Rock Meet Hard Place

You have to feel for the Republicans (unless your a Liberal then the only feeling you have is a seething hatred and nothing else) because they are stuck between a rock and a hard place.

UPDATE: Congressional Republicans have passed legislation to repeal Obamacare for the first time.

They know it’s an empty gesture because King Obama would never sign it.

But they have to do it to make the Rebel elements in the party happy.

But a lot of them also figure it’s a stunt to curry favor made by the disingenuous RINOs.

Both are likely true.

The Republicans spent so many years, especially under Jar Jar Boehner, being the Capitulation Weasals that they were no one quite believes them.

I know I don’t, YET. But it’s a good start.

The legislation would also significantly reduce taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood, redirecting those dollars to other women’s health clinics and organizations that aren’t languishing under an ethical cloud amid credible allegations of criminality.  (When poll question wording includes the important point that no women’s health funding is actually being cut, a majority of Americans support the move).  A recent undercover journalistic investigation exposed the abortion giant’s grisly practice of harvesting and selling body parts from late-term fetuses.  The videos show Planned Parenthood officials discussing the profits associated with this endeavor, as well as altering abortion procedures in order to obtain more intact organs — both of which are illegal.  A whistleblower also alleged that aborted children were picked apart and sold without their mother’s consent, another violation of the law.  Separately, Planned Parenthood has come under fire for its active promotion among young people of the notion that an individual’s ‘right’ to sexual pleasure supersedes his or her obligation to inform a partner of an HIV-positive status.  Republicans argue that taxpayers should not subsidize an organization that engages in these horrific abortion-related activities, and that pushes breathtakingly dangerous sexual ethics.

On Obamacare, the GOP says it is keeping its word to voters and fighting on behalf of the majority of Americans who continue to oppose the failing law.  A recent Gallup survey showed that uninsured Americans — who still number in the tens of millions — are most likely to disapprove of the so-called “Affordable” Care Act, largely because they can’t afford it.  The law has broken most of the biggest promises upon which it was sold, is actively harming real people, and is hurting the US economy, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office — which has also just concluded that repealing the law would substantially reduce deficits:

    “CBO: ObamaCare repeal bill would reduce deficits by half a trillion dollars over 10 years”
    — Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) January 5, 2016

The New York Times reported this week that many Americans have run the math and determined that paying Obamacare’s individual mandate tax is more affordable than paying through the nose for costly coverage that doesn’t even kick in until after consumers fork over thousands in out-of-pocket costs. Meanwhile, a recent survey finds that more than one-quarter of American households have struggled to pay medical bills over the past 12 months, several years into the full implementation of the “Affordable” Care Act.  Among this group, a majority was insured:

    Kaiser/NYT: 62% of people who can’t afford to pay their medical bills are insured. pic.twitter.com/xVjqwlFjRS
    — Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) January 5, 2016

For the umpteenth time, coverage does not equal care — and being insured to does not mean your healthcare-related financial hardships disappear.  Indeed, under Obamacare, expensive compulsory coverage may very well exacerbate affordability woes.  Parting thought: Of the many worthy provisions in the soon-to-be-vetoed repeal legislation (exhibit A in the case for electing a Republican president), only one element will actually be the law of the land in 2016.  One of the bright spots of December’s ugly omnibus spending bill was an extension of the 2015 rollback of funding Obamacare bailout-style programs, which were designed to hide the true costs of the law for several years by defraying insurer losses with huge sums of taxpayer money.  This successful push to protect taxpayers and force policy transparency, spearheaded by Marco Rubio, constitutes a rare Obamacare win for conservatives.

But we have to start somewhere. King Obama will not relent on his Agenda one bit. He’s incapable of that.

So we have to force him to defend his Royal Majesty until we get someone that isn’t King Bernie or Queen Hillary.

Then maybe the American People have a chance. Maybe.

Political Cartoons by Nate Beeler

When RINO’s Attack

The Republican leadership in the House of Representatives has cut a deal with Senate Democrats on a government funding bill that will permit funding for the implementation of President Obama’s unilateral amnesty of as many as five million illegal aliens through at least Feb. 27, 2015.

Jar Jar Boehner and the RINO chickensh*ts didn’t have any courage or convictions, yet again.

They kicked the can down the road so they could have the rest of the month off. Gee, I wish my job was that easy.

Just feed your grandmother to the Raveneous BugBlatter Beast of Traal and call it a day. Victory is ours…

By contrast, the bill also uses Congress’s power of the purse to prohibit the administration from moving forward with regulations that would effectively outlaw incandescent light bulbs.

In short, the deal says: Yes to amnesty, no to light bulb regulations.

Well, incandescent bulbs are so much more important than ILLEGAL aliens and so much easier to stand on principle for on the weak minded Republican RINOs.

Maybe we should just start calling them the “Dem Bulb” Republicans. 🙂

House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers and Senate Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski issued a joint statement applauding their “bipartisan” accomplishment in completing the spending deal.

And yet again, Bi-Partisan means the Democrats got everything they wanted and the RINO’s caved like a House made out of rice noodles.

The minority will be running Congress by February 2015. Bet on it. And when they are totally ineffectiveb the Democrats will blame them for it. Gee, I wonder if the RINOs could see that coming?

“After months of thorough, business-like, sometimes tough but always civil negotiations, we have reached a responsible, bipartisan and bicameral agreement on funding for government operations for 2015,” said Rogers and Mikulski in their statement. “This bill fulfills our constitutional duty to fund the government, preventing damage from shutdown politics that are bad for the economy, cost jobs and hurt middle class families.”

Civil? “Do what we want or you’ll get the blame for a government shutdown” is not “civil” but it is by-partisan. 🙂

The last shutdown cost 1 job. ONE!

So do you think the middle class will be hurt by 5 million new Welfare families and their cheap labor??

Naw..Never happen… 🙂

By cutting a deal with Senate Democrats to fund almost all of the government through the end of fiscal 2015, the House Republican leadership has taken away from the incoming Republican majorities in both houses of Congress any control over spending in those parts of the government through Sept. 30–and also any leverage that the Republican Congress could have derived from its power of the purse over these parts of the government to force the administration to alter its policies.

They effectively self-neutered themselves into ineffectiveness.

By cutting a deal to fund the Department of Homeland Security through Feb. 27, the House Republican leadership has given President Obama more than two and a half months to move forward with his unilateral amnesty of illegal aliens. During that time, Obama will be able to give illegal aliens visas and Social Security Numbers. (CNS)

No harm there, right? 🙂

So the RINOs have effectively done a self-mutilation so they can complain about how bad Obama is, but when  it comes to actually DOING ANYTHING, that’s the last thing they wanted to and now the last thing they will do.

It’s much safer than standing on principle. Don’t want to make the tyrannical bullies mad at you, now do we?

No Leadership. No initiative. Just play nice with the authoritarian-bomb wheedling psycho Democrats. You don’t want to upset them.

Let’s all just try and get along…

It will be a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing.

Then they we self-sabotage themselves for the 2016 Presidency with some milktoast “moderate” RINO and Queen Hillary and the Democrats will have a “miraculous” comeback and the Republicans will be history.

And they did it to themselves, and by extension, The American People.

But they saved the incandescent light bulb! Hurray!!

After all, that’s what they were elected for, right? 🙂

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Arrogance

2004: Obama at DNC Convention–

“Now even as we speak, there are those who are preparing to divide us, the spin masters and negative ad peddlers who embrace the politics of anything goes.

“Well, I say to them tonight, there’s not a liberal America and a conservative America; there’s the United States of America.

“There’s not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; there’s the United States of America.”

Flash forward….

The White House forged ahead Monday with yet another piece of its climate change agenda and bragged that Republicans are powerless to stop it.

The Agenda is The Agenda. The F*ck you, I’m the King Presidency continues unabated.

A presidential task force unveiled a report on how communities across the country can prepare for the effects of global warming. In all, the recommendations on “climate preparedness and resilience” could cost the federal government more than $100 billion to protect drinking water supplies, shore up coastlines against rising sea levels and take other preventive measures.

The recommendations and subsequent expenses are just two pieces of an ever-expanding slate of global-warming that is sure to come under the microscope when Republicans assume control of the Senate in January.

But legal analysts say the Republicans have little ammunition to fight back, short of shutting down the federal government to stop Environmental Protection Agency funding.

Which the Liberal Media will nuke them for.

White House officials, keenly aware of the executive power Mr. Obama holds on the issue of climate change, openly mocked incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Republican colleagues.

“I believe the president will complete actions. It is a top priority of his and I don’t believe they can stop us,” White House counselor John Podesta told reporters on a conference call Monday. “Not withstanding Sen. McConnell making this a top priority to leave the status quo, to leave the air dirtier.”

Talking Points Alert!

White House officials on Monday also detailed some the expenses associated with the task force recommendations, including $88 billion for North Atlantic states to protect against rising sea levels, $6 billion for Midwestern states to combat rising temperatures and $40 billion to improve California’s drinking water systems.

The report comes on the heels of other recent steps, including Mr. Obama’s greenhouse gas emissions deal with China. Under that agreement, the U.S. pledged to cut its emissions by at least 26 percent by 2025, while China merely said it will cap emissions no later than 2030.

And China is laughing at the idiot who wants to cut his head off. Go ahead, the Chinese won’t stop you. They also won’t abide by any agreement, just like Obama doesn’t abide anything that isn’t on his Agenda other. Sucker!

The Agenda is The Agenda!

To meet that goal, the administration is relying on its unprecedented restrictions on power plant pollution — regulations that have led to accusations of a “war on coal” — and new auto fuel-efficiency standards, among other steps.

