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  • House Repubs: Debt + Deficit Reduction Plan w/Senate Republicans (Video-WORTH WATCHING)

    07/21/2011 6:26:20 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 18 replies
    CSPAN ^ | 7-21-11
    GOP members on Cut, Cap, and Balance: From Earlier Site page article excerpt: White House talks with Congressional leaders resumed as President Obama’s hopes for a deficit reduction deal to coincide with an increase to the debt ceiling resurfaced. President Obama called Congressional leaders to the White House in separate meetings to discuss the “Gang of Six” proposal. VIDEO
  • Video: Trumka – We Give Dems 25% of Their Total Votes

    07/11/2011 9:25:00 AM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Verum Serum ^ | 7/11/11 | John
    I guess this isn’t shocking news in any way, but it is interesting to seem the head of the AFL-CIO put it so bluntly: If you listened to the rest of the clip you probably loved, as I did, the part where Trumka explains that nations around the world are promising people free health care and generous retirement benefits. I assume he means Europe, but has he seen the news lately in England or Greece or Spain or Portugal? Apparently not.
  • Critic of ATF gun-trafficking program raised no objection when briefed last year

    06/22/2011 8:49:04 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 69 replies ^ | June 21 2011 | Jerry Markon and Sari Horwitz
    A chief Republican critic of a controversial U.S. anti-gun-trafficking operation was briefed on ATF’s “Fast and Furious” program last year and did not express any opposition, sources familiar with the classified briefing said Tuesday. Rep. Darrell Issa (Calif.), who has repeatedly called for top Justice Department officials to be held accountable for the now-defunct operation, was given highly specific information about it at an April 2010 briefing, the sources said. Members of his staff also attended the session, which Issa and two other Republican congressmen had requested. Fast and Furious targeted Mexican gun traffickers but was linked to the killing...
  • The Economy Dems Now Own

    06/16/2011 3:56:52 PM PDT · by library user · 6 replies · 1+ views
    IBD ^ | June 16, 2011 | Staff
    The head of the Democratic National Committee says the administration has turned the economy around. So let us give discredit where discredit is due. Joe Biden should sue DNC chief and Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz for copyright infringement based on her statement at a Politico breakfast. We thought the vice president had a monopoly on statements completely detached from reality. "We own the economy," Schultz said. "We own the beginning of the turnaround, and we want to make sure that we continue that pace of recovery, not go back to the policies of the past under the Bush administration...
  • Do more on jobs, Dems tell Obama (aims to make it easier, cheaper to create private sector jobs)

    06/10/2011 8:26:27 AM PDT · by Libloather · 46 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/10/11 | Alexander Bolton
    Do more on jobs, Dems tell ObamaBy Alexander Bolton - 06/10/11 06:00 AM ET Senior Senate Democrats are growing frustrated by what they see as President Obama’s passivity on the economy, and are beginning to discuss a large infrastructure package funded by tax increases. Some Democrats, such as Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin, who serves as chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, think such a package could lower the unemployment rate by as much as two percentage points. But the plan is not without political risk — Republicans would be quick to slap Democrats with the old “tax-and-spend...
  • Why Dems won't stop playing with Weiner

    06/07/2011 2:12:07 PM PDT · by hope_dies_last · 37 replies
    Redstate ^ | 06/07/2011 | gawken
    Whither the Dems? Why NO call for Weiner to resign? The behavior of the Democrat leadership after Weiner’s presser yesterday afternoon is probably MORE bizarre that the congressman’s risky behavior…sending lewd pics of himself to women in cyberspace. If you think about it, it makes absolutely NO sense whatsoever. It is a LOSE/LOSE proposition for them. And thus, it’s reasonable to inquire if there is indeed something in the Dem/liberal DNA, psyche, ethos, whatever, that makes them behave in this way. Comparisons have already been made as to how Boehner handled the fairly comparable Chris Lee incident. He was gone...
  • Guess Who is the Least Popular Congressional Leader?

