Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Break is Over?

I got an email today from a longtime reader who has missed us.
Enough vacation Matt, time to get back to work. I miss your postings!

Warmest Regards,

As I explained to G, Mark's accident sort of took the wind out of my sails and I really needed to take a break.

You know, focus on some things in my personal life. Have a little fun.

Well, break is over...

I'm not going to say that I will be back full time all the time, but I have been feeling the need to write again and until I can find a better way and/or place to do that, WMD will be back in at least a limited form.

As for the internet radio station, I still own the software but I'm just not really feeling like that is something we can do without Mark. At least, not yet...

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Ohio Republican Party Jumps Shark


The Enquirer is reporting that the Ohio Republican Party has failed to endorse John Becker and two other area Republican state representatives because they DARE to hold the line on spending.

John Becker has done more for the Ohio Republican party than anybody I know. He has fought the good fight with friends in the Tea Party and other conservative groups that the ORP was an organization worth investing time and energy. His dedication to that cause is one of the reasons why WMD has restrained itself from completely and utterly abandoning any and all hope that the ORP could be reformed. All of that is nothing.

THIS is how the Ohio Republican Party rewards people who have differing views. Where's the 80% with us bullshit line now?

I had always suspected that Bill Batchelder was a tool. That he has allowed this nonsense confirms what I have always suspected. This guy is a loser and I'm grateful that he can do us no more damage thanks to term limits.

These idiots have even recommended endorsing Peter Beck. That dude is going to prison.


I can't stand this much Stupid.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

UPDATED 1/31/14: WMD Blogger Seriously Injured in Accident

Original Post - 12/26/13: On the afternoon of Christmas Day, my blogging colleague, Mark, and his sister were driving to see a relative when he failed to see a stop sign in time and was in an accident that spun the vehicle around and rolled it over. Mark had to be cut out of the car and rushed to the hospital. It was initially believed that his sister had a fractured neck, but subsequent tests revealed that not to be the case. Mark's condition is much more serious.

After preliminary tests, it was believed that Mark could be paralyzed from the chest down. When I saw him earlier today, he was able to move his fingers and arms a bit, but not his torso or legs. Our TIB Radio colleague, Tom Blumer of BizzyBlog.com saw him later in the day and reported a positive development: Mark felt the urge to go to the bathroom which the experts say means that he may be starting to regain some feeling.

At this time, we ask for your prayers and sending positive energy in Mark's direction.


1/1/14 UPDATE: After a few days of small, but significant, steps in the right direction, Mark has taken a turn for the worse. Mark now has pneumonia and is on a ventilator.

Mark had begun some physical therapy working on finger dexterity and arm strength, I can only assume that this changes that whole program.

1/4/14 UPDATE: Let me start with a correction to the 1/1 Update, Mark hadn't actually contracted pneumonia, but it was a real concern that his team of doctors were focused on. The current concern is his kidneys. A whole bunch of his family and friends were in to see him yesterday as it was thought earlier in the day that he might not be able to respond much later. I heard reports from friends and family all day that he appeared to be in good spirits, but he was pretty exhausted by the time I got in to see him that evening.

Please keep praying for him. I know it is working.

1/7/14 UPDATE: Mark continues to have good news/bad news kind of days.

I heard from his grandmother: "Kidney doctor sees improvement in the output. He is going to wait for a while before making the decision about dialysis. Reducing his ventilator today to see how he handles that."

His sister posted in his name on Facebook earlier today: "Brother is making tiny steps forward it seems but we definitely need more prayers. Right now he has a uti and the start of pneumonia. But he's breathing on his own now and his kidneys seem to be turning in the right direction. Thank you to all those who have posted encouragement and prayers,keep them coming"

1/8/14 UPDATE: Another Facebook post from Mark's sister:
He is not very responsive and the doctors really aren't sure why. They are trying to get him weaned off the ventilator but this delay in him waking up will undoubtedly slow that down. Please pray that brother will wake up and be more alert soon so we can finally get him off the ventilator and I can hear his voice again before I have to return to vet school. All the love and prayers are appreciated, thank you all
And now this from his grandmother:
Mark Sr. just texted me. Mark Jr. was put on an EEG this morning because he wouldn’t wake up. Mark Sr, is saying Mary took his ipod so he could hear Elvis music. Some songs make EEG lines jump but mostly, he is relatively flat. His temperature is 103. Thank you for your prayers. GOD bless and love.

1/9/14 UPDATE: Sounds like today was a good day!

Mary: "Brother is on the right track. Hes much more awake. The docs think if he keeps progressing like this they can get him off the ventilator in the next couple days. Praise God for His healing. Prayers for continuing progress would be appreciated. Thanks for all the love and prayers"

Grandma: "When I got there today, the chaplain was visiting and before he left he prayed. I was holding Mark's right foot and don't you know his leg moved from the knee down. Then Mary saw his left leg move. A nurse told Mark Sr.she had seen his leg move. He was awake a lot of the time I was there. I pray he can get off of that ventilator soon so he can talk to us. He so wants to tell us things now. GOD IS ABLE TO DELIVER!!!"

1/12/14 UPDATE:  From Mark's sister:
Brother is still in need of prayers. The doctors say that he's doing well physically but his spirits are as low as I've seen them. He also now has some wounds that have to be treated. Tomorrow he should be getting his breathing tube out so he'll be able to talk again. Visitors are welcome. He seems a bit happier when people come to see him

1/15/14 UPDATE: Mark's grandmother:
Mark Jr. had a decent day today. Kidneys are working, potassium is down as it should be, again, they think he has pneumonia. Took chest Xray today, still has a slight fever, AND I saw his left leg move from ankle to hip. What that means, I don't know, but it did move. Mary was exercising his ankle and that leg moved. After that, I saw it move a few more times. The trach will be put in maybe Friday, depending on the staff the surgeon can get pulled together - or Monday when full staff will be on duty. I pray it works this time. It will be a different surgery since his neck is so big. Also heard doctor saying he was going to get with the brace dept. and get a better neck brace made. He slept pretty much. Mary can get him to wake up and she can lip read some of the things he is trying to say. So, now the prayers are for the trach to be a successful operation and that he won't get so irritated with that vent being down his throat. Easy for me to say. Thank you all for your prayers and expressions of concern...GOD bless.....

1/19/14 UPDATE: Mark's grandmother:
Today, Mark Jr. seemed more sleepy than yesterday. He did point to some letters on the Alphabet Board, that his cousins prepared for him, so he could point to letters and be able to communicate that way. It takes a while, but it is so good to finally know what he wants to say. Still no decision on the trach operation. Please pray that his breathing would get good enough to get it in soon.

