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A number of years back, I heard a joke, part of which I can’t remember. Still, I can remember enough of it to make a point. Historic military figures were looking at the Soviet Union’s military hardware. When the tanks rolled through Red Square, Alexander the Great replied, “If I had had these chariots, I would’ve ruled the entire world.” On his left stood Napoleon Bonaparte. After Napoleon read the current copy of Pravda, he replied “If I had this as the official newspaper, nobody would’ve heard of Waterloo.”
The point of the joke isn’t to get people laughing. It’s to make the point that there’s a more insidious type of Pravda operating inside the United States. For the last 5+ years, I’ve called that operation the Agenda Media. The Agenda Media doesn’t think it’s their responsibility to get people important facts. In their minds, their responsibility is to push their politicial agenda. If that means omitting important facts, that’s what they’re willing to do. This video is a perfect illustration of the Agenda Media’s selective editing:
Thankfully, citizen journalists with cell phones are recording things as they happened. Thankfully, citizen journalists with video cameras are informing people by filming protests like this, then posting the video to Youtube, then reposting the videos to their Facebook page, then posting the links to their videos to Twitter.
There’s a more important point to this. OFA isn’t just about protesting against constitutional conservatives. They’re identifying people in communities who might vote for progressives. Conservatives will show up to counterprotest against OFA. The big question is whether they’ll get into the neighborhoods and identify people that might appreciate the conservative/capitalist message.
Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Tom Coburn, Ron Johnson, Paul Ryan and Rand Paul should be the blueprint for Republicans for 2014. They’re picking fights with President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, which is essential to winning elections. They’re framing debates. For instance, Sen. Coburn is highlighting tens of billions of dollars of duplicative spending that should be eliminated in this budget. Sen. Johnson is highlighting how government is used as a weapon against the citizenry. Paul Ryan is fighting for a pro-growth budget that will eventually balance within a decade.
It’s despicable that the Agenda Media would distort what happened at a protest. As despicable as that is, that’s only part of this story. OFA is already identifying potential Democrat voters. Republicans need to start this week at identifying potential conservative voters.
Tags: Organizing for Action, Gun Control, Protests, Agenda Media, Censorship, Voter ID, Democrats, Tom Coburn, Sequester This, Ron Johnson, Victims of Government Project, Mike Lee, Cut This, Not That, Ted Cruz, Second Amendment, Paul Ryan, Balanced Budget, Rand Paul, TEA Party Conservatives, Election 2014
While watching Vice President Biden talk on the substantive issues of the day, I often get the impression that the color of the sun in his world is different than the sun that this earth orbits. This interview is one for the ages:
Block: Let’s start with the assault weapons ban that does appear to be dying in the Senate. Is the White House still pushing to have that passed? Do you assume that it’s now not going to happen?
Biden: I am still pushing that it pass. We are still pushing that it pass. The same thing was told to me when the first assault weapons ban in 1994 was attached to the Biden Crime bill; that it couldn’t possibly pass. It was declared dead several times. I believe that the vast majority of the American people agree with us. The vast majority of gun owners agree with us. That military-style assault weapons are – these are weapons of war. They don’t belong in the street, and the recent decision declaring the right of someone to own a weapon in their home for self-protection, Justice [Antonin] Scalia acknowledged that you can constitutionally banned certain type of weapons. And, so, I haven’t given up on this.
Block: You are going to push for it. The Majority Leader Harry Reid says he doesn’t even have 40 votes for the assault weapons ban.
Biden: Look, last time we passed it we only had seven Republican votes in 1994.
Block: But he doesn’t have the Democrats.
Biden: Well, again. I have never found that it makes any sense to support something and declare that there is no possibility of it passing. There is a lot happening. Attitudes are changing, and I think the president and I are going to continue to push and we haven’t given up on it.
Having only 7 Republicans vote for the 1994 assault weapons ban is one thing. Having all 45 Republicans and 15 or more Democrats voting against Sen. Feinstein’s bill is quite another. Apparently, Vice President Biden hasn’t figured that out.
As foolish as that is, the part that’s more telling is when he says that “attitudes are changing” about assault weapons. If he’s thinking that attitudes are changing in the administration’s direction, he needs to hop in his spaceship and return to this solar system.
