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Rahm Emanuel’s bid for Chicago Mayor put on hold UPDATE

An appeals court in Illinois has just ruled that Rahm Emanuel, President Obama’s former Chief of Staff, is ineligible to run for Mayor of Chicago because he has not meet the city’s residency requirements.  You may recall that a Cook County judge had ruled earlier that he did meet the requirements, and, thus, was eligible to run.

I’ll update this later as soon as I can get more specifics of the court’s ruling, but, thought you might be interested in the latest news on what is bound to be a continuing saga.

Update:

Should you care to do so, you can read the entire 42 page decision of the Illinois court here.  But, “distilled to its basics” (as we lawyers would say), the court held that the Chicago ordinance that requires a candidate to “reside in” the city for one year before being eligible to run means that the candidate must “live in” the city for that period of time.  An intention to return and leaving some belongings there doesn’t do it.  Resorting to some 200 years of history, the court felt that a candidate cannot “know the wants and demands of his constituency”, unless he or she is actually present in the community for the required period of time.

Pat Caddell calls out White House Claim that Obama has governed during the toughest times

In summary, says Caddell … it’s a lie and the former Democratic pollster says it’s a big one that apparently the White House hopes if they tell it often enough, people will actually believe it. Hey, forget WWII, the Civil War, 9-11 … these are the worst of times. Well to a certain extent, I have to agree. Read more

Obama chief of staff Emanuel travels with Secret Service agents

During a recent trip to visit his brother Ari in the village of Watch Hill in Westerly, R.I., White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel rated an advance team, about six agents from the Secret Service, and a few black Chevy Suburbans traveling with him.

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White House “comes clean” on Sestak allegations

Friday afternoon, after most Americans left work early to begin their long Memorial Day weekend, the White House finally issued its long-awaited explanation on the Sestak matter.  Although the timing of the release is suspect, the facts disclosed are even more so.

Congressman Joe Sestak (D. Pa.) has maintained since at least February that the White House offered him a high ranking position in the administration if he would withdraw from the Democratic Senate primary election  in Pennsylvania.  Sestak was running against Arlen Specter (D. Pa.), the republican, turned democrat, who was Obama’s choice for that seat. 

But, Friday’s revelation from the White House casts even further doubt on what actually happened.  According to Robert Bauer, White House counsel, what actually took place was that former president Clinton, at the behest of White House chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, spoke with Sestak to determine if Sestak would be interested in an “alternative path to service”, and raised the possibility of an “uncompensated advisory board” position if Sestak would drop out of the race.  And, Sestak quickly confirmed that that, in fact. was what had really happened.

I don’t know about you, but, the White House’s “recitation” of the facts seems a bit odd.  Sestak’s original statement was that he was offered a high level job by the White House.  By the time the administration circled the wagons, it was an unpaid position on an advisory board.  We are also asked to believe that the White House actually thought that Sestak would give up a very good chance of becoming a United States Senator in exchange for a non-paying advisory board position offered by a former president.

Of course, those pesky details may not matter, as both versions of the story provide the predicate for a clear violation of federal law.  And, in that conclusion, I have some support.  Before the White House released its version of the events, David Axelrod, a senior White House advisor, said,

that offering a job in exchange for Mr. Sestak’s withdrawal would constitute a serious breach of the law.

Anyone think we’ll see a special prosecutor?

Obligatory audio: Rep. Massa on Rahm Emanuel

From Real Clear Politics: “Rahm Emanuel is son of the devil’s spawn, Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY) said. “He is an individual who would sell his mother to get a vote. He would strap his children to the front end of a steam locomotive.”
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Media note to Special Olympics: It’s not about Rahm … it’s about Palin

This is just too much and hard to take seriously, except … well I do, and tells much about the left and their supposed sensitivity to “diversity”. Read more

Cheney vs Emanuel: Setting the record straight on Afghanistan

I must say from the outset that I am on the side of those strategists who believe the best course in Afghanistan is to move to counter-terrorism … and not escalate in Afghanistan. But I bristled when I heard WHCOS Rahm Emanuel tell John King on CNN that questions on strategy had never been asked.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4WGVcAjUAo

Last night former Vice President Dick Cheney set out to set the record straight. He makes the claim here that not only were the questions asked, but an entire strategy for dealing with a deteriorating situation in Afghanistan had been laid out and given to the Obama administration from the moment President Obama took office, a policy the Obama administration adopted virtually word for word.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGqqYeGCp4c

But don’t take Cheney’s word for it. Three weeks ago on my radio show, Center for National Policy  Vice President Scott Bates made the exact same statement … that the Obama administration reached out to the Bush administration not in January, but in November of last year for its assessment and its strategy for Afghanistan … a strategy that Bates told us, was adopted by the Obama administration because there was so little time and things there were deteriorating so rapidly. Listen for yourself, from September 29, 2009 from Sound Off.

