The House, under the leadership of Speaker John Boehner, has precipitated a postponement in the debt ceiling fight until May. (Snip) Dealt a weak hand, Boehner managed to 99% outfox, on tax policy, a president who had the massive apparatus of the executive branch, the Senate majority, and a left-leaning national elite media whooping it up for a whopping tax increase. Even more impressively, Boehner pulled it off with steady nerves while under heavy pressure from the anti-spending hawks in his own caucus.
Uncle, uncle. Perhaps the Speaker was not weeping with desperation but crying for joy? If he has indeed done the almost impossible, let´s go for the dark one´s pants next time round. No shirt, no pants, no shoes. The emperor needs a new wardrobe. John perhaps I was a tad hard on you if wrong, I sincerely apologize. Time will tell. If true, here´s a high five.
Sadly tho oblamer built in spending increases back 2 years ago and then we had only to deal with increases on those. So zippy already got spending increases in before anyone realized we had to fight to claw back further increases. And with all the prior spending authorizations (in lieu of budgets) the dems have been happily increasing the baseline. So while I am happy for an AMT permanent patch, we still have a HUGE spending problem that I doubt cry baby has the &*)(*- to fight against.
Here comes the sequester. Heh heh heh. Let it happen.
Someone brought up Obamacare. The lynchpins of Obamacare are the state insurance exchanges. Without them, Obamacare comes crashing down like a house of cards with nothing left of it but the taxes it imposes. What makes that interesting is that those states with liberal democrat governments, which are most inclined to be supportive of Obamacare, can´t afford to set up the exchanges. They are broke. They simply don´t have the money to do it. And the states that CAN afford to set them up are in that position because they have fiscally responsible governments (read Republican), so they WON´T set them up. In short, it is not looking good for Obamacare in 2013.
With mandatory across-the-board spending cuts for the progressives´ pet domestic programs kicking in under the sequester, and a crashing Obamacare framework, 2013 is looking to be a no good very bad year for Obama.
If indeed this is a stroke of genius (I personally believe it is propaganda aimed at improving Boehner´s image, since he´s less popular than Pelosi, and that´s with the repubs) the repubs will still find a way to blow it.
They appear to only care about everyone the democrats care about, not the citizens they represent.
A word on all this crying you are talking about. When Boehner was elected Speaker he was overcome by emotion. Looking back at his youth and remenbering how far down he once was, down enough to have to do, as he said, every filthy, disgusting job you could imagine, tears came to his eyes. This is not weakness. Weakness would have been staying at that level instead of pulling himself up to were he now is.
Having blasted Boehner as an utter incompetent, I am now claiming a Congressional privilege, that being the right to revise and extend my remarks for the record.
Boehner appears to be far smarter than I´d give him credit for being. Securing 99% of the Bush Tax cuts as permanent is truly astonishing. His willingness to allow the sequester to go into effect appears to be equally brilliant.
My apologies to Speaker Boehner. Sometimes we are all too ready to succumb to the MFM´s narrative of our Republican leaders being too stupid and gutless to succeed. We must remember that the MFM´s ultimate goal is to demoralize us.
Well done, John Boehner. I may just open up the pocketbook again for my GOP brethren.
And let´s not forget Fauxbama´s doofus move re: social security. He cut payments--making it look much more like a tax than a retirement plan--but now that party has ended. Everybody just got less money in their January check. Whoyougonnacall? Not Boehner. Call the doofus; he did it to you. All of a sudden the American workers have realized that ´taxes have gone up under Obama´.
Never forget--Pres. Obama grew up an only child with a single mother. Speaker Boehner grew up in a small house in a family with twelve siblings! John Boehner is a much better negotiator than Obama will ever be. Obama assumed the GOP would object to defense cuts. Boehner didn´t take the bait, and now the whole sequester drawdown will take effect starting in May. And, those wretched Bush tax cuts ´for the rich´ are permament. The best part was watching the MSM heap scorn on the Speaker, which gave the boy-king a false sense of security. The Speaker played the MSM, too.
