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Remember the repeated line about “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor“?

Obama finally concedes the most oft repeated line during the salespitch of the disastrous Obamacare campaign was plain and simply… a lie:

(Jump to 18:57 mark)

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According to the Wall Street Journal:

The government released numbers Wednesday showing that far fewer Americans had enrolled in private insurance plans under the new health law than expected and, in a marked shift, the Obama administration signaled it was open to legislation to fix the troubled rollout.

…but just last month, Democrats were calling Republicans who argued for fixing or delaying this broken legislation:

“Jihadists”:

“Legislative arsonists”…

Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., called members of the GOP “blackmailers.”

Senior White House Adviser Dan Pfeifer said: “What we’re not for [is] negotiating with people with a bomb strapped to their chest. We’re not going to do that.”…

Obama, himself, described the GOP as kidnappers trying to “extract a ransom.”…

And Harry Reid, continually called Republicans “anarchists“…

Stay classy, hypocrites.

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Completely unsure of how to handle an international crisis with his confused and muddled foreign policy, the Nobel Peace Prize Winner who is now hoping to bomb the hell out of a country engaged in its own civil war is trying to undo comments he made just a few weeks ago.

Today, Obama argued that he did not set a red line” on chemical weapons use in Syria.

“First of all, I didn’t set a red line. The world set a red line.”

In addition to a lack of a coherent foreign policy, it appears his short term memory has taken a hit as well. Here is Obama on August 21st stating:

“We have communicated, in no uncertain terms, to every player in the region, that that’s a red line for us and there would be enormous consequences if we start seeing movement on the chemical weapons front or the use of chemical weapons. That would change my calculations significantly.”

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You read that right… the guy who made his entire political fortune on being the most vocal opponent of the Iraq War is now confirming it will send military support to Syria in the midst of a civil war.

White House officials confirmed Thursday that the administration would send weapons and other aid to rebel Syrian forces after determining that leader Bashar al-Assad has used chemical weapons against the opposition.

So let me get this straight… according to Obama, President Bush illegally sent troops to Iraq based on evidence (at the time) that it possessed a chemical weapons program (and was proven to have used chemical weapons in the past) after Bush obtained authorization from Congress, per the Constitution. But it’s okay for Obama to send our military and weapons to support a bunch of street rebels engaged in a civil war that has no bearing on our national interests?

To make matters worse, those Syrian Rebels that the Obama administration is pledging to arm… have pledged loyalty to Al-Qaida.

For those keeping score at home… according to Barack Obama, it’s illegal to follow the Constitutional protocol and secure Congressional authorization to send military into a country threatening American and ally interests and who have been tied to al-Qaida… but it’s perfectly acceptable to send military support to a country engaged in a civil war to help folks who have pledged loyalty to al-Qaida.

Got it. Hope and change!

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It’s clear Pelosi doesn’t expect to be held accountable for the lies and deceit she promulgated leading up to the passage of Obamacare. In fact, she thinks the American population is so stupid, they can’t do a simple search to find video that directly contradicts the lies she’s advancing now.

See for yourself. Here is Pelosi responding to a question about healthcare premiums increasing under Obamacare this week (jump to 1:20):

But here is what she said on Meet the Press on July 21, 2012:

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Compare and contrast past presidents with our currently self-anointed royalty…

Aside from Obama’s complete lack of respect for the heroes that protect this country, he forced the Marine to breach protocol with his selfish act of arrogance. Section 3035 of the Marine Corps Uniform Regulations states:

3035. UMBRELLAS. Female Marines may carry an all-black, plain standard or collapsible umbrella at their option during inclement weather with the service and dress uniforms. It will be carried in the left hand so that the hand salute can be properly rendered. Umbrellas may not be used/carried in formation nor will they be carried with the utility uniform.

The code does not provide a similar section for males, suggesting that male Marines are not permitted to carry an umbrella while in uniform… to say nothing of requiring him to hold it in his right hand, thus preventing him from properly saluting.

Nice work, Barry. I guess we should just be happy you didn’t bow to the Turkish Prime Minister first.

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In light of the recent revelations that the IRS was targeting conservatives as far back as 2010, perhaps it’s time to go back and look at something Harry Reid claimed during the 2012 election campaign…

“He didn’t pay taxes for 10 years! Now, do I know that that’s true? Well, I’m not certain,” said Reid. “But obviously he can’t release those tax returns. How would it look?

Tellingly, neither Reid nor his office would reveal who the investor was, making it impossible to verify if the accusation is true

Then again just 8 weeks before the election, Reid doubled down on his claim:

“He’s hiding something. He’s hiding something! It is so evident he’s hiding something!”

To this day, Harry Reid has not identified his “confidential source” to support his claims that Romney was not being truthful with his tax returns. So as the story continues to develop that the IRS was actively and illegally targeting political opponents of Democrats, one has to wonder if Reid’s claims were related to this in a much larger and much more nefarious political scandal than anyone has yet realized.

