WASHINGTON — Republican efforts to resolve the fiscal standoff that has closed much of the federal government heated up Thursday, the third day of the shutdown, with new talks over a broad budget deal and an effort by more moderate House members to break the logjam. Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, chairman of the House Budget Committee, has initiated conversations with senior House Republicans on a broad deficit reduction deal that would allow some increases to federal programs squeezed by the automatic cuts known as sequestration in exchange for long-term changes to programs like Medicare and Social Security. The
This NYT piece extolling Paul D. RINO, Dem Lite, Wisconsin, is designed to undercut the principled stance of the majority of House Republicans. One has to hope that the conservatives are strong enough and numerous enough to withstand the charge of the RINOs.
As to reforming SS and Medicare, this is the action Dems are lusting for: the GOP will be accused of taking away your mother´s Social Security check and keeping her from seeing a doctor. GOP has to focus on ending ObamaCare and slashing EPA, Energy, Education, HHS and dozens of agencies that are a burden and not a benefit.
About 20 Republicans and Democrats signed on to a proposal that would reopen the government, finance it for six months and repeal the health care law’s tax on medical devices, a provision that has bipartisan opposition.
That tax is not in question. It´s the INDIVIDUAL MANDATE that is the sticking point, among others. The removal of the medical device tax will go thru.
Did I miss the whole point of this battle in the NYT article -- that it´s the individual mandate we´re fighting about?
Aides described those talks as “conversations about conversations,” not true negotiations, and they favored the term “down payment” on the deficit over “grand bargain.”
...and people wonder why Congress is held in such low regard? Is this all about linguistics or is it about tyranny?
This piece should be recognized for what it is; i.e.., disinformation in the service of the DNC designed to misinform the public and demoralize Republicans in Congress. The House needs to hang tough. If nothing else, the standoff is revealing Obama´s incredible pettiness and lack of concern about what is best for the U.S.
Mark Levin had this well analyzed yesterday. Obama doens´t care about the shutdown he is just softening up the GOP for the debt limit fight to get everything he wants there by the usual demagoguery about paying your bills to distract from his running up the debt and profligate spending. How dare the House ( with the power of the purse ) pick and choose what should be funded - Harry Reid will not "fall into the trap" of passing popular spending bills like the children´s cancer research and if he did Obama would veto anything that doesn´t give him all he wants. He is talking about an economic collapse being avoided by raising the debt ceiling - the opposite of the truth - as a way to push the blame on the republicans for the collapse he is causing and still pushing for. Since the republicans have been so pathetic in explaining these things they have already caved on the debt ceiling and Obama is guaranteed the ultimate victory on the shutdown and wide open spending for the foreseeable future!
In any family or any business, if the leader comes with the news that cutbacks are needed because the money situation has changed, they might seem like the bad guy because they have to say the mean words..."no, we can´t do that" but it is the only way to survive. Someone has to say the "mean words" which the left knows how to say. Obama himself gave that stunning, no nonsense speech as a senator about taking out a credit card, from the bank of China, in our children´s names, and pointed out how that was unpatriotic and wrong. Somehow it is now OK? No, it is not OK AND he knows it. We have to stand for something, even as unpopular as it makes us, but COME ON leaders, at least try to explain. The Karl Rove, ignore the accusations strategy, does not work.
We saw it, why couldn´t the congressional GOP?. We saw how arrogant and self-serving he was, as well as how he disregarded and abused the law. The GOPhers gave him too much rope, which gave him an over abundance of confidence he could keep the wrecking ball in motion. He´s a Godzilla now, drawing more and more power from anything shot at him. Maybe not too late, but we have to confront and diminish him now. I appears reid may have exhausted his rhetoric, which will be helpful.
The important thing here is not the politics but the principle. The constitution gives congress the power of the purse to balance the power of the three branches of government. They must guard that power and not allow the president to steal it away by shutting down the government. If they allow the president de-facto power of the purse, as in forcing them to pay for his Obamacare no strings attached, then we are more than halfway to a dictatorship.
Sense the Dims have control of the WH, Senate, and most importantly, the MSM, the only outcome I can see is that in time the Republicans will eventually cave in and give Obozo all he wants. And the RINOS will be along with him and will contribute to the pressure put on true conservatives. This time, our "government" has truly degenerated into a tyranical force. All the dims want is to RULE, not govern.
