Boehner: “There’s Going to Be a Negotiation”

No, I won’t post a video of Obama’s obnoxious lecture, this afternoon. If you missed it, believe me – watching this absurd Community Organizer reiterate a pack of lies, bash republicans and pretend he’s some kind of expert on the economy  – is not worth your time. It’s also not worth your time to hear him answer the White House press corps’ questions because the ones he called on only threw softballsif you can believe that.

But I will post an audio of Rush Limbaugh responding to it.

I think Victor Davis Hanson articulated what Rush was trying to convey in his latest PJ Media Column: 

Amid all the charges and countercharges in Washington over the government shutdown, there is at least one common theme: Barack Obama’s various charges always lead to a dead end. They are chaos, and chaos is hard to understand, much less refute.

By that I mean when the president takes up a line of argument against his opponents, it cannot really be taken seriously — not just because it is usually not factual, but also because it always contradicts positions that Obama himself has taken earlier or things he has previously asserted. Whom to believe — Obama 1.0, Obama 2.0, or Obama 3.0?

When the president derides the idea of shutting down the government over the debt ceiling, we almost automatically assume that he himself tried to do just that when as a senator he voted against the Bush administration request in 2006, when the debt was about $6 trillion less than it is now.

When the president blasts the Republicans for trying to subvert the “settled law” of Obamacare, we trust that Obama himself had earlier done precisely that when he unilaterally subverted his own legislation — by quite illegally discarding the employer mandate provision of Obamacare. At least the Republicans tried to revise elements of Obamacare through existing legislative protocols; the president preferred executive fiat to nullify a settled law.

When the president deplores the lack of bipartisanship and the lockstep Republican effort to defund Obamacare, we remember that the president steamrolled the legislation through the Congress without a single Republican vote.

When the president laments the loss of civility and reminds the public that he uses “calm” rhetoric during the impasse, we know he has accused his opponents of being on an “ideological crusade” and of being hostage takers and blackmailers who have “a gun held to the head of the American people,” while his top media adviser Dan Pfeiffer has said that they had “a bomb strapped to their chest.”

When the president insists that the Republican effort to hold up the budget is unprecedented, we automatically deduce that, in fact, the action has many precedents, and on frequent prior occasions was a favored ploy of Democrats to gain leverage over Republican administrations.

In short, whenever the president prefaces a sweeping statement with one of his many emphatics — “make no mistake about it,” “I’m not making this up,” “in point of fact,” “let me be perfectly clear” — we know that the reverse is always true. For Obama, how something is said matters far more than what is said.

Here, via The Senate GOP Conference, is a video compilation of King Barack I The Petulant and his toadies refusing to negotiate:

Republicans have passed more than a dozen bills to open the government and provide Americans with relief from ObamaCare, but Democrats continue to just say “no.” The American people reject the Democrats’ “my way or the highway” approach. It is time for Democrats to engage congressional Republicans to solve our problems.

Speaker Boehner at his press conference today addressed President Obama’s refusal to negotiate a path forward on funding the government, raising the debt limit, and protecting all Americans from ObamaCare.

Via  his Blog the Speaker struck back at Obama’s charge that what the Republican “hostage takers” are doing is “unprecedented”:

President Obama has offered every excuse in the book to justify his refusal to negotiate with Republicans on the debt limit, but perhaps none is more absurd than his claim that doing so would be “unprecedented.”  Not only have presidents of both parties negotiated over the debt limit for decades, the president himself has done so – twice.  The first was in 2010, when Blue Dog Democrats in the House conditioned their support for a debt limit hike on passage of PAYGO legislation.  As Politico reported at that time:

“Blue Dog Democrats are threatening to derail any legislation that raises the debt ceiling if the bill does not include provisions that would constrain Congress from continuing to add to the nation’s debt. …

“Rep. Baron Hill (D-Ind.), the Blue Dog’s policy chief, issued his most pointed threat Friday morning in a news conference with House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), calling this the ‘bewitching hour’ for controlling the nation’s debt.

“‘The Blue Dogs are ready to make some very tough decisions on some legislation that’s still pending if we don’t get statutory pay-go,’ Hill said. ‘It’s time to deliver now.’”

So, what did the President & Democratic leaders have to say about this “ransom” demand?

