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  • Dick Cheney calls tea party a boon to GOP

    10/21/2013 9:41:00 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 32 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 10-21-2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Countering many of his Republican colleagues, former Vice President Dick Cheney said Monday the tea party is actually a positive movement for the GOP. “It’s an uprising, in part, and the good thing is it’s taken place within the Republican Party,” he said on NBC’s “Today.” “I don’t see it as a negative. I think it’s much better to have that kind of ferment and turmoil and change in the Republican Party than it would be to have it outside.” Mr. Cheney said that if it wasn’t for the tea party, his daughter, Liz, might not be seeking to unseat...
  • Dick Cheney defends the tea party: 'These are Americans'

    10/21/2013 7:05:40 AM PDT · by markomalley · 105 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 10-21-2013
    Former Vice President Dick Cheney defended the tea party's assault on Obamacare on Monday, calling it a "normal, healthy reaction" to President Barack Obama, whom Cheney referred to as the "most radical operator in Washington." In an interview on NBC's "Today" show, Cheney said the tea party has been a positive influence on politics. "They raised issues Americans care about," Cheney said. "We have terrible track records with respect to federal spending. Nobody seems to be able to solve the problem. It's an uprising, in part, and it's taken place within the Republican Party. I don't see it as a...
  • VIDEO: McConnell: From now on we will automatically surrender to the Democrats

    10/21/2013 11:08:08 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 15 replies
    cfp ^ | 10/21/13 | Dan Calabrese
    Hey, he didn’t say that, you tell me. Well, those were not his words, but that’s exactly what he said. Mitch McConnell, thoroughly chastened over having reluctantly gone along with Ted Cruz and House Republicans on the recent shutdown, gives his confession and repentance to the Beltway media as personified by Bob Schieffer on CBS, and makes a promise that Republicans will not bring about any more shutdowns. The downhome Kentucky saying about the mule kick is very charming, I guess, but here is the problem: When you control one house of Congress, spending measures cannot be passed unless your...
  • Government Shutdown Fuels House Democratic Fundraising

    10/21/2013 9:10:07 AM PDT · by yoe · 7 replies
    National Journal ^ | October 21, 2013 | Alex Roarty
    Democrats are already benefiting politically from the government shutdown -- in their pocketbooks. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $8.4 million in September, according to an aide with the group, a significant sum more than a year before next year's election. The haul dwarfs the $5.3 million collected last month by the National Republican Congressional Committee, which was again out-raised by House Democrats despite holding the majority. To date this year, the DCCC has raised $58.2 million and has $21.6 million on hand. The NRCC has $15.7 million cash on hand. The run-up to the 16-day standoff, which began Oct....
  • Ted Cruz isn’t Rand Paul or Marco Rubio. Here’s yet another reason why.

    10/21/2013 7:40:15 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 57 replies
    Washington Post - The Fix ^ | October 21, 2013 | Sean Sullivan
    ".............Paul has signaled that if he runs for president in 2016, he won’t do it the way his father did, by mostly shunning the GOP establishment. Instead, he is expected to cultivate relationships with Republicans like McConnell, whose help making inroads with establishment donors could be very, very useful. Rubio clearly isn’t shunning the establishment, either. He worked on crafting an immigration reform bill earlier this year, something the establishment wing of the party has been clamoring for in the wake of a disappointing election in which Republicans performed poorly among Hispanics. And he didn’t hesitate to back McConnell, even...
  • Poll: Majority opposes GOP control of House

    10/21/2013 5:21:38 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 60 replies
    THE HILL ^ | 10/21/13 | Mario Trujillo
    A majority says it is a bad thing for Republicans to control the House, with an even higher percentage believing Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) should lose his job, according to a new poll. A CNN-ORC poll released Monday found 54 percent oppose Republican control of the House while 38 percent say it is a good thing.... The poll, taken over the weekend, surveyed 841 adults and has a 3.5-percent margin of error.
  • President Obama - John Boehner Can't Control His Caucus

