This week is bringing all kinds of unwelcome news. We have a travel warning from the State Department for US citizens traveling, well, EVERYWHERE. You have the Defense Department expanding its investigation into an issue about which I wrote late this summer: intelligence analysts complaining the intel was being cooked about ISIS. Apparently, it is worse than we already thought, and so bad even the New York Times is reporting on it.
And speaking of ISIS, it is pretty bad when a top, longtime Democratic Senator who is also the Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Dianne Feinstein, has this to say about our ISIS Strategy:
Just to be clear, Sen. Feinstein asserted that things are worse with ISIS, not better, as a result of Obama’s strategies (such as they are – that was my editorial snark there).
Then there is Obama releasing over two thousand – yes, two thousand plus – regulations before Thanksgiving that will end up costing us a BUNDLE of money. From the Daily Caller:
While millions of Americans prepare to stuff themselves with Turkey and pie, the Obama administration quietly released its plans for 2,224 federal rules Friday — a preview of just how many more regulations the president is attempting to issue before he leaves office.
President Barack Obama’s Unified Agenda for Fall 2015 is his administration’s regulatory road map and lays out thousands of regulations being finalized in the coming months. Obama has developed a habit of releasing the agenda late on Friday before a major holiday.
Indeed, Obama’s Spring 2015 agenda detailing the status of more than 2,300 regulations was released the eve of Memorial Day weekend. Obama’s Fall 2014 agenda featuring more than 3,400 regulations was also released the Friday before Thanksgiving.
While Obama’s latest release features fewer regulations than the last two, it shows the administration is determined to churn out as many rules as it can before the end of 2016. This includes major energy and environmental regulations coming down the pipe, like new rules for coal mines and rules banning common pesticides. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
And the cost of all of Obama’s regulations he has handed down just this year? That would be (at least) $183 BILLION. Awesome.
I could go on and on and on, and that would just be for this week alone. But I am sure you get the point. Please do feel free to add stories that are resonating with you as excellent reasons for the point of this post: Making a change.
The person making the change is Arizona State Senator, Carlyle Begay, a Navaho (Dine) Indian. And what is Sen. Begay changing? His party, from Democrat to Republican. Here are Sen. Begay’s reasons for making this big change:
Wow, right? Pretty powerful video, I think, and his explanation for why he is switching speaks volumes. BizPacReview has more:
[…] Begay told The Arizona Republic Monday that his crucial vote crossing party lines to pass the current-year budget was his “tipping point.” After that vote, state Democrats barred him from using caucus resources such as issuing news releases.
“I was being isolated because I was fighting for people to have a voice,” Begay said. Welcomed by U.S. senators John McCain and Jeff Flake and many of the state’s GOP leaders, he told reporters at a news conference, “I want to help the Republican Party build a bridge with those who need and want a chance with those who can provide that chance.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)
Sen. Begay received a lot of support via Twitter for his change in party. You can click here to see some of them.
I am sure this kind of defection, and the rationale for the defection, is just a tad unnerving for the Democrats.
A change is coming, I think. I hope so, anyway. This President has been an unmitigated disaster for this nation on a host of levels. From his thousands and thousands and thousands of regulations EACH year to his unwillingness to listen to what is going on with ISIS, or his “strategy” regarding ISIS, to the current unemployment problems in this country and the stagnation in jobs created that has resulted thanks to the disaster that is Obamacare, and on and on I could go, this country needs a sea change.
I hope 2016 marks such a change.
How about you? What is on your minds today? Other examples of Obama’s failed policies are welcome, or whatever else is on your minds. This is an Open Thread.