The defeat of his Plan B — Republicans pulled it when it became clear it would be voted down — is a big defeat for Speaker of the House John Boehner. It demonstrates definitively that there is no fiscal cliff deal that can pass the House on Republican votes alone. Boehner could not even muster the votes to pass something that would only allow tax rates on those making more than $1 million to go up. Boehner’s Plan B ran into opposition from conservative and tea party groups -including Heritage Action, Freedom Works and the Club for Growth –
Tell the demns to take a high jump in a short doorjamb then go home for CHRISTmas! This "cliff" is just a tiny bar ditch compared to the crevasse we´re about to topple into if the brilliant (as in imbecilic) demn leaders in the Senate don´t pass a decent budget and stop spending NOW for crying out loud.
It will hurt but it will hurt everyone. And it will signal that the free ride is not so free anymore. Sure, the bums and the welfare types will not worry about taxes, but many will no longer have unemployment. And the pressure to be reasonable with our money will be greater since more of us will be paying into the system. When almost half don´t pay anything in income taxes, it is hard to feel the pain. Now that most will be affected, they will know how painful our goobernment has become. And maybe enough will hurt to actually want to do something about the evil that has infested our goobernment. Or...they will just blame the rich and never hold the responsible parties accountable.
The House controls everything. The only way democrats win is if the House caves into their ridiculous demands for more spending. That message was driven home to Boehner last night.
Now, lets cut a penny from every dollar in every department´s budget, with a demand that it does not affect the end users of each department. Use the 2011 budget. This will be a minuscule start on reducing the fat in the bureaucracy of the federal government.
And tell the Senate democrats to pass this budget or face a shut down of the federal government. As soon as Michelle figures out this will put a hurt on her numerous vacations, Obama will sign the bill.
This article leaves the impression that 3 pressure groups are to blame for what happened. That isn´t how it happened. I listened to Mark Levin´s show last night during the vote. He interviewed several GOP House members over the course of the show. Such as Jim Jordan of Ohio before the vote, Louie Gohmert of Texas, and Tim Scott of South Carolina after the vote. Mr. Levin said he was told the turning point was a vote on a rule of some kind, not the actual Plan B. 13 conservatives voted against the rule. That vote somehow made Boehner/Cantor/McCarthy believe they would have big problems if they pushed the vote. Mr. Levin read the 13 wonderful names. 4 of them are people who aren´t returning so were able to vote their conscience without fear of Boehner or lobbyists. Anyhow, Mark did a great job.
Reply 8 - Posted by:
Fiesta del sol, 12/21/2012 6:46:45 AM (No. 9077195)
We´re already over the fiscal cliff. Obamacare and the $Trillion dollar Porkulusmvill sent us over. I don´t understand Washington, but why aren´t the GOP leaders out on all the shows talking spending cuts? Real cuts to useless bureaucracies like the EPA, USDA, etc?
Take a page from the Pelosi play book, and get a 24/7 camera crew with talking points that America can understand.
I want us to "go over the cliff" because once that is done (although I think it´s already done), perhaps the Democrats will realize that we can play hard ball too.
If conservatives don´t hold Boehner´s feet to the fire, he will cave.
And will someone please tell me what Obama´s plan is for cutting spending? Why is the GOP accepting the premise that Obama´s plan to raise taxes on "only the wealthiest Americans" is acceptable without a corresponding plan to seriously cut spending other than in the military where it´s not supposed to be cut?
To Mark Levin: "thank me" ! His program was excellent last night. To Republicans, "it´s the spending, stupid". To democrats, proof is coming that the Bush tax cuts were NOT just for millionaires..they were for every American. Obama lied about that to become President. McCain was too stupid to call him out on it.
The key word here is bipartisan. The ´Rats are not and have never been serious about cutting entitlements. That is the oxygen of their existence, they have nothing else to offer. After the victory of 2012 they are not going to agree. If the RINOs want to enter a ´heads I win, tails you lose´ with the other side its up to them. IMO ..let ´er rip.
There is a seemingly endless supply of clubs the republicans could beat the dems with, but they seldom choose to pick them up. I wonder how many Americans realize that the federal government has been operating without a budget throughout Obama´s ´reign´? We know it, but the fact that Average Joe doesn´t is the fault of the republicans. They need to mention it nonstop until all Americans are aware that the democrats are to blame for the reckless deficit and resultant ballooning debt. It´s time to stop the madness and the catalyst will be public furor. Time for the republicans to play community organizers.
#9 is right we have already gone over the cliff. The question is how hard will the landing be? We need real spending cuts not just reductions in the rate of increase but actually spending less (about a trillion dollars less) than last year. Not only cuts but the elimination of Departments like Energy, Education the Doe, EPA, NPR, PBS, Americorps, ethanol subsidies the list things we don´t need is almost endless including the UN. We need a balanced budget next year not in ten years. But none of this will happen Congress will just make a slight reduction in the increase declare that cuts have been made I guess they think we are all fools.
Reply 14 - Posted by:
Bad Dog, 12/21/2012 7:30:46 AM (No. 9077248)
This all reminds me of parenting very young children.
