12/6/13

Lies that Barack Hussein Obama told me

By: Nelson Abdullah
Conscience of a Conservative

Lies, so many lies. As many as there are stars in the heavens. Where do I begin, do I write about Barack Hussein Obama or his other name Barry Soetoro, the name he got from his step-father in Indonesia. So much about Barack Hussein Obama is known to be a lie that some, including myself, have said he was more like The Man Who Never Was. For example, in 1991 Barack Obama’s then-literary agency, Acton & Dystel, distributed a 36-page promotional booklet about their clients that contains a biography on Barack Hussein Obama which states that Obama as “born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii.” This booklet remained in circulation until someone discovered it in 2007 and then claimed it was written in error without anyone asking him. This is a similar response we read today about Barack Hussein Obama denying he ever met his uncle Onyango Obama who was living in America illegally. USAToday writes:

Two years after saying President Obama had not met an uncle who faced deportation, the White House said Thursday that Obama lived briefly with him back in the 1980s.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said that Obama met Onyango Obama when he arrived in Cambridge, Mass., in the late 1980s to attend Harvard Law School; Obama stayed briefly with his uncle until his new apartment was ready.

Carney said the White House staff based its 2011 claim that the two had never met on a review of the documentary record — including Obama’s memoir — and had not asked the president himself.

The text of Obama’s biography from the literary agency Acton & Dystel, reads:

Barack Obama, the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review, was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii. The son of an American anthropologist and a Kenyan finance minister, he attended Columbia University and worked as a financial journalist and editor for Business International Corporation. He served as project coordinator in Harlem for the New York Public Interest Research Group, and was Executive Director of the Developing Communities Project in Chicago’s South Side. His commitment to social and racial issues will be evident in his first book, Journeys in Black and White.

This information directly clashes with Obama’s own, so-called autobiography Dreams From My Father, which we later learned was ghost written by Obama friend and Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers. It also clashed with the U.S. Constitution which states that only a person born in America can be president. So how can anyone begin to write the truth about a living fictional character? Truly, Barack Hussein Obama is “A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery Inside an Enigma”. In the end he should be removed from the White House, in handcuffs, and charged with the crimes of treason. He should not be impeached because that would leave all of his changes in place. He should be proven to be an illegal fraud and every piece of legislation he ever signed, every appointment he ever approved, every treaty he ever signed should become Null and Void.

1979 to 1981 Barack Hussein Obama attended Occidental College in Los Angeles, but later on decided to have all college records sealed. He left the school in his Junior year to move to New York City.

1981-1983 Barack Hussein Obama attended Columbia College in New York City, graduating in 1983 with a degree in Political Science yet no one in his graduating class ever remembered him being there.

1987 Obama met Trinity United Church of Christ pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright who ran a program called the Down Low to integrate homosexual men into normal society. Obama was widely known in Chicago’s gay bath house crowd.

1989 Obama returns to Chicago and met Michelle Robinson when he was employed as a summer associate for three months at the Chicago law firm of Sidley Austin in October 1987, and became a member of Rev. Wright’s Trinity Church in 1992. Later on Rev. Wright admits he never believed Obama abandoned his Muslim beliefs and became a Christian.

Obama spends over 20 years attending Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s racist black church yet he says he never heard Rev. Wright give a hate sermon against White people or use the term God Damn America.

1992-2004 Barack Hussein Obama taught constitutional law part-time at the University of Chicago Law School. He listed his employment as a Professor when he was actually just a lecturer but more importantly, the University later acknowledge they refused to hire him until someone told them to do so.

1997 to 2004 He served three terms representing the 13th District in the Illinois Senate. He won his first election after successfully challenging the nominating petitions of four other Democrats eliminating them from the ballot leaving him unopposed. He later ran unsuccessfully for the United States House of Representatives in 2000. During his seven years in the Illinois legislature he created an astounding record by voting “Present” over 100 times.

2004 In spite of his lackluster record of achievement in the Illinois Senate someone decided to select him to give a keynote speech on primetime television during the Democratic National Convention in July. This same year he was elected to the U.S. Senate after his campaign staff got hold of sealed divorce records of popular Illinois Republican Jack Ryan, husband of actress Jerri Ryan which forced him to drop out of the campaign only months before the election.

