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50 Reasons Why It Rocks to Be a Progressive in 2013

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The New Year has arrived, and along with it, an epiphany of sorts. After struggling for years to be an advocate of free enterprise and limited government, it’s finally time to concede to leftists. It would be so much easier that way — just become a lefty, and instantly have positive reinforcement all around you confirming your every thought!

Why not? It seems like a great time to be a radical leftist, looking down on conservatives and calling them names without any concern for the truth. The following is a list of 50 reasons why it surely rocks to be a progressive in 2013:

  1. You can force America’s children to pay for your future retirement and healthcare expenses, and still be considered compassionate.
  2. Whatever your heart desires, it’s a “right.”
  3. You can make other people pay for your stuff, and call them selfish and greedy if they refuse.
  4. Stealing is no longer crime, but an act of redistributive justice.
  5. All you have to do is agree with the mainstream media, and you’re automatically right.
  6. People who play pretend for a living think your demands are perfectly reasonable.
  7. Budgets are completely unnecessary, so throw away your calculators!
  8. Debt ceases to exist if you stop believing in it.
  9. Go through life assuming that the only thing a nation needs to be prosperous is a printing press and unlimited government authority.
  10. Supporting Democrat politicians is like voting for Christmas all year long!
  11. Anything different than the Constitutional government that led to our free society is exciting and “progressive.”
  12. If you come out in opposition to economic freedom, you are guaranteed at least one toast on the Manhattan-Washington cocktail circuit.
  13. If you somehow get into the magical circle of “government,” all that jibber-jabber about equality no longer applies.
  14. You can rail against the cruelty of competition, except when it comes to such things as academic tenure.
  15. Pick some members of a minority group. Now, feed those people’s sense of inferiority and victimization. Doesn’t that feel awesome?
  16. Knocking your competitors down to the lowest common denominator is an act of “fairness.”
  17. Taking money from wealth producers and using it to buy votes isn’t “corruption,” it’s a way of life.
  18. No matter what the problem is, we can always throw some money at it.
  19. Pretending like history doesn’t exist is thought of as scholarly and professorial.
  20. Reject the notion that there is so such thing as human nature. Why? Because anything is possible!
  21. You can feel more ‘tolerant’ than others because you don’t blame people, you blame inanimate objects like guns. And the NRA.
  22. Even in states and cities that have been run by Democrats for years, it’s always Republicans’ fault.
  23. If anyone disagrees with a black progressive for any reason whatsoever — racist!!
  24. Rail against warmongering Republicans, but not have to bother when a Democrat is in office.
  25. Evangelize against the worst sin in the world — discrimination. Condemn the individual’s right to be ignorant without any sense of irony.
  26. Multiculturalism means not having to actually know what’s going on around the world, while feeling sophisticated for acknowledging that diversity exists.
  27. Look down on nativist rubes, because patriotism is a kind of hate crime against other societies.
  28. If your opponent supports legal immigration, delight in calling him a closed-minded bigot. (Even when the nations the undocumented are coming from restrict immigration.)
  29. When your opponents refuse to pay for your birth control and abortions, cry they are carrying out a “war on women.”
  30. The most noble thing a person can do is depend on the government for her whole life, as demonstrated by that faceless woman “Julia” in that campaign cartoon.
  31. Promote policies based on your good intentions, and never have to worry about the consequences.
  32. Treat people like they’re numbers or abstractions, and get credit for caring about “humanity.”
  33. Make the top 10% of income earners pay 70% of all federal income taxes, and then complain whenever there is a budget shortfall that the rich aren’t paying “their fair share.”
  34. Whenever something happens that promotes the progressive agenda, bemoan the need for a “national conversation,” which will be 90% dictated by left-wing media.
  35. Complain about the hegemony of capitalist society, but disregard the fact that the schools, the universities, the media and the courts are controlled by leftists.
  36. Whatever left-wing radicals believe is “moderate,” and conservatives who believe in maintaining our relatively free society and prosperous economy are “extremists.”
  37. It doesn’t matter how good the standard of living is for those who are poor, we can always complain that there are people who have more than them. Hence, more power for us to engage in “economic justice.”
  38. We can call ourselves progressive by promoting primitive, back-to-nature environmentalist superstition, and no one will bat an eye.