Reply 30 - Posted by:
Bad Dog, 1/30/2013 7:58:03 AM (No. 9147943)
I just have to comment first on the home page photo..... is Barcky claiming to be a ballerina now too?
Now to this article: The author himself refers to the ´left-leaning national elite media´ and their ability to reshape the narrative. Once they realize they´ve been had, they´ll report it as something of disdain, and Obama will still come out of it sympathetic. Am I the only one who hears the ´John Boehner and the Republican elite lied to the President to achieve a goal that causes massive financial disaster to the middle class´ coming?
I too hold my elation in reserve until this plays out..... hopefully, as planned by Boehner. And of course, by then, there will be another situation to be dealt with.
I will believe it when I see it. Until then I default to the Republican Establishments track record of promises followed up by further promises that lead to more promises, all the while spending remains unchecked and uncut.
Reply 32 - Posted by:
O.S. Banker, 1/30/2013 8:03:08 AM (No. 9147955)
The proof of the pudding is in the eating, so I will wait and see how this dish is served.
A GOP sweep of the 2014 midterm elections would be very encouraging. It would indicate the repudiation of the incompetence and anti jobs agendas of Obama and socialist Democrats. Major GOP wins would also show clearly that Obama has no mandate at all and was not elected by the taxpaying working family people of this nation.
Here I was ready to abandon the Republicans. They are nerely suffering in the liberal press as always. Expect liberals to lie in order to advance their hapless agenda. Now and then the facts will let us win, alongside our own tough hides.
I will fess up to misjudging the Speaker in this instance. However I´ll withhold final judgement to see if he handles himself similarly in the fights that are coming our way in the next few months. I hope this wasn´t just a ´one off´. Unfortunately, I´ve been fooled before, though.
I believe Boehner originally thought he could negotiate with BO during the last debt ceiling battle. He found out that BO is not an honest broker. So, he figured out how to give BO what he harps about, which is all BO is focused on, and win lots of other points and create a better strategic position.
Will it work? Maybe. But this administration has shown that it doesn´t consider itself bound by the rules. The courts are just starting to catch up with the administration´s actions by rejecting recess appointments, etc. But that won´t stop them from spending more than they have. And without the concurrence of the Senate and a wimpy court, it´s hard to control the administration´s behavior. So Boehner may win the legislative points but not what actually happens.
This administration is lawless. They do what they want like a throwback to old Western towns run by a boss. The law was what he said it was. State Marshalls and Courts put and end to that. What will put an end to BO´s lawlessness?
It sure is wonderful to read good news for a change. The court decision last week and now this. I wish Cavuto had covered this because he has a way of presenting things with great clarity. Maybe he will. I sure hope this is all true because I too will have renewed hope with Speaker Boehner and will have to apologize to him for hateful remarks. If we had a media that functioned properly we would have been advised of this.
I don´t think you understand. This regime is illegitimate and unlawful. They do not follow the law. Any "victory" by the Republicans will be quashed by an executive order. My fellow patriots; it does not matter what the house does because we are in a de facto communist dictatorship. The communist/democrats will do whatever they want and the Republicans will be powerless to stop them. They have already demonstrated their zeal in breaking any law that may constrain them. It pains me to think about it because I have young grandchildren that I dearly love; but there is going to be unprecedented violence in the near future and it will not start with our side.
I´m in the crowd that wants to wait and see what the card on the river turns up. As yet, there have to be some things that we don´t know. Do, I´ll wait untill the pot is raked in.
And for those celebrating the federal courts overturning the Obozo recess appaintments, I don´t see any action happening except the WH totally ignoring the courts. And they have stated their intention to do so. The NLRB countinues along it´s merry way with the say appointees.
