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Dear Mr. Obama:
I'm planning to move my family and extended family into Mexico for my health, and I would like to ask you to assist me.
We're planning to simply walk across the border from the U.S. into Mexico , and we'll need your help to make a few arrangements.
We plan to skip all the legal stuff like visas, passports, immigration quotas and laws.
I'm sure they handle those things the same way you do here. So, would you mind telling your buddy, the President of Mexico, that I'm on my
Please let him know that I will be expecting the following:
1. Free medical care for my entire family.
2. English-speaking Government bureaucrats for all services I might
need, whether I use them or not.
3. Please print all Mexican Government forms in English.
4. I want my grandkids to be taught Spanish by English-speaking
5. Tell their schools they need to include classes on American culture
6. I want my grandkids to see the American flag on one of the flag
poles at their school.
7. Please plan to feed my grandkids at school for both breakfast and lunch.
8. I will need a local Mexican driver's license so I can get easy
access to government services.
9. I do plan to get a car and drive in Mexico, but I don't plan to
purchase car insurance, and I probably won't make any special effort
to learn local traffic laws.
10. In case one of the Mexican police officers does not get the memo
from their president to leave me alone, please be sure that every
patrol car has at least one English-speaking officer.
11. I plan to fly the U.S. flag from my housetop, put U.S. flag decals
on my car, and have a gigantic celebration on July 4th. I do not want
any complaints or negative comments from the locals.
12. I would also like to have a nice job without paying any taxes, or
have any labor or tax laws enforced on any business I may start.
13. Please have the president tell all the Mexican people to be
extremely nice and never say critical things about me or my family, or
about the strain we might place on their economy.
14. I want to receive free food stamps.
15. Naturally, I'll expect free rent subsidies.
16. I'll need income tax credits so that although I don't pay Mexican
taxes, I'll receive money from the government.
17. Please arrange it so that the Mexican Government pays $4,500.00 to
help me buy a new car.
18. Oh yes, I almost forgot, please enroll me free into the Mexican
Social Security program so that I'll get a monthly income in
I know this is an easy request because you already do all these things
for all of his people who walk over to the U.S. from Mexico. I am
sure that the President of Mexico won't mind returning the favor if
you ask him nicely.
Yeah, Ok, they have no clue. I call B.S.
Someone has replaced two American flags on the Brooklyn Bridge with mysterious white flags.
The white flags — international symbols of surrender — fluttered Tuesday from poles on the stone supports that hold cables above the bridge.
One of the flags, viewed via video, appeared to have faint traces of stars and stripes on it.
Police said it was not clear what time they were placed there — or by whom.
Several officers scaled the bridge and were seen lowering one of the flags around 11 a.m.
Traffic continued to inch along the bridge.
The bridge is one of the most heavily secured landmarks in the city, constantly monitored by security cameras.
The city's Department of Transportation was referring all queries to the NYPD
Make of it what you will....
Let me just ask this. Is this is the case, why is the US GOV blaming the Russian rebels for doing this? This all relates to my post from yesterday. NWO related
Award winning former Associated Press reporter Robert Parry has been told by an intelligence source that the United States is in possession of satellite imagery which shows that Ukrainian troops were responsible for the shoot down of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17.
Court Rules That Subsidies in Obamacare's Federal Exchange are Illegal, Dealing Huge Legal Blow to Health Law
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit delivered a huge blow to Obamacare this morning, ruling that the insurance subsidies granted through the federally run health exchange, which covered 36 states for the first open enrollment period, are not allowed by the law.
The highly anticipated opinion in the case of Jacqueline Halbig v. Sylvia Mathews Burwell reversed a lower court ruling finding that federally run exchanges did have the authority to disburse subsidies.
Today's ruling vacates the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulation allowing the federal exchanges to give subsidies. The large majority of individuals, about 86 percent, in the federal exchange system received subsidies, and in those cases the subsidies covered about 76 percent of the premium on average.
The essence of the court's ruling is that, according to the law, those subsidies are illegal. They were always illegal, and the administration never had the authority to offer them. (According to an administration official, however, the subsidies will continue to flow throughout the appeals process.)
