Showdown!

Harry Reid, the Senate hand-puppet of Obama, refused to negotiate and voted down the last compromise on the CR.  The last few versions of that CR gave away all the gains, defunding Obamacare, and replaced defunding with some minuscule changes that really made no difference. But Obama Reid, refused to play and time ran out.

Good!

So what is the effect? Not all that much. I noticed my neighbor was home mowing his grass this morning. He’s a ‘secret squirrel’ working for the FAA. I don’t know if he has been furloughed or if it’s his day off. He’s on rotating shifts.

I saw a notice sent out by Whiteman AFB listing the functions that would continue and which ones were reduced or closed. Single enlisted Airmen were hit the worse. No Wi-Fi in the barrack’s common rooms and no cable-TV either. The base library is closed and the hours of the auto hobby shop have been reduced, but the Base Exchange is open as is all the usual military functions.

Whiteman AFB Status:

Available:
– Child Development Center and School Age Programs will operate as normal.
– Military Personnel Section (e.g. ID cards) will remain open; however, wait times may be affected.
– Base fire and emergency response services will operate as normal.
– Base Dining Facility will operate as normal.
– All emergency service calls (e.g. HVAC, plumbing, electricity, carpentry) will operate as normal, although response times may be affected.
– All law enforcement and security functions will operate as normal.
– All Non-appropriated (NAF) functions are exempted and will operate as normal including the Club, Golf Course, Lodging, Bowling Alley.
– All education and testing capability (PME/CDC testing, counseling and TA support) will be limited.
– Voicemail services will operate as normal.
– AAFES will remain open.
– Intramural sports games will continue; however, squadrons must provide volunteer officials

Unavailable:
– Airman and Family Readiness Center will have limited services.
– Dorm Residents postal delivery will cease. Residents will need to come to the Post Office to pick up their mail.
– Dorm common room internet services will cease.
– Cable TV service in military buildings will cease; family housing residents will not be affected.
– Grounds maintenance and litter patrol will cease; units must remove litter/debris from around their buildings and in common areas.
– Outdoor Recreation hours will be reduced to 20 hours/week; all trips/tours will be cancelled.
– Auto Hobby Hours will be reduced to 20 hours/week.
– Base Library will close.
– Community Activity Center will close.
– Information, Tickets and Tours (ITT) will close.
– Fitness Center exercise classes will be limited; a new schedule will be available at the Fitness Center.

I seem to remember when I was in the Air Force, Prez Nixon issued some wage and price freezes to control government costs and the runaway inflation created by Johnson’s Great Society and massive spending. I was assigned to Richards-Gebaur AFB and we had similar cutbacks. There was no internet, nor cable-TV then. The only noticeable impact was the closing of the base library, and the Airmen’s Club quit selling 3.2 beer. The NCO and O-clubs remained open as well as the commissary and BX. The on-base gas stations, run by the BX, kept the same hours, and no prices changed.  If you lived off-base, as I did, you really didn’t notice any change. The brunt of the impact was to the unmarried enlisted Airmen living on base.

But the real question is what will be the political impact. Obama Reid is counting on Boehner and the RINO-boys caving. That will probably happen. Boehner and his RINO buds have no spine. They don’t want to jeopardize their membership in the Ruling Class.

The column below appeared today in the National Journal. It mirrors the theme of my posts for the last several months. The writer and the publication aren’t conservative. They’re members of the liberal mainstream, but it is telling that they, too, see the dangers coming towards us.

The Beginning of the End for Washington

This impasse could be the breaking point for a political system that has gone from dysfunctional to nonfunctioning

Step back. Try for a moment to extrapolate what a government shutdown and discredited U.S. currency could do to the economy and the public’s faith in government. Think beyond next year’s congressional elections or even the 2016 presidential race. Factor in existing demographic and social trends. I did, and this is what I concluded:

1. The Republican Party is marginalizing itself to the brink of extinction.

2. President Obama can’t capitulate to GOP demands to unwind the fairly legislated and litigated Affordable Care Act. To do so would be political malpractice and a poor precedent for future presidents.

3. Despite the prior two points, Obama and his party won’t escape voters’ wrath. Democrats are less at fault but not blameless.

4. This may be the beginning of the end of Washington as we know it. A rising generation of pragmatic, non-ideological voters is appalled by the dysfunctional leadership of their parents and grandparents. History may consider October 2013 their breaking point. There will come a time when Millennials aren’t just mad as hell; they won’t take it anymore.

