House to split off food stamps from farm bill.
“Elections have consequences.” That phrase isn’t always a knell of doom, by the way: House Republican leaders have decided to drop food stamps from the farm bill and are whipping the farm-only portion of the bill for a vote that will likely come this week, according to a GOP leadership aide. The nutrition portion of the bill would be dealt with later. The Rules Committee | Read More »
Charles Boustany wants Medicaid expansion in Louisiana
Last year, Charles Boustany beat Jeff Landry for a Congressional seat. The two were sitting representatives, but redistricting in Louisiana left us a seat short. Their districts were combined. The redistricting itself was particularly nasty, as Boustany had no qualms about hanging his own Republican allies out to dry: Rep. John Fleming, R-Minden, on Thursday accused Rep. Charles Boustany, R-Lafayette, of actively backing a redistricting | Read More »
She says this as if it’s a bad thing.
Megan O’Neil, writing in Bloomberg: The current U.S. Congress, facing a backlog of unfinished business and sliding approval ratings, is on pace to clear fewer bills than its predecessor — which had the least number of measures signed into the law since modern record keeping began in the 1940s. She says this as if Congress not passing a lot of unproductive or even damaging laws is | Read More »
The Power of a Primary Challenge
Conservatives are aghast at the actions of 15 GOP senators who are hell-bent on passing immigration deform despite the thousands of calls that are flooding into their offices. It is truly bewildering how they are putting the desires of illegal immigrants and foreign lobbies over the vast majority of Americans, especially Republican and Independent voters. Ultimately, we have nobody to blame but ourselves. These scoundrels | Read More »
Father’s Day Optimism on Politics
Every Father’s Day, I remember one distinct childhood memory that has guided me for the rest of my life. I was complaining about something trivial. My mom, stopping me, asked me one of the most memorable questions I have ever been asked. “Think about your dad,” she said. “Have you ever heard him complain about anything?” I was stunned. I could not call to mind | Read More »
Reps. Defazio, Grijalva slavering over Ed Markey’s Ranking Membership.
I’m not entirely certain why – Natural Resources is one of those committees where the basic goal of the Republicans is to inflict Maximum Fun on the Democrats; and when the GOP holds the House the Maximum Fun is very, very Maximum indeed – but I guess that there’s money in it? Rep. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., has yet to win the Senate seat vacated | Read More »
What Susan Rice’s Promotion Means Going Forward
So, what does Susan Rice’s promotion to National Security Advisor today tell us about the next three years? First, you can officially forget any chance that Eric Holder will step down unless Congress tries him for perjury. You can also abandon any notion that Lois Lerner, or anyone else at the IRS, will be held accountable unless enough evidence is uncovered that criminal charges can be filed. And | Read More »
Online Gaming with Ultimate Gaming Chairman Tom Breitling
Thanks for joining me for another edition of PowerTalk. I’m your host Chris Versace, editor of the investment newsletter PowerTrend Profits. Joining me today to take you behind the scenes and in the know is Tom Breitling, the co-founder and chairman of Ultimate Gaming. As you may have noticed during the last few years, gambling has grown from a focus on Las Vegas, Nevada, and | Read More »
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Eric Holder may have an *exquisitely* painful day today over at House Judiciary.
I know, I know: you are wounded unto death about such a thing occurring. Wounded unto death. Attorney General Eric Holder will testify before the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday, where Republicans say they’ll grill him about the Justice Department’s secret review of Associated Press phone records and the IRS targeting of conservative groups for extra tax scrutiny, among other issues. The oversight hearing had already | Read More »
Pillory Hillary; Facts Are Important
I have little doubt that Congressional Republicans’ principal purpose for the multiple Benghazi hearings is to embarrass the President and make a potential Presidential run by former Secretary of State Clinton less likely. Mission Accomplished! But the facts are more important to The People, and they are coming out because of those hearings. The inadvertent result of a Congressional Oversight Committees doing, after the fact, | Read More »
Do or Die For Congress on Benghazi
Up to this point, the House Oversight Committee has gotten little from the investigation into the Consulate attacks on 9/11/2012 that left four Americans dead, and the Obama administration scrambling to cover up the details just weeks before the presidential election. After running into repeated dead-ends, stonewalling from the White House and State Department, and a hearing with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that | Read More »
A Visit to the Ronald Reagan Library Today
Today I was driving from Southern California back to the North, returning from a business trip to LA. Since I stay at a motel in Newbury Park I was close this morning to the Ronald Reagan library and wanted to go visit it again. The Ronald Reagan Library is located in Simi Valley California, off of the Olsen exit on the 23 Freeway in Thousand | Read More »
We Can Win. But Only if We Fight to Win.
“Instead of these three Senators backing down, we should be sending them reinforcements. Until then, you might want to pick up the phone, dial (202) 224-5922, and tell Ted Cruz thanks for standing up for America.”I’ve been on the road the last two days. In finally getting to emails this morning, I see a lot of people have emailed about Joe Scarborough taking on Ted | Read More »
STOP THE SPINELESS NOW!
Before we solve the issue of illegal immigration; before we restore and ensure no further erosion of the Second Amendment; before entitlements are reformed, fiscal sanity is instituted and socialist forces in this country are defeated – we must do something first: We must defeat The Spineless For the past 20 years or so, the Republican Party has been sliding down a sorry | Read More »
Rep. Bill Owens: Budget Nihilist
Last week the House voted on 6 different budget frameworks. Surprisingly, with so many budgets to choose from, Rep. Bill Owens couldn’t bring himself to support a single one. He’s a budget nihilist. Owens’ refusal to support any budget last week is a classic case of a Washington politician trying to have his cake and eat it too. By opposing everything and failing to offer | Read More »