Friday night news dump: Obama bypasses Congress, funds Palestinian Authority

posted at 4:26 pm on April 28, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Isn’t it funny what you can find out on Friday evening about what our executive branch does?  For instance, Agence France-Presse reported last night that Barack Obama bypassed Congress to send $192 million to the Palestinian Authority, claiming that national security required the US to put money into Mahmoud Abbas’ pocket:

President Barack Obama has signed a waiver to remove curbs on funding to the Palestinian Authority, declaring the aid to be “important to the security interests of the United States.”

A $192 million aid package was frozen by the US Congress after the Palestinians moved to gain statehood at the United Nations last September.

But in a memo sent to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, published by the White House, the president said it was appropriate to release funds to the authority, which administers the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

In signing the waiver, Obama instructed Clinton to inform Congress of the move, on the grounds that “waiving such prohibition is important to the national security interests of the United States.”

Congress deliberately froze those funds, and not just because of the statehood demand through UNESCO.  Hamas, a terrorist organization, reconciled with Fatah and has rejoined the PA, which means we’re putting almost $200 million into the hands of a terrorist organization.  The language of the Palestinian Accountability Act could not be clearer: “[N]o funds available to any United States Government department or agency … may be obligated or expended with respect to providing funds to the Palestinian Authority.”  Obama literally waived that statutory language off yesterday afternoon.

The Times of Israel reported on the official White House explanation of why Obama did so:

The AFP news agency quoted White House spokesman Tommy Vietor as saying the $192 million aid package would be devoted to “ensuring the continued viability of the moderate PA government under the leadership of [Palestinian Authority] President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.”

Vietor added that the PA had fulfilled its major obligations, such as recognizing Israel’s right to exist, renouncing violence and accepting the Road Map for Peace.

Have they?  They certainly haven’t done so since Hamas rejoined the PA in February.  Hamas has refused to change its charter to recognize Israel or renounce violence, and certainly they have rejected the Road Map for Peace, which has been lying dead for years thanks to the PA’s refusal to seriously implement it.  When Hamas broadcasts its recognition of Israel in Arabic — something that the PA has never done, to my knowledge — then perhaps the Obama administration’s claims can be taken seriously.

Andy McCarthy calls this a “triple play,” and slams this claim by Vietor as fantasy:

In the real world, the very immoderate PA has reneged on all its commitments. In addition to violating its obligations by unilaterally declaring statehood, the PA has also agreed to form a unity government with Hamas, a terrorist organization that is the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. The PA continues to endorse terrorism against Israel as “resistance.” Moreover, the PA most certainly does not recognize Israel’s right to exist. Back in November, for example, Adil Sadeq, a PA official writing in the official PA daily,Al-Hayat Al-Jadidadeclared that Israelis

“have a common mistake, or misconception by which they fool themselves, assuming that Fatah accepts them and recognizes the right of their state to exist, and that it is Hamas alone that loathes them and does not recognize the right of this state to exist. They ignore the fact that this state, based on a fabricated [Zionist] enterprise, never had any shred of a right to exist…”

In sum, everything Obama is saying about Palestinian compliance is a lie. Even if we were not broke, we should not be giving the PA a dime. To borrow money so we can give it to them is truly nuts.

The White House knows it, too — which is why we only found out through the Friday night news dump.


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Mitt can not win. Do not waste money on him. Spend your money in the House and Senate if we take both we can stop Obama.

Steveangell on April 28, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Brilliant! Because Obama has proved over and over how much he respects the power of the legislature. (Do I really need the sarc tag?)

4Grace on April 28, 2012 at 7:37 PM

sicoit on April 28, 2012 at 7:17 PM

9 hour work day, on one hour sleep, and I’ve got a spiked Wowieccino with in reach.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 28, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Obama’s second term will teach the GOP Elites what happens when they try to shove a guy we can’t stand and don’t want down our throats…

I’m voting for the 3rd party candidate unless it’s proved he’s worse than Obama or Romney and that will be a far fetch…

CCRWM on April 28, 2012 at 5:14 PM

That’s what you arseclowns did in ’08.

How’s that workin’ out for you?

