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Boehner Releases Framework of Debt Ceiling Deal

John BoehnerOn Sunday night, Obama announced that a deal on the debt ceiling had been reached. While House minority leader Nancy Pelosi was saying that some or none of her Democrats might vote for the proposal, House Speaker Boehner held a conference with the leaders on the right side of the aisle.

Later Sunday night, he released the details of the framework on his website.

The framework is a two-step increase with a trigger:

Phase one is an immediate $900 Billion increase to the debt ceiling that will hold the government over until roughly February. In exchange for that increase, discretionary spending will be cut and capped immediately which will save $917 Billion over ten years. In an effort to prevent the increase from happening without the savings (remember Reagan anyone?), the ceiling increase will not occur until Congress and the President implement the spending cuts. This would signal that a short term measure will need to be passed to allow a small debt limit increase (perhaps a week’s worth) while Congress irons out the spending cuts.

Phase two: The President can ask for a second debt limit increase of $1.5 Trillion if either a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution is sent to the states for ratification or a the recommendation of a 12-member special committee are implemented that would save more than $1.5 Trillion.

The trigger: Specific spending caps would be put in-place to limit spending. If the government fails to remain below these limits, it will trigger across-the-board cuts to government spending. The trigger is specifically hit if the Joint Committee fails to achieve at least a drop of $1.2 Trillion in the deficit. Once the trigger fires-off, the President can request another $1.2 trillion increase in the debt-limit. If the increase is passed, across-the-board cuts in all government spending equal to the difference between $1.2 trillion and the amount of the deficit reduction enacted by Congress. These cuts would be equally applied to mandatory and discretionary spending, both defense and non-defense. While Medicare would be included in the cuts, Social Security, Medicaid, veterans benefits and government pay (civilian and military) would not be affected.

One way to read the summary presentation from Boehner is that the triggers could cause the spending cuts to be split 50-50 between Defense and Medicare spending. Some reports have said that the Medicare spending would only affect providers (hospitals, doctors, suppliers) not beneficiaries.

As a final note, the framework includes no tax hikes, but the committee will be free to recommend them as a method for reducing the deficit.

 

Compromise is a good thing!

Compromise can be a good thing,  but let me tell you what I thought yesterday about the happenings on the Hill.

I still wondered why Speaker Boehner, who was on the Sean Hannity show a few days ago, stated, “The Mack Penny Bill was worth looking at” had done absolutely nothing with regard to that bill? Even the media is saying very little about it. Why is that?

Instead of Cut, Cap and Balance or the Mack Penny Bill, Speaker Boehner’s bill passed. If compromises were made, then surely the essentials of cut, cap, and balance or even parts of Mack’s Penny bill were in the bill – or not.

Like many others, I had just assumed that the compromise would bring parts of all the different legislation into a bill that would garner support. Seeing what actually passed – he sold-out.

I felt bad for Speaker Boehner, and all he is going though. But, isn’t that what he is paid to do? Talking with Democrats is a necessary part of creating legislation, but NOT doing what the American people have hired him to do is unacceptable.

Yes, it is hard to take a stand. No one said it would be easy, but deal with it Boehner! This entire issue is about the deficit and more specifically .. spending.

2012 is not that far away, Mr. Speaker –  time to get to work!

Vote Succeeds on Boehner’s Compromise Debt Bill 218-210

The bill passed with an eight vote margin: 218-210. Five democrats did not vote and in a show of ultra-partisanship, not a single democrat crossed the isle to vote yes.

From the right side of the House, 22 republicans voted against it and 218 for.  GOP no votes were: Amash, Bachmann, Broun(GA), Chaffetz, Cravaack, DesJarlais, Duncan (SC), Gowdy, Graves (GA), Huelskamp, Johnson (IL), Jordan, King (IA), Latham, Mack, Mulvaney, McClintock, Mulvaney, Paul, Southerland, Walsh (IL), Wilson (SC).

Now the bill will be hastily taken over to the Senate where Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has promised to table it. The next move is on the Senate.

Channeling Reagan

Ronald ReaganThe Republicans in the House have a real opportunity to channel one of the greatest Conservative leaders of all time. But they won’t.

While privately wishing for a GOP presidential candidate to materialize out of thin air that would be another Reagan, the established, moderate, old-guard GOP is failing to grab hold of the opportunity to channel him.

