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Obama administration polluted with troubling policy moves

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We don’t disagree with the Obama administration that the preemptive killing of terrorists overseas – even if they are American citizens – is “a legitimate act of national self-defense that would not violate the assassination ban.”

But this is the same administration that claims the “waterboarding” of terror suspects is wrong.

So it’s morally wrong to put their heads under water for information – some even claimed it’s a war crime – but perfectly OK to kill them in drone attacks?

The odd and troubling inconsistencies and utter nonsense in this administration’s policies just keep coming.

The president has claimed for years now that the economy is Job One. But if you watch the news, you know better.

The president just laid off his much-vaunted “Jobs Council” – a committee of business and labor experts tasked with coming up with ideas to get the economy going again.

The group was a Potemkin village all along – a cynical, empty attempt to impress, to give the illusion of movement. The group met twice in four years, and not at all in the past year.

It would be a joke, but when unemployment claims are up and millions are out of work – and the economy is perilously close to another recession – it’s not funny. Clearly, the economy is not Job One with this president.

Now, instead of actually making the economy Job One, the administration is going to the mat for gun control legislation that doesn’t have a prayer of reducing violence – essentially going after law-abiding gun owners and would-be owners, who are the only ones that would obey the law, as criminals by definition do not.

In addition, the health-care law will also sic the IRS on law-abiding citizens, to make sure they buy government-approved health care.

Meanwhile, thugs are making the president’s adopted home town of Chicago a killing field – so much so that the Rev. Jesse Jackson urged the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to start patrolling Chicago streets.

Notwithstanding the illegality of such a request – the Posse Comitatus Act prohibits such a federal intrusion in enforcing state laws – it shows you how out of control the violence is in American cities. And yet, the big push is for gun control that would have next to nothing to do with making city streets safer. The guns Mr. Obama is after are very rarely used in crime.

Instead of showing some leadership on the real problem – which is naked criminality and feral youths wandering America’s cities – Mr. Obama was busy campaigning this week – again – for his irrelevant gun proposals in Minnesota.

We would respectfully suggest, again, that the president stop campaigning and start leading.

Either work with mayors and governors to find real solutions to big-city violence, or start working with Congress on the economy and the budget. One might be able to do both, if taking fewer cross-country trips for chronic campaign appearances.

Consider: The same day the president was in Minnesota, he missed a legal deadline back in Washington to file his federal budget blueprint. For the third time.

In addition, a report at Politico.com this week says Democrats in Congress are frustrated, even exasperated, that the president seems to have no interest in working with them on the country’s problems.

You read right. Even Democrats are throwing their hands up with this president.

“Democrats say they almost never hear from Obama personally, haven’t been to the White House since Rahm Emanuel was still chief of staff ...” Politico writes, and one prominent Democrat who recently spoke to a group of congressional Democrats “came away stunned at their anger toward a president they hardly know.”

The U.S. presidential election system has come to reward the best campaigners – but not necessarily those who govern best. Mr. Obama is the best campaigner we’ve yet seen in this country, but he never stops campaigning.

The economy and the federal budget, with its continued deficits, await in Washington, Mr. President, and America’s cities could use some leadership in tackling violence.

These problems cry out for solutions, not speeches.

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DanK
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DanK 02/07/13 - 03:16 am
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Uh, okay

Let me see if I understand the gist of this rambling essay.

(1) Obama should quit supporting gun control measures that the vast majority of U.S. citizens, including mayors, want. Because there are thugs wandering the streets of Chicago. Sure, that makes perfect sense.

(2) ACES cannot see the difference between killing terrorists (of all nationalities) in war zones and violation of the Third Geneva Convention regarding treatment of prisoners, which the U.S. supported and signed. Hmmm ... really?

(3) The Jobs Council should not have been disbanded, even though as far as conservatives are concerned, it had accomplished nothing constructive during his previous term and came up only with ideas that conservatives attacked as wrong-headed.

(4) He needs to meet with Democrats. Okay.

