Any time a political leader insists that we must act quickly ("We've got to do something
right now!), there should be great reluctance to go along. The federal government
was designed (in the 18th century) to work slowly, in order to impede people like President
Obama who are determined to spend the United States into bankruptcy, or worse. That is
why the word emergency is not in the Constitution, and that's why the House and Senate
have to agree on a bill before it becomes law. Cities and states have emergencies
now and then, but authentic national emergencies (Pearl Harbor, Cuban Missile Crisis, 9/11) are
quite rare. Even so, the last time I checked, there were fourteen (14) national
emergencies in effect in the United
This air of "We've got to do something!" in Washington is expensive and reckless.
You may recall that nobody had read the Patriot Act when it was
passed in 2001. Nobody in Congress read the trillion-dollar Stimulus Bill before it was
passed in 2009. It's like having someone throw a thousand-page contract on the table and demanding you sign it immediately. It's foolish.
Unfortunately, the so-called Stimulus isn't the last of it. The continuous crisis mode
is now being used to push socialized medicine into place, without regard to its cost. Gun control legislation can only pass if the American public
doesn't have time to find out what's in it first, and the same is true of the upcoming "immigration reform" (i.e., amnesty) bill.
Congress is supposed to deliberate over proposed legislation, which means giving it long and careful consideration.
Bloomberg Devotes $500 Million To Kill Coal Jobs, Influence 2020 Elections. Former New York City Mayor Michael
Bloomberg will spend $500 million to close every remaining U.S. coal-fired power plant and stop the expansion of natural
gas. Bloomberg will fund environmental activist lobbying campaigns in state legislatures, city councils and public
utility commissions. Activists will demand officials replace coal plants with renewable energy, not natural gas.
"We're in a race against time with climate change, and yet there is virtually no hope of bold federal action on this issue
for at least another two years," Bloomberg said in a statement Thursday [6/6/2019].
The Editor says...
We are NOT "in a race against time" to stop global warming. There is no abnormal global warming.
Billion 'Emergency' Relief Bill Is a Disaster of Waste. [Scroll down] All of those quotes came from
politicians — on both sides of the aisle — after a couple of recalcitrant Republicans objected to the
House using a voice vote on a $19.1 billion spending bill, instead of requiring House members to record their votes.
But why the sudden rush? The disasters this bill is trying to address all happened last year. The bill has been
in the works for more than a month. The House is back in session next Tuesday, when it can vote on the spending
measure, which means a delay of just seven days. But more to the point, most of the "emergency" funds lawmakers are so
desperate to get signed into law right now won't be spent for years, if they get spent at all. The Congressional Budget
Office, the official arbiter of the cost of legislation, says that the disaster aid bill authorizes $19.2 [billion] in
disaster relief. But only $5.3 billion of that will be spent this year. Next year, $4.9 billion will
go out the door.
GOP rep blocks disaster aid bill in surprise move. A lone Republican congressman single-handedly stalled a $19 billion
disaster aid bill that lawmakers had expected to pass before the Memorial Day weekend. Texas Rep. Chip Roy took to the House
floor late Friday morning [5/24/2019] to object when lawmakers tried to approve the legislation using a fast-track tactic, with many members
of Congress already gone for the holiday.
Roy: Hero. Single-handedly Forces Congress to Discuss Government Spending. Congressman Chip Roy
just halted the advance of a $19.1 billion disaster aid package through the House of Representatives. Democrats and
Republicans were hoping to rush it through by unanimous consent. The congressman, a personal friend and endorsed by
this site, is increasingly concerned that Congress is spending money without regard to deficits and debt. He'd at least
like the House to talk about the issue. So he single handedly forced debate and that is a good thing.
has been 'DIRE' for years: A history of 'dire' environmental & climate warnings. Every prediction is
"dire." And every climate summit is the 'last chance. [Numerous examples.]
debunks Beto O'Rourke claim that world has just 12 years to combat climate change. The Associated Press has
thrown cold water on an increasingly popular Democratic talking point: That the earth has just 12 years to stave off
climate doomsday. "There is no scientific consensus, much less unanimity, that the planet only has 12 years to fix the
problem," said the AP in a Monday fact-check. The wire service weighed in after former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke
made the 12-year claim as he kicked off his run for the Democratic presidential nomination last week in Keokuk, Iowa.
Do Progressives Reject Policies That Would Achieve Their Aims? Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-Sesame
Street) has delivered yet another statement that bespeaks the progressives' chronic myopia. This time she's pondering
the dilemma about whether or not it's "still okay to have children," given the apocalyptic future being created by climate
change. The point has nothing to do with demography, as birth-rates in the U.S. are already starting to decline.
The real point, of course, is to rouse the old progressive battle-cry of a "crisis" that "urgently" needs resolving, mainly
by increasing the power and rapacity of bloated federal agencies and their growth-killing regulations.
Urgency of the Green New Deal Will Only Give the State Mob-Like Power. My late brother once pointed out to me
that the Mafia, or organized crime generally, thrives wherever time is hugely important. He drove a fish truck out of
the old Fulton Fish Market and he saw some of this first hand. Fish have a short shelf-life and that's why the mob had
suppliers and buyers over a barrel. Similarly, the mob was notoriously embedded in the newspaper-delivery truck
racket. If you can't deliver newspapers on time, the newspapers become, literally, old news and therefore
worthless. Tim Carney recently noted that the key reason why the Green New Deal will become a cronyist-fecal festival
is the need to rush. "A Green New Deal," their resolution reads, "must be developed through transparent and inclusive
consultation, collaboration, and partnership with frontline and vulnerable communities, labor unions, worker cooperatives,
civil society groups, academia, and businesses." But you can't have this intricate, collaborative, and inclusive
process unless you take a very long time. The entire premise of this moon-shot, new deal, grand mobilization is that we
don't have a lot of time before the planet melts.
Victimology — and the Search for the Black Cat at Midnight. The Jussie Smollett matter is
riveting. The rush to judgment is exactly the hallmark of the Left — rushing to convict Brett M. Kavanaugh
based on lies, [...] lies, and more [...] lies. Rushing to convict the Duke lacrosse players. Rushing to convict
the rapist of Lena Dunham for a rape that never happened. Rushing to convict a Columbia University student, even as he
was shamed and disgraced publicly by "The Mattress Girl," with Columbia University ultimately having to settle with him.
Rushing to convict the University of Virginia fraternity. Rushing to convict the people accused by Al Sharpton over
Tawana Brawley. Rushing to believe the Ferguson Michael Brown "Hands up, Don't Shoot!" lie and racing to convict a
good police officer. Rushing to convict more good police officers in Baltimore over the Freddie Gray lies.
And the Trayvon Martin lies. Rushing to convict Nick Sandmann.
New Deal Is Bad Deal for All Americans. According to the eco-left, the Green New Deal — a massive federal government
stimulus program coupled with a rapid and total transformation from fossil fuels to renewable energy — is the only way to avert
environmental doom. Just last month, shortly after winning election to the U.S. House of Representatives, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
(D-N.Y.) said, "We have 10 years left to plan and implement a Green New Deal before cataclysmic climate disaster."
Liberals Love Lynch Mob
'Justice'. Last week, Democrats forced two of their own (Senator Al Franken and Rep. John Conyers) to walk the plank
in response to mere allegations of wrongdoing, in a transparent attempt to position their party to try to score political
points against President Trump and the GOP. In neither case did a court of law determine that the two politicians had engaged
in wrongdoing. Nor did a congressional ethics panel take testimony, gather evidence or make findings. Instead, to
appease the appetites of a rabid liberal mob (and out of political expediency), Democrats stripped two of their colleagues of
their right to a fair hearing and forced them to resign under a cloud of shame.
Is the GOP
establishment behind the Roy Moore hit? [Scroll down] Hours after the Washington Post piece went viral, Senate majority leader
Mitch McConnell joined the dance, calling for Moore to withdraw from the Alabama Senate race "if these allegations are true." No pause.
No circumspection. No waiting until the facts are in before rushing to judgment. It's reminiscent of President Obama immediately
concluding that the Cambridge police acted "stupidly" after the Henry Gates incident or jumping on the "hands up, don't shoot" bandwagon before
the facts were known. McConnell's dance partner, Senator John McCain, was quick to the microphone, not even considering whether the
allegations against Roy Moore were true, saying, "The allegations against Roy Moore are deeply disturbing and disqualifying. He should
immediately step aside and allow the people of Alabama to elect a candidate they can be proud of." It is just like when senators also
wanted Clarence Thomas to step aside based on disturbing allegations that could not be substantiated. Senator McCain, judge, jury and
executioner. He and McConnell are moving faster on this than they ever have on a piece of legislation. Too bad they couldn't move
even half as quickly on tax cuts or Obamacare repeal.
Mueller's well-timed indictment. Special Counsel Robert Mueller plans to indict someone this week, we are
told. Nobody knows whom or for what, but I know why. People suspect that a Trump ally will be indicted for
something vaguely related to colluding with the Russian Government. We do not know any more details than that because
we just cannot find any crime there. So why is there such a hurry to indict a Republican now? The key is that the
indictment comes in late October. Right before a November election. There is pattern of October indictments
a Picked Lock and a Threatened Indictment, Mueller's Inquiry Sets a Tone. Dispensing with the plodding pace
typical of many white-collar investigations, Mr. Mueller's team has used what some describe as shock-and-awe tactics to
intimidate witnesses and potential targets of the inquiry. Mr. Mueller has obtained a flurry of subpoenas to
compel witnesses to testify before a grand jury, lawyers and witnesses say, sometimes before his prosecutors have taken the
customary first step of interviewing them. One witness was called before the grand jury less than a month after his
name surfaced in news accounts. The special counsel even took the unusual step of obtaining a subpoena for one of
Mr. Manafort's former lawyers, claiming an exception to the rule that shields attorney-client discussions from scrutiny.
Do-Nothing Republican Congress Acts Fast — To Spend More Money. Less than two weeks after Hurricane
Harvey made landfall, the House passed an $8 billion bill to help the Houston region recover. So Republicans in
Congress can get things done quickly, just not when it comes to enacting a conservative agenda.
Lee Blasts Both Parties for Closed-Door Legislative Rush Jobs. Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) criticized both
political parties for creating a trend in Washington that has seen transparency fall victim to centralization of power.
Though the Senate has been debating Republican proposals to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act for weeks, Lee said
during a town hall event on Wednesday [7/12/2017] that he had not yet seen the Senate's latest healthcare bill; the latest version
was unveiled by Senate GOP leaders Thursday. In June, Senate Democrats blasted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
(R-Ky.) and Republican leadership for crafting healthcare legislation behind closed doors in "secret meetings." The criticism
mirrored Republican claims against the Democratic Party in 2009-10 during the approval process for Obamacare.
Cuomo declares 'state of emergency' at MTA. New York
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday declared a state of emergency for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to expedite subway repairs and replacements
in the wake of rising delays and accidents. [...] "This will allow the MTA to speed up the purchase of material and equipment it needs to repair tracks,
signals, switches and more," Cuomo said.
The Editor says...
Deferred maintenance and a chronic state of general disrepair is the norm. It is not an emergency. The state of emergency will allow
spending taxpayers' money with less oversight.
has three years to save humanity from climate change, warn experts. The world has three years to start making significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions
or face the prospect of dangerous global warming, experts have warned in an article in the prestigious journal Nature. Calling for world leaders to be guided
by the scientific evidence rather than "hide their heads in the sand", they said "entire ecosystems" were already beginning to collapse, summer sea ice was disappearing in
the Arctic and coral reefs were dying from the heat.
rushing to vote on healthcare without analysis of changes. House Republicans are once again fast-tracking consideration of
their ObamaCare replacement bill without knowing the full impact of the legislation they'll vote on Thursday [5/4/2017]. The
nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is not expected to have completed its analysis detailing the effects of the latest changes
to the legislation overhauling the nation's healthcare system in time for the Thursday vote.
14 lessons from the GOP Obamacare debacle.
[H]ere, in no particular order, are 14 lessons from the Obamacare debacle: [#1] Don't over-promise. Absent a national emergency,
Congress cannot do big things fast. Don't promise a history-making legislative achievement in a matter of weeks. It won't happen.
to announce reversal on fuel economy standards next week. The Environmental Protection Agency will announce a change in
automobile emissions standards next week, undoing a last minute effort by the Obama administration to lock in the rules through 2025.
[...] As I noted last month, a group of 18 automakers sent the Trump administration a letter asking for a reconsideration of fuel
standards. The Obama administration had until 2018 to complete a midterm review of the progress made by automakers. They
had hoped for some relief from the standards during that review. Instead, the administration rushed through the process and
announced a final decision one week before Trump took office.
Supreme Court Nominations Prompt Scorched-Earth Warfare. Whenever there is a Supreme Court vacancy, a
preemptive wave of exhaustion comes over me. It's the same arguments every time. Some process arguments migrate
from one party to another depending on which side is on defense or offense. "The nominee deserves a speedy hearing and
confirmation," each side yells when their guy is in the White House. "We have an obligation to take the
advise-and-consent role seriously and cannot rush the process," each side insists when the other team controls the
White House. Each party has an endless supply of quotes to throw at the other, proving their hypocrisy.
pushed $157 billion in 'midnight regs,' a year's worth in two months. Former President Obama made good on his
effort to tie President Trump's hands with new regulations, adding $157 billion in new rules from Election Day to
Inauguration Day alone. A new report from American Action Forum, which charts regulations, said that the administration
published a full year's worth of new rules in just two months.
rushes to fill dozens of federal jobs before leaving office. President Obama rushed to fill nearly 100 federal
government vacancies during a frenzy of appointments in his final few weeks in office. Since the new year, Obama has
named 72 people to federal job openings and nominated another 17 for positions requiring Senate confirmation, according to
CBS reporter Mark Knoller. On Monday night [1/16/2017], Obama announced appointments for 27 officials to government
positions and named two to jobs requiring Senate confirmation. The wave of announcements includes several White House
officials, who will serve well after Obama leaves office.
rams through new auto emission rule a year ahead of schedule. The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday [1/13/2017]
made final its decision to move ahead with strict vehicle rules aimed at boosting fuel efficiency and reducing carbon pollution, a year
ahead of schedule and despite opposition from the auto industry. Today's final determination found that the auto industry can meet
the tougher vehicle emission rules through 2025. That will require automakers to sell more small, fuel-efficient cars that lower
greenhouse gas emissions and are increasingly powered by electricity.
The Editor says...
If your car emits carbon pollution, it should be repaired. Carbon dioxide is not carbon, nor is it a pollutant.
Races to Overhaul Police in Baltimore and Chicago Before Trump Era. With just days until Donald J. Trump is
sworn in as president, the Obama administration is making a last-minute push for police overhauls in two of the nation's most
violent cities, Baltimore and Chicago, where officers have been accused of routinely mistreating African-Americans. In
Chicago, where a city task force appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel concluded that "the police have no regard for the sanctity
of life when it comes to people of color," the Justice Department is rushing to wrap up a sweeping investigation into police
patterns and practices, prompted by the release of a chilling video that showed a white officer shooting a black teenager.
'most transparent' president in history issues record number of 'midnight' regulations. President Obama has
issued 145 "midnight" regulations with a cost of more than $21 billion since the election of Donald Trump, the most by a
lame-duck president in a generation, a study has found. The conservative American Action Forum said Thursday [1/5/2017] that
Mr. Obama's rules, issued from Nov. 8 through Dec. 31, include 31 "economically significant" regulations with a cost
of at least $100 million each. "The administration has published more than 21 million hours of final federal
paperwork requirements since November 8," said Sam Batkins, AAF's director of regulatory policy. "At the current pace,
the Obama administration is going to be the most active 'midnight' (period from Election Day to Inauguration Day) regulator in more
than a generation." The Republican-majority House on Wednesday passed the Midnight Rules Relief Act by a vote of 238-184.
It would amend the Congressional Review Act to allow Congress to repeal any regulations finalized in the last 60 legislative days of
an administration under a single disapproval resolution.
game's over Mr President - and your team lost. End your Trump temper tantrum and show some dignity.
Obama's spent the past few weeks charging around like a guy who's watching the clock tick down and is desperate to snatch
some semblance of victory from the jaws of a crushing, humiliating defeat. Since the election, as the New York Times
reported, he's banned oil drilling off the Atlantic coast, named over 100 people to a range of senior government jobs,
created new environmental monuments, commuted the sentences of 232 inmates and pardoned 78 others, protected funding
for Planned Parenthood clinics, ordered the transfer of detainees from Guantanamo Bay and blocked new Israeli settlements.
As some critics sneer, it's more governing than he's done in eight years.
Publishes $7.4 Billion Worth Of Regulations In One Night. The Obama administration is busy pushing out last-minute regulations,
including releasing $7.4 billion worth of new rules in just one night. Sam Batkins, director of regulatory policy at the
right-leaning American Action Forum (AAF), compiled a list of regulations published Wednesday night [12/28/2016] in the Federal Register.
could still force Merrick Garland onto court during 'intersession recess'. President Obama will have one last
chance to force Judge Merrick Garland onto the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday [1/3/2017] — but it's a legal gamble
and one that has so many pitfalls that even those who say he could get away with it believe it isn't worth the fight.
Mr. Obama's moment will come just before noon, in the five minutes that the Senate gavels the 114th Congress out of
session and the time the 115th Congress begins. In those few moments the Senate will go into what's known as an
"intersession recess," creating one golden moment when the president could test his recess-appointment powers by sending
Judge Garland to the high court.