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1. If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but not for being in the country illegally,… you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

2. If you have to get your parents permission to go on a field trip or take an aspirin in school, but not to get an abortion,… you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

3. If you have to show identification to board an airplane, cash a check, buy liquor, or check out a library book, but not to vote, … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

4. If the government wants to ban stable, law-abiding citizens from owning gun magazines with more than ten rounds, but gives 20 F-16 fighter jets to the crazy new leaders in Egypt, you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

5. If, in our largest city, you can buy “two” 16-ounce sodas, but not a 24-ounce soda because 24-ounces of a sugary drink might make you fat,… you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

6. If an 80-year-old woman and 3 yr old child can be stripped searched by the TSA, but a woman in a hijab is only subject to having her neck and head searched,… you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

7. If your government believes that the best way to eradicate trillions of dollars of debt is to spend trillions more,… you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

8. If a seven year old boy can be thrown out of school for saying his teacher is cute, but hosting a sexual exploration or diversity class in grade school is perfectly acceptable, … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

9. If children are forcibly removed from parents who discipline them with spankings while children of addicts are left in filth and drug infested homes…, you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

10. If hard work and success are met with higher taxes and more government intrusion, while not working is rewarded with EBT cards, WIC checks, Medicaid, subsidized housing, and free cell phones,… you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

11. If you pay your mortgage faithfully, denying yourself the newest big screen TV while your neighbor buys iPhones, TVs and new cars, and the government forgives his debt when he defaults on his mortgage,… you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

12. If being stripped of the ability to defend yourself makes you more safe according to the government,… you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

Hat tip.

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True story, bro.

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Today, Barack Obama demanded that Republicans accept the proposal to raise the debt ceiling, even going so far as to accuse them of holding the American people at gunpoint for even suggesting they may oppose the idea.

But back in 2006, when Congress was debating the idea of raising the debt limit, Senator Barack Obama had some harsh words about the very same proposal….

“Mr. President, I rise today to talk about America’s debt problem. The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. Over the past 5 years, our federal debt has increased by $3.5 trillion to $8.6 trillion. That is ‘‘trillion’’ with a ‘‘T.’’ That is money that we have borrowed from the Social Security trust fund, borrowed from China and Japan, borrowed from American taxpayers. And over the next 5 years, between now and 2011, the President’s budget will increase the debt by almost another $3.5 trillion.

Numbers that large are sometimes hard to understand. Some people may wonder why they matter. Here is why: This year, the Federal Government will spend $220 billion on interest. That is more money to pay interest on our national debt than we’ll spend on Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. That is more money to pay interest on our debt this year than we will spend on education, homeland security, transportation, and veterans benefits combined. It is more money in one year than we are likely to spend to rebuild the devastated gulf coast in a way that honors the best of America. And the cost of our debt is one of the fastest growing expenses in the Federal budget. This rising debt is a hidden domestic enemy, robbing our cities and States of critical investments in infrastructure like bridges, ports, and levees; robbing our families and our children of critical investments in education and health care reform; robbing our seniors of the retirement and health security they have counted on.

Every dollar we pay in interest is a dollar that is not going to investment in America’s priorities. Instead, interest payments are a significant tax on all Americans—a debt tax that Washington doesn’t want to talk about. If Washington were serious about honest tax relief in this country, we would see an effort to reduce our national debt by returning to responsible fiscal policies. But we are not doing that. Despite repeated efforts by Senators CONRAD and FEINGOLD, the Senate continues to reject a return to the commonsense Pay-go rules that used to apply. Previously, Pay-go rules applied both to increases in mandatory spending and to tax cuts. The Senate had to abide by the commonsense budgeting principle of balancing expenses and revenues. Unfortunately, the principle was abandoned, and now the demands of budget discipline apply only to spending. As a result, tax breaks have not been paid for by reductions in Federal spending, and thus the only way to pay for them has been to increase our deficit to historically high levels and borrow more and more money. Now we have to pay for those tax breaks plus the cost of borrowing for them. Instead of reducing the deficit, as some people claimed, the fiscal policies of this administration and its allies in Congress will add more than $600 million in debt for each of the next 5 years. That is why I will once again cosponsor the Pay-go amendment and continue to hope that my colleagues will return to a smart rule that has worked in the past and can work again.

Our debt also matters internationally. My friend, the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, likes to remind us that it took 42 Presidents 224 years to run up only $1 trillion of foreign-held debt. This administration did more than that in just 5 years. Now, there is nothing wrong with borrowing from foreign countries. But we must remember that the more we depend on foreign nations to lend us money, the more our economic security is tied to the whims of foreign leaders whose interests might not be aligned with ours. Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘‘the buck stops here.’’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today on to the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit.”

So if we’re to believe Senator Barack Obama, then President Barack Obama has been a failure of leadership.

Finally, something we can agree upon…

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