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Disposable: Paul Ryan´s Budget Epitomizes
How Washington Actually Sees Veterans

Business Insider, by Tony Carr & John Q. Public

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Posted By:mikkins2, 12/25/2013 8:59:07 AM

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) wants to look tough on budget issues. In an editorial published in USA Today explaining his decision to lead the passage of a budget that reduced vested veteran pensions by an average of $84,000 to $120,000, Mr. Ryan founded his message on the urgent need to “do the right thing.” In doing so, he created a painful irony; Ryan’s budget seeks to save $6B over the next 10 years – equivalent to less than six-tenths of one percent of projected federal spending over that period — by extracting it from compensation already guaranteed to people who earned it risking their lives and defending their country. In other words, despite

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Notice that K-Street and the defense industry found Santa Ryan made sure to leave them piles of taxpayer cash under the Christmas tree.

It was only Veterans who got the bag of coal.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: M2, 12/25/2013 9:07:16 AM     (No. 9667415)

Ryan couldn´t have found something less fundamental to our traditions to cut funding for? Like the EPA, the IRS or the NEA?

I just don´t get this, coming from Ryan & Co.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Mobyclik, 12/25/2013 9:18:06 AM     (No. 9667426)

Yep, take money from the military to save money...and give federal employees a raise. Only in D.C. Even those ´´non-essential´´ folks get a raise.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Cat Ballou, 12/25/2013 9:18:54 AM     (No. 9667428)

Perhaps he´s a "typical" politician in "conservative" rhetoric. If the government can "give" it, they can take it away. They took my husband´s disability for cancer, completely away 2 years ago. He worked on the birds that sprayed Agent Orange in Vietnam and was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 1999. NHL isn´t curable, but according to the VA, if he isn´t under treatment, no disability. I guess he lived longer than they expected.

Not complaining, but people need to realize they are only important to Washington, as a means for politicians to either get into power, or to stay there.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: tisHimself, 12/25/2013 9:22:38 AM     (No. 9667432)

There are no numbers to turn back the NEA or NPR or the IRS, at this point in time. Sequestration is killing our military in a way only peaceniks and marxists could love. There is nothing close to perfect in this, but we are still talking about the failures of Obamacare, and not how republicans shut down the government and refuse to help starving puppies.

Ryan had the courage RINO´s have lacked for years, to put together some legitimate budget talks and suffer the arrows for challenging entitlements---- making public employees chip in for their benefits.

You make your gnocci with the flour you got, not the flour you don´t.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: freightdog, 12/25/2013 9:23:41 AM     (No. 9667434)

Q: How should leadership work?
A: Decades ago, flu shots were the new thing and many had concerns about their safety.
DOD directed that everyone on active duty get a flu shot.
I recall the commanding officer of our squadron, followed by all the other officers, rolling up their sleeves while standing before our assembled squadron. The CO was the first in line to take a flu shot. That´s a small, but precise, example of leadership.
So, when it comes to reducing government spending by cutting back on pay and benefits, isn´t it proper that our leaders and in the White House and Congress insist that the first reductions come from their pay and benefits?
Just saying.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: StormCnter, 12/25/2013 9:26:06 AM     (No. 9667436)

#4: [high five]

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Reply 7 - Posted by: heartlandconservative, 12/25/2013 9:28:27 AM     (No. 9667439)

Stupid is as stupid does.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: miceal, 12/25/2013 9:32:19 AM     (No. 9667442)

As a retired military member I could have accepted this slight had Ryan did the same thing to federal retirees under the age of 62....

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Wakeupcall, 12/25/2013 9:34:02 AM     (No. 9667443)

The people chose their own kings.

Ans as God states these kings will send you off to fight their wars.

