Americans shouldn´t think much about the various appropriations in the bill to reopen government, according to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., even though she wished the spending measures weren´t in the bill. "This was consistent with what would be in a continuing resolution," Pelosi told reporters when asked about extra measures such as a death benefit for the widow of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., and earmarked spending for a Kentucky dam. "I had bigger problems than what that one appropriation may have been in the bill," she said, referring to the overall
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“The Bush administration has spent us into record deficits and piled mountains of debt onto our children, Budget experts agree that the line-item veto would do little to control deficits.” - Nancy Pelosi (back when the national debt was "only" $8 trillion.
- “The Republicans´ lack of transparency and willingness to abuse their power is undermining democracy, ... It should be of grave concern to all Americans that their privacy could be invaded by such an outrageous provision.” - Nancy Pelosi, criticizing then-President Bush (43) from the "We have to pass it so we can find out what´s in it" school of transparency.
And an all-time classic:
“Outside of the first two years, when he used the legacy of the Clinton administration´s fiscal surpluses, President Bush has yet to submit a balanced budget.” -Nancy "Who Needs a budget?" Pelosi
A few billion here, a few trillion there – what difference does it make?
That’s right. Hairy Reed and 0-bama DEMANDED a “clean” CR and debt ceiling increase, and then decorated their version with honey cured hams. Now, the baseline budget that has nearly doubled the national debt is “not enough” because of 0-bama’s sequester.
Drat those hostage taking tea party terrorists! They’re out to “damage” the country by forcing a brief gov’t shutdown in exchange for a modicum of fiscal restraint, while the Democrats simply want to get on with destroying it as quickly as possible.
President Obama finally knows how George W. Bush felt as he lumbered through his second term. A new Economist/YouGov poll finds that for the first time, more Americans than not don´t like Obama. Long a polling category that has carried and elevated his presidency even as his approval numbers have hit rock bottom just 11 months into his second term, his likability is now underwater.
The inverse genius of Barack Obama becomes more of a marvel each day. Is it a rule of politics that great measures shouldn’t pass on slender majorities? He enacted a huge bill with majorities running against it, and he and the system haven’t been the same since. Is it agreed that the "greatest good for the greatest number" should be the goal of all parties? He’s reducing the good of the many for the partial relief of the few. Is the justification for redistribution to spread wealth and well-being among as many as possible? He’s spreading angst and anxiety to millions and millions who,
Could the GOP be on the cusp of a JFK moment on the national political scene? Before simply dismissing the idea out of hand, consider the following: John F.Kennedy´s appeal in the 1960 presidential campaign was built around his basic summons to the country: "Let´s get America moving again." Fast forward to President Obama's America, which suffers from an economy that sputters along in a slow-growth purgatory, with millions of people dropping out of the workforce, even as Obamacare pushes many of those still working to accept part-time schedules.
“Conservatives are operating on the assumption that [Obamacare is] an irredeemable disaster that they can ride all the way to 2016,” New York Times columnist Paul Krugman wrote on his blog last week, “but the facts on the ground are getting better by the day.” He went on: “Obamacare will turn into a Benghazi-type affair where Republicans are screaming about a scandal nobody else cares about.”
Thanksgiving for the National Rifle Association is a good time to give thanks to the end of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s reign. The Second Amendment group on Tuesday used its Thanksgiving message to slam the co-founder of Mayors Against Illegal Guns and his fun-limiting attacks on fatty foods like those on the Thanksgiving table of many Americans. “Bloomberg is full of stuffing,” said the NRA under a cartoon picture of the lame duck mayor dressed as a turkey wearing a Pilgrim hat. “This Thanksgiving, Mayor Bloomberg has found yet another way to put a damper on a favorite
President Obama in the heart of Tinseltown on Tuesday had a clear message for Hollywood executives: Don´t glorify violence. “When it comes to gun violence, we’ve got to make sure that we’re not glorifying it,” Obama said during remarks at DreamWorks Animation in Los Angeles. “The stories you tell matter,” he added. The president's push for gun-control legislation has stalled in Washington. And some have criticized the president for not doing enough to implore Hollywood to tone down Images of violence in mass entertainment. Obama used the trip to the Hollywood studio,
In April, Real Clear Politics´ average of polls showed that 47 percent of Americans opposed Obamacare, while 41 percent supported it — a 6-percentage-point edge for opponents of the president´s health care law, which at the time was still months away from implementation. The latest average of polls, less than two months into the law´s rollout, shows 57 percent opposing Obamacare, with 38 percent supporting — an enormous 19-point gap between opponents and supporters.
