If Republicans Knew How To Play Poker

We have not wasted your time this past week with a play by play narration of nonsense in Washington. Now, as we approach the end game deadline on the fiscal follies it is worth recalling the obvious.

First, remember the Sequester doomsday scenarios never happened even though the Sequester came to be, and that the doomsday horror scenario is Alinsky Rule #9. Second, don’t get into a fight if you are not prepared to fight. Third, if you have principles and believe in your principles, then fight for your principles. Fourth, the wrong analysis will get you killed.

As often as we have written the above these past five years it appears the Republican “leadership” and much of the conservative thinkers and writers have a yellow streak which they hide with rational explanations of why now is not the time to fight. For Republicans now is the time to fight. Now is exactly the time to fight. Now is when they are in a very strong position which if they fight will become stronger.

Now is exactly the time for Republicans to fight for principles. Instead Republican leaders are whimpering about this or that “tweak” to a bill. The bottom line is if you are not willing to walk away, to fight all the way, then you have already lost.

With these Republican “leaders” and writers it is always better to fight later. We have addressed this issue earlier this year with a lesson from Bill Clinton:

“The lesson Republicans learned from the shutdowns of 1995 and 1996 are that the president wins during government shutdowns because the president has the bully pulpit and it is the president that determines what gets shut down first and then proceeds to shut down programs Americans support the most (for instance Bill Clinton shut down national parks and passport offices). That’s the wrong lesson.

The real lesson from the government shutdowns of 1995 and 1996? Timing matters.

Bill Clinton understood that it is election years that matter. Bill “yanked the leash” late in November of 1995 just as his reelection campaign was on the move. Bill knew when it was time to pick a fight”

Now, over a year away from the all important 2014 election, is when the Republicans should fight. Now they can sustain damage in public opinion polls which they will not be able to withstand in election year 2014. A “hold ’em” poker player’s strategy works 13 months away from the 2014 elections but will be a much more difficult strategy to follow next year even if it is the early part of the year.

Yes, we’ve written this tiresome article in almost the same exact circumstances before:

The lesson for Republicans is that timing matters. Now is the time to fight, not later. The further away from an election Republicans are the stronger their political position is. The closer to election time the weaker Republicans are. Why? Because they are up for election and Barack Obama is not.

As we have pointed out previously there are 219 House Republicans who won in districts Romney won in 2008. That is evidence as strong as you can get that Republicans will keep control of the House if they live up to the promises they made to their constituents.

Too bad Republican “leaders” don’t read. If they read this website or this quote from before the House fiscal cliff vote – “But Obama and his staff believe Americans would have blamed him for taking the country over the cliff” – or the latest poll and the accompanying impressive graphic about second term presidential popularity, 2013 might look a lot different than it now temporarily does.”

Yes, we have written this before. The only thing that has changed is that the evidence mounts that we are correct. Recently, Nate Silver, the beloved poll analyst of the Hopium Guzzler set declared that the Republicans will likely not suffer from the “shutdown” in next year’s elections and that the Republicans will likely continue majority control of the House of Representatives for the last two years of Obama’s occupation of the White House. Obama lovin’ Stu Rothenberg says pretty much the same thing. Robert Hahn and Peter Passell have this to add as regards Republican electoral chances if they fight ObamaCare:

“Focusing on Obamacare in general, and mandatory coverage in particular, could prove a plausible strategy for broadening the anti-Obama coalition to include voters in their 20s and 30s by bringing attention to what economists call the “cross-subsidy” inherent in any insurance system based on mandatory coverage. And, with hindsight, it may yet be seen as the opening salvo in a generational war, one fed by the reality that older Americans are a rapidly growing burden on younger workers, who can ill afford it.”

So why aren’t Republican “leaders” investing in their parties future by taking a hit now in order to win next year and in 2016? If Republican “leaders” don’t believe us perhaps they should read the Professor who agrees with our premise as he discusses the latest Pew poll:

“I don’t say Pew knows any better than the other pollsters, or vice versa, but that’s the point. Do what’s right, and worry about the 2014 polls closer to November 2014. For God’s sake, Republicans, stop acting like bouncing Super Balls based on the latest polling.”

Big Media is covering up as much as possible the hurt in polls for Barack Obama. Yeah, the Republicans are getting hurt but so is Obama. And that matters because the “in” party in off year elections gets hurt badly when the president’s poll numbers are low:

“But does Obama’s approval rating matter now given that he never has to face re-election? And if it does matter, can he recover?

The answers are that it does matter – Obama’s approval rating can greatly affect the 2014 midterm elections and, to a lesser extent, the 2016 presidential election – and the historical odds of it recovering much seem to be slim.

In midterms, electorates often take out their frustration with the president on the their party’s congressional members. A poor presidential approval rating will only add to that frustration. A president likely needs an approval rating in the mid 60s, like Bill Clinton in 1998 and George W Bush in 2002, to avoid the curse of “midterm loss”.

In every non-wartime midterm election since 1938, simply knowing how many seats the president’s party controlled and the president’s approval rating goes a long way in determining how the midterm is going to shake out. Not counting 1974, because Richard Nixon resigned and Gerald Ford took his place, more than 75% of the variation between the seats won in the House by the president’s party in the midterm is explained by the two aforementioned variables.”

Republicans have a very strong hand to play but instead they prefer a “fold ’em” poker strategy. It’s one reason why so many agree with Sean Hannity: Maybe it’s time for a new conservative party. That might be fun to consider but it is not really a solution that will come about in the next few weeks. Republicans have a very strong hand to play in this high stakes poker game. But they are bungling. There’s really no cure for stupid.

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188 thoughts on “If Republicans Knew How To Play Poker

  1. “Republicans have a very strong hand to play in this high stakes poker game. But they are bungling. There’s really no cure for stupid.”

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    …it really is so ironic…when I (we) think back to when Clinton was Prez…the repubs were ruthless…they all…the house and senate…and even the media…went after Bill…and Hillary…at every turn…every day…nonstop…

    …there certainly was no fear from the repubs to take on the Prez in those days…no blow was to low for them to go to hit Bill…and Hill…

    ..the tricks…the attacks…the nonstop investigations…all of it…

    …and now what do we get from them…I cannot understand why the repubs do not give simple explanations for WHY O’care is bad…if they would explain how everyone’s personal information and identity is threatened…if they would explain how this is a payoff to insurance companies, etc, etc…

    …there are so many things they could be pointing out and arguing in simple, bottom line language…I don’t hear it…

  2. The Repubs have been bungling for years now, both Bushies where weak Presidents, little bush had to lie about WMD to play cowboy with Saddam. Repubs were weak when Barry ran in 2008 and 2012.

    I haven’t seen anything but bluster and bs from them in so many years, I can’t remember how long. If they had any courage, Obama wouldn’t be in the Oval now. They don’t get much weaker than Barrycakes.

  3. The Republican position is only going to get stronger in 2014 if they stick to the position of killing Obamacare with fire. Millions and millions of young liberals are going to be kicked in the nuts by the price of their “affordable” insurance, and come November 2014 they will either have been paying through the teeth for 11 months for a policy with such a high deductable that they might as well be uninsured, or they will be uninsured and looking at the looming “personal responsibility” tax payment. The feeling of betrayal is going to be white hot as they have to sacrifice 10% of their paycheck over and over again. STAY THE COURSE. Let this be the motto. Kill it with fire.

  4. …if it were anyone but O in office, we would be hearing all day long about what a weak president he is…remember when they tried to call Bill irrelevant and the ‘shrinking president’…

    …O is practically invisible…even Panetta is quoted today at going after O for not engaging or leading in solving the problems of the country…

    O acts like he is on the sideline of his own Presidency and he just stops in to visit once in awhile to give a speech…it is unbelievable what this guy has gotten away with…these will go down as the most wasted eight years of any modern presidency…

    you can almost hear the articles writing themselves once he is out of office and people finally say what everyone knows and can see for themselves…

  5. S- I agree, simple words as to why HellCare is so bad, why Barry is so weak, and all they do is bluster and fold. When McCain and his two amigos are seen as the ‘strong’ ones, you know they are in deep $hit.

    I wonder why Trey is ashamed of his party?

    I’m ashamed to be a Democrat, and I am equally ashamed to even consider being a Rethug.

  6. jms
    October 15, 2013 at 10:26 pm

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    I think that is true…too bad our ‘media’ could not have played fair…or the Dims could have even read the monstrosity before they fundamentally changed the structure that effects so many people, their money and their jobs…

    …and the media still protects O and tries to conceal the disaster Ocare is…

  7. http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/10/15/obamacare-rollout-disasster

    BEYOND ‘GLITCHES’: Obamacare Nightmare Just Beginning

    “Train wreck.” “Fundamentally flawed.” “Not ready for primetime.” This is the rollout of Obamacare.

    Constant “glitches” keep people from logging into the exchanges. Humiliating live video of reporters normally favorable to Obamacare simply giving up in frustration because they cannot sign up. Consumers who are lucky enough to get through the system are stunned to learn that their premiums have skyrocketed by thousands of dollars. One Pennsylvania mother says that she can either pay her increased premiums or pay for her kids to eat, but she can’t do both.

    Extremely personal information has already leaked from the system in Minnesota. Software security experts from McAfee predict millions of identity theft victims. And one of the healthcare exchanges was forced to acknowledge that information collected from patients will be shared with law enforcement.

    Tom Bevan at RealClearPolitics wondered why Kathleen Sebelius still has a job. Jon Stewart invited her onto The Daily Show and mocked that he could “download every movie ever made” before she could log onto her own website. Her home state senator called for her to resign for “gross incompetence,” as exactly “zero” residents of Kansas were able to successfully enroll in the program.

    The rollout has been such a nightmare that it is abundantly clear now that members of Congress really did not, as then-Speaker Pelosi admitted, even read the Obamacare bill before they passed it. In fact, the program’s launch has been such an unimaginable disaster that it raises an alarming new question that would have been unthinkable amid the exaggerated claims of health utopia from three years ago: Did President Obama even read this legislation before he signed it into law?

    This is the single most complex piece of legislation in U.S. history, and we citizen-patients have a right to know. Did anyone in the notoriously cozy establishment Washington press corps even ask him this basic question?

    Obamacare is a disaster and the American people know it. Republicans have never had a more teachable moment than the one they have now, between the shutdown of the government and the disastrous rollout of Obamacare.

    Which begs the question: where are the Republicans anyway?

    I know the Republican establishment never wanted a shutdown fight over Obamacare. But this is a fight we must win. Where is Minority Leader Mitch McConnell? Where is the RNC? Why aren’t Republicans telling the very real human stories of people losing their jobs and their doctors because of Obamacare? The president guaranteed that by 2013 the average family would see premiums reduced by $2,500. In reality, the average family has seen their premiums jacked up by $2,900, an eye-popping $5,400 miscalculation. What other predictions will prove to be horribly off?

    Why don’t Republicans have a strategy to hammer this message every day?

    Some see Obamacare fall on its face right out of the gate, but I see a real danger here. We cannot just sit back and hope these early glitches will drive Obamacare away. We have to make the American people understand what this bill is about to do to them, so they stand up and demand repeal.

    When this debate began, President Obama guaranteed Americans that if we like our current insurance policies, we can keep them. If we like our current doctors, we can stay with them.

    Since then, millions have been kicked off their company insurance. More than 750,000 New Jersey residents have been notified that their former policies no longer meet new government mandates and will be discontinued. Thousands more have seen hours reduced and their coverage evaporate, as employers struggle to deal with incomprehensible new federal rules. Most alarmingly, almost one-third of doctors report their unwillingness to accept patients from newly expanded governmental programs.

    Meanwhile, Obamacare supporters continue to call it “universal” coverage. And the media is totally complicit.

    The fact is, the massive new bureaucracy will extend coverage to only 27 million of the 56 million uninsured under current official government projections for 2020. Ultimately, Washington is going to take over 1/6 of our economy to try to fix less than half of the total uninsured problem. This is madness.

    Most nefarious of all is that this entire European socialist centralized scheme does what massive bureaucracies always do: hurt young people and punish healthy behavior while rewarding reckless people and bankrolling unhealthy behavior. Today, a truly terrifying concept unspools as we watch the administration punish Americans across the country by unnecessarily barricading national parks and veterans’ memorials to make certain people “feel the pain” of the government shutdown.

    To quote a rural Nebraska pharmacist I met this past week: “What will these people do in the next government shutdown when they are also in control of every aspect of our healthcare? Withhold medication that people need? Postpone surgeries? Close emergency rooms?”

    As absurd as this sounds today, a whole lot of absurd things have become reality under President Obama.

    This is why I am running for U.S. Senate. Unlike Congress, and perhaps unlike even President Obama, I have read Obamacare’s 2,300 pages. I have studied it carefully and understand it.

    snip…the rest is about his run for the senate

  8. Yes, indeed, Administrator. You always hit the nail right on the head. Good article. It’s been shared with family and friends.

  9. Seriously, this one needs to be fired just like any of us would be if we were responsible for this massive failure.

  10. I posted this but may have been missed due to just as new article went up….

    DailyKos Blogger’s Premiums Double Under Obamacare

    http://weaselzippers.us/2013/10/15/irony-alert-dailykos-bloggers-premiums-double-under-obamacare/

    My wife and I just got our updates from Kaiser telling us what our 2014 rates will be. Her monthly has been $168 this year, mine $150. We have a high deductible. We are generally healthy people who don’t go to the doctor often. I barely ever go. The insurance is in case of a major catastrophe.

    Well, now, because of Obamacare, my wife’s rate is gong to $302 per month and mine is jumping to $284.

    I am canceling insurance for us and I am not paying any [expletive] penalty. What the hell kind of reform is this?

    Oh, ok, if we qualify, we can get some government assistance. Great. So now I have to jump through another hoop to just chisel some of this off. And we don’t qualify, anyway, so what’s the point?

    ……………………

    we told you, you didnt listen, you fuckers lauded it and would have sucked off Obama for a cheeseburger….well here is your payoff, enjoy your hike you idiots.

  11. The republicans haven’t got a chance in this debate with this kind of insidious propaganda.
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    Sequestration Forcing Elderly & Disabled New Yorkers From Their Homes

    Cecilia Carey is stronger than John Boehner. The self-described 76-year-old “super senior” was told a few months ago she’d have to move out of the one bedroom apartment in Kips Bay into a studio or see her rent double. The reason: the city’s Department of Preservation and Housing has a $35 million shortfall because Republicans in Congress continue to starve the federal government with spending cuts and sequestration. HPD no longer had the money to fund the Section 8 voucher for Carey’s one-bedroom. She has lived there 20 years, but now Carey was deemed “overhoused.”

    http://gothamist.com/2013/10/10/sequestration_might_force_elderly_d.php

  12. The other night Anthony Weiner and Huma were seen in NYC sharing a romantic dinner. Ahhhhhh. How sweet.
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    Despite rumors that Huma Abedin is struggling to choose between her marriage and Hillary Clinton, she and Anthony Weiner shared a romantic dinner at Nello.

    We’re told the couple, “looked content and relaxed” as they dined together at the buzzy Upper East Side eaterie on Monday night, and even happily posed for pictures with restaurateur Nello Balan.

    http://pagesix.com/2013/10/15/anthony-weiner-huma-abedin-share-romantic-dinner/?_ga=1.147761463.146010012.1380385176

  13. Black’s law dictionary has this to say about “default”: The omission or failure to fulfill a duty, observe a promise, discharge an obligation, or perform an agreement [or observe a promise or discharge an obligation (e.g. to pay interest or principal on a debt when due ].

    Come October 17 if our dysfunctional Washington hacks do not raise our debt ceiling, ominous forecasting of imminent default on our $17 trillion burden pound the airwaves. Prevarications foisted by the progressive press-corps regarding the United States becoming delinquent on its Treasury debt are as preposterous as they are disingenuous. Whether premeditated lying or, equally likely, out of a stark darkness of matters economic the result is the usual fear mongering we have come to expect from their rumor mills.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/richardfinger/2013/10/04/the-u-s-debt-ceiling-fallacy-agreement-or-not-there-will-be-no-default/

  14. The Defacto POTUS 😡

    President Obama’s top adviser Valerie Jarrett was behind a plan to force a showdown with Republicans over ObamaCare as part of a strategy to regain Democratic control of the House next year, claims author Ed Klein.

    Klein — who wrote a provocative biography about Obama last year entitled “The Amateur” — said White House insiders refer to Jarrett as “The Night Stalker” because she is the only presidential aide who frequently spends time in the family quarters and dines with the Obamas.

    Klein, who is conducting a research for a new Obama tome scheduled for next spring, called Jarrett the “architect” of Obama’s take-no- prisoners approach when it comes to his signature domestic policy

    http://nypost.com/2013/10/15/obama-adviser-orchestrated-shutdown-showdown-author/

  15. http://www.redstate.com/2013/10/16/bridge-burning-and-bridge-building/

    Throughout this fight, Harry Reid has outsmarted Mitch McConnell. Repeatedly, Reid used the Senate’s rules to toss aside numerous proposals from the House while McConnell looked on not knowing how to fight back.

