Lists of Obama scandals

Note:  You might want to start at the Barack Obama Index Page, especially if you arrived here by using a search engine.

Sometimes it is difficult to keep up with all the corrupt and sinister activities of the Obama administration.  Fortunately about once a week there's another opinion writer who includes a laundry list of Obama's scandals, just to drive home a related point.

The Obama administration has been immersed in scandals and sub-scandals from day one, and slightly before, and some of the major scandals are covered on pages of their own, e.g.,
Obama's highly suspicious biographyforged birth certificate,  and fraudulent Social Security number,
Fast and Furious,
Paying ransom to Iran,
Gun control,
Domestic surveillance,
Lies about unemployment numbers and job creation,
Lies about Obamacare,
Lies about taxes and spending,
Lies about energy production,
Lies about immigration and border security,
Lies about everything else,
Intentionally weakening the American economy,
Intentionally weakening America's defenses,
The use of the IRS as a weapon,
The use of the EPA as a weapon,
The use of the NLRB as a weapon,
The use of the Fish and Wildlife department as a weapon,
The heavily politicized Department of Justice under Eric Holder,
The heavily politicized Department of Justice under Loretta Lynch,
The VA hospitals,
Obama vs Gibson Guitar,
Lois Lerner's conveniently deleted emails,
Wholesale amnesty by executive fiat,
Acting like a Marxist dictator,
Changing the Obamacare law day by day,
and a number of miscellaneous scandals.

The articles on this page demonstrate that I'm not the only one keeping a list of those scandals.

Closely related topic:  Grounds for impeachment of Barack H. Obama

"If you engage in an unethical practice, if you cover up a serious problem, you should be fired.  Period.  It shouldn't be that difficult."

Barack H. Obama,    
August 7, 2014      

Obama Scandal Scorecard.  Updated as new stories appear.

Here Are Every Single One Of President Barack Hussein Obama's 633 Scandals.  Remember when President Barack Obama and senior adviser Valerie Jarrett claimed that their administration has been devoid of any scandals?  The brilliant, hard-working geniuses at GRABIEN have compiled a list of 633 scandals — some of which are admittedly about as scandalous as Rosie O'Donnell eating a salad — that proves otherwise.

A Complete Guide to the 633 Scandals of the Obama Administration.  As the news comes at us so quickly these days, it's admittedly hard to keep track of everything that's happened over the last eight years.  The administration seems to recognize this.  Whenever a scandal erupts, the strategy is delay, obfuscate, and punt until the matter fades into the slipstream of yesterday's news.  As Obama's approval rating inched up toward the end of his time in office, his approach seems to be paying off.  To help refresh everyone's memory, Grabien is now publishing what we think is the most exhaustively researched, chronologically comprehensive collection of every scandal that struck the Obama Administration.  As of this publication — which we plan to continue updating — the tally stands at: 633.

McCain's amnesia on Obama's foreign policy failures.  Somehow, Senator McCain was able to stand and watch as:
  •   Obama, Hillary, and Kerry essentially bragged about leading from behind.
  •   Obama said he wanted to remake America.
  •   Obama went around the world apologizing for what America had previously done.
  •   Obama drew the fictitious red line in Syria.
  •   North Korea, Russia, Syria, and Iran were essentially able to do whatever they wanted with almost zero consequences.
  •   Obama tried to undermine Israeli elections.
  •   Obama sold uranium to Russia.
  •   We paid ransom — over a billion dollar in cash — to Iran.
  •   Obama considered ISIS the J.V. team.
How could McCain have watched everything Obama did from his seat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and not given a speech about abdicating American leadership?  I would love to have McCain or anyone else list Obama's foreign policy successes and how they maintained our leadership position that McCain says is now under attack because of Trump.

Time to subpoena Obama on his ties to Russia.  Barack Obama, the pay-to-play president, cut a deal with Russia shortly after taking office.  The FBI investigated, but mysteriously dropped the case according to the Hill.[...] Russians donated to the Clinton Foundation, after Obama and Hillary promised not to accept foreign bribes — er, donations — while she was secretary of state.  Hillary also signed off on the deal.  Let's see, on his watch, this man who received a Nobel for his efforts in nuclear disarmament:
  •       Gave pallets of money to Iran so it could nuke up
  •       Allowed North Korea to nuke up
  •       Cleared the sale of uranium to Russia
World War III should be named after him.

The Real Reason the Democrats Want to Be Rid of Confederate Monuments.  The media spend their days "rectifying" the news.  They write and print and speak to mislead.  Since they could not factually rectify the outcome of the 2016 election, they have spent every waking moment since constructing lies to delegitimize it; with falsehoods of collusion with Russia, and implications that racism, white supremacism, Nazis, and the KKK somehow denied them their rightful destiny They know none of those imputations are true, but their goal is make the public believe they are factual.  For the eight years Obama was President, the MSM never reported the vast numbers of people who were forced, enticed and even recruited to dependence on Food Stamps (an additional 10.7 million souls), or the catastrophic, unimaginable sum of 10 trillion dollars, by which he increased the national debt (he doubled it, adding more than all previous presidents combined), or the true facts of Obamacare, driving up costs, and wrecking the finances of what was the best system of medical care in the world).

Obama's Legacy:  North Korea's Nuclear Weapons.  Progressives are always talking about Barack Obama's legacy.  Well, this is his true legacy: the needless deaths of perhaps hundreds of thousands of innocent people because he refused to take action before the clock ran out.  Obama wanted to be known as the president who stopped wars and not one who started them, which he did anyway when he thought it would enhance his stature.  Because of this, he withdrew from Iraq, birthing ISIS; waffled in Syria, resulting in the death of a half a million people; and did nothing about North Korea.  He played golf and threw parties in the White House.  With North Korea, it is now probably too late for effective action short of war.  Wait a couple of years, when the bill for his appeasement of Iran will come due.

McMaster:  The Ultimate Holdover.  For eight years the Obama administration relentlessly politicized everything it touched.  Those dedicated to Obama's ideology were embedded in every agency at every level.  Obama's failures are numerous and highly damaging to our national security.  His State Department produced an awful arms agreement with the Russians, tried desperately to pressure Israel into an untenable peace agreement, and proudly signed Obama's nuclear weapons deal with Iran.  Obama's Defense Department supported the massive spending cuts Obama engineered.  Those cuts are the source of the readiness crisis we now face which, for example, leave about 70% of Marine Corps F-18s unfit to fly combat missions.

Here Are The Major Scandals That Took Place When Robert Mueller Was FBI Director.  [#6] IRS Targeting (2010-2013):  the IRS intentionally selected and then delayed or denied tax-exempt 501(c)(3) applications from conservative groups to prevent them from participating in the 2012 election, followed by IRS agent Lois Lerner invoking her Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination[.]  [#7] Fast and Furious (2010):  this ATF program, which seems to have served no rational purpose, allowed over 2,000 guns to be purchased illegally inside the United States and then "walked" into Mexico for use by criminals, one of which was later used in the 2010 murder of Border Agent Brian Terry by the member of a Mexican cartel[.]  [#8] Associated Press Spying (2012):  the Department of Justice illegally seized the communications of AP reporters made during April and May 2012, allowing the DOJ to unmask journalists' confidential sources[.]

The Root Cause Of The Disasters In The Middle East.  During the eight years of the Obama administration, half a million Christians, Yazidis and Muslims were slaughtered in the Middle East by ISIS and other Islamic jihadists, in a genocidal campaign waged in the name of Islam and its God.  Twenty million others were driven into exile by these same jihadist forces.  Libya and Yemen became terrorist states.  America -- once the dominant foreign power and anti-jihadist presence in the region — was replaced by Russia, an ally of the monster regimes in Syria and Iran, and their terrorist proxies.  Under the patronage of the Obama administration, Iran -- the largest and most dangerous terrorist state, with the blood of thousands of Americans on its hands -- emerged from its isolation as a pariah state to re-enter the community of nations and become the region's dominant power, arming and directing its terrorist proxies in Lebanon, Syria, Gaza and Yemen.  These disasters are a direct consequence of the policies of appeasement and retreat of the Obama administration.

America's Media Meltdown.  [Scroll down]  Freed from most press scrutiny, the Obama administration surveilled Associated Press reporters accused of leaks and monitored the communications of Fox News's White House Correspondent James Rosen.  In a variety of scandals, UN Ambassador and National Security Advisor Susan Rice lied repeatedly about the Benghazi catastrophe, the Bowe Bergdahl prisoner swap, the Iran deal, and the supposed destruction of weapons of mass destruction by the Assad government in Syria.  Meanwhile, Obama's Attorney General Loretta Lynch faced inquiries about massaging the investigation of Hillary Clinton's private email server.  Close advisors such as Rice and UN Ambassador Samantha Power faced congressional inquiries into whether some in the administration had requested improper surveillance reports of political opponents, unmasked their names, and illegally leaked them to the press — a story that the media overlooked. [...] The media largely ignored a series of scandals, as if investigating them might endanger the Obama progressive moment: the politicization of the IRS, FBI, and Justice Department; ICE reduced to de facto irrelevance; fraud at the VA; overreach at EPA; and incompetence at the Secret Service and GSA.

Beneath the Dignity of the Office.  In fact, Donald Trump has restored dignity to the office, when you consider how Barack Obama soiled the office with his own dissembling, fabrications, and manipulations, not to mention the sort of race hustlers, hoodlums, felons, and traitors routinely welcomed to Obama's White House.  Beneath the dignity of the office:  Bill Clinton spawned the genre.  Obama fertilized it.  Lest we forget, Obama welcomed Al Sharpton 60-70-100 times at the White House.  At the same time, Obama hosted soirees with the Muslim Brotherhood.  Celebrated the swap of five terrorists for U.S. Army deserter Bergdahl in the Rose Garden.  Embraced Rick Ross, notorious rapper indicted for assault and kidnapping, whose ankle bracelet alarm went off at the White House[.]

Real Scandals The Trump-Obsessed Media Are Ignoring.  So what we have here is evidence suggesting that the Obama administration abused national security to damage the Trump administration, politicized the Justice Department to subvert an active investigation into Hillary Clinton, and routinely spied on Americans for reasons unknown.  That's a lot of potentially very serious scandals for an administration that described itself as scandal-free.  Nothing to see here.  Move along.

Helpful Reminder:  What a Real Presidential Scandal Looks Like.  As liberal McCarthyism continues searching for Russian monsters under Trump administration beds, it might serve us well to remember the Obama administration scandals, for which there were no special prosecutors appointed, no grand juries convened, not even a leaked memo to The New York Times via a friendly professor at Columbia University.

Corruption and Collusion:  Obama, Comey, and the Press.  It now seems clear that Barack Obama was a corrupt machine politician in the worst Chicago mold.  He used the IRS to silence his enemies, and the Justice Department to protect his friends.  His two major "achievements" — a health care law that doesn't work and a deal that increased the power and prestige of the terrorist state of Iran — were built on lies to the public and manipulation of the press.  And that's according to his own allies!  Only the leftist bias and racial pathology of the media kept his administration from being destroyed by scandal, as it surely would have been had he been a white Republican.

The Endless Ironies of Donald J. Trump.  The Left was mostly untroubled for eight years about the often unconstitutional abuses of Barack Obama — given that they saw their shared noble aims as justifying almost any means necessary to achieve them.  There was the not uncommon Rice-Gruber-Rhodes-Holder sort of deception (on Benghazi, on the conduct of Bowe Bergdahl, on the Affordable Care Act, the Iran deal, on Fast and Furious, etc.) — a required tactic because so much of the Obama agenda was antithetical to the wishes and preferences of the American electorate and thus had to be disguised and camouflaged to become enacted.  There was the pen-and-phone mockery of established federal law (the suspension of the ACA employer mandate, the Chrysler creditor reversal, the non-enforcement of federal immigration law, the institutionalization of sanctuary-city nullification).

Did Brennan Collude with Foreign Spies to Help Hillary?  [John] Brennan didn't explain why the Russians didn't prefer Hillary, Secretary of State for an administration that did nothing when Russia annexed Crimea and invaded Ukraine.  Why wouldn't the Russians want the Secretary of State who called murderous Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad a reformer and was there when President Obama drew the first of his "red lines," then did nothing to prevent the slaughter of 500,000 Syrians while giving Russia free rein in that country?  Why would Russia prefer Trump over Hillary after she and husband Bill brokered deals giving Russia and Putin 20 percent of our uranium supply to benefit Clinton Foundation donors, including Canadian billionaire Frank Giustra?  As the New York Times reported, this mutual back-scratching gave Clinton donor Giustra control of a significant portion of the world's uranium supply.

The malicious and dishonest media really are, as Trump says, 'enemies of the people'.  Economic growth, which had been 4.5 percent annually in most of the Reagan years, had gradually descended to just one percent with Obama.  Schools and infrastructure were decaying, violent crime was increasing, Obama and Hillary Clinton would not utter the words "Islamist extremism," political correctness reigned, and foreign policy seemed to many Americans to have wobbled from George W. Bush's insouciant war-making to Obama's appeasement of America's enemies.  Trade agreements were widely perceived to have been disadvantageous and the alliance system looked like a bunch of free-loaders relying on American military power rather than collective security.  Trump and his followers believed that the global warming case had not been made and that the push for renewable energy was unjustifiably costly and self-punitive.

A Case for Congress and the Trump Justice Department, Not the Courts.  Eric Holder was the first attorney general in history to be held in contempt of Congress, when he stonewalled committee probes of the Fast and Furious investigation.  Fast and Furious itself was a scandal, involving the government's reckless abuse of investigative powers for the purpose of fabricating an anti-gun narrative.  Instead, its "gun walking" resulted in the killing of a federal agent, among other violent crimes.  Attorney General Holder made misleading representations about both Fast and Furious and the investigation of Fox News journalist James Rosen. [...] Then there were the Justice Department's outrageous misconduct and serial lies in a prosecution of New Orleans police, which a federal judge variously described as "bizarre," "appalling," and "grotesque" — conclusions upheld by the Fifth Circuit appeals court.

Obama's Chickens Coming Home To Roost.  If you believe your random mainstream media outlet of choice, North Korea and Syria were crises freshly spawned by this administration with no prior history.  But these ticking time bombs are the direct result of the two terrible terms of his predecessor.  The Nobel Peace Prize winner's years in the White House were the most dysfunctional, schizophrenic and senseless eight years of our national foreign policy.  His domestic policy was a disaster, but it was a radioactive toxic waste dump with clear and consistent goals.  ObamaCare, the abuses of the Justice Department, the Department of Education and the Environmental Protection Agency were the naturally terrible outcome of left-wing policies being implemented with inevitably terrible results.  But Obama's foreign policy was a wildly inconsistent mess.

