Category Archives: senate

Reagan Legacy

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Daniel Henninger, of the WSJ,wrote a column about a column by Nicholas Confessore, of the NYT. The idea is the Republicans have killed the thing the Democrats never could – the Reagan legacy.

 

Living Breathing Constitution

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Scalia once said, “The constitution is not an organism. It’s a legal text.” He didn’t believe in a living breathing constitution. Obama does.

Alive or dead, the constitution gives Obama the right to appoint a successor to Scalia. It also gives the Senate the right to ignore him or turn him down. Obama agreed with that back when he was opposed to executive overreach. As a senator, he called Alito un-American and filibustered Bush’s appointment of him.

At the time, Obama told ABC News that he supported the filibuster”because I think Judge Alito, in fact, is somebody who is contrary to core American values, not just liberal values.” Obama said the court needed to “provide some check on the executive branch, and he has not shown himself willing to do that repeatedly.”

Could be a campaign theme. Here’s Joe Biden with the 2012 campaign theme.

Yellen Takes Off Training Wheels

151218-YellenJanet Yellen took the training wheels off the economy on Wednesday. After seven years of near zero percent interest rates, the Fed hiked rates a quarter percent.

Meanwhile, Congress passed a 2,000 page,  1.2 trillion dollar budget. That tacked another 157 billion onto the 18.5 trillion dollar national debt.

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On Friday the Dow dropped 370 points.

David Stockman says, “sell the bonds, sell the stocks, sell the house”. IBD wonders if the markets know something the Fed doesn’t.

Knee Jerk Partisan

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The President of the U.S. said this week that anyone opposed to his Iran deal is a “knee jerk partisan no different than those who say Death to America”.

His negotiating partner, the supreme leader of Iran, says, “Death to America“.

Rich Lowry says the deal isn’t a treaty because a treaty requires a two thirds vote in the Senate for approval. This deal is rigged to require a two thirds vote for disapproval.

Apparently Chuck Schumer now says, “Death to America!”

 

Cecil Saves Planned Parenthood

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Cecil the Lion chased baby body parts off the front page. The Planned Parenthood scandal isn’t popular with the Washington Elite. The Obama administration thinks Planned Parenthood adheres to the the highest ethical standards for fetus crunching. The Senate had no stomach for defunding the organization.

It wasn’t just the lion story. As of July 24 Michael Barone says there were 773 stories about the confederate flag compared to 31 on the Planned Parenthood video.