American History Facts: President-elect Trump is First Citizen to be elected

American History Facts:

President-elect Trump is First Citizen to be elected

Trump: America’s First Citizen President

Christopher Ruddy

Even before Donald Trump takes the oath of office on January 20th of next year, he has already made the history books.

TrumpHat-not-screw-up-countryIn the 240 years of our Republic, not one person has ever been elected to the presidency without having served in public office or as a general of the Army.

On Election Day the American people picked one of the best-known businessmen in the nation to become its 45th president.

This news completely flummoxed the media and political establishment.

On election night at about 5 PM Eastern, I received a call from one of the top political guns in the country.

He told me the exit poll data and other tracking numbers were showing a Hillary win of 320 to 330 electoral votes. [The AP later confirmed that’s what the data was showing.] Practically every pollster in the nation had a similar opinion.

They were almost all wrong.

expertShakespeare has this oft quoted line about killing all the lawyers, but I think we should just simply say kill the political experts.

That’s the remarkable thing about Donald Trump’s success: he relied on few political consultants and little polling. Trump never believed in experts.

As he said, to the consternation of some in the media, he thought he had a pretty good brain himself.

They laughed at him, but it turned out to be quite true.

In some ways hes like the Warren Buffett of politics.

Buffett remarked he never understood why people that drive Rolls-Royces seek stock advice from people on Wall Street who take the subway to work every day.

trump-im-rightHere are my takeaways on a Trump presidency:

  1. Pragmatism. Donald Trump is not an ideologue. He believes in ideas, but only if they work. He primarily wants results. Expect opening moves that show he will have a sensible approach to governing. Don’t expect massive deportations or any blanket Muslim ban. Do expect quick deportations of illegal alien criminals and much more scrutiny of individuals coming from terrorist countries.
  2. A Policy President. Some presidents enjoy the managerial aspects of the job and they usually end up as disasters. Think Jimmy Carter. Trump will be much more Reaganesque in his approach, setting broad policies for his administration, but focusing his talents on selling those programs to Congress and the public.
  3. Bipartisan. We just went through one of the most bitter elections in history. Trump’s inclination is to be bipartisan. Remember, like Reagan, he was a Democrat most of his life. On a personal level many Democrats in the House and Senate will tell you that they like Trump. Trump is a deal guy, and he will work to bring a divided Congress together. Expect a major fix on Obamacare but not a full repeal. Trump will keep blanket health coverage for catastrophic care, but he will reduce costly mandates.

 

Trump, America’s First Citizen President

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Abuse Report: Obama, Government vs. Life, Liberty, American Citizen

Here is the latest list of abuses against Life, Liberty, and American Citizens

keyThis is unpleasant reality, but Americans need to be exposed to truth, because truth is still our greatest weapon. “Only those afraid of the truth seek to silence debate, intimidate those with whom they disagree, or slander their ideological counterparts. Those who know they are right have no reason to stifle debate because they realize that all opposing arguments will ultimately be overcome by fact.”― Glenn Beck

1. Government vs. American Citizens

cattlebattlefedskillBundy Family Posts Photo Of Dead Cow Euthanized By Bureau of Land Management

by Kerry Picket

The Bundy Ranch Facebook page, run by Cliven Bundy’s daughter Bailey, posted a photo late Saturday night with the caption: “Digging up 1 of the HUGE holes where they threw the cows that they had ran to death or shot. I feel that this NEEDS to be put out for the public to see.”

 

2. Why Totalitarians Release Prisoners

Rush Limbaugh

CastroSadamPIXCALLER: This regime that is elected by the clueless and the uninformed has come very, very close to — and, in fact, crossed the line of — breaking the law by releasing these people out of prison illegally like that. Something like this happened in the seventies in Europe, and this is the reason why I’m so impressed with you that you’re so astute that you can understand details that people who have lived here all their lives would have no access to.

They’re being pounded with false information all this time. The details are that nobody in their right mind ever tried to enter/cross illegally and run into a communist country, but everybody try to escape. What Ceausescu did in the early seventies is he gave the common thieves and pickpockets and basic criminals that were in prison a choice. They could take a passport to go to Western Europe or stay in prison. So, of course, they chose to leave. That was everybody’s dream, thieves or not.

CALLER: Yeah, so the real purpose was to create absolute havoc in the Western world, in Western Europe, for those who tried to escape — risking life and limb; crossing at night under the hail of bullets; leaving family, possessions, memories, childhood behind — just escape and be free. They would ask for political asylum in places like West Germany or France or Italy. The impression given by these criminals that were allowed emigrate freely was bad.

ObamaCatchReleaseVoteOf course, once they hit the streets and saw the naivete of the rich world, which is what everybody looked at it as being, they started pillaging there. The setup was such that the governments over there, being faced with this kind of crime, would refuse the acceptance of the people who risked their lives just to escape the moral crime that communism is. So the fact that you mentioned the Marielitos and the intent of creating havoc by releasing these people, it is so close in reality and to the truth.

RUSH: But it’s challenging because that’s exactly what’s happening. Barack Obama is employing tactics that have been used by people like Nicolae Ceausescu, Saddam Hussein, and Fidel Castro. Fidel Castro released hundreds of thousands of just the most horrible characters from his prisons and they infested south Florida in the Mariel Boatlift — and the same thing with Ceausescu and releasing his prisoners. Not all of them are political. Some of them were hardened criminals.

I mean, Ceausescu was trying to pollute Western Europe. He wasn’t sending a bunch of freedom fighters to Western Europe. He was polluting it. Castro was trying to pollute south Florida. He was trying to corrupt it, and the United States in general. Saddam Hussein was trying to corrupt Iraq and Baghdad by letting his most hardened criminals go. It was a punishment, a punishment to the citizens of Iraq for not supporting him, for being complicit in the forthcoming US invasion.

Read more:

http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2013/02/27/why_totalitarians_release_prisoners

 

3. Obama royal junkets

President Obama arrives in Brussels… with a 900-person entourage, then gets rid of our sovereignty

Glenn Beck

While First Lady Michelle Obama enjoys her $8,400/night suite at a five-star hotel in China, President Obama is running up quite a tab in Europe. According to The Guardian, the President’s trip to Brussels required a 900-person entourage and cost the city about $10.4 million – no word on how much money the American taxpayers are on the hook for. To add insult to injury, the Secret Service is once again making headlines for inappropriate behavior. Get Glenn’s reaction to the insanity HERE.