That will kill jobs, hurt the poor and the middle class, but hey it’s for your own good and besides will blame the victim (coal and fossil fuels) for it!!

Mr. Obama also is seeking $3 billion in taxpayer money to go toward a global climate fund aimed at helping developing nations boost their infrastructure.

Republicans appear ready to fight the president’s climate change agenda tooth and nail. After the GOP captured the Senate, Mr. McConnell, Kentucky Republican, said reining in the EPA would be a “top priority.”

He reiterated those comments over the weekend.

“They’ve been on a rampage all across the country. And I think coal is the most conspicuous example, but it’s happening in a lot of other areas and I think you’re going to see bipartisan support for trying to rein them in,” he told an audience in Frankfort, Kentucky.

The larger climate change debate is intertwined with the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, the approval of which could come up for a Senate vote as early as Tuesday. The House already has passed legislation deeming the pipeline approved.

The White House, however, has hinted the president will veto the bill.

Of course he will. The Agenda is The Agenda.

A similar fate could await other Republican efforts to push back on Mr. Obama’s climate change goals, according to Thomas Lorenzen, a lawyer who until last year served in the Justice Department’s Environmental and Natural Resources Division, overseeing legal challenges to EPA rules and regulations.

“It’s pretty hard to see how” Republicans can stop the president, Mr. Lorenzen said. “The problem is they don’t have a veto-proof majority.”

Have you caught onto the arrogance of the Left yet?

Mr. Lorenzen said Republicans could seek to cut funding to the EPA’s implementation of controversial rules, such the power plant restrictions. But going down such a path could escalate quickly for Republicans.

“How do you pass that in a way that it won’t be vetoed? What you end up with is a potential [government] shutdown battle,” Mr. Lorenzen said.

Lawsuits already have been filed challenging the EPA’s authority to limit emissions; more are likely to be filed as regulations on existing power plants are finalized.

That kind of legal action represents the best hope of stopping the administration, analysts say.

Meanwhile, the White House tried Monday to erase the partisan atmosphere around its host of environmental regulations.

“These issues really aren’t Republican or Democratic issues. They are issues that impact our citizens and our cities … It’s so important that we try, I think, to make this a nonpartisan issue,” said James Brainard, the Republican mayor of Carmel, Indiana, and a member of the task force that presented its recommendations on Monday.

So are you going to buy the BS, yet again and think you can work “bi-partisan” with Democrats?

Suckers!

Political Cartoons by Glenn Foden

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel
Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

 

The Nutshell

“When the people find that they can vote themselves money,
that will herald the end of the republic.”

– Benjamin Franklin

Almost 50% of the populace are reliant on the Government’s graces. That’s the end.

Unless, the people wise up and take the bitter pill of responsibility.

But what are the chances these days in an entitlement society where a near majority expect other people to pick up part or all of their check.

Where Health care is now “a right”.

It’s someone else’s money. They have to earn it, and you deserve. It has to be taken from them and given to you. And that’s only “right”.

You don’t care. YOU NEED IT. YOU WANT IT.

You can’t LIVE without it.

So anyone who wants to take away your candy is a “bad man”.

Sacrifice is not in your nature. You aren’t your grandparents, who were part of the generations that sacrificed but then also created this mess. Oh, sure it was out of good intentions. But now that’s just the road to socialist hell.

And don’t expect the government to reform itself. They aren’t there for the money, but the power that the money brings to them.

And they are growing in power everyday.

So you have the incestuous drug addict scenario I laid out years ago.

The people are addicted to the “free” money they believe they must have. The Politicians are addicted to the power promising (or fear mongering) that money gets them that power.

So two co-dependent drug addicts sink the ship for the rest of us.

And the ones who protest, are the “extremist” “domestic terrorist” “crazies” that no one likes.

Chris “tinkle up my Leg” Matthews: ‘When you look at Cruz you can see the insurgent right in all its indignant victimhood,’

If you remember what Speaker Pelosi said in July 2010:

“Let me say that unemployment insurance… is one of the biggest stimuluses (sic) to our economy. Economists will tell you, this money is spent quickly. It injects demand into the economy, and it’s job creating. It creates jobs faster than almost any other initiative you can name.”

So unemployment is good for everyone!

The adults in a crowd are the bad guys in a nation of drug-addicted children who will lash out at you viciously if you try and take their candy away or expect them to go on a diet.

They want what they want when they want it and they want it now!!!

Obama: “I don’t want to hear the same old stuff about how America can’t afford to invest in the things that have always made us strong. Don’t tell me we can afford to shut down the government, which cost our government billions of dollars, but we can’t afford to invest in our education system,” he said in a speech.

So cutting spending is only about cutting HIS agenda items and the items that most hurt YOU. Not which best benefit you. The only benefits he wants is even more power and control.

Obama “reiterated a shared principle that we should focus first and foremost on how we can grow our economy and create good jobs with good wages for middle class families,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said aboard Air Force One.

And look how well it’s work so far… 🙂

Wait until the full weight of ObamaCare crushes the economy.

But never fear the Hyper-Partisan is here, it will be the Republicans/Tea Partys/Big Insurance’s Fault!

Not the fault of the lawmakers who exempted themselves from it.

No, they are “good” and too proud and elite for that.

But will the people be smart enough to figure this out.

NO.

Drug Addiction is a very nasty beast. It clouds your better judgment.

Besides, do you want to say to your kids and grand kids, “Whoops! Sorry, we screwed up and now we’ll all have to sacrifice so that YOUR grand kids will have a better life. Not YOU.”

Not a chance in Socialist Hell!!!

So the death spiral will continue.

And that’s the way I see it.

Obama: “We need a budget that is responsible, that is fiscally prudent, but a budget that cuts what we don’t need, closes wasteful tax loopholes that don’t create jobs, freeing up resources to invest in the things that actually do help us grow, things like education and scientific research and infrastructure – roads, bridges, airports,” he said.

A ‘responsible budget’ wouldn’t spend more than we take in. Do you think that will happen?

HELL NO!

‘wasteful tax loopholes’ aka tax increases on rich people and companies to pay from the increased spending, which COSTS jobs and lowers the revenue coming in so they have do even more of it. After all, you wouldn’t want to be seen as being favorable to “greedy” corporations after all…

Socialist eventually run out of other people’s money. But by then the people are decimated.

wasteful were all those “non-esssential” jobs during the shutdown. Wasteful is 15 Different Food Stamp Programs. But every one them is “essential” to someone’s agenda or someone’s pocket. The waster is also in your neighbor’s yard, not yours.

Wasteful is ObamaCare and it’s Commodore 64 website.

But since the Democrats are still pissed off about the Sequester (a 2% cut in an increase in spending) what do think they say about REAL cuts: ARMAGEDDON!

And The Republicans: The toothless, let’s just get along, “I’m not a racist” Please love me!, I don’t like the Tea Party Either crowd?

‘Nuff Said.

https://indyfromaz.wordpress.com/2010/09/27/incestuous-narcissism-part-1/

https://indyfromaz.wordpress.com/2010/09/28/incestuous-narcissism-part-2/

https://indyfromaz.wordpress.com/2010/09/29/incestuous-narcissism-part-3/

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Political Cartoons by Glenn Foden

The Agenda is The Agenda

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The liberal bias should be of no surprise (except to the liberals who think they are “fair”). 🙂

Thanks MRC.

President Barack Obama’s administration has said the U.S. is on track to meet a pledge of cutting heat-trapping gases by 17 percent from 2005 levels by 2020.

“We’re likely to see the U.S. reduce emissions significantly more than that,” Gore said in a telephone interview yesterday. The pledge falls short of the 28-nation European Union’s target of a 20 percent cut from 1990 to 2020.

The U.S. goal is “entirely inadequate of course, given the nature of the challenge, but it’s a welcome step in the right direction,” Gore said. If the U.S. pledge had a baseline of 1990, it would amount to a 3.4 percent reduction over the three decades, according to the EU.

“The most powerful voice is that of Mother Nature, the increasing storms, floods, droughts and other extreme events,” Gore said. “We’re paying the cost of carbon every day and we should put a price on carbon in markets and put a price on denial in the political system.”

New Study: ’2013 ranks as one of the least extreme U.S. weather years ever’– Many bad weather events at ‘historically low levels’

‘Whether you’re talking about tornadoes, wildfires, extreme heat or hurricanes, the good news is that weather-related disasters in the US are all way down this year compared to recent years and, in some cases, down to historically low levels.’

Tornadoes: ‘lowest total in several decades’

Number of wildfires: ‘On pace to be the lowest it has been in the past ten years’

Extreme Heat: The number of 100 degree days may ‘turn out to be the lowest in about 100 years of records’

Hurricanes: ‘We are currently in the longest period (8 years) since the Civil War Era without a major hurricane strike in the US (i.e., category 3, 4 or 5)’ ( last major hurricane to strike the US was Hurricane Wilma in 2005)

http://www.climatedepot.com/2013/10/18/new-study-2013-ranks-as-one-of-the-least-extreme-us-weather-years-ever-many-bad-weather-events-at-historically-low-levels/
BUT THE AGENDA IS THE AGENDA and the Truth is irrelevant to the success of the agenda. Just look at ObamaCare. It took them 90 years to get it. They don’t care how long it takes. They don’t don’t care how wrong they are. The Agenda is the Agenda. Period.

Speaking of which…

agendaA new political cartoon in the New York Daily News is raising eyebrows by comparing the Skins logo to a swastika and the confederate flag.

In a related story, The Richmond Free Press is dropping the Redskins nickname for the Washington NFL team from its pages, calling it racist.

