Maybe We Really Do Need a Third Party
“The problem for the GOP is that it is in danger of fracturing, not because it has moved so far right, but because it refuses to actually practice what it preaches.” Senator Max Baucus of Montana receives campaign donations from the parent company of Phillip Morris. Senator Baucus then puts a provision in the highway transportation bill banning roll your own cigarette operations, a business | Read More »
I’m Not Down on John Roberts
Having gone through the opinion, I am not going to beat up on John Roberts. I am disappointed, but I want to make a few points. First, I get the strong sense from a few anecdotal stories about Roberts over the past few months and the way he has written this opinion that he very, very much was concerned about keeping the Supreme Court above | Read More »
More Evidence the GOP is Not Serious About Spending
I have repeatedly bemoaned the Republicans (and Democrats) for not doing enough to cut spending. Sixteen trillion dollars in debt and rising. Trillion dollar deficits. Billions of dollars spent every day. Well, the incredibly resourceful Club for Growth is out with another look at the GOP and Democrats’ commitment to cutting spending this morning, and it isn’t pretty. The Club has compiled a mini-scorecard of | Read More »
The 911 Call and 80+ Members of Congress
As most of you know, my family was swatted on May 27, 2012. The police, at the time, told me they were responding to a 911 call about an accidental shooting. I now have the 911 call. It turns out that the call was not about an accidental shooting. The caller said I had shot my wife, she was dead on the floor in front | Read More »
Congress to Examine “Inappropriate” and “Devastating” Use of “Geronimo” Codename in bin Laden Mission
As if Congress had nothing more important to do, ABC News brings us word that Congress will hold hearings on the use of the code name Geronimo as a reference to Osama Bin Laden. “The hearing was scheduled well before the Osama bin Laden operation became news, but the concerns over the linking of the name of Geronimo, one of the greatest Native American heroes, | Read More »
Congress is Taking a Vacation
Jim Moran (D-VA) says that if the government shuts down (or not), Congress is going to go on a two week vacation. Barack Obama has decided to go off on a mini-vacation already. In other words, Moran wants you to think it’ll be two weeks before the government opens back up. Not really. The Speaker and Senate Majority Leader or the President himself can call | Read More »
Eight Days Left. Here’s a List of Candidates to Choose From.
Here is how things are shaping up — in order. I have prepared the chart below, though truth be told, Club For Growth did all the leg work. I just plugged in websites. I left off the likely D and long shot races to focus on the seriously viable races. There are a lot of them. We only need 39 and there are 37 lean | Read More »
Lame Duck Session Is Happening
The Deficit Reduction Commission will have its proposals back as soon as the election is over. It is intentional. They don’t want to drop off a politically unpopular set of proposals before the election, lest voters reject people who support them. Instead, they’ll have the package of tax increases out right after the election. Congress will have a lame duck session to vote on them, | Read More »
Why are we paying for Congress’s laundry?
Earl Glynn has a fascinating look at congressional expenditures that taxpayers are paying for. Guam’s Delegate, for example, had all of us pick up $6,090.00 in food expenditures in Guam. Madeleine Bordalio may have no vote in Congress, but she can stick it to the taxpayers nonetheless. There’s also an $8.80 laundry bill taxpayers paid for and a whole lot more. Most interesting to me | Read More »
Put down the protest signs and pick up the campaign signs
Reasons like this are why Mark Tapscott is worth always reading. Being nonpartisan, the Tea Party movement must identify and encourage like-minded candidates in both major parties. That means a Tea Party Movement Seal of Approval, or a Tea Party Pledge, to point voters of all stripes to the new blood needed to replace the current calcified cast of establishment insiders running Congress. Most Americans | Read More »
Barack Obama’s Worst Nightmare
Reading this post by Mickey Kaus made me realize something. The idea of postponing health care reform–until, say, the economy improves– doesn’t seem appealing to many Democrats now. But it might soon. The problem, as Michael Goodwin’s recent column points out, is that the issues waiting in the wings–should health care leave the stage–are even worse, from the Democrats’ political perspective. Cap and trade, immigration legalization, | Read More »
CBO Tells Congress That Should Obamacare “Work”, It’ll Drive Up Costs
There is a new pro-Obamacare ad out by a group called “Americans for Stable Quality Care.” You can see the ad here. The ad asks “what does health insurance reform mean for you?” One of the points is “a focus on preventing illness before it strikes.” There’s a problem with that. According to the Congressional Budget Office, preventative care will drive up the costs of | Read More »
Where is your Townhall?
We’re going to lock this calendar at the top of the site. I’m compiling all the townhalls into it. Until it is locked up top, you can view it in this post. I’ll be adding a heck of a lot more data tomorrow.
Is Healthcare Back On?
Head’s up: there is a rumor circulating in the House of Representatives that enough Blue Dogs have caved on health care for Nancy Pelosi to get the bill to the floor this week. The memo to Republicans assuring them there’d be no vote could have been a ruse to turn down constituent heat enough. Democrats are growing fearful that August recess will turn the Blue | Read More »
You’ll lose 5 key freedoms under Obama’s health care plan
This is your must read article on healthcare. According to Fortune magazine, there are five freedoms that you have now that the Democrats in Congress intend to take away from you. These are in the actual legislation. Freedom to choose what’s in your plan Freedom to be rewarded for healthy living, or pay your real costs Freedom to choose high-deductible coverage Freedom to keep your | Read More »
Obamacare Delenda Est
Nancy Pelosi intends to push H.R. 3200, the Democrats’ plan to socialize American healthcare, to the floor this week for votes. We must bring every ounce of possible pressure to bear on members of Congress this week. I’ve made it easy. Go here to get your Congressman’s district office phone number. Call and demand that your congressman vote no on H.R. 3200, the Democrats’ healthcare | Read More »
Target These Representatives and Call NOW
The Blue Dog Democrats are wavering on supporting H.R. 2346, the 2009 Supplemental Appropriations Act. How do I know? Sources tell me Rahm Emanuel is trying to sweeten the package. Remember: H.R. 2346, the 2009 Supplemental Appropriations Act, will provide funds to the International Monetary Fund to bail out European banks. We can stop it. Target their home offices. Below, find your state, find your | Read More »
Las Vegas is so gay: Congress at work
Disney, unhappy with a drop off in tourism, has come up with a novel idea to get people to go see the rat and his minion in Florida: tax them. Jeff Birnbaum, writing in the Washington Post last year, did a stunning job capturing just what an astroturf campaign the tourism industry has created in Congress. It is widely accepted at Disney — if not | Read More »
Congress votes to protect pedophiles, but not veterans
This is really kind of mind numbing and demonstrates what is wrong with Congress. During a House Judiciary Committee meeting, Congressman Steve King (R-IA) offered up an amendment to the hate crimes bill to exclude pedophiles from being a protected category under the hate crimes legislation. Every single Democrat voted it down. In the same meeting, Congressman Tom Rooney (R-FL) offered an amendment to include | Read More »
Pedophiles, But Not Veterans
The U.S. House of Representatives is bogged down in dealing with leftist hate crimes legislation. Let’s get straight to the punch line: Congressman Rooney offered an amendment to include veterans as a protected class in hate crimes legislation, but the Democrats voted down the amendment. Here’s Congresswoman Wasserman-Schultz denying veterans need any protection: The Democrats were, however, more willing to consider extending hate crimes protection | Read More »