Despicable. What is wrong with the NAACP? Racists like Ben Jealous
………………….You are not Black unless I say you are Black
Michelle Malkin was on with Megyn Kelly today to discuss the response of the New York Times and academic liberal Adolph L. Reed Jr., to the appointment of Tim Scott in the Senate to replace Jim DeMint, calling Scott a ‘cynical token’. Michelle Malkin points out that this is born out of the idea that minorities should be Democrats which is prominent in the “festering cesspools of academia” and it leads them to “denigrate, mock and insult minority conservatives.”
But she asks “who is doing the tokenizing here?” because it’s the left who preaches celebrating diversity, celebration that Malkin says is always just “skin deep.” She says that minority conservatives are really a threat to the left because “there is nothing more dangerous to liberals than the liberated mind of a minority conservative.”
This is part of the Left’s war on intellectual diversity, the only diversity that really matters frankly, folks. They want every minority to be brainwashed into the group think of identity politics.
Rep. Tim Scott, who emerged from a modest upbringing to become an icon of the conservative tea party movement, on Monday was appointed by South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to replace the resigning Sen. Jim DeMint, a fellow Republican.
Mr. Scott, who won a second term to the House last month, will be the Senate’s first black Republican from the South since the late 19th century.
The governor said Mr. Scott – rumored to be her top choice all along – has the political “courage,” fiscally conservatism and pro-business acumen to serve the state and nation well.
“He knows the value of a dollar. He understands what every family and small business goes through, and he has stayed consistent to that,” said Mrs. Haley, a Republican, during a news conference at the state Capitol to announce her decision.
“This man loves South Carolina, and he is very aware that every vote he does affects South Carolina and affects our country.”
Mrs. Haley, whose parents were Indian immigrants, brushed aside the notion that Mr. Scott’s race was a positive factor in her decision.
“It is very important to me, as a minority female, that Congressman Scott earned this seat,” she said. “He earned this seat for the person he is. He earned this seat for the results he has shown. He earned this seat for what I know he’s going to do in making South Carolina and making our country proud.”
Mr. Scott, who asked for a moment of silence for the victims of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting before he spoke at the Columbia news conference, thanked God, Jesus and his mom for helping him navigate life.
“When you start out in a single-parent household with a mom who works 16 hours a day, and you’re looking at a future that doesn’t look at bright, and you’ve living in North Charleston, S.C., you build a strength that comes from having the appreciation and understanding that it’s not about you, that it’s about your faith, it’s about our family,” he said.
Mr. Scott vowed to continue his fiscally conservative approach that helped him first win election to the House in 2010, when the tea party movement spurred a Republican wave that helped the GOP win control of the chamber.
“Our nation finds itself in a situation where we need some backbone. We need to make very difficult decisions,” he said. “If you have a problem in spending, there’s not enough revenue to make up for it. We have a spending problem, ladies and gentlemen, in America, not a revenue problem.”
Mr. DeMint, another tea party favorite who was rumored to be pushing for Mr. Scott’s appointment, thanked the governor for “her good judgment.”
“Tim, I could not be happier today,” said Mr. DeMint at the news conference. “I can walk away from the Senate knowing that someone is in this seat that is better than I am, that will carry that voice of opportunity conservatism to the whole country in a way that I couldn’t do.”
Mr. DeMint will step down in January, and in April assume the presidency of the Heritage Foundation, one of the nation’s leading conservative think tanks. He became a major electoral force beginning with the 2010 elections, helping promote tea party candidates in primaries against establishment GOP favorites, including Mr. Scott.
Mrs. Haley last week said she wouldn’t appoint a “placeholder” for Mr. DeMint’s seat, saying she wanted her pick to be someone who would consider seeking re-election to the seat in 2014.
Mrs. Haley said Monday she’s confident Mr. Scott easily will win election back to the Senate in two years.
Mr. Scott will be sworn in to the Senate on Jan. 3.
Fiscal and social conservative groups also praised Mrs. Haley’s decision.