    10/16/2013 3:35:16 AM PDT · by LD Jackson · 33 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 10/16/13 | LD Jackson
    The Democrats government shutdown is in its third week and it is beginning to look like it will continue, at least past the debt ceiling. Negotiations continue over how to reopen the government, but there is a certain amount of exasperation starting to show. The Republicans in the House of Representatives have offered plan after plan to end the government shutdown, but they have all been rejected by the Democrats. Their latest plan was threatened with a veto from President Obama, before it could even make it to the floor of the House. I can't help but wonder if Rush...
  • Dan Pfeiffer was the man with a plan - "relentless guardian" plotting the WH's every move

    10/16/2013 4:33:49 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 16, 2013 | Amie Parnes
    Dan Pfeiffer’s fingerprints are all over the White House’s strategy of not negotiating with congressional Republicans over the government shutdown and debt ceiling. The senior adviser to President Obama has been plotting the White House’s every move, and is described by some within the administration as the “relentless guardian” of Obama’s no-negotiations stance. “He’s been the most ferocious on that principle,” one senior administration official said. “He was quite adamant and relentless about this. And on the face of it, it’s not an easy argument to make.” Even before the shutdown began on Oct. 1, Republicans had turned their fire...
  • BREAKING: House Deal Falls Apart As Conservatives Balk, White House Threatens Veto

    10/15/2013 5:14:58 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 104 replies
    Townhall ^ | Oct. 15, 2013 | Guy Benson
    ----"Plan B" and fiscal cliff vote, redux. Having hammered out a deal to shoot back to the Senate tonight -- with most Republicans reportedly on board -- House GOP leadership has been forced to delay or cancel those votes after support among conservatives collapsed in the early evening hours. The rules committee meeting, which would have formally drawn up the bill and advanced it to the full house, has been postponed indefinitely. The reason is simple. They don't have the votes: What happened? The counter-offer's broad outline, which I've been following all day, seemed to be on track. Then the...
  • Political chaos pushes US up against debt deadline

    10/15/2013 5:45:53 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 4 replies
    yahooo ^ | 10/15/2013 | AFP
    A day of political disarray Tuesday thrust the United States to within hours of a debt default deadline, sparking fears of deep damage to a fragile US recovery and the global economy. Just 29 hours before the US government begins to run short of money to pay its bills, there was no clear way out of a stalemate that has called the dollar's status as the world's reserve currency into question.If Congress fails to raise US borrowing authority before midnight Wednesday (0400 GMT Thursday) the US Treasury would begin to run out of money to meet all US obligations and...
  • Reid accuses Boehner of trying to 'torpedo' progress toward ending stalemate

    10/15/2013 4:24:37 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 27 replies
    NBC News ^ | Oct 15, 2013 | Tom Curry, National Affairs Writer
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid blasted House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday after leaks circulated of a plan that House Republicans might offer to end the spending and debt stalemate.“We felt blindsided by the news from the House,” Reid said on the Senate floor in a scathing attack on Boehner and his House GOP members. The Nevada Democrat said “extremist Republicans in the House of Representatives are attempting to torpedo" the negotiations which he and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell have been conducting in the past few days. Reid’s torrent of criticism came hours after he and McConnell both said...
  • House GOP cancels vote

    10/15/2013 4:33:23 PM PDT · by LaybackLenny · 22 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 10/15/13 | Robert Costa
    My sources tell me House Republicans have postponed tonight’s vote on their plan to end the fiscal impasse. “The votes aren’t there,” says a leadership aide. “We’ve been amending the bill all day, but we’ve been unable to get people around this strategy.” This development leaves Speaker John Boehner with few options as Thursday’s debt-ceiling deadline nears, and it throws the action back toward the Senate, which has been working on a bipartisan package.
  • Reid Remarks: House Bill Is A Blatant Attack On Bipartisanship(Tea Party mentioned;)

