Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Trey Gowdy on Gruber Comments – Stupidity of the Public

In this video clip from Tuesday’s The Kelly File, Congressman Trey Gowdy and Megyn Kelly weigh in on MIT professor and Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber’s remarks on the deceit used to pass the Affordable Care Act and what he refers to as the “stupidity” of the American public.  After this latest scandal broke both Gruber and the White House tried to walk things back by saying that he was speaking off the cuff.  Kelly refuted this argument by showing another video where Gruber also demonstrated his contempt for the “stupid” public.  It kind of makes one wonder when the professor will run out of cuffs.  Kelly then played a clip from December, 2009 where then senator, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and strong Obamacare advocate Max Baucus referred to professor Gruber as a “credible and unbiased source.”  It pains me to mention that professor, or should I say architect Gruber, was paid almost $400,000 by the White House (you and I) for his work on Obamacare.

Kelly brought on Congressman Trey Gowdy a Republican from South Carolina in the second half of the video.  When asked his reaction to the Gruber affair he opened by saying:  “I can’t get past the irony to get to the arrogance.  The most ‘transparent’ administration since the continents shifted had to rely on artifice and deception to pass its signature piece of legislation. You can’t make that up. He had to lie to people, and then he justified it … So I can’t even get past the irony of that to get to the arrogance of him calling our fellow citizens stupid,” said Gowdy.  He closed out his comments on this scandal by saying:  “… So my fellow citizens have to keep in mind, fool me once, shame on you, ever fool me again, shame on us.”

Gowdy is chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi and Kelly did not miss this opportunity to ask him about the committee’s progress. He responded:  “We have a very robust investigative plan that will kick off in December, and Megyn, I can tell you my goal was to have an investigation where witnesses who had never been talked to before felt comfortable coming forward because of the seriousness of our investigation and that is precisely what is happening.  So it is not with a lot of fanfare, and there aren’t a lot of public hearings, but trust me when I tell you we are making tremendous progress.”

Seven Reasons Net Neutrality Is A Dumb Idea

by Ben Shapiro 10 Nov 2014

On Monday, President Obama announced that he would be pushing the Federal Communications Commission to begin enforcing “net neutrality” – a policy by which internet service providers would be forced to load all web sites at the same speed. While the internet works just fine as is, President Obama believes we’re mere moments away from the system breaking down barring massive government intervention:

We cannot allow Internet service providers (ISPs) to restrict the best access or to pick winners and losers in the online marketplace for services and ideas. I believe the FCC should create a new set of rules protecting net neutrality and ensuring that neither the cable company nor the phone company will be able to act as a gatekeeper, restricting what you can do or see online.

If this sounds suspiciously like the language President Obama used with regard to health insurance in his pitch for Obamacare – unlimited access and zero scarcity, as dictated by the government – that’s because it is. Free market economics generally create higher supply, lower price, and better service. But President Obama believes that markets inevitably fail.

Here are the top seven reasons government-enforced net neutrality is an awful idea:

We Already Have Net Neutrality. As a result of competition between internet service providers in the marketplace, ISPs generally do not discriminate against highly-trafficked websites. If they did – holding a figurative gun to the head of those websites by throttling back speed to those websites – consumers would dump those ISPs in favor of others. Competition ensures that companies do not have the leverage to discriminate against particular websites.

Read the other six reasons on breitbart.com.

Megyn Slams ObamaCare Architect Who Declined to Appear on ‘Kelly File’

Watch the fiery discussion here.

From Foxnews.com:  Marc Thiessen, former speechwriter for George W. Bush, was on “The Kelly File” to discuss the newly surfaced video where ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber reveals that a “lack of transparency” helped pass the health care law.

“Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical for the thing to pass,” Gruber said in the video.

“If it takes lying to us to get what they want done, they’re willing to do it,” Thiessen said.

Thiessen described Gruber as so condescending that “he actually wrote a comic book to explain ObamaCare because of course we’re not smart enough to read chapter books.” Thiessen noted that the book describes the individual mandate as “the spinach we have to eat in order to get the dessert that is fairly priced health insurance. “

Megyn Kelly said that she invited Gruber back on the show to defend himself tonight, but he said he wasn’t interested.

“You know what? We’re no longer interested in you, Mr. Gruber, and 28 Democrats who voted for that health care law just got fired by the American people because eventually they realized they had been lied to […] one by one, the misrepresentations have come out and the American people have had their say.”

Watch the fiery discussion here.

Government Handouts

Attribution: Rob Rogers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Election 2014: Judge Jeanine Pirro Spikes the Ball

Judge Jeanine Pirro celebrates the results of the 2014 election, reveling in the historic reversals of Democrat fortunes across the country, as well as the rejection and repudiation of the president’s make-believe “war on women”. The endless repetition of that lie simply didn’t work for the Democrats. Bummer. What do they do when that tactic fails?

