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We don’t need no stinkin’ legislative branch of government!

We don’t need no stinkin’ judicial branch of government!

President Obama promised Wednesday to keep up his fight to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation — and vowed to veto any bill declaring his executive action on immigration illegal during a town hall-style sitdown in Florida.

The President said he would do his best to move forward with immigration reform, despite a Texas judge halting the program, during the night forum hosted by Telemundo and MSNBC.

“If you’ve been here for a long time and if you qualify, generally, then during this period, even with legal uncertainty, they should be in a good place,” the President told a cheering crowd.

Of course they cheered—he was talking about them, and their “legal uncertainty”! Is “legally uncertain aliens” the new term for fence jumpers and visa violators? I know “w*tb**k” is offensive to many, but it’s a lot more accurate.

Because, you see, there’s nothing uncertain about their illegality:

After establishing that Texas had standing to sue in federal court, Judge Hanen turned to the lawfulness of the executive action. DAPA was decreed on November 20, 2014, in a series of memorandums, without any opportunity for the public to comment beforehand. Judge Hanen found fatal the government’s failure to comply with the notice-and-comment requirements of the Administrative Procedures Act (APA). But the court went further, finding that DAPA was not an exercise or prosecutorial discretion. Rather, DAPA amounted to a decision to “‘consciously and expressly adopt[] a general policy’ that is so extreme as to amount to an abdication of its statutory responsibilities.” The president was willfully disregarding the laws of Congress that he did not agree with. Specifically, DAPA “does not simply constitute inadequate enforcement; it is an announced program of non-enforcement of the law that contradicts Congress’ statutory goals.” This policy, Hanen concluded, is unlawful and must be halted.

Rather than enforcing the law, Hanen saw Obama’s actions as making law: The executive is “is not just rewriting the laws; he is creating them from scratch.” This is the role of Congress, not the president. Even if the administration complies with the notice-and-comment process of the APA — unlikely with only 20 months until the next election — such a broad policy of non-enforcement would still run afoul of the Take Care clause.

The decision from Brownsville, on the literal and figurative border between the federal and state governments, is a first step toward restoring the separation of powers and ensuring that the president faithfully executes the laws.

That remains to be seen. It’s a step, but it’s not clear if it’s a step toward anything. If Obama can ignore Congress (rewriting even his “signature achievement” to suit the fancy of the day) and ignore the Constitution, I seriously doubt some sh*tkicking judge from East Bumf*ck, Texas is going to slow him down.

Obama is off the reservation, cheered on by the press, and until the cavalry shows up (in the form of Congress with a spine or the courts with enforcement powers), he’s going to continue to maraud across the landscape. What’s he got to lose?

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Why Do They Hate Us?

Not terrorists.

Democrats:

Open border activist Rep. Luis Guitierrez is calling Republicans racist and xenophobic for opposing illegal immigration. He’s also attacking U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanan for issuing an injunction against President Obama’s executive action on illegal immigration.

“It is mean and xenophobic,” Guiterrez said during an interview on The Kelly File Wednesday. “I believe that this judge is going to get an atta’ boy when he goes back to his country club, what a great job.”

Nothing about the law. Just aspersions and character assassination. In that vein: what a POS.

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If You Wrong Us, Shall We Not Revenge?

I’m a live-and-let-live kind of guy. Moonbats and fruit-loops may annoy me, but as I live among them, I’m used to their silly, silly ways.

But then they come out and openly insult me, treat me with hate and derision…I go kind of John Rambo

Get the shredders ready — the Tea Party could be coming.

The city’s new municipal ID program allows for personal info provided by applicants to be destroyed at the end of 2016, in case a conservative Republican wins the White House and demands the data, the law’s co-sponsor told The Post on Monday.

City Councilman Carlos Menchaca (D-Brooklyn) said the measure was crafted so data submitted by those seeking the cards can be destroyed on Dec. 31, 2016.