Solaratov on April 28, 2012 at 7:42 PM

and yet Jewish folks, by an overwhelming margin, vote to elect Barrack Hussein Obama.

One of life’s great mysteries to me…..

SDarchitect on April 28, 2012 at 7:45 PM

bazil9 on April 28, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Carrabba’s is an excellent choice..:)

Dire Straits on April 28, 2012 at 7:48 PM

More of our tax money being given by OBOZO to support terrorists.
To all American Jews: This is how OBOZO has Israel’s back – by giving millions to to help those who want to destroy Israel.

TeaPartyNation on April 28, 2012 at 7:50 PM

SDarchitect on April 28, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Not this one. I was born and raised a cradle-conservative.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 28, 2012 at 7:50 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on April 28, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Ugh, I feel your pain on the 9 hour thingy….but a Wowieccino with in reach sounds like a good thingy! :)

sicoit on April 28, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Amazing how dumb the people are here at HA. It was pointed out that this congressional act was never passed, let alone signed into law. Yet dozens of comments later ignore this fact and continue to spew embarrassing and stupid comments. I am not defending the choice Obama made, as a Jew, I rebuke it in no uncertain terms. But it doesn’t help when people jump to conclusions and fail to realize that HA is not here to support conservatism or the constitution, but to get ad impressions and click throughs. You stupid tools who keep feeding HA and their parent company don’t seem to get that.

SuperBunny on April 28, 2012 at 7:53 PM

sicoit on April 28, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Wowieccinos.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 28, 2012 at 7:55 PM

So glad we have a system of checks and balances.

fogw on April 28, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Didn’t they try to impeach Reagan for going around congress in Iran – contra? Didn’t they try to put Ollie North in jail? I guess it is OK for the great marxist/dhimocrapt god obama to do illegally what Reagan did legally.

Old Country Boy on April 28, 2012 at 8:04 PM

So glad we have a system of checks and balances.

fogw on April 28, 2012 at 7:57 PM

LoLz..So it seems..:)

Dire Straits on April 28, 2012 at 8:05 PM

The GOP should start on this tomorrow during Sunday Talk shows and really get started Monday..:)

Dire Straits on April 28, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Shouldn’t they pray about it, do a focus group, the hokey pokie, and then sit around with their thumb up their stinkhole as usual?

arnold ziffel on April 28, 2012 at 8:08 PM

wait, i know, in order to balance our budget, all we need to do is get rid of the house and senate, viola!!!! they aren’t needed anymore, as ostupid is now chavez!

tm11999 on April 28, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Not a single Moderate Republican has won in forty long year.

George W. Bush?

Please do not expect us to believe your lies about history.

He was a Compassionate Conservative and the Bush tax cuts are still in effect though they vanish next year. So unlike Mitt he had many Conservative accomplishments in Texas as well. Mitt has none in Mass. as he was a Liberal Moderate there.

While it it true that he became a moderate in 2004 the day after he won reelection that is not at all how he ran.

Far as I am concerned he was a worst president than Carter in his last Moderate term. But unlike his father he waited to become Moderate until after us Conservatives could not show him the door.

At least I am telling you the truth. I will not vote for Mitt. I will not waste money on Mitt neither should anyone else waste money on Mitt as he can not win.

Steveangell on April 28, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Steve:

Huh?

TX =/= MA — Mitt had to govern differently and did the best he could in a very, very blue state. (cf. other comments on this to that effect as well as their nonsensical rebuttals by the likes of LibTroll DerangedEd and those of his ilk.)

If “W” “waited to become Moderate until after us Conservatives could not show him the door” the what do your think the PANTLOAD POTUS will do? Hint: take a look at the other comments upthread about ignoring congress and stacking the SCOTUS with libs.

You want to give Obama a vote by essentially NOT voting for his opponent, fine. Just STFU after he gets re-elected be cause you will have essentially done NOTHING to defeat him in the most direct way.

Look, old son, I know how you feel about RINOs and it boils my blood that we have a House and Senate that will not hold Obama’s feet to the fire (Boehner must go), but we gotta play the hand that was dealt with us and then go to work on a POTUS who will be far less dangerous that Obama.