ObamaKingGeorgePIX4. Obama vs. American Citizen

Obama secretly negotiating away U.S. sovereignty

2-pronged assault on economy, consumer rights, domestic law

Aaron Klein

The agreement would create new guidelines for everything from food safety to fracking, financial markets, medical prices, copyright rules and Internet freedom.
Secrecy

In February, the Open the Government organization sent a letter to Obama blasting the lack of transparency surrounding the TPP talks, stating the negotiations have been “conducted in unprecedented secrecy.”

“Despite the fact the deal may significantly affect the way we live our lives by limiting our public protections, there has been no public access to even the most fundamental draft agreement texts and other documents,” read the letter.

The missive was signed by advocacy groups such as OpenTheGovernment.org, Project On Government Oversight, ARTICLE 19 and the Global Campaign for Freedom of Expression and Information.

The groups warned issues being secretly negotiated include “patent and copyright, land use, food and product standards, natural resources, professional licensing, government procurement, financial practices, healthcare, energy, telecommunications, and other service sector regulations.”
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/03/obama-secretly-negotiating-away-u-s-sovereignty/#mZERf8zOj4AJWrJ2.99

obamacaresocialism5. Socialized Medicine Abuses: Will America come to this?

‘This doesn’t even seem real’: European hospitals burning aborted fetuses for heat

Glenn Beck

Once again, the U.K. has given us a glimpse into socialized medicine. And once again, it isn’t pretty. Previously, they showed us patients dying of thirst and women giving birth in hallways. Now they are literally incinerating aborted babies in order to ‘go green’ and heat their hospitals. Glenn reacted to this horror show on radio this morning. WATCH

persecutingchristians6. World vs. Christians

War on Christians: The Politics of Persecution

by Katie Gorka, Breitbart

In Nigeria, 234 Christian schoolgirls abducted; a Jesuit priest shot in the head outside his house in Homs, Syria; a young Christian woman dragged from her car in Egypt and beaten to death… These are some of the latest stories of Christians being hunted, tortured, or executed at the hands of Islamists.

Moral Repair Plan: Marriage, Children, and Constitution

Dinner Topics for Thursday

We like to follow up yesterday’s Abuse Report with some solutions, which we call the Moral Repair Plan.

keyStrong families, guided by a loving mother and father, serve as the fundamental institution for nurturing children, instilling faith, and transmitting to future generations the moral strengths and values that are important to civilization and crucial to eternal salvation.

marriage1. Christian Church Instructs Leaders on Same-Sex Marriage

On December 20, 2013, a federal district judge in Salt Lake City issued an order legalizing same-sex marriage in Utah, striking down century-old state laws and a state constitutional amendment that defined marriage exclusively as between a man and a woman. The United States Supreme Court has put that ruling on hold pending consideration of the issue by an appellate court. During the interval between the district court ruling and the Supreme Court stay, numerous same-sex marriages were performed in Utah. Legal proceedings and legislative action in some other states and countries have given civil recognition to same-sex marriage relationships.

As we face this and other issues of our time, we encourage all to bear in mind our Heavenly Father’s purposes in creating the earth and providing for our mortal birth and experience here as His children. “God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth” (Genesis 1:27–28). “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh” (Genesis 2:24).

Marriage between a man and a woman was instituted by God and is central to His plan for His children and for the well-being of society. Strong families, guided by a loving mother and father, serve as the fundamental institution for nurturing children, instilling faith, and transmitting to future generations the moral strengths and values that are important to civilization and crucial to eternal salvation.

Changes in the civil law do not, indeed cannot, change the moral law that God has established.

God expects us to uphold and keep His commandments regardless of divergent opinions or trends in society. His law of chastity is clear: sexual relations are proper only between a man and a woman who are legally and lawfully wedded as husband and wife.

We urge you to review and teach Church members the doctrine contained in “The Family: A Proclamation to the World.”

Just as those who promote same-sex marriage are entitled to civility, the same is true for those who oppose it. The Church insists on its leaders’ and members’ constitutionally protected right to express and advocate religious convictions on marriage, family, and morality free from retaliation or retribution. The Church is also entitled to maintain its standards of moral conduct and good standing for members.

Consistent with our fundamental beliefs, Church officers will not employ their ecclesiastical authority to perform marriages between two people of the same sex, and the Church does not permit its meetinghouses or other properties to be used for ceremonies, receptions, or other activities associated with same-sex marriages. Nevertheless, all visitors are welcome to our chapels and premises so long as they respect our standards of conduct while there.

While these matters will continue to evolve, we affirm that those who avail themselves of laws or court rulings authorizing same-sex marriage should not be treated disrespectfully. The gospel of Jesus Christ teaches us to love and treat all people with kindness and civility—even when we disagree.

As members of the Church, we are responsible to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to illuminate the great blessings that flow from heeding God’s commandments as well as the inevitable consequences of ignoring them. We invite you to pray that people everywhere will have their hearts softened to the truths of the gospel, and that wisdom will be granted to those who are called upon to decide issues critical to society’s future.

http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/church-instructs-leaders-on-same-sex-marriage

children2. Marriage is about the welfare of children

Joseph Farah

Why has nearly every culture in the world, since the beginning, had the good sense to recognize and foster marriages between one man and one woman?

There are several reasons:

  • Jews and Christians believe it is a God thing. Genesis tells us that God created Adam and Eve as a model for the family structure. Jesus affirmed this in Matthew 19:4-6, when He said: “Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”
  • Marriage between one man and one woman works.It is an institution that is tried and tested. It forms the cornerstone of a self-governing society and economy. There is no other model you can point to in the history of the world that more naturally meets the needs of people, civilizes a society and reduces violence and oppression.
  • Lastly, and quite apart from the divisive spiritual and economic issues that divide people, there’s the issue of child-rearing. There simply is no good alternative to raising children outside of the one-man, one-woman family. It protects children. It provides male and female role models for them. It’s simple common sense.

Nevertheless, there are powerful cultural and legal forces working overtime in Western societies to relegate the ideal institution of marriage to the ash heap of history.

Things are moving quickly now, but the process for dismantling marriage has been under way for some time.

It began in earnest with a structural change in laws that made divorce easy. The concept was called “no-fault divorce.” If a man or a woman wanted a divorce for any reason, it would be granted. Divorce had always been around, but there were laws that discouraged it, made it difficult, required “grounds.” That all changed in the 1960s and 1970s. And divorce skyrocketed.

The result was a dramatic increase in poverty mostly for women and children. The state would have to step in with programs to provide the “safety net” the family structure previously offered. (Few recognize, even to this day, how the government was empowered through this act of counterfeit compassion.)