  39. Our common cause of restoring herd mentality to human civilization is considered to be forward-looking.
  40. Revel in your tolerance of other people, except for those who have a different opinion than you.
  41. Don’t worry about making intellectual arguments to the masses, just buy them off with other people’s money.
  42. Listen to Green Day albums on your Ipod while drinking Starbucks coffee and seriously complain that corporations are oppressing you.
  43. If our side can’t convince enough Americans to agree with us, we can import millions of immigrants from other countries who have little understanding what our political system is all about.
  44. While we wring our hands about the lack of critical thinking in schools and universities, we can ensure that there is widespread uniformity of opinion in accordance with political correctness.
  45. Look down your nose at the U.S.’ Founding Fathers, and be confident that you are wiser than them because you live in the future. Thankfully, we don’t have to refute their arguments, just dismiss them as propertied white people who owned slaves (and therefore, we can claim all the measures they took to abolish slavery in the future as our idea).
  46. Hide the left’s history of racism, and then accuse your opponents of being racists. It’s fun!
  47. We can control two out of three branches of government after implementing almost every policy we want, and then still get away with blaming our opposition for the failure of the policies!
  48. Get 90% of your news from mainstream media, and accuse your opponents of living in a bubble.
  49. Pat yourself on the back for picking friends who all agree with you. Feel like a rebel for conforming to their non-conformity.
  50. If you believe that government is God, capitalists are devils, and it’s possible to create a heaven on earth, then welcome to the Church of Progressivism!

1001 Reasons to Vote Against Barack Obama – Part VI

  1. As the New York Times reported, President Obama has a “kill list” that he personally oversees.
  2. According to a Foreign Policy tally, the current president ordered a total of 239 drone strikes as of March 1, 2012. At that point in time, it was more than four times the 44 strikes George W. Bush authorized in his two terms.
  3. As an affiliate of the Guardian pointed out, 535 of the 828 civilians killed by U.S. drone strikes since 2004 happened under Obama.
  4. By way of an FOIA disclosure, the TSA has been issuing permits to law enforcement agencies across the country to employ drones that spy on Americans.
  5. As the mendacious “Politifact” concedes, the Patriot Act that Obama renewed contained no provision for additional oversight over warrantless wiretapping.
  6. In fact, the same entry admits that the Patriot Act versions passed under Obama contain literally no reforms to speak of whatsoever.
  7. The TSA has also been embroiled in a number of scandals; including the use of naked body scanners and intrusive pat downs that have caused frequent complaints of sexual harassment by everyone from little old ladies to small children. Thievery, incompetence, and insulting, intrusive behavior reigns in Obama’s TSA.
  8. Some nations where Obama has deployed drone strikes are not even officially at war with the United States, such as Pakistan and Yemen.
  9. The president recently snubbed Pakistani president Asif Ali Zardari over a host of issues, including a U.S. air strike that killed two dozen Pakistani soldiers.
  10. The Obama administration negotiated with the bloodthirsty Taliban in a move that would transfer five “Gitmo” detainees to a Qatari prison. Senator McCain disclosed that the deal would involve nothing gained more than a statement issued by the Taliban.
  11. The president has negotiated exactly zero free trade agreements while in office.
  12. President Obama once listed the issuance of Purple Hearts for military members shot by the Muslim terrorist Major Hassan at Fort Hood as an objection to a bill that could warrant a veto.
  13. As of June 2011, the current president was the most “veto-shy” of any president since James Garfield, who was in office more than 130 years ago.
  14. The president averages one veto for every 435 days. The presidential average is about once every 20 days.
  15. An online list bragging about Obama’s “accomplishments” cites that he was “successful” passing 96.7% of all bills his first year in office. Essentially, one of his accomplishments is having a rubber-stamp Congress that passed a slew of new laws and regulations.
  16. In the first three years of the Obama administration, the government imposed nearly four times the major regulations (those imposing a burden of $100 million or more to implement) on the American public than the first three years of the Bush administration.
  17. Those regulations have been estimated to impose a regulatory burden of nearly six times the equivalent period of the Bush administration.
  18. In January 2011, President Obama issued a “get-tough” executive order on overregulation.
  19. As a Heritage Foundation analysis shows, the administration passed 32 major regulations since that time, imposing a one-time fee of $6.6 billion on taxpayers, and an additional $10 billion annually.
