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Over 100 Conservatives Come Together, Call on Jim Jordan To Replace Paul Ryan as Speaker


disclaimerReported By Robert Donachie | May 22, 2018 at 8:09am

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A coalition of more than 100 conservatives sent a letter to House Freedom Caucus co-founder Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio on Monday urging him to throw his name in to replace outgoing Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.

“There must be a real race for Speaker of the House. Now. No backroom deals. A real race, starting this spring, to make every incumbent and candidate commit on the record, as a campaign issue, whether they’ll vote to save the Swamp or drain it,” the letter reads. “America needs you to declare yourself as a candidate for Speaker at once. We write to you on behalf of millions of Americans who want Congress to Drain the Swamp.”

Ryan rattled Capitol Hill in April when he announced he will retire from the House after nearly 20 years in Congress, telling reporters he wanted to spend more time with his family and pursue other opportunities. 

Two of the top House Republicans — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana — are angling for the position, but neither are thought to have a guaranteed lock on the speakership.

McCarthy failed to garner the 218 required votes to become speaker in 2015, but his particularly close relationship with the president has some expecting that, along with Ryan’s full-fledged endorsement, it will give him an upper hand over Scalise in the coming months.

Scalise wouldn’t rule out a potential bid for Ryan’s job but is also adamant he would not run against McCarthy, who he considers a “good friend,” he said in March. 

Yet, House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, who is best friends with Jordan, might have the closest relationship with the president over any other member of Congress. During a speech Thursday in which Jordan appeared to preview a bid for the speakership, Jordan joked that Meadows was in the back, taking a phone call from the president, which Meadows is known to do on a regular basis.

The letter Jordan received Monday from conservatives echoes a great deal of what the congressman has said himself since Ryan announced his retirement. Namely, Jordan is adamant that Republicans need to get back to accomplishing what they promised voters during the 2016 election cycle, like dealing with immigration and border security, repealing and replacing Obamacare, and stopping out-of-control spending.

Jordan’s response to questions about the speaker’s race have been the same since the day TheDCNF first reported the growing wave of support for his candidacy: There is no speaker’s race, and conservatives need to focus on the issues.

Conservatives are pushing back against Jordan’s assertion that there isn’t an ongoing race to replace Ryan.

“To those who say there is no Speaker’s race at the moment, we say that it’s already underway — in back rooms, behind closed doors, and aimed at preserving the Swamp and making it bigger. The Speaker’s race must be public. There will be no Republican Speaker in 2019 unless the GOP can appeal to those Americans in its own ranks, among independents and even many Democrats who voted for Donald Trump to drain the Swamp and for the current Republican-led House to help him do that,” the letter reads. 

“The present House Republican leadership has failed. It is part of the problem. You are the solution. This is your moment. We pray you will seize it, knowing that if you do, we will do everything we can to help you succeed.”death-of-the-gop

The HFC is no stranger to putting leadership on notice. Jordan, Meadows and HFC members shot down a farm bill in order to secure a vote on an immigration proposal they were promised months ago. Ryan and McCarthy huddled with Meadows and Jordan in the back of the House chamber before the final gavel Friday, but their 11th-hour attempts were unable to sway the conservative members. The bill failed with members voting 198-213, dealing a decisive blow to leadership.

Friday’s vote is evidence the HFC has the leverage to sway major policy issues, given the power of the caucus’ 36 members’ votes. If the caucus votes as a coalition, they can kill a bill or get concessions from leadership.

Many believe Jordan’s bid would be to get concessions from either McCarthy or Scalise, but Ryan still has the rest of the year as speaker, assuming he isn’t pressured to step down earlier.

McCarthy’s folks are reportedly nervous about the potential heat he will take in a drawn-out speaker’s race if Ryan decides to stay through the November midterm elections, which he has promised he intends to do.

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House passes sweeping tax bill in huge victory for GOP


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The House on Thursday passed legislation to overhaul the tax code, moving Republicans one step closer to achieving the top item on their legislative agenda.  The measure was approved by a vote of 227-205. No Democrats voted for the bill, while 13 Republicans broke ranks to oppose it.

Passing this bill is the single biggest thing we can do to grow the economy, to restore opportunity and help these middle-income families who are struggling, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said ahead of the vote.

Once the bill reached the magic number for passage, Republicans in the chamber erupted into applause. Democrats mockingly joined in, with some singing “na na na na, hey hey, goodbye,” like they did when the chamber passed an ObamaCare repeal bill earlier this year.

Besides Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.), who had concerns about the bill’s impact on the debt, all of the GOP no votes came from the states of New York, New Jersey and California.

Opposing the bill were New York Reps. Dan Donovan, John Faso, Pete Kingc, Elise Stefanik and Lee Zeldin; New Jersey Reps. Rodney Frelinghuysen , Leonard Lance , Frank LoBiondo  and Chris Smith, and California Reps. Darrell Issa , Tom McClintock 

Passage of the tax bill, which was unveiled just two weeks ago, was relatively drama-free compared to the GOP’s failed effort to repeal ObamaCare earlier this year.

The stakes are high for Republicans, who are feeling pressure to show that they can govern ahead of next year’s midterm elections. The Democratic wave in last week’s gubernatorial and state house elections in Virginia and New Jersey has only added to their anxiety.

GOP leaders are hoping to get legislation to President Trump’s desk by Christmas, an ambitious timeline given the obstacles that are mounting in the Senate.

Ahead of the House vote, Trump visited the Capitol to rally the House GOP conference in support of the bill. The president and his economic advisers have touted tax reform as the key to unlocking economic growth.

The measure approved Thursday would reduce the number of individual tax brackets, slash the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent and eliminate a number of tax breaks and deductions.

The Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) estimated that the bill would lower federal revenues by about $1.4 trillion over 10 years — a key finding, as the Republican budget only allows lawmakers to add $1.5 trillion to the debt during that time.

JCT said that all income groups would see a tax cut on average under the bill in 2019, but that some income groups, particularly those making $20,000 to $50,000, in some future years would see tax increases on average.

House Republicans who have labored for months on the tax bill celebrated the vote on Thursday, saying the GOP is on track to put more money in people’s pockets and spur investment in new jobs.

“For too long, this broken tax code has eroded America’s economic leadership around the world,” said House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady  (R-Texas), the chief architect of the legislation.

Democrats denounced the bill, saying it mostly benefit wealthy individuals and corporations while increasing taxes on some in the middle class.

Rep. John Yarmuth  (D-Ky.), the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee, brought a giant check to the House floor debate giving $500 billion to “The Wealthiest 1%” from “The American Taxpayers.” The fake check was signed, “Congressional Republicans.” 

