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December 4, 2009
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November 21, 2013
In one unilateral swoop Senate democrats have forever shut out the voice of the minority. The 52:48 vote came only moments ago. The “Nuclear Option”, as it is referred to, will wipe out the minority voice within the US Senate by ending most all filibusters.
What Washington politicians fail to understand is that the US government was never intended to run in a smooth manner. Issues were meant to be debated, minority voices were meant to be heard and protected, and obstruction was necessary in order to keep federal government from growth. However, the Senate wasn’t having it. Tired of republican filibusters, as Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) have orchestrated, democrats unified to kill the voice of the minority party.
Filibusters are not intended to change the inevitable vote ahead. However, they are intended to give the minority a voice to perhaps change the world. This is evidenced by the entire world tuning in to Rand Paul’s historical Brennan nominee filibuster.
November 21, 2013
HARRY REID. Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)10% wants to change the Senate rules before Thanksgiving, which would eliminate the rights of the Senate minority:
With Senate Republicans blocking a third Obama nomination to the powerful D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, a senior Senate Democratic leadership aide tells me Reid is now all but certain to move to change the Senate rules by simple majority — doing away with the filibuster on executive and judicial nominations, with the exception of the Supreme Court – as early as this week.
At a presser today, Reid told reporters he was taking another look at rules reform, but didn’t give a timeline. The senior leadership aide goes further, saying it’s hard to envision circumstances under which Reid doesn’t act.
When Harry Reid threatened the so-called “nuclear option” in the past, the Heritage Foundation explained how this erodes the rights of the minority:
By eliminating the rights of the minority party to extended debate, the nuclear option fundamentally alters the consensus-based nature of the Senate to resemble more closely the majoritarian House of Representatives. As Heritage’s Hans von Spakovsky wrote, “It seems [Reid] wants the Senate to forsake its ‘advise and consent’ role and simply become a rubber stamp for presidential nominees, no matter how radical, extreme, or corrupt they may be.” Although Reid has said the change will only be for executive branch nominees, the practice could easily be applied to judicial nominations and legislation as well.
November 20, 2013
Of course millions more cancellations of Health insurance is coming about this time next year by small & probably some large business. Since the employer mandate was delayed for a year, the bigger part of the concellations is yet to come..
A new and independent analysis of ObamaCare warns of a ticking time bomb, predicting a second wave of 50 million to 100 million insurance policy cancellations next fall — right before the mid-term elections.
The next round of cancellations and premium hikes is expected to hit employees, particularly of small businesses. While the administration has tried to downplay the cancellation notices hitting policyholders on the individual market by noting they represent a relatively small fraction of the population, the swath of people who will be affected by the shake-up in employer-sponsored coverage will be much broader.
An analysis by the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank, shows the administration anticipates half to two-thirds of small businesses would have policies canceled or be compelled to send workers onto the ObamaCare exchanges. They predict up to 100 million small and large business policies could be cancelled next year.
November 19, 2013
Republicans in Congress are mulling moves to rein in President Obama’s ability to bypass legislative intent by issuing executive orders — though what action members want to take is still up in the air.
One spark that reignited a long-running debate on Capitol Hill between the legislative and executive branches was the president’s recent push to take administrative — rather than congressional — action on immigration, The Hill reported.
Mr. Obama’s recent notion of fixing Obamacare glitches and compelling insurance coverage changes with executive orders also left many — mostly Republicans — alternately steaming and skeptical.
Speaker of the House John Boehner said he doubted Mr. Obama could fix the health insurance cancellation dilemma in a way that was “legal and effective” without going through Congress, The Hill reported.
“I just don’t see, within the law, their ability to do that,” Mr. Boehner said.
Yet Mr. Obama held a press conference just a short time later to detail his executive plan — a change in law that didn’t involve congressional approval.
“I know there’s a lot of discussion about the validity of the president just unilaterally changing the law,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Utah Republican, told The Hill. “There are a lot of us that are very concerned about it.”
