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House of Representatives Fails to Pass Bill Banning Sex-Selective Abortion

This afternoon, the House of Representatives failed to pass a bill that would make sex-selective abortions a federal crime. This vote comes shortly after pro-life group Live Action released two undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood workers encouraging sex-selective abortions.

The bill, sponsored by Representative Trent Franks R-Ariz., would have made aborting a baby based on its sex or coercing a woman into an abortion based on the baby’s gender a federal crime punishable by up to 5 years in prison. Bringing a woman into the United States for the purpose of a sex-selective abortion also would be a crime punishable by up to five years in prison. The bill would not have punished the woman seeking the abortion.

246 representatives voted for the bill and 168 voted against, but the bill needed a two-thirds majority to pass and fell short by 30 votes.

Republican supporters of the bill argue that there is clear evidence in the US of women aborting their baby due to its female gender, especially amongst women who come from cultures where having a male is preferable. This practice is well known in countries such as India and China, although sex-selective abortions have been banned due to the imbalance in the gender ratio it causes. In the wake of Live Action’s video showing employees telling customers how to get a sex-selective abortion, US abortion giant, Planned Parenthood, has refused to ban the practice of sex-selective abortions.

Democrats opposed the bill because they say the evidence of sex-selective abortions is limited. They also voiced fears that doctors would be policing their patients. Earlier, White House spokesperson Jay Carney spoke about the sex-selective abortion debate, stating that President Obama did not support a ban because he believes the vote to be purely ideological. Carney also expressed the president’s reluctance to insert federal law into private and personal decisions.

Republican legislators have noted that this fight comes in the middle of Democratic claims of the so-called Republican war on women, yet given the opportunity to protect unborn women, Democrats have refused to do so.

Are Republicans to Blame for Washington’s Problems?

In a new book entitled “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks”, author Norman Ornstein (described by Yahoo News, a card carrying member of the “progressive” Party Pravda, as a “scholar”), blames Republican for governance problems in Washington DC. Although Ornstein, shows a flicker of willingness to lay part of the blame at the feet of Democrat’s, “progressive” anti-American bias is clearer than expensive Waterford Crystal.

On video, Ornstein describes it this way: “Democrats have moved left, to probably their own 25 yard line. President Obama’s probably around the 40. The Republicans have moved behind their own goal post.” In an obvious swipe at Tea Party reps and senators, Orenstein said: “I wouldn’t say it’s all Republicans, it’s 80-20 at this point.”

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/power-players-abc-news/blame-party-washington-problems-102604505.htm

Democrats have moved left to probably their own 25-yard line? obama’s probably around the 40? Republicans have moved behind their own goal post? Based on his personal opinion, perhaps. Historically, Orentein’s facing fourth and 99, trying to complete a Hail Mary pass with hurricane force winds in his face.

“progressives” have been moving America to the left for at least a century. Today’s totally partisan left wing extremists like obama, Pelosi and Reid have been driving America hard left since they took office. Pelosi and Reid began their latest push in 2007 when they took over “leadership” in the House and Senate. obama joined them in earnest after his 2009 inauguration.

Pelosi, who’s from an extreme leftist Congressional District in the San Francisco area, is as fringe “progressive” as is the district she represents: the birthplace and capitol of the anti-American hippie counter-culture. She responded: “Are you kidding? Are you kidding?” when asked to cite the Constitutional basis for a piece of her legislation.

Reid’s such a partisan hack that to create and support the false narrative of a “do nothing Congress” with his co-conspirator obama, the Senate under Reid’s “leadership” hasn’t passed a budget in over 1,000 days. Thanks to Reid, several dozen bills dealing with jobs, the economy, deficit reduction and reforms passed by the House have been completely ignored by the Senate.

obama’s as fringe left “progressive as” they come. To say that someone who’s 100% partisan, who sat in the pews of a black separatist (read Marxist) church for twenty years, who by his own admission (in writing) sought out the radicals and the Socialists while in school, who’s father was a Marxist, who’s mother and grandparents were Communists, who’s boyhood mentor was a card carrying member of the American Communist Party, who has appointed the most extreme, out of the American mainstream radicals to be his czars…to say that this individual is anything but an extremist is as intellectually dishonest as is humanly possible.

This is the trio who, after whining about obama’s predecessor having added $5 trillion to the national debt in eight years, increased that debt by over $5 trillion in under four. This is the bunch that passed their “stimulus” bill, which stole from taxpayers to pay off their political cronies on Wall Street, in unions, with “green energy” company fronts and former campaign donors/bundlers. obama openly joked about the “shovel ready” jobs the “stimulus” bill was “intended” to fund weren’t so “shovel ready” after all. Lest America forget, this is the gang who, despite loud public outcries against it by a majority of the people, used secret payoffs and backroom deals agreed to in the dead of the night behind closed doors to shove government controlled healthcare down America’s throat.

Orenstein calls what these people have done moving to their own 25-yard line, or in obama’s case, to the 40? He alleges that Republicans have moved behind their own goal post? Does Orenstein expect to be taken seriously? Under what form of delusion must one be suffering in order to plead such a case?

The Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, the founding documents of the United States, are unsurpassed in the freedoms, rights, and opportunities they secure for the people. That there are elected Republicans who want to follow the recipe for successful governance bequeathed upon America by its founders means they either want to prevent America from being driven farther to the left, or return America to where it’s supposed to be. Following the Constitution. It’s really that simple.

Although it clearly wasn’t Orenstein’s intent, in a strange, almost perverse way it’s good to see a member of the institutionalized “progressive” left publicly acknowledges that some elected officials in the USA are still American. For Orenstein, his philosophical teammates and their march in lock-step “progressive” followers, that fact is seen as a negative.

Thanks to “progressives”, the most divisive, partisan, uncompromising group of politicians to exist in the past century, America is deeply divided. Either you’re an American or you’re a “progressive”. You cannot be both.

http://mjfellright.wordpress.com/2012/05/23/are-republicans-to-blame-for-washingtons-problems/

Two Cheers For the House of Representatives

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Cheers for Indiana Democratic Rep Joe Donnelly, who broke rank with “progressives” to support the Fast and Furious subpoena in Congress. Rep Donnelly expressed support for the Oversight Committee’s subpoena of Attorney General Eric Holder over documents related to the failed Operation Fast and Furious scandal. This was a big step taken by Donnelly since it means that “progressive” Democrats like Rep Elijah Cummings of Maryland can no longer claim that the investigation is a wholly partisan issue.

