DoAWholeLot: Veterans Day 2014

We received a good gift just in time for Veterans Day 2014. It came from a shy reader who does not comment but faithfully reads every day. She sent us pictures a family member (David) had sent her.

One picture in particular graced us:

Talking with one of WWII’s first heroes, 99 year old Lt Col Richard Cole, who was Gen James Doolittle’s’ co-pilot on the first B-25 to take off for the raid on Tokyo. Cole is one of only four living Raiders, is still sharp as a tack. He said that he was scared, but that he didn’t want to be recognized for anything other than just doing his job.


Doolittle's Raiders

Ninety-nine years young and Lieutenant Colonel Richard Cole can still probably get more dates than a Hollywood pinup boy. He’s a veteran that like so many has an amazing story to tell:

On December 7, 1941, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and U.S. commanders wanted to strike back. The way to do it? A secret bombing run over Japan led by airmen like Lt. Col. Richard Cole, reports CBS News correspondent Anna Werner.

He’s 98 years old now, but he still remembers the moment when he joined the mission called the “Doolittle Raid” as a 26-year-old Air Force pilot. A message on a bulletin board was seeking people who wanted to sign up for a dangerous mission.

“There were already other people’s names there, so maybe it was a little bit of inspiration,” Cole said.

CBS News met Cole at the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas, where a permanent exhibit tells the story of the mission.

The pilots’ mission was to hit back by doing what no one had ever done before: take off in their B-25 bombers from the deck of an aircraft carrier in the Pacific then fly 600 miles to the Japanese coast to drop their bombs.

The man who would lead them was Gen. James Doolittle, a master in military aviation.

Cole still remembers what Doolittle said about the mission.

“He said that it was a very dangerous mission. Anybody wanted to back out, they could without any repercussions.”

No one backed out.

On the morning of April 18, 1942, they took off, headed for their key target: Tokyo. Cole and Doolittle led the fleet in their plane.



Congressional Medal of Honor winner Richard Cole and three other of Doolittle’s Raiders did a whole lot for this country. We owe them and all veterans a debt that cannot be repaid.

Lately it seems like we owe them a debt we will not repay.

Recently the Veterans’ Administration scandals insulted the memory of those who gave their lives in service to us all. The insult extends to those veterans still with us and in need of care as well as those who will one day need to be cared for. They did a lot. We are the ones that do little.

President Abraham Lincoln in his second inaugural address set as a point of honor that the nation would “care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan”. We have not fulfilled that debt with the honor and devotion due.

Indeed, recently, insults are freely spat upon those whose deeds provided us with that continued freedom of speech. In a shameless article at the rancid Salon Magazine a snake wrote of our veterans “You don’t protect my freedom: Our childish insistence on calling soldiers heroes deadens real democracy.” We won’t link to that anti-white racist filth although the trash can be read at other sites critical of the insult:

The best way to recognize Veterans Day is to thank a vet. Just walk up to a veteran, shake their hand and thank them for their service.

Let the fools at Salon defend their own freedoms.

The picture of Richard Cole is not the only one we received. Along with the picture of the DidAWholeLot Raider (all the pictures were taken in late October 2014 in New Orleans) we received these fun photos of these pretty planes that helped save the world from tyranny (captions by “David”):

A P-51D getting ready for takeoff:


P-51D

B-17 taxiing out”:


B-17

B-29 startup


B-29

The world’s only flying SB2-C Helldiver:


Helldiver

Sarah and the Victory Belles who had just performed a tribute to the Andrews Sisters. They were great singers! Brought tears to the eyes of some of the old veterans:


Belles

We salute our veterans.



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182 thoughts on “DoAWholeLot: Veterans Day 2014

  1. This is for our dear friend, ABM 95, wherever he is. He landed in France penetrated the Seigried line, and went all the way to Berlin. God bless you my friend. His fondest hope was to live to see Hillary take the presidential oath.

  2. The Doolittle raid was a masterpiece of military strategy. Jimmy Doolittle was a product of M.I.T.–our greatest academic institution and he was 10 points a warrior. The task force was led by our premier carrier admiral Bull Halsey. If Patton had any equal, and I say if, because the answer is not clear that anyone was Patton’s equal, as gonzo would gladly attest, then surely it was Halsey. The idea of running bombers off a carrier was unthinkable, and the mission required the element of surprise. If you say photos of those planes taking off in the wee small hours of the morning as I recall, you see them drop down off the flight deck, skim along the water and then lift off. Barely enough runway, barely enough speed, but they made it. The physical damage to Tokyo was small in comparison to what the Enola Gay would do three years later to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. But that is simply a tactical assessment, whereas in war as in politics, the bigger issue is strategy. Strategically, this raid shook the confidence of the enemy and made them realize that the homeland was vulnerable. I understand that the raid produced fires because Toyo buildings of the time were largely wooden structures. Lacking sufficient fuel to return to the ships Doolittle’s party ditched their planes in China. It is wonderful to see that Lt. Colonel Cole is still living. A credit to the greatest generation he surely is. God bless him as well.

  3. A word from Alison Grimes:

    Today is Veterans Day, a special day where we celebrate and honor those who have served in our nation’s armed forces.

    Our military families exemplify what is great about our nation. Their selflessness, sacrifice, commitment and valor have been, and will continue to be, an inspiration.

    In order to protect our nation and our families from those who seek to harm us, our veterans have selflessly put their own lives in harm’s way. The brave service given to our nation by our men and women in uniform is a favor that we must never stop trying to repay.

    As Kentucky’s Secretary of State, I am proud of the work we’ve done to ensure that members of the military have their votes count. As a public servant, I will continue the fight to make sure our veterans and military families receive the benefits and care that they’ve earned through their service and sacrifice.

    They’ve given so much by standing up for us – once they return from the battlefield, we’ve got to make sure we’re doing everything we can to stand up for them.

    To our men and women in uniform, both past and present – thank you for your incredible service to our nation.

  4. gonzotx
    November 11, 2014 at 11:35 am
    votinghillary

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Dole..Libby Dole ran for President for the Republican party. She was very well respected, and I must say, much better than Hillary by her the Democratic party. Libby was a liberated, accomplished woman.

    And heres to our Veterans, there is a special place for you in my heart, and in heaven

  5. Libby Dole ran for President for the Republican party. She was very well respected, and I must say, much better than Hillary by her the Democratic party. Libby was a liberated, accomplished woman.
    ————
    As between her and her husband, she was definitely the better half.

  6. A sore loser? More like a petulant child. Before the election he says it is a referendum on HIS policies, even though his name was not on the ballot. After his staggering election loss, he changes his tune. Suddenly, it was not a referendum on his policies, perish the thought. Well, then what was it? A message from the voters that the Republicans need to ‘work’ with the democrats, and he will see to it that happens.

    Really? Then how do you explain this: at one point as House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)N/A was making an argument on immigration, Obama responded that his patience was running out and Vice President Joe Biden interrupted to ask how long Republicans needed. Obama angrily cut Biden off, the aide said.

    We will see more of this for the remainder of his presidency. He will force the Republicans to either give up–which is their normal modus operandi, or to recognize that the world is watching, and if they do not fight him scorched earth, then they–not him will be blamed. Big media will see to that. So they had better realize that he is a sociopath, things are not going his way, and the angry ossified child is now center stage, willing to take the country down with. Do the republicans have the guts to do what the situation requires? Not a chance, as long as the RINO is in charge. Their unstated belief is peace at any price/
    ———

    Barack Obama is a Sore Loser
    By: Jake (Diary) | November 11th, 2014 at 12:00 PM |

    After the 2012 election, a not insignificant amount of digital ink was devoted to covering various Republicans’ “sore loser” responses to Barack Obama winning a second term, but as with so many things regarding the Left, there’s a lot of projection here. As we have seen in his responses to the 2014 midterms, Obama himself has an inability to suffer defeat gracefully. In a news conference last Wednesday, he told the nation:

    “The American people sent a message, one that they’ve sent for several elections now — they expect the people they elect to work as hard as they do. They expect us to focus on their ambitions and not ours,” the president said during a news conference at the White House. “They want us to get the job done. All of us, in both parties, have a responsibility to address that sentiment. Still, as president, I have a unique responsibility to try and make this town work. To everyone who voted, I want you to know I hear you.”

    Had he stopped there, that would have been a very humble and reflective statement, but it seems like he always has to find a way to make himself look a little better. Although it doesn’t appear to have received as much media coverage as that part of the statement, he added immediately following those words:

    “To the two-thirds of voters who chose not to participate in the process yesterday, I hear you too.”

    These were Americans who, for whatever reason, made the decision not to have their voices heard, but beyond that, it would be a mistake to say all those who didn’t vote don’t reject Obama’s policies. We know that turnout was lower in many traditionally Democratic areas relative to turnout in Republican areas. We already know that low Democratic turnout helped Larry Hogan to victory in Maryland. At the Cincinnati Enquirer, Dan Horn has done an excellent job breaking down how high turnout in GOP areas offset low turnout in Democratic areas. As an example:

    In Cincinnati, a traditional Democratic stronghold that went for FitzGerald, turnout was only 36 percent. With those numbers, Democrats in the city couldn’t offset Kasich’s dominance in the rest of the county.

    Meanwhile, Erick Erickson wrote last week about black voters who made a conscious decision not to show up to the polls in Georgia, which certainly worked in favor of Republicans David Perdue and Nathan Deal. He makes note of something that might help explain why:

    I have had at least a dozen mothers from inner-city Atlanta come up to me in recent weeks saying they could not stand to see the gains they made for their children undone by their party. They may not have gone out and voted GOP, but they made a conscious decision to stay home. It showed in the lines and it shows in the turn out data.

    I think Byron York gets it right when he says that this is probably Obama trying to justify his mandate from 2012 over the 2014 results because more people voted in that election than this one. However, even in 2012, over 40% of the nation did not turn out to vote. Barack Obama won 51.1% of the votes that year, which equates to just under 30% of the total eligible voting population (29.7%, by my numbers), meaning over 70% of voters did not vote for him.

    But this has not been the only major instance of Obama’s inability to lose gracefully. As we all know, the President promised to wait on any executive action for amnesty until after the election. With the GOP’s big wins, this changes the debate over illegal immigration in DC (although by how much is debatable). The Associated Press has an excellent account of the tense Friday meeting on the issue between Obama and Congressional leaders from both sides of the aisle. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX)79% (R-TX) offered this description of the President’s mood:

    The Republicans’ approach, three days after they resoundingly won control of the Senate in midterm elections, “seemed to fall on deaf ears,” Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said in a telephone interview. “The president instead of being contrite or saying in effect to America, ‘I hear you,’ as a result of the referendum on his policies that drove this last election, he seems unmoved and even defiant.”

    However, perhaps the most telling moment of this meeting was the opening of a possible rift between the President and Vice President Joe Biden. As the report explains:

    Friday’s two-hour meeting was tense at times, according to a senior House Republican aide. Senate Democratic leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)11%, about to lose his grip on the upper chamber, barely said a word, the aide said. The aide said at one point as House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)N/A was making an argument on immigration, Obama responded that his patience was running out and Vice President Joe Biden interrupted to ask how long Republicans needed. Obama angrily cut Biden off, the aide said.

    President Obama has already been dismissive of Congress for much of his Presidency, but now that both chambers are about to fall into Republican hands, he seems more determined than ever to bypass and minimize Congressional powers whenever he can. Obama’s behavior in this meeting is also troubling because we know that Joe Biden is one of the key liaisons and deal brokers at the White House. If the President is behaving like this, how devoted to real compromise is he?

    This is nothing new for those of us paying attention. Barack Obama has been acting like this throughout his Presidency, but now we know the people want a different path. Bill Clinton understood this, and we got important acts like welfare reform, but Obama has shown an almost complete inability to work with people who are not his sycophants.

    It’s going to be an interesting final two years.

  7. If someone tries to tell you that big media is anything but a crooked dealer in a rigged poker game, you can tell them that is a total lie. The best evidence of their treason against the American People was the way CNN helped Obama in the second debate with Romney, which stopped his momentum, and the decision by CBS to censor parts of the 60 Minutes interview which could have undermined Obama’s position on the eve of the election. This is the fine Italian hand of people like Steve Capus.

  8. A wonderful way to commemorate Veteran’s Day, Admin. Love the story as well as the pics of Lt.Col. Cole and the other raiders.

    I saw that Salon article yesterday. What a weasel to write with such disdain about patriotism, and such lack of respect for those serving in our military. Had that author ever seen a soldier back from Iraq dealing with horrible memories, flashbacks, nightmares and trying to reintegrate into community, family, etc., he might have had second thoughts about posting that piece.

    It goes without saying that we, as a nation have not only a legal and ethical obligation to ensure that veterans receive prompt, quality care for mental and physical health problems, we have a moral imperative to do so.

    One of the best ways I can think of to honor our veterans of war, both past and present, is to stop the massive election law violations and voter fraud that have become too commonplace, and have diminished and compromised democratic process.

  9. It does no good to pass laws to rein in Obama. As Andy McCarthy points out, he refuses to comply with them—in clear and direct violation of his constitutional duty to faithfully execute the laws. Historically, he has backed off only when there was potential political damage to him, and big media saw to it that any effect was minimal. Now that the voters have rejected his policies, and he has no more elections to worry about he is certain to press all aspects of his agenda–the Soros agenda, with all the raw power which has accrued to the executive branch in the past 75 years. Broad sweeping amnesty without border security is only one piece of a larger agenda to destroy this nation. This put the trembling tower of tapioca RINO in a bind. They can surrender, which is their natural instinct and consistent past practice. Or, they can take a stand and deny him the funds he needs to fund his destructive policies—and they can impeach the motherfucker. They are too drunk on champagne to understand that they won the election because the public wanted them to stop Obama, rather than agree or even compromise with the traitor. Their back is against the wall now, yet they do not know it. We will know by February whether they are up to it.

    Bear in mind, moreover, that the Obama administration is threaded with lawyers who used to represent terrorist detainees (voluntarily … for free!). These lawyers well know that many of the detainees are still bringing the same kinds of lawsuits these lawyers used to help them bring: challenges to their detention without trial. By springing the most dangerous terrorists, the administration plainly strengthens the litigation position of lesser players still held at Gitmo.

    While courts are reluctant to issue outright release orders – there being debate about the extent of their authority to do so – they certainly can and do ratchet up pressure on the government to get the terrorists out of Gitmo (i.e., to find countries willing to take them and effect transfer). Indeed, in al-Odah’s own case, while declining to invalidate the terrorist’s law-of-war detention, a federal judge in Virginia admonished that the time was coming that the executive branch would be obliged to release the detainees. Less than three months later, al-Odah was sent home.

    Expect a quickening of the pace. Obama is patently pushing to reduce the number of detainees at Gitmo, now estimated at 148, to one low enough to justify, at least in his own mind, transferring the remainder into the United States. Gitmo would then be shuttered.

    Knowing how ballistic this would make voters, congressional Republicans have succeeded in enacting laws that prohibit the executive branch from moving the detainees into U.S. prisons. But our imperious president is notorious for riding roughshod over federal laws not to his liking. He has never been stopped by mere law; he has been brushed back only by concern about political damage that might hurt him and Democrats in elections.

    Except… now he doesn’t have anymore elections to worry about. All that is left for the next two years-plus is the imperative to implement as much of his agenda as his enormous raw power allows.

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  11. Republicans really need to reconsider impeachment. Anything to keep Obola busy. I sure hope they at least have it on standby as a plan because, if his behavior continues, public opinion could start to support it.

    The went after Clinton for lying about a blow job. Now, they are to chicken-shit to defend the Constitution and the country.

    Toilet paper.

  12. Wow, if true…there goes Cuomo’s career…….

    http://nypost.com/2014/11/10/cuomo-had-a-secret-re-election-pact-with-republicans/

    The state’s most powerful Republican secretly worked for months to help Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo win re-election — in exchange for Cuomo’s promise not to aid Senate Democrats in their Long Island races, a top New York GOP leader has charged.

    Former state Republican Party Executive Director Michael Lawler — who managed Rob Astorino’s ill-fated gubernatorial run against Cuomo — told The Post that he learned of the alleged bombshell deal between Senate GOP leader Dean Skelos and Cuomo just days ago, after suspecting for months that it existed.

    “Dean Skelos clearly was working against Rob’s campaign — he and the governor cut a deal,’’ seethed Lawler, a protégé of GOP Chairman Ed Cox.

