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Destructive Missions, Partially Accomplished

Emboldened statists have already done serious damage.

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Tom Blumer

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February 26, 2014 - 12:00 am

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Those pursuing three authoritarian agenda items once considered unthinkable emanating from an administration which has become openly hostile to what once were our basic freedoms can already hang “Mission (Partially) Accomplished” banners on their walls.

First, there are the ongoing revelations about the government’s accumulation of digital mountains of personal information on citizens’ daily lives.

If there’s a positive result from this, it would be that many Americans have become a bit more careful about their data trail. But the good news ends there. Our emails, Facebook posts, text messages and other communications are subject to easy scrutiny by government minders and anyone else to whom those apparatchiks might feel like conveying information. The chilling effect on everyday speech, expression and interactions is a statist’s dream come true. Just wait until they integrate the Obamacare and Common Core data.

Places getting especially chilly include the human resource departments and HR consulting firms serving employers with between 50-100 “employees,” which includes “full-time equivalents“ as defined by the Affordable Care Act. One of the more recent of the 27 mostly illegal or unconstitutional changes made by presidential or regulatory fiat to the Affordable Care directly affects them.

That change, which even the Associated Press briefly acknowledged was done for purely political reasons before eliminating that statement from subsequent revisions, exempts firms with 50-99 FTEs from the employer mandate — the requirement to offer health insurance coverage to all workers who average 30 or more hours per week or pay a $2,000 penalty for each, after an exemption for the first 30 — for yet another year.

But there’s a monumental catch. To squelch criticism of Obama’s alleged singular achievement, employers ”will be forced to certify to the federal government — under penalty of perjury — that jobs they cut between now and 2016 are not due to Obamacare” to preserve that one-year reprieve. Thus, an administration hell-bent on keeping state-controlled health care in place, even if it completely wrecks what once was the greatest healthcare system in the world, has already succeeded in silencing key people in the trenches who might otherwise tell the nation what a disaster it has been and will continue to be.

The pervasive changes to the law Congress originally passed, as well as the new regime of coercion, signify that there really isn’t an “Affordable Care Act” anymore. There is only what must henceforth and for all time be called “Obamacare,” a mushy legal and regulatory maze which in many aspects barely resembles what Nancy Pelosi infamously said we could only read after passage before we could know what was in it. Unless someone has the legal standing, deep pockets, and exceptional bravery to successfully challenge them, healthcare law in America is whatever Barack Obama and Kathleen Sebelius say it is.

A recently revealed project at the Federal Communications Commission is by far the most brazen and disturbing of the three.

Under the thinnest imaginable pretense, allegedly the need to address the “problem” of sparse minority ownership of U.S. media outlets, the FCC wants ”to send government contractors into the nation’s newsrooms to determine whether journalists are producing articles, television reports, Internet content, and commentary that meets the public’s ‘critical information needs.’” One dissenting commissioner summed up the clear danger: “The implicit message to the newsroom is they need to start covering these eight categories (of critical information needs) in a certain way or otherwise the FCC will go after them.” If the monitoring effort were to completely succeed, state and national news reports would consist of little more than word-for-word broadcasts of AP scripts and verbatim copies of AP content.

After howls of outrage at the obvious Orwellian impulse driving this supposedly “voluntary” effort, the FCC began to back down. On Tuesday, the commission said it “canceled” the study, but one FCC commissioner said it’s only “suspended.”

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is the same slippery guy whose response to a recent court ruling nuking its “net neutrality” rules was, according to Information Week, to work on “a new version” of the same thing. There’s no reason to trust his claim that the study has been canceled until a new regime is in place.

Meanwhile, newsrooms across America have been sent a message that they’d be better off sanitizing their content and keeping it in line with what Dear Leader would prefer to see, effective immediately. Don’t be surprised if Obamacare horror stories, of which there is no shortage, become rarely reported events.

Even if those pursuing the three measures just described never lift another finger, they’ll get a good deal of the fear-driven behavior change they wish to achieve, accompanied by side effects, including but certainly not limited to slower job growth, a continued lackluster economy, and civic malaise, about which they apparently care little.