In an editorial Thursday, the weekly primarily aimed at the city’s African-American community called the name insulting to Native Americans and divisive. (FOX 5)

So all you hogs are racists and you will bow down to Liberal Political Correctness because THE AGENDA IS THE AGENDA and they have to continually prove they have more power than you.

Like a Zombie hoard pressing relentlessly on the door until it breaks and they invade and eat your brain.

So like a Zombie they never stop until they reach their goal, to eat your brains!

And then you become a mindless zombie too.

“I think it’s absolutely ridiculous. I’m from Minnesota… Minnesota Vikings. Is that derogatory?” said another.

No. Because Vikings are white Scandinavians. Who gives a crap about white people, they are just evil….

Welcome to The Disunited Socialist Communes of America, Comrade Zombie. 🙂

But there’s a bill in Congress to strip the team of its trademark protection. Congresswoman Donna Edwards, who represents the area, has signed onto it. But is there anything legally that can be done to force a private owner into a name change?

“In the end, it’s going to be economic pressure. Whether it’s trademark, whether it’s stations not being able to use the word on the air. That finally, I think, will force them to see the light,” a man said. (CBS)

Brains, Must eat Brains….

Political Cartoons by Larry Wright

Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

The Echo Chamber

…the most astonishing dance step in the post-shutdown shuffle might be the president’s call to “stop focusing on the lobbyists and the bloggers and the talking heads on radio and the professional activists who profit from conflict” and instead “grow this economy, create good jobs, strengthen the middle class, educate our kids, lay the foundation for broad-based prosperity and get our fiscal house in order for the long haul.”

In other words, all those people who disagree with HIM and THEM. You should only listen to their “echo chambers”…:)

Michael Ramirez Cartoon

Pretty business-friendly, right? But the friendliness isn’t reciprocated. The Federal Reserve’s beige book survey of businesses on Wednesday pointed a sharp finger at the devastating effects of ObamaCare, with employers cutting workers’ hours or laying off employees because of the law.

The Dallas Fed reported one business respondent describing signed contracts in which a temporary employee is made full-time, but will later be hired permanently (but part-time) when ObamaCare is implemented.

Businesses aren’t forced into such absurd, unproductive acrobatics because of something Sen. Ted Cruz or the Tea Party did. Years of the worst economic recovery in U.S. history didn’t happen because of a recent, brief government shutdown.

They happened because, from the waste of a trillion dollars on a stimulus that didn’t stimulate, to the hyper-regulatory Dodd-Frank financial overhaul that preserved “too big to fail,” to the more-hated-by-the-day ObamaCare, this president’s Big Government ways are keeping America down.

The budget deal failed to stop the train wreck that is ObamaCare, ignored the nation’s entitlement crisis and kicked the debt can down the road. But lawmakers did manage to take care of their own.

President Obama insisted throughout the budget showdown that he wouldn’t negotiate over reopening the government or the debt ceiling. He said he’d accept nothing more than a “clean bill.”

Clean, apparently, is in the eye of the beholder in Washington. The debt deal Obama signed did reopen the government and suspend the debt ceiling entirely until early February.

But the bill included several sweetheart deals. While modest compared to the normal sort of federal pork, it nevertheless shows where lawmakers’ priorities are.

Among other provisions, this “clean” debt bill:

• Adds $2 billion for construction work on the Olmsted Locks and Dam on the lower part of the Ohio River. That’s an increase of 276% over what had been appropriated for this project. By an odd coincidence, much of this money will be spent in Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s home state. The Senate Conservatives Fund dubbed it the “Kentucky Kickback.”

• Hands $174,000 over to Bonnie Englebardt, widow of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg. Never mind that she’d been married to Lautenberg for just nine years when he died, or that it was his second marriage, or that Lautenberg’s net worth was upwards of $116 million when he died.

• Promises federal workers a 1% raise starting in January, in addition to providing back pay for the two weeks they were off due to the shutdown. Too bad for all those private sector workers who will see their pay and hours cut next year thanks to ObamaCare.

• Gives the Transportation Department $450 million more to repair flood-damaged roads in Colorado.

• Devotes $3.1 million for a Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. This board, unfortunately, has nothing to do with protecting Americans from ObamaCare’s violations of privacy and civil liberties. It’s meant to ensure that federal anti-terrorism efforts don’t cause discomfort to anyone at home.

Meanwhile, the deal left ObamaCare alone, except for one meaningless tweak, and did nothing to rein in the other runaway entitlement programs. Worse, it totally ignored the nation’s long-term debt crisis.

Obama might consider all this a victory. But the country is the poorer as a result.(IBD)

But whenever the president rehearses the ‘parade of awfuls’ that befell the country due to the temporary shutdown, remember this: Under orders from Harry Reid, Obama refused to negotiate with Republicans to prevent the shutdown from beginning, and threatened to veto virtually every single Republican bill that would have ended the standoff or mitigated its impact. He bears much responsibility for what just happened. He’s the President of the United States, not a helpless bystander who floats above the DC morass. He is DC.

The mini lecture about civility and name-calling was simply precious. During the showdown, a top Obama spokesman called Republicans suicide bombers, arsonists and kidnappers (and their favorite: “Hostage takers”)…in the span of a single interview. The invective hurled at Republicans by Democrats far outweighed anything elected Republicans said about Democrats. (Townhall)

But at least THEY got theirs. The elites got what they wanted. And it’s the “other guy’s fault”.

Big Government is good. Bigger Government is Better.

And that’s what matters in the end.

So they’ll demand Government fix it and we can propose EVEN MORE government as the solution!!!

The Cave-In Begins

House Republicans have sent the White House a revised proposal to lift the debt ceiling for six weeks, as well as reopen government through December 15th, which was their original spending proposal before the partial shutdown. The revised GOP plan reflects the demands Obama made in a meeting with House GOP Leaders on Thursday. It also reflects the unwillingness of the DC GOP to face a fiscal showdown with Democrats.

‘Nuff said

 

Inarticulate

Townhall: Obama, criticized by Republicans for his unwillingness to negotiate over the debt ceiling, also said that beyond the immediate harm, there were larger issues at stake for future presidents and for democracy.

“This is not just for me. It’s also for my successors in office, whatever party they’re from. They shouldn’t have to pay a ransom either for Congress doing its basic job. We gotta put a stop to it,” he said.

Obama acknowledged that he was at a disadvantage in the public relations battle because asking lawmakers to raise the debt ceiling “is a lousy name” that voters can come to equate with authorizing more debt.

“It is not raising our debt,” he said. “This does not add a dime to our debt.”

‘RISK OF A VERY DEEP RECESSION’

As if the Recession for the last 5 years+ isn’t  “deep”

And remember kiddies that raising the debt limit doesn’t raise the debt!!!

Orwell couldn’t do better.

“You don’t get a chance to call your bank and say, ‘I’m not going to pay my mortgage this month unless you throw in a new car and an Xbox.'” he said.

Yeah, just raise my credit line so I can just spend even more. It’s not like I’m increasing my debt or anything. 🙂

When in debt, raise the credit limit of what you can spend so that you aren’t making more debt!!! 🙂

So in the face of this babble…

Thomas Sowell: If the continued existence of mathematics depended on the ability of the Republicans to defend the proposition that two plus two equals four, that would probably mean the end of mathematics and of all the things that require mathematics.

Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner, epitomized what has been wrong with the Republicans for decades when he emerged from a White House meeting last Wednesday, went over to the assembled microphones, briefly expressed his disgust with the Democrats’ intransigence and walked on away.

We are in the midst of a national crisis, immediately affecting millions of Americans and potentially affecting the kind of country this will become if ObamaCare goes into effect — and yet, with multiple television network cameras focused on Speaker Boehner as he emerged from the White House, he couldn’t be bothered to prepare a statement that would help clarify a confused situation, full of fallacies and lies.

Boehner was not unique in having a blind spot when it comes to recognizing the importance of articulation and the need to put some serious time and effort into presenting your case in a way that people outside the Beltway would understand. On the contrary, he has been all too typical of Republican leaders in recent decades.

When the government was shut down during the Clinton administration, Republican leaders who went on television to tell their side of the story talked about “OMB numbers” versus “CBO numbers” — as if most people beyond the Beltway knew what these abbreviations meant or why the statistics in question were relevant to the shutdown. Why talk to them in Beltway-speak?

When Speaker Boehner today goes around talking about the “CR,” that is just more of the same thinking — or lack of thinking. Policy wonks inside the Beltway know that he is talking about the “continuing resolution” that authorizes the existing level of government spending to continue, pending a new budget agreement.

But, believe it or not, there are lots of citizens and voters outside the Beltway. And what is believed by those people whom too many Republicans are talking past can decide not only the outcome of this crisis but the fate of the nation for generations to come.

You might think that the stakes are high enough for Republicans to put in some serious time trying to clarify their message. As the great economist Alfred Marshall once said, facts do not speak for themselves. If we are waiting for the Republicans to do the speaking, the country is in big trouble.

Democrats, by contrast, are all talk. They could sell refrigerators to Eskimos before Republicans could sell them blankets.

Indeed, Democrats sold Barack Obama to the American public, which is an even more amazing feat, considering his complete lack of relevant experience and questionable (at best) loyalty to the values and institutions of this country.

The Democrats have obviously given a lot of attention to articulation, including coordinated articulation among their members. Some years ago, Senator Chuck Schumer was recorded, apparently without his knowledge, telling fellow Democrats to keep using the word “extremist” when discussing Republicans.

Even earlier, when George W. Bush first ran for President, the word that suddenly began appearing everywhere was “gravitas” — as in the endlessly repeated charge that Bush lacked “gravitas.” People who had never used that word before suddenly began using it all the time.

