Rules: You have to laugh at the Democrats´ current plight. They have almost no leverage to block anyone Donald Trump decides to select for judgeships or cabinet posts. They can´t stop Republicans from repealing most of ObamaCare. And they only have themselves to blame. On CNN this week, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer was lamenting the fact that Democrats wouldn´t be able to use the filibuster to stop Trump´s nominees. There should, he said, be "60 votes because on such important positions there should be some degree of bipartisanship." And who, exactly, is to blame for this? Schumer´s predecessor in the Senate´s leadership
#1, if Mitch McConnell would reverse this rule that Harry put in place, Trump would eat him alive. Trump already munched on this idiot Paul Ryan to put him back in his place. Notice that McCain and Ms. Graham are quite about Russia. This is just the beginning.
I think the McConnell, Graham, McCain type RINOs found the rule very useful because Democrats could pass whatever and Republicans could feign opposition, not vote for it, have it still pass and reap money. Reid didn´t worry about ever being out of the majority because there are so many RINOs to plug any holes if a Democrat isn´t there.
I think the RINOs are very scared they´ll be required to vote against their self-interest and for America´s interest again. Jeb, Marco or Ted as President would have complemented them on their bipartisanship. Trump will call them out bluntly on Twitter in 140 characters that millions read in an instant. It could get interesting.
I have to LOL!! Grandpa was right. What goes around comes around. The Democrats really believed Hillary would be the next President. Their smug hubris did them in this time. Laugh at Pres. Trump at your peril, Dimwits.
The genius in Reid´s move is he and everyone outside the REbublican Senators, knows the Rebublicans will never figure out how to use this power. They just don´t have the spine to advance decisive policies for fear of offending some bizarre group (like liberals). If the Rebublicans had all 100 senate seats, they would be like the French and still find away to lose.
Do not rub your hands together in too much glee right now. The Republicans are still infested deeply with hidden snakes called "RINOs" whoa re really Democrats, like John McCain with a fake "R" behind their name.
It´s going to take a lot more than jsut decent diplomacy and compromise to get things done. Trump can do it. But, we have that dirt bag Ryan re-elected to be Speaker and that snaky chinless wonder, McConnell running the Senate.
Let us hope President Trump has some goodies in his pocket he can use on these filthy rats.
The demonrats drank the kool-ade that James Carville was serving up in 2009 - that they would be in total control for at least the next 40 years and possibly forever. Carville should be persona non grata, but the idiots on the left will continue to listen to him.
#4 has it right. In the past the GOPe could hide behind "nothing we could do to stop it"...and now that there is political momentum behind repeal...well, what excuse will they find? I suspect the brake will be waiting for Trump´s proposal followed by interminable dissection and debate.
One expert last night predicted at least a four year delay on "repeal and replacement" so as not to rush into another legislative disaster. That´s two more years for Republicans to hammer as a political issue, and two more years to run out the Trump Administration.
And the whining by the Slimes and Chuckie as to how unfair it all is, WOW! Especially when Hairy Reed allowed this to happen 3 years ago and when he retired said he didn´t regret it.
This is classic liberal think. They have no fixed ethical stance so when something works in their favor, it´s good. When it works against them, it´s bad. Most people instinctively recoil against this type of thinking because you can never know where you stand ethically. It depends on which way the wind is blowing. Effectively it is NO ethics at all.
Which accurately describes dems. Their attitude about this issue is typical and not surprising.
Republicans need to repeat loudly and often it was the dems who set aside the filibuster and the media was OK with it when they did it.
Growth: One of the elements of President Trump´s first budget that raises the hackles on economists and financial pundits is the projection that the economy can grow at a rate north of 3% a year. Not possible, they say. Sorry, but we´ve heard this before. "If Trump thinks he can get more than 3% economic growth, he´s dreaming," a Los Angeles Times headline guffawed. "3% Growth? Really?!" sputtered FX Street. Even the august Wall Street Journal got into the act: "Trump´s 3% Growth Target Looks Out of Reach." Do a Google search. Many others have said pretty much the same thing.
