Jason Hayes

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Every collectivist revolution rides in on a Trojan horse of “Emergency.” It was a tactic of Lenin, Hitler, and Mussolini. In the collectivist sweep over a dozen minor countries of Europe, it was the cry of the men striving to get on horseback. And “Emergency” became the justification of the subsequent steps. This technique of creating emergency is the greatest achievement that demagoguery attains. The invasion of New Deal Collectivism was introduced by this same Trojan Horse.

— Herbert Hoover, quoted in Crisis and Leviathan

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Romney releases tax returns & the left becomes completely unhinged

This says it all. The hatred being thrown in Romney’s direction will continue no matter the issue.

The left is now apparently furious at Romney for overpaying his taxes – that is intentionally limiting his deductions to boost his effective tax rate. They’re apparently claiming that he is doing this as a political ploy.

It’s amazing to see how – in a matter of a few hours – Romney has gone from being attacked as a dirty double-dealing alleged tax cheat, to someone who is even willing to overpay on his taxes to win an election. They’re actually claiming now that he will “(do) anything to win.” (See @goldietaylor on Twitter for an example)

Romney’s 2011 taxes show that he gave some 30% of his income ($4.021 million) to charity and paid a tax rate of 14.14% ($1.935 million on income of $13.697 million – which is actually over 20% of his income after charitable givings). That tax rate, along with a 20 year average tax rate of 20.2%, now makes Romney a bad man?

The political left has become completely unhinged.

See more on Twitchy, and Townhall.com.

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Actions are the seed of fate. Deeds grow into destiny.”

–Harry S. Truman, 33rd U.S. president
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Obama’s new campaign slogans

Conan O’Brien recently tried to help the Obama campaign by trying out a few new campaign slogans.


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The reality is that firearms save lives

It’s honestly grotesque that Mayor Bloomberg and others of his anti-gun ilk have rushed so quickly to politicize the horrific mass murder in Aurora today.

However, it is essential that we remember that “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” Therefore, as Mayor Bloomberg et al have opened the discussion, people of reason and good conscience must respond. In that vein …

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Obama’s take on business

“If you’ve got a business. you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

President Obama in a Roanoke, VA campaign speech 7/13/12

Nothing more needs be said about President Obama’s views on business and success in America. Coming from an individual who had everything handed to him in life, I’m honestly not surprised to hear it. However, hard-working business people across the nation need to wake up and smell the coffee.

If you haven’t figured it out already, President Obama believes that you owe your success in everything to someone else. He believes that without government, you would not – COULD NOT – be successful.

All those late nights, cramming for tests in university. Those early mornings doing payroll and HR. Those long days, dealing with impatient or angry customers. None of those were because of your drive and motivation. None of the dollars you earned were because of your investment of time and money. In Obama’s mind, everything that you have achieved is because of government.

Don’t forget that fact when you vote this November. You can choose to re-install a man who believes you are just a cog in a big machine, or you can (this time) vote for real change and remove this grotesque, divisive, and destructive attitude from power.

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Power to tax

“An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy; because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation.”

–John Marshall
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Obama on immigration-related executive orders

In March 2011, Obama clearly stated that he could not just go around Congress on the issue of immigration-related executive orders. He took great pains to explain the roles and responsibilities of each branch of government to the people listening to this speech. But last week, he just ignored those sentiments and did the very thing he said was illegal, just 15 months ago.

So … I’m left wondering what changed over the past year?

Of course it appears that the electoral ‘love’ he might have gained from ignoring his own words with his Dream Act-related executive order, has been effectively quashed with this little number.

¡Cuidado! No Forks Allowed at Obama’s Latino Luncheon

Judging from Obama’s actions at this years National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) luncheon, Obama’s newest fear is Latinos with forks. Obama had the Secret Service confiscate all the dinner forks from the participants at the June 22 event held in Orlando, Florida.

Several participants Tweeted that butter knives were banned outright and forks were confiscated as soon as the diners finished eating and before the President entered the room to speak.

