What Americans Just Said About Gun Rights Vs Gun Control Is A Huge Setback For Pelosi & Company

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Just days after Democrats on Capitol Hill — California’s Nancy Pelosi among them — signaled their intent to push once again for congressional action on greater gun control, along comes a new poll that provides their opponents with powerful ammunition.

The Pew Research Center says that, for the first time in more than twenty years of surveys, the American people express more support for gun rights than gun control.

Currently, 52% say it is more important to protect the right of Americans to own guns, while 46% say it is more important to control gun ownership.

Pew says these new numbers show a significant shift in the public’s attitude since the tragic Sandy Hook shootings in Newtown almost two years ago.

The balance of opinion favored gun control in the immediate aftermath of the Newtown tragedy in December 2012, and again a month later.

Since January 2013, support for gun rights has increased seven percentage points – from 45% to 52% — while the share prioritizing gun control has fallen five points (from 51% to 46%).

Further findings in the new Pew Research survey support the argument of those who say that recent street violence, looting and destruction in the wake of the Ferguson and New York City police incidents have prompted the public to think more favorably about gun ownership for personal protection.

Nearly six-in-ten Americans (57%) say gun ownership does more to protect people from becoming victims of crime, while 38% say it does more to endanger personal safety.

This new poll would certainly appear to show the American public would not be supportive of a handful of Democrat lawmakers who, according to thehill.com, will push once again for universal background checks on all gun sales in the new Republican-controlled Congress.

Background check legislation failed to gain traction in the outgoing Congress despite a string of high-profile school shootings that gun control advocates had hoped would turn the political tide in their favor.

“When you don’t pass background checks, it’s just much more likely that someone will get their hands on an illegal gun and use it to kill their neighbors or their classmates,” said Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.).

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has joined her fellow Democrats in their renewed call for enhanced gun control measures. But a key constituency for Pelosi & company — the African-American community — is also showing a big shift in attitudes about gun rights vs. gun control. According to Pew:

Currently, 54% of blacks say gun ownership does more to protect people than endanger personal safety, nearly double the percentage saying this in December 2012 (29%).

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Boehner Just Broke A Promise To Americans, And It Will Have Obama Grinning From Ear To Ear

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Since he became Speaker of the House, John Boehner has made many promises – one of which involved giving House Members ample time to read bills before they were passed.

Well, he just abandoned his pledge…

The House of Representatives is getting dangerously close to voting on the passage of a gigantic, trillion-dollar spending package – and the bill hasn’t even been presented yet!

Indeed, the bill makes the Oxford comprehensive dictionary look like a small paperback; yet members of Congress will likely have less than 24 hours to digest the information and make an “informed” decision.

Come crunch time, will members be tempted to bypass reading the bill before voting?

Congress in a Tight Squeeze?

At the time of this writing, the bill was scheduled to be released on Monday or Tuesday; and a vote will be held today. Nobody will have time to read what they’re voting on. Hundreds of Republican Members have repeatedly promised to read bills before they vote. Any voting for this bill will break that promise.

I wish I could tell you exactly how long the bill is, but we don’t know the exact page count. We also don’t know the total dollar amount, or which programs will be cut and added.

But here’s what we do know: Boehner has once again put Congress between a rock and a hard place – pretty much turning its members’ hands to let the bill slide through legislation.

You see, legislation is a messy business in the best of times; and Boehner’s stewardship has made it worse. Conservative budget hawk Rep. Tim Huelskamp of Kansas explained Boehner’s moves this way: “Here we are doing the appropriations bill the last couple days” before a government shutdown, and “that’s not to squeeze Harry Reid. That’s to squeeze us.”

Plain and simple, Boehner is putting the hammer to anyone trying to limit government spending and foster fiscal responsibility. After all, his main objective is to deliver Barack Obama a spending plan to his liking. And he’s made it clear that the Republicans in his caucus need to toe the Obama line.

At least conservatives are seeing Boehner’s actions for exactly what they are…

Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina told the publication, The Hill, why Boehner is pushing so hard and punishing dissenters that don’t go along: “They don’t want you to read it, that’s why! You think they want you to analyze all the mischievous items in there? I think it’s aimed at screwing over the American people. You can quote me on that.”

The Fine Print Spells “Failure”

Instead of putting strong language in the bill against Obama’s Immigration Executive Action that would guarantee Republican support, Boehner is counting on Democrats to help him pass this massive piece of legislation.

And since it funds all of Barack Obama’s legislative priorities from Obamacare to a Homeland Securities Immigration rewrite, Nancy Pelosi has signaled (like Harry Reid) that she will provide votes to Boehner to get the job done.

Think about it: Why is Boehner doing the work of his political opponent? And, furthermore, why is Democratic Senate Leader Harry Reid so excited to help John Boehner violate his previous pledges?

