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The Slaughter Solution to Ramming Through ObamaCare

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Who can forget the Louise Slaughter (D-NY) story at the Blair House health care summit where she regaled the world with an account about a constituent that was forced to wear her dead sister’s dentures.

Who knows if the story is true, but I would like to know if so did Slaughter purchase the lady some new dentures or is the story all she required to fulfill her selfish purpose of forcing ObamaCare on the rest of us.

In an encore performance, Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), the Democratic chair of the House Rules Committee and ally of Speaker Nancy Pelosi introduced The Slaughter Solution.

There is something ominous about the title of her scheme given the slash and burn consequences of the act.

At present, the Democrats don’t have the votes to get ObamaCare legislation through the House or the Senate. Under Slaughter’s strategy, Democratic leaders can overcome this problem by simply “deeming” the Senate bill passed in the House – without an actual vote by members of the House.

They would magically consider the Senate bill passed once the House approves a Corrections Bill that would make changes to the Senate version.

Who are these people?

Nancy Pelosi reveals much by saying, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”

“Medicine is the keystone of the arch of socialism.”
—Vladimir Lenin

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March 11, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Nancy Pelosi defends Charlie Rangel

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After news broke that the House ethics committee plans to admonish  Rep. Charlie Rangel for violating House rules, Speaker Nancy Pelosi immediately came to Rangel’s rescue, once again.

No surprise here since in the past Pelosi has been Rangel’s most prominent defender through his many tax evasion episodes – thieves sticking together and all that.

“I think that every member is entitled to have his day before the ethics committee,” she said. “They have said he did not knowingly violate the rules. And, again, if this were the end of it, that would be one thing. But there’s obviously more to come and we’ll see what happens with that. But every member has that right.”

Pelosi said, “All I saw was the press release where it said he didn’t violate the rules of the House.” She noted that the report said Rangel didn’t know he was violating rules that applied to a lobbyist-funded trip to the Caribbean.

Pelosi pointed out that the ethics committee found that Rangel’s staffers knew corporate money was paying for trips even though Rangel claims he didn’t.

“I think it’s quite a statement to hold members accountable for what their staffs knew,” she said. “I’ll be interested to see how that reverberates.”

Typical Charlie Rangel to go with the twofer “ignorance” and “the staffer did it” defense.

Pelosi failed to mention whether Rangel should stay on as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, but this might be a good time to remind her about the promise of the most ethical administration ever.

“Obviously they have other issues to deal with,” Pelosi said. “We’ll just see what happens next and what comes out of the ethics committee.”

John Murtha could not be reached for comment.

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February 26, 2010 at 3:52 pm

Scott Brown Votes For Massive Spending Bill

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No matter how much we would like to believe in our leaders – in the end they are only politicians.

The most recent disappointment comes from the new Republican Massachusetts Senator, Scott Brown. It didn’t take long for this new face from the northeast to fall for the old bipartisanship con and side with the Democrats.

Up for vote was a $15 billion spending bill disguised as a job creation package. The bill includes a tax credit for businesses that hire unemployed workers. A credit few businesses will find useful mainly because tax credits are not the reason employees are hired, unless you’re ACORN.

Then there are subsidies for state and local construction bonds and $19.5 billion to shore up a highway-construction fund.

So, instead of creating an atmosphere for long term growth we see politicians throw taxpayer billions at temporary government jobs.

Scott Brown joined four other Republicans, 55 Democrats and two independents to overcome a procedural hurdle that sets up a final vote later this week.

Brown said the bill was not perfect but would help put people back to work. “I hope my vote today is a strong step toward restoring bipartisanship in Washington,” he said in a statement.

It must be said that Republicans didn’t back Scott Brown so that he would restore bipartisanship or vote with Democrats on another massive spending bill. He was elected to help stop runaway spending, stop the hijacking of the economy, stop ObamaCare and stop the government takeover of the private sector.

