked out of Mandeville Canyon. “She belongs in the movie theaters, and President Obama can entertain in the Staples Center,” he said.
The anger began building outside Ms. Paltrow’s home on Thursday even while Mr. Obama mingled inside during the two-and-a-half-hour event, where it cost a $1,000 donation to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to listen to the president, and $15,000 to have dinner with him.
“I have a crying child on a soccer field!” one woman yelled as she passed by. (She was one of the few residents who were allowed to drive through.)
Mr. Lewis, in his post, said his family ended up in a restaurant “with a bunch of other displaced residents.”
“My 13-year-old daughter broke into tears, was unable to do her homework,” he said. “We finally got home at 9:00 and my daughter was up late studying, ultimately ill-prepared for her exams.”
Kim Peterson, in another post, said residents were misled about the extent of the presidential security and the impact it would have on traffic. “The biggest problem yesterday is we did not know the Canyon would be totally closed down,” she said. Otherwise, she said, “we could have all planned accordingly.”
But in Mr. Lewis’s opinion, it was “more than poor planning, it’s an abuse of power and, most importantly, unneighborly.”
1,036) Changed a government transparency website to make it very difficult to find information
Federal law requires the website usaspending.gov to provide detailed information on every federal contract over $3,000. Before March 2015, anyone could search the database by keyword. However, in March 2015, the Obama administration removed the ability to search by keyword, and made it so people had to know a contract’s federal grant identification number in order to get any information about it.
1,037) Refused to file federal charges against an EEOC employee who had stolen $60,000 in taxpayers’ money
In April 2015, it was reported that the Obama administration had refused to file federal charges against an EEOC employee who had stolen $60,000 in taxpayers’ money.
1,038) Allowed the same person to simultaneously work as Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff at the State Department and as a director of Hillary Clinton’s foundation for three years
In April 2015, it was reported that Obama had allowed Cheryl Mills to simultaneously work as Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff at the State Department and as a director of Hillary Clinton’s foundation for three years.
1,039) Obama forced a woman to give birth in highway traffic instead of in a hospital so he could have a fundraiser
In April 2015, in Louisville, Kentucky, Obama forced a woman to give birth in highway traffic instead of in a hospital so he could have a fundraiser.
1,040) Illegally gave illegal aliens free airplane flights to enter the U.S.
In April 2015, it was reported that the Obama administration had given illegal aliens free airplane flights to enter the U.S. Giving such aid and assistance to illegal aliens is a federal crime.
1,041) Classified Puerto Ricans as “disabled” because they spoke Spanish
In April 2015, it was reported that the Obama administration had classified Puerto Ricans as “disabled” because they spoke Spanish.
1,042) After supporting Obama in both elections, the National Education Association complained that Obamacare’s Cadillac tax would “unfairly cause hardship to American workers and their families”
The National Education Association is a teachers union. It supported Obama in both elections. In April 2015, it complained that Obamacare’s Cadillac tax would “unfairly cause hardship to American workers and their families.”
1,043) One day after Obama said he would remove Cuba from the U.S. State Sponsors of Terror list, a Cuban sponsored terrorist organization murdered 10 people and injured 17
On April 14, 2015, Obama said he would remove Cuba from the U.S. State Sponsors of Terror list. The very next day, a Cuban sponsored terrorist organization murdered 10 people and injured 17.
1,044) When Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State, Obama allowed Russians who donated to her foundation to buy American uranium
In April 2015, it was reported that when Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State, Obama had allowed Russians who had donated to her foundation to buy American uranium.
1,045) Obama refused to fire Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after she broke her promise to publish all donors to her foundation
Before Hillary Clinton became Secretary of State, she promised that she would publish all donors to her foundation. She broke that promise. However, Obama refused to fire her.
1,046) Obama refused to fire Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after she broke her promise to let the State Department review all new or increased donations to her foundation from foreign governments
Before Hillary Clinton become Secretary of State, she promised that she would let the State Department review all new or increased donations to her foundation by foreign governments. She broke that promise. However, Obama refused to fire her.
1,047) Obama refused to fire Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after her foundation lied on its tax returns about donations from foreign governments
For three consecutive years – 2010, 2011, and 2012 – Secretary of State Hilary Clinton’s foundation lied to the IRS by falsely saying that it had not received any donations from foreign governments. However, in reality, during the those three years, the foundation had actually been given tens of millions of dollars by foreign governments. Despite Clinton’s huge, ongoing, and illegal lies to the IRS, Obama refused to fire her.
1,048) The “most transparent administration in history” ignored ten consecutive questions about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s foundation
In April 2015, White House press secretary Josh Earnest ignored ten consecutive questions about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s foundation.
1,049) Obama refused to fire Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after she violated the U.S. Constitution’s prohibition against government officials accepting gifts from foreign governments
Article I, Section 9, Clause 8 of the U.S. Constitutionstates:
No title of nobility shall be granted by the United States: and no person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.
In addition, the State Department had the followingrules when Clinton was Secretary of State:
Executive branch employees are subject to restrictions on the gifts that they may accept from sources outside the Government. Unless an exception applies, executive branch employees may not accept gifts that are given because of their official positions or that come from certain interested sources (“prohibited sources”).
