Posts Tagged ‘senate’
Today, Obama showed Americans how very un-presidential he was. No matter how a particular vote goes down, getting all mad and calling members of his own constituency “liars”, to me, is so unprofessional and so “sour grapes” that it eschews anything relating to the concept of “gracious statesman”.
After all, we didn’t see this kind of behavior with the lobbyists who support positions that agree with the President’s radical “fundamental-change” doctrine. He doesn’t rail on about the lies told by the Pro-Choice movements regarding the definition of life. He doesn’t talk about all the ObamaCare lies, how we won’t get to keep the health plans that we have and how costs will drop, even though Sebelius has gone on record saying they are going up. No, the President doesn’t angrily denounce those liars. But he attacks the NRA.
Why? Because the NRA is in opposition to the ObamaAd Agenda.
So, sorry Mr. Frumpi, you’re anger is nothing more than crocodile tears, because of your hypocrisy and inconsistency.
Harry Reid doesn’t know what sound financial footing is, but he knows a lot about dictatorships.
Harry Reid is such a tool. His latest stint has been to call John Boehner a dictator because of how he runs the House. It’s funny though because, as I recall, Nancy Pelosi isn’t exactly Ms. Congeniality herself, yet, he probably thinks she’s the bees knees.
The thing is, Harry Reid hasn’t done anything to try to start a conversation about it in the Senate. He blocked the plan submitted by Tim Geithner because Senator McConnell called it so unserious that he wanted to see if the Dems would agree with that assessment. Well, Reid made his point known – and implicitly agreed with McConnell, writing it off as a GOP stunt (typical d-bag behavior).
As for sound financial footing, I would just say, “Like what, passing a budget – oh, wait, you people haven’t done that in three years”. Sound financial footing begins with a plan with short and long term goals, but since the Senate hasn’t even taken up a budget, it would seem that Harry Reid could care less about it.
But if Harry were to put up some actual leadership ability, rather than playing his little reindeer games and avoiding getting involved, well, perhaps he would have room to talk.
Sorry Harry, but you’re just as much, if not more, to blame for all of this.
Elections have consequences.
Back in 2008, Barack Obama made a very clear "in your face" kind of statement that solidified the GOP opposition’s resolve:
"Elections have consequences, and at the end of the day, I won."
I don’t think he would have made such a spurrious statement if he knew the kind of tidal wave that crashed against the Democratic doors at the hands of the Tea Party and GOP.
So, here it is 2011 and Mr. Obama’s statement is absolutely true – however, the consequences are no longer pointing in the Democrats favor. Elections have consequences and the GOP just got put into office by the people of Wisconsin.
Newly-elected Governor Walker has proposed a series of changes that would, effectively, take $30m from the state’s $3.6 billion budget. Gone though, would be ability for labor unions in the state to collectively bargain except for wage increases, as well as forcing employees to pay union dues and require a vote to stay organized.
Police and firefighters would be exempted, but the law would apply to state and local public employees.
By the way, I’m not a big fan of things like Card Check and mandatory union membership initiatives. If people want to be part of a union, great, but no union should ever have the ability to force anyone who doesn’t want to contribute or be a part into it. That’s basically communistic behavior, in my opinion.
Democrats cry foul because they feel like they’ve been cut out of the process with respect to the spending reforms proposed by Governor Walker.
Really? Kind of like how the Dems ram-rodded things like ObamaCare down everyone’s throats and locked the GOP out of the discussion – because they could without impunity. And then, the Dems pontificate how "elections have consequences" and that "this is what we get".
Shoe’s on the other foot now. I don’t hear many of them talking about how elections have consequences now.
Instead, the Dems walked out of their legislature as a stunt to prevent a quorum and hold up the vote. They’ve all moved onto Illinois, out of the reach of the Wisconsin State Police who are at the border ready to bring them back to the Capitol to do their elected duty.
The duty that their constituents elected them to do, by the way.
In any other industry, if you walked off the job, you risk termination. However, these Dems are being allowed to hold up the Democratic process in an way that is not in keeping with the spirit and traditions of the United States as well as the Wisconsin Constitution.
Personally, they should forfeit all pay for joining the unions and going on strike until they return to Wisconsin and report for work. They should get no benefit from their positions as elected senators, since they aren’t willing to do their jobs. And when they get back, they should be publically censured for their unprofessional behavior.
The Founders would be mortified at their conduct.
Obama has no intention of actually listening to what the GOP is saying because the GOP has already been saying it – and he’s been ignoring it.
I’ve been listening to this debate regarding the re-address of the health care reform effort and I can’t really say that I’m surprised by the whole thing. It’s really a big partisan fight, when you get down to the brass tacks. And despite Obama’s efforts to demonstrate a change to the way things are done in Washington, he’s only showing that nothing ever changes. This is the latest example.
Obama decides to call both parties into the room in a make-shift summit to discuss the health care reform – which is admirable. But then, today, he announces the Obama plan, which is really nothing more than the Senate’s plan with a few tweaks here and there. In a sense, it’s "more of the same", the very thing that got the Dems into the pot of water that continues to get hotter and hotter.
So rather than actually starting a meaningful round-table about how to make health care even better in this country, Obama and the Dems want to dictate to the GOP members in the room what the plan will be. Obama has no intention of actually listening to what the GOP is saying because the GOP has already been saying it – and he’s been ignoring it. The whole point here is to break the partisan bloc and gain some sort of validation for the plan that more than half of Americans simply don’t want.