The cards are aimed at undocumented immigrants.

“In case a Tea Party Republican comes into office and says, ‘We want all of the data from all of the municipal ID programs in the country,’ we’re going to take the data,” he explained.

With respect, go f**k yourself.

The great thing about the Tea Party is that it doesn’t exist. I may be sympathetic to its goals, but there’s no card to carry even if I wanted to. It’s an understanding among Americans who agree on limited government, low taxation, and even more limited government. It’s no surprise the Tea Party grew organically in response to the passage of ObamaCare, which—hint, moonbats—is enforced by the Internal Revenue Service. Its incompetence is its only saving grace.

And for these mangy rats to declare the Tea Party the enemy, and illegal aliens the victims… well:

“It’s no secret that one of the biggest sticking points in the ID programs is ensuring that there’s confidentiality, that immigrants are comfortably giving their information to the city,” said Steven Choi, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition.

“The sunset is part and parcel of the effort to ensure confidentiality.”

The bill lets the city destroy the info if it determines it’s no longer needed.

The cards were first available early last month. Demand has been overwhelming, with more than 200,000 appointments made for the cards in less than a month.

Are you telling me that 200,000 illegal aliens are not a problem for NYC?

How about 500,000?

Anyway, I thought leftist radicals like Che de Blasio thought ID cards were fascistic:

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law a measure that creates a municipal identification card that can now be used by illegal immigrants to access government services, rent an apartment and open a bank account.

“Government services”? What kind of government services? As their mere presence here is a federal crime (albeit a misdemeanor), how can they qualify for any government services, except the services of the criminal justice system?

Tea Partiers, bad; border jumpers, good. To repeat myself: go f**k yourself.

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If You Listen Closely, You Can Hear The Moonbats Howl

Judge halts amnesty

The Texas attorney general is hailing a federal judge’s decision to temporarily block President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration.

Attorney General Ken Paxton says U.S. District Judge Hanen’s Monday ruling is a win for “the rule of law in America.”

Hanen’s decision gives a coalition of 26 states led by Texas time to pursue a lawsuit that aims to permanently stop the orders, which could spare up to five million people in the U.S. from deportation.

Gov. Greg Abbott, who as the state’s former attorney general led Texas into the lawsuit, said Hanen’s decision “rightly stops the President’s overreach in its tracks.”

I’m pretty cynical about the condition of the legal system in the US, and expect this to be but a short detour to full citizenship for anyone who will vote for the dems in the future, but it’s a nice try.

– Aggie

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Lights Out in America

It was a good run.

But it had to end some time:

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.

Anyone registering to vote attests that he or she is a citizen, but Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted said mass registration drives often aren’t able to give due attention to that part, and so illegal immigrants will still get through.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris W. Kobach said even some motor vehicle bureau workers automatically ask customers if they want to register to vote, which some noncitizens in the past have cited as their reason for breaking the law to register.

“It’s a guarantee it will happen,” Mr. Kobach said.

So do I. Guarantee.

As was always the intent. You only have to try to use your government (renewing your driver’s license, say) to know how poorly it works. It’s a given that many if not all illegally legalized illegal aliens will register to vote. Done.

A voice of dissent:

Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, Massachusetts Democrat, said he doubted illegal immigrants would risk running afoul of the law — which could get them deported — just to be an insignificant part of an election.

Because illegal aliens are sticklers for the law!

This was the point of Obama’s illegal action. Not “fairness”. Votes. It was the very-much-intended consequence. And you know how Democrats win votes. They buy them:

The newly legalized workers can apply for back refunds from the IRS even for years when they didn’t file their taxes, agency Commissioner John Koskinen told Congress on Wednesday.

That’s it, we’re toast. I would sell out and move to Mexico, but their residency requirements are so strict!

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Huddled Masses

Are a lot more massive than you might have thought!

