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Inspector General Investigating DOJ For Employee Harassment Of Specific Cases Like Black Panthers

Justice IG probing Black Panther case.  WT.  You heard right.  The Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department is actually looking into whether the voting rights section employees have been subjected to harassment, change in responsibilities, or transferred, for working on particular cases. 

Somehow the night stick wielding Black Panther with his comrade stalking a Philadelphia poll station intimidating voters, was petty for the DOJ.   

EXCLUSIVE: Career lawyers overruled on voting case.  WT.   That is correct.  The DOJ bosses blocked the lowly justice lawyers from proceeding, even though default summary judgment against the Black Panthers had already been issued.   

Why?  Obviously because the flagrant violation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by the Black Panthers, did not fit political appointeees’ brand of enforcement work.  Laws are to be applied justice blind, right?  Not in the new era of the Obama Justice Department.   

  • Attorney General Eric Holder, appointed by President Barack Obama.
  • Acting-Assistant Attorney General Loretta King, appointed by President Barack Obama. 
  • Associate Attorney General Thomas Perrelli, Obama school chum from Harvard, number 3 position at DOJ,  raised $500,000 for Obama for president.

When those doing their job properly from within won’t let up, despite being restrained by their masters, the heat is turned up to drive them out.  J. Christian Adams, an attorney in the voting rights division, left after superiors shunned the Black Panther case.  Back Channels: Panther case dismissal needs explanation.  Philadelphia Inquirer. 

Adams wrote that the dismissal of the case “was motivated by a lawless hostility toward equal enforcement of the law.” As for the re-review, “the lawyers who ordered the dismissal … did not even read the internal Justice Department memorandums supporting the case and investigation.”

What’s “most disturbing,” Adams wrote, is “the open and pervasive hostility within the Justice Department to bringing civil rights cases against nonwhite defendants on behalf of white victims. Equal enforcement of justice is not a priority of this administration. Open contempt is voiced for these types of cases.

“Some of my coworkers,” Adams continued, “argued that the law should not be used against black wrongdoers because of the long history of slavery and segregation. … Incredibly, after the case was dismissed, instructions were given that no more cases against racial minorities like the Black Panther case would be brought by the [Justice Department's] Voting Section.”

Christopher Coates, a former ACLU attorney, and now former chief of the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division in the Justice Department, was transferred from his post to South Carolina.  NRO uncovered a troubling mantra at the DOJ that may have been the impetus for Coates’ reassignment.

One of their unbreakable rules is that the VRA shouldn’t be used to protect white voters from discrimination committed by racial or ethnic minorities. 

That is why  Justice Dept. subpoenaed in New Black Panthers case.  WT.   And now EDITORIAL: Black Panther case roars back.  WT.

The overdue need for an investigation centers on the broader question of whether the Obama-Holder Justice Department enforces civil rights laws equally in defense of whites and Asians as it does on behalf of blacks or Hispanics. Ample anecdotal and strong circumstantial evidence indicates it doesn’t. 

But will the investigation expose and penalize the DOJ agenda on selectively pursuing some cases, whereas failing to prosecute overt law-breakers?    Or will political maneuvering thwart the truth?

“Security” patrols stationed at polling places in Philly

November 4, 2008


GAO Exposes Misleading Obamacare Claims

Well it looks like Kathleen Sebelius as Secretary of Health and Human Services, has been overstating the benefits of Obamacare, and threatening insurance companies who criticize it with removal from the roster.    

It all started about a year ago.  A Humana Mailer brochure was mailed to Medicare Advantage seniors warning them of the tightening reins on Medicare with Obamacare looming.

Leading health reform proposals being considered in Washington, D.C., this summer include billions in Medicare Advantage funding cuts, as well as spending reductions to original Medicare and Medicaid. While these programs need to be made more efficient, if the proposed funding cut levels become law, millions of seniors and disabled individuals could lose many of the important benefits and services that make Medicare Advantage health plans so valuable.

Medicare was not pleased.  They initiated an investigation of Humana.  Misleading and Confusing Plan Communications to Enrollees Memo from CMS.  

