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  • Conservatives Won't Win Elections by Refusing To Compromise

    05/28/2014 6:28:32 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 252 replies ^ | May 28, 2014 | Dr Ben Carson
    More discussion on the topic of pragmatism and politics is critical. If conservatives decide to take their marbles and go home rather than fight to the bitter end because they feel their principles have been compromised, they will needlessly subject future generations to untold misery. Voting for someone who agrees with you 90 percent of the time is far superior to voting for someone who disagrees with you 100 percent of the time. This is exactly what will happen if people refuse to exercise their civic duty and boycott elections because they feel betrayed. Personally, I am not supportive of...
  • God, the Gospel, and the Gay Challenge -- A Response to Matthew Vines

    04/24/2014 6:06:22 AM PDT · by xzins · 53 replies
    Christian Headlines ^ | April 23, 2014 | Al Mohler
    Evangelical Christians in the United States now face an inevitable moment of decision. While Christians in other movements and in other nations face similar questions, the question of homosexuality now presents evangelicals in the United States with a decision that cannot be avoided. Within a very short time, we will know where everyone stands on this question. There will be no place to hide, and there will be no way to remain silent. To be silent will answer the question. The question is whether evangelicals will remain true to the teachings of Scripture and the unbroken teaching of the Christian...
  • The NRA Quietly Backs Down On Domestic Violence

    04/23/2014 4:05:41 AM PDT · by T-Bird45 · 39 replies
    HuffPo ^ | 4/22/2014 | Laura Basset & Christina Wilkie
    WASHINGTON -- For nearly a decade, the National Rifle Association successfully blocked a bill in Washington state that would have required alleged domestic abusers to surrender their firearms after being served with a protective order. Only those actually convicted of felony domestic violence, the nation's largest gun lobby argued, should be made to forfeit their gun rights. This past year, the NRA changed its tune. As the bill, HB 1840, once again moved through the state legislature, the gun lobby made a backroom deal with lawmakers, agreeing to drop its public opposition to it in exchange for a few minor...
  • Ronald Reagan Quote

    02/21/2014 6:02:26 PM PST · by Innovative · 72 replies
    2003 | Ronald Reagan
    Ronald Reagan on the importance of political compromise (in his own words) An American Life (his autobiography) | 8/7/03 | Ronald Reagan Posted on ‎8‎/‎7‎/‎2003‎ ‎2‎:‎05‎:‎04‎ ‎PM by Diddle E. Squat "When I began entering into the give and take of legislative bargaining in Sacramento, a lot of the most radical conservatives who had supported me during the election didn't like it. "Compromise" was a dirty word to them and they wouldn't face the fact that we couldn't get all of what we wanted today. They wanted all or nothing and they wanted it all at once. If you don't...
  • With 2015 budget request, Obama will call for an end to era of austerity (LOL - I know, right?)

    02/21/2014 6:16:17 AM PST · by mykroar · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/20/14 | Zachary Goldfarb
    President Obamas forthcoming budget request will seek tens of billions of dollars in fresh spending for domestic priorities while abandoning a compromise proposal to tame the national debt in part by trimming Social Security benefits. With the 2015 budget request, Obama will call for an end to the era of austerity that has dogged much of his presidency and to his efforts to find common ground with Republicans. Instead, the president will focus on pumping new cash into job training, early-childhood education and other programs aimed at bolstering the middle class, providing Democrats with a policy blueprint heading into the...
  • Ever Caught Brent Bozell's Imitation of Johnny Boehner?

    12/19/2013 5:34:33 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 10 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 19 December 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    Other timely observations on the current House Speaker (and head of the Vichy Republican faction) from the founder/prez of the Media Research Center L. Brent Bozell, as heard on Levin's show this last Tuesday... (The GOPis)falling apart... no longer grounded by principle,but instead bypolitics-and it's lousy politics at best The budget agreement-which is being toutedas a 'compromise'- is one more retreat by the Republicans When is the last time you remember a 'compromise' that favored the Republicans? This 'compromise' is... 'you give-up less than you thought you might' Projected savings that come at the end... you shake your head...
  • Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA) Betrays Third District

    12/12/2013 2:06:37 PM PST · by Always A Marine · 19 replies
    Lynn Westmoreland (Vichy-GA) will betray his district this afternoon and vote for the Murray-Ryan budget compromise.
  • Budget Deal Reached - Real Compromise Or More Of The Same?