  20. The best the list lauding Obama’s “fiscal responsibility” accomplishments could come up with was the formation of more government commissions and the appointment of more bureaucrats to office. (Needless to say, these actions cannot be shown to have had any real effect in practice.)
  21. The list did cite the slashing of defense by $43 billion, leaving $662 billion to fund the same military whose responsibilities Obama has expanded.
  22. The president also planned to cut our troop levels by a half-million.
  23. The Chinese army is the world’s largest at approximately 2.8 million strong. As of January 2012, the total manpower of the U.S. armed forces was 1.45 million. This would thus be a cut of nearly 33%.
  24. By 2020, the interest payments on the national debt will be larger than the U.S. military budget.
  25. These interest payments are slated to comprise about one-fifth of the federal budget.
  26. As author Mark Steyn points out, the interest on the national debt will directly finance the entire Chinese army by 2015.
  27. Admiral Mike Mullen said in September 2011 that debt is the biggest threat to national security.
  28. The new force posture would emphasize drones and cyber warfare over manpower.
  29. Although one needs to know the background and context of the infamous DHS “right-wing extremist” memo to appreciate its significance, it nonetheless slurs conservatives, patriots, and veterans as potential terrorists without any serious attempt at specificity or context in the broader “war on terror.”
  30. By the time of the Occupy protests on May Day 2012, the fizzling “movement” had led to over 5,000 arrests and had caused nearly $30 million in damages. The numerous, widespread, and robust tea party rallies themselves have been cited as responsible for exactly zero arrests.
  31. While millions of Americans organized “Patriot Day” to memorialize the dead of the September 11th attacks, the Obama campaign arm Organizing for America remarked the following in an email dispatch: “All 50 States are coordinating in this – as we fight back against our own Right-Wing Domestic Terrorists who are subverting the American Democratic Process, whipped to a frenzy by their Fox Propaganda Network ceaselessly re-seizing power for their treacherous leaders.”
  32. President Obama’s selected vice president Joe Biden once alluded to tea party Republicans as being like terrorists. “They have acted like terrorists,” he said.
  33. Obama once claimed that the Republican Party was “holding the recovery hostage.” As pointed out above, the president passed nearly all of the initiatives he desired in his first two years in office.
  34. The 2010 mid-term elections, in some ways a referendum on the president’s policies, were abysmal for the Democrat Party at every level. The Republicans picked up a whopping 63 seats in the House, 5 in the Senate, and 6 governorships.
  35. The losses were the most for either major party since 1938.
  36. Although the world’s pre-eminent superpower spends the most on defense overall in total capital, it ranks tenth in the world in this category as a percentage of GDP at 4.7%.
  37. The U.S.’ projected defense spending as a percentage of GDP is slated to be 3.0% in 2019. The historic average in this country is 5.3%.
  38. The U.S. is already estimated to spend 23.4% of GDP on net social expenditures.
  39. This ranks it in this category at #11 in the world, just behind the Netherlands. The highest in the world is Sweden at 30.6% of GDP.
  40. As a percentage of the federal budget, healthcare costs alone are projected to be up in FY2012 to 24%, surpassing defense spending at 23%.
  41. An insurance executive testified to Congress that Obamacare mandates have bent the cost curve up and not down, increasing costs for clients by between 2% and 3% on average.
  42. The federal budget projection for FY 2013 shows the percentages combined of healthcare, pensions, and welfare to be 58% of the slated $3.7 trillion in spending. (See the USA Today article showing real government spending dwarfs official figures.)
  43. Real median household income is down $4,300 since President Obama took office.
  44. $2,900 of this decline occurred during the so called “recovery” since January 2009.
  45. Although Obama blamed the middle class decline of the last decade on his predecessor, real media household income went down only $2,000 under President Bush.
  46. According to Bloomberg, 95% of net jobs lost during the recession were middle-skilled jobs.
  47. In addition, 3.2 million fewer Americans hold office and sales jobs now than 5 years ago.
  48. There are 1.2 million fewer jobs in transportation than five years ago.
  49. Unemployment has been officially above 8% for a record-breaking 39 straight months.
  50. Although there is no statistically significant correlation worldwide between income disparity and median per capita income, the top 1% of income earners received 93% of per capita real income gains in 2010. (Obviously, much of these gains were not honestly attained in a free market.)
  51. Just 19% of registered voters say the president’s policies benefit the middle class, while 25% say they favor the rich. (Ideally, the government should favor neither.)
