John Boehner has not said or done much with which I agree since he became Speaker of the House but today he finally said something I agree with when he ruled out the possibility of impeaching Barack Obama.
I have explained why I feel impeachment is the wrong avenue to pursue in going after the president so I will not repeat it here but here is what John Boehner had to say on the subject:
“We have no plans to impeach the president. We have no future plans,” Mr. Beohner said. “Listen, it’s all a scam started by Democrats at the White House.”
However I do disagree with John Boehner on one point.
Last week the Government Accountability Office released the results of a sting operation it conducted to test the Obamacare Federal exchange eligibility verification system and we learned that most fake applications were being accepted.
An undercover operation found that the majority of fake Obamacare applications submitted were approved by the health law’s enrollment system.
Fake applicants were able to get subsidized insurance coverage in 11 of 18 attempts, according to a report from the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office. The agency conducted the sting operation to test the strength of the Affordable Care Act’s eligibility-verification system.
The undercover investigators created fake identities by inventing Social Security numbers, income, and citizenship, and by counterfeiting documents.
It is true that this was a small sample but in my opinion it called into question the whole eligibility verification system of the Federal exchange, and now it appears as if my fear was well-founded: today we learned the Federal government cannot verify the eligibility of 2.6 million Obamacare applicants.
During an interview on ‘State of the Union’ with Candy Crowley over the weekend Nancy Pelosi stated that the United States had to confer with Qatar over the Israeli/Hamas conflict, stating that she has been told Hamas is a humanitarian organization by the Qataris.
Here is how it went down:
“[T]his has to be something where we try to have the two-state solution, that we have to support…(Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud) Abbas and his role as a leader there. We have to support Iron Dome to protect the Israelis from the missiles. We have to support the Palestinians and what they need. And we have to confer with the Qataris, who have told me over and over again that Hamas is a humanitarian organization, maybe they could use their influence to–“
At this point she was cut off by Candy Crowley, who was probably worried that Nancy Pelosi was about to put her foot in her mouth, and reminded her that the United States, under Bill Clinton, designated Hamas as a terrorist organization. A point with which she seemingly reluctantly agreed with:
We have heard the calls for impeachment growing in the last several weeks in response to the border crisis but to date the most high profile names in this effort have been Sarah Palin and Allen West–neither of whom is in a position to do anything other than play the role of rhetorician.
Following the lead of both Sarah Palin and Allen West have been some members of the House who have also called for the impeachment of the president, but to date not one Republican leader has gone on record as saying that impeachment is even an option.
So if nobody of any real import is calling for the impeachment of Barack Obama why has he mentioned it recently in a couple of fundraising stops?
Back in 2008, in the District of Columbia v Heller decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the Washington DC handgun ban was unconstitutional. The court also reaffirmed that the second amendment applied to individuals and not just militias.
There are still those gun control advocates out there who believe the second amendment is not an individual right because of the use of the word ‘militia’ in the second amendment–they believe the second amendment refers to the National Guard. Of course those people have never read the United States code because it clearly states there are two classifications of militia–the organized militia (which is the National Guard) and the unorganized militia (which is the people.)
Here is the definition according to the United States code:
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This week’s musical selection is Sisters of Mercy performing ‘This Corrosion’ on ‘Top of the Pops’ in 1987.
I have written a couple of articles in recent weeks on the possibility of impeaching Barack Obama and my belief that the calls for impeachment are nothing but a distraction and would only serve to motivate a Democratic base which to this point is unenthusiastic about voting in November’s election.
According to this article Texas Representative Steve Stockman believes Barack Obama wants to be impeached for the very reason I stated above. (I like to think he has been reading America’s Watchtower but I an fairly certain he has not.)
Here is what he had to say: