Archive for the ‘Shutdown News’ Category
Talk all over the place that the administration may delay the ObamaCare individual mandate for a while, since it’s obviously not ready for prime time.
Let’s face it: If Obama were really smart, he would have graciously agreed to the conservative GOP demand to delay the individual mandate for a year. He would have gained time to work out the ObamaCare exchange problems, he would have looked presidential, he would have gained a bargaining chip for a future tussle, and the GOP would have been pilloried. Oh wait, the GOP were pilloried anyway but that’s par for the MSM treatment of any opposition to Obama.
It is deliciously ironic that the gov’t was shutdown rather than delay ObamaCare and its individual mandate for a year and now that Obama went ahead with the rollout, it sucks big time and needed more time.
Concerns about ObamaCare navigators expand. The Obama administration is hiring groups as navigators, including unions and re-formed ACORN groups. What’s the worry? A strong link is emerging between immigration activists [translate that as open borders, proamnesty] and ObamaCare navigators. That’s not a coincidence. It’s becoming obvious that these navigators intend to sign up the recipients of the immigration reform bill Obama is trying to ram through Congress, and greatly push up the numbers signing up for ObamaCare. And by ObamaCare, I mean Medicaid. Did I mention there’s a handy-dandy voter registration form at the ObamaCare enrollment website? Pretty handy, huh? Immigration activists getting paid as ObamaCare navigators sign up newly legal immigrants onto Medicaid, make ObamaCare look more successful, and sign them up as new Democratic voters all at the same time. Quite a racket! http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/10/18/reports-raise-concern-about-backgrounds-obamacare-navigators/ and http://americanglob.com/2013/10/16/obamacare-exchange-website-also-offers-voter-registration-for-some-reason/
This sounds too stupid to be true but it’s legitimate. A Sterling, Colorado family had to fight to include “Jesus” on a tombstone. The family wanted to put a 6″ fish inscribed with the word “Jesus” on a tombstone but the cemetery director refused, saying it might offend some people, that some people might want a swastika. Huh? They went to the City Manager, who also refused permission. After Todd Starnes on Fox Radio discussed the story, the cemetery director and city manager relented. Amazing what a national news story can do to turn people around. http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/10/18/family-fights-to-include-jesus-on-grave-marker-at-city-owned-cemetery/
This story was nearly as stupid. Only 13-17% of the government was shut down and the MSM sympathetically noted that the shutdown including the people who work on Michelle’s WH garden. The squirrels are eating the food, the weeds are taking over. If Michelle doesn’t care enough to go work outside [Isn’t that Get Moving?], or put her kids outside or have some group volunteer to work, then the garden isn’t much of a priority. http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/361601/michelle-michelle-how-does-your-white-house-garden-grow-charlotte-hays
The Redskin isn’t a Redskin, after all. The MSM have been touting this man who claims to be a leader of the Oneida tribe and says the Washington Redskin offends him and his tribe. The Oneida tribe says ‘Hey, he’s not our leader and not even a member of our tribe.’ http://dailycaller.com/2013/10/14/documents-anti-redskins-indian-leader-not-a-legitimate-member-of-his-tribe/#ixzz2htxFUXXG Why don’t we just call him Elizabeth Warren?
Today the MSM is heralding the division within the Republican Party and gleefully predicting the demise of the Tea Party and the GOP itself. Once again, the negatives on the Tea Party are up and Americans look more favorably to the Dems. In an article at The Hill, Lindsay Graham confirms that the unfriendly polls led to the GOP surrender.
As I’ve said before, I had mixed feelings about the shutdown, knowing it would be futile but admiring the Tea Party guts to fight.
Years ago I read a child-rearing book called The Difficult Child, I don’t recall the author. After all these years, the one lesson I recall is the advice that a particular child can be considered ‘difficult’ because his/her personality clashes with the particular family it was born into. A quiet reader w/o any interest in athletics might be considered ‘difficult’ in a rough-and-tumble family of sportsters. The task for parents is to ensure the child is fully comfortable and confident in the family by mutual respect of the diverse activities and personalities of all siblings and parents.
Why can’t the GOP be those parents, the older establishment figures who birthed the Tea Party and their ‘difficult’ views? The Tea Party is a party of ideas and vibrancy, of true change.
In 2007-8, black leaders like Jesse Jackson publicly and vociferously threatened to bolt the Democratic Party in the 2008 election if they didn’t appease black interests. Those “black interests” were largely unarticulated in public but were defined in private by those same black leaders. Remember the ‘extreme’ demands for Reparations and the ’40 Acres and A Mule’ demands by Rev Juanita Daughtery and others? What happened to their demands? They were privately met and the leaders appeased, and blacks fell in line for 2008. Was the DNC support of Obama, instead of Hillary, the appeasement? Did ’40 Acres and a Mule’ result in the costly and corrupt Pigford Settlements? Is the government work thrown to ACORN, SEIU, NAACP in the form of grants and Obama navigation and the like the true ‘Reparations?’
I don’t know, but the diverse and extreme interests of Democrats were smoothed over to win elections. Trust me, the Democratic Party bears little resemblance to the party of 40 years ago.
