Saturday, April 9, 2011

“The Song Remains the Same”

“The Democratic Party will shut down the government so they can spend more of your money. The Republican Party is committed to keeping the government open and spending less of your money.”

John Boehner closes the deal to avoid government shutdown

'It’s a big deal. It shows a great deal of leadership,' said Dave Camp of John Boehner. | AP Photo
John Boehner closes the deal to avoid government shutdown
- Politico
Government shutdown avoided, White House and Republicans reach deal - Politico
Budget Deal to Cut $38 Billion Averts Shutdown - NYT
Obama takes credit for 'biggest annual spending cut in history'... -
Who Won the Shutdown Showdown? It Wasn't Even Close -
Over the next decade the cuts are expected to save hundreds of billions of dollars.

The deal mandates a host of studies and audits of Obama administration policies. It also blocks additional funds for the IRS sought by the Obama administration and bans federal funding of abortion in Washington, D.C.

The history of offers on this bill goes something like this. Democrats first offered no cuts, then $4 billion, then $6.5 billion, then $33 billion, then settled at $38.5 billion.

Boehner made numerous adjustments to his offer in recent days too, but started at $32 billion, then with a Tea Party push went to $62 billion, then dropped to $40 billion, then $38.5 billion.

Democrats claimed they met Republicans halfway after the $10 billion in cuts that already passed this year were approved. They settled late Friday night at three and a half times more.

Boehner came in $8.5 billion higher than the halfway point between his high offer of $61 billion in cuts and the Democrats opening bid of zero cuts.

It was not a totally lopsided bargain. Dems have some silver linings. There were no votes on defunding the EPA or PBS and NPR. Democrats fought for and won a $2 billion cut from the Department of Defense, knocking the military appropriation for the rest of the year down to $513 billion.

But the GOP had to be able to see this as a win in the end, because it is puny compared to what they want to do next.

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's 2012 budget resolution proposes cuts of $5 TRILLION in the next 10 yrs.

Reactions on the right:
Obama 2009 Flashback: Obama Pledges To Cut Deficit In Half By End Of First Term - Flopping Aces
The Budget Deal---Good or Bad? - Yid With Lid
Michele Bachmann against $39 billion deal. Calls it a disappointment. - cubachi
REPORT: Deal Struck, Averts Shutdown (Insert ’30 Pieces of Silver’ Joke Here) - The Other McCain
Crazy things the left say about budget cuts - Hillbuzz

Friday, April 8, 2011

Republicans war on women, according to Dems

Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Mikulski slam Republicans for waging 'war on women' in budget battle

Palin on government shutdown

Palin on government shutdown - cubachi
If you look at the potential 2012 field, the only person who actually took a leadership position on whether or not the government should shutdown if the budget cuts republicans want are not passed is Sarah Palin....

Nancy Pelosi calls GOP budget 'a war on women'

Nancy Pelosi calls GOP budget 'a war on women' - Politico

◼ Washington Times: Planned Parenthood Falsely Uses Mammograms to Defend Tax-Funding, Tapes show Planned Parenthood mammogram claims to be false
A series of undercover phone calls contacting 30 Planned Parenthood clinics in 27 states revealed that the organization does not offer mammograms, contrary to claims made on national TV by Cecile Richards, the group’s CEO.

Ms. Richards had spoken on CNN’s Joy Behar Show in February, and argued that if federal funding was removed from Planned Parenthood, it would lose its ability to provide healthcare services such as mammograms.

“If this bill ever becomes law, millions of women in this country are going to lose their health care access, not to abortion services, to basic family planning — you know, mammograms,” said Ms. Richards.

In the taped calls, which Live Action uploaded to, Planned Parenthood workers repeatedly say the their facilities do not in fact provide mammograms.
But wait, there's more:

Tea Party Activists are in Position to Challenge Green Groups at the State Level

Tea Party Activists are in Position to Challenge Green Groups at the State Level - NetRightDaily
Thanks to the ingenuity and vision of key activists who are going local rather than fixating on Washington, D.C., the Tea Party is in position to challenge the power and influence of state level green groups. For decades, well-funded environmental activists have operated at expense of industrial development and private landowners without any meaningful response.