The court's ruling agreed with challengers who argued that the plain language of the law, which in multiple instances limits subsidies and credits to any "Exchange established by the State," does not allow subsidies to be disbursed in exchanges where a state declined to establish its own exchange and is instead run by the federal government. Basically, the federal government cannot step in and create and run an exchange that is somehow still an exchange established by a state.
"We conclude that appellants have the better of the argument: a federal Exchange is not an 'Exchange established by the State,' and [the relevant section of the law] does not authorize the IRS to provide tax credits for insurance purchased on federal Exchanges," the decision says.
The law "plainly makes subsidies available only on Exchanges established by states," the ruling says. "And in the absence of any contrary indications, that text is conclusive evidence of Congress’s intent. To hold otherwise would be to say that enacted legislation, on its own, does not command our respect—an utterly untenable proposition."
It's a major blow to the way the administration has chosen to implement the health law, and a victory for plain language legal interpretation as well.
Update: On a conference call this morning, Case Western University Law Professor Jonathan Adler, who was instrumental in laying the legal groundwork for the case, made the point that this is not the court changing the law. It is the court interpreting the law and its clear language. Which means that any of the ruling's effects, including the loss of subsidies, were built into the law when it was passed.
"If people lose those subsidies, it’s because the courts rule that those subsidies are and always have been unlawful," he said. The administration "never had the authority" to dish them out. "Halbig did not cause those effects. Those are the effects of the Affordable Care Act."
"If that causes dislocation, if that causes disruption, I think the responsibility lies with the IRS and the administration," Adler also said.
Update 2: A different circuit court ruled today that subsidies offered through federally run exchanges are authorized on the law. This creates a circuit court split, which increases, but does not guarantee, the chances of an eventual hearing by the Supreme Court. It is also possible, and arguably even more likely, that the circuit split will be dealt with via en banc review.
Now for the other side
If you're looking for a silver lining to this morning's ruling dealing a major blow to Obamacare (or rather a major blow to people getting subsidized policies in the states that didn't adopt exchanges), look to the full DC Circuit Court. Given its present make-up (helped along mightily by breaking the filibuster logjam) it seems highly, highly likely that the full DC Circuit will reverse this ruling. The problem is that the question then moves to the Supreme Court, which seems quite likely - given recent decisions - to turn it back again to some version of today's decision. In other words, at some point in the future it seems quite likely that the Supreme Court will gets its opportunity to gut the bill.
I say 'corruption' in the headline above because there is a point after which activist partisanship becomes so extreme that it amounts to corruption, in some ways more damaging than the venal or monetary corruption we normally imagine when we use the word. Corruption, in its original meaning, refers to rot, remember. And that is what we have here in spades.
The three judge panel has looked at a single clause which on its face does refer to exchanges set up by states. But to draw the conclusion it has, in this restrictive sense, you have to ignore the entirety of the rest of the statute, which clearly looks to a system in which the same subsidy regime would operate regardless of who set up the exchange. This is clear explicitly at some points and implicitly throughout. You also have the clear intent - stated now but more importantly stated by all at the time - that the law was intended to have the same subsidy regime for all exchanges.
Any suggestion that the law was intended to do anything else is absurd on its face.
But the two judges ruling in the majority in this case are essentially saying, "Who cares? You should have written this one sentence more clearly. End of story." And there's one tenet of statutory construction that says that's all you have to do. There are numerous others that point in the other direction.
As David says, maybe it is the Mother of All Drafting Errors, though I think you only get to that conclusion if you assume the judges enter the question as advocates against the law. Alas, that seems to be the case.
The subsidies for Americans in 36 states now look clearly to be at the tender mercies of the conservative majority on the Supreme Court. Now unless SCOTUS chooses to make what would clearly be an activist partisan decision of a pretty high order, all will be fine. But, c'mon, look who we're talking about.
It's only fair to say that John Roberts surprised everyone two years ago when he sided with the Court's liberal wing in upholding the individual mandate, viewed as a tax. But the 5 now have all they need to do major damage to the law.
How The White House Could Still Save Obamacare Even If It Loses In Court
This is a really eye opener. The lies from the Administration are never ending! Thank Goodness for people like these!!
As the only member of Congress to serve in both Vietnam and Iraq, Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, R-Mich., knows what a dysfunctional country looks like.
He has seen his share of suffering and squalor during 27 years of service in the U.S. Army and National Guard, and after evacuating from the surge in Iraq in 2007 with a neck wound.