    Reid knows how to beat McConnell. If Reid fights hard, McConnell backs down and tries to blame others. McConnell’s lieutenants attack Ted Cruz so “the Leader” can deflect from his own legislative impotence. And he continually is one step behind Reid in his knowledge of how to use the Senate’s complicated rules to win a fight.

    You will see no defunding of Obamacare because Republicans are giving up.

    You will see no delaying of the individual mandate, even though the Obama Administration cannot fix the website. Republicans have given up this.

    You will not even see Republicans hold the line on ensuring Obamacare go into effect as designed by forcing the end to all exceptions, exemptions, and delays granted by the President without congressional consent.

    No, the GOP intends to fully fund Obamacare and let Barack Obama have all the power to exempt his friends and delay portions for patrons of his campaign.

    So I intend to fully fund Heritage Action for America and the Senate Conservatives Fund. The latest Pew poll shows that more Americans want their own member of Congress thrown out of office than at any time in recent memory.

    We only need a few good small businessmen and women to stand up and challenge these Republicans who are caving. If they refuse to fight for us, we must fight them. It is the only way we will finally be able to fight against Obamacare.

    I am tired of funding Republicans who campaign against Obamacare then refuse to fight. It’s time to find a new batch of Republicans to actually practice what the current crop preaches.

    The irony in all of this is that Obamacare’s individual mandate is going to be delayed. Just wait. Liberals are already whispering that it has to happen. They can’t get the computers up and running. People aren’t signing up. They whole process is broken.

    But they also do not want to cave in to the GOP. So they will wait.

    Barack Obama will wait for the GOP to surrender, then he will issue the delay himself, just like he did with the employer mandate.

    Any bridges remaining between Barack Obama and the GOP will start burning. Any remaining good will goes away.

    And conservatives will use this all as a millstone around the necks of those who caved. The GOP will vote to fund Obamacare. The GOP will not fight to delay Obamacare.

    But then the President will do it. So what good is the GOP? It is time to fight this out in primaries in 2014. Given just how poorly Crossroads performed in 2012, I like our odds with Heritage Action, Senate Conservatives Fund, Madison Project, Club for Growth, FreedomWorks, For America, and others.

  16. I can pretty much bet my life on the Republican’s caving to Obama and his thugs.

    A couple of congressmen speaking out, does not equate to a party standing up against bad policies.

    Years of being lied to, screwed over and congress is made up of the biggest idiots and cowards.

    I can’t even get up enough optimism to cheer any politician on right now, it’s all bluster and fold.

  17. Tapping California’s political donors, Hillary Rodham Clinton will later this month headline a Beverly Hills fundraiser for Virginia gubernatorial candidate and longtime family friend Terry McAuliffe.

    The Oct. 30 luncheon, hosted by media mogul Haim Saban and his wife Cheryl, will cost $15,000 per person and $25,000 per couple, according to an invitation.

    Clinton has largely skirted politics since stepping down as secretary of State in February, but of late has begun advocating for McAuliffe, who is a longtime confidant and fundraiser for Clinton and her husband, former President Clinton.

    The former first lady is scheduled to formally endorse and publicly campaign for McAuliffe at a “Women for Terry” event in Falls Church, Va., on Saturday. She has already headlined one fundraiser for him, and will take part in another Tuesday night in New York City.

    On Monday, the former president sent out a fundraising appeal asking for donations to help McAuliffe as well as Democratic candidates across the nation.

    “Despite what you might hear from the media, the next election isn’t in 2016 or 2014. In Virginia, it’s just 22 days away, and there’s a lot on the line,” Bill Clinton wrote. “My close friend Terry McAuliffe is running for governor (he’ll be a great one!) against a guy who’s really out there.”

    McAuliffe, who lost a 2009 bid to be the Democratic nominee for governor in Virginia, is now running for the post against Republican state Atty. Gen. Ken Cuccinelli.

    Earlier this month, Hillary Clinton gave her strongest indication to date that she is considering another White House bid.

    “I am not going to begin to think seriously about it until sometime next year,” Clinton said during a speech to the Long Island Assn. in New York, according to Newsday. “I will think about it because it’s something on a lot of people’s minds. And it’s on my mind as well.”

    http://www.politico.com/politico44/2013/10/white-house-there-are-no-winners-here-175216.html

  18. We’ve noticed something these past few weeks that has not been written about. It’s about “glitches”. Shadowfax noted that there were several “glitches” here but we’ve noticed a trend that is much more ominous and very hard to explain.

    Powerline wrote this today which prompts this comment from us:

    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2013/10/technical-issues-this-morning.php

    Technical issues this morning

    Those Obamacare “glitches” seem to have infected Power Line’s technical operation. I understand that a fix is in the works, but for the moment we are more or less out of commission. Please check back as you can during the day.

    Powerline is not alone in these disruptions lately and the link to ObamaCare is a humorous reference. But we wonder. We’ve noticed that some websites (especially HotAir) are causing havoc with our computers. These are mostly Obama opposition websites that we have noted with lots of problems. The EBT card disasters recently are another “glitch” we noted.

    All the “glitches” we have noticed started around October 1, the debut day of ObamaCare websites. No one is writing about this eruption of glitches and we wonder if we are “targets” or just having a run of bad luck. We know that October 1 is when a lot of companies change software or tweak their systems – these tweaks happen regularly around the first of every month or the end of every month even as they are more pronounced on October 1 and January 1.

    Still, there have been a spate of “glitches” lately and we have found no articles or comments on these phenomena even though it is clear that many are experiencing them. We don’t know if this is NSA tampering or ObamaCare infecting the internet but we sense that something qualitatively different is happening with these “glitches”. Or maybe we are just having a spate of bad luck with the computer gods.

    Anyone notice or hearing of these “glitches” happening to others?

  19. Admin-
    Anyone notice or hearing of these “glitches” happening to others?

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    I have noticed network glitches at work and also strange things happening to my home AT&T network.

    Since the NSA, IRS and that funky organization Obama set up to steal money from the DNC – are all interconnected with the Chicago thugs, it wouldn’t surprise me a bit if their incompetence is what’s messing up the flow of data across the superhighway.

    The NSA is stealing all the emails, and data from all the providers, so that has to use up at least a lot of bandwidth. With more sharing the bandwidth…the slower things go across all the networks.

  20. People from NYC should take a look at this before they cast their votes for mayor.
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    “Muslims for de Blasio” Rally: De Blasio stands shoulder to shoulder with terror apologist who calls Zionism “racism”

    These Muslim groups seek to dismantle counter terrorism measures that have kept New York City safe from jihadists. New York is the Muslim terrorists’ most desirable target in the world.

    http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2013/10/muslims-for-de-blasio-rally-de-blasio-stands-shoulder-to-shoulder-with-terror-apologist-who-calls-zi.html

  21. Bonar get’s a standing ovation for…………..caving in, again.

    Way to go Republican’s…letting Barry control the run-away train over the cliff.

    “We fought the good fight,” Mr. Boehner said in an interview with the radio station WLW-AM in Cincinnati. “We just didn’t win.”

    OH WHAT A FREAKIN’ SURPRISE…..zzzzzz

  22. As I have posted for years, they (GOP) are dimply too stupid to,win, and in the end we all lose except for the bots.

  23. foxyladi14
    October 16, 2013 at 6:11 pm

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    There are no words to describe that kind of stupidity. Sadly, that is the electorate and the ONLY reason that bumbles is in office. They aren’t even bright enough to recognize how bad the GOP is these days.

    Asshats.

    Hillary 2016

  24. A message from the House of Representatives, the Senate, the POTUS, Wall Street and the Main Stream Media:

    Dear hard-working tax-paying Americans,

    To those of you who are living within your means rather than credit-carding the American dream…we say to you….SUCKERS!

    To those of you saving your money in banks that pay less than 2% interest to use your money while charging you 15-20% in credit card interest to use theirs…..SUCKERS!

    To those of you we shove into 401K stock plans that you can change only twice a year while we can take cash out of the market any time we want….SUCKERS!

    To those of you whose children are paying 20-30% interst on student loans because we are taking all your hard-earned cash to keep those “too big too fail” banks afloat……SUCKERS!

    To those shopping at Aldi’s because you can’t afford to shop at a name grocery store while those stores are swiping EBIT cards you are paying for……SUCKERS!

    To those of you saving for a house while we give away the house….SUCKERS!

    To those legal immigrants who learned our language, learned our history to the point where you know it better than most of our kids, who went through the years long process to earn the right of citizenship and now pay for those illegally crossing our borders…SUCKERS!

    To those who think we “journalists” are actually giving you the truth…SUCKERS!

    To those who actually think we have a two-party system and not a system of twin sons of different mothers….SUCKERS!

    To those of you that lost your money on vacations that were disrupted by our closing of federal parks and monuments..yet will sign up for Obamacare because
    we would never cut the American peoples’ health care funding….SUCKERS SUCKERS SUCKERS.

    But most of all, to the younger generation with their tech-savvy, Twitter fancy, Instagram talking points who thought themselves so “cool” to back this POTUS because he was “one of us”…SUCKERS!

    Every bill has its due date and we the House of Representatives, the Senate, the POTUS, Wall Street and the Main Stream Media can’t wait to watch your “cool” selves when we present that bill Past-Due.

    We thank all you hard-working Americans for being such great servants to us.

    NOW GET BACK TO WORK…if you can find it.

  25. Limbaugh:

    http://dailyrushbo.com/limbaugh-gop-has-made-a-decision-not-to-exist/

    RUSH: I was trying to think earlier today, if ever in my life I could remember any major political party being so irrelevant. I have never seen it. I have never seen a major political party simply occupy placeholders, as the Republican Party is doing. There hasn’t been any opposition, not any serious opposition. There may have been votes against this or that, votes against Obamacare. There may have been votes against the stimulus, but in terms of a package of policies, a package of principled beliefs, of opposition expressed daily by party leaders against what’s happening in this country, there hasn’t been. And I know why. And you do, too.

    The Republicans have been hoodwinked. There are two things that have happened. A, they are literally paralyzed because Obama is African-American. They are literally paralyzed. Before that happened, the Democrats and the media ran one of the most brilliant political tricks I have ever seen pulled off. That political trick convinced Republicans, and, more importantly, their brilliant moderate consultants, that criticizing any Democrat president would anger the independents. Remember that? Because the independents, God bless the independents, oh, my God, folks, the princes and the princesses of our culture. The moderate independents, the only reasonable people out there. The only open-minded, nonbigoted, nonclosed-minded human beings in America.

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    RUSH: Now, look, I’m not living in a false reality here. I was thinking about this last night, too, while I was pondering if I can ever remember a greater political disaster in my lifetime, if I could ever remember a time when a political party just made a decision not to exist for all intents and purposes.

  26. Business as usual. McConnell is in trouble for re-election so……..

    “Kentucky outlet WFPL reported Wednesday that a proposal to end the federal government shutdown and increase the U.S. debt ceiling by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) included a $2 billion earmark for the Olmstead Dam Lock in Louisville.
    Language in a draft of the McConnell-Reid deal (see page 13, section 123) provided to WFPL News shows a provision that increases funding for the massive Olmsted Dam Lock in Louisville from $775 million to nearly $2. 9 billion.
    The dam is considered an important project for the state and region in regards to water traffic along the Ohio River.
    As The Courier-Journal’s James Bruggers reported in 2011, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said they needed about $2.1 billion for the locks due to “stop and go funding.”
    McConnell spokesman Don Stewart told Breitbart News, “It’s an authorization; it doesn’t appropriate any money, but the energy and water sub committee appropriations committee did that. They’re the ones to talk to.”
    Stewart continued, “It’s not our project, but the Energy and Water Sub Committee did that project and they’re the ones to talk to. Senator Alexander and Senator Feinstein of California.”
    Sen. Alexander’s office told BuzzFeed the provision was added to keep the funding from being canceled.
    “According to the Army Corps of Engineers, 160 million taxpayer dollars will be wasted because of canceled contracts if this language is not included. Sen. [Diane] Feinstein and I, as chairman and ranking member of the Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee, requested this provision. It has already been approved this year by the House and Senate.”
    The Senate Conservative’s Fund, however, refers to the measure as a “kickback,” saying that McConnell “may try to blame someone else for this, but he wrote the bill and it’s not the first time he has sought funds for this project. He also requested $100 million for it in 2010.”

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/10/16/McConnell-Spokesman-on-Dam-Earmark-Not-Senator-s-Project

  27. The uni-party is so amazingly corrupt. Who would have thunk that Mr. Potato Head over there in Kentuk would sell out the U.S. and his party for $3B? And the funniest thing is by bringing $3B back to his district (divided between all of the corrupt parties in their pre-agreed upon splits), he assures himself continued re-election to the Senate.

    He reminds me of a meelee version of the senator from the great state of Montana from the movie Shooter.

    Asshat.

    Hillary 2016

    http://news.yahoo.com/congressional-deal-includes-nearly–3-billion-for-kentucky-dam-project-001012679.html

  28. The people in Congress are all voting present, blustering now and then, a little dab of Mr. Smith goes to Washington now and then, voting for their wish lists that have no way of passing in the other chamber,taking their large paychecks, good health care and traveling back home on our dime every chance they get.

    Empty words, corruption behind closed doors, buy-offs, bamboozles and lies.

    We voters, white and blue collar workers just keep working harder and harder, and end up with less and less as our years pass.

    This isn’t the America we all grew up in.

    Thanks to the corrupt Obama administration, we are much worse off than we were when the cowboy Bush was in office.

    Who will ever run for President and be able to fix this mess, if not Hillary?

  29. Now I know why this man is so slimy. It’s the blood he has all over his hands.
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    VA Dem Gubernatorial Nominee Terry McAuliffe: I Will Be A “Brick Wall” Against Any Attempts To Restrict Late-Term Abortions…

    Although McAuliffe is trying to portray himself as a moderate, when students got him off his talking points his radical position supporting even the kind of abortions kermit Gosnell did late in pregnancy became clear. As the transcript an video below show, McAuliffe pledged to be a “brick wall” on the issue of abortion, even refusing to support a common sense limit on abortions after the fifth to sixth month of pregnancy. […]

    http://weaselzippers.us/2013/10/16/va-dem-gubernatorial-nominee-terry-mcauliffe-i-will-be-a-brick-wall-against-any-attempts-to-restrict-late-term-abortions/

  30. Just last week, Paul gave a speech in support of legalizing millions of undocumented immigrants – two years after he pushed to end birthright citizenship of illegal immigrants. And in an appearance on Fox News Sunday last week, he voiced support for ending prison terms for convicted drug users and said the federal government should leave it to the states to decide whether to sanction same-sex marriage.
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    Paul is flying high, and was just invited to deliver the much coveted keynote address to the Iowa State Republican Party in May. He argues that he may be the best of the lot in bridging a left-right spectrum of views to appeal to young people, minorities and independents.

    But even with his not-so-subtle shift to the center on a few key issues, some political experts say his flaws as a national candidate may be too great to overcome. And with three and a half years to go before the next presidential election, it is possible Paul has peaked too soon. For that matter, can any of the current crop of Republican presidential aspirants sustain this momentum for another three years?
    – See more at: http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2013/03/28/A-Republican-Who-Could-Actually-Win-the-Presidency#sthash.rH5CqujG.dpuf

  31. Mitch sold out for a damn dam!!! 😡

    The legislation released by the Senate late Wednesday to reopen the government contains several surprises.

    The bill includes extra funds to fix flooded roads in Colorado, a $3 million appropriation for a civil liberties oversight board and a one-time payment to the widow of Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), who died over the summer.

    It also includes an increase in authorization for spending on construction on the lower Ohio River in Illinois and Kentucky. The bill increases it to $2.918 billion.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/328925-surprises-tucked-in-senate-debt-bill#ixzz2hzWjmJ6y
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    I have a simple question to ask: According to the Supreme Court’s ruling, the Affordable Care Act (AKA Obamacare is a TAX, right?
    So explain to me how the government has gotten so completely screwed up that TAXES require FUNDING??? I thought taxes were supposed to be a source of REVENUE.”

    So Guys why are we funding a Tax??????(My question).

  33. Obama: “All of Us Need To Stop Focusing On The Bloggers”…

    Hmmm, now why would Obama not want people to listen to bloggers? Naturally he’d prefer people got their news from his media lapdogs.

    Via transcript from today’s speech:

    . . . Our system of self-government doesn’t function without it. And now that the government has reopened and this threat to our economy is removed, all of us need to stop focusing on the lobbyists, and the bloggers, and the talking heads on radio and the professional activists who profit from conflict, and focus on what the majority of Americans sent us here to do, and that’s grow this economy, create good jobs, strengthen the middle class, educate our kids, lay the foundation for broad-based prosperity and get our fiscal house in order for the long haul. That’s why we’re here. That should be our focus.

    http://weaselzippers.us/2013/10/17/obama-all-of-us-need-to-stop-focusing-on-the-bloggers/

  34. Chelsea Clinton isn’t pushing her mom to make a quick decision about the 2016 presidential race.

    She told attendees at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit in Washington on Thursday that she wants her mother, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, to have time to rest.

    “I am very strongly exercising my prerogative as a daughter to make sure my mom has this year to rest and reflect,” she said.

