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In this week's Freedom Minute, CFIF's Renee Giachino discusses Barack Obama's misguided push to have the Federal Communications Commission regulate the Internet like a public utility under telephone and railroad laws drafted in the 1930s - long before the Internet (or computers, for that matter) was even invented.

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November 21, 2014 • 10:20 am

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On the President's Executive Amnesty Pronouncement:
 
 

"'This is how democracy works,' Barack Obama lectured the country before giving everyone the specifics of his expansive one-man executive overreach on immigration. If you enjoy platitudinous straw men but are turned off by open debate and constitutional order, this speech was for you.

Modern Democrats aren't the first political party to abuse power - far from it. Obama isn'€™t the first president to abuse executive power - not by a longshot. But he has to be the first president in American history to overtly and consistently argue that he's empowered to legislate if Congress doesn'€™t pass the laws he favors. It's an argument that's been mainstreamed by partisans and cheered on by those in media desperate to find a morsel of triumph in this presidency.

Obama acknowledges his overreach openly every time he argues that he intends to do the job of an obstinate Republican congress."

 
 
— David Harsanyi, Syndicated Columnist and The Federalist Senior Editor
— David Harsanyi, Syndicated Columnist and The Federalist Senior Editor
Posted November 21, 2014 • 13:14 pm
 
 
On the President's Impending Executive Amnesty Announcement:
 
 

"President Obama previously said he could not issue an executive amnesty because 'I'm the President of the United States, I'm not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed.' Well, apparently we now have an 'Emperor of the United States.' President Obama's immigration order would provide illegal immigrants with the exact benefits Congress has repeatedly rejected: Social Security numbers, photo IDs and work permits -- which will allow them to now take jobs directly from struggling Americans in every occupation. Congress must not allow this unconstitutional action. That means Congress should fund the government while ensuring that no funds can be spent on this unlawful purpose."

 
 
— Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL)
— Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL)
Posted November 20, 2014 • 13:20 pm
 
 
On Obama's Agenda and the Democratic Party's Long-Term Health:
 
 

"President Obama's biggest problem over the next two years may not be coming from recalcitrant Republicans, but from members of his own party blanching at his activist agenda over the final two years of his presidency. While the midterm election results suggested widespread dissatisfaction with the president's policies, Obama nonetheless is planning to press forward on several polarizing decisions in his final two years. It could help advance his legacy, but come at the expense of the Democratic Party's long-term health.

"Three of the administration's biggest agenda items -- threatening a veto of bipartisan legislation authorizing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, reaching a nuclear deal with Iran, and issuing an executive order legalizing millions of illegal immigrants -- divide Democrats, and unite Republicans. If the president moves forward with all of them, it would aggravate fissures in an increasingly-divided Democratic Party. And it would put Hillary Clinton, his party's expected 2016 standard-bearer, in an uncomfortable position even before she announces her candidacy. She's already avoided taking stances, if not outright rejecting the direction Obama is heading during his final two years in office."

 
 
— Josh Kraushaar, National Journal Political Editor
— Josh Kraushaar, National Journal Political Editor
Posted November 19, 2014 • 13:20 pm
 
 
On the President's Own Words on Immigration:
 
 

"President Obama is poised to ignore stark warnings that executive action on immigration would amount to 'violating our laws' and would be 'very difficult to defend legally.'

"Those warnings came not from Republican lawmakers but from Mr. Obama himself.

"For years, he has waved aside the demands of Latino activists and Democratic allies who begged him to act on his own, and he insisted publicly that a decision to shield millions of immigrants from deportation without an act of Congress would amount to nothing less than the dictates of a king, not a president."

 
 
— Michael D. Shear, The New York Times White House Correspondent
— Michael D. Shear, The New York Times White House Correspondent
Posted November 18, 2014 • 12:48 pm
 
 
On Missing Legal Opinion for Immigration Executive Order:
 
 

"If the White House press corps wants to keep government honest, here's a question to ask as President Obama prepares to legalize millions of undocumented immigrants by executive order: Has he sought, and does he have, any written legal justification from the Attorney General and the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) for his actions?

"This would be standard operating procedure in any normal Presidency. ...

"It's possible Messrs. Obama and Holder haven't sought an immigration opinion because they suspect there's little chance that even a pliant Office of Legal Counsel could find a legal justification. Prosecutorial discretion is a vital legal concept, but it is supposed to be exercised in individual cases, not to justify a refusal to follow the law against entire classes of people."

 
 
— The Editors, The Wall Street Journal
— The Editors, The Wall Street Journal
Posted November 17, 2014 • 13:03 pm
 
 
On the President's Environmental Pact with China:
 
 

"President Obama flew to China a few days ago and announced a joint environmental pact with the communist regime. The United States will reduce its carbon emissions substantially over the next 11 years. China will do absolutely nothing but hope that its emissions decline after 2030.