    12/11/2013 3:38:17 AM PST · by LD Jackson · 25 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 12/11/13 | LD Jackson
    Let's get something out of the way. I know we are in an era of divided government and that we can not expect to achieve all of our conservative goals. That's a given fact. If we expect to achieve anything, we must be willing to compromise on some issues. That's what Paul Ryan is already saying as he tries to sell the new budget deal he has reached with Democratic Senator Patty Murray to his fellow Republicans.I also know we have moved from government crisis to government crisis with predictable reliability. No budget deal has been reached for years. Our...
  • Meet Paul Ryan 2.0

    11/02/2013 12:21:04 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 36 replies
    The National Journal ^ | 10-31-13 | Tim Alberta
    This was shaping up to be Paul Ryan's moment. With the Republican Party reeling from a government shutdown and a near disaster over the debt limit, the chairman of the House Budget Committee was tasked with leading the GOP in a six-week bicameral budget conference. Republicans, who demanded these talks in exchange for a short-term budget resolution, were expected to pursue big-picture negotiations over America's long-term fiscal challenges. But that's not going to happen. Since being appointed as the Republican negotiating chief two weeks ago, Ryan has endeavored to lower public expectations for the committee, saying he hopes to pursue...
  • Gun rights advocates must not 'negotiate' with anti-gun zealots

    10/31/2013 5:52:25 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 29 October, 2013 | Kurt Hofmann
    As Seattle Gun Rights Examiner Dave Workman reported yesterday, rumor has it that the NRA is in negotiations with anti-gun fanatic Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on new legislation to turn non-violent "gun crimes" into felonies, requiring long prison times for mere possession of an "illegal gun": Two more people were murdered and 14 other wounded in weekend shootings in Chicago, according to todays Chicago Sun-Times, but according to todays Capitol Fax blog, Mayor Rahm Emanuels lobbyists are engaged in serious talks with the NRA about how to crack down on criminals and lower the body count. Presumably, the legislation under...
  • White House rips new GOP plan; Obama to huddle with Dems

    10/15/2013 8:34:07 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 53 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 15, 2013 | Justin Sink
    The White House appeared to reject a proposal by House Republicans Tuesday morning to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling, calling the proposal "a partisan attempt to appease a small group of Tea Party Republicans." "The president has said repeatedly that Members of Congress dont get to demand ransom for fulfilling their basic responsibilities to pass a budget and pay the nations bills," said White House spokesperson Amy Brundage. The White House also announced that the president and Vice President Biden would meet with House Democratic leaders at the White House at 3:15 Tuesday afternoon. Attendees will...
  • Sources: Ryan Compromise Will Keep Obamacare 'Forever'

    10/11/2013 4:24:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 68 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/11/13 | Matthew Boyle
    Breitbart News reported that House Republicans have offered a new deal to the White House to end the fiscal stalemate. The GOP plan, authored primarily by House Budget Chair Rep. Paul Ryan according to Hill sources, would meet Obama's demands in exchange for negotiations on a longer-term budget agreement. At least two high-ranking Capitol Hill sources have told Breitbart News that Ryans plan would also help protect Obamacare as it is currently implemented. Ryan's office deny the claims. What your sources are attempting to attribute to Congressman Ryan is not accurate, Kevin Seifert, Ryans spokesman, said in an email. But...
  • Democrats Refuse to Negotiate or Compromise

    10/09/2013 3:36:49 AM PDT · by LD Jackson · 3 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 10/09/13 | LD Jackson
    Some things stay the same as they have been for years. In this world of politicians who almost never do what they say they will do, there is one political party who can be depended on to do the same thing every time a discussion is started about the amount of money our government spends. Whenever a fiscal conservative brings attention to the fact that our government is spending far more money than it brings in, you can always depend on what the Democrats will do. They will nod their heads in agreement and say the fiscal responsibility needs to...
  • What is the President Willing to Give Up? (Is this a joke?)