To quote Johnny Cash, "Dream on, dream on, teenage queen..." Unfortunately, there´s one little logic flaw in the author´s pronouncement of the Bush tax cuts being preserved as a "victory:" the large number of Americans who don´t pay federal income taxes and the low information voters don´t care and STILL believe Boehner was handed his lunch by Obammy. Thus, the end result is, they will continue to vote for the handouts and the likes of Zero.
Loudmouths huh... this country is in deep trouble and the last time I looked, everyone´s taxes went up in 2013, not just the one percent, and that is if you still have a job. Who was it that won that fiscal fight. The economy shrunk in the last quarter of 2012 and the GDP is now in minus at -0.1%. Rick Santelli said that we are now Europe. He´s right, we are still cruising along piling up Trillion dollar budget debts with no relief in sight.
In the Senate they just named John Kerry SOS with just 3 Republicans voting against him and Benghazi Hillary just opened a Presidential PAC to run for President in 2016. Now what did Boehner do again... delay a vote until the first part of 2013. Isn´t that just like voting present?
No. 26, I have to admit I am with you. . .i am not clear of the meaning either. I googled the term and found this link at the top. (it is from Auburn.). There are probably other sites that will explain sequester in simpler terms. But you remind me, we need to be educated if we have any hope of overcoming this pResident´s policies . . Thank you. http://www.auburn.edu/~johnspm/gloss/sequestration
# 20 LOL ! The right, led by Limbaugh and Levin , are always trashing Republicans . They never give credit to them or discuss what they have accomplished which is amazing considering their mathematical and Constitutional disadvantages. McConnell got Reid to agree to new filibuster rules which help the 45 Senate Republicans. The left was outraged and they were calling for Reid to be replaced. McCain and Graham led the fight against Susan Rice . No matter what Republicans do, they never get credit from the far right.
I certainly hope that we can stop riding the amnesty hobby horse. The Pilgrims were illegal immigrants. Waving off the violations of law by illegal immigrants is not the best course; but we have to weigh the gravity of the offense. Crossing the border to feed one´s family is not on the scale of axe murder. It´s time to wake up and smell the coffee. The issue is not going to go away and the GOP brand is corroded by its constant presence. Write a tough law, welcome the educated, the investors, and the workers and get us off the razor´s edge. Some seem to want to wait in the bunker and rail against the world. The "amnesty" war is lost rhetorically and politically.
First, the Dems always mouthed that they wanted to repeal the Bush tax cuts, but they didn´t mean it. They, too, wanted them permanent for the 95% to 98%. The tax hike in the highest bracket still hurts and there is no AMT relief for that bracket. Jobs will be hurt and the economy may not improve for a while.
We shall see come what May in the debt ceiling. Boehner may have a negotiating chip over the sequester, but it´s not really spending in general that is the problem -- we need entitlement reform, including (ugh are we there already?) Obamacare reform. Those are the tough nuts that Boehner and the Republicans have not been able to crack.
Advantage still leans to the Dems and libs, I´m afraid.
Reviewing recent history it seems that "never" is the time to fight. It was not time in debt ceiling #1 or the fiscal cliff, or debt ceiling #2 or the sequestration fight. I ask Boehner fans to go on the record. When is the time to fight?
One point the article doesn´t make, but which is relevant: what with nothing but continuing resolutions in place and an effective spending freeze, there is no money budgeted for ObamaCare. The Democrats wanted to hide ObamaCare´s costs by pushing them past the 2012 election, and wanted to hide their hideous spending spree by refusing to pass new budgets. So the last Federal budget in place is the one from 2009, which includes no ObamaCare costs (it didn´t exist then), and thus are they hoist by their own petard. Assuming the Republicans hang tough and Obama spends money only as appropriated by Congress. Two large assumptions, I know, but it´s better than the other way around.
Does anyone really believe any of this matters? Bread and circuses for the masses, like watching the WWF and thinking it´s "real". This is nothing but a Shirts & Skins game. They´re all actually on the same team.
i lived through one depression and though very young it left a lasting impression on me. my mother used to go food shopping at 90 p.m. on a saturday night to buy food that the sellers would sell for practically nothing rather than throw it away. we did not have food dislikes. listen to people talk of the depression. it will open your eyes.