    The Nassau County-based Skelos and his aides “fight for nothing, stand for nothing except staying in power,’’ Lawler charged.

    Lawler said he found out about the alleged Skelos-Cuomo arrangement from a top political aide to Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, a Republican and Skelos ally who, in a serious setback to Astorino, endorsed Cuomo last month. “We heard rumblings that Mangano was going to [endorse Cuomo], and I reached out to his folks and was told ‘absolutely not,’ that Mangano would endorse Astorino, although he would then let Cuomo use a video of him praising the governor,’’ Lawler said.

    “But after Mangano actually endorsed Cuomo in a video on TV, I called Mangano’s guy and said, ‘What the f–k?’ He said, ‘When this is over, give me a call.’

    “So I called him a few days ago, and he said, ‘A deal was cut for Mangano to endorse Cuomo in exchange for Cuomo staying out of the Senate races on Long Island,’ ’’ Lawler continued. “I asked him, ‘Who cut the deal?’ And he said, ‘People higher than me.’

    “I said, ‘Dean?’ And he responded, ‘That would be a pretty good guess.’ ”

  13. Speaking of Gitmo…

    The head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee said this week that he was SHOCKED when Obama ginned up more GITMO talk in October, right before the election. The two biggest max security prisons where GITMO detainees would be transferred are in Kansas and Colorado, where there were hotly contested Senate races. An example of Obama’s political tone-deafness.

  14. Thanks for remembering Veterans Day administrator. G-d bless our Veterans, past and present, who made and continue to make sacrifices to allow us to live in freedom. G-d bless America.

  15. No-one wants Obama

    http://hotair.com/archives/2014/11/10/woodward-senate-democrats-are-sick-of-obama-too/

    Alternate headline: Obama brings consensus to Capitol Hill. Even when Bob Woodward floated this nugget on CBS’ Face the Nation yesterday during the panel discussion, it wasn’t really news. The soon-to-be Senate Minority Leader’s chief of staff ripped Barack Obama after his boss saw the eight-year majority crash to an end on Tuesday. When David Krone accused Obama of paying “lip service” to Senate Democrats and blame his “barely 40 percent approval rating” for the disaster, it was pretty clear that Krone’s attitude didn’t come out of the blue, if readers will pardon the pun. The White House tried tamping down reports of a feud as an issue entirely localized to Krone, but Bloomberg also noted that Reid’s office didn’t shy away from pushing the Washington Post story with Krone’s remarks out to social media accounts. Bloomberg’s Lisa Lerer also noted that the sentiment against Obama wasn’t limited to the upper chamber, either:

    The details of Krone’s story are a bit complicated, but the sentiments certainly aren’t: Congressional Democrats, who’ve long felt unappreciated by the Obama White House, know the president is weakened by the midterm losses. They’re trying to deflect the blame—and seizing on the chance to finally take their private gripes public. That means the White House can probably look forward to a lot more stories like this one, unless they can find away to smooth relations among their own on Capitol Hill. But with just two years left, they may have already lost their chance.

    Woodward confirms that second-term Obama is a uniter, all right:

    Schieffer: I’m wondering about the talk after this election, I think the President’s relations with the Democrats in the Senate may be as bad as his relations with the Republicans.

    Woodward: That’s absolutely true. You get the Democrats in private, and they are on fire! Just cause he won’t spend the time, because he won’t listen. Peggy [Noonan] said yesterday in her column, and I think there is real truth here: humility is power. And after you lose, you have to come out and kind of face up to that. And there’s a whole undercurrent in the President’s approach that, well, you know, it was bad but, you know, that was worse than bad. And I think, optimistically, I think he’s capable — and as you’re suggesting — he’s capable of changing and engaging in that outreach, and he just needs to do it and kind of get out of this bubble that he seems to be living in.

  16. http://www.politico.com/story/2014/11/red-state-democrats-rise-in-senate-112760.html

    Red-state Democrats rise in Senate

    The Republican takeover is empowering senators like Joe Manchin and Heidi Heitkamp.

    Republicans are about to take over the Senate, but another group is on the rise, too: red-state Democrats.

    Red staters and other moderates could determine whether Mitch McConnell or Harry Reid prevails on any given cliff-hanger vote, making these Democrats the new power centers in the Senate.

    The centrists, like Joe Manchin and Heidi Heitkamp, could use their influence in the next two years to score bipartisan achievements on issues like energy and health care that could be central to their own future prospects.

    And while moderates in the minority are always significant in a closely divided Senate, this group’s decisions on bucking their own party leaders and the White House will determine whether Republicans will succeed in governing — or flop.

    When asked about the prospects that his party would block the GOP agenda for the next two years, Manchin didn’t mince words: “That’s bullsh—. … I’m not going to put up with that.”

    Others are saying they’re not afraid to defect on key issues.

    “Our caucus needs to take a hard look at the way we do things and make sure we are putting the policy issues first before politics,” said Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), who spoke with McConnell and Reid after last week’s elections. “The habit we got into in doing nothing, no one was happy with that. I hope that we never go back to that.”

    At best, McConnell is looking at a 54-46 majority, meaning he will need at least six Democrats to overcome a filibuster, which could very well be a frequent tool of the likely new minority leader, Harry Reid of Nevada. If McConnell can keep his caucus mostly united on each bill, he will have a small number of moderates and swing votes to choose from, whether it’s on energy, taxes, health care or spending legislation.

    Still, he will have the difficult task of balancing the demands of moderate Democrats without losing significant support from House and Senate conservatives. Plus, the ranks of moderate Democrats have thinned in the aftermath of last Tuesday’s Democratic blood bath.

    Recognizing the realities of having a Democratic president, Republicans are hungry to pass bills out of both chambers, even if doing so prompts a presidential veto, allowing them to place blame for gridlock at the feet of the president. But if they can’t get bills out of the Senate — by either failing to win Democrats or losing GOP support — McConnell could very well be attacked for running a dysfunctional Senate just as his party faces a daunting map to keep its majority in 2016.

    A week after their party lost control of the chamber, a wide range of Senate Democrats say it’s time for a course correction, giving McConnell hope of wooing Democrats unnerved by last week’s midterm elections. That begins, they said, by opening up a Senate that has done scant legislating over the past year. [snip]

    But already, a host of red-state Democrats signal a willingness to cut some deals with the GOP on the initial items atop their agenda. Donnelly wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s medical device tax and restore the full-time workweek of 40 hours under the law, two major GOP priorities. Several senators — like Manchin, Heitkamp, Donnelly and McCaskill — want to move forward on the Keystone XL oil pipeline. And Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) said he is pushing for three bipartisan bills — including overhauls of regulations, student loans, and parental and medical leave — that he hopes will get attention in the GOP Senate.

    “If the Republicans have an affirmative agenda, things they want to do, they are going to need Democratic or independent votes,” said King, who caucuses with Democrats. “I remember telling people back in Maine, everybody down here thinks they’re in charge. The reality is that anything that gets done has to have bipartisan support.”

    For these Democrats, scoring a handful of bipartisan victories could go a long way toward helping their own electoral prospects. One factor in the defeats last week of several first-term Democratic senators — including Kay Hagan in North Carolina, Mark Udall in Colorado and probably Mark Begich in Alaska — was their inability to exert their independence and distinguish themselves legislatively from an unpopular White House, partly because of the perennial gridlock in the Senate.

    “One of things that was really harmful about [the lack of amendments], it didn’t allow moderates to separate themselves in terms of policy issues,” said McCaskill, who didn’t commit to backing Reid as minority leader in the interview. “It makes it very difficult for people from purple and blue states to separate themselves.”

    McCaskill is now a “moderate”. We remember when she snubbed Hillary repeatedly and praised Obama because her kids told her he was cool.

  17. For those Red state Democrats who think they will hold power, i draw their attention to what their “leader” did that makes them irrelevant.

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1011/65692.html

    Is 51 the new 60 under Senate rules?

    Look past the procedural squabbling and Republican wailing over Harry Reid’s rules change and the chamber faces a simpler question: Will the 51-vote majority be a new norm in the Senate?

    For a generation, the chamber has used — many would say abused — the filibuster, setting a threshold of 60 votes for doing virtually anything. In these divisive times in Washington, that means almost nothing substantive can get through the Senate. So Reid’s move last week to change Senate rules and override the parliamentarian on a simple majority has senators abuzz over what else can be changed by 51 votes and where each party will draw the line.

    While the actual change amounted to a relatively minor tweak of Senate floor procedures, the tactics Reid used to force through a rules change by 51 votes — rather than 67 votes — could be replicated by future majorities. That means if future majorities believe Senate minorities are unfairly abusing Senate rules, they’ll be more apt to find ways to bypass the 60-vote requirement. And that could have enormous implications for major national laws — like health care reform — which could suddenly face a simple majority for repeal if Republicans take control of the Senate.

    …………………………..

    Don’t be all whiney when the GOP uses Reids tactics…..he set the precedent.

  18. fighting words from the GOP…we’ll see…

    if the Dems have any respect for the law and the struggling American worker, they have to ask themselves…what would they do if a republican President just started going around the elected Congress to impose his will…whether the American people want it or not…if the dims did not want O to do this before the election why should it be any different after the election…

    if the Dims support this hypocrisy they are worthless

    this is no way to run a freaking govt…why bother having elections and going to vote…swear in the new Congress then the Prez and they need to work it out…oh, for the good old Clinton days when a president knew how to govern..

    http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/11/no-surrender-on-immigration-112766_full.html#.VGJ7lJ_H9hE

  19. Years, months, too late:

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-11-11/senate-democrats-said-to-consider-keystone-vote-soon.html

    Senate Democrats Said to Consider Keystone Vote Soon

    Senate Democrats are considering a vote in the lame-duck session to force approval of the TransCanada Corp. (TRP)’s Keystone XL pipeline, a party aide said, a move that may bolster Louisiana Democrat Mary Landrieu’s re-election chances.

    Similar measures have failed to advance in the Senate this year and Senate leaders will have trouble mustering the votes for passage now. President Barack Obama could veto the measure. [snip]

    Casting a vote in favor of the pipeline may benefit Landrieu in her Dec. 6 runoff, in which she faces Republican Representative Bill Cassidy. Congress returns tomorrow for a post-election session.

    Landrieu, 58, chairwoman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, in her campaign has sought to distance herself from Obama on energy issues, including his delay in approving the pipeline. She has backed the pipeline project.

    Landrieu will face Cassidy, 57, in a run-off after neither won a majority of support from Louisiana voters in the Nov. 4 election. Even if Landrieu is re-elected, she will lose her position as chairwoman of the energy committee when Republicans take control of the Senate in January. [snip]

    Starting in January, there may be enough Keystone supporters in both chambers of Congress to overcome a veto by Obama. It takes a two-thirds vote in each chamber to override a presidential veto.

    Getting ahead of that effort could allow Landrieu to vote on the matter on her own terms.

    A bipartisan group of lawmakers, including Landrieu, has been trying to force a vote by the Senate to approve the pipeline. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat who sets the chamber’s agenda under Democratic control, has resisted bypassing the Obama administration, which is deciding whether to allow the project to move forward.

    Earlier this year, pipeline supporters said they had backing from 56 senators, four shy of the 60 needed to prevent it from being blocked. They included all 45 Senate Republicans. The House has passed similar measures by broad majorities.

    Allowing senators to vote to circumvent an administration study and approve the pipeline could antagonize the White House, and may draw an Obama veto.

    In his news conference following the election, Obama said the independent process evaluating Keystone led by the State Department should “play out.”

  20. So trying to pass Keystone now trying to save Landrieu’s ass..

    Despicable…..this could have done good years ago. Now they want to now to save their own asses…….

    They can go to hell. They just dont want the GOP to pass it and get the reward and thats the reality of it.

  21. Thank you to all our veterans and their families for their brave protection and sacrifices.

    Thank you Admin for the wonderful stories and also to Wbb for that emotional post to our ABM96, I hope you are still with us.

  22. Looks like Obama is not going to get his way….

    Hearings over Loretta Lynch’s AG nomination will likely wait until 2015:

    http://politi.co/1B3MdgN

    Senate Democrats appear increasingly likely to punt confirmation proceedings for attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch into next year, a move that would appease Republicans who want the fight to wait until they hold the majority.

    Senior Senate Democratic and White House aides say they are reluctant to provoke a process fight with the newly empowered Republicans. No final decision has been made, but several Democrats privately believe that there might not be enough time to confirm Lynch in the lame-duck session, anyway.

    …………………

    They blinked.

  23. My Uncle was killed in WWII and my Father lost an eye. My Cousin grew up without a Father and her Mother picked the wrong men at her expense. There were sacrifices at so many levels, to fight for our freedom. Anyone who disrespects our Vets, is rotten to the depths of their soul.

  24. he’s capable of changing and engaging in that outreach, and he just needs to do it and kind of get out of this bubble that he seems to be living in.
    ———–
    Fuck you Woodward. Get off your dead ass. Investigate Benghazi.

    He is capable of engaging in outreach? Like when he voted present 30 times. Give me a fucking break.

    This is a my way or the highway guy.

    Woodward has given up on doing any hard work.

    He has no quite as bad as Browkaw.

    Nobody is.

    Did you see that clip of him trembling with anger as he described a talk radio station where a caller in described Obama and the people who voted for him as excrement.

    If that is what the caller said, then I believe he engaged in euphemism.

    But Broken Tom Browkaw’s reaction looked like he was on the verge of a heart attack, so I reached for the nitro glycerin pills, and then decided it would be better to just let nature take its course.

  25. My dad respected Tom Brokaw of old .. like the “old” Democrat party.

    He would roll over in his grave if he could see the piece of shit Brokaw now. Used to be a respected journalist and to just keeping going down like he is now, SHAMEFUL

  26. dot48
    November 11, 2014 at 7:15 pm
    ————
    I respected him too in those days. I would even venture to say I liked him. But by the almighty, not now. I neither respect him nor do I like him. It is ironic that he would write a book about the greatest generation, and let his own values and love of country sink the way they have. He has become a rigid defender of the Washington establishment, which means he is neither objective nor concerned about the American people. I saw him as an elder statesman who could help big media regain its journalistic bearings. How wrong I was.

  27. I guess anybody can write a book. Hell even Chuck Todd has one. I am not sure he wrote it but it does have his name on it, so whether or not he wrote it, he is taking the credit. It is about everyone’s favorite subject, the messiah, or the stranger as he calls him. I made a point of another book over it to hide it. There is little we can do, but we do what we can. Even without my little shenanigan, the book is not selling. Its just more crap. Even Hillary’s book aint selling. Could it be that the creative class is losing its interest in this soap opera? Could it even be they now understand that they are being played? I hope Chuck’s book turns out to be a loser. Just like the man it is written about.

  28. And what about the Bush Sr. book supposedly written by Bush Jr????

    Isn’t it amazing how history gets re-written by both Dems and Reps.

  29. Every time I think Gruber with his Obama lied to pass Obamacrare but that is a good thing is a Guinness Book Village Idiot, up pops Rhamadon’s brother Zeke to show that where village idiots are concerned Gruber is a piker and Zeke is state of the art. Hey Zeke, if you are convinced that 75 is the right age to die, then why don’t you get a good head start, and do so now.
    —————————-
    Dr. Ezekiel J. Emanuel has just announced that he plans on dying at age 75 and implies that the rest of us should work toward achieving this too. His article is perhaps the single most outrageous and despicable screed written this entire year. One must also consider that this proposal is not being made by just any medical doctor. Dr. Emanuel, brother of Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago, is a major advocate of universal health care and was a key advisor to the president on formulating the Affordable Care Act, or as we know it, Obamacare.

    Indeed, a few years ago, Emanuel was accused by Betsy McCaughey and Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, among others, of favoring euthanasia and death panels for individuals. Dr. Emanuel argued that in fact he is a well-known opponent of euthanasia, and that, as the details in his Wikipedia entry note, his talk about “rationing” medical treatment concerned only the “allocation of very scarce medical interventions such as organs and vaccines,” not preventing the elderly who want medical treatment for illnesses from getting what they need. Emanuel said he was angry that what he wrote was taken out of context: “I find it a little dispiriting, after a whole career’s worth of work dedicated to improving care for people at the end of life, that now I’m ‘advocating euthanasia panels.’”

    There is a serious discussion about how much treatment should be given at the very end of life, especially if a terminally ill patient would be worse off as a result. But in his Atlantic article, Dr. Emanuel makes us revisit the charges made against him some years ago and reevaluate whether his critics were not so far off in their claims.

