Friday, May 30, 2014

Illinois Legislature OKs 'incomplete' 2015 budget

These Liberal Scumbags are wanting to still pass the Income tax hike after the Election! They are saying to Hell with the people! Scott Walker was elected and went through reforms in Wisconsin. Today they have a budget surplus, and never laid NO ONE OFF! These Clowns Budget numbers are Fudged and they are Whining like LITTLE Girls that they will have to lay people off or not pay bills! What a Piss Poor excuse of a governing body we have in Illinois right now. Oh , that's Liberals for you. Tax and Spend!

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | The Illinois Legislature sent a new state budget to Gov. Pat Quinn on Friday that majority Democrats acknowledge puts off tough decisions about whether to slash spending or find new sources of revenue — including possibly making Illinois' temporary tax increase permanent — until after the November election.
Senate Democrats approved the approximately $35.7 billion 2015 spending plan, which the House passed earlier in the week, with no GOP support. The vote comes as the Legislature faces a Saturday deadline to adjourn.
Democratic Sen. Dan Kotowski, a Senate budget negotiator, described the plan as "incomplete" but the best lawmakers could do this session. He said legislators will have to either find additional funds in the next year or cut at least $4.4 billion in expenses — an amount some lawmakers say could lead to thousands of layoffs, closing facilities and slashing programs.
"I'm not trying, nor is anybody trying to hide from the fact that we face challenges," Kotowski said. "We'll need to have options on the table ... to either fill this hole or wreak havoc."
Republicans called the plan irresponsible and warned the Legislature is headed toward a repeat of 2011. That's when Democrats returned to Springfield after the fall election and voted to increase Illinois' income tax by 67 percent with the help of so-called "lame duck" legislators who were finishing out their term after not being re-elected.
"We can see what's coming like having the other team's playbook," said Sen. Dale Righter of Mattoon. "We can see this team is in the same situation that they were four years ago and they are going to run the same play."
Quinn and other Democratic leaders wanted to extend Illinois' temporary income tax increase, which is set to roll back in January. But House Democrats — all of whom face re-election in November — couldn't get enough "yes" votes to do so this session.
Instead, legislative leaders drafted a budget that keeps funding levels flat next year for schools and most state agencies but doesn't account for increased costs.
It relies on many of the same practices that have been blamed for causing Illinois' bleak financial situation. They include relying on future increases in revenue that may or may not be realized, borrowing money from special funds to pay for day-to-day operations and delaying paying bills — adding to Illinois' roughly $4.7 billion backlog.
Quinn criticized the Legislature for not approving the budget he proposed in March, which called for the tax increase to be made permanent and which he said would have continued to pay down the state's overdue bills while funding vital services.
"The General Assembly didn't get the job done," the Chicago Democrat said in a statement.
The temporary tax increase raised the rate for individuals from 3 percent to 5 percent. It is set to drop to 3.75 percent on Jan. 1 — a decrease Senate GOP leader Sen. Christine Radogno said would put about a week's salary back into the pocket of the typical Illinois family.
The Senate also is expected to approve a $1 billion capital construction program that would provide money for roads and bridges. The measure passed the House Thursday with bipartisan support from lawmakers who said the money was particularly needed because the exceptionally harsh winter damaged Illinois roads and bridges.
The capital projects will be paid for with money that's still coming in to cover a prior capital plan. Some of those bonds have been paid off.