1/22/14 UPDATE: Just got a FB message from Mark's grandmother:
The trach is in - - HALLELUJAH!!!!! Everything seems to be going well at this point. The doctor was encouraging that things are going to be allright. He is already breathing on his own, but they will probably keep the ventilator hooked up to the trach a while longer. He will be able to talk after a while. It is just pure pleasure to see his mouth without those tubes in it. He is still very sleepy and I think that is good so he won’t be so aware of the pain. They have started the pain medicine, so hopefully, they will get ahead of most of the pain. The doctor thinks he will be able to swallow food in a short while. PRAISE GOD FOR ALL HE HAS DONE!!!

1/24/14 UPDATE: Mark's Grandma:
Mark JR. is still doing well. The plan is to move him to Drake Hospital next week. I am praying that he connects with another person there who will be able to inspire him to push forward. The fever is still high and nobody knows why. They did another procedure to get phlegm to test it for pneumonia again. The Lord is Good.

1/31/14 UPDATE: Mark's Grandma:
Mark Jr. was doing better today. His temp is down around 99. I pray it holds around there. They decided it was an infected pic that caused the infection. If things hold steady, he MAY move to Drake Monday. Physical therapy was working with him and he could lift his arms from flat on the bed up to his head. It was so exciting to see him do that!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Montgomery County GOP: Unelected Chairman?

On Facebook, Missy Mae Walters posted the following:
To all my friends in the Montgomery County GOP - I thought this was quite an interesting letter from Phil Plummer who states he was elected Chairman of the local Republican Party. Please know there was no election. The last central committee meeting was such a cluster$&@"/mess that Phil Plummer had to shout everyone down as he tried to get a vote. The floor motioned to close the meeting and it was seconded. Phil has just declared himself king without the support of the majority of the central committee. He ends his letter by stating... "United we stand -Divided we fall." I'm here to tell everyone who I helped to recruit and am friends on Central Committee - all 84 of you that Phil Plummer has anointed himself Chairman. We are in a lot of trouble on the local level after the illegal crap these jokers have pulled in an already beat down local organization. So now a message to the local democrats - you have every reason to salivate. It's back to business as normal. Enjoy continuing to win county offices. It's going to be hard for this local group to get their act together. They have little knowledge of what it takes to run an organized ground game. As long as Phil believes a party is built on a building and money, your team will continue to win. After the 2014 elections, I would love to know if Phil will enjoy being king.
So...another weak establishment GOP move.

Friday, January 10, 2014


You have GOT to be kidding me.

Anybody but Cindy Carpenter.  Get it done.

And Roger Reynolds is one of the best Republicans in Butler County, if not the whole state.

What an embarrassment!

Saturday, January 04, 2014

LaTourette vs. Tea Party

RINO LaTourette has been on a warpath against any republican that actually has a conservative thought. His current activities may be illegal according to this report filed at Breitbart.

This much is certain: His status as a tool is confirmed.

BUTLER COUNTY GOP: Rearranging the Deck Chairs on Titanic

The Tea Party guy quit when the going got tough. Color me surprised. Anyway...

What choices does the executive Committee have? A perennial loser and a kid. Some things don't change.

My money is on the kid.

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Don Quixote and Windmills

I made a couple of brief comments on Facebook about this this morning and quite a few folks wanted to know a bit more about what I think on the subject, so I decided it was a worthy enough topic to bring me over here to jot down a few more words.

John Kasich has been a huge, massive, gigantic, enormous, colossal, substantial, hefty, voluminous, enormous, whale of a disappointment to me. He went around the state preaching from the gospel of conservatism, but like every other Ohio Republican on the Big stage, he governs like a liberal. This dude still thinks we can find prosperity by spending money we don't have and his ideas for getting more money involve tax schemes that ultimately shut out everybody but Big Oil.

The last straw for me is his smug defense of his Medicaid Expansion. That this tool thinks it is okay to invoke religion to justify his backdoor support of Obamacare is sickening. It makes me want to vomit. How can you tell when John Kasich is lying about Medicaid Expansion? His lips move.

However, none of that is enough for me to support no-name challengers who have zero chance at winning in a primary. NOBODY outside of a small section of Cincinnati and a handful of Tea Party people even know who this guy is and while the Ohio Liberty Coalition of the Alliance of the Forces for Good (or whatever they are calling themselves this week) has managed to pony up some decent support for a few state legislature candidates, there is no history that they are in the same league as the fat cats supporting Governor Kasbama.

Furthermore, I'd almost be willing to bet dollars to donuts that this guy says or does something that damages the reputation of the Tea Party movement in this state. Just call it a gut feeling. I've got nothing else to go on, but a sense that when Not Ready For Primetime candidates get on the stage, they have the tendency to make things worse for the people who brought them there.

And let's face some hard facts, a loss in a GOP primary by a former Generalissimo of the Tea Party would deliver a message loud and clear regarding just how little influence these groups actually have on the system and the process. Don't get me wrong, I think the movement is still growing stronger everyday. But it is just large enough now that it can lose a LOT by overplaying their hand.

I guess I am just not convinced that this is the right step at this time. I much rather see the Tea Party stay focused on issues rather than get dragged through the mud of electing candidates. Education is what the Tea Party ought to still be about. I have always felt that the Tea Party is at its best when it is teaching others about the principles of liberty.

Your mileage may vary...

Friday, December 06, 2013

This and That or Matt Checks In

I've been off the grid for a bit, but still keeping up on the news and other goings on as I moved TIB Central Command to its new super secret location. I wanted to take a few minutes of your precious time to comment on a few things that have been thrust upon my radar...


It is no secret that Butler County's government is in no danger of running short of shenanigans, but this latest episode demonstrates just how very little progress has been made in reforming local government. Once again, we learn of backroom deals that benefit politicians and their families and the people whom we have placed our public trust are screwing us. Still. After all these years and after all the examples of what happens when politicians finally get caught, there are still clowns who insist on playing these same old games.

Sure...it happens everywhere. I'm no fool, no matter what the establishment will try to get you to believe. But I took some measure of pride in shining a candle's worth of light in to the dark recesses of Butler County's tomfoolery and it pains me that even after expending so many pixels here on the subject, we really haven't made that much progress in rooting out the disease that plagues the county.

So, yeah, put me down in the column of favoring a ray or three of sunshine on to the dark space that is the Butler County Board of Elections. I can only hope that a few more politicians learn that nepotism and chicanery is no way to run government.

And if, by some strange coincidence, you have been living under a rock (like I have the last few weeks) and have no idea what this is about, go over to the Journal-News site and run a search on Board of Elections.

SIDEBAR: Mike Gmoser is En Fuego. Go get 'em!

