Fewer Than 200 Reportedly Show Up for Pro-Obama Rally Featuring Stevie Wonder

Via The Blaze

President Barack Obama presents Stevie Wonder ...

Cleveland.com is reporting that fewer than 200 people showed up for a unique get-out-the-vote rally for President Obama featuring legendary musician Stevie Wonder.

 

 

Located at Cleveland State University, Brandon Blackwell of The Plain Dealer writes that the event was primarily to encourage early voting, but that perhaps Obama supporters weren’t given enough warning to clear their schedules for the mini-concert.

Blackwell relates:

Obama for America Ohio, which hosted the rally, informed its nearly 34,000 followers on Twitter about the event around 10 a.m.

“Perhaps it wasn’t advertised properly, but the people who are here are fired up,” said Bill Milhoan, of Mentor.

Milhoan, who said he supports Obama, was one of the few people in the crowd who have not already voted.

“It would be disingenuous to say I am here because of Obama,” he said. “How do you pass up a chance to see Stevie Wonder?”

 

Read the rest here.

Joe Biden Caught Lying Again…..Is He a Sociopathic Liar or Just Plain Stupid?

What is with Joe Biden?  Does he not realize just how stupid he looks when astute Americans with access to the internet can easily verify (or in his case not verify) everything the man says?  Or does he actually believe his own lies in his fantasy world?

 

I am still trying to understand Joe Biden’s lies/logic during the Vice Presidential Debate. First he slams the intelligence community (Hillary) for their fatal failures in Benghazi; then he tells us not to worry about Iran acquiring a nuclear weapon because the same (failed) intelligence community says Iran is nowhere near a nuclear weapon and we should all calm down and ignore Bibi Netanyahu’s call to immediate action.

I think the man has been a life-long liar who actually believes in his own world of make-believe.

His sociopathic lying began at Syracuse University School of Law in 1968.  During his first year there, he was accused of having plagiarized 5 of 15 pages of a law review article.  He was also accused of plagiarizing a campaign speech in 1987.

He misrepresented the deaths of his wife and daughter by claiming they were killed by “an allegedly drunk” semi driver who actually risked his own life trying to avoid colliding with Biden’s wife.  Another Despicable LIE By Joe Biden…..The Death Of His Wife and Daughter.

In the Vice Presidential debate, Biden Seemed to Overstate His Role in Social Security Reform.  According to ABC’s Jake Tapper:

During the vice presidential debate last week, Vice President Joe Biden seemed to significantly overstate his role in the 1983 negotiations over Social Security.

Asked about Medicare reform, the vice president said, “Look, I was there when we did that with Social Security in 1983.  I was one of eight people sitting in the room that included Tip O’Neill negotiating with President Reagan.  We all got together and everybody said, as long as everybody’s in the deal, everybody’s in the deal, and everybody is making some sacrifice, we can find a way.”

The comment would seem to suggest that Biden was one of the few, key players “in the room” working in a bipartisan way to reform Social Security.

On “Meet the Press” on April 29, 2007, then-Sen. Biden made a similar claim, saying he was “one of five people — I was the junior guy — in the meeting with Bob Dole and George Mitchell when we put Social Security on the right path for 60 years.”

But according to the historical record, Biden was not one of the small group of people in “the room,” or in “the meeting” — nor was he even a key player in reforms.

During a speech at Ohio University in Athens, OH on September 8, Vice President Joe Biden led his audience to believe he had been a college football player for his alma mater — Delaware University — and had played against Ohio University in a 1963 football game.

Biden said he “went back in the Internet and I just want you to know I came here on October 19, 1963 and we beat you Bobcats 29-12.” Internet records do show that Delaware did play and defeat Ohio on October 19, 1963–but that Biden was not on the roster.

He told the audience he was happy when Ohio University defeated Penn State in the first week of the 2012 college football season because “now I got bragging rights. Y’all beat Penn State, I can say, ‘Well, they beat Penn State and 500 years ago we beat them once.’”

