Boehner faces ouster threats within GOP – Washington Times

Boehner faces ouster threats within GOP – Washington Times.

By David Sherfinski – The Washington Times

House Speaker John A. Boehner is facing increasing pressure as several rebellious Republicans hinted that they won’t vote to re-elect him to run the chamber, and a conservative interest group announced a bid to recruit someone else to run against him for the speakership.

Mr. Boehner, an Ohio Republican, is not in any danger yet — the rebellion shows no signs of reaching beyond a small group of dissatisfied lawmakers — but it could complicate his efforts to strike a deal with President Obama to head off the looming “fiscal cliff” that will send tax rates soaring and will impose automatic spending cuts early next month.

American Majority Action, a conservative interest group, on Monday endorsed Rep. Tom Price and two other Republicans who they said should replace Mr. Boehner and his top lieutenants, and has launched a lobbying push to try to sway rank-and-file members to withhold their votes from Mr. Boehner.

Mr. Price won’t challenge Mr. Boehner, a spokesman said.

But lawmakers can vote for anyone when the House members cast ballots Jan. 3 for the next speaker, and if Republican members vote for someone other than Mr. Boehner, that could help Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat.

So far it’s a matter of threats, as some Republicans hold out the possibility of voting for an alternative.

Last week, Rep. Justin Amash, a Michigan Republican who was one of four lawmakers booted from his committee assignments after leaders said he wasn’t a team player on votes, refused to commit to supporting Mr. Boehner. He told CNN that the speaker needs to be “willing to make amends.”

On Monday, Rep. David Schweikert of Arizona, another Republican who was stripped of his assignments, seemed to float the idea of voting for Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, who is the second ranking Republican in the House.

“I must tell you that I’ve had wonderful relationships with [House Majority Leader] Eric Cantor and I’ve actually found him to be one of the truly straight shooters I’ve dealt with,” Mr. Schweikert said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Asked specifically whether he would vote for a Speaker Cantor, he paused.

“You know, it’s bad enough being removed from your committee — I’d actually like not to be chairman of janitorial supplies if I answer that,” he said.

“I didn’t come to Washington to fight against my Republican colleagues, or even against my colleagues on the other side of the aisle,” he wrote in a commentary published in The Washington Times on Tuesday. “I came to Washington to fight for the values that make our country unique — for the economic freedom that gives life to the American Dream. I came to fight for the people back home who still can’t find a job, for the families who worry about their children and grandchildren’s futures. No matter the price, that is what I intend to do.”

Another of the targeted lawmakers, Rep. Tim Huelskamp of Kansas, said Monday that he has formally asked Mr. Boehner to be reinstated to the House Agriculture and Budget committees.

Mr. Huelskamp, along with Mr. Amash and Mr. Schweikert, also wrote to Mr. Boehner asking for a complete written explanation as to why they were removed from their committee assignments, plus any purported voting “scorecards” used to make the decision. Mr. Amash was removed from the House Budget Committee and Mr. Schweikert from the House Financial Services Committee.

Mr. Boehner’s office responded to the request from the three congressmen, but a spokesman said Mr. Huelskamp will not be reinstated to his committees.

The spokesman had no comment on Mr. Price’s decision not to raise a challenge for the speakership.

Conservative interest groups have complained about the committee moves and Mr. Boehner’s negotiations in the fiscal cliff talks.

Mr. Boehner and his lieutenants have said they would be willing to accept $800 billion in higher income taxes for the wealthy, as long as the money comes from eliminating deductions and loopholes, not from raising rates.

That runs against conservative orthodoxy, which holds that the deficit is a result of too much spending, not of too little taxing. Mr. Obama, though, has insisted that higher rates be the centerpiece of any final deal and that the wealthy can afford to pay more in order to maintain the promises the government has made to lower- and middle-income Americans.

As he tries to negotiate, Mr. Boehner has the support of the rest of House leadership. Even many rank-and-file members who aren’t enamored with his opening offer say he still has their backing as he tries to negotiate a deal.

Committee assignments are doled out by a steering committee headed by Mr. Boehner, and his spokesman, Michael Steel, said those decisions are “based on a variety of factors.”

Leadership aides disputed the notion that the four Republicans who were kicked off their committees were punished for being too conservative. They pointed to conservative lawmakers who won key committee assignments this year as evidence that it wasn’t a purge.

Party leaders often struggle to maintain discipline. Earmarks once were a key tool, as leaders doled out spending for local projects based on who was most cooperative, but with the end of earmarks, leaders have fewer tools at their disposal. Committee assignments are one way to punish lawmakers.

Rep. Walter B. Jones of North Carolina, who was booted from the Financial Services Committee, said he has no regrets and vowed to continue to vote his conscience.