“Hard-working families get pocket change,” Yarmuth said, holding up a handful of coins for emphasis. “But millions don’t even get that.”

The House bill would eliminate the deduction for state and local income and sales taxes and cap the property-tax deduction at $10,000, which could hurt people in high-tax states like New York, New Jersey and California.

“I just have too many constituents who are going to see their taxes go up or not see the benefit of the tax relief,” Zeldin said.

Senate Republicans have their own tax bill, which is currently being considered by the chamber’s tax-writing committee. The Senate legislation differs from the House’s in a number of ways. Unlike the House bill, the Senate bill fully repeals the state and local tax deduction, delays the corporate tax cut until 2019 and repeals ObamaCare’s individual mandate. The Senate’s bill also sunsets tax cuts for individuals after 2025, in order to comply with the “Byrd rule” that the measure can’t increase the deficit after 10 years if it is to pass with a simple majority.

No more than two Senate Republicans can vote against their bill if Democrats are united in opposition to it. Already, Sen. Ron Johnson  (R-Wis.) has said he doesn’t support either the House or the Senate bills because they provide more of a benefit to corporations than to other types of businesses. Sen. Susan Collins(R-Maine) has expressed concerns about including repeal of the individual mandate, but has not taken a hard stance yet on the measure.

Senate Republicans are aiming to vote on their tax plan during the week after the Thanksgiving holiday.

If the Senate passes its bill, it will set up a difficult conference negotiation between the two chambers over the final legislation.

– This story was updated at 2:15 p.m.

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Senate to delay corporate tax cut, breaking with Trump and House

Senate Republicans plan to propose delaying a cut in the corporate tax rate until 2019, according to a GOP senator.

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) also said the individual mandate will not be repealed as part of the Senate tax overhaul proposal expected to be released Thursday.

The proposal breaks with President Trump’s preference that a corporate tax cut be put in place immediately. The House’s tax-reform legislation proposes lowering the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent in 2018.

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Other big changes from the House version include adding back in a deduction for medical expenses and a full repeal of state and local tax deductions.

Republicans are seeking to get a bill to President Trump’s desk by Christmas.

A House panel could report its version out of committee on Thursday, and that measure could get a vote in the full chamber next week.

The GOP-written legislation is not likely to win over any Democrats, who blast it as a giveaway to the rich and object to cutbacks in breaks used by the middle class. Republicans say their standard deduction increase and tax rate cuts will make up the difference.

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Blue Dog Democrats taking hard line on GOP tax bill

Blue Dog Democrats taking hard line on GOP tax bill | © Greg Nash

Blue Dog Democrats are lining up in firm opposition to the Republicans’ tax code overhaul, hoping that Tuesday’s election results will force GOP leaders to reach across the aisle for a bipartisan alternative.

The Blue Dogs had initially expressed an eagerness to join Republicans in the push for sweeping tax reform, which stands among the GOP’s top priorities. But the fiscally minded Democrats are quickly racing away from the GOP proposal, largely over projections the bill will hike taxes on millions of middle-class families and lead to a spike in deficit spending.

“Let me just be quite honest,” said Rep. David Scott, a Georgia Blue Dog. “There is no way I can support it.” 

Behind Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, the Republicans are pressing forward this week with the marathon markup of their partisan tax proposal. The Republicans, desperate for a major legislative victory following the embarrassing demise of ObamaCare repeal earlier in the year, are scrambling to move the tax bill through the House by Thanksgiving and to President Trump’s desk by Christmas.

But overhauling the nation’s convoluted tax structure is a colossal task — there are reasons Congress hasn’t enacted major tax reforms since the Reagan administration — and the Republicans are facing stiff headwinds from a long list of opponents, including small business groups, realtors, universities and deficit hawks, not to mention Democrats united against the plan.

The blowback has made even some Republicans skeptical they can enact the conservative tax overhaul that’s long been at the top of Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) wish list.

With that in mind, the Blue Dogs sense an opening for bipartisan compromise, and they’re feeling empowered by Tuesday’s elections, which saw lopsided Democratic victories in state and local contests across the country.

“It shows that we’ve got juice, and if they want to maintain their majority — or at least come close to that in the next cycle — they’re going to have to work with Democrats like us,” said Rep. Kurt Schrader, an Oregon Blue Dog.

“The mood of the country’s moving away from them. They’ve not shown that they can get anything done. People are tired of that; they want someone who’s going to work across the aisle, someone who can solve problems.”

Scott agreed, saying the elections should stand as “a wake-up call” for both parties.

“It’s a powerful lesson, and it puts a greater pep in the step of Democrats,” he added. “But we’ve got to be willing to reach across the aisle.”

The Blue Dogs have dwindled in numbers since a rout in 2010, and there are now fewer than 20 members.

And it’s not even clear that Republicans are ready to reach across the aisle simply based on Tuesday’s results. Just a handful of GOP members have come out against the tax bill thus far, and many Republicans expect an easy vote on the House floor next week.

And not all Democrats are so eager to work with the Republicans on the tax plan, which was written with no help from the minority party. Indeed, in the eyes of many Democrats, Tuesday’s election trouncing was largely a reflection of the Republicans’ failure to enact any of their big campaign promises, despite controlling all the levers of power in Washington.

With that in mind, many Democrats see political gold in uniting to deny the Republicans a victory on tax reform, whatever form it assumes.

“The Democratic Party is going to be united,” Rep. Steny Hoyer (Md.), the Democratic whip, told reporters Tuesday. “If we held the vote today, we would be united. And I expect overwhelming Democratic opposition to a bill that advantages greatly the wealthiest in America and leaves the middle class behind.”

It remains unclear if the Republicans will need any Democratic votes to pass a tax package, with only several members peeling off thus far. And although they’ve sprinkled notions of seeking bipartisanship, Republicans wrote the bill themselves and Democrats say they are jamming it through with no hearings.

And if the criticism coming from the Blue Dogs this week is any indication, the GOP bill needs plenty of work if it’s to win the Democrats’ support.

“It will increase the taxes on the middle class and give extraordinary tax cuts to the wealthiest people,” said Scott. “And you and I both know that it is the middle class, it is the lower-income [people] … that will spend the money.

“Giving these tax cuts to the wealthy, they hoard it.”

Echoing Scott, Rep. Sanford Bishop, another Georgia Blue Dog, ticked off a long list of deductions eliminated under the GOP plan he said Democrats can’t support. As one example, “it seems awfully ridiculous for a school teacher not to be able to deduct the pens and the pencils and the papers that she purchases for her children,” he said, “but a corporation can deduct all of the pens and supplies that they provide to their employees.”