The attendees were elected officials and their staffs, not just the average Jose off the street. Nevertheless, Obama took away their forks as if they were inmates at a prison. Many of these elected officials are probably wondering why the president was concerned for his safety.

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An Imperial Presidency

Obama continues to ignore our Constitution and his own words as it suits him to do so. This Heritage Foundation article describes his most apparent and egregious actions to install himself as the modern day version of King George III.

By repeatedly enacting laws that have been rejected by a duly elected Congress and the voters, he is willfully damaging the office he currently holds and placing himself above the rule of law. Through executive and regulatory fiat he has unilaterally imposed his version of Cap-and-Trade, the Employee Free Choice Act, Internet regulation, and waivers to federal education laws. He has simply ignored immigration law (and actively attacked those who attempt to enforce it). He has thumbed his nose at existing narcotics laws, the DOMA, and other legislation as it suited him to do so. Most recently, his Attorney General has carried out a two year long campaign of stonewalling Congressional investigations, which Obama himself has now topped off by claiming executive privilege. He has effectively argued that his Department of Justice is exempt from responding to Congressional investigations.

As the Heritage article argues, although we currently have an imperial presidency, we don’t need a new Declaration of Independence from our modern day King George. We need a President that will humble himself and take up his proper role as a servant of the people. We need a President who will abide by the Constitution that he has sworn to “preserve, protect, and defend.”

Update: Reason magazine picks up on the same theme and adds to the list of Mr. Obama’s anti-Constitutional offenses. Worse, they are forced to explain to Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, why not getting his own way does not justify trashing the Constitution.

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Obama’s “personal narrative” crumbling

As we learn more and more about Obama’s “composite” girlfriends, and self-stated place of birth, we begin to see that much of this life before Washington was a fabrication and marketing scheme.

Now, we’re also learning that his much shared story about the death of this mother is also false.

Throughout the 2008 campaign season, and later, in support of his massive overhaul of our medical system, Obama was widely quoted as saying his mother had been the victim of a greedy and vindictive insurance system. He claimed she spent her final days in the hospital, fighting with insurance companies over her medical coverage.

For my mother to die of cancer at the age of 53 and have to spend the last months of her life in the hospital room arguing with insurance companies because they’re saying that this may be a pre-existing condition and they don’t have to pay her treatment, there’s something fundamentally wrong about that.

In reality, we are now learning that there is something fundamentally wrong with a person spreading yet another false narrative about the evils of insurance companies, as a means of obtaining the most powerful political office on the planet.

The fables Obama seems to have told about his alienation, his girlfriends and the rest of his over-intellectualized voyage of self-discovery actually pale in comparison to the whopper he told when running for election in 2008 that his mother died because she had been denied coverage and treatment of her disease. Scott revealed that in fact the expenses relating to her cancer had been paid by her insurance. Though she had a separate and totally unrelated dispute relating to disability coverage, Scott’s research proved that Obama’s statement during the 2008 presidential debate was fiction [...]

It bears repeating that the president knew this account was false because he served as his mother’s attorney in all her dealings with the insurance company.

It is time for Obama’s many, varied, and colorful personal narratives to be brought out into the sunlight. That this man is serial liar and much of his life appears to be little more than marketing spin and fable has become increasingly clear. It’s time that the media did its job and the American people saw through the hype and PR. It’s time to finally vet this man’s career and credentials.

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Protections against government action

Potentially, a government is the most dangerous threat to man’s rights; it holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force against legally disarmed victims. When unlimited and unrestricted by individual rights, a government is man’s deadliest enemy. It is not as protection against private actions, but against governmental actions that the Bill of Rights was written.

— Ayn Rand, The Virtue of Selfishness [1964]
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Are we “free” to speak? Even the FEC can’t decide

Three kicks at the can and the Federal Elections Commission can’t reach a uniform decision on whether potential ads for the Presidential Election were regulated under federal elections law.

If the government entity charged with managing so-called free speech during an election can’t – in three separate opinions – decide what it is to regulate, it is time to stick a fork in their jobs. They’re done.