“I’m not going to sacrifice my integrity for anyone or any party,” Mr. Jones said. “It’s the price you pay. I didn’t come up here to be a puppet for anyone. And I think the public back in my district, which is the most important, has seen I’m willing to do what I think is right.”

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#FireBoehner – Tea Party Nation

John Boehner - Caricature

John Boehner – Caricature (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

 

#FireBoehner – Tea Party Nation.

 

Posted by Judson Phillips

 

There is a hashtag now floating around twitter.  It is simple and it is to the point.

 

 John Boehner must go.

 

 He is totally unwilling to fight Barack Obama, but he is quite willing to fight conservatives.  His white flag of surrender is out and he is ready to agree to massive tax increases that will only grow the big government state but will also destroy the Republican Party

 

 So what do we need to do?

 

 I was not the first to come up with this idea but I was one of the first to call for getting rid of John Boehner and warning that he was going to be a disaster for the conservative movement.

 

 On March 1, 2011, I wrote that then out of control actor Charlie Sheen was making more sense than John Boehner.  I also called for a primary opponent for Boehner.

 

 The fight today is much simpler than trying to primary John Boehner.

 

 If sixteen Republicans defect and refuse to vote for Boehner as Speaker, he will not have the requisite 218 votes to be reelected. 

 

 We need to put pressure on Republican Members of Congress to vote against Boehner for Speaker. 

 

 It is safe to say we already have four votes.    Those would be from the conservatives removed from Committees.   Louie Gohmert, who is one of the heroes in Congress who nominated Newt Gingrich to be Speaker during Party Leadership elections might well be a 5thvote. 

 

 That would leave only eleven members of the GOP to defect to end Boehner’s epic failure of a tenure as Speaker.

 

 We conservatives need to reach out to every Republican member of Congress.  The message needs to be the same.  Boehner must go.

 

 If Boehner does not go, a lot of Republicans are going to leave the Party.    If Boehner surrenders as I predict he will, he will destroy what is left of the Republican brand.    Conservatives will have no choice but to form a third party because the Republican Party will simply collapse. 

 

 If we are successful in kicking Boehner from the Speaker’s chair, who replaces him?

 

 It cannot be anyone in the current leadership.  Eric Cantor and Kevin McCarthy were up to their ears in the conservative purge.  All we would be doing would be trading one bad leader for another. 

 

 Perhaps Louie Gohmert was right.

 

 Perhaps we need Newt Gingrich.

 

 The Speaker of the House does not have to be a current member of the House.  Article One, Clause Five of the Constitution sets up the Office of the Speaker of the House but does not explicitly require that the Speaker be a current member of Congress. 

 

 Gingrich would come into the job with a wealth of experience no one else could offer.   Gingrich has dealt with a Democrat President in the past and got a conservative agenda through.

 

 Newt is a field general.  That is his greatest strength.  He can articulate a conservative vision and more importantly he can strategize to get that vision accomplished. 

 

 Of all of the potential leaders out there, Newt is the only one I can think of who I would trust and feel totally comfortable with leading the charge against the Democrats and the Party of Treason.

 

 Newt is the only leader I can think of who we could put in charge of the House and be confident that he would not only fight, but he would win.

 

 We have a choice.   Surrender or victory. 

 

 John Boehner will not fight.  He is too much of a coward to go up against Barack Obama.   Newt is not a coward.  He is a brilliant leader.  He would have done much better than Mitt Romney as the Republican nominee.  

 

 The day has come and we need his leadership.

 

 Louie Gohmert is one of the wisest men in Congress.   When he nominated Newt to be Speaker in the party leadership elections, he showed that wisdom. 

 

 We should listen to Louie more often!

 

 

 

Tomorrow never comes – Tea Party Nation

Tomorrow never comes – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Judson Phillips

Word is slowly seeping out for Washington about a grand bargain being worked out between Barack Obama and John Boehner

 

As we hear about the negotiations, the obvious question to be asked is, does Boehner and the Republican leadership in the House even have a clue?

 

What is going on that is so dangerous?

 

The Republicans are going to surrender on taxes.  According to published reports a deal is going to be made.  It is your typical Republican deal.  The GOP will agree to a trillion in new taxes and there will be spending cuts in the future.

 

When will the Republican Party learn that tomorrow never comes?

 

The Republicans have made these kinds of deals before.  In 1986, Ronald Reagan agreed to Amnesty for an estimated three million illegal aliens.  The deal was amnesty today and a sealed border tomorrow. 

 

Twenty-six years later the border is still not sealed. 

 

Now the Republicans want to make the same kind of deal. 