History

Then came “the women’s liberation movement.” The feminists insisted that marriage was, by design and nature, an oppressive, paternalistic institution. The slogan “marriage equals rape” comes to mind. Women were discouraged from thinking about marriage as a natural desire and goal for their lives.

Then came “the gay liberation movement.” We were told that what people do in the privacy of their own bedrooms was nobody else’s business – certainly not the government’s. Homosexuality was “normal,” whereas it had previously been seen as a pathology or, worse yet, a sin. Not only was it normal, it was genetic – and impossible to reverse. From there, people’s sexual proclivities and habits became everyone’s business – especially the government’s. Laws against homosexual behavior were struck down by courts.

And then came, just as Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia had warned in the 2003 Lawrence v. Texas case overruling anti-sodomy laws, something new under the sun – “same-sex marriage.” When Scalia wrote his dissent in the Lawrence case, suggesting it would lead directly to homosexual marriage, polygamy and incest, there was raucous scoffing and ridicule from the progressives. Because, at that time, not even the most radical homosexual activists had dreamed up such ideas.

Where are we today?

  • Same-sex marriage has been legalized in 18 states and the District of Columbia.
  • Those who still cling to the notion that homosexuality is sin are prosecuted for their “bigotry” for simply refusing to participate in such ceremonies as photographers, cake makers or officiators.
  • Last month, Utah District Judge Clark Waddoups effectively ruled in favor of polygamy in the case of Kody Brown and his concubines, who appear in the reality TV show “Sister Wives.”

It’s worth pointing out that Utah was only permitted to become a state in 1896 when it officially renounced polygamy.

Technically, however, polygamy is still illegal. But it’s only a matter of semantics now. If a man can persuade several women to shack up with him and have children, it’s OK – as long as he doesn’t refer to those women as his wives. You can still only have one woman as a wife, but you can cohabitate with as many as you like. Presumably the same applies to a woman who chooses to have a brood of men living with her.

But how long do you suppose this situation will last?

If “same-sex marriage” is about freedom of choice, why would that choice be limited to couples? Where did the notion of marriage as an institution between couples come from? Did it not originate with the same “archaic” religious principles that have been blown to smithereens by “same-sex marriage” laws and court rulings?

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, what of the children?

Does anyone consider the effect this kind of social experimentation will have on the unfortunate kids who are being treated like guinea pigs?

There is a better way. It’s found in Genesis 2:24. It’s found in Matthew 19:4-6. It’s found in Mark 10:7. It’s found in our consciences if only we would listen.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/01/marriage-is-about-the-welfare-of-children/#CjX1BVZx8Pt06cSf.99

3)  Stop Government Debt; Balance the Budget

nationaldebtStates are working to oppose national tyranny, using the Constitution. Emphatically, this is NOT a Constitutional Convention, NOT to re-write it, but to legally compel Congress to do its job—to control and rein in the maniacal spending of the dictator in the White House by passing a single amendment requiring a balanced budget. This is totally constitutional—the only thing that is constitutional. The Supreme Court, the President, and Congress have abandoned the Constitution many years ago.

Government Debt vs. Budget Balance, American Citizen

4)  Prepare for Future, Survival

Saving food and other supplies for a “rainy day” makes good sense, reduces worries about the future.

Government Debt vs. Budget Balance, American Citizen

Dinner Topics

keyDear Readers, this is not a topic for one day. It is so important, let’s keep it foremost in our daily learning.  For me, like many of us, money topics are not my forte. However, thanks to the Tea Party Constitutional Symposium, I have learned much about the importance of a free market economy in a way everyone can understand. I have tried to present the information in a clear and understandable way. I hope this is useful to you. The Constitution provides for the people to take back their country from the jaws of tyranny by implementing amendments via the states. The most effective way to make a difference is to focus on one amendment at a time. This post shows why a Balanced Budget is the most important place to start.  Our greatest weapon against the evils of tyranny is TRUTH, so we must educate ourselves, because government schools will no longer  provide the truth. Please visit the website links and learn all you can and teach your families. Our very survival depends on it. ~C.A. Davidson

 Balanced Budget key to Liberty for American Citizen in the Future

Notes from Tea Party Article V Symposium Part 2

States are working to oppose national tyranny, using the Constitution. Emphatically, this is NOT a Constitutional Convention, NOT to re-write it, but to legally compel Congress to do its job—to control and rein in the maniacal spending of the dictator in the White House by passing a single amendment requiring a balanced budget. This is totally constitutional—the only thing that is constitutional. The Supreme Court, the President, and Congress have abandoned the Constitution many years ago.

About Proposed Amendments

Term Limits

Starting around 1896, when the Progressives began entrenching career bureaucrats in their Administrative State, politicians stayed in office for increased number of years. Today the average term of elected officials is about 20 years.

The argument against term limits is that the bureaucrats are entrenched no matter which party is in power, and if they don’t like a certain elected official who opposes bureaucratic tyranny, they simply wait until the opposing official is out of office.

constitution2The best way to get the Congress back into the hands of the people is to repeal the 17th Amendment.

This would return the selection of Senators back to state legislators, thereby returning power to the states, and giving the people of the states more voice in the federal government. Currently, U.S. Senators, once they are elected by their state, and once they arrive inside the corrupt Capitol Beltway, they are no longer accountable to the states. They simply become another cog in the giant, crushing wheel of the federal leviathan.

Where we really need a term limits amendment is for the judges. With the Supreme Court justices in office for life, we have seen the tyrannical horrors they are capable of, and this only the beginning.

In his book, The Liberty Amendments, author Mark Levin provides powerful history and logic to support a term limits amendment, starting with the Supreme Court justices.

Priority: Balanced Budget Amendment

The Federal Government is spending $6.8 million per minute.

If we don’t control spending America will be bankrupt in 5 years, and nothing else will matter. The recent Paul Ryan budget authorized the spending of one trillion dollars per year.

National Debt Timeline

trilliondollars<– 1 Trillion Dollars

2000—$5 Trillion

2008—$10 Trillion

2013—$17 Trillion

If we had ratified a Balanced Budget Amendment in 1985 when Ronald Reagan requested it, our national debt would be less than $1 Trillion today.

2013

nationaldebt<—National Debt

Outgo: $17 Trillion

Income (tax revenue): $2.5 Trillion

Interest: $420 Billion (Interest kept artificially low by Federal Reserve)

Balanced Budget Objective ABC

Abolish the IRS

Balance the Budget

Constitutional Restraints

Definitions:

Bankruptcy in the United States

1. 100 million people without benefits

2. Economy will collapse

3. President will instate martial law to curb unrest

4. Our liberty will vanish

debt-ceiling-obama-cartoons“Quantitative Easing”

This is a fancy name for PRINTING MONEY. The government prints $85 million per month and adds it to the currency circulation. This causes INFLATION.