Government without god is a lost government and subsequently so are the people.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Rinktum, 12/25/2013 9:44:42 AM     (No. 9667457)

There is no defending the cut to veterans´ pensions. None. Ryan knew this is the cut the Democrats wanted because it was a bargaining chip he knew he could use. Unfortunately, this will forever will take the issue of the Republicans being the party that will always support the military. Now the democrats can pound the Republicans with this cut anytime we bring up the democrats failure to support the troops. Ryan was played. In his zeal to get something done, he made a grave tactical error. Politically stupid, but morally reprehensible. He proved himself to be nothing more than a political animal lacking the courage to do the right thing.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: bighambone, 12/25/2013 9:55:53 AM     (No. 9667467)

It seems like that in Washington, DC these days, that "doing the right thing" has become political code for doing what the liberal Democrats want done.

Ryan showed his true colors when he messed with already vested military pensions, his viability as a national candidate who can make it through future Republican primaries just hit rock bottom because military service members, veterans, and their family members would have to be out of their minds to vote for him.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Spidey, 12/25/2013 10:12:17 AM     (No. 9667485)

I´m no fan of Ryan but I seriously doubt this was all on him.The GOP was handed the budget and told to get used to the taste of a S-sandwich.Where´s all the other republicans or even some dems coming out against this?It can always be rolled back in 2016 from what I understand but they were all set up by Obama thugs and behind the scenes republican party bosses.

This was also a sit down and shut up message to the tea party types who can´t possibly imagine how their own party could stab them in the back.Some have been stripped of committee seats.

Now people are back to being stuck with the lesser of two evils.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: mikkins2, 12/25/2013 10:15:03 AM     (No. 9667487)

Sorry #4 but that is bunk.

Ryan lied about the numbers and lied that he "made a mistake".
This is why Ryan is lying to everyone: http://www.lucianne.com/thread/?artnum=765959

There are Republican Establishment consultants and aides now working as lobbyists for NPR/PBS to lobby AGAINST any cuts to these programs.

"A stable of former GOP aides has been hired by public television stations, children’s hospitals and other interest groups that fear they’ll be targeted for spending cuts by the Republican House.
Most of the aides left Congress years ago, but many still have close ties to senior Republicans on Capitol Hill, including Speaker John Boehner (Ohio). They’ve been hired to try to convince the new GOP Congress that some public spending is worth continuing and not reducing.
An advocacy group for the Association of Public Television Stations, for example, has hired GOP lobbyists John Feehery and Marc Lampkin of Quinn Gillespie & Associates to fight off budget cuts.
Lampkin was Boehner’s general counsel when the Speaker was House Republican Conference chairman(R-Ill)"

http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/140203-republican-aides-hired-to-fight-cuts

I have posted before the PENTAGON itself gave recommendations to congress with requests to stop buying equipment they do not want or need as well as cutting redundant departments and trimming a bloated civilian contractor workforce. Were any of the PENTAGON´S suggestions implemented? No.

Why? Because the defense industries lobbyists, who Ryan refers to as the "defense community", were the ones suggesting to cut Veteran benefits instead of purchases of needless equipment and departments.

Ryan is no leader. He is a complete fraud using Americas Veterans, who have no one lobbying and paying off politicians on their behalf, to pass a spending bill to prove to big money donors he will keep the money rolling in and tell liberals he made cuts to the military.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: oh-heck, 12/25/2013 10:15:33 AM     (No. 9667488)

Ryan was played. He is right to examine long term obligations such as pensions and medical care. These take a long time to adjust because they are part of the contract of hire. IMHO, the Dems found a case in which the military retirement was actually better than civilian and in which the civilian retirement couldn´t be changed, to allow Ryan is victory. He wasn´t wrong to attempt to reduce spending. He was an idiot to trust the Dems. And he took real cuts off the board to betray the military.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: lakerman1, 12/25/2013 10:17:21 AM     (No. 9667490)

Here is a dose of historical perspective.
Retired five star general, Dwight Eisenhower, was president when I enlisted in the USAF, in January, 1956. My pay, as an E-1, was 78 dollars a month.
When I completed basic training, I was promoted to E-2, and my pay went up to 82 dollars a month.
But during my first year of service, Ike eliminated the $10,000 life insurance policy for each GI, and the government began withholding for social security on military people.
Then in 1957, Ike approved a pay raise for all military members, except those who had less than two years service, thus denying a pay raise not only to me, but to all of the draftees, who had to serve two years.
So while I don´t like the budget compromise, I also remember Ike. And by 1957, I didn´t like Ike.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: oldmagnolia, 12/25/2013 10:22:15 AM     (No. 9667500)