At this point, the writer had to revert to his liberal bias. He applauds ‘Pub Senators like Cole (R-OK), who supported Cruz, and Coburn (R-OK), who supported Harry Reid, calling both “conservatives.” The writer villainizes Ted Cruz, Lee and their supporters as “extremists” who oppose governing(!?).

The Republican Party may be splitting apart. The divide is between conservatives who want to limit government and extremists who oppose governing.

The latter sect is represented by Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas who is misleading his supporters. He knows that the GOP can’t overturn Obamacare because Republicans only control one half of one branch of government. And yet, Cruz and other tea party Republicans pledge to do the impossible, presumably to build email lists, bank accounts, and fame.

The strange thing is that Obamacare could be a good issue for the GOP. It is an unpopular law freighted with complexity. Successful implementation requires precision from an Obama team that has proved itself weak on the nitty-gritty of governing. One could argue that the GOP is fighting Obamacare at its peak strength – prior to implementation. Why not wait for it to go into effect, seize on the flaws and, as Cole says, win some elections?

Obama can’t and won’t gut his bill. Even if you set aside his politics, capitulation would set a horrible precedent: The nation’s credit and the government itself cannot be taken hostage by the extreme wing of a minority party.

At the risk of being accused of “false equivalency” I need to state the obvious: Obama and his party won’t emerge from a shutdown or debt crisis unscathed. To suggest otherwise is a false purity. For starters, the president of the United States is the living symbol of our government and thus receives undue credit when things are going well and outsized blame when they’re not.

Second, voters want Obama to work with Republicans – or at least try. The president is seen by just half of Americans as trying to work with GOP lawmakers, according to the New York Times/CBS News poll. That is down from six of 10 Americans who said the same thing in January 2012 and three-quarters who said he would work with Republicans in 2010 and 2011.

Remember the central promise of Obama’s presidency: He will change the culture of Washington. What happened? Obama has not only been taken hostage by the worst of Washington, gridlock and pettiness, but he seems to be suffering from Stockholm syndrome. His criticism of the GOP last week was as petulant as any GOP talking point. While announcing historic negotiations with Iran, a regime that sponsors terrorism, Obama said he wouldn’t bargain with the GOP.

Reaching out to rivals doesn’t mean capitulating on Obamacare. It does mean swallowing his pride, listening and helping the GOP find a way out of the box they’ve built for themselves. If this was merely a leadership pageant, Obama would win by default because House Speaker John Boehner is performing so poorly. But it’s not. It’s about the country that Obama leads, and everybody gets hurt when he cloisters himself off from the dirty process.

Obama’s job approval numbers are already slipping. For the first time in months, more voters disapprove of his performance than approve. Two-thirds of Americans think the country is on the wrong track. The “wrong track” metric is one that often tracks the president’s popularity. A government cataclysm this month will heighten voters’ anxiety and Obama’s jeopardy.

The salt in voters’ wounds is that this fight does not directly address their biggest issue, jobs. It also not about the nation’s long-term, entitlement-fed debt, an existential issue both parties stopped trying to solve. — The National Journal.

The writer seems to place great faith in the “Millennials.” True, some are becoming politically active—as Tea Party members. Others, raised in the entitlement atmosphere of public education, are whining about the lack of “good paying” jobs, lack of diversity and the unfairness of their situation.

Some may come to realize that reality is not fair and become Tea Partiers. The remainder will be locked into a mold of waiting for Mom and Dad, or the government, to bail them out; not believing the days of bailouts are past.

Where does all this lead beyond the next election cycle or two? Nobody knows, but the best place to look for answers is within the Millennial Generation, the nation’s rising leaders and voters. Last month, in a lengthy essay on Millennials [ The Outsiders: How Can Millennials Change Washington If They Hate It?], I concluded that their revolutionary view of government and politics points toward two possible outcomes. One is that they might opt out of Washington, which leads us to some dark places. The second and more likely outcome is they will blow up Washington (“disruption” is the tech-inspired term they use), and build something better outside the current two-party dysfunction.

Millennials don’t fit neatly into either the Democratic or Republican parties. They are highly empowered, impatient, and disgusted with politics today.

“This tension – two parties thinking they are in the trenches dueling it out, and a burgeoning generation who reject trench warfare altogether – is, for me, the key,” said Michelle Diggles a senior policy adviser at the Democratic think-tank Third Way and an expert in demographics and generational politics. “Washington doesn’t get that change isn’t just a slogan. It’s about to become a reality,”

“Neither party,” she said, “gets what’s coming down the pike.”