Health Reform: This week ObamaCare suffered two more blows, making a replacement plan all the more urgent. Not that you´d know it, since all anyone wants to talk about is how horrible the Republican replacement plan supposedly would be. Why aren´t Democrats being pressured to produce their own fix? The big news this week is supposed to be the Congressional Budget Office´s decree that the Republicans´ ObamaCare replacement plan would cost 23 million their insurance coverage. This number should be taken with a huge grain of salt, given the fact that the CBO predicted twice as many would sign up for
For eight years, President Obama endlessly talked about "middle class" economics. All the while, middle-class family incomes were stagnant. Now they are on the rise. Could Trumponomics be the reason? In April, real median household income reached $59,361, according to the latest report from Sentier Research. That´s up 2% since January, and is as high as it´s been since February 2002. Expressed as an index, median household income was 100.9 in April, which is the first time this index has topped 100 since December 2008. By comparison, this index was also lower when Obama left office than when he came in —
CaliCare: California´s so-called progressive Democrats, fresh off their classy "flipping off" of Donald Trump at their state convention, now want to flip off the entire state by imposing a reckless, economy-destroying single-payer health care system on the state´s citizens. If voters don´t stop this madness they´ll get what they deserve. A study by the Senate Appropriations Committee of the state legislature found that a proposed single-payer system would cost $400 billion a year — more than twice the state´s current bloated budget of $182 billion. To say that it would be the fiscal and economic ruin of California is an understatement. As
Big Government: President Trump´s budget is taking its share of hits for supposedly indulging in fanciful accounting, unrealistic assumptions and proposing massive cuts to vital safety-net programs. How much of that is true? You decide. Trump´s budget plan proposes to balance the federal budget in 10 years and do so entirely through spending restraint. That alone is enough to raise the hackles of the Washington, D.C., swamp creatures. But critics have other complaints. The main ones: It relies on unrealistic economic projections. Critics say Trump´s budget numbers rest on a rosy scenario of future economic growth. The New York Times describes the
Two men caught having sex in March were subjected to a public caning in the Indonesian province of Aceh on Tuesday. A crowd of about 1,000 people watched the punishment, many cheering and filming the event. The public caning took place in a square in front of a mosque in the provincial capital, Banda Aceh. The pair, aged 20 and 23, each received over 82 strikes with thin rattan canes. Their original sentence of 85 lashes was reduced due to time spent in detention. At least eight other men and women were caned along with the gay pair for offenses such as
After most terrorist attacks, presidents and world leaders have attempted to use majestic and restrained language, perhaps to seem presidential, to come off as leader-like, to be as unlike the terrorists as possible. A favorite term they all like to use is ´cowardly´ - which doesn´t seem to deter any of these mass-death attacks. They also like ´callous,´ ´absurd´ and ´tragic,´ passively addressing the attacks themselves. We can already hear the terrorists´ gigglings. President Trump isn´t like that. In the wake of the terror attack in Manchester, England, he set the tone from another direction, hurling the personal insult. He called
Gee, reading the media, I was under the impression that Democrats are fired-up, energized by the sheer awfulness of Donald Trump. All those women marching in funny hats, all the anger, all that negative media coverage must assuredly mean that the Democratic Party is prospering, buoyed by anger-fueled donations. Actually, not so much. WeaselZippers highlights the dismal fundraising
Mideast: President Trump´s Mideast trip was derided by the media and opposition Democrats as simply a chance for him to skip town to avoid the ongoing "scandals" of his administration. As usual, they grossly underestimate this president, and completely misunderstand the importance of his historic trip. Trump´s trip to Saudi Arabia and Israel has put the region on notice: The U.S. intends once again to pursue its interests and those of its allies in the region. The U.S. is ready to reward friends and punish enemies, and we will name names. This is a radical reversal of President Obama´s policy of "leading
Growth: Economists are saying that a big problem the economy faces right now is a lack of available workers. If that´s the case, then the welfare reforms in President Trump´s budget would be a big part of the solution. A front-page New York Times article Sunday says that "the main economic concern" these days "is no longer a lack of jobs, but a lack of workers." The Times reports that almost a third of the 388 metropolitan areas tracked by the Bureau of Labor Statistics have an unemployment rate below 4%. As a result, the story goes on, there´s little
Regulation: "Net neutrality" has become the Holy Grail of various so-called consumer organizations. But government regulation isn´t what consumers need. Competition is. And there would be more of that if the government would get out of the way. On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission voted 2-1 to start undoing the massive expansion of the FCC´s regulatory control over the internet, enacted two years ago by the Obama administration under the guise of protecting "net neutrality." From the reaction — or more accurately, the overreaction — from advocacy groups and know-nothing pundits, you´d think they´d just voted to exterminate the internet. Let´s leave aside
Russian Connection: The naming of former FBI head Robert Mueller to look into allegations of improper Russian influence on the last election should have a clarifying effect — and not just for President Donald Trump, who is the main target of the probe. President Obama´s and Hillary Clinton´s Russian ties will come under the legal microscope, too. Mueller, who was named by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to act as special counsel, has a reputation for being a competent straight shooter. After all, he was able to get along with both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama. We hope
