Katie Pavlich - Sarah Palin Mocks Obama On The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon
Posted: 4/3/2014 8:15:00 AM EST

Last night Sarah Palin made an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to promote her new show Amazing America, which premieres tonight on the Sportsman Channel. During her visit, she made a call to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Palin: Hey this is Sarah.

Putin: Hello Miss Palin? It’s me, Vladimir.

Palin: Putin what you doing calling me?

Putin: Well I heard that back in 2008 you predicted that I would invade Ukraine. Is that true?

Palin: You betcha, Vlad.

Earlier this week, Fallon ripped Obama for his Obamacare enrollee announcement.
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Conn Carroll - Should the United States Legalize Marijuana?
Posted: 4/3/2014 8:15:00 AM EST
In the April issue of Townhall Magazine, where this article originally appeared, Townhall editors Leah Barkoukis and Christine Rousselle debate whether or not the federal government should pull back on the War on Drugs.

December 31, 2013 was a New Year’s Eve unlike any other for many Coloradans. As the clock struck midnight, partygoers at the 1920s-themed

“Prohibition is Over” bash in downtown Denver didn’t just raise their glasses to ring in 2014, they also lit up to celebrate the end of marijuana prohibition in their state.

At 8 am, when licensed stores were permitted to begin sales, hundreds waited eagerly in lines that wrapped around buildings and jubilant customers tweeted photos of their receipts. For better or worse, it was a truly historic day in our nation’s history.

Although 20 states currently allow medical marijuana, Colorado and Washington became the first to legalize marijuana possession for recreational use, and more than a dozen states are considering following suit. But while the push for liberalizing marijuana laws at the state level is gaining steam, not everyone is celebrating.

Against Legalization, by Leah Barkoukis

There is no question which direction public opinion is sway- ing on the marijuana legalization front. For the first time, a clear majority of Americans (58 percent) favor legalization, an October Gallup poll found—a drastic increase from the 12 percent who favored it in 1969 when the polling organization first asked the question. But public opinion doesn’t tell the whole story and shouldn’t be the determining factor in the debate.

Marijuana advocates contend that the drug is generally harmless and is no more dangerous than alcohol. President Obama even reinforced those beliefs in a recent interview with the New Yorker when he said that marijuana is “not very different from the cigarettes I smoked” and that he doesn’t “think it is more dangerous than alcohol.” These statements run contrary to his own administration’s position on the issue, however, and what science has found regarding the drug’s effects.

In 2010, R. Gil Kerlikowske, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, said that “marijuana legalization—for any purpose—is a non-starter in the Obama administration”—and for good reason.

A Dangerous Drug

Marijuana use affects one’s short-term memory, cognitive functions, coordination and balance, and in large doses, users can experience acute psychosis, which can include hallucinations and delusions, according to a National Institute on Drug Abuse report. These acute symptoms are proving to have a disastrous effect on driving, resulting in needless deaths and injuries when users get behind the wheel. Fatal car accidents involving marijuana have tripled in the last decade, a new study from Columbia University found—a problem that will likely escalate with an increased prevalence of marijuana use in society.

Research also shows that the drug’s negative effects on learning, memory, and attention can last for several days or even weeks after smoking. “Consequently,” the NIDA report states, “someone who smokes marijuana daily may be functioning at a reduced intellectual level most or all of the time”—not exactly an ideal outcome for a society already plagued by high unemployment.

In terms of users’ emotional wellbeing, marijuana use also increases the risk of depression and anxiety. Additionally, regular users may experience the same respiratory problems tobacco smokers do including lung infections and a diminished immune system, according to the National Institute of Health.

Many also assume that since marijuana is a ‘medicine’, it cannot possibly be bad for them. But marijuana remains a Schedule I controlled substance because it has “no currently accepted medical use,” a “high potential for abuse”, and a “lack of accepted safety.” The American Medical Association in November reaffirmed its opposition to marijuana legalization, retaining its official position that “cannabis is a dangerous drug and as such is a public health concern.”

Despite the ‘non-addictive’ mantra advocates tout, long- term marijuana use can lead to addiction. Approximately nine percent of users (one in 11) become dependent. The drug is especially addictive for teenagers, increasing the odds to one in six; and for daily users, it ranges from between one in three and one in two. In 2007 alone, more than 110,000 people voluntarily went to treatment facilities reporting marijuana as their primary substance of abuse.