Admin Rushes To Resettle Refugees During Last Days In Office. The Obama administration is resettling significantly more
refugees in the final weeks of 2016 compared to the same time period last year, state department figures reveal. From the start of
Fiscal Year 2017, Oct. 1 2016 through Dec. 27, a total of 25,671 refugees have been resettled in the United States —
little over 290 refugees per day. During that same time period in 2015, 13,791 refugees were resettled, almost 157 per day.
The Obama administration resettled nearly 85,000 refugees in FY 2016 and the White House is on pace to resettle nearly double that amount.
steamrolls auto industry to rush out new regs. The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday rejected an auto
industry request to extend the review period for strict new vehicle regulations, allowing them to go into effect before
President Obama leaves office. [...] The auto industry requested last month that the EPA extend the review period for an
agency study that determined the new rules for improving fuel efficiency and lowering carbon emissions be extended into the
next year. The agency had surprised the industry last month by saying it was planning on finalizing its determination
this year, instead of doing so next year as the law requires.
control isn't the answer. We already know how to stop the violence. As long as Democrats insist that new gun laws and bans are the
only way to stop or slow gun violence, the Republicans and most of the American people will stand in their way — unless they rush to pass new gun
laws and bans within 2-3 weeks of major mass shootings.
Cuomo announces monument to honor victims of Orlando massacre. Governor Cuomo announced a monument will be made
to honor the 49 victims of the Orlando mass shooting Sunday morning [6/26/2016]. Cuomo spoke at the LGBT Community
Center before the kickoff to the Pride parade. A commission of 10 people will come together to pick an artist and
design the memorial. The city plans to put the monument in Battery Park City or Chelsea Piers on the western edge of
The Editor says...
It seems a bit premature to put up a monument commemorating an event that just happened two weeks ago.
Department Blocks White House Attempt To Speed Up Detainee Transfers. Attorney General Loretta Lynch is
blocking a White House proposal to speed along the process of shuttering Guantanamo Bay, further deepening the rift between
the White House and Department of Justice over how to handle Gitmo. The proposal is an attempt to permit detainees to
plead guilty over video conference, but Lynch is convinced that such a confession constitutes a violation of criminal
procedure, Reuters reports.
Control Advocates Peddle Another 'Turning Point' Myth After Orlando Attack. The Washington Post ran an op-ed
Sunday arguing that, because the attacker targeted a gay nightclub, the gay community could accomplish what gun control
advocates have failed for decades to achieve. "This time, things might be different," University of Toronto
sociologists Jennifer Carlson and David Pettinicchio wrote in a Post op-ed. [...] Except this is the same basic script gun
control advocates have trotted out after every headline-grabbing shooting. After the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook
Elementary School, the New York Times claimed the attack was "profoundly swaying Americans' views on guns." Trayvon
Martin's shooting was supposed to be another "turning point." The shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was also
going to "shift the gun control debate." A 1993 rampage at a San Francisco law firm was once cited as "a crucial
turning point in the gun control movement." And, as today, the media play up quickie polls that seem to show
a big jump in support for more gun laws.
Modi seek to rapidly implement climate deal. The U.S. and India agreed Tuesday [6/7/2016] to move the Paris climate
agreement into force "as soon as possible" this year, stepping up action to meet a key agenda item for President Obama's
final year in office. Obama is meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House to discuss a range
of concerns between the two countries. December's Paris deal will be central in those talks.
scrambling to release as many prisoners as possible from Guantanamo Bay before he leaves office. The Obama
administration is scrambling to release as many prisoners as possible from Guantanamo Bay in Cuba in a bid to fulfill his
pledge to close the detention center.
rushes out rules to guarantee legacy. The Obama administration is shoveling out regulations nearly one-third
faster in its final year than during the previous three — all to beat a May 23 deadline to prevent a President
Donald Trump from overturning them. A total of 195 regulations have been pushed through since Jan. 1 at an estimated
cost of $69.5 billion to the nation's businesses, according to the conservative American Action Forum. One of the most
significant — a sweeping rule that will extend overtime pay to more than 4 million people without any input from
Congress — was released Tuesday night [5/17/2016].
nears for Obama admin to issue last big batch of regs. Get ready for one last regulatory hurrah from the Obama
administration. According to one analyst, President Obama has just a week left — or until about May
23 — to issue major regulations if he wants to ensure that the next administration and Congress cannot unravel
them. It's not a hard-and-fast deadline. But the American Action Forum's Sam Batkins points to the Congressional
Review Act, which gives Congress 60 working days to try and rescind a rule, in setting it.
a Justice — Don't Appoint One — What's the Hurry? [Scroll down] Many have pointed
to the history of lame-duck appointments, giving deference to the next Executive — that it hasn't been done in
many decades. But historical precedent aside, Obama has every right under the Constitution to nominate someone, anyone to
the court. The interesting thing is that if one reads Article II, Section 2, clause 2, the founders clearly
did not make a fuss over the process. It was not some Earth-shattering event, but merely included in the several duties
of the President. [...] No where does it even imply that the Senate is obligated to act in a timely fashion and it certainly says
nothing of deference to the office of the President to grant him any appointee he wishes. In fact it was quite the opposite.
Dems demand action on SCOTUS nominee. Senate
Democrats moved quickly Saturday to demand action on a Supreme Court nominee following the unexpcted death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid
(D-Nev.) called Scalia a "brilliant man" and "dedicated jurist" in a statement and said the work on filling his vacancy should begin immediately. "The President can and
should send the Senate a nominee right away. With so many important issues pending before the Supreme Court, the Senate has a responsibility to fill vacancies as soon as
possible," Reid said.
The 'Read the Bill Act'. From the Gang
of 8, to Obamacare, to the Omnibus spending bill, Americans are fed up with lengthy bills rammed quickly through Congress. The 2,000 page, $1.1 trillion
Omnibus signed into law before Christmas fully funds Planned Parenthood, Obamacare, illegal executive amnesty, EPA overreach and the Syrian refugee program among
other horrible organizations and programs. In response, I have introduced legislation to hit the brakes on runaway legislation: the Read the Bill Act.
At a minimum, our constituents expect Members of Congress to read and understand legislation before taking a vote. The public also needs sufficient time [...] in
order to communicate with their representatives.
Rushes Vote for Trillion Dollar Bill. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is setting up the Senate to wrap up its
work for the year on Friday [12/18/2015] as lawmakers race to leave Washington for their holiday recess. The Republican leader said
senators have reached a deal to speed up votes on the year-end omnibus spending bill, as well as a separate tax package.
Is Now The Law: How Congress Quietly Passed The Second Patriot Act. Why was the CISA included in the omnibus package,
which just passed both the House and the Senate? Because any "nay" votes [...] would also threaten the entire budget of the
federal government. In other words, it was a question of either Americans keeping their privacy or halting the funding of the
US government, in effect bankrupting the nation. And best of all, the rushed bill means there will be no debate. The bottom
line as OTI's Robyn Green said, "They've got this bill that's kicked around for years and had been too controversial to pass, so they've
seen an opportunity to push it through without debate. And they're taking that opportunity." The punchline: "They're
kind of pulling a Patriot Act." And when Obama signs the $1.1 trillion Spending Bill in a few hours, as he will, it will be
official: the second Patriot Act will be the law, and with it what little online privacy US citizens may enjoy, will be gone.
Good Ever Comes From Congress At 2:00am. 2:00am, December 16th 2015, and yet another 2,000+ page bill emerges from the halls
of congressional staff — this one an "Ominibus spending bill" with over $1.5 Trillion in expenditures, almost certain to
add yet another thousand billion to the structural deficit. Republicans control the House and the Senate.
Spending and Tax Lollapalooza. In the dead of night, House Republicans unveiled a massive tax and spending
bill. The bill comes with a price tag of more than $2 trillion — and your member of Congress will never
read it. At 2,009 pages, House members would have to read one page a minute over the next 48 hours without
any bathroom breaks, sleeping, Christmas parties, lobbyist meetings, or taxpayer-funded steak dinners to interrupt them.
Of course, that wont happen. Whether you are liberal or conservative, Republican or Democrat, the fact that your elected
representative will cast a consequential vote on your behalf, dear constituent, without fully comprehending what he or she is
voting on, is nothing short of outrageous and a dereliction of responsibility.
Best Goodies From The $1.2 Trillion Spending Bill. The bill includes $1.2 trillion dollars in funds and is 2,000 pages
long, which is why it receives about one tenth the coverage of the Republican debate from journalists. As Ryan noted during his press
conference, it's striking that Congress actually operates by assembling gargantuan, do-or-die, Frankenstein's monster fiscal legislation
at the last minute each year.
performing warrantless searches are the hallmark of totalitarianism. In an effort to draw attention away from the intelligence
failures that permitted the attacks of 9/11 and create the impression that it was doing something — anything — to avoid a repeat,
the federal government tampered seriously with freedoms expressly guaranteed in the Constitution. Its principal target was the right to
privacy, which is protected in the Fourth Amendment. At President George W. Bush's urging, Congress passed the Patriot Act in
October 2001. This 315-page statute passed the House of Representatives with no debate, and there was very limited debate in the
Senate. I have asked many members of Congress over the years whether they read this bill before they voted upon it, and I have yet
to find a member who did. In the House, that would have been impossible; the bill was made available to representatives only
15 minutes prior to their vote.
Education Bill Pushes A Liberal Agenda. After seven years of rule by decree by President Obama's Chicago crony Arne
Duncan, why are Republicans about to reauthorize the federal government's authority over the nation's public schools? And why
is the new speaker, Paul Ryan, rushing a 1,059-page bill to a floor vote only two days after the text was released on Nov. 30?
Claim NOAA Climate Report Was "Rushed To Publication". I hope these whistleblowers are hiding deep, because they will be in
big trouble from the CoC when found, laws [notwithstanding]. Some Warmists are already calling for the whistleblowers to be named and
forced to testify publicly, in contradiction of federal law. [...] What is it with this Administration and stonewalling? If they aren't
releasing the requested material, they're hiding something. If there was nothing there, you can bet the communications and emails would
have been released. At this point, we must ask what NOAA is hiding.
Ryan abandons his promise. Well, it was nice while it lasted. Three weeks ago, Paul Ryan accepted the speaker's gavel with a vow
to return to "regular order," in which the Congress runs by deliberation rather than fiat and lawmakers have loose rein to amend and shape legislation.
"The committees should retake the lead in drafting all major legislation," he said, adding that "when we rush to pass bills, a lot of us do not understand
we are not doing our job." That dream died about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday night [11/17/2015]. That's when House leaders announced that they would
take up a never-before-seen piece of legislation, written that very day, to rewrite the rules of the U.S. refugee program for those coming from Syria
and Iraq. There had been, and would be, no hearings or other committee action before the legislation was rushed Thursday to the House floor, where no
amendments would be allowed.
Quietly Doubles Processing Centers for Syrian Refugees into the U.S.. As Parisians were being slaughtered by
radical Islamists, of whom at least one and perhaps two were migrants, Barack Obama was opening new processing centers which
will double the number available to refugees in the Middle East in an effort to speed up and increase the numbers to be
admitted. Most Syrians are screened at U.S. resettlement at centers in Istanbul and Amman, Jordan. The Obama
administration is moving to increase and accelerate the number of Syrian refugees who might be admitted into the United
States by opening new screening outposts in Iraq and Lebanon, administration officials told Reuters on Friday [11/13/2015].
approves two-year budget deal in 3 a.m. vote. The Senate passed a two-year budget deal early Friday morning [10/30/2015]
that raises the debt ceiling, sending the agreement to President Obama's desk. The deal was approved after 3 a.m. in a
64-35 vote after a late speech by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who criticized the legislation as a blank check for President Obama
to add to the nation's debt.
Scheme Passes Senate at 3am — Two Year Continuing Resolution With Unlimited Debt Ceiling. I refuse
to call this a "budget deal", it's a scheme to extend federal spending until March of 2017 when the next President's (whoever
gets elected next year) legally required federal budget (for fiscal year 2018) is due. [...] You know what else passed in the
middle of the night when no-one was watching? ObamaCare, that's what!
Congress Won't Cut Spending Now, When Will It? No wonder John Boehner and the rest of the Republican "leaders"
are rushing to get their budget deal voted on and to the president's desk for signature. The more we learn about it, the more
rancid it smells. Maybe Republicans are supposed to read it after they vote on it. And to think they used to make fun of
Nancy Pelosi for that.
Jeff Sessions Says His 'Knees
Quiver' Over Boehner-Obama Deal. Alabama GOP Sen. Jeff Sessions says he is uncomfortable with what he knows about the proposed
budget deal struck between outgoing speaker John Boehner and President Barack Obama. [...] "I'm worried about how fast it's moving," Sessions
added. "I see no reason for that. Based on what I know now, it appears the president got whatever he wanted."
Debt, Budget Deal Introduced In Dead of Night, Vote Violates Another Boehner Pledge. The giant debt ceiling increase rolled together
with a budget deal was introduced at 11:36 p.m. Monday [10/26/2015], in the dead of night, several congressional sources confirm to Breitbart News.
The text is 144 pages long and increases the debt ceiling beyond when President Barack Obama leaves office, all the way until March 2017.
It also, according to Politico, increases spending by $50 billion this year and $30 billion more the following year.
An Arrogant, Ragingly Partisan
EPA. The EPA claims that both science and economics support its global campaign to force U.S. states
into halting carbon dioxide emissions. EPA's Administrator Gina McCarthy says the EPA's Clean Power Plan authority calls for
an end to debate on climate change and emissions control: "people overwhelmingly consider climate change to be a
problem — and they want action, not more debate or discussion."
Congress Is Great At
Manufacturing One Thing: Crises. Congressional Republicans have become adroit at flexing their manufacturing
muscles. They wait until the legislative calendar absolutely requires that Congress acts on bills, thus creating a crisis.
Congress then rushes to get the bills passed. These must pass bills are often constructed in a way contrary to conservative
principles. So to get them passed, Republican leadership has to feign sympathy with conservatives through a show vote or
issue statements to acknowledge the conservative grassroots. Once that is done, they can advance legislation that
buttresses the status quo and avoids reforms the country needs, but that the establishment disdains. The past and current
way the Republican establishment deals with major issues before it is to stall and pass: run the legislative clock and
move legislation that won't change anything.
Forget Iran, jobs, terror, doom looms from global warming. The president said addressing climate change is
urgent and dismissed fears that more environmental controls and regulations would hurt the stumbling economy and jobs. The
pattern of talking up a crisis as a means to control the nation's political agenda and provide a distraction from other news
has been very familiar during these interminable 2,416 days of Obama's White House occupancy. Even if, in the end,
little useful action ever ensues on such issues. But Obama's remarks in Alaska this week were by far his most apocalyptic
to date. [...] "There is such a thing as being too late," Obama warned. "That moment is almost upon us." Global
warming, he said, is "a challenge that will define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other."
Obama in Alaska: Climate-change deniers
'are on their own shrinking island'. "The time to heed the critics and the cynics and the deniers is past," [President Obama]
told delegates to an international conference on climate change in the Arctic [8/31/2015]. "The time to plead ignorance is surely past.
Those who want to ignore the science, they are increasingly alone, they are on their own shrinking island." He used the backdrop of
America's only Arctic state to emphasize the need for this country and others to move, and move fast, to reduce carbon emissions, to pursue
cleaner energy sources and to stop relying on "unstable parts of the world" for oil.
The Editor says...
If he wants to "to stop relying on 'unstable parts of the world' for oil, why is he opposed to drilling
in ANWR, offshore drilling in
the Gulf of Mexico, the Keystone XL pipeline,
Obama: Virginia shooting shows gun control is more urgent than fighting
terrorism. We touched yesterday on the left's out-of-the-gate seizing on the Roanoke shooting to kick off the latest
gun control push. It's what they do, and no one was surprised that they did it — tinged as always with warnings like
"we can't wait any longer," which imply, I guess, that everyone knows the left's gun control agenda would stop killings like this, and we're
all just dragging our feet because the approval of the NRA is more important than the lives of folks like Alison Parker and Adam Ward.
teams surveying US military sites for potential Gitmo transfers, lawmakers vow fight. The Department of Defense
notified lawmakers Friday [8/14/2015] that teams will visit two military installations in the United States — Fort
Leavenworth in Kansas and the Naval Brig in Charleston, S.C. — to conduct "site surveys" looking into transferring
a "limited number" of Guantanamo detainees, Pentagon and Capitol Hill sources told Fox News. The move, coming on the same
day Secretary of State John Kerry marked the re-opening of the U.S. Embassy in Cuba, has already triggered a backlash on Capitol
Hill. But, despite existing congressional restrictions on moving the detainees to U.S. soil, the notice itself suggests
officials are wasting no time exploring transfer options for those at the controversial Cuba prison camp.
The Editor says...
I've never thought of Fort Leavenworth as a halfway house, but that's what it will be if Obama transfers these terrorists there,
in his pro-Islam haste. Then, of course, on his last day in office, he'll probably release them all somewhere in Dearborn,
Michigan, where they can blend into the population and start their teaching careers. If the Guantanamo Bay facility must be
closed, I suggest building a facility about 200 miles this side of Barrow, Alaska.
Pentagon Is Keeping Half of Gitmo Locked Up — Against The White House's Wishes. The
White House wants to quickly cut the number of detainees at Guantánamo Bay. One man is standing in
the way: President Obama's Defense Secretary, Ash Carter. Carter and the White House are increasingly
at odds about how to whittle down the number of detainees held in Guantánamo Bay, hampering the administration's
push to close the detention center by the end of its term.
won't act on Senate highway bill. House and Senate leaders refused to blink Monday [7/27/2015] in a cross-Capitol
standoff over highway funding, edging Congress perilously close to a Friday deadline to keep road projects moving before
lawmakers skip town for their August recess. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy shut the door to a six-year bill
that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell brokered with Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, saying even if the other chamber gets
it done this week, it would be impossible for his troops to study a 1,000-page deal before the House leaves Thursday night.