But in the time that has elapsed since the 2010 elections, average citizens and elected officials who are connected with the Tea Party have oriented themselves against green pressure groups. This approach is very much in keeping with the advice of Ned Ryun, executive director of American majority, a grassroots organization headquartered in Va., has the right idea. He recommends that the Tea Party take full advantage of its decentralized structure and burrow in locally....
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Eric Cantor: We Will Not Leave Town Until We Cut Spending & Get Our Fiscal House In Order

Shutdown Bumper Sticker - Get yours!

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

In Wisconsin: "David Prosser gained 7,582 votes in Waukesha County..."

"David Prosser gained 7,582 votes in Waukesha County... after a major counting error of Brookfield results was detected, County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus announced in a stunning development this afternoon." - Althouse
Apparently, Justice Prosser won the election! According to the latest count. The AP tally that everyone was looking at had the Winnebago County number wrong: - Althouse

Previously: Kloppenburg declares victory. I look forward to bringing new blood to the Supreme Court and focusing my energy on the important work Wisconsin residents elect Supreme Court justices to do.'" - Althouse


◼ washingtontimes: Obama vows to veto short-term bill GOP Approves 1-Week Extension...
◼ latimes: House passes measure to keep government open another week - President Obama has threatened to veto the measure, which funds the Department of Defense through September and pays for an additional week of government operation — with $12 billion in cuts. Democrats seek a one-week extension at existing spending levels. Includes $12b in cuts, pay for troops...
◼ businessweek: House Passes One-Week U.S. Budget Extension; Obama Would Veto
◼ Obama veto would lead to shutdown: Cantor CANTOR: Veto means shutdown...
◼ thehill: Boehner: Congress shouldn't be paid in event of shutdown
◼ breitbart: Sen. Reid says he expects 'shutdown'...
◼ Eric Cantor: GOP: WE WILL NOT LEAVE...

Fun Book Challenge: Banned Classic Books

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These 46 books have been banned or challenged by schools or universities. They are all on the Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century.
Banned and Challenged Classics - American Library Association
Each year, the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom records hundreds of attempts by individuals and groups to have books removed from libraries shelves and from classrooms.
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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Daily Presidential Tracking Poll - Rasmussen Reports
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 22% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Thirty-seven percent (37%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -15

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

I can't believe my best friend is a Republican

I can't believe my best friend is a Republican - Salon

85 GOP Congressman To Harry Reid: Resign

Letter urges Senate majority leader to give up post as government shutdown looms. - Real Clear Politics

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Action Alert from Smart Girl Politics re: the McConnell Amendment

We have two chances today for you to take action against the overreach of the EPA. These are time-sensitive issues, so we need to take action TODAY.

First, a vote on the McConnell Amendment is imminent; if passed, this amendment will strip the EPA of the ability to regulate and tax greenhouse gas emissions. We have teamed up with FreedomWorks to identify eight key Senate targets. The following 8 Senators have emerged as priority targets for supporting the McConnell Amendment (Inhofe-Upton legislation) that will stop EPA's backdoor cap and trade scheme. Please go to this link to make your voice heard:

Additional contact information:
1. McCaskill (MO) (202) 224-6154 (Twitter: @clairemcc)
2. Stabenow (MI) (202) 224-4822 (Twitter: @stabenow)
3. Brown (OH) (202) 224-2315 (Twitter: @sensherrodbrown)
4. Tester (MT) (202) 224-2644
5. Casey (PA) (202) 224-6324
6. Snowe (ME) (202) 224-5344 (Twitter: @SenatorSnowe)
7. Begich (AK) (202) 224-3004 (Twitter: @SenatorBegich)
8. Collins (ME) (202) 224-2523

In addition, SGP's petition to the EPA asking them to keep their hands off our soaps ends tomorrow. Go to ◼ for more information and to sign the petition.