Mark Pryor: Another Democrat Liar

How do you know when a Democrat politician is running scared?  That’s easy; it’s when he trots out that old Democrat chestnut that his opponent is out to destroy Medicare and Social Security.
Every election cycle, you can bet the farm that a few desperate Dems will begin running television ads aimed to scare the old folks – that sector of society whose desperate fear is losing their medical care and those twice-monthly checks that they worked all their lives for.
Seniors are America’s best voters, but they are also the demographic most dependent on television as their primary news source.  Many can no longer read the small newsprint in newspapers, and only a small portion of them are computer-literate.  So those Democrat ads are indeed effective in striking fear into older Americans.
Cruel, isn’t it?  Damnably heartless and despicable come to mind.  One has to wonder if these Dem candidates who spread these callous lies call up their own aged parents and grandparents and reassure them that they shouldn’t worry, that it’s just politics.  Yet they have no compunction about planting a cold seed of fear in the hearts and minds of the rest of the old folks out there, purely for political gain.
Such a cold fish liar is Mark Pryor, Democrat incumbent senator here in Arkansas, a state with a growing retiree population, the perfect target for such targeted deceptive advertising.  Pryor, raised as a true-believer Democrat by his politician father, marches in lockstep with his party with incredible obedience, devotion, and fervor.  Well, at least until re-election time rolls around and it comes time for Pryor to dance his little sidestep around all the lockstep loyalty demonstrated by his voting patterns for the past five years.
Ooh I love to dance a little sidestep, now they see me now they don’t,
I’ve come and gone and, ooh I love to sweep around the wide step,
Cut a little swath and lead the people on.
– Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, 1982
Watch that video and tell me it isn’t just too easy to picture  Porky Pryor’s face on the corpulent Charles Durning, whose real-life credentials as a combat infantryman in WWII cause Pryor’s privileged path to politics to pale in comparison.
Tom Cotton, Pryor’s hard-charging young Republican challenger, is as much an opposite figure as any campaign manager could pray for.  Cotton, with the lean face and figure that reflect his service as a combat Army infantry officer in our Mideast wars, comes from a comfortable family background just like Pryor.  However, how the two chose to use their respective springboards of financial comfort and influence is where their paths diverge: Pryor pursued privilege, while Cotton chose combat
I sincerely hope that Cotton’s campaign has the good sense to produce a television ad pointing out that Pryor’s lies about Medicare and Social Security being targeted by the Republicans are as empty and baseless as they have been for decades.


This guy was like Baghdad Bob. He was a good paid liar for this administration. This guy might have been to Journalist school, but by doing the Job for this Clown in the Whitehouse Jay has no honor or morals in my book by lying to his fellow Journalist!

President Obama announced that White House Press Secretary Jay Carney would resign in mid-June, making a surprise announcement at the White House press briefing on Friday.

"Jay has become one of my closest friends and is a great press secretary and a great advisor," Obama said. "He's got good judgment. He has a good temperament, and he's got agood heart, and I'm going to miss him a lot."
Carney thanked Obama for allowing him the chance to serve at the White House.
“In mid-life you don’t often make a whole new set of friends,” Carney said, who just turned 50. “Every day with you in here has been a privilege.”
“I’m not saying it’s easy, but I love it,” Carney said, calling his job an “honor and a joy.”
Obama said that Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest would take Carney’s place at the White House.
“My request is be nice to Jay on his farewell tour, and be nice to Josh during his initiation, which I’m sure will last two days, or perhaps two questions,” Obama said to reporters.