Obama Just Provoke a Constitutional Crisis? President Obama's decision to submit the
Iranian nuclear deal to the United Nation Security Council before Congress has had their 60 days to
review it could be as problematic for Congress as making a judgment on the deal itself. Congress
felt its responsibilities were already being usurped when they learned the Iranian deal would be
treated as an agreement rather than a treaty. In response to widespread protest, the White House had
to permit the agreement to be submitted to both houses of Congress for approval. Yet fearing that a
negative vote — certain in the House — would occur, the administration decided to go
to the UN immediately. This makes any congressional veto useless; the provisions of the agreement
almost impossible to turn back.
The Editor says...
This isn't a constitutional crisis at all — it's just one more reason to impeach Barack Obama
and remove him from office, which should have been done years ago.
Does End Run Around Congress as UNSC Unanimously OKs Iran Deal. President Obama did an
end-run around Congress on the Iran deal today [7/20/2015] in what Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) noted
will become known as "Capitulation Monday" in history. The United Nations Security Council voted
15-0 this morning to endorse the P5+1 deal with Iran and start rolling back sanctions. Both
Republicans and Democrats had been frantically telling Obama to hold off on the vote. Senate Foreign
Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Md.) wrote Obama
on Thursday to remind the president what he would be violating if he took the deal to the UNSC right away.
alternative to Obama's Iran deal. One alternative to President Obama's nuclear deal
with Iran that I don't think we've discussed is for Congress to reject it and send him back to
bargaining in the hope that he and John Kerry can negotiate a better one. I haven't discussed this
alternative because I consider it futile. Not because Iran won't agree to a deal less favorable
it to than the one on the table. Obama and Kerry most likely could have negotiated a somewhat better
deal if they hadn't been so desperate to enter into an agreement.
U.N. plan backfires on Congress. President Obama's attempt to outmaneuver Congress and
win quick United Nations approval for the Iran nuclear agreement is backfiring on him in Congress,
and could further erode support among key players. Key senators were already outraged that the
administration was taking the lead in negotiating a deal and sidelining Congress' traditional role
of being directly involved in haggling the finer points of arms control agreements. They were
resigned to let the administration handle the negotiations in return for the promise that they would
have ample opportunity to review the deal and vote on it. But Kerry this week moved to exert the
maximum global leverage on Congress by circulating a legally binding draft of the deal to the United
Nations Security Council.
Definition of 'Justice' Describes His Liberal Agenda. [I]n the wake of the race riots
in Ferguson, President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing recommended changes in the way
police interact with the communities they patrol. Obama has endorsed the recommendation that
police officers work with children, taking time to read to them in schools, for example. In his
speech on Tuesday [7/14/2015], President Obama said the nation's criminal justice system "isn't as smart as it
should be. It's not keeping us as safe as it should be. It is not as fair as it should be.
Mass incarceration makes our country worse off, and we need to do something about it." He wants to
end mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenders, putting more of them back in the
community: "We should pass a sentencing reform bill through Congress this year," he said.
The Editor says...
Inasmuch as "this year" is half over already, I'd say the President is in a mighty big hurry to "fix"
a massive and vital system that has been imperfect for centuries. But he's being fundamentally dishonest,
as usual: There isn't any mass incarceration. People go to trial and face a jury (if they
choose) and go to prison one at a time.
change poses "medical emergency," major report says. Climate change could undermine
the last 50 years of gains in global health, according to a new report from The Lancet Commission on
Health and Climate Change. The authors of the paper, published Monday evening [6/22/2015], say
that the potential risk to human health posed by climate change has been underestimated. But they
also say tackling it presents one of the greatest global health opportunities of this century.
"Climate change is a medical emergency," Commission Co-Chair Prof. Hugh Montgomery, director of the
University College London Institute for Human Health and Performance, said in a statement. "It
thus demands an emergency response, using the technologies available right now."
Sessions: Slow Fast-Track Now, Before It's Too Late. Fast-Track, or Trade Promotion
Authority, will receive a final cloture vote in the Senate on Tuesday morning [6/22/2015]. This is
the bill that passed the House. If cloture is invoked, the bill will pass the Senate and go to the
President's desk. More than four weeks have passed since the Senate first voted on whether to grant
the Executive six years of fast-track authority.v In that time, an enormous amount has been discovered
about how the President plans to use this authority — information that was either not known
or understood when the vote was held. This includes the Administration's pledge to use the
agreement to impose "environmental governance."
The Rush On Obamatrade Plans With Its 'Global Governance' Hidden Inside? Rep. Duncan
Hunter (R-CA) is pressuring House GOP leadership, particularly Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy
(R-CA), to delay plans to muscle Obamatrade through the House of Representatives quickly. In in a
letter to McCarthy obtained exclusively by Breitbart News, he's asking leadership to slow down and
consider the ramifications of what it is doing.
Members of Boehner's Leadership Team Openly Refuse to Admit if They've Read Obamatrade. Two members
of House GOP leadership — Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) and Rules Committee chairman Rep. Pete
Sessions (R-TX) — refused to admit through spokespersons to Breitbart News whether they have read the
text of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Pacific Rim trade deal, but they still support granting President
Barack Obama the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) to fast track it. What's more, Scalise and Sessions —
and others GOP conference-wide, including even perhaps Boehner — could be vulnerable to serious primary
challenges if they continue forward with Obamatrade.
Stages of the Progressive Agenda, Stage 4: Declare the issue a CRISIS! Sometimes Progressives
will skip over the first three stages to Stage 4, in which case, this is where it really starts.
You don't get anything through Congress or the courts simply by saying it's "nice to have." No.
It is a CRISIS! Lives are in danger! Planet is in peril! Time is running out! We must
start taking steps to begin taking action NOW! A crisis receives even more funding, and the establishment
of a government agency to impose regulations that will eventually bring it under control — but
only as long as funding continues and keeps pace with inflation.
Climate deniers endangering national security. President Obama in a speech on
Wednesday [5/20/2015] cast climate change as a growing national security threat, accusing Republican
skeptics of harming military readiness by denying its effects. Obama argued in his address to
graduates at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy that rising sea levels and higher global temperatures
endanger military bases and could force personnel to respond to conflicts around the world that are
fueled by their effects. "Climate change constitutes a serious threat to global security, an
immediate risk to our national security, and, make no mistake, it will impact how our military
defends our country," Obama told new Coast Guard officers at the academy's New London, Conn.,
campus. "And so we need to act — and we need to act now."
"The Hot Air Guy". There may have been a time, in an era long, long ago, in which it
was fair and accurate to describe Bill Nye as "The Science Guy." He now has become a religious
figure — in the Church of Climate Scientology. [...] So Bill Nye the IPCC Guy is lying to
you. He is lying to you to help give a large and controlling government increasing control over your
freedoms and your property. He is doing so by promoting a crisis using hysterical language, in order
to make people take drastic action without thinking first. If that makes someone a "Science Guy," we
need to go back and relearn our society's definition of science.
22 Very Inconvenient
Climate Truths. According to the official statements of the IPCC "Science is clear"
and non-believers cannot be trusted. Quick action is needed! For more than 30 years
we have been told that we must act quickly and that after the next three or five years it will be
too late (or even after the next 500 days according to the French Minister of foreign affairs
speaking in 2014) and the Planet will be beyond salvation and become a frying pan — on
fire — if we do not drastically reduce our emissions of CO2, at any cost, even at the
cost of economic decline, ruin and misery. But anyone with some scientific background who
takes pains to study the topics at hand is quickly led to conclude that the arguments of the IPCC
are inaccurate, for many reasons of which here is a non-exhaustive list.
by Executive Order. [Scroll down] One needs to look at [Obama's] excuses for
issuing these draconian orders — Congress is not doing their job. He "had" to issue his
immigration order because Congress refused to passed comprehensive immigration reform. He "had" to
issue orders to the EPA because Congress would not address climate change. He "had" to raise the
minimum wage in federal contracts because Congress would not address income inequality (as if a few extra
dollars in the dry cleaner services for the federal government will obliterate poverty in America).
It is not that he was dealing with an obstructionist and incalcitrant Congress; it was that Congress was
dealing with an ineffectual leader in the White House.
U.S. must secure global climate-change deal 'before it's too late'. President Obama said Saturday [4/18/2015]
that with the U.S. at the helm, the world must come together later this year and strike a groundbreaking climate-change
accord or the planet as we know it may cease to exist. In his weekly address, the president raised the stakes for a
key United Nations gathering in Paris later this year, where the U.S., China and other world leaders hope to strike the
largest international climate change deal in history. The U.S. contribution to the agreement is a pledge to cut
greenhouse-gas emissions by at least 26 percent percent by 2030, while China will formally promise to cap its
pollution levels by 2030 and then begin gradual reductions.
Says He Would Act Fast To Take Cuba Off Terrorism List. President Barack Obama said
Tuesday he would act fast to take Cuba off the list of terrorism-sponsoring countries once he gets a
State Department recommendation. "As soon as I get a recommendation, I'll be in a position to act
on it," Obama said in an interview with National Public Radio. In a March interview with Reuters
Obama had said he hoped to have an embassy open in Cuba by the time of the April 10-11 Summit of the
Americas later this week. There Obama will meet with Cuban president Raul Castro. Cuba has
made it clear that it will not move on certain negotiations until it is removed from the list.
President Obama Threatens France For Not Supporting Iranian Nuclear Deal. Several
media sources have stated over the past two weeks that France is not happy with the rushed
acquiescence inherent within a dangerous nuclear deal with Iran. Last week, citing her own
first-hand (eye-witness) information — CBS's State Dept. Correspondent, Margaret Brennan,
who is traveling with the negotiation team, stated the French contingent was highly concerned about
how Secretary Kerry seemed to be rushing for a deal regardless of consequence.
Real Price of Lies. It is easy to understand why the administration is in a hurry to
sign up as many people for its illegal amnesty as it can: The more beneficiaries there are,
the more difficult it becomes to revoke the amnesty, even when it is confirmed as being illegal and
unconstitutional. Judge Hanen already has sided with the states on a substantial issue, handing
down that injunction he had been considering.
Push ATF To Ban Bullets Now. Congressional Democrats are demanding the ATF use "existing
authority" to ban a popular bullet. The move comes just days after the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms
and Explosives backed off a proposal to ban the M855 green-tip cartridges, one of the most popular bullets
used in AR-15 rifles. The public comment period for the proposed ban closes Monday but in the face of
overwhelming public opposition the ATF announced last week that they were going back to the drawing board.
Not good enough for Democrats. They sent a letter, obtained by The Hill, which says the ATF needs to act to
keep, "dangerous ammunition out of our communities."
5 Most Profound Political Quotes Of The Last 5 Years. [#5] "We have to pass the
bill so you can find out what is in it." Nancy Pelosi's shameful utterance about Obamacare has
become the standard in America over the last few years. Enormous bills are put together in secret;
the public is deliberately misled about what the legislation does; politicians don't even bother to
read what they're voting on and then it takes years for the courts to finish ruling on what the
hundreds of pages of tortured legalisms actually mean. That's no way to run a country and it's no
wonder that both politicians and the law itself are increasingly held in contempt if that's the best
we can do.
administration asks judge to speed up immigration decision. The Obama administration
asked a federal judge in Texas to decide by Monday [3/9/2015] whether he will put on hold his prior decision
to block the White House's executive orders on immigration, or at least limit the impact to Texas.
chief races to finish climate rules before Obama leaves office. Gina McCarthy is
locked in a race against time to complete landmark climate change regulations before President Obama
leaves office. With just 22 months left in Obama's presidency, the Environmental Protection
Agency administrator and her team are burning the midnight oil to enshrine emissions regulations for
power plants in federal law. McCarthy says she's "busier than [she's] ever been" as the caretaker
of what Obama hopes will be a legacy-defining achievement on climate change.
EPA: Racing against time to pummel the private sector. This waning Administration is
in the pummel-the-private-sector business. And there is arguably no tentacle of the federal
Leviathan better equipped to do it than the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). After
all — it's the EPA's sole reason for being.
Proposed Bullet Ban Has Been Fast Tracked. Following the Sandy Hook shooting, the
Obama administration tried to ban several kinds of firearms, including the AR-15. Now it seems
that he may have actually found a way to do it, albeit slowly. He isn't going to outright ban the
gun itself; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) is just going to ban the
most commonly sold bullets for the gun instead.
When illegal immigration is halted, why is that an emergency>
to seek emergency order restarting immigration programs. The Obama administration will
seek an emergency court order to move forward with President Obama's executive action on
immigration. Officials at the Department of Justice (DOJ) plan to seek what is known as an
emergency stay that would essentially undo a Texas-based federal judge's injunction from earlier
this week. If the stay is granted, the government could restart a pair of executive programs that
will shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation. White House press secretary
Josh Earnest said DOJ will file for the stay by "Monday [2/25/2015] at the latest."
advocates press Obama to act quickly. Immigrant rights groups are pressing the Obama
administration to take steps to ensure the president's lenient new deportation policies go forward
quickly despite a federal judge's ruling blocking them.
The Editor says...
In other words, Democrats believe politics supersede the law.
Cromnibus Winners And Losers.
If you want to know how your tax dollars will get spent next year, the answers are in Cromnibus — the
1,695-page bill that Congress hurriedly passed last weekend to fund the federal government through September 2015.
[...] Cromnibus is a monster to read. Almost no one did. They had no time. House Speaker John
Boehner broke his promise to give members at least a 72-hour notice before voting, instead of "ramming it down
their throats," as he criticized former Speaker Nancy Pelosi for doing. Taxpayers lost out in the rush.
Reid Could Ram Up to 88 Federal Judges Through the Senate before Adjournment.
Democrats are primed to confirm up to 88 of President Obama's judicial nominations through the
Senate before the year's close. Thanks to Reid's weakening of the Senate filibuster, Republicans
have had little power to stop Obama's nominations.
Doing Exactly What He Accused Nancy Pelosi Of In 2009. If lawmakers in the House vote
this week on a "CR-omnibus" spending package, House Speaker John Boehner will be doing exactly what
he accused former Speaker Nancy Pelosi of doing on a similar bill in 2009: Ramming it down Americans'
and lawmakers' throats without anyone having time to read the bill.
Broke Pledge to Give Americans 'At Least 72 Hours' to Read Every Bill. House Speaker John Boehner has broken his
pledge to give Americans "at least 72 hours" to read every bill taken up by the House before it is brought to a vote on the
floor. In his speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference held in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 18, 2010,
Boehner vowed that if he became speaker members of Congress and the American people would be given "at least 72 hours"
to read all bills before they were brought to a vote.
Sessions: Obama Wants Exec Amnesty Implemented Before Americans Discover 'Grave' Consequences. On
Thursday [12/4/2014], Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) accused President Barack Obama of trying to implement his executive
amnesty that "stains our legal system and our country" before the American people figure out that the consequences
are "graver than a lot of people think" right now. He urged Congress to use its power of the purse to stop
Obama from unilaterally wiping out the nation's immigration laws.
Sneaky Tactic to Grab More Land for the Government. Congress has returned from the
mid-term elections and members are hammering out the details of the National Defense Authorization
Act. NDAA, which has passed for more than 50 years consecutively, provides policy guidance for
the U.S. defense budget. The importance of the NDAA to the defense budgeting process and its
traditional status as a "must-pass" piece of legislation makes it an inviting target for pet
projects and wasteful spending. Unfortunately, as this year's lame duck session winds down, some
lawmakers are trying to end-run the normal legislative process in a rushed, closed-door approach.
the Grey Lady, and Gullibility. [Scroll down] Finally, on Nov. 18 (a day earlier
online), the Grey Lady cleared her throat and delivered a huffy editorial. It included nearly as
many lies as words: [For example,] Republicans "were well aware of what was in the bills." This
was not even true of earlier versions, but certainly not of the 11,000-page final version, which had
to be passed so we could find what was in it. In a media-orchestrated campaign, it was hustled through
the House as if the health care system would come crashing to the ground in hours if nothing were done.
Architect: Lack of Transparency Was Key Because 'Stupidity Of The American Voter' Would Have Killed
Obamacare. Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber said that lack of transparency was a
major part of getting Obamacare passed because "the stupidity of the American voter" would have
killed the law if more people knew what was in it. Gruber, the MIT professor who served as a
technical consultant to the Obama administration during Obamacare's design, also made clear during a
panel quietly captured on video that the individual mandate, which was only upheld by the Supreme
Court because it was a tax, was not actually a tax.
vows to use executive action on immigration before new GOP Congress sworn in.
President Obama said Sunday that he plans to proceed with an executive order to ease immigration
laws before the end of the year, despite dire warnings from Republican leaders that it will damage
his relationship with the new GOP-run Congress. Mr. Obama said that he's waited a year for the
Republican-run House to act on the bipartisan immigration bill passed by the Democrat-run Senate,
and he can't wait any longer to address the country's immigration problems.
Democrats plan a legislative rush before power shifts to the GOP. Before ceding full
control of Congress to the GOP in January, Senate Democrats are planning to rush a host of critical
measures to President Obama's desk, including bills to revive dozens of expired tax breaks and avoid
a government shutdown for another year. Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) is also
aiming to chip away at a backlog of presidential nominations to the federal bench and the State
Department over the next month, although Democratic aides say they will be unable to process all of
the hundreds of pending appointments before turning the chamber over to Republicans.
to 'fast-track' evidence linking global warming to wild weather. Scientists are to
challenge the climate-change sceptics by vastly improving the speed with which they can prove links
between a heatwave or other extreme weather event and man-made changes to the atmosphere. It
typically takes about a year to determine whether human-induced global warming played a role in a
drought, storm, torrential downpour or heatwave — and how big a role it played. This
allows climate sceptics to dismiss any given extreme event as part of the "natural weather variation"
in the immediate aftermath, while campaigners automatically blame it on global warming.
to Obama: Don't use lame-duck Congress to replace Holder. Conservatives are warning
President Obama against using a lame-duck session of Congress to push through Attorney General Eric
Holder's replacement, even as the White House signals its intention to fill the post quickly.