A Threat to Children

Although advocates are pushing legalization for adults, the debate in society cannot exclude the effect legalization will have on youth because, as it stands, roughly 46 percent of teens will have tried marijuana by the time they graduate high school, and according to researchers at the University of Michigan, nearly 5.5 percent of high school seniors smoke marijuana daily.

“We know that from prevention science ... teens are most likely to use things that are A, available and B, for which there is a low perceived harmfulness,” Dr. Christian Thurstone, medical director of a busy adolescent substance abuse treatment program in Denver, said in an interview with NPR. As the drug becomes legal in more places, medicinally or recreationally, availability will undoubtedly increase and the perceived harmfulness will only continue to diminish as public opinion and laws change. And young people are most vulnerable to marijuana’s adverse effects.

Aside from its more addictive nature in adolescents, marijuana is particularly harmful for developing brains, negatively affecting learning and memory, and in turn, one’s ability to successfully function in school, work, and family life. One study discussed in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s 2013 TEDS Report shows that among regular adult smokers, those who began using marijuana in their youth lost up to eight IQ points, which were not restored in those who quit later in life.

“I see teenagers who choose pot over family, school, friends and health every day,” Thurstone wrote in The Denver Post. “When they’re high, these young people make poor choices that lead to unplanned pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases, school dropouts and car accidents that harm innocent people. When teenagers are withdrawing from marijuana, they can be aggressive and get into fights or instigate conflicts that lead to more trouble.”

Legalization Won't Help

All this aside, advocates say the War on Drugs has failed, the cost of prohibition places a great burden on taxpayers and governments, and that law enforcement should instead use their resources more efficiently. This was one of the rationales given for legalization in Colorado.

The vast majority of people in state or federal prison for marijuana-related crimes are major traffickers and distributors, however. Of the drug defendants sentenced in federal court for marijuana offenses in 2012, only 1.2 percent were sentenced for simple possession, according to the U.S. Sentencing Commission.

Although there are criminal justice costs related to federal, state, and local marijuana laws, those costs will not necessarily be reduced and could possibly be exacerbated by legalization or decriminalization. For example, there were 2.5 million arrests in 2010 for alcohol-related crimes such as violations of liquor laws and driving under the influence—far more than the number of arrests for all illegal drug use. And since alcohol is of course a legal and highly regulated substance, legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana does not necessarily mean then that the burden placed on our justice system and law enforcement will be reduced.

There Are Other Solutions

Managing the use of marijuana through the criminal justice system is important, but admittedly shouldn’t be the only solution going forward. Prevention is critical and good programs in schools and communities are seriously lacking. Only 8 percent of U.S. schools use tested programs, according to a recent Department of Education report, with less than half of those implementing them well. D.A.R.E. is the most popular prevention program in schools even though studies have consistently shown it’s ineffective in reducing alcohol and drug use. Better programs must be created and they need to be implemented well and monitored for effectiveness. If such programs are implemented, RAND research shows that every dollar spent could save taxpayers $18 in avoided costs.

Yes, marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug, but its use and effects would be worse today if it weren’t illegal. Alcohol has already caused so much destruction and dysfunction in society that we must ask ourselves why we’re rushing to expand the use of another substance with its own social and economic costs that will undoubtedly be borne by society.

For Legalization, by Christine Rousselle

Prohibitions on marijuana have existed in some form in the United States since the 1860s, with a wide federal ban on the sale, consumption, transportation, or production of the substance enacted in the 1930s. The War on Drugs began in 1971, and government has spent trillions fighting various substances, including marijuana.

A Losing War

A pro-marijuana billboard is seen near the Denver Broncos stadium in Denver September 5, 2013.

These prohibitions have failed to prevent people from using marijuana. According to a 2013 Gallup poll, 38 percent of adults in the United States report trying marijuana at least once, with 49 percent of respondents ages 30-49 admitting that they have used the drug at some point. These numbers are a slight increase from 34 percent in 2001.

If anti-drug advocates would like to see the percentage of people using marijuana decrease, they should look to the successes the anti-tobacco lobby has had. Rates of tobacco smoking are at all-time lows, with fewer than one out of five adults now smoking. The percentage of adults who smoke cigarettes has decreased substantially since 1997, when nearly a quarter of all adults were regular smokers. While laws have been passed that restrict the areas a person can smoke tobacco and taxes have been imposed on the substance, it still remains legal. Other factors besides outright prohibitions have pushed people away from cigarettes.

