I guess when it comes to being a nanny, or a useful idiot, Mayor Bloomberg of NYC takes the cake. After all, the cake is sugary, and might make you fat! You guessed it right, Michael Bloomberg, the man who thinks he should micromanage your life, has won Useful Idiot of the Month! So, we at the CH 2.0 send our congratulations to Mayor Bloomberg for a well deserved dishonor. Then again, he wouldn’t think it is dishonor, would he? Stay tuned for the next nomination thread, coming at the end of April
Also not that Conservative Hideout is one of our Blogs of the Month!
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on Friday that Congress should hand over to President Barack Obama the power to unilaterally increase the limit on the U.S. government’s debt.
In effect, under the plan Pelosi is endorsing, the only limit on the national debt would be President Obama’s willingness to borrow money in the name of American taxpayers.
At a Friday press conference, a reporter asked Pelosi if she agreed with a proposal made by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner that Congress give Obama the power to unilaterally increase the debt limit.
“Yes,” she said.
The Constitution expressly gives the power to borrow money to Congress – not the president. Article 1, Section 8, Clause 2 says: “Congress shall have power… To borrow money on the credit of the United States.”
When he met with members of Congress on Thursday to discuss a deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff that is set to occur at the end of this year, Secretary Geithner suggested that Congress give Obama the personal power as president to lift the legal limit on the federal government’s debt.
In keeping with its constitutional power to borrow money on the credit of the United States, Congress periodically enacts legislation authorizing the president, through the Treasury, to borrow money up to a certain set limit. Pursuant to a deal negotiated by Obama and House Speaker John Boehner in August 2011, Congress enacted legislation increasing the debt limit by $2.4 trillion to a maximum of $16.304 trillion In the 16 months since Congress gave the administration that $2.4 trillion in additional borrowing authority, the Treasury has almost exhausted all of it. As of the close of business Thursday, it had only another $110 billion left.
Ace wrote about this yesterday but I didn’t have time to look at the list until now. Go see for yourself. I went through it being as objective as I could about who might be interesting to watch as a young, impressive, highly touted leader of the future in the Rubio, Ryan, Christie, Jindal, Susana Martinez, Rand Paul, Brian Sandoval, Mia Love mold. Out of a list of 75 or so names, here’s what I’ve got – and I’m stretching even on some of these, just so that I’ve got something.
- Cory Booker, who hasn’t held statewide office;
- Julian Castro, who also hasn’t held statewide office but apparently is the best Democrats can do by way of a Rubio-esque Latino political rising star;
- Kamala Harris, the AG of California and certified union stooge, who’ll likely follow Jerry Brown as Democratic administrator of the state’s Greece-like fiscal disintegration
That’s basically it. I’m a little curious to see Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy, just because he’s scrapped with Chris Christie a few times. And of course there’s Fauxcahontas, the great liberal hope of the future, who’s already 63 and has run a sufficiently dismal campaign that she’s trailing Scott Brown in the bluest of blue states. Beyond that, it’s nothing but no-names; exhausted party retreads a la Pelosi and Kerry; Charlie Crist and Linc Chafee for comic relief; and a few NARAL/Planned Parenthood types to remind America what’s really important with unemployment still stuck above eight percent. That’s what’s on tap this year from the Party of Youth and Fresh Ideas.
Exit question: Where’s Andrew Cuomo?
1.) Another Barack Obama WTF Moment
2.) All The Liberal People – Sung To The Tune Of ‘Eleanor Rigby’ By The Beatles
3.) The 12 Days Of Obama – Sung To The Tune Of ‘The 12 Days Of Christmas’
4.) The Second American Revolution Has Begun
5.) Obama, Acorn, And Election Fraud
6.) Fat Ted Kennedy – Sung To The Tune Of ‘Bad Leroy Brown’ By Jim Croce
7.) Hybrid Car (The Global Warming Song) – Sung To The Tune Of ‘Whiskey Bar’ (Alabama Song) By The Doors
8.) Hillary Sucks – Classical (A Cappella)
9.) Girlfriends Of Clinton – Sung To The Tune Of ‘Werewolves Of London’ By Warren Zevon
10.) A Tribute To U.S. Army General David H. Petraeus
Maybe she’s just jealous they have something she doesn’t…
According to LifeNews.com, Nancy Pelosi is upset that the U.S. Catholic bishops wouldn’t approve if the Obama administration did, in fact, decide to force insurance companies to cover birth control, contraception and drugs that could cause abortions. The bishops say that, under such a decision, some religious groups might have to provide the insurance against their moral and religious views.
