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Rush Fights Back for Palin, O’Donnell and Other Conservatives

Posted on October 6, 2010. Filed under: Conservatives, Media Bias, Politicians, Politics |

Well said, Rush!!!!! Read the transcript from Rush’s show below. He said what needed to be said and I couldn’t agree more!!

Rush Fights Back for Palin, O’Donnell and Other Conservatives

BEGIN TRANSCRIPT

 
RUSH: Let me ask you a question, folks. Answer this question honestly:  How many of you in this audience are embarrassed of Sarah Palin?  How many of you are embarrassed of Carl Paladino?  How many of you — or, how many of you know other conservatives, slash, Republicans who are, if maybe you’re not, how many of you are embarrassed of Sharron Angle?  You know people, Snerdley, who are?  So do I, is the point.  I know people. I told you once, had a dinner party at my house, a couple people started railing against Palin, sounding just like they were Katie Couric, and I lost it. I literally, I never have lost it the way I lost it.  I got kicked outta my own house.  And I had to fly somewhere anyway, so I got a head start. I got kicked outta my own house. I got in the car and drove to the airport and got outta there, ’cause I was just flummoxed.  
 
How many of you are embarrassed, or how many of you know people who are embarrassed, about Christine O’Donnell?  You know people embarrassed by Christine O’Donnell?  I do.  I run into people all the time: “Can’t we do any better than that? I mean, gosh, these people don’t even know the issues, why, they really — you know, they’re nuts, these people are real kooks, I mean, they’re not even electable, they don’t come off well on TV, they don’t even know the issues.”
 
I mean, these people are embarrassed, responding to every criticism mounted from the Democrats in the media.  I’m talking about conservatives. And I bet you know people who are embarrassed of the Tea Party in general. How many of you know people who, the Tea Party even makes ’em nervous? And Tea Party rallies and gatherings, that even makes you nervous?  “It’s kind of embarrassing, it doesn’t look like the Tea Party people are political professionals, it’s just kind of embarrassing, really wish they’ve” — I don’t know.  How many of you know people that way?  How many of you are that way?  Well, we have a lot of people that way, and any time I encounter ’em, I get in their faces and I throw some things back at them.  I’ll give you some examples of what I throw back at them when we get back from this.

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RUSH: I want to speak to those of you who are embarrassed of Sarah Palin and Christine O’Donnell and the Tea Party in general, Sharron Angle, maybe Carl Paladino rubs you the wrong way. You think they’re nuts, they embarrass you. I mean they’re conservatives and they’re Republicans and so are you, but you think they’re a little kooky. You don’t even think they can win.  They don’t come off well on TV.  I hear from people who think this a lot.  I’ll tell you what I’ve started doing when people start — because when they tell me they’re incredulous, “Are you just saying this on the radio or do you really think Sarah Palin’s got it all together? Are you really not bothered by Carl?  I mean, Rush, this Paladino guy has a ten-year-old daughter from an illegitimate sexual relationship.  Come on, Christine O’Donnell, Rush, I mean the IRS, you really –” the people come to me with this, wondering if I’m being genuine and serious here on the radio.  What I’ve started doing, I’m going to do it right here, what would happen to you because this is the point that I was making yesterday talking about the dustup that Paladino had with Fred Dicker and Nathan Deal in Georgia and a number of others, Christine O’Donnell. 

 
All of you — and I don’t know how many it is, but you know who you are — all of you who sit out there acting holier-than-thou, saying that these Tea Party people are kooks, how would you do if suddenly your life was uncovered and plastered all over television?  How would you do if cameras were following you and the express purpose was to catch you in embarrassing moments?  How would you do if the media was giving you an anal exam for the express purpose of making you look like an idiot?  How many of you would look like Albert Einstein?  How many of you would look like Winston Churchill?  How many of you would look like paragons of virtue?  How many of you would look like brilliant Mensa members?  How would you feel if an army of motivated people looking to destroy you was following you every moment of the day examining everything you’ve ever done, trying to find every event in your life, from junior high to the present?  How many of you could withstand what these people are having done to them?  And then when it was happening to you, how many of you would say to yourself, “Well, I hope people understand everybody’s got skeletons in their closet?  I hope people understand the media is trying to make us look bad.”

How many of you would be hoping and praying that normal people would understand that what’s going on is not quite fair?  How about you?  You’ve had a couple divorces.  Do you want Katie Couric talking about that on TV?  Do you want Katie Couric going to your ex-spouses, finding out why your ex-spouses don’t like you?  You want it all over People magazine?  You want it all over the New York Times; the New York Post; the Washington Post?  How about all the speeding tickets you got?  You ever knocked anybody up?  You got any illegitimate kids running around that you know of or don’t know of?  What’s going to happen if you don’t but some woman pops up and says that you do and the media following you around can’t wait to put that out there as a possibility?  What if you happen to be somebody who had to get married 30 years ago, you’re living in a loveless marriage, you had to get married because you had some little accident take place, what happens if the media following you around found out about it and everybody in your neighborhood and everybody in your town and everybody in your church found out about it?  Would you not be saying, “Come on, that’s a long time ago, doesn’t say who I am today, and look, I did the right thing back then anyway.”  

How many of you could withstand the Democrat Party from the White House on down going through all of your tax returns, every job that you’ve ever had?  How many of you would look clean and pure as the wind-driven snow if the start looking into everything your kids have gotten into and have done?  How many of you took seven years or eight years to pay off a $10,000 medical bill?  How many of you have been audited by the IRS?  How many of you have had it said that you tried to cheat the government?  How many of you could withstand this kind of treatment yourselves?  I mean it’s one thing to sit here and say that all these people are embarrassing and they’re kooks and they don’t come off well on TV and they’re unelectable.  Well, how about you?  ‘Cause these people are just like you, they’re just like us.  How many of you have had the electricity turned off at your house because you didn’t make a payment or how many of you had the phone turned off?  How many of you have gone to psychics to have your future predicted?  How many of you have done any kind of thing that if anybody found out about it you’d be embarrassed as hell?  

How many of you can sit there and say that not one thing has ever gone wrong in your life?  How many of you can say you never wrecked a car?  I don’t mean all of you.  I’m talking about those of you or the people that you know who are sitting there from their lofty perch of perfection saying they’re embarrassed by Sarah Palin.  And why, by the way, are you embarrassed about Sarah Palin?  What do you actually know about her?  And then at the end of the day, even with all that, would you say, “Yeah, I’d rather have Obama for four more years.  I really would rather have Harry Reid. I really would rather have Pelosi, yeah, because I’m so embarrassed of Palin and O’Donnell and Carl Paladino. I can’t vote for ’em, they embarrass me, if anybody found out I voted for ’em, I couldn’t live with myself. People would be laughing at me.  I’d have to say how stupid they are so people think I’m not stupid.”  Okay, fine.  Then I assume this means you want four more years of an assault on the American private sector and the economy.  You want four or six more years of wild spending, dooming your own kids and grandkids to having any opportunity for prosperity, all because Paladino or Palin or somebody embarrasses you, they’re not electable, they’re kooks?  