The Justice Department's “Operation Choke Point” is so flagrantly illegal it cannot continue in any form under the law, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Charman Darrell Issa's staff said in a new report, setting up a constitutional confrontation between the legislative and executive branches of the federal government.
"In light of the Department's obligation to act within the bounds of the law, and its avowed commitment not to 'discourage or inhibit' the lawful conduct of honest merchants, it is necessary to disavow and dismantle Operation Choke Point,” the report said.
The controversial Obama administration initiative known as Operation Choke Point waslaunched in 2013.
DOJ has said the program is targeted at fraud, but the oversight committee report provided evidence the program was "was created by the Justice Department to 'choke out' companies the Administration considers a 'high risk' or otherwise objectionable, despite the fact that they are legal businesses."
In one internal document uncovered by the committee, Obama administration officials described banks cutting off an entire class of businesses – Internet payday lenders – as a “significant accomplishment” of the investigation. The document also acknowledged “the possibility that banks therefore may have decided to stop doing business with legitimate lenders” but said “solving that problem – if it exists – should be left up to the legitimate lenders themselves” who can make additional efforts to prove to banks they are not engaged in fraud.
“Such an expectation – 'if they are legitimate, they can prove it' – is patently absurd, and
reminiscent of the formulation that “if one is not a witch, then they will sink rather than float,” the report said.
The report said "Operation Choke Point has forced banks to terminate relationships with a wide variety of entirely lawful and legitimate merchants," and that the Department of Justice "is aware of these impacts, and has dismissed them."
The report was issued more than four months after Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, requested the Department of Justice turn over all documents related to the secretive Obama administration initiative.
The initial deadline for compliance with the request, January 23, 2014, passed with no indication that the Department of Justice had complied.
Sources tell Breitbart News that the long delay between Chairman Issa's request for documents from the Department of Justice and the release of the staff report was caused by a reluctance on the Department's part to fully comply with the request. It is still unclear if all the documents requested have been turned over to the committee.
The report found that Attorney General Eric Holder knew about Operation Choke Point prior to its launch, knew that it was designed to target legal, law abiding citizens, and fully supported its implementation. It also suggests that subsequent to the discovery of the program by the press in late 2013, there may have been an effort by the Department of Justice to cover up key aspects of its operation.
Executives in the payday loan industry have said their industry was targeted by the initiative. Lisa McGreevy of the Online Lenders Alliance, said the staff report confirmed what the industry has been saying for some time. According to McGreevy, the Department of Justice has been "engaged in a coordinated effort to eliminate the online lending industry and choke off consumer access to the short-term credit millions of Americans need."
Though spokespersons for the Department of Justice publicly denied targeting a specific industry, the report found that "[c]ontrary to the Department [of Justice]'s public statements, Operation Choke Point was primarily focused on the payday lending industry."
Many business executives have publicly expressed concern that the list of targeted industries has steadily expanded beyond the payday loan industry. The staff report confirmed those concerns, nothing that manufacturers, distributors, and dealers of firearms and ammunition, and coin dealers are now also being targeted by the Department of Justice.
The program's lack of statutory authority was also addressed.

"Operation Choke Point," the report said, "is being executed through subpoenas issued under Section 951 of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989."
Noting that "[t]he intent of Section 951 was to give the Department the tools to pursue civil penalties against entities that commit fraud against banks, not private companies doing legal business," the report concluded that "[d]ocuments produced to the Committee demonstrate the Department has radically and unjustifiably expanded its Section 951 authority."
This approach, the report said "fundamentally distorts Congress' intent in enacting the law, and inappropriately demands that bankers act as the moral arbiters and policemen of the commercial world."
On Thursday, Justice Department spokesperson Emily Pierce commented on one aspect of the staff report, stating that the Department "only investigate[s] banks and third-party payment processors that violate federal law, and these documents suggest nothing to the contrary."
The Department of Justice has not responded to a Breitbart News request for comment on the staff report's conclusion that the Department should "disavow and dismantle Operation Choke Point."



Ben Carson to Obama: Come clean on 'secret' past

No conspiracy theories here. I think he stands up to Colmes (Extreme Leftist Liberal Hack!) rally well. He is not afraid to be interviewed by any channel!! Really good Guy here. He is a good motivational speaker with no spin.