“One of the duties of Congress is to provide oversight of the Executive Branch,” Donnelly said “There has been a serious allegation of federal law enforcement misconduct and we need to get to the bottom of this issue without playing partisan politics.”

“Attorney General Eric Holder could end this today if he gives us the documents,” Utah Rep Jason Chaffetz said. “Fast & Furious has become Slow & Stonewalling and it really makes you wonder what they’re hiding. We were promised those responsible would be held accountable and that has not happened.”

GOP Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, issued the documents subpoena in October 2011 and suggested days ago that the next option to get Holder to release additional documents might be declaring him in contempt of Congress.

When it comes to Stonewalling, Holder has now entered into direct competition with Richard Nixon’s Watergate era White House. The big difference being, the Watergate scandal never resulted in death. Since for “progressives” the ends always justify the means, the loss of several hundred Mexican civilian lives and that of a U.S. Border Patrol Agent is a small price to pay when defrauding the American public into believing restricting their Second Amendment Rights is a good idea.

Having Eric Holder as U.S. Attorney General is like having a fox guarding the hen house. Despite all of Holder’s “get tough” rhetoric against Wall Street, as of today, there has yet to be a single criminal charge filed by the federal government against top executives of elite financial institutions like UBS, MBNA Bank, MF Global, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, or Bank of America. Certainly it can’t have anything to do with top officials at the Department of Justice who had strong ties to Wall Street being big fundraisers for obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. Perish the thought. There’s nothing to see here folks, keep moving along.

Additional cheers to the entire U.S. House of Representatives, for voting to defund the obama administration’s lawsuits against state immigration laws.

“Instead of using tax dollars to sue states, the Department of Justice and other branches of this government should start focusing on enforcing existing immigration laws,” said Rep. Lou Barletta, a Pennsylvania Republican. “Until they do, the Department of Justice should not receive one federal tax dollar to sue states.”

The 238-173 House vote emphasizes the popularity of state immigration laws. Recent polling shows that a majority of voters overwhelmingly support the idea of states being able to act.

The amendment still needs approval from the Senate and from obama, neither of which is likely. The current administration and their Senate allies have zero interest in enforcing existing immigration laws. Were they to do so, it would interfere with their partisan, divisive, race baiting “comprehensive immigration reform” rhetoric. If Americans are allowed to see that enforcing existing immigration laws works, obama will lose one of the many highly emotional, politically charged, manufactured identity politics issues “progressives” use to sway uninformed sound bite voters to their side.

http://mjfellright.wordpress.com/2012/05/12/two-cheers-for-the-house-of-representatives/

The President's Budget Fails: 414-0

From The Washington Times

President Obama’s budget was defeated 414-0 in the House late Wednesday, in a vote Republicans arranged to try to embarrass him and shelve his plan for the rest of the year.

The vote came as the House worked its way through its own fiscal year 2013 budget proposal, written by Budget Committee Chairman Paul D. Ryan. Republicans wrote an amendment that contained Mr. Obama’s budget and offered it on the floor, daring Democrats to back the plan, which calls for major tax increases and yet still adds trillions of dollars to the deficit over the next decade.

“It’s not a charade. It’s not a gimmick — unless what the president sent us is the same,” said Rep. Mick Mulvaney, a freshman Republican from South Carolina who sponsored Mr. Obama’s proposal for purposes of the debate. “I would encourage the Democrats to embrace this landmark Democrat document and support it. Personally, I will be voting against it.”

But no Democrats accepted the challenge.

They have their own alternative they wrote, which closely tracks the president’s deficit numbers, though it changes the details of his plan. That plan will receive a vote on Thursday, as will Mr. Ryan’s proposal.

Senate Democrats have said they will not bring a budget to the floor this year, though Republicans in the chamber have talked about trying to at least force a vote on Mr. Obama’s plan there as well.

Last year, when they forced a vote on his 2012 budget, it was defeated 97-0.

The Tea Party vs The Status Quo

Much has been said since the November 2010 election about establishment Republicans co-opting Senators and Representatives elected with Tea Party support. What establishment Republicans evidently refuse to accept is, every Republicans elected in November 2010 owes huge thanks to the Tea Party. Establishment Republicans need to understand that Tea Party grassroots activists have had enough of their “learn your place and do as you’re told” attitude towards the Tea Party.

In America’s recent political past, there has been a Silent Majority. Establishment Republicans need to understand that the Tea Party is the Silent Majority. In plain spoken politically incorrect English, the institutionalized progressive left needs to realize that empty rhetoric about the term Silent Majority being code for racist is unfounded, utterly contemptible nonsense.

As the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, adopted in 1791 states:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The Tea Party consists of concerned American citizens exercising their Constitutionally protected right to peaceably assemble and petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Despite Herculean efforts by the institutionalized “progressive” left to promote the false narrative that the Tea Party is filled with uneducated, violent, extreme, racist hillbillies, Tea Party goers are normal, average, everyday Americans who’re alarmed at America’s descent into an unconstitutional, uncontrollable, big government black hole.

Big government is taking America down an unsustainable path of continued deficit spending, crushing national debt, accelerated expansion of government programs, oppressive regulation, and ignorance of the looming costs for unfunded entitlement programs. Big government “progressives” continuously insist that the only “fair” way to balance the U.S. budget must include tax hikes. There’s no need for “progressives” to explain their agenda more clearly so Americans will understand. Americans do understand. Americans don’t like it and they don’t want it.

Republicans were swept into office at the expense of “progressive” Democrats as a direct result of the Tea Party’s unhappiness with the fringe radical leftist agenda as legislated by the likes of Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and the rest, then signed into law by the current White House occupant.

The Tea Party, the ones who’ve awoken America to the danger of losing a Constitutional Republic to a political system that rewards an “entitled” governing class at the expense of everyday Americans must be given the respect they deserve.

Establishment Republicans who seek to maintain the status quo with “progressive” Democrats are complicit with government expansion. Establishment Republicans as a group have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo. For so long as they are able keep their seat at the table, they’ll be willing to compromise with “progressives”, thereby maintaining the illusion that the Republican vs Democrat political paradigm is still meaningful.

Open dialogue, communication and cooperation, urgently required to solve America’s challenges are welcome, but establishment Republicans must understand that for the Tea Party, there must be no compromise with people who see the U.S. Constitution and America’s free market enterprise system as the greatest roadblock to a New World Order.

