Trump Card

While I am not a Trump Sycophant, the points made are true.

Politics: As the presidential debate approaches, the Republican establishment is at a loss to figure out Donald Trump’s runaway popularity. That’s easy: The GOP base is fed up with its mealy-mouthed, impotent leaders.

Republican voters see their party’s recently crowned congressional kingpins, as well as the career pols running for the White House, as all talk and no action, while Trump comes across as someone who’d actually get things done.

The real estate magnate is tapping into frustration mainly over GOP Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s and House Speaker John Boehner’s failure to deliver on promises made during the 2014 campaign.

McConnell and Boehner have the power of the purse, yet they’ve punted on promises to defund executive amnesty for illegal immigrants, the Affordable Care Act, the Dodd-Frank Act, HUD’s plan to remap the suburbs and, most recently, Planned Parenthood.

Repealing ObamaCare was the cornerstone of their message to the GOP faithful in 2014. In October alone, they ran more than 35,000 TV ads promising to scrap it. They also flooded the airways with 10,000 commercials vowing to block Obama’s unconstitutional order suspending enforcement of immigration laws.

Then they gave into so fast the spin didn’t have time to snap your head off.

On these messages, Republicans were swept back into power. The day after their victory, McConnell and Boehner wrote a national column pledging to make good on their many pledges. But once seated, they agreed with Democrats to fully fund ObamaCare. They also failed to pass a Homeland Security bill blocking Obamamnesty.

They had no convictions, just more BS.

McConnell’s impotence was on display again Monday when he failed to pass a bill to end taxpayer funding for organ-harvesting abortion clinics. A week earlier, he forced through an amendment reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank, a bastion of crony capitalism.

Last year he complained “many bills that passed the Republican-led House in recent years were never even brought to a vote by the Democratic Senate majority,” adding “many passed with bipartisan support — only to gather dust in a Democratic-controlled Senate that kept them from ever reaching the president’s desk.”

Now they reach his desk with their approval. That’s not what the American People signed up for.

But nothing’s really changed in McConnell’s Senate, where the now-Democrat minority filibusters bills to death. He could have nuked the filibuster like his predecessor Harry Reid, but he’s refused to wield such power for fear of media backlash. What good is a GOP Congress when Obama has had to veto only four bills, while getting virtually all his radical nominees approved?

Minority Rule. Yeah, that’s why we gave the Republican a Majority, so they could let the tyrannical Majority be the Tyrannical minority!

Unlike the GOP political class, Trump is not cowed by the inside-the-Beltway crowd. He gives it right back, which is why he’s leading his closest rival by 2-to-1.

That said, Trump is no conservative panacea. Many of his policy positions, past and present, are a problem, as are his generous donations to Democrats.

In fact, his $34,000 gift to Democratic campaign committees in the 2006 election cycle helped put Reid and Rep. Nancy Pelosi in power. Two years later, they rammed through the medical and financial regulations that McConnell and Boehner can’t roll back.

By breaking their word, these two leaders could deliver the presidential nomination to a candidate whose Republican credentials, if not his swagger, are in doubt.

And “Jar Jar” Boehner and the Wimpy McConnell have only themselves to blame for it. They said one thing and did the opposite, yet again.

But do I think Trump will get the nomination?

No.

The Republican Elites like Boehner and McConnnell will get together with their Democrat Like-minds with the Media in tow and sabotage him (Nuke him) because he’s not what THEY want.

In the end, it’s not what the people want that matters to Republicans in DC, and that’s why Trump is winning right now.

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All I Want For Christmas is My 6,488 Earmarks!


The Democrats have decided what they want for Christmas. Your front teeth and everything else you and the next several generations own.

They have stuffed their own stockings full of joy (for them).

They want to go out on a drug induced high.

They don’t care if Santa thinks they’ve been naughty.

THE LAST FEAST: 6,488 EARMARKS

$575.13 million per page

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Senate Democrats have filed a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill that would fund the government through fiscal year 2011, according to Senate GOP sources.

Then there’s the DREAM ACT, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, etc. They are vastly more important than the debt or deficit!

And if we don’t get them, we’ll stay here until January 5th and hold our breath and turn blue until you kiss our buts!

The package drew a swift rebuke from Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee.

