No longer good enough in the land of Obama
As if we don't have enough to worry about, the Feds have decided to regulate ALL public pools in America:

"President Obama's Department of Justice -- led by Attorney General Eric Holder -- has found a new way to make the Americans with Disabilities Act pay off for Democratic trial lawyer campaign donors.

Since the ADA first became law in 1990, the DOJ has been issuing "guidelines" that businesses must follow to comply with a multitude of the nation's civil rights laws.

In September 2010, the DOJ issued guidelines for "recreational facilities," including a new rule that all public access swimming pools must provide a lift capable of moving disabled patrons from their wheelchairs into the water.

Compliance with the rule requires pool owners to have a lift for each "water element" in their facility. So if your local community pool also has a spa, both the spa and the pool must be "accessible." But if you have two spas, don't worry, only one lift is required.

In fact, most people in the swimming pool industry thought that one portable lift would be enough. Pool owners claim they were led to believe that, as long as they had one device that could be wheeled out whenever someone needed help getting into or out of a pool or spa, there would be no need intrusive permanent fixtures.

On Jan. 31 of this year, DOJ granted the industry's call for a clarification: But it was not the answer they wanted. All 300,000 public pools in the United States must install a permanent fixed lift. The deadline for compliance was last Thursday, March 15. Call it "Poolmageddon."

There is no way all 300,000 pools could have installed permanent lifts by last Thursday. There simply are not enough lifts in existence or enough people who know how to install them, according to industry spokesmen. Plus, each lift costs between $3,000 and $10,000 and installation can add $5,000 to $10,000 to the total.

So what happens when a disabled individual checks into a Holiday Inn and finds no lift at the pool? The Obama DOJ has said it will not be enforcing the new guidelines right away. That means no fines from the government, for now.

But the ADA also empowered citizens to sue businesses that are not in compliance with DOJ guidelines. The result will be a huge payday for enterprising trial lawyers everywhere.

"The enforcement is going to be by litigation," said Kevin Maher, senior vice president of governmental affairs for the American Hotel & Lodging Association. "A lot of drive-by lawsuits against business by law firms that are set up file to file spurious ADA claims."

Besides being expensive and impossible to install in time, permanent lifts are also a health hazard. Most hotel pools do not have a lifeguard and kids can access them unsupervised.

The permanent lifts will be a magnet for children to play on, and because they are not designed for that, odds are good that some will get hurt. But then again, each injured kid is just another payday for trial attorneys.

By the way, trial lawyers gave President Obama more than $45 million in 2008.

Have a nice summer."

Conn Carroll is a senior editorial writer for The Washington Examiner. He can be reached at ccarroll@washingtonexaminer.com.

The joys of Obama never end. 
What happens with four more years of this????

Everyone's favorite Marxist was in sunny Hawaii stumping for a nationalized banking system and a massive push for voter fraud and campaign disruption this fall and started ranting about how bad we have it here in America. You know, a country where an unknown college student could never create a new company and become a billionaire in only 7 years (oh wait, that happened). Oh, you know, where a minority from a broken family could never become President (oh wait, that happened too). Oh wait, where a college dropout could become one of the worlds richest people (damn, wrong again).

Well, we'll just have to take Van Jones' word for it that America is a bad place. In his words:

“Not the American dream they talk about on TV,” Jones said. “There are two American dreams. One of them I call the ‘American fantasy.’ You know that one? Everyone is going to be rich. Everybody. And we're all going to be able to ride out to the great white suburbs, get a McMansion, get flat-screened TV to cover up the holes in our lives. That is the American fantasy, which is turning out to be the American nightmare. It is dying out on its own accord - it deserves no defense and it will get no defense. I am glad that is going away. That was not serving anybody.”

Jones called out the people he called “dream killers in America” and “dream killers right here in Hawaii.”

 “There are people who have taken the American dream and turned it upside down, inside out. The dream is supposed to be that you can work hard, play by the rules and get somewhere. But you and I both know right here in Hawaii, and across America, the people who are working the hardest and following the rules are the ones who are being left behind, the ones who are suffering the most, the ones who are hurting the most. And yet some people who are not working that hard at all, their investments work for them.

So Mr. Jones, don’t you think they might have worked hard to make enough money, take enough risk, to be able to have their investments work for them? Well, you smug Marxist? Isn’t THAT really the American Dream? To work hard and make enough to retire and have your investments work for you? 

So you have just revealed that your true hatred is for the American Dream itself…just like your progressive buddy in the White House.

Here are some great suggestions for an alternative response Obama could have used for Afganistan (we like #10):

1. Dedicate a round of golf to the people of Afghanistan. 

2. Send Michelle for a symbolic vacation to Jalalabad. 

3. Ask the Afghans if they'd like the Russians back instead. 

4. Head to a local Afghan restaurant and bow to the wait staff. 

5. Offer to make Afghanistan's heroin 'The Official Heroin of the United States.' 

6. Give Afghan children a permanent exemption from Michelle's 'Let's Move' school lunch offerings. 

7. Provide unlimited, free doses of Prozac to the entire adult population of Afghanistan. 

8. Change the lyrics of O Tannenbaum to O Taliban. 

9. Set up a program to provide virgins to Afghan men who refuse to commit suicide bombings. 

10. Demand an apology from Afghanistan for the more than 1,800 U.S. forces killed since the start of the war."

(Thanks to White House Dossier)