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Jabberwonky playing chicken Washington-style – October 13th

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When: Sunday, October 13th, 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific

Where: Jabberwonky on Blog Talk Radio

What:

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

Whether it’s “down the rabbit hole”, or “through the looking glass”, the world of politics is often referred to in the lexicon given to us by Lewis Carroll. No matter what, those terms are resurrected when referring to something that has gone terribly wrong. And that’s what’s here on Jabberwonky…

Tonight: Maybe they’ll make a deal, maybe they won’t. Who stands to win in this battle over the budget and debt ceiling? Who will blink first? We’ll be talking about the possible outcomes tonight, and probably will talk at least a little about bacon – because @MissRuth1021 will be stopping by.

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Democrat Double Speak!

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The fine line between politics and reality has become so blurred that the truth couldn’t be found in Washington if it was written on the Goodyear blimp highlighted with fireworks! I refer to this as “Democrat double speak”, also known as, talking out both sides of your mouth, or just plain gibberish. And all this coming from our elected leaders, such is our sad state of affairs.

Let’s take a look at this from the middle of the aisle. The U.S. Senate, run by whomever, has not passed a budget in the last 5 years. This is against the law! A Continuing Resolution (CR) has been submitted, again, because, did I mention, the Senate has not passed a budget in five years. And did I also mention that it was against the law not to pass a budget?

The CR submitted by Congress originally had a clause to defund Obamacare, but was changed at the last minute to delay the individual mandate 1 year, like it has been for all of the president’s friends; the unions, certain businesses, and other special folks. The Senate, without discussion, voted it down. So Congress tried it again, sending it back to the Senate with a simple change to close the loophole in Obamacare allowing Congress and Senators to “opt out”. Once again, without discussion, the Senate voted against it.

Wait a minute! Isn’t it already in the U.S. Constitution that Congress shall make no law that it doesn’t have to follow or that doesn’t apply to them? Why would the Senate vote to allow our U.S. Representatives to “opt-out”? They voted against a Constitutional law. Do they think the law doesn’t apply to them? Apparently so.

Then there is the president. He’s said nothing about the illegal actions of the Senate run by his team but the way he is beating on the Republicans makes it seem like he is running for a third term. Instead of spreading lies like “this has never happened to any other president” perhaps the president should check with his staff before making those statements or maybe just fire them because lately they have been getting many of the stats wrong. In actuality, this has happened 17 times since the 1970’s, 12 of which were under the control of Democrats.

Some say that it was only for a day or two or three in the past. That may be true, but in those days they knew how to negotiate. They knew they were Americans and they had to act in the best interests of the country not their party. The president says he has negotiated and acted in good faith. I disagree. He has dictated and done so with an iron fist. If he was really a good negotiator he would have asked for more than he wanted and given up a little making for a win-win on both sides. But a dictator sees no reason to give. They are all-knowing, all-powerful and answer to no-one. Sound familiar?

The Senate has received 4 more CR’s from Congress and voted against all of them without discussion. Why would they do that? Why would they not pass a budget for 5 years and then continue to deny discussion on the CR’s as they come up for vote? This is nothing but party politics. Yes, Republicans share in the blame here also, but not as much as the Senate as a whole.

How is it the American people have let them get away with this for 5 years? How is it the American people have allowed the jobless rate to climb? The real unemployment number is around 14%, according to the Government, not the “reported” number.

The Democrats have gotten really good at the “shell game”. You remember that game. You have to guest which cup is the nut is under. Three cups represented by the president, Senate, and Congress. Who’s to blame? The Democrats keep you thinking that the problem is all from Republicans, but who really has control? Look again.

The president can’t get his facts straight. No other president has had to go through what he has, so he gets a pass? The Senate doesn’t pass a budget in 5 years, and they get a pass? The Republicans ask that the Congress follow the Constitution and be subjected to Obamacare like every other American, and they are called the obstructionists and anarchists!

The Bible says there will come a time when, right will be wrong and wrong will be right, I think we are there!

The revolution will not be televised – Intellectual Froglegs S2 – Ep 11

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The democrats want a blank check again to spend, and are blaming the conservatives for not being willing to compromise – also accusing them of not being fiscally responsible. Of course, liberals also think that just because ObamaCare is the law, it’s not up for being debated or changed. Joe Dan Gorman suggests the radical concept of not giving in to liberals. Now, we just have to see if the conservatives that are left in Washington take that advice. Of course, there’s also more indictments against the mainstream media.

White House adviser: Obama and Senate powerless against TEA Partiers .. or something

The White House is now admitting that it is powerless against the TEA party freshmen in the House of Representatives. David Plouffe, a senior Obama adviser said “We’re not going to make progress on the deficit, on things we can do right now for jobs, on tax cuts, unless those 30 or 40 Tea Party members of the Republican House stop being the focal point of our discussion”.

So unless the Conservative freshmen quit leading, the Obama administration and Democrat Senate can’t get anything done. Controlling half of Congress and the White House isn’t enough, without a mandate – Obama is impotent.

By Plouffe’s admission, the White House is now realizing what almost 200 million Americans already know – Obama is unable to lead and Harry Reid is nothing more than a do-nothing obstructionist. Now, they are trying to spin the news as some in Congress are stepping-up to fill the void left by an ineffective President and Senate. Elections do have consequences Mr. Plouffe.

This  “blame the TEA partiers” kerfluffle is over the latest in an almost three year string of continuing resolutions (CR) being used to fund the government until the Democrat-led Senate passes a budget – if Harry Reid’s band of do-nothings ever passes a budget.

At just over a trillion dollars, this CR left the House with $3.7 Billion to fund FEMA for disasters which was offset by $200 million in cuts to alternative energy subsidies – one of Obama’s so-called loopholes.

Plouffe also used the “stop playing politics” line now becoming tired rhetoric from the current administration. He said that the House version of the bill would cost jobs. How? By cutting the gifts to green energy companies?  Solyndra anyone?

While Plouffe and Reid are complaining that the TEA partiers are holding the government hostage, so far the House freshmen are the only ones driving responsible funding bills. The GOP-led House is the only body to pass a budget.

After the bill was voted down in the Senate, leader Harry Reid offered a substitute that re-instated the tax payer subsidies and grants to alternative energy companies. While a procedural vote is scheduled for Monday, the bill is expected to suffer a quick death as it does not offer any offsets to the increased spending that it requires.

Whining seems to be the modus operandii of the Obama administration lately:

  • Complaining that the top 1% don’t pay enough in taxes (they pay 38% of all income taxes)
  • Whining to the Congressional Black Caucus that they are whining (this is probably accurate)
  • Complaining that Conservatives are getting too much attention (more than twice the number of Americans identify as Conservative vs. Liberal Mr. President)
  • Crying that the TEA Party freshmen won’t let him spend as much as he wants (elections have consequences)

The President may want to listen to his own speeches. In his most recent address to the Congressional Black Caucus he told them to “quit complaining, quit crying..” – it is often best to take your own advice if you want others to follow Mr. President.