The Blue Dogs also oppose new deficit spending proposed under the GOP’s plan — a figure that would reach $1.7 trillion over the next decade, the Congressional Budget Office estimated Wednesday.

“It’s complete hypocrisy that Republicans are ignoring that at this point,” Schrader said. “You’d have to close that hole dramatically.”

But Schrader also praised certain elements of the Republican plan, and predicted the GOP was going to need their help.

“They’re going to be desperate,” he added.

Here Are The 20 House Republicans Who Voted Against The GOP Budget


Reported by Photo of Robert Donachie Robert Donachie | Capitol Hill and Health Care Reporter | 12:38 PM 10/26/2017

Twenty Republican House members voted against the Senate budget proposal adopted Thursday morning and sent to President Donald Trump’s desk for approval.

House members voted to adopt the budget in a 216-212 vote, pushing the Republican tax reform plan past a key hurdle. The $4 trillion budget includes Senate budget reconciliation rules, which allow leadership to pass legislation with a simple majority, bypassing filibusters from Democrats altogether.

Here are the Republican representatives who voted “no.”

  • Justin Amash of Michigan
  • Ken Buck of Colorado
  • Dan Donovan of New York
  • John Duncan of Tennessee
  • John Faso of New York
  • Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania
  • Matt Gaetz of Florida
  • Lynn Jenkins of Kansas
  • Walter B. Jones of North Carolina
  • John Katko of New York
  • Pete King of New York
  • Leonard Lance of New Jersey
  • Frank Lobiondo of New Jersey
  • Tom MacArthur of New Jersey
  • Thomas Massie of Kentucky
  • Mark Sanford of South Carolina
  • Chris Smith of New Jersey
  • Elise Stefanik of New York
  • Claudia Tenney of New York
  • Lee Zeldin of New York

Under the new budget, Republicans now only need 50 yes votes to shepherd tax reform through the Senate, with Vice President Mike Pence acting as the tiebreaker. The party holds a slim 52-48 majority in the Senate.

The proposed budget would also allow Senate Republicans’ tax reform bill to add to the federal deficit over the next decade, as long as it does not exceed $1.5 trillion.

House passes budget, paving way for tax reform


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House passes budget, paving way for tax reform

 

The House passed its 2018 budget resolution Thursday in a party-line vote that represents a step toward its goal of sending tax-reform legislation to President Trump. In a 219-206 vote, lawmakers approved a budget resolution for 2018 that sets up a process for shielding the GOP tax bill from a filibuster in the Senate.

A total of 18 Republicans voted against the resolution, along with all the Democrats who were present.

GOP lawmakers hailed the vote as meaningful because of the tax measure.

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“We haven’t reformed this tax system since 1986. We need to pass this budget so we can help bring more jobs, fairer taxes and bigger paychecks for people across this country,” Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said during House floor debate.

Democrats lambasted it for the same reason.

“This budget isn’t about conservative policy or reducing the size of our debt and deficits. It’s not even about American families. This budget is about one thing — using budget reconciliation to ram through giant tax giveaways to the wealthy and big corporations — and to do it without bipartisan support,” said Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.), the ranking member of the House Budget Committee.

The budget reconciliation rules would allow Republicans in the Senate to pass tax reform without any Democratic votes, though Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) can only afford two defections. Republicans used the same strategy for ObamaCare repeal but failed, and are hoping for a better outcome on taxes.

Yet there are already signs of trouble, with some Republicans questioning whether the tax proposal would add too much to the deficit, and others balking at plans to eliminate a deduction for state and local taxes. The tax plan is now estimated to add $1.5 trillion to the deficit over a decade, but that figure would grow if the state and local tax deduction is not eliminated.

Republicans have yet to secure a major legislative win despite having unified control of government. They hope to secure a tax win by the end of the year, which is an ambitious timeline.

The GOP tax reform framework unveiled last week would cut the top tax rate for the wealthy and lower taxes for businesses. The proposal would consolidate the current seven individual tax brackets into three, with rates of 12 percent, 25 percent and 35 percent. Committees may choose to establish a fourth rate above 35 percent for the wealthiest Americans. The current top individual rate is 39.6 percent. 

House Republicans are far behind schedule in passing the budget, which is normally approved in the spring. Thursday’s vote comes five days into the new fiscal year, and a month after the House passed all 12 of its spending bills for 2018. 

The government is operating under a temporary spending measure that runs out on December 8. Congress and Trump must strike a new deal to prevent a shutdown after that deadline. The House budget is in many ways an opening bid in that battle. 

Like the already-passed spending bills, it would increase defense spending by $72 billion, and cut nondefense spending by $5 billion. The Senate’s plan keeps overall funding levels steady.

It also includes plans for trillions of dollars in spending cuts over a decade, including from programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, but does include enforcement mechanisms to enact those plans. The budget outline, for example, assumes the adoption of a House-passed ObamaCare repeal bill that has not advanced.

The House budget leaves no room for tax reform to add to the deficit. Instead, it provides instructions for $203 billion in spending cuts from welfare programs in areas such as nutritional assistance and education. 

To unlock the reconciliation rules for tax reform, lawmakers will likely have to go to conference to sort out differences with the Senate’s budget resolution. The upper chamber’s version is being marked up in committee Thursday and is expected to move to the Senate floor in two weeks. 

The Senate budget carves out $1.5 trillion in possible tax cuts for the reform effort, a figure the House is expected to agree to. The Senate is not expected to accept the $203 billion in mandatory cuts from the House budget, but House Budget Committee Chairman Diane Black (R-Tenn.) said she will fight to keep them in. 

Paul Ryan Says Shooting Is an Attack on All of Us


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Just hours after a gunman opened fire on congressional Republicans during a practice baseball game in Virginia on Wednesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan delivered an impassioned speech that called for unity despite partisan differences.

“We are all horrified by this dreadful attack on our friends and on our colleagues and those who serve and protect this Capitol,” Ryan said.

“We are united. We are united in our shock, we are united in our anguish. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us,” Ryan said, prompting the crowd to stand and applaud.

“You know, every day we come here to test and to challenge each other. We feel so deeply about the things that we fight for and the things that we believe in, at times our emotions can clearly get the best of us. We’re all imperfect,” Ryan said.

“But we do not shed our humanity when we enter this chamber. For all the noise and all the fury, we are one family,” the speaker said.

Ryan also mentioned a widely-shared photo of Democratic congressional baseball team members praying for Republicans, which embodied the unity Ryan spoke about.

Ryan also praised the efforts of the Capitol Police.

“It is clear to me, based on various eyewitness accounts, that without these two heroes, agent [David] Bailey and agent [Krystal] Griner, many lives would have been lost,” he said.