    Here is his argument neatly summed up at the start of his lengthy essay:

    But here is a simple truth that many of us seem to resist: living too long is also a loss. It renders many of us, if not disabled, then faltering and declining, a state that may not be worse than death but is nonetheless deprived. It robs us of our creativity and ability to contribute to work, society, the world. It transforms how people experience us, relate to us, and, most important, remember us. We are no longer remembered as vibrant and engaged but as feeble, ineffectual, even pathetic.

    And later:

    I am talking about how long I want to live and the kind and amount of health care I will consent to after 75. Americans seem to be obsessed with exercising, doing mental puzzles, consuming various juice and protein concoctions, sticking to strict diets, and popping vitamins and supplements, all in a valiant effort to cheat death and prolong life as long as possible. This has become so pervasive that it now defines a cultural type: what I call the American immortal.

    If young Zeke wants to stop living at 75, that’s fine with me. But the arguments he lays out are not really meant to be just about himself. He argues that essentially, one should stop living after he or she has led a complete life. According to him, by 75, people have passed their creative peaks. It is all downhill from there. They are being kept alive by the likes of flu and pneumonia shots, vaccines, antibiotics, and better medical care, which keeps them going instead of allowing nature to take its course. That is why, he says at one point, he does not believe people should get flu shots in their 60s: because each one taken by an elderly person is depriving a younger person who needs it to live a full life from having access to it. (He does not explain why both cannot get them.)

    http://pjmedia.com/ronradosh/2014/09/19/dr-ezekiel-emanuel-to-me-and-others-dont-live-past-75/

  30. Obama is an embarrassment. Macho man meets Pajama Boy. Tell Vlad I will have more flexibility after the election . . .

    ————————-

    When the summit opened in a sprawling convention centre at a lake outside Beijing, Chinese President Xi Jinping walked in with Obama and Putin, both unsmiling, on either side of him.

    “It’s beautiful, isn’t it?” Putin was overheard saying in English in Obama’s general direction, referring to the ornate conference room.
    “Yes,” Obama replied, coldly, according to journalists who witnessed the scene.

    The three leaders stopped at Xi’s seat at the table. Putin reached out and clapped Obama on the shoulder. Obama barely responded. The two then took their seat to Xi’s left and right.

    President Putin knows full well where we stand,” Rhodes said.

    The two leaders last held brief informal talks on the sidelines of D-Day anniversary celebrations in Normandy, France in June.
    Meanwhile, scrutinising body language between the two has become something of a pastime in diplomatic circles.

    The contrast in their personal styles, Putin brash and macho, Obama more professorial and sometimes self-conscious, was also on display at APEC.

    At a tree-planting ceremony at the summit venue, Putin swaggered up, chest out, and shovelled mud onto the roots of a partially-planted tree.
    Obama walked up with his hands clasped behind his back, picked up the shovel, grinning slightly, and piled mud on his tree.

    When a Spanish-language camera crew called for his attention, Obama responded with “Hey, hombre” and waved.

  31. Rhoades is a jackal just like his boss.

    We all know where Obama stands

    5 yards back from where he stood yesterday

    When he claimed no power on earth could move him.

  32. Obama forced 10 million people off private insurance and on to the exchanges. Many of them live in states like Texas, which do not have state exchanges. Obama’s law says these people are not eligible for insurance subsidies because their states did not set up exchanges. The IRS however has given them those subsidies in clear violation of the plain meaning of the language and the legislative history. And Gruber peas who is the architect of that law calls the American people stupid for having accepted the law, but lies about the legislative history. If the Court strikes down those subsidies for those states then million of people will be without insurance. The Republican Party can then pass its own law, which does not force people on the exchanges, does not force people to buy insurance, but allows them to do so if they want it, and forces the really sick on medicare. Then, with people clamoring for insurance and the Republicans offering the only game in town, Obama will be in deep kimchee. They can dare him to veto that bill. Obamacare will be dead and the Republican bill will replace it.

    http://www.dickmorris.com/obamacare-one-step-closer-death-dick-morris-tv-lunch-alert/?utm_source=dmreports&utm_medium=dmreports&utm_campaign=dmreports

  33. Well, on the eve of the grand jury bill/no bill release the Ferguson and St. Louis are bracing for a new round of rioting, looting and possibly killing if the decision is not to indict. The governor, who has embarrassed himself by reversing prior decisions is not saying that violence will not be tolerated. That statement is ambiguous enough to give him all the wiggle room he needs to play both ends to the middle. He is on everybody’s side. How convenient. The problem is big media has fanned the flames of this tragic incident, by perpetrating what may turn out to be a false and wreckless account of what happened, and by fabricating information just as they did in Florida. This begs the ultimate question, if there is such a thing as screaming fire in a crowded theater, and if violence will not be tolerated, then perhaps the 150 reporters which NYT, NBC, CNN, CBS, ABC and WashPo have on station ready to capture the rioting if it happens, and if it does not happen, then to kind of, sort of … nudge thing along, be prosecuted. If there is no First Amendment right to scream fire in a crowded theater, then perhaps that principle should apply to big media. I am all in favor of the patriot in his basement turning out pamphlets critical of the government, but these multi national conglomerates who abuse their rights and prerogatives shamelessly, and endanger the public ought not to be allowed to seek shelter from their wrongful actions. Especially when they have no commitment whatsoever to the truth, as witnessed by the proven fraud they committed in the last election. Since this argument will receive the traction it deserves because the public is ignorant of or indifferent to what they are doing, all we can really do is pray and as I understand it, Ferguson resident are hoping for the best and preparing for the worst, mindful of the fact that god created men, and Smith and Wesson made them equal.

  34. Apart from big media however, the primary culprit in fomenting racial violence today is the Democratic party—except in Mississippi where the Republican party is the culprit. When you play the race card graphically, and repeatedly, in order to win elections, it does not stop there. For you also create a racial tinderbox which can explode at the least provocation. Or, when a lawful verdict is handed down which does not satisfy the delusional mindset you created. A mindset which has more memories of the past than hopes for the future. The intervention of big media, which has no commitment to the community and just wants action, does severe damage the community, destroys the social fabric magnifies the risk and the severity of violence by a factor of 10.

    Just the sort of thing a scumbag like Steve Capus at NBC/CBS would do– in the twinkling of an eye.

  35. Southern Born
    November 11, 2014 at 8:40 pm
    And what about the Bush Sr. book supposedly written by Bush Jr????

    Isn’t it amazing how history gets re-written by both Dems and Reps.
    ————–
    The good news is nobody reads these books.

    Except for hangers on—like Dana Perino.

  36. Obama as a Bond villain.

    Question: if Obama is Dr. No then who is Bond?

    Huckabee?

    No he is Winnie the Poo.

    Mitch McConnell?

    No he is scrooge.

    Boehner?

    No he is Hugh Hefner.

    Ron Paul?

    No he is a two headed dentist, and parttime proctologist.

    Jebediah Bush?

    No he is the Pillsbury dough boy.

    Christie?

    No he is a beached whale.

    Ben Carson.

    A very good man.

    Ted Cruz

    There’s Bond

  37. Trey is back. He takes on Gruber. And he has a good report on Benghazi. I suspect the hammering–the body blows and the head shots suffered by the party of Obama last week have got them staggering and less interested in obstructing the Benghazi investigation. I am sure they all love Obama, but their patience with him may be growing a little thin. But nobody loves Obama like Big Media does. They love him with a love that is more than a love. He can kick the shit out of them, spy on them, and all the say is thank you may I please have another. Why anyone pays any attention to big media after they have corrupted our political process as they have suggests that Gruber may have been right about a good portion of the American Public–including him are in fact stupid.

    http://video.foxnews.com/v/3886979972001/rep-trey-gowdy-slams-obamacare-architects-comments/#sp=show-clips

  38. Obama and his fellow dims have crippled the American economy causing the Federal Reserve to keep interest rates at about zero. This in turn has caused seniors to suffer since they can no longer generate enough bond revenue to live off their investments. And that has caused seniors to leave the party of Obama in droves. By 2030 20% of the electorate will be Hispanic, but 30% will be over 65. This sort of trumps the Texiana–demographic destiny and a permanent democrat majority bullshit.

    http://video.foxnews.com/v/3884979239001/hume-democrats-need-more-than-a-better-sales-job/?intcmp=ob_footer_video&intcmp=obinsite#sp=show-clips

  39. wbboei November 12, 2014 at 4:18 am

    Obama and his fellow dims have crippled the American economy causing the Federal Reserve to keep interest rates at about zero.

    Sorry, but what is crippling the American economy is limp demand. Businesses small and large are sitting on a $1.6 trillion stockpile of cash that they are not investing (at home) in jobs and new products because domestic demand is not great enough for their products.

    The first stimulus was meant to sustain demand and let the economy recover. Despite the scams, that is what it did: It prevented a total collapse. What was needed to spark new demand was another stimulus, which the Republicans blocked, or an increase of the minimum wage, which the Republicans also blocked.

    Interest rates are zero because businesses, having so much cash on hand, do not need new money. What would they use it for?

    This is why HRC said on the campaign trail, “Don’t let anybody tell you that businesses and corporations create jobs. I’ve been this route — you know, the old trickle-down economics.”

    She said this to support the demand for a minimum wage increase, and fend against the Republican tendency to grant new loopholes for the rich and tax decreases for business on the grounds of trickle-down economics — which, she said, “has failed spectacularly.” Businesses are shipping jobs overseas because that’s where the demand is.

    So, I have to disagree with your entire thesis: Obama and his fellow Dims have not crippled the economy, and their policies have nothing to do with the zero interest rates.

  40. Sorry, but what is crippling the American economy is limp demand. Businesses small and large are sitting on a $1.6 trillion stockpile of cash that they are not investing (at home) in jobs and new products because domestic demand is not great enough for their products.
    ————–
    Oh, they are sitting on trillions alright. The question is why? If you ask them they will tell you it is because of high taxes and over regulation. The ramifications are two fold: first, they do not create jobs in this country. Second, they invest in other countries where the economic environment is conducive rather than hostile to business. This is why Steve Wynn is building casinos in Asia rather than here. Yes, there is demand in that venue, as well as ours. But unless he can make a profit, he and every other businessman will pass. He has been very explicit about it. He voted for Obama in 2008, believes it was a big mistake and will not build another casino in this country as long as the big media beloved messiah is in office.

    Remember, it is a global marketplace. And under Obama, the United States has become a bad place to invest, except when it comes to buying real estate. As for the core premise businesses do not create jobs, yes, Hillary said that, but I would direct your attention to her retraction.

    At the extremes however you do have a point. If there is no demand, most businesses will not invest, but there is that subcategory of investors who are willing to do so in order to create a future demand. If you doubt that businesses create jobs, then you should ask yourself why the federal reserve has kept its interest rates at zero, at the expense of seniors. And then you would do well to ask yourself why it is not working. The phony unemployment rate published by Obama provides no solace to the 92 million Americans of working age who are not working— because you didn’t build that Obama has discouraged capital formation, and punished it through his obscene policies. He wants an entire nation dependent on government–and big media is his partner in crime.

  41. How will big media bury this one? Suffice it to say, if these people had been fair and impartial journalist, rather than lying lap dogs for this corrupt administration, then we would not have this moribund employment picture and this racially divided nation. But they would not have the access and influence they crave or the huge profits they derive from perverting the truth. This winter of our discontent is their doing. And the people of this country know it.
    ——————-

    CHANCE TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THE IRS SCANDALS

    The Republican takeover of the Senate is rich in potential consequences. One such consequence is the opportunity to get to the bottom of the IRS targeting scandal.

    Cleta Mitchell, the attorney who has led the charge to uncover the truth about IRS abuses, points out that Republicans now control key Senate committee’s with jurisdiction over the matter: Finance, Judiciary, and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. The new chairmen are, respectively, Orrin Hatch, Charles Grassley, and Ron Johnson.

    Each, says Mitchell, has demonstrated attentiveness to the IRS targeting scandal. None is likely to shrink from forcing the agency to respond to the many unanswered questions about its behavior.

    The stage is thus set for expanding the inquiry into unexplored areas of IRS misconduct. Mitchell identifies them:

    • The full extent of targeting of taxpayers with personal and business audits based on their contributions to and involvement with conservative political candidates and organizations.

    • The IRS seizure of taxpayer assets and bank accounts without due process, as has been widely reported in recent weeks.

    • The illegal disclosure of confidential taxpayer information to the media, to other federal agencies and to state and local partisan political officials, as we saw in the cases of the National Organization for Marriage, Koch Industries, the Texas Public Policy Council, and the Republican Governors Association Public Policy Council, among others.

    • The true story of how Catherine Engelbrecht, the founder of True the Vote, came to be audited and subjected to government attacks by multiple federal agencies after founding two conservative organizations in Houston.

    Congress must also move beyond asking questions and requesting documents. Mitchell notes that “since 2012, House investigators have been subjected to an IRS rope-a-dope game by the refusal of the agency and various officials to respond to subpoenas or to answer questions fully and forthrightly.” Now, the House should reissue the subpoenas that will expire at the end of this Congress and move aggressively to enforce them in court.

    Most importantly, says Mitchell, the House should ask the federal courts to enforce its contempt resolution against Lois Lerner:

    It is clear that the Obama Justice Department has willfully failed to file an enforcement proceeding in federal court. There also are strong separation-of-powers arguments against allowing the executive branch to unilaterally disregard congressional disciplinary actions taken against an executive-branch official like Ms. Lerner for refusing to testify before Congress.

    Finally, at the substantive level, Republicans are now in a position to push for an overhaul of the federal tax code. As Mitchell puts it, “the new Republican-controlled Congress will have a rare opportunity to overhaul a tax policy and a tax-collecting agency that both desperately need it.”

    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2014/11/a-chance-to-get-to-the-bottom-of-the-irs-scandals.php

  42. Bear one thing in mind when you castigate FOX for allowing pundits to attack Hillary:

    If it were not for FOX, then we would know nothing about these scandals–because they buried them.

    And the proof of their treachery can be seen in: i) CNN moderator planting an erroneous comment to help Obama when he was on the ropes in his debate with Romney, and ii) CBS leaving the best part of the 60 minutes interview of Obama on the eve of the election on the cutting room floor, in order to protect his narrative that terrorism is on the run, and what happened at Benghazi was not a terrorist attack but a video.

    None of this would have been known to the public and gained traction were it not for FOX. Big media tried to dismiss this as delusional conspiracy theory, just as they gladly accepted Obama’s contention that the IRS scandal was limited to rogue agents in Cincinatti, and were more fixated on taking down to tea party which threatened their little heaven and protecting Obama, than in following the bread crumbs which any responsible media organization would have done.

  43. foxyladi14
    November 12, 2014 at 10:27 am
    The Hammer h/t Amy. 🙂
    —————-
    Yes, Gruber has made Roberts look like a fool.

    But sometimes things are exactly as they appear.

    Roberts looks like a fool because he is a fool.

    But more than that—he is a coward.

    Too much of a coward to do what was right.

    And what he was called upon to do by the constitution

    Plus own admission that Obamacare was not a tax

    But to save his own ass, he found it to be one.

    Where Obama, Roberts and big media are concerned

    I want them all to stay the course

    Because it will lead to a gotterdamerung

    And nothing short of that will wake up the American People

    Six years is too long to remain asleep

    And if he survives this ordeal they will go back to sleep

    Never realizing that under Obama, we lost everything that mattered.

    And all three of them, in their own way, were complicit.

    As you know by now, I believe the problem here is institutional

    None of the institutions of government or big media fulfilled their mission

    All of them, in one way or another, were bought off

    A government which is too big to fail is too big to manage.

  44. Oh, that Barack Obama presidential library.

    What will it look like.

    Over the entrance, there will be a plaque saying first black president.

    In a room no larger than a water closet, there will be an empty book of accomplishments, piped in speeches he delivered with such sound and fury signifying nothing, and a set of golf clubs.

    In another room reminiscent of the palace of Versailles, there will be a vast library of books and videos commemorating his many scandals, pictures of his apology tour, photos showing his devastation of the economy, a forensic analysis of his birth certificate, the names of associates he threw under the bus to save his ass, a list of secret contributors, and an interactive road map of how to steal elections.

    It will be very impressive.

