In ruling against President Obama‘s health care law, federal Judge Roger Vinson used Mr. Obama‘s own position from the 2008 campaign against him, arguing that there are other ways to tackle health care short of requiring every American to purchase insurance.
“I note that in 2008, then-Senator Obama supported a health care reform proposal that did not include an individual mandate because he was at that time strongly opposed to the idea, stating that ‘if a mandate was the solution, we can try that to solve homelessness by mandating everybody to buy a house,’” Judge Vinson wrote in a footnote toward the end of the 78-page ruling Monday.
Judge Vinson, a federal judge in the northern district of Florida, struck down the entire health care law as unconstitutional on Monday, though he is allowing the Obama administration to continue to implement and enforce it while the government appeals his ruling.
The footnote was attached to the most critical part of Judge Vinson‘s ruling, in which he said the “principal dispute” in the case was not whether Congress has the power to tackle health care, but whether it has the power to compel the purchase of insurance.
Judge Vinson used Mr. Obama‘s campaign words from an interview with CNN to show that there are other options that could fall within the Constitution — including then-candidate Obama‘s plan. read more
One of the most powerful players in Egypt’s popular uprising is the Muslim Brotherhood, a fundamentalist opposition group formed in Egypt in 1928 but legally banned in the country.
But as ominous as the Islamist group’s name may sound to some Western ears, the several million members of the Muslim Brotherhood did not start the mass protest in Egypt on Jan. 25.
Organizers were young, mostly secular protesters, angered by years of President Hosni Mubarak’s autocratic rule and the grinding poverty that most of the population endures. They were inspired by the Tunisian revolution that began last month.
Senior members of the Muslim Brotherhood, Saad el-Katatni, center left, and Essam el-Erian, center right, take part in a protest in Cairo on Sunday. read more
U.S. leftist and socialist groups staged rallies across the country in support of Egyptian protesters…
As news-media shows solidarity of the Egyptian people these pictures were captured…
Signs that bear the name of leftist groups here in the U.S. being carried by Egyptians …one called ChicagoANSWER.net and the other PSLweb.org. An examination of more photos revealed ads for two other sites: IACcenter.org and AnswerCoalition.org.
obama and the left have more love for the group “Muslim Brotherhood” than they do for the Tea Party whom they seem to despise and hate…
Obama met with the Brotherhood of Muslims in 2009, shortly after taking office… read more
Editor’s Note: Secretary Clinton just proved the point that for some, it is better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt. -PBN
“it is inevitable that it will be less sympathetic to the United States than the Mubarak government.” Michele Dunne of the Carnegie Endowment, is worse. “The U.S. can’t be on both sides of this.”
(CNN) — On June 4, 2009, President Barack Obama stood before a large and enthusiastic audience at Cairo University to deliver a much-anticipated speech on mending U.S. relations with the Muslim world.
He was quick to acknowledge “great tension” in that relationship: “I’ve come here to Cairo to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world, one based on mutual interest and mutual respect.”
The president went on to pledge that the detention center at Guantanamo Bay would be closed in 2010, and that the U.S. would oppose further building of settlements by Israel in occupied territories. read more
Editor’s Note: at the end of this article this list of private and public sponsors The list includes Google, YouTube, Facebook, MTV, CBS News,MSNBC, as well as the Columbia Law School and the U.S. State Department.
When the left embraces this from bad to worse leadership I hope they remember that Bin Laden was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. This administration is plunging us back to the monumental level of ignorance of the Carter Administration. Wake up America! -PBN
“Twitter, Facebook, and various instant messaging platforms (SMS, Skype, Google Chat, etc.) act as force-multipliers for revolutionary movements…” — Jeffrey Carr
As the world watches Egypt crumble into chaos, with over 100 dead and 2000 injured, the Obama administration continues to be somewhat and rather curiously ambivalent. On the one hand, on Friday, Vice President Biden came to the defense of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, saying that he shouldn’t step aside. Yet, on the same day, the Telegraph (ala Wikileaks) reported that the U.S. had planned “regime change” for the “past three years” while both President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton demand that internet be restored to the Egyptian protesters. This morning, Secretary of State Clinton again clarified the United States’ official position, ”We do not want to send any message about backing forward or backing back.”
For all the lack of clarity on where the Obama administration stands, one thing is becoming more and more clear: Signs are beginning to point more toward the likelihood that President Obama’s State Department, unions, as well as Left-leaning media corporations are more directly involved in helping to ignite the Mid-East turmoil than they are publicly admitting.read more
It is clear that the Obama Administration is facing a big diplomatic test in dealing with the fast developing situation in Egypt. On one side is the Obama Administration’s interest of promoting freedom and democracy for the people of Egypt. On the other side is the national security interest of maintaining a strong pro-Western U.S. ally in the Global War on Terror in Egypt. These are very difficult interests to balance. read more
Obama intentionally did not mention gun control in his State of the Union, but aides say that in the next two weeks the administration will unveil a campaign to get Congress to toughen existing laws.