If there is to be any real reform, it should be started by thoroughly going over what the problems really are. After the problems have been identified, then we look at ways of solving each problem, piece by piece. Both the House and Senate, and now Obama’s plans have been a solution in search of a matching problem. This is not an over-simplification of the matter – it’s the common sense answer to the solution to any problem.
And as conservatives have noted before, the problem that the Dems are attempting to solve isn’t about ensuring that all Americans get health care, since not all of them do under either the Senate or House plans, but rather, the problem is how to push the country to Single Payer coverage. Progressives are all about growing government and using that power to influence people to the progressive will. A government run single-payer system forces the people to comply with the government’s mandate, which would be, optimally, pushed by the progressive agenda, rather than allowing people to make their own decisions about their source of health insurance.
If I was the chair of the GOP, I’d tell President Obama that no GOP member is going to this summit until there is a solid promise of starting over, from scratch, with an assessment of what the problems are.
Oh, and make sure all of that is televised on C-SPAN – like Obama promised.
Massachusetts has been a hot bed of manipulation as of late.
In 2004, Ted Kennedy, for partisan reasons, orchestrated a change in the law to change the replacement process from a gubernatorial appointment to a special election. At the time, John “Lurch” Kerry was running for President (with his three purple hearts) and Kennedy didn’t want the then-Governor Mitt Romney to exercise his power and appoint a Republican to the seat. So, at the behest of the Swimmer of Chappaquiddick, the law was amended and Mitt Romney could not appoint a fill in senator to fill Lurch’s seat. Kerry lost but at least the seat was safe, had Lurch pulled it off.
Last year, the Swimmer became gravely ill from brain cancer, and, seeing his own “MENE MENE TEKEL PERES” as he inched closer to the veil, prompted the legislature to change the rule back to a gubernatorial appointment, since the office is now occupied by a Democrat – at least temporarily until the special election happened. This would prevent the Dems from losing their 60-vote bloc and the subsequent derailing of the health debate.
The thing is, the legacy of Ted Kennedy here is irrelevant. With all due respect, the man is dead and if he wasn’t saved by the blood of Christ, he’s in hell, burning. Meanwhile, what is important is not whether the folks In Massachusetts preserve Kennedy’s wish to see the Health Deform bill go through, but to do what the people in Massachusetts want. But there seems to be this overwhelming push about what Kennedy “would have wanted”. I say, “so what?”. Let the people decide.
But the Democrats don’t care so much about what the people say. As we know, this health debate is all about pushing a piece-of-junk pile of horse dung through and onto the American people. Despite the majority of Americans that don’t want this bill, the Dems are willing to shovel it onto us anyway.
So with the special election coming up, there’s talk that the GOP candidate may just pull this off and take the seat back to the right side of the aisle. This would put a hex on the entire debate, since Scott Brown has already pledged to fight the bill if he is able to do so. This is a huge threat to Democrats as his one vote could cause the debate to come apart.
To prevent that from happening, the Dems are willing to stall Brown’s swearing-in appointment until long after the State of the Union address, where Obama will be able to tout this as a victory for Americans (actually, it’s just for Progressives – Americans lose big if this passes).
What’s funny is that the Dems couldn’t get Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-Lowell) to the US House fast enough. Two days after the special election, Tsongas was sworn in my Pelosi in order to help overthrow President Bush’s veto of expansion of the SCHIP program, back in October 2007.
But now, the Democrats are willing to hold up the senatorial swear-in of Scott Brown until after the Health Deform is done and passed, to prevent the debate from getting derailed if they lose their 60-vote filibuster-proof majority. I sure as heck can guarantee you, if Martha Coakley wins the election, they will whisk her off to Washington, tout de suite and put her on the party line.
What does this mean? Well it means that the Democrats care very little about the will of the people of Massachusetts, so long as it achieves their objectives. They follow the drumbeat of the Democrat machine, pushed by the very liberal progressive agenda. Massachusetts has already shown that the people don’t want the bill, but that won’t stop John “Lurch” Kerry from voting for it.
I leave you with this very poignant quote from Bob Hope.
As you may know, the gargantuan porkulus bill is sitting in the Senate and Harry Reid is trying to ram it through. It secured passage through the House without a single GOP vote, however, the GOP has at least a foot in the door to keep this irresponsible piece of garbage legislation from seeing the light of day.
But that foot can be quickly retracted – let me give you their names:
• Olympia Snowe (R-ME)
• Susan Collins (R-ME)
• Arlen Specter (R-PA)
These three are being heavily courted by the Senate Majority Leader, who is trying to peel off moderate senators to close debate and push the bill towards passage. These three are being offered quid pro quos in exchange for their favorable vote for the bill.
With a razor-thin cloture vote looming, the porkulus bill could be killed by the Senate. Similar to the $750B bailout bill, the Senate can kill the largest transfer of cash from the private sector to the federal government in the history of the United State.
So, question, Senators Snowe, Collins, and Specter, are you real Republicans? Will you stand up for the beliefs of the Grand Ole Party, or will you, for your own political agendas, join Harry Reid?
If you three vote for this bill, you should just all become Democrats – the GOP shouldn’t want you in the party anymore, because you’re RINO’s now. But if you get some gumption – if you grow a spine and tell Harry Reid where to stick this porkulus bill, well, then you’re still worthy to carry the mantle of the party of Reagan.
Where will you stand? It’s come down to this.
We’re watching….and waiting.