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The IRS blew off Congress with lame excuses. Repeatedly, and shamelessly.
So Congressman Steve Stockman believes that American citizens should have the right to blow off the IRS with lame excuses too.
Taxpayers who do not produce documents for the Internal Revenue Service will be able to offer a variety of dubious excuses under legislation introduced by Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX 36) a week after the IRS offered an incredibly dubious excuse for its failure to turn documents over to House investigators.
"The United States was founded on the belief government is subservient and accountable to the people. Taxpayers shouldn't be expected to follow laws the Obama administration refuses to follow themselves," said Stockman. "Taxpayers should be allowed to offer the same flimsy, obviously made-up excuses the Obama administration uses."
Under Stockman's bill, "The Dog Ate My Tax Receipts Act," taxpayers who do not provide documents requested by the IRS can claim one of the following reasons:
1. The dog ate my tax receipts
2. Convenient, unexplained, miscellaneous computer malfunction
3. Traded documents for five terrorists
4. Burned for warmth while lost in the Yukon
5. Left on table in Hillary's Book Room
6. Received water damage in the trunk of Ted Kennedy's car
7. Forgot in gun case sold to Mexican drug lords
8. Forced to recycle by municipal Green Czar
9. Was short on toilet paper while camping
10. At this point, what difference does it make?
Because what's good for the goose is good for the gander, right?
Because it isn't enough for the GOP candidate to be an underdog, he has to be a nut too. There is zero chance the US, or any nation, will return to the gold standard, ever. So what is Jeff Bell's paramount campaign issue?
Returning the US dollar to the gold standard.
Bell said he ran to make sure the public hears about two issues: returning the dollar to the gold standard and do away with the Federal Reserve's policy of charging no interest on federal government debt.
And the delusion runs deep.
"I think a lot of people who predicted I wouldn't win, which was virtually everybody, underestimated the difference between party activists — the type of people who are on the county committees — and the typical voters," Bell said. "The typical voters were very open to the message I had in this race. I got a lot of resonance on it."
Uh, OK, sure. Whatever you say Jeff.
Maybe it "resonates" with the typical septuagenarian country clubber in his tweed jacket and Cadillac land yacht. Maybe. More likely they humored you while looking around for the guys from Candid Camera.
The original gold standard worked because everybody was on it. And as soon as one country jumped ship, it was doomed.
Pegging the US dollar to gold without cooperation from all the other central bankers is no more sane than pegging it to the price of coffee. Commodity prices vary, sometimes wildly. Which would then make the value of your dollars vary, daily. Today bread is $1.75. Tomorrow it's $2.50. Next week, 89 cents.
Uncertainty, it's what everybody wants!
Now, am I a fan of the Fed? No.
Am I a fan of Keynesian quantitative easing? Hell no!
But sadly, the average voter in New Jersey is. Well, that and free stuff. Which is why Cory Booker is gonna clean Jeff Bell's clock. By a margin that'll make Chris Christie's 22 point "landslide" look like a horse race.
Oh, did I mention that Bell has already been trounced in one US Senate race? By Bill Bradley, 55 - 43.
We nominated a kooky retreaded loser who looks just like the crotchety old
Up. Does the NJ GOP put the "fun" in dysfunctional, or what?
What's the Big Story of the month? Obamacare's epic fail.
What's gonna be the Big Story of the month if the Senate GOP is as stupid as Jeff Sessions says they are?
Not Obamacare's epic fail.
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), the ranking GOP member of the Senate Budget Committee, said Thursday that Senate Republicans plan to filibuster the budget deal that House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) cut with Senate Budget Committee chairwoman Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA).
Jeez Louise, don't you bozos ever learn?
Look, I'm a dyed-in-the-wool Conservative. I know this budget deal stinks. And yes, I know Cryin' John Boehner is gleefully using it to kick guys like me in the nuts.
That doesn't matter. Not now.
What matters is that if the Senate doesn't pass this deal we get to watch Obama shut down the government again and blame us. And then after you're all sufficiently humiliated, he'll get a deal that's better for him and worse for the country.
Was that as much fun for you as it was for me last time?
Besides, I think it was yesterday that I read where Lizzie "Fauxcahontas" Warren and her Senate Libtard Caucus were gonna filibuster this deal for you.