World-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, a rising star among Republicans, says President Obama should be more open with his records, including documentation that could show he applied for financial aid as a foreign student.
Carson saw his popularity surge after a 2013 National Prayer Breakfast keynote, with Obama sitting just a few feet away, in which he delivered a 27-minute stinging rebuke of the administration, citing “moral decay and fiscal irresponsibility.”
 After the speech, the Wall Street Journal ran an editorial that practically begged Carson to run for president.
Now he’s speaking out on the issue of Obama’s eligibility.
In an interview on Alan Colmes’ Fox News radio show, the left-leaning Colmes suggested that it was racism against a black president that caused people to doubt his origins.
Bunk, asserted Carson.
“Has there been anybody else who has had a shroud of secrecy around their records like this?” Carson asked.
He told Colmes he didn’t personally challenge Obama’s claim of being born in Hawaii, but he insisted Obama needs to be more transparent.
Colmes retorted: “I never heard of a president before questioned about his birth certificate, being treated as if he was a foreign, ‘not one of us,’ ‘he’s a secret Muslim.’
“Doesn’t that arise out of some sort of soft bigotry?”
Carson replied that the “best way to put that to rest is expose everything, including your academic records.”
“Let us know, you know, where did you apply – when you applied to Columbia, from where were you applying?”
Colmes insisted Obama has “released both versions of a birth certificate, and that wasn’t even enough for those who kept criticizing him for not releasing the information.”
“They said, ‘that’s not real.’ They continue to say it wasn’t real,” said Colmes.
Carson asked:  “Don’t you think it is reasonable for people who are seeking public office, or are in public office, to allow people to see what they’re getting, and to expose their past records?”
“What you said is fair,” Colmes replied. “But you just said a few moments ago, would you have the same reaction were it a white person versus a black person; no white president has ever been asked to produce a birth certificate.”
Carson again asked: “But has there been anybody else who has had a shroud of secrecy around their records like this?”
The issue of Obama’s birth and other records centers on the Constitution’s requirement that a U.S. president be a “natural-born citizen.” Some interpret that to mean a citizen born on U.S. soil; others say it is someone born on U.S. soil to two Americans or simply someone born to two Americans. Obama originally declined to release any documentation about his birth, and later, when he released computer-generated documents, a multitude of experts and a formal investigation by Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s volunteer posse have concluded the documents are fraudulent.
WND reported this week billionaire Donald Trump said Obama refused to respond to his offer of a $50 million donation to a favorite charity if he would release the records.
In the radio interview, Carson said he has questions “about where [Obama] applied from, when he applied to Columbia,” but he accepts Obama’s claim to have been born in Hawaii.
Colmes argued a white president has never had to go through the kind of scrutiny brought by “the birther movement, questioning whether the president was even born here, saying he’s really a Kenyan, he’s really an African, and he’s not even a Christian, he’s really a Muslim.”
Carson replied: “I don’t think that it is racially motivated. I do think that people want to know, because, you know, be objective, you have somebody whose name is Barack Hussein Obama.”
Carson emphasized there “is secrecy about some of his records, there’s something that’s been written in the past which I’m sure you’re familiar with that says he was born somewhere else.”
‘Born in Kenya’
WND reported in 2012 numerous references to Obama being born in Kenya, including by his own publicist.
Obama’s then-literary agency billed him as “born in Kenya” starting in 1991 in connection with a book Obama never wrote. WND reported that similar references came as recently as seven years ago to promote his highly touted book “Dreams from My Father.”
Screenshot of Dystel & Goderich's author bios page from 2003, from Wayback Machine
As WND reported at the time, Breitbart News found a brochure from two decades ago in which literary agency Acton & Dystel promoted Obama as the author of the never-produced “Journeys in Black and White,” declaring Obama was “born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii.”
Twelve years later, however, the Dystel of Acton & Dystel was busy promoting Obama’s new book, “Dreams from My Father,” and still touting the author as “born in Kenya.”
Through the Internet archive Wayback Machine, WND found an August 2003 listing of Dystel & Goderich’s author bios, including the following: “Barack Obama was the first black president of the Harvard Law Review. He was born in Kenya to an American anthropologist and a Kenyan finance minister, and was raised in Indonesia, Hawaii and Chicago. His first book is ‘Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance.”
