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Ninety-Nine Percent in America? REALLY??!!

…..speaking of morons…

I am conflicted every time I see coverage of these Occupy schlubs. On one hand, like anyone who has actually earned a paycheck, I would like to see most of the them told that they are too old for the sandbox – time to go get a job. On the other hand, I jump for joy over the fact that these morons have no clue that they have royally over-stayed their welcome; and that even their most staunch supports’ patience is wearing thin.

But as a person with the heart of a teacher, I really want them to grip how silly their premise is…. Actually, I just don’t want anyone else drinking that kool-aid.

“How can the 1% REALLY lord it over the other 99% in a democratic republic?”

SHORT VERSION: They can’t. Thanks for playing, have a safe trip back home (to your parent’s basement)

LONG VERSION: Listening to your Bolshevik teachers (who, by the way, said in their youth, “never trust anyone over 30″…. and now they are your professors) you would think that the evil capitalists have been holding down the hoi-polloi since those white dudes in wigs forced out the peace loving British who only want to spread the wealth around (back to England of course). And it got worse from there! As the centuries past, the unwashed masses grunted along to the tune of “Look Down” from Les Miserables, being forced by those mean Republicans to accept slavery, Jim Crow Laws, Poll taxes, grandfather clauses…. oh wait…. that’s right, it WASN’T the Republican that did that. Wanna take a guess at which party that was?

Generation after generation, the 99% stood there and took it, until finally (cue the Halleluiah Chorus) kids barely out of diapers came running down to Zuccotti Park, dragging their massive craniums behind them to solve the unsolvable, cure the incurable, to DREAM… the IM-POSS-I-BLE….. you get the picture.

They, inspired by their “fundamentally transform American President” (erk… had to fight off some GERD there), have solved society’s problems by occupying a private park, taking dumps on cop cars, practically driving the MIDDLE CLASS vendors in the area out of business (fat cats order in during an occupation, check the manual) and of course, changed western civilization as we know it by coming up with call and response phrases like, “this is what democracy looks like!” – which with the cerebral skill of a parrot, the rest of the crowd repeats… over and over and over and over…

Ya know what? That IS what democracy looks like! Tell ya what, I’ll get back to that in a minute.

SO…. if this has always been the condition of America, then why hasn’t it been fixed?! HMMMM?!!! If it really has been 99% versus 1%…… in a representative republic – then why are we just NOW getting to the problem? Why wasn’t it fixed 100 years ago when Mr. Smith really could go to Washington? How about 435 Mr. Smith’s in the house…. or I suppose if the OWS stats are correct, it would be 430-5? Well?? And the Senate? Hey, back then I bet you could have pulled 100% given that Senators were elected by state legislatures, who I am just sure were made up of purely 99%ers.. Right??

During the Great Depression? FD who? Who needs a President when you’ve got 430-5 and 99-1, right?!! I am sure you could’ve had some wealth spreadage back then? WELL????

Want to know why??.. Uh oh, here it comes….

BECAUSE IT ISN’T 99% VS 1% IN THIS COUNTRY!!! Nine out of every 10 of the 1% in America (statistically is families and businesses making $350,000 or more per year) are FIRST GENERATION RICH! Meaning that they started somewhere other than Richville. AND most of the so-called rich (tell someone living in downtown Manhattan and ONLY making 350k per year they are rich) from 30 years ago have cycled OUT of Richville and have been replaced by new 1%ers. In other words, there is no LOCK on wealth in this country other that the fact that it takes a huge amount of blood, sweat, tears and TIME!! The ‘microwave generation’ (I want it now, now, now!!) doesn’t grip that.

Oh, and getting back to what democracy looks like? Yep, that what it looks like alright – a mob that shares space, food, braincells, joints and other things I can’t mention. It is exactly the reason why our framers did NOT give us a democracy, but a republic. If the “take up oxygen” crown would have gripped that back in civics class, they probably wouldn’t be fertilizing Zuccotti Park the way they have been doing. Then again, if they would have paid attention in econ class, they would be working on getting to the other side of the glass on Wall Street.