How many of you would even have the guts to run for office?  How many of you would have the guts to go do what they’re doing rather than sit on the sideline and complain about how those who are doing it aren’t doing it the right way?  You can tell I’m getting a little ticked off more and more each time I describe it because I run into these people.  I don’t know what they expect my reaction to be when they tell me this.  I’m supposed to agree, yeah, privately, “I know they’re a little kooky but they’re all we’ve got.”  I mean I don’t like arrogance wherever I find it.  Is it not the professional politician that has created this mess?  Is it not the people who look good on TV and who sound good on TV and sound smart on TV and look like Ken dolls and buy hair spray and Botox by the case, is it not those people that have created the problems that we’re in?  So when average, ordinary life happens people decide they don’t want to put up with the pros anymore and they want to roll their sleeves up and get involved and try to fix it, why do we demand of them standards that we do not demand of even Obama or Dingy Harry or Robert Byrd?  I mean can somebody tell me what Ku Klux Klan group Carl Paladino ever belonged to?  Can somebody tell me what shifty land deal Harry Reid made gazillions of dollars on exists in the Republican Party?  Somebody give one.

Can you tell me where the equivalent to Harry Reid is in the Tea Party?  Where is it?  Where is the equivalent to Pelosi?  Where is the equivalent to Barack Obama?  Where is it?  See, what doesn’t compute for me is the vitriol I hear from people describing Democrats destroying the country.  People say this to me: “Rush, they’re ruining the country, they’re destroying the country.”  Right, but we prefer that to Sarah Palin or Christine O’Donnell ’cause they just embarrass us, they’re kooky.  Where’s the equivalent to either of the Clintons in the Tea Party?  I thought we wanted people in Washington who look like everybody else in America.  I thought we want people in Washington who have had negative encounters with the government, the bureaucracy, the oppressive elements of this regime so they can relate to it and stop it.  I thought we want people in Washington who really want a flat tax or a FairTax and are not concerned with the power they’d be giving up in getting rid of the current progressive tax. I thought that’s what we wanted.  If you couple this, what I’m saying now, with the monologue of yesterday, folks, it’s serious.  

If you think the Republicans winning the House in November ends Obama, I beg you, think again.  It only just begins.  The real battle just begins.  Because if you think the things they’re saying about Christine O’Donnell and Sarah Palin and Carl Paladino, et al, if you think the things they’re saying about ’em now embarrass you, you wait until they’re elected, if they are, see what they say about them and then see how touch it’s going to be for you and your perfection, your flawless life to sit there and continue to stand with them and support them.  People who have never made wrong decisions have never made a decision.  People who have never made mistakes have not lived.  I want people who have lived lives, who have made mistakes, don’t care who knows it, they’ve learned from them, they’ve made amends, and they have moved on with their lives.  I’m tired, frankly, of Republicans throwing candidates under the bus for not being the political equivalent of Mother Teresa or not being professional enough to get elected.  I really lose my patience with abject neophytes who don’t understand the first thing about politics, criticizing people for getting involved and trying to improve what is a terrible situation in this country, people who wouldn’t lift a finger to do it themselves.

 
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RUSH: To Springfield, Illinois, Kathy, great to have you on the program.  Hello.

CALLER:  Hi, Rush.  This is a real pleasure and honor.  I just wanted to tell you that I’ve been listening to you for the past many years.  My mother got us turned on to you, all of us kids, but I just think you’re brilliant and I think that the tirade or whatever you want to call it that you’re on right now is just absolutely wonderful.  And I just want to tell you real quick why I think I’m qualified to call you brilliant.  I have a Ph.D. in humanities, and —

RUSH:  Wow.

CALLER:  — I’ve taught at Florida State, Florida A&M and some other universities and I’m married to a football coach, who was Emmitt Smith’s head coach, and I just love the way that you do not excuse the patriotic behavior of the Tea Party people, that you aren’t embarrassed by their enthusiasm and that you stand by your principles, and I love the way that you are able to analyze a political situation, you kind of distill it and hone into the heart of the matter, and that is why I keep listening to you, because you are the best at doing that.  

RUSH:  Well, thank you.

CALLER:  I think you’re great.

RUSH:  Thank you very much.  I really appreciate it and I am passionate about it.  I run into it all the time and it gets more and more frustrating each time I run into this.  And then I look at John Edwards.  The Democrats, the media:  This man was flawless, two Americas, he had the compassion.  Why, his wife, even though she had cancer, they were willing to put their family concerns aside for the country.  They’re a couple of frauds.  But, boy, he looked good on TV, and he didn’t embarrass anybody until the truth came out.  This has been delectable. I can’t tell you the number of people I knew that thought Edwards was it and now they’ve read that book out there by Andrew Young and they find out what a total fraud this guy is.  I say, “Okay, there’s one Democrat down.  Now, if you can think about all of them the way you’ve learned about John Edwards, then we’ll be making progress.  Think about it.”

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RUSH:  You know, the kind of people that we have running for office now are the exact kind of people the Founding Fathers had in mind.  I’d rather have somebody who speaks his mind, not talking points, and I certainly don’t want some hypocritical crook or some destructive liberal in charge of this country any longer than necessary.  It’s not complicated at all to me.

LINK: http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/content/home/daily/site_100110/content/01125108.guest.html

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Education Secretary Urged His Employees To Go To Sharpton’s Rally

Posted on September 2, 2010. Filed under: Politicians, Politics |

Imagine what would have happened if the Education Secretary had urged his employees to attend the Glenn Beck rally. People would have been up in arms saying that the gov’t should NOT be partisan and has no business promoting a conservative event. But when it’s a liberal event, they can shove it down our throats. I wish someone would sue over this. I am so sick of liberalism being shoved down our throats through official channels such as schools, colleges, gov’t agencies, etc. I want it stopped!

Education Secretary Urged His Employees To Go To Sharpton’s Rally

washingtonexaminer.com

By: Lisa Gartner

Examiner Staff Writer

August 30, 2010

Excerpt:

President Obama’s top education official urged government employees to attend a rally that the Rev. Al Sharpton organized to counter a larger conservative event on the Mall.