Holder's announcement that he will resign as the nation's top law enforcement officer reverberated
Thursday [9/25/2014] around Washington, where speculation has already begun to mount about who might
fill the Cabinet position.
Lew: Decision on executive action on taxes 'in the very near future'. The Obama administration will make a decision on
executive action to prevent corporations from leaving the country in the "very near future," Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said Monday
morning [9/8/2014]. Speaking at an event on business taxes at the Urban Institute in Washington, Lew placed the responsibility on
Congress to address so-called tax inversions, but said that the administration was prepared to step in if lawmakers don't move quickly enough.
the climate hoax. A 127-page draft by the U.N. climate panel insists that humans must
drastically reduce their production of carbon dioxide because it's heating the globe. Urgent action
is needed lest "abrupt and irreversible change" result. The European Union just banned the most
effective vacuum cleaners and has announced it is about to ban powerful hair dryers, lawn mowers,
smartphones and kettles, all suspects in the continuing plot against the planet. They're
all in a hurry, but the planet isn't.
The Editor says...
Carbon dioxide is not "heating the globe." The Sun heats the
Earth, and the atmosphere keeps us from freezing at night and scorching in the afternoon. Moreover, there has
been no global warming for almost
18 years, so there is absolutely no reason to fast-track anything on the U.N.'s socialist agenda.
beware: Obama administration's hurry-up climate plan based on big distortions. Have
you ever rushed to avoid missing an offer that will expire in 30 minutes and then regretted it?
President Obama's claim that we must act immediately to prevent climate change deserves the same
careful scrutiny that we should give to our personal purchases. [...] Contrary to the president's
claims, there is no scientific consensus that climate change has driven recent weather events or
that climate change is now causing harm.
We Must Exploit Border Crisis To "Quickly" Pass Amnesty. Dems helped foster this mess
so they could try and ram amnesty legislation through Congress.
aliens in the shadows? What shadows? Congress is grappling with an emergency funding
bill to address the surge of aliens swarming the border. A bill by House Republicans would provide
less than $1 billion in stopgap spending through the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30, far less
than $3.7 billion requested by the president. A Congressional Budget Office analysis of Mr.
Obama's spending request found that only $25 million of it would actually be spent by the end of the
fiscal year, so Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, the ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee,
sensibly observes that there's no need to rush the bill.
Obama to Latinos: 'We cannot afford to wait on Congress' for immigration. First lady
Michelle Obama grabbed the political reins during a speech to the League of United Latin American
Citizens in New York City, telling the crowd of admirers not to worry — that her husband
wouldn't wait on Congress to take action on immigration reform. "So make no mistake about
it — we have to keep on fighting as hard as we can on immigration," Mrs. Obama said, to a
cheering crowd, Breitbart reported. "And as my husband has said, he's going to do whatever
administrative action it takes to fix this broken system." Mrs. Obama then vowed that Congress
wouldn't get in the way of her presidential husband's hopes for immigration change.
Obama to Latinos: We Can't Wait for Congress to Fix Immigration. In New York City, First Lady Michelle Obama spoke at the
League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) convention, promising that her husband would act on his own to fix the broken immigration
system. "So make no mistake about it, we have to keep on fighting as hard as we can on immigration," she said as the crowd cheered.
"And as my husband has said, he's going to do whatever administrative action it takes to fix this broken system."
Warn Obama Will Act Unilaterally on Immigration Reform. Top Senate Democrats are sick
of waiting for the House to take up comprehensive immigration reform. If Republicans don't
act in July, President Obama will, they warn. After all, he still has a pen and phone, right?
House Press Secretary: 'We're Not Just Going to Sit Around and Wait' for Congress to Write
Laws. President Obama, tired of waiting for Congress to act on immigration reform,
is currently exploring ways to address issues with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh
Johnson. During an interview with MSNBC's Chuck Todd, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest
explained that the Obama administration was getting impatient with Congress. "[W]e're not just
going to sit around and wait interminably for Congress," he explained. "We've been waiting a year
Murdock: Amnesty, Unlimited High-Tech Visas "Can't Wait". A day after dining with
President Barack Obama's top adviser Valerie Jarrett, Murdoch, the Chairman of the group that owns
Fox News and the Wall Street Journal, pushed for amnesty and an unlimited number of
high-tech guest-worker visas in a Wednesday op-ed in the Journal. Murdoch said his "heart
sank" when he learned that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) was ousted last week in a
primary election that was widely viewed as a referendum against amnesty legislation.
The senate is still trying to jam through
its hugely controversial cybersecurity bill. The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of
2014 "incentivizes the sharing of cybersecurity threat information between the private sector and the
government and among private sector entities," according to a press release published on Sen. Dianne
Feinstein's website on Tuesday. "It responds to the massive and growing threat to national and
economic security from cyber intrusion and attack, and seeks to improve the security of public and
private computer networks by increasing awareness of threats and defenses."
For Gop Has Just Begun. The defeat of Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) last week was unparalleled in modern
electoral history. Dave Brat, a man with almost no campaign, yet a powerful message, crushed the sitting majority
leader while being outspent 42 to 1. [...] House GOP leadership, anxious to return stability after Cantor's
shocking defeat, ordered the election for the vacant Majority Leader slot about as quickly as feasible. During
the one week campaign, McCarthy was never forced to vouch for his position on immigration, especially in light of
Instituted Common Core on the Sly. It seems like the new Common Core educational
standards suddenly appeared out of nowhere, doesn't it? All of a sudden, every kid was getting a
Common Core education. The whole thing just materialized before we got a chance to think about it!
[...] Through a combination of lavish spending by Microsoft's Bill Gates and swift movement by the
Obama administration, the Common Core standards that have now become so controversial were
instituted pretty much before anyone knew what was happening. And of course — this
is the Obama administration we're talking about — without the cumbersome, annoying intrusion
of democratic processes.
about Common Core.
Bergdahl Swap Puts Americans in Danger for Photo Op. Obama
administration officials claim they had to bypass congressional oversight and rush a deal because
of concerns about Bergdahl's health and "a window of opportunity." That window, and the hurried
nature of events, was almost certainly Barack Obama's current trip to Europe. It's impossible at
this point for outsiders to ascertain the status of Bergdahl's health. But questions about the
Obama administration's description of his ill health quickly arose from those who should know,
Calls Surge of Children Across US Border 'Urgent Humanitarian Situation'. President
Obama today [6/2/2014] declared an "urgent humanitarian situation" along the southwest U.S. border after a
sudden surge of hundreds of unaccompanied, undocumented children flowing into the country in the past
month. The declaration, made in a presidential memorandum, directs federal agencies to coordinate an
emergency response to the situation and provide the children with medical care, housing and transportation.
The Editor says...
They are coming here for free "medical care, housing, transportation, and school lunches. Don't
give them free stuff, and they won't come streaming across the border.
Romney: Not Healthy Congress Hasn't Passed Amnesty. On Friday [5/30/2014], failed 2012 GOP
presidential nominee Mitt Romney said it wasn't healthy that Congress has not passed amnesty
legislation that the Congressional Budget Office determined would lower the wages of American
workers. "I do believe it's important for us, before the presidential contest in 2016, to finally
have immigration reform in place," Romney said, according to The Des Moines Register's Jennifer
Jacobs. "I just don't think it's healthy for the country to continue to have this issue open and
unresolved, particularly with so many families that are waiting for the answers." Romney said he
was not for a "special" pathway to citizenship and reportedly added "time is running out for"
Congress to pass amnesty legislation this year.
Shuts Down 500,000 Acres. President Obama signed an executive order last week to
place 500,000 acres under the "permanent protection" of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National
Monument (OMDP) in south central New Mexico. Despite Obama's claim that "there is no time to waste
to preserve our precious resources," there was no urgency and little justification for the creation
of this federal park.
slam rushed controversial House vote. Some conservatives are up in arms over a hurried Thursday vote
on the so-called "doc fix" for Medicare, which they felt leadership tried to slip by them. The bill
passed in a 30-second voice vote with very few members on the House floor. The "doc fix" is a temporary
patch to prevent a 24 percent cut to the amount of money the government pays doctors who take care of Medicare
patients. The cut will take effect on April 1 if Congress does not move to prevent it.
Yourself For More Obama Executive Orders. Just two short months ago President Obama announced from
the White House, "I've got a pen and a phone and I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive
actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward." Obama made the statement out of his frustration
with a split Congress and a House controlled by Republicans opposed to his big government, lawless agenda.
Now, although Obama may have a pen and a phone, he doesn't seem to have much patience, especially on the issue
of immigration reform.
Obama's rush to regulate. President Obama has
ordered his officials to step on the gas and clear as much of his regulatory agenda as possible during the twilight of his time in office. The clock
is ticking, creating a sense of urgency in the administration to crank out his new rules without delay. Just a year into the president's second term,
experts and former administration officials say it is do-or-die time for scores of regulatory initiatives across the federal government that could shape
his legacy. So Obama is spurring agencies on.
Arguments in ATF Agent's Case Against The Government Begin and End Today. The closing arguments in Dobyns v. USA are set to take place
this morning at the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Tucson, Arizona. Former ATF Special Agent Jay Dobyns has been suing the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and
Firearms for more than a year after the agency failed to properly provide protection for himself and his family. His battle with the government has
spanned over the course of a decade.
before passing it would have been a waste of time. During the original debate over Obamacare, we saw some of the perils behind amateur
attempts to read and decipher complicated legislation. A cottage industry of genuine misunderstandings arose — although those who
tried to read those thousands of pages deserve credit for trying when most members of Congress never did. But some of Obamacare's provisions
are very simple and can confuse no one — for example, its deadlines.
spenders 'ripped' appropriations bill out of hands of junior congressman, Cynthia Lummis says. Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo.,
shook the dust off her feet as she left the House Appropriations Committee, which she described as dominated by a few arrogant members who
lack respect for conservatives on the panel. "We were not even allowed to read the report language after we had voted for our product
in subcommittee. They were ripped out of our hands, and I'm not exaggerating. That was just offensive," Lummis told Roll Call.
Obama Wants Mayors To Help
Him Bypass Congress. President Obama told a group of mayors at the White House on Thursday [1/23/2014] that he's relying
on them to help advance his agenda when Congress won't act. "I want to work with Congress whenever and wherever I can. But
the one thing I'm emphasizing to all my Cabinet members is we're not going to wait," Obama told a group of 250 mayors at the White
House. "Where Congress is debating things and hasn't been able to pull the trigger on stuff, my administration's going to move
forward, and we're going to ... do it in partnership with all of you."
More Than 30 Minutes to Vote Is Unacceptable, Obama's Elections Commission Concludes. "No citizen should have to wait more
than 30 minutes to vote." That's one of the dozens of recommendations and "best practices" issued Wednesday by the President
Obama's Commission on Election Administration. "Our mission in this report was to improve the voter experience," commission co-chair
Benjamin Ginsburg told MSNBC on Wednesday night [1/22/2014].
ObamaCare Puts 'Entire Health Insurance Industry At Risk'. A procurement document
posted on a federal website, but little noticed by the press, depicts an administration desperate to immediately replace CGI, the key
contractor behind Healthcare.gov, with Accenture. The need was so immediate, the document says, that the usual competitive bidding
process had to be dispensed with. Why the urgency? It turns out that after three years, CGI still hadn't built the "financial
management platform" needed to track eligibility and enrollment, account for subsidy payments, and produce accurate "risk adjustment"
forecasts. As a result, the document says, "the entire healthcare reform program is jeopardized."
Warmists Pivot to Climate Adaptation.
[Scroll down] Climate alarmists, however, are outraged by the idea of postponing action, which they portray as burdening our children and
grandchildren with our unsolved problems. Money spent now! is evidence of superior moral character. (The "policy initiative"
most characteristic of Barack Obama's presidency is labeled "We Can't Wait!")
Dem Lawmaker Admits
'Nobody' Read $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill Before Passing it. On Thursday [1/16/2014], the House passed the $1.1 trillion spending bill that
increases government spending by $44.8 billion and the Senate voted overwhelmingly to approve the spending bill on Friday. This reaffirms that our
government is presently uncommitted to controlling spending.
Feds Release Details of 'Urgent'
New Healthcare.gov Contract. Newly released documents reveal the anxieties of the Department of Health and Human
Services (HHS) about Healthcare.gov, which warn that failure to finish the website puts the entire health insurance industry at
risk. The HHS released documents relating to its new contract to maintain the federal health exchange on Wednesday, justifying
its reasons to expedite the procurement process because of an urgent need for the website to work.
$1.1 trillion spending bill and no one knows what's in it. The House approved the $1.1 trillion spending bill in near
record time. The 1500 page bill contains all sorts of stuff that no one has a clue about because unless you're a graduate
of the Eveyln Wood speed reading course, you didn't have much of a chance to study it. So the 359-67 rout of the forces of prudence
and common sense is understandable in the context that no one much cares where your money is going and little effort is made to deal
with our spending crisis.
Rep. Connolly Read 1,582-Pg. $1.1T Bill: 'I'm Not Going to Dignify That Question With an Answer'. When asked whether he read
the entire 1,582-page, $1.1-trillion government spending bill before he voted for it yesterday, Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.) said
he would "not dignify that question with an answer."
Tea Party, Conservative Groups Blast Rushed Passage of $1.1 Trillion Omnibus Deal.
Local and national Tea Party groups joined Heritage Action and the Club for Growth on Tuesday in blasting the bipartisan $1.1 trillion
Omnibus budget deal that was introduced in the House of Representatives late Monday night [1/13/2014] and could be scheduled for a final
vote as early as Wednesday. In statements released Tuesday, Heritage Action, the Club for Growth, and the Tea Party Patriots announced
their strong opposition to the hurried passage of the budget deal.
Who Read 1,582-Page
$1.1T Spending Bill? Congressman: 'Nobody Did'. When asked whether he read the 1,528-page, $1.1 trillion government
spending bill before he voted for it yesterday, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) said, "Nobody did!" On Capitol Hill on Thursday [1/16/2014],
CNSNews.com asked Blumenauer: "The omnibus bill yesterday, it was 1,582 pages, did you have a chance to read all the pages
before voting on it?" Blumenauer laughed and said: "Nobody did!"
Republicans About to Vote on Trillion-Dollar Spending Bill They Haven't Read. Last month, the Paul Ryan-Patty Murray
discretionary spending bill was unveiled. Sort of unveiled, anyway: it didn't actually exist, but was summarized in a
series of bullet points. Now the bill has taken tangible form. [...] The bill is advertised at $1.1 trillion, but in the
brief time available, Republican Senate staffers have found that it actually spends $18 billion more than that. The bill
includes $18 billion in "CHIMPS," which are "reductions" in spending that never would have happened in any event, which are
used to offset actual spending increases.
Obama to Congress: We're not waiting for
legislation. President Barack Obama sent a message to Congress Tuesday [1/14/2014]: He plans to use his power whenever he can to
move his agenda forward. "We are not just going to be waiting for a legislation in order to make sure that we're providing Americans
the kind of help that they need," Obama said before a Cabinet meeting. "I've got a pen and I've got a phone — and I can
use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward."
Pfeiffer: 'President Obama is ready to use every executive action available'. White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer sent an
e-mail early Tuesday to preview President Obama's plan to use his executive power in ways Americans have never seen before. "President
Obama has a resolution for 2014: That this will be a year of action," Pfeiffer said in the e-mail, pointing out that Obama would no
longer be waiting around for Congress to get things done.
The Washington Post phrases it a little differently:
to press jobs agenda with executive actions. With two weeks left before delivering an economy-focused State of the Union address
to Congress, Obama is picking up the pace of his jobs message and demonstrating how he can advance his economic agenda administratively and
through his ability to coax action from important interest groups.
All the President's On-the-Job Training. One of the aspects that
makes Obamacare unique is its destructive speed. It took decades for the notion that FDR's Social Security was an insolvent Ponzi scheme to reach
fruition. LBJ passed his Great Society programs in the mid-'60s; it took about two decades before President Reagan could accurately point out,
"In the sixties we waged a war on poverty, and poverty won."
Underway in New York. Nearly a year ago, the New York legislature passed the toughest gun control law in the country
known as the S.A.F.E. Act. It was rushed through in the middle of the night and as soon as it landed on Governor Cuomo's desk,
he signed it without asking questions. Now, local and state government are taking the opportunity to crack down on regulations
already on the books which means for many, turn in your guns or leave.
TSA. In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, the United States took a number of rapid actions. One was the passage of the
Patriot Act, which I regarded as a mistake then, and which doesn't seem much better now. Another was the creation of the Department of
Homeland Security, a bureaucratic monstrosity that doesn't seem to have done much to keep us actually, you know, safer. And another was
the federal takeover of aviation security by the Transportation Security Administration, which also seems to have been a bust.
The goal of Obama's foreign
policy. It isn't surprising that the US and the other five powers signed a deal with Iran on Saturday [11/23/2013].
Over the past few weeks, US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry made it clear that they were committed to signing
a deal with Iran as quickly as possible.
