Tuesday Link-Around


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The most unpopular leader in Congress, (the one who said we needed to pass the bill to find out what’s in it), has weighed in on the Republican Repeal effort:

Leading House Democrats wasted no time this week slamming a Republican proposal to repeal the new healthcare reform law, accusing GOP leaders of putting politics and industry interests above the economy.

“As we begin the 112th Congress, the number one priority of House Democrats will continue to be putting Americans to work,” incoming-Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a statement late Monday. “Instead of joining Democrats in our efforts for job creation, Republicans are planning to put insurance companies back in charge by repealing patient’s rights.”

Yes, well – I think the Dems’ efforts at job creation got a vote of no confidence on November 2nd, madam. It’s time to give the Republicans a turn. Repeal is a good first step in protecting American businesses. ObamaCare is a job killer.

By the way, it’s not the Government’s job to “create” jobs.


DrewM at AoSHQ: Justice Scalia: No, The Constitution Doesn’t Protect Chicks And Gays Just Because They Are Chicks And Gays

Behold the awesome that is Antonin Scalia!


Hey– well, Drew did predict that lib Heads would explode…

Prof. Jacobson: More Dumbed-Down Talk About The Constitution From A You-Know-Who

More dumbed-down talk about the Constitution from Tea Parties liberal columnists, this time Amanda Terkel (formerly of Think Progress) writing at HuffPo with the headline:

Scalia: Women Don’t Have Constitutional Protection Against Discrimination Gee, Scalia must hate women.

Andrew McCarthy says: Congress Must Lead, Not the Courts:

Congressional leadership would thus be wise to remember that, in our free society, there is only one branch of government capable of legitimate, dramatic course corrections: the one composed of the people’s representatives. They have to act, not just go with the Potomac flow.

There is reason to worry that leadership has instead caught a case of “let the courts do it.” Take Rep. Fred Upton (R., Mich.). Despite considerable conservative grumbling, Mr. Upton has been installed by Speaker-in-waiting John Boehner as the new chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. If the Obama administration’s job-killing war on industry is to be tamed, that committee will have to be smart and aggressive. The chairman-to-be is not exactly off to a flying start. In a Wall Street Journalop-ed last week (co-authored with Tim Phillips of Americans for Prosperity), he proposed that Congress sit on the sidelines for a couple of years, trusting federal judges to handle the taming.

Keep reading.

Ace: Boehner’s First Act Upon Taking Power: Give Up Some of His Power

A note to Republicans: Please don’t earn your reputation for “the stupid party”. We can no longer afford to be the stupid party.


NOT GOOD. Hot Air reports: Walpin loses appeal:

A three-judge panel on the DC circuit Court of Appeals has rejected an appeal by fired Inspector General Gerald Walpin that aimed to force the Obama administration to give him back his job.  Byron York reports that the panel unanimously ruled that Walpin’s firing did not violate the laws enacted by Congress, and that the retroactive 30-day notice met the conditions for termination:

Apparently, in Obamerica,  IGs can be targeted for political retribution, their inconvenient investigations terminated with abandon.


Chris Queen at NewsReal Blog: A Top 10 Of The Left’s Most Ridiculous Moments Last Year

Whether they’re turning a scandal into a circus, passing unpopular legislation, whitewashing their own or someone else’s history, living it up on the taxpayers’ dime, or revealing their own ignorance and insanity, Leftists engage in more ridiculous behavior than ever before. It’s hard to believe their constituents continue to let them get away with it, but they do.

This past year was a banner year for Leftist atrociousness, and before we consign 2010 to the dustbin of history, here’s a special year-end look at ten of the Left’s most ridiculous moments of the year. These moments are guaranteed to make you laugh uproariously or grumble in anger — or both. Regardless of your reaction, I’m certain you won’t soon forget these episodes.


Doug Ross:Media Matters Says I Owe Them $1,400 in gold.

In response to an OlbermannTourettes-like attack”, accusing Fox News of being “100% bulls***”, Ross challenged to left to cite just one lie that Fox News has told:

There are only a few simple rules — like providing a link to a transcript or video on a trustworthy site. Even so, amidst the hundreds of responses I received from outraged progressives, only a handful of budding Marxists even figured out how to post an entry that conforms to the rules.