A prohibited source is a person (or an organization made up of such persons) who: is seeking official action by, is doing business or seeking to do business with, or is regulated by the employee’s agency, or has interests that may be substantially affected by performance or nonperformance of the employee’s official duties.
The countries of Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, and Algeria alldonated money to Clinton’s Foundation when Clinton was Secretary of State, at a time when these countries were attempting to conduct business with the U.S. government.
Charity Navigator, the United States’ most influential charity watchdog, said that legitimate charities spend at least 75% of their donations on their mission. However, according to Clinton’s foundation’s tax forms for the years 2009 through 2012, of the more than $500 million that was donated to the foundation, only 15%, or $75 million, was spent on programmatic grants. More than $25 million was used for travel expenses. Almost $110 million was spent on employee salaries and benefits. $290 million, almost 60 percent, was reported as “other expenses.”
Because of this, Charity Navigator put Clinton’s foundation on its “watch list.”
In addition, Bill Allison, a senior fellow at the Sunlight Foundation, said:
“It seems like the Clinton Foundation operates as a slush fund for the Clintons.”
Donations that foreign governments had given to Clinton’s foundation were used to pay for first class flights for Clinton, even though she was not an employee of the foundation when those flights took place. This is a clear and obvious violation of the Constitution’s prohibition against federal officials accepting money or gifts from foreign governments.
However, Obama refused to fire Clinton.
1,050) Under Commander-in-Chief Obama, male ROTC cadets were ordered to wear women’s high heeled shoes while marching in public
In April 2015, under Commander-in-Chief Obama, male ROTC cadets were ordered to wear women’s high heeled shoes while marching in public.
1,051) Burned more than 9,000 gallons of fossil fuel so he could tell other people to reduce their own use of fossil fuel
On Earth Day 2015, Obama burned more than 9,000 gallons of fossil fuel so he could tell other people to reduce their own use of fossil fuel
1,052) Broke his promise to slow the rise of the oceans
After Obama won the 2008 election, he said that his victory signaled
“… the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow…”
However, in April 2015, it was reported that Obama had broken his promise.
1,053) Used falsified environmental data to force an 80-year-old oyster farming business to shut down
In April 2015, it was reported that the Obama administration had lied about the environmental impact of Drakes Bay Oyster Company in Point Reyes, California, in order to force the 80-year-old oyster farming business to shut down.
1,054) Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave tax dollars to Laureate University at the same time the university gave an estimated one million dollars in “speaking fees” to her husband, Bill Clinton
In April 2015, it was reported that while Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave tax dollars to Laureate University, the university gave an estimated one million dollars in “speaking fees” to her husband, Bill Clinton.
1,055) “181 Clinton Foundation donors who lobbied Hillary’s State Department”
Here is a list called “181 Clinton Foundation donors who lobbied Hillary’s State Department.”
1,056) Companies that donated to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s foundation were given contracts from the U.S. government to help Haiti after its 2010 earthquake
In April 2015, it was reported that companies that had donated to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s foundation were given contracts from the U.S. government to help Haiti after its 2010 earthquake.
1,057) Although Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s brother had no background in mining, he was placed on the board of a Haitian mining company that received funding from U.S. taxpayers
Although Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s brother had no background in mining, after the 2010 Haitian earthquake he was placed on the board of a Haitian mining company that received funding from U.S. taxpayers.
1,058) Used U.S. taxpayers’ money to help the Haitian government force landowners off their land at gunpoint, and to bulldoze their crops
After the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the Obama administration used U.S. taxpayers’ money to help the Haitian government force landowners off their land at gunpoint, and to bulldoze their crops.
1,059) Falsely said that Caracol Industrial Park in Haiti would have 65,000 jobs after he gave it money from U.S. taxpayers
After the 2010 Haitian earthquake, the Obama administration said that Caracol Industrial Park in Haiti would have 65,000 jobs after it received money from U.S. taxpayers. However, it ended up with only 5,000 jobs.
1,060) Falsely said, “As president I will recognize the Armenian genocide”
In 2008, Obama said:
“As president I will recognize the Armenian genocide.”
However, in April 2015, it was reported that Obama had broken that promise.
1,061) Continued Bush’s illegal use of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act to prosecute a fisherman who had thrown undersize fish back into the water
The Sarbanes-Oxley Act was created to prosecute Wall St. criminals. However, in 2007, the Bush administration used the Sarbanes-Oxley Act to prosecute a fisherman who had thrown undersize fish back into the water off the coast of Cortez, Florida. The Obama administration continued with this prosecution until 2015, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that it was illegal to use the Sarbanes-Oxley Act for this purpose.
1,062) One of the illegal drug possessing, gang member, illegal aliens that Obama illegally gave amnesty to, later went on to murder four people
In 2012, an illegal alien and gang member named Emmanuel Jesus Rangel-Hernandez was charged with illegal drug possession, and was slated for deportation. However, in 2013, Obama gave amnesty to Rangel-Hernandez. Because Obama did this without approval from Congress, Obama’s action was illegal. Afterward, Rangel-Hernandez murdered four people in Charlotte, North Carolina.
1,063) In March 2015, Democratic U.S. Senators who voted for Obamacare made yet another complaint about Obamacare, and asked for yet another delay to it
A provision of Obamacare says that in 2016, employers with between 51 to 100 employees will be moved from the “large group” market to the “small group” market. In March 2015, Democratic U.S. Senators who voted for Obamacare complained that this move would make insurance more expensive, and asked for it to be delayed.

