1. Cruz, Sessions, vow to fight Obama’s plan to expand amnesty

    Cruz_1-1024x682Barack Obama reportedly plans to use his executive authority to extend amnesty to six million more illegal immigrants by the end of the summer, but on Thursday Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Jeff Sessions (R-AL) vowed to fight him every step of the way:

    The two senators have been among the most vocal Republican opponents of Obama’s deferred deportation policy, which they say has prompted a flood of unaccompanied minors to try crossing into the United States.

    Cruz said he was back at the Texas border last weekend, when he asked border officials why the roughly 60,000 children have tried to cross.

    “Every single one of the border patrol agents gave the exact same answer,” Cruz said. “They said they’re coming because they believe they will get amnesty.”

    Cruz also called it “fitting” that Obama was hosted by the television producer of the TV show Scandal during his recent visit to California, as “it is scandalous that the president has more time to be fundraiser in chief than he does to do his basic job in being commander in chief in securing our borders.”

    Sessions stated that Americans need to know that Obama’s deferred action program also hopes to grant work authorization permits to illegal immigrant adults:

    “We need to know what this is saying, and we need to know what it means, and we need as members of Congress in this Senate to resist it,” Sessions said, citing a National Journal report outlining Obama’s plan. “And we cannot allow it to happen. We will not allow it to happen.”

    “They are not entitled to certain government benefits if they come illegally,” Sessions added.” Of course they are not. Of course they are not able to work and take jobs and get benefits if they came into the country illegally.”

    Cruz has proposed legislation that would prevent a program similar to Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy for millions of other illegal immigrants, and also plans to propose another bill this week that would fix a 2008 law so the U.S. can more quickly deport children from Central America. As for the latter bill, Speaker John Boehner is expected to propose the same change in his forthcoming House border legislation.

  2. Cruz, Sessions, vow to fight Obama’s plan to expand amnesty

    Cruz_1-1024x682Barack Obama reportedly plans to use his executive authority to extend amnesty to six million more illegal immigrants by the end of the summer, but on Thursday Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Jeff Sessions (R-AL) vowed to fight him every step of the way:

    The two senators have been among the most vocal Republican opponents of Obama’s deferred deportation policy, which they say has prompted a flood of unaccompanied minors to try crossing into the United States.

    Cruz said he was back at the Texas border last weekend, when he asked border officials why the roughly 60,000 children have tried to cross.

    “Every single one of the border patrol agents gave the exact same answer,” Cruz said. “They said they’re coming because they believe they will get amnesty.”

    Cruz also called it “fitting” that Obama was hosted by the television producer of the TV show Scandal during his recent visit to California, as “it is scandalous that the president has more time to be fundraiser in chief than he does to do his basic job in being commander in chief in securing our borders.”

    Sessions stated that Americans need to know that Obama’s deferred action program also hopes to grant work authorization permits to illegal immigrant adults:

    “We need to know what this is saying, and we need to know what it means, and we need as members of Congress in this Senate to resist it,” Sessions said, citing a National Journal report outlining Obama’s plan. “And we cannot allow it to happen. We will not allow it to happen.”

    “They are not entitled to certain government benefits if they come illegally,” Sessions added.” Of course they are not. Of course they are not able to work and take jobs and get benefits if they came into the country illegally.”

    Cruz has proposed legislation that would prevent a program similar to Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy for millions of other illegal immigrants, and also plans to propose another bill this week that would fix a 2008 law so the U.S. can more quickly deport children from Central America. As for the latter bill, Speaker John Boehner is expected to propose the same change in his forthcoming House border legislation.

  3. GOP praises Obamacare ruling

    8570524865_719029beff_zNumerous Congressional Republicans on Tuesday praised the federal appeals court ruling severely limiting Obamacare subsidies. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) called it a “repudiation of Obamacare”:

    “The D.C. Circuit’s decision today in Halbig v. Burwell is a repudiation of Obamacare and all the lawlessness that has come with it,” the Texas Republican said in a statement.

    “This decision restores power to Congress and to the people and if properly enforced, should shield citizens from Obamacare’s insidious penalties, mandates, and subsidies,” he continued. “This is a significant victory for the American people and the rule of law, but we must not rest.”