The guy has wrecked our economy, strengthened our enemies, weakened our military, and set this country up for his final four-year push. Your precious conservative nirvana might never come to be in 2016 — either because all of the pay-nothing folks will be voting in the next socialist who will continue the skein of government largess — or, worse, he will just flat take over and abolish elections. (Far fetched perhaps, but who’d expect this assshole to ignore congress as he did here?)

Think about it.

The War Planner on April 28, 2012 at 8:11 PM

But it doesn’t help when people jump to conclusions and fail to realize that HA is not here to support conservatism or the constitution, but to get ad impressions and click throughs. You stupid tools who keep feeding HA and their parent company don’t seem to get that.

SuperBunny on April 28, 2012 at 7:53 PM

..I could respond with something waggish about “how was last Summer out at Zucotti Park” or “down twinkles” or something like that but there is some element of common sense in your statement. Thank you for adding your perspective.

The War Planner on April 28, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Your precious conservative nirvana might never come to be in 2016 ……. Think about it.

The War Planner on April 28, 2012 at 8:11 PM

True.

Red State State of Mind on April 28, 2012 at 8:32 PM

You stupid tools who keep feeding HA and their parent company don’t seem to get that.

SuperBunny on April 28, 2012 at 7:53 PM

I resent that. I am a very sharp tool. Wusthof in fact.

arnold ziffel on April 28, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Brilliant! Because Obama has proved over and over how much he respects the power of the legislature. (Do I really need the sarc tag?)

4Grace on April 28, 2012 at 7:37 PM

WTF are you talking about? Don’t blame Ogabe for taking advantage of the advantages the GOP Establishment controlled house give him.

They could impeach the old chap tomorrow based on Fast And Furious and numerous other scandals – but they don’t have the testicular fortitude to do so.

“Checks and Balances” only work when the guys who are supposed to be “checking and balancing” have the courage to do their jobs.

Mitch McConnell, John Boehner – do not have the courage to do their jobs.

Throwing Willy McDole into that mix isn’t going to make anything any better either.

HondaV65 on April 28, 2012 at 8:34 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on April 28, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Ooooooohhhhhhhhhh nummy! :)

sicoit on April 28, 2012 at 8:36 PM

I’ve been posting this for a few months and either you all don’t get what I’m saying or you are choosing to disregard it. FORGET REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRAT LABELS…..INDEPENDENTS TOO. The keyword is PROGRESSIVE and they come in all flavors. The Congress will not to anything to reign in Obama because too many of them are in agreement with him. Those Rino’s we bitch about….they’re almost all Progressives. McCain is an excellent example. Although I agree with most of what Steve has written, I will vote for Mitt…..warts and all. No other choice as far as I can see. But, I don’t expect much change if he wins. Rubio has been showing his true colors lately and Christie is nothing but a big-mouthed Rino when it comes to guns and Muslims. Where are the real solid Conservatives I remember? Have they all been bought off? Congress won’t do anything about this or anything else….but they’ll tell us how he has them over a barrell. And Boehner will cry. Then they’ll all go play golf together and the hell with the American people.
There has to be a way to stop this but I’m stumped….any ideas? And don’t say Impeach….that will never happen with this gang of turncoats. It doesn’t fit their agenda.

MONACO1121 on April 28, 2012 at 8:46 PM

I have to ask, with what bho is doing with our nation, would the‘brass’ at the pentagon dare buck him with what is happening? Are they ‘in bed’ with bho to destroy our nation
letget on April 28, 2012 at 6:19 PM

No, the “Brass” are not in bed with him, they are sworn to follow all legal orders and they will do so. BTW if “Brass” at the pentagon want to buck him, they can resign and complain as a civilian but someone else will take their place until someone will do as the President orders. The legal power to remove Obama lies with the electorate in November and in the Congress. It is unfair to our military and dangerous to our system of government to ask our military to remove politicians at their initiative or simply defy legal orders.