"Thingamabobs Have Consequences" by Jonah Goldberg:
...the minimum wage is a boon to robots. If you make human labor more expensive, non-human labor becomes more attractive. If you tell car-wash owners that they have to pay their employees $100 an hour, the owner will most likely search his desk for that business card from that salesman from Acme Robots.
The above is a short excerpt from the opening paragraph from Jonah's G-File "e-newsletter" that hit my inbox today. Since POTUS is trying to divert attention from his crummy website for his even more diabolical signature legislation with more prattle on increasing the minimum wage, I thought it relevant to let someone else say what I've been telling you all for years: Increasing the minimum wage is the best way to increase unemployment amongst the already hardest hit segments of our population...but don't let the truth stop liberals from distracting us from more important stuff with even more promises of "free" stuff. Because that's never been done before...


My immediate reaction to a National Review (dead tree edition or I'd link to it) piece by Lowery and Ponnuru is to point out that there is a difference between grassroots activists and the "elite" few engaged in party politics. That's why there are so many squabbles between the "Republican Party" and the "Tea Party" people. The GOP has an agenda to win elections. The TP's agenda is all about ideology. As a guy who straddled both worlds, I can say that neither position is necessarily right at any given time. Instead of treating the TP like some doody left on the front yard, maybe the GOP ought to find better ways of explaining their pragmatism to the TP. I've always said that the TP has a problem with patience and their inexperience with politics has been their worst enemy.

The piece was about the defunding Obamacare fight and as usual you can count on National Review to wag their finger at any conservative who dares to stand on principle and fight the good fight for the sake of fighting a good fight against an administration hellbent on destroying our way of life with an agenda so far left it makes Stalin look like a righty. I could appreciate their position more if they would actually promote an alternative strategy other than "Roll over and take it." but they don't.

Say what you want about the new guys with the R at the end of their names (and I have); but, for the most part, they aren't in DC to gain new friends and attend parties. We're in serious trouble in this country and if we don't stop messing around, we're going to lose everything. So while I can understand the thought process behind picking your battles for a political win, I also firmly back ANY fight that stands in opposition to the further destruction of our values and freedom.

A point made in the article is that conservatives alone are not sufficiently strong enough in numbers to win on their own. And that is true. But let me point out that there are more conservatives in this country than any other ideology. That has to count for something. When the establishment continually evaluates their losses as excuses to turn left, somebody needs to remind the establishment that by drawing in more "moderates" you turn off that base of support that makes the party viable in the first place. Democrats don't do this. They don't look at a loss and say, "We need to get more conservative." No. They double down on their principles and give us Obama. Twice. Heck, that Nancy Pelosi still holds a leadership position ought to tell you all you need to know about that.

My advice to both sides is to stop hurting each other and find ways to work on the things that we agree on while we talk about the things that we don't. Rome wasn't built in a day. Show some patience. Politics is a marathon, not a sprint.



Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot.

It's all I got on that... I have no idea what he's doing.

I am not at all pleased with what I've seen so far. Hiring a McCainite Shamnesty Cheerleader isn't encouraging.

Still kinda hoping this is all some sort of grand strategery intended to bluff Obama on the issue, but I know better...

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Thursday Nov 21 WMD Scattershot Blasts

Democrats Choose Tyranny Over Liberty....Progressives decide debate is just too hard and so therefore they must stifle it....Folks, these people are dictators....They don't believe in the rule of law, law that has been just fine since 1789...I mean, and hypocrites also.... Today President Obama lauded the Nuclear Option, But When he was a Senator....

Durbin voted for the nuclear option today, but back in 2005....

Even Harry Reid, little dictator of the Senate, Was Against the Nuclear Option...Until Today...

Illinois Community Ravaged by Tornado Tells FEMA to Go Home...My friends, this is what America should look like....this is what the Real America is, folks.  

The White House Shared Concerns Over Obamacare Long Ago-  Is this video a smoking gun?  If not, then these emails mount a chain of evidence toward deceiving the American people....

S is for Stupid, and Sebelius....This woman makes Homer Simpson seem like Albert Einstein....Oops! Indeed!

While We are Talking about HHS, How Do You Spend More to Spend Less?  Department spends loads to find out how to....save money????

Hey! Leave Our Healthcare Alone!!!!  93% want Obamacare changed or repealed.  Yes, Please!

Breakin' Healthcare Wave II, the You Can't Keep Your Doc Bugaloo....It keeps getting worse and worse as more cancellations go out....

Obamacare Creates Alcoholics....Businessman says Obama driving him to drink....Will he get treatment for this condition?

Better Invest in Lifelock if Obamacare is Allowed to Stay Around....Navigators already plotting to sell your info down the river....

So Much for Ryan Being a Tough Budget Hawk....CandyArse admits he will deal rather than take a stand on principle if budget deadline looms again....

In Well, Duh! News, Chris Christie Hearts Obamacare....Thanks Rand Paul, the embrace and the love letters didn't clue us in already that Christie is left of John McCain....

More Scientists Questioning Global Warming/Hurricane Increase Hypothesis...People are trying to get to the truth....but prince Charles still spouts nonsense 

Thanks Loose Immigration Policy!  Al Qaeda in Kentucky!!!!  Patrick Poole, call yer office.....

If you want your baby killed, you'll have to speak up, my insurance doesn't cover hearing aids....Yes, this craziness is true.  Read it here....

Oregon?  Anyone there? No one is registering for health exchange in one of America's most liberal states...

He Didn't Feed the Lie So He was Fired....Official axed for not backing Obama's so called "Keep your doctor" fix...

YES YOU CAN ....get your insurance cancelled, too, college kids....

Even A Dem Is Questioning Obama's Authority....Better watch out, he'll do a Benghazi on you!

Cher is an Expert on Being One, But When Has She Ever Been Right?  I mean, she couldn't get naming her kid right, ahem....She called Sarah Palin a dumb C word....

Possible Solution to Obamacare:  National Health Charter??  I know, sounds dubious...but check out the article and decide....

Obama is so 2009 man...Why Youth Are Turning on the Big O (no, not Michelle....)  

I must break obamacare to save it? Another Illogical argument from the White House of Bad Ideas....

Monday, November 11, 2013

Veteran's Day Scattershot Blasts November 11, 2013

First, THANK YOU to all of our Veterans, for your sacrifice, service, and standards of excellence. 
God bless you and yours on this Veterans Day!

Sadly, We Don't Do Enough for Our Veterans....
Forty Percent of our Vets are on/need food assistance....

Some Good News....Paralyzed Vet to Walk Again....
Amazing what God's gift of technology and invention can do.  Check it out!

Hundreds Attend Funeral for "Unknown" WWII Vet....
Glad to see some folks showing respect for the Greatest Generation...

Debbie Delusional At it Again....
DNC Chair Debbie WasAMan Shultz, er, Wasserman Shultz said that she believes that the Democrats will run and win on Obamacare in 2014.  She also had said earlier that she didn't think the President told a lie to the American people with "if you like your plan, you can keep it."