Should establishment Republicans, as part of the governing class, continue “going along to get along” simply to maintain their grasp on power at the expense of We The People, that will be noticed as much as attempts by progressives to circumvent the will of the electorate. The Tea Party spoke on November 2, 2010. Don’t think for a moment that they won’t be ready to speak again in 2012 and beyond.

http://mjfellright.wordpress.com/2012/03/23/the-tea-party-vs-the-status-quo/

Today’s “News”

Monday March 12, 2012…Today’s “news” begins with the headline: The Most Aired Political Campaign Ads.

A sub-headline reads: Obama’s “Unprecedented” commercial was shown 6,190 times before Super Tuesday.

At first, by mentioning campaign ads from multiple candidacies, this article flirts with the idea of integrity. A flirtation which disappointingly dissolves in the face of the ‘mention the favorite candidate’s ad first’ sub-headline. Will “progressives” explain why there’s no outcry against Dylan Stableford for stating “Barack Obama has spent $63 million, a little less than half of his $136 million war chest”? Weren’t terms like “war chest” supposed to be off limits because using politically incorrect terms like “war chest” leads directly to the shooting of member of Congress? Or does that standard only apply when Conservatives use such terms? Is it now fair to conclude that all “progressives” are allowed to speak and write freely, fearing not the cost of using “inflammatory language”? Do First Amendment Rights now fully apply to all “progressives”, not just lousy comedians who donate millions of dollars to “progressive” election campaigns?

Next comes the headline: Christie’s Public Shouting Match Shows He’s Not Ready For White House.

Kim Jascobs Walker wastes no time, plugging the phrase “Chris Christie again made headlines for losing his temper and insulting one of his constituents” into the first paragraph. Walker admits that the source, “Save Jersey” blogger Brian McGovern described constituent Bill Brown as “disrespectful”, but Walker makes no attempt to clarify whether Christie called Brown an idiot because of his question or because of a disrespectful approach. Walker criticizes Christie by alleging that “Any seasoned comedian could have handled a heckler better than Christie did”. One wonders, might Bill Maher be included among Walker’s comedians? Walker’s sojourn continues with the long espoused “progressive” slant that “Adults don’t really like it when politicians talk to them like they’re errant children.” Perhaps that statement explains why adult Conservatives don’t really like the way Obama, Reid and Pelosi speak to the nation’s Conservative majority. Walker continues: “Christie’s ‘because I said so’ attitude won’t play well with thinking people”, strongly indicating the “progressive” presumption that people who disagree with Christie think, while strongly implying that those who agree with Christie don’t. Walker concludes the final tirade with: “Christie needs to mature into a leader who can handle dissenting opinions before he sets his sights on the White House”. This statement reveals a key component of institutionalized “progressive” thought. In “progressive” minds, unless you’re willing to submit to their attempts to indoctrinate you to their philosophy, you’re closed minded. The possibility that you’re already familiar with their philosophy, have measured it against Conservative philosophy and decided to adhere to Conservative thinking seems beyond their comprehension.

Then comes: GOP race for White House is ‘corrosive”: Obama adviser

Of course Robert Gibbs, a long time Obama adviser would describe the GOP race as “corrosive”. That’s as predictable as the sunset. Why is this a headline? That’s easy to answer. As a news headline displayed along with similar headlines, it subliminally reinforces the “progressive” narrative propagated daily by the “progressive” Party Pravda that the GOP is bad and the “progressive” left is good.

Next there’s the headline: Reid says Democrats should retain Senate

Naturally the current Senate Majority Leader predicts that after November’s election the Democratic Party will retain control of the Senate. Even if every poll under the sun showed numbers contradicting his perception Reid would still state this view. Including this in the list of “headline news” is another clear example of the intent by the institutionalized “progressive” left to “nudge” undecided voters towards conclusions desired by George Soros and his myriad of puppets within the “progressive” Party and their cohorts in the “progressive” Party Pravda.

Two more “headlines” read:

Pelosi Dreams of Rush Being ‘Advertiseless’. Is advertiseless even a word, or something that came to Pelosi in the midst of a botox induced hallucination?

Sunday Shows: Reid Says ‘I think Congress Looks Bad’.

And Reid’s pulling every lever of power in the Senate to perpetuate that manufactured myth. BTW Senator Reid when is the Senate going to pass a budget?

Are you beginning to see the pattern here? Or shall we continue to flog this dead horse?

 

Zero Integrity on House Ethics Committee

The House [supposed] Ethics Committee has recently been exposed as a dysfunctional sham and a completely discredited farce that refuses any semblance of what is was originally created to do, as seen by the six members who have now recused themselves from the Maxine Waters ethics violations investigation. That investigation goes way back to 2010, when Democrats who controlled both chambers of Congress refused to move the trial forward.

 Michelle Malkin summed this debacle up as follows, back in April of 2011:

Last summer,(2010) the House Ethics Committee charged the entrenched California congresswoman with three violations related to her wheeling and dealing on behalf of minority-owned OneUnited Bank in Los Angeles. The panel accused Waters of bringing discredit to the House for using her influence to seek and secure taxpayer-subsidized special favors for the failing financial institution.

Eight months have passed since the House ethics panel charged Waters. But to date, there has been no action. No trial. No consequences.

On Jan. 13, 2009, Brookly McLaughlin, then-Treasury Department deputy assistant secretary for public affairs, e-mailed her shock at Waters’ apparent conflict of interest regarding OneUnited: “Further to email below, WSJ (Wall Street Journal) tells me: …Apparently this bank is the only one that has gotten money through section 103-6 of the EESA law. And Maxine Waters’ husband is on the board of the bank. ??????” (emphasis added)

When all of this information came to light, House Democrats scrambled to snuff out the investigation by any means possible, including firing the two lead attorneys working on the Waters investigation.  Thus, an independent attorney was hired to sort out this mess, and yet we see some of the same type of denial in holding the people who perpetuated this farce of  a cover-up originally, continuing.  Witness the recent statements in regards to this investigation and the six committee members who recused themselves, yet refused to admit their part in this charade of injustice:

1- Current Ethics Committee Chairman Joe Bonner sends a letter to Speaker Boehner announcing that 6 members are recusing themselves. ( and jumping off the sinking ship to avoid being held accountable) In that letter, Bonner goes out of his way to say no one did anything wrong. “The record should note that these recusal requests are not based on any indication of wrongdoing or inappropriate partisanship by the Members,” Bonner’s letter stated. If there was no wrongdoing, then these six members should simply be fired for refusing to do their jobs on the Ethics Committee.

2- Martin told the committee that he reviewed “tens of thousands of pages” of documents and interviewed current and former committee members and staffers, but one necessary witness who is not currently with the committee refused to testify when subpoenaed and it has prevented the completion of the due process review.