New York Times Still Calling Reid’s Bill Failure “Republican Filibuster”

This afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s debt bill, S.627, failed to get to a vote for passage. The vote to end debate, otherwise known as a cloture vote, failed 50-49 as 60 votes are required to end debate.

Although Harry Reid has refused two offers by Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell to vote here and now on passage which would only require a 50 vote margin, the New York Times is putting the blame for Sen. Reid’s delay tactics on Senate Republicans.

Senator Harry Reid, the majority leader, had convened the Senate at noon, then moved to a procedural vote on his own proposal for raising the debt ceiling. Senate Republicans had been filibustering that plan, which House Republicans rejected on Saturday, and the vote on breaking the filibuster fell 10 votes short of the 60 votes needed under Senate rules.

Reid-votes-nay-cloture

from: Senate.gov roll call vote to end cloture on S.627

What the Times didn’t report was that one of the people “filibustering” Reid’s bill is .. Harry Reid himself. The Senate’s own roll call reflects the reality of the situation – Harry Reid voted “nay” on the vote to end the filibuster (the cloture vote image right).

If this is a filibuster, Harry Reid is leading the way.

 

Reid Delays Senate Vote on His Proposal Until 1pm Sunday

Just after 10pm on Saturday night, Harry Reid announced that the Senate vote on his debt bill was being moved from 1am on Sunday morning to 1pm Sunday afternoon eastern time.

Reid mentioned that negotiations were ongoing.

What comes out of these negotiations is likely to be a watered-down combination of several plans. The two-phase debt ceiling increase with an ultimate increase that will put the argument well past the 2012 elections. It will have the gimmicky cuts from all of the plans and will likely contain a non-binding vote on the Constitutional amendment to balance the budget which will NOT pass the Senate.

*update* vote for cloture (to end debate) on S.627 has failed. Reid joined other Senators in a vote that prevents a vote for passage on the plan at this time.

 

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

Harry Reid Set to Release “Foolish” Budget Plan

In May, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said that “There’s no need to have a Democratic budget in my opinion.” and that “It would be  foolish for us to do a budget at this stage.” The do-nothing Senate, led by Reid, has failed to do much of anything – useful or otherwise –  on the nation’s budget crisis. Apparently, that has been intentional. “Senate Democrats are desperately trying to avoid having to present a budget to the American people,” said Senator Jeff Sessions. “They know that the big spenders in their caucus prevent them from bringing forward a credible plan that both their party and the country can support.”

Since then, the House Republicans have produced the Ryan plan and Cut, Cap and Balance. Not afraid to have their motivations on paper for all to see, they’ve done their work. The Senate Democrats seem more worried about being re-elected than performing their duty.

Well, turn the page, and today Harry Reid releases a Democrat budget plan for the first time in over 890 days. Or did he?

The plan is so far, just a statement:

  • Raises the debt ceiling $2.4 trillion as requested by the President
  • Proposes slashing spending $2.7 trillion without touching entitlements or raising taxes

Unfortunately, the plan has not been officially presented to show any validity to the spending cut numbers which most agree is impossible without entitlement reform and a tremendous broadening of the tax base to include the 50% of Americans that do not currently pay any federal income tax.

Considering Reid’s stance on putting his intentions in writing, it is difficult to expect that the plan will be anything more than a proposal to immediately increase the debt ceiling while Senate committees discuss how to get the cuts promised in his plan. That set of activities will likely end the same way as the deals made with Reagan and Bush where the Democrats agreed to spending cuts in order to get tax increases. The tax increases went in immediately and the spending cuts never materialized.

Congress, the President and even the media are continuing to create artificial deadlines in order to manufacture a climate of crisis. On Friday, the media was ripe with commentary and quotations telling Americans that if no debt deal was had by Sunday night, the Asian markets would collapse today. That hasn’t happened – at all.

Instead, it is reasonable to expect that continued date-pressure will be used to hurry bad plans through Congress – much like the rush to get Health Care Reform instituted.