(5) The federal budget proposal is late. Yep. Perhaps if Congress would quit passing these little two and three and six month dispensations and extensions, there would be a budget baseline to work with. Perhaps if the administration were not trying so hard to avoid the worst hits from sequestration, it would be easier. But perhaps you've forgotten that it was late last year as well.

(6) The president needs to provide leadership, not speeches. Of course, the ACES notion of leadership is all tied up with Republican and Tea Party ideology. That notion of leadership was really successful during the recent election.

Is that about it? Except without the ACES vitriol?

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Riverman1 02/07/13 - 05:03 am
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He's a rambling, disjointed

He's a rambling, disjointed president, better suited to coffee house, Bill Ayers' politics.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 02/07/13 - 06:20 am
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Potemkin villages

were meant to deceive. This President has enough useful "low information voters" that deception has turned into reality. At first i thought, hoped, that he might be another Jackie Robinson. Alas, another Shannon Faulkner...

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 02/07/13 - 06:46 am
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Aces you're just downright wrong

You just make things up because you can.
The economy is getting better.
The Stock Market is seeing record gains.
Sure we have a lot of people out of work because the Republican fat cats didn't want any regulations on Wall St. which caused the recession in the first place. Under GW Bush's watch nonetheless yet you blame Obama because you can. You own the newspaper.
You remind me of William Randolph Hearst and his yellow journalism after the sinking of the Maine in Havana Harbor. That man single handedly turned public opinion against Spain with his newspapers. He told nothing but lies but hey he owned the papers.
ACES all you do is play the balme game. You do no research you just print a bunch of garbage that gets people all riled up against our President who has done a much better job of keeping the country afloat more than any Republican you endorsed.
I accuse you of trying to make people paranoid with your lies.

This post will probably be pulled and Sean will probably close my account.
I'm at the point where I don't give a darn!

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Bizkit 02/07/13 - 06:49 am
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There are more guns in

There are more guns in America than americans so all the bans, etc will not stop thugs with guns. You have as much chance as deporting every illegal alien in the US-which would actually be easier. It would be wiser to address violence as WHO suggest-except they suggest regulating guns and knives-but like I said in this country it just isn't feasible. This is a Republic who cares about the masses has been the mantra of Dems for decades.
Executive orders prevent assasinations for decades for a good reason-more recent times Clinton, Bush, and now Obama just basically neutered it so they can kill willy-nilly. . Part 2.11 of this executive order reiterates a proscription on US intelligence agencies sponsoring or carrying out an assassination. It reads:[5]
No person employed by or acting on behalf of the United States Government shall engage in, or conspire to engage in, assassination.
Previously, EO 11905 (Gerald Ford) had banned political assassinations and EO 12036 (Jimmy Carter) had further banned indirect U.S. involvement in assassinations.[6] As early as 1998, this proscription against assassination was reinterpreted, and relaxed, for targets who are classified by the United States as connected to terrorism.[7][8]. This executive order was held for decades and for good reason. But in more recent times Clinton, Bush, and now Obama have been sneaking around it to kill willy-nilly. With all the talk of diplomacy of this administration seem hypocritical and undermines the effort. Just a matter of time before terrorist will use drones to bomb american soil-they like low tech rather than nukes or biological warfare. Let me see if I can Google how to make a homemade drone. So much for the values of America the DOJ keeps talking about. Hey we can use drones on Gitmo-it will close it in a few seconds. The president will be proud to accomplish this-lets jut hope that he removes our guys first-but if not it will just be another bump in the road. No problemo.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 02/07/13 - 07:38 am
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Aces you're just downright xxxxx right

thank you for being one of the few news sources brave enough to speak truth to power...

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 02/07/13 - 08:07 am
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Perhaps it is better that he

Perhaps it is better that he does continue to run for office and vacation. God forbid that he work full time on his agenda.

