John Boehner

10 things you need to know today: July 31, 2014

Health workers treat an Ebola patient.

Health workers treat an Ebola patient. (AP Photo/Samaritan’s Purse)

The Week

House Republicans vote to sue Obama, the Peace Corps leaves West Africa over Ebola outbreak, and more

1. House GOP approves lawsuit against Obama
House Republicans voted Wednesday to authorize Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to file a lawsuitagainst President Obama for allegedly abusing his power with executive actions, including delaying parts of his signature health-care law. “This isn’t about Republicans and Democrats, it’s about defending the Constitution that we swore an oath to uphold,” Boehner said. Obama called the move a “political stunt.” [The Washington Post]


2. Peace Corps volunteers leave West Africa as Ebola spreads
The Peace Corps announced Wednesday that it was pulling its 340 volunteers from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea because of an Ebola outbreak that has killed 456 people in West Africa. The World Health Organization has confirmed more than 800 cases, although there could be as many as 1,200. “This epidemic is without precedent,” said Bart Janssens, director of operations for Doctors Without Borders. [CNN]


3. Second quarter economic growth jumps to four percent
The economy grew by an unexpectedly strong four percent annual rate this spring, according to government data released Wednesday. The rebound was fueled by robust spending by consumers and businesses rebuilding their inventories. The numbers marked a stark contrast with the first quarter, when harsh winter weather weighed on growth. [The Washington Post]


4. Russia scoffs at new U.S. and European Union sanctions
Russia reacted defiantly on Wednesday to harsher new economic sanctions imposed by the U.S. and Europe over its support for Ukrainian separatists, saying the measures would only push it to strengthen its economy while worsening its relations with the West. Ukraine welcomed the measures and vowed to continue an offensive against the pro-Russian rebels. [The New York Times]


5. Bank of American fined $1.3 billion over Countrywide loan program
A federal judge in New York on Wednesday ordered Bank of America to pay $1.3 billion in penalties over a mortgage program that Countrywide Financial ran. Insiders referred to the program as “the hustle.” It involved the fast-tracking of mortgage applications from August 2007 through May 2008, ending shortly before Bank of America bought Countrywide, so the parent bank is paying for mistakes made before it took over. [Los Angeles Times]


6. Ex-IRS official said some conservatives were “crazies”
Former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner referred to conservative talk radio hosts as “crazies” and “a**holes” in emails released Wednesday by House Republicans. The messages were part of a collection of evidence delivered to the Justice Department by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) to support a GOP call for a special counsel to investigate the IRS’ Tea Party-targeting scandal. [Politico]


7. Argentina misses a debt-payment deadline
Argentina defaulted on its debt when it missed a deadline for paying interest on $13 billion of restructured bonds on Wednesday after talks with bondholders failed. It was the second default in 13 years for the South American nation, which has $200 billion in foreign-currency debt, including $30 billion in restructured bonds. The court-appointed mediator in New York said the consequences were uncertain, “but they certainly are not positive.” [Bloomberg News]


8. Economy gains 218,000 private-sector jobs
American companies hired 218,000 workers in July, falling slightly short of projections and the figure for June, according to a survey released Wednesday by private payroll firm ADP. It was the fourth straight month in which the U.S. gained more than 200,000 private jobs. Economist Mark Zandi of Moody’s Analytics said the figures indicated “a steadily improving job market” on target to “return to full employment by late 2016.” [Reuters]


9. Netanyahu says Israel will destroy Hamas tunnels, even with a truce
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Israel would destroy all of the tunnels Hamas militants have used to launch attacks in Israel, “with or without a ceasefire.” Israel, which just called up another 16,000 reserves, has dismantled most of the 32 tunnels it has uncovered, and expects to demolish the rest within a few days. Neighboring Arab states, wary of Islamist groups like Hamas, are quietly siding with Israel over the Palestinians. [CBS News, The New York Times]


10. George W. Bush writes his father’s biography
Former president George W. Bush is writing a biography of his father, former president George H.W. Bush, that will be released in November, Crown Publishers told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The book, which does not have a title yet, will cover the elder Bush’s life and influence on his son, from their earliest campaign trips together to the younger Bush’s own two-term presidency. [The Associated Press]

Top Anti-Immigrant ‘Expert’ Says ‘Being Hung, Drawn And Quartered’ Is ‘Too Good’ For Obama

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Yes TFC friends…this sort of degradation of the Office and the man has occurred on a daily basis since 2008…

Right Wing Watch

A senior policy analyst for the Center for Immigration Studies, which bills itself as the think tank of the anti-immigrant Right, told a Florida-based Tea Party group last week that President Obama not only deserves impeachment, but that “being hung, drawn and quartered is probably too good for him.”