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DEBT-FREE COLLEGE? DEMOCRATS LEARN THE WRONG LESSONS FROM OBAMACARE

a_75Debt-free-students_1By John F. Di Leo – Cheering graduates

Hillary Clinton, Marty O’Malley, Liz Warren, and other 2016 Democrat candidates for the presidency are apparently trying to differentiate themselves from the real-world economics of Republicans by returning to the tried-and-true method of promising to rob Peter to pay Paul, while giving the impression that YOU don’t have to worry, because, dear voter, YOU’LL never be Peter.

The latest method is in capitalizing on the headlines about crippling college debt by setting “debt free college” as their goal.

Now, as far as that goes, it’s a perfectly worthy goal. “Pay as you go” living has always been the responsible advice of our sage elders; youths are told not to charge clothing and restaurant dining to a charge card, and to reserve long-term loans to things that retain their value for years, like houses and cars. A good college education – the right college education, at least – would seemingly belong in that list.

But there is a problem: this college debt is crippling many of our college graduates, often exacting a far greater toll than the product may seem to be worth. That is indeed a problem worthy of consideration by government, if only to see whether existing government policies might be partially to blame, and might be worthy of adjustment in light of the facts.

The Democrat Approach

At this writing, the Clinton campaign is not yet spelling out exactly what The Unavoidable One’s proposals will be if she manages to successfully replace The Anointed One in 2017. Perhaps they have learned one lesson from the Obamacare fiasco: that you need to sell the plan first, and hold back the details until after passage, when it’s too late for the public to do anything about their buyers’ remorse.

