EDITOR OF REDSTATE
Morning Briefing for March 1, 2010
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Late last week, while most Americans were watching the Olympics, Senator Jim Bunning (R-KY) was standing strong for the American people on the floor of the United States Senate. Oh, it won’t be portrayed as such – believe me. But when no other Senator, including anyone in Republican leadership, would stand up, Senator Bunning took to the floor to object to a unanimous consent request to call up and pass the House-passed extension of a number of expiring so-called “stimulus” and other benefit programs, because Bunning dared to ask the simple question of how these extensions would be paid for.
Now, to be fair, Senator Bob Corker did come down to help Senator Bunning – basically saying he would stay on the floor to help defend Bunning’s right to object, and he deserves credit for that. But Bunning was the loan objector. And he did so because these “temporary” extensions have been rolling now month after month with no effort to pay for them. Moreover, Democrats are designating the extensions as “emergency” spending so that they can avoid complying with the very “PAYGO” requirements for which they love to path themselves on the back. Included, of course, is the unemployment insurance extension as well as an extension for COBRA coverage, but in addition, are extensions of the highway trust fund, satellite television and other expenditures.
Senator Bunning’s refusal to acquiesce caused quite a few heated exchanges on the Senate floor, according to Politico, culminating in Senator Bunning muttering “tough sh*t” from his Senate seat after being berated by Democrats for a few hours.
The first part of the title to this post is a very common phrase amongst conservative circles. In it’s simplest form, the phrase means that as long as we can improve the general economy we will improve the lot of everyone actively involved in the economy. Generally, this statement is true. A growing economy grows total compensation for workers at all levels. The phrase is incomplete though. You can’t artificially raise the tide. You’ll drown a lot of boats.
The Obama Administration is set to do just that.
So they can spend that money right here on Earth:
“Revised projections now show that about 23,000 workers at and around Kennedy Space Center will lose their jobs because of the shuttles’ retirement and the new proposal to cancel the development of new rockets and spacecraft.”
You know, I hate it, absolutely hate it, when leftists hijack quotes from the truly great people from history. They’ve lifted sayings from Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, and others in order to make it appear our Founding Fathers would be very much against the way the U.S. has fought the war against the terrorists who perpetrated the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America. Of course, most Americans have seen these attempts as nothing more than spin by the leftists; because, in reality, that is all the left has, spin.
Today’s New York Times will contain a long and rambling missive from the Goreacle, who has hijacked this quote from the great Winston Churchill: “Sometimes doing your best is not good enough. Sometimes, you must do what is required.” First, this is the quote: “It’s not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what’s required.” (You figure the guy who invented the Internet could have found the right quote on Google; but I digress.) Second, Gore attempts to spin the quote to justify the economic destruction of the United States in order to stop the completely unproven theory of man-made global warming. To steal the words of Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), I would say to Gore “You lie!!!”
Worse yet, Gore’s tirade reads like a homily given by a preacher to his congregation.
Now that the feel good politics of the Blair House bipartisan Summit is over, the left is gearing up to lie and cheat their way to victory. Now claim may be bold, yet it is objectively true. The left is lying about the American people’s opinions on ObamaCare and they are cheating to get the bill passed. The next few weeks will determine whether the American people get ObamaCare passed against their will with no opportunity for a minority number of Members of Congress to protect the will of a majority of Americans.
It’s interesting to see the difference between intent and result in this Washington Post article on a quote-unquote ‘Coffee Party’ that’s ready to take to the streets on behalf of the Left. It’s not really quotable, but the gist of the article is that there’s this movement that showed up in reaction to the Tea Party folks and is trying to duplicate their success. Slow going, but it’s early days – and besides, aren’t both groups looking for the same thing, really?
Remember when Obama made that speech about all those marginalized people who distrusted all the good things government could do for them and therefore headed out to the remote wilderness away from civilization where they could bitterly cling to their guns and religion? Unbeknownst to Obama, he was describing the majority of Americans. Note especially how even independents break on this question:
“A majority of Americans think the federal government poses a threat to rights of Americans, according to a new national poll.
“Fifty-six percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday say they think the federal government’s become so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens. Forty-four percent of those polled disagree.”
From Sunday: He is a sitting United States Senator. He’s been around for decades. That means nothing this year. From the Governor to Congressmen to the legislature, Republicans in Utah have decided to sit this one out.
From Saturday: “Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah, backed an individual mandate as part of a bipartisan health reform bill he pushed with Democratic Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden. Their bill had a handful of other Republican sponsors as well.”
From Friday: Bob Bennett, when asked about the constitution, once referred to it as “an outmoded document from an agrarian society.”