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  • Franken: Washington impasses distracting lawmakers from critical work

    10/13/2013 7:24:08 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 39 replies
    publicradio.org ^ | October 13, 2013 | Brett Neely
    ST. PAUL, Minn. — With just a few days left before the federal government's supply of cash runs dangerously low, Minnesota's U.S. Senators remained in Washington for the weekend. In a speech on the Senate floor, DFL Sen. Al Franken said the government shutdown and debt ceiling showdown have distracted lawmakers from vital issues such as education and job training. "Every day that government stays shut down, every day we wake up under the threat of default, every day we spend focused on something that isn't spent working together to create jobs and rebuild the middle class is, in my...
  • Lawmaker: Cyberattacks against US getting worse

    02/10/2013 10:32:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 10, 2013 2:12 PM EST
    The U.S. is vulnerable to cyberattacks that could shut down financial services or destroy information that companies need for daily operations, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Sunday. Rep. Mike Rogers says 95 percent of private sector networks are vulnerable and most have already been hit. … Rogers tells CBS’ Face the Nation that the U.S. government has, essentially “set up lawn chairs, told the burglars where the silver is … and opened the case of beer and watched them do it.” …
  • White House delay of budget proposal infuriates Republicans

    01/23/2012 7:13:05 PM PST · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    FOX News.com ^ | January 23, 2012
    The White House is delaying for one week the release of President Obama's budget for the 2013 fiscal year that starts Oct. 1, a decision that administration officials say was based on "the need to finalize decisions and technical details" but which Republicans say is a direct violation of law. "This will mark the third time in four years the president has missed his statutory requirement to present a budget on time, while trillion-dollar budget deficits continue to mount. As the president announces another missed deadline, tomorrow marks the 1,000th day Senate Democrats have gone without any budget at all,"...
  • In praise of a do-nothing Congress

    01/23/2012 2:11:40 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 5 replies
    RenewAmerica ^ | 1-23-12 | Selwyn Duke
    Here's a question: how can we expect to have small government if we condemn Congress for not growing it? It's always a disturbing experience when you're accosted with a picture of Harry Reid, as I was upon logging on to Drudge last Monday afternoon. But at least his image bore a fitting caption: "MOST FUTILE EVER." I then clicked the link and found myself at The Washington Times — normally a quite sane organ of the media — and learned the meaning of the caption: the Times was lamenting a do-nothing Congress and presented Reid as its poster boy. Writes...
  • Obama: "Where Congress Is Not Willing To Act, We're Going To Go Ahead And Do It Ourselves"

    12/14/2011 11:43:04 AM PST · by Cheerio · 42 replies · 1+ views
    RCP ^ | December 14, 2011 | KOAA-TV
    In an interview with KOAA-TV, a local news channel from Colorado Springs, Colorado, President Obama says if Congress is not willing to pass legislation he wants, he will do it himself in order to win another term. Read the transcript below. Rob Quirk, KOAA-TV: "And one year from today we will know if this a one-term or two-term president. So, I asked the president what will it take from now until then to not only win Colorado again, but reelection as well."
  • Victor Davis Hanson: Give ’Em Hell, Barry - The new model for Obama: Truman vs. the...

    11/05/2011 5:16:37 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | November 4, 2011 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Give 'Em Hell, BarryThe new model for Obama: Truman vs. the "do-nothing Congress" Recently both First Lady Michelle Obama and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis went to the key swing state of Florida to blast the president’s adversaries. For the first lady, Obama’s opponents were concerned only with “the few at the top” and care little for racial, gender, or class justice. For Solis, the sexually derogatory term “tea-bagger” summed up the wave of 2010 that for a while stopped Obama’s attempts to borrow more money in order to stimulate the moribund economy. Apparently Harry Truman’s unforeseen win in 1948 against...
  • Obama may run Truman-style 2012 campaign