Today, the Democrats’ buzzword is “clean” — as in the endlessly repeated statement that Republicans in the House of Representatives should send a “clean” bill to the Senate. Anything less than a blank check is not considered a “clean” bill.

The Constitution gives the House of Representatives the responsibility to originate all spending bills, based on what they think should and should not be funded. But the word “clean” is now apparently supposed to override the Constitution.

If Republicans want to show some seriousness about articulating their case, they might start by deleting the abbreviation “CR” from their vocabulary. As has been said, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” That journey is long overdue.

Political Cartoons by Robert Ariail

Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert

Political Cartoons by Glenn Foden

Political Cartoons by Nate Beeler

More Fun in D.C.

“Economists, not anecdotal folks, but economists, say there is absolutely no evidence that part-time work is going up. In fact, it’s going down,” she said. Secretary Sebelius on Jon Stewart

More Agenda Politics for you:

A planned immigration reform rally will take place on the National Mall on Tuesday even though the site is closed due to the government shutdown.

Organizers for the “Camino Americano: March for Immigration Reform” were spotted Monday setting up a stage and equipment on the National Mall for the rally which will take place on Tuesday.

A few scattered barriers around the park have signs informing visitors that the area is closed as a result of the government shutdown.

Amnesty Rally,ok. But for you, it’s all closed. NO PARK FOR YOU! You racist, domestic hostage taking Terrorists! 🙂

Oh, and you’re a Racist!

“Some of this Tea Party anger is racist,” she proffered on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” without offering a shred of evidence. “And having a nonblack person on the ticket will defuse it to some degree.”

Brian Palmer of Hampton University for all intents and purposes compared congressional Republicans — whom he called “an unbroken bloc of whiteness” — to the KKK. He posited sans evidence they’re “obstructing” Obama simply because of his skin color. He sees a racist conspiracy by “this white power bloc” to “target” the first black president — though “we can’t prove it.”

“The campaign to diminish, neuter, humiliate and defeat the nation’s first African-American president is but one battle in the larger war to preserve the last vestiges of white power and privilege in the face of a browning America,” Palmer wrote. (IBD)

Michael Ramirez Cartoon

But what normally happens when the two parties disagree on policy is a negotiation. Each side gives up a little and gets a little, and you wind up with a bipartisan compromise. The problem right now is that Senate Democrats are refusing to negotiate. Here’s a partial list of what they have unanimously rejected:

They’ve rejected a one-year delay in ObamaCare’s health-insurance mandate for individuals and families, even though the Administration has already delayed the mandate for employers.

They’ve rejected a bill that would force Members of Congress to obey the same health-care laws as everyone else.

They’ve also rejected a bill that would abolish ObamaCare’s medical-device tax, even though a majority of their caucus expressed support for repeal back in March. In other words, most Senate Democrats voted against the medical-device tax when it didn’t matter, and then voted to keep the tax when it did.

Meanwhile, President Obama has threatened to veto a series of individual House bills that would fund our veterans’ programs, and our military-reserve programs, as well as the National Institutes of Health, and the D.C. city government. He’s also threatened to veto a bill that would keep open our war memorials, our national parks, and museums.

When Republicans asked Senate Democrats to join with us and pass these bills, they simply said no.

The White House recently claimed that somehow they were ‘winning’ and that it ‘doesn’t really matter’ how long the shutdown lasts. Apparently they think the government shutdown is good politics, and they’re in no hurry to break the stalemate.

It has become disturbingly clear that the Obama-Reid shutdown is no longer about health care, or spending, or ideology.

It’s about politics, plain and simple.

The Democrats have calculated that by prolonging the shutdown, and maximizing the pain, they can bully Republicans into doing whatever President Obama and Majority Leader Reid want them to do. It’s a very cynical game, but Democrats have decided to play it.

All Republicans can do is to continue promoting common-sense solutions that would end the shutdown and allow us to move forward. Hopefully our friends across the aisle will eventually get tired of playing politics. Hopefully they’ll remember that neither house of Congress can set the national agenda all by itself.(John Cornyn)

And then Hell freezes over!

Political Cartoons by Eric Allie

Political Cartoons by Glenn Foden

Political Cartoons by Ken Catalino

The News of The Day

Everyone knows the phrase “government shutdown” doesn’t mean the entire U.S. government is shut down. So in a partial government shutdown, like the one underway at the moment, how much of the government is actually shut down, and how much is not?

One way to measure that is in how much money the government spends. In a conversation Thursday, a Republican member of Congress mentioned that the military pay act, passed by Congress and signed by President Obama at the beginning of the shutdown, is actually a huge percentage of the government’s discretionary spending in any given year. And that is still flowing. So if you took that money, and added it to all the entitlement spending that is unaffected by a shutdown, plus all the areas of spending that are exempted from a shutdown, and added it all together, how much of the federal government’s total spending is still underway even though the government is technically shut down?

I asked a Republican source on the Senate Budget Committee for an estimate. This was the answer: “Based on estimates drawn from CBO and OMB data, 83 percent of government operations will continue. This figure assumes that the government pays amounts due on appropriations obligated before the shutdown ($512 billion), spends $225 billion on exempted military and civilian personnel, pays entitlement benefits for those found eligible before the shutdown (about $2 trillion), and pays interest costs when due ($237 billion). This is about 83 percent of projected 2014 spending of $3.6 trillion.” (Byron York)

But one has to remember that the Sequester (a 2% cut in an increase) was the Apocalypse and all manner of Hell was released on Earth over it to the Left.

So 17% of their man source of power… 🙂

Sir Bob Geldof: The musician-turned-activist reckons the world will end in 2030 – leading to the extinction of humankind. Sir Bob, 61, based his miserable prediction on the effects of climate change.

But he’s hysterically over-the-top like most Leftists. 🙂

NEVER LET A CRISIS GO TO WASTE!

On domestic issues, Obama said he would be willing to negotiate with Republicans on health care, deficit reduction and spending – but only if House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, holds votes to reopen the government and increase the nation’s borrowing limit.

In other words, give me everything I want, then we can shiv you in the back again, Sucker! 🙂

After all, the NEXT crisis, an old friend is coming to town on Oct 17th, the Debt Limit.

Where, when you’re in debt, you spend even more so you don’t have to face being in debt until the next time.

“I recognize that in today’s media age, being controversial, taking controversial positions, rallying the most extreme parts of your base, whether it’s left or right, is a lot of times the fastest way to get attention and raise money,” he said. “But it’s not good for government.”

But it’s good for them. Which is why Biden is sending out funding solicitations to hard core Democrat supporters and the Liberal media is making an Apocalypse out of a 17% mole hill. 🙂

[C]onsider the recent Syria debacle. Initially, the president declared a “red line” if President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons in that nation’s civil war. But when the Syrian leader was shown to have done so, Obama failed to act, and declared, “I didn’t set a red line, the world set a red line. My credibility is not on the line.” The president shouldn’t have been surprised when 54% of Americans said they believed he was “ducking responsibility for his earlier statement.”

There is plenty of time for the president to take responsibility and rectify his perceived leadership deficit. It is true that he does not have a rubber stamp; the House of Representatives is certainly opposed to many of his initiatives. But that makes leadership at the top all the more important. Great leaders negotiate and own the consequences.  (Arthur Brooks)

But we don’t have a great leader. We have a petty, vindictive Community Organizer.

Thomas Sowell:

Perhaps the biggest of the big lies is that the government will not be able to pay what it owes on the national debt, creating a danger of default. Tax money keeps coming into the Treasury during the shutdown, and it vastly exceeds the interest that has to be paid on the national debt.

Even if the debt ceiling is not lifted, that only means that government is not allowed to run up new debt. But that does not mean that it is unable to pay the interest on existing debt.

None of this is rocket science. But unless the Republicans get their side of the story out — and articulation has never been their strong suit — the lies will win. More important, the whole country will lose.

AMEN!

memorial

The Pettiness of Command

Some examples.

Mount Vernon is the former plantation of George Washington and is owned by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, which doesn’t receive any government funding.
But the National Park Service “made a mistake” when they closed off the parking lot to the monument because of a “misunderstanding”. (they got caught trying to cause trouble just to score political points).
Nevertheless, the NPS erected barricades in front of parking lots at the estate Tuesday. According to Stephen Gutowski, who documented the attempted closure, Mt. Vernon spokeswoman Melissa Wood told him that “the Park Service was confused about the ownership of those parking lots.” Most of the barricades were removed after several hours. However, Gutowski noted in an update to his post that barricades were still blocking a portion of one parking lot as of Friday morning. Wood told Gutowski that the barricaded section was “most likely owned by the Park Service” but did not elaborate.
But they aren’t being petty and vindictive…

#2: Near MOUNT PISGAH, N.C. — At a spot 5,000 feet above sea level and 20 miles from the nearest town, an innkeeper decided Friday to defy the federal government and reopen his lodge.

That stand lasted about two hours as National Park Service rangers blocked the entrances to the privately run Pisgah Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway after owner Bruce O’Connell decided to reopen his dining room, gift shop and country store at noon Friday for lunch. The federal government had forced the inn, in a leased building on federal land, to shut down at 6 p.m. ET Thursday at the height of fall foliage — and tourism — season.

His family has operated the inn on the parkway about 25 miles from Asheville, N.C., for 35 years. It the only spot for many miles along the 469.1-mile mountain route to sleep or grab a meal and go to the bathroom.

A handful of guests had lunch before Park Service patrol cars blocked the driveways, turning on their orange flashing lights. Rangers turned customers away, saying the government was closed.

