Thursday, July 30, 2009
Although President Obama has repeatedly criticized earmarks, the White House statement of policy on the House bill obliquely criticized only "programs that fund narrowly focused activities." No mention was made of items such as a proposed $8 million Defense Department grant Murtha inserted for Argon ST, a Pennsylvania military contractor that has contributed $35,200 to him in the past four years, or of a $5 million grant Rep. C.W. Bill Young (R-Fla.) inserted for DRS Technologies, a Florida contractor that has contributed $46,350 to Young during that period, according to Taxpayers for Common Sense.
The White House criticized the addition of $80 million for the Kinetic Energy Interceptor program, which Gates and other Pentagon officials have said is technically troubled, behind schedule, and billions of dollars over budget. But Northrop Grumman, the principal contractor, is building a technology center in Murtha's district that would bring 150 related jobs, and Murtha's subcommittee sought its continuation as a way "to recoup the technology," according to an appropriations staff member, who was not authorized to speak on the record.
A spokesman for Murtha did not reply to a request for comment.
In its letter to the House, the White House also specifically targeted the committee's addition of $400 million to finish five VH-71 presidential helicopters. Obama has said he does not want them, and Gates ridiculed them in a July 16 speech in Chicago as helicopters that "cost nearly half a billion dollars each" and would enable the president to "cook dinner while in flight under nuclear attack."
Murtha countered a week later that he was upset at the idea that the Pentagon would spend $3.2 billion on such a program and "get nothing out of it," adding: "That's unacceptable." He also suggested in a session with defense reporters that the Pentagon really did not want to kill the VH-1: "It's not the Defense Department. The Defense Department is speaking for the White House," he said."
Cantor begins his article with a quote from then candidate Barack Hussein Obama, now Commissar Barack Hussein Obama:
"The biggest problems that we're facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all. And that's what I intend to reverse when I'm president of the United States." -- Sen. Barack Obama, March 31, 2008
Cantor continues, "To say President Obama failed to follow through on this promise is an understatement. By appointing a virtual army of "czars" -- each wholly unaccountable to Congress yet tasked with spearheading major policy efforts for the White House -- in his first six months, the president has embarked on an end-run around the legislative branch of historic proportions."
His are good points that ought to represent the thought process of any conservative. You can read them at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/29/AR2009072902624_pf.html
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
"Dear Friend, If you’re like most Americans, there’s nothing more important to you about health care than peace of mind. Given the status quo, that’s understandable. The current system often denies insurance due to pre-existing conditions, charges steep out-of-pocket fees – and sometimes isn’t there at all if you become seriously ill. It’s time to fix our unsustainable insurance system and create a new foundation for health care security. That means guaranteeing your health care security and stability with eight basic consumer protections:
No discrimination for pre-existing conditions
No exorbitant out-of-pocket expenses, deductibles or co-pays
No cost-sharing for preventive care
No dropping of coverage if you become seriously ill
No gender discrimination
No annual or lifetime caps on coverage
Extended coverage for young adults
Guaranteed insurance renewal so long as premiums are paid Learn more about these consumer protections at Whitehouse.gov. Over the next month there is going to be an avalanche of misinformation and scare tactics from those seeking to perpetuate the status quo. But we know the cost of doing nothing is too high. Health care costs will double over the next decade, millions more will become uninsured, and state and local governments will go bankrupt. It’s time to act and reform health insurance, drive down costs and guarantee the health care security and stability of every American family. You can help by putting these core principles of reform in the hands of your friends, your family, and the rest of your social network. Thank you, Barack Obama
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Check out the story at: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/healthcare/july_2009/just_23_believe_health_care_costs_will_go_down_if_reform_passes_congress
For more on Bunning, see: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/politics_nation/2009/07/bunning_not_running_for_reelec.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=rcp-today-newsletter
For more on the overall outlook, check out our post of Monday, '2010.'
Check it out at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQ_tAe87ELo
Among things that Sowell says:
"The racial profiling issue is a great vote-getter. And if it polarizes the society, that is a price that politicians are willing to pay in order to get votes. Academics who run black studies departments, as Professor Henry Louis Gates does, likewise have a vested interest in racial paranoia.
"For "community organizers" as well, racial resentments are a stock in trade. President Obama's background as a community organizer has received far too little attention, though it should have been a high-alert warning that this was no post-racial figure.
What does a community organizer do? What he does not do is organize a community. What he organizes are the resentments and paranoia within a community, directing those feelings against other communities, from whom either benefits or revenge are to be gotten, using whatever rhetoric or tactics will accomplish that purpose."
