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Travel Like an Obama

I don’t mean one of those poor Obamas, like his late illegal alien welfare queen, Auntie Zeituni, or his dipso Uncle Omar, or his hutted brother, George, or any of the other less fortunate Obamas scattered like so many seeds across the landscape. I mean Barack Hussein Obama, who never met a getaway he didn’t let get away.

First, after a serious speech—or at least a speech given while looking serious—the chopper:

If you look closely enough under the president’s left ear, you can see the First Golf Clubs (or you could if his ears weren’t so darn big). You’d hardly know from his demeanor that he’d just announced that he had lost Iraq after Bush won it. That’s talent.

All aboard!

Guess Sasha’s staying at home with Bo.

Oh wait!

Thence a short jump from the back yard to Andrews AFB:

Next, the jetliner. Wheels up!

Peanuts, sir?

Then touchdown on the Cape (Cod to you out-of-towners):

And final destination, “this blessed plot”, Martha’s Vineyard:

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Where, of course, a motorcade awaits to take you to your secluded estate:

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Of course, any journey must have a destination:

All of this brought to you by that bulldog, the independent press:

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That’s about 150 square feet of good old American First Amendment right there.

There you have it. The rest of you are stuck in vacation traffic or frantically awaiting the next rest stop so the kids don’t wet themselves. But the Obamas show us how it should be done. In style.

PS: The Griswolds-in-Chief are still missing one family member. Isn’t it time for an Amber Alert for poor Sasha?

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The Monday Morning After

After that exhausting weekend cavorting with golf buddies on the links and at Camp David, President Obama returns to work:

Obama Schedule || Monday, August 4, 2014
by KEITH KOFFLER on AUGUST 3, 2014, 9:30 PM
Today is President Obama’s 53rd birthday.

11:00 am || Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
11:45 am || Meet with Treasury Secretary Lew

He could sleep till 10:45, haul his hungover ass in to the Oval Office for the briefing (mug of coffee in hand), do the Sudoku until Lew shows up, then go back to bed.

And people say he’s checked out.

PS: What do you give to the man who has everything?

President Obama has made it clear that he has a pen and a phone, and that he is willing to go around Congress and the Constitution to get his way. So for his birthday, the RNC is delivering a copy of the U.S. Constitution to the White House so Obama can read it before he picks up his pen or phone.

PS: Of course, as this writer observes, the only good President Obama is a golfing President Obama:

[T]he best we can hope for is presidents who simply do nothing. Going back to 2009 when he reached the White House, had Barack Obama hung around the White House bowling alley these last six years he would be presiding over a booming economy today as previously mentioned.

Fast forward to 2014, Obama is finally doing very little, and unsurprisingly the health of the economy is starting to reflect stock market optimism about a do-nothing president that began to register many years before this one. To be consistent, conservatives should now be praising our listless, exhausted, unfocused president. Let the economic boom begin!

The jobless economic boom, he means.

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Happy Birthday, Mr. President!

How many of us have celebrated our 53rd birthday thusly? How many of us would bother to celebrate our 53rd birthday at all? (I’ll give you one bash a decade, maybe two. But annually? What are you, eight years old?)

Oops! Wrong president and wrong orgy! Kennedy’s was understated by comparison.

The annual extended Obama birthday bash began this morning with a mass landing on the golf course at Joint Base Andrews, where twelve golfers are participating in a Saturday morning outing.

Actually I imagine the festivities began Friday, since everyone seems to already be in town. I noticed that right after his early Friday afternoon press conference Obama exited the West Wing, apparently knocking off work early. I imagine – though I can’t confirm – he was headed to the residence to begin welcoming his guests.

Among those known to be participating in this morning’s golf bonanza are former Obama aide Reggie Love, current White House aide and Obama golf favorite Marvin Nicholson, and timeless friends Greg More, Bobby Titcomb, and Mike Ramos. The assemblage arrived at Andrews at 8:35 am ET.

After golf, the party will move to Camp David, where Obama and his crew will spend the night. Unclear if more celebrants – and maybe some celebrities – are flying in.

The president is not scheduled to return to the White House until 2:55 pm Sunday, no doubt to begin an extended period of recovery. Obama’s actual birthday is Monday.

UPDATE:

Obama and his foursome, which included longtime buddies Greg Orme, Bobby Titcomb, and Mike Ramos, beat two other teams in today’s Obama Birthday Open at the Joint Andrews Base golf course.