    Chelsea offered no hints as to what the secretary might be thinking about another run for president, saying she was confident her mother would “make the right choice.”

  35. The identities of ten Israeli spies operating in Iran were exposed by Turkey David Ignatius wrote in a column published in The Washington Post on Thursday.According to Ignatius, Ankara’s decision to expose the alleged Mossad informants came early last year as Turkish-Israeli relations continued to deteriorate following the 2010 Mavi Marmara incident.

    Ignatius cites sources as saying the Turkish action was a “significant” loss of intelligence for Israel, and “an effort to slap the Israelis.”

    According to Ignatius, the Mossad was running part of its Iranian spy network through Turkey. The Turkish intelligence conducts aggressive surveillance inside its borders, which enabled it to monitor covert Israeli-Iranian meetings.

    http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/turkey-betrays-israel-exposing-spy-ring-iran/

  36. What this budget deal/sell-out/collapse/betrayal of the American People proves to me is that the Republican Party is now a complete anachronism. The default they avoided in exchange for massive pork is as nothing compared to the one which will occur down the line, as a result of uncontrolled spending and the utter destruction of our health care system by the federal government. As long as the Republican Party there will be no real opposition to the statist policies of this administration and those that follow. Both they and the Democrats are artifacts of a corrupt Washington centered set of interests for which big media is the spokesman. My strategy going forward is to disengage from the political process as much as possible, to support conservatives in the primary and opponents of RINOs in the general election. For too damned long I have assumed that the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and financial security were the watch word of that party. I now know different. The Republican Party must die so that a legitimate party that represents the American People and is not controlled by the Washington cabal can rise like a Phoenix from the ashes. There is no doubt in my mind that the system as a whole is headed for collapse, and it is therefore imperative that a third party be in place who can challenge the totalitarian regime which will follow in that event.

  37. Anyone else wonder about WHO are all those people that overwhelmed the healthcare site causing it to crash?

    How many of them were(both national and local) newspaper people, magazine people, radio people, TV people and of course the bloggers?

    Did the media crash Healthcare.org? Does that explain why so few actually PURCHASED a healthcare plan?

  38. It is a bitter thing to watch young pseudo sophisticated rubes fall for the bread, circuses and lies of Obama which imperil their future, Clearly, they have the most to lose, and they lack the common sense to see it, much less understand its impact. When they are old and grey they will reap a bitter harvest. It is so much like the old line in the Orson Wells movie The Magnificent Ambersons, i.e. that certain something that forty can’t tell twenty.

  39. It should come as no surprise that the Washington centered interests in the media, democrats and rinos would join ranks to attach Cruz and others who would shine the light on the corruption of that city.

    Truth comes like a bastard into the world bringing ill fame to him who wrought her. The revolt against Cruz and Lee is analogous to what occurred to the protagonist in the play Enemy of the People, by Ibsen, towit:

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    Doctor Thomas Stockmann is a popular citizen of a small coastal town in Norway. The town has invested a large amount of public and private money towards the development of baths, a project led by Stockmann and his brother, Peter, the Mayor. The town is expecting a surge in tourism and prosperity from the new baths, which are said to be of great medicinal value, and as such, a source of great local pride.

    Just as the baths are proving successful, Stockmann discovers that waste products from the town’s tannery are contaminating the waters, causing serious illness amongst the tourists. He expects this important discovery to be his greatest achievement, and promptly sends a detailed report to the Mayor, which includes a proposed solution which would come at a considerable cost to the town.

    To his surprise, Stockmann finds it difficult to get through to the authorities. They seem unable to appreciate the seriousness of the issue and unwilling to publicly acknowledge and address the problem because it could mean financial ruin for the town. As the conflict develops, the Mayor warns his brother that he should “acquiesce in subordinating himself to the community.” Stockmann refuses to accept this, and holds a town meeting at Captain Horster’s house in order to persuade people that the baths must be closed.

    The townspeople — eagerly anticipating the prosperity that the baths will bring — refuse to accept Stockmann’s claims, and his friends and allies, who had explicitly given support for his campaign, turn against him en masse. He is taunted and denounced as a lunatic, an “Enemy of the People.”

    In a scathing rebuttal of both the Victorian notion of community and the principles of democracy, Stockmann proclaims that, in matters of right and wrong, the individual is superior to the multitude, which is easily led by self-advancing demagogues.

    Stockmann sums up Ibsen’s denunciation of the masses with the memorable quote “…the strongest man in the world is the man who stands most alone.” He also says: “A minority may be right; a majority is always wrong.”

  40. I’m afraid we are never going to have another fair election in this country. Not ever.
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    Leanora, it is so distasteful to add another reason for agreement. Yet here it is. Where would Obama be without absentee ballots? The tale told here is a subtopic of the issue we here suspect:

    Mixup may void some mail-in votes in Christie-Buono race
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    …Some mail-in votes for New Jersey’s Nov. 5 gubernatorial election may be voided if they were sent in the same envelope used to mail ballots for Wednesday’s special Senate election, officials said Thursday.
    Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, in a conference call with news media Thursday morning, alleged that campaign workers for state Sen. Barbara Buono, a fellow Democrat running for governor, had learned that “up to a few thousand” such mail-in votes could be voided.
    The Attorney General’s Office issued a statement Thursday afternoon saying there was a concern in Mercer County regarding a “few” such ballots. County officials were told to put those gubernatorial mail ballots aside while the matter is reviewed.
    The uncertainty surrounds those gubernatorial ballots that were not segregated in their state-designated envelope when they were sent in with the Senate mail-in ballots.
    Coleman criticized Gov. Christie for scheduling the $24 million special election for Wednesday to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated when Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg died. Instead, she said, residents could have cast votes for both races in November, just weeks away. She said the scheduling confused many voters.
    Buono, who is seeking to unseat Christie, is trailing significantly in the polls. She did not participate in Thursday’s conference call and a campaign worker said the senator was not available for comment.
    In her conference call, Coleman, a Democrat whose district covers Mercer and Hunterdon Counties, said she was told by Buono campaign workers that the Attorney General’s Office had advised election officials in several counties that the votes could not be counted. Coleman warned that a court battle could ensue.

    Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/20131018_NJ_lawmaker__Thousands_of_votes_for_gov__to_be_voided.html#FeIHPjTs108EppIM.99

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  41. What we wrote about the transitory “damage” to the GOP is today assessed by Sean Trende:

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2013/10/18/the_electoral_aftermath_of_the_shutdown.html

    It is early, but what evidence we have seems consistent with the idea that the GOP didn’t take on much electoral water from this loss. This isn’t to say that there isn’t any evidence that the shutdown hurt Republicans, but the idea that their prospects were seriously jeopardized is thin.

    Start with Wednesday night’s Senate election in New Jersey. Democrat Cory Booker defeated Republican Steve Lonegan by just over 10 points, 54.6 percent to 44.3 percent. This result is right in the middle of previous Republican gubernatorial and Senate performances in the state (gubernatorial races are in odd years; Senate races are typically in even years): [snip]

    This isn’t a bad showing for a Democrat. It’s about what you would expect in neutral circumstances in the state. But that’s just the point: If the bottom were dropping out for Republicans, we’d expect this race to look more like the 2008 or 2012 Senate races.

    Let’s also look at what is the most important electoral predictor for midterm elections: presidential job approval. [snip]

    The evidence here isn’t consistent with a big surge for the Democrats. Fox News shows a relatively large spike in Obama’s approval, while Rasmussen Reports shows a relatively large drop-off. Everything else has remained roughly the same. Obama is still nowhere near the type of job approval numbers that he’ll probably need before we can start talking seriously about Democrats taking back the House.

    But isn’t the Republican brand so far in the tank that it doesn’t matter? There’s no doubt that it took a hit. But let’s look a bit closer at the Pew poll, and compare its various measurements to polls taken just before elections in other years. [snip]

    Now, people don’t like Republican congressional leaders much, but their numbers are comparable to where they were in 2010, a Republican wave year. The same is true of Democrats, though their numbers are also comparable to 2006, a Democratic wave year. This is consistent with what I mentioned above: It is presidential numbers that matter most. The president’s numbers are below what they were in 2010 (which is also true of the RCP Average).

    What about the generic ballot?

    Republicans are down six, which isn’t as strong as their final showings in 2012 or 2010. Their current number is also not as bad as their showing in 2006, and nowhere near as poor as in 2008; it’s more on par with 1996, 1998, 2000, and 2004, when Republicans held the House.

    Finally, consider this trend line for favorables and unfavorables for the parties, and for President Obama:

    I won’t go through all of the details, but no one looks particularly strong. The Democrats’ favorability edge over Republicans was 11 points in 2012, 12 points in 2006, and 17 points in 2008. Today, its nine, which is somewhere between the 2012 edge and the Democrats’ seven point edge in 2010.

    Finally consider PPP’s Senate race polling, which was teased as evidence of a strengthening Democratic playing field. Here’s where PPP finds the Democratic edge in varying states today, and in its last polling:

    There’s a little bit of an apples-to-oranges problem here, because PPP polled “generic Republican” so many times in this last iteration, but even then, we don’t see massive movement against Republicans. In fact, the two apples-to-apples comparisons we have, Michigan and Louisiana, show a two-point movement toward the Democrat and a three-point movement toward the Republican, respectively.

    This isn’t to say that everything is great for Republicans. In particular, I credit Stu Rothenberg’s observations that the divides in the party could trigger recriminations in primaries, hurting the GOP’s chances. The Republican base may become demoralized, preventing the traditional GOP edge in off-year elections from materializing. And we might see Democrats’ fortunes grow now that the shutdown has been resolved in their favor (we probably will, in fact, at least in the short term).

    But for now, there’s really not much evidence that Republicans took it on the chin, at least electorally speaking.

  42. The left is getting ready to go after Hillary and already the regurgitated arguments are coughed up. Those that think the nomination is in the bag are deluding themselves. Once the left decides on a candidate Big Media will rewrite all those Hillary is inevitable stories:

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2013/10/18/brian_schweitzer_mulling_2016_presidential_bid_120380.html

    Asked whether there would be room for a populist candidate to run a credible race against Clinton, Schweitzer left no doubt that he can envision himself in that very role.

    After noting that a high percentage of Democratic primary voters are women and agreeing that it is “time for a woman president,” Schweitzer quickly qualified his assessment by adding what would likely be a central tenet of his pitch in a campaign against Clinton:

    “There’s a whole lot of America that looks at each other and says, ‘Well, there’s 340 million people living in America. Isn’t there somebody other than a Bush or a Clinton who can be president in these modern times? Isn’t there hope for somebody who’s running a business or who has served overseas or comes from a different occupation to become president? Are we now in the era of royalty again?’ So I think there’s some level of frustration about that.”

    Shortly after leaving office, Schweitzer executed a hostile takeover of Stillwater Mining — the largest publicly traded mining company in Montana. He also owns several ranches across the state.

    His latest comments about potentially running against Clinton are in stark contrast to an appraisal he made to the Associated Press a year ago. At that time, Schweitzer said, “If Hillary runs, she walks away with the nomination and then beats whichever Republican.”

    But as he has settled into his private sector role, Schweitzer’s views on whether anyone can beat the former senator and secretary of state appear to have changed significantly.

    After being term-limited last year, he was heavily recruited by national Democrats to run for his state’s open Senate seat in 2014 but announced in July that he would not do so.

    His heavy use of the veto pen — or veto branding iron, in his case — and reputation as a competent fiscal steward earned him consistently high approval ratings in Republican-leaning Montana.

    Schweitzer’s tough-talking leadership style, anti-Washington ethos, and proven ability to win in a state that has not been friendly to his own party in presidential elections might draw Democratic comparisons to New Jersey’s Republican Gov. Chris Christie, another 2016 presidential aspirant.

    But the pro-gun, pro-coal policies that worked for Schweitzer so well in Montana would be a far tougher sell in a Democratic primary.

    Another of Schweitzer’s most immediate challenges in mounting a serious campaign would be to build his name recognition against the universally known and already nearly anointed Clinton.

    But in the interview with RCP, Schweitzer suggested that his down-home persona and knack for generating free media coverage might keep him in the hunt, particularly in Iowa — a state that has not been friendly territory for Clinton in the past.

    “Who would’ve thunk Obama would come out of this thing when you had, my God, Dodd, Biden, Billy Richardson, Hillary Clinton,” Schweitzer said of the 2008 Democratic nominating contest. “So the nice thing about the people of Iowa is they ain’t going to let the rest of America make up their minds for them.”

  43. On this one, Sean is whistling past the graveyard. The Republican Party is dead man walking, and big media, servant of the corrupt Washington establishment which profits from the illusion of a two party system is now a victim of its own success in killing it–which is contrary to their interests. In order to profit, the establishment must have that illusion, and they if they are paying attention, they no longer believe it. To all this I say, lets have the wake quickly, and get on with the important business of building a new party which is not a junior partner in the corruption that is Washington, but one which believes in the Constitutional, and that we are a republic not an empire. This is not a matter of what pollsters tell us, it is a matter of what is in the hearts of people, and more importantly, whether they believe that the Republican Party, as currently constituted can defend their interests, and whether they will bother to turn out. Just remember, they failed to turn out for Romney, and with this collapse the electoral losses will be greater. And to top it all off, the big surrender monkey McConnell is giving us every excuse under the sun for why he fought Cruz instead of Reid, and talking about the day he becomes Senate majority leader. This will be hard to accomplish however when he is no longer in Congress because he lost the primary.

    It is only when you see the corrupt two party system for what it is—the long con, and the implosion it will lead to financially, that you begin to realize that the Republican Party, which is designed to attract values voters rather than the other party which caters to welfare recipients has screwed the pooch. As noted, it gets no credit for fighting Obama care, because in the final battle it folded, and the victors write history. When the time comes, big media will try to preserve the illusion of a two party system by promoting the fat boy from New Jersey, but like McCain and Romney before him he is will be toxic to the base, and is destined to be yet another loser.

    So rather than allow this soap opera to drag on for another twenty years–this staged conflict where the Republicans are happy to hit the mat when the money is right, lets make them fail and get on to the business of building a new party run by people who are not part of the corruption of Washington, reject big media as an arbiter of our political system and are willing to represent the people. Now there is a novel idea.

  44. Let me go one step further. Say you have a dog and he is eating out of a dog bowl. You walk up and take the bowl away from him. You will have one angry dog. And he will be mad at you for taking what he wants to eat–in the case of the washington elites the wealth of the middle class. This analogy is sufficient to explain the reactions of the uniparty and the big media that serves the elites not the people to an institution like the tea party. In fact, there is no other plausible explanation. So let us get rid of the castrades and build a new party capable of representing us–rather than them.

  45. a one-time payment to the widow of Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.)
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    Jesus. He was multi million dollar businessman, and an absolute no ball in Congress. Other than insider corruption, why on earth should taxpayers pay a dime to this bitch?

  46. 5 Things Lost, 5 Things Won by GOP in Budget/Debt Fight
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    The House has yet to vote on Republican leaders’ proposed bill for ending the government shutdown and the debt ceiling fight. The GOP, having entered aiming to defund Obamacare and reach some agreement on major budget changes, now merely hopes that the Democrat-controlled Senate and the White House will accept the Vitter amendment to remove Obamacare subsidies from Congress, its staff, and political appointees.

    The polls have been bad for both parties, and the president as well. But Republicans are receiving more of the blame. Yet there are a few gains the GOP can claim, even while taking some losses. Here are the bad and good:

    Losses

    1. Political momentum. Barring any last-minute upheavals, Obama and the Democrats will emerge as the big political winners–so say the media, at any rate–and will carry their political momentum into the new year and the 2014 midterm fight. Though there is little chance that Republicans will lose control of the House of Representatives, the GOP’s hopes for winning back the Senate may have dimmed somewhat.

    2. Party unity. The Democrats kept their caucus together, for the most part, and will feel a new sense of confidence in Obama’s strength as a leader–something they have not felt all year long. Meanwhile, the GOP has rarely been more disunited. With centrist Republicans hurling leftist epithets at the Tea Party, and the conservatives accusing moderates of surrender, John Boehner’s speakership may be damaged beyond repair.

    3. Voter confidence. Not only have Republicans lost, so to speak, to the Democrats, but the party base will not even give them credit for trying. The party often appeared to be negotiating against itself, and will–as in the previous debt ceiling fight, and the fiscal cliff–be jeered by the conservative media for not holding firm. Expect some primary challenges in 2014. And expect some parts of the party’s core voter base to stay home.

    4. Damaged leaders. Boehner is not the only Republican leader who has bruises. Ted Cruz rallied the Tea Party around his bold stance on Obamacare, but irritated his colleagues and the party’s center. Reports that he did not have a political strategy, fair or unfair, have damaged him. Rand Paul once claimed the GOP was “winning”–a comment that appeared mildly insensitive at the time and downright wrong in hindsight.

    5. Tarnished brand. The old nasty rhetoric from 2011 re-emerged, but worse: “arsonists” and “kidnappers” were added to the usual characterizations of “terrorists” and “hostage-takers.” Democrats even earned a rare bonus point when one person–all it takes!–showed up at a protest with a Confederate flag, encouraging the media to place renewed faith in their repeated bogus mantra of Tea Party and Republican racism.

