Obama Blasts Buying Big Houses, Then Gets A Mansion for $14.8 Million.

Just last year former President Barack Obama made a speech in South Africa where he criticized wealth inequality, stating: “There’s only so much you can eat. There’s only so big a house you can have. There’s only so many nice trips you can take. I mean, it’s enough.”

Then he bought a $14.8m beachfront house.

The Obama family is dropping nearly $15m on the 7,000-square foot, 29-acre house in Martha’s Vineyard.

It has seven bedrooms, eight and a half baths, a chef’s kitchen, master bedroom with a private deck, a pool – the house has everything.

Maybe the house needed to be 8,000-square-foot to qualify for Obama’s definition of “enough”.

“I’ll pay a little more in taxes… It’s okay, I can afford it,” The former President also stated in his speech.

Reports suggest Michelle and Barack Obama have a combined net worth of around $70 million.

The couple only recently spent $8.1 million on a mansion in Washington, D.C. that they were previously renting.

They also own a home in Chicago, Illinois.

Having and spending earned wealth is of course no bad thing. But hypocrisy is.

The former President’s practices are not aligning with what he has been preaching to others. 

The Obama’s will happily decry wealth inequality, then turn around and buy a nearly $15 million estate.

But hey, at least it only has a 2-car garage, which means their new digs will help them cut their carbon footprint, right?

Because running three massive houses, traveling between them, and jet-setting around the world lecturing poor people on wealth and climate change is just soooooo environmentally friendly!

Sofia Carbone is a reporter for RaheemKassam.com and tweets at @SiCarbone_

Italy Will Get Its 68th Government in 74 Years Following PM’s Resignation.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced his resignation to President Sergio Mattarella on Tuesday, perhaps prompting yet another change in government in the southern European nation.

Conte’s resignation comes during escalating turbulence in the left-right, populist coalition government.

Announcing his resignation with Deputy Ministers Matteo Salvini of the right-wing League party on his right, and Luigi Di Maio of the left-leaning Five Star Movement to his left, Conte added to the turbulence.

The PM slammed Salvini as “irresponsible and opportunist”, saying he showed “grave lack of constitutional culture” by triggering the government crisis.

But Salvini and his party currently lead in national polls, raising questions over Conte and Five Stars’ relevance in government.

The outgoing PM’s statements coincide with a surge in the League’s poll numbers. He says this demonstrates Salvini’s “political opportunism”.

“I would do it all again,” Salvini blasted back, adding that he is “not afraid of the judgment of the [Italian voters]”, and asserting that some in the Italian parliament “are afraid of the judgement of the Italian people”.

Recent European Union parliamentary elections showed anti-establishment views, including those of Salvini, are not “confusing” to European voters as Conte claimed in his earlier statement. Rather, Italians seem very keen on handing Salvini and the League the full power of the Italian government.

Britain’s Brexit Party won by nearly eleven per cent in the EU elections, gaining 29 seats; while Salvini’s League won by nearly twelve per cent.

Tecnè Election Survey 08.08.2019

In the 2018 general election the League collected only 17.4 per cent of the vote, whilst the Five Star Movement had the plurality at 32.7 per cent.

A year and a half later, the parties have traded places and the margin has grown in the League’s favor.

NATIONAL ELECTION?

Although yet to be confirmed, an election is on the immediate horizon for Italy, and will usher in Italy’s 68th government in just 74 years.

With Prime Minister Conte looking to exit, the government has all but officially fallen apart. Moreover, the Five Star Movement may have just lost its most powerful ally, spelling trouble for the populist, anti-establishment left.

Italy’s Democratic Party is polling ahead of the Five Star Movement at 22.4 per cent, which has led to speculation about a potential coalition between the socialist Democratic Party (PD) and the Five Star Movement.

Although falling short of a majority, the potential center-left coalition could win a plurality over the League on its own.

The League and Salvini know this, and are scouting a coalition of their own which could include the increasingly popular Brothers of Italy alongside Silvio Berlusconi’s party Forza Italia.

If an alliance was to form amongst the three parties, they would be comparable to, if not a few points ahead of the centre-left coalition.

Assuming the alliances form as speculated, the current polling would put the two coalitions too close to call.

Sofia Carbone is a reporter for RaheemKassam.com and tweets at @SiCarbone_

Kassam in The Hill: Kamala’s Healthcare Plans Are to the Left of Europe

Announcing that, as President, she would “eliminate” private health insurance from the American marketplace puts Harris to the left of the British Labour Party, most French socialists, and even increasing parts of Sweden’s system.

In fact, as Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs noted on Twitter, her plan puts her to the left of Aneurin Bevan, one of the founders of Britain’s National Health Service (NHS).

As someone who grew up with it, I will admit the NHS has benefits: not having to worry about insurance or fluctuating costs; coverage; where and when I might be seen by a doctor; and a pretty standardized level of care across the country.

The problems however, are almost the same.

As a private individual I can’t look for better prices within the NHS; people abuse it to gain coverage for cosmetic and elective surgeries which all taxpayers then pay for; the waiting list times for appointments and procedures are horrendous; and while the care level is standardized, it is also far worse than the United States.

Throw into that the fact that the U.S. is a country five times larger than the UK, and suddenly Harris’s plans look less idealistic and more imbecilic.

READ MORE AT THE HILL

Kassam in The Detroit News: Romney Stands for Failed Politics of Past

Did you hear the one about the failed presidential candidate who took to the pages of The Washington Post to lecture someone in his own party who actually won?

If you haven’t yet, you soon will, because former Massachusetts Gov. Willard “Mitt” Romney is back in Washington, trying once again to advise his party — presumably on how to lose.

Romney has clawed his way back to semi-relevance by becoming a U.S. Senator from Utah, handing the media another useful pundit inside of the Republican Party to replace Sens. Jeff Flake and Bob Corker.

It gives them no end of pleasure to know that Romney is the same person who ran and lost against Barack Obama in 2012.

Romney launched the first anti-Trump salvo of 2019 in his op-ed entitled “The president shapes the public character of the nation. Trump’s character falls short.”

Romney’s interventions against Trump can only be described as an act of sabotage against conservatives in the United States today. They should be viewed as enemy political combatants in the same way the Democrat Party is.

READ MORE AT THE DETROIT NEWS

Kassam at FoxNews.com: Trump More Popular than most Western Leaders

America is a nation obsessed with political approval ratings like no other. But the U.S. media seems ignorant to the fact that President Trump is currently one of the most popular leaders of a major Western nation in the world today.

Guffaw if you like, but those who are both regarded and regard themselves as “better” leaders have lower numbers than the American president — and while his are trending up, some of theirs are in free fall.

When Barack Obama left the world stage, having commanded a mid-40s average approval rating over the course of his presidency, the New York Times declared German Chancellor Angela Merkel to be the liberal West’s “last defender.”

Less than two years later, after an election upset and an ensuing struggle to form a government, Merkel is horribly bruised and close to being ousted by her coalition partners in Germany. Both for having encouraged mass inward migration to her country, and failing to come up with a solution once the Germans figured out it wasn’t working for them.

More to the point, her approval rating stinks.

READ MORE AT FOX NEWS.COM

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