The Speech No One Heard – Tea Party Nation

The Speech No One Heard – Tea Party Nation.

By Alan Caruba

On Tuesday, March 5, Senate Republican Leader, Mitch McConnell, offered some remarks on the Senate floor that were largely, if not completely, ignored by the mainstream media. They were a stark warning about a dysfunctional government led by a President who is already in full campaign mode for the 2014 midterm elections.

“Back in November,” said McConnell, “the American people sent a divided government to Washington. I know this is not the outcome President Obama had hoped for. I know he wanted complete control of Washington, just like he had the first two years of his presidency.”

Citing the President’s goal of a Democrat controlled House, in addition to the Senate in 2014, McConnell cited the rebooting of his political organization, the provoking of “manufactured crisis with Congress, engineering show votes in the Senate, and traveling around the country to campaign relentlessly against his opponents.” That’s a nice way of saying that the President and the Democrat Party have embarked on the deliberate demonization of Republicans.

McConnell cited the implementation of the Sequester as opposed to any response to the nation’s financial crisis, noting that Republicans and all Americans “find ourselves in a situation where more than 1,400 days have passed since Senate Democrats have passed a budget” and the fact that “House Republicans have passed budgets that seriously address the transcendent challenge of our time, putting runaway Washington spending and debt on a sustainable path so we can create jobs and grow the economy.”

Families have to have a budget, but as far as the Obama administration is concerned, the nation does not. McConnell pointed out that “The President has been late submitting his own budget outline nearly every single year. He’s already missed this year’s deadline by more than a month.”

The budget blueprint he sent us last year,” said McConnell, “”was so roundly ridiculed for its fiscal gimmickry and its massive tax hikes that, when it come to a vote in the Senate, his own party joined Republicans in voting it down 99 to O.”

“The President has to figure out how to govern with the situation he’s got, not the one he wishes had. That’s what being President is all about.”

McConnell went on to urge the President and the Senate to join in “actually solving problems” by legislating the way “we’re supposed to around here, with transparency, with public input, and with sufficient time to develop sound policy.”

“I know Washington Democrats’ most important priority right now is getting Nancy Pelosi her old job back in 2014. But that’s not what Americans want—and that’s why Washington has become so dysfunctional.”

McConnell speaks with the authority of his position in the Senate, but he also speaks in a low-key, often bland way, about the serious problems facing the nation. In the House his counterpart, John Boehner, the Speaker, has reached a point of such frustration that he speaks publicly in short angry bursts. Neither command either the media’s nor the public’s attention.

“The public,” said McConnell, expects the Congress and the White House “to address the most serious challenges facing our country. The public is tired of the manufactured crisis, the poll-tested gimmicks, and the endless campaigning—they expect and deserve better.”

I would not swap jobs with McConnell. Not only does his counterpart in the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid, lie in the same fashion as the President, but McConnell knows that at least four million Republicans stayed home and did not vote in the 2012 election. The House is a fractious place at best for either party.

Meanwhile the problems facing the nation continue to mount. By way of illustrating this, on Obama’s watch the nation’s Standard and Poor’s credit rating went from AAA, the highest, to AA+, the first such reduction in the history of the nation.

The price of regular gas when Obama was elected was $2.75 and is now $3.73. The number of people that were on food stamps has risen from 26 million to 47 million. Obama has added six trillion to the national debt and it grows by the hour.

By any measurement one applies, the nation is sliding toward another financial crisis and Mitch McConnell’s efforts in the Senate continue to go largely unreported.

Is anyone listening?

© Alan Caruba, 2013

 

The Future – Tea Party Nation

 

The Future – Tea Party Nation.

 

Posted by Judson Phillips

 

The Republicans have done the unthinkable.  They reelected John Boehner as Speaker of the House.  There was no compelling reason to do so.  Boehner is simply the worst Speaker in the history of the world.  Reelecting Boehner is like the Detroit Lions going 0-16 and deciding they should keep their head coach. 