Then again, perhaps we’re better off with him off in that distant galaxy.
In a stunning, disappointing development, Sen. Franken and Sen. Klobuchar voted against restarting the White House tours:
Democrats objected, saying it was a show vote that was not going to accomplish what Mr. Coburn said it would. They also said canceling park service heritage money would hurt their home states.
They defeated Mr. Coburn’s amendment on a 54-45 vote, with nearly every Republican voting to reopen the White House and with almost all Democrats voting to back Mr. Obama’s decision.
It’s appalling that Sen. Franken and Sen. Klobuchar voted against opening the People’s House (that’s Michelle Obama’s term for the White House) to public tours. It’s disgusting that Sen. Franken and Sen. Klobuchar hid behind their ‘leadership’ in saying that Sen. Coburn’s amendment was a gimmick.
If anyone in the Senate has shown themselves to having solutions to DC’s spending addiction, it’s been Sen. Coburn. He’s literally found hundreds of billions of dollars of wasteful spending in the last 6 months. He’s put together charts showing duplicative federal programs worth $364.5 billion of spending. Some of the spending is justified. Most of it isn’t.
This is just another vote that shows Sen. Klobuchar is Ms. Bipartisanship. She’s a popular political partisan hack. People didn’t think that Sen. Franken was Mr. Bipartisanship. Still, Minnesotans had the right to expect him to protect them against this arrogant administration’s mishandling of sequestration.
This video shows how partisan Sen. Franken and Sen. Klobuchar are:
Rather than fighting for saving hundreds of millions of dollars, Sen. Franken and Sen. Klobuchar fought to keep White House tours closed. Why would they do that if they genuinely cared about the middle class? Some of these families that aren’t being permitted to take a White House tour might be on their first trip to DC. Perhaps some of them won’t have another opportunity to tour the White House.
That’s what Sen. Franken and Sen. Klobuchar voted against. They voted with the elitists in the White House. They voted against the working families who wanted to take a once-in-a-lifetime tour of the White House.
Based on Wednesday’s vote and their votes for the middle class tax increases in the PPACA, why shouldn’t people think that these senators don’t care about the middle class the way they say they do?
Cut This, Not That is another name for Sen. Coborn’s Sequester This agenda. This video of his interview with FNC’s Brian Kilmeade should get every person upset regardless of their political affiliation:
There’s no such thing as acceptable wasteful spending. That critter doesn’t exist. If the taxpayers’ money isn’t being spent efficiently on high priority things, then it shouldn’t be spent.
Spending money on social media outreach is a travesty. Spending money on social media outreach instead of on air traffic controllers isn’t justifiable. Cutting White House tours instead of cutting “wine and beer train tours” is outrageous. These are decisions that we’re better off having a seventh grader make than letting this administration make.
President Obama has essentially said that spending cuts are off the table. How can he justify spending money on these things while laying off air traffic controllers and shutting down White House tours for students? The simple answer is he can’t justify these decisions.
In fact, the stench from shutting down the White House tours that Harry Reid actually called for a vote to open the White House tours. Unfortunately, Democrats voted to keep the tours closed:
Senators voted Wednesday to keep the White House closed to public tours, turning back a GOP-led effort to free up money to open the building back up after the sequesters.
The vote was just one of a series of high-profile votes the Senate was taking Wednesday afternoon as it plowed toward passage of a bill to fund the government through the rest of this fiscal year.
That’s fine. Now every Democrat will have to explain why they voted to keep “the People’s House” tours closed:
But Democrats objected, saying it was a show vote that was note going to accomplish what Mr. Coburn said it would. They also said canceling park service heritage money would hurt their home states.
They defeated Mr. Coburn’s amendment on a 54-45 vote, with nearly every Republican voting to reopen the White House and with almost all Democrats voting to back Mr. Obama’s decision.
Simply put, this was a good faith effort on behalf of Republicans to do what’s right by the people of this nation. Shutting “the People’s House” when it could’ve been avoided shows what the Democrats’ highest priority is. Hint: their highest priority isn’t making smart budgetary choices. Hint: The Democrats’ highest priority doesn’t have anything to do with doing what’s right by America’s young people.