#13, years ago, Eisenhower, before leaving the presidency said: Beware of the military industrial complex. He was right, and here we are. Merry Christmas everyone.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Grambo, 12/25/2013 10:49:19 AM     (No. 9667521)

A country that depends for its security on an all volunteer military, screws them around on their pensions, it’s not very smart.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: ole buzzard, 12/25/2013 10:52:27 AM     (No. 9667523)

I was on active duty from 1968 to 1979, and a Reservist from 1979 to 1991.

In all that time, whenever Congress had to do serious budget cutting, DoD always got the first look. Changes to the retirement plan have been talked about as early as 1972 as I recall, but always with the promise that those already covered by the existing plan would be grandfathered.

Those promises need to be kept now, or our armed services will not be able to recruit and retain the numbers and quality of personnel that are needed to our increasingly technological war machines.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: LouD, 12/25/2013 11:00:19 AM     (No. 9667533)

The hell with the veterans. We need a couple of billion for Morocco. And maybe more for the Palestinians. And maybe more for Egypt and Libya. Got to make friends with the Muslims, don´tcha know?

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Reply 20 - Posted by: preciosodrogas, 12/25/2013 11:04:28 AM     (No. 9667535)

Smack! That had to hurt. Good. Liar. Bum. Cheat. Backstabber. Elite weasel.
Here is one big reason Obama lost and the Rs will continue to lose ... and the conservatives will continue to gain power.
Who wants to vote for a R when they can´t be trusted. Yeah, BHO is worse, but he can be trusted to act the way you expect, the Rs are lying to keep their power. Talk about being on the Plantation, that´s what the Rs are trying to do to the conservatives with their hold your nose and vote whip.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: happywarrior, 12/25/2013 11:25:03 AM     (No. 9667545)

I´d like wish everyone a Merry Christmas and thank our gracious host for making this a must read and for her excellent byline below it. There are many, many folks who read this wonderful forum so I assume Paul Ryan is getting the word.

And for #13 and the rest of Ryan´s supporters, our servicemembers are NOT public employees, they work for the Dept. of Defense. Please remember that for your next "they get what they deserve" posts.



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Reply 22 - Posted by: happywarrior, 12/25/2013 11:26:36 AM     (No. 9667546)

Meant for #4, not #13! Sorry y´all!

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Reply 23 - Posted by: spahrkl, 12/25/2013 11:35:21 AM     (No. 9667549)

I just can´t believe that Ryan has an evil intent here. He´s a smart man. There has to be something else going on here.

Managing a position, a stand, a plan, a footing in the infested Washington politics is a tremendous job. I wonder if he has a
plan we don´t see or understand and his reasons will make themselves known.

I just think there is more to this issue than meets the eye. Our Military are the only ones who have my highest respect. Surely we are missing something here.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: kafir091101, 12/25/2013 11:43:37 AM     (No. 9667555)

Good Grief!

#4: Rationalize all you want and make excuses for Ryan, but keep in mind if he was a ‘man of integrity’, he would have treated all federal retirees equally.

You can’t post your way out of that fact!

Since he didn’t, he is merely a POS Whore of a Politician who slept with the enemy.

And those ‘savings’ amount to ‘nothing’ in the ten year scheme of things. It is pure BS and nothing but BS!

The absolute last place to cut in the budget is active duty and retiree benefits.

I only have a few names on my ‘Favorites for POTUS’ List but my ‘NO-WAY-IN-HELL’ list is getting very, very long.

Ryan has been on that second list for several months because of his amnesty push and now he gets an extra check mark. His support of Veteran’s Retirement Reduction is incomprehensible.

GOP Presidential material my arse!

Hopefully, most of us will donate against RINOs by supporting one or two clearly conservative candidates during the primaries that won’t turn off the general electorate next November.