2007 Obama began his presidential campaign after only 2 years in the U.S. Senate. During the Republican primary, Obama’s staunch supporters in the leftist news media lauded the accomplishments of Senator John McCain, helping him win the GOP nomination. McCain had always been considered the weakest and most unpopular Republican and was easily defeated by Barack Hussein Obama. During the presidential campaign Obama declares his support for the Second Amendment rights of gun owners.

2009 Obama continues his history of lies by taking the oath to support and defend the Constitution. Later on, before a national television audience he displays a fraudulent copy of his birth certificate. Still later, after much doubt is raised, Obama releases a copy of the long form version of the birth certificate that is proven by experts to be a forgery.

2010 with the war against Muslim extremists raging in Iraq and Afghanistan Barack Hussein Obama institutes changes to the Armed Forces Rules of Engagement to prohibit troops on patrol from carrying loaded weapons, or to return fire when being fired upon from mosques or hospitals, the favorite places of concealment used by the enemy. It becomes obvious that devout Muslims who follow Islam consider it against their religion to aid in the killing of other Muslims.

2011 Obama’s Dept. of Justice ramps up Operation Fast and Furious allowing Mexican drug cartels to purchase guns in the United States and smuggle them into Mexico to further their crime wave. The expected fallout was to create a clamor for more gun control but it backfired when the scheme leaked out.

With strong hints of impending Martial Law and the possibility of U.S. troops combating American citizens on U.S. soil, Obama’s Defense Dept. begins a purge against high ranking military officers who refuse to shoot Americans. To date over 190 officers and generals have been forced to resign or retire.

On May 2, 2011, a Special Operations team called Seal Team Six conducted a secret raid inside Pakistan and killed Osama bin Laden, the founder and head of the Islamist militant group al-Qaeda. Three months later, on August 6, 2011, 15 members of the Seal Team Six unit that killed bin Laden were themselves killed when an undefended Chinook helicopter was shot down at night by a Taliban-fired rocket-propelled grenade in Maidan Wardak province, Afghanistan. The choice of the outdated, unarmed and over-loaded Chinook helicopter and the leaked plans for their night flight route leading up to a trap that resulted in 38 soldiers on board being killed has been viewed by many as payback for the death of Osama bin Laden. But who was doing the payback isn’t clear. During the 2012 presidential campaign Barack Hussein Obama boasted of his involvement in the death of Osama bin Laden, the perpetrator of the September 11, 2001 Muslim hijacking attacks on America. Even though there were strong rumors that Obama had little to do with the operation planning or execution of the raid in Abbottabad, Pakistani, there was suggestions he allowed the Seal Team Six to be set up afterward.

2012 Obama’s Dept. of Defense begins waging war against Christians in the military and threatens Court Martial against Chaplains who preach their faith.

2013 Obama’s previous statements about his Socialized Medicine plan called ObamaCare, offically named the Affordable Care Act, have come to haunt him after millions of Americans were notified that their existing health plans are being cancelled. Coincidentally, during the 2012 presidential campaign Obama boasted of this plan and adopted the unoffical term ObamaCare but in the wake of the disastrous roll out the White House stopped using the unofficial name.

There have been so many lies told by Barack Hussein Obama that it impossible to write about most of them. Some political observer commented that you can always tell when Obama lies when ever he opens his mouth. Jeff Cohen, author and media critic, writing on the liberal Huffington Post asks the question: “How Do You Know When President Obama Is Lying?

I was a young person when I first heard the quip: “How do you know when the President is lying? His lips are moving.” At the time, President Nixon was expanding the war in Vietnam to other countries and deploying the White House “plumbers” to commit crimes against antiwar leakers.

Forty years have passed. Sadly, these days, often when I see President Obama moving his lips, I assume he’s lying.

So do most of us.

So here are a few links to other sites that have compiled many more of those lies.

Top 10 Obama Lies. Human Events 7-23-2011

21 Blatant Lies Obama has Told you Directly to your Face

All False statements involving Barack Obama, Tampa Bay Times PolitiFact

252 Documented Examples of Barack Obama’s Lying, Lawbreaking, Corruption, Cronyism, etc.

This could go on forever. Do a Google Search for Obama Lies and you find 106,000,000 results.