Please be advised that we take this matter very seriously and, based upon the findings of our investigation, will pursue compliance and enforcement actions.

Unable to leave that Humana letter unanswered, HHS made its own brochure and promptly mailed it to Seniors.  But the veracity went tested.  GAO Finds Sebelius Misleading Taxpayers on Health Reform.  Fox Business.   

For example, the GAO says the brochure fails to note that reform actually delivers cuts to the Medicare program, increases Medicare prescription premiums, and cuts payment to doctors. 

The GAO also says the Sebelius brochure made misleading statements about health reform making “improvements” to Medicare Advantage, and that the brochure does not cite the $123 billion in estimated cuts over a ten-year period to Medicare Advantage, which provides services beyond regular Medicare offerings. Medicare Advantage is the private options that about one in five Medicare beneficiaries enroll in.   

And the GAO says the brochure fails to note that “two government analyses have determined that [health reform] reductions in funding for Medicare Advantage may decrease enrollment and result in less generous benefit packages.”The GAO also says the brochure misleadingly tells Medicare recipients that health reform “increases the number of primary care doctors, nurses, and physician assistants” enrolled in Medicare, when in fact, reform only provides incentives for those doctors to voluntarily join or stay in Medicare.

The GAO also says the brochure misleadingly refers to new programs as being available for Medicare recipients, when they are not eligible for these offerings.The GAO also says the brochure fails to acknowledge what the 2010 Medicare Trustees Report says, “that while the financial outlook for the Medicare program is substantially improved as a result of” reform, “the feasibility of long-range improvements is still uncertain, and significant increases in premiums for some beneficiaries may be necessary.”  

But if it isn’t bad enough having the GAO publicly cross check your claims, then apparently it is worse if insurers  publicly clamor because of the rising costs, cutbacks in services, and increased premiums we all pay as a result 0f Obamacare.  They have started to drop policies.  Obamacare bureacracy effect on people is manifesting.

Now Obamacare creators are miffed that any insurer dare practice freedom of speech.   

HHS to insurers: Don’t blame us for your rates.  AP/Yahoo.     

the administration won’t tolerate blaming premium hikes on the new health overhaul law.     

“There will be zero tolerance for this type of misinformation and unjustified rate increases,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a letter to the insurance lobby.   

“Simply stated, we will not stand idly by as insurers blame their premium hikes and increased profits on the requirement that they provide consumers with basic protections,” Sebelius said. She warned that bad actors may be excluded from new health insurance markets that will open in 2014 under the law. They’d lose out on a big pool of customers, as many as 30 million people nationwide.     

 Sebelius: insurers who criticize ObamaCare may get locked out of system.  HA.    

Rarely have we heard a Cabinet official tell Americans to stay out of political debates at the risk of losing their businesses.  It points out the danger in having government run industries and holding a position where politicians can actually destroy a business out of spite.  It also demonstrates the thin skin of our current administration, where Hope and Change means keeping your mouth shut and pretending that everyone is happy while businesses slowly circle the drain.  

Oddly enough, Senator Max Baucus might take his own words a little more seriously.   

“It is wholly inappropriate for insurance companies to mislead seniors regarding any subject—particularly on a subject as important to them, and to the nation, as health-care reform,” Mr. Baucus said in a statement yesterday, playing the role of Congressional censor. “The health-care reform bill we released last week strengthens Medicare and does not cut benefits covered under the Medicare program—and seniors need to know that.”   

Message.  Speak up, and ye shall be sanctioned.   


Obamacare Turns The Other Cheek On $56 Billion Malpractice Cost

Trial lawyers: Medical liability costs ONLY $56 billion per year!.  Washington Examiner.

Only $56 billion per year. Well, then it’s not even worth doing medical malpractice reform. $56 billion per year is barely enough for a good lobster dinner.

The very idea that President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrat minions did not attempt to rein in malpractice liability in health care reform, clearly shows they are as much a part of the problem as the trial lawyers in this country for promoting the cost as insignificant. 

Perhaps downplaying the cost, Bloomberg entitled their take on it as Medical Liability Costs Make Up 2.4% of U.S. Health Spending.  Bloomberg.  It is harder to fathom the cost in those terms. 