The Center for New Community’s Imagine 2050 blog first reported on Stephen Steinlight’s remarks.

Steinlight also said that John Boehner’s lawsuit against the president is a “political loser” and claimed that while Obama deserves to be impeached, such an effort would backfire on Republicans.

CIS describes Steinlight as “one of the nation’s most insightful voices on immigration” who provides “expert testimony” for government panels.

A rash of opinion polls which have come out, not push polls, real polls, including one by Gallup that showed that 65 percent of the American people don’t want any part of an Obama-style immigration reform. But the idea of this [lawsuit] is vintage Boehner, it’s a political loser. There is no court that is going to stop Obama from doing anything. We all know, if there ever was a president that deserved to be impeached, it’s this guy. Alright? I mean, I wouldn’t stop. I would think being hung, drawn, and quartered is probably too good for him.

UPDATE (7/24): CIS now says that Steinlight has been “reprimanded” for his remarks:

When reached for comment, Steven Camarota, director of research at CIS, distanced the organization from Steinlight’s remarks.

“Steve was speaking figuratively and hyperbolically, obviously, for effect. In that respect his intemperate comments were similar to those who are often critics of President Bush, and I would say like those comments, they are ill-advised,” Camarota told The Huffington Post. “I would also say that the Center for Immigration Studies does not in fact support drawing and quartering the president.”

CIS officials also said Steinlight had been disciplined and instructed to avoid similar rhetoric in the future.

“I reprimanded him and put a reprimand in his personnel file,” said CIS Executive Director Mark Krikorian.

CIS is an organization that advocates reducing immigration into the United States. Steinlight has said that Hispanic immigration would lead to the “unmaking of America,” and that Muslims should be banned from immigrating to the United States because they “believe in things that are subversive to the Constitution.”

“Steve sometimes has used impolitic language and I admonished him to choose his words more carefully in the future,” Krikorian said.

GOP’s George Costanza moment: The “Moops” doctrine and the war on Obamacare

GOP's George Costanza moment: The "Moops" doctrine and the war on Obamacare

John Boehner, Jason Alexander as George Costanza on “Seinfeld” (Credit: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst/NBC)


Republicans gloat over an Obamacare court case that poached its legal reasoning from “Seinfeld.” No joke…

The DC Circuit Court’s decision in Halbig v. Burwell came down yesterday, and in an anticipated but no less galling turn of events, a pair of Republican-appointed judges ruled that a single poorly worded snippet of the Affordable Care Act invalidates subsidies for people who purchased health coverage through the federal exchanges. Those exchanges were set up for the 36 states that declined to build their own exchanges, so the practical effect of the ruling would be to make health insurance more expensive for roughly 4.6 million people spread out across some of the country’s poorest states.

Supporters of the Affordable Care Act point out that, the sloppily written language notwithstanding, the full text of the law clearly indicates that its drafters intended for the government to subsidize health plans purchased through the federal exchanges. These two judges, however, argued that a narrow reading of one out-of-context sliver of the bill trumps all, and ruled in favor of eviscerating the ACA and causing massive chaos in the insurance market. It’s the sort of thing that conservatives used to denounce as “judicial activism.” (A separate rulingyesterday from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the legality of the subsidies.)

I’ve been trying to figure out how to best characterize and/or mock the legal reasoning at play behind the Halbig decision, and I think it can be boiled down to one word: Moops.

I’m referring, of course, to George Costanza’s famous game of Trivial Pursuit against the Bubble Boy, in which Costanza tries to cheat his way out of losing by taking advantage of a misprint on the answer card: “Moops” instead of “Moors.”

“That’s not ‘Moops,’ you jerk. It’s Moors. It’s a misprint,” the Bubble Boy explains, accurately presenting the game manufacturer’s intent in spite of the minor technical error.