 

 What’s the difference between the Republicans of the 112th Congress and the 2008 Detroit Lions who went 0-16?  The Lions had a better season than Congress did.  And the Lions would at least get on the field and fight, which is more than we can say for Boehner.

 

 But Boehner has been reelected and now we have to deal with the future.  What is coming and coming soon?  How do we deal with it?

 

 Coming up in March will be the debt ceiling, sequestration and the end of the continuing resolution that has kept government funded for the last six months.

 

 This is like the massive Battle of the Bulge during World War 2, but instead of General Patton, we have John Boehner.

 

 We can win this fight, assuming Boehner and the Republican leadership will fight.   First, we have two months to get our messaging out.  The messaging is simple, do we want more debt or less?

 

 The Party of Treason wants us to have debt. 

 

 We now have levels of debt that the Greeks wish they had.   Debt only leads us to one place.   National Bankruptcy.

 

 80% of Americans realize this.

 

 This is the story we need to be telling now.  This fight in March is simple.  Do we want more debt or do we want less.

 

 The Republicans must be the Party of less debt.  Obama has given us more debt that all other administrations combined.     He can’t say a word.   Obama trying to lecture America on debt is like Kim Kardashian lecturing us on the sanctity of marriage.

 

 The Republicans must commit to being the Party of less debt.

 

 How do we get less debt?

 

 It is simple. 

 

 We stop spending money.

 

 Republicans within the Congress must not only commit to real spending cuts, they must be ready to shut the government down to force Obama to concede. 

 

 This is the fight that the Republicans must be willing to go to the mat for. 

 

 This is also a fight the Republicans must begin today.

 

 One huge problem Republicans have is that they are absolutely horrible at messaging.   Obama will drone on about the rich paying their “fair share,” while Republicans sit on the sidelines assuming the American people will pick up their message by osmosis.

 

 The Republicans must get someone on board who understands messaging and who can get the Party onboard with messaging the American people will understand.

 

 This battle has a simple message.  Do you want more debt or less debt?  Is debt good or bad?  Everyone knows debt is bad and no one wants more.

 

 If the Republicans message this as a choice between less debt and more debt, Americans get that choice.  Americans understand that.

 

 If John Boehner and Mitch McConnell are left to message this battle, we are lost.   

 

Really? – Tea Party Nation

Really? – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Judson Phillips

were-broke-1-1Fresh of their latest round of unilateral surrender, the Republican leadership is reassuring America that in this Congress, they will fight!

 From the Hill:

 President Obama will get a fight over government spending with a hike to the debt limit “whether he wants it or not,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) wrote Thursday. 

In an op-ed for Yahoo, McConnell wrote that Republicans would focus on reducing spending in the next Congress, and in conjunction with the debate over raising the $16.4 trillion debt ceiling. Congress will likely need to take action on the debt limit within the next two months.

“The president may not want to have a fight about government spending over the next few months, but it’s the fight he is going to have, because it’s a debate the country needs,” McConnell warned. 

 McConnell called legislation he helped negotiate to avoid the effects of the so-called “fiscal cliff” earlier this week “an imperfect solution” and said the debt fight is the “perfect time” to confront the issue.

 Obama has warned that he will not tolerate another extended debate over the debt ceiling. The negotiations over increasing the debt ceiling in summer 2011 resulted in an extended standoff between Obama and Republicans, the threat of a government shutdown and a credit downgrade for the country. 

 A fight?

 Really?

 obama_fail1I’m sure Obama is quaking in his boots or his burka, depending. 

 So what happened?   Did someone give Mitch a testosterone transplant in the last 24 hours?

 He’s going to fight Obama on spending?

 I realize a lot of us were born in the dark but Mitch apparently thinks that was last night. 

 It would be really great if the Republican Party suddenly discovered a backbone.  It would be great is Mitch McConnell and John Boehner suddenly morphed into these great warriors for conservative values and beliefs.