  • Then-White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs: “Obviously the President and the White House Are of Course Negotiating in Good Faith.” QUESTION: “Is the White House negotiating in good faith with these White House Democrats?  Are they serious about enacting statutory PAYGO, attaching it to raising the debt limit?” … GIBBS:  “Obviously the President and the White House are of course negotiating in good faith.  We share the concerns of many in the Blue Dog caucus and many in the Democratic caucus and the Republican caucus that are concerned about the fiscal health of our country.” (Press Briefing, 12/22/09)
  • House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD): “Their Proposition Is, I Think, a Fair One.” “And the debt limit is something that, from my perspective, and responsibly, we’re going to have to pass. But we need to pass it with fiscal discipline attached to it. … I’d think it would be very difficult to raise the debt limit without support in either chamber of those people who are very concerned about fiscal discipline. Now, their proposition is, I think, a fair one.” (Press Conference, 12/11/09)

House Democrats weren’t the only ones taking a hardline against a clean debt limit hike.  Over in the Senate, several Democrats leveraged their support on the debt limit to try to force the creation of a deficit commission.   As The Washington Post reported:

“A group of Senate Democrats insists that an increase in the debt ceiling be coupled with the creation of a bipartisan task force that could push deficit-reduction measures through Congress. Separately, conservative House Democrats are demanding rules be put into law that require new spending increases or tax cuts to be offset by spending cuts or a tax hike. … Negotiations between House and Senate leaders and the White House on the conflicting proposals are expected to continue into next week.”

In fact, 10 Democratic Senators – including Sens. Begich (D-AK), Bennet (D-CO), Feinstein (D-CA), Klobuchar (D-MN), McCaskill (D-MO), Nelson (D-FL), Udall (D-CO) and Warner (D-VA) – sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) at the time stating they “strongly believe that as part of the debate to increase the debt limit, Congress needs to put in place a special process that allows  Congress and the Administration to face up to our nation’s long-term fiscal imbalances.”  Sen. Feinstein went so far as to say “I will not vote for raising the debt limit without a vehicle to handle this.” Were these the “hostage-takers” the White House refers to?

“Refusing to negotiate is an untenable position,” Speaker Boehner said today.  That position is made all the more untenable by the president’s arbitrary distinction between the demands his own party was making in 2010, and the demands House Republicans are making today, which are backed by the majority of the American people.  It’s time for the president to stop talking to the cameras, and start a conversation with Republicans on a path forward on the debt limit, government funding, and protecting all Americans from his disaster of a health care law.

How The GOP Is Winning The Shut-Down Argument

Yesterday, Obama made the snort-worthy claim that throughout his presidency,  he’s “bent over backwards to work with the Republican Party and have purposely kept my rhetoric down.”

Obama in a campaign speech today: “You don’t negotiate by putting a gun to the other person’s head. Or worse yet, by putting a gun to the American peoples’ head.”

Those of us who have watched, appalled, at the Divider-in Chief’s  Chicago thug politics over the years can only shake our heads in disgust but not disbelief at his mendacity at this point.

Obama let slip his true feelings in an interview with NPR on Monday, when he said, he shouldn’t have to offer anything to Republicans in exchange for getting what he wants.

Obama stood with his party members in the Senate. Steve asked if that opportunity to avoid a shutdown exists, what was he willing to offer.

“Steve when you say what can I offer? I shouldn’t have to offer anything,” Obama said.

Hugh Hewitt found the Petulant One’s admission there to be no less than astonishing:

 Thus did the American public get a very candid glimpse of the president whose contempt for duly elected Republican opponents is exceeded only by his fecklessness in the face of America’s enemies abroad. To Putin and the Iranians come offers of all sorts. To the Speaker of the House, only ultimatums.

The President’s position is: – Do what I want, and if you don’t you’re to blame for whatever happens.

Including his decision to play the Social Security Trump Card. 

The president’s  no negotiations stance with Republicans is not polling well, but that hasn’t deterred him. He vowed once again today not To negotiate with Republican Hostage Takers…

And Dingy Blocked Funding For Veterans.

Via Washington Examiner:

Senate Democrats blocked four resolutions to fund government programs, including paying the National Guard and opening national parks, as Republicans offered the limited measures in an attempt to win the government shutdown fight by financing popular programs and leaving those they oppose untouched.

“Unbelievably, today Senate Democrats went on record to oppose funding for National Guard and Reserve salaries, veterans’ services, lifesaving medicine and cures, and national parks and museums,” Senate Republican Conference chairman John Thune, R-S.D., said in a release following the procedural battle.

They think America approves of this?

The Shut Down Theater featuring “the Barry-cades” has thus far been a public relations disaster for the Democrats. (The latest outrages, here.) And the divisive trash-talking and fear-mongering antics by Democrats and RINOs aren’t helping their cause, either.. 

With all that in mind, enjoy this “accidental” hot-mic moment from last evening between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Rand Paul:

 “I Think We Can Win This Thing” 

“Yes We Can!”