    Gains

    1. Obamacare in focus. The conventional wisdom is that Republicans stepped on their own message. The problem with that argument is that the party’s message had been focused on immigration (see #3, below). It is precisely because of the Obamacare fight that people like Jon Stewart knew about the demand for a one-year delay in the individual mandate. Voters now believe a GOP Congress really might repeal the law.

    2. Obama’s cruelty. It quickly became clear that the Obama administration intended to make the shutdown as painful as it possibly could, shutting veterans out of open-air monuments and the like–an effort that surely cost more than it saved. In addition, President Obama constantly talked down the stock market, hoping that big losses would increase his negotiating leverage. Politics before patriotism, personified by the president.

    3. Immigration reform sidelined. Since August, some Republicans and amnesty advocates had touted the beginning of October as the climax in their campaign for “comprehensive” immigration reform. But when the rally took place on the Mall, the media barely noticed. Immigration activists, outraged, began to plan more aggressive tactics. Yet the policy–more divisive among Republicans than the shutdown–stalled.

    4. Obama’s decline. The mainstream media focused, naturally, on what the debate was doing to drive the GOP’s poll numbers down. But President Obama’s numbers crashed as well–reaching a low approval of 37% in an AP poll–and will only recover slowly. The public may have priced in Republican opposition by now. What it started to realize in October was just how little interest Obama has in his core governing responsibilities.

    5. Life beyond government. The government shut down–and life continued. The default loomed–and yet the markets refused to panic. The country existed before the government and exists in its (relative) absence. Though Republicans will not court another shutdown anytime soon, the public has learned not to fear a short-term loss of “non-essential” services. That, in a subtle but important way, is a blow for freedom.

  47. “With centrist Republicans hurling leftist epithets at the Tea Party,” (from the Breitbart article above)
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    That is where the party has screwed itself. Right there. Economic whores forgive and forget. Values voters do neither. They stay home.

    Here again we see another example of conventional Washington group think, whether it be from little Ezra Kline or from Sean Treade–that a year is a lifetime in politics and in the elections which will occur a year from now this mind bending default by establishment Republicans and turning on their own base will mean nothing.

    They will be shocked to learn that it does.

  48. Voters now believe a GOP Congress really might repeal the law.
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    That cannot be. The GOP is in pare delicto. Obamacare is here to stay. Therefore, I say let it fail, let the health care system collapse, and let the revolution against the Washington establishment begin earnest, from the grass roots. The future of our country must be settled in the hinterland, and not in the corrupt corridors of power in Washington.

    If I had any realistic expectation that this corrupt system could be reformed from within, I would be all for that. But those prospects are as bleak as they were for the graft ridden Catholic Church before the rise of Martin Luther. Honest men in the Church like Erasmus of Rotterdam tried to reform the institution internally. It was impossible. Separation became the only answer. And so it is here. And more is the pity for that. Bad as that seems, the alternative is worse.

  49. Brian Schweizer is a drunk and a fool. He got drunk at the convention, and explained on camera how they moved voting polls around in Montana so opposition voters could not find them. As for his comment that the people in Iowa have a mind of their own–the court room objection would be: “assumes facts not in evidence.”

  50. Schweitzer left no doubt that he can envision himself in that very role.

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    Schweitzer and all his nitwit followers can go screw themselves. (Sorry for profanity, it just had to be said.)

    Anyone that votes for Hillary just because it’s time for a woman is also just a nitwit.
    Hillary has a long history and resume, and being a woman is just the cherry on top.

    I HATE THE WHOLE ‘JUST BECAUSE SHE’S A WOMAN’ ARGUMENT, ESPECIALLY COMING OUT OF THE MOUTH OF A STUPID ASS MAN!!!

    Bite me!

  51. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/18/obamacare-train-wreck_n_4118041.html?utm_hp_ref=politics&ir=Politics

    Obamacare Website Failure Threatens Health Coverage For Millions Of Americans

    A broken website imperils the largest expansion of the American safety net since the Great Society.

    More than two weeks into the disastrous rollout of HealthCare.gov, the website created by President Barack Obama’s health care reform law still isn’t working right.

    “The website that was supposed to do this all in a seamless way has had way more glitches than I think are acceptable,” Obama said during a Tuesday interview with KCCI television in Des Moines, Iowa. But the administration won’t disclose exactly what’s wrong with the health insurance exchange website, or when consumers can expect to see the promise of convenient, one-stop shopping for health benefits and financial assistance fulfilled.

    Time remains for these problems to be resolved, but not much. “If things aren’t resolved in three weeks, we’ve got some serious, serious problems,” said Timothy Jost, a law professor and health care reform expert at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Va., and an Obamacare supporter. “I don’t think we’re anywhere close to there yet, but if the whole thing collapses, it’ll be another generation before we get this problem fixed.”

    The stakes are high for uninsured people, individuals and families who buy their health insurance directly and the entire health care industry. Without a functioning health insurance exchange, many people too sick or too poor to get health insurance under the old rules will remain shut out of the system. The millions of Americans who already buy their own insurance will face major disruptions. Health insurance companies could experience a nightmare scenario where the bulk of the individuals who brave the frustrating sign-up process are those who are sick, desperate for coverage and expensive to treat.

    And anyone who isn’t able to get coverage because of the exchanges’ problems could confront the prospect of tax penalties through no fault of their own.

    For Obama and the Democrats who’ve stood behind Obamacare during four years of relentless attacks from Republicans — including a face-off that led to a 16-day government shutdown and a threat of U.S. default — failure of this magnitude would discredit a core premise of this presidency, that government can do big things to improve Americans’ lives.

    Although there are signs of incremental improvement, HealthCare.gov is unable to reliably allow consumers to create accounts, verify their identifies, apply for tax credits available to low- and middle-income people or shop for health insurance plans. Insurers are receiving bad enrollment data and states are reporting difficulties in accessing the federal system.

    The administration won’t say how many people have signed up so far, but its reported goal of enrolling 500,000 people this month appears difficult to reach. Some thousands of dogged shoppers appear to have signed up for plans on the federal health insurance exchanges, also called marketplaces. But others have become discouraged, and traffic to HealthCare.gov has waned, according to one independent analysis. People working to help consumers are using paper applications for financial assistance that eventually will have to be entered into the computer system.

    If the administration does succeed in getting the website in working order in the coming weeks, the system will be strained by a backlog of pending applications and a crush of consumers frantically trying to get their coverage in place before the new year.

    Consumers have until Dec. 15 to choose a plan for Jan. 1, and until Feb. 15 to avoid being hit with tax penalties for violating the law’s mandate that individuals obtain health insurance. The 2014 enrollment period ends March 31.

    The administration insists it’s doing everything it can to get HealthCare.gov into shape. In states operating their own health insurance exchanges, a small but growing number of people are signing up.

    “We really do need to get this thing resolved pretty quickly. And then, of course, the longer you wait to resolve it, the more you have piling up for the last minute with the risk of another crash,” Jost said.

    Robert Laszewski, a health care industry consultant, is skeptical that the health insurance exchanges’ information technology failings can be mitigated in time to prevent chaos. “The fix might be to take it down and start over,” he said. “I don’t know what the best-case scenario for these guys fixing this thing is, but it’s got to be two or three weeks, minimum.”

    The urgency is underscored not only by the fact that the low-income Americans and the 48 million uninsured — those whom the law was primarily intended to benefit — won’t get the help they were promised. There’s also the plight of those who currently have coverage they bought themselves that now has to be replaced, said Laszewski, who is president of Alexandria, Va.-based Health Policy and Strategy Associates. That represents about 3.6 percent of the population, according to census data.

    Many health insurance products currently on the market don’t meet Obamacare’s benefit standards and consumer protections so they are being discontinued. Consumers with these plans are the most likely to see rate increases next year, especially if they earn too much to get tax credits. “They’ve got to convert to a new policy — no ifs, ands or buts about it,” Laszewski said.

    And while people who currently pay for their own health insurance are likely to do whatever they can to remain covered, buying a plan directly from an insurance carrier or using a private online broker isn’t what Obamacare promised, and tax-credit subsidies aren’t available without the federal system. Moreover, these private companies aren’t prepared to deal with millions of customers who were supposed to be using the government marketplace, Laszewski said.

    Under these circumstances, the lion’s share of the people who do whatever is necessary to sign up through HealthCare.gov are likely to be the sickest and most expensive to cover because they have the greatest need, Laszewski said. That would make the pool of people covered very costly, causing health insurers to lose money and likely rethink whether they want to participate in the exchanges, he said. “The fundamental threat to Obamacare is we don’t get enough healthy people in the pool to keep the rates reasonable, and they are in grave danger of that problem,” he said.

    If these problems persist longer — weeks, months, a whole year — the entire Obamacare project falls apart, Laszewski said: “It’s a holy shit moment.”

  52. Unfortunately, it looks like the fake shut down/ cave in by the GOP will cost them (GOP) the house and allow Obama to finish his transformation as promised.

  53. jbstonesfan
    October 18, 2013 at 2:40 pm
    Unfortunately, it looks like the fake shut down/ cave in by the GOP will cost them (GOP) the house and allow Obama to finish his transformation as promised.

    Nobody, not even the most optimistic Democratic analyst has suggested that they will be able to take the House. I really admire your tenacity in furthering Obama’s agenda. I am so sure that you are laughing your ass off right now as you pose as one of Hillary’s supporters.

    Your posts are the most insidious form of propaganda. You are able to chip at the confidence and determination of supporters by spouting all the negatives albeit in a concerned voice. This is very very effective. Your training in propaganda is top-notch, I have to admit.

  54. Shadowfax
    October 18, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Schweitzer left no doubt that he can envision himself in that very role.

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    Well said. My reaction to him was under inclusive. And I stand corrected. He is a dunken, SEXIST, fool. Yet he is exactly the kind of lame brained idiot big media loves to promote. They tried to paint him before as the answer to the Reagan democrat, the kind of gun toting hard drinking mans man who would lure wayward Reagan democrats back into the party. That was a ridiculous proposition to begin with. He is typical of what you get in eastern Montana with its Anaconda Copper mineworker culture. Western Montana is agrarian. It is where my values are derived from.

  55. Nobody, not even the most optimistic Democratic analyst has suggested that they will be able to take the House. Two factors have rigged the system against the American People: the creation of 527s by Soros which allow corporations and private individuals who have no interest in the common welfare to unleash unlimited sums of money into the system, which leads inevitably to the Tragedy of the Commons, plus, allowing American Corporations to farm out American jobs to third world countries–the great sucking sound described by Perot before the establishment (Bush mainly) rose up to destroy him, just as the Bush group destroyed McCain in 2000 before he became the witless fool we see now. That is the Gordian know that needs to be severed. Today, we have two parties that represent the Washington establishment. What is missing and what we sorely need is one party that represents the American People. And that will be judged not by what they say, but what they do. Action talks. Bullshit walks. Adios McCain, McConnell, Lindsay, Corker, Crownyn, and the rest of you lying bastards.
    —————————
    That is quite true. But that support is wasted with a party which is not a legitimate opposition party. Here is the problem and the hope in a nutshell:

    Democracy is struggling in America–by now this statement is almost clich. But what if the country is no longer a democracy at all? In Democracy Incorporated, Sheldon Wolin considers the unthinkable: has America unwittingly morphed into a new and strange kind of political hybrid, one where economic and state powers are conjoined and virtually unbridled? Can the nation check its descent into what the author terms “inverted totalitarianism”?

    Wolin portrays a country where citizens are politically uninterested and submissive–and where elites are eager to keep them that way. At best the nation has become a “managed democracy” where the public is shepherded, not sovereign. At worst it is a place where corporate power no longer answers to state controls. Wolin makes clear that today’s America is in no way morally or politically comparable to totalitarian states like Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.

    Yet, he warns that unchecked economic power risks verging on total power and has its own unnerving pathologies. Wolin examines the myths and mythmaking that justify today’s politics, the quest for an ever-expanding economy, and the perverse attractions of an endless war on terror. He argues passionately that democracy’s best hope lies in citizens themselves learning anew to exercise power at the local level.

    Democracy Incorporated is one of the most worrying diagnoses of America’s political ills to emerge in decades. It is sure to be a lightning rod for political debate for years to come.

    In a new preface, Wolin describes how the Obama administration, despite promises of change, has left the underlying dynamics of managed democracy intact.

  56. Obamacare Website Failure Threatens Health Coverage For Millions Of Americans
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    Too many words. The words website and failure are superfluous.

  57. Wolin’s point is congruent with my own:

    I said: The future of our country must be settled in the hinterland, and not in the corrupt corridors of power in Washington.

    He said: democracy’s best hope lies in citizens themselves learning anew to exercise power at the local level.

    We are thinking clearly along the same lines.

  58. “A nation can survive its fools and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and he carries his banners openly against the city. But the traitor moves among those within the gates freely, his sly whispers rustling through all alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears no traitor; he speaks in the accents familiar to his victim, and he wears their face and their garments
    and he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation; he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of a city; he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to be feared. The traitor is the plague.”
    ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman Orator – 106-43 B.C.

  59. Politicians reveal themselves too.

    President Obama, beneath his controlled surface, has within him a profound reservoir of anger. It comes out in all kinds of ways, often in the contempt in which he holds others. I don’t know, perhaps I’d be angry too if I grew up in his circumstances. But angry he is.

    Wednesday, during remarks in which he attested his eagerness to work with others, Obama inadvertently demonstrated why it never really happens. It’s because it’s really hard to work with people you detest.

    http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2013/10/18/barack-obama-angry-young-man/

  60. foxyladi14
    October 18, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    “A nation can survive its fools and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and he carries his banners openly against the city. But the traitor moves among those within the gates freely, his sly whispers rustling through all alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears no traitor; he speaks in the accents familiar to his victim, and he wears their face and their garments and he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation; he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of a city; he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to be feared. The traitor is the plague.”

    ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman Orator – 106-43 B.C.

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    An accurate description of big media. They are the quintessential that which Cicero spoke of.

  61. The alpha-omega of political maturity and wisdom is the knowledge that there we do not have a two party system–not really. What we have is a permanent political class with the corrupt interests tied to it on the one hand, and on the other hand we have the American People who have no seat at the table of power and are therefore the inevitable victim of their machinations. Neither political party represents their interests, and left to their own devices most of them are too dumb to spit. It is a medieval scenario with modern trappings. The estimable Glenn Greenwald put his finger on the problem when he called out David Gregory and his counterparts in big media and accused them of being what they are–courtiers (note: a better word might be courtesans) sitting at the feet of the temporary occupant of the White House installed by the elites, behaving like a pack of seal barking to be fed. The spectacle of it alone is sickening, but the betrayal is infinitely worse. Today’s Wall Street Journal reports that in the aftermath of this budget abomination there is bad blood between the parties. It is not just a matter of partisanship, it is in equal parts a problem of competence. In charge of the Democrat Budget Committee is the so called “granny in tennis shoes”–Patty Murray. Patty is known to fellow members of the Senate and most of her constituents for what she is, namely, dumber than owl shit. The idea that she would hold seats once occupied by post World War II democrats who were leaders in the true sense of the word, explains why our nation is in the sad condition it is in. The word leader and the word Patty Murray are mutually exclusive.

  62. Senator Patty Murray gives weekends
    And her weekends are not a success
    But it would have been bliss
    Had I dared send her this
    The letter I wanted to write . . .

    Thank you so much Senator Patty Murray
    Thank you so much for that infinite weekend with you
    Thank you so much for that invitation to contribute $10
    For what is so clearly a worthy cause
    And by the way, fuck off . . .

    (No Cole Porter never would have said that
    But he can be forgiven for this error of omission
    It was not that he was so civilized, so cultured
    Rather, it was the fact that he never met Patty Murray)

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    Wbboei–

    When right-wing Republicans recklessly shut down the government over Obamacare, we stood firm. We weren’t going to let Sen. Ted Cruz, Speaker John Boehner, and the GOP extract an extreme partisan ransom by threatening a global financial meltdown. Holding the American people hostage is no way to govern, and giving in to the GOP’s outrageous demands would have set a dangerous precedent.

    Fortunately, last night, the House GOP backed down and finally agreed to stop this madness.

    Three months from now, unless Republicans work with us in good faith, the tea party fringe could take us right back to the brink again.

    Contribute $10 or more today so my Democratic colleagues and I can keep fighting back against the reckless threats and demands from tea party Republicans.

    Senator Ted Cruz has shown just how much damage one extreme member of the Republican caucus can cause.

    Obamacare is the law of the land — and while we know there are many more things we could do to improve it, the American people are already starting to benefit from expanded access to quality health insurance. But Senator Cruz and his tea party colleagues are going to keep trying to defund or repeal Obamacare, using every possible tactic at their disposal.

    They shut down our government and threatened to stop paying our bills to try to defund Obamacare this time. And even though they didn’t succeed, we know it’s going to be a long, long fight.

    We need to make sure that we hold our Democratic majority in the Senate against just these types of extreme ideological crusades.

    Contribute $10 or more today to help us keep fighting back against reckless tea party threats.