    06/05/2011 1:06:22 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 15 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 6/5/2011 | Thomas Ferdousi
    With all of the vitriol being leveled against the Republican members of Congress by the media and the Democrats, one would think that their popularity would be significantly lower. In addition, due to positive coverage as well as new Democrat talking points, their leaders must have gained some? Well-- let's take a look at a new Rasmussen poll, shall we? Rasmussen is the most accurate of the major national pollsters and has largely predicted the last four election cycles. This time the organization is attempting to see who is well-regarded in Congress and who is not. Of course, the least...
  • Outrage Fades When Dems Do What GOP Did

    06/03/2011 3:45:53 PM PDT · by library user · 2 replies
    IBD ^ | June 3, 2011 | by Victor Davis Hanson
    ~ EXCERPT ~ Democrats in Congress recently went all out to try to pass the Dream Act, an amnesty for illegal-alien students willing to enroll — and stay — in college. Most who opposed it were derided as heartless at best, racist at worse. An insolvent California — still struggling with its $15 billion deficit — is trying to advance its own version of the bill that would contravene federal immigration law and cost millions. At about the same time, the state has announced plans to release roughly 40,000 inmates due to a shortage of funds needed to address overcrowding....
  • Dems Turning on Weiner; "Like Watching a Charlie Sheen Meltdown"

    06/02/2011 9:58:05 AM PDT · by rightistight · 27 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 6/2/11 | Aurelius
    Anthony Weiner, who is now embroiled in a Twitter controversy in which he allegedly sent a picture of an aroused man (wearing underwear) to a woman, is now losing support from his staunchest supporters: Democrats. After nearly a week of bumbling about and starting more questions than answering them, Democrats have become weary of the Congressman from New York. "Watching Anthony Weiner's twitter and press blitz is like watching a Charlie Sheen meltdown. It's amusing, uncomfortable, and not necessary," said one high-ranking Democratic aide. "If Weiner really wants to get beyond this, he'll shut up and let Democrats get back...
  • Dems in weak spot on debt

    05/24/2011 2:03:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    SF Examiner ^ | 5/24/11 | Conn Carroll
    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner announced May 16 that the U.S. government has reached its legal debt limit, and that he had to dip into federal pensions to meet the country’s obligations. And if Republicans stick to their demands for major spending cuts, Geithner is going to have to start getting even more creative. It wasn’t supposed to go like this. When Democrats decided to pass on raising the nation’s $14.29 trillion debt limit during the 111th Congress’ lame duck session this December, the game plan for the 112th Congress was simple: scare “responsible” Republicans into voting to raise the debt...
  • OK in light of current events how bad(or good) will it be for Dems and RINOs in 2012?

    04/27/2011 10:50:46 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 9 replies
    27 April 2011 | US Navy Vet
    Please post comments here.
  • Some Dems skeptical of dual roles for new DNC chief Wasserman Schultz (two paychecks?)

    04/08/2011 11:00:15 PM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/07/11 | Shane D’Aprile
    Some Dems skeptical of dual roles for new DNC chief Wasserman SchultzBy Shane D’Aprile - 04/07/11 06:15 AM ET There is skepticism on Capitol Hill about President Obama’s decision to appoint Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.) as head of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). The Florida lawmaker is respected and well-liked in the Democratic Party, but there is concern that her dual role as DNC chairwoman and House member opens the door for tensions. “I think she’s at the disadvantage of having to run a big organization and then being in a situation where she has a big part of...
  • Dems too crazy to win

    04/08/2011 10:43:27 PM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/07/11 | Cheri Jacobus
    Dems too crazy to winBy Cheri Jacobus - 04/07/11 06:29 PM ET Fiscal sanity versus the ruination of America. That seems to be where the budget debate lies. The Republican budget proposal to eliminate some $6 trillion in federal spending over the next decade and eliminate the deficit in 30 years is shocking — but only in the sense that the situation has become so out of hand, so insanely ridiculous, it will take at least that much and that long to right the wrongs of Washington. The insanity of fiscal policy that promotes an unsustainable chasm between spending and...
  • Pelosi: GOP Budget Will Deprive Seniors Of Meals (VIDEO)

    04/05/2011 2:38:56 PM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 38 replies ^ | April 5, 2011 |
    VIDEO:Pelosi: GOP Budget Will Deprive Seniors Of Meals
  • Dems 'likely' to offer budget alternative to Rep. Ryan's plan (but, why?)