My name is Nelson Abdullah and I am Oldironsides. Research for this piece included several articles on Wikipedia.

12/6/13

Repeal of Obamacare: An Easy Sale at the Door

By: Hugh Fike
The Forge

The news coverage of Obamacare has been anything but favorable lately. Left leaning columnist Ezra Klein recently published an article entitled “Sorry Liberals, Obamacare’s problems go much deeper than the website.” This is a stinging rebuke of a law that was once sold as the savior to those being crushed by rising health insurance costs. The problems of Obamacare are not limited to failed attempts to sign up online.

Sixteen million people, have healthcare plans that are not grandfathered in under Obamacare, which means that they will ultimately lose their current health plans.

So what is the Obama Administration now doing to remedy the situation? Enroll America is paying staffers with Get Covered America, to go door-to-door and offer to direct people through the Obamacare sign up process.

Recently Matt Labash of the Weekly Standard joined the staffers at Get Covered America in Hollywood, Florida to see how the hard sell was going. He wrote about a woman named Joyce in an article entitled “Hard Sell; Going door-to-door for Obamacare.” She says Obamacare caused her deductible to skyrocket from $400 to $1,500. Joyce, who voted for President Obama twice, now has to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine, a very uncomfortable position to be in.

Labash, also notes that through his experiences Obamacare “has now achieved such negative critical mass that it not only gets blamed for what it does do, but what it doesn’t.”

Heritage Action is also walking door-to-door.

We are speaking with Americans who understand that this is not just a website problem; this is a policy problem. In just a few months nearly 10,000 respondents told us they want Congress to repeal the President’s healthcare law. The Medicaid expansion in Florida will cost the taxpayers $4.1 billion through 2022 while hundreds of thousands of Floridians’ insurance policies are cancelled.

Door-to-door navigators paid for by Enroll America will try and convince Americans that Obamacare is only plagued by a faulty website, but we know it’s not just a website. The thousands of Americans we have spoken to, have told us the problems extend beyond just the website. Obamacare is destroying their healthcare and raising the cost of living and no door-to-door sales pitch can change that.

12/6/13

Obamacare Regulations Stifle Innovative LASIK Eye Surgeon

By: Katherine Rosario
The Forge

Who is Dr. Craig Beyer?

Dr. Craig Beyer, a practicing ophthalmologist and LASIK eye surgeon, is an innovative physician who at one time thought President Obama might bring some good ideas to the table in D.C. and voted for Mr. Obama in 2008. Then reality set in; Dr. Beyer quickly saw how Obamacare was going to adversely affect his practice and medicine in America more generally. He didn’t make the same mistake in the 2012 election.

When Mr. Obama was first running for office, Dr. Beyer was under the impression that he would reform Medicare physician reimbursement as part of Obamacare, making it fairer to doctors. But instead, Obamacare changed Medicare in ways that allow the federal government and bureaucrats to micromanage doctors even more. For example, as Heritage explains:

Obamacare mandates a 2 percent reduction in Medicare physician payments for doctors that do “not satisfactorily submit data” to Washington officials, and a 1 percent reduction for physicians who fail to follow bureaucrat-defined “cost” metrics.

Now Dr. Beyer is doing what he can to get the word out about how bad Obamacare is for medicine. In 2010, he published a book, Heaven or Health, a doctor’s common sense plan to save our health and our health care system. He also started a Facebook group, Doctors Against Obamacare, where he and other physicians post stories about the harmful effects of Obamacare.

But what makes his situation as a LASIK eye surgeon insightful for the rest of us? He has a perspective, experience with patients, and knowledge about the medical industry that D.C. bureaucrats and lawmakers do not. Yet, he says that nowhere in the Obamacare debate did lawmakers actually engage doctors.

Dr. Beyer was also part of the team that performed the world’s first laser vision correction procedure and was one of the first to perform experimental LASIK surgery in 1988. He knows the meaning of innovation and has experienced firsthand how effective the free market is in encouraging physicians to develop procedures that better meet their patients’ needs. He currently owns his own practice, Boulder Eyes Beyer Lasik, but he also dedicates time to combating the destructive law known as Obamacare.