One commonly cited reason against the decriminalization of marijuana is that children and teens will have increased access to the drug. Newsflash: children and teens already have access to the drug and are using it at increasingly high rates despite the prohibition of its sale, consumption, and production. Since 2002, a plurality of teens surveyed by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse reported that marijuana is easier for them to buy than beer, with 25 percent of teens saying that they could access marijuana within an hour. Just as the current laws have not stopped adults from consuming marijuana, they have not stopped children or teens from smoking as well.

According to the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s annual Monitoring the Future survey more than one third of the 12th graders have tried marijuana within the last year, and about 6.5 percent, or one out of every 15, high school seniors smokes marijuana daily. Further, a full 60 percent of 12th graders said that they did not view marijuana as harmful. These figures are either increased or constant from the 2012 survey.

Other studies have shown similar results. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveys high school students every other year on drug, alcohol, and other risky behaviors in its Youth Risk Surveillance System survey. In 2011, the most recent year statistics are available, 23.1 percent of surveyed students admitted to smoking marijuana in the 30 days prior to taking the survey, which was an increase from 20.8 percent in 2009.

A Better Tactic

Compare those figures to the CDC’s finding that 18.1 percent of students who admit to smoking tobacco the month prior to the survey, which was a decrease from 19.5 percent of students in 2009. The percentage of high school students who admit to smoking cigarettes has been trending downward in the past decade—in 1999, 34.8 percent of those surveyed admitted to smoking. These lower figures exist even though purchasing and smoking tobacco is legal for people over the age of 18.

The War on Drugs has been a complete failure and a waste of money. In 2008, the government spent more than $3 billion fighting marijuana consumption and production. Unfortunately use continues to increase and more people now believe the drug is not harmful. A person is arrested every 19 seconds for some form of drug-related offense in the United States (although many of those arrests are admittedly related to substances other than marijuana). And of those, more than eight out of 10 are for possession of a drug alone. This is an incredible waste of resources by police forces.

“The time that police officers spend chasing drug dealers and users is time not spent catching murderers, thieves, and rapists. Prison space used to house drug dealers and users is space not available for other more serious criminals,” explained Dr. Angela Dills, a professor of economics at Providence College. Roughly four out of 10 murders in the United States remain unsolved, along with 60 percent of rapes and 90 percent of burglaries, according to the Department of Justice.

Simply banning a substance does not eliminate a market for it, but rather drives the market underground into a black market. A black market removes consumer and seller protections that exist in the legal market—basically letting everyone fend for themselves. In a black market, there is no legal protection or outlet for a consumer or seller who gets ripped off, which oftentimes leads to dealers or users violently settling disputes or arguments. According to Dills, the homicide rate is approximately “25 to 75 percent higher” than it would be in the absence of drug prohibition.

Other Legal Substances Are Worse

The history and reasons behind marijuana’s initial federal criminalization in the 1930s is dodgy at best. Marijuana is currently classified as a Schedule I drug by the United States Controlled Substance Act—the same level as heroin and other dangerous opiates. Heroin overdoses kill thousands of people each year, while the National Institute of Health says on its National Drug Free Week website that the chances of death from a marijuana overdose is “not very likely.” These facts have led a bipartisan group of 18 members of Congress to request that Attorney General Eric Holder reclassify marijuana’s drug status.

It should not be inferred that marijuana is a perfectly harmless substance—it is not. There are significant health effects associated with regular use. However, this should not be grounds for the outright and continued criminalization of the drug. Plenty of harmful substances are legal: alcohol, tobacco, and the hallucinogen salvia divinorum are all legally sold in the United States yet are not exactly what one would refer to as healthy. Marijuana prohibition should end, and there should be honest awareness campaigns to educate people about the drug and its effects if people truly want to reduce consumption.

If tobacco rates can be effectively halved within two decades, it certainly is feasible to replicate that success with marijuana. While it may not make sense to legalize something in order to reduce the consumption of it, a well-regulated system is far superior to the current system of black markets and violence.

Marijuana legalization has been a controversial issue for more than a century. While the tide is certainly turning in the favor of the pro-legalization crowd, especially with Colorado and Washington’s recent passage of legalized recreational marijuana, this issue will likely be debated for years to come. •

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Katie Pavlich - After Making Statement on Ft. Hood, Obama Heads to DNC Fundraiser
Posted: 4/2/2014 8:30:00 PM EST

As you know by now there has been another shooting at Ft. Hood in Texas. At this point, there are fatalities and multiple people are severely wounded. President Obama briefly left a fundraiser in Chicago to make a statement about the situation, saying "We are going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened.”

Now, he's on his way to another DNC fundraiser. He has been raising money throughout the course of the shooting.