    Look, there’s no question that making smart decisions about our federal budget and improving Obamacare should be priorities for us. And I’m looking forward to working with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to do that.

    But holding our government and our economy hostage, because it’s “my way or the highway,” is never acceptable.

    Thanks again for everything — and I’ll keep you posted with more details about this deal.

    Patty Murray
    U.S. Senator

  63. Ex-Navy SEAL Drops Bombshell On FOX: Says Government Is CREATING Conditions To Impose Martial Law (Oct 15, 2013 Video Report)

    Ex-US Navy SEAL Ben Smith joins Fox News and drops a bombshell on the US government by revealing that the government ITSELF is CREATING the conditions necessary to impose martial law here in America.

    This is a must watch video for those who feel martial law is merely believed by conspiracy theorists. Veterans and US Navy SEALS see the same thing!

    http://beforeitsnews.com/economics-and-politics/2013/10/ex-navy-seal-drops-bombshell-on-fox-says-government-is-creating-conditions-to-impose-martial-law-oct-15-2013-video-report-2457518.html

  64. I know it is hard to believe, but here in Seattle, you have a city of rubes who actually buy that shit, along with all other flavors of snake oil.

    We have got a big fight going on here over the labeling of genetically altered foods. I support that legislation, because the public has a right to know and because it could have deleterious affects on the health of certain individuals. On the other side are Republican hacks, and five of the six largest contributors to the no vote are Monsanto and Monsanto affiliates. That is the same juice that runs Congress, and our political system. And because the public here is dumb enough to elect Patty Murray, they are dumb enough to forsake their health interests and go with the group think.

  65. This is an excellent piece–well worth reading . . .

    The Tea Party vindication

    By: John Hayward | October 18th, 2013 at 05:34 PM | 3

    Tea Party supporters are supposed to be disheartened by how the great shutdown saga turned out. We’re back where we started, following an expense of political capital that achieved nothing, with polls showing damage to the Republican “brand.” Worse, the balance of power in our representative government has permanently shifted toward the executive branch. The legislature is now virtually powerless. Raising the debt ceiling is a hollow ritual to be performed every few months. Continuing resolutions to fund the no-budget government will continue, on automatic pilot, forever. The House will never dare exert its entirely hypothetical “power of the purse” again.

    The oversight functions of the legislature aren’t looking too healthy, either. They hold hearings that never go anywhere, at which Administration officials feel no compulsion to speak honestly, if they even bother to show up. Documents demanded by House committees languish in bureaucratic dungeons for years. Every investigation is stonewalled until the media can declare it “old news.”

    The short attention span of the electorate limits the shelf life of every scandal to a news cycle or two. The concept of “responsibility” is now limited to the President or one of his cabinet members intoning the magic words, “I take responsibility” after weeks of foot-dragging. No one is ever held accountable for anything. Top officials from the White House on down cheerfully admit their enormous departments are completely out of control – they learn about scandals by watching the TV news, just like you and me.

    Certainly all of that is terrible and infuriating… but dispiriting to the Tea Party? Nonsense. Everything that happened over the past few weeks has been pure vindication for them.

    They knew things were this bad. That’s why they got involved in politics, often for the first time in a long and full life. Any disappointment they might feel is tempered by the understanding that their task would not be easy. They’re up against a system, not a few individual politicians, or even a political party, although one of the parties is more strongly aligned with the system. No one involved in the Tea Party movement was ever under any illusions that the other party was entirely opposed to it. If only that were true.

    The system has been growing larger, and more corrupt, for a very long time. Power and money have been squirreled away in the dark corners of bureaucratic mazes for decades. The system can defend itself from assault. It has many private-sector supporters, who grow very wealthy by manipulating it. There are many people on the lower end of the income scale who consider themselves beneficiaries of the system’s generosity as well. They’re not much concerned with the problems encountered by other people, or worried about fiscal crises in the years to come. Rent-seeking business interests, plus dependent citizens eager to claim what they are “entitled” to, plus a political class that cloaks its greed in the language of compassion, plus a partisan media that loves the idea of the nation’s destiny being written right outside their office windows, make up a powerful political army. The original Tea Party revolutionaries knew they faced a formidable opponent. So do their namesakes.

    What is that formidable opponent saying in “victory” today? The shutdown crisis decisively ended because we were about to hit the debt ceiling. The President assured us that if we don’t borrow more money, we won’t be able to pay our existing bills – it’s one of his most frequently repeated arguments. If the federal government doesn’t borrow $3 billion or more a day, forever, the markets will panic and the economy will collapse. Our whole system is now based on rolling up gigantic amounts of debt at low, low interest rates, and we cannot consider any course of action that would jeopardize those cheap loans, or we’ll end up paying what President Obama referred to as the “Republican default tax” earlier this week.

    What sane person celebrates such conditions? Why should any American taxpayer applaud the “triumph” of that philosophy? Who thinks it’s a good idea to restrict our options as a nation because we can’t afford to do anything that would make the people holding our debt leash nervous?

    Throughout the shutdown, we watched the government go to war against disobedient Americans, inflicting needless inconvenience and loss of revenue through Obama’s Shutdown Theater antics. An army of federal employees appeared out of nowhere to erect barricades. Elderly war veterans were abused for having the temerity to visit an open-air memorial constructed in their honor. Some of the activities canceled during the shutdown – from air shows to popular inns and restaurants – were revenue generators, unnecessarily costing private sector owners and employees millions of dollars.

    But all we heard about when the government re-opened were whoops of joy about non-essential federal employees returning to work and collecting back pay. Five years of Obama have beaten the private-sector workforce down to 1960s levels, with full-time jobs melting into a part-time slurry, but nobody in the government cares about that. They won’t be getting reinstated with back pay, unless you count unemployment benefits and food stamps.

    The ruling class loves to say job creation is their top priority, but that’s obviously not true – there are dozens of priorities well ahead of that, currently including a plan to import even more citizens to compete for scarce entry-level jobs – a “reform” the ruling class prizes above almost everything else, even though it barely cracks the top ten list of issues the American electorate is concerned with.

    But hey, let’s applaud the return of hundreds of thousands of expensive federal employees, many of whom we didn’t notice were missing. Some of them really weren’t literally non-essential… but many of them were. Shutting down 17 percent of the government is a crude way to trim it back, much as the sequester was. There are smarter ways to implement cuts… but the smarter ways never get implemented, do they? We are expected to celebrate the triumph of a system that has once again proved itself utterly impervious to anything but the crudest forms of discipline, and even those tend to work only temporarily. The sequester might not be around for much longer, either.

    That shutdown deal was no “clean” bill, by the way. Among the other things it contained was a “gift” of $174,000 to the widow of the late Senator Frank Lautenberg. ”It’s been a tradition to pay a year’s congressional salary as a death benefit to the spouse of a lawmaker who dies in office,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

    What a lovely tradition. Lautenberg was one of the richest members of Congress at the time of his death, with a net worth of over $56 million. On the other hand, the Obama Administration just kinda sorta “forgot” to pay death benefits to the families of fallen military veterans, even though Congress passed a bill to ensure it before the shutdown. They had to pass another bill to shame the Administration into action. The ruling class takes very good care of itself. No wonder most of the people plugged into such a lucrative system are ready to protect it. The Tea Party view that the suckers paying for it should be less than thrilled has only been strengthened by Shutdown Theater, which will be remembered at 2014 election rallies.

    We were told we couldn’t delay restarting the government and funding everything on the statist wish list, because fiscal catastrophe could not be held at bay for another day. Funny thing – in the two days since the shutdown ended, the national debt shot up over $360 billion, exploding past $17 trillion for the very first time. According to the official figures, the debt hadn’t increased by a penny for months beforehand. It’s remarkable how those numbers dance to any tune our ruling class chooses to play.

    To top it off, yesterday we heard the President who repeatedly tried to panic the stock market, to build up his negotiating leverage against Republicans, lecture us about “manufactured crisis.” When was the last Washington crisis that wasn’t manufactured, or at least given some enhancements and upgrades before it rolled off the political production line?

    Remember how President Obama said we had to surrender control of our health care because over 50 million people were dying for want of health insurance? Where did all those people go? Because they sure as hell aren’t rushing to sign up for ObamaCare. And the feeble capabilities of the system Obama blew hundreds of millions of dollars creating suggest he never really expected anything close to such demand.

    The President has also been taunting his opponents that they need to “win some elections” if they want to bring his irresponsible and wasteful policies to heel… as if the House and Senate Republicans who stood up against the ObamaCare disaster hadn’t won elections, as if Republicans didn’t take the House in a historic 2010 victory fueled by Tea Party enthusiasm. That’s an offense against the very concept of representative government, which is not defined as electing a despot every four years and obeying his commands until the next opportunity to replace him arises. It’s also not supposed to be necessary to win veto-proof super-majorities in order to make ourselves heard.

    All of this vindicates the critique of kamikaze Big Government that brought the Tea Party together in the first place. We’re being told we have to accept all sorts of things we never voted for. We’re told we cannot change course – we don’t even get to vote on major aspects of our national destiny any more, let alone pursue our own ambitions. The dead hand of the past guides us through programs that cannot be repealed, mandates that cannot be resisted, and a government that can’t be scaled back insulting us as deadbeats if we hesitate to pay its bills.

    It doesn’t matter if its big plans are unmitigated disasters, sold with false claims and empty promises, cobbled together by committee and farmed out to cronies. One of the major reasons ObamaCare’s launch has been such a disaster is that its implementation was deliberately held off until the last possible minute, with warnings of catastrophe suppressed, to avoid embarrassment during the 2012 election. The Healthcare.gov website is a paralyzed mass of sloppy code that was deliberately designed not to let you shop for insurance plans unless it could harvest enough information to calculate your middle-class welfare subsidies and conceal the true cost of your purchase.

    The whole thing is a scam, top to bottom… but your complaints fall on deaf ears, your participation is required by law, and you may rest assured that the software to administer your unconstitutional tax/penalty for non-compliance will work flawlessly. No delays, no refunds, no accountability, no escape. It’s all the “settled law of the land,” unlike far older laws passed under much less dubious circumstances, which the ruling class constantly ignores.

    We’re always told not to trust “lobbyists” and “special interests” who use political influence for selfish ends. Well, everyone who profits from this bloated, dangerously underfunded, spendthrift government is acting selfishly when they protect it, while senators and representatives with a sincere desire for reform would be depriving themselves of money and power by succeeding.

    The shutdown didn’t bring the reforms we were hoping for, but at least people did stand up this time. It wasn’t just a bunch of empty talk and promises to put up a bit of resistance during the next budget battle, or maybe the one after that, or perhaps a few elections from now. There is a significant element of the current political class that was willing to stick to their guns, make some difficult votes, take some heat, and stand by their principles even after failing to get what they wanted. It’s too bad there aren’t more of them… but maybe there could be. It takes a lot of hard work, organization, spirit, and time to generate a political class willing to vote against its own collective interests, by reducing its power. That sounds more like a challenge than cause for despair.

  66. Schweitzer left no doubt that he can envision himself in that very role.
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    Well said. My reaction to him was under inclusive. And I stand corrected. He is a dunken, SEXIST, fool. Yet he is exactly the kind of lame brained idiot big media loves to promote.

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    Absoulutely Wbb, and by the way, you totally rock!

  67. IT DOES NOT MATTER. WHAT MATTERS IS THAT MRS. FRANK LAUGHTENGBERG, WIFE OF THE LATE SENATOR FROM NEW JERSEY, WHOSE NET WORTH IS $56 MILLION, RECEIVED HER WIDOW’S PENSION FROM THE BELEAGUERED FINANCIALLY DISTRESSED AND ULTIMATELY DOOMED AMERICAN TAXPAYERS, AS PART OF THE MCCONNELL SELL-OUT. YOU LEARN THE TRUTH YOU MUST LOOK PAST THE BREAD AND CIRCUSES AND ASK ONE SIMPLE QUESTION–WHO IS THE LATEST PLUTOCRAT TO GOUGE THE SYSTEM. BUT I AM NOT BITTER. BECAUSE I HAVE THE UTMOST REGARD FOR THE CUSTOMS OF THE SENATE WHICH PAID THIS REVERSE ROBINHOOD SKIT WHICH HAS BEEN RUNNING LONGER THAN THE BROADWAY SHOW THE FANATICS. THE THEME IS SIMPLE: ROB FROM THE POOR AND GIVE TO THE RICH, AND ALL THE PLANET ALIGN. BUT LIKE I SAY, I AM NOT BITTER, HATEFUL, RACIST OR ANY OF THE LONG LIST OF INVECTIVES WHICH THE HARD LEFT MARSHALS AGAINST THOSE WHO DARE TO SPEAK OUT ABOUT THE CORRUPTION WHICH IS ENDEMIC IN WASHINGTON. NO SIREE. WHAT SUSTAINS ME IN MY RAGING BATTLE AGAINST SKEPTICISM IS MY APPRECIATION FOR WHAT A GREAT MAN SENATOR LAUGHTENBERG WAS. THERE WERE SO MANY GREAT MOMENTS IN HIS GREAT CAREER THAT IT IS HARD TO DECIDE WHAT WAS HIS FINEST HOUR. REASONABLE MINDS CAN DIFFER, BUT MY FAVORITE MOMENT WAS WHEN ABC’S ACE INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER TOOK A FEW DAYS OFF FROM HIS MISSION OF DRUMMING UP FALSE CHARGES AGAINST THE TEA PARTY, AND WENT TO A FAVORITE WATERING HOLE OF DEMOCRATS AT THE 2008 CONVENTION–YOU KNOW THE ONE WHERE 2016 CANDIDATE AND LEGEND IN HIS OWN MIND BRIAN SCHEITZER WAS REGALING HIS AUDIENCE OF HOW HE STOLE ELECTIONS IN MONTANA IN WAYS THE DUKES OF DUVALLE (LBJ’S THUG CABAL IN THE GREAT STATE OF TEXAS) NEVER THOUGHT OF. BUT WITH ALL THAT REVERY AND BACKSLAPPING AND PROSTITUTE CHASING GOING ON AT THE CONVENTION OUR EAGLE EYED ACE REPORTER SPOTTED THE GREAT SENATOR LAUGHTENBERG EMERGING FROM A LOCAL BAR MORE THAN A LITTLE INTOXICATED–NOT HIS FAULT–IT WAS BUSH’S FAULT, BUT BRIAN EVER WILLING TO SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER STUCK A MICROPHONE IN HIS FACE, AND LAUGHTENBERG SAID SOMETHING LIKE 99 BOTTLES OF BEER ON THE WALL, AND THE REST OF THE INTERVIEW WAS CUT FOR A COMMERCIAL. NOW WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND COULD POSSIBLY WITHHOLD $174,000 WIDOW’S STIPEND TO A $56 MILLION DOLLAR WOMAN. IF SHE HAD ANY CONSCIENCE SHE WOULD TURN THE MONEY OVER TO CHARITY. BUT WE KNOW THAT THAT IS SOMETHING THE ELITES NEVER SEEM TO DO, NOT WITH THEIR OWN MONEY. SEEING THIS SPECTACLE AND A MILLION OTHERS LIKE IT, IS WHY I SAY WE CANNOT CONTINUE ON THIS WAY MUCH LONGER, AND STILL HAVE A COUNTRY. THE CHANGE WHICH NEEDS TO HAPPEN CANNOT BE ACHIEVED THROUGH THE SYSTEM. IT MUST BE ACHIEVED OUTSIDE THE SYSTEM, BY MEN AND WOMEN WHO CARE MORE ABOUT THE COUNTRY THAN THEIR OWN POCKETBOOK. YOU WILL NOT FIND MANY PEOPLE LIKE THAT IN THE TWO PARTY SYSTEM. WHAT YOU FIND IS YET ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF GRESHAM’S LAW, WHERE THE BAD MONEY DRIVES OUT THE GOOD.

  68. CORRECTION: THE FANTASTICS, WHICH STARRED THE LATE JERRY ORBACK–A GREAT CHARACTER ACTOR IN MY BOOK. IT WAS THE LONGEST RUNNING PLAY ON BROADWAY WHICH PRODUCED THE SONG TRY TO REMEMBER.

  69. ONE FINAL THOUGHT ON LAUGHTENBERG AND HIS GREATEST MOMENT. SEEMS LIKE IT WAS THE FUNERAL OF HARRY COHEN WHO WAS THE BOSS OF COLUMBIA PICTURES, WHO LOVED RIGGGED CAMERAS UP TO RITA HAYWORTH’S DRESSING ROOM AND WAS ALSO FIXATED ON HER LEADING MAN GLENN FORD. HARRY WAS UNIVERSALLY REVILED, YET WHEN HE DIED EVERYONE IN HOLLYWOOD SHOWED UP, JUST TO MAKE SURE THE BODY WAS COLD. AND AT THAT POINT SOMEONE–POSSIBLY FORD, MORE LIKELY THE SKY PILOT PRAISING HIS VIRTUES SAID NOTHING SO DISTINGUISHED HIM IN LIFE AS LEAVING IT. ME THINKS THE SAME COULD JUST AS EASILY BE SAID ABOUT LAUGTENBERG.