Pollster John Zogby reveals in our weekly White House report card that more people than ever disapprove of President Obama´s job performance and that it´s unlikely he will return to his once lofty job approval highs. "Trust is like virginity: once you lose it it´s hard to get it back." “Our brand new Zogby Analytics poll (November 18, 895 likely voters) shows President Obama's approval rating at 41 percent, not his lowest, but down two points from just three days before. “Most ominous for Mr. Obama is that 57 percent now disapprove of his job. That is his worst number yet. This includes 57 percent of men and 55 percent of women; 51 percent of moderates, 24 percent of liberals and 24 percent of Democrats; 66 percent of independents and 40 percent of Hispanics.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was set Thursday to take over as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, marking the charismatic chief executive´s first foray into national politics on a platform he controls. Christie campaigned extensively for 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, and has occasionally stumped for Republican congressional candidates and helped them raise money. But heading the national organization will allow Christie, a possible 2016 presidential contender, to travel the country on behalf of the GOP's gubernatorial candidates, building relationships with political operatives and party activists outside New Jersey.
Consumers can´t go to healthcare.gov to learn whether their doctors participate in an Obamacare-approved health care plan because the website doesn´t include such information. That´s because federal officials were so eager to approve insurer health plans for the exchanges, they didn´t ask how many doctors, hospitals, labs and clinics were participating in each plan, according to a key health insurance industry trade association executive.
President Obama´s spokesman offered no explanation for his boss´s decision to skip the memorial marking the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln´s Gettysburg Address. "I don´t have any scheduling updates to provide to you," White House press secretary Jay Carney.
The Obama administration on Wednesday acknowledged for the first time that cyberattacks have targeted the healthcare.gov website, but technology security experts say officials are downplaying the number of attacks and minimizing the privacy threat to Obamacare enrollees´ personal information. A top Department of Homeland Security official testified Wednesday that Health and Human Services had reported to her office approximately 16 "cyber-related" incidents on the website, which registers consumers in new health plans, and one “denial of service” that didn't result in any type of breach.
I have never been much of a conspiracy theorist. For me it was always Oswald by himself from the Texas School Book Depository and nothing in the intervening fifty years has disabused me of this notion. For the most part, I’m an Occam’s Razor kind of guy — the most obvious explanation is likely to be true. (Snip) To put it bluntly, Occam’s Razor has moved. Things that were once possibilities now seem almost certainties to me. Principal among those is that Obama’s academic records are perpetually unavailable for a reason — and that reason is most likely that they reveal
One of President Obama´s chief political assets has been his ability to excite young people like almost no politician in history. But the days of America´s youth fawning over the president are over. A new Harvard University Institute of Politics poll released Wednesday confirms what other surveys have shown in recent months: Millennials have soured on Obama so much this year that their opinion of him largely mirrors the American public´s. Even though Obama does not ever have to face another election, he should be worried about the findings for a couple of reasons, which we will dive into momentarily.
President Obama will cast growing income inequality and a decline in economic mobility as a “fundamental threat to the American dream” during a speech Wednesday in Washington. The speech will serve as an early preview for next year’s State of the Union address, according to a White House official, who said Obama would focus much of his energy over the next three years on the issue. “The decisions we make over the next few years will determine whether or not our children will grow up in an America where, if you work hard, you can get ahead,” the official said.