  52. President Obama, a member of the so-called “1%,” has between 500,000 and $1,000,000 in JP Morgan Chase, a bank that received billions in taxpayer bailouts.
  53. Trading losses incurred by JP Morgan recently was projected to surpass $7 billion.
  54. JP Morgan had close ties with and was a major creditor of MF Global, a financial firm that used customer accounts to cover margin calls.  MF Global is currently about $1.6 billion short on its accounts. No one has been charged with any wrongdoing, including former MF Global CEO and former New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine.
  55. One man protecting Jon Corzine from potential charges is Jamie Dimon, the head of JP Morgan Chase, who is a close friend of Barack Obama’s  who works on Wall Street.
  56. As the Eurozone is flailing with average 11% unemployment, and Spain is following Greece into the economic abyss, Obama’s Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has pressured European banks to buy up increasing amounts of government debt. There is no evidence that this maneuver would solve the root problem of government spending and economic production imbalances, as opposed to worsening them through neglect.
  57. The proportion of Americans in their prime working years or 25-54 is just 75.7%, the lowest in twenty three years.
  58. The Misery Index for Barack Obama has gone up 2.57 points since he took office. A combination of (official) unemployment and inflation, it is a gross measure of the mood of the country.
  59. Obama has averaged 10.78 on the Misery Index during his term. For context, George W. Bush’s averaged 8.11, although he ended at 7.39.
  60. At a 2012 press conference, President Obama stated that the business that private equity firms do was just fine, only what Mitt Romney did at Bain Capital was wrong.
  61. The president also stated that Mitt Romney’s private sector experience was not appropriate for someone in the White House. As reported: “There may be value for that kind of experience, but it’s not in the White House,” Obama said.
  62. Showing a complete and utter disconnect on how a capitalist economy works, he said that Romney’s goal was creating wealth for himself and not others. Needless to say, the goal is irrelevant. When one seeks to make money “for himself” in a capitalist economy, one must produce goods and services that are demanded, hire others for labor and pay them wages, etc.
  63. The lack of private sector experience in the Obama cabinet is astonishingly low. At just around 8%, it is far less than any other president’s since 1900. The second lowest was John F. Kennedy’s cabinet at about 28% with some private sector experience.
  64. Despite the implosion of the “green” jobs-heavy Spanish economy, the president is doubling down on his disastrous green energy projects.
  65. Evergreen Energy received $5.3 million in “stimulus” funds and subsequently went bankrupt.
  66. In Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s state of Nevada, Amonix Inc. received $5.9 million in “stimulus” funds and laid off 200 employees after only seven months of operation.
  67. Car battery manufacturer Ener1 Electric received a $118.5 million grant and filed for bankruptcy three years later.
  68. Just one of Obama’s bundlers is the wife of a businessman who received a $1.2 billion loan guarantee from the Department of Energy to manufacture solar panels. The business, NRG, reported a first quarter 2012 loss of $206 million.
  69. Obama distributed $50 million through NASA for commercial space flight projects. Obviously, this is not an appropriate use of taxpayer money.
  70. The Obama-influenced National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) blocked Boeing from opening a plant in South Carolina, a right-to-work state. Boeing was going to spend a billion dollars and planned to hire for 1,000 jobs.
  71. The NLRB’s general counsel then bullied Boeing not to “litigate this case in the media and public arena.”
  72. The NLRB also passed new regulations to make unionization easier. A Heritage Foundation analysis shows, logically enough, that the NLRB rules “harm workers” and stymie job creation.
  73. Nine in ten non-union workers agree. Union membership in America still fell to a post-World War II low of 11.8% in 2011. Private sector union members dialed in at a paltry 6.9%, the lowest since FDR.
  74. Speaking of bullying, the President once gave a self-serving thirty minute address on Cartoon Network to children on the subject of bullying, apparently aiming to couch himself as a champion of victims and to direct children towards authority figures.
  75. After a child in North Carolina stated that according to Obama’s own autobiography Dreams from My Father he had bullied a girl while in school, the fanatically partisan teacher launched into a tirade and threatened the student for daring to criticize the president.
  76. In May 2012, the president gave a speech at a high school commencement in Joplin, Missouri, where a tornado had recently obliterated the town. Obama spared no opportunity to preach his class warfare rhetoric and to rail against greed.
