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1. Treatments for Children Suffering From Cancer - The GOP have agreed to a compromise by funding part of the government, including the National Institutes of Health, which offers children with cancer last-chance experimental treatment. Obama has threatened to veto this funding.

2. The World War II Memorial - The WWII memorial on the DC Mall is a 24/7 open-air memorial that is not regularly staffed. Although the White House must have known that WWII veterans in their eighties and nineties had already booked flights to visit this memorial, the White House still found the resources to spitefully barricade the attraction. 

The Republican National Committee has offered to cover any costs required to keep the memorial open. The White House refused. Moreover, like the NIH, the GOP will pass a compromise bill that would fund America’s national parks. Obama has threatened to veto that bill.

3. Furloughed Military Chaplains Not Allowed to Work for Free - Furloughed military chaplains willing to celebrate Mass and baptisms for free have been told they will be punished for doing so.

4. Business Stops In Florida Keys - Although the GOP have agreed to compromise in the ongoing budget stalemate and fund the parks, Obama has threatened to veto that funding. As a result, small businesses, hunters, and commercial fisherman can’t practice their trade. While the feds have deemed the personnel necessary to keep this area open “non-essential,” the “enforcement officers” to ensure no business is done are “essential.”

5. Obama Blacks Out Sports, Entertainment Programming to Overseas Troops - The American Forces Network (AFN) that provides American sports and entertainment programming to our troops stationed abroad, has been shut down. For some reason, though, AFN News will still broadcast news, just not any of the popular and fun stuff.

Camp David is essential, but popular programming for heroes overseas is non-essential.

6. Obama Closes D-Day Memorial - The GOP have offered to compromise and fund the National Parks. Obama has said he will veto this compromise legislation. As a result, along with 24 other military cemeteries, the D-Day memorial in Normandy has been barricaded.

7. Obama Tries to Close Privately-Funded Mt. Vernon - Although George Washington’s Mt. Vernon estate is privately funded, the feds blocked visitors from entering the parking area because the Park Service maintains the lot. Apparently, the New Media publicity resulted in the feds backing down.

8. Obama Closes Over 100 Privately-Managed Parks That Cost No Money to Run -  The U.S. Treasury actually makes money from the rent paid by a private company that “employs about 400-500 camp workers and managers across about a dozen states.” No federal money is used to operate these parks. No federal employees are used to staff these parks. Taxpayers make a profit from these parks. Still, Obama had them closed and as a result 400-500 employees and a private business are taking it in the neck.

9. Obama Closes Self-Sustaining Colonial Farm It Hasn’t Supported Since 1980 - "For the first time in 40 years, the National Park Service (NPS) has finally succeeded in closing the Farm down to the public. In previous budget dramas, the Farm has always been exempted since the NPS provides no staff or resources to operate the Farm.”

10. Obama Tries to Close State-Run Parks in Wisconsin - “The park service ordered state officials to close the northern unit of the Kettle Moraine, Devil’s Lake, and Interstate state parks and the state-owned portion of the Horicon Marsh, but state authorities rebuffed the request because the lion’s share of the funding came from state, not federal coffers.”

11. Obama Closes Vietnam Memorial - The GOP have passed compromise legislation that would fund national memorials and parks, and open them to the public. Obama threatened a veto. Apparently, the “essential” government employees are those erecting barricades, not those who could keep the memorial open.

12. Obama Closes Privately-Owned Hotel, Police Block Parking Lot - “The operator of a 51-room inn located on U.S. government-owned land in North Carolina abandoned his defiant stance on Thursday to keep the property open despite being ordered to close as part of the federal government shutdown.”

October is this inn’s prime season. The GOP have offered compromise funding opening the parks. Obama said he will veto that compromise.

State troopers blocked customers from entering the inn’s parking lot.

13. Park Service Ranger: ‘We’ve Been Told to Make Life As Difficult For People As We Can’ - “It’s a cheap way to deal with the situation,” an angry Park Service ranger in Washington says of the harassment.

Obama: the first President in history to start rumors of his own impeachment

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President Obama is the first President in history trying to start rumors about his own impeachment.  Why?  So that Democrats can have a different narrative going into the November elections. Rep. Stockman was the first person I heard articulate this well, and it turns out he’s exactly right.  

“He wants us to impeach him now, before the midterm election because his senior advisors believe that is the only chance the Democratic Party has to avoid a major electoral defeat. Evidently Obama believes impeachment could motivate the Democratic Party base to come out and vote.”

Despite the fact that there are no Articles of Impeachment even being considered in Congress, Democrats are already fundraising on the false narrative of impeachment.  

from Washington Times:

In a bid to bring in more campaign cash, House Democrats sent out a plea to donors to pitch in more funds to defend President Obama from a seemingly-imminent impeachment.

In an email notice, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee solicited immediate donations citing House Speaker John Boehner’s lawsuit against Mr. Obama.

“The White House announced yesterday that Boehner’s lawsuit could lead to the impeachment of President Obama,” the email read.

“Boehner’s lawsuit against the President is more than a political stunt. It’s a full on attack on President Obama’s agenda, his legitimacy, and the Democratic process that elected him twice.”