  45. wbboei November 12, 2014 at 10:14 am

    No, you’re all over the place in your reply, and are showing an embarrassing ignorance of economics and business (which are two different things), but also of what HRC said and why she said it. (Moreover, she did not retract or “walk back” her statement as you say, but rather clarified it. Only right-wing sources are attacking the statement and calling the clarification a retraction.)

    I don’t know of any businesses/corporations that are sitting on their cash and refusing to invest “because of high taxes and over-regulation.” Such an idea doesn’t make sense from a business or accounting viewpoint, and has no economic justification either. Any businessman who says something crazy like that is trying to pull the wool over your eyes.

    The price of money (interest) is low because businesses don’t want to borrow money, not because the Fed has decided to keep the interest rates low, but because businesses have plenty of cash on hand already and don’t need any more.

    Businesses have all the money they need but they are investing abroad where the demand is high: Brazil, Mexico, Canada, South Africa, especially China, even in Europe and Japan.

    But not in the US, because there is no more domestic demand, and the sagging domestic demand has been an increasing problem since the end of the Reagan administration.

    It was with Reagan that the US began to follow the enlightened path of “supply-side” economics, which at the time was called “trickle-down” economics because it gave tax breaks to the rich and to corporations, supposedly so they could create jobs and wealth, and then this wealth would trickle down from the wealthy onto the unwashed masses.

    Trickle-down seemed to work for a while, but, as HRC says, it “failed spectacularly.”

    With their bonanza, businesses started investing abroad in the 1980s, mainly because wages were lower abroad, and they sold their low-cost foreign-made products worldwide, including back in the US. This meant that both investment money and consumption money was flowing out of the US.

    In the 1990’s, WJC applied arithmetic to the problem and said, “This has to stop somewhere.” His solution was to hike up the minimum wage, and the result was an increase of 23 million jobs and the longest period of uninterrupted prosperity in US history.

    We need a minimum wage increase now to kick-start the economy, and businesses can pay for it upfront out of their cash stockpile.

    In our current situation, the basic economy law of S = I (Savings equals Investment) does not hold when businesses are hoarding their cash and not investing. This basic economic equivalency is being ignored and abused, and cutting taxes would abuse it even more.

    But taking that cash and putting it in consumers’ pockets with a minimum wage increase would go a long way toward rectifying S = I, by increasing demand.

  46. Obama may be off the nicotine, but surely not the dope. If they were offended by his chewing gum, think how delighted they would have been if he had lit up a joint. It was a remarkable example of self control to see him resist that urge. For the rest of his term, he should forgo the Saville Row suits for that stylish purple smock, which marks him as a man of the people rather than an arrogant, mouthy, I could give a fuck about you, sort of elitist. Those who voted for him can be very proud of themselves.

  47. jeswezey
    November 12, 2014 at 11:18 am
    wbboei November 12, 2014 at 10:14 am

    No, you’re all over the place in your reply, and are showing an embarrassing ignorance of economics and business
    ————
    Oh my.

  48. jeswezey
    November 12, 2014 at 11:18 am
    wbboei November 12, 2014 at 10:14 am
    ————-
    By any chance, your real name isn’t Professor Gruber, is it?

  49. wbboei November 12, 2014 at 11:36 am

    By any chance, your real name isn’t Professor Gruber, is it?

    ?? What’s the meaning of that snipe?

  50. foxyladi14
    November 12, 2014 at 11:34 am
    My Son said the same thing Wbboei.

    He is not a Politician.
    ———–
    No. He is a messiah. And it all came out in the debate, when he set the record straight by claiming: I am not some . . . chief operating officer who manages the operation (yuk) . . . I am a chief executive who gives inspiration, broad oversight and direction to the world. You may now applaud.

    Translation: I am not some grimy little tradesman who enters the mansion through the rear door and fixes the pluming. I-I-I am an aristocrat in full plumage, entitled to the finer things in life, worshiped by the concubines of big media, and condescending as befits my regal status to the little people. You may now applaud again–unless you want an IRS audit.

  51. wbboei
    November 12, 2014 at 4:03 am

    Trey is back. He takes on Gruber.

    ——
    Thank you Wbb for posting that video.

    It answered my question I asked a couple of days ago on if a bill that is passed, is done so by deceiving the American voter, will the architects of that bill, be held accountable in a legal manner?

    Since Trey did not bring up the idea of prosecution for that deceit, I guess the answer is, as long as the bill is passed…we are stuck with it until it is is dismantled by the Supremes or a future congress.

    This is shocking to me, I guess I have been living in a bubble for way too long. Seems like a there is no way to prevent this from happening again, if the circumstances in power are similar in the future.

    This just doesn’t sound Constitutional to me. Like I said, thousands of people are in jail for much less than this.

    On the other hand, I am glad to hear the tidbit of news on his investigations…behind the scenes. I hope he nails Obola to the wall.

  52. Wbb

    Part of what you say, I agree with…

    None of this would have been known to the public and gained traction were it not for FOX.


    But, no matter how many times Hillary supporters, (including me) sent information to Fox, Hannity, Bill, Greta…etc about what was going on in 2008, only Greta dared to tell a tiny bit of the truth.

    All the others, refused to put it on the air because taking down Hillary was their goal, and they thought they could get rid of Obama easily.

    Fox only tells the ‘truth’ that will help their side.

    We no longer have a news station that we can trust. We have to gather information from many sources and make judgment calls on our own research.

  53. Obama may be off the nicotine

    ——
    My guess is it’s nicotine gum.

    The PC way to still smoke indoors and get bridezilla off his back.

  54. jeswezey

    No, you’re all over the place in your reply, and are showing an embarrassing ignorance of economics and business

    —–

    You super-sniped first. Own up to it.

  55. wbboei November 12, 2014 at 10:14 am
    ————-
    By any chance, your real name isn’t Professor Gruber, is it?
    _______________________________

    So funny wbb, so true!

  56. wbboei November 12, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Oh my.

    Look, further to my explanations of 11:18 am, I’ll try to show you why “high taxes” are not a reason for a business to sit on its cash reserves and not invest.

    The corporate income tax is applied to a company’s profits, which are the pre-tax income available for distribution to the stockholders. It is profit that is taxed, and not operating costs, production, research, reserve funds.

    Profits are not determined by simply subtracting operating costs from total sales.

    First of all, there are vague estimated ‘costs’ like amortizations and intangibles; but there are also risk items, which includes research because you can never tell when research is going to start paying off, if ever.

    More importantly, you have “reserves” for risk items in the coming years. This includes things like law suits in progress, but also “saving for a rainy day.”

    These savings are not taxed, because they are not used and generate no income. They are simply stashed away. That’s where the $1.6 trillion is sitting: in corporate reserve funds. They are not taxed; and if the company ever decides to use them, they will not be taxed either. They have to bring a profit first, before being taxed.

    Not only are these funds not taxed, but also companies even have a simple preference to increase their reserves rather than subjecting the money to taxation and then passing it along to their stockholders.

    In the usual business cycle (that is, not the long recession we are currently experiencing, but a cycle where business wavers between 2% and 7% growth), companies have a visibility on medium-term business that allows them to forgo cash reserves and, in that case, the Fed can entice them into growth by decreasing the cost of money, or curb an over-heated economy by increasing that cost.

    Milton Friedman’s theory supported this conservative interest-rate control of the economy, forgoing the fiscal arm of the Federal Government, provided that the economy followed the normal business cycles and also provided that S = I (savings equals investment).

    After the 2008 crash, 9 out of 10 economists turned “Keynesian” again. This was no ordinary business cycle, but a total collapse of the economy in the offing. The Federal government applied its fiscal arm with the stimulus.

    The stimulus did prevent the collapse, but it was not enough to kick-start the economy.

    What is needed to start the economy again is an increased minimum wage. An increased minimum wage is not just for the lowest earners, but for workers who earn more — they will be “bumped upward”, leading to a general increase across the board — and everyone will be able to buy more, which means increased demand. Increased demand means developing new products and increasing production, both of which call for more researchers and production staff in the job force, at higher wages, thus still more demand. A virtuous circle.

    This is HRC’s reasoning, as it was WJC’s in the 1990s. I agree with it. If you believe that decreasing taxes following the reasoning of supply-side economics, then I would ask for your facts and theory in support of trickle-down. I wholly agree with HRC that trickle-down has failed miserably.

    As for your assertion that businesses are complaining about “over-regulation,” I’ll admit that certain regulations are counter-productive; but I doubt that there are many businesses that complain about regulations as a whole, want to de-regulate, or think that regulations are forcing them to sit on their cash. De-regulation is destructive. To remain competitive, markets need regulation (as Romney said).

  57. Shadowfax November 12, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    You super-sniped first. Own up to it.

    Aw, shucks: wbboei said a lot of things that made no sense and seemed to completely ignore what I said. But OK, I’ll own up. I still don’t get why I’d be compared to Gruper, though.

    Does anyone understand what I’m saying? Does anyone understand what HRC was saying?

  58. Shadowfax November 12, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    We no longer have a news station that we can trust. We have to gather information from many sources and make judgment calls on our own research.

    It’s a sad state of affairs to be sure, but to my mind you’ve got the wise approach: multi-sourcing. No other way.

  59. Shadowfax November 12, 2014 at 11:59 am

    … will the architects of that bill, be held accountable in a legal manner?

    the answer is, as long as the bill is passed …we are stuck with it until it is is dismantled by the Supremes or a future congress.

    This just doesn’t sound Constitutional to me. Like I said, thousands of people are in jail for much less than this.

    Well, lack of accountability, or responsibility, it is very sadly part of the American Way. On Veteran’s Day it is very sad to realize that this is what they fought for.

  60. Jesw,

    Does anyone understand what I’m saying? Does anyone understand what HRC was saying?
    ++++++++++++++++++++

    Just you…you are so special

  61. Does anyone understand what HRC was saying?

    gonzotx November 12, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Just you…you are so special

    Well, if that’s the case, it doesn’t speak very well for her supporters. I know you’re not one of them, but there are a couple of us blogging here.

  62. jeswezey

    Does anyone understand what I’m saying? Does anyone understand what HRC was saying?

    —-
    Thanks for all the info. I can’t say I ‘understand it’ like someone that has used it or has confidence in it’s details, but I do understand what you said, and I appreciate your explanation.

    My knowledge of the trickle down economics was from the time Raygun was governor of my state, and the rich got richer while the rest of the state went to Hell. California has never been the same since and the homeless population has grown tremendously since then.

  63. I’ve felt devastated that Obama Democrat Tom Wolf will be PA’s next governor, but perhaps “things” will work out with this change in the leadership of PA Senate. 🙂

    GOP dumps Pileggi as senate majority leader
    HARRISBURG – The state Senate took a conservative turn Wednesday when Republicans ousted Sen. Dominic Pileggi (R., Delaware), one of the chamber’s more moderate voices, as majority leader.
    After eight years as leader, Pileggi lost a challenge from Sen. Jake Corman (R., Centre), the chairman of the powerful Senate Appropritions Committee.
    Corman was backed by a group of conservative senators – as well as Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R., Jefferson) – who sources have said believed Pileggi, a longtime political force in Delaware County, was blocking their agenda and was too moderate to lead the chamber for the next two years.
    The new leadership team in the upper chamber sets the stage for a difficult path for Democratic Gov.-elect Tom Wolf, who faces commanding Republican majorities in both chambers. snip
    http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/20141113_GOP_dumps_Pileggi_as_senate_majority_leader.html

    Perhaps citizens in my state can cash in on some of that conservative wave o’r the land of the free, and the home of the brave.

  64. Maybe we are just stupid Jeweszy !!! *insert roll eyes emoticon*

    REALLY tired of your preaching tactics! There are those of us here who do not worship Hillary rather we “listen” to her and what she’s saying and DOING. Daring to question what ‘WE” hear vs what YOU hear seems to be something you choose to do more and more lately.

    You are NOT even in the United States or you said some time back, YOU are not here to have to endure what is happening here.

    I call your b s for what it is. Stirring the pot to rile folks up.

    WE happen to be in the FRONT line here for the country that is falling down around us. Hillary has NOT shown lately that she has any new ideas, rather choosing to embrace to ObamaTeam Spirit, cheerlead and lead his policies.

    HIS policies were just repudiated by the American public. I’m waiting for Hillary to get done with her “listening” tour and see what new ideas she takes from listening for a while to the little people

    Not sure anyone here blindly falls in line with her .. if she is wrong I see much callling her out. We are NOT like ObamaBOTS

  65. jeswezey
    November 12, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    ____________

    You know nothing jeswezy…nothing of me at all. You would do well to stay across the pond in your socialist heaven…that is coming apart at the seams as I write.

  66. Holdthem
    __________________

    That was despicable, but not even in the same class as obamacare Eichmann..more an excuse

  67. jeswezey
    November 12, 2014 at 1:36 pm
    ———
    Tell me if I am wrong. (I know you will). You view Hillary’s latest book, which was written by a committee, as holy writ, and you gauge the level of our support for her, not by the time and effort we expended to get her elected, and the slings and arrows we endured for doing so–from both sides, but by whether we disagree with what the book says in any material respect. If Hillary were a saint and we were disciples then I guess that would be de rigeur. But if you believe that the best test of a friendship is to care enough about somebody to tell them when they are wrong, and risk being pushed away. If it were only Hillary we were concerned about, then it might not be a risk worth taking. But for some of us, meaning me, it is about the country, and if we see a leader taking an approach which is not good for her or the country then we have no qualms about speaking out. And shame on me for not doing so louder than I did in 2008, because Hillary made serious mistakes in selecting Penn, Patty Solis Doyle, etc. but at the same time she showed remarkable courage, tenacity and leadership in other areas, such as defining a credible path forward for the nation and the malaise of the Bush years. At that time, she put country over party, and I found that commitment to be both true and adorable. Frankly, I see none of that now, hence my reaction is tepid rather than passionate at this point.

    These developments have forced me to turn my attention from the parties and personalities to the solutions which have failed this nation so miserably since 2008. Big media tops the list because for better or for worse they are the opinion opinion makers. Then you have the bureaucrats who have betrayed the public trust. And finally, you have congress and the courts who have forsaken their role under the constitution, and failed to show the courage required to defend liberty. Those are the screwores. And the screwees are the American public whose vote they seek to suppress, and a posterity that has no vote.

    Hank Williams had a song I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive. What that suggests to me is that we should value freedom, and pretend that we are immortal, so we can be stewards of this nation and what it stands for for centuries to come. Rather than whores who worry about how we can exploit it and how we can win the next election. For many, that is what it boils down to.

    as the solution to the institutions which have failed us miserably.

  68. Shadowfax November 12, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    … I do understand what you said, and I appreciate your explanation.

    … Raygun was governor of my state, and the rich got richer while the rest of the state went to Hell. California has never been the same since and the homeless population has grown tremendously since then.

    I was sure you’d understand, and indeed you do. “Supply-side economics” was a bummer, based on the idea that the rich create jobs and wealth. The idea is to give them tax breaks so they can create all those jobs and wealth.

    They created wealth all right — for themselves. But in Raygun’s “Decade of Greed”, pay and jobs began a secular downward trend. At first, the big figures looked OK because all the wealth being created made it look like the economy was booming. It took until the early 1990s for people to figure out that everything was going to the rich and the little guys were getting fucked.

    Dubya instituted his tax cuts for the rich as a re-do of Reaganomics. Rubio talks about greater revenues by cutting taxes, as if there were some kind of revenue supply curve that can be tweaked. The Republicans still look to Raygun as some kind of god and still mouth the by-words of trickle-down economics: cut taxes, de-regulate.

    I’m sorry, that’s what prompted my virulent reaction to wbboei’s remark that businesses are sitting on their cash “because of high taxes and over regulation”. Excuse me, but that’s Reaganomics all over again.

  69. jeswezey

    I appreciate your discussions with Wbb, the two of you, for the most part…continue intelligent discussions without the name calling. That’s why I jumped in at the jab and hoped you would both get back to the intellectual aspect of your conversations.

    Seems is if you both are, and that is great.

    I learn a lot from each of your perspectives.

  70. wbboei
    November 12, 2014 at 2:16 pm
    ___________
    well said, as usual.

    Some may appreciate the diatribe by our expatriate from across the pond, but I for one find them narcissistic, opinionated and often ill informed…and their cuts are usually sly, not always, but nonetheless, always there for people who disagree. I think they enjoy trying to push your buttons, but they are not up to your level.