Portman Unveils Senate Republican Jobs Plan

This is a pro-growth, pro-jobs plan that will create the environment necessary to get Americans back to work and ensure that American businesses are competitive globally

Rob PortmanWASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) unveiled the Senate Republican Jobs Plan, a blueprint Senate Republicans developed to create private sector growth and strengthen the economy.

“This is a pro-growth, pro-jobs plan that will create the environment necessary to get Americans back to work and ensure that American businesses are competitive globally,” said Portman, who led the GOP conference in the development of the plan after speaking with small business owners, workers, and economic development groups in each of Ohio’s 88 counties.

“Families and small businesses are weighed down by record debt and deficit, high taxes, burdensome regulations, and a costly health care plan that raises costs and reduces coverage.  This approach by Washington adds uncertainty for investors and costs for job creators.  The Senate Republican Jobs Plan puts us on a path to an environment where families and small businesses can succeed, not just get by,” Portman said.

The Senate Republican Jobs Plan focuses on budget, tax, regulatory, workforce, trade, energy, and health care proposals that form the basis of a pro-growth plan to foster American private sector job creation and turn the economy around.

“In contrast to the plan proposed by Senate Republicans, Washington has turned to more government spending, higher taxes, while pushing for overly burdensome regulations on job creators and manufacturers – slowing our economic recovery.  We’ve already learned from experience that we can’t spend our way to prosperity. Instead, we must encourage employers to invest in their companies, hire new workers and enable them to compete globally, which is what the Senate Republican Jobs plan will do,” Portman added.

E.P.A. = Extreme Political Activism

On April 25, 2011 Shell Oil Corporation announced it was dropping it’s efforts to drill for oil in the Arctic Sea off the northern coast of Alaska. This decision comes after 5 long years of jumping through the governmental hoops of massive regulations, careful, tedious exploration and the expense of investing over 4 billion dollars in the project. So just what caused Shell to accept the massive monetary losses and drop the project? Was it due to the fact that they couldn’t find enough oil there to make a profit? Apparently that is not the case, as there are an estimated 27 billion barrels of oil just sitting there waiting for extraction. Could Shell’s reason for dropping a 4 billion dollar project be that there is no demand for all of that oil in the U.S. today? With current gasoline prices over $4.00 a gallon across the nation that hardly seems like a valid reason to not extract that domestic oil in the Arctic Sea. Supply and demand are what drive gasoline prices, no matter who tells you anything different.

So why is Shell being forced to accept 4 billion dollars in losses in pulling out it’s drilling operations in the Arctic Sea near Alaska? The answer to that question can be found in 3 simple little letters: EPA , as in the infamous Environmental Protection Agency. Just do not try to get an exact answer from Obama appointee Lisa Jackson, the current EPA administrator, as she refuses to answer phone calls or emails to explain this ludicrous decision by her four radical Democrats on the board that denied an “air quality permit” for Shell to drill in the region. So much for accountability in our government once again from an Obama appointee. They have a pattern of making radical decisions, and then refusing to explain them to the very people who pay their salaries. I offer this article from FoxNews as proof  of just who is behind this ludicrous decision, and how they refuse to tell the people why they have made such a blatantly extreme decision.

The EPA’s appeals board ruled that Shell had not taken into consideration emissions from an ice-breaking vessel when calculating overall greenhouse gas emissions from the project. Environmental groups were thrilled by the ruling. (emphasis mine)

After 5 years and 4 billion dollars, the Democratic extremists on a panel for the EPA have denied the extraction of 27 billion barrels of our very own oil for… wait for it…the fact that ice-breaking vessels burn fuel, and therefor emit pollution. Does this mean that every ship traveling in our waters will be shut down also because they all burn fuel of one type of the other. No, this only means that the evil capitalists at Shell Oil will be stopped from producing millions of dollars of oil for U.S. consumption because they ‘gasp’ did not include the emissions from the ice breaking ships in their total environmental impact figures for air quality control. If crab fishermen in Alaska get stuck in the ice this year, does this mean that the ice breaking ships will be told to let them sit there and freeze to death until Lisa Jackson’s radical EPA board checks their emission statements too? There is no difference there.  These people on this EPA board, including Lisa Jackson are extreme activists, hypocrites and liars, period. From the prior linked Foxnews article we see who they really are:

