Obama’s Speech on the NSA – Like Rearranging Deck Chairs on the Titanic to Avoid the Iceberg

by Richard H. Frank

Today President Obama spent the first 20 minutes of his speech lecturing us on the nation’s need for intelligence since the Revolutionary War up to and including the attack upon the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Five minutes into his first shaking finger-pointing lecture I wondered just how stupid he thinks “We the People” really are.

Every thinking American understands that our nation’s security and spying on our enemy is not only necessary but paramount in protecting us and our families against the unthinkable; a nuclear attack on some U.S. city or major event. In fact, We the People also know that it is one of the few authorities that the President has been delegated by an Amendment to the Constitution. Additionally, we are aware that in today’s cyber world intercepting communications between potential enemies, foreign or domestic, must be part of our arsenal for use by the NSA. The balance, however, between protecting individuals against unreasonable search and seizure (the 4th Amendment of our Constitution) and providing for the nation’s security was not dealt with in Obama’s lengthy speech today. He danced all around the topic but never directly addressed the wholesale collection of our telephone and text messaging by the NSA. He expects us to believe that only telephone numbers associated with suspected terrorist activities and those contacting those numbers are examined for trends and suspicious frequencies without access to the actual conversations or texts themselves. His claim that the investigation of the NSA by his Administration has found no instance where access to our communications have been unlawfully violated. That statement is worth as much as his saying “If you like your health care plan you can keep it.” He also never mentioned what was going to happen with the multi-million square foot data storage compound being built in Utah by the NSA if they were in fact going to stop collecting all this data and outsource much of it.

Now listen to his proposed changes:

1. A Presidential Directive to every agency having access to our information that in essence must not house that access.

2. That the NSA will continue to collect data on every America but not store that data by the Government with a caveat that the Government will look at the data collected when it needs to.

3. He would appoint yet another Commission of public advocates to determine and make recommendations on where and how the data mined was to be stored.

4. Congress in consultation with Attorney General Eric Holder would determine what changes require a Legislative action in order to be Constitutional.

5. He was requiring annual updates by the NSA and Holder on the status of implementation of its proposals and directives.

6. Lastly his Presidential Directive made off-limits spying on foreign leaders of our allies.

Some in the mainstream media, Democrats in Congress and Obama’s Administration will hail this speech as a major initiative to keep America safe while protecting our Constitutional rights to privacy.

In fact it was none of the above but just another diversion to distract the public from those “phony scandals” according to Obama like the IRS, Obamacare, the NSA spying scandal and Benghazi which he hopes to bury once and for all.

Everything he said today is virtually meaningless since nothing will change in the end. It’s all about Obama attempting to shroud the truth from us using tactics from his most “transparent administration” in history. This speech is akin to the analogy of “rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic” in hopes of avoid the iceberg.

Three cheers for Barack Pinocchio Obama and his Administration of half-truths!

50 Years After Smoking Warning – Where are We?

by Jayne D. Frank

50 Years after the Surgeon General’s report on the adverse effects of smoking we hear reports of how that report saved 8 million people from premature deaths who since have quit. These reports obscure and ignore the real facts and problems with smoking in 2014:

1) Because of population increase in the U.S., smokers have actually increased and the number of young people smoking has not decreased.

2) Only a handful of states actually have any “meaningful” laws protecting non-smokers from second-hand smoke in public places (workplace, restaurants, bars, etc.);

3) The propaganda on E-cigarettes is misleading inasmuch as they contain carcinogens which can lead to cancer, hardly an improvement over regular cigarettes;

4) Insurance companies do NOTHING to penalize smokers by way of higher premiums. Health care costs in this Country have spiraled out of control and one of the most prominent reasons is the cost of care for chronically ill people with sicknesses directly attributable to smoking has increased dramatically. You will hear arguments from smokers that the cost of treatment for non-smokers exceeds that of smokers, and the argument cannot be made truthfully. NON-SMOKERS JUST LIVE LONGER so they could require longer medical care! This smokescreen is most apparent when you look at what Obamacare does and doesn’t do with potential enrollees. The enrollment form asks you “whether” you smoke, but does nothing to increase smoker’s premiums, and in fact, many if not most smokers will be off the hook for paying anything and will be thrown in Medicaid or subsidized, both on the backs of others.

