Obama Releases Student Debt-Relief Plan

Obama Releases Student Debt-Relief PlanPresident Barack Obama announced his student debt-relief plan and several key reforms to the current system at the University of Colorado at Denver on October 26, The Washington Times reported.

According to the newspaper, the plan would include a lowering of college graduates' monthly payments on loans, as the President argued that this would redirect some of the borrowed money into the U.S. economy.

The Times reported that Obama told the friendly audience of college students that the proposed changes "won't cost taxpayers a dime but will save you money and will save you time," and added that the rising costs of education were tied to the slumping economy.

Republicans denounced the plan and the President's method of making policy changes without the approval of either the House or the Senate, according to the newspaper.

Bloomberg reported that the proposed changes would likely leave students underwhelmed, as the relief that was tied into the plan would not provide significant savings to these individuals. To qualify under the reforms the applicant would have to hold two types of Federal loans.

Natural Sore Throat Remedies

When winter weather causes a sore or irritated throat, why not try all-natural remedies instead of prescription sprays or syrups. Mix together this solution: 1 to 2 tablespoons of pure tea tree oil and 1 cup of water. Gargle with the mixture and spit. Be sure not to swallow. This can help fight germs and kill potential bacteria that may be causing your painful ailment.

For immediate relief, brew a cup of green tea. Add some lemon juice and honey for an all-natural remedy that tastes good and provides health benefits as well.

Obama Issues Executive Order For Drug Shortages

President Barack Obama has taken steps to reduce shortages of prescription drugs needed to treat chronic conditions by issuing an executive order Monday that instructs the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take action.

According to Fox News, the FDA reported 178 drug shortages last year and an increase in shortages this year. Among the drugs that are most scarce are cancer drugs, anesthetics, drugs used in emergency medicine, and electrolytes needed for intravenous feeding.

The FDA blames the shortages on drug companies’ meddling in supply by discontinuing certain drugs to make room for newer, more profitable alternatives. It also cites manufacturing and quality problems as reasons for drug shortages. 

The most recent executive action comes just a week after Obama issued the order implementing the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) and restructuring how students repay student loans without Congressional input. According to Fox, the President’s increasingly common use of the executive order is seen as a way to make him appear to be a counterbalance against Republicans in Congress who recently blocked his jobs proposal.

The Lawyer, The Liberals And The Law

When I first saw the headline: “Muslims Sue to Remove Crosses at Catholic University,” my common sense-alarms began shrieking like Democrats trying to shout down an intelligent guest speaker.

Granted, one could remove the identifier “Muslims” and still have a headline which would deliver a frown to the face of virtually anyone above Ed Schultz on the human evolutionary scale. But the idea of a bunch of Muslims who willingly chose to matriculate to the private Catholic University are actually suing because the place just seems too “Christian-ish” is the sort of stupid you can usually only catch on MSNBC. Keep in mind that “Catholic University” is not a reference to an individual Catholic university; “Catholic University” in this case is the NAME OF THE FREAKING SCHOOL!

 “My, Akbar! What a marvelous university we have chosen!”

 “Indeed, Mustafa. If only there were fewer infidel symbols about. It really offends my delicate sensibilities.”

However, before you begin spitting epithets at poor Akbar and Mustapha, a caveat: they have nothing to do with this scurrilous outrage. In fact, not ONE Muslim is a complainant in the lawsuit against Catholic U. So, who possesses the unmitigated gall required to defile an American courtroom in such a manner it requires a particularly abominable character — someone of such low moral fiber, with such a clouded soul they would give Hannibal Lecter pause?

Meet John Banzhaf, George Washington University law professor, infamous uber-litigator and an ambulance-chasing, frivolous lawsuit-bringing parasite who is so deservedly reviled for his litigious ways that he makes even former Democrat Vice Presidential nominee John Edwards look like Clarence Darrow.

If you haven’t heard of Banzhaf, count yourself lucky. In addition to being a prominent member of the American liberal movement — in itself a refuge for many of the most twisted and deficient cretins in the nation (see also: fleabaggers), Banzhaf is essentially the living embodiment of the reason Americans hate trial lawyers.

Think of the guys who advertise on buses, phone books and late night television. The guys who promise should you slip and fall in your neighbor’s driveway, he’ll get you a “SUPER SETTLEMENT;” even if that means bankrupting your neighbors, the contractor who built the driveway, the company which makes the asphalt the contractor used, and your city for approving the installation of such a slippery place.

Now think of that briefcase-toting slug on steroids. Banzhaf is the bottom-feeder who sues pretty much anyone from whom he thinks he can abscond with money; no matter how devoid of merit his actions might be.

Of course, Banzhaf is pursuing this latest legal-beagling for the same reason Democrat leaders do anything: good, old-fashioned hypocritical greed. His actions, though revolting, are no different than liberal icon, Halliburton investor and war profiteer Michael Moore urging his followers to abhor the wealthy while he sits on a pile of money.

Banzhaf is suing Catholic U. for the same reason Nancy Pelosi shrieks about the plight of the poor from her multi-million dollar palace in San Francisco. Banzhaf’s motives are the same as those of President and Mrs. Obama, who can call themselves “warriors for the middle class” while spending millions on Spanish vacations and separate planes to Martha’s Vineyard (where Michelle will nag people about their diets in between spoonfuls of Crisco® straight from the can).

In the case of Banzhaf’s latest assault on dignity, there are real victims beyond the mindless drones who offer fealty to filth like Moore and the Obamas: the students in whose name Banzhaf filed the suit.

There are moments when the actions of SOME Muslims border on the cringe-worthy. And as I have noted before, most of the basic tenets of Islam really don’t work for me. The often brutal subjugation of women, the pre-industrial attitudes of many Muslims and the ban on bacon cheeseburgers are all deal-breakers for me.

However, not all Muslims are terrorists. Not all Muslims are troglodyte repressors. And absolutely NO Muslims are suing Catholic University over the ubiquity of Christian imagery at that well-respected institution. Instead, they’re being used as props in the same appalling hypocrisy which marks virtually every liberal action.

 Now they know how we feel.

–Ben Crystal