Given the Catholic Church’s ban on contraception, the bishops’ position shouldn’t come as a surprise to Ms. Pelosi – but she still manages to be baffled by their concern for conscience protections for health insurers who might not want to have to cover birth control just to be able to provide other types of health insurance.
Similarly, she was skeptical earlier this year that Republicans would fight for conscience protections for health care providers out of any noble motive. Republicans must want women to “die on the floor,” she said, just because they don’t want to compel health care providers to assist with abortions.
She still thinks that – only more so, if that could possibly be.
“[Those who disagree] may not like the language,’’ she told The Washington Post, “but the truth is what I said. I’m a devout Catholic and I honor my faith and love it… but they have this conscience thing [that puts women at risk.]”
Shame on us! How dare we have a conscience!
Another little anecdote Pelosi told WaPo suggests the former speaker is also put out whenever a Catholic gives the pope’s positions on life more credence than they do hers. Nancy Pelosi knows the personal experience of motherhood as the pope never could – but that doesn’t mean she can reject his authority and credibly call herself Catholic. It means more to be Catholic than to just attend a Catholic Church. The authority of the magisterium is arguably the linchpin on which all other Catholic apologetics hang – and Pelosi’s repeated disregard for it makes me cringe when I read a quote from her to the effect that she loves and honors her faith. I’m not saying she has to be Catholic – just saying she should be honest with herself (and us!) about whether she is.
The Nanny Statists like Pelosi would dearly LOVE for every kid to be raised by the government, the first step in such a plan? Nationalized day care!
Nancy Pelosi is hoping to regain her post as Speaker of the House and nationalize child care. I kid you not, she said that she’d like to do for child care what they did for health care. Apparently, she didn’t like being stuck at home with her children when they were little.
Last week, the California congresswoman hit five cities in five days, barnstorming for money to try to win the 25 more seats it would take to regain control. And if that happens — or when, according to her — at the top of her to-do list, she says, will be “doing for child care what we did for health-care reform” — pushing comprehensive change. …
Of the need for child-care legislation, she says, “I could never get a babysitter — have five kids in six years and no one wants to come to your house. . . . And everywhere I go, women say the same thing” about how hard it is to find the kind of reliable care that would make their family lives calmer and work lives more productive. When it comes to “unleashing women” in a way that would boost the economy, she says, “this is a missing link.”
Congress did pass such a bill, in 1971, but President Richard M. Nixon vetoed it because he thought it would undermine families and force them to put children in government-run centers.
Good grief, as if the government doesn’t already have undue influence over our children.
Government schools now teach our kids from age 5 thru 18, and you could make the 5-22 if every kid went to “free college”, a plan Democrats keep hinting at. What is next? Mandatory K-4, K-3, K-2, or how about the government just takes or baby at birth, you know, to achieve some common good? Can’t happen? You better think again
Is that unless we relent to higher taxes, which vermin like Nancy Pelosi, call “increased revenue” teachers will all be fired, kids will starve, water and air will be polluted, and the poor will suffer! Not so fast says Lance Burri
“…if you refuse … to take one red cent from the wealthiest people in our country and the price we have to pay is the diminished defense and the diminished strength of our country, I think that something is [wrong] here.”
Say, Madame Speaker, if paying for national defense is suddenly in danger, how about we just stop subsidizing businesses with failing business models?
Or, y’know, we should just stop subsidizing businesses. Because identifying the ones with “failing business models” requires somebody in an office somewhere to make a subjective decision about those business models, and, well, y’know. Connections.
Note what Pelosi says “if you refuse … to take one red cent from the wealthiest people in our country“ as of the wealthy pay nothing at all. Basically the left have nothing to offer America, nothing but class warfare, divisive language, lies, and the continued wasting of our tax dollars, and of course, the continuing spiral into Marxism.
Too bad we do not have Congressmen like Lance Burri, and fewer like Pelosi. Congressmen that realize that our tax dollars should never be thrown into failing companies because it might help Obama get re-elected. The fact is, if Pelosi were honest, she would have said “If Democrats are not willing to stop pissing away American’s tax dollars on far left ventures that always fail, then they are not fit to serve in government!”
