President Obama has blamed sequestration for everything from cutting White House tours to the possibility of first responders being laid off. But on Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) did Obama one better: he blamed sequestration for the accidental deaths of seven US Marines on Tuesday in Nevada.
The Senate Republican Leader and Senate Democratic Leader are cutting a deal on the filibuster.
You may think it is over and done with, but it is not.
Harry Reid, through Senate procedure, has kept the first day of business in the Senate going on. This allows the rules of the Senate to be changed with just a majority vote if he decides to claim the Senate’s business does not continue and constitutes itself as a new body every two years (it’s a Parliamentary thing). Meanwhile, behind the scenes Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid are cutting a deal to drastically curtail the filibuster. The left is fully on board and gearing up for this fight because they think they can get gun control through the Senate and other liberal initiatives.
Don’t relax and say, “Oh well, we have the House,” because we may have the House, but John Boehner is in charge of it.
This is serious. Republicans should be prepared to fight as hard as they can and, should the Democrats use the so-called “nuclear” option, grind congress to a halt. Likewise, Senate Democrats should be reminded of the number of seats they have up for re-election in 2014.
I’m sure Utah’s Attorney General will look into this right away, not.
Excerpted from The Salt Lake Tribune: Embattled St. George businessman Jeremy Johnson says new Utah Attorney General John Swallow helped broker a deal in 2010 in which Johnson believed he was to pay Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid $600,000 to make a federal investigation into Johnson’s company go away.
But when the federal government filed a lawsuit Johnson thought he had paid to quash, he demanded Swallow return some of the $250,000 initial payment. Then, just days before the Nov. 6 election, Johnson engaged in a frenetic but unsuccessful effort to get Swallow to drop out of the race, saying information about what Johnson called a “bribe” would come out and force the Republican’s resignation if he became attorney general.
Johnson’s allegations come less than a week after Swallow took the oath of office. Federal agents have interviewed several Utahns about Johnson’s relationship with Swallow, among other issues, according to those interviewed. The FBI would not comment.
Johnson said he does not know if any of the money he paid in the deal actually reached anyone connected to Reid.
Reid’s office declined to comment, spokeswoman Kristen Orthman said Friday.
“It is outrageous that we protect our money with far more firepower than we protect our children”
This letter was forwarded to Barack Obama, John Boehner, Chris Murphy, Dick Blumenthal, Elizabeth Esty, and Harry Reid
I live in Sandy Hook, CT. My family and close friends weren’t harmed on December 14. That day impacted 26 families with an indescribable, staggering pain and anguish. For most of Sandy Hook, it merely affected us with an inescapable intensity of sadness and grief.
Gun control has long been a focus of many in this country. Though I’m not knowledgeable of all the nuances of the Second Amendment, based on the Founding Fathers’ circumstances, it had far more to do with enabling the citizenry to protect themselves against tyrannical government than against local psychopaths. It is about providing a balanced firepower so when King George’s successor came knocking on your door, you could fight back. Government today is no less inclined to abuse its authority than it was then. Based on the absurd and ongoing power grab that is present day Washington, it’s as threatening as ever. Continue reading →
There is no breathing room this year for those of us who fight endless GOP capitulations in Washington. Within the first few weeks of the new session, we must confront a grave assault on the Filibuster in the Senate.
Harry Reid is plotting some version of the “nuclear option” to limit the filibuster when the Senate convenes to adopt the rules package for the new Congress. It essentially works like this. Every rules change in the Senate requires a 67-vote threshold to adopt the change. Harry Reid is offering the absurd argument that the Senate is not a continuous body, and is therefore not governed by the rules of the previous session on the first day of the new Congress (before the rules package is adopted). With that in mind, he plans to abolish the filibuster on “the motion to proceed” and limit the minority’s ability to offer amendments when they vote on the rules package. He plans to do this with a simple majority vote.
Although the Senate already convened last Thursday, Reid used a parliamentary procedure blocking any adjournment of the Senate, so that the body will technically remain in its first “legislative day.” This will provide him with the opportunity to pull the trigger later this month. Continue reading →
Obama asked for it, Harry Reid tried to deliver it.