    99 BOTTLES OF BEER ON THE WALL
    99 BOTTLES OF BEER
    TAKE ONE DOWN AND PASS IT AROUND
    98 BOTTLES OF BEER

    NO TOAST TO OUR GOOD FRIEND FRANK
    WHY WASTE GOOD BEER.

  70. Shadowfax
    October 18, 2013 at 10:03 pm
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    You rock too shadow. Your devotion to Hillary through thick and thin is admirable and sublime.

  71. MORE LIKELY THE SKY PILOT PRAISING HIS VIRTUES SAID NOTHING SO DISTINGUISHED HIM IN LIFE AS LEAVING IT.
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    I remember now. It was Oscar Levante.

  72. rickya
    October 18, 2013 at 3:04 pm
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    You may have something there. I must tell you he had me fooled. I have tried to contact him and he is always evasive. Nobody can possibly be that negative. Nobody.

  73. Anymore I hate the bastards at wsj with a passion. This article is so typical. I do not know who runs that newspaper now for Murdock, but whoever it is he is no damned good. This faulty launch is not the fault of Selibius and they really should keep their delusional sexist fantasies to themselves. I put them in the same bucket as that useless waste of protoplasm Grover Norquist who is the paradiagmatic example of corruption, yet he accuses everyone else of it. Selibius did not write this toxic piece of shit, any more than she signed it into law. If you go back to the beginning in 2009 she inherited a screwed up bureaucracy. There is that old saying that it is hard to clean up the swamp when you are up to your ass in alligators. Like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, her first mistake was ever leaving Kansas. Her second mistake was going to work for someone who is in equal parts the tin man and the cowardly lion. And as for Jarrett, all this fantasizing about how she is the dark mover behind the scenes on everthing is so much bullshit. She couldn’t even run a welfare project in Chicago, so lets everybody get off that charade. The trouble with all this is the system swallows up people like Cruz, Lee, Kathleen etc. who show some degree of leadership and it rewards dumb foot soldiers like Patty Murray. If Ed McMahon were still alive, he would ask how dumb. And if he asked me I would be inclined to tell him.

  74. Apparently it is starting to dawn on Republicans that Obama is a virulent racist and is determined to destroy their part. The pussy footing there are famous for is seen as weakness. Now even the scummiest most servile among them like Bob Corker of Tennessee, John Cronyn of Texas, McNutt and his side kick light in the loafers Lindsay dare stick their toes in that water now. And Reid is pissing on their graves. Yes. It should have been obvious what they were dealing with, and that the cowardice they showed would be counterproductive. Now things are poisonous and as far as I am concerned that is better than the surrender alternative. The one thing these establishment types fail to realize is when they attacked the base as virulently as they did, they shot themselves in the foot. Not for nothing did Reagan say never attack a fellow Republican but that is what they did. Meanwhile, the fat boy from New Jersey is waiting in the wings for 2016 when he will be portrayed as the great bi partisan who will end partisan strife. How many years have we been hearing that bullshit line for establishment nominees. The mere fact that establishment types like Rove support him is a big tell that he is not on the side of the American People.
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    Gowdy Shoots Down Obama’s Claim Amnesty Is Next on Legislative Agenda

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    by Matthew Boyle 18 Oct 2013, 4:48 PM PDT 150 post a comment

    Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) became the second GOP congressman initially supportive of some type of immigration legislation to publicly buck any efforts from President Barack Obama to grant amnesty to America’s at least 11 million illegal immigrants.

    Gowdy said that the way President Obama handled himself during the fiscal fights, debt ceiling debate, and government shutdown is proof that Obama will not negotiate in good faith on immigration and that Republicans in the House should not even try.

    “I think there is less trust now than in the three years I’ve been here,” Gowdy said. “So when I hear the president say immigration reform is coming next? No, it’s not.”

    Gowdy is the principle sponsor of the SAFE Act, an interior enforcement immigration bill that House GOP leadership has signaled they may try to use to go to a conference committee with the Senate’s “Gang of Eight” bill.

    As the fiscal deal that reopened the government and raised the debt ceiling was being finalized, President Obama called on House leadership to try to push for immigration reform next. In an interview Obama did with Univision’s Los Angeles affiliate, he said he would push for it the “next day” after the fiscal deal was cut.

    “Once that’s done, you know, the day after, I’m going to be pushing to say, call a vote on immigration reform,” Obama said. “We had a very strong Democratic and Republican vote in the Senate. The only thing right now that’s holding it back is, again, Speaker Boehner not willing to call the bill on the floor of the House of Representatives.”

    Obama said that House Republicans should open negotiations with him and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid using the Gang of Eight bill as a starting point. “Now, if the House has ideas on how to improve the Senate bill, let’s hear them,” Obama said. “Let’s start the negotiations. But let’s not leave this problem to keep festering for another year, or two years, or three years.”

    Most conservatives believe that the House should shut down any immigration legislation, including Gowdy’s bill despite the fact that many conservatives support it on its individual merits, on the grounds that certain members of House GOP leadership are feared to want to use the SAFE Act and other individual bills as a means to get to a conference committee with the Senate bill. Gang of Eight members like Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) have pleaded with House members and activists to get them to a conference committee, at which point Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says his Senate Democrats would “win.”

    House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) has said he wants to go to such a conference committee with the Senate to “fix” the Senate bill, and House Judiciary Committee chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) have both left the door open to that outcome, as has House Speaker John Boehner. Conservative activists from across the country on Friday called on Boehner to publicly close down any avenues through which the Senate bill or something even remotely like it could get through the House.

    But Gowdy’s newfound pessimism on immigration, especially since he is the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee that deals with these matters, is significant. It comes on the heels of Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID), a supporter of immigration reform, saying that it would be “crazy” for House leadership to negotiate with Obama and Reid on immigration legislation after the way they handled these fiscal fights.

    “Absolutely not,” Labrador said on Wednesday in response to a question from Breitbart News whether the House should go to conference with the Senate’s “Gang of Eight” bill at Conversations with Conservatives, a press event hosted monthly by the Heritage Foundation’s Rob Bluey.

    “If the president is going to show the same kind of good faith effort that he’s shown over the last couple of weeks, then I think it would be crazy for the House Republican leadership to enter into negotiations with them on immigration,” Labrador said. “And I’m a proponent of immigration reform.”

    “So, I think what he has done over the last two and a half weeks – he’s trying to destroy the Republican Party. And I think that anything that we do right now with this president on immigration will be with that same goal in mind, which is to destroy the Republican Party and not get good policies,” he explained. “Like I said earlier, we agree on things on tax reform, we agree on things on entitlement reform, there are things that we are on the same page about and if he is unwilling to negotiate on those things I don’t see how he could in good faith negotiate with us on immigration.”

    Despite the push-back from some House Republicans initially supportive of immigration reform before having experienced Obama’s brash style of negotiating, the institutional left and allies of Obama and Wall Street are expected to continue their push for immigration reform against House Republicans.

  75. I think we need to be careful of language here. It is not Obama’s brash style of negotiation that is the problem. The problem is that he is guilty of bad faith negotiation. There is a profound difference between the two.

    After shooting their base in the foot and displaying a total lack of courage and leadership however it is hard to imagine how the Republican party can gird its loins for the battle in 2014. I know I will not lift a finger to help them, unless the particular candidate is the real deal, which few of them are.

    Fortunately for them, others do not think the same way as I do. My focus is on solving the root problem whereas most people are merely interested in winning elections. I believe that in the losing elections is part of the game, and the they are not grounds to abandon core principles. Sometimes you have to lose in order to get back to core principles.

    Fortunately for them, others will blame the democrats more than the republicans for the debacle that is obamacare. But in the balance they are in trouble.

    The one way out of it–the only way, is to put out to pasture the surrender monkeys in the 2014 primaries–meaning McConnell, Cronyn and Graham for starters. Corbett et all will need to be primaried, as will Lisa Murkowski et. al.

  76. Wbb

    You rock too shadow. Your devotion to Hillary through thick and thin is admirable and sublime.

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    That means a lot to me wbb, thanks.
    Although I sometimes may appear as more of a fan of Hillary’s than a supporter, you may be surprised to hear that I actually am more to the center than Hillary when it comes to immigration and some social issues, even would like to know the true story on everyone’s part in Benghazi, including Hillary’s. I guess when it comes to her, she has the character I trust, more than anyone in politics.

  77. I see there’s been a night of heavy discussion & to that I salute you: Hear hear!
    Alas I’ve had to scroll by, being embroiled in the biggest USPS card shower evah for DC. May I mention that I’ve purchased 10 X 100 stamps? And may need more. May I further state the message is succinct, the subject is the head. And the post shutdown remarks of Ted Cruz are further inspiration .. although Ocare is not my primary concern. See you in a couple days. Admin, Foxy and all: thanks for keeping home fire stoked. 🙂

  78. wbboei
    October 19, 2013 at 2:03 am
    rickya
    October 18, 2013 at 3:04 pm
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    You may have something there. I must tell you he had me fooled. I have tried to contact him and he is always evasive. Nobody can possibly be that negative. Nobody.

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    I have been struggling with this thought too. I have tried to keep quiet about this on the blog because I know he has been here longer than I have, at least blogging…but it’s sometimes very difficult to take, like picking off a scab when any of us look for an alternative to the ciaos created by the Fraud.

  79. RE: jbstonesfan (October 18, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    My two cents…. In all fairness to long-time poster jbstonesfan, he’s always been one to see things in a glass-half-empty manner. Although he comes off as negative to some, I don’t think his comments reach a level of pro-O propaganda. Just remember this, on the day that Romney lost the presidency to BO, jbstonesfan was THE one who comforted all of us here on that devastating day. His efforts to buoy our spirits was quite remarkable. I think, if he was an Obot he would have gloated and/or disappeared from the blog right after the election (as another stealth O-poster did).

  80. wbboei
    October 19, 2013 at 2:03 am

    You may have something there. I must tell you he had me fooled. I have tried to contact him and he is always evasive. Nobody can possibly be that negative. Nobody.

    Shadowfax
    October 19, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    I have been struggling with this thought too. I have tried to keep quiet about this on the blog because I know he has been here longer than I have, at least blogging…but it’s sometimes very difficult to take, like picking off a scab when any of us look for an alternative to the ciaos created by the Fraud.

    He has been getting away with it for a long time. I won’t allow it anymore – I will call him up on his bullshit everytime.

  81. Ridiculous.i have been a Hillary supporter since Bill was elected .i disagree with her and him more and more, but I would sooner vote for any GOP’er than Obama.

  82. On this, rickya, we will just have to disagree — and I’m not even trying to change your opinion. You have a right to our opinion and I appreciate your contributions to this site. But I consider jbstonesfan a friend of this blog. His comments may be too pessimistic to some, but I don’t see them as being supportive of BO. In any case, PEACE! I don’t want to start another spat here. Again, we’ll just have to disagree on this one.

  83. What is the difference in the impact of:

    (1) An Obot pretending to be a Hillary supporter being uber negative on blogs that support her and
    (2) A Hillary Supporter being uber negative on blogs that support her

    Answer: None

  84. Hmmmmm!! 😯

    In fact, no. When you see state enrollment numbers, you have to ask yourself this question: How many of those people are actually becoming Obamacare private insurance exchange customers, as opposed to people who (1) were always eligible but are just signing up for Medicaid for the first time, and (2) people who are newly eligible for Medicaid under the expanded coverage thresholds in some states?

    In Oregon, that 56,000 number you’re hearing today is all Medicaid. Their online exchange doesn’t even work yet. The state bulked up its Medicaid rolls by targeting food stamp recipients. So great, those folks have some kind of insurance (whether or not a doctor will see them), but it tells us nothing about the private health insurance exchanges — the middle class version of Obamacare — or how they’re going to fare.

    Something similar is happening in many other states as well. Minnesota, for example, said it had 3,800 applicants. But when you scratch the surface, only 406 of these are Obamacare exchange applicants — again, most of the signups were low-income customers who were steered to Medicaid instead.
    – See more at: http://www.conservativeintel.com/2013/10/18/are-they-signing-up-for-obamacare-or-for-medicaid/#sthash.zrmZ3Dpb.dpuf

  85. I am a Brazilian self-taught Software Engineer. I also taught myself English, to the point where I managed to hold a Cambridge CPE, despite the fact that I’ve never stepped on anglophonic soil and zero formal training. So my analytic and reasoning faculties seem to be in working order.

    Now, with that out of the way, here’s why I strongly identify with the Tea Party: in my view, they are right, and they are the US’s lifeline. They represent the virtues that led to American Exceptionalism (and YES, this does exist).

    I find caricaturing Tea Partiers extremely ironic, and it would be hilarious, weren’t it so revolting. In my experience, being a lefty liberal is EASY. It is the default stance of the intellectually lazy. All you have to do is feel (specially “good about myself” kind of feel), and never solve anything. Here’s, in my view, why:

    I live in the logical endpoint of Fabian socialism. Born to and raised in a culture where the concepts of “right” and “left” are non-existent (I take that back, actually “right” is a language stand-in for “evil”). We have over 30 political parties, and they are all some variant of the left. From Social Democrat parties to “Trotsky-ish” parties. Our ariant of the left. From Social Democrat parties to “Trotsky-ish” parties. Our *current* constitution, which dates back all the way to the Guns ‘n’ Roses era ( 1988 ), is pretty much a Soviet Constitution (1936) copy/paste job. Culturally, the population is in pretty much a state of “1984 meets Brave New World” in terms of ideology…

    http://ace.mu.nu/

  86. Dr. Ben Carson Doubles-Down – “Obamacare Worst Thing Since Slavery” (Video)

    On his NewsOne radio show Friday morning, Roland Martin confronted Dr. Ben Carson over his recent comments that Obamacare is “the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery.”

    Dr. Carson doubled-down.

    “This nation was founded on the principle that it would be a new type of nation, that was ‘for, of and by the people.’ A Constitution was put in place that would assure that the people would remain at the pinnacle of power and that the central government would never reach the point that it had control of the people. This fundamentally changes the relationship. It places the government at the pinnacle now that it is placed on a road that will give it control of everyone’s health.”

    Dr. Carson left Martin speechless.

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/10/dr-ben-carson-doubles-down-obamacare-worst-thing-since-slavery-video/

  87. I take no pleasure whatsoever in posting what I perceive as the truth. I also find it hard to understand how anyone would think I could support Obama and the current Democratic Party which has become overwhelmingly anti-Israeli and is taxing me now at 39.6%.
    If you recall, I was against Hillary accepting SOS because I knew she would have to support BO anti -Israeli policies and yes, I have been upset at her at times . Despite these differences, should she run I will unequivocally support her. I voted for McCain and Palin as well as Romney despite the fact that I fundamentally disagree with them on issues lke pro choice . It takes a lot of bitterness to vote for such candidates but my disgust of what happened to Hillary in 08 will never go away.
    As for negativity, this article and many others have tried to make the GOP see the light and not make the same stupid mistakes over and over again. Unfortunately, they take the bait every time and we end up with Obama coming out on top again. Every time he is seemingly on the ropes , they screw it up( Syria and Iran are even going his way thanks to Putin). If this upsets folks I am sorry. I don’t post often as I work 60 plus hrs a week, have 3 kids from 7-20, and married 21 yrs. I am a lawyer, not a professional blogger. I am also very private as my reputation as an attorney is impecable and I have clients from both parties whom I diligently represent. I just find it incredulous that after so many years on the blog I have to defend myself from being thought of as an Obama troll.

  88. Then I am sorry jb for doubting you. But try seeing it from our standpoint too. We feel the same despair you do when each day brings more disappointment. But we try not to show it among ourselves, or to those who may from time to time read this blog and rejoice when they believe they have drawn blood. The most remarkable individual I know is Admin, and at no time does admin appear to be throwing in the towel. Admin is always moving forward. If you can find the time in your busy life to offer some thoughts on strategy for Hillary, the other party and everyone else who does not want to see this country destroyed by the likes of Soros, you have the kind of mind that could make a great contribution. I have tried and failed to get people’s attention with the several papers I have written. Frankly my friend I need help–and by that I mean a staunch ally in this fight. Because that is the only way we can win.

  89. Dr Carson is one of the most impressive human beings I have seen in life.

    He is an object lesson to the rest of us.

    Especially to me.

  90. I was talking to a friend of mine the other night and I asked he whether she believes the tripe we hear that Jarrett is the criminal mastermind behind everything Obama does. She laughed and pointed out that Jarrett could not run a welfare project in Chicago. More likely, however, she is to Obama what Rasputin was to the wife of Czar Nicholas. In the world of the occult, she is a paranormal force. But she is not the guiding hand. The Soros organization is what is driving this entire effort to remake the United States into a socialist state, run by a bureacratic elite. Notice how he has his puppet Obama announce that he is now turning to immigration and suddenly his attack dogs at Daily Kos, Media Matters, Moveon and La Raza–he supports all of them snap to attention–and train their sites on House Republicans. Look at the stuff the professor has posted on this recently. Soros’ goal is open borders ala Karl Popper–his instructor at the London School of Economics and he is a tool of the Rothchilde bank who sent him here in 1957. Tom Browkaw and Bill Moyers are both on his payroll. He has a financial interest in 157 newspapers around the world. He is the largest currency specatulator in the world and he has crashed the British pound and generated the Asia finacial. Now, he is hell bent on destroying this country, and anyone who tells you otherwise is either naive or corrupt. His fingerprints are all over this.