  77. Barack Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Dolores Huerta, an avowed member of the Democrat Socialists of America, and a close friend of Hugo Chavez.
  78. A document uncovered shows Obama headlined a speech to the Chicago chapter of the Democrat Socialists of America in 1996, when he was a candidate for state senate.
  79. Obama recently stressed to a meeting of Jewish leaders that “he probably knows more about Judaism than any other president.”
  80. President Barack Obama issued a proclamation in celebration of Jewish Heritage Month that lauded Nazi supporter Gertrude Stein.
  81.  He also dismissed the notion that he is not fully behind Israel, because “all his friends in Chicago were Jewish.” Of course, this is not just a slight exaggeration.
  82. Attorney General Eric Holder, among others, arranged to brief black pastors on how they can campaign for Obama.
  83. Obama’s first girlfriend, an Australian named Genevieve Cook, was recently discovered. She asserts that he was ‘always the central character in his letters in a self-conscious way, with variations on the theme of his search for purpose and self-identity.’
  84. An expert on narcissism, psychiatrist Dr. Sam Vaknin, has made the case that Obama is a malignant narcissist. Dr. Charles Krauthammer, a psychiatrist himself, said, “has there ever been a presidential nominee with a wider gap between his estimation of himself and the sum total of his achievements?” Obama’s ostensible penning of two autobiographies by the age of 45 seems to confirm this estimation.
  85. A Politico analysis exposed Obama’s constant abuse of the word “unprecedented.”
  86. Despite his feigned posture of selflessness, the president pronouncedly uses the word “I” in his speeches. One New Hampshire speech, for example, shows that he used it 45 times.
  87. In that same speech, Obama claims that, “And we know that if we truly want to have long-term economic growth in this country, then we need to start addressing the struggles middle-class families have been grappling with for years, long before this recession ever hit.”
  88. Love letters to his first girlfriend show Obama was an author who penned a florid sludge of self-absorbed gobbledygook.
  89. Obama’s “New York” girlfriend from Dreams from My Father was not real; she was a “composite girlfriend.”
  90. While running on the Republicans’ imaginary “War on Women,” Obama brought along alleged wife-abuser Senator Sherrod Brown.
  91. A poll shows that just three in ten women believe that a “War on Women,” or a large scale effort to limit reproductive choices, exists. This suggests that the Obama campaign contrived the narrative out of whole cloth.
  92. A comparison of SAT scores between George W. Bush and the transferring class of Barack Obama has led to grounded speculation that Bush likely had a higher SAT score than Barack Obama.
  93. President Obama’s 2010 State of the Union address rated at an eight grade reading level, one of the lowest in recent times. This is two grades below George W. Bush’s average on the Flesch-Kincaid score, and Obama’s track record is about the historical average.
  94. Obama served as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Chicago, where he was honorarily called “professor.” Regardless of all qualifications in the carefully couched university statement, he was not a tenured or full-time Professor, whether Assistant, Associate, Full or Emeritus.
  95. A comparison of jobs under presidencies stretching back to 1948 shows that the so-called “recovery” under Obama is the weakest and follows upon a steep drop in job levels.
  96. While Obama was campaigning for Senator of Illinois, he denied that he would immediately use the office as a stepping stone to even higher office. Obama officially announces his campaign for president on February 10, 2007.
  97. In January 2005, he forms a mysterious political pact called HopeFund, whose contributors include Warren Buffett and Bain Capital. (?)
  98. Apparently a big fan of the Occupy movement, President Obama will receive the nomination for the 2012 Democrat Party ticket at, of all places, Bank of America stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.
  99. In mid-2012, Obama implored to the Democrat Party faithful to give him “five more years.”
  100. When President Obama took office in 2009, he said that he “will be held accountable.” He added that  he would turn around the failing American economy within his first term and get the country back on track. Obama concluded, “If I don’t have this done in three years, then there’s going to be a one-term proposition.”

This is the sixth in a ten part series. Continued here

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1001 Reasons to Vote Against Barack Obama

  1. The man started his presidency off with a bang by botching his oath of office.
  2. For good measure, he set the tone for it by blaming Chief Justice John Roberts for the error.
  3. Obama promises on the campaign trail to immediately shut down Guantanamo Bay.  The detention facility is open three years later and counting.