Aliens Hounding GOP Rep from One Town Hall to Another. Pro-amnesty activists are acting "with an increased sense of urgency"
these days, the New York Times' Ashley Parker reported on Saturday [11/23/2013]. The "urgency" of these activists is such that they are
repeatedly sending the same groups of illegal aliens to a certain congressman's town hall events to garner some rank-and-file GOP support for
The Very Useful
Lesson of Obama's Judicial Power Grab. It's no secret that President Obama was behind the push to end the filibuster as a
means of blocking nominees for U.S. appeals court judgeships. At a fundraiser earlier this month, he told liberal donors that he is
"remaking the courts." Recognizing that the filibuster stood in the way of a full radical makeover, Obama personally lobbied three
Democratic Senators who were undecided about whether to eliminate it. Obama reportedly told them "how important this was to him and
our ability to get anything done for the rest of the term."
Senate Rules for Radicals. Majority
Leader Harry Reid broke a GOP filibuster of a judicial nominee on a 52-48 vote. He was prodded by the Democratic Senate classes of
2006-2012, younger liberals in a hurry like Al Franken (Minnesota), Jeff Merkley (Oregon) and Jeanne Shaheen (New Hampshire). These are
the same liberals who enjoyed a rare 60-vote supermajority in 2009-2010 when they rammed through ObamaCare without a single Republican vote.
They view the minority as an inconvenience to be rolled.
Under Attack on All Sides,
Obama Democrats Return to Ramming Speed. It would seem to be a rather unfortunate time for Democrats in Washington to make a naked power
grab. Americans already don't trust them with the powers they have amid the ObamaCare crash and nobody likes to see politicians do anything naked.
At all. Whatever one thinks about the Republican habit of blockading President Obama's judicial nominees [...] the moment doesn't seem
quite right for the unpopular party in power to start throwing its weight around.
While Obama Remakes the Courts, Harry Reid Wants
to Remake the Senate. Every few months, it seems, Harry Reid (D-NV) threatens to upend the Senate so that he can push something through
without following the rules. This time, it's the President's judicial nominees.
Senate Dems weaken GOP power with major
filibuster rule change. Senate Democrats bowled over Republicans on Thursday to win approval for a highly controversial rule change which
would limit the GOP's ability to block nominees, in a move Republicans called a "raw power grab." "It's a sad day in the history of the Senate,"
Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said after the vote. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., moving quickly following days of speculation,
used the so-called "nuclear option" to pass the change. Typically, major changes like this take 67 votes, but he did it with just a simple
Senate Dems go 'nuclear,' eliminate filibuster of presidential
nominees. The change, approved 52-48, would prevent the minority party from using the filibuster to stall most presidential nominations,
though it would not eliminate the use of the filibuster on Supreme Court nominees or legislation. Judicial and Executive Branch nominees once
needed 60 votes to advance to an up-or-down vote on the Senate floor, giving Republicans an opportunity to block them. Under the rule change, only
a simple majority would be needed to advance the nominees, so that Democrats, who control 55 votes, can do so without Republican interference.
Senate votes to limit filibuster after Reid goes
nuclear. The Senate voted Thursday to change its rules to prevent the minority party from filibustering any nominations other than nods to
the Supreme Court. The change was approved after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) triggered the "nuclear option," which allows a change to
Senate rules by majority vote. The 52-48 vote dramatically changes the rules of the Senate and limits the minority party's ability to prevent
confirmation of presidential nominees.
Harry Reid's Nuclear Hypocrisy. On
Monday [11/18/2013], for the third time in less than a month, Senate Republicans filibustered an Obama nominee to the Court of Appeals for the D.C.
Circuit. That's the court that's checked the president more than once, as when it said he couldn't make "recess appointments" when the Senate
wasn't in recess. So in a Tuesday closed-door lunch, Reid moved closer to ending the practice, [...]
Democrats trigger 'nuclear' option; eliminate most filibusters on nominees. Senate Democrats took the dramatic step Thursday of
eliminating filibusters for most nominations by presidents, a power play they said was necessary to fix a broken system but one that Republicans
said will only rupture it further. Democrats used a rare parliamentary move to change the rules so that federal judicial nominees and
executive-office appointments can advance to confirmation votes by a simple majority of senators, rather than the 60-vote supermajority that
has been the standard for nearly four decades.
Reid in 2008: 'As Long As I Am
The Leader' We Will Not Have a Nuclear Option. Sen. Harry Reid (D., Nev.) said in a 2008 interview that as long as he was the Senate
Majority Leader, the nuclear option would never happen under his watch. "As long as I am the Leader, the answer's no," he said. "I think
we should just forget that. That is a black chapter in the history of the Senate. I hope we never, ever get to that again because I really
do believe it will ruin our country.
52 Democrats Change
Two-Century-Old Senate Rule: Abolish Filibuster of Nominees. Sweeping aside a century of precedent, Democrats took a chunk out of
the Senate's hallowed filibuster tradition on Thursday [11/21/2013] and cleared the way for speedy confirmation of controversial appointments
made by President Barack Obama and chief executives in the future.
Tried to Make Obamacare Repeal-Proof. [Scroll down] Democrats rushed the bill through Congress because they knew it did not
have to be perfect. It did not have to satisfy the left's demand for a "public option," and it did not even have to work (which is also
why Obama neglected its implementation). As Creamer advised, the Affordable Care Act was "a starter house that can be expanded."
Once in place, it could only be expanded. It would never be destroyed. Republicans wouldn't dare.
Interior secretary says Obama may bypass Congress
on monuments. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says she will recommend that President Obama act alone if necessary to create new national
monuments and sidestep a gridlocked Congress that has failed to address dozens of public lands bills. Jewell said the logjam on Capitol Hill has
created a conservation backlog, and she warned that the Obama administration would not "hold its breath forever" waiting for lawmakers to act.
Obamacare Will Be
Repealed Well In Advance Of The 2014 Elections. Prediction: even if HealthCare.gov is fixed by the end of the month (unlikely),
Obamacare is going to be repealed well in advance of next year's election. And if the website continues to fail, the push for repeal — from
endangered Democrats — will occur very rapidly. The website is a sideshow: the real action is the number of people and businesses who
are losing their health plans or having to pay a lot more. Fixing the website will only delay the inevitable.
Sebelius: Obamacare "delay is not an
option". Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Wednesday [11/6/2013] told Congress that it isn't worth
delaying the implementation of new Obamacare rules, or taking down the botched HealthCare.gov website, in spite of the ongoing problems.
"Delaying the Affordable Care Act wouldn't delay people's cancer or diabetes or Parkinson's," Sebelius testified to the Senate Finance Committee.
"For millions of Americans, delay is not an option."
The Editor says...
Obamacare medical insurance itself is not an option. That in itself is tyranny. Your health is your own business, not the government's.
No Fast Track for Obama's Next Power
Grab. President Obama is seeking power the Constitution has assigned to Congress. Soon, he will formally ask Congress to surrender its
constitutional authority and grant him "Fast Track" Trade Promotion Authority. And House Republicans are inexplicably ready to give it to him.
Freedom of the Press is now an Entitlement?
Diane Feinstein and a few other well meaning Senators are in the process of defining who qualifies for 1st Amendment rights, or privileges as she put it, as
the Senate Judiciary Committee attempts to iron out a "shield law for reporters or journalists" from having to divulge their sources. This rush for an
immediate fix regarding the press has nothing to do with a recent scandal in which the NSA ran rough shod over individual rights or private records and which
the Justice Department claimed to have no knowledge; no there's no connection, move along.
Port Authority unfairly fast-tracked
toll hikes, report says. The Port Authority fast-tracked the approval of multiple toll hikes — the third of which is only
three months away — without giving the public enough notice or input, the investigative arm of Congress said in a report released
Friday [9/13/2013]. The study by the Government Accountability Office backs up critics who complained about the single day of public
hearings in 2011 that preceded a quick vote on the largest toll increase in the agency's history.
Wyoming Corruption Disturbingly Reflective of
Washington. Unable to maintain their despicable pork-barrel pipeline by which enormous public funds have been squandered under the auspices of
"education," and resentful of her opposition to increasing federal intrusion into education, [Cindy] Hill's enemies reacted by instituting "Senate File 104."
This scheme involved the State Legislature in a collaborative effort to supplant Hill's decision making authority by diverting it to a newly established education
Czar who is appointed by the Governor. Despite enormous public disapproval, SF 104 was ramrodded through the legislature in the early days of the 2013
session amid abbreviated public hearings and a highly suspicious "fast track" to the desk of Governor Matt Mead, who quickly signed it into law.
Obama: Marxist Revolutionary. Under Obama,
we have seen the Constitution violated on an almost daily basis. Laws that the public overwhelmingly disapproves of are
passed regulary by a renegade Congress that consistently violates its own rules in the process. Huge bills are amassed, so big
and introduced and voted on so quickly, that no one has time to read them, to know what they will require from us, and what the
consequences of these radical rules will be.
The Internet Sales Tax Rush.
Every time Congress has taken a serious look at proposals to boost Internet sales taxes, it has rejected them. That's probably why
pro-tax Senators are trying to rush through an online tax hike with as little consideration as possible.
Senators Got 154-Page 'Fiscal
Cliff' Bill 3 Minutes Before Voting on It. The U.S. Senate voted 89-8 to approve legislation to avoid the fiscal cliff
despite having only 3 minutes to read the 154-page bill and budget score. Multiple Senate sources have confirmed to CNSNews.com
that senators received the bill at approximately 1:36 AM on Jan. 1, 2013 — a mere three minutes before they voted to
approve it at 1:39 AM.
Cuomo signs flatly unconstitutional gun control law. [Scroll down] But
the content of the legislation is taking a back seat to the imaginary need to get it passed as quickly as possible. The
state Senate passed the measure without any debate on the bill, and Governor Cuomo has dispensed with the three-day public review
law in an attempt to avoid public debate on the topic.
Libya and Lies. What has this man not deceived the public
about? [...] Remember his pledge to have a "transparent" government that would post its legislative proposals on the Internet several days before
Congress was to vote on them, so that everybody would know what was happening? This was followed by an Obamacare bill so huge and passed so fast
that even members of Congress did not have time to read it.
Forrest Gump at Treasury.
Senate Democrats are in a hurry to confirm Jack Lew as Secretary of the Treasury before anyone notices his biography. Otherwise,
liberal lawmakers might be embarrassed voting for a man who represents everything they've been campaigning against.
Hurry Up and
Wait. For the past year, Obama has been demanding that Congress enact his so-called reform
immediately. Last July, it had to be done before the August recess. Then, after Democrats
suffered big losses at the polls in November, it had to be done by the end of the year. It was so
urgent that the House stayed in session late into Saturday night after Election Day, and the Senate actually
voted on Christmas Eve. "Slow down!" shouted the voters of Massachusetts.
Why The Rush? A
pattern is emerging for this new presidency. The more radical and far-reaching the plan, the less
time the public gets to debate it.
Desperation Does Not Become Him. Politics
is a fickle game and political capital a currency in flux. The same Barack Obama who ascended to the Presidency
amid adulation befitting a rock star six months ago is now desperate to regain momentum for the passage of his
government-run healthcare plan. But with approval numbers lower than Jimmy Carter's were at this same point
in the Carter presidency, Obama finds himself at odds not only with Republicans but with members of his own party
Unseemly haste, thy name
is Obama. What's the hurry? "I need $800 billion and I need it now, today." Thus President
Obama (summa dixit) shortly after taking office last winter. Maybe it's all part of what Governor Mitch Daniels has
called the Obama administration's "shock and awe statism": startle the punters with outrageous demands. Then
tell them you want them met immediately ... "Don't bother reading the bill, just give me the money." It really was a
breathtaking performance. He almost got away with it.
'What is it we don't want the American people to see?'. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-OK, stopped the Senate dead in its
tracks yesterday [10/14/2009] and posed a question that made many of his colleagues squirm in their seats: "What is it
we don't want the American people to see?" The Oklahoma Republican was referring to a Senate-House conference committee's
decision to drop from the $33.5 billion energy and water appropriations bill, a Coburn-backed provision approved
unanimously by the Senate in July.
Save the Constitution, Liberals Must First Destroy It. Although Ray Bradbury's dystopic world of
Fahrenheit 451 book banning has not yet become reality, that day may arrive sooner rather than later in
view of the Obama administration's rush to control not only physical property such as banks, auto manufacturers,
hospitals, drug companies and the like, but also intellectual real estate such as thoughts and ideas.
is leading us into Marxism. Have you wondered why Obama is pushing so many huge issues so
fast? Do you question the need for a so-called global-warming tax, as record low temperatures are
recorded worldwide? Wonder why the so-called health reform bill wasn't even read by most of our
representatives? Do you wonder why they are trying to deepen our economic problems by printing
money as fast as they can causing the dollar to collapse? Look back at history, the Nazis used
this same method in their rise to power.
Top 10 Reasons Obamacare Is Wrong for America:
[#10] Rushing It, Not Reading It: We've been down this road before — with the failed stimulus
package. Back then, we also heard that we were in a crisis and that we needed to pass a 1,000-plus-page
bill in a few hours — without reading it — or we would have 8% unemployment.
is the only reason to rush through a bill nobody truly understands.
Obama rallies illegals, immigrants against
GOP. People who support legalizing the 11.5 million illegal immigrants should focus their energies on lobbying Congress
and on the 2014 election, President Barack Obama declared in a San Francisco speech Monday [11/25/2013]. "If in fact I could solve
all these problems without passing laws in Congress, then I would do so," he told a heckler who urged him to stop deporting illegals.
House will slow Senate's rush
to pass immigration bill. House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., signaled today that he will schedule a lengthier
process for the Gang of Eight's immigration reform proposal than the Senate intends provide. "Since the Senate bill is so large and the
issue so complex, the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on this legislation soon to consider its merits and flaws," Goodlatte said in
a statement today. "One way to do this is for the House to examine these issues in a step-by-step process. [...]"
Giant Bills Make Bad Laws. The Gang of
Eight — four Democratic and four Republican U.S. senators — have been meeting behind closed doors since January to
produce "comprehensive immigration reform." That will mean a multi-thousand-page bill that no one reads. You know the
saying "fool me twice." Americans got bamboozled in 2010, when the 2,572 page Obama health law was rushed through Congress
unread. The surprises buried in that law are causing havoc.
Inside the Amnesty Bill? We've Got to Pass it to Find Out. It is the nature of comprehensive reform of any kind that so much is slipped
in, or reinterpreted by the bureaucrats who write the rules, or otherwise disguised or hidden, that, like Obamacare, we really won't know what's
in the bill until it is passed and implemented. [...] At one time, the United States Senate was known as "The world's most deliberative body."
What can you say about them now?
Why Is Congress
Rushing A Bad Immigration Bill? The Senate's Democratic leadership and bipartisan Gang of Eight were in such a hurry to stop
debate on their 1,200-page immigration bill that they didn't want anyone to read it. It's the latest in a long line of political
travesties that threaten the future of our 237-year-old republic. Sadly, those who pass our laws can't be bothered even to read
them these days. But if they did, they might be shocked to discover that the "Immigration Reform Bill," after the Corker-Hoeven amendment,
has turned into a giant piñata stuffed with all kinds of hidden pork and goodies to make it easier for senators to choke down.
Day: 'Gang of Eight' Republicans, Once Critical of Obamacare, Go All-In. The Senate is expected to vote on the 1200 page immigration bill on
Monday afternoon [6/24/2013]. The new immigration legislation, which incorporates changes from the Corker — Hoeven amendment, was dumped on the
laps of Senate staffs on Friday, leaving members and their offices 75 hours to read through all the pages.
Democrats to Shut Off Debate On a Bill No
One Has Read. Tomorrow [6/24/2013], Harry Reid will call for cloture on the Gang of Eight's immigration bill as amended by Corker-Hoeven, a 1,200-page
bill that no one — literally no one, given the fact that it was drafted by committee — has read. It is a remarkable moment in
Drunk on Amnesty. One of the reasons for that speed is that Gang of
Eight proponents don't want the American people to know what's in the bill — the same way they didn't want us to read the last bill they passed in
a blind haste, ObamaCare. (And look how that's working out.)
Legalize Illegal Immigrants So They Can Fund Border Security. On Thursday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said one reason illegal
immigrants must be legalized as soon as possible is so they can help fund border security measures by paying taxes and fines.
During an interview on "The Andrea Tantaros Show," Rubio, as Byron York points out, first said there was no choice but to legalize at
least 11 million illegal immigrants because he said the country "cannot wait another four years" to enact immigration reform.
Senate skips details in rush to pass
immigration bill. Among other things, the bill sets pay scales for "Animal Breeders; Graders and Sorters; Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and
Greenhouse; and Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch and Aquacultural Animals." The Gang dictates, for example, that graders and sorters will be paid $9.84 an hour in
2016, equipment operators $11.58 in 2015, and nursery and greenhouse workers $9.64 in 2016. Despite the bill's far-reaching scope and extraordinary level of
detail, Democrats are trying to move it through the Senate with unusual speed.
That's it? That's your hearing?
The hearing lasted for about two hours and was limited to one round of questions for two witnesses — economist Douglas
Holtz-Eakin (who supports the bill) and Peter Kirsanow of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission (who opposes it). Both witnesses were
good. But, as Kirsanow testified, they had received the nearly 900-pager only about two days ago, and thus lacked anything close to
enough time to review and analyze it sufficiently. Given this fact, and the brevity of the proceeding, the hearing was a farce.
Immigration Reform: The Truth Challenged and Useful Idiot Sen. Marco Rubio.
Immigration is back in the headlines this week. ABC News is reporting the senators from the bipartisan "Gang of Eight" are expected to
unveil their comprehensive immigration bill, on Tuesday. Reportedly the bill is about 1,500 pages in length and "includes a pathway
to citizenship for many of the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S." Like ObamaCare, it appears the bill will have
to pass before anyone knows what is really in it.