    08/16/2011 5:42:17 AM PDT · by markomalley · 35 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 08/16/2011 | Neil Munro
    President Barack Obama is eyeing a 2012 campaign modeled on President Harry Truman’s 1948 successful re-election campaign against Congress. First, however, the White House will send to Capitol Hill an assortment of ‘economy-boosting’ legislation in a package that may include a major overhaul of the tax code. “I’ll be putting forward, when they come back in September, a very specific plan to boost the economy, to create jobs, and to control our deficit,” Obama told a friendly audience at a Decorah, Minnesota campaign-event on Monday. “My attitude is, get it done … [but] if they don’t get it done, then...
  • 85 House Republicans Call on Harry Reid to Resign (With List of Signers)

    04/06/2011 6:55:11 AM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 20 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 4/6/11 | Aurelius
    Eighty-five House Republicans have asked Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to resign immediately. The Congresspeople are apparently making this move because of the budget impasse in the House and Senate and Mr. Reid's utter lack of leadership. Here is the entire list of signers: Adams, Sandy (FL-24) Austria, Steve (OH-07) Bachmann, Michele (MN-06) Benishek, Dan (MI-01) Bonner, Jo (AL-01) Boustany, Charles (LA-07) Broun, Paul C. (GA-10) Buchanan, Vern (FL-13) Buerkle, Ann Marie (NY-25) Canseco, Fransisco (TX-23) Carter, John (TX-31) Chaffetz, Jason (UT-03) Cole, Tom (OK-04) Cravaack, Chip (MN-08) Crawford, Rick (AR-01) Crenshaw, Ander (FL-04) Culberson, John (TX-07) Denham, Jeff...
  • Pelosi: "We're not the ones trying to blow this up; it's the House Republicans!" [BRAVO!]

    09/25/2008 4:46:18 PM PDT · by quesney · 30 replies · 1,256+ views
    ABC Newsblog Stephanopoulos: Paulson Fears Deal May Collapse September 25, 2008 6:05 PM ABC News' George Stephanopoulos Reports: Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson fears the Wall Street bailout deal is falling apart after a chaotic White House meeting, sources say. Paulson walked into the room where Democrats were caucusing after today's meeting at the White House and pleaded with them, "Please don't blow this up." Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., chair of the House Financial Services Committee was livid saying, "Don't say that to us after all we've been through!" House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, "We're not the ones trying to blow...
  • Reid to McCain: Don't Come Back to Capitol

    09/24/2008 4:14:39 PM PDT · by GVnana · 111 replies · 2,962+ views
    blogs ABCnews ^ | 9/24/ 2008 | Jake Tapper
    Reid to McCain: Don't Come Back to Capitol September 24, 2008 5:14 PM A Democrat tells ABC News that, in a phone call late this afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., that it would NOT be helpful for him to come back to Washington, D.C., to work on the Wall Street bailout bill. McCain this afternoon suspended his campaign and said he would skip the first presidential debate in order to return to Capitol Hill to work on the log-jammed Bush administration legislation, which, as of Wednesday afternoon, was in peril. McCain had phoned...
  • Senate Majority Leader on Economic Woes: 'No One Knows What to Do'

    09/17/2008 2:46:43 PM PDT · by Mr. Brightside · 59 replies · 186+ views
    ABC ^ | 9/18/08
    Senate Majority Leader on Economic Woes: 'No One Knows What to Do' September 17, 2008 2:03 PM ABC News' Z. Byron Wolf reports from Capitol Hill: Don't look for any legislation in the near future to address the financial crisis. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, asked today what new regulatory actions Congress can take, said, bluntly, "No one knows what to do."
  • Allen West Offers Solutions, Freshman Dem Whines[Do nothing Congress]

    08/21/2008 6:43:50 AM PDT · by Fox_Mulder77 · 27 replies · 201+ views
    August 21, 2008 | Allen West
    On Tuesday August 19, 2008, Rep. Ron Klein (D) took an opportunity to whine about his failure to get a national catastrophic insurance fund bill passed. He blamed John McCain and Se. Mel Martinez for his failure to get the bill passed through a Democrat majority in both the House and Senate. Of course, tropical storm Fay was approaching the State of Florida when he decided to bring the issue up. Here's LTC Allen West's response to Rep. Ron Klein: Tropical Storm Fay reminded us of a promise by Ron Klein - to ensure access to affordable insurance that would...
  • Congress has passed fewest number of bills in two decades