To the extent that we can handicap it, though… judging from past history, what Democrats will propose is what they always propose: a combination of price controls and government money. Since the federal government’s support for massive unsecured loans has helped cause tuition prices to skyrocket in the first place, they will imagine, foolishly, that federal government support for more grants instead won’t produce the exact same result.

The federal government already plays quite a role in college pricing, because of the concept of the FAFSA, a mathematical calculation based on a combination of family income and net worth (excluding retirement accounts) and the number of children in college the same year. The government determines what they think the family should be able to scrape together each year, and then the college uses that figure to try to build a mixture of federal and state grants, loans, and the college’s own merit and aid contributions (from its endowment) to bring down the student’s actual cost.

The government approves unsecured loans for college students that no sane lender would approve without that government guarantee; the college views this as a license to raise tuition to whatever the loan, along with everything else, will cover. Can we blame the college? And does anyone objectively think this cornucopia of money has helped the situation?

If these Democrats are serious about wanting college to be debt-free, they’ll likely begin by moving the student loan portion over to the grant column, which will cost the taxpayers far more, without eliminating the root cause of the high price of education.

The fact is, any seller will charge what the market will bear, so, as long as the government is committed to making up the difference somehow, whether it’s in the form of loans or grants won’t change the fact that the market will bear it. So tuition will continue to increase, and the taxpayer burden will continue to rise unabated.

The Democrat approach will therefore have to eventually include price controls, declaring that unlimited tuition prices are inconsistent with the idea of every American’s right to a master’s degree in underwater basketweaving. Eventually – maybe by the general election, maybe by the end of the primaries, maybe even by the Iowa caucuses if The Unavoidable One is in trouble – they will have to declare tuition caps.

Since many colleges won’t be able to survive on such a one-size-fits-all approach, many will go under, and either close their doors or merge with other colleges or be taken over by the government. Everything that’s been happening to hospitals since the passage of Obamacare will now happen to colleges. Won’t that be lovely.

In the healthcare debate, we were reminded that after a certain age, the Left doesn’t think it’s worthwhile to keep spending money on operations for a patient, so the government should just focus on relieving the pain (the Resident of the White House said “Maybe you just take a pill for that” instead of getting cured, if memory serves).

And since the Left doesn’t think that some people are worth caring for in their youth either, every insurance program must allow for abortion, to hopefully discourage people from bringing children into the world who will someday need operations, or welfare, or other public costs. That’s just how they address these issues.

Eventually, therefore the Democratic approach will have to be to ration service here too. It’s fanciful to imagine that it wouldn’t be. It’s a lot easier to make the math work in this elusive goal of debt-free college if you just make sure that far fewer people go to college in the first place.

Don’t have money in the federal budget for two million college students? Okay, just cap it at one million. Or half a million. Or eventually, a quarter million. When faceless strangers’ lives are just a part of a bureaucracy’s budget, it’s easy for those bureaucrats to just remove them from the equation.

In the Democratic model, the only way to promise debt-free education is to limit who gets one. Whether they admit it or not, it’s the only way.

The Real Problem

In some ways, the college affordability crisis is even worse than the healthcare crisis, though the Left would never admit to the reasons why. There are many reasons, but they can be boiled down to these:

1) The government is even more in control of schools, so, like everything the government touches, the financing model is illogical. Most states operate huge state colleges that spend copious government dollars irresponsibly, allowing professors who could teach four or five courses to get away with just teaching three, or two, or one, while still drawing a full salary, incredible vacation time and other benefits, and often even free housing.

These huge state schools then set the bar, and wealthy premium private colleges match or exceed them.

And then even private colleges and states that would, if operating in a vacuum, be inclined to be more responsible, must offer similar deals to their own staff and administration. The government’s massive involvement in the higher education market is the cause, not the solution, for high higher education costs as well.

