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  • George Will's advice to GOP: Blame Bush, not Obama (Video)

    01/08/2012 12:38:39 PM PST · by Rufus2007 · 30 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Caller ^ | January 8, 2012 | Jeff Poor
    The Iowa Republican caucuses turnout numbers were slightly higher in 2012 than they were in 2008. However, without a Democratic presidential caucus to compete with, some are asking why the turnout numbers weren’t significantly higher. The suggestion is that the enthusiasm for the field is lacking. That could be a problem, according to Washington Post columnist George Will. On Sunday’s “This Week,” Will chalked that deficiency up to the tea party not being passionate about Republican politics. “That’s right, because Iowa is on everyone’s list of 12 to 14 swing states that you have to carry to win the presidency,...
  • TSA screenings aren't just for airports anymore [read this]

    12/26/2011 3:52:36 PM PST · by upchuck · 77 replies
    LAT ^ | December 20, 2011 | Brian Bennett
    The Transportation Security Administration isn't just in airports anymore. TSA teams are increasingly conducting searches and screenings at train stations, subways, ferry terminals and other mass transit locations around the country... The TSA's 25 "viper" teams — for Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response — have run more than 9,300 unannounced checkpoints and other search operations in the last year. Department of Homeland Security officials have asked Congress for funding to add 12 more teams next year. According to budget documents, the department spent $110 million in fiscal 2011 for "surface transportation security," including the TSA's viper program, and is asking...
  • Grandma, 84, Strip Searched by TSA, Says U.S. in “Big Trouble”

    12/05/2011 7:21:28 AM PST · by IbJensen · 40 replies
    The New American ^ | 4 December 2011 | Alex Newman
    An 84-year-old grandmother in a wheelchair abused by Transportation Security Administration screeners at John F. Kennedy airport plans to sue the TSA, complaining of injuries and extreme humiliation suffered during a strip search. Homeland Security spokesmen, however, said “proper procedures were followed” and later claimed that the victim’s clothes were not fully removed. In a phone interview with The New American, the traumatized 103-pound woman, Lenore Zimmerman, warned that America was in “deep trouble” if manhandling frail grandmothers was what “security” had come to. But she plans to seek justice and has already contacted an attorney. “They stopped me to...
  • George Bush's Africa AIDS Achievement Big But Ignored

    12/02/2011 5:48:06 PM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | December 2, 2011 | Editor
    World Health: At a star-studded gala Thursday, President Obama drew big praise from AIDS activists and NGOs for expanding AIDS-fighting programs. But the real accomplishment rests with his predecessor, President Bush. After quietly helping to save 30 million lives from the scourge of AIDS across the African continent, it would seem that higher honors would be in store for Bush, whose AIDS initiatives there have been an astonishing success. Obama, to his credit, acknowledged Bush in his World AIDS Day speech Thursday, as have serious-minded Africa advocates including rock singer Bono. But among the garden-variety NGOs, media elites or activist...
  • Today is National Remembrance Day for Americans Killed by Illegal Aliens

    11/06/2011 11:36:24 AM PST · by montag813 · 47 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 11-06-2011 | John Hill
    by John HillStand With ArizonaMore than 50,000 Americans have been killed by illegal aliens since 9/11.Think about that. More than 6,000 U.S. troops have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan since that same date. But nearly ten times that number have been killed right here at home as a consequence of the Federal government's failure to secure our borders and protect its citizens, in direct violation of the Constitution's Article IV Section 4: The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application...
  • Confronting American empire

    09/30/2011 9:50:06 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 30 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2011-09-30 | Jack Hunter
    People are reluctant to admit what they are when what they are is considered bad. Alcoholics often have a laundry list of excuses for their alcoholism. Adulterers often justify their cheating by blaming inattentive spouses. Murderers often plead that insanity or bad parenting is the real culprit. Denying or excusing one’s own guilt is a permanent facet of human nature. Understandably, Americans have long shirked the idea that their country is an empire. This is an attitude that dates back to the founding era. As Daniel McCarthy, the editor of The American Conservative, has noted: Jefferson may have mused about...
  • The big business/big government axis of evil

