Another Disagreement with a Conservative Icon

by: the Common Constitutionalist

If you’re a member of the Tea Party or are simply a conservative, no doubt you’ve heard the following: Oh you idealists – you have to live in the real world. You must be more pragmatic. You have to be willing to occasionally compromise and those we elect must understand that they will have to work with the Democrats at some point to build bipartisan coalitions… wait for it… “To Get Things Done”.

Well, “getting things done” can mean different of things to different people.

To us conservatives, getting things done means cutting the size of government – I mean slashing it like Warren G Harding and Calvin Coolidge did. It means cutting government spending. I mean really cutting – not just a slight decrease of a massive spending increase (baseline budgeting).

It also means doing what is necessary to save the Republic in the face of a real or perceived public backlash (mostly perceived).

Yes, I understand that occasionally one has to compromise, but compromise shouldn’t be synonymous with surrender. What we have in the Republican leadership of both the House and Senate is just that – two halves of the Republican surrender coalition.

So, once again, I must do what I hoped I would never have to – strongly disagree with one of my heroes, Dr. Thomas Sowell.

In his recent article, “Facts and Factions” he is, in effect, defending and supporting the Republican establishment and doing so out of what I can only describe as fear. read more

Of Ann & Rand

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

Ann Coulter was recently on the Sean Hannity television program.

 

The interview started friendly but quickly turned rather contentious. Coulter told Sean, “If we don’t elect Republicans; I don’t care which Republicans, we will not repeal Obamacare.”

 

So Ann, are you saying if we elect a Senate full of John McCains, Mitch McConnells and Lindsey Grahams, we will repeal Obamacare? Really?

 

I’ll answer that. Not a chance! That’s the answer.

 

She went on to say that we shouldn’t be fighting against Republicans. And then said, actually shouted, that the Republicans, if they gain a majority will balance the budget and do all these conservative things.

 

Where’s the proof of that? There is none. As a matter of fact, there is the exact opposite, solid proof that they won’t. read more

Republican Three Card Monte

by: the Common Constitutionalist

At 7:45 on Friday morning reports indicated zero senate republicans were planning on voting for the Ryan-Murray House budget proposal. The GOP’s Senate leaders plan is to launch a procedural effort to kill the plan over a laundry list of objections – including a claim that it short-changes military veterans and other government retirees, which is does, of course.

Dick (turban) Durbin told reporters on Thursday, “We need Republican votes to pass the budget agreement, period. We need at least five. And I’m hoping that there will be more than that.” As of Friday morning he had none.

The GOP’s three most senior senators, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, have announced that they will vote ‘no.’

As one would expect, Senator Ted Cruz said the proposal, “spends more, taxes more, and allows continued funding for Obamacare. I cannot support it.” Thanks Paul Ryan, for selling us out and lying to Mark Levin on national radio about it.

One GOP Senate staffer,  speaking on condition of anonymity, said, “this is the agreement’s ‘pixie dust approach to budgeting. We’re doing what we always do. We set out a ten-year plan while knowing full well that we have a decade to undo it and shift gears again.” read more

The Girlie Man Party

by: the Common Constitutionalist 

When John Boehner said to effectively read his lips: If you are for tax cuts, you are for this budget; did you believe him?

When Paul Ryan explained that this budget is the best deal we can get, did you believe him?

When old Johnny Boehner went on to exclaim that the budget deal, which fully funds Obamacare, is far from perfect, but it’s a start; did you believe him then?

Do you believe anything the Republicans are saying about this disastrous budget agreement? No? Me either.

Yet there is a positive that has come out of this bogus budget busting deal. And don’t believe the lies. There are no budget cuts – only the usual hollow promises.

So what’s the positive? We can, once and for all, plainly see who is on our side and who is not. We can clearly see who will fight and who will cave. Who has true courage and who are spineless.

And it all comes down to one word: Shutdown, or fear of another dreaded shutdown. read more

Conservatives Must Compromise on Immigration

 

by: the Common Constitutionalist 

Several days ago (November 14) “conservative” George Will wrote a column entitled “A Need for Compromise on Immigration”. Needless to say I was curious, being that compromise and immigration are two of my least favorite words, at least politically speaking.

 

“What – you are against immigration?” I can hear it now know. Yes I am, when that word is used the way politicians and pundits intend. We all know when a politician or analyst uses that word, they intentionally lump all immigration together, both legal and illegal, as if it were the same.

 

And compromise simply means that conservatives forgo their principles and values in order to pass crappy legislation.

 

Anyway – the gist of Will’s article is that he thinks it foolish and very difficult to attempt to pass a sweeping “comprehensive” immigration bill. There’s another word that makes my skin crawl – comprehensive. Will doesn’t argue that a comprehensive immigration bill is bad for America, but that it is just hard to pass as omnibus legislation. read more

Taping Scandal; Who’s the Victim Here Anyway?

Breaking news: secret tapes just-released. Mainstream Media headlines read: “Obama and inner circle secretly taped ripping the NRA.” – “Obama tells staff to play ‘Whac-A-Mole’ with Wayne LaPierre of the NRA.”

Okay, calm down; these are not real headlines nor is there any secret tape of Obama. We also know that these would never be the headlines of any “Mainstream Media” source.

Headlines would more likely read: “NRA caught secretly taping White House – Justice Department to shut down NRA.”

Nary a word would be leaked to what was discussed on that imaginary tape.

But because the taper was ultraliberal magazine mother Jones and the tapee was a Republican and not even a conservative, Mitch McConnell, the headlines are true to form.