This thread is about a very inadvisable transfer of money to a very unreliable government that will likely use it to further interests that are not acceptable to most Americans. There are plenty of other threads to talk about not voting for Romney. The individual’s who still are unhappy with the GOP nominee if they are actually conservatives and not liberal trolls will most likely vote for Romney six months from now regardless of what they presently say. How many PUMA bitter clingers from Hillary’s campaign actually voted for McCain?; essentially none. There is no point arguing with them right now and we should not let fake liberals distract from subjects they think are detrimental to Obama.

KW64 on April 28, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Mitch McConnell, John Boehner – do not have the courage to do their jobs.HondaV65 on April 28, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Watch this video and stop sounding like a complete moron.

Rovin on April 28, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Shouldn’t they pray about it, do a focus group, the hokey pokie, and then sit around with their thumb up their stinkhole as usual?

arnold ziffel on April 28, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Hehe..Good Question..:)

Dire Straits on April 28, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Amazing how dumb the people are here at HA. It was pointed out that this congressional act was never passed, let alone signed into law.

Wait a sec there SuperBunny.
Why do you cast aspersions on the HA faithful?
Besides dinner reservations and coffee talk this thread has been about the President bypassing Congress.

bettycooper on April 28, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Congress deliberately froze those funds, and not just because of the statehood demand through UNESCO.  Hamas, a terrorist organization, reconciled with Fatah and has rejoined the PA, which means we’re putting almost $200 million into the hands of a terrorist organization.

And Obama, the communist a-hole, is going to try to campaign on his foreign policy?

What a narcissistic mutherfocker!

Danny on April 28, 2012 at 9:15 PM

I have questions of the great minds here.
How is voting for ANYONE other than Romney NOT a vote for OBAMA?
And How in GOD’s name can OBAMA just send money anywhere without Congress authorizing it?
Impeach this son of a bitch!

Delsa on April 28, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Obama is the enemy within

Delsa on April 28, 2012 at 9:23 PM

I have a question that I’ve never seen asked here at HA or any other site. Remember back to the inauguration ceremony when they flubbed the oath of office and it had to be redone? Behind closed doors with no audio? (how appropriate for this administration, huh?) Do any of us know exactly what oath he swore and/or to what goverment? It always seemed very strange to me but nobody ever seemed to question it, then or later. Any thought??? And, was it sworn with his hand on a Bible or a koran???

MONACO1121 on April 28, 2012 at 9:24 PM

I’ve tried numberous times to make you understand that it’s all changed. Labels like democrat and republican no longer apply or mean what we all were raised to believe. The thing to watch for now is “PROGRESSIVE”. And they are in all parties. That’s why the house and senate doesn’t do anything to try to controll Obama…..They may be labeled as republicans, but they’re really PROGRESSIVE-REPUBLICANS and in total agreement with his power grabs. Boehner cries, McConnell grumbles but they really don’t do anything to put a stop to it. Strongly worded letters, my ass!! Rubio is showing his true colors lately by writing his own version of amnesty and Christie loves gun control and Muslims. Where are the real conservatives? Palin is one but it’s hard to name any others without saying “except for his/her stance on_______”. So, come the sunday talking heads or monday talk radio I doubt this will even be mentioned. They’ll all be too busy on the golf course together sunday afternoon. Yes, I intend to vote for Mitt but I’m not expecting any real change if he wins. He’s a Progressive too, just like W. was. We’re screwed…..

MONACO1121 on April 28, 2012 at 9:47 PM

and yet Jewish folks, by an overwhelming margin, vote to elect Barrack Hussein Obama.

One of life’s great mysteries to me…..

SDarchitect on April 28, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Me too. No, really. I don’t get it.

ChicagoJewishGuy on April 28, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Yes, I intend to vote for Mitt but I’m not expecting any real change if he wins. He’s a Progressive too, just like W. was. We’re screwed…..

MONACO1121 on April 28, 2012 at 9:47 PM

You need to post more. I like you. Not that it matters much. :)

arnold ziffel on April 28, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Me too. No, really. I don’t get it.

ChicagoJewishGuy on April 28, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Good morning from Jerusalem.

The answer is: JINOs.

Shy Guy on April 28, 2012 at 11:19 PM

Thank you Arnold…..muchly appreciated!