    04/17/2009 5:46:25 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 18 replies · 752+ views
    RenewAmerica.Us ^ | 4/15/2009 | Chuck Baldwin
    Self-proclaimed "conservatives" love to tout themselves as ardent supporters of the "free enterprise" system. In the name of "capitalism," they support any and every piece of legislation or governmental decision that caters to business — especially Big Business. Favorite policies of these folks include anything and everything that calls itself "free trade." Furthermore, these same "conservatives" will support just about anything and everything that is said to advance the so-called "global economy." Needless to say, in the name of "free trade" millions of American jobs and thousands of American manufacturing plants have been outsourced to foreign countries and interests. And...
  • Rick Perry has Distanced Himself from George W. Bush's Brand of Conservatism

    08/29/2011 6:46:20 AM PDT · by DRey · 193 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post ^ | August 29, 2011 | Perry Bacon Jr.
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry, like most of the other the GOP presidential hopefuls, says his campaign is about undoing the decisions of President Obama. But Perry also presents a stark alternative to the last Republican to occupy the White House, his fellow Texan George W. Bush. In his writings and speeches before he entered the race, Perry shared the view, widely held among conservatives, that Bush’s government spending habits in office were a betrayal of the GOP’s core fiscal principles. But Perry went further, dismissing “compassionate conservatism,” the central tenet of Bush’s domestic policy, as just more overreach by the...
  • Cheney Slams McCain

    08/28/2011 6:04:38 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 83 replies
    National Review ^ | 2011-08-28 | Robert Costa
    <p>Cheney writes that in 2008 he was puzzled about GOP presidential nominee John McCain’s decision to suspend his campaign and request a meeting with congressional leaders to discuss the financial crisis at the White House.</p> <p>“Senator McCain added nothing of substance,” Cheney writes about the now-famous meeting. “It was entirely unclear why he’d returned to Washington and why he’d wanted the congressional leadership called together. I left the Cabinet Room when the meeting was over thinking the Republican presidential ticket was in trouble.”</p>
  • Roubini: Bush Responsible for Economic Woes

    08/12/2011 4:04:17 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 66 replies
    WSJ / MarketWatch ^ | 2011-08-12
    In a clip from his interview with WSJ's Simon Constable, Dr. Nouriel Roubini insists that it was the policies of George W. Bush that caused the current U.S. economic crisis.
  • Stop the Fiscal War Against Our Children Now

    08/07/2011 6:15:32 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 9 replies
    Bloomberg | 2011-06-29 | Laurence Kotlikoff
    Link only, per FR posting rules
  • China Tells U.S. It Must ‘Cure Its Addiction to Debt’ (China calls for "int'l supervision" of US)

    08/06/2011 3:44:07 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 65 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 2011-08-06 | David Barboza
    SHANGHAI — China, the largest foreign holder of United States debt, said Saturday that Washington needed to “cure its addiction to debts” and “live within its means,” just hours after the rating agency Standard & Poor’s downgraded America’s long-term debt. The harshly worded commentary, which was released by China’s official Xinhua news agency, was Beijing’s latest effort to express its displeasure with Washington. (snip) “The U.S. government has to come to terms with the painful fact that the good old days when it could just borrow its way out of messes of its own making are finally gone,” read the...
  • Top lawmakers agree to Patriot Act extension

    05/20/2011 5:55:18 AM PDT · by 1010RD · 70 replies
    Chicago Daily Law Bulletin ^ | May 20, 1:06 AM EDT | LAURIE KELLMAN
    Top congressional leaders agreed Thursday to a four-year extension of the anti-terrorist Patriot Act, the controversial law passed after the Sept. 11 attacks that governs the search for terrorists on American soil. The deal between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker John Boehner calls for a vote before May 27, when parts of the current act expire. The idea is to pass the extension with as little debate as possible to avoid a protracted and familiar argument over the expanded power the law gives to the government. SNIP "I still have some concerns, and at this point I'm...
  • Former Bush AG Gonzales chides Republicans on immigration

    05/08/2011 5:14:28 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 47 replies
    Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales chided fellow Republicans on immigration, urging them to work toward comprehensive immigration reform. Gonzales, the first Hispanic attorney general of the U.S., said it was a "failure" by both parties to have not achieved immigration reform yet, and warned against a proposal favored by some Republicans to amend the U.S. Constitution to deny birthright citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants. "My recommendation not just to the Republican Party but also the Democratic Party is that this country, our federal leaders need to pass comprehensive immigration reform," Gonzales said Sunday on Univision's "Al Punto" program....
  • It's Getting Harder to Bring Home the Bacon (it's Bush's fault!) (Big Government® at work)

