Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Could Obama Be Headed For Indictment Or A Sentence of Bad Judgement?

With friends like this, who needs enemies? I am referring to Obama and not to  Muammar Gaddafi. President Obama has stacked up quite an impressive body count in his effort to make his reputation an a strong Commander-in-Chief. He brings up the death of Osama Ben Laden at every opportunity to stick out his chest and strut his stuff as a "baaaad man" on the world stage.

Just a few weeks ago he has been all but crowned Emperor Obama for a second term. And then along came Benghazi, Libya on the anniversary of 9/11. Obama and Company were forced to mount a mis-information campaign the likes of which have not been seen since Watergate. But unlike Watergate this political scandal and coverup is unraveling at break neck speed. Information is coming out in drips and drabs, but it is coming. Like a snowball rolling down the side of a snow-cover hill, it is growing. A picture is starting to emerge of Benghazigate and its clumsy official cover-up.

What did the President know and when did he know it? Where does the buck stop? State Department or Oval Office? The evidence is starting to mount up that Obama and Company were engaging in gun running to several diverse rebel groups, including our arch enemy, al Qaeda. Could Obama really believe that the enemy of my enemy is my friend? Or does he just like to give children deadly weapons and watch them play?

Obama has claimed that he was leading from behind in the overthrow and assassination of Muammar Gaddafi. He freely supplied drones, intelligence, weapons and fuel to NATO, and guns and ammunition to every camel jockey who could hitch hike across North Africa to get to Libya. Anybody over 12 years old who was not given an automatic weapon simply looted the warehouses and took them.

After the dust settled and the smoke cleared, when Gaddafi was dead and the new gang of criminal willing to give us oil were enthroned, the masses refused to surrender their arms. Somewhere along the way during the Arab Spring during the thirst for democracy, the rebels came to believe that they had inherited a 2nd Amendment  right to own and bear arms. They wowed that the only way anyone would get their guns and rocket propelled grenades would be to tear them from the cold hands of their corpses.

Ambassador Christopher Stevens was given the unenviable job of finding and securing as many of the weapons in general circulation as possible. And then, he was to redirect them to the opposition in Syria. The Dodge City of Libya was Benghazi. Some of the baddest gunfighters in the country were there and they were armed to the teeth. It was impossible to tell who belonged to what group and who was loyal to whom. Except for al Qaeda, it was pretty much every man for himself and Allah for us all.

Investigative journalists on the scene have reported that there was no U S Consulate in Benghazi. Even the state Department had ceased calling it a consulate. It was referred to as a "mission". This mission was little more than a few rundown buildings used by Stevens and his former Navy SEAL helpers to meet and greet rebel leaders before loading them down with the latest and greatest weapons of human destruction ever produced by democratic manufacturers.

It appears that Obama and Company have been engaged in gun-walking on a massive scale; on a scale much larger than the ATF was doing in Operation Fast and Furious. Obama's scandal may yet make the Iran-Contra scandal look like a Boy Scout jambaree by comparison. It may turn out that Obama has not only been arming America's enemies to wage jihad against people we once openly called our friends, but also against America as well.

As was said, with friends like Obama and Company, who needs enemies?

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has produced an 8,000-word report assailing President Barack Obama for instituting an imperial presidency.

Even The New York Times noted recently on its front page “an increasingly deliberate pattern by the administration to circumvent lawmakers,” Cantor writes.

Pieces appearing over the course of the past several months in The Washington Post, National Review, and The Wall Street Journal have talked about his "imperial presidency."

The Obama administration’s lack of respect for the law is hampering economic growth and individual prosperity, particularly the jobs market, he says.

“Property rights and rule of law are essential for the proper and efficient functioning of society and the economy,” Cantor states.

“When ‘laws’ are created without going through Congress; when laws are selectively executed; when an administration intervenes into the normal judicial process and diminishes an individual's property rights; and when the normal regulatory process is circumvented, the rule of law is eroded.”

That’s exactly what has happened under Obama, Cantor says.