Apparently, they’d rather vote against students getting tours of the White House than voting to cut truly disgusting wasteful spending. Apparently, they’d rather pretend that wisely cutting a pittance from the federal budget is crippling the federal government. The Senate Democrats’ hissy fit notwithstanding, the reality is that Sen. Coburn, Sen. Paul and Sen. Lee have dismantled the Democrats’ arguments that the federal budget has been cut to a shell of its former self.
As Sen. Coburn has clearly shown, there are tens of billions of dollars of wasteful spending that still need eliminating. This isn’t a fair fight. Despite the fact that Republican senators have exposed the waste, despite the fact that even the NY Times and Washington Post have turned against this administration and their Democrat enablers, Democrats still insist on fighting this fight. It’s a free country. If they want to get their brains bashed in some more, I guess that’s their right. Jay Carney seems particularly adept at peddling this manure:
The first part of this series dealt with Sen. Coburn’s criticism of the money being wasted on housing programs. Sen. Coburn’s criticism focused on the duplicative and overlapping programs, the overlapping jurisdictions between agencies and the overhead involved in administering these programs.
This part deals with the grant programs from the DoJ:
Here’s the transcript from Sen. Coburn’s presentation on the DoJ grant programs:
SEN. COBURN: Department of Justice grants. Now the Department of Justice is the only agency in the federal government that, if they don’t spend all their money, they get to keep that it. Most people don’t know that. They have 253 different grant programs and, outside of the Department of Justice, there are 9 other agencies involved in that. Most of them, these programs, these grant programs, don’t have any metrix, any measurement to say whether they’re accomplishing the things that the Congress established for them to accomplsish in the first place. So if, in fact, a prudent person were to say ‘We have these grant programs. What are they doing, what are they supposed to be doing and how are they measuring up?’, we don’t know because we don’t require the federal government to measure how effectiveness of their programs.
President Obama, Sen. Reid and Minority Leader Pelosi continue to pretend that there isn’t a penny’s worth of wasteful spending left in the federal budget. Technically, they’re right. They’re right in the sense that there’s tens of billions of dollars of wasteful spending left in the federal budget.
That leads to these important questions:
- If there are tens of billions of dollars of wasteful spending left in the federal budget, who are President Obama, Sen. Reid and Minority Leader Pelosi protecting?
- If there are tens of billions of dollars of wasteful spending left in the federal budget, why do President Obama, Sen. Reid and Minority Leader Pelosi insist that the only solution to this crisis is another tax increase?
There’s no justification for increasing taxes for a fourth time this year. Thus far, Americans have gotten hit with a tax increase when the payroll tax holiday expired on New Year’s Eve. The next morning, the tax increases from the Affordable Care Act kicked in. A day later, Congress passed a $600 billion tax increase on “the rich.”
After all thos hundreds of billions of dollars of tax increases, President Obama, Sen. Reid and Minority Leader Pelosi insist that the solution to their spending addiction is…another tax increase? Seriously?
President Obama, Sen. Reid and Minority Leader Pelosi insist on another tax increase to feed their spending addiction. That’s the only explanation that makes sense. They certainly haven’t shown any interest in making sure the taxpayers’ money is spent wisely. They certainly haven’t shown an interest in getting the deficits under control. There’s no denying the fact that President Obama and his administration have tried painting the most horrific picture imaginable.
Remember Arne Duncan insisting that teachers were already getting pink slips as a result of sequestration? Or Ray Lahood inisisting that waiting lines at airport check-ins would be longer? Better yet, remember President Obama telling the White House press corps that janitors in the White House would have their pay cut if sequestration went into effect?
There’s no reason to trust anything that trio of politicians say about taxes or spending. They’re proven themselve to be totally dishonest.
The most disgusting thing in the GAO report is the fact that, in instance after instance, there isn’t a metrix to measure whether the programs are doing what they’re supposed to be doing or whether they’re spending money efficiently.
Since his re-election, President Obama has acted more like an emporor than a president. He’s clearly in his my-way-or-the-highway mode. He’s the only president in US history to run up a $1,000,000,000,000 annual deficit. In fact, he’s on track for his fifth straight trillion dollar deficit.
