annoytheleft

Archive for the ‘Congress’ Category

Bullshit!

In Abortion, House, Republican on February 18, 2011 at 4:06 pm

House Republicans screwed the pooch today. I can’t even write about it. Click the link.

Um: Half of Republican Caucus, Especially Leadership and Old Guard, Votes With Democrats To Block Additional $22 Billion in Cuts.

 

Advertisements

The Only Fair Fight is the One You Win

In health care, House, Republican, Violent Rhetoric on February 15, 2011 at 12:03 pm

The only fair fight is the one you win.

Violent rhetoric. *Inclusion of this image should in no way be construed as endorsing the act of blowing opponents up with a tank.

So states rule #11 in the ubiquitous “20 rules for a firefight” endlessly circulated in emails and posted on (non-hippie) blogs. The effort to end Obama Care is, if you’ll pardon the violent rhetoric, undoubtedly a firefight. Unfortunately, the House Rules Committee is choosing to operate under a misguided notion of fairness. Maybe they didn’t get the email. Read the rest of this entry »

DNC: ‘It’s the Political Equivalent of a Temper Tantrum.’

In Congress, Democrat, Elections on September 22, 2010 at 1:12 pm

On a tip from NooneOfAnyImport, I signed up at democrats.org to receive one of a limited supply of their fancy new bumper stickers featuring their groundbreaking new logo. I also put myself on their mailing list because I find the idea of mail addressed to annoytheleft from democrats@democrat.org amusing.

This morning my inbox was graced with a fund-raising email from DNC Chairman Tim Kane [emphasis original]:

All around the country this fall, Republicans are trying to convince voters to hire them for a job. But they keep saying that one of the first items on their agenda would be to go on strike.

A government shutdown would cut off the programs, benefits, and services relied upon by millions of seniors, veterans, and families around the country. Veterans’ hospitals would be closed; Social Security checks would not go out.

This is the political equivalent of a temper tantrum — and it hurts those who need help the most.

I’m sure that Kane’s intended audience would just eat that up. For the rest of us who comprise the wave of discontent that brought about the primary wins of Joe Miller in Alaska, Sharon Angle in Nevada and Christine O’Donnell in Delaware, the notion of shutting down the Federal Government is not as distasteful as it might have seemed in prior years. And, despite to the scare-tactic employed in the letter, essential services continue during a shut down.

Kane’s letter mentions Newt Gingrich as the “mastermind” behind the government shut down in 1996. The fact is, however, that legislation funding the Federal Government was passed by Republicans in 1995 but Clinton vetoed it.

The most recent shutdowns occurred in FY1996. There were two during the early part of the fiscal year. The first, November 14-19, 1995, resulted in the furlough of an estimated 800,000 federal employees. It was caused by the expiration of a continuing funding resolution (P.L. 104-31) agreed to on September 30, 1995, and by President Clinton’s veto of a second continuing resolution and a debt limit extension bill.

The truthful message from Kane should be if we lose majority and the Republicans don’t bend to our will anyway, our Democrat president is going to veto Grandma’s Social Security check. That is a temper tantrum.

Delaware GOP Files FEC Complaint Against O’Donnell

In Republican, Senate, Tea Party on September 9, 2010 at 4:58 pm

Dirty, dirty pool by establishment Republican Mike Castle.

From Roll Call:

The Republican Party of Delaware has filed a formal complaint with the Federal Election Commission, accusing one of its own Senate candidates of illegally collaborating with the Tea Party Express.

Attorneys for the state party asked the FEC to launch an immediate and thorough investigation into conservative GOP candidate Christine O’Donnell “to remedy the alleged violations and to ensure that these violations immediately cease and do not reoccur,” according to the complaint filed Thursday.

O’Donnell, a solidly conservative Republican candidate in comparison to her opponent Mike Castle, is a favorite of Tea Party groups and was today endorsed by Sarah Palin. Castle, on the other hand, is a career politician who supports Cap and Trade and is widely considered a RINO.

The FEC complaint alleges that:

  • O’Donnell has knowingly accepted excessive contributions from the Tea Party Express that were directly solicited on behalf of the O’Donnell campaign, according to the filing.
  • O’Donnell has accepted illegal excessive contributions from the Tea Party Express by engaging in a statewide coordinated communications effort in support of her campaign. This means, according to the complaint, that every advertisement that is being run by the Tea Party Express in support of O’Donnell is a violation of federal law.

Federal Election Commission guidelines do not place limits on independent expenditures, which is where Tea Party Express’ ads in support of O’Donnell fall. The hitch in independent expenditures is that the efforts from an independent group cannot be coordinated with the candidate. At this point, there is no evidence that such coordination took place.

