The Dirty Dozen Democrats Who Could Have Prevented the Downgrade

William E. Been,

While watching the debt ceiling increase by $2.4 trillion just to cover spending until the next presidential election, the scam perpetrated on the American people could not have been any more obvious. While the Republican-controlled House of Representatives negotiated with itself for weeks in an attempt to propose something that might save our great nation from financial disaster, neither the U.S. Senate nor the White House proposed any plan at all. Even worse, while listening to Barack Obama’s rhetoric about the need for a bipartisan solution, the Majority Leader of the Democrat-controlled Senate announced that bills coming from the House were “dead on arrival.” In fact, nothing coming from the House was even allowed to be debated by the overly partisan Senate leadership. This resulted in another crisis-not-to-be-wasted. As the administration-imposed deadline of August 2 approached, the Democrats’ rhetoric followed a familiar pattern as they attempted to frighten the American public with false accusations that grandma won’t get her medical care, seniors will lose their Social Security, sick children will be turned away, and that a major calamity will occur if no increase in the debt ceiling is approved by August 2.

In attempting to understand how and why our government has become so blatantly irresponsible, I heard an interview with Orrin Hatch on FOX News. Senator Hatch spoke of his past attempts to pass a Balanced Budget Amendment, specifically one in 1997 that failed to pass by a single vote. I could not help but wonder what that one vote would have meant to the current situation. With the debt being $5.4 trillion in 1997 and heading for $15 trillion in 2011, it is clear that holding at the 1997 levels would have assured that no crisis would have occurred and that the spending being generated by the Obama administration would have been dramatically reduced. As a result, it is important to understand who those senators were who accounted for the missing vote that would have facilitated financial soundness.

A familiar pattern was again evident. The vote was 66-34, with a super majority of 67 votes required to pass the Amendment. Upon review of the senators’ vote, it was once more aggravating to see the partisan politics that has ruled this country since the early 1990s. The “one vote” that killed the bill was cast by 34 Democrats as a block. They collectively killed the chance for financial sanity. Even more remarkable, every GOP senator voted for the bill, joined by 11 Democrats. Yet, the 34 Democrats blocked a bill that could have prevented the debt ceiling crisis of 2011.

Sadly, 18 of these 34 senators are still in the Senate, and still blocking all attempts to reduce spending and debt. This Group of 18 has destroyed the financial stability and strength of the greatest nation in history. Every American needs to know these senators, who will be listed as the “Dirty Dozen plus 6” at the end of this document.

Having documented the Democrats’ destruction of mortgage lending standards during the 1990s, this irresponsible destruction of a bipartisan Balanced Budget bill in 1997 coupled with the mortgage lending debacle should be an indictment of the entire Democratic Party. No theft of wealth at any level can even begin to approach what the Democrats and their allies in the Progressive movement have committed against our country. The Democrats have destroyed our financial reputation, the reserve status of our dollar, and are continuing reckless spending at the….

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Funny Video: Hollywood Director Spoofs Barbara Boxer

A Bad Case of the Bitters

By Andrew Cline, American Spectator

 Obama certainly has his priorities straight

With oil from the still-gushing, five-week-old Deepwater Horizon leak lapping unimpeded into the marshes of Louisiana, on Tuesday the President of the United States jetted past the oily Gulf to a San Francisco fund-raiser for Sen. Barbara Boxer, held, incredibly, at the home of the 350th richest person in America — Gordon Getty, inheritor of the Getty Oil fortune. Hollywood satirists couldn’t make this stuff up.

If nothing else, Barack Obama has his priorities. This was the president’s second trip to California to raise money for Sen. Boxer in two months. His first was the day before the Deepwater Horizon explosion. Then, he went to Los Angeles and held three fund-raisers that collected more than $3 million for Boxer and the DNC. His Tuesday haul, 35 days after the start of the as yet uncontained leak, was a reported $1.7 million for Boxer and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Extinguishing emergencies is not this president’s strong suit, but he is one fine raiser of cash.

Understandably, California is where the president goes to raise money for Democrats. Compared to the rest of America, it is a hotbed of vibrating passion for the Party of Big Government. (It also is on the verge of bankruptcy, but never mind.) In the last four years, Democratic registrations in California have risen from 42.7 percent of registered voters to 44.6 percent, while Republican registrations have fallen from 34.6 to 30.8. The especially friendly territory, though, is San Francisco, where this president retreats when it’s time to vent about those retrograde elements elsewhere in this country too backward and ignorant to support his far-sighted agenda.

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