INFLATION

The media may tell you that inflation is caused by high prices. This is not true. That is like saying that “wet streets cause rain.” Inflation is caused by dumping unearned dollars into the economy. This paper money, not backed by anything of real value, like gold or silver, causes the real value of goods to go down, even though the prices go up.

Businesses do not—cannot—cause inflation by raising prices.

They only raise prices so they can cover the expense of operations.

Only the government can cause inflation, because only the government can print money. Inflation is like a hidden tax that everyone has to pay.

constitutionBalanced Budget Amendment

Why is it a priority? Because if we go bankrupt, we will no longer be free to do anything—buy, sell, speak, or do.

Freedom requires a stable economy, and a stable economy requires freedom. Capitalism provides the most freedom to the people.

capitalismUnder capitalism, the rich become powerful; under socialism, the powerful become rich. ~Rush Limbaugh

Out of 50 individual states, 49 have a balanced budget requirement. Why shouldn’t the Federal Government have a balanced budget requirement?

About Government Spending

treewbranchesTree Analogy

Compare government spending to a weed in Washington DC that grew into a tree. That tree has a lot of branches: IRS, Entitlements, Welfare, Department of Education, Environmental Protection Agency, and other countless bureaucracies.  Which one should we cut out?

The answer is to go after the whole trunk—that is, cut off the spending, dry up the funds that feed all these tyrannical bureaucratic branches.

Bus Analogy

dangerCompare the economy to a bus. Congress is driving—going at 65-70 miles per hour, and you are riding. You come to a sign that says “Bridge Out Ahead.” Wouldn’t you think that the driver would slow down and stop? No, instead, Congress is stepping on the gas, speeding up to 75 or 80, spending more and more and more.

This is why the Balanced Budget Amendment has 3 parts:

1. The Federal Government can spend no more than it takes in.

2. Raising taxes requires a super-majority. Tax limitations must be built in.

3. Borrowing must be phased out over 5 years.

Path to a Balanced Budget Amendment

The plan is to implement it in 3 years.

If Congress refuses to obey the Constitution and bring forward the amendment demanded by the people, the states could sue to force Congress to act. We have many allies in Congress, and the public pressure on Congress would be powerful.

November 20, 2013—Ohio passed a Balanced Budget resolution, 63-29

75% of the American people support it. Article V requires 2/3 of the states to pass the amendment. We have 20 out of the required 34 currently working toward the amendment.

To see the progress, and to learn what you can do, visit

IamAmerican.org

Compact for America’s “Article V 2.0” Turn-Key Approach is Our Best Shot

Compact for America—the States regain Control

Using an agreement among the states called an “interstate compact,” the Compact for America invokes Article V of the United States Constitution to advance one or more specific constitutional amendments. An interstate compact provides the vehicle to advance constitutional amendments because it transforms the otherwise cumbersome state-initiated amendment process under Article V into a “turn-key” operation.

The Compact for America empowers the states to agree in advance to all elements of the amendment process that states control under Article V in a single enactment that can be passed in a single session. The Compact does require congressional consent to work, but such consent is achieved by simple majority passage of a congressional resolution, which consolidates everything Congress must do in the Article V process in a single enactment and in a single session. Specifically, the Compact and the counterpart congressional resolution include:

 An agenda limited to the consideration of the proposed amendment (specified in the Compact);

In short, the Compact for America consolidates everything Congress and the States do in the Article V process into just two overarching pieces of legislation—one congressional resolution and one interstate compact joined by thirty-eight states. It thereby dramatically cuts the time and resources needed to achieve a state-originated constitutional amendment. The Compact transforms the state-originated amendment process, which otherwise requires more than 100 state and congressional enactments across five or more legislative sessions, into something that can get done in a single legislative session for each member state and Congress. Rather than a legislative quest that will take ten to twenty years, the Compact can generate a constitutional amendment in as little as one year.

The Compact’s “Article V 2.0” turn-key approach also eliminates any possibility of a “runaway convention.” It compels all member state delegates to follow convention rules that limit the convention agenda to an up or down vote on the amendment it proposes and to return home if those rules fail to hold. It prohibits member states from expanding the scope of the convention, violating the convention rules, or ratifying anything other than the contemplated amendment. The Compact is like a ballot measure directed to state legislators, governors and Congress.

That’s why Compact for America has garnered support from Congressmen David Schweikert (AZ), Paul Gosar (AZ), Lamar Smith (TX), John Culberson (TX), State Legislators Adam Kwasman (AZ), Yvette Herrell (NM), Tommy Williams (TX), Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst (TX), the Republican Liberty Caucus, Ohioans for the Liberty Amendments, States United Balanced Budget Initiative, Idaho Freedom Foundation, Kansas Policy Institute, Pelican Institute for Public Policy (LA), Wyoming Liberty Group, Hon. Judge Harold DeMoss (U.S. Court of Appeals for 5th Circuit), Kevin Gutzman, Ph.D., J.D. (Western CT State University Professor of History), Ilya Shapiro, J.D. (Cato Institute), Nick Dranias, J.D., Sven Larson, Ph.D. (Wyoming Liberty Group Economist), Byron Schlomach, Ph.D., Kyle McAlister (Questor Pipeline Company), Ron Hicks (HerdX, Inc.), Robert C. Reinarz (R.C. Reinarz & Company), Mark McKinnon (Maverick Media), and John McLaughlin (McLaughlin & Associates).

Compact for America is also what the People want. According to McLaughlin & Associates, popular support for a compact to advance constitutional amendments exceeds opposition by more than two to one.

Liberal Government, Republican Party vs. American Citizen

keyI am always advised to be as civil as possible, but no matter what you do, some people take the truth to be hard. Moral cowards are defined as people who are so afraid of what the people in power think that they refuse to do what they know is right. Too many of the Republicans are no longer demonstrating the moral courage we thought they had when we elected them. ~C.A.Davidson

Rush Limbaugh: GOP makes no sense

Why are the Republicans willing to commit suicide?  Because that’s what it is.

