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Team Obama is on a mission to redistribute as much money as possible from the producers in society. What is funny is how left-wing loons attempt to say Obama didn’t gut the welfare-to-work program signed into law by Bill Clinton. (See HHS waivers)

From Beltway Confidential:

Obama administration officials have insisted that their decision to grant states waivers to redefine work requirements for welfare recipients would not “gut” the landmark 1996 welfare reform law. But a new report from the Congressional Research Service obtained by the Washington Examiner suggests that the administration’s suspension of a separate welfare work requirement has already helped explode the number of able-bodied Americans on food stamps.

In addition to the broader work requirement that has become a contentious issue in the presidential race, the 1996 welfare reform law included a separate rule encouraging able-bodied adults without dependents to work by limiting the amount of time they could receive food stamps. President Obama suspended that rule when he signed his economic stimulus legislation into law, and the number of these adults on food stamps doubled, from 1.9 million in 2008 to 3.9 million in 2010, according to the CRS report, issued in the form of a memo to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.

“This report once again confirms that President Obama has severely gutted the welfare work requirements that Americans have overwhelmingly supported since President Clinton signed them into law,” Cantor said in an emailed statement. “It’s time to reinstate these common-sense measures, and focus on creating job growth for those in need.”

Under the rule adopted in 1996, food stamps for able-bodied adults without dependents were limited to three months in a 36-month period unless the participant in the program “works at least 20 hours a week; participates in an employment and training program for at least 20 hours per week; or participates in a (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) ‘workfare’ program for at least 20 hours per week.”

Obama’s economic stimulus legislation suspended the rule for all states starting April 2009. Delaware continued to enforce the rule anyway, along with New York City and parts of Colorado, South Dakota, and Texas. This suspension expired at the end of the 2010 fiscal year (Sept. 30, 2010) and Congress rebuffed Obama’s requests to extend it in his fiscal years 2011 and 2012 budgets. However, Obama used his regulatory authority to effectively extend the waivers to nearly all states over the past two years. (The law grants the executive the authority to do this in states where the unemployment rate is above 10 percent or there’s a “lack of sufficient jobs.”)

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We all knew the DOJ report would find Holder “innocent” despite the evidence, and his lies, that show he knew.

From WaPo:

The Justice Department’s internal watchdog on Wednesday faulted the agency for misguided strategies, errors in judgment and management failures during a bungled gun-trafficking probe in Arizona that disregarded public safety and resulted in hundreds of weapons turning up at crime scenes in the U.S. and Mexico.

A former head of the department’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and a deputy assistant attorney general in Justice’s criminal division in Washington left the department upon the report’s release — the first by retirement, the second by resignation.

In the 471-page report, Inspector General Michael Horowitz referred more than a dozen people for possible department disciplinary action for their roles in Operation Fast and Furious and a separate, earlier probe known as Wide Receiver, undertaken during the George W. Bush administration. A former acting deputy attorney general and the head of the criminal division were criticized for actions and omissions related to operations subsequent to and preceding Fast and Furious.

The report did not criticize Attorney General Eric Holder, but said lower-level officials should have briefed him about the investigation much earlier.

The report found no evidence that Holder was informed about the Fast and Furious operation before Jan. 31, 2011, or that the attorney general was told about the much-disputed gun-walking tactic employed by the ATF.

Obama’s stimulus paid for the Fast and Furious Operation. Obama order the operation. Holder bragged about the operation. DOJ members attempted to smear the whistleblower.  Holder lied about his knowledge of the operation while testifying to Congress.

This was AG Eric Holder’s attempt to “brainwash” Americans with false information about guns in order to push for stricter gun control laws. Fast and Furious was a deliberate plan to infringe on the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. All the evidence proves Holder is guilty of treason, murder and international firearms trafficking. But the Inspector General couldn’t find a link.

Gun-walking was an experimental tactic, barred under long-standing department policy. ATF agents in Arizona allowed suspected “straw purchasers,” in these cases believed to be working for Mexican drug gangs, to leave Phoenix-area gun stores with weapons in order to track them and bring charges against gun-smuggling kingpins who long had eluded prosecution, but they lost track of most of the guns.

The experimental operations were a response to widespread criticisms of the agency’s anti-smuggling efforts. Because of thin ATF staffing and weak penalties, the traditional strategy of arresting suspected straw buyers as soon as possible had failed to stop the flow of tens of thousands of guns to Mexico — more than 68,000 in the past five years.