3- “While Mr. Martin had advised that the most appropriate time to present his recommendations regarding recusal would be upon the completion of the due process review, he has now counseled the Committee to advance that timing,” Bonner’s letter said.

So what happened the very day after this letter was delivered to House leadership in which lead counsel is now advising the Ethics Committee to get this trail started?  Maxine Waters was caught on video tape, having a major meltdown, and calling House Republicans ‘Demons” and making other hateful comments about them. This is what happens when self-serving members of Congress are told that they will be held accountable (finally after almost 2 long years of  the disgusting Democratic party’s obstruction of justice)

Yes America, there was a reason for Maxine Water’s most recent meltdown. She refuses to accept the fact that she will be held accountable for her obvious TARP fraud in securing money for a bank that her husband had investments in, and on which he sat on the board of directors. If any of your representatives are on the Ethics-less committee, call them up and demand real justice, not the slap on the wrist that career income tax dodger Charlie Rangel got for his proven felony income tax evasion. As for the six Ethics Committee members who have now recused themselves, including Chairman Bonner, and whom are refusing to take responsibility for their parts in this debacle?  Fire them all! Kick them off of the “Ethics Committee” for proving to have a complete lack of anything resembling true ethics. It is time to end this charade once and for all.

 

Politics: Today's Top Ten Oxymorons

The word oxymoron is defined by Bing dictionary as being, an “expression with contradictory words:” a phrase in which two words of contradictory meaning are used together for special effect, e.g. “wise fool” or “legal murder”. (fools are not considered to be wise people and murder is never “legal”)

Number 10 on the oxymoron list comes to us via the group of 2012 GOP Presidential candidates, in the form of Rick Santorum. While Santorum is mainly running on the platform of being the non-Romney conservative alternative, an oxymoron has been used to better describe Mr. Santorum’s Senatorial voting record and when we look at that record, Mr. Santorum qualifies for the Number 10 oxymoron of the day: A Big Government Conservative.

Number 9 Small Government Liberalism. This oxymoron is so outrageous that it surely sits right next to the “wise fool” oxymoron on the list of most contradictory statements ever written. Yet in California, ( the most Liberal state in the country) we see that a Mr. Matt Rozee  actually tries to pass himself off as a small government Liberal when running for Congress. He also claims to be an Executive Director at Fox in his bio. That should make those folks that criticize Fox News for appearing to veer left recently feel pretty good.

Number 8 The Public Option becomes a ludicrous example of an oxymoron, when it is being used to promote the Liberal health-care “reforms” that basically forces everyone into a government-run health-care system where the only option people end up with is the government plan, simply because the government has put all the other health insurance companies out of business. A great example of another supposed “public option” is the option to pay taxes to support our current big government debt-spenders. The phrase, “no taxation without representation” comes to mind here.  In that case you have the option to pay your taxes and shut up.. or go to prison. Unless you are a member of Congress of course, such as Claire McCaskell (D-MO), Charlie Rangel (D-NY), or current Treasury Chief Timothy Geitner. We can now add Government Motors to the list of big government tyrants and crony-capitalists who do not have to pay taxes like the rest of America.

Number 7 –  Bureaucratic efficiency. This oxymoron is self-explanatory and would seem to be some kind of joke, if this country wasn’t $16 trillion dollars in debt and headed straight off the Greek-style debt cliff, like the plunge the once-great city of Detroit is currently undertaking. When it comes to big government  bureaucratic efficiency, today’s United States Post Office  serves up a heaping helping of reality as to how efficient a once-proud and stable organization becomes when the big government meddlers of Congress get involved.

Number 6Tolerant Liberal  becomes a great example of an oxymoron when we see this video of Rep Maxine Waters most recent expose’ of Congressional hate-speech and partisanship.

Number 5 – Secret Government Talks becomes an oxymoron when big government media manipulators use it to announce the secret meetings to the entire world, as we see in the article, ridiculously titled,  Afghanistan and US in secret talks with Taliban.  Everything qualifies as a big government secret that needs to be kept from the American taxpayers today, when we look at the recent refusal of the Obama administration to allow White House officials to  appear before Congress to explain how half a billion dollars were given to the bankrupt green energy  firm Solyndra.

Number 4 –  President Obama’s numerous campaign statements that he is working to reduce deficits and debt is a form of an oxymoron that is so far out of touch with reality that it is hard to understand just how he expects the American people to believe it. For the perfect example of this, please President Obama’s Budget Buffoonery. In that article, it shows how Obama’s latest budget proposal adds trillions of dollars of debt, and makes zero cuts to big government spending, all contrary to his thousands of recent [taxpayer-funded] campaign speeches about the need to cut the deficits and lower the national debt. Barack Obma has in fact piled more debt onto the backs of future generations of Americans in 3 1/2 years than G.W. Bush did in 8 full years in office. Obama’s debt chart can be seen in this article. Obama has piled on record debt in 3 straight years,’09, ’10, and ’11 and the 2012 deficit is now projected to once again be a whopping 1.32 trillion, and which the White House underestimated by 138%! Some folks could confuse Obama’s oxymoron about cutting deficits and debt with a blatant lie, designed to win reelection and hide his Liberal debt-spending of the past 3 1/2 years.

Number 3 – Accidentally on Purpose is a good example of an oxymoron that is mainly used as a form of sarcasm today. When looking at the debt-spending of Obama in number 4 above, while claiming that he is “reducing deficits and debt” a lot of Americans have now come to the conclusion that Obama is bankrupting America accidentally on purpose.

Number 2 –  Congressional Ethics has to be considered a flaming oxymoron today, when examining the current crop of corrupto-crats in Congress which include the following “honorable civil servants.”  Rep Alcee Hastings ( D-FL) who is the impeached federal judge who was found guilty of numerous corruption charges, yet has been re-elected to serve in Congress for 19 straight years! How about he above mentioned far left radical extremist and hate-speech generator, Maxine Waters (D-CA) who lobbied the White House for TARP money for her husbands bank illegally? When it comes to Congressional Ethics, the completely discredited former Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi and her profiting from insider trading certainly ranks among the top ten in hypocritical hyperbole when it comes to congressional ethics.