This means his friends get to chopper on Marine One with the president to Camp David for Phase II of the birthday celebration. Also aboard are aide Marvin Nicholson and Obama trainer Cornell McClellan.

You only turn 53 once, Mr. President!

PS:

During a press conference at the White House on Friday, Mr. Obama chided reporters for failing to ask if he had birthday plans.

“I thought that you guys were going to ask me how I was going to spend my birthday,” Mr. Obama said. “What happened to the happy birthday thing?”

Finally, April Ryan of National Urban Radio called out to the president, “Happy Birthday.”

“There you go, April,” the president replied. “That’s [what] I’m talking about. Somebody finally wished me happy birthday.”

GAAAACK!!!


Medium light, two sugars.

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Abraham, Martin, and John…and Barack

Has anybody here seen my old friend Barack?
Can you tell me where he’s gone?

President Barack Obama went to the West Coast to meet donors from two top Democratic super PACs, but the press wasn’t invited.

Tuesday, the reporters and photographers traveling with the president on Air Force One and in his motorcade were left on the gravel path not even within sight of former Costco CEO Jim Sinegal’s house in the Seattle suburbs where Obama sat for a Senate Majority PAC fundraiser with a $25,000 entrance fee.

Wednesday morning, when he met with big donors for the House Majority PAC at the Four Seasons hotel in downtown San Francisco, they weren’t even told what room or floor he was on.

“We think these fundraisers ought to be open to at least some scrutiny, because the president’s participation in them is fundamentally public in nature,” said Christi Parsons, the new president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. “Denying access to him in that setting undermines the public’s ability to independently monitor and see what its government is doing. It’s of special concern as these events and the donors they attract become more influential in the political process.”

Despite constant complaints from the press corps and promises from White House officials, access to the president continues to be limited. The constantly repeated line that they’re running the “most transparent administration in history” tends to prompt snickers. Halfway through Obama’s West Coast swing, it’s tipping toward outrage.

Okay, tough guys, what are you going to do about it?

Parsons said the WHCA has asked the White House to reconsider its position regarding access, but has not yet filed a formal complaint.

Pussies.

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How Can One Man Do So Little and Ruin So Much?

The vacationer-in-chief eschewed the Saturday golf outing with the boys to spend the weekend with the fam out at Camp David. You know, hiking, biking, campfires, s’mores.

Golf:

Some of you may be perplexed that there was no report of the usual Saturday golf by President Obama. Have the combined world crises finally forced a full weekend or work?

Well, you can relax. Because he did relax. Saturday golf simply became Sunday golf. Saturday he was at Camp David doing who knows what.

Obama played with three of his usual partners, White House aides Mike Brush, Joe Paulsen, and Marvin Nicholson.

For the record, Sunday was outing number 25 for 2014 – nearly a a rate of once a week, despite the coldest winter in 100 years – and 182 for the Obama presidency.

Actually, he hates Camp David. He almost never goes there.

But there’s one place he does like, especially in the summer:

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It’s going to be hot tubs, basketball, tennis and golf for the first family this summer, having set plans for a 16-day vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., on a $12 million, 10-acre forested estate on the southwestern corner of the island.

Reports from the Bay State indicate that President Obama and his family will vacation August 9-24 at the 8,100-square foot, beachfront home of a Democratic donor that includes a pool, hot tub, basketball and tennis court.

It will be new digs for the first family, who have summered on tony Martha’s Vineyard every year of Obama’s presidency, except in 2012 when he was running for reelection.

It will be among the longest vacations Obama has taken and four times longer than the average 3.8 day vacation the typical American family takes.

Better him eating lotus on Martha’s Vineyard than furiously erasing the Constitution, line by line, in Washington. Can’t you Vineyard folk make him an honorary citizen or something? Sink the ferry?

Just keep the burgers and ice cream coming!

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He’s Not Constitutional, Bitches

And far from being the law of the land, he is the law unto himself:

JONATHAN TURLEY: Frankly it’s difficult to discuss these quaint constitutional issues in what is often a poisonous political environment. As a people we’ve become — we’ve come to the point where we can’t just simply disagree, we have to despise each other. We subscribe to the worst motivations of our opponents and elevate our own proposals over process. To put it simply, we’ve embraced what the Queen Mother said in Richard III. We just think of our babies as sweeter than they were and he who slew them is fowler than he is.