Trump is warned that he can't just do what he wants.  The Washington Post's E.J. Dionne wrote an opinion article that lectures Donald Trump that he can't just do what he wants. [...] I do not recall Dionne writing warnings to Obama or objecting when:
  •   Obama continually changed tax provisions and other provisions of the ACA without going through Congress.
  •   Obama illegally robbed low-income housing funds from Fannie and Freddie Mac to fill in shortfalls at Obamacare.
  •   Obama couldn't get the DREAM Act passed through Congress so unilaterally implemented it anyway.
  •   Obama and the Justice Department allowed sanctuary cities to ignore immigration but sued states like Arizona that wanted to enforce the laws of the land.
  •   Obama allowed his secretary of state to continually violate security laws and personally corresponded with her on a non-secure server and pretending he didn't know.
  •   Obama lifted the travel ban and other restrictions on Communist Cuba without going through Congress.
  •   Obama agreed to a deal with the terrorist-sponsoring Iran without getting approval from Congress.
  •   Obama agreed to the Paris climate accord without getting approval from Congress.
  •   Obama refused to enforce immigration laws, clearly violating his oath of office.
  •   Obama continually blocked pipelines that had cleared regulatory hurdles.
  •   Obama had the EPA intentionally write regulations without going through Congress to bankrupt coal companies.
  •   Obama and Michelle took separate jets to their family vacations.

"Fundamental Transformation" Demands Chaos.  Nothing more clearly marked the intended mission of Barack Obama's presidency than his own words, spoken shortly before the 2008 election:  "We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America." [...] The political IEDs that have delivered chaos during the last eight years and are embedded to deliver further turmoil include:
  •   Weaponizing the administrative state to act against American citizens deemed political enemies (e.g., the IRS targeting scandal).
  •   Undermining the rule of law so there is no level playing field of justice.
  •   Nearly doubling the national debt to roughly $20 trillion.
  •   Enabling a more chaotic world by undermining allies and dealing passively with enemies while weakening America's ability to defend itself.
  •   Dividing Americans against each other on issues of race, religion, sex, speech, and immigration, all while not actively discouraging violence.
  •   Enabling global and national elites while nearly destroying the Democratic Party's electoral strength across the country.

Turns out Obama was the real Russian stooge.  The circumstantial evidence is mounting that the Kremlin succeeded in infiltrating the US government at the highest levels.  How else to explain a newly elected president looking the other way after an act of Russian aggression?  Agreeing to a farcically one-sided nuclear deal?  Mercilessly mocking the idea that Russia represents our foremost geo-political foe?  Accommodating the illicit nuclear ambitions of a Russian ally?  Welcoming a Russian foothold in the Middle East?  Refusing to provide arms to a sovereign country invaded by Russia?  Diminishing our defenses and pursuing a Moscow-friendly policy of hostility to fossil fuels?  All of these items, of course, refer to things said or done by President Barack Obama.

The Rotten Obama Record — and Legacy.  An incomplete recap of the corruption that has happened under his watch:  Eric Holder, the "stimulus," Fast and Furious, Solyndra, Obamacare, the census power grab, the IRS targeting of political opponents, executive amnesty, the Snowden NSA spy revelations, the debate collusion with Candy Crowley, race-baiting for votes, selling our soul to Iran and Cuba, wiretapping allies, spying on journalists, destroying attempts to clean up voter rolls, the Benghazi video.  Politicizing and weaponizing our government and its bureaucracies.  And so much more.  This was eight years of a purposeful, corrupt power grab in the worst of ways.  And no, I do not believe for a second he did not know, or did not incite these to happen.

When Normalcy Is Revolution.  Political correctness under the Obama administration led to euphemisms that no longer reflected reality.  Poorly conceived reset policy with Russia and a pivot to Asia both failed.  The Middle East was aflame.  The Iran deal was sold through an echo chamber of deliberate misrepresentations.  The national debt nearly doubled during Obama's two terms.  Overregulation, higher taxes, near-zero interest rates, and the scapegoating of big businesses slowed economic recovery.  Economic growth never reached 3 percent in any year of the Obama presidency — the first time that had happened since Herbert Hoover's presidency.  A revolutionary federal absorption of health care failed to fulfill Obama's promises and soon proved unviable.  Culturally, the iconic symbols of the Obama revolution were the "you didn't build that" approach to businesses and an assumption that race/class/gender would forever drive American politics, favorably so for the Democrats.

Finally, the 'End of an Error'.  Obama is gone.  Time to undo what the Community Organizer organized for America:  astronomically increased debt, a disrespected law enforcement and military community, numerous ticked off allies, newly empowered enemies, erasure of borders, and demographic divisions aplenty.

The Worst Perversion.  The Obama administration was full of scandal, though we have a lazy and partisan news media that is determined to see no scandal in it.  The lame-duck columns have been nearly unanimous on the point:  Barack Obama is remarkable among recent presidents for having been utterly untouched by scandal, personal or political. [...] Not only was the Obama administration marked by scandal of the most serious sort — perverting the machinery of the state for political ends — it was on that front, which is the most important one, the most scandal-scarred administration in modern presidential history. [...] The fact that the same people at CNN who were colluding with the Clinton campaign cannot see a scandal in the Obama administration does not mean that no scandal was there.

Obama legacy a big lie, let me count the ways.  On fake news 60 Minutes tonight, Obama will make this incredible statement:  "I'm proud of the fact that with two weeks to go, we're probably the first administration in modern history that hasn't had a major scandal in the White House."  Can someone say "Big Lie?"  There's not room enough in this whole newspaper to list all the scandals, big and small, that have enveloped this most corrupt of all regimes in American history, modern or otherwise.  One website last week came up with 633, and they missed more than a few!  And in the true spirit of the "Big Lie," this isn't the first time these bums have floated the no-scandal whopper.  Valerie Jarrett, his Iranian-born Rasputin, was pushing it to the alt-left media just last month.  Just for starters, Hillary Clinton is probably beseeching President Soetoro right now for a pardon, given the crimes she committed as his highest-ranking cabinet official — the next attorney general has already announced he'll be recusing himself from the inevitable criminal probes against her.

Media Has Decided Obama Had Zero Scandals But We Found a Few.  The scandals that never happened:
  •   Fast & Furious
  •   Solyndra
  •   Benghazi
  •   VA — officials got bonuses as veterans died
  •   IRS — Lois Lerner, targeted citizens
  •   Politicized press and agencies
  •   Stimulus theft for unions
  •   Obamacare — keep your doctor, your insurance, your hospital (he guaranteed it), premiums reduced by $2500 less for the average family, horrible website
  •   Hillary Clinton's private server — he sent emails to that address under a fake name
  •   The Pigford scandal
  •   Bowe Bergdahl — the scandalous handling of the court martial and the trade of this deserter for five vicious Taliban
  •   Iran nuclear deal and ransom payments
  •   GSA lavish parties
  •   Secret Service gone wild with idiots in charge
  •   Influencing Israeli elections
  •   Spying on journalists and Angela Merkel
  •   GM bailout — he violated the spirit of the law and precedent by putting the investors at the end of the line and paying off the unions.
  •   He told Medvedev he'd have more flexibility after his second election

Obama: We're 'Probably' First Admin 'In Modern History' Without 'A Major Scandal in the White House'.  During a preview of an interview set to air on Sunday's "60 Minutes" on CBS, President Obama said, "we're probably of the first administration in modern history that hasn't had a major scandal in the White House."  Obama said, "I'm proud of the fact that, with two weeks to go, we're probably the first administration in modern history that hasn't had a major scandal in the White House.  In that sense, we changed some things."  [Video clip]

The Editor says...
If Benghazi is not a scandal and Fast and Furious is not a scandal, and the use of the IRS as a political weapon is not a scandal, and the Secretary of State's secret email system is not a scandal, and the doubling of the national debt is not a scandal, I wonder what Mr. Obama would consider a major scandal.

Levin skewers Meryl Streep after 'baloney' Golden Globes speech.  Liberal actress Meryl Streep's virtue-signaling Golden Globes speech Sunday invoked the wrath of Conservative Review Editor-in-Chief Mark Levin.  In a Facebook post Monday [1/9/2017], Levin skewered Streep for professing solidarity with immigrants and the media — groups she considers to be victims of the same hate-fueled conservative campaign that brought Donald Trump to power.  He then provided a long list of atrocities committed by the Obama administration that the 30-time Globes nominee neglected to speak out against: [...]

Obama WH Chief of Staff:  I'm Proud That We've Been 'Historically Free of Scandal'.  On CNN's State of the Union today [1/15/2017], White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough reflected on the past 8 years and said the thing he's "most proud of" is how their administration has been "historically free of scandal."  This talking point echoes the words of President Obama, who said last week, "We are probably the first administration in modern history that has not had a major scandal in the White House."  McDonough also argued that the White House cooperated with every single investigation Congress investigated them for.  Jake Tapper pointed out a lot of people (particularly Republicans overseeing those investigations) would take issue with that characterization.

The Scandals That Valerie Jarrett Overlooked.  While [the implementation of Obamacare] was going on, the scandals Jarrett overlooked were brewing.  Operation Fast and Furious, which began in the George W. Bush administration, exploded under Obama, when the guns the feds intentionally had let slip into the hands of Mexican gangs were used to kill one of their own.  Then came Libya, where heavy armaments the feds secretly had passed into the hands of terrorists masquerading as rebels were used to kill the U.S. ambassador and topple a friendly government.  Then came the seizure of telephone records of journalists critical of the administration by the Department of Justice, which secretly convinced a federal judge that talking to a whistleblower and reporting on his questionable behavior somehow involved reporters criminally in that behavior.  Then came the targeting by the IRS of conservative advocacy groups by denying them tax-exempt status for political reasons.

Obama ignores facts with boastful 'greatest hits' list.  [Scroll down]  Obama credited himself with "the longest streak of job creation on record" but forgot to mention all those would-be workers who were downgraded to part-time or left the workforce altogether.  "Today, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, another 20 million American adults know the financial security and peace of mind that comes with health insurance," the president boasted.  Meanwhile, Americans have lost their doctors, watched their costs soar as services drop, and insurers flee the marketplace.  But the greatest communicator of our age was only warming up.  "Over the past eight years, no foreign terrorist organization has successfully planned and executed an attack on our homeland."  Where to begin?  Perhaps with Fort Hood, the Boston Marathon, San Bernardino or Orlando, but who's counting?

Obama's Disastrous Legacy.  Obama is proud of himself. He and his devoted followers believe he has left America in better shape than when he found it.

Broken: The Sickening, Stale, and Worn Out Narratives of the Left.  Instead of picking apart mistakes by Trump, let's focus on the damage the Democrats have done.  It's legion.  In the guise of economic "fairness," they gave us the worst economic recovery since World War II.  They simply ground to a standstill our economic engine, causing massive unemployment and a job market that gives no hope to Americans for the future.  They ruined our alliances and fed our enemies under a horrifyingly stupid, feckless president and secretary of state.  They laid the groundwork for ISIS to become a power and were virtually useless in dealing with that organization.  They destroyed our borders under the idea that it is racist to have them, flooding us with illegal aliens who don't care a whit about American values of the past, and they steal from our kindness.  They were on the way to destroying health care, paving the way for massive government control of doctors, insurance companies, and yes, us as patients.  The evidence is in:  Obamacare was a failure.  They lied to get it passed, they lied to keep it, and they are lying about how good it is now.  Thankfully, most people understand they now have a pig in the poke that costs a ton, and they can't use it.

Obama's Failed Presidency.  The president is correct that the largest issue in the election was the Obama legacy:  the 125 percent increase in federal debt while the national work force shrank by 10 percent, the shameful Iran nuclear and sanctions giveaway, the shambles of the "red line" and other flip-flops and miscues all over foreign policy, the haughty disparagement of large sections of the electorate (in which he was almost outdone by Mrs. Clinton), the immigration policy of proudly admitting to the U.S. whomever might be seized by the ambition to enter, and the slavish adherence to the most alarmist versions of the faddish climate apocalypse, whatever the cost in American jobs and the current-account deficit, and without waiting for evidence adequate to justify radical measures.

18 Major Scandals in Obama's 'Scandal-Free' Presidency.  President Obama and his mouthpieces have embarked on a bizarre scheme to hypnotize America into forgetting the many scandals of his presidency.  They seem to think that intoning "this administration hasn't had a scandal" over and over again will make history disappear.  It's the lamest Jedi Mind Trick ever, and is being pushed on people who know Star Wars is just a movie.  Here's a short list of the many scandals Team Obama thinks it can make America forget: [...]

Obama's closest adviser says president has been scandal-free.  President Obama has been squeaky clean, according to his closest adviser, Valerie Jarrett.  "The president prides himself on the fact that his administration hasn't had a scandal and he hasn't done something to embarrass himself," Jarrett said in an interview broadcast on CNN Sunday [1/1/2017].

'Legacy': 10 Ways Barack Obama Broke the American System.  Obama sought to transform America, and believed that the ends would justify the means.  Republicans, hypnotized by race and cowed by the media, put up little fight.  So voters took matters into their own hands.  Here are ten of the most serious ways Obama broke the system.

The Vast Cognitive Gulf between the Left and the Right.  When Barack Obama won his second term, conservatives were distraught about the certainty that the damage already done by Obama would continue for another four years.  Obamacare would continue to destroy what was once the best health care in the world.  The EPA would continue to destroy jobs and businesses with pride and glee, without a moment's thought for those devastated by their thousands of new regulations.  Iraq was already a disaster because, by removing all US troops, Obama left it as an open invitation for Al Qaeda and ISIS to take over.  Libya was gone, our ambassador dead.  Syria was being systematically destroyed by its own barbaric leader. [...] Obama, despite his "red line" threat, did nothing.  So subservient to Iran, he did nothing to stop the murder of all Christians in the Middle East.

The Progressive Regression.  An Affordable Care Act whose premiums just exploded by more than 20 percent despite massive deductibles, a Nobel Peace Prize-winner meddling in Syria, Libya, and points beyond, and a post-racial presidency coinciding with Ferguson, Baltimore, and Dallas all give lie to the promise of hope and change.

Assessing the Obama Legacy — Against His Own Mileposts.  [For example,] "Promoting immigrant and refugee integration and citizenship awareness."  The southern U.S. border is largely unenforced.  Immigration law is deliberately ignored.  The president's refugee policy was unpopular and proved a disaster, as illustrated by the Boston Marathon bombings, the San Bernardino attack, the Orlando nightclub shooting, and the recent Ohio State University terrorist violence.  Note what Obama's staff omitted:  his doubling of the U.S. debt in eight years, the unworkable and soon-to-be-repealed Affordable Care Act, seven years of anemic economic growth, record labor nonparticipation, failed policy resets abroad, and a Middle East in ruins.

5 Reasons Barack Obama Will Be Viewed As One Of The Worst Presidents of All Time.  Compiling a list of reasons why Barack Obama is a terrible president seems like a project for a book rather than a column.  However, when we start looking at the catastrophic mistakes he's made that may reverberate for years to come, it's clear that he's been a disaster for America on a scale that few other Presidents can match.  Just look at his record.