 

Wait, didn’t they do that last year?

 

Yes.  Yes they did.

 

Anyone remember the debt ceiling crisis of August 2011?

 

Anyone remember John Boehner’s great stroke of genius? 

 

He would give Obama $2 trillion more to borrow in exchange for a promise of spending cuts.  Either the Democrats would agree to spending cuts or automatic spending cuts would kick in.  These spending cuts disproportionately hurt national defense and other programs that Republicans allegedly believe in. 

 

What about the programs of the Nanny State?  Their growth would be slowed only a little.

 

That was last year.

 

Now that day has come and what is the GOP doing?  It is running around like Chicken Little screaming the sky is falling and asking Obama for his terms of surrender.   Obama has already gone through that $2 trillion and is going to be asking for more.  John Boehner is ready to surrender on taxes that will not reduce the deficit but will only fuel additional government spending.

 

Does anyone in the Republican Party bother to looks at history?  George H.W. Bush broke his infamous “read my lips” pledge.  He went from 90% approval a little more than a year before the election to being soundly defeated by Bill Clinton. 

 

Breaking his “read my lips” pledge was one of the main reasons he lost. 

 

On November 6, John Boehner showed up at the Republican Victory Party in Washington DC.  He was ecstatic.  He would have another two years as House Speaker.  He said the Republicans were the party of less government, less spending and lower taxes.

 

Right.

 

Under John Boehner, we could say the Republicans are the party of gullible fools. 

 

We know what the plan to raise taxes will do to the economy.   For Obama and the Democrats, this is like winning the lottery. 

 

They knew raising taxes was such a bad idea they did not want to do it before Obama ran for reelection.  Now the circumstances are perfect.  John Boehner and the Republicans will go along with the Obama-Boehner Tax Hike.  It will give the Democrats perfect cover.

 

When the economy tanks even worse than it is already tanking, and Republicans want to run against the Great Obama Depression, the Democrats will be able to say not so fast.  You own this depression as much as we do.  Minutes after Obama and Boehner shake hands over the deal that video footage will be in the archives of the DNC to be used as ammo in attack ads against any Republican who challenges the Democrats on the economy. 

 

Even worse for Republicans, this deal with destroy the base. 

 

As reports come out that John Boehner and the House leadership are considering a grand bargain with Democrats, many rank and file Republicans are now openly talking about leaving the Party.

 

Christmas is coming early for the Democrats.  2014 is the Republican’s best chance for taking control of the Senate in the next two or three election cycles.   Yet the GOP is doing everything possible to depress its base and possibly shatter the party.

 

Meanwhile, the Obama, Pelosi, Reid axis of fiscal evil is laughing all the way towards a permanent Democrat Majority in government.

It is time for a conservative insurrection – Tea Party Nation

It is time for a conservative insurrection – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Judson Phillips

It is time for conservatives to stand up and fight.  Yes we are discouraged and depressed after the election on Tuesday.  We are mourning the loss of our nation.  We have seen defeat after defeat, yet we cannot give up.

 We must start our insurrection now.  What must we do?

 Let’s start our next battle now.  

 Having just lost this fight, a new fight is probably the last thing most people are thinking about.  Yet, time dictates that we must fight now. 

 What is this fight?

 We must fight to replace John Boehner as the Speaker of the House.

 On election night, while a disaster of unimaginable proportions unfolded, Boehner gleefully appeared on a stage in Washington to announce that the Republicans were holding the House and by extension, he was keeping his job.

 Can someone give me one reason why Boehner should keep his job?

 Within a day of the election, he announced that he was putting tax hikes on the table.  Boehner wasted no time in raising his freshly laundered white flag of surrender again.

 Just after this gem, Boehner announced he was not fighting Obamacare any more.  It would be hard to call what Boehner was doing a fight.  Perhaps a slow motion surrender would be more accurate.  Boehner announced that Obamacare is now the law of the land.  And with that pronouncement, Boehner takes his place in the Guiness Book of World Records as the only man to have surrendered more than the French Army.

 In fact, emblazoned above the Speaker’s office is a giant motto, “Surrender early and surrender often.”

 During the last two years, Boehner did nothing but surrender.  Was Obamacare defunded?  No, but he did make sure we had a bunch of worthless symbolic votes on Obamacare that would do nothing.  Was government shrunk?   No.  In 2011, spending was up 3% over Nancy Pelosi’s last year.

 In fact, can anyone show me a single conservative accomplishment for Boehner’s first term as the Speaker?

 The closest thing to an accomplishment is his golf game with Obama.   Or perhaps his greatest accomplishment was the times he sent the House into recess so no more damage could be done.