Because both the Pisgah Inn and Peaks of Otter Lodge are private, any proposal to pay federal workers for time off during the shutdown wouldn’t apply to employees there.

I’m guessing, if the Inn goes under it will be the Republican’s Fault! 🙂

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/10/04/blue-ridge-parkway-pisgah-inn/2923169/

Man they can guard an Inn in North Carolina more vigilantly than the US Border!! 🙂

#3: American tourists visiting a D-Day cemetery in Normandy, northern France, expressed anger upon discovering that the white-cross memorial they had travelled thousands of miles to see was closed due to a U.S. government shutdown.

#4: AP- Arizona’s Republican leaders, known for picking fights with the federal government, are seething again now that the Grand Canyon is closed because of the budget crisis in Washington.

Ooh, there, “seething” for a fight with Obama!!! n (gee, no media bias here!) 🙂

The ones Trying to open the park are the “seething” nasty fight pickers….

Gov. Jan Brewer wants the state’s signature national park reopened and has offered to pay for it with state money, but her proposal was rejected Thursday by a park official who said that as long as the federal government remains shut down, such a plan isn’t an option.

“I appreciate the support and I thanked them for the offer, but it’s not an offer we can accept,” said park superintendent Dave Uberuaga.

The shutdown that began Tuesday has led to furloughs for about 2,200 people who work at the Grand Canyon National Park and its hotels. “And that’s not counting the economic impact in the gateway communities, all of the related businesses, the bus tours, hiking companies, the jeep tours, all of those associated functions are suffering economically as well,” Uberuaga said.

Many of those businesses also have offered to chip in to pay to reopen the park.

So the “good guys” are the ones who capriciously closed it and refuse to let anyone open it until they’ve caused enough pain to make you scream.
Now that’s “unity” and “compassion”….

CAUSE AS MUCH PAIN, INCONVENIENCE, HASSLE AND STRESS AS POSSIBLE.

Because we all know, it’s the Republican’s Fault!  And only they are to blame!! 🙂

#5: Wesley Pruden of The Washington Times reported:

The Park Service appears to be closing streets on mere whim and caprice. The rangers even closed the parking lot at Mount Vernon, where the plantation home of George Washington is a favorite tourist destination. That was after they barred the new World War II Memorial on the Mall to veterans of World War II. But the government does not own Mount Vernon; it is privately owned by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association. The ladies bought it years ago to preserve it as a national memorial. The feds closed access to the parking lots this week, even though the lots are jointly owned with the Mount Vernon ladies. The rangers are from the government, and they’re only here to help.

“It’s a cheap way to deal with the situation,” an angry Park Service ranger in Washington says of the harassment. “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”

A couple hours later, when an Honor Flight of World War II veterans arrived, accompanied by Democratic and Republican members of Congress, the fences blocking the memorial were easily moved away, allowing the veterans to enter.

But the barriers are still at the memorial, and they’ve been reinforced.

#6: Camp David in central Maryland is being kept open during the government shutdown for his entertainment and security at the same time the Pentagon is cutting sports coverage to hundreds of thousands of troops around the world.

Camp David is where past presidents, who took leadership seriously, have assembled feuding parties from abroad to hammer out their differences in historic peace accords.

But, like we said, Obama has vowed not to negotiate with Americans there or anywhere. So, any budget or debt limit talks there are out of the question.

Maybe he”l just go skeet shooting or golfing until the Republican capitulate 100% to everything he wants. Until then…

CAUSE YOUR ENEMY AS MUCH PAIN, INCONVENIENCE, HASSLE AND STRESS AS POSSIBLE.

Now for the Charlie Sheen Moment: Said a senior administration official: “We are winning…It doesn’t really matter to us” how long the shutdown lasts “because what matters is the end result.”

Mr. President,

We thought you were different, but you turned out to be like all the others. You promised hope and change, but we trust government even less than before. You offered a new brand of post-partisan governing, but the red states and blue states are farther apart than ever. Washington was a mess when you arrived in January of 2009, but by breaking your promises and, frankly, our hearts, you made it worse. You vowed to ban lobbyists from the White House only to sneak them in through loopholes. You barred corporate donations to the first inauguration but let the special interest money rain down the second time around. You even learned to love super PACs. How could you?

Signed,Hopeless and Changed (for the worse)  (National Journal)

Oct 27,2008: “In one week, you can put an end to the politics that would divide a nation just to win an election, that tries to pit region against region, city against town, Republican against Democrat, that asks us to fear at a time when we need hope. In one week, at this defining moment in history, you can give this country the change we need.”— Candidate Obama
Well, it’s changed alright.
And we are all more United than ever!

And it’s all THEIR fault! 🙂

Real Goal?

President Obama: “Speaker John Boehner won’t even let the bill get a yes-or-no vote, because he doesn’t want to anger the extremists in his party,” Obama said. “That’s all. That’s what this whole thing is about.”

Meanwhile, the Senate won’t even vote for the Bills the House has passed, Constitutionally.

But that’s the Republicans fault for passing bills the Democrats won’t even vote on.:)

Yes, Americans in their accidental wisdom did vote twice collectively for a divided government in Washington. An extra check on the president and his Democrat party that went absolutely crazy on spending and social engineering during the two years they controlled everything there.

But divided meant cautious, not paralyzed. Obama has presided over precisely the opposite of what he promised. Remember, he was going to end the capital’s harsh partisan divide? It’s worse now than anyone can remember, which isn’t all his fault.

But a mighty portion is. One of the ancient rules of politics — at least outside the knife-wielding world of one-party incest in the president’s adopted hometown — is you are at least neighborly if not friendly with people when you don’t need them so that you can work together when you do need them.

Here’s all you need know about Obama’s style of power politics: When his party controlled both houses of Congress, it took him 542 days to have the opposition’s Senate leader over for coffee and a chat.

With his party also controlling both houses, George W. Bush waited all of 96 hours to have Ted Kennedy and others of his brand into the Oval Office when there was no agenda but to talk about how they would talk. Bush aides were also not empowered to call Democrats terrorists and hostage-takers.

Yes, you say, but Bush had been a governor, a chief executive leader who had to develop a strategy and build teams and cooperation with opposition politicians in a legislature.

And Obama was, well, an opposition legislator, who never led anything larger than a college protest and is so void of core beliefs he still requires a teleprompter to feed him the best poll-tested words to be seen saying.

If this president was a leader and had the country’s best interests in mind, he would have skipped golf last Saturday and invited legislative leaders in to see what little something they might agree on at that last minute of the expiring fiscal year. To get a deal working.

Instead, Obama called those legislators over two days into the partial government shutdown. And before they even arrived, he had his spokesman, Jay Carney, utter this long sound-bite:

“The President is not going to negotiate about how we can come to an agreement on our budget challenges, how we can come to an agreement about funding necessary priorities to ensure that we grow our economy and ensure that the middle class is protected and expanding, ensure that our kids are getting the best education possible, and then ensure that we reduce our deficit in a responsible way.”

So, no negotiations on anything of substance. Just coffee? A pointless meeting to create positive optics so critics can no longer say, “Obama won’t even meet with Congress.”

Make it look like he gives a damn what you think, when in fact, he doesn’t.

A growing number have become convinced that his cynicism, arrogance and intransigence are proof that results in the form of a budget, a debt limit hike or some such item are not Obama’s real goals.

His real goals are to exacerbate and inflame divisions, tensions and conflicts across American society. It’s a fundamental tenet of community organizing that if everyone is fighting each other, they have less opportunity or energy to resist the organizer’s larger goals. And if people feel they’re living in chaos, the organizer’s alternative of a stronger central organization may well seem more attractive.

Looking back over Obama’s first 1,717 days in office, that style and reach become painfully obvious. Which indicates even more painfully that what lies ahead in his remaining 1,205 days will be tumultuous at best.

DIVIDE AND CONQUER

But Obama never has to face voters again. House Republicans are up for re-election in 13 months.

And he wants to use that to basically say, F* you! I don’t care what you think.

And it’s been per-ordained that his successor is going to be Hillary anyhow. So why are you fighting your almighty GOD of all things?? 🙂

Thomas Sowell:

There is really nothing complicated about the facts. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted all the money required to keep all government activities going — except for ObamaCare.

This is not a matter of opinion. You can check the Congressional Record.

As for the House of Representatives’ right to grant or withhold money, that is not a matter of opinion either. You can check the Constitution of the United States. All spending bills must originate in the House of Representatives, which means that Congressmen there have a right to decide whether or not they want to spend money on a particular government activity.

Whether ObamaCare is good, bad or indifferent is a matter of opinion. But it is a matter of fact that members of the House of Representatives have a right to make spending decisions based on their opinion.

ObamaCare is indeed “the law of the land,” as its supporters keep saying, and the Supreme Court has upheld its Constitutionality.

But the whole point of having a division of powers within the federal government is that each branch can decide independently what it wants to do or not do, regardless of what the other branches do, when exercising the powers specifically granted to that branch by the Constitution.

The hundreds of thousands of government workers who have been laid off are not idle because the House of Representatives did not vote enough money to pay their salaries or the other expenses of their agencies — unless they are in an agency that would administer ObamaCare.

Since we cannot read minds, we cannot say who — if anybody — “wants to shut down the government.” But we do know who had the option to keep the government running and chose not to. The money voted by the House of Representatives covered everything that the government does, except for ObamaCare.

The Senate chose not to vote to authorize that money to be spent, because it did not include money for ObamaCare. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says that he wants a “clean” bill from the House of Representatives, and some in the media keep repeating the word “clean” like a mantra. But what is unclean about not giving Harry Reid everything he wants?