“I’m sorry, the card says ‘Moops’,  Costanza replies, adopting an absurdly narrow and nonsensical interpretation of the rules that furthers his own interests. It’s a pretty good match on the logic, and the happy coincidence that the situation pits a whiny, lying jerk against a person in need of substantial medical care only bolsters its relevance.

And that gets to the larger point: conservatives and Republicans are celebrating the fact that two judges indulged in some tortured legal logic in order to deny millions of people the subsidies that make their health plans affordable. The plaintiffs’ case in Halbig is a transparent attempt to sabotage the Affordable Care Act, and the people cheering on that sabotage are signaling that they’re fine with a whole lot of collateral damage just so long as Obamacare takes a hit too.

That’s a morally dubious position to maintain. It’s also a tough sell politically. For a Republican politician in a red state, refusing to set up a state-based exchange was an easy choice to make – you could be on the right side of argument politically, and the feds would step in to make sure that no one in the state would miss out on the benefits. But if the subsidies were to disappear, those same politicians would suddenly find themselves in the position of having to actually do something to mitigate the damage. Brian Beutler writes at the New Republic:

If you’re a Republican senator from a purple state—Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Nevada, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, and others—you’ll be under tremendous pressure to pass the legislative fix. If you’re a Republican governor in any state, many thousands of your constituents will expect you to both pressure Congress to fix the problem, and prepare to launch your own exchange.

But because the ruling dealt with Obamacare, and because Republicans are ideologically bound to be in opposition to the law, there was no shortage of GOP legislators putting out statements supporting the Halbig ruling and, in effect, higher health costs and reduced access to health care. Some of them, like Ted Cruz, just put it right out there and said hooray for the end of “insidious” healthcare tax credits: “This decision restores power to Congress and to the people and if properly enforced, should shield citizens from Obamacare’s insidious penalties, mandates, and subsidies.”

Speaker John Boehner put out a statement that didn’t make any actual sense. “Today’s ruling is also further proof that President Obama’s health care law is completely unworkable.  It cannot be fixed,” Boehner said, referring to a law that could be easily fixed by a small legislative tweak and is actually doing a pretty good job of providing health insurance subsidies. “Republicans remain committed to repealing the law and replacing it with solutions that will lower health care costs and protect American jobs,” Boehner continued, gliding right past the fact that the Republican Obamacare replacement “solutions” don’t actually exist.

The bottom line is that there are millions of people are newly and affordably insured courtesy of the Affordable Care Act’s tax credits, and they are generally happy with your coverage. And Republicans are celebrating that they could lose it all because two judges ruled that the card does, in fact, say “Moops.”

“What the hell, pal?” A letter to the editor from a friend of John Boehner’s


Daily Kos

A couple of days ago, John Boehner wrote an op-ed “Obama trampling Constitution” for our local paper.

Jerry Mouch, a friend who has known Boehner for over 50 years, wrote a letter to the editor in response that is worth every second of the 2 minutes it takes to read.

Mouch wrote:

You’ve got nothing more pressing to do than sue a president who was elected twice by the majority of voting Americans?You say “the majority of Americans are frustrated.” I agree, but not with this president. They’re frustrated with the childishness of those purporting to serve all the American people.

The majority of Republicans are frustrated. Sure, I get that. But everything shouldn’t come to a halt because you don’t control the White House.

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Here’s the Cincinnati Enquirer link for the full letter.


John Boehner Can’t Name One Example Of Obama Breaking The Law In 12 Paragraph CNN Op-Ed


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They keep overlooking the fact that President Obama is a constitutional lawyer so he will always make sure every “t” is crossed and every “i” is dotted with this congress.  Why do they keep assuming that President Obama is as dumb or dumber than they are?


Speaker of the House John Boehner spent twelve paragraphs writing about why he must sue President Obama, but what was missing from his CNN commentary was any examples of Obama breaking the law.

Boehner wrote, “But too often over the past five years, the President has circumvented the American people and their elected representatives through executive action, changing and creating his own laws, and excusing himself from enforcing statutes he is sworn to uphold — at times even boasting about his willingness to do it, as if daring the American people to stop him.”

That sounds dangerous, so what has the president done?