Now typical of ivory tower academicians who have no clue about the real world. 

“The $56 billion for medical malpractice isn’t chump change for a country already feeling financially strapped,” said Amitabh Chandra, a co-author, in a telephone interview yesterday. “But we should not think that by reforming it, we will find the keys to reducing the cost growth in health care.”

It hardly seems unlikely that by clamping down on runaway costs that stem from defensive medicine, i.e., tests and studies ordered to limit a doctor’s risk of a malpractice lawsuit, that costs will not go down. 

Simply stated, remove the incentive for a lawsuit, then the practice, and hence the cost, of defensive medicine will drop.  And so too will the costs borne by the public and taxpayers in the cost of their insurance coverage, private, Medicare, or Medicaid.  The critical issue is how long it will take before effects will manifest. 

Malpractice reform no ‘silver bullet’ for skyrocketing healthcare spending.  The Hill.  Texas is served up as an example of tort reform passed in 2003, whose health care costs remain high.  However, there are indirect benefits which have served the state well.

“In Texas, medical liability reform has attracted thousands of new doctors to the state — over 15,000 since reform passed in 2003. Before reform, doctors were leaving the state,” Burgess said. “Charity care rendered by Texas hospitals has increased by 24 percent, resulting in $594 million in free care to Texas’ patients.” 

Medical liability reform does have benefits, albeit not necessarily as quickly as many would like.  The reality is that it does significantly contribute to the cost of health care, and if that is to be addressed, then it would appear that both removing incentive for lawsuits in conjunction to changing practice patterns of defensive medicine, may go hand -in-hand to improving the ultimate price consumers and taxpayers foot overall. 


Sneaky Amnesty Plan For Illegal Immigrants Has Slowly Been Engaged

Obama Administration Must Enforce America’s Immigration Laws.  Or so America would expect the Executive branch of the government to adhere to the laws in place.

Sneaky amnesty for illegal immigrants?  Decide for yourself.  The Heritage Foundation has an excellent piece discussing the need for immigration enforcement, yet the real illegal immigration agenda emanating straight from the White House today.   

First, the Obama Administration fundamentally changed the contours of the Section 287(g) program that empowered state and local law enforcement to enforce federal immigration law. Though only a “revision,” the new policy placed unnecessary new financial and administrative burdens on states and localities. It further limited the ability of state and local law enforcement to check the immigration status of those arrested to individuals arrested for “serious offenses.”

Next, the Obama Administration failed to develop any coherent border security policy, even as it moved away from the gains made in the last few years of the Bush Administration. After the White House dismantled the SBInet program and ceased any new physical fence work, the void left the border as porous as ever. A move to put 1,200 National Guard troops at the border was more politics than substance, as Guard troops are severely limited in their ability to assist the Border Patrol beyond administrative and maintenance duties. While this decision may have made sense in previous years where the simple lack of Border Patrol manpower hindered its ability to secure the border, a robust recruitment program by the Bush Administration has left the Border Patrol much better staffed.

Then, the President himself sat in silence as Mexican President Felipe Caldron lectured to Americans from the Rose Garden, chastising them for their lack of interest in subsidizing the Mexican economy through remittances or absorbing its poorest citizens. Never mind that Calderon’s own failed policies have failed to create economic opportunities for his people at home, let alone stem the horrific violence now spilling over into the U.S.

Still worse, the Obama Administration abandoned worksite enforcement policies that resulted in record levels of arrests, deportations, and penalties against scofflaw employers and replaced it with a “soft” audit process that allows illegal immigrants to remain in the U.S. In some cases, the Administration is releasing illegal immigrants apprehended with temporary work permits.

To the surprise of no one, the Administration then sued the state of Arizona to stop it from enforcing its own laws dealing with illegal immigrants within its jurisdiction. Regardless of whether Arizona eventually prevails (which it likely will), the lawsuit itself will certainly chill action by other states, especially during such austere times when paying large legal bills is an unattractive option.

