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The Obama administration is doing a fantastic job of rooting out tax cheats in our country. Under the top secret operation known by the code name “nomination”, they have uncovered a number of Americans gaming the tax system for personal gain. The operation had yet another success today.

Health and Human Services nominee Kathleen Sebelius recently corrected three years of tax returns and paid more than $7,000 in back taxes…

I want to applaud the Community Organizer in Chief for taking this matter seriously. If it hadn’t been for Operation Nomination, we might not have identified all of these tax cheats by now. Great work, Barry.

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It wasn’t by choice. I’m sure the Community Organizer in Chief has been doing his best to keep Biden in the White House cellar, lest he get out in public and do what he does best…

…like this.

Joe Biden remembered to thank Spanish Prime Minister Jose Zapatero for all the help he gave us in Iraq, except that the only thing Zapatero gave us in Iraq was the finger.

The funny thing about this is that Biden was on the ticket allegedly as the foreign policy expert. But he doesn’t even know who’s supporting us and who’s not in Iraq.

You know who else thanked Zapatero for his Iraq withdrawal? The terrorists.

So either “the foreign policy expert” was completely ignorant of Zapatero’s position or he truly thinks like Moqtada al-Sadr.

Neither choice is very comforting.

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Barack Obama Hates White People
March 27th, 2009 6:43 am

I’m watching news stories of broken levees and massive flooding in North Dakota and thinking it can only mean one thing… Barack Obama hates white people.

Instead of Hollywood celebrities holding telethons asking for help for the folks affected by the floods… the affected citizens are busting their asses in sub-freezing temperatures to help themselves.

And the Senate investigations? Maybe they’ll get to those when they’re done investigating the college football ranking system.

Where is all the media asking the tough questions about why the federal government hasn’t solved the problem and building a narrative that this is all the result of a big government conspiracy?

Where are all the fake news stories about rapes, murders, violence and terror?

When will Spike Lee say that the Federal Government blew up the levees that are failing in Fargo?

Where are Sean Penn and the rest of the useless Hollywood idiots?

Where are all the looters stealing high-end tennis shoes and big screen television sets?

When will we hear Governor John Hoeven say that he wants to rebuild a ‘vanilla‘ Fargo, because that’s the way God wants it?

Where are the people declaring that Barack Obama hates white people?

How come in 2 weeks, you will never hear about the Fargo flooding ever again?

There are definitely two Americas. Those who make America great… and those who mooch off the greatness and complain while doing it.

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This should come as no surprise.

Before its portfolio of bad loans helped trigger the current housing crisis, mortgage giant Freddie Mac was the focus of a major accounting scandal that led to a management shake-up, huge fines and scalding condemnation of passive directors by a top federal regulator.

One of those allegedly asleep-at-the-switch board members was Chicago’s Rahm Emanuel—now chief of staff to President Barack Obama—who made at least $320,000 for a 14-month stint at Freddie Mac that required little effort.

Remember these earnings the next time the administration feigns outrage over corporate pay.

He was named to the Freddie Mac board in February 2000 by Clinton, whom Emanuel had served as White House political director and vocal defender during the Whitewater and Monica Lewinsky scandals.

The board met no more than six times a year. Unlike most fellow directors, Emanuel was not assigned to any of the board’s working committees, according to company proxy statements. Immediately upon joining the board, Emanuel and other new directors qualified for $380,000 in stock and options plus a $20,000 annual fee, records indicate.

On Emanuel’s watch, the board was told by executives of a plan to use accounting tricks to mislead shareholders about outsize profits the government-chartered firm was then reaping from risky investments. The goal was to push earnings onto the books in future years, ensuring that Freddie Mac would appear profitable on paper for years to come and helping maximize annual bonuses for company brass.

But now that one of their own inner circle is caught up in the scandal, the Democrat-led Congress has decided to focus on more important things like NCAA football rankings. Lucky for him.

The accounting scandal wasn’t the only one that brewed during Emanuel’s tenure.

During his brief time on the board, the company hatched a plan to enhance its political muscle. That scheme, also reviewed by the board, led to a record $3.8 million fine from the Federal Election Commission for illegally using corporate resources to host fundraisers for politicians. Emanuel was the beneficiary of one of those parties after he left the board and ran in 2002 for a seat in Congress from the North Side of Chicago.

Yet, this whole thing is somehow Bush’s fault. Ask yourself who had the power and influence over the organization while it was perpetrating this historic fraud…

In his final year in office, Clinton tapped three close pals: Emanuel, Washington lobbyist and golfing partner James Free, and Harold Ickes, a former White House aide instrumental in securing the election of Hillary Clinton to the U.S. Senate. Free’s appointment was good for four months, and Ickes’ only three months.

…and who wasn’t.

Former President George W. Bush voluntarily stopped making such appointments following Falcon’s assessment of their uselessness.

And remember Obama’s pledge for a “transparent government”? Yeah, nevermind.

The Obama administration rejected a Tribune request under the Freedom of Information Act to review Freddie Mac board minutes and correspondence during Emanuel’s time as a director.

And remember when Republicans in Congress sounded the alarm and called for more oversight and an investigation into Fannie and Freddie? A measure that was stonewalled and roadblocked by Democrats? Guess who else played a part in making sure the calls for increased regulation went nowhere. Yep, your current White House Chief of Staff.

Another focus of Freddie during Emanuel’s day—and one that played to his skill set—was a stepped-up effort to combat congressional demands for more regulation.

And once Rahmbo was elected to the House, he was named to a committee that was responsible for oversight of Freddie Mac. What a non-coincidence.