The Occupy Wall Street movement has received so much media coverage in recent weeks that it’s nearly impossible to keep abreast of all the developments. So many endorsements and criticisms coming from all directions enter the news cycle in such rapid succession that even the most dedicated news junkies may have missed out on many of the pronouncements. Supporters and detractors of OWS both might find it useful to have a handy all-inclusive list of who has endorsed or embraced the protest.
To satisfy that demand, we hereby present a list of groups, organizations, individuals and entities that have expressed their support for, sponsorship of, or sympathy for the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Note: All entries on this list are real and verified. Below each entry you will find a series of source links documenting the support for OWS. We have striven in almost all cases to reference either first-hand statements by the groups or individuals themselves, hosted on their own Web sites; or videos of the people in question voicing their support for OWS at various Occupations; or news reports from reliable mainstream networks; or articles by publications or organizations sympathetic to the Occupy movement; or indisputable evidence, whatever the source. As a result, it cannot be claimed that these statements of support were made up or distorted by detractors of the Occupy movement.
As each new controversial endorsement has appeared over the last month, OWS supporters have dismissed them one by one as “isolated examples” that don’t reflect any overall trend toward extremism. But when viewed in aggregate like this, it becomes much more difficult to dismiss any individual endorsement as an aberration; instead, an undeniable pattern emerges.
This list is obviously incomplete; we hope to update it over the upcoming days and weeks.
If you think we’ve left out any well-known endorsers for which there is solid evidence, then please post suggestions and evidentiary links in the comments section; but please try to supply links that will stand up to any potential claims of misrepresentation.
If you disagree with the inclusion of any of the entries on this list, please post your reasoning and any contravening source links in the comments section, and we will take the evidence into account when updating the list.
Members of the media, bloggers, activists, OWS supporters and detractors as well are all free to repost this list, in whole or in part, without any restrictions. Do note, however, that it may be updated over time, so make sure to get the latest version.
And without further ado, here is…
The 99%: Official list of Occupy Wall Street’s supporters, sponsors and sympathizers
The government of North Korea
Sources: Korean Central News Agency (North Korean state-controlled news outlet), The Marxist-Leninist, Wall Street Journal, Times of India
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Despite the growing Solyndra scandal, yesterday the Department of Energy approved $1 billion in new loans to green energy companies – including a $737 million loan guarantee to a company known as SolarReserve:
SolarReserve LLC, a closely held renewable energy developer, received a $737 million U.S. Energy Department loan guarantee to build a solar-thermal project in Nevada.
The 110-megawatt Crescent Dunes project, near Tonopah, Nevada, will use the sun’s heat to create steam that drives a turbine, the agency said today in a e-mailed statement. SolarReserve is based in Santa Monica, California.
On SolarReserve’s website is a list of “investment partners,” including the “PCG Clean Energy & Technology Fund (East) LLC.” As blogger American Glob quickly discovered, PCG’s number two is none other than “Ronald Pelosi, a San Francisco political insider and financial industry polymath who happens to be the brother-in-law of Nancy Pelosi, the Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives.”
But wait… there’s more! One of SolarReserve’s other investment partners is Argonaut Private Equity:
Steve Mitchell and Argonaut Private Equity might have a chance to recoup some of their losses in the Solyndra debacle now that the Department of Energy has given a $737 million dollar loan guarantee to a company backed by Argonaut that also lists Mitchell among its board of directors.
Mitchell served on the Solyndra LLC Board of Directors. He also serves as Managing Director for Argonaut Private Equity, a company that invested in Solyndra through the LLCs parent company. After Solyndra declared bankruptcy, two Democratic members of the U.S. House asked that Mitchell testify about Solyndra. Though he has not appeared before Congress, he has “been asked to provide documents to Congress” pertaining to Solyndra.
And for good measure, it’s also noteworthy that Obama is about to hold a big money fundraiser at the home of Tom Carnahan in St. Louis:
Carnahan, a member of the prominent Missouri Democratic family, has been tapped by the Obama campaign as its chief Missouri fundraiser. He is chairman of the board of Wind Capital Group, a wind energy company that makes it corporate headquarters in St. Louis. He formerly was president and CEO of the company.