I’m usuall in agreement with your posts and i read almost all daily.

MONACO1121 on April 28, 2012 at 11:39 PM

I think congress needs to start zero funding alot of the new depts that obama has created.

NTxOkie on April 28, 2012 at 11:41 PM

;&:#%@;*}!!!!!

Cleombrotus on April 28, 2012 at 11:43 PM

Me too. No, really. I don’t get it.
ChicagoJewishGuy on April 28, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Hosea 5:10

Cleombrotus on April 28, 2012 at 11:46 PM

Shy Guy on April 28, 2012 at 11:19 PM

Shavuah Tov from Chicago. I’ve always enjoyed your “brevity is the soul of wit” short, to-the-point comments and links. Keep it up.

ChicagoJewishGuy on April 28, 2012 at 11:46 PM

MONACO1121 on April 28, 2012 at 9:47 PM

A friend of mine says it’s like the good cop; bad cop routine. They’re really just in on it together.

Cleombrotus on April 28, 2012 at 11:48 PM

Hosea 5:10

Cleombrotus on April 28, 2012 at 11:46 PM

I don’t get why Jews hurt themselves by trusting in decrepit men before G-d in Biblical times, and I don’t get it now. Unless you are an all-out Nazi, Arab Terrorist, or Communist, why support those who are, directly (money & guns to the PA) or indirectly (voting for Dems)*?

*No, I don’t mean all Dems are Nazis or Terrorists. Mostly just Commies.

ChicagoJewishGuy on April 29, 2012 at 12:05 AM

ChicagoJewishGuy on April 29, 2012 at 12:05 AM

It’s really a psychologically driven phenomenon. It’s not intellectually arrived at.

I think you’re probably trying to figure it out looking at it from your perspective and you can’t. You’re probably trying to put yourself in their shoes and wondering how you could arrive at the same conclusion as they have and it doesn’t make sense.

The thing is they’re already at a “place”; the specifics they choose to adhere to merely are either reflective of that place or are meant to support and confirm that “place”.

I don’t know if that makes sense to you or not.

In other words, they HAVE TO vote Democrat or their entire life narrative that they’ve constructed is threatened.

Cleombrotus on April 29, 2012 at 12:18 AM

I don’t understand this concept of the “Friday Night News Dump”. Will someone please explain this to me? My understanding is this: whatever administration has done something it knows is stupid and doesn’t want people to learn, so it releases documents on Friday when apparently no one is inclined to report it. Except, everyone knows this happens so why aren’t news agencies all the more vigilant on Fridays? But much of the media already completely ignores things this administration does, so what difference does it make if stuff is released on Friday? They already ignore a bunch of newsworthy stuff. So I ask you, why wait for Friday to dump stuff?

The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.

Goldenavatar on April 29, 2012 at 12:23 AM

ChicagoJewishGuy on April 29, 2012 at 12:05 AM

Think of it this way:

Think about an anti-theist and his “arguments”. He’s not trying to arrive at a conclusion; he’s already drawn his conclusion and everything he’s arguing over is simply meant to confirm in his own mind that he’s made the right decision.

Cleombrotus on April 29, 2012 at 12:27 AM

Cleombrotus on April 29, 2012 at 12:18 AM

I’m not quite 30. Since forever, my family (including myself) voted Dem, because that’s just what we did. Voting Republican was an option like voting Whig was an option; it just didn’t occur to us (although my grandfather registered as an Independent shortly before he passed away).

As soon as the Dems nominated some Indonesian guy named “Hussein” (I couldn’t believe that was his name when I first heard it) I woke up and started studying history and politics. My mother and I both voted for McCain; my father remains a huge lefty.

Point is, in under a year I went from why-not-let’s-vote-Dem to Hannity-is-too-moderate-for-me. It’s not that complicated once you start thinking; what’s taking everyone so long?

ChicagoJewishGuy on April 29, 2012 at 12:29 AM

Point is, in under a year I went from why-not-let’s-vote-Dem to Hannity-is-too-moderate-for-me. It’s not that complicated once you start thinking; what’s taking everyone so long?
ChicagoJewishGuy on April 29, 2012 at 12:29 AM

Well, like you said, you’re under 30. It’s easier for a young sapling to be pruned and corrected in its growth patterns than an old Oak.

