Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is signaling that at least one thing will change about his leadership during the 113th Congress: he’s telling Republicans he is done with private, one-on-one negotiations with President Obama. During both 2011 and 2012, the Speaker spent weeks shuttling between the Capitol and the White House for meetings with the president in the hopes of striking a grand bargain on the deficit. Those efforts ended in failure, leaving Boehner feeling burned by Obama and, at times, isolated within his conference.
Well,this is a positive development with Boehner realizing the futility of negotiating with yourself.Obama´s not a serious person who has the whole country´s well being at heart.His biggest concern is staying on the good side of the celebrity cult faction of the country.These are the people spreading STDs like wildfire,showing up at a social service office every day with a new crisis that needs "emergency grants".
I´mnot crazy about the job Boehner´s doing but I´m not ready to burn him at the stake either.
The biggest problem the republicans have is they´ve been trapped in the politics of reaction instead of presenting new ideas to fix old problems.Even so called conservatibe think tanks aren´t producing any solutions to challenge the left. There´s an old saying that people will vote for a lousy plan,vs. no plan and that´s why the left is winning right now.
Bush should have focused on healthcare after 2004 instead of SS privatization which was a huge loser with seniors to begin with.
We´re stuck with Obamacare because the right didn´t push hard enough on a private sector solution to healthcare.Even a sliding scale voucher program would have worked.
Now you´re going to have millions of more people storming the healthcare system without paying one dime out of pocket. They´ll show up for care in a brand new pair of Ugg boots and designer hand bags while claiming poverty..
The only cost containment I see in Obamacare is pushing old people off the planet.
I saw Darrell Issa on Greta´s show last night and he said he believes the day will end with Tammy Faye Boehner still leading the House. I thought we were supposed to be through with the ´back room´ meetings years ago and that´s why the sunshine laws were passed. Actually, I don´t trust him OR Zippy. I always figure he(Boehner) is going to give away the store.
What #5 and #19 said. And so the tedious circular firing squad among Republicans continues into the new year. No wonder obama and the rest of them are hysterical with laughter! All they need to do is watch while the GOP cannibalizes our own on a daily basis. John Boehner is doing the best he can with little or NO support from fellow GOPers, but armchair quarterbacking is just so much fun! He tried to save some of OUR money by questioning the $60-$80 Billion dollars for "hurricane sandy" and see where that got him...
The most dangerous thing about John Boehner is that he thinks this is "just politics as usual" rather than the complete destruction of the United States. What part of Fundamental Transformation into communism does he not understand?
I have long wondered about the so called circular firing squad. Seems to me the reason is simple. We do not have any leaders. All we have are professional politicians who reach across the aisles, curry favor with media, feather their own nests,etc. Then we have the Dems. When I take aim at a Repub it is due to the fact they are supposed to be better than the Dems. That is why I have given donations, voted and given time and effort to supporting the GOP. Am I supposed to pretend they are not betraying my trust? Am I to say: well they are doing their best? Not once did I point my ire at DeMint, Palin, West and a few, very few others. Those who want me to keep supporting the elected elites and not criticism them must want me to be mute, dumb, and accept betrayal with a smile. Why. I have to ask myself why and what kind of agenda wants me to suck it up all the time no matter what if it is from the GOP. To what end? I can only imagine that the only purpose is to the end of our country with a whimper and not a bang. Personally, I prefer to go out with a bang. Repubs do not represent the best interests of me or my country any more. Boehner is the Democrats best friend. He is their useful idiot. With Repubs like Boehner who needs enemies.
Why are so many Republicans attacking the one leader we´ve got. You don´t see Democrats attacking Nancy Pelosi. talk radio clowns gin up irrational internecine hostility. They profit hand over fist by proclaiming their "conservative principles" as they actively destroy the only viable opposition party to the Socialism. America was a better place before Fox News and Talk Radio. Conservatives have fled the mainstream and hidden away, insulating themselves from participation/ influence in the public square in favor of cultivating purist ideology in a bomb shelter of common sentiment. Viva, Boehner.
DETROIT — The American Civil Liberties Union is taking aim at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and its ethical guidelines for Catholic hospitals. The ACLU filed a lawsuit in federal court in Michigan accusing the bishops of being negligent for barring certain treatments or the mention of the treatments such as abortion. The lawsuit was filed in the case of a pregnant woman whose life was at risk from premature labor. The ACLU says Mercy Health Muskegon hospital didn’t tell her that she should consider terminating her pregnancy because the bishops’ guidelines barred mention of abortion. The lawsuit was filed amid
December 1 has come and gone without the Obama administration’s having delivered its promised “fully functioning” health-care website — another item in President Obama’s catalogue of broken health-care promises, another example of his administration’s utter incompetence at anything other than campaigning. When it comes to making speeches, the president is pretty good; when it comes to getting things done, it’s a clown show. And now the clowns are running your health care. Even the president’s media cheerleaders are out of excuses. When a CNN reporter logged in to the new, improved HealthCare.gov to demonstrate its smoothed-out functionality, it crashed on television.