Far-left senators like Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Al Franken, D-Minn., Tom Udall, D-N.M. and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., can't be happy about maintaining more than half of the spending caps from the 2011 debt-limit deal and making no provisions for extended welfare benefits. Given that so many Democrats are secretly rooting for a shutdown, it might even seem like the strategic thing to do for a party stuck in the bogs of ObamaCare. Reid, who needs four Republican votes if he has all 56 Democrats on board, will have to pick up one GOPer for every liberal who walks away from the deal.
Hello? Are you knuckleheads listening? Harry Reid needs you.
Yes, I fully realize he's a turd with feet, and you can't trust anything he says, but right now Harry Reid needs you.
So, for the love of God, be smart for one time in your lives. Let Lizzie and the Libtards do the heavy lifting. If they shut down the government, get your faces on TV to explain how reasonable you're all trying to be. And don't forget to get in a dig at Obamacare while you're at it.
Meanwhile, put the screws to Dingy Harry to get something useful in exchange for your votes. Like say an up-or-down vote on the Make-Congress-And-Obama-Join-Obamacare bill. When Democrats like Mary Landrieu inevitably vote "no" we can use that to help retake the Senate in 2014.
The budget deal is a sideshow. Obamacare's implosion is the Main Event. Anything you guys do to distract from that helps Obama and the Democrats. Keeping the public focused, and angry at being screwed over by Obamacare helps us.
But the mere fact that I have to sit here and explain this stuff to you
turkeys means you've already decided to snatch defeat from the jaws of
victory. Hey, we conservatives don't call you The Stupid Party for nothing.
Because the last two "electable" moderates did so well. Here comes Chris Christie to lead the 2016 primary pack.
Governor Christie's lead among potential GOP presidential candidates has grown, a new national poll released today found.
Twenty-four percent of voters surveyed in a CNN/ORC Poll said they would support Christie for the Republican nomination for president in 2016, that's up from 17 percent in a September survey.
Behind Christie is Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul with 13 percent, Wisconsin Sen. Paul Ryan with 11 percent, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz with 10 percent, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio with 9 percent, Texas Gov. Rick Perry with 7 percent, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum each with 6 percent. Another 6 percent said they planned to vote for someone not listed, 2 percent said they don't support anyone and 6 percent said they had no opinion.
Yawn. It's far too early to get excited about these polls, except to note that
the media would love for Christie to get the nod. Wny? Because the same polls
inevitably also show the Hilldabeast trouncing Christie in a head-to-head
matchup. And we all know how much the media would love to see her in the
White House, with Lizzie "Faucahontas" Warren as Veep. So count on them to
push the Christie juggernaut for all it's worth, right up until he clinches
the nomination, then they'll turn on him like the rabidly partisan attack
dogs we all know they are.
Commenting today on Mitch McConnell's white flag of surrender — Mitch promises to never again shut down the government — a Facebook friend posted this:
Why the enemy will win - they don't have limits. They don't care who they hurt or what is destroyed. The Republicans, particularly the Tea Party, loves the United States and its people. That is a weakness. The Democrats just love power. The Democrats won't negotiate even if it means the destruction of the economy. The Republicans blink, the Democrats win, and another day down the path to socialism.
Truer words were never spoken.
A while ago I happened to overhear a rabidly partisan Democrat strategizing for the upcoming township council election here in Caldwell. His bottom line? "We have to get 'our people' back in town hall." Nice, eh? They don't care about what's best for our town, they care about what's best for them.
Because without "their people" in place, they can't steal. The power to award
no-bid contracts is the power to fleece the taxpayers. And nobody's better at
fleecing the taxpayers than an Essex County Democrat.
My liberal neighbors are gonna be pissed. Their president wants to bomb Syria. They want their president to bomb Syria. And they're totally in favor of having our Congressman, Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, provide their president with the necessary political cover so he can bomb Syria.
Alas, Rodney isn't going to play along.
A week after President Barack Obama said he would seek Congressional approval to take military action against Syria for an alleged chemical weapons attack by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, New Jersey Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11) said the president's plan lacks clarity and he will not vote to authorize a strike.
"Like all Americans, I am horrified by the deaths of so many people who lost their lives in the sarin gas attack," said Frelinghuysen in a press release. "But I do not believe that the President's plans will change the course of this civil war and I cannot vote to authorize his military strike."