Cleombrotus on April 29, 2012 at 12:40 AM

Well, like you said, you’re under 30. It’s easier for a young sapling to be pruned and corrected in its growth patterns than an old Oak.

Cleombrotus on April 29, 2012 at 12:40 AM

Well, let’s hope that the youth vote gets split this year: half that do some thinking and vote for a prosperous future, and half that stay home.

ChicagoJewishGuy on April 29, 2012 at 12:43 AM

Well, let’s hope that the youth vote gets split this year: half that do some thinking and vote for a prosperous future, and half that stay home.
ChicagoJewishGuy on April 29, 2012 at 12:43 AM

Do you get what I was saying as to why they vote as they do?

Cleombrotus on April 29, 2012 at 12:50 AM

WTF!?

MCGIRV on April 29, 2012 at 12:50 AM

Do you get what I was saying as to why they vote as they do?

Cleombrotus on April 29, 2012 at 12:50 AM

Absolutely. To which I responded that for many, such as myself, those predetermined conclusions aren’t etched in stone and can fall away quickly when a person starts to open their mind to new possibilities. I just hope more folks do so, and soon…

ChicagoJewishGuy on April 29, 2012 at 12:58 AM

Absolutely. … can fall away quickly when a person starts to open their mind to new possibilities.
ChicagoJewishGuy on April 29, 2012 at 12:58 AM

Well, that’s the key, isn’t it? Having an open mind.

My concern with the young these days is my fear that, for too many of them, their minds have already been closed without their knowledge and without their permission.

Cleombrotus on April 29, 2012 at 1:09 AM

Thank you Arnold…..muchly appreciated!

I’m usuall in agreement with your posts and i read almost all daily.

MONACO1121 on April 28, 2012 at 11:39 PM

…thanks for coming out…post more will you?

KOOLAID2 on April 29, 2012 at 1:13 AM

Does anyone still think that Obama likes Israel?! If you do, I have some beach-front property in the sahara to sell you.

Sterling Holobyte on April 29, 2012 at 1:14 AM

Does anyone still think that Obama likes Israel?! If you do, I have some beach-front property in the sahara to sell you.

Sterling Holobyte on April 29, 2012 at 1:14 AM

…I thought I bought the Sahara beach front when JugEars told us Arab Spring would bring democracy to Egypt and the rest of the ME!…you can’t sell that again…oh wait!

KOOLAID2 on April 29, 2012 at 1:27 AM

TeaPartyNation on April 28, 2012 at 7:50 PM

You’re missing the unspoken aspect of this… ask yourself ‘how much’ of that money will circle back to him via his ‘fraud friendly’ web-funding’ link.

This will be little different than all the ‘stimulus’ money winding up in the hands of cronies, consultants, and (state) public union payrolls… and coming back to him in form or another.

Shite, I remember the stories of Pali’s running phone banks for that SOB in ’08.

This man is not Bubba, he got his boat floated with ChiCom cash.

This assclown would love a bidding war between the Sunni and Shia big boys for his ear… and his favor.

Merely examine his past friends, sponsors, and sugar-daddy’s to see where his loyalties lie.

His discrete loathing of Israel is merely gravy.

CPT. Charles on April 29, 2012 at 7:27 AM

Dear Mr. Obama, before you send these enemies of the United States our money, I would like to withdraw just enough to pay up my mortgage, which is in arrears. Thank you.

jakev on April 29, 2012 at 8:38 AM

If you think Obama funding terrorist organizations without Congressional approval is wrong, just wait until he’s re-elected and can be more “FLEXIBLE”.

volsense on April 29, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Great point, CPT Charles on April 29,2012 at 7:27 AM.

We keep forgetting our president is the ‘kickback king” with the funding to the unions and enemies of our country. The PA probably negotiated a good percentage of the funding to his election campaign before he overrode the wishes of Congress. Keep in mind the GOP is so cowardly, Obama can’t help bypassing those eunuchs.

volsense on April 29, 2012 at 10:23 AM

volsense on April 29, 2012 at 10:23 AM

I agree, except for your final point.