Biden told a similar story during the 2008 campaign at an appearance at Ohio University on October 15, 2008.

The problem is, the story is not quite true — by Biden’s own admission — and is another example of Biden’s exaggerations or embellishments. Read more at Breitbart.

Help us out Joe, can you see earth from your planet?!?

True The Vote Announces New Finding Of Voter Fraud In OH, NY, FL, RI (Absentee Ballot)

True The Vote found more than 19,000 Ohio voters claiming Florida mailing addresses, according to state records. More than 6,390 people hold registrations in both states. True The Vote identified 534 individuals allegedly casting ballots in both Ohio and Florida. Today 34 cases were turned over to federal and state authorities.

“To his credit, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has indicated he is taking steps to address the situation with respect to voter roll maintenance,” Engelbrecht said. “However, these findings are particularly troubling given Ohio’s wholesale approach to dispensing absentee ballots for all this year. …The last thing we want is a repeat of the 2000 Election – this time by mail.”

New York & Florida

True The Vote offers new findings of absentee voter fraud between New York and Florida. Citing a new sample of less than one (1) percent of upstate New York voters, TTV found 48,630 voters claiming Florida mailing addresses. Of that sample, more than 19,000 are registered to vote in both states. Today federal and state officials were alerted to 32 new cases of interstate fraud between the Empire and Sunshine States.

Rhode Island & Florida

True The Vote also reports instances of voter fraud between Rhode Island and Florida. After the comprehensive cross-reference process, TTV found 53 Rhode Island voters claimed Florida addresses. More than 15 are currently registered in both states, with two (2) having voted.

Federal and state laws were potentially violated as a result of these activities. Ohio, New York, Rhode Island and Florida each require voters to cast ballots corresponding with their permanent residential addresses. Federal law, specifically 42 U.S.C. § 1973i(e) clearly states that voters cannot cast more than one ballot in the same election.

Read more at canadafreepress.com

Obama frags military voters – Support the troops, just don’t let them vote

Editorial from the Washington Times

President Obama goes out of his way to appear to support the troops. But when it comes to voting, he would like to keep them out of the fight.

The Obama for America Campaign, the Democratic National Committee and the Ohio Democratic Party are suing the critical swing state of Ohio to strike down a law that makes it easier for members of the military to vote. Under the law, people in uniform may cast early ballots in person up to the day before an election, instead of the previous Friday cutoff for other voters.

Democrats have a transparent political motive. A May 2012 Gallup survey showed Mr. Obama trailing Mitt Romney among veterans 58 to 34 percent. “About a fourth of men are veterans,” Gallup reported, “and it is their strong skew toward Romney that essentially creates the GOP candidate’s leading position among men today.”

The Democrats’ suit alleges the Buckeye State’s law is “arbitrary” with “no discernible rational basis,” but it is a response to a very real problem. “It’s truly difficult to vote,” an active-duty service member told The Washington Times. “The military tries hard to help us out with awareness and links to state voting sites but most troops don’t exercise their franchise because it’s too hard.”

A study by the nonpartisan Military Voters Protection Project found that in 2008, less than 20 percent of 2.5 million military voters successfully voted by absentee ballot. In 2010, that participation shrank to a scandalous 5 percent. In response to these dismal numbers, the project has organized the Heroes Vote Initiative, “the first and only nationwide campaign to encourage military voter participation and to provide those voters with the tools to register and request an absentee ballot.” The project has singled Ohio out as one of 15 “all-star states” for its efforts to promote and encourage military voting.

The political attack on our troops reopens a wound from the 2000 presidential race. During the controversial Florida recount process, Democrats issued a detailed eight-page guide to local operatives for challenging military overseas ballots. The instructions included erroneous guidance that resulted in over 1,500 ballots being wrongly rejected, which were later reinstated after legal action. Facing a public-relations disaster, the Gore campaign relented, but the damage was done. This year, Democrats are up to similar dirty tricks.