 Unfortunately, I’ve lived through the last two years.  Every time we needed the GOP to stand up and fight, they folded faster than Kim Kardashian going for a new headline.

 Hope springs eternal and it would be great if it would happen, but some how I think my chances of winning the lottery are greater than the chances of the Republican leadership putting up a real fight on a crucial issue.

 

The official tax collectors of the Obama Regime. – Tea Party Nation

The official tax collectors of the Obama Regime. – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Judson Phillips

You’ve got to hand it to the Republicans.  To err is human but to really screw up, you need the modern GOP.   The Republicans have held opposition to taxes and larger government as an article of faith since Ronald Reagan

 Now under the brilliant leadership of Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, the Republicans have not only totally surrendered but have gone from the Party of Tax Cuts to the party of screwing America with a massive tax increase.

 What does all of this mean?

 It means that Obama won.  He didn’t just win, he scored a huge victory.

 These tax increases were never about fiscal policy.  They were never about closing the deficit.   Obama wanted tax hikes to screw the productive in America and Mitch McConnell gave it to him.  

 This McConnell-Boehner tax bill raises taxes on 80% of Americans who make between $50,000 and $200,000.   This was not necessary but the Republican Party has been bound and determined to commit political suicide and Obama was all too happy to help them.

 Now that McConnell and Boehner have already walked the plank for Obama, the Narcissist in Chief is now already demanding even more taxes in 2013 and much more in spending. 

 The next two items up for debate in Washington are spending and the Debt Ceiling

 Given the history of the McConnell-Boehner surrender partnership, does anyone think anything good will come out of this?

 If John Boehner remains Speaker of the House, we can count on a massive increase in our debt ceiling, even more spending that we cannot afford and even more surrender.

 Tomorrow, the new Congress is sworn in and one of their first items of business is to elect a new Speaker.

 Call your Republican Congressman today.   Tell them to vote against John Boehner for Speaker.

 While a majority of Republicans currently support John Boehner for reelection, according to American Majority, there are enough Republicans willing to vote no to deny Boehner reelection. 

 If we are to stop Obama, we cannot do it with the team that is currently in place.  Washington Republicans are singularly incompetent and are honestly more interested in their careers than serving the American public.

 If the Republicans do not make leadership changes, then we will see no change.  We will see them surrender again on spending and we will see them surrender again on the debt ceiling. 

 That is totally unacceptable.

 Either the Republican Party changes leadership and starts to fight or we dump the GOP and find a party that will fight.

 It is that simple.

 We need a Party that stands for freedom, liberty, smaller government and less taxes.   We do not need a Republican Party that is nothing more than the official tax collector for the Obama Regime.

Boehner, Republicans Vow All-out Effort to Repeal Obamacare – Newsmax.com

Boehner, Republicans Vow All-out Effort to Repeal Obamacare – Newsmax.com.

The two top Republicans in Congress vowed on Sunday to push ahead with efforts to repeal President Barack Obama’s healthcare law despite the Supreme Court upholding it, but the White House said it is time to stop fighting and start implementing it.

“This has to be ripped out by its roots,” House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, the top Republican in Congress, said of the 2010 law on the CBS program “Face the Nation.” Boehner added: “We will not flinch from our resolve to make sure this law is repealed in its entirety.”

The House, controlled by Republicans, has scheduled a vote on July 11 to repeal the law. The Democratic-led Senate, as it has done in the past, is certain to block any repeal legislation.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the law, Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement and the most sweeping overhaul since the 1960s of the unwieldy U.S. healthcare system. The ruling was written by conservative Chief Justice John Roberts and joined by the court’s four liberals.

“I think the thing that the American people want is for the divisive debate on healthcare to stop,” White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew said on “Fox News Sunday.”

“I think that what we need to do is get on with the implementation now, and that’s what we intend to do,” Lew added.