  71. Gallup today:

    Reality check…this is what is going on in the USA and how far O and the Dims have fallen

    http://www.gallup.com/poll/179345/democratic-party-favorable-rating-falls-record-low.aspx

    snip

    Democrats Now Less Likely to Have Positive Image of Own Party

    Across party groups, the Republican Party’s image held steady from Gallup’s last update in September. But support for the Democratic Party dropped among independents and among Democrats themselves. Currently, 81% of self-identified Democrats have a favorable view of their party, down from 88% in September and 95% shortly after the 2012 election. Independents’ ratings of the Democratic Party, at 25%, are down 10 points from September.

    Now, it is the Democrats who appear to have the more battered image. Their favorability rating has never been lower, and they are reeling from defeats that cost them control of the U.S. Senate and strengthened the Republican House majority to levels likely not seen in 90 years.

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    and here is one of the main reasons why the trust is gone…lies, lies, lies

    some so called liberals or socialists might still enjoy be lied to and used and abused for whatever reason…most independent thinking people have eyes wide open…and are fed up…and yes, O is the ringleader that has brought their demise…

    http://www.nationaljournal.com/white-house/obamacare-s-foundation-of-lies-20141112

    Obamacare’s Foundation of Lies

    There is only one kind of lie, it’s apolitical, and it cripples the best of intentions.

    By Ron Fournier

    A lie is apolitical, or at least it should be. If there is one thing that unites clear-headed Americans, it’s a belief that our leaders must be transparent and honest.

    And yet, there seem to be two types of lies in our political discourse: Those that hurt “my party” and “my policies”; and those that don’t. We condemn the former and forgive the latter—cheapening the bond of trust that enables a society to progress.

    This truism came to mind when I read a Washington Post story headlined, “Who Is Jonathon Gruber?” It was an important and workmanlike report on the Obamacare adviser who bragged about the political advantages of deceiving voters, whom Gruber called stupid.

    “Those comments have struck a nerve on the right,” wrote Jose A. DelReal (emphasis added), “with some of the law’s critics pointing to Gruber’s comments as evidence that the administration intentionally deceived the American public on the costs of the programs.”

    My first reaction was, “No! No! Not just on the right!” I strongly support bipartisan efforts to expand the availability of health coverage to the working poor, and bending the cost curve that threatens federal budgets for years to come. While I think President Obama and congressional Democrats helped contribute to the 2009 standoff over what became the Affordable Care Act, I’ve openly rooted for Obamacare’s success. I’ve denounced the knee-jerk opposition from the GOP, a party that once embraced key elements of Obamacare. My ideology is amorphous; I am not “on the right.”

    All of that, and yet: Gruber’s remarks struck a nerve with me.

    Appearing on an academic panel a year ago, this key Obamacare adviser argued that the law never would have passed if the administration had been honest about the fact that the so-called penalty for noncompliance with the mandate was actually a tax.

    “And, basically, call it ‘the stupidity of the American voter,’ or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical to getting the thing to pass,” Gruber said.

    He called you stupid. He admitted that the White House lied to you. Its officials lied to all of us—Republicans, Democrats, and independents; rich and poor; white and brown; men and women.

    Liberals should be the angriest. Not only were they personally deceived, but the administration’s dishonest approach to health care reform has helped make Obamacare unpopular while undermining the public’s faith in an activist government. A double blow to progressives.

    On top of that, Gruber has helped make the legal case for anti-Obamacare lawyers. In July, a year-old video surfaced in which Gruber said Washington legally withholds money from states that don’t create their own health care exchanges. That could be construed by the Supreme Court to buttress the case against health insurance subsidies.

    Back to The Post’s story: Gruber’s remarks are evidence that the administration intentionally deceived the American public on the costs of the programs. The author attributed that fact to “some of the law’s critics.” Not necessary; Gruber’s remarks may not be dispositive, but they certainly are evidence.

    Last year, The Post helped document how Obama and his advisers knowingly misled the public during his 2012 reelection campaign by repeatedly saying that, under Obamacare, people could keep their doctors and keep their health plans. To knowingly mislead is to lie.

    “It’s hard to know what might have happened if the truth had won the day,” writes Post columnist Kathleen Parker. “But we do know that truth squandered is trust lost.”

    And so even I have to admit, as a supporter, that Obamacare was built and sold on a foundation of lies. No way around it, unless you’re willing to accept a political system that colors its lies—the reds, the whites, and the blues.

    ********************************************

    Is Hillary going to justify these lies? Is she going to defend this BS and rationlize those that got insurance at the cost of those who lost their insurance and doctors? and might not even have a hospital they can go to because of the “networks” & with premiums and deductables up the gazoo so their Ocare insurance is essentially useless…after the fraudulent sales and roll out, complete with the selective “changes” made along the way to keep the deception going…

    that is what people are questioning and wondering about…

    are we going to get Hillary the straight shooter or Hillary the apologist…

    …someone at some point is going to ask ‘does the dimocratic party have any decency left’ or should we just assume they rely on lies and the stupidity of the American people…

    frankly after the campaign most of the Dims just ran in the midterms with all the shrill…even coming out of Hillary…about repubs taking away your mammograms, bla, bla, bla…it leaves one wondering just what the hell do they stand for and how far will they go to get what they want…lies and all…

  72. The pivotal factor that EVERYONE must come to understand regardless of whatever they may have believed before is that Obama is not a good man with high ideals who failed to achieve them for one reason or another. On the contrary, he is a con man put forth by special interests to loot the nation and advance the cause of global government. And when big media assured us that Obama is the one we have been waiting for, they were referring to themselves and surely not the American People. I think very highly of Sharyl Attkisson, but when she says in her book that the public discounts what big media says because of their blatant violence, I think she is being overly optimist. In my own case, and I suspect in the case of most others it is a case of falso in uno falso in omnibus. If they are willing to lie about one thing, then what is to stop them from doing it again and again. And having established that big media is a liar, how are we to determine when they are lying and when they are not. Discrimination so subtle is a feat beyond the compass of ordinary minds, and why try when you can go to other sources and get the truth big media is hiding. In sum, why waste your time listening to a liar? Why do it? It is a habit most people will break.

  73. S said.
    repubs taking away your mammograms, bla, bla, bla…it leaves one wondering just what the hell do they stand for and how far will they go to get what they want…lies and all…
    ______________

    in 2012 my Granddaughter told me Romney would take away womens Tampax if elected
    She is an OBOT 😆

  74. I wonder how Harry Reid feels now. I wonder.

    I also wonder how Obama feels right now.

    I wonder if he is medicated.

    There is precedent for this.

    In Sharyl’s book Rham Rham Rhamadon Emanuel gave us his deese and doze version of the time honored bumper sticker which reads:

    “Back off! I chew Red Man!!!” (chewing tobacco).

    Seems Rham is too sophisticated to chaw.

    So he told Sharyl back off! I am “medicated”!!!

    Praytell who is his dealer?

    He has a brother who is a doctor, designed Obamacare with a death panel clause, and thinks no one should live past 75.

    Could he be the one who is medicating Rahm?

    Or, is he getting it from the mean streets of Chicago, where he is a much beloved celebrity?

    Especially with the teachers union.

  75. I am not suggesting that medicating Rahm is a bad idea.

    On the contrary.

    If Zeke is medicating Rahm, then I would have to say he is rendering a public service.

    For experience has shown that Rham is a little hard to handle when his Prozac prescription runs out.

    And if more prozac fails to do the trick, then Zeke has also given us the fallback position as well.

    (My god, the man is so wise he must have gone to Harvard, because he thinks of everything!)

    Yup. The Obamacare death panel for that fine young lad.

    A new benefit for which he would be eligible but for the age requirement.

    But if Zeke waived the age requirement, I seriously doubt that anyone would object.

    And Rahm could treat it like any other election–walk around money to the deciders.

  76. Obama holds a private meeting with the premier of China.

    Premier: Barack spit out that gum, sober up, pay attention

    Obama: uh uh uh

    Premier: no we do not have any golf courses here. Our favorite sport is hacking your computers and bludgeoning demonstators.

    Obama: uh uh uh

    Premier: obviously, you do no have a script to make you look smart, but don’s worry I can read your mind.

    Obama: uh uh uh, Harvard Law review no show editor uh uh uh

    Premier: yes, I see the situation clearly. You got your ass kicked by voters last week.

    Obama: no no no, just a rough patch, nothing to worry about

    Premier: now that is where you are wrong. You are a communist and so am I. But our methods differ

    Obama: I sicked the IRS on my political enemies, and am spying on them whenever it pleases me.

    Premier: yes, but you haven’t the guts to do it the way we did it in Tianamenn Square with tanks.

    Obama: I do not need tanks to suppress democracy. I have big media in the tank, and that is all I need.

    Premier: do you like that purple smock you are wearing.

    Obama: I do. So much so that I am ordering them for my cabinet. This will allow me to work closely with you to destroy America thus ensuring that the 21st century is the Chicon century rather than the America century.

    Premier: you are a weakling, I have no respect for you, but I can at least drink to that.

  77. O acts like he is in an alternative government…

    remember when he captivated everyone with his speech ‘not a blue america, not a red america, but one america, the USA’

    people bought into that, even alot of repubs…but it was a ‘bait & switch’

    O has not governed as one America…we are all more divided and hyper…the man is thin skinned and cannot accept criticism from anyone…dana milbank’s article in today’s WP describes O’s persona fairly well…he does not want to be challenged by anyone so he keeps cheerleaders around him…and the “stink eye” to anyone dares otherwise…

    O makes secret climate deals with China, sends secret letters to Iran…fast and furious, IRS, on and on…the list is long…he is a one man show…not effectively the leader of the USA and bringing the country together like he promised…he doesn’t get the ‘three branches of government” concept…and he doesn’t respect them…

    so many lies…so many lies…and deception…

    he got into power and disengaged from working with repubs…then when he got what he wanted from the Dems, he disengaged with them…

    when you have everyone, on all sides, complaining about the same thing…there is where the truth lies…he had the whole congress, then he lost the house, now he has lost the senate…and has brought the Dem party to its knees for someone else to repair and rebuild…and all sides complain that he never meets with them and that he insists on ‘his way or the highway’ (remember his flip remark “he won and there are consequences to winning”, he doesn’t understand what losing means…he is forever above it all…aloof and above it all…and in his self delusional cocoon…

    he even cut off Biden last week…heaven only knows what people from both parties say and complain about when they cannot be heard in public…or what they will say when O is long gone…

    one man leaving all his wreckage in his wake…

  78. Fauxahontas is offffff…

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/12/elizabeth-warren-senate-leadership_n_6148246.html?1415830803

    WASHINGTON — Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is under consideration for a leadership position in the Senate Democratic caucus, according to sources familiar with the negotiations.

    Senate Democrats will be holding their leadership elections Thursday morning. A source saw Warren coming out of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) office Wednesday.

    A spokesman for Reid declined to comment on why she was there, and Warren’s office did not immediately return a request for comment.

    Having Warren in a leadership position would give the Senate’s most high-profile progressive member a voice in setting the caucus’ policy agenda. She recently wrote a Washington Post op-ed, reflecting on the party’s midterm losses, that called on Congress and the administration to push forward with progressive proposals that instead of cutting deals with Republicans simply for the sake of doing so. From her op-ed:

    Before leaders in Congress and the president get caught up in proving they can pass some new laws, everyone should take a skeptical look at whom those new laws will serve. At this very minute, lobbyists and lawyers are lining up by the thousands to push for new laws — laws that will help their rich and powerful clients get richer and more powerful. Hoping to catch a wave of dealmaking, these lobbyists and lawyers — and their well-heeled clients — are looking for the chance to rig the game just a little more. […]

    Yes, we need action. But action must be focused in the right place: on ending tax laws riddled with loopholes that favor giant corporations, on breaking up the financial institutions that continue to threaten our economy, and on giving people struggling with high-interest student loans the same chance to refinance their debt that every Wall Street corporation enjoys. There’s no shortage of work that Congress can do, but the agenda shouldn’t be drawn up by a bunch of corporate lobbyists and lawyers.

    Although Democratic candidates suffered severe losses in the midterm elections, progressive policy issues that were on the ballot — such as the minimum wage — performed well. Reid’s office has already said it will be pushing progressive policies in the new year, when Democrats are in the minority.

    Many Democratic activists are already looking forward toward the 2016 elections, when the party face sa much friendlier landscape than it did in 2014. In two years, just 10 Democrats will be facing reelection compared to 24 Republicans — many of whom are in blue states that voted for President Barack Obama.

  79. Some may appreciate the diatribe by our expatriate from across the pond, but I for one find them narcissistic, opinionated and often ill informed…and their cuts are usually sly, not always, but nonetheless, always there for people who disagree. I think they enjoy trying to push your buttons, but they are not up to your level.

    I absolutely agree!

    “expatriate” who is narcissistic, opinionated and often ill informed .. describes Jeweszy to a T!

    I am just a hick from the sticks, but I still am not dumb as a box of rocks either and just don’t like someone who does not even live here continuing to try to put themselves in “my” shoes.

    THEY have no clue what we suffer with and through on a daily basis due to the policies of this inept, impotent administration who has done nothing but LIE.

    DARING to ask whether Hillary Clinton will continue to cheerlead for this monster we get called out???

  80. the ripoff is going to get worse…

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/obamacare-2015-higher-costs-higher-penalties/

    By/Aimee Picchi/MoneyWatch/November 12, 2014, 5:00 AM

    Obamacare 2015: Higher costs, higher penalties

    With the Affordable Care Act to start enrollment for its second year on Nov. 15, some unpleasant surprises may be in store for some.

    That’s because a number of low-priced Obamacare plans will raise their rates in 2015, making those options less affordable. On top of that, penalties for failing to secure a health-insurance plan will rise steeply next year, which could take a big bite out of some families’ pocketbooks.

    “The penalty is meant to incentivize people to get coverage,” said senior analyst Laura Adams of InsuranceQuotes.com. “This year, I think a lot of people are going to be in for a shock.”

    In 2014, Obamacare’s first year, individuals are facing a penalty of $95 per person, or 1 percent of their income, depending on which is higher. If an American failed to get coverage this year, that penalty will be taken out of their tax refund in early 2015, Adams noted.

    While that might be painful to some uninsured Americans who are counting on their tax refunds in early 2015, the penalty for going uninsured next year is even harsher. The financial penalty for skipping out on health coverage will more than triple to $325 per person in 2015, or 2 percent of income, depending on whichever is higher. Children will be fined at half the adult rate, or $162.50 for those under 18 years old.

    Based on the flat-rate method, the maximum dollar amount an uninsured family could be fined is $975.

    That flat-rate penalty “will affect lower-income or middle-income households,” Adams said. Some middle-class families “may be making enough that they don’t qualify for a subsidy, so they won’t get a break if they are getting health coverage. It’s a big penalty for the middle class for not having insurance.”

    Considering that Americans’ average tax refund is about $3,000, that 2015 penalty could take a big chunk out of some payouts.

    In Obamacare’s first year, some Americans may have opted to pay the penalty rather than get insurance because it may have cost more to take out health coverage, Adams added. But with the penalty rising next year, it may spur more consumers to consider getting a plan, as well as create more grumbling.

    There are some loopholes for getting out of the penalty, however. People can claim financial hardship or forgo health insurance for fewer than three months, according to HealthCare.gov. Native Americans also are exempt from paying a penalty as long as they are members of a federal recognized tribe.

    Despite the government’s push to get Americans enrolled in health-care plans, a significant number remain uninsured. About 13.4 percent of U.S. adults lacked health insurance in April, according to a Gallup poll. For lower-income households earning less than $36,000, the rate was much higher, with one out of four lacking insurance.

    Still, that represents a decline from 2013, when 17.1 percent of adults across the nation lacked insurance, and almost 31 percent of households going uninsured.

    It’s not only the uninsured who will be facing higher costs. Many health-care plans are also charging more, with Investor’s Business Daily finding that a 27-year-old earning 250 percent of the poverty rate will pay an average of 7 percent more for the lowest-cost bronze plan, based on an analysis of rates in the largest city in 34 states. The lowest-cost silver plan will rise an average of 9 percent, while the lowest-priced catastrophic policy will climb 18 percent, the analysis found.

    Between 9 to 9.9 million Americans will enroll in heath coverage through the Obamacare marketplaces for 2015 coverage, the Health and Human Services Department said on Monday. That’s lower than the 13 million people that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office had earlier this year estimated would enroll for 2015.

