While AARP immediately responded by saying, “AARP is a nonpartisan organization and we do not endorse political candidates nor coordinate with any candidate or political party”, recently released emails between the White House and AARP operatives seem to indicate that AARP threw their tremendous lobbying power behind the legislation despite the fact they were getting calls overwhelmingly against it. “Thanks to just-released emails from the House Energy and Commerce Committee, we now know that AARP worked through 2009-2010 as an extension of a Democratic White House, toiling daily to pass a health bill that slashes $716 billion from Medicare, strips seniors of choice, and sets the stage for rationing. The 71 pages of emails show an AARP management taking orders from the White House, pledging a fealty to ‘the cause.’
AARP refuses to take a formal position on the Independent Payment Advisory Board (“rationing board”) portion of ObamaCare and even defends some aspects of the board. Given the negative impact that the IPAB will have on seniors, this is unbelievable. AMAC is fighting to keep our right to receive treatment from our doctors without the interference of Federal bureaucrats. AMAC, The Association of Mature American Citizens, believes we can do much better. We aim to champion the interests of Mature Americans, seniors, and prospective retirees. We believe in religious freedom, free enterprise, and support common sense solutions to our Nation’s largest challenges.
Obama fails to lead by blaming today’s black problems on the legacy of discrimination:
When the leader’s priority is to assign blame for the problem but not to focus on solutions, blame becomes the rule of the day. A lot of black people thought that the election of the first black president would usher in a time in which we would finally embrace real solutions to the problems facing the black community. With black unemployment returning to double the rate of whites, the president told a town hall in New York that minority populations are struggling economically because of past discrimination, and because of anxiety over his vision of wealth redistribution. Babies out of wedlock, high school dropouts. A leader who encourages you to take ownership of the situation is really telling you that it’s within your power to solve the problem, and that you have a responsibility to do it. A leader who tells you it’s all someone else’s fault might make you feel better, but he doesn’t put you in a position to take action and make things better. Instead of the same old story of why it’s always someone else’s fault.
50 years later, black conservatives fulfill the true legacy of Dr. King:
Today, there is no one leader who speaks for all black people, and that includes Barack Obama. No single leader should be able to tell all black people how to think or how to live. And anyone who claims to speak for all black people is a fraud.Leadership is important, of course, and I want young black people to look to accomplished, responsible, informed black Americans for an example and for insight on how they might build happy and successful futures for themselves. The most responsible and informed voices are not necessarily the ones you often see on television. They are not the ones who show up when there is racial strife and controversy, but rather the ones who are working hard every day to make the most of the opportunities. The tone coming from this event is as though it were still 1963, and that Dr. King’s sacrifices have not borne any fruit. It made me angry when I heard Jesse Jackson the other day compare the Tea Party to the defenders of Jim Crow. Jackson should be better than the cheap tactic of marginalizing every political opponent with the false smear of racism.
Excellent examples of leadership for young blacks who also want to become the fruit of what Dr. King. Harry Alford, ken Blackwell, Ben Carson, Dr. Alveda King, Walter Williams, Senator Elbert Gillory, Francis Rice, Senator Tim Scott, Mia Love, JC Watts.
Obama needs to tell us how attacking Syria will improve the situation:
Obama will at least seek congressional approval before launching an attack on Syria, although he announced it in a rather disingenuous way – claiming he already has the authority to take action and then trying to sound magnanimous by going ahead and seeking the vote anyway. But does Obama’s proposed action really accomplish anything that addresses either Assad’s crimes or America’s strategic interests? The president assures us that the mission will be limited, and that we will place no boots on the ground. He wanted to make it clear that we are not entering into another such open-ended conflict.All right, but if that’s the case, what are we going to accomplish with a quick, limited strike against Syria? Unless the attack kills Assad. Unless we destroy extensive strategic assets, which is unlikely with just a few days of bombing, we will not significantly impact the Syrian regime’s ability to wage war on the rebels. The tricky matter of Syrian ally Iran promising to launch attacks against Israel in retaliation for our threatened action. He’s been saying his entire presidency he does not want to get into a conflict with Iran. Is he prepared for what will happen if his own attack on Syria inadvertently starts one? Obama himself said that the U.S. military cannot resolve the civil war in Syria, and he is correct. That being the case, then, how will the situation be improved if we attack Syria?