The EPA did not return repeated calls and e-mails. The Environmental Appeals Board has four members: Edward Reich, Charles Sheehan, Kathie Stein and Anna Wolgast. All are registered Democrats and Kathie Stein was an activist attorney for the Environmental Defense Fund. Members are appointed by the EPA administrator. Alaska’s Republican senator thinks it’s time to make some changes. (emphasis mine)

There you have it, an EPA board which includes an appointed political activist lawyer, all of them Democrats, has denied Shell Oil the rights to extract the oil in the Arctic Sea due solely to the emissions of the ice breaking ships. Will Lisa Jackson and this board write the refund check to Shell oil for the billions of dollars they are out of due to this environmental extremist board’s decision ? No I,m not talking about a check drawn on the taxpayers account here, but instead a personal check drawn on the accounts of these five people who bear responsibility for this nonsense. Maybe that would make them think twice before trying  a politically motivated stunt like this the next time they get asked to make a decision that will affect every single tax paying American citizen.

Steve Maley, over at Redstate.com also makes a very good point about the main agenda behind this decision here, in which he shows us the ultimate motive behind this action, shutting down the Alaska Pipeline:

But the real motivation, the real prize, is the Trans Alaska Pipeline System. The design throughput of the pipe is in excess of 2 million barrels of oil per day; recent throughput is around 600,000 barrels per day. At some limiting rate (I’ve heard 200,000 barrels per day), the cost to operate the line will exceed the value of operating it, and it will be shut down.  Pipeline shut-down is the ultimate goal of the environmental movement. Not just ANWR, but any new development must be stopped so that TAPS dies an early and unnatural death.

Since the U.S. House of Representatives recently voted to de-fund the domestic terrorists over at the EPA, only to be denied by the career politicians in the U.S. Senate, I think we need to remember these Senate tyrants in 2012, and replace them with some people who will actually protect U.S. citizens from this kind of blatant abuse of power.

Obama Appointee Tries to Explain the President’s Lie .. and Fails

Poor Ms. Higginbottom .. the name has probably given her enough grief through the years so this Congressional hearing could not have been the light at the end of the tunnel she was hoping for.

Senator Jeff Sessions asks the unwitting appointee a fairly simple question about Obama’s statement that he “would not be adding to the national debt” which she immediately tries to qualify, make excuses for and almost seems to channel Obama himself.  Her confused, irrelevant testimony bordered on contempt of Congress and as we neared the end I was just waiting to hear, “uh, Senator.. let me be clear..”.

Upcoming Budget : Nowhere to Run

   We are a country that has essentially given our Congress a blank check to run the country with no budget plan for two years running.  How can anyone expect Congress to control spending when they can’t even pass a yearly budget?  This isn’t your usual incompetency in budget sanity we are led to believe at times, but to the contrary, this is done by design. With no set budget, the taxpayers footing the bill can never track how their money is spent. The truth will eventually come out, but by then the money has already been spent and our national debt just keeps on climbing.

    The first tactic is to delay reporting and proposed submission deadlines. Obama was late in producing his proposed budget again recently. As the weeks turn into months, the spending continues on the ludicrous “continuing resolution” scam that should be made illegal for all intents and purposes. Congress needs the President’s budget proposal as soon as possible, so they can get to work in both houses hammering out a final budget. Here we are with almost 1/4 of the fiscal year already gone, and we don’t even have a starting point from Obama’s supposed economic gurus on another bloated expensive “advisory panel.” Here is a picture of them so we all can see just who these “key economic advisors” are:

  I see Obama appointee Tim Geithner up there, he is the Secretary of the U. S. Treasury today.  He is also the genius who was caught cheating on his tax returns, which happens to be a felony called tax evasion, and blew it off as a “Turbo-tax” error. Instead of going to jail he was put in charge of our Treasury. He is just the man we need balancing our national checkbook today, thank you so much Mr. President and Congress.  And you wonder why the people have lost all trust in government today?