On Wednesday evening, President Obama was being kept up to date on the developments from the mass shooting at Fort Hood while reportedly attending fundraisers for the 2014 election cycle. According to White House spokesman Josh Earnest, Obama is in the loop while at the fundraisers.

This post has been updated.

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Carol Platt Liebau - EPA's "Killer" Ideology
Posted: 4/2/2014 8:00:00 PM EST

A new inspector general's report covering the EPA is profoundly dismaying.

It states that the EPA has conducted tests on humans -- in many cases without fully disclosing all risks, even deathly ones -- in order to justify more onerous air regulations.

In some cases, consent forms for tests of pollutants (1) did not contain the information about the upper range of the pollutant exposure to which humans would be subjected; (2) nor did it offer information about the known increased of death even from short-term exposure for those already suffering from cardiovascular disease (p.21). Another group of studies failed to include language about the long-term cancer risk resulting from exposure to diesel exhaust, the substance being examined.

Perhaps this was simple negligence. But it raises an ugly specter: That someone at the EPA was so eager to get results that would justify more stringent air regulations that officials simply failed to warn subjects adequately -- including those most prone to the dramatic, adverse health consequences that could be used to advance the administration's agenda. After all, to make an environmentally-friendly omelet, perhaps you just have to break a few human eggs, right?

(HT: Daily Caller)

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Guy Benson - Kindergarten: Obama Describes GOP Ideas as 'Stinkburgers,' 'Meanwiches'
Posted: 4/2/2014 7:25:00 PM EST

Barack Obama, campaigning for president in 2008:

"After decades of steady work across the aisle, I know he'll be able to help me turn the page on the ugly partisanship in Washington so we can bring Democrats and Republicans together to pass an agenda that works for the American people."

Barack Obama, delivering his first Inaugural Address in 2009:

On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas that for far too long have strangled our politics. We remain a young nation. But in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history."

Barack Obama, last July:

"Sometimes when you're on the outside [of DC], you look and it just sounds like a bunch of noise and you don't know what's going on between Democrats and Republicans. And my attitude is that we're all Americans first and no party has a monopoly on good ideas."

Barack Obama, last November:

"I’m not a particularly ideological person,” Obama said Sunday during a fundraiser in Seattle...The president added that he’s “pretty pragmatic" as to [how he accomplishes things].

Barack Obama, earlier today:

President Obama compared the Republican budget plan to a "stinkburger" or "meanwich" during a speech here Wednesday, using a series of zingers in an attempt to strike a contrast with the GOP on economic issues in an election year. In a speech to an enthusiastic crowd of 1,400 at the University of Michigan, Obama repeatedly mocked Republican ideas about how to improve the economy, as he touted his own proposal to raise the minimum wage.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office recently determined that his proposal to raise the minimum wage could cost the US economy 500,000 jobs -- and that Obamacare is slowing growth, impeding hiring, and will reduce the US workforce by the equivalent of 2.5 million full-time workers in the coming years. But by all means, keep "mocking Republican ideas about how to improve the economy," champ. Playground insults are an added bonus, and entirely worthy of the office you hold. Obama was also referring to Paul Ryan's budget proposal, which compares quite favorably to his own unbalanced, tax hake-riddled, debt-driving binge-fest. Oh, and Senate Democrats' alternative is quite literally a nothingburger. Meanwhile, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is getting pretty tired of Obama lying about the supposed lack of Republican alternatives to the harmful, unpopular healthcare law:

"President Obama has to stop saying there isn't an alternative," said Jindal, the two-term Republican, on a conference call with bloggers Wednesday afternoon. Jindal's plan, developed within his America Next organization, is a 22-page proposal that seeks to be the "replace part of repeal and replace," as he explains. Jindal outlines the "problem" of America's health care system and then expounds on three "principles" around which a conservative health care reform agenda should be based: lowering health care costs, protecting the most vulnerable, and portability and choice. On the big points of health-care reform, Jindal's proposal mostly tracks with other conservative alternatives to Obamacare.

To which Obama responded, "shut up, ass face."* If the president is interested in exploring "stinkburger" policies, I'd recommend starting his search right here.

*Disclosure: This is a made up quote.

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Heather Ginsberg - Bobby Jindal Unveils New Plan to Replace Obamacare, Talks 2016
Posted: 4/2/2014 6:30:00 PM EST

In a new plan discussed today, Governor Bobby Jindal outlined his alternative plan to Obamacare. So instead of Democrats always pretending like Republicans just want to repeal the health care law, here is the replacement that Governor Jindal has in mind.