    10/03/2013 9:06:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | October 3, 2013 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- It is the most thunderous proof of the Taranto Principle to date. I am speaking of the Senate's rejection of the House of Representative's proposal to delay the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act for a year, along with the federal subsidy for Congressional lawmakers and their staffs if and when these selfless public servants enter health care exchanges. You cannot have such subsidies and neither can I, but Congress and its aides can. The Senate will not even negotiate over it. The insightful James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal coined the Taranto Principle when he...
  • Why Is The Government Shut Down?

    10/02/2013 3:34:45 AM PDT · by LD Jackson · 24 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 10/02/13 | LD Jackson
    It's a simple question. Why is the federal government of the United States shut down? A simple question that has a simple answer. The mainstream media will not tell you the truth about the government shutdown. All you will hear out of them is how the Republicans are causing trouble for everyday American citizens by their refusal to compromise their right-wing ideology. It sounds bad when it's said like that, but it gets even worse when you finally understand just how much of a lie that statement really is. The Republicans are not to blame for the government shutdown. The...
  • No Compromise: House Democrats Kill GOP Proposal to Fund Veterans Services, National Parks Without

    10/01/2013 7:35:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 10/1/13 | Jason Howerton
    WASHINGTON (TheBlaze/AP) Democrats in Congress have made it clear they do not plan to negotiate with Republicans in any fashion until the U.S. House passes a clean continuing resolution to fully fund the government and Obamacare. That was evident late Tuesday when House Democrats killed a GOP bill aimed at reopening small slices of the federal establishment, including the Department of Veteran Affairs, the Park Service and a portion of the Washington, D.C., government funded with local tax revenue. After a Tuesday strategy session, Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) said if Democrats are really concerned about funding the VA, lets...
  • McConnell: Democrats Literally Just Voted Against Working Out a Compromise

    10/01/2013 4:40:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 1, 2013 - 11:08 AM | Melanie Hunter
    Speaking on the Senate floor Tuesday, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) accused Senate Democrats of refusing to sit down with House Republicans and work out a compromise on the continuing resolution after the Senate tabled a motion to conference with the House the same day as the federal government shutdown. Theyve now said they wont even sit down and work out differences. They wont even talk about it. They literally just voted against working out a compromise. They seem completely opposed to negotiation or compromise on a law thats killing jobs, driving up premiums and driving people out of the...
  • Compromise In Politics? No, Confront

    09/30/2013 4:23:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | September 30, 2013 | Star Parker
    Among the pearls of wisdom conveyed in Ecclesiastes is that everything has its time. "A time to be born ... a time to die, a time to plant ... a time to uproot, a time for war ... a time for peace." The founders of the United States drew up a Constitution to serve as an operating manual, in its checks and balances, for peaceful, deliberative government. They understood human nature and set up a system in which competing interests would have to give in. Compromise, they understood, is a necessary lubricant for the wheels of government "of the people,...
  • DEFIANCE: Patriots Need a Double Dose of the Rebel Spirit

    09/29/2013 7:09:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | September 29, 2013 | Doug Giles
    I was told as a young squab growing up in west Texas that life is about compromisesfinding a happy medium between two parties in any given situation so that neither party feels like its being deep fried in bacon fat. After 22 years of marriage I have found that concept advantageous. For instance, when Im required to watch a chick flick, my wife insists on Sandra Bullocks movies, yet I like Pamela Andersons um movies. So, in the spirit of fairness, we settle on Kate Hudson films. For mood music mi esposa digs Andrea Bocelli. I, on...
  • WH Says GOP Has Moved Away From Compromise, Then Vows Not to Compromise

    09/18/2013 9:25:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | September 18, 2013 - 3:14 PM | Eric Scheiner
    White House spokesperson Jay Carney criticized Republican leaders for moving away from compromise, but when asked if the administration would accept any delay in Obamacare, he replied, No. "House Republicans have decided to pursue a path away from the center, away from compromise in favor of voting on a piece of legislation that they know will not become law, Carney said Wednesday.
  • Christie brushes off Pauls beer proposal [NJ Governor is a jerk]

    08/01/2013 4:22:57 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 48 replies
    CNN ^ | 7/31/13
    Gov. Chris Christie said Wednesday night hes a little too busy with his re-election bid this year to have a beer with Sen. Rand Paul. The senator from Kentucky made the pitch earlier in the day, hoping to ease tensions that have escalated in the past week between the two potential 2016 Republican presidential contenders. But Christie gave no indication he plans to take up Paul on the effort. Im running for re-election in New Jersey, I dont really have time for that at the moment. If I find myself in Washington, Ill certainly look him up, Christie said on...
  • Huckabee sides with Corker-Hoeven border deal