The healthcare law battle promises to figure prominently in the Nov. 6 election in which Obama is challenged by Republican Mitt Romney, who as Massachusetts governor pushed through a state healthcare overhaul with provisions similar to Obama’s plan.

A Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Sunday showed public support for the law rising to 48 percent after the ruling from 43 percent before the court’s decision.

The U.S. system, unlike other rich countries, is a patchwork of private insurance and restrictive government programs. The United States pays more for healthcare than any other country, but about 50 million of the roughly 310 million Americans still have no insurance.

The law was meant to bring coverage to more than 30 million of the uninsured and slow soaring medical costs. Critics deride the law as “Obamacare” and say it meddles too much in the lives of individuals and the business of the states.

 

‘SINGLE WORST PIECE OF LEGISLATION’

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Republicans will insist that the Democrats who control the chamber hold a vote before the election on repealing the law.

“If I’m the leader of the majority next year, I commit to the American people that the repeal of ‘Obamacare’ will be job one,” he said on “Fox News Sunday.”

McConnell said he would use a process called “reconciliation” in the 100-member Senate to permit a simple majority to pass a repeal of the law rather than the customary 60 votes. McConnell had criticized Senate Democrats for using that same process in passing the bill in 2010.

“Yes, that could be done with a simple 51 votes,” he said.

“This is the single worst piece of legislation that’s been passed, certainly in modern times. And it will be an issue, a big issue, in the fall election,” McConnell said.

“We’ve got one last chance here to defeat Obamacare. We can do that in the November election,” added McConnell.

McConnell labeled the law’s “individual mandate” provision – requiring most people to obtain health insurance by 2014 or pay a financial penalty – a middle-class tax increase.

Asked whether a similar provision in Romney’s healthcare law in Massachusetts was also a middle-class tax increase, McConnell said, “Well, I think Governor Romney ought to speak for himself about what was done in Massachusetts.”

The White House and fellow Democrats refuse to label as a tax the law’s penalty on people who decline to obtain health insurance – even though the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the “individual mandate” only because it was permissible under the congressional power to levy taxes.

“It’s a penalty. It’s something that only 1 percent of people – who can afford insurance and choose not to get – it will pay,” Lew said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Nancy Pelosi, the top House Democrat, added on NBC’s “Meet the Press”: “It is a penalty for free riders.”

Asked what Republicans would do – if they succeed in repealing Obama’s law – to provide coverage to the tens of millions of Americans currently with no insurance, McConnell said: “That is not the issue. The question is how can you go step by step to improve the American healthcare system. It is already the finest healthcare system in the world.”

“We’re not going to turn the American healthcare system into a western European system,” he added, referring to government-run systems that provide near universal coverage.

Obama Faces Defeat on Pipeline As Democrats Defect – Byron York – Townhall Conservative Columnists

Obama Faces Defeat on Pipeline As Democrats Defect – Byron York – Townhall Conservative Columnists.

While much of the political world obsesses over Twitter fights and Seamus the dog, Barack Obama has set himself up for a high-profile defeat on one of the most important issues of the campaign.

The president has put his feet in cement in opposing the proposed Keystone pipeline, which would bring newly discovered oil from Canada to refineries in Texas. In a contentious debate, Obama has sided with environmentalists, who fear an accident along a line carrying 700,000 barrels of oil into the U.S. might threaten water supplies. But on Capitol Hill, more and more Democrats are joining Republicans to force approval of the pipeline, whether or not Obama wants it.

The latest action happened last week, when the House passed a measure to move the pipeline forward. Before the vote, Obama issued a veto threat. The House approved the pipeline anyway — by a veto-proof majority, 293-127. Sixty-nine Democrats abandoned the president to vote with Republicans. That’s a lot of defections.

When the House voted on the pipeline in July of last year, 47 Democrats broke with the president. Now that it’s an election year and the number is up to 69, look for Republicans to hold more pipeline votes before November. GOP leaders expect even more Democrats to join them.