Page Immigration Bill to Drop One Day Before [its] Only Hearing?. According to an ABC News report, senators from the bipartisan "Gang of Eight"
pushing immigration reform are expected to drop their bill, estimated at around 1,500 pages, on Tuesday [4/16/2013], mere hours before the only scheduled
Senate hearing on the topic.
union head [comments] on immigration reform. Chris Crane, ICE officer and National ICE Council president representing 7,000 ICE agents,
officers, and employees, expressed concern in a statement issued Friday [3/22/2013] that the "the immigration bill being crafted behind closed
doors" by the bipartisan "Gang of Eight" senators "will be rushed to passage without proper public consideration and proper input from the law
Wisely and Slow. The Nancy Pelosi
approach to lawmaking — pass the bill to find out what's in it — is no way to go about repairing our defective
Obama's Alinsky Tactics Go into
Overdrive. One day it's voting rights; the next day, gun control and immigration reform; then health care; then student
loans; then climate change; then oil drilling; then the coal industry; then gay marriage; then minimum-wage and living-wage laws; then a
brain research initiative. [...] Above all, it is vital to understand that none of this "hyperactivity" is random or accidental.
Every single, solitary bit of it has been carefully planned and orchestrated by Obama and his political allies, for the purpose of
advancing the transformational change the president so zealously seeks to impose on America by means of the tactics taught by the late,
famed godfather of community organizing, Saul Alinsky.
Rush?! What should we label this administration? Democrat? No. They
seem different than the olden-day Democrats. Progressive? Isn't that just a fancy name for
Neo-Communist?! Well, whatever the label that history will lay on them, they are America Haters.
They are Freedom Haters. They are People Haters. And, many of them are God Haters.
And, they are in a big, big hurry! ... because they are hoping to CHANGE our country from a
Capitalist nation to a Socialist nation before anyone notices! And, before the 2010 election!
Taxes and Spending:
Straws And Our Tired Back. Some of the more naïve who voted for Obama were taken back by
his sudden rush to take over insurance companies, banks, student loans, and the auto industry.
Without the Consent of the Governed.
Now that Obama & Co. have found the legislative mechanisms to subvert the Law of the Land on the federal health
care grab, they intend to rush forward with the passage of "financial reform" — "energy reform" — and
"Immigration reform" — none of which are any type of "reform." ... They plan to advance their anti-American
agenda no matter how many stand opposed, and in such a manner that it can never be reversed.
Immigration Bill Expected to Be About
1500 Pages. The immigration bill is expected to be about 1500 pages. What could possibly go wrong with that? Will
they even read it? I know we won't because the process isn't transparent. Senator Leahy said he might consider having one hearing
on this massive bill.
Insidious War on the Middle Class: Like a PacMan gobbling up everything in sight, going after folks
making more than $250,000 a year is not enough to satisfy Obama's insatiable appetite for money and power. He
wants more. Although it means breaking a campaign promise to only tax the "rich," Obama's mad rush for
revenue to fund his social engineering has transformed his agenda into a war against the middle class.
Despite Obama's Repeated Claims of Urgency,
78 Percent of Money Remained Unspent. After his election last November and until
the $787-billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was passed in February, President Barack Obama
repeatedly insisted that it was urgent for Congress to enact his economic "recovery" bill immediately.
Yet, by the end of fiscal 2009 fully 78 percent of the federal spending authorized by that bill
had not yet taken place, according to the Government Accountability Office.
We need an IQ test for
politicians. The debacle over New York's rushed-through gun bill is one example of what happens when enthusiasm meets stupid.
But another is to be found in Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), who supports a ban on full-capacity magazines without understanding what a magazine
New York's 'SAFE' Act:
The 'Rape' of the Second Amendment. In January, the New York State Legislature passed the Orwellian-sounding "SAFE" (Secure
Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement) Act. The act was debated in closed session without committee hearings, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo
signed it into law within an hour of its passage — after waiving the required three-day public comment period.
New York Gun Owners [Defy] "Assault Weapons"
Registration Law. New York Governor Cuomo the Junior may have rushed through his new gun control law with such speed that police
will avoid its restrictions only through the blessed miracle of selective enforcement, but he may have a little trouble getting the state's
firearms owners to attend his party.
York Passed a Gun Control Law So They Could See What Was in It. Earlier this week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo rushed to
sign sweeping and extremely restrictive gun control legislation into law. Negotiations were made behind closed doors in the middle
of the night, debate was rushed, public input was ignored and the votes were taken.
Democrats Ram Through Sweeping Gun Control on Good Friday. While many Americans were paying attention to things other than
politics on Good Friday, Maryland's Democrat delegates were ramming through Gov. Martin O'Malley's gun grabbing legislation S.B. 281.
This measure is an "assault weapons" ban which is so draconian that it punishes law-abiding gun owners whose guns are stolen from their homes.
Cuomo: Gun Control Would Have Never Happened If Public Was Allowed to Review It.
In order to pass the New York SAFE Act, which substantially erodes a citizens Constitutionally granted Second Amendment right to bear
arms, Governor Cuomo had to circumvent his own state Constitution. That document has an amendment requiring a three-day public
review of all laws. By issuing a "Message of Necessity", Cuomo was able to pass the law without public scrutiny, with the Senate
actually voting on the bill a mere 30 minutes after receiving it. The process led to State Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin to
say that, "Moscow would be proud of our state Legislature and Executive Chamber, but every New Yorker should be outraged."
Obama on the 'urgency' of combating 'global
warming'. Few challenges facing America and the world are less urgent than combating the nonproblem of "global
warming". [...] On all measures, global temperatures have been falling for seven full years since late 2001. The January-to-January
fall in temperatures between 2007 and 2008 was the greatest since global temperature records were first compiled in 1880, 128 years
ago. The rate of new Arctic sea-ice formation in mid-October 2008 was among the fastest since satellite records began almost
30 years ago. There has been no decline whatsoever in the total global extent of sea ice since satellite records began.
Administration to Stop EPA Takeover of Ponds, Ditches, Streams. Lawmakers are urging Environmental Protection Agency Administrator
Gina McCarthy and the White House to put the brakes on rulemaking that would drastically expand the agency's jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act.
The redefinition of "waters of the United States" would include all ponds, lakes, wetlands and natural or manmade streams that have any effect on
downstream navigable waters — whether on public lands or private property. [...] In a fast-tracking move, the EPA sent its draft rulemaking
proposal to the White House for approval before the scientific study on which the changes are based was peer reviewed.
delays EPA reach into wetlands. Plans to rush through the House of Representatives legislation
that would expand the scope of the Clean Water Act, the main tool for keeping the nation's waters clean, have
proved to be too ambitious. Rep. James L. Oberstar, chairman of the House Transportation and
Infrastructure Committee, last week shelved his goal of introducing and passing his water legislation
before Congress goes on vacation Friday [12/18/2009].
EPA Rushes to Impose New Ethanol Mandate. Oral arguments began last week on another controversial Obama Administration
policy. It's not Obamacare in the Supreme Court, but the outcome will affect a major sector of the economy: energy. In
particular, the fuel most Americans use daily.
Leaders Break 72-Hr Pledge. The House Republican leaders today [3/6/2013] rushed through a vote on a 269-page $982-billion
continuing resolution (CR) to fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal 2013 in direct violation of a pledge they made to
the American people to post bills online for at least 72 hours before voting on them.
"Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians" for 2011. [Scroll down] Solyndra was once known as the poster child for the Obama
administration's massive "green energy" initiative, but it has become the poster child for the corruption that ensues when the government
meddles in the private sector. Solyndra filed for bankruptcy in September 2011, leaving 1,100 workers without jobs and the American
taxpayers on the hook for $535 million thanks to an Obama administration stimulus loan guarantee. Despite the Obama
administration's reticence to release details regarding this scandal, much is known about this shady deal. White House officials warned
the president that the Department of Energy's loan guarantee program was "dangerously short on due diligence," nonetheless the Obama
administration rushed the Solyndra loan through the approval process so it could make a splash at a press event.
Watch Announces List of Washington's "Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians" for 2011. White House officials warned the president that the
Department of Energy's loan guarantee program was "dangerously short on due diligence," nonetheless the Obama administration rushed the Solyndra loan
through the approval process so it could make a splash at a press event. The company's main financial backer was a major Obama campaign donor
named George Kaiser. While the White House said Kaiser never discussed the loan with White House officials, the evidence suggests this is a lie.
Department approves $4.7 billion in solar loan guarantees. The Energy Department finalized
Friday more than $4.7 billion in loan guarantees for four solar projects, bringing an embattled
stimulus-law program aimed at financing renewable energy projects to a close. The approvals come amid
objections from House Republicans, who have alleged that the department was rushing to finalize the loan
guarantees before the program expired Friday.
Government officials rushed $535 million to Solyndra because the Obama administration was determined
to make the company the centerpiece of its green agenda regardless of the law of supply and demand.
Billions more have been wasted by politicians betting on favored companies and making Washington bigger,
using the brute force of government to force liberal preferences into the economy. Mr. Obama calls
them "investments," but this is really venture socialism.
Solyndra Scandal and the Future of Green Energy. An investigation by the Energy and Commerce
Committee has revealed that, for political reasons, the White House rushed a $528 billion federal loan to
solar firm Solyndra, which went bankrupt two weeks ago. Taxpayers should be outraged. Not just
about Solyndra, but about the inherent corruption of government's entire push to pick winners and losers
in the energy sector, and micromanage the economy in general.
Nation. To find a metaphor for the failed Obama presidency, look no further
than Solyndra. ... "Keep up the good work!" wrote an administration official to a Solyndra
executive last May. "We're cheering for you." That was before the bankruptcy
filing. Before the 1,100 lost jobs and the empty 650,000-square-foot production facility
in Fremont, California. Before the FBI raid of Solyndra headquarters. Before the
House Energy Committee released emails suggesting the Solyndra loan was rushed and improperly
vetted. These days the White House is tight-lipped. The only cheering comes from
Republicans sensing a possible Obama scandal.
Is Solar Power Dead in
the Water? Congress's rush to embrace solar power is having some unintended consequences. It will turn
over a large chunk of federal land to private energy companies, and it may involve withdrawing billions of gallons of water
from sensitive desert habitat.
Mean Green Killing Machines. Advocacy groups claim the
federal government's rush to promote renewable energy projects — to which the Obama administration has
steered billions in taxpayer funding — has led it to ignore long-standing guidelines and processes
designed to safeguard protected species and cultural artifacts.
The PATRIOT Act:
The Patriot Act
reduces privacy and undercuts judicial review. The assumption has been
that there was simply too much liberty and privacy in America — and that federal
law-enforcement agencies did not have enough power. To remedy that perceived problem,
policymakers rushed the USA Patriot Act into law. The Patriot Act was designed to reduce privacy
and increase security. It has succeeded in at least reducing privacy. Financial privacy
is essentially gone. The feds have turned banks, brokerage houses, insurers and other
financial institutions into state informers.
slip Patriot Act extension into jobs bill. Senate Democrats on Thursday [2/11/2010] proposed a
new, stripped-down version of their jobs bill in hopes of getting it through Congress quickly.
makes rare use of autopen to sign highway funding bill. President Obama signed a two-week extension of highway funding
Friday [11/20/2015] using a so-called autopen, controversial technology that reproduces the president's signature. The White
House said Obama, who is in Malaysia, authorized his signature to be placed on the measure "given the need for this extension and
given the fact that the president is on the other side of the Pacific Ocean."
Is It OK for a President to Autopen a Bill Into Law? With the Patriot Act set to expire last
night, President Obama signed legislation extending it — from France — as first reported by ABC News.
How did he do that? Using an autopen, of course. Is that allowed?
Congressman questions Patriot Act
"autopen" signature. Republican Rep. Tom Graves of Georgia sent President Obama a letter today
questioning the constitutionality of the president's use of a device called an autopen to sign into law an
extension of the Patriot Act. Congress passed the bill Thursday night, shortly before certain provisions
of the Patriot Act were set to expire. However, Mr. Obama could not sign the bill right away in person,
since he was in Europe for the G8 Summit. In order to sign the bill before the measures expired, he
authorized the use of the autopen machine, which holds a pen and signs his actual signature.
"Signs" Patriot Act Extension From Afar — Via Autopen. On Thursday, May 6
Congress passed a four-year extension of the unconstitutional powers included in the Patriot Act. These
unprecedented powers include allowing the federal government to search records and use wiretaps of terrorism
suspects without satisfying the conditions of the Fourth Amendment. The House of Representatives and
the Senate rushed the votes through their respective bodies, following the futile, though noble, efforts of
several of their colleagues to prevent the passage of this post-9/11 package of unconstitutional measures.
In the name of fighting the Global War on Terror and keeping the "homeland" safe, the protections placed by the
Constitution around the civil liberties of Americans were removed, the parchment barrier shredded by the
purveyors of fear.
If a machine can sign for the
President, could Sasha, too? Forget what you learned in civics class back in high school.
It turns out a bill doesn't have to be signed by the president to become law. A machine can sign it for
him. Pres. Obama was 3,700 miles from the White House at the G8 Summit in Deauville, France, when
Congress voted final passage of a bill to extend the life of three expiring provisions of the Patriot Act,
provisions deemed important by the president.
fidelity to oath on autopilot? In recent weeks, Mr. Obama has tested the limits of constitutionality
by becoming the first president to approve legislation by autopen, rather than signing it himself. ... The
autopen was used last month on a bill to extend the most controversial provisions of the USA Patriot Act.
On Friday [6/17/2011], a group of 21 House Republicans wrote the president and asked him to re-sign
the legislation in person, just to remove all doubt.
A Rush to
Disaster. "Now is not the time to slow down or lose heart," the president said, also warning that
any health-care overhaul enacted by Congress "cannot add to the deficit, and I mean it." But in bombshell
testimony Thursday [7/16/2009] that rocked Capitol Hill, the director of the non-partisan Congressional Budget
Office warned that proposals now before the House and the Senate would do exactly that — and then some.
Senate Democrats use tricks
to pull a fast one on health care reform. The Associated Press is reporting that a group of Senate Democrats
intend to slide a fast one by the American taxpayer. The Senators hope to win quick approval of a bill that will
boost Medicare payments to doctors by hundreds of billions of dollars and will try to do so by using a legislative ploy
that all but eliminates public discussion over the issue.
A Reckless Congress. Say this about
the 1,018-page health-care bill that House Democrats unveiled this week and that President Obama heartily endorsed:
It finally reveals at least some of the price of the reckless ambitions of our current government. With huge
majorities and a President in a rush to outrun the declining popularity of his agenda, Democrats are bidding to
impose an unrepealable European-style welfare state in a matter of weeks.
Toxic Omnibus Anti-Energy,
Anti-Civil Liberties Stew. Like its cousin, the $410 billion Omnibus spending bill that President
Obama earlier signed into law, the Omnibus lands bill contains several bills from previous sessions of Congress
wrapped into one. The final legislative package — which passed the House last week after clearing
the Senate the previous week — actually contains a whopping 170 different bills, according to
CNSNews.com. ... And as with the AIG bailout, there will be plenty of regrets for this big rush job's
lack of initial scrutiny.
A Crossroads Election.
Some members of Congress who voted for ObamaCare, and who are now telling us that they realize this legislation
has flaws which they intend to correct, are missing the point. ... Rushing ObamaCare into law too fast for anyone
to have read it served no other purpose than to prevent this very process from taking place. The rush to
pass this law that would not take effect until after the next two elections simply cut the voters out of the
loop — and that is painfully close to ruling by decree.
The fast and the furious. It took the legislative titans who cut their teeth on the New Deal six years to
make Medicare. The president wants the colossal lightweights of the current Congress to deliver Obamacare in
12 weeks. Conscientious folks on Capitol Hill are very worried as the train keeps picking up speed and
no one will touch the brake. But the president knows that the current health care legislation, like cap
and trade and his stimulus, will never pass if anyone stops to read it.
The Folly of Obamacare:
Obama understands that he cannot sell his health-care reform in the language of the left. So, it's a bait and
switch. If anything, the overriding idea behind Obama's approach seems to be to rush his "public plan" into law
and expand its generosity over time. This is tribute a center-left president must pay to a center-right country.
He's in such a hurry because he senses Americans understand a bait and switch when they see one. On Monday
[7/20/2009] he even proclaimed, "The time for talking is through."
A handful of air. Just what is the
president's health-care plan, anyway? As you might have suspected ... the details are not only hazy
but unavailable at the moment. They'll all be worked out later. Trust him on that. Everything
will fall in neat place after the president and his enforcers, like Nancy Pelosi and Co. in the House, line up
the votes for still another huge spending bill that can be passed without going through the bother of
Conyers Sees No Point in Members Reading
1,000-Page Health Care Bill. During his speech at a National Press Club luncheon, House Judiciary Chairman
John Conyers (D-Mich.), questioned the point of lawmakers reading the health care bill. "I love these members, they
get up and say, 'Read the bill,'" said Conyers. "What good is reading the bill if it's a thousand pages and you don't
have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you read the bill?"
Don't need leaders who just can't
be bothered to read. "I love these members," Conyers said with a sneer in his voice as he spoke to his
audience at a recent National Press Club luncheon, "they get up and say, 'Read the bill.'" Conyers then explained
himself, saying, "What good is reading the bill if it's a thousand pages and you don't have two days and two lawyers
to find out what it means after you read the bill?"
Reading Legislation... It's Your Job!
