The following Roll Call vote took place in spite of the fact that Senators were not provided copies to peruse before the vote, even if they requested it. 18 Patriots voted Nay! The means by which this legislation was moved and passed gives new meaning to the word “Treachery”. Republican Mitch McConnell got his $2 Billion Earmark and a stipend of $174K of our treasure was slipped to Millionairess Senator Frank Lautenberg of NJ’s widow in this purported “Clean CR”. When we have a chance to review the entire bill we will surely find other treacheries like a trick-provision that was added that will require a 2/3 vote to stop the Debt Limit increase.
Had enough yet?
U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 113th Congress – 1st Session
as compiled through Senate LIS by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate
Question: On Passage of the Bill (H.R. 2775 As Amended )
October 16, 2013, 07:56 PM
Required For Majority:
H.R. 2775 (No Subsidies Without Verification Act )
An act making continuing appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, and for other purposes.
Finally we hear Scott Brown hitting a home run on Sequestration. He rightly points out that Barack Hussein Obama conceived and created Sequestration. While he was still serving in the Senate, the leaders Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell both told him that Sequestration would never happen!
Jon Scott: And here we are with the White House closed to school kids The Administration can’t find a better way to save a couple of bucks?
Scott Brown: Listen, the bottom line is the Republicans have offered, and it makes common sense that the president should have what is called “Transfer Authority”. The ability to get in there and Kind of reopen and tweak the Sequester in a whole, and actually delegate – do thoughtful, judicious, methodical cuts. For example in the military, they need that. Give it to Heigl. Let him go in with a fine tooth-comb, no a scalpel I should say, to make the cuts that you need to make.
The President does not want this authority [“Transfer Authority”] because he wants to make the Republicans look bad. Everybody knows it and it’s time to show real leadership.”
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL – POTOMAC watch: March 8, 2013, 9:29 a.m. ET
Strassel: Jumping the Sequester
By KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL
When the president canceled White House tours, he revealed his claims as ludicrous.
The phrase “jumping the shark” describes that gimmicky moment when something once considered significant is exposed as ludicrous. This is the week the White House jumped the sequester.
The precise moment came Tuesday, when the administration announced that it was canceling public tours of the White House, blaming budget cuts.
The Sequesterer in Chief has insisted that cutting even $44 billion from this fiscal year will cause agonizing pain—airport security snarls, uninspected meat, uneducated children. Since none of those things has come to pass, the White House decided it needed an immediate and high-profile way of making its point. Ergo, it would deny the nation’s school kids a chance to view a symbol of America.
The act was designed to spark outrage against Republicans, yet the sheer pettiness of it instead provided a moment of clarity. Americans might not understand the technicalities of sequester, but this was something else entirely. Was the president actually claiming there was not a single other government item—not one—that could be cut instead of the White House tours? Really?
St. Paul’s Lutheran SchoolSixth-graders at St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Waverly, Iowa.
The cancellations were an open invitation for the nation to dive into the gory depths of the federal budget—and re-emerge with a debate over waste and priorities. Over the past week, an entire cottage industry has sprung up of journalists, watchdog groups and average citizens reporting on the absurdities of federal spending. Republicans have lit up Twitter with examples of indefensible projects (#SequesterThis).
We’ve learned that the White House employs three calligraphers, who cumulatively earn $277,000 a year. The Environmental Protection Agency gave $141,000 to fund a Chinese study on swine manure. Part of a $325,000 National Science Foundation outlay went to building a robotic squirrel.
The government gave a $3,700 grant to build a miniature street in West Virginia—out of Legos. It shelled out $500,000 to support specialty shampoo products for cats and dogs. A San Diego outfit got $10,000 for trolley dancing. The feds last year held 894 conferences that each cost more than $100,000—$340 million altogether. But Mr. Obama is too broke to let American kids look around the White House.
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Columnist Kim Strassel on how the world did and will not end because of sequester.
Speaking of that, the tour stunt itself is turning into a PR fiasco. ABC reports the cancellations save a total of $18,000 a week. A Forbes opinion piece noted the cost of cutting the tours was equal to about two hours operating Air Force One. Speaker John Boehner twisted the knife, announcing that while Congress was also getting hit by sequester, it had planned wisely, and tours of the Capitol would continue. Come on down folks! Visit the government branch that knows how to prioritize!
