Oh YES: Republicans Introduce Bill to Eliminate Czars

I had suggested Kevin Jennings’ job at the very least should be on the chopping block, but as The Hill reports,  Republicans are gunning for quite a bit more:

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) and 28 other House Republicans introduced legislation to do away with the informal, paid advisers President Obama has employed over the past two years.

The legislation, which was introduced in the last Congress but was not allowed to advance under Democratic control, would do away with the 39 czars Obama has employed during his administration.

Excellent, excellent news.

Pack your bags, comrades.

PREVIOUSLY:

Yessss: Obama’s Fiscal Commission Calls For Elimination of Safe School Czar Kevin Jennings’ Job

Last month, the president’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform had called for, among other things, eliminating a division of the Education Department run by one of the most controversial appointees in the Obama administration: Kevin Jennings, the “safe schools czar”

…the results hoped for in creation of the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools have not been demonstrated,” states the report..

The reason being, he is there to promote a radical homosexual agenda – not school safety.

MORE Good News:

Doug Ross reports:

Yesterday nearly 50 House Republicans co-sponsored a bill to stop the EPA in its tracks.

See also:

Michelle Malkin: A bipartisan target: Obama’s czars

The issue of the federal government’s exploding cadre of un-appointed, unconfirmed mandarins has festered since the nascent days of the Obama administration — and I remind you that opposition to Obama’s czar fetish was, ahem, bipartisan.

Hat tip: Gateway Pundit

Linked by Michelle Malkin, Doug Ross and Pirate’s Cove, thanks!

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John Boehner Releases Statement On Debt Ceiling

Boehner is insisting on spending cuts to accompany the raising of the debt limit:

Statement by Speaker John Boehner on President’s Request to Raise Debt Limit

Washington (Jan 6)House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement on the debt limit:

“I’ve been notified that the Obama Administration intends to formally request an increase in the debt limit.  The American people will not stand for such an increase unless it is accompanied by meaningful action by the President and Congress to cut spending and end the job-killing spending binge in Washington.  While America cannot default on its debt, we also cannot continue to borrow recklessly, dig ourselves deeper into this hole, and mortgage the future of our children and grandchildren.  Spending cuts – and reforming a broken budget process – are top priorities for the American people and for the new majority in the House this year, and it is essential that the President and Democrats in Congress work with us in that effort.”

May I offer some suggestions of programs to cut/defund/totally do away with?

NPR

NEA (Natl. Endowment For The Arts)

Kevin Jennings

Just for starters.

UPDATE:

Hot Air: Video: Boehner says GOP will keep its $100 billion pledge

UPDATE II:

Alan Storm suggests eliminating Dept. of Education

BlackisWhite Imperial Consigliere has a few more:

The Department of Energy

The FCC

The National Labor Relations Board

The EPA

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Pat says:

Half of the First Ladies staff, 1/2 of the vacation allowance for the First Family, severely cut the entertainment budget at the White House, the entire Pigsford settlement, and top that off with an investigation of Medicaid and Medicare claims.
*I had originally included the teachers union in my list, NEA, (Natl. Education  Assoc), meaning the Dept. of Ed. (duh).

Hat tip: Gateway Pundit

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Be Careful Allen West….

There’s much to love about Allen West. He’s had a distinguished military career, and as an Afghan war vet, he’s one of the nation’s foremost authorities on the nature of the enemy we face. He gained national exposure  on YouTube through his excellent speaking skills. West doesn’t mince words, or cushion his opinions.  His style of rhetoric is blunt, and incisive. All good things…

But…

If he isn’t careful, he could talk himself into being a sort of right-wing Alan Grayson – an obnoxious, bomb-throwing, sucker punching slob, and a national embarrassment.

I was shocked to hear some of the comments Lawrence O’Donnell brought to light on his MSNBC show:

“Obama is probably the dumbest person walking around America, right now”.

“I can’t stand the guy, I absolutely can’t stand him”.

Those statements are beneath the dignity of a United States Congressman. While I don’t blame Rep. West for feeling the way he does, (I feel the same way) – I do blame him for using such strident, and tactless speech. We expect better decorum from our Republican Congressmen. As much as we may not like it, Obama is the President of the United States. Public officials are expected to show a certain amount of respect for the office.

The comments West made about Obama’s trip to Afghanistan are from an interview he gave The New York Times Magazine:

Do you consider President Obama a good leader?
Not really.

Do you think those in the military respect him?
I don’t know, you gotta ask guys in the military, but I will tell you this: I think that going in in the middle of the night doesn’t show leadership.

Are you referring to that recent three-hour trip to a base in Afghanistan? He needs to consider his own safety, doesn’t he?
Leaders lead by example, and if I’m asking my young men and women to go out there and puttheir lives on the line, I should be willing and able to do the exact same thing. As I told my soldiers when I was commander in Iraqin 2003, the most expendable person in our battalion was me.

Didn’t George W. Bush go in for a surprise visit to Iraq under similar circumstances? Remember the platter-of-turkey photo op on Thanksgiving Day?
I’m not saying that’s right, either. I’m saying that my understanding of leadership is a little bit different. Leadership is about being a servant first.

Suggesting that a President should put his life on the line the same as a soldier is ludicrous, and the fact that he dug in, and didn’t back away from the idea until the very end of the interview with O’Donnell, may well have disqualified him from ever running for higher office, I’m very sorry to say.

Am I wrong?

Hat tip: Weasel Zippers

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