It would appear that some of our elected officials — oh heck, let's say most of our elected
officials — believe it isn't necessary to read legislation before voting on it. A perfect
example of this is playing out right now in Congress with regard to the healthcare legislation
where several high-ranking elected officials have unabashedly stated that expecting elected
officials to read legislation, in its entirety, before voting on it, is to expect too much.
Congressman Admits: Congress
Stupid. It was an astonishing admission. Last week, Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), Chairman of the House
Judiciary Committee, told an audience at the National Press Club that, not only had he not read the House health-care bill
which would reorganize 1/6th of the U.S. economy, but that even if he had he would not have understood it.
A Liberty Issue.
President Obama has no choice but to move fast, in part because the image he presented during the campaign — a
post-partisan, post-racial, post-anything-unpleasant-and-controversial, pragmatic centrist — was a total
crock. He has a vast transformative domestic agenda and — because most of its elements are not terribly
popular — he has to accomplish it at speed, or he won't get it done at all.
The Obamacare Strategy: Rush,
Muddle and Malign. Rush worked with TARP and the Porkulus bill. The sky was falling, we were told, and
we had to support those bills or we were doomed! Bush fell asleep at the wheel and trusted his money wizards, along
with the Democrat led Congress. Now we're still trying to figure out who and what TARP bailed out. It's become
a slush fund for the Executive branch administered by Timmy Geithner. Billions remain unaccounted for.
Sweat the Details. The more the public learns what is in the House bill, the less they like it. That's
why the administration wants to rush this through Congress. The public mostly understands the need to reform the
increasingly expensive current system. It just doesn't like the administration's plan.
Home of the Whopper. A recent Washington Post op-ed by Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen
Sebelius suggests a new motto for the Obama Administration: "Home of the Whopper." The Sebelius piece contains
no fewer than 10 health care whoppers, [for example] Whopper Number 5: Americans shouldn't waste their time
trying to understand the details of Obama's proposal. ... FACT: An insurance agent who advised his clients to ignore
the fine print in a proposed policy could wind up in jail. Anyone who says "don't worry about the details, this is
too complex for you to understand anyway," probably has something to hide.
The Right's Ideas vs. The Left's Derision:
Over the past eight months, politicians in Washington have pushed an ambitious agenda highlighted by several trillion
dollar proposals (stimulus, health care and climate), all of which deserved substantive debate and cautious
consideration. Unfortunately, all these proposals were rushed, diminishing debate even as dissenters were
Decisions? (Part IV): The serious, and sometimes chilling, provisions of the medical care legislation that
President Obama has been trying to rush through Congress are important enough for all of us to stop and think, even though
his political strategy from the outset has been to prevent us from having time to stop and think about it.
Madison Checks Obama.
[The Founding Fathers] set up a system of government that slowed things down, that prized sobriety instead of
radical change, that put a premium on slow turns rather than on lurching shifts in policy. The Obama administration
decided to use the economic crisis to overcome these restraints. Hence the frantic quality of its legislative agenda,
demanding the stimulus package be passed even before the legislation had been read by members of Congress and that an
enormously complicated health care reform be approved even before we are able to inspect and debate its particulars.
A Recklessness Born of Arrogance.
Mike Allen and Jim Vandehei of Politico wonder whether President Obama's "big-bang" approach to his first year in office
might have been misguided. The term big-bang refers here to the administration's attempt to push through major
reforms on a variety of fronts -- energy, financial regulation and health care -- in
a condensed time period. The approach also goes by the name "doing too much too fast."
Obama's Big Bang could go bust.
Barack Obama's Big Bang is beginning to backfire, as his plans for rapid, once-in-a-generation overhauls of
energy, financial regulation and health care are running into stiff resistance, both in Washington and around
Dr. Obama and the
Hypocrite's Oath. President Obama's preferred method of implementing his leftist agenda is
to rush emergency, must-sign-yesterday bills through Congress. Forget about reading the
legislation. Just trust Obama, Pelosi, Reid, Schumer and Barney Frank with the details. The
problem with this method is that when the details finally come out, it's too late for the people to do
anything about it.
The Tin Ears of the
Bully-in-Chief and his Comrades in Arms. One cannot read the latest news without getting the
sense that our leaders are bullying the citizens of this country into submission. I was always under
the impression that our elected leaders' mandate was to uphold the Constitution and move the country
slowly forward on a sustainable path through policy decisions representative of the will of the
people. However, at record breaking speed, we are watching our elected leaders gut the Constitution
and implement potentially irreversible and damaging legislation that the majority of Americans do not favor.
Obama's Orders Requireth Haste.
Given enough time, the public would eventually become privy to some of the more questionable measures that are lurking in
this bill, and give Obama a vote of no confidence, despite the fact that he may already have the votes to subject an uneasy
populace to his grand scheme of so called "reform". This is probably the reason why Obama is in such a rush.
Obama's Speech: Did It Help Him?
From a policy standpoint, there was nothing new in President Obama's speech to a joint session of Congress
tonight [9/9/2009]. ... [However, Obama did say,] "This exchange will take effect in four years, which will
give us time to do it right." But wait! Aren't people dying? The Democrats tried to ram
their bill through Congress before the August recess, with essentially no debate and with virtually no one
having read it. Their theory was that we are facing such a dire emergency that there is not a moment to
lose. If, in fact, we have four years to spare, could we maybe stop trying to cram the bill down
Listening to a Liar.
One plain fact should outweigh all the words of Barack Obama and all the impressive trappings of the setting in which he
says them: He tried to rush Congress into passing a massive government takeover of the nation's medical care before
the August recess — for a program that would not take effect until 2013! ... If we do not believe that the President
is stupid, then what do we believe? The only reasonable alternative seems to be that he wanted to get this massive
government takeover of medical care passed into law before the public understood what was in it.
Unsafe at Any Speed.
Yeah, sure, history repeats itself the second time as farce — but what to call the White House's latest
imposition of a health-care deadline on Congress? ... Farce is too kind for this one. Recall that as
late as July, President Obama was exhorting Democrats to hustle legislation through Congress before the August
recess with minimal debate or public scrutiny. Back then, "the goal" was to prevent voters from thinking
for too long over such minor details as the then 13-figure price tag, the farrago of new taxes, regulations and
mandates that will drive up costs, and the consequences of converting all health decisions into political
leaders fight against posting bills online. At town hall meetings across the country this past summer,
the main topic was health care, but there was a strong undercurrent of anger over the way Congress rushed through
passage of the stimulus, global warming and bank bailout bills without seeming to understand the consequences.
The stimulus bill, for example, was 1,100 pages long and made available to Congress and the public just
13 hours before lawmakers voted on it.
Watching the Constitution
Disappear. [The] normal course of events in this case would allow too much time for discovery and discussion,
and it might therefore result in the public learning too much about the future of their health care. Extended public
inspection might even result in the bill not passing in the form desired by the President and his allies, or perhaps not
passing at all.
Show Me the Bill! Do
you think Congress should vote on bills without reading them? How about voting on bills that don't even exist yet,
except in fragments? The Senate Finance Committee [voted] on a massive health care reform bill on Tuesday [10/13/2009]
allegedly authored by Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.). A glaring, outrageous, unreported fact is that the bill's actual
text has been kept secret. No one actually knows what's in it — not even the senators who [were] told
to vote for it.
In and What's Out of Health Care Legislation. Barack Obama promised "transparency" and to give the public
five days to read the bill, but Sen. Jim Bunning's amendment to require the bill, along with a final Congressional
Budget Office score, to be posted online 72 hours before the vote was defeated. ... The Democrats still hope to
rush the bill through unread. The 1,100-page stimulus bill was posted online only 13 hours before the
vote, and the 1,200-page cap-and-trade bill was posted only 15 hours before the vote.
Magic Numbers in Politics: Part II. People
who would never let some high-pressure salesman rush them into signing a contract to buy a car, before they have
a chance to read the contract, may see nothing wrong with a President of the United States trying to rush Congress
into passing a thousand-page bill before anybody has a chance to read it all.
Boxer-Kerry Cap-and-Tax Hides Costly Mandate.
Under the direction of Chairman Barbara Boxer (D-Ca.), the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee passed its
Boxer-Kerry cap and trade national energy tax bill in early November by an 11-1 vote — right before the
week-long Veterans' Day break. The seven Republicans on the committee walked out of the markup, refusing to
participate in the process saying they hadn't been given adequate time to read the massive tax bill.
Why Dems Are Obsessed
by Health Reform. Many in the trenches are uneasy about the sprawling, complex bill they privately
acknowledge has no bipartisan support, doesn't seriously tackle soaring costs and will increase insurance premiums.
That may explain Majority Leader Harry Reid's haste — he has ordered a rare Sunday session this weekend to hurry up
the debate. Public support for the bill averages only 39.2% backing in all polls compiled by Pollster.com.
Reid threatens around-the-clock votes through Christamas if GOP
won't back down. Senate Democrats are threatening Republicans with midnight and crack-of-dawn
votes if they continue to fight the majority on the health-care bill and defense spending legislation.
The Senate Democratic leadership office is advising lawmakers, staff and reporters that if the GOP does not
yield back time on the defense spending bill now under consideration, a vote will be scheduled for Friday
morning at 1 a.m., with final passage slated for 7 a.m. Saturday morning.
'Round Midnight. The Senate just
approved Majority Leader Harry Reid's motion to recess until 12:01 am as part of a mad dash to pass a health
care bill by Christmas Eve. The chamber must pass the defense appropriations bill tomorrow [12/18/2009], and
Senate procedure holds that they would have to wait at least an hour after convening to hold the vote, meaning
that the earliest they could vote on it would be 1 am.
End It Today, Ben.
Ben Nelson can do everyone a favor, announce today he won't vote for cloture, and let everyone stay home this weekend.
Furthermore, Harry Reid is maniacally insisting on a Christmas Eve vote on a bill whose final text no one has
seen yet. So from a good government point of view, Nelson can say that he feels he has to be against cloture.
And of course there's no need to vote in December rather than January or February — it's just that
Reid fears the already unpopular bill can't stand up to more public examination and debate.
Principle and Global Warming. We saw this last January when many of the same people promoting
AGW hysteria also used it to ram through the failed "stimulus" bill without reading it. It is now
being used to justify taking over the sixth of the US economy represented by the health care industry.
All the while, these people have been lambasting their political opponents who offer more sensible
alternatives as proposing that we do "nothing."
Obama Doesn't Care.
The Senate health care "reform" bill that now has 60 votes and could pass by the end of this week
is 2,074 pages long. And President Obama claims to know what's in it. Sort of. The ideas
are in there. Whatever they are. Moments later, Obama urged senators to not sweat the details and just
pass the bill. ... [Obama's] just-pass-anything approach has lost the support of the nation. Americans
would rather Washington slow down and do health care reform right than pass some half-baked scheme.
Who's responsible for the Senate's middle-of-the-night vote?
[Senate Majority Leader Harry] Reid is determined to pass the national health care bill by Christmas, and to
do so he has to get the cloture vote on his amendment done at the earliest moment. The timeline is
Reid's and Reid's alone. "The bottom line is, Sen. Reid schedules the floor," says one well-connected
GOP aide. "He is the only one who can schedule the floor." If Reid had scheduled the vote during
business hours on, say, Tuesday, a final vote would not have taken place until the day after
Christmas — an outcome Reid apparently found unacceptable.
A bill so reckless that it has to be rammed through on a partisan vote on Christmas eve.
Nobody Believes In. Mr. Obama promised a new era of transparent good government, yet on
Saturday morning Mr. Reid threw out the 2,100-page bill that the world's greatest deliberative body spent
just 17 days debating and replaced it with a new "manager's amendment" that was stapled together in
covert partisan negotiations.
Their Next Trick... Look for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
to try to circumvent the traditional conference committee process by which the different versions of health
care reform passed by each house will be reconciled. If so, it will be the latest example of violating
principles of transparency and accountability in the single-minded pursuit of legislative victory.
After health care rush, Senate moves slowly on national security.
The Democratic leadership in the Senate put off dealing with the growing threat of the Iranian nuclear program
so lawmakers could devote their energy to the rush toward passage of a national health care bill. Now,
with that work done, Senate leaders say they will take action on Iran — but only, in the words of
Majority Leader Harry Reid, "sometime after we return in January."
health bills behind closed doors. The House passed its version of the bill on a Saturday
night. The Senate held its key procedural vote at 1 in the morning, and then provided a lump
of coal in our stockings by forcing full passage of its bill on Christmas Eve. The House leadership
banned consideration of all but one amendment not offered by leadership itself — forbidding debate
on more than 150 of them — then provided just 24 hours for members to study the bill's final
text. The Senate leadership inserted so many tawdry last-minute items that analysts are still
finding jokers in the deck 11 days later.
Reid 'Likely' to Make Entire Health Bill an Amendment
to Unrelated Tax Bill. A senior aide to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told
CNSNews.com that it is "likely" that Reid will use H.R. 1586 — a bill passed by the House in
March to impose a 90-percent tax on bonuses paid to employees of certain bailed-out financial
institutions — as a "shell" for enacting the final version of the Senate's health care
bill, which Reid is responsible for crafting.
rushing to do favors for Big Labor before Brown is seated. Yesterday [2/1/2010], Senate
Democrats rushed through a party-line cloture vote on Obama's nominee for Solicitor General, Patricia
Smith. Smith got 60 Democratic votes even though a Republican senator produced damning evidence
that she lied in Senate testimony regarding her role in a controversial program that unfairly benefited
labor unions while she was New York State Labor Commissioner. Today, the Senate is again trying
to perform as many favors for Big Labor as it can before newly elected Republican Senator Scott Brown is
seated and Democrats lose their supermajority.
Scramble to Beat New Deadline: Scott Brown's Arrival. Senate Democrats, on a strict party-line vote,
passed a joint resolution Thursday [1/28/2010] that would increase the amount of debt that Congress permits the nation
to carry forward by $1.9 trillion. The federal statutory debt limit now stands at $14.29 trillion.
The measure comes just in time. The US Treasury on course to hit the current debt limit sometime this spring.
sworn in, but not before confirmation on labor nominee. If there was any clue that the Democrats
wanted one last opportunity to pump their last hours of super majority muscle, it happened on Thursday [2/4/2010],
immediately before Sen.-elect Scott Brown, a Massachusetts Republican, was finally sworn in by Vice President Joe
Biden at 5 p.m. While the GOP grew antsier over when Mr. Brown would be seated in the Senate, Democrats
managed to squeeze in one last vote for labor nominee Patricia Smith just hours before Mr. Brown became an official
U.S. senator. Senate Democrats confirmed Ms. Smith to the Solicitor of Labor on a party-line vote
60 to 37.
rush to curb corporate election spending before November. Democrats are hoping to fast-track a
set of sweeping new campaign finance regulations to prevent the Supreme Court's landmark Citizens
United decision from affecting the November midterm elections.
Healthcare Bill Would Be Obama's 'Enabling Act'. Why are Barack Obama and other Democrat leaders
so intent on passing a government takeover of healthcare now…Now…NOW? They must know that
costs will rise and the quality of care will fall, right? They must know that Obamacare would destroy
the economy, right? Of course they do. But, they also know that the federal government would
tighten its grip on the nation.
Don't Ask, Don't
Tell, Don't Vote, Don't Debate. Democratic leaders are staunchly defending their possible use
of a parliamentary maneuver to avoid a traditional vote on health care. Are they also getting ready to
abandon a promise that lawmakers would have at least 72 hours to read and evaluate the language of the
health care bill?
someone mention the Patriot Act?
Why No Debate? Barely a
month after the 2,600-page health care bill became law, Congress has teed up another landmark piece of legislation:
a 1,600-page financial overhaul. So what's the big hurry? As with the health care measure, no one seems
to know exactly what's in this massive new bill. And what we have seen leaves a lot to be desired.
Last Binge Of A Condemned Congress.
Having nothing to lose as they tumble toward November's electoral cliff, Democrats have gone into legislative
overdrive. With the hangman ready, the condemned are ordering the whole menu.
Letting a Serious Crisis Go to Waste. No sooner had President Barack Obama entered the
White House than the Emanuel Doctrine was put into motion with the 1,073-page $787 billion "stimulus
bill" that had to be rushed through Congress, seemingly overnight. As Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) said:
"We have not had a single hearing on anything in front of us.... We've been told that even one hearing would
be one too many, and that we have a single day to approve these five complex propositions that will affect
the lives of millions."
Eleven More Mental Mistakes of Obamatons.
[#1: False Dichotomy] When Obama claimed if the Stimulus wasn't passed, the economy would crater.
Again, when Barack warned if Obamacare was not passed immediately, the result would be eventual economic collapse.
... This may be Obama's favorite fallacy. It combines the fear of apparent imminent catastrophe with an
easy out — the "good" choice which must be taken to avoid chaos and destruction. Appeals to crisis and
fear mongering are classic leftist ploys, ie the Chicken Little syndrome.
Running on Empty. The Obama
presidency is nearly out of gas. So are the Democratic majorities in the Senate and House. Yet
the White House and congressional Democrats aren't surrendering. They're still intoxicated with their
"historic majorities" and bent on enacting more landmark liberal legislation this year, including cap and
trade, a value-added tax (VAT), and who knows what else.
A Bridge Too Far?
According to Fred Barnes at The Weekly Standard, the Obamis are planning a lame-duck session of Congress,
"filled with defeated and retired senators and House members," to pass a VAT (value-added tax). Liberals
know that they get a chance to enact progressive legislation only once in a generation. That's when the
cycle of politics throws up a liberal majority in Congress, and liberals have the votes to cram down their
agenda. That's why President Obama is in such a hurry, eager to jam down liberal legislation in the
teeth of popular opposition.