On Wednesday, AMVETS, the National Guard Association of the United States and the Association of the U.S. Army — among other military-affiliated organizations — petitioned a judge to dismiss the lawsuit. “It’s disheartening given the full-court press of the Obama administration to court if not pander to the military community,” said our source, an overseas combat veteran. “There is an awful lot of effort going into talking about wounded warriors, for example, and employment for veterans. What’s going on in Ohio is discouraging but not surprising since the administration’s outreach efforts have never seemed sincere.”

“Those few who are making the effort to be citizens in every sense of the word should be supported,” our source said. “It makes you wonder why they are investing that much time and effort to keep the troops from voting. They must be desperate.”

Read more here.

Individual Mandates, Freddy the Freeloader, and Health Care

By Frank  Hill via Family Security Matters

Rick Santorum has been beating Mitt Romney over the head with the proverbial cane over his support for Romney Care in the state of Massachusetts during his term as Governor.

The main culprit?  ‘Romney’s support of ‘individual mandates‘ for everyone to be included in the system. What is an ‘individual mandate’ anyway? An individual mandate is a requirement passed by government that requires you as the citizen of that governing state or nation to ‘buy’ something just because you live in that state or nation.  It is the quintessential issue over what is, or is not, a dispersed, smaller government in the original Federalism scheme where most decisions are pushed down to the lowest possible entity such as the city council or state legislature.  Ronald Reagan ran on the platform of ‘New Federalism’, for example, extolling the Jeffersonian virtues of ‘local governments making local decisions, not Washington.’ Passing ‘individual mandates’ at the federal level is a very hard thing to do.  The Founders wanted to make it difficult, and they did. The federal income tax of Civil War days was found unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 1895 because it was an ‘individual mandate’ in the form of a direct tax and not apportioned by the state population as dictated in the Constitution.  Article I, Section 2, Clause 3 says:            ‘Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers.’ People at the beginning of our Republic were fearful of the direct tax mechanism because it reminded them so much of the capricious nature of the King of England, George III.    Excise taxes could be avoided; you just do without the items to be taxed.

Direct taxes could not be avoided. Ever. But with the passage of the 16th Amendment in 1913, all those concerns about ‘capricious’ taxation by a governing authority were set aside by our grandparents and great-grandparents and we have never had any problems with an overly-ambitious federal government taxing authority ever since.  (in your dreams, maybe) Aside from that, the next direct individual mandate from the federal, nationwide level to rear its ugly head didn’t happen until the passage of the so-called Obama Care in 2010.  That is right.  2 times in over 223 years, the US government has passed a serious ‘individual mandate’ to ‘force’ people to do something like pay taxes directly to Washington, not based on the apportionment clause. The first was rectified by the passage of the 16th Amendment through the constitutional amendment process. Perhaps that means that Obama Care will need a constitutional amendment as well to be, well, ‘constitutional’. But the states, as in Massachusetts where Governor Romney served as chief executive, they are not beholding to the same restrictions on ‘individual mandates’ as the federal government supposedly has been until Obama Care was passed.  You have ‘car insurance’, don’t you?  Well, that is an ‘individual mandate’ at the state level that says: ‘If you want to own and operate a car and get a driver’s license within the borders of this state, you have got to buy car insurance from Geico or that annoying ‘Flo’ from Progressive or else, you can not own and operate a vehicle here’. We are sure there are other examples.  We just don’t have them handy this morning. States can do that sorta thing.  The federal government can’t.  Supposedly.  Unless you are in the Obama Administration or were in Nancy Pelosi’s office when she famously said: ‘We have to pass the bill to see what is in it’ as if it was some sort of jack-in-the-box from which she didn’t even know what would pop out when cranked. Back in the early 1990’s, when we were still on Capitol Hill, former Congressman Alex McMillan was a key player on health care reform on the House Health Subcommittee, the Budget Committee and the Leader’s Task Force on Health Care Reform.  Mainly because he understood the basic differences between Medicare and Medicaid, and then some, along with others such as Bill Gradison of Ohio, David Hobson of Ohio and John Kasich of Ohio.  (How come so many Ohioans knew what they were doing on health care?) They even met with First Lady Hillary Clinton and her Hillary Care team many times, one time most famously in the backyard of now-Ohio Governor John Kasich for hot dogs, hamburgers…and plenty of beer.  Now that was some kinda cookout! Our point in bringing all this up is that we can not remember one single Republican back then opposing any form of ‘individual mandates’.  Why?