Climate change” and “child marriage” are “interconnected” issues, said Chelsea Clinton on Monday. Participating in a left-wing discussion panel framed as a meeting for “social justice,” she was introduced as an “activist, thought leader, and change agent.” Using "climate change" as a euphemism for the narrative of anthropogenic global warming, Clinton framed the burning of fossil fuels as exacerbating other perceived social and political issues (emphasis added): “[We] carry multiple concerns in both our head and our heart. Just listening to the concerns around education and climate change, women’s health, child marriage, access to technology, all of those are of
The Democrat who took to the House floor to call for President Trump´s impeachment said he is moving forward in the process. Congressman Al Green (D-Texas) said on C-SPAN that every member of Congress has the right to draft articles of impeachment. He said such documents must be heard during official House business within two days. "I am currently crafting - drafting if you will - articles of impeachment," Green said. Green said Trump committed obstruction of justice by firing FBI Director James Comey in the midst of the Russia investigation. He added that Trump further incriminated himself by tweeting "intimidating
Barack Obama received a rock-star welcome in Berlin as he appeared at a public debate Thursday with Chancellor Angela Merkel, whom he praised as one of his ´favorite partners´ during his presidency. Obama´s trip comes at the same time President Trump is making his inaugural excursion to Europe as president, visiting the European Union today. Security was tight in front of the German capital´s iconic Brandenburg Gate, where Obama and Merkel appeared on a podium before thousands of people attending a gathering marking the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Police helicopters patrolled the skies and snipers with balaclavas watched the scene
The National Security Agency under former President Barack Obama routinely violated American privacy protections while scouring through overseas intercepts and failed to disclose the extent of the problems until the final days before Donald Trump was elected president last fall, according to once top-secret documents that chronicle some of the most serious constitutional abuses to date by the U.S. intelligence community. (Snip) The Obama administration self-disclosed the problems at a closed-door hearing Oct. 26 before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that set off alarm. Trump was elected less than two weeks later. The normally supportive court censured administration officials, saying
The Republican candidate for Montana’s congressional seat has been charged with misdemeanor assault after he is alleged to have slammed a Guardian reporter to the floor on the eve of the state’s special election, breaking his glasses and shouting, “Get the hell out of here.” Ben Jacobs, a Guardian political reporter, was asking Greg Gianforte, a tech millionaire endorsed by Donald Trump, about the Republican healthcare plan when the candidate allegedly “body-slammed” the reporter. GOP candidate Greg Gianforte has financial ties to US-sanctioned Russian companies Read more “He took me to the ground,” Jacobs said by phone from the back of an ambulance. “I
Pop megastar Katy Perry made an impassioned plea for people to “co-exist” and said that “barriers” or “borders” could detract from that goal in an interview following the terrorist bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, U.K. on Monday night that claimed the lives of at least 22 people and injured dozens of others. (Snip) “Whatever we say behind people’s backs, the Internet can be a little bit ruthless as far as fan bases go but I think that the greatest thing we can do is just unite and love on each other,” Perry said, adding, “No barriers, no
Talk to anyone who has tried to run a business and ask them how hard it is. I can speak from experience when I tell you that it isn´t easy. Long hours, sleepless nights, and concerns you never even thought about as an employee are the norm. Add in the fact that you get paid last, which can mean some very lean times, and the challenges of owning a business become rather obvious. Now, you may also have to consider the idea that Social Justice Warriors think you have the wrong DNA for your line of work, because they´re horrible. Bad link repaired*
A University of Hawaii assistant math professor who holds a PhD degree in mathematics from Princeton University has a new racist equation she wants to promote: white + man + job = her order for white males to quit or be demoted. Piper Harron wrote on a blog for the American Mathematical Society (AMS), titling her piece, “Get Out The Way.” Harron began with her demand: Not to alarm you, but I probably want you to quit your job, or at least take a demotion. Statistically speaking, you are probably taking up room that should go to someone else.
Former late-night television host David Letterman eviscerated President Trump in a rare interview, calling the president a “goon” who lacks any core principles. The 70-year-old comedian told GQ magazine in its upcoming June issue that while he has “no reason” to regret hosting Mr. Trump multiple times on “Late Night,” he is very “disappointed” that his former guest is now representing the country. “It makes me sick,” Mr. Letterman said. “But we always looked forward to having him on. He was a great guest. He was just a big, wealthy dope who’d come on and we would make fun of
Melania Trump proved herself to be just as unpredictable as her famous husband on Wednesday afternoon, with the First Lady photographed holding President Trump´s hand twice in public. The infrequently affectionate couple was taking a tour of the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City when a photographer managed to get a picture of the two staring up at Michelangelo´s famed painted ceiling while holdings hands. The President and First Lady were then back at it again moments later when it was time for the family photo, in which the two stood next to Ivanka and husband Jared Kushner for a picture
After a two decade run, is the end of Sean Hannity’s Fox News Channel program near? Based on unusually strong hints from the host himself, the answer appears to be yes. Under internal pressure over his pursuit of the truth behind the Seth Rich story, network suits are apparently closing in on one of the network’s remaining conservative holdouts. Please ask staff permission to post this site.
The brother of slain Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich wrote a letter on Tuesday to the executive producer of Sean Hannity´s Fox News show pleading with him to find "decency and kindness" in his heart and stop spreading an unproven conspiracy theory about the unsolved murder. "Think about how you would feel losing a son or brother. And while dealing with this, you had baseless accusations of your lost family member being part of a vast conspiracy," Aaron Rich wrote in the letter to "Hannity" executive producer Porter Berry, a copy of which was provided to CNN. "As the family, we