Monday, July 27, 2009
"I've got a job to do right now, and of course I'm running for reelection in 2010 for the Senate, so I'm very focused on that I haven't given consideration to anything beyond that," he said. "So I guess at this point that's how I'd characterize my interest: Senate 2010 and trying to do everything I can right now to keep these guys from nationalizing every part of the American economy."
Thune also said:
"Though social issues remain important to the Republican base, Thune said that fiscal issues were the key for any potential Republican resurgence.
"I think that people out there who care deeply about those [social] issues, there's still a tremendous intensity for them," Thune said, adding, "I do think if you're looking for issues that really unite all Republicans and can help us put a coalition together that can make us a governing majority again, it does have to center around economic issues."
For more on the interview, see: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/07/27/senator_john_thune_obama_administration_overreaching_97641.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=rcp-today-newsletter
TOTALS GOP: 40
Out For: 5
Out Against: 7
Republicans Supporting Sotomayor
• Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.)*
• Sen. Susan Collins (Maine)
• Sen. Olympia Snowe (Maine)
• Sen. Richard Lugar (Ind.)
• Sen. Mel Martinez (Fla.)
Republicans Opposing Sotomayor
• Sen. John Cornyn (Texas)*
• Orin Hatch (Utah)*
• Sen. Jon Kyl (Ariz.)*
• Sen. Thad Cochran (Miss.)
• Sen. Mitch McConnell (Ky.)
•Sen. John Thune (S.D.)
•Sen. Roger Wicker (Miss.)
* Member of Judiciary Committee
For the Senate, check out: http://innovation.cqpolitics.com/atlas/senate2010
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Proving once again how desperately he needs a teleprompter to avoid inserting his size 12 oxfords into his mouth, Barack Obama couldn’t resist commenting on what should have remained a local issue, and, in so doing, proved himself every bit as arrogant as the overpaid, tenured twit he was defending. I refer, of course, to the case of the president’s good friend, elitist Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., who turned a routine police call to his home into an ugly racial incident. This was followed by a totally inappropriate comment from the President of the United States when he told the press that the police had “acted stupidly.”
Since then, it has become obvious that is was Barack Obama who “acted stupidly.”
Regardless of the color of your skin, what is the appropriate response when your neighbor calls 911 after seeing someone trying to break into your home and it turns out to be you?
Embarrassment? An apology to the officers for wasting their valuable time? Perhaps a feeling of gratitude and a desire to thank the neighbor for being so vigilant? Professor Gates apparently felt none of these emotions. Instead, he went straight for the race card because, you see, he is black and the police officer who confronted him is white. Ergo, there must be discrimination involved.
There was, indeed, discrimination involved, but it had to do with class, not race. A wealthy Harvard professor was belligerent, insulting and unruly because a working class cop dared to confront him in the line of duty. Then, after admitting he really didn’t know all the facts in the case, the president told the press and the nation that the police “acted stupidly.”
The year is 2009, not 1959. Do Gates and the president realize how ridiculous it sounds when a man is asked by a police officer to do something and he replies with the question, “Why, because I’m a black man in America”? America has bent over backward to get past our racial history. More than half a million men died fighting a Civil War that ended slavery. The Constitution was amended, statutes were adopted and the authority of individual states was overridden by the federal government when local officials refused to abide by those laws. As pundit George Will has pointed out, Cambridge, Massachusetts, is a city governed by a black mayor in a state with a black governor in a country with a black president! Can we finally get past the race baiting?
Professor Gates has stated that he will “accept” an apology from Sgt. James Crowley, the veteran police officer who was maligned by Gates and the president. How benevolent! Crowley, to his credit, has said that an apology will not be forthcoming because he has done nothing wrong.
Meanwhile, even though the president seemed at a loss to understand why most of the country disapproved of his comments, he finally admitted that he could have “calibrated” his words differently, whatever that means. By then, he had spoken on the phone with the police officer he had insulted and assured us that they are going to have a beer together at the White House. Isn’t that nice?
North Korea is threatening to nuke us the moment they can figure out how to shoot a missile straight. Iran also wants to destroy us. Osama bin Laden is still on the loose. Unemployment is in double digits, or soon will be. Tax dollars are being squandered that our grandchildren haven’t even earned yet. And Barack Obama is going to have a beer with a cop and a college professor at the White House. Does this man even understand his job? He seems to think he was elected to be our moralizer-in-chief.