Number 1 and the political oxymoron of the century has to go to the statement that “Barack Hussein Obama is the most gifted speaker in the history of U.S. politics,” while the only speaking the current campaigner-in-chief does in public ever since he was elected. is to read words written by other’s and inserted into a teleprompter.  While Obama might qualify as a “gifted speech reader,” reading from a teleprompter hardly qualifies him for the most gifted speaker in U.S. history award. However, it does qualify him for the oxy-moron ( pun intended) of the century.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Politics: Today’s Top Ten Oxymorons

The word oxymoron is defined by Bing dictionary as being, an “expression with contradictory words:” a phrase in which two words of contradictory meaning are used together for special effect, e.g. “wise fool” or “legal murder”. (fools are not considered to be wise people and murder is never “legal”)

Number 10 on the oxymoron list comes to us via the group of 2012 GOP Presidential candidates, in the form of Rick Santorum. While Santorum is mainly running on the platform of being the non-Romney conservative alternative, an oxymoron has been used to better describe Mr. Santorum’s Senatorial voting record and when we look at that record, Mr. Santorum qualifies for the Number 10 oxymoron of the day: A Big Government Conservative.

Number 9 Small Government Liberalism. This oxymoron is so outrageous that it surely sits right next to the “wise fool” oxymoron on the list of most contradictory statements ever written. Yet in California, ( the most Liberal state in the country) we see that a Mr. Matt Rozee  actually tries to pass himself off as a small government Liberal when running for Congress. He also claims to be an Executive Director at Fox in his bio. That should make those folks that criticize Fox News for appearing to veer left recently feel pretty good.

Number 8 The Public Option becomes a ludicrous example of an oxymoron, when it is being used to promote the Liberal health-care “reforms” that basically forces everyone into a government-run health-care system where the only option people end up with is the government plan, simply because the government has put all the other health insurance companies out of business. A great example of another supposed “public option” is the option to pay taxes to support our current big government debt-spenders. The phrase, “no taxation without representation” comes to mind here.  In that case you have the option to pay your taxes and shut up.. or go to prison. Unless you are a member of Congress of course, such as Claire McCaskell (D-MO), Charlie Rangel (D-NY), or current Treasury Chief Timothy Geitner. We can now add Government Motors to the list of big government tyrants and crony-capitalists who do not have to pay taxes like the rest of America.

Number 7 –  Bureaucratic efficiency. This oxymoron is self-explanatory and would seem to be some kind of joke, if this country wasn’t $16 trillion dollars in debt and headed straight off the Greek-style debt cliff, like the plunge the once-great city of Detroit is currently undertaking. When it comes to big government  bureaucratic efficiency, today’s United States Post Office  serves up a heaping helping of reality as to how efficient a once-proud and stable organization becomes when the big government meddlers of Congress get involved.

Number 6Tolerant Liberal  becomes a great example of an oxymoron when we see this video of Rep Maxine Waters most recent expose’ of Congressional hate-speech and partisanship.

Number 5 – Secret Government Talks becomes an oxymoron when big government media manipulators use it to announce the secret meetings to the entire world, as we see in the article, ridiculously titled,  Afghanistan and US in secret talks with Taliban.  Everything qualifies as a big government secret that needs to be kept from the American taxpayers today, when we look at the recent refusal of the Obama administration to allow White House officials to  appear before Congress to explain how half a billion dollars were given to the bankrupt green energy  firm Solyndra.

Number 4 –  President Obama’s numerous campaign statements that he is working to reduce deficits and debt is a form of an oxymoron that is so far out of touch with reality that it is hard to understand just how he expects the American people to believe it. For the perfect example of this, please President Obama’s Budget Buffoonery. In that article, it shows how Obama’s latest budget proposal adds trillions of dollars of debt, and makes zero cuts to big government spending, all contrary to his thousands of recent [taxpayer-funded] campaign speeches about the need to cut the deficits and lower the national debt. Barack Obma has in fact piled more debt onto the backs of future generations of Americans in 3 1/2 years than G.W. Bush did in 8 full years in office. Obama’s debt chart can be seen in this article. Obama has piled on record debt in 3 straight years,’09, ’10, and ’11 and the 2012 deficit is now projected to once again be a whopping 1.32 trillion, and which the White House underestimated by 138%! Some folks could confuse Obama’s oxymoron about cutting deficits and debt with a blatant lie, designed to win reelection and hide his Liberal debt-spending of the past 3 1/2 years.

Number 3 – Accidentally on Purpose is a good example of an oxymoron that is mainly used as a form of sarcasm today. When looking at the debt-spending of Obama in number 4 above, while claiming that he is “reducing deficits and debt” a lot of Americans have now come to the conclusion that Obama is bankrupting America accidentally on purpose.

Number 2 –  Congressional Ethics has to be considered a flaming oxymoron today, when examining the current crop of corrupto-crats in Congress which include the following “honorable civil servants.”  Rep Alcee Hastings ( D-FL) who is the impeached federal judge who was found guilty of numerous corruption charges, yet has been re-elected to serve in Congress for 19 straight years! How about he above mentioned far left radical extremist and hate-speech generator, Maxine Waters (D-CA) who lobbied the White House for TARP money for her husbands bank illegally? When it comes to Congressional Ethics, the completely discredited former Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi and her profiting from insider trading certainly ranks among the top ten in hypocritical hyperbole when it comes to congressional ethics.

Number 1 and the political oxymoron of the century has to go to the statement that “Barack Hussein Obama is the most gifted speaker in the history of U.S. politics,” while the only speaking the current campaigner-in-chief does in public ever since he was elected. is to read words written by other’s and inserted into a teleprompter.  While Obama might qualify as a “gifted speech reader,” reading from a teleprompter hardly qualifies him for the most gifted speaker in U.S. history award. However, it does qualify him for the oxy-moron ( pun intended) of the century.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speaker Boehner Channels Obama in Tax Cut Deal

Republican House Speaker John Boehner was in full spin mode during several interviews concerning the recent addition of $100 billion dollars in debt that is inherent in the new “Tax Cut Extension” deal. The Hill points out how Boehner is not celebrating the tax cut deal as follows:

“The agreement that’s been reached to stop a tax hike on middle-class Americans is a fair agreement and one that I support,” Boehner said in opening a Thursday press conference.”Let’s be honest, this is an economic relief package, not a bill that’s going to grow the economy and create jobs.”

  While The Hill  article does mention the small fact that this bill is not paid for, and will increase the nation’s debt once again, Speaker Boehner seems reluctant to admit that fact. Instead, Speaker Boehner seems content on blaming Obama for this irresponsible continuation of Greek-style debt-spending. This has to make folks wonder if Speaker Boehner will eventually start to blame G.W. Bush for the debt-spending coming out of the current House of Representatives. Has Boehner come to the conclusion that the only way to retain the majority in the House of Representatives in 2013, is to channel Obama in blaming everyone else for his [and Obama’s] obvious lack of leadership? It certainly appears so here. The House controls the taxpayers purse strings, and therefor any increased debt-spending falls on the shoulders of the Speaker of the House.