Last year, Wind Capital’s Lost Creek Farm facility in northwest Missouri received a $107 million tax credit from the Treasury Department, among many such wind operations receiving support from from stimulus funds.
Tom Carnahan is the son of former Missouri governor Mel Carnahan and former U.S. senator Jean Carnahan. He’s also the brother of current Missouri secretary of state, Robin Carnahan.
It’s increasingly hard to tell the government’s green jobs subsidies apart from the Democrats’ friends and family rewards program.
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Drain the swamp! Clean house! It takes a woman to do a man’s job!
Remember all that Year of the Woman rhetoric when liberal feminists were riding high?
Top Democrat women loudmouths in Washington would rather you forgot all of it now. If you ever wondered how to get one of them to clam up about gender and politics, now you know:
Pursed lips. Frosty glares. Polite demurrals. Icy silence. Women in politics are grappling with the distinctly unfunny choice of restraining themselves or letting rip what they really think about Rep. Anthony Weiner’s X-rated online conduct and whether he belongs in Congress. They’ll be vexed by the question awhile longer because the 46-year-old Democrat from New York City told the New York Post on Thursday he won’t resign.
The scandal presents a maddening choice for these female leaders, none shy, between speaking out or keeping quiet about behavior that, at best, is disrespectful of women. “You’re right, I don’t like” questions about Weiner, Sen. Dianne Feinstein said with a smile.
Does she think Weiner should resign? “I’m not getting into that,” she demurred.
…House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California, the first woman to serve as House speaker, said in a statement that she’s “disappointed” in Weiner and called for an ethics committee investigation. Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the new chief of the Democratic National Committee has said nothing, but concurs with Pelosi, a spokesman said.
One outlier: My Fox colleague Kirsten Powers.
Take note, Reps. Pelosi and Schultz:
Tommy Christopher: How do you view Rep. Weiner’s actions, in context with other sex scandals involving the likes of Sens. David Vitter and John Ensign?
Kirsten Powers: What I find distinctive about what happened with Anthony is that it wasn’t an affair, it wasn’t, you know, a one-time event, it was predatory behavior. And it was behavior that was done in his official capacity. He wasn’t doing this as an anonymous person. He was doing this where you have people who saw him on TV or thought he was a good Congressman or whatever going to him and saying, “Oh, you’re such a great fighter for Democrats, Congressman Weiner.” And then he was using that position to, sort of, being predatory on the internet and I can’t remember which woman said it. She said, “I just want to talk politics,” and then it started getting creepy. So he’s using his official division, he’s not doing this, as much as he wants to say it’s in a private capacity, I highly doubt these women would have been talking to him if he wasn’t a Congressman.
The sending the picture to the girl, to me it’s like sexual harassment. He’s a Congressman, she’s a student. He has tons of power. She looks up to him.
I can tell you as a woman who has received very inappropriate things from people who have more power than me, it’s very intimidating. And you often don’t even tell anybody because you’re so frightened of what this person could potentially do to you. And so, there’s a kind of harassment predatory aspect to this.
As I told Matthew Boyle of The Daily Caller back on June 3:
Conservative columnist Michelle Malkin told The Daily Caller Weiner’s “long history” of “skirt-chasing” raises more questions about the New York Democrat’s Capitol Hill sexual secrets and expects more women with similar stories to come forward.
“Stories about his hot pursuits of young Capitol Hill interns date back to 2001,” Malkin said in an email. “At least one young woman told liberal Vanity Fair magazine that Weiner hunted down her e-mail address, bragged about riding on Air Force One, and extended an invitation to visit his office in person. The photo gallery of his select group of young female followers/followees on Twitter suggests a continued hunt.”
…Malkin worries about the young female staffers and interns in Weiner’s office and in nearby offices. It’s a possibility they could feel threatened or pressured by Weiner’s advances.
“The latest buzz from D.C. Democrats is that other pictures of Weiner’s package are out there. This raises troubling questions about who the recipients might have been, how old, and whether they worked for or under the congressman (NO pun intended!). The Beltway is packed with young women dazzled by the attention of older men,” Malkin said. “As I observed after my own internship stint nearly two decades ago, some of the most dangerous lechers and creeps are not the drunks wearing rags on the street, but ‘respectable’ men wearing pinstripes and wedding rings who lurk in the halls of power.”
Self-respecting women of all political stripes should agree: Predatory misogynists have no business pretending to represent the best interests of wives, moms, and daughters in Washington. Period.
