EPA Land Control; Obama Pays off Insurers; Socialists in America and more. Helena’s News Roundup.

Helena gathers top stories of the week for our readers to review.

Helena gathers top stories of the week for our readers to review.

Obama’s foreign policy now boils down to ‘let’s pretend’ “Obama’s policy when it comes to confronting America’s enemies was on full and embarrassing display Tues. First, the president unveiled his long-delayed plan to close the terrorist-detention center at Guantanamo Bay, saying that keeping it open is “contrary to our values.”It was dead before arrival..After all, just 3 months ago Congress overwhelmingly passed a bill that bans moving the detainees to the US. (The Senate vote was 91-3.).Second, Kerry conceded that his much-touted ceasefire in Syria, set to take effect Saturday, “may be” little more than what a Dem senator called a “rope-a-dope deal.”With Washington as the dope.“I’m not going to vouch for this,” said Kerry. With good reason: It doesn’t cover ISIS, the al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front and other terrorist groups — nor anyone who cares to fire at them.”

GOP Judiciary: No hearing on Obama court nominee “Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee have come to a consensus decision to not have hearings or a vote on a Supreme Court nominee in 2016.”We believe the American people need to decide who is going to make this appointment rather than a lame-duck president,” Senate Whip Cornyn told reporters Tues after a special meeting of the committee.Sen. Graham said members of the panel reached a “consensus” that there should not be hearings or a vote on President Obama’s nominee.The committee Republicans left McConnell’s office and walked straight into a lunch with the party conference to brief their colleagues.After the meeting, McConnell said the rest of the Senate Republican Conference backed the Judiciary Committee’s unanimous position.”

Fight Between Enterprise Florida, AFP Intensifies  Time to end Crony Capitalism!!”State Rep Boyd is carrying Scott’s effort to send an additional $250 million to Enterprise Florida to help lure out-of-state businesses. Supporters,including Sen. Latvala say the additional funds are needed to diversify Fl’s position and develop the framework for incentives. But opponents say the bill is nothing more than crony capitalism. AFP’s FL chapter has been active in opposing the funds, insisting the proposal is nothing more than corporate welfare.“Gov should quit taking credit for creating jobs,” Hudson said…legislators should focus on reducing the regulatory burden and improving the tax climate by slashing wherever possible.”AFP notes 85% of Enterprise FL’s funding is public and questions its numbers.. AFP cites a 2013 report that discounts the total jobs actually created through Enterprise FL.

Florida Standards ‘As Stringent’ As NAEP Levels, Says Report  Shouldn’t we find out if these tests predict college success??”FL was one of the states which broke away from Common Core and PARCC, creating its own “FL Standards” (although the state’s standards still closely align with Common Core) and the Florida Standards Assessment. According to the report, FL was the only state with 5 achievement levels for which Level 4 maps to the NAEP proficient level in both English Language Arts for grades 4 and 8 as well as math in grades 4 and 8. Despite the report’s apparent good news for FL, it does indicate caveats to the findings. The report warns against calling NAEP results the “gold standard” for predicting student success. “No evidence has been presented by NAEP that the proficient standards used in grades 4 and 8 predicts college success,” reads the report.”

HHS: Immigrants with HIV, STDs welcome  Is our country suicidal?? “The administration has decided to let immigrants with three sexually transmitted diseases known for causing sores or lesions on genitalia to enter the US, an expansion of a previous decision to let in those with HIV.HHS this month opened the borders to those with the STDs, deeming the communicable diseases not a big threat to the US…”So what about the costs associated with the new rule change? Don’t worry, Obama’s HHS secretary ran the numbers and explained in the Federal Register that, ‘The results are not economically significant..’ In other words, the cost of welcoming in aliens with these STDs will be below $100 million every year,” said the CIS report..”This change in policy illustrates, once again, that increased immigration is the main goal of the Obama administration, no matter the costs.”

Bernie Sanders’ Medicare-For-All Plan Has Even Liberals Crying Foul  “as Sanders has gained traction, more liberals have started to publicly denounce his plans, particularly his “Medicare for all” plan..look at the details. First, he would abolish all private health ins, forcing everyone into a gov-run health system. And the government would pay for everything..with no deductibles or co-pays.. By Sanders’ own admission his health plan is massively expensive — its $1.4 trillion price tag would increase an already out-of-control federal budget by more than a third…Healthcare expert Starr trashed Sanders’ plan, saying it was not “practical or carefully thought out.” He cited another liberal health care expert, Thorpe, who said “Medicare for all” would cost almost twice what Sanders claimed.Needless to say, the taxes needed to pay for it would be economic suicide, costing millions of jobs.”

An Extraordinary Beat-Down for the DOJ  MUST READ!!”The hearing was over the temporary restraining order (TRO) and preliminary injunction (PI) being sought by the League of Women Voters and a host of other leftist groups to stop the recent decision of the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) to allow KS, GA, AL and AZ to enforce their proof-of-citizenship voter-registration requirement. This morning the Justice Dept took a dive and filed a pleading in which it not only failed to defend the actions of the EAC, but agreed with the plaintiffs and consented to both a TRO and a PI. Judge Leon called the pleading “unprecedented” and “extraordinary.” He said he had never seen such a document in his entire experience as a lawyer or a judge. He was astonished that the Justice Dept was not defending the agency, and it was soon clear he was not going to allow DOJ to just roll over.”