It really boils down to a complete lack of confidence in this president.
After visiting the region last month, Frelinghuysen said, "My visit confirmed that a clear lack of Presidential leadership has left our policies in this vital region in shambles: this Administration has virtually destroyed a valuable 30-year friendship with Egypt, allowed Iran to continue its march to a nuclear weapons capability, threatened the stability of Jordan and left our best friend in the region, Israel, incredibly vulnerable."
Is it possible for Chris Christie to be an even bigger jackass than I thought? Well, sure.
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul wants to call a truce over beers with Gov. Chris Christie, but the governor said tonight he isn't having it.
The senator from Kentucky today invited Christie to "patch things up," after the Republicans — both possible contenders for the White House in 2016 — went at it in a dispute over national security and federal disaster aid that has dominated political discourse for days.
"We're going to have to patch things up," Paul told Fox News. Neil Cavuto. "If we can sit down, I'm inviting him for a beer. Anytime he would like to come down and sit down at the pub right around the corner from the Senate and have a beer."
Hours later Christie took the airwaves on his monthly radio show on New Jersey 101.5 FM and was asked if he would agree to the beer summit.
"I'm running for re-election in New Jersey. I don't really have time for that at the moment," Christie said. "If I find myself in Washington, I'll certainly look him up, but I don't suspect I'll be there anytime soon."
Yeah, Iowa beckons. And he hardly ever leaves New Jersey. LOL. Besides, Chris Christie isn't the "make nice" type anyway.
Wouldn't working with Rand Paul make more sense then trying to tear him down? They seem like natural allies, Christie and Paul, because their strengths complement each other. Christie is a fiscal hawk, but light in the foreign policy and appeal-to-movement-Conservatives department. Rand Paul brings an army of motivated activists but his economic ideas are almost as kooky as his father's.
The GOP could do worse than Paul - Christie 2016. And they undoubtedly will.
These days it's all RINOs all the time. And with friends like these, who needs Democrats?
Karl Rove is shilling for Obamacare. He's got Mitch McConnell on board too.
John McCain is Dear Leader's new best friend. And Lindsay Graham? Blech.
John Boehner won't investigate the Benghazi fiasco, word is he's cut a deal with Dear Leader to keep it on the back burner, forever.
The House is poised to cave on the Senate's illegal alien amnesty provisions. And Paul Ryan, you remember him, he used to be a Conservative, well now he's firmly in the path to citizenship camp. Because adding 8 new Democrat voters for every new GOP voter is somehow good for America.
Not that the remaining "conservatives" in the House are any better. They're the bozos who fired Derek Khanna, the Republican Study Committee staffer who penned the first thoughtful policy brief on copyright reform to come out of US government offices in a long time. Apparently it offended Hollywood, always a perennial hotbed of GOP support.
Then yesterday we learned that the RNC is using our donations to help Eric Holder put the screws to Texas over voter ID. Yes, really. Leave it to the RINOs to screw up the one thing SCOTUS got right this year.
And the RNC wonders why I don't give them one red cent.
Finally, last but by no means least, let's not forget that presumptive 2016 presidential frontrunner Chris Christie wants us to give up on Liberty.
This is not Ronald Reagan's Republican Party. And it sure as hell isn't mine.
Wanna know another reason why I could never support Chris Christie for president? His undying love for the omnipresent police state.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Thursday took a big swing at libertarian-leaning lawmakers in both parties, calling the ideology, when applied to national security, "a very dangerous thought." His comments come just one day after the House narrowly rejected a sweeping amendment to defund the National Security Agency's surveillance program.
Addressing the bipartisan coalition that joined together to nearly push the so-called Amash amendment through, Christie told lawmakers who harbor libertarian views on the issue to explain their position to the victims of 9/11, the Washington Post's Aaron Blake reports. He also included Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in his critique.
"As a former prosecutor who was appointed by President George W. Bush on Sept. 10, 2001, I just want us to be really cautious, because this strain of libertarianism that's going through both parties right now and making big headlines, I think, is a very dangerous thought," Christie said.
The governor proceeded to use an emotional argument to make his case, inviting "any one of them that's engaged in this" apparently dangerous "strain of libertarianism" to come to New Jersey and "sit across from the widows and the orphans and have that conversation."
"I'm very nervous about the direction this is moving in," Christie added.