    04/05/2011 3:38:18 AM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/04/11 | Mike Lillis
    Dems 'likely' to offer budget alternative to Rep. Ryan's planBy Mike Lillis - 04/04/11 03:31 PM ET House Democrats are "likely" to propose a 2012 budget bill to counter the much-hyped GOP blueprint set for release Tuesday, according to a House Budget Committee aide. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (Md.), the senior Democrat on the budget panel, is still weighing his options, the staffer emphasized, but is leaning toward offering an alternative to the plan Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will unveil this week. "It is likely," the staffer said Monday, "but he's still talking to folks, and he's still undecided." The...
  • Area college students protest voter ID bill

    04/04/2011 12:05:08 PM PDT · by wbill · 57 replies
    Greensboro News and Record ^ | Monday, April 4, 2011 | Jonnelle Davis
    GREENSBORO — A voter ID bill would keep young people and the elderly from voting, a group of college students and state legislators said Monday at Bennett College. Students from area universities have been working behind the scenes to protest the proposed voter ID bill that is currently in the House. They held a forum Monday morning to discuss the bill and followed it with a press conference to voice their concerns. “This bill makes it more difficult for me to exercise my vote and my voice,” said UNCG junior Caleb Patterson. “The voter ID bill would add one more...
  • Liberal Democrats in uproar over Libya action (Kucinich calls for Obama's impeachment)

    03/20/2011 8:30:36 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 104 replies
    Politico ^ | 2011-03-20 | John Bresnahan & Jonathan Allen
    A hard-core group of liberal House Democrats is questioning the constitutionality of U.S. missile strikes against Libya, with one lawmaker raising the prospect of impeachment during a Democratic Caucus conference call on Saturday. Reps. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.), Donna Edwards (Md.), Mike Capuano (Mass.), Dennis Kucinich (Ohio), Maxine Waters (Calif.), Rob Andrews (N.J.), Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas), Barbara Lee (Calif.) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.) “all strongly raised objections to the constitutionality of the president’s actions” during that call, said two Democratic lawmakers who took part. Kucinich, who wanted to bring impeachment articles against both former President George W. Bush...
  • The Strategy of Short-Term CR Opponents: A Response to Keith Hennessey

    03/17/2011 7:45:06 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 2 replies
    Red State ^ | 3-16-11 | Ross Vought
    *snip* FIRST, our viable alternative strategy is to force Senate Democrats to pass a bill. Currently, the very willingness of Republicans to do the short-terms absolves both Senate Democrats and the President of any responsibility. The House acted. It passed H.R. 1. The Senate has not. Harry Reid has essentially thrown up his hands and said that he can’t pass anything (notwithstanding the fact that he claims to run the Senate). We all know that he can pass something. Until the Senate passes legislation, real Congressional negotiations cannot begin. Not unlike their Wisconsin state colleagues, Democrats must participate to have...
  • Donald Trump's Federal Campaign Contribution Report

    03/08/2011 3:08:05 PM PST · by tutstar · 21 replies
    Newsmeat ^ | 03/08/11 | newsmeat
    Don't know if it's allowed to post the chart cause I don't see any info re copyright info.
  • Senate Dems give up on Berwick

