Helena’s New Roundup: Obamacare Ages Badly, Greenpeace Founder is Climate Change Skeptic and More

Thanks to Helena Nunn of North Pinellas Republican Club for the Weekly News Roundup!

Thanks to Helena Nunn of North Pinellas Republican Club for the Weekly News Roundup!

Obamacare Ages Poorly….Restoring America…Obama Malfeasance…Hilary Hijinks…Greenpeace: Skeptic of Manmade Global Warming

Story of the Week.

Obamacare hasn’t aged well Obamacare means having insurance but not quality healthcare. “This month, just 41 percent have a favorable view, compared with a larger contingent of 43 percent who viewed it unfavorably… at the time the law passed, 50 percent of the uninsured viewed the law favorably, no doubt optimistic about the promises of quality, affordable healthcare. But in this month’s poll, just 31 percent of the uninsured had a favorable view..”Obama promised the cost over 10 years would be 900 billion, but CBO estimates it will really cost 1.7 trillion. Obama promised lower premiums, but instead premiums are skyrocketing. “Last month, H&R Block said that 52 percent of those who received subsidies were finding they needed to return a portion of the subsidy money..and incorrect tax forms were sent to 820,000 people who purchased Obamacare..”

Restoring America

McConnell Urges States to Help Thwart Obama’s ‘War on Coal’ Good! “McConnell sent a detailed letter to every governor in the US laying out a carefully researched legal argument to why states should not comply with Obama’s regulations. Mr. McConnell wrote that the president was “allowing the E.P.A. to wrest control of a state’s energy policy..Mr. Tribe caught McConnell’s attention when he was retained to write a legal brief for Peabody Energy in a lawsuit against climate rules.In the brief, Mr. Tribe argued that Obama’s use of the existing Clean Air Act to put forth the climate change regulations was unconstitutional. He then echoed that position in an op-ed article in the WSJ. He argued that requiring states to cut carbon emissions, and thus to change their energy supply from fossil fuels to renewable sources, the agency is asserting executive power far beyond its lawful authority.”

Obama dealt series of setbacks on immigration, takes fire from all sides  Let’s hope Obama has many more weeks of setbacks!! “Ms. Saldana described one illegal immigrant whom the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office refused to hold. He had been deported in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2013, and had sneaked back into the U.S. each time. He had a long rap sheet, yet the sheriff’s office released him, citing a California law that prohibits more extensive cooperation. Mr. Mayorkas said cases like this, where a community refuses to help, actually hurt public safety.That individual has been in the community despite his or her public safety threat.. That is not of benefit to the community, nor to law enforcement that is dedicated to protecting that community, because now the officers have to go in at personal risk to apprehend that very individual that we could have obtained custody of from a local facility.”

Why I am a Climate Change Skeptic | Heartlander Magazine  Co-founder of Greenpeace writes: “I am skeptical humans are the main cause of climate change . There is no scientific proof of this hypothesis, yet we are told “the debate is over”…the entire basis for the doomsday climate change scenario is the hypothesis increased atmospheric carbon dioxide due to fossil fuel emissions will heat the Earth to unlivable temperatures. In fact, the Earth has been warming very gradually for 300 years, long before heavy use of fossil fuels. Prior to the Little Ice Age, Vikings colonized Greenland when it was warmer there than today. The IPCC’s followers have given us a vision of a world dying because of carbon-dioxide emissions…the Earth would be a lot deader with no carbon dioxide, and more of it will be a very positive factor in feeding the world. Let’s celebrate carbon dioxide.”

Hilary Hijinks

MONICA CROWLEY: Was Hillary Clinton running her own rogue intel operation?   “Mr. Blumenthal is the Clintons’ longtime loyal political hit man.. His mastery of the dark arts was so notorious that it may have been the reason Obama pointedly denied Mrs. Clinton’s request to appoint him to an official role in her State Dept. It now appears that despite Obama’s order, Blumenthal may have still served Mrs. Clinton’s political/policy needs in a non-official capacity. It appears that Blumenthal had moved to handling matters of national security…Was the real reason Clinton created a private communications system because she planned to run her own intelligence operation via Blumenthal, away from the eyes of the president, White House, the intelligence and diplomatic communities, Congress, the press and the American people?”

Exclusive: Despite Hillary Clinton promise, charity did not disclose donors Whoops more transparency problems for Hillary!! Hillary promised Obama there would be no mystery about who was giving money to her family’s globe-circling charities. She made a pledge to publish all the donors on an annual basis… But in a breach of the pledge, the charity’s flagship health program.. stopped making the annual disclosure in 2010.. a second assurance Hillary Clinton made to the Obama administration: that the State Department would be able to review any new or increased contributions to CHAI by foreign governments while she served as the nation’s top diplomat..By the time Clinton left office, the charity had received millions of dollars in new or increased payments from at least seven foreign governments.Daley confirmed that none of the seven government donations had been submitted to the State Department for review.”

