Lurking Behind Obama

You probably aren’t aware George W. Bush is no longer president. You’re likely shocked to discover he’s no longer in the oval office, not influencing congress – he’s not even in the rose garden. Listening to President Obama blame George W., you would think former President Bush is calling all the shots, involved in every decision. After 18 months of Obama in office, this is odd behavior. Obama is continuously shirking responsibility, blaming the former president for a multitude of issues Bush has little or nothing to do with. Could there be a larger plan at work? Why would Obama keep blaming Bush when it’s clear this is an outdated, weak and overwhelmingly ridiculous suggestion? If you accepted a job and upon starting blamed your struggles on your predecessor, how would your boss react? After 6 months, once you continued to place fault on the person who came before you, when would you begin to look incompetent? After a year, would it be fair to continue to blame the problems you’re encountering on someone who hasn’t set foot in your office for 365 days? Obama thinks so.

Eighteen months into his presidency,the Bush blame game is the most popular hobby of Obama. The deficit? Obama inherited it from Bush; it’s not his fault! Yet, the $1.3 trillion dollars Obama accumulatedin 2009 had nothing to do with Bush. Unemployment? It’s a result of the Bush administration policies and the reckless abandon of Wall Street during Bush’s presidency! Forget the fact Obama promised passing the stimulus bill would keep unemployment at 8 percent and it instead rose to 10 percent...Obama has. Is it possible Obama is using the blame game to divert attention from the legislation he’s hoping to pass during a lame duck session? When does the Obama administration take responsibility for its failures? At what point does this become Obama’s presidency? The smokescreen of Bush blame is wearing thin. We’re beginning to see the lame duck Congress lurking around the corner.

The lame-duck Congress will be called back into session between the elections this November and the swearing-in of the 112th Congress next January. This lame duck session will give members the ability to vote on anything, pushing issues through for which many will no longer be responsible. The three pivotal issues include Cap and Trade, Card Check and Immigration. With a Republican sweep expected, the lame duck session will be filled with dozens of Democrats who have lost re-election and are willing to pass initiatives at any cost. With nothing to lose, the lame duck session threatens to pass a bevy of bills that go against the will of the American people. If you think it’s too scary of a scenario, consider the public backlash to Obamacare and the extraordinary lengths they went to in getting it passed. The treachery of jamming bills through during a lame duck session creeps closer every day. Let’s take a closer look at the impending peril:

 

Cap and Trade has long been in the cross hairs of the Obama administration.

White House energy advisor Carol Browner explains, "We’re deeply disappointed we haven’t been able to get clean energy legislation." She added they could "potentially" pass an energy bill during a lame duck session. After all, leading the "[global] clean energy revolution" will be difficult without such a bill. The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 is a 1,428 page bill with devastating consequences. The bill gives the federal government power over local building codes, requiring them to be 50 percent more efficient by 2016. But that’s just the government; how would the bill affect you?

Spooky side effects include electricity rates raised 90 percent, gas prices raised 58 percent, natural gas prices raised 55 percent and the average family’s energy bill raised by $1,241. Make no mistake about it, this is an unbridled tax bill focused on separating you from your money. As the Heritage Foundation explains, "[it] is clear that cap and trade is very expensive and amounts to nothing more than an energy tax in disguise. The bottom line is that cap and trade works by raising the cost of energy high enough so that individuals and businesses are forced to use less of it. Inflicting economic pain is what this is all about."

A tax on productivity during the worst economy since the Great Depression? Cap and trade, coming to a lame duck session near you.

 

With Cap and Trade complete, what overbearing bill will the administration unleash next? It’s known as the Employee Free Choice Act, better known as "card check." Card check denies workers access to a secret ballot when voting on whether to unionize, effectively outing those opposed to joining. Stewart Acuff, from the Utility Workers Union of America was asked, "[are] you so keen to get card check through that you would push card check through a lame duck session in defiance of what voters want and what public opinion wants?" Stewart responded, "[we] will push the Employee Free Choice Act any time we can and at every opportunity. . ." Who else on the left admits to their intention of using the lame duck session to push card check through? In the House, Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva, co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, told reporters, "The lame duck would be the last chance, quite honestly, for the foreseeable future." The lame duck session is their last opportunity, their last push to make these unwanted, ill conceived bills reality. Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin, chair of the Senate committee overseeing labor issues, told Bill Press, "[we’re] still trying to maneuver" a way to pass some parts of the bill before the next Congress is sworn in.