Obozo is acting like a president who knows he can’t be impeached, indeed, I half suspect that he’d welcome the effort to refocus current events, and jazz his base.

I don’t have to spell out how his lackeys in the press would spin it.

The man’s a total failure if you’re looking for somebody who’s supposed to be building a sound and growing economy.

He needs a distraction… badly.

Impeachment would do very nicely.

And I think the repubs will resist taking the bait… no matter how badly he deserves (and warrants) it.

CPT. Charles on April 29, 2012 at 10:48 AM

$192 million will buy a lot of rockets for Hamas to rain upon Israel.

They might as well have The Puppet President’s signature on them.

MrLynn on April 29, 2012 at 10:49 AM

What recourse does Congress have if the President ignores their authority?? Honest question, the Congress needs to get some stones and act with its Constitutional authority to reign in this President. What’s the best way to do that??

EasyEight on April 29, 2012 at 10:56 AM

EasyEight on April 29, 2012 at 10:56 AM

To be blunt, it’s the system… which isn’t geared to handle a President as lawless as this one. Once funds leave Congress’ purse, it normally goes into the proper account. If funds get moved beyond the guidelines (if any) laid down in the appropriations bill, nothing less than a lawsuit in the Federal court will bar the mal-appropriation of funds.

And he knows that.

CPT. Charles on April 29, 2012 at 11:31 AM

$192 million will buy a lot of rockets for Hamas to rain upon Israel.

They might as well have The Puppet President’s signature on them.

MrLynn on April 29, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Where’s Iron Man when we need him?

fossten on April 29, 2012 at 11:52 AM

I’m voting for the 3rd party candidate

risks 4 more years of Obama

This is not conservative, it’s just out n out stupid

DaMav on April 29, 2012 at 12:41 PM

If funds get moved beyond the guidelines (if any) laid down in the appropriations bill, nothing less than a lawsuit in the Federal court will bar the mal-appropriation of funds.

Then the GOP need to start this proceeding immediately in the House. Will they? Not likely, but as an institution Congress should, regardless of Party, be interested in maintaining their lawful authority and reign in an Executive run amok. For even if the Democrats are Ok with it now because it’s their guy in the White House, when that changes they’ve already created the precedent for expansive imperial power in the Executive that will run amok across their areas of concern, and in fact nullifies the need for Congress at all.

EasyEight on April 29, 2012 at 12:47 PM

I’m voting for the 3rd party candidate

risks 4 more years of Obama

This is not conservative, it’s just out n out stupid

DaMav on April 29, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Yeah, we’ve heard this ruling class cry before -with Bush the open borders, big government man, and after that it was vote for the RINO McCain or you’ll get Obama and we did , and now they still don’t get the default RINO or worse trap the ruling parties have set for us.

Look at the GOP, do you really think they’ll risk their lucrative positions to save this nation?
No one would be a penny that Oromneycare etch a sketch will govern anywhere near the middle.

Stop enabling the GOP and they might panic and actually oppose the socialists.

Don L on April 29, 2012 at 1:25 PM

EasyEight on April 29, 2012 at 12:47 PM

That’s the Devil’s Quandary… just like the punk kid you knew in school who perpetually bedeviled you into striking back at him so that he could yell, ‘teacher, Little Johnny hit me!’ So it is with Teh One… he wants a fight, anything for the press to focus on instead of reality.

Yes, there should be lawsuits flying into the court at a record pace, but there also needs to be a concurrent campaign to high-light WHY.

Just don’t expect the press to print the truth of things… and that’s the rub.

CPT. Charles on April 29, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Clayton in Mississippi on April 28, 2012 at 6:20 PM

I looked into it and you’re right. That’s enough for me to withdraw my outrage for now as the conservative blogosphere has apparently botched this one. I still don’t know if this is right or legal, but it will take a bit more research to figure that out.

