Video: Judd Gregg’s Frustrated Confrontation With Peter Orszag On Tarp Funds

Judd Gregg is quickly becoming one of my favorite members of congress. Last week, he schooled a couple of nit wit MSNBC anchorettes about cutting federal spending, and yesterday he blasted Obama’s budget chief about the administration’s plans to loot bailout funds.

To think, that just a year ago, he was considering a position in the Obama administration.

I saw this clip on Fox, this morning, and meant to find it on Youtube, and post it, earlier, but it totally slipped my mind. A visit to The Other McCain jogged my memory.

The Union Leader sets the stage:

A fiery Judd Gregg, the senior Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, blasted the White House budget chief yesterday over his boss’ plan to transfer bailout funds to a new small business loan program.

While President Obama was visiting Nashua, Gregg’s birthplace, the three-term senator was on Capitol Hill skewering Peter Orszag over the plan to funnel $30 billion from the Troubled Asset Relief Program.

Gregg erupted as Orszag spoke of the TARP use to solve lingering problems with access to credit for small businesses.

“No! No! No!” he yelled out. “You can’t make that type of statement with any legitimacy. You cannot make that statement.”

That was VT Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders, who snidely chimed in at the end, “That is how laws are made usually, Congress passes them.”

Not on the tape:

Gregg fired back, “Did the senator from Vermont make a statement? Well the senator is wrong. This is the law as it stands today. There is no law on the books.”

The exchange was about to escalate when the committee chairman, Sen. Kent Conrad, D-ND, banged his gavel to restore order.

Nine more months….

Pundette has more.

Obama: Health Care Is On ‘5 Yard Line’ And ‘We’ve’ Got To Punch It Through’

Oh yeah, uh huh. This thing is definitely gonna happen…if we all hold hands,  think positively,  chant, mmm mmm mmm, and call our members of Congress like the President says we should!

Is it unseemly for a President of the United States to tell its citizens to lobby on behalf of his policies? Has this ever been done before? Did Bush tell people to call their Congressmen to pass Social Security Reform?

Why can’t Obama just stay in the White House for a few days, instead of constantly traveling and being on a non stop political campaign to pass Obamacare?

Mary-Katherine Ham blogged at the Weekly Standard about the specific strategies the WH is using to get us there:

Mark Knoller of CBS News asked whether that was a new deadline, and if the president had specific dates and plans. Bill Burton:

“I think the urgency of getting health care done because of the impact that the cost has on our fed deficit, that it has on small and large businesses, and that it has on individuals, didn’t go away and the president wants to get it done as soon as possible.

We don’t have a specific deadline for what the next phase of this is, though.”

Knoller also asked whether the president had said how he envisioned it might be passed this year, through reconciliation, etc.

“The president hasn’t said that, no.”

There’s no deadline, and no plan. No wonder Democrats don’t buy his sunny outlook and football metaphors.

Oh well, let’s not rub it in. Besides, they may still have a few tricks up their sleeves.

At least according to the  Speaker:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., insisted that progress was being made.

“We are on track to have comprehensive health care reform for our country … and there are several paths to that goal,” Pelosi said.


Democrats: What’s The Plan? Obama: A Rousing Speech!

At a recent meeting with Democrats, Obama took pre-selected questions, but after he left the room, Senators  pressed White House officials about healthcare reform, The Hill reports.

Democrats expressed their frustration with the lack of a clear plan for passing healthcare reform, according to one person in the room.

One Democratic senator even grew heated in his remarks, according to the source.

“It wasn’t a discussion about how to get from Point A to Point B; it was a discussion about the lack of a plan to get from Point A to Point B,” said a person who attended the meeting. “Many of the members were frustrated, but one person really expressed his frustration.”

Senators did not want to press Obama on healthcare reform in front of television cameras for fear of putting him in an awkward spot.

“There was a vigorous discussion about that afterward with some of his top advisers and others,” Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) said regarding the healthcare discussion.

“I think people were probably aware that there was no easy answer and this is being broadcast on live national television and didn’t want to put him on the spot,” Bayh said.


As far as Obama’s comments to Democrats went, it was basically-  just keep doing what you’re doing:  overplay your hands, be “honest” (aka lie through your teeth), and blame Republicans, (because all that has been working out so well for them):

In a blunt election prescription for his own skittish party, President Barack Obama on Wednesday implored Democratic leaders to swing big, be honest with an angry public and expose any obstructionism by Republicans.

“We still have to lead,” Obama told Democratic senators in a pep talk that unfolded on live TV.

That line alone revealed how much the political dynamic has changed in just two weeks, as Senate Democrats watched their voting numbers slip from 60 to 59 in a special Massachusetts election that sent shudders through the party. That one vote cost them the muscle to overcome Republican stalling tactics, forcing the Democratic president to adapt in hopes of salvaging this year and his agenda.

They’re “leading” us off a cliff. I’m counting on Republicans to obstruct their deadly path.

Video via Weasel Zippers

Video: Las Vegas Mayor: “This President Is A Real Slow Learner”

Oh, hahaha.

I didn’t even think the Las Vegas comment was the most egregious moment in that NH speech on Tuesday. The idea Obama was selling,  that it was time for the government  to “prioritize”, and “tighten its belt” was flat out preposterous in light of his budget busting fiscal plan.

More on that score from Doug Powers in the Hot Air Green Room.

But to the folks struggling in Nevada’s beleaguered economy, the Las Vegas comment stood out. The Mayor was NOT amused:

I wonder if a Presidential bow to the Mayor would help?

Obama did damage control, today:

After sparking a firestorm of criticism from Nevada’s elected officials for suggesting that people saving money for college shouldn’t blow it in Las Vegas, Obama told U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in a letter that he wasn’t saying anything negative about Las Vegas.

It was the second time since taking office that Obama singled out Las Vegas as a potential example of spending excessively.

“I was making the simple point that families use vacation dollars, not college tuition money, to have fun,” Obama said, according to the letter released by Reid’s office. “There is no place better to have fun than Vegas, one of our country’s great destinations.”

Obama said he always enjoys his visits to Las Vegas.

A White House spokesman referred to Obama’s letter to Reid and said the administration had no further comment.

Dan Riehl says of the brouhaha: It’s Time To Face The Facts On Obama: He’s A Moron


Video: Glenn Beck Responds To Arianna Huffington’s Attack

You could say he slaughtered her, but perhaps that’s an unfortunate metaphor…

Newsbusters reported:

Glenn Beck on Tuesday addressed recent attacks by liberal publisher Arianna Huffington and in so doing thoroughly demolished the proprietor of the Huffington Post on national television.

Beck did such a good job that even the left-leaning website Mediaite took his side.

As NewsBusters reported Sunday, Huffington went on ABC’s “This Week” and accused Beck of “inciting the American people” to commit violence against Obama by talking about “people being slaughtered.”

The Fox News host, after calling her “Media Matters after a few drinks,” walked viewers through specifically what he said on the “Glenn Beck” installment in question, and exactly how wrong Huffington was (video embedded below the fold with transcript):

I have to disagree with Beck on one point, though. Nobody is lower than the bottom feeders at Media Matters. Not even Arianna Huffington.