“ED staff are invited to join Secretary Arne Duncan, the Reverend Al Sharpton, and other leaders on Saturday, Aug. 28, for the ‘Reclaim the Dream’ rally and march,” began an internal e-mail sent to more than 4,000 employees of the Department of Education on Wednesday.

Sharpton created the event after Glenn Beck announced a massive Tea Party “Restoring Honor” rally at the Lincoln Memorial, where King spoke in 1963.

The Washington Examiner learned of the e-mail from a Department of Education employee who felt uncomfortable with Duncan’s request.

Although the e-mail does not violate the Hatch Act, which forbids federal employees from participating in political campaigns, Education Department workers should feel uneasy, said David Boaz, executive vice president of the libertarian Cato Institute.

“It sends a signal that activity on behalf of one side of a political debate is expected within a department. It’s highly inappropriate … even in the absence of a direct threat,” Boaz said. “If we think of a Bush cabinet official sending an e-mail to civil servants asking them to attend a Glenn Beck rally, there would be a lot of outrage over that.”

Russ Whitehurst, director of the liberal-leaning Brookings Institution’s Brown Center of Education Policy, said nothing like this happened when he was a Department of Education program director from 2001 to 2008: “Only political appointees would have been made aware of such an event and encouraged to attend.”

Officially, Sharpton’s event commemorated the 47th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

“[Conservatives] think we showed up [to vote for Barack Obama] in 2008 and that we won’t show up again. But we know how to sucker-punch, and we’re coming out again in 2010,” Sharpton said.

Obama avoided comment on Saturday’s dueling rallies, but Duncan took the podium alongside Sharpton and 30 other speakers on the football field of Dunbar High School. Thousands of mostly blacks listened — and a lone man booed — as Duncan called education “the civil rights issue of our generation.”

“Educators, we have to stop thinking of [poor-performing children] as other people’s children,” he said.

Speakers at the Sharpton rally praised Obama and took jabs at the Tea Party.

“Dr. King gave us a miracle in 2008. He gave us the first African-American president, and we must let them know today that we support [Obama],” said John Boyd, Jr., president of the National Black Farmers Association.

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton said Beck’s rally “would change nothing. … We will move right over you.”

Education Department spokeswoman Sandra Abrevaya defended Duncan’s decision. “This was a back-to-school event,” she said.

Duncan was chief executive officer of Chicago Public Schools for seven years before Obama nominated him in December 2008.

LINK: http://video.ap.org/?f=VAAJN&PID=liTnsiLWiv1cREL8JM6iSc_YK00F0BCc

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Dr. Manny: Dear Senator Reid, I’m Not Stupid!

Posted on August 22, 2010. Filed under: Illegal Immigration, Politicians |

Good article.

Dr. Manny: Dear Senator Reid, I’m Not Stupid!

by Dr. Manny Alvarez

Fox News

Today, U.S. Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid (D-NV) — the person who holds one of the most powerful positions in our government — a protector of the constitution, of free speech and of tolerance — called me stupid.

Perhaps he was indicating that I’m mentally challenged or maybe that I’m just uneducated — I’m not sure. But what I do know is that his comments were a profound insult to me and every other American of Hispanic descent.

During a campaign event in Nevada Tuesday, Reid made an appeal to Latino supporters whose votes he needs for re-election in November, by making this condescending remark:

“I don’t know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican, OK,” he said. “Do I need to say more?”

Yes, Sen. Reid, in fact you do need to say more.

Perhaps Sen. Reid should have came out and said what he was getting at rather than making such inflammatory comments — implying that all American Hispanic voters would be foolish not to conform to a herd mentality for their own good.

I can only assume that the point Sen. Reid was trying to make was that the majority of Latino voters in Nevada would be hurt by a Republican taking office in November because of the GOP’s stance on immigration reform.

But perhaps Sen. Reid would be interested to know that the Hispanic community in this country can make their own decisions. A CNN poll conducted in late July showed that 65 percent of all Hispanics questioned want to see tighter security and increased federal law enforcement at the southern border.

With all the recent talk of ethnic profiling since Arizona’s SB 1070 immigration law came into play — I have to say, that is exactly how Sen. Reid made me feel today.

I highly resent Sen. Reid’s remarks for suggesting that I lack the brainpower to make a rational choice, and for deciding for me how my ethnicity should play out politically — because I am a Republican and I also happen to be of Hispanic descent.

And I happen to know many American Hispanics that are Republicans. They are Republicans that share the strong fundamental values this country was built on. They value family, education, freedom, respect and love for this great nation — the United States of America.

But I guess I shouldn’t be that surprised by the generalizations and stereotyping coming out of Democratic Party and its leadership. It’s quite a familiar theme these days, because it seems that I as a doctor also lack the intelligence to make the right choices for my patients.

If this is the formula for success in fixing a broken health care system, it would stand to reason that Sen. Reid may also believe that I can’t be a doctor and be against Obama’s health care reform — especially me — since I’m not only a doctor, but a Hispanic doctor at that. By Sen. Reid’s calculations, I may as well cut my losses and become a Democrat who practices medicine in federally-funded clinic. OK, OK — so I have a flare for the dramatic, but I think I’ve made my point. But all sarcasm aside, what hurt me the most about Sen. Reid’s ignorant remarks is that he has insulted the memory of my father.

My father was a hardworking man that fled communism in Cuba and arrived in this country in pursuit of the American dream. And part of that dream, were the freedoms and opportunities afforded by an economy built on capitalist ideals. Those ideals allowed a man like my father to build his business on his own terms — never asking for help — but always thankful to this great nation. My father was a Republican through-and-through until his dying day. And yes, Mr. Reid, he was also of Hispanic decent.

Hispanic Americans are proud people. They are proud of their heritage, but they are also proud to be citizens of this democracy we call the United States of America. We do not want to be boxed in. We simply want the same respect given to any citizen of this country — to be viewed through colorblind eyes, and to have diversity of choice free from ethnic bias.

LINK: http://health.blogs.foxnews.com/2010/08/11/dr-manny-dear-senator-reid-i%E2%80%99m-not-stupid/

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N.H. Democrat Under Fire for Reportedly saying Sarah Palin Should have Crashed with Ted Stevens

Posted on August 12, 2010. Filed under: Liberal Idiots, Liberal Violence/Hate against Conservatives, Politicians |

Yep, those Democrats sure are the loving party, aren’t they??? If we just disagree with them they call us mean, but they can get by with saying hateful stuff like this?? Sickening!

N.H. Democrat under fire for reportedly saying Sarah Palin should have crashed with Ted Stevens

BY MEENA HARTENSTEIN

DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

A New Hampshire Democrat is under fire after reportedly posting a public death wish for Sarah Palin.

