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Podcast – Are Republicans Already Caving on Obamacare

Republicans have made a lot of noise over the years regarding the repeal of Obamacare. Tough talk has been heard echoing through the halls of the Capital.

Now, thanks to us, the Republicans will have control of the Presidency and both Houses – just what they said they wanted. To show their appreciation for our loyalty and votes, the Republicans are giving the appearance of caving on repealing Obamacare.

If stories from the press, both left and right, are to be believed, the Republicans in Congress will not be doing what Ted Cruz wished they do when he exclaimed during the primaries – that he would repeal “every word of Obamacare.”

If the stories are true, House Republicans will not be repealing “every word of Obamacare.” Not even close. Is this to be a repeat of 2004-2006, when Republicans squandered their majority?

I discuss what appears to be happening and what should happen, if the Republicans have the courage to act on their tough talk. Or has it just been tough talk all along?

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Will Republicans Have the Courage to use the Reid Rule

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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Remember in 2013, when the New York Times wrote this? “The Senate changed its most infuriating rule and effectively ended the filibuster on executive and judicial appointments. From now on, if any senator tries to filibuster a presidential nominee, that filibuster can be stopped with a simple majority, not the 60-vote requirement of the past.”

They didn’t merely write it. They celebrated the news. “That means a return to the democratic process of giving nominees an up-or-down vote, allowing them to be either confirmed or rejected by a simple majority,” the Times added.

The NYT described the act as one of desperation by then Majority leader “Dingy” Harry Reid. The “nuclear option” as it has been dubbed, was the only way to “return to the democratic process.” Good guy Reid, “was pushed to act by the Republicans’ refusal to allow any appointments to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.”

ThinkProgress was a bit more harsh as they wrote in 2013 that, “The filibuster allows Republicans to sabotage government and then campaign on the fact that government isn’t working. This is a recipe for more sabotage.” read more

Filibuster is Good – No It’s Not – Yes it Is – No It’s Not

from RedState:

New York Times Prints Op-Ed Supporting Filibuster (Unexpectedly!)

The New York Times, facing a Republican Senate and President, today prints a shock op-ed piece arguing that the filibuster is a venerable tool that should not be discarded. (Yes, I’m joking about it being shocking.) The piece is titled Why Republicans Shouldn’t Weaken the Filibuster:

The Senate has historically been the one place in our government where legislative minorities are protected, with rules to check overzealous majorities.

The twin pillars of the body’s uniqueness are unlimited debate and unfettered amendments. The minority can almost always have some influence on legislative outcomes. This has often made the Senate the cradle of compromise. read more

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DO REPUBLICANS WANT TO CRIPPLE GOVERNMENT?

Do we really want a “nimble” federal government? Or do we want one that is slow, plodding and methodical. I suppose it depends on whom you ask.

Anyone (hopefully) on the right, and who is a friend to the Constitution, would surely say they would vastly prefer a government that operates much as does an aircraft carrier. Although much of these things are classified to some extent, it can take, for example, up to five nautical miles just to stop a carrier – much less to reverse course. In other words – far from nimble – which is exactly what the founders intended to slow the intrusive creep of government. read more

Dershowitz to Leave Democrat Party

from Spero News:

Today on Fox Business Network’s “Mornings With Maria Bartiromo,” famed Harvard University professor and acclaimed defense attorney Alan Dershowitz said that if Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) is becomes chair of the Democratic National Committee, he would leave the party to which he has been loyal for decades.

Ellison is one of only two Muslims in the U.S. Congress and is under fire for his praise of the controversial Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, a public figure who has long expressed racist and anti-Semitics views from the pulpit. read more

Thomas Sowell Finally Hanging it Up

from Thomas Sowell (my hero)

Random thoughts and looking back

The first column I ever wrote, 39 years ago, was titled “The Profits of Doom.” This was long before Al Gore made millions of dollars promoting global warming hysteria.

Any honest man, looking back on a very long life, must admit — even if only to himself — being a relic of a bygone era. Having lived long enough to have seen both “the greatest generation” that fought World War II and the gratingest generation that we see all around us today, makes being a relic of the past more of a boast than an admission. read more

Why Ya Gotta Hate Them Jews

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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Obama’s lame-duck, post-election wind-down isn’t exactly that. In fact, it’s just the opposite, and I’m not sure what more he can do to undermine the next president or the nation – but I am sure he and his team of miscreants will think of something.

He’s already rolled out new regulations in an attempt to kill off the coal industry for good. He’s forced States to forever fund Abortion, Inc. – also known as Planned Parenthood. He’s placed areas in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans “permanently” off limits to exploration and drilling and commuted over 1,000 sentences of criminals in federal prisons, of which 342 had life sentences. That will work out well for the communities they end up in.

While taking care of one enemy – the America way – Obama has now set his sights on enemy number two…Israel. I suppose he’s mastered multi-tasking.

As most are aware by now, there was a vote to condemn Israel and ban the nation from building settlements in East Jerusalem. The United States, who is supposed to be Israel’s number one ally, abstained. America could have vetoed the resolution, which would have killed it, but instead, Obama instructed U.N. Ambassador and leftist radical, Samantha Powers, wife of ultra-radical leftist Cass Sunstein, to withhold America’s vote. So rather than a 15-0 predictable vote against Israel – it was only 14-0. read more

Obama – the Man with Negative Coattails

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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The final numbers are in and they are not pretty.

Barack Obama, the grassroots community organizer forgot something while he was in office. He seems to have forgotten to organize the grassroots to support any one else but him.

Obama can talk up his wonderful and entirely fraudulent national economic recovery all he likes, but a more accurate assessment of the aftermath of Obama’s eight year reign is a dived nation and a democrat party in utter ruin.

The number of spots in state legislatures, governor’s mansions and Congress lost by Democrats during Obama’s presidency is more than 1030 seats. And worse than that, or better for us, is a complete lack of strategy, and stable of candidates, to win them back.

What does this say about democrat policy? It says that Americans actually hate the policies he espouses but evidently like Obama personally enough to vote for him – but only him. Although we’ve known about this odd juxtaposition of Obama and his policies – seeing the final number, 1030, is startling. read more

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Obama’s a pro at meddling in foreign elections

There’s a new sheriff in town, I reckon. There must be, because the old one was a giant girly-man. The old sheriff allowed and even welcomed every world leader, except one (Israel), to walk all over us. But this new sheriff – we’ll call him Obama 2.0, apparently and singlehandedly stopped the Russian hacking.

And all it took from this new no-nonsense, steely eyed sheriff were three little words. “Cut it out,” he said to Vladimir Putin. I guess he just forgot to add “partner,” or “pilgrim,” or some reference to “sundown,” as in, “you have until sundown.” read more

Hillary Lost Without California

from: IBD

Outside California, Hillary Clinton lost the popular vote by 1.4 million to Donald Trump. (ZUMAPRESS.com/Newscom)Outside California, Hillary Clinton lost the popular vote by 1.4 million to Donald Trump. (ZUMAPRESS.com/Newscom)

Democrats who are having trouble getting out of the first stage of grief — denial — aren’t being helped by the fact that, now that all the votes are counted, Hillary Clinton’s lead in the popular vote has topped 2.8 million, giving her a 48% share of the vote compared with Trumps 46%.

To those unschooled in how the United States selects presidents, this seems totally unfair. But look more closely at the numbers and you see that Clinton’s advantage all but disappears. read more