Boehner continued, “That’s why, later this month, we will bring legislation to the House floor that would authorize the House of Representatives to file suit in an effort to compel President Obama to follow his oath of office and faithfully execute the laws of our country.”

This is another allegation that the president has broken laws, but which laws did he violate?

The Speaker continued to ramble on without offering the slightest hint of specifics, “Even worse, the President’s habit of ignoring the law as written hurts our economy and jobs even more. Washington taxes and regulations always make it harder for private sector employers to meet payrolls, invest in new initiatives and create jobs — but how can those employers plan, invest and grow when the laws are changing on the President’s whim at any moment? I don’t take the House legal action against the President lightly. We’ve passed legislation to address this problem (twice), but Senate Democrats, characteristically, have ignored it.”

Was Boehner writing about Obamacare, the EPA rules on coal power plants, raising the minimum wage for federal contractors, immigration? Who knows? Speaker Boehner certainly doesn’t.

Speaker Boehner aimless drifts for a dozen paragraphs, thirteen if you count a one sentence paragraph which I didn’t, and he says nothing that everyone hasn’t heard Republicans accuse Obama of ever since the day that he first he took office.

The most revealing thing about Speaker Boehner’s CNN op-ed is the complete lack of evidence that it contains. Boehner couldn’t articulate a clear reason for suing the president much less a specific example that could be deemed worthy of a lawsuit. Every executive action that Obama has taken has decades or centuries legal precedent behind it. The Speaker has been trying to dodge the fact that he has no legal grounds to sue on.

Speaker Boehner has been working on this lawsuit for six months. Over the course of the past half year, House Republicans have not found a single instance where President Obama has broken the law. If Boehner had a specific example of the president breaking the law, he would be using it. The fact that he has been trying to whip Republicans into a frenzy over this lawsuit without telling them why they are suing the president speaks volumes about the merits of what Rep. Boehner is up to.

This lawsuit is a gimmick that is designed to distract Republican voters from the fact that in 2010 and 2012 Republicans promised to repeal Obamacare, but here we are in 2014, and not only is the ACA the law of the land, but it is more popular than ever. Republicans promised to shut down the government until they got their way, and failed. Failure is the defining characteristic of Boehner’s time as Speaker.

The years of Republican majority control of the House have been wrapped in failure. The lawsuit is nothing more than a shiny distraction. Benghazi didn’t distract. This IRS conspiracy flamed out, so all Boehner has left is an empty threat to sue the president.

Democrats are raising record sums of money while conservatives see through the gimmicks. Speaker Boehner has unleashed a backlash from all sides. Just like his CNN op-ed Boehner’s speakership has been full of bluster but ineptly lacking in action.

In other words, every time John Boehner brings up this lawsuit, House Republicans take another step towards losing in 2014.

Boehner Will Sue Obama For Stuff He Thought Was Totally Fine Under George W. Bush


Think Progress

Business as usual for this do nothing congress…sue the POTUS for recess appointments he made because they were not doing the work they were elected to do…

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) confirmed Wednesday that he will file a federal lawsuit challenging the executive actions of President Barack Obama, despite supporting President George W. Bush’s extensive use of executive authority.

Boehner said at a news conference, “You know the constitution makes it clear that the president’s job is to faithfully execute the laws and in my view the President has not faithfully executed the laws.” He added that the suit was “about defending the institution in which we serve” because “what we’ve seen clearly over the past 5 years is an effort to erode the power of the legislative branch.” He refused to say which specific actions he believes to be illegal.

President Obama has issued about 180 executive orders — a power that has been utilized byevery president since George Washington except for the brief-tenured William Henry Harrison — and taken other executive actions. A Boehner spokesman denounced these as “a clear record of ignoring the American people’s elected representatives and exceeding his constitutional authority, which has dangerous implications for both our system of government and our economy.”

But Boehner embraced the power of a Republican president to take action, even at times when he would circumvent Congress by doing so. President George W. Bush’s issuedhundreds of orders of his own over his eight years in office. In 2001 and 2007, Boehner strongly supported unilateral actions by Bush to prevent embryonic stem-cell research involving new embryos, saying the 2001 decision “preserves the sanctity of life and allows limited research that could help millions of Americans suffering from life-threatening diseases.” He endorsed a 2008 Bush executive order to limit earmarks. In the final days of Bush’s second term, he even wrote to the president asking him to use an executive order to exempt a historic steamboat from safety regulations after Congress opted not to do so.