[audio: https://radioviceonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/Scott-Bates-Ctr-for-Nat-Policy-9-29-09.mp3]

Understand, Scott had no idea this would be the center of controversy. He has advised both Democratic and Republican administrations and makes frequent trips to both Iraq and Afghanistan. He has been assisting Iraq in its elections, helping them set up and structure their government and has been called on to do the same in Afghanistan. He did this in the Balkans, Iraq, before their first election, and most recently in Afghanistan. He is a neutral.

As he says, he believes the best strategy is one that may now be called “The Biden Strategy”, that nation building would be a mistake. But facts are facts. The Bush administration fully analyzed the situation for the Obama administration, and was adopted  in March of this year. We all can debate strategy. Just not the facts.

The Cheney speech is a good one and should be seen in it’s entirety. Powerline has it all. It is so worth the entire watch … plus the Powerline take on the speech.

More Obama administration threats – Networks. Must. Drink. Kool Aid.

Just one year ago, could you envision the Executive Branch of the United States government actively going out and telling major news networks they better not do what Fox News is doing or you’ll regret it? What is the Obama administration going to do? Pull a Hugo Chavez and shut them down by edict?

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Obama’s Health Rationer-in-Chief

It is worth some time learning about the man who will be playing a pivotal role in Obamacare (should it come to pass), and who is already playing a pivotal role in Obama’s version of Medicare.

He is Dr. Ezikiel Emanuel, and, if the name sounds familiar, he is the brother of Rahm Emanuel, the White House Chief of Staff.  So far, Dr. Emanuel has  been appointed by the President to two very important positions…health policy advisor to the Office of Management and Budget, and, a member of the Federal Council on Comparative Effectiveness Research.

What does Dr. Emanuel think of Obama’s statement that we will  cover some of the costs of Obamacare by cutting waste, etc.?

Vague promises of savings from cutting waste, enhancing prevention and wellness, installing electronic medical records and improving quality of care are merely ‘lipstick’ cost control, more for show and public relations than for true change.

So, how would Dr. Emanuel control costs?

To him, the issue is the Hippocratic Oath.  Here is what he says about that,

“Medical school education and post graduate education emphasize thoroughness,” he writes. “This culture is further reinforced by a unique understanding of professional obligations, specifically the Hippocratic Oath’s admonition to ‘use my power to help the sick to the best of my ability and judgment’ as an imperative to do everything for the patient regardless of cost or effect on others.”

Although most would find that approach to the practice of medicine laudable, in Dr. Emanuel’s mind, adhering to the Hippocratic Oath is a problem because it does not “control costs”.   His solution…change the Hippocratic Oath.  Medical students should be trained,

to provide socially sustainable, cost-effective care. [emphasis supplied]

Exactly what is socially sustainable, cost effective care?  According to Dr. Emanuel, it is,

adding the communitarian perspective to ensure that medical resources will be allocated in a way that keeps society going: “Substantively, it suggests services that promote the continuation of the polity—those that ensure healthy future generations, ensure development of practical reasoning skills, and ensure full and active participation by citizens in public deliberations—are to be socially guaranteed as basic. [emphasis supplied]

Thus, according to Dr. Emanuel, health care is a basic right if you fit the above description.  Conversely, it is not a basic right if you fit the following description:

Covering services provided to individuals who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens are not basic, and should not be guaranteed. An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia. [emphasis supplied]

And who decides whether someone is “prevented” from becoming a participating citizen?  Given his leadership role in Obamacare, I suppose Dr. Emanuel gets to make that decision.

I wonder what medical care he would have given to Helen Keller had he been her family’s doctor?

One further insight into Dr. Emanuel’s thinking…

“Every favor to a constituency should be linked to support for the health-care reform agenda,” he wrote last Nov. 16 in the Health Care Watch Blog. “If the automakers want a bailout, then they and their suppliers have to agree to support and lobby for the administration’s health-reform effort.”

Hum…could there be a connection between the union support for Obamacare, and the auto bailout?

Middle Class Tax Increase

Newt Gingrich nailed it Friday when he showed how the Obama budget will eventually lay a hefty tax increase in rising energy costs on all Americans.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7d5DEWDPH9I

Yesterday on Face The Nation Bob Schieffer puts the question to Rohm Emmanuel who does a nice job of evading the question, instead talking about the $7.69 a week income transfer to lower in come folks. That is to say, Gingrich is correct.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UH-_NrteRVI

Nice try Rohm.