We have enough revenue coming in every month to service the debt, and pay medicare and social security. This scare tactic is a BIG LIE. The gov´t may be shut down, but revenue is still coming in as usual. Republicans, HOLD firm!
The government took in more money last year and did they stand pat on spending and lower the amount of debt. No, of course they didn´t, they spent more money and raised the debt.
Obama´s new ploy today is to threaten senior people with not sending out their Social Security Checks. If he wants trouble of that sort, he´s asking for it.
Of course, my first solution is to stop supporting illegal criminals who run in the underground economy and don´t pay taxes. The government supports them with free medical services and pays to educate their kids in school. That is no way to balance a budget. Maybe Mexico´s budget, not ours.
Before he starts threatening Senior Citizens with financial ruin, he had better get those 50 to 60 million people off of the dole. You know the ones, they won´t work but produce kids on a production line so the government GIVES them more money.
I was born in the depression, froze my butt off in Korea, worked all my life to support myself and my family and what for. Certainly not to support people who live free and have no work ethic. We once called them bums. They still are. Congress had better gut this one out.. or they are out. I´m not seeing much difference between either anti American, self serving party. There, I´ve had my say.
I´ve noticed that logjams only occur when these Washington people put their heads together.
I´m with you, #10. We need to stop arguing over the small stuff and simply cut off the heads of the snakes, Won Hussein Soetoro the Kenyan and his puppet master, Valjar the Iranian. I want to see a government run by Americans from now on or no government at all.
Barry Soetero, the forgery impersonator, the Muslim Marxist with the gold ring that cries allu akbar, the small time tan organizer gone big time organizer. Only when committing chaos, is this agitator succeeding at his Soros puppeteers tasks. He plays to a Lenin propagandist trained media and a drunken, crazily bribed Congress too confused with the lobbying loot heaped upon them to ever make a rational, sane decision. Rome is burning, and Barry Nero is laughing insanely, golfing (which replaced fiddling) while it all burns down. And all of our brilliant hard working individual and corporate Americans watch quietly from a distance, continuing to pay the lobbyists to bribe for abusive Congressional privilege. Amongst all this sickness, only a Ted Cruz elected, or a Mark Levin patriot can save us ,,, a single strong voice.
The point is that Speaker John Boehner is thinking of putting together a vote with Democrats and 20 to 40 Republicans and ignore the Republican caucus. Pass a debt ceiling and a clean CR. Then of course Boehner will be toast....if he is that stupid and traitorous.
The response from Poster#1 is right up there with the Congressional poularity Rating- NOTHING!
While the Crapweasels in The Regime are wanting to make everyone, but themselves feel the pain...The Imperial Presidency punishes it subjects for no reason other than they can. So the Peasants do nothing, but grovel.
This shutdown situation is similar to what happens when you try to drive a car by using only the accelerator. Eventually you run off the road and hit something at high speed. The results are never good.
After the big crash we will have the opportunity to build it better next time. We certainly couldn´t do worse.
Some Republicans are making all of the same mistakes that they made when they ignored all of the evidence suggesting that the GOP was likely to lose in 2012. Most of the time, the echo chamber hurts conservatives and Republicans by making them oblivious to inconvenient facts and ideas, but in this case it is leading them to believe in an alternate political reality with its own set of rules. Bambi´s polls are all voer the place; 45 Fox (up 4), 41 Gallup, 46 Ras. Maybe 44 +- 2 covers the spread. BUT HE IS TYPICALLY MID 40´s- with an occassional bounce to 50. Meanwhile on Fox, Boehner is in sewer and Ted Cruz is upside down (except in echo chamber). Boehner will cave to stop bleeding.
If the GOp is ever to demonstrate they better do it now. Occupy the highways with car flags and signs that say hink to get rid of obamacare.
If the GOP fold this time they lose more than if they do not. The narrative is a lie so if they fold the folks--the dumb lo info folks will just trail after obMao and the dems like lambs without docked tails, wagging them behind them.
