Why the arrogance of the GOp establishment may hamstring their bid to retake the Senate

I should note that I think the GOP will reclaim a majority in the Senate, albeit a small one. But the GOP “leaders” have not helped their cause by declaring war on the Tea Party and their Conservative base. It is not a wise strategy to kick your fellow Republicans in the groin, then ask for their votes. Stacy McCain explains how Mitch McConnell should be running away in his race, but….

McConnell is consistently polling below 50 percent, an indicator of trouble for any incumbent. His Democrat challenger, however, has been unable to take advantage of McConnell’s weakness because Democrat Party policies are so far to the left — not just culturally out of touch with Kentucky voters’ values, but directly opposed to their economic interests.

So a weird sort of stalemate grips the campaign, and we await the turning point that will decide the election. The lamentable part of this situation, from the GOP perspective, is that McConnell and the National Republican Senatorial Committee have spent the past 18 months crushing the enthusiasm of grassroots conservatives, waging a campaign to exterminate the Tea Party. The arguably criminal — certainly dishonest and unethical — conduct of the Mississippi primary campaign to re-elect Thad Cochran was witnessed by every Tea Party activist in the country, Kentucky included. Every deceitful smear against Chris McDaniel in Mississippi was a deliberate “f–k you” to grassroots conservatives, courtesy of the D.C.-based Republican political establishment of which Mitch McConnell is the official leader. If it weren’t for this factor — the transparent selfishness and corruption of McConnell and his GOP Senate cronies — the Senate race in Kentucky would not even be close. The major obstacle to McConnell’s re-election is not the usual problem of wooing undecided “swing” voters; his problem is that many thousands of Kentucky conservatives have little motive to vote for him in November.


Dear Mitch McConnell; Shouldn’t we all be pulling for the BEST Republican?

Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell seems to be more interested in beating down Tea Party candidates than backing the best Republicans. Bob Belvedere, like me, is puzzled by this and seems to be saying WTF Mitch?

Old Granny Mitch has been shooting-off his mouth again.

Here’s what The New York Times reported and McConnell has not denied saying [tip of the fedora to Jazz Shaw]:

Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell predicted the GOP establishment will destroy conservative insurgents attempting to unseat a trio incumbents in an interview with the New York Times published on Sunday.

“I think we are going to crush them everywhere,” McConnell said. “I don’t think they are going to have a single nominee anywhere in the country.”

Before we get to Bob’s comments I must wonder why Senator McConnell is not more welcoming to younger, more energetic, and more Conservative Republican’s who want to serve their states and constituents. It seems McConnell is putting his priorities in the wrong order. Now we will let Mr. Belvedere have the floor

Spoken like a true Useful Idiot of the Left Republican.

Over at his joint, Dan Riehl lays out the case why McConnell’s ‘Poor Leadership Needs To End One Way Or Another‘.

Please read the whole indictment, but here’s a highlight from it:

…it was Mitch McConnell working to keep the shutdown meme in the news purely as a way of demonizing Cruz and any and all of the more conservative members of the Republican Party.

In essence, while claiming to be a good leader, instead of quickly putting the shutdown behind the GOP, as a good leader would, he worked to divide the party even more purely for his own selfish advantage. Those are not the actions of a good leader. They are the actions of a self-serving, small-minded power hungry politician who has already been in Washington far too long.

Here is what McConnell and EVERY Republican ought to do. If an established Republican is challenged by a younger Republican, fight it out. Have the debates, let both candidates state their case. Then let the Republican voters decide, and then let ALL Republican support the winner. In other words Establishment Republicans, out advancing Conservatism FIRST, BEFORE your power. In other words Tea Partiers, remember that if Republicans had held even one house in 2010, we would not have ObamaCare! Even a flawed Republican is better than a Marxist Leftist  Democrat.

Idiot Democrat tries to appear pro-gun, hilarity ensues

Via Twitchy

Oh dear.

