BREAKING: Senate Approves Budget Deal





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After a U.S. Senate vote earlier this week received sufficient votes to prevent a possible filibuster by Republican opponents, the chamber voted 64-36 Wednesday to pass a bipartisan budget deal.

Representatives in the Republican-controlled House passed the same bill last week by a 332-94 margin. Nine Republican senators joined the Democrat majority in Wednesday’s vote.

The compromise, reached by Republican Rep. Paul Ryan and Democrat Sen. Patty Murray, was criticized by many conservatives for its repeal of sequester cuts in exchange for future budget trimming. Additionally, military pensions – even for current veterans – are being slashed in the deal. This move stands in contrast with Barack Obama’s promise that active-duty and retired military personnel would be grandfathered into their current plans.

Obama is expected to sign the bill into law when it reaches his desk.





Obamacare’s Chickens Are Coming Home To Roost





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So Harry Reid (D-Ritz Carleton, Washington DC) wants to make the Senate into a replica of the House he has repeatedly bashed since its majority went to the Republicans.

A little Boehner envy, perhaps?

It’s entirely possible that the historical precedent for the filibuster is more contained in black and white Jimmy Stewart films than in actual history. But you would have thought that the personal representative of MGM to Washington would have thought this move through in the context of his last hardball move, which was passing what they no longer want to call Obamacare.

How’s that working out for him?

It’s only a matter of time before most of the people who supported Reid and Obama, but are now being clobbered by new rules Reid jammed through the Senate in 2010 on a party line vote, figure out it was really Reid who begat Obamacare.

Harry, famously, has the most flexible morals and ethics in Washington.

He’ll get a chance to display those when the madding crowd starts to roar in 2014 and 2016.

Gutting the filibuster has opened a clear path to de-fanging Obamacare, should the Republicans take the Senate and hold the house in 2014. 

Harry seems to be counting on one of two factors to prevent that.  First, that Obamacare will magically turn around in the peoples’ esteem and become as beloved as Social Security.  Second, that the Republicans are perfectly capable of destroying themselves.

If we had to guess, the second factor is far more likely than the first. But as far as the Republicans go, even a blind hog can find an acorn. And it’s likely, given the polling data, that they can unite against Obamacare long enough to establish some semblance of leadership in Washington.

The sad truth is that the far left and the far right, given the chance, will destroy their respective party’s appeal to the 60% of the voters who get to decide where this nation is headed.

Now you can argue about the relationship of the Congressional chambers to history, but here’s a point that is cast in stone.

20% of the voters are hardcore Democrats, 20% are hardcore Republicans, and the middle 60% decide elections.  Those are the people who Reid and Obama have to ask in 2014 about Obamacare, “Who are you going to believe? Us or your lying eyes?”

The problems with Obamacare are so systemic that the chances of working them out to the satisfaction of the middle 60% in the time before November 8, 2016 are close to zero.

It will take bipartisan support for a fix, and Reid just threw that away.

The media cares about things like filibusters and Federal Judgeships.

The actual public votes its checkbook.

And what the Obama Administration has never understood is that healthcare is a checkbook issue in its purest form. A crappy insurance policy that costs $1,000 a month and has a $12,600 yearly out-of-pocket limit is like buying a second house. And, that said, you cannot tell the average guy he has to pay another mortgage payment or deal with the IRS and get away with it.

Under those circumstances, the average guy will undoubtedly go to the polls and vote for the people who want to repeal that.

Had people been told that Obamacare was the requirement to go out and buy another house, it would not have been acceptable even to Democrats back in 2010.

Remember how Obamacare was sold.  It’ll be cheaper than your cell-phone bill and easier to buy than a book on Amazon.  And, by the way, if you like your current plan or your doctor, you can keep them.

Well, to quite its namesake’s favorite preacher, “America’s chickens are coming home to roost.”

Now, the economic consequences are becoming clear, and the bill will be coming due.

Instead of trying to gain some bipartisan support to fix it, Reid, being the moron he is in everything except getting elected, decided to pour gas on the fire.

With some luck, that fire will consume him, Obama, and Nancy Pelosi for good.

One can only hope the Republicans—who also have trouble organizing a two car funeral—will avoid overplaying their hand long enough to actually fix things over the next five years.