    We can go to any news sources and get a huge variety of interpretations of Obama’s current budget proposal. This will be discouraging to anyone hoping to see a real final budget any time soon. That is not going to happen, as I stated before, the longer they stall, the more they can spend without any real accountability. Jake Tapper at ABC News* lays it out like this:

“President Obama later today will propose a 10-year budget plan that would increase the national debt by $7.2 trillion over 10 years — $1.1 trillion less than if it weren’t implemented.

The plan shows that Obama will not take the lead on any aggressive measure to eliminate the nation’s $14 trillion debt. This sets up the Obama administration on a collision course with Republicans, who are calling for serious deficit reduction and spending cuts. On Friday night, House Republicans unveiled a spending bill to fund the government for the next seven months that they say will reduce the president’s requested spending levels this year by at least $100 billion” (emphasis mine)

 So there you have it, in a time of yearly trillion dollar deficits crushing our economy and pushing us down the path to insolvency, Barack Obama, the big government, big spending, far left Liberal Socialist wants to continue to collapse our economy. Even in the face of fiscal disaster, this man has to play up to the base of his ignorant, fake Utopian Socialism worshippers of the Liberal Left, reality be damned. This whole budget proposal is nothing more than the continous, never ending campaign for power, of one Barack Hussein Obama. Apparently there are plenty of other realists in this country who agree with my statements here. The Wall Street Journal ** exposes some interesting facts also, such as: (emphasis mine )

 “President Barack Obama’s $3.8 trillion budget for the coming fiscal year raises taxes on businesses and upper-income households by $2 trillion over 10 years and cuts spending on programs with considerable political support, but will still leave the nation with $8.5 trillion in added debt over the next decade. The budget plan for fiscal 2011 calls for nearly $1 trillion in tax increases on families with income above $250,000 over the next decade. Banks and multinational corporations would face new fees and levies. And oil companies would lose $36.5 billion in tax breaks over the next decade.”

    When we seek the truth about our government, numbers never lie if we dig down to the real ones. What do we see in Obama’s budget? A broken promise of not raising taxes to start with. We see lies about  the message our government has been telling us for the last decade in this statement from the same article:   “It tells you we’re in a lot worse shape than advertised,” said David Walker, a former U.S. comptroller and now president of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, a think tank focused on budget reduction. So much for Obama and the Democrat’s “summer of recovery” lie they ran around the country tell people all of last year.

  Another observation about Obama’s current proposed budget reveals more long-standing DC trickery. There is very little talk of  the 2011 budget totals in Obamas proposal, instead we see things like 10 year projections and temporary cuts, and 5 year savings, etc. I say tell Obama we want the budget proposal for 2011 nothing more. We want it now before half the year has passed by us. Never mind the gimmickry of spewing savings 10 years from now, or in 2012, 2016, 2020.  Mr. President, we either stop the spending this year or we won’t have to worry about budgets, as there won’t be any money left to spend soon. 

  Today is Feb. 14, 2011. the CBO projects our deficit to be about 1.6 trillion dollars this year alone. That does not  include the damage to our economy and piled on debt that will result from the illegal Socialism-based Obamacare.  Lets get to work on some real cuts to our bloated, wasteful government and do it now. Get off your campaign train and get to work doing the job you were elected to do Mr. President. The people are onto your game of stalling and bloviating with your phony centrist propaganda, while continuing to spend us into economic Armageddon. You are only fooling yourself and those common beggar Nanny State morons that make up your base. 2012 can’t get here fast enough for me. The dangers are very real from Obama’s “nudging” America towards the phony Socialist utopia where money grows on trees and no one has to work for a living or take personal responsibility for their lives.  This whole budget proposal reeks of false propaganda trying to set up some kind of never-ending budget battles in Congress between parties, with no real solutions in sight. Change we can believe in? Winning the future?  What a sick, demented joke on the American people. We simply must defeat this Anti-American agenda in 2012 and that starts with removing Obama permanently from our government. Then, we can follow that up by removing the rest of the cancerous, far left Socialism pimps of the Democratic party in our Congress, for real change we can believe in!