The country yearns for another Reagan and it needs one badly. Many Conservatives identify themselves as “Reagan Conservatives”, but the right can’t seem to accept the Gipper as not just a man, but an idea.

Reagan was a small government Conservative and now, just like then, the establishment GOP does not seem to appreciate those kind of Republicans. Party leaders are doing everything possible to distance themselves from the Conservative caucus – exactly what Harry Reid and the progressives need in order to move their progressive agenda ahead.

The media is trying hard to paint all Conservatives as near-psychotic, right-wing extremists, why would the Republicans in the House follow along? The Tea Party is not a social Conservative idea. It is a fiscally-Conservative group focusing on controlling spending and reducing the size of government. Why is that an extremist idea? Why can’t Republicans lock arms with Conservatives and take on that cause?

The unfortunate answer is that the GOP leadership is so invested in making sure that the blame for the sour debt negotiations isn’t on them that they aren’t able to stand on principle. While asking Conservatives to get their “asses in line” and vote with the Speaker, the GOP is trying to win favor with Democrats at the cost of Conservatives. The Republican leadership seems to think that if they don’t create a really crappy budget arrangement with Democrats that they will get slaughtered in the 2012 elections. Reagan saw it differently.

President Ronald Reagan did not toe the line. He wasn’t even well-liked among the establishment GOPers. But, his message of small government and American exceptionalism reverberated with an American electorate that had endured a terrible economy under an awful Democrat president. That is the message of the Tea Party Conservatives.

We have a terrible President. The first quarter GDP numbers for 2011 were revised down to .4% .. less than half of one percent growth. Groceries and gas are getting expensive and government has doubled in size in the last decade. We need another small government, Conservative leader. That leadership need not come from a person – it could be a group. The Republicans could have their next Reagan, without another Reagan.

If the Republican party could embrace the Conservative caucus instead of running away from it, they would begin to sound and act more like Ronald Reagan – albeit without the sharp comedic wit.

 

Budget Ceiling Crisis Update: Debt Limit Compromise Passes the House

As the commentary and reports roll out of Washington D.C., it is apparent that we are not as near to a solution as first thought. This post will be constantly updated with the newest activities on the debt ceiling.

8-1-11

7:09pm The debt ceiling compromise passes the house by a wide margin 269-161. The bill will be voted on in the Senate tomorrow.

7-31-11

9:30pm Obama announces that a deal has been reached and House Speaker Boehner releases framework for agreed to debt deal

12:25pm Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell says that GOP senators will meet at 1:45p today on the debt deal. No word on a time change for today’s expected Senate vote.

1:30pm Senate votes to end debate (cloture) on Sen. Reid’s debt bill (S. 627). The vote failed and debate continues. This will allow the continuation of debate and will delay a final vote (vote for passage) of the bill. Sen. Reid voted no. A successful cloture vote is the first step to moving towards a yay or nay vote on the bill itself.

4:55pm As Democrat Senate leaders left Nancy Pelosi’s office, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said they “hope to” have a deal and vote tonight. The progressive caucus is upset that there are no tax hikes in the deal, Republicans are not happy with the defense cuts in the deal. The deal seems set to garner votes only from the middle of both Party’s coalition. It may be all over but the nose counting.

6:10pm Harry Reid has signed off on a compromise bill pending approval of the caucus. Considering the actions being sought by the Congressional Black Congress and Progressive caucus, he may have trouble getting enough noses to vote for what he’s agreed to.

7-30-11

8:00am House version of Reid’s debt bill to be voted on at 1pm. Senate version at 1am Sunday.

10:15am Reports surfacing that Reid is changing his plan to use the January baseline and current law as basis. That means that he gets to count cuts that in earlier this year as part of his bill for CBO scoring. These approaches also allow the CBO to assume that AMT will affect more of the middle class and that the Bush tax cuts will expire. This could increase tax liabilities on the middle class by up to $3.8 trillion.

3:07 Harry Reid’s debt bill fails in the house by a 70 vote margin (176-246). Despite Democrats complaining that the bill was being considered under suspension rules which require a 2/3rds majority to win. If the bill had been considered under a simple majority threshold, it still would have failed as 214 votes are needed to hit that mark. 10 Democrats crossed the aisle in expressing no votes against Reid’s proposed debt solution. One republican crossed over in support of Reid’s bill.

5:05 Reid emerges from Democrat-only session at the White House with Obama and Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Says they are no closer to a deal. With who? Aren’t those three at least on the same page?