What about the raging debate regarding the balancing of privacy and national security? Some of that debate is "esoteric," according to Christie.
Uh huh. The government can do anything it wants in the name of protecting us from terrorists — because, "widows and orphans!" — but if we question who is going to protect us from the government, that's "esoteric."
Appeals to emotion are what demagogues use when they don't have an actual argument. Chris Christie used to be better than that. Emphasis on "used to."
Had he been around in 1776, I'm sure Christie wouldn't have batted an eye when King George's precursor to MI5 demanded Thomas Jefferson's email passwords.
All that freedom Jefferson wanted us to have? According to Chris Christie it's too dangerous out there for us to keep it.
Not a chance there Chief. Freedom is what made this country great. We're not gonna let tyrants and fascists take it away from us.
"I agree with Governor Christie that we must be vigilant in our defense against terrorism, and this can be achieved without sacrificing our fundamental liberties. Senator Rand Paul is defending our freedom against the overreach of our government into our lives and privacy, and the NSA surveillance scandal clearly highlights this administration's abuse of its power to invade our private lives. I support Senator Paul's efforts."
Steve Lonegan for U.S. Senate. Because Cory Booker isn't gonna protect your liberty either.
So much for Senate Republicans standing on principle. Mitch McConnell's cretinous caucus doesn't have any principles. They could have called Harry Reid's bluff. They could have stood up for Senate rules. They could have waved the filibusters of John Bolton, Miguel Estrada, and Robert Bork in Dear Leader's face.
But, no. They appointed John McCain of all people to "negotiate" with Harry Reid over the nuclear option. And our favorite RINO promptly caved to Dingy Harry's threats. So instead of Mutually Assured Destruction, we get neutered and Obama gets to push his socialist agenda into high gear.
Richard Cordray, the man Obama illegally appointed to head Elizabeth "Fauxcahontas" Warren's Orwellian Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, can keep his job. Seventeen RINOs followed McCain into the abyss on his behalf.
The National Labor Relations Board will remain a fully-paid subsidiary of the SEIU.
Race hustler Thomas Perez, Eric Holder's right-hand-man at Justice and protector of New Black Panthers stoking violence, will now use his penchant for blaming whitey for all of life's ills to ensure the Department of Labor is completely fair to every American worker.
Last, but not least, Gina McCarthy, the one econut more radical than Lisa Jackson, will permanently succeed "Richard Windsor" as EPA Administrator and champion of CO2 Warriors Against Job Creation.
And the NRSC fundraising lackeys who call me wonder why I laugh in their faces.
And since someone asked, here's the roll call on the cloture vote to confirm Cordray.
RINOs voting "aye":
Primary every single one of 'em. Please.
Because nothing says Serious Republican Presidential Contender quite like skipping out on the Faith and Freedom Coalition so you can hobnob with Bill and Hillary Clinton.
A host of Republicans considering 2016 presidential bids, including Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, will attend a conference for religious conservatives starting Thursday, with a notable exception: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
Christie was invited to speak at the Faith and Freedom Coalition's two-day "Road To Majority" conference in Washington, Republicans with knowledge of the invitation said.
Christie's team declined, citing a scheduling conflict.
Instead of visiting the conservative confab, the New Jersey governor, who is up for re-election this year, will be heading to Chicago to attend a symposium sponsored by the Clinton Global Initiative, the foundation helmed by former President Bill Clinton.
Christie will speak at the Clinton forum on Friday night. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, another possible presidential candidate, will speak Thursday.
Some "conservative rock star," eh? That particular moniker seems rather shop-worn these days, no matter what the Star-Ledger will try to tell you. Christie is turning leftward so fast it's a miracle he doesn't get whiplash.
All those prominent NJ Democrats lining up behind him aren't jumping on Christie's bandwagon because they've suddenly drunk the GOP kool-aid. Nope, they're on board because he's their kind of guy.
And the Clintons and their acolytes are certainly not interested in hearing
anything remotely resembling a true Conservative viewpoint. Which I'm sure
is just fine with New Jersey's favorite RINO.
You read that right. George Soros hearts Chris Christie.
Five executives at Soros Fund Management have chipped in a combined $19,000 to the governor's re-election campaign, state records show. The donor roll includes Soros' protégé and chief investment officer, Scott Bessent, who tends to fund liberal Democrats.