    Cruz also accused the administration of executive overreach by trying to administer subsidies in the states.

    House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) also spoke approvingly of the decision, saying that it proves once again that Obamacare is “completely unworkable”:

    “Today’s ruling is also further proof that President Obama’s health care law is completely unworkable. It cannot be fixed,” the speaker said. ”The American people recognize that Obamacare is hurting our economy and making it harder for small businesses to hire, and that’s why Republicans remain committed to repealing the law and replacing it with solutions that will lower health care costs and protect American jobs.”

    Senate Finance Committee ranking member Orrin Hatch (R-UT) also issued a statement in favor of the ruling:

    “Today’s decision rightly holds the Obama administration accountable to the law,” the Utah Republican wrote in a statement. “The plain text of Obamacare authorizes subsidies only through state exchanges, not the federal exchange. As it has on so many occasions, the Obama administration simply ignored the law and implemented its own policy instead.”

    The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Obamacare subsidies are only legally available through state exchanges, and not the federal exchange. If the ruling holds, 4.7 million people will lose their subsidies and premium prices will skyrocket. Of course, none of this would be happening if Obama had simply implemented the law as it is actually written.

  4. Ted Cruz will join Glenn Beck at the border this weekend

    Ted_Cruz_by_Gage_Skidmore_5Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) confirmed Thursday that he will join Glenn Beck at the border in McAllen, Texas on Saturday to help feed, clothe, and provide toys for illegal immigrant children.

    Cruz does not support amnesty, but he believes that we cannot ignore “the human element of this crisis”:

    Catherine Frazier, a spokeswoman for the senator, told TheBlaze in an email: “Tens of thousands of children are being smuggled into the United States by dangerous drug cartels and transnational gangs – it is heartless to allow that to continue.”

    “But while we work to reverse the policies that have caused this tragedy, it is important we recognize the human element of this crisis, and Sen. Cruz is glad to join Glenn Beck and Mercury One in that effort to provide some relief from the suffering this administration is causing,” Frazier continued.

    Beck noted that we cannot “put pressure on Washington” to change its “lawlessness” while also antagonizing the children:

    “Through no fault of their own, they are caught in political crossfire,” Beck said of the children when he announced the event. “And while we continue to put pressure on Washington and change its course of lawlessness, we must also help. It is not either, or. It is both. We have to be active in the political game, and we must open our hearts.”

    Cruz and Beck both make valid points. The Liberal media already paint Republicans, conservatives, and other anti-amnesty activists as heartless bigots; we cannot add more fuel to the fire by treating the immigrant children with cruelty. It would be wrong not to feed and clothe them, just as it would be wrong to allow them to break our country’s laws.

  5. Washington Post Election Lab forecasts 86 percent chance GOP takes Senate

    Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 10.23.45 AMThe Washington Post’s midterm elections forecast, Election Lab, currently predicts an 86 percent chance that Republicans will win a Senate majority this fall:

    Why so bullish? Here’s an explanation in a nutshell. Most analysts give the GOP a very good shot at controlling at least 46 seats. See the list over at The Upshot. Control of the Senate depends on nine apparently competitive seats: Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, and Michigan. The GOP needs to win at least five of those seats to control a majority (since the Democrats would presumably control the Senate with 50 seats, given Vice President Biden’s tie-breaking vote).

    At the moment, our model suggests that the GOP has a very good chance of winning the Republican-leaning states: Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, and Louisiana. That gives them five seats. They also have a better than 50-50 chance of winning Iowa, where Joni Ernst’s recent surge has made the race neck-and-neck—a trend that is consistent with what our model suggested about the Iowa race back in May. Meanwhile, Democrats have a good chance of winning Colorado, Michigan, and North Carolina.

    Our forecast in states like Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, and Louisiana gives the GOP a much better chance than many observers do. These races are toss-ups according to the Cook Political Report, for example. The reason is that our model is very confident of a GOP win in all three campaigns, and the polls do not give us enough reason to question this for now.  At the same time, the Democrats have strong candidates in these races, so it is possible that the prediction could shift in their favor. However, absent a clear trend toward the Democrats in the polls, our forecast will continue to favor the GOP in these races.