10:08pm Reid announces that the vote on the Senate plan is postponed until 1pm on Sunday, July 31st.

7-29-11

9:20am White House announces that Obama will speak on the debt ceiling crisis at 10:20am. Live Feed  here:  http://conservativedailynews.com/2011/07/president-obamas-speech-on-debt-ceiling-live-feed/

9:30am Market open sharply lower – GDP numbers and debt ceiling at the forefront. Dow down: 91, S&P down 12, NASDAQ down 31, Gold up 18

9:45am Rep. Trey Gowdy: “I think we made progress last night. What we’ll do today, and I predict it will be done today, is for the third time send a plan that raises the debt ceiling in a responsible way.'”

9:50am Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says “Senate can no longer wait for the House to act on debt ceiling”.

10:30 White House feed of Obama’s debt ceiling remarks still hasn’t started.

10:51 Obama’s remarks concluded, recorded video and transcript to be available later here: http://conservativedailynews.com/2011/07/president-obamas-speech-on-debt-ceiling-live-feed/

11:45 House leadership adding balanced budget amendment to Boehner bill – should garner enough support for House passage. Vote expected today.

12:27pm House version of Harry Reid’s “compromise” is entered: HR 2693 – Reid’s Debt Bill in the House [Full Text] 

2:30pm House vote on revised Boehner bill scheduled for 6pm

6:25pm Boehner’s compromise bill passed with an 8 vote margin – 218-210. There were five democrats not voting. Not a single democrat crossed the isle to show any semblance of bi-partisanship. From the right side of the House, 22 republicans voted against it and 218 for. Now the bill will be hastily taken over to the Senate where Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has promised to table it. The next move is on the Senate.  GOP no votes were: Amash, Bachmann, Broun(GA), Chaffetz, Cravaack, DesJarlais, Duncan (SC), Gowdy, Graves (GA), Huelskamp, Johnson (IL), Jordan, King (IA), Latham, Mack, Mulvaney, McClintock, Mulvaney, Paul, Southerland, Walsh (IL), Wilson (SC).

6:30pm The bill is sent to the Senate where Leader Harry Reid has promised to immediately table it.

8:30pm Harry Reid refuses to have a 60-vote threshold vote on his debt ceiling bill – therefor creating an additional 24 hour delay. Reid Shows Signs That He Does Not Have 60 Votes for His Bill [Video] 

 

 

7-28-11

7:30pm No vote in the House on the Boehner bill until at least 8pm. It is becoming obvious that Speaker Boehner does not have the votes to pass his bill.

8:00pm House adjourned, no further details

9:00pm Reports coming out of Capital Hill say that Boehner’s bill is going back to the the House Rules Committee and indicates that a vote may not occur tonight.

9:10pm Eric Cantor confirms that the vote is definitely on for tonight.

9:20pm Confirmation that the bill is being “tweaked” to get more votes. Rep. Rand Paul says, “They can tweak it all the way into Cut, Cap and Balance and they can have all the votes they need.” The real question is which votes is the tweaking being done for?

10:28 House Majority Whip: No vote tonight on the debt ceiling.

10:40 Senate confirms no vote for them either tonight

Hold the Line!

Hold the line

Reuters -- Washington, D.C. -- 7-27-11

Tea Party faithfuls are reminding Speaker Boehner that his seat as speaker is dependent upon him living up to their expectations. Expectations that the runaway spending in Washington will end under his leadership.

Wearing t-shirts adorned with “Hold the Line” a large contingent of small-government activists held court at capitol hill on Wednesday. Their show of  solidarity wasn’t about dealing with a foreign enemy, but a domestic one – ourselves. Conservative Americans are asking the right side of the isle to stand firm against Harry Reid’s progressive, extremist caucus on the issue of the national debt.

As children we were showered with the notion that if nothing was done about federal spending that grandchildren would be left with a bill they could not pay. Well, it’s not grandchildren anymore, the United States of America is broke thanks almost entirely to overspending on Democratic entitlement programs.

Rand Paul at D.C. Hold the Line event.

While Democrats and establishment GOP paint the “hold the line” mantra as near psychotic ramblings from an extremist cult – the Tea Parties have it right and Republicans should pay attention – it’s the Constitution, stupid.

