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Federal Government: Embarrassing to the Point of Painful

As the so-called “government shutdown” drags on, one thing is hard not to admit: the Obama Administration is acting in a manner that is attempting to extract the maximum amount of pain on the American people. While many are wondering how it came to this point, those of us who actually paid attention in Social Studies, Civics and American History classes – school subjects that are, today, given little, if any, attention –
understand it’s because the US Constitution and the purity of the original governmental process has been raped by the opportunistic political class.

Our nation has always had a robust political discourse, commencing from before we were even a documented nation. We have always been represented by a passionate, spirited political class; strong in their beliefs, but educated and knowledgeable enough to legislate and govern for the good of all the people. Today, this is not the case.

Today, we have a political class that insists on the importance of ideologically motivated political “achievements” over the honest representation of the American people; loyalty to political faction – of which each and every Framer and Founder warned – over loyalty to those who delivered them to power via the ballot box.

Today, we literally have people in the political class that have an inferior command of the English language, an inferior and under-performing understanding of the principles of the Constitution and the Charters of Freedom, and a devotion to Progressivism; a non-indigenous, Marxist-based ideology that believes the State is the Alpha and the Omega; the giver of rights and the final arbiter of freedom and liberty.

Today, we have a government that does not – does not – serve the American people, evidenced – in a singular point – by the overwhelming and sustained majority of Americans who do not want the Affordable Care Act implemented on any level.

FOX News reports:

Is the Obama administration employing a make-it-hurt strategy to gain political leverage in the budget battle on Capitol Hill?

Republicans are making that charge as the stalemate drags on, and point to the Pentagon furlough of 400,000 civilian staffers — even though Congress passed and the president signed a bill to supposedly keep them on the job…

Republicans argue that the intent of the law was to keep them on the job, and that the Obama administration “narrowly interpreted” it against congressional intent in order to furlough more employees.

It’s one example of how, Republicans say, the administration is making the partial shutdown of government services worse than it needs to be. Many have complained about the National Park Service cordoning off even open-air monuments in Washington, DC, such as the World War II Memorial.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), responded to criticisms by saying, “It is time for Speaker Boehner to stop the games.”

Shamefully, FOX also reported that correspondence on this situation has stalled because, as Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA), stated, “Unfortunately, most of the staff who draft congressional correspondence are furloughed.”

A few notes on this shameful situation.

First, and to be equally critical to both sides, if “staffers that draft congressional correspondence” have been furloughed, perhaps those elected to Congress should learn to (and actually) write their own correspondence.

Second, to the Progressives, Democrats and our embarrassing President, it is never “game-playing” when the taxpayer’s money is being spent. It is “game-playing” when members of our military who have been maimed and permanently injured can’t get medical care because the politically opportune refuse to entertain appropriations passed through a traditional method (not every spending bill has to be an omnibus package, in fact traditionally, the 12 appropriation bills have been passed separately).

House Republicans “screwed the pooch” when they didn’t advance ACA funding as a separate, stand-alone appropriations bill from the start. When House Speaker Boehner stated that this Congress would operate under “regular order” he should have stated that the House would be de-bundling all legislation into stand-alone pieces, shining the light of truth and accountability on everything that passed across the House floor. Sadly, traditional, inside-the-beltway pork politics prevailed and the practice of bundling legislation to appease the politically greedy has delivered us to this point.

Truth be told, had the political class not blindly followed the Progressive Movement into ratifying the 17th Amendment, none of this would have ever come to pass. But, then, the Commerce Clause wouldn’t have even come close to allowing much of what the Federal government has done that encroaches into our daily lives.

Additionally, if Harry Reid would have operated lawfully, the omnibus appropriations package would have already been legislated, as he is – is – bound by law to have produced a budget by April 15 of each year. He has not done so since before Republicans took control of the House.

The sad, but glaringly true, fact is this. Our government has become too big and too bureaucratic. Our government has manipulated and strayed from the boundaries of the US Constitution, which is a mandated blueprint for limiting government.

Until We the People insist on repealing the 17th Amendment so as to re-employ constitutional protections for the States, and until Congress re-visits the Federal government’s grotesquely over-reaching interpretation of the Commerce Clause, it will be up to the States to save the nation, either by Constitutional Convention (which in and of itself is very dangerous were the original words of the Constitution to be manipulated by the opportunistic) or by, God forbid, secession.

And it is with tears in my eyes for our country; for freedom; for liberty itself, that I acquiesce to the notion. Buy, my God, are we to allow the greatest achievement of freedom in the history of the world be extinguished at the hand of ideological bullies?

The words of Patriot Patrick Henry said so very seriously then, are just as cogent today:

“Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! — I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

Is House Passed GOP Budget Hopeless?

via Pennua.org

 

On Thursday, the House passed the GOP Budget Plan, authored by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis). It passed almost entirely down partisan lines with a 221-207 vote.