Kentucky Democrat Alison Grimes is hoping to defeat incumbent Senator Mitch McConnell come election time, and she (or her handlers) evidently decided that this would be the way to win over potential voters and Second Amendment supporters:

Unfortunately for Ms. Grimes, all that photo accomplished does is confirm that Dems who want to take away guns for our safety know very little about, you know, actual gun safety.


Oh my, go read the rest of the Tweets mocking this buffoon. Eyes and Ears Alison, Eyes and Ears


Shutuppery works because Conservatives cave too easily

The Other McCain explains

A point I made Saturday at The American Spectator:

When so many cultural institutions, from the news media to Hollywood to your local university campus, are utterly dominated by liberal Democrats, there inevitably arises a stigma toward conservative ideas and Republican politics. When people are hammered day after day by the relentless partisanship of what the late Andrew Breitbart called the “Democrat-Media Complex,” when movies and TV sitcoms habitually mock or demonize Republicans, when conservative college students are afraid of their liberal professors and radical campus activists, who can blame anyone for thinking there is something wrong with being a Republican? Cast under this shadow of stigma and suspicion, many Republicans seem to internalize the negative stereotype of themselves, to become defensive and apologetic — “Please don’t hate me” — and generally to act as if they are guilty of doing something wrong. . . .

Please read the whole thing. Republicans who send out signals of weakness and fear are, in effect, inviting attacks. And because so many Republicans lack either the courage to fight back or the skill to fight back successfully, their enemies are emboldened.

Sad but true, we have to all develop stiffer spines, McCain explains

Organizations have images — reputations — and if a negative perception develops, that perception tends to become self-perpuating. The Republican Party is currently perceived as an organization of selfish, cowardly losers, and this makes it difficult for the GOP to attract support from people who admire generosity,  strength and success. The party is increasingly defined by its whining pathetic supporters.

From the perspective of the neurasthenic weaklings who now run Republican politics, anyone who wants to stand up and fight for principles is considered a troublemaker. Ted Cruz? Mike Lee? Rand Paul? No, the GOP leadership doesn’t want to elect people like that. They want smooth-talking sellouts like Lindsey Graham and good ol’ boys like Mitch McConnell who understand that the job of Republicans is to “compromise” by giving Democrats everything they want.

Well, who in their right mind would fight on behalf of a such a party? Who would risk their reputation, their comfort, perhaps even their livelihood, to defend the Republican Party, when the party itself is run by wimps who only care about their own re-election?

Think about this: When Lady Liberty and Sister Toldjah came under fire by North Carolina Democrats, did anybody in the North Carolina GOP apparatus stand up for them? Hell, no.

You cannot win in political combat by continually retreating. If you ever hope to win, you must first determine to fight. And once you’re in the fight, you must never stop fighting until you win.

In short, they attack us because we, or too many of us bury our heads in the sand, or refuse to rally around those few that DO stand up. Another problem is that we, as a party, are too ready to throw the “wacko birds” under the bus to appease our “friends across the aisle. Newsflash, those folks across the aisle are not our friends. The see us not as friends, but as ENEMIES. And frankly, we have to face up to reality and grasp that anyone who considers us THEIR enemy, is, by definition OUR enemy!



Wondering Which Republicans In Congress Just Sold Out Their Constituents? Here Is The List

List: Republican House, Senate Votes On Debt, Shutdown Deal – Breitbart


Twenty-seven Republican senators voted for Wednesday’s bill passed by the upper chamber to fund the U.S. government in a continuing resolution and extend the nation’s debt limit. Eighteen voted against the measure, and one was not present.