Republicans have been forced to water-down budget solutions time-after-time while the Senate Democrats produce nothing. The way this should work is that the House passes their version of a bill, if the Senate doesn’t agree with the bill they offer their version and finally the two sides meet in conference committee to hash out a compromise. Harry Reid has no intention of compromising.

Republicans passed Cut,cap and balance – the Senate Democrats offered no alternative. In fact, they just tabled the bill instead of debating and voting on it as Reid had promised.

Republicans passed the Ryan plan – the Senate Democrats offered no alternative and killed that legislation too.

The kind of brinkmanship being offered by Democrats in the Senate and White House is dangerous. The fact that Republicans are faltering instead of meeting the challenge is disheartening.

What we need now is leadership from the House GOP. Demand that the Senate supply their version of a budget fix and force a conference committee. That is how it is supposed to work. This cycle of pass a bill, Harry hates it, water it down, try to pass it, the House hates it, change it again… is nauseating.  The fact that the House GOP is largely being led around by the nose by Senate Democrats is embarrassing.

Cut,cap and balance is the starting point – it is the line. It’s already passed the House and Republicans should be demanding real negotiations from the left instead of turning tail and looking for more giveaways to  the progressives.

Perhaps we need our own version of Mel Gibson in “The Patriot” running against the tide of fleeing soldiers yelling over and over “HOLD THE LINE .. HOLD THE LINE” while waving the American flag.

Mr. Speaker “HOLD THE LINE!”

July 28th Radio Show: Debt, Norway, and possible GOP VP choices [Recorded Show Included]

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Show Topics: Join Michelle and Rich as they take your calls on the budget crisis, the Norwegian massacre, and possible GOP VP Choices .

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They Aren’t Taking This Seriously 

Cut, Cap and Balance Could Pass the Senate

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They Aren’t Taking This Seriously

Obama and ReidThe debt mess is a huge mess and a whole slew of people aren’t serious about cleaning it up.

Yesterday, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) scored John Boehner’s plan and said that it only cut the deficit by about one trillion dollars over ten years. That same office scored Harry Reid’s plan and said that it would cut twice that in the same time period. Neither are serious efforts at curtailing spending.

Our current national debt stands at $14.3 trillion dollars. We ran a $1.4 trillion deficit just this year. Boehner’s plan wouldn’t even fix the amount we overspent this year and Reid’s wouldn’t cut enough out of future deficits to remedy the amount of overspending for which Obama is to blame.

Paul Ryan was serious when he presented his framework that the DNC killed by showing images of grandma being pushed over the cliff in a wheelchair. Seriously? Of course not.

Cut, Cap and Balance was a serious proposal to finally end the runaway spending in Washington, killed by the Democrats in the Senate and Obama threatened to veto it even if it had passed.

Our members of Congress are not taking this seriously – why not? Probably because a large portion of Americans aren’t paying attention and both Republican and Democrat politicians know it. These are the moderates in America. They don’t closely follow the news, but show up at the polls after having read an article or two the weekend before. There may be no way to get those voters to pay attention other than by letting August 2nd happen without a deal.

The media isn’t taking things seriously either. They are using the same scare tactics as the Democrats. Throwing “default” and “credit rating downgrade” around as if those things aren’t going to happen within a few years one way or another. Why isn’t the main stream media revealing the truth about what August 2nd would really bring if no deal is reached?

First, on August 2nd, there will be no default – none. Not one t-bill will have its yields unpaid. In fact, the Constitution requires that Congress pay those obligations and we will have more than enough in regular revenues to service that debt for the next few years.

There is also enough revenue to pay the troops, send out Social Security checks and take care of Medicare beneficiaries. These, however, are choices that the Obama administration can make. The President could order the Treasury to pay government union employees before funding Social Security or Medicare. Only the President could decide not to pay seniors while funding one of his own priorities and he has levied a veiled threat at our retirees stating that he might just do that.

If our credit rating were to drop to AA+ from AAA, there would not be a worldwide scramble to dump U.S.-backed securities. AA+ would be on-par with other high-quality investments and would still be one of the safest in the marketplace. It is unlikely that an auction would fail or that an interest rate increase (and price drop) would be required to keep investors buying the nation’s debt.

Since Harry Reid and his band of miscreants have said NO to every single viable attempt to cut our deficits and balance the budget, the debt ceiling will do it for them. If no deal is reached, on August 2nd Congress will no longer have the authority to issue more debt. They will have to service the interest on existing debt, pay our troops, issue social security checks, pay Medicare claims and not much else until they can come to agreement on how to fix the mess that they have gotten us into. They will finally have to take the national debt seriously.