  4. In the same breath, he promises to restore habeus corpus. Three years into his term, he signs the National Defense Authorization Act, which leaves open the possibility of indefinite detention of American citizens.
  5. President Obama ordered the assassination of an American citizen.
  6. As Senator, Obama spoke out against but voted for the Patriot Act.
  7. As President, he extended it, with an auto-pen, while he was in France.
  8. Obama continues the “Bush practice” of extraordinary rendition.
  9. As a candidate, Obama promises to end the War in Iraq and bring all troops home within 16 months. He even says in 2007 that it would be the first thing he would do in office, and that “you can take that to the bank.” As president, he announces all troops would be withdrawn by the end of 2011 (34 months later).
  10. Obama states the Afghan War would conclude in June 2011, but projections now have us running into 2014.
  11. As Senator, Obama opposes the surge in Iraq. He claims that increasing troop levels by 20,000 would actually increase sectarian violence.
  12. When pulling troops out of Iraq, Obama tries to claim success for ending the war, without giving credit to Bush or the troops for any “victory.” The Bush surge was what turned the tide in the war.
  13. Sectarian violence is up sharply since Obama pulled troops out of Iraq in December 2011.
  14. President Obama refuses to say “victory” is necessarily the goal in Afghanistan. Obama reasons the U.S. should not project the image of Emperor Hirohito being forced to sign a treaty of surrender before Macarthur to end the war against Japan.
  15. Emperor Hirohito did not sign the treaty of surrender ending the war against Japan. It was his foreign minister Shigemitsu.
  16. Obama  plans to ease travel restrictions to communist Cuba in 2009. And in 2011.
  17. The president pledges a “new beginning” with the Cuban dictatorial regime.
  18. A glance at a Cuban-U.S. relations timeline running to December 2011 shows nothing changed.
  19. President Obama greets Venezuela’s socialist dictator Hugo Chavez warmly at the Summit of the Americas.
  20. Earlier that month, Chavez calls Obama an “ignoramus.”
  21. At the same summit, President Obama sits patiently through a 50 minute diatribe against the United States delivered by socialist strongman Daniel Ortega, only scribbling notes instead of walking out with his diplomatic team.
  22. President Obama meets a grinning Daniel Ortega at the same summit.
  23. When asked later by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper what he thought of the anti-American tirade, President Obama replies, “It was 50 minutes long. That’s what I thought.”
  24. The attempted subversion of the rule of law in Honduras by the socialist president Zelaya, which would have unconstitutionally put him on the ballot for a third term, prompts his judicial removal from office. Obama condemns the supposed “coup” as “not legal.”
  25. President Obama directs his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to cut off $30 million in aid to Honduras.
  26. Election fraud propelling anti-Israel Iranian president and saber-rattling madman Mahmoud Ahmadinejad back to power leads to a mass civil uprising. Despite reports of widespread and cruel bloodshed repressing the protests, President Obama says nothing for ten days.
  27. President Obama refuses to “intervene” in pro-democratic Iranian protests.
  28. Obama’s first call as president is made to the Palestinian Authority’s Fatah leader President Mahmoud Abbas.
  29. Obama’s first formal interview is conducted with Al-Arabiya television.
  30. One of President Obama’s first executive orders is to greatly restrict the influence of lobbyists in his administration.
  31. Years later, it is well-known that the Obama administration routinely meets with lobbyists off White House grounds, where Secret Service logs are not kept.
  32. In 2012, Obama promotes a recent lobbyist with Mexican illegal immigration advocate La Raza from a position as director of intergovernmental affairs to director of the Domestic Policy Council.
  33. The second executive order Obama gives is one reversing Bush era rules safeguarding prior administration’s records. It narrows “executive privilege.”
  34. Obama invokes executive privilege within the first year over the gatecrasher fiasco.
  35. In late 2011, the Obama administration refuses to turn over all communiques relating to the politically seedy financing of bankrupt solar panel company Solyndra.
  36. Another early executive order froze pay for White House staffers making over $100,000. A year later 74% of staffers got a pay raise, many of them to well over a $100,000. (Freezing pay does not apply to promotions or position changes.) The average boost was 9%, three times private sector average.
  37. The next year, 54% got a raise. The average increase was 8%, and of those who got raises, it was nearly 16%.
  38. Barack Obama was declared by presidential historian Michael Beschloss as “probably the smartest guy ever to become president.” Beschloss gushed that Obama’s IQ was “off the charts,” but when pressed by radio host Don Imus, he could not say what Obama’s IQ was.