Watch Ryan’s comments below:

Paul Ryan Says Shooting Is an Attack on All of Us
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Ryan, who hasn’t been viewed very favorably by those on either side of the aisle, nevertheless silenced Americans with this poignant truth.

This shooting should serve as a wake up call to our nation that a house divided against itself cannot stand.” We can only hope and pray this attack isn’t a foreshadowing of more politically-motivated violence.

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GOP fights ObamaCare PR war


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Republicans are facing a new public relations war in their effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare. The GOP Congress has repeatedly approved legislation to repeal ObamaCare, but those proposals went nowhere with President Obama in the White House. Now that Republicans also hold the White House, the challenge for the GOP is taking the long-promised action in a way that won’t backfire politically. And that’s turning out to be harder than many anticipated.complete-message

Polls show the public is divided on whether to repeal ObamaCare, which doesn’t make the task of unraveling one of the largest social programs passed in recent history any easier.

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Republicans say the key to winning the public relations battle is for their party to highlight the weaknesses of ObamaCare, a law even most Democrats admit could improve from legislative changes.

“I think the thing that, simply from a Republican standpoint, is to point out it’s a failing system,” said GOP Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), who pointed to rising insurance premiums and fewer choices for consumers as significant problems that will spur public support for the GOP’s plans.

The GOP arguments are being made to a politically polarized population on edge after the 2016 presidential election. Democrats are doing everything they can to make it tougher for Republicans to take action on ObamaCare. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) says Republicans want to “Make America Sick Again,” playing off of President Trump’s campaign slogan. Other Democratic senators have said repealing ObamaCare will lead to the deaths of thousands of people.Leftist Propagandist

Republicans have faced angry crowds at some town halls, where people have expressed their displeasure at possibly losing health benefits. While Republicans contend that much of the opposition at the local events is being ginned up by Democrats, it appears to have had an effect. Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) tells upset constituents that Republicans are aware that repealing ObamaCare must result in a “much-improved health system.” 

“We will be judged on our success in doing so,” he said.

A GOP aide to a congressman who faced a contentious town hall earlier this month said it’s about finding common ground.

“Even though they may disagree on the overall repeal of the ACA, he still believes it’s not sustainable…. From what he’s heard so far, I think he understands there is room for common ground and solutions.”

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has been on a media blitz to paint ObamaCare as a disaster. But his efforts have been challenged by disunity on the GOP side. Some Republicans are now talking about repairing ObamaCare, while others are in more of a repeal or bust camp. The party still hasn’t coalesced around a replacement plan, which makes taking on Democrats tougher.

“Until everyone is on the same page, it’s very hard to combat a lot of those allegations,” said Ford O’Connell, a GOP strategist.

“If they’re not looking like they’re walking in a unified front and like they have the perfect solution, it’s going to be very hard to get public support on your side.”kick-em-out-of-office

Republicans blew past a self-imposed January 27 deadline to have repeal legislation drafted. Leaked audio of Republicans speaking at their GOP conference highlighted differences within the party. If Republicans want to get, and keep public support as they try to repeal ObamaCare, they need to appear to be on the same page, said GOP strategist Matt Mackowiak.

“Republican unity is crucial. Finding a bill that Susan Collins and Jim Jordan can support and agree on is difficult,” he said, referring to two Republicans who appear to be on the opposite side of their party.

“If Republicans are divided and Democrats are unified, that’s a great way to lose this battle before it begins.”amen

Republicans believe they have a mandate to take action on ObamaCare. For evidence, just look at the election, they say.

Rep. Diane Black, who faced a fiery crowd at a townhall in Tennessee on Thursday night, doubled down on the Republican’s goal to repeal ObamaCare.

“While there were strong feelings at this forum, there is no mistaking the clear message Tennesseans sent last November at the ballot box when they sent Congressman Black and President Trump to Washington to repeal ObamaCare and put patients back in control of their healthcare choices,” her office said in a statement Friday.

“As a registered nurse, Congressman Black ran for office on a platform of providing relief from this disastrous law, and she is intent on keeping that pledge.” 

Trump takes action to move forward with Keystone, Dakota Access pipelines


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President Trump on Tuesday moved two controversial pipeline projects forward by signing a pair of presidential memos that would allow permitting for the Keystone XL and Dakota Access projects.

In an Oval Office ceremony with several of his aides looking on, Trump said the actions would create new jobs in the United States, and that the pipelines would be built with U.S. steel and U.S. labor.

“We will build our own pipeline, we will build our own pipes, like we used to, in the old days,” Trump said as he held up one of his actions to television cameras brought into the Oval Office to broadcast the event.

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The actions are a sharp turn from the Obama administration’s policies, as the former president had rejected the Keystone pipeline and delayed Dakota Access. Tuesday’s actions will not force the approval of either project, and Trump said he wanted to renegotiate terms with the pipelines’ developers. Those terms may include some way for the United States government to get a financial return from Keystone, a possibility he mentioned on the campaign trail.The new president briefly described each action before putting his pen to paper, and then held each action in front of the cameras.Happy Happy Joy Joy

“This is with regard to the construction of the Keystone pipeline, a subject that’s been in dispute, and it’s subject to a renegotiation of terms by us,” Trump said. “We are going to renegotiate some of the terms, and, if they’d like, we’ll see if we can get that pipeline built.

“A lot of jobs, 28,000 jobs. Great construction jobs,” Trump added.

Trump signed a total of five actions on Tuesday, all of which are designed to either move forward with pipeline projects or help U.S. manufacturing.

The memo on Keystone asks developer TransCanada Corp. to submit a new application to build the Canada-to-Texas pipeline across the United States border. It then asks the State Department to review the application within 60 days, at which point Trump would consider whether to give it the final approval under existing policies.
 
The Dakota Access memo asks that the Army Corps of Engineers review and approve the project “in an expedited manner,” including the final easement that developer Energy Transfer Partners needs to build under Lake Oahe in North Dakota.Happy Happy Joy Joy

Besides the actions moving forward with permitting for Keystone and Dakota Access, Trump signed a memo asking the Commerce Department to lay out a plan for all pipelines in the country to use materials produced in the United States.

He also signed actions to expedite permitting for manufacturing projects and to expedite environmental reviews for infrastructure projects.

Trump declined to answer a reporter who asked what he had to say about the months-long, ongoing protests against Dakota Access near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota. The tribe says the pipeline’s construction under Lake Oahe threatens their drinking supplies and cultural sites.

The oil industry hailed the actions as a sharp turnaround for the federal government.

“We are pleased to see the new direction being taken by this administration to recognize the importance of our nation’s energy infrastructure by restoring the rule of law in the permitting process that’s critical to pipelines and other infrastructure projects,” American Petroleum Institute President Jack Gerard said in a statement.