    03/06/2011 1:22:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    hot air ^ | 3/6/11 | Ed Morrissey
    Barack Obama’s renomination of Donald Berwick to lead the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) came as a surprise on Capitol Hill. Presidents do not usually renominate recess appointments after a recess ends their term unless the recess appointment was a true emergency or the President in question wants to make a point. In Berwick’s case the decision makes even less sense, as Obama gave the controversial Berwick the recess appointment without even allowing the Senate to hold a single hearing when his party had nearly a supermajority in the Senate. Indeed, Berwick didn’t even do the Senate the...
  • Plot Uncovered! Dems Fled Wisconsin to Buy Time to Pass New Union Contracts

    03/03/2011 10:47:30 AM PST · by Nachum · 46 replies
    fox ^ | 3/3/11 | Bryan Polcyn, FOX6 reporter
    WITI-TV, MADISON — Before protesters stormed the capitol, the mayor of the city of Madison tried to pull a fast one. The governor's budget repair bill was on the fast track, and Madison Mayor Dave Ciesliewicz was racing against the clock to pass new union contracts first. E-mails obtained by the FOX6 Investigators show that the mayor enlisted the help of State Senator Mark Miller. They both tried to convince the Secretary of State to hold up the bill by taking the maximum 10 days allowed by law before publishing the bill.
  • Dems seek EPA natural gas drilling controls on heels of exposé

    02/27/2011 11:56:17 AM PST · by Nachum · 131 replies · 1+ views
    the hill ^ | 2/27/11 | Ben Geman
    A top House Democrat is urging EPA to quickly toughen regulation of natural gas drilling following a New York Times report on the discharge of dangerous pollutants into rivers that supply drinking water. The Times – citing internal documents from EPA and elsewhere – claims that chemicals and radioactive elements in wastewater from gas projects are creating “dangers to the environment and health [that] are greater than previously understood.” Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) sent EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson a detailed letter Saturday calling for “immediate action.” “I am outraged that state and federal regulators were evidently well aware of the...
  • AP Sources: Senate Dems consider spending cuts

    02/24/2011 2:52:37 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    AOL News/AP ^ | 24/2/11 | David Espo
    WASHINGTON -Officials say Senate Democrats are considering including spending cuts in legislation to keep the government in operation after existing funding expires on March 4, the first time they have signaled they are willing to embrace immediate reductions. The Republican-controlled House has passed legislation to cut $61 billion through the end of the current fiscal year, and the Senate will soon consider its version of the measure. Officials say Democrats may propose cutting some or all of an estimated $8.5 billion previously approved for congressional earmark projects. In addition, they are reviewing President Barack Obama's proposed program cuts and terminations...
  • Dems: GOP spending cuts may jeopardize the nation’s safety (but $14 trillion in debt is ok)

    02/13/2011 6:00:47 AM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/12/11 | Jordy Yager
    Dems: GOP spending cuts may jeopardize the nation’s safetyBy Jordy Yager - 02/12/11 11:55 AM ET Democrats and administration officials are charging that Republicans may jeopardize the nation’s safety as the GOP attempts to slash homeland security funding in its government spending bill. The latest Republican proposal unveiled on Friday would decrease the funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) by nearly 5 percent more than Obama’s 2011 budget request. The GOP's continuing resolution would maintain the current levels of two main areas of concern: the number of Border Patrol agents in the field and disaster relief funding for...
  • Government shutdown on the lips of Senate Dems, not Republicans (US would go into default)

    02/04/2011 3:59:43 AM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/04/11 | Alexander Bolton
    Government shutdown on the lips of Senate Dems, not RepublicansBy Alexander Bolton - 02/04/11 06:01 AM ET Senate Democrats are talking about a possible government shutdown more than Republicans, a sign that Democrats are confident they have the political edge on the issue. Senate Democrats have met with senior White House officials in preparation for an intense clash with Republicans over government spending levels and a proposal to increase the national debt ceiling. The three highest-ranking Senate Democratic leaders warned on Thursday that a shutdown is a real possibility. “One thing we can't do is take extreme steps like shutting...
  • House Dem calls for 'beefed up' security, special treatment for members by TSA(2 TSA Classes?)