The DCCC asked donors to reach into their pockets to smash their 100,000 donation goal saying, “We’ve had enough of it.”

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"Had enough of it"? Enough of what?  Literally, nothing is happening on the impeachment front because Republicans know that they need a 2/3 majority in the Senate for conviction.  That’s not stopping the White House from trying to advance this ridiculous narrative (with the media’s help, of course!):

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I think you get the picture.  The White House WANTS this narrative to move forward so that they have something to talk about heading into the midterm elections other than Obama’s failure.  

The sad thing is…Obama deserves impeachment and it appears he knows it. 

On January 7, 1999, the impeachment trial of President William Clinton began in the Senate. This is the oath that Senators took before participating in the trial. The President was acquitted by the Senate on February 12.

Oaths of Senators for the Impeachment Trial of William Jefferson Clinton (1157606), 1/7/1999, Records of the U.S. Senate

Yes, Republicans WILL Impeach Obama If They Take The Senate In November

Yes, Republicans WILL Impeach Obama If They Take The Senate In November

No, this is not a scare tactic to get you to go out and vote (although you should be voting!). It’s a simple statement of fact: If Republicans flip the Senate (possible) and keep control of the House (almost guaranteed), they will move to impeach Obama as soon as possible. They will have no choice but to impeach Obama or their base will riot in the streets.

Has Obama actually done anything…

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Really, it’s a win win situation, because Republicans win by forcing the default, and then they win by pointing the finger at President Obama. Yes, the collateral damage would be awful for America—things like unpaid Social Security checks, financial markets in turmoil, and a massive recession coupled with austerity like we’ve never seen before—but Beltway pundits could go to sleep at night satisfied that Republicans had not been humiliated, because at a time like this, our top priority should be avoiding the humiliation of Republicans who have absolutely no respect for the country they were elected to serve.

(Read the full article by Jed Lewison at Daily Kos)

The impeachment effort finds its leader.

This could easily make impeachment a Republican primary issue, which in turn would make it easy for dems to paint a vote for the GOP candidate as a vote for an impeachment circus.

"Impeachment is a very difficult issue to press. Even in the late 1990s, when an American president had an affair in the White House and then lied about it, support for impeachment was still well shy of a majority — as low as 30 percent."

A winning message for 2014 and beyond this is not.

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Republican Congressman: The House Would ‘Impeach the President Tomorrow’ If Given the Opportunity


LULING, Texas — The Republican-led House of Representatives would impeach President Obama “tomorrow” if it came to a vote, a GOP congressman revealed during a town hall over the weekend.

“I’ll give you a real frank answer about that,” Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) told constituents on Saturday on the topic of potentially impeaching Obama for high crimes and misdemeanors. “If we were to impeach the president tomorrow, you could probably get the votes in the House of Representatives to do it,” Farenthold announced. However, because the Democratic-controlled Senate would be unlikely to convict, the Texas congressman cautioned against proceeding on impeachment because a failed attempt would send a “message” that Obama’s actions are “okay.”

FARENTHOLD: Here’s the issue. You tie into a question I get a lot. If everybody’s so unhappy with what the president’s done, why don’t you impeach him? I’ll give you a real frank answer about that.If we were to impeach the president tomorrow, you could probably get the votes in the House of Representatives to do it.But it would go to the Senate and he wouldn’t be convicted. […] We saw what happened when President Clinton was impeached. I say this half in jest and half seriously because it’s easy to laugh at President Clinton, but as a result of impeaching President Clinton, we’ve redefined what sex is to a lot of our young people and we’ve said it’s okay to lie to Congress. I think that’s been woven into the thread of our society. That failed impeachment attempt actually damaged the country.What message do we send to America if we impeach Obama and he gets away with what he’s impeached for, is found innocent? What do we say then is okay?

Setting aside Farenthold’s claim that President Clinton “redefined what sex is to a lot of our young people” — oral sex actually existed long before the Clinton Administration — his assertion that House Republicans have the votes to impeach President Obama is quite remarkable. There are currently 234 Republicans in the House. Assuming no Democrats would vote in favor, that means over 93 percent of House GOPers would support impeachment, according to Farenthold’s assertion. A handful of Republicans have already announced their desire to impeach Obama for various reasons, including Reps.Mo Brooks (R-AL), Steve Stockman (R-TX), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Trey Radel (R-FL), Trent Franks (R-AZ), Tim Walberg (R-MI), Lamar Smith (R-TX), Michael Burgess (R-TX), Steve King (R-IA), and Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC).

In a sign of just how far to the right Republicans like Farenthold, who was first elected in the Tea Party wave of 2010, have swung, he didn’t even feel the need to give a reason precisely why President Obama should be impeached. Indeed, readers could be forgiven for assuming that House Republicans would go along with any rationale, so long as the end result was impeaching Obama.

Some of the various excuses Republican congressmen have used in the past to support impeachment include Obama’s unwillingness to defend the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act, his support for stronger gun lawsbudget deficits, “refusing to secure the borders,” to tie up his agenda, and to get his birth certificate.