Posts Tagged ‘Republicans’

House Speaker John Boehner and the House Republicans to the rescue!

Reuters reports:

The House of Representatives will vote to block funding for President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare overhaul when it takes up a budget plan it will consider next week, House Republican Leader Eric Cantor said on Tuesday.

“I expect to see one way or other the product coming out of the House to speak to that and to preclude any funding to be used for that,” Cantor said at a news conference, referring to an effort to block implementation of the health-care law.

So far, the Republican majority in the US House of Representatives have been doing a wonderful job. Unfortunately, it will probably not pass the US Senate. Either way, let’s hope they will keep up the great work!

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Wonder what you would find if you frisked House Republicans on the issue of government spending?

Answer: They are preparing to unveil a bill that will save taxpayers $2.5 trillion over the next 10 years.

2006 spending levels never sounded so good. The Daily Caller reports:

Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, the chairman of the Republican Study Committee, will unveil the bill in a speech at the Heritage Foundation on Thursday morning.

Jordan’s bill, which will have a companion bill introduced in the Senate by Sen. Jim DeMint, South Carolina Republican, would impose deep and broad cuts across the federal government. It includes both budget-wide cuts on non-defense discretionary spending back to 2006 levels and proposes the elimination or drastic reduction of more than 50 government programs.

Jordan’s “Spending Reduction Act” would eliminate such things as the U.S. Agency for International Development and its $1.39 billion annual budget, the $445 million annual subsidy for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the $1.5 billion annual subsidy for Amtrak, $2.5 billion in high speed rail grants, the $150 million subsidy for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, and it would cut in half to $7.5 billion the federal travel budget.

But the program eliminations and reductions would account for only $330 billion of the $2.5 trillion in cuts. The bulk of the cuts would come from returning non-defense discretionary spending – which is currently $670 billion out of a $3.8 trillion budget for the 2011 fiscal year – to the 2006 level of $496.7 billion, through 2021.

Going back to 