Dec 21, 2009 Political
Senate Democrats are complaining that they are in DC this close to Christmas when they should be at home. People like the 300 million dollar woman, Mary Landrieu (D-LA), are blaming this on Republicans. It never ceases to amaze me how the Democrats, the party in power, blame their misfortunes on the minority party. The Senate is in session because Harry Reid wants them to be. That is the plain and simple truth. He sets the agenda, he sets the times and he decides when they will recess. He has taken the arbitrary deadline of Christmas to heart and his agenda reflects that.
Certainly Republicans could cave and say let’s just get it over with but why should they? As commenter Darrel noted with regard to Franken, they have rules and he followed them (with regard to cutting Lieberman off). There are rules and procedures as to how debate goes on and the Republicans are following those rules. If Landrieu and others are upset then their anger should be directed at the spineless wonder, Harry Reid. If he were a true leader he would have told them to go home for the holiday and return after the first of the year ready to get to work. He could not do that because his taskmaster in the White House needs something done by the end of the year. Besides, Reid is using the cover of darkness to hide what is in his bill and he certainly does not want it to be made public before any vote because the longer Americans have to review this stuff the more they hate it.
Landrieu should also remember that she is not the only one who had to be bribed to sign on to the monstrosity. It took a while for her to rape the country out of 300 million dollars and others had to take their turn at the trough. The list of bribes grew as more and more Democrats stepped up to the trough to feed on taxpayer money. Ben Nelson got millions of dollars for Medicare in his state (which most states did not get but all of us will pay for) and Chris Dodd put in for 100 million dollars for a hospital. Michelle Malkin has a list of bribes that were paid this time as well as a link to the bribes Harry paid earlier in the debate.
So while Democrats cry about not being home for a holiday that is the antithesis of their whole take on church and state, the rest of the nation prepares for the screwing it will get under Obamacare.
Barack Obama said he was pleased at the progress and that the arguments that this will cost more don’t “hold water.” Right, and it is only by sleight of hand that they can claim to save money. First of all, the CBO analysis was flawed and the CBO reported the flaw to Reid (and did the CBO factor in the cost of the bribes). Second of all, many costs are added to other bills to give the appearance that this is deficit neutral. The “doc fix” is added to other appropriations (this year it is in the defense bill) to hide it. This should come as no surprise since Democrats tried to openly introduce a separate bill for the doc fix and they told us it was to keep the cost off the health care books. This will add to the deficit and there is no getting around that. The creative accounting used by the government only hides the numbers on paper. In reality, we end up owing the money and that is why we have trillions of dollars in debt. They must think we have Monopoly money.
Of course, no Democrat legislation would be complete without the obligatory smearing of those who oppose the legislation as knuckle dragging racists who don’t know any better. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) gave us the race speech when he said:
They are desperate to break this president. They have ardent supporters who are nearly hysterical at the very election of President Barack Obama. The birthers, the fanatics, the people running around in right-wing militia and Aryan support groups, it is unbearable to them that President Barack Obama should exist. That is one powerful reason. It is not the only one.” [emphasis in original] Washington Times
Whitehouse was asked about the Aryan comment and he denied making it. The link contains the video of his speech and he absolutely says what he denies.
The we have Harry Reid playing the class warfare card.
All of this to justify taking over one-sixth of the economy and raping the public. All of this under the cover of darkness because while most of us slept, the Senate was in session raping the American people. Only a few things take place at night, rape and robbery being two of them.
The Senate bill still provides for abortion (and requires us all to pay for it) and it will cover illegal aliens. These are two things Obama said would not be in there.
So Landrieu and her ilk can complain about not being home for Christmas but I say too effing bad. You wanted to be a Senator and this is part of your job so shut the hell up and do your job. If you don’t like being there then don’t run for office. I notice that none of these people complain when they get weeks off at a time or are traveling around the world on the taxpayer dime. No, but if they have to work at Christmas time then the world is going to end. Mary Landrieu did not complain about being in session while she was raping the taxpayers out of 300 million dollars.
The Democrats are all walking off that precipice that Obama said they were near. They are blindly following the man child over the edge and he will not be able to save them in the next election. Americans are fed up with this BS and there will be hell to pay.
Ben Nelson was the 60th vote but Mitch McConnell said it well when he summed up the vote:
All it takes is one. Just one. One can stop it — or every one will own it. Commentary Magazine
Yes, any one of the 60 could have stopped it but now that it has passed every one of them owns it.
There can be no finger pointing at Republicans and there can be no blame assigned to any one person because they all had the same opportunity. They might have passed this under the cover of darkness but their misdeeds will be broadcast in the light of day.
So much for this ethical, open and transparent Congress and government led by Barack Obama. It was done behind closed doors and at night but we will clean the place of this vermin by shedding bright light upon them.
There are two things left to address. The Democrats have misjudged the meaning of the last election. Once the youth, a demographic that is not particularly political, starts having to buy insurance or pay more for what they have then they will become active. The elderly who get screwed in the Medicare debacle are dependable voters who will show their anger at the ballot box.