  39. Despite being heralded as a brilliant thinker, Obama still to this day refuses to release his college records.
  40. Barack Obama received a degree from prestigious Columbia University, where hardly anybody recalls him attending there.
  41. As editor of the Harvard Law Review, Barack Obama anonymously wrote one article – championing abortion.
  42. The one quote provided from the article cited by Politico contains a grammatical error – “in to” instead of “into.”
  43. A letter to a Harvard newspaper written by Obama shows rampant grammatical errors, including a demonstrable lack of subject-predicate agreement.
  44. In Dreams from My Father, Obama makes known that he “chose his friends carefully” and deliberately sought out “Marxist Professors,” “structural feminists,” and discussed with his friends the socialist, anti-colonialist revolutionary Franz Fanon.
  45. Before becoming president, Barack Obama authored not just one, but two biographies, making him millions of dollars.
  46. In his book The Audacity of Hope, Obama was cited as saying The Constitution is a “living document,” that can be interpreted “in the context of an ever-changing world” (i.e. however he wants).
  47. Before becoming an author, the president admitted he wrote some “very bad poetry.” This is true. Just one sample shows the same tendency to split a conjoined word: it’s not “under water,” it’s “underwater.”
  48. Literary analysis performed by an expert at detecting forgery and fraud points to the strong possibility that Obama’s biographies were written by a ghost writer.
  49. Additional evidence shows that the ghost writer may very well have been unrepentant socialist terrorist and then-contemporary English professor William Ayers of the Weather Underground.
  50. When Barack Obama was young, he was mentored by Moscow-connected Communist Party member Frank Marshall Davis. Identified as only “Frank” in his biography Dreams from my Father,  it was claimed that “Frank” was a poet on par with contemporary communist poet Langston Hughes. It was later discovered that this had to be Davis, a poet who had indeed joined the Communist Party USA. Obama later confirmed the relationship with Davis while attempting to distance himself from him.
  51. In late 2008, Obama’s spokesman Robert Gibbs denied to Chris Matthews that William Ayers held a fundraiser for Barack Obama. Later on, William Ayers was caught on tape admitting that he held a fundraiser for Obama in which the future president was in attendance.
  52. As ABC News reported in March 2008, Obama’s pastor of 20 years, baptizer of his children, and “close confidante” Reverend Wright was confirmed on numerous occasions as incorporating heated anti-American rhetoric into his sermons, such as “goddamn America,” and claiming 9/11 was deserved as “America’s chickens coming home to roost.”
  53. As Politico and ABC News reported, criminal Tony Rezko, who was convicted of corruption, gave President Obama a sweetheart deal on real estate property and donated $120,000 to Obama’s Senate campaign.
  54. Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel was reported by Think Progress as probably having been the whistleblower who outed impeached and convicted former governor Rod Blagojevich in the pay-to-play scandal. Such an action suggests that Emanuel may have been seeking to distance Obama from Blagojevich. Recordings of Blagojevich repeatedly mentioning Emanuel along with potential candidate and Obama confidante Valerie Jarrett, and testimony that Emanuel relayed a message to the governor that Obama would “value and appreciate” consideration of Jarrett, provide strong appearance of ethical misconduct.
  55. Multiple sources provide documented, archived evidence that Barack Obama was a member of the Democratic Socialists of America-connected “New Party” in Illinois.
  56. Verifiable communist Alice Palmer, who worked for well-known Soviet front group U.S. Peace Council, hand-picked Obama to be her successor as state senator. Described by the LA Times as Obama’s “mentor,” she later endorsed fellow Alinskyite Hillary Clinton.
  57. As state senator, President Obama voted “present” nearly 130 times.
  58. Obama was given 100% “pro-choice” rating by abortion advocates NARAL. As state senator, Obama voted against banning partial birth abortion.
  59. In 2007, Senator Obama was rated as the most liberal senator, according to his voting record.
  60. Obama had been given glowing endorsement by the Communist Party USA.
  61. In early 2009, President Obama says the following, “I don’t like the idea of spending more government money, nor am I interested in expanding government’s role.”
