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Joe thinks he’s in Ohio while in Florida. Scary that this retard is a breath away from being president.

From WFB:

Vice President Joe Biden seemed to think he was in Ohio this afternoon during a campaign stop in Ocala, Fla., called the Cleveland Plain Dealer one of the major newspapers “in this state.”

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Just don’t ask them to ever stop spending.

(CNSNews.com) – Representative Chaka Fattah (D-Penn.) is planning to introduce a bill to provide an additional $12 billion in funding to FEMA to help the agency deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Fattah says the money should be provided without any offsets, meaning that the government will have to add the total to its already $16-trillion-plus debt.

Fattah plans to introduce the bill when the House of Representatives convenes for a pro-forma session on Friday, although it is not clear he will have a chance to do so because such pro-forma sessions typically last only mere minutes.

Regardless, Rep. Fattah said that the money should not have to be offset by spending cuts or new revenue, adding that the government has always provided emergency funding for natural disasters.

“The American people deserve, and insist on, the kind of first-rate recovery response that FEMA can provide,” Fattah said in a statement. “But we cannot do it on the cheap. Congress must step up and provide the federal resources this emergency requires.”

Any additional funding would violate the spending caps Congress put in place in the Budget Control Act (BCA) of 2011. However, the BCA allows for funding above the caps in cases of national emergencies of natural disasters.

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Just part of Obama’s overall plan to cause energy prices to skyrocket and would bankrupt the coal industry as he rewards his bundlers billions in taxdollars for his green energy myth.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Consol Energy told 145 workers in southern West Virginia on Tuesday that it will start laying them off in late December because of a dispute over permits for surface mining related to the King Coal Highway project.

The Pittsburgh-based coal producer said it plans to idle its Miller Creek operations in Mingo County, which include Wiley Surface Mine, Wiley Creek Surface Mine, Minway Surface Mine, Minway Preparation Plant, and Miller Creek Administration Group.

“The facility has operated without a lost-time accident since 1986, an exemplary safety record for the mining industry, and it is unfortunate that they will not be afforded the opportunity to extend that record,” Consol President Nicholas J. DeIuliis said in a statement.

Consol has sought U.S. Environmental Protection Agency permits to redirect the Mingo County operations to mine land that would then become a 5-mile stretch of the King Coal Highway. The agency has raised several concerns about the Buffalo Mountain mining operation, including its planned burial of several area streams.

DeIuliis noted that while the EPA had relented in objecting to one of the two permits sought, “that permit alone is not sufficient to allow miners to begin work.”

An EPA spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

Once completed, the King Coal Highway would run 90 miles from Williamson to Bluefield and be part of the Interstate 73/74 corridor. West Virginia has enlisted coal companies to help build the road. Through these public-private partnerships, the companies keep the coal they mine while grading the land for road-building in the process. A 12-mile section opened in 2011.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and fellow Democrats in West Virginia’s congressional delegation blasted the EPA over Tuesday’s layoff notice.

“I am incensed and infuriated that the EPA would intentionally delay the needed permit for a public-private project that would bring so many good jobs and valuable infrastructure to communities that so desperately need them,” said U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, who helped launch the project while Tomblin’s predecessor as governor. “The EPA has lost court case after court case for its overreach, and it should be using better judgment by now.”

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Oh look, Obama is playing President again. Wonder if the press will ask for photos of Obama during the Benghazi TERRORIST attack that left 4 Americans to fend for themselves until killed by Islamic terrorists?

H/T to FreeRepublic

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As they say, history often repeats itself.

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Jump to 10:17

From Daily Caller:

On Tuesday night’s “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” on the Fox News Channel, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said that major news networks might have secret emails proving that the White House canceled plans to assist the besieged U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

Gingrich said that the bombshell emails could be revealed within the next two days.