Boehner even pushed for administrative compliance with one of President Obama’s executive orders. In 2010, he asked Obama for a progress report on implementation of an executive order banning taxpayer funding for abortion in Obamacare. In a letter to then-Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, he noted that the order had “paved the way” for the law’s passage and that the lack of update on implementation “does little to diminish widespread skepticism about the administration’s commitment to enforcing the Executive Order and preventing the law law from increasing federal support for abortion.”

While the president has limited power to act via executive order — the U.S. Supreme Court has even suggested that it would hold one of President Obama’s most controversial executive actions.

As of February, Obama had issued fewer executive orders than all but one of the other presidents since World War II.



Renegade dictator Obama not actually that much of a tyrant after all

Daily Kos

Chart showing executive orders issued by president, with Obama below average—and fewer than any recent president.

House Speaker Clown John Boehner isn’t saying exactly why it is that he’s planning on suing the president, but in general he says that the issue is that President Obama has usurped congressional power through executive action. As a result, the president is no longer “faithfully executing the laws of our country.”

So, at the 30,000-foot level, it’s a principled stand against a president engaging in an unprecedented expansion of executive authority. Except one little thing, notes Christopher Ingraham:

Back in February I analyzed the numbers on executive order frequency and found that Obama has actually been less likely to resort to the pen and phone than any president since Grover Cleveland.

And John Hudak of Brookings adds:

…claims that President Obama is issuing more than his predecessors is just flat wrong—and continues to be a talking point completely at odds with real data.

Fair point, but I doubt Boehner is listen

10 things you need to know today: June 20, 2014

Obama announces the deployment of 300 military advisers to Iraq. 

Obama announces the deployment of 300 military advisers to Iraq. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The Week

Obama sends 300 military advisers to Iraq, House Republicans pick Boehner ally as majority leader, and more

1. Obama sends 300 military advisers to help Iraq fight insurgents
President Obama announced Thursday that he was sending 300 military advisers to Iraq to help the embattled Shiite-led government fight off a rapid advance by extremist Sunni insurgents. “American forces will not be returning to combat in Iraq,” Obama said, “but we will help Iraqis as they take the fight to terrorists.” Obama said the goal was preventing an escalating civil war that could destabilized the entire region. [CNN]


2. McCarthy picked to replace Cantor as House majority leader
House Republicans chose Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) as their majority leader on Thursday. He will replace Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), who lost in a GOP primary to Tea Party-backed economics professor David Brat. McCarthy is a loyal lieutenant to Speaker John Boehner. Tea Partiers had wanted Cantor’s job for one of their own, but got McCarthy’s old spot — majority whip — which went to conservative Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana. [The New York TimesThe Christian Science Monitor]


3. White House announces sanctions over Uganda’s anti-gay law
The Obama administration announced Thursday that it was canceling a military exercise in Uganda and imposing sanctions in reaction to the country’s new anti-gay law. The U.S. is restricting visas for powerful Ugandans and cutting funding for a Ugandan police program, while avoiding directly impacting AIDS and food programs. The White House said the sanctions would help prevent abuses. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni blasted the move as “social imperialism.” [Reuters,The Washington Post]


4. Men exonerated in Central Park jogger case settle with NYC for $40 million
The five men convicted and later exonerated in the 1989 beating and rape of a female jogger in Central Park have agreed to accept a $40 million settlement from New York City to end their civil rights lawsuit. The initial story — that the then-teens were “wilding” and attacked the 28-year-old investment banker — dissolved when the men said their incriminating statements had been coerced, and a convicted rapist and murderer confessed to the crime. [The New York Times]


5. Marine who shielded comrade from grenade gets Medal of Honor
President Obama bestowed the Medal of Honor on retired Marine Cpl. William “Kyle” Carpenter, who lost most of his jaw and an eye when he shielded a fellow Marine from a grenade blast during a 2010 Afghanistan firefight. Carpenter, 24, was nearly given up for dead, had to be revived while being evacuated by helicopter, and was labeled dead on arrival at a field hospital. “The enemy killed me. I came back…” he said. “I won’t ever quit.” [CNN]