Finally, over the last month, reports indicate that an internal U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) memorandum blatantly advised the leadership at USCIS—and, presumably, Secretary Janet Napolitano—to simply ignore the law. According to reports, the memo advised officials not to issue “Notice to Appear” letters to those illegal immigrants who did not have another avenue to use to delay their deportation. In conjunction with that memo, it was uncovered that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has begun to review and dismiss cases of non-criminal illegal immigrants, which will allow those illegal immigrants to remain in America.

Sadly, we see the reality being dictated from above down to ICE.  Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are being told to freely let illegal immigrants into the United States, as long as they have no criminal cases pending. 

New Immigration Policy to Halt Some Illegal Immigrant Deportations.  Fox.  A memo was released August 20, 2010 directing the ICE agents to dismiss deportation proceedings against illegals who are married or have a U.S. citizen or legal resident who has filed a petition on their behalf.  No criminal, serious, or adverse issues though. 

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, likened the change to a “free pass” for illegal immigrants, a characterization federal authorities denied.

A Department of Homeland Security official told Fox News that the new policy was designed in July 2009 to improve docket efficiency.

The Feds will certainly be able to clear their dockets now.  Instead of doing their job, backlog and all, they would rather just let them in.  Then it makes them look like they are working doing something.

Indeed.  Something illegal in and of itself.  Violating federal laws already in place by ignoring them.  Laws that apply to everyone.  The Executive branch of the U.S. government included. 


Obama Administration Withdraws Prosecution Of USS Cole Terrorist

Administration halts prosecution of alleged USS Cole bomber.  WP.

Al-Qaeda suicide bomber rams bomb boat against U.S. Navy ship in Yemen, gouges a giant hole in ship, kills 17 people, injures dozens more, doesn’t die himself, is captured, and is this close to prosecution after almost 10 years.

And then.

The Obama administration decides it does not want to play anymore.  No more legal proceedings.    No excuse. 

the Justice Department said that “no charges are either pending or contemplated with respect to [Abd al-Rahim]al-Nashiri in the near future.”

Just like that.  Withdrawal. 

Certainly is a far cry from Pentagon to Seek Death Penalty for ‘Mastermind’ in 2000 USS Cole Bombing in June 2008.  Fox. 

Sounds like someone doesn’t want to go after a terrorist in a military tribunal.  Wouldn’t want to mess up the chance of taking the other Guantanamo terrorists through civilian trials later.   

“It’s politics at this point,” said one military official…

The CIA roughed up the guy in interrogation.  Waterboarding, gun and electric drill threats.  Must be nicey nicey now.   Don’t want anything non-nicey coming out at trial.  Just wrecks that faux concerned sheen. 

So keep the guy locked up.  No charges.  Out of sight, out of mind.

Except for all the maimed and the relatives of the dead. 


Obama Back Door Amnesty For Illegal Immigrants In Full Swing

Feds moving to dismiss some deportation cases.  Houston Chronicle. 

Interesting, since today it appears as a contradiction to the earlier report in July 2010, US government increasing enforcement of immigration laws: report at Jurist.  The Obama administration portrays enforcement at one moment, yet actively starts practicing dismissal of illegal immigration cases just a few weeks later.  They probably thought no one was watching. 

It started with a little memo entitled Civil Immigration Enforcement: Priorities for the Apprehension, Detention, and Removal of Aliens, by John Morton Assistant Secretary of ICE.   PDF or Docstoc.  A fancy memo no less.  One that goes on ad nauseum about which illegal immigrant cases they should pursue.   Buried in the depths at the end of the memo is the reality of how the Obama administration will achieve their goal in opening the floodgates of entry into the U.S. further.  Quietly, of course.  Wouldn’t want Americans in on this big give-a-away.   Bolded here. 

D. Prosecutorial discretion

The rapidly increasing number of criminal aliens who may come to ICE’s attention heightens the need for ICE employees to exercise sound judgment and discretion consistent with these priorities when conducting enforcement operations, making detention decisions, making decisions about release on supervision pursuant to the Alternatives to Detention Program, and litigating cases. Particular care should be given when dealing with lawful permanent residents. juveniles, and the immediate family members of U.S. citizens. Additional guidance on prosecutorial discretion is forthcoming. In the meantime, ICE officers and attorneys should continue to be guided by the November 17,2000 prosecutorial discretion memorandum from then-INS Commissioner Doris Meissner; the October 24. 2005 Memorandum from Principal Legal Advisor William Howard; and the November 7, 2007 Memorandum from then-Assistant Secretary Julie Myers.