Boehner’s Reponse To Obama’s Debt Speech [Full Text and Video]

John BoehnerHere’s the transcript of House Speaker John Boehner’s repsonse to Obama’s irresponsible, blame-game speech on the debt crisis:

Good evening. I’m John Boehner. I serve as Speaker of the whole House — of the members of both parties that you elect. These are difficult times in the life of our nation. Millions are looking for work, have been for some time, and the spending binge going on in Washington is a big part of the reason why.

Before I served in Congress, I ran a small business in Ohio. I was amazed at how different Washington DC operated than every business in America. Where most American business make the hard choices to pay their bills and live within their means, in Washington more spending and more debt is business as usual.

I’ve got news for Washington – those days are over.

President Obama came to Congress in January and requested business as usual — yet another routine increase in the national debt limit — we in the House said ‘not so fast.’ Here was the president, asking for the largest debt increase in American history, on the heels of the largest spending binge in American history.

Here’s what we got for that spending binge: a massive health care bill that most Americans never asked for. A ‘stimulus’ bill that was more effective in producing material for late-night comedians than it was in producing jobs. And a national debt that has gotten so out of hand it has sparked a crisis without precedent in my lifetime or yours.

The United States cannot default on its debt obligations. The jobs and savings of too many Americans are at stake.

What we told the president in January was this: the American people will not accept an increase in the debt limit without significant spending cuts and reforms.

And over the last six months, we’ve done our best to convince the president to partner with us to do something dramatic to change the fiscal trajectory of our country. . .something that will boost confidence in our economy, renew a measure of faith in our government, and help small businesses get back on track.

Last week, the House passed such a plan, and with bipartisan support. It’s called the ‘Cut, Cap, and Balance’ Act. It CUTS and CAPS government spending and paves the way for a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution, which we believe is the best way to stop Washington from spending money it doesn’t have. Before we even passed the bill in the House, the President said he would veto it.

I want you to know I made a sincere effort to work with the president to identify a path forward that would implement the principles of Cut, Cap, & Balance in a manner that could secure bipartisan support and be signed into law. I gave it my all.

Unfortunately, the president would not take yes for an answer. Even when we thought we might be close on an agreement, the president’s demands changed.

The president has often said we need a ‘balanced’ approach — which in Washington means: we spend more. . .you pay more. Having run a small business, I know those tax increases will destroy jobs.

The president is adamant that we cannot make fundamental changes to our entitlement programs. As the father of two daughters, I know these programs won’t be there for them and their kids unless significant action is taken now.

The sad truth is that the president wanted a blank check six months ago, and he wants a blank check today. That is just not going to happen.

You see, there is no stalemate in Congress. The House has passed a bill to raise the debt limit with bipartisan support. And this week, while the Senate is struggling to pass a bill filled with phony accounting and Washington gimmicks, we will pass another bill – one that was developed with the support of the bipartisan leadership of the U.S. Senate.

Obviously, I expect that bill can and will pass the Senate, and be sent to the President for his signature. If the President signs it, the ‘crisis’ atmosphere he has created will simply disappear. The debt limit will be raised. Spending will be cut by more than one trillion dollars, and a serious, bipartisan committee of the Congress will begin the hard but necessary work of dealing with the tough challenges our nation faces.

The individuals doing this work will not be outsiders, but elected representatives of the people, doing the job they were elected to do as outlined in the Constitution. Those decisions should be made based on how they will affect people who are struggling to get a job, not how they affect some politician’s chances of getting reelected.

This debate isn’t about President Obama and House Republicans … it isn’t about Congress and the White House … it’s about what’s standing between the American people and the future we seek for ourselves and our families.

You know, I’ve always believed, the bigger government, the smaller the people. And right now, we have a government so big and so expensive it’s sapping the drive of our people and keeping our economy from running at full capacity.

The solution to this crisis is not complicated: if you’re spending more money than you’re taking in, you need to spend less of it,

There is no symptom of big government more menacing than our debt. Break its grip, and we begin to liberate our economy and our future.

We are up to the task, and I hope President Obama will join us in this work.

God bless you and your families, and God bless America.

And finally, the video:

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Now, if you want to see what the progtard liberdergardners got out of it, here’s Jed Lewison at DailyKOS:

6:23 PM PT: Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah. Nothing new at all tonight. This was largely designed to reach an audience that doesn’t give a shit about anything that these guys are saying.

