20,642 Legacies: Barack Obama’s Eight Year Trail of “Red Tape”

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What a busy dictator…

(The Daily Signal) – The tide of red tape that threatens to drown U.S. consumers and businesses surged yet again in 2015, according to a Heritage Foundation study we released on Monday.

More than $22 billion per year in new regulatory costs were imposed on Americans last year, pushing the total burden for the Obama years to exceed $100 billion annually.

That’s a dollar for every star in the galaxy, or one for every second in 32 years.

The consequences of this rampant rulemaking are widespread:

  • Restricted access to credit under the hundreds of rules unleashed by the Dodd–Frank financial regulation statute
  • Fewer health care choices and higher medical costs from the Affordable Care Act
  • Reduced Internet investment and innovation under the network neutrality rules dictated by the Federal Communications Commission

These are just a few of the 2,353 regulations of 2015—and there have been 20,642 since Obama took office in 2009.

The worst of last year’s wave—in terms of cost, at least—was the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Clean Power Plan.”

The rule represents the first direct regulation of so-called greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, at a cost of $7.2 billion a year (and far more according to critics). Despite the huge costs, the plan will do nothing to mitigate global warming.

America’s problem with excessive regulation did not start with the Obama administration, of course.

His predecessor George W. Bush was hardly a paragon of deregulation. Although Bush showed restraint during his first term, the number of regulations soared during his final years in office. Under the two administrations combined, their new rules added $176 billion in annual regulatory costs on Americans.

And there is much more to come. Obama’s final year in the White House could be his busiest. Historically, rulemaking increases as presidents scramble to fulfill their regulatory agenda before leaving office.

There are already more than 2,000 proposed or final rules in the pipeline—including 144 that are expected to cost $100 million a year or more. These include yet more energy-efficiency mandates for home and commercial appliances, additional food-labeling requirements, stricter fuel economy standards for vehicles, and more stringent limits on consumer access to credit.

In a post-Obama era, the need for reform of the regulatory regime will be greater than ever before. Immediate reforms should include requiring legislation to undergo an impact analysis before a floor vote in Congress, as well as requiring that every major regulation obtain congressional approval before taking effect.

Sunset deadlines should also be imposed for all major rules, and independent agencies should be subject to the same White House regulatory review as executive branch agencies…

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Remember … THIS is exactly how Venezuela started its slow suicide under Chavez, and continued after his muerte under his henchman Maduro.

Federal Decree to Colleges: Stop “Racist” Checking Criminal Background Checks

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Less than 7 months left of this leftist ‘deconstruct’ crap…

(Judicial Watch) – The Obama administration has ordered the nation’s colleges and universities to stop asking applicants about criminal and school disciplinary history because it discriminates against minorities. Institutions are also being asked to offer those with criminal records special support services such as counseling, mentoring and legal aid once enrolled. The government’s official term for these perspective students is “justice-involved individuals” and the new directive aims to remove barriers to higher education for the overwhelmingly minority population that’s had encounters with the law or disciplinary issues through high school.

Instructions are outlined in a cumbersome document (Beyond the Box) issued by the U.S Department of Education (ED) this month. It says that “data show plainly that people of color are more likely to come in contact with the justice system due, in part, to punitive school disciplinary policies that disproportionately impact certain student groups and racial profiling.” Because education can be a powerful pathway to transition out of prison and into the workforce, it’s critical to ensure that admissions practices don’t disproportionately disadvantage justice involved individuals, the directive states. Colleges and universities should also refrain from inquiring about a student’s school disciplinary history—including past academic dishonesty—because that too discriminates against minorities. Civil rights data compiled by ED show “black students are suspended and expelled at a rate three times greater than white students and often for the same types of infractions.”

Therefore colleges and universities should consider designing admissions policies that don’t include disciplinary history so they don’t have the “unjustified effect of discriminating against individuals on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion and disability,” the new ED guidelines state. Three out of four colleges and universities collect high school disciplinary information and 89% of those institutions use the information to make admissions decisions, according to the order. That needs to change, according to the administration. A few years ago it warned public elementary and high schools to administer student discipline without discriminating on the bases of race, color or national origin because too many minority students—especially blacks—were getting suspended. The feds assert they issued the directive after reports of “racial disparities” in “exclusionary discipline policies” that created a “school to prison pipeline.”