So there you have it.  Discretion.  Do within the guidance offered. 

And forthcoming is now.  Additional guidance is evident today with the Department of Homeland Security giving the go ahead to let folks in now, who came into the U.S. illegally earlier.

Who gets to stay?  HC.

they are following general guidelines that allow for the dismissal of cases for defendants who have been in the country for two or more years and have no felony convictions.

In some instances, defendants can have one misdemeanor conviction, but it cannot involve a DWI, family violence or sexual crime

Quite evidently, the Feds are abandoning their responsibility to enforce immigration laws in place as it applies to ALL illegal immigrants. 

“They’ve made clear that they have no interest in enforcing immigration laws against people who are not convicted criminals,” said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, which advocates for strict controls.

The reaction from attorneys hired by illegal immigrants.

The court “was terminating all of the cases that came up,” Gonzalez said. “It was absolutely fantastic.”

“We’re all calling each other saying, ‘Can you believe this?’ ” said John Nechman, another Houston immigration attorney, who had two cases dismissed.

So it appears then that rules in place that are unfavorable to a cause, warrant changing them to suit a group’s purpose.  Laws included. 

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Democrats Now Spinning Unpopular Obamacare With Need To Improve It

Leaked White House Memo Advises Democrats on How to Spin Obamacare.  WS. They understand what needs to be done with the $2.5 trillion law.

The truth is that Obamacare cannot be improved.  It can only be repealed.  It was passed as “comprehensive legislation,” and it must be repealed comprehensively. 

Dems retreat on health care cost pitch.  Politico.  They can see where this is headed.

Not content at how miserably failing their straight partisan healthcare reform legislation is sitting with all of the American public, the Democrats are in retreat and re-strategize mode now.  People are angry about their legislation, and how it will negatively affect them.  Directly and indirectly. 

They had a conference call in which a Power Point presentation was given on how to sell Obamacare.  The thrust was the personal story, do not over sell, and repeatedly claim a need to improve the bill.  Instead of repeal, which is largely sitting on many a taxpayer’s minds now.

Research Findings – Implementing Health Reform: A communications perspective.  Lake Research Partners, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, and The Herndon Alliance. 

Use personal stories — coupled with clear, simple descriptions of how the law benefits people at the individual level — to convey critical benefits of reform. 

Don’t: say the law will reduce costs or deficit.

Alas, admission the plus trillion dollar law is mighty expensive and budget busting.

Obamacare Only Looks Worse Upon Further Review: Kevin Hassett at Bloomberg Businessweek cuts to the chase.  A massive increase in new bureaucratic programs and systems in healthcare that cannot be challenged, including patient care models for cost control.  You know, those that ration care based on costs.

Based on the administration’s own numbers, as many as 117 million people might have to change their health plans by 2013 as their employer-provided coverage loses its grandfathered status and becomes subject to the new Obamacare mandates.

Those mandates also might make your health care more expensive. The Congressional Budget Office predicts that premiums for a small number of families who buy their insurance privately will rise by as much as $2,100.

The central Obamacare mechanism for increasing insurance coverage is an expansion of the Medicaid program. Of the 30 million new people covered, 16 million will be enrolled in Medicaid. And you could end up in the program whether you want it or not. The bill states that people who apply for coverage through the new exchanges or who apply for premium-subsidy credits will automatically be enrolled in Medicaid if they qualify.

But there is more.  More will get pinched or punched, depending on the cisumstances.  The elderly, those with upper end health insurance plans, and more taxes on investment income. 

To pay for this expansion, the bill takes $529 billion from Medicare, with roughly 39 percent of the cut coming from the Medicare Advantage program. This represents a large transfer of resources, sacrificing the care of the elderly in order to increase the Medicaid rolls.