6:24 PM PT: And, mercifully, he’s done. No wonder everybody hates Washington. I know I do.

6:24 PM PT: Seriously, this was the biggest waste of time ever, all around. If these guys wanted to raise the debt limit, they could. It would take 15 seconds. Just do it!

No wonder Obama is losing his grip on the White House – his followers have lost grip on reality.

McConnell: Obama Rejected Bi-Partisan Debt Proposal

Obama_and_Mitch_McConnellToday, Mitch McConnell spoke out on the political games being played by the White House on the debt battle. While on the Senate floor, Senate Majority Leader McConnell said [emphasis mine]:

The responsible path forward was clear to everyone – a plan that avoided default and required additional savings before any further increase in the debt ceiling. Leaders from both parties and both houses agreed that this was the right path forward legislatively – the only thing to do at that point was to present this bipartisan solution to the president. And what was the president’s response? Well, unfortunately, to demand the largest single debt limit increase in history…

There’s absolutely no economic justification for insisting on a debt limit increase that brings us through the next election. It’s not the beginning of a fiscal year, it’s not the beginning of a calendar year, based on his own words its hard to conclude that this request has anything to do with anything other than the president’s re-election.

This weekend we offered the President a bipartisan proposal to avoid default so we could have the time we need to put together a serious plan for getting our house in order and he rejected it out of hand.

What happened to compromise? President Obama reportedly rejected the proposal to force a one-time, large debt-ceiling increase instead of a phased pair of smaller increases with real spending cuts attached. Now, both the House and Senate are hardening their stances and producing plans neither will be able to accept. All because Obama wanted all-or-nothing.

Senate Democrats have offered a plan full of gimmicks. The majority of cuts come from funding on Iraq that was never going to be spent as the war is over. The rest is on supposed savings from interest on the debt. While no actual spending cuts take place in the $2.7 trillion worth of reductions and the “savings” are over the next ten years in the plan presented by Reid, the $2.4 trillion in debt ceiling increase happens immediately. Reid’s larger problem is that because the plan contains no tax hikes, a large portion of his party may not support it. For the Democrat-led Senate, it’s tax-and-spend or nothing.

House Republicans are proposing a two phase plan. In the first round, the debt ceiling is only raised $1 trillion while $1 trillion in cuts are taken “up front”. The second part of the plan requires another debt committee. this time with 12 members of Congress to recommend deeper cuts. The plan also calls on Congress to vote on a balanced-budget amendment in the fourth quarter of this year. But Speaker Boehner has his hands full too. Jim Jordan, one of the sponsors of the cut, cap and balance bill has already publicly said that he does not support this new plan as has President Obama and Harry Reid.

The bi-partisan agreement was most-likely the last best hope for the two sides to come together and in a show of absolute lack of leadership – the president killed it.

The Divided Right

The divide is there and it’s not just the politicians. I see it comments on the website, hear it in calls to the radio show – Conservatives (me included) would rather see a shutdown and re-prioritization of spending than kick the can down the road yet again (like those before us have done).

Moderate Republicans would rather come to a grand bargain like those reached by Reagan and Bush with the Democrats. Unfortunately, in both of those, the tax increases occurred and the spending cuts did not.

McConnell is trying to get made into the next Senate Majority leader – not a fan, Boehner is trying to hold on to his Speakership, Obama is trying to save his Presidency, Pelosi is after Boehner’s chair, Cantor may be after Boehner’s and NO ONE is looking after the country.

Shut it down! Force smaller government, take the power back from this band of self-interested ingrates.

Trust is earned, not demanded.

The Seduction

What is wrong with this picture?


White House spin: Jay Carney said earlier in the week that the outing was “meant to be an opportunity for the speaker and the president, as well as the vice president and Ohio governor, to have a conversation, to socialize in a way that so rarely happens in Washington.”(1) BULLSH*T!

Clue: It occurred on the eve of the Obama administration having violated The War Powers Act(2). The War Powers Act of 1973 requires either a President to seek the authorization of Congress or for there to be “a national emergency created by attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces” for a President to use armed forces in foreign lands. The intention of the law was to create a check, by codified law, on the power of any US President to use armed forces without the consent of Congress.