RE: 8´s citing of O´s speech against raising the debt (taking out a credit card from China payable by our children)....is there video of him saying that? If so, does he have exclusive rights to its use? If yes, and he doesn´t, that clip should be played literally hundreds of times in the run-up to the debt ceiling decision. Even if there is only a written transcript, blanket the airways. Show him for the hypocritical shyster he is.
A demand to raise the debt ceiling so the gov´t. can pay bills is a canard. That would just permit more borrowing. There is enough money flowing into the treasury each day from taxes to take care of obligations and Obama knows it. Hang tough Boehner and company.
The following quote contains the beginning and closing paragraphs of a speech, given by Senator Barack Obama, as it appears in the Congressional Record, March 16, 2006:
“Mr. President, I rise today to talk about America´s debt problem.
“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America´s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government can not pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government´s reckless fiscal policies.
“Increasing America´s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that "the buck stops here." Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”
“I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America´s debt limit. “
I may as well say this again. We are doomed. This country is gone forever. There is nothing the Republicans or anyone else can or will do. This nation is no more. I admire Boehner for standing up for the good of this country, but there is no way he can win this. He will have a heart attack and gain nothing. Obama has a hold on this country and there is no getting around it.
So nice of you to show up and capitulate for us all, #35. We can never get enough of the white flag wavers who contribute so much to these threads. Now, if only the manic Cruz hater would post, we could all call it a night.
Lots of tough talk, we should arrest Obama, we should impeach him, we need to insist on this and that. Anyone who tries to point out that we don´t have the power is accused of waving the white flag. I am glad the Republicans made this effort. I hope the voters will notice how rotten Obama and his Democrats are behaving. They don´t seem to be grasping it.
As soon as Obama came into power he declared war on almost half of the country. He has been waging this war ever since. Democrat voters think he is on their side and don´t care that he is trying to destroy us and our party. Is he succeeding? Might makes right. They have heve might. They are using it.
DETROIT — In a ruling that could reverberate far beyond Detroit, a federal judge held on Tuesday that this battered city could formally enter bankruptcy and asserted that Detroit’s obligation to pay pensions in full was not untouchable. The judge, Steven W. Rhodes, dealt a major blow to the widely held belief that state laws preserve public pensions, and his ruling is likely to resonate in Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and many other American cities where the rising cost of pensions has been crowding out spending for public schools, police departments and other services.
You should really just read the entire piece by Amy Goldstein and Juliet Eilperin in today´s Washington Post, which is a great account of where things stand now with HealthCare.gov. These two paragraphs, taken together, jumped out at me especially in explaining the challenges that the website now faces. Paragraph one: The enrollment records for a significant portion of the Americans who have chosen health plans through the online federal insurance marketplace contain errors — generated by the computer system — that mean they might not get the coverage they’re expecting next month.
President Obama is striking a dangerous balance. Starting today, he must simultaneously refocus Americans on the potential benefits of Obamacare without shredding his credibility further by minimizing its flaws. That dilemma had White House officials twisted in knots Monday. On one hand, they acknowledged that the cornerstone federal website is not working as smoothly as it should. But you could hardly hear the disclaimer over the din of spin, as the White House launched an aggressive "offensive" from a defensive crouch. "Healthcare.gov met our self-imposed November 30th deadline and even as we continue to make improvements to the website, we´ll also remind
Some people who have managed to complete the burdensome and glitch-filled process of signing up for Obamacare are learning they are not really enrolled at all. "Obama administration officials acknowledged today that some of the roughly 126,000 Americans who completed the torturous online enrollment process in October and November might not be officially signed up with their selected issuer, even if the website has told them they are." Technical problems transferring information from the website to insurance companies have troubled the system since the program´s rollout. Experts report that the website appears to function properly, but in the back end of
President Obama intends to enroll for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters Monday. “I know that he will, and has said that he will, or the White House has said that he will,” Carney said, “but I don’t have any update.” White House officials did not clarify whether the president’s interest is part of a public relations demonstration aimed at touting an improved HealthCare.gov website, or if Obama intends to alter his federally provided medical coverage. As with his predecessors, Obama’s health care is provided through the Defense Department as a federal