Ryan’s plan is geared toward balancing the budget within 10 years through a series of huge spending cuts equaling $4.6 trillion that primarily affect funding of social programs while keeping current Social Security benefits intact. The budget repeals Obamacare and proposes a Medicare overhaul that revisits the idea of a voucher-like program for seniors. A seemingly sound plan that leads us to economic freedom by 2023.

But will any of this really make a difference? The Democrat controlled Senate just began debating their first budget since the 2009 budget that ushered in Obamacare. A budget that is on the other end of the spectrum from the House and actually increases spending after the sequester. Their budget does not propose a balance until tentatively 2040.

With a Democratic-run Senate and President Obama in the White House, it begs the question: is the House passed budget a hopeless one? There has been an ongoing struggle between the two parties over the economy and the battle could come to a head due to the drastically different proposals and different ideas about what is important for economic growth. Obama claims, “My goal is not to chase a balanced budget just for the sake of balance.”

With such divisive plans, Obama will be looking to find a middle ground between the two proposals that could end up producing nearly $1 trillion in new taxes while saving social programs for the poor. While the idea may sound noble, it is simply another instance of working class Americans being punished for being contributing members of society, while those who are not are rewarded.

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray(D-Wash.) says, “We need to tackle our deficit and debt fairly and responsibly.”

But fair to whom? Not to the citizens who are working harder for smaller paychecks due to increased taxation. Not to small business owners who have to cut costs somewhere due to Obamacare. And certainly not to our children who are suffering now but will suffer even more in the future due to the massive debt they are forced to repay.

We are increasingly becoming a nation dependent on our government for all of our relief—which only ends up applying more pressure. One that takes away the will to succeed and encourages accepting handouts. With that mentality, the House passed budget may not seem to be more than a pipe dream for many Americans. However, it is always in the roughest of times that Americans show of what we are truly made; which leaves hope that this proposal will be a first step in reaffirming American exceptionalism.

 

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Calling Ceasefire on the Boehner Bashing

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120712_boehner_crying_reu_328_605After the deal on the fiscal crisis passed, disappointed Republicans began a rallying cry resembling those of medieval times yelling, “Off with his head!”. Except instead of Boehner’s head, Republicans want his gavel. Historically, the problem isn’t Boehner, it’s tired Republican strategy.

Republicans, for decades, have been sucked in by the Democrat Party’s last-minute engineered emergencies like the “fiscal cliff”. This crisis is manufactured under the transparent drive to increase taxes. Republicans walk into negotiations demanding spending cuts and come out with tails between their legs and higher taxes. Frankly, it’s as ancient a story as The Three Little Pigs.

Almost everyone knows the story of Ronald Reagan. He thought he went for a deal that raised one dollar in taxes for every three dollars in spending cuts. Unfortunately, the majority of those cuts never came. While the Washington Post refutes the claim, there is still strong evidence to suggest that this is what Reagan believed when signing the deal.

Continuing on, let’s not forget President George H.W. Bush who, in 1990, was promised two dollars in spending cuts for every one dollar in tax hikes. Sadly the story ended with a 137 billion dollar tax increase and an additional 22 billion dollars in spending.

Following suit yet again, Boehner and a host of Republicans believed that they could negotiate their way to a compromise with a party who simply wasn’t interested in a win-win scenario.

These examples aren’t meant to make Republicans out as martyrs. We are all big boys and girls with our own separate philosophies and motivations. The Democrat’s strategy works every time because Republicans refuse to learn their lesson every time.

But here is where the ball game changes: After all these years of misled Republicans, Speaker Boehner has made it clear that he will no longer negotiate with President Obama. Boehner has learned the lesson Republicans should have learned decades ago: Negotiating reasonably with Democrats is the way one loses to Democrats. Which is exactly why, moving forward, we need John Boehner as Speaker.

 

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Chinese Couple: We’re Not Moving. House Built Around Them.

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Years ago there was a funny cartoon about Bugs Bunny who refused to leave his home even through it was in the path of a new super highway. In the cartoon Bugs managed to thwart all attempts  by the mean highway man to move him. In the end he stayed and the road was built around his little cabin. You can watch the video here.

Funny then. But in real life?

Here’s a true story about an elderly Chinese couple who refused to move for the new road. Chinese law does not allow for eviction of people from their home in cases like this. The couple felt the compensation offered by the highway department was not enough for them to rebuild a similar home elsewhere and refused to move. The end result, like in the cartoon, the road was build around their home.

Would this happen in America?

House GOP Unite to #StoptheTaxHike that Would Destroy Another 710,000 Jobs

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House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy on Wednesday called out the Democrats for considering a tax hike that would lead to another 710,000 jobs lost in an already brutal recession.

As Congressman McCarthy noted, in 2010 a total of 139 Democrats joined with Republicans to stop a tax hike when they said the economy was too weak to do so. McCarthy cited 86 currently serving Democrats who are now considering the allowance of an effective tax increase in an even weaker economy.