What happens in Washington this month might make a Millennial Revolution all the more likely. — The National Journal.

When the writer mentions “Millennials,” I see him really referring to the conservative base that is supporting Cruz, Lee and others. Those conservative supporters are washing their hands of the two party, business-as-usual Washington environment and demand change. If you change “Millennial” above to “grassroot conservatives,” I think he is right.

The “Shutdown”, will disrupt some in the short-run. In the long-run, it really won’t make much difference if Boehner and McConnell caves as Obama Reid expects. But! If the real conservatives in Congress apply pressure, and pressure is applied as well from the electorate, perhaps it will be Obama Reid, who ends up failing…to the betterment of us all.

Mr Cruz goes to Washington

Ted Cruz is Jimmy Stewart. Mitch McConnell is Claude Rains…or is it the other way around? In the movie, Mr Smith goes to Washington, Jimmy Stewart is in the Senate filibustering a corrupt bill. Claude Rains, supposedly Jimmy’s friend and fellow Senator, is quietly stabbing him in the back.

That is exactly the situation that is happening now in Washington, DC. All you need to do is change the names to Ted Cruz and Mitch McConnell. If I have calculated correctly, Ted Cruz is in his 19th hour, filibustering. He’s long surpassed the mark made by Rand Paul last year.

 The national media, the dems and the ‘Pub establishment are all stabbing Ted Cruz and his Senate partner, Mike Lee, in the back. But! Back home, people are outraged and letting their Senators know they are outraged. I called Senator Roy Blunt’s office yesterday to demand that he support Cruz and Lee. Their reponse? Blah, blah, blah. Blunt opposed Obamacare, etc. etc., but when asked directly if he would support Cruz, the answer was…**crickets**.

Bit by bit, other Senators are joining Cruz and Lee. One of the first was Marko Rubio, in an attempt to regain his “Tea Party” creds, (too late and too little, Marko. People are lining up to oppose you in the next primary,) quickly followed by Rand Paul and Pat Roberts.

Others are slowly joining according to Erick Erickson of RedState.

Finger Lickin’ Frauds

By: Erick Erickson,  September 24th, 2013 at 09:11 PM

Within hours of Liz Cheney, now a candidate for the Senate in Wyoming, announcing her support of Ted Cruz’s filibuster, Senator Mike Enzi, who Cheney is primarying, took to the floor of the United States Senate and declared he stood with Ted Cruz.

Pat Roberts, the elderly Senator from Kansas who may soon be getting a stiff primary challenge, stiffly stood on the floor of the United States Senate to show he too stood with Ted Cruz.

Rand Paul, after NBC News reported he may disagree with Cruz’s filibuster threat, went to the floor of the Senate and stood with Ted Cruz.

Meanwhile, John Cornyn and Mitch McConnell and Lamar Alexander and other Republican Senators are leaking attacks against Cruz on background. They complained to reporters about Cruz suggesting they were cowards. They did so off the record and in the shadows.

Mitch McConnell, instead of standing with Cruz on the floor of the Senate, participated in a teletownhall in which he told listeners the only way to stop Obamacare was for him to be Senate Majority Leader. [update: this information came after the initial post]

The article continues at the website.

At the last minute, Reince Preibus, reading the writing on the wall from his party’s core, decided, reluctantly, to enter the fray and back Cruz and Lee.

 It’s very unlikely that Cruz, Lee, et. al., will be successful in their filibuster. They need 41 votes. At this time, they don’t have the votes. But what is happening, however, is that Cruz and Lee are forcing the ‘Pub establishment to visibly take sides. If McConnell lets Harry Reid strip the Obamacare defunding language from the Continuing Resolution, McConnell and Boehner, into whose lap the CR will fall into next, will own the issue. They will be the ones who allowed funding of Obamacare.

John Boehner is increasingly expected to allow a vote that would pass the budget resolution with help from Democrats and a minority of House Republicans. — The Guardian, UK.

The likely result? This diatribe from Breeanne Howe, writing in RedState. For too many, the betrayals of McConnell, Lamar, Boehner, Cantor and others has lead to this.

We’re Breaking Up

By: Breeanne Howe,  September 24th, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Dear GOP,

I’m breaking up with you.  It’s not like we didn’t see this coming.  We’ve had our ups and downs.  The Tea Party years were tough enough, but I truly thought we could make it when we elected (who we thought were) more principled leaders to replace at least some of the old guard.  Unfortunately, the old guard and their old ways just won’t go away and you seem to be more in tune with them.