    04/29/2011 5:43:32 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 24 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 2011-04-29 | Mary Kissel
    (snip) What triggered the upswing? In part: ethanol. President George W. Bush "came forward with—what do you call?—the edict that we were going to mandate 36 billion gallons of alternative fuels" by 2022, of which corn-based ethanol is "a substantial part." Companies that blend ethanol into fuel get a $5 billion annual tax credit, and there's a tariff to keep foreign producers out of the U.S. market. Now 40% of the corn crop is "directed to ethanol, which equals the amount that's going into livestock food," Mr. Pope calculates. (snip) Food price inflation isn't a problem confined to America's shores....
  • Social Security reform debate stirs in Congress (media admits SS taxes used to fund Big Government)

    03/05/2011 10:43:14 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | Richard Cowan
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - While Congress brawls over how to shrink a $1.6 trillion budget deficit this year, an even tougher battle has begun over cutting popular Social Security retirement benefits to achieve long-term savings. It's unclear whether Congress will be able to agree on how to reform the massive government pension program, which has provided a social safety net for the elderly since 1935. That in part will depend on whether President Barack Obama throws his weight behind a reform effort that politicians of all stripes fear could be full of political risks. While the president has invited a conversation...
  • The Great D.C. Migration (Big Government® at work)

    01/20/2010 11:25:48 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 6 replies · 461+ views
    Americans move to where your money is. Every day thousands of Americans vote with their feet on the best places to live and work, and these migration patterns can tell a lot about state economies—and economic policies. United Van Lines has released its annual report for 2009, based on those the moving company has relocated across one state line to another, and the winner is . . . (snip) As for the biggest winner, well, our readers won't be surprised to learn that it was Washington, D.C. by a large margin. United Van Lines moved nearly seven families to the...
  • Barack Obama: 'We want our money back.' And who gave it away to the banks, Mr President?

    01/15/2010 5:05:22 AM PST · by Schnucki · 90 replies · 1,449+ views
    Telegraph Blogs (U.K.) ^ | January 15, 2010 | Gerald Warner
    “We want our money back,” Barack Obama has told US banks, announcing a levy on large financial institutions to help repay the notorious bailout he imposed last year. Oh, do “we”? And who gave away the taxpayers’ money in the first place, Mr President? This pretended identification with Joe on Main Street is a favourite ploy of dodgy politicos with their backs to the wall – Wall Street, in this case, which is imminently expected to announce bonuses beyond the dreams of avarice, hence Obama’s nervous anxiety to be seen to be “doing something”. If Obama wants to see the...
  • How George W. Bush Redefined American Freedom

    12/24/2009 5:02:20 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 450 replies · 5,976+ views
    Campaign for Liberty ^ | 2009-12-24 | James Bovard
    George W. Bush is gone from Washington but his legacy, like an abandoned toxic waste dump, lingers on. Like President Franklin Roosevelt before him, President Bush helped redefine American freedom. And like Roosevelt's, Bush's changes were perversions of the clear vision the Founding Fathers bequeathed to us. What did freedom mean in the era of George Bush? In Iraq in September 2004, the U.S. military constructed Camp Liberty, a tent compound to house Iraqi detainees next to the Abu Ghraib prison. (The torture scandal and photos had been revealed in late April.) Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller declared that Camp Liberty...
  • Who's to Blame for Obamacare? Two Republicans (Obama is the ultimate Republicrat legacy)

    12/22/2009 7:29:27 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 215 replies · 4,034+ views
    Human Events ^ | 2009-12-22 | Mark Skousen
    This week the Senate grinches stole Christmas. The Obama Nation is getting Obamacare. It’s easy to blame the sixty Democrats, as the Wall Street Journal does, for "the worse bill ever." It solemnly declares: "These 60 Democrats are creating a future of epic increases in spending, taxes and command--and control regulation." True enough. But what's the root cause of this permanent disaster? Sorry, friends, but it’s not the Democrats, nor the American people who elected them. The real culprits are two Republicans who ran the show the previous eight years: George W. Bush and his "master political strategist" Karl Rove....
  • Our National Debt is Growing to Immoral and Unsafe Proportions ($106+ Trillion and counting)