Keith Halloran, a Democratic candidate for state representative in New Hampshire, took a swipe at Palin on Facebook after former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens died in a plane crash on Monday.

“Just wish Sarah and Levy were on board,” Halloran wrote, apparently taking aim at the former Alaska Gov. and her daughter’s ex-fiancée, Levi Johnston.

The New Hampshire Republican party quickly fired back with a statement “denouncing” the posting.

“Mr. Halloran’s outrageous comments are a new low, even by the standards of the New Hampshire Democrat Party,” a spokesman for the party said in the statement.

“His publicly stated death wish for Governor Palin and her family is abhorrent, and has no place in our public discourse.”

The New Hampshire GOP is rallying supporters to call New Hampshire Governor John Lynch and Congressional Candidate Ann McLane McLuter and ask them to “immediately denounce Mr. Halloran’s hateful remarks and demand that he personally apologize to the Palin family.”

Halloran, meanwhile, has refused to confirm he wrote the message.

“It’s just a tempest in their Tea Pot,” he told The Associated Press.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/2010/08/11/2010-08-11_nh_democrat_under_fire_for_reportedly_saying_sarah_palin_should_have_crashed_wit.html#ixzz0wR5EeavQ

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Akin Calls Obama Administration on Propaganda Website

Posted on August 11, 2010. Filed under: Healthcare, Obama, Obama Corruption, Politicians, Politics |

Akin Calls Administration on Propaganda Website

July 28, 2010

From Congressman Akin’s Web Site:

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Todd Akin (MO-2), today sent a letter to Secretary Sebelius expressing opposition to partisan ideological content on the official HealthCare.gov website. Fifty-three other members of the House of Representatives joined Akin in signing the letter.

Akin’s letter cites examples of bias in the HealthCare.gov website and calls on the Department of Health and Human Services to “act as a responsible steward of taxpayer dollars and remove all factual inaccuracies, misleading statements, and subjective one-sided information, while adding essential consumer education information, whether positive or not.”

The PDF of the letter is here. The text of the letter to Sec. Sebelius is below.

July 28, 2010

The Honorable Kathleen Sebelius

Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

200 Independence Avenue, S.W.

Washington, DC 20201

Dear Secretary Sebelius:

We are writing to express our opposition to the content, or lack thereof, that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has placed on HealthCare.gov, the new web portal established under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

While we have supported similar web portal proposals to be used as consumer information and transparency tools, we never envisioned it as a way to use taxpayer funds to promote political ideology masquerading as “facts.” We take issue with the Administration’s claim during a meeting with Republican staff on July 7, 2010, that the content chosen for the web portal was simply for “consumer education,” as so far the information presented is all one-sided. We are concerned that HHS is misusing its regulatory powers to influence the debate, and we believe it is not HHS’ proper role to limit information to only what the Administration sees as positive benefits of PPACA, while leaving out key information that will have dramatic effects on the lives of Americans.

We provide the following examples as evidence of our claim:

Ø The banner at the top of every page says “health care is getting better,” which is a purely subjective statement.

Ø Information about Medicare Advantage plans is noticeably absent. The only information listed under “Find Insurance Options” is information on Medigap plans (like the kind AARP offers), Medicaid, state-based options, and local facilities that provide “reduced priced care”. American seniors who want to learn “more about insurance for benefits that are not covered by Medicare” deserve to know all of their options.

Ø The warning label that pops up for insurance searches in 45 states says, “A quick note about individual insurance: Unless you live in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Vermont, or Maine, be aware that the current marketplace creates several challenges for the consumer.” The five states listed are those with guaranteed-issue laws. The statement is certainly biased against states (and insurers) that do not mandate guaranteed-issue. While it is true that coverage may not be guaranteed through the individual insurance market, the webpages that contain this statement fail to contain any follow up statements about other available options in these states or why the state has chosen to not mandate guaranteed-issue.

Ø Under the timeline provided by the Administration, there is a graphic of a briefcase overflowing with money, labeled “Stopping Overpayments to Big Insurance Companies” accompanied by a slide titled “Addressing Overpayments to Big Insurance Companies and Strengthening Medicare Advantage.” Not only is the graphic biased and over the top in its vilification of insurers, but it also fails to be accompanied by information from CMS’ Actuary warning that more than half of seniors will lose access to their Medicare Advantage plans due to over $200 billion in cuts under PPACA.[1]

Ø The website claims, under the “Strengthening Medicare” tab “The life of the Medicare Trust Fund will be extended to at least 2029, a 12-year extension…” This statement is completely false, as these new Medicare cuts are not being used to improve the program’s solvency, but instead are being used to offset the massive new entitlement spending and government programs. According to CMS’ Actuary, “in practice, the improved HI financing cannot be simultaneously used to finance other Federal outlays (such as the coverage expansions) and to extend the trust fund, despite the appearance of this result from the respective accounting conventions.”[2] The truth is either you’re extending the life of Medicare or you’re paying for the bill. You can’t claim both and CBO agrees.[3]

Items that were noticeably left off the HealthCare.gov web portal but certainly fall under the definition of “consumer education” include:

Ø No references to tax increases (among other negative aspects of PPACA) on the timeline.

Ø No warning that consumers should stay away from high-costs plans or be subject to the “Cadillac Tax.”

Ø No mention that there will not be enough funding for the new high risk pools to run through 2014 – as both CBO and CMS’ Actuary have found.[4],[5]

Ø No warning under the “Understand the New Law” tab that over 51% of employees will be in plans without “grandfathered” status, as employers will be forced to change their plans to comply with PPACA.[6]

Ø No information about private entities that offer assistance in picking a personalized plan, such as certified state-licensed independent insurance agents and brokers.

Ø No information about providers that still take Medicaid and/or Medicare.

Ø No information about, or restrictions being placed on, Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs), etc. through PPACA.

Therefore, we respectfully request that HHS act as a responsible steward of taxpayer dollars and remove all factual inaccuracies, misleading statements, and subjective one-sided information, while adding essential consumer education information, whether positive or not.

We appreciate your attention to this issue and look forward to your prompt response.

Yours truly,

/s/

LINK: http://akin.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1544:akin-calls-administration-on-propaganda-website&catid=25:press-releases&Itemid=74

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Many Local Democrats Put New Black Panther Leader on their Payrolls

Posted on July 26, 2010. Filed under: Liberal Idiots, Obama, Obama Corruption, Politicians, Politics, Reverse Discrimination |

It’s amazing what the Democrats can get away with!!