 What will Boehner do in the next two years?  He will not solved our fiscal cliff problem.   He will agree to a solution that simply pushes the problem down the road.   He will agree to a “grand bargain” with the Democrats, which involves immediate tax hikes with promised spending cuts (other than military cuts) at some point down the road.

 A friend of mine who is a Washington insider told me an interesting story about Boehner.  He was one of Gingrich’s lieutenants during the 1995 government shut down.  According to my friend, Boehner told people that he learned his lesson from 1995.  Never pick a fight with the President.  That is Boehner’s wisdom.

 He will not fight Obama.  He will roll over.   He rolled over when the debt ceiling fights came up.  He rolled over when the budget fights happened.  He is going to roll over when Harry Reid and Barack Obama demand new taxes.

 Enough is enough.

 Boehner is a feckless failure.  He must go.

 We conservatives need to start calling our Republican Congressmen and demanding that they pick someone else, other than John Boehner to be the House Speaker.

 Who could it be?

 First House rules do not require the Speaker to be a member of the House.   A new speaker can be someone who is not a Member of Congress.  Or, it can be a sitting member of Congress.   

 Honestly, it does not matter, as long as it is not Boehner. 

 How about Paul Ryan?

 Ryan did well on the campaign trail.  He has shown a willingness to confront the Democrats and understands not only the budget but also the desperate need to fix the problems that are going to destroy America.

 How about Allen West, whether or not he wins his recount?   How about Michele Bachmann?  She has shown courage and a willingness to take on tough issues.  Plus, she could be good narrowing the so-called “gender gap” we saw in this last election.

 We must have new Republican leadership.  It starts with the Speaker of the House and it must go through the Party and to the next nominee for President.

It is time for conservatives to stand up and fight.  Yes we are discouraged and depressed after the election on Tuesday.  We are mourning the loss of our nation.  We have seen defeat after defeat, yet we cannot give up.

 We must start our insurrection now.  What must we do?

 Let’s start our next battle now.  

 Having just lost this fight, a new fight is probably the last thing most people are thinking about.  Yet, time dictates that we must fight now. 

 What is this fight?

 We must fight to replace John Boehner as the Speaker of the House.

 On election night, while a disaster of unimaginable proportions unfolded, Boehner gleefully appeared on a stage in Washington to announce that the Republicans were holding the House and by extension, he was keeping his job.

 Can someone give me one reason why Boehner should keep his job?

 Within a day of the election, he announced that he was putting tax hikes on the table.  Boehner wasted no time in raising his freshly laundered white flag of surrender again.

 Just after this gem, Boehner announced he was not fighting Obamacare any more.  It would be hard to call what Boehner was doing a fight.  Perhaps a slow motion surrender would be more accurate.  Boehner announced that Obamacare is now the law of the land.  And with that pronouncement, Boehner takes his place in the Guiness Book of World Records as the only man to have surrendered more than the French Army.

 In fact, emblazoned above the Speaker’s office is a giant motto, “Surrender early and surrender often.”

 During the last two years, Boehner did nothing but surrender.  Was Obamacare defunded?  No, but he did make sure we had a bunch of worthless symbolic votes on Obamacare that would do nothing.  Was government shrunk?   No.  In 2011, spending was up 3% over Nancy Pelosi’s last year.

 In fact, can anyone show me a single conservative accomplishment for Boehner’s first term as the Speaker?

 The closest thing to an accomplishment is his golf game with Obama.   Or perhaps his greatest accomplishment was the times he sent the House into recess so no more damage could be done.

 What will Boehner do in the next two years?  He will not solved our fiscal cliff problem.   He will agree to a solution that simply pushes the problem down the road.   He will agree to a “grand bargain” with the Democrats, which involves immediate tax hikes with promised spending cuts (other than military cuts) at some point down the road.

 A friend of mine who is a Washington insider told me an interesting story about Boehner.  He was one of Gingrich’s lieutenants during the 1995 government shut down.  According to my friend, Boehner told people that he learned his lesson from 1995.  Never pick a fight with the President.  That is Boehner’s wisdom.

 He will not fight Obama.  He will roll over.   He rolled over when the debt ceiling fights came up.  He rolled over when the budget fights happened.  He is going to roll over when Harry Reid and Barack Obama demand new taxes.

 Enough is enough.

 Boehner is a feckless failure.  He must go.

 We conservatives need to start calling our Republican Congressmen and demanding that they pick someone else, other than John Boehner to be the House Speaker.

 Who could it be?

 First House rules do not require the Speaker to be a member of the House.   A new speaker can be someone who is not a Member of Congress.  Or, it can be a sitting member of Congress.   

 Honestly, it does not matter, as long as it is not Boehner. 