“The attempt by Democrat leadership to rush through a nearly 2,000-page spending bill in the final days of the lame-duck session ignores the clear will expressed by the voters this past election,” Thune said in a statement. “This bill is loaded up with pork projects and should not get a vote. Congress should listen to the American people and stop this reckless spending.

The Senate bill, though, boosts spending by $16 billion.

“We’re not through. Congress ends on Jan. 4,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat.

So we’ll keep you HOSTAGE until the very last second to pass our Agenda or else!

We are going to squeeze you and everyone else to the last possible second to get our Ideological Obsessions done whether you like it or not.

Screw the Elections! F*ck the Voters! Sh*t on going quietly into the night! Up Yours! 🙂

We want what we want and when we want it and we don’t give a crap about anything else!

Up Yours!

We love earmarked-to-your-death 2,000 page bills!

“Mr. President, at 12:15 p.m. this afternoon, my office received a copy of the omnibus appropriations bill. It is 1,924 pages long and contains the funding for all 12 of the annual appropriations bills for a grand total of over $1.1 Trillion. It is important to note that the 1,924 pages is only the legislative language and does not include the thousands of pages of report language which contain the details of the billions of dollars in earmarks and, I’m sure, countless policy riders.

“While we continue to uncover which earmarks the appropriators decided to fund – thanks to a new online database – we at least know what earmarks were requested by Members and how much those projects would cost the American people if they were all funded. Taxpayers against Earmarks, http://www.washingtonwatch.com and Taxpayers for Common Sense joined forces to create this database. According to the data they compiled – for fiscal year 2011 Members requested over 39,000 earmarks totaling over $130 billion. Absolutely disgraceful. I encourage every American to go to the website http://www.endingspending.com study it, and make yourselves aware of how your elected officials seek to spend your money.

“In the short time I’ve had to review this massive piece of legislation – I’ve identified approximately 6,488 earmarks totaling nearly $8.3 billion. Here is a small sample:

$277,000 for potato pest management in Wisconsin
$246,000 for bovine tuberculosis in Michigan and Minnesota
$522,000 for cranberry and blueberry disease and breeding in New Jersey
$500,000 for oyster safety in Florida
$349,000 for swine waste management in North Carolina
$413,000 for peanut research in Alabama
$247,000 for virus free wine grapes in Washington
$208,000 beaver management in North Carolina
$94,000 for blackbird management in Louisiana
$165,000 for maple syrup research in Vermont
$235,000 for noxious weed management in Nevada
$100,000 for the Edgar Allen Poe Cottage Visitor’s Center in New York
$300,000 for the Polynesian Voyaging Society in Hawaii
$400,000 for solar parking canopies and plug-in electric stations in Kansas

“Additionally, the bill earmarks $727,000 to compensate ranchers in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan whenever endangered wolves eat their cattle. As my colleagues know, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Gray Wolf program is under intense scrutiny for wasting millions of taxpayer dollars every year to ‘recover’ endangered wolves that are now overpopulating the West and Midwest. My State of Arizona has a similar wolf program but ranchers in my state aren’t getting $727,000 in this bill.

“Mr. President, I will have much more to say about this bill later this week. I assure my colleagues – we will spend a great deal of time talking about this bill and the outrageous number of earmarks it contains. But for now let me just say this: it is December 14th – we are 22 days away from the beginning of a new Congress and nearly three full months into fiscal year 2011 – and yet we have not debated a single spending bill or considered any amendments to cut costs or get our debt under control. Furthermore, the majority decided that they just didn’t feel like doing a budget this year. How is that responsible leadership?

“This is the ninth omnibus appropriations bill we have considered in this body since 2000. That is shameful and we should be embarrassed by the fact that we care so little about doing the people’s business that we continuously put off fulfilling our constitutional responsibilities until the very last minute.

“One thing is abundantly clear to me – that the majority has not learned the lessons of last month’s election. The American people could not have been more clear. They are tired of wasteful spending. They are tired of big government. They are tired of sweetheart deals for special interests. They are tired of business as usual in Washington. And they are tired of massive bills – just like this one – put together behind closed doors, and rammed through the Congress at the last moment so that no one has the opportunity to read them and no one really knows what kind of waste is in them.

