Thursday, December 19, 2013

Ryan-Murray and the Fundamental Lack of Seriousness in Washington

Erick Erickson (Diary)  |   | 
RESIZE: AAA
Yesterday, Republicans in the Senate blamed Harry Reid for cutting veterans’ pensions.
But the House of Representatives passed the legislation first. The GOP could have fixed it there had Speaker Boehner spent more time reading his legislation than attacking conservatives.
Once passed, the House of Representatives headed home for Christmas.

Had Harry Reid let the amendment through on Ryan-Murray, the Senate would have had to pass the legislation and the House of Representatives would have had to scramble back to Washington to repass the legislation they could have fixed the first time.

But the Republicans were not really interested in fixing the legislation. They just wanted to blame Harry Reid and play gotcha with the lives of veterans. In fact, Paul Ryan claimed the legislation would not affect veterans disabled in war, but that claim was not true. Paul Ryan and John Boehner attacked conservatives for criticizing the legislation without knowing what was in it while they claimed things were in the legislation that were not there.

In the meantime, veterans are pawns to the parties. But wait — once people pointed out the GOP could have prevented these cuts if they really wanted to, suddenly the GOP said they were not really cuts, just reductions in the rate of growth.

So why blame Harry Reid then? Why accuse him of these cuts?

There were plenty of things the GOP could have blamed on Harry Reid, but instead they blamed him for something the GOP itself did and could have stopped. Again, though the plan was bipartisan in drafting, the Republican majority in the House got first dibs on the vote.

The Republican Leaders in Washington are fundamentally not serious. But wait … there’s more.
Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans have any intention of keeping these cuts. They had to put them in this legislation because they needed to claim the legislation reduced the deficit and saved other money. It was all an accounting gimmick that neither side intends to keep.

Both Paul Ryan and Patty Murray have already said they don’t want to keep the cuts that are not really even cuts. So why did they put the cuts in the legislation in the first place?

So they could make fiscal and budgetary claims and promises about the legislation neither party has any intention of keeping. They will keep the tax increases, they will keep the busted sequestration caps, but they won’t keep these cuts.

Again — both parties used veterans as pawns in their bipartisan game to lie to the American people as they undid the only true restraints on spending imposed in Washington over the past few decades.
Neither party’s leadership is serious about the financial health and wellbeing of this country. And the only people who want to rein it in are now being attacked by both the big government left and the Republican leadership.

http://www.redstate.com/2013/12/19/ryan-murray-and-the-fundamental-lack-of-seriousness-in-washington/

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Nullification in One Lesson

For anyone unfamiliar with the concept of state nullification, it was the idea expressed by then sitting vice president Thomas Jefferson when he authored what came to be  known as the Kentucky Resolutions of 1798. The resolutions made the case that the federal government is a creature of the states, and that states have the authority to judge the constitutionality of the federal government’s laws and decrees. He also argued that states should refuse to enforce laws which they deem unconstitutional.

James Madison wrote a similar resolution for Virginia that same year, in which he asserted that whenever the federal government exceeds its constitutional limits and begins to oppress the citizens of a state, that state’s legislature is “duty bound” to interpose its power and prevent the federal government from victimizing its people. Very similar to Jefferson’s concept of nullification, Madison’s doctrine of interposition differed in some small but important ways.

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2012/11/14/nullification-in-one-lesson/#.UrB8r6so7IU

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): Bigger and More Dangerous Than ObamaCare (Video)

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, as it is called, is an all-out assault on our national sovereignty. It would unconstitutionally transfer legislative powers from the U.S. Congress, our state legislatures, and our city and county governments to multi-national corporations and unaccountable international bureaucrats at the World Trade Organization, or WTO. Incredibly, it also would transfer judicial powers from our federal and state courts — which are bad enough — to globalist TPP judges at regional tribunals and the WTO. It would also confer huge advantages on foreign businesses and large multinationals, while at the same time putting companies that operate here in America — especially small and medium-sized enterprises — at a competitive disadvantage. American businesses would remain shackled by the regulations of EPA, FDA, OSHA, etc. while their foreign competitors could operate here unimpeded by those same strictures.

http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/foreign-policy/item/17175-trans-pacific-partnership-tpp-bigger-and-more-dangerous-than-obamacare

2014: The Year of the Primaries

There are now primary challenges in Kentucky, Texas, Mississippi, Tennessee, South Carolina, Kansas, and Wyoming.  The challengers vary in degrees of viability, competence, and skill.  Not all of them have been endorsed by conservative groups; not all of them necessarily will receive endorsements.  But all of these states are represented by entrenched ruling class Republicans of yesteryear.  They are also all states Mitt Romney carried by a comfortable margin.