In fact, liberal Democrats across the country are actively lining up behind Christie.
Gov. Chris Christie is cashing in donations from top Democratic fundraisers and other traditionally liberal donors across the country, even nabbing the support of a handful of rainmakers aligned with President Obama and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a Star-Ledger review of state and federal records shows.
The checks are flying into the Republican governor's war chest from all sorts of unlikely places — the hedge fund run by liberal billionaire George Soros, for example, and the politically progressive halls of the University of California, Berkeley.
The nascent support from Democratic donors is an early sign of Christie's fundraising prowess in a potential run for the White House in 2016, experts and Democratic donors said, and dovetails with recent polls showing him gaining popularity nationally among Democrats and independents.
Christie's partnership with New Jersey Democratic leaders and his warm relationship with Obama after Hurricane Sandy could be enticing donors who don't often give to GOP candidates, even if they are closer ideologically to Democrat Barbara Buono, Christie's lesser-known challenger, political scientists and Democratic fundraisers say.
Or maybe, and I'm just making an observation here based on living day in and day out with him as my governor, maybe it's because Chris Christie is closer ideologically to them. Much closer than anyone in the national GOP is willing to admit.
Because on a whole host of issues, from gun control to fracking, or illegal immigration to creeping Sharia, Chris Christie's positions are indistinguishable from anything you'll read at the leftest of lefty blogs. And if you think, well at least he'll appoint conservative judges, think again. His three highest profile appointments to the bench were a terrorist-sympathizing Muslim lawyer, a gay "marriage" advocate, and a guy whose immigration sob story makes Sonya Sotomayor seem like a Daughter of the American Revolution in comparison.
Fortunately the latter two were swallowed up in the byzantine politics of NJ State Senate power plays. But Judge Sohail Mohammed sits on the NJ Superior Court bench, dispensing Sharia on a daily basis.
So ask yourself, why are so many liberals eager to line up behind
Chris Christie, rather than say, Hillary Clinton? I guarantee it's not because
of his good looks and boyish charm.
Yes, this time the race for Republican State Committee is contested.
And the country-club establishment Republicans are scared.
Because never in my 55 years on God's green earth has anyone ever called to say "support these two random bozos" for state committee. Let alone a State Senator (Kevin O'Toole). But my phone rang twice today.
Can you guess why they're scared? And why they're calling?
The state committee vets candidates and sets party priorities. It's populated by insider hacks loyal to the go-along-to-get-along crowd. For example, they're the guys who brought us Joe Kyrillos for U.S. Senate. Which worked out real well, didn't it?
But this year Carol Gallentine and Mikhail Zlotnikov are challenging the status quo. They're running against the two establishment bozos.
Carol's the first person I met when I got involved with Tea Party Patriots. I've never met Mikhail, but Carol says he's good people.
Why does this matter?
Well, he who controls the official slate of candidates controls the party.
Case in point. John Coyle is retiring from his Caldwell township council slot. A lot of people in town were encouraging a young fellow from my neighborhood to run. A good guy. Well liked, and respected. Energetic, and hard-working. He'd be a shoo-in.
Mayor Dassing concurred. She wanted this fellow to run. He agreed.
Everyone was happy.
Enter the Republican State Committee.
And before you could say "who was that masked man?" this fellow was kicked to the curb, and some dude nobody had every heard of was annointed to run.
They didn't even bother to consult with the mayor, or any of the other republicans on the council first. They picked their guy, and we're supposed to line up behind him like good little party flacks.
Well, fuck them.
Vote for Carol Gallentine and Mikhail Zlotnikov for Republican State Committee.
Because no jackwagon from out of town is gonna tell me who would be
the right choice for township council.
The loser sets himself up as arbiter of his successor. Surely this is a winning game plan, right?
Gov. Chris Christie may be seeking re-election in New Jersey, but a June date on his social calendar suggests he has one eye on the 2016 presidential contest.
At the personal invitation of Mitt Romney, Christie will be a featured speaker at a conference of donors and "thought leaders" the former presidential candidate is hosting in Park City, Utah.
The gathering, dubbed "Experts and Enthusiasts," will bring together bigwigs from the worlds of politics, philanthropy and policy, according to Romney adviser Beth Myers. It will be held June 6-7.