One of the problems with any kind of omnibus bill is that supporters will argue the whole bill must be passed based on the claimed merits of specific pieces. This was the whole purpose of the DREAM Act: Advocates pointed to the most sympathetic group of illegal aliens — those who came here as children and did well in school — as an unrebuttable argument for amnestying all 12 million illegals. Likewise with the religious hierarchs’ argument about amnesty more generally. The Catholic bishops and the National Association of Evangelicals argue that the claimed moral imperative for legalizing illegal aliens necessitates
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So the troubled site apparently now works 90 percent of the time. That should be good news for Obama—but the question is whether Obamacare will get the mass enrollment it needs. HealthCare.gov finally works. Now people just need to use it. The error-plagued website, which was supposed to be the portal for Americans seeking to buy health insurance through the exchanges set up by the Affordable Care Act, is finally approaching basic functionality two months after it went online. In a report released Sunday, the Department of Health and Human Services breathlessly announced that the website now functions more than 90 percent of
One of the things for which I’m thankful this Thanksgiving is that I’m not Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. That Ms. Sebelius is still HHS secretary is remarkable. If they’d presided over a fiasco like the Obamacare rollout, the CEO of every corporation anywhere in the world would have been fired long ago. Ms. Sebelius is fortunate she works in government, where there is no accountability. And in the Obama administration, where there is no integrity. Earlier this month, TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau was convicted of fraud for making health claims less obviously false than those Ms. Sebelius and her boss have
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Wendy Davis. Alison Lundergan Grimes. Mary Burke. Alyson Schwartz. Michelle Nunn. Natalie Tennet. The Democratic Party is hoping 2014 will be a Year of the Woman—again. As party operatives prepare for the 2014 midterm elections, Democratic women are being cast in starring roles, on the ballot and at the ballot box, as the party tries to take back politically important governor´s mansions and keep its fragile majority in the Senate. "The importance of women to the Democratic Party in 2014 cannot be overstated," said Jess McIntosh, a spokeswoman for EMILY´s List, which recruits and supports Democratic women candidates. "They are running in our
The perennial gun-control debate in America did not begin here. The same arguments for and against were made in the 1920s in the chaos of Germany’s Weimar Republic, which opted for gun registration. Law-abiding persons complied with the law, but the Communists and Nazis committing acts of political violence did not. In 1931, Weimar authorities discovered plans for a Nazi takeover in which Jews would be denied food and persons refusing to surrender their guns within 24 hours would be executed. They were written by Werner Best, a future Gestapo official. In reaction to such threats, the government authorized the
Crack-smoking mayor Rob Ford took in a game of sport today, stopping by the NFL´s big Toronto game to watch the Buffalo Bills play the Atlanta Falcons. But, as with all things Rob Ford, it was not without controversy. For, while Ford was posing for photos and chowing down on chicken wings, a prominent Canadian musician was freaking out because the seat Ford plunked himself into was his:(Snip for tweets)In earlier, happier times for Mays, he used his Twitter account to show off his Falcons-Bills ticket:
A Republican strategist is reminding his party that President Reagan is dead. Ford O´Connell, who worked on Sen. John McCain´s (R-Ariz.) 2008 presidential campaign, says if Republicans want to win the White House in 2016, they need to break free of the "obsessive Reagan disorder." Rule #1 of the political analyst´s newly released book, "Hail Mary: The 10-Step Playbook for Republican Recovery," is: "Ronald Reagan is dead. Accept it." Such a sentiment is sure to be tough to digest for a party insistent on using the 40th president´s legacy as a GOP litmus test to prove conservative credentials. "The Reagan fixation is a drag
Jeffrey P. Bezos has never been known for thinking small. And in an interview aired Sunday on CBS´s "60 Minutes," he outlined his latest plan for revolutionizing the retail industry: using drones to deliver packages in as little as 30 minutes. Declaring himself an "optimist," the Amazon.com founder and chief executive predicted the technology could be brought to market in as little as five years. This is more than a theoretical idea. Bezos showed CBS´s Charlie Rose a working prototype of an eight-rotor helicopter drone called an "octocopter." Emblazoned with "Amazon Prime Air," the flying robot has a claw at
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In the US we are used to abortion advocates claiming that the risk of elective abortion is relatively trivial, and major medical organizations denying any link between abortion and breast cancer. Now a powerful new study from China published last week by Yubei Huang and colleagues suggests otherwise. The article, a meta-analysis pooling 36 studies from 14 provinces in China, showed that abortion increased the risk of breast cancer by 44% with one abortion, and 76% and 89% with two and three abortions. This new article is another example of the recent excellent scholarship on abortion in peer-reviewed journals coming out
Senior officials in the White House have said that Israel Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu “is desperate and weak,” in reaction to Netanyahu´s remonstrations against the deal struck with Iran over its nuclear weapons program. Israeli television Channel 10 quoted the officials as saying “His pronouncements show a lack of self-confidence,” in an unusually harsh personal attack on Netanyahu. “We are not perturbed by his vocal opposition.”
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Former Obama advisor David Plouffe appeared on This Week With George Stephanopoulos Sunday morning and predicted that President Barack Obama’s approval rating would rise over the next few months, following the increasing functionality of the Affordable Care Act. “This has been a tough task,” Plouffe said. “It’s not just health care. The shutdown affected everybody’s confidence in government. But let’s fast-forward to the State of the Union and the months after that. Health care working better, a lot of people signing up. The economy continuing to strengthen. Hopefully no Washington shutdowns.