Lamar Alexander (TN)
Kelly Ayotte (NH)
John Barrasso (WY)
Roy Blunt (MO)
John Boozman (AR)
Richard Burr (NC)
Saxby Chambliss (GA)
Jeff Chiesa (NJ)
Dan Coats (IN)
Thad Cochran (MS)
Susan Collins (ME)
Bob Corker (TN)
Deb Fischer (NE)
Jeff Flake (AZ)
Lindsey Graham (SC)
Orrin Hatch (UT)
John Hoeven (ND)
Johnny Isakson (GA)
Mike Johanns (NE)
Mark Kirk (IL)
John McCain (AZ)
Mitch McConnell (KY)
Jerry Moran (KS)
Lisa Murkowski (AK)
Rob Portman (OH)
John Thune (SD)
Roger Wicker (MS)

Tom Coburn (OK)
John Cornyn (TX)
Mike Crapo (ID)
Ted Cruz (TX)
Mike Enzi (WY)
Chuck Grassley (IA)
Dean Heller (NV)
Ron Johnson (WI)
Mike Lee (UT)
Rand Paul (KY)
James Risch (ID)
Pat Roberts (KS)
Marco Rubio (FL)
Tim Scott (SC)
Jeff Sessions (AL)
Richard Shelby (AL)
Pat Toomey (PA)
David Vitter (LA)

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), who is recovering in Oklahoma from quadruple bypass heart surgery, did not vote.



Eighty-seven Republican Congressmen voted for the bill, and 144 voted against.

Brooks (IN)
Davis, Rodney
Griffin (AR)
Hastings (WA)
Heck (NV)
Herrera Beutler
Kelly (PA)
King (NY)
Kinzinger (IL)
McCarthy (CA)
McMorris Rodgers
Miller, Gary
Murphy (PA)
Rogers (KY)
Rogers (MI)
Smith (NE)
Smith (NJ)
Thompson (PA)
Webster (FL)
Young (AK)
Young (IN)

Bishop (UT)
Brady (TX)
Brooks (AL)
Broun (GA)
Collins (GA)
Collins (NY)
Duncan (SC)
Duncan (TN)
Franks (AZ)
Gingrey (GA)
Graves (GA)
Graves (MO)
Griffith (VA)
Huizenga (MI)
Johnson (OH)
Johnson, Sam
King (IA)
Miller (FL)
Miller (MI)
Poe (TX)
Price (GA)
Rice (SC)
Roe (TN)
Rogers (AL)
Ryan (WI)
Scott, Austin
Smith (MO)
Smith (TX)
Weber (TX)
Wilson (SC)

Young (FL)

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Kentucky Kickback: Senate Budget Deal Includes $3 Billion For Dam Project In McConnell’s Home State – Weasel Zippers

He sold us out for a friggen dam.


A proposal to end the government shutdown and avoid default orchestrated by Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Leader Harry Reid includes a nearly $3 billion earmark for a Kentucky project.

Language in a draft of the McConnell-Reid deal (see page 13, section 123) provided to WFPL News shows a provision that increases funding for the massive Olmsted Dam Lock in Paducah, Ky., from $775 million to nearly $2.9 billion.

The dam is considered an important project for the state and region in regards to water traffic along the Ohio River.

As The Courier-Journal’s James Bruggers reported in 2011, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said they needed about $2.1 billion for the locks due to “stop and go funding.”

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Ashley Judd just raped me!

Of course, I am being dramatic, kinda like Ashley herself when she compares EVERYTHING to rape, but I do feel violated by her decision NOT to seek the Senate seat from Kentucky. I mean think of all that blogging gold that has been taken from me? Ashley Judd was not just a Tree of Low hanging Blogging Fruit, she was a grove! Now all that is gone what will I do? And what of Stacy McCain, who has just seen his dream die?


No more Puffy Face to mock? No months of endless lunacy as she compares everything to rape? Alas, we have been robbed:

A source close to Judd said that Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes’ interest in potential race made the decision not to run easier. “The timing just wasn’t right,” said the source. …
Democratic Senate strategists have argued that Judd would be a good, if unconventional candidate, pointing to her ability to rival or even eclipse McConnell in fundraising. But McConnell’s path to victory involves savaging his opponent, and Judd’s status as an actress and celebrity would have offered him loads of ammunition.