"Mitt views Governor Christie as an incredibly effective governor, one of the future leaders of the party and as a person the conference attendees would want to hear," Myers said in an e-mail message. "Many of the attendees know Governor Christie well because he was an early and solid Romney supporter."
Emphasis on was. Christie was an early and solid Romney supporter until he developed that now-famous man-crush on Dear Leader. He's an opportunist, and if you don't like his principles, don't worry, he's got others. Is he an effective governor for New Jersey? Yes. Is he the guy we want in the White House on January 20, 2017? Hell no. When it comes to a vision for America Christie is closer to Mike Bloomberg than he is to Ronald Reagan.
And really now, I am sick and tired of losers picking losers! Bob Dole begat John McCain, by way of the Bushies. And McCain beat Mitt Romney in Round 1 (with more than a little "help" from Karl Rove), only to go down in flames. Then Romney bought himself the nomination in Round 2 and look how well that worked out.
So yeah, by that kind of logic, Chris Christie is exactly who the GOP needs in 2016. If we want to lose to The Hilldabeast, that is.
Give it up Mitt. Go make a Viagra commercial and take the RINOs with you.
The only thing that'll save the Republican Party, and America, is if we
can put a Real Conservative in the White House. Chris Christie isn't on
What is it with Pennsylvania Republican senators and the urge to sell out? Snarlin' Arlen was an epic failure, and now Pat Toomey has picked up the habit of folding like a cheap suit at the first sign of bad press.
Is there anything more disgusting than a Republican senator in bipartisan compromise mode? Bloomberg's anti-gun group starts running ads in Pennsylvania and Pat Toomey folds like a cheap suit. Say the magic words: Bipartisan compromise!
Compromise my ass. It's everything DiFi and Mayor McCheese wanted, including the holy grail of a national gun registry. Yup, "universal" background checks == entries in the NICS database == a de facto gun registry.
And once they've got a list of all the gun owners, they can take our guns away, for pretty much no reason at all.
What a disappointment Toomey turned out to be. I like Instapundit's take: "Toomey seems to think he's there to get things done. As a Republican in the current Senate, his chief role is to stop bad things from happening."
Subjecting the Second Amendment to
an up / down vote is a Very Bad Thing. You'd think a guy who touted
himself as a Tea Party Conservative would know that.
Remember a few weeks ago when President Obama lamented that he couldn't be Emperor of the United States?
"This is something I've struggled with throughout my presidency," said Obama. "The problem is that I'm the president of the United States, I'm not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed."
Ask, and ye shall receive, courtesy of Mitch McConnell and the Senate GOP.
Days before the March 1 deadline, Senate Republicans are circulating a draft bill that would cancel $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts and instead turn over authority to President Barack Obama to achieve the same level of savings under a plan to be filed by March 8.
The five-page document, which has the tacit support of Senate GOP leaders, represents a remarkable shift for the party. Having railed against Senate Democrats for not passing a budget, Republicans are now proposing that Congress surrender an important piece of its Constitutional "power of the purse" for the last seven months of this fiscal year.
The sweep .... is striking. If Congress were to follow this course, significant power would be shifted to the president, an unusual maneuver that even Obama himself and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) have scoffed at. But the plan appears to have the backing of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and is being advanced by conservative Republicans who don't want the White House to continue using the sequester as a public relations hammer.
It's like we're living in bizarro world.
Because I'm not seeing the upside to cryin' John Boehner's "leadership" skills. Maybe Karl Rove could drop me a note explaining the Grand Plan. The GOP does have a Grand Plan, right? Hello? Is anyone home?
No. No one is home at House GOP Central. They all left town after Boehner's Plan B got aborted by his own rank-and-file.
That's what he gets for putting out a hit list on House Conservatives. Way to think that one through there Johnny. You really expected our guys to eat your shit sandwich after you fucked us in the ass?
So thanks for handing all the cards to Obama. You're a real credit to the Republican party. I wish President Reagan were still alive so he could take you out behind the woodshed and pound some sense into your thick head.
Or, and I doubt you'll listen, but William Jacobson has a Plan C.
Pass a 90 day extension of current tax rates and whatever else is needed to postpone the "cliff," and go home for Christmas to give time for a Grand Bargain which puts Democratic sacred cows on the table.
Let Harry Reid refuse to bring it to a vote, and Obama refuse to sign it. Their inaction will be the reason for taxes rising for everyone.