Then-Freddie Mac CEO Leland Brendsel also hosted a fundraising lunch for Emanuel’s 2002 campaign that netted $9,500 from top company executives. Brendsel was later ousted in the accounting scandal.

Federal campaign records show that Emanuel received $25,000 from donors with ties to Freddie Mac in the 2002 campaign cycle, more than twice the amount collected that election by any other candidate for the U.S. House or Senate.

Emanuel joined the House in January 2003 and was named to the Financial Services Committee, where he also sat on the subcommittee that directly oversaw Freddie Mac. A few months later, Freddie Mac Chief Executive Officer Leland Brendsel was forced out, and the committee and subcommittee launched hearings to sort out the mess, spanning more than a year. Emanuel skipped every hearing, congressional records indicate.

Today’s lesson in political corruption has been sponsored by the letter (D). Now back to your regularly-scheduled recession.

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But half of the country fell for the joke and now everyone’s going to pay dearly for it. Nice job.

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This time at the EPA.

President Barack Obama’s pick for the No. 2 post at the Environmental Protection Agency is removing himself from consideration.

Jon Cannon, a professor of environmental law at the University of Virginia, says he is withdrawing as the nominee for deputy EPA administrator because of scrutiny surrounding the America’s Clean Water Foundation. Cannon once served on the now-defunct organization’s board of directors.

The EPA’s inspector general’s concluded in 2007 that the foundation mismanaged $25 million in EPA grants.

Doesn’t the Community Organizer in Chief know anyone who’s paid up on their taxes and not currently under investigation for fraud or corruption? It appears not only has Barry brought America the worst of the Carter administration, but also the worst of the Clinton administration, too.

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I think it was the Community Organizer in Chief who once plagiarized someone else’s speech saying, “Don’t tell me words don’t matter.” In yet another skit from the Obama Amateur Hour, Treasury Tax Cheat Secretary Tim Geithner learned this lesson when he announced earlier today that he was “quite open” to a Chinese proposal on currency.

The dollar slid as much as 1.3 percent against the euro within 10 minutes of news accounts of Geithner’s remarks. The U.S. currency was down 0.6 percent at $1.3553 as of 12:31 p.m. in New York.

Nice job, guys. Is this part of the hope or part of the change?

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“You Have Run Out of Our Money”
March 25th, 2009 8:13 am

Sure wish a Republican would find the kind of backbone to deliver this speech on Capitol Hill. Heck, you don’t even need to change up the wording to apply it to the Community Organizer in Chief. Just read it word for word… like he does when he gives speeches.

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Teleprompter in Chief Strikes Again
March 24th, 2009 7:12 am

For eight years, the liberals hung on every word of President Bush. They mocked and ridiculued him for his dialect and built a narrative that he was an idiot. Yet, the same liberals don’t find it as amusing or newsworthy that they’re very own messiah is proving himself time and again to be a real idiot. Blame it on the teleprompter or blame it on the lack of a teleprompter, either way, it turns out that the guy that everyone said gave great speeches really isn’t that good of a speaker after all.

Watch this press conference on energy. He tries to highlight a local company as many politicians do to bolster the claims he’s making in the rest of his speech. Typically good news for the named company. However, in this case, Obama can’t even pronounce the company’s name right… over and over again.

Setting aside the idea that there could be multiple ways to pronounce the company name, wouldn’t you think the leader of the free world would bother to actually ask the company representative sitting in the audience BEFORE THE SPEECH how to pronounce it? (Or was this another case of teleprompter miscue?) It took me less than 1 minute to Google the company’s website and learn the correct pronunciation.

I wonder if Congress will move to insure the teleprompter gets a place in the Presidential line of succession.

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The good news: Barack Obama has solved all the nation’s problems and has extra time on his hands to do the celebrity talk show circuit.

The bad news: This is what happens they let the Community Organizer in Chief loose without a teleprompter…

From ABC:

The first appearance by a sitting president on “The Tonight Show” may well end up being the last.

President Obama, in his taping with Jay Leno Thursday afternoon, attempted to yuk it up with the funnyman, and ended up insulting the disabled.

Towards the end of his approximately 40-minute appearance, the president talked about how he’s gotten better at bowling and has been practicing in the White House bowling alley. He bowled a 129, the president said.

“That’s very good, Mr. President,” Leno said sarcastically.

It’s “like the Special Olympics or something,” the president said.

And how did the oft-offended, sensitive, liberal media respond? Exactly as you’d expect… when it’s a Democrat involved.

Fortunately for Obama, as evidenced by the clip of Keith “Waterboy” Olberman, most of the media’s going to help him skim over this insulting comment. Note Olberman’s “what are we going to do about this” question… as if he’s already in a cabinet strategy session trying to plan how best to control this story before it becomes a problem. If this had been a Republican, Olberman would’ve produced a special 2-hour breaking news show on the Worst Person in the History of Mankind. Instead, get ready for the “move along, nothing to see here” routine.

And what’s the official White House response so far?

“The president made an off-hand remark making fun of his own bowling that was in no way intended to disparage the Special Olympics,” White House deputy press secretary Bill Burton said.

Say what? He admits he was “making fun” of his bowling ability - by comparing it to an event for mentally and physically disabled people. That’s exactly what disparaging means, idiots. He might as well have just said, “You’ve seen me bowl Jay, I look like a retard.”

“He thinks the Special Olympics is a wonderful program that gives an opportunity for people with disabilities from around the world.”

Oh, well in that case, it’s ok to joke about it. Sorry to have bothered you. Move along, nothing to see here.

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