“Congressman Scott is a fighter for limited government and pro-growth policies in Washington, and we can’t wait to see him in the Senate,” said Chris Chocola, president of the influential free-market group Club for Growth and a former Republican congressman from Indiana.
Others who reportedly were on the governor’s shortlist to replace Mr. DeMint were Rep. Trey Gowdy, former state Attorney General Henry McMaster, former first lady Jenny Sanford and Catherine Templeton, director of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.
Hmmm, tough one, there is his incredible ability to turn out bad columns on a regular basis. His willingness to bend over backwards to be the Republican the Left likes A.K.A. the Useful Idiot. Then there is his habit of bashing Conservatives that actually stand for something while Brooks stands for nothing. Smitty has a post up mocking Brooks, and there is one sentence from Brooks latest NY Times snoozer that struck a nerve.
Two things are constant, and there are three things rivaling the sunrise for invariance: death, taxes, and the codpiece-like dumbness of David Brooks:
Over the past month, the Republican Party has changed far more than I expected. First, the people at the ideological extremes of the party have begun to self-ghettoize. The Tea Party movement attracted many people who are drawn to black and white certainties and lock-step unity. People like that have a tendency to migrate from mainstream politics, which is inevitably messy and impure, to ever more marginal oases of purity.
Jim DeMint, for example, is leaving the Senate to go lead the Heritage Foundation. He is leaving the center of the action, where immigration, tax and other reforms will be crafted, for a political advocacy organization known more for ideological purity and fund-raising prowess than for creativity, curiosity or intellectual innovation.
Note that last highlighted portion. Especially the criticism of the Heritage Foundation. Brooks is mocking a group that actually HAS an ideological compass? Brooks, who has no ideological balls whatsoever? What we have is a little man with a little brain, a man who has done nothing of real note, a man who stands for whatever he thinks will ingratiate him to Liberals. And this man is mocking men and women who actually believe in fighting for their principles (which Brooks dismisses as ideological purity)? Damn that makes me angry! What bugs me most here is that it was ideological purity that gave birth to this nation. Our Founders were not like Brooks, they knew right from wrong, they knew what they stood for, and they risked their very lives to give birth to this nation. Of course, David Brooks would never take a stand, lest he not get invited to Beltway cocktail parties. Call me an ideological purist, but I resent men of honor being dismissed by walk-behinders like Brooks!
With Republican Jim DeMint’s resignation from the Senate, Republicans now have a chance to take a bold and politically beneficial step by making Congressman Tim Scott the new senator from South Carolina.
Governor Nikki Haley, a Republican, will appoint DeMint’s replacement once he resigns in April to take over the Heritage Foundation in Washington. The appointee would then run in 2014 for the final two years of DeMint’s term, set to expire in 2016.
Scott would be the first African American Republican in the Senate since Ed Brooke of Massachusetts. But Scott is no Ed Brooke, a liberal Republican who was defeated in 1978 by Democrat Paul Tsongas.
Scott is a reliable conservative. He was first elected in 2010 in the House district in the Charleston area – one of the most conservative districts in the country. In the House, he declined to join the liberal Congressional Black Caucus, which consists entirely of Democrats.
In Congress, Scott has become an influential member and, if he doesn’t jump to the Senate, is likely to move up the leadership ladder among House Republicans. Besides his conservatism, he is known for his likeability and skill in developing personal relationships with other House members.
As a senator, Scott would be highly visible. He would counter Democratic claims that Republicans are, at best, indifferent to minorities. His opposition to Democratic initiatives would draw national attention.
Scott is one of six Republicans in the South Carolina House delegation. Several others may seek the DeMint seat, among them Trey Gowdy, who represents the Greenville and Spartanburg areas and Joe Wilson of Columbia.
Conservatives are stunned at news that Jim DeMint, one of the truly conservative stalwarts in the Senate, has decided to resign in order to join the Heritage Foundation. DeMint will leave the Senate in January.
DeMint, 71, was elected in 2010 for a term that will last through 2016. His successor will be appointed by South Carolina Republican Gov. Nikki Haley. Haley’s choice will serve in the Senate until a special election in 2014.