Obama's Leftovers.  The sun never sets on President Obama's leftovers.  He entered office promising to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  He leaves it with those wars still taking the lives of American servicemen.  Wars that didn't exist in 2009 — Syria, Libya, and Ukraine — continue at the pace prescribed by our enemies.  The first American was killed in Syria on Thanksgiving Day.  America has been at war for fifteen years in Afghanistan and thirteen in Iraq.  Obama ran as a "peace now" candidate, but — as Gen. James Mattis is quoted as saying — the enemy gets a vote in when a war ends.  Worse, as in the Afghanistan conflict, Obama specifically disavowed victory.  He continued those wars seeking only to avoid the blame for losing.  Obama has engaged us in new unnecessary wars, such as in Libya, and refused to take timely action to topple Bashar Assad in Syria.  His refusal to act created the opportunity for Russia and Iran to seize control of Syria and propel their influence across the Middle East.

White House:  Obama Proud No 'Major Personal Scandal' Occurred in His Administration.  White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Monday that President Obama is proud that no one in his administration has suffered a "major personal scandal" during his time in office.  The comment came at the White House daily press briefing during a discussion about former CIA Director David Petraeus' past guilty plea of mishandling classified information.

The legacy Mr. Obama imagines.  President Obama is indulging himself only a little more than usual.  He boasts in an interview that his pride swells when he regards his eight years in the White House as "scandal free."  It's true that no one was jailed for taking a bribe, but calling his administration "scandal free" is more than a stretch.  All presidents live in a bubble, but Mr. Obama appears not to have subscribed to a newspaper, not even The Washington Post or The New York Times, over these past eight years.  If he had, he could have read about scandals.

Obama Says He's Had A Scandal-Free Administration.  Here Are 11 of His Scandals.  Obama's presidency has been mired with numerous scandals that would be blared on the news 24/7 if he were a Republican.  But because he's a Democrat, too many people buy Obama's argument that his presidency has been scandal-free.  Here are 11 of Obama's scandals.

Senator Jeff Sessions Will Be the Restorative Attorney General We Need.  The Obama Justice Department has been the most politicized in the nation's history.  It has weaponized the law against the president's political adversaries and scapegoats, while insulating the president's allies against investigation and prosecution.  It has made progressive political activism the touchstone of Justice Department hiring, stacking various departmental sections with social-justice warriors who see the law as their arsenal to achieve fundamental societal transformation.  It has exploited the legal process as an extortionate tool to shakedown deep-pocketed institutions for the purpose of funding progressive rabble-rousers.  It has used law-enforcement to craft political narratives that, for example, propped up Obama's "blame the video" fraud after the Benghazi massacre; framed the nation's financial institutions for the mortgage meltdown, to the exclusion of reckless government policies; and undermined Second Amendment rights while getting federal agents killed (see the "Fast and Furious" debacle, over which Holder was held in contempt of Congress).  It has injected racial discrimination into the enforcement of civil-rights laws in blatant violation of the equal-protection principles those laws are supposed to assure.  It has exhibited a contempt for Congress and a propensity to obstruct legislative oversight that would have made the Nixon administration blush.  It has repeatedly engaged in appalling prosecutorial misconduct and then lied to federal judges to cover it up.  It has not only refused to enforce the immigration laws and sued to prevent sovereign states from enforcing them, but has also endorsed the president's claimed power to ignore congressional statutes.  It is abetting a war on the nation's police departments, seeking to nationalize them under the guise of baseless and ruinously divisive smears that cops are hunting down African-American men, and that the justice system is rigged against black people.

Bureaucratic Tyranny in Trump's Crosshairs.  We have a VA that purposely lets vets die without medical care.  We have an EPA at war with the energy industry.  The Department of Education threatens public schools with loss of federal funds and mandates progressive lies about American history, teaching generations of schoolchildren to be ashamed of America and ignorant of our Constitution and our forefathers.  Universities are forced by the DOJ to hire feminist and racialist thought police under an Obama bureaucrat's interpretation of the Civil Rights Act.  We have an IRS that has a political enemies list its employees punish at the behest of Democrats.  Homeland Security and FBI are under a gag order that forbids them to use the term jihad or Islamic extremism.  Everywhere we look, regulations are strangling business, intruding into the personal lives and property rights of ordinary citizens.

Scandal 'Free' Obama.  Well, let's start with the IRS scandal — or is there another word for what happens when public officials in one of government's most sensitive departments make decisions based on ideology.  Let's see, how about when any organization with the words "tea party" in its name applies for tax-exempt status?  Lois Lerner, who headed the tax exempt division resigned.  But guess that's only a "significant scandal" for those groups still waiting to hear back from the IRS.

The Shocking Intolerance of Anti-Trump Liberals.  [Scroll down]  What are the rights that supposedly Trump is going to take away?  We've been living in a country where, as The Weekly Standard's Mark Hemingway tweeted, "Obama did sue nuns over birth control for crying out loud," where religious bakers and florists have been told they have to participate in same-sex weddings, where an African-American fire chief lost his job over a book he wrote about his religious beliefs that included passages on same-sex marriage, and yet, the real threat to rights is from Trump?

It's Gloves Off in Obama's Final Two Months.  Barack Obama has demonstrated great contempt for Rule of Law during his eight years in office.  From the Iran nuclear deal to the Paris climate agreement — and myriad other executive actions and unilaterally enacted regulations far too numerous to list — Obama perennially stretched and breached the boundaries afforded the executive branch.

Election Day also means Obama administration is likely to skate free of misbehavior.  What are the consequences, if any, for these recent years chock-full of so much misbehavior, both public and private?  Do those people widely seen as cheating, lying and abusing a sacred public trust pay any public price for their moral malfeasance?  Or do they skate free of penalty to enjoy the perceived rewards of power?  We are, of course, talking mostly about the Obama administration and Clinton crowd.  Let's look at a few examples: [...]

21 Times that Barack Obama Blamed Other People for His Own Failures.  As he campaigned for Crooked Hillary today, Barack Obama went on the corrupt Liberal news outlets — CNN, Time Magazine and New York Times — and told Donald Trump to "stop whining" about a "rigged election".  That kinda struck me as funny because for the past 8 years Obama has done nothing but whine and blame others for his own failings.  From the moment he first began to occupy the Oval Office, Barack Hussein Obama has had failure after failure as president.  Throughout it all, he has never once accepted the blame or taken responsibility for his failures, but instead sought to lay blame elsewhere.

Obama: 'We Have Not Had a Major Scandal in My Administration'.  President Obama told a fundraiser in California Sunday night that there has not been a "major scandal" in his administration, according to a White House transcript of the event.  He made the remark while criticizing Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) at a fundraiser for congressional candidates, including Issa's Democrat challenger, Doug Applegate.  Obama said Issa's main contribution to the U.S. Congress has been to "obstruct and waste taxpayer dollars on trumped-up investigations that have led nowhere."

9 Controversies Obama Didn't Mention When He Denied Any 'Major Scandals'.  President Barack Obama discarded eight years of controversies surrounding his administration, including the targeting of conservative groups, veterans lacking health care, the administration's response to a terrorist attack weeks before the 2012 election, and a botched gun sting.  During a Democratic fundraising event in San Diego Sunday, Obama attacked Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., the former chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, for the various investigations into the administration.  "Here's a guy who called my administration perhaps the most corrupt in history, despite the fact that actually, we have not had a major scandal in my administration," Obama told Democratic donors.

Obama Claims He Didn't Know About Hillary's Private Email Server — But WikiLeaks Just Dropped a Bombshell!  President Obama has lied for 8 years about major topics:  Benghazi, Iraq, Obamacare, and illegal immigration.  But this is a smoking-gun proof of a coverup.  He would end up endorsing Hillary Clinton for President, and he didn't want his candidate to face criminal charges.

Trump's Dirty Talk versus Hillary's Corruption.  In the past week:
  •   [The Department of] Justice drops the case against a gunrunner from Hillary's Libya fiasco whose testimony would certainly have harmed Obama and Hillary.
  •   Evidence surfaced that the White House participated in the cover-up of Hillary's violation of national security laws with her private server even though they said they absolutely knew nothing about the server and would not interfere with an investigation.
  •   We have learned more this week about how the investigation of Hillary by the Justice Department and FBI was a pure sham as they gave immunity to so many, took so much stuff off limits, and even carried out the destruction of evidence.  The email investigation was pretend, just like the IRS investigation and any supposed investigation of the Clinton Foundation.  It is clear that the White House, Justice Department, State Department, and IRS are working specifically to protect Obama and Hillary instead of working for the American people.
  •   Aleppo and Syria are deteriorating rapidly despite Obama and Kerry being extremely tough and telling Russia and Assad to stop it.
  •   Obama partially blamed the Civil War in Syria on a drought he says was caused by humans.  That is one of the most ignorant statements ever.  The war is because Assad is a tyrant, and the Mideast is essentially a desert that has had continued droughts for millennia.
  •   An NBC News man topped Obama's stupidity by saying the worthless Paris climate agreement would stop hurricanes.
  •   Obamacare is collapsing rapidly.  The multiple lies to pass the law are more obvious every day.  The law is greatly harming the middle class and small employers and reducing the potential for full-time jobs.
  •   An NSA contractor who committed the same crime as Hillary by keeping classified documents at home on several nonsecure devices is under arrest.  Why isn't Hillary?

Obama obsessed with Trump's buildings, hates John Wayne.  Barack Obama can't stop talking about presidential candidate Donald Trump. [...] Obama's obsession is understandable.  Trump embodies the socialist's worst nightmare.  In 2008, Obama, like all socialists, promised his followers a land of milk and honey.  Eight years later, he's delivered unemployment, poverty, food stamps, violence in the streets, open borders, drug cartels, heroin overdoses, terrorist attacks on our own soil, $10 trillion more debt, no economic growth, and radical Supreme Court judges.  He has generally corrupted all three branches of government.  Along comes Trump, threatening, in Obama's own words, to "reverse progress" of Obama's last two terms.  Trump, the unapologetic, affluent, determined, and tough-minded individualist, is everything Obama is not.

The Ugly Truth Of Leftist "Heroes".  [Scroll down to Barack H. Obama]  Huge chunks of the life of this tremendously overrated "community organizer" are shrouded in mystery, all the way back to his birth.  Thus, all those low-information voters had little idea who they were electing. [...] While a junior Senator with an unremarkable legislative record, he entered the 2008 Presidential race and got sold by the media as a messiah figure.  He broke a whopping number of campaign promises about what he'd do in his first year:  heal the economy, halve the deficit, withdraw from Iraq and Afghanistan, close Camp X-ray, etc.  He continued many of Bush the Younger's policies, but got praised for doing the same things that got the Shrub condemnation.  His major legislative triumph was a socialized medicine scheme which caused healthcare prices to skyrocket, even though all those politicians swore up and down that wouldn't happen.

The House That Barack Built.  Dismissive of Western civilization and what went before, the president seemed to believe that history started on the day of his inauguration.  Shortly thereafter, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize by a gushing European coterie — something grand, which he did not earn.  A former community organizer from Chicago, he set out to apply the art of creating unrest — to incite men against women, straights against gays, whites against blacks, Hometown U.S.A. against Wall Street, Democrats against Republicans, and the so-called 1% versus the 99%.  Skeptical of the capitalist system, he nonetheless pitched to Silicon Valley, the grandees of Hollywood, and professional athletes.  Playing the race card in situations such as the death of Trayvon Martin in Florida and the riots of Ferguson, Missouri, he aggravated societal tensions.

Obama, the Worst President Ever, Except Maybe for Hillary.  [Scroll down]  Liberals scoff at our supposed sensationalism in depicting Obama's record, but they are the ones in fantasyland — not us.  Their judgment is so skewed that they wouldn't recognize a disastrous, perennially sluggish economy if it hit them in the face — because it has.  They wouldn't see it if Islamists were waging war on the United States, because they are and they don't.  They wouldn't be alarmed if the Constitution and rule of law were under ongoing assault, because they are and they aren't.  They don't care that the nuclear family is in peril, because they favor diluting traditional and gender distinctions.  And they wouldn't care if the federal government were deliberately fostering dependency addiction among its citizenry and demonizing work, the work ethic, productivity and business, because it is and they enable it.

Seven Giant Scandals That Barack Obama Just Couldn't Keep Undercover!  From Benghazi to Fast and Furious.

Desperation Grows Amid The Weaponized Media.  Unfortunately when the wider U.S. electorate voted the Fresh Prince of Bill Ayers to be the president of the United States they were, perhaps unwittingly, ushering in a new era of fundamental change, governmental weaponization.  Events and outcomes ceased to be determined by laws, and the politics of any given event became the overriding filter through which all action, or lack thereof, would be determined.  The last seven years have provided numerous examples for points of reference.  The IRS investigation of conservative groups was driven by politics, not legality.  The investigation of officer Darren Wilson was driven by politics, not evidence or legality.  The arrests of the Baltimore Six were driven by politics, not factual, substantial evidence.  The FBI decision not to recommend an indictment of Hillary Clinton was driven by politics not evidence.  These are just a few examples of manipulated common law principles that have been overridden by considerations of political benefits.

So Much for Experts.  So fifty Republican "national security experts" have disavowed Trump as a candidate for the presidency. [...] Where were these men these past eight years, while President Obama's policy of "leading from behind" has caused chaos around the world?  When Hillary took on Libya as her personal project, thinking it would boost her into the presidency?  Have they written a group letter about her endangering of our national security with her unsecured server?  Is her irresponsibility the cause of the Benghazi attack and the death of those four Americans?  For the death of nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri in Iran, whose name she revealed in an unsecured email?  Everything they say about Trump is already true of Obama and Hillary!

Obama the Frightened Child.  We hired Barack Obama as our chief executive and with any amount of hope in our hearts went down his dreary road with him.  He insisted that his trillion-dollar stimulus would jumpstart the economy; we tried it, and the economy tanked.  He promised us we could keep our own doctor and every American family would save $2,500 a year on medical insurance premiums with Obamacare; we tried it, and the exact opposite happened.  He promised us that things would be okay if we ran from Iraq; we did, and our retreat produced one of the worst horrors in human history.  Now he insists we have never been stronger militarily, but when we look, we see that the Marine Corps has been hollowed out, the Air Force is flying half the number of planes it used to, the Navy keeps shrinking, the Army is approaching its lowest level since before World War II, and the Russians are laughing at us as the Chinese build better aircraft carriers.  Last but not least, there's the issue of racial animosity, something Obama was supposed to help the nation transcend.  Indeed, it was his biggest selling point — some would say (and I do) his only selling point.  Yet instead of improving with his time in office, the animus has increased.

Alphabet Soup Corruption.  [Scroll down, past the first eight scandals]  To the above alphabet scandals could be added the a number of scandals involving the Secret Service; the General Service Administration debacle of lavish conferences and unauthorized government junkets; the abrupt post-election resignation of CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus under mysterious circumstances; the likely forced resignation of Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sibelius after the promises of the Affordable Care Act proved fantasies and its website unworkable; and the diminution of National Security Advisor Susan Rice, who falsely assured the public on five Sunday morning news outlets that the Benghazi terrorist attacks were the fallout from an obscure video maker (subsequently jailed) — when both she and Secretary of State Clinton already knew that an al Qaeda affiliate was responsible for the killings and that such terrorism proved inconvenient to the pre-election narrative of an "al Qaeda on the run."