Yesterday, President Obama said “You don’t go out to dinner and then…eat all you want and then leave without paying the check.” In his column, Ed Morrissey highlights the fact that President Obama’s Democrats aren’t paying the bill, either:
A debt ceiling, after all, only allows the federal government to spend money already allocated by Congress. Obama made this point repeatedly on Monday, offering a restaurant analogy to claim that he’s only being fiscally responsible by insisting on a clean debt-ceiling increase. “You don’t go out to dinner and then, you know, eat all you want and then leave without paying the check,” Obama lectured NBC’s Chuck Todd. “And if you do, you’re breaking the law.” The only problem with that analogy is that we’re not paying our bills; we’re adding to the running tab and borrowing 40 cents on the dollar to make it look like we’re covering our obligations.
It’s disrespectful of the American people to say that America’s paying its bills when it’s running trillion dollar deficits. President Bush’s last budget was for $3.1 trillion. Last year, the federal government spent $3.8 trillion. That’s a 30% increase in spending.
It’s time to take spending back down to 2007 or 2008 levels. We can’t afford to spend at the pace we’re currently spending at. President Obama won’t tolerate that type of spending cut. He’ll throw a hissy fit.
He’ll insist on negotiating with Speaker Boehner on a new CR. Speaker Boehner should continually insist on the Senate passing a budget, then ironing things out in a conference committee. Then he should repeat the same message day after day after day until President Obama caves.
Republicans will take a short-term PR hit as a result. Whatever. Their ratings are lower than root canals and cockroaches already. It’s time to highlight the fact that Democrats don’t care about spending the taxpayers’ money responsibly.
It’s time to demand that President Obama and the Democrats to justify current spending levels. President Obama is long on demonization, short on reality. What’s worst is that he knows it. President Obama strongly hinted that Republicans didn’t care about the elderly and disadvantaged children, which he knows is BS.
It’s time for him to show that there isn’t massive amounts of waste in the HHS budget. Ditto with the Commerce Department. Ditto with the Energy and Education departments. Better still would be to force this administration and the Democratic Senate refute the GAO reports on duplication, fraud and waste.
In short, it’s time for the GOP to take the gloves off and start taking the fight to the Democrats.
Finally, Republicans can highlight the fact that they compromised on taxes and the debt ceiling, then demand that President Obama is the one who won’t compromise on real spending cuts that are badly needed.
Good luck winning that fight, Mr. President.
It’s difficult to think of any successes that the Democratic Party has had the past 4 years. The annual deficits have been the biggest deficits in US history. That’s because President Obama’s policies have failed. The stimulus, the ACA, Cap and Trade and the green energy transformation have failed miserably.
Add into that the EPA’s heavyhanded regulations that are shutting down coal-fired power plants while waging war against the coal industry. Add to that the corruption being uncovered when people look into the loan guarantees given to Solyndra and other likeminded companies headed for disaster.
Harry Reid’s Senate hasn’t produced a budget in years. Nancy Pelosi is the picture of ideology-driven stupidity. They’ve essentially been rubberstamps for the policies that’ve led to the worst economic ‘recovery’ in US history.
That makes them the worst leadership team in US history. Their record of exploding deficits, increasing unemployment, chronic unemployment and a government so big that it’s strangling the most prolific economic system in the history of the world testifies against their proclaimed competence.
When was the last time anyone trusted this administration’s predictions? Has anyone trusted Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi beyond their caucuses? I don’t think so.
Here in Minnesota, Gov. Dayton and the DFL have done nothing except protect the public employee unions while refusing to tell the militant environmentalists to take a hike. As a result, Iron Rangers suffer with a median household income $12,300 less than the state average.
Rep. Thissen and Sen. Bakk could spend $188,000 on redistricting personnel and equipment but they couldn’t be bothered to put a set of redistricting maps. Rep. Thissen and Sen. Bakk insisted on a $1,400,000,000 tax increase that led to the longest state government shutdown in US history.
Who’d trust that type of stewardship to improve Minnesota’s economy?
Back at the federal level, this administration predictably sided with the militant environmentalists when they refused to build the Keystone XL Pipeline project.
Thanks to that decision, China will have a stable supply of oil to fuel their economic growth.
Giving carte blanche run of the government to the Democrats and the DFL is a scary thought. Higher taxes, higher regulations, bigger deficits and more unemployment is their agenda.
That’s a recipe for historic disaster.