As is no surprise, this makes a clear path to a potential run for president in 2016. But when reporters asked the governor about what this means for 2016 he said, “In terms of 2016, look, it’s no secret that I’ve said it’s something I’m thinking about. But right now, I’m focused on winning the war of ideas.” Finally, someone who has legitimate ideas that Republicans can get behind and support. Tell the Democrats we don’t just complain, we come up with alternatives!

In what he calls “The Freedom and Empowerment Plan: the Prescription for Conservative Consumer-Focused Health Reform,” we would repeal Obamacare while giving a new proposal to lower health care costs. The new plan would guarantee access to people with pre-existing conditions, while increasing the health care choices for consumers.

According to an executive summary of the plan, it gives “all individuals the same standard deduction for health insurance, regardless of whether they obtain that health insurance from an employer or on their own.” This will help with major inequities in our tax code. The plan will also give states a grant pool of over $100 billion over 10 years for innovation. “States could use these funds to subsidize insurance coverage for low-income individuals who would not receive tax savings from a health insurance deduction, and individuals with pre-existing conditions.”

During a morning breakfast meeting today, Jindal also made sure to mention that he believes Republicans should nominate a governor for president in 2016 because “they’ve run things.” So even though we don’t have a decision from the governor in regards to his plans for the next election cycle, we do have some interesting ideas coming from his office. With this new alternative to Obamacare, it will be interesting to see how this plays out. Will it be something he uses for a potential run? Or will it be something that lawmakers on Capitol Hill can use in order to try and repeal the failing Obamacare law.

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Christine Rousselle - British Columbia Experiencing Biggest Measles Outbreak Ever; Spreading to US
Posted: 4/2/2014 5:00:00 PM EST

The Canadian province British Columbia is in the midst of its worst measles outbreak ever as over 300 cases have been reported in the past few weeks. The majority of the cases are located in areas close to the U.S. border with Washington State, and four Washington residents have been diagnosed with the disease.

The outbreak, now into its fourth week, is expected to continue for about another two weeks in the communities of Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack, Agassiz, Harrison Hot Springs and Hope.

On Monday, Health Minister Terry Lake credited the leadership of Dr. Paul Van Buynder and the health-care providers at Fraser Health for halting the spread of the disease that came from an unimmunized religious group.

The health authority has been working with schools, community groups and churches since the outbreak was declared on March 8 and has set up immunization clinics in public health and doctors’ offices.

The measles vaccine has existed in some form since the 1960s. The source of this outbreak stems from a religious community that does not vaccinate, but vaccination rates have been down since the publication of Andrew Wakefield's completely discredited study that blamed measles vaccines for autism.

Washington State has some of the lowest rates of vaccination in the country.

Measles can cause blindness, brain damage, and in rare cases, death. While the vaccine may wear off over time, a sustained level of herd immunity would protect this small percentage of people who were not vaccinated from getting a disease. As vaccination rates have declined, the herd immunity has weakened, leading to increased rates of infection.

A new article published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that brain cells that fail to mature in the womb cause autism.

This scary outbreak is a reminder that while these diseases may be mostly eradicated in the United States, it is still important to protect oneself against them.

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Leah Barkoukis - Most Pro-Abortion President Ever Proclaims "Every Child Should Have Every Chance in Life"
Posted: 4/2/2014 4:32:00 PM EST

“In the United States of America, every child should have every chance in life, every chance at happiness, and every chance at success,” President Obama said in a proclamation marking the beginning of National Child Abuse Prevention Month this week. The irony, of course, is that the occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. is the most pro-abortion president our country has ever had.

This, of course, should have come as no surprise, as, in 2007, reported his pro-abortion state senate voting record, including receiving a 100 percent score from the Illinois Planned Parenthood Council.

As has chronicled, as president, Obama has dedicated himself to promoting abortion—rather than reduce them as he promised. The president has done this by, just to name a few, expanding abortions through Obamacare, appointing a bevy of pro-abortion judges and officials, moving to strip medical professionals of conscience rights, and forcing taxpayers to fund groups who provide abortions in other countries.

In his recent statement on the occasion of the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, President Obama did little to even meet the standard of former President Bill Clinton, who often noted that he desired abortions to be rare. Instead, Obama praised the court decision as having liberated women. In that vein, he pledged to “recommit” himself to ensuring that all women would have the opportunity to “fulfill their dreams.”