UPDATE:

Optics Fail: House Republicans Probe Parks and Monument ‘Shutdown Theater’ Closures

 

Mark Levin To Obama Regime: ‘You Lay One Hand On Those 80 – 90 Year Old Men At That WWII Memorial And I’ll Lead an Effort To Get Hundreds Of Thousands Of People There’

Mark Levin, appalled by the Community Activist in Chief’s attempt to turn the Nation’s memorials into bad optics he can blame on Republicans, had this today on his radio show, via Gateway Pundit:

I want to say this loud and clear to the people on Capitol Hill who are listening, to this administration. You lay one damn hand on one of those World War II vets at that memorial and I’ll bring half a million people to that damn memorial! You got that?!

I’m sitting here stewing thinking about this – playing these damn games? You’ll ignite a movement in this country like you’ve never seen before! The biker patriot army – veterans from all over the country, every single war and battle in this country, Republican, Democrat, Independent, whatever!

I’ll be damned if one president, with his feet up on the desk in the oval office, with a smirk on his face, looking at his golf card…I’ll be damned if this president or anybody else is going to shut down that WWII memorial. Period! These men are in their 80s and 90s.

So let me repeat! You lay one hand on one of those men and arrest them for going to their memorial, which they fought for, which was not paid by you dammit, it was paid by the American people – we will come out of every town and city in this nation! We will come out of every county. And both coasts! Both borders! And we will march on Washington against your tyranny!

You’ve been warned!

A world class rant worthy of the times we’re living in:

Reid: Why Would We Want To Pass A Bill To Help Children With Cancer? (Video)

More stunningly bad optics for the Dems. When asked by Dana Bash at CNN why he isn’t willing to help even one child who has cancer, Reid responded “Why would we want to do that?”

BASH: But if you can help one child with cancer, why wouldn’t you do it?

REID: Why would we want to do that? I have 1100 people at Nellis Air Force Base sitting home. They have problems of their own.

Reid then attacked Bash’s intelligence, “For someone of your intelligence to suggest such a thing is irresponsible.”

Video via NRSC Blog:

What?!

We need more of this. We need more Obama, Reid, and Pelosi in front of the cameras showing us who they really are. They are our best weapon right now.

#RetireReid

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NRSC: Are All Memorials Closed To Veterans?

Via The Daily Caller: 

Appearing before the memorial, hours after World War II veterans passed through the Park Service’s barricade, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus announced that the committee has put aside enough money to hire 5 full-time security personnel for the next 30 days to keep the memorial open.

“Make no mistake, it was the Obama administration’s choice to barricade this memorial and it was their choice to lock out veterans across this country,” Preibus said.

Jim Geraghty, Campaign Spot: How the Park Service Is Enforcing the Shutdown on the Mall Today

Video: “Fighting For US”

Powerful stuff via Passcode Creative:

Hat tip: Brian B.

Cruz Tells Rush: “The Single Biggest Surprise In The US Senate is The Defeatist Attitude Here” (Video)

Unlike Chuckie Schumer, Dingy Harry, John McShame, and Little Dick Durbin after two minutes, Ted Cruz looked and sounded as fresh at the end of his 21+ hour marathon speech/filibuster/whatever you want to call it, as he did at its onset.  The man is a conservative, Harvard educated Energizer Bunny.

And instead of going straight to bed, he went on the Rush Limbaugh show to do even more talking.

He reiterated the point he made during the filibuster – that too many Republicans just want a show vote to show to their constituents that they’re doing something,

“We don’t even talk about how to win a fight, he lamented. “There’s no discussion about it, There’s talk about – let’s get a show vote so we can tell our constituents that we’re doing something I promise you, Rush, if you had to sit through one Senate lunch, you’d be in therapy for a month.”

The bitter, MB-supporting Senator from Arizona took umbrage at the points Cruz has been making. McCain said he was very proud of the Republicans effort to defeat ObamaCare in 2009/10 (when there was no hope of winning.)

He lashed out at Cruz, after Beltway Barnacles Schumer, Dingy Harry, and Little Dick Durbin got their licks in.

See also:

Weasel ZippersUNREAL: McRINO Backs Dems On Senate Floor After Cruz Filibuster, “The People Spoke” And They Want Obamacare – Update: Chuck Schumer Thanks McRINO For His “Outstanding Remarks”…

Video: Political Insiders Blast House Leaders: ‘It’s Pathetic How Little These Guys Know How To Lead’

After a devastating week for the president in which the Syrians and Russians got the upper hand on the Syrian war negotiations, the Fox News Political Insiders agreed that it was one of the most inept episodes in presidential leadership in their lifetimes. It was fumbled so badly, John LeBoutillier quipped, “it ended up being a hand-off to Putin.” He thought that Obama’s comment about Putin being “the kid slouching in the back of class” would cause a backlash from Putin, and now were’ beginning to see it.