On Monday, Bentivolio had just returned from a three-day fact-finding trip to Central America to see the source of the immigration crisis for himself.
The congressman told WND that conditions in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador are certainly not great and there is much hardship, but they are not war zones.
As for the recent avalanche of immigrants?
“I really wouldn’t call them refugees,” said Bentivolio, while also expressing great sympathy for their plight.
He noted, “Our kids are facing similar problems. We have to put our own house in order first.”
The congressman said the children he saw in Central America do indeed have dangerous schools in dangerous cities and have few job prospects. But so do many children in the United States.
The immigration problem really boils down to this, said Bentivolio: “Democrats want the votes, and the Republicans want the cheap labor.”
The Michigander has a unique perspective on both parties, as evidenced by a wall of his office. One side is a tribute to President Ronald Reagan. The other side salutes President John F. Kennedy.
He admires both men for their commitment to the American dream and believes JFK would be a Republican if he were alive today.
The congressman laments, “Democrats today no longer, ‘ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.’ Democrats today are all ‘me, me, me, and gimmee, gimmee, gimmee.’”
Bentivolio believes the U.S. must fix its own economic woes before it can help Central Americans.
“The American dream should be for all the children in the Americas, but we need to lead by example,” he said, mentioning that America’s own children need hope, themselves.
“They say the immigrants are leaving because of few job opportunities. Well, look what is happening here,” he said, referring to the record number of Americans, 92,120,000 in June, who did not participate in the labor force.
“We have kids here with the same problems, kids not getting an education and with few job prospects.”
The congressman believes America needs lower taxes and fewer regulations to create those jobs and kick-start the economy.
He said he wouldn’t even want to try to start a business now that the EPA has 70 pages of regulations, because he would need to hire someone full time just to read and comply with all the federal red tape.
Bentivolio has a three-point plan to solve the immigration crisis and restore hope in America.
Secure the border and enforce the laws already on the books.
Provide a secure environment for America’s own children, so each child can be safe and become educated.
Create job opportunities by lowering taxes and reducing regulations.
El Salvador slum
The congressman showed strong empathy for the Central Americans and found the trip an eye-opening experience.
He said El Salvador was too dangerous to go out at night, and Honduras “was pretty much the same thing. Guatemala was in better shape; we had less security with us.”
“The kids were great, like all kids hungry to learn and get an education. They want to do the right thing. But we have the same issues they are facing right here in America, and we have to take care of Americans first. We’re the ones who pay the taxes, we’re the ones who need to take care of Americans.”
As for America’s neighbors to the South, he emphasized, “We need to be humane, understanding and patient.”
“But we need to close our border and fix the problem we have now. They need to go home to their country of origin.”
Bentivolio said the key to solving the crisis is not complex.
“If we had secure borders, we wouldn’t have this problem. We need to send a strong message that, if you want to come to America, do it legally, and get in line. That’s it, it’s very simple. Get in line.”
That would also, he remarked, spare the immigrants from putting their lives on the line and making perilous journeys in the attempt to enter the U.S. illegally.
He seemed particularly moved by what he saw in El Salvador, the poorest of the three countries he visited. The sight of children living in shacks made of corrugated steel reminded him of what he’d seen years ago in Vietnam.
Bentivolio said fellow congressman, Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., a dentist of 25 years, found the children healthy, well fed and without cavities.
The congressional delegation met with the U.S. ambassador and security personnel who said the gangs control the schools and decide who goes where. Most children leave school before the sixth grade. The congressman said it was not unlike Chicago, in some key respects.
Congressional delegation in Central America
And it was not hard to understand at all why they want to seek a better life up north.
But Bentivolio felt the sudden surge seemed of immigrants was instigated by President Obama’s decision to stop deporting minors in the country illegally.
“All talk of the DREAM Act fuels the coyotes. It encourages people to take the risk.”
He said the coyotes charge $3,000-to-$7,000 per person, guaranteeing three attempts and offering no refunds, but what they are really selling is hope, fraught with danger.
“They quickly learn how dangerous it is, with many injured and killed during the journey. Some abused physically and sexually.”
So, the congressman observed, rather then spending what money they have at home, on education, food, clothing or starting a business, they are sending relatives North to an uncertain fate.
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