I will hand it to President Obama, he is a master of political manipulation and timing aided by a complicit media. Juggling six major ongoing scandals during the campaign (depending on who you listen to, the Obama Administration has had over 300 scandals), Obama’s campaign proved remarkably adept at delaying, deflecting and deferring scandal until his second and final term was secured. The problem for the President is that while he was able to delay these scandals, he has not been able to eliminate them. Each of these scandals could lead to criminal prosecution in some instances and world or nuclear war in others. Here is a quick summary of these problems.
It has been almost three and a half years since President Obama has had a budget adopted and the last time through he didn’t even get a single Democratic vote. For reasons that are beyond me, the Republicans agreed to kick this can down the road until after the election – but they did it with a built-in time bomb called sequestration. Unless a budget can be mutually agreed upon by both parties draconian cuts will automatically take place at the first of the year. To avoid this Republicans want a number of things but mainly an extension of the Bush tax cuts. Today, the President’s spokesman Jay Carney declared that extension of the Bush tax cuts was “dead forever.” Without agreement, 11% cuts will go into effect for most government departments, most notably defense. Currently described as a “fiscal cliff,” if sequestration is triggered many economic experts believe that the country will immediately go into a second, even deeper recession.
We have learned more in the last three days about the private sex lives and spending habits of Generals and Admirals than we have learned in the past two and a half months about the Benghazi attacks. The timing of the announcement of the investigation into General Petraeus is interesting to say the least given that he was to testify before a House committee in the next few days on the incident in Benghazi. I have documented at length the timing and fluctuating “stories” of the Administration from the lies about a stupid video being the “cause” of the attack (here), to the Obama lies at the third debate (here), to the post-debate cover ups and misinformation (here) and finally,as to the true timeline that is slowly emerging directly contradicting the statements of the Obama Administration (here). Given the attention I have given this during the past month, I will not repeat it all here.
3. Fast And Furious – Obama’s Murdergate
In two programs code-named “Project Gunrunner” and “Operation Fast and Furious” President Obama’s Justice Department, through the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (the “ATF”), approved the sale to Mexican drug cartels of more than 1,800 AK-47s and 50 caliber sniper rifles. The ostensible plan was to follow the weapons across the Mexican border to allow the ATF to chart a path to the leadership of the cartels. One not so small problem, the ATF “lost track” of more than 1,000 of the assault and sniper rifles.
Unfortunately, these weapons started turning up at crime scenes and two were found at the murder of United States Border Agent Brian Terry who was killed in a gun battle with members of a Mexican drug cartel. When Agent Terry’s mother was informed about the connection between the ATF sold guns and her son’s death she responded that she was “flabbergasted.” “At first I didn’t believe it,” she said.
This program started two months into the Obama administration and was the responsibility of United States Attorney General Eric Holder. The ultimate responsibility for the programs lands at President Obama’s feet, but the President has denied any knowledge of the operations until details of the murder of Agent Terry started to emerge.
4. General Petraeus Sex/Security Scandal
I am probably in the minority here, but the “scandal” here is NOT that a respected General had an affair with a woman or women while he was married, but the that there was a six-week FBI investigation which was conveniently completely hidden from the press and congress until two days after the election was over. I obviously am terribly disappointed in the behavior of a man and believe strongly in the sanctity of marriage. I am disappointed in a man who I previously fiercely respected, but barring any facts supporting any claim that his pillow talk led to the illegal dissemination of state secrets this should have been a non-event. “If you’re head of the CIA & can’t hide your mistress from your wife, it means it can’t be done. Case closed. Sorry fellas.” (Chris Rock)
The General testified before congress at a time that he knew that he was under investigation. As the brilliant Charles Krauthammer put it:
And that brings us to the ultimate issue, and that is his testimony on September 13. That’s the thing that connects the two scandals, and that’s the only thing that makes the sex scandal relevant. Otherwise it would be an exercise in sensationalism and voyeurism and nothing else. The reason it’s important is here’s a man who knows the administration holds his fate in its hands, and he gives testimony completely at variance with what the Secretary of Defense had said the day before, at variance with what he’d heard from his station chief in Tripoli, and with everything that we had heard. Was he influenced by the fact that he knew his fate was held by people within the administration at that time? (Blaze)
Yesterday I would have argued that General Petraeus had been politically strong-armed, now that he has agreed to further testimony before the House, I am willing to wait and watch this one play out. (NY Post)
5. Real Cost of Obamacare
Nancy Pelosi couldn’t have given a better sound bite just before the passage of Obamacare by a complete Democratically controlled government, “We will just have to pass it to know what is in it.” With the election behind us and the reality of Obamacare in front of us folks are figuring out that there is some really scary stuff coming at us full speed. Because many of the benchmarks for the 2014 implementation of Obamacare are set based upon a company’s 2013 operations, a whole range of industries are considering either a reduction in force or a reduction in the number of full-time employees. The first unintended consequence of this poorly thought out act is to dramatically reduce the number of people who can earn a living wage with full-time work.