After this unexpected move we might begin to wonder if electing Scott Brown was a mistake. The answer at this moment in time is no. He is still far better than any Democrat running for the seat. But his action makes it crystal clear that depending on any politician to always do the right thing is a fool’s ploy.

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February 22, 2010 at 10:03 pm

Obama Declares His Executive Power Supreme

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The arrogance of Barack Obama apparently knows no limit as he attempts to move the country into uncharted territory.

It seems the community organizer turned president has decided that America can get along just fine without three branches of government.

With his Socialist agenda stalled in Congress, Obama and his den of thieves are preparing an array of actions using his executive power to advance energy, environmental, fiscal and other domestic policy priorities.

Americans have already made it crystal clear they don’t want what Obama is selling, yet the president is prepared to act on his own without Congress or the American people.

The former ballerina, Rahm Emanuel confirmed that the White House is reviewing a list of executive orders and directives “to get the job done across a front of issues.”

Even Obama’s number one cheerleader, the New York Times is concerned, not about a tyrant in the White House, but that overreaching executive orders could leave Obama open to criticism and be subject to future challenges in Congress.

‘But Mr. Obama has to be careful how he proceeds because he has been critical of both Mr. Clinton’s penchant for expending presidential capital on small-bore initiatives, like school uniforms, and Mr. Bush’s expansive assertions of executive authority, like the secret program of wiretapping without warrants.”

In Obama’s rush to become supreme dictator, he is conveniently forgetting about the little roadblock known as the separation of powers. You would think that an alleged Harvard Constitutional scholar would remember such an important piece of information.

“The role of the President under the U.S. Constitution is not to make laws, but simply to execute the laws passed by Congress. Article I, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution begins: ‘All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States.’ If the Constitution mandates that ‘all’ law-making powers reside in the Congress, then it stands to reason none is left for the President. The President’s job is that ‘he shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed’ under Article II, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution.”

This makes it clear that the job of the chief executive is to ensure that laws made by actual law makers are carried out.

Obama has already used his State of the Union address to bushwhack the Supreme Court with what amounts to a full scale strike. A cowardly act when you consider the fact they would be unable to respond.

In true Obama style, his plan is to use the time that the Senate is in recess to make mass appointments. We can only imagine what leftist nominees he has in mind. The one sure guarantee is none will qualify for even the lowest level security clearance.

One interesting question yet to be answered is will members of Congress just stand by and let Obama assume their power? No doubt this would be acceptable to Obama since his goal is to rule the country by executive proclamation.

Well, at least until his dictator gig kicks in.

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February 15, 2010 at 10:31 pm

Sloppy Joe Biden Trips Over His Arrogance Yet Again

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Senator Scott Brown-(R MA) got his first lesson in the fallacy of Washington Democrat bipartisanship after being broadsided by a very partisan attack from Vice President Biden.

Sen. Scott Brown thinks Vice President Joe Biden was “off base” when he suggested Sunday that the Massachusetts Republican get his facts straight on the legal procedures for military tribunals.

“It was insulting,” said Brown, who frequently jabbed the administration during his Senate campaign for giving suspected terrorists legal representation.

On CBS’s “Face the Nation” last weekend, Biden shot back that “he doesn’t know whether the new senator from Massachusetts understands that when you get tried in a military tribunal, you get a lawyer, too.”

“He’s trying to give me a lesson on military law, and I didn’t think it was appropriate,” Brown told POLITICO. “And I thought he was off base when it comes to explaining to the American people that somehow I need a lesson on whether people get attorneys — of course they get attorneys. There’s a difference as to what type of attorney they’re going to get and when they’re going to get that attorney, and how are they treated, and what rights do they, in fact, get.”

Brown said he is particularly incensed by Biden’s remarks because he’s served in the Massachusetts Army National Guard for more than 30 years and is currently the Guard’s top defense attorney in New England.

“I know the military rules and regulations and procedures from A to Z,” Brown said.

Biden’s comments came as part of the White House’s effort to defend its move to try alleged Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in a federal court, as well as the decision to read Miranda rights to the accused Christmas Day bomber.

