The Bushification of Rick Perry Begins
We saw this with President Bush during his entire presidency. Oh, the left did this to Reagan too. Looks like the left is already lining their sights up on Rick Perry. Their meme? Perry is stupid because he didn’t get good grades in college. On top of that, they are throwing gay smears against him as well. Of course, Obama hasn’t released his college transcripts | Read More »
S&P delivers a hammer blow to the Obama presidency and graciously tells America — “It’s time for you to be responsible for yourselves and embrace what made you a great nation.”
What a fun day the markets have lined up for Monday. I don’t expect it to be pretty but predicting what markets will do? Isaac Newton said it best: “I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies but not the madness of people.” It’s The Spending, Stupid It has also been very comical watching the liberals and the MSM in quite the frantic spin-mode trying | Read More »
Winning the 2012 Presidency and Senate = Major, upfront, real cuts NOW (Fiscal-year budgets cannot be filabustered in the Senate)
Thank you Dick Durbin for reminding me of this. I’ve been focused on touting a BBA for so long now that I completely forgot this very potent means to get our financial house in order. So, assuming the GOP wins the executive branch and Senate, can you imagine the terrorist cries from the left? Power of the Purse — Powerless To Stop This What I | Read More »
Curse these Tea Party congressmen! They can’t be bought!
I had to post this because it is a much needed laugh with the conclusion of this political fight. H/T Ace: Courtesy of Brian Williams and Andrea Mitchell at NBC – W Andrea, you’ve seen ‘em come and seen ‘em go. This has hardly been a profile in courage. Have you ever seen anything like this?M … Now its stalemate, its gridlock. And I’ve never | Read More »
A negotiating primer with lessons learned for future use, the positive direction the country has been pushed in, and MSM/liberal/political establishment caterwauling of the Tea Party’s rise
I am sure everyone has an idea how to negotiate. Heck, we start doing it when we are little kids. This debt ceiling fight has been truly beneficial. Barack Obama and Democrats have been hurt enormously from a political prospective as a result of this fight. From my standpoint, I have learned A LOT. It has been fascinating to see these political negotiations play out | Read More »
What the debt ceiling fight taught us: Bleed the GOP establishment, government loving swamp through primaries and watch your elected officials very, very closely.
When Someone Cannot Be Trusted, They Have To Be Watched. So disappointing and infuriating at the same time. Maybe I’m just overreacting to this news of Boehner’s bill being written largely by aides of Reid and McConnell. I thought bills were to be written and originated by House members, not the Senate. Yeah, we got played….again. I’m going to give the Tea Party conservative freshmen | Read More »
Final, bold, or maybe not so bold(?) prediction: Reid will let Boehner bill pass unamended by simple majority vote
I know, that may make some people mad in here. Let me explain: As it stands right now, Reid has no give from his far left wing of Senators on cutting spending to negotiate a deal with McConnell. He has the enormous public problem of the Senate having done nothing and time is running out. The GOP has enormous negotiating leverage from Boehner structuring the | Read More »
When the House votes on the Reid bill before the Senate does, vote the Reid bill through with the attached Lee-Cornyn-Hatch BBA.
As Erick said, the Lee-Cornyn-Hatch BBA. Jeff Flake, you will win that Senate seat in Arizona hands down. If any of you missed it, Jeff Flake said he would attach a BBA to Reid’s bill and send it back to him. Yesterday was an amazing day. Because of a group of Tea Party conservatives by holding out were able to get John Boehner to include | Read More »
(Update, Update #2, Update #3 — confirmation? Update #4 — Reid tables Boehner bill, needing GOP Senator support, melt the phones) Am I crazy? I think Reid is trapped
Update: Andy Stiles is reporting that Reid will TABLE Boehner’s legislation. Oh Harry, you’re digging your majority’s grave even deeper. Update #2: One of the best analytical pieces ever courtesy of Hotair. Some highlights: The GOP is going to extract as much spending cuts from the Democrats for taking the debt ceiling past the 2012 election. Using BBA could yield additional cuts. There are plenty | Read More »
A colassal, strong negotiation card. Bringing up the debt ceiling prior to the 2012 elections. This is where everything hinges on.