Why So Many Millennials Are Socialists  Heaven help us!! “Millennials are simply not that alarmed by the idea of socialism…A more recent survey found that 43% younger than 30 viewed socialism favorably, compared to 32% thinking favorably of capitalism… millennials don’t seem to know what socialism is, and how it’s different from other styles of government. The definition of socialism is government ownership of the means of production—in other words, true socialism requires that government run the businesses…Times survey found that only 16% of millennials could accurately define socialism, while 30% over 30 could… millennials who viewed it favorably were more likely to think of it as just people being kind or “being together,”.. Others thought of socialism as just a more generous social safety net where “the government pays for our own needs,”

Obama is looting the Treasury to pay off insurers  This is illegal!! “The Obama administration will tell any lie and break any law to prevent signature health-care program from collapsing.Insurance companies such as UnitedHealthcare are losing billions trying to sell ObamaCare plans, and the risk is they’ll drop out at the end of 2016. No insurance companies means no ObamaCare. In 2014, the WH tried to avert that disaster by promising insurers a taxpayer-funded bailout, but public outrage and quick action by Rubio put a stop to it. Desperate to keep insurers on board, the administration scrambled to find another pot of money… a big part of that money pot belongs to the public. Obama doesn’t seem to care. On Feb. 12, the administration announced that the money will be handed out to insurers — a whopping $7.7 billion this year alone.But it’s not just expensive: That huge handout to the insurance industry is also illegal.”

Libya disaster: Have Western leaders learned anything? | Fox News  Must Read!! “That the U.S. has launched airstrikes against ISIS in Libya should demonstrate once and for all the total disaster of the NATO-led adventure to overthrow Muammar al-Qaddafi in 2011.Libya devolved into a failed state when NATO assisted Qaddafi’s radical jihadist opponents in killing him and then promptly abandoned the country. Left in the wake were two rival governments competing for power, which created space for Islamists to turn Libya into a cesspool of extremism.Hillary continues to call the debacle American “smart power at its best.” Other presidential candidates still argue that it was the right thing to do.How will the West ever learn anything if it can’t identify its most obvious failures?”

U.S. Supreme Court Saves Florida Ratepayers Billions  Must Read!!”..ratepayers received a huge gift from the Supreme Ct. The justices issued a stay halting the implementation of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP)… the CPP is a mandate for power plants to reduce CO2 emission by 32% by 2030. It was, in effect, a federal takeover of our nation’s power grid…the plan to reduce CO2 emissions including lowering heat rates of emissions from coal-fired power plants, replacing coal-fired plants with ones using natural gas, and reducing the electricity consumers can use.Implementation would have been devastating..First, it would have forced rate increases due to enormous costs of retrofitting power plants. A study estimates that by 2030, consumers would pay an additional $214 billion, with 45 states facing double-digit increases for wholesale electricity and 16 states facing increases of 25% or more.”

Border Patrol Leaving Security Gates Wide Open  Poor Management!! “Multiple Customs and Border Protection bases near the Mexico border have “inoperable” security cameras and other serious security gaps.The DHS Office of IG found 4 border posts where agents live and work for a week at a time that have inoperable cameras, which increases their chances of suffering a security breach.Some posts also have inadequate access controls, and CBP doesn’t conduct consistent security inspections of the facilities.“..The CBP bases are located in important — and often dangerous — places along the border, the IG said. The west AZ desert area where one base is located is “very active in illegal border activity involving aliens and narcotics,” CBP officials noted.But when IG investigators visited one undisclosed site, the gate was open and, they found, the gate is “repeatedly left open.”
A scheme to say how land is used  Must Read!! “It sounds like a bad dream but in a matter of days/weeks the EPA could become our national zoning board. Some say with the passing of Scalia, the chances became bigger.The reason is that the Supreme Court is about to decide whether to give the EPA the authority to make land use decisions throughout the nation. The court will not even have to hear arguments in American Farm Bureau Fed v. EPA to do this. It will only have to decide not to hear the appeal of a Third Circuit decision.You don’t have to be a legal expert to have heard of the EPA’s Waters of the US regulation, stayed by the Sixth Circuit in Oct. As one put it, WOTUS empowers regulators to “micromanage any creek, or prairie pothole” and the land around them. In American Farm Bureau Fed v. EPA, the 3rd Circuit gave EPA the go-ahead to impose even farther-reaching control.”

The President Golfs While the Federal Budget Burns  Our Future is Horrendous Debt unless action is taken now!! “Using its revised figures, CBO warned: “Three decades from now debt held by the public is projected to equal 155% of GDP, a higher % than any previously recorded in the US..” And even higher than the level in Greece which brought that nation to crisis. CBO noted the potentially destructive consequences of such indebtedness..Merely holding spending behind economic growth would help close the fiscal gap…a simple spending freeze would balance the budget by 2020. Allowing a 1% annual increase would do so by 2022. A 2% rise would leave the budget balanced by 2024. Of course, all of these still would require politicians to make tough choices ..There’s no time to waste. The longer policymakers wait to act, the tougher the future steps that need to be taken.”

U.S. Removed Cuba from Terrorist List After Hezbollah Opened Base on Island  Must Read!”A few years before the Obama administration removed Cuba from the U.S. list of nations that sponsor terrorism Hezbollah established an operational base on the communist island.This alarming information has been ignored by the mainstream media.. After appearing for decades on the government’s list of nations that sponsor terrorism, the Obama administration officially removed it to lay the groundwork for a full renewal of diplomatic ties.Nevertheless, the administration knew that the Hezbollah had opened a base in Cuba a few years earlier. In a cable dated Sept 2011 Clinton is informed that “extremely sensitive sources reported in confidence that the Israeli Intelligence and Mossad has informed the leadership of the Israeli Government that Hezbollah is establishing an operational base in Cuba, designed to support terrorist attacks throughout Latin America.”

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