Showdown at the Capitol Hill Corral

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

Is anyone as breathless as I, wondering what John Boehner will do regarding next month’s continuing resolution battle?

 

Will he or won’t he… cave into Democrat and squishy Republican pressure or grow a spine and finally say no to excessive government spending and the funding of Obamacare?

 

Oh, there’s a third option, which Republican leadership usually takes: kick the can. Surprise! That is the option Boehner hinted at last Thursday.

 

The Hill reported that Boehner “wants to push through a temporary spending measure that incorporates automatic cuts, upping the ante for a September budget showdown.”

 

Oh no… not a showdown? I hope no one gets hurt like at the O K Corral?

 

Boehner said: “The president’s threat to shut down the government if we implement his sequester is not a defensible position. The American people won’t stand for it, and were not going to be swayed by it.”

 

After all these years Boehner still doesn’t understand “The One”. Obama will be more than happy to shut down the government – or at least threatened to, knowing full well weak kneed Republicans will cave in the 11th hour.

 

This is the way the game is played and the only ones who don’t know the rules are the Republicans; at least the leadership.

 

Reuters reported Boehner’s conference call with rank-and-file Republicans thusly: “on the call, Boehner reminded Republicans of the political backlash their party suffered when the government shut down in 1995 – 1996, according to one person on call.”

 

Boehner was said to have sketched out a plan in which Republicans would pass a short-term measure to fund the government until around December while insisting on keeping in place steep cuts in spending known as the “sequester”.

 

I stand corrected. I guess Boehner does know the rules. Obama threatens to shut down the government and Boehner folds, kicking the can down the road.

 

But, you may ask, what’s the alternative? We can’t shut down the government. Don’t you remember what happened in 1995 and ‘96? We (Republicans) suffered greatly!

 

Well, as shutdowns go – Mark Levin began his radio show at 6 PM last Friday rhetorically asking what happened an hour or so ago. His answer was that the government shut down, as it does every weekend and every holiday. Did you notice? Of course not.

 

But that’s not like the shutdowns of ‘95 and ‘96. President Clinton hammered the Republicans all the way to the 1996 elections.

 

So what is Boehner afraid of? He’s afraid of losing the House in the 2014 midterms – that’s what.

 

So what did actually happened back then?

 

In the 1994 midterm elections the Republicans scored massive victories in both the House and Senate. They picked up 8 seats in the Senate and 54 in the House. This allowed them to control both chambers for the first time in 40 years. Then Clinton, not Gingrich shut down the government over, what else, spending.

 

It is recalled that the Republicans got destroyed in the polls, post shut down. (That’s what Boehner’s really afraid of).

 

They may have, yet when it came to vote in November of ‘96, the Republicans lost only 9 seats in the House. Remember – two years earlier they gained 54, so it had no effect. In the Senate, the Republicans actually gained 2 more seats. This in a year when Clinton crushed the moderate Bob Dole.

 

Republicans won big and ‘94, stuck to their guns, disregarded the gloom and doom predictions and were rewarded for it.

 

So we can choose to believe all the hype and scare tactics of the moderate “chattering class”, or we may learn from real history – not revisionist.

Bush: Deficits Bad, Obama: Deficits Required

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

You can always count on genius economist Paul Krugman to tell the truth… as he sees it. He wrote an article last week, published in the “paper of record” (hah), The New York Times entitled “Moment of Truthiness“.

 

Wow Paul; how provocative yet whimsical. What’s life without a little whimsy?

 

The article was regarding the deficit and how voters “are often misinformed and politicians aren’t reliably truthful”. On that point he will get no argument from me. He said how “voters are poorly informed about the deficit”.

 

That may be Paul, but most voters don’t give two hoots about the federal deficit as they go off to their part-time jobs because either their hours have been cut to part-time status due to Obamacare or a part time gig is all they can find.

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Crops Destroyed in Philippines

Genetically modified foods have an image problem all over the world. Field trials of GM wheat were targeted last year in the UK, and now some 400 farmers in the Philippines have stormed a government-owned GM research field.

The protestors destroyed 1000 square metres of Golden Rice – a variety created to reduce vitamin A deficiency.

Golden Rice is engineered to contain beta-carotene, a precursor of vitamin A which gives the rice its distinctive yellow color. Vitamin A deficiency kills up to 2 million people and causes blindness in 500,000 children worldwide each year. It was recently shown that replacing half of a child’s rice intake with Golden Rice provides them with 60 per cent of their daily vitamin A requirement.

Not everyone views it positively though. “The Golden Rice is a poison,” Willy Marbella, a farmer and deputy secretary general of the militant farmers’ group KMP, told New Scientist. Marbella, who attended the protest at Pili, Camarines Sur, where the Golden Rice in a trial site was uprooted, says malnutrition is caused by poverty and needs to be addressed by support services, not genetically modified crops.

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Obamacare Drives Up Other Costs

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

The Republicans appear to be all for full repeal of Obamacare. They make speeches and appear on talking head shows bemoaning the new healthcare law, insisting it has to go. Nothing else will suffice but full repeal.

 

It makes for a great “conservative” soundbite, but that’s all it is. For now, full repeal is a pipe dream.

 

Knowing that the call for full repeal is simply a soundbite those few true conservatives have had to once again step up to the plate and lead.

 

Sen. Mike Lee has proposed defunding Obamacare. That sounds simple enough. After all, Congress does control the purse strings.

 

However, this idea is evidently too radical for our spineless Republican leadership due to their overwhelming fear of the dreaded “government shut down”.