To be honest, I’ve been drifting away from you for some time now.  I was getting the sense your values weren’t in line with mine and then Syria happened.  And, well, let’s just say that Syria really showed me what is important to you.

But the death knell to our relationship wasn’t Syria; although that one cut pretty deep.  Nope, it’s your treatment of Senator Ted Cruz.  You’d think he was a Democrat with all the open hostility you’ve been hurling at him.  Senator John McCain has been reported, for the whole world to see I might add, as f***ing hating Cruz.  Now you’ve sent opposition research on Cruz to a reporter, hoping the press would help you in your crusade.  No wonder so many Christians don’t vote.  On the one side, we have Democrats okay with baby murder and on the other side we have Republicans openly knifing one of their own.

I can’t take it anymore.  I don’t know what you stand for.  I can’t figure out what your strategy could possibly be.  Are we to be the party that folds in the face of any pressure and hangs out to dry anyone in the party that might actually stand for our supposed values?  No thanks.  I’ll take my vote and dollars elsewhere.

Yes I know my dollars won’t be missed.  They are a pittance compared to the money the old guard is stuffing in your pockets to act like losers.  But consider this: I’m your base.  I’m a Christian, wife and mother with conservative values.  You don’t have to like me but you should know I’m not going away.  If you want an open fight then we shall have one.  I’ll be standing with Ted Cruz and Mike Lee and the few who are brave enough to stand for me.  And I’ll be sure to let my mom friends, who mostly don’t care to keep up with your shenanigans, who stands for them.

See you at the polls.

Says it all, doesn’t it?

Betrayed by the establishment—again

Ted Cruz and Mike Lee are in a battle. they are battling Harry Reid, Senate dems, Obama and the GOP establishment. The issue is that Ted Cruz and Mike Lee want to block Reid’s amendment to the CR that would remove the defunding of Obamacare. That means, an amendment that would allow funding of Obamacare.

McConnell won’t help and can’t understand why Cruz is filibustering. Either McConnell is astoundingly stupid and therefore unfit for the Senate, or he’s an active supporter of funding Obamacare. On second thought, McConnell is probably both.

The real issue is the Ted Cruz and Mike Lee won’t kowtow to McConnell’s magnificence and that of the rest of the GOP Senate leadership. Consequently, McConnell will try his best to torpedo Cruz’s attempts to keep the defunding Obamacare in the CR.

Erick Erickson, from RedState, posted a column about Cruz’s fight and McConnell sabotage. I’m not a Erickson fan, his writings are a bit too raw for me, but in this case, he’s nailed it.

A Cruz Missile Launch, Like a Light, Shows the Cockroaches Scurrying

By: Erick Erickson (Diary)  |  September 24th, 2013 at 04:30 AM  |

A curious moment happened on Fox News Sunday. Chris Wallace told Karl Rove that a number of Republicans in Congress had sent him opposition research on Ted Cruz once Fox announced Cruz would be on.

Rove responded. He said this was all happening because Cruz and Mike Lee had not worked out strategy in the regular Senate Republican Conference lunches on Thursdays. Rove said that was what was supposed to happen. Except that for a year now, Senate Republicans have routinely leaked the proceedings of those meetings to the New York Times and Washington Post in ways designed to harm Cruz, Lee, and others who side with them.

In fact, as one Senator noted in last week’s meeting, this would not be happening but for John Cornyn and Mitch McConnell choosing not to lead. Had Lee and Cruz approached their Senate colleagues, they would have been dismissed. I can say this confidently because it has happened repeatedly and since their election to the Senate their Republican colleagues have routinely taken to “on background” leaks assailing them.

Let’s be clear here — absent the American people lending a loud, clear voice for Cruz and Lee, the Republicans will cave. They will not stand with Cruz and Lee unless dragged kicking and screaming against their will. I hope they will. I hope a collection of House conservatives will stand strong and force the issue. But the majority of them will betray Cruz and Lee. In fact, Senate Republican Leaders have built up so much irrational hatred of Cruz, they want him to fail just so they can say they beat him — damn the Obamacare implications. Their pride comes before the nation.

Cruz only needs a few dozen Republicans in the House to stand firm to be successful. He might get that. But the bulk of the GOP in the House will try to cut a deal with the Democrats and move on.