    12/21/2009 8:18:00 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 44 replies · 1,685+ views
    Big Government / Breitbart ^ | 2009-12-21 | Chuck DeVore
    If you are under 30, you really need to read this column and pass it on to your friends. Your elected officials are dooming you to a new sort of bondage, a form of 21st Century slavery, if you will. First, some background. On October 16, 1854, Abraham Lincoln, then a former one-term Congressman, gave a three hour speech in Peoria, Illinois in which he decried the extension of slavery into the territories. The Republican Party was barely three months old. Lincoln warned that slavery was a “monstrous injustice” based on the raw principle of “self-interest” at odds with the...
  • Bush birth control policies helped fuel Africa's baby boom (Big Government™ give-away alert)

    12/14/2009 2:15:40 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 61 replies · 2,150+ views
    McClatchy ^ | December 13, 2009 | Shashank Bengali
    SIRAKANO, Uganda — At age 45, after giving birth to 13 children in her village of thatch roofs and bare feet, Beatrice Adongo made a discovery that startled her: birth control. "I delivered all these children because I didn't know there was another way," said Adongo, who started on a free quarterly contraceptive injection last year. Surrounded by her weary-faced brood, her 21-month-old boy clutching at her faded blue dress, she added glumly: "I fear we are already too many in this family." (snip) Under President George W. Bush, the United States withdrew from its decades-long role as a global...
  • Bush better than Obama on Aids in Africa

    12/13/2009 8:49:02 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies · 1,002+ views
    The East African ^ | December 13, 2009 | By KEVIN J. KELLEY
    Activists are expressing disappointment with President Barack Obama’s plans for the Aids treatment programme in Africa, charging that he has fallen short of the achievements of his predecessor, George W. Bush. Obama pledged to increase Pepfar spending by $1b a year, but in his first budget, called for only $165m in new funds. Gregg Gonsalves, a leading US anti-Aids campaigner, warned an audience in New York last week, “I am about to say something shocking: I miss George W Bush.” “President Obama has all but failed to fulfil his commitments to wage an aggressive battle against global Aids,” a coalition...
  • They Are All RINOs

    12/09/2009 3:24:34 AM PST · by Scanian · 96 replies · 1,998+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | December 09, 2009 | Pedro Primavera
    Republicans like to point to Ronald Reagan for inspiration. However, we have to resign ourselves to the fact that Ronald Reagan is dead. Worse, his legacy was killed off by his own party, the same Republicans who say he inspired them. The only lasting legacy to George W. Bush was the nomination of two constructionist judges and a fading response to terrorism. For eight years, we saw GW insist more on getting along than being right. Even the war in Iraq was fought on the cheap, probably out of fear of the cost of waging war, which defies the logic...
  • Matalin: With Afghan surge, Obama resembles George W. Bush

    12/07/2009 2:43:23 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 11 replies · 622+ views
    Washington (CNN) – A leading Republican strategist and one-time aide to former Vice President Cheney said Sunday that President Obama’s recently announced decision to send an additional 30, 000 troops to Afghanistan is “a reassertion of the Bush doctrine.” “The [Bush] doctrine is no safe havens [for terrorists intent on harming the United States] and we go after those that provide a harbor [for such terrorists]. That’s the doctrine,” Republican strategist Mary Matalin explained Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union. Obama’s decision to surge additional troops into Afghanistan is “solid policy,’ in Matalin’s view and “a reassertion of the...
  • Did the GOP Really Lose Its Way?

    11/30/2009 8:48:15 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 83 replies · 1,458+ views
    Big Government / Breitbart ^ | 2009-11-28 | Rich Muny
    Many conservative politicians, radio hosts, and pundits have repeatedly stated their shared belief that the Republican Party “lost its way” prior to the 2008 election. In their minds, the entire conservative movement believed in limited government and low spending and was simply corrupted by absolute power. They may be surprised to learn that this is not the case at all. The fact that party leadership turned its back on limited government and low spending was entirely predictable. In fact, it should have been expected. The conservative movement is not homogeneous. Rather, the movement consists of fiscal conservatives, limited government conservatives,...
  • The right reform for the Fed (Bernanke defends bailouts, pushes globalist central banking)