   UPDATE ON Released Budget: From Dick Morris.com, there are some figures that were pulled from his new book, “Revolt” due out next month.  They expose how nothing has changed and just what has driven our debt up in the last 2 years. It sure isn’t SSI or Medicare, as Obama just told us again today in his TV  propaganda infomercial:

                         INCREASES IN SPENDING UNDER OBAMA 2008 -2010

                        Welfare                  $260 – $400 =  54%

                        Domestic             $485 – $682 =   41%

                        Medicare             $456 –  $568  =  16%

                       Social Security   $612 – $700 = 14%

                       Defense                    $612 – $690 = 11%   

Source: US Government   So there you have it, the 1.62 trillion national deficit  est. for 2010,  is directly due to huge increases in welfare and other domestic spending. I guess the President didn’t really check the true numbers before he spoke on TV today  

 * http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2011/02/president-obamas-budget-and-the-pending-budget-fight.html

 ** http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704107204575038733246595218.html

  Update info 1Obama Pencils In $37 Billion Budget Increase For DHS, Naked Body Scanners via infowars

Senate Heavyweights Set To Square Off Over H/C Repeal

                                   Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)  vs.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

      Two weeks ago we saw the US House of Representatives pass a bi-partisan Repeal of Obamacare, as per the demands of the voting public in the 2010 mid-term elections. Immediately the spin began on how the repeal of the new H/C law would never pass the US Senate, from the Whitehouse, to Harry Reid, to the mainstream media, we were told this is a waste of time. Since when is respecting the wishes of the people not a part of  Democracy in America? As more facts come out about Obamacare we see more people demanding the repeal of  The President’s vaunted Socialized Medicine. We see a total of 733 waivers being signed because this bill will hurt businesses and assorted groups of healthcare providers. I explained this in an earlier article here at CDN.*

  Well today we  shall see exactly which Senators respect the people’s wishes, and want to keep their jobs in 2012, and which ones need to be fired for being self-serving Tyrants against the people they were elected to serve. This will be done today, by Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans forcing the repeal vote by adding it to the FAA reauthorization Bill. A total of 26 Democratic Senators are up for reelection in 2012. Anyone who thinks they aren’t looking over their shoulder and thinking about keeping their jobs in 2012 when this vote hits the floor is in for a serious reality check.  The people have spoken and it’s about time they are listened to on this boondoogle that would allow a government takeover of 1/6th of the U S economy, not to mention the destruction of the best healthcare system in the world. The writing is on the wall and Mr. McConnell explained it nicely in an article over at The Hill: **

“In a statement, McConnell said the repeal vote gives Democrats a chance to “reevaluate” their support for the controversial healthcare law, which a federal judge in Florida struck down as unconstitutional on Monday.” 

“For all those who supported the health law, it’s an opportunity to re-evaluate your vote. To listen to your constituents who are desperately trying to get your attention. You can say, ‘Perhaps this was a mistake. We can do this better.’ Or you can continue to dismiss the majority of the people in this country as not knowing what they’re talking about.”

Thank you Mr. McConnell, I couldn’t have said it any better. Here is another simple observation for the media pundits and propagandists who say Obama will just veto this bill if it hits his desk. Go ahead Mr. President, pull out that Leftist Veto Pen against the American people, as you too are up for reelection in 2012.

* http://conservativedailynews.com/2011/01/obamacare-waivers-hit-729-include-4-new-seiu-gifts/

** http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/141493-mcconnell-to-senate-force-vote-on-healthcare-repeal

Rubio visits Afghanistan, Pakistan. Was the trip necessary?