    10/15/2013 4:47:09 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 26 replies
    United States Senate Democrats ^ | 10/15/2013 | Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
    The House bill is a blatant attack on bipartisanship.” “Extremist Republicans in the House of Representatives are attempting to torpedo the Senate’s bipartisan progress with a bill that cannot pass the Senate.” Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid spoke on the Senate floor today regarding House Republicans’ extreme proposal, which is dead on arrival in the Senate. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:The House Republican leadership’s plan to advance an extreme bill is nothing more than a blatant attack on bipartisanship.For the past several days, we have been engaged in productive, bipartisan negotiations here in the Senate. We have been working...
  • House vote pulled, chaos continues

    10/15/2013 4:35:43 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 81 replies
    Politico ^ | 10-15-13 | By JAKE SHERMAN, BURGESS EVERETT, JOHN BRESNAHAN and SEUNG MIN KIM
    House Republicans are in trouble. GOP leadership pulled their bill to open the government and lift the debt ceiling because they didn’t have the votes to squeeze it through the chamber. There will be no vote Tuesday, which means Washington will have one day to lift the debt ceiling before the U.S. government reaches its borrowing limit. It’s unclear what Speaker John Boehner’s team will do next. This could, once again, sideline the House and kick action over to negotiations between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). The U.S. government reaches its debt limit...
  • House preparing to vote tonight to end shutdown, avoid default

    10/15/2013 1:49:40 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 15, 2013 | By SUSAN FERRECHIO |
    House Republican leaders are preparing legislation that would fund the government until Dec. 15, extend the debt ceiling until Feb. 7 and strike the health care subsidies that members of Congress, White House appointees and staff were set to receive under the new health care law, a GOP lawmaker said. Under the new House GOP proposal — the second one they proposed Tuesday — union workers would also remain subject to a $63 health insurance tax from which they had sought an exemption. The proposal also would give the House and Senate until mid-December negotiate a new, long-term budget. "The...
  • House GOP intent on forcing Congress, White House into Obamacare

    10/15/2013 12:24:08 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 15, 2013 | SUSAN CRABTREE
    If House Republicans get their way in budget talks, White House spokesman Jay Carney may be forced to make good on his pledge to sign up for Obamacare if his private insurance plan is dropped. House GOP leaders have pressed during the government shutdown fight to significantly delay or defund the president's signature healthcare reform laws. But with those efforts failing to take hold, Republicans on Tuesday shifted fears and are seeking to extract a different health care concession: Forcing members of Congress, President Obama and top White House officials to enroll in the law's insurance exchanges without subsidies. Carney...
  • Reid Slams New House GOP Debt Limit Offer (Hissy fit)

    10/15/2013 12:46:34 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 47 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 10/15/13 | Meredith Shiner
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Tuesday he was “blindsided” by news that House Republicans were moving forward on their own debt limit bill and “disappointed” in Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, for doing so. Reid said on the floor that the new House GOP plan — which includes a number of Obamacare-related provisions and omits instructions for a budget conference — is “unproductive” and “a waste of time,” suggesting its only purpose was to cater to tea party conservatives and preserve Boehner’s speakership. “I know I speak for many of us who have been working in good faith...
  • Senate talks sidelined as House GOP scrambles for votes

    10/15/2013 12:52:56 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 15, 2013 | Bernie Becker and Peter Schroeder
    House Republicans scrambled Tuesday to convince their skeptical conservative flank to support a new plan to end the government shutdown and lift the debt ceiling. Rank-and-file GOP lawmakers pushed back on the original plan from Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his lieutenants, seeking more sweeteners to what was essentially a framework crafted by the Senate. The impasse sidelined the Senate, which on Monday appeared close to a tentative deal. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) suspended their recent talks, as the Senate GOP sought to give Boehner more maneuvering room. “I don’t know if anything...
  • Surprise: Reid Flatly Rejects Moderate GOP Offer, Dems Plot to "Break" Republicans