 How about Paul Ryan?

 Ryan did well on the campaign trail.  He has shown a willingness to confront the Democrats and understands not only the budget but also the desperate need to fix the problems that are going to destroy America.

 How about Allen West, whether or not he wins his recount?   How about Michele Bachmann?  She has shown courage and a willingness to take on tough issues.  Plus, she could be good narrowing the so-called “gender gap” we saw in this last election.

 We must have new Republican leadership.  It starts with the Speaker of the House and it must go through the Party and to the next nominee for President.

The absolute silence of abject defeat – Tea Party Nation

 

Obamacare

 

The absolute silence of abject defeat – Tea Party Nation.

 

Posted by Judson Phillips

 

In the battle to save America, there was a devastating defeat this week.   You probably have not heard much about it.  First, it is something the news media does not want to talk about much and second; events in the Middle East have us totally distracted.

 

 What happened and how is this really bad for America?

 

 What happened is John Boehner broke out his freshly laundered white flag of surrender again.  The House passed a continuing resolution yesterday to keep the government running for six months. 

 

 How bad is this?

 

 The Continuing Resolution instead of simply keeping spending at its current levels actually increases spending.  We are going to go another half trillion dollars in debt.    The spending levels are what Obama demanded.  Boehner did not even put up a fight.

 

 Included in the bill was funding for Obamacare.  It includes continuing US foreign aid for Egypt and Libya.   Hundreds of billions of dollars in waste and fraud remain in the bill.  Government continues to grow.

 

 Can someone please tell me why the Tea Party worked so hard to put Republicans in charge in the House?

 

 The Tea Party came into being as a reaction to not only the big spending of the Republican Party but the explosive growth of spending by Obama and the Party of Treason. 

 

 Unfortunately, the Republicans did not get the message.

 

 When they took power in 2011, the promised spending cuts faded away like an early morning mist.  For the Republicans, it became business as usual.

 

 While the Republicans have made 33 symbolic votes to repeal Obamacare, when they could do something to actually destroy Obamacare, like defunding it, they did nothing. 

 

 The incidents in Libya and the Middle East changed things this week.    The media has gone overboard to try and rescue Obama and demonize Romney.  The American people are seeing who and what Obama really is.  Even the media are not going to be able to help Obama.

 

 But for us, we now have to start worrying about what Romney and the Republicans will do.

 

 Under Speaker John Boehner, the Republicans have showed no interest in cutting spending.  In fact, they have shown no interest in fighting for the people that put them into power.  

 

 There are some encouraging exceptions to the Republican cowardice.   A number of the Tea Party freshman stood their ground and voted against this insanity.    Some of the good Tea Party Freshmen included Kristi Noem, Sandy Adams, Michele Bachmann, Scott DesJarlais and Jeff Landry.    Jeff Landry is worth mentioning because he is locked in a really tough reelection fight with a big spending RINO.  Landry is one of the great stories of the Tea Party Freshmen as he has constantly stood for conservative values and not sold out to John Boehner.  (His website is here)

 

 When is the GOP going to stand up for what it allegedly believes?  Our mantra is OMG.  Obama must go.  That is not negotiable.  

 

 But what happens when Mitt Romney becomes President?

 

 Is he going to push for spending cuts?  Will the Republicans in the Senate and the House vote to cut spending?  They have had two years to do something and have done nothing.

 

 We must get through 2012.  We must defeat Obama this year.  We must make Harry Reid the minority leader.  After that, in 2013, all bets are off.

 

 The Tea Party is made up of real Americans and real Americans do not like to lose.   Either we will see the change we want or those real Americans who started this movement will be back on the streets in 2013.

 

Newt is right, again! – Tea Party Nation

English: Michele Bachmann at the 2011 Time 100...

English: Michele Bachmann at the 2011 Time 100 gala. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Newt is right, again! – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Judson Phillips

What can you say about Newt Gingrich?   When he speaks, he is almost always right.

 Now he is speaking out on behalf of Congressman Michele Bachmann

 From Breitbart.com:

 Since first asking U.S. intelligence and security agencies to look into possible ties between Huma Abedin and the Muslim Brotherhood, the personal attacks on Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) have been relentless. First from Senator John McCain (R-AZ), and then from Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN). Bachmann quickly indicated he too should be under investigation along with Abedin.

In the middle of this spat, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has emerged in Bachmann’s defense and is literally striking down the arguments against her in broad daylight. 

For example, whereas McCain had described Bachmann’s question about Abedin as an “attack,” Gingrich made it clear that it wasn’t an attack, nor was it an “allegation,” rather it was simply a “question.” And as Gingrich pointed out, “the question ought to be asked across the board. What’s the role of the Muslim Brotherhood, what are its various networks and to what degree does it now influence the United States?” 