And the last thing is the base. The Democrat’s base is not happy. Keith Olberman urged them to kill this bill (because it is not radical enough) and he made a threat. He said that if they did not kill it he would not buy the mandated health care and he urged the other “progressives” (read liberals) not to buy it as well.
When I said I would not buy any insurance forced upon me the liberals who comment here had a field day.
I wonder how they feel about their own Olberman taking that position.
I know how I feel. If the bill Olberman wants had been passed and Rush Limbaugh went ont he air and said he would refuse to buy it and urged others to do the same (and he has an infinitely larger audience than Olberman) then ole Keith would have had a cow and made Limbaugh the worst person of the week.
America got raped very early this morning. You know the rapist is skilled when he manages to screw people from both ends of the political spectrum.
Vote them all out.
UPDATE: Republicans talking about yielding time to get it over with. Bad move Republicans. You can be voted out of office too. They are trying to rape America. Don’t roll over and make it easier for them.
Mar 14, 2009 Political
The Democrats passed a spending bill that will end up costing more than a trillion dollars and in the run up to it they made a lot of claims as to why it was necessary. Obama said it had to be done immediately and promised that it would create or save (fraud alert: no one can measure a saved job) millions of jobs and that it would stimulate the economy. This monster passed even though many Republicans opposed it and said that it was full of wasteful spending. The bill was nicknamed the Porkulus bill.
The economy is not in crisis but it is in a tough down turn. The reality is that we could have done NO spending and the economy would recover. It would recover much faster if the government took a bold step and reduced the corporate tax to zero for a year and then brought it up by half at the end of the year. If we reduced capital gains to zero for a year and then brought them up to half it would have a big impact as well. If government felt it had to intervene it would have done better to have a smaller spending program with items that would provide immediate impact. Instead it went for a monster saying it was necessary to avoid a crash we could not get out of. After it was all done they started to lower expectations as to how long it will be to see a difference and then Obama said it really wasn’t as bad as he thought. They can’t cut taxes or follow what Republicans say because if it works they are done.
Now they are in a bind. The Republicans have been saying that the porkulus was full of political payoffs. It was full of things that will not stimulate the economy or create jobs and it was passed using the crisis to get it through with the purpose of making political payoff. All of this is an accurate assessment. The public is none too happy about the continuing loss of jobs and the slide of the stock market, Obama’s poll, and they are starting to get the message.
Democrats are seeing the different polls indicating that economists give Obama a failing grade and the online poll at MSNBC that gives him an F for what he has done so far. Obama and the Democrats have been saying that another stimulus might be needed but the public is not buying it. They know that the last one has not had time to work and that nothing should be passed until we see how this abortion is going to end up.
But the Dems, who backtracked on the second stimulus (at least publicly) really want to pass another one. They want to pass one with items that will affect the economy and jobs more quickly. They want to do what Republicans wanted to do the last time. They want to do this because they know the first bill will not provide what they promised and they need to do something to deliver or they will be toast.
Say no to a second stimulus. They said this one would work and Obama said it had to be enacted right away and then they said it might take a while. Well then we wait a while and not throw more money at this problem. We wait and see if what they said pans out. If that means they have to wait until next year then so be it.
They forced us to spend the money and now they are not going to use more of our money to cover their ineptitude and failures.
No more money on stimulus packages.
Feb 7, 2009 Political
The Associated Builders and Contractors today denounced the repeal of Executive Order 13202. Barack Obama repealed the EO which “prohibited federal agencies and recipients of federal funding from requiring contractors to sign union-only project labor agreements (PLAs) as a condition of performing work on federal and federally funded construction projects.”
Obama repealed the EO so now agencies can make union only agreements when bidding out the projects funded with taxpayer money. This is a payoff for union support.
There is no other reason to repeal EO13202 since companies that use union employees were free to bid on contracts. The EO prevented agencies from requiring companies to use union employees but never prevented them from competing with companies that did not.
Typically, non union labor is not as costly and bids are more reasonable. The repeal of the EO will, according to ABC, discriminate against 84% of the construction workforce:
“Construction contracts subject to union-only PLAs are designed to be awarded exclusively to unionized contractors and their all-union workforces,” said Pickerel. “Absent the economic benefits of competitive bidding, union-only PLAs are known to increase construction costs between 10 percent and 20 percent and discriminate against minorities, women and qualified construction workers who have traditionally been excluded from union membership.
“Union-only PLAs drive up costs for American taxpayers while unfairly discriminating against 84 percent of U.S. construction workers who choose not to join a labor union,” added Pickerel. “All taxpayers should have the opportunity to compete fairly on any project funded by the federal government.” ABC Press Release
The so called stimulus plan is nothing more than a spending bill that is designed to put in place a bunch of items Democrats have tried to get for a long time. Despite their assurances that no “pork” would be in the bill, the thing is comprised almost entirely of pork projects that do little, if anything, to stimulate the economy.
The bill is a payoff and the repeal of EO 13202 is another step in the process of rewarding those who supported the sainted one.
Look for more of this as Democrats work to pay off debts and to build stronger support for the next election.
Change we can believe in?
As far as I am concerned, they can keep the change.