“Let me be clear about one thing – if the Majority Leader insists on proceeding to this monstrosity – the American people will know what’s in it. I will be joined by many of my colleagues on this side of the aisle to ensure that every single word of this bill is read aloud here on the Senate floor.

“I encourage my friends on the other side of the aisle to rethink their strategy and move forward with a short-term continuing resolution to fund the government into next year when a new Congress takes over – a Congress that was elected by the American people on November 2nd. “The majority may be able to strong arm enough members into voting for this omnibus – but they will not win in the end. The American people will remember – and I predict that we will see a repeat of November 2nd in the very near future.” (Sen. John McCain)

OBAMACARE UPDATE

The newest defense of the Health Care Mandate: Auto Insurance!

They are not even remotely the same thing.

I wrote a blog about this 15 months ago when they trotted this crap out the last time: https://indyfromaz.wordpress.com/2009/10/01/the-bad-analogy/

But let me just hit you with Point#1 that blows the whole argument to pieces in seconds:

If you don’t have a car, you don’t need or are required by law to have auto insurance!

Just try that under Obama’s Health Care. You’ll be hearing the jackboots of the IRS stomping on your face very soon…

Q.E.D. 🙂

And these are supposed to be bright people?

They are, but their Ideology is so far up their arse that it has throttled their brainpower.

And they don’t care, because they are vastly superior to you!

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Veni Vidi Vici…Almost

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The Republicans are going to pick up more seats  in the House in the election than anyone’s done since WWII.

Can you say Queen of Her own Narcissism, Nancy Pelosi, is tossed out on her butt as Speaker. Maybe she’ll be MINORITY Leader. 🙂

But Prince Harry Reid and the Democrats managed to hold onto the Senate. But will Give ’em All Hell Harry still be Speaker in January??

The Republicans only picked up 6 Seats. But now you have 49 Democrats, 2 Liberal Independents and 46 Republicans.

Maybe in 2012!  Along with Obama we can sweep the cockroaches out of  the People’s Congress. 🙂

So this is far from over!

Jan Brewer easily beat Terry Goddard. Thank the Lord. And we have a majority of Republicans in the House again. The Legislature is solidly Republican.

Lots of  New Republican Governors so far also.

But The race to unseat Mr. “Boycott My State”  Raul Grijalva was lost by 570 votes! (that went to 3rd party candidates) DAMN! 😦

We passed by proposition  to ban Affirmative Action, so I wonder if Eric Holder is going to sue us YET AGAIN! 🙂

We also passed a Constitution Amendment against The Health Care Mandates of ObamaCare.

So I’m sure we’ll get sue YET AGAIN!.

Bring it on Eric!

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Jan 2009: President Obama listened to Republican gripes about his stimulus package during a meeting with congressional leaders Friday morning – but he also left no doubt about who’s in charge of these negotiations. “I won,” Obama noted matter-of-factly, according to sources familiar with the conversation.

Nov 2, 2010: YOU LOST!  Now what? Elections do have Consequences! 🙂

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Here is an ironclad certainty: It’s too little too late for the antagonist-in-chief to paper over two years of relentless Democratic incivility and hate toward his domestic “enemies.” Voters have spoken: They’ve had enough. Enough of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner’s rhetorical abuse. Enough of his feints at bipartisanship. Whatever the final tally, this week’s turnover in Congress is a GOP mandate for legislative pugilism, not peace. Voters have had enough of big government meddlers “getting things done.” They are sending fresh blood to the nation’s Capitol to get things undone.

Just two short years ago, Obama campaigned as the transcendent unifier. “Young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled, Americans have sent a message to the world that we have never been just a collection of red states and blue states,” he proclaimed. “We have been and always will be the United States of America.” It’s been an Us vs. Them freefall ever since.

“We don’t mind the Republicans joining us,” Obama taunted a few weeks ago. “They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back.”

As voters who have been maligned by the ruling majority as stupid, unwashed, racist, selfish and violent headed to the polls Tuesday, Democrats released “talking points” attacking Republican leaders who “are not willing to compromise.” But “no compromise” is exactly the message that un-American Americans delivered to Washington this campaign season:

No more compromising deals behind closed doors. No more compromising bailouts in times of manufactured crisis. No more compromising conservative principles for D.C. party elites. No more compromising the American economy for left-wing special interests. No more compromising transparency and ethics for bureaucratic self-preservation.

