Obama’s Exclusive George Soros Waivers – HUMAN EVENTS | Michelle Malkin


“Millionaires and billionaires,” President Obama says derisively, must make more “sacrifices” and live by the same rules the rest of America lives by. But there are seven little words that will never appear on the White House teleprompter: “And that means you, too, George Soros.”

For all his (and his wife’s) bashing of greedy Wall Street hedge-fund managers, Obama has shown nothing but love to the world’s most famous hedge-fund mogul. The feeling is mutual and deep(-pocketed).

Soros and his family shelled out $250,000 for Obama’s inauguration, $60,000 in direct campaign contributions and untold millions more to liberal activist groups pushing the White House agenda. While the class warrior-in-chief assails conniving financiers who exploit loopholes and corporate titans who imperil the planet, he lets the Soros exemptions to his attack-the-rich rules slide like butter on a hot plate.

This week, for example, Soros announced he was “quitting” the hedge-fund industry. The headlines emphasized his decision to return about $750 million to outside investors (a drop in his $30 billion bucket of personal wealth). He’s reconstituting the business that landed him on Forbes magazine’s “wealthiest people” list as a “family” interest. But the move has “self-serving politics” written all over it.

Over the past year, Soros provided coveted support for Obama and the Democrats’ Byzantine financial “reforms” under the sweeping Dodd-Frank law. He preached to financial publications around the world about the need for increased regulatory controls over his industry. And in November 2008, while paying obligatory lip service to concerns about going too far, he submitted a statement to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that recommended: “The entire regulatory framework needs to be reconsidered, and hedge funds need to be regulated within that framework.”

Frameworks for thee, but not for he, however.

Under Title IV of Dodd-Frank, hedge funds were required to abide by new registration and reporting requirements in an attempt to better police systemic risk (not that the feckless Securities and Exchange Commission has ever been able to fulfill that mission). To evade the regulations, Soros and other firms have used a recently passed rule allowing so-called family offices to shield themselves from both registration and disclosure rules that would have subjected Soros Inc. to a new “Financial Stability Oversight Council.”

Somehow, in touting its one-year anniversary last week, there was nary a peep about the myriad loopholes and de facto waivers being granted to Obama’s powerful benefactors whose names start with “S” and end in “-oros.”

GOP Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama called Soros’ hypocrisy out, telling Reuters this week: “It appears that Mr. Soros talked up financial reform only to sell it short. Don’t be surprised to see his fellow Wall Street financiers follow suit.”

This comes on top of the Obama administration’s $2 billion offering in 2009 to Brazilian state-owned offshore oil-drilling company Petrobras — in which Soros and his management company own an $811 million stake.

Offshore drilling for they, but not for the rest of the USA. Membership in the self-exempting progressive billionaires’ club has its privileges.

via Obama’s Exclusive George Soros Waivers – HUMAN EVENTS.

Republican Rebellion Stalls Debt-Ceiling Vote – HUMAN EVENTS | Audrey Hudson


A showdown with Democrats to raise the debt ceiling turned into a Republican rebellion Thursday night that forced House Speaker John Boehner to abruptly pull his legislation from the floor to court his own caucus for votes.

Republicans and freshmen Tea Party members filed into the speaker’s office for last-minute arm-twisting, but many left saying they still planned to vote no, some making their way to the chapel to pray.

Rep. Hal Rogers (R.-Ky.), the powerful Appropriations Committee chairman, was reportedly seen ushering the lawmakers into Boehner’s office.

Rep. Louis Gohmert (R.-Tex.) said afterward he was a “bloody, beaten down no.”

Other Republican lawmakers who remained no votes after meeting with Boehner include Jason Chaffetz of Utah, Jeff Flake of Arizona, and Jeff Duncan and Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina.

Earlier in the day, Boehner said at a press conference that his compromise was the best deal for Republicans.

“The bill is not perfect, I never said it was perfect, no one in my caucus thinks it’s perfect,” Boehner said.

This is the second plan in as many weeks House Republicans have sent to the Senate to avoid default. With the Aug. 2 deadline approaching, Democrats have not put their own plan on the floor for a vote. Neither has Obama offered a plan for action.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid kept his caucus on standby, declaring that within minutes of House passage, he intended to bring up Boehner’s Budget Control Act of 2011 and defeat the measure.

The legislation would reduce the deficit by $917 billion over 10 years, while allowing a short-term rise in the deficit ceiling of $900 billion. It would cap discretionary spending and create a bipartisan congressional committee to recommend future spending cuts.

The measure also requires both Houses to vote on a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution by the end of the year. The House was planning to vote on the amendment Friday.