Astonishingly, the president seems to be claiming a mandate based on the 2/3 of voters who didn’t bother to show up at the polls! This is delusional. This is surreal.

For the next two years, the bow wave of bipartisan bills that Harry Reid buried in his desk are going to be showing up on President Obama’s desk. We’ll soon see which is the real “Party of No”.

It’s over, Mr. President, says the Judge. The American people now see right through you!

Article at westernfreepress.com.

Surprise Surprise – NYT: GOP Establishment Gears up for Civil War Against Tea Party

Look folks, we went into this with our eyes wide open (at least those of us who are still breathing).  We all knew this was going to happen.  But wouldn’t you rather be fighting an army of cry babies (Boehners) than an army of Harry Reids?  So let’s get to work! – ADB

By Jeremy Peters, New York Times Nov. 8, 2014  (story below graphic):

Photo credit: Breitbart News

WASHINGTON — As most Republicans were taking a victory lap the morning after the elections, a group of conservatives huddled anxiously in a conference room not far from Capitol Hill and agreed that now is the time for confrontation, not compromise and conciliation.

Despite Republicans’ ascension to Senate control and an expanded House majority, many conservatives from the party’s activist wing fear that congressional leaders are already being too timid with President Obama.

They do not want to hear that government shutdowns are off the table or that repealing the Affordable Care Act is impossible — two things Republican leaders have said in recent days.  Read more at nytimes.com.

Guess What Obama Did Before Leaving on His Asia Trip?

 The answer is a No-Brainer.  Click the graphic to find out.

Hey Obama, Enjoy Your New Paperweight


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Dear GOP… We’re Watching

November 7, 2014 by  
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Photo credit: Michael Ramirez, IBD - hat tip: MJC

OK, the much touted, much dreaded 2014 elections are over.  The Republicans now control both houses by wide margins.  How did we do it?  We did it because we Conservative and Tea Party voters realized that the time to save liberty and freedom was now, the time for smaller government was now and the time to get back to the rule of law was now.  In the words of Congressman Ted Yoho, “We’ve had enough!”  So we held our noses, went to the poles and voted Republican.  We did this even if it meant voting for a so-called moderate or RINO.

So what did we get for our efforts?  Hopefully a new class of freshman representatives and senators who will hit the ground running in January and make a real difference just like they did after the 2010 elections.  But we’re also burdened with those RINOS who got reelected.  Will they change?  Senator Pat Roberts says that he’s learned is lesson and will be more conservative, but most will remain pretty much the same; better than the Progressive Democrats, but not that much.

I’ll quote Thomas Jefferson again: ”The price of liberty is eternal vigilance”  Now is NOT the time to lie back on the couch, it’s the time to stay active and keep fighting to make those elected keep their promises and stand up to the Progressive (too kind a term) Left!

While I’m just an amateur tea party guy, here’s what some professionals have to say:

 

Dear Republicans: No One Elected You to Work with Democrats

As the reality of a Republican wave became imminent last night, a dangerous narrative began to take hold among the conservative talking heads on cable news and in the victory speeches of the victorious Republicans. The narrative was that now that the Republicans have control of both chambers of Congress, it is incumbent upon them to work with Obama and the other Democrats in the service of “getting things done” and “fixing the broken system.”  Read more at redstate.com.

 

Republican Majority, Day One: McConnell Surrenders

We have captured your capital and destroyed your army! We surrender!

If you watched the respective press conferences of Barack Obama and Mitch McConnell yesterday, you would be forgiven for thinking that the Democrats had just picked up a bunch of seats in the House and Senate, and the Republicans had just suffered a humiliating defeat. While President Obama was defiant and borderline delusional, claiming that the American people had not repudiated him and boldly proclaiming that he still had a mandate, and openly declaring that he would veto everything the Republicans sent his way and act on his own, Mitch McConnell was ruling out the use of the most potent weapons in his arsenal: Read more at redstate.com.

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Return of the Zombie Congress

The midterms are over, but the fight has just begun. Hold Republicans’ feet to the fire.”The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.” – Thoms Jefferson

Jim DeMint / @JimDeMint / November 05, 2014

Photo: Gage Skidmore/Creative Commons

With the midterm elections just behind us, Americans might think they can finally stop worrying about politics for a while. Not so fast! Now is when they need to be more vigilant than ever.

Although dozens of politicians were replaced with fresh faces on Election Day, the losers don’t have to vacate their offices for two months. That means they can keep on voting in a “lame duck” session of Congress.