After a mere six months in office, the American people are seeing the real Barack Obama. The huckster who sold us a line of socialist snake oil disguised as magic elixir is starting to show his true colors. What we witnessed at the president’s press conference is the community organizer who spent most of his adult life sitting under the tutelage of an America-hating bigot masquerading as a Christian minister. Look for him to continue “acting stupidly.”
© 2009 by Doug Patton
Doug Patton is a freelance columnist who has served as a speech writer and public policy advisor for conservative candidates and elected officials. Since 2001, his work has appeared in newspapers across the country and on various Internet web sites. Readers can access the entire archives of Doug’s columns at GOPUSA.com, where he serves as a senior writer and state editor. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can read more about this poll at: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/obama_administration/july_2009/54_still_blame_bush_for_nation_s_economic_woes
Rasmussen tells us today:
"The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows that 29% of the nation's voters now Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty percent (40%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -11. That’s the first time his ratings have reached double digits in negative territory (see trends). "
Our guess is that after the upcoming beer-at-the-Whitehouse-summit, we'll be hearing even more backtracking by the Commissar-in-Chief who none the less seems to still not be getting the message that Americans may just be tiring of his big government takeover of our lives.
See more at: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/obama_administration/daily_presidential_tracking_poll
Friday, July 24, 2009
We wonder when Senator Johanns will get off the back bench and do the same and if in fact he will?
Obviously, Commissar Barack Hussein Obama shot himself in the foot during his effort to proclaim the importance of nationalized health care and with two days of distraction knew he had to do something about it.
What is ludicrous is his invitation to the professor and the police officer to join him for a beer in the Whitehouse. Now here is a man of peace that can bring adversaries together.....
See more at: http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/07/24/obama-expresses-his-regrets-on-gates-incident/?nl=pol&emc=pola1
Read more about this at: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/obama_administration/daily_presidential_tracking_poll
Didn't Obama promise a new politics that puts people over special interests? Sure. And now he promises expanded, portable, secure, higher-quality medical care -- at lower cost! The only thing he hasn't promised is to extirpate evil from the human heart. That legislation will be introduced next week.
So not everything is covered, Mr. President, and even things that are are subject to dollar limitations. And yet you look the American people in the face and tell us the bill would "keep government out of health care decisions"? I'm telling you, this is mind-blowing deceit. It just can't be ignorance.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Mayor Jim Suttle will host a series of budget round table discussions July 28th, 29th, and 30th throughout the city to provide interested citizens an opportunity to learn about the City of Omaha's budget process. The round tables will be held in the following locations:
Elkhorn Common Ground 1701 Veterans Drive Tuesday, July 28th 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Benson High School Library 5120 Maple Street Wednesday, July 29th 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Metropolitan Community College South Campus Industria Training Center Room 119 Thursday, July 30th 7 p.m. –
A counter demonstration broke out by a much smaller group of folks who seem to believe that if you think health care is a problem today, wait until it's free.
Wonder if Ben got all their names and phone numbers so he could personally call each one?
Which could explain why the Mall does not reverberate with youthful clamors about carbon. And why, regarding climate change, the U.S. government, rushing to impose unilateral cap-and-trade burdens on the sagging U.S. economy, looks increasingly like someone who bought a closetful of platform shoes and bell-bottom slacks just as disco was dying.
It's a good column which once again exposes the folly of our country's rush to unilaterally disarm and drive manufacturing overseas while 5 billion others on our planet say go ahead but don't count on us to participate.
Check it out at: http://townhall.com/columnists/GeorgeWill/2009/07/23/cold_shoulder_to_climate_urgency
53% of those p0lled see Commissar Barack Hussein Obama as a partisan Democrat. More on that at: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/mood_of_america/partisan_politics
Only 25% of those surveyed think the 'stimulus' has helped the economy. 31% think it has hurt. More on this at: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/business/economic_stimulus_package/july_2009/just_25_now_say_stimulus_has_helped_the_economy_31_say_it_hurt
Might be some things here for conservatives to seize.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
We'll have more to say on this in coming days but let us say this-"Any councilman that votes for an entertainment tax will find his/her name on a recall petition come December 9, 2009." Those petitions will be at the front door of every restaurant and movie theater and concert event in Omaha. Mayor Suttle's uninspired budget is a sham and we personally think that it an attempt to make the council the bad guys if they turn down his tax increases by cutting city services and personnel. Mayor Suttle, the voters will accept cuts, not your tax increases.