DeMint’s departure is not only a blow to conservatives and Republicans. Even though he had said that this would be his last term in the Senate, DeMint had obviously signed on to serve through January 2017, and now he’ll be leaving four years early. What about that commitment to the people of South Carolina?
“Obviously we have a big rock star bench in South Carolina, and Jim’s always been about bringing new leaders in,” says a member of DeMint’s circle.
Happy for Sen. DeMint, and I pray that his replacement will be as stalwart as he has been.
To which I can only say MAYBE? No, definitely! I think Ryan IS the best choice, nosing out Bobby Jindal, the Governor of Louisiana. I really only have one issue with Ryan as VP, and that is I would prefer a Ryan/Romney ticket, but, that is neither here nor there. Yes, I know, the GOP “insiders” and establishment types would say Ryan is too radical as the Wall Street Journal points out
Too risky, goes the Beltway chorus. His selection would make Medicare and the House budget the issue, not the economy. The 42-year-old is too young, too wonky, too, you know, serious. Beneath it all you can hear the murmurs of the ultimate Washington insult—that Mr. Ryan is too dangerous because he thinks politics is about things that matter. That dude really believes in something, and we certainly can’t have that.
All of which highly recommend him for the job.
Very solid points, and, I must be totally honest, I think the old establishment line that goes “you have to win elections first…” is true. The problem is that the establishment too seldom follows through AFTER winning elections. Ryan is exactly the type of politician we need. A politician that actually walks the walk while he is talking the talk. That is also why I really like some other Republicans Bobby Jindal, Marco Rubio, Allen West, Rick Perry, Jim DeMint to name a few they are GENUINE! They are less political than principled!
One more point here. I keep hearing that Mitt needs to pick Kelly Ayotte, or Bobby Jindal, or Marco Rubio, or maybe Condi Rice because it would send the “message”. The “message”, of course is that the GOP is diverse, big tent, open to change, and blah, blah, blah. The sad truth is if the GOP nominated two minorities for the next ten elections, and if half the GOP members of Congress were something other than White guys, the Democrats would still say the GOP was a party of bigoted old White men. Maybe the Beltway folks have not noticed that the Left lies, a lot! Maybe they have missed the rantings of Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, and others? Maybe they have missed the vilest of attack ads on Romney?
And, yes, I must admit to another reason for wanting Mitt to pick Ryan, watching Ryan debate Joe Biden? GOLD!
So, Mitt, take my advice, PICK RYAN!
Is the Tea Party REALLY going to support this guy?
Jim Hoft has more
Rick Santorum even went to South Carolina to campaign for earmarks.
Just a few weeks before DeMint stood for re-election on South Carolina’s ballot, Rick Santorum showed up in DeMint’s neighborood to tell everyone Jim DeMint was wrong on earmarks. “Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania said the Constitution gives Congress control of the purse strings and that he supported earmarks for port deepening while a senator – the opposite of the position that DeMint is taking. But former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia said DeMint has shown “moral courage” in refusing to support any earmarks, including one that the State Ports Authority says is needed to study the deepening of Charleston Harbor.”
Santorum went on John King USA on CNN tonight and again defended earmarks claiming “Jim DeMint did it too” without acknowledging DeMint repented and has since led the fight against earmarks. When asked about what he may or may not have said about black welfare recipients, Santorum defended himself by claiming he got earmarks for a black community in Pennsylvania.
OUCH! Also at Gateway Pundit, can you guess which GOP candidate has consistently OPPOSED subsidies for Ethanol?
The Iowa Ethanol group sent this flier out before the caucuses on Tuesday. Only one Republican candidate consistently opposed government subsidies for this industry.
The candidate? Here is a clue, his first name is Rick, his last name is NOT Santorum
Herman Cain is a serious man, but I wanted to investigate further. Anytime someone comes out of the blue and sounds really good, you just know there’s something cringe-worthy or worse in their background. It’s all going great and then the candidate casually mentions how the government is spying on you through your toaster, or something kooky like that. So I’ve done some investigating, and I have yet to find anything damning. I also watch the YouTube videos. It’s easy for people to start pandering to their crowd and end up doing or saying something irresponsible. Herman Cain has not indulged in any of that.
