Cap-and-Tax on the Ropes?
According to Congressional sources, the flood of phone calls and E-mails is working. Faced with mounting opposition to their costly cap-and-tax idea, House Democrat leaders have been forced to call a strategy session tonight to figure out how to win votes. They’ll meet again tomorrow at 10:00AM to push wavering Members to vote with Pelosi and against their districts. Your calls and E-mails are working. | Read More »
Crowded Democrat Agenda Gets More Crowded?
Just a few weeks ago, Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats seemed content to ignore the gay community. When Barack Obama’s DoJ began to sound much like George Bush’s, even Barney Frank told the gay community to shut up and like it. But it seems that Democrat leaders are afraid to lose an important source of campaign donations. So according to Roll Call, legislation to appease | Read More »
Rep. Tim Bishop (D-NY) Runs from Constituents
Gee, it looks like Long Islanders don’t much care for their representatives toeing the liberal line of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. And when they come out to express their displeasure, Congressman Tim Bishop can’t take any time to address their concerns – instead, he runs away (skip to 45 seconds or so in to get a quick glance at Mr. Bishop running into a | Read More »
Obama Thinking About Stimulus II
Largely lost in the wake of Barack Obama’s press conference yesterday is the news that he is apparently still considering another ‘stimulus’ bill to try to get the economy moving again: President Obama said he is “not yet” ready to ask for a second stimulus package even as polls show Americans growing increasingly more skeptical of how effective the president’s first attempt to create jobs | Read More »
Will Bob Byrd Ever Come Back to the Senate?
I’m trying to be delicate. The man is 91 years old, and he has been hospitalized since May 15. According to Roll Call, he has now handed off his primary legislative responsibility: Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), hospitalized five weeks ago for an infection, will not be coming back to work this week, according to a statement from his office. “Senator Byrd continues to improve but | Read More »
NEWSFLASH: High Deficits Mean High Taxes
This comes as a surprise to no one of course, except for an Obama administration which seems to believe that taxes can stay at more or less current levels despite their extraordinary spending binge. Instead, history suggests that if Washington wants to run historically-high deficits, then much higher taxes inevitably follow: As Blodget says: We don’t know about you, but we’re not excited about the | Read More »
Guess Which Nevada Senator is Less Popular than John Ensign
Got it on the first try, huh? While Senator Ensign’s sudden fall in the polls has gotten the headlines, Harry Reid is even more unpopular. And while Ensign next seeks reelection in 2012, Harry Reid is up next year: At 39 percent, Ensign’s diminished favorable rating is slightly higher than that of the state’s senior senator, Majority Leader Harry Reid (34 percent), and far above | Read More »
Barack Obama Sure is Funny!
All the important things I learned in life, I learned from my parents. One of my mom’s favorite sayings was ‘self praise stinks.’ Thus if I were to release a transcript of a speech I gave, I wouldn’t punctuate every line with ‘applause’ or ‘laughter’ – or even ‘applause and laughter.’ I guess that’s just one more way in which I am different from Barack | Read More »
North Korea Sanctions *FAIL*
Does Barack Obama listen to himself? We are more than willing to engage in negotiations to get North Korea on a path of peaceful coexistence with its neighbors, and we want to encourage their prosperity. But belligerent, provocative behavior that threatens neighbors will be met with significant, serious enforcement of sanctions that are in place. Does this mean that if North Korea continues down this | Read More »
Democrats Debate How to Raise $600 Billion for Health Care
As the old saying goes, you can pick your poison. But now matter how you slice it, taking over health care and creating a government-run plan is going to be very expensive. Charlie Rangel and the Democrats might start by taxing Medicare for $344 billion in new taxes, then adding a new tax on soda for $112 billion, a new alcohol tax for $61 billion, | Read More »
Great Ad from the California GOP
Something tells me that this is a theme that successful Republican candidates will be hitting on in 2010: Labor leaders are calling the shots in Washington, and taxpayers will pay the cost for bailing out GM’s health care and retirement plans, ‘protecting’ unionized jobs through Buy America, and spending hundreds of billions on public works jobs that utilize mostly unionized workers. If Card Check ultimately | Read More »
The Blue Dog Shuffle Comes to Health Care
As I mentioned a few days ago, I find it entertaining when liberals and the mainstream media question who leads the Republican party. The real question is who leads the Democrats. Is it the old line Pelosi/Reid/Rangel/Obama/Waxman liberals, or is it the moderates who worry that the voters will punish them for following a standard liberal agenda. On health care, we see yet again that | Read More »
Another Day, Another Democrat With Ethics Questions
Norm Dicks, come on down! Last year, Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Wash.) secured five defense earmarks for private companies in his hometown of Bremerton, Wash., worth a total of $10 million. Four of the companies shared something in common — they were all represented by the PMA Group, the now- defunct lobbying firm that has spurred an investigation of earmarks by the House ethics committee. PMA | Read More »
Obama Not Solving Democrat Money Woes
When Democrats gained a firm lock on all the power in Washington, one thing that seemed sure to follow was a huge edge in fundraising. After all, Barack Obama is a one-man money machine, and Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi would surely be able to raise tons of cash from industries worried how Congress might treat them. Instead, their fundraising has been lackluster – and | Read More »
Pence Stands With Iranian Dissidents
Today Congressman Mike Pence – a member of the House Republican Leadership – introduced a resolution to make clear that the US supports the brave dissidents who are risking their lives for democracy in Iran. This ought to be a no-brainer. The United States has helped make the world’s most dangerous hot spot somewhat safer by supporting democracy in the Middle East. As Moe has | Read More »
The President and his allies in Congress have perfected their argument: health care in this country is expensive. Something must be done. This is something. Therefore, we must do this. Unfortunately, it is clear that the president’s plan is too costly, does not cover the uninsured as promised, and will make health care worse in America. To the first point, the Congressional Budget Office has | Read More »
$10 Per Gallon Gasoline?
That’s what Elon Musk wants, in order to make his all-electric Tesla roadster more competitive in the new car market: Tesla CEO Elon Musk is speaking right now at Wired Live. What’s he saying? For starters, he wants to buy a car factory from a Detroit automaker so he can produce 100,000 cars per year. More craziness below. So it’s nice that Musk has such | Read More »
In New York, They Call this Chutzpah
How’s this for shameless. The unions who support eliminating the secret ballot are trying to promote their cause by linking their effort to Iranian protesters angry at having their secret ballot stolen. Or maybe I’m being too pessimistic. Perhaps Card Check’s supporters have turned over a new leaf – impressed and moved by the videos from Iran of thousands of protesters insisting on the sanctity | Read More »
Democrats Seek to Kill Health Care Program Obama Praises
Today the Wall Street Journal covers the innovative private-sector health care program which Safeway offers to its employees. It sounds like a model for how market incentives can encourage workers to live healthier and more active lifestyles: Safeway’s plan capitalizes on two key insights gained in 2005. The first is that 70% of all health-care costs are the direct result of behavior. The second insight, | Read More »
Maxine Waters (D-CA) Insists on a Monument to Herself
An incredibly arrogant, venal and stupid move from an incredibly arrogant, venal, and stupid Member of Congress: A plan by House Appropriations Chairman David Obey (D-Wis.) to ban “monuments to me” in this year’s appropriations bills has been sharply criticized behind closed doors by a senior Democrat who wants to direct $1 million to an employment center in her district bearing her name. Rep. Maxine | Read More »