The House’s chief investigator says the FBI is stonewalling his inquiry into whether the agency and the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative group True the Vote for special scrutiny, and Rep. Darrell E. Issa is now threatening subpoenas to pry loose the information from FBI Director James B. Comey Jr. Mr. Issa, California Republican, and Rep. Jim Jordan, Ohio Republican, are leading the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s IRS inquiry. They also said the FBI is refusing to turn over any documents related to its own investigation into the IRS, which began in the days after an auditor’s report revealed
The Obamacare insurance marketplace is even more vulnerable to security breaches since the administration “fixed” Healthcare.gov, according to a cyber security expert.Health and Human Services (HHS) released a progress report on Sunday following its self-imposed Nov. 30 deadline to repair the website, saying that the “team has knocked more than 400 bug fixes and software improvements off the punch list.” The administration said that the “site capacity is stable at its intended level,” though the site continued to crash on Monday. The eight-page report made no mention of the website’s numerous security flaws, which experts say put Americans’ personal information at risk. “It
The White House is denying a report that President Obama is hatching plans for a visit to Tehran. We wouldn’t want to say we don’t believe the White House. But neither would be surprised if a presidential trip is being explored. A summit with the Iranian mullahs, or their “democratically elected” front-men, must be awfully tempting to Mr. Obama. How else to avoid a debacle in the 2014 by-election, after the end of illusions in respect of Obamacare? The report that Mr. Obama is planning a trip was reported by one of the three biggest Kuwaiti papers, Al-Jarida. It plays into
Winds were calm in the capital on Monday, except in the immediate vicinity of the White House, where gale-force exhalations were blowing out of the West Wing. After the administration’s claim Sunday that star-crossed HealthCare.gov had been repaired with “private sector velocity,” and the site’s relatively smooth functioning on Monday, Obama administration officials moved with aerospace-sector velocity to celebrate meeting their self-imposed deadline.
Maybe someone can explain to me how, exactly, conservatives are the aggressors in the culture war? In the conventional narrative of American politics, conservatives are obsessed with social issues. They want to impose their values on everyone else. They want the government involved in your bedroom. Those mean right-wingers want to make "health care choices" for women. Now consider last week´s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to consider two cases stemming from Obamacare: Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius and Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores. Democratic politicians and their fans on social media went ballistic almost instantly. That´s hardly unusual these
The UN´s senior counter-terrorism official is to launch an investigation into the surveillance powers of American and British intelligence agencies following Edward Snowden´s revelations that they are using secret programmes to store and analyse billions of emails, phone calls and text messages. The UN special rapporteur Ben Emmerson QC said his inquiry would also seek to establish whether the British parliament had been misled about the capabilities of Britain´s eavesdropping headquarters, GCHQ, and whether the current system of oversight and scrutiny was strong enough to meet United Nations standards. The inquiry will make a series of recommendations to the UN general assembly
President Obama needs to fire himself. Not literally, of course, but practically: He needs to shake up his team so thoroughly that the new blood imposes change on how he manages the federal bureaucracy and leads. A series of self-inflicted wounds during his fifth year in office, capped by the botched launch of the Affordable Care Act, have Americans questioning the president´s competence and credibility. History suggests that second-term presidents rarely recover after their approval ratings fall as much as Obama´s have this year. History also suggests that there are two types of White House shake-ups. The first is mostly cosmetic and
I have never been much of a conspiracy theorist. For me it was always Oswald by himself from the Texas School Book Depository and nothing in the intervening fifty years has disabused me of this notion. For the most part, I’m an Occam’s Razor kind of guy — the most obvious explanation is likely to be true. (Snip) To put it bluntly, Occam’s Razor has moved. Things that were once possibilities now seem almost certainties to me. Principal among those is that Obama’s academic records are perpetually unavailable for a reason — and that reason is most likely that they reveal
One of President Obama´s chief political assets has been his ability to excite young people like almost no politician in history. But the days of America´s youth fawning over the president are over. A new Harvard University Institute of Politics poll released Wednesday confirms what other surveys have shown in recent months: Millennials have soured on Obama so much this year that their opinion of him largely mirrors the American public´s. Even though Obama does not ever have to face another election, he should be worried about the findings for a couple of reasons, which we will dive into momentarily.
President Obama will cast growing income inequality and a decline in economic mobility as a “fundamental threat to the American dream” during a speech Wednesday in Washington. The speech will serve as an early preview for next year’s State of the Union address, according to a White House official, who said Obama would focus much of his energy over the next three years on the issue. “The decisions we make over the next few years will determine whether or not our children will grow up in an America where, if you work hard, you can get ahead,” the official said.