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deestafford 02/07/13 - 08:26 am
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Don't forget his campaign promise

of "I want to fundamentally change this country!" None in the media asked him what he meant. Do not think for a moment that Obama is unfocused. He knows exactly what he is doing and what he expects the people he appoints to do. I beleive that he meant to change the foundations of this country to that of social europe. One way of doing that is employing the Clower-Pavin strategy of overloading the govenment systems such as the welfare, unemployment etc so much that the systems and government collapes under its own weight. Then it can be rebuilt by the "elites" who know so much more that us rabble on what is best for us. If one does not believe this is happening, just look at all the increases in government support programs under Obama and his lack of action to decrease any of these. All evidence points toward his wanting to increase dependency on the government. Don't make the mistake of selling this man short. He has been groomed for this moment.

Bulldog1
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Bulldog1 02/07/13 - 08:35 am
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Excellent letter

Excellent points. I just love it when the left siders get all worked up over the truth being told!

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RMSHEFF 02/07/13 - 09:07 am
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Shrimp

"The economy is getting better because the stock market is up" ! Thats a good one. The economy has not improved in 5 years and will not improve. Unemployment is the same as it was in 2008....no its actually is worse because the size of the labor force has shrunk. If there were the same number of people in the labor force as there were in 2008 the unemployment rate would be 11%. Thanks for the joke, I needed a good laugh.

RMSHEFF
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RMSHEFF 02/07/13 - 09:12 am
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Deestafford

Good post, you have it exactly correct. Obama knows and is doing exactly what the progressives have been planning for 40 years. The problem is that he has successfully fooled 51% of the voters.

KSL
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KSL 02/07/13 - 10:17 am
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Actually obama has probably

Actually obama has probably fooled more than 51% of the voters. No doubt there are some who didn't vote for him who don't realize how dangerous he is.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 02/07/13 - 10:21 am
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Shrimp.....the economy is NOT

Shrimp.....the economy is NOT better. The stock market is up because companies have laid off so many workers they are more profitable. Good for stockholders.....not so good for the country. Today's unemployment report....366,000 first time unemployment claims......more than they were expecting. Actual umployment rate is 14%. Actually WORSE than when Obama took over. Nothing to do with Bush......everything to do with Obamacare, higher taxes, huge national debt due to SPENDING, instability because Obama keeps hollering he wants more revenue. Open you mind Shrimp.....the economy is NOT better. Growth has been horrible under his policies and actually contracted last quarter. Bush is gone....he did not cause what is happening today. If Obama had walked into a perfectly healthy economy and implemented Obamacare and the same policies it would have caused the same unemployment and lack of growth. Obama is the social issue president but he is a disaster for the economy and jobs. He is also a DOUBLE DISASTER for the debt. Stabilized at AWFUL is not BETTER.....especially when you are still doubling the debt every 4 years for the forseeable future.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 02/07/13 - 10:47 am
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It seems there is at least
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It seems there is at least ONE poster here that STILL blames Bush. When will it EVER be the fault of the person in charge? If I had any job in the US and failed to show favorable results for 4+ years....anyone want to guess what my boss would do? Hint: She wouldn't blame the person who had the job before me.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 02/07/13 - 11:10 am
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Don't you just love when
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Don't you just love when someone says "You just make things up because you can", then proceeds to make up things like "The economy is getting better", and "we have a lot of people out of work because the Republican fat cats didn't want any regulations on Wall St. which caused the recession in the first place"

You would think that if someone was going to accuse the paper of simply making things up, they would back up their own statements with some verifiable facts.......wouldn't you?

ultrarnr
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ultrarnr 02/07/13 - 12:38 pm
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Serious Journalism
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Just another example of why the AC is nor serious journalism, just a far right propoganda machine controlled by a bounch of angry white men.

faithson
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faithson 02/07/13 - 12:47 pm
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ACEB tells u what u want to hear, period

Lies are often much more plausible, more appealing to reason, than reality, since the liar has the great advantage of knowing beforehand what the audience wishes or expects to hear.