To top it off, a group of cherubic sixth-graders from St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Waverly, Iowa, became a national sensation in a YouTube video pleading with the White House to reopen tours. “The White House is our house. Please let us visit,” they beg in unison. The White House hasn’t yet responded, no doubt being too busy overseeing its $27 million project that helped fund pottery classes in Morocco. (No joke.)
This is the opportunity Republicans have been pushing for, to pivot the sequester discussion to the problem of spending, and they are taking a lead from Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn. This was the guy, remember, who in 2005 offered an amendment to remove funds from a little thing he called the Alaskan “Bridge to Nowhere” and to divert them to a vital bridge destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. The Bridge to Nowhere became such an embarrassing symbol of waste, Congress ultimately gave up earmarks.
Not all Republicans appreciated that episode, but they took away a couple of valuable political lessons. One, the public responds strongly to examples of waste. And two, the way to claim the high ground in such a debate is to contrast that waste with projects of real importance (like the Katrina bridge). Both lessons are tailor-made for today’s sequester fight.
Sen. Coburn himself has daily been sending letters to federal agencies, demanding that they justify their decisions to furlough existing workers rather than forgo new hires or fancy conferences. His efforts were one reason the Department of Agriculture spent this week stuttering out a justification for its sponsorship of a wine junket in California.
Utah Sen. Mike Lee has been producing graphics that show, for instance, pictures of free government cellphones next to pictures of border agents—with the Twitter tag #CutThisNotThat. Since late February, the House GOP has been highlighting its own #CutWaste projects, each of which contrasts Mr. Obama’s call for taxes with an example of embarrassing government outlays.
The White House’s shark-jumping moment has given these efforts new attention and threatens to take the sequester debate to a place this overconfident administration never imagined. The whole point of the White House’s effort to make the cuts hurt was to convince Americans that they couldn’t live without big, sweeping government. Now Americans are asking how the White House justifies living with it.
On August 5th 2011 in an unprecedented move, the Standard & Poors Rating Agency lowered the Debt Rating of the United States from AAA to AA+. The lowered rating represented the first downgrade in 70 years and was preceded by numerous warnings to our government that the unprecedented Debt by the Obama Administration was crippling our economy and”..had grown increasingly skeptical that Washington policy makers would make significant progress in reducing the deficit, given the tortured talks over raising the debt ceiling.”
“S&P said the downgrade “reflects our opinion that the fiscal consolidation plan that Congress and the administration recently agreed to falls short of what, in our view, would be necessary to stabilize the government’s medium-term debt dynamics.” It also blamed the weakened “effectiveness, stability, and predictability” of U.S. policy making and political institutions at a time when challenges are mounting. ”
S&P also put the new grade on “negative outlook,” meaning the U.S. has little chance of regaining the top rating in the near term.”
Barack Hussein Obama is now jawboning Congress for even more fiscally irresponsible $Trillions in debt to satisfy his lust for a a new Socialist Order in America and this lawsuit appears to be a warning shot across the bow of S&P.
It will also serve as a warning to the other Rating Agencies not to challenge the Obama Administrations continuing black hole Debt lest they too succumb to the same fate that faces S&P .
Court opinion throws labor panel rulings, operation into question as White House slams decision
Published January 25, 2013 FoxNews.com
WASHINGTON – A federal court’s ruling Friday that President Obama violated the Constitution with recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board opened the door to claims that a host of rulings and other past appointments may be in question, as the White House blasted the decision as unfounded.
The administration is expected to appeal. Though White House Press Secretary Jay Carney would not confirm that, he called the ruling “novel and unprecedented.”
“It contradicts 150 years of practice by Democratic and Republican administrations. So we respectfully but strongly disagree with the ruling,” Carney said.
He denied that the ruling would have any bearing on other decisions and appointees. “This is one court, one case, one company,” Carney stressed.
But Republican lawmakers who have railed against the administration’s recess appointments, as well as the often union-favoring decisions of the NLRB, rejected that view.
“Today’s ruling will certainly cause other opinions unconstitutionally issued by the board to be invalidated,” Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said. “The unconstitutionally appointed members of the NLRB should do the right thing and step down.”
He also urged the NLRB to take the “responsible course” and stop issuing decisions “until a constitutionally sound quorum can be established.”