Retired White House Correspondent Explains "How Obama Gets Away With It".  Usually when an incumbent president is leaving office and a slew of candidates are battling for his job, that departing chief executive's record is a major campaign issue.  But not this year, even though two of three Americans say the country is on the wrong track, job creation is sluggish, income inequality continues to rise and Mr. Obama's job approval barely tops 50%.  Moreover, approval of his handling of the war on terror and Islamic State is underwater, and a majority of Americans — white and black — say race relations are getting worse, not better.

13 Incompetent Failures in the Obama Administration.  Throughout his eight years, President Obama has elevated to high office a long list of incompetent people, or people who revealed themselves to be utterly unsuited for the public office assigned to them.  Here is PJ Media's list of the 13 most egregious examples of failure in the Obama administration.  This is by no means an exclusive list, and who knows what our president will cook up in his last few months.

Barack Obama:  The Unspoken Issue In This Year's Campaign.  [Scroll down]  There are many people who tell pollsters they approve of Obama, while simultaneously saying they disapprove of just about everything he does.  I think the reason is the one suggested by Glenn — reporters put everything the first black president does in a favorable light, and voters are inclined to give him, personally, the benefit of the doubt, even though his foreign policy is a disaster, he has repeatedly flouted federal law and the Constitution, and he has overseen the weakest economic recovery of the modern era.  This means that the support we see for Obama in polls is largely illusory.

Lynch's Transparent Abuse of the Law.  When Loretta Lynch succeeded Eric Holder as U.S. Attorney General a year ago, some harbored the tiniest hope that she wouldn't be quite as radical.  After all, Holder had done his best to gin up racial resentment, dismiss a clear case of voter intimidation by the New Black Panther Party, attack voter photo ID laws, refuse to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act, threaten a congressman trying to get to the truth of the Fast and Furious Mexican gun-running scandal, and ignore the Internal Revenue Service's mob-like persecution of conservative groups.

Bathrooms are latest diversion from Obama's and Clinton's troubles.  In yet another executive overreach to redirect public discussion, Obama arbitrarily ruled that every public school receiving federal funds must allow the minute fraction of society who are transgender to use the restroom of their choice, not their biological gender.  We're being played again, folks.  Here's what's really at stake:  Obama's heir-apparent and legacy protector, the 68-year-old Hillary Clinton, is getting shredded in Democratic primary after primary by a 74-year-old socialist, Bernie Sanders. [...] Obama would also like to distract you from the slipping new-job creation rates.  Obama Care and its artificial state exchanges are crumbling beneath the weight of their own costs and disincentives. [...] Disturbing reports of the military's poor readiness mount, including planes being cannibalized for parts to keep half the jets flying.

How Congress Mysteriously Became a 'Small Business' to Qualify for Obamacare Subsidies.  It seems that federal officials have worked overtime to undermine public trust.  Benghazi, the IRS abuses, the "fast and furious" gun-running fiasco, the solar power boondoggles, and the seemingly endless implementation problems of the Affordable Care Act — all these scandals have common themes:  arrogant and abusive bureaucracy, double dealing, lame excuses, and legal hairsplitting.  The outrages listed above can be placed squarely at the doorstep of the White House.

Barbarians Inside the Gate.  President Obama came into office in 2009 promising "transformation" and he has delivered on that promise. Over the past 7½ years we've witnessed billion dollar deficits and the establishment of a highly politicized and inexorably failing health care system ("Obamacare"); the "weaponization" of government agencies (think, IRS, EPA, DOJ) to intimidate and attack his political opponents; the calculated and feckless decline of American power and influence throughout the world; relentless redistributionist policies; and the president's support (often with a wink and a nod) of thuggish (and sometimes violent) radical groups like "Occupy Wall Street" and "Black Lives Matter."  As a result, America is "on edge" — socially, racially, economically — as it hasn't been for decades.  Indeed, many have reached the sobering insight that America's best days may now be behind her.

Run Against Obama.  [Scroll down]  Then there's the felonious abuse of the IRS; the institutionalization of too-big-to-fail; the irresponsible release of terrorists from Guantanamo; widespread flouting of the rule of law; and assaults on religious liberty.  There's much more.

Progressives Muscle into the Restroom.  Similar to ObamaCare, same-sex marriage, abortion on demand, and refugee resettlement, who uses what bathroom is just another in a long list of unpleasant impositions the tyrannical minority plans to use to browbeat the majority into submission.

Obama Escalates His War On Prosperity.  Not since the New Deal's heyday in the 1930s has Washington waged such an unrelenting assault against the private sector. [...] Banks have been reduced to the role of utilities.  One group victimized has been small and new businesses, which have been starved of reasonable and reliable lines of credit since Obama took office.  Hospitals and health insurers know who their real customer is these days — Big Government, not the patient.  The EPA's jihad against fossil fuels is well-known.  Even the Internet hasn't been spared, as the FCC, a supposedly independent agency, has meekly followed White House orders to hit the Net with 1930s' rotary-phone-style regulations.  This maneuver was illegal and will continue to suffocate new investment until the courts can adjudicate the matter.  Largely unremarked upon has been the Federal Reserve's extraordinary usurpation of power, notably its seizure of nearly $4 trillion in financial assets.

Sloppy Leftist Thinking Compares Trump With Hitler, But Ignores Obama's Dictatorial Actions.  On February 21st, Danielle Allen wrote an opinion article for the Washington Post titled "The moment of truth: We must stop Trump". [...] In the [second to last] paragraph she states that "Donald Trump has no respect for... constitutional democracy, nor for the requirements of decency necessary to sustain democratic citizenship".  So, with this quick and late entry in her article, Ms.  Allen shows how twisted her thinking is in wondering how a Hitler can come along in a modern state:  she has ignored the denial of a "constitutional democracy" under the Barack Obama administration, considering that he illegally and unconstitutionally opened the borders of America to the hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens.  And Obama spit on the idea of a "constitutional democracy" when he denied Americans the right to select and pay for their own healthcare.

Progressives are implementing lopsided equity.  [Scroll down]  In the name of thoughtfulness toward minorities, fear of offending some overly sensitive protected class has bestowed upon cultural diversity a power that has usurped the constitutional right to free expression.  And that's not the worst of it.  Religious freedom is eroding as Islam is given deference over the nation's foundational Judeo-Christian tenets.  The reality of that forfeiture intensifies when taxpayers, who are largely pro-life, are forced to fund abortion on demand, and Christian bakers and photographers pay penalties for refusing to provide wedding services to same-sex couples.  Let's not forget that these are the same progressives who manipulate thought and opinion by elevating illegals to immigrant status, and doing so while referring to living human beings, growing within the womb as clumps of cells.  These misleading actions, words, and ideas are how the marginal have managed to gain despotic dominance over the majority.

Obama: The Lamest Duck.  President Obama is boxed in a state of paralysis — more so than typical lame-duck presidents.  His hard-left politics have insidiously eroded the Democratic Party, which has lost both houses of Congress and the vast majority of the state legislatures, state elected offices, and governorships. [...] There is so far no Obama legacy, except the creation of Donald Trump, a $20 trillion debt and zero interest rates — and the gift of flat energy prices that came despite not because of Obama's efforts.  Almost every major bureaucracy is awash in scandal or charges of incompetence.  The common theme of the disasters at the GSA, EPA, ICE, IRS, NASA, Secret Service, and VA is ideological subversion and ingrained hostility to meritocracy.

David Brooks Misses A Lot More Than The Crease in Obama's Pants.  As much as I loathe Donald Trump, I loathe Barack Obama even more and would not miss him for a nanosecond.  After all, if it weren't for Obama's deference to our enemies and disdain for America and her Allies, there would be no chance that Trump would be a viable presidential candidate.  Brooks praises Obama's integrity for running an administration which has been "remarkably scandal-free."  Well, how about Fast & Furious, The VA, The IRS & Benghazi?  If the Obama Administration is willfully giving guns to Mexican drug gangs, allows veterans to die waiting for health care, makes a concerted effort to stifle free speech while refusing to help the four Americans under assault from terrorists doesn't merit the word scandal in David Brooks' book, then he demonstrates no capacity for reason.  Then again, the New York Times only prints the news it sees fit printing and Fast & Furious, the VA, the IRS, and Benghazi don't fit into their agenda.

Obama's Lawlessness Fuels Civil Disobedience and Record Government Distrust.  [Scroll down]  With this week's detention of American sailors, we've witnessed another humiliating illustration of how badly Obama's lawless behavior has backfired to our peril.  Meanwhile, we have learned that the Obama Administration spied on our close ally Israel, as well as members of Congress, a coequal branch of government, to advance its diplomatic opening to Iran.  Obama has infamously behaved just as lawlessly in other areas, such as unilaterally declaring the Senate to be in "recess" when only it has the power to do so, the swap of hardened terrorists for deserter Bowe Bergdahl in violation of his explicit duty to inform Congress beforehand, arbitrarily suspending and imposing ObamaCare regulations for political purposes, job-killing and punitive environmental regulations, IRS persecution of conservative organizations and now a commitment to impose gun regulations that he could have introduced into Congress back when he possessed overwhelming Democratic majorities.  Throughout his presidency, Obama has simply chosen to disregard constitutional and political constraints in order to impose his agenda.

The Left's Problem with Nature and Logic.  [Scroll down]  We've noticed all the violence and racial animus created by the grievance peddlers in the Obama administration who stoked the fires of Ferguson and Baltimore, all the while making villains of our nation's law enforcement officers.  We've seen an administration that provided deadly weapons to Mexican drug cartels while seeking to circumvent the Bill of Rights by denying such weapons to law-abiding Americans interested only in protecting their homes, their families, and their God-given right to defend their liberty.  We've watched our president ignore federal law by allowing criminal lawbreakers to enter our country, effectively depressing wages for American laborers while the invaders reap benefits (like health care, education, welfare, etc.) that drown taxpayers in liability.  Food stamp rolls have swollen, the labor participation rate has dropped to the lowest level since the Carter years, middle-class wages have seen no signs of improvement.  Look, this litany of failures could go on and on — Cash for Clunkers, the IRS targeting scandal, the Benghazi lies, NSA snooping, the VA scandal, etc.

No "Major Scandal" in Obama Administration?  [David] Axelrod, former senior advisor to President Obama, recently asserted something so patently untrue that it demands a response.  "And I'm proud of the fact that, basically, you've had an administration that's been in place for six years in which there hasn't been a major scandal," he pronounced at a University of Chicago event.  The Washington Post leapt in to defend Axelrod's claim by pointing to how President Obama's approval ratings did not shift in the wake of the potential scandals he has faced since taking office.

The 'will of the people' means us — this time we must enforce it.  One of the most important consequences of misguided, uninformed voting is what Barack Hussein Obama has done to the black community and racial relations in this country.  He has turned the civil rights movement to shreds deliberately because he is following one of Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals:  "Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it."  The targets being the Constitution, Capitalism and racial harmony.  The Obama administration is replete with black Marxists and it was clear from the very first moment that Obama got away with anointing the first green Czar — Van Jones, a self-described 'communist' that this was his agenda. [...] Racial relations have never been worse because there are so many black socialists in this administration, including the Justice Department.  Their anti-military, anti-American, pro-jihad, anti-capitalists, anti- second amendment, environmental whacko agenda has decimated every successful enterprise from healthcare, military might to the space program that has made this nation so powerful.

While No One Was Watching, Obama Took Control of the Courts.  The New York Times wrote in 2014, "Democrats have reversed the partisan imbalance on the federal appeals courts that long favored conservatives, a little-noticed shift with far-reaching consequences for the law and President Obama's legacy."  It didn't favor conservatives but there was a dramatic shift to the far left.  The appellate is under the control of leftists and ACLU types.  They own the Court of Appeals.  As he has done by ignoring Congress and the Supreme Court of the United States, Obama has been eliminating voices not his own.  He has been erasing the Separation of Powers and our Constitution.  He has been obliterating states rights.  The judicial branch was also on the agenda.  This is part of Mr. Obama's fundamental transformation.

Obama's SOTU Versus Reality.  Obama claimed that there are no existential threats facing this nation, that his economy is robust, that his educational record is stellar, that people who are skeptical that global warming is man-made are fools, that the United States is more respected internationally now than it was before he took office, that Obamacare has lived up to its promises, that the military is overfunded, that ISIS members are just fanatics and killers riding around in pickup trucks, that his "clean energy" programs are superior, that people who support entitlement reform are the irresponsible ones — saying we should actually double down on these bankrupting boondoggles — that proponents of an orderly immigration system are bigots, that Ted Cruz's pledge to aggressively pursue the Islamic State is code for deliberately bombing innocent civilians, that he himself deserves praise for reducing the deficit, that he values bipartisanship and compromise and ideas other than his own, that it's morning in America and that he's just getting warmed up and planning on engineering further transformational change at the expiration of his term.  Can you imagine having this record of failure, bragging about it and promising to deliver more misery into the indefinite future?  It would be like the owner of the Chicago Cubs pledging to keep winning the World Series.

The Lamest Duck.  We have entered a most dangerous period of the Obama presidency.  It's not just that every rogue actor from Kim and Putin and Castro to Maduro and Khamenei and Xi knows he has one last year to behave badly without fear of reprisal.  It's that the president and his team are isolated, aloof, detached from reality.  They think a climate deal is a rebuke to terrorism.  They think the response to jihad in San Bernardino is to 'close the gun-show loophole.'  They think a new communications strategy will convince the public that the war against ISIS is going well.  I don't question Obama's sincerity.  I question his sanity.

Obama's 'Streisand Effect' Presidency.  [Scroll down]  So it's a wonder that the Obama presidency hasn't quite figured out that denying the existence of the obvious actually doesn't help.  When you say there's peace and security in Syria, you're not convincing anyone that's the case. [...] Denial of the obvious has been a feature of the Obama presidency.  Recall that Obama told Bill O'Reilly in his Super Bowl interview a few years back that there was "not a smidgen of corruption" at the IRS.  Well, no.  In fact, the IRS held a press conference to admit its own wrongdoing and the chief IRS official involved is pleading the Fifth.  What about "Obamacare is working"?  We hear that a lot.

Marco Rubio: Another charming young man.  We are facing the near total transformation promised by President Barack Hussein Obama, one that has taken the USA from an exceptional world power to a lawless corrupt nation and a joke among world leaders.  Our national debt is near $20 trillion.  About 94 million Americans are out of the labor force.  Our borders are not secured while sanctuary cities protect foreign criminals.  Our policemen are being demonized.  Our Judeo/Christian values are being persecuted and humiliated.  Our national security is being threatened by admission of "Syrian refugees" even after the horrific terrorists acts in Paris on Friday, November 13.