  91. I personally appreciate your setting the record straight
    jbstonesfan, your negativity does get to me sometimes but I’m glad to hear you would still support Hillary if she ran.

  92. The RINO does not get it. He will run Christie. Then he will be shocked SHOCKED SHOCKED that the base says you nominated him, now go ahead and elect him. We won’t stop you. But neither will we help you by turning out. And the RINO will say but but but we all want the same thing–a Republican in the White House. And the base will say what do you mean by “we” pale face? This writer gets it . . . . .
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    So, When Is Chris Christie Switching Parties?

    by
    Matt Vespa

    Yes, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie may be cruising his way to re-election, but he’s also becoming our biggest threat for 2016. With the shutdown over, the Republican establishment is emboldened given their victory over the conservative wing of the party. That’s us, folks. Undoubtedly, moderates will be recruiting Christie, who is polling best in a hypothetical duel with Hillary Clinton, for 2016. We’ll also get the usual “unelectable” lecture from them as well concerning Senators Ted Cruz and Rand Paul. Then again, will the grassroots back Christie? No. In fact, one could ask – albeit facetiously – when the governor is going to switch parties due to his rather unimpressive record.

    Now, for a Northeastern Republican, Christie didn’t start off that bad. He campaigned for property tax reform in 2010. Full disclosure: I was interning for his office at the time. Additionally, he was taking a baseball bat to the unions in the state; something that hasn’t been effectively done – ever. He also got pension reform working Democrats.

    Now, it’s clearer concerning his true political disposition. He’s a liberal who doesn’t like high taxes. That’s not conservative. It just means he’s not pro-tax. Additionally, your economic bona fides aren’t served well when your state is considered one of the worst for business. Oh, What about those property taxes? Well, they rose by 13 percent.

    With Second Amendment issues becoming front and center over the past year, Christie is pro-gun control; a position unpalatable to the conservative base. Concerning climate change, the governor decided to buy the myth about the apocalyptic effects of so-called global warming, despite the fact that global temperatures have remained stagnant for the past sixteen years. The Arctic ice shelf grew by 920,000 square mile last year – and we’ve gained 19,000 Manhattans of sea ice. Lastly, if so-called global warming is responsible for wild weather, then why is it that 2012 was the quietest tornado season in sixty years?

    The final nail in the coffin relates to immigration. He’s gone on the record to say that being here illegally isn’t a crime. Furthermore, he wants illegal aliens to have access to in-state tuition for higher education. Admittedly, I’m a little bit of a squish on immigration, but both statements are ridiculous. Christie was originally opposed the federal Dream Act.

    So, for 2016, Republicans will have a pro-gun control candidate, with an unimpressive economic record, who supports giving illegal aliens in-state tuition. Yeah, conservatives will – and should – be shopping for someone else. It may be time for Christie to switch parties. If he does beat Hillary, it’ll be in the 2016 Democratic primaries.

    There’s simply no room for Chris Christie in the GOP – and we don’t want him!

  93. ADMIN: with reference to the question you raised upthread several days ago, it appears that Hillary is beginning to define herself as a change agent, rather than a stay the course candidate, if this article is any indication.
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    Hillary Takes Veiled Shots at Obama in McAuliffe Endorsement Speech

    by Matthew Boyle 19 Oct 2013, 2:08 PM PDT 2799 post a comment

    FALLS CHURCH, Virginia — While giving a speech endorsing Democrat Terry McAuliffe’s Virginia gubernatorial bid at a small concert and theater venue just outside Washington, D.C., former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took several veiled shots at President Barack Obama and the way her 2008 Democratic primary opponent has run Washington since being first elected five years ago.

    While Clinton never mentioned Obama by name, she used innuendo and some indirect references to try to separate herself from the president ahead of what is widely expected to be another run at the White House for her in 2016.

    “I thought hard about what I wanted to say to Virginians today,” Clinton opened her remarks by saying. “I’ve been out of politics for a few years now. I’ve had a chance to think a lot about what makes our country so great, what kind of leadership is required to keep it great.”

    Later in the speech, Clinton noted her work as Secretary of State and said she has come across leaders worldwide who divide and leaders who unite, a reference to Obama’s aloof and divisive style of politics and leadership.

    “I’ve spent four years traveling across the globe, a great honor and privilege to represent all of you,” she said. “I’ve learned even more about what it takes to make the decisions, what it takes to bring people together to build the kind of future that we all want for our children and grandchildren. I’ve seen leaders who are divisive. And I’ve seen leaders who are unifiers. I’ve seen leaders who are exclusive. And I’ve seen leaders who are inclusive.”

    A few minutes later, Clinton got even more direct in her criticism of current leadership in Washington, D.C., presumably a reference to both how Republicans and Democrats have handled ongoing policy battles.

    “Now recently in Washington, unfortunately, we’ve seen examples of the wrong kind of leadership,” Clinton said. “When politicians choose scorched earth over common ground, when they operate in what I call the ‘evidence-free zone’ with ideology trumping everything else. We’ve seen that families in Virginia and across the country have felt the consequences, workers furloughed, businesses suffering, children thrown out of Head Start, poor mothers worried they won’t get the help they need to buy formula and food for their babies, that is not the kind of leadership we need in Virginia and America today.”

    Clinton then touted bipartisanship, something that has been Obama’s weakest trait since being elected–a fact that has been on display even more so in recent weeks during the government shutdown and debt ceiling debate.

    “Virginia has a history of getting it right, of electing problem-solving governors like Mark Warner and Tim Kaine,” she said. “We know well that both Mark and Tim reached across the aisle, focused on getting answers to the questions that Virginians had. That is the kind of leader Terry is. That is the kind of governor he will be.”

    “For example, when Gov. McDonnell worked with the legislature to make historic investments in transportation that are vital to Virginia’s future, Terry supported him and the legislature every step of the way,” she explained. “Some might say: ‘Why would he do that? It’s a Republican governor and a Republican legislature.’ Well, there’s a simple answer: It was the right thing to do.”

    Clinton also took a shot at people who are corrupted by ideology, by special interests, or both–another sideswipe at Obama. Much of the liberal base of the Democratic Party is upset that Obama has not been stricter with Wall Street and is similarly upset that he seems more consumed with ideology than with solving problems.

    “If it’s only about yourself, if it’s only about you wanting to get a job and get the perks that go with it and, you know, have people stand up when you come into a room, that’s not enough anymore because it’s hard,” Clinton said. “Politics is hard, as the lieutenant governor and attorney general candidates know, because people are weary.”

    “They’re wondering ‘Could I give this person my vote and will he then remember me? If I vote for him or her, will they do what I heard them say they will do? Will they get diverted by big money or ideology or power will they remember who put them into office?’” she continued. “I can tell you, you don’t have to worry about that with Terry McAuliffe.”

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  94. Obamacare Website Company Was Fired by Canadian Government for Poor Performance

    Oh well. It only cost $634 million.

    The Canadian government fired the parent company of CGI Federal, the prime contractor for the problem-plagued Obamacare health exchange websites, last year for poor performance.

    So it only makes sense that the Obama Administration would be working with them.

    Heck, it’s not their money.

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/10/bombshell-obamacare-website-company-was-fired-by-canadian-government-for-poor-performance/

  95. Yet another Tea Party poser. This guy is worse than Obama when it comes to lying to the voters.

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    “Sen. Marco Rubio says he’d back the Republican Senate leader against a tea party challenger.

    “I do,” the Florida Republican said on “Fox News Sunday” when asked if he supports Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). “I do support Sen. McConnell’s bid for reelection. I think he’s trying to lead our conference. It’s a diverse conference with a lot of different opinions. That’s a tough job to begin with. And of course, he’s got to represent his own state.”

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/politico-live/2013/10/rubio-backs-mcconnell-175489.html?hp=r1

  96. THINKING OF SITTING THINGS OUT IN 2014? Consider That Mainstream Democrats Now Openly Call for Arrests of Political Opponents

    For those of you as disgusted as I am with GOP leaders, consider the ramifications of sitting out the midterms. Should Nancy Pelosi regain the Speakership, well, in six words, they’ll be coming for your guns. That’s a guarantee.

    For the first time in American history, mainstream Democrats are openly calling for the arrests of their political opponents. Yes, the hard left Democrat Party’s tactics come straight out of the playbooks of Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Castro, Pol Pot, and Mugabe.

    They will be coming for anyone who expresses dissent against their Marxist policies, but before they do, they’ll be coming for your guns.

    If Democrats regain control of the House, rest assured that your Second Amendment rights will be eviscerated as they very nearly did following the mass shooting by the lunatic in Sandy Hook. Dianne Feinstein — the loathsome and brazen crook from California — had her gun ban bill in place, just waiting for a nice, bloody tragedy to leverage.

    These are some truly frightening portents.

    http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2013/10/thinking-of-sitting-things-out-in-2014.html

  97. The pundits and surrender monkeys who dissed conservatives during the debt ceiling debate are now calling for party unity. If I am any judge, they won’t get it. It wasn’t just their condescension toward the base of their party that rankles and divides them now, it is a fundamental difference in governing philosophy, the essence of which was don’t object just get in line and follow us over the cliff. Is that fair? Sure as shit its fair. As a matter of fact, it is the bottom line. What good does it do for a conservative to support a party that has become the mirror image of Obama. I understand the party needs conservatives, and that is why this outreach and calls for unity. What the RINO does not understand is that conservatives do not need that party, and have a powerful incentive to let that party fail, so that a new party can form which will represent the American People, rather than K Street lobbyists. To repeat, the party needs conservatives, but conservatives do not need the party. If they cannot topple the RINO in the primary, they will stay home. I know for a fact that I will. This call for unity after what has occurred is as impotent and as ridiculous as McNutt, McConnell, Cronyn and Corbett–why hire surrender monkeys to protect you.

    Thus: The Republican Party: RINO Heaven, Conservatives Not Welcome (except as election time)
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    Must Dr. Jekyll Eliminate Mr. Hyde in the GOP?
    The Jekyll and Hyde GOP beast cannot endure except as a perpetually weak, ineffective runner-up.
    This week, there are pats on the head for Ted Cruz and Mike Lee as the pundits and their GOP establishment colleagues give them condescending “attaboys” for their courageous (but misguided) attempt to make the government listen to the American people. They’re not all that bright after all, the pundits imply. Not experienced in the entrenched ways of Washington. They need to learn their place — to stay in the shadows until they’ve been in Washington for a dozen or so years and have been inculcated with the proper D.C. values. Observe the masters like John McCain and Mitch McConnell and, in time, perhaps they too can be like the Great Bipartisan Sages of the Senate. The strategists all warn that the Republicans must have a unified message. “Can’t we all just get along?” they ask.
    The problem is that you can’t have a unified message when you have two creatures living in one body — either Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde must ultimately prevail. At the end of Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Jekyll, who can no longer stop himself from turning into the evil Hyde, writes in a letter, ”I bring the life of that unhappy Henry Jekyll to an end.” Is it also time to bring the unhappy life of the Democrat-lite GOP to an end?
    Michael Gerson, in his post-mortem of the shutdown debacle, made it clear that he thinks one side of the GOP is sane and reasonable and the other is completely off the rails. The establishment wing of the party, according to Gerson, “believes in building a legislative majority and electing a president to overturn it.” It’s all very civil and collegial. And it involves a lot of waiting around “for the next election” as the consultants and lobbyists line their pockets and the left continues its long, steady march across the Constitution and our individual liberties.
    On the dark side, we have the conservatives. Gerson says,
    [T]ea party leaders inhabit an alternative political reality — sheltered in safe districts or states, applauded by conservative media, incited (or threatened) by advocacy groups, carried along by a deep current of anger and frustration among activists — they have no incentive to view defeat as defeat. In fact, turning against tactical radicalism would involve serious political risk. So every setback is interpreted as a need for greater purity and commitment.
    This is the same old “clinging to their God, guns and religion” tripe we heard from Obama, only cloaked in a stuffy D.C. political analysis, but it shows the divide between the Washington ruling elites and those who believe that not everything can be solved in Washington — that the entrenched ways of Washington are actually the problem.
    Michael Bauman recalled this week a pivotal moment in John McCain’s presidential campaign, when he was ahead in the polls and left the campaign trial to rush back to Washington to deal with a financial crisis. Bauman writes:
    But just like his Democratic opponents, when things got bad, McCain turned to government and returned to Washington. He could never convince the American voters that Washington is the problem because he didn’t believe it himself. He believed Washington is the solution. He still does. So does the Republican leadership in the Senate and the RNC. Do not expect him or them to beat the Democrats. They share the Democrats’ ideology and solutions. The difference between them and the Democrats is one of degree, not of kind.
    Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee and a handful of others propose nothing less than a grassroots revolution to overturn the way business is conducted in Washington. Cruz told CNN’s Candy Crowley:
    I’m convinced there’s a new paradigm in politics that actually has Washington very uncomfortable. It has politicians in both parties very uncomfortable. And that new paradigm is the rise of the grassroots, the ability of grassroots activists to demand of their elected officials they do the right thing. And I believe if we see a grassroots tsunami, that is going to cause Republicans and Democrats to listen to the people.
    Cruz, like Tea Party supporters and libertarians and many others across the country who are tired of the government meddling in every aspect of their lives, wants to restore the authority of the people and decentralize the power of the federal government. The central planners and statists will necessarily be the losers in this grassroots revolution.
    The differences between the two wings of the party could not be more stark — and they’re seemingly irreconcilable. The Jekyll and Hyde beast the GOP has become cannot endure except as a perpetually weak, ineffective runner-up.
    There is a reason millions of Americans supported the Cruz/Lee effort — and it’s not because we were “incited (or threatened) by advocacy groups.” I believe, as Cruz said, that there is a grassroots tsunami rumbling beneath the surface of this country. I feel it. I hear it from people every day. Just like the elephants who warned of the impending tsunami in Sri Lanka, so we are warning the political class that a liberty revolution, empowered by We the People, is coming. As we’ve grown weary of the weight of the soft tyranny of the last several decades, a soft revolution of liberty has grown. What will the GOP establishment do with this grassroots revolution?
    Bauman says that those in the establishment wing “have alienated their only means to victory by failing to fight for their conservative base and its ideas. They fight against them and do to them what the Democrats themselves would love to do: marginalize the Tea Party.”
    Jekyll is trying to kill Hyde (or is it the other way around?). Millions of disheartened conservatives may bolt from the Republican Party if it continues.
    Many are making compelling cases that we need to win elections and the only way to do that is for the Republican Party to have a unified message. Nothing will change until we have an electoral majority, they say. They are correct, technically, but winning elections won’t solve the core problem of two creatures living in one GOP body. Demands for unity may be premature if the core values of the creatures are irreconcilable. In other words, it’s not just a strategy problem.
    Margaret Thatcher used to say, ”First, you win the argument, then you win the vote.” Conservatives must win the argument with both the Republican establishment and the general electorate, and not for the sake of winning, but because our ideas and policy proposals are the best.
    American Enterprise Institute president Arthur Brooks, speaking about free enterprise at a Georgia Public Policy Foundation event in 2011, described the necessary steps for a policy revolution — for winning the argument:
    • Making the moral case for change — not the “money” case for change, but the moral case.
    • Demolishing the things in the way of the policy revolution — that the bad ideas of the status quo are morally degenerate and have to go.
    • Proposing real solutions that real Americans can understand.
    • Providing leadership to induce people to make sacrifices for the policy change.
    Brooks said that both Reagan and Franklin D. Roosevelt went through these four steps and we will need to go through them again if we are to solve the current crisis. Brooks said that out of the four, “the hardest point is making the moral case.” He explained: “We talk about the money case for free enterprise. I’m telling you, I’m looking at the data all day long. It’s losing. It is a losing argument to say that the problem with Obamacare is to say that it could permanently cut a quarter of a percentage point off the long-term economic growth rate.”
    He said that stark economic arguments will not succeed. Americans have been given the choice between the “left-wing moral case for a false kind of fairness” and “right-wing materialism that says it’s all about economic growth. If you think either one of those things is going to get Grandma to let go of part of her Medicare, you’ve got another thing coming, because she’s not going to,” says Brooks. “We need to have the real moral case. We need to have the rejoinder to the left that speaks to the heart and if we don’t, we’re going to fail.”
    The October Stand by Cruz and Co. was a step in the right direction of a policy revolution — “to have the rejoinder to the left that speaks to the heart.” Cruz and Mike Lee and several other courageous conservative Republican House and Senate members garnered hours of TV face time — worth millions in ad buys — to make the moral case to the American people that Obamacare is fundamentally unfair and people will be harmed by it. In doing so, they began demolishing the morally repugnant ideas standing in the way of the conservative revolution. If the GOP establishment is unable or unwilling to make the effort — sometimes at great risk — to win the argument, then the party cannot be saved from extinction.
    Perhaps I’m naïve and our country will never be able to dig out of the morass of debt and political corruption that has taken a century to accumulate — a system the Republican establishment has aided and abetted. Maybe we are too far gone, too dependent on our Washington overlords to ever recover. But perhaps Ted Cruz’s October Stand was a sign that we are beginning to emerge from the American Dark Ages — that our dumbed-down, mind-numbed society is beginning to once again value the Constitution and the things that made our country great. Perhaps we have taken meaningful steps in the direction of winning the argument. If we continue to do so, we will eventually win the elections.
    I’m optimistic that, as Mike Lee has said, “the American people will have the last word.” We the People – not the politicians or the pundits – must have the last word or we will betray and dishonor the gift of the Constitution that our Founders bestowed upon us and we will spit in the face of the liberty with which God has blessed our nation.