Going through the grocery store, they were fine - bored, but fine - until we get to that tiny toy aisle. And it begins.
By the time we get to the eye-level candy counter at checkout, there is screeching and tears and tantrums.
You try to reason with them, you tell them you don´t have any extra money (and they see you pay for your groceries with one piece of paper with your name on it), you tell them it´s bad for them. But it goes on. And on. And on.
Then at some point, you just have to be the grownup, and discipline your kid, or you´re forever giving in to them just to shut them up.
And then what have they learned? That you´re easy. That you´ll take the most expedient way out, just to keep a false peace. That THEY are the boss, and you are their servant.
This analogy could go on and on..... we all know it. John Boehner has become the teenage babysitter to the infantile Dems, who perform their constant ritual of never-ending screeching at the candy counter. Our money is exactly at eye level for them - they got a few cheap toys in the tiny little toy aisle, and now they´re demanding everything on the candy counter. Boehner seems to have ´unlearned´ being an adult and has become easy. The childish Dems have him all figured out.
Thank goodness for his buddies, who will be the bad guys in this, but they are far more foresightful, and really are doing what´s best for us.
The difference in the analogy and reality is that the Dems truly will hate Boehner forever. Your children will mature and love you again - the Dems will continue to screech. They don´t learn.
It´s funny how the "Bush tax cuts for the rich", a phrase we´ve heard repeatedly for years, if allowed to expire will not only raise the rates for all taxpayers, it will readjust the brackets down to ensnare those who haven´t had to pay taxes. It´s also funny that while Zero claims to want higher taxes on millionaires and billionaires he won´t accept any increase that doesn´t start at the $250,000 a year level. Cue Ripley 8: "I´m finding a lot of things funny lately, but I don´t think they are."
The fiscal cliff is Plan B. If the GOP and the dems can´t reach an agreement, a bipartisan agreement is already in place. I´ve said this before: once the Obamabots feel the pinch (higher taxes) from his disastrous economic policies, he´ll lose support. The media already blaming the cliff on the Republicans, eventually it will dawn on the Obamabots that he is the president and the responsibility is his.
Reply 18 - Posted by:
O.S. Banker, 12/21/2012 7:47:22 AM (No. 9077280)
In re: #8, I have to disagree. Speaker Boehner deserves the support of his caucus when he earns it. His previous actions regarding the more conservative members of the party were reprehensible. Speaker Boehner´s predisposition to making deals has neutered his effectiveness. Nobody inside the beltway sees any problem that can´t be solved with more money in the Federal Governments coffers, yet they never realize that those funds represent the capital necessary to grow the economy, and create new opportunities for employment.
Sometimes I wonder if Ayn Rand wrote the script for the last 2 years?
As others have pointed out this was a victory by Mark Levin who is a real leader. Beginning with his Wed show he warned members against voting for this symbolic measure. It will not get past the Senate or be signed by Obama so make it a vote on principle. Levin recommended a bill giving tax cuts on all the lower income levels. That would be symbolic but at least it doesn´t validate Obama´s marxist class warfare rhetoric. When you play on Obama turf you remain in a hopeless position with the PR blame game. The nation has Rat leaders and it needs conservative leaders who will make the case for things we discuss here every day. We have not lost - our case has never been made!!
It just occurred to me that the far left wing of the Democrat Party never gets blamed for gridlock in Congress when they drag their Party off to port side , but let the Tea Party or other conservatives try to keep people like Boehner from straying into the middle and all hell breaks loose from the Left AND from establishment conservatives.
What a total waste of time these past few weeks were. Why didn´t we have any ads on TV explaining our position? We have no effective messaging strategy and it is hurting us. I would have liked to see more people involved in the negotiations too. If Boehner was smart he would have had Ryan with him in those talks. I frankly, don´t believe Boehner was up to the task. We need leaders who are strong, articulate and will speak the truth without the gauzy filter we are so used to. If we won´t address the problem it will never be solved. Boehner should have said he would not negotiate without spending cuts on the table now. I am disgusted with the Republicans. We need leaders. As Ronald Reagan said, we have serious problems with simple solutions.
Obama is bitterly clinging to these irrelevant, symbolic, and totally ineffective tax hikes because he decided somewhere in the middle of his first term that the other two branches of government should be neutralized so that he can reign unimpeded by the American people. I don´t find his refusal to compromise to be so much partisan as just chilling. He needs to be taught a lesson.
Boehner is a typical politician, not a leader. When the GOP gets blamed for everything bad over the next 4 years, we should at least be taking hits because we are doing the right thing for the country - not because we didn´t cave enough. How is caving to Marxists ever the right thing? Conservative ideas were the answer before the fiscal cliff, and they will remain the answer as we go over, and beyond. Boehner has no ´true north´ - he´s just a politician, nothing more.
I for one am tired of Boehner and his political games. I do not think he and his small bunch of rino cronies are leaders. They have stood for nothing and gotten steamrolled by the democrats. barack Hypocrite obama is not a leader, he is king of the playground; you can tell by the way he acts. It is time for a party with leaders to stand up for the country and stop playing political games. Indict, impeach, bring criminal charges, repeal regulations, enforce the laws we have. Clean the house and cut through the crap.