On the issue of Ben Grey's attempt to remove language from the statutes of the city mandating various items that should be determined by collective bargaining, one could see the council members squirming as the thugs from the fire department and fire union (about 20 of them, most dressed in their formal blue suits) showed up to say that the item was an attempt to go back to 3 men rather than 4 man rigs. What Grey was attempting to do was remove mandates that declared how many chiefs, battalion chiefs, assistant battalion chiefs, assistant assistant battalion chiefs, ad nausem are require to manage areas like the arson division, the fire prevention division, etc., exist in statute. Perhaps that might the fair-haired Fire Chief Mike McDonnell make some tough decisions about staffing so he can keep four men on a truck. But rest assured, McDonnell is no more than a fox in the hen house, having been the union leader when the statutes were placed in Omaha law in 2000. Whenever you have a department manager and the union chief speaking with the same voice you need to worry and that is the case here.
Sadly, the fire union thugs will prevail and only Councilmen Grey and Thompson will vote for the ordinance change while the rest of the union owned council members acquiesce to the powerful threats of the thugs.....
If Mike Johanns is anything other than a back bencher he would have tried to lead by publicly announcing his opposition by now.... Guess his actions speak as to whether he is a leader or a back bencher......
There is also good news for Republicans, according to Rasmussen, in the generic congressional poll which shows, "shows that 42% would vote for their district’s Republican congressional candidate while 38% would opt for the Democratic candidate." You can read more about this at: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/mood_of_america/generic_congressional_ballot
Here are the current stats from the Defense Department for deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan:
Toll of Iraq, Afghanistan wars
Milestones in the combined U.S. death tolls for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan:
Iraq death toll Afghanistan death toll
1,000 deaths/ July 24, 2004
2,000/ Aug. 8, 2005 1,832 171
3,000/ Oct. 4, 2006 2,729 271
4,000/ Aug. 5, 2007 3,654 348
4,996/ Friday 4,328 668
We will see how long the press avoids dealing with the numbers.
Remember Commissar Barack Hussein Obama's campaign promise to never use signing statements? Seems the Commissar has decided it's not so bad an idea and is now being criticized not by Republicans (where are you guys) but rather by members of his own Socialist Party (Democrat Party).
Read more about this at: http://blogs.cqpolitics.com/balance_of_power/2009/07/democrats-to-obama-end-the-sig.html
Anyway, Criss Cillizza of the Washington Post has a column this moring that seems to agree with us. Here is what he says:
Morning Fix: Thune Enters Stage Right
South Dakota Sen. John Thune will step into the national spotlight today when the Senate votes on his measure that would allow gun owners to carry concealed weapons across state lines.
The legislation has drawn huge attention in recent days -- New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg called it a "misguided proposal" on Tuesday -- which has amounted to a sort of coming-out party for Thune, who has been seen as a star in waiting since he defeated then Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D) in 2004.
"I think John has the unique opportunity to control his political destiny and I feel he understands that raising his profile on issues that concern his state and the GOP base has a bilateral effect," said Republican media consultant Doug McAuliffe who has done work for Thune in the past.
In other words, Thune's high profile on a gun rights issue both helps him in South Dakota, where the 2nd Amendment is considered sacred, AND boosts his profile among conservatives nationally by pushing an issue that is near and dear to their hearts.
Thune has, to date, largely avoiding wading into the morass at the top of his largely leaderless party but a confluence of factors suggest he is well positioned to use the press garnered in this legislative fight to push himself into the fray.
First, Thune is now one of the top four members of Republican leadership in the Senate, having run unopposed in June for the post of Senate Policy Committee chairman -- a spot vacated by Sen. John Ensign (Nev.) following revelations of an extramarital affair with his former chief of staff's wife.
Second, Thune faces no serious opposition for a second term in 2010; Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D) bowed out of a statewide race and Democrats acknowledge they have no one who will give Thune any serious problems.
Third, Thune has proven himself to be one of the strongest fundraisers in the Senate, ending June with more than $5 million on hand and will focus over the next few months on raising cash for his Heartland Values PAC in order to help other Republican candidates in 2010. (The PAC ended June with just $134,000 in the bank.)
Fourth, Thune has a solid core of political people around him -- led by Justin Brasell who is managing Thune's reelection race after spending the 2008 election doing the same for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.).
Few -- if any -- Republican elected officials can match that sort of résumé, a fact that should make Thune someone to watch over the next few months (and years), according to longtime Republican lobbyist Ed Rogers.
"If you want to set up a run for president in 2012, right now you should keep a serious (and lower) profile, work on matters within the party and have a legitimate claim to leadership on a couple of issues that the GOP faithful care about," Rogers said. "Or, put another way, you should be positioned exactly like Senator Thune."
