On Fox News Radio’s “Kilmeade & Friends” on Wednesday, National Review columnist Mark Steyn expressed strong dissatisfaction with the process that led to Tuesday’s fiscal cliff agreement. “I think it ought to be deeply embarrassing to any developed society that 300 million people are sitting there on Monday, and they don’t know what their tax rates are going to be on Tuesday,” Steyn said. “That’s the mark of shame.” Steyn, the author of “After America: Get Ready for Armageddon,” told host Brian Kilmeade that the fiscal cliff negotiations resembled a scene from the Soviet Union.
Comments: There is a disturbing similarity between the way this deal was brokered in a backroom and the way things are done in other failed nation-states.
And as Steyn says Mitch McConnell and Joe Biden are not the two guys I would want negotiating my mortgage, more less the financial solvency of the country.
Meanwhile the $4 million vacation just became $4.5 million that must come out of our pockets: and for what? nothing but angry words and threats and flummery. Next time, someone please ground AF1 for more responsible use..
This deal or something close to it was in the bag months ago and the last month or so was manufacturing a crisis so people would swallow the results.
When Obama didn´t issue the 60 day notification of contractor´s lay offs,that was a clue. The lack off alarm on Wall St. was another tip some kind of agreement would be reached.
What exactly did Obama do after having to "cut his vacation short"? he didn´t even hang around long enough to sign the bill into law.He had a couple photo ops at a conference table to make hm look engaged but it was simply stagecraft.
I suspect he signed the bill late because the signing statements,exempting his cronies from higher taxes wasn´t ready yet.
´´That’s a recipe for total societal collapse.´´ Those aren´t comforting words, but they´re honest ones. We´re being sold down the river by politicians. Oh, for some statesmen for leaders in Congress - people who know how to apply the brakes. It may not be possible to avoid the crash, but Cantor, Rand, Rubio, and others would make the attempt.
There seems to be the mostly-unknown-until-now issue that Republicans cannot accuse the dhims of voter fraud because pubbies in a state were caught ONCE doing voter fraud, the dhims sued and that is the result. I saw an article that said every time it would be possible to get this overturned, the 80+ year old judge who did it returns to the courtroom and stops it. Did not keep the cites but did read them. But it sounds really wacky to me and I wonder if anyone ever looked at the judge´s bank account.
On Tuesday’s broadcast of Hugh Hewitt’s radio show, MSNBC “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough hammered President Barack Obama for what he called lies during the sales job for his 2010 health care law. Scarborough was asked by Hewitt if he had any idea how many people would ultimately lose their health care coverage because of that law. Scarborough replied by saying many more Americans would be impacted by that law than what then-President George W. Bush had said in his 2003 state of the union speech regarding Iraq trying to procure yellow cake uranium from Niger.
On Wednesday’s edition of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer faced off against left-leaning show anchor Jon Stewart on conservative ideology and the way it is presented. In this rare appearance on Stewart’s program, Krauthammer was promoting his new book, “Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes, and Politics,” and explained how in working on the book he realized when he had made the transformation from liberal to conservative. STEWART: Thirty years — do you ever look back on some of these writings and think, ‘What was I thinking?’ KRAUTHAMMER: It’s worse than that.
At an event in Birmingham, Ala. Monday night, former Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Ben Carson revealed that he had received a visit from the Internal Revenue Service following his much-noted remarks at a National Prayer Breakfast earlier this year. “I had my first encounter with the IRS this year, unsurprisingly after the prayer breakfast,” Carson told an audience that at the annual Business Council of Alabama Chairman’s Dinner, according to a report from Cliff Sims of the Montgomery, Ala.-based Yellowhammer News. Carson’s February speech February made him a conservative darling for criticizing President Barack Obama’s 2010 health care reform law
WASHINGTON — Tennessee Republican Sen. Bob Corker called out fellow Republicans Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Sen. Mike Lee of Utah Thursday, accusing them of delaying a vote on the bill to fund the government and prevent a government shutdown to suit their own desires for publicity. Cruz, earlier this week, held the floor for over 21 hours, speaking in defense of defunding Obamacare with that government funding bill. He asked other Republican senators to join him in voting against moving forward on a bill passed by the House , which would fund the government while defunding Obamacare.
During an interview with conservative talker Laura Ingraham on Tuesday, Sen. Mike Lee defended the much-criticized “defund Obamacare” strategy that he and Sen. Ted Cruz are spearheading. “My job, Laura, is to do everything I can to protect the people from bad law and bad policy, which we have in Obamacare,” Lee said. “I can’t look at this and say because this law is unpopular, because this law is going to be rejected ultimately by the American people as unworkable, and because that could inure to the benefit of the Republican Party, that justifies me in staying
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Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer predicted on Friday that should President Barack Obama make a misstep when dealing with Syria, he could spark a “major regional war.” In his column published in Friday’s Washington Post, Krauthammer alluded to the “guns of August,” a reference to 1914 and the build-up that led to the start of World War I. That reference was a comparison to the current situation in Middle East involving Syria and a pending U.S. strike over the use of chemical weapons, and how those seemingly isolated events could unfold into something bigger.
On his radio show on Thursday night, conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt lobbied National Review columnist and occasional fill-in host for Rush Limbaugh to make a run for a New Hampshire U.S. Senate seat against the current incumbent, Democrat Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. Hewitt on Friday had announced the launch of SteynforSenate.com, where one can sign a petition to encourage him to run as well as be notified how to contribute to his campaign in the event he does run. But in his regular appearance on Thursday, Steyn expressed his disappointment in the lack of the quality of candidates
Conservative talker Mark Levin blasted Republican House leaders on his Tuesday radio show, warning that by attacking more conservative members of the GOP, Speaker John Boehner and prominent Reps. Paul Ryan and Eric Cantor are throwing away the 2014 midterm elections. Levin, author of “The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic,” said the GOP establishment’s disparagement of conservative colleagues, could be a disaster in a midterm “turn out the base” election. “This is my great fear,” Levin said. “My great fear is that guys like Boehner, and quite frankly Paul Ryan, and Eric Cantor
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On Sunday’s broadcast of “Fox & Friends,” conservative columnist Ann Coulter explained how the trial of George Zimmerman — who was found “not guilty” Saturday night for the murder of Trayvon Martin — proved what she had written about in her most recent book, “Mugged: Racial Demagoguery from the Seventies to Obama.” “[I] tweeted out ‘hallelujah,’ because this was a media-led mob, and an innocent man almost went to prison for 30 years because of, well, Al Sharpton stirring up hatred and creating a narrative for which there was never any evidence and after this long trial there
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