Sept. 21, 2012

 

Obama plays follow the leader down tarnished Golden path

Since the U.S. has found its fiscal and environmental paradigm in California, the American people are able to see a very real and unsightly picture for what is to come if the country continues in this direction.

 

Cartoon: Puppet media

The mainstream media has become nothing more than a puppet of this Administration gleefully spreading whatever narrative Obama wants them to spread. 

 

EPA delays FOIA response; what is it hiding?

In May of 2012, Americans for Limited Government filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) with the EPA regarding their regulation and corresponding law suit on the topic of coal-ash. The EPA has not been quick with a response.

 

Caption contest: Obama and a pirate

Submit a caption and get recognized on NetRightDaily.com.  A panel of ALG judges will determine the top caption on Monday, Sept. 24 so make sure when you submit your comment below that you include your email address when filling out your submission information.  Whichever caption wins, the winner will receive a $100 gift card to be used as you please.  So, don't delay, submit your caption now – the deadline for submissions is Sept. 23.

 

ICYMI: Obama exposé by The Washington Examiner

The following featured exposé from The Washington Examiner thoroughly looks into many aspects of President Obama's personal and public life. 


Obama plays follow the leader down tarnished Golden path

By Rebekah Rast

From the Gold Rush to a now mass exodus, from President Ronald Reagan to now Gov. Jerry Brown and from a booming Silicone Valley to now fallow fields in the Central Valley; to say the state of California has changed over the years is an understatement.

 California has the ninth largest economy in the world.  Once booming with private corporations, agriculturally rich farmlands and tourists, the state is now losing businesses, much-needed food crops and even vacationers.

How did the state that all other states sought to emulate fall to the bottom?

Along with pristine beaches and beautiful weather, California also has a tax base unfriendly to businesses and those with wealth; it has a rampant environmental movement destroying communities and industries and caters to and favors the public sector union workforce so much so you'd think the state was on a mission to commit economic suicide.

Sound familiar?

If you're thinking all this sounds a lot like the same issues plaguing the United States of America, you're correct.

California has the third highest unemployment rate in the nation at 10.7 percent and $500 billion of unfunded liabilities of its pensio....

The U.S. hasn't broken out of an unemployment rate at 8 percent or above for 43 months—since the first month President Obama took office.  Despite its efforts to revamp civil and military retirement plans and pensions, USA Today reported in 2011 that the federal retirement programs now.... For 2012 alone, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects a federal deficit of more than $1.1 trillion.

As if this wasn't enough, the tax structures between California and the U.S. also have much in common.

In California, the wealthy pay about two-thirds of all the incomes taxes. In the U.S., Forbes reports that in 2009 the top 1 percent of income earners ear....

Yet what is heard from Gov. Jerry Brown? Tax the rich! And President Obama is not shy in his political ads, on the campaign trail and even in the White House about his strong desire to raise taxes on America's "wealthy."

It appears the U.S. is doing a wonderful job following the path of California.  However, this skewed rendition of follow the leader leads to nowhere good.  Even California Gov. Jerry Brown admits, "We have lived beyond our means." 

It would be best for America if its elected leaders came to the same conclusion and begin the arduous process of establishing and passing a sound budget.

Unfortunately, the similarities between California the U.S. don't stop at fiscal insanity.  The radical environmental movement happening in California is also occurring on a much grander scale throughout the country.

In California, due to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the U.S. Forest Service, a once robust and necessary industry was shut down about 20 years a....

The Northern spotted owl was once thought to only be able to survive in old forests—overgrown and unmaintained.  So when it became an endangered special in 1990, and even before, great cutbacks were made in the logging industry throughout California, Oregon and Washington states.  Ironically, the Obama administration recently admitted that the owl still hasn't made a comeback and so has decided to kill a more dominant owl species in hopes of rejuvenating the spott....

Another area pained by an out-of-control environmentalist agenda is the Central Valley in California.

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Cartoon: Puppet media

 

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EPA delays FOIA response; what is it hiding?

By Mark A. Wohlschlegel II

In May of 2012, Americans for Limited Government filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) with the EPA regarding their regulation and corresponding law suit on the topic of coal-ash.