I Guess Everyone in Oregon Likes What They Have....
Because NO ONE has enrolled in the exchanges in Oregon!

Like Rats, Many Obamacare Fans Are Jumping Ship....
Will they use the "I was actually against Obamacare as I voted for it?" Defense?  Will they use the "well, you couldn't have expected me to read the whole bill?" idea?  The Senators up for re-election in competitive states in 2014 are starting to panic, though they still aren't offering solutions for anything other than their own growing political jeopardy.  But, didn't they hear Debbie WasAMan Shultz?  They should embrace voting for this fiscal black hole....

Mental Health Mandate Will Drive You Nuts!
From Forbes
So while Obamacare is driving up the cost of a policy for many Americans by 50 percent to 100 percent, the new mental health rules will make coverage even more expensive—though it’s difficult to know by how much.
The state-based mental health mandate usually operated in an environment where health insurers could deny coverage for a preexisting condition.  Obamacare is eliminating that practice.  Now people with mental health, substance abuse and behavioral issues can sign up—well, if the bureaucrats ever get the website fixed—for subsidized coverage with very few limits.
Evidence is already emerging that those who have signed up are older than average, and they will surely be sicker—because they are the uninsureds most motivated to get coverage.
Furthermore, the mental health mandate could mean that millions of additional health policies will be canceled because Obama just expanded what’s considered qualified coverage.
If the past few weeks haven’t convinced you the Obama administration never understood how the law would affect health insurance, this new effort should do it.

Bold Prediction:  Obamacare Will Be Repealed Before 2014!?!
Steven Hayward says:
Prediction: even if HealthCare.gov is fixed by the end of the month (unlikely), Obamacare is going to be repealed well in advance of next year’s election.  And if the website continues to fail, the push for repeal—from endangered Democrats—will occur very rapidly.  The website is a sideshow: the real action is the number of people and businesses who are losing their health plans or having to pay a lot more.  Fixing the website will only delay the inevitable.
Check out his rationale here....some interesting theories....

Democrat Dictatorship Disease on the March....
Days after a Republican was elected mayor of Annapolis, City Council members say they will revisit legislation that would strip the mayor’s office of much of its power.  What a bunch of sore losers!!!

Free Speech for Anyone...But Christians!
A Man was arrested in a mall for passing out tracts and talking to people...despite having done it many times before and court cases assuring him he has the right.....Read the chilling report here...

Thursday, November 07, 2013

WMD Scattershot Blasts for November 7, 2013

Obamacare by Morning...
Libtards on twitter and facebook show they can't take a joke...CMA Awards Obamacare spoof hits nail on the head...or hemorrhoids in the rear...

Facts Show White House Efforts to Blame Insurance Cos for Cancellations are Lies
From the WaPo:
We’ve noted before the tight regulations that the Department of Health and Human Services wrote while implementing the law, which affected “grandfathered plans,” those obtained before the law was signed on March 23, 2010.  That’s what Carney is referring to when he claims that insurance companies are taking away benefits — though that is just one of a myriad of provisions that could affect a plan’s grandfathered status.
But how many people actually would have kept their individual plans that long in the first place? HHS, when it drafted the interim rules, estimated that between 40 and 67 percent of policies in the individual market are in effect for less than one year. “These estimates assume that the policies that terminate are replaced by new individual policies, and that these new policies are not, by definition, grandfathered,” the rules noted. (See page 34553.)
That’s a large percentage of the plans — but it’s actually bigger than that, given the effective date. We dug into the key research that prompted this estimate, a study titled “Patterns Of Individual Health Insurance Coverage, 1996–2000.” The study noted that, for most people, buying individual insurance is a temporary condition:
“Roughly two-thirds of spells began or ended with employer-sponsored coverage. Eighty-five percent of those with such coverage before a spell of individual coverage returned to an employer-sponsored plan. Thus, more than half of all individual-coverage spells (58 percent) bridged periods of employer-based insurance.”
The study included an interesting chart, based on the experiences of more than 6,000 people, that showed how long a person had a “spell” of individual coverage. The median spell length was only 8 months. Here are the key points:
Less than 6 months:    48.2 percent
6-12 months:               16.3 percent
13-18 months:             13.7 percent
19-24 months:               4.8 percent
More than 24 months:   17  percent
Of course, the Affordable Care Act was enacted more than 44 months ago. Using the data available in the chart, we roughly calculated the Gamma distribution curve beyond 44 months. Under our model, only 4.8 percent keep the policy longer than 44 months — and that is likely an overestimate.
Translated, that means about 95 percent of people now getting cancellation notices likely purchased their plan after the effective date of the law.

Pot Meet Kettle, Obama Edition
Obama sends warning to GOP governors to stop playing politics with healthcare.  Funny, didn't he do that first?  Just sayin.

CBS, of All People, Says Obama Had Years of Warnings About Failures of Obamacare
Yeah,CBS, it is called the right wing blogosphere.....

Obamacare Will Be Judged Too Big Too Fail, Bailout of Single Payer to Come....
From the American Spectator:
Think back to the fall of 2008. Congress was asked to pass a $700 billion taxpayer bailout for Wall Street. We were told it had to be passed, or else the economy would collapse, perhaps into another Great Depression.
House conservatives voted it down. The stock market fell hundreds of points in response. In the ensuing panic, Congress went along and passed the bailout.
That bailout, and the insane, nearly $1 trillion “stimulus” bill passed just a few months later as Obama’s first act, gave birth to the Tea Party revolution that gave Republicans a 63-seat landslide in the House in the 2010 elections. Voters supported that to stop the run on taxpayer funds.
Next on the horizon is an Obamacare “death spiral” for the private health insurance industry. Taxpayers will now be told a new bailout of hundreds of billions for the private health insurers must be passed, or else private health insurance will go out of business under Obamacare. That would leave the government in complete control of American health care, especially as he who pays the piper calls the tune.
It is called “single payer” by advocates of government-run health care. In plain English, “single payer” means “government monopoly” over health care, more commonly known as “socialized medicine.” That means the government decides who gets what health care, or ultimately, who lives and who dies. For those who think the government is God, such health care socialism is long overdue.
Meaning — spiraling decline in the quality of American health care, the end of investment in new, breakthrough medicine, Sarah Palin’s death panels.
Go read the whole thing!

Former Cantor Chief of Staff Helped McAuliffe Win in VA
I am shocked, SHOCKED! to find Eric Cantor employing RINOs!  (sarcasm).  Breitbart has the story here

Krispy Kreme Christie Joins John Kasich Obamacare Surrender Club
Krispy Kreme Christie, governor of New Jersey and Obama's secret lover, became the latest Surrender Republican Governor to rapidly expand Medicaid in the Obamacare scheme.  So, this is what victory 2016 looks like?  Hardly.  Maybe next, like John Kasich, Krispy Kreme will say God told him to do it.....