 It is a legitimate question.  The Muslim Brotherhood is a terrorist organization that seeks to impose an Islamic state world wide, with Sharia law.

 If you like Iran, you will love what the Muslim Brotherhood has in mind.  They freely admit their highest goal is “Jihad” and to “die in the way of Allah.”  In other words they want to die in Jihad.  In plain English, they want to conquer, kill and subjugate the infidels.  That is you and me for anyone who misses the finer point.

 It is not shocking that the Party of Treason is attacking Michele Bachmann.  They attack anyone who loves this nation and believes in patriotic values.  What is very disturbing is Republicans are turning on her.

 Perhaps it is not shocking that John Boehner has turned on Michele Bachmann.  Boehner acts like he takes his orders from Obama, not the people who put him in the speaker’s chair. 

 Michele Bachmann has been a courageous voice in the Congress.  She has stood for America and American values, even when it has been hard to do.

 Where the hell is the Republican establishment?  They are putting John Boehner’s freshly laundered white flag of surrender into the breeze to see which way it is blowing.

 Is it asking John Boehner and the rest of the Republican leadership too much to grow a pair?

 Michele Bachmann, contrary to what the drive by media is saying, has not accused anyone of anything.  She has simply raised some important questions.

 Those questions should be answered. 

 If those questions were raised about the influence of communist China or North Korea or any other group, there would be no argument.  There should be none here either.

 Newt said Michele Bachmann was asking questions not making accusations.

 Once again, Newt is right.

Paying for Propaganda. – Tea Party Nation

Paying for Propaganda. – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Judson Phillips

If you were offered the chance to help pay for the Obama Regime’s propaganda, what would your answer be?

 It would probably be a one, two or three word answer.  It would be no, hell no, or we will let you figure out the third answer.

 The bad news is you are paying for propaganda for the Regime. 

 All of the major agencies in the Federal Government have employees who are public relations specialists.  However, that does not stop them from spending money on outside PR firms.

 According to information from one United States Senator, in the last three years, the Department of Health and Human Services alone has spent an estimated $183 million on contracts for advertising, market research and public opinion, public relations and “media representatives.”

 Anyone remember the Andy Griffith commercial touting how great the Obamacare tax law is?

 Those are your tax dollars at work.

 The figure of $183 million is only an estimate. 

 Why?

 Because Senate investigators had to go back through records to try and figure out what HHS had spent.  Why did Senate investigators have to do this?  Because the Department of Health and Human Services under Kathleen Sebelius would not answer the request for information from two United States Senators. 

 The Senators, Republican Rob Portman and Democrat Claire McCaskill wanted information about HHS’ spending on advertising.

 This story gets worse because it has been illegal for some time for government agencies to hire firms for PR.  The latest incarnation of that law, the Consolidate Appropriations Act of 2012 says that, “No part of any appropriation contained in this or any other Act shall be used … for publicity or propaganda purposes.”

 As with all other issues, the Obama Regime believes it is above the law.  As with all other issues, the Obama Regime simply ignores Congress’ legally mandated oversight authority.

 Half the problem here is the Republicans in Congress. 

 Instead of standing up to Obama, they meekly hide in the corner and allow him to continue to get away with violating the law. 

 For a year and a half, since Republicans took control of the House of Representatives, we have had the tool we need to stop Obama.

 All the House has to do is defund anything it does not like.  Defund the Department of Health and Human Services.   That would stop Obama and Sebelius from spending money on propaganda. 

 Unfortunately the Republicans in Washington have shown less courage than the French Army and John Boehner has raised his freshly laundered white flag of surrender more often than the French would. 

 If you wonder why we are broke, here is the answer.  We have out of control spending by a Regime who believes the public treasure is a part of their reelection campaign and we have a gutless Republican leadership in Washington who could stop them but simply will not.

House Conservatives to Boehner: Defund Obamacare Now | CNSNews.com

House Conservatives to Boehner: Defund Obamacare Now | CNSNews.com.

By Michael W. Chapman

(CNSNews.com) – Although the House of Representatives,

dominated by Republicans, voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, on Wednesday, at least 80 House Republicans so far have signed a letter calling upon Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and the House GOP leaders to halt any future funding of the health care law given that the House controls most appropriations.

The letter, signed by Reps. Michele Bachmann (Minn.), Steve King (Iowa), Jim Jordan (Ohio), Allen West (Fla.), Trent Franks (Ariz.), Louie Gohmert (Tex.), and 74 other House members, was sent out by the House Republican Study Committee and the House Tea Party Caucus.

