Yes, It Can Happen Here

In 1935, Sinclair Lewis noted the rise of Adolph Hitler in Germany and penned a novel entitled It Can’t Happen Here describing an alternate America where the president becomes a fascist dictator.

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Fast forward to the present.

Ramussen’s recent polling found that a plurality of Democrats have no real problem with their president exercising dictatorial powers:

43% of Democrats believe the president should have the right to ignore the courts. Only 35% of voters in President Obama’s party disagree, compared to 81% of Republicans and 67% of voters not affiliated with either major party.

Fifty-two percent (52%) of all voters believe, generally speaking, that court challenges of actions approved by the president and Congress help protect the rights of U.S. citizens. Thirty percent (30%), however, consider such challenges mostly nuisances that stand in the way of good policy. Eighteen percent (18%) are not sure.

Thirty-one percent (31%) think it is more important for government to operate efficiently than it is to preserve our system of checks and balances.

It is useful to remember that only 36.8% of German voters cast ballots for Adolph Hitler during the 1932 elections.

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In An Alternate Universe Far Far Away

Way cool!

Make it so.

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Its Only Your Money – Part Two

Last fall, I noted that Obamacare was massively over-budget and was taking an insane $15,971 from the taxpayers for each person gaining insurance.

Today, Bloomberg news is reporting that Obamacare booster Kaiser Family Foundation has discovered that the government designed insurance we are subsidizing is junk and charges far more out-of-pocket deductibles and co-pays than comparable employer group insurance. The following Bloomberg charts compare the government designed Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum plans on the left with employer group health insurance on the right:

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What is happening here is that Obamacare mandated that the exchange policies provide nearly every coverage know to man from covering adult children to alcohol rehabilitation. The Obamacare architects also wanted to keep premiums relatively low to make the insurance appear to be affordable. Because the premiums were not nearly enough to pay for the mandated coverages, our government planners had to jack up deductibles and co-payments so the insured could not afford to actually use the mandated coverages.

This is generally known as bait and switch and is illegal in most states as consumer fraud. However, consumer fraud laws do not apply to our government.

In a nutshell, taxpayers are spending a fortune to pay people to buy insurance they cannot use.

Ain’t socialism grand?

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No Taxation Without Representation?

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One of the prime reasons for America’s decision to leave the British Empire and form its own nation was Parliament’s imposition of taxes and spending on the colonies without allowing the American people representation in Parliament.

Today, we have a president abusing an unelected bureaucracy to rewrite laws of Congress to impose spending for which those of us who still pay taxes will be responsible.

After the voters fired his Congress in 2014, President Obama decreed that he would no longer enforce immigration law against up to 5 million illegal aliens and would instead issue them work papers, Social Security cards and other benefits in direct violation of the laws of Congress.

Now, IRS Commissioner John Koskine has decreed that he will make EITC payments to these newly amnestied illegal aliens, both when they file tax forms in future years and for past years of work when they were here illegally and did not file tax forms.

I expect our budding bureaucratic dictatorship will next grant illegal aliens the full array of welfare state benefits, and perhaps even the right to vote.

No taxation without representation?

UPDATE: The Washington Times describes how Mr. Obama’s illegal amnesty opens the door for non-citizens to vote:

President Obama’s temporary deportation amnesty will make it easier for illegal immigrants to improperly register and vote in elections, state elections officials testified to Congress on Thursday, saying that the driver’s licenses and Social Security numbers they will be granted create a major voting loophole.

While stressing that it remains illegal for noncitizens to vote, secretaries of state from Ohio and Kansas said they won’t have the tools to sniff out illegal immigrants who register anyway, ignoring stiff penalties to fill out the registration forms that are easily available at shopping malls, motor vehicle bureaus and in curbside registration drives.

As I noted before the 2014 election, millions of illegal aliens are already registering to vote.

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Know Your Enemy

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Fraud Passed Off As Government “Science”

The proponents of the manmade global warming theory have arguably done more to destroy the credibility of science than anyone since the proponents of a flat Earth during the Inquisition.

In 1999, a still unknown hacker or leaker broke into the computers in the MET climate center at the British University of East Anglia and published reams of emails and other data that MET refused to make public. In a scandal nicknamed Climategate, that data showed that MET was fraudulently changing raw temperature measurements to show nonexistent warming before using statistically “adjusting” the fraudulent measurements to show even more warming.

The resulting government and university “investigations” were complete whitewashes. The investigators intentionally limited their review to MET’s statistical “adjustment” of the data and found that it was not completely unscientific. They never bothered to review MET’s misrepresentation of the raw temperature data.

However, not everyone on the scientific community turned a blind eye. In a Berkeley lecture, Professor Richard Muller (himself a proponent of manmade global warming) laid out the MET fraud for his students and millions of folks on the internet who have viewed the following video:

Now it appears that our very own NASA/GISS is perpetrating the same fraud.

This latest scandal was not broken (and I doubt it will be covered) by the American press. Instead, a British paper and a handful of scientists and bloggers have done the investigative journalism. The UK Telegraph reports:

Puzzled by those “2014 hottest ever” claims, which were led by the most quoted of all the five official global temperature records – Nasa’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (Giss) – [Paul] Homewood examined a place in the world where Giss was showing temperatures to have risen faster than almost anywhere else: a large chunk of South America stretching from Brazil to Paraguay.

Noting that weather stations there were thin on the ground, he decided to focus on three rural stations covering a huge area of Paraguay. Giss showed it as having recorded, between 1950 and 2014, a particularly steep temperature rise of more than 1.5C: twice the accepted global increase for the whole of the 20th century.

But when Homewood was then able to check Giss’s figures against the original data from which they were derived, he found that they had been altered. Far from the new graph showing any rise, it showed temperatures in fact having declined over those 65 years by a full degree. When he did the same for the other two stations, he found the same. In each case, the original data showed not a rise but a decline.

Here are the graphs of the actual falling temperatures in Puerto Casado, Paraguay:

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And then the fraudulent rising ones offered by NASA/GISS:

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Given that the Obama EPA is using this fraudulent temperature data to justify dozens of new regulations costing literally hundreds of billions of dollars in unnecessary energy costs and tens of thousands of lost jobs, it is long past time Congress ordered NASA/GISS to publish all of their internal data and correspondence and create a task force to audit that data. Third party investigators should have access to all the data to ensure that the congressional task force does not engage in its own whitewash.

UPDATE: The GISS’s fraudulent “warming” temperature data extends into the arctic.

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Putting The Disconnect Into Disconnected

During last night’s state of the union speech, President Obama repeatedly took credit for an economic recovery that does not exist and declared that “the shadow of crisis has passed and the state of the union is strong.” While the Democrat Congress critters the voters did not fire last November lustily cheered their President, the Republican and Democrat voters in pollster Frank Luntz’s focus group watching the speech had a polar opposite response.

Is Mr. Obama and his political party that disconnected from the reality outside of the Capitol or do they think we are that stupid?

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