Pelosi: Obama Has “Signed Many Expansions of Freedom” Into Law

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This horrible woman has no shame.
Nancy Pelosi told a bunch of ignorant college kids at the George Soros-funded Campus Progress convention that President Obama “has signed many expansions of freedom” into law. Like say, Obamacare, for instance… Or, his farm bill that forces farmers to cut down on dust… Or, even his energy bills that force coal plants to shut down in favor of failed green projects.
It’s like “freedom” is oozing from his socialist pores.

Pelosi, speaking at a youth conference hosted by the George Soros funded Campus Progress, said the President’s work with health care best illustrates his agenda to increase civil liberties for American citizens. She told an audience of more than 600 college students last week that President Obama has signed many “expansions of freedom” into law since he took office in 2008.

“Central to all is the Affordable Care Act, which we think is about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” said Pelosi. “A healthier life, for liberty, to pursue your happiness.”

The former Speaker also listed new laws pertaining to hate crimes and Don’t Ask Don’t tell as examples of legislation that has expanded American freedoms.

However, others are skeptical of Pelosi’s claim that President Obama has increased civil liberties for Americans.

Jonathan Turley, professor of law at George Washington University, authored an op-ed in the Los Angeles times recently arguing that President Obama has been “a disaster for civil liberties.”

“While many are reluctant to admit it, Obama has proved a disaster not just for civil liberties, but the civil liberties cause in the United States,” wrote Turley.

At the conference, Pelosi also argued that America’s founding fathers risked their lives to “create a democracy” where “the voice and the vote and the many determining the outcome of elections.”

Dr. Robert Jeffrey, professor of Government and Constitutional Law at Wofford College, disagrees. He argues that the founders established a republic where the liberties of the few would be protected against the will of the majority.

“Madison made it clear in the 10th Federalist that we were instituting a republic, not a democracy.” Jeffrey told Campus Reform. “In a republic, the rule of the majority is checked by the rule of law – in our republic, that check is the Constitution.”

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Why People Don’t Trust Government

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What’s in a poll? When the pollsters say that folks like/don’t like the President, Congress, candidates…you tend to look at where the poll comes from, the sample, the poller, etc. What I like to see is when the story makes it to the press on corruption. We see so much opinion, and most of the time it’s wrong…left or right. However, when true journalism hits, it’s hard to argue the point. All of it could be cured with term limits. I admit, I even agree with Rick Perry’s proposal of a part time congress somewhat. This is a story from the Washington Post and it explains exactly why people don’t trust the government:

By Dana Milbank, in the Washington Post

Almost exactly a year ago, members of Congress voted overwhelmingly to censure their colleague Rep. Charlie Rangel for bringing dishonor on the House. Then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi summoned the New York Democrat to the well and chastised him for his 11 ethics violations, which included improper fundraising.

This week, Rangel again brought the House into disrepute – but this time he had the full support of his colleagues.
“Last night marked a momentous evening in my campaign for re-election,” Rangel wrote in a letter to supporters on Thursday. “At a special event in Washington, Democratic leaders including Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, James Clyburn, Sandy Levin, John Conyers, Emmanuel Cleaver, and Steve Israel stood by my side and pledged their unwavering support on my behalf. I am so humbled and grateful for their involvement.”

As further evidence of how he had gone from opprobrium to affirmation, Rangel attached an article from Politico headlined “What Censure? Rangel’s Back.” The article included quotes from Rangel taunting the House ethics committee members and saying his censure was all for show.

It’s hard to quarrel with Rangel’s reasoning. The fete Wednesday night at the upscale Bistro Bis, near Union Station, was a way for House Democrats to demonstrate that their punishment of the defrocked Ways and Means committee chairman was insincere. By attending the up-to-$5,000-per-ticket soiree, they were proclaiming that all was forgiven.

The public is not nearly so forgiving. The Rangel party — where lobbyists and other influence seekers paid to gain access to, and favor among, party leaders — goes a long way toward explaining why Americans’ approval of Congress has dropped to 9 percent.

The speedy rehabilitation of the first member of the House to be censured in nearly three decades is a symptom of what has destroyed trust in government and the ability of that government to function. As Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig, an ethics specialist, put it to me this week: “Who would ever trust such a system?” And “how can this government continue to behave like this?”