The Obama administration has since 2009 issued roughly 5.5 million work permits to non-citizens beyond what Congress has authorized, according to recently-released documents that critics of U.S. policy say reveals a “shadow” or “parallel” immigration system stifling wages and taking jobs from Americans.

The information was obtained by the conservative-leaning Center for Immigration Studies through a Freedom of Information Act request and has prompted Alabama GOP Sen. Jeff Sessions to call for an investigation.

“This request has unearthed the operation of a shadow immigration system previously unknown to the American public,” said Sessions, one of Capitol Hill’s most outspoken critics of President Obama’s immigration policy. “A full investigation is warranted.”

Congress authorized an estimated 5 million green cards and 3.5 million guest worker permits during the 2009-2014 period, in addition to the 5.5 million issued by administration action, a Senate staffer said Wednesday.

Jessica Vaughn, the study author and the center’s director of policy studies, argues the administration has discovered the power to issue work permits outside the limits set by Congress and that it has become “the vehicle” for Obama’s executive actions — in which he has offered deferred deportation to millions of people now in the country illegally.

The biggest group of recipients has been people entering the U.S. without being inspected. More than 957,200 of them received permanent or “pre-permanent” work permits, according to the center.

Others received those types of permits were 23,215 parolees, nearly 1,000 stowaways and 49 people suspected of document fraud.

Try not to let this news diminish your esteem for the stowaway-American community.

Is there nothing Obama can’t do? Not if you ask him.

But ask these people:

The priority given by the Justice Department to children of Central Amerian families who entered the U.S. in 2014 has meant that the hearings of almost 500,000 undocumented immigrants have been suspended indefinitely, as occurred with Ricardo Pérez Luna, whose day in the Los Angeles Immigration Court was canceled.

“It’s been a long wait. It’s not fair that after all this effort, and I was finally on the point of getting my residence permit, they don’t even tell me when I’ll get to see the judge,” Pérez, a native of Oaxaca, Mexico, told Efe.

The immigrant had a hearing scheduled for Jan. 28, the date when the judge was to award him his permanent residence, but his hopes vanished when he was notified that his hearing was canceled, as has happened to thousands of undocumented immigrants in recent days.

“The saddest thing is that there’s no date, I don’t know if it’s going to be months, a year, two…we don’t know what’s going to happen,” a frustrated Pérez said.

Criminal alien on criminal alien crime—it would take a heart of stone not to laugh.

For these illegals to cry about fairness underscores how absurd the whole system is. You break the law by sneaking in here, break it again by working without permission and not paying taxes, break it some more by forging documents as needed, break it yet again by scamming welfare benefits to which you are not entitled, and otherwise burden the health care and education system with your illegal selves and your illegal children. Not to mention the odd DUI.

And all it would have taken for America to embrace you was for you to wait to be invited, rather than crash the party. But because you are reliable future Democrat voters, that cynical party and this lawless president offer you a Corona and some nachos (patronizing dinks that they are).

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Amnesty National

As we noted yesterday, Obama wants to forgive the trespassers of yesteryear—all five million of them—for breaking various laws (immigration/visa violations, forgery/ID fraud, tax evasion, etc.) in favor of going after the lawbreakers of today.

Go get ‘em, tiger!

After six months of requests, Local 2 Investigates received information regarding the status of thousands of unaccompanied children and families caught illegally crossing the southern border over the summer and fall.

Total numbers are not yet available. The information provided to Local 2 by officials with the Executive Office of Immigration Review deal with those caught crossing the border between July 18 and Oct. 28 of this year.

Thousands of families from Central America caught crossing the border had to be released on their own recognizance because there wasn’t enough detention space. All were ordered to appear before an immigration judge at a later date.

According to the EOIR, of the 30,467 families and unaccompanied children caught crossing the border between July and October, only 22 percent have received a final disposition as to whether they will be allowed to stay in the U.S. or be deported.

Of the 15,614 families caught crossing the border, but not detained, 4,197 have been ordered removed from the U.S. However, 96 percent of those removal orders were done “in absentia.”