Many local Democrats have put New Black Panther leader on their payrolls

Dave Gibson

In May, it came to light that Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim paid the former (?) local head of the New Black Panthers, Michael Muhammad (aka Michael Miles) $4,500, for services performed on his 2010 reelection campaign.

I spoke with Fraim’s campaign director, Sandra Brandt, who informed me that Muhammad was hired to distribute literature.

Having,myself, worked on several local and statewide campaigns, I found that strange. Ordinarily, distribution of campaign materials (lit drops) are done by volunteers. It simply makes no sense to spend the campaign’s resources on something that can be done for free (often by the candidate’s family, friends, or even by the candidate himself).

Furthermore, $4,500 is a princely sum indeed, for such a menial task.

When I pressed Mrs. Brandt on the issue, she finally conceded that Mayor Fraim “needed to reach out to the black community.”

So, the best representative they could find is a man known for his racist, anti-Semitic tirades, and calls for violence at Norfolk City Council meetings?

For years, Muhammad, who once called Fraim a “cracker,” has publicly bemoaned an alleged undue Jewish influence on this country, and once even hinted at his support for seeing Norfolk set ablaze.

At a November 2000 city council meeting, shortly after a black man died in police custody, Muhammad pointed to the sunset above the Norfolk skyline and said: “I see how much it resembles fire…Looks good to me.”

In the last ten years, Muhammad has been criminally charged more than 30 times. In 2001, he was convicted of violating an order of protection, as he was stalking Republican House of Delegates candidate Winsome Sears.

In addition to Mayor Fraim’s campaign, Muhammad has worked on campaigns for the following Virginia elected officials:

-State Sen. Ralph Northam (D-Norfolk)

-Del. Paula Miller (D-Norfolk)

-Del. Johnny Joannou (D-Portsmouth)

-Del. Kenny Alexander (D-Norfolk)

-City Councilman Paul Riddick (D-Norfolk)

-City Councilman Randy Wright (D-Norfolk)

-Commissioner of Revenue Phil Kellam (D-Virginia Beach)

Unconcerned with Muhammad’s history of racism, Sen. Ralph Northam told the Virginian-Pilot: “He made sure people knew I was a good candidate and was instrumental in getting people to the polls.”

At least for Democrats, it seems that only election results, not character, matters.

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Herman Cain Could Be Obama’s Worst Nightmare

Posted on July 26, 2010. Filed under: Conservatives, Obama, Politicians, Politics |

Maybe this is the man we need!! I’ll keep watching him. He sounds good so far!!

Is this man Obama’s worst nightmare?

‘The One’ may have met his match in emerging presidential candidate

Posted: July 21, 2010

By Chelsea Schilling

© 2010 WorldNetDaily

He could be President Obama’s worst nightmare – a business mastermind, a natural problem solver and a black man of “substance” who says he would “take the race card off the table” in a challenge against Obama as the GOP presidential candidate in 2012.

Has Obama met his match?

“We need a realistic candidate to run on the Republican ticket who can beat Barack Obama – not just beat the Democrats,” Herman Cain, an Atlanta radio talk-show host, former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza and 2004 Senate seeker, told WND. “We’ve also got to beat Barack Obama.”

He added, “Obama is a master of rhetoric. He is a master of deceptive language. And any white candidate who runs against him will be up against the race card. I take the race card off the table.”

Cain, a devout Christian, emphasized he is “prayerfully considering” a 2012 bid for the GOP nomination.

“I’m a man of faith, and I do believe in prayerful consideration of something this big,” he explained.

In addition to serving as the former president and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza for 10 years, Cain, 64, is also former president and CEO of the National Restaurant Association and former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. He’s been vice president of Burger King, vice president of Pillsbury Company, a mathematician for the U.S. Department of the Navy and a business analyst for Coca-Cola. He has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Morehouse College and a master’s degree in computer science from Purdue University.

Cain is now president and CEO of The New Voice, a WND columnist, host of “The Herman Cain Show” and an associate Baptist minister at Antioch Baptist Church in Atlanta. He is author of several books, including “They Think You’re Stupid.”

If he can garner enough support – through contributions, volunteers and heartfelt prayer – Cain believes he may be the man to unseat Obama.

Nicknamed “The Hermanator,” Cain has more than 17,000 fans of his Facebook page, 5,000 Twitter fans and 45,000 members in his Intelligent Thinkers Movement. He is urging supporters to sign up for his political action committee and help raise funds for conservative candidates for the 2010 election. He said support for that effort will help him gauge his backing for a 2012 bid.

“If I can get that kind of encouragement in trying to change Congress, it will be great encouragement in terms of possibly helping me make that decision as to whether or not I can do this,” he said. “We’re developing a ground game all over this country. We’ll have a way to mobilize all of those people.”

His supporters have launched a “Draft Herman Cain for President 2012” effort to develop teams of volunteers and build a grass-roots base for a presidential campaign.

“That’s been growing like gangbusters,” Cain said. “That’s the sort of thing I’ll be looking at in the next couple of months in making this decision.”

Anything’s possible with a little ‘sweat equity’

One of Cain’s key sources of inspiration was his own father, Luther Cain Jr. – a man with a high-school education who literally walked off a farm at the age of 18 with only the clothes on his back.

“He ended up in Atlanta where he used the only kind of equity that he had – sweat equity,” Cain explained. “At one point, my dad worked three jobs to make ends meet and save for his dreams.”

His father worked as a barber, a janitor and a chauffeur. One of his dreams was to give his sons a better start in life than he had.

“He encouraged us to go to college, even though he wasn’t able to foot the whole bill for us to go to college,” Cain said. “I inherited a lot of his natural leadership instincts. My dad was a leader in his own right, even though he wasn’t running a big corporation and wasn’t in a high position.”

Another major influence in his life was Cain’s high-school math teacher, Charles S. Johnson.

Johnson told Cain in a southern drawl, “Hummin Cain, you can be whatever you want to be. You might have to work a little harder. You might have to work a little longer.”

“I never forgot those words,” he said. “As I got older and started to be challenged in the business world, whenever things got tough, I thought about the words of Mr. Johnson, or I thought about the fact that my dad used to work three jobs. That would give me a second wind to confront whatever challenges I needed to take on.”

Cain recently discussed his family’s hardships and his respect for the American dream in an interview with the John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy. The following is a video of the interview posted on YouTube:

A miraculous second chance

Cain’s resolve was put to the test in 2006 when he was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer, a condition in which the disease had invaded his liver and colon. He endured double surgery, including removal of 30 percent of his colon and 70 percent of his liver, and chemotherapy treatments.

“I was given a 30 percent chance of living five years,” he recalled.

But Cain wouldn’t succumb to the illness.