The quorum issue is critical, as the NLRB only has three members — the typically five-member board is only allowed to issue decisions when it has at least three members. The court decision pertained to three separate appointees, two of whom are still on the board. If those two left, there would be just one validly appointed member — effectively shutting the board down.
If the decision stands, it could also invalidate hundreds of board decisions made over the past year.
The ruling also threw into question Obama’s recess appointment of Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Cordray’s appointment, made in early January along with the three NLRB appointments in question, has been challenged in a separate case.
“The recess appointments are invalid,” C. Boyden Gray, former White House counsel to former President George H.W. Bush, said in a statement. He said the questions surrounding Cordray also cast “serious doubt” on the actions taken by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Carney and the NLRB claimed the case would not affect the board’s operations.
NLRB Chairman Mark Gaston Pearce said the board “respectfully disagrees with today’s decision and believes that the president’s position in the matter will ultimately be upheld.”
He said “we will continue to perform our statutory duties and issue decisions.”
Carney also cited “280-plus intra-session recess appointments” dating back to 1867, suggesting the court ruling flies in the face of this history.
The suit had been brought by a local business in Washington state challenging the National Labor Relations Board. Supported by dozens of Senate Republicans, the case argued the president didn’t have the power to make three appointments to the NLRB.
Attorneys for the Obama administration argued that he had the authority because the Senate was away for the holidays on a 20-day recess. The Constitution allows for such appointments without Senate approval when Congress is in recess.
But during that time, GOP lawmakers argued, the Senate technically had stayed in session because it was gaveled in and out every few days for so-called “pro forma” sessions.
GOP lawmakers used the tactic — as Democrats had done in the past — specifically to prevent the president from using his recess power to install members to the labor board. The White House argued that the pro forma sessions — some lasting less than a minute — were a sham.
But the three-judge panel for the Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia said the appointments were not valid. The judges, all appointed by Republican presidents, ruled that during one of those pro forma sessions on Jan. 3, the Senate officially convened its second session of the 112th Congress, as required by the Constitution.
“Either the Senate is in session, or it is in the recess. If it has broken for three days within an ongoing session, it is not in ‘the Recess,'” the panel said.
The court said the president could only fill vacancies with the recess appointment procedure if the openings arise when the Senate is in an official recess, which it defined as the break between sessions of Congress.
“Considering the text, history and structure of the Constitution, these appointments were invalid from their inception,” a panel said.
Republican lawmakers lauded the decision.
“Today’s ruling reaffirms that the Constitution is above political party or agenda, despite what the Obama administration seems to think,” Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said. “With this ruling, the D.C. Circuit has soundly rejected the Obama administration’s flimsy interpretation of the law, and will go a long way toward restoring the constitutional separation of powers.”
In early January, Obama appointed Deputy Labor Secretary Sharon Block, union lawyer Richard Griffin and NLRB counsel Terence Flynn to fill vacancies on the NLRB, giving it a full contingent for the first time in more than a year. Block and Griffin are Democrats, while Flynn is a Republican. Flynn stepped down from the board last year.
Another MA Governor is running for President and once again hopes to use MA as a stepping stone. Deval like his good friend Barack Hussein Obama, who he visits frequently at the White House, is also a wealth redistribution Socialist.MA is the 4th highest taxed state in America and in the last decade folks voted with their feet and left the state in droves. Consequently we lost 1 Congressional seat.