While “lame duck” is the standard parlance in D.C., I prefer the more colorful term “Zombie Congress,” popularized in recent years by George Will and others. It more aptly conveys the peril of the situation. Zombie legislators are those unhappy senators and representatives who have been voted out of office, yet still stagger dutifully back to Washington for a month or so before Christmas break.  ‘Tis the season when they are most dangerous.

Unlike their B-movie counterparts, these zombies don’t seek brains, though they could probably use some. With no electorate to appease, the newly politically “deceased” members have no incentive to restrain their more base urges to feast upon the hard-earned tax dollars of the living.

Unfortunately, lame duck sessions have become more common in recent years and have been used to rush through liberal policies while most Americans are focused on the holidays. Obamacare was rammed through the Senate on Christmas Eve in 2009. Other lame ducks were used to pass bailouts, debt limit increases, big spending bills, special-interest tax breaks and even an ill-advised arms treaty with Russia.

Lame duck lawmakers could use this year’s post-election session to push through a costly omnibus spending bill … with total impunity. Those who want to further burden Americans by taxing their Internet purchases also are contemplating the chance to ram through the misleadingly titled “Marketplace Fairness Act.” The “fairness” here means you send more money to the government!  Read more at dailysignal.com.

Liberal Chick… She’s Back

November 6, 2014 by  
Filed under Educational, Hot Topics

Liberal Chick: Our Founder George Jefferson Would Not Approve of the GOP Voter Suppression Win

Hat tip: clashdaily

It’s a Beautiful Day in Iowa Neighborhoods

So sorry for the loss on the Alachua County Politburo (Commission).  A sad day for Liberty here at home, but in general, a huge win!

https://twitter.com/AlanBerkelham/status/530017728497983488

https://twitter.com/AlanBerkelham/status/530017196924489728

 

Some Say This is an ‘Election about Nothing’ No, It’s An Election About Everything

At long last, the conventional wisdom about the 2014 midterms is here: It’s an election about nothing.

Obama votes early in Chicago, October 20, 2014. NEWSCOM

Nov 3, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 08 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES

The Washington Post may have been first in declaring the coming midterms “kind of—and apologies to Seinfeld here—an election about nothing.” But the Daily Beast chimed in: “America seems resigned to a Seinfeld election in 2014—a campaign about nothing.” And New York magazine noted (and embraced) the cliché: The midterm election “has managed to earn a nickname from the political press: the ‘Seinfeld Election,’ an election about nothing.”

Soon enough this description was popping up everywhere—the New Republic, the Los Angeles Times, the Christian Science Monitor, Bloomberg, Politico, and many others. The 2014 Midterms, the Seinfeld Election.

Others posited something even worse. “The 2014 campaign has been the most boring and uncreative campaign I can remember,” wrote New York Times columnist David Brooks. That wasn’t harsh enough for Chris Cillizza at the Washington Post, who went further. The election isn’t just “boring,” he wrote, “it’s vapid and inconsequential.”

The big television networks seem to agree. The signature newscasts of ABC, NBC, and CBS have barely found the upcoming elections worthy of notice. According to the Media Research Center, ABC’s World News Tonight didn’t run a single story about the midterms between September 1 and October 20. Over that same seven-week period, NBC and CBS evening newscasts ran just 11 and 14 stories, respectively. (It probably goes without saying that the networks found the prospective Democratic triumph in the 2006 midterms much more compelling. Over the same time period that year, NBC ran 65 stories about the midterms, CBS ran 58, and ABC ran 36.)

We have a different view.

Not only is this election not about nothing, it is being fought over exactly the kinds of things that ought to determine our elections.

It’s about the size and scope of government. It’s about the rule of law. It’s about the security of the citizenry. It’s about competence. It’s about integrity. It’s about honor [Bold type, mine].

Read more at WeeklyStandard.com.

Can Obama Reboot?

Does he even want to?

By GLENN THRUSH and CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN  -  November 02, 2014

Barack Obama is antsy. His aides can see it when he alights from Air Force One from the all-too-occasional campaign trips he has taken this fall. There’s a sigh, an unhappy-camper body language when he finds himself back in the depressing slipstream of Ebola confabs and national-security-crisis-of-the-day meetings. The vibe, according to people in his orbit, is not so much of being checked out as of being fed up.

“[I] do like campaigning. … It’s fun,” Obama said on Thursday, speaking wistfully at a rally for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud in Maine. But the Michaud event was the exception, not the rule. “There have been $2 billion in ads shitting on the president and no one to defend him,” a senior administration official told us. “He is very fired up to get this campaign behind him, to run through the tape.”  Read more at politico.com.

Watters’ World Midterm Election Edition – How The Folks Feel About The Election?- O’Reilly

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