One minute Boehner hates the tax cut deal and the next he  approves of it, all the while refusing to acknowledge the continuation of  increased debt-spending in the latest tax cut “deal,” that he promised to put a stop to when he took over the House. Boehner was just on TV again saying he approved of the tax cut deal, while again refusing to discuss the increased debt-spending inherent in it. How gutless is that? Blame Bush, blame Obama, do anything but accept the responsibility for the increase in debt spending that is being perpetuated by the Republican House of Representatives, and the Harry Reid-approved “compromises” that have been done here.

“According to the White House, when he signs this bill, he’s finished,” Boehner said.”For those of you who haven’t noticed, the president checked out last Labor Day, and has been unengaged in leading our country ever since. It has been one non-stop campaign trip after another. So he can campaign all he wants, but the Republicans are going to stay focused on jobs.”

The President indeed, has been in full campaign-mode on the taxpayer dime for most of his first term in office. He is not, however the Speaker of the House. You are Mr. Boehner, and we the people expect you to stop the debt-spending and the pathetic excuses you are making for allowing it to happen. Clear enough?

Update: Yes the tax cut extension bill passed both chambers today, (Friday, Feb 17) without ever being made available for public viewing and comment, as was promised when republicans took over the House in 2011. Despite the claims to the contrary, this bill will add $90 billion dollars to the deficit = more debt, according to the CBO: “The Congressional Budget Office put the tab at closer to $90 billion; regardless, dozens of Republicans were unhappy with the GOP leadership’s decision to advance the payroll tax extension with no pay-for.”

 

Far Left Radical Extremism on Full Display

Sometimes words are not needed to show just how disgustingly hateful certain members of Congress can become. See for yourself, and drop in a comment below about this disgusting disply of Liberal lunacy. (unless you condone this type of hate-speech)

That display of hateful rhetoric was spewed while speaking to delegates at the 2012 CA Democratic Party Convention. Thank you, Mrs. Waters for providing the perfect example of just what the Democratic party of 2012 has become. PS: Has Maxine Waters been brought back up on the ethics trial for her TARP fraud-bank bailout graft to her husband yet? Nope! Why not, Republican Leaders in the House?

Perversion Rampant in America: Sponsored By Obama and Congress

Can things really get any worse in our nation? Planned Parenthood, “the bastion of breast cancer screening”, is beginning their “National Condom Week” today, Wednesday February 15, 2012. How asinine can anyone get to have a national condom week and celebrate it with such ballyhoo? Is Mr. Condom a national hero or something? Congressional Medal of Honor winner, maybe? Inventor of some life-saving device that will revolutionize life in America and the world?

Martin Luther King only has one day, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln have to share a day, and Condom gets an entire week to himself? What genius thought this up? Only a person with a heart as black as Satan’s could come up with a plan such as this to pervert our children and only people with hearts as black as Satan’s could stand by and let it happen without so much as a whimper of protest.

Sadly Mr. Condom is a perverted character created and honored by Planned Parenthood to destroy another generation of children. In the video, “Hooking Kids on Sex”, they have a section showing 10 year olds how to masturbate and how to install a condom for sexual intercourse. HELLOOOOOOO!!!! Is teaching them to read, write, and count too much trouble or are those just insignificant items the kids don’t need any more?

The real kicker to this is that my tax money, and your tax money, is paying for this trash. Is there anyone in Washington today with any brains or morals at all? Why is this going on? Where are Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, and Ron Paul on this? Rick Santorum has stood up and spoken out against the Obama regime’s immoral despotism; and all he gets is grief from the propaganda arms of both political parties and his fellow “conservatives” in the presidential primary race and the so-called “conservative” media.

Where are John McCain and Lindsey Graham on “National Condom Week”? Are they still trying to figure out how they voted to remove the military restrictions against sodomy and bestiality in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2011? Where are John Boehner and Mitch McConnell? As Sgt. Carter used to say to Gomer Pyle: “I can’t hear you!!!!!”

Where are the conservatives in Congress who seem to have lost their voices since Obama took over and became Dictator-in-Chief and President for Life of the National Socialist State of Amerika? How many adult men and women are in prison or on sexual predator lists for less offensive actions than this? Is this part of the Islamification of America? Islam hangs homosexuals but an adult man “teaching” a 10 year old boy about sex is just fine. Hypocrisy and perversion go hand-in-hand in the Muslim world. Is this the reason we are seeing this happen here, getting us ready?

The federal government is out of control and no one in Washington is doing anything to stop it. We hear little mouse squeaks from time to time but nothing really substantial, nothing to stand up and cheer about. An entire generation of Americans is being taught perversion and immorality without any opposition from anyone in Congress, the courts, or the media. Our elected “leaders” sit by quietly and allow this to go on because they are afraid of being called “racist” or “closed minded” or “intolerant”? Where are the leaders in government? (Hint: the Republicrats are hiding under their desks not wanting to be seen or heard on this).

The sad truth is that our government is staffed with evil, self-centered, narcissistic despots who are more interested in their own well-being than that of the citizens of this once great nation. As happened in Venezuela we are seeing a despot run over members of Congress who are either so evil that they are complicit or so cowardly evil they are afraid to speak up for fear of receiving criticism from the “enlightened” media.

Hell has come to America and we are seeing it in National Condom Week and the Komen foundation backing down from a moral stance to appease the most evil people in the world. Judgment is coming to America and we find our nation trying to “go along to get along” with the most evil, black hearted people to ever walk the face of this earth.

Adolph Hitler murdered 12 million innocent Jews, Christians, Gypsies, Slavs, Poles, Homosexuals, etc. during his reign of terror in Europe. How many innocent babies has Planned Parenthood murdered while Congress and multiple presidential administrations not only stood by and watched, but gladly paid for those murders? Now the goal is to expand into perverting and sexually abusing our children, and using We the People to pay for it.

Appeasing evil is never a winning proposition. We finally destroyed Adolph Hitler and his evil regime but only after Neville Chamberlain’s “peace in our time” brought the world to the brink of destruction and cost the lives of an estimated 100 million people.

Our federal government is a diseased animal that needs a dose of anti-biotic strong enough to kill the germs that infect it. We can no longer stand by and allow this to happen to our children. The most innocent of our nation are being sold into slavery, the slavery of perversion that they may never recover from.