Like a light switch flipping on, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee are casting light on the scurrying of Republican roaches in and out of the Capitol. Republican congressmen and Senators are now openly attacking Cruz and Lee. Outside groups like Americans for Tax Reform and outside media interests like the Wall Street Journal are amplifying attacks made by the establishment GOP against conservatives. Lobbyists are up in arms.

Mike Lee and Ted Cruz are showing the leadership skills others have claimed for themselves and conservatives now see just how badly they’ve been played by their so called leaders and many outside groups that have hung for too long on the conservative label while really being affiliates of the Republican Party itself. Because of Lee and Cruz, polling against Obamacare is up and the GOP’s favorability is up.

Even more importantly, the Republican base’s willingness to get back in the game has gone up too in the aftermath of a bitterly depressing 2012 election that saw a good bit of disengagement by the base. Conservatives may see their leaders now as the pathetic lot they are, but they have also seen real leadership in Cruz and Lee. They’ve also found real voices on the outside like Heritage Action for America and the Senate Conservatives Fund with which they can engage for education and motivation.

The column continues at the RedState website. I urge you to read it all.

John Cornyn, R-TX, sent out an e-mail proclaiming support for defunding Obamacare all the while supporting McConnell’s schemes against Cruz and Lee. I see our own Roy Blunt sent out a similar message. I don’t see him supporting Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, either.

Erick Erickson and RedState aren’t as big as some of the other internet media outlets, but others have taken noticed of McConnell’s spitefulness, too. Byron York, writing in the Washington Examiner, had this to say.

GOP flinches at Obamacare plan devised by Sens. Ted Cruz, Mike Lee

By BYRON YORK | SEPTEMBER 23, 2013 AT 6:31 PM

There are 44 Republicans in the Senate not named Ted Cruz or Mike Lee. By and large, they have been quiet during the various twists and turns in the effort to defund Obamacare. This week, they’ll speak.

Cruz and Lee took to the Sunday shows to advocate a complex plan under which Senate Republicans would filibuster the House-passed continuing resolution that also denies funds to Obamacare. Of course, that is the very bill Cruz and Lee asked the House to pass. But under the new scenario, filibustering the House bill would somehow pressure Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to grant concessions that would allow Republicans to successfully defund Obamacare. So Cruz and Lee advocate filibustering the bill to “preserve” it.

What York doesn’t say is that Cruz and Lee are filibustering Harry Reid’s amendment to the CR that would reinstate funding for Obamacare.

All that might take time, Cruz and Lee concede, and the clock is ticking toward a possible government shutdown. So in the interim, instead of closing the government, they want the House to pass a number of spending measures to keep agencies up and running.

It is a very far-fetched scenario. The question now is how many Republicans will go along with it.

In July, Lee circulated a letter asking his fellow GOP senators to pledge to “not support any continuing resolution or appropriations legislation that funds further implementation or enforcement of Obamacare.” Just a dozen — out of a total of 46 Republicans in the Senate — chose to sign. Since then, a couple more have come along.

But the bottom line is that about one-third of the Republican caucus has signed on to the plan. That’s a minority of the minority in the Senate.

Ask defunding advocates about the letter today, and they get a little irritated. “The letter is irrelevant,” says one GOP aide who supports the defunding strategy. “It is totally meaningless. It was simply a signal to our leadership of what we intended to do.”

Maybe so. And perhaps there are many more Republican senators who are on board with the plan. But there’s a strong possibility that lots of Republicans will choose not to go along with Cruz and Lee’s complicated bank-shot strategy. They are all opponents of Obamacare and all support defunding Obamacare, but they don’t want to be involved in a gambit they believe will result in failure and possibly a government shutdown. — The Washington Examiner.

The issue is that McConnell and Cornyn don’t want to be seen as the ones who “shutdown the government.” Some of us thing that’d be a good thing, shut it down and let Obama take the heat. No, they’d rather let Reid reinstate Obamacare funding and send the bill back to the House—where Boehner, in the conference committee, would rubber-stamp the change and Voila!, Obamacare is funded!

So, readers, be prepared to be sold out by the Washington GOP establishment, again. It’s getting to the point where voting for a democrat against McConnell and Boeher, would almost be worth the effort just to get rid of those traitors once and for all.

Acquitted!

Tom DeLay Acquitted!

Many of you, especially the under-40 crowd, may not remember Tom DeLay. He was the ‘Pub Majority Whip in the mid-90s while Newt Gingrich was Speaker of the House. It was his job to get the ‘Pubs in line whenever a vote or an issue arose. He did his job so well, he was known as the “Hammer.”