Tags: President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Keystone XL Pipeline, Militant Environmentalists, EPA, Coal-Fired Power Plants, Unemployment, Deficits, Affordable Care Act, Crony Capitalism, Corruption, Mark Dayton, Paul Thissen, Tom Bakk, Government Shutdown, Redistricting, Tax Increases, Democrats, DFL, Election 2012
I think I coined the phrase that the most dangerous place in Minnesota is between Sen. Klobuchar and a photo op. She loves touting her bipartisanship on do-nothing bills that nobody would notice if not for a fawning press.
If Sen. Klobuchar wants to prove that she’s about more than photo ops, she needs to end her silence and tell Harry Reid she’s disgusted with his wild, unsubstantiated accusations.
If Sen. Klobuchar wants to be taken seriously about being bipartisan, she needs to speak directly about Sen. Reid’s outlandish statements. It can’t be a ‘I decry all of the ranchor in DC’ type of statement. It needs to be a ‘Sen. Reid’s unsubstantiated accusations are despicable. He needs to stop with these accusations before he destroys the institution of the Senate’ type of statement.
Sitting silently on the sidelines isn’t proof of bipartisanship. It’s proof that she’s more interested in maintaining the image of bipartisanship than in earning the reputation of bipartisan leadership.
UPDATE: From the silence is golden front, GOP-endorsed candidate Kurt Bills is challenging Sen. Klobuchar to a series of debates:
“Townhall-?style meetings allow for conversation and give-and-take. Minnesotans deserve to hear their candidates off script and truly engaged in the issues,” Bills argued.
Amy Klobuchar is clogging her schedule with fundraisers but has had almost no contact with regular voters. People shouldn’t have to shell out thousands of dollars just to talk with their senator and find out what she thinks,” Bills said.
The reality is that Sen. Klobuchar is a policy lightweight. The last thing she wants to do is go toe-to-toe with Kurt Bills on policy. The minute she did that is the minute she’d shrink in independent voters’ eyes.
For instance, if she had to explain to construction union members why she sided with militant environmentalists in preventing the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, she’d lose a big portion of her union support.
Sen. Klobuchar’s media apologists will do their utmost to protect her. If the word got out that she’s a policy lightweight, their protection wouldn’t help.
I think it’s time to coin another phrase. The safest place in Minnesota is between Sen. Klobuchar and a substantive debate of the issues.
It’s time that the Senate ran Sen. Reid out of office. Of course, Senate Democrats will protect Sen. Reid because their highest priority is maintaining power, not doing what’s right.
If Democrats won’t do the right thing, then it’s up to the American people to defeat them this November.
For instance, when ‘moderate’ Sen. Klobuchar stays silent about Sen. Reid’s disgusting behavior, her actions say she isn’t willing to take a principled stand against a disgusting human being. That’s all the reason Minnesotans should need to fire her this November. It isn’t like she has any accomplishments during her time in office. (Except if you count her voting to raise Medtronics tax bill by $175,000,000 per year as an accomplishment.)
Jon Tester, Sherrod Brown, Tim Kaine, Claire McCaskill, Bill Nelson and others should pay the price for not criticizing Sen. Reid’s disgusting statements, too.
It’s bad enough that Sen. Reid made the initial accusations without a bit of proof. What’s worse is his newest statements:
On Wednesday, Reid stuck to his story, and broadened it.
“I am not basing this on some figment of my imagination,” Reid said in a telephone call with Nevada reporters. “I have had a number of people tell me that.”
Asked to elaborate on his sources, Reid declined. “No, that’s the best you’re going to get from me.”
“I don’t think the burden should be on me,” Reid said. “The burden should be on him. He’s the one I’ve alleged has not paid any taxes. Why didn’t he release his tax returns?”
Talk about chutzpah. Sen. Reid makes statements that haven’t been substantiated by anyone willing to make these accusations public. When Sen. Reid’s honesty is challenged, albeit not by GOP senators or by the allegedly MSM, his reaction is that he shouldn’t have to prove he isn’t lying through his teeth.
Sen. Reid is a disgusting individual who isn’t worried about proving whether he’s telling the truth.
