I pledge allegiance, to the flag, of the United States of Obama … huh?? Again???

**Posted by Phineas

I thought it was pretty creepy the first time, but now you can buy your very own Barack Obama flag from Barack Obama himself!

The Great Banner of Dear Leader?

And this can be yours for only $35!

L’Etat c’est Obama?

Jim Geraghty has sometimes called Obama “Our Munificent Sun-King.” Whoever knew Obama would agree?

Most of us. 

via several folks on Twitter

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

CBO: #ObamaCare tax penalty to hit 6 million middle class uninsured by 2016

Toldjah so:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 6 million Americans — most of them in the middle class — will face a tax penalty for not carrying medical coverage once President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul law is fully in place, congressional budget analysts said Wednesday.

The new estimate amounts to an inconvenient fact for the administration, a reminder of what critics see as broken promises.

The numbers from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office are significantly higher than a previous projection by the same office in 2010, shortly after the law passed.

The earlier estimate found 4 million people would be affected in 2016, when the penalty is fully in effect. The difference — 2 million people— represents a 50 percent increase.

That’s still only a sliver of the population, given that more than 150 million people currently are covered by employer plans. Nonetheless, in his first campaign for the White House, Obama pledged not to raise taxes on individuals making less than $200,000 a year and couples making less than $250,000.

And the budget office analysis found that nearly 80 percent of those who’ll face the penalty would be making up to or less than five times the federal poverty level. Currently that would work out to $55,850 or less for an individual and $115,250 or less for a family of four.

Average penalty: about $1,200 in 2016.

Bbbbbbbut I thought President Obama didn’t want to “put a burden on the middle class with a tax hike””? /sarc  And how do you like the sheer arrogance of an Obama spokeswoman on your “civic responsibility” to get health insurance or pay your penalty?

A spokeswoman for the Obama administration said 98 percent of Americans will not be affected by the tax penalty — and suggested that those who will be should face up to their civic responsibilities.

“This (analysis) doesn’t change the basic fact that the individual responsibility policy will only affect people who can afford health care but choose not to buy it,” said Erin Shields Britt of the Health and Human Services Department. “We’re no longer going to subsidize the care of those who can afford to buy insurance but make a choice not to buy it.”

I would love for Mitt Romney to be able to hammer the administration on this issue but I don’t know how he effectively could, considering his own push for RomneyCare in MA and how the administration will try to turn the issue back around on him.   Still, it’s worth a shot because the Obama campaign has been hitting hard on the issue of “tax cuts for the rich” while “leaving the middle class to pick up the slack”, etc.

We shall see.

House GOP protests any plan to release Blind Sheikh

**Posted by Phineas

Looks like I’m not the only one who finds this rumor credible. Several House Republican committee chairmen have written the Secretary of State and the Attorney General to say “Don’t you dare:”

The lawmakers called recent reports that the inspiration behind the 1993 World Trade Center bombing could be released in a goodwill gesture to Cairo. He is currently serving a life sentence behind bars.

“Succumbing to the demands of a country whose citizens threaten our embassy and the Americans serving in it would send a clear message that acts of violence will be responded to with appeasement rather than strength,” the chairmen wrote. “…The release of Abdel-Rahman or any terrorist who plots to kill innocent Americans would be seen for what it is – a sign of weakness and a lack of resolve by the United States and its President.”

Signing the letter were Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas), Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), Homeland Security Chairman Pete King (R-N.Y.), Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), and Appropriations subcommittee chairmen Frank Wolf (R-Va.) and Kay Granger (R-Texas).

Read the rest: State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland vehemently denied there were any plans or even preliminary negotiations to release Abdel-Rahman, but note again that she said nothing about not transferring him to Egyptian custody…

This just stinks of appeasement.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

GO MITT GO: Romney stands firm, says he will “deliver recovery, not dependency”

Was so happy to see this on the USA Today website today:

Under President Obama, we have a stagnant economy that fosters government dependency. My policies will create a growing economy that fosters upward mobility.

Government has a role to play here. Right now, our nation’s citizens do need help from government. But it is a very different kind of help than what President Obama wants to provide.

My experience has taught me that government works best when it creates the space for individuals and families to pursue success and achieve great things. Economic freedom is the only force that has consistently succeeded in creating sustained prosperity and lifting people out of poverty. It is why our economy rose to rival those of the world’s leading powers — and has long since surpassed them all.

The dreamers and the entrepreneurs, not government, built this economy, and they can once again make it strong.

My course for the American economy will encourage private investment and personal freedom. Instead of creating a web of dependency, I will pursue policies that grow our economy and lift Americans out of poverty.

It has been maddening this week to see so many GOP pundits waving the white flag and jumping all over Romney for his comments about “the 47%.” This is exactly the debate we need to be having in this country RIGHT NOW: Is America better off preferring private investment and personal freedom or is it better off preferring a system of redistribution of wealth and unlimited government dependency? Mitt Romney is right on this. Any conservative/GOP pundit out there who was against Romney as being the nominee over his questionable conservative creds but yet who think he made a disastrous mistake with bringing up an issue that is at the core of conservative complaints against big government needs to ask themselves how long we need to wait before we have this debate. My opinion is that we’ve waited too long as it is. The sooner it starts, the better.

Anyone else out there of my mindset in welcoming this debate? Let me hear from you.