    06/21/2013 9:05:53 PM PDT · by man_in_tx · 42 replies
    Wash Post ^ | June 21, 2013 at 1:26 pm | Aaron Blake
    Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee (R) suggested in an interview Friday that he supports the border security deal crafted by Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) . . . . //////////////////// Excerpt only.
  • Tea party vs. old guard in Senate GOP rift

    05/23/2013 2:58:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 23, 2013 5:51 PM EDT | Andrew Taylor and Charles Babington
    A long-simmering feud between establishment Republicans and tea partyers is in full view again with Sen. John McCain accusing younger colleagues of using tactics that might tempt Democrats to change Senate rules that now protect the minority party. How to deal with the governments debt and spending became the latest quarrel between the GOPs 2008 presidential candidate and tea party champions such as Senators Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Mike Lee of Utah.
  • What It Means To Compromise

    04/25/2013 4:48:29 AM PDT · by LD Jackson · 8 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 04/25/13 | LD Jackson
    If there is one key word that we have heard over the past several years, it is compromise. Everywhere you turn, no matter what issue we are talking about, compromise always comes to the top of the discussion. In almost every instance, it is the liberals declaring that conservatives need to compromise. They threaten us with all kinds of rhetoric, declaring that we are hard-nosed, hard-headed, stubborn, all because they say we refuse to compromise. Let's look a little closer. We compromised on fiscal issues by agreeing to a deal to end the so-called fiscal cliff earlier this year. What...
  • Obama seeks to split Republican Party into warring factions before 2014 midterm election

    01/21/2013 6:48:16 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 99 replies
    daily caller ^ | 1-21-13 | neil munro
    Barack Obamas top political aide used an Inauguration Day interview to sketch out a provocative political strategy intended to split the Republican Party in time to impact the 2014 midterm elections. The barrier to progress here in many respects, whether it is deficits, measures to help economy, immigration, gun safety legislation is [that] there are factions here in Congress, Republicans in Congress, who are out of the mainstream, White House advisor David Plouffe said on CNNs State of the Union with Candy Crowley. We need more Republicans in Congress to think like Republicans in the country who are seeking...
  • White-Flag Surrender on Cliff

    01/02/2013 8:39:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | January 2, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    For all the pissing and moaning over the fiscal cliff, there was never much of a "cliff" in the first place. Worse yet, every delay made matters increasing irresponsible in terms of addressing the deficit. The final result, as passed by the Senate, watered down budget cuts from $600 billion to a mere $12 billion. Moreover, the extension of the tax cuts will add almost $4 trillion to the deficit over 10 years according to CBO analysis of the American Taxpayer Relief Act. Nonetheless, that was not enough for liberal democrats who thought they did not get enough out of...
  • Time to Remove Boehner as Speaker? (Perhaps)

    12/08/2012 6:30:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 40 replies ^ | December 8, 2012 | Rachel Alexander
    Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) may have finally gone too far betraying conservatives. This past week, he removed three conservative Republican Congressmen from their committee positions in retaliation for not voting for his compromises on the budget with Democrats compromises that led us to the current fiscal cliff. Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ) was removed from the Financial Services Committee, and Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) and Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) were removed from the Budget Committee. All three were elected with strong Tea Party support. An aide to GOP leadership said they were removed for not being team...
  • An Acceptible GOP Compromise On Tax Hikes

    11/13/2012 4:12:10 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 4 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 11-13-12 | The Looking Spoon
    Fellow right-facing warrior Kevin Eder came up with this line, I found it on my Facebook feed, and it was too good to not make something of it.Follow him on Twitter. It's definitely worth it!
  • Hamas: No Compromises With Israel on Anything, Ever

    11/11/2012 5:07:22 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/11/12 | David Lev
    In response to statements by Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas that he would not demand the right of return for PA Arabs to the homes that their grandparents and great-grandparents abandoned in the State of Israel statements Abbas later reneged on Hamas has issued its own document on the matter. Even if the PA as a matter of policy were to agree not to demand that nearly all the Jews of Israel be thrown out of their homes to accommodate the descendants of refugees, Hamas said it wold never agree to such a plan and any concessions...
  • Breaking the Fiscal Cliff Gridlock without Compromising the Principles of Either Side