This was never going to be resolved anyway. First of all, higher taxes? Obama wanted that.
Secondly, Blame the Republicans? That, too.
Thirdly, NO compromise would work without him whipping his party into line and that was work and Obama does NOT work; doesn´t know the meaning of the word.
Boehner should have been principled from the start. He should have offered not just a good solution but an agressively good one to give himself room to bargain. He was an idiot who damaged his credibility.
Yes, this is what happens when you cater to the stupid vote. And, they have one question only, "what comes after Obama phones? You said there was more. What? That´s all we care about". If just one person would ask an Obama phone person if the govt has to take money from someone who works to give it to you, is that OK? We know their answer is yes.
This will definitely expose our divide. After we go over the cliff see which side comes unglued. The left will demand that Socialism be adopted and spending begin immediately. The right will tighten their belts.
The DUMB party really blew this one. Boehner had Obama in a trap to prove that he was a liar about only wanting to raise taxes on millionaires and billionaires. So, we were going to pass a tax on millionaires and billionaires and trap with NO HOPE of the bill passing the Senate or being signed by the president. But the TEA PARTY let Obama out of the trap. Dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb. Jenny Beth, you guys missed this one. I still love you, but you blew it on this one.
#17 - If only! Don´t count on it. Never underestimate the Obamabots´ capacity for childish wishful thinking and for belief that their guy is perfect in all ways. And this delusion is not limited to Obamabots. How else, in the face of all that has happened these past four years, did Obama get 52% of the popular vote, and with epic cheating in certain key states, a total of 53% of the vote? As far as I´m concerned, the whole shooting match of them can go over the cliff and land on the rocks with a juicy splat. They are incorrigible.
#40 expressed my opinion. When the pain comes it will be reported that it was because the Republican House could not present a bill to the Senate to vote on. We could have put the ball in the Dems hands.
The Speaker did what he could to throw the ball back into the Dems´ court. He had Ryan´s support, which counts a lot with me.
The naysayers stood on principle. I can understand that, but in so doing, they cut their leader off at the knees. This humiliation of Boehner may feel good to some, but it grievously hurts the caucus, imo. Not good.
#31 cuts to the chase. The dems are the party of "Dr No" and have/had no intention of passing anything the House presents.
This whole debacle could have been avoided if the DC politicians had done their job when the debt ceiling issue came up before in 2011. Pubs had Obama over a barrel, gave him what he wanted anyway. They then deferred the dirty details until after the election, after "the gang of twelve"/summer 2011 failed. Those fools in DC are definitely NOT worth what they are being paid.
Now what is you kick Boehner to the all- hours- parties in DC and hire someone with cajones´ , say like Louis Gomert . Someone who´d tell that little rodent wannabe dictator to go play on the freeway . No #2 , taxes DO NOT go up if the House does that very thing . This is not a dictatorship , yet .
Cantor and John are on CSpan and it is really sad that so many mouth off when they know nothing. Pubbies were all set with a good proposal - reid went home and has not passed any bills from the House. As for levin - peamit gallery - easy for him. I turned him off.
Since the Constitution clearly states that all spending bills must originate in the House, the Republican house should put together a bill that overhauls the entire federal spending, including the "entitlement" programs like Medicare and Social Security. All of them. And include the elimination of "base line budgeting". That should easily pass the House. Send it to the Senate and then the RNC should run a continuous campaign in support of it and state the reasons why. Secondly, if the House really wants to put pressure on Obozo and the Dims, don´t pass ANY spending bill with the exception of the Defense bill, without additional spending amendments. That cuts off the money flow for the dims. Let them all scream and cry until THEY come up with some idea of cutting actual spending. And I mean reduce the amount of dollars spent each year.
Reply 50 - Posted by:
Mr. Know-It-All, 12/21/2012 10:39:09 AM (No. 9077658)
This is a no win for the pubbies. oblamer clearly wants to go "over the cliff" (btw, I´m tired of that description). In this way he will have a ready excuse for the coming recession and will blame the pubbies for not caving. And the propaganda wing of the socialist party (AKA, the driveby "news" oragnizations) will obediantly report that line ad infanitum.
The problem has and continues to be spending. Dr. Sowell and others have pointed out that even if you confiscate the wealth of all those millionaires and billionaires (to include friends of the Obamas like Jay-Z and Beyonce)it will not make a dent.
And why isn´t Sen McConnell pointing out that Sen Reid refuses to pass any bill from the House?
After thinking about this a little bit more, I think the Republicans were wrong to reject this proposal. They should have made it a as a final offer and gone home. If the Democrats rejected it, the tax increases would be their fault. Now what is going to happen is that after the taxes go up, the Democrats will float a plan lowering taxes for everyone but the "rich" and add a lot of spending and other junk. If the Republicans vote against it, it will be "their fault." Boehner should give Plan B another try--maybe bring some Democrat in conservative districts in. Has Congress adjourned yet?
Hey Slick... how did punishing Tea Party members by removing them from committees work out for you. Might just get yourself removed after the new Congress is sworn in.