Then there is the Senate. Democrats are using the filibuster to stop the pipeline, which means 60 votes are required to pass it. (Some Democrats who bitterly opposed the filibuster when Republicans used it against Obama initiatives are notably silent these days.) In a vote last month, 11 Senate Democrats stood up against Obama to vote in favor of the pipeline. Add those 11 to the Republicans’ 47 votes, and the pro-pipeline forces are just a couple of votes away from breaking Majority Leader Harry Reid‘s filibuster.

“We’re right around the corner from actually passing it,” a well-informed Senate source says. “Two-hundred-ninety-three votes in the House is a gigantic number. People want this thing.”

The president didn’t help his cause when he staged an odd photo op last month, delivering a speech in Cushing, Okla., in front of huge stockpiles of pipes. Obama sang the praises of pipelines — “It is critical that we make pipeline infrastructure a top priority,” he said — and made a big deal of his approval of a section of domestic pipeline that didn’t need his approval. But he remained unyielding on Keystone.

In the latest House vote, the pipeline measure is attached to a larger transportation bill. That now goes to a conference with the Senate, which has passed a version of the transportation measure without the Keystone provision. It’s not clear whether the pipeline will end up in the final bill. But it is certain that, whatever happens, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will force another vote on Keystone sometime soon.

If the pipeline wins those last couple of Senate Democrats, then Obama will be faced with a bill that passed with a veto-proof majority in the House and over a Democratic filibuster in the Senate. The president would be forced either to make good on his veto threat or sign a bill moving the pipeline forward.

If he signs the bill, Obama would surely try to save face by claiming his concerns about the pipeline’s routing and approval process had been met. But there’s no way it would be seen as anything less than a major defeat.

If Obama vetoes the pipeline, he faces an embarrassing rebuff in the House. But in the Senate, it would take 67 votes to overturn the veto, and that’s probably an insurmountable obstacle for pipeline supporters. All the president would need is 34 Democratic dead-enders to stick with him to stop the pipeline.

But Obama could prevail only at grave political cost. The rise in gas prices is a potent issue for Mitt Romney and Republicans, and it could become far more potent if prices increase in the summer. And the president would be standing alone — not just against Republicans, but against a major coalition within his own party, including Big Labor — in opposition to the effort to increase America’s energy supplies. Not a good place to be with an election around the corner.

Meanwhile, the pipeline project is going forward. Recently, the company that will build the pipeline submitted plans for a new route through Nebraska, where much environmental opposition has been focused. And in Lincoln, the Nebraska legislature passed, and the governor signed, a new bill that would hasten state approval of the project.

The odds are overwhelming that the Keystone pipeline will become a reality. In the end, Barack Obama has mostly hurt himself by trying to stop it.

When will it end? – Tea Party Nation

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unemployment (Photo credit: Sean MacEntee)

When will it end? – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Judson Phillips

Just in case you missed it, as of two days ago, our national debt climbed to

$15,574,371,000,000.    We will hit the debt ceiling later this year when our debt will climb to $16,394,000,000,000. 

 If your eyes are not glazing over at the thought of those numbers, they should. 

 Things are only getting worse under the Obama Regime.  If things continue the way they are going, the interest on our national debt will exceed defense spending by 2019.  If Obama has his way it will actually be sooner because he will continue to borrow more money and cut our defense budget to the point where America is not only not a superpower but may be incapable of defending ourselves against even second rate powers.

 While the Obama Regime continues to cook the books on the unemployment figures, claiming the unemployment rate is down to 8.2 percent, the truth his we have 88 million people not in the labor force.  This is a figure we have not seen since the first great depression.  Now, with the Great Obama Depression, more and more people are not simply jobless.  They are totally out of the labor market.