As such, irrespective of the details of each individual challenge and challenger, conservatives should celebrate the growth in election competition in itself.  At the core of our free market belief is that choice and competition perfects the outcome of any product or service.  Politicians are no different.

http://madisonproject.com/2013/12/2014-the-year-of-the-primaries/

Friday, December 13, 2013

Boehner Declares War on the American People

Frankly, Mr. Speaker, continuously making promises and then breaking them is how you lose credibility with the American people. Pitting your colleagues against their constituents is how you lose credibility with your conference.  Not upholding conservative principles is how you lose credibility with the voters who will find someone else if you are not willing to do your job. “ - See more at:
 http://www.teapartypatriots.org/2013/12/boehner-declares-war-on-the-american-people/#sthash.l9x8J1ES.dpuf

House Votes to Give Obama Relief.

I thought we had the power to shut down the government. What happened?
I heard Paul Ryan interviewed today on NPR and I thought his reasoning was awful. He took it for granted that we needed to get away from the Sequester.
No. We didn’t.
From the Washington Post:
Ryan, the Republican Party’s 2012 vice presidential nominee, still engenders much respect in all ideological corners of the GOP caucus, and his plan won plaudits from senior Republicans for establishing a two-year framework that many hope will provide evidence that the House GOP is able and willing to govern.
“This is good government, it’s also divided government. And under divided government, we need to take steps in the right direction,” Ryan said on the House floor before the vote.
But you took steps in the wrong direction. You got new spending in exchange for a promise that will not be kept.
Reading further, we find that the Republicans who voted for the Ryan deal, did so because they didn’t want another government shutdown crisis.

Read more at http://politicaloutcast.com/2013/12/tea-party-even-exist/#PbPwcXCCIH2M4104.99
I thought we had the power to shut down the government. What happened?
I heard Paul Ryan interviewed today on NPR and I thought his reasoning was awful. He took it for granted that we needed to get away from the Sequester.
No. We didn’t.
From the Washington Post:
Ryan, the Republican Party’s 2012 vice presidential nominee, still engenders much respect in all ideological corners of the GOP caucus, and his plan won plaudits from senior Republicans for establishing a two-year framework that many hope will provide evidence that the House GOP is able and willing to govern.
“This is good government, it’s also divided government. And under divided government, we need to take steps in the right direction,” Ryan said on the House floor before the vote.
But you took steps in the wrong direction. You got new spending in exchange for a promise that will not be kept.

Read more at http://politicaloutcast.com/2013/12/tea-party-even-exist/#PbPwcXCCIH2M4104.99
I thought we had the power to shut down the government. What happened?
I heard Paul Ryan interviewed today on NPR and I thought his reasoning was awful. He took it for granted that we needed to get away from the Sequester.
No. We didn’t.
From the Washington Post:
Ryan, the Republican Party’s 2012 vice presidential nominee, still engenders much respect in all ideological corners of the GOP caucus, and his plan won plaudits from senior Republicans for establishing a two-year framework that many hope will provide evidence that the House GOP is able and willing to govern.
“This is good government, it’s also divided government. And under divided government, we need to take steps in the right direction,” Ryan said on the House floor before the vote.
But you took steps in the wrong direction. You got new spending in exchange for a promise that will not be kept.

Read more at http://politicaloutcast.com/2013/12/tea-party-even-exist/#PbPwcXCCIH2M4104.99
House Republicans fell in line. They voted to drop the sequester that Obama had agreed to in 2011.
This was a major symbolic victory for the Democrats. The Republican leadership is no longer a threat on the deficit issue.
As for the Tea Party, about one quarter of voters are favorable, a quarter are opposed, and half just do not care. So says Gallup.
With the deficit massive, the spending out of control, and the Federal Reserve pumping in $1 trillion a year, the vote in the House was symbolic. It was a bunch of drunken sailors voting for 150-proof white lightning rather than 90-proof Jack Daniels.

Read more at http://teapartyeconomist.com/2013/12/13/house-votes-give-obama-relief/#HfGbg4ZHRR4VaQGg.99
House Republicans fell in line. They voted to drop the sequester that Obama had agreed to in 2011.
This was a major symbolic victory for the Democrats. The Republican leadership is no longer a threat on the deficit issue.
As for the Tea Party, about one quarter of voters are favorable, a quarter are opposed, and half just do not care. So says Gallup.
With the deficit massive, the spending out of control, and the Federal Reserve pumping in $1 trillion a year, the vote in the House was symbolic. It was a bunch of drunken sailors voting for 150-proof white lightning rather than 90-proof Jack Daniels.

Read more at http://teapartyeconomist.com/2013/12/13/house-votes-give-obama-relief/#HfGbg4ZHRR4VaQGg.99
I thought we had the power to shut down the government. What happened?
I heard Paul Ryan interviewed today on NPR and I thought his reasoning was awful. He took it for granted that we needed to get away from the Sequester.
No. We didn’t.
From the Washington Post:
Ryan, the Republican Party’s 2012 vice presidential nominee, still engenders much respect in all ideological corners of the GOP caucus, and his plan won plaudits from senior Republicans for establishing a two-year framework that many hope will provide evidence that the House GOP is able and willing to govern.
“This is good government, it’s also divided government. And under divided government, we need to take steps in the right direction,” Ryan said on the House floor before the vote.
But you took steps in the wrong direction. You got new spending in exchange for a promise that will not be kept.