If this is allowed to stand then I demand that every child molester and child rapist be immediately released from prison. How can men and women be held in prison for sex crimes while this is allowed to happen unfettered; and even condoned by our country’s elected “leaders” and paid for by tax money?

The worst element in all of this is the apathy of the American people. Who will bother to write to demand something be done? Who will call their member of Congress to insist they charge Barack Obama, Eric Holder, Kathleen Sebelius, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, John McCain, et al. with genocide, taking indecent liberties with a minor, child sexual assault, and a host of other criminal charges?

Unless We the People stand up and take an active role of leadership in America we are going to very soon find ourselves living in the FEMA camps they built in 2009 under SB 645, and are staffing right now with money provided by the National Defense Authorization Act of 2011. If American citizens; Christians, Jews, and even atheists and agnostics can’t see what is wrong with this then we are indeed a nation lost to Satan.

To show how much our nation suffers from apathy let me give you an example. I was running for a local school board position, a first-timer in a political race, and lost to the incumbent by a substantial margin. As disappointed as I am to have lost the race I am more disappointed in how I lost. There are in the neighborhood of 10,000 eligible voters in this school district. How many votes were cast? 368, or 3% of eligible voters. If I had won the election I would be only slightly happier. The depth of “I don’t care” from the voters of this nation is the most disappointing thing of all to me. Judgment will fall heavier on those who do nothing than it will on those who fight the battle. Even if those of us willing to fight the battle lose the battle, we will still have stood up for what Jesus called “the least of my flock”.

As our nation teeters on the edge of oblivion only a small percentage of those who can vote will vote. Many of those casting ballots in November will be either corpses or fictional cartoon characters. Such a sad commentary for a nation forged in the blood of those who were willing to die for even a glimpse of a chance to vote for their future.

A “shining city on a hill” has become a modern day Sodom and Gomorrah, ripe for the judgment of God and subjugation by an evil so dark it makes a black hole in space look like the sun.

Copies of this are going to the entire Oklahoma Congressional delegation. I hope you will do the same in your state. Stand up now, tomorrow will be too late.

I submit this in the name of the Most Holy Trinity, in faith, with the responsibility given to me by Almighty God to honor His work and not let it die from neglect.

Bob Russell
Claremore, Oklahoma
February 15, 2012

Jack Lew: Obama’s Newest Propaganda-Puppet

President Obama has had problems retaining his administration’s  Chief’s of Staff position filled during his first [ and only] term in office. First came fellow Chicago Democrat Rahm Emanual, who was replaced by another Chicago Democrat, William Daley, only to see him replaced by the latest White House Chief of Staff, Mr. Jack Lew. The Daily Caller explains Obama’s picks for the White House Chief of Staff positions as follows:

All three of President Barack Obama’s chiefs of staff earned millions of dollars after passing through the revolving doors that lie between the Democratic Party and Wall Street. Rahm Emanuel and Bill Daley, and now Jacob Lew, are all career Democrats who have taken lucrative trips through those revolving doors, eliciting jeers from Republicans who say Obama is running an administration of crony-capitalists.

Meet the latest White House Chief Jack Lew. Mr. Lew is the former Obama-appointed budget officer who came to the White House via banking giant Citigroup where Lew spent 3 years heading up the Alternative Investments unit. Citigroup paid Jack Lew over $2 million dollars in 2009 salary and bonuses, basically for profiting in investments that bet on the housing and mortgage crisis. Of course when Citigroup lost billions of dollars due to geniuses like Jack Lew betting on the crisis,the taxpayer paid off those losses in the 2008, 2009 bailout packages. Meanwhile, Jack Lew still kept his millions of dollars in crony-fatcat bonuses and salary. This surely qualified him to be Barack Obama’s latest Chief of Staff, considering that the previous 2 Chief’s of Staff also had a direct involvement in the housing and mortgage collapse.

                    Jacob, “Jack” Lew  also served as the Director of the Office of Budget and management from 1998-2001. Lew was an “Special Assistant” to President Clinton in ’93-’94, only to then be injected into OMB by Clinton as an Executive Associate Director and Associate Director for Legislative Affairs from 1995-1998. ( a glorious-sounding title for a political operative/lobbyist)  Fast forward to today, and we see that Jack Lew is in fact, just another White House political-propagandist appointee who has been appointed to his position to spread Barack Obama’s misinformation.

  The proof behind that statement can be found here, where Jack Lew was exposed on national TV when he made the statement that Obama’s latest budget proposal can not pass the U.S. Senate simply because it “takes 60 votes to pass  it.” As Larry Kudlow points out there,  it only takes 51 Senate votes to pass Obama’s budget proposal, and there are currently 53 Democrats serving in the U.S senate. So why would the very experienced White House Chief of Staff, former assistant for budgetary legislative affairs at the OMB, and former fat-cat-Citigroup lobbyist  Jack Lew all of a sudden state that Obama’s budget is “dead in the water’ simply due to the misstatement that it takes 60, not the factual 51 votes to pass it in the Senate? Simply put, because Jack Lew is nothing more than a political propagandist spewing misinformation on national TV to protect Barack Obama’s most recent episode of Budgetary Buffoonery.

 Obama’s budget will never receive a vote in the U.S. Senate, simply because it is controlled by Democrat Harry Reid, and to do so in an election year would expose not only Barack Obama’s much-hoped-for trillion-dollar deficits for the next 10 years if passed, but it would also put Reid’s fellow Senate Democrats on the hot seat if they were forced to vote for it. ( a whopping 23 of which are up for reelection in 2012) Jack Lew is no rookie when it comes to budgetary legislative policy and procedure, as can be evidenced in his past positions as Clinton’s chief OMB lobbyist and influence peddler back in the 90’s.

   Yet Jack Lew goes on national TV recently, and promotes the lie that Obama’s budget is dead in the water in the U.S. Senate, alluding ( or trying to) to Obama’s reelection campaign [that is running against the do-nothing Congress] that includes falsely accusing Republicans of being obstructionists. This is exactly what House Speaker Boehner has done recently in Calling Harry Reid’s Bluff  on the payroll tax cut battle.  He wants the House to pass a clean tax cut extension bill and force Harry Reid and the Democrats to vote on it in the Senate. Just like Obama’s budget, Harry Reid will refuse to bring the clean tax cut extension up for a vote in the Senate.

Meanwhile the media operatives just love to publish Jack Lew’s recent misinformation,( without correction) while also refusing to point out the facts about what Harry Reid is doing in the Senate. They are all working for the Obama2012 reelection campaign and the truth be damned.