    11/27/2009 11:14:14 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 3 replies · 820+ views
    (snip) I am concerned, however, that a number of the legislative proposals being circulated would significantly reduce the capacity of the Federal Reserve to perform its core functions. Notably, some leading proposals in the Senate would strip the Fed of all its bank regulatory powers. And a House committee recently voted to repeal a 1978 provision that was intended to protect monetary policy from short-term political influence. These measures are very much out of step with the global consensus on the appropriate role of central banks, and they would seriously impair the prospects for economic and financial stability in the...
  • Our $2 Trillion Bridge to Nowhere [U.S. electorate is in an anti-Big Government rage]

    09/23/2009 1:20:41 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 31 replies · 1,945+ views
    Americans believe Washington squanders half of every tax dollar. BY STEPHEN MOORE If you want to know why Americans are so fearful of a government takeover of the health-care system, take a look at the results of a new Gallup poll on government waste released Sept. 15. One question posed was: "Of every tax dollar that goes to Washington, D.C., how many cents of each dollar would you say is wasted?" Gallup found that the mean response was 50 cents. With Uncle Sam spending just shy of $4 trillion this year, that means the public believes that $2 trillion is...
  • McCain: CIA Abuse Probe "Serious Mistake" [says U.S. violated Geneva Convention, tortured detainees]

    08/30/2009 10:46:59 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 57 replies · 4,410+ views
    Says Abuse of Detainees Helped al Qaeda Recruit Terrorists, But Opposes Investigation into "Enhanced" Interrogations. BY MICHELLE LEVI Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) said he thinks it is a "serious mistake" for the administration to focus on the past when investigating the interrogation techniques of the CIA under President Bush on "Face the Nation" Sunday. "For us now to go back, I think, would be a serious mistake. "I believe that the president was right when he said we ought to go forward and not back. I worry about the morale and effectiveness of the CIA. I worry about this thing...
  • Investigators say Fed threatened bank CEO

    06/10/2009 4:42:44 PM PDT · by Carling · 50 replies · 2,411+ views
    Associated Press via Yahoo ^ | 6/10/09 | Anne Flaherty
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Federal Reserve threatened to force the ouster of Bank of America CEO Kenneth Lewis if he didn't follow through with plans to buy Merrill Lynch & Co., Republicans said Wednesday after reviewing internal documents. Republicans also said there was evidence that the government tried to restrict information related to the merger from being publicly released. However, none of the documents showed that the government explicitly instructed Bank of America to hide Merrill Lynch's losses from shareholders, they said.
  • Pelosi should have objected, McCain says

    05/12/2009 4:31:45 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 48 replies · 1,181+ views
    Politico ^ | 2009-05-12
    John McCain says he "vehemently" objected to the Bush administration's use of harsh interrogation tactics -- and suggested Nancy Pelosi should have done the same when she first learned of waterboarding in Feb. 2003. Pelosi said she was only told Bush administration officials asserted their right to conduct enhanced interrogations during her first briefing on the topic in Sept. 2002. She learned that waterboarding had been used on high-level detainees after an aide attended a briefing in Feb. 2003 -- and tacitly supported a protest letter by Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.). I asked McCain if he bought Pelosi's argument that...
  • ‘No Child Left Behind’ Law Produces Few Gains

    05/09/2009 11:26:37 AM PDT · by AJKauf · 13 replies · 962+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | May 9 | Greg Forster
    The U.S. Department of Education has just released the latest findings from the “Nation’s Report Card,” the leading nationwide measurement of educational outcomes. The findings contained good news for critics of the 2001 federal education law No Child Left Behind (NCLB). But supporters of the law got good news of their own. The good news for the critics is that the Nation’s Report Card shows reading and math scores still have not substantially changed since 1971. The good news for supporters is that the Nation’s Report Card shows reading and math scores still have not substantially changed since 1971. Welcome...
  • Bush = fiscal conservative

    05/08/2009 9:12:19 PM PDT · by lonestar67 · 81 replies · 2,172+ views
    Whitehouse archives ^ | January 2008 | Bush whitehouse
    Earlier This Month, The President Announced He Will Propose A Balanced Budget. On February 5, the Administration will present its five-year budget proposal. The President's budget will reduce the deficit over the next five years and produce a balanced budget by 2012. The Budget will achieve balance while addressing the Nation's most critical needs, including support for the Global War on Terror and sustaining the strength of our economy through permanent tax relief. The President's Tax Relief Has Spurred Robust Economic Growth, Millions Of Jobs, And Rising Wages. A Strong U.S. Economy Is Fueling Higher Tax Revenues. Tax revenues rose...
  • The Hollow Howl of the RINOs