    11/10/2012 8:27:49 AM PST · by Etpa · 27 replies
    The "fiscal cliff" crisis is here. Wouldn't it be great if the White House and Congress could solve this crisis together, without having to compromise the principles of either side? Sound impossible? Not really; engineers achieve such magic all the time. Here's how.
  • Spiritual Battleground

    07/09/2012 6:00:15 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 16 replies
    The Social Pathologist ^ | 05-09-2012 | "The Social Pathologist"
    It was only when I lay there on rotting prison straw that I sensed within myself the first stirrings of good. Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either, but right through every human heart, and through all human hearts. This line shifts. Inside us, it oscillates with the years. Even within hearts overwhelmed by evil, one small bridgehead of good is retained; and even in the best of all hearts, there remains a small corner of evil. --Alexander Solzhenitsyn A big thanks...
  • The Lesser Of Two Evils Con-Game

    06/13/2012 4:09:13 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 14 replies ^ | June 12, 2012 | Brandon Smith
    The moral relativism of the lesser of two evils philosophy has been draining the heart and soul of America for has become apparent to me that the talking points and propaganda that drive the hypocritical worldview are being utilized on an even grander scale than ever before. [snip] Good does not compromise with evil...there is nothing to be gained by it...the people most prone to suggesting or demanding compromise with oligarchs and tyrants are usually cowards who have never faced down any legitimate struggle in their lives with any do they sell this stunted philosophy to others? The...
  • Budget compromise near, Md. legislators say

    04/14/2012 1:13:28 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 12, 2012 | David Hill
    Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley said Thursday he wants to call a special session for lawmakers to raise taxes and reverse $500 million in planned budget cuts but is waiting on House and Senate leaders to meet beforehand and work out a unified plan. During a day in which he conducted several radio and television interviews, the Democratic governor said he would call legislators back to Annapolis a half-hour from now but needs assurances that a special session will not include the bickering and gamesmanship that caused a revenue package to fall through Monday on the General Assemblys last day, triggering...
  • No Compromise

    03/15/2012 5:57:33 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 3/14/2012 | George Weigel
    In May 1953, the Polish government ordered the implementation of a decree giving the state the authority to appoint and remove Catholic priests and bishops throughout the country: The Catholic Church was to become a subsidiary of the Polish state; its clergy would act as agents of state power; and its educational and charitable activities would be approved (or rejected) by a state intent on bringing the most important institution in Polish civil society to heel. The bishops of Poland, who had tried for years to find a modus vivendi with the Communist regime, now drew the line. Meeting in...
  • Newt Gingrich on Guns: A Mixed Record

    12/05/2011 3:04:42 PM PST · by Outlaw Woman · 109 replies · 1+ views
    GOA: Gun Owners of America ^ | Tuesday, 22 November 2011 08:18 | Staff
    Prior to the Republican Revolution of 1994, Rep. Newt Gingrich of Georgia had earned an A rating with Gun Owners of America. But that all changed in 1995, after Republicans were swept to power and Gingrich became Speaker of the House. The Republicans gained the majority, thanks in large part to gun owners outraged by the Clinton gun ban. And upon taking the reins of the House, Speaker Gingrich said famously that, As long as I am Speaker of this House, no gun control legislation is going to move in committee or on the floor of this House and there...
  • GOP Empire's Plan to Crush Tea Party Rebels

    10/13/2011 9:26:50 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 207 replies
    atlantic wire ^ | 10-12-11 | Elspeth Reeve
    Step 1: The first rule of the establishment is: Do not admit you are part of the establishment! Step 2: Disarm them with praise Step 3: Moderate whoever they pick as the 2012 nominee. Step 4: Teach them about compromise. Step 5: Never forget reality
  • Vatican's pact with Islam

    10/02/2011 8:22:30 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 76 replies
    YNet ^ | 10/2/'11 | Giulio Meotti
    Benedict XVI recently visited again his native Germany, but this time with a different agenda. Five years later, the Vatican adopted a pro-Islam course and has capitulated to fundamentalists. In a recent book written by German journalist Peter Sewald, Pope Ratzinger expressed regrets about the Regensburg lecture. The Vaticans Secretary of State, Tarcisio Bertone, buried the Pope's lesson about Islam as an archaeological relic. The default positions vis--vis militant Islam are now unhappily reminiscent of Vatican diplomacys default positions vis--vis communism during the last 25 years of the Cold War, writes George Weigel, a leading US writer about the Vatican....
  • Obama aims to salvage mid-east peace crisis

