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As if all the other insults of Obamacare aren't bad enough, here's a new one I just became aware of.

When you go into the exchange to buy insurance the site verifies you're a person, and a citizen.  Well, so it says.

What it actually does is contact Experian to "verify" your identity.

If you have no credit record because you've never applied for or held credit in your name, the system refuses to confirm you, and in fact even after an hour-long phone call they will still refuse!

The only way to confirm in that case is to send a paper copy of your driver license and Social Security card (and sometimes your birth certificate) to them for manual processing, which of course, may take a while -- and during which you can't do anything.

This is true even if all of the below are true:

  • You have a Social Security Number and yes, it's yours.
  • You have a job and thus W-2 income tax has been withheld and deposited in your name.
  • You have filed tax returns and thus the IRS knows damn well you exist, because they've taken your money and (in many cases) refunded your overpayments, all linked (of course) to your Social Security Number.
  • You have a bank account for which, I might add, you had to supply said Social Security Number.
  • You have a Real ID Compliant Driver License for which you had to supply both your Social Security Card and your Birth Certificate to the state to obtain and which, I might add, they kept copies of in a database.
  • If you're male, you have registered for Selective Service (as required by law.)
  • You might even have a Passport, which of course requires that your citizenship has been vetted by the State Department.


If you have done all of the above, are a taxpaying citizen, have (or had at some point) a job, have filed and paid taxes, have a Real-ID compliant Driver License and even have a Passport, submitting proof of your citizenship multiple times to various state and federal agencies and are conducting your life with such proof in hand every single day you still do not exist for the purpose of buying health insurance on the "exchange" unless you have been in debt at some point and thus have an Experian Credit File.

If you have chosen to live a life that requires no credit (or are too young to have wanted it), which incidentally is a good thing not bad, from the standpoint of Obamacare you do not exist.

I'm not kidding.

I didn't believe it until I verified it.

WTF is wrong with you, America, for putting up with THAT?

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Oh c'mon...... America, you will put up with this?

The Obama administration has ordered federal agents responsible for protecting one of the nation’s busiest and most crime-infested regions near Mexico to stop apprehending drunk drivers, according to an internal government memo that also concedes an officer that elects to detain them is “acting within the course and scope of his employment.”

Obtained by Judicial Watch this week, the notice is titled “Enforcement Options With Alcohol-Impaired Drivers” and directs the 4,000-plus U.S. Border Patrol agents in the Tucson, Arizona sector to “release” individuals under the influence and “allow them to go on their way.” The document acknowledges that this feels counter-intuitive for Border Patrol agents, but eases concerns by answering a hypothetical question for the officers who have sworn to uphold the law: “If you allow this driver to continue down the road and they kill someone, aren’t you liable?” The answer is no, according to the new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) memo. “There is no legal requirement for a Border Patrol agent to intervene in a state crime, including DUI,” the order says, adding that “therefore there is generally no liability that will attach to the agent or agency for failing to act in this situation.”


So now in addition to kids coming into the country carrying disease (which is probably how the measles outbreak got going and spread, as the CDC has admitted) we now have documentary proof that DHS has been ordered to release illegals that are caught driving while intoxicated.

Oh, if you think this is a "rare" situation, you're wrong.  The sector in question recorded nearly 88,000 apprehensions last fiscal year along with seizure of nearly a million pounds of weed.

But heh, if you're an American and get busted driving while intoxicated, well, you're going to jail and will be forking up ten grand or more, lose your license for a year, lose your job, and forevermore have a nice big black mark on your record.

If you're an illegal invader?  Be on your way sir, and have a nice evening!

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This comes damn close to qualifying.

When President Obama sends his budget to Congress on Monday, he will meet the legal deadline for the first time in five years. But his budget promises to be as unanchored in reality as his State of the Union address, and presidential budgets have long been dead on arrival.

Yet a simple fix could get Washington back on schedule and spending under control: The president and Congress should share budget-making power. When Congress fails to write a budget, make the White House proposal the default budget.

In other words screw the Constitution, which requires that all spending bills must originate in the House of Representatives.

That would, incidentally, make it possible for the President to have his budget any time he wishes by simply refusing to sign anything Congress does, whether they write a budget or not.

The history speaks for itself: Almost like a law of mathematics, more congressional control means more government spending. Bureaucrats focused on expanding their power and funding tend to wear down any congressional majority.

Except that all the Presidential budget proposals increase spending as well.  President Obama's latest piece of idiocy hikes it some 7%, a mind-numbing amount that would double the size and cost of government in a decade.

There's utterly no support for such a proposal as the above in the Constitution and therefore without a Constitutional Amendment it's a non-starter.  This leads one to wonder -- exactly what process is being advocated here, since nowhere is there a Constitutional Amendment proposed in that linked article.

Here's what I suspect: This is yet another attempt to simply ignore the black letter of our Constitution.

That sort of nonsense is all too common -- hell, even our Supreme Court does this almost literally on a daily basis.  It's an outrage, and frankly, we ought to all be convening Grand Juries as citizens and charging these people.

(PS: Yes, I'm well-aware that treason as a charge is not available since it's defined in the Constitution and the requirements are quite stringent.  One thing our founders missed is any sort of criminal penalty for willful and intentional abrogation of the Constitution's provisions -- and I suspect Madison is rolling in his grave as a result.)

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