If You’re Going to get Sick – Better do it Before Single Payer

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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On his radio program  Monday evening, Mark Levin was discussing the ghastly way the Republican Party has treated us regarding the whole healthcare debacle. Mark said, “It’s amazing to me that a man can remain the Majority Leader, McConnell, when the man controlling the Senate, for all intents and purposes, is Chuck Schumer.”

Levin said, “we thought Republicans would repeal ObamaCare – we thought that would be a no-brainer.”

Mark then took some calls. The discussion turned to single payer. One woman told Levin that she thinks Americans don’t really understand what single payer truly is. She said that “Joe-six-pack doesn’t know what it means.” Mark disagreed that “Joe six-pack does know what it means, because Joe six-pack has to deal with it too.”

I rarely disagree with Mark, but I have to this time and side with the female caller, who sounded British.

The public doesn’t understand what single payer truly is. They couldn’t. Just as with many other life experiences, single payer, top to bottom run government healthcare must be experienced first-hand, apparently, in order for many to discover just how bad it is. read more

Time to Replace Majority Leader McConnell

Spoiler Alert: Although I agree with the premise of this well written article, the author suggests a Majority Leader to replace McConnell. I agree that he must be replaced, but not with someone who has a Conservative Review Liberty Score of ‘F’ (59%). If the Senate decides to go to the trouble of replacing the dirtbag McConnell, why do it with another “moderate?”

from Conservative Review:

In a not-so-subtle chess move late last week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., sent a signal to his rank-and-file that the time is coming to capitulate to Democrats on health care reform. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., did not hesitate to exploit the weakness (emphasis mine):

It’s encouraging that Sen. McConnell today acknowledged that the issues with the exchanges are fixable, and opened the door to bipartisan solutions to improve our health care system. As we’ve said time and time again, Democrats are eager to work with Republicans to stabilize the markets and improve the law.

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Is This Draining the Swamp?

So what’s up this? Trump hires Mitch McConnell’s wife?

from the Blaze:

Throughout the final weeks of his presidential campaign, Donald Trump ran on a promise to “drain the swamp” in Washington, D.C. But on Tuesday, the president-elect seemed to ditch at least part of his commitment.

Sources with Trump’s transition team revealed Tuesday that he had selected Elaine Chao, wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), to be his transportation secretary. read more

Republicans Cave on IRS Impeachment – Just as They Always Do

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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Last October (2015), Utah representative Jason Chaffetz, one of the few Congressman who actually takes his job seriously, presented four Articles of Impeachment of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen to the House Judiciary Committee. It should have been a slam dunk.

In brief, the Articles  state that 1: Koskinen “failed in his duty to respond to lawfully issued congressional subpoenas” – 2: “Commissioner Koskinen made a series of false and misleading statements to Congress in contravention of his oath to tell the truth” – 3: “During his confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Finance, John Andrew Koskinen promised, ‘[W]e will be transparent about any problems we run into; and the public and certainly this committee will know about those problems as soon as we do.’ Commissioner Koskinen repeatedly violated that promise.” – 4: “Commissioner Koskinen stated in a hearing on June 7, 2014, that the Internal Revenue Service had ‘gone to great lengths’ to retrieve all of Lois Lerner’s emails. Commissioner Koskinen’s actions contradicted the assurances he gave to Congress.”

Representative Chaffetz said  regarding the first Article: “…when Congress gives you a subpoena, compliance isn’t optional.” He drafted the Articles just days after the Obama Justice Department closed the case on IRS thuggery, declining to file charges of any kind. What a shocker. read more

Liberal Senate Republicans Go Spineless Over Supreme Court Hearings

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Well, that didn’t take very long, did it. Just days after Justice Scalia’s untimely death and an even shorter period of time since Republican leadership declared its intention not to consent to an Obama nominee; moderates within the Republican Party are going wobbly. I guess that is not entirely accurate. The ones going wobbly were already.