The letter, in part, states:

“Dear Speaker Boehner and Leader Cantor,

” … We appreciate your willingness to schedule a vote on the full repeal of ObamaCare.  We should continue efforts to repeal the law in its entirety this year, next year, and until we are successful.  However, in the meantime, there is more we can do in Congress.

“Since much of the implementation of ObamaCare is a function of the discretionary appropriations process, and since most of the citizens we represent believe that ObamaCare should never go into effect, we urge you not to bring to the House floor in the 112th Congress any legislation that provides or allows funds to implement ObamaCare through the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Health and Human Services, or any other federal entity.  We also urge you to take legislative steps necessary to immediately rescind all ObamaCare-implementation funds.

“In Federalist No. 58, James Madison wrote that the ‘power over the purse may, in fact, be regarded as the most complete and effectual weapon … for obtaining a redress of every grievance….’  We thank you for your consideration and look forward to working closely with you to address defunding one of the largest grievances in our time and to restore patient-centered healthcare in America.”

In an e-mail announcing the letter, Wesley A. Goodman, director of Conservative Coalitions and State Outreach at the House Republican Study Committee, said, “We have the ‘power of the purse.’  A Republican House should not bring any bill to the floor that funds the implementation of Obamacare, and we should take every action to rescind money out the door.”

The letter is still in circulation and potentially gathering more signatures. The House Republican Study Committee said it anticipates sending the letter to Speaker Boehner and Leader Cantor at the end of this week.

In the Obamacare vote today, three Democrats joined with 242 Republicans for repeal while 189 Democrats voted against repeal.

Back in November 2011, CNSNews.com spoke with Rep. King (R-Iowa) about the House GOP cutting funding to Obamacare and he said he did not think it would happen because the House Republican leadership is afraid of a showdown with Senate Democrats and the President.

health care bill

An early draft of the 2,000-plus-page health care bill. (AP Photo)

“We didn’t bring up the maximum leverage because the decision was made by leadership to avoid the prospect of a showdown with the president or Harry Reid that could result in a potential shutdown of government,” said King.

“I think the American public would have sided with us, and if we had held our ground on shutting off the funding to Obamacare in particular, as well as funding Planned Parenthood, because it puts the president and Harry Reid and the Democrats in the position of having to defend Obamacare as more important than all of the rest of the functions of government combined,” he said.

“They will not win that argument, but we were not as a body willing to make it in a place where we had a chance to succeed legislatively,” the Iowa conservative added.

“If the repeal of Obamacare went up on the floor, every Republican would vote for the repeal of it,” King told CNSNews.com.   “Cutting all funding, same thing — especially if it was written by the Speaker or the Majority Leader and, of course, we don’t expect that will happen.

When asked about the GOP leaders halting the funding of Obamacare in February 2011, Boehner did not directly answer.

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House Speaker John Boehner (AP Photo)

At a Feb. 11, 2011 press conference, CNSNews.com asked Speaker Boehner, “Majority Leader Cantor says that the continuing resolution that comes out of the House will not fund Obamacare. In order for that to pass, the Senate and the president will have to agree to defund the program.  If they don’t, either the GOP will have to cave in and fund Obamacare or the government will shut down. So, given that fact, is there any way that the House majority led by you will fund ObamaCare after March 4th?”

Boehner said,  “We are opposed to Obamacare.  We have voted to repeal it.  That also included $700 million in tax hikes, about $2.6 trillion in new spending. We’re going to continue to take all the actions that we can to make sure that we do not ruin the best health care delivery system in the world, bankrupt our nation and, most importantly, get in the way of job creation in America.”

The crushing despair of buyer’s remorse. – Tea Party Nation

The crushing despair of buyer’s remorse. – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Judson Phillips

Occasionally a miracle occurs.  A friend of yours wins the lottery.  The Chicago Cubs will win the World Series sometime in the next 100 years.

 A miracle may be happening in the Republican Party.  The light may be finally coming on.  Could the GOP finally realize there is a problem? 

 John Boehner of all people actually came out and said it.

 From Roll Call:

 But at a June 30 fundraiser in Wheeling, W.Va., Speaker John Boehner offered a surprisingly frank assessment of the dynamic that surprised some in the audience.

Aside from Romney’s “friends, relatives and fellow Mormons,” Boehner said, most people will be motivated to vote for him in opposition to Obama.

The Ohio Republican made the remarks when an unidentified woman asked during a question-and-answer session: “Can you make me love Mitt Romney?”

“No,” Boehner said. “Listen, we’re just politicians. I wasn’t elected to play God. The American people probably aren’t going to fall in love with Mitt Romney. I’ll tell you this: 95 percent of the people that show up to vote in November are going to show up in that voting booth, and they are going to vote for or against Barack Obama.