During the debate Thursday, Democrats called Boehner’s bill “a sham,” “abusive,” “slash-and-burn politics,” “radical,” a “manufactured crisis,” and one that will bring “historical hardship” and “poverty,” and kill millions of jobs.

“What we’re trying to do is save the world from the Republican budget,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.).

“We’re trying to save life on this planet as we know it today,” Pelosi said.

Rob Andrews (D.-N.J.) called the bill a “user’s guide as to how to cut Social Security and Medicare.”

Rep. David Dreier (R.-Calif.), chairman of the House Rules Committee, said no such items are in the bill.

“I’ve gone through it, and I just don’t see it,” Dreier said. “There are in fact exemptions in this bill to make sure Social Security and Medicare are not touched. Those saying this measure will bring about those cuts are mischaracterizing the bill and have not read it,” Dreier said.

Republicans said Democrats were trying to scare Americans into giving Congress “another blank check.”

“A manufactured crisis? Who went on television to scare senior citizens that their Social Security might be in doubt? President Obama,” said Rep. Paul Ryan, (R.-Wis.), chairman of the House Budget Committee.

James Lankford (R.-Okla.) said the bill is a bipartisan, middle-ground compromise.

“It’s not the draconian monster that has been described,” Lankford said.

Dreier said the debt ceiling has been raised 75 times since 1962 without debate, policy changes, or any strings attached. “That approach is precisely the fundamental problem,” Dreier said.

A battle that initially pitched Republicans against the Obama White House degenerated this week into an inner-party squabble between Tea Party freshman holding our for tougher cuts and Boehner, who brokered the compromise.

According to the National Journal, Republicans intending to vote no include Todd Akin of Missouri, Justin Amash of Michigan, Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Paul Broun of Georgia, Jason Chaffetz of Utah, Jeff Duncan of South Carolina, Trent Franks of Arizona, Phil Gingrey of Georgia, Louie Gohmert of Texas, Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, Tom Graves of Georgia, Tim Huelskamp of Kansas, Jim Jordan of Ohio, Jeff Landry of Louisiana, Connie Mack of Florida, Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina, Ron Paul of Texas, Dennis Ross of Florida, Steve Southerland of Florida, Tim Scott of South Carolina, Joe Walsh of Illinois and Joe Wilson of South Carolina.

Republicans leaning no include Jeff Flake of Arizona, Steve King of Iowa and David Schweikert of Arizona.

Discontent spread to the blogosphere and talk radio, where conservative organizations such as Heritage Action and Club for Growth lobbied against Boehner’s plan.

Republicans did make some inroads in the debate process—taxes were off the table and the Senate Democrats’ plan agreed that trillions of dollars in spending cuts are needed.

“Even more shocking is the fact that Democrat leaders and the President himself have endorsed every feature of this legislation except one: And that’s the fact that it doesn’t allow the President to avoid another national debate about spending and debt until after the next presidential election,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R.-Ky.).

“This assurance is the only thing the President and Senate Democrats are holding out for right now,” McConnell said.

via Republican Rebellion Stalls Debt-Ceiling Vote – HUMAN EVENTS.

Newt and Callista Weekly Recap | Newt Gingrich


Newt and Callista Screen Nine Days in Lexington, MA.

On Monday, Newt and Callista joined Catholic Citizenship in Lexington, MA. to screen their documentary, Nine Days that Changed the World. The film documents Pope John Paul II’s historic pilgrimage to Poland in 1979 that led to the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe.

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Governor Rick Scott’s Weekly Newsletter – July 29, 2011


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Florida Adds 85,500 Jobs Since January 2011This week, I continued the fight to ensure every Floridian has an opportunity to get a job. On Monday, I visited the Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce. We talked about how we can bring jobs to our state and I let them know that Florida is on the right track. Last week, we learned that Florida continues to buck the national trend and since January has added 85,500 jobs. We still have a long way to go, but we are off to a great start. Thanks to the members of the Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce for the wonderful visit.

Also this week, to mark the 21st Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, I signed Executive Order #11-161 creating the Governor’s Commission on Jobs for Floridians with Disabilities. During the economic downturn, workers with disabilities lost jobs at a 9 percent higher rate than people without disabilities. The commission that I created this week will help Floridians with disabilities obtain employment.

As we work to attract jobs to Florida, we need to ensure Floridians with disabilities have an opportunity to have a job. Employment opportunities help persons with disabilities increase their independence and enjoy a better quality of life.

I invite you to view the links below to find out more about what we are doing to make Florida the number one place to live, work or play.

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Promises Made, Promises Kept:Governor Scott Creates Commission on Jobs for Floridians with Disabilities

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Workgroup Established to Examine Assisted Living Facilities

jpegFirst Lady Ann Scott visited the Delray Beach Public Library on Monday. She was joined by Jeanette Sparano, wife of Miami Dolphins Head Coach Tony Sparano. Together, they read to a room full of summer campers and encouraged summer reading. The visit was the next stop on the First Lady’s Summer Literacy Adventure. The library provides thousands of free books to children during the summer camp program.