Parliament opts out of military action in stunning vote. Bush in spite of the fact that his action in Iraq had more than 30 coalition partners. For all the liberal blather about how Bush supposedly “alienated our allies,” no president could be so inept on the foreign policy front that the Brits would fail to go with us.U.S. would continue to consult with Britain but Obama would make decisions based on “the best interests of the United States.” It was not certain the U.S. would have to act alone. France announced that its armed forces “have been put in position to respond”. Obama won’t go to Congress for authorization (which Bush did, and got it for both Iraq and Afghanistan). Obama won’t go to the UN for a resolution of support (which Bush did, although he didn’t get it). The French? And these are the people who shrieked that Bush was a reckless go-it-alone cowboy abusing his war powers? PELOSI urging the administration to do more to engage with Congress on the matter, even as she expressed “my appreciation for the measured, targeted and limited approach the president may be considering.
If you don’t get paid enough, it’s your own fault: If you’re not earning as much as you need to earn, or as much as you should earn, that is your fault. It is not the fault of someone you think is being unfair to you or ripping you off. It is not the fault of “the economy” or of any politician. It is yours. We all have to do our best for ourselves whether circumstances are favorable or unfavorable. Each of us has a responsibility to find a way to overcome those obstacles. I see unions staging pickets where they hold signs that say “Shame on (whoever the employer is)” for not paying a high enough wage, not paying enough in benefits, whatever.” Shame on them? They made an offer. If it was a shameful offer, why did you take it? And since you did make the decision to take it, why are you out there marching on a picket line? And if that employer won’t recognize your greater value, then you should be finding a way to demonstrate your greater value to someone else.One of the things the labor movement and politicians have done in this country is to turn workers into infants. The worker who accepted a job for a wage less than he wanted made a choice and agreed to work for that wage. He didn’t have to. Are you really worth more than minimum wage? How do you know? You’re not worth more just because you want more or need more. You’re only worth more if what you produce really puts your employer in a position to realize more reward from what you do. If you’re probably the kind of person who listens to, and votes for, politicians who want you to think you’re not the one who determines what you earn. That’s too bad, because those politicians are never going to do a thing to help you, no matter how many times you elect them. Use the ability God gave you, stop complaining and give up giving up. I would not listen to the people who encourage you to wave signs in protest marches. Because they are fools who want you to see yourself as a helpless victim. you are only a victim of your own thinking.
Obama, Kerry, and McCain have a ‘moderate’ problem in Syria: The Syrian rebels are moderates. That’s the message from those who want the US to involve itself in the Syrian civil war. Those who seek to portray the Syrian rebellion as a radical movement are just out to hurt the President politically. They’re Muslims but they are moderates. I guarantee you they are moderates,” Kerry did admit that as many as 20% of the 100,000 Syrian Rebels could be considered radical. Syrian forces are carrying out mass executions of Syrian prisoners: The prisoners, seven in all, were captured Syrian soldiers. The commander, known as “the Uncle,” fired a bullet into the back of the first prisoner’s head. His gunmen followed suit, promptly killing all the men at their feet. Executing the soldiers of a brutal thug like Assad is just par for the course.
Al-Qaeda linked terrorists in Syria have beheaded all 24 Syrian passengers traveling from Tartus to Ras al-Ain in northeast of Syria. Gunmen from the terrorist Islamic State of Iraq and Levant stopped the bus on the road in Talkalakh and killed everyone before setting the bus on fire. According to media reports, the attack was carried out because the passengers, who were from three different villages in Ras al-Ain, supported anti-terrorist Kurdish groups which were formed recently to defend Kurdish population against anti-Syria terrorists. The Obama administration, along with staunch GOP members like McCain, has guaranteed that the people we seek to help in Syria are poor, downtrodden, souls who just seek peace and tolerance.
As Kerry puts it: “The opposition has increasingly become more defined by its moderation, more defined by the breadth of its membership and more defined by its adherence to some, you know, democratic process and to an all-inclusive, minority-protecting constitution, which will be broad-based and secular with respect to the future of Syria.” These are simply peaceful factions who are incapable of self-defense. They’ve got the John Kerry stamp of approval.
Kerry’s public assertions that moderate Syrian opposition groups are growing in influence appear to be at odds with estimates by U.S. and European intelligence sources and nongovernmental experts, who say Islamic extremists remain by far the fiercest and best-organized rebel elements. “And the opposition is getting stronger by the day,”