  62. Time magazine reports that Obama’s $787 billion “stimulus” plan, which no GOP in the House voted for, fails by its own measures. Unemployment still above 8%, economy continues to bleed jobs.
  63. Candidate Barack Obama publicly promises to go “line by line” through legislation to remove wasteful earmarks.
  64. Obama stimulus gave $200,000 to teach Siberian lawmakers how to engage Russian policy makers in Moscow.
  65. Stimulus funding of $250,000 went to bug storage for an insect museum at North Carolina State University that gets 44 visitors a year.
  66. Gave $500,000 to put microchips in recycling bins to check up on the recycling efforts of senior citizens.
  67. $5 million to create a geothermal energy system for the Oak Ridge City Center shopping mall in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
  68. $9.38 million to renovate a century-old train depot in Lancaster County, Pa., that has not been used for three decades.
  69. Provided $712,000 spent on a project by researchers at Northwestern University to develop “machine-generated humor.”
  70. Buses in Winter Haven, Florida that average two riders per hour got $2.4 million so that the two riders per hour would have brand new buses to ride on.
  71. A Georgia Tech assistant music professor got $760,000 so he could jam with “world renowned musicians” to “create satisfying works of art.”
  72. The California Academy of Sciences got $2 million dollars to send people to the Indian Ocean to photograph ants.  “Everyone has run into ants … now we need to listen to them,” one ant photographer said.
  73. The University of North Carolina received $762,000 to create a YouTube dance application.
  74. $462,000 to purchase 22 concrete toilets for use in the Mark Twain National Forest in Missouri.
  75. $3.1 million to transform a canal barge into a floating museum that will travel the Erie Canal in New York.
  76. $3.4 million to create an underground turtle tunnel, or eco-passage, in Lake Jackson, Florida.
  77. About a half-million dollars to give smartphones to people trying to quit smoking so they could “contact their quitting support groups by text message or phone calls to prevent relapses.”
  78. Almost $300,000 to study how Yoga might reduce menopausal hot flashes.
  79. $983,952 for street beautification in Ann Arbor, Mich., including decorative lighting, trees, benches and bike paths.
  80. $1 million for Portland, Ore., to replace 100 aging bike lockers and build a garage that would house 250 bicycles.
  81. $700,000 to Oregon crab fishermen to help recover lost crab post.
  82. $1.5 billion for a Carbon Capturing Contest.
  83. $300,000 for a GPS-equipped helicopter to hunt for radioactive rabbit droppings at the Hanford nuclear reservation in Washington state.
  84. SUNY Buffalo received $390,000 to study young adults who drink malt liquor and smoke marijuana.
  85. Montana received $2.2 million to install skylights in their state-run liquor warehouse.
  86. $800,000 given to John Murtha Airport to repave a back runway used by about 20 passengers a day. This was in addition to millions given to this airport over the decades.
  87. $1 million was given to a Chicago dinner cruise company to “combat terrorism.”
  88. $30 million for a spring training baseball complex for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies.
  89. The Coast Guard gets $572 million to create 1,235 new jobs. This comes to $460,000 per job.
  90. $11 million for Microsoft to build a bridge connecting its two headquarter campuses in Redmond, Wash., which are separated by a highway.
  91. $1.15 million to install a guardrail for a persistently dry lake bed in Guymon, Oklahoma.
  92. $2.5 million in stimulus checks sent to the deceased.
  93. $6 million for a snow-making facility in Duluth, Minnesota.
  94. Millions spent on signs advertising the “American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.”
  95. Barack Obama carries out much of the $700 billion TARP program. Obama forces banks to take money, and even refuses to accept repayment in some cases to wield control over them.
  96. President Obama takes over two of three top U.S. automakers GM & Chrysler.
  97. Obama essentially fires GM CEO Rick Wagoner.
  98. Obama replaces the previous GM CEO with “Auto Czar” Steve Rattner, who had no experience in the automobile industry.
  99. Steven Rattner was appointed (without Senate confirmation) while he was under SEC investigation in NY for illegal kickbacks in exchange for pensions fraud.
  100. Rattner estimated the cost to U.S. taxpayers for auto bailouts at $14 billion.

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Kyle Becker blogs at RogueGovernment, and can be followed on Twitter as @RogueOperator1. He writes freelance for several publications, including American Thinker, Misfit Politics, and OwntheNarrative, and is a regular commentator on the late night talk shows at OTNN.