    05/06/2009 12:04:00 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 10 replies · 785+ views
    This week’s defection of Sen. Arlen Specter to the Democrats predictably set off another round of factional flame wars within the Republican party. The mutual finger-pointing is well-known by now. So-called “moderates” or “reformers” claim the GOP has drifted rightward, or that it is now dominated by a social conervativism toxic to the larger body politic. Social conservatives respond that such critics are unprincipled, that the 2008 presidential nominee, Maverick-y reformer John McCain, was a big loser, and so on. We have heard it all before. The debate was clarified for me by an exchange at Instapundit. Glenn Reynolds correctly...
  • Who is watching the Watchmen? [Bush DHS commissioned infamous "right-wing extremism" report]

    05/05/2009 9:19:37 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 29 replies · 1,321+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 2009-05-05 | Gene Healy
    April was a cruel month indeed for new Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. The weeks before the Swine Flu outbreak found her stumbling through reporters’ questions about a DHS threat assessment memo on “Rightwing Extremism.” That memo urged law enforcers nationwide to monitor the allegedly gathering danger from Rightist radicals, including pro-lifers, immigration opponents, and those who reject “federal authority in favor of state and local authority.” Was this a sinister conspiracy by an administration full of Chard-sipping arugula eaters determined to spy on Red-State patriots? That‘s quite unlikely: The memo was commissioned during the Bush administration, as was a...
  • Where are the Republicans?

    05/02/2009 7:07:47 AM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 303 replies · 5,566+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | May 02, 2009 | Joseph Farah
    I have bad news for you. I have it on good authority that the congressional Republican leadership, if that is not an oxymoron, plans to give Barack Obama a pass on all of his major appointments. They'll give them a bye. They'll close their eyes, cover their ears and speak no evil against some of the most dangerous nominees for high posts in an administration in American history. I'm talking about kooks and crazies like Cass Sunstein, the so-called "regulatory czar," who once proposed what can only be characterized as a "Fairness Doctrine" for the Internet including a notion for...
  • Obama to Reid in 2008: "Harry, What's John (McCain) Up to? It Sounds Crazy" [McCain's bailout stunt]

    04/27/2009 8:53:25 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 20 replies · 1,486+ views
    On Wednesday, September 24, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., phoned Reid and told him, “Harry, I am suspending my campaign to come back and help negotiate a deal.” McCain explained that he was also calling upon Obama to suspend his campaign, and together they could convene a meeting at the Bush White House to help come to a deal on a bailout for Wall Street. Reid didn't think it was such a great idea... "They were on the verge of an agreement, and any such McCain stunt would cost us valuable time," writes Reid, also noting that McCain "had no standing...
  • McCain differs with Cheney on interrogation memos [next up, McCain attacking Bush directly?]

    04/26/2009 1:31:09 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 39 replies · 3,083+ views
    White House says Holder will decide on prosecutions; Obama opposes special commission on Bush-era policies. BY WILL DUNHAM WASHINGTON, April 26 (Reuters) - Releasing classified memos showing whether harsh Bush-era interrogation methods yielded useful information from terrorism suspects is not necessary, Republican Senator John McCain said on Sunday in a public disagreement with former Vice President Dick Cheney. After President Barack Obama released four memos this month revealing the Bush administration's legal justification for methods such as waterboarding -- a form of simulated drowning -- Cheney called for declassifying any memos showing that these techniques succeeded in producing valuable information....
  • Democrats push for interrogation investigations [Levin] [Leahy favors "bipartisan" commission]

    04/26/2009 11:30:08 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 20 replies · 1,566+ views
    AP ^ | 2009-04-26 | Douglass K. Daniel
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A leading Democratic senator said Sunday independent investigators should determine whether Bush administration officials ought to face charges over the harsh interrogation techniques used against suspected terrorists. The White House had hoped to put the matter behind it by letting the attorney general make that call. Other liberal Democratic lawmakers appearing on the Sunday news shows joined Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., in pressuring the Obama administration to pursue investigations into the interrogations policies. But they stopped short of demanding charges against the Bush-era lawyers and other officials who devised the policies that critics have denounced as torture....
  • McCain: Don't Investigate Torture Memos [McCain, Graham, Lieberman on Sunday talk shows]