Colleges and universities are to take it a step further by offering students with criminal histories special support services…

So, colleges can no longer protect themselves and their students. Done.

And the SOB has now banned the word “criminals” and replaced it with “justice-involved individuals”, because shut-up: Obama doesn’t think rapists, armed robbers, drug dealers are criminals

It’s only May, but I think I’ve found the euphemism of the year: According to Team Obama, criminals should now be declared “justice-involved individuals.”

The neo-Orwellianism comes to us from the bizarre flurry of last-minute diktats, regulations and bone-chilling threats collectively known to fanboys as Obama’s Gorgeous Goodbye.

In another of those smiley-faced, but deeply sinister, “Dear Colleague” letters sent to universities and colleges this week, Obama’s Education Secretary John King discouraged colleges from asking applicants whether they were convicted criminals.

An accompanying pamphlet was called “Beyond the Box: Increasing Access to Higher Education for Justice-Involved Individuals.”

So rapists, burglars, armed robbers and drug dealers aren’t criminals anymore. These folks are simply “involved” with “justice,” according to Obamanoids.

But remember, there MUST be background checks to buy/own a firearm.
Perhaps if somebody made the claim such background checks were ‘racist’ that too would drop from the democrat/leftist lexicon…

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Legal Insurrection: Feds Order Colleges to Stop Checking Applicants’ Criminal / Disciplinary History

Asia: Obama’s Farewell Apology Tour and Giveaway

U.S. President Barack Obama is given flowers by Linh Tran, the ceremonial flower girl, as he arrives on Air Force One at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, Vietnam, Sunday, May 22, 2016. The president is on a weeklong trip to Asia as part of his effort to pay more attention to the region and boost economic and security cooperation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
U.S. President Barack Obama is given flowers by Linh Tran, the ceremonial flower girl, as he arrives on Air Force One at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, Vietnam, Sunday, May 22, 2016. The president is on a weeklong trip to Asia as part of his effort to pay more attention to the region and boost economic and security cooperation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

As Barack Obama squeezes the last bit of taxpayer funded joy rides of Air Force One his farewell apology tour of the world takes him to Asia. One of his first stops to mend war fences, of course, is Vietnam where his apology prize to the small country will rub China like sand in a bathing suit…

(FOX News) – President Obama lifted the decades-old U.S. arms embargo against Vietnam Monday in an apparent effort to shore up the communist country’s defenses against an increasingly aggressive China.

Obama announced the full removal of the embargo at a news conference in Hanoi alongside Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang. The American president said the move was intended as a step toward normalizing relations with the former enemy and to eliminate a “lingering vestige of the Cold War.”

Obama added that every U.S. arms sale would be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

U.S. lawmakers and activists had urged Obama to press for greater human rights freedoms in the one-party state before lifting the embargo. Vietnam holds about 100 political prisoners and there have been more detentions this year.

Washington partially lifted the embargo on arms in 2014, but Vietnam wanted full access as it tries to deal with China’s land reclamation and military construction in the disputed South China Sea. Vietnam has not bought anything, but removing the remaining restrictions shows relations are fully normalized and opens the way to deeper security cooperation.

“At this stage both sides have developed a level of trust and cooperation, including between our militaries, that is reflective of common interests and mutual respect” Obama said.

In Beijing, China’s Foreign Ministry outwardly praised the move, with a spokeswoman saying China hoped “normal and friendly” relations between the U.S. and Vietnam would be conducive to regional stability. China itself remains under a weapons embargo imposed by the U.S. and European Union following 1989’s bloody military crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations centered on Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.

Obama said the United States and Vietnam had mutual concerns about maritime issues and the importance of maintaining freedom of navigation in the South China Sea. He said that although Washington doesn’t take sides on the territorial disputes, it does support a diplomatic resolution based on “international norms” and “not based on who’s the bigger party and can throw around their weight a little bit more,” a reference to China.

Lifting the arms embargo will be a psychological boost for Vietnam’s leaders as they look to counter an increasingly aggressive China, but there may not be a big jump in sales…

One of Obama’s next ‘in your face, USA’ stops will be Hiroshima, Japan, where we anticipate a not-so veiled apology for how we successfully ended the very brutal and deadly PTO chapter of WWII tucked inside a call to disarm our nukes just as Russia, North Korea, China, and Iran are building up their arsenals. It is pure Barack Obama foreign policy from 2009 to the day the White House door hits him in the ass in January 2017.

Obama’s foreign policy legacy is not only based in apologizing for our side of multi-sided world history (especially where we were victorious in defeating communism/fascism and bringing freedom and life to the oppressed), but dismantling as much of previous administrations’ foreign policy accomplishments he feels are wrong.

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Pharaoh Obama Orders All Public School Bathrooms and Locker Rooms Open to Transgenders

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“So Let it Be Written, So Let it Be Done”

History will eventually not be kind to this self-appointed pharaoh and his pen…

(WARNER TODD HUSTON @ Breitbart News) – President Barack Obama will decree Friday that schools must welcome a tiny number of apparently transgender children by taking single-sex bathrooms, single-sex locker rooms and sexual privacy away from almost 55 million American kids in 100,000 K-12 public schools.

Obama will use the administration’s power over funding and advocacy lawsuits to enforce his demand, which will establish the far-left theory of “gender identity” as government orthodoxy in the nation’s school system.

There’s little that House Speaker Paul Ryan’s GOP caucus in Congress can do to stop this power-grab, because they’ve already approved federal funding until October.

The denial of sexual privacy to almost 55 million kids is being justified as a way to prevent “discrimination” against a tiny number of children who say they feel they are members of the opposite sex. Among actual adults, various estimates say that only 1 in 330 or as few as 1 in 2,400 adults are transgender are transgender.

“There is no room in our schools for discrimination of any kind, including discrimination against transgender students on the basis of their sex,” activist U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement released Thursday.

Lynch’s letter echoes the administration’s 2014 claim that decades-old law barring sexual discrimination against men or women also bars discrimination against people who claim their “gender identity” is different from their male or female genetics and genitalia.

In carefully scripted language that portrays the administration as wise and kind, Lynch claimed the new federal decree “gives administrators, teachers, and parents the tools they need to protect transgender students from peer harassment and to identify and address unjust school policies.”

The letter will also inform school districts they won’t even be allowed to require some evidence that the child is “transgender” or is undergoing treatment or a sex-change procedures. That “no-test” rule reflects progressives’ hostility to any tests or rules that limit people’s choice of fluid “gender identity.

If confirmed, the no-test rule also will make it difficult for communities to protect the sexual privacy of children against people who falsely claim to have an opposite-sex “gender identity.” Already, the federal government is suing the North Carolina government to strike down a new compromise law, dubbed HB2, that protects sexual privacy and also allows transgenders to change their sex once they undergo medical procedures.

Obama’s letter will also inform district administrators that as soon as a student and his parent or legal guardian asserts a “chosen” gender that “differs from previous representations or records,” the school must act in accordance with the claim.

According to The New York Times, the letter will be accompanied by a 25-page document describing “emerging practices” laying out how schools have already addressed the issue.

Those practice likely will force schools and parents to accept “gender identity” classes for the kids…

What it comes down to is pretty much the administration has declared war on little girls/young women in public schools.

And how will this be done, you know, to force school systems to comply with the new unconstitutional non-law law?

(FOX News) – While the letter does not have the force of law, it does warn that schools that do not abide by the administration’s interpretation of civil rights law may face lawsuits or loss of federal aid.

Ah! Blackmail and extortion of the federal funds that the citizens and parents in the nation’s public school districts have paid into with their confiscated tax dollars.

Appropriate this SOB winds-down his fascist overlord career in the shitter.

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Obama Decrees ALL Public Schools Must Allow Transgender Bathroom Use

QOTD: Obama’s “Depends on What Is ‘Is'” Moment…

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In his FOX News Sunday interview with Chris Wallace Barack Obama defined the Hillary Clinton classified email like this:

“What I also know, because I handle a lot of classified information, is that there are — there’s classified, and then there’s classified…”

It has already been reiterated over and over again and again that emails that are “classified” are not marked as such, but really are considered so under the conditions of the State Department and its correspondence with other security agencies such as the CIA.

