Nancy Pelosi on pork in debt bill: ‘What difference does it make?’

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Echoing a statement made by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi dismissed reporters’ questions about pork inserted in the debt ceiling bill passed by Congress, CNS News reported Thursday.

Nancy Pelosi on pork in debt bill: 'What difference does it make?' - National Policy & Issues | Examiner.com

“What difference does it make? Why are we talking about this? We’re talking about a bill that as I said last night, I’m not asking anybody to vote for this bill on the merits,” she said.

According to The Hill, the bill includes funds to fix flooded roads in Colorado, a $3 million appropriation for a civil liberties oversight board and a one-time payment of $174,000 to the widow of Sen. Frank Lautenberg, a millionaire New Jersey Democrat who died over the summer.

“My members have some of the same questions, not certainly in terms of the death penalty to the Lautenberg family, but when you have a CR, it is an appropriation, and this, yes would be the normal place for them to do that,” Pelosi said.

According to CNS, Pelosi argued the bill should have covered expenditures for a whole year instead of just a few months. She also argued the bill didn’t have enough spending.

Nancy Pelosi on pork in debt bill: ‘What difference does it make?’ – National Policy & Issues | Examiner.com.

Yale study: Tea Partiers rank highest in scientific knowledge

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After years of being lambasted by the left as uneducated rubes, a recent study by a Yale law professor proves that members of the Tea Party are actually more likely to understand scientific issues than the rest of the population.

As progressives declare the debate on such issues as global warming and evolution over, it now seems that they could learn a few things from the oft-maligned grassroots organization.

Displaying a respectable level of honesty, Dan Kahan admitted that he expected a completely different result.

Noting he “found this result surprising,” the professor said he assumed that he would “be shown a modest negative correlation between identifying with the Tea Party and science comprehension.”

He concluded that the scope of his study was sufficient to indicate a wider trend, a fact that must give the perpetually supercilious left a collective migraine.

Continuing in a confessional vein, Kahan conceded that he doesn’t “know a single person who identifies with the Tea Party” and that all of his “impressions come from watching cable” television and reading news stories by the “New York Times daily, plus a variety of politics-focused Internet sites like Huffington Post [and] Politico.”

His admission that he exposes himself to only the leftist viewpoint is far more than most progressives will reveal. Such myopic news consumption obviously has an impact on the negative opinion many Americans have of the Tea Party.
Read more at http://www.westernjournalism.com/yale-study-tea-partiers-rank-highest-scientific-knowledge/#kAtQwBZwSRWThvyd.99

After years of being lambasted by the left as uneducated rubes, a recent study by a Yale law professor proves that members of the Tea Party are actually more likely to understand scientific issues than the rest of the population.

As progressives declare the debate on such issues as global warming and evolution over, it now seems that they could learn a few things from the oft-maligned grassroots organization.

Displaying a respectable level of honesty, Dan Kahan admitted that he expected a completely different result.

Noting he “found this result surprising,” the professor said he assumed that he would “be shown a modest negative correlation between identifying with the Tea Party and science comprehension.”

He concluded that the scope of his study was sufficient to indicate a wider trend, a fact that must give the perpetually supercilious left a collective migraine.

Continuing in a confessional vein, Kahan conceded that he doesn’t “know a single person who identifies with the Tea Party” and that all of his “impressions come from watching cable” television and reading news stories by the “New York Times daily, plus a variety of politics-focused Internet sites like Huffington Post [and] Politico.”

His admission that he exposes himself to only the leftist viewpoint is far more than most progressives will reveal. Such myopic news consumption obviously has an impact on the negative opinion many Americans have of the Tea Party.
Read more at http://www.westernjournalism.com/yale-study-tea-partiers-rank-highest-scientific-knowledge/#JgHGlVRwkjpqQKv3.99

After years of being lambasted by the left as uneducated rubes, a recent study by a Yale law professor proves that members of the Tea Party are actually more likely to understand scientific issues than the rest of the population.

As progressives declare the debate on such issues as global warming and evolution over, it now seems that they could learn a few things from the oft-maligned grassroots organization.

Displaying a respectable level of honesty, Dan Kahan admitted that he expected a completely different result.

Noting he “found this result surprising,” the professor said he assumed that he would “be shown a modest negative correlation between identifying with the Tea Party and science comprehension.”

