Can We Keep Our Eyes on the Prize

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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Update: I neglected to mention another option to avoiding doing the hard things like a full repeal of ObamaCare. A weak-kneed roll-out of ObamaCare-lite. Although there hasn’t been time yet to dissect the new proposal, you can bet it doesn’t resemble anything they have been promising us. I can’t wait to hear the tough-talking sales pitch of the watered down bill.

What has everyone in politics, every cable news outlet, every talk radio program been discussing since Friday? Well, it’s not ObamaCare, cutting taxes, or really any of Trump’s big agenda items. Of course, it’s wiretapping, meetings with Russians and tweeting.

For now four solid days we have been pummeled with wiretapping scandal stories. If it’s not specifically about wiretapping, it’s about Jeff Sessions or others meeting, or not meeting with the Ruskies. Oh, and also the salaciously commented on photo of Kelly Ann Conway perched on the couch in the Oval Office.

That’s four days the administration and those on Capital Hill have not been thinking of or acting on the campaign promises that were made to us – a full repeal of ObamaCare – cutting taxes and confirming the next supreme Court justice, etc., etc.

This one story has sucked all the oxygen out of the room. On Monday, Rush Limbaugh spent virtually his entire show – three full hours harping on the feud between Trump and the democrats and zero time on anything else. I don’t listen to Hannity anymore, but I’ll bet he did the same. read more

Is Obamacare Here to Stay

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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What’s the hold up!! Why do we have to wait to repeal Obamacare? Anyone with a brain can see that it is total disaster. Of course anyone with a brain knew from the beginning that it was expressly designed to be a total disaster – that the master plan, or scheme, was to have Obamacare, in it’s current form, fail, thus clearing the way to a single payer, full-blown, socialist healthcare system.

Those on the left knew. Pelosi knew – which is the reason she said “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it…” The architect, Jonathan Gruber, certainly knew, as he admitted they had to lie about it and hope that Americans were as dumb as he hoped they were.

Now that we can repeal it, the Republicans have attempted to change the narrative from repeal and replace to repair and fix. Well – we aren’t buying it.

“You spineless, gutless, timid politicians. (The Republicans) have all three. They have the White House, the Senate, and the House. What’s their excuse now?” Sean Hannity asked. He also echoed our sentiment that they are now proposing to, “repeal and repair the disastrous health care law.” read more

My WND Exclusive – I’m Tired of Republican Tough-Talk Lies

Raise your hand if you thought those jelly-spine wastes of human flesh, the Republicans, were ever going to repeal Obamacare. No hands? I thought not. If you did raise your hand, you should have your head examined.

For as long as I can remember the GOP has been the party of tough talk … and disappointment. And as much as I hoped they would actually see the light and anger of their base, who foolishly continue to vote them into office, I knew in my heart of hearts that they would never have the courage to actually follow through with the promise to rid us of this disaster. read more

My WND Weekly Exclusive

Republicans’ repeal-but-not-really betrayal

I do a weekly podcast in which I normally discuss two or three topics that interest me (and hopefully the listener). However, this past Sunday, being so infuriated, I ended up devoting the entire time to one subject – the repeal of Obamacare. You may listen to it here.

Many Americans elected Donald Trump for one reason. They think he will fight for them. They see him as a symbol of hope – to break the cycle of Washington insider politics-as-usual. They/we are tired of broken promises that predictably occur after every election. They/we want Trump to break this cycle.

Trump or no, it appears the cycle continues, like the Italian rail system, right on schedule.

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The Democrats and the Price of Oil

By: the Common Constitutionalist

We’ve all been pleasantly surprised by the drop in gas prices lately. It’s now in the $2.90/gallon range and that’s a good thing.

CBS News reported on a recent Morgan Stanley analysis. “Morgan Stanley predicted that sustained low gas prices could mean households could have as much as $40 billion extra to spend this quarter.” Merry Christmas!

This report was issued in October, before the midterm election, yet never touted by a single democrat. Why?

Well, industry experts claim that increased oil production, mainly domestic, coupled with waning demand due a sluggish world economy has created a supply glut driving prices down, which is great for American voters’ wallets.

Now, does everyone remember Tom Steyer, the enviroweenie billionaire? His super PAC was the single largest campaign donor this election cycle, and every cent went to the democrats. read more

Conservatives Versus the Establishment

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 You have 2 Options. Read the article or listen to the Podcast.

 

Question: If conservatives are such losers, why do the Democrats wish to dispatch them so early? If the voters consider conservatives and the Tea Party a bunch of Bible thumping hayseed extremists, why don’t the Dems root for their success in the primaries?