Attention Ohio General Assembly, and especiall the Senate:  Even Kids Know Common Core is Rotten....
From EAGnews:
Emily Anderson, a ninth-grader at Owasso Mid-High School, has always been near the top of her class when it comes to academics. She was in enrolled in the TACK program for gifted and talented students throughout middle school and is currently taking Pre-AP classes.
But Anderson has some concerns with the future of her education after seeing evidence of the implementation of Common Core standards in her classrooms.
“I know I’m not stupid. I’m not dumb. I just know that whatever is going on isn’t working with the way that I learn,” Anderson said.

You Will Accept Obamacare and Medicare Patients Or Else....
A scary and likely postulation on the future here....

...We Will Give You the New Mexico Treatment....
Another sad story questions just how far our police are going nowadays. To add insult to injury, the urgent care billed the man for the "treatment" to the tune of in excess of $6000.  Of course, we come to find out now that this drug dog has had numerous false alerts in the past.  And, ANOTHER person has come out after the story linked to above came out.  This person received the same "treatment" by local police in New Mexico.  And supposedly, the same dog was used.  Time to put Rover out to stud, people. 

Speaking of Dog Doo, Obama Steps in It Again...LIAR LIAR, PANTS ON FIRE!
From Fox News:
Millions of health insurance plans have been cancelled after ObamaCare went into effect, and President Obama backed away Monday from his previous oft-repeated statement that "if you like your plan, you can keep your plan."
But he may want to glance at his own website, WhiteHouse.gov, which still states: "For Americans with insurance coverage who like what they have, they can keep it. Nothing in this act or anywhere in the bill forces anyone to change the insurance they have, period."

That appears in a section of the WhiteHouse.gov website labeled "health reform details." The exact same language also appears in the Department of Health and Human Services' online description of the law.

But that web description is very different from what Obama said Monday to top backers of Organizing for Action, his permanent campaign arm.
"What we said was, 'You could keep it [your plan] if it hasn't changed since the law was passed,'" Obama said.

Obama Takes Care of Union Buddies Quietly with More Waivers....
Remember how we thought Hoffa and the boys were coming around now that they saw that they would be screwed on insurance?  Well, Obama is fixing that.  How?  By unconstitutionally changing the ACA, aka Obamacare, just as he has been doing since the monstrosity was passed. 

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Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Post Election Scattershot Blasts for November 6, 2013

Election Night Belonged to Establishment and Statists
Chris Christie won in New Jersey and began his campaign to be the Republican losing Presidential candidate in 2016, chiding Republicans and saying his delinquent and disjointed administration is a model for the nation.  The Politico seems to think that Christie IS the standard bearer for the GOP, basically saying that the GOP needs to push out Christians, pro lifers, and Tea partiers and then they would win.  Not!  And, Model for the Nation? I guess if he means a model of job growth NOT being a priority, then maybe Fatboy is right. 

 In Virginia, the establishment GOP left Ken Cuccinelli out to dry because he is pro Tea Party and didn't put in any money.  They spent less than they did in the landslide victory of scandal plagued Bob McDonald just four years ago.  Despite the carping from the establishment GOP about pouring money in, the fact remains they pulled money out!  In his article, Erickson points out that the GOP will learn the WRONG lesson again:

The GOP will take the lesson from Virginia that if they aren’t suddenly socially liberal they’re going to lose nationwide. Instead, they should pay attention to how quickly the polling gap closed once Cuccinelli turned the race into a referendum on Obamacare. And they should also note that being pro-life in Virginia was not what did in Ken Cuccinelli. McAuliffe tried to mobilize his whole base with a “war on women” strategy and nearly lost once Cuccinelli attacked Obamacare head on. The war on women got trumped at the end by Obamacare.
Oh, by the way, it is worth noting that with all the exit polls examined, Virginians split on who to blame for the government shutdown. 47% blamed the GOP and 46% blamed the Democrats. The shutdown too seems like it was not what did in Cuccinelli.
I’m sorry he lost. He would have been a great Governor of Virginia. But his decision, at the end, to make the race about Obamacare and see the McAuliffe lead collapse should be a key takeaway for the GOP.
  But they won't.  Because they hate conservatives.
Related...Not a War on Women, but Married Vs. Not
In Virginia, Ken Cuccinelli won over McAuliffe decidedly with women who were married.  So the notion that the GOP can't get women is ridiculous.  But, that will continue to be the narrative by the statist progressive media in their quest to held the establishment GOP become irrelevant by encouraging the GOP to push out conservatives. 

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

WMD Scattershot Blasts on Election Day

Hey, folks...it is Election Day around the country....Get out and Vote....and make sure your vote is counted....Now, to the headlines....

Lenin-esque Allinsky Subterfuge in Va Gubernatorial Election
It appears that the Libertarian candidate is really just a stalking horse for liberal statist corruptocrat Terry McAuliffe and the Democrat Party.  "
A major Democratic Party benefactor and Obama campaign bundler helped pay for professional petition circulators responsible for getting Virginia Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Robert C. Sarvis on the ballot — a move that could split conservative votes in a tight race.
Campaign finance records show the Libertarian Booster PAC has made the largest independent contribution to Sarvis’ campaign, helping to pay for professional petition circulators who collected signatures necessary to get Sarvis’ name on Tuesday’s statewide ballot.
Austin, Texas, software billionaire Joe Liemandt is the Libertarian Booster PAC’s major benefactor. He’s also a top bundler for President Barack Obama."  Looks like the Chicago Way has infiltrated Virginia, folks.  DO NOT VOTE FOR THE LIBERTARIAN...THEY ARE REALLY JUST OBAMA DECOYS....Vote for Cuccinelli!
Pay No Attention to the Video...I did not Say What I Said
At least, that is what it sounds like the President is saying here.  "“What we said was you could keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law was passed,” he told Obamacare’s political beneficiaries and contractors." But, that is not what he said.  And there is all this video evidence here to prove it!

But Mr. President, Your Website Says...
"If you like your plan you can keep it and you don't have to change a thing due to the health care law".  Guess this must be another glitch, huh?  More truth to Obama's lies here.
Obamacare Forcing Schools to Hire Subs from Employment Agency
Looks like another union got snookered in voting for this clown.  Obamacare is making school districts like this one look at hiring substitutes to avoid health costs.  I guess them chickens are comin home to roost, as Rev. Wright says.