The EOIR states an “in absentia” order is done when a person fails to show in immigration court.

If I have this right, the courts ordered the deportation of 4,197 families, but only 167 families actually showed up to hear their fates decided. The other 4,030 vamoosed. Took a powder. Went on the lam. Perhaps they were busy “worship[ing] at our churches”, as Obama claimed they do. Whatever they were doing, they weren’t “get[ting] right with the law”.

Obama also said, “And let’s be honest -– tracking down, rounding up, and deporting millions of people isn’t realistic. Anyone who suggests otherwise isn’t being straight with you.”

And thousands? Are thousands possible? Hundreds? Scores? Dozens? A few? One?

He also said this:

[W]e’ll build on our progress at the border with additional resources for our law enforcement personnel so that they can stem the flow of illegal crossings, and speed the return of those who do cross over.

This deal does not apply to anyone who has come to this country recently. It does not apply to anyone who might come to America illegally in the future.

If you plan to enter the U.S. illegally, your chances of getting caught and sent back just went up.

Will Obama wield his phone or pen—even just flap his gums in “executive action”—to enforce the law on just one of these border jumpers? Rhetorical question, of course. I have the unfriendly habit of actually quoting Obama’s insincere palaver back to him. Maybe it’ll be my New Year’s resolution to stop. Right after I learn Albanian.

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Immigration Conundrum

While working on another post (on a related subject), I held my nose and nipped on over to the President’s website for his own words on the “executive action” on illegal aliens.

There, under the heading Share the Facts is an infographic much like this one:

Okay, it’s all BS, I know, but one particular bit of it smells a little riper than the others:

Crack Down on Employers That Hire Undocumented Workers

That sounds familiar. That sounds like E-Verify:

E-Verify is an electronic program through which employers verify the employment eligibility of their employees after hire. The program was authorized by the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA). In short, employers submit information taken from a new hire’s Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification Form) through E-Verify to the Social Security Administration and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to determine whether the information matches government records and whether the new hire is authorized to work in the United States.

E-Verify is administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, USCIS, Verification Division, and the Social Security Administration.

It’s currently voluntary, except for federal contractors and certain states that require it. There are several drawbacks to the program (bad data leading to incorrect designations, costs to employer), but it would appear we’ve had in our hands since 1996 at least one method to discourage illegal aliens from being here.

In the infographic at the site, Obama put the “cracking down” on a list he says Congress still needs to do. It says nothing about E-Verify. Indeed, he didn’t even mention “cracking down” (or anything similar) in the tiresome speech that decreed the sweeping change in the law.

So, the president intends (or says he intends) to see to it that no illegal alien can hold a job in America—yet they can stay. Huh? Doesn’t that mean he just increased the welfare rolls by five million?

Or is he picking winners and losers again, like for Solyndra and against coal? The millions who have already broken the law can stay, they can work, they can crowd our emergency rooms. But not one more!

But who knows what he means because, as far as I can tell, he didn’t write anything down. He just talked. Obama has now been distilled to his essence: his word is now law.

Or is it?

Executive actions are any informal proposals or moves by the president. The term executive action itself is vague and can be used to describe almost anything the president calls on Congress or his administration to do. But most executive actions carry no legal weight. Those that do actually set policy can be invalidated by the courts or undone by legislation passed by Congress.

The terms executive action and executive order are not interchangeable. Executive orders are legally binding and published in the Federal Register, though they also can be reversed by the courts and Congress.

A good way to think of executive actions is a wish list of policies the president would like to see enacted.

Presidents favor the use of nonbinding executive actions when the issue is controversial or sensitive. For example, Obama carefully weighed his use of executive actions on gun violence and decided against issuing legal mandates via executive orders, which would have gone against the legislative intent of Congress and risked enraging lawmakers of both parties.

Obama was the first modern president to use executive actions in lieu of executive orders or executive memoranda.