“Critical energy infrastructure projects like the Keystone XL and the Dakota Access Pipelines will help deliver energy to American consumers and businesses safely and efficiently,” he continued.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said it was “about time” that the projects moved forward.Happy Happy Joy Joy

“The unfortunate reality is that these important infrastructure projects were used by special interests to advance their radical anti-energy agenda and were therefore needlessly halted by the last administration—to the detriment of America’s national interest,” he said in a statement.

North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitcamp (D), whose state was the site of massive protests against the Dakota Access pipeline, praised the decision to move forward.

“Building out our country’s energy infrastructure is a key component of achieving an all-of-the-above North American energy strategy and projects that support our energy, economic, and national security,” she said in a statement.

Environmentalists slammed the moves as major threats to clean air, clean water and the climate.

“No amount of ‘alternative facts’ can change the reality that these dirty and dangerous pipelines are a bad deal for clean air, safe drinking water and the communities living along the routes,” said Tiernan Sittenfeld, the top lobbyist at the League of Conservation Voters.words-of-a-leftist-propagandist

Updated at 2:57 p.m.  

Cruz, DeSantis push for congressional term limits


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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) are pushing for an amendment to the Constitution to place term limits on lawmakers, arguing the move will help overhaul Washington.

“The American people resoundingly agreed on Election Day, and President-elect Donald Trump has committed to putting government back to work for the American people,” Cruz said in a statement on Tuesday. “It is well past time to put an end to the cronyism and deceit that has transformed Washington into a graveyard of good intentions.” 
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Under an amendment the two GOP lawmakers filed on Tuesday, House members would be allowed to serve three two-year terms and senators would be able to serve two six-year terms.
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DeSantis added that the measure would be a “first step toward reforming Capitol Hill.” 

GOP Sens. Deb Fischer (Neb.), Ron Johnson (Wis.), Thom Tillis (N.C.), Marco Rubio (Fla.), Mike Lee (Utah) and David Perdue (Ga.) are backing the proposal. Cruz and DeSantis previously pledged in a Washington Post op-ed to introduce the measure this year. stupid

According to the resolution, any congressional term before the amendment becomes law wouldn’t be taken into account when determining if a lawmaker can run for reelection or not. Trump backed term limits during his White House run, but the measure could face an uphill battle in Congress.

Neither House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who has said he supports term limits, nor Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has signaled it could come up for a vote. McConnell appeared to shut down Trump’s push after the election, telling reporters, “We have term limits — they’re called elections.”

In addition to clearing Congress, the Cruz-DeSantis proposal would also need to be ratified by three-fourths of state legislatures before going into effect.

Republican voters coming home to Trump


waving flagAuthored By Niall Stanage and Jonathan Swan November 3, 2016

URL of the original posting site: http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/governor-races/304090-republican-voters-coming-home-to-trump

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Republican voters are finally coming home to Donald Trump after months of flagging support threatened to put the White House out of reach.

Trump’s candidacy has been deeply divisive within Republican ranks, drawing fire from senior officeholders such as Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), past presidential nominees including Mitt Romney and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), and numerous conservative pundits.

Now, as Republicans face up to the specter of a Hillary Clinton presidency, Trump’s numbers are on the rise. But polling experts caution that he is still a few points shy of where he needs to be.David Winston, a GOP pollster, noted that Romney in 2012 received 93 percent support from voters who identified as Republican, according to exit polls. In most current polls, Trump is a notch lower.

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“He was pretty consistently — up to a couple of weeks ago — clearly underperforming,” Winston said of Trump. “One of the things you’ve seen is that he has slowly got back to somewhere between 85 and 90 percent [of Republican voters]. But he’s still a bit short.” 

Winston said there had been several factors working in Trump’s favor of late. He said some party loyalists had finally completed the process of “working through the fact that they were unhappy he was the nominee.” Trump has also been relatively disciplined on the campaign trail recently, while Clinton has been pushed onto the defensive by a surprise FBI statement about newly discovered emails.

Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, acknowledged that the GOP nominee had not persuaded all Republican voters but said he has made progress.

“Reverting to type would assume some normal behavior, and we are not seeing that,” Murray said. “But you have seen Trump picking up some support from certain segments of the electorate that tend to vote for Republicans — such as white, working-class women, where Hillary Clinton remains stronger than average [for a Democrat] but Trump has been able to gain.”get-out-the-vote

Polling data underlines the point.

Two of the main tracking polls, from ABC News/Washington Post and IBD/TIPP, saw Trump moving up within the past couple of weeks.  The first IBD tracking poll appeared on Oct. 19 and showed Trump receiving the support of 82 percent of Republicans. That figure had climbed to 88 percent by Wednesday. The ABC News/Washington Post tracker first appeared on Oct. 23, giving Trump 83 percent GOP support. He is now up to 88 percent in the same poll. vote

Similar dynamics are also seen at the state level. Marist College polls of Florida, conducted for NBC News and The Wall Street Journal, show Trump’s Republican support rising from 76 percent in August to 86 percent one month ago to 88 percent in the most recent survey, conducted just before Clinton was hit with the FBI announcement. In Marist’s polling of North Carolina, he rose through those same dates from 80 percent to 86 percent to 89 percent.

There are other factors to Trump’s rise among Republicans, insiders say. Key among them is the contribution made by his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence

Pence, with his unimpeachable conservative credentials, has one job above all others: To bring wayward Republicans into the fold.

Marc Short, a senior adviser to the VP nominee, told The Hill that a speech Pence delivered about ObamaCare in Philadelphia Tuesday was as much about ObamaCare as it was about “using ObamaCare as a vehicle to make the appeal for Republicans to come home.”

“Donald Trump has obviously struck a chord with a lot of Americans and has won an enormous amount of independent support — particularly among blue-collar workers and people who are fed up with Washington,” Short said.

“But we’re still working to consolidate the Republican Party,” he added. “Mike is uniquely positioned. … He has a lot of friendships and associations and is able to uniquely make the appeal as to why this election cycle is so important and why it’s important for Republicans to come home.” freedom-is-not-free-vote

Some of Pence’s private efforts appear to be bearing fruit. Republican members of Congress expressed greater comfort for the ticket after Pence visited them on Capitol Hill in early September. Even when Pence didn’t immediately succeed in securing Republican endorsements, he surely did no harm. Pence privately asked Texas Sen. Ted Cruz to endorse Trump, according to a source familiar with their Capitol Hill meeting in September. And while Cruz declined to endorse Trump following the meeting, Pence took some comfort when the Texan eventually came out for Trump. Cruz will appear on the campaign trail with Pence on Thursday in Michigan and Iowa, making his first appearances on behalf of the Republican ticket.american-voters

Liam Donovan, a former aide to the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said that recent polls notwithstanding, Trump’s “greatest challenge” has been his inability to consolidate self-identified Republicans.