In fact, DeLay was so effective that he was specifically targeted by Texas democrats. They charged him with money laundering—in Austin, “the only liberal hotspot in Texas,” not DeLay’s home county—chose a specific prosecutor who was a long-time enemy of DeLay—and cherry picked a liberal jury. As the democrats planned, tom DeLay was found guilty, fined an enormous amount and sentenced to prison for not less than three years.

“Got ‘im!” they thought.

Then their plans unraveled. DeLay appealed and was allowed to go free pending the appeal. The dems dug in their heels and delayed, and delayed, and delayed for nearly a decade. DeLay was in limbo. He could not run for his House seat while convicted, not even while under appeal.

Yesterday, the Texas Appellate Court announced their judgment. Not only was the conviction reversed, Tom DeLay was acquitted! That last, the acquital, was very, very unusual. You see, there was NO crime. Money cannot be laundered unless it was illegally gained. The money DeLay was accused of laundering was campaign donations. There was nothing illegal about the money. Therefore, if the money was legal, there could not be any criminal ‘money laundering.’

The Texas democrats used a law to specifically target a political opponent. The prosecutor in that case is now, herself, under investigation—as she should be. What goes around, comes around.

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Will they or won’t they? Defund Obamacare, that is. (Update: the House just passed a CR that does not include funding for Obamacare.) The title of the article below tells the tale. There are ‘some’ GOP who are willing to stick to their guns and keep funds for Obamacare out of the Continuing Resolution and the subsequent debt limitation bills.

Boehner and Cantor in the House and Mitch McConnell in the Senate are the core of the weak-willed in Congress. Sure, the House can delete Obamacare funding and Harry Reid will stick it back in—as he has already vowed! The bill(s) will go back to the House where the dems expect the spineless GOP to cave and vote to accept the CR with the funding of Obamacare intact.

I’ve discussed this topic on several venues. One FB commentator took offense at the idea of defunding Obamacare. He called it, “an abuse of Congressional power.” I called it an application of checks and balances as designed in the Constitution. He, like all too many of the ignorant, listen to the lies of democrats. He should, instead, heed the intent of the Founders to limit the power of government by balancing power between each branch of government. The Executive branch is not supreme, contrary to the dictates of Obama.

Some in GOP willing to endure government shutdown to defund Obamacare

By DAVID M. DRUCKER | SEPTEMBER 19, 2013 AT 3:47 PM

Congressional Republicans’ willingness to risk a government shutdown to defund Obamacare could squander their single biggest political asset heading into the 2014 elections: the party’s unified opposition to this increasingly unpopular law.

House Republican leaders calmed a brewing intraparty divide this week when they announced support for a budget bill that would keep the government running beyond the Sept. 30 deadline, but eliminate funding for implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The legislation is set for a vote Friday and the overwhelming GOP support it is expected to have should quiet a sharp disagreement over the tactics of defeating Obamacare that has engulfed Republicans for weeks.

But the reprieve is likely temporary. The issue is sure to resurface early next week, when the Democratic Senate takes up the budget bill.

The Senate is expected to strip the Republican bill’s Obamacare provision, replace the money for its implementation and return the legislation to the House, putting back in Republican hands the responsibility for passing a budget bill or allowing the government to shut down on Oct. 1.

Neither House Republicans committed to defunding nor pragmatists worried that a shutdown will backfire politically have figured out what to do when the Senate and President Obama inevitably reject the defunding provision and the government shuts down. One option is an alternative House bill that doesn’t defund Obamacare but would delay its implementation for a year. Republicans bent on defunding, however, have so far showed little enthusiasm for a delay.

“I think we have a united front, not just among conservatives, but among the majority of our conference, to really fight for this thing,” said Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., a House leader of the defund movement. “Going back on my word, to allow Obamacare to be implemented, is not something that I can do, nor many in our conference can do.”

Polls continue to show low public support for the new health care law, whose implementation will accelerate on Oct. 1. Among Americans’ worries is that Obamacare would raise insurance rates and reduce access to quality care.

The article continues at the website.

The establishment ‘Pubs, like Lamar Alexander (R-TN) fear a backlash of voters in the next election. I say to them, “Fear a backlash of your core supporters. We can remove you from Congress quicker than any democrat backlash.”

Tax and Spend

It’s Fall and two monstrous spending bills will be working their way through Congress. The first is the Continuing Resolution, the democrats spending solution that bypasses the budget process. The second will be the Debt Limit.