Because Republicans were more concerned about the ‘free rider’ issue or the ‘Freddy The Freeloader’ case where people don’t pay for their own health insurance but show up at the hospital emergency room with Stage 4 cancer and then the taxpayer and others who do have insurance wind up paying for that person who has never paid for their health care insurance.  Just like what hapens today, as a matter of fact. And they were mostly the young, healthy people we were most concerned about.  You know, the strong healthy young strapping male of 25 years of age all full of vim and vigor who think they are immortal and invincible so they would never buy health insurance if not mandated to do so and somehow they get into a car wreck sadly and then spends 10 years on life support, all supported by someone else. Here’s our deal: ‘Why not start all over and find a way to help every man, woman and child buy catastrophic health insurance coverage with the existing resources we have today in Medicare, Medicaid, VA, federal military health care and tax expenditures?’ ‘Cat Coverage’ we could call it and it is far, far, far less expensive on a per person basis than the current system that pays every billing for a hangnail and then assumes you are committing attempted fraud if you file for it. Cover everyone against the truly disastrous financial outcomes from cancer, stroke, car wrecks and gun shootings and then figure out private sector solutions to covering the other costs during the year. The percentage of people every year who have such catastrophic bills are tiny in comparison to the general population which is predominantly healthy each year for the most part. That is the way to go.  Do it such that the individual mandates happen at the state level, where states have the flexibility to do such things, not at the federal level where it becomes ‘constitutionally problematic’ to say the least.

FamilySecurityMatters.org Contributing Editor Frank Hill ran for Congress at the age of 28 and served as chief of staff for former Congressman Alex McMillan (NC-9) and Senator Elizabeth Dole (NC). He was a budget associate on the House Budget Committee for 4 years and worked on the 1994 Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform. He now lives in Charlotte, North Carolina where he does some consulting and lots of worrying about federal spending issues. Frank Hill can also be heard here in a podcast (MP3) of a radio show he was on, in which he discussed the economy. This show aired on Thursday, August 12, at 9 pm EST on WBT Radio, Charlotte, North Carolina.

Since the individual mandate is unconstitutional and is the basis for Obamacare – why not start all over?  That makes more sense than adding another bureaucratic nightmare to our already bloated and inefficient government! – Kasey

 

Obama Can’t See Unemployed from Martha’s Vineyard

By John Ransom

The problem with our president is that it’s really hard for him to see the rest of the country while he’s vacationing on farthest extremes at Martha’s Vineyard or at the other end of the 5,100 miles it takes to get to Hawaii. And when he’s not vacationing at those extremes, he’s yapping it up at the other extreme with folks who can afford $35,800 for a presidential fundraising event.

For people willing to plunk down that kind of cash, things in the US-of-A are probably going swimmingly.

For the rest of us? Not so much.

There’s a big freakin’ hole in our economy that’s not just theoretical, but actual. And the arugula prices at Whole Foods are obscuring Obama’s view of the missing part of our economy.

On the 7th of January we wrote about how the unemployment numbers have been skewed downward because 4.4 million workers who would normally be counted as a part of the workforce have been dropped from the labor pool due to lower workforce participation rates. Those rates have plummeted since Obama became president, reaching levels that we have not seen in any recession since the 1980s.

In the meantime, economically illiterate reporters have been spreading the good news that unemployment is down to 8.5 percent, despite other indicators that the economy is either stalled or slowing.

Obama celebrated the decline by saying: “”We’re making progress. We’re moving in the right direction,” according to the New York Daily News.