Read this from Patterico: Evidence that Weiner was talking to underage girls.
Now, there is new evidence to suggest that Congressman Weiner had intimate conversations with an underaged girl. For privacy reasons, I called this girl “Ethel” in a previous post. She is someone who argued with another underaged girl about having a crush on Weiner – shortly after posting messages such as “SERIOUSLY LOVING LIFE AGAIN BUT I GOTTA KEEP MY MOUTH SHUT OR ELSE…” followed by “I’m in love with married men, #thatswhyimsingle.”
There is plenty of evidence (as we will detail in future installments) that Congressman Weiner was Ethel’s favorite Congressman. In this post, this blog will not link the Web address that shows Ethel, together with her Tumblr posts showing her talking about Congressman Weiner. But here is a screenshot from the cache of that now deleted Tumblr account…
Go back to his fauxpology press conference and remember this passage I highlighted:
Women reporters getting impatient. Girls he tweeted are “young enough to be your children!”
Weiner denies knowing how old the girls were while claiming they were adults. Called out by female reporter.
Eupehmism-tastic: Weiner hopes this will be seen as “an aberration from which I’ve learned.”
Ruh-roh: “I never had an intention of having a relationship with underage women.”
Reporter to @RepWeiner: “Was there anything predatory about your behavior?”
Weiner: The girls he engaged in communications with “weren’t young per se.” *Per se.*
Will Democrat women wait for more fit to hit the shan before they stop playing Weinergate dodgeball?
Update: From Patterico, more evidence of Weiner’s high school girl problem. Hello, MSM? Perhaps you can take a break from chasing Sarah Palin and have a look at this:
Ethel declares her happiness, and says: “SERIOUSLY LOVING LIFE AGAIN BUT I GOTTA KEEP MY MOUTH SHUT OR ELSE…” She has learned that openly declaring her love for Weiner by name got her unfollowed before, but she won’t make that mistake again. She’ll just come really, really close.
When another admirer (whom we have called Betty) asks Weiner to her prom, Ethel mocks Betty for openly declaring her love for a married politician. Weiner ends up unfollowing Betty, which upsets Betty greatly.
Ironically, Ethel continues to write things like “I love married men” …but does not name Weiner by name as she did before. Instead, she proceeds in what she evidently thought was a more subtle manner, writing “my one true love” while linking a video of Weiner. Ethel continues to talk about how she loves married men, in tweets interspersed with others praising Weiner.
On May 23, she tweets the obscene tweet about about 69ing and using honey mustard as a lube… adding: “Ohh yeahh baby I love bdh weiner.” (bdh likely means big damn hero.)
Three days later, Ethel is quoting Weiner talking about “cape and tights shit” – a quote that does not appear to be anything he ever said publicly, according to Google. The conclusion is irresistable that she is quoting a private message he had sent to her.
As I explained this morning, “tights and cape shit” is the same kind of talk Congressman Weiner used with Lisa Weiss:
[WEISS:] hi honey! computer’s back up… what’s up with you? busy saving my country rom this f***in tea baggers?
[WEINER:] Yep. Cape. Tights. Looking for my sidekick.
With Lisa Weiss, the talk eventually turned very explicit. With Ethel? We don’t know. At this point, we just have to make an educated guess about how they would talk in private, based upon things they said (or repeated!) in public.
Judge for yourself…
NYC Sanitation Department’s Slow Snow Cleanup Was A Union Budget Protest
Student Suspended After Tiny Knife Found In Her Lunch Box
Blizzard Horror Stories In New York City As Nanny Bloomberg’s Government Drops Ball
*VIDEO* NYC Sanitation Workers Destroy Ford Explorer
Airline Pilot Has Gun Confiscated, CCW Permit Revoked After Exposing TSA Security Flaws
Obama Supported Ousted Honduran Thug Zelaya To Appease Chavez
Latest School Threat Of Weapons Grade Candy Canes Successfully Put Down
Providence Program Destroys Children’s Toy Guns
Lefty Idiot Apologizes For Saying “Christmas Party”
What The Media Skips When Reporting On The Westboro Baptists: Their Party Affiliation
Gaping Holes In Airline Security: Loaded Gun Slips Past TSA Screeners
Federal Judge Rules Liberal Fish Study That Forced Officials To Cut Off California Water Was Based On Junk Science
Emanuel Cleaver’s $48 Billion Earmark To Redistribute Wealth
Al Gore Appalled That Fox News Insists On Reporting Both Sides Of The Story
Worker Suspended For Anti Obama Email
Florida School Board Shooter Posted Suicide Note Railing Against The Rich, Linking To Media Matters
*VIDEO* Happy Holidays From The Teachers Unions
The Latest Thing About ObamaCare That Will Make You Say OH SHIT!