 Back in the 90’s, when Bill Clinton needed to get himself reelected, he came up with a great idea to make the economy look much better than it really was.  The government would modify the unemployment figures to exclude the underemployed and what economists refer to as the discouraged worker.  The discouraged worker is someone who has left the workforce because they have given up.  They no longer believe they can get a job so they look for alternatives, such as welfare or disability. 

 If you calculated the real unemployment rate, including those who are underemployed and those who are “discouraged workers” the real unemployment rate would be close to 20%.

 Obama is desperate to cook the books to try and get those unemployment numbers down so the undecided will think he is doing something to help the economy and a recovery is on the horizon.

 The truth is we can forget about a recovery until the Republican Party gets serious about being the Party of Reagan and standing for conservative values.    We have two Republican leaders in Washington.  Mitch McConnell looks like a card-carrying member of the new castrati and John Boehner looks like he is having a perpetual nicotine fit.

 If we do not have Republicans in Washington who will stand up and try to stop this insanity, our future will look like Greece’s.   While this is what Obama and the Party of Treason want, we can hope the GOP does not want this.

The question we need to ask every Republican who is either in the House or Senate or who is running for the House or Senate, when is Congress going to stop spending money like drunken Democrats?  When are Republicans actually going to start acting like real Americans and not Democrat lite? 

 We need to demand they stop spending like there is no tomorrow, because tomorrow is coming very soon.

A letter to the Republican Establishment – Tea Party Nation

Mitt Romney - Caricature

Mitt Romney - Caricature (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

A letter to the Republican Establishment – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Judson Phillips

Dear Republican Establishment, 

 Congratulations.  You have done it.  It looks like you are going to get your candidate to be the nominee.  You have successfully pushed the most liberal Republican in history to the nomination.  Of course, that does not matter to you.  All that matters is that he is a member of the club and was the next guy in line. 

 Your candidate did not appeal to the Tea Party or the conservative base.  In fact, for the most part he ignored us.  You can do that when you can outspend your opponents 5-1 or in some cases as much as 21-1. 

 But now it is a new ballgame.

 You proved you could get Mitt Romney nominated without conservatives.  Of course you guys are the one’s who drove the Republican Party to the brink of political extinction in 2006 and 2008.  Why should you pay attention to the Tea Party, the group that single handedly saved the Republican Party in 2010?

 At this point, you need to buy a clue. 

 You cannot win the White House without us.

 In surveys we have done, 25% of conservatives surveyed said they would not vote for Mitt Romney in the General Election.   Barack Obama and the Democrats are going to set records, not only for the amount of money they raise, both legally and illegally, they are also going to set records for the number of dead people voting as well as people voting early and often.  After all, it is the Chicago way.

 If 25% of the Republican base is checking out, you are not going to win the White House.

 So how do you get the conservatives you made a point of ignoring in the primary back into the fold?

 First, someone better tell Romney to choose a conservative VP.   Chris Christie isn’t a conservative.  Neither is Tim Pawlenty.  If you want a conservative, think Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, Marco Rubio or Rand Paul

 If you give us another “moderate” or a liberal as the Vice President nominee, we will not be there. 

 Assuming you do not drive us away with a really bad choice for Vice President, the Republican Party needs to push for the replacement of both Mitch McConnell and John Boehner with competent conservatives.  Neither McConnell nor Boehner is competent nor are they conservative. 

 John Boehner has managed to singlehandedly blow the greatest mandate in Congressional history. 

 There is an old joke that says the difference between the Democrats and the Republicans is that with the Democrats you get more of the same and with Republicans you get less of the same. 

 We are tired of less of the same.

 If the choice conservatives face is between a radically leftist Democrat Party and an only slightly less liberal Republican, then we will vote with our feet. 

 We are conservatives because we believe in liberty and freedom.  We are Republicans because the Party of Reagan embraced the concepts of freedom and liberty. 

 Most of us will not vote for Romney.  We will vote against Obama because despite how bad Romney is, Obama is much worse. 