5) Entitlements in this country have soared over the last 50 years and especially during the Obama Administration and we taxpayers continue to “give” welfare checks and unemployment checks to smokers who run out and pay hundreds of dollars a month for cigarettes.

6) The cost of treating asthma in this Country is dramatically increasing every year, and how many of these asthma cases came about by children having to be around and live with people who smoked every day?

The rhetoric is all well and good about possibly saving 8 million people from premature deaths by having them quit, but nothing substantial has happened in this war on smoking over the past several years. Smokers have rights, but they have NO right to take taxpayer money for their habit, they have NO right to drain the healthcare system in this country, they have NO right to cause everyone’s insurance costs to go up because of them, and they still have NO right to interfere with my rights not to breathe this stuff.

This is not just an opinionated blog without any basis or knowledge. I personally went through years and years taking care of 2 parents whose diseases from smoking literally took their life’s breath away and deteriorated every organ in their body. Their quality of life during the last ten years was deplorable and the way their bodies were ravaged was ugly. I got really disgusted at having to endure the countless doctors showing me photos of my dad’s lung cancer as it progressed and x-rays of lungs that had no air sacs left to breathe. They were both on expensive continuous oxygen and couldn’t get around at the end without wheelchairs. My sister who was in the prime of her life but acquired the life-long habit of smoking 3 packs a day from my parents, died of an aneurysm and strokes, but only 5 years after being completely paralyzed from those events. I am deeply disappointed in the recent court decision that did not mandate that these graphic pictures be shown on cigarette packages. I guess “reality shows” are just relegated to the television now.

More importantly I saw the bills that came in from Medicare and my sister’s insurance companies for her long-term care. A typical 3-day hospital visit for one of my parents in 1997 ran over $80,000. Who paid for that? We all did.

The personal side of this for me is that I was subjected to second-hand smoke my entire life as a child and because both my son and I took care of my parents, we were subjected even further to the effects of being around my parents, and guess what? They continued to smoke up until their death because they said “we have rights.”

The Stampede to Socialism in America!

by Richard H. Frank

As 2014 begins every American needs to look back at what has occurred in this Country over the past 5 years under Barack Obama’s Presidency and his Administration. Never in my lifetime have I witnessed a more inept, incompetent and corrupt Administration aided by those in Congress hell-bent on the destruction of the very fabric upon which this Republic was founded, Our Constitution!

We have a President who has no qualms about looking Americans directly in the eye and lying to them over and over again. When the facts do not support his assertions and agenda he and his Administration just change the facts thinking the more they expound on fallacious information eventually we stupid Americans will believe the rhetoric.

How slow are Americans in realizing what is taking place before our very eyes? From stimulus spending and non-existent shovel-ready jobs, to failed green energy programs, to the spring of recovery in 2009, to Benghazi being the result of a video and on and on again. Yet in the upcoming State of the Union Address our majestic President will be sure to take credit for equally unreal achievements such as the bogus decline in unemployment and the surge in American energy production and exports and of course his signature accomplishment “The Affordable Care Act” aka “Obamacare.” Thus far every promise he has made concerning healthcare is either being proven untrue or at best exaggerated.

Then we have Congress, the People’s voice and representative to bring checks and balances against an oppressive Executive Branch of Government. The voice of the People has been muted through Congress supporting the Socialist’s agenda of Obama and his Administration by extension of entitlement spending unabated.

Today we have unemployment benefits extended for up to 99 weeks, food stamp programs increased by over 70%, health care costs now forecast to be three times that projected when the ACA was originally passed and welfare programs expanded to illegal aliens at unprecedented rates. All of these programs are being paid for with money this Country and the Obama Administration doesn’t have. Instead we just borrow the money and pass the soon to be $18 trillion debt on to our children and grandchildren.