Attack Of The New York City Recycling Police
Lame-Duck Dems Shove Illegal Alien Amnesty Bill Through House
At 11.7% unemployment, LA Bans New Fast Food Jobs- Aka Businesses – Again
*VIDEO* Your Daley Gator Barack Obama ‘Dumber Than Dirt’ Quote Of The Week
Democrats Plan To Shove Over 100 Bills Down America’s Throat Before Lame-Duck Session Ends
Ah Yes, Tis The Season For Political Correctness
Obama Food Nazis Strike Again
Federal Reserve Reveals Trillions Dished Out To World Banks To Aid Financial Crisis
Obama’s IRS Accused Of Targeting Jews – WorldNetDaily
*VIDEO* Yes Folks, Leftists Really Are THIS Stupid
*VIDEO* Leftist Stormtroopers Scramble To Prevent Citizen Journalist From Recording Communist 9/11 Truther Van Jones At Public Event
Smithsonian Christmas-Season Exhibit Features Ant-Covered Jesus, Naked Brothers Kissing, Genitalia, And Ellen DeGeneres Grabbing Her Breasts
*VIDEO* Harry Reid Opens Lame Duck Senate Session With Rambling, 5-Minute Football Story
18 Former ACORN Workers Have Been Convicted Or Admitted Guilt In Election Fraud
TSA Worker Arrested For Kidnapping And Rape Had Prior Convictions For Harassment And Stalking
6 Arrested After New Jersey Anti-Violence March Turns Violent
*VIDEOS* More TSA Horror Stories
TSA Pat-Down Leaves Cancer Survivor Covered In Urine, Humiliated
TSA Makes Cancer Survivor Remove Her Prosthetic Breast
TSA Defends ‘Strip Search’ Of Little Boy At Airport
EPA Could Destroy 7.3 Million Jobs
Obama Fails To Salute Medal Of Honor Recipient At Ceremony
Obama’s Ex-Car Czar Sued By Cuomo, Settles With SEC
Elderly Woman Describes Sexual Assault By TSA In St. Louis: “I Was Shaking And Crying… I likened It To Being Raped”
Bomb Case Blows Up In Feds’ Face
Government Made $125 Billion In Improper Payments Last Year
Student Body President In CA Is Illegal Alien
Government Employees Owe Billions In Delinquent Taxes
Rangel Convicted On 11 Counts Of Rule Violations
TSA Now Putting Hands Down Fliers’ Pants
TSA To Investigate Body Scan Resister
Democrat Deval Patrick To Push For In-State Tuition For Illegals
California Supreme Court Upholds In-State Tuition For Illegals
Ethics Panel Accepts Case Against Rangel
Open-Borders Group ‘One America Votes’ Operated Illegal Political Committee
Newest Target Of Nanny Staters? Circumcisions!