Since, as he says, “raising a healthy next generation is both a moral obligation and a national imperative,” how then does he justify his support for policies that, well, kill the next generation? Each and every one of the more than 50 million lives that have been taken since Roe v. Wade also deserved ‘every chance in life, every chance at happiness, and every chance at success,’ Mr. President.

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Daniel Doherty - Heh: Jimmy Fallon Brings White House Down a Peg Over Obamacare Enrollment Numbers
Posted: 4/2/2014 4:30:00 PM EST

The White House was all smiles yesterday after announcing more than 7,000,000 Americans had successfully signed up for health insurance before the March 31 “deadline.” Of course, that figure is a “phony number,” as Dr. Charles Krauthammer opined on Fox News last night, but that doesn’t really matter. The point is that the White House had an opportunity to celebrate something -- and celebrate they did.

In the clip, Fallon digs the White House for congratulating themselves prematurely for reaching their “enrollment goal.” But what about the millions of people who tried to obtain coverage, and couldn’t? Fallon estimates that number to be in the tens of millions. He then added this zinger:

“[It’s] amazing what you can achieve when you make something mandatory, and fine people if they don’t do it -- and keep extending the deadline for months.”

Exactly. Perhaps Fallon should have also noted that the White House’s top-line enrollment figure is bogus because we don’t know how many Americans paid their first month’s premiums -- a condition for being successfully enrolled in the system. What’s more, how many of these 7.1 million enrollees had insurance, lost their coverage, and now find themselves paying for more expensive and less desirable plans? Carol reported earlier that the real enrollment number is almost certainly much lower than what the White House is telling us. Surprise.

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Guy Benson - BREAKING: Old Man Still Muttering Incoherently About Koch Brothers
Posted: 4/2/2014 4:18:00 PM EST

Same crank, same targets, different day. In Harry Reid's mind, everything is about the Koch brothers, including his own decision to block any Republican amendments to a bill that would extend unemployment insurance:

Sure, Harry. Whatever you say. Oh, what's that? A major Supreme Court decision just struck down aggregate limits on campaign contributions? Do your thing, gramps:

Responding to the decision, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) invoked his favorite boogeymen: the Koch brothers. “The Supreme Court today just accentuated what they did on Citizens United, which is a decision that is one of the worst decisions in the history of that court,” Reid said during a press conference on raising the minimum wage. “All it does is take away people’s rights because, as you know, the Koch brothers are trying to buy America.” ... “This in itself is a small step, but another step on the road to ruination,” said New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, the third-ranking Democrat. “It could lead to interpretations of the law that would result in the end of any fairness in the political system as we know it.”

At this point, Reid is basically rhetorically stalking the Kochs. His obsession is becoming so acute and creepy that the wealthy conservative brothers may consider seeking some form of restraining order. The way Reid tells it, the "un-American" Koch brothers are "trying to buy America," unlike heroes like George Soros and Tom Steyer, of course. The latter billionaire effectively rented the Senate floor for 12 hours a few weeks back, in exchange for $100 million in donations to Democrats and Democrat-leaning groups. But that's selfless, patriotic giving, you must understand. I posted this video yesterday, but it's worth re-sharing every time Reid starts spouting off about billionaires "buying America," or whatever:

A few parting thoughts on today's hot topic: Money in politics. The Supreme Court's decision in favor of free political speech will actually make the process more transparent. Our labyrinth of campaign finance laws have created an incentive for big donors to give untold amounts of cash to "outside groups," which they can do anonymously. Today's developments make it more likely that more election-related money will be donated "on the record," so to speak, which serves the public interest. The ruling will also apply to a very small group of donors. Democrats are working themselves into a righteous lather over the corrosive impact of money in American politics. Spare us. Democrats have gladly taken in billions from labor unions -- whom they never complain about, and often try to exempt from the restrictions they seek to impose on others. Barack Obama was the first major party presidential candidate who chose to forego public financing in order to haul in more campaign cash, even though he'd expressed strong support for public financing months earlier. His principled stand lasted until it was inconvenient to his own expedient interests. Then, after attacking Super PACs as a "threat to our democracy," Obama set one up for himself. His former campaign apparatus was then transformed into an "independent" group (that is so independent that it runs the @BarackObama twitter feed), which charges donors $500,000 in exchange for the privilege of meeting personally with the president at the White House on a quarterly basis. These facts will be largely absent from the Left's histrionics this week. Why is that? Also, how has Harry Reid gotten so rich during his career as a "public servant"?

UPDATE - Raise your hand if you're surprised by this:

Baseless defamation is his jam.
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