"Staunch Faith Based Conservative" Rob Portman Key Vote in Getting Homosexual Hiring Preferences Passed in Senate
Rob Portman's political career has been made on falsehoods.  He said he was against gay marriage.  Now he is for it.  He said he wanted to stop illegal immigration, now it appears he is going to vote for shamnesty.  He said he was a man of faith, but now he supports gay marriage even though it is antithetical to the Bible.  And now, because he has a gay son, Rob Portman thinks he should have special preferences in being hired.  Rob Portman has proved he has no moral core, he has no integrity, and lied to all those who voted for him for his values.  Maybe if Rob was less of a political careerist and spent time with his children, things would be different.  Just putting it out there.....At least it sounds like Boehner will not take up this assault on liberty, both the liberty of employers as well as religious institutions.  Why religious institutions?  Well, these preference laws get used to force "companies" and "services" to provide for homosexuals, meaning forcing religious institutions to perform gay marriages.  Which Rob Portman used to oppose....before he was for them.  Now, the article says Rob got some assurances....but we see what assurances have meant to Democrats or to the courts in interpreting statist laws...NOTHING. 

More Corruption (Is that a Glitch, Mr. President?) in Obamaphone Program
"In a continuing crackdown on the federal government's Lifeline program, sometimes known as "Obama phones," the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has revealed that fraud and abuse in the program exceeded two million subscribers. "  Ooops...guess it is just another glitch.  Shameful.

Top Ten Reasons Not to Let Pelosi become Speaker Again....
Aside from the fact she is an evil, unprincipled psychotic liar?  Check em out here....

Wow....Just Wow.....
> (16 million) made up a state, it would be 5th largest in U.S.— Tom Price (@RepTomPrice) October">https://twitter.com/RepTomPrice/statuses/393889396682162176">October 25, 2013

While Obama Knew Millions Would Lose Coverage, Those Millions Are Getting Angry....
" Those getting the cancellation letters are often shocked and unhappy.
George Schwab, 62, of North Carolina, said he was "perfectly happy" with his plan from Blue Cross Blue Shield, which also insured his wife for a $228 monthly premium. But this past September, he was surprised to receive a letter saying his policy was no longer available. The "comparable" plan the insurance company offered him carried a $1,208 monthly premium and a $5,500 deductible.
And the best option he’s found on the exchange so far offered a 415 percent jump in premium, to $948 a month.
"The deductible is less," he said, "But the plan doesn't meet my needs. Its unaffordable."
"I'm sitting here looking at this, thinking we ought to just pay the fine and just get insurance when we're sick," Schwab added. "Everybody's worried about whether the website works or not, but that's fixable. That's just the tip of the iceberg. This stuff isn't fixable." More here

Has Debbie Wasserman Schultz Lost Her Damned Mind?
"There was nothing about what President Obama or that I or any other Democrat supporting the Affordable Care Act said that was not true,” the Florida congresswoman said.  Video and more here.

Meanwhile, Doesn't This Woman Know She Should Just Take the Painkillers and Die?
Cancer survivor miffed she can't find the plan she had anywhere....And what Obama's Answer for It Way back in 2010....

Rahmbo's Bro Doctor Death Says Getting Rid of Individual Insurance Was Goal All Along...
Zeke Emmanuel, supporter of death panels and former advisor to Dictator Obama, as well as being former Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel's brother, let the cat out of the bag this weekend on the Sunday show circuit.  Read and see here....

Welcome to the Real World, Amigo...Obama IS Dishonest, Indeed....
From the WaPo: " This whole episode is a window into a fundamentally dishonest presidency. And the story gets worse. After Obama began telling Americans they could keep their plans, White House aides discussed using media interviews “to explain the nuances of the succinct line in his stump speeches.” But they decided not to do so, because “officials worried . . . that delving into details such as the small number of people who might lose insurance could be confusing and would clutter the president’s message.”
Yes, no need to “clutter” the president’s message with confusing details — like the fact that millions of Americans being told by the president that they could keep their plans were being knowingly misled.
Obama could easily have come up with another way to make his point accurately. He could have said “most Americans will be able to keep their plans.” Or he could have said, as his communications director Dan Pfeiffer put it on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday, “if you had a plan before the Affordable Care Act passed, [and] it hasn’t been changed or canceled, you can keep it” (which prompted McConnell spokesman Don Stewart to reply, “So . . . you can keep your plan — unless it’s been cancelled. Gee, thanks.”) That would certainly have been less powerful, but at least it would have been accurate.
But Obama didn’t say those things. He said, “If you like your health-care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health-care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what.” That statement was clear, unequivocal and wrong — and Obama and his advisers knew it."

IRS Scandal, Day 180
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Mitch McConnell and US Chamber of Commerce's Power Couple Engaging in Totalitarian Tactics..
Damn them Tea Partiers for coming after Mitch McConnell for being a squish...We shouldn't do business with them, and we are going to make sure they suffer.  From the article: "The National Republican Senate Committee, the GOP campaign arm responsible for Senate elections, has decided to use its political power to block consulting firm Jamestown Associates from receiving political work from GOP candidates or incumbents.
First and foremost, this has nothing to do with Jamestown Associates, or the Senate Conservative Fund. It’s foolish for McConnell and company to pretend there aren’t dozens of firms capable of pursuing any business one, or another firm might forego.
Furthermore, since when did the GOP decide it was against the free market AND the First Amendment? The insular nature of thinking that led McConnell, Josh Holmes and the NRSC into this debacle should frighten all Americans. It’s Neo-leftist, all but Stalin-esque and especially grotesque coming from a party that purports to stand for liberty. This is not the GOP I came to support when I abandoned the Democrat Party to vote for Ronald Reagan. If this kind of nonsense keeps up, soon, I won’t be supporting  the GOP at all.
The grassroots base the GOP needs to turn out for them to win elections neither knows, nor cares about a Jamestown whatever, or some ‘fund.’ But that some thirty-something upstart who appears to have never held a real job outside of the DC political bubble thinks running to the New York Times is a smart way to send someone a message given the nature of this message and the current state of GOP politics is truly one of the dumbest moves I’ve seen out of DC in sometime. All it did was confirm the absolute worst fears of an already all-too-weary GOP base.
How on Earth does an allegedly-seasoned GOP political operator like a Josh Holmes think it wise to run to the Times with what amounts to a jack-booted attempt to stifle both free market capitalism and political dissent? Those are supposed to be core values for the GOP. Yet, here we see a DC GOP establishment on display at its worst. In effect saying — If you engage in a form of commerce we don’t like, we will try to destroy you! If you attempt to exercise your First Amendment right to free speech to say something with which we disagree, we will try to destroy you? 
That position is not only unworthy of, but totally unacceptable for any political party within our Constitutional republic. Frankly, it sounds more like something right out of a totalitarian regime and it truly disgusts me as an American. I’m ashamed to think that a party to which I am connected is even thinking in such terms within it’s inner circles.....
And who handles, or handled comms for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as recently as last year, if not still? Oh, that would be the wife of McConnell’s hand picked neo-nitwit quoted in the very same story mouthing off on the part of the NRSC. And all the happy couple did was poke a stick at an already riled up base. That is something McConnell – already under siege – simply didn’t need, no matter who or how many Washington flunkies thought it was a good idea. Pro-Tip Mitch – the honeymoon is now officially over! Thanks to your boy genius there, more people than ever are now sharpening their pitchforks and thinking about playing in Kentucky.
Blair Latoff and Josh Holmes: Mrs. Holmes, 30, is the senior director of communications at the United States Chamber of Commerce in Washington. "  PATHETIC!!!!

