House Conservatives Beware the New Whipping Strategy
Over the past few years, the number of conservatives in the House has grown exponentially. Well, at least to the extent that you can’t count them on your fingers. Unfortunately, House conservatives are about to become a victim of their own successes if they fail to change course. In a sane world, Republicans would have more leverage than the Democrats over the legislative process. They | Read More »
Senate Republicans, led by Mitch McConnell, have given up the filibuster for executive nominations. Under a deal struck, the Democrats will not deploy the nuclear option, but the Republicans will let the President fill a number of positions the GOP has been blocking. Among the positions will be the ever important National Labor Relations Board, which has pursued a disastrous anti-free market agenda. As Senator | Read More »
There Are No Indispensable Men
There are no indispensable men, but go to Washington and everyone treats everyone else as indispensable. Mitch McConnell and John Boehner have been in the United States Congress since 1985. In that time the national debt has grown from $1,823,103,000,000.00 to $16,066,241,407,385.89. In that time the GOP went from being the part of small government to the party of slightly smaller than the Democrats. No | Read More »
Compromise, Senate GOP Style
Who could have predicted the outcome of the latest filibuster imbroglio in the Senate? Republicans paid the full ransom. What else is new? Once again, Mitch McConnell outsourced his leadership position to the McCain-Graham duo. He tapped them, along with Bob Corker and Roger Wicker – all from solid red states – to negotiate a compromise with Reid and Schumer over the filibuster and executive | Read More »
UPDATED: Senate Republicans Cave: Filibuster ‘Compromise’ Keeps NLRB Firmly Under Union Control
Well, the fix is in–and, frankly, it looks as though Senate Republicans have caved in on everything–and have little to show for it.
In their effort to “save” the filibuster, according to Politico, Senators John McCain (RINO-AZ) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) brokered a deal that gives Democrats nearly everything* they wanted.
In sum, here’s how it shakes out: Harry Reid gets to keep the threat of using the nuclear option at some later point. In exchange, the GOP gets to keep the pretense of having the ability to filibuster in return for caving in on five out of seven of Obama’s controversial appointments:
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Gov. Kasich Tugs Heartstrings, Spins Falsehoods at Medicaid Expansion Rally
Ohio Governor John Kasich stuck to his practiced Medicaid expansion pitch – a mix of progressive pseudo-Christianity and outright falsehoods about the program’s funding – during a speech at a July 9 Statehouse rally for socialized medicine.
As his administration has done for months, the Republican governor conflated Medicaid coverage with “health care,” though 28 percent of Ohio’s office-based physicians were already refusing new Medicaid patients in 2011 and a recent study found that Medicaid coverage does not improve physical health.
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Why Does the AARP Hate Seniors?
We know the AARP is typically left-leaning and sided with the Obama Administration on Obamacare and other policies that will wind up hurting seniors. But now it seems they’re siding with the far-left environmental movement to put people out of work and raise energy prices — something that has a direct effect on seniors with fixed incomes. The AARP and Sierra Club worked together to | Read More »
Former NLRB Member Questions Harry Reid Turning Labor Board Into ‘Political Bureau’
As the controversy surrounding Barack Obama’s nominees to the National Labor Relations Board continues and Harry Reid threaten to use the “nuclear option” if Obama doesn’t get his way, labor law professor John Raudabaugh, a NLRB member under George H.W. Bush shares his opinion:
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McConnell Signals A Cave As Hypocritical Harry Reid Takes U.S. Senate Closer To The Nuclear Brink
With a potential shutdown of their coveted National Labor Relations Board on the horizon, union bosses have convinced Harry Reid and his Democratic cohorts to use the nuclear option to either force Senate Republicans into a position of acquiescence or to shove Barack Obama’s NLRB nominees down Americans’ throats.
It appears the tactic may be having its desired effect on Senate Republican Mitch McConnell:
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An Ecumenical Hope Post Zimmerman Trial
The death of Trayvon Martin and the Zimmerman trial show there are deep wounds and grievances in this country and too many people who profit from fanning the flames. Too many in the white community see violence in the black community and think, “That’s their problem. Blacks killing blacks, we’ll let them figure it out.” But it is not their problem. It is all of | Read More »
Reid’s place in Senate history: a nuclear black chapter?
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid can dish it out, but he can’t take it. Harry Reid was Senate Democratic Whip when George W. Bush became president. Under him, the Senate Democrats mounted an unprecedented filibuster campaign against Bush’s judicial nominees. According to The Heritage Foundation’s Todd Gaziano, the average number of days a Court of Appeals nominee waited for final Senate action grew from | Read More »
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Mr. President, Can We Please Move On?
I have said and will say again — the death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy. A jury of six in Florida has determined it was not criminal, but George Zimmerman will forever be the man who killed a 17 year old. No one can be happy about what happened other than, for Zimmerman and his family, that a jury believed him. Now the NAACP | Read More »
Coat Hangers, Hysteria, and Hyperbole in the Cult of Death
A few weeks ago, State Senator Wendy Davis of Texas tried to filibuster legislation that would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks in Texas and require facilities wanting to perform the medical procedure to adhere to standards for outpatient medical facilities. Her filibuster failed and liberal activists disrupted the final minutes of the Texas legislature’s special session. Governor Rick Perry called back the Texas House and | Read More »
Activists Need To Tell Dirty Harry, “Don’t Nuke The Senate For Union Bosses!”
According to reports, Harry Reid and his fellow Senate Democrats are looking more and more like they are going to push the nuclear option on behalf of unions bosses in order to confirm Barack Obama’s National Labor Relations Board nominees–including his two constitutionally-challenged “recess” appointments. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Sunday signaled that the Senate remains headed toward a historic remake of its rules | Read More »