Even if the original 1991 brochure’s listing of Kenya as Obama’s birthplace was in error, as the agency has since claimed, it apparently was an error Obama allowed his publicist to persist in for over a decade, right until after he was running for president.
In April 2007, two months after Obama had launched his presidential bid, Dystel was still touting the then-Democratic senator from Illinois as “born in Kenya.”
Screen capture of Dystel & Goderich author bio, April 3, 2007
Another trip through the Internet’s Wayback Machine shows Dystel & Goderich describing Obama this way: “Barack Obama is the junior Democratic senator from Illinois and was the dynamic keynote speaker at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. He was also the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review. He was born in Kenya to an American anthropologist and a Kenyan finance minister and was raised in Indonesia, Hawaii, and Chicago. His first book, DREAMS FROM MY FATHER: A STORY OF RACE AND INHERITANCE, has been a long time New York Times bestseller.”
Dystel & Goderich author bio, April 21, 2007
Only a few weeks later, the Internet archive reveals, the publicist had changed Obama’s birthplace to Hawaii.
The text of Obama’s biography in the brochure Breitbart reported, created by Acton & Dystel in 1991, states: “Barack Obama, the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review, was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii. The son of an American anthropologist and a Kenyan finance minister, he attended Columbia University and worked as a financial journalist and editor for Business International Corporation. He served as project coordinator in Harlem for the New York Public Interest Research Group, and was Executive Director of the Developing Communities Project in Chicago’s South Side. His commitment to social and racial issues will be evident in his first book, Journeys in Black and White.”
Image from Breitbart.com
Breitbart News published a disclaimer at the beginning of its report stating its late founder, Andrew Breitbart, was never a “Birther,” and Breitbart News “has never advocated the narrative of ‘Birtherism.’” Breitbart himself once characterized Obama’s eligibility as “not a winning issue.”
Yet the biographies are just a few of numerous published reports – as well as personal claims – that Obama was born abroad, including the testimony of a Chicago-area postal worker who claims he was told by the parents of Bill Ayers that Obama was a foreigner.
Allen Hulton, a retired Chicago-area mailman, has come forward with his first-person recollection of a clean-cut young man he identified as Obama who approached him and told him he was going to be president.
Hulton delivered mail to Tom and Mary Ayers in a Chicago suburb in the late 1980s and early 1990s and claims to have met Obama in front of the Ayers home.
He has given a sworn affidavit to investigators commissioned by Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio to determine whether Obama is eligible for Arizona’s 2012 election ballot. Hulton has recorded about three hours of video interviews with WND.
Hulton says that in conversations with Mary Ayers while on his route he learned of the couple’s enthusiasm and support for a black foreign student. One bright, warm Chicagoland day, he recounts, he met the student who fit Mary Ayers’ description in front of the Ayers home in Glen Ellyn, Ill. That young man, Hulton is convinced, was Barack Obama.
Hulton delivered mail to the Ayers, who are both deceased, when he was stationed at the post office in Glen Ellyn, an upper-middle class suburb 25 miles west of downtown Chicago, from late 1986 to 1997. He was a Postal Service employee from March 28, 1962, through March 30, 2001.
As WND reported, Obama’s relationship with Bill Ayers – whom he dismissed in a 2008 debate as “just a guy who lives in my neighborhood” – plagued him in the 2008 presidential campaign.
Young Obama
Over a period of years in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Hulton estimates he spoke with Mary Ayers about 18 to 20 times and once to Tom Ayers, who died in 2007. Mary Ayers died in 2000.
“Sometimes Mary would be out when I delivered the mail, and we would exchange a few words on occasion,” he says, recalling that she liked to talk about her family.
“One day, Mary came to the door when I came up to the house with the mail,” he remembers. “After a greeting, she started enthusiastically talking to me about this young black student they were helping out, and she referred to him as a foreign student.”
Hulton assumed that by “helping” the student, Mary Ayers meant she and her husband were financially supporting the black foreign-exchange student with his education.
See excerpts of Jerome Corsi’s interviews with Allen Hulton:
He says that Mary Ayers told him the student’s name, but that it was a “strange name” that he could not remember, even though at the time it sounded African to him.