“It’s been four years now, and I haven’t just been living, I’ve been living totally cancer free,” he said.

His oncologist said there would be no need for remedial chemotherapy because his tests are “absolutely clear.” He said the doctor told him, “Your body doesn’t even look like you ever had cancer.”

“That’s quite a blessing,” Cain said joyfully.

The ‘S’ word and communism

Now that Cain’s recovered, he’s looking to the future.

One of the biggest challenges for the GOP and conservative candidates in the 2010 and 2012 elections, he explained, will be to “educate the public on what has truly happened in the first two years of this administration and this Congress.”

“One of the tactics of the left is the assumption that 50 percent of the American public is clueless and makes all of its decisions based on sound bites and pretty speeches,” he explained. “They’re right. The biggest challenge for the GOP and conservatives will be to educate people. This is why the left is trying to demagogue talk radio, Fox News and WorldNetDaily.”

He said Obama’s supporters don’t want people to know the truth or challenge the administration’s policies. Rather, they seek to silence their opposition.

“People really must be aware of what has happened, what’s going on and the true motivation of this Congress and this president,” he said. “The true motivation of this Congress and this president is to change this country from a free-market capitalistic system to a socialized system moving toward communism.

“Yes, I said it!

“They criticize me when I start using the ‘S’ word, so you know they’re calling me all kinds of names when I start talking about communism. That’s exactly where this is headed. If you make the economy and the misery bad enough, this is how you get to socialism and communism. You’ll have enough people who are so desperate for help, that the government at the time can get people behind any kind of crazy ideas.”

‘Problem solver’ in chief?

Cain told WND his experience as a problem solver – and not a politician – is the No. 1 reason he can beat Obama in an election.

“People don’t understand the difference,” he said. “Barack Obama is an outstanding politician – and that’s all! He is not a problem solver.”

Cain said his whole life and career have been about solving problems, including his experience with Stage 4 cancer.

“The way I went about that was, how do I improve my odds?” he said. “I’ve turned around situations where companies were about to go bankrupt. Now the United States of America is about to go bankrupt. I think my ability to solve problems will appeal to a lot of people.”

Cain has a direct challenge for Obama: Forget the slick campaign ads and “pretty speeches” and debate me solely on the issues.

“He’s not going to debate me face to face because he can’t do it with a Teleprompter,” Cain said. “He would never debate me face to face. … That’s where, quite frankly, I could beat Barack Obama.”

Tea party: ‘It’s not about race!’

Cain has been a keynote speaker at more than 20 tea-party rallies. In August 2009, an estimated 12,000 people attended a rally in Atlanta’s Olympic Centennial Park where Cain was scheduled to speak. His first tea-party speech was April 15, 2009, at a tea party in Las Vegas. Organizers were expecting 600 people, and 2,600 people arrived.

Cain also inspired a massive tea-party crowd in Atlanta April 15, 2010. His speech was captured in the following video posted on YouTube:

After all his experience with tea parties, Cain said he is certain the movement is not racist – an accusation often hurled by left-leaning mainstream media outlets.

“They can produce no proof – no evidence whatsoever – to substantiate this claim,” Cain said. “When the tea parties first started, I have to acknowledge that some people brought signs that denigrated the image of President Obama – not because he was black, but because they did not like his policies.”

But he said tea-party organizers discouraged and denounced those signs during the early tea parties last year. He said NAACP accusations of racism within the tea-party movement are just an example of the “dirty work of the Left.”

“You haven’t seen those signs since summer 2009,” he said. “You simply don’t see them. But every time they want to show a clip from CNN of signs that might imply racism, it’s always from the very early protests. Yet the NAACP wants the tea party to denounce that? They did already! How many more times do they need to denounce it?”

Cain was at a tea-party rally July 16, and he asked attendees, “Will all of the KKK members raise your hand?”

He scanned the crowd and said, “Let the record show none are here.”

Then he asked, “Will all of the people that are members of a white supremacist organization raise your hand?”

He scanned the crowd and repeated, “Let the record show none are here.”

“I’m sick of this mess!” he interjected. “I want to put it to bed once and for all.

“Now, will all of the people who are patriots of the United States of America let me hear some noise?”

Cain said, “We had 3,000 people just about cheer the roof off the place. This isn’t about race.”

‘The Hermanator’ on the issues

Cain has shared a host of ideas for improving the nation’s health-care system, immigration policy, economy and other issues. He shares most of his plans for action in his weekly columns and on his website. The following are his positions on some key issues:

Immigration ‘reform’: Stop pandering and get it done!

Cain said he doesn’t expect the Obama administration and Congress to pass any type of “immigration reform” before the November election.

“They just want to give the impression that they are passionate about the plight of illegals in this country so they do as little as they possibly can,” he explained. “That’s what this is about – pandering to the Hispanic vote.”

Likewise, he said Democrats are banking on the federal lawsuit against Arizona being drawn out this year.

“It is just their way of setting up to say, ‘We care about the plight of Hispanics in this country. We care about illegals in this country who might be racially profiled,'” Cain said. “They don’t give a flip about racial profiling! This is all politically motivated. So they had to sue Arizona to bring attention, and they’re going to drag it out intentionally so it gives the impression that they’re passionate about Hispanics in this country.”

However, Cain said he believes the Democrats’ plan will fail:

“I’ve had Hispanics call my radio show who are legal immigrants, and they say they’re insulted by what the administration is doing in giving the impression that it’s going to give a free pass to all those people who are here illegally. I get dozens of calls like this. Not only are they insulted, they say it’s going to backfire because most of the illegals aren’t going to be able to vote anyway. The legal Hispanics here do not like the fact that Democrats are trying to pander to Hispanics by trying to show this false compassion for this illegal immigration issue.”

For true immigration reform, Cain said, the U.S. must 1) secure the border, 2) enforce the current laws and 3) streamline the process for becoming a U.S. citizen.

“‘Comprehensive immigration reform’ is a joke, because it would mean government is capable of solving all three problems at once,” he explained. “When was the last time government solved one problem correctly? Time is up!”

He noted that Republicans tried “comprehensive immigration reform” in 2007, led by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., and it failed.

“The Obama administration could not execute ‘Cash for Clunkers,’ not to mention the mishandling of the Gulf oil tragedy,” Cain said. “Add the lawsuit against Arizona and the rhetoric about ‘comprehensive immigration reform,’ and we have a political delay tactic to do nothing.”

Securing the border is not a difficult task with the technology available to the U.S., he said, but pandering and political correctness are keeping the job from getting done.