#64, My dad lived thru the depression too. When he was 5 and his brother 6, they would go out in the evening when the train passed by to see if any coal fell out so that they could heat the house (this is North Dakota). He and his brother had the attic and icicles hung from the beams during the winter. Years later, he determined that the railmen were actually pitching some coal out to them. God Bless those men.
I think his depression & poverty stories made him an incredible human - in fact, everyone I have ever known to have the same kind of stories were likewise thoughtful, humble beings.
I am hoping that a fiscal crisis isn´t necessary to change the arrogance and narcisism of so many politicians and their followers but I do understand that poverty can be an effective teacher.
Reply 67 - Posted by:
Ida Lil, 1/31/2013 12:11:56 AM (No. 9149679)
The point is some people cannot understand that sometimes a hammer isn´t the correct tool to use where a screw driver is needed. Your taxes went up because Obe´s little tax holiday for 2012 was only an illusion that was never intended to last beyond the election and was not originated by the House. Have you read yet that the mandate tax on non insured is filled with exclusions that may doom the entire Supreme ruling it´s legal as a tax mandate if your state refused to set up an exchange?
In the small but cohesive Mormon community where he grew up, Hans Mattsson was a solid believer and a pillar of the church. (Snip) But when he discovered credible evidence that the church’s founder, Joseph Smith, was a polygamist and that the Book of Mormon and other scriptures were rife with historical anomalies, Mr. Mattsson said he felt that the foundation on which he had built his life began to crumble. Around the world and in the United States, where the faith was founded, the Mormon Church is grappling with a wave of doubt and disillusionment
Sanford, Fla. - George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager, igniting a national debate on racial profiling and civil rights, was found not guilty on Saturday of the second-degree murder of Trayvon Martin. He also was acquitted of manslaughter, a lesser charge. After three weeks of testimony, the six-woman jury rejected the prosecution’s contention that Mr. Zimmerman had deliberately pursued Mr. Martin because he viewed the hoodie-clad teenager as a criminal and instigated the fight that led to his death. Mr. Zimmerman said he shot
SANFORD, Fla. — The jury deliberating George Zimmerman´s fate has reached a verdict. They reached the verdict after deliberating all day on Saturday. Late in the evening the jurors asked for clarification on the instructions regarding manslaughter. At about 6 p.m. ET lawyers for both sides appeared in court where Judge Debra Nelson conferred with them about the manslaughter question and then recessed court.
Just when I thought the George Zimmerman "trial" couldn´t sink any lower, the prosecutorial limbo dancers of the State of Florida magnificently lowered their own bar in the final moments of their cable-news celebrity. In real justice systems, the state decides what crime has been committed and charges somebody with it. In the Zimmerman trial, the state´s "theory of the case" is that it has no theory of the case: might be murder, might be manslaughter, might be aggravated assault, might be a zillion other things, but it´s something.
Justin Rose is the first Englishman to win the U.S. Open in 43 years. Rose shot a closing 70 Sunday at Merion Golf Club for a 1-over 281 total and his first major championship. He finished two shots ahead of Phil Mickelson and Jason Day. The 32-year-old Rose overcame his share of misadventures on a challenging course. He took the solo lead for good when Mickelson and Mahan both dropped shots at No. 15.
PARIS — World number one Serena Williams clinched her second French Open title when she beat defending champion Maria Sharapova of Russia 6-4 6-4 in the final on Saturday. The 31-year-old American, who won her first Roland Garros title in 2002, became the oldest player since tennis turned professional in 1968 to lift the Suzanne Lenglen Cup after overpowering the second seed on Court Philippe Chatrier.