    Aside from higher penalties and potentially higher health-care costs, Obamacare may be facing another challenge in luring consumers: awareness.

    Nine out of 10 uninsured Americans are unaware that open enrollment starts on Saturday, according to a recent poll from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. On top of that, two-thirds of uninsured Americans say they know either nothing or just a little bit about the marketplaces.

    Americans still aren’t crazy about the law, the poll found. Only 20 percent of Americans have favorable views of Obamacare, while 43 percent held unfavorable opinions, the study found.

    Many U.S. consumers are also in the dark about the penalties, Adams noted. “There is very little awareness of this,” she added. “Until people understand the financial consequences, they don’t have an incentive.”

    *******************************

    wait until they find out about the increases in the penalties and that they get nothing in return for them

  81. jeswezey,

    We have been listening. I do understand what you say, I just do not think it makes alot of sense. Don’t be an Obama and think if you just explain dysfunctional things better, they will work. Wbboei says things that explain what I see in the world around me, that make sense. (although I think Obola is not a sociopath, just a malignant narcissist)

    For instance, how could you possibly believe raising the minimum wage now would have the same effect that it did in the 1990’s? We have a stagnant economy with massive unemployment and an middle class that is being eviscerated as the national debt spirals and the financial bubble is being pumped up beyond belief.

    How can anyone think raising the minimum wage is going to fix this? Or even improve a situation like this?

  82. moononpluto
    November 12, 2014 at 5:45 pm
    ahem…….not all of us expatriates are included i hope “cough”
    _________________

    Never Moon….Just the Sun God

  83. You right WBB.

    Obama is not a good man and he never intended to govern us as a whole, his was always to divide on visceral, emotional levels to push through his One World Soros Government.

    He almost succeeded, but we have 2 years left, he may still, if the Repubs don’t grow cajones, and the American people stand firm.

    This is NOT the time to back down and if Hillary has a chance in hell, she better find her voice for the America citizen, and she better find it fast, because obama is on a mission to destroy American values, the American way of life, and the American stature in this world.

    I fear a world with a weak America….the world should fear this too.

    We are exceptional, we could have dominated the world after WW2, we chose to liberate it, and and help build a better world, no world power has ever made that choice before, and I dare say, never will..

  84. You right WBB.

    Obama is not a good man and he never intended to govern us as a whole, his was always to divide on visceral, emotional levels to push through his One World Soros Government.

    He almost succeeded, but we have 2 years left, he may still, if the Repubs don’t grow cajones, and the American people stand firm.

    This is NOT the time to back down and if Hillary has a chance in hell, she better find her voice for the America citizen, and she better find it fast, because obama is on a mission to destroy American values, the American way of life, and the American stature in this world.

    I fear a world with a weak America….the world should fear this too.

    We are exceptional, we could have dominated the world after WW2, we chose to liberate it, and and help build a better world, no world power has ever made that choice before, and I dare say, never will..

  85. Only one person on this blog that I was referring too! It HURTS to live in America right now. As a middle class, this law will KEELLLLLLLLLL my finances, I am one of those who will NOT be eligible for any help whatsoever. HUGE monthly premium, HUGE copay and deductibles while the insurance companies get RICHER.

    Obama is for THEM not us! Anyone who stands with HIM is against US!

    Simple logic. He’s the WORST president EVER

  86. wbboei
    November 11, 2014 at 8:40 pm
    ————————————-
    What Deathcare Dr. Zeke does not understand is that life extension alternative medicine is about the mind as well as the body. Who wants to live to be a potted plant?

    Did you know that Advil and Benedryl both have negative impacts on your brain function?
    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/27/cocktail-of-popular-drugs-may-cloud-brain/?_r=0

    Who would have thought? I know that I avoid them now. Sometimes when I get a bad headache, I’ll take one Advil, while most of my life I would take 2 at the first sign of any pain.

    I have gotten into alot of alternative medicine after seeing what Big Pharma did to my mother.

  87. I have heard of The Seven Year Itch. Hollywood did a movie on the subject:

    https://www.google.com/search?q=the+seven+7+year+itch+monroe&espv=2&biw=974&bih=751&tbm=isch&imgil=itpRPs10kD-HrM%253A%253BTfe5tuCjeDtt2M%253Bhttp%25253A%25252F%25252Fwww.dailymail.co.uk%25252Ffemail%25252Farticle-2005514%25252FMarilyn-Monroes-dress-The-Seven-Year-Itch-sells-2-8m-auction.html&source=iu&pf=m&fir=itpRPs10kD-HrM%253A%252CTfe5tuCjeDtt2M%252C_&usg=__55s4AuPKyiXYTqWfAWHj0IXCjmU%3D&ved=0CEAQyjc&ei=r_5jVPGPN6maigL1z4GYDA#facrc=_&imgdii=_&imgrc=itpRPs10kD-HrM%253A%3BTfe5tuCjeDtt2M%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fi.dailymail.co.uk%252Fi%252Fpix%252F2011%252F06%252F20%252Farticle-2005514-0CA3C22600000578-2_634x858.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.dailymail.co.uk%252Ffemail%252Farticle-2005514%252FMarilyn-Monroes-dress-The-Seven-Year-Itch-sells-2-8m-auction.html%3B634%3B858

    But the six year itch? Never heard of it until the progressive used that term to explain the rejection of Obama by voters.

    A six year barrage from outsiders can shiver the timbers of an administration.

    But it takes an insider to collapse the house of cards.

    For Nixon it was White House Counsel John Dean.

    For Obama it may well turn out to be Gruber.

    Wearing out his grinders gutspilling Obama’s deepest darkest secrets.

    Professor Gruber: The gift that keeps giving.

  88. moon…imho…you bring insight, valuable information…studied and researched polling info…and your sense of humor…you contribute a lot here…

  89. “B-29 startup”
    *****

    A couple of years ago, FiFi the B-29, made four passes over my house; no audio track can duplicate the sound of four Wright Duplex-Cyclone radial engines flying overhead.:>)

  90. Nano proves, once again, that her finger is squarely on the pulse of the country – just not sure which one. Die-hard Dims throughout the land should rest better at night knowing their party is in the hands of leaders like Nan and Barack – the coalition of the sniveling.
    __________

    She does not consider the Repub midterm wins a wave. The Dims’ “message is fine”. Barack thinks Dims need to “play better politics” (WTHever that means – more race cards? more lies?). Nano doesn’t agree with Barack about that. She thinks the Dims just need to “better engage voters”.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2014/11/nancy-pelosi-112799.html

  91. I wonder if he will go to congress to ratify this, or whether he will just impose it by executive order. Used to be that congress had to ratify treaties. No more. I used to have confidence that I either know what the law is or no where to look. But in the age of Obama, congress and the courts just let him do whatever he wants to destroy the country. So I no longer opine on anything. And the best advice I can give you is do not pay for any legal opinion on any subject because the law it cites is subject to unilateral change at any moment. And for gods sake, do not look to Roberts to save you.
    —————-

    Climate Deal with China: U.S. Makes Cuts, PRC Can Increase Emissions for 16 Years

    “The president has gotten very little and he’s given away much in the agreement.”

    by
    BRIDGET JOHNSON

    President Obama visited a People’s Republic exploding with military might and a region rife with human-rights abuses including the democracy demonstrators under threat in Hong Kong, and is leaving China with a climate-change agreement.

    An agreement, say congressional critics, that isn’t worth the signed paper.

    The incoming Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), welcomed the freshman class of the 114th Congress to the Hill today and reserved his few remarks before the cameras for the climate pact.

    “I was particularly distressed by the deal apparently he’s reached with the Chinese on his current trip, which as I read the agreement requires the Chinese to do nothing at all for 16 years while these carbon emission regulations are creating havoc in my state and other states around the country,” McConnell said.

    The White House said the deal consisted of Obama pledging to cut net greenhouse gas emissions 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. Chinese President Xi Jinping set “targets” to “peak CO2 emissions around 2030, with the intention to try to peak early, and to increase the non-fossil fuel share of all energy to around 20 percent by 2030.”

    The administration said the pact was “the culmination of months of bilateral dialogue” and “highlights the critical role the two countries must play in addressing climate change.”

    “The actions they announced are part of the longer range effort to achieve the deep decarbonization of the global economy over time. These actions will also inject momentum into the global climate negotiations on the road to reaching a successful new climate agreement next year in Paris.”

    The White House added that the “ambitious target” agreed to by Obama “is grounded in intensive analysis of cost-effective carbon pollution reductions achievable under existing law and will keep the United States on the right trajectory to achieve deep economy-wide reductions on the order of 80 percent by 2050.”

    What exactly does China, which is cloaked in soupy pollution up to 20 times safe limits, have to do in return?

    The administration considers it a victory that China agreed to peak its carbon dioxide emissions — much later down the road.

    “The United States expects that China will succeed in peaking its emissions before 2030 based on its broad economic reform program, plans to address air pollution, and implementation of President Xi’s call for an energy revolution,” the White House said in a fact sheet on the deal. “China’s target to expand total energy consumption coming from zero-emission sources to around 20 percent by 2030 is notable.”

    Meanwhile, Obama will press forward with his second-term Climate Action Plan. “This is an ambitious goal, but it is an achievable goal. It will double the pace at which we’re reducing carbon pollution in the United States,” Obama said at a press conference with Xi. “It puts us on a path to achieving the deep emissions reductions by advanced economies that the scientific community says is necessary to prevent the most catastrophic effects of climate change. It will help improve public health. It will grow our economy. It will create jobs. It will strengthen our energy security, and it will put both of our nations on the path to a low-carbon economy.”

    Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), the incoming chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and author of The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future, stressed to CNN that China, in reality, will “continue to increase their emissions until 2030.”

    “They’re long gone after that, and so, it’s easy to say something like that when in fact they are saying they’re going to increase one additional coal-fired plant every 10 days in China for the foreseeable future,” Inhofe said.

    Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) summed it up as “terrible for the United States and terrific for the Chinese government and for the politicians there.”

    “Emissions in the United States have actually been going down over the last decade. So this is going to end up raising costs of energy for American families. People that are hurt the most are people of low income, people living on a fixed income. So I think it’s irresponsible to impose expensive new regulations on energy in the United States, which makes us, as a country, less competitive economically,” Barrasso told MSNBC.

    “The president has gotten very little and he’s given away much in the agreement.”

  92. “I am encouraged that the Chinese are willing to come to the table and that the Administration has recognized the importance of investing in research for clean fossil fuel technology,” Manchin said. “That being said, we cannot enter into an agreement that asks little of the Chinese, while simultaneously promising more than we can achieve domestically with our current technology.”
    —————
    Earth to Joe Manchin.

    You dumbass.

    Whatever gave you the idea that this was about “clean” fossil fuels?

    We have spent what–a trillion dollars of taxpayer money to create green energy and what have we got to show for it?

    Here’s a clue Joe, since you are kinda slow–like when you promised to endorse Hillary and didn’t.

    Soros is the man behind Obama. Soros and oil billionaire chairman Mo have set up a green energy exchange, and they intend to starve the middle class into using it.

    That is what this is about.

    It is the death of fossil fuels in this country, which will kill our economy.

    It is a windfall however to the Chinese economy, and as a practical matter it obligates them to do nothing.

    This is exactly like the unilateral disarmament proposals of the left during the 1070s-80s before Warnke got it done.

    But the fall guy for these improvident schemes by the elites is always the middle class.

    —————-

    “I am encouraged that the Chinese are willing to come to the table and that the Administration has recognized the importance of investing in research for clean fossil fuel technology,” Manchin said. “That being said, we cannot enter into an agreement that asks little of the Chinese, while simultaneously promising more than we can achieve domestically with our current technology.”

    The current ranking member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), panned the characterization of the pact as a landmark achievement.

    “When the president talks about lowering global carbon emissions – what’s he’s really saying is he wants to push through his failed cap-and-trade policy that will make energy prices skyrocket here at home,” said Vitter. “There’s nothing ‘breakthrough’ about Obama’s attempt to pass failed policy, or having China tell us that maybe in 15 years they’ll try to reduce their emissions.”

    Industry groups jumped in on the chorus of criticism, with American Energy Alliance president Thomas Pyle calling the “back room” deal with China “a perpetuation of the status quo disguised as meaningful policy change.”

    “While China makes empty and non-binding promises that it ‘intends to try’ to halt its emissions growth a decade and a half from now, President Obama promises to accelerate the pace by which his policies raise our energy costs and harm our economy,” Pyle said. “…India, one of the fastest growing emitters, is noticeably absent from this deal because its leaders refuse to sacrifice its economic well-being at the altar of climate change.”

    The Sierra Club applauded the president and called China’s part of the deal “a huge step forward that signals a historic shift away from dirty fossil fuels.”

    “By setting their sights high, the U.S. and China are showing that they are serious about taking action on the climate crisis, and that together, the international community can beat back climate disruption,” Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune said in a statement.

    Democrats were mixed on the deal. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) called it “a very important step forward on climate change,” adding, “of course, these commitments have to be met.”

    “I wish Mitch McConnell would, you know, stop keeping his head in the sand when it comes to climate change. It’s costing us billions and billions of dollars a year already. And let’s get to work,” Van Hollen said on MSNBC, referring to “billions of dollars in the form of extreme weather events that are making things like Hurricane Sandy more intense in terms of the damage they do.”

    Coal country Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), though, said he needs to assess “what the true implications will be on the front lines here at home.”

    “I am encouraged that the Chinese are willing to come to the table and that the Administration has recognized the importance of investing in research for clean fossil fuel technology,” Manchin said. “That being said, we cannot enter into an agreement that asks little of the Chinese, while simultaneously promising more than we can achieve domestically with our current technology.”

  93. The Sierra Club applauded the president and called China’s part of the deal “a huge step forward that signals a historic shift away from dirty fossil fuels.”
    ——–
    Yes. It is a wonderful step forward, PROVIDED the members of the Sierra Club, many of who are financially well off agree that some sharing of the pain is warranted. After all, when this kicks in many people of modest means will lose their jobs and many more will have to pay twice as much for their energy, which will create a severe economic burden. In consideration for assuming that burden, the Sierra Club members hereby agree to pledge 50% of their net worth, whether it is held personally, or in trust to compensate the people who are economically disadvantaged by this improvident agreement. Then we can have a sensible discussion on how far and how fast to move on this proposal, given the fact that China is free to pollute for another 15 years before they are compelled to do anything. And if past is prologue they will either cheat or default when the time comes for them to perform. Only an idiot would sign an illusory agreement like this one. Sadly, Obama is just the idiot to do it.

  94. The Associated Press has declared Republican Dan Sullivan the winner of the Alaska Senate race, though Democratic Sen. Mark Begich has yet to concede.
    Begich is waiting for thousands of ballots that have yet to be counted a week after the midterm election.
    “I am deeply humbled and honored to serve my fellow Alaskans in the United States Senate,” said Sullivan in a statement. “This was a hard fought race. As we move forward, I want to emphasize that my door will always be open to all Alaskans.”
    After a three-way late primary, Sullivan took the lead against Begich just as Begich released attack ads trying to tie Sullivan to a horrific rape and double homicide in the state.
    Begich pulled the ad after an attorney for the victims requested that he take it down, but the damage was already done as many media outlets branded his ad among the most dishonest ads of the cycle.
    As he scrambled to rebuild a lead in the state, Begich boasted of his political ground game, recruiting Alaskans from rural areas to support him.
    That was not enough to sustain his slim 2008 victory over convicted felon Republican Sen. Ted Stevens by nearly 4,000 votes.

  95. On the Veterans Day topic….

    If you ever get a chance to spend an hour or two at the Smithsonian Air Museum next to Dulles Airport, it’s well worth it. Hard to stand in front of the Enola Gay and not get choked up thinking about the significance in world history of that airplane….

  96. They apparently counted 20,000 of the absentee ballots on Tuesday night. Begich only gained a couple hundred votes on Sullivan’s 8000 vote lead. There are not enough remaining ballots to close the gap.

    BTW, Ted Stevens had his Senate seat stolen from him with a fraudulent corruption indictment. The indictment was dismissed by a judge and the Justice Dept prosecutors fired for malfeasance in bringing it — but not ’til after the election. Disgraceful.