LASIK and the Free Market

Last May, John Stossel wrote about the mind numbing ways Obamacare micromanages health care in America. For example, few people are aware just how many times the words “the Secretary shall promulgate regulations” are repeated in the text of the law. One estimate is that these paper pushers have added 30 words of regulations for every word in the original law.

“Government likes to think regulations can account for every possibility.” Stossel said this excessive regulation makes sense on “Government-Planned World,” but “it will be no more successful than Soviet central planning.

Then, to demonstrate how the free market works better than government regulation, he wrote about LASIK:

Compare all that to a tiny part of American medicine that is still free-market: Lasik eye surgery.

Its quality has improved, while its costs have dropped 25 percent. Lasik (and cosmetic surgery) are specialties that provide a better consumer experience because they are a market. Patients pay directly, so doctors innovate constantly to please them. Lasik doctors even give patients their cell phone numbers.

Stossel was right; from Dr. Beyer’s first hand perspective, Obamacare is smothering LASIK eye surgeons’ ability to operate in the free market. Obamacare limits the amount of money that can be placed in FLEX Accounts, and under Obamacare, health care plans that encourage such shopping around, such as catastrophic plans with high deductibles and tax-deferred health savings accounts, are much more difficult for individuals to obtain. The Cincinnati Business Courier reported on this very phenomenon in April.

Dr. Beyer added that by limiting insurance options – whether those limitations come through a single-payer system, Medicare, or limiting individuals to 2 or 3 insurance companies under Obamacare – through fee setting, the government can dictate where patients are sent and which doctors they are able to see. Therefore, there will be less competition, less patient choice, increased administrative costs, decreased payments to providers and ultimately, worse patient outcomes.

Dear Liberals, Doctors Are People Too

Dr. Beyer said:

“Providers aren’t slaves yet their biggest employer (the government) thinks they are. As the government moves closer and closer to a single payer system (like Medicare), it will continue to ratchet down on doctors, who unlike other government employees, are not represented by unions and not afforded the ability to collectively bargain.”

That is a very important point that liberal pundits and politicians do not seem to comprehend. Excessive, restrictive government regulations and decreasing payments to physicians make the practice of medicine more tedious, less rewarding, and less attractive so ultimately doctors have no choice but to leave the profession. The Heritage Foundation notes:

Obamacare exacerbates [the physician shortage in the U.S.] by further worsening physicians’ attitude regarding the health care system. According to a survey by The Doctors Company, the largest insurer of physician and surgeon medical liability in the nation, not only do doctors believe that Obamacare will not improve the health care system, they also anticipate that it will make the current condition worse.

All too often, the left makes doctors out to be the enemy, condemning them for being paid too much, but good doctors are vital to the good of our nation. Doctors go through the grueling years of medical school and residency – generally a 7 to 8 year period during which hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt are acquired, not to mention the stress endured.

Dr. Beyer addresses this in his book, Heaven or Health, explaining that a young man who finds work as a plumber at the age of 18 making $40 thousand per year will have a significantly greater net worth by the time he is 40 years old than a doctor who begins working at the age of 32, having acquired $120 thousand in debt. The young doctor faces higher tax rates, must pay the interest on his loans, and must pay down his debt.

Moreover, it is especially egregious for liberal politicians to criticize doctors for how much they are reimbursed for their services and to manipulate physicians’ income through invasive regulations. Think about Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) 17% who opposed a cut in Congressional pay because it would offend her “dignity”:

I don’t think we should do it; I think we should respect the work we do. I think it’s necessary for us to have the dignity of the job that we have rewarded.

Nancy Pelosi gets paid $193,400 per year in taxpayer money to help ruin the country with destructive liberal policies. It doesn’t matter if she has roughly $30 million in the bank – she gets taxed on her income. Conversely, a doctor whose net worth is negative $1.2 million (doctors who start their own practice often have to invest hundreds of thousands in medical equipment alone), and who made $275 thousand per year is considered rich and taxed on his or her income, because the debt doesn’t count against income.

Nancy Pelosi and her Democrat colleagues are unrelenting Obamacare supporters, even though the law is destroying American healthcare. Dr. Beyer has ideas about how to improve this situation. The Heritage Foundation does too. And they look nothing like Obamacare.

