Bob Woodward: Obama Showing 'A Kind of Madness I Haven't Seen In a Long Time' - Business Insider - The Washington Post's Bob Woodward ripped into President Barack Obama on "Morning Joe" today, saying he's exhibiting a "kind of madness I haven't seen in a long time" for a decision not to deploy an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf because of budget concerns. "Can you imagine Ronald Reagan sitting there and saying, 'Oh, by the way, I can't do this because of some budget document?'" Woodward said. "Or George W. Bush saying, 'You know, I'm not going to invade Iraq because I can't get the aircraft carriers I need?'" Or even Bill Clinton saying, 'You know, I'm not going to attack Saddam Hussein's intelligence headquarters,' ... because of some budget document?" The Defense Department said in early February that it would not deploy the U.S.S. Harry Truman to the Persian Gulf, citing budget concerns relating to the looming cuts known as the sequester. "Under the Constitution, the President is commander-in-chief and employs the force. And so we now have the President going out because of this piece of paper and this agreement. 'I can’t do what I need to do to protect the country,'" Woodward said. "That’s a kind of madness that I haven't seen in a long time," he said. Woodward's harsh criticism came after he stirred controversy last weekend by calling out Obama for what he said was "moving the goal posts" on the sequester by requesting that revenue be part of a deal to avert it. Read more.........
(2) Bob Woodward: A 'Very Senior' White House Person Warned Me I'd 'Regret' What I'm Doing - Business Insider - Bob Woodward said this evening on CNN that a "very senior person" at the White House warned him in an email that he would "regret doing this," the same day he has continued to slam President Barack Obama over the looming forced cuts known as the sequester.
CNN host Wolf Blitzer said that the network invited a White House official to debate Woodward on-air, but the White House declined.
"It makes me very uncomfortable to have the White House telling reporters, 'You're going to regret doing something that you believe in,'" Woodward said. Read more......
(3) Under the Bus: Homeland Security Official Resigns Over Release of Illegals from Detention Centers, Update: Retiring, Not "Resigning" - Hot Air - You’ve got to be kidding.
The Associated Press has learned that the Homeland Security Department official in charge of the agency’s immigration enforcement and removal operations has resigned after hundreds of illegal immigrants were released from jails because of government spending cuts.
In an email obtained Wednesday by the AP, Gary Mead told coworkers that he was leaving U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the end of April. Mead is the head of enforcement and removal operations at ICE.
So, even though releasing the detainees very conveniently served Obama’s goal of increasing the pants-wetting over sequester cuts while also very conveniently making the amnesty fans in his base happy, this was just Gary Mead going rogue without any direction from the White House. And Obama’s so mad about it that Mead has to clear out his desk immediately two months from now. Let me gently suggest that in the unlikely event Mead really did order this on his own, perhaps he was just acting in the spirit of his boss, who not so subtly suggested a few days ago that if a deal wasn’t reached on cuts ASAP then border security might have to go bye-bye for awhile. Read more.......
(4) Ben Carson: White House Repeatedly Asked for an Advance Copy of My Speech - The Blaze - Dr. Ben Carson rebuffed multiple requests from the White House for an advance copy of his speech for the National Prayer Breakfast earlier this month, a speech in which he criticized President Barack Obama sitting just a few feet away.
Carson told The Hill he told the White House no, because he doesn’t put his remarks on paper beforehand.
“I told them that I don’t have an advance copy because I don’t write out my speeches and I don’t use teleprompters …they asked more than once … I gave them the [Biblical] texts around which the remarks would be framed … I said read those texts, the remarks will be framed around those … that should have told them something,” Carson told The Hill.
The White House didn’t comment on Carson’s disclosure. Read more........
(5) Cutting Healthcare Costs by Killing Patients - American Thinker - U.N. Resolution 260 (III) -- Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide -- was signed on December 9, 1948. It memorializes a worldwide consensus against state-sanctioned killing of people by groups. The convention protects "national, ethnical, racial or religious group[s]." The Convention forgot to protect a group called the expensives.
Nation-states are killing people based on their costliness, rather than their place of origin, skin color, religious commitment, political affiliation, or ethnicity. In order to cut healthcare costs, Great Britain and soon the U.S. will eliminate (kill) patients whose only crime is being expensive to treat.
Supporters of the ACA such as President Obama and Dr. Don Berwick openly and proudly said that ObamaCare was modeled after the British National Health Service (NHS). It is reasonable to expect that what the NHS has done in England will be done here. Additional acronyms that must be added to our body of evidence include NICE, IPAB, LCP, and WaSEPTS. Each will be explained.....IPAB members are appointed. Its meetings are not open to public scrutiny. There is no oversight. IPAB is tasked with deciding which medical treatments are deemed "cost-effective" and which are not. IPAB then recommends to Congress that the former be authorized for payment and the latter not.
IPAB recommendations have the effect of automatic law. Congress can only make substitutions: deleting certain items and replacing them with others. Rejection of IPAB recommendations is not permitted under ObamaCare.
Effectively, IPAB is practicing medicine by making healthcare payment law. Doctors may advise the patient what is the best care, but the treatment that the patient actually gets or does not get is decided by IPAB. Read more......