“At some level the base naturally wants to come home, but Trump’s mouth keeps getting in the way,” Donovan said. “When the polling looks good it’s because he is performing like previous nominees — no more, no less.” 

Donovan said Trump gains with hesitant Republicans only when he campaigns with discipline.

Offering Trump some unsolicited advice, Donovan said, “Put away the Android Twitter app. Let the news cycle consume your opponent instead of trying to seize back the spotlight.”keep-voting-the-same-way

House unanimously passes bill to allow 9/11 lawsuits against Saudi Arabia / Obama’s huge Saudi 9/11 dilemma


waving flagBy Katie Bo Williams – 09/09/16

URL of the original posting site: http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/295157-house-unanimously-passes-bill-to-allow-9-11-lawsuits-against-saudi

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The White House has hinted strongly it will veto the measure. Obama has lobbied fiercely against it, arguing it could both strain relations with Saudi Arabia and lead to retaliatory legislation overseas against U.S. citizens.

But lingering suspicion over Saudi Arabia’s role in the 9/11 attacks and pressure from victims’ families made the bill a popular bipartisan offering on Capitol Hill. The bill’s popularity puts the president in a delicate position. Supporters are hoping Obama will be leery of expending political capital he desperately needs during the lame-duck session. The president is hoping lawmakers will pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement and a criminal justice reform measure and confirm Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.

If Obama does choose to veto the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, supporters believe that they have the two-thirds majority needed to override him —a first during his presidency.

“I think we easily get the two-thirds override if the president should veto,” Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who introduced the bill in the Senate, said when the bill cleared the upper chamber in the spring.

But many on Capitol Hill do not believe that the veto is a done deal. The White House has not issued an official position on the bill and spokesmen have been careful with their language, stopping short of issuing a full veto threat.

“We have serious concerns with the bill as written,” a White House official said Wednesday.

“We believe there needs to be more careful consideration of the potential unintended consequences of its enactment before the House considers the legislation,” the official said. “We would welcome opportunities to further engage with the Congress on that discussion.” The president has 10 days to either sign or reject the legislation before it becomes law. Leftist Propagandist

Supporters of the legislation see it as a moral imperative.

“The victims of 9-11 and other terrorist attacks on US soil have suffered much pain and heartache, but they should not be denied justice,” Schumer said in a statement Wednesday.

Under current U.S. law, victims may sue a country designated as a state sponsor of terrorism, like Iran. The bill would allow citizens to sue countries without that designation —like Saudi Arabia. Fifteen of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 hailed from Saudi Arabia. Critics have long suspected that the kingdom’s government may have either directly or indirectly supported the attacks.

Congress in July released 28 previously secret pages detailing suspicious Saudi ties to the 9/11 hijackers, but the report failed to provide a smoking gun. House Intelligence Committee leaders have cautioned that the findings were preliminary. The 9/11 Commission report said that neither the Saudi government “as an institution” nor its senior officials funded the attackers.

Saudi officials have for years denied that their government had any role in plotting the attacks, and the Saudi government has led a quiet campaign in Washington to kill the legislation.

Despite its popularity in Congress, some prominent national security advisers have also pilloried the bill.

Former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton and ex-Attorney General Michael Mukasey, both of whom served under former President George W. Bush, this week warned that the legislation “is far more likely to harm the United States than bring justice against any sponsor of terrorism.”

Five takeaways from Trump’s economic address


waving flagBy Peter Schroeder08/08/16

Donald Trump outlined his vision for the nation’s economy Monday in a speech to the Detroit Economic Club that also seemed designed to reassure Republicans after a difficult stretch for the GOP presidential nominee.

Polls have consistently suggested that the economy could be a strong issue against Hillary Clinton, with surveys showing voters prefer how he might handle the economy to the Democratic nominee. The most recent polls, however, show Trump’s advantage on that issue is narrowing. A strong jobs report released on Friday could also hamper the Republican’s argument.

Here are five takeaways from Trump’s economic address.

He’s moving toward GOP orthodoxy

Trump has been an unconventional GOP presidential nominee, to say the least.

Yet in Monday’s speech, there were times when his policy provisions sounded more like a standard GOP candidate.

Trump’s speech centered on ideas held near and dear to Republicans for decades, including trimming regulations, killing the estate tax and drastically simplifying the tax code.

On all three issues, Trump took positions similar to those advocated by Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who has been the GOP’s intellectual leader for years on the economy.

On taxes, Trump is effectively in lockstep with House Republicans in the big picture.

He said his preferred top tax rate would be 33 percent, up from the 25 percent he previously pitched and a number in line with a House GOP blueprint.

He also called for reducing the corporate tax rate, rolling back a host of Obama administration regulations and boosting the coal industry by reining in the Environmental Protection Agency.

Trump is not overhauling his image

While Trump is embracing some cornerstones of GOP thinking when it comes to economic policy, he’s certainly not abandoning ideas central to his brand.

Trump devoted a significant portion of his remarks Monday to bashing trade deals — including the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership that is backed by Ryan.

Trade agreements such as the TPP are broadly accepted among elected Republicans and business groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that are frequently sympathetic to GOP causes.

Trump also went after the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico.

And the GOP nominee took time to decry the carried interest tax break, a provision favored by some Wall Street firms that has been frequently labeled a loophole by Democrats. Trump vowed to eliminate that deduction, painting it as a special perk for the elite.

“We will eliminate the carried interest deduction and other special interest loopholes that have been so good for Wall Street investors, and people like me, but unfair to American workers,” he said.

Trump isn’t the only Republican to oppose trade deals or the carried interest tax break, but it still represents a notable shift from where previous Republican presidential nominees stood.

Ivanka is influencing his campaign

Monday’s speech made clear that Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, has a significant microphone within the campaign.

One of the biggest new ideas in Trump’s speech Monday — an expansion of federal support for child care costs — also happened to be a major plank in Ivanka’s speech at the Republican National Convention.

Trump’s plan, which would expand tax benefits available to Americans paying for child care, falls outside of traditional Republican Party thinking.

But Ivanka made it a centerpiece of her July speech as she pitched her father as the right man to help working families get by.

Trump’s new proposal, which the campaign says would “exclude childcare expenses from taxation,” clearly came from her. Trump said as much in Detroit.

“I’ve been working on [this] with my daughter, Ivanka,” he said. “She feels so strongly about this.”

Polls show Trump lagging behind Clinton among women voters. Ivanka’s influence and the specific child care proposal are both meant to address that gap.