Planned Parenthood Got $349.6 Million In Tax Dollars, Performed 324,008 Abortions, Paid Its President $385,163
Federal Judges Deny 63% Of Deportation Requests
Home Sales Fall 25%
Leftist Judge Blocks Oklahoma Ban On Shariah Law
SEIU Affiliate Accused Of Illegally Punishing Employees Who Opposed Union
Alaska State Contractor Caught On Tape Telling Employees To Vote For Murkowski
Government Wastes $700,000 On Cow-Burps Study
The Fed’s $600 Billion Plan For Economic Suicide
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Oil Hits Six-Month Peaks On Falling Dollar, Fed Move
CAIR Sues Oklahoma For Banning Islamic Law
Tea Party Candidate Miller Outraged After Reporters Leave Accidental Voicemail Likening His Supporters To Child Molesters
Personal Income Drops For First Time In 14 Months, Spending Slows
Jerry Brown On His First Gubernatorial Campaign: ‘It’s All A Lie… I didn’t Have A Plan For California’
Democrat Commissioner, Aide Arrested On Voter Fraud Charges
Foreclosure Crisis Worsens In Most U.S. Metros
Democrat Patrick Murphy’s Campaign Linked To Fictitious Voter Office Scandal
Leftist Ninth Circuit Overturns Arizona’s Proof Of Citizenship Requirement For Voter Registration
Ballot Machine Repeatedly Displays Democrats Chosen When Voter Picks Republicans
Public Employee Unions Funnel Public Money To Dems
Denver GOP Headquarters Vandalized Twice In One Weekend
Obama’s Approval Rating Plummets To 37 Percent
Harry Reid’s Name Pre-Checked On Boulder City Ballots
Democrat Alex Sink Caught Cheating At Florida Gubernatorial Debate
Debt Has Increased $5 Trillion Since Speaker Pelosi Vowed, ‘No New Deficit Spending’
EPA Seeks “Environmental Justice” Coordinator With Salary Ranging $53K-$84K… No Degree Required
Illinois League Of Women Voters Big Shot Who Bashed Pledge Of Allegiance, Is Former ACORN Worker
SEIU Offshoot ‘Mi Familia Vota’ Caught With 6,000 Bogus Colorado Voter Registrations
Democrat Senate Candidate Suspected Of Obstruction Of Justice In Brother’s Drug Case
Michelle Obama To Meet With Commercial Sex Workers In India
Illegal Aliens Canvass For Votes In Washington State
Man Fired For Wearing Bush Sweatshirt At Obama Rally
Arizona Group Accused Of Massive Voter Fraud Is Offshoot Of SEIU
Barney Frank Rakes In $40,000 From Bailed Out Banks
Obama’s Approval Rating At New Low In Most Recent Quarter
Democrat Mayor Resigns After Being Arrested For Purse-Snatching, Assault
Cafe Owner Ordered To Remove Extractor Fan Because Neighbor Claimed ‘Smell Of Frying Bacon Offends Muslims’
Justice Dept Report: Computer System For FBI Records $100M Over Budget, Far From Completion
Pa. Democrat Admits Helping Fake Tea Party Candidate
Chris Coons Was Sued Three Times For Retaliating Against Public Employees For Their Political Views
Obama Rules That SEIU’s Lawbreaking Is OK With Him
The Code Pink Killing Fields: How Far Left Activists & Barbara Boxer Aided Enemy Agents In Iraq
Democrats Attempt To Bribe Seniors With $250 Social Security Checks
Lisa Murkowksi Funded By ‘Rent-An-Eskimo’ Racket
Howard Dean: ‘Elections Are Not The Time To Educate People’
Democrats Busing Students To Polls During School Hours
Obama’s Budget Deficit: Still $1.3 Trillion
EPA Moves Closer To Spruce Mine Veto, Costing West Virginia Hundreds Of Jobs And Millions In Revenue
First Lady Breaks Law By Campaigning In Polling Place
Obamacare Mandates Result In 47 Percent Hikes In Insurance Costs In Connecticut
Military Ballots May Not Count In Illinois
Jobless Claims, Inflation, Trade Deficit Each Surge Higher
Maine Democrat’s Elitist Hypocrisy Exposed
U.S. Cities Face Half A Trillion Dollars In Pension Deficits
Leftist Judge Orders Military To Stop Enforcing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’
Obama Administration Gave General Electric $24.9 Million In ‘Stimulus’ Grants
Barabara Boxer Apprioved Code Pink Trip To Fallujah To Donate $600,000 To Extremists Who Murdered U.S. Soldiers
New York Fails To Mail Ballots To Active Military, DOJ Yet To Act
Senior Citizens Brace For Social Security Freeze
How GM “Lied” About The Electric Car
Federal Government Spends $918,856 On Bar Fight Study
Democrats Unleash IRS, Justice On Donors To Their Political Opponents
Democrat Congresswoman Favors Terror Blindfold – American Thinker
National Organization For Women: Meg Whitman Is A Whore
Leftist Judge Approves ‘One Of The Most Oppressive Measures In History’
California Board Overestimated Pollution By 340 Percent To Pass Landmark Air Standards
Democrat Congressman Recruited Fake Tea Party Candidate To Confuse Conservatives
Obama Heckled At Bowie State: “You’re A Liar!”