At the beginning of his State of the Union address, President Obama tipped his hat to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who’s now recuperating in a Houston medical facility. But throughout the hourlong speech, he never addressed the issue at the core of the Giffords tragedy—gun control—and what lawmakers would, or should, do to reform American firearm-access laws.
That was intentional, according to the White House. An administration official says Obama didn’t mention guns in his speech because of the omnipresent controversy surrounding the Second Amendment and gun control. Tuesday’s speech was designed to be more about the economy and how, as Obama repeated nine times, the U.S. could “win the future.”
But in the next two weeks, the White House will unveil a new gun-control effort in which it will urge Congress to strengthen current laws, which now allow some mentally unstable people, such as alleged Arizona shooter Jared Loughner, to obtain certain assault weapons, in some cases without even a background check.
Tuesday night after the speech, Obama adviser David Plouffe said to NBC News that the president would not let the moment after the Arizona shootings pass without pushing for some change in the law, to prevent another similar incident. “It’s a very important issue, and one I know there’s going to be debate about on the Hill.” read more
“… the mere status of being without health insurance, in and of itself, has absolutely no impact whatsoever on interstate commerce (not ‘slight,’ ‘trivial,’ or ‘indirect,’ but no impact whatsoever) — at least not any more so than the status of being without any particular good or service. If impact on interstate commerce were to be expressed and calculated mathematically, the status of being uninsured would necessarily be represented by zero. Of course, any other figure multiplied by zero is also zero. Consequently, the impact must be zero, and of no effect on interstate commerce.
The uninsured can only be said to have a substantial effect on interstate commerce in the manner as described by the defendants: (i) if they get sick or injured; (ii) if they are still uninsured at that specific point in time; (iii) if they seek medical care for that sickness or injury; (iv) if they are unable to pay for the medical care received; and (v) if they are unable or unwilling to make payment arrangements directly with the health care provider, or with assistance of family, friends, and charitable groups, and the costs are thereafter shifted to others.” read more
With the government curfew lifted and military roadblocks encircling the city of Cairo, Tuesday is shaping up to be the biggest day of protest yet as the ongoing general strike may top one million marchers tomorrow, according to organizers hoping to oust President Hosni Mubarak. Al Jazeera English (live stream available above) reports that despite Mubarak’s attempts to calm unrest by swearing in a new cabinet, “opposition groups say personnel changes will not placate them and…they will continue until the president steps down.” Meanwhile, the Egyptian army has said they “will not use force against the people” though protesters should restrain from “the carrying out of any act that destabilises the security of the country.” It may be too late for that!
The protest is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Tuesday with the marchers headed toward Tahrir Square, according to ABC News’ Lara Setrakian and Al Jazeera reports.
Soldiers have been firing rounds from a heavy artillery gun into the air amid angry scenes in the Egyptian city of Alexandria. It happened moments after a Sky News reporting team was confronted by a group of protesters outside a hotel. A volley of shots was fired from an armoured army vehicle in the direction of the Mediterranean sea as a group of dozens of demonstrators gathered outside the building. Protests have been taking place in the city as part of nationwide demonstrations against the 30-year-rule of President Hosni Mubarak.
Airport Chaos as Americans, Others Flee Egypt NICOSIA, Cyprus – Cairo’s international airport was a scene of chaos and confusion Monday as thousands of foreigners sought to flee the unrest in Egypt and countries around the world scrambled to send in planes to fly their citizens out.Nerves frayed, shouting matches erupted and some passengers even had a fist-fight as thousands crammed inside Cairo airport’s new Terminal 3 seeking a flight home. In an attempt to reduce tensions, the airport’s departures board stopped announcing flight times — but the move simply fueled anger over canceled or delayed flights.
You knew it had to happen, The Leftist Main stream Media, had to blame Bush for the riots in Egypt, even though Bush has been out of office for over 2 years, they continue to spew their vile rhetoric..
How does one come to that conclusion? Who on Matthews’ staff decided that the perfect way to lead off Friday’s program was by linking the unrest in Egypt to Bush and Iraq?
Matthews said on his show he would have a live update with
Richard Engel reporting from Cairo -but he didn’t say anything about these riots being in any way related to Iraq, anti-Americanism, or Bush.
The 2009 primary election in Troy, NY attracted much attention for election shenanigans from Democratic officials who are associated with the Working Families Party. Well, yesterday, a grand jury issued indictments on 116 charges against a Democratic City Councilmember Michael LaPorto and Democratic Election Commissioner Edward McDonough. The Albany Times-Union and the Troy Record have been all over this.
Basically, those two Democratic officials have been indicted of forging absentee ballot applications and then actually voting those people in the Working Families Party primary. Almost everyone who was voted illegally by these officials were poor people living in housing projects. To make clear what this means: Democratic officials stole the right to vote from poor people. read more