Prior to Monday’s address, Trump fleshed out his policy team by naming a new group of economic advisers, including many giants from the worlds of finance and real estate.

But Monday’s speech made clear that when it comes to crafting policy, Ivanka has a prime seat at the table.

Trump wants to look presidential

Immediately after the nation’s political conventions, Trump appeared to confirm the worst concerns of many in the Republican Party.

He entered into feuds and fights with the Muslim parents of a slain American soldier and top leaders in his own party, for little apparent purpose other than personal slights.

And as his poll numbers slipped, more and more Republicans hinted or outright declared he was unfit for office.

Trump’s speech Monday was aimed in large part at calming those critics.

Beyond the content of the speech, which included nods toward many flagpoles of GOP economic thinking, Trump also reined in his freewheeling style. He largely stuck to his prepared remarks and for the most part ignored protestors who sought to throw him of his game by interrupting his remarks more than a dozen times.

Trump closed his remarks with an ambitious vision for what the nation could be under his leadership, painting a picture of a nation rebuilding itself from its own inner strength.

“American steel will send new skyscrapers soaring. We will put new American metal into the spine of this nation,” he said. “It will be American hands that rebuild this country. … We need to stop believing in politicians, and start believing in America.”

Some specifics will have to wait

Monday’s speech was billed as a major economic address for Trump as he laid out his ambitious agenda for the country. But while Trump promised ground-shaking action to make America dominate on the global stage, he was less precise when it came to explaining exactly how he would accomplish it.

Multiple times throughout his remarks, Trump said that the details of his policy plans were still not public and would be fleshed out in the coming days. That includes his plan for tax reform, how he would repeal and replace ObamaCare and how he will help Americans address growing child care costs.

Meanwhile, Trump pulled his own tax plan from his website before his remarks and has yet to put up an alternative.

Trump did not bring up other policy pitches that he has made in the past — including raising the federal minimum wage to $10 per hour or his vision for a $500 billion investment in the nation’s infrastructure.

He also failed to detail how his policy ideas would be paid for, lest they add to a national debt that he lamented had doubled under President Obama.

Today’s Politically INCORRECT Cartoon


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Ann Coulter Letter: “Save Us From Paul Ryan And The Kemp Boys”


waving flagAuthored by  Ann Coulter  | 

URL of the original posting site: http://humanevents.com/2015/10/21/save-us-from-paul-ryan-and-the-kemp-boys/?utm_source=coulterdaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl

Save Us From Paul Ryan And The Kemp Boys

After Paul Ryan helped Mitt Romney lose the 2012 election by doing the impossible — losing a debate to Joe Biden — he went on an intimate tour of poverty. It was a journey so personal, Ryan brought reporters, writers and documentary producers with him.

So far, he’s gotten one book and one documentary out of The Paul Ryan Intimate Poverty Tour — we’re still waiting for the tote bags — and is currently promoting a major poverty-fighting initiative that he brainstormed during private moments of reflection, somehow captured by the press: “The Kemp Forum on Expanding Opportunity.” 

Appropriately for an event named after Ryan’s mentor, Jack Kemp, the forum will allow Ryan to showcase his deep concern for the poor without doing a thing to help them. This is the hallmark of the “empowerment” crowd. What matters is their own self-regard and favorable press notices, not doing anything useful.

In the 1996 vice presidential debate, Al Gore repeatedly praised Kemp for not being a racist — unlike the rest of his party. After Gore called Kemp a “lonely voice” in the GOP, “who says we ought to be one nation,” Kemp did not say:

MY PARTY? YOUR PARTY HAS A FORMER KLAN MEMBER IN THE SENATE! YOUR FATHER VOTED AGAINST THE 1964 CIVIL RIGHTS ACT! YOUR PARTY DESTROYED THE BLACK FAMILY!

No, Kemp’s response was: “Well, I thank you, Al. I mean that very, very sincerely.”

For all Kemp’s claims to being black America’s truest friend, he didn’t actually help any minorities. His famed “enterprise zones” were a renowned flop.

By now there have been approximately 1 million studies on the effect of “enterprise zones,” “empowerment zones” and — Obama’s version — “promise zones.” The conclusion: Every single penny has been wasted. Businesses game the system, relocate shops from just outside the zone to just within it, or take tax credits for doing nothing that they weren’t already planning to do.

The principal result of Kemp’s enterprise zones was to double HUD’s budget.

But Kemp, like his protege Ryan, was everything big corporations and Wall Street love in a Republican: He’d give them tax cuts, cheap labor and moral self-righteousness. Washington is full of these Kemparatchiks, churning out documents and admiring quotes about one another to willing reporters.

The Kemp boys think they’re a big hit with poor minorities — especially Hispanics. Ryan, for example, is a huge supporter of driving down Hispanic wages by endlessly dumping low-wage workers on the country. Empowerment!

Two years ago, Ryan bragged to a Catholic radio station: “I actually campaigned with Jack Kemp against a thing called Prop 187.”

That “thing” was an overwhelmingly popular initiative to prevent illegal aliens from collecting government benefits. It gave Republicans their biggest victory in California in the last 30 years, was supported by a majority of blacks, a majority of whites, a majority of Asians and 31 percent of Hispanics.

Two years later, the Dole-Kemp ticket got only 21 percent of the Hispanic vote. That’s worse than Romney! (These empowerment types really have their finger on the pulse of ethnic America!)

Like Kemp, Ryan acts as if he’s the tribune of blacks and Hispanics, chastising Republicans for “preaching to the choir.” He prefers to preach to the mariachi band — one of which serenaded him on his visit to an immigrant rights group in Chicago, a few months after his failed vice presidential bid.

How about Ryan run for mayor of Los Angeles? After he wins, he can lecture us about how his Jack Kemp message resonates with Hispanics.

Ryan’s big idea on poverty is indistinguishable from Kemp’s: “Get money and capital and credit into the inner cities of America and the barrios and ghettos of America.” This will “empower people”!

The best thing I ever heard about Dick Cheney is that, after listening to Ryan drone on about how Republicans needed to create “a real ownership society” at a meeting with members of Congress, Cheney said, “Yeah, we’re not going to do that,” and then turned to a different representative.

Imagining a photo of himself on the mantle of every black household in America, Ryan touts his forum on poverty, saying, “There are few challenges tougher than the fight against poverty, and we need all hands on deck.”

Wow. What a caring person. No one’s ever talked about poverty before! (Have they?)

About a decade ago, I met an actor, the hot new thing, at an agent’s party. He excitedly told me his big idea: A war on poverty! I told him to look up “LBJ,” but he earnestly persisted, saying, yeah, sure, maybe LBJ talked about poverty, but no one had ever called for “a war on poverty.” See, that was the key — the war part.