The Rule of Law has been substituted by the rule through Executive decree or administrative regulations issued by unelected bureaucrats in various agencies of the Federal Government; i.e., the Department of Labor, the Environmental Protection Agency, Homeland Security, the National Security Agency and the Department of Justice. Many of these regulations are aimed at suppression of the free enterprise system and usurping the very freedoms conferred upon each of us under the Bill of Rights.

President Ronald Reagan warned that the first step toward destruction of the Republic would be a move towards socialized medicine. Obamacare is that first step and must be repealed before the roots of socialism take root and like an invasive vine choke the life from our Nation.

In the 1960s Nikita Khrushchev warned that America could not be destroyed by any attack from abroad but would eventually be destroyed from within. Now some 5 years later those of us old enough to remember his words bear witness to “the stampede to Socialism.” Unless “We the People” intervene and change the representation we elect to Congress the Liberal Progressives will assure the eventual “transformation of America” to a European social democracy as has been publicly declared by Barack Obama.

The Declaration of Independence holds the answer as to how “We the People” can prevent this oppressive Government from subverting our Constitution and freedom. Take heed America!

“Working Towards the Führer”

by Richard H. Frank

I never thought in the 75th year of my life I would bear witness to the destruction of America as I have known it. Barack Obama and his administration, aided by loyalists such as Harry Reid and the Democratic-controlled Senate, have done more to “fundamentally change America” in a mere five years than the Communists could achieve in 50 years of the Cold War.

The hypocrisy demonstrated by Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Harry Reid and the endless list of Democrats who bitterly opposed the threat of invoking the nuclear option by Republicans in 2005 as a power grab is astounding. Now in 2013 with the President under pressure from vulnerable Senate progressives seeking re-election in 2014 and the fallout for his deliberate lying to America on Obamacare, he endorses the use of the nuclear option to save his Presidency by Harry Reid. You cannot help but make comparisons to the loosely organized, highly effective propaganda machine that surrounded Hitler and guaranteed his agenda.

Congress and We the People have stood by and watched as the President trampled the Constitution over and over again and usurped Constitutional powers specifically reserved for Congress. He refuses to enforce laws he considers contrary to his ideology and imposes his will to rewrite laws he is sworn to uphold.

For those of us that are students of history the parallels between Barack Obama and his administration’s rise to power are frighteningly similar to that of Adolph Hitler and the Nazi Party. When Obama’s agenda is stifled by the Minority in Congress, the majority, like a child unable to get its’ way Obama suddenly defends changing Senate Rules that have been in effect for over 200 years to allow a simple Majority vote of 51 Senators to approve Judicial Appointments instead of the traditional Super Majority required in the Federalist Papers by our Founders.

If allowed to stand, the nuclear option will surely be extended to passage of any legislation and ultimately to Supreme Court appointments. This action by the Senate virtually eliminates the voice of the Minority in the Senate from demanding debate on Presidential appointments. Obama and his loyalists will go on to push through ill-conceived legislation on a whole myriad of topics such as amnesty, redistribution of assets, gun control and climate and energy, all designed to finish Obama’s vision of his “fundamental change.”

The list of Constitutional abuses by Barack Obama and his Administration goes on and on from his use of Executive Orders to Rules and Regulations imposed by various Governmental agencies by unelected political appointees and career bureaucrats that adversely restrict economic growth and rob every citizen of our unalienable rights.

I, like many Americans, believe in the tenants of our Representative Republic and have championed using the ballot box as the vehicle to take back our Country from the sinister group of Alinsky progressive liberals and their socialist agenda. However, I am no longer certain We the People can wait for the two and four-year election cycle to change the makeup of Congress such that checks and balances can be maintained to prevent Obama’s quest to “fundamentally change America!”

We the People should embark upon an immediate PETITION DRIVE TO RECALL every Senator that voted in favor of the nuclear option. The message must be sent now in a loud clear voice that unless the Senate Rule for a Super Majority vote is reinstated that those responsible for supporting the nuclear option are in peril of RECALL notwithstanding their status in the upcoming 2014 mid-term elections.

The argument that the only way to break gridlock in Washington is to eliminate the threat of filibuster in the Senate and move the Administration’s agenda forward is the nuclear option is fallacious. A perfect example is how devastating legislation such as the “Affordable Care Act” or “Obamacare” is passed using a simple majority vote by manipulating the Senate Rules.