Under Citizens United, the mere fact that the Federal Elections Commission could not reach a clear decision after three bites at the apple should be sufficient evidence of the unconstitutionality of the campaign finance laws it is charged to enforce. No one should be left with little more than casino odds to guide decisions about the legality of running political advertisements during election season.

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Paying an obsequious court

“Of those men who have overturned the liberties of republics, the greatest number have begun their career by paying an obsequious court to the people, commencing demagogues and ending tyrants.”

–Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 1, 1787
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An expression of the American mind

“This was the object of the Declaration of Independence. Not to find out new principles, or new arguments, never before thought of, not merely to say things which had never been said before; but to place before mankind the common sense of the subject, in terms so plain and firm as to command their assent, and to justify ourselves in the independent stand we are compelled to take. Neither aiming at originality of principle or sentiment, nor yet copied from any particular and previous writing, it was intended to be an expression of the American mind, and to give to that expression the proper tone and spirit called for by the occasion.”

–Thomas Jefferson, letter to Henry Lee, 1825
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An honest man

An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens…. There has never been a moment of my life in which I should have relinquished for it the enjoyments of my family, my farm, my friends and books.

— Thomas Jefferson, Letter to John Melish [January 13, 1813
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The employment of a pruning knife

“The multiplication of public offices, increase of expense beyond income, growth and entailment of a public debt, are indications soliciting the employment of the pruning knife.”

–Thomas Jefferson
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“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclination, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”

–John Adams
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An impetuous vortex

“The legislative department is everywhere extending the sphere of its activity and drawing all power into its impetuous vortex.”

–James Madison, Federalist No. 48, 1788
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Carney gets in more “uh’s” and “ah’s” than his boss

Painful. I almost started to feel sorry for Jay as I watched him stumble over this answer.

Amazing to see him actually fit more “uh’s” and “ah’s” into an answer than his boss without a teleprompter.

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South Carolina AFL-CIO keeping things classy

The repeated requests by progressives to engage in “civil discourse” take on a new tone with the release of a video filmed at a union gathering last Saturday.

In the video, outgoing South Carolina AFL-CIO president, Donna Dewitt, attacks a pinata with a picture of Governor Nikki Haley glued to it. Unions have been angry with Haley since her State of the State Address earlier this year when she said,

We’ll make the unions understand full well that they are not needed, not wanted and not welcome in the state of South Carolina.

ABC News reports that Dewitt was at a union retreat with several of her colleagues when they had her attack the pinata with an aluminum baseball bat. Initially Dewitt comments on Haley’s picture, saying that she thinks Haley “looks like a tough old girl.” One woman in the crowd suggests that Dewitt should “then, whack her harder” and “wait for the face to come around.” As Dewitt begins to strike the pinata, the group screams loudly, encouraging her to “give her another whack.” After the second swing Dewitt knocks the pinata off the string onto a nearby table. The crowd cheers loudly and screams for Dewitt to “hit her again!” Dewitt proceeds to reposition the pinata, ensuring Haley’s picture is facing up, and repeatedly strikes the pinata until it is destroyed. Cheers are heard throughout the video as Dewitt attacks the representation of Gov. Haley.

Dewitt and members of the AFL-CIO initially defended the attack, claiming that “there was no ill will” in Dewitt’s actions and that cheering an attack on effigies of Gov. Haley with baseball bats was all in fun. In a later email (sent to ABC news) an AFL-CIO representative repudiated the video, saying it was meant as fun, but that there was “there is absolutely no place for that kind of joke in a conversation that is extremely serious about how to rebuild our middle class and our country. (sic)”

As those involved in political discourse are being routinely reprimanded by progressive leaders for any perceived lack of civility – especially when that incivility can be cast as part of a larger “war on women” – this video shines a clear light into the double standards they hold. It also gives a very clear conception of the attitudes of senior level union officials toward their political opponents.

Do what they say folks, not what they do for “fun” at their private retreats.

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