ImmigrationlawGOPEndPIXLet’s review.  Last fall, remember, leading up to the government shutdown, the Republican Party leadership is making sure they’re out there, they’re publicly saying, “Focus on Obamacare. Get rid of Obamacare. We gotta get rid of Obamacare.”  They wanted us to think that’s what they’re focusing on, and do not lose sight of it.  Mike Lee and Ted Cruz pop up and take ’em seriously and it results in a government shutdown. The Republican Party leadership goes absolutely batty, “Oh, my God, you’re killing us! We’re gonna get blamed for shutting down the government and people love the government. People don’t want the government shut down,

Now they’ve done a total flip-flop and to heck with Obamacare. They don’t seem to care at all even though it’s failing, even though it’s ripe.  I mean, it’s never been — and it’s been this way for a long time — it’s never been a greater opportunity for the Republican Party to connect with a majority of Americans across the spectrum.  The opposition to Obamacare knows no bounds.  People from all income levels, people from all walks of life, all religions, all creeds, all three sexes, it doesn’t matter, there are opponents, and they are the vast majority.  And it is getting bigger.  And the Republicans who last fall said “Don’t do anything to take the focus off that,” have now taken the focus off that and have shifted to amnesty!

If you look at national polls, you find that amnesty is important to 3% of the population.  Obamacare polls at the top of issues the American people think are important, need to be addressed, fixed, done something with.  The minute that polling data comes out, we drop our pursuit of Obamacare, which was tepid anyway as a party, and now we’ve shifted at our retreat, which is a good name for what’s happening here, retreat, to amnesty and advancing amnesty.  It doesn’t make any sense.

Let me give you some numbers.  Phyllis Schlafly has a report coming out where she has looked at just reams of polling data and other demographic data on illegal immigrants.  Ann Coulter used some of it in a column that she wrote about this earlier this week. She made the point that Phyllis Schlafly’s report was embargoed, but Coulter said (paraphrasing), “I don’t care, it’s too important. I’m gonna use it anyway.” So she did.

Phyllis Schlafly put this together and here are just some of the highlights of this.  “According to a Harris poll, 81 percent of native-born citizens think the schools should teach students to be proud of being American. Only 50 percent of naturalized US citizens do.”  Naturalized citizens equals immigrants, legal, illegal, whatever.  This is a huge problem.  That is major.  It cuts against the notion that there is assimilation.

Read more:

http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2014/01/31/amnesty_is_suicide_for_gop_and_america

Government, Tax vs. American Citizen

Government and Taxes vs. the American Citizen

taxauditseniorI just received an audit on my tax return for 2012 from the IRS. It puzzles me!!!  They are questioning how many dependents I claimed.
I guess it was because of my response to the question:   “List all dependents?” I replied: “12 million illegal immigrants; 3 million crack heads; 42 million unemployed people on food stamps; 2 million people in over 243 prisons; half of Mexico; and 535 useless persons in the U.S. House and Senate.”  Evidently, this was NOT an acceptable answer.

I KEEP ASKING MYSELF, WHO DID I MISS?

Obama Agenda vs. Liberty, American Citizen

Obama’s Liberal Democrat Agenda Creates Tyranny in Senate, Robs Liberty from American Citizens

 

Sen. Mike Lee R-Utah called it an attack on the Senate itself and a move toward one-party rule.

Lee told WND, “Today’s decision by the Democrats to break the rules of the Senate are a partisan attack on the very purpose of this institution. The Senate protects the American people from authoritarian one-party rule by requiring at least some consensus to move anything through this body. The Democrats have just done great damage to this principle by putting politics and partisanship ahead of the interests of the American people.”

iobamadictatorThe Washington Post said it “reverses nearly 225 years of precedent and dramatically alters the landscape for both Democratic and Republican presidents.”

The paper also said it would lead to “severely curtailing the political leverage of the Republican minority in the Senate and assuring an escalation of partisan warfare.”

Under the new rules, it only takes a majority of senators, or 51 votes, for confirmation of federal judge nominees and presidential appointments. That replaces the 60-vote super-majority that has been required for more than 200 years. The new rule does not apply to Supreme Court nominations.

The measure passed by a vote of 52-48. (3 Democrats sided with Republicans against this power grab.)

 

 Rush Limbaugh

In the five years that Barack Obama has been president, he has nominated genuinely extreme people who are out of the American mainstream, to sit on courts, to be cabinet secretaries, to sit over at the EPA, you name it, really genuinely radical leftist extremes who are not part of the American mainstream.  The Republicans have filibustered a number of these nominees in order to keep genuine radical leftists out.  The Democrats are fit to be tied over this because their view is Obama won and he should be able to nominate whoever he wants. 

The rule now is, the practical meaning of the rule is that there are no rules, and the Republicans’ votes mean nothing.  Whatever is proposed, the Republicans, if they stay unified, 45 votes against it means nothing.  There’s nothing they can do unless they can convince some Democrats to join ’em and deny the Democrats 51 votes.  If that happens, Dingy Harry might change the rule again to say all we need 50 on this particular issue.  Once you start changing the rules as the majority — the Founders were terrified of the tyranny of the majority.  One of the reasons that the Senate was structured and founded the way it is, as opposed to the House, it was designed for gridlock.  It was designed to stop massive new laws being passed and voted on daily.  It was designed to stop the growth of government. 

I Think This Behavior Will Come Back and Bite the Democrats

RUSH: I want to tell you something else.  This is going to incur the wrath of several of my friends who are gonna accuse me of having my head in the sand.  All I can do is share with you what’s in my heart.  This stuff that the Democrats are pulling here, all of it, the filibuster, Obamacare, all of this stuff, I have to tell you, I’m an optimistic person and I have faith, and I may even be a little Pollyannish at times, and I understand that you have to make things happen.  You just can’t sit around and wait for ’em to happen, but I’m telling you, I think all of this is gonna come back and haunt these people.

This is Really Evil Behavior

I think it’s gonna bite them.  They may temporarily get away with some of this stuff, but this is evil stuff that they’re doing.  This is really evil behavior. They’re just making a mockery of the way this country was founded, making a mockery of the Constitution, laughing at spending taxpayer money on their own health care or on vacation trips to the Caribbean with prostitutes and whores that they’re hiring.  And it gets known, they get caught and they don’t care. They just keep doing it.

ObamacareCapitol3RangelCharlie Rangel doesn’t pay his taxes. He’s living a lifestyle of somebody who makes 10 times what he earns, and he gets away with it.  There’s no problem whatsoever.  And if you call him on it, you’re a racist.  And I’m just telling you know, I sit here, the first half hour of this program, if you just look at it in a self-contained way, it’s depressing as hell.  The filibuster alone, 45 Republican votes now don’t matter, and the people who elected those 45 have no voice.  This is not Venezuela.  It’s still the United States of America.