Gregg Jarrett presented a poll that showed the American public’s support for war in Syria before and after Obama’s Syria speech, and the group marveled that support for a strike actually went down after the speech.

But on the question of who’s more incompetent and inept – the Speaker or the President? LeBoutillier thought the speaker of the House earned that distinction for coming out with Cantor in favor of bombing Syria without asking members of the Republican conference what they thought, and when they did a head count, the day of the president’s speech, they had a dozen members out of 200. “It’s pathetic how little these guys know how to lead,” he said incredulously.

“That 63% That is 2/3 of the American public telling the government – we’re not doing it, anymore. It’s like the movie, “we’re mad as hell and we’re not going to take it, anymore. and there’s no leader leading that….”

“Normally…historically, when a president gives a speech”, Caddell agreed, ” or the administration says ‘we have to take action’, the country will rally around ….these are the worst numbers…it’s across the board. He went on to say that it’s the elite political class in Washington who want it, but  the mainstream in the country of all parties and all ideologies are saying, ‘no, no, no’ –  “this is  historic, he said, “and if it goes into domestic politics it could be really big.”

After the break, they discussed budget negotiations where they had all kinds of advice for the hapless “Stupid Party.”

Doug Shoen called ObamaCare a “death star” and the only way it helps Obama is if the Republicans decide to shut the government down to defund it. That, they all agree would be a disaster for Republicans.

Video via Johnny Dollar

Here’s a rebuttal on defunding ObamaCare from a doctor via the Heritage Foundation:

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Roger Kimball: Obama Then and Now: the Rashomon Effect (first in a series)

I believe that we are witnessing the gradual, or possibly not so gradual, decomposition of the emotional consensus that put Obama into the White House in 2008 and, not without a struggle, returned him in 2012. On every front, domestic as well as foreign, statements that seemed apposite a year or two or three ago suddenly, ominously, have acquired new and less pleasing valences.  A few days ago, I expatiated briefly on candidate Obama’s 2008 declaration that he and his followers were only “five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” At the time, Obama’s promise (or should I say, “his threat”?) was greeted with wild cheers.

Now that the transformation is well underway, there are fewer if any cheers.  The economy is moribund.  Obamacare is more unpopular than ever. Racial tensions are far worse now than when Obama came to office. Everywhere one looks, Obama’s domestic agenda is in shambles. And when it comes to international affairs — well, let’s just say that Obama must be rueing the day he drew that red line about Syria or heard the name Vladimir Putin. Has there ever been a more cringe-making presidential  speech than the incoherent bilge that oozed out of Obama’s mouth last Tuesday? Jimmy Carter’s infamous “malaise speech” is the only thing that even comes close, and at least Carter’s speech had the intelligence of Christopher Lasch’s book The Culture of Narcissism as a source.

Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Rand Paul at Exempt America Rally To #StopObamaCare (Video)

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Ted Cruz addresses the Exempt ObamaCare Rally crowd via ForAmerica ‏@ForAmerica1h

Today, Breitbart News is providing exclusive coverage from the “Exempt America” rally on Capitol Hill for defunding Obamacare from  from 10 AM EDT to 5 PM EDT,

Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon will co-host the broadcast with Breitbart News Managing Editor Alex Marlow and Breitbart’s Sonnie Johnson. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Rand Paul (R-KY) will headline the event.

Here is Ted Cruz’s speech from earlier today: “ObamaCare is the #1 job killer in America”, he said. “This thing ain’t working.”

Mike Lee said outside the Washington DC beltway, Obamacare is not controversial – “it’s universally despised.”

Rand Paul asked the crowd if they wanted half of ObamaCare. The shouted “NO!!!”

“How about a quarter of it?”

“NO!!!”

“Then how about we defund the whole damn thing?!” he suggested.

The crowd like that option best…

Here’s another video from The Freedomworks Defund Obamacare Summit, last weekend:

On September 8, day 2 of the Freedomworks Blogger and Activist ObamaCare Summit in Washington DC, Matt Kibbe suggested that powerful special interests were at play on the pro-ObamaCare side, and perhaps some of the Republicans fighting the Defund effort are in bed with them, but Kibbe noted that the paradigm has changed – “we can beat these guys.”

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The Foundry: Warning: Obamacare May Be Hazardous to Your Health

We’ve talked a lot about Obamacare’s costs—how it will hurt the economy, kill jobs, and cost you and your family more when you pay for health care.

But there’s an even more important cost: your health.