    In a nutshell, the Election Lab model predicts that it will be extremely difficult for Democrats to win seats in a midterm year when a Democratic president isn’t all that popular and when they must contest seats in so many Republican-leaning states. So unless the Dems can somehow shift public opinion in their favor, it looks very likely that we’ll have an opposition Congress come this fall.

  6. Obama gives lame excuse for not visiting the border

    i-want-all-of-your-moneyIn an impromptu press conference Wednesday, Barack Obama insisted that he hadn’t visited the U.S.-Mexico border during his recent trip to Texas because it would amount to political “theater”:

    “This isn’t theater. This is a problem,” Obama said in Dallas following a meeting with Texas Gov. Rick Perry to discuss the surge in unaccompanied minors crossing the southwest border.

    “I’m not interested in photo ops,” he added. “I’m interested in solving a problem.”

    Obama should have clarified — he’s not interested in photo ops unless you contribute to his campaign coffers. Take, for example, the fundraiser Obama attended at director Robert Rodriguez’s Austin home Wednesday evening:

    The crowd was gathered poolside in a tent, lit by three ornate crystal chandeliers. (Those who had paid $5,000 to attend were allowed to get their picture taken with the president, according to a copy of the invite obtained by THR. Guests who donated $32,400 to the DNC were allowed to attend a special VIP reception with the president at Rodriguez’s manse.)

    Hm. It didn’t take Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) long to call Obama out on this blatant double standard:

    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Wednesday night said President Obama is interested in at least one kind of theater, pointing to two fundraisers the president attended.

    “You know, apparently, the theater he’s interested in is seeing the home movie theater of wealthy Texas trial lawyers, and he’s interested of getting checks from wealthy Texas trial lawyers, but he’s not interested in seeing the poor immigrant children who are suffering,” Cruz said on Fox News.

    Hypocrite-in-chief? Sounds about right.

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America truly was brought to you by sticking it to The Man. From Pilgrims who sought religious freedom to colonists who demanded their voices be heard, our forefathers were unwilling to live under the rule of oppression.
Our Founding Fathers bestowed upon us the most remarkable gift: a government that not only encourages the participation of the people, but requires it.
As a result of their great wisdom and foresight, it wasn’t long before the United States of America became the most powerful nation in the history of the world. They knew what world leaders both past and present did not: the strongest voice of all is the voice of the people. With full understanding of what endless possibilities freedom provided, they waged the ultimate battle to obtain freedom, and defend it at all costs.
They pledged their lives, honor, and sacred fortunes so that we might know true liberty and bestow it upon endless lines of generations.
Maintaining the integrity of the Republic has been anything but easy. It is only possible by both the participation and sacrifice of all her citizens.
Upon the announcement of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Mrs. Powell of Philadelphia asked Ben Franklin what he had given to us. Without hesitation Franklin responded, “A Republic, if you can keep it.”
May America forevermore be the beacon of freedom to all the world and may God continue to bless this great nation.

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    America truly was brought to you by sticking it to The Man. From Pilgrims who sought religious freedom to colonists who demanded their voices be heard, our forefathers were unwilling to live under the rule of oppression.

    Our Founding Fathers bestowed upon us the most remarkable gift: a government that not only encourages the participation of the people, but requires it.

    As a result of their great wisdom and foresight, it wasn’t long before the United States of America became the most powerful nation in the history of the world. They knew what world leaders both past and present did not: the strongest voice of all is the voice of the people. With full understanding of what endless possibilities freedom provided, they waged the ultimate battle to obtain freedom, and defend it at all costs.

    They pledged their lives, honor, and sacred fortunes so that we might know true liberty and bestow it upon endless lines of generations.

    Maintaining the integrity of the Republic has been anything but easy. It is only possible by both the participation and sacrifice of all her citizens.

    Upon the announcement of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Mrs. Powell of Philadelphia asked Ben Franklin what he had given to us. Without hesitation Franklin responded, “A Republic, if you can keep it.”