The utter failure of a gun registration effort in Connecticut reveals that at least some hope exists for those who believe there might eventually be a way back from the accelerating despotic rush.

The Nutmeg State required that all so-called “assault weapons” be registered by December 31. Many freedom lovers who were distraught at seeing hundreds of gun owners waiting in line to comply at year-end have since been cheered by the knowledge that, in one of the bluest states in America, the vast majority of gun owners “flipped the bird at the government” by not registering anything.

This at least shows that there’s no shortage of passive resistance. We will likely soon learn that it’s not enough, but at least the well of courage isn’t, as some had feared, completely dry.

Along with having a decades-long career in accounting, finance, training and development, Tom Blumer has written for several national online publications primarily on business, economics, politics and media bias. He has had his own blog, BizzyBlog.com, since 2005, and has been a PJM contributor since 2008.

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So, after reading this, the thought occurred to me that one of our "favorite" participants here, Brian N has yet to weigh in.

I read his BS about the executive order "argument" whereby he asserts "W" wrote more than president sissy-pants ever has, and then he demanded that people provide evidence as to what it was that had them the most angry and which EO's those were.

Well, BrianN, here is the article to answer that.

Obama is a communist. A fascist, even. He is not all that bright but has, like Hiter did in the 1930's a cabal of fellow travelers who want very desperately to suck all the money out of this nation for themselves and to oppress a people in a nation they hate so violently, they can barely contain themselves.

I ask you, BrianN, if you wanted to destroy a nation from within, how would you do it? Seems to me that the commies in our government have it pretty well figured out.

Your idea of utopia cannot be materialized, sir. Never has and never will. And don't think for one minute that obama, reid, holder et al would hesitate to build political enemy camps. They are vile people with vile intentions.

You're just too foolish to recognize evil when you see it.
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Obamacare has purchased the ax George Washington used to cut down the cherry tree. "We cannot tell a lie" say the fascists formerly known as the Democratic Party.

Well, actually...the blade rusted on the Obamacare Cherry Tree Ax, so they replaced it.

And...um...the wood splintered and rotted on the handle...so, they replaced that too.

But...Obamacare Cherry Tree Ax is taking up the same space in the universe as the original!


Therefore, the Tyranny, Treason and Totalitarianism Party can claim "We cannot tell a lie...well, we can...because our lapdog media lies right along with us".

Build the gallows.
30 weeks ago
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It is safe to assume that if you post here regularly, or at FPM and/or at FB, then 'data mining' will have swept up your opinions and enabled creation of a profile. I assume beyond this that such profiles of millions of dissenters are sitting and available for 'use.' It is probably not relevant to the daily lives of most conservatives that these passive dossiers exist, but may become relevant in the event of states of emergency, etc. Moreover, such profile creation may play into tax investigations assuming the posters are prominent in some Tea Party-style organization or have expressed political opinions too many times at work. But nobody will ever know, that is, if the profiles are turned active and used against individuals, those doing the profiling and info-passing will never admit that they did..
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I can think of a "Critical Information Need" we had back in 2008: "Who is this man Barak Obama, what do we know about him and why are all his records sealed?" If he is half as smart as his true believers say he is, you would think he would be proud to show his college transcripts. Unless there is something else in there other than his grades he doesn't want us privy to.
30 weeks ago
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I do not understand why the republican leadership does not come out and "proclaim" to corporations that, if you do not comply with the law as written, you will get no amnesty once this president is out of office.
All illegally, or unconstitutional changes the president makes will not be honored. You are following an unlawful order. The president has no power to make these changes and, he does not have the power to grant you immunity from prosecution of those transgressions.
30 weeks ago
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Simple, Republicans, except for a small minority, have no balls.
30 weeks ago
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Probably not much to worry about if President Obama's mission is accomplished to the same degree that President Bush's was accomplished.
30 weeks ago
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You may want to rethink that analogy. According to the left, Mission accomplished meant old way toppled and replaced with chaos.
30 weeks ago
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You'd think the press would start to have more drive and enthusiasm to understand the real nature of this government, and the emerging totalitarianism in Washington with the FCC wanting to govern "critical information needs". If this doesn't cause them to be more direct and unbiased, nothing will. They'll toe the party line until the bitter end, or a FEMA camp.
30 weeks ago
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Why? The press is sympathetic. The left did better than nationalize the press, it corrupted the press.
30 weeks ago
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yet who is dumb enough to believe that the dictator who consider's hisself the brightest gay in any room he enters has a clue about running an armed revolt which would result in his becoming tyrant for life.