Treasury Watchdog Launches Probe Into Whether Administration Spied On Conservative Billionaires’ Taxes
Private Sector Sheds 49,000 Jobs, ADP Says
Error By Trial: Very First Guantanamo Case In Civilian Court Is An Instant Disaster
Fresh Subpoenas Issued In John Edwards Hush Cash Inquiry
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Press coverage of the budget frenzy on Capitol Hill has suggested that pork-barrel earmark spending is still a bipartisan problem, that after months of self-righteous rhetoric about fiscal discipline, Republicans and Democrats remain equal-opportunity earmarkers.
It’s not true. A new analysis by a group of federal-spending watchdogs shows a striking imbalance between the parties when it comes to earmark requests. Democrats remain raging spenders, while Republicans have made enormous strides in cleaning up their act. In the Senate, the GOP made only one-third as many earmark requests as Democrats for 2011, and in the House, Republicans have nearly given up earmarking altogether – while Democrats roll on.
The watchdog groups – Taxpayers for Common Sense, WashingtonWatch.com, and Taxpayers Against Earmarks – counted total earmark requests in the 2011 budget. Those requests were made by lawmakers earlier this year, but Democratic leaders, afraid that their party’s spending priorities might cost them at the polls, decided not to pass a budget before the Nov. 2 elections. This week, they distilled those earmark requests – threw some out, combined others – into the omnibus bill that was under consideration in the Senate until Majority Leader Harry Reid pulled it Thursday night. While that bill was loaded with spending, looking back at the original earmark requests tells us a lot about the spending inclinations of both parties.
In the 2011 House budget, the groups found that House Democrats requested 18,189 earmarks, which would cost the taxpayers a total of $51.7 billion, while House Republicans requested just 241 earmarks, for a total of $1 billion.
Where did those GOP earmark requests come from? Just four Republican lawmakers: South Carolina Rep. Henry Brown, who did not run for re-election this year; Louisiana Rep. Joseph Cao, who lost his bid for re-election; maverick Texas Rep. Ron Paul; and spending king Rep. Don Young of Alaska. The other Republican members of the House – 174 of them – requested a total of zero earmarks.
Talk to Republicans, and they’ll say it would be nice if there were no earmark requests at all, but party leaders can’t control everybody. “Brown’s retiring, Cao’s defeated, Paul is Paul and Young is Young,” one GOP aide shrugs. Still, the bottom line is that the House GOP’s nearly perfect renunciation of earmarks is striking. “For a voluntary moratorium, it was impressive that there were only four scofflaws,” says Steve Ellis of Taxpayers for Common Sense.
The Senate is a different story. But even though some Republicans are still seeking earmarks, Democrats are by far the bigger spenders. The watchdog groups found that Democrats requested 15,133 earmarks for 2011, for a total of $54.9 billion, while Republicans requested 5,352 earmarks, for a total of $22 billion.
If you look at the top 10 Senate earmarkers as measured by the total dollar value of earmarks requested, there are seven Democrats and three Republicans. (The leader of the pack is Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, who requested $4.4 billion in earmarks.) The three Republicans are Sens. Roger Wicker, Sam Brownback and Thad Cochran. One of them, Brownback, is leaving the Senate, while the other two are from Mississippi, which is apparently earmark heaven.
Go down the list a bit more and the party differences are just as clear. Of the top 50 earmarkers in the Senate, 38 are Democrats and 12 are Republicans. And at the bottom of the list, you’ll find that the lawmakers who requested few earmarks for relatively small amounts of money are mostly Republicans. And, of course, the senators who have sworn off earmarks entirely (and are trying to convince the rest of the Senate to go along) are Republicans, too.
You’d think that President Obama would be siding with those lawmakers, both House and Senate, in the fight against earmarks. “I agree with those Republican and Democratic members of Congress who’ve recently said that in these challenging days, we can’t afford what are called earmarks,” the president said in his Nov. 13 radio address. Instead, Obama pushed the Senate to approve the earmark-laden Democratic spending bill.
No matter. The story of earmarks in the past year is one of Republican self-improvement. The party that wallowed in earmark spending in the past decade is trying to reform itself. In the House especially, their efforts have led to notable success, but they’re making progress in the Senate, too. Perhaps the reforms will be temporary – beginning next year, Republicans will control the House and feel all the temptations of power – but so far, it’s a remarkable accomplishment.
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