 

Why doesn’t Democrat strategist Joe Trippi jump on the Matt Bevin bandwagon – try to defeat the great Mitch McConnell – thus enabling the Democrats to defeat the “fringe” Bevin in the general election?

 

After all, no one in their right mind would vote for a “Wacko Bird” (thank you John McCain) like Matt Bevin. But that’s not going to happen.

 

And why? Because the left will always tell you with whom they are afraid. The more afraid they are of an opponent the more they appear to discount that opponent. That’s their tell – to put it in poker terms. 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

Boehner, Conservatives, Go To War

The war of words inside the GOP over a proposed budget compromise escalated on Thursday, with tea party conservatives targeting Speaker John Boehner and other Republicans who support the deal and “don’t have the stomach” to cut spending.

Heritage Action’s Dan Holler said on Thursday that Republicans who support the budget plan unveiled Tuesday night “will have to explain to their constituents” their broken promises on taxes and spending.

And Club for Growth’s Chris Chocola said “it should surprise no one” when GOP members who vote for the plan are challenged in future primaries.
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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.

 

Mitch McConnell said it back in October: “they’ll not be another government shutdown, you can count on that”. Johnny Boehner said the same.

 

Paul Ryan told Mark Levin that he doesn’t want another shut down. And why? The “Republicans” all say that a shutdown merely distracts the public – that they want to focus on the problems of Obamacare.

 

Do you believe them when they say it? You shouldn’t because, as I stated, this  budget fully funds Obamacare.

 

So what’s really going on? Fear – fear is what’s really going on. The Republicans and all their inside the Beltway advisers are afraid. They’re afraid of the Democrats and afraid of the press.

 

You can see it by the way they react and lash out at those conservatives and conservative groups who wish them to fight, to actually try to win.

 

Frankly I think it’s more a fear of the Washington press corps, then anything else, and it’s been going on for a while.

 

Think back to the 2008 presidential campaign. John McCain chose the outspoken conservative Sarah Palin as his running mate. What happened? They immediately hamstrung her. The edict came down from the Republican wizards of smart that no one was to speak ill of the then candidate Obama.

 

And why? Fear! They would not allow anyone to be honest about the Marxist Obama lest they be branded a racist.

 

Recall the wailing and whining of everyone, including the Republicans, regarding Rush Limbaugh’s exclamation that he wished Obama to fail. None of the Republicans came to Limbaugh’s aid, choosing instead to run for the tall grass. Gee…who was right on that one?

 

Now, fast forward to the 2012 campaign – specifically the debates. The first debate was a thing of beauty. Romney was smart, tough and took the fight to Obama. Remember how excited you got? Second debate – Obama was better but Romney still won it.

 

Things were looking good for Romney, and then something happened. Remember? Romney came out for the third debate and went soft. Obama gave Romney opportunities, one after the other, to take it to him. Yet he just stood there, letting Obama off the hook, even agreeing with him on many occasions.

 

Chris Wallace of Fox News said it was Romney’s idea. I’m not sure I buy that. It just looks too familiar. And now, looking back and comparing it to the milquetoast way the Republicans comport themselves – it’s all just too familiar.

 

It was fear of conflict and the press then and it’s the same today.

 

The Republican Party is afraid. They’re afraid of the flight. They are not the stupid party, as some have described.

 

They are the wuss-party – or as Arnold would say, the Girlie Man party.

Don’t Repeal It; Fix It Up A Little

 

by: the Common Constitutionalist

The Republican fix for Obamacare isn’t repeal or defund . The House Republican fix that Fred Upton floated a couple of weeks ago  is, “if you have an individual healthcare policy that was effective as of this year,  January 2013, that policy in fact is grandfathered in and it allows you to keep it for another year. You’re not going to be subject to a penalty. You’re not going to be forced to find something else.”

 

Wow Fred. Way to go out on a limb buddy! That’s like a Governor giving a death row inmate a one year reprieve. We’ll just kill you next year. Awesome!

 

I agree with Glenn Beck’s description of what is really going. They (the republicans) also want national healthcare. Don’t believe the lies that they are against it. Like every other  progressive program, most republicans are all for them. At the least the left, or should I say further left, is honest about what they want, kind of.

 

The republicrats want a republicare or a Romneycare or some other derivation, yet we here them speak glowingly of the free market. Progressives don’t want a “free” market. Just listen to them. Even when they speak of repeal, it’s never just to repeal it. It’s always “repeal and replace”. Replace with what? read more