A leadership position requires just that, not pandering to the other party on proposed laws that harm the Constitution and the American people. The House is the one organization that best reflects how the electorate feels about what is going on in this country. They gave the you a majority. Start sending legislation forward that cuts taxes and trims unnecessary government. Stop pandering to GOP incompetents who lost the last Presidential election.
Earlier this week, Newt Gingrich was on Hannity´s radio show. he said that if Obama wanted the allow the Bush tax rates to expire, that is go back the rates of the Clinton Administration, the Republicans should not stand in the way, then send the 1995-1996 ("Clinton Surplus") budget to the Senate.
There´s a whole lot of desperate optimism here, methinks.
Jonathan Karl has established the narrative here: "Tea Party groups thwarted Boehner and sent us all over the visual cliff."
He craftily sets us up with his last sentence, "It will be interesting to see if the markets react." Have you looked at the markets this morning? Not unexpectedly, the Asian, European and American markets have all plunged (DOW off 130 points right now).
So here´s the story line. Conservative Republicans, lashed by those evil Tea Partiers, drove the country off the fiscal cliff. The media and WH will sell it; the public will buy it.
Only you and I know that this group was so inept, so disorganized, and so clueless that they couldn´t even put a real president in the White House in "The Most Important Election in This Country´s History."
We lost the election, guys. We lost the PR battle with Obama on the visual cliff. And now we have lost the last chance to prevent our going over into the abyss...and we WILL be blamed for it. Now, doesn´t that make us LOSERS?
This is another great article that let´s us know who the Socialist-lite folk are, here on Lucianne. Whenever Conservatives win, the Socialist-lite crowd here blames us for all the ills the GOP has. LOL. Too funny.
Remember that this whole fiscal cliff debacle was set up by the last debt limit debacle where the cry baby gave Obama what he wanted and set up the terms for this losing game. The Rats always put a sunset date on the Bush tax cuts and send the pubbies on endless tangents unravelling their doublespeak on tax rates. Howard Dean even said the terms of the fiscal cliff were not so bad, it has most of what the Rats want anyway, tax increases on everybody and cuts to the military. Why would Obama give something to the cry baby now when Boehner led off the negotiations by caving on taxes for the rich? This failure was set up by the last failure and new leadership is needed to take on Obama. This is a step in the right direction.
The net is Bow-Boy´s demokratic communmist socialist goons hell-bent on destroying the U.S. economy, and doing one fine job of it, own this disaster, both current fiscal and future disaster. It is exactly what these communists want: the total destruction of the U.S. middle class, the fiscal destruction of the U.S. The barbarians are at the gate and their names are: Bow-Boy, the demokratic communmist socialist goons lead by Pee-losy and Rapine Reid and all so-called Republicans whining about "reaching across the aisle".
Taxing the "rich" was never the solution. There just isn´t enough money there so everybody was doomed to higher taxes from the day that obama wasted his first stimulus payments. His faux concern for the middle class is just a political game until it becomes common knowledge that he always meant to tax everybody to death. Cutting the ridiculous spending is the ONLY way back to the top of the cliff. I don´t want Boehner to negotiate, I want him to demand NO tax increase and large spending cuts.
I am probably one of those folks who doesnt know as much as others...And I do understand that when playing a bluff in a game of 5-card draw, you will occasionally lose. However;
To hold Obama accountable for his lies would require the assistance of a fair and impartial press. We no longer have that facility.
To pass a budget that would cut 1% across the board for all Federal departments, agencies and enterprises would have required a level of testicular fortitude that has not been seen in Congress since the days of Davey Crockett.
Mr. Boehner elected to play ´go along to get along´. If he could have talked Nasty Pelousy into supporting his plan, this group of 13 brave souls would not have stood a snowballs chance in Hades.
Some of you will wail that we have blown our chance to trap Obama in a box, and with regards to the people who read L-Dot, you are absolutely right. But it just doesn´t matter to the true believers in socialism, to those successfull individuals who want to be thought of as fair and intellectual, and to that vast hoard of non-engaged citizen who swallows the offical line of the mass media with no regard to its palatability with regards to facts or logic.
When you figure out that the game is rigged you have a choice, play until you lose, or pick-up your marbles and go home.
There´s only one deal: not a single, solitary increase in taxes (or "revenue" as the slickers soft pedal it). Not a dime more The only way is to start cutting now, not deferred cuts, but current cuts. Just firing a million non essential, desk bound bureau crats, just as a good faith jesture, just firing these money wasters, would be a dramatic start. Move up elegibility dates on Social security & medicare for starters. Go over military spending like Ron Paul has been suggesting for years. So much military warring secrets waste. Just start cleaning up spending and talk only about that. But, of course, it can´t happen because each Congressdroid is on the hook for many forms of dishonesty and exposure, and each Congressdroid has to follow the gang leaders advice or risk exposure, death or injuries to their family mafia style. The criminality, risk of exposure to all of Congress and millions of government taxtakers means it woon´ be cleared up. The New Press could show how much money each person costs us, each time they are on the air, their income, their double dipping retirement status, their net worth, their criminal background, each time!. It would be a start, but the press is the protector of all this crime so they won´t do it.
