Mike Lee: Defund ObamaCare or shut down the government

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Over the last week, the Obama Administration announced that it would delay enforcement of the employer mandate for one year and significantly relax eligibility verification for those who apply for subsidies to purchase health insurance coverage. And it likely that we’ll see more delays with ObamaCare as implementation efforts have proven to be difficult for states.

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) says that it’s time to defund ObamaCare and, if necessary, shut down the government to prevent additional funding for implementation of the law.

In a statement from his office, Lee said that these delays are the “latest and most damning admission by the administration that ObamaCare was poorly crafted, remains unworkable, and, if implemented, will hurt American families, businesses, and our economy.”

“The only solution is to fully repeal ObamaCare and start over with a more sensible, practical approach to fix our health care system,” said Lee. “Short of full repeal, however, those of us who care about the health care and security of the American people still have a duty to act. If the president has decided he won’t enforce his law as it is written, then Congress should not fund any further implementation of it at all.”

“It is fundamentally unfair for President Obama to exempt businesses from the onerous burdens of his law, while forcing American families and individuals into ObamaCare’s unsound and unstable system,” he continued. “This administration has chosen to put its own political preferences and the interests of various government cronies ahead of the American people. Republicans in Congress must now stand up for the individuals and families who do not have the money, lobbyists, and connections to get this Administration’s attention.” ( I have to ask the question, where does Obama get the authority to change part of a law (obamacare) that Congress passed?  (changing the business mandate himself without Congress?)

Mike Lee: Defund ObamaCare or shut down the government

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GOP Attacks Rand Paul on Support of Tenth Amendment, States’ Rights

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A Yahoo News article released recently reads: Rand Paul’s Troubling Ties to Racists. The article uses the terms “Pro-confederate”, “neo-confederate” and touches on the Civil War. The source used in the Yahoo News article is from The Washington Free Beacon, a conservative online news source, which published an article slandering Paul as a radical because his aide (Jack Hunter) has long been a supporter and advocate of the Tenth Amendment to the US Constitution.

The Tenth Amendment reads: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States, respectively, or to the people.

In layman’s terms, if it is not one of the powers delegated to the federal government by the US Constitution then the federal government has no business exercising power of such matters. In modern America where the federal government controls what kind of shower you can use, the type of light bulb you are allowed to light your house with and what kind of milk you decide to pour over your cereal in the morning it is no surprise that nullification is becoming a household word again.

Paul is the first modern US Senator to use the term “nullification” in support of reining in the powers of the federal government when it comes to unconstitutional federal legislation. He first used this when President Obama attempted to issue executive orders on gun control.

Paul recently visited South Carolina and spoke to a group of supporters in support of their efforts to nullify the Patient Care Act in the state through a nullification bill, which cites the Tenth Amendment. Paul says, “You know I think some states are resisting it. Here in SC they are resisting at least the expansion and part of Obamacare, but really the states end up making that decision. We’ve tried stopping it at the federal level, we keep stopping it, but you need to send us support. We don’t have enough votes to stop it.”

The bill passed through committee. Paul has also worked feverishly to bypass federal laws banning hemp in his home state of Kentucky. After years of work Paul managed to help get a bill passed in the state legalizing the cultivation of hemp. Paul now vows to get support from Washington.

Because the establishment GOP could not find a direct way to attack Paul on reigning in the powers of the federal government they are doing so by association. Hunter, a more vocal advocate on the Tenth Amendment, would not have made a viral headline on his own. However, by using Paul’s name in the headline along with inflammatory words such as “racists” and “neo-confederate sympathizer” Hunter became the perfect vector for the establishment GOP and liberals to attack Paul’s attempt to limit the powers of government through states’ rights.

Judge Andrew P. Napolitano, Fox News senior judicial analyst, took to his Facebook in support of Hunter and Paul:

Yesterday you saw some hawks, whose ideology is dying and whose worldview is being discredited every day, launch an attack on Senator Rand Paul by attacking one of his brilliant aides, Jack Hunter.

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New York school drops Michelle Obama lunch standards: Kids too hungry – Washington Times

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Too many kids complained of hunger…. Starving our children????  Finally somebody comes to their senses with this ridiculous lunch standards by Michelle Obama which is starving our children.

New York’s Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake school district has become the latest casualty in first lady Michelle Obama’s preferred lunch plan, dropping the menu after too many students complained of hunger.

“[Food service manager Nicky] Boehm and her staff worked hard to implement the new regulations, but there were just too many problems and too many foods that students did not like and would not purchase,” said Assistant Superintendent Chris Abdoo about the National School Lunch Program in a statement reported by EAGNews.org. “Students complained of being hungry with these lunches and the district lost money.”