    09/20/2011 11:47:40 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Aol News/AP ^ | 20/9/11 | Bradley Klapper And Matthew Lee
    NEW YORK -The Obama administration insisted Monday there was still time to avert a divisive showdown over Palestinian statehood, ignoring President Mahmoud Abbas' defiant pledge to take his government's case to the United Nations and reaching out to Western allies in the hopes of a last-ditch compromise. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the U.S. was engaged in "extremely intensive" diplomacy with Israel, the Palestinians and the other governments gathered in New York for the annual U.N. General Assembly meeting. A statement from the U.S. and other key Mideast peace negotiators on a possible path forward appeared to be...
  • Rick Perry's dangerous Muslim compromise

    08/16/2011 1:42:59 PM PDT · by fishtank · 90 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | Aug. 14, 2011 | Joel Richardson
    Rick Perry's dangerous Muslim compromise Posted: August 14, 2011 9:00 pm Eastern By Joel Richardson 2011 There's no doubt that Texas Gov. Rick Perry has made a massive national splash in recent weeks by calling for a large prayer and fasting rally in the Texas' Reliant Stadium. The gathering garnered widespread support, as it should have, from a broad spectrum of evangelical Christians throughout America. Even nominal Christians will admit that the United States now more than ever, deeply needs the church to pray. But while many Christians fully supported the call to pray and fast for our nation,...
  • Political Compromise and the Art of Capitulation

    08/15/2011 7:50:41 AM PDT · by jfd1776 · 1 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | August 15, 2011 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Reflections on a debate question Most reporters ask the same questions again and again, variations on a theme what did you do, what do you want to do, and maybe even what do you think of what somebody else did? But, once in a while, an election cycle produces a defining theme, so one single average-sounding question can teach us a fundamental truth, or two, or three. Such a moment occurred when Bret Baier of Fox News asked the Republican candidates for the 2012 presidential nomination whether they found tax hikes so distasteful that they would walk away from a...
  • Mainstream media misses the point on debt ceiling

    08/12/2011 6:13:46 AM PDT · by T.O.K. · 12 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | August 12, 2011 | Hal Valeche
    I dont usually watch a lot of network news, but a couple of Sundays ago, I had been out all day and wanted to see what was happening on the debt ceiling front, which was at its media-consuming peak that day. I tuned in to NBC Nightly News and was rewarded with this gem of an exchange between ace reporter Andrea Mitchell and the lovely Brian Williams: Andrea (fighting back tears): Our entire government seems to be dysfunctional. Brian: Some members have come to town and they don't care if they get re-elected. That is a whole new dynamic. They...
  • Kerry, McCain say bipartisan work needed post-S&P downgrade, differ on who to blame

    08/07/2011 8:52:26 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 56 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 2011-08-07 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) Two senators and former presidential candidates say Standard & Poors decision to downgrade the U.S. credit rating speaks to the need for more bipartisan compromise but they also say the blame lay with the other party.
  • Obamas Bad Bargain (the left is becoming unhinged)

    08/03/2011 9:54:12 AM PDT · by Huskrrrr · 50 replies
    The Nation ^ | July 27, 2011 | William Greider
    The most distressing outcome of the deficit hysteria gripping Washington may be what Barack Obama has revealed about himself. It was disconcerting to watch the president slip-slide so easily into voicing the fallacious economic arguments of the right. It was shocking when he betrayed core principles of the Democratic Party, portraying himself as high-minded and brave because he defied his loyal constituents. Supporters may hope this rightward shift was only a matter of political tactics, but I think Obama has at last revealed his sincere convictions. If he wins a second term, he will be free to strike a truly...
  • Open Letter: Why I Oppose the Debt Ceiling Compromise[Rand Paul]

    08/02/2011 10:07:24 AM PDT · by Palter · 20 replies ^ | 01 Aug 2011 | Rand Paul
    Today Sen. Rand Paul issued an open letter on the subject of the debt ceiling compromise facing the Senate. Below is that letter. To paraphrase Senator Jim DeMint: When you're speeding toward the edge of a cliff, you don't set the cruise control. You stop the car. The current deal to raise the debt ceiling doesn't stop us from going over the fiscal cliff. At best, it slows us from going over it at 80 mph to going over it at 60 mph.This plan never balances. The President called for a "balanced approach." But the American people are calling for...
  • In First Big Game Tea Party Routed by Obama and DC inside Beltway GOPers: 2,400,000,000,000 to 0!!