Well, with nothing better to do during the day than respond to bloggers’ challenges, Media Matters took a shot at the gold.

Let me guess – a Media Matters “senior fellow” lies to prove his contention that Fox News lied, and their braindead readers buy the bull. Am I close?


A  thoroughly enjoyable piece of writing from “David Kahane”: I Hate You, Bristol Palin:

But while you’re banging away at the wildlife population and then popping their remains in a pot for dinner, you’ve bequeathed us Bristol, little miss Dancing with the Stars and now the proud owner of some choice Arizona real estate, to carry on the family tradition of driving us nuts.

Listen to me: It’s just not right that you Palins are using the trash culture we’ve so lovingly created against us — that was meant to inflict Britney Spears on your wingnut families, not to blast us with Bristol. Teenaged unwed mother? Check. Tabloid fodder? Check. Famous for being famous? Check. Normally, we would endorse all those things, just as, in a rational world, we would embrace Mama Grizzly for her “compelling personal narrative,” as the Finemans of the media like to call it.

But, of course, we don’t. Because we can’t. Because to do so would mean the end of our carefully maintained double standard — and the minute you folks on the right no longer accept your second-class status in the moral pecking order, we are finished.

Keep reading at NRO.

Check back more to come.

Powerline: John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi — compare and contrast

Boehner invited his 11 siblings to Washington? Awwww. Let the weeping begin!


At Big Peace, Peter Schweizer asks: Is Barack Obama Intentionally Trying to Damage Our Economy and Security?

That may seem like an absurd question, but it’s hard to come to any other conclusion when you consider what is happening to our energy industry on the Gulf Coast.  As the Wall Street Journal reports today,  the Obama Administration may have lifted its ban on drilling in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico,  but there are still long delays in getting other permits approved to drill for oil.  Why?  No one seems to know.  We assume that politicians do what is in their own self-interest, but in this case Obama seems to be damaging himself because he is dragging down the economy.  As the Journal puts it, “The Gulf coast economy has been hit hard by the slowdown in drilling activity.”  And Obama doesn’t seem particularly eager to change that fact.

There are only a handful of possible explanations of why he is doing this.  (1) He doesn’t care,  and his radical environmental agenda comes first. (2) He hates oil companies so much that he’s willing to have his political fortunes damaged further by dragging down the economy. (3) He hates capitalism so much that he’s determined to “gut” a leading industry such as energy. (4)  There is raging incompetence in Washington.

John Hinderaker at Powerline gives Obama the benefit of the doubt and votes for #4.

I say all of the above, keeping in mind…

PrestoPundit (12/2008): WHO IS BARACK OBAMA? LET ME TELL YOU:

4. Obama’s relatives on his mother’s side come out of a natural resource extraction business, the oil business in Kansas.  And when Obama came of consciousness his step-father also worked in an extraction business.  Oil again.  Early in his life Obama, growing in Third World Indonesia with something of a Third World Indonesian’s world view, Obama seems to have equated capitalism and the inequality of capitalism with the wealth disparity created by unequal control of the wealth from oil. We know that Obama’s mother was hostile toward Americans in the business of oil, and both his grandmother and grandfather seemed hostile to or alienated from the values of oil patch Kansas.  If oil = capitalism, we get a better sense of Obama’s life long commitment to socialism and sharing the wealth.


Ann Leary at PotLuck Bloggers: Shorting Stay at Home Moms on Credit

The Credit Card Act was supposed to rein in eeeevil financial institutions. Now that the Federal Reserve is proposing rules based on the legislation mandating consideration of independent income rather than household income as has been the norm, stay at home moms may have to have their spouses co-sign their card applications

Van Helsing at RWN: Obama Plans Massive Land Grab


Everyone’s asking – whatever happened to Dede Scozzafava?

Okay, nobody asked, but Michelle Malkin has the answer, anyway: Dede Scozzafava goes to work…for Andrew Cuomo

Wasn’t she supposed to be a Republican?….


Dana Loesch at Big Journalism: The 10 Most Underreported Stories for 2010

Republicans On “Fool’s Errand”, Choose To “Relitigate The Past”; Vote To Repeal ObamaCare Scheduled For Next Week

Dem Socialists and their allies in the media, are doing their best to discourage Republicans from pursuing a vote on ObamaCare’s repeal.