The inspector general found fault with the work of the senior ATF leadership, the ATF staff and U.S. attorney’s office in Phoenix and senior officials of Justice’s criminal division in Washington. He also said that poor internal information-gathering and drafting at Justice and ATF caused the department to initially misinform Congress about Fast and Furious, beginning with a Feb. 4, 2011, letter.

“The inspector general’s report confirms findings by Congress’ investigation of a near total disregard for public safety in Operation Fast and Furious,” said Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which has been investigating Operation Fast and Furious since early 2011. Horowitz is to testify before Issa’s panel Thursday.

During the investigation President Barack Obama ordered Holder to withhold from the committee, under executive privilege, some documents describing how the department responded to the panel. The Republican-controlled House voted to hold Holder in contempt and has authorized a civil lawsuit to make the administration turn over the documents. Horowitz said he was not denied access to any of the documents.

Among others the report singled out for criticism were former acting Deputy Attorney General Gary Grindler; Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer, who heads the criminal division; Arizona U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke; and Holder’s own former deputy chief of staff, Monty Wilkinson.

So, let me get this straight. Everyone around Holder knew but Holder didn’t? Sure, that’s the ticket.

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But, but, but…Obama is strong on national security and he “killed” Bin Laden himself.

From The Hill:

Americans think al Qaeda is more scared of Mitt Romney than President Obama, according to a new poll released Wednesday.

Romney leads on the “scary to terrorists” question 39 to 37 percent, according to thepoll conducted by Langer Research for Esquire/Yahoo! News.

The result is well within the poll’s margin of error, which is 4 percentage points for a random national sample of 1,002 adults.

But it is a surprising result after the successful Navy SEAL mission last year that resulted in the death of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, under Obama’s watch. The survey also found that more Americans trust Obama than Romney “to commit the U.S. to war.” Obama leads Romney 46 to 37 percent in the survey response.

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Liberal utopia is usually a run-down city controlled by liberal feel-good policies that keep the poor poor and the stupid stupid.

From WFB:

Democratic politicians might be accused occasionally of running dirty campaigns, but it turns out they (and independent Michael Bloomberg) in fact run nine of the 10 dirtiest cities in America.

Travel and Leisure ranked the cities.

1. New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) liberal nanny so he’s a closet Democrat

2. New Orleans, Mayor Mitch Landrieu (D)

3. Baltimore, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (D)

4. Los Angeles, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D)

5. Atlanta, Mayor Kasim Reed (D)

6. Philadelphia, Mayor Michael Nutter (D)

7. Dallas/Fort Worth, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings (D)

8. Miami, Mayor Tomás Regalado (R)

9. Memphis, Mayor A.C. Wharton (D)

10. Houston, Mayor Annise Parker (D)

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So, the left is outraged over Mitt factually stating the truth?

From The Hill:

Large chunks of voters who don’t have an income tax liability vote for Democrats, recent studies and figures suggest, but the issue isn’t as clear-cut as Mitt Romney made it seem in remarks at a private fundraiser this spring.

Many of these voters are senior citizens who are more likely to vote for Republicans. Others don’t pay an income tax because of deductions championed by Republican lawmakers.

Romney, the GOP nominee for president, said in the May 17 fundraiser that 47 percent of people paid no income tax — and wrote off his ability to win them over.

“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what,” Romney said at a fundraiser in Boca Raton, Fla., according to a leaked videotape revealed by the liberal magazine Mother Jones.

Romney said this 47 percent are with Obama, are “dependent upon government” and “believe that they are victims” who are “entitled to healthcare, to food, to housing, to you name it.”

The use of the 47 percent figure reflects the 46.4 percent of households or individuals who did not owe an income tax in 2011, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. Almost 80 percent of those individuals and families made less than $30,000, the analysis estimates.

Exit polls from 2008 back Romney’s argument that many of those people are more likely to vote for Obama, though it is far from universal.

About three in four voters making less than $15,000 a year backed the president, according to exit polls. But only about six in 10 voters making between $15,000 and $30,000 voted for Obama.

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Revealing Politics’ Caleb Bonham asks DNC goers what the hope for from another Obama term. The answer? Free stuff.

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Bullshit. Obama screamed about the $10 trillion in national debt while campaigning for the job. Obama just didn’t want the weak-minded liberals, who think Letterman is funny, to know that he has added $6 trillion to the national debt in just 3.5 years.

Jump to 4:37 of the video to see Obama’s Alzheimers kick in…

As we know, Obama knows what the national debt was before he took office…

 

H/T to the Washington Post

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