Obamacare will affect the quality of care in this country. It will limit the choices we have in doctors, hospitals, and treatments. People are already learning that their trusted doctors aren’t going to be available to them in the new insurance plans Obamacare is forcing them into.

Weasel Zippers: Poll: Only 1 In 10 Young Adults Plan To Buy Health Insurance Through Obamacare Exchanges…

Weasel Zippers: Obamacare Regulations Hits 10,516 Pages, 8 Times Longer Than The Bible…

The Conversation: Senator Cruz Pans Latest GOP ObamaCare Strategy – Not Fooled By ‘Procedural Chicanery’

 Twitchy: http://twitchy.com/2013/09/10/defund-it-fed-up-americans-turn-out-to-exempt-america-from-o-care-pics/

Big Government: GOP DOC: VOTE TO DEFUND OBAMACARE, LET SENATE ERASE IT

Video: O’Keefe Investigation Exposes Sickening Fraud and Abuse in $2.2 Billion ‘Obama Phones’ Program

Need a quick 40 bucks to fund your next heroine high? Hey, I don’t judge” say’s an Obamaphone worker at Stand Up Wireless in Philadelphia, (an area that likely voted for Obama 100+%)

In Project Veritas’ investigation into the government’s fraud-ridden$2.2 billion dollar LifeLine ( ‘Obama Phone’) program, O’Keefe’s team film employees telling them they can sell the phones to buy Heroin and expensive handbags.

“All I’m saying is, thank God for Obama,” one of the investigators gushes, “because Obama is basically paying for my Louis Vuitton bag, right now, if you know what I mean!”

It’s not that we didn’t know that this was going on, already. At least now there’s hard evidence that Congress can look at and Democrats can try to defend.

On a side note….what kind of moral universe do these Obamaphone workers live in that they have no problem pushing an obviously corrupt, and gut-wrenchingly wasteful boondoggle like this? How do they sleep at night? Are those of us who actually buy our own phones when we could easily get one for free, “suckers” in their book?

You can help fund more investigations of this kind by ordering O’Keefe’s new book: Breakthrough: Our Guerilla War to Expose Fraud and Save Democracy [Hardcover]

Acorn Planned Parenthood NPR Medicaid VOTER FRAUD The New Jersey educational association Labor Unions Hailed by David Weigel in Slate as having had more of an impact on the 2012 election than any journalist, James OKeefe is young, brash, and provocative: a new breed of guerrilla reporter for the twenty-first century. He and his associates have famously infiltrated some of Americas most protected organizations and institutions. They have challenged politicians, bureaucrats, media moguls, union bosses, and election officials, all with the goal of exposing the lies and malfeasance heretofore hidden from the public. Now, OKeefe chronicles the harrowing undercover investigation that opened Americas eyes to the chicanery of its state houses and the duplicity of the White House during one of the most compromised election campaigns in our nations history: the 2012 presidential race.

Of all his controversial sting operations, this was the one that his late mentor, Andrew Breitbart, called his most consequential. While still on federal probation, OKeefe organized an army of citizen journalists, planned a series of video stings to reveal the American systems vulnerability to voter fraud, and went nose to nose with the most powerful political machine in the world. Along the way, OKeefe found disheartening evidence that Americans are not nearly as free a people as we may believe, but he also showed just how much real change ordinary citizens can bring about when they are willing to risk the wrath of the powerful. In just a few years, OKeefe and his citizen journalism corps, Project Veritas, uncovered systemic corruption at ACORN, leading to its defunding by Congress; exposed the contemptuous biases of NPR executives leading to the resignation of two of their top people and a vote to freeze NPR funding by the House of Representatives; showed the callous indifference of New Jersey Educational Association officials to taxpayers and students; and revealed the easy tolerance of fraud at Planned Parenthood, Medicaid, HUD, and other government agencies. Perhaps most important, their work inspired several states to reform their election laws. Free of ideology, Breakthrough is at its core a clarion call for a more ethical society. Despite being vilified and libeled by an establishment media dedicated to suppressing the truth, James OKeefe has dared to break through the firewall and reshape public opinion by showing things as they really are.

Gowdy Fights Back Tears Describing IRS Excesses While Other Americans Struggled: ‘The IRS Can’t Be Fixed By More Training – Start Over’ (Video)

Congressman Trey Gowdy fought back tears at the the House Oversight Committee hearing, today on IRS’s lavish spending practices. He was describing the lamentable conditions in the SC solicitor’s office in 2010 when the state faced a budget crunch that forced many employees to go on unpaid furloughs. Gowdy had reportedly funneled part of his campaign account into the solicitor’s budget so his staff could keep working.