I’m not a big YouTube pusher, but I invite you to watch this, or any Herman Cain video and judge for yourself. He says the right things, not because someone coached him, but because he has life experiences that are relevant to the office of president.
So, I started thinking about how I might rank the candidates, or possible candidates. So, here are my top four potential GOP nominees
1 Herman Cain. I have already endorsed him repeatedly, and he remains my first choice. There are doubts amongst the “smart pundits” that he can be viable, but, life is too short to listen to those folks. I think this election will be different, I do think that a non-establishment candidate can win, and right now, Cain is the closest thing to a perfect candidate for me.
2 Rick Perry. My governor has not entered the fray yet, but those “sources” are saying he most assuredly will. Perry combines a great economic record, small government and states rights common sense, a strong pro-life record, and a stellar record on defending the right to keep and bear arms. He also has the necessary charisma, and broad party appeal that will be very hard to beat.
3 Jim DeMint. He also has not entered, and frankly I do not see him running, but this list is not about that. DeMint is a strong Conservative, and will be a strong contender should he jump in. DeMint is everything that Obama isn’t. He strongly supports offshore drilling, and has proposed some common sense solutions for health care that put us in control of our health care rather than government. He also, like all the other candidates, looks far more interested in reviving our economy than “fundamentally changing America?
4 Tim Pawlenty. Yes he is “boring” so what? I do not need or want a cheerleader in the White House. I like Pawlenty, his economic policies, his opposition to Obmacare, and again, like all the other candidates his strong support of Isreal.
Others I would gladly support you ask?
Michelle Bachman, although her association with Ed Rollins disturbs me
Sarah Palin, how much long term damage have the miscreants in the media done her?
Mitt Romney. Well, I would fully support him. He is eons better than Obama on the economy. His only weak suit, and it is a WHOPPER, Romneycare!
And no, I did not mention Marco Rubio, Allen West or Paul Ryan because they have denied any interest in running, although I think they ARE the bright future of the GOP.
Another man I have a lot of respect for is looking into, well you know
The most measured Republican in the U.S. Senate, Jim DeMint (R-SC), says he is considering a run for president, out of respect for his many followers who are energeticallurging him to enter the race.
The second-term senator would have the inside track to win South Carolina, a key early state in the nomination process. Since 1980, every Republican who has triumphed in the Palmetto State has gone on to capture the GOP presidential nomination.
Some conservative activists compare DeMint to former Sen. Barry Goldwater (R-Ariz.) and former President Reagan, predicting he could quickly unify social and fiscal conservatives.
Like Rick Perry, he is an “establishment Republican” I would heartily support. No, he is not perfect, but, as my current candidate Herman Cain noted you wwill NEVER ever find a “perfect” candidate.
Republicans are working on multiple fronts to stop President Barack Obama from making companies bidding on federal contracts disclose their donations to third-party political groups.
The chairmen of the House Oversight Committee and the Small Business Committee have introduced legislation that would ban the federal government from collecting or using information about the political expenditures of federal contractors, allowing them to keep their political donations to third party groups secret. Yesterday, the House passed an amendment to the 2012 defense bill which would prevent federal agencies from collecting such data.
Introduced by Reps. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Tom Cole (R-OK) in response to a leaked draft of an executive order the Obama administration was considering which would have mandated federal contractors disclose their donations to third-party groups, the legislation is titled the “Keeping Politics Out of Federal Contracting Act of 2011.”
A companion bill is being introduced in the Senate by Susan Collins (R-ME), Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Rob Portman (R-OH).
Center for Competitive Politics President Sean Parnell called Cole’s amendment to the defense bill a “strong rebuke to the executive branch’s effort to bring politics into the federal contracting process and enable the creation of a Nixon-style Enemies List.”