“There is a rumor — I want to be clear, it’s a rumor — that at least two networks have emails from the National Security Adviser’s office telling a counterterrorism group to stand down,” Gingrich said. “But they were a group in real-time trying to mobilize marines and C-130s and the fighter aircraft, and they were told explicitly by the White House stand down and do nothing. This is not a terrorist action. If that is true, and I’ve been told this by a fairly reliable U.S. senator, if that is true and comes out, I think it raises enormous questions about the president’s role, and Tom Donilon, the National Security Adviser’s role, the Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, who has taken it on his own shoulders, that he said don’t go. And that is, I think, very dubious, given that the president said he had instructions they are supposed to do everything they could to secure American personnel.”

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Well, MSNBC is Obama’s propaganda arm so he might as well steal their “lean forward” tagline.

H/T to WFB

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Even the Chief Actuary over the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Robert Foster,  testified about the fraud called ObamaCare.

From Forbes:

…Obamacare cuts Medicare by $716 billion between 2013 and 2022 in order to pay for part of the law’s $1.9 trillion in new health-care spending for younger people over the same time frame. My co-blogger Robert Book and Michael Ramlet have published a paper for the University of Minnesotashowing that Florida’s share of those Medicare cuts is $44.4 billion. This year, Florida has 3,527,830 Medicare enrollees, which means that these cuts amount to $12,584 for every senior in the state.

Robert Book published another paper, this time with former White House budget official James Capretta, detailing Obamacare’s cuts to Medicare Advantage on a state-by-state basis. Robert and Jim found that, in 2017, Obamacare will cut $3,203 in Medicare Advantage services for every Floridian enrolled in the program: a 21 percent cut. 34 percent of Florida’s seniors—1,198,943—are enrolled in Medicare Advantage.

Survey: 30 percent of Florida doctors to limit their acceptance of Medicare

Last month, the Physicians Foundation published one of the largest physician surveys ever conducted in the United States, with 13,575 respondents. They asked physicians a broad range of questions, including several about their views on Obamacare. 67 percent of Florida physicians said that the Affordable Care Act made them “less positive about the direction and future of healthcare in America.” Only 12 percent said it made them feel more positive.

If Medicare fees decrease by ten percent or more—as the Affordable Care Act will require—30 percent of doctors in Florida say that they will place “new or additional limits” on accepting Medicare patients. 27 percent say they’ll stop accepting Medicare patients altogether.

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Amazing how a company can succeed and make a profit without government bailout money, unlike GM who is losing money and causing taxpayers to lose at least $25 billion.

From Detroit Free Press:

Ford reported a $1.6 billion third-quarter net income as its best-ever quarterly results in North America more than offset continuing losses in Europe.

Revenue was $32.1 billion for the quarter.

Pretax profits of $2.3 billion in North America more than made up for a $468 million pretax loss in Europe. Other regions were all in the black.

The earnings per share of 40 cents beat the street’s expectations of 30 cents and year-ago’s 34 cents.

“This is the third quarter in a row where we earned over $2 billion and had an operating margin over 10%,” said Chief Financial Officer Bob Shanks. It shows a consistency the company wants to maintain but the fourth quarter will not be as strong because the end of the year traditionally has higher manufacturing, engineering and marketing costs.

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Where do people get the idea that there is liberal media bias?

From Newsbusters:

…From the New York Times editorial, “Gross National Letdown,” of Thursday October 29, 1992:

President Bush smiled when he learned this week that economic growth during the third quarter reached a surprising 2.7 percent, almost twice the previous rate. But his smile shouldn’t be broad. The new figure almost certainly exaggerates the health of the economy, which continues to creep along at a painfully slow pace. Even the 2.7 figure is half the normal rate of recovery and not enough to bring down unemployment.

New York Times editorial, “Slow but Steady Improvement,” from Saturday October 27, 2012:

The slow pace of the nation’s economic recovery has picked up a bit lately. In the third quarter, the economy grew at an annual rate of 2 percent, beating expectations and the dismal 1.3 percent growth in the second quarter. Over the past year, the growth rate has been 2.3 percent. At that pace, there’s enough momentum to keep unemployment, currently 7.8 percent, from getting much worse.

 

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