Read more at http://politicaloutcast.com/2013/12/tea-party-even-exist/#PbPwcXCCIH2M4104.99


House Republicans fell in line. They voted to drop the sequester that Obama had agreed to in 2011.

This was a major symbolic victory for the Democrats. The Republican leadership is no longer a threat on the deficit issue.

As for the Tea Party, about one quarter of voters are favorable, a quarter are opposed, and half just do not care. So says Gallup.


House Republicans fell in line. They voted to drop the sequester that Obama had agreed to in 2011.
This was a major symbolic victory for the Democrats. The Republican leadership is no longer a threat on the deficit issue.
As for the Tea Party, about one quarter of voters are favorable, a quarter are opposed, and half just do not care. So says Gallup.

Read more at http://teapartyeconomist.com/2013/12/13/house-votes-give-obama-relief/#HfGbg4ZHRR4VaQGg.99

Conservative movement has come under attack on Capitol Hill

More than 50 well-known conservative activists have signed a statement declaring that, “it is clear that the conservative movement has come under attack on Capitol Hill.”

The letter was written in response to a pair of events that took place Wednesday that have outraged the right. During a press conference about the budget, Speaker of the House John Boehner took a swipe at outside conservative groups, accusing them of “using the American people for their own goals.”


Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/12/12/conservative-movement-has-come-under-attack-on-capitol-hill/#ixzz2nMeYrrja

The Broken GOP House

We’ve noted many times that the GOP Senate Conference is rotten to the core, as Harry Reid can count on a supermajority at any given time to pass liberal legislation.  Many of us thought that the House was significantly better, although far from perfect.  Sadly, the GOP-controlled House adjourned the 2013 session with a bust.

Ever since the details of the budget detail were released, I thought that the House would surely pass the bill only over the objection of a majority of the GOP Conference, thereby violating the Hastert Rule once again.  Astoundingly, only 62 members voted against it, just 26% of membership.

This bill was such a no-brainer for Republicans to oppose.  Unlike the shutdown bill, which passed with majority Democrat support, Republicans weren’t called upon to ask for something tough, such as defunding Obamacare.  All they had to do was pass a clean CR and let the status quo stand, something they have already done earlier this year.  Instead they agreed to raise taxes and repeal part of the sequester for two years with promises of a hodgepodge of notional and intangible spending offsets over 10 years.  Remember, they will continue to repeal the sequester on an annual basis, yet continue to use offsets spread out over 10 years.

http://www.redstate.com/2013/12/12/the-broken-gop-house/

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Pope's Self-Defeating Anti-Capitalistic Rant

Pope Francis doesn’t have to thank capitalism, a system that has done far more to alleviate poverty, his pet crusade, than the institution he leads. But he should at least stop demonizing it—not least because it enables the very activity that he cherishes most: charity.

For about the 6th time since assuming office eight months ago, the Pope last week offered a sweeping condemnation of “unfettered” capitalism, blaming its alleged obsession with the “golden calf” for perpetuating poverty, oppression, tyranny and much else.

http://reason.com/archives/2013/12/03/the-popes-self-defeating-anti-capitalist

Obamacare back in court Tuesday

Obamacare is in serious danger. After weathering a Supreme Court challenge that threatened to gut the law by striking down the individual mandate, major pillars — the business penalty, the individual penalty, and the generous health-care subsidies that make the exchange plans affordable — are being challenged in court, with at least two lawsuits potentially dealing mortal wounds before New Year’s Day.

The chink in the armor is that Obamacare subsidizes plans for people “enrolled in through an exchange established by the state under section 1311 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” but in a move Democrats didn’t expect, 34 states didn’t establish an exchange. And if people aren’t able to access these subsidies, they can’t be penalized.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/12/02/obamacare-back-in-court-tuesday/#ixzz2mQnbOxCw

New Legal Blitz Unleashed Against Obamacare

Conservatives have launched a fresh set of legal assaults to challenge implementation of the Affordable Care Act, arguing that President Barack Obama has disregarded the Constitution in applying the law.

While the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of Obamacare in June 2012, law professor Jonathan Adler of Case Western Reserve University forecasts that the law will remain the subject of years of litigation, The New York Times reports.

Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/blitz-legal-challenge-Obamacare/2013/12/03/id/539623#ixzz2mQmdGtpV

Common Core even affects letter grades

National curriculum requirements are influencing schools across the country in myriad ways, big and small. One not-so-obvious change is that Common Core standards can influence how teachers grade student work.

Teachers have used standards-based grading almost as long as U.S. schools have been required to conform to centrally determined standards — about 20 years.But the practice, in which teachers give students not the familiar A-F letter grades or 0-100 percentile grades — but numbers or letters like 1 through 4 or S, M, P — has ticked upwards since 46 states adopted national standards in 2010, said Ken O’Connor, a Canadian consultant who has worked with hundreds of schools across North America.

http://watchdog.org/118539/common-core-grades/