You see, lame-duck sessions of Congress are notorious for being when the Washington power elite get most of their dirty work done. Members who know they’ll be out of a job come January are only too happy to ingratiate themselves with the powers’ structure and vote for bills they otherwise would reject if they had to face the voters again.

It’s a very poor situation; John Boehner should be ashamed. And Republicans supporting this spending plan should face primary opponents in two years.

 

This commentary originally appeared at WallStreetDaily.com and is reprinted here with permission. 

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Scandal: Because Of Nancy Pelosi, Taxpayers Just Gave $1 Billion To This Liberal Donor

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Nancy Pelosi steered more than a billion dollars toward a project that benefited the hedge fund of environmentalist billionaire Tom Steyer.

Steyer’s hedge fund, Farallon Capital Management, purchased 2 million square feet of commercial real estate in San Franciso’s Mission Bay neighborhood back in 2004 in a $343 million deal.

Pelosi has steered more than a billion dollars to a light rail project that greatly benefited the neighborhood–and in turn benefited Mr. Steyer.

As the San Francisco Business Times noted last year: “From a decrepit and seemingly abandoned old rail yard 15 years ago, Mission Bay has sprouted into San Francisco’s fastest-growing neighborhood.”

Billionaire Steyer has used his fortune to greatly help Democrats, pledging to spend $50 million of his money in 2014 and raise $50 million as well.

How has Farallon Capital Management been spending its lobbying dollars? Since October 2011, Farallon has lobbied on nothing but Mission Bay. It has paid $300,000 to lobby Congress and the Department of Transportation on Mission Bay.

Has Nancy Pelosi committed a grave crime by pushing for so much money to be spent on Mission Bay light rail (and by doing so helping her ultra rich political ally?)

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Watch: What Nancy Pelosi Just Did On The House Floor Has People Questioning Her Sanity

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Hollywood Actor James Woods recently asked the question that no one has yet dared to ask – and it regards Nancy Pelosi’s sanity.

Woods is known for his politically charged tweets, unafraid to censure and question the motives behind the Obama administration’s actions.

So in light of Pelosi’s erratic actions on the House floor recently, which involved a breach in proprietary civility, it comes as no surprise that he had something to say.

Pelosi’s shocking behavior began with her interrupting Republican Rep. Tom Marino as he debated the border crisis situation, to which Marino said, “Yes it is true. I did the research on it. You might want to try it.”

Marino, at the end of his statement, added, “Apparently, I hit the right nerve.”

Pelosi left her seat and can then be seen wandering the floor, looking for Marino, repeatedly saying, “Where is he?”

One of Pelosi’s associates, Democrat Rep. Nita Lowey, clearly surprised by her colleague’s ridiculous antics, said, “What is she doing?”

It’s obvious that Woods is not the only one questioning Miss Pelosi’s mental health.

It’s doubtful that Pelosi intended this kind of publicity when she chose to roam the floor in search of the man who made her look bad, but it seems she did a pretty good job of doing that to herself.

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Boehner Just Got What He Needed To Make Obama’s Life Miserable

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A proposal announced earlier this month by House Speaker John Boehner received overwhelming Republican support Wednesday in a vote that authorizes Congress to file a lawsuit against Barack Obama.

Although not a single Democrat voted for the resolution, it passed by vote of 225 to 201. As NBC News reported, the legislation does not require the support of the Democrat-controlled Senate. That fact did not stop Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid from weighing in on the development via Twitter.

Prior to the House vote, Obama called the initiative a “political stunt.”

Before presenting the measure for a vote, Boehner explained that his motivation is not based on partisanship.

“This isn’t about Republicans and Democrats,” he said, “it’s about defending the Constitution that we swore an oath to uphold.”

Boehner, who has publicly rejected calls for impeachment proceeding from many within his own party, has indicated that he believes this suit is the appropriate legislative step toward holding Obama accountable for unconstitutional use of executive power.

Rep. Paul Ryan, who does not feel Obama’s actions have risen to the impeachment threshold, has been a vocal supporter of Boehner’s plan. Even some who might otherwise favor impeachment have expressed concern that the Democrat Party would seize on any such proposal as a way to rally financial support ahead of the upcoming midterm elections.

Nevertheless, some Democrats in the House continue to assert that the suit might be a step in that direction.

“’Impeachment is off the table,’” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi stated prior to Wednesday’s vote. “Why hasn’t the speaker said that? Why are there those in your caucus who won’t deny that that is a possible end in sight for this ill-fated legislation?”

Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz released a statement defending his vote and the overall intent of the lawsuit.

“I feel a keen responsibility to preserve and maintain the balance of power laid out in the Constitution,” he asserted. “Ultimately, if successful, this action will restrain excesses by future presidents of both parties and restore the checks and balances that were so carefully constructed by this nation’s Founding Fathers.”

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