“I’ve always felt that suspected terrorists should be tried in military tribunals and not civilian court, and as a matter of fact so do the majority of Americans,” Brown said. “The big difference is are we going to pay $1,000 an hour for a private attorney and treat him as a civilian or ordinary criminal in a criminal court, or are we going give him a military attorney who’s going to be paid as a captain, major or lieutenant colonel, and obviously go through the military tribunal process?”

American voters are listening to Senator Brown and like what they hear. The consensus surrounding Sloppy Joe Biden is that he is pretty much an idiot that lucked into his present situation.

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February 15, 2010 at 4:16 pm

Barack Obama Names Islamic Envoy

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What? No Christian Envoy?

Of course there is, but which likely lad is it – Reverend Wright, Reverend Al Sharpton or Reverend Jesse Jackson?

Reaching out to Muslims around the world, President Barack Obama used a taped video address on Saturday to make the surprise announcement that Rashad Hussein, deputy associate White House counsel, will serve as a special U.S. envoy to the 57-nation Organisation of the Islamic Conference.

Obama made the announcement about his pan-Islamic overture to delegates at the U.S.-Islamic World Forum, an annual event hosted by the Saban Center at Brookings and the Government of Qatar.

The OIC calls itself “the collective voice of the Muslim world,” working “to safeguard and protect the interests of the Muslim world in the spirit of promoting international peace and harmony among various people of the world.”

“Appointing a special envoy to the OIC is an important part of the president’s commitment to engaging Muslims around the world based on mutual respect and mutual interest,” an administration official said.

As much trouble as Obama is having with the “57 US States” you would think that he might appoint a special envoy to the American people.

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February 13, 2010 at 4:02 pm

Obama Has Lost 4 Million Jobs

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After one full year in office, the results of Barack Obama’s jobs stimulus program are finally in. In the 12-month period starting with February 2009 through January 2010, the nation saw a net loss of 4.022 million jobs, according to the latest figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov). The unemployment rate stands at 9.7%, a full 2% higher than it was when Obama took office. And the only solution that Obama seems to have is to throw another $100 billion into another failed jobs stimulus package.

He still finds himself in the catch-22 of defending the results of the previous stimulus package and yet professing the urgent need for a second one. The American people were fooled by the rhetoric last year. It is increasingly evident that they will not be fooled again.

Given the results of recent elections in Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts, it certainly appears that they are no longer supportive of the Democrats’ policy proposals.

Obama and others in his administration still claim that his policies are working as intended and that they have saved or created anywhere from 600,000 to 2 million jobs (depending on what day it is and who is speaking). So if that is true then the true job losses would have to be from 4.6 million to 6 million in order to net out at the 4 million job loss figured provided by the BLS. If that is an example of his policies working as intended then it is really no wonder why the American people have started electing candidates who do not support those policies.

There are no easy answers to the question of how to create more jobs, but clearly throwing more money at the problem has not worked for Obama, just as it did not work for Bush. One thing that is very clear though is that employers are worried about what more is to come from this administration. Fearing a federal mandate to provide health coverage for all employees or face still fines and penalties for failing to do so is certainly a deterrent for some companies to hire more employees. Fearing huge increases in energy bills is another. And fearing increased interest costs and inflation due to a ballooning national debt is still another.

Those fears are justified given the reckless healthcare reform package, cost-increasing cap-and-trade bill and deficit-ballooning budget which have been proposed by Obama and his fellow Democrats. Reducing those fears will be the best way to increase jobs. For employers, the decision to hire new employees is always a long-term one, but before making that decision there must be a high level of predictability about the future.

With so many disastrous policy proposals on the horizon, employers cannot make any solid long-term plans, including those regarding hiring new employees. By now Obama and the Democrats should have learned that lesson, but given their recent statements and actions, clearly they have not. As a result, the near-term outlook for jobs looks just as bleak as the near-term past.

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February 7, 2010 at 2:45 pm