TOPLINE: Stuff You Need to Know for Friday, September 19, 2014


Immigration Agent Union: Obama Admin ‘Widened the Loopholes’ for ISIS to Enter U.S.

The Obama administration has “widened the loopholes” that Islamic State and other extremist fighters could use to enter the United States, a leading union of immigration officials says. In a statement obtained by National Review Online, the U.S. National Citizenship and Immigration Services Council, a union representing 12,000 federal immigration agents, sounded the alarm that not only could jihadists “slip across our porous southern border,” but that fighters could also “exploit our loose and lax visa policies to gain entry to the United States.” … “Our caseworkers cannot even do in-person interviews for people seeking citizenship, they cannot enforce restrictions on welfare use, and they even lack even the basic office space to properly function,” union president Kenneth Palinkas said in the statement. “Applications for entry are rubber-stamped, the result of grading agents by speed rather than discretion. We’ve become the visa clearinghouse for the world.”

This is what happens when the Obama administration refuses to enforce the laws that are on the books!


Replacing Obamacare Saves a Lot of Money

Supporters of the Obama administration like to create the impression that there is no viable alternative to the Affordable Care Act — i.e., Obamacare. But that is demonstrably not true. Republican senators Richard Burr, Tom Coburn, and Orrin Hatch introduced a plan earlier this year that would cover just as many people with insurance as Obamacare at a fraction of the cost. Now we have confirmation, in the form of a new cost estimate, that a similarly constructed but slightly different proposal would also cost less, while covering nearly the same number of people.

This plan covers all the bases without compromising your personal freedom; it’s worth a look.


Q: Again? A: Yes. Another Obamacare Data Breach Not Yet Disclosed to Congress

Capitol Hill conservatives are scrambling to find out more about an undisclosed security data breach of private information that took place in late spring. The breach involved an inadvertent transfer of personal data from computers controlled by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services to servers at Optum/QSSI, the lead contractor building the infrastructure for the infrastructure.

Yikes!  See what a slow-motion train wreck Obamacare has become?


Wretched New Poll Numbers for Obama’s Foreign Policy

… A poll out Thursday by The New York Times and CBS says that amid Obama’s indecision on dealing with ISIS and while under relentless attack by Republicans for the strategy he eventually articulated, the president’s approval rating on foreign policy dropped to its lowest level ever. And his disapproval rating spiked by 10 points to tie its highest level ever.

Can these guys get anything right?

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