    01/10/2011 1:26:49 PM PST · by bestintxas · 21 replies
    A top House Democrat said the attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) should change how members of Congress are screened at airports. “I really believe that that is the place where we feel the most ill at ease, is going through airports,” Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), who serves as assistant minority leader in the House, said on "Fox News Sunday." Clyburn called for the Transportation Security Administration, which administers airport security checkpoints, to interact “a little better” with the Capitol Hill Police. “We’ve had some incidents where TSA authorities think that congresspeople should be treated like everybody else,” he said....
  • Lawmakers Propose Ban on Violence-Linked Political Terminology

    01/09/2011 11:35:19 PM PST · by goods · 40 replies ^ | 1/10/2011 | Yossi Gestetner
    A group of Democrats in the House are proposing a ban on using terminology in political debates, reporting and ads that can strike as a call to violence. In fact, the term ‘strike’ is among the words placed in the draft of the bill. Such words as, ‘Used his Campaign Arsenal;’ Has no Ammunition Left;’ ‘Is a Target of a new Attack ad,’ will all be banned. In addition, ‘A Fire fight Erupted;’ ‘Caught in the Crosshairs;’ ‘Take out political opponent;’ ‘The other side Shot Back,’ and ‘The President drew Sharp criticism,’ are all on the chopping block. “We don’t...
  • Breaking: Democrats Plotted to Blame Tea Party for Slaughter

    01/09/2011 12:15:34 PM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 142 replies ^ | Jan 9th 2011 | Jim Hoft
    A rescue helicopter lifts off as first responders evacuate victims from a “Congress on Your Corner” event in Tucson, Arizona, where U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) among others were shot and seriously wounded. (Reuters) Democrats plotted to blame the tea party patriots for yesterday’s slaugher in Arizona. A democratic operative admitted this to The Politico. Of course, Politico buried it in their story.
  • Dems up for reelection under pressure to nix healthcare mandate (RAT McCaskill caves!)

    01/06/2011 6:57:19 AM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 1/05/11 | Jason Millman and Alexander Bolton
    Dems up for reelection under pressure to nix healthcare mandateBy Jason Millman and Alexander Bolton 01/05/11 07:53 PM ET Democrats who are nervous about reelection are increasingly ready to consider scrapping the new healthcare law’s provision that forces people to buy health insurance or pay a fine. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), one of President Obama’s closest allies in the Senate, on Wednesday said she would consider scrapping the controversial mandate in favor of a “viable” alternative. “There’s other ways we can get people into the pool — I hope — other than a mandate, and we need to look at...
  • Culver on 'Thank You' tour(another pathetic Dem in the vein of Nasty Pelosi).

    01/05/2011 12:09:01 PM PST · by US Navy Vet · 6 replies
    Omaha World-Herald ^ | January 5, 2011 | By Tim Rowher
    COUNCIL BLUFFS — At the moment, outgoing Iowa Gov. Chet Culver has no definitive plans for the future but would like to remain a voice for renewable energy, he said during a farewell stop Wednesday in Council Bluffs. Advertising “I think energy security is the most important issue we're dealing with in this country,” he said. The growth of Iowa's renewable energy industry was his biggest accomplishment during his four years as governor, Culver said. “Today, 20 percent of our power in this state is renewable power, and that's up from 5 percent when I started.”
  • Dems prepare defense of healthcare law in face of repeal threats

    12/21/2010 2:07:08 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/21/10 | Julian Pecquet
    Democrats are preparing a spirited defense of the healthcare law in the face of Republican efforts to dismantle it. Statements from lawmakers, advocates and the administration reveal a multi-pronged strategy as Democrats prepare to deal with a new Republican-controlled House that has made repealing the new law a top priority. Democrats say they'll use the repeal debate to detail what they call the law's benefits, while simultaneously attacking Republicans for wasting time — and money — refighting old battles and pushing back on court rulings against it. Ways and Means health subpanel Chairman Pete Stark (D-Calif.) unveiled
  • Compare and contrast: GOP vs. Dems’ plans to keep government in business

