Thursday, March 29, 2012

Obama’s Lowlights (3/29/12)

Religion - A federal government decision to allow a Wyoming tribe to kill two bald eagles for a religious ceremony is a victory for American Indian sovereignty as well as for long-suppressed religious freedoms, the tribe said.

Yemen - Motorcycle-riding gunmen linked to al Qaeda shot and killed an American teacher in the Yemeni city of Taiz this past week.

Occupy 6 Month Anniversary - Dozens of police officers cleared Zuccotti Park where the Occupy movement was born six months ago and made several arrests after hundreds of protesters returned in an anniversary observance and defiantly resisted calls to clear out. Also, Michael Moore, who was once praised by the Occupy Movement, didn't receive the warmest welcome from this event and was called out for his hypocrisy: "Make way for $50 million Michael Moore everybody."

ObamaCare Expansion - Administration officials released a final rule governing student health plans. Under the final rule, students will gain the same consumer protections other people with individual market insurance have, like a prohibition on lifetime limits and coverage of preventive services without cost sharing. In the same way that religious colleges and universities will not have to pay, arrange or refer for contraceptive coverage for their employees, they will not have to do so for their students who will get such coverage directly and separately from their insurer.

Mexico Spring Break – Thirteen year old Malia Obama and her friend spent spring break vacationing in Mexico guarded by 25 US Secret Service agents as well as Mexican police.

Graduation Rates - The high school graduation rate was 75 percent in 2009, meaning 1 in 4 students fails to get a diploma in four years, researchers found.

Showdown - President Barack Obama blamed Fox News for his political woes in a private meeting with labor leaders in 2010, saying he was “losing white males” who tune into the cable outlet and “hear Obama is a Muslim 24/7,” according to journalist David Corn’s new book, “Showdown.”

Green Energy Government Loans - First Solar (A solar panel company got 17 million in stimulus funding) was shipping its own solar panels from Ohio to a solar farm it owned in Canada, and the U.S. taxpayers were subsidizing this "export."

Fundraisers – Obama held nearly 100 fundraisers over the past year, and Michelle held several dozen more.

Syria – Russia sent a military unit to Syria to help Asma al-Assad squash the rebellion and remain in power.

Food – Mayor Bloomberg (NYC) has banned people making home cooked meals for the homeless – because they are not healthy enough.

Military – Michelle Obama is asking military members to support her husband because of his pro military policies. Michelle failed to mention the Obama administration’s proposed defense budget calls for military families and retirees to pay sharply more for their healthcare, while leaving unionized civilian defense workers’ benefits untouched.

GOP Budget – The GOP released their budget proposal and not surprisingly the Democrats are demonizing it because it tries to address entitlement costs. Democrats are also using the budget to push their latest claim against the GOP: their “War on Women”. Since the budget proposal kills ObamaCare, it must be because conservatives hate women and their right to abortion and contraception!

Iraq – Violence continues to escalate in the country. Last week over 50 people were killed from 4 separate bombings.

Solar Panels - The U.S. Commerce Department announced tariffs on Chinese-made solar panels because they had benefited from unfair subsidies by Beijing.

Sackett v. EPA – The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Idaho couple who was fined by the EPA for building on their 2/3-of-an-acre that the EPA deemed protected wetlands.

Wall Street - President Barack Obama’s largest campaign donors last month included employees of Wells Fargo & Co., (WFC) JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS), according to an analysis of Federal Election Commission records.

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