An FEC Spokesperson has stated that it is “highly unlikely” that this case can be expedited before the September 14 primary.

If By Honest, Open and Ethical You Mean Deceitful, Secretive and Corrupt…

In Congress, Democrat on September 9, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Remember this declaration?

The Democrat’s most ethical Congress ever piles on yet another scoop of corruption and deceit:

Texas Democrat Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson directed Congressional Black Caucus scholarships to her relatives. Once this act was brought to light, Rep. Johnson claimed that it wasn’t she herself who selected several of her relatives as recipients but staff members.

From Hot Air: According to letters obtained by the Morning News, however, Johnson was not only involved in the decision to give the money to her family members, she also personally intervened to make sure they literally received it, instead of their schools

That’s right, not only was her initial defense an outright lie, Representative Johnson returned the checks that were made out to the schools attended by her family members, asking that they be re-issued in the student’s names. In doing so, Johnson removed the measure of accountability that scholarship foundations commonly employ which ensures that limited scholarship funds are used for education.

Johnson’s lack of integrity, honesty and conscience seems almost bush league in comparison with the scheme cooked up between Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Maxine Waters (D-CA). From Big Government:

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Chair of the Senate Ethics Committee, has paid some $30,000 since 2004 for the endorsement of embattled Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) in the context of a scheme that critics charge is unethical and amounts to Waters using her political station to benefit her family members.

…Waters “has turned political endorsements into a family business, using federal election laws to charge California candidates and political causes to include their names as her personal picks on a sample ballot, or ‘slate mailer,’ she sends to as many as 200,000 South Central Los Angeles voters.”

The slate mailer business, it turns out, is run by Waters’ daughter, Karen, via her public relations firm.  Records show that Karen Waters’ firm has been paid more than $350,000 since 2004, and has billed a further $82,000 since California’s June primary, for its services in this regard.

Further:

Boxer has been called out for steering about $500,000 in contributions made to her political action committee to her son’s consulting firm between 2001 and 2009.

Boxer is also the chair of the Senate Ethics Committee (yep, let that sink in a little…). This is the same committee that last year cleared Democrat Chris Dodd of any wrongdoing in the Countrywide Bank scandal.

On Friday the Senate “Ethics” committee cleared Sens. Dodd and Conrad of any ethical violation in relation to the Countrywide Bank scandal. As a refresher, the accusation (indeed, it has been admitted to now) was that Countrywide Financial had a “special” lending program for senators and those who have influence and power. Under these special loan programs Dodd and Conrad got sweetheart deals in terms of the loans they got on their houses. Despite the fact that the only reason Dodd and Conrad got these deals was because they were senators and could be in a position to help Countrywide, the Democrat controlled Ethics committee found no violations.

No violations, indeed. Senator Dodd, as evidenced in emails and documents at Countrywide, received exceptional rates and reductions in costs on two home loans. The total value of the VIP treatment is over $77,000. In return, Dodd pushed legislation in the Senate that bailed Countrywide out of bad loans. To Countrywide’s credit, billions of dollars in bailouts are an excellent return on a $77,000 dollar investment. Me, I’m surprised that it costs so little to own a Senator. I guess I shouldn’t be, though.

Go ahead and watch the video at the top of the post again, you probably need the laugh by now.

(Major h/t KingShamus)

Dear Lisa Murkowski…

In Elections, Senate, Tea Party on August 28, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Senator Murkowski calls for primary "do-overs."

Senator, I’m interested in taking our country back from the progressives who have taken it so far off course. By your record I, and apparently many Alaskans, see that you are not.

There is a special kind of contempt that the public has for the likes of Al Gore and Al Franken for their electoral childishness. Senator, by your actions in this primary you are on the verge of reserving yourself a spot at that same table.

If you are indeed considering making a switch to run in the General Election as a Libertarian candidate then I have to question what that means for your beliefs and priorities. If choosing a party is a matter not of convictions but political expediency then I daresay you, Senator Murkowski, are a part of the problem in Washington D.C. and the Tea Party is right in looking to replace you.

It’s time to concede, Senator. The race was close and hard-fought but it’s done. Further tantrums on your part may succeed only in handing the General Election to your Democrat opponent.