6. Education Department proposes rules to track campus sexual assaults
The Department of Education is proposing rules requiring colleges to publish statistics on domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking on campus. The plan, due to be published Friday, adds categories of crimes that schools receiving federal financial aid must report. The aim is to get schools to do more to reduce sexual assaults and protect victims. “Schools aren’t going to change unless they are pressured to,” one activist said. [The Christian Science Monitor]


7. CDC says scientists might have been exposed to anthrax
Dozens of scientists at a federal lab in Atlanta might have been accidentally exposed to anthrax after researchers failed to adequately deactivate live samples, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday. Up to 75 workers are being monitored for symptoms of the disease, the CDC says. None has shown any sign of illness so far. Investigators are looking into how the breach of protocol happened. [Reuters]


8. Fighting continues in Ukraine a day after cease fire proposal
Ukrainian troops clashed with pro-Russian separatists for a second consecutive day on Friday, despite a unilateral cease fire proposed two days earlier by the country’s president, Petro Poroshenko. Government forces hammered villages near a railroad hub north of the eastern regional capital of Donetsk, denying supplies to blockaded separatists in Slavyansk. NATO said Russia had returned thousands of troops to the Ukraine border. [ReutersThe New York Times]


9. Gov. Scott Walker accused of breaking election laws
Prosecutors say Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate, wasinvolved in a “criminal scheme” to violate state election laws, according to court documents filed in December and unsealed on Thursday. Walker and members of his staff allegedly filed false campaign reports and illegally coordinated fundraising efforts with conservative groups during the 2011 and 2012 elections, prosecutors say in the documents. Walker said two judges already said they “did not buy those arguments.” [The Associated Press]


10. Harley unveils its first electric motorcycle
Harley-Davidson unveiled its first electric motorcycle on Thursday. The iconic motorcycle manufacturer is launching a promotional tour next week that will give consumers a chance to see the new bike at 30 Harley dealerships across the country. The tour will move on to Canada and Europe in 2015. The sleek eco-hog, the LiveWire, can go from 0 to 60 mph in four seconds. Harley-Davidson isn’t saying yet how much it will cost, or when it will go on sale. [CNNDiscovery News]

Operation American Spring promises to drive Obama from office this Friday

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I wonder if this one will turn out better than the Truckers’ Protest

The Raw Story

Self-styled revolutionary patriots plan to converge on Washington, D.C., this week to drive President Barack Obama and disloyal lawmakers out of office.

“We are calling for the removal of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi, and Eric Holder as a start toward constitutional restoration,” said retired Army Col. Harry Riley, leader of the Operation American Spring protest group. “They have all abandoned the US Constitution, are unworthy to be retained in a position that calls for servant status.”

Operation American Spring aims to pressure those lawmakers who remain – or are replaced by officials of their own choosing – “to sponsor and pass very Constitutionally crafted State legislation to dissolve the size, powers, scope and spending of the U.S. Government by 2/3rds.”

The activists say they expect 10 million to 30 million like-minded Americans to join them Friday in the nation’s capital for a rally patterned after Occupy Wall Street and “Arab Spring” protests.

They also plan a sister event the same day in Bunkerville, Nevada, where militia groups have gathered to support scofflaw rancher Cliven Bundy in his dispute with the federal government.

Organizers also anticipate “incremental nullification” by state legislatures of “all withholding taxes, employment taxes, employer taxes, and income taxes.”

“This will effectively DOUBLE the size of ALL American Middle Class family weekly paychecks and cause our local city and town economies to boom,” the group promises on its Facebook page.

Tea Party Nation promoted Operation American Spring last month in an email to its members from founder Judson Phillips, who hinted at a violent response from the federal government, and sent invitations in January to the protest.

“There is no way a militia with small arms can defeat the kind of arms the U.S. government can bring to bear on such a battle, but one has to admire the courage of those people who showed up to confront them,” Phillips said, comparing the protest to the American Revolution. “That’s quintessentially American!”

Operation American Spring spokesman Terry Trussell told the “Patriot Nation” radio program that he feared Obama would order drone strikes on protesters, and host Mark Hoffman suggested participants bring emergency supplies and make other preparations in case of violence.

