Obama Surrenders Our Advantage With His ‘Flexibility’ Doctrine By CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER

    “On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this can be solved, but it’s important for him (Putin) to give me space. … This is my last election. After my election, I have more flexibility.” – Barack Obama to Dmitry Medvedev, open mic, March 26

You don’t often hear an American president secretly (he thinks) assuring foreign leaders that concessions are coming their way, but they must wait because he’s seeking re-election and he dare not tell his own people.

Not at all, spun a White House aide in major gaffe-control mode. The president was merely explaining that arms control is too complicated to be dealt with in a year in which both Russia and the U.S. hold presidential elections.

Rubbish. First of all, to speak of Russian elections in the same breath as ours is a travesty. Theirs was a rigged, predetermined farce. Putin ruled before. Putin rules after.

Obama spoke of the difficulties of the Russian presidential “transition.” What transition? It’s a joke. It had no effect on Putin’s ability to negotiate anything.

As for the U.S. election, the problem is not that the issue is too complicated but that if people knew Obama’s intentions of “flexibly” caving on missile defenses, they might think twice about giving him a second term.

After all, what is Obama doing negotiating on missile defense in the first place? We have no obligation to do so. The ABM Treaty, a relic of the Cold War, died in 2002.

We have an unmatched technological lead in this area. It’s a priceless strategic advantage that for three decades Russia has been trying to get us to yield. Why give any of it away?

In order to placate Putin, Obama had already in 2009 abruptly canceled the missile-defense system the Poles and Czechs had agreed to host in defiance of Russian threats. Why give away more?

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It’s Time to ‘Circle the Wagons’ around a candidate by The Bear

I think that all of us on the right side of the issues have seen enough Republican debates and are tired of watching Republican candidates bash one another. If you do the math on delegates needed to win the nomination at the Republican convention it all favors Mitt Romney to the point where it is senseless to go on any farther.

I am very much against an open convention for several reasons but the main one is by time the convention is over and a candidate is chosen there will only be 65 days left for the chosen one to prepare for a Presidential Election. Why should the Republicans handicap their candidate this way? Why not give their candidate the entire summer to raise money and focus on Obama rather than keep up a futile primary season? The longer this goes on will mean there will be less money for the GOP to spend on the general election. And besides if you have a brokered convention who do think will control that? The GOP establishment.

None of the candidates that threw their hats in the ring for the nomination where my personal top choices but it time to consider it’s going be four more years of Obama or circle the wagons around Romney.

Personally, I would vote for the local dog catcher rather than see Obama get four more years in office, who I consider the gravest danger to this country, both foreign and domestic, that this nation has ever faced.

Romney might not be the best choice but certainly compared to disaster that we presently have, “anybody but Obama” is a big improvement. Romney also offers a plus as the best bet to beat Obama in November, he has the only well organized campaign among the candidates and a pot full of money, and it going to take a lot of money to combat Obama’s money machine.

Whether the Republican candidate is going to be Romney or another, what I would like to see is the Republican candidate get off to a running start and spend June, July and August focusing on Obama’s 3 year plus record in office. Let’s start talking about what really matters and is important to the country’s well being.

    • Trillion dollar deficits that no one has any idea how to pay off.
    • Unemployment that is really around 16% to 18% of the country’s workforce.
    • Jobs, at the present rate of hiring, it’s going to take a decade to create enough jobs to get these people back to work.
    • Gas prices going through the roof.
    • Energy policies. Keystone Pipeline and drilling.

These are the kind of issues that need to be addressed and put to Obama for answers. Not slutgate or other trumped up media issues designed to take attention off of Obama’s record.

The exit polls from the primaries have shown the number one issue on the voter’s minds is the economy and jobs. I would strongly urge all the GOP candidates to focus on what the voter’s concerns are and stay away from social issues.

It as simple as this…”What are you going to do to fix the economy”?

We don’t need any more petty bickering among the candidates, our entire focus must turn on Obama’s record. If Obama has to run on his record then he can be beaten, if the election is about trivia then the country is in trouble.

More than Just Broccoli: The Real Slippery Slope of ObamaCare’s ‘Must-Buy’ Provision

If ObamaCare is judged constitutional, it will not simply be a new law, but a precedent for laws of the kind that should trouble all of us.