A True Scandal.  From the IRS, to the Department of Justice, to the Department of Energy, to Veterans Affairs, to the State Department managed by Hillary Clinton; this White House has been implicated in a number of controversies and alleged transgressions. [...] Certainly, the alleged and still unresolved implication that the nation's tax collection service was unduly targeting conservatives to limit their ability to participate in politics was a terrifying abuse of authority.  The VA scandal was a violation of the social compact and a matter of life and death for American servicemen and women.  The misallocation of taxpayer funds for boondoggles like Solyndra was an avoidable mess borne out of a myopic political imperative.  All of these scandals and more are deadly serious for those segments of American society that they affected, but the segmentation of those who suffered narrowed the political impact of these affairs.

Obama Has Just Begun.  In the 2016 election campaigns, most Democratic candidates in swing states will have distanced themselves from the last eight years.  Otherwise, they would have to run on the patently false premise that American health care is more affordable and more comprehensive today than it was in 2009; that workforce participation is booming; that scandals are a thing of the past; that the debt has been addressed; that Obama has proved a healer who brought the country together; that immigration at last is ordered, legal, and logical; that the law has never been more respected and honored; that racial relations are calmer than ever; that the campuses are quiet; that the so-called war on terror is now over and won with al-Qaeda and ISIS contained or on the run; that U.S. prestige aboard has never been higher; that our allies appreciate our help and our enemies fear our wrath; that Iran will now not go nuclear; that Israel is secure and assured of our support; and that, thanks to American action, Egypt is stable, Libya is ascendant, Iraq is still consensual, and the Middle East in general is at last quiet after the tumultuous years of George W. Bush.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Is Bad for All Americans.  With a recent column in Time magazine entitled "Ben Carson is Terrible for Black Americans," NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar decided to weigh in.  Sounding like a bad Elaine Benes date, Abdul-Jabbar begins his piece by asking and answering his own question — twice.  He concludes that a Carson presidency would "be an unmitigated disaster."  I suppose that with record numbers of Americans on welfare, record numbers of Americans not working, accumulating more federal debt than every other U.S. president combined, a perverse redefinition of marriage, granting a "God bless you" to killers of children in the womb, promoting a culture of lawlessness, inspiring hostility toward U.S. law enforcement, encouraging an invasion through our southern border, and on top of all of that, ruining school lunches for millions of American children, for Mr. Abdul-Jabbar, the last seven years constitutes something other than an "unmitigated disaster."

The immense gratitude Republicans owe Obama.  Obama's economic policies and regulations have created the worst economic recovery and most sluggish job market in six decades.  They've stifled the dreams of millions, chased them from the workplace, limited their choices and increased widespread reliance on government handouts.  His serial lies and cynical abuse of authority and privilege through over-reaching power and over-blown language have corroded Americans' trust in their most hallowed institutions.  Obama's sequester suggestion helped hollow America's once dominant military to an enfeebled condition requiring years to rebuild.  Obama's stubbornly naive foreign policies, if you call them policies, have turned America into the paper tiger once the wishful dream of communists.  Obama's reluctance or inability to lead in anything other than appeasement created vast vacuums of power abroad for eager opponents to expand as thousands perish in the conflicts.

CO-OP Flop: The Biggest Obamacare Disaster You've Never Heard About.  It's an Obamacare story with every imaginable outrage — blatant conflicts of interest, millions of tax dollars going to political cronies, thousands of Americans left without health insurance, lavish pay for incompetent executives, federal funds diverted illegally, multiple congressional investigations, insider trading convictions and big decisions made behind closed doors.  Tragically, there is even a child abuser.  But search the New York Times web site for "Obamacare co-ops" and nothing comes up.  Just three entries appear for the same search on the Washington Post web site.

5 Obama Scandals The Mainstream Press Is Ignoring.  This list only scratches the surface.  There's Obama's inept handling of the BP oil spill.  His intimidation of reporters who didn't toe the party line.  The failed multi-billion-dollar ObamaCare launch.  The Solyndra collapse.  The Fast and Furious scandal.  Heck, even Obama's scandalous mishandling of the economy should be the talk of the nation.  All of these paint a picture of a president who is out of control, out of his depth, dangerously out of touch with reality, and incapable of effectively running the government or protecting taxpayer money.

Obama: Nihilist or Just Incompetent?  Where did all the rogues and incompetents at the GSA, ICE, NSA, TSA, and VA come from?  Did they simply come out of the woodwork once Obama set the tone that bureaucrats are to be ACORN and SEIU-like community organizers?  When did the goal of a 24-year-old college graduate become a sinecure as a government bureaucrat, replete with de facto lifelong tenure, guaranteed pay raises, and a retirement system that pays out annually more than does a private $4-million 401K without the worry?  Was all this due to incompetence or nihilism?

The Poisonous Obama Years.  Barack Obama's administration is scandal-plagued.  In its twilight years, this White House has subordinated accountability and the preservation of faith in public sector competence to exculpation from the political press.

What Has America Accomplished After Two-Terms Of A Barack Obama Presidency?  If one was to take a step back and objectively examine where the world finds itself today after only two-terms of an Obama presidency, logical thinking would say that all of this must in some way have been planned!  That the possibility at least exists that Barack Obama is the Manchurian President who has systematically and methodically tried to bring the US to its knees and now, with tens of thousands of non-vetted Syrian refugees about to arrive here, may be getting closer to his endgame!

Donald Trump and the Revenge of the 'Low-Information' Voters.  Ninety-four million Americans are out of work.  Obama's hiked up the debt from $10 to 18 trillion.  He's dismantling our health care, legal, and educational systems; hired radical activists to head up agencies; purged high-ranking officers in the military; targeted Tea Party members, Christians, and law enforcement officers; and spent tens of millions on family vacations.  He has given tax refunds and welfare benefits to illegals while veterans lack basic necessities; ratcheted up regulations on small business; pinched the middle class black and blue; and ignored militant Black Panthers calling for the murder of "white cracker babies" while calling out a whole police department for "acting stupidly."  He has held no one accountable for those in his administration who cracked a few eggs (the murders of Brian Terry, Jaime Zapata, and hundreds of Mexican nationals) to "make an omelet" in the Fast and Furious gun-walking operation, played nice with dictators, and generally made the United States a laughingstock around the world.

President Barack Obama's Complete List of Historic Firsts
  •   First President to Refuse to Tell the Public What He Did For Eight (8) Hours After Being Informed That a U.S. Ambassador Was Facing Imminent Death During a Terror Attack (Source: Mediate)
  •   First President to Lie About the Reason For an Ambassador's Death, Blaming it on an Internet Video Rather Than What He Knew to be the Case:  the Al Qaeda-linked Terror Group Ansar al-Sharia (Source: House Oversight Committee, et. al.)
  •   First President to Have an Innocent Filmmaker Thrown in Jail After Lying About the Cause for a Deadly Attack on U.S. Diplomats, Using the Filmmaker as a Scapegoat (Source: CNN)

Obama? Rule of Law?  "I will just say on principle that the success of our democracy depends on the rule of law," Earnest deadpanned. [...] In case you are getting teary-eyed with patriotic sentimentality at this point, remember that this White House has issued not a peep of concern about that its former secretary of state may have broken federal records keeping and national security laws.  And what's more ... [#1] that it made recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board while the Senate was not in recess; [#2] that it effectively put an end to the Defense of Marriage Act by simply deciding it wasn't going to enforce it; [#3] and that it tried to enact a wholesale change in immigration laws by refusing to enforce those, too.  The matter is now before the courts, which at least temporarily put a stop to it.

America's Culture War Starts Claiming Victims.  Everywhere we turn, American freedoms and free markets are under attack — from Obamacare's insidious individual mandate to the IRS persecution of conservative groups to the NSA's warrantless mass surveillance of all Americans.  All the while, the national debt is soaring, our entitlements are on the verge of being exhausted, labor participation is at four-decade lows, wages are stagnant, and America's status as the world's only superpower is crumbling every bit as fast as the rule of law is eroding here at home.

Liberalism: From "Mainstreaming Dumb" To "Mainstreaming Crazy".  If every conservative and moderate in America disappeared tomorrow, liberals would party like they won the Super Bowl.  Five years later, the entire economy would collapse; Cuba, Mexico and Canada would be occupying parts of the United States and President Bernie Sanders would be encouraging people to burn down the remaining businesses that hadn't gone under to protest unemployment.  They're pursuing both spending and immigration policies that could fairly be called suicidal for America.  On the international scene, Obama has managed to restart the Cold War with Russia, throw away two wars Bush had already won in Afghanistan and Iraq and has enabled the rise of ISIS.  If there is a part of America that's important or works, liberals are systematically trying to destroy it.

The Hell That is the Obama White House.  Every sentient human being whose brain isn't stuffed with ideological fairy dust can see that Obama is behind every major scandal of his administration from Benghazi to the I.R.S. disgrace.  How can one know this?  Because the culprits haven't been fired.  Moreover, if they are serial liars like Susan Rice, they've actually been promoted to posts where their loyalty to the criminal-in-chief can do America and its citizens even more damage, if that is possible.  A president faced with a scandal created by underlings behind his back would be naturally furious at their misbehavior, and want heads to roll.  This didn't happen in any of these scandals because their point of origin was the White House itself.  Promoting the culprits is a way of keeping them quiet.

Cultural aggression, destructive policies, and ceaseless smearing are wearing out a great people.  To the Democratic Party, and specifically those of you responsible for shaping federal policies over the last seven years and our cultural institutions over a far longer time... Great job.  You've succeeded beyond your wildest dreams in your efforts to, as the front man for your current operation called it, "fundamentally transform America."

What Obama really doesn't want you to read.  Today [7/2/2015], Obama travels to Wisconsin to tout his amazing success with the economy that actually shrank in the first quarter.  All of which underlines a real presidential success, Obama's implementation of his public schedule to lead a compliant media, a weak-kneed Republican Congress and inattentive public on a merry hunt for more domestic distractions to keep public discussion away from Obama's unfolding foreign policy disasters.  They are legion — ISIS, Iraq, Syria, Ukraine, Russia.  So many of Obama's actions, or in-actions, confound common sense.

Can I see that birth certificate again, please?  I believe any thinking person would say a disastrous caliphate being stood up in the Middle East, Iran getting a nuclear weapon and threatening Israel's existence, increased terrorist attacks in the United States, a refusal to call Islamic terrorism what it is, China hacking entire departments of classified data and ripping us off blind, terrorists streaming across the southern border, illegal immigrants being resettled in large numbers without the knowledge of the states or local communities, the American military on its way to levels not seen since before World War II, et cetera, et cetera.  It makes you wonder, doesn't it?  What could be the agenda allowing all of this to happen?  Or should I say, encouraging all of this to happen?

Barack Obama's Third Term.  He has defied the Constitution in many areas since his first days in office.  He brazenly announced he did not like the Defense of Marriage Act and would not defend it in court (or enforce it before it got to court).  He has played fast and loose with U.S. immigration law.  His response to the GOP takeover of Congress has been to issue Executive Orders detailing how he will not "take care that the law be faithfully executed."  On Iran, he is proceeding to let the mullahs — those inventors of suicide bombings — slip the noose of international economic sanctions.

Can We Finally Stop Pretending?  [Scroll down]  Can we finally stop pretending that they are not also lying to us about everything else?  Can we stop pretending they are not lying to us about guns, and abortion, and voter fraud, and voter ID laws, and taxes, and the economy, and the environment, and education, and energy, and job creation, and national security, and international relations, and Islam, and their assault on Christianity, and amnesty, and entitlements, and stimulus, and recovery, and Fast and Furious, and Benghazi, and the IRS scandal, and a war on women, and our borders, and domestic surveillance, and weakening us militarily, and their supposed loyalty as Americans, [...]

In The End, It's Up To Us.  At Obama's direction, the IRS and the EPA have been used to selectively attack his political opponents.  The Veterans Administration has neglected the health care needs of veterans, and Obama does nothing.  Obama routinely ignores the counsel of his military leaders, and has refused to acknowledge the threat of ISIS.  He has imposed preposterous rules of engagement that make the military's task much more dangerous, and much less effective.  The media acts as a shield for Obama's failures, and has abandoned all pretense of "professional journalism". [...]

Why does GOP assist an "agenda that is both diabolical and destructive"?  It's hard to trust a president who does not tell the truth, does not follow the Constitution, backs anarchists, communists, and socialists in Ferguson and elsewhere as they demonize police, spends wildly and uncontrollably, and has abandoned our allies to support an Islamist takeover in the Middle East while negotiating a deal with the terrorist nation of Iran.

The Obama Presidency — A Cacophony of Corruption.  Obama apologists have recently been trotted out en masse to absurdly portray the Obama presidency as an entirely scandal-free citadel of piety. [...] As Obama, himself, has insisted, there is not a "scintilla of scandal" to be seen.  If only it were so.  In fact, however, both in scope and scan, the Obama reign is arguably the most scandal-ridden presidency in American history.

How Do Americans See Obama?  Obama may well have been an unapologetic progressive wolf in centrist clothing, but mostly he was a continuation of what he had been in the past:  an unimpressive state legislator, a one-term partisan senator without any accomplishments, a lackadaisical executive who in his own words had to worry most about not appearing lazy and distracted.  Obama as president simply pushed the right progressive buttons, all the more easily once his own party lost the Congress and he was freed to sign executive orders that enraged his enemies and moved the country leftward.  He cares little about the scandals involving the IRS, VA, AP, NSA, GSA, TSA, EPA, Benghazi, and the Secret Service, other than ensuring that they stay far away from his own godhead.

David Brooks: 'Obama Has Run An Amazingly Scandal-Free Administration'.  One doesn't know what to do with the rubbish which follows beyond noting it and hoping that the ridicule which results will somehow and in some way have some kind of impact.  Despite 6½ years of horrid governance and dozens of acknowledged scandals, several of which a few of the credible remaining outposts of liberal thought have actually agreed are scandals, David Brooks, the New York Times's resident fake conservative, asserted on Friday's [5/29/2015] PBS NewsHour, as if it's an indisputable fact, that "President Obama has run an amazingly scandal-free administration, not only he himself, but the people around him."

Also posted under Media bias in Obama's favor.

The Permanent Presidency of Barack Obama.  Imagine if the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) was free to target conservatives at will for their political beliefs.  Imagine if the IRS could single out families who chose to adopt children in need for intrusive and abusive audits.  Imagine if the Veterans Administration (VA) could pick and chose which of our nation's war heroes receive desperately needed medical care and which ones died, neglected by the nation they fought to protect.  Imagine if the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) could mandate that nuns and Christian business owners alike provide abortion pills in direct violation of their firmly held religious beliefs — the very foundational principles on which they base their lives and livelihoods.

Think like a liberal — or else.  Extra-legal executive orders can help a president bypass supposed troglodytes in Congress and among the public.  Obama granted blanket amnesties, proposed rules that would lead to the closure of many coal plants, and arbitrarily chose which health or labor statutes should be enforced and at what times.  A filmmaker was even jailed on a trumped-up probation charge after making a video about Islam that was deemed unhelpful to the official administration Benghazi narrative.  The IRS hounded nonprofit groups considered insufficiently progressive.

Where America, Big Government Collide.  [Scroll down]  Think of the Department of Veterans Affairs failing veterans who die from lack of care.  Or the Justice Department, spying on reporters and seizing their records.  Or the Internal Revenue Service, targeting conservatives.  And where do you even begin with the mess that is the Secret Service, the CDC's incompetency during the Ebola outbreak, or the National Security Agency program that collected millions of Americans' phone records?

Obama's Chicago Presidency.  Obama has chosen to skip various widely attended anniversaries, including the liberation of Auschwitz and the Battle of Gettysburg.  He passed on the commemorative march of world leaders who condemned the terrorist killings in Paris.  Critics pounced.  How does the president have time to meet with GloZell, do his March Madness NCAA-tournament basketball picks, or banter with Internet bloggers if he cannot meet with the current chief of NATO?  Why does he jet out to California to do Jimmy Kimmel, but refuse to fly to Paris to show solidarity against Islamic violence?  Why would Obama fly all the way to Denmark to lobby for a Chicago Olympics, but not attend the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall? [...] The point is that it was his pleasure not to attend any of them.  The full Obama cares nothing about appearances.  Indeed, he feels that such disdain magnifies his godhead, as someone absolutely immune to tradition, protocol, and criticism.

Obama Administration Scandal Bracketology.  President Barack Obama's administration has been one rife with scandals.  Some pertain directly to the President himself and his own actions — like the recent immigration executive order that some say unconstitutionally side-stepped Congress — and some to members of his administration, like the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS and the Secret Service's series of embarrassments.

Democrats for a Dictatorial Presidency.  When Barack Obama was on the cusp of becoming president in 2008, he gave a speech declaring to his supporters that they were days away from "fundamentally transforming the United States of America."  That was one promise he did keep.  How has America been transformed?  America has unprecedented levels of national debt.  The Obamas, like the Clintons, will not feel the impact since they will all be vastly enriched from their "public service."  There have also been records set for food stamp and disability payments, record low workplace participation rates and unparalleled weakness abroad. [...] Obama made recess appointments when he alone declared Congress was in recess, and tried to load up government positions with like-minded ideologues without bothering to abide by the Constitutional mandate that the Senate had to approve these appointments.

Hillary or Bust!  Most Americans believe that the era of adolescence is over, and the next president will have to be an adult who puts away the golf clubs and ESPN monitors to clean up what will be $20 trillion in debt and a collapsed foreign policy.  The public seems to accept that taxes can't go much higher.  No one thinks that borrowing trillions was a sign of government austerity.  Too many, not too few, Americans appear to be hooked on entitlements.  The borders are too porous, not too well guarded.  Spiking the stock market was not the same as creating well-paying middle-class jobs.  More gas and oil came despite, not because of, Obama.

Obama's Ongoing Assault on the Constitution.  Throughout his tenure in office, Obama has been exercising powers outside the scope of his constitutionally prescribed executive authority. [...] People have probably forgotten by now Obama's radical czars, whom he appointed to serve with all the power of Cabinet officers but without being confirmed by the Senate.  Then there was Obama's planned defiance of the Senate in moving Guantanamo Bay detainees to U.S. soil — in Illinois — despite the Senate's having voted 90-6 against such a move.  Also, don't forget his unilateral reversal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gay service members, his Environmental Protection Agency's regulatory end run around Congress to regulate carbon because Congress had refused to pass a cap-and-trade bill, his lawless subordination of secured creditors in favor of his union allies in the Chrysler restructuring scandal, and his defiance of a federal judge's order invalidating his imperious ban on deep-water drilling.  There are many more examples.

Has the media finally turned on the Clintons?  Think about all those Clinton scandals in the nineties — Travelgate, Cattlegate, Hillarycare, BedroomGate and, of course, "that woman, Ms. Lewinsky."  OK, don't think about all of them.  They were mind-numbing.  But there were a lot.  That pair just denies any wrongdoing.  And they and their minions talk each one to death until everyone is tired of trying to follow the complications they've thrown up.  And then Hill and Bill declare it's old news.  That's what Obama is trying to do with the IRS and Benghazi scandals.  It worked on Fast & Furious, Solyndra and others.  Stall to make the details old.  Then, point out they're old.

The Liberal Circus.  Attorney General Eric Holder came into office alleging racism and calling the American people cowards, and six years later is exiting, still blaming racism for his own self-inflicted failures.  In between, Holder became the first attorney general to be cited for contempt by Congress.  He stonewalled the Fast and Furious investigations.  His plans to try terrorists in federal civilian courts were tabled almost immediately.  He ordered electronic taps and surveillance on the communications of Associated Press and Fox reporters for supposed leaks.  He ignored wrongdoing in the IRS mess, a scandal that continues to grow.  He got caught using his government jet to take his daughters and their boyfriends to the Belmont Stakes.  But Holder will be remembered largely for his racialist tenure.  He dropped a strong case of voting intimidation by armed Black Panthers at the polls.  In congressional testimony, he referred to blacks as "my people"; anyone else — except Joe Biden — who had said the same would have been asked to resign.

Axelrod claims 'there hasn't been a major scandal' in the Obama White House.  Longtime Obama administration political insider David Axelrod claimed on Monday [2/16/2015] that the Obama administration hasn't been tainted by a smidgen of scandal. [...] 'I'm proud of the fact that basically you have had an administration in place for six years in which there hasn't been a major scandal,' Axelrod said.  'And I think that says a lot about the ethical strictures of this administration.'  Audio and video of Axelrod's remarks indicate the audience's first reaction to his insistence that Obama has presided over a scandal-free government was a chorus of laughs — before friendly attendees quickly drowned them out with applause.

President Barack Obama's Complete List of Historic Firsts.  [For example,]
  •   First President to publicly announce an enemies list (consisting of his opponents campaign contributors; and to use the instrumentalities of government to punish those on the list)  (Source: Heritage Foundation)
  •   First President to Attempt to Block Legally-Required 60-Day Layoff Notices by Government Contractors Due to His Own Cuts to Defense Spending — Because The Notices Would Occur Before the Election.  (Source: National Journal)
  •   First President to Intentionally Disable Credit Card Security Measures (in order to allow over-the-limit donations, foreign contributions and other illegal fundraising measures)  (Source: Power Line)
  •   First President to send 80 percent of a $16 billion program (green energy) to his campaign bundlers and contributors, leaving only 20% to those who did not contribute.  (Source: Washington Examiner)

Obama's legacy: Obfuscator-in-Chief.  His approach is raw and brutal, but effective.  Subpoenas are for suckers, court orders for losers.  Ignore the question, tell a little lie.  Don't be afraid to deny or defy.  Ignore.  Obfuscate.  Give up nothing.  Then, when the investigations continue to flail, label them as partisan witch hunts and count on your friends in the media to amplify the message.  From the early days of Fast and Furious through last week, his administration has remained largely untouched — though hardly untainted — by scandals far and wide.  There is Benghazi, the IRS, the EPA email scandal, monitoring of reporters' communications, and Operation Choke Point.  There are many more as well.  But what they all have in common is we have not come close to getting to the bottom of them and are not likely to before President Obama leaves office.

Tiptoeing around terror.  It should be painfully clear by now that no one of authority is in charge at the White House, least of all President Obama.  His government is running itself, without any serious, detailed direction from the West Wing in the day-to-day issues and troubles America faces at home and abroad.  We saw that happen in the bungled, mistake-filled rollout of Obamacare, where the left hand did not know what the right hand was doing.  Many other times since then in the deadly Benghazi consulate attacks, the incompetent Veterans Affairs scandal, the politicization of the Internal Revenue Service that targeted voter groups who didn't support Mr. Obama, and a long list of other management disasters over the past six years.

24 Worst Examples of Emperor Obama's Serial Desecration of the United States Constitution.  [For example,]  [#1] The president's selective targeting of political opponents for harassment and abuse by the IRS and obstruction and corruption of the resulting investigations[.]  [#2] Fraudulent claim that the Benghazi massacre was caused by a film, willfully misleading Congress and the American people, providing false information to Congress, scapegoating an individual instead of taking responsibility for waging a war under false pretenses and inadequately protecting Americans overseas.  [#3] Unlawfully granting amnesty to categories of illegal immigrants, pressuring states by expensive litigation and the withholding of federal resources to not enforce laws against illegal immigration[.]  [#4] Refusal to enforce border security laws passed by Congress[.]

The President as Pest.  Moving on to scandals, we find another cornucopia.  Fast and Furious!  Lois Lerner!  Solyndra!  Jonathan Gruber!  The Muslim Brotherhood!  Illegal executive orders!  Illegal ObamaCare changes!  And going back, Obama's award of a trillion-and-a-half dollars to his friends in the financial industry, for which he had no constitutional or legal sanction whatsoever.  All this before the last phase of Obama's tenure — historically the period when festering scandals begin to bubble up.

'Fruit Loop' Obama's Peculiar Priorities.  [Scroll down]  There are only so many hours in a day to clean up the planet and punish overachievers.  Moreover, it's probably Barack Obama himself who chases down and recruits former Democrat campaign staffers to play down-and-out housewives at State of the Union addresses.  And let's not forget — when he's not "fixing" our "broken" healthcare system, Obama is actively about the business of decimating our military, upping the minimum wage on behalf of the "hardest working people in America," waving millions of illegal immigrants with infectious diseases across the border, and purposely contributing to racial unrest.

Media Celebrate Obama's "Audacity".  [Scroll down]  With the notion that Obama is "unleashed from the hesitancy," the Times, in essence, dismisses the controversial legacy of President Obama's far-from-hesitant nor un-noteworthy six years, such as:  the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservatives applying for non-profit status; the deceitful packaging and passage of Obamacare; the manufactured border crisis; the death of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya in 2012 and the ensuing administration cover-up; the trade of five Taliban commanders held at Guantanamo for one apparent deserter, Bowe Bergdahl; the war on journalists; the overall decline in transparency; the embrace of the race-baiting huckster, Al Sharpton, and the Department of Justice's "civil rights" investigations in Ferguson, Missouri and Staten Island, New York; shutting down the World War II Memorial and national parks; and more.

I'm Not Proud That We Elected Obama.  I'm not proud of President Obama when he says we've entered a new era of responsibility and then spends his entire presidency blaming President Bush, ATMs, the Arab Spring and tsunamis and a myriad of other excuses for his woes.  I'm not proud of President Obama for his contempt for our allies whether through abandoning missile defense in Poland and the Czech Republic, his unwillingness to secure Ukraine's sovereignty against Russian aggression, and his vilification of the State of Israel.  Nor am I proud of him for leaving Chris Stevens and three other Americans to fend for themselves in Benghazi and then claim the attack was a result of a silly Internet film about Muhammad rather than a well-coordinated terrorist attack that just happened to occur on the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Epitaph for Hope and Change.  Never has a modern president been so pampered by the press, and never has the press been so disrespected for its obsequiousness.  After Obama, what will the press do? Will it investigate some future Republican abuse of executive orders, deplore serial crippling deficits, complain of a government hostile to the media, expose scandals in the IRS or VA, lament the decline of U.S. prestige abroad, tally up "illegal" Predator assassinations, chronicle bombing without congressional approval, talk of a McCarthy-like administration tapping reporters' communications and computers, whine about an anemic "jobless" recovery, chart how a president deliberately misled the country about health care, amnesty, or dangers in the Middle East?  Will it demand that the next presidential candidate release his college transcripts and medical records or details about his associates?

The Media Remains Focused On The Manufactured "Crisis At Hand".  Whatever happened to the results of the Bowe Bergdahl investigation that was completed by the Army?  What about that Unaccompanied Alien Children crisis that Jeh Johnson was saying required the emergency $3.7 Billion dollar "emergency" appropriations that never took place?

Republican children are fair game, totally mockable; Democratic ones are sacred.  [A] staff member for a Republican representative wrote a mildly critical observation about the girls on her personal Facebook page, and — pow!  Forget the trivial, oh-so-well media-covered events in Ferguson; Jonathan Gruber's admissions about the (Un-)Affordable Care Act; the Obama's administration selling out to Iran over nuclear weapons; the Democratic debacle in the elections; the Obama's administration's expensive carbon regulations; Obama's unilateral, unconstitutional illegal alien amnesty; the horrors of the Islamic State; Russia's dangerous aggressiveness; etc.; etc. — her Facebook remark is a serious, national consequential matter, the liberal media decreed.

Liberalism in Ruins.  [Scroll down]  Obama will go down in history as presiding over the most corrupt administration of the last half-century, when historians finally collate the IRS, VA, GSA, and Secret Service scandals; the erosion of constitutional jurisprudence; the serial untruths about Benghazi, amnesty, and Obamacare; the harassment of journalists; the record shakedown of Wall Street lucre in 2008 and 2012;and the flood of lobbyists into and out of the Obama administration.

Obama unleashed: Defies GOP election wins, moves in opposite direction.  President Barack Obama has spent November acting with a defiant fury, moving with little regard for the message voters sent at the polls.  Instead of reaching out to Republicans who won control of next year's Congress Nov. 4, he's charged ahead with initiatives that infuriate the victors, prompting critics to label him a "king" or "emperor."  Wednesday [11/26/2014], the Obama administration began an effort aimed at easing smog-related pollution.  Earlier this month, Obama took executive action on immigration and climate change.  The White House has suggested he would block the Keystone XL pipeline.  He's vowed to have the federal government regulate Internet access.

Explaining Away Obama.  The only mystery about the last six years is how much lasting damage has been done to the American experiment, at home and abroad.  Our federal agencies are now an alphabet soup of incompetence and corruption.  How does the IRS ever quite recover?  Will the Secret Service always be seen as veritable Keystone Cops?  Is the GSA now a reckless party-time organization?  Is the EPA institutionalized as a rogue appendage of the radical green movement with a director who dabbles in online pseudonyms?  Do we accept that the Justice Department dispenses injustice or that the VA can be a lethal institution for our patriots?  Is NASA now a Muslim outreach megaphone as we hire Russia, the loser of the space race, to rocket us into orbit?

King Obama betters the tyranny of King George.  Mr. Obama has exterminated American citizens not accused of crime without due process of law on his secret say-so alone.  He has initiated wars against Libya, Syria, and the Islamic State without congressional authorization.  He has imprisoned persons indefinitely without accusation or trial at Guantanamo Bay — even detainees whom the military has found to be innocent of international terrorism.  He has used military tribunals in lieu of independent courts for the prosecution of civilian offenses.

Obama to Congress: It's My Way or My Way.  It is always remarkable to me — which is why I am remarking upon it — how the only way this president can be rescued from a bad news cycle is if an even worse one comes along.  This is a source of frustration for many on the right who get outraged by the fact that "we" don't talk enough about Fast & Furious or Benghazi or the IRS scandal or the VA scandal or Ukraine/Syria/Islamic State/China/Libya/Gitmo ... etc.  The reason some of these topics get pushed to the backburner, even on the right, is that another controversy or scandal suddenly eclipses the previous one.