Right now you're the scapegoat Johnny. Which translates into having the GOP take all the blame when everybody's taxes go through the roof in 11 days. You know that's what Obama wants by the way. It's what he's wanted all along. He's determined to drive us off the cliff. And now it's your fault.
Sheesh. Stacy McCain doesn't call you guys The Stupid Party for nothing.
Dear Leader rejected the GOP's offer to revisit Simpson-Bowles. Then Erskine Bowles repudiated his own plan. Because the Democrats never intended to use a "balanced" approach to the fiscal cliff. Their goal all along was to punish success via class warfare. And they're still plucking that chicken.
So now John Boehner has a "Doomsday Plan".
Republicans are seriously considering a Doomsday Plan if fiscal cliff talks collapse entirely. It's quite simple: House Republicans would allow a vote on extending the Bush middle class tax cuts (the bill passed in August by the Senate) and offer the President nothing more: no extension of the debt ceiling, nothing on unemployment, nothing on closing loopholes. Congress would recess for the holidays and the president would face a big battle early in the year over the debt ceiling.
Two senior Republican elected officials tell me this doomsday plan is becoming the most likely scenario. A top GOP House leadership aide confirms the plan is under consideration, but says Speaker Boehner has made no decision on whether to pursue it.
Under one variation of this Doomsday Plan, House Republicans would allow a vote on extending only the middle class tax cuts and Republicans, to express disapproval at the failure to extend all tax cuts, would vote "present" on the bill, allowing it to pass.
Leadership? Yeah, the GOP ain't got that. Their "Doomsday Plan" is tailor-made to ensure doom for Republicans. It gives Obama what he's demanding now (raise taxes) and punts on any chance at spending cuts. How can they possibly negotiate concessions next year if they've already proven they're incapable of holding the line on taxation? Give in now and the Democrats will beat them like a rented mule for years to come.
Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., an influential conservative House Republican, is already on record supporting extending the middle class tax cuts — with or without the upper income tax cuts. On Sunday, he said Republicans should embrace the extension of the middle class tax cuts and take credit for it.
"That's a victory, not a loss," Cole said on This Week with George Stephanopoulos. "And then we're still free to try and fight over higher rates, offering revenue, which the Speaker has put on the table."
Some "victory" Tom. How about you grow a pair, OK? Because all you're doing is enabling more of the same.
So we get to keep people who basically pay no federal income taxes now from paying federal income taxes in the future so as to enable them to demand services and benefits for which they do not pay in a fiscal death spiral in which there just aren't enough "wealthy" people from whom to confiscate more money?
You can't tax your way to solvency. But if the GOP really wants to do "Doomsday", then by golly let's do Doomsday.
I'm okay with extending all Bush tax rates together with a Blue State punishing limit on deductions for state income and property taxes, closing Hollywood and tax-exempt loopholes, and maybe some other "loopholes," provided we address spending. We cannot tax our way to solvency.
News flash. The debt ceiling is not a fall back position. When the media howls about that, we will fold like a cheap suit.
I say package deal or no deal. A "Grand Bargain" is the term, I believe. Entitlements and the nanny state on the table, or there is no table.
If a deal can't be reached by year end, the House should pass a 90 day extension of current rates to give time for the Grand Bargain to play out, send it to Harry Reid, then leave for Christmas.
Then get the message out that Harry Reid and Obama are the ones holding the "middle class tax cuts" hostage.
Now we're talking! Throw in Glenn Reynolds' idea for a 50% surtax on "excess" post-government earnings by federal officials and really watch the Democrats squirm.
This is no time for the Republicans to go wobbly.
Stand firm. Obama's not driving this bus. Really. All he can do is sign or
veto whatever legislation reaches his
golf course desk. The
Constitution stipulates that money bills must originate in the House, ergo even
the Democratic Senate will have to accept, reject or amend whatever the House
So make 'em an offer they can't refuse. Enact Simpson-Bowles and cobble together an extension of all the Bush tax cuts, along with those revenue enhancements I listed above. Get Harry Reid on record defending Hollywood fat cats and revolving door lobbyists! Democrats want to tax "the rich", except for Dear Leader's friends. So tax his friends. Hypocrisy is defending a tax cut for Eva Longoria and George Clooney while advocating a 55% death tax on family farmers. Point that out. Loudly.