There is now general agreement that the U.S. Supreme Court will not try to duck the issue of whether ObamaCare is constitutional. Before oral hearings on Monday, there was speculation that the court might invoke the 1867 Anti-Injunction Act, arguing that no one could bring a suit against ObamaCare until the day arrived when someone was forced to pay the penalty for not purchasing health insurance. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, however, shrewdly noted that if ObamaCare worked as planned, there would never be a penalty imposed, in which case how could the penalty be construed as a means of raising revenue? More to the point: Unless ObamaCare was deliberately designed not to work, it could hardly be viewed as an attempt to tax American citizens.

Some have taken Ginsberg’s remark to be the naïve utterance of a liberal convinced that ObamaCare will work without a hitch—and so why shouldn’t it be declared constitutional? But James Pethokoukis, writing in the AEI blog, offers a different take, noting that in her oral examination Ginsberg states that “all this talk about tax penalties is all beside the point because this suit is not challenging the penalty. This is a suit that is challenging the must-buy provision, and the argument is made that, if, indeed, ‘must-buy’ is constitutional, then these complainants will not resist the penalty.” No one, in other words, is refusing to pay the penalty or even saying that they will refuse to pay it. Indeed, they will pay it (or purchase insurance) if ObamaCare is ruled constitutional by the Court. “So what they’re seeking,” Ginsberg continues, “is a determination that that ‘must-buy’ requirement, stated separately from penalty, that ‘must-buy’ is unconstitutional, and, if that’s so, that’s the end of the case; if it’s not so, they are not resisting the penalty.”

This brings us to the broccoli. Pethokoukis, examining Ginsberg’s words, wonders whether they suggest that she will buy the “broccoli argument.” For anyone who has not been following ObamaCare as it winds its way through the American justice system, this reference to broccoli will no doubt be a little puzzling.

The broccoli argument was first presented by Judge Roger Vinson of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, who, on January 31, 2011, ruled that ObamaCare was unconstitutional. Like Ginsberg, Vinson went right to the heart of the argument. Under the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution, does Congress have the power to force people to buy a product of any kind?

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Highest Gas Price Recorded in March

The average price of a gallon of regular is now $3.87, the highest recorded price in March. The average price is up nearly 4 cents from a week ago, and over 30 cents from a year ago, according to the Department of Energy, as more drivers face gas prices of $4 a gallon or more across the country.

Source: ABC News

Nancy Pelosi

One Saturday afternoon in Washington, D.C., an aide for former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the Bishop at the Catholic cathedral in D.C. He told the Cardinal that Nancy Pelosi would be attending the next day’s Mass, and he asked if the Cardinal would kindly point out Pelosi to the congregation and say a few words that would include calling Pelosi a saint.

The Cardinal replied, “No. I don’t really like the woman, and there are issues of conflict with the Catholic Church over certain of Pelosi’s views.”

Pelosi’s aide then said, “Look, I’ll write a check here and now for a donation of $100,000 to your church if you’ll just tell the congregation you see Pelosi as a saint.”

The Cardinal thought about it and said, “Well, the church can use the money, so I’ll work your request into tomorrow’s sermon.”

As Pelosi’s aide promised, former House Speaker Pelosi appeared for the Sunday worship and seated herself prominently at the forward left side of the center aisle.

As promised, at the start of his sermon, the Cardinal pointed out that former Speaker Pelosi was present. The Cardinal went on toexplain to the congregation, “That while former Speaker Pelosi’s presence is probably an honor to some, the woman is not numbered among my personal favorite personages. Some of her most egregious views are contrary to tenets of the Church, and she tends to flip-flop on many other issues. Nancy Pelosi is a petty, self-absorbed hypocrite, a thumb sucker, and a nit-wit. Nancy Pelosi is also a serial liar, a cheat, and a thief. I must say, Nancy Pelosi is the worst example of a Catholic I have ever personally witnessed. She married for money and is using her wealth to lie to the American people. She also has a reputation for shirking her Representative obligations both in Washington, and in California. The woman is simply not to be trusted.” The Cardinal concluded, “But, when compared with President Obama, former House Speaker Pelosi is a saint!”