By taking action today, we can stop the trampling of our rights by the EPA. Please join with us!

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Monday, April 4, 2011

Allen West Sets the bar Where it Should Be.

h/t: New Zeal

Local article on Republicans doesn't quote a single Republican

State Republicans flex for reforms; GOP outlines agenda, jury out on how they played their hand
When state budget talks collapsed last week, Sacramento devolved into a familiar session of partisan finger pointing....
The article is written by Thadeus Greenson for The Times-Standard.
Thadeus Greenson can be reached at 441-0509 or

More in Thaddeus' series:
Does opportunity await in budget crisis?
”We're trying to be a high-service or a mid-service state, and we're trying to do it as a low-tax state,” he said. “That doesn't add up well.”
Facing all-cuts budget, local reps blast Republicans; Evans on balancing budget: 'It's going to be very, very difficult'
On Friday, Republican legislators released what they deemed a “list of requests” that spanned six pages and covered diverse topics ranging from things like wholesale pension reform and putting a cap on state spending to changing the California Environmental Quality Act and moving the state's presidential primary up to March.

Hillary voters aren't only willing to pull the plug on their fellow Democrats -– they're willing to yank it like they're starting a lawn mower.

John Phillips: Why Hillary Clinton must run in 2012 - latimesblogs
Hillary voters weren't swooned by Obama in the 2008 Democratic primaries and many are abandoning him in public opinion surveys today. But are they mad enough to ride the elephant in 2012?

Get out the saddle, because that's exactly what they did in 2010.

In the midterm elections, while it's true the Democrats were routed everywhere, they got especially creamed in states where Hillary did well. In House races, the Democrats lost four seats in Florida, six in New York, five in Ohio, four in Pennsylvania and three in Texas –- all states Hillary carried in the 2008 Democratic primaries.

Meanwhile, the Democrats strengthened their hand in places that went heavily for Obama in 2008 –- with pickups in Hawaii, Delaware and the MSNBC prime-time lineup.

The lesson: Hillary voters aren't only willing to pull the plug on their fellow Democrats -– they're willing to yank it like they're starting a lawn mower.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

GOP budget plan to cut more than $4 trillion

GOP budget plan to cut more than $4 trillion

"By cutting spending, reforming entitlements and growing our economy"

Rasmussen poll shows no bump for Obama on national security

◼ Ed Morrissey at HotAir reports: Before Barack Obama gave his speech on Monday explaining his decision to attack Libya, he already had trouble with voters on national security in Rasmussen’s polling, scoring only a 43% approval on the issue against 37% who rated him as poor. Obama’s speech had an impact, but not the one he’d hoped, and not just on national security...

The survey asked voters to rate Obama on two issues — national security and the economy — and he did best on national security. On the economy, his approval rating is 34/66, while he gets a barely-better 37/62 on national security.

Let’s take a quick look at the internals. The only demos Obama wins on the economy are black voters (88/11), Democrats (just 65%m with 35% disapproving), self-described liberals (77/22) and those unsure of their ideology (56/45), and those earning under $20K (57/44). He wins the same demos for national security, but adds only 40-49YOs (50/49).

Who does that leave out? Notably, independents are deeply dissatisfied on both issues, rating Obama 21/78 on the economy and 27/71 on national security. Self-described moderates are also seriously disaffected, 36/63 on the economy and 41/58 on national security. Women are just as unhappy on both issues, 34/64 on the economy and 40/59 on national security.

Young people, the enthusiastic base for Obama’s 2008 grassroots rise, are downright disillusioned, rating him 44/53 on the economy and a catastrophic 36/62 on national security. It’s worth noting that only 8% of 18-29YOs rate Obama as “excellent” on national security, while 44% rate him as “poor.” That’s the worst rating among all age demos; he only gets significantly worse ratings from Republicans (62%), self-described conservatives (54%), and people earning between $75-100K per year (57%).

Ratings For Obama’s National Security Performance Fall to New Low - Rasmussen