“I was taken aback by how enthusiastic she was about him,” Hulton says. “And I believe she said he was from either Kenya or Indonesia, and I favor Indonesia in my recollection.”
WND has reported that when Obama was in Indonesia with his Indonesian stepfather and his mother from ages 6 to 10, he was registered in school as an Indonesian citizen and a Muslim. He went by the name Barry Soetoro, adopting the surname of his Indonesian stepfather. His mother’s passport listed him with the name Soebarkah.
There also was an internal bulletin from the Kenyan National Security Intelligence Service, or NSIS, that states that the Kenyan government in 2009 commissioned a cultural museum in the Obama home village of Kogelo to honor the “birthplace of President Barack Obama” and rededicate the tomb of his father, Barack Obama Sr.
The 2009 NSIS bulletin report said:
The ministry of national heritage this month hosted a cultural festival in Kogelo and commissioned a cultural museum on a plot donated by a member of the Kogelo community. The cultural festival was attended by the minister for national heritage, William ole Ntimama and U.S. ambassador, Michael Ranneberger.
This was to honour the birthplace of President Obama and re-dedicate the tomb of Barack Hussein Obama, Sr., the president’s late father. But the project had been delayed because of ownership wrangles surrounding the plot.
According to an article in the Kenyan Daily Nation newspaper July 5, 2010, the Kenyan government’s plan to build a 112 million Kenyan Schilling ($1.3 million) cultural center at Kogelo was locked in a dispute over who should donate land to the government for the project.
The Daily Nation, which published an artist’s sketch of the proposed Kogelo cultural center, referred to it as Obama’s “ancestral home.”
The NSIS memo suggests the Kenyan intelligence agency kept a close watch on the Obama family in Africa.
It noted the Kenyan government provided assistance to Obama’s step-grandmother, Sarah Hussein Obama, in the form of additional security and a government stipend of 50,000 Kenyan Schillings ($575) per month.
Kenyan blog, “Jaluo,” reported that Grandmother Sarah caused family conflict when she visited Moammar Gadhafi in Libya “to the surprise and chagrins of the White House in Washington, D.C.,” and “without a proper delegation and approval of the entire family.”
The NSIS bulletin echoed the concern that Sarah Obama was visiting Muslim countries on her own initiative, commenting, “Mama Sarah had requested government assistance to travel to Mecca, Saudi Arabia for Hajj pilgrimage,” but “the Saudi Arabia government through its Nairobi embassy has come to her aid” by announcing “she will be a state guest in Saudi Arabia during her time there.”
WND also reported Kenyan MP James Orengo at one point asked the nation’s parliament, “How could a young man born here in Kenya, who is not even a native American, become the president of America?”
On the day after Obama’s election, MP Boni Khalwale asked fellow members, “Could we allow … a Motion for Adjournment so that we could also continue the celebrations of having a Kenyan ruling the USA?”
In addition, a number of media sources – including National Public Radio – reported Obama’s birthplace as Kenya prior to his election as president.
Another reference was made in 2008 in the Nigerian Observer.
Under a Washington dateline, Solomon Asowata wrote, “Americans will today go to the polls to elect their next president with Democratic Party candidate, Senator Barack Obama largely favoured to win. The Kenyan-born Senator will, however, face a stiff competition from his Republican counterpart.”
An African Travel Magazine once reported, “As Kenyan born U.S. Senator Barack Obama jets into Kenya today as part of his African tour, concerns have once again been raised on the security preparations for other visitors and residents.”
An article in the Sunday Standard in Kenya begins, “Kenyan-born US Senate hopeful, Barrack (sic) Obama, appeared set to take over the Illinois Senate seat after his main rival, Jack Ryan, dropped out of the race on Friday night amid a furor over lurid sex club allegations.”
The article is credited to the wire service Associated Press. However, it could not be found either in the AP archives online or the African newspaper’s website.
Also, an African news site and an MSNBC broadcaster referred to President Obama’s birthplace as being outside of the United States.
A report by Modern Ghana posted in advance of the president’s visit stated his birthplace was on the continent of Africa.
“For Ghana, Obama’s visit will be a celebration of another milestone in African history as it hosts the first-ever African-American President on this presidential visit to the continent of his birth,” the report said.
A video shows Michelle Obama telling of her husband visiting “his home country in Kenya”:
With additional reporting by Drew Zahn and Jerome Corsi.

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