I supported a vote for Plan B as a "least bad" tactical move. The Tea Party House caucus concluded otherwise. Strategically I´m with them all the way, but tactically this was a close call. Now that this decision is made, we must hang tough and follow through - especially as we approach the debt ceiling and CRs (again). The Wall Streeters will howl and sell off in the short run, but most of us are out of the market anyway. They will come back in line once measures to control spending are actually in place. The 2014 elections are 23 months away - plenty of time for this to play out.
Good. Let them all expire, including the EITC and the doubled child credit (thanks for nothing, W).
I´m willing to pay a little more just to shut off the money spigot to that bum down the street who collects "refunds" of taxes he never paid in the first place. He´s been living off my dime for almost a decade. Now it will end, and it will be nice to have him and his whole worthless family off my back.
All this moaning over lost opportunities is delusional. "This would have PROVED that Obama is a liar" "EVeryone would finally see that the Democrats are crooked" etc. Forget it. All these clever little traps always fail. Nobody sees anything, because they´re never looking in the right direction. The media are flashing big bright lights non-stop so the public is staring at the shiny little goodies being dangled in front of their greedy eyes. I´m sick of vainly trying to teach the people truths that they should know instinctively. No more trying to make them "see" anything; now I want them to FEEL it - feel the skin being torn off their fat, selfish backsides. Feel the money being ripped out of their grasping hands. Feel the food being grabbed out of their useless mouths. The people who voted for Obama are too corrupted and brainless to be reached by reason and arguments. They´re animals, and they should experience life the way animals do.
# Nr 8 a lot of Republicans want to see Boehner step down. He is so weak and to propse a bill ( Pelosi´s Bill)to tax certain entrepeneurs millionaires . These are the people that will lay off workers if they are taxed.Two things Boehner should have said when the tax cheat Geithner showed Obamas plan . That it was ludicrous and the criterion spend another round of Keynesian Economics. (stimulli which NEVER WORKED). Boethner should have told Obama outright that the majority keep the Bush tax cuts.If Obama rejects this cut then he will be ostracized by Republicans and Democrats alike. Taxes have no party affiliation.Republicans hold the House and with it hold the purse strings holding the National debt ceiling to a fixed level.Personally I think the Speaker should step down and appoint a more forceful replacement. Rep Ryan would be a good choice . He is a financial expert and able to take on and put this incompetant in the WH down to size.
This is something I want to share with my conservative compatriots: I received a letter from Reince Priebus. You know, Chairman of RNC. He is asking me to give him $55, $110 or $165. Now, I have a question: for what??? Assuming that there was no massive fraud in 2012 elections, what did repubics do that they deserve my money (and all other kinds of support)??? Btw, if there was a massive fraud, what did they do in THAT case? So, let’s assume there was no fraud. What are they going to do with my money? Pay their own salaries, what else? So far I don’t see successes in their activity. Do they criticize boehner, cantor (lower case is intentional), RINO senators? No. It seems they supported Romney when he ate republican presidential contenders alive, but didn’t ask obozo about Benghazi. Examples are abound! You know all this.
Continue my #74 The other aspect is – “majority” of Americans voted for obozo (and many other lefties). What has to be done to sway public to the conservative principles? Let’s be clear, FOX news, talk radio and conservative websites are for our consumption – staunch conservatives (although, personally, I don’t listen to rush and hannity after elections – I am tired of them yapping the same tune!). But flyover guys don’t hear and read it. And here comes my question and answer – why is it that conservatives (and in this case, repubics) don’t understand that we need real propaganda machine. Give it to leftist radicals, formerly fascists and commies, now our homegrown progressives, they know their playbook and they seized mainstream media. (also, the money, they own banking and Wall Street, don’t you agree?) What did our repubics? Nothing. And how do you explain to the most Americans what the intentions of the dems are? Only with the help of the mainstream conservative media. So, my answer is – the first task of RNC is to build conservative mainstream media from ground up. Buy local newspapers and TV stations. I am absolutely positive that 50% (maybe more) of media people will be happy to leave rotten leftist rags and TV and work for commonsensical media. And for that I will be willing to pay, but reince pribus, I am not giving YOU my money!
My guess is 60% of the people agree with the tea party people who stopped these tax hikes. People are sick of the DC waste & abuse of the taxpayers $$$$. Boehner is a very weak leader who needs to be replaced. The congressman from Ohio, Laquette, blamed the tea party, he should be blaming the WH.
The odds of going over the fiscal cliff just went up. All of the Dems and half of the Republicans are ok with that otherwise they would never have agreed to the deal last summer. Who knows what will happen in the end. Looks like alot of theatre going on in Washington.
The Dems are marching lockstep. The Republicans are going in two different directions (moderate vs conservative). Its easy for Obama, the Dems, and the media to exploit the differences in the Republican party.
The people that are least popular in Washington are fiscal conservative. They will cut the Washington gravy train, Can´t have that happen /s/.