    08/19/2008 8:14:50 AM PDT · by safetysign · 34 replies · 246+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 08/19/2008 | Elizabeth Williamson
    WASHINGTON -- The 110th Congress, whose term officially ends in January, hasn't passed any spending bills or attacked high gasoline prices. But it has used its powers to celebrate watermelons and to decree the origins of the word "baseball."
  • The pelosi Premium

    08/05/2008 2:56:34 PM PDT · by mainestategop · 9 replies · 193+ views
    Here are some youtube videos on the do nothing congress of the Democrats and Nancy Pelosi how they have been raising our oil prices with their policies. The pelosi Premiumfloor speech on the Pelosi premiumWhy are gas prices so high?time has run out on the Democrat congress.Pelosi is an idiot
  • Pelosi: Bush Drilling Proposal a Hoax Unworthy of Serious Debate on Gas Prices

    07/30/2008 12:59:11 PM PDT · by DallasBiff · 108 replies · 425+ views
    Marketwatch.com ^ | 7/30/08 | Speaker of the House Nacy Pelosi
    Last update: 2:06 p.m. EDT July 30, 2008 WASHINGTON, July 30, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today in response to remarks by President Bush on energy this morning at the White House: "The President knows, as his own Administration has stated, that the impact of any new drilling will be insignificant - promising savings of only pennies per gallon many years down the road. Americans know that thanks to the two oilmen in the White House, consumers are now paying $4 a gallon for gas. But what Americans should realize is that what...
  • Congressional Democrats to the American People: “Let Them Eat Cake”

    07/18/2008 11:18:04 AM PDT · by Trueblackman · 34 replies · 106+ views
    myself | 18 July 2008 | Trueblackman
    The phrase, “Let them eat cake,” is often attributed to Marie Antoinette, but some believe that Jean-Jacques Rousseau also used the phrase when writing about a French Aristocrat insensitive towards peasants who could not afford bread at the time. Whoever quoted the line is for history to figure out, but it would seem that this is the same bit of advice that Americans are getting from Congressional Democrats daily. While Americans struggle daily with the high price of gasoline and demand that Congressional Leaders and the President do something long lasting to address the problem in poll after poll. Congressional...
  • US Congress leader Pelosi calls Bush 'a total failure'

    07/17/2008 3:04:55 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 195 replies · 470+ views
    Yahoooo ^ | 7/17/08 | AFP
    US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday called President George W. Bush "a total failure" who "has no ideas," in an interview with CNN. Responding to stinging criticism from Bush on the Democratic leadership in both houses of Congress and the slow pace of the legislative agenda, as Congress prepares for its one-month summer recess in August, Pelosi let loose: "You know, God bless him, bless his heart, the president of the United States, a total failure, losing all credibility with the American people on the economy, on the war, on energy, you name the subject." Pelosi, 68,...
  • Which Has Met More US Congressional Goals: Iraq or the US Congress (Hint, not the US)

    07/06/2008 2:14:21 PM PDT · by enough_idiocy · 3 replies · 71+ views
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | July 2, 2008 at 11:24pm | Jim Lindgren,
    Which Has Met More US Congressional Goals: Iraq or the US Congress?-- In the most recent report on political goals for Iraq, it appears that 15 of 18 benchmarks set by the US Congress have been met. On page 8 of the Washington Post’s news section today, we learn that, according to the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, Iraq has met all but three of the 18 original benchmarks set by Congress. The only three that have not met are (a) enacting and implementing laws governing the oil industry (though it’s not clear why formal laws are necessary), (2) disarmament of...
  • Five-point energy proposal may lower gas prices in near future (new drilling not included)