He concluded that the scope of his study was sufficient to indicate a wider trend, a fact that must give the perpetually supercilious left a collective migraine.

Continuing in a confessional vein, Kahan conceded that he doesn’t “know a single person who identifies with the Tea Party” and that all of his “impressions come from watching cable” television and reading news stories by the “New York Times daily, plus a variety of politics-focused Internet sites like Huffington Post [and] Politico.”

His admission that he exposes himself to only the leftist viewpoint is far more than most progressives will reveal. Such myopic news consumption obviously has an impact on the negative opinion many Americans have of the Tea Party

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Yale study: Tea Partiers rank highest in scientific knowledge.

Obama Not Going to Get What He Wants With Immigration

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In response to No Negotiation on Immigration:

Obama will now set his sights on immigration reform. The House will not offer Obama the same amnesty-lite immigration reform bill the Senate served up, and many expect that the GOP will instead offer the same type of piece-meal approach of legislating we saw during the budget debate.

The big question will be, will Senator Marco Rubio distance himself from this debate, if it comes to light in the coming months?

Grassroots activists are still ticked off at Rubio for changing his position on immigration reform, when he co-sponsored the disastrous Senate ‘Gang of Ocho’ immigration bill.

Obama Not Going to Get What He Wants With Immigration.

Bachmann blasts Islam, CAIR fights back

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There is an invisible elephant in the room that Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) is trying to warn Americans about before it turns into a rampaging herd that overruns everyone.

Bachmann’s recent comments during a Minnesota talk radio interview went unnoticed by the American public, but not by the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) which immediately denounced her claims.

Responding to Christian radio host Jan Markel, Bachmann said, “We’re seeing this all across America. It’s like groups want to top each other and be the new latest, largest mosque in North America. What we’re told is that many of them are funded by the Saudi Arabians or the Qataris. And so many of these mosques’ funding actually comes from foreign countries that have interests in advancing the goals and beliefs of the violent Muslim Brotherhood.”

To some that might seem to be a conspiracy theory or Islamophobia. The problem is that Bachmann is closer to fact than fiction.

In a less politically charged era such comments would have been unthinkable. Today they are far from far-fetched. If you think otherwise, ask why a global terrorist of the importance of Abu Anas al Libi, who was captured just a couple of weeks ago, has been transferred to New York to appear before a federal judge.

Why is that significant? Because the amount of interrogation of al Libi was likely minimal, revealing virtually nothing of his knowledge of international terrorist activities. By sending him to New York, al Libi is no longer the prized captive he should have been since the parameters have changed by making his situation a law enforcement issue.

If al Libi is such an important asset toward understanding the inner workings of terrorism, then why were measures not maximized to ensure that we obtained some of his knowledge? With the congestion of legal minds in Washington today, that cannot be an accident.

An even better example of how easily distracted the American public can be by media is the relationship of Huma Abedin with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The name Huma Abedin may not be familiar, but her husband, disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner, certainly will.

As Weiner made news, Abedin worked quietly in the background while a disinterested media either looked the other way or paid no attention. Abedin was the Deputy Chief of Staff for Hillary Clinton. She also worked for several years at the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs (IMMA) which was founded by the Saudi Royal family.

The Saudis commissioned Abdullah Omar Naseef, an al Qaeda financier, to form the IMMA. The goal: convert all Muslim minority lands into Muslim majority lands.

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Bachmann blasts Islam, CAIR fights back | Washington Times Communities.

Obama to Republicans: ‘Go Win an Election’

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It appears Obama is feeling a little cockie today. We’ll have to knock him back down a peg or two when he tries to ram thru his immigration bill. Then see how much he crows.

In an apparent attempt to rub Republicans’ noses in their defeat on the debt ceiling conflict, President Barack Obama said Thursday that they should “win an election” if they want to change his policies.

“To all my friends in Congress, understand that how business is done in this town has to change,” Obama said in a statement to reporters at the White House.

 

“You don’t like a particular policy or a particular president? Then argue for your position. Go out there and win an election. But don’t break it.”

 

Obama said members of congress aren’t listening to the public.

“Stop focusing on the lobbyists and the bloggers and the talking heads on radio and the professional activists who profit from conflict, and focus on what the majority of Americans sent us here to do, and that’s grow this economy,” Obama said.