I think it is safe to say that this power grab by Comrade Obama is not about “transparency” but rather about political strong arming tactics. Unions, by the way, would not be forced to give up inf o on THEIR political contributions under Obama’s vision. And I believe we all know the love between Obama and unions thugs don’t we? Sen. Jim DeMint sure does.
Senator Jim DeMint, R-S.C., sat down for an interview with Coffee and Markets, a podcast hosted by Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech. When asked about the National Labor Relations Board’s attempt to keep Boeing from building a factory in his state, DeMint had some exceptionally harsh words for the NLRB:
DeMint: I mean, they’ll lose the first couple of appeals because they go back to the board that the President has stocked with union thugs basically, and –
Cianfrocca: “Union thugs”, may we quote you? That’s a great word.
DeMint: Once this gets in front of a fair and impartial judge they’ll win, but it’s only after millions of dollars in legal expenses and several years of chilling effect.
DeMint: What they’re trying to do is to tell any company in America, don’t even think about moving to a right to work state or expanding to a right to work state or you’re going to have to go through millions of dollars of legal expenses and this type of government harassment. It’s pretty amazing in America that we’re dealing with this type of third world tyranny.
A trio of Tea Party Caucus Republicans in the Senate are taking a stand on out-of-control government spending, insisting they will vote no – or even filibuster – on any attempt to permit a raise in the federal debt ceiling.
Late last month, according to a Washington Post report, Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., became the first to declare his refusal to vote for a raise the debt limit and continued borrowing beyond the $14.3 trillion in the federal government has already accumulated.
“To date, you have provided little or no leadership on what I believe is the most important issue facing our nation – our national debt,” Moran wrote in a letter to President Obama. “With no indication that your willingness to lead will change, I want to inform you I will vote ‘no’ on your request to raise the debt ceiling.”
Then last week, Moran was joined by Caucus members Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., both of whom are now threatening to filibuster the required congressional vote to raise the amount Uncle Sam can borrow.
“That’s my intention, to filibuster it,” Lee told his supporters in Utah, according to a report in The Hill.
Lee has said he will consider dropping the filibuster – which may put a raise in the debt limit out of reach for Democrats, whose 53 votes fall short of the 60 needed to break filibuster – if the Senate passes a “major” concession, such as a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
In a fundraising message to his supporters, DeMint echoed the same strategy:
“If we’re willing to draw a line in the sand and refuse to increase the debt limit unless the House and Senate pass the new Balanced Budget Amendment,” DeMint said, “we can win a major victory for the American people and begin the process of stopping the massive spending, takeovers and debt that are destroying our country.”
The Balanced Budget Amendment, proposed by Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., would cap spending at a percentage of gross domestic product, while allowing the balanced-budget requirement to be waived upon vote in both chambers during a declared war.
While approval of the amendment would require Republicans to drum up 67 votes in the Senate for approval, DeMint insists Democrats may have an even more difficult time finding 60 senators to break his filibuster.
“Democrat Leader Harry Reid will have to find 60 votes to increase the debt limit,” wrote DeMint. “There are 53 Democrats in the Senate today but at least eight of them know that voting with Reid will guarantee their defeat in the 2012 elections. That means Reid will have to find up to 15 Republicans to raise the debt limit.”
Joseph Farah, editor and chief executive officer of WND, has organized the “No More Red Ink” campaign to bring the same level of commitment from the House of Representatives that DeMint, Lee and Moran have shown in the Senate.
Farah’s “No More Red Ink” campaign is a high-tech, grass-roots lobbying effort targeting only House Republicans, who, he points out, hold all the cards with regard to derailing any effort to raise the debt limit. After deluging House Republicans with nearly 1 million letters urging them to say no to more borrowing, a majority of the Republican members have gone on the record opposing a hike in the debt limit beyond $14.3 trillion – a figure about to be reached in the next 30 days.
“All it takes is 218 votes in the House to force the government to start living within its means right now,” says Farah. “We don’t need another phony 10-year plan. We need a one-year plan. If it means eliminating Obamacare, so be it. If it means eliminating the Department of Education, so be it. If it means eliminating the Environmental Protection Agency and Planned Parenthood funding and PBS and NPR subsidies, so be it. This is an opportunity for Republicans to walk the walk and not just talk the talk. One vote accomplishes everything they have been telling us they favor.”