All is not lost. The GOP MUST NOT CAVE HERE in giving away this card to Reid and the Democrats. Actually, did we just stumble into a golden nugget here? Have you seen the White House calling Boehner the Grinch because this will come up again (of course Boehner’s plan brings up the debt ceiling issue again in February 2012). This is where it all | Read More »
Okay, time to compromise. CCB, $5.3 trillion in spending cuts over 10 years. Balls in your court Harry Reid.
Okay, so the break I took was short but I couldn’t help myself here. Sometimes it takes a novice like myself in these political negotiation games to see clearly. I like John Boehner. He’s a well meaning man but he’s been a little too nice here and it has caused him to make a tactical negotiation mistake. He became focused on a getting a bill | Read More »
Cooling our heads. Obama, Reid and the Democrats are using a classic divide-and-conquer strategy. This is all about the 2012 elections
This will be probably the longest post I have ever written and will be my last for a while. I need a break Looks like John Boehner has the votes. However, one very key thing I want to point out here: Here’s what one reliable source, a senior Democratic aide, wrote back: I can see it both ways- Good: – It will demonstrate a level | Read More »
A GOP House deal that solves everything, would force Reid and Obama to sign on, and saves our credit rating from downgrade
So let’s take everything into what is agreed on and the sticking points: Points of Agreement No taxes (with the exception of Obama) Spending cuts (this one obviously could be argumentive as the Democrats really aren’t for spending cuts.) Sticking points The GOP wants another vote in 2012 to keep the spending/debt ceiling issue in front of Americans. Obama and Reid want this to extend | Read More »
Beware of misplaced anger: The problem is not Boehner or the GOP, it’s the Democrats
The problem is Democrats, but the biggest one? President 2-Term at any cost, even refusing bipartisan agreements and wrecking a country. Is this guy trying to make a 14th amendment play? You’re playing with impeachment, Champ. I’m not really that happy with how this has all turned out. However, there is without a doubt in my minf just how hard Democrats in Congress will cling | Read More »
Winner takes all: A bipartisan way forward that lets the people decide the way forward for the nation
So Harry Reid finally came up with a plan and John Boehner will reveal his tomorrow. Details. The Reid plan consists of: $2.7 raise in the debt ceiling with matching spending cuts. These spending cuts are likely on the back end of the package and are structured in a way to the George Mitchell trap that he pulled on Bush 41. No tax increases Plan | Read More »
The GOP House has done and is doing its duty in the debt ceiling fight
Maybe I might get some disagreeing comments with this diary. Ahead of time, let me tell you, I understand. I have been wanting the GOP House to be on offense this whole time. They have both disappointed me and made me happy during this momentous fight. Where Things Stand Since Harry Reid and the Democratic Senate, in pure gutless fashion, voted to table CCB and | Read More »
Enough of holding the line. BRING THE HEAT
“Always take the offensive. Never dig in.” — George S. Patton Seeing Erick’s last two posts just ticked me off in regards to Boehner. Feel free to weigh in. Boehner at least in the public light has been standing strong very well. Tom Coburn really screwed up. He presents a stellar “Back in Black”, 9 trillion dollars in spending cuts and then the next day | Read More »
Obama’s Ace in the Hole: Create a crisis so Mighty Mouse Big Government can save the day. Remember 2008 and TARP? Won’t work and here’s why.
Polls had Barack Obama and John McCain dead even in September 2008 in the race for the White House. Oil prices were sky high, causing the vast majority of paycheck-to-paycheck living Americans to fall behind on their house payments of their very overinflated mortgages. The Freddie Mac/Fannie Mae bubble began to explode. Credit markets began to freeze up because of the scale of the exposure | Read More »
(Update, Tea Party caucus to push vote) Checkmate: Boehner can put this away…or make life extremely uncomfortable for Obama and Reid
Per The Hill: Tea Party conservatives are pushing John Boehner to bring the Full Faith and Credit Act to the floor which would force payment to Social Security recipients and the military in case of default. (H/T Ace) Per Dick Morris, OUCH! The House Republicans can checkmate President Obama by passing two one-house bills in the coming week: 1) Allow a conditional increase in the | Read More »
(Update) Blood in the water. John Boehner, make those Senators vote on CCB.
(H/T Carolina — The vote in the Senate on CCB is scheduled for Saturday according to Freedom Works. Great news!) Refuse to consider any Senate bill until CCB is voted on in the Senate. The most hilarious article of the day: Reid is waiting for John Boehner to tell him the path forward. Hello, he already told you with the bill he passed. Now vote | Read More »