Among those Democrats mulling the tax increase are Steny Hoyer, Henry Waxman, Steve Israel, and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. The House GOP are working to counter the so-called “Taxmageddon” of January 1, 2013, when a record-setting $494 billion in tax increases is set to further damage an already weak economy.

President Obama has already broken his pledge not to raise taxes on the middle class, but he has saved his most economically damaging policies for after a potentially disastrous re-election. These would include the implementation of Obamacare, whose cost estimate has tripled since the bill was passed, and the looming “Taxmageddon.”

 

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.

Allen West Delivers Speech on the Truth of the Republican Legacy and Black American History

Last week Allen West delivered a rousing and passionate speech about the Republic legacy of standing up for Black Americans throughout the history of our great nation. Why did we have to wait for Allen West to come on the scene to take up the mantle of the legacy of freedom and civil rights that rightfully belongs to the Republican party? Somehow, the true history of the struggle of Black Americans in this country has been raided and twisted by the Democrat party – the party of slavery, Dixiecrats, Jim Crow and entitlement entrapments. Republicans have sat by like sulking toddlers while their political opponents have reshaped the narrative with lies and deceptions. Bravo, Congressman West! Thank you for taking the time to tell the truth, celebrate our people, and remind us all about the truth of history during this Black History Month.

 

crossposted at kiradavis.net

House Rejects Senate's 2 Month Payroll Tax Cut Extension

The fight continues this Tuesday as the House of Representatives voted down the Senates 2 month payroll tax cut extension. It would have extended the tax cut and unemployment benefits for two months. Passing 229 to 193, the vote calls for a negotiating committee for the two chambers to resolve their differences. Seven Republicans joined Democrats in opposition.

Republicans say the 2 month extension leaves Americans in the dark during a time of bleak economic uncertainty and that it would leave Congress facing the same issue early next year. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said “Middle-class Americans and working families need to know that their taxes won’t be going up at any point next year”. Rep. Lynn Jenkins stated “Handling tax policy on a month-to-month basis isn’t just irresponsible, it’s downright crazy”. He also questioned how dealing with this issue in February would be any easier than it is now.

Democratic Representative Nancy Pelosi felt it easier to blame “the extreme Tea Party element of the Republicans in the House”. She said “They’ve never wanted a tax cut, and now they’re saying the tax cut for middle-income people is too small”. Sen. Charles Schumer, in a statement Monday night, accused the House Speaker of age old tactics used by both parties saying “Speaker Boehner is using one of the oldest tricks in Washington of claiming to support something and then sending it to a legislative graveyard where it never sees the light of day”.

If a deal is not reached by the end of the year, hard working Americans would see their payroll taxes go back to 6.2% of earnings, from the current 4.2% rate.

Senate vs The House Over Payroll Tax Cut

As it stands, Americans face the uncertainty of whether or not they will be giving more of their money to federal government at the beginning of next year.

Earlier today Speaker Boehner said the House will block the Senate deal stating “A two-month extension creates uncertainty and will cause problems for people who are trying to create jobs in the private sector”. For the purpose of of reaching a potential compromise, Boehner suggested that House leaders meet with Senate leaders.”This is a vote on whether Congress will stay and do its work or go on vacation,” Boehner said. “I expect that the House will disagree with the Senate amendment and instead vote to formally go to conference – the formal process of which the House and Senate can resolve our differences between our two chambers and our two bills.” The bill will be sent instead to a bicameral conference committee.

A short time later Senator Reid responded saying House could either accept the bipartisan compromise or allow taxes to rise next month. “Senator McConnell and I negotiated a compromise at Speaker Boehner’s request” and that he would not reopen negotiations until the House passed the Senate extension.

 

Short-Term Payroll Tax Cut Extension Passes In Senate

On Saturday the Senate agreed overwhelmingly 89-10 to pass a two month payroll tax cut extension. The short term deal is a result of the inability Democrats and Republicans to agree on how to fund a long term extension. Also agreed on was to extend long-term unemployment benefits for another two months. The legislation will be returned to House and be voted on next week. If passed, it will be sent to Obama for his signature.

Fox News reported “Final passage would mean American families would continue to enjoy a 2 percentage point cut from their Social Security tax. In addition, weekly jobless payments averaging about $300 for millions of people who have been out of work for six months or more would be continued.”

In the bill is a provision opposes by Obama which attempts to speed the implementation of the controversial Keystone pipeline. It forces him to make a decision within 60 days. “Here’s the single largest shovel-ready project in America,” Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said on Saturday. “It is literally ready to go with the permission of the President of the United States.”

The recent developments are a result of the President withdrawing his threat to vote the bill. Even though a White House statement made no mention of the pipeline provision.  One White House official said Obama most likely would not grant a permit to begin the pipeline.

Later Saturday the Senate is expected to finish voting on a $915 billion bill to keep many U.S. government agencies operating through next September. The House of Representatives passed this measure on Friday.