Newly elected Senator Marco Rubio (R -FL), recently went on a trip to the war zone of the Afghanistan/Pakistan border. As you can see in the picture, it is a very inhospitable land comprised mostly of rocky mountainous regions seperated by barren desert. While it is nice to see my  Freshman Florida Senator jumping in and getting to “work” up in DC, I have to call in question the viability of these expensive trips, especially by our members of Congress. When they are flying around the world to other countries, they are not here in our Senate taking care of real business.

I was curious as to just what they accomplished, or hoped to accomplish, on this taxpayer funded trip when I saw this headline in The Miami Herald, accessed on 1/18/2011. * The article initially starts out with the announcement of his first overseas trip as a U S Senator, then goes on to give us some insight on just what they witnessed while over there :

“Finishing his first overseas trip as a U.S. senator, Marco Rubio on Monday warned the Obama administration against setting an “artificial timeline” for the United States to leave Afghanistan.”

“Everywhere we went, from the markets to the streets, to Afghan authorities . . . what we heard repeatedly is that it’s important that it’s clearly understood that the U.S. is committed to seeing this through,” Rubio told reporters in a conference call from Kabul. “Otherwise, there’s a sense that the Taliban, even al Qaeda, is just waiting for us to leave so they can move back in.”

I make the observation here, that this is the same old song and dance we have heard from other politicians for what,  5, 6, or 7, years ? So far I see zero substantial results from this trip that would justify this expense. I can see future self-grandeurizing politicians standing on the Senate floor bragging about ,  “When I was in Afghanistan,I saw this and that.”  To which I always end up asking myself, ” Just what are our U S Senators doing flying around the world for in the first place? ”  We have a State Department, a Department of Defense, the CIA, thousands of soldiers, and Military Commanders there on the ground, all writing reports on what is happening in Afghanistan.  Do we really need to have 535 politicians flying over there too ? Maybe the newly empowered, tyrannical, unelected government minions over at the EPA should look into this type of pollution, instead of clamping down on wood stoves and the like?  Do the people actually know this is going on and how much it costs the taxpayer?  The Miami Herald goes on to list just who all went on this trip:

“Rubio — who returns to Florida on Tuesday — toured U.S. operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr, and fellow Republican freshmen from Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and Wisconsin. Rubio had lunch with troops from Florida stationed in Kabul and had dinner Sunday night with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. The group also met with Gen. David Petraeus and toured Kabul Military Training Center, which is training Afghans for its National Army.”

A total of six politicians flying around the world, including four new freshmen Senators. That is very expensive people. Am I asking too much to think these freshmen Senators would better serve the people by digging in and getting to work learning the ropes in the Senate? Senate Minority Leader McConnell should be ashamed of himself for these kind of nonsensical expenditures, especially at a critical time when there are major issues we need to address here at home. I,m also disapointed in my Senator Rubio in agreeing to go on this trip. What part of cutting Government waste do these “representatives” not understand?  Ground all politicians, make them stay here and take care of the business they were elected to do!

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/01/18/2020832/rubio-visits-afghanistan-pakistan.html#ixzz1CQNQYbtE

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/01/18/2020832/rubio-visits-afghanistan-pakistan.html#ixzz1CQHgBaMs

http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/01/18/2020832/rubio-visits-afghanistan-pakistan.html

House Votes to Flush Obamacare


In keeping with promises made during the 2010 elections, the new House Majority passed the repeal of Obamacare by a vote of 245 – 189 with 3 Democrats voting for repeal of this jobs-killing, 2000-plus page government takeover of our Healthcare system. After four long years of Democratic partisanship in which we witnessed the constant ignoring of the people’s demands, the GOP stepped up to the plate and hit a home run. Thank you Speaker Boehner, for reigniting some hope for a Government of the people, by the people and for the people. Ignoring the wishes of the majority, for the over-stated whims of the minority in this country denies the true foundation of Democracy. We have had the best healthcare system in the world for decades, and the last thing we want is to see the government turn it into another costly, failed experiment.