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Friday, October 11, 2013

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      Chairman Amstutz Releases Statement on Medicaid Controlling Board Item

      COLUMBUS—Chairman of the House Finance and Appropriations Committee and member of the State Controlling Board Ron Amstutz (R-Wooster) today released the following statement on the Medicaid-related item that has been included in the Controlling Board meeting agenda for October 21st:

      "I have grave concerns about the place, the time and the substance of this proposed Controlling Board action. Based on our solid track record of passing tough bills, I would expect a far superior and more creative solution by legislative enactment than what I fear may result from effectively crimping the legislative process."

      Thursday, October 03, 2013

      Soon The Regime Will Be Shooting People....

      Some historical perspective....Progressives like to preach about nonviolence, but they rarely practice it....

      Folks, this is how it begins in Communist Revolutions. First, they shout you down.....

      Then they try to push you around and assault you....
      Then, this happens when you don't tow the line, they go after our brave veterans.....The Bonus Army Attacks under Hoover....

      George Washington's Home Will Not Be Barry-caded, even though they Tried...

      More proof that Obama is selectively applying the government shutdown to inflict pain.  First there was the closing of the Mall in DC, with the WWII Memorial now fenced in and ARMED guards patrolling it.  This, despite the fact that the monument as paid for with private fund dollars.  Now, we see where even private property is being Barry-caded, or attempted to be barry-caded.  From Free Republic:

      Stephen Gutowski (@collegepolitico) reported on Twitter the Park Police blockaded the entrances to the parking lots to Mount Vernon. Mount Vernon is not a government site. According the the Mount Vernon web site:
      No Shutdown Here
      The Federal government may be shut down, but Washington’s home remains open. Mount Vernon has remained a private non-profit for more than 150 years. 

      Numerous other sites around DC have been unnecessarily closed by the NPS and other federal agencies in what critics are labeling a cynical political stunt which only serves to punish the American people.
      In some cases, efforts to shut down these sites actually require more manpower and resources than if they had been left open, highlighting the fact that this is an act of partisan theater by the Obama administration to pin the blame for the government shutdown on Republicans and opponents of Obamacare.
      Check out these stories:
      It is costing more resources to close these places than to just leave them alone and let the public use them.  So much there being no money to waste.  Obama is using this whole thing to get a visual of people being denied access and trying to blame it on the GOP.  However, the park service has said at the WWII memorial that the orders came from Obama's OMB.  Why devote these precious resources to something as trivial as keeping nonagenarians from visiting their monument before they die?  The reason is to inflict pain, which is what this administration is good at.  Sad that there are more resources devoted to guarding bike trails and monuments that guarded and protected Americans in Benghazi.

      Harry Reid Shows Imperial Progressive/Statist Attitude to CNN Reporter

      The big news from this blurb was Harry Reid saying why would we want to save one child who has cancer, but there is far more to this than that.  But, it also shows you the way liberals engage in changing arguments and premises and no one calls them on that.  Here are the relevant quotes.  There is a video clip but it appears to be malfunctioning....From the Blaze:

      Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was asked during a press conference Wednesday why he opposes a House bill that would fund the National Institutes of Health during the partial government shutdown if it could “help one child who has cancer.”
      And he was apparently unprepared for the question from CNN’s Dana Bash.
      “You all talked about children with cancer unable to go to clinical trials. The House is presumably going to pass a bill that funds at least the NIH,” Bash began. “Given what you’ve said, will you at least pass that? And if not, aren’t you playing the same political games that Republicans are?”
      Her question is in reference to several House appropriations bills that would keep certain institutions funded during the partial government shutdown. Senate Democrats say they will not negotiate with the House on anything until it passes a “clean” continuing resolution, ending the shutdown completely and leaving Obamacare untouched.
      “What right did they have to pick and choose what part of government is going to be funded? It’s obvious what’s going on here. You talk about reckless and irresponsible,” said Sen. Reid. “[T]hey have no right to pick and choose.”
      Bash persisted: “But if you can help one child who has cancer, why wouldn’t you do it?”
      “Why pit one against the other?” Sen. Chuck Schumer said off microphone, avoiding the the main question.
      “Why would we want to do that?” Reid said with a confused look on his face after stuttering. “I have 1,100 people at Nellis Air Force base that are sitting home. They have a few problems of their own.” 
      Now, first of all, Dana Bash is referring to statements by Progressive Democrats that if we can only save one person with obamacare, or with gun control, as well as similar comments by Dick Durbin on the Senate floor where he lied about his own deceased daughter's eligibility for healthcare, where Dems were saying one life is precious (hmmm....wonder what all the aborted babies think about that?).  The House appeared to be saying, sure, let's fund these important things while we discuss Obamacare...but Harry Reid is having none of it...
      First, Mr. Senator, the US Constitution gives the House the right to pick and choose what parts of government are funded.  You may have forgotten how this works since your chamber hasn't passed an active budget in over five years, but the process of budgeting and funding government is about picking and choosing what and how much gets funding.  See Article One, Section 9.  The House can pick and choose what gets funded.  You see, you senile old bastard, it is not what has been going on where your dictator in chief gets a blank check to throw around.  The process is supposed to work this way, not like the banana republic system you and Barry-cade Obama have set up.  So, since we have now shown you are incompetent to hold office, why don't you step down.  But wait, there is more. 
      Notice how Reid changes the premise and the argument.  We go from "every life is sacred" to the good of the community.  In other words, who cares about one sick kid suffering from cancer?  I got some folks at Nellis Air Force Base sitting home furloughed.  They have their own problems. 
      Seriously, Mr. Reid?  You are going to play that game?  Sad part is most of the reporters in the room let this senile, insane, stuttering bastard get away with the comment.  But it is not even the most telling. 
      This is — to have someone of your intelligence to suggest such a thing maybe means you’re irresponsible and reckless,” he added. 
      Now he goes after the reporter.  This is what they do.  They attack any who question them.  He goes after and basically threatens the reporter with the veiled idea of "well, I would think someone as smart as you would understand...." which means, if you don't tow the line, we won't dignify your questions with answers. 
      Leftists/Statists are like this.  Dana Bash just is the latest to learn the lesson that the Statist Progressives only respect you as they are using you, and if you show any initiative, then you will be put in line.  And it is worse if you are just a regular citizen.