    10/14/2013 4:42:37 PM PDT · by Libloather · 50 replies
    Townhall ^ | 10/14/13 | Guy Benson
    **SNIP** When the president himself wanted to initiate discussions prior to shutdown, Harry Reid vetoed it, effectively overruling Obama. The Post report also notes that Nancy Pelosi has permitted dozens of House Democrats to vote with the GOP on a litany of common-sense piecemeal bills to restore funding to popular and essential elements of the federal government. She ran the political calculus and allowed certain members to break with the party in order to avoid being targeted with potent attack ads next year. She did so knowing that these fixes would be dead on arrival in the Senate. In short,...
  • What's Right Gets Lost in the Shuffle

    10/14/2013 4:55:29 PM PDT · by AHWilde · 3 replies
    Forbes ^ | 10/14/13 | Don Todd
    The “I agree with his goals but not his tactics,” crowd has been out in force since Ted Cruz’s made his historic and courageous stand on the U.S. Senate floor against Obamacare’s destruction of the American health care system. What these Republican quislings fail to mention is what realistic tactics they would recommend. Washington, D.C. Is Crying Wolf Yet Again, But No One Is Listening Capital Flows Capital Flows Contributor So, What Do We Tell Our Kids About The Government Shutdown? Capital Flows Capital Flows Contributor Don't Like Obamacare? Here Are 3 Ways To Get Around Its Most Onerous Rules...
  • C’Mon, Man - Republicans can turn this around.

    10/14/2013 4:11:19 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    American Spectator ^ | October 14, 2013 | Jeff Babbin
    ....The most important thing the Republicans have to do is make any default Obama’s responsibility. The way to do that is for them to pass today—a “clean” debt ceiling increase to cover a period of two or three months and keep the government shut down. Forget passing anything else, including any conditions attached to the debt ceiling increase. Obama and Reid will use whatever appendages a bill has attached to it as an excuse to turn it down.If the Republicans do that,there’s still a chance to turn the tables on Obama......The key is to keep the government shut down while...
  • How Ted Cruz won and the GOP lost

    10/13/2013 9:48:27 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 53 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 13, 2013 | Chris Cillizza
    <p>Need evidence of Cruz's gains of late? He won the 2016 straw poll at the Values Voter Summit on Saturday with 42 percent of the vote and his speech at that gathering of social conservatives was received very warmly. He has become the center of gravity for a certain not-insignificant element of the Republican party. Cruz has proven that he will be “the Tea Party’s one true standard-bearer in the Republican presidential primary,” according to Evan Smith,the CEO and editor-in-chief of the Texas Tribune,a independent media outlet covering the Long Star State.</p>
  • The Obama-Reid Gamble

    10/13/2013 7:12:05 PM PDT · by tsowellfan · 47 replies
    The dance we are watching this weekend is a very important moment in modern American history with big implications for how the executive and the legislative branches interact in the future. The House Republicans have staked out a position that they can use their constitutional power of the purse to force the President to negotiate over key issues. President Obama and Senate Democratic Leader Reid believe they can break the House Republicans and force them to reopen the government and pass a debt ceiling hike with no negotiations and no conditions. Senate Republicans are split between a majority who want...
  • G.O.P.’s Hopes to Take Senate Are Dimming

    10/13/2013 5:01:16 PM PDT · by Kenny · 91 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 12, 2013 | JEREMY W. PETERS
    WASHINGTON — Next year was supposed to be a prime opportunity for Republicans to retake the Senate. And for a while, everything seemed to be breaking their way: a wave of Democratic retirements, a fluke in the electoral map that put a large number of races in states that President Obama lost, a strong farm team of conservative Senate hopefuls from the House. Then the government shut down. Now, instead of sharpening their attacks on Democrats, Republicans on Capitol Hill are being forced to explain why they are not to blame and why Americans should trust them to govern both...
  • Michael Needham: The Strategist Behind the Shutdown