Um, no, we’re not.

Initial unemployment claims recently showed an increase that surprised economists even after adjusting for seasonal factors. While the advance number of 399,000 initial claims is down from the prior year by about 38,000 jobs, initial claims tend to later be revised upward under this administration, especially when the number is so close to the psychologically important 400,000-claim level that characterizes a weak economy.

Additionally, despite much trumpeted Christmas sales strength, business inventories are lower than expected, meaning that businesses wanted to hold cash rather than invest in products ready to sell. Generally that means they don’t think consumers are buying. Buttressing that belief, retail sales came in under forecast, hitting only 50 percent of the mark set by economists at .1 percent growth. Even worse, if one subtracts out auto sales, retail sales shrank by .2 percent versus a forecast of .3 percent growth; this in December, the most wonderful time of the year for retailers.

Off by 500 basis points? Wow. Can’t wait to see what the other 11 months hold.

“Economists surveyed by Dow Jones Newswires had forecast a 0.2% increase in December retail sales from the previous month,” reported Down Jones Newswires. “But excluding autos, retail sales fell 0.2%, marking the first decline in that category since May 2010. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones Newswires had forecast a 0.3% rise in sales excluding autos.”

Underlying the weakness in the economy is a smaller workforce that can not produce what a bigger workforce can. Duh. Does a Harvard degree make you that much smarter than the rest of us that you can’t understand that a smaller workforce means a smaller economy?

Yes, apparently.

Those 4.4 million missing workers aren’t contributing to GDP, taxes or entitlement obligations. Just in wages alone, it represents a loss to the economy of about $180 billion. In terms of GDP, it’s like subtracting the state of Ohio’s estimated $471 billion of GDP from the national total or 3 percent of the US economy. And unlike unemployed workers, the losses from the workforce are much more permanent because they represent people who have given up hope of ever finding a job.

If workforce participation rates had stayed at their average for the last 25 years, GDP would be 3 percent higher if unemployment truly is 8.5 percent. It’s pretty basic math. As it stands Obama has subtracted 3 percent from GDP in the hope that no one will notice that the number of productive workers we have in the country has shrunk, with real unemployment now at 11.5 percent.

Obama and the Democrats have allowed this to happen for political considerations.

Obama’s policies have sought to provide short-term, dependent-creating panaceas for declining employment rather than long-term employment opportunities.

Whether it’s extended unemployment benefits via federal loans, increased enrollment in welfare programs like SNAP, or temporary jobs assistance through federal subsidies to state government employees, Obama’s policies have encouraged workers to drop out of the workforce and become dependent on federal spending because that buys him votes.

In fact, if you wanted to increase dependency on the federal government while claiming the jobs recession is over, you couldn’t write a better playbook than Professor Obama has come up with.

But as we have said in the past, Obama’s stagecraft can take you only so far.

Americans are a bottom-line people.

They likely have missed the $471 billion that Obama has removed from GDP, no matter what the headlines say.

They miss it when their spouse loses a job; they miss it in decreased wage earnings; they miss it in fewer shopping trips for necessities; they miss it in property values that are two-thirds of what they used to be; they miss it when teachers and police and firefighters can’t get raises.

That’s the part of America that a president’s likely to miss while vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard and Hawaii. Or attending a fundraiser in Chicago at $35,800 per couple- couples, by the way, who earned their money benefiting from pro-growth GOP policies that have kept our economy afloat for twenty-five years despite being weighted down by the increasing size of government.

The wonder isn’t that the economy is broken. The wonder is that it took so long to break.

But as the workforce numbers show, Americans have reached a breaking point not seen since the late 1970s.

And if Obama’s missing that now, he’ll likely be missing from the workforce in 2013.

PS- For more on this you should read Political Calculations piece today on unemployment numbers. PC says that volatility in unemployment could foreshadow change of direction. For my money, I’d bet on higher unemployment.  Also catch Mike Shedlock’s piece on the decline in core retail sales.