Alinsky Does Amnesty.  We've endured six years of "If you like your health-care plan, you can keep your health-care plan," "How dare you call Obamacare a tax," "The video did it in Benghazi," "Of course we'd never let guns walk to Mexican gangs," "Workplace violence," "Kinetic military action," "The IRS harassment is outrageous and intolerable," and "not a smidgeon of corruption" from "the most transparent administration in history."  Yet what so astonished the commentariat about Obama's decree of amnesty for illegal aliens was the sheer audacity of hoax.

Dear Mr. Obama, It Must Be Good to Be King.  Incredibly, even after all of the scandals, corruption, lies, and deceits; even after this past week when we learned about the depth of your Obamacare deception; even after using the IRS to target your political opponents; even after letting your ambassador die in Benghazi and lying about it afterwards; even after dividing the nation and exploiting racial tensions for your own gain; even after six years of incompetence, dishonesty, conspiracy, and illegality; even after every law you've flouted, promise you've broken, and lie you've told, you still found a way to top yourself.  In refusing to enforce our borders and uphold our immigration laws, you are now guilty of the most profound presidential power grab since Abraham Lincoln.

A Moral Primer.  The last but long gasp of the Obama administration is characterized not so much by deceit and incompetence as by growing chaos.  Everything appears to be coming apart.  The chariot of state now veers up and down with a terrified Phaethon clueless at the reins.  Whether it is ISIS, Ebola, Putin, or Obamacare, the common strain is not simple incompetence, but a maladroitness born of intolerant ideological fundamentalism.  Have our government agencies ever seemed more corrupt or useless or both, staffed by political cronies and leftist zealots?  What ever happened to the old IRS, GSA, VA, Secret Service, NSA, NASA, EPA, or Justice Department?  All seem now mere appendages to a larger agenda of fundamentally transforming America.

Obama Doubling Down Right Out Of Radicals' Handbook.  Bypassing Congress on amnesty, and the rest of President Obama's double-down response to the voters' rejection of his policies, should shock no one.  "Never let up" is one of Saul Alinsky's "Rules For Radicals." [...]
  •   Within days he is to issue an executive order that cannot be viewed as less than an impeachable offense, giving at least 6 million illegal immigrants amnesty — as criminal aliens taunt the law enforcement officials holding them in custody.
  •   The "landmark" greenhouse gas pact he brings home from Beijing asks the Chinese only to increase emissions more slowly by 2030, while the U.S. commits to further decrease our output.
  •   He plans through regulation what amounts to a government takeover of the Internet.
  •   Aides warn that he will veto the Keystone XL pipeline, which would bring crude oil to U.S. refineries.
  •   Perhaps biggest of all, he seems set this month to agree to a deal that would let Islamofascist Iran keep its nuclear program, endangering the free world in Neville Chamberlain-like fashion.

Obama: Irrelevant, Incompetent or Intentional?  Now that the celebratory champagne has lost its fizz, we need to soberly assess where we stand with this administration.  President Obama can veto any repeal of Obamacare.  He still maintains control over college student loans.  Common Core (fairly dubbed "Obamacore") is still advancing despite fierce grassroots opposition.  He is still converting a severely weakened military into a laboratory for radical social experimentation.  He is packing the federal judiciary with radicals.  He will rely on these black-robed rogue judges to force the changes he wants but cannot achieve through legislation.  He is staffing the federal bureaucracy with his devotees — and creating new "Czars" not subject to Senate confirmation.  He will use Executive Orders to limit or even frustrate the intent of Congress on major issues.

Maybe Big Data should play smaller role in our politics.  In a sense, this is the last piece of the puzzle to click into place for the president's Nixonian transformation.  Spy on reporters?  Check.  Bomb a country (or two) without authorization from Congress?  Check.  Issue dubious claims of executive privilege to conceal embarrassments or prevent scandals?  Check.  Withdraw from — and lose — an unpopular war he didn't start?  Check.  Corrupt IRS?  Check.  Imperial presidency?  Check.  One of the last things on the list was to insist that the silent majority of Americans is really on his side.  Of course, Nixon's "silent majority" actually voted.

Here's the short list:
Three scandals GOP Senate must tackle: IRS, Benghazi, Fast & Furious.  As President Obama sits down on Friday with Republicans who will soon control the Senate and the House, there's no shortage of issues lawmakers want to tackle when the new Congress convenes in January.

It's the Socialist Democrat Party on Tuesday's ballot.  [Scroll down]  For the truth is, in all but name, the Democrat Party is the Socialist Democrat Party that is giddily well on its way to completion of the Fundamental Transformation of America.  Even though half the country did not vote for him, this is what millions of Americans, promised Hope & Change by Obama back in 2008 got to date: a vulnerable borderless country, an all-but-gutted military, increased threats of Islamic terrorism and an Ebola pandemic.  But the biggest change notwithstanding all of the above in Obama's promise of change is that millions of Americans no longer have jobs and little hope of ever finding a new one.

The Sayings of Barack Obama.  America may not be able to impeach Obama in the House but he has already impeached himself by having done what he likes to do so much:  talk.

Scales Finally Falling From America's Obama-Obscured Eyes.  In his first few years and beyond, liberal funnymen sometimes complained that Obama was so flawless that he didn't provide them any material.  Of course, we knew at the time that this otherworldly caricature of Obama was wholly mythical, but it was nonetheless very real in the eyes of its liberal beholders.  They regarded him with a quasi-idolatrous zeal — almost as though it would be sacrilegious to criticize, much less mock, him.  But on "Saturday Night Live," among other shows, the comics have grown increasingly derisive.

Barack Obama, bewildered bystander.  Barack Obama reflexively insists on playing the shocked outsider when something goes wrong within his own administration. [...] He's not simply protecting his own political fortunes.  He's trying to protect faith in the entitlement state by portraying its repeated failures as shocking anomalies.  Unfortunately, the pretense has the opposite effect.  It produces not reassurance but anxiety.  Obama's determined detachment conveys the feeling that nobody's home.  No one leading.  Not even from behind.

Even the comedians are reciting lists of scandals.
SNL Rips Obama on Ebola.  NBC's "Saturday Night Live" mocked President Barack Obama for his handling of Ebola and other problems in his administration's second term.  In the sketch, Obama says "some people want to criticize the way our administration has handled this crisis, and it's true we made a few mistakes early on.  But, I assure you, it was nowhere near as bad as how we handled the ISIS situation.  I mean, our various Secret Service mishaps, or the scandals of the IRS and NSA.  And I don't know if you guys remember, but the Obamacare website had some pretty serious problems too. [...]"

Paul Krugman's Indefensible Defense of Barack Obama.  For now, let's bare the truth on this truly execrable piece of writing:  that it is so amatuerishly written that it could have been cobbled together by a high-school student with only a rudimentary understanding of the economics, environmental policy and the social dynamics of a highly complex nation; that its very self-impressed author fails entirely to address foreign relations, where Obama's meandering policies have resulted in disaster upon disaster; that he significantly sidesteps the rise of Islamic terrorism in places where the president only 24 months before had declared it snuffed out; that he refuses to engage in any discussion of the mounting scandals — the Benghazi sacrifice of an ambassador; the IRS debacle, wherein one of the most important public institutions in the country was thoroughly corrupted by politics; or the Fast and Furious campaign, which placed American firearms in the hands of terrorists and gangsters.

Obama: They Still Don't Get Who He is.  Think of Obama as a cyborg programmed by socialist/progressives, unfeeling, relentless and laser focused on his mission to transform America as founded and dethrone her.  And nothing, I repeat, nothing, including American lives, will deter this machine from fulfilling its mission.  Consequently, Obama's programming prohibits any possibility of him banning flights from the Ebola hot zone, no matter how many Americans are infected.  Fundamentally transforming America as founded requires open borders and granting amnesty to several millions of unskilled needy illegals.

One Bad Apple: Obama and his Influence.  [Scroll down]  And look at the rest of his administration:  a DoJ that obstructs justice over and over and over.  An IRS that can conveniently "lose" important records.  A secretary of state who has covered up her involvement in one of the biggest tragedies to ever befall an American embassy.  I could go on and on.  Lying has become the way you play the game in Washington.  Has this falsehood-loving corruption flowed any further into American life?  Take a close look at Planned Parenthood and their willingness to hide what they're really up to.  Look at the quiet perfidy in the implementation of Common Core.

America's October Worries.  Once-unimpeachable federal agencies now appear as 19th-century tribal fiefdoms.  No one much trusts the IRS anymore.  Partisan politics seem to determine whether Americans are audited.  The Department of Veterans' Affairs covered up callous — and occasionally lethal — treatment of scores of hospitalized veterans.  The National Security Agency lied about monitoring the communications of average Americans.  Almost nothing in Obama's lectures about the new unaffordable Affordable Care Act proved accurate.  U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement cannot come clean about the nation's utter lack of border enforcement with Mexico.  The once-hallowed Secret Service seems incompetent and scandal-ridden.  Attorney General Eric Holder's Justice Department has picked and chosen which laws to enforce largely out of partisan considerations.  NASA is hardly recognizable.  Its director said that the agency's first concern was not our continued reliance on Vladimir Putin's space rockets, but Muslim outreach.

Obama's Enablers in the Senate.  Is there a single Obama initiative that has actually worked as advertised, or even one that has improved the lives of most Americans or improved the U.S.'s standing in the world? [...] Obama has bungled disaster responses ranging from the BP oil spill to Hurricane Isaac to the current, mind-bogglingly inept handling of the Ebola outbreak.  He's been mired in scandals:  gun-running in Mexico; IRS abuses of conservative groups; racialism at the Justice Department; mistreatment of inspectors general; spying on the press; trading terrorists for a deserter; deliberately created chaos at the Mexican border; massive fraud at the Department of Agriculture; and the ongoing lies and cover-ups about Benghazi.  With repeated support from Senate Democrats, Obama has gutted American defenses and radically undermined our diplomatic standing.

President Lameduck's attorney general.  President Obama announced this week that he plans to make a very important decision, but not until after the Nov. 4 election.  We're not referring to the forthcoming executive order changing U.S. immigration policy without congressional input — although Obama has also promised to do that after the election, because the public doesn't yet "understand what the facts are on immigration" as well as he thinks he does.  Nor are we referring to Obama's more recent deferred promise to defy Congress by moving several Guantanamo terrorism detainees so that they can continue to be held indefinitely and without trial or charges in prisons within close proximity to millions of Americans.

Returning To Peace Through Strength.  Less than three weeks from election day, the nation faces threats as dangerous and more diverse than September 11, 2001.  This predicament can be directly traced to the misguided, reckless, and naive policies of the Obama administration.  The threat of ISIS arose from President Obama's abandonment of Iraq.  In the vacuum that his own military leadership warned him of, ISIS seized much of Iraq and moved into Syria.  Americans are all too familiar now with ISIS' barbarity in the form savage beheadings paraded over the internet.  Compounded by gross negligence at the nation's borders and immigration policies imposed by fiat from the administration that subvert the will of the people, Americans find themselves facing everything from the prospect of terrorists entering the nation illegally, to the spread of Ebola in the United States from foreign travelers.

Email Conversation with a Drone.  I want you to consider the following list, then think about what this means 5, 10 and 15 years down the road for your kids. [...]
  •   Ebola.
  •   IRS targeting of political opponents.
  •   Gun-running to Mexican drug cartels with hundreds dead as a result.
  •   Wiretapping 100 reporters.
  •   Mass genocide in Syria.
  •   Mass genocide in Iraq.
  •   The most powerful army of Islamic terrorists ever seen on Earth (ISIS).
  •   A nuclear Iran.
  •   A U.S. ambassador murdered by terrorists after all security was stripped from him.
  •   Open hatred of Israel.
  •   Open love for the Muslim Brotherhood, a direct offshoot of the Nazi Party.
  •   Russia invading Ukraine.

The Unequal-Pay Delusion.  Voters are souring on the Democratic party.  Apparently all it takes is six years of economic torpor; the disastrous debut of the biggest new federal program in two generations; record levels of federal debt; revelations of scandals and malfeasance at the Veterans Administration, the IRS, the Secret Service, and the Justice Department; Russian revanchism on the march; a rampaging army of (literal) cutthroats gobbling up territory in the Middle East; and the feeble and patronizing government response to a modern plague.

Could It Possibly Get Any Worse?  The U.S. has its lowest labor participation rate since women went to work.  The middle class is consistently losing ground.  Race relations in the U.S. seem to have gone backwards fifty years in the last six, African Americans overwhelmed with victimology and picking on cops before there is any evidence.  Critics of the president are constantly accused of racism.  Seventy percent of black children are born out of wedlock.  No one trusts the word of the president because he has lied so frequently about everything from health care to Benghazi. [...] The U.S. Army is falling apart with only 12 of 37 brigades combat ready.  Our Navy is disappearing.  Al Qaeda is NOT on the run.  Just the opposite — it's everywhere.

The Obama Scandals.  For those of you who may have accidentally lost track of the scandals plaguing us since the beginning of this administration, below I offer you a brief timeline of some of the most preposterous events endured by Americans during Obama's regime of deceit.  I should caution everyone, though, that the issues made reference to, are meant to simply outline some of the most boisterous scandals while it would probably take volumes to script the unending list of travesties suffered by the American people under the Barack Obama presidency.

Obama is at Two Dozen Scandals and Counting.  President Obama claims that Republicans are busy probing "phony scandals." But the sheer number of scandals suggests that misbehavior, abuse of power, and possibly corruption are not something being dreamed up by the GOP, but a defining characteristic of the Obama administration.  [This article includes] a full list of the administration's most egregious scandals.  The ones we know about, at least.  I've added four since the last time we ran the list — an increase of 20 percent!

Barack Obama, the Teflon President.  Back in the 1980s, the Democratic Party media dubbed Ronald Reagan the "Teflon President."  By this, they meant that their false, dishonest and trivial attacks on Reagan didn't sway the public, which appreciated the most meteoric economic recovery in modern history and restoration of America's status as not just a great power, but a competent one.  Something quite different is happening with Barack Obama.  By any possible measure, he has been an awful president.  His administration has been good for hedge fund managers and "green" energy scammers, but disastrous for working class Americans, especially African-Americans.  Median income and household wealth are down, and let's not even talk about foreign policy or the national debt.  Yet, Obama's approval ratings have a relatively high floor of around 40%.

The last comic standing.  Some will ask how is President Obama violating the Constitution?  He made recess appointments to the National labor Relations Board (NLRB) while the Senate was in session.  This was found to be unconstitutional by a rare unanimous Supreme Court decision.  Obama Administration uses IRS to target conservative, Christian and pro-Israel organizations, donors, and citizens.  In an unprecedented attack on the First Amendment, the Obama Justice Department ordered criminal investigations of FOX News reporters for doing their jobs during the 2012 election year.  President Obama, throughout his Presidency, has refused to enforce long-established U.S. immigration laws.  For example[:]  More than 300,000 captured illegal aliens had been processed and were awaiting deportation.  But, incredibly, Obama stopped these deportations and ordered the U.S. border patrol to release many of these illegal aliens in violation of law and without explanation.