I don’t believe the president has a desire for tyrannical authority. I don’t question his motivation. I question his means. Our system is changing and this body is the one branch that must act if we’re to reverse those changes. We’re seeing the emergence of a different model of government, a model long ago rejected by the framers. A dominant presidency has occurred with very little Congressional opposition. Indeed, when President Obama pledged to circumvent Congress, he received rapturous applause from the very body that he was proposing to make practically irrelevant. Now many members are contesting the right of this institution to even be heard in federal court. This body is moving from self-loathing to self-destruction in a system that is in crisis.

The president’s pledge to effectively govern alone is alarming, and what is most alarming is his ability to fulfill that pledge. When a president can govern alone, he can become a government unto himself, which is precisely the danger the framers sought to avoid. What we’re witnessing today is one of the greatest crises that I expect the members of this committee and this body will face. It has a patina of politics that is hard to penetrate. It did not start with President Obama. I was critical of his predecessor, and certainly this goes back long before George Bush, but it has reached a tipping point. (House Rules Commitee, July 16, 2014)

And this guy is a self-described fan of Obama. He even tries to share the blame for Obama’s unconstitutional behavior with a spineless Congress. To which there is some truth, even if that’s like blaming the victim of an abusive relationship. Obama says he wants to “do stuff”, but Congress won’t let him. A former Senior Lecturer at law school, he should recognize that as a “check”, intended to “balance” two equal branches of government. Instead, this petulant brat acts out by leaving his family behind and gorging on junk food. If only that were all.

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Read Any Good Books Lately?

I said good books.

And I said read:

Hillary Clinton’s new memoir “Hard Choices” experienced a 43% drop in sales in its second week on bookshelves, according to numbers from Nielsen BookScan.

After 85,721 copies of “Hard Choices” were purchased in the book’s first week, 48,227 copies of the memoir sold in the second week, according to Nielsen numbers, which make up roughly 85% of all retail book sales and were provided to CNN by a publishing source.

There is good and bad news in the numbers for Clinton and her allies.

The good news: While her first memoir, “Living History,” sold 438,000 copies in its first week, it experienced a 62% drop off in the second week. So comparatively, “Hard Choices” didn’t have as big a fall.

“Living History” would go on to sell 1.1 million copies, according to Nielsen.

The bad news is that Clinton critics who have been closely watching how her 656-page tome to American diplomacy and her time at state will likely be given ammunition with this first to second week drop off.

Moi?

But Pinter said no matter how much Clinton sells the book, the “reviews were tepid enough to squelch interest from everyone but hardcore Hillary devotees.”

“Hardcore Hillary devotees”? That’s an image I didn’t need. But it’s hard for Hillary to compete with a better book:

On Wednesday, “Hard Choices” was No. 21 among Amazon’s best-sellers. (“Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. the Obamas” by Edward Klein is No. 3.)

When given a choice between fiction and nonfiction, most readers will choose nonfiction every time.

Blood Feud—in which we learn…

Valerie Jarrett runs the White House

While followers of the White House are aware of Jarrett’s sway as the president’s closest consigliere, the extent of this closeness is somewhat staggering…

Hillary attempted to physically intimidate Obama as Secretary of State

“Some of Hillary’s arguments with the president actually turned physical. Once, according to a source close to Valerie Jarrett, Hillary jabbed Obama’s chest with her finger to make a point. When Obama reported the finger-jabbing incident to Michelle, he said that he couldn’t believe Hillary had done that to the president of the United States. He was more amazed than angry about the impulsive attack.”

Bill Clinton commissioned (and threatened to leak) a poll prior to the 2012 election that would have shown Hillary Clinton to be more popular than the president, and potentially led to a challenge to his nomination

Obama stabbed the Clintons in the back for 2016

“‘Obama cut right to the chase,’ Clinton’s associate continued. ‘He said he wasn’t prepared to turn over his campaign’s digital operations, data mining, and social media juggernaut to the Clintons. Instead, he said he was going to fold that operation into Organization for Action, his second-term political pressure group. Hillary would have to build her own data and analytics system. Bill listened, said, ‘Okay,’ and let it go at that.

‘Then Obama said it was too early to make a decision about 2016 and who he was going to support of the Democratic Party nomination. He wasn’t prepared to back Hillary now. He was keeping his options open. He was reneging on his promise.

‘Bill’s blood began to boil. He was speechless with rage.

What really happened when Hillary initially postponed testifying on Benghazi

[A]s soon as Bill appeared on the scene and was able to assess Hillary’s condition for himself, he ordered that she be immediately flown to New York-Presbyterian Hospital in…Manhattan. When Reines subsequently released a statement confirming that Hillary was being treated…it naturally intensified speculation about the seriousness of her medical condition.