Let us be clear, in case it hasn’t fully sunk into the minds of Obama and the trash-talking Democrats yet: You can take your faux olive branch and shove it. Thank you. (Michelle Malkin)

Will the Democrats be humbled by having their head chopped off?

NO.

Expect the Senate to be the Liberal Firewall against the House’s Reform agenda.

Obstuctionism, in the Liberal’s view, is now in vogue. It’s no longer an excuse it’s a moral imperative to stop the vast right wing conspiracy against their Socialist greatness.

So Enjoy the victory, but it’s far from over!

We may have destroyed the Death Star, but the Empire is still building another one in secret to menace the people again. So we have much more work to do.

This was “The New Hope” so we still more to go before 2012 and the “Return of the People”.

The Empire is not going to go quietly.

 

The Ruling Class Propaganda Machine

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Did you hear the one about the 55 jobs that were saved or created by using $111,000,000?

No? Just ask Los Angeles.

More than a year after Congress approved $800 billion in stimulus funds, the Los Angeles city controller has released a 40-page report on how the city spent its share, and the results are not living up to expectations.

“I’m disappointed that we’ve only created or retained 55 jobs after receiving $111 million,” said Wendy Greuel, the city’s controller. “With our local unemployment rate over 12 percent we need to do a better job cutting red tape and putting Angelenos back to work.”

According to the audit, the Los Angeles Department of Public Works spent $70 million in stimulus funds — in return, it created seven private sector jobs and saved seven workers from layoffs. Taxpayer cost per job: $1.5 million.

The Los Angeles Department of Transportation created even fewer jobs per dollar, spending $40 million but netting just nine jobs. Taxpayer cost per job: $4.4 million.

Greuel blamed the dismal numbers on several factors:

1. Bureaucratic red tape: Four highway projects did not even go out to bid until seven months after they were authorized.

2. Projects that were supposed to be competitively bid in the private sector went instead went to city workers.

3. Stimulus money was not properly tracked within departments

4. Both departments could not report the jobs created and retained in a timely fashion..

And this bureaucrat went on to give themself a B- grade for their performance!!

And these are the bureaucrat types who are going to be in charge of your Health Care and whether you live or die?

God Help us All!!

But the Stimulus is a compete and glorious success. Just ask the Mainstream Media and Press…

And Now the Ministry Of Truth Cheerleading of The Week Story:

Diane Sawyer (Anchor, ABC News Tonight) announced the “President’s stimulus program” of $818 billion was “designated to create or save millions of jobs” and though “Republicans say it’s been largely unsuccessful,” the “White House is firing back, and our Jon Karl has a look at the top of the list, the ones that have worked the best.”  Previewing a report to be released Friday by the Vice President’s office, “100 Recovery Act Projects that Are Changing America” (AP dispatch), Karl trumpeted how “the White House will detail the top 100 stimulus programs in the country. We have an exclusive list at what they considered the greatest hits of the stimulus program.”

Karl began with a project in New Jersey “where a toxic area contaminated by an old electronics plant is being transformed into a new industrial park, thanks to $30 million stimulus dollars” and, he raved, “the project has already created 68 jobs.”

Showing the effort to which ABC went to produce the advertisement for President Obama, the Washington DC-based Karl showed himself at the site of his second example in New York City, to which he credited 120 jobs: “The White House is also touting the $175 million in stimulus funds being spent here at New York’s Staten Island ferry terminal, replacing nine bridges like this one that are in a dangerous state of disrepair.”

Next, after noting Senator John McCain’s claim the spending has been a waste, Karl cited “230 jobs created” by “$51 million for a new facility for injured veterans at Fort Bliss, Texas” and, finally, without any job creation claim, “$25 million in tax credits for GE to build a new plant for energy efficient appliances in Louisville, Kentucky.” That would be a little corporate welfare for MSNBC’s owner.

Karl concluded that adding up all the jobs in the 100 projects in the White House list, though he did not cite a total claimed number, “comes to $250,000 per job, but the White House says the actual cost per job is much lower, because each of these projects will have ripple effects, creating many more jobs in the future.”