Since the “No More Red Ink” campaign began, dozens of House Republicans have defected from House Speaker John Boehner’s position, leaving at last count by WND, only 20 Republicans supporting an increase in the debt limit.
The latest tally shows 142 House Republicans opposing a raise in the $14.3 trillion debt limit with only 20 favoring it. Another 39 are undecided, while 40 say they would only vote to raise the debt limit with conditions, such as agreement on major cuts, entitlement reform of a balance budget agreement.
The survey included contact by email or phone with all GOP House staffers, or a reliance on recent public statements by members. It was conducted last week.
A WND survey taken in early March showed 122 House Republicans opposed to raising the debt limit under any circumstances with 23 favoring it.
“This is a remarkable change and shows Americans still have a chance at stopping the borrowing-and-spending madness in Washington in the near term,” said Farah. “We are effectively moving House Republicans against raising the debt limit – and they are beginning to realize this is where their real power is.”
Shock the Washington establishment by participating in the “No More Red Ink” campaign and shut down all new plans for bailouts, “stimulus” spending and even the funding for Obamacare.
Since approval of both houses of Congress is required to raise the debt limit, this is one of the very few meaningful actions the Republican-controlled House can take without the consent of the Senate or the White House, Farah says.
He has called it the Republicans’ “secret weapon.”
Aleister sums up my feelings about the CPAC boycott by some “Social Conservatives”
Sarah Palin recently defended GOProud’s participation in CPAC 2011. You know why? Because it’s the right thing to do.
I like you So-Cons but here’s a newsflash… Your kids don’t care if a person is gay. Neither should you.
Palin, who has five kids, must know this isn’t an important issue for most young people. In the video below she isn’t waving a rainbow flag with an elephant on it but she is standing up for the Big Tent GOP Jim DeMint wrote about in 2009.
I’ve always thought Sarah Palin is more Libertarian than anyone is willing to give her credit for and this seems like further evidence of that. I don’t mean any disrespect to social conservatives but you can’t deny the Libertarian spirit of the Tea Party which is largely responsible for America’s Conservative re-awakening. That toothpaste isn’t going back in the tube, folks.
South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint will skip this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference, making him the most prominent conservative figure yet to express objections to what critics see as a pro-gay, libertarian tilt to the 38-year-old event.
“With leading conservatives organizations not participating this year, Sen. DeMint will not be attending. He hopes to attend a unified CPAC next year,” DeMint spokesman Wesley Denton said in an e-mail.
Senator, your absence makes you look childish, and petty, and, frankly, afraid to stand and debate those whom you are in disagreement with. This should be a time when the GOP welcomes anyone who stands with us on the Founding Principles. If the GOProud does not stand for those, then by all means go to CPAC and make your case. That would be a far better course of action than joining this childish boycott!
Republicans will paralyze the Senate floor for 50 hours by forcing clerks to read every single paragraph of the 1,924-page, $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill.
Senate clerks are expected to read the massive bill in rotating shifts around the clock – taking breaks to drink water and pop throat lozenges – to keep legislative business on track, according to a Democratic leadership aide.
The bill is so long that it took the Government Printing Office two days to print it.
The Senate is currently debating the New START nuclear arms reduction treaty. It is expected to take up the omnibus spending bill on a separate and parallel track later Thursday.
If Republicans follow through on their threat, legislative business couldn’t resume until late Saturday in order to give the staff enough time to read the bill aloud, according to a Democratic leadership estimate.
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), the Senate Republican Steering Committee chairman, vowed not to back down.
“If they bring this up, they’re going to read it. It’ll take them a day or two to read it,” DeMint said on Fox News. “Again, we’re trying to run out the clock. They should not be able to pass this kind of legislation in a lame-duck Congress.”