  97. BTW, Ted Stevens had his Senate seat stolen from him with a fraudulent corruption indictment. The indictment was dismissed by a judge and the Justice Dept prosecutors fired for malfeasance in bringing it — but not ’til after the election. Disgraceful.
    —————–
    I knew Ted personally and thought highly of him. His son in law Ron Birch was our Alaska lawyer. If you needed something done for the good of the Alaska economy, Ted always came through. I also knew his other relative Bitner, and Monroe. They were very good people and you could ride the river with them. The prosecution committed sundry ethical violations and were cited for them. The conviction was strictly political and it was over turned. It was an abuse of prosecution but it pales by contrast to what we have seen with Holder. I think Obama can sign the deal with China and it acquires the status of a statute by not a treaty. Treaties take precedence over all US law including the constitution. This deal with China will hurt this country very badly. Nobody wants to talk about impeaching him yet, but it will come to that, because there is no other way to prevent him from destroying this country. You can do other things short of impeachment—denying him funding, refusing to advance his legislation by that is not a deterrent. The Republicans need to face the music. With McConnell and Boehner, you will forgive me I hope for being skeptical that when the chips are down they won’t do much more than scratch themselves.

  98. gonzotx
    November 12, 2014 at 1:25 pm
    Jesw,
    Does anyone understand what I’m saying? Does anyone understand what HRC was saying?
    ++++++++++++++++++++
    Just you…you are so special

    oh my achin’ ass i almost fell out of my chair laughing at that. good one, gonzo.

  99. Lu4PUMA November 12, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    Wbboei says things that explain what I see in the world around me, that make sense (although I think Obola is not a sociopath, just a malignant narcissist).

    Let me be clear that my criticism of wbboei’s remarks had nothing to do with his assessment of Obola because I think Obola is irrelevant. Whether I’m right or wrong about that is beside the point I was making, which was:

    wbboei put forward the idea that companies are sitting on a stockpile of cash (we agree that this is $1.6 trillion sitting idle) because of “high taxes and over-regulation.” This is (i) not the case and (ii) stems from the precepts of supply-side economics, which has shown itself to be counter-productive in the past.

    … how could you possibly believe raising the minimum wage now would have the same effect that it did in the 1990′s? We have a stagnant economy with massive unemployment and a middle class that is being eviscerated as the national debt spirals and the financial bubble is being pumped up beyond belief.

    How can anyone think raising the minimum wage is going to fix this? Or even improve a situation like this?

    It’s a good question to the point and deserves an answer. My answer on November 12 at 12:34 was:

    An increased minimum wage is not just for the lowest earners, but for workers who earn more — they will be “bumped upward”, leading to a general increase across the board — and everyone will be able to buy more, which means increased demand. Increased demand means developing new products and increasing production, both of which call for more researchers and production staff in the job force, at higher wages, thus still more demand. A virtuous circle.

    “Increased demand” is the key to the whole thing. That is what is lacking now, and it is what was lacking in 1990-93.

    You’re quite right to point out that the situation is much worse now than in 1993. However, there is no getting around the grunt supply-and-demand analysis of a free economy, which remains the same because it is an immutable law of economics.

    Keynes postulated that Demand drives the economy, i.e. the consumer is king because he has the option to buy or not buy. The consumer will not buy things he cannot pay for, and no company is going to produce goods that won’t get sold, or spend resources developing new products that won’t sell.

    “Supply-side” economics postulated that you could incentivize companies to produce regardless of demand, by reducing taxes on the company (the corporate income tax), and also reducing taxes on the rich (capital gains tax), because the rich were the investors. This was going to lead to a rosy world where the rich would have a lot more money to invest in corporations, and corporations would just decide all by themselves to invest and could sell greater volumes at lower prices.

    The reason supply-side economics seemed to work at first was because there was adequate Demand. The big figures (GDP) looked good because the rich were getting richer very fast — remember “junk bonds” and LBO’s? The eighties were the time when it no longer sufficed to be a millionaire or even multi-millionaire — we heard the word “billionaire” for the first time.

    At that time, the old and new rich were creating a lot of money for themselves by buying up faltering businesses and unwieldy conglomerates, “re-engineering” them (which meant laying off thousands or tens of thousands of “dead wood” laborers) and then re-selling the trimmed-down corporations for billions in “profit”. These “profits” were supposed to “trickle down” to the little guys like manna from heaven.

    But people were getting poorer, and Demand began an inevitable downward trend that became very worrisome in the early 1990s when WJC brought “arithmetic” to Washington.

    Now, to address your question once again, as to whether the solution of the 1990s will work again, I can only say that the proof is in the pudding: Supply-side economics was an utter failure, and Demand-side economics brought common sense back to the fore.

    Will a minimum wage increase do the job? Won’t it be too much for companies to bear, thus leading to more layoffs?

    This is where we get back to the $1.6 trillion sitting in corporations’ cash reserve funds. This cash is idle. It’s not being used for investment and it is generating no income for anyone. Companies can use this money to pay their workers more without increasing costs, and earn it back by selling more products.

    There is a possible downside: If wages are higher in the US, this might tempt companies to shift production to lower-cost countries, i.e. to outsource more jobs to Brazil, China and so forth, where wages are lower.

    By comparison to 1993, however, this wage differential is much less now than it was then. So, if a wage hike worked in 1993, despite this temptation, then it is all the more likely to work now.

    To be sure of this, the solution is to stop giving tax breaks to corporations that ship jobs overseas. We can’t count on Republicans to do this, any more than we can count on them to raise the minimum wage. The Republicans are all about supply-side economics, still now, 25 years after Reagan left office.

  100. wbboei November 12, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Tell me if I am wrong:

    You view Hillary’s latest book, which was written by a committee,

    Wrong already.

    This “committee” idea was put forth by the one and only bullshitter supreme, Ed Klein. You’re showing your sources. Of course more than one person was involved in writing the book, as is mapped out in the 3 ½ pages of acknowledgments at the end of Hard Choices, plus, of course, the publisher’s team. Any serious book is pored over by many people before it goes to press, which is why Ed Klein’s books are not serious — he forgoes sources and any fact-checking.

    as holy writ,

    wrong again

    and you gauge the level of our support for her, not by the time and effort we expended to get her elected, and the slings and arrows we endured for doing so–from both sides, but by whether we disagree with what the book says in any material respect.

    Wrong again.

    (1) As for the slings and arrows, they are things of the past and I admit I have a different attitude toward the past. At any event, they are not a measure of support for HRC but a measure of the treachery and thuggery of the other side.

    (2) Time and effort to get her elected, yes, that is a good measure of support. But it’s still a thing of the past.

    (3) Disagree with the book? I don’t know how you can disagree with something you haven’t read.

    But if you believe that the best test of a friendship is to care enough about somebody to tell them when they are wrong, and risk being pushed away.

    Yes indeed, I do believe that is perhaps the best test of friendship:

    Hillary has said as much about criticism directed at her, i.e., some criticism is just hatred from people who will never agree with you, and you can ignore it; but one should always take criticism seriously, because sometimes critics have useful and constructive advice and that doesn’t always come from your close friends.

    For my own part, that is the attitude I take toward the criticism directed at me here, and it is the motivation behind every remark I make on this website. I view the HillaryIs44 blog as a friendly debating venue in which criticisms are not personal attacks but a substantive back-and-forth.

    So, I’m sorry for the tone of my introductory sentence at November 12, 2014 at 11:18 am; but your own reaction to my previous post, and to the subsequent ones, deserved criticism that you (i) seemed to ignore completely or (ii) did not understand and (iii) you were mouthing the catchwords of the deprecated supply-side economics that Republicans still hold so dear but that HRC is blowing back against, with facts and theory on her side.

    But for some of us, meaning me, it is about the country, and if we see a leader taking an approach which is not good for her or the country then we have no qualms about speaking out.

    Right again, in the principle of the thing.

    But in reality, my reasoning has never been “Hillary said such and such, so that’s what you and I should believe.” In other words, I don’t lay my own judgment at her feet. My object is rather to explain her remarks and why she said them. I also happen to agree with the content of those remarks, so I too “have no qualms about speaking out.”

    BTW, I don’t lay my judgment down at admin’s feet either, despite the many perspicacious analyses I read in the articles.

    These developments have forced me to turn my attention from the parties and personalities to the solutions which have failed this nation so miserably since 2008. Big media tops the list

    Concerning Big Media, you know that we are both on the same page, same paragraph, same word: It tops the list. For me, that is precisely the point: parties and personalities are less relevant now, and so are the issues. Here at Big Pink, we criticize parties and personalities, take stands on issues, but all these things are being pushed onto the American public the way the media wants.

    My object in talking about HRC’s “companies don’t create jobs” remark was and is to fight the interpretations of it by the chattering class, namely Fox and the Republicans, as to the meaning and justification of that remark.

    The bottom line is: People who watch TV these days are screwed. Their minds are being twisted.

    … we should value freedom, and pretend that we are immortal, so we can be stewards of this nation and what it stands for for centuries to come. Rather than whores who worry about how we can exploit it and how we can win the next election.

    I’m sure you’re saying something noteworthy here, but I have no idea what it is.

    In any event, I’m concerned about the next election even if that makes me a whore; I want HRC to win it and I now think she can. For my part, I intend to continue at least explaining her statements here at H44.

  101. Obama’s economics are CRONY economics. Contributors, special interest groups, and economic activity that his band of thieves consider a threat or wish to appropriate for their personal use or to quash are stymied through legislation, regulation or social pressure via demonization. It is a simple thug policy passed through the Ivy League gut. It is Chicago mob style “economic” theory. It is simple and more and more people see through it. It is not supply, or demand but “Gimme” economics.

  102. You also said:

    Lu4PUMA November 12, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    We have a stagnant economy with massive unemployment and a middle class that is being eviscerated as the national debt spirals and the financial bubble is being pumped up beyond belief.

    My reply of 5:42 am today was all about the “stagnant economy.” I didn’t address these other points specifically, so I’ll take a stab at them:

    “Massive unemployment” can be attacked directly by another stimulus and/or indirectly by the minimum wage increase as I explained at 5:42 am. To support this indirect approach with facts, I look to the history of the 1990s when 23 million jobs were created.

    I have no magic formula to remedy the ballooning sovereign debt; but if Congress could come together and agree on a budget, it would be a first step.

    Financial bubble? You’ll have to enlighten me on that. It seems to me that Wall Street has calmed down a lot since the punishment of 2008 and Dodd-Frank. Where’s the bubble?

  103. Mormaer November 13, 2014 at 5:57 am

    Obama’s economics are CRONY economics…. It is not supply, or demand but “Gimme” economics.

    I’ll buy that.

    But I haven’t been explaining Obama’s economics, rather Reagan’s versus the Clintons’.

  104. Amazing that my first tip to this was from morning TV. I don’t have access to msnbc.

    Barrasso: Lame-duck Keystone vote a ‘Hail Mary’ for Landrieu
    Snip During an interview on MSNBC, Barrasso chided Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) for a possible move to pass Keystone XL, which Reid has opposed in the past.snip “I find it very interesting that Harry Reid continued to block a vote on the Keystone XL pipeline until now,” Barrasso said.
    “They’re throwing a hail-mary pass, trying to save her Senate seat,” he added, referring to Landrieu’s December runoff against Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy in Louisiana.
    Democrats are reportedly trying to push a vote to approve the controversial pipeline to the Senate floor during the lame-duck session. A vote could come in the form of a rider on a defense authorization bill, or via a stand-alone measure. Reid’s office did not respond to requests for comment. snip
    http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/223869-sen-barrasso-keystone-vote-in-lame-duck-hail-mary-pass-for-landrieu

  105. jeswezey
    November 13, 2014 at 6:54 am

    Either one, Reaganomics OR Clintonomics work a hell of lot better than Obolanomics. At this point the public would be welcome either.

  106. A Philly reporter goaded Casey the other day.

    Casey: Clinton has “commanding position” for 2016
    11/11/14. CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
    U.S. SEN. Bob Casey Jr., in a tight spot, tried to dodge.
    Journalist Steve Highsmith asked the Scranton native which Democrat with family ties to that city – Vice President Joe Biden or former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – would do better there for president in 2016.
    “It’s only 2014,” Casey said at the Committee of Seventy’s annual fundraiser breakfast. “They’ve both done well there.”
    Highsmith persisted and Casey praised Clinton’s chances if she runs, leaving Biden out of it.
    “She’s in as commanding a position as I’ve ever seen a nominee in my life,” Casey said.
    SNIP
    http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20141111_Casey__Clinton_has__quot_commanding_position_quot__for_2016.html

    Turd.

  107. holdthemaccountable November 13, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Thanks for a good article, simultaneous interview of Casey and Toomey who had this to say after your snip:

    Toomey saw [last week’s] win as a reflection of “anxiety” among voters about a sluggish economy at home and many troubles abroad.

    Toomey cautioned Republicans about overestimating the message voters sent last week.

    “As long as Congress has single-digit approval ratings, I would guess we shouldn’t get too carried away thinking this is a great Republican mandate,” he said.

    Toomey also had a word of caution for President Obama on his pledge to take executive action on immigration reform. He said that would be a “huge setback” to bipartisan cooperation if Obama acts on policies he could not persuade Congress to approve.

    “I actually think we need to do immigration reform, but that doesn’t mean we toss aside the Constitution and empower the president to do whatever he pleases,” Toomey said.

    Casey laid blame for a lack of movement on the immigration issue at the feet of House Speaker John Boehner, complaining that House Republicans have done nothing with a bill approved by the Senate last year.

    “I think the president has very appropriately been pushing Speaker Boehner to get something done,” Casey said.

  108. jeswezey November 13, 2014 at 10:03 am
    holdthemaccountable November 13, 2014 at 9:36 am
    ————-
    Thanks for retrieving the gem I skipped.
    Casey is still a bot.

  109. I have a name for Obama economics:

    “Trickle Up” Economics

    Yes, trickle up until there is nothing left of the middle class.

    That is what Obama and his fellow travelers in the Democrat Party stand for.

  110. Mormaer
    November 13, 2014 at 5:57 am
    Obama’s economics are CRONY economics. Contributors, special interest groups, and economic activity that his band of thieves consider a threat or wish to appropriate for their personal use or to quash are stymied through legislation, regulation or social pressure via demonization. It is a simple thug policy passed through the Ivy League gut. It is Chicago mob style “economic” theory. It is simple and more and more people see through it. It is not supply, or demand but “Gimme” economics.
    ———
    Spot on.

    If it were my call, I would put the whole lot of them on trial for murder.

  111. Casey is still a bot.
    ————-
    And a thoroughly despicable one at that.

    I cannot stand the sight or the sound of him.

    A total waste of protoplasm.

    He personally, and his staffers as well.

  112. Robert Reich, an old Clinton friend and former Secy of Labor, says HRC should embrace populist ideas to avoid getting out-flanked by the Dem left, but also the Republicans!

    His suggested platform includes some ideas Clinton already supports (paid family and medical leave, increasing the minimum wage, reforming student debt), some she might come out for (a tax hike on the top sliver of income earners), and some she’s unlikely to ever endorse (reinstating the Glass-Steagall banking regulation)….

    “There was no reason for the White House or Democrats to be defensive about inequality widening and people being on a downward escalator, because it’s been the Republican Party that’s been the most adamant opposition to every proposal” to address the problems, he said.

    http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/robert-reichs-advice-hillary-clinton-ride-the-populist-wave

  113. wbboei put forward the idea that companies are sitting on a stockpile of cash (we agree that this is $1.6 trillion sitting idle) because of “high taxes and over-regulation.” This is (i) not the case and (ii) stems from the precepts of supply-side economics, which has shown itself to be counter-productive in the past.
    —————
    Let me say it as plainly as I can.

    Your theories have the smell of the lamp.

    They are as academic and unworkable in the real world as the phony economics coming out of the Obama administration.

    You need to spend some time talking with small business people.

    You need to talk with bigger businessmen like Steve Wynn as I have.

    You have got to get out of the virtual world and into the real world.

    If you want to argue that the world is flat, that is your prerogative.

    But do not expect me to argue about it.

    In a court room, a court would take judicial notice of what I have said.

  114. wbboei November 13, 2014 at 10:23 am

    I have a name for Obama economics: “Trickle Up” Economics

    LMAO!! Hear! Hear!

  115. Robert Reich
    ————
    Ah ha. The dwarf. Here is an interesting factoid. His grandfather was named Robert Reich. His father was named Robert Reich. And that makes him the third reich. Another fine fellow who defected from Clinton to Obama when he saw an opportunity to renounce loyalty for the sake of personal advancement.