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
With that said, we'll have more to say on the mayor's proposals later but we will go so far as to say that an entertainment tax is dead on arrival. You may recall the angst and outcries when former Mayor Fahey suggested same to help finance the CWS stadium a couple of years back.
Voting for an entertainment tax will be a key to no re-election if not recall. If the mayor succeeds in finding the votes to pass an entertainment tax, there will be more than one recall petition circulating this coming December and you can bet there will be plenty of petitions available at the front door of every restaurant and movie theater in Omaha.
Our bet is tax increases are dead on arrival and Mayor Suttle will spend lots of time in the next few weeks finding ways to cut spending. Also, one can hardly expect any union supported tax freezes given the mayor's huge salary increases in his own office budget.....
We confess a little confusion here since we are states' righters and believe states should control what happens in their state-not the federal government. But on reflexion, we also are strong supporters of the second amendment which we think trumps state laws in this case.
Check out more on this topic at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/20/AR2009072002938_pf.html
Monday, July 20, 2009
We guess it's alright that those seniors have been educated at the cost of the public from local and federal taxes and that it's okay if they get contacted by every credit card company in the nation but a crime should someone offer them the opportunity to serve their country. What a travesty.
What ever happened to the notion of patriotism? It certainly would seem that a contact from a military recruiter shouldn't be so terrible given the fact that so many have given their lives to give the ACLU the freedom to protect these poor teenagers from such an opportunity.
RNC Coalitions Director Angela Sailor
Guest Speaker: Grace Marie Turner, President of the Galen Institute
Who: Open to All
What: Response to Obama’s Healthcare Plan
When: Thursday, July 23, 2009 at 4:00 PM EDT
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Give me back my country. This is not a right or left, Republican or Democrat, conservative or liberal issue. This is an American issue. America is in a fight for her very survival. Your healthcare reform and Cap & Trade proposals, if enacted, will destroy her.
It is time for America to stand up against you, Mr. President, and against Pelosi, Ried and all the others in your camp. Your train is moving at breakneck speed towards irreversible socialism and Marxism. We are already on the verge of bankruptcy with Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and your recent takeover of the auto, insurance and banking industries is reprehensible.
And now you want to run, and ruin, our healthcare system. You say the added competition from the government will drive medical costs down. That’s a lie. Mr. President, there are already 1300 private companies and adding one more won’t make one bit of difference and certainly not with the mammoth bureaucracy that would be needed for its management. You’ve spoken yourself about the $1.5 trillion dollar price tag (although you call it $1 trillion). Well, we know the truth, not from you, but in spite of you.
You have insinuated that those currently covered by private companies would not be affected. That too, is a lie. On only page 16 of your 1018 page bill it says: "Except as provided in this paragraph, the individual health insurance issuer offering such coverage does not enroll any individual in such coverage if the first effective date of coverage is on or after the first day" of the year the legislation becomes law. Upon farther reading, it appears to me that only dependents can be added once the law takes affect. That curtails freedom-of-choice and would leave your government-run insurance plan as the only remaining option. Clearly, in time, there would be few if any private insurance companies left -- so much for the cost-saving competition that you knowingly have been misrepresenting to the American people.
Now a brief look at Cap & Trade: You say it has to do with the environment. That’s another lie. The most recent EPA report has been hidden, or discredited when referenced, because it points out that for the last 11 years, even while the CO2 levels have been climbing, the earth’s temperatures have been falling. 150,000 years ago it was 3-4 degrees (Celsius) warmer than now, there has been much in between (including the ice age), and now there’s today. The earth has warmed and cooled many times in the last 150,000 years as her temperatures naturally rise and fall over time and man’s climate influence is negligible at best. Cap & Trade is just another charade you are perpetrating against us with your only palpable goal being that of increasing taxes and government control over business, the economy and the American people.
Mr. President, facts are facts. You knew the truth wouldn’t be acceptable to us Americans so you lied to us. You are now rushing to force your agenda through Congress before the American people discover the truth, before Congress has time to read the bills and before we start marching in the streets.
Only socialists, Marxists, those who are a part of your takeover-regime, those currently dependent upon the government, and the ignorant could possibly support either of these two proposals. There is no rational being alive who knows history, the medical realities in other countries with socialized medicine, or who understands these bills themselves that could possibly support them. You lied purposefully and intentionally with the nefarious purpose of unprecedented-power being your obvious goal.
We have issues that actually need your attention, Mr. President, national security is but one of these. This is not a chess game you are playing; this is our America you are playing with. Your charisma has carried you far, but we are neither Germany nor Cuba. I implore you to begin working for our country instead of working against her. I additionally implore my fellow Americans, whatever their party affiliation, to let all in Congress know that if they vote for either one of these programs, or vote for closure on either bill we will remove them in 2010, or at the next election cycle.