That law merely endorses what our Constitution already says in Article I, Section 8, which speaks to enumerated powers of the Legislative Branch, wherein the general power…”To declare War,…” is noted. The War Powers Act merely codifies to law stringent limitations upon the Executive Branch, so a President does not have the right to commit forces to a military venture in foreign lands for an open-ended period of time without congressional approval.

Obama has done just what he and his demonRATic brethren accused his predecessor of having done. He ignored those limitations imposed by law and knowing he’ll come under fire for such has reached out to Boehner to seduce the leader of the one congressional house NOT willing to do his bidding and for which his party doesn’t have control. This is what may be called The Arrogance of Power and precisely why the founders set up OUR Constitution with a Separation of Powers and Checks and Balances provisions built in. They understood the wisdom of the adage that “Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely”. All presidents have that tendency to want to dominate and accrue great power to themselves. Nixon vetoed that original bill. That bill (actually a resolution) is in fact now a law. A violation of law most certainly, by precedent, rises to the level of “high crimes and misdemeanors” as an impeachable offense under our Constitution(3).

When a sitting President, who just happens to be in violation of The Rule of Law, gets his Vice-President and sets up a golf outing with two of the most influential members of his opposition party away from the influences of others of their party it isn’t intended to be a political epiphany of the joyous embracing of non-partisanship to get the budgetary stalemate broken. Unless, of course, your view of American political history is a reflection of Alice’s Wonderland.

I have this date sent off a message to House Majority Leader Boehner to make the obvious point about his recent golfing date and DEMANDED he fulfill his legal and constitutional responsibilities and NOT assume the position of butt-boy enabler for this President.

(1) http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43443532/ns/politics-white_house/
(2) Public Law 93-148> http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/warpower.asp
(2) http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/data/constitution/article02/18.html

Anthony Weiner Will Resign. It’s about time!

  Liberal Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner of New York has finally succumbed to the national weiner roast calling for his resignation from Congress and in fact will resign. My only question is why did it take so long?  Over the last three years, he has had phone sex, sent naked pictures of himself to females across the internet while being newly married, and then spent three days lying to the public to try to cover it up. then in a nasty example of just how our morals have sunk to all-time lows here in America, we saw many Liberal sheep from New York try to make a case that he should not resign. Shame on you people, public officials are supposed to be honorable, honest representatives of the people, not perverts and lying scumbags such as Mr. Weiner has proven to be. What kind of example do people like him set for our children? This also shows us just how far into the swamp the elitists in the Liberal Democratic party truly are today.

While the sex scandals and criminal activities are pretty common across both party lines today, the audacity of  today’s Liberals knows no boundaries.  From Charlie “the tax cheat,” Rangel, to Maxine Waters, to the felonious corrupto-crats from within the Democratic party down here in Florida, Corrine Brown and Alcee Hastings, these Liberal elitists never seem to be held accountable for their criminal actions. Click on those two links there, and you will see just what outrageous activity those two Florida politicians have gotten away with. Oh and they are still in our Congress today!

Cyber-sex panderer Anthony Weiner thought he could stay in Congress simply by refusing to resign. I really can’t blame him for thinking he could just sweep his actions under the rug, when we look at all the above criminals that are still serving in our Congress and haven’t recieved one bit of real punishment for their criminal activities. How about Maxine Waters Mr Speaker? You are now in charge of the House and there is NO EXCUSE for not bringing that swamp creature up on charges in the House Ethics committee right now! As far as the uninformed voters from Hasting’s and Brown’s areas of Florida, there are no words to describe the pathetic pattern of voting for those two criminals you folks have shown in Florida!

As another Liberal hypocrite and ex-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi once said, it truly is time to drain the swamp called Congress in 2012! the least Americans can do is start with the criminals who think they are above the law! The Weiner is gone, along with his big-mouth self-righteous, pompous rhetoric, and I for one, am damned glad to see him go!  Good frigging riddance!

Nancy Pelosi Tells Bob Schieffer Unemployment is Boehner’s Fault

After years of softball interviews by the main stream media, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had to deal with real questions and actual journalism when Bob Schieffer asked her about the economy yesterday on CBS’ Face the Nation. Pelosi was all too ready to blame Republicans for not saving the economy after only 5 months holding the majority. Nancy took no blame for creating the mess even though she and Democrats had been setting the agenda in the House of Representatives for much longer. If this is a new wave of actual journalism, the 2012 election season will be harder for the Democrats than they could have possibly imagined.

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