This stemmed from our suspicion of the green groups taking advantage of the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA).  By this act, parties that prevail in cases against federal agencies are now allowed to seek reimbursement from the federal government for attorney fees.   Its intent was to ensure that decisions to contest administrative actions are based on the merits and not the cost of litigation, thereby encouraging agencies to base such actions on informed deliberation.  EPA knows this.  Green groups know this.  Neither have anything to lose.   Based on this, ALG is looking for evidence of collusion between the groups to exploit the EAJA.  

Our request simply asked for all communications between the EPA's Office and 11 environmental groups that were also involved in the suit, including the Sierra Club, Chesapeake Climate Change Network and Physicians for Social Responsibility.  ALG voluntarily amended the request on June 11 to narrow the search.  Following this the EPA used our request for a fee waiver as a member of the "news media" as their tool to both delay and stonewall a response to our request. Despite providing what was specifically asked for on two occasions, we were summarily denied three times. Among other objections, in the EPA's last denial, dated August 6th, it again ignored our reasoned analysis and claimed we did not "turn raw data materials into distinct works," but rather labeled us as an "information vendor" or "middleman."

After filing well over 100 FOIA requests, and successfully receiving a "news media" member designation by more than a dozen other federal government departments and agencies, we at ALG are not exactly "green" when it comes to FOIA requests. Not deterred by the EPA's belligerence, we at ALG re-filed a 55-page request on Aug. 22, detailing our right to a fee waiver as a member of the "news media" for FOIA purposes, and attaching 15 unique editorial pieces done by us. This included an original Aug. 15 article "What is the EPA hiding?" on this very FOIA battle we were having with the EPA. We also brought to the EPA's attention a 2008 district court case they lost on this very issue. About a week later (and almost four months since our original filing), the EPA gave us our fee waiver.

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Caption contest: Obama and a pirate

 

Submit a caption and get recognized on NetRightDaily.com.  A panel of ALG judges will determine the top caption on Monday, Sept. 24, so make sure when you submit your comment below that you include your email address when filling out your submission information.  Whichever caption wins, the winner will receive a $100 gift card to be used as you please.  So, don't delay, submit your caption now – the deadline for submissions is Sept. 23.

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ICYMI: Obama exposé by The Washington Examiner

 

ALG Editor's Note: The following featured exposé from The Washington Examiner thoroughly looks into many aspects of President Obama's personal and public life. 

 

The Obama You Don't Know

Washington Examiner Special Report

From the introduction: 

"Beyond the spin and polls, a starkly different picture emerges. It is a portrait of a man quite unlike his image, not a visionary reformer, but a classic Chicago machine pol."

Chapter 1: A childhood of privilege, not hardship 

Michelle Obama says "Barack and I were both raised by families who didn't have much in the way of money or possessions." In fact, for much of his life, Barack Obama has enjoyed privileges and opportunities denied to most Americans.

Chapter 2: Myth of the 'rock star' professor 

Though initially popular as a University of Chicago Law School adjunct lecturer, he was not ranking among the top professors, according to student evaluations.

Chapter 3: The 1997 speech that launched Obama 

His 2004 Democratic National Convention speech got the big headlines, but a previously unreported 1997 Obama speech did far more to launch him with big backers with big bucks.

Chapter 4: For the slumlord's defense, Barack Obama, Esq. 

It was a frigid January and the slumlord who put his tenants on the street without going through the required eviction process got off with a $50 fine. His lawyer went on to be elected president of the United States.

Chapter 5: Obama's toughest critics on the Left 

Long before he ran for president, radical critics accused Obama of selling out Chicago's poor to the Daley political machine.

Chapter 6: The poor people Obama left behind 

Altgeld Gardens housing advocate Hazel Johnson welcomed the young Obama into her kitchen. Then she never heard from him again after he won his first election.

Chapter 7: The myth of Obama as state senate reformer 

When the real reformers asked for his help, State Sen. Barack Obama was nowhere to be found.

Chapter 8: Obama's state pension fund scheme 

It worked for Rev. Jesse Jackson against the Fortune 500, so State Sen. Barack Obama used it to get millions for his friends from Illinois' biggest public employee pension funds.

Chapter 9: Obama's Arab-American network 

Syrian emigrant Tony Rezko had lots of Arab-American friends in the Chicago business community who shared his enthusiasm for Barack Obama.

Chapter 10: Obama brings Chicago politics to Washington 

Surprised by Solyndra? Don't be, it's just one of many examples that demonstrate Barack Obama is doing things in Washington the same way he did them in Chicago.

Read the complete Washington Examiner report.

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