    07/04/2008 6:10:04 PM PDT · by Libloather · 48 replies · 253+ views
    Sun-Sentinel ^ | 7/03/08 | Kevin Clark
    Five-point energy proposal may lower gas prices in near future5-point plan aims to help rid nation of 'oil addiction' By Kevin Clark | South Florida Sun-Sentinel 10:07 PM EDT, July 3, 2008 DEERFIELD BEACH - U.S. Rep. Ron Klein announced a "Declaration of Energy Independence" Thursday, a plan he hopes to push through Congress that he says will help the country with what he calls an "addiction to oil." Klein, D- Boca Raton, thinks the plan, unveiled at a news conference, , could work to lower gas prices in the near future. The five-point plan consists of: • Imposing criminal...
  • Pelosi Says President 'Will Leave a Failed War Policy at the Doorstep of New President’, BARF ALERT

    04/10/2008 1:12:03 PM PDT · by lilylangtree · 18 replies · 185+ views
    Speaker of the House Press Release ^ | 4-10-08 | Brendan Daly/Nadeam Elshami
    Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and leaders of veterans groups held a stakeout this morning following President Bush’s speech on Iraq. Below are the Speaker’s opening remarks: “I want to join Leader Reid in welcoming our special guests today, our friends from the veterans’ community, Bobby Muller, whom we've all worked with over the years, whether it's eliminating land mines and speaking out for veterans. “Thank you, Bobby, for your leadership. Jon Soltz, who has been very courageous in his statements of shining the light on troops on what is happening in Iraq. We're...
  • Americans Widely Disappointed With Democrats in Congress

    11/15/2007 10:13:36 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 36 replies · 31+ views
    Gallup Politics & Government ^ | November 14, 2007 | Lydia Saad
    Page:123PRINCETON, NJ -- Amidst a swirl of public dissatisfaction about the Iraq war, the economy, government corruption, and with President Bush more generally, Americans went to the polls in November 2006 and voted enough Republicans out of office to give the Democrats majority control of Congress. A year later, Americans are as negative about the job Congress is doing as they were leading up to the 2006 midterm elections. And according to recent Gallup polling, Americans are distinctly negative about the Democrats’ handling of several front-burner policy issues.
  • MSNBC Democrat Debate-LIVE THREAD

    10/30/2007 4:40:34 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 1,049 replies · 612+ views
    MSNBC | 10-29-.7 | MSNBC
    Didn't see one up, but Matthews has been giving me too many straight lines to pass up on!!!
  • Keep the Internet Tax-Free

    10/16/2007 10:27:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies · 122+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | October 17, 2007 | Fred Thompson
    This year, Halloween could be a bit more hair-raising for American consumers, especially if they have an Internet connection. October 31st is the last day Congress can act to extend or make permanent the Internet Tax Moratorium. If Congress chooses to do nothing (not always a bad thing in my view), the tax moratorium will expire and on November 1st, state and local jurisdictions would be allowed to impose taxes on broadband and Internet access. This would also represent the first major tax increase on consumers in almost eight years. There are about 15,000 different taxing jurisdictions, so American consumers...
  • Democrats Pushing to Avoid a ‘Do-Nothing’ Label

    07/25/2007 11:46:43 AM PDT · by keepitreal · 12 replies · 538+ views
    The New York Times ^ | July 25, 2007 | CARL HULSE
    WASHINGTON, July 24 — Congressional Democrats celebrated the first minimum wage increase in a decade on Tuesday with a festive labor rally across from the Capitol. But they know they will have to accomplish considerably more to avoid the sort of do-nothing labels they hung on Republicans not too long ago “It is not enough, but it is a great start,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi said as she told the cheering crowd that the wage increase that took effect Tuesday was just one element of a middle-class economic program that includes college tuition help, expanded health care coverage and other emerging...
  • Congress Appropriates Zero Dollars for Border Security Fence