Deval’s new Tax and Spend plan along with Obamacare, Increased Federal Spending and our MA structural corruption, is enough to make anyone want to exit MA. Our last shot at stopping this state’s 1-party corrupt machine is to elect a GOP Party Chairman on January 31, that can develop alternative political candidates that can challenge the outrageous confiscation of our hard earned treasure. As the following Blog post indicates, there is a growing consensus that Rick Green is the man to turn around the MassGOP and to champion Fiscal Responsibility, Lower Taxes, smaller/less intrusive government and respect for personal freedom. YOU must contact your State Committeeman and State Committeewoman and urge them to vote for Rick Green. You can also read more about Rick at http://www.rickgreenma.com/ Repost Courtesy of Rabid Republican Blog
Posted January 17th, 2013 by ironmike
I went to the MassGOP Chair forum in Lexington tonight. I went to watch, to listen and to judge. I didn’t stay for the end – I didn’t need to. OK, so I’m a judgmental old bastard, – combat and command will do that to a man. For better or worse, I now render judgment: I sincerely wish I could report that we have three sterling candidates. We don’t. We have just ONE. David D’Arcangelo is a good enough fellow from Malden – where he is a city counselor. To his credit his opening salvo stressed the need for an urban strategy – and Republicans better listen to him on that. But, he makes excuses for where we lost races – without really addressing the obvious shortfalls, – and he in running on his ability to compromise. Damnit – we’re not going to win the respect of independents until we stop compromising – and stand for Republican principles. Kristen Hughes is a long-term Merrimac Street volunteer and insider, once sang for Disney, was a key part of Scott Brown’s losing campaign, and was just elected to Quincy’s City Counsel. Her shortfalls are several – first and foremost she is almost a clone of Party Chair Barbie. She does not command respect, and still has a little girl voice and giggle. John Walsh will eat her alive. Her opening salvo – and first several answers were like cliché soup – and she used a lotof them. My eyeballs finally rolled when she said she’d heal the divides within our party with a ‘Unity Summit’. OMG Kristen, WTF do you think those quarterly MassGOP Committee meetings are supposed to be? So what are you going to do – toss some Pixie Dust and wave your magic wand? By that point folks, – I was visualizing both John Walsh and Deval Patrick tossing her back and forth like a rag doll – or a Barbie Doll. A logistical issue she cannot overcome is being a brand new mother. There is no way she can repair and rebuild our shattered party while caring for an infant. Any feminist who says otherwise hasn’t given birth, – or gave her baby up for adoption.
THE GOOD NEWS:
I’d heard good stuff about Rick Green. He turns out to be far better than I’d anticipated. He has built his business from nothing to a $74 million / yearenterprise employing over 100 people. That says a lot right there. Here’s the BEST PART!He instinctively and easily talks like a Republican!He has a state-wide plan, – something that Nassour and Runty Maginn never did. He knows we need to re-establish our brand! He’s willing to serve a minimum of 6 years [3 terms] – AND promises to leave a trained crew in place when he departs. At THAT point my judgmental old mind was made up – he’s not in it for personal glory– he’s in it for his Country and his kids! He’s the only natural leader in the race.
Hughes brought with her a large Scott Brown cheering section. To her this is a campaign – winning is important – and the fingers of Scott Brown are very visible. I hope to GOD we don’t become a Scott Brown party, – or we’ll be under 10% by the end of the year. I confronted Vice-Chair Momma Kangas again about the MassGOP’s lame website, and what did the MassGOP have to say about either Obama’s gun-grabbing or Deval’s gun-grabbing and insane budget – or his plan to make Heffernan a judge. I got a smart-assed answer “I’m the Vice-Chair, – I’m in charge of the vice!” Jeanne, I told you I’d quote you if you didn’t give a thoughtful response. Muffy was there. Her fleeting 10 seconds on national TV have come and gone – nobody is cozying up to her. My state committeeman Brian Burke,…wasn’tthere. No surprise. There was a goodly under-30 crowd. Maybe there’s hope. The two state committee old-timers Helen and Sandy managed to pull the usual trick – holding the event in a room too small [they said they couldn’t get a school gym or auditorium?] – so the room was stuffed beyond what the Lexington FD would have allowed – it they’d seen it. – – – – – –If you live in Massachusetts – you better be on the horn to your twoCommittee Critters – and have them vote for Rick Green. Otherwise it will be more of the same frustration and heartbreak, and more lame excuses after each election.
Barack Hussein Obama’s agenda is to demonize fiscal conservatives so they he can continue to give away “Obama phones” from his “stash” to his constituency. Actually his “stash” is a bunch of generational IOUs to our children and grandchildren that won’t be worth the paper their printed on.
Let’s try to break down the consequences of Obama’s fondness for a disgraceful Spending appetite.
The Annual Income to Federal Government $2.2 trillion
Obama will Spend$3.8 trillion in the coming fiscal year.
The Debt for this year alone $1.6 trillion
The national debt is $16.5 trillion
Since Trillions are too big for people to comprehend let’ s strike the last 8 zeros and treat these Federal figures as if they were being used in your household.
$38,000 Spending – $ 22,000 Income = $16,000 Household deficit spending this year
$165,000 Cumulative debt + $16,000 Current Debt = $181,000 Total Cumulative Household Debt
This is a Problem!!!
The Total Cuts in the recent Budget Control Act were 38.5 billion.