Good stuff from Jonathan Turley at today’s House hearing on executive power, although I regret that I couldn’t find a more user-friendly format for you to watch. There’s no compilation clip; you’ll have to make do with the C-SPAN embed by fast-forwarding to the time cues I give you and being patient while the vid buffers (and buffers, and buffers).(Snip)That brings us to point two: Even if Congress can’t stop Obama, the courts can. The problem there, though, says Turley, is that O and the DOJ have argued successfully in many cases that no one has standing to sue him
During a presentation at the White House in which President Barack Obama touted the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, the president declared that his signature health care reform law was not going to be repealed. This assertion led his administration members, his staff, and audience members to rise from their seats and give the president a standing ovation. Obama said that ACA opponents’ alternative to the health care reform law is to champion repeal and going back to the health care delivery system status quo ante. He specifically cited Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) who he said was asked directly for
A woman has revealed how difficult it is to eat healthily and stay full when living off an average food stamp budget. Melinda Moulton, from Huntington, Vermont, was one of 200 people to take part in the 3Squares Challenge, which saw her living for a week on just $36 worth of food, or around $1.71 a meal. Opting to try and eat as healthily as possible, Ms Moulton resorted to cheap foods like yogurt for breakfast, two handfuls of peanuts for lunch and lentil stew for dinner, all of which left her unsatisfied.´I don´t know how people do it,´ said
[Video] President Obama on Wednesday declared that addressing income inequality would be the focus of “all” of the White House’s efforts “for the rest of my presidency.” In a sweeping address that touched on raising the minimum wage, investing in infrastructure and ending tax breaks for the wealthy, Obama warned that the American economy has become “profoundly unequal,” declaring economic mobility the “challenge of our time.” “The combined trends of increasing inequality and decreasing mobility pose a fundamental threat to the American dream, our way of life, and what we stand for around the globe,” he said in an hour-long
Just over two weeks ago, MSNBC host Martin Bashir delivered a harsh piece of commentary that culminated in the suggestion that someone should “s-h-i-t” in former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin‘s (R-AK) mouth. Bashir offered an abject apology on his next broadcast, but a chorus of critics continued to demand action against the host. After a reported “vacation” for the host earlier this week, Bashir announced, Wednesday afternoon, that MSNBC and Martin Bashir are parting ways. Here’s the statement from Martin Bashir, via email: After making an on-air apology, I asked for permission to take some additional time out around the Thanksgiving holiday. Upon
A stunning new study unveiled on Fox News´ Hannity finds that President Barack Obama’s White House calendar records just one face-to-face meeting between Obama and his Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in the more than three-and-a-half years leading up to the disastrous Obamacare launch. The startling statistic comes from a new Government Accountability Institute (GAI) analysis of Obama’s own official White House calendar, as well as the Politico presidential calendar, and raises new questions about Obama’s executive leadership and management throughout the implementation of his singular legislative achievement. More alarming still, the president’s schedule lists 277 private
Nineteen people stood behind President Obama on stage in the Executive Office Building Tuesday as the president kicked off a new campaign to promote Obamacare. One of those people, a young Florida woman named Monica Weeks, introduced Obama after telling the story of being struck with Crohn´s Disease at age 19 and receiving expensive treatments for several years that were covered by her parents´ health care plan — because Obamacare allowed her to remain on that plan until age 26. Now, Weeks said, she has coverage through a job. "The Affordable Care Act gives young adults who are just starting
MSNBC has announced that Chris Matthews, Barack Obama´s most excitable fan, will be interviewing the President on Thursday´s Hardball. Fawning over the liberal politician is incredibly common among journalists, but Matthews has taken it to a whole new level. According to the network host, Obama is a "perfect," "cool," brilliant figure who is comparable to Jesus, Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy. The verbose Matthews has no filter when it comes to the Democrat, even once bizarrely blurting out that an Obama speech made him "forget" that the commander in chief "was black." To prepare you for the likely love-fest
Continued global warming poses a risk of rapid, drastic changes in some human and natural systems, a scientific panel warned Tuesday, citing the possible collapse of polar sea ice, the potential for a mass extinction of plant and animal life and the threat of immense dead zones in the ocean. At the same time, some worst-case fears about climate change that have entered the popular imagination can be ruled out as unlikely, at least over the next century, the panel found. These include a sudden belch of methane from the ocean or the Arctic that would fry the planet, as