      Confirmed: Obama Puts Up Fences to Keep WWII Vets out of Own Memorial

      From Team Twitchy:

      And, I guess you can no longer dream, either:

      This is unprecedented, folks.  In previous shutdowns, monuments like this that were outdoors and generally didn't need protection were allowed to stay opened.  So, the question is:  why is Obama doing this?  And before you say that it is not Obama, I point you back to the reports in the first link, where spokespeople are saying the orders come from the Office of Management and Budget, which is under the executive branch.  And why are these monuments getting closed, but others are not?  It is all about trying to inflict hurt and frame the public narrative.  From Fox News:

      House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings, R-Wash., accused the administration of selectively closing parks. His office noted that less-visited sites like the Constitutional Gardens remain open, while major draws like the National Mall are closed.
      "It appears as though only the highly visible monuments and areas are being closed to the public -- further proof that the Obama Administration is only playing politics and purposely choosing to make this shut down as painful as possible," he said in a statement.
      House Republicans are trying to push a series of mini-spending bills aimed at prying open certain portions of the government, including national parks and monuments.
      After failing to get the bills passed on Tuesday, Republicans will try once again on Wednesday. In addition to bills funding the National Park Service and Veterans Affairs operations, and allowing the District of Columbia to spend money, Republicans are putting up more spending bills specific to the National Institutes of Health and the National Guard and Reserves.  

      Disgusting.  Obama is nothing more than a tin pot dictator, and his arrogant actions are showing it.

      Wednesday, October 02, 2013

      John Boehner Pulls a John Kerry on Congressional Health Subsidies

      "I was actually for Congress getting bailed out of Obamacare before I was against it."  That seems to be the view of John Boehner, at least according to emails leaked by Harry Reid's staffers.

      Leaked emails between Harry Reid's office and John Boehner's show that the Speaker of the House appears to be flip flopping all over the place when it comes to whether or not Congress and staff should get subsidies to help pay for their health coverage under Obamacare.  The Speaker has been the target of conservatives for a while now, and this will not help his case with the Right of Center.  From the Politico:

      With the federal government nearing shutdown, House Speaker John Boehner stood on the House floor Monday and called on his colleagues to vote for a bill banning a “so-called exemption” that lawmakers and staffers receive for their health insurance.
      “Why don’t we make sure that every American is treated just like we are?” Boehner asked, seeking to prohibit members of Congress and Capitol Hill aides from getting thousands of dollars in subsidies for their health insurance as they join Obamacare-mandated insurance exchanges.
      Yet behind-the-scenes, Boehner and his aides worked for months with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), and others, to save these very same, long-standing subsidies, according to documents and e-mails provided to POLITICO. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was also aware of these discussions, the documents show.
      So, Mitch McConnell was in on it, too, eh?  This is no surprise to anyone who has followed the career of the spineless McConnell, who claimed to want to remove Obamacare "root and branch" in campaign commercials even while not supporting the efforts of Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and others to do just that. 

      What is surprising is the sinister and even conspiratorial nature of the emails between Boehner's and Reid's offices:

      Boehner’s aides vehemently deny that the speaker’s private efforts contradict his public statements on the issue. They insist Democrats were the ones who enacted Obamacare and it is up to them to address the problem. Boehner said the White House should correct the problem though through an administrative solution, stating that no bill to do so could pass Congress.
      (WATCH: Rep. Larson's passionate floor speech)
      “We always made it clear that the House would not pass any legislative ‘fix,’” said Michael Steel, Boehner’s spokesman, on Monday night.
      “As POLITICO has previously reported, Speaker Boehner was aware that Sen. Reid and the White House were discussing this issue. He was always clear, however, that any ‘fix’ would be a Democratic ‘fix.’ His ‘fix’ is repealing” Obamacare.
      But according to several sources in attendance at a mid-July meeting with Reid, Boehner wondered aloud at one point whether he and the Nevada Democrat could quietly slip some language into a bill to end the problem without it receiving any public attention.

      “When I was in the state legislature, we used to stick things in [bills] and no one would notice,” Boehner said during a private meeting with Reid in July to discuss this issue, the sources said.
      Boehner’s aides then told him this would not be possible, so the idea was dropped.
      The speaker and his chief of staff, Mike Sommers — who was at that July 17 meeting as well — cannot “recall the Speaker making such a comment,” Boehner’s office said. 

      And, even having faux immigration meetings to discuss getting congressional bailout on Obamacare:

      In mid-July, as Boehner and Reid were trying to schedule a private meeting with Obama on the super-sensitive topic, the speaker’s top aide said it was okay to use a cover story to conceal the true nature of that prospective White House gathering.
      “We can’t let it get out there that this is for [Boehner] and [Reid] to ask the President to carve us out of the requirement of Obamacare,” Sommers told David Krone, Reid’s top aide in a July 17 e-mail obtained by POLITICO.
      “This is a little bit more difficult because it isn’t a routine meeting, as [Nancy] Pelosi and [Mitch] McConnell won’t be there. I am even ok if it is the President hauling us down to talk about the next steps on immigration.”
      After Krone suggested that the White House press office might float that the Boehner-Reid-Obama meeting was on immigration, Sommers said he wasn’t concerned about what cover story was just as long as the real reason behind the meeting wasn’t disclosed.
      “I really don’t care what is is about[,] it just can’t be about what we know it is about!” Sommers told Krone.
      That meeting with Obama never took place.
      Boehner and Reid’s offices also circulated some draft legislation to fix the problem, although none was ever introduced. They considered — briefly and “not seriously,” according to the speaker’s office — making all House staffers part of the “Committee of the Whole” in order to get around the insurance-exchange requirement. Committee staffers were not required to enroll in exchanges.
      Boehner and Reid’s staffers also discussed “grandfathering” all members of Congress into the Federal Employee Benefit Health Plan, their current insurance program, so they didn’t have to enroll in the Obamacare exchanges. That idea was eventually dropped as well.
      Boehner’s office said the leak of private e-mails to POLITICO shows how concerned Democrats are about the matter.

      Boehner appears ready and able to screw his constituents and the American people if it benefits himself or wins favors, as this calls to mind the reports that he personally gave Obama advice on how to win Republicans over to the effort to bomb Syria back in September.

      Boehner cannot be trusted to do what is right for Constitutional constructionists or conservatives.  Glenn Beck has demanded that Boehner resign from his Speakership, and I must say, the more I read about just how much Boehner wanted his own subsidy and really didn't seem too interested in killing Obamacare, the more I am inclined to agree.

      Friday, September 27, 2013

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