I am very disappointed that you voted for the Defense Authorization Bill that included the “hate crimes” language. In a devious maneuver by Democrats, a “Hate Crimes” amendment was attached to this bill. Though I support adequate funding for the military, this attachment is a poison pill that makes the bill unacceptable. Our military deserved a stand-alone vote on funding.
You voted in favor of a bill that criminalizes thought, endangers freedom of religion and speech, and destroys the American principle of equality under the law. I will remember your vote in favor of the “hate crimes” bill when you stand for re-election. Your deviousness will not be tolerated.
PINK SLIPS ARE COMING!
As the healthcare reform debate drags on and on and on, well past its freshness date, and long past the time Congress and the administration should have been able to move on, a disturbing pattern is emerging. It works like this: the “blue dog” Democrats fight real reform, on behalf of the insurance industry; the public, which widely favors a public health insurance option, fights back; pro-reform members of Congress in both houses, strengthened by public support (and by public attacks on their conservative colleagues) grow bolder, and grow in numbers, getting us closer to reform that will actually lower costs, and reduce the vice-like grip insurance companies have on our healthcare system; and then the Obama administration screws it up, insisting on “bi-partisanship” at all costs, protecting the blue dogs at the expense of the rest of the caucus, and attempting to strip down or strip away the most fundamental reform — the public option — for the sake of getting the vote of a single Republican Senator: Oympia Snowe, as if any sentient being would be fooled into believing that one Republican vote does bipartisanship make. .
It’s not clear whether the “bipartisanship above all” strategy is coming from Rahm Emanuel, who is essentially on record as wanting something –anything — for the president to sign, regardless of what’s actually in the bill — or whether the fecklessness is coming from higher up the food chain, including from the president himself. Barack Obama’s political director, Patrick Gaspard (full disclosure, he was one of our bosses when I worked for America Coming Together back in 2004) came to the White House from SEIU, a union representing millions of America’s healthcare workers, and a union that is one of the strongest proponents of the public option — so it’s puzzling that he has not exerted more influence on the president. I have no doubt that his former colleagues at SEIU are exerting plenty of pressure on him. But Gaspard has been literally invisible in this administration — and his strategy, assuming he has one, for moving the president’s political agenda forward, is a mystery at best. Instead, what we’re left with is the appearance that the White House wants one of two things, or maybe two of two things: 1) to be as hands-off as possible when it comes to letting Congress “do healthcare reform,” and 2) to only weigh in when they think they can gut reform to placate Olympia Snowe.
People have felt you jesture Harry… We’re SICK of YOU!
Pitching Chicago for the 2016 Summer Olympics, President Obama promised that visitors from around the world would “come away with a sense of the incredible diversity of the American people.”
Obama referred to his own election as a moment when people gathered in Chicago to see the results and celebrate that “our diversity could be a source of strength.”
Obama’s emphasis on diversity is a central theme of the Democratic Party. But rather than encouraging acceptance of all races regardless of skin color, the emphasis on race actually undercuts the goal of a color blind society, setting back the cause of civil rights.
Real diversity is a good thing — diversity of opinion, of culture, of country, of origin. But promoting race as a symbol of diversity suggests that the color of one’s skin has some kind of significance.
It is akin to referring to an acquaintance as black when race has no relevance to the conversation. It is the same as referring to an individual as Jewish in a context where religion is irrelevant.
In making such a gratuitous reference, the speaker suggests that the individual is of a different class, promoting rather than discouraging prejudice.
“Obama and the Democrats know full well what they are doing when they use ‘diversity’ rhetoric,” Frances Rice, chairman of the National Black Republican Association, tells me. ”The Democratic Party consistently uses race-baiting for partisan political gain,” says Rice, a retired Army lieutenant colonel and lawyer. “The Democrats’ goal is to keep blacks dependent on government handouts and encourage them to see themselves as victims.”
In fact, Rice says, Republicans have done the most to help blacks.
THEY CAN’T READ THE BILLS THEY VOTE ON BUT THEY CAN PLAY SOLITAIRE AND CHECK BASEBALL BALL SCORES …!
Nothing else need to be said. This is one of their THREE DAY WORK WEEKS that we all pay for. I am ready to start from the beginning by voting out all elected officials and not letting any of them stay in office for more than two terms. No more lifelong healthcare, retirement, voting in their own pay raises, taking perks on our taxes, etc.
Our elected officials ... hard at work ...!
House Minority Leader Lawrence F. Cafero Jr., R-Norwalk, pictured standing, far right, speaks while colleagues Rep. Barbara Lambert, D-Milford and Rep. Jack F. Hennessy, D-Bridgeport, play solitaire Monday night as the House convened to vote on a new budget. (AP)
The guy sitting in the row in front of these two… he’s on Facebook, and the guy behind Hennessy is checking out the baseball scores.
These are the folks that can’t get the budget out by Oct. 1, Seriously!!!
So, we’ve got a 30 day budget extension. Well, guess what, 30 days from now we will be in the same boat. I guess this makes it easy for the news ‘reporters’ as all they have to do is recycle the same headlines from this week and from 2 years ago. And these yo-yo’s will still be playing SOLITAIRE!!!
Never underestimate the stupidity of the Republican Party leadership. In the midst of an attempted power grab of unprecedented proportions by the current Democratic administration that is turning off millions of Americans…as TEA parties and town hall protests against massive government intervention continue to spread…as large percentages of Democrats are recoiling as they find “hope and change” really meant “control and loss of freedom”…the Republican Party has been presented with the chance to saddle this momentum and ride it to power.
Americans are rediscovering the wisdom and insight of their Founding Fathers – men who embraced personal responsibility, cherished liberty, eschewed big government, and understood that the government had a role to play in promoting the moral character of its people.
It is fair to say that under the leadership of Pelosi, Reid, and Obama, the Democratic Party will not be moving its platform in the direction of such wisdom anytime soon. Therefore, astute and prudent Republican leaders would recognize this as an incredible opportunity to field candidates who appeal to these values, and return the Party to national prominence.