    12/16/2010 9:44:21 AM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 12/16/10 | Michelle Malkin
    This is the Senate Republicans’ one-page joint resolution to keep the government funded through February 2011 (via GOP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell):
  • Dems Sweat ObamaCare Ruling

    12/14/2010 4:30:09 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/14/10 | John Fund
    <p>The White House expressed confidence yesterday that ObamaCare will survive a federal judge's ruling that invalidates the law's health insurance mandate. But behind the optimistic facade, many liberals are worried that the current political climate could give the Supreme Court cover to strike down a key part of the law.</p>
  • Dems Lame Duck Session Antics; Ruining Christmas

    12/10/2010 5:10:57 AM PST · by central_va · 13 replies
    12/10/10 | Self
    I am trying to get into the holiday mood, but thanks to the gang of three, I can't. I am on edge all the time and have to constantly listen to the news. This roller coaster has to stop. The Lamers are trying to destroy the country by hook or by crook. Clearly this is the nadir of socialism in the US
  • Denouncing the tax deal - (Dems: "On issue after issue, he's shown he has no backbone")

    12/09/2010 9:48:30 PM PST · by STARWISE · 32 replies
    MSNBC/Bing ^ | 12-9-10
    (This panel, these virtual outright threats to Obama occurred tonight on MSNBC's The Last Word, hosted by Lawrence O'Donnell, with panelists Rabbi Michael Lerner (Editor-Tikkun), Jane Hamsher, Ralph Nader, and Alan Grayson). Video - Denouncing the Tax Deal (MSNBC page under 'top video stories').
  • The Economic Legacy of the 4-Yr Democratic Congress (Numbers showing the Dems ran us into the ground

    12/09/2010 6:14:14 AM PST · by bestintxas · 6 replies
    american thinker ^ | 12/6/10 | yossi gestetner
    From early 2007 through the end of 2010, the Democrats had strong Majorities in -- and control of -- the US House of Representatives and also the U.S. Senate. Both are chambers where laws and policies that affect the economy are created and shaped. The following table shows how the Democrat Congress performed on average during its four year tenure, vs. the average of the previous four years, 2003 through the end of 2006, when Republican were at the helm: Issue/Topic Democrats Republicans Jobs by Year - Average -1,583,000 +1,672,000 Jobs by Month - Average -131,916 +139,333 Unemployment Rate -...
  • Vanit: "No sweeteners" in the Tax Cuts Bill..

    12/08/2010 3:23:48 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 11 replies
    I | December 8, 2010 | Myself
    PERIOD: If the Democrats include a bunch of "sweeteners" in the stopping-tax-increase bill: Then the REPUBLICANS NEED TO KILL IT! This bill is already bad enough..we would be better with a "better deal" from "Longshanks" next year, when "we've sacked York"..!
  • Obama struggles to keep Dems from killing tax cuts

    12/07/2010 5:56:31 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 85 replies · 2+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/7/10 | Stephen Ohlemacher and Charles Babington - ap
    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama struggled Tuesday to prevent wholesale defections by fellow Democrats that could sink the tax deal he worked out with Republicans — angry opposition that could subject millions of Americans to a big holiday-season tax increase. Many GOP lawmakers seemed ready to embrace the Obama-GOP compromise and declare victory. The question was whether enough Democrats would join them in support, especially in the House, where liberal resentment of the president's concessions on tax breaks for the wealthiest runs strong. Obama went on national TV to give a ringing defense of his compromise, declaring it the necessary...
  • Democrats, Let’s go Back to the Clinton Years