“This is not a training issue,” Gowdy told George, adding that it can’t be fixed by another training session. “It strikes me as a cultural systemic, character, moral issue.”

The reason for that, Gowdy implied, is that while IRS agents were staying in lavish rooms and paying keynote speakers $17,000, some government workers — including law enforcement officers and teachers — across the country were being furloughed.

Gowdy’s voice cracked when he told the story of one of his secretaries, who came into his office after hours to borrow some money.

“She kept apologizing for having to do it. She kept saying, ‘I’ll pay you back. I’ll pay you back.’ And at exactly the same time that young government employee, single mom was borrowing money for a child’s birthday present, other government employees were staying in $3,500 a night rooms. Other government employees were spending more money on promotional materials than that young women makes in a year.”

“They sent more than 25 employees on a scouting trip to see if the hotel was okay,” he continued, his voice dripping with disgust. “That’s not going to be fixed with training, Mr. Inspector General.”

“It just strikes me that we only need one, single recommendation – START OVER.”

Hat tip: Gateway Pundit who thinks Gowdy should run for Lindsey Graham’s seat. Either that or skip that step and go for the brass ring in 2016.

Obama Camp Politicizes Big Bird in Over the Top Ad, PBS Says Knock it Off – Obama Staffer Says They’re “Reviewing Their Concerns”

The real news today is the pummeling Obama is taking in the polls — see Ace’s thunderdome for all the latest in  poll carnage that has ensued since last week’s debate, (which we now hear, Obama initially thought he won?!)..

Oh, and the election finance scandal now being picked up by the MSM, is another thing the Obama camp doesn’t want to talk about, as well as the Benghazi attack cover-up, not to mention  the pathetic news that the plant in Holland, MI that got $150M in taxpayer money to make Volt batteries has furloughed workers after failing to produce a single battery. The plant employed 200 workers who are now being placed on furlough. Two years after the ribbon cutting ceremony that Obama himself attended, (proclaiming how he was “putting GM back to work, and “saving Michigan”) the battery manufacturing is being shipped offshore to an LG plant in South Korea.

No, the big news today,  according to the Obama campaign is Mitt’s “War on Big Bird”. (Tee hee.)
This will come as a shock to Democrats, I’m sure – but there are more than a few of us out here, who have no use for Big Bird, or any of his muppet ilk, and never did. Yeah, I said it. I didn’t watch Sesame Street as a kid, and none of my six kids did, either. It wouldn’t bother any of us in the least to see Big Bird or his left-wing muppet gang go the way of the dodo. I also suspect that there are more than a few Sesame Street fans out there who have no problem with PBS being defunded. “Big Bird” is a 1 percenter – he’s part of a multi-million dollar industry and should be able to stand on his own without taxpayer help.
Surprisingly enough, while Team Obama pummels Romney for threatening to defund PBS, PBS isn’t playing along.

Via Michelle Fields, Sesame Street has asked that the video be taken down:

Sesame Workshop is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization and we do not endorse candidates or participate in political campaigns. We have approved no campaign ads, and as is our general practice, have requested that the ad be taken down.

And via Sooper Mexican,  an Obama campaign staffer tweeted out this response:

It’s merely under consideration….because their pro-Big Bird stance is such a winner for them (and such an effective distraction from Obama’s colossal failures) they are willing to go against the wishes of the people they are ostensibly trying to defend.

It’s all part of Team Obama’s never-ending quest to secure the STUPID vote. That’s why President “Eye Candy” has gone out of his way to appear on Entertainment Tonight, The View, Letterman, etc…and now Nickelodeon, too.

(Mediaite) Nickelodeon’s news outfit Nick News is reportedly “disappointed” that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has declined to appear in the channel’s “Kids Pick the President” election special, which airs several weeks before the election.

“After numerous attempts by ‘Nick News’ to get former Governor Mitt Romney to participate in the special, his camp declined saying he was unable to fit it into his schedule,” Nickelodeon said in a press statement.

Last time I checked, “kids” can’t vote.

President Barack Obama will appear, however, having pre-taped his answers to kids’ questions at the White House. As a stand-in for official Romney responses to the kids’ queries, the channel will use archive video clips of the GOP candidate answering similar questions.

Kids can’t vote, but their parents can. And many of them will be watching with their kids.

His wife, for some reason, has practically become a permanent fixture over there – (“hey, mom! Michelle Obama’s on Nickelodeon, again!”) – just one more  reason to kick these shameless charlatans to the curb on Nov. 6.

(And Nickelodeon, too, unless they clean up their act.)