NukeRidingCowboy on April 29, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Let’s put this is some perspective here. Jewish people in this country (it has often been said at parties) live like Episcopalians and vote like Puerto Ricans. There is some truth to that as many well to do Jewish voters still vote for liberal Democrats even though it is not in their economic interests to do so. It is almost the complete reverse of rural poor people that vote Republican even though it isn’t in their economic interests to do so. Jews are not one issue voters and they are always concerned about the poor, downtrodden minorities as they still feel the pain of discrimination from years and years ago. They tend to be very pro-choice, pro-gay and find the social conservative movement to be a bad thing for Jews because many of these same people started out years ago as anti-semites. Now, all of this is changing but slowly. It is apparent to even the most liberal Jews when it comes to Israel, the Republicans are just as good or better than Democrats in office. It is a first step to conversion. This election provides many Jews the opportunity to cross over and vote Republican because Romney does not scare them like a Santorum would have–Obama got some 78% of the Jewish vote in 2008. I predict with some degree of certainty that the amount this time for Obama will be in the middle 60s, which is still too high but had that happened in 2008, Obama would have lost Florida. He most certainly will lose Florida this time. If the election is close, Obama may also lose PA.for the same reason. Romney is a perfect candidate for an independent minded Jewish voter as he is a Mormon (another minority)who is socially moderate (or at least compared to Santorum seems so) and is a businessman which is also very appealing to Jews. My point, is that it won’t be Israel alone that affects the Jewish voter. They have to feel comfortable with the Republican they are going to vote for and Romney fits the bill. Furthermore, I think if Romney is actually elected, which to me seem more and more likely, (provided some of you unhappy people here get with the program) it will intensify the slow conversion of Jews from the Democratic Party to the Repubicans. It already has happened in Canada with Jews shifting over to the Conservatives. But remember, in Canada, the Conservative Party there is socially moderate. Reagan got 45% of the Jewish vote in 1980 which was a high-water mark. Within a few years, Republicans will be getting that kind of support on a regular basis from the Jewish community.

jake22 on April 29, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Romney and the GOP suck…Palin/West 2012..if not, then Gary Johnson it will be for me!

Pragmatic on April 29, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Has Romney put forward a position yet? (the non-miltary-joining guy with multiple non-military-joining sons?)

Pragmatic on April 29, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Yes, I intend to vote for Mitt but I’m not expecting any real change if he wins. He’s a Progressive too, just like W. was. We’re screwed…..

MONACO1121 on April 28, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Can’t say I disagree here. I can only hope he’s less progressive than Obama, IYKWIM.

totherightofthem on April 29, 2012 at 4:30 PM

WHY WON’T ANYONE IMPEACH HIM?????

Nutstuyu on April 29, 2012 at 8:56 PM

If funds get moved beyond the guidelines (if any) laid down in the appropriations bill, nothing less than a lawsuit in the Federal court will bar the mal-appropriation of funds.

Then the GOP need to start this proceeding immediately in the House. Will they? Not likely, but as an institution Congress should, regardless of Party, be interested in maintaining their lawful authority and reign in an Executive run amok. For even if the Democrats are Ok with it now because it’s their guy in the White House, when that changes they’ve already created the precedent for expansive imperial power in the Executive that will run amok across their areas of concern, and in fact nullifies the need for Congress at all.

EasyEight on April 29, 2012 at 12:47 PM

If I could afford the 100′s of dollars in filing fees I’d do it myself, but then I couldn’t fill the gas tank to drive to the courthouse.

Nutstuyu on April 29, 2012 at 9:04 PM

The answer is: JINOs.

Shy Guy on April 28, 2012 at 11:19 PM

LOL!

V7_Sport on April 30, 2012 at 8:19 AM

Money to operate election phone banks in Judea and Samaria.

anikol on April 30, 2012 at 11:13 AM

You want to give Obama a vote by essentially NOT voting for his opponent, fine. Just STFU after he gets re-elected be cause you will have essentially done NOTHING to defeat him in the most direct way.

The War Planner on April 28, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Odd how you moderates never want to take responsibility for shoving your democrat candidates down the throats of conservatives. Why can’t you just admit you aren’t conservative and have no intention of ever voting for same?

Oh, and if you think you can make me STFU, you’re welcome to try any time you like.

runawayyyy on April 30, 2012 at 11:40 AM

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