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Operation Choke Point: Choking the life out of the Constitution?

Operation Choke Point is an initiative launched by Eric Holder’s Department of Justice in 2013 meant to use banks and financial institutions to track down companies suspected of illegal activities. However, it does so without due process—a direct violation of the Fourth Amendment’s protection against unreasonable search and seizure—an idea favored by Republicans. Besides the Fourth Amendment violation, OCP also poses a direct threat to the Second Amendment because it gives the federal government the power to shut down legal guns and ammo dealers, a concern that recently became a reality. Breitbart News recently reported about the owner of a gun store in Hawkins, WI. who received word from the credit union that handled his banking that they would be shutting down his accounts. The reason? Because “they do not service businesses that deal in guns.” This episode was confirmed in a series of audiotapes published by the US Consumer Coalition, in which a bank teller was recorded telling a gun dealer why his account was being shut down. Serious stuff! But it gets worse. We have now learned that the Obama administration’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is threatening banks, demanding their silence about the new programs it is using to supervise and investigate private bank account holders. And it’s legal! […]

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Prediction: Gridlock for the Next Two Years, but that’s Better than the Alternative of Expanding Government

There’s a lot of navel-gazing analysis in Washington about whether to expect some sort of bipartisanship over the next two years. I find such discussions very irritating because they assume that you automatically get good results when Republicans and Democrats both agree on a policy. My reaction, to put it mildly, is “these people are […]

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Boehner leads the way in cave on executive amnesty

Do you remember when Gutless On Principles (GOP) Hall of Shame members Mitch McConnell and John Boehner capitulated in the budget battle just after the November election? Sure you do. That’s when he led the way in passing the CROmnibus with a promise to exercise the “power of the purse” to shut down Homeland Security if Obama refused change his plans for illegals. Well, Obama hasn’t changed his plans, but apparently the GOP has. The latest comes from a report where Boehner told his conference at a closed-door meeting—remember the days when he promised more transparency?—that he has a team exploring options to challenge last year’s executive action. According to a source present at the meeting: Boehner has a team “working on litigation” to stop Obama. They are “finalizing a plan to authorize litigation” that “gives them the best chance of success.” Hmmmm… If I’m not mistaken, wasn’t the temporary funding of DHS supposed to stop Obama? Boehner and McConnell were lying when they passed CROmnibus with the promise to follow through on stopping Obama, something many GOP winners repeatedly and explicitly refused to do. Not only will the new Senate GOP majority not shut down DHS, they won’t be shutting down any part of the government. And […]

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Geraghty’s GOP evaluation

Jim Geraghty’s evaluation of the GOP presidential candidates is fascinating. Rather than starting with the top tier candidates, let’s start by hearing what he said about the MSM’s top tier: Jeb Bush: Sure, he’ll have the money, and he’ll have the name. But let’s not even get into the immigration, Common Core, business ties or […]

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Can Obama use fast track authority to void Second Amendment?

As the global push for gun control continues to grow around the world, Constitution-hating Barack Obama is continuing to find ways to push his goal of disarming Americans using the United Nation’s Arms Trade Treaty. This treaty would undermine the right of Americans the right to bear arms, and essentially would void the Second Amendment. Now that the Socialist-in-chief has to deal with a Republican-controlled congress, Obama is looking for ways to advance his agenda by bypassing congress, something not all that far-fetched. In a meeting of non-governmental organizations and U.N. officials, Obama’s Assistant Secretary of State declared that the White House is “already implementing the treaty” without Senate ratification. So, how is this connected to fast-track? In his State of the Union address, Obama stated that he would ask Congress to give him “trade promotion authority” without giving us the who, what, when, where, and why of what this means. Critics of the idea are concerned that it would amount to a surrender by the Republican majority—something McConnell and Boehner have become pretty good at—and their ability to control the agenda. It would give Obama carte blanche to do whatever he wants while stripping Congress of the ability to vet and/or amend […]

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Stealing from the middle class

Glenn Reynolds’ column proves that President Obama is waging war against the middle class: Though millions of Americans have been putting money into “tax free” 529 plans to save for their children’s increasingly expensive college educations, President Obama would change the law so that withdrawals from the plans to fund college would be taxed as […]

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