This is the only place I can vent - I would gladly write letter to the editor of the conservative "mainstream" newspaper, but there is not one in existence. That´s why I am harping about necessity of conservative mainstream media. What may I expect from hannity? One williams? ha-ha-ha! I want Krauhammers and Kristols being criticized in real conservative media. And if we don´t get one we are doomed. Lenin and hitler knew it, castro and chavez know that - why our conservatives don´t? Read lenin and "Mein Kampf", learn!
This de facto rule by radio host will destroy the GOP and move the country further left. What we have here is an amateurish rabble rouser splinting the party and undermining negotiating leverage, which will benefit Barry and the Dems who want cover to let all of the bush tax cuts expire.. Then Barry rides in as savior of broken Washington and offers a "historic" tax cut for the middle class. Levin and his virginal stooges need to be ousted. They are helping to make Barry the hero.
There is no leverage when your oppositions response is to shut up and do it my way. The only possible action available to the republicans was to draft a budget with real spending cuts approve it and forward to the Senate for their inaction. That action exceeded the capacity of Mr. Boehner. The only positive outcome to ´Plan B´ would have been a blue-print for a general house cleaning in 2014. However, I would not want to give Mr. Obama control of both houses of Congress.
Those congressmen stood on principle. Raising taxes for anyone during a weak economic recovery is sheer folly. Standing firm on principles may yield insults in the short term, but will produce solid results in the long run. Ronald Reagan knew that, and that´s why he made unpopular choices when he felt they were necessary. And that´s why he´s revered today.
Ask yourself this: Has history been kinder to Ronald Reagan or to George H. W. Bush? The latter is a good and decent man, but he should have read his own lips: No New Taxes. Caving on that pledge - and abandoning his principles - cost him the 1992 election and made the Clinton era a hideous reality.
Does anyone seriously believe that the MSM will ever stop blaming the Republicans for every single bad thing that ever happens in the world? The notion that we conservatives are going to get blamed because of last night´s vote is a fallacy; we were always going to be blamed by the MSM anyway. We stand on our principles, or we lose.
President Obama will be inaugurated on January 20. By then, most working Americans will have received their first (much smaller) paychecks of 2013. We didn´t build that; Obama built that. Buyer´s remorse anyone?
I´ve known for weeks that we were going over the cliff, and I´m not entirely upset about it.
It´s not even for tax reasons that Boehner´s bill was rejected, it´s because it is INSANE to sign ANY tax bill without spending cuts AT THE SAME TIME, and I mean real cuts TODAY, not slowing growth of programs ten years out that is totally hypothetical and hypocritical.
Obama has been unprecedentedly insulting and dishonest every bit of the way on this, and Harry Reid even worse, and Pelosi doing her level best to keep up with their idiocies. Yes that is sufficient basis for the Republicans to tell them to kiss off and freeze the government, come what may.
And of course the next step is for Obama to seize emergency powers and do whatever he wants by fiat. No later than Easter.
As poster # 4 remarked: "It will hurt but it will hurt everyone. And it will signal that the free ride is not so free anymore."
I see somewhat of a "silver lining" to this opinion. During his first term as governor of California, Ronald Reagan stated: "Taxes should hurt." In my opinion, painful tax bills constituted one of the incentives that led to his first-term gubernatorial victory. Nothing like a painful tax bill to capture the attention of the voters. Admittedly, RRs comment was voiced in opposition to a plan to introduce payroll withholding; but the underlying principle was the same: bit-by-bit taxation does not hurt as much as a one-time big tax bill.
Dump Boehner now. I am tired of his Kabuki Theater and his willingness to throw away Conservative principles so he can enable Obama to continue his reckless spending spree. We need a real Conservative as Speaker of the House, not one of Obama´s golfing buddies. Boehner is Justice Roberts Lite. Like a snake in the grass.