    12/04/2010 10:55:55 PM PST · by goods · 29 replies ^ | 12/01/2010 | Yossi Gestetner
    Despite a recession in his early months, tax cuts, terror attacks and two wars, Bush could have balanced a few of his Republican budgets (2002-2207) if only he followed Clinton on some discretionary spending. So smart-heads at the Debt Commission: I don’t know what you guys were busy fighting recently. But leave our tax, military, and seniors alone, and focus on afew spending programs of The GREAT Clinton years that everyone - Dems and Repubs - seems to love in terms of budgets. For example, in the Republican Clinton years, 1995 through 2000, the Federal Government spent on average, approximately...
  • Dems Try to Muscle Jews into Backing Russian Treaty

    12/01/2010 8:45:14 AM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 12/1/10 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    The call by Democratic senators Chuck Schumer and Carl Levin for AIPAC to back passage of the stalled START treaty with Russia speaks volumes about the growing desperation of both the White House and its Senate allies. The administration is reportedly going all-out to push Jewish groups to lobby for the treaty, but it is unlikely that AIPAC will succumb to the pressure. The group has been scrupulous about sticking to its agenda of working only on behalf of Israel-related issues, a policy that keeps it strictly neutral on arms control measures like START.
  • Democratic South finally falls

    11/28/2010 4:09:44 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 88 replies
    Politico ^ | November 28,2010 | JONATHAN MARTIN
    For Democrats in the South, the most ominous part of a disastrous year may not be what happened on Election Day but what has happened in the weeks since. After suffering a historic rout — in which nearly every white Deep South Democrat in the U.S. House was defeated and Republicans took over or gained seats in legislatures across the region — the party’s ranks in Dixie have thinned even further. In Georgia, Louisiana and Alabama, Democratic state legislators have become Republicans, concluding that there is no future in the party that once dominated the so-called Solid South. That the...
  • Senate Dems vent Obama anger

    11/20/2010 12:15:11 AM PST · by STARWISE · 62 replies
    Politico ^ | 11-19-10 | Glenn Thrush, Manu Raju
    Senate Democrats — including typically mild-mannered Bill Nelson of Florida — lit into President Barack Obama during an unusually tense air-clearing caucus session on Thursday, senators and staffers told POLITICO. Nelson told colleagues Obama’s unpopularity has become a serious liability for Democrats in his state and blamed the president for creating a toxic political environment for Democrats nationwide, according to two Democrats familiar with his remarks. “It was a raucous caucus,” said one Democratic senator, who spoke on condition of anonymity because closed-door sessions are not supposed to be discussed with outsiders. Nelson declined to respond when asked about the...
  • Clyburn: Defeated Dems 'will be back'

    11/19/2010 12:04:28 PM PST · by Cheerio · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/19/10 12:29 PM ET | Michael O'Brien
    Democrats who suffered defeat in 2010 will look to bounce back and run again in 2012, the third-ranking House Democratic leader said. Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), the outgoing House majority whip who will serve as assistant minority leader in the next Congress, said that if Democrats manage to spur faster economic recovery, some of the Democrats who were swept out of office this fall might reclaim their old jobs in 2012.
  • Pelosi in political purgatory, Dems in turmoil (Hanky Alert!! Oh, How the mighty have fallen.)

    11/16/2010 4:43:49 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/16/10 | Laurie Kellman - ap
    WASHINGTON – The petite woman in regal purple edged her way behind a raucous mob of reporters awaiting the next speaker of the House, a brutal midterm election behind her and an unclear future ahead. Attuned for four years to the comings and goings of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, few in the press klatch noticed — and none followed her. The spotlight and the microphones now awaited not the California Democrat, but Ohio Republican John Boehner. Change at the top, the populist battle cry in the 2010 midterm elections, already has taken hold around Pelosi in the final days of...
  • BET Founder Warns Dems: Lose Jim Clyburn, Lose Black Voters