“Failure to enforce the current immigration laws is just negligence by the federal government,” Cain said. “And when Arizona wants to do something to protect itself, it gets sued. I am on Arizona’s side of this fight.”

He added, “Lastly, no one has reviewed the process for becoming a citizen since dirt! Just ask people who have done it the right way about how frustrating it is.”

Obamacare: Slow it down and repeal it

Cain received national attention in 1994 when he challenged then-President Bill Clinton at a presidential town-hall meeting on health-care reform.

“Mr. President, with all due respect, your calculations are incorrect,” said Cain, who proceeded to give Clinton a math tutorial on employee benefits and government mandates.

Today, Cain said Americans still don’t want the Democrats’ health-care “reform.”

“They passed it. Obama forced it through anyway,” he said.

After Obama signs the “Wall Street Reform Bill,” Cain believes Democrats will come back with cap-and-trade, a measure he calls “just another tax.”

“What do you think they’re going to do if they get a little bit of support on this other stupid legislation?” he asked.

As for Obamacare, Cain said, “We have to first take back control of the House of Representatives and start a process to repeal it. You’ll never repeal it under Obama, but you can at least slow it down.”

He added, “One of the biggest challenges of 2010 is to take back the House so we can slow down health-care deform, cap and trade deform and financial deform. That’s our highest priority.”

Cain has outlined seven ways to make health care better in America.

Abortion: Not an option

Cain doesn’t waver or mince words when it comes to his stance on abortion.

“I believe life begins at conception,” he said, “so I do not support abortion.”

Definition of ‘marriage’

Asked about his beliefs on homosexual “marriage,” Cain said his position is clear: “Marriage is between a man and a woman.”

Economy: Grow businesses, slash taxes

Cain opposes new taxes and tax increases and calls for an indefinite cap on federal spending and a restructuring of Medicare/Medicaid and Social Security.

In his October 2009 commentary, Cain outlined his prescription for ending the recession in 12 months.

He suggested suspension of the payroll tax for one year, a move he says would give an immediate 7.65 percent increase in take-home pay to all workers and lower payroll costs for employers by 7.65 percent. He estimated his plan would inject about $900 billion into the economy immediately.

Cain proposed suspending the federal tax on repatriated profits.

“Multi-national U.S. businesses are hungry for cash flow, which could come from cash they have sitting in foreign countries to avoid double taxation,” he explained. “The last time this was only partially done, in 2005 during the Bush administration, nearly $300 billion dollars came back to U.S. businesses from their overseas operations.”

Finally, he recommends replacing the tax code with a Fair Tax, which would replace federal income taxes with a national consumption tax on retail sales.

“This would produce a huge sucking sound of businesses from around the world wanting to establish businesses here in the U.S.,” he wrote. “It would supercharge our economy like never before. The problem that the Democrats have with this proposal (H.R. 25) is that it gives power back to the people. What a patriotic idea!”

The following is one of Cain’s 2004 U.S. Senate campaign ads released when he was vying for the Republican nomination in Georgia:

Other issues

On national security, Cain has championed a strong military and defense spending that is never cut below 4 percent of GDP. On energy, he advocates maximizing use of America’s natural resources and pursuing renewable fuel technologies.

Finally, Cain proudly acknowledges at tea parties that he is “crazy” – “crazy” about the U.S. Constitution, “crazy” about the Declaration of Independence and “crazy” about the United States of America.

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Bridget’s Idgets: Democratic Congressman Assaults Student on Washington Sidewalk

Posted on June 14, 2010. Filed under: Bridget's Idgets, Liberal Idiots, Politicians |

Check out the video below. I hope the student presses charges against this idiot congressman and I hope his constituents let him know what they think!!

Congressman Assaults Student on Washington Sidewalk

LINK to Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v60oNUoHBYM&feature=player_embedded#

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Maurice Ferre: Cut Medical Costs for Those About to Die

Posted on June 10, 2010. Filed under: Healthcare, Politicians, Socialism/Communism |

And they mock Sarah Palin because she says they want death panels?? I think she hit the nail on the head. Here comes healthcare rationing!

Maurice Ferré: Cut medical costs for those about to die

Senate candidate Maurice Ferré said it is wrong to spend thousands of dollars to prolong the lives of the dying for a short time.

BY GEORGE BENNETT

Palm Beach Post

Miami Herald

Excerpt:

WEST PALM BEACH — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Maurice Ferré says the United States spends an “absurd” amount on end-of-life care and should gradually move to a universal health system in which the government controls costs by setting prices for medical procedures and capping expenditures based on age and medical condition.

Speaking to The Palm Beach Post editorial board Wednesday, Ferré said he would have voted for the healthcare overhaul passed by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama as “a step in the right direction.” He said the “Medicare-for-everyone” system he favors should be phased in over about 25 years.

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“I’ve already written in my will that I don’t want you to go spending half a million dollars to keep me alive for three more months all tubed up with all kinds of liquids going in and out of my body and my mind slowly slipping away. It’s a torture chamber,” Ferré said.

“Now you say, well, that’s a `death panel.’ Well, you know what, when you get to be 85 or 90 years old, you’re going to die. And I’m sorry, you call it, Sarah Palin, what you want, but the fact is that it is absurd for us to be spending the types of money we’re spending to extend life three months.”

Asked what he would do as a senator to control such costs, Ferré said: “I would absolutely say that this is the cap on how much is available for you to spend at age 90, 87, with a heart condition of this sort, with diabetes of this sort, two legs missing and, you know, this is how much is available for you to spend. And you spend it any way you want.”

LINK: http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/06/10/1672403/ferre-cut-medical-costs-for-those.html?mitest=B_case

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Sestak White House Scandal Called “Impeachable Offense”

Posted on June 2, 2010. Filed under: Media Bias, Obama, Obama Corruption, Politicians, Politics |

As usual, the MSM will not go after this story because it doesn’t go along with their agenda. It doesn’t matter what Obama does, they will always cover for him. It’s disgusting!!

Sestak White House scandal called ‘impeachable offense’

‘It’s Valerie Plame, only bigger, a high crime and misdemeanor’

Posted: May 25, 2010

By Drew Zahn

© 2010 WorldNetDaily

If a Democratic member of Congress is to be believed, there’s someone in the Obama administration who has committed a crime – and if the president knew about it, analysts say it could be grounds for impeachment.

“This scandal could be enormous,” said Dick Morris, a former White House adviser to President Bill Clinton, on the Fox News Sean Hannity show last night. “It’s Valerie Plame only 10 times bigger, because it’s illegal and Joe Sestak is either lying or the White House committed a crime.