Jack Lew: Obama's Newest Propaganda-Puppet

President Obama has had problems retaining his administration’s  Chief’s of Staff position filled during his first [ and only] term in office. First came fellow Chicago Democrat Rahm Emanual, who was replaced by another Chicago Democrat, William Daley, only to see him replaced by the latest White House Chief of Staff, Mr. Jack Lew. The Daily Caller explains Obama’s picks for the White House Chief of Staff positions as follows:

All three of President Barack Obama’s chiefs of staff earned millions of dollars after passing through the revolving doors that lie between the Democratic Party and Wall Street. Rahm Emanuel and Bill Daley, and now Jacob Lew, are all career Democrats who have taken lucrative trips through those revolving doors, eliciting jeers from Republicans who say Obama is running an administration of crony-capitalists.

Meet the latest White House Chief Jack Lew. Mr. Lew is the former Obama-appointed budget officer who came to the White House via banking giant Citigroup where Lew spent 3 years heading up the Alternative Investments unit. Citigroup paid Jack Lew over $2 million dollars in 2009 salary and bonuses, basically for profiting in investments that bet on the housing and mortgage crisis. Of course when Citigroup lost billions of dollars due to geniuses like Jack Lew betting on the crisis,the taxpayer paid off those losses in the 2008, 2009 bailout packages. Meanwhile, Jack Lew still kept his millions of dollars in crony-fatcat bonuses and salary. This surely qualified him to be Barack Obama’s latest Chief of Staff, considering that the previous 2 Chief’s of Staff also had a direct involvement in the housing and mortgage collapse.

                    Jacob, “Jack” Lew  also served as the Director of the Office of Budget and management from 1998-2001. Lew was an “Special Assistant” to President Clinton in ’93-’94, only to then be injected into OMB by Clinton as an Executive Associate Director and Associate Director for Legislative Affairs from 1995-1998. ( a glorious-sounding title for a political operative/lobbyist)  Fast forward to today, and we see that Jack Lew is in fact, just another White House political-propagandist appointee who has been appointed to his position to spread Barack Obama’s misinformation.

  The proof behind that statement can be found here, where Jack Lew was exposed on national TV when he made the statement that Obama’s latest budget proposal can not pass the U.S. Senate simply because it “takes 60 votes to pass  it.” As Larry Kudlow points out there,  it only takes 51 Senate votes to pass Obama’s budget proposal, and there are currently 53 Democrats serving in the U.S senate. So why would the very experienced White House Chief of Staff, former assistant for budgetary legislative affairs at the OMB, and former fat-cat-Citigroup lobbyist  Jack Lew all of a sudden state that Obama’s budget is “dead in the water’ simply due to the misstatement that it takes 60, not the factual 51 votes to pass it in the Senate? Simply put, because Jack Lew is nothing more than a political propagandist spewing misinformation on national TV to protect Barack Obama’s most recent episode of Budgetary Buffoonery.

 Obama’s budget will never receive a vote in the U.S. Senate, simply because it is controlled by Democrat Harry Reid, and to do so in an election year would expose not only Barack Obama’s much-hoped-for trillion-dollar deficits for the next 10 years if passed, but it would also put Reid’s fellow Senate Democrats on the hot seat if they were forced to vote for it. ( a whopping 23 of which are up for reelection in 2012) Jack Lew is no rookie when it comes to budgetary legislative policy and procedure, as can be evidenced in his past positions as Clinton’s chief OMB lobbyist and influence peddler back in the 90’s.

   Yet Jack Lew goes on national TV recently, and promotes the lie that Obama’s budget is dead in the water in the U.S. Senate, alluding ( or trying to) to Obama’s reelection campaign [that is running against the do-nothing Congress] that includes falsely accusing Republicans of being obstructionists. This is exactly what House Speaker Boehner has done recently in Calling Harry Reid’s Bluff  on the payroll tax cut battle.  He wants the House to pass a clean tax cut extension bill and force Harry Reid and the Democrats to vote on it in the Senate. Just like Obama’s budget, Harry Reid will refuse to bring the clean tax cut extension up for a vote in the Senate.

Meanwhile the media operatives just love to publish Jack Lew’s recent misinformation,( without correction) while also refusing to point out the facts about what Harry Reid is doing in the Senate. They are all working for the Obama2012 reelection campaign and the truth be damned.

Payroll Tax Cut : House GOP Call Harry Reid’s Bluff

The battle to extend the payroll tax cuts until the end of this year has reached a very welcome milestone recently. The House Republican leadership announced a clean tax cut extension bill yesterday, that does not include the added unemployment extensions nor the extension of the medicare “doc fix” that has been required since the passage of Obama-care, (which lowered the payments received by health-care providers in order for Obama to claim that the passage of Obama-care would result in the reduction the national debt.)  The GOP is calling Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (LD-NV)  bluff by dropping any demands for offsets to pay for the tax cut extension.  Speaker Boehner is calling for a vote on the bill this week, depending on how the rank and file House Republicans react to it.

Daniel Horowitz offers the GOP some very sage advice in moving forward on the unemployment extensions and medicare “doc fix” after forcing Harry Reid to bring the clean tax cut extension to the Senate floor for a vote: (emphasis added)

They (Republicans) are leaving out the entitlement spending extensions and daring Senate Democrats to oppose their clean tax cut – one that they have “championed” for the past few months.

Going forward, Republicans must stand strong against pressure to slip the entitlement spending into the payroll tax cut deal.  Once they are free from the burden of shooting the hostage (the tax cut), they should negotiate hard for the rest of the package.  They should be guided by the following principles:

  • No extension of UI benefits unless UI is permanently reformed to reflect a real insurance program, not a European-style social welfare program.
  • No extension of doc fix until Medicare is permanently reformed with free-market solutions to bring down the broader costs and preempt the need for doc fix or any payment formula.
  • Both extensions must be paid for with real offsetting cuts during the period of the extension, not over 10 years.
  • We should be working on a long-term solution for the payroll tax now, so we won’t fall into the same trap next December when we will be forced into another ineffectual short-term stimulus type of tax cut.

 

Now if Senate Republicans will just follow the House’s lead and show some backbone in blocking Harry Reid’s sure-to-come counter-proposal, Republicans will gain the leverage needed to deal with the never-ending federal unemployment benefits and the doc fix without adding to the destructive debt-cycle Democrats have put America into over the last 3-plus years of trillion-dollar deficits. Senator Mitch McConnell? You and Senate Republicans are soon to be the next in line to step up to the plate and reinforce the House Republicans clean tax cut extension bill. Don’t strike out. America is watching.

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