Kafir

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Reply 25 - Posted by: RancherJack, 12/25/2013 11:50:06 AM     (No. 9667562)

What a traitor

I spit on the ground he walks

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Reply 26 - Posted by: bearcat, 12/25/2013 12:55:43 PM     (No. 9667597)

Republicans used to scream that a cut in the increase in benefits is not a cut in benefits. A cola is an increase in benefits, not a benefit. A cut in salary increase is not a cut in salary. I´m all for helping vets, but I think we need to keep our terms straight and not act like dems -- we lose credibility.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: little guy, 12/25/2013 1:00:54 PM     (No. 9667603)

This is disgraceful and a blot on the Republican name and franchise. I expected more from Congressman Ryan. Instead, like Senator Cruz, he allowed his pocket to be picked by the Dems and he carries their water and does their dirty work and gives them bi-partisan cover. Shame on him.

My own opinion is very simple, I live free and have managed to save some money (despite the government stealing more than half!) and I wouldn´t have that except for my true team members and partners who served in the military. As a tax payer, I don´t believe we can do enough to repay them. Yes, everyone on the team wins the Superbowl from the water boy to the quarterback, but only the guys getting hit out on the field are really carrying the ball. I´d rather cut any one of a dozen welfare programs, jobs plan or corporate subsidy before I cut a promise that was made to the men & woman who stepped up and proudly wore our team´s "uniform"! As our African-white president would say: "Period!"

Give them back their money, dammit!


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Reply 28 - Posted by: Packard 5682, 12/25/2013 1:14:44 PM     (No. 9667621)

Ryan has gone all RINO on us since he became RINO Romney´s running mate. Before this budget "deal", his most recent budget proposal had ZERO cuts to ANY part of the federal behemoth. AND he wants to flood the country with illegals.

He needs to be primaried and defeated. He is a turncoat.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: wsdiego, 12/25/2013 1:30:18 PM     (No. 9667629)

In Nam we called ourselves snuffy´s for a good reason! We were expendable!

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Reply 30 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua, 12/25/2013 1:51:50 PM     (No. 9667644)

The budget was a turkey of a deal so the obama gang, the democrats, and republicans can show an accomplishment. At the same time, the big government tyrants are using this to extend their power. We the people are being had. The only alternative to the dems and pubbies at this point is the tea party. They need to get more organized and take over the pubbies or form a viable third party that can actually win elections.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 12/25/2013 2:01:01 PM     (No. 9667648)

Why did he single out Veteran pensions? What about the pensions of the Civil Service workers who get gold-plated pensions for life? Is it because he´s a huge wimp too cowardly to take on the Unions?
Typical RINO/Liberal, go easy on miscreants, but go tough on law-abidding citizens, whom they know won´t or can´t fight back.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Retired Navy, 12/25/2013 2:29:33 PM     (No. 9667661)

I first went on active duty in the Navy in March of 1956. I retired on November 1st, 1976 My first experience of what a government promise means was reading about recomputation, where retired pay was computed based on active duty pay. The cold war was heating up and a large standing force was required, along with pay raises that would attract that force. Recomputation went to be replaced by cost of living increases.

During my time in service I saw a number of changes that always seemed t ask the force to take it in the shorts This is nothing new

A I was told a long time ago. Can you relie an a government promise; ask an Indian.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: absalom, 12/25/2013 4:33:12 PM     (No. 9667736)

So the pension matter is the core issue? Really? Utter malarkey. A crap sandwich labeled the GOP has been both active and passive in inexorable spending for three generations.
THAT IS THE ISSUE!
Boy Scout Ryan, w/the political instincts of a teenager, is just another trendy progressive rationalizing his lack of principle.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: lewis1940, 12/25/2013 4:38:26 PM     (No. 9667739)

#24 As I understand it Federal Retirees, under the Federal Employee Retirement System, do not get cost of living raises until they are 62. Most federal employees are under this system as it was started over 30 years ago.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: eorsc, 12/25/2013 4:44:20 PM     (No. 9667743)

You only have to know that if Patty Murray is involved it is WRONG.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Moritz55, 12/25/2013 5:09:52 PM     (No. 9667757)

Guys, it´s Christmas. Couldn´t we put off the name calling for one day?