The school system decided to instead create its own lunch menu for next year.

The district lost about $100,000 trying out the federal menu, which offered such meals as “part” of a chicken patty on a minicroissant, EAGNews.org reported.

“Students felt they weren’t getting good value for their money,” Ms. Boehm said in EAGNews.org. “The high schoolers especially complained the portion sizes were too small and many more students brought in lunch from home.”

This isn’t the first school to drop the federal lunch menu plan. Catlin, Ill., schools did the same, calling the guidelines too “restrictive,” EAGNews.org reported.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is in charge of managing the lunch program and estimates Mrs. Obama’s new wish list for student meals would cost about $3.2 billion to bring to fruition around the nation.

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Experts: Obama’s “Insider Threat” profiling program for government workers probably won’t work

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James Poulos is right. The fact that the program doesn’t work and will debilitate personal relations isn’t the story. The story is that the program itself, however flawed, is another step towards “precrime” detection. The feds are already well down that path in virtual space; the whole point of NSA data-harvesting, after all, is to identify and intercept terrorists before they make a move. The more information they collect and the more sophisticated their AI becomes, the more they’ll turn from focusing on terrorists in the early planning stages to “terrorists” who haven’t thought of planning anything “yet.” Insider Threat is an extension of that logic, with the wrinkle that it’s not happening in virtual space and it’s not based on high-tech information processing. It’s happening in real space, among government workers, based on hunches.

Because the state needs every pair of eyes it can get.

In an initiative aimed at rooting out future leakers and other security violators, President Barack Obama has ordered federal employees to report suspicious actions of their colleagues based on behavioral profiling techniques that are not scientifically proven to work, according to experts and government documents…

Federal employees and contractors are asked to pay particular attention to the lifestyles, attitudes and behaviors – like financial troubles, odd working hours or unexplained travel – of co-workers as a way to predict whether they might do “harm to the United States.” Managers of special insider threat offices will have “regular, timely, and, if possible, electronic, access” to employees’ personnel, payroll, disciplinary and “personal contact” files, as well as records of their use of classified and unclassified computer networks, polygraph results, travel reports and financial disclosure forms…

But even the government’s top scientific advisers have questioned these techniques. Those experts say that trying to predict future acts through behavioral monitoring is unproven and could result in illegal ethnic and racial profiling and privacy violations…

“Doing something similar about predicting future leakers seems even more speculative,” Stephen Fienberg, a professor of statistics and social science at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and a member of the committee that wrote the report, told McClatchy.

The FBI’s insider threat guide lists “a desire to help the ‘underdog’” as one of the alarming behaviors managers should watch out for in potential leakers. If they’re willing to go as far as encouraging government employees to be suspicious of each other, I assume they’re already targeting those employees with special forms of data-mining to increase their chances of predetection. And if they’re willing to invest billions in NSA and risk the PR backlash from initiatives like Insider Threat, I assume that a specialized federal agency devoted to predetection, if only among government workers, either already exists or is in the offing. (Maybe it’s tucked inside the FBI.) Like Poulos says, it’s hard to tackle this topic without descending straightaway into conspiracy theories and speculation, but paranoia is an inevitable side effect of living in a secretive, surveillance state.

 

Experts: Obama’s “Insider Threat” profiling program for government workers probably won’t work « Hot Air.

Senate GOP vows payback if Reid triggers nuclear option on nominees

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Senate Republicans are threatening to use the nuclear option to repeal ObamaCare and make other major legislative changes if Democrats use it to confirm judicial nominations.

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), a former member of the GOP leadership close to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), has assembled an agenda Republicans would pursue with the nuclear option if they retake control of the upper chamber.

 

It includes repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act, converting all federal education spending into school vouchers and scholarships to middle-income and low-income children, opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling and repealing the estate tax.

“Sen. Reid is an able and experienced leader. He knows that if Democrats figure out a way to do anything they want with 51 votes, Republicans can figure that out too. And if we’re in charge, we’ll do it.

They are focusing their threat squarely on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) by warning the nuclear option could be used to ram through legislation to resume construction of the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nevada, a project he opposes.

“A vote to end the filibuster is a vote to complete Yucca Mountain,” said Alexander. “If we have 51 votes, we can order the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to issue a license. We can order the Department of Energy to build it, and we can fund it.”

Senate Democrats are mulling the nuclear option to break a logjam of President Obama’s judicial and executive branch nominees. The controversial tactic would be used to eliminate filibusters of nominees by changing Senate rules with a simple majority vote.

 

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