For all this supposed reform, you, the American taxpayer, can expect a bill to the tune of $569 billion.

Front and center among the new taxes is the 40 percent excise tax on those lucky people with so-called Cadillac health plans. The higher insurance costs that are driven by the government mandates will push many more ordinary plans into Cadillac territory.

If the idea of taxing people with coverage deemed too good doesn’t bother you, maybe the new 3.8 percent tax on investment income will. That will apply even to a small number of home sales, those that generate $250,000 in profit for an individual or $500,000 for a married couple.

Oh yeah, let’s not forget.  Health care law’s massive, hidden tax change.  CNN Money.  The one where all businesses small and large will now be overburdened by having to submit 1099 tax forms for all purchases of goods and services more than $600 per year to the IRS.  Businesses make routine purchases over multiple accounts.  Now they will have to take time and effort to further document and submit paperwork.  And pass the cost on to you, the consumer.  A business never takes the hit all the time.  They will find ways to maintain their profit line at the expense of the consumer.

So there you have it.  The reality of Obamacare.  Care to believe the Democrat’s spin?  Or the facts as laid out by Businessweek and CNN Money, based on Congressional Budget reports and the IRS?


Appreciating Obama Presidency

Noemie Emery: Let’s just appreciate the great Obama presidency.  WE.

Tongue in cheek.

Just how badly does President Obama want the Democrats to lose the 2010 midterm elections?

…Michelle Obama…Spanish vacation? …Gulf State residents…one whole day between Spanish vacation and the family’s real vacation..Martha’s Vineyard…

…president in favor of a Mega Mosque near Ground Zero, opposed by only two-thirds of American people

…health care, the stimulus, the economy, Government Motors…

…strategy of giving them what they don’t want, and then, when they complain about it, telling them to shut up, and keep giving them more?

…Missouri’s vote against the individual mandate meant “nothing,” when it is only the fourth vote against health care — Virginia, New Jersey, and Massachusetts

Gee.  The post is a must read!


Congress May Okay FLOTUS Robbing Food Stamp Kitty To Fund Her Nutrition Program

Dems may use food stamp money to pay for Michelle Obama’s nutrition initiative.  The Hill.

Phenomenal!  Robbing Peter to pay Paul.  Taking food out of people’s mouths and placing it in others’. 

It’s okay.  Barack approves, after all.   He isn’t putting the brakes on it.

Redefining the Robin Hood fairy tale, by No Fake Harleys.

“(Elect Me & I’ll Be) Robin-You (From The) Hood.  I’ll Steal Tax $$$ From Workers & Redistribute It To The Lazy, The Poor & Illegals!”
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Businesses Must Now File 1099 IRS Forms With Vendors To Pay For Obamacare

IRS starts mopping up Congress’s tax-reporting mess.  CNN.

Well now, it looks like the deluge of paperwork from the Democratic passage of the Health Reform Care bill is about to hit small business across America like lightning.  It was sneaky getting this little doozy into the bill. 

This is how Democrats figured they could come up with some cash to pay for all that health care for everyone who is not already paying for it themselves. 

Saddle every business in America with additional 1099 forms.  You know, those pesky forms that any business has to fill out and file with both the IRS AND any vendor who has bought services or goods for over $600 per year. 

For any business that can easily add to all the other multitude of tax and business paperwork that must be filed.  Taxes and paperwork come in a range of types.  Payroll.  940.  941.  1040.  433.  State income tax.  Unemployment forms.   That’s just to name a few, and does not even take into account all the other paperwork of licences, registrations, etc. involved in any occupation. 

But filing with BOTH the feds AND the vendors could be another monumental task already enormous for the average businessman, let alone a small businessman.  Big business will just pass it on to the accounting section.  Small businesses often times manage by themselves.  Barely.  A Mom and Pop bakery business can easily rack up business or services with at least 100 vendors.   Instead of focusing on their business now, they will be laboring over paperwork.  Or paying an accountant.  Whose bill will be paid by the business.  Who will then pass it on to you, the consumer.

So it looks like Obamacare has now stuck it to small businesses across America, by more burdensome paperwork.  And of course, the consumer.