Now, the cut-and-dried, dispassionate way of telling you that, it sounds desperate, it sounds horrible, what are we gonna do?  Especially when we have a party that’s unwilling to fight back.  We have a party that seems more interested in wiping out its own base than taking out their real enemy.  But I still think — and it’s not blind faith.  It’s actually faith in the majority of people in the country.  I still have that.  I know we’re plagued by a bunch of ignorant low-information people that the Democrat Party have created and continue to cultivate.  I understand all that and I know the media is what it is.  I know all that. I just have — call it naivete — I have this sense that justice happens at some point.  It all evens out.

They’re going to pay for this, and I don’t know how, and it may not even be in my lifetime, but they’re not going to get away with this.  They are the majority, they changed the rules whenever they want?  There aren’t any rules.  That can’t go on.  I mean, the country can’t survive as it is.  The Senate cannot function.

ObamacareSocialismdictatorWhen there are no rules whenever whatever Barack Obama and Harry Reid want ’em to be day to day.  You look at public opinion, Democrats are not overwhelmingly popular.  This country’s not in love with these people.  Obamacare’s hated.  Obamacare’s despised.  Obama himself, the bloom is off that rose. 

He is not the messiah any longer.  He is now your standard, ordinary, everyday politician who lies, who breaks promises, who’s in it for himself, who can’t do anything on his own.  He’s not qualified.  All of this is becoming known, sadly, too late.  The media has not been able to protect him from this, ultimately.  They did for a number of years, but this is my point.  For five years, Obama was able to keep the truth about himself hidden.  It’s now out there.

Despite the media, despite every cover-up effort that they have engaged in, despite every ounce of energy they have expended to portray Obama as a messiah, the truth has surfaced.  I understand the linkage that leftists have to the Democrat Party and how they hate us and so forth. I understand all of that, and I know that it’s gonna sound… Because a lot of people on our side are fatalists and a lot of people on our side are trying to make money off the fatalism, to tell you the truth — which is not uncommon, by the way.

People that have financial newsletters will tell you that their subscriptions skyrocket the more they predict a crash.  So there are a lot of people wrapped up in negativity and trying to profit from it.  I understand all that, and there are a lot of people who have given up, and there are a lot of people who think there’s no recovering from this, and that may be.  I am just telling you that I have faith. I can’t even tell you why I’ve got the faith, other than I have faith in the country. I have faith in the people that live here.

I have faith in the people who actually make this country work — and in my life, in a personal sense, people who have behaved in reprehensible ways have always gotten theirs. At some point, somehow.  Not that I ever had anything to do with it.  It just happens.  Now, bad things happen to good people, too.  I don’t want, in any way here, to be thought naive.  But I have faith, folks. I have faith in this.  This is so evil and reprehensible, what is happening here, and there’s not ultimately going to be a reward for it.

Just mark my words.  People engaging in all this are going to pay a massive price someday.  I don’t know how or when, but I know human nature — and I also know that no matter what they do, the left, and no matter how much they win, they’re never going to be happy.  They’re never satisfied.  They could get everything in the world they want and they would not be happy.  If they were able to totally exterminate every single person who opposed them, they still wouldn’t be happy.  They’re not capable of it.  They’ll never be satisfied.

CALLER:  I wonder how much of that is even being helped by, you know, Colonel Allen West and Dr. Carson in not being afraid to speak out, either.  I mean, perhaps, you know, having eloquent gentlemen like them speaking out against it, and the race card really can’t be pulled on them, although they try —

RUSH:  Oh, but it is.

CALLER:  — to encourage people.  I know.  They keep getting called racists as well.  But neither one —

RUSH:  No.  They’re called Uncle Toms and traitors and — —

CALLER:  Right.

RUSH:  — the IRS was sicked on Dr. Carson.

CALLER:  Oh, absolutely, I heard that.

RUSH:  And they took Allen West out. They’ve found some way to get him out of office.

CALLER:  But these two gentlemen still have the strength of character to not be afraid.  They still stand up every day.  I’m so encouraged by their courage that it helps me to get up every day just to hear that —

RUSH:  Oh, okay, I misunderstood what you were saying.  I thought you were asking them to speak up.

CALLER:  No, they do, and I think that is courageous.

RUSH:  It is.  There’s no question.  But a lot of people have been speaking up for five years, not many, but a lot of people have, and look what happens to ’em.

CALLER:  I know.  I know.  But every day more and more folks are standing up and I think now that even Hollywood is starting to get on ’em a little bit. Keep doing what you do, Rush, because perhaps the tide is beginning it turn.

RUSH:  Well, it’s like I said earlier.  And I know this sounds kind of dissatisfying and empty because I can’t provide any specifics, and I admit that this is rooted in faith.  I have no problem admitting that.  I’m gonna sound like a first-grader in civics class here, folks, but I really do,

I believe bad people end up getting theirs in the end.  I just do.  Some seem to always get away with it, but most don’t, and I don’t know when are how, but this is not gonna be ultimately rewarded. 

Obama Health Insurance Death Panel vs. American Citizen

The Obamacare Death Panels Have Arrived

obamapinocchioObama promised over and over that People could Keep their Doctors. The Truth Is …He Lied.

What Happens when People Start Dying Because They Can’t Get Health Care? What Have We Become?

Jane asks the President if her 100 year old mother (now 105) would have gotten a pacemaker under his plan. Well now that’s a tough one … that costs a lot and maybe we will have to say, just take a pill. Priceless.

Obama’s answer: Just Take a Pill—See video

“This is becoming so ridiculous, that even the biggest liar can’t top himself,” Mason, 82, told host Aaron Klein on WABC in New York City. “He looks at you straight in the face, and tells you that if you want your plan, you got your plan, you keep your plan. Now, a month-and-a-half later, you got no plan, you lost your plan, and he tells you still got a plan.”

The stand-up comic, who calls himself “The Ultimate Jew,” continued on Obama: “He has a whole country walking around dizzy wondering who we’re listening to. If this is a president of a country, how come he’s the only one in America who doesn’t seem to know what’s going on here?

“Never did I expect a guy like this, the head of a country, to blatantly lie to your face, and then not only lie to your face, then lie about the fact that he never lied. Then lie again about the next lie he told. There used to be a time when you would worship the president, even if you didn’t like him. You knew he told the truth because he’s the president of a country. Now, he’s the only guy in America who would have the nerve to lie this much.