Mr. President, this is not your America, this is our America and you work for us. I’m now asking that you return America to her people.
"It might make a good story during this health care debate about what will happen to the BILLIONS and BILLIONS of dollars that hospitals GIVE to charity. Look around and all kinds of hospitals sponsor walks and runs, and systems like Alegent and Methodist give millions and millions of dollars in our community for all kinds of charitable causes. Finally, I saw one medical organization even sponsored an NETV show. And once the salaries are capped and lowered, and the taxes go up, watch the contributions to the United Way and all other charities from these people go way down.
With national health care the government will be strapped for every dollar and the hospitals and other medical systems will have no money to give their favorite charities (nor will they be allowed to do so). Of course, liberals don't like private charity so that would probably be OK with them, but it should scare the heck out of most local charities (though I'll bet they ALL support national health care).
Enjoy the " Objective Conservative" but haven't seen any reaction about Senator Bennie's 7/15 "A Nebraskan's View" which is distributed to Nebraska newspapers I would 'spose by state press asso. or perhaps by his office. At any rate, I still take the hometown weekly and his "View" is often printed therein -- not every week but often. The 7/15 column was boasting about his first year as Chair of the Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee. He said he hopes to "--instill some of Nebraaska's practical spending principles in Washington." He was proud of paring a 12 % request to 2.4 % "-- with stimulus money included." The more than $ 3billion provides funding for Capitol police, organizations that enable the Senate " -- to do its job." It also include funding fot the Governnment Accountability Office, the Congressional Budget Office, the Architiect of the Capitol etc. etc. He concludes the column by pointing out that while "--Nebraska is Big Red Country, we are ---not big on red ink. It is a philosophy the federal government would do well to learn."
This from the local king of pork almost cries out for your comment and rebuttal. I'm sure you can find the column somewhere -- I could mail you my copy if you are interested. What really ticked me off was the head line which might have been suggested by Bennie's newsrelease or ( God forbid ) tacked on by local editor. If the latter is just another indication of how far good conservative folks minds have been softened by the constent drum beat of liberal pap. That attention grabber read " Taking Nebraska spending values to Washington, D.C." Ughhhhh Keep up the good work.
You can read Senator Bennie's press release/column at: http://bennelson.senate.gov/press/speeches/071309-01.cfm
Check it out at: http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=951EB463-18FE-70B2-A8F6121708941817
I have a confession to make. I was wrong about our president. He has been telling us that he is a uniter, not a divider, and I doubted him. I thought he would divide this country like no one who has ever held the office. Well, I was wrong, and I want to publicly apologize.
I thought Mr. Obama’s call for a cap and trade policy to combat “global warming,” with its provisions for tax increases and higher energy prices, would surely drive a wedge between us, but I was wrong.
I was sure that President Obama’s push for “the Employee Free Choice Act,” which opponents now have dubbed “the Employee Forced Choice Act,” would segregate labor against management like nothing we have seen in a generation, but I was wrong.
I could not imagine that the president’s insistence on a government-controlled universal health care scheme would not divide us one from another over an issue that is so crucial to our future, but I was wrong.
I predicted that what I perceived as cowardice in our president’s foreign policy would split this nation down the middle and create an intolerable divide between Americans, but I was wrong.
I was convinced that Barack Obama’s extreme views on the sanctity of human life would cause a tear in the fabric of society like no other issue since the Civil War, but I was wrong.
I had little doubt that what I saw as Obama’s hostility to the Second Amendment would create tremendous division over the issue, but I was wrong.
I just knew that this president’s penchant for “redistributing wealth” would cause a separation between rich, middle class and poor, but again, I was wrong.
And finally, I had always believed that when this president nominated judges who shared his radical philosophy of government, those nominations would divide the country.
Was I ever wrong! About all of it.
Barack Obama, just seven months into his only term as president, is beginning to bring this country together like no one since Jimmy Carter, the most incompetent president of the 20th Century.
People frown at the idea of raising taxes and energy costs in the middle of a recession with double-digit unemployment. Far from dividing Americans, Obama has created a rallying point on an issue all of us can understand.
On big labor, our fellow citizens could hardly be more united. When properly explained (a practice Obama detests, as evidenced by the fact that he insists Congress rush through legislation without even reading it), the American people hate the idea of depriving workers of their right to secret ballots in determining whether they become part of a union.
