Category Archives: Congress
Nancy Pelosi won 134 votes to Tim Ryan’s 68 to hang on as House Minority Leader. Ryan is taking credit for giving her a scare. But winning 68% of the vote sounds like a landslide to me.
Maybe they should demand that Jill Stein do a recount.
Republicans now own “the White House, and the Senate, and the House, and 33 governorships and 68 (of 98) state legislative chambers.”
Attorney General Loretta Lynch was caught red handed discussing grandkids with Bill Clinton. Bill’s wife, Hillary, was under investigation at the time for her secret email server. So the AG turned over her decision making authority in the caper to FBI Director James Comey.
Integrity Beyond Question
In January 2014 President Obama decided to go it alone. He said he had a pen and a phone and if Congress wouldn’t act he would.
Congress refused to act to allocate funds to reimburse insurance companies for Obamacare costs. The president used his pen to sign an executive order to disburse the money anyway. The House of Representatives sued.
Separation of Powers
Meanwhile the president is allocating school bathrooms.
The voters are angry because the Republican establishment consists of a bunch of losers who won’t change the status quo.
Made sense to me.
But WSJ establishment guy Bret Stephens doesn’t see it that way. When President Obama came to power he had control of the House and Senate. He signed Obamacare without a single Republican vote. Stephens thinks Republicans have accomplished a lot since then:
These were significant political achievements, which only awaited a serious presidential candidate to lead to a sweeping Republican restoration.
I was wondering how it was possible that I was watching Donald Trump, the Republican “presumptive nominee” for president of the United States, giving a foreign policy speech yesterday afternoon.
Then news broke that former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert had been sentenced to fifteen months in prison and fined $250,000. He was guilty of structuring bank withdrawals to hide the fact that he was taking out millions in cash.
How is it possible that a former politician and high school wrestling coach was able to withdraw $3.5 million in cash? The former Speaker had parlayed his status as an elite Washington insider into a job as a high paid Washington lobbyist.
Hastert Hush Money
The cash was hush money Hastert paid to a former high school wrestler whom he had molested when he was his coach. The judge called him a “serial child molester.”