Loads. Loads and loads. And now . . . nothing.


The rise of the Leftist lynch mob mentality

The Left has become quite angry, bitter, and seemingly violent of late. It seems that their seething anger, and calls for destroying the Constitution, and lynching, yes, lynching Republicans, especially Republican gun owners, is a fire out of control. To be honest, some of these nutty bastards make me wonder if we are Germany about 80 years ago or so. And yes, I just went THERE because when people start threatening me, and the Constitution that IS America, I tend to take them as a serious threat. Now, before you say I am just over reacting here, head over to American Power and read this from Donald Douglas

I clearly remember, back in the late-1990s, how the murder-by-dragging (lynching) death of James Byrd, in Beaumont, Texas, became a left-wing rallying cry against the purported “Jim Crow” racism the so-called “radical right.” So I’ll be waiting with bated breath for the progressive fever swamps to rise up in outrage at gun control extremist Donald Kaul’s exhortaton that the Republican House Speaker and Senate Minority Leader to be dragged to their deaths. See, “Nation needs a new agenda on guns.” After a long rant in which he confesses his “anger” at the Newtown massacre, here’s Kaul’s conclusion (viaMemeorandum):

Then I would tie Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, our esteemed Republican leaders, to the back of a Chevy pickup truck and drag them around a parking lot until they saw the light on gun control.

And if that didn’t work, I’d adopt radical measures. None of that is going to happen, of course. But I’ll bet gun sales will rise.

Interesting how Kaul calls for truly “radical” measures after that, which no doubt would be to simply kill all Republicans, kind of like how the Nazis tried to exterminate the Jews in the 1930’s and 1940’s. 

Of course, Kaul will just say he is venting, or making some nuanced point that Conservative knuckledraggers are too stupid to comprehend, but in reality, he is just allowing his inner Fascist to show through. Leftists do that when they lose control of their emotions, which are usually on hyper drive anyway. So, no excuses Mr. Kaul, you are a hateful old man who cannot stand anyone who is not “like you”!

Donald Douglas also links to Nice Deb who warns us that the Fascists are coming!

Yes, of course, we are living through fascist times.

A political regime, usually totalitarian……ideologically based on centralized government……government control of business……repression of criticism or opposition……a leader cult……and exalting the state…above individual rights.

Sound familiar?

I no longer wonder how so many people who lived during Hitler’s evil reign of terror could have gone along with the unimaginable inhumanity of Naziism. I used to wonder about it. Not anymore.

I see horrifyingly evil “opinions” expressed by fellow Americans every day on Twitter, and in comment sections of  blogs. They don’t just disagree with conservatives – they want us to shut up, lose our jobs,  be financially ruined,  or to drop dead. They actually root for Republicans to die, and when they do die, the ghouls celebrate their deaths.  Not just one or two weirdos engage in this behavior – huge packs of them do.

Folks, you can choose to believe many things in life. You can delude yourself into believing that this is not the true face of Leftism, but you had better wake up, this IS who the Left is! Saberpoint pulls no punches

Since I was about 12, I have known that the communist left was dedicated to replacing America with a collectivist tyranny.  I remember Khrushchev pounding his shoe on the table at the United Nations and threatening “We will bury you!”  I became a news junkie at 13, scouring the San Jose Mercury News each morning for the latest Cold War developments.

I never could understand it.  How could anyone believe in a totalitarian tyranny that destroys freedom, starves millions and executes millions more?  Apparently, a lot of people do — or at least, believe in their version of it.  The long march through the institutions was completed some time ago, and both academia and media have a near monopoly on the transmission of biased news, cultural demolition and the ability to affect public attitudes.  The “closing of the American mind” is just about complete.  Moonbattery blog has an article today called “Brainwashing Works.”  The author, Dave Blount, points to a sign in NYC’s Penn Station where a graffiti artist has penned “Kill All Republicans!”  This sentiment is not an isolated occurrence.  Twitchy.com reports daily the most vile bile from the left, the unhinged hatred, the desire for violence against Republicans and conservatives.   The Democrat Media Complex has created a vast swath of human botnets, which can be set off in mass to launch denial-of-liberty attacks on any and all who oppose the New Progressive Order.  Like computer botnets, the human variety is programmed and programmable and act in concert, unhindered by scruples or actual thought.