If Senator Reid and President Obama refuse to accept the money required to run the government, because it leaves out the money they want to run ObamaCare, that is their right. But that is also their responsibility.

You cannot blame other people for not giving you everything you want. And it is a fraud to blame them when you refuse to use the money they did vote, even when it is ample to pay for everything else in the government.

When Barack Obama keeps claiming that it is some new outrage for those who control the money to try to change government policy by granting or withholding money, that is simply a bald-faced lie. You can check the history of other examples of “legislation by appropriation” as it used to be called.

Whether legislation by appropriation is a good idea or a bad idea is a matter of opinion. But whether it is both legal and not unprecedented is a matter of fact.

Perhaps the biggest of the big lies is that the government will not be able to pay what it owes on the national debt, creating a danger of default. Tax money keeps coming into the Treasury during the shutdown, and it vastly exceeds the interest that has to be paid on the national debt.

Even if the debt ceiling is not lifted, that only means that government is not allowed to run up new debt. But that does not mean that it is unable to pay the interest on existing debt.

None of this is rocket science. But unless the Republicans get their side of the story out — and articulation has never been their strong suit — the lies will win. More important, the whole country will lose.

AMEN!

Political Cartoons by Robert Ariail

Civility

Obama, Tucson Jan 2012: “As we discuss these issues, let each of us do so with a good dose of humility. Rather than pointing fingers or assigning blame, let’s use this occasion to expand our moral imaginations, to listen to each other more carefully, to sharpen our instincts for empathy and remind ourselves of all the ways that our hopes and dreams are bound together.”

“But at a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized -– at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who happen to think differently than we do -– it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we’re talking with each other in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds.”

You may laugh cynically now…

We’ve taken away the child’s toy, now the temper tantrums go nuclear.

Political Cartoons by Eric Allie

Democrats, who have long posed as the party of peaceniks and doves, have been anything but during the great rhetorical war of 2013. In fact, the party of George McGovern and Jimmy Carter has been mad as hell as of late, leading an offensive of bombastic insults and rhetorical bullying that has dominated the government shutdown. It’s a perfect storm, with Democrats leading the pace.

President Obama called Republicans “reckless and irresponsible,” casting the Grand Old Party in the role of villain. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, referred to Republicans as “anarchists,” and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, deemed Republicans “legislative arsonists.”

Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs compared Texas Sen. Ted Cruz to the child beauty pageant contestant who stars in a show on TLC.

The Republican senator “is the Honey Boo Boo of Washington,” Gibbs said Thursday on Morning Joe.

“Public attacks make it personal. The response, the entire conversation, goes to the attack, not the problem at hand. The moment there’s an audience, posturing takes over,” said Peter Post, director of the Emily Post Institute and author of five etiquette books.

Insults have hidden risks because people don’t always equate aggressive behavior with authority. Roger L. Simon, founder of Pajamas Media, has suggested that Republicans counter Democratic acrimony with a Ronald Reagan-style “charm offensive” to win over disaffected voters.

Be the Adult in the room. The Democrats surely won’t. 🙂

“The president reiterated one more time tonight that he will not negotiate,” House Speaker John Boehner said after congressional leaders met with President Obama at the White House Wednesday.

“The United States of America of will always honor the full faith and credit of our country and no president should be held hostage to that for social or political agenda,” Pelosi said.

Like ObamaCare. 🙂

Now the best laugher:

President Obama admits: When it comes to Republicans and the government shutdown,  he’s “exasperated.”

“During the course of my presidency I have bent over backwards to work with the Republican Party and have purposely kept my rhetoric down . I think I’m pretty well known for being a calm guy. But sometimes people think I’m too calm. But am I exasperated, absolutely I’m exasperated.because this is entirely unnecessary,” he told CNBC’s John Harwood.

If you didn’t get a cynical chuckle out of that, you must be a Democrat. 🙂

The Pew Research Center revealed that 77 percent of the public is either angry or frustrated with the government while Gallup found that almost half of Americans said the budget debate was an attempt by both sides to gain political advantage.

“Democrats have hurled every insult imaginable, such as ‘terrorist,’ ‘arsonist’ and ‘murderers’ against Americans who differ with President Obama. Despite their threats and childish behavior, the speaker has been steadfast in his vision to reduce the size and scope of government and treat everyone fairly,” Rep. Stockman said.

None of this is a shock to Mark Gerzon, a conflict resolution mediator who co-designed and facilitated the Bipartisan Congressional Retreats in 1997 and 1999, dubbed “civility retreats” by the press of the day.

“As someone who has spent 20 years in the crossfire between the armies of left and right, the government shutdown does not surprise me. What surprises me is how long it took for the long-defective partisan machine to actually break down,” Mr. Gerzon said.

“The blame game can be a winning strategy at election time. Election time now never ends. It used to be that politicians played by slash-and-burn election rules for a few months before November every other year. Now they play by those rules all the time. There is almost no ‘governing’ anymore. It is all electioneering.

And we have the 24/7/365 Campaigner-In-Chief in the White House. He’s even campaigning for a law that was passed 3 years ago!

The 24/7 media, of course, are there to chronicle every moment.

“Incivility, dishonesty and character attacks that once were a bad habit during campaign season have become a way of life,” Mr. Gerzon said.

VOTE FOR ME, THE OTHER GUY’S AN ASSHOLE!!!!!

He thinks a civility retreat would work again as long as the American people make it clear that they want the political system fixed and that the event has “political muscle.” Implementation of recommended changes and enforcement of agreements “must not be left to party leaders to act upon because they will not follow through.”

He recommends a bipartisan team of lawmakers who are “transparent and public” in their deliberations. There is a place for very private discussion, too.

Some say the hubbub is appropriate, particularly when it comes from Republican tea party senators.

“Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Marco Rubio, all of these guys were all elected running against Obamacare, promising constituents they would do everything they could to end it. What would you do, break that promise to your constituents? They want them to act like this. I see it all day on Twitter. ‘Thank you, Ted Cruz, for standing up for us,’” said CNN analyst S.E. Cupp.

But former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. said nothing can be accomplished when lawmakers talk past one another.

“Sniping is part of the political process, but unless both parties sit down at the table and begin speaking to one another, nothing happens,” said Mr. Huntsman, who founded NoLabels, a bipartisan grass-roots group bearing the motto “Start fighting, start fixing,” when running for the Republican presidential nomination three years ago.

Mr. Post, the great-grandson of the original manners maven Emily Post, advises the combatants to put down their verbal spears and huddle.

“As long as the media encourages this behavior by covering it, the politicians will keep doing it. And that is a problem.” Mr. Post said.” The public sighs and says, ‘Oh, here’s one more person saying idiotic things to the camera.’ It’s like a broken record.”

And the Liberal Media is very partisan in of itself so they are a part of the problem. And they have 24/7/365 microphones too.

But if “Washington is broken,” as the saying goes, it’s because Boehner and the Tea Party broke it. (MSNBC)

Things could be worse. Historical accounts reveal multiple incidents of confrontations between lawmakers and other officials that resulted in fisticuffs, or assaults with pistols, canes and fireplace tongs.

“Let’s remember that the Founding Fathers foresaw this problem. As they formulated the Constitution, they said that every generation — which Jefferson then considered to be every 19 years — would have to rewrite the rules of governance. It’s time for all of us to step forward and fulfill that promise,” mediator Mr. Gerzon advised.

But that would be the adult thing thing to do. Where are the Adults??

Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert

Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell

Political Cartoons by Glenn McCoy

Political Cartoons by Henry Payne

 Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

And it costs 10 times as much and gives you even less and crashes more than it works…
Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley
Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

Where We are II

Michael Ramirez Cartoon

On the Senate floor before 10 a.m. Friday, the senator gave a speech describing how American politics have reached the level at which “a small group of willful men and women who have a certain ideology”—read: the tea party and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas—have been able to take over the congressional budget debate in the last week. “Since they can’t get their way,” Harkin said, “they’re going to create this confusion and discourse and hope that the public will be so mixed up in who is to blame for this, that they’ll blame both sides.”

This isn’t just congressional business as usual, Harkin said. It’s much, much more dire:

It’s dangerous. It’s very dangerous. I believe, Mr. President, we are at one of the most dangerous points in our history right now. Every bit as dangerous as the break-up of the Union before the Civil War.

Mind you, the Democrats can’t see themselves that way… 🙂

They are so far above you mere mortals that it must be your fault.

Heard this before?

“I will work with anyone who wants to have a serious conversation about our economic future,” Obama said. “But I will not negotiate over Congress’ responsibility to pay the bills it has already racked up. I don’t know how to be more clear about this: no one gets to threaten the full faith and credit of the United States of America just to extract ideological concessions.”

Yes, you have. He will listen to anyone who wants to do it his way, or it’s the highway.

“The Affordable Care Act is one of the most important things we’ve done as a country in decades to strengthen economic security for the middle class and all who strive to join the middle class. And it is going to work.”
Well, with all the exemptions, waivers, and other give-aways the middle class is about the only people who are going to get stuck up their ass with this monstrosity.

And again, if it’s so great, why are the people who didn’t even read the damn thing before they passed it exempting themselves and their friends from it?

Give Democrats as much ObamaCare rope as they want, then sit back and watch them hang themselves. This advice from some pundits is the kind of thing that will make ObamaCare permanent.

After all, wasn’t there a  “elect Obama” and that will bring out another Reagan because he’s so bad that he’ll fail miserably and the people will rise up …

He failed miserably, but got re-elected anyhow.

Yesterday NBC announced it would be running a week of programming to help Obamacare get off its feet. So whether you like the bill or not (and let’s be honest, most Americans are not), NBC is going to hold the President’s hand and tell you all the great things about the new health care law.