Obama’s Knockout Game Against America





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One of the latest fads young people are involved with is called the Knockout Game. A group or a single person is walking down the street of some city and sees an unsuspecting person coming their way. They punch them in the face, and the victim usually falls to the sidewalk unconscious. It is dangerous because the victim isn’t expecting the punch and could land on something that could break their neck. A few of the punchers have been arrested. Often, they don’t think it is a big deal.

But President Obama has been doing his version of the Knockout Game for years. An unsuspecting America elects him and is made to think he will save it. Then he begins lowering the boom on the citizens, and America is still reeling. He said he would make creating jobs his number one priority. WHAM. He makes baling out his supporters and Wall Street his number one priority. He claims he wants students to receive the best education possible. WHAM. He shuts down the Washington, DC voucher program that allows parents in the District of Columbia to receive vouchers so they can send their kids to better schools. Maybe he feared poor students would be better than his two daughters.

He did his version of the WPA, which put so many Americans to work during the Great Depression. We are experiencing a similar economic downturn which he may have been partly responsible for since he backed the legislation that crashed our economy when he was in the Senate. But after spending hundreds of billions of dollars to create good permanent jobs, WHAM, we find out there aren’t nearly as many good permanent jobs (and some of the money hasn’t been spent yet.) Also, much of the money was never intended to be used for job creation. Money is invested in companies that go bankrupt, and unions are paid off.

Obama pushes for national health care like Progressives had been supporting for around a century. He says he wants the millions who don’t have health insurance to be covered by what is now called Obamacare. He promised we could keep our doctors and health care insurance policies if we liked them. WHAM. He lied. He said before he was elected that he wanted a single-payer national health care system, and it looks like he may get his way. He said people would save money. But he didn’t tell people that the cost savings might come at the expense of their lives. Doctors are quitting because they know the government doesn’t want to pay them in full. Hospitals are turning down Medicare and Medicaid patients because the government won’t pay all the expenses. Over $700 billion was transferred from Medicare to Obamacare. It was bad enough when Clinton took 10% of retirees’ Social Security checks in taxes in 1993, which has continued for 20 years. But with Medicare about to expire, transferring desperately needed funds into Obamacare is an enormous WHAM.

The latest WHAM comes from the Senate that decided to do away with the filibuster threat. Obama likes the idea of his nominees to the federal benches not being delayed by the Republicans filibustering his choices. The left-leaning DC federal court will now be able to go WHAM whenever it feels like it once the three recently chosen nominees become a part of the court. Will people in the district be able to exercise their Second Amendment right and carry a gun for protection? WHAM. Only the police and military will.

There may come a time in the future when protesters of the government will be arrested and, WHAM, put away for life. A preacher says something the government considers defamatory; and, WHAM, the preacher is locked up for years–and the doors of his church are padlocked. Our government trusts what the Iranians say; and, WHAM, they develop nuclear weapons in secret and receive missiles from North Korea, China, or Russia and can, WHAM, launch an attack on Israel. At least the Israeli missile defense system I will attempt to improve, if given the chance, will destroy the missiles over Syria or Jordan. But millions may die if the warheads are detonated.

When I hear Democrats say Obama doesn’t lie, I want to go, WHAM, wake up in the real world and not the Obamanation. When I hear Democrats say Obama is the greatest President, I again want to go, WHAM. We’ve lost millions of jobs that may never come back, and the real unemployment number is probably over 14%. And if it weren’t for the Fed buying bonds to prop up the stock market, WHAM, we’d have a depression.

When high unemployment causes Social Security to go belly up sooner than expected, our foreign investors decide America is too big a risk and want to redeem their bonds, our friends in the Middle East become our enemies (and our enemies take advantage of our loss of respect in the world), and over $100 trillion in unfunded mandates send our economy crashing, WHAM, this nation will be worst than a Third World Country. At least they can be bailed out. Not America. When a nation has been warned of troubles ahead like this country has been for decades, don’t be surprised if the final WHAM is the sound of the coffin lid on a nation that has expired.





November 19, 2013 Was America’s Kristallnacht





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History is almost always best understood in retrospect. Only on rare occasion are we able to see events and immediately identify them as historical milestones. Most of these are harbingers of trouble in the making.