2) The current funding system rewards tuition increases. Since aid is pinned to the FAFSA’s “estimated family contribution” anyway, a higher tuition bill doesn’t mean that a college loses customers, it just means that the college gets more of its payment from government than it gets from parents. They’re fine with that. Government doesn’t lose its job in a recession and become unable to pay. Government doesn’t get a divorce that suddenly doubles the family’s housing costs, squeezing the ability to pay for expensive tuition for the eldest kids.

No, the colleges are happy to have the dependable checks of a government payer, rather than having to worry through the constant private sector reality of an Accounts Payable slate that’s often in arrears. Since the EFC stays flat, the more the college raises its price, the more of its balance sheet comes from the much more dependable government checkbook. So, to the extent that tuition is too high (and in many cases, it is, but not in all), the federal government funding system is the cause, not the solution, for high higher education pricing.

3) Like all numbers, such terms as “cost” and “price” and even “debt” are actually relative terms. A $35,000/year college price is an excellent deal if the graduate soon earns $100,000/year as a chemical engineer, or $150,000 or $200,000/year as a surgeon. The same $35,000/year college price, however, would be a terrible deal if the graduate earns $12,000/year as a part time burger-flipper, or nothing at all as an unpaid Clinton campaign intern.

The simple fact is, the cost of a college degree isn’t objectively affordable or unaffordable, just because a campaign speech can pass it off as such. It’s all subjective.

A college degree is objectively worth the price if the person obtaining it can use it to greatly enhance his future earnings. Right now, too many can not use it for that purpose… some, because they’re obtaining degrees undesired by the employment marketplace, but most, because the economy is just horrific.

With ninety million people outside the workforce – with established businesses closing at a faster clip than new business are starting up – with families burning through their retirement savings due to years of unemployment and underemployment, to such a level that no politician of either party even dares use the real numbers – is it any wonder that any high dollar expenditure is out of reach of ever more Americans?

Foreclosures are high because people can’t afford their homes; hospital bills go unpaid because people can’t afford to pay them; dental work is put off because people can’t afford the braces or crowns they need.

In the final analysis, college prices, and even college debts, are all relative. For the micro-economic level of the college student studying a major in demand, there’s no crisis in college pricing. For the micro-economic level of the college student studying a major that’s not in demand, just being a better shopper, a wiser consumer, might have gotten him the degree elsewhere for half the price.

It’s at the macro-economic level that the federal government should focus. It’s government policies, after all, that have so wrecked the economy that there are few jobs even for talented, intelligent, well-educated people. Once again, the federal government – due to its relentless assault on employers and employees, its policy of taxing and regulating the business community out of existence – is the cause, not the solution, for the inability of millions to afford their college educations.

Solving the Problem

But what, then, is the right solution? If we have as our goal an essentially affordable college education – just as we have always aimed for affordable housing, affordable dining, affordable entertainment, in short, the American Dream – then we must solve the problems of the economy.

Our colleges are not the problem, any more than houses and banks, automobiles and insurance, food and drink are problems. Our nation’s problem is that prosperity is in an eight-year retreat. Our problem is that the recession that began with the Pelosi takeover of the House in 2006 has only stabilized; it has never ended.

Just like anything else, college is affordable when parents earn enough to pay for it for their children, or when the students can earn enough to pay for it on their own. Government is largely responsible for this long and painful economic contraction; only a return to growth policies will put us back on the right road. For example:

1) Our effective corporate income tax rates are the highest in the industrialized world, at about 38%. Halving that number to an effective rate of 17%, or dropping it even more, would be revenue-neutral almost immediately, and would soon pay dividends in both revenue and greater employment as the change took hold.

2) Our regulatory burden has moved beyond crippling to lethal. With every passage of Clean Air Acts and Americans with Disabilities Acts, Obamacare, and every new air standard and energy restriction, the federal government has driven American manufacturing out of business and out of the country.

We need to rescind most of the new federal regulations of recent decades, from the Departments of Energy and Interior and Education and Labor and more. We need to draw down the charters of agencies like the FCC, FDA, ATF and OSHA. We need to close the ones that are utterly beyond reform, like the EPA.

3) In recent decades, our porous borders have introduced cheap labor, massive crime, an exploding welfare burden, a loss of what it was that made American workers and culture exceptional in the world, and a newly guaranteed voting base for the Democratic Party. All these have combined to result in ever-fewer promising job opportunities for our graduates.