 Holy Cow!

 Boehner is actually showing some intelligence. 

 The problem here is that he is right.  The Republican Party is poised to nominate someone who fits right into the tradition of bad Republican Presidential candidates.

 Honestly who the hell likes Mitt Romney?

 Is anyone other than his immediate family passionate about his candidacy?  When Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich endorsed Romney, they both said the same thing.  He isn’t Barack Obama.

 Their endorsements were not that he would make a fantastic President.  Their endorsements were not that he would change America for the better.  It’s just he isn’t Barack Obama.

 Earth to the Republican Party!  Buy a clue while you still can.

 You will never win an election by simply telling people to vote against the other guy. 

 If you are going to win you have to offer something and one of the things that has to be offered is passion.

 Mitt Romney offers no passion or excitement.  His best future might be as the keynote speaker for Insomniacs of America.   Republicans were passionate about Michele Bachmann.  They were passionate about Rick Perry.  They were passionate about Herman Cain and are still passionate about his “9-9-9” plan.  They were passionate about Newt Gingrich.  Even Ron Paul had passionate followers.

 Mitt Romney just puts everyone to sleep. 

 The only thing the Republican establishment seems to be able to say about Mitt Romney is that he is not Barack Obama and he is not a conservative Tea Party candidate.

 If the Republican Party is to create a functioning majority, like Ronald Reagan did, it has to not only stand for something but it must have ideas and candidates that create passion.

 When the highest-ranking elected Republican says voters are not going to fall in love with the presumptive nominee, then that should be a red alert message to the Republican Party that they need to do something and do something quickly.

 For this election, failure is not an option.  Barack Obama must be defeated.  But as even John Boehner noted, Mitt Romney is not going to create the kind of passion that makes people go out and vote for him.

 The Republican Party needs to act quickly before Mitt Romney joins that long list of Republican failures that includes Bob Dole and John McCain.

BOEHNER: Congressional Republicans resolved to repeal Obamacare – Washington Times

BOEHNER: Congressional Republicans resolved to repeal Obamacare – Washington Times.

House Republicans pitching repeal to the Senate

By Rep. John Boehner

There’s no doubt that the president’s health care law is hurting our economy. Even before the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling on Obamacare, the president’s law was driving up health costs and making it harder for small businesses to hire. The court’s ruling underscores the urgency of repealing this harmful law in its entirety, which House Republicans stand ready to do.

After enacting his massive “stimulus” spending bill in 2009, President Obama spent more than a year trying to push the health care law through Congress over the objections of the American people, who wanted the president to focus instead on policies that would remove obstacles to private-sector job creation. During that time, the president angrily denied that the penalty the health law would impose on Americans who fail to comply with the mandate was a tax, dismissing the charge as politically-driven rhetoric from his critics.

On June 28, the Supreme Court confirmed that the centerpiece of the president’s health care law does not violate the Constitution because … it is a tax. The president and his allies celebrated the ruling. But when you look at the impact the law is having on our economy, there is nothing to celebrate.

A recent report by Bloomberg News noted that the president’s health care law will impose an estimated $813 billion in new taxes on job creators and middle-class families, based on data from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

A U.S. Chamber of Commerce survey showed that 74 percent of small businesses contend that this law will make job creation at their companies even more difficult. In my home state of Ohio, private-sector job creators are speaking out on the harmful effects of the law. Jamie Richardson, vice president of government and shareholder relations for White Castle, warned in a recent article in the ColumbusDispatchthat the law “will be a cost burden for employers and [will] negatively impact job creation.”

There’s a lot of resolve among my House colleagues, and among the American people, to stop a law that’s hurting our economy, driving up the cost of health care and stunting job growth. Public opinion research consistently shows most Americans not only oppose Obamacare, but support fully repealing it.

At my direction and that of our majority leader, Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, the U.S. House of Representatives on July 11 will vote on legislation that would fully repeal the president’s health care law to stop it from inflicting further harm on our economy. The House passed a similar bill last year, but it died in the Democratic-controlled Senate. By passing our repeal bill in July, we will give the Senate and Mr. Obama a second opportunity to follow the will of the American people.

What Americans want is a common-sense, step-by-step approach to health care reform that will protect Americans’ access to the care they need, from the doctors they choose, at a lower cost. House Republicans want families to be able to make their own choices in health care, visit the doctors of their choosing, and receive the health care they and their doctors feel is best.

House Republicans understand that Obamacare is bad for our economy and we will act, on behalf of the American people, to repeal it in its entirety. We are ready to work with a president who will listen to the people and will not repeat the mistakes that gave our country this harmful law.