  98. ““If it’s only about yourself, if it’s only about you wanting to get a job and get the perks that go with it and, you know, have people stand up when you come into a room, that’s not enough anymore because it’s hard,” Clinton said.”

    You go, Girl!

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    “Media Matters founder and Hillary Clinton ally David Brock has co-authored a 90-page e-book called “The Benghazi Hoax,” a tome intended as a counterweight of sorts to criticisms of the former Secretary of State and President Barack Obama over the 2012 attacks in Libya.” [….]

    http://www.politico.com/story/2013/10/clinton-ally-pens-e-book-the-benghazi-hoax-98563.html?hp=l10

    “Hoax”? I hope Hillary doesn’t go down that road with Brock! Benghazi was NOT a “hoax.” She needs to be careful about her tone and words — and needs to be straight forward about what happened.

  99. As Valerie Jarrett told David Remnick in “The Bridge,” Obama’s “uncanny” abilities need to be properly engaged, or he disengages. “He’s been bored to death his whole life,” she said. “He’s just too talented to do what ordinary people do.”

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    au contraire…if O was so talented and so above all the ordinary people, he would not need a teleprompter at his every move…his every utterance…he even needs to read from a teleprompter in front of kids at schools to say “Good Morning”…

    his actions are more of a very insecure person…his is a made up image…a fable protected and to an extent, created by the media…

    O is more of a delusional narcissist who surrounds himself with people that reinforce his magical self beliefs…and when he runs into opposition, he retreats…hence, pretending to be above it all because he is afraid to stand his ground on his own…

    O’s MO then is to go find some distraction and when asked about something directly say he doesn’t know anything about it…and he’ll get back to us…

  100. Leanora
    October 19, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Dr. Ben Carson Doubles-Down – “Obamacare Worst Thing Since Slavery” (Video)

    On his NewsOne radio show Friday morning, Roland Martin confronted Dr. Ben Carson over his recent comments that Obamacare is “the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery.”

    Dr. Carson doubled-down.

    “This nation was founded on the principle that it would be a new type of nation, that was ‘for, of and by the people.’ A Constitution was put in place that would assure that the people would remain at the pinnacle of power and that the central government would never reach the point that it had control of the people. This fundamentally changes the relationship. It places the government at the pinnacle now that it is placed on a road that will give it control of everyone’s health.”

    Dr. Carson left Martin speechless.

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    Dr. Carson needs to continue to point out why Ocare is a disaster and a big threat to us all…in his own unique style, he needs to keep patiently, and in his quiet tone, explaining point after point why Ocare is a disaster…

    …why it is bad for individuals and their health care treatment
    …why it is bad for doctors and the care they give their patients
    …why it is bad for the economy
    …why it is dangerous to the security of everyone’s identity and personal and confidential information

    …and why, after this recent government shutdown and all the ramifications we just witnessed…why everyone’s healthcare could be in dire danger should there be future government shutdowns…

    …we have seen how the O admin…and Harry Reid and the Senate, played politics with the shutdown and denied healthcare to cancer patients, etc…

    …just imagine another government shutdown when that government controls our healthcare…and the power the politicians would have over our healthcare, with govt exchanges, and how politicians would choose what to control, take away and stop during another shutdown in allowing any or some health care if the government is shutdown…hospitals and doctors could be denied reimbursements, etc…it could go on and on in the hands of politicians…

    …this is extremely dangerous in the future…and all Americans are vulnerable to this possibility if the government is controlling our healthcare…we have already heard threats of withholding social security checks, etc….what would vengeful politicians do with a government controlled healthcare system???

  101. It will be on in less than one hour. Hurry, hurry.
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    Congress on Red Alert for 60 Minutes Exposé of D.C. Corruption

    Members of Congress and their staffs are on red alert tonight for a CBS 60 Minutes investigation by veteran CBS reporter Steve Kroft and Government Accountability Institute (GAI) President and Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large Peter Schweizer exposing how lawmakers convert campaign donations into lavish lifestyle upgrades for themselves and their family members.

    Sources say top CBS executives thought the report was so explosive that they made it the show’s lead story and delayed airing it for another week in order to capture tonight’s much larger NFL-viewing audience. The report features selected revelations from Schweizer’s forthcoming book, Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets.

    “I’m under a publisher embargo right now and can’t say much,” Schweizer told Breitbart News. “But suffice it to say, President Obama and some members of Washington’s Permanent Political Class are not going to like what we uncovered and the kinds of personal enrichment and self-dealing exposed in Extortion.”

    To prevent early leaks of the book’s contents, publisher Houghton Mifflin made bookstore managers sign legal affidavits saying they would not shelve Extortion until the book’s official Tuesday, October 22 launch date. The book, which contains a staggering 35 pages of source materials totaling over 600 endnotes, is chock-full of revelations and never-before-released documents on top Washington figures, says Houghton Mifflin.

    According to the publisher’s description, the new book “reveals vast new areas of corruption in our political system” and contains “eye-opening revelations on every page,” while opening “a whole new battlefield in the great war to fix what’s wrong with our government.”

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2013/10/20/Developing-Congress-on-Red-Alert-for-60-Minutes-Expose

  102. Sorry if anyone rushed to his or her television last night. That segment on ’60 Minutes’ was pretty much a waste of time. It was about campaign donations being used by politicians for their private pleasure. Nothing new.

  103. S
    October 20, 2013 at 2:25 pm
    O is essentially stupid and lazy. He is manipulative however and surrounds himself with fellow manipulators like Jarrett and MO.
    OT but oh so funny. Obamacare site has 5 million lines of crap, worthless code written into it. So the great manipulator delegated his historic policy to fellow manipulators who sold the rights to it to a Canadian company who was fired by the Canadian government for screwing up and being incompetent. The circle is completed. I have suggested the Affordable Healthcare Act be re-nicknamed from Obamacare to Titanic-care. The sinking of the Obama.

  104. France summons U.S. ambassador over spying report

    (Reuters) – France summoned the U.S. ambassador on Monday to protest allegations in Le Monde newspaper about large-scale spying on French citizens by the U.S. National Security Agency.

    The allegations that the agency was collecting tens of thousands of French telephone records risked turning into a diplomatic row just as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Paris for the start of a European tour over Syria.

    “I have immediately summoned the U.S. ambassador and he will be received this morning at the Quai d’Orsay (the French Foreign Ministry),” French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told reporters on the sidelines of an EU meeting in Luxembourg.

    Earlier, France’s interior minister, Manuel Valls, said Le Monde’s revelations that 70.3 million pieces of French telephone data were recorded by the NSA between Dec 10, 2012 and Jan 8, 2013 were “shocking.”

    “If an allied country spies on France or spies on other European countries, that’s totally unacceptable,” Valls told Europe 1 radio.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/21/us-france-nsa-idUSBRE99K04920131021

  105. TY Leanora. 🙂

    Members of Congress and their staffs are on red alert tonight for a CBS 60 Minutes investigation by veteran CBS reporter Steve Kroft and Government Accountability Institute (GAI) President and Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large Peter Schweizer exposing how lawmakers convert campaign donations into lavish lifestyle upgrades for themselves and their family members

  106. Yes, Foxy, she is good. The problem the nation does not listen to these canaries in the cave. There is no accountability in the system, and that is true for one reason, and one reason alone. Big media is a co-conspirator in the effort to cover up what is occurring, and to promote policies which are inimical to this nation. The entire fault lies with them. And true to form, they will give Obama a pass on this occasion as well. I see no alternative here to a collapse of the system, and the only issue in doubt is the timing. Some may argue that Benghazi, the collapse of our entire strategy in the Middle East, spying on Americans, the erosion of our constitution, and all the other misfortunes which Obama has wrought have not touched the lives of the sheeple directly therefore it fails to register. This time it will not matter either, because even though their health care system is collapsing before their eyes, big media will tell them the usual bed time stories, and the ever stupid sheeple will go back to sleep. I wish it were different, be I know it is not. At this point, the main think I am interested in is painting the RINO as the co-conspirator he is in what has brought us to this point. I do not want the RINO to be the beneficary of the collapse, because with the RINO in charge we will be right back into the game of corruption. The beneficiaries of the impending disaster must be people like Ted Cruz and Mike Lee who represent the American People. It is too early to tell what Hillary will do in all this, but I am somewhat encouraged by her vague statements about the kind of leadership the nation needs in the future, and it is not at all what we have seen from the asshole in the White House.

  107. It gets worse. 👿

    You might also want to know about one other minor detail about the Obamacare penalties: The IRS can’t go after taxpayers who don’t pay up. That’s right — the Affordable Care Act didn’t include any provisions for the tax agency to enforce collection of the penalties.

    2014 tax returns, which aren’t due until April 2015, will include a spot for taxpayers to provide information about health insurance. If any penalties apply, the IRS will subtract the penalty amount out of any refund owed. If you don’t get a refund or the penalty is greater than your refund, the agency will want you to mail a check to them or send funds electronically.
    What happens if you decide not to send the money? The IRS could take it out of any future tax refunds. If your taxes are withheld through your employer, the agency could also get the money through that route. However, it can’t press criminal charges or assess further financial penalties for not paying. The IRS also can’t place a lien on property as it can when seeking payment of overdue taxes.

    http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2013/10/20/obamacare-penalties-3-things-to-know-before-2014.aspx

  108. Motormouth is running off with his tone deaf speech again….

    He’s actually giving the speech he’s been giving for years. No recognition of the rising premiums, dropped coverage, broken promises. Just blah blah blah.

    Lol, He’s bragging about web hits. Someone oughta point out the take up is tiny.

    This is hilarious.

  109. If his voice goes any higher, Obama will be able to do a cover of any Bee Gees track. He sounds like he just did helium.

  110. Just Another Black Mob Beating…. White Couple Dragged From Car At Intersection And Beaten Repeatedly By Teen Black Mob….

    Intellectual Exercise – Reverse the Races. Think about what the headlines would look like if a group of white teens dragged a black couple from their car while shouting “die nigger”, “get that black whore”… and beat the man and his wife mercilessly….. THAT would be national headlines on all major media 24/7, Sharpton and Jackson would be quick to the scene, and CNN would be calling again for that national conversation. Yet a group of black thugs do it, yet again, and it’s merely a local story buried from sight.

    http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2013/10/20/just-another-black-mob-beating-white-couple-dragged-from-car-at-intersection-and-beaten-repeatedly-by-teen-black-mob/

  111. The Corrupt Bastards Club. They said it. I didn’t.

    In Alaska we had a group of politicos who chuckled as they dubbed themselves the “CBC,” which stands for “Corrupt Bastards Club.” But it was no laughing matter. I, and many others, took them on. We won. When I served as chairman of our state’s Oil and Gas Commission, I reported on the cronyism of the chair of my own Party, who had been appointed by our governor to that same energy regulating commission. (Click here to see a reporter’s reaction to a short Newt Gingrich interview on the matter.) The whistle blowing resulted in him receiving the largest ethics fine in the state’s history. But that was just the tip of the oily iceberg. The FBI investigated Alaskan lawmakers for taking bribes from the oil industry in exchange for votes favorable to that industry, and politicos ended up in jail.* The lawmakers actually called themselves the Corrupt Bastards Club and even emblazoned the CBC initials on baseball caps they gifted each other – that’s how untouchable they believed they were. But average, concerned citizens said, “enough is enough,” and shook things up. Though some of the CBC members ended up in horizontal pinstripes, much of the compromised party

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/10/20/Sarah-Palin-Exclusive-Op-Ed-DC-Corrupt-Bastards-Club

  112. If you look at the record as a whole, you begin to see how utterly dysfunctional the American People are with respect the fate of the country. On the same week that the Obamacare debut, the website crashes and public support for Obamacare surges to 46% withing 2 points those opposed. I am at the point where I agree with Dickhead Durbin that Obamacre even though nobody is signing up, and even though premiums are going up, and even though people who do not want to buy insurance are forced to, and even though illegals will be covered, and even though doctors are leaving the industry, and even though the quality of care will decline, Obamacare is well on its way to becoming a great success in the eyes of the sheeple. Nobody ever went broke, and nobody ever lost an election underestimating the intelligence of the sheeple. If dumber than owl shit is the standard, I am the real fool for trying to do something about it. The system is being killed by all the parasites who feed of the unimparty, and until it crashed the hopes for any real improvement are bleak. And that is hardly something to hope for, because nobody who values civilization wants it to crash. The problem is how do we stop the elites from crashing it on their own greed? I can accept the corruption if I could be sure there was a cure, a day of reckoning, some righting moment, some day of retribution, some date certain when the equation will finally balance. The only hope I see is from the insurgent type candidates we have been talking about and the emergence of a third party which represents to people. Bear in mind one thing: Hamilton hated what the called factions, by which he meant the political parties we see today. He knew what some of us know today which is that the political parties are a clear and present danger to the American People. I wish I knew what the answer was. But evidently I am not smart enough to see it. All I see when I look ahead is trouble for this country.

  113. Okay, I am going nuts. I meant Madison father of our Constitution. Hamilton, elitist banker that he was would have taken the same road as Jamie Dimon at Chase Bank, or that asshole Jeff Imelt (I have it on good authority that his peers see him as an asshole, a liar, etc. so it is not just us). Madison was George Washinton’s brain. By way of example, he personifies the first half of the saying a nation founded by geniuses and run today by idiots.

  114. But in the overall scheme of things they really are just glitches. I am sorry that the left is embarrassed over this particular example of their complete inability to govern this nation. They and their big media cohorts were eager to dismiss all the other disasters they have visited on this nation. Why should their reaction to this one be any different.

    Let me cut to the chase: fuck them, and all their glitches that are not glitches and a glitch is not a glitch until the fat lady at the end of the assembly line declares this is not a glitch, but a Haines pair of boxer shores, and woe betide those racists who can’t stand to see a black man as president who claim otherwise.

  115. If his voice goes any higher, Obama will be able to do a cover of any Bee Gees track. He sounds like he just did helium.
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    great metaphor moon. I strive constantly for your eloquence, and economy of scale.

  116. Our state is auctioning licenses to sell medical marijuana. For some reason, this intrigues a friend of mind, who by no means a user, but strictly interested in the business potential of it. I am have heard stories of those who are already in that business and they are not making much money, and complain about constant bullshit from the state. I have no interest in selling marijuana to anyone for anything. I do not even like the stuff. But if they start issuing licenses for hopium or helium with Obama’s name on it, then count me in. The market for that shit is unlimited, and thanks to big media there is no oversight. I bet I could even have a warning label on the side of the box saying it you buy this stuff then you are an idiot, they would still buy it. The bottom line? You can’t fix stupid. 44%? The electorate makes the OJ jury look competent.

  117. Every report I read about this man makes me more nervous. I can’t vote against him because I live in the suburbs, but since so many of us travel to NYC for work and for pleasure, what he does will effect us all. I am starting to think that the Bloomberg years will soon seem like the good old days.
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    NEW YORK CITY Mayoral candidate Bill DeBlasio: ” I will ban all surveillance and profiling of Muslims”

    In his stepped up pandering to Muslims, just last week, De Blasio said, “I will stop the NYPD Counter-terrorism unit from profiling Muslims, so they won’t have to live in fear anymore.” Letters of gratitude and contributions from al-Qaeda are reportedly pouring in.

    http://www.barenakedislam.com/2013/10/21/new-york-city-mayoral-candidate-bill-deblasio-i-will-ban-all-surveillance-and-profiling-of-muslims/#comments

  118. Reporter: ‘Obama a Disaster as President,’ NYTimes D.C. Bureau is ‘Wimpy’

    n a new recorded interview, Gay Talese, a longtime Washington reporter, was refreshingly forthcoming about the failures of the media to properly report on the Obama administration and had some very unkind things to say about both the “disaster” that President Obama has become and the “wimpy” New York Times D.C. bureau that is reporting on him.

    Talese, a reporter since the 1960s for such outlets as The New York Times and Esquire, did mention in the podcast interview at Longform.org that the Old Gray Lady is a “better paper” than when he worked for it. But it goes downhill from there.

    The Times, Talese says, “doesn’t have the antigovernment tone that I want.”

    He had much more to say after that.

    “If I was editor, I would get people after Obama. I voted for the guy, but he’s a disaster as a president. And a disaster most through his Justice Department and muzzling the press. Succeeding,” the elder journalist said.

    http://www.publiusforum.com/2013/10/21/reporter-obama-disaster-president-nytimes-d-c-bureau-wimpy/

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