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 02/07/13 - 12:49 pm
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dank -the geneva convention

dank -the geneva convention only protects indentifiable soldiers IN UNIFORM of defined countries..the 3-terrorist that were waterboarded did not have a definable uniform or a legitimate connection to a definable countyr...most countries only play lip service to the treaty anyway..and non-uniformed participants were usually shot on the spot in WW 2...i am in favor of taking the fight to the terrorist..i appluad the use of drones on terrorist..but i fear a slippery slope in the new use of drones on american citizens turned terrorist..due process..perhaps..but since homeland security HAS indentfied returning white soldiers and conservative who happen to be white and male as possible future terrorist..and the hoarding and buying of millions of rounds of ammo ...i fear they will goe the next step..its sounds bizarre...but the ground work could be laid...

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 02/07/13 - 01:16 pm
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shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 02/07/13 - 01:19 pm
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Angela

You seem to not know how the stock market functions so your blast of my comment means you know absolutely diddly except Blame Obama he's in charge. The recession happened on Bush's watch.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 02/07/13 - 01:41 pm
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I know well how the stock
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I know well how the stock market works. I also know that you accused the ACES of making things up, and then you followed by doing the same thing...Either you made it up, or you just refuse to back it up with ANY evidence.....also knows as "made it up."

But to be fair....prove me wrong. Tell us what Obama has done to help the economy, and how it has helped. Try backing it up with verifiable facts.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 02/07/13 - 01:30 pm
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"The recession happened on
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"The recession happened on Bush's watch.".......and continued, and got worse on Obama's.....so how is THAT Bush's fault?

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 02/07/13 - 01:30 pm
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faithson....Do you have any
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faithson....Do you have any evidence of the ACEB lying?

harley_52
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harley_52 02/07/13 - 02:01 pm
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"Notwithstanding the illegality of such a request....

....the Posse Comitatus Act prohibits such a federal intrusion in enforcing state laws – it shows you how out of control the violence is in American cities."

I could be wrong about this, but I'm quite sure the Posse Comitatus Act only applies to the use of the Army/Defense Department forces.

I believe Obama and crew figured a way around that a long time ago....they'll build their own (civilian) Army as part of Homeland Security. He told us he planned to do that during the 2008 election. He said he would build a civilian force just as big and just as well equipped as the Army.

Now we find out the Homeland Security Department is buying ammunition by the billions of rounds. They've purchased enough ammunition in just the past ten months to last for thirty years of full scale war.

Who are they planning to shoot?

http://www.infowars.com/dhs-purchases-21-6-million-more-rounds-of-ammuni...

ultrarnr
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ultrarnr 02/07/13 - 02:01 pm
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Fact
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The economy added 2.2 million jobs in 2012

ultrarnr
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ultrarnr 02/07/13 - 02:02 pm
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A totally different subject
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Fox News has hit a record low of trustworthiness, according to a new survey.

Public Policy Polling, deemed the most accurate polling firm for the 2012 elections, finds that only 41 percent of Americans trust Fox News while 46 percent do not -- down from a 49-37 percent ranking in 2010. The news comes one week after the network hit a 12-year low in the coveted 25-54 demographic for primetime.

The fourth annual TV News Trust poll also found that PBS is the only television news source more Americans trust than distrust. 52 percent told PPP they trust PBS, while 29 percent said they don't trust it. The other seven outlets -- NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and Comedy Central -- were all distrusted by a plurality of voters.

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harley_52 02/07/13 - 02:06 pm
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"Yea that's right I blame Bush....

.....So sue me."

My nomination for "post of the day."

Such total brilliance shouldn't go unrecognized.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 02/07/13 - 02:13 pm
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In other words...

"Mr. Obama is the best campaigner we’ve yet seen in this country, but he never stops campaigning."

1.All hat and no cattle.

2. Talks a good game.

3. Empty suit.

In other words, all of those things we knew before he was elected the first time. Just proves the theory of low intelligence voters.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 02/07/13 - 02:13 pm
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"My nomination for "post of
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"My nomination for "post of the day.""

Hey...wait a minute harley? Were you being sarcastic yesterday too?

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 02/07/13 - 02:19 pm
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Man, ain't that the truth!

"Lies are often much more plausible, more appealing to reason, than reality, since the liar has the great advantage of knowing beforehand what the audience wishes or expects to hear."

Our POTUS plays that game better than anyone, including Slick Willie.

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