    10/11/2013 5:36:14 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 17 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-11-2013 | Stephen Moore
    October 11, 2013Michael Needham: The Strategist Behind the Shutdown By STEPHEN MOORE "I really believe we are in a great position right now," says Michael Needham, the 31-year-old president of Heritage Action, the lobbying arm of the nation's largest conservative think tank. By "we" he means the Republican Party and the conservative movement; their "great position" refers to the potential to win the political battle over the government shutdown. Though Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is the public face of the high-risk strategy to "defund" ObamaCare, the masterminds behind it are a new generation of young conservatives, chief among them Mr....
  • House Approves Backpay for Furloughed Feds

    10/05/2013 9:05:24 AM PDT · by Gasshog · 43 replies
    Federal News Radio ^ | Oct, 5 2013 | Jack Moore
    The House voted unanimously Saturday morning to approve a bipartisan bill ensuring furloughed federal workers receive backpay once the government shutdown ends. The vote on the Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act was 407-0. Twenty-five members didn't vote. The measure now moves to the Senate, where it is expected to pass. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) had introduced a Senate version of the bill earlier this week.
  • Government doors closed, but workers may get paid

    10/05/2013 9:03:43 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 44 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | October 5, 2013 | Andrew Taylor
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Their government has failed to keep the doors open and has told federal workers to stay off the job as the political parties fight over spending and health care in austere times. Now Congress and President Barack Obama are sending this message to the 800,000 sidelined government employees: We don't know when the impasses will end but you will get reimbursed for lost pay once the government reopens. With the partial shutdown entering its fifth day, the GOP-run House passed a bill Saturday that would make sure the furloughed workers get paid for not working. The White...
  • GOP, You've Tried Surrender; Let's Try Fighting

    10/01/2013 3:54:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 1, 2013 | David Limbaugh
    Why is it just assumed Republicans will automatically be blamed for any government shutdown over a budgetary impasse between Obama and his Democratic Party and Republicans? More disturbingly, why do so many Republicans and right-leaning commentators surrender before we've even begun to fight? Do our moderates believe there is any position President Obama and the Democrats could take that would result in the public's blaming Democrats, rather than Republicans, for a shutdown? The moderates always cite polls that say Republicans will be blamed, but who decreed that polls are set in stone? Which Republicans, when they were campaigning for election,...
  • Senate won't Pass Military Pay Protection Act

    09/30/2013 10:22:51 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 46 replies
    30 Sept 2013
    FR won't let me post the link to Military Times, but the story is there ...
  • Obama Threatens to Shut Down the Government

    09/29/2013 5:34:40 PM PDT · by xzins · 85 replies
    29 Sep 13 | Xzins
    I'd love to read a few articles entitled: "Obama Threatens to Shut Down Government", "Democrats Threaten to Shut Down Government", "Harry Reid Threatens to Shut Down Government". Those would be the truth in bold print. "Truth in Advertising" so to speak. The reality is that democrat politicians are throwing temper tantrums over adding one more exemption to the huge pile of exemptions they've already issued. They've given exemptions to their fat cats, big businesses, and corporate welfare pals. They've given exemptions to countless cronies. They've even given an exemption to themselves after this really odd whining about ObamaCare draining their...
  • Poll shows plurality of small-business owners supporting gov’t shutdown

    09/30/2013 7:21:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/30/201 | Ed Morrissey
    Democrats and the White House warn that a government shutdown over the budget impasse and the fight over ObamaCare will damage the economy. Those on the front lines of the economy seem ready to make that sacrifice, at least for a while. According to a poll last week from Pepperdine University, 48% of small-business owners back a government shutdown — some for as long as three months: Down to the final days of the nation’s current spending plan, with negotiations over a new one at a standstill, nearly half of small business owners are in favor of shutting the government...
  • Obamacare Is 'Good to Go' Even If The Government Shuts Down