We have a Federal Government and an Administration completely out of control and out of touch with We the People. The action taken by the Senate on November 21, 2013 is one more nail in the coffin of our Representative Republic and the move to a European-style democracy where mob rule replaces the Rule of Law.

Seniors Being Set Up by Affordable Care Act

by Jayne D. Frank

The Affordable Care Act and advocates of it, repeatedly say seniors will not be affected by the Act. The last thing the Government needs, especially among the chaos now created by their Healthcare.gov site not working for other Americans, is to have seniors question what will happen with their care. We all received a slice of this “preview” this week in the news when several elderly people in their 80s were interviewed because they have been told their doctor will not be in their plans anymore and they would have to find other doctors.

In other states, seniors who have regular Medicare and pay for their own Medigap coverage are being sent repeated letters during “open enrollment” now going on, that Medicare Advantage might “be a better option for you.” Really? A better option when the Congressional Budget Office projected that the Affordable Care Act will result in 3 million fewer people enrolled in Medicare Advantage and that the health insurance tax (also from ACA) will result in seniors facing $220 in higher out-of-pocket costs and reduced benefits next year and $3500 in additional costs over the next ten years. (reference ahip.org/issues/Medicare-Advantage). All you have to do is do your own research, read between the lines and see that it is eventually the intention of insurers to have their senior subscribers shift to Medicare Advantage and then be dropped because of the cut to doctors participating in Medicare Advantage, all as a direct result of Obamacare.

Those in Medigap policies cannot be assured of continued coverage either or at least good quality care. Just read the Medicare.gov site under “coordinating your care” where it states you can “always see any doctor or healthcare provider who accepts Medicare, AND accepts these programs;” namely Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and/or Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative, two programs which severely compromise your quality of care, take the decision-making away from you and your doctor, and put cuts on what kind of services you “should” be getting in the future. The aim is to coordinate your healthcare between you, your doctor, and every agency or board that will be involved in the Obamacare law. They will be following the “Choosing Wisely Initiative” which targets the issue of “inappropriate” or “overused” tests and procedures for seniors, all the way from bone density tests to cardiac procedures” for which “drug treatment works as well as surgical intervention.” (ref: Washington Post: Inappropriate Procedures are Expensive and Risky.) This Choosing Wisely Initiative will probably be used in the media as a substitute for the death panels in Obamacare, all done in the name of “fraud prevention.”

Seniors are our real “treasure” in this country – they are our mothers and our fathers, our mentors and our inventors. They have worked at steady jobs for many decades so that the young people in America can have a more prosperous and fulfilling life. Will the millions of seniors in this Country start waking up to what is happening and get involved in making sure that we try to repair the destruction happening in our healthcare system? Seniors may not have the strongest bodies anymore – but their intelligence is intact and their voices are strong and must be heard.

Obama’s Roadmap to a “Single-Payer System” for Healthcare in America!

by Richard H. Frank

There is an old adage that states “Oh what a web we weave, when at first we try to deceive!” Barack Obama has for over four years deceived and lied to the American people when he stated “If you like your healthcare insurance you can keep it – PERIOD; If you like your doctor you can keep him or her – PERIOD; No one can take your insurance away no matter what; existing plans are grandfathered in under the Affordable Care Act.”

What he failed to say was that the law mandated ten provisions that policies must include in order to qualify under the law. Further the law is explicit when it says that any changes in coverage or premiums would eliminate a policy from the grandfathered protection. Thus, as soon as any provider altered their coverage to comply with the law, they automatically voided the grandfather clause. The ACA law in essence forces insurers to cancel policies that exclude any of the mandatory provisions under the law which individuals may prefer and raise premiums on replacement policies or exit the market altogether. This is just one example of Obama’s “bait and switch” tactics used to sell the ACA to unsuspecting Americans.

Although the rollout of the Obamacare website and millions of people losing their coverage due to the law is consuming the news headlines the real story is being buried by all the political rhetoric. The real story not being talked about is how Obamacare has been designed to fail and force the nation to adopt a single-payer system across the nation.