What would federally mandated unions mean for you? For starters, say goodbye to negotiating your salary, benefits and working conditions. You’ll now be forced to rely on a union as your exclusive "bargaining agent" for these purposes. Not to worry, you might be able to negotiate yourself – after you get the labor boss’s permission. Union organizers would effectively take control of tens of millions of once upon a time independent employees. According to the National Institute for Labor Relations, "Considerable evidence suggests that a new federal law promoting monopoly unionism would actually lower real earnings and household incomes, hinder job creation, increase poverty, and reduce the availability of important job benefits like health insurance." But you didn’t want any control over your pursuit of happiness anyway, did you?

 

With new energy taxes and intimidation from unions passed, President Obama will tackle one of the most controversial issues – immigration reform. Earlier this year, the justice department sued Arizona over the state’s new immigration law. Mexico is in the middle of a bloody drug war that recently took the lives of over 28,000 people. Sixty-eight percent of Americans support building a Mexican border fence. Seventy-nine U.S. citizens were killed in Mexico in 2009, up from 35 in 2007. Three people linked to the U.S. consulate were ambushed and murdered. Criminal gangs have killed 915 municipal police officers, 698 state police and 463 federal agents. Yet, Obama is planning to provide a pathway to legal status for over 11 million illegal immigrants. Relentlessly accused of being "all talk" on immigration reform – this is an issue Obama needs to pass in order to save face.

Beyond your security and looming drug warfare bleeding into our country, what’s the big deal? In Arizona alone, illegal immigrants take $1.6 billion from Arizona’s education system, $694.8 million from health care services, $339.7 million in law enforcement and court costs, $85.5 million in welfare costs and $155.4 million in other general costs (according to the Federation for American Immigration Reform). Consider the 60 percent of illegal immigrants who are uninsured, relying on emergency-room services, forcing local hospitals to take the hit for illegal immigrants’ emergency care. Beyond the possibility of losing your job and salary to someone in America illegally, paying for illegals’ healthcare and being victimized by crimes they commit while subsidizing them with your tax dollars, we can’t figure out why this is controversial. The lame duck session is the answer.

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It’s clear passing any of these issues would go against the will of the American people. The consequences from these bills passing are chilling. Passing all three? Crippling. A slumping economy will not be improved by penalizing individuals for productivity, as cap and trade aims. Scaring people into unionizing is not an effective way to improve worker’s rights, as card check intends. Disregarding the safety of Americans and ignoring the border crisis is not effective governing. Filing a government lawsuit against a state that actually takes action to safeguard its citizens is insulting. This is not an appropriate way to pursue immigration. These are not bills that should even be considered. Yet, these are the issues they will try to pass during a lame duck session. They have made clear their willingness to pass these bills at any cost. The Democrats have more than hinted, they have assured us they will do everything in their power to make these bills a reality.

War, recession, increasing unemployment–America is experiencing great uncertainty. We don’t need to be taxed into oblivion, we don’t deserve to have our security threatened and we shouldn’t be intimidated into organizing unions. By voting on these bills during a lame duck session, some members will be exercising votes for which they have no responsibility. No responsibility, who can they have learned this strategy from? Members will vote at the insistence and with the support of Obama while resting on the same lack of responsibility Obama has been imploring for the last 18 months. The lame duck session is closing in; are we too late to stop it?



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William "Bill" Kelly is 95-year-old World War II veteran from Oregon. He lived through the Great Depression.
He served in the South Pacific during World War II. And now he has just fought the coronavirus -- and won.

Bill joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to share his experience and a hopeful message about why the younger generations can overcome this crisis.

"I want to tell the people, it wasn't pleasant, but on the other hand, you know, if you do what you're supposed to do, and you have some loved ones around you, and do a lot of praying, why, you'll come through okay. We [American's] have been through a lot. We've been through Pearl Harbor. We've been through the Great Depression, and who knows what else. We're tough. We'll get through it. Hang in there," Bill said.

"You know, it's just -- it's in our American blood," he added. "We're that type of people. We take care of each other, and we are not going to break down. We're going to make it through, every time. Every time."