If GOP senators stay silent or make statements like this, they’ll send the signal to progressives that they don’t have an incentive to stop their smear campaigns:
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said Wednesday that he did not see Romney’s tax returns as a “relevant issue” and that if people want more disclosure, “they should pass a law to make it that way.”
Talk about wimpy. Sen. Rubio could turn this into a media disaster for the Democrats if he issued this statement:
Sen. Reid’s disgusting and unsubstantiated accusations fit a pattern with Sen. Reid. His defeatist statement that “The war is lost” demoralized our troops while they fought bravely. His unsubstantiated allegation from a mystery investor who doesn’t have the courage to make these accusations in the light of day calls into question whether this person exists.
It’s time for Sen. Reid to put up or shut up or be held accountable for his disgraceful actions. Sen. Reid won’t pass a budget. Sen. Reid won’t accept responsibility for verifying the identity of this mystery investor.
While Sen. Reid sits on his thumbs or makes wild allegations, Republicans in the Senate and the House continue putting forward proposals to dig this nation out of the mess this administration and Sen. Reid have kept us in.
It’s time for Sen. Reid to prove he isn’t lying through his teeth. If he brings this Bain investor forward, then it’s a debatable issue. If he continues making these allegations without offering proof, it’s reasonable to think that Sen. Reid is lying.
UPDATE: This has the feel of Rathergate. Disgraced ‘journalist’ Dan Rather tried accusing George Bush of not fulfilling his service to the Texas Air National Guard during the 2000 campaign.
When that fell through, he waited until 2004 to run the story. The fledgling blogosphere quickly discredited the article, leading to Rather admitting that the documents were “fake but accurate.”
Is this Harry Reid’s “Rathergate moment”? I can’t rule it out.
People can’t forget Harry Reid bragging to the press that “the war is lost.” It was a despicable, anti-American thing to say. He said it repeatedly. He said it without hesitation or regret. Frankly, America is worse off having Harry Reid still in office.
They’re worse off because he’s a despicable, discusting human being who won’t hesitate in doing a hatchet job without the slightest bit of proof.
His latest disgusting act was accusing Mitt Romney of not paying his taxes for an entire decade. He said that he’d heard that from an anonymous Democrat who invested with Bain:
Reid suggested that Romney’s decision to withhold tax information would bar him from ever earning Senate confirmation to a Cabinet post. Then, Reid recalled a phone call his office received about a month ago from “a person who had invested with Bain Capital,” according to The Huffington Post.
Reid said the person told him: “Harry, he didn’t pay any taxes for 10 years.”
“He didn’t pay taxes for 10 years! Now, do I know that that’s true? Well, I’m not certain,” Reid told HuffPo. “But obviously he can’t release those tax returns. How would it look?”
First, it’s doubtful that this confidential informant exists. If the dirtbag exists, however, then he’s a gutless wimp for not coming forward and making the accusations in public.
Whether the disgusting dirtbag exists or not, Sen. Reid shouldn’t make those unsubstantiated allegations public because it’s impossible, short of hacking into the IRS website, to verify the voracity of these allegations.
What’s disgusting is that President Obama’s campaign hasn’t criticized Sen. Reid for making these unsubstantiated (and unsubstantiatable) allegations. Their silence implies that they approve of Sen. Reid’s accusations. Their silence in this situation should earn them nothing but unlimited derision and criticism.
I don’t want Sen. Reid to apologize. I want Republican senators to make his life a living hell before running him out of the Senate. I want Republicans to torment him, call him out for what he is: a dirtbag who won’t hesitate to make unsubstantiated allegations.
The other thing that I’d recommend them to do is use Sen. Reid’s disgusting outburst to raise money to defeat as many Democrats as possible this fall. The best punishment for Sen. Reid short of running him out of the Senate is to turn him into the Minority Leader.
It’s time for Republicans to take the gloves off. If they continue acting like gentlemen and ladies, Sen. Reid, Sen. Durbin, Sen. Schumer and other notorious hatchetmen won’t have an incentive to stop being hatchetmen.
Let’s hope the GOP grows a spine ASAP. Let’s hope they carry out a ruthless vendetta against this dirtbag from Nevada.
Finally, here’s my (rhetorical) question to Harry Reid: Sir, have you no shame?
Unfortunately, we know the answer to that question is no, he doesn’t have any remorse or shame.