“The latest is that it’s only 5 percent of the people, only 15 [or] 20 million people who are going to lose their plan. …  What if you shoot a guy? He’s only one person out of 300 million. How come it’s in the paper that you shot an innocent person and you go to jail for it? … Since when do you destroy people and it doesn’t count because it’s too small a percentage?” ~Jackie Mason

From Rush Limbaugh

Ninety million that are not working, and over there is the individual mandate that requires them to get insurance. However, over there is a little piece of the law that says the IRS can’t collect money unless you have a refund coming. So there really isn’t a mandate, but they don’t want anybody to know that. So the bottom line is, folks, if you don’t have insurance, it means you don’t have an employer plan. If you’re without insurance right now, that’s what it means. So the only option you have is an individual plan, and that’s what people are encountering.

All of these horrors stories of premiums going up and deductibles going up, out of pocket going up. Those are individuals trying to follow the law, and they are finding that they can’t afford it, because Obamacare is destroying the individual insurance market, not the evil insurance companies. They simply are complying with the law as well.

Cancer Patient Can’t Keep Plan or Doctor

obamacaresocialismAn example. Wall Street Journal by Edie Littlefield Sundby. “You Also Can’t Keep Your Doctor.” And this tells the story. And, by the way, do you know what this story is? This is the story that Sarah Palin told us all those months ago about death panels, and people laughed. People started insulting her, laughing at her, impugning her. People started saying, “There she goes again. This absolute lunatic broad doesn’t know what she’s talking about.” And she nailed it.

If this isn’t a quasi-death panel, I don’t know what is. This article is a gut punch to Obamacare. “I had great cancer doctors and health insurance. My plan was cancelled. Now I worry how long I’ll live,” by Edie Littlefield Sundby. “Everyone now is clamoring about Affordable Care Act winners and losers. I am one of the losers.

“My grievance is not political; all my energies are directed to enjoying life and staying alive, and I have no time for politics. 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. Countless hours –” and this, by the way, this describes so many people. “Countless hours searching for non-exchange plans have uncovered nothing that compares well with my existing coverage. But the greatest source of frustration is Covered California, the state’s Affordable Care Act health-insurance exchange and, by some reports, one of the best such exchanges in the country. 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.”

She says that her grievance isn’t political. It is. She just doesn’t know it. That’s another story, though, and I will leave it aside for the moment.

“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. The company suggested I look to Covered California starting in October.”

“The company suggested I look to Covered California starting in October. You would think it would be simple to find a health-exchange plan that allows me, living in San Diego, to continue to see my primary oncologist at Stanford University and my primary care doctors at the University of California, San Diego. Not so. UCSD has agreed to accept only one Covered California plan — a very restrictive Anthem EPO Plan. EPO stands for exclusive provider organization, which means the plan has a small network of doctors and facilities and no out-of-network coverage.”

We talked about this last week. You go to the Cleveland Clinic, and if one doctor there is out-of-network, meaning not covered by Obamacare, you could end up going bankrupt. And this is what Edie Littlefield Sundby found out. “Anthem EPO, exclusive provider organization, which means the plan has a small network of doctors and facilities and no out-of-network coverage.” So the doctors and everybody that she was using to treat her stage-4 gallbladder cancer are not in this network. She doesn’t get to keep her plan. She doesn’t get to keep her doctors.

She says, “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.”

Did you know that? Before Obamacare, “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.” Well, Stanford and San Diego are not in the same county in California. Then she writes, “What happened to the president’s promise, ‘You can keep your health plan’? Or to the promise that ‘You can keep your doctor’? Thanks to the law, I have been forced to give up a world-class health plan. The exchange would force me to give up a world-class physician. 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.”

Hello, Sarah Palin!

Hello, death panels!

And may I make one more point here, folks? Yes, I can, because this is my show. I want to take you back (I don’t need the audio, Cookie) to that ABC primetime special. A woman stood up — I’ve never forgotten this, and I never will — and asked the president of the United States if her 93-year-old mother could get a pacemaker because of her will to live, her spirit. Obama said, “Nah, we can’t calculate spirit and will to live into these kinds of decisions.

“At some point we’re all gonna have to realize that maybe the answer is give them a pain pill and forgo any more surgery and just ease them for the rest of their lives.” And that’s what Edie Sundby is facing. She may as well have been told that. She can’t keep her doctor, a specialized oncologist. She’s faced stage-four gallbladder cancer, and can’t keep her insurance, all because of Obamacare.

The private insurance market policy that she has is gone. It’s not permitted anymore. She’s gotta go through an exchange, and the exchange can’t help her. Whatever replaces what she’s got is far more expensive than she can afford. It’s not coordinated. She doesn’t get to keep her doctor. There’s another similar story to this from Seattle that I’ve got backing this one up. It sounds like Edie Littlefield Sundby wants to live.

It sounds to me like she has no desire to give up.

But Obama once told a woman asking about her mother getting a pacemaker operation, “Well, no. We can’t factor those kinds of things into our medical decisions — will to live, the spirit. No, we got to maybe just give ’em a pill.” So Ted Cruz: Validated, right on the money. Sarah Palin: Validated, right on the money. Barack Obama: Discredited like no president in my lifetime, including Nixon. This is huge, folks. This is absolutely huge. Do you realize all of these people reelected Obama on the basis of these two promises?

That’s how much they meant to them.

RUSH: The companion story to Edie Sundby in the Wall Street Journal is in the Seattle Times. “Canceled Health Insurance Plans Add to Angst at Change,” and it’s about a guy named Bill Fullner, who’s reached his breaking point, and here’s the pull quote. “‘This whole experience has converted a lifelong Democrat into a foot soldier for the Republican Party,’ Fullner said.” This guy has had it. He bought it. He bought Obama’s promise. A lot of people did. A lot of people did.

Obama Abuse vs. American Citizen

Obama Abuse against America’s Citizens continues

Whoa! See what’s shut down and what’s not

From World Net Daily

Bizarre, growing list of things Obama is closing to American public
WASHINGTON – A growing chorus of critics is accusing the Obama administration of creating a long, strange list of unnecessary problems to make sure the government shutdown looks as bad as possible.

According to reports from across the country, the National Park Service has closed privately run restaurants, inns and marinas, claiming it doesn’t have the resources to let them stay open.

And now, farce has become reality in the government shutdown.

The website “i Own the World” posted a doctored photo to joke that the administration was trying to block the view of Mount Rushmore.

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It’s not a joke anymore.

The government is not using helicopters to hold up a screen, but it appears to be doing what it can to block the view.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sioux Falls Business Journal reports, “The National Park Service placed cones along highway viewing areas outside Mount Rushmore this week, barring visitors from pulling over and taking pictures of the famed monument.”

rushmoreconesAfter the cones appeared on their state road, South Dakota officials asked federal officials to remove them. Some were removed, according to Dusty Johnson, chief of staff for Gov. Dennis Daugaard, R-S.D.
Federal officials claimed the cones were a safety precaution, meant to channel cars into viewing areas, not prevent their entrance.

