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Yet they can’t think of anything to cut.

From Judicial Watch:

With 12 million Americans out of work the government agency responsible for advancing opportunities for profitable employment has gone on a frantic year-end spending spree, doling out tens of millions of dollars to foreign causes that won’t put a dent in the nation’s unemployment crisis.

In the last few weeks of 2012, the Obama Department of Labor (DOL) generously dedicated nearly $40 million to global initiatives unlikely to help workers in this country. The money will go to efforts that strengthen unions and help combat child labor in African, central and South American countries. This includes $10 million to combat the prevalence of child labor in agriculture and domestic service in Tanzania and $5 million to battle it in Burkina Faso’s cotton production and gold mining industries.

The South American allotment—$5.35 million—will support the socialist government of Brazil in its effort to crackdown on forced child labor, which is “abhorrent” and “cannot be tolerated,” according to Obama Labor Secretary Hilda Solis. Victims and their households will be linked to social and livelihood programs, as per a DOL announcement. A portion of the cash will also go to Peru, where evidently child labor is also a problem

Additionally, the DOL gave an international labor organization a separate $10 million grant to help combat the labor abuse of“vulnerable groups” in Ecuador and Panama. This will target Afro-descendant, indigenous and migrant populations. The same international labor organization also got an extra $5 million from Uncle Sam to reduce child domestic work in four provinces of Indonesia. This will be accomplished by building the capacity of domestic worker organizations and promoting decent work for domestic workers.

A few days later the DOL gave a leftist labor group, the American Center for International Labor Solidarity, $2.2 million to strengthen “worker organizations” (can you say unions?) in Haiti and Peru. Solis says it will help vulnerable Haitians and Peruvians “engage in productive, effective negotiations with government and employers.” The agency capped the year by giving a Colombian union $1.5 million to strengthen labor rights in that South American country. All the cash was doled out in the last few days of 2012! In mid-October the DOL dedicated $1.5 million to promote collective bargaining and improve labor relations in Vietnam.

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Obama will go down as the biggest spender in US presidential history. His only accomplishment may be the downfall of the US.

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Obama = gun salesman of the year!

(Reuters) – The number of FBI background checks required for Americans buying guns set a record in December, as the Connecticut school massacre stirred interest in self-defense and prompted renewed talk of limits on firearms, according to FBI data.

The FBI said it recorded 2.8 million background checks during the month, surpassing the mark set in November of 2 million checks. The number was up 49 percent over December 2011, when the FBI performed a then-record 1.9 million checks.

Consumer demand for guns appears to have accounted for the uptick in activity. There were no changes in FBI background check procedures that would have affected the December numbers, FBI spokesman Stephen Fischer said.

However, December is typically the busiest month of the year for checks, due in part to Christmas gift sales.

The figures do not represent the number of firearms sold, a statistic the government does not track. They also do not reflect activity between private parties, such as family members or collectors, because federal law requires background checks only for sales from commercial vendors with a federal license.

Someone who passes a background check is eligible to buy multiple firearms.

That’s a lie. You have to apply for a permit and if approved you can buy ONE firearm, not multiple firearms. Only someone with a Concealed Carry Permit can purchase multiple firearms. One would think a “news” agency would investigate actual laws before printing a bold lie. Then again, the liberal media has an agenda to use misinformation to spread Obama’s gun control agenda.

FBI checks for all of 2012 totaled 19.6 million, an annual record and an increase of 19 percent over 2011.

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See ya peasants

See ya peasants

Typical Obama.

From WHD:

In a move that is rich in irony, President Obama agreed Tuesday night to sign an emergency deficit reduction bill that does almost nothing to rein in spending and then jetted out to Hawaii to resume his vacation at an extra cost of more than $3 million to taxpayers.

The price tag is in addition to more than $4 million that is already being spent on the Obamas’ Hawaii idyll, bringing the total cost of the excursion to well over $7 million.

The added cost was incurred because by the time the Obamas return from Hawaii – whenever that is – the president will have used Air Force One to travel to Honolulu and back twice.

Obama was forced to return from Hawaii just after Christmas to complete negotiations to avoid the Fiscal Cliff, talks resulting in the bill that was passed by Congress last night. Obama resisted significant spending cuts throughout the negotiations, and the final legislation relies almost solely a new taxes to reduce the deficit.

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Update to this story!

From The Hill:

A federal judge has ordered a temporary halt on the Obama administration’s birth-control coverage policy for Tom Monaghan, the Catholic billionaire who founded Domino’s Pizza.

Federal District Court Judge Lawrence P. Zatkoff issued the decision Sunday, less than two days before the policy would have taken effect and exposed Monaghan to fines for non-compliance.

“Plaintiff has shown that abiding by the mandate will substantially burden his exercise of religion,” Zatkoff wrote.

“The government has failed to satisfy its burden of showing that its actions were narrowly tailored to serve a compelling interest. … This factor weighs in favor of granting Plaintiffs’ motion.”

Monaghan recently filed suit against the policy, which requires most employers to cover a range of birth-control methods in their health plans. Churches and houses of worship are exempt, and employees of religiously affiliated institutions such as Catholic schools will be able to obtain birth control directly from their insurance company, also without a co-pay.

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This from the guy who voted against raising the debt ceiling under Bush in 2006 claiming it showed a failure of leadership.

From Weekly Standard:

After hailing the passage of the “fiscal cliff” last night, President Barack Obama laid down a marker on the debt ceiling: It will not, he said, be up for negotiation.

“[W]hile I will negotiate over many things, I will not have another debate with this Congress over whether or not they should pay the bills that they’ve already racked up through the laws that they passed. Let me repeat: We can’t not pay bills that we’ve already incurred. If Congress refuses to give the United States government the ability to pay these bills on time, the consequences for the entire global economy would be catastrophic — far worse than the impact of a fiscal cliff,” Obama said at around 11:26 last night.

“People will remember, back in 2011, the last time this course of action was threatened, our entire recovery was put at risk. Consumer confidence plunged. Business investment plunged. Growth dropped. We can’t go down that path again.”

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According to CBS’s Mark Knoller, Obama is going to use the autopen again to affix his name to the fiscal cliff deal. He couldn’t wait around for a day or two to sign the bill himself. That taxpayer-paid Hawaiian vacation was just too hard to stay away from. The slacker-in-chief has his priorities.

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I won't take credit for creating this mess...that's for sure

I won’t take credit for creating this mess…that’s for sure

Obama was too busy on vacation, going on Sunday talk shows and giving campaign speeches to work out a deal on the mess he created.

From Beltway Confidential:

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., negotiated a fiscal cliff deal with Vice President Joe Biden after talks between President Obama and House Republicans stalled, but the White House portrays Obama as the hero.

“At this make or break moment for the middle class, the President achieved a bipartisan solution that keeps income taxes low for the middle class and grows the economy,” the White House fact sheet says.

But this deal was hammered out by McConnell and Biden. “I need a dance partner,” McConnell said, because Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., refused to negotiate.

“Over the course of many phone calls, Biden and McConnell cut a bipartisan deal,” National Review Online’s Bob Costa reported. “They spoke several times on Sunday afternoon, and then continued to talk late into the evening, past midnight. They haggled, then haggled some more.”

Even Harry Reid admits that’s what happened. “Talk to Joe Biden and McConnell,” Reid told reporters when asked to provide an update on negotiations over the weekend.

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FORWARD!

Tax Hike In Perspective

How long before Obama pushes the US into an economic collapse with his never-seen-before spending?

H/T to ZeroHedge

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