The MSM frequently asks, “Could Ronald Reagan be the nominee of such an ‘extreme’ Republican Party of today?”
The real question should be, “Could John F Kennedy – an antiabortion, pro business capitalist, war hero with a strong belief in American exceptionalism – be the nominee of such an ‘extreme’ Democratic Party of today?”
Despite the antagonism of some conservatives/libertarian toward mainstream Mitch McConnell – Glenn Beck is on the warpath against him – I think Mitch gave a realistic appraisal of the situation in this exit interview with NRO’s Robert Costa. Mitch said he knew in July that the GOP simply didn’t have votes to win this battle. Our government has the checks and balances of 3 branches: the Executive, the Legislative, and the Judicial, which is supposedly non-partisan. The Executive is the Presidency, now owned by a partisan Democrat. The Legislative is split between the Senate, owned by a very partisan group of Democrats and the House of Representatives, owned by a divided GOP.
Obama is right in his partisan taunts, if we want to win the Battle of the Budgets and Debts, conservative/libertarians have to win more elections.
There’s an argument for fighting for your beliefs, and Bret Hume makes a thoughtful argument here. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/10/16/hume-tea-party-pushed-budget-confrontation-because-gop-utterly-failed-to/
“In conventional terms, it seems inexplicable, but Senator Cruz and his adherents do not view things in conventional terms. They look back over the past half-century, including the supposedly golden era of Ronald Reagan, and see the uninterrupted forward march of the American left. Entitlement spending never stopped growing. The regulatory state continued to expand. The national debt grew and grew and finally in the Obama years, exploded. They see an American population becoming unrecognizable from the free and self-reliant people they thought they knew. And they see the Republican Party as having utterly failed to stop the drift toward an unfree nation supervised by an overweening and bloated bureaucracy. They are not interested in Republican policies that merely slow the growth of this leviathan. They want to stop it and reverse it. And they want to show their supporters they’ll try anything to bring that about.
“And if some of those things turn out to be reckless and doomed, well so be it.”
The irony here? The MSM and the Dems widely touted the NBC/WSJ poll which was so hostile to Republicans? It was an outlier, no other poll showed that hostility to the GOP, and some polls blamed Obama for the shutdown as much as the GOP. The GOP ran scared, believing what the MSM and Dems wanted them to believe.
The MSM, the Dems and even some Repubs call Sen Ted Cruz [R-TX] and other Tea Party pols terrorists, suicide bombers and more because they refused to approve a budget plan that would permit ObamaCare, and its individual mandate, to go forward. I don’t know about these tactics. I’m not a Republican and I feel conflicted. You have to admire Cruz, Lee and the rest for trying to delay ObamaCare for a year. They have every right to do so.
Is it worth the price to the GOP? I don’t know and I worry about the current impetus to knock off Mitch McConnell next year. While McConnell can probably defeat the Clinton candidate Allison Lundergan Grimes, I’m not as confident Matt Bevins can. Yes, Kentucky elected Rand Paul but he had some advantages: a name made famous by his father, his opponent Jack Conway wasn’t especially savvy or well known, he didn’t have Bill Clinton running his campaign, the MoveOn girl who tried to slander Paul supporters backfired in her ploy, and the DNC will be pushing women and a WarOnWomen next year in an effort to help Hillary in 2016.
The Tea Party candidates and tactics during the shutdown didn’t trouble me one bit. What did bother me was the vitriol not only from Democratic politicians and analysts but from the Obama-supporting MSM. From Brian Williams to the AP, all the attention was on ‘extreme Republicans’ without holding Obama and the Dems accountable for the ObamaCare debacle and our increasing debt.
Here, a list of the 11 votes in the House that funded important government programs with the restriction of delaying ObamaCare for 1 year. This would have been a winning play for Middle America but the Dems and Obama refused to fund those programs because they refused to delay ObamaCare. It was as much the Dems’ and Obama’s shutdown as the Tea Party’s but the MSM wouldn’t report that.
Whether you supported the Tea Party actions or not, did you know about these House votes? Why not? Here’s three of them, go to the link above to learn the others.
6. Roll Call 513 on Open Our Nation’s Parks and Museums Act (October 2, 2013)
To help reopen parts of the government while Democrats refused to come to the table and work out differences, the House GOP voted to restore funding for the nation’s parks and museums – including the World War Two Memorial in Washington that has been closed to visiting veterans.
Senate Democrats killed the bill, and President Obama threatened to veto it.
7. Roll Call 514 on Research for Lifesaving Cures Act (October 2, 2013)To help restore funding for vital cancer research and other lifesaving innovations, the House GOP voted to reopen the National Institute of Health.
Senate Democrats blocked the bill (see Harry Reid ask a reporter “why would we want to do that?” when asked if he would vote to resume funding for children’s cancer treatment), and President Obama threatened to veto it.
8. Roll Call 516 on Pay Our Guard and Reserve Act (October 3, 2013)
In order to make sure that the government shutdown doesn’t get in the way of paying our National Guard and Reserve, the House GOP voted for the Pay Our Guard and Reserve Act.
Senate Democrats blocked the bill, and President Obama threatened to veto it.
In this second picture, some of today’s attendees carried a pile of Barrycades and left them in front of the White House fence.