But Johnson wasn’t buying that.

“I think reasonable people can disagree about that,” he said.

The cones were removed to make way for plows when a blizzard struck Friday. Johnson said the state is watching to be sure the cones reappear.

The Buffalo News reported that a tour group from western New York was unable to take pictures of Mount Rushmore because highway viewing areas were coned off.

“It’s all closed up,” a tourist told the Buffalo News.

“They won’t even let you stop and take a picture. You can only drive by,” complained Hilde Wernet.

“They won’t even let you pull off on the side of the road,” said Jim Hagen, secretary of the South Dakota Department of Tourism. “I just don’t know what they’re trying to accomplish.”

“It disgusts me that taxpayer resources were used on this act of stupidity,” Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., told the Sioux Falls paper.“This is federal government arrogance at its worst.”

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said it’s “outrageous,” and it seems to him, “[T]he administration wants to make this as painful as possible.”

Thune blamed Senate Democrats, saying they could easily pass spending bills to fund parks, and anything else.

“They, obviously, prefer to have the issue and not the solution,” he said.

Johnson said the governor even offered to use state funds to keep Mount Rushmore open, but the National Park Service turned him down.

“I can’t even believe we’re having this conversation,” he said.

Amber Alert Backfire

One closure apparently backfired so quickly, the federal government moved to immediately to reverse it.

Visitors to the federal Amber Alert website were greeted Monday morning with an announcement: “Due to the lapse in federal funding, this Office of Justice Programs (OJP) website is unavailable.”

The Amber Alert website issues information about abducted children.

“The Amber Alert system was never interrupted, but to eliminate any confusion, the informational site maintained by the Justice Department has been restored,” a Justice Department explained to CNN.

(Meanwhile, first lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” website remained operational.)

See what “national security” spending is still flowing and to whom, despite the shutdown, in Doug Wead’s new column

Part of a pattern

The Mount Rushmore incident is just one of a series of shutdown-related moves by the National Park Service that, instead of saving money, would seem to be costing more money to enforce.

National Park Service employees tried to erect barricades surrounding parking lots at Mount Vernon, which has been privately funded for 150 years.

But the staff at George Washington’s estate turned the government employees away and removed the barricades.

The owner of the Pisgah Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina said he tried to defy Park Service and stay open,  but park rangers blocked his driveway to prevent customers from entering.

Bruce O’Connell told the Washington Times he isn’t draining any federal funds because his workers are not employed by the government, and his fire and police services are supplied by the county.

He said it probably cost the federal government more money to post the rangers in his driveway.

The Times also reports, “Americans across the country have embraced the chance to flout the closures as a defiant act of civil disobedience.”

“The Internet has been flooded with photos of people going around traffic cones and vehicle barricades to get to parking lots, bicycle paths and hiking trails.”

Seniors kicked out of their home

The National Park Service has also gotten into the eviction business.

Eighty-year-old Ralph Spencer and his 77-year-old wife, Joyce, say the government has kicked them out of the home they own because it sits on federal land at Lake Mead, Nev.

The Spencers said a park ranger told them Thursday they had 24 hours to get out of the cabin they’ve owned since the 1970s.

The federal government apparently did not consider it necessary to evict the Spencers during any of the 17 other shutdowns since 1976.

Joyce told a local television station they are OK, but the move was a lot to handle for the pair of senior citizens.

As difficult as possible

A National Park Service employee also revealed, “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”

Several congressional committees have begun looking into whether the administration is, indeed, using the Park Service to try to make the shutdown as painful as possible for Americans and to increase political pressure on Republicans.

But the White House apparently believes playing hardball is a winning tactic.

The End Justifies the Means

A senior administration official told the Wall Street Journal, “We are winning. … It doesn’t really matter to us” how long the shutdown lasts, “because what matters is the end result.”

As WND has reported, that includes the Obama administration allowing the suspension of experimental treatments for children with terminal cancer during the shutdown.

The president threatened to veto a measure offered by Republicans to keep the National Institutes of Health funded.

When a reporter asked Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., why the Senate wouldn’t try to help “one child who has cancer” by approving such a bill, he retorted, “Why would we want to do that?”

Feds try to close the ocean

Just as the National Park Service apparently had no problem trying to close the airspace in front of Mount Rushmore, is didn’t flinch at trying to shut down “1,100 square miles of open ocean” to fishing boats.

Breitbart reported the Park Service informed charter boat captains the Florida Bay and Biscayne National Park were “closed” due to the shutdown, and rangers will be patrolling to enforce the ban.

Monumental skirmishes

The flap over actions by the Park Service began Oct. 1, the very first day of the shutdown, when it appeared to go out of its way to try to keep veterans out of the World War II memorial.

Members of Congress intervened and escorted the vets around barricades that had appeared overnight.

No funding exists to keep the World War II Memorial open, but the administration found funding to erect a barricade.

Also closed to the public were the memorials for World War I, the Korean and and Vietnam Wars, as well as the Washington Monument and the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials.

Video by WND’s Jeremy Murray showed two tourists at the top of the steps being confronted by a park officer and escorted off the site. When the second one reached the top, however, the crowd below cheered.

War on the military?

The administration’s reach has even extended across the Atlantic Ocean, shutting down the Normandy American Cemetery in France.

The Armed Forces Network has been prevented from broadcasting sports programming to American troops overseas.

Military priests face arrest ministering on military bases during the shutdown, “and they risk being arrested if they attempt to do so,” wrote John Schlageter, the general counsel for the Archdiocese for the Military Services USA, in an op-ed.

“With the government shutdown, many [government service] and contract priests who minister to Catholics on military bases worldwide are not permitted to work – not even to volunteer,” he added.

Golf but no groceries

However, the president’s little-used retreat at Camp David will stay open.

Most Camp David employees are still on the job, including chefs, gardeners, electricians.

More than 250 staffers are still getting paid to run the 180-acre vacation compound in Catoctin Mountain Park, Md., designed specifically as a presidential getaway and equipped with a pool, tennis courts, a skeet range, bathhouse, bowling alley and a horseshoe pit.

However, it has no golf, and President Obama has spent only 78 days there in his five years in office, preferring to spend his weekends hitting the links at military golf links, which have been kept open during the shutdown.

While golf courses at military installations remain open, commissaries at those sites have been shut down.

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/10/whoa-see-whats-shut-down-and-whats-not/#PFGhQYfqTKOZs4ML.99