The man holds up a 78 rpm record bearing the blue-and-white logo of Chess Records, an iconic label for any fan of the blues. He places it on a vintage Califone turntable, and we hear Howlin´ Wolf´s "Rockin´ Daddy" in all its tactile glory. The song plays for three minutes and six seconds. And then the brief video ends.It´s the summer of 2010, and I´ve just stumbled on a subculture: not just fans of old music on vinyl records, but fans who post videos of those records playing on YouTube. The man holding the Howlin´ Wolf 78 is Rich Hynes,
It might seem like idiocy on steroids, but that’s kinda how our Federal Government operates. Ever thought about helping out a family member by buying them that hunting rifle they’ve been looking at, or that Glock 19 they’ve been talking about getting? Well, prepare for prison if you buy it for them. A well established, and yet often ignored, law that was designed to stop criminals from getting their hands on guns through a third party might actually make more criminals than it catches. Anyone here remember the “Fast and Furious” scandal? Ya know, where the ATF and Department of Justice
It would be an understatement to say that this month’s rollout of the Affordable Care Act, U.S. President Barack Obama’s initiative to ensure that all Americans have access to health insurance, has not gone according to plan. On October 1, the online insurance marketplaces that are the lynchpin of Obamacare (as the law has colloquially become known) were opened for business -- but it quickly became clear that they are not functioning properly. Computer malfunctions have prevented enrollment, consumers are frustrated, and politicians and pundits are attacking Obama for the resultant “train wreck.” The problems are all the more embarrassing
Today, Michigan Republicans canvassed door-to-door to recruit precinct leaders and get out the message about the remarkable economic recovery that Gov. Rick Snyder and Republican legislators have helped create in the state. As with everything nowadays, this effort is being promoted on social media, with the Twitter hashtags #ComebackState and #JoinMiTeam. Knowing how active I am on Twitter, a friend called this morning and asked if I would help promote their campaign and, eager to help with a good cause, I enthusiastically jumped on board. Then, to give it an even stronger boost, I did a blog post which I first
IF you place an order at the Chick-fil-A drive-through off Highway 46 in New Braunfels, Tex., it’s not unusual for the driver of the car in front of you to pay for your meal in the time it took you to holler into the intercom and pull around for pickup. “The people ahead of you paid it forward,” the cashier will chirp as she passes your food through the window. Confused, you look ahead at the car — it could be a mud-splashed monster truck, Mercedes or minivan — which at this point is turning onto the highway. The cashier
The government re-opened, and there was no default. No surprise. This was the 18th shutdown since 1976, when the current budget procedure was established. The five shutdowns under Jimmy Carter were mostly over major policy issues such as abortion (he was for it) and the construction of a nuclear-fuelled aircraft carrier (he was against it). They averaged 11 days. The seven shutdowns during Reagan’s presidency were mostly about money, over which it is easier to split the difference, and averaged two days. Compromise is also easier when the Republican president and the Democratic speaker of the House, Ronald Reagan and
Modern post-presidencies, it seems, are often designed around vindication or at least a conscious effort toward enhancing one’s legacy. Think of the disgraced Richard Nixon, rising like a phoenix out of Watergate-induced exile to become a foreign-policy sage for Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton. Or the humbled Jimmy Carter channeling his prodigious energies into humanitarianism through his NGO, the Carter Center, and winning the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize. Or the scandal-beset Clinton, taking a page from Carter’s playbook, doing good through the now-massive Clinton Global Initiative. George H.W. Bush, however, after failing to fend off a reelection
As the federal government shutdown drama wrapped up, I asked if the Tea Party just wants to watch the world burn. Motivating that question was an observed division among activists on the Right between those seeking to work within the system to elect majorities and those seeking to “fight” at any electoral cost. The latter faction claims exclusive title to principle. Over and over again, leading up to and during the shutdown, we were told that a vote for a continuing resolution which did not defund Obamacare was “a vote to fund Obamacare.” In other words, we were told that
New concerns are being raised about so-called ObamaCare "navigators" following a string of reports about the questionable backgrounds of those selected to guide Americans through what is shaping up to be a rocky roll-out of the health care law. The concerns come on top of the drama over the HealthCare.gov site itself, which is the main federal hub for would-be participants and has been riddled with technical problems. The "navigators" are outreach workers, funded by federal taxpayer dollars, who are supposed to help people sign up for coverage. The Daily Caller reported earlier this week that one "enrollment assister" in Lawrence, Kan.,
WASHINGTON -- Last week, President Barack Obama gathered some of his top advisers in the Oval Office to discuss the problem-plagued rollout of his health care legislation. He told his team the administration had to own up to the fact that there were no excuses for not having the health care website ready to operate on Day One. The admonition from a frustrated president came amid the embarrassing start to sign-ups for the health care insurance exchanges. The president is expected to address the cascade of computer problems Monday during an event at the White House. Administration officials say more
Have you noticed how many lawmakers from Texas were doing crazy things during the government shutdown debacle? We need to discuss this as a matter of simple justice. These days, when you say “Texas” in the context of heavy-breathing Republican extremism, everybody immediately thinks of Senator Ted Cruz. (Snip)Davis’s opponent will probably be the state’s attorney general, Greg Abbott, who has already amassed enough cash to buy Nebraska. Abbott once provided supporters with his vision of the attorney general’s duties: “I go into the office, I sue the federal government, and then I go home.” So there’s that.