Rep. Trent Franks, Arizona Republican, said in The Hill that members of Congress were “exploring options to try to somehow try to rein in this president’s total disregard for the Constitution.”
As if a lawsuit is a viable option, Mr. Franks said “there’s no question we should do that.”
“That’s something that we talked about a lot,” he told The Hill, adding that he couldn’t be more specific.
“Maybe I could if we had our act together, and were really clear what we’re going to do,” Mr. Franks said.
November 19, 2013
Politics Comments Off on Illegal immigrants blockade Atlanta office to halt deportations
The President is inciting this type behavior with his “executive orders” to not have Federal officers deport them.
Illegal immigrants blockaded a federal office that handles deportations in Atlanta Tuesday morning, and soon after a group of 12 illegal immigrants in Chicago chained themselves to the wheels of a bus they said was headed to the airport to finish deport people.
The moves mark the latest escalation in a campaign by activists to pressure President Obama to use his executive authority to stop almost all deportations. They argue he’s targeting rank-and-file illegal immigrants rather than those with criminal records.
The activists said the Chicago bus includes one father who was put into deportation proceedings after being arrested in a traffic stop, and another father with two U.S. citizen daughters.
Late last week the Obama administration said it would allow illegal immigrant relatives of U.S. troops and veterans to apply for “parole in place,” which would allow them to remain in the country — and the activists Tuesday said they want the same considerations for all illegal immigrants.
“Undocumented, unafraid,” the Atlanta protesters chanted. “No papers, no fear.”
The protests were part of the Not One More campaign, which has staged similar protests in Arizona, California and Louisiana, broadcasting the action on the web.
In the case of Atlanta, video showed activists blocking a gate and being taken away by police.
The activists said they were prodded to action by Georgia’s use of two different programs, Secure Communities and the 287(g) program, which the federal government runs to check jails and prisons for illegal immigrants they might want to deport.
“If the president can stop the deportations of military families, he can stop breaking apart other families as well,” one of the protesters, Marisela Medina, said in a statement issued by the organizers as the protest was underway. “All my children think about is the day I could be taken away. Instead the president should grant relief to my family and all families. What is he waiting for?”
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Atlanta said it respected the protesters’ right “to voice their opinion within the confines of the law.”
November 19, 2013
Guess it’s ok to offend God and Christians…just not Muslims. I am personally more convinced every day that we have a muslim president instead of the Christian he claims to be, but I’ll let God (not allah) handle that part (and he will).
Ever since Lincoln wrote it in 1864, this version has been the most often reproduced, notably on the walls of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. It is named after Colonel Alexander Bliss, stepson of historian George Bancroft. Bancroft asked President Lincoln for a copy to use as a fundraiser for soldiers (see “Bancroft Copy” below). However, because Lincoln wrote on both sides of the paper, the speech could not be reprinted, so Lincoln made another copy at Bliss’s request. It is the last known copy written by Lincoln and the only one signed and dated by him. Today it is on display at the Lincoln Room of the White House.
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
November 19, 1863
November 18, 2013
What do the Bible, “The Hunger Games” and “Fifty Shades of Grey” have in common? All three are works of fiction, according to the booksellers at Costco.
Pastor Caleb Kaltenbach made that shocking discovery last Friday as he was shopping for a present for his wife at a Costco in Simi Valley, Calif.
“All the Bibles were labeled as fiction,” the pastor told me. “It seemed bizarre to me.”
Kaltenbach is the lead pastor at Discovery Church, a non-denominational Christian congregation in southern California.
He thought there must be some sort of mistake so he scoured the shelf for other Bibles. Every copy was plastered with a sticker that read, “$14.99 Fiction.”
Kaltenbach thought there must be some sort of mistake so he scoured the shelf for other Bibles. Every copy was plastered with a sticker that read, “$14.99 Fiction.”
The pastor knew something must be amiss so he set off in search of a Costco employee hoping for an answer. Unfortunately, he couldn’t find anyone willing to answer his question (which is not all that surprising if you’ve shopped at Costco).