UPDATE:

The Right Scoop: Romney ZINGS Obama: You have to scratch your head when he spends the last week talking about saving Big Bird

SEE ALSO:

Twitchy: Side-splitting desperation: Obama runs attack ad starring Big Bird; Update: Axelrod beclowns himself

Linked by The Daley Gator, thanks!

Video: OCCUPIED! – Obama’s Un-Affordable Health Care TAXES and CONTROL ACT

Whoa, I really slept in, today. While I’m still trying to get up to speed on today’s, news, here’s a little something I found in my inbox from the cool folks at Occupy the White House: OCCUPIED! – Obama’s Un-Affordable Health Care TAXES and CONTROL ACT.

This is the ONLY way to listen to an Obama speech:

My favorite part? The freeze frame on Obama’s contempt filled stare. I’ve actually done the same thing while watching Obama videos – freeze-frame on his hateful expressions. There is something very, very wrong with the guy.

From the Occupy the White House YouTube page:

When promoting his legislation “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”, H.R. 3590, then-president Obama deceived the public in a myriad of ways including outright lies about the Act and its consequences as well as gigantic omissions regarding its costs, scope of invasive power, implementation and enforcement.

Please READ THE BILL. It’s a behemoth of bureaucracy and encroachment, full of socialistic sounding terms and its dictates are terrifying. It is NOT “European style” health care. Europeans — especially liberal Europeans — would never tolerate the consolidation of so much personal information within one single government agency.

They’ve had their Hitler.

Thanks to so many writers, bloggers, commenters and talk radio hosts — most especially Mark Levin, Americans for Tax Reform and the Western Center for Journalism — who have brought light, knowledge and insight to the UN-affordable Health Care Taxes and Control.

We all want health care reform. We never wanted it this way.

See Occupy the White House for links.

SEE ALSO:

Marc Siegel, NRO: Substandard O’Care

Obamacare is bad for America’s health.

Burr & Coburn, NRO: Obamatax Is Coming:

You’ll pay many dimes more for health care.

Outrage!: Obama State Dept Partnering With Unrepentent Domestic Terrorist, Brett Kimberlin?!

Via  The Blaze comes the shocking news that the Obama State Dept may be teaming up with unrepentant domestic terrorist, Brett Kimberlin, the Indiana Speedway Bomber turned Soros-funded “social justice” activist who routinely uses lawfare against bloggers who tell the truth about his past.

Consider the following passage from Kimberlin’s “Justice Through Music” website:

MAY 24, 2012 – JTMP has been a participant in the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program for 3 years now, where citizens from around the world involved in the arts get to come to America and visit to learn about the role of arts in the US. This year we had visitors that came from Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Jordan and Tunisia to see how Justice Through Music Project uses art to raise awareness on issues, and to bring about social change. This year’s contingent had musicians, playwrights, and people involved in art production. We gave them a presentation and showed them many of our musical art videos that deal with politics and issues, while we spoke about how we operate and produce our art videos. We then showed them how we use this art on our website and YouTube channel to raise awareness on an issue to help bring about positive social change.

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Below is information on the International Visitor Leadership Program that explains its purpose:

The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program.  Launched in 1940, the IVLP is a professional exchange program that seeks to build mutual understanding between the U.S. and other nations through carefully designed short-term visits to the U.S. for current and emerging foreign leaders.  These visits reflect the International Visitors’ professional interests and support the foreign policy goals of the United States.

Who are considered “international visitors?”:

International Visitors are current or emerging leaders in government, politics, the media, education, the arts, business and other key fields. Over 5,000 International Visitors come to the United States from all over the world each year. Since its inception in 1940, thousands of distinguished individuals have participated in the International Visitor Leadership Program, including 330 current and former Chiefs of State and Heads of Government, thousands of cabinet-level ministers, and many other distinguished leaders from the public and private sectors.

What’s more, the State Department website goes on to explain that these international visitors travel to the U.S. to engage in “carefully designed programs that reflect their professional interests and U.S. foreign policy goals.”

Here’s an example of Kimberlin’s music from his band, Op Critical, a little anti- fracking ditty:

Freakin Frackin by Op-Critical – Protest Music Against Fracking! JTMP.ORG and OC:

http://www.jtmp.org and http://www.op-critical.com present “Freakin Frackin” by Op-Critical, a protest song against “hydraulic fracturing”. Hydraulic fracturing, or “Fracking”, is using over 500 toxic chemicals to shatter rock to extract more natural gas from wells, driving profit up. It pollutes our groundwater and the air and is killing us. It is putting profit over the planet. It is time we ban this toxic practice that is harming our planet.