    09/28/2013 8:08:32 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 42 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Sep. 26, 2013 | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    Health care rollout would proceed if government shuts down, uninsured would still get covered WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans pulling on the budget thread can't neatly unravel President Barack Obama's health care law. A partial government shutdown next week would leave the major parts of the law in place and rolling along, according to former Democratic and Republican budget officials, as well as the Obama administration itself. Health care markets for the uninsured would open as scheduled on Tuesday. Deleting the money to implement the law, the GOP's dream scenario, would indeed cripple Obamacare. But that's much less likely to happen...
  • Sen. Coburn: Cruz’s ploy was dishonest (RINO CDS continues)

    09/26/2013 6:10:33 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 69 replies
    PMSNBC ^ | 9/26/13 | Jane C. Timm
    Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn criticized Texas’ Sen. Ted Cruz for misleading the American people over Obamacare. “To create the impression that we can actually defund Obamacare, when the only thing we control, and barely, is the House of Representatives, is not intellectually honest,” Coburn said on Thursday’s Morning Joe.
  • Republican Leadership Needs to Watch Braveheart

    09/26/2013 2:27:31 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    American Clarion ^ | September 24, 2013 | Rick Manning
    The movie Braveheart stands as one of the classics of all time. Embodying the courage of William Wallace in his fight to overturn English rule over Scotland, the movie is a testimony to the power of an individual who is willing to risk it all for freedom. In honor of those like Representative Tom Graves (R-Ga.), and Senators Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), who are battling both their own leaders (the Scottish noblemen) who fear for their position, as well as Obama and Harry Reid (the English), a few of the key lines from brilliantly written Braveheart are...
  • Audio: Rand Paul doesn't deny siding with Mitch McConnell over Ted Cruz

    09/25/2013 11:46:14 AM PDT · by exist · 186 replies
    Rand Paul calls Ted Cruz's tactics "not necessarily fair".
  • Why the Establishment Is Wrong and the Defund Gambit Can Work

    09/25/2013 6:21:38 AM PDT · by Lakeshark · 18 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 9/25/13 | Joseph Ahby
    **snip**Despite the potential viability of this course of action, many on both left and right believe that a government shutdown is a guaranteed disaster for the GOP. Shutdown-phobia has been the conventional wisdom in Washington for nearly two decades. A close look at the evidence, however, reveals a not-so-shocking truth: Washington is wrong. There is zero measurable historical evidence that suggestions of shutting down the government will be electorally damaging to the Republican Party. None. Republicans held the House and Senate before the last partial shutdown. They held it after. Bill Clinton's approval ratings cratered from 53% when the first...
  • Ted Cruz Brilliant Before Healthcare Open Enrollment

    09/25/2013 3:12:19 AM PDT · by sr4402 · 13 replies
    Vanity | 9/25/2013 | Self
    Ted Cruz is brilliant to filibuster before Healthcare open enrollment. Now that Ted Cruz has forced attention on the train wreck that is Obamacare and Forced the Elites in Washington DC to LISTEN to the myriad of folks who are hurting because of this Obamination of a law, now that He had Forced the press to report on his filibuster, stories will now start trickling out before the dam bursts on the broken families, the broken businesses and the broken economy Obamacare is creating. Ted Cruz read story after story, written by folks hurting badly because of Obamacare. Stories of...
  • The Cruz Campaign Against ObamaCare

    09/24/2013 6:18:03 AM PDT · by Qbert · 40 replies
    WSJ ^ | September 23, 2013 | WSJ Editors (closeted Democrats)
    So House Republicans have passed and sent to the Senate a budget that includes no funding for the Affordable Care Act, setting up a political showdown that could result in a government shutdown. We wish the GOP luck, since we support the policy if not the strategy. [Snip] That starts with Senators Mike Lee (Utah) and Ted Cruz (Texas), who joined with a handful of conservative groups to force Speaker John Boehner's hand. In July they had vowed to mobilize a grass-roots "army" to support ObamaCare repeal. The legions never arrived, but the activists still insisted that any continuing resolution...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz Requests Consent to Hold Vote on House-Passed CR [excellent statement by Cruz]