“Obviously, the offer of a significant job in the White House could not be made unless it was by Rahm Emanuel or cleared with Rahm Emanuel,” he said. If the job offer was high enough that it also had Obama’s apppoval, “that is a high crime and misdemeanor.”

“In other words, an impeachable offense?” Hannity asked.

“Absolutely,” said Morris.

The controversy revolves around an oft-repeated statement by Rep. Sestak, D-Pa., that he had been offered a job by the Obama administration in exchange for dropping out of the senatorial primary against Obama supporter Sen. Arlen Specter.

Sestak said he refused the offer. He continued in the Senate primary and defeated Specter for the Democratic nomination.

But Karl Rove, longtime White House adviser to President George W. Bush, said the charge is explosive because of federal law.

“This is a pretty extraordinary charge: ‘They tried to bribe me out of the race by offering me a job,'” he said on Greta Van Susteran’s “On the Record” program on the Fox News Channel. “Look, that’s a violation of the federal code: 18 USC 600 says that a federal official cannot promise employment, a job in the federal government, in return for a political act.

“Somebody violated the law. If Sestak is telling the truth, somebody violated the law,” Rove said. “Section 18 USC 211 says you cannot accept anything of value in return for hiring somebody. Well, arguably, providing a clear path to the nomination for a fellow Democrat is something of value.

He continued, citing a third law passage: “18 USC 595, which prohibits a federal official from interfering with the nomination or election for office. … ‘If you’ll get out, we’ll appoint you to a federal office,’ – that’s a violation of the law.”

Staffers with Sestak’s congressional office did not respond to WND requests for comment. But the congressman repeatedly confirmed that he was offered the position and refused and that any further comments would have to come from someone else.

“I’ve said all I’m going to say on the matter. … Others need to explain whatever their role might be,” Sestak said on CNN this week. “I have a personal accountability; I should have for my role in the matter, which I talked about. Beyond that, I’ll let others talk about their role.”

That’s not fulfilling his responsibilities, Rove said. He said Sestak needs to be forthcoming with the full story so “the American people can figure out whether or not he’s participating in a criminal cover-up along with federal officials.”

The Obama White House has tried to minimize the issue.

“Lawyers in the White House and others have looked into conversations that were had with Congressman Sestak, and nothing inappropriate happened,” White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs has stated.

Gibbs told the White House press corps, “Whatever conversations have been had are not problematic.”

And on CBS’ “Face the Nation” he said, “I’m not going to get further into what the conversations were. People who looked into them assure me they weren’t inappropriate in any way.”

But the administration also is taking no chances on what might be discovered.

According to Politico, the Justice Department has rejected a request from Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., for a special counsel to investigate and reveal the truth of the controversy.

The report said Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich confirmed no special counsel would be needed. But the report said Weich also gave no indication that the Justice Department actually was looking into the claims by Sestak.

“We assure you that the Department of Justice takes very seriously allegations of criminal conduct by public officials. All such matters are reviewed carefully by career prosecutors and law enforcement agents, and appropriate action, if warranted, is taken,” Weich wrote in the letter.

Issa had suggested that the alleged job offer may run afoul of federal bribery statutes.

He said in a statement to Politico, “The attorney general’s refusal to take action in the face of such felonious allegations undermines any claim to transparency and integrity that this administration asserts.”

He’s also made a decision to raise the profile of his concerns.

“The bottom line is all fingers are being pointed back to the White House,” he said in a statement released as ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

“This Chicago-style politicking is an assault on our democracy and is downright criminal. President Obama faces a critical choice – he can either live up to his rhetoric of transparency and accountability by disclosing who inside his White House tried to manipulate an election by bribing a U.S. Congressman or he can allow his administration to continue this stonewalling and relinquish the mantle of change and transparency he is so fond of speaking on.”

Issa suggested, “Could the reason why Congressman Joe Sestak refuses to name names is because the very people who tried to bribe him are now his benefactors? For months, Sestak has repeatedly said without equivocation that the White House illegally offered him a federal job in exchange for dropping out of the race. Was Joe Sestak embellishing what really happened, or does he have first-hand knowledge of the White House breaking the law? If what he said is the truth, Joe Sestak has a moral imperative to come forward and expose who within the Obama Administration tried to bribe him.”

Michael Steele, the Republican National Committee chairman, as well as Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, have joined the chorus suggesting the White House needs to answer some questions.

Former judge Andrew Napolitano, an analyst for Fox News, said the level of the offer simply isn’t an issue.

“It wouldn’t matter if it was a job as a janitor. Offering him anything of value to get him to leave a political race is a felony, punishable by five years in jail,” he said.

The Section 600 statute states:

Whoever, directly or indirectly, promises any employment, position, compensation, contract, appointment, or other benefit, provided for or made possible in whole or in part by any Act of Congress, or any special consideration in obtaining any such benefit, to any person as consideration, favor, or reward for any political activity or for the support of or opposition to any candidate or any political party in connection with any general or special election to any political office, or in connection with any primary election or political convention or caucus held to select candidates for any political office, shall be fined not more than $10,000 or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.

Douglas Sosnik, the White House political director for Bill Clinton, said offering jobs to political friends is “business as usual,” but said Obama’s promise was that “business as usual” wouldn’t continue in his White House.

“It cuts against the Obama brand,” he told the New York Times.

Ron Kaufman, who served under the first President Bush, also told the newspaper such offers are not unusual.

“But here’s the difference – the times have changed and the ethics have changed and the scrutiny has changed. This is the kind of thing people across America are mad about,” Kaufman said.

WND previously reported on the Sestak controvesy and a similar one concerning a Democrat Senate candidate in Colorado, Andrew Romanoff.

The Denver Post said Jim Messina, Obama’s deputy chief of staff and “a storied fixer in the White House political shop, suggested a place for Romanoff might be found in the administration and offered specific suggestions.”

Romanoff at the time was challenging another major Obama supporter, Sen. Michael Bennet, for the Democratic primary for the Senate seat from Colorado. He has since won top-line position over Bennet in a coming primary.

The report said Romanoff turned down the overture, but it is “the kind of hardball tactics that have come to mark the White House’s willingness to shape key races across the country, in this case trying to remove a threat to a vulnerable senator by presenting his opponent a choice of silver or lead.”

The newspaper affirmed “several top Colorado Democrats” described the situation, even though White House spokesman Adam Abrams said, “Mr. Romanoff was never offered a position within the administration.”

Gary Kreep of the United States Justice Foundation, who has been monitoring the Obama administration, told WND the offer of reward for some government official’s actions raises questions of legal liability.

“There’s a federal statute and federal law seems to make clear if you offer a government official some sort of remuneration, directly or indirectly, it’s a crime,” he said.

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