Man, we're powerful. Just criticizing those buffoons is going make a homicidal maniac political party rise. Hmm. Via.
Man, we're powerful. Just criticizing those buffoons is going make a homicidal maniac political party rise. Hmm. Via.
Here's an excerpt from an op-ed by Doyle McManus in today's Los Angeles Times:
A visit to the House side of Capitol Hill these days feels a bit like an excursion to an alternate universe, where the voters are all conservative, the will of the American people is crystal clear and the only mystery is how that Obama fellow ever got reelected.
"This is all a result of redistricting," a Republican strategist told me. "The only election these guys have to worry about is the Republican primary. The only danger they face is from the right."
Now watch this short clip:
That happened this morning on Meet the Press:
David Gregory: I want to start with a question for all of you which is really a yes or no question. Senator Lee, is the government going to shut down?
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah): No. we all know that the government is going to be funded. The question is whether it will be funded with Obamacare or without.
Gregory: Senator Klobuchar, do you think there will be a shutdown?
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN): No, because I believe in the end the people of good will will come together and do the right thing and stop this political brinkmanship.
Gregory: Barbara Lee, what do you say?
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA): No, and we're not going to allow the defunding of the Affordable Care Act.
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN): No. As much as the president wants a shutdown, he's not going to get it.
Gregory: ... You all think somehow this is going to be avoided.
If that's the consensus, then stop playing with our lives, stop playing games, stop creating phony crisis after phony crisis to score political points and win primaries, get back to work [sic], and do something-- anything-- constructive for a change.
All over the airwaves the Republican house members, led by John Boehner have taken to the talking points with two parroted comments about the vote on the CR, the Continuing Resolution to fund the government (but defund Obamacare). The first comment from their talking points memos as quoted by CBS news:
"The American people don't want the government to shut down and they don't want Obamacare," he said, "The House has listened to the American people. Now it's time for the United States Senate to listen to them as well."
The defense in this argument is the House has listened to the American people. Really? Forget that's not exactly correct -- let's just say for discussion sake the public doesn't favor the Affordable Care Act. Okay. Accordingly, you, Congress, should do what America wants. Get rid of Obamacare.
Well, using that same argument, what happened after Sandy Hook (and some of the other mass shootings). The public in poll after poll, in numbers ranging from 80-95% favored universal background checks on guns. A major disaster had just occurred. Scores of children and teachers killed. The public was begging for Congress to act then. Did they listen?
The Manchin-Toomey Amendment to S-694, the Firearms Bill, met defeat, falling short of the 60 vote threshold. This vote was generally along party lines -- with Republicans against. Where was the "listening to the American people" then?
Where was this need to respond to the public's demands? To say you're voting to defund Obamacare because that's what the public wanted is disputed at the very best, and a lie to the more blunt among us.
The GOP did it for political reasons, not in response to public outcry. If you really considered what the public wanted, we might have reasonable firearms background checks, and perhaps even those 12 victims who worked at the Navy Yard might still be alive.
A meaningful background check for the rifle just purchased prior to the Washington shooting might have flagged Aaron Alexis before he bought that weapon which took all of those lives. Yes, the weapon took their lives. Alexis merely aimed and fired. If he didn't have that rifle, those people would still be with us, not just their memory.
So much for that argument of listening to the people and doing what the majority wants. You listened to lobbyists, those people putting money in your pockets. Blood money.
And then there's the other talking point on the way to shutting down the government. Obama's unwillingness to talk to Congress about the budget. This one's a real pip... worthy of Karl Rove. Here's the argument the GOP is using up and down their rank and file, reported by THE HILL:
“Why is the Obama administration willing to negotiate with Putin on Syria ... But not with Congress to address Washington's spending problem?”
Somehow, in the narrow to totally absent minds of the GOP-led house, Obama upholding a law that was passed by both houses of congress, signed into being by the president and upheld by the Supreme Court should be stopped for a minority interest in the House. Not even the House and the Senate. Just the House.
Jeb Bush, hardly a sage but an intermittent voice of sanity within the GOP, put it quite articulately as reported by ABC News:
“If you control one half of one third of the levers in Washington, D.C your ability to influence things are also relative to the fact that you have one half of one third of the government,” Bush said at the National Press Club today. “That’s the reality.”
So to put this in context, Putin controls all of Russia and they could assist us in preventing our entering into war with Syria. So to talk of world peace with Russia's elected leader is far more pressing than dealing with Congress on a law they passed which hasn't even been totally implemented yet. There is no pressing urgency like there was in Syria where we were within hours of a vote to attack.
Make no mistake, we were at the brink of war, and for the time being anyway, that emergency is being diplomatically handled. The same should be true with our legislature. Not a gun put to the heads of all Americans.