    07/18/2006 1:09:27 PM PDT · by Founding Father · 75 replies · 1,383+ views
    Intellectual Conservative ^ | July 17, 2006 | Jim Kouri
    Getting tough on immigration apparently means refusing to provide funds for programs that have already been approved. When the immigration issue was at the boiling point in the spring, the US Senate voted to erect a mere 370 miles of security fencing along the US-Mexican border. However, last week many of the same senators voted against providing funds to build it. "We do a lot of talking. We do a lot of legislating," said Senator Jeff Sessions, the Alabama Republican whose amendment to fund the fence was killed on a 71-29 vote. "The things we do often sound very good,...
  • A Matter Of Fairness (Ending The Death Tax)

    05/17/2006 7:41:11 AM PDT · by steve-b · 18 replies · 512+ views
    DC Examiner ^ | 5/16/06 | Patrick Guerriero
    Life's only certainties are death and taxes. Unfortunately, the government won't even let someone die without taxing them. The current death tax rate is almost 50 percent. That means within nine months of death, Uncle Sam gets 47 percent of the value of everything you own — including cars, furniture, personal belongings, homes, investments, pension plans, 401(k)s and even your business, if you own one. The death tax hurts the economy by devastating family businesses such as farms and construction companies. Since most people don't have cash to pay a huge estate tax bill, families are often forced to sell...
  • Immigration dance: the Texas side-step -- No border = no country

    05/14/2006 5:29:23 AM PDT · by FerdieMurphy · 65 replies · 1,724+ views
    Sierra Times ^ | 5/14/2006 | Tom Kovach
    I grew up in south Texas, before moving to Upstate NY as a teenager. I learned to dance the "Cotton-Eyed Joe" long before I learned that it had ethnic roots in the mountains of eastern Europe. (That's where my grandparents came from — as legal immigrants.) And, one doesn't need to grow up in Texas to learn how to dance the "Texas two-step." But, this coming Monday (15 May 2006), y'all better get ready for a new political dance: the "Texas side-step." (How I wish that I could take credit for that concept. But, for those that aren't old enough...
  • EULOGY: TO A REAL, LIVE CONSITUTIONALIST (Creating the Guest Voters)

    05/12/2006 6:05:57 AM PDT · by FerdieMurphy · 217+ views
    Sierra Times ^ | 5/12/2006 | Tom Rose
    ". . . I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts." --Psalm 119:45 We live in an age that is very dangerous to the survival of liberty. Civil rulers – especially those at the national level, but also those at the state and local level – regularly act as if the constitutions and laws of our various states and country do not apply to themselves. Our civil rulers act as if restrictive laws only apply to ordinary taxpayers who, by threat of law, are forced to pay for their bounteous salaries and the pork-barrel boondoggles which our elected...
  • CONGRESSIONAL RECOIL FROM LATEST DUBAI TAKEOVER

    05/04/2006 8:06:30 AM PDT · by FerdieMurphy · 59 replies · 1,140+ views
    Sierra Times ^ | 5/4/2006 | Diane Grassi
    The silence on Capitol Hill has been deafening. On April 28, 2006 the White House announced the approval by President George Bush regarding the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States (CFIUS) of its recommendation that Dubai International Capital LLC (DIC), a subsidiary of Dubai Holding and a Dubai government owned conglomerate, to assume the U.S. operations of Doncasters Group Ltd. Just seven weeks prior, there was political posturing, grandstanding and outrage expressed by both political parties in the U.S. Congress when it was revealed, through the U.S. media, that Dubai Ports World, also of Dubai Holding, would takeover...
  • Bush Says Little Can Be Done About High Gas Prices

    04/24/2006 4:59:57 AM PDT · by FerdieMurphy · 366 replies · 6,074+ views
    Sierra Times ^ | 4/22/2006 | AP Staff
    SAN JOSE -- As oil prices hit a record, drivers worried about $3-a-gallon gas and politicians feared the impact on elections, President Bush on Friday acknowledged the pain but seemed resigned to being able to do little about it. "I know the folks here are suffering at the gas pump," the president said while promoting his competitiveness initiative at the Silicon Valley headquarters of Internet networking company Cisco Systems Inc. "Rising gasoline prices is like taking a _ is like a tax, particularly on the working people and the small-business people." But to address the immediate problem, Bush offered only...