The world’s largest casual dining company is starting to trim hours from its labor force in response to healthcare changes being implemented as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. Darden Restaurants, which owns Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, and a number of other popular restaurant chains, is actively cutting the hours of many of its full-time employees to fewer than 30 hours per week, which puts these employees below the Obamacare coverage threshold. (Natural News)
Papa John’s founder John Schnatter, has said that the cost of providing health insurance for all of his pizza chain’s uninsured, full-time employees comes out to about 14 cents on a large pizza. That’s less than adding an extra topping and a third the price of an extra pepperoncini. If you want that piping hot pie delivered, the $2 delivery fee will cost you 14 times as much as that health insurance price hike. “We’re not supportive of Obamacare, like most businesses in our industry,” Schnatter said on a conference call with shareholders last week, as reported by Politico. “If Obamacare is in fact not repealed, we will find tactics to shallow out any Obamacare costs and core strategies to pass that cost onto consumers in order to protect our shareholders’ best interests.” (ABC News)
Of course, if you dare take on any of the sacred thoughts of Obama, you are instantly called either “greedy” or a “racist” depending on the topic. Almost the instant that Papa John’s Schnatter made his remarks, he had to bear the brunt of a vicious attack from most of the media who claimed that Schnatter was “greedy” for not simply absorbing the additional $8.000,000 annual costs that will be suffered by the company. (Ed Schultz)
Interestingly, some of Obama’s biggest supporters have just realized that they are in the center of the cross-hairs of Obamacare. Stryker Corporation has announced that it will close its facility in Orchard Park, New York, eliminating 96 jobs next month. It will also counter the medical device tax in Obamacare by eliminating 5% of their global workforce, an estimated 1,170 positions. Jon Stryker is heir to the Stryker Corporation, one of the largest medical device and equipment manufacturers in the world. Stryker’s grandfather was the surgeon who invented the mobile hospital bed. The company now sells $8.3 billion worth of hospital beds, artificial joints, medical cameras, and medical software every year. Stryker, a member of the Forbes 400 list, was one of the top five donors to the Obama campaign. Having donated $2 million to the Priorities USA Action super PAC, Stryker also gave $66,000 in contributions to Obama and the Democrat Party.
6. Nuclear Iran/Syria/Israel
President Obama has done more to destroy the United States’ history of friendship with Israel than any President ever, and in doing so has put the world more at risk of a nuclear war than any President in history – and that includes those great men that led us through the cold war. Completely ignoring the Iranian threat of a nuclear arsenal, President Obama has let his personal fear of offending anything or anyone in the Islamic world that he has taken no action to stop this incredible threat to world peace from a regime that has had a real and literal “war on women,” that has brutally suppressed any opposition and has actively advocated for the literal end to Israel as a country. Obama has consistently snubbed Israeli efforts to work in coordination with the United States once even snubbing a state visit from prime Minister Netanyahu so that President Obama could make an appearance on the David Letterman show. The continued support of Obama by the Jewish community in the United States remains one of the most baffling phenomena of current American politics.
This is not a problem that will go away. Iran continues to actively work on a nuclear weapon and has expressed complete willingness to use such a weapon on Israel. the development of this weapon along with a missile delivery system capable of hitting Israel is only weeks or months away and it is likely that if unchecked Iran will have the capability of hitting the United States before the end of Obama’s second term in office. A chill just went down my spine.