On issues of race, foreign policy, traditional marriage, the sanctity of innocent human life, the Second Amendment, property rights and so much more, poll after poll now shows that Barack Obama is uniting the American people against his radical, anti-American agenda.
But perhaps the area where this president is doing the best job of bringing people together is on the issue of universal health care. Americans instinctively know their country is not Europe, and they have no desire to become France. They understand that somehow someone is going to have to pay for all this “free” health care Obama keeps promising. They know that Obama-Care, like Hillary-Care before it, will do less, cost more and provide fewer choices. They grasp the idea that you cannot serve more people with fewer doctors and provide better care for less money. And they know that trying to jam all this through Congress in two weeks is the last refuge of a panicked administration losing its mesmerizing grip on the people.
So, thank you, Mr. President, for bringing us together. I never believed you could do it, and certainly not this soon. In less than a year and a half, you can unite us in a mid-term repudiation of your policies, and in three years and five months you can unite us all behind whomever your successor will be.
© 2009 by Doug Patton
Doug Patton is a freelance columnist who has served as a speech writer and public policy advisor for conservative candidates and elected officials. Since 2001, his work has appeared in newspapers across the country and on various Internet web sites. Readers can access the entire archives of Doug’s columns at GOPUSA.com, where he serves as a senior writer and state editor. His e-mail address is email@example.com.
Check it out at: http://innovation.cqpolitics.com/senate2010_map
While Senator "I want more Turkeys on My Farm Nelson" voted for cloture he will no doubt try to explain it away with his tried and over-used comment that he always votes for cloture, that response simply isn't true based on his past voting history. In any event the bottom line is that Nelson favors, by his vote, more hate crimes legislation.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Could it be that folks are tired of huge pay increases in his office staff while swimming pools and Sun Dawgs are closing down early amidst his imploring of city workers to accept a pay freeze? As Sarah Palen might say, "You betcha!"
Friday, July 17, 2009
With the high cost help he has put in place no one should ever make a mistake. We hope that Suttle didn't promise them any 'long term contracts' as his tenure may not be that long particularly after he has to recommend raising taxes next week.
Wonder how much he will have to pay the next police chief if Buske leaves....?
Regardless of where Nebraska ranks (13th with a failing grade) the initiative process has been made much too difficult in Nebraska which unlike other states (only 49 unless you are Commissar Obama who may still believe there are 57) has only one house.
When State Senator Avery assures us that there will be changes proposed next year in our one-house legislature, Nebraskans should be prepared to see the initiative process further restricted unless they stand up against it.
See more on this in your daily rag at: http://www.omaha.com/article/20090716/NEWS01/707179934/1009
Two calls schedued in the near future that you can participate in:
- Freedom works will be hosting a conference call Friday, July 17th at 1pm Eastern, to talk about the March on Washington and the battle against a government takeover of health care. FreedomWorks staffer Nan Swift will be hosting the call. You can join by calling 202-824-6630 and entering passcode 5150#. The rest of the staff will be out protesting outside Senator Jim Webb's Arlington, Virginia office as part of the national day of protest against government-run health care!
- Please Join RNC Chairman Michael Steele and RNC Coalitions Director Angela Sailor in a Response to Obama’s Healthcare Plan on Monday, July 20, 2009 at 10:30 AM EDT by dialing in Number: 1-888-677-5808 Code: 2566RSVP: Please Click Here to RSVP
Beyond the conference calls, you may want to take note of a Wall Street Journal editorial today regarding the Congressional Budget Office's assessment of nationalized healthcare as brought to you by the Commissar and associates. We took note of this yesterday, but suggest you read the WJS editorial at:
Note to Ben Nelson: We are watching you.
Note to Republicans: This is something you should articulate as you try to find what you stand for.
We think that the U.S. Constitution is the basis of law in the United States of America, not the laws of some other country. The liberal side of our court and potentially (and probably) Sotomayor may not feel the same.
Also, we're glad to see the N.R.A. has come out against Sotomayor. In their press release, the N.R.A. concluded that: "We believe any individual who does not agree that the Second Amendment guarantees a fundamental right and who does not respect our God-given right of self-defense should not serve on any court, much less the highest court in the land. Therefore, the National Rifle Association of America opposes the confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the position of Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court." You can read their release at: http://dataservices.nranews.com/svc/nra_classic
Hopefully, the N.R.A. will use votes in favor of Sotomayor as a major part of their evaluation in future endorsements. Did you hear that Ben Nelson and Mike Johanns?