"There are people that don't think we are those people anymore. That it was the greatest generation -- your generation -- that did it, but now we're not the same people. Do you agree with that? Glenn asked.

"No," asserted Bill. "And the reason I say that is because I remember when I was a young kid, you know, and people, the older people, said 'all those young kids are soft' ... but when we were attacked at Pearl Harbor -- sneak attack, you know -- it's surprising how those so-called goofy kids turned into mighty fine fighting people. And they're very loyal. I have lots of faith in them ... no, I don't have any problems with this new generation. They'll take care of us. We're Americans."

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Glenn gives the latest coronavirus numbers, updating YOU on everything needed to know as Americans and officials monitor China's new COVID-19 virus:

Daily Stats as of 5:30 AM CT (from John's Hopkins)

  • Total Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 950,638 (up from 872,891 Yesterday)
  • Total Deaths Worldwide: 48,289 (up from 43,271 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Recovered Worldwide: 202,631 (up from 184,588 Yesterday)
  • 5% of Active Cases are considered serious (requiring hospitalization) Steady from 5% Yesterday, but down from 19% high back in February
  • Note that 12% of US Confirmed Cases require Hospitalization, roughly on par with Italy at 12% requiring hospitalization
  • US has 215,344 Confirmed Cases and 5,112 Deaths, up from 188,592 cases and 4,056 deaths yesterday
  • COVID-19 is now the 3rd leading cause of death in the US, behind Heart Disease and Cancer (based on daily fatalities per 1,000 people)
  • The United States of America now leads the world in total confirmed cases, with 115,000 more cases than Italy (although Italy leads the world in Deaths with 13,155 officially dead)
  • US is 25th in Total Confirmed Cases per 1 Million Population, with 651 cases per 1 Million people. Spain has 2,583 Cases per 1 Million people.
  • US is 23rd in Total Confirmed Dead per 1 Million Population, with 15 Dead per 1 Million citizens. Italy has 218 Dead per 1 Million.
  • US has 5,112 Dead vs 8,878 Recovered and 5,075 in Critical Condition
  • The US currently has 201,354 Active Cases of COVID-19, with still less than 1% of the total US population tested.
  • 17% of Americans who have been tested have been diagnosed with COVID-19
COVID-19 Now Killing Victims Who Don't Have COVID-19 https://nypost.com/2020/04/02/coronavirus-nyc-emts-stop-taking-cardiac-arrest-patients-to-hospitals/
  • EMTs in New York have been given a directive not to transport heart-attack victims to hospitals if they cannot be revived at the scene.
  • Prior cardiac arrest victims would have been transported to hospitals for further life-saving procedures, but with hospitals being overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients, heart attack victims are solely in the hands of local EMTs. If EMTs cannot restore a pulse at the scene, victims are to be left there to die.
  • "Artificial ventilation and/or compressions must not be delayed," the memo states, adding that chest "compressions must begin as soon as it is determined the patient does not have a pulse."
  • But the guidelines change if the patient cannot be revived before arriving at a hospital.
  • "In the event a resuscitation is terminated, and the body is in public view, the body can be left in the custody of the NYPD."
China Lied, People Died Trending on Social Media https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-01/china-concealed-extent-of-virus-outbreak-u-s-intelligence-says
  • US Intelligence Services has concluded what the Internet has known since January: The Chinese Communist Party lied about total infected and total deaths due to Coronavirus.
  • Citing a report provided to the White House last week, officials confirmed that US Intelligence concludes 'gross' underreporting of total cases and total deaths, especially from Hubei Province.
  • Many have speculated that numbers coming out of China, Iran, North Korea, Russia and other totalitarian countries have been dramatically underreported, by as much as a factor of 10 according to official British Intelligence reports.
  • The early misrepresentation of data by the CCP may have lead some Western Politicians and epidemiologists to underestimate the seriousness of COVID-19 and delayed response in Italy, Spain, the UK and the US.
  • Though why anybody would have believed anything the Chinese Communist Party had to say remains an open question...
Italy's Death Toll Far Higher Than Reported https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/italys-coronavirus-death-toll-is-far-higher-than-reported/ar-BB122vvc
  • In the town of Coccaglio, an hour's drive east of here, the local nursing home lost over a third of its residents in March. None of the 24 people who died there were tested for the new coronavirus. Nor were the 38 people who died in another nursing home in the nearby town of Lodi.
  • These aren't isolated incidents. Italy's official death toll from the virus stands at 13,155, the most of any country in the world. But that number tells only part of the story because many people who die from the virus don't make it to the hospital and are never tested, therefore they aren't included in official numbers.
  • "They were all sick, they all had flu-like symptoms and difficulty breathing," stated a nurse from one of the nursing homes. "We had no ambulance to get them to Milan."