    08/02/2011 8:05:39 AM PDT · by FiddlePig · 10 replies
    RedNeckoBlogger ^ | 08/02/2011 | RedNeckoBlogger
    The "Great Debt Compromise of 2011"! This "compromise" is in fact "unconditional surrender" to Obama and the big spenders in both parties! We now get more spending, more debt, more recession... and phony "promised cuts"... thanx (establishment) GOP! Tea Party? It was like your high school team playing the Green Bay Packers, you had no chance (this time)! Learn from this Tea Party folks, you must gain experience in the "skill positions" improve your poor blocking and tackling that allowed you to be out maneuvered this time by Speaker Boehner and his fellow DC insiders (Republicans and Democrats...yea I know,...
  • Mark Meckler: "We Have Compromised Our Way Into Disaster"

    08/01/2011 12:56:21 PM PDT · by GreatJoeMcCarthy · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Spiegel Online International ^ | August 01, 2011 | Marc Hujer and Gregor Peter Schmitz
    SPIEGEL: The world is looking at Washington and sees gridlock and chaos. How much have the negotiations over the United States' debt ceiling hurt America's standing in the world? Meckler: Saying that these debates have hurt our image is absurd. What you currently see in Washington is one of the most responsible debates ever about the size and scope of government. The world should look at what is going on in the United States as a model for what should happen in all countries. SPIEGEL: We look at it and see a Congress held hostage by a small group of...
  • Dealing with the ceiling

    08/01/2011 8:23:19 AM PDT · by T.O.K. · 2 replies
    BizPac ^ | August 1, 2011 | John R. Smith
    Washingtons brouhaha over the federal debt crisis seems far away. Yet it is so close to your pocketbook and your childrens future well-being, you can smell its fetid breath. But it smells better Monday than it did Sunday. Lets cut through the rhetoric. Good ol Uncle Sam is in hock up to his eyeballs, owing $14.3 trillion. Washingtons political armies have been locked in mortal combat, with a deadline looming over whether to increase the nations debt-limit ceiling. Both sides in Congress SAY they want to cut the federal deficit. The President said he is willing to reduce the deficit...
  • Obama, Congressional Leaders Announce Deal on Debt Reduction (FREEP all members tommorrow)

    07/31/2011 7:49:07 PM PDT · by Steelers6 · 191 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 31, 2011 | steelers6
    President Obama announces agreement Sunday night with GOP and Democratic leaders on a debt-reduction plan compromise that could end a perilous stalemate and avoid a potential default on America's loans
  • Democrats' Debt Case Keeps Crumbling

    07/30/2011 4:40:23 PM PDT · by CaroleL · 7 replies ^ | 07/30/11 | CaroleL
    It's obvious from the concessions made by President Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats that they cannot make a reasonable case for their various positions on raising the debt ceiling. Mr. Obama keeps scolding his political opposition, demonizing Americans who already pay the lion's share of federal taxes and threatening our most vulnerable citizens with starvation and homelessness; but he and his Congressional accomplices can not explain why higher taxes, more borrowing and more government spending would improve the economic health of the country. The Republicans case for significant spending cuts, keeping tax rates at their current levels and promoting a...
  • Reid: Republicans Must Work With Democrats On The Only Option Left To Avert Default,Save Our Economy

    07/30/2011 2:23:05 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 66 replies
    United States Senate Democrats ^ | July 30,2011 | U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
    Washington, D.C. Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the only viable debt ceiling compromise to avert a default. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:Republicans leaders in the House of Representatives wasted this week pursuing a right-wing proposal they knew from the start could not pass the Senate.From the very beginning the Speakers Band-Aid approach was fatally flawed it would have put us back in this incredible position, fighting the clock to prevent financial collapse, in just a few weeks.It was a concession to Tea Party extremists, yet it...