 For us, once again, this will be a case of voting for the lesser of two evils.  This is the last time most of us are going to do this. 

 We do have choices and if the Republican Party chooses to embrace socialism instead of liberty, we conservatives will embrace our other choices.

America: Death by liberals and eunuchs. – Tea Party Nation

America: Death by liberals and eunuchs. – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Judson Phillips

Obama’s EPA also known as the United States Department of Job Destruction and Poverty, has released new greenhouse gas regulations that will kill all new coal fired power plants in the United States.

 First, from the Washington Post:

 The Environmental Protection Agency will issue the first limits on greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants as early as Tuesday, according to several people briefed on the proposal. The move could end the construction of conventional coal-fired facilities in the United States.

 The proposed rule — years in the making and approved by the White House after months of review — will require any new power plant to emit no more than 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt of electricity produced. The average U.S. natural gas plant, which emits 800 to 850 pounds of CO2 per megawatt, meets that standard; coal plants emit an average of 1,768 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt.

 Isn’t that special. 

 Obama is going to fulfill his campaign promise to bankrupt coal-fired power plant and the prices of energy will necessarily soar.

 Obama wants America to go to electric cars.  Where is that electricity going to come from Comrade Obama?  He does not want us to have nuclear power.  He does not want us to generate power from coal.  He does not want us generating or using oil. 

 Where are we going?

 Are we going to back to the days where we used candles and ride horses?

 Obama’s policies have given us $4 a gallon gas and now will give us insanely expensive electricity. 

 Where is that going to take us? 

 In the south, we have climate change.  We have it every year.  It is called summer.  If you have ever lived through a summer in the south, you know it is hot.   There is a wonderful product that has changed life in the south and it is called air-conditioning.  It runs on electricity.  Not only does it make life much more comfortable, for the seriously ill or the elderly, it is a lifesaver.  Much of the electricity used in the south comes from coal-fired power plants.

 What is going to happen down here?

 There are a number of choices and none of them are good.  Electricity may become so costly that some people cannot afford to cool their homes in the summer.  When we have heat waves in the south now a few elderly die from the heat. 

 This phenomenon will grow with Obama’s EPA green house gas regulations.  Obama lied and people will die because of this. 

 Of course the other alternative that Obama and the Party of Treason will prefer is rationing.  We will not have electricity on demand like we do now.  We will have rolling blackouts.  

 Do you know who else has rolling blackouts?  Third world countries.

 Of course this is what Obama and the Party of Treason want America to become. 

 Where the hell are the Republicans?

 They are silent on this issue.

 If we had real leaders in the Republican Party there would be a press conference and Mitch McConnell and John Boehner would announce nothing is going through Congress until the EPA repeals that law and the Senate approves and Obama signs a new law stripping the EPA of its power to issue such economy destroying regulations. 

 Unfortunately, Boehner is unwilling to fight Obama and the Party of Treason on any issue. McConnell has replaced the Elephant as the symbol of the Republican Party with a new symbol: a castrated hog. 

 Obama is bound and determined to destroy America.  He is tearing down our defenses and doing everything he can to wreck the American economy. 

 At one point, the Republican Party was the party of Reagan and patriotism.    At one point, we had great leaders in the Republican Party.    Now our nation will be destroyed by a President who hates his own nation and the Republican leadership who are simply eunuchs who lack the courage to stand for anything.  

PARISI: Non-response to non-recess appointments – Washington Times

PARISI: Non-response to non-recess appointments – Washington Times.

Where’s the lawsuit challenging their constitutionality?

By Peter Parisi – The Washinton Times

Now that the Senate has returned from its non-recess, it will be interesting to see what, if anything, Senate Republicans will do about the non-recess recess appointments President Obama made in their non-absence.

Judging by what they have done thus far in response to Mr. Obama’s trampling of the Constitution – a whole lot of kvetching and not much else – it’s hardly encouraging.