12/6/13

Mandela was an honorable man…

By: T F Stern
T F Stern’s Rantings

The news media has reported the death of Nelson Mandela, (1918 – 2013) . According to representatives of the ANC, Mandela’s passing caused the sun to pause in its trek across the skies of Africa for fifteen minutes and a new star has been seen in the East; well, perhaps that’s a bit of an exaggeration. What they actually published:

“The large baobab tree has fallen, but its roots will nourish the soil forever,”

Mandela pushed long and hard for a communist take over of the white minority controlled apartheid government in South Africa using brutal tactics, tactics which have been glossed over as necessary for the good of his fellow man. FoxNews reported, and it comes as no surprise, that fellow tyrants from around the world joined in praises to one of their heroes. Barrack Obama included his two cents worth, or if your from Zimbabwe, his twenty five million dollars worth.

“In Washington, President Obama called him one of the “most influential, courageous and profoundly good” people to ever have lived.

“He achieved more than could be expected of any man,” an emotional Obama said, in remarks from the White House, adding: “He belongs to the ages.”’

Most high school students had Shakespeare’s, Julius Caesar, as required reading. I wasn’t what you’d call a ‘good student’; but found this particular assignment rather enjoyable. Marc Anthony’s pointed reminders to those responsible for Caesar’s murder made for some serious book time.

“For Brutus is an honorable man;
So are they all, all honorable men”

I won’t fill the page with the rest; but go read this masterpiece of finger pointing. Its can be used to identify today’s heroes, today’s villains and ‘Marc” them for what they truly are.

You won’t find too many people talking about Nelson Mandela’s past “indiscretions”. What you’ll find are plenty of folks telling us that the end justifies the means; and after all, it’s not what he did when he was a young murdering thug that we should remember, it’s all the good he achieved once he came to power.

You could bet the farm most publicly schooled individuals are not familiar with the term “necklacing” or the recorded fact that the ANC, to include Nelson Mandela, used this form of terrorism and torture to bring about their communist takeover of the white minority controlled South African government.

While making South Africa a better place for Black people, Mandela and the ANC would take a young black person who wouldn’t “toe the line” or support their radical agenda, tie his hands and feet with wire, place a tire filled with gasoline around his neck and set him ablaze as a warning to others. And you thought the SEIU could intimidate folks; but they are just now getting started.

This is the legacy of Nelson Mandela you won’t hear about today. It’s water under the bridge that won’t be printed in any Common Core textbooks, you can be sure of that. Mandela supported everything our current crop of communists support. So when you hear politicians from around the world and their lap dog media lauding Mandela as a hero, a hero worthy of eternal praise, consider Marc Anthony’s remarks as a footnote.

“For Mandela was an honorable man;
So are they all, all honorable men”

This article has been cross-posted to The Moral Liberal, a publication whose banner reads, “Defending The Judeo-Christian Ethic, Limited Government & The American Constitution.”

12/6/13

A Convention of States: Is it Time?

By: Susan Knowles
Gulag Bound

We the PeopleThere is a buzz going around about the need for a Convention of States. It is time, some declare, to put an end to the overreaching of the federal government that we continue to see almost daily from this Administration and Congress.

Who started the buzz? Mainly author Mark Levin who proposes the idea of a Convention of States in his new book, The Liberty Amendments. He contends that Article V of the U.S. Constitution may hold the key for American citizens to save the Republic.

Article V reads as follows:

The Congress, whenever two thirds of both houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this Constitution, or, on the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the several states, shall call a convention for proposing amendments, which, in either case, shall be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the legislatures of three fourths of the several states, or by conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other mode of ratification may be proposed by the Congress; provided that no amendment which may be made prior to the year one thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any manner affect the first and fourth clauses in the ninth section of the first article; and that no state, without its consent, shall be deprived of its equal suffrage in the Senate.

Article V could effectively bypass the need for Congress to act to amend the Constitution and instead allow the states to call a convention in order to propose an amendment. Ratification of three fourths of the gathered states or thirty eight states would be necessary in order for ratification to become effective, thus legally amending the Constitution.

State Rep. Bill Taylor, SC

There have already been several state representatives who indicate that they are interested in this method to propose constitutional changes. State Rep Bill Taylor, representing South Carolina, has filed legislation calling for a Convention of States to take place. His bill, introduced on December 3, 2013, is part of a national campaign organized by the Convention of States Project. Virginia has also joined in as a state who believes that it is time for such an action.