  • In the areas worst hit by the pandemic, Italy is undercounting thousands of deaths caused by the virus, a Wall Street Journal analysis shows, indicating that the pandemic's human toll may end up being much greater, and infections far more widespread, than official data indicate.
  • As stretched and sometimes overwhelmed hospitals fight to save their patients, many other people die unseen and uncounted, including elderly people in out-of-the-way locations.
  • In addition, the health-care crisis can lead to a surge of deaths from other causes that would normally be treatable.
  • "There are many more dead from the virus than are officially declared... People died and they were never tested because time and resources are limited," Eugenio Fossati, deputy mayor of Coccaglio, says of deaths caused by the virus.
More Numbers Hard to Trust as Bodies Left On The Streets in Ecuador https://www.scmp.com/news/world/americas/article/3078077/coronavirus-bodies-are-being-left-streets-ecuador
  • Coronavirus: bodies are being left on the streets in Ecuador.
  • 'They fall in front of hospitals or in back street alleys, or in small villages…no one wants to recover them,' says the mayor of Ecuador's largest city.
  • The army is placing unclaimed bodies in refrigerated cargo containers at the port while authorities pursue plans for a new cemetery.
  • The corpses have been overwhelming Guayaquil, a port city of 2.8 million at the epicenter of the coronavirus crisis in Ecuador.
  • Over the last few days, several were wrapped in plastic and left on the streets. Others have lain unclaimed in hospitals and clinics that have been overwhelmed by infections. The city morgue is full.
  • The majority of the dead are believed to be victims of the virus, but nobody can say for sure how many. There has been little testing.
  • The country has confirmed 2,700 infections and 93 deaths - 60 of them in Guayaquil and its immediate surroundings. But municipal officials there said they have recovered at least 400 bodies in the last 3 days.
  • Mayor Cynthia Viteri, who announced that she has also tested positive for the virus, said the national government should be responsible for collecting the corpses.
  • "They're leaving them in the villages, they are stacked in front of hospitals," she said in a Twitter video message to residents late last week.
  • Many local villages in Ecuador are simply burying the dead in unmarked graves, which will make official counting of COVID-19 victims impossible in the weeks ahead.
50% of Viral Spread Comes from People With No Symptoms https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/01/health/us-coronavirus-updates-wednesday/index.html
  • Researchers in Iceland have confirmed earlier reports from Hong Kong that a significant amount of viral spread is caused by carriers who have no symptoms.
  • In the US, Doctors at the CDC have confirmed asymptomatic spread, but estimate a number of about 25%.
  • If true, then the case for all persons to wear masks, even those who don't have symptoms, becomes much stronger.
  • To prevent further spread, the top infectious disease expert in the US says health officials are reconsidering guidance on face masks.
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci said he would "lean towards" recommending that the general public wear face masks "if we do not have the problem of taking away masks from the health care workers who need them. The public can stay home to avoid infection, but health care workers cannot," he said.
  • "We're not there yet, but I think we're close to coming to some determination," Fauci said.
Ship vs Train... Ship Wins https://abc7.com/usns-mercy-coronavirus-train-crash-derailment/6069395/
  • A Locomotive Engineer in Los Angeles has been charged with 1 Count of "Train Wrecking", a Class A Felony under Federal Law, after purposely derailing his freight train while attempting to sink the US Hospital ship Mercy.
  • Eduardo Moreno, 44, intended to hit the ship, saying he thought it was "suspicious" and did not believe "the ship is what they say it's for.'"
  • Moreno admitted to crashing the train intentionally but said he did not plan it out in advance. It is believed that he acted alone.
  • He allegedly made statements to a CHP officer that included "You only get this chance once. The whole world is watching. I had to. People don't know what's going on here. Now they will."
  • Officials say video from inside the train's cab shows Moreno holding a lighted flare during the incident.
Biggest Issue With COVID-19 in Malaysia: Nagging Wives https://www.npr.org/2020/04/01/825051317/dont-nag-your-husband-during-lock-down-malaysias-government-advises-women
  • Malaysia has the largest number of COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia with more than 2,900 and counting.
  • This week, Malaysia's government also had a serious public relations issue after an ill-conceived plan went online.
  • Malaysia's Ministry for Women, Family and Community Development issued a series of online posters on Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #WomenPreventCOVID19. It advised the nation's women to help with the country's partial lockdown by not nagging their husbands.
  • The ministry also advised women to refrain from being "sarcastic" if they asked for help with household chores.
  • Additionally, the Ministry urged women working from home to dress up and wear makeup.
  • After some negative response on social media, the public service messages have been removed from the Ministry's Facebook page.