Depending on your viewpoint, there has been significant progress on the Continuing Resolution—removing funding for Obamacare. It’s a step but it doesn’t address the validity of Continuing Resolutions as a budget substitute.

Some House conservatives are going further—replacing Obamacare with another system. I haven’t read all the few details yet but I wonder about the wisdom of replacing one horrific government operation with another government operation. The rough outline presented so far retains government-sponsored insurance pool and federal subsidies to selected groups. So far, I have yet to find any substantive improvement in the new bill over Obamacare. Supposedly, the ‘new’ substitute would eliminate some taxes.

Big Whoop!

There’s more to Obamacare than taxes, it is an entire system of federal mandates that robs us of personal choice, selection and plans for our own future.  I would hope the ‘Pub alternative fulfills its hype. Given the leadership of Boehner, Cantor, McConnell, et. al., I have strong doubts.

According to the Heritage Foundation, Boehner has been forced to allow a version of the CR to go forward without Obamacare funding. That limited CR will go to the Senate where Harry Reid will stick Obamacare funding back into the CR. It will then return to the House where dems hope Boehner will cave and allow the funding to remain.

At best, the CR will ping-pong back and forth, from the House removing Obamacare funding, to the Senate that restores it until one side blinks. The dems hope, and I expect, that side will be the ‘Pubs. The way to end that cycle is to remove RINOs like Boehner, Cantor and McConnell from any leadership role in Congress and come the primaries, send them home—permanently.

The other spending bill is the increase of the nation’s debt limit. Obama wants us to believe, 'RAISING DEBT CEILING DOES NOT INCREASE OUR DEBT'. Yeah, and pull my other finger while you’re at it. We know now that we cannot believe anything from the pathological liar in the White House.

Obama and the dems both claim that failure to pass either bill, the CR or increase the debt limit, will shutdown the government. Many of us think that would be a good thing. We note that the government shuts down every weekend. We have sufficient income to pay the basic bills, pay for the entitlements of Social Security and Medicare, meet our debt and interest payments, and maintain the vital departments, such as Defense.

The dems disagree and if any spending cuts were made, they would target Defense and the vital programs of government instead of weaning the parasite class that keeps the dems in power.  Boehner and the GOP establishment are preparing to sell us out again by agreeing to a 1-year increase of the debt limit. John Boehner is morphing into Obama—you can’t believe a word that come out of his mouth.

In the end, if either bill passes both Houses of Congress with no funding for Obamacare, Obama will veto it. Next he’ll shutdown the government and blame the ‘Pubs. We know what happens next. The ‘Pubs get weak-kneed and give in.

Am I confident we’ll be able to defund Obamacare? No. The track record has been established in Washington beginning in the early Bush administration. Whenever a tough decision is required from the ‘Pubs, they will duck and weave and give in to the dems. Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and other conservatives are fighting this record and practice. Unfortunately, they are outnumbered by the weak-willed and the ‘Pub democrat-lite members of Congress.

Yes, it is a pessimistic day.

The Follies for Friday, July 26, 2013

The battlelines in Washington, between the dems, the conservatives, and the ‘Pub establishment, are being drawn. The next major battle will be the continuing resolution that funds the FedGov. The dems block every budget bill coming out of the House and the establishment hasn’t the guts to stand their ground on this spending bill. The major objective of this coming battle will be to defund Obamacare.

The ‘Pub establishment in the form of Boehner and McConnell, aren’t known for having any backbone. It took a concerted effort by House conservatives, a direct threat to remove him as the House Speaker, to make Boehner table (so far) the Senate travesty of an Immigration bill (colloquially known as the Democrat Voter Recruitment bill.)

A number of conservative organizations are targeting House members, members supposedly conservatives, to vote to eliminate Obamacare funding in the continuing resolution. Our own Vicky Hartzler is one of those House members whose vote to defund Obamacare is in doubt. Hartzler has a deserved reputation for being an establishment rubber-stamp. It will be difficult to get her to show some spine and rebuff Boehner’s demands to go along with the dems.

I received the email below this morning. I’m passing it along. Let’s set Miz Hartzler’s office lines on fire.

Heritage Action for America (If you
are reading this, click to display images in your email program.)

Encourage Rep. Vicky Hartzler to Defund Obamacare

Yesterday, President Obama doubled down on Obamacare, saying his administration will continue to implement this disastrous and unpopular law. Fortunately, momentum is growing in the House to defund Obamacare in its entirety.