Some argue, however, that a “Madison Amendment” should be used instead of a Convention of States plan. This amendment would ask Congress to enact an amendment to the Constitution which would allow the states to propose amendments to the Constitution without the need of a convention. If two-thirds of the states pass identical legislation then it would be sent back to the states for ratification.

The flaw with this argument as Mr. Levin points out is that Congress will never pass a law making it easier for the states to amend the Constitution. Congress will not allow its’ powers to be eroded. Also, I believe it defeats the very purpose for the Convention of States. Instead of using their own powers under the Constitution, the states would once again be giving Congress control by asking them to amend the Constitution essentially on the states’ behalf. Not a viable option when the goal is to limit the federal government’s powers.

So what is the Convention of States Project (COS)?

COS was founded by Citizens for Self Governance for the purpose of stopping the runaway power of the federal government, according to their website. They believe that the solution lies within a grassroots movement to get at least 40 states together for the purpose of limiting the power and jurisdiction of the federal government.

COS sees the problems as four major abuses coming from the federal government. The first abuse is the out-of-control spending by this Administration. Not only are they concerned about the $17 trillion national debt but they are also concerned about the trillions more that the federal government owes in vested Social Security benefits and other problems.

Secondly, COS sites a “Regulatory Crisis” in which because of the legislation or burden placed upon businesses, the real GDP growth has been lowered and the U.S. has been made 72% poorer.

Thirdly, COS is concerned with how Congress has continued to erode the rights of the states by enacting federal legislation. The end result is that states’ rights to control themselves, which was the original plan under the Constitution, have continued to be stripped away by the federal government.

Finally, COS indicates that the federal government must be limited in order to protect the liberties granted under our Constitution. It was never the intent of the founding fathers to broadly grant the federal government powers over the states. The opposite is true. Checks and balances at the federal level were to be in place and anything not specifically granted to Congress for legislative control was to be left to the states to decide. We see a Congress today that decides laws for the states without even considering the will of the people within those states.

Statue of liberty smallWill a Convention of States make a difference? That remains to be seen. What is obvious, however, is that if we continue to be reactive rather than proactive, the rights we currently have left will continue to be diminished even further by a Congress and Administration that is left unchecked.

If you are interested in helping, COS is looking for 100 people in a minimum of 40 states to volunteer in at least 75% of the state legislative districts. They also offer a “Citizen’s Toolkit” on their website to help you get started.

COS believes as I do, that only through the support of the American people will this endeavor have a chance to succeed in restoring the power to the states and ultimately, to “We the People.”

—–GB—–

Knowles-Freedoms-FlightSusan Knowles is an author, psychotherapist and former practicing attorney. Her latest book, a political fiction, is entitled, “Freedom’s Fight: A Call to Remember” available on Amazon.com. Her website is www.susanknowles.com, where this article may also be found.

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12/6/13

Congress Wants to Tax Your Christmas Tree

By: Amy Payne
The Foundry

Christmas trees are pretty unpopular, right?

The House must think so, since its farm bill would pave the way to set up a Christmas Tree Promotion Board. Its purpose would be “to enhance the image of Christmas trees and the Christmas tree industry in the United States.”

And it would be funded by a 15-cent tax on fresh Christmas trees—which sellers are free to pass on to you, the Bob Cratchits of America.

A couple of years ago, after significant backlash—in large part due to the efforts of The Heritage Foundation—the Administration backed off and issued a stay of this tax. But now Congress could make the tax a reality as the House and Senate work out differences between their farm bills.

See 8 more things that could go wrong with the farm bill >>>

As Heritage expert Daren Bakst has said:

A 15-cent tax may not seem like much. However, taxes are a death by a thousand cuts. One of those cuts shouldn’t come from the Christmas tree. One way to actually hurt the image of the Christmas tree is to make it a symbol of taxation during the holiday season.

Congress might as well throw in a jingle bell tax, too. That’s how farm-related a lot of the “farm” bill is. The “farm” policies Congress is considering include:

Congress may agree to consider a new farm bill any time now. As it is, taxpayers could be looking at a trillion-dollar, subsidy-filled disaster—complete with a Christmas tree tax. Humbug.