MyPillow inventor and CEO Mike Lindell was lambasted by the left and mainstream media after he announced at a White House press briefing on Monday that his company will start making tens of thousands of masks to fight against the spread of coronavirus. Lindell also thanked God for President Donald Trump and encouraged Americans to turn back to God in this time of crisis.

Read the details here.

Whether it was his support for President Trump or strong religious beliefs, no one has lit up the media quite like Mike Lindell. He joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Monday to talk about the president, the 'horrible, crazy media' and how he's not afraid to keep speaking out about his faith.

"I think people are going to quit being brainwashed by this horrible, crazy media -- they know who they are -- and the public is going to see the amazing job that our president is doing," Lindell said. "I've done interview after interview today. I'm taking all the bad ones on -- I think I'm going on 'The View' tomorrow I love it. I want to go right into the hurricane. Finally, I get to speak out for Jesus like I want to."

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News broke that German Finance Minister Thomas Schaefer reportedly committed suicide on Saturday due to the stress from the economic climate during the coronavirus crisis. Unfortunately, this headline may become more common place. Concerns are far beyond those of just hand washing, finding toilet paper and the latest White House briefings. There may be a secondary crisis growing — mental health and suicide.

Messages fill my inbox daily from parents worried about their teens showing signs of risk of suicidal ideation. Spouses concerned about the toil recent layoffs will have on their partners. Elderly family members are also vulnerable.

Last week, news a father of three dying by suicide made me want to scream to the world – "LISTEN!" We are losing too many of our human family. And I am afraid with COVID-19 on the scene, we are going to lose more than ever.

During the past six years — following the suicide of my 40-year-old sister — my mission has been to bring awareness and help prevent suicide. Everyone is exposed to suicide. You either struggle with depression/anxiety, you love someone that struggles, or like me, you have already lost someone to suicide. That is literally everyone on the planet. Bigger numbers than even the virus.

Little known fact. Springtime is a peak season for suicides. Even compared to the holidays.

Little known fact. Springtime is a peak season for suicides. Even compared to the holidays.

So, pile on the constant stream of news, stats about COVID-19 deaths and a lock down on social distancing, even the most emotionally skilled individual may be drowning in vulnerability and at risk.

What can be done?

Social distancing, not isolation

Even though we are standing 6ft apart in the grocery stores, and no longer going to church together, humans need connection to survive.

Free communication apps like Marco Polo are a great way to not hide behind a text. Whether it is on video chat or old fashion letter writing, making connection a priority is crucial for our survival.

Emotional check-in

The new normal seems to be changing by the hour. It is hard to keep up, recalibrating with all the change. Just like the importance of taking temperature to check for virus symptoms, we need to monitor our emotional temp. Try the one word check-in, at dinner time, simply by asking, "How am I feeling today?" It can be a great barometer.

Naming our feelings keep them tamed.

It's Ok to not be Ok

It is crucial to our survival to frame this crisis with a mental health back drop. Suicide, depression and anxiety concerns should be at the top of the STAY HOME and STAY SAFE list. If you find yourself feeling helpless or having thoughts of self-harm, please reach out for additional support. Therapists are using online formats to serve their clients. Call your doctor or one of the many 1-800 numbers.

No one is an extra, disposable member of our human family.

If you are reading this and struggling. Please remember, we will never be better without you. No one is an extra, disposable member of our human family. We will make it thru this COVID-19 crisis stronger and closer than before. No longer will we take hugging our neighbor for granted.

And maybe, just maybe we will someday find the vaccine that stops suicide virus from spreading.

Ganel-Lyn is a public speaker, media personality & author