Source: Tavern Keepers | Originally published 12/18/12
Read the original “$60.4 Billion Sandy Scam” bill here
This relief package is being called the ‘Sandy scam’ by its critics. Out of that 60.4 billion that is to go directly to NY, Conn, and NJ. only $47.4 billion is said to go directly to Sandy victims and their rebuilding efforts. The other $13 billion…..
On Dec, 7 2012, President Obama requested the following:
The Obama administration requested $60.4 billion from Congress to pay for disaster aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The amount of the proposed aid package however, is lower than the $82 billion asked for by the three hardest-hit states. However, it still ranks as the third-largest disaster-relief request ever behind the Sept. 11 terror attacks and Hurricane Katrina. Congressional delegations from the effected states welcomed the money, saying they would try to pick up the rest in additional spending bills down the road. The figure was also higher than the $55 billion ceiling that the White House indicated earlier in the week. Senators from the states met with White House budget officials on Thursday to try to boost the numbers. Gov. Cuomo, Mayor Bloomberg and Gov. Chris Christie also lobbied actively in DC to try to get as much funding as possible and they all viewed the current request as a good start in the rebuilding effort.
In 2005, when Democrats were the minority party in the Senate, Senator Reid said breaking the rules to change the rules of the Senate was “un-American” and a “partisan political grab.” Today, now that Democrats are in the majority, Senator Reid is singing a different tune.
A partisan war is brewing that could bring the government to a screeching halt as early as January — and no, it’s not over the fiscal cliff. It’s all about the filibuster.
When Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) threatened to employ a similar maneuver in 2005, Democratic critics labeled it as the “nuclear option.”
“Then-Sen. Obama thought it would be wrong to make the changes when the Republicans were in the majority; then-Sen. [Joe] Biden thought it was a bad idea when the Democrats were in the minority; and Harry Reid thought it was an awful idea when he was in the minority because he said no one group should be able to run roughshod over the other group,” said Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), No. 4 in GOP leadership.
Democrats are threatening to change filibuster rules, in what will surely prompt a furious GOP revolt that could make those rare moments of bipartisan consensus even harder to come by during the next Congress. Continue reading →
Tax cuts account for less than 2% of the US debt
Tax increases will be passed to consumers
Obama is trying to bypass Congress so he can raise the debt ceiling by himself
Can you raise your own credit limit?
In a nutshell, Democrats haven’t yet coalesced around a position themselves, let alone found agreement with Republicans.
Democrats are confident that an Election Day mandate will deliver a fiscal cliff deal that raises tax rates on the rich. Perhaps a little too confident. Continue reading →
A few stray thoughts and observations in the aftermath of the 2012 election — on substance, process, and tactics:
(1) The polls were broadly right, both at the state and national levels — a dichotomy that I believed to be unlikely in the extreme as recently as yesterday morning. The electorate ended up being D+6, nearly on par with 2008, and six points better than the 2010 midterms. I was wrong about this, as were a good number of other observers. The 2012 party ID figures from Gallup and Rasmussen upon which my assumptions were based were wildly off. National polls predicted a very close race, and that projection was borne out by the vote totals. As of this writing, the president is winning the popular vote by a slim, 50/49 margin. When all is said and done, roughly two percentage points will separate the two candidates, down considerably from Obama’s 2008 seven-point popular vote romp. Yet Obama pulled off wins in every swing state, save North Carolina (Romney also flipped Indiana back into the red column). The president carried Ohio by approximately two points — largely in line with most polling — and though his victory margins in states like Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania were slashed substantially, they all still fell in his direction. The biggest surprises were Florida and Colorado, which looked promising based on public polling and raw early data. Romney lost “the big three” — FL, OH and VA — by just over 300,000 total votes. This will certainly raise serious questions about Team Romney’s “expand the map” push in October. The campaign spent precious resources and time playing in states that were called almost instantly for Obama. If they’d focused their efforts on the states they absolutely had to have, rather than indulging in their quixotic blue state adventurism, they could have made it a much closer race in the Electoral College. I still think Romney would have lost, though, because Karl Rove’s 3-2-1 model would have ultimately lacked that elusive final “one” (CO, IA, NH, WI all went blue). Barack Obama becomes the first president in modern American history (Clarification: Post-WWII) to win re-election even though his electoral college and popular vote margins contracted. Continue reading →