    04/26/2009 10:25:50 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 25 replies · 1,005+ views
    CBS News - Political Hotsheet / UPI / CNN ^ | 2009-04-26 | Brian Montopoli
    Arizona Sen. John McCain suggested today that the push to investigate and possibly prosecute Bush administration officials who crafted the legal basis for the use of "enhanced interrogation techniques," such as waterboarding, may have grown from a desire to "settle old political scores." Appearing on CBS' Face The Nation Sunday, the former Republican presidential nominee, who was himself tortured as a prisoner of the North Vietnamese, said, "Are you going to prosecute people for giving bad legal advice?" He suggested that Washington should ignore calls to investigate who was behind government lawyers writing memos which gave legal cover to the...
  • Graham: Lawmakers, Too, Could Be Prosecuted

    04/24/2009 11:27:53 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 26 replies · 1,175+ views
    News Max ^ | 2009-04-23
    Prosecuting former Bush administration officials for signing off on harsh interrogation techniques would be a “legal nightmare,” for the nation that could do lasting damage to national security, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham told Fox News Thursday. Moreover, members of Congress who were kept informed of the techniques at the time they were being used could, in theory, also be subject to prosecution, said Graham, R-S.C., who also is a JAG colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. “Any member of Congress who was read into this program are in the same boat as the (Bush) lawyers,’’ Graham said. “Then you’re...
  • McCain: Torture Probe Will Be A "Witch Hunt"

    04/23/2009 5:02:27 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 31 replies · 1,925+ views
    Sen. John McCain warned that a pursuit for charges against Bush administration officials who helped design harsh interrogation tactics used on terrorist suspects would turn into a "witch hunt." Speaking on CBS' The Early Show, the former Vietnam POW and Republican opponent of President Barack Obama in the 2008 election, said there is no evidence that he knows of that shows the officials who approved the tactics weren't giving plausible legal advice. This will have a "chilling effect on legal counsel," McCain said. McCain, who was himself tortured as a U.S. soldier by his North Vietnamese captors, was a vocal...
  • Veteran Regulator Calls Geithner a Failure [William K. Black] [Paulson a failure, too]

    04/06/2009 8:49:58 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 20 replies · 906+ views
    PBS / Bill Moyers ^ | 2009-04-06
    WILLIAM K. BLACK: Geithner is charging, is covering up. Just like Paulson did before him. Geithner is publicly saying that it’s going to take $2 trillion — a trillion is a thousand billion — $2 trillion taxpayer dollars to deal with this problem. But they’re allowing all the banks to report that they’re not only solvent, but fully capitalized. Both statements can’t be true. It can’t be that they need $2 trillion, because they have masses losses, and that they’re fine. These are all people who have failed. Paulson failed, Geithner failed. They were all promoted because they failed, not...
  • The War Against Bush

    06/20/2003 10:08:23 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 11 replies · 236+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 06/30/03 | Stephen F. Hayes
    They were split over Saddam, but Dems are united against the president. GIVE JOHN KERRY CREDIT. It takes guts to accuse someone of lying when that someone has said essentially what you have been saying for a decade. Which is what John Kerry did last week when he told a gathering of antiwar Democrats in New Hampshire that President George W. Bush "misled every one of us" in making the case for war in Iraq. Kerry called for a full investigation--a rather peculiar request from someone who sounds so certain about its outcome. Kerry isn't alone. More and more Democrats...
  • Bush mimics Nixon, Reagan by going against the political grain

    05/13/2003 5:23:23 AM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies · 167+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | May 13, 2003 | Peter A. Brown
    The Iraq victory gives President Bush an opportunity to replicate Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, both of whom orchestrated foreign-policy coups by going against type and unnerving their own supporters. Bush's support for a "road map" to peace between Israel and the Palestinians that was drawn up by the United States, Russia and the Europeans offers the possibility of a deal precisely because his rock-solid support for the Jewish state provides political cover to seek concessions from Jerusalem. The war in Iraq has shown the Palestinians that Bush means business. Nixon was able to open relations with China, and Reagan...