Lately swarms of human maggots on Twitter have tweeted their joy at the death of General Norman Schwarzkopf yesterday, expressing hope that he died painfully and is now burning in Hell.  They have said similar things about former President George H.W. Bush, who is in the hospital with a serious illness, hoping that he dies “in agony.”  I do not recognize this leftist human scum as fellow citizens, but as traitors, agents of hostile foreign powers and ideologies.  With the election of one of their own to the presidency, they are now emboldened to finish off the Republic, and as Blount notes at Moonbattery, are now in a rush to disarm us.  A generation ago, Diane Feinstein’s proposed gun control bill (to photograph and fingerprint all gun owners) would have resulted in widespread outcry and alarm.  A day or so after its announcement, there is hardly a peep from the populace.

The leadership of the Left bares much responsibility for this new “civility”. They have lied, and smeared anyone opposing their political agenda for decades now. They have sown the seeds of hatred, division, and they have done so with a campaign of vicious lies that have engendered hatred and bitterness in the minds of many Americans. Their goal is clear, they will use any means to achieve their ends. And yes, the ends they seek are evil. Both Fascism and Communism are antithetical to human rights. If you do not believe that, consider the hundreds of millions tortured and butchered by Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Castro, Pol Pot, Lennin, Che,and other Leftist dictators like them.

The rhetoric of the Left is rising, and becoming more menacing as their masks slip off. And make no mistake, they are at war with us, and have been making war on our Constitution for a long time. The only difference now, as William Jacobson points out, is that they are no longer seeking to hide their agenda

An Op-Ed in The New York Times from Georgetown Law Professor Louis Michael Seidman, Let’s Give Up on the Constitution:

AS the nation teeters at the edge of fiscal chaos, observers are reaching the conclusion that the American system of government is broken. But almost no one blames the culprit: our insistence on obedience to the Constitution, with all its archaic, idiosyncratic and downright evil provisions….

Our obsession with the Constitution has saddled us with a dysfunctional political system, kept us from debating the merits of divisive issues and inflamed our public discourse. Instead of arguing about what is to be done, we argue about what James Madison might have wanted done 225 years ago.

As someone who has taught constitutional law for almost 40 years, I am ashamed it took me so long to see how bizarre all this is…. Constitutional disobedience may seem radical, but it is as old as the Republic….

No one can predict in detail what our system of government would look like if we freed ourselves from the shackles of constitutional obligation, and I harbor no illusions that any of this will happen soon. But even if we can’t kick our constitutional-law addiction, we can soften the habit.

If we acknowledged what should be obvious — that much constitutional language is broad enough to encompass an almost infinitely wide range of positions — we might have a very different attitude about the obligation to obey.

These miscreants have feasted on our apathy for too long. They are dead set on turning America into a Leftist utopia. And we know, by history what those Leftist utopias always devolve into. And do not forget that there are some Liberals who are smart enough to see the war on our Constitution for what it is.


Nancy Pelosi (D)eranged. No deal on fiscal cliff without tax rate increases

Oh but of course

WASHINGTON — House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says she’s hopeful lawmakers can come to a deal to avoid a year-end “fiscal cliff” but any agreement has to include tax rate increases for the wealthy.

She tells ABC’s “This Week” that she can’t accept a deal that caps deductions and closes some loopholes but does not alter current tax rates for the wealthy.

The California Democrat says “just to close loopholes is far too little money” and other ideas have to be considered. Republicans have suggested they are open to finding more revenues.