Thursday, July 16, 2009
As for Senator Johanns, seems like he would rather be a follower than a leader when it comes to soon-to-be Associate Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor. He likes her but doesn't. If Mike Johanns ever intends to be more than a back bencher he needs to step up to the plate and simply take leadership among the GOP and say, "Hell no! She isn't fit to be our next Associate Supreme Court Justice."
It didn't take long to run into an "uh-oh" moment when reading the House's "health care for all Americans" bill. Right there on Page 16 is a provision making individual private medical insurance illegal.
When we first saw the paragraph Tuesday, just after the 1,018-page document was released, we thought we surely must be misreading it. So we sought help from the House Ways and Means Committee.
It turns out we were right: The provision would indeed outlaw individual private coverage. Under the Orwellian header of "Protecting The Choice To Keep Current Coverage," the "Limitation On New Enrollment" section of the bill clearly states:
"Except as provided in this paragraph, the individual health insurance issuer offering such coverage does not enroll any individual in such coverage if the first effective date of coverage is on or after the first day" of the year the legislation becomes law.
So we can all keep our coverage, just as promised - with, of course, exceptions: Those who currently have private individual coverage won't be able to change it. Nor will those who leave a company to work for themselves be free to buy individual plans from private carriers.
From the beginning, opponents of the public option plan have warned that if the government gets into the business of offering subsidized health insurance coverage, the private insurance market will wither. Drawn by a public option that will be 30% to 40% cheaper than their current premiums because taxpayers will be funding it, employers will gladly scrap their private plans and go with Washington's coverage.
The nonpartisan Lewin Group estimated in April that 120 million or more Americans could lose their group coverage at work and end up in such a program. That would leave private carriers with 50 million or fewer customers. This could cause the market to, as Lewin Vice President John Sheils put it, "fizzle out altogether.
"What wasn't known until now is that the bill itself will kill the market for private individual coverage by not letting any new policies be written after the public option becomes law.
The legislation is also likely to finish off health savings accounts, a goal that Democrats have had for years. They want to crush that alternative because nothing gives individuals more control over their medical care, and the government less, than HSAs.
With HSAs out of the way, a key obstacle to the left's expansion of the welfare state will be removed.
The public option won't be an option for many, but rather a mandate for buying government care. A free people should be outraged at this advance of soft tyranny.
Washington does not have the constitutional or moral authority to outlaw private markets in which parties voluntarily participate. It shouldn't be killing business opportunities, or limiting choices, or legislating major changes in Americans' lives.
It took just 16 pages of reading to find this naked attempt by the political powers to increase their reach. It's scary to think how many more breaches of liberty we'll come across in the final 1,002,"
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
With that said, we are doing as our Commissar Messiah said and distributing for you to see.
"Good Morning, Yesterday, Judge Sonia Sotomayor made her opening statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee and moved another step closer to taking a seat on the United States Supreme Court. In case you missed it, watch the video of her opening statement here:
As President, there are few responsibilities more serious or consequential than the naming of a Supreme Court Justice, so I want to take this opportunity to tell you about the qualifications and character that informed my decision to nominate Judge Sotomayor.
Judge Sotomayor's brilliant legal mind is complemented by the practical lessons that can only be learned by applying the law to real world situations.
In the coming days, the hearings will cover an incredible body of work from a judge who has more experience on the federal bench than any incoming Supreme Court Justice in the last 100 years. Judge Sotomayor's professional background spans our judicial system — from her time as a big-city prosecutor and a corporate litigator, to her work as a federal trial judge on the U.S. District Court, and an appellate judge on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
And then there is Judge Sotomayor's incredible personal story. She grew up in a housing project in the South Bronx — her parents coming to New York from Puerto Rico during the Second World War. At the age of nine, she lost her father, and her mother worked six days a week just to put food on the table. It takes a certain resilience and determination to rise up out of such circumstances, focus, work hard and achieve the American dream.
This character shined through in yesterday's opening statement: Watch the video.
In Judge Sotomayor, our nation will have a Justice who will never forget her humble beginnings, will always apply the rule of law, and will be a protector of the Constitution that made her American dream and the dreams of millions of others possible. As she said so clearly yesterday, Judge Sotomayor's decisions on the bench "have been made not to serve the interests of any one litigant, but always to serve the larger interest of impartial justice."
In anticipation of today's first round of questioning, I hope you'll share this email widely, because Judge Sotomayor's confirmation is something that affects every American. It's important for these hearings to be about Judge Sotomayor's own record and her capacity for the job — not any political back and forth that some in Washington may use to distract you. What members of the Judiciary Committee, and the American people, will see today is a sharp and fearless jurist who does not let powerful interests bully her into breaking from the rule of law. "