Strike the zeros and it takes the cuts amount to a measly$38.50 from the household Deficit debt this year or:
$16,000 – $38.50 = $15,961.50 Your Household Deficit spending for this year alone
$165000 + $15,961.50 = $180,961.50 Total Cumulative Household Debt
Yes this is the Obama Math in play. How long could you or would your creditors allow you to rack up these credit card charges without forcing you into bankruptcy? Yet we have been doing just this for decades now. Once our creditors acknowledge our inability to pay off our debt, our interest rate, as we have seen in Greece, will be so onerous that there will be riots in the streets when basic government necessities can no longer be provided. We’re not talking about “Obama phones”, but rather necessities like food medicine etc.
Our federal government can and must do better than that.
Whenever the President and Congress talk about Borrowing, we should look at it in household terms. In the above example it should be evident to all, that there is really no real ability and therefore no real intention to pay back the accumulated $15,961.50 debt.
Borrowing is when you ask a lender to give you money and based upon your financial position, he agrees and you agree to pay it back in some predetermined term at an agreed upon interest rate.
What is occurring in the above example and what the Obama Administration is advocating is generational theft from our Children and grandchildren who have no voice in the matter!
This generational borrowing is stealing, and criminal behavior that must be punished because we must Stop Stealing from our Children and Stop the Overspending.
Obama To Boehner: “We Don’t Have A Spending Problem” – WJS
Pelosi: More Tax Revenues Must Be Part Of Any Debt Deal
Boehner: Obama Blames “Health Care Problem” For Deficit -WSJ
Democrats Pushing For Another $1 Trillion In Tax Revenue – Rpt
Obama to Boehner: ‘We Don’t Have a Spending Problem’
By Ben Shapiro, Breitbart.com
In an interview with Stephen Moore of the Wall Street Journal, newly re-elected House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) opened up about President Obama’s utter unwillingness to cut a single dollar from federal spending. In a stunning admission, Obama reportedly told Boehner, “We don’t have a spending problem.”
Boehner added that President Obama continues to maintain that America’s federal deficit is caused not by governmental overspending but by “a health-care problem.” Said Boehner, “They blame all of the fiscal woes on our health-care system.” Boehner told Obama, “Clearly we have a health-care problem, which is about to get worse with Obamacare. But, Mr. President, we have a very serious spending problem.” Obama eventually replied, “I’m getting tired of hearing you say that.”
Obama may be tired of hearing Boehner talk about a spending problem, particularly when Obama has been re-elected on the basis of ignoring government spending. Nonetheless, America does have a spending problem, which Obama is steadfastly ignoring. “He’s so ideological himself,” Boehner explained, “and he’s unwilling to take on the left of his own party.” That’s why Obama refused to raise the retirement age for Medicare after agreeing to it. “He admitted in meetings that he couldn’t sell things to his own members,” said Boehner. “But he didn’t even want to try … We could never get him to step up.”
Taxes Are Going Up!! What Congress Past Was To Try To Keep some Taxes The same!!!!
One Step Closer To Europe? Congress Passes Deal To Avert ‘Cliff” – Stuart Varney
Smoking Mirrors There are No Cuts!!!
Here’s The Deal: $1 Spending Cuts For Every $10 In Tax Hikes
Tax And Spend – Deal Cuts $15 Billion, Raises Taxes $620 Billion
Here’s The Deal: $1 Spending Cuts For Every $10 In Tax Hikes – Judge Andrew Napolitano
A State Department security chief who was said to have resigned last week after the release of a scathing report about security lapses at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi in the run-up to the terror attack that killed four Americans reportedly is still on the department’s payroll.
The New York Post – reports that Eric Boswell, the assistant secretary of state for diplomatic security, has not resigned from the department, as a State Department spokeswoman indicated Dec. 19. Boswell is instead just “switching desks,” according to the report.
Three other State Department officials, including Charlene Lamb, the deputy assistant secretary responsible for embassy security, were placed on administrative leave after the release of the report. However, according to the Post they are expected to return.
The State Department-ordered investigation of the attack found that “systemic failures” had left the consulate facility in Libya inadequately protected.
The report, which was presented to Congress by an independent review board on Dec. 18, also concluded that no protest preceded the attack, despite earlier claims made by the Obama administration.
The State Department responded to the New York Post’s questions about the employment status of Boswell and other officials by reissuing an earlier statement confirming Boswell’s decision to resign.