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Reply 37 - Posted by: lencu255, 12/25/2013 6:46:38 PM     (No. 9667794)

#23 - yes, there is a plan, but not the one you have in mind. I believe there is something sinister in ryan´s bill we don´t get, and it has to do with regime´s request. I am convinced that people like ryan have piles of dirty laundry and dems play them any which way they want. One of the starkest examples is roberts vote in Supreme Court on obozo care. So, I have no stops to my conspiracy theories. And obviously, it is not about several million dollars a year considering the size of US budget. Especially, if you keep in mind $85 BILLION a month fed prints willy-nilly.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: P51DMustang, 12/25/2013 7:42:19 PM     (No. 9667810)

Paul Ryan is just one more RINO fraud to be thrown on the wood pile.

We are truly blessed to have gained this information before he ever becomes a national candidate, again. To think he could have been the VP in Romney´s staff is very frighting.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: smoolie, 12/25/2013 8:39:41 PM     (No. 9667830)

IMHO Ryan lost viability for national office when he came out of the closet for "immigration reform".

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Reply 40 - Posted by: snakeoil, 12/25/2013 10:34:19 PM     (No. 9667879)

I am also opposed to cutting veterans benefits, drowning puppy dogs in streams, and braking for liberals. But the entire budget needed to be trimmed and the military isn´t sacrosanct. The USA still has a large number of military bases in Germany, Japan, and Italy. WWII ended almost 70 years ago. Our opponents in the last world war aren´t a threat to anyone. Like some of you middle age is only a memory. I get Social Security even though I´m working full time. Had to sign up for Medicare Part A(?) to get SS. Have never used a penny. It all goes into a savings account. Never have gotten a penny from Medicare. Have no desire to retire. I hope I can work until the day I die. If SS and Medicare were eliminated tomorrow I couldn´t care less. Would I vote for Paul Ryan? I´d vote for Beelzebub if he were running against The Hildabeast or Princess Liealota. If the country totally collapses no one including veterans are going to have anything. PS, I don´t hate Christmas but I would have rather been at work. But Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: bighambone, 12/25/2013 10:35:16 PM     (No. 9667880)

The funny thing is that during the run up to the 2014 congressional elections, and if the Democrats can come up with a viable candidate for Ryan´s seat, the Democrats will use this budget deal and especially the facets of it that apply to veteran´s pensions, to defeat Ryan, and elect a Democrat in his place.

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On the day the House Oversight Committee held Lois Lerner in contempt, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said Congress should impeach Attorney General Eric Holder if he does not indict those like Lerner for their roles in the IRS´s targeting of conservative groups. In a Thursday appearance on Sean Hannity´s radio program, Cruz said Holder should be impeached for "defying Congress and the rule of law." He said Holder´s actions were not in the spirit of the Department of Justice, which Cruz said has "a bipartisan tradition of resisting partisan pressure and upholding the rule of law." Cruz cited examples of Holder´s

Sen. Mike Lee Makes Free Market,
‘Anti-Cronyism’ Push
Wall Street Journal, by Beth Reinhard    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 4/8/2014 3:08:42 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Mike Lee of Utah launched an “anti-cronyism” agenda Monday with a column in the National Review urging the Republican Party to advocate populist, free-market reforms over tax loopholes, government subsidies and federal bailouts. That kind of Republican party, he writes “could not only unify and excite conservatives, but appeal to hardworking families in the purple and blue communities that President [Barack] Obama’s special-interest favoritism is leaving behind.” Mr. Lee is scheduled to continue the rollout with television appearances, town halls, a speech at the Heritage Foundation on April 30, and several pieces of legislation. The bills would give Congress the power

The Tea Party Establishment:
Outsiders become insiders
Washington Examiner, by David M. Drucker    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 4/8/2014 2:38:29 PM     Post Reply
Will the real Republican Establishment please stand up? In the four years since the Supreme Court struck down fundraising regulations that effectively gave the Democratic and Republican parties a monopoly on large-scale political activity, a collection of Tea Party-affiliated organizations has arisen in Washington that competes with the GOP for campaign contributors, money and influence -- and over what legislation to push and which candidates to nominate. The groups, including the Club for Growth, FreedomWorks and the Senate Conservatives Fund, have moved aggressively to kill legislation they oppose and oust incumbent Republicans they deem insufficiently conservative. Like the national Republican Party, which they