“While administrations of both political parties have been known to test the bounds of the limits of their power, the breadth of the breakdown in the rule of law in recent years has reached new levels,” he writes.

Cantor’s report cites more than 40 examples of the White House’s lack of respect for the law.

This includes:

• Ignoring Advise & Consent, such as through recess appointments;
• Creating laws outside of the Congressional process, such as changing the unionization process, telling businesses where they are allowed to locate, imposing propaganda mandates on employers, telling federal contractors who they have to hire, regulation of hydraulic fracturing, establishing a national ocean regulatory policy, creating a new land regulation program, global warming regulations, network neutrality regulations, auto efficiency mandate, claiming the power to define what constitutes religious employment, draconian regulation of coal;
• Ignoring the Plain Letter of the Law & Failing to Faithfully Execute the Law, such as waiving work requirements under welfare; the contraception mandate and the rights of religious employers, expansion of the refundable tax credit providing for premium assistance, Medicare Advantage quality bonus demonstration, medical loss ratio requirement for health insurers, termination of Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, rewriting bankruptcy law, failing to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), recognition of Jerusalem, lobbying for abortion overseas, halting the airport screening partnership program, expedited airport screening for members of the Armed Forces, DREAM Act deferred action, administrative amnesty for illegal immigrants, withholding critical information about counterfeit goods, Medicare Solvency Requirements;
• Circumventing the Normal Regulatory Process, such as abuse of sue and settle tactics, re-write of coal regulations, abuse of guidance documents, refusing to disclose regulatory agenda, failing to list essential health benefits, Gulf drilling moratorium; banning uranium mining in Arizona;
• Government By Waiver, such as education policy by waiver and healthcare law waivers;
• Creating New Programs Not Authorized by Congress, such as the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, new “super” agencies, the healthcare Independent Payment Advisory Board, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

“There is no excuse for this continuous disregard of legislative authority and the Constitutionally-required separation of powers,” Cantor writes.

This is no way to govern. The President has set a precedent that even his supporters should find troubling. . . . The Founding Fathers wisely gave the President many powers, but making law was not one of them.”

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

SSA Attorney Pleads Guilty To Fraudulently Receiving Social Security Benefits

The Scripture says, "You must not muzzle an ox to keep it from eating as it treads out the grain." And in another place, "Those who work deserve their pay!" (1 Tim. 5:18)

 Robert Brauker thought he could grind out a living as a Social Security Attorney and eat bread from Social Security Benefits at the same time. He formerly worked as an attorney for the Social Security Administration adjudicating claims while receiving disability benefits (SSI).
Attorney Brauker plead guilty to defrauding  the Social Security Administration. In order to further decrease the likelihood of detection, Brauker admitted using different addresses for his employment and for the receipt of his Supplemental Security Income payments. This was evidence of malice aforethought and criminal intent. He planned his crime well, using his skills as an attorney.
According to court documents, Brauker was initially approved for disability benefits (SSI) in 1993 due to significant visual impairments. As his receipt of benefits was entirely income based, he was required to notify the Social Security Administration when he received earned income or received the benefit of gifts or other household income.
In 2003, Brauker earned income, but did not report the income to the Social Security Administration. In August 2005, he went to law school at Michigan State University, graduating in 2008.
In March 2010, he applied for employment as an Attorney-Adviser with the Social Security Administration in St. Louis. According to his application, after graduating from law school, he worked as a sole practitioner in the areas of veteran disability benefit appeals, compliance and employment issues for corporate clients, and litigation, working approximately 20 hours a week. He did not report these earnings, his additional training, or his employment to the Social Security Administration as needed for the agency to make a correct disability benefit calculation.
Brauker, 37, St. Louis, 63109, plead guilty to two felony counts of theft of government property before United States District Judge Carol E. Jackson. Sentencing has been set for January 15, 2013. Twenty years have passed since he started receiving SSI benefits.
Each charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and/or fines up to $250,000.
In determining the actual sentences, a Judge is required to consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide recommended sentencing ranges.