Anyhow, it was just one of several interesting quotes from the interview:

Obama: Of course I’d never interfere with a DoJ investigation of Clinton’s emails

Fox News anchor pushes Obama on ISIS comments: ‘Bathtub manufacturers aren’t trying to kill us’

Obama’s Legacy of Genocide

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Make no mistake, when this legacy of horrific failure can no longer be ignored by the MSM that pushed Obama into two election wins through lies, cover-ups, and racist bullying, and have spent these last nearly 8 years burying the facts and truths about his miserable policies at home and abroad that have cost trillions in gold and countless lives in our military and the innocents in Syria, Iraq and other countries that trusted and depended on us, said media will insist these 8 years are George W. Bush’s fault for going into Iraq.

This is the real face of Barack Obama’s and his ilk’s ideas of “social justice”…

( Jennifer Rubin @ WaPo) – The plunge of Syria and Iraq into seemingly interminable warfare is the most long-lasting debacle of the Obama presidency. Despite a temporary cease-fire in Syria — which only cements Bashar al-Assad’s continued rule and Russia’s geopolitical victory — and some gains in Iraq, the facts on the ground have changed irreparably.

While subsequent presidents may be able to halt Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons (although thanks to President Obama, more likely through the use of force), genocide cannot be undone. On March 17, Secretary of State John Kerry had this to say:

My purpose in appearing before you today is to assert that, in my judgment, Daesh [the Islamic State] is responsible for genocide against groups in areas under its control, including Yezidis, Christians, and Shia Muslims. Daesh is genocidal by self-proclamation, by ideology, and by actions — in what it says, what it believes, and what it does. Daesh is also responsible for crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing directed at these same groups and in some cases also against Sunni Muslims, Kurds, and other minorities. . . .

Our goal, after all, is not just to defeat Daesh — only to find that in a few years some new terrorist group with a different acronym has taken its place. Our purpose is to marginalize and defeat violent extremists once and for all.

By that standard, the Obama administration has failed miserably.

Of course, the Islamic State is responsible for only part of the mayhem. The continued rule of Assad — who has repeatedly used chemical weapons with no real or lasting consequences and has waged a bloody civil war taking the lives of more than 300,000 and turning millions into refugees — is a critical part of Obama’s legacy as well. In other words, the Obama team will leave behindmore than a genocide. 

Consider how culpable are the president and his advisers

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Do not remove Hillary Clinton from this massive grave.
She was directly responsible for all of the Libya policy, and the gun-running into Syria from that country during her tenure in the US State Department. This woman must NEVER be allowed in the federal government at any level ever again, most especially as POTUS. Never.

And let’s be clear, Obama’s policies in Syria and the region are also partly responsible for the troubles Europe is now having with the floods of “refugees” and the terrorism being transplanted with it. The rest of the responsibility is on the backs of those European countries who have foolishly believed in unrestricted immigration, to the point of inviting it, and not enforcing assimilation and tolerance to their country’s culture and laws, just stupidity in a lazy appeasement of the invaders’ cultural and religious whims.

Have a look at just one example: Air France stewardesses furious over order to wear headscarves on Tehran flights

POTD: Throwin’ Gang Signs

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Peace, man: Surrounded by world leaders, President Barack Obama gave the peace sign at the end of a nuclear security summit today

The unmitigated narcissist ass can’t ever just stand there with everyone else and take the damn photo…

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Ed Driscoll writing @ Instapundit reminds us of one of the neo-religious Psalms written in MSM adoration of Barack Obama 8 years ago.

Try not to gag and puke, especially when you reflect on these last 8 years of 1. the continual debunking of the ‘content’ of Obama speeches and 2. the arrogance of his personal and indefensible assertions in speeches and press statements (See things like: The police acted stupidly … If I had a son … ISIS is not Islamic, etc…).

Ezra Klein: “Obama’s finest speeches do not excite. They do not inform. They don’t even really inspire. They elevate. They enmesh you in a grander moment, as if history has stopped flowing passively by, and, just for an instant, contracted around you, made you aware of its presence, and your role in it. He is not the Word made flesh, but the triumph of word over flesh, over color, over despair. The other great leaders I’ve heard guide us towards a better politics, but Obama is, at his best, able to call us back to our highest selves, to the place where America exists as a glittering ideal, and where we, its honored inhabitants, seem capable of achieving it, and thus of sharing in its meaning and transcendence.”

The full hogwash is here: OBAMA’S GIFT.