Imagine this: Newspapers and broadcasters in China suddenly start to denounce the British government. They call it a ‘regime’. They say that its treatment of its Muslim minority is cruel and unjust. (Snip) All the time, foreign media report in a wholly one-sided way, credulously trumpeting British government ‘atrocities’ without verification. And then all the major countries in the world agree to permit the direct supply of weapons to the rebels. Absurd? Wait and see. Something quite like this actually happened on a small scale in Northern Ireland, where American individuals helped buy guns and bombs
Renowned author Dan Brown woke up in his luxurious four-poster bed in his expensive $10 million house – and immediately he felt angry. (snip) The critics said his writing was clumsy, ungrammatical, repetitive and repetitive. They said it was full of unnecessary tautology. They said his prose was swamped in a sea of mixed metaphors. For some reason they found something funny in sentences such as “His eyes went white, like a shark about to attack.”
Mark Sanford has won the South Carolina special election in a competitive race for what in normal circumstances is a safe Republican seat. The former governor beat Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch, the sister of comedian Stephen Colbert Busch, for the state’s 1st congressional district. The AP called the race for Sanford early in the evening, with the Republican leading Colbert Busch 54 percent 46 percent.
Most countries in the world have irrelevant numbers of "immigrants." In the Americas, for example, only Canada, America, and the British West Indies have significant non-native populations. In Mexico, immigrants account for 0.6 percent of the population, and that generally negligible level prevails all the way down through Latin America until you hit a blip of 1.4 percent with Chile and 3.8 percent in Argentina. (Snip) But profound sweeping demographic transformation through immigration is a phenomenon only of the western world in the modern era, and even there America leads the way.
A few years ago, after an enjoyable match at the nearby Victoria Cricket Club, I arrived at Rustico, a fine restaurant in the small village of Flatts at the western end of Harrington Sound in Bermuda. (Snip) If you fly in from overseas, as often as he does, you can’t help noticing America is extremely obese: It’s the first thing foreigners remark on, and, if they then prod a little deeper and notice the trillions of dollars of debt, there’s a general sense that a population this unhealthy-looking
Shortly after Barack Obama finished his press conference after Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s dramatic apprehension last night, a Russian newspaper reported that the president did not mention the “Russian footprint” in his address. (Snip) “Putin has repeatedly said there is no such thing as our terrorists and somebody else’s,” Peskov said. “One must not differentiate between them, deal with some and condemn others. They all deserve the same approach, the same rejection.” This was a reference to America’s vocal defense of the Chechen separatists in the 1990s
Mark Levin, who hosts one of America´s top radio talk shows and is considered by supporters to be the people´s pundit on the Constitution, is rallying his 8.5 million-strong audience to demand an historic convention of state governments to halt the "oppressive power" of the federal government. The author of two New York Times bestsellers on the threats to the Constitution, Levin hopes his latest, "The Liberty Amendments," out mid-August, will spark the state lawmakers to tap a rarely used Constitutional provision to institute measures that would brake President Obama´s use of executive orders, bar thousand-page laws and
Colin Powell has admitted to exchanging ´very personal´ emails with a Romanian diplomat but denies having an affair with the much younger woman after a hacker threatened to release their intimate messages. The 76-year-old retired general told the Smoking Gun that he met Corina Cretu, 45, roughly 10 years ago when she was working as an assistant to the president of Romania. She is now a member of the European Parliament. ´After I left the Department of State in January 2005 we stayed in touch via email,´ he told TSG.
The former commander of special operations in Northern Africa told a closed-door briefing today that he was largely detached from events the night of the Benghazi attack as he was traveling at the time. The testimony of Col. George H. Bristol, USMC, Former Commander, Joint Special Operations Task Force-Trans Sahara, Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command Africa, had been eagerly anticipated by members of Congress. Originally, lawmakers had been told by the Defense Department that he had retired — the actual date is Aug. 1, an “administrative error” according to the Pentagon — and that they didn’t have
FORNEY, Texas - George Zimmerman, the former Florida neighborhood watch leader cleared of all charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, was pulled over for speeding in North Texas on Sunday, CBS DFW reports. According to the station, Zimmerman was armed when officers pulled him over on Highway 80 in Forney, east of Dallas. (Snip) The officer reportedly did not recognize Zimmerman, who was driving a Honda pickup. Zimmerman told the officer he was armed and was then told to put the weapon in his glove compartment, according to the station.