The US wants a budget. Spiteful childish nonsense by Rafael Cruz, Mike Lee and Marco Rubio along with weak sisters John Boehner and Eric Cantor won't be tolerated. Boehner caved because he's a scared and ineffective leader. I've mentioned a few times that this battle would destroy the GOP. It looks like my predictions are coming true. Move over Nostradamus.
Sadly, these petulant, GOP children know it and each wants to take his bat and ball and go home, preventing the rest of us from getting to play. These destructive, selfish men will get theirs -- at the voting booth.
They say they're just doing what Americans are demanding. Well, let's watch them box up their offices and move back into private life when America sends them packing.
Rafael 'Ted' Cruz spent much, if not most of his summer on a "Defund Obamacare Bus Tour." It's lead spokesperson, the 'drawing card' or Pied Piper for this publicity stunt was the junior senator from Texas. His stump speech at ever stop included this message, reported by WCSH6-TV:
"And there is no more important piece of regulatory reform that we can do than to repeal every single word of Obamacare," said Senator Ted Cruz, (R) Texas.
Senator Cruz and the Heritage Foundation are hoping to whip up enough support to gut President Obama's Affordable Care Act.
Now, taking an issue to the people is solid, time-tested strategy. It's peaceful, informative and instrumental in getting a message across. Nothing like pressing flesh and getting out there during a break from Washington -- especially if this timing coincides with your anticipated announcement that you plan to run for the presidency.
The general intentions of a bus tour like this include whipping up such a frenzied group of concerned backers, that movement on an issue in Congress will be the result. And Cruz's efforts have been used for just such motivation.
Cruz Wednesday became the Pied Piper of Washington town leading the House Rats on a march to their death in the Potomac River. The Canadian/American senator, along with Mike Lee and Marco Rubio, led wobbly-legged Speaker John Boehner to begin the political equivalent of the Bataan Death March.
What makes it most interesting is that the House, which doesn't include Cruz, Rubio or Lee, is taking their orders from this trio. Three men who will be part of the messy defeat of this action when it reached the senate.
This all reminds me of the bully kids who egg you on to throw rocks and break a storefront window with, "It'll be fun. You want to be part of our gang, prove it!"
Then as soon as you commit the challenge, they call the cops and turn you in, laughing all the time you're being arrested. They're instigators.
Well now some of the saner (a rarity in the GOP party) members of the house are railing against Pied Piper Rafael C. They realize they've been sold down the river, or more appropriately, been pushed into it.
Here's a little taste of the vitriol coming from the house members who've just realized what's been done to them.
"House agrees to send #CR to Senate that defunds Obamacare. @SenTedCruz & @SenMikeLee refuse to fight. Wave white flag and surrender," tweeted Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.).
"So far Sen Rs are good at getting Facebook likes, and townhalls, not much else. Do something...," tweeted Rep. Tim Griffin (R-Ark.).
Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) also took to Twitter to vent. "House Republicans are turning words into action to defund #Obamacare. Ball will be in the Senate’s court," he wrote.
Another aide said Cruz's comment "exposes how [Senate conservatives] have deliberately misled their constituents and the grassroots for eight weeks. This isn't leadership, it's hypocrisy."
"We haven't even taken up the bill and Ted Cruz is admitting defeat?" fumed one senior GOP aide. "Some people came here to govern and make things better for their constituents. Ted Cruz came here to throw bombs and fundraise off of attacks on fellow Republicans. He's a joke, plain and simple."
It's still too early to gloat, but the writing does seem to be on the wall. The house has been used by Cruz, Lee and Rubio, but the man blowing the flute seems to be Cruz. He's drowning his own people in hopes that if he's the only one left standing come 2016, he's got a shot at the White House.
That's some long-term, roundabout way to lead.
Sometimes I get so frustrated and/or disheartened and/or annoyed by some of the news stories of the day that I can’t bring myself to write about them. Here are a few recent reports that made my blood pressure hit the roof. I am avoiding delving into them at length out of concern for my physical and mental health.
See what I mean? So who’s up for a couple of Margs or a trough of wine?
I'm rushing off, but I'd love to get your comments on this one. Via Think Progress:
President Obama nominated a very odd candidate to be the next U.S. Attorney in Utah, the chief legal advisor to the Senate’s most radical tenther, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT). [...]
- Will Barlow Vigorously Protect Seniors’ Right To Social Security?
- Will Barlow Vigorously Protect Seniors’ Right To Medicare?
- Will Barlow Enforce Child Labor Laws?
- Will Barlow Enforce Food Safety Laws?
- Does Barlow Believe That The Constitution Requires The Poor To Starve?
- Does Barlow Believe That Federal Disaster Relief Is Unconstitutional?
Please read the entire post at TP. Then come back and give us your feedback.
What is President Obama thinking? Why would he nominate someone like this? Anyone?
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