Obama making fools of the media.  When disastrous news emerges, Team Obama does two things:  refuses comment and charges its foes with playing politics.  And because the news cycle streams on, the media jump onto the next shiny thing they see and the disastrous news becomes old news replaced by new news.  There have been dozens of scandals, and most have simply slipped away, replaced by newer scandals.  The Fast and Furious gun-running scheme has never been fully explained, and Congress was so fed up that it held Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt (another story that disappeared).  There was (and is) Benghazi, Solyndra, the IRS targeting conservative groups, the "disappeared" hard drive, the Justice Department collecting AP phone logs, "Rosengate," the GSA scandal, the VA mess, and on and on.  None of them has resulted in a firing or even a mild admission of wrongdoing by the administration.

Count Down to Impeachment.  While most of the smaller controversies may be chalked up to "business as usual" a few of Obama's scandals are truly beyond the pale:
  •   Trillions of dollars of new debt and hundreds of trillions of dollars of unfunded liabilities
  •   Money printing gone wild
  •   NSA spying
  •   Benghazi
  •   The loss of Iraq
  •   Betrayal of Israel and other allies
  •   Bergdahl
  •   DOJ targeting conservatives
  •   DOJ's persecution of the press
  •   Extra-congressional changes made to Obamacare
  •   IRS targeting conservative groups and the cover-up including destruction of evidence
  •   Recess appointments
  •   The planned flood of illegal immigrant children and the expected mass amnesty
  •   Unprecedented quantity of executive orders
  •   Appointment of Czars
  •   TARP
  •   Destroying NASA and nurturing the military through unilateral disarming in the face of growing terrorist threats
  •   The abysmal failure of the so-called "Arab Spring"
  •   The countless and lavish family vacations and fundraising on the public's dime
While the above list is a prosecutor's playground, the IRS scandal, recess appointments and failing to secure the border certainly qualify as impeachable offenses.

50 Things Barack Obama Has Done Wrong.  As you get a refresher on the national nightmare that has been Barack Obama's presidency, keep in mind that the biggest difficulty in compiling it was limiting it to just 50 examples of corruption, dishonesty, and incompetence.

LA Street Artist Blasts Obama for 'Scandalous' Fundraiser.  As President Obama arrives in Los Angeles for his $32,000 per plate fundraiser at the home of Shonda Rhimes this week, a local street artist is pointing out the irony of the producer of the hit TV show Scandal, a show about a Washington public relations firm that specializes in managing political scandals, hosting the producer of such actual scandals as the cover-up surrounding the Benghazi attack, the lost hard-drives of IRS officials targeting conservatives, and the Fast and Furious gun running scheme.

2014: Obama's America.  The economy shrank last quarter. Record numbers of adult Americans are still not working.  Zero-interest rates have destroyed the tradition of passbook savings and the very idea of thrift.  No-interest financial policies ignited a stampede to the stock market that has further enriched the one-percenters — an artificial boom that everyone believes will soon bust.  The borrowing of $7 trillion has proved no stimulus.  A natural American recovery was stymied by vast federal borrowing, by the addition of more incomprehensible regulations, and by an Obamacare package that proved to be the opposite of almost everything that was promised.  Inflation is said to be manageable, but only by not counting soaring food, gas, and electricity costs that do the most to erode family budgets.  U.S. immigration law simply no longer exists.  Incoming foreign nationals more likely welcome arrest than fear it. [...]

Our Roost, Obama's Chickens.  When a president occasionally fails to tell the truth, you get a scandal like the monitoring of the Associated Press reporters.  When a president serially fails to tell the truth, you get that plus the scandals involving the IRS, the NSA, the VA, Benghazi, and too many others to mention.

All Obama's World's a Stage.  "Have you noticed," Jonah Goldberg recently remarked, "that basically the only way this White House can get out from under one scandal or controversy is by getting crushed by another?"  That cycle — scandal, outrage, subsequent rejection as "phony," followed by another scandal — has conveniently appeared throughout the Obama presidency. [...] "Scandal exhaustion," noted Tom Blumer, seems to be a part of the left's "Cloward-Piven attempt to overwhelm opponents.  With so many scandals out there, no single outrage can generate concerted, sufficiently visible opposition."  It's "a scandal a month," Ben Shapiro commented, "and then every so often, President Obama decides to replace one scandal with another, the media loses interest.

Obama's Scandal Playbook.  Since Obama took office in 2009, we've witnessed Operation Fast and Furious, Benghazi, Department of Justice spying on reporters and their families, IRS targeting of conservatives, the debacle, the GSA conference scandal, Solyndra, veterans dying as a result of secret wait lists within the Department of Veterans Affairs, and many, many more. [...] Obama's White House has not weathered these storms through luck alone.  They have a well-thought[-]out, well-used playbook designed to lie to the American people, protect administration officials, and to avoid accountability or criminal prosecution.

Can't stop the music.  The Financial Times actually believes that a Veteran's Administration scandal may taint president Obama in a way that Benghazi, IRS, the AP wiretapping scandal, Egypt, Iran, Syria, Libya, NSA, Ukraine and Obamacare could not.  In an article filled with outrage the writer thinks, this time it sticks.  Why should it?

Is Salazar the New Holder?  "There's plenty of scandal to go around in this administration," Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), who represents the valley, told PJM.  "With Eric Holder, you have a major scandal with Fast and Furious, which has resulted in numerous deaths.  And it is inexcusable that Holder is defying Congressional requests to turn over documents that could explain how this misguided operation was conceived and implemented."  "As for Ken Salazar, he is a fully owned subsidiary of the environmental lobby," Nunes continued.  "This is evident in the plight of my district's farmers, who have had much of their water supply cut off and are being forced off their land due to federal environmental regulations that can accurately be described as anti-human."

The Year in Obama Scandals.  With 2011 drawing to a close, it is time to account.  As an early-and-often chronicler of Chicago-on-the-Potomac, I am amazed at the stubborn and clingy persistence of President Barack Obama's snowblowers in the media.  See no scandal, hear no scandal, speak no scandal.  Dartmouth College professor Brendan Nyhan asserted in May — while Operation Fast and Furious subpoenas were flying on Capitol Hill — that "one of the least remarked upon aspects of the Obama presidency has been the lack of scandals."  Conveniently, he defines scandal as a "widespread elite perception of wrongdoing."

Eric Holder's New Scandal: Money Laundering For Cartels.  Just as Fast and Furious was allegedly intended to track and interdict gun-trafficking into Mexico, this operation, detailed in a New York Times article Sunday, is said to have as its purpose to follow how criminal organizations move their money, where they keep their assets and, most important, who their leaders are.  But the question once again arises: Have the feds interrupted or aided the flow?

Why Don't You "Spread the Wealth Around"?  Apparently, the Obama campaign remains so flush with cash that it's going to give staffers an extra month's pay, along with blackberries, laptops and other assorted goodies.  Assuming the money was raised within the boundaries of law and ethics (a mighty big assumption), in one sense, who can object?  If it's theirs fair and square, then they should be able to use it for any purpose they please.  But given that Obama's victory supposedly represents a "wave" of "change" that involves "spreading the wealth around," it's the height of hypocrisy to blow all that extra cash on goodies for themselves.

Nation of Islam activists on Obama camp payroll.  Sen. Barack Obama employed and continues to employ senior staffers who belong to the Nation of Islam, and the presidential candidate has some "worrying" ties to the controversial group headed by Louis Farrakhan, a former key Obama insider told WND.

Husband's foreign deals may pose issue for Clinton.  Hillary Clinton has campaigned as a champion of workers' rights.  This year, Brazilian labor inspectors found what they called "degrading" living conditions for sugar cane workers employed by an ethanol company in which Bill Clinton invested.

AP Ignores Jarrett's Slum Ties.  It'll be interesting to see if the Associated Press and other mainstream media outlets more fully cover [Valerie] Jarrett's participation in the management of Chicago slums.  Certainly if Karl Rove, White House senior adviser in the Bush administration, had such a record it would not have gone unmentioned.  Perhaps President-elect Obama will be asked directly by the press about Jarrett's mismanagement of public housing.  Or would that put a damper on all that hope and change the mainstream media have been selling us?

Obama adviser lobbied to protect Fannie.  A transition adviser to President-elect Barack Obama earned millions of dollars overseeing an office that led a lobbying effort to prevent increased oversight of mortgage giant Fannie Mae, the company at the heart of the ongoing turmoil in the nation's financial markets, public records show.  The unpaid adviser, Thomas E. Donilon, held several senior positions at Fannie Mae from 1999 to 2005, including vice president of law and policy, at a time when the company's officers and lobbyists were insisting that now-troubled Fannie's finances were sound.

You must register to become president.  As the mainstream media covers President-elect Barack Hussein Obama's every cabinet appointment consideration, citizens have been seeking information about Obama that, when uncovered, appears to be one fraud after another.  On Nov. 13, Debbie Schlussel, attorney and political commentator, posted on her website a copy of Obama's Selective Service System Registration form.  Schlussel points out all the peculiarities and inconsistencies in the document that would lead just about anyone to conclude the document is a fraud and that either Obama signed the fraudulent document in 2008, rather than in 1980 as the document portends, or he never registered for the draft, as required by law, and someone else created the after-the-fact forgery.

Obama's Draft Registration Raises Serious Questions.  Did President-elect Barack Hussein Obama commit a federal crime in September of this year?  Or did he never actually register and, instead, did friends of his in the Chicago federal records center, which maintains the official copy of his alleged Selective Service registration commit the crime for him?  It's either one or the other, as indicated by the release of Barack Obama's official Selective Service registration for the draft.

Fugitive Financiers.  The party that casts itself as the champion of the poor is more like the party of Wall Street plutocrats.  That Bill Clinton's most famous pardon went to a billionaire financier illustrates the party's evolution.  Clinton ended up soft on crime, only deviating from Democratic custom by choosing a white-collar one.  Not long after pardoning Marc Rich, Clinton received from Morgan Stanley — in a small sign of Wall Street's client-indifference and dereliction to come — $100,000 for a speech at a "high-yield" conference in Boca Raton.  It was the first speech of his post-presidency.

Obama's $1.74 million party.  President-elect Barack Obama's victory celebration in Grant Park cost Chicago taxpayers $1.74 million, turning up the heat on the cash-flush Obama campaign or the Democratic National Committee to reimburse the city.  Mayor Daley had predicted that more than 1 million people would attend the rally and that the election night extravaganza would require the city to spend $2 million.

The Editor says...
Of course, if the Republicans had spent that kind of money on a victory celebration, the liberals would certainly have asked, "Why couldn't some of that have been spent on the homeless?"

An example of Obama 'transparency':  As a preview of transparent things to come [... beginning] January 20, 2009 in America, listen to The Office of President-Elect Barack Hussein Obama's interruption to a question from John McCormick, a reporter from the Chicago Tribune — his hometown paper.  "Let me just cut you off because I don't want you to waste your question."  In other words, asking a legitimate question about Obama's relationship with his state's governor, even though it was not the purpose of the press conference, indicates The Office of the President-Elect will cut off all reporters who probe too uncomfortably in sensitive areas.

Future President Obama commits a crime.  In a ceremony held in Hawaii, Obama, teary-eyed, poured his grandmother's ashes into the sea from the sand-lined shore.  Environmentalists were quick to stand up against the move.  The reason behind the contention was the state's Department of Land and Natural Resources Protection Law, which prohibits ashes from being dropped into the ocean.

Obamas may come out of the woodwork.  Just days before the election, the media focused briefly on the news that Barack Obama's paternal aunt was living illegally in public housing in Boston.  While the story didn't get much traction, it offered a glimpse of things to come:  With the spotlight shining so hard on the next president, distant family members are likely to get caught up in the glare.

The Editor says...
An aunt or a half-brother is not generally considered a "distant" relative.  If you aren't familiar with the story of Aunt Zeituni, read this.

Two More Weeks of Senator Biden -- But Why?  Among those who will take the oath of office Tuesday, when the 111th Congress convenes, is a man who has no intention of further service as a member of Congress:  Sen. Joe Biden. ... Obama, by contrast, resigned his Senate seat shortly after Election Day -- creating the vacancy that is has caused so much controversy in Illinois and beyond.

With Friends Like These, It's Tough to Believe in Change.  So, this is Change We Can Believe In?  It's more like the same old change we've heard jingling in the pockets of politicians since the beginning of time.  And it's the same dirty change that has landed the bums in jail since the beginning of democracy.  Barack Obama hasn't even made history yet by getting into the White House, but he's already making history for the number of serious scandals between his election and his inauguration.

Life in the Clown-Car Fast Lane.  Can you believe it?  Barack Hussein Obama II hasn't even been inaugurated yet and he's already been interviewed by federal prosecutors in the ongoing Blago mess; ... and he's facing the prospect of the Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, standing like a homunculus George Wallace in the schoolhouse door, ready to deny entrance to a black man when Roland "We Are the Senator" Burris tries to take Bambi's hardly-even-used seat tomorrow.

Corruptocrat Eric Holder's National Security Cover-Up:  For more than a year, I've been writing about the looming national security and conflict-of-interest problems posed by Holder's status as a former partner at the prestigious law firm Covington and Burling.  The company currently represents or has provided pro bono representation and sob-story media-relations campaigns in the past to more than a dozen Gitmo detainees from Yemen who are seeking civilian trials on American soil.

TARP Inspector General excluded from investigating $30 billion TARP funds?  Neal Barofsky, the Inspector General for the TARP program, has been pretty critical in the past of how that money has been used.  Now it looks like the Treasury Department is trying to keep the watchdogs at bay.

Time mag lauds Obama as "on the path to huge success," ignores facts.  President Obama's success is underestimated by his critics and he's on path to become one of the most successful presidents ever, writes Mark Halperin of Time magazine. ... As for scandals, let's see:  There's the questionable dismissal of Gerald Walpin, the gangster-like shunting aside of creditors to General Motors and Chrysler, and the Justice Department's refusal to pursue charges against the Black Panthers who threatened Philadelphia on voting day.  There are the phantom districts getting stimulus money.  There's the administration's revolving door relationship with Goldman Sachs and other special interests.

Obama team braces for Rep. Darrell Issa, avid investigator.  Hearings that Issa says he requested but were ignored by the Democrats include: food safety; homeland security; Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac; health-care reform oversight; wasteful stimulus spending; the Minerals Management Service (see BP oil spill); and school choice.  Also on Issa's inquiry wish list:  federal emergency management; protecting the independence of inspectors general; federal IT systems; federal financial management; TARP oversight; failures at the Securities and Exchange Commission; stimulus oversight; Countrywide Financial Corp.; the Presidential Records Act; and federal-agency performance management.

Shocking Charges at VA Likely To Be But the Start Of an Even Worse Scandal.  The nation was shocked by charges that more than 1,400 vets lingered and 40 died on a secret waiting list at the Phoenix, Arizona, Veterans Administration A medical center.  The list was concocted to conceal long waits for care.  What you haven't heard is even worse.  VA hospitals all over the country are manipulating the official electronic waiting list, and the deadly cover ups have been going on for years.

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