Next up for the Obamacare repeal process is the battle to get it to a vote in the Senate. Senate majority leader Harry Reid says he won’t allow it to come to a vote in the Senate. I have a question for Mr. Reid here: “Just what part of working for the people do you not understand ?” Is blocking the repeal vote your way of working for the people, or is it just you showing the world what a self-serving Tyrant you have become? ( I vote for the latter there) The only real support for Obamacare comes from non-producing, not-tax-paying citizens on the government dole and/ or illegal immigrants basically. Those who actually work for a living and pay your salary through their taxes. are telling you to keep your hands off their healthcare . What part of that don’t you understand?

A total of 26 Democratic Senators are up for reelection in 2012. If Mr Reid thinks he can help them escape the wrath of the people at the voting booths in 2012, by denying the people their right to due process in Congress today, he is sadly mistaken. As goes the leader, so goes the pack. Either put this up for an honest and fair debate so the people can see where their Senators stand today, or face the total rejection of Senate Democrats in 2012. The choice is yours Mr. Reid, either way, we are watching and taking notes. Put the repeal of Obamacare up for a vote in the U.S Senate.

Olympia Snowe May Yet Give Democrats Their Super-Majority

Politico.com reports that Olympia Snowe (RINO-Maine) is letting Reid’s insulting comments on her go and she might yet continue to support the liberal agenda.  Maine, seriously, it’s time to go Massachusetts her.

Speaking with reporters in the Capitol Wednesday, Snowe said she has yet to speak with Reid regarding his critical comments in The New York Times last week. In the article, the Nevada Democrat is critical of the bipartisan talks that failed in the Senate over health care, and Reid says of Snowe: “As I look back it was a waste of time dealing with her because she had no intention of ever working anything out.”

To which Snowe answered:
“I can’t account for why he said what he said,” Snowe said. “I keep working moving forward on all the issues that matter.”
Of course, it’s fine to insult a fellow Senator, it’s ok for Reid to dish out racist comments, it’s just ok for Reid to do anything.  Snowe deciding that this behavior is allowable may signal her willingness to be the one Republican to cross the isle.  Is her retirement plan finalized?

Obama Puts His Policies in Coakley's Hands

Obama and Coakley

President Obama stumps for Coakley

“Understand what’s at stake here, Massachusetts. It’s whether we’re going forward or going backwards,’’ the President told 1,500 Coakley supporters. Obama has made several similar statements lately that display how unpopular his policies have become and how increasingly desperate his administration is getting.

For the first time in decades, the Massachusetts Senate seat formerly held by Senator Kennedy is set to go to Conservatives. Independents are abandoning the President in droves and tomorrow’s New England vote could signal the trouble ahead for other Congressional seats – and not just the closely contested ones.

Cap and trade has all but died on the Senate floor, the green jobs initiative is strangely invisible, wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are not over, new taxes are coming, and health care reform is hanging by a vote, a single vote. If Coakley loses to Brown, Congress will have to either pass the Senate bill as it is or start over – and Obama is well aware of the damage that his policies are doing to his party and his own re-election chances. If the health care debate continues much further into 2010 the amount of change the President is bringing to Washington could be dramatic: a Republican majority in both houses of Congress.

Current polls show Brown up by anywhere from 6-10% and the current curve has him increasing that lead daily. The revolt against liberal policy is larger than just the Massachusetts race. In an AP article, sentiments by Obama followers display how his own base is either disengaging or being driven away entirely.  The article discusses the outright political conversion of a Kansas woman:

But she became disillusioned with Obama and his promises, disgusted by the bank bailouts, the wars, the health care debate, and what she considers the lack of any political interest in education.

And so, the 22-year-old English student stopped at a fair booth run by Republican Ron Paul’s “Campaign for Liberty.” A year earlier, Hartz would have dismissed such a group as “a bunch of crazy libertarians with unrealistic ideas and a lot of talk about grass-roots revolution.”

On this day, she listened. And she liked their message of limited government and more individual responsibility.

One person is by no means a ground swell of change.  It simply indicates that the seas are changing and the next wave of hope is in the air.

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