Lessig, who began his career as a clerk to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, but who now describes himself as a liberal, wrote the just-released book “Republic, Lost,” about how both parties in Washington engage in “a corruption practiced by decent people” that has discredited government.

“The great threat to our republic today comes not from the hidden bribery of the Gilded Age,” he writes, but from “the economy of influence now transparent to all, which has normalized a process that draws our democracy away from the will of the people. . . . We have created instead an engine of influence that seeks simply to make those most connected rich.”

There’s hardly the need for more evidence to support such an obvious thesis, but more presents itself each day. On Thursday, the day after Rangel’s romp at Bistro Bis, lawmakers spent the day grilling Energy Secretary Steven Chu on how the Obama administration allowed a politically well-connected company called Solyndra to squander half a billion of taxpayer dollars when the solar energy company went belly-up. Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.) quizzed Chu about George Kaiser, an Obama donor and an investor whose venture capital firm had a stake in Solyndra, who “was in and around the White House at least 16 times in the time period that the Solyndra loan program was being reviewed.”

Chu denied this had anything to do with the decision. Maybe so, but in this pay-to-play system, who’s going to believe it?

It’s not as if Republicans are in a solid position to challenge the Democrats’ influence peddling. The Solyndra hearing came just after reports emerged that Newt Gingrich, this week’s surprise front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, had received at least $1.6 million in consulting fees from Freddie Mac. He took the money even as Republicans were trying to abolish the mortgage giant and even though he criticized President Obama for accepting campaign contributions from its executives.

But when it comes to hypocrisy, you have to raise a glass to the Democratic leaders who went for cocktails with Rangel donors paying $500 for individual access and $5,000 to be Political Action Committee “chairs.” “No corporate checks, please,” one solicitation reminded, under Rangel’s name.

The early solicitations promised access to “special guests” such as Hoyer, before the “great news” came out that Pelosi would attend. For lobbyists too busy to join, the campaign “would be willing to set up your own event” with Rangel.

For a man who just 11 months ago was censured for ethics violations, it was particularly brazen. What’s truly scandalous is how routine it was.

Rick Santelli: If Not For Tea Party, U.S. Would Be Rated BBB

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John Kerry — Media should not be giving equal time to Tea Party

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China Agrees To Erase Portion Of U.S. Debt If Americans Dress Up In Costumes And Perform Silly Dance For Them

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In what it’s describing as a magnanimous gesture toward an economy in decline, the Chinese government announced Monday it would forgive a portion of the staggering U.S. debt if Americans agreed to dress up in costumes and perform silly dances for their amusement.

With his nation holding $1.16 trillion in federal bonds and the U.S. showing no signs of ending its dependence on foreign credit, President Hu Jintao told reporters that allowing Americans to ease their fiscal burden in proportion to the number and quality of colorful dance numbers they perform is a mutually beneficial arrangement for both countries.

“Our great nation has generously agreed to decrease the considerable financial obligations of the United States,” said Chinese President Hu, standing before an enormous rack containing elaborate dance attire such as sequined vests and metallic lamé pants. “All we ask in return is that Americans put on outfits such as these and amuse us with buffoonish little kicks and twirls, preferably while slapping their big fat tummies. The U.S. will receive much needed debt relief, and China will enjoy watching the graceless flailing of decadent capitalists.”

 

 

Onion

BREAKING NEWS: House Will Not Vote on Boehner Bill Tonight

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Well this means of course Boehner does not have the votes….just as well Harry Reid says it DOA in the Senate….this is like two kids fighting here, except it’s a country at stake here…..the Democrats are definitely showing their butts and the President as well……They don’t want compromise, the Dems want capitulation by the Republicans….
House Republicans will not vote as scheduled on Thursday night on House Speaker John Boehner’s debt-ceiling proposal.

The postponement means a vote could occur on Friday, but the fate of the bill was uncertain. Republican leaders spent hours furiously whipping the bill, but still fell short of the 216 votes necessary for passage. House Democrats are unanimous in opposition to the bill.

The House Rules Committee will meet Thursday at 11 p.m. It will grant “same day” authority for the re-drafted Boehner bill with a floor vote expected Friday.

National Journal

John Boehner Cracks His Whip at Tea Party Republicans

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Boy I don’t know if this is a good idea for John Boehner to be doing to Tea Party legislators…..

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