We must close the borders and engage in policies that cause self-deportation of the illegals (the only kind of deportation that actually works), so that those immigrants who do remain have a chance to assimilate, and so the American worker is again in demand.

4) We must wean the higher education marketplace away from its addiction to the federal dollar. We can replace federal grants and loans with more generous income tax credits (no, not “refundable tax credits,” the current administration’s euphemism for handouts).

But most importantly, we can tie education more solidly to the employment sector, through tax policy that encourages employers to offer tuition benefits to their employees. This takes both focused tax policies (more tax credits for the businesses offering the benefit, making acceptance of the benefit tax free for the employee, etc.), and a booming economy in which companies can both afford to offer such generous benefits, and feel that they must do so, in order to win and keep good employees.

Like so much in public policy, everything is interconnected. Greater regulation results in economic pain and therefore greater need; lessened regulation results in an economic boom and therefore, less need.

This plain fact is counter-intuitive for the knee-jerk statists of the Democratic Party. To the modern Democrat, you show you care by writing a government check, and you close your eyes to the wanton destruction that inevitably results.

The idea that the right policy would involve terminating those government checks can never enter their minds; this is why no modern Democrat can be trusted with the reins of an economy. Their policies leave nothing but poverty and hopelessness in their wake.

But the conservatives understand. The conservatives know that lower taxes and lessened regulation will solve all the problems together, in a package. In an economic recovery, like that one that resulted from the Reagan administration policies in the 1980s, the private sector will again be able to afford college, solving that problem, while eliminating most other needs as well.

New businesses, new jobs, faster career trajectories. These are the solutions to our college debt crisis.

Oh, there’s more to it, yes. There are schools that aren’t as good as others, or aren’t as good fits for some students. There are students seeking foolish majors; there are students who aren’t as well prepared by their high schools as they should have been to ensure success at college.

But these issues will be manageable, in a booming growth economy. We just need to get there, and unfortunately, there’s only one party in our system that’s interested in doing so. Only one party that’s interested in ending the cycle of dependency, and interested in enabling Americans to stand proudly on their own two feet at last, free of the golden handcuffs of the Democratic plantation.

Oh, yes. November 2016 can’t come too soon.

Copyright 2015 John F. Di Leo

John F. Di Leo is a Chicago-based international trade lecturer and Customs broker. His columns are regularly found in Illinois Review.

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40 Volcanoes Are Erupting Right Now; 34 Of Them Are Along The Ring Of Fire

40 Volcanoes

by Michael Snyder

You may not have noticed, but our planet is becoming increasingly unstable. According to Volcano Discovery, 40 volcanoes around the globe are erupting right now, and only 6 of them are not along the Ring of Fire. If that sounds like a very high number to you, that is because it is a very high number. As I have written about previously, there were a total of 3,542 volcanic eruptions during the entire 20th century. When you divide that number by 100, that gives you an average of about 35 volcanic eruptions per year. So the number of volcanoes that are erupting right now is well above the 20th century’s average for an entire calendar year. And, of course, we are witnessing a tremendous amount of earthquake activity as well. Nepal was just hit by the worst earthquake that it had seen in 80 years, and scientists are telling us that the Himalayas actually dropped by an astounding 3 feet as a result of that one earthquake. How much more does our planet have to shake before people start paying attention?