On the night of November 9th and 10th, 1938, following orders from their Fuhrer Adolph Hitler, Germany’s Nazis (who had steadily moved in a heretofore deliberate but low-key manner against the Jews) removed their masks and took their attacks to the streets. Under what had become the “Law of the land,” they burned the Jews’ synagogues, shops, and homes. They rounded up 30,000 Jewish citizens and put them in “legally maintained” death camps. Germany’s Nazis brushed aside all pretense of being civilized people who could be dealt with rationally.  This savage attack is called Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass.

After their Kristallnacht, the Nazis stepped up their attacks on Jews and anyone else they hated. No amount of “worldwide condemnation” swayed them in the slightest.

There was not a peep from Germany’s media, which by that time had either joined the Nazis, become frozen in fear, or had been murdered for opposing them.

The Nazi’s Kristallnacht led to the murder of those whose continued existence was deemed not cost-effective. Anyone with a physical or mental defect was sent to a camp by completely legal “Death Panels.” Although Hitler was given power by a bare plurality in 1933, after Kristallnacht, anyone who wasn’t with them was an enemy who had to be destroyed; no one but Nazis had any rights. Hitler ran the courts, had the guns, and did everything according to “the law of the land.” He was answerable to no one because all his moves were “legal.”

On November 19, 2013, Americans experienced our “Night of Broken Glass” when the Democrats in the Senate decided that laws and procedures in place for hundreds of years are not as important as fulfilling the wishes of their Fuhrer. Their changes to our Senate’s rules means the Democrats have committed America’s Kristallnacht. They have cleared the way to use “the law of the land” to destroy our Constitution, which is the only barrier between us and 1938 Germany.

To ensure the success of his eugenic, fake “healthcare” program, Barack Obama can now follow the “law of the land” and thin us out by cutting off life support for the weakest and most vulnerable among us. He can import millions of new Democrat voters to take the place of “legally” eliminated Americans. They will vote to ensure that their own parasitical presence in America becomes “the law of the land” forever.  America’s Fuhrer can now use Hitler-like fiats to “LEGALLY” ascend to the position of dictator.

There are, of course, those who will laugh at this notion. But when you hear their cackling, ask them who has their allegiance– the Constitution or Barack Obama.  The answer will speak volumes.

 

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Belated House GOP Approval for Replacing ObamaCare?





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After three long years of cautious resistance to comprehensive replacement of ObamaCare, the House Republican Leadership seems ready to approve of legislative hearings and eventual House action on major proposals to that effect – namely, to proactively support the Republican Study Committee’s HR 3121 (with well over 100 GOP co-sponsors) and Rep./Dr. Tom Price’s overlapping HR 2300 (with over 40 co-sponsors).

These two proposals — like Rep. Price’s HR 3400 in 2011 and HR 3000 in 2012 — can all be traced back to the March 2010 House debates and razor-thin 219-212 House passage of ObamaCare.  It was then that GOP leaders (then in the Minority) proposed a comprehensive “Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute” – that would almost surely have passed and would have “partial-birth aborted” Obamacare, but which was quickly “tabled” on Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s party-line procedural vote instead.

Since then, the GOP Leadership, believing that a) free-standing repeal without replacement, or b) repeal via defunding, or c) the Supreme Court might solve the problem, and fearing also that deeply divided Republicans would fall into self-destructive warfare over what total replacement should involve, opted to avoid such intra-party conflict.

But now that that hoped-for rescue by the Supreme Court, bare-bones repeal, and bare-bones defunding have all failed, the House GOP is finally – some say very belatedly – returning to the “regular order” legislative process of crafting what will become the “De facto ‘Repeal’ of ObamaCare via Comprehensive Replacement.”

Predating all of this by almost three years was a widely distributed (but unheeded) op-ed essay by this writer in AmericanThinker.com, here, in February 2011 entitled “Still Time for a Simultaneous Repeal and Replacement” – whose recommendations back then have evolved into the following six “regular order” legislative steps today:

1. Using the new HR 3121 and HR 2300 bills as major building blocks, begin several weeks of hearings in the various House “committees of jurisdiction” to design measures containing new versions of the very few sensible elements of ObamaCare – along with those many private- sector and non-bureaucratic reforms most Republicans have always favored.