While she was at the hospital, doctors diagnosed Hillary with several problems.

She had a right transverse venous thrombosis, or a blood clot between her brain and skull…

To make matters worse, it turned out that Hillary had an intrinsic tendency to form clots and faint [Klein goes on to recount several other past fainting spells].

…According to a source close to Hillary, a thorough medical examination revealed that Hillary’s tendency to form clots was the least of her problems…Put into layman’s language, her heart valves were not pumping in a steady way.”

Who Obama is going to hand-select for 2016

“‘It’s going to be a dogfight,’ replied Bill [...] ‘They say he’s looking around for a candidate who’s just like him. Someone relatively unknown. Someone with a fresh face. He’s convinced himself that he’s been a brilliant president, and he wants to clone himself–to find his Mini-Me.

He thinks that your mother and I are what he calls ‘so twentieth century.’ He’s looking for another Barack Obama.’”

I skipped the part about Michelle Obama and Valerie Jarrett carrying on a permanent campaign after the administration. While Michelle isn’t as pretty as he (thinks he) is, she might do.

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US Open (to Failure)

Baghdad is about to fall to the Islamistest militants since Abu Musab al-Zarqawi last drew breath; the population of refugees in the world today has spiked to more than 50 million people, the most since WWII; all of teen Central America is holding a slumber party on our southern border; computer hard drives at IRS HQ are spontaneously combusting like Spinal Tap drummers—and what’s Obama doing?

It’s another Saturday golf outing, this time at Fort Belvoir. Obama is with a typical group of mid-level White House aides – Marvin Nicholson, Sam Kass and Joe Paulsen.

It’s the 21st time he had played this year and the 178th of his presidency.

Always the same few guys. Is Marvin Nicholson an expert on Middle East Affairs? Does Sam Kass have invaluable insight on spurring economic growth?

Why doesn’t Obama play golf with someone who might offer experienced advice?

Oh. Never mind:

“I hate that man Obama more than any man I’ve ever met, more than any man who ever lived,” Bill Clinton said to friends on one occasion, adding he would never forgive Obama for suggesting he was a racist during the 2008 campaign.

The feeling is mutual. Obama made ­excuses not to talk to Bill, while the first lady privately sniped about Hillary.

On most evenings, Michelle Obama and her trusted adviser, Valerie Jarrett, met in a quiet corner of the White House residence. They’d usually open a bottle of Chardonnay, catch up on news about Sasha and Malia, and gossip about people who gave them heartburn.

Their favorite bête noire was Hillary Clinton, whom they nicknamed “Hildebeest,” after the menacing and shaggy-maned gnu that roams the Serengeti.

“I’ve had two successors since I left the White House — Bush and Obama — and I’ve heard more from Bush, asking for my advice, than I’ve heard from Obama. I have no relationship with the president — none whatsoever,” Clinton said.

“I really can’t stand the way Obama ­always seems to be hectoring when he talks to me,” Clinton added, according to someone who was present at the gathering and spoke on the condition of anonymity. “Sometimes we just stare at each other. It’s pretty damn awkward. Now we both have favors to ask each other, and it’s going to be very unpleasant. But I’ve got to get this guy to owe me and to be on our side.”

“Bill got into it right away,” said a Clinton family friend. “He told Obama, ‘Hillary and I are gearing up for a run in 2016.’ He said Hillary would be ‘the most qualified, most experienced candidate, perhaps in history.’ His reference to Hillary’s experience made Obama wince, since it was clearly a shot at his lack of experience when he ran for president.

“And so Bill continued to talk about Hillary’s qualifications .?.?. and the coming campaign in 2016. But Barack didn’t bite. He changed the subject several times. Then suddenly, Barack said something that took Bill by complete surprise. He said, ‘You know, Michelle would make a great presidential candidate, too.’

“Bill was speechless. Was Barack comparing Michelle’s qualifications to Hillary’s? Bill said that if he hadn’t been on a mission to strike a deal with Barack, he might have stormed off the golf course then and there.”

Listen, Bill, I hold Obama in the same contempt that you do (or I try). But if you want something from somebody, you have to butter him up. Treating him like a “coffee boy” is not the way.

It’s not like the little ball-and-chain is a shoo-in:

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We Should Be So Lucky

“Is Obama done with Washington?”

The 44th president has never been the capital’s biggest fan, but his frustration with life in D.C. is bubbling to the surface in ways both casual and substantive.