Obama Malfeasance 

Thomas Sowell – A Simple Question  Sowell is always a good read!! “It would be only fair to balance this picture with foreign policy triumphs of the Obama-Clinton team. But there are none. Not in the Middle East, not in Europe, where the Russians have invaded the Crimea, and not in Asia, where both China and North Korea are building up threatening military forces, while the Obama administration has been cutting back on American military forces. Hillary Clinton became an iconic figure by feeding the media and the left the kind of rhetoric they love. Barack Obama did the same and became president. Neither had any concrete accomplishments besides rhetoric beforehand, and both have had the opposite of accomplishments after taking office.”

Federal Revenue and Spending: Federal Budget in PicturesThese federal spending charts tell the entire story!! “If America does not change course, the future will be dramatically worse. Now more than ever, it is crucial that Americans understand what our nation’s spending, taxes, and debt mean for them and their families. The Heritage Foundation’s Federal Budget in Pictures offers a unique tool to learn about the federal budget in a clear and compelling way.”

Official: White House was part of bid to oust Netanyahu  An anonymous official said “that “it’s no secret” that the Obama administration had attempted to influence the outcome of the election, having been partially motivated by a desire for revenge over Netanyahu’s polarizing speech before Congress, which sought to undermine the president’s key foreign policy initiative – a nuclear deal with Iran. “The White House is driven by three main motives,” the senior official said. “The first is revenge [over the Congress speech]. The second is frustration: It’s no secret that they were involved in an attempt to bring down the Netanyahu government – something that we have clear knowledge of – and failed. The third [motive] is the administration’s attempt to divert attention from the negotiations with Iran to the Palestinian issue.”

The Orwellian Obama Presidency  “There is an upside-down quality to this president’s world view. His administration is now on better terms with Iran…than it is with Israel. He claims we are winning the war against Islamic State even as the group continues to extend its reach into Libya, Yemen and Nigeria. He treats Republicans in the Senate as an enemy when it comes to the Iranian nuclear negotiations, while treating the Russian foreign ministry as a diplomatic partner. He favors the moral legitimacy of the United Nations Security Council to that of the U.S. Congress. He is facilitating Bashar Assad’s war on his own people by targeting ISIS so the Syrian dictator can train his fire on our ostensible allies in the Free Syrian Army.”

No Peace Any Time Soon, but Not Because of Bibi, by Charles Krauthammer, National Review  Krauthammer at his best!!”Of all the idiocies uttered in reaction to Netanyahu’s stunning election victory, none is more ubiquitous than the idea that peace prospects are now dead because Netanyahu has declared that there will be no Palestinian state while he is Israel’s prime minister. I have news for the lowing herds: There would be no peace and no Palestinian state if Isaac Herzog were prime minister either. Or Ehud Barak or Ehud Olmert for that matter. The latter two were (non-Likud) prime ministers who offered the Palestinians their own state — with its capital in Jerusalem and every Israeli settlement in the new Palestine uprooted — only to be rudely rejected. This is not ancient history. This is 2000, 2001, and 2008 — three astonishingly concessionary peace offers within the last 15 years. Every one rejected.”

Iran isn’t providing needed access or information, nuclear watchdog says  “The head of the IAEA said that Iran has failed to provide the information or access needed to allay the agency’s concerns about the weapons potential of the country’s nuclear program..Amano said that the six global powers negotiating with Iran should insist that the country implement the additional protocol that would allow IAEA inspectors to go anywhere at any time to examine sites suspected of harboring secret nuclear weapons development…Iran signed the protocol in December 2003 and initially implemented it, but the country ended its compliance in 2006.Amano said that near the top of his list of unanswered questions about possible military dimensions of Iranian nuclear activities was the Parchin military complex. He said that the IAEA has information that Iran conducted experiments in a high-explosive chamber there.”

Obama Snubs Nato Chief as Crisis Rages  Obama snubs our new NATO chief? “America’s commitment to defend its NATO allies is its biggest treaty obligation, said Volker, adding that European security is at its most perilous moment since the Cold War…“It is hard to believe that the president of the US has not found the time to meet with the current secretary general of NATO given the magnitude of what this implies, and the responsibilities of his office…” The White House missed a perfect opportunity to reinforce that message this week in snubbing Stoltenberg. It fits into a narrative pushed by Obama critics that he would rather meet with problematic leaders such as Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, than firm allies. The message Russian President Vladimir Putin will take away is that the White House-NATO relationship is rocky, and he will be right.”

Petraeus: The Islamic State isn’t our biggest problem in Iraq  Must Read!! This assessment of Iraq is too long in coming.  Petraeus understands but doubt Obama does.  “Third, as I explained earlier, we need to recognize that the #1 long term threat to Iraq’s equilibrium — and the broader regional balance — is not the Islamic State, which I think is on the path to being defeated in Iraq and pushed out of its Iraqi sanctuary. The most significant long term threat is that posed by the Iranian-backed Shiite militias. If Daesh is driven from Iraq and the consequence is that Iranian-backed militias emerge as the most powerful force in the country — eclipsing the Iraqi Security Forces, much as Hezbollah does in Lebanon — that would be a very harmful outcome for Iraqi stability and sovereignty, not to mention our own national interests in the region.”