Snow began blanketing the Capitol on Thursday and the forecast calls for more on Sunday, when the Senate is expected to be in session. It’s a scenario that recalls the hectic finish to the healthcare reform debate last year.
“Well, here we go again,” said Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) on the Senate floor Thursday. “All of this is eerily familiar to anyone who remembers the healthcare debate. We’ve even got snow in the forecast — just like last year, when we voted on the healthcare bill in a blizzard.”
McConnell has offered as an alternative a one-page continuing resolution that would fund the government through Feb. 18 at current levels.
Meanwhile, Sen. Jon Kyl (Ariz.), the lead GOP negotiator on START ratification, argued the Senate should not be trying to rush the treaty and spending bill through the Senate simultaneously.
“To suggest that we can dual-track an issue as important as the funding of the government with this almost 2,000-page, $1 trillion-plus bill at the same time that we are seriously debating the START treaty is a fantasy,” Kyl told reporters Wednesday.
If Congress fails to pass a spending bill before Sunday, all non-essential portions of the federal government are effectively “shutdown.” Regardless, Newt Gingrich tells HUMAN EVENTS that Republicans must filibuster the Omnibus bill and not allow it to move in the Senate.
Republicans should offer to pass a “very clean, simple Continuing Resolution that keeps the government open.” The GOP shouldn’t budge, insists the former Speaker of the House. “This [past] election was in part over pork-barrel spending by earmarks” and the “Democrats are trying to behave as though the election didn’t occur.”
As reported by HUMAN EVENTS, Harry Reid’s Omnibus behemoth has 6,714 earmarks in it, totaling $8.3 billion, which would fund “pork” projects including the production of virus-free wine grapes, the monitoring of aquatic invasive species in the Columbia River Basin, the building solar parking canopies, and the harvesting of salmon.
Newt also favors the tax “compromise” arranged by Obama and GOP leaders, arguing that it’s a necessary bridge to avoid further economic malaise.
“If taxes go up on Jan. 1, you’re going to have an enormous mess in this country, and we’re already at 9.8 percent unemployment. . .
“Nobody should believe that a two-year extension of the current tax code is a stimulus. It’s a catastrophe avoidance; it’s a disaster avoidance, but it’s not a stimulus. In order to get this economy growing again, we need substantially more real permanent tax cuts that incentivize manufacturing, incentivize investment, [and] incentivize small business. Give people who create jobs a reason to go back out and create jobs.”
Given our politicians addiction to pork, it just might work. They can stop legislating and start BBQing, think of the money they would NOT be spending, except on wood, spices, sauces, and meats of course. And they could sell their BBQ and raise oodles of money to support revenues. And, to boot, the American people would have plenty of money to buy the BBQ. I mean, since Congress would be BBQing instead of spending our money before we could even make it.
Yesterday the Senate voted 83-15 on cloture for the Obama-McConnell-Boehner Tax-Pork Bill. The GOP Leadership got snookered once again, apparently telling Obama in the meeting which led to this folly: ‘Please sir, may I have another’. Barry and his Socialist pals were happy to oblige and they gave it good and hard.
How did they get 80+ votes for cloture? Pork. This bill contains more pork than a Carolina barbecue shack….
So high is the pork content of this monstrosity that the Democrats who vote for it are all in Walter Reed Hospital this morning having their arteries cleaned out.
Five Republicans voted against it, including Jim DeMint, the man who I am now convinced, more than ever, should be leading the GOP in the Senate. Granny Mitch should be sent to the Dog Track along with Crying John ‘Boner’ Boehner [who can bring his Kleenex along].
Of course, if Michelle Obama finds out about the whole BBQ idea, well……….
Funny thing about that clip, the First Lady says that kids spend so much time in school, that the government should at least make sure the kids are eating right. So, perhaps the kids are simply spending too much time in school? We could shorten their days, skip lunches altogether, and save tremendous amounts of money. Of course, then schools would have to focus on teaching, rather than indoctrinating. The teachers union would freak out too. Of course, if the teachers union hates the idea, then you know it would benefit the kids. Since we all know the teachers union are all about themselves and not about educating children.