The Huffington Post is happily reporting that, “Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), one of the most at-risk GOP incumbents this cycle, has broken with his party and said he’s open to considering a Supreme Court nominee put forth by President Barack Obama.” Of course they didn’t come out and say they were happy – I am just pointing out what should be obvious.

Kirk wrote in an op-ed in the Chicago Sun Times that the president has every right to nominate a replacement for the vacated seat. Fair enough. He added that, “I also recognize my duty as a senator to either vote in support or opposition to that nominee following a fair and thorough hearing along with a complete and transparent release of all requested information.” Kirk said that the Senate’s role in the process is as important as the President’s, which is also correct.

And he’s not alone in breaking ranks with the supposed hard-line stance of Republican leadership. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Dan Coats of Indiana and of course Susan Collins of Maine (really a democrat) and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, all came out to parrot Kirk’s stance. read more

Paul Ryan’s Inclusive Conservatism

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Last week the New York Times wrote:  “Republican leaders on Capitol Hill conceded that they will miss a Friday deadline, and the House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday put forward a stopgap measure to prevent a government shutdown and give negotiators an additional five days to reach an agreement.”

And this is what happens every time a budget bill or frankly any “important” legislation (if there is such a thing) comes up. It’s planned and purposeful – playing the postponement game with “stopgap measures.” Isn’t it curious that they always seem to be pushed right to the brink of a holiday period, a government shutdown or such thing? This time it’s a double whammy – Christmas break and the dreaded shutdown (which we all know is a mere slowdown). No one on capital hill wants to be here longer than they have to, so the old game is to keep extending the final decision making until the 11th hour and rush to make a deal, then leave town.

Senator majority leader and head bully, Mitch McConnell already stated there will NEVER again be a government shutdown. read more

Podcast – Ken Cuccinelli Goes off on Mitch McConnell – News Flash: Ted Cruz is Hated

In this episode I discuss Senate Conservative Fund President Ken Cuccinelli’s outrage over Mitch McConnell’s cowardly behavior. He describes McConnell as having no backbone, which we all know to be true.

I also discuss the harsh treatment of my man Ted Cruz by Daily Show host, the genius, Trevor Noah and how Cruz should turn Noah’s idiotic comments into a winning campaign commercial.

In a short closing segment I expound on some little known facts regarding the area around San Bernardino – the site of the radical Islamist attack. read more

Podcast – Shocker: Republican Leadership Hates Ted Cruz – They All Want You To Hate Donald Trump

In this episode I discuss the courage of Texas Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz, for calling out Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, repeatedly calling him a liar, because that’s what he did and that’s who McConnell is. I also discuss The Donald and how he continues to befuddle the left, the pundit class and the smarter than you and me pollsters. They just can’t understand why people love him.
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Podcast – Feminization of the Military – Everything Causes Cancer & What’s Bugging the Radical Left

On this episode I discuss what the American Spectator claims is the Caitlynization, or feminization of our military. Oh look, now it’s yummy fried foods like potato chips that cause cancer. Hide your children! And ThinkProgress doesn’t love Mitch McConnell over his comments about confirming, or not confirming Obama judges. read more

Republicans Reveal Their Plan to Crush Conservatives

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Well, this past weekend, the establishment wing of the Republican Party finally laid its cards on the table. They’ve finally thrown off the veil of faux conservatism to show the entire world just who they really are. The question is – are we now smart enough to see them for who they are?

With the passage of the CROmnibus in the House, during the lame-duck session, they’ve shown that they don’t care a whit about their conservative base, or the American people in general.

Few in the House objected (Louis Gohmert, Michelle Bachmann, etc.) and once again it was up to Ted Cruz (and Mike Lee) in the Senate to tell the truth.

Well, here’s another truth regarding CROmnibus. Some of you may already be aware of it.

Remember when Mitch McConnell said during the last primary season that he wanted to crush the Tea Party – that they (we) wouldn’t win a single primary – that they (the ruling class) will be the Tea Party everywhere? read more