Of course the things that we have been seeing lately are part of a much larger long-term trend. Seismic activity appears to have been getting stronger over the past few decades, and now things really seem to be accelerating. The following is how one news source recently summarized what we have been witnessing…
If it seems like earthquakes and erupting volcanoes are happening more frequently, that’s because they are. Looking at global magnitude six (M6) or greater from 1980 to 1989 there was an average of 108.5 earthquakes per year, from 2000 to 2009 the planet averaged 160.9 earthquakes per year: that is a 38.9% increase of M6+ earthquakes in recent years. Unrest also seems to be growing among the world’s super-volcanoes. Iceland (which is home to some of the most dangerous volcanoes on the planet), Santorini in Greece, Uturuncu in Bolivia, the Yellowstone and Long Valley calderas in the U.S., Laguna del Maule in Chile, Italy’s Campi Flegrei – almost all of the world’s active super-volcanic systems are now exhibiting some signs of inflation, an early indication that pressure is building in these volcanic systems.
But of course most Americans are never going to care about any of this until it starts affecting them personally.
Well, perhaps they should start paying attention to the warning signs. In recent weeks we have seen significant earthquakes in Michigan, Texas, Mississippi, California, Idaho And Washington. In addition, it is being reported that pressure is building in dormant volcanoes in Arizona and California. Just because we have not had a killer earthquake or a large volcanic eruption in the U.S. in recent years does not mean that it will always be that way. Right now the entire planet appears to be waking up, and this especially seems to be true of the Ring of Fire.
If you are not familiar with the Ring of Fire, just imagine a giant ring that runs around the outer perimeter of the Pacific Ocean. Approximately 90 percent of all earthquakes and approximately 75 percent of all volcanic eruptions occur within this area, and the entire west coast of North America is considered to be part of the Ring of Fire.
For so long, the west coast has been incredibly blessed not to have experienced a major seismic event. But scientists tell us that it is only a matter of time.
And right now, just about every other part of the Ring of Fire is shaking violently.
For example, a magnitude 6.8 earthquake just hit Japan on Wednesday…
A magnitude-6.8 earthquake that shook northeast Japan on Wednesday was an aftershock of the devastating 2011 quake that triggered a massive tsunami and nuclear power plant meltdown.
“We consider this morning’s earthquake to be an aftershock of the 2011 Northeastern Pacific Earthquake,” said Yohei Hasegawa, an official at the Japanese meteorological agency.
The temblor, which struck just after 6 a.m. local time (5 p.m. ET Tuesday), was sparked by the Pacific tectonic plate “subducting,” or moving under, the main land plate, he added.
Hasegawa warned that more tremors may be on the way.
One Japanese expert is warning that Japan “might have entered an era of great earthquakes and volcanic eruptions“, and considering the immense devastation that the great earthquake and tsunami of 2011 caused, that is a very sobering assessment.
Meanwhile, a series of very strong earthquakes have struck Papua New Guinea recently as well. The following comes from the Washington Post…
A powerful earthquake rattled Papua New Guinea on Thursday, the fourth strong quake to hit the South Pacific island nation in a week. The temblor prompted officials to issue a local tsunami warning, but it was lifted shortly afterward with no reports of damage.

The 7.1-magnitude quake struck about 150 kilometers (94 miles) southwest of the town of Panguna on Bougainville Island at a depth of 23 kilometers (14 miles), the U.S. Geological Survey reported.
Once again, just because things have always been a certain way does not mean that they will always be that way.
As Americans, we are not accustomed to being concerned about major earthquakes and massive volcanic eruptions, but that could soon change in a big way.
The truth is that our planet and our sun are changing in ways that are unpredictable and that our scientists don’t completely understand.
For example, a recent LiveScience article discussed the fact that scientists are deeply puzzled by the fact that the magnetic field of our planet is getting weaker 10 times faster than previously believed…
Scientists already know that magnetic north shifts. Once every few hundred thousand years the magnetic poles flip so that a compass would point south instead of north. While changes in magnetic field strength are part of this normal flipping cycle, data from Swarm have shown the field is starting to weaken faster than in the past. Previously, researchers estimated the field was weakening about 5 percent per century, but the new data revealed the field is actually weakening at 5 percent per decade, or 10 times faster than thought. As such, rather than the full flip occurring in about 2,000 years, as was predicted, the new data suggest it could happen sooner.
And in a previous article, I discussed how one scientist has discovered that activity on the sun is declining at a faster pace “than at any time in the last 9300 years” right now.
I don’t pretend to have all the answers for why these things are happening, but clearly some very unusual things are taking place.
So what do you think?
Do you believe that you know why our planet and our sun are experiencing such dramatic changes?
Please feel free to add to the discussion by posting a comment below…

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