He didn’t leave his criticism of Republicans at that.

“We hear some members who pushed for the shutdown say they were doing it to save the American economy,” Obama said.

But nothing has done more to undermine our economy in the past three years than the kind of tactics that create these manufactured crises.

(How about Obama spending more money than all other presidents combined….maybe that has undermined our economy just a tad….huh?)

 

Obama to Republicans: ‘Go Win an Election’.

Alexander helped include $2.9B earmark for KY project in shutdown-ending bill

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A proposal to end the government shutdown and avoid default orchestrated by Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Leader Harry Reid includes a nearly $3 billion earmark for a Kentucky project, according to Kentucky station WFPL.

And McConnell’s office says that Sens. Diane Feinstein of California and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee handled the earmark.

Language in a draft of the McConnell-Reid deal… provided to WFPL News shows a provision that increases funding for the massive Olmsted Dam Lock in Paducah, Ky., from $775 million to nearly $2.9 billion.

The dam is considered an important project for the state and region in regards to water traffic along the Ohio River.
Since 2009, McConnell has been an outspoken supporter of the project, and has been working on getting its funding for some time.

Still, conservative critics of the proposal argue it is nothing more than a “kickback” for McConnell in an age where Tea Parties have eschewed earmarks.

The Olmsted Dam sees nearly 90 billion tons of materials such as coal, petroleum and other goods move through that stretch of the Ohio River annually.

…A statement from Sen. Alexander’s office to BuzzFeed says the language was added to prevent funding from being canceled.

“According to the Army Corps of Engineers, 160 million taxpayer dollars will be wasted because of canceled contracts if this language is not included. Sen. [Diane] Feinstein and I, as chairman and ranking member of the Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee, requested this provision. It has already been approved this year by the House and Senate.”

…In a follow-up e-mail, McConnell’s office told the radio station the GOP leader did not request Alexander put wording to raise the authorization for funding in the bill despite McConnell’s support for earmark funding in the past.

Alexander helped include $2.9B earmark for KY project in shutdown-ending bill | Humphrey on the Hill.

Senate Debt Deal Weakens Congress on Debt Ceiling

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If this is correct, it is unconstitutional. Congress controls the purse strings, not the president. The Constitution would have to be amended to change it, not simply by passing a bill does it legally change the Constitution.

Capitol Hill talk regarding the Senate deal apparently includes a provision that would take away the Congress’ power to increase the debt ceiling. According to Politico, it looks like the buzz appears to be true.:

The plan includes a proposal offered by McConnell in the 2011 debt ceiling crisis that allows Congress to disapprove of the debt ceiling increase, which means lawmakers will formally vote on whether to reject a debt ceiling increase until Feb. 7. Obama can veto that legislation if it passes. If Congress fails as expected to gather a two-thirds majority to override the veto, the debt ceiling would be raised.

National Journal reported last week:

Whether it’s four weeks from now or in one year, there’d be even less reason to put faith in a last-minute deal next time the U.S. is up against the debt limit.

There’s only one foolproof way to avoid a future crisis: Fundamentally change the way the debt ceiling works.

Such a plan would be obviously good for Democrats, as they can get the immediate gratification of not having to risk default in order to fully implement the Affordable Care Act. But it’d be good for Republicans too, who could not only avoid the stigma of blame for a default, but also presumably reap the ruling-party rewards in future Congresses and presidencies. It would also put an immediate political target on President Obama, and Democrats by association, for being the sole entity responsible for raising the debt limit by over a trillion dollars. That opportunity has got to sound pretty good to Republicans ahead of 2014.

Additionally, New York Magazine remarked, the provision would “defang the debt ceiling, returning it to its historical place as an opportunity for ineffectual posturing rather than extortion.” However it would only apply to the next debt ceiling vote.  The debt limit can only currently be increased if Congress affirmatively votes to raise it and the president signs it into law.  During Congress’ last debt limit debate in 2011, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R – KY) wanted to invert this process by making it automatic, unless Congress voted against it and the president did not veto it.  Theoretically, Congress could override a veto, but given the current makeup of both chambers that would be nearly impossible.

Entire article:

Senate Debt Deal Weakens Congress on Debt Ceiling.

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