  116. I can not stand Casey or the dwarf either Wbb, such Benedict Arnold’s…

    makes ones head spin
    Now of course we hear on Drudge that the fraud, more likely than not an illegitimate President, is set, in a few days, to give amnesty to 5 million more illegals…
    Will the Republican find a core of strength?, Any wagers?

  117. Boy, I had no idea how bad this guy is. He is the quintessential jackass. If the West Point mascot—the army mule ever decides to go on strike until minimum wage is raised to $15 per hour, then Angus King could step in to fill that billet and bray like the jackass you see here. As the Irving Berlin song says—doin’ what comes naturally. As in good morning senator. He haw. What happened to your prior commitment to caucus with the party that won the senate? He haw. This guy is somewhere to the left of Bernie Sanders who is somewhere to the left of Karl Marx. Plus he is stupid. They did not name him Angus for nothing.

    http://www.noquarterusa.net/blog/77638/angus-king-is-a-horses-ass/

  118. Will the Republican find a core of strength?, Any wagers?
    —————————–
    I would bet the ranch that they will not. Who they elect as their leader tells the story.

    Here is what is interesting.

    The last thing I saw on this was the traitor in chief plans to give amnesty to 4.5 million illegals.

    Now that is nothing more than a headline—because it is clear that this will apply to all 34 million of them.

    But why should 4.5 million be the number?

    Answer: because that is the number Reagan gave amnesty to in 1984.

    If that is the number, then it is designed to deflect a partisan response.

    In other words, if the Republicans push the middle class over the proverbial political cliff.

    And the democrats at the time deplore it, and claim that the Republicans are punishing American citizens.

    Then Obama can do the same thing, and it is no harm no foul.

    And that makes perfect sense only if you are only interested in beltway politics, and have no regard to the country.

    It is part and parcel of the elitist mindset of the political class which is manifest in both political parties.

    Which is why we need new parties who represent the 99 percent of Americans who live outside the beltway.

  119. The “journalists” are grilling Angus King to condemn the words or attitude of someone he doesn’t know who wrote a bill that he didn’t vote on. All King is saying is, everyone new the PPACA had to be paid for with taxes, but look at the bottom line: 8 million people now have insurance they wouldn’t have had without the PPACA. King doesn’t say anything about Gruber and may make a poor defense of the PPACA, but I don’t see how that makes him a jackass.

  120. jeswezey you are clueless.
    until dear leaders economic strangling of the economy stops there will be no jobs.
    until the threat of a huge recession diminishes there will be no recovery.
    we are currently in more of a risk financial system wise than before the 2008 crash.

    how can the consumer or companies increase spending?
    the consumer is in terrible shape with a huge amount of the workforce unemployed and most of the new jobs held by illegals.
    and the companies are afraid to hire due to the unknowns of the future. oh thats right according to you they need to open their greedy pockets and start spending. geezes?

    you write a bunch of words but they don’t make much sense and I have stopped reading your posts.

  121. jeswezey
    November 13, 2014 at 11:39 am
    The “journalists” are grilling Angus King to condemn the words or attitude of someone he doesn’t know who wrote a bill that he didn’t vote on. All King is saying is, everyone new the PPACA had to be paid for with taxes, but look at the bottom line: 8 million people now have insurance they wouldn’t have had without the PPACA. King doesn’t say anything about Gruber and may make a poor defense of the PPACA, but I don’t see how that makes him a jackass.
    ———-
    This is one of the areas where you and I disagree fundamentally.

    Angus thinks that the elites should decide what is best for the masses, and does not think the people should have any say in the matter, because they are too stupid to figure out for themselves what is best for them. That is Gruber’s position as well. It is why the big lie at the center of Obamacare does not concern Angus.

    In my view, the goal should be to be free of government control and corporate control as much as possible. Freedom from government control is the blue print of the constitution. Freedom from corporate control assumes a deeper meaning to life than heroic materialism.

    As between the two tyrannies however a moral distinction can be made. When there is corporate control you still have the freedom not to buy the product. With government control, and particularly the kind of tyrannical and oppressive government we see under this administration, you have no input on product design, no say over cost, and above all, no choice but to purchase the product whether you want it or not. That is what Obamacare is all about.

    Angus is a complete jackass, as Larry Johnson says.

  122. sirmrks

    until dear leaders economic strangling of the economy stops there will be no jobs.
    until the threat of a huge recession diminishes there will be no recovery.
    we are currently in more of a risk financial system wise than before the 2008 crash.

    ——
    So in your opinion, what is the economic solution…other that getting Obola out of office?

    Will the economy fix itself by having a new President, or is there some economic strategy that needs to be applied?

  123. 8 million people now have insurance they wouldn’t have had without the PPACA
    —————–
    Insurance with $5000 deductibles and high costs. 10 million lost their coverages. I hope they keep the employer mandate, because that is the only way the stupid professional class will feel the bite, and realize what is happening. But even if Obamacare did create lousy insurance for 8 million who did not have it, and relied on emergency rooms for their care, the question is whether, from a policy standpoint there were less restrictive less onerous alternatives to achieve the same goal. Legend has it that the first time a house burned down in China, the meat in the kitchen was saved. Out of desperation, the inhabitants found that they liked cooked meat. Consequently, they adopted a practice of burning down houses to get cooked meat, until some wag pointed out to them that it might be wiser to put the meat in the oven and cook it there, and leave the house standing. That is the core problem with Obamacare—a $10 broom to clean up a $1 mess which will lead to rationing as Zeke has already intimated. Would I be tempting fate if I purchased 75 candals for his next birthday, and asked him to do the right thing?

  124. I wonder how many of the ‘8 million’ ObolaCare customers are illegals?

    I also wonder how WE are paying for all those children that were let into our country illegally?

    The Obama administration is using Chicago thug economics.

  125. Is this the open door Wigwam woman was talking about?

    Harry Reid taps Elizabeth Warren as envoy to liberal groups

    Senate Democrats are enlisting progressive firebrand Elizabeth Wigwam Warren to be a member of their leadership team, likely to serve as a liaison to liberal progressive groups.

    Harry Reid, the incoming Senate minority leader, is engaged in private talks with the Massachusetts freshman to create a special leadership post for the former Harvard professor, according to several people familiar with the matter.

    The expected title will be strategic policy adviser to the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, according to a source familiar with the talks.

    In the new position, Warren is expected to serve as a go-between to liberal groups to ensure their voice is part of the leadership’s private deliberations, a source said. She would be part of the messaging and policy team.

    Adding Warren, Democrats say, would bring in a nationally known name who could help sharpen the Democratic message as it goes toe-to-toe with the new Senate Republican majority. The move would likely be viewed favorably by an increasingly liberal caucus.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/11/elizabeth-warren-harry-reid-senate-leadership-112847.html#ixzz3IyJLle6x

    Ain’t she special.

  126. They are going to try and make Warren the woman Obama and sadly, it may work in the primaries versus Hillary. The Clintons really have been screwed by their own.

  127. 8 million people now have insurance they wouldn’t have had without the PPACA

    But, that’s a lie, too. First of all, 8 million people haven’t signed up for Obamacare. But, beyond quibbling over the number, many of the people who have purchased on the exchange already had policies.

    For example, before Obamacare, I had a private Blue Cross/Blue Shield policy that I was happy with. My insurance cancelled that policy because it wasn’t in compliance with ACA. I replaced it with a nearly identical Blue Cross/Blue shield plan from the exchange (Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield is the only individual plan marketer in my state, on or off exchange). The only difference is that it cost me $50 more per month and my local hospital is no longer in the network.

    By no stretch of Gruber’s imagination am I someone who has insurance because of Obamacare.

  128. “So in your opinion, what is the economic solution”

    wow tough question. currently the gubbermint is not telling the truth about the financial situation. it has been printing money like never before and the whole economic situation is in new territory. as the market corrects every 4 to 7 years we are due in for a correction. however with the current administration propping things up it is impossible to predict when a correction will happen. even the fund managers say they do not know.

    throw in amnesty and we get a WTF situation. how can we create jobs for those who have lost them previously when suddenly there is 4.7 million new job seekers next week.

    its a very complex situation to which there is not a simple solution to be found.

    the only way I can see new jobs happening: is reduce illegal employment, loosen regulations on business and get a government that business can trust and predict. democrat or republican it doesn’t matter as long as its trust worthy and predictable over the long term.

    you might want to throw encouraging some sort of manufacturing by getting rid of the environmental protection tyrants 😉

    there are so many other needed changes that would effect things that can be mentioned but that is not in the realm of a simple solution.

    the whole situation is out of balance and I will not offer pie in the sky suggestions like jeswezey.

  129. I did a quick search to see what options were available to the Republicans should they decide to repeal and/or modify an executive order. I found this Q and A , which confirmed what I thought I knew, and what most others here probably knew. Thought I would post it just in case.

    ________________

    Ilona Nickels
    Congressional and Public Policy Expert

    Capitol Corner
    Executive Orders

    Question:
    If Republicans take over both the House and Senate, is it true that President Obama can get around them by issuing “Executive Orders.” Can you explain that?

    Answer
    Executive orders are Presidential directives with the force of law, and, you are right, they do not require the approval of Congress to take effect. All modern Presidents have made heavy use of the Executive Order as a policy tool to circumvent Congress.

    Executive orders can be challenged formally in two ways: (1) a lawsuit could be brought if it is felt that the Order contradicts the legislative intent of the original policy set by Congress, or if it has no underlying statutory authority to begin with, or (2) Congress could pass a bill repealing or modifying a specific Executive Order. At times, Congress has passed legislation to negate or modify a specific executive order. However, when it has, the President has often vetoed the new law and Congress has not always had the 2/3 majority vote in both chambers to override his veto.

    http://www.ilonanickels.com/CC_executiveorders.html

  130. imo…this executive order on immigration by O is going to cause big problems for dims…caught part of washington journal this morning…tim ryan was on talking about the democratic agenda…and what went wrong for dims…”we didn’t talk about what our policies are, bla,bla,bla”(hard to do that when you spend your time talking about Koch Bros and other deflections)

    …and then the callers started calling in…many calls from dems, independents and repubs against this immigration move…and for the obvious reasons…

    the american people are still hurting and out of work…they feel ignored and sidelined…even seniors saying they would take some of these low paying jobs at restaurants, etc to supplement but they can’t because they are all filled by illegal immigrants…not to mention the cost to the taxpayers while they are still struggling

    once again American taxpayer just picks up the tab for everyone else while the middle class marches toward nonexistence…the American dream is hurting…and the Dims just don’t get it…frankly, I do not recognize the party I once fought so hard for…

  131. sirmrks
    November 13, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    “So in your opinion, what is the economic solution”

    wow tough question.

    —–
    It is a tough question and I agree that supporting an ongoing influx of illegals instead of taking care of our own people is one big problem. That would require a fence, in my opinion, and at least to this point, I don’t even see the GOP supporting that situation. Bonar and R readers keep talking some sort of immigration reform.

    I also will not support anything but a hard line on this situation, even from Hillary.

    During 2008 when the bubble burst, during the election…I felt part of the crash was driven by Wall Street and part by all the scam real estate loans to people that couldn’t afford overpriced homes.

    This was bad enough, then came the Chicago economics that just gave away the farm.

    I don’t have the solutions but I know what has been tried in the past and hasn’t helped the middle class.

  132. More coming over to Hillary’s side, i think the appetite for a primary fight in 2016 is very low.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2014/11/orin-kramer-clinton-foundation-event-112863.html

    Major Obama ’08 backer hosting event for Clinton Foundation

    Three people familiar with the event say invitations have started going out for a small gathering.

    A major New York hedge fund executive and crucial early backer of Barack Obama in 2007 is hosting an event for Hillary Clinton’s family foundation in the coming weeks, just ahead of a potential presidential run by the former secretary of state, sources told POLITICO.

    Three people familiar with the event said invitations have started going out for a small gathering hosted by Boston Provident L.P. manager Orin Kramer that would take place before the end of the year.

    The event, which will be at the elite Core Club in Manhattan, is being coordinated through Dennis Cheng, who is in charge of fundraising at the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, the sources said.

    Kramer was not available for comment, and a Clinton spokesman did not respond to emails.

    Kramer, a longtime Democratic bundler, was an early validator for Obama as the first-term senator began to put down a mark in the New York fundraising community, which had long backed Clinton, its own senator. The hedge fund executive’s event will put Clinton in front of his donor network at a time when she is preparing for a likely second presidential bid.

    She has said she’ll make up her mind about running after the first of the year, although there is a debate among her allies about whether she should declare earlier than that, or wait until several weeks into 2015.

    People familiar with the foundation’s work have said the organization is working to complete an endowment to take the fundraising burden off Bill Clinton going forward. It would allow also the group’s work to continue with assurance.

    But sources familiar with the Kramer event said it is for the foundation’s annual fund.

  133. Breaking: McConnell elected Senate majority leader, Reid elected Senate minority leader; Jon Tester elected chairman of DSCC

    So basically the Dems learned nothing.

  134. Correction,

    I know what has been tried in the past and hasn’t helped the middle class…

    except what what done by Bill Clinton, and he worked with Rethugs on that too.

    One big difference, we were not involved in any wars during the Clinton administration and that helped everyone.

  135. Fauxahontas gets an all new job made up for her………..
    “One of the few changes made was the addition of liberal favorite Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) to the leadership ranks. Reid minted a new post for her, strategic policy adviser to the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee.”

    ——————————————-

    Two centrists, Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), voted against Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) Thursday to protest his leadership style.

    McCaskill said that, under Reid’s tenure as Senate majority leader, the chamber has become engulfed in partisan sniping and produced little in the way of legislative progress.

    The Missouri Democrat said she’s focused on “making this place functional again and working with our Republican colleagues.”

    She said the Democratic message has “been drowned out by a lot of the political backbiting, and there’s a lot of us who feel it’s time for us to not mimic what the Republicans did but rise above it and try to work together.”

    She voted no on a yes-or-no secret ballot question on whether Reid should serve as minority leader in the 114th Congress. She did not have an opportunity to vote for another leader.

    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) sounded exasperated after emerging from a four-hour meeting, during which Democrats voted to keep their leadership team largely in place.

    “I voted for a change,” Manchin told reporters. “I didn’t get a change.”

    McCaskill said Reid was unfazed when she told him of her opposition. She predicted he would not retaliate by denying her plum committee assignments.

    “He understood,” she said, adding that the Democratic leader is “not unaccustomed to me coming in and telling him things he may not want to hear.”

    One of the few changes made was the addition of liberal favorite Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) to the leadership ranks. Reid minted a new post for her, strategic policy adviser to the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee.

    Asked if Warren was the sort of change he was interested in, Manchin shot back to a reporter: “Are you deaf?”

    http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/224057-manchin-and-mccaskill-wage-protest-against-reids-leadership-style

  136. Asked if Warren was the sort of change he was interested in, Manchin shot back to a reporter: “Are you deaf?”
    —————
    Deaf yes. Blind too. Could not see or hear what happened in November. Didn’t want to see it. And, especially did not want her readers to see it.

  137. “McCaskill said Reid was unfazed when she told him of her opposition. She predicted he would not retaliate by denying her plum committee assignments”
    ___________

    She’s a trusting soul, then, if she expects Scary Harry to do the right thing.

    Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss. The Dims are fools again.

  138. The Dims are fools again.

    —-

    Don’t forget Free, the unwashed are too stupid to realize how well they are being treated by Reid and Nasty. They just need to pay their taxes and fees and STFU.

  139. Not sure this is a good idea?

    http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/hillary-clinton-camp-meet-progressive-critics

    Clinton camp to meet with progressive critics

    Hillary’s critics on the left may finally have the opportunity they’ve been waiting for.

    Adam Green, the co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, one of the groups most closely associated with the so-called “Warren wing of the Democratic Party,” said his organization reached out to Clinton’s camp before the election and that a meeting was coming “very soon.”

    He declined to name the Clinton advisers with whom he’s been in contact, saying discussions have so far been limited to “conversations about having conversations.” “We want to keep as open a line of communication with Hillary Clinton and her team as possible,” he told msnbc.

    The meeting will hopefully be a precursor to a larger summit with more progressive leaders and Clinton herself. “The more the merrier,” Green said. “Individual meetings are useful, but progressive movement-wide meetings would be really smart for her.”

  140. Manchin will switch parties, VERY soon. He is totally disgusted with this whole administration, the gutting of the coal industry, the calling us dummies, etc.

    YOU GO SIR.

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