Rossi Wastes No Time, Issues Debate Challenge to Murray

In Congress, Elections, Senate on August 20, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Challenger Dino Rossi (R) issues debate challenge to Senate incumbent Murray (D)

With the Washington State Primary just days behind him, Republican primary winner Dino Rossi has challenged Democrat incumbent Patty Murray to a series of public debates as he vies for the Senate seat she has occupied since 1993. From Rossi’s press release:

The U.S. Senate race is one of the most important elections in the State of Washington in 2010.  Given the importance of this election, and the desire for voters to make an informed decision this fall, I propose we hold five debates in Washington State, in addition to one nationally televised debate.  I further propose we hold one debate in each media market hosted by local civic organizations, with two debates in the Seattle area.
The five debates in Washington State would be Lincoln-Douglas style, in which we would be allotted equal time to make opening statements, ask questions of each other, introduce new ideas, or defend policy positions.  A timekeeper would ensure each side adheres to time limits which are mutually agreed upon.

This is an opportunity for us to question each other on various policy positions in a manner which allows the public, not the press or interest groups, to dictate the issues covered.

The Washington Primary was flush with Republican contenders, some of whom earned noteworthy numbers. Pooling the votes cast for various candidates into “Rossi” and “Murray” voters (see graphic below), the two candidates are dead even heading for the General Election in November. In a left leaning state with a Democrat incumbent, that’s a significant statement.

Washington State Primary results. Candidates whose supporters would likely vote for Murray in the General Election are designated "D" while supporters who would likely vote for Rossi are designated "R".

The ‘Cost’ of Extending the Bush Tax Cuts

In Economy, House, Taxes on August 15, 2010 at 8:21 am

Hoyer

The New York Post ran a little blurb about the Joint Committee on Taxation and the debate on whether to extend for another year the Bush tax cuts to the top income brackets.

House Majority Leader, Steny ‘Strong-arm’ Hoyer, decries the $38.8 billion dollar “cost” of extending the cuts through 2011 as if it were an expense. If Hoyer can’t differentiate between “expense” and “revenue”, as the $38.8 billion would more properly be accounted, then he has no business making tax policy in the first place.

In early 2009, the Associated Press ran a story about yacht builders laying off workers because the economic downturn caused the wealthy to purchase fewer yachts. For all the mainstream media’s vilification of the “trickle-down” economic theory, the AP validated it in this story. Logically, if lack of spending by the wealthy takes away jobs, spending by the wealthy creates them.

Rather than the tired, class warfare battle-cry of “No fair! Tax cuts for the rich!”, Democrats could have simply skipped the most recent $26 billion bailout and covered most of the revenue short-fall. Instead, Hoyer, who can’t distinguish revenue from expense, has deemed himself better qualified to determine how money is spent than the Americans from whom he aims to collect it.

Congressman Hank Johnson Fears Island of Guam At Risk of Capsizing

In Congress, Democrat on April 1, 2010 at 8:00 am

I have to hand it to the Admiral being questioned. He mostly kept a straight face.

Congressman Johnson (D-GA) was diagnosed ten years ago with Hepatitis C. Judging by this video I think that might be a misdiagnosis. Hepatitis D-minus, maybe.

Michelle Malkin is taking bets as to “how long before race hustler Rep. Johnson cries “RAAACISM!” to deflect questions about his sanity and mental fitness for office”.

h/t Hot Air

Fake “Tea Party Candidate” May Qualify For a Cabinet Position

In Senate, Tea Party on March 27, 2010 at 4:35 am

The Clark County, Nevada District Attorney’s office plans to seek an arrest warrant for Scott Ashjian, a candidate running for Harry Reid’s Senate seat from the freshly minted “Tea Party of Nevada”. Ashjian is accused of bouncing a $5000 business check last year.

Since February, other Tea Party groups have declared Tea Party of Nevada a liberal front group and a fake from its inception, even going so far as to say Tea Party of Nevada is a liberal ploy to siphon votes away from a Republican candidate. Twenty Nevada tea party groups have issued a joint statement denouncing Tea Party of Nevada (TPN) and rejecting the notion of a third party candidate:

-o The TPN is not a conservative party who speaks for grassroots and tea party activists in Nevada.
-o The TPN is not now, has never been, and will never be affiliated with grassroots efforts in Nevada.
-o The term “Tea Party Candidate” will no longer be used to indicate grassroots support for a candidate or candidates.
-o The TPN will not be invited to or allowed to represent themselves at conservative grassroots events and functions across Nevada.

In addition to the warrant for the bad check (a felony theft charge), Ashjian recently lost his contractor’s license for failing to appear before a disciplinary board in a matter of another bad check to a supplier. Mr. Ashjian has also faced foreclosure on more than a million dollars in home loans and, among other debts, reportedly owes the IRS $200,000.

A conviction on the felony theft charge will disqualify Ashjian from elected office but, combined with the rest of his reported transgressions, he’s a shoo-in as an Obama appointee. Perhaps he could serve as Obama’s “Opponent Marginalization” Czar.

H/T Dan Riehl