Oh, wait. After fulminating at some length about it, Sen. Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, did turn the issue into a soon-to-be fundraising pitch under the letterhead of his 2014 Senate re-election campaign.

In an email sent out Jan. 10 to subscribers to redstate.com and addressed to “Dear Fellow Conservative,” the Senate minority leader complained that Mr. Obama “arrogantly circumvented the American people with an unprecedented ‘recess’ appointment of more unelected, unaccountable, unconfirmed ‘czars.’ “

Calling Mr. Obama’s non-recess recess appointments an “outrageous affront to the American people,” Mr. McConnell inveighed that the move “ventures into uncertain legal territory, threatens the constitutional process for confirmation, and fundamentally endangers the constitutional role of Congress to provide a check on the excesses of the executive branch.”

“We can’t tolerate another Obama executive power grab,” the Kentuckian thundered. The emphasis there, apparently, was on “another,” as he clearly has tolerated this one.

When on Jan. 4, Mr. Obama made the appointments to the new Consumer Financial Protection Board and the National Labor Relations Board, Mr. McConnell complained, “What the president did today sets a terrible precedent that could allow any future president to completely cut the Senate out of the confirmation process, appointing his nominees immediately after sending their names up to Congress.

“This was surely not what the Framers had in mind when they required the president to seek the advice of the Senate in making appointments,” he said. He was right, of course, but when all was said and done, he had said much but had done little.

Then, on Jan. 12, the Justice Department of Mr. Obama’s lackey attorney general, Eric H. Holder Jr., issued an ex post facto defense of the president’s action. Did anyone seriously expect Mr. Holder – the most nakedly political attorney general since John Mitchell in the Nixon administration – to slap Mr. Obama’s wrist and say, “You can’t do that”?

Similarly, did anyone really think the president’s Senate handmaiden, Harry Reid, would object to Mr. Obama stepping all over the Senate’s prerogatives? To the contrary, the Nevada Democrat – who, after retaking control of the Senate in 2007, used the very same pro-forma-session procedures to prevent President George W. Bush from making recess appointments during his last two years in office – promptly did a 180-degree pivot and said he backed the president’s move, though, curiously, he didn’t explain what was different this time.

Giving the back of his hand to the quaint notion of separation of powers (specifically, concluding that the executive branch can unilaterally decide when the legislative branch is or isn’t in session) Mr. Holder’s analysis was rightly criticized by Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican, ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, who called on the Senate “to take action to check and balance President Obama’s blatant attempt to circumvent the Senate and the Constitution.”

Mr. McConnell should have picked up that challenge and immediately taken the Obama administration to federal court, challenging the constitutionality of the appointments and seeking an injunction. Had Mr. Bush done the same thing, Senate Democrats would have been in federal court the next morning.

Instead, Mr. McConnell, writing as “Team Mitch,” ended his email by urging recipients to “[m]ake sure your voice is heard by signing our petition – and tell Obama to stop playing politics with the Constitution.” Though it doesn’t expressly ask for contributions, the names of those who sign the petition almost certainly will go onto a mailing list for future reference.

Rather than soliciting signatures for a petition that has zero likelihood of persuading Mr. Obama to withdraw the appointments, Mr. McConnell would have been better served filing a petition of a different sort – namely, petitioning a federal court to issue an injunction blocking these clearly unconstitutional appointments.

Happily, two business groups, the National Federation of Independent Business and the National Right to Work Foundation, are picking up the slack. They have filed suit to block the appointments.

Meanwhile, one can only hope that with Republicans likely to take control of the Senate after November (because 23 of the 33 seats up this cycle are held by Democrats, and the GOP only needs to net four seats to assume the majority) the new GOP senators will be in the mold of the 2010 freshmen … Rand Paul, Ron Johnson, Marco Rubio – and help elect new, less feckless Senate leadership in the 113th Congress.

Peter Parisi is an editor at The Washington Times.