    11/11/2010 4:28:13 AM PST · by Libloather · 58 replies
    Atlanta Post ^ | 11/11/10
    BET Founder Warns Dems: Lose Jim Clyburn, Lose Black VotersNovember 11, 2010 06:38 AM (News One) — The founder of Black Entertainment Television is warning Democrats that pushing Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) out of leadership means losing black voters. Robert L. Johnson sent a letter to the House leadership and the Congressional Black Caucus underscoring why Clyburn should be whip over House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.). To be clear, Johnson has no vote, and this leadership position will be determined by private ballot in a closed Democratic caucus meeting. But the Johnson letter seems to be more of...
  • New challenge to Nancy Pelosi from liberal Dems (outside the RAT'S conservative wing)

    11/10/2010 10:21:21 AM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    SF Gate ^ | 11/10/10 | Carolyn Lochhead
    New challenge to Nancy Pelosi from liberal DemsPosted By: Carolyn Lochhead November 10 2010 at 07:35 AM Two House Democrats outside the conservative wing are urging colleagues today to postpone leadership elections until December to give rank and file more time to consider whether they want to keep the same leaders, i.e. Nancy Pelosi, who presided over a last week's bloodbath. Reps. Peter DeFazio of Oregon and Marcy Kaptur of Ohio wrote that Democrats would be wise to "spend more time to understand these historic losses" before rushing to reinstall the same leadership team. Pelosi moved quickly to consolidate her...
  • New Pelosi op-ed: I’m now ready to listen to Republican ideas

    11/09/2010 5:03:01 PM PST · by RobinMasters · 50 replies
    Hot Air ^ | NOVEMBER 9, 2010 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    In which Madam Speaker informs an electorate that just handed her the worst midterm beating in decades that the 111th Congress was actually pretty darned amazing. Among its amazing feats: “Restoring fiscal discipline” to government by passing pay-as-you-go rules, which were, of course, actually ignored when inconvenient and which helped bring us the second largest annual deficit in American history this year. The largest deficit? Last year’s, of course. Now that the amazement has subsided, it’s time to heal. Here’s a passage from a section entitled, I kid you not, “Republican ideas welcome,” which is sort of like the British...
  • Distraught Dems grieving on your dime

    11/09/2010 11:33:10 AM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies ^ | 11/9/10 | Laura Ingraham
    After last week's "shellacking" courtesy of the GOP, liberals have been moping around Capitol Hill, stunned that their agenda had been thoroughly rejected by the American people. Don't feel bad for these distraught Dems, as this week Democratic staffers are being visited by support professionals. These folks went around to the offices of outgoing Democrats to help their staff members with resume writing, job hunting, and grief counseling. What is infuriating is that these "counselors" are being paid for by the taxpayers. While your friends and family are watching their savings accounts inch towards zero in the Obama economy, the...
  • Grief counseling after the wipeout ["It was like it was about death," the staffer said.......]

    11/08/2010 2:35:57 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 24 replies
    Grief counseling after the wipeout A staffer for a congressional Democrat who came up short on Tuesday reports that a team of about five people stopped by their offices this morning to talk about payroll, benefits, writing a résumé, and so forth, with staffers who are now job hunting. But one of the staffers was described as a "counselor" to help with the emotional aspect of the loss — and a section in the packet each staffer was given dealt with the stages of grief (for instance, Stage One being anger, and so on). "It was like it was about...
  • Tsongas told to move away from Tenney polling station

    11/02/2010 1:40:16 PM PDT · by Darkwolf377 · 12 replies
    Eagle-Tribune ^ | 11/2/10 | Bill Kirk
    November 2, 2010 Tsongas told to move away from Tenney polling station By Bill Kirk The Eagle Tribune Tue Nov 02, 2010, 03:31 PM EDT METHUEN — Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, D-Lowell, got a little too close to one of the local polling places this morning and was asked by police to move, according to the Methuen city clerk. Clerk Christine Touma-Conway said Tsongas, who is running for reelection against Republican Jon Golnik, went to the Tenney School to greet voters. While she was there, she was shaking hands and greeting voters inside the 150-buffer zone that is set by...