 

Meanwhile the president and the Democrats continue to insist that Obamacare is a good thing and will actually save us money. I give them props for boldness – boldness in the face of obvious truths.

 

On ObamacareFacts.com, it clearly states that Obamacare does not increase insurance premiums directly. In a way, they’re right. There is no mandate to raise insurance rates. That is left to the discretion of the individual insurance companies, to either raise rates or grow broke. It’s their choice. The site’s argument is that rate increases will be curbed when the law is fully implemented next year.

 

Well, the insurance companies know this and know they must raise their rates now while they can in an attempt to stay viable in the future.

 

This is why we see health insurance rates skyrocketing in states all over the Union. Washington states rates are expected to rise between 34 and 80%, Florida: 30 to 40%. Georgia expects increases of upwards of 198%. Indiana estimates a 72% increase and Ohio, 41%.

 

The low information twenty-something crowd of Obama supporters is in for a surprise when they discover they will be paying 100% more (on average) than their elderly counterparts. Surprise!

 

But the Obamacare law is not only affecting our direct healthcare costs. If you haven’t discovered it yet, you soon will.

 

This past weekend I received my auto insurance renewal. I opened the envelope and saw something I didn’t expect. My auto insurance premium increased by 20%.

 

I’m pretty plugged in to all this stuff, but I must admit, I didn’t connect the dots.

 

Figuring it must be a clerical error, I called my insurance carrier. I explained my spotless record to the representative; the fact that I am a year older as is my car, yet my premium was jacked up. He explained the increase was due to a sharp rise in the medical insurance rider and auto repair costs.

 

That’s when the light went on! Obamacare is also driving up auto insurance rates.

 

I called the dealership that does work on my car and spoke with the owner. He explained he would either have to lay people off or raise the labor rates for repairs, thanks to… you got it… Obamacare.

 

So when you start to see increased costs across a full spectrum of goods and services, you can thank Obama, the Democrats and the jerk Republicans who are too stupid and too spineless to defund this ruinous law.

Is Amazon’s Bezos an Obama Political Tool?

 

While conservatives and liberals consider the political leanings of Washington Post buyer and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in an attempt to divine how his politics will affect those of the historic institution, the truth appears to be far simpler: the Post is now Bezos’ latest political tool in a crony capitalist effort to work with the Obama administration. How else to explain President Obama puzzling decision last week to roll out his corporate tax plan at an Amazon.com fulfillment center?

Bezos spent $250 million of his own money to purchase the Post, which is bleeding money at an incredible rate. He didn’t spend Amazon’s cash to do so. Nonetheless, the juxtaposition of events is striking. Last Tuesday, Obama visited an Amazon fulfillment center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he toured the facility before touting the company and stumping for Keynesian stimulus measures:

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Moderates Don’t Heart Ted Cruz

Bill Kristol has about had it with Ted Cruz.

In a radio conversation Thursday morning, the Weekly Standard founder and multi-platform pundit made sure to establish a base coat of respect, even admiration for the energetic and courageous conservatism of Texas’ freshman Senator.

But he grows weary of what he perceives as attacks from the Defund Obamacare chorus that anyone preferring another path must be an unfit warrior in the battle against the fraudulently-named Affordable Care Act.

The community distancing from the Defund movement contains people I have long respected, from Bill Bennett to Charles Krauthammer to Texas’ other Senator, John Cornyn.

All point to the near certainty that the defund effort will fail on the Senate floor, and succeed only in marginalizing the Republican party with another government shutdown PR disaster.

They have a point. And it’s probably not helpful to refer to them as members of a “surrender caucus.”

But rather than quibble over the word choices of Cruz, Utah Senator Mike Lee and others rallying around them, I prefer to examine why I will stand with the defund effort until it breathes its last.

Massive tyranny requires bold response. Obamacare is not just another big-government bad idea that can be whittled and trifled with by detail guys like John Boehner and Mitch McConnell. It is a scourge of epic proportions, the most stunning hijacking of our economy and our liberties in modern times.

Parsing the poisonous pages of the Affordable Care Act gives the impression that this is just another in a series of noble pushbacks that Republicans will mount in the Obama era.

It is no such thing. It is an attack that necessitates a reply that reflects our outrage.

We all know it passed, and that it is “the law of the land.” Well, here’s another matter of law– Congress holds the purse strings, even to measures that have passed. If they can legally turn off the money spigot to fend off this nightmare, that is as legitimate an exercise of public will as its hasty, ramshackle passage in March 2010.

Now to the skeptics’ points:

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Green Failure

Business: The CEO of Siemens AG, the German manufacturing giant, has been sent packing. Seems the board had it with his stewardship. Instead of making solid gains, he took the company down a green energy hole.

Peter Loescher was picked from Merck & Co. in May 2007 to lead Siemens out of a troubling time. What they got was an executive who made a bet on a trendy interest and didn’t get the results that were expected of him.

“This weekend,” Bloomberg News reported Monday, the company “lost patience after Loescher’s expansion into green energy and expensive acquisitions led to a fifth profit-forecast cut.”

Loescher was then dismissed on Wednesday.

He can’t say he wasn’t warned. He needed only to look at Spain, where attempts to create a green economy failed miserably.

Researcher Gabriel Calzada Alvarez at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos looked at the Spanish effort and found that for every green job that was created, 2.2 jobs were destroyed. Alvarez also discovered that for each green megawatt of energy brought on line, 5.28 jobs were lost elsewhere in the economy.

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