    May America forevermore be the beacon of freedom to all the world and may God continue to bless this great nation.

  8. Mike Lee, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz outline ‘road to majority’

    Cruz_1-1024x682Three of the Republican Party’s most prominent conservative senators — Mike Lee of Utah, Marco Rubio of Florida, and Ted Cruz of Texas — took to the podium at the opening of the Road to Majority conference Thursday in Washington, each of them outlining what vital steps the GOP must take to regain control of the Senate and White House. In a nutshell, here’s what they had to say:

    Mike Lee

    • Wants Republicans to actively promote and enact conservative reforms and policies: To enact conservative policies, we will need conservative majorities in the House and Senate, but this alone is not enough. To fix our broken government it’s not enough simply to roll back ineffective policies that concentrate power in Washington—we must also roll out bold conservative reforms that empower the people closest to the problems to test and refine solutions that work best for their communities.”
    • Hinted at a run for president: “It may seem like a long haul to get from our starting point today to the end of the road where a conservative president is leading the effort to enact bold conservative reforms, but there’s no place I’d rather be.”
    • Stated that ““we have become far too comfortable with the word trillion in our political discourse.”

    Marco Rubio

    • Called for fewer federal regulations on business, but more rules to run higher education — schools should have a responsibility to warn students who take out loans about what graduates in their preferred field earn in the real world.
    • While hard work pays, the path to success is paved by education and skills. The “existing education cartel” should stop stigmatizing blue collar jobs.
    • The family unit must be strengthened: “The single greatest contributor to poverty is the breakdown of families. We have to talk about this. We need to tell people it’s important to keep your family together.”

    Ted Cruz

    • Mocked “the swamp” of Washington, where people are liable to get “poli-ticks.”
    • Referenced all the events that are currently threatening our liberty: the “extermination” of Christians in Iraq, Hobby Lobby’s Supreme Court fight against Obamacare, and the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups. He warned, “no time in history where threats to liberty are more dire than now.”
    • Called on Obama to speak out against the persecution of Meriam Yahia Ibrahim, who is facing the death sentence in Sudan for being a Christian. “We need leadership,” Cruz said. “We need the president to say in no uncertain terms, ‘Send Meriam home.’”

    Change needs to come in Washington. Hopefully, it will start in November.

  9. Ted Cruz speaks in defense of First Amendment

    Screen Shot 2014-06-19 at 1.03.12 PMIn an egregious attack on constitutional rights, Democratic Sen. Tom Udall is attempting to gut the First Amendment by allowing Congress to prohibit or restrict participation in political campaigns. Wednesday, Sen. Ted Cruz spoke during the Judiciary Subcommittee on The Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights hearing in opposition to Udall’s proposal:

    Notably, Sen. Cruz said, “I have more faith in the Bill of Rights than I do any elected official.”

    Throughout the hearing, Sen. Cruz raised many concerns about giving Congress power to regulate political speech, whether it be in the form of banning books, movies, documentaries, or stifling speech on behalf of unions, organizations, bloggers, and all others who wish to speak on political topics. Additionally, Sen. Cruz offered an amendment that would replace the text of the Democrats’ proposed amendment with the text of the First Amendment. The Democrats unanimously objected.

    Watch part of the hearing below:

  10. Obama administration double-checking thousands on Obamacare subsidies

    404-error-550x334After federal health officials discovered that more than 2 million Obamacare sign-ups contain data inconsistencies that could lead to incorrect subsidies, the Obama administration has taken it upon themselves to contact those people and make sure their information is correct:

    Roughly two million people with mismatched income, citizenship or immigration status information are being asked to provide additional documentation to the government.

    “If you don’t send the needed documents,” the notice to enrollees states, “you risk losing your marketplace coverage or help you may be receiving to pay for such coverage.”

    The administration has said that in many cases, federal records are simply out of date, and that most discrepancies are being resolved in consumers’ favor.

    Nevertheless, the errors are troubling consumer advocates who worry that some will lose their coverage or their subsidies.

    Yet even more money and time being wasted on Obamacare.

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