Riley told Before It’s News that his group does not want violence, but he admits that peaceful solutions have thus far proved ineffective.

“For more than five years, ‘we the people’ have been writing, calling, faxing Congress, the media, screaming in Town Halls, marching, rallying, demonstrating, petitioning, all to no avail,” Riley said. “Every branch of government looks at ‘we the people’ whom they have taken an oath to serve, as ‘pests,’ interfering with their political agenda, cramping their self-serving, greedy agendas. We have no faith in the ballot box any longer, as many believe this sacred secret box has been compromised.”

Previous attempts to drive Obama out of office by shutting down Washington, D.C., with massive protests or by encircling the “beltway” with semi-trucks have drawn far fewer participants than promised.

But Operation American Spring organizers say those ineffective protests helped pave the way for their own success.

“Every political persuasion, rich, poor, every color, all ages, men, women, liberal, conservative, independent, unemployed, et al, are now mobilizing to participate in this peaceful, non-violent, cause in the search for constitutional restoration for America,” Riley said. “We have well over 1 million militia members mobilizing; bikers, truckers, hunters, Tea Party groups — citizens across America. No, I don’t think 10 million (participants) is high at all.”

Or, as a blogger speculated at Before It’s News, the whole operation could be a false flag planted by the Obama administration to launch a civil war.

Listen to a radio jingle released by the group and posted online by Lady FiveFiftyThree:


The Great #Benghazi Sales Job

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The Daily Beast

The marketing of the #SelectCommittee, as only Republicans and Democrats can sell it.

The very serious #BENGHAZI investigation will not be forgotten like the investigations of Watergate (what was the outcome of that one, again?) or Iran-Contra, thanks to House Speaker John Boehner’s social-media prowess.

On Friday afternoon, Boehner tweeted an image of the all-star Benghazi select committee cast, coming soon to a cable news network near you.



“Meet your majority members for the #SelectCommittee on #Benghazi,” the tweet (which currently boasts 386 retweets) read. The chair of the committee, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), is pictured in the center of the advertisement, and flanked on each side by pictures of the other Republicans named to the committee by Boehner. Democrats have not yet appointed any members to the committee, but Boehner assured in another Friday tweet that the investigation will be both “serious” and “nonpartisan.”

Boehner later tweeted out a #FF to the committee members, followed by a glossy photo of the committee’s first meeting. Sticking to his #personal #brand, all of Boehner’s tweets included #SelectCommittee and #Benghazi hashtags.


“This is just being effective communicating through social media,” one Republican staffer told The Daily Beast. “Social media is weird and calls for such graphics.”

Instead of being concerned about Twitter, the staffer said, people should be more concerned “about the deaths of four Americans, [and] the administration obstructing the House’s oversight.” Boehner’s graphic includes a picture of each committee member and some advice: “Follow @SpeakerBoehner”—but it doesn’t say anything about those four Americans killed.

While Boehner has been busy #Branding, both Democrats and Republicans have been trying to one-up each other to see who can be more tasteless about the already tasteless and now YEARS LONG debate over Benghazi.

On Tuesday, the National Republican Congressional Committee (the campaign arm of the House GOP) posted an item to their blog, titled “You Can Become a Benghazi Watchdog Right Now.” The post asks “Will you automatically add your name today to join us and become a Benghazi Watchdog?” After filling in your name, email and ZIP Code, you are redirected to a contribution page, which suggests donations ranging from $25 to $500.

The following day, Rep. Gowdy told Politico that he has “never sought to raise a single penny on the backs of four murdered Americans.”

The Democratic Congressional Committee responded on Thursday to the blog post by releasing an ad, which charged the House GOP with “disgracefully fundraising off tragedy.” The dramatic ad includes clips of MSNBC hosts shrieking about the NRCC post and Rep. Eric Cantor skirting around a question about it.

Over at the Washington Free Beacon, the absurdity of the fundraising-off-Benghazi debate is highlighted nicely with a post on Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s own donation-seeking website, which on Friday published a blog entitled “Benghazi.“

Because why should Republicans be the only ones who exploit—excuse me, conduct extremely serious deliberations—on #Benghazi?