Just so we all understand here, raising rates without reducing deductions and loopholes will not raise much “revenue” at all. What Democrats want is to keep a complicated tax code, so they can play political games with their class warfare rhetoric. If they were to simplify the tax codes, that might actually be a workable and effective solution. And, the ones that will be hurt by raising rates will not be big business, it will be smaller businesses.

Do the Democrats really care about the “working American”?

Well, as Milton Wolf points out, using Harry Reid’s own words, that depends. whether or not you work for the government. You private sector workers? Not so much!

“It’s very clear that private-sector jobs have been doing just fine; it’s the public-sector jobs where we’ve lost huge numbers, and that’s what this legislation is all about.”

Harry Reid (D-NV), United States Senator from ...

Screw the private sector

– Senate Majority Leader and Democrat Harry Reid

GOP seeking to head off Obama power grab

Darrell Issa

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Obama wishes to, by Executive Order, force government contractors to disclose their political donations before they get any government contract. The House GOP, has other ideas

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.

Cianfrocca: Yes.

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.

BINGO Senator!

Maybe Obama used all those silver bullets killing domestic oil production?

Barack Obama - Caricature

Image by DonkeyHotey via Flickr

Doug Powers  reports that  Barack Obama has no “silver bullets” to bring down those darned gas prices. Maybe they were all used up shooting holes in our economy, especially domestic oil drilling? Or maybe, as Powers suggests, it is not about silver but about gold and green?

There are several “silver bullets” to help bring down the price of gas, but none of those pieces of silver create gold for the “green” sector or keep the tax stream flowing to government, so motorists will keep being in the red for the foreseeable future:

President Barack Obama reiterated his plan to stabilize soaring gas prices, telling Americans in his weekly address on Saturday that “instead of subsidizing yesterday’s energy sources, we need to invest in tomorrow’s.”

At a time when the economy is struggling to rebound and many people are still searching for jobs, a $4 per gallon price tag is “just another burden when things were already pretty tough,” Obama said.

Echoing a criticism he has made frequently in the past, the president condemned politicians who “score a few points” by offering quick-fix solutions whenever there is a spike in gas prices. “The truth is, there’s no silver bullet that can bring down gas prices right away,” Obama said.

So far Obama’s only real solution for strapped consumers has been to tell them to trade in their gas guzzlers for kumquat-powered golf carts and to mock “drill baby drill,” and yet the oil market seems unimpressed.

Powers also points out that Obama is willing to help build a new refinery. He is even willing to shell out nearly 3 billion of our dollars for it. That refinery will be in Columbia, no, not Columbia, South Carolina, of course not! It will be in Columbia, as in Central America. Can you say outsourcing jobs? Of course, Obama also wants to use our technology to help Brazil drill off its shores for oil. Yet he opposes the use of that same technology here! He also opposes drilling in Alaska, and seemingly anywhere else in this country. Gee, I wonder if these policies might have a hand in rising gas prices? Or, as Obama prefers to say, a “gradual adjustment”

Of course, Obama tells us he wants us to get “greener” find alternative sources of energy. And, if you really think he gives a damn about Americans gas woes, recall that he loves him some cap and trade. And cap and trade will mean less “gradual adjustments” and more “skyrocket”!

You see it is about a “fundamental change” in America. A change that will force us to go “green”, no matter how much it harms our economy. Even if it “bankrupts” certain industries.

And if Obama would bankrupt the coal industry, and see prices for electricity “skyrocket”, why would he hesitate to do the same to the domestic oil industry?

Of course, we should not worry because President Obama has a vision, a vision of a new Marxist America. An America where wealth is, well, you know, “shared”, and a nation where we have economic and social justice!

Democrats to the American people

SCREW YOU! We know best, and do not give a damn about your will, or the Constitution~!

Senate Democrats remained united on Wednesday in killing a Republican effort to repeal the health care bill signed into law last March. As expected, no Democrats voted against a procedural motion that effectively defeated a GOP amendment — sponsored by Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and tacked on to an unrelated aviation bill — to repeal the health legislation.

