As two huge scandals envelope the Obama White House---the Benghazi cover-up and the IRS targeting of Tea Party and other conservative groups---there has been a lot of talk about the "second term curse." President Eisenhower and the U2 incident; President Nixon and Watergate; President Reagan and Iran-contra; President Clinton and Lewinsky and impeachment; President George W. Bush and Iraq and Hurricane Katrina. In the second term, presidents become increasingly insulated, people get fatigued and careless, hubris rages, and big mistakes are made. Mistakes begin as one event and metastasize into cover-ups and scandals.
Remember that there was no body count in Watergate, and as far as the abuse of power using the IRS to target political opponents, here is Section 1, Article 2 of the Articles of Impeachment drawn up against Nixon in 1974:
"He has, through his subordinated and agents, endeavored…to cause, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, income tax audits or other income tax investigation to be initiated or conducted in a discriminatory manner."
Guess who was a young lawyer on the House Judiciary Committee pressing for Nixon's impeachment?
Hillary. Rodham. Clinton.
What tangled webs we weave, when first we practice to deceive.
"The Monica Crowley Show" will be rocking this weekend! We'll be all over the very latest on the Benghazi hearings and the web of lies from the Obama White House and Clinton State Department, including an important interview with Andy McCarthy about where the investigation goes from here. Bigger than Watergate? We'll take it apart. Plus we'll deal with the unbelievable media bias on Benghazi; their total corruption is now complete. And we'll deal with the latest on the "train wreck" that is "immigration reform." Please be sure to
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I am honored to be profiled by AOL/PBS for their incredible and important series, "MAKERS: Women Who Make America." A few months ago, PBS aired a three-hour documentary by the same name, and now, there is a companion website that profiles some pretty dynamite women who have had a real impact. I'm thrilled to be a part of it. You can see my profile here: http://www.makers.com/monica-crowley . You can also visit the main homepage to see all of the profiles here: www.makers.com .
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If you blow the whistle on a Republican administration, the Left will envelope you with protection and admiration and the leftist media will advance your story and clothe you with respectability and integrity, whether you deserve it or not. You will, in short, be elevated to hero status.
John Dean, Watergate whistleblower
The Iran-Contra whistleblowers
The Alberto Gonzales/fired U.S. attorneys whistleblowers
The Bush-era counterterrorism whistleblowers on rendition, black sites, data-mining, etc.
All portrayed as reluctant yet courageous truth-tellers, brave heroes of the Republic.
The Benghazi whistleblowers? Meh. Even though one is a former Marine and all three are career foreign service folks who have served under presidents of both parties and have no partisan axes to grind. It's tough to smear or discredit these gentlemen (they can't be called "nuts and sluts" the way the Clinton team was ready to roll on Monica Lewinsky...until she produced a certain blue dress). So the Left and their wingmen in the press choose to ignore them and their story instead. Pretend they and the truth they represent do not exist.
Disgraceful. And corrupt in the extreme.
For these three men TRULY ARE reluctant yet courageous truth-tellers and brave heroes of the Republic.
Today we will finally get to hear from several key witnesses about the Islamic terror attack in Benghazi of last September 11 that left four Americans dead, including the personal representative of the President of the United States, the U.S. Ambassador.
From Greg Hicks, Mark Thompson, and Eric Nordstrom, I expect to hear a few things. I expect to hear the beginning of the truth about what really happened in Benghazi:
That there was never a "spontaneous demonstration,"
That there were military and other assets within striking distance that could have arrived on the scene to assist, that someone gave a stand down order (that ultimately led to the deaths of the four Americans),
That it was pretty clear from the start that this was an al Qaeda attack (al Qaeda has been running Benghazi for years, even while Moammar Qaddafi was still ruling. In fact, within 72 hours of Qaddafi's death, the black al Qaeda flag was flying over Benghazi, so none of this should have been a surprise),
That there was little to no communication with the White House or the Secretary of State that night,
And that the very FACTS of the attack were altered by the White House and the State Department to eliminate all references to al Qaeda, Ansar al Sharia (the al Qaeda-linked group that immediately claimed responsibility), and Islamic terrorism.
Quite the epic scandal. And we may hear more today.
One person who will be glued to the television set today will be the former Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton. She is a central---if not THE central---figure in this scandal. She's in some real trouble for 3 main reasons---and remember that as the one in charge, the buck must stop with her:
1) She/her Department turned down repeated requests for additional security in Benghazi leading up to the attack, even though our compound had been hit twice before and other Western countries had packed up and left Benghazi because it was so increasingly dangerous;
2) On the night of the attack, according to one of the whistleblowers, she cut out the State Department's counterterrorism unit and then was AWOL the rest of the night when it was clear Americans were under fire;
and 3) the State Department (along with the White House) altered the very FACTS of the attack that then set in motion the BIG LIE, subsequently endorsed by everyone in the administration: that it was just a rogue crowd protesting an obscure video that got out of hand.
The BIG LIE. Repeated over and over again, by everyone from the President to the Secretary of State on down.
Ah, what tangled webs we weave, when first we practice to deceive.
Thought ObamaCare was an unaffordable and an unsustainable entitlement that hasn't even kicked in yet? You haven't seen anything yet...for behold amnesty for illegal aliens, which makes socialized medicine look like a walk in the budget park.
According to a new Heritage Foundation study, granting amnesty to illegals would cost a whopping $6.3 trillion.
“Unlawful immigration and amnesty for current unlawful immigrants can pose large fiscal costs for U.S. taxpayers,” states the report by Robert Rector and Jason Richwine, Ph.D.
