Category Archives: Congress

Harry Reid’s Desk

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A year ago President Obama said, “If you don’t like a particular policy, if you don’t like a particular president, go out there and argue your position, win an election.”

And so it came to pass.

Now that his party has lost the Senate, Obama says he’s willing to listen to Republican ideas – if they have any. Whether he is or they do remains to be seen. But they have had some ideas in the past. Those ideas were packaged into about 350 House Resolutions and passed on to the Senate where they sit in Harry Reid’s desk.

The way Mitch McConnell sees it Reid protected the president from legislation he didn’t like by not bringing bills to his desk.

The New York Times, in January, called Harry a brute.

Politifact, however, says some of those bills are simply caught up in committee. Glenn Kessler of the Washington Post says it’s not at all unusual for Harry Reid to have 300 bills to be stuffed in his drawers.

Obama Policies Lose Senate

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Hog-castrator, and Taylor Swift-look-alike, Joni Earnst put Republicans in control of the U.S. Senate with her victory in Iowa last night.

Six years ago first term senator Barack Obama accepted his party’s presidential nomination in front of fake Greek columns and 70,000 true believers in Denver. Two weeks ago he said that he’s not on the ballot in this election but his policies are. And so they were.

Obama Policies

The Washington Post said yesterday this election was all about Obama.

Even the president’s Illinois home state governor, Pat Quinn, went down in flames. (By the way that’s Valerie Jarrett in the picture, not Joni Ernst.)

All About Obama

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President Obama and Republicans have finally found common ground. They agree that the midterm elections should be about him.

The president has been staying away from the campaign trail – at the request of his fellow Democrats. They fear his low poll numbers are bringing down the rest of the party. But that hasn’t kept him quiet. During a speech at Northwestern University he announced “I may not be on the ballot, but my policies are – every last one of them”. “That”, said former advisor David Axelrod, “was a mistake”. Republicans agreed and immediately produced ads to spread the president’s message.

Just in case his base missed the message, Obama went on Al Sharpton‘s radio show to say that Democrats may be running from him but they are really with him and they support his agenda.

Still About Obama

There may be a method to Obama’s Messiah Madness. While his approval numbers among women and latinos have fallen, over 85% of blacks still support him. The NYT reports that a huge black turnout is the only way Democrats can hold the Senate. Obama has said many of those voters may not even be aware there’s an election going on. So this could be about drumming up turnout, and transferring a little love to Democratic Senate candidates to keep that agenda alive.

Democrat Deniers

141016messiah-democrat-denierPresident Obama spends tons of time and taxpayer money raising funds for his fellow Democrats. In return the ingrates won’t even be seen with him.

Alison Lundergan Grimes, a perfectly good candidate for Mitch McConnell’s Kentucky Senate seat, won’t even admit she voted for the guy. Maybe she didn’t. She clings to her shotgun while insisting she’s no Barack Obama.

The Wall Street Journal goes on to list other Democrats who are shunning the pres. Mark Pryor has voted with Obama 93% of the time. Mark Begich rings in at 97%.

Democrats

Kathleen Parker says the D next to Democrats’ names stands for Denial.

Ebola in Akron

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Democrats have learned the true source of the ebola virus – Republicans. Or more specifically sequestration, the scheme to hold federal spending in place. Sequestration was actually proposed by President Obama and later implemented by Congress as a way to climb down from the fiscal cliff.

The head of NIH says if not for sequestration we’d have an ebola vaccine by now. He didn’t say if it would cause autism.

IBD says CDC and NIH are doing just fine..

The CDC’s budget today is 25% bigger than it was in 2008 and 188% bigger than in 2000. The NIH budget has been flat for the past few years, but at a level that’s more than double what it was 14 years ago.

Plus, spending at both of these agencies has actually been higher than President Obama himself proposed (see chart). The 2014 NIH budget, in fact, is almost $1 billion bigger than Obama sought in his budget plan, released in early 2010.

Akron

AAAAAAAAAAiiiieeeee This just in: Ebola comes to Akron. I live in Akron! The victim traveled through Cleveland Hopkins airport this past weekend. I traveled through Cleveland Hopkins airport this past weekend! Damn Republicans.