All Republicans voted together in favor of the McConnell-sponsored amendment. The vote was 47-51.

The House passed the repeal measure last month.

But the defeat of the equivalent legislation in the Senate means that the ultimate fate of the health care bill will likely not be settled until the Supreme Court hears an expected constitutional challenge to the law — particularly its mandate that most Americans buy insurance.

See? It does not matter that we the PEOPLE do not want ObamaCare! What this vote means is that once again, the Democrats have looked us in the eye and said SCREW YOU! And remember Cap and Trade? The people rejected that too, and now, Obama has raised his middle finger to the American people too!

The Obama administration Wednesday repeated its threat to veto legislation that would curb its ability to regulate greenhouse gases.

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson said that the White House continues to oppose any efforts from Capitol Hill to hamstring her agency on climate change.

“What has been said from the White House is that the president’s advisers would advise him to veto any legislation that passed that would take away EPA’s greenhouse gas authority,” Jackson told reporters on Capitol Hill. “Nothing has changed.”

EPA’s climate policies came under attack this week when Sens. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and John Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) — backed by a host of co-sponsors — rolled out bills Monday to hamstring EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.

A separate bill will come Wednesday afternoon from House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and the Senate’s top climate skeptic, Republican Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma..

And YES, let me give credit to Democrat Jay Rockefeller for being on the right side of this issue.

Daily Benefactor News – GOP Manages To Stop Lame-Duck Democrats From Shoving $1.2T Spending Bill Down America’s Throat



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GOP Manages To Stop Lame-Duck Democrats From Shoving $1.2T Spending Bill Down America’s Throat – Bloomberg

A $1.2 trillion “omnibus” spending bill loaded with thousands of lawmakers’ pet projects known as earmarks is dead in the U.S. Senate after the chamber’s top Democrat conceded that he didn’t have the votes to overcome Republican opposition.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada said yesterday that he was abandoning the measure after several Republicans he had been counting on withdrew their support of the plan to fund the government through Sept. 30, 2011. He said he would work with Republicans to write a shorter-term funding bill, known as a continuing resolution, in its place.

Reid said the Senate would also take test votes tomorrow on legislation to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” ban on gays serving opening in the military, as well as a measure that would grant legal status to some younger illegal immigrants.

The House passed a “don’t ask, don’t tell” repeal bill Dec. 15. The immigration legislation, called the DREAM Act, would allow people who came to the U.S. illegally before age 16 and remained for at least five years to gain legal residency after completing two years of college or military service. The House passed it on Dec. 9.

The decision to kill the omnibus measure was a key victory for Republicans, who lined up against the legislation even though most had used it to secure funding for projects in their home states. Republican complaints included the time they were given to consider the 1,924-page measure, which was introduced Dec. 14.

Reid “doesn’t have the votes, and the reason he doesn’t have the votes is because members on this side of the aisle increasingly felt concerned about the way we do business,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican.

“For many of our members, it was not so much the substance of the bill but the process” that spurred opposition, he said.

Critics of earmarks hailed the bill’s defeat. “This is a great, great victory for the American people,” said Senator John McCain, an Arizona Republican. “I want to thank those that made the calls, those that sent e-mails, those that stood up and called into the talk shows all over America and said, ‘We’ve had enough.'”

Democrats, who control the Senate with 58 votes, needed to pick up the support of at least three Republicans to overcome stalling tactics after Senator Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat, announced her opposition to the bill.

Utah Republican Senator Bob Bennett had announced he would support the measure, while Ohio Republican George Voinovich had said he was leaning toward backing it. Both lawmakers leave office when the new Congress convenes in early January.

Reid said that though he had been counting on support from as many as nine Republicans, “in the last 24 hours, they’ve walked away.”

The resolution currently funding government on a temporary basis expires tomorrow. Reid yesterday didn’t reveal the duration of the new resolution being crafted.