But even the Obama White House acknowledged that most of the executive actions carried no legal weight. Here’s what the administration said at the time the 23 executive actions were proposed:

“While President Obama will sign 23 Executive Actions [on gun control] today that will help keep our kids safe, he was clear that he cannot and should not act alone: The most important changes depend on Congressional action.”

He used to say that about illegal immigration too. By Obama’s own reasoning, his diktat on illegal aliens is merely a wish—a hope, if you will. It is not a law (which is Congress’s job); it is not an order (a legal document, published and legally binding); it is a pipe dream.

Yet everyone pretends it has the authority of law.

This…chimera…has two fundamental elements. One, Obama will no longer enforce a law passed by Congress and signed by an earlier president. Two, Obama will give illegal aliens things they have no right to have, and he has no right to give them.

Because he says so.

It’s a hell of a way to run a country.

PS: Kind of funny for Obama to demand Congress pass a law. He ignores laws. Anyway, most Democrats and even a few Republicans (the Chamber of Commerce set) don’t want the changes he calls for anyway.

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See You in Court

You’ll be hearing from my lawyers:

President Barack Obama’s new plan to ease the threat of deportation for 4.7 million undocumented immigrants violates the U.S. Constitution, a federal judge found on Tuesday, handing down the first legal ruling against the plan.

The ruling has no immediate impact, with the government saying there was no reason for Judge Arthur Schwab of the Western District of Pennsylvania to address the issue in the case, which concerns 42-year-old Honduran immigrant Elionardo Juarez-Escobar.

Schwab is the first judge to rule on the legality of the plan Obama announced on Nov. 20. The executive action by the Democratic president is opposed by Republicans and is already subject to other legal challenges.

Schwab ruled that the executive action violated the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of separation of powers and the separate “take care clause,” which requires the president to faithfully execute laws passed by Congress.

So what if it’s non-binding? At least someone has the nuts to pronounce on the issue. Over to you, John Boehner (speaking of nuts, or lack thereof).

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We’ll See You in Court

We’re going to need a bigger courthouse. Is Montana available?

Twenty-four states have signed onto the legal challenge against President Barack Obama over his executive action on immigration, incoming Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Wednesday.

Abbott, the Texas attorney general who will assume his new role in January, is leading the coalition.

“The president’s proposed executive decree violates the U.S. Constitution and federal law, circumvents the will of the American people and is an affront to the families and individuals who follow our laws to legally immigrate to the United States,” he said in a written statement.

The Texas-led coalition of states in the legal challenge consist of: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Almost half the union is suing President Obama for violating the Constitution. Somebody has to.

PS: Of course, Obama thinks he has 33 states on his side.

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The Fall of the American Republic, Pt. CCCXLVI

Obama wastes billions on a lemon of a computer system—and it’s not even the one you’re thinking of!

Senior officials at the Social Security Administration (SSA) tried to hide a damning report on a $300 million computer system that lawmakers have called a “boondoggle” in order to protect President Obama’s nominee to lead the agency, a whistleblower claimed in an interview with FoxNews.com.

Whistleblower Michael Keegan told FoxNews.com that McKinsey & Company, a consulting firm, issued a draft report in December 2013 saying the agency had spent $288 million over six years for a new computer system processing disability claims that has yet to launch.

But Keegan said he was present at a meeting of senior officials in May of this year where they decided to sit on the report as long as Carolyn Colvin’s nomination for commissioner was pending.

“They hid the report,” he told FoxNews.com.

They’ll release it on Friday. Some Friday.

Keegan spoke with FoxNews.com after Republican senators threatened earlier this week to block Colvin’s nomination until a probe of the computer project is done. Keegan, who worked as associate commissioner for facilities and left the agency earlier this year, explained that he brought his concerns to Congress over the summer.

Several top-ranking lawmakers have been beating the drum about the $300 million computer system since the summer, including about the possibility of a cover-up.