2.  Combine these Committee-approved bills (including tort reform, pre-existing conditions, personal healthcare accounts, insurance across state lines, children’s coverage, various pooling options, etc.) into either one ”omnibus” bill or into a multi-part “replacement package” for each and every element of the fatally flawed ObamaCare law – and repealing thereby the concomitant parts of its 15,000-page regulatory and IRS-dominated enforcement machinery, as well.

3.  Following several weeks of House hearings and bill-crafting during the rest of this year and early next year, schedule House Floor action for February or early March of next year when “regular order” debate, voting, and final passage would occur — with bipartisan support by all Republicans and by some  50-70 terrified Democrats, thanks to ObamaCare’s ever increasing unpopularity.

4.  Send this truly bipartisan bill to the Senate and insist on “regular order” (no dilatory filibusters and no perverse Motions to Table) debate and record votes throughout — which radical-Left Senators Reid, Schumer, Durbin, and others have repeatedly promised in recent Senate debates to do, as long as that is not “with a gun pointed at our heads” on threat of a government shutdown.

5. Reconcile in Conference Committee whatever differences might exist between House and Senate versions — and send this de facto repeal-by-replacement legislation (which should enjoy substantial bipartisan public support by then) to our hopelessly narcissistic President for his likely veto.

6. Prepare in both Houses to make an all-out effort to override any such ill-advised veto – whose election-year outcome at a time when ObamaCare has fallen ever deeper into its death spiral will impact heavily which party eventually wins control of both the House and Senate during Obama’s last two “lame duck” years in office.

In this context, all serious planning for the eventual demise and burial of ObamaCare must now be focused on how the legislative design, perfection, and passage of a fair and balanced replacement measure by the House – which is sufficiently bipartisan to force the Senate to debate and vote on the merits of all major elements, rather than turn to a series of cowardly Harry Reid-style “Motions to Table.”

Can We “Trust, but Verify” These Honorable Senators?

While there is no absolute guaranty that these Democrat assurances of item # 4 above will be honored in full, we seem to have no real options other than to “Trust, but Verify.” Knowing how absolutely true to their solemn word these “Honorable Senators” are supposed to be, the Senate would then proceed without fear of dilatory filibusters, or of “votes to table,” or of blocking all or most amendments of either side.  And at long last, we would be able to witness – win or lose — an open-minded, fair and balanced return to a “regular order” consideration of what will have become a truly bipartisan House-passed bill of total replacement.

In the days and weeks ahead – assuming that the still-conflicted House GOP Leadership finally rises to the occasion – and with this legislative replacement effort being the only realistic game in town,

a)  most Tea Party types will come around and begin focusing on thoughtful testimony to the hearings;

b)  the healthcare industry, doctors, hospitals, and think tanks will offer their much needed advice;

c)  most Progressive-Socialist (ProgSoc) Democrats will loudly oppose and continue to  demonize; and

d)  at least 60-70 worried House Democrats will eventually vote yea — because for the first time, they will have something sensible to vote FOR, which just happens to remove the rotting ObamaCare albatrosses from their necks.

Finally, proponents of this “regular order” approach should remain mindful that almost any piecemeal amendment that might tend to improve the law at its edges (a) would leave the intrusive, Big Brother, jobs-killing, hugely complex core of this ruinous law intact, and (b) would also make it all the more difficult to justify total replacement of that deadly bureaucratic core.

Any such well-intended changes (e.g., the House and Senate votes in 2011 to eliminate the ruinous “IRS 1099″ reporting mandate on small businesses) must either be made part of the House bill or be added as an integral part by the Senate, rather than be enacted separately and possibly helping to “save” the Gordian Knot – or is it the Hangman’s Noose? — of ObamaCare itself.

Assuming that this promising movement toward repeal via replacement actually succeeds during 2014 or early 2015, its timeframe for completion is largely unpredictable – except to say that it will probably take about as long as the four years the ObamaCare fiasco has taken to achieve its ongoing collapse.

 

 JIM GUIRARD — TrueSpeak.org      703-768-0957      Justcauses@aol.com

A DC-area attorney, writer, and national security strategist, Jim Guirard was longtime Chief of Staff to former US Senators Allen Ellender and Russell Long. His TrueSpeak.org Web site is devoted to truth in language and truth in history in public discourse.