Not only would the federal deficit increase, but according to the study, the cost of benefits and services to millions of newly minted citizens would reach nearly $10 trillion.
“Over a lifetime, the former unlawful immigrants together would receive $9.4 trillion in government benefits and services and pay $3.1 trillion in taxes,” the report states. “They would generate a lifetime fiscal deficit (total benefits minus total taxes) of $6.3 trillion.”
Rector and Richwine took into account direct benefits, such as Social Security, Medicare, unemployment insurance, and workers’ compensation, as well as means-tested welfare benefits, public education costs and population-based services in reaching their findings.
No wonder the Democrats are pushing so hard for the Gang of Eight bill, which will accelerate us to this kind of amnesty (despite what Marco Rubio and some others say). They'll get these folks locked into government dependency and, of course, into voting Democrat. And then they'll get their much sought-after permanent Democrat voting majority.
And remember: THAT'S the ultimate goal for them. The fundamental transformation of the country. Broke, and hopelessly socialist.
We need as many people on our side as wide awake and as determined to fight this as possible. Let's go.
"The Monica Crowley Show" will be rocking this weekend! We'll be all over the very latest on the Boston and Benghazi terror attacks, including an important interview with Victoria Toensing, who is representing one of the Benghazi whistleblowers who is being intimidated into silence by the Obama administration. Plus we'll talk to conservative firebrand and my friend Dana Loesch about guns, the Second Amendment, and the Left. And we'll deal with the latest on the "train wreck" that is ObamaCare. Please be sure to tune in. Saturday 1pm ET on 77 WABC in NY, online at www.WABCRadio.com , and nationwide. Please check the affiliate list on this website to see where and when it airs near you and join us.
More bad jobs numbers. CNBC reports today: "The gloomy news continued for jobs as ADP reported Wednesday that private companies created just 119,000 new positions in April. That was well below expectations and confirmation that the labor market is slowing heading into late spring and early summer. Economists surveyed by Reuters expected the ADP report to show the private sector created 150,000 jobs in April." This comes just two days before the government releases its numbers for April. Doesn't look good. Unexpectedly!
There are many reasons for the slowdown, all attributable to President Obama's leftist policies. But one policy is so monstrous and so free-market-wrecking that it's being held out as the primary reason for sluggish job creation and a downbeat overall economy: ObamaCare.
As CNBC says today: "Small businesses accounted for 50,000 of the new positions in April, but Moody's economist Mark Zandi noted that the sector is seeing a slowdown likely attributable to the onset of the Affordable Care Act national healthcare plan.
"Companies with more than 50 employees will fall under the umbrella of the plan, also known as Obamacare.
""The data seems to be suggesting healthcare is having an impact," Zandi said."
Duh. This monstrosity is so disastrous that even its chief Democrat architects are running for the hills.
Democratic Senator Max Baucus, one of the original crafters of the bill, earlier this month predicted a chaotic nightmare. “I just see a huge train wreck coming down,” he said.
Fellow ObamaCare cheerleader and designer Democratic Senator Jay Rockefeller claimed that the law was so complex as to be incomprehensible.
Unions and other organizations and industries that once supported ObamaCare---and indeed helped to shepherd it through---now demand waivers because it's so horrendous. Last week news broke that members of Congress and their staffs were trying to maneuver themselves out of this thing.
The situation is so grave that yesterday Obama tried to defend it.
“I think that any time you’re implementing something big, there is going to be people who are nervous and anxious about is it going to get done until it’s actually done,” he told reporters.
He went on to say those who would have trouble with implementation were the roughly 48 million Americans who are uninsured to begin with, a minority of the population.
“For the 85 to 90 percent of Americans who already have health insurance, this thing’s already happened, and their only impact is that their insurance is stronger, better, more secure than it was before,” President Obama said. “Full stop. That’s it. Now they don’t have to worry about anything else.”
Wow. Delusional. Surreal. Lies.
Meanwhile, contrary to what Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer said at the time of passage, the more people know about ObamaCare, the LESS they like it. Support for it has hit the lowest level since the bill was passed, the latest Kaiser Health Tracking Poll shows.
Overall, just 35 percent have a favorable view of ObamaCare while 40 percent have an unfavorable view, which ties October 2011 poll for the lowest level ever.
Twenty-four percent have no opinion on the law which, according to Kaiser, continues a recent trend of Americans offering no opinion. (Low information voters.)
A majority of Americans want this thing GONE: More than half of Americans (53 percent) support efforts to change or block the law, while only a third (33 percent) believe opponents should accept ObamaCare as the law of the land, down from 40 percent since the beginning of the year.
“Four in ten Americans (42%) are unaware that the ACA [Affordable Care Act] is still the law of the land,” the report says, “including 12 percent who believe the law has been repealed by Congress, 7 percent who believe it has been overturned by the Supreme Court and 23 percent who say they don’t know enough to say what the status of the law is.” (Low information voters.)
Just wait until the full array of horrors kick in, from the higher taxes (which has already begun; see here: http://www.atr.org/obamacares-tax-hike-train-wreck-a7587 ), higher premiums, loss of private insurance, less access to doctors and care, huge Medicare cuts, rationing of care, government bureaucrats directing whatever's left of your healthcare, not to mention the full-on crap economy weighed down by budget-busting socialized medicine.
Most Americans don't like ObamaCare NOW and want it repealed NOW. Just wait. You ain't seen nothing yet.