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GOP Will Paralyze Senate Floor With Reading Of 1,924-Page Spending Bill

GOP Will Paralyze Senate Floor With Reading Of 1,924-Page Spending Bill – The Hill

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.

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Newt Urges GOP To Filibuster Omnibus Bill – Human Events

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.”

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Pat Austin: It is not just any crap sandwich!

It is a crap sandwich made with real bipartisan crap!

I’ll be perusing the Ever-Loving-Crap-Sandwich-Lobotomy-Inducing-Piece-of-Bovine-Excrement Omnibus bill throughout the day, as many others will be doing, and as I do, I’d like to point out that it’s not just Democrats, of course, who have loaded this piece of junk with earmarks.

Several “Republicans” had added their two cents worth as well, including Mitch McConnell who has included a request for “$650,000 for a genetic technology center at the University of Kentucky.”  Sen. Lindsey Graham “has a $379,000 earmark to study port dredging in Charleston.”

Daily Benefactor News – GOP Blasts Democrats’ $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill Containing 39,000 Earmarks



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GOP Blasts Democrats’ $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill Containing 39,000 Earmarks – Newsroom America

Republican leaders in the Senate blasted a $1.1 trillion spending bill rolled out Tuesday by Majority Leader Harry Reid as irresponsible and “inappropriate,” complaining that much of the 1,900-page legislation was written in secret.

“It’s completely inappropriate; I’m vigorously in opposition to it,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said before vowing that Republicans would oppose the measure without significant changes.

“No one has seen it,” McConnell also said, accusing Democrats of writing the bill behind closed doors and without bipartisan input.

The measure increases spending by less than 2 percent over last year but contains thousands of earmarks which have become a focal point for congressional critics especially over the past few years as the recession deepened. In all, the bill contains an average of $575 million worth of spending per page, according to one analysis.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., a longtime critic of earmarks, took to the Senate floor Tuesday evening to lament the bill’s scope and focus.

“While we continue to uncover which earmarks the appropriators decided to fund – thanks to a new online database – we at least know what earmarks were requested by Members and how much those projects would cost the American people if they were all funded,” he said.

“According to the data they compiled – for fiscal year 2011 Members requested over 39,000 earmarks totaling over $130 billion. Absolutely disgraceful,” McCain said, adding that as of Tuesday evening his staff had identified “6,488 earmarks totaling nearly $8.3 billion.”

Democrats countered that a number of those earmarks were going to states of GOP critics, including projects in McConnell’s home state of Kentucky.

As for Reid, he has threatened to hold the Congress in Washington until Jan. 4, thereby extending the lame duck session through the holidays, to get the spending bill passed.

Some Democrats are supportive of GOP critics who want further austerity measures incorporated into any spending bill lawmakers ultimately back.

Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri said in a letter to Reid Tuesday she will not vote for the spending bill if it doesn’t include caps for the next three fiscal years.

“I think that’s an essential part of our decisions going forward as it relates to federal spending. And without that provision being included, I will not vote for the omnibus spending bill,” she said.

McCaskell and Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., an amendment to cap the growth of discretionary spending at an average of 1.5 percent each year through Fiscal Year 2013. McCaskell said the spending caps would not apply to the military and could be waived in cases of emergency, such as droughts, floods, or terrorist attacks, but only with 60 votes.

McCain said the massive bill is not what the American people were looking for out of Washington, as evidenced by the midterm election results.

“One thing is abundantly clear to me – that the majority has not learned the lessons of last month’s election,” he said. “The American people could not have been more clear. They are tired of wasteful spending. They are tired of big government. They are tired of sweetheart deals for special interests. They are tired of business as usual in Washington.

“And they are tired of massive bills – just like this one – put together behind closed doors, and rammed through the Congress at the last moment so that no one has the opportunity to read them and no one really knows what kind of waste is in them,” he said.

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