Good stuff from Jonathan Turley at today’s House hearing on executive power, although I regret that I couldn’t find a more user-friendly format for you to watch. There’s no compilation clip; you’ll have to make do with the C-SPAN embed by fast-forwarding to the time cues I give you and being patient while the vid buffers (and buffers, and buffers).(Snip)That brings us to point two: Even if Congress can’t stop Obama, the courts can. The problem there, though, says Turley, is that O and the DOJ have argued successfully in many cases that no one has standing to sue him
A stunning new study unveiled on Fox News´ Hannity finds that President Barack Obama’s White House calendar records just one face-to-face meeting between Obama and his Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in the more than three-and-a-half years leading up to the disastrous Obamacare launch. The startling statistic comes from a new Government Accountability Institute (GAI) analysis of Obama’s own official White House calendar, as well as the Politico presidential calendar, and raises new questions about Obama’s executive leadership and management throughout the implementation of his singular legislative achievement. More alarming still, the president’s schedule lists 277 private
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Just over two weeks ago, MSNBC host Martin Bashir delivered a harsh piece of commentary that culminated in the suggestion that someone should “s-h-i-t” in former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin‘s (R-AK) mouth. Bashir offered an abject apology on his next broadcast, but a chorus of critics continued to demand action against the host. After a reported “vacation” for the host earlier this week, Bashir announced, Wednesday afternoon, that MSNBC and Martin Bashir are parting ways. Here’s the statement from Martin Bashir, via email: After making an on-air apology, I asked for permission to take some additional time out around the Thanksgiving holiday. Upon
Nineteen people stood behind President Obama on stage in the Executive Office Building Tuesday as the president kicked off a new campaign to promote Obamacare. One of those people, a young Florida woman named Monica Weeks, introduced Obama after telling the story of being struck with Crohn´s Disease at age 19 and receiving expensive treatments for several years that were covered by her parents´ health care plan — because Obamacare allowed her to remain on that plan until age 26. Now, Weeks said, she has coverage through a job. "The Affordable Care Act gives young adults who are just starting
Amid an array of “knock-out” attacks against a number of Jews in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood, a city councilwoman pointed to the success of the Jewish community as triggering the aggression. Councilwoman-elect Laurie Cumbo emphasized that while she “admire[s] the Jewish community immensely” for its work ethic, black teens may see it differently. “While I personally regard this level of tenacity, I also recognize that for others, the accomplishments of the Jewish community triggers feelings of resentment, and a sense that Jewish success is not also their success,” Cumbo, who was recently elected, wrote in a letter. Chief among the issues
Continued global warming poses a risk of rapid, drastic changes in some human and natural systems, a scientific panel warned Tuesday, citing the possible collapse of polar sea ice, the potential for a mass extinction of plant and animal life and the threat of immense dead zones in the ocean. At the same time, some worst-case fears about climate change that have entered the popular imagination can be ruled out as unlikely, at least over the next century, the panel found. These include a sudden belch of methane from the ocean or the Arctic that would fry the planet, as
America is facing a wave of strikes by its fast-food workers on Thursday a day after Barack Obama warned that inequality in the USA had soared to the point that it now posed "a fundamental threat to the American dream". Low-paid workers in McDonalds, Kentucky Fried Chicken and other fast-food outlets in 100 cities across America were due to start rolling strikes to protest at the low level of America´s $7.25 (£4.45) federal minimum wage. The strikes are the latest part of a mushrooming publicity campaign for higher wages among those working so-called "McJobs", with fast-food restaurants seen as a
The president put in his ask to Disney CEO Bob Iger at a private meeting with entertainment moguls during his Nov. 26 visit to Jeffrey Katzenberg´s DreamWorks Animation. [snip] If you have any doubt as to how much of a sports junkie Barack Obama is, check in with the entertainment moguls who attended a private briefing with the president Nov. 26 before his speech at Jeffrey Katzenberg´s DreamWorks Animation campus in Glendale. At the end of the conversation -- which touched on a myriad of topics, from piracy to Iran -- Obama revealed what´s at the top of his bucket