Why The Rush To
Seat Elena Kagan? Despite the fact that America is suffering from its biggest deficit ever; the
highest unemployment rate in years; terrorist threats, and an environmental disaster of monumental proportions,
last week, Congress spent valuable time rushing to confirm President Obama's handpicked Solicitor General,
Elena Kagan, to the Supreme Court. She's supposed to replace Justice John Paul Stevens, a liberal who'll
retire this summer, but the question should be whether Congress has more important things to consider.
has a spy swap been orchestrated so quickly. In the era of the Cold War, there were plenty of
swaps. The most famous was that of KGB Colonel Rudolf Abel for the U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers in
1962. Abel was the name he adopted, when he lived in Greenwich Village and Brooklyn, and posed as
an artist. In all the swaps, Russian spies were exchanged after having already served real time in
American prisons, and after they had been thoroughly interrogated.
The Russian Agents,
Obama, and the Cover-up. Our media do not seem to be interested in the curious matter of
why the Russian agents accused of trying to acquire sensitive nuclear information from the U.S. Government
were so quickly released. Why were they were sent back to Moscow less than two weeks after they were
Spy Swap or Spy Flop?
The Obama administration is getting kudos for its quick action in the Russian spy case. Ten Russian
spies were apprehended, allowed to plead guilty to a reduced charge of failing to register as agents of a
foreign government, and put on a plane for Moscow. We Americans like it when we see the FBI rounding up
potentially hostile intelligence agents. It was all over, it seems, over one hot summer weekend.
Like the movie Jaws, the threat appeared suddenly and just as suddenly passed. Or did it?
At least one of those four prisoners released from Russian prisons — Igor Sutyagin — has
vigorously denied spying for the CIA since his arrest in 2004. But he was pressed into
confessing to a phony charge.
swap puts halt to fact finding. [Scroll down] Current and former national security
officials critical of the speedy exchange with Moscow also said trading the 10 spies for four Russians
less than two weeks after their arrest also limited U.S. counterspies from learning important details of
Russian espionage and influence operations. Questions about the handling of the case were raised
Tuesday during a closed-door briefing of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
the bills have no name The $26 billion state bailout that the House is expected to pass
tomorrow has no bill title — and it must pass with no title if it is to become law, Jim Harper
blogs at CATO. H.R. 1586 has adopted the name, the "______Act of____," apparently because of the
haste with which the Senate wanted to pass the bill last week.
House Votes on 'XXXX' State Government Union
Bailout Today. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) summoned the House of Representatives
back to Washington into a special, pro forma session today [8/10/2010] for Democrats to pass another $26 billion
bailout bill. In such a hurry to put more funding into the hands of their union buddies this Congressional
election season, Democrats forgot to name the bill they passed through the Senate.
Suggested Names for Democrats' Untitled, $26-Billion
'Second Stimulus' Bill. Washington Democrats are in such a rush to pass one more stimulus-type
bill that the legislation to be voted on Tuesday [8/10/2010] doesn't even have a name, Republicans note.
As CNET reported, a watchdog Web site on Sunday evening noted that the Democrats' $26-billion spending measure
includes a few blank spaces.
How Many "Top Priority" Issues Does
Obama Have? After the Senate passed that $600 million Border Security Bill yesterday [8/12/2010],
President Obama issued a statement asserting that securing the southwest border has been "a top priority" since
he took office. But if you think Mr. Obama can have but a single "top priority," you'd be wrong.
He's got a load of them.
America: Part II. "We the people" are the central concern of the Constitution, as well as
its opening words, since it is a Constitution for a self-governing nation. But "we the people" are
treated as an obstacle to circumvent by the current administration in Washington. One way of
circumventing the people is to rush legislation through Congress so fast that no one knows what is buried
in it. Did you know that the so-called health care reform bill contained a provision creating
a tax on people who buy and sell gold coins?
Rand Paul puts forward measure
that would force the Senate to read bills. After blasting the Senate last week for passing a 600-page bill no one had time to read, Sen.
Rand Paul (R-Ky.) introduced legislation that would force the Senate to give its members one day to read bills for every 20 pages they contain.
"For goodness sakes, this is a 600-page bill. I got it this morning," Paul said Friday [6/29/2012], just before the Senate approved a massive
bill extending highway funding, federal flood insurance and low student loans rates.
Winners and Losers by Executive Fiat. [Scroll down] Perhaps the most chilling aspect of this particularly
noxious stealth provision of the stimulus scheme is not what's in it, but how it — and other such free
market-destroying provisions — were rushed through under deliberate cover of darkness. McCaughey attributes
this strategy to Daschle, as well. A year ago, McCaughey tells us, Daschle warned that the next president should not
make the same mistake the Clintons made with Hillary Care, which was to allow debate. Daschle wrote: "If that
means attaching a health-care plan to the federal budget, so be it. The issue is too important to be stalled by
Senate protocol." So much for "liberal" democracy. So much for transparency. So much for a new era of
hope and change.
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad ObamaCare. Now post-election,
new regulations are pouring out from HHS -- more than 13,000 pages so far and yet nuts-and-bolts questions are still unanswered. Most of what we know so far
comes from a 17-page question-and-answer document that HHS divulged this week, though none of the answers have the force of law and HHS says they're subject to change
at any moment. HHS is generally issuing rules with only 30 days for public comment when the standard is 60 days and for complex regulations 90 days
Obama Administration Makes A Mockery Of The
Rule Of Law. Arbitrary ObamaCare waivers are bad enough by themselves. They are truly ominous as part of a more general practice of
this administration to create arbitrary powers that permit them to walk roughshod over the basic rights of the American people. [...] You do not have a
self-governing people when huge laws are passed too fast for the public to even know what is in them.
did Obamacare get so screwed up? To understand how a major piece of legislation could be so
badly crafted one only has to recall the mad dash to jam it through Congress. The point was to get
something, anything in there to take root. Unfortunately, it is already rotting from within.
now? If more than 80 percent of Americans are satisfied with their current health care coverage, and
if they don't want to lose that coverage, why pass this bill now? If the top issue on Americans' minds is the
economy, and if the economy shows signs of a possible double-dip recession, why pass this bill now? If
President Obama said just two months ago that "...jobs must be our number one focus in 2010," why pass this
Pelosi Pledged to Give Public 'Ample Amount of
Time' to Read Final Health Bill. While Nancy Pelosi is now dodging a request from C-SPAN
CEO Brian Lamb to open up House-Senate negotiations over the final version of the health-care bill so
C-SPAN's cameras can show them to the public, back in July she pledged she would give the public an
"ample amount of time" to read the final bill before brining it to a vote.
By hook or crook...
More on the
post-election ballot question in NY 23. It appears, though it was not widely reported, that
in an effort to prevent Hoffman from being seated should he win, Owens preemptively contested the results,
and the ballots were impounded so the New York Board of elections could not — and did
not — certify the NY 23 election results. This the House knew when Pelosi ordered
Owens sworn in to vote for the atrocious health care reform bill.
Breaks Pledge to Put Final Health Care Bill Online for 72 Hours Before Vote. Speaker Nancy
Pelosi's office tells The Weekly Standard that the speaker will not allow the final language of the
health care to be posted online for 72 hours before bringing the bill to a vote on the House floor,
despite her September 24 statement that she was "absolutely" committed to doing so.
October Surprise. Stung by a rising tide of resistance and a closing window of opportunity,
House Democrats have unleashed a new version of ObamaCare, weighing in at 1,990 pages and with a
$1 trillion price tag. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi promises to ram it through quickly,
exhibiting a disdain for her countrymen that makes Marie Antoinette look like a populist.
GOP Senators Sign Letter to Reid Demanding Internet Posting of Healthcare Bill. Candidate
Barack Obama made a big deal about government transparency and giving citizens ample opportunity to read
pieces of legislation before they're voted on. With this in mind, all 40 Republican Senators signed a
letter sent to Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) Thursday [10/29/2009] demanding the new healthcare reform
proposal be published on the Internet so that ALL Americans can "learn how the federal government is spending
Obama's Healthcare Failures.
Republican senators and members of the media highlight President Obama's failure to live up to his pledge to
conduct health care negotiations in full view of the public. Senators and media members also highlight
the White Houses alarming tendency to seek to punish those who dont share its views.
urgency' for jobs, not health care. Obama and his fellow Democrats are trying to convince the
nation of the fiercely urgent need to enact national health care reform this very instant. ... But the
American people simply do not share Obama's sense of urgency about health care reform.
you can't see the health care bill. When then-Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama promised not
to sign major legislation until it had been posted on the Internet for public reading at least five days, trusting voters
took him at his word. Now they know better. Not only is the actual language of what is likely to become the
main legislative vehicle for Obama's signature health care reform not available on the Internet, it hasn't been given
to members of the key Senate committees or the Congressional Budget Office.
Can't We Read The Health Care Bill?
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have been asked repeatedly to put the proposed health
care bill on the Web. They've refused. Do they have something to hide? Even Democrats have asked
their leadership to put the bill online at least 72 hours before a vote, so that any American can read the
Senate Cloaks Obamacare. You can't read the bill
because they refuse to put it in writing. And you'd better not oppose it because the government will try to muzzle
you. President Obama has consistently refused to put his details into legislative language, and now the U.S. Senate
is doing the same thing. Rather than respecting public demands for transparency, they're figuratively spitting in
the public's face.
'Time for Talking is Over' But I Have No Idea What's in This Bill. This is the man for whom
health care reform is the most urgent need of our country. He has a greater personal stake in the
legislation than any other person in the country, and he has no idea what's in it. Whether private,
individual health insurance would be outlawed under the legislation is a rather important point —
one with which you might wish the bill's chief proponent to be familiar, and one the American public might
want to know about.
Secrets. President Obama has promised a "new era of transparency" in Washington, so perhaps
he should talk to the Senate about getting with his program. On July 15, six weeks ago, the Senate Health,
Education, Labor and Pensions Committee passed an amended $1 trillion health-care bill, with acting
Chairman Chris Dodd calling it a "historic achievement." Too bad the committee won't reveal this
history even to other Senators, much less to the public.
'Redistributive Change'. [Scroll down] Why would intelligent politicians try to ram
through, in mere weeks, a thousand pages of health-care gibberish — its details outsourced to
far-left elements in the Congress (and their staffers) — that few in the cabinet had ever read
or even knew much about? Once again, I don't think health care per se was ever really the
issue. ... Instead, the notion that the state will assume control, in Canada-like fashion, and
level the health-care playing field was the real concern.
Obama White House
breaks another promise to reject Bush secrecy. Well, at least it's bipartisan. The still
sort-of-new Barack Obama Democratic administration has again adopted another policy straight out of the
administration of his much-criticized Republican predecessor, George W. Bush. Obama administration
officials have rejected a watchdog group's request for a list of healthcare industry executives who've been
meeting secretly in the White House with Obama staffers to discuss healthcare changes being drafted there and
Health Care Stampede Continues.
The House Committee on Ways and Means in the wee hours of the morning this morning [7/17/2009] passed
H.R. 3200, the Democrat's Orwellian named America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009, by a vote
of 23-18. The committee markup of the Democrat healthcare bill began yesterday, a bill that will cost
American taxpayers a minimum of $1.5 trillion dollars. Likely more. A lot more.
Fast Track to Socialized Medicine: With too little notice in the liberal press and too little
public debate, President Obama last week put America on the fast track to socialized medicine with the goal of
having legislation passed by Congress before the end of summer. At issue is whether America will continue
to have a largely free-market-oriented health-care system or a government-run system where politicians and
bureaucrats in Washington, D.C., make the most fundamental decisions about how we enter life, how we leave
it and how we are cared for when we are ill.
Ryan: Dems Will
Rush Through Health Care. In the next week or so, Democrats will make sweeping changes to American health
care using "budget reconciliation," an arcane process that allows Congress to minimize debate, prevent amendments, and
circumvent filibusters in the Senate, a top Republican budgeteer predicts. "You would do the same thing, too," said
Rep. Paul Ryan (R, Wisc.), the ranking Republican on the House Budget Committee and the author of the Republicans'
alternative budget. "It's basically an insurance policy to get their agenda passed. Why would they take
this tool off the table when they don't need to?"
Hoyer Won't Rule Out Voting on Senate Health
Bill Without Changes. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) won't rule out having
the House vote on the Senate health-care bill without making any changes in it, which would allow the
bill to go directly to President Barack Obama without having to pass through a House-Senate conference
committee and another round of votes in the House and Senate — and a longer period of public
scrutiny of what the text of the proposed law actually says.
want to suspend self-government for Obamacare. President Obama is demanding a final vote on
Obamacare before the members of the House and Senate return home for the Easter recess, which begins
March 29. Whatever your views on the merits of the variety of health care reform proposals that
collectively have been debated over the course of the past 15 months, you should be offended and
repulsed by this schedule. Why? Because there is no bill to look at and debate; no text to read;
no budget estimate to examine for its assumptions and calculations.
Another example of excessive speed used for deception:
Officials Given One Day to Review U.S. Solyndra Loan. The U.S. Treasury Department was given one day to review
Solyndra LLC's $535 million U.S. loan guarantee after learning the Energy Department was ready to announce the award,
according to a Treasury audit. While Treasury staff say they had enough time to review the loan, internal e-mails cast
doubt on whether staff suggestions were addressed by the Energy Department, the Treasury's Inspector General's Office said
yesterday [4/3/2012] in the report.
Obama's Overreaches: The president has repeatedly ignored
separation of powers. [Scroll down] While much of this might seem like an arcane legal dispute, it is part of a disturbing trend.
The Obama administration has developed a penchant for unilateral action that would make even the most ardent advocate of an imperial presidency blush.
On issue after issue, the president insists that "we can't wait." He won't wait for a Congress that may not agree with his ideas for remaking
America; he will simply act all by himself.
In the Rush To
Obamacare California Dems Want To Redefine Who Is A Doctor. Did you know that the California legislature is looking to erode
the quality of everyone's access to healthcare, in their rush to implement Obamacare? [...] Three years after the bill was signed into
law, the American public is only now beginning to understand the wide array of unintended consequences that this misguided reform effort
will have on our nation's health care industry.
Hikes ObamaCare Cost Estimate By $115 Billion. The Congressional Budget Office today [5/11/2010]
released an analysis of discretionary spending in the law, and found that those costs will "probably exceed"
$115 billion over 10 years. At a stroke, that erases almost all of ObamaCare's $143 billion
in budget savings based off rushed, incomplete CBO projections given just before the decisive House vote in
Letting a Serious Crisis Go to Waste. [Scroll down] This doctrine similarly was
implemented after the ObamaCare health measure had been all-but-abandoned when Scott Brown surprisingly
defeated Attorney-General Martha Coakley in the race for United State Senator from Massachusetts.
Soon after, unexpectedly, a national pseudo-crisis emerged when Anthem Blue Cross, a California health
insurer, sought to raise its health premiums by as much as 39 percent. The crisis was not
wasted by Washington. Within days, ObamaCare was rushed back onto the House calendar. Forgotten
amid the federal legislative carnage that followed ... is that Anthem Blue Cross ultimately withdrew their
[The] Senate Breaks [its] Own
Rules in [the] Rush to Vote on [the] Syria War. Senate Democratic leadership tossed aside the rules for moving legislation with regard to the
resolution authorizing the use of military force against Syria, angering some Republicans and creating confusion on Capitol Hill in the run-up to the war vote.
The Editor says...
Confusion might be the goal, because confusion and deception go hand in hand.
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Stem cell freeze. [Scroll down] The
lawsuit alleges that NIH violated administrative rules this year as it rushed to fulfill President Obama's
executive order to write new guidelines for ESC funding. The agency allowed only 34 days for the
public to offer input on its proposed guidelines, and it appears to have ignored comments (about 30,000 out
of 49,000) that questioned the usefulness of the research on ethical or scientific grounds.
No Mandatory Swine Flu Vaccinations II.
Aside from the "pandemic" created by 2009 H1N1, there are the more troubling questions surrounding the vaccines
purportedly designed to fight it. Why the fake pandemic, and the mad rush to get the whole world inoculated?"
If you are familiar with the Progressive's historic affinity for population control, then some deeply disturbing
If you bypass the Senate, it's not a treaty.
WH; we don't need no stinking Senate! Everything Obama does is hasty, rushed and performed under a big,
flashing red sign that screams, "emergency; no time to discuss, no time to read, no time for bothersome procedure... just
do what I want, and trust me, we'll be fine... three minutes to critical mass..." I can only imagine the
guttural sounds of outrage that would be coming from the press and the left if Dubya had tried this.
NLRB 'recess' appointments rushed, don't appear on White House nominee list. Obama referred his
two Democratic nominees, Sharon Block and Richard Griffin, to the Senate on Dec. 15. The Senate
adjourned for the year — but did not go into an official recess — on the following day.
WhiteHouse.gov tracks the status of all of Obama's appointments and nominations. Block and Griffin do not
appear on that list — a sign that the administration rushed the recess appointments through too
quickly for the Senate to even consider them.
IRS Buying Spying Equipment.
The IRS, currently in the midst of scandals involving the targeting of conservative groups and lavish taxpayer-funded conferences, is ordering
surveillance equipment that includes hidden cameras in coffee trays, plants and clock radios. The IRS wants to secure the surveillance
equipment quickly — it posted a solicitation on June 6 and is looking to close the deal by Monday, June 10. The
agency already has a company lined up for the order but is not commenting on the details.
IRS Cancels Order for Spying Equipment.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has cancelled its purchase order for surveillance equipment, which had included coffee trays with
hidden cameras and cameras that could be hidden in plants. The IRS issued the cancellation on Wednesday at 11:49 a.m.
CNSNews.com published an initial story about the IRS's purchase order on Monday afternoon — and that story was linked on
The Drudge Report.
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