>> Take Action: Encourage Rep. Vicky Hartzler to support defunding Obamacare.

In May, Rep. Vicky Hartzler voted to repeal Obamacare. When the House considers a year-end funding bill in September, the lawmakers will have a chance to do the next best thing: defund it.

>> Email Rep. Vicky Hartzler: We must defund Obamacare now.

Obamacare is already increasing premiums, destroying jobs and reducing work hours. Hard working Americans simply cannot afford Obamacare, and Congress should not expect them to fund it.

This is a fight we can (and must) win. Thank you for taking action to defund Obamacare.

Sincerely,

Russ Vought
Political Director
Heritage Action for America

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In the continuing recall battle in Colorado, there’s been a new attack—the dems have forced through new voting laws to hinder the recall.

Colorado recalls to be held under new election law

Thursday, July 25, 2013 – Red Pill, Blue Pill by Al Maurer

COLORADO SPRINGS, July 25, 2013—The Colorado recall elections to be held on September 10 will be conducted under new Colorado election laws passed by the Democrat-controlled legislature at the very end of the session in May. Senators Giron and Hudak, both under threat of recall at the time, reportedly pushed for the new law to take effect almost immediately.

Under the provisions of House Bill 1303, all elections in Colorado will be via mail-in ballot. The precinct polling place will be a thing of the past. Same-day voter registration and voting is allowed; there is no longer such a thing as a “provisional ballot.” Ballots will be mailed to all registered voters, inactive as well as active.

In Colorado, an inactive voter is one who has not voted in several elections. They are often people who have died or who have moved, either from house to house or out of state entirely. Even under existing law, the Secretary of State’s office had been prevented from cleaning up the voting rolls.

Before the new law, a person had until 30 days prior to an election to update their voter information. If someone moved into the state within 30 days of an election, they would not be eligible to vote. If someone changed address within the 30-day window, they could vote a provisional ballot.

Now all that is throw away. If you show up at one of a smaller number of “voter service centers” after Labor Day—in the case of these recall elections—and you’re breathing, you get to cast a ballot.

Voter ID was rejected by Democrats. A utility bill with an address on it is all that is needed.

El Paso County District Attorney Dan May says that under the old election law the emphasis was on fraud prevention. Under the new one, it will be tracking down the fraud and prosecuting it. It’s now a game of catch me if you can.

“Catch me if you can.” That really says volumes about the dems in control of the Colorado state government. The dems know the tidal wave is coming to oust them. They are using every legal, quasi-legal means to block the recall. One even called for a criminal investigation of the people behind the recall effort. Now, they’re trying a new trick. If the law won’t help block the recall—change the voting law to allow more democrat vote fraud.

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“When is it time to vote for a democrat to remove an unfit republican?” That was a question Mark Levin posed last night on his radio show. This is what was said on that show…taken from Levin’s website.

So what do we do about John Boehner?

While there are grassroots efforts emerging to primary Boehner in Ohio’s 8th District — and we wish them all possible success — the time has come to consider an alternative plan. A nuclear option, if you will.

Assuming that Boehner wins his primary in OH-8, I suggest we rally support among Tea Party and Constitutional Conservatives in that district to vote. To vote Democrat.

That single seat has virtually no chance of swinging the majority in the House one way or the other. A newly elected Democrat in that very Red seat will be a back-bencher and virtually powerless. This will give time to the district (and it is a very conservative district by all accounts) to assemble a credible candidate should one not emerge in 2014.

I would never advocate such a tactic in the Senate even though Mitch McConnell is Boehner-lite. In the Senate the odds of taking majority control are simply too tempting to chance returning the dimwitted crackpot from Searchlight, Nevada to a seat of power.

But Boehner, on the other hand, is such an egregious failure, such a cowardly and un-principled operator, that he must be ripped out of the Speaker’s chair by any means necessary.

Let’s see what happens in OH-8, but I suggest we fund and vociferously support any — and I do mean any — Boehner opponent. Enough is enough.

A drastic measure, to be sure. But, what are the options when the establishment (Boehner) is fully in control of his district’s ‘Pub organization  and central committees? Vote for a dem to remove an unfit ‘Pub, go 3rd Party and be assured the establishment of both parties will remain in control, or vote for the status quo? The latter choice is to retain Boehner in his office. That would be the worse choice of all.

A targeted approach may be the only effective means of removing those in the ‘Pub ranks who lack the guts to oppose the libs and Obama. It is an option to consider for specific House seats.