Video: Rep. Mike Pence Trying To Stop The Big Fat Greek Bailout

He’s working on legislation to stop it. Here he is on the Neil Cavuto Show to discuss his efforts:

The only country too big too fail – America...I like that.

Here’s Pence’s speech on the House floor, earlier, today:  American Taxpayers Should Not Be Responsible for Bailing Out:

Nobody wants to see the EU fail, but we are not asking their help in New Jersey or California. They shouldn’t be asking our help with Portugal, Spain, or Greece.”

“Our country is weary of borrowing and spending and bailouts from Washington, D.C. so the American people deserve to know we are bailing out Greece and future Americans may be picking up the tab for as much as $50 billion in additional loan guarantees for the rest of Europe in the form of a bailout.

“Here’s how it works. The European Union’s members and the IMF recently pledged $145 billion in the Greek bailout. Forty billion dollars of that came from the International Monetary Fund. Since the United States pays 17 percent, we are the largest contributor to the IMF. American taxpayers are on the hook for $6.8 billion in loan guarantees from the IMF and it may just be a down payment.

“The EU this last weekend talked about a $1 trillion bailout plan that could put U.S. taxpayers on the hook for $50 billion in additional loan guarantees to bail out Europe.

“Look, the EU was formed to compete with the U.S.A., economically. It is simply not right to ask the people of the United States of America to provide loan guarantees to bail out an economic competitor in Europe. Nobody wants to see the EU fail, but we are not asking their help in New Jersey or California. They shouldn’t be asking our help with Portugal, Spain, or Greece.”

Who can disagree with any of that?


Tingles Begs Republican Pols To Go On Hardball And Denounce Rush Limbaugh

File this in Deja-vu all over again…Lefties are once again trying to discredit Rush. We’ve seen this movie before:

Newsbusters provides a transcript from the show:

CHRIS MATTHEWS: And out on a Limbaugh! We’re issuing a challenge tonight and every night to elected Republicans. Come on Hardball please sir and madam and tell us you disagree with Rush on anything! Tell us you’ve had it with his distortions, his misrepresentations, his outright falsehoods. We invite you to tell us he’s not the leader of the Republican Party. It’s our standing offer. Come on Hardball and tell us Rush isn’t telling the truth.

Okay, first of all, as has been pointed out by many others, including Rush, the word, “regime”, Matthews finds so offensive – was used incessantly by Democrats, (including Tingles himself), to describe the Bush administration during the Bush years. You would think that the obvious hypocrisy of  that  + the fact that Rush has ramped up his use of the word just to bait Matthews…would induce him to lay off, a bit? But no. What a dork.

Secondly, Rush admits he’s only right 97.43% of the time. Occasionally, he gets a fact wrong – like the Shahzad was a registered Dem thing. But Rush isn’t in the business of  purposefully misleading people, like Matthews is. Most of what Matthews and his progressive panel, (David Corn, and a Media Matters hack) object to about Rush are his opinions, and his tone. Well, tough – it’s called free speech, and it’s still legal in this country, (but not if  liberal- fascists like these guys get their way).

Meanwhile, Matthews actually said on his show a few days ago, that the debt crisis in Greece was caused by right wing governance, when Greece is currently governed by a left wing socialist government, and what we’re  witnessing in Europe is clearly, the failure of European styled Socialism. But we can’t have the truth about that coming out while the Obama regime is currently imposing the same failed policies on America. Well done, Chrissy. Alinsky would approve.

Remember the Dems’  ill fated anti-Rush slogan contest from March, 2009? That effort fell flat at the beginning of the Obama regime, and so will this one. No self-respecting Republican (who wants to be re-elected) is going to be seen on MSNBC denouncing Limbaugh.

See also:

Our Post-Partisan, Uniting President: “Limbaugh Can Play With Himself”

But Limbaugh’s the one with the problem.


Rush Responded to the “Limbaugh can play with himself” remark on his show, today:

Hat tip: Weasel Zippers


The Most Transparent White House In History Annoys Press Pool – Again

The White House today posted on its website, a video showcasing Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, speaking in her own words”. She’s shown chatting cheerfully  about her “personal history and perspective”.

The interviewer? – A White House staffer who produces videos for the administration, which CBS News reported “riled” WH reporters:

While the White House seems to believe the American people deserve to hear from Kagan, it has not made her available to reporters. That prompted some consternation at today’s White House briefing.

“It appears that Solicitor General Kagan did an interview yesterday right after the president’s announcement,” said a reporter. “You’ve now posted that on the White House Web site. Who did the interview? And can I have one?”

“I think it’s — I think it’s on the website if you want to see it,” responded Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

Soon after, the reporter can be heard saying, an edge in her voice, “So a White House staffer interviewing her.”

Gibbs says yes, and the reporter asks if Kagan would like to do another interview.

“She has — she’s not told me that, no,” replied Gibbs, prompting the reporter to respond, “Tell her we’re deeply frustrated.”

This practice of the White House producing their own videos started about a year ago, causing confusion and consternation in the WH press pool when the UCONN Women’s basketball team visited the White House.

ABC News White House correspondent Jake Tapper brings to light this new media operation by the Obama administration.

“Obama White House officials decided to do their own media report on the visit, complete with cuts, interviews, and chyrons identifying who’s speaking,” writes Tapper, while the pool report from the day said: “Your Pool was not allowed to go over and shoot POTUS with the team shooting hoops. We protested loudly.”

Tapper asks, “Do Obama White House officials think their media coverage isn’t flattering enough?”


The Daily Caller: Dear White House Press Pool: Stop sucking:

It’s bad enough that we had to read about how “the White House is thin-skinned, controlling, eager to go over [your] heads and stingy with even basic information.” And that’s what you said after you let Robert Gibbs walk away from a meeting with the White House Correspondent’s Association saying, “We discussed and made progress on a number of issues important to both.” What does that even mean? And why are you allowing Robert Gibbs to feel good about anything? You harpies pounded Tony Snow while the man was dying of cancer, and yet you give a perfectly healthy Robert Gibbs a pass to make dumb jokes during briefings?

Hat tip: Lucianne