House oversight committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and other lawmakers wrote in July that whistleblowers had told them “senior agency staff placed a very close hold” on the report to make sure details were kept “secret” until after Colvin’s confirmation. They called these claims “deeply disturbing.”

When will the Republicans in Congress grow the stones to stop Obama, rather than merely warn Obama to stop? Are only eunuchs elected to Congress?

Real men run for governor:

Texas is leading a group of 17 states — all but two with Republican governors — that are suing to block President Barack Obama’s executive overhaul of U.S. immigration and deportation rules.

The state’s incoming governor, Greg Abbott, announced the effort to have courts block Obama from implementing the actions he announced last month during a Wednesday afternoon news conference.
“The constitution prescribes immigration policy be fixed by Congress — not by presidential fiat,” said Abbott, the Texas attorney general who won the governor’s race in November and has since become the highest-profile GOP critic of Obama’s immigration policies.

He said Obama’s decision to stop deportations for undocumented immigrants who are the parents of U.S. citizens — the centerpiece of the executive action — is “a decision to openly tolerate” violations of the U.S. law.

“Texas is uniquely qualified to challenge the president’s executive order,” Abbott said. He pointed to Obama’s 2012 order deferring the deportation of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children and had lived in the country for years, and said Texas has seen an influx of immigrants since then.

“Basically, we are asking for the court to require the president to go through the prescribed constitutional process of enforcing laws passed by Congress rather than making them up himself,” Abbott said.

Abbott said the states joining Texas in the lawsuit are Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

How hard was that to say? It’s not racist or xenophobic. And I’d say 17 states—a third—is a pretty big sample size.

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BTL: Right Again As Ever

Rush likes to boast that he’s 98.7% accurate (or whatever), but it’s not that hard when you learn how to read the stitches on the curveball (as he also says).

We said this but five days ago:

[White House spokesman Shawn] Turner noted, however, that the estimated 5 million immigrants granted protection from deportation will not be eligible for other federal benefits such as student financial aid, food stamps or housing subsidies. Nor are they eligible to purchase health insurance through the federal health-care exchange under the Affordable Care Act.

To which we responded:

Yet.

Yesterday…

President Barack Obama’s executive order to spare some immigrants from deportation has galvanized Democrats, immigration groups and health care advocates in California to push for expanding health coverage to a segment of the population that remains uninsured.

The president’s action excludes immigrants who came to the country illegally from qualifying for federal health benefits. But California has its own policy of providing health coverage with state money to low-income immigrants with so-called “deferred action” that allow them to avoid deportation. Immigrant and health care advocates say that means Obama’s executive order will enable hundreds of thousands of low-income immigrants in California to apply for Medi-Cal, California’s version of Medicaid.

Great. Another million mouths to feed.

Hang on, BTL, you say? It’s not ObamaCare they’re getting, but Medi-Cal.

You interrupted me:

Medi-Cal is a health program for the poor paid for by the federal government and the state. It has grown by about 3 million people in California under federal health care reform and now covers more than 11 million Californians, about 30 percent of the state’s population. The federal government is paying for the expansion, but the state will eventually pay 10 percent of additional costs to cover low-income adults, many of whom are childless.

You want to explain to me how “hundreds of thousands” (estimates of California’s illegals range to nearly three million) of illegal aliens getting health insurance paid in part by the federal government (you and me) is not “health insurance through the federal health-care exchange”?

We need to find that Frenchman who invented a pill that makes flatulence smell like roses. Obama is farting in our face with impunity. If we can’t stick a plug in him, we shouldn’t have to suffer from his stench.

PS: Conservatives believe in the 10th Amendment to the Constitution, which assigns rights and powers to the states not otherwise assigned to the federal government. That belief stops when a given state behaves irresponsibly and irrationally—Illinois with pensions, California with illegals—leaving the federal government (you and me) to pick up the pieces. And the bill.

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