LONDON — A violin believed to have played on the Titanic before the doomed vessel sank beneath the waves has sold for 900,000 pounds (some $1.45 million) at auction. An unidentified bidder on Saturday won the violin, whose metal fixtures appear corroded by seawater and is no longer playable. It is thought to have belonged to bandmaster Wallace Hartley, who was among the disaster’s more than 1,500 victims. Auctioneer Henry Aldridge and Son says the violin has been subject to numerous tests to check its authenticity since it was discovered in 2006. It said earlier this year that the violin was Hartley’s
WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama is not an overtly religious man. He and his family rarely attend church, and he almost never elaborates in public about his own relationship to his Christian faith. But away from the public eye, advisers say, the president has carefully nurtured a sense of spirituality that has served as a grounding mechanism during turbulent times, when the obstacles to governing a deeply divided nation seem nearly insurmountable. Every year on Aug. 4, the president´s birthday, Obama convenes a group of pastors by phone to receive their prayers for him for the year to come. During the
The Affordable Care Act´s botched rollout has stunned its media cheering section, and it even seems to have surprised the law´s architects. The problems run much deeper than even critics expected, and whatever federal officials, White House aides and outside contractors are doing to fix them isn´t working. But who knows? Omerta is the word of the day as the Obama Administration withholds information from the public. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is even refusing to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in a hearing this coming Thursday. HHS claims she has scheduling conflicts, but we hope
An unnamed Obama administration official claimed that the White House feared GOP subpoenas would slow their work on the Obamacare website, leading to keeping its design in-house with "trusted campaign tech experts" that seemed to have spectacularly failed at creating a successful commerce website. In a Politico article lamenting the second week of failed performance of Healthcare.gov, the Obamacare insurance website, the unnamed official attempts to explain why the whole thing has been such a dismal failure: it´s the Republican´s fault. "Facing such intense opposition from congressional Republicans," Politico wrote, "the administration was in a bunker mentality as it built the enrollment
This is not the column about the Obamacare rollout I expected to write. If you had told me, months ago, that weeks after the health care law’s coverage expansion went into effect I would be writing about the problems its launch had exposed, I would have assumed I’d be writing about rate shock, rising premiums and the disappearance of many cheap insurance plans — basically, all the problems conservatives have worried will make Obamacare a ruinously expensive failure if they play out as we fear they might. I may be writing about those issues soon enough. But for now there
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he might not be good at calculus, but he knows how to legislate. Reid told The Huffington Post that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is smart, but he can’t outmaneuver the 26-year veteran in the halls of Congress. “He might be able to work a calculus problem better than I can,” Reid said Thursday. “But he can´t legislate better than I can." Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) are credited with brokering the deal that ended the government shutdown. Reid said the House’s decision to go along with a deal to end
Of all the bitter fruit of the Barack Obama disaster, the most bitter may be the sense of hopelessness that has descended on Americans, especially the young. Has there ever been anything like it in our history? Even on the eve of the Civil War, was there this much pessimism about our future? Gallup wasn’t around in those days, but I wonder. For a simple measure of how the Obama administration has crushed any sense of hopefulness in the American people, take a look at the survey that Rasmussen Reports does periodically on whether America’s best days are behind her,
The British multinational in charge of processing Obamacare paper applications received a hefty contract boost just days before Healthcare.gov’s disastrous roll-out, a sign that the Obama administration may have expected serious problems with the website.The Business of Federal Technology (FCW) reports that on Sept. 26, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) increased their planned payout to Serco’s U.S. subsidiary by 75 percent, adding an extra $87 million to the $114 million promised for processing initial Obamacare enrollment applications.The contract documents do not explain the last-minute infusion of federal dollars, and neither Serco nor CMS would disclose why the
Here’s a question for conservatives and Republicans: Going into the 2012 Election Day, or even in the last few days before Election Day, did you think Mitt Romney was going to win? A couple of months ago, did you think the strategy of threatening to shut down the government or prevent raising the debt ceiling, to force the outright repeal or defunding of Obamacare, would really work? Romney lost by 4,967,508 votes, 126 Electoral College votes, and 3.85 percentage points. That’s not very close. Obamacare isn’t going to be repealed this year, and it’s not going to be defunded. So the
During an interview for “This Week,” former Republican Florida Gov. Jeb Bush encouraged Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz – who told ABC News that he would do “anything” to stop Obamacare – to come up with an alternative and show some restraint if his aim was to repeal the president’s signature healthcare law. “I think the best way to repeal Obamacare is to have an alternative; we never hear the alternative...we could do this in a much lower cost with improved quality based on our principles, free market principles...and two, show how Obamacare, flawed to its core, doesn’t work,” Bush
The word “appropriate” is one of the better homonyms in the English language. As an adjective, it is defined as “suitable or proper in the circumstances,” while as a verb appropriate means “to take something for one’s own use, typically without the owner’s permission.” Which brings us to the Washington Redskins. Currently the Redskins are more than a disappointing NFC East franchise; they are a national litmus test. The franchise has in recent months taken a lot of heat – and not Miami Heat – because its name is a racial slur. Which - and we might as well deal with this
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign spokeswoman Allison Moore attacked the Senate Conservatives Fund for endorsing McConnell’s primary challenger Matt Bevin on Friday. “Matt Bevin now has the dubious honor of standing with a self-serving D.C. fundraising group that made its name by recruiting and promoting unelectable candidates that ensured Barack Obama a majority in the Senate,” Moore said in a statement to the Washington Post. “They clearly care less about Kentuckians than they do about their reputation for supporting laughably bad candidates. Now they can add a New England bailout recipient who claims he went to MIT to their
Watch out, Alan Grayson: you´ve got competition when it comes to uttering the ugliest slur on Tea Party Republicans . . . Sure, you´ve compared them to the Klan. But fellow Dem Steve Cohen has upped the ante. On Steve Kornacki´s MSNBC show this morning, Cohen called Tea Party congressmen: "domestic enemies" that he took an oath to defend the country against. Did Kornacki challenge Cohen´s libel? Hah! He merely observed that Cohen sounded "very pessimistic." View the video after the jump.Was Cohen´s calumny what President Obama had in mind when this past week he proclaimed that "there is no