The headline of the NBC press release reads:

NBC News Launches “Ready or Not, the New Healthcare Law,” a Multi-Screen Experience to Help Americans Get the Most Out of the Affordable Care Act

Dr. Nancy Snyderman Answers Most Pressing Questions Across Social and Via New Video Series #AskDrNancy

Interactive Tools and Resources Help Audience Navigate New Healthcare Benefits and Marketplaces

 

Starting Monday NBC News will “devote special coverage across all of its platforms to ‘Ready or Not, the New Healthcare Law,’ an extensive series aimed at explaining the complexities of the ACA and its impact on consumers”.

IBD: A group of nuns dedicated to caring for the elderly poor is suing to prevent an uncaring administration from shutting down their compassionate order over their refusal to obey the contraception mandate.

There is no clearer or sadder example of the Obama administration’s war on the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious liberty than the demand by the Department of Health and Human Services to violate their religious consciences or pay heavy fines.

HHS has ruled that if the Sisters don’t offer insurance policies to their employees that include free coverage for sterilization procedures, artificial contraceptives and abortifacients, these vowed-to-poverty women will have to pay about $1 million in IRS fines, effectively making their work nearly impossible.

The Little Sisters of the Poor are a global Roman Catholic congregation of women, founded in 1839 by St. Jeanne Jugan. They operate homes in 31 countries, where they provide loving care for more than 13,000 needy elderly persons. Thirty homes are in the U.S.

Last Tuesday, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Little Sisters of the Poor. It questions the HHS ruling that, while houses of worship are exempt from the contraception mandate, the Little Sisters of the Poor are merely a social service organization that serves and hires non-Catholics, so it does not qualify for an exemption.

“The Little Sisters are driven by their religious faith to do what they do in terms of taking care of the elderly poor,” said Mark Rienzi, senior counsel for the Becket Fund. “The government should not be telling them they have to violate that faith to keep serving the poor.”

That objection has been raised by the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops, which argues that that religious institutions aren’t merely defined by church buildings open on Sunday but by the work they do and that the government needs to ensure the First Amendment isn’t gutted.

“We are not exempt from the (ObamaCare) mandate because we neither serve nor employ a predominantly Catholic population,” Sister Constance Carolyn Veit, the Little Sisters’ communications director, told the Daily Caller. “We hire employees and serve/house the elderly regardless of race and religion, so that makes us ineligible for the exemption being granted churches.”

“Like all of the Little Sisters, I have vowed to God and the Roman Catholic Church that I will treat all life as valuable, and I have dedicated my life to that work,” said Sister Loraine Marie, superior for one of the three U.S. provinces in the congregation. “We cannot violate our vows by participating in the government’s program to provide access to abortion-inducing drugs.”

We are from the Government, we are here to help you!

 

Are We Still On?

Did the Government shutdown (partially since only a quarter of them would have been effected)?

<<knock knock>>

Nope. I guess not.

Darn.

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What a deal...

 

So who caved?

The Republicans mostly. In my view.

They got talked down from $100 Billion to $61 to $39Billion.

Obviously, less than $40 billion in cuts is just a piece of seaweed in the vast ocean of federal spending. Everyone can talk about how big a single-year spending reduction this is (and they will-especially the Liberal media), but spending is now so high that what would have been historic even a decade ago is almost trivial now.

The United States accumulates over $3.5 billion in new debt each and every day. That’s more than $2 million per minute.

So this budget deal means 11 days of Interest payments. That’s ALL that was cut.

Talk about a drop in an red ink ocean.

If this is what is going to happen, imagine when it’s not Billions on the chopping block but TRILLIONS.

Old school “negotiations” will not save us for a financial crisis. Period.

The Democrats were squealing like stuck pigs over this, imagine what kind of Armageddon is coming when it comes to the Paul Ryan’s 2012 budget!

I agree with Rep. Michelle Bachmann, “I’m Disappointed”.

Republicans had included language to deny federal money to put in place Obama’s year-old health care law. The deal only requires such a proposal to be voted on by the Democratic-controlled Senate, where it is certain to fall short of the necessary 60 votes.

A symbolic gesture and an empty concession. So what, big deal…

“Unless we act soon, government spending on health and retirement programs will crowd out spending on everything else, including national security. It will literally take every cent of every federal tax dollar just to pay for these programs,” Sen. Paul Ryan said Saturday.

That debate could come soon.

The Armageddon Hysterics to follow!

The Treasury has told Congress it must vote to raise the debt limit by summer. Republicans hope to use this issue to force Obama to accept long-term deficit-reduction measures.

After this deal, I’m am not hopeful of real change, just “politically viable” change. 😦

President Obama: “But beginning to live within our means is the only way to protect those investments that will help America compete for new jobs,” he said.

And given his track record for completely forgetting what he said from one minute to the next…Remember the “new tone”? The Democrats sure as hell don’t.

Or “I’m open to new ideas” that are comfortable to Democrats only.

Or a “summit” where he “listens”. 😦

Where was Minority Leader Former-Queen Pelosi?

She was at George Soros funded socialist event ALL DAY.

“You really can’t split the difference if splitting the difference means half the kids are going to be thrown off Head Start, but not the full number, or that half the home-bound seniors will lose meals,” Pelosi said. “…You can’t just talk about dollars — you have to talk about values.”

The Values of even BIGGER GOVERNMENT and even more Government Control that is…

Just down the road in Boston, a Soros-funded media conference is trying to manipulate that emerging order as well. Close to 350 left-wingers from a variety of organizations are gathering there for the National Conference for Media Reform. (aka The Ministry of Truth)

That “change the world” conference includes two commissioners from the FCC, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Bernie Sanders, four Democratic representatives, the head of Columbia University, and assorted left-wing journalist types, from Salon’s Glenn Greenwald to disgraced former MSNBC host David Shuster, who now works for a Soros-funded investigative operation.

The rest of the list reads like a “Who’s Who” of left-wing organizations and talking heads, including the president of PBS, a senior vice president with American Public Media, an Al Jazeera English executive, the president of the Newspaper Guild – CWA and Washington Post columnist Rob Pegoraro.

The left-wing billionaire is helping fund two major conferences that start on the same day, in two different locations just a three hours apart by car. Two liberal events packed into one long weekend. God created the world in six days. Apparently, Soros, who sees himself as “some kind of god,”needs just a long weekend to start remaking today’s world in his image.

The emphasis of both conferences is a familiar one to American voters – change. Soros wants to begin changing the global economy in one event. In the other, his flunkies want to “Change the world. Change the media.”

Now that is change you can believe in. Sadly, those who actually report the news must believe in it because they sure as heck aren’t reporting on Soros or either event. And that’s even though staffers or even executives from Reuters, the Financial Times, NPR, PBS, The Washington Post and other major media outlets are speaking at one event or the other.

But the over-arching theme is getting government to fix the media. Columbia University President Lee Bollinger, whose school also includes the well-known and partly Soros-funded Columbia School of Journalism, is one of several speakers advocating for increased government funding for media.

The Ministry of Truth incarnate.

The Ministry of Truth is involved with news media, entertainment, the fine arts and educational books. Its purpose is to rewrite history and change the facts to fit Party doctrine for propaganda effect. For example, if Big Brother makes a prediction that turns out to be wrong, the employees of the Ministry of Truth go back and rewrite the prediction so that any prediction Big Brother previously made is accurate. This is the “how” of the Ministry of Truth’s existence. Within the novel Orwell elaborates that the deeper reason for its existence is to maintain the illusion that the Party is absolute. It cannot ever seem to change its mind for that would imply weakness and to maintain power the Party must seem eternally right and strong.

ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times, et al anyone? 😦

Two other speakers, Free Press founder Robert McChesney and co-author John Nichols…they are consistent in wanting U.S. media to be more like it is in Europe and oppose the “fantasy of a free-market solution.”

That’s not surprising. Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, who is speaking at both conferences, is wildly critical of people who support free markets, or what he calls “free market fundamentalists.” Free markets are directly in opposition with the Soros-funded group think that sees Big Government as merely a starting point for Ever Bigger Government.

This weekend, we get two visions of taxpayer-funded solution, only most in the news media are too short-sighted to see them. (Dan Gainor)

I think that’s why Democrats have such Armageddon feeling about a government shutdown, it’s their drug, their baby. It’s what they live for.

I don’t.

But they want to Force me to.

After all, the Government, and Government power is the end-all and be-all of Liberal Progressive Socialist Utopia.

Machiavelli advised to rulers use most barbarous fear if you want remain on power. Hope is not reliable, man  is very selfish he can revolt against you if his hope is not fulfil but fear of punishment  people not revolt and obey your order without grumble.

It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both.
It is much more secure to be feared than to be loved.
Politics have no relation to morals.
Niccolo Machiavelli

“If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.”– George Orwell.

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No Hyperbole Here…

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The U.S. national debt on January 1st, 1791 was just $75 million dollars. Today, the U.S. national debt rises by that amount about once an hour.

Counting social security and medicare, the U.S. government is committed to future payment in excess of 65 TRILLION dollars.

And that does not even include Unions and their lavish taxpayer funded pensions and benefits. 🙂

But don’t worry, “we aren’t broke” and the Republicans are evil, draconian arseholes who just want to steal food from grandma and give it to the richest 2%!! 😦

More Evidence: Rev Jesse Jackson–

On Thursday’s “Martin Bashir” on MSNBC, Jackson, the founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, said the budget battle on the Republican side represents an effort to make the federal government “dysfunctional.”