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While in Puerto Rico this week with the National Lieutenant Governor’s Association, Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll met with the Governor of Puerto Rico Luis Fotruno and Mario Gozalez-Lafuente from the Department of Economic Development and Commerce.

For the past two years Puerto Rico’s financial situation and Florida’s were very similar and our respective leaders, Governor Luis Fortuno and Governor Rick Scott are working to fix the problems in similar fashion. Both inherited a deficit yet balanced the budget. Both cut government spending. Both reformed public employee pensions. Both cut government red-tape to encourage small business development and job growth. And both lowered taxes. With these measures Puerto Rico and Florida are realizing job growth and a better climate for business to operate and create jobs.

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Ah, so!, Mulhere’s a Lobbyist for Economic Development in Ave Maria, FL | James Pat Guerréro


Ah, so!, as the Japanese say, Robert Mulhere is a lobbyist/consultant and owns Mulhere & Associates LLC, a Collier County lobbying firm. Yet, Mulhere actually works for the Collier County Economic Development Council (EDC) as Chairman, which also means he’s a government official. Coming back to government, any business, like Arthrex, Inc., has no choice but to somehow get around government to do business. With Mulhere’s credentials any business could decide to get his help. Ah, so!, Mulhere is on the side of business against another government official, Commissioner Hiller. By Mulhere’s claim, not only does Commissioner Hiller misrepresent growth in Jim Coletta’s District 5, which includes Ave Maria, but also Commissioner Hiller misrepresents her own District 2. The two potential growth spots for Arthrex happen to be in both Districts 2 and 5.

Mulhere’s hypothesis is negative. There is no reason why Hiller would misrepresent her District and Commissioner Jim Coletta’s District 5, including Ave Maria, precisely because there isn’t any reason to do so.

One should go over Commissioner Hiller’s credentials to remind:

  • Republican; not a RINO, contrary to the ideas of the Collier County Commission (CCC)
  • Conservative; something really new to the CCC – a lady on fire for conservatism
  • Fiscally Responsible; she said she would be so, and she is
  • Attorney; the only attorney on the CCC
  • Public Accountant; that would assist the Commissioners to account for their decisions on taxpayers’ money

Mulhere has his own conflicting situation: a lobbyist and government official at the same time on the same issue. Now, Mulhere has to deal with Hiller’s claim according to the Naples Daily News (NDN).

Hiller said her arguments against Arthrex receiving the incentives were misrepresented in an attempt to impugn her integrity.

Hiller was the only dissenting vote 4 – 1 against Arthrex receiving the incentives, yet it appears to be the only vote that unsettles the lobbyists and business. Impugning a Commissioner’s integrity is a serious issue, but the underlying problem is that Mulhere and Arthrex certainly realize that any growth either in District 2 or 5 will be very carefully scrutinized accounting-wise, and they’re afraid of that risk. Fear may encourage these men and women to move in the direction to somehow unseat Commissioner Hiller. Would that fearful action be a conservative move in the climate of correcting corruption in Collier County?

EDC Executive Director Tammie Nemecek first tried to get Jackson Laboratory to come to Ave Maria, Collier County, Florida, which did not work. Now, she wants Arthrex to grow into Ave Maria, which may not work. Then, she wants Commissioner Hiller to admit that she’s politically stopping Jim Coletta from receiving benefit if Arthrex receives incentives for growing in Ave Maria. One can answer easily that Jim Coletta will benefit unconditionally and politically. But that’s not the reason Commissioner Hiller voted solely against in a 4 -1 vote. Commissioner voted against according to her judgment as a Commissioner in Collier County because of potentially unnecessary costs to the taxpayers of Collier County and hypothetically corrupt accounting practices by the Commission in her view.

One respects Arthrex, Inc., and President Reinhold Schmieding for leading an outstanding company. One also thinks that it would be better to keep the government corruption to a minimum.

Robert Mulhere has many other nightmares to confront. According to an NDN commenter, one nightmare is:

Prior to becoming a consultant, Bob [Robert Mulhere] worked as chief planner for Collier County. He was instrumental in establishing the Rural Lands Stewardship Area [RLSA] program in Eastern Collier County. [Author’s Note: The RLSA comprises all of the Ave Maria and Ave Maria District project in Florida.]

Simply, there are too many conflicts of interest for Robert Mulhere, as he makes a good living.

Read More: Arthrex founder: No need to retract comments or apologize to Commissioner Hiller » Naples Daily News.