MSNBC’s Daily Rundown host, Chuck Todd, mimicking Obama’s words from November 3rd, asked Republican guests, “Will the first month of a Republican-led House be known for relitigating the past, pushing for repeal of health care, focus on investigation?”

CBS’s Harry Smith, filling in for Bob Schieffer on Sunday’s Face the Nation, called Republican efforts to repeal ObamaCare “a fool’s errand…it will face a certain veto. Is it worth the effort to try to do?”

The message to John Boehner from top Senate Dems is, “Don’t bother”.

The 112th Congress doesn’t begin until Wednesday, but Senate Democrats are already vowing to block any attempts by the new GOP-led House to repeal the healthcare reform law.

The Senate’s top Democrats, led by Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.), wrote incoming House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Monday warning the new GOP House against advancing legislation that would undo the sweeping healthcare overhaul.

“The incoming House Republican majority that you lead has made the repeal of the federal health care law one of its chief goals. We urge you to consider the unintended consequences that the law’s repeal would have on a number of popular consumer protections that help middle class Americans,” the Democrats said.

Yes, ObamaCare is so popular, the Dems ran away from it all last year, and the  massacre that ensued at the ballot box last November can be tied directly to their roles in passing the toxic bill.  The “past” that the President and Chuck Todd refer to, is the shabby way that Democrats shoved the unpopular bill, (one that effects 1/6th of the economy!) down an unwilling nation’s throat. The consequences of repeal would be very much intended. I daresay we’re up for some relitigatin’.

Via Politico:

The House will vote next week to repeal the new health care law, making good on a top-tier GOP campaign promise and setting up a showdown with President Barack Obama over his signature domestic policy achievement.

Majority Leader-elect Eric Cantor (R-Va.) announced Monday the timeline for considering the repeal legislation: The bill will post on the Rules Committee website Monday night, the Rules Committee will meet Thursday, and the rule for the debate will be considered on the House floor Friday. The repeal vote will follow on Wednesday, Jan 12.

“Obamacare is a job killer for businesses small and large, and the top priority for House Republicans is going to be to cut spending and grow the economy and jobs,” Cantor spokesman Brad Dayspring said in a statement. “Further, Obamacare failed to lower costs as the president promised that it would and does not allow people to keep the care they currently have if they like it. That is why the House will repeal it next week.”

Congressman Upton is sounding optimistic:

Fred Upton (R-MI) told Fox News that House Republicans have enough votes to Repeal the Health Care law.

Said Upton: “As part of our pledge we said that we would bring up a vote to Repeal Health Care early. That will happen before the president’s State of the Union address. We have 242 Republicans. There will be a significant number of Democrats, I think, that will join us. You will remember when that vote passed in the House, last March; it only passed by seven votes.”

Although it’s true that repeal faces a tough vote in the Senate, and a certain veto from the President, it puts Dems on the defensive for their support of the unpopular bill.
Another trick, Republicans have up their sleeves is starving the beast:

Rep. Steve King (R.-Iowa) says that House Republicans should include language that prohibits any funding for implementation of Obamacare in literally every appropriations bill that passes the House of Representatives this year, thus forcing a showdown on the issue with the Democratic majority Senate and President Barack Obama.

“Somebody’s going to blink,” King told CNSNews.com. “It’ll be President Obama or it’ll be House Republicans.

“If House Republicans refuse to blink, we will succeed,” said King in videotaped interview. “ObamaCare will never become the effective law of the land and we’ll be able to leave a legacy of liberty for the future generations.”

You can read the entire interview, and/or watch the video at CNSNews.


PJ Salvatore at Big Journalism is curious about something:

The new liberal talking point appears to be that the term “ObamaCare” is really meant as a derogatory, partisan attack word. If that’s true, then why did the Obama Administration buy GoogleAds directing “ObamaCare” search traffic to the government’s health care web site?

Might want to rethink that talking point, eh chumps?

See also:

Michelle Malkin: Obamacare repeal document drop: Waiver-mania for all!

Heh. Doug Ross reacts to the dictator Senate Dems: “I may have missed this part of Schoolhouse Rock, but I didn’t think the Senate could tell the House what to do.”

Linked by Michelle Malkin In Buzzworthy, and iOWNTHEWORLD, thanks!