The president twice went for unscheduled walkabouts last week, taking a trip to a Starbucks near the White House with his chief of staff Denis McDonough on Monday and, the next day, turning up at a burger joint in Alexandria, Va.

“The bear is loose!” is the president’s favorite phrase at such moments, and he deployed it again last week.

And you know what bears do in the woods.

Yet there seems to be more to Obama’s frustration than cabin fever.

Last Tuesday, Obama was asked about gun control during a question-and-answer session hosted by the social networking website Tumblr. He didn’t try to assert that progress on legislation was realistically possible, instead launching into a personal broadside, permeated with a sense of resignation, against “this town.”

Never mind that no such gun control over-legislation would have prevented many or any of the gun crimes committed—or that gun sales only spike when this sort of talk gets going. Blame it on “this town” and be done with it.

But Obama’s been in Washington for less than a decade. Is he telling us that he misses in the Illinois State Senate, that he had a better time voting present in Springfield than being absent from Washington (in Palm Springs, Hawaii, Martha’s Vineyard, the 14th fairway at Andrews AFB, etc.)? Maybe he was happiest at Chicago Law School, where he rose to the lofty title of Senior Lecturer (a position he’s never outgrown).

He looks right at home, doesn’t he? Bashing corporations and banks and utilities (why utilities?), drawing insidious lines between loci of “power”. Look at him wield that chalk: he’s the Richard Feynman of liberal fascism. (If he had had higher cheekbones, he might have made Harvard.)

But if we are the ones we’ve been waiting for, why can he not wait to get out of town? We showed him the love—twice—well, not me, you—well, not most of you, them—and he’s already so over us (them), it’s not even funny. (It never was.) People have seriously discussed whether President was beneath his unique talents, but we already have a Pope (two, one retired). There’s already a Queen of England, with several Kings lined up to take her place. What’s he want?

Maybe he wants to be like Prince Charles. All the money and trappings of wealth one would ever need, and a soapbox from which to pontificate about global warming and modern architecture. I’m sure there’s something dreary about the job, but nothing so off-putting as President. Let’s create an American Prince of Wales, and get this guy out of the White House—it’s a win-win.

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Is “Golf” the Newest Dog Whistle?

Of course not. Golf has been a dog whistle for years.

The newest dog whistle is $2,952,278

The White House spent $2,952,278 in flight expenses this year for two trips President Barack Obama took on which he spent a large chunk of his time playing golf.

Obama billed both trips as official business, but he spent more time golfing than he did participating in government meetings, government oversight organization Judicial Watch reports.

The cost per flying hour includes fuel, food consumed on the flight and maintenance to the plane, the Department of the Air Force said in its response. It does not include the cost of the cargo plane that accompanies the president, as The White House Dossier points out.

The two trips in question occurred in February and March of this year when the President flew to Palm Springs, California, and Key Largo, Florida, respectively.

Why does the president never fly to Akron? Don’t they have golf courses there?


(Turkeyfoot: how appropriate.)

So, fly there in July. Im sure they’d be happy to see him.

Well, some of them would be. Anyhow…

The first trip took place over President’s Day weekend from February 17- 20. The total flight cost for this trip was $2,066,594.60, Judicial Watch reports.

On the first day of that trip, President Obama arrived in Fresno, California, at 2.30 pm local time. There he met with community leaders at a water facility before touring a local farm and making public remarks on the state’s water crisis.

‘It can’t just be a matter of there’s going to be less and less water so I’m going to grab more and more of a shrinking share of water,’ Obama said at the event. ‘Instead what we have to do is all come together and figure out how we all are going to make sure that agricultural needs, urban needs, industrial needs, environmental and conservation concerns are all addressed.’

Time Magazine reports that Obama spent those three days golfing with friends at two of the area’s exclusive golf clubs – Sunnylands and Porcupine Creek. Neither are open to the public.

Obama’s outings drew ire immediately afterward because the area’s golf clubs are a contributing factor to the region’s water crisis.

Each golf course Obama visited uses an average of one million gallons of water a day to keep the grass green. The courses use three to four times more water per day than the normal American golf courses because of the area’s hot, dry climate, Time reports.

How stupid does he think we are? I don’t know, how stupid are we? Pretty stupid, from the looks of it.

The second trip, which occurred less than a month later from March 7-9, cost $885,683.40 in flight expenses, the watchdog group said.