CBS news headline: “McConnell aides secretly taped ripping Ashley Judd.”

ABC news headline: “McConnell campaign looks for ‘a needle in a haystack’ against potential challenger.”

NBC news: “McConnell campaign alleges Judd discussions were bugged.”

In the liberal press Mother Jones is treated like a hero, the modern-day Woodward and Bernstein. They caught the evil Republican red-handed.

Never mind this is a potential felony. Mother Jones either did the bugging, paid someone to do it or purchase it knowingly. In all cases, it is illegal.

But because it was a Republican that bit of hanky-panky has so far been overlooked.

The mainstream press has chosen to concentrate on McConnell’s one-man war on women, his crusade against Judd. Somehow McConnell is being made out to be the criminal.

It’s as if a homeless man breaks into your house. You come home, find him there and throw him out. The following day your local paper reports: “white suburban homeowner throws homeless man to curb.”

Mother Jones’s lawyers claim to have vetted the story. They say the tape was provided to them from an anonymous source. So how did the lawyers vet the story? Did they listen to it, confirm it was of McConnell and his staff and then okay its publication?

Did none of the lawyers think to ask whether the recording was legal, or because it was the opposition, they didn’t care?

Politico simply reported: “that McConnell, despite having no proof of an illegal bug are pushing forward with the charge.”

You know if it were the other way around, they would report it the same way. Right!

A Judd spokeswoman e-mailed CBS news: “every day it becomes clearer how much we need change in Washington. From this kind of rhetoric and actions.” Nothing regarding the illegal taping of course. I guess we don’t need to change that.

While I think McConnell is a RINO waste of space, he has been wronged. He is the victim here, not Judd.

Three Card Mitchy

 Mitch McConnell Doubles Down on Surrender

 

Mitch McConnell wants to clear the air based on my earlier RedState post.  In the post, quoting Yahoo! News, I noted McConnell said, “When it came to Obamacare, we gave it everything we have, everything we have, and we just lost.”

In response to this morning’s post, Mitch McConnell’s press team sent out an email blast with the transcript of the speech.  They reached out to my office insisting I fix a quote from a news story that itself has not changed the quote. Nonetheless, the McConnell team insists the actual quote is, “We gave it everything we had, and we just barely lost the legislative fight.”

Okay, but what else did Mitch McConnell say.  From his own transcript:

Obamacare should be repealed root and branch. And we’re not backing down from this fight. We’ve taken the same approach to Obamacare. We gave it everything we had, and we just barely lost the legislative fight. The Supreme Court ruling last summer was another blow. But I can’t just stand by and look at that assault on liberty behind me and do nothing.

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High Tea at the O.K. Corral

John Boehner & his leadership group of faux conservatives sure did put up a powerful big fight! Right.

Some honest people have been looking into this cave of Boehner & his buds over the tax extension fight between the House & Senate.

As usual, the Devil (and I mean Devil) is in the details.

It was surely a win for the lefties, but I think also for the progressive right. I think it was a nice little reminder that the Tea Party holds no sway in that there town.

A Hollywood Director couldn’t have choreographed that show any better. Maybe it was just show. It’s almost as if this whole scenario was scripted. Let’s recap.

The House, led by John Boehner [the good guy (white hat)] passes a yearlong extension of the Social Security tax cut & extension of unemployment benefits. The right hails them as heroes! The Senate, led by [Dirty] Harry Reid [the bad guy (black hat)] passes a lousy 2-month extension, insists they will not negotiate and leave town a few days before the Christmas break.

Boehner boldly says he will stick to his guns & says no deal to the Senate. They must come back & deal with him. Conservatives roundly applaud him. Hooray for the good guy!

In step the squishy Senate moderates, led by Mitch McConnell. They insist a deal must get done. He says the House should take the deal & fight it out in March with the banditos in the Senate. Boehner will not capitulate. Figuring Big John Boehner will hold out, members of the House begin to leave town for Christmas.

My theory is, when he (Boehner) & his cohorts thought it was safe, they pulled the old switcharoo.

The Speaker agreed to pass the two-month extension on Friday morning by unanimous consent, a fast-track procedural maneuver that guarantees passage unless lawmakers book plane tickets and fly back to Washington in time to object. Game-set-match. I guess the white of Boehner’s hat was just the wrapping paper. Peel that away & it’s as black as Dirty Harry’s.

“Given the late hour of notification, there’s no way I can make it,” said Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R., Kansas).
“I’m disappointed. That’s not the process by which I thought we would consider things like this,” he said, adding, “This is the kind of stuff that people hate about Washington.”

It gets worse. In Washington, it always does.

Seems the $33 billion, lousy two-month package is set to be paid for with fees charged by mortgage financiers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac over 10 years.

“The policy is horrific,” said Rep. Mo Brooks (R., Ala.), “increasing the costs of mortgages hurts homeowners of all incomes,” adding “it’s hard to figure out how the senators could have done worse–all for two months.”

In other words, Republicans have “caved” by agreeing to increase mortgage fees for 10 years in order to fund a mere two months worth of tiny tax cuts. Instead of taxes being raised January 1, they go up March 1 instead, while the higher mortgage fees endure for a decade. Brilliant. And to score this great political achievement, the House speaker is willing to use Pelosi and Reid-style procedural tricks to exclude the toughest opposition from the vote. Awesome!

This is the kind of inside-the-beltway crap we are all so tired of. How many times do we have to suffer disappointment to get angry enough to actually throw the bums out?

Except for a few select members, mostly freshmen, they all must go!

Attribution: Joel McDurmon