    09/23/2013 5:48:23 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 94 replies
    US Senate (Youtube video) ^ | Sept 23, 2013 | Ted Cruz
    Excellent Senate statements by Ted Cruz re: Obamacare and the Democrat threats to shutdown the government. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26T2WtrlqsQ
  • Sarah Palin tells GOP to 'woman up' and fight Obamacare [Media Hatemongering on Sarah]

    09/23/2013 1:41:24 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    UPI ^ | 9/23/13 | By GABRIELLE LEVY
    Even most Republicans, in their candid moments, admit that the Affordable Care Act won't be defunded. But for former Vice Presidential Nominee and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, that's not good enough. "We’d like to believe that the GOP establishment would applaud the way [Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee] have rallied the grassroots to their cause," Palin writes, in an op-ed penned for the conservative website Breitbart. "But, no, such praise would require a commensurate level of guts and leadership, and the permanent political class in D.C. is nothing if not gutless and rudderless." "But the permanent political class is...
  • Any government shutdown would be ordered by the petulant President Obama and Senate Democrats

    09/23/2013 11:35:00 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 73 replies
    Sept 23, 2013 | Jim Robinson
    Let's be absolutely clear here. If the Democrat controlled Senate rejects the Continuing Resolution passed by the House that completely funds the entire government except for President Obama's unconstitutional, nation-wrecking, job-killing, pet project, the trainwreck also known as "Obamacare," then it is they (Obama and the Democrat Senate) who are clearly ordering the totally radical and unnecessary shutdown the of the federal government. The bill passed by the House fully funds all legitimate government functions. The people do not want federal government controlling their healthcare and they are speaking through their elected representatives. It would be prudent for the President...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz: We will use ‘every ounce of breath’ to defund Obamacare

    09/19/2013 12:16:47 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 13 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Sept 19, 2013 | By Tom Howell, Jr.
    Sen. Ted Cruz said Thursday he will use any means necessary, including a filibuster on the Senate floor, to defund President Obama’s health care law while passing a short-term spending plan this month to keep the government open. House conservatives joined Mr. Cruz, Texas Republican, and Sen. Mike Lee, Utah Republican, in heaping praise on House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, for putting forth a measure that would keep government funded past Sept. 30 while taking money away from the Affordable Care Act, a health overhaul they see as dangerous for the country. The two GOP senators said they...
  • Hume: Threatening Government Shutdown As A Way Of Forcing Policy "Is A Loser"

    09/16/2013 10:46:13 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 31 replies
    FOX News via RealClearPolitics ^ | Sept 16, 2013 | Brit Hume (GOP-e spokesperson)
    BRIT HUME: No, I know. But look, I said this is -- government shutdown as a way of forcing policy when you control one House of the legislature is a loser. Now, people like Ted Cruz who Senator Ted Cruz who is one of the main leaders on this issue and certainly one of its principal spokesmen believes that the political conditions are different now from the ones that prevailed in 1995. And in some respects they are. But in one respect they're different and not in a way that's helpful to his cause, which is that the Republican Party...
  • Obama Dares Republicans to Defy Tea Party on Obamacare, Shutdown Deal

    09/16/2013 11:26:04 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 70 replies
    National Journal (excerpt - click for article) ^ | Sept 16, 2013 | By Patrick Reis
    President Obama took a swipe at the Hard Right on Monday, accusing tea-party-aligned House Republicans of gambling with the nation's economy by threatening to shut down the government unless Obamacare is defunded. In a sprawling economic speech, Obama called on Congress to avert a government shutdown by passing a budget, and he insisted he would brook no wrangling over a raise in the debt ceiling. Obama said such a shutdown, or even the possibility of default, would damage the still-fragile economic recovery. Specifically, the president went after Republicans who say they won't vote for any budget deal that does not...
  • HOW HOUSE CAN DEFUND OBAMACARE