For that trip, the First Family joined the president. The Obama’s arrived in Homestead, Florida, on Friday at 1.40 pm eastern time. The President and the First Lady spoke at a high school at 2.25 pm. There are no public events on the President’s schedule after that until Monday morning, when he is listed as having received his daily briefing at the White House at 10 am.

The White House said Obama had ‘a bit of down time in the warm weather with his wife and daughters’ that weekend.

The Obama’s stayed at the Ocean Reef Club, where the president played two rounds of golf with friends.

Who are we to deny a man “down time in the warm weather with his wife and daughters”? What is this, Eight Years a Slave?

At least Sasha sinks a putt once in a while. Unlike her old man.

Close only counts in horse shoes and hand grenades, sir.

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Dear Lois

Sounds like the collected correspondence of Lois Lerner could fill a library:

According to new IRS emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request from Judicial Watch, former head of tax exempt groups at the IRS Lois Lerner was in contact with the Department of Justice in May 2013 about whether tax exempt groups could be criminally prosecuted for “lying” about political activity.

“I got a call today from Richard Pilger Director Elections Crimes Branch at DOJ … He wanted to know who at IRS the DOJ folk s [sic] could talk to about Sen. Whitehouse idea at the hearing that DOJ could piece together false statement cases about applicants who “lied” on their 1024s –saying they weren’t planning on doing political activity, and then turning around and making large visible political expenditures.

“I think we should do it – also need to include CI [Criminal Investigation Division], which we can help coordinate. Also, we need to reach out to FEC….”

Not content to grill conservative groups for membership lists and “the content of their members’ prayers”, she wanted to throw the full weight of the federal government’s criminal shock troops at them too. And for what? 501(c)(4)s may:

…inform the public on controversial subjects and attempt to influence legislation relevant to its program and, unlike 501(c)(3) organizations, they may also participate in political campaigns and elections, as long as their primary activity is the promotion of social welfare.

A 501(c)(4) organization may directly or indirectly support or oppose a candidate for public office as long as such activities are not a substantial amount of its activities.

Remember, the worst thing the IRS did was to play keep-away with conservative organizations throughout the 2012 election cycle. Neither approving nor declining their tax statuses, the IRS kept the Tea Party and conservative Americans from organizing, denying them a fundamental freedom of assembly so enjoyed by the Obama camp. Nixon didn’t have the gonads Lois Lerner has.

Who else was writing to Lois?

Newly delivered internal IRS e-mails sent and received by former IRS Exempt Organizations Director Lois Lerner and other IRS employees show that House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Minority staff, working for Ranking Member Elijah Cummings, began contacting the IRS in August 2012 about targeted non-profit applicant True the Vote. The IRS produced this e-mail on April 2, 2014 – only days after Oversight Committee Members had taken new IRS Commissioner John Koskinen to task for withholding relevant e-mails. The Chairman and five Subcommittee Chairmen on the Oversight Committee today sent a letter to Ranking Member Cummings demanding an explanation for his staff’s queries, why the Minority hid these efforts from the Majority, and why the Ranking Member denied such actions by his staff at a February Subcommittee hearing.

This whole thing stinks to high heaven: Democrat rank members (pun very much intended) conspiring with federal agencies, which were conspiring with other federal agencies, to nail to the wall anyone out of compliance with the directives of King Barack. I just spelled it out, but I can barely believe it. Prime Ministers, Presidents, and Kings have resigned, been impeached and deposed, even assassinated over lesser offenses.

PS: Lois ultimately decided against prosecutions, and we condemn and abhor even talk of assassination. Just so that’s clear.

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Brussels on $3 Million a Day

But if you’re willing to rough it, you can get by on $2.9 million:

Mouths on Capitol Hill were agape Friday as MailOnline told congressional staffers that President Barack Obama’s recent one-night stay in Brussels cost taxpayers more than $2.9 million – and that’s just for hotel space and rental vehicles.

The amount covered Obama’s March 25-26 stay in Belgium’s capital, plus two weeks of work by his advance team before the president participated in a NATO and EU summit and a tour of the Flanders Field Cemetery.

The Weekly Standard first reported on a single requisition for lodging in Brussels at a hotel called ‘The Hotel,’ costing an estimated $1.52 million.

MailOnline has found two additional requisitions, covering more than $396,000 at a Crowne Plaza hotel and $1.05 million in expenses for ‘vehicle rentals.’

Relax, America. You got off cheap:

The Guardian reported that Belgium’s cost for providing security and planning surrounding the president’s 24 hours stay was at least $10.4 million.

Please, just go to Hawaii next time. Like last time. And the time before that. And the time before that.

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