The evidence was placed right before our eyes when in 2009 a Flow Diagram created by Kevin Brady was shown to the public depicting how Obamacare would function and integrate 159 different government agencies in administration of the law. Viewing this diagram is there any wonder that the Government website failed and crashed at its inception. This monstrosity was doomed to fail by design. In the interim, private insurance companies will be forced to raise premiums on businesses and individuals and eventually be forced out of business. The last alternative for Americans will be Medicaid which is the Government-administered single-payer system supported by Obama during his 2008 campaign for election.

Should the Affordable Care Act remain the law of the land, Obama will have achieved his stated goal to “fundamentally change America” and destroy the free enterprise system in America.

The only way for “We the People” to stop Obama’s relentless march towards socialism in America is to clean house in both Houses of Congress during the 2014 midterm election and put a halt to President Obama’s agenda to make America a third world nation.

October 16, 2013-Groundhog Day in Washington, D.C.

by Richard H. Frank

The politicians in Washington D.C., especially Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, are marking October 16, 2013 as a victory over Republicans in the House of Representatives with the passage of an extension to the CR and the debt limit extension until after the first of the year. In reality, the Senate Bill accomplished absolutely nothing and was a replay of the 2011 budget crisis. Just as in the movie “Groundhog Day” every American can prepare for a replay of the same old “crap” – just another day.

The only accomplishment of this legislation is to incur an additional $1 trillion of debt over the next 60 days for Obama to spend and redistribute as he deems appropriate.

I seem to remember his statements and vote against the debt limit increase in 2006 as such actions would be irresponsible and un-American. Now he has the audacity to proclaim that extending the debt limit does not increase our debt by a single dime. I wonder where he studied money and banking. Obviously not in the Wharton School of Economics. I also seem to remember he appointed the Simpson Bowles Commission to study and make recommendations on how to bring Government spending under control and eventually balance the Federal budget.

Because the Commission recommendations addressed entitlement reform, Obama immediately rejected the recommendations out of hand and for the past four years has ignored his own Commission’s findings.

Following the loss of control in the House by Democrats in the 2010 mid-term election, Obama’s solution to our economic woes was to appoint a Super Committee charged with solving the ongoing problems of continuing deficits and structuring a “grand bargain” that would raise revenues without reducing the current out of control spending.

To assure success of the Super Committee, Obama and his administration championed the creation of the “Budget Control Act” passed and signed into law in 2011 that contained a provision for across the board spending cuts in every branch of government known as the “Sequester.” When the Super Committee failed to reach agreement and eventually disbanded, Obama and his administration freaked out as sequester took over and they predicted Armageddon for the nation. Two years have passed and the spending reductions have been implemented without Armageddon taking place.

The government shutdown of 2013 began on October 1, 2013 with the furlough of some 700,000 non-essential government employees. If my math and understanding of the English language is correct, that means approximately one-third of the Federal Government is non-essential; then it seems to reason that one-third of the Federal budget should be scrutinized for elimination.

One-third of our current spending in a $3.2 trillion budget equates to $1 trillion in reductions that brings the Federal budget close to balancing. However, Congress would never consider addressing the obvious as some special interest might be put at risk when logic prevails over politics.

The real answer to the Government’s spending problem is to rid Congress of the professional politicians through strict term limits that would rid the Government of those who put personal advancement over doing the work and will of “We the People.”

Unfortunately, this would require that someone sponsor a Constitutional Amendment to achieve that end. This, along with a Balanced Budget Amendment, although talked about, are much like the mythical unicorn – beautiful to imagine but far from reality.

So following October 16, 2013, another groundhog day, our nation is taking a giant step along the path to becoming Greece.

May God have mercy on our children and grandchildren who are destined to bear the burden of debt thrust upon them by a Federal bureaucracy concerned only with their ideology and egos.

Should we fail to fundamentally alter the makeup of Congress in the 2014 mid-term and put a stop to the devastating regulation of our economy and redistribution ideology held by Barack Obama and his minions, he will have achieved his stated goal to “fundamentally change America” to become a European-style democracy and cease as a Representative Republic.