“[T]his really is a Civil War fight,” Jackson said. “This is making the federal government dysfunctional on the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. These guys will support three wars. They’ll support tax dodgers. They’ll support the wealthiest Americans getting tax breaks. They want to cut into education and health care. This is an ideological battle.”

“States’ right are anti-civil rights, anti-workers’ right to bargain, anti-social justice, pro-rich and significantly insensitive to poor people — that was the great divide 150 years ago and it’s the great divide today in the ideological sense.”

So just remember, this battle over piddly Billions (against a $15 TRILLION dollar deficit) is morally equivalent to Gettysburg where 51,000 people DIED.  660,000 people died in the Civil War.

Now that’s equivalent and not hysterical hyperbole. 🙂

And his view of history is truly frightening.

Republicans said the principal hang-up in the negotiations centered on the size of the spending cuts to be included in any deal to fund the government through September, when the current budget year ends. But Democrats said the GOP’s demands on social issues, including denying federal dollars for Planned Parenthood, were at the heart of the deadlock.

“It’s an ideological battle,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. “It has nothing to do with the fiscal integrity of this country.”

Democrats said the deadlock was all about a GOP demand to deny federal dollars for Planned Parenthood, which uses the taxpayer money to offer contraception and health care for women. Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest provider of abortion assistance.

Yeah, the ideology of federally funded abortions!  Talk about priorities!!

Really…:(

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton tells Fox 5 in Washington:

“We are absolutely outraged. This is the functional equivalent of bombing innocent civilians… It’s time that the District of Columbia told the Congress to go straight to hell….

If these Republicans insist that, if they don’t get the whole pie they’ll take the whole country down with them.

But don’t worry, there’s no fearmongering and no hyperbole! 😦

And the Democrats are earnestly trying to come a deal, but those rotten Republicans (who are the only ones to pass bills that have died in the Democrat controlled Senate)  refuse to “compromise”.

Congress is responsible for creating a budget each year. The House of Representatives originates the budget, which then must be passed by the Senate and signed by the President.  This is supposed to happen well in advance of the U. S. government’s fiscal year, which begins on October 1 of the year preceding.

That means that the Democratically controlled Congress should have had a 2011 budget ready by Oct. 1, 2010.  But it didn’t. Why?  Because the House Democrats knew, well before that date, that they would likely lose control of the House in the 2010 mid-term elections. Here is it April, with the fiscal year half over and still no budget is done. Appalling is not a strong enough word.  In business, these people would have been fired long ago.

There was no political advantage for them (or the President) to struggle with the gargantuan 2011 budget right before the mid-term elections. They could just pass a series of “continuing resolutions” that allowed the government to go on spending at elevated levels until the new House came into office in January, and let those new Representatives “take the blame” for cutting programs and even for “shutting down the government.”

By failing to fulfill their responsibility to create the 2011 budget, the Democrats in Congress created the potential government shutdown.

They just put a “time-delay fuse” on it, so they could blame it on the new Republican controlled House. (forbes blog)

TA-DA!

And if you disagree with them, well, you’re just a Civil War bomber of innocent people who wants to wages war on the poor and force seniors to starve to death! 🙂

But there’s no hyperbole and fear. 🙂

And the Liberal Media will be “fair”. 🙂

The media are primed to blame Republicans for an impending shutdown that Democrats are praying will happen. The dirty secret is that government doesn’t shut down during shutdowns.

During the Clinton administration, a budget confrontation with the Republican Congress led to a government shutdown that helped Bill Clinton resuscitate his presidency and win re-election. But it didn’t have to be that way.

An indefinite ceasing of nonessential federal activities can be an enlightening event for the public. As Fox News’ John Stossel pointed out this week, most Americans won’t notice that the departments of labor, commerce and agriculture aren’t there anymore — and, as Stossel quipped, “those who would notice shouldn’t be getting those handouts anyway.”

Let enough time pass without these bloated bureaucracies engaging in their daily waste of the hard-earned money of others and people will start catching on that the country can do without them — do better without them, in fact.

Democrats — ably assisted by their allies in the establishment media — have no intention of letting that be the message beamed out to the public, however. The Democratic-controlled Senate and the White House this week rejected a House Republican stopgap measure that would have kept the government open for another week and funded the military for the remainder of the year.

The excuse given by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., was the “riders” within the measure on “women’s health” and “clean air.” But GOP provisions on carbon emissions and Planned Parenthood funding are actually not contained in the stopgap measure, the only riders being a ban on Gitmo detainees going to U.S. soil and a D.C. anti-abortion funding prohibition.

Could it be clearer that Democrats want a shutdown, seeing a Clintonian opportunity to repair their political fortunes?

Be prepared to hear charges that all a shutdown really does is give millions of federal employees an extra paid vacation; idle public employees definitely don’t lose their health benefits, and although there is no guarantee they will get paid for their time away, the administration may do all in its power to see they are paid for nonwork — then blame Republicans.

As Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., noted this week, “three-fourths of the federal workforce would stay in place” during a shutdown — making it not a shutdown but a slowdown. In addition to Social Security, “the military would continue to be paid, and all essential services” would go on, Bachmann told reporters.

The White House on Wednesday said that of the nearly 3 million federal workers, only 800,000 might be furloughed. That makes this “shutdown” largely a show. (IBD)

A politically motivated show.

Can you say set up?

I knew you could.

Remember liberal politicians and apparatchiks have no morals or ethics whatsoever. Win at all costs. No matter what.

As Charlie Sheen would say, “Duh, Winning…” 🙂

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The Blame Game

The Capitol Hill rhetoric reached new levels of ugliness Tuesday as negotiations over some semblance of a federal budget gave way to finger-pointing, with Democrats blaming Tea Party freshmen for a potential government shutdown and Republicans calling those claims a fantasy.

Over the past few days, Democrats have pounded the argument that Congress would have been able to work out a budget deal long ago if not for the extreme demands of Tea Party-aligned lawmakers.

Sen. “Up-Chuck” Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., a member of the Democratic Senate leadership, got on a conference call with reporters Tuesday morning without realizing the reporters were already listening in. Schumer thought he was on a private line with four Democratic senators who were to talk with reporters about the current budget stalemate.

Schumer instructed the group, made up of Sens. Barbara Boxer of California, Tom Carper of Delaware, Ben Cardin of Maryland and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, to tell reporters that the GOP is refusing to negotiate.

He told the group to make sure they label the GOP spending cuts as “extreme.”

“I always use extreme, Schumer said. “That is what the caucus instructed me to use.”

Someone must have finally told Schumer that the media were listening and he stopped talking midsentence.

Here’s a bit more of what he said about House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, according to my notes.

“The main thrust is basically that we want to negotiate and we want to come up with a compromise but the Tea Party is pulling Boehner too far over to the right and so far over that there is no more fruitful negotiations,” Schumer said on the call. “The only way we can avoid a shutdown is for Boehner to come up with a reasonable compromise and not just listen to what the Tea Party wants. “

Schumer described Boehner as “in a box,” over the budget negotiations.

“Unfortunately, there are a number of new people in the Congress who think that a compromise is a sellout,” House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said Tuesday. He said there’s still room for compromise, but accused the “perfectionist caucus” — his latest term for the Tea Partiers — of dragging down the Republican leadership. Hoyer said he put the odds of a shutdown at “five or six” on a scale of 10.

“While Chuck Schumer and the Democratic caucus have been busy in a backroom crafting their ‘blame the Tea Party’ talking points, according to Rasmussen, 69 percent of Americans remain ‘angry’ or ‘very angry’ with the government,” said Mark Meckler, national coordinator of the Tea Party Patriots.

“Why? It’s not that complicated, and it’s definitely not because the American public thinks the government isn’t spending enough money,” he added. “It’s because the majority of the American voters sent a clear message to Washington D.C. in November to get their fiscal house in order, and to make the cuts that will put this country on a sustainable path. Clearly people like Chuck Schumer didn’t listen.” (Washington Examiner and Fox)

It’s not that they did listen. They don’t care. It’s all politics. It’s all about 2012. It’s all about getting their power back so that they can continue their self-serving, monetary drug-addict behavior.

It’s all very arrogant, and very much about THEM.

The petulant drug addicts don’t want to change their ways. Period.

So they are kicking a screaming and whining like children.

And plotting who’s going to take the fall for what they don’t want to do.

Make no mistake — THE DEMOCRATS ARE CHEERLEADING A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN.

They remember how they pinned it on the Republicans the last time so they went back to that playbook.

And the Ministry of Truth Media will be more than happy to do 24/7 blame the Republicans broadcasts. They are probably writing and producing them now.

Be clear — THE DEMOCRATS ARE NOT INTERESTED IN ANY FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY OF ANY KIND.

And the Republicans are still too timid (Much like Obama’s foreign policy) to stand up to it.

The Tea Party is less timid, so that’s why they are the big target.

So since you can’t or won’t get anything done, time to point fingers and blame someone else!

“Make no mistake, if the government ends up shutting down, it will be because Senate Democrats refused to offer a real proposal that cuts spending and because the White House flatly refused to lead,” House Republican Leader Eric Cantor’s office said in a memo Tuesday.

As talks sour, both sides claim they can’t be held accountable since neither has a complete majority in Washington.

“It’s self-evident we don’t control Washington, or we wouldn’t be having this problem,” Hoyer said, arguing that Democrats would not be to blame if the government shuts down.

So it’s not their fault, so it must be The American People’s fault for wanting them to cut spending and live with their means.

We are the truly evil ones.

We want to make the monetary drug-addicts to something about their addiction.

And that’s just too hard for them. They just can’t do it.

So it’s our fault for wanting them to. 😦

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