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Wonder why the liberal media didn’t report on this subject matter?

From the House Judiciary:

Chairman Smith: This Committee has held hearings on many of the ways in which the Obama Administration has abused its power, ignored its duties, evaded responsibility and overstepped the Constitution’s limits on the President.

Today’s hearing will look at the pattern of ignoring constitutional limits created by all of these abuses.

The Administration has repeatedly put its partisan agenda above the rule of law.  In doing so, it has eroded the constitutional and legal foundations that have kept America prosperous and free for over 200 years.

President Obama has to an unprecedented extent failed to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.”  Instead, he has repeatedly issued blanket waivers that exempt large classes of the population from duly enacted laws.

For example, the President once acknowledged that for him “to simply through executive order ignore” the immigration laws on the books “would not conform with [his] appropriate role as President.”

Nonetheless, he acted contrary to his own words and decided not to enforce some immigration laws.

As a result, in these times of sustained unemployment, American workers will be forced to compete with illegal immigrants who, according to the law should not be given work permits.

Similarly, the Administration has issued waivers to the No Child Left Behind Act and the Welfare reform bill that are so broad that they effectively rewrite the law instead of enforcing it.

Just because you don’t like a law, doesn’t mean you can ignore it.  Many people have gone to jail for doing just that.

The President ignored the Senate’s constitutional role in the appointment process in order to place partisans in key positions that regulate labor and financial markets.  To do so, he took the unprecedented position that he could make a so-called “recess” appointment even when the Senate, by its own rules, was not in recess.

The Administration also has shown contempt for Congressional oversight of its activities.

In order to hide documents related to the Fast & Furious scandal, the President asserted a broad executive privilege that is not supported by precedent.

Executive privilege cannot apply to documents that don’t involve the President or his close advisers if “there is any reason to believe government misconduct occurred.”

Operation Fast & Furious and the Administration’s misleading statements to Congress about the operation are exactly the sort of misconduct that Presidents may not conceal behind a claim of privilege.

By concealing the truth about Fast & Furious behind an improper claim of privilege, the President has undermined the Constitutional requirement that the Executive branch answer for its actions to Congress and the American people.

The President has also ignored the Constitution’s protections of individual rights, most notably religious freedom.

By mandating that employers pay for health care products and services that many employers believe to be morally wrong, he has forced Americans to choose between violating the law or violating their religious beliefs.  The Constitution does not allow the government to put Americans to such a choice.

Together, these abuses by the Obama Administration form a disturbing pattern.  When the Constitution and laws limit the Administration’s ability to impose its partisan agenda, the President ignores the Constitution and laws.  This pattern of behavior hurts our country, disrespects the Constitution, and undermines our democracy.

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Obama is conduction a war on the middle class and the numbers don’t lie.

From WaPo:

The vise on the middle class tightened last year, driving down its share of the income pie as the number of Americans in poverty leveled off and the most affluent households saw their portion grow, new census data released Wednesday showed.

Income inequality increased by 1.6 percent, the Census Bureau said in its annual report on poverty, income and health insurance. This was the biggest one-year increase in almost two decades and suggested that a trend in place since the late 1970s was picking up steam.

As a snapshot of a nation recovering from one of its worst recessions ever, the census report had both shadows and highlights. Median household income declined $777, to $50,054 before taxes. But the poverty rate, which many experts had predicted would rise to rates unseen in nearly half a century, inched down a hair to 15 percent, a decline of about 100,000 people. And fewer Americans were without health insurance, largely because of a provision in the 2010 health-care law allowing young adults to stay on their parents’ policies.

Except we are not recovering, more Americans are bringing home less pay and more are living in poverty on top of more being uninsured.

The new census statistics, coming out just two months before the presidential election, should fuel the ongoing debate over the shrinking middle class, income inequality and a gnawing fear that for many, the American dream is receding out of reach. This week, the Pew Research Center said a third of Americans now identify themselves as lower class or lower-middle class, up from a quarter four years ago. Among young adults, the percentage who see themselves as occupying the bottom of the heap is even higher.

For many economists, the most troubling statistics were those on income inequality underscoring the middle-class squeeze.

The 60 percent of households earning between roughly $20,000 and $101,000 collectively earned 46.6 of all income, a 1.5 percent drop. In 1990, they shared over 50 percent of income.

Obamanomics is trickle up poverty.

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If only these guys were there

Incompetency from Team Obama. Obama jumped into Libya only after France and the UN took the lead. Now we learned Obama had Americans in Libya, inside a make-shift embassy that wasn’t fully protected by Marines.

From Politico:

The consulate where the American ambassador to Libya was killed on Tuesday is an “interim facility” not protected by the contingent of Marines that safeguards embassies, POLITICO has learned.

Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed with three other Americans in an attack on the U.S. consulate in the city of Benghazi, where Libyan rebels ousted strongman Moammar Qadhafi last year.

Marine Corps spokeswoman Capt. Kendra Motz said that Marines were not posted to the consulate, unlike the embassy in the capital, Tripoli.

A defense official told POLITICO on Wednesday that the Pentagon is sending an elite team of about 50 additional Marines, called a Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team, to reinforce the embassy.

A senior administration official Wednesday called the Benghazi consulate “an interim facility,” which the State Department began using “before the fall of Qadhafi.” It was staffed Tuesday by Libyan and State Department security officers. The consulate came under fire from heavy machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades at about 10 p.m. local time on Tuesday. By the time the attack ended several hours later, four Americans were dead and three others had been injured.

The Benghazi consulate had “lock-and-key” security, not the same level of defenses as a formal embassy, an intelligence source told POLITICO. That means it had no bulletproof glass, reinforced doors or other features common to embassies. The intelligence source contrasted it with the American embassy in Cairo, Egypt – “a permanent facility, which is a lot easier to defend.” The Cairo embassy also was attacked Tuesday.

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What an awesome “recovery” we are having under Obamanomics.

From FT.com:

The median income of American households dropped to its lowest level since 1995 last year, extending its decline during President Barack Obama’s tenure and highlighting the depth of the damage to the middle class inflicted by the recession and weak recovery.

According to annual data from the Census Bureau, median income adjusted for inflation – a closely watched measure of the financial health of average Americans – fell to $50,054 in 2011, or 1.5 per cent below its 2010 level and 4.1 per cent below its score when Mr Obama took office in 2009.

Although real median income had already started to slide beginning in 2008, before Mr Obama entered the White House, the fact that he was not able to reverse that downward trend could expose him to criticism from Mitt Romney, his rival, that his policies have not aided the middle class. In addition to the drop in overall median income, the data also showed a rise in income inequality last year.

The release of the dire median figures also offers the latest reminder of the sluggishness of the recovery, marked by high unemployment and weak job creation, which is prompting Federal Reserve officials to consider a new round of monetary easing as early as Thursday.

Here comes some “good news.” Record poverty is down 1/10th of a percent. Yeah Obamanomics.

But while the data on income will have been discouraging for Mr Obama, other elements of the report were more upbeat. For instance, the poverty rate dropped slightly, from 15.1 per cent to 15 per cent, as fewer middle-class Americans struggled so much that they had slid under the poverty threshold of about $23,000 in annual income for a family of four.

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