Arizona Sen. John McCain was the Republican Party´s 2008 presidential nominee and he still wants the keys to the Oval Office. But he is beginning to sound more like a fan of likely 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. "She´s a rock star," he said in a newly released interview. "She has, maybe not glamour, but certainly the aura of someone widely regarded throughout the world," he added in a reference to her work as secretary of State. McCain, reportedly trying to win back his reputation as a GOP maverick, was asked by the New Republic
Serial sexter Anthony Weiner’s wife partly blamed herself last year when her horndog husband confessed to her that he was at it again. Friends and family told People magazine that Huma Abedin was kicking herself at the time for bailing out of couples counseling and focusing more on their newborn baby boy. But, thanks to a new round of joint therapy that continues even now, the couple was able to put the relapse behind them. “They really became a unit, and she feels much closer to Anthony now,” a relative told the magazine. That’s a long way from how Abedin
Gotta figure her lead would be even bigger without Joe Miller in the field here. Her nomination for the taking? Alaska should be a top tier pick up opportunity for Senate Republicans next year…but their top choice of a candidate is Sarah Palin. 36% of GOP primary voters in the state say they’d like Palin to be their standard bearer against Mark Begich to 26% for Mead Treadwell, 15% for Dan Sullivan, and 12% for Joe Miller.
Sen. John McCain — a Democrat? There was confusion Wednesday after the Arizona Republican mistakenly strolled into President Obama’s meeting with Senate Democrats at the Capitol. The room full of Democrats — who happened to be meeting in the same room where the Senate GOP usually holds their weekly policy luncheons — erupted in applause and laughter as the former Republican presidential candidate made his entrance. As McCain, 76, walked out of the Dem-filled space, reporters pressed him as to why he stepped foot in the room.
In preparation for the release of Oscar-bait film The Butler, Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, and director Lee Daniels (Precious) sat down with Parade magazine. The film chronicles a butler (Whitaker) who works in the White House through seven administrations. Winfrey plays the butler’s wife. In the interview, Winfrey explained her sadness that so few Americans know about the history of the civil rights movement: “They don’t know diddly-squat. Diddly-squat.” She then said of the historic use of the n-word, “I always think of the millions of people who heard that as their last
If we learned anything about Barack Obama in his first term it is that when he starts repeating the same idea over and over, what´s on his mind is something else. The first term´s over-and-over subject was "the wealthiest 1%." Past some point, people wondered why he kept beating these half-dead horses. After the election, we knew. It was to propagandize the targeted voting base that would provide his 4% popular-vote margin of victory—very young voters and minorities. They believed. He won. The second-term over-and-over, elevated in his summer speech tour, is the shafting of the middle class. But
In her first speech since taking over the Environmental Protection Agency, Gina McCarthy came out swinging Tuesday and promised to ramp up the aggressive climate change agenda laid out by President Obama.(snip)“Can we stop talking about environmental regulations killing jobs? Please, at least for today,” she said during remarks at Harvard Law School. “We need to cut carbon pollution to grow jobs. We need to cut carbon pollution to strengthen the economy. Let’s talk about it positively. Let’s approach this as an opportunity of a lifetime. There are too many lifetimes at stake.”
[Video] Ouch. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie turned down an offer by Sen. Rand Paul to join him for a beer and bury the hatchet in their ongoing -- and very public -- feud. "I´m running for re-election in New Jersey. I don´t really have time for that at the moment," Christie said in an interview on a local radio station. The New Jersey governor said if he finds himself in Washington, "I´ll certainly look him up." But he added: "I don´t suspect I´ll be there anytime soon. I´ve got work to do here."