Sawyer then reiterated the White House line: “So they say these are facts, too, and these are the facts that show it’s been working.”

And these are the facts that show there is no Journalism anymore in the Mainstream media, just Propaganda for Big Brother.

“I’m sad to report today a death of a good friend to all of us…..Journalism, the once esteemed 4th estate of our nation and the protector of our freedoms and a watchdog of our rights has passed away after a long struggle with a crippling and debilitating disease of acute dishonesty aggravated by advanced laziness and the loss of brain function.”–Former Gov. Mick Hucakbee (2009).

Just the Facts, Ma’am! 🙂

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Our New Orwellian Phrase of the Week:

From the administration that brought you “man-caused disaster” (terrorist attack) and “overseas contingency operation,” (war) another terminology change is in the pipeline.

The White House wants the public to start using the term “global climate disruption” in place of “global warming” — fearing the latter term oversimplifies the problem and makes it sound less dangerous than it really is. (FOX)

So from Global Cooling…”inadvertent climate modification.”….to Global Warming…To Global Climate Change… to Climate Change…to Global Climate Disruption?….. 🙂

And when that fails to dull the minds of everyone to their fake threat then what?

But Republicans predicted that re-branding the issue would have limited effect on the legislative effort. GOP strategist Pete Snyder said he doubts the term is going to change hearts and minds. “Are they going to change the name of weathermen to disruption analysts?”

Especially, after Climate Gate it was very apparent that science was taking a back seat to Progressive Liberal Politics.

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) turned an already fractious midterm election cycle on its ear, defying her own party to launch a write-in campaign for her Senate seat after losing to Tea Party Republican Joe Miller in the primary.

I guess her Ego just couldn’t handle losing to an insignificant little dweeb in the Tea Party.

This is what’s wrong with the ruling political classes on BOTH sides. They are too comfortable with their Marie Antionette “Let Them Eat Cake” attitude that they are so much better than the little people.
Yes, even Republicans.
Remember, I am a registered Independent. I am also a Conservative, first.

“We cannot accept the extremist views of Joe Miller,” she said, admitting that she did not “swing back” when under attack in the primary, but promising to do so with relish now.

“The gloves are off,” she said.

Her Ego must have really been bruised. Now she sounds like MSDNC, or the NAACP or Huffington Post.

The ruling class has been hurt by the little people.

“The Peasants are revolting, sire”

“Yeah, I know, they stink on ice” (Mel Brooks History of the World Part 1) 🙂

Then there’s Chrisitine O’Donnell, the “kooky” candidate Tea party nominee in Delaware that upset the apple cart by taking out a RINO (Republican in  Name Only) who was well loved by the ruling class because he had an (R) next to his name but was in fact a Liberal. But he was one of “them”.

Karl Rove attacks her savagely, sounding like Chris Matthews  or Rachael “Madcow” Maddow on MSDNC.

Charles Krauthammer, who anyone who reads this blog will know I have great respect for, attacks her.

Why?

Because it’s a numbers game to them. Winning at any cost is just politics.

And that’s all that matters. The Power. Not the principles.

But if we happen to get conservatives in at the same time, that’s a bonus. Not the actual benefit.

And isn’t that ass backwards??

“The verdict is in,” O’Donnell proclaimed. “The small elite don’t get us. They call us wacky. They call us wing nuts. We call us ‘we the people.’” What is happening in America today, she said “is a love affair with liberty.”
“The constitution is making a comeback,” O’Donnell said. “Americans want our leaders to defend our values, our culture, our legacy of liberty and our way of life — not apologize … They have rejected the narrative that has been imposed on them by the D.C. cocktail crowd.”
Many voted for “Hope and Change” and what they got was a Hope of what the Progressive Liberal Democrats wanted to Change this country into.
“Yes We Can” meant the Democrats changing America into Europe.
And the ruling classes of politicians are ok with it, as long as they are the ones in power.
“I don’t want the majority back if we don’t believe anything,” Sen. DeMint said on Fox News. “So I think if we want the numbers, if we want the majority, then we’re going to have to stand on some principles that the American people believe in.”
And neither do I, because then you’re just trading one slave master for another.
The political animal has not changed his spots.
So we have to change them for him or her.
Simple.