Saturday, April 9, 2011

Democrat Civility in Congress; Historic Cuts; What Boehner Achieved; The Wisconsin Election for Judge Prosser; Repeal of Dodd-Frank Law Considered

[Following are examples of the new kindness by Democrats, requested by a tearful Nancy Pelosi as well as our President, following the shootings in Tucson.  They so want us to stick to the discussion of issues and not say mean things about each other, right?  After all, name calling and angry words can lead to violence!  It must make our President proud.  Notice that he is no leader, for he is not asking for civility.] 
Daily Caller reports: A group of Washington, D.C. residents say they plan to leave their trash at House Speaker John Boehner’s house in the event of a government shutdown, an action their Facebook page says is retribution for the loss of city services a shutdown would cause.

Jeda Productions opines: Conservative lawmakers say the money indirectly subsidizes abortions, despite the fact that the federal Hyde Amendment expressly prohibits such use of taxpayer funds.
Sen. John Kyl, R-Ariz., repeated a Republican argument today that abortions are “well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does.” “This has no impact on the budget. It has no impact on the deficit or the debt,” said Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski. “Where we will not go is eliminating the health care for women. Make no mistake, this entire debate has involved throwing women and children under the bus.”
Politico reports: D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton tells Fox 5 in Washington: "We are absolutely outraged. Norton said the shutdown is "the functional equivalent of bombing innocent civilians".


Speaking in Tucson following the tragic shooting there, this is some of what our fearless leader said:  "The loss of these wonderful people should make every one of us strive to be better in our private lives -- to be better friends and neighbors, co-workers and parents. And if, as has been discussed in recent days, their deaths help usher in more civility in our public discourse, let's remember that it is not because a simple lack of civility caused this tragedy, but rather because only a more civil and honest public discourse can help us face up to our challenges as a nation.

We can question each other's ideas without questioning each other's love of country, and that our task, working together, is to constantly widen the circle of our concern so that we bequeath the American dream to future generations."


National Review writes: Indeed, Harry’s Reid dramatic shift on spending cuts — from denouncing the initial GOP offer ($32 billion) as “draconian” and “unworkable,” to celebrating a $38.5 billion spending cut as “historic” — is remarkable in and of itself. Also telling was the way that Democrats artificially inflated the amount of cuts being offered. (At least they care enough about the political sensibilities of American voters to lie to them about it).


National Review opines: The House got an agreement out of Harry Reid and the White House to prohibit taxpayer funding for abortions in the District of Columbia, and to allow a vote in the Senate over Planned Parenthood funding (and Obamacare).  The Speaker and the Republican caucus who stood with him, his team, and his leadership, deserve gratitude tonight. I’m certainly grateful. I think they were smart negotiators. I think the Dems probably made a long-term mistake making Planned Parenthood the story today. I think there will be some revealing hearings to come.


Here are some of the particulars of what John Boehner extracted from the Democrats as part of the new law, from Boehner's website:

  • GUARANTEES SENATE VOTE ON REPEAL OF OBAMACARE.  The agreement reached with Senate Democrats guarantees a Senate debate and vote on legislation that would repeal President Obama’s government takeover of health care in its entirety.  The House passed such legislation in January as part of the Pledge to America.
  • NEW TOOLS IN THE FIGHT TO REPEAL OBAMACARE.  The agreement will generate new tools for the fight to repeal Obamacare by requiring numerous studies that will force the Obama Administration to reveal the true impact of the law’s mandates, including a study of how individuals and families will see increased premiums as a result of certain Obamacare mandates; a full audit of all the waivers that the Obama Administration has given to firms and organizations – including unions - who can't meet the new annual coverage limits; a full audit of what's happening with the comparative effectiveness research funding that was in Obamacare and the president’s failed “stimulus” spending bill; and a report on all of the contractors who have been hired to implement the law and the costs to taxpayers of such contracts.    
    • BANS TAXPAYER FUNDING OF ABORTION IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA.  The agreement includes a complete ban on local and federal funding of abortion in the District of Columbia, applying the pro-life principles of the Hyde Amendment (“D.C. Hyde”). 
    • MANDATORY AUDITS OF THE NEW JOB-CRUSHING BUREAUCRACY SET UP UNDER DODD-FRANK.  The agreement subjects the so-called Consumer Financial Protection Bureau created by the job-destroying Dodd-Frank law to yearly audits by both the private sector and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to monitor its impact on the economy, including its impact on jobs, by examining whether sound cost-benefit analyses are being used with rulemakings. 
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    • Big Government reports: [Following the recently found 14,000 votes in the Wisconsin election for Supreme Court Judge, the left has written caustically of a stolen election.]

      Reflected in these statements is frustration and denial at the thought that despite months of anger and marching in the streets, despite the efforts of millions of dollars, and despite the fairly effective attempt to make a non-partisan judicial race a referendum on Governor Scott Walker, a narrow majority of Wisconsinites still turned out and voted in favor of Justice Prosser.

      But how come no one is worried about the potential disenfranchisement of over 14,000 voters in the city of Brookfield? Is it because the majority of them appear to have voted for Justice David Prosser? Is it because it is a heavily Republican area? Are the over 3,000 voters of Brookfield who voted for JoAnne Kloppenburg part of this conspiracy to steal as well?
      What happened in Waukesha was an error. A major error. But the canvassing process worked. It detected the error, and there was enough time to correct it. A representative from the Waukesha Democratic Party, Ramona Kitzinger, was part of the process and confirmed that “we went over everything and made sure all the numbers jibed up and they did.
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The Hill reports: Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) announced Friday he will introduce legislation to repeal the Dodd-Frank financial reform law and said the bill has 18 co-sponsors, including the entire Senate Republican leadership. 
"We must repeal the Democrats’ takeover of the financial markets that favors Wall Street corporations, over-regulates small businesses with massive new bureaucracy and hurts consumers,” said DeMint in a statement. “This financial takeover will strangle our economy and move jobs overseas unless it is repealed."
The bill has attracted a variety of Republican co-sponsors, ranging from the most senior members of the caucus to fiscally conservative freshmen.

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