"The press heralded this as a major accomplishment. The rush from the press as soon as it was announced suggested a high level of coordination. Like lemmings in a staged dive off a cliff, 'historic' became the media's rallying cry. There is nothing historic about the deal. In fact, news reports from November 2012 noted that China expected, in 2012, that its carbon emissions would begin to decline after 2030 because of factory upgrades, efficiencies, etc.

"Like so much of President Obama's decisions over the past six years, this is another photo-op with a compliant press that does not matter and will do little."

 
 
— Erick Erickson, RedState.com Editor-in-Chief
— Erick Erickson, RedState.com Editor-in-Chief
Posted November 14, 2014 • 13:01 pm
 
 
On ObamaCare and the 'Stupidity of the American Voter':
 
 

"'Stupid is as stupid does' -- Forrest Gump


"R
epublicans should save the clip of Jonathan Gruber and run it over and over again in the run-up to the 2016 election. This attitude that government is better at making decisions than you are because you are too stupid to know what is good for you is a hallmark of patronizing, arrogant and condescending liberalism."

 
 
— Cal Thomas, Syndicated Columnist
— Cal Thomas, Syndicated Columnist
Posted November 13, 2014 • 12:49 pm
 
 
On 'Stupid Americans' and ObamaCare:
 
 

"Yet another video has emerged of MIT professor and Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber calling Americans 'stupid,' and bragging about how the Affordable Care Act's drafters had to deceive the public in order to pass the law.

"Fox News' Megyn Kelly was the first to air the video on her program, 'The Kelly File.' ...

"Kelly reported, 'more video has surfaced showing this was not the first time Mr. Gruber called the American people stupid in an '€˜off-the-cuff'€™ remark. In this next clip from also last year, Mr. Gruber explains how Democrats played with the language of the Obamacare law so that it achieved their goals, by again, fooling the stupid public.'

"She then played a short 5-second clip of Gruber, saying the following, that a part of the Obamacare passed because 'the American people are too stupid to understand the difference.'"

 
 
— Alex Griswold, The Daily Caller
— Alex Griswold, The Daily Caller
Posted November 12, 2014 • 12:55 pm
 
 
On Reining In the Internal Revenue Service:
 
 

"The day after Republicans won solid majorities in the House and Senate, House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader-to-be Mitch McConnell outlined priorities for the newly elected Congress. High on the list is fundamental tax reform. In addition to overhauling the federal tax code, however, Congress should rein in the Internal Revenue Service.

"Much has already been learned about the arrogance of the IRS from the House investigations of the agency's targeting of conservatives. The revelations emerged despite strenuous efforts by Democrats in Washington and by the IRS itself to block inquiries and deny the existence of political targeting -- targeting that the former head of the IRS Exempt Organizations Unit, Lois Lerner, eventually acknowledged and apologized for in May 2013.

"Bringing the IRS to heel can start with re-energizing and expanding congressional investigations and holding accountable those responsible for the targeting and other abuses."

 
 
— Cleta Mitchell, Foley & Lardner Partner Representing Multiple Organizations Targeted by the IRS
— Cleta Mitchell, Foley & Lardner Partner Representing Multiple Organizations Targeted by the IRS
Posted November 11, 2014 • 13:07 pm
 
 
On Obama's Makeover of the Judiciary:
 
 

"With Republicans in control of the Senate for the first time since Barack Obama took office, the president may find it harder to appoint left-wing lawyers to judgeships. Whether he compromises on some of his nominees, including any to the Supreme Court, may depend on the willingness of the new Republican majority to engage the president on judicial philosophy. ...

"That Republicans now control the Senate means, of course, that they control the confirmation process. Their majority enables them to stop an unacceptable nomination at various points: They can deny the nominee a committee hearing; they can vote the person down in committee; they can refuse to schedule a vote on a nomination sent to the floor; and the full Senate can vote to reject the nomination. The Republicans' majority status also strengthens their negotiating position with the White House, making it more likely that a mutually acceptable candidate will be chosen for a given seat.

"How Obama approaches judicial selection -- and how Republicans respond -- now becomes an important story and will remain so until the Senate shuts down judicial confirmations, probably in the summer of 2016 if Senate custom in presidential-election years is followed."

 
 
— Terry Eastland, The Weekly Standard Executive Editor
— Terry Eastland, The Weekly Standard Executive Editor
Posted November 10, 2014 • 12:19 pm
 
Question of the Week   
Which one of the following individuals authored the book ‘The Conscience of a Conservative’?
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Quote of the Day   
 
"'This is how democracy works,' Barack Obama lectured the country before giving everyone the specifics of his expansive one-man executive overreach on immigration. If you enjoy platitudinous straw men but are turned off by open debate and constitutional order, this speech was for you. Modern Democrats aren't the first political party to abuse power - far from it. Obama isn'€™t the first president…[more]
 
 
—David Harsanyi, Syndicated Columnist and The Federalist Senior Editor
— David Harsanyi, Syndicated Columnist and The Federalist Senior Editor
 
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