That was a mentally impaired actor. Now a decade later, I’m hearing the same thing from the man House Republicans want to make their speaker.

All of human experience has already taught us how to fight poverty, and it doesn’t involve the words “opportunity,” “empowerment” or “zone.”

Effective: Don’t pay people not to work. The 1996 welfare reform act, with its time limits and work requirements, reduced welfare caseloads by an astronomical 65 percent, as former recipients entered the workforce.

Ineffective: Self-flattering politicians jabbering about how much they care about poverty, then creating behemoth government programs that give corporations tax breaks for pretending to help the poor.

Effective: Stop dumping millions of low-wage workers on the country to drive down wages. America’s booming, prosperous middle class arose in the 40-year period after immigration was virtually shut down in 1924 — until Teddy Kennedy opened the floodgates to the Third World in 1965.

Ineffective: Demanding an endless supply of cheap immigrant labor favored by your corporate donors, subsidized by the long-suffering middle class, while strutting around like you’re Martin Luther King.

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Ann Coulter: Obama Has ‘Backup Amnesty’ in Secretive Trade Agreement


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In the potential trade agreement, per Wikileaks, there is a provision known as the “TiSA Annex on Movement of Natural Persons.” As Conservative Review put it, the agreement that President Obama is rushing off to Capitol Hill to save would relax visa restrictions for guest workers from a number of nations, including Pakistan:

One very disturbing aspect of TISA is the document uncovered by WikiLeaks revealing an entire section on immigration, referred to as “Movement of Natural Persons.” This section discusses commitments by the parties not to place undue burdens on visas and singles out face-to-face interviews as an example of “overly burdensome procedures.” [see the footnote on page 7]burke

Pakistan, Turkey and Mexico are all parties to TiSA. Hundreds of organizations are opposing TiSA through a petition, and more fundamentally, fast-track authority for President Obama to ink a sweeping trade deal. “See, this is their backup plan, defended by all the usual suspects: George Will, Paul Ryan,” Coulter commented. “All the conventional wisdom, ‘oh, those hysterics,’ no, this is the elites ganging up on Americans. It is not very good for Americans, which is why Americans have never been consulted on whether we should turn our country into Mexico,” Coulter said.B2A_FvyCMAE14px War on Christians freedom combo 2

Veterans must not embrace the suck in budget deal


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Written by Allen  West on December 16, 2013

ptsd_soldier_640As you probably know by now, I’m a combat veteran who gave 22 years of my  life in service to our great Republic and deployed to two combat zones:  Operation Desert Shield/Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

I followed the example of my dad, who served in World War II, and my older  brother in Vietnam, and now my nephew has heeded that call to service, already  earning trips into the combat zone of Afghanistan. He will be promoted to Major  in January.

I’m also a “veteran” of Congress and I was absolutely appalled at the House  of Representatives’ passage of the Budget Act of 2013 legislation last Thursday.  Here is why.

As we reported last  week and the Washington Times Josh Hicks reports today,

“The budget agreement crafted by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty  Murray (D-Wash.) would reduce cost-of-living adjustments for working-age  military retirees by 1 percent starting in December 2015. The existing rate  would apply again when former service members reach age 62.”

I sure hope to stay healthy and get to 62. But once trust is broken I doubt  it can be restored. As Hicks writes,

“The provision is projected to save $6 billion, but the Veterans of Foreign  Wars estimated it would mean $80,000 less by age 62 for a typical enlisted  person who retires at age 40.”

Saving $6 billion on the backs of those who have been willing to make the  last full measure of devotion to their country seems minuscule and imbecilic in  concept. Six billion dollars represents  .017 percent of the current budget – now divide that by ten years. It is idiotic.

Although this has passed the House, it is running into problems in the US  Senate, with Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Roger  Wicker (R-Miss.) saying they cannot support it.

The Washington Times reports:

Armed forces advocates spoke out against the reduction last week, saying it  could affect retention for the military. “Currently serving members look at how  they, their families, retirees and survivors have been treated when making  career choices,” said Vice Adm. Norb Ryan, president of the Military Officers  Association of America. VFW National Commander William Thien added: ”The last  thing our nation can afford is a mass exodus of mid-career enlisted and officers  because they no longer feel welcome or in control of their military careers.”

Every veteran and anyone who feels this is a miscarriage of justice should  send this quote from George Washington to every Member of the House of  Representatives who voted “Yea” on this budget legislation and to every Senator,  –especially those on Armed Services Committee:

“The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war,  no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive  veterans of early wars were treated and appreciated by our nation.”

I find it unconscionable that this was buried in the “deal” created by  Senator Murray and Representative Paul Ryan. I am almost certain most of those  who voted “Yea” in the House did not even read the legislation.

I certainly shall not, and I pray you will not, “embrace the suck” as so  aptly put by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. I for one am sick of the “pass  the bill in order to find out what is in it” mentality.

Vice Presidential Debate


This was the most outrageous political performances I’ve ever saw. Vice President Bidden not only showed total disrespect to Paul Ryan, but he also showed utter disdain for the American people watching this spectacle. His mocking smiling, mugging for the camera and demeaning laughter at what Mr. Ryan was saying, demeaned the office of Vice President, and produced shame on President Obama. His conduct was that of a schoolyard bully, or a self-righteous debater who has no real substance to argue, thus uses these tactics to shame his opponent.

I’ve had the displeasure of interacting with several of these type people in my life. Although they seem to be fun-loving people, in reality they are despicable. Unfortunately, too many of these type of people permeate the Congress, dismissed Representative Anthony Wiener comes to mind. Self centered, full of themselves, they go about “glade handing” people and applying their charm.

Prior to this debate I heard nothing but glowing testimonies of Joe Bidden the man. I have not heard a single bad word about him. Last night’s performance seems to show the opposite. This morning the President said he was proud of Vice President Bidden’s performance. That tells us more about President Obama and the entire Whitehouse.

I agree with Charles Kruathamme3r’s assessment of the evening. If you where listening to the debate on radio, your conclusion would be that Vice President Bidden was the victor. If you were reading the transcript, you would say it was a tie. Watching this “train-wreck” of a debate, Mr. Ryan was the winner. Now I understand the polls this morning having it 50/50.

My hopes are that Mitt Romney comes out even stronger next Tuesday. I hope he maintains his Corporate Charmian of the Board persona and refuses to let President Obama dictate the conversation. He needs to stick to the facts, deliver the detail necessary to shut up the Left, and do more to relate to all Americans. If so, these debates will have more to do with winning the election than anytime in history.

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