    09/16/2013 1:42:35 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 35 replies
    Human Events ^ | Sept 16, 2013 | By: Dan Holler
    In just two weeks, millions of Americans will become eligible to sign up for the Obamacare exchanges. It will mark the first time millions of voters will have the opportunity to opt into Obamacare, and they will do so with the expectation of receiving benefits in a few short months. Opponents of President Obama’s health care regime can argue about the quality and cost of that care, but entitlement programs are notoriously difficult to unravel once the money starts flowing. To date, there is just one legislative strategy on the table that is geared toward stopping Obamacare before the exchanges...
  • Ted Cruz Is Making Life Miserable For House Republicans

    09/17/2013 8:57:26 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 148 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Sept 17, 2013 | By JOSH BARRO
    For the last few weeks, House Speaker John Boehner has been trying to find a way to convince his caucus to vote for a bill that keeps the government open after Sept. 30 without picking a fight over Obamacare. But a minority of his caucus has been insisting on defunding Obamacare, egged on by outside conservative groups and a handful of far-right Republican Senators, most importantly Ted Cruz (Texas). This has been pretty annoying for a lot of House Republican members and staff. Jonathan Strong and Andrew Stiles of National Review got an anecdote out of a closed Republican Study...
  • Republicans Weigh Defunding Health Law, Avoiding Shutdown

    09/17/2013 9:24:01 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 13 replies
    Business Week/Bloomberg | Sept 17, 2013 | By Roxana Tiron
    Can't post Bloomberg text, but it claims Boehner says if the Republicans don't fund ObamaCare then they lose the house in 2014. That's idiocy and exactly backwards. If they DO fund ObamaCommieCare, they get voted out!! Tax paying Americans do not want this unconstitutional communist POS!! http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-09-17/republicans-weigh-defunding-health-law-avoiding-shutdown
  • The best shot at defeating ObamaCare

    09/17/2013 4:22:06 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 16 replies
    FOX News ^ | Sept 17, 2013 | By Jenny Beth Martin, L. Brent Bozell III
    Grassroots conservatives who want to stop ObamaCare are making their voices heard. There is evidence that their elected representatives are starting to listen, and it is good. When Congress left Washington for its August recess, the voices demanding action to prevent American taxpayers from paying for ObamaCare – described by its chief Senate author, Democrat Senator Max Baucus as a ‘train wreck’ – were faint and few. Senator Mike Lee drafted a letter calling on the Senate to fund everything in the upcoming Continuing Resolution (CR), except ObamaCare. Every Republican in the Senate is on the record calling for defunding,...
  • Obama’s group attacks GOP ‘government shutdown’ as 70 Repubs sponsor bill to avoid shutdown

    09/17/2013 8:09:22 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 18 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Sept 17, 2013 | By Patrick Howley
    Republican Rep. Tom Graves’ budget plan to defund Obamacare while avoiding a government shutdown is rapidly gaining House support, but President Obama’s advocacy group Organizing for Action (OFA) is still using claims that Republicans want a shutdown in its fundraising pitch. Graves’ Stability, Security, and Fairness Resolution now has 70 House cosponsors after 11 more lawmakers cosponsored Tuesday. The continuing resolution proposal for fiscal year 2014 actually avoids a government shutdown and funds all facets of the federal government, with the exception of spending related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Graves introduced the plan last Thursday. “There...
  • Congress: I double-dare ya…

    09/17/2013 11:11:04 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 37 replies
    NBC ^ | Sept 17, 2013
    National Journal: “By going after one GOP ‘faction’ and appealing to the other, Obama is seeking leverage in a tactical dispute that has vexed Republicans all summer. … In seeking to further divide the camps, Obama is hoping to avert a government shutdown while also achieving some Democratic policy aims, such as rollbacks of the sequester-induced spending cuts that Obama on Monday said were hurting economic growth.” The conservative Wall Street Journal editorial board has some tough words for Republicans who want to bring the government to the brink of a shutdown over Obamacare funding. "Some Republicans think they are...