Boehner ´Confident´ House GOP
Will Re-Elect Him as Speaker
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 4/8/2014 2:10:40 PM     Post Reply
House Speaker John Boehner addressed the behind-the-scenes maneuvering by House conservatives mobilizing against his reelection as Speaker on Monday, telling Fox News host Megyn Kelly that he´s “confident” he´ll win reelection next year. “Some are suggesting you are not going to be the Speaker, even if the GOP retains control [of the House] in 2014,” Kelly told Boehner in an interview on her program The Kelly File on Monday evening. “I’ve heard those rumors before,” Boehner responded, seemingly referring to an unsuccessful coup attempt at the beginning of this Congress. “What say you?” Kelly followed up. “Listen, my members know me and they know

Rocket Science: House Conservative
Targets NASA´s $3 million Spent to
Find Intelligent Life ... in Congress?
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 4/8/2014 2:02:22 PM     Post Reply
An Arizona conservative congressman is shining light on how President Barack Obama is using $3 million of taxpayer money to teach National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) officials how to lobby Congress. In the first of a series of efforts targeting wasteful government spending, Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) wrote to House Appropriations Committee chairman Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY) last week to pressure him to include language banning the Obama administration from spending money on the program. The program, highlighted by outgoing Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) in his 2013 annual “Wastebook,” operates through Georgetown University’s Government Affairs Institute. “NASA searches for intelligent life…



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Brit Hume: Obama, Holder
‘Benefited Enormously’ From
Being African American

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Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/13/2014 9:14:46 PM     Post Reply
On Fox News Sunday, political analyst Brit Hume said that Eric Holder’s claim that his treatment at the hands of Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX) at a House hearing this week was unprecedented toward an Attorney General, made him a “crybaby,” and that he and President Barack Obama had in fact benefited “enormously” from being the first African Americans in their respective positions. “This strikes me as kinda crybaby stuff from Holder,” Hume said. “My sense about this is both Eric Holder and Barack Obama have benefited politically enormously from the fact that they are African American and the first to

Why The Feds Chickened Out
On A Nevada Ranch

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Townhall, by Kevin McCullough    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/13/2014 11:55:18 AM     Post Reply
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Why Hillary v. Jeb Would
Be Great for America

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Daily Beast, by Mark McKinnon    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/13/2014 6:11:32 PM     Post Reply
They’re both qualified, respectful of each other (shocker!), and represent the vast majority of middle America. So what’s not to like about another Clinton/Bush race for 2016? When you mention the prospect of Clinton vs. Bush 2016 a funny thing happens. First, there is the reflexive response: "Oh no, not again. We don´t need more dynastic politics in this country." But upon further reflection, you realize Jeb Bush vs. Hillary Clinton would be a great race and actually good for the country. Let´s review. QUALIFICATIONS—THEY’VE BOTH GOT THEM. Barack Obama won the presidency because in an election where the premium was on change, it mattered little

The world must shift to solar and wind
power rapidly to avoid catastrophic global
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Daily Mail (U.K.), by Ben Spencer    Original Article
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A rapid shift to wind and solar power is needed if the world is to avoid catastrophic global warming, the United Nations warns in a crucial report today. Emissions of greenhouse gases need to be cut by up to 70 per cent before 2050 to control climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says. ‘Large-scale changes in energy systems’ are required, with coal power stations to be switched off and replaced by wind and solar. And the transformation needs to be made in the next 15 years or controlling climate change will become increasingly harder and more expensive. The report was published

Chelsea Clinton no longer
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The Hill (Washington DC), by Judy Katz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/14/2014 11:57:36 AM     Post Reply
Chelsea Clinton says when people ask her these days whether she wants to go into politics, her answer isn’t an automatic “no.” The 34-year-old former first daughter told Fast Company in an interview published Monday, “for so long the answer was just a visceral no. Not because I had made any conscientious, deliberate decision, but since people had been asking for as long as literally I could remember, it was no." Now, the only child of former President Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton explains, "I live in a city and a state and a country where I