Please order and watch the DVD “Gasland”, a great documentary about “Fracking”. by filmmaker Josh Fox. Get informed about “Fracking”, and we urge you to contact your representatives and say, “No Fracking Way!”, and join the call for a moratorium and eventual ban of hydraulic fracturing.

Uh? Our State Dept is partnering with this?!

According to Wikipedia,

While the IVLP has no written statement of purpose, Dr. Sherry L. Mueller (President, National Council for International Visitors) has identified at least two goals that have remained consistent since the inception of the program:

  1. Link the foreign leaders with their U.S. counterparts, providing a solid professional experience and in-depth, substantive exploration of key issues and diverse, balanced approaches to these issues.
  2. Enable the visitors to gain a better understanding of the history and heritage of the United States, a better sense of who [Americans] are as a people and what [Americans] value.[2]

I can’t think of a more unbalanced approach to a key issue like fracking, than the video above.

Who else  is Obama’s State Department partnering with? Bill Ayers? Charles Manson? I’m almost afraid to check.

Previously:

Everyone Blog About Brett Kimberlin Link-Around

Are You Ready For “Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day”, May 25? (Video)

Lawfare: Dems With Criminal Records Target Conservative Bloggers

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Sessions: “We Need To Evaluate The Judicial Branch’s Budget Requests” in Light of 9th Circuit Conference Controversy (Video)

This morning on “Fox & Friends”, Sen. Sessions was asked about the recent controversy surrounding the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ judicial conference, scheduled for this August in Maui, Hawaii. Coming on the heels of the GSA scandal, this conference is reported to cost taxpayers over one million dollars.

Via Budget GOP:

Sessions drew parallels between this controversy and the scandal relating to the GSA’s recent junket in Las Vegas, noting that President Obama has yet to assert the kind of managerial discipline to let government employees know that such expenditures are not acceptable during this time of fiscal crisis. Sessions also said that future judicial appropriations will have to be examined in light of this lavish conference.

“From the very top of this government, we’re not receiving the kind of determined leadership to bring expenses under control that we need. I mean, the president needs to spend more time managing rather than making speeches around the country, in my opinion… The sooner we get the message down to the lowest level of government that this country’s got to change the way we handle the taxpayer’s money, the better off we’ll be…

 Ultimately, the Congress has the power to appropriate money, and we need to evaluate the judicial branch budget request in light of some of these expenditures.”

Something has to be done — liberals won’t stop living it up on the taxpayer dime unless they are literally cut off.

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Party in the GSA Video Mashup + Oversight and Reform Chairman Issa’s Statement on GSA Hearing

Ahead of today’s 1:30 PM (est) GSA Hearing, the committee on Government Oversight and Reform  posted a mashup to help get folks up to speed on the issues.

Even lefty-wing John Stewart couldn’t overlook the assploding hypocrisy in this scandal, or as he put it, irony!

“The people holding the conference, that wasted a ton of government money… are the people in charge of making sure the government doesn’t waste a ton of money!”

Bonus quote (much to his lefty audience’s chagrin): “It’s like the Justice Dept selling guns to Mexican drug dealers. “

Yes, John – it is somewhat like that.

Chairman Issa’s preview statement:

1:30pm on Monday, April 16, 2012 in 2154 Rayburn House Office Building

The details that have come to light about a General Services Administration Conference held in Las Vegas have raised serious questions in the minds of the American people about how government is using their tax dollars. What has come to light surrounding GSA’s activities should give pause to anyone who has opposed cutting government size and spending.

Wasteful spending is a problem that transcends multiple Administrations and multiple Congresses but it’s incumbent on the present Administration and the current Congress to mandate a culture that prevents this type of waste and mismanagement, no matter what happened before them.

Why did it take eleven months for the Obama Administration to take meaningful action?  The Inspector General briefed the Administration with details about the specific action of those responsible for gross waste, yet documents show that some political appointees believed even this year that the report could be kept private and the outrageous details dealt with quietly.

Some of those same senior political officials approved a bonus for Jeff Neely, the regional public building commissioner who was chief organizer of the 2010 Vegas conference. In the same e-mails where senior leaders are discussing whether or not to offer Neely a bonus, they are speculating on the timing of the release of the IG’s report and the political impact it will have.

Furthermore, if the political officials responsible for taming bureaucratic excess ignored and dismissed such flagrant and flamboyant violations of the rules, then what confidence do we have that GSA can prevent more shrewdly executed fraud and waste the future?

I look forward to hearing testimony from the witnesses attending Monday’s hearing as the committee continues its ongoing efforts to shine a light on a culture of wasteful spending within the federal bureaucracy. Changes have been made at GSA, but whether they are enough to change a culture of lavish excess remains in question.

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