The koolaide drinkers may adore and worship him,. but they lack the training and commitment to risk life and limb to make their messiah of failed hope anything more then the failed potus he has already made hisself
30 weeks ago
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Don't think for a moment that police and military won't back him up. If a TSA agent gropes your daughter and you pitch a fit, who does the cop arrest? You, or the TSA pedophile?
30 weeks ago
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Had to laugh at this typo? "the brightest gay in any room" =D
30 weeks ago
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Typo?...maybe, or maybe not.
30 weeks ago
30 weeks ago Link To Comment
You mean there's more to come? Failure doesn't stop them from their mission of destruction, led by their hero Obama.
30 weeks ago
30 weeks ago Link To Comment
So, after reading this, the thought occurred to me that one of our "favorite" participants here, Brian N has yet to weigh in.

I read his BS about the executive order "argument" whereby he asserts "W" wrote more than president sissy-pants ever has, and then he demanded that people provide evidence as to what it was that had them the most angry and which EO's those were.

Well, BrianN, here is the article to answer that.

Obama is a communist. A fascist, even. He is not all that bright but has, like Hiter did in the 1930's a cabal of fellow travelers who want very desperately to suck all the money out of this nation for themselves and to oppress a people in a nation they hate so violently, they can barely contain themselves.

I ask you, BrianN, if you wanted to destroy a nation from within, how would you do it? Seems to me that the commies in our government have it pretty well figured out.

Your idea of utopia cannot be materialized, sir. Never has and never will. And don't think for one minute that obama, reid, holder et al would hesitate to build political enemy camps. They are vile people with vile intentions.

You're just too foolish to recognize evil when you see it.
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Addendum:
"This is eerily close to what the president of Weimar Amerika, Barack Obama, is doing openly today. Because Congress is not doing what Obama wants, he is amending or suspending statutory and regulatory provisions by something akin to Weimar presidential emergency orders. Because he does not like some of the provisions of his signature law, ObamaCare, the president is blatantly ignoring his duty to faithfully executive the laws of our nation."

http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/02/our_weimar_republic.html
30 weeks ago
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>> But one of the advantages of being old is, I don't really care.
I like being old, they can not do anything time hasn't already scheduled. They can make the bit in between more unpleasant, but the end is the same. Even I don't think they are that evil yet.
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As a former history teacher I always am intrigued as to how societal changes seem to build ever so slowly, "progressing" ( sorry about the choice of term ) almost undetected, or if detected, ignored by the masses. And then when the change genuinely occurs, it comes with a rush, as has been the case since 2008. The economic collapse of 2008 was the final catalyst that opened the floodgates but it was not by a long shot, where it began.
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Your comment reflects my take on the condition of this country and I applaud your observation. Most political observers and commentators do not bother to go back and explore the genesis of a particular problem, they only respond to the present and blame all on the latest development.
30 weeks ago
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Obamacare has purchased the ax George Washington used to cut down the cherry tree. "We cannot tell a lie" say the fascists formerly known as the Democratic Party.

Well, actually...the blade rusted on the Obamacare Cherry Tree Ax, so they replaced it.

And...um...the wood splintered and rotted on the handle...so, they replaced that too.

But...Obamacare Cherry Tree Ax is taking up the same space in the universe as the original!


Therefore, the Tyranny, Treason and Totalitarianism Party can claim "We cannot tell a lie...well, we can...because our lapdog media lies right along with us".

Build the gallows.
30 weeks ago
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