If Obama doesn't sign it, then the fiscal cliff falls squarely on his shoulders.
And if he does? Wow. We just might get headed back down the road to fiscal sanity. Wouldn't that be great?
Someone needs to bitch-slap John Boehner. Hard.
Because it looks like he's about to surrender on tax hikes.
According to Politico, Boehner is willing to sign off on as much as $1.2 trillion in tax hikes over the next ten years in exchange for as little as $400 billion in Medicare cuts that do not even begin to take effect until 2023. That's right: Boehner is about to sign off on a deal of $3 dollars in tax hikes now in exchange for $1 dollar in spending cuts 10 years from now.
Sorry, no sale. Let the fiscal cliff hit. The country voted for this shitstorm. Now it's time to pay the piper. Remember, sequestration was Obama's idea. Nancy Pelosi cheered it. Harry Reid heralded its passage. Let them own it!
Besides, this so-called "deal" is laughable in terms of deficit reduction. $1.2 trillion of new revenue, over ten years. Then $400 million in spending cuts over the next ten years (maybe). Meanwhile Obama is adding at least a trillion dollars to the deficit every single year! For those of you who are doing the math at home that works out to $17.2 trillion in new debt, on top of the $16 trillion we've already got.
Yeah, I know, Obama says he's not good at math. He's great at demagoguery though.
Everyone should pay some income tax. It's called "skin in the game". Then
folks will discover that "free stuff" isn't actually "free".
Is Clint Eastwood The Man or what?
"We own this country. . . . It's not politicians owning it. Politicians are employees of ours. . . . And when somebody does not do the job, you gotta let 'em go."
I don't care what the liberal media says, the empty chair thing was brilliant. A perfect stand-in for Obama the empty suit. Everyone could see that the emperor has no clothes.
"... and I haven't cried that hard since I found out that there is 23 million unemployed people in this country. Now that is something to cry for because that is a disgrace, a national disgrace, and we haven't done enough, obviously -- this administration hasn't done enough to cure that. Whenever interest they have is not strong enough, and I think possibly now it may be time for somebody else to come along and solve the problem."
There's the one issue Obama doesn't want to talk about. The economy. I have a Facebook friend who pooh-poohed the RNC convention as "hogwash, the DNC will be same shit, different day."
No it won't. What're the Obamabots gonna say about jobs and the economy? "Give us more time?" Or, "Trust us, we'll get it right eventually, and look, George Bush!"
I don't think that's gonna work. They had their chance, they blew it. Harry Reid hasn't passed a budget in 3½ years. The one job he's Constitutionally required to do, and he failed. Obama's budget proposals failed (there's that word again). Twice. Didn't garner a single vote, Democrat or Republican, either time. Not one member of his own party endorsed his vision, nevermind anyone else, and yet we're supposed to believe he's got the secret to America's recovery tucked into his back pocket?
Yeah, no wonder the Dems are scrambling to invent a War on Women. Except women are unemployed too you know. And women do the shopping, they feel the pain at the checkout and at the pump. "Free" birth control doesn't feed the family.
What America needs is jobs. Lots of jobs.
Mitt Romney said that last night. He's right of course, but sometimes you have to state the blindingly obvious, especially when the man currently leading the team is unwilling to see the blindingly obvious.
"(Obama) hasn't been working to earn reelection, he's been working to earn a
spot on the PGA tour!"
— Mitch McConnell
"Our problem with President Obama isn't that he's a bad person. By all accounts, he too is a good husband, and a good father — and thanks to lots of practice, a pretty good golfer."
He's a pretty lousy president though.
Here's Clint again, just chatting with that empty chair.
"I think it is maybe time -- what do you think -- for maybe a businessman. How
A stellar businessman.
And I think it's that time. And I think if you just step aside and Mr. Romney can kind of take over. You can maybe still use a plane.
Though maybe a smaller one. Not that big gas guzzler you are going around to colleges and talking about student loans and stuff like that.
You are an -- an ecological man. Why would you want to drive that around?
OK, well anyway."
And then the ghost of community organizers past must have whispered something to Clint like "Vote for me!", because the deadpan response was pure gold:
"I'm sorry. I can't do that to myself either."
And we won't let Obama do it to the country, again.
Mitt Romney for president!
Because America is tired of bending over and grabbing her ankles.