Glaring limits of the Civil Rights
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Salon Magazine, by Matt Bruenig    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/14/2014 7:20:41 PM     Post Reply
Although the Civil Rights Act, the landmark legislation which just reached its 50th anniversary, made great strides in desegregating the economy, economic discrimination is still widespread, and anti-discrimination legislation alone can never rectify the economic damage inflicted upon blacks by slavery and our Jim Crow apartheid regime. The Civil Rights Act was a mild reform, all things considered, but one conservatives fought with vigor and one many conservatives are still bitter about to this day. When the Civil Rights Act passed in 1964, the primary purpose was to root out discrimination in public accommodations (like hotels and movie theaters)

Nevada GOP removes social issues from platform,
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Associated Press, by Sandra Chereb    Original Article
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LAS VEGAS — The Nevada Republican Party stripped opposition to abortion and gay marriage from its platform Saturday as state convention delegates instead focused on judging fellow Republicans on their worthiness to serve in office and adherence to GOP values. The platform, with few changes, was adopted overwhelmingly as the Las Vegas convention stretched late into the evening. The vote mirrors that of the Clark County GOP, which voted earlier to remove platform language defining marriage as between a man and a woman and statements opposing abortion. Many Republicans are re-evaluating their strong stances on conservative social issues as public

Video: Flash mob of women steal
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New York Daily News, by Staff    Original Article
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Obama Selects First Openly Gay
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Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/14/2014 12:46:05 PM     Post Reply
President Obama pulled a surprise move Monday at the White House’s Easter Prayer Breakfast when he selected Gene Robinson to lead the closing prayer. Robinson is famously known as the first openly gay Episcopal bishop. Talking Points Memo’s Tom Kludt spotted the following tweet from Robinson, who was in attendance: (Tweet) Robinson, 66, became diocesan bishop of New Hampshire in March 2004. He retired in January 2013 and is currently a senior fellow at the progressive

Developing: Russian fighter jet buzzes
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Associated Press, by Lolita C. Baldor    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/14/2014 12:49:12 PM     Post Reply
A Russian fighter jet made multiple, close-range passes near an American warship in the Black Sea for more than 90 minutes Saturday amid escalating tensions in the region, a U.S. military official said Monday. In the first public account of the incident, the official said the Russian Fencer flew within 1,000 yards of the USS Donald Cook, a Navy destroyer, at about 500 feet above sea level. Ship commanders considered the actions provocative and inconsistent with international agreements, prompting the ship to issue several radio queries and warnings. The fighter appeared to be unarmed and never was in danger of

Ben Carson: White House wanted
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Daily Caller, by Alex Pappas    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/15/2014 5:22:51 AM     Post Reply
Neurosurgeon Ben Carson says the White House wanted him to apologize for “offending” President Obama after he famously delivered a conservative message at the National Prayer Breakfast last year. Carson, the former director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, recalls the events surrounding his 2013 speech in his new book, One Nation: What We Can All Do To Save America’s Future. The Daily Caller obtained an advance copy of the book, which is set for release May 20. “He did not appear to be hostile or angry,” Carson writes of Obama, “but within a matter of minutes after the conclusion of

You´re in denial if
you think Steve Israel is
wrong about GOP racism

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Daily Beast, by Michael Tomasky    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 4/14/2014 6:09:58 AM     Post Reply
Some time back, whenever a big racial controversy erupted, I trained myself into the habit of reading about it at FoxNews.com, just for the unbelievable comment threads. Let’s put it this way: If my friends and I went out to a bar and started playing a “let’s write the racist FoxNews.com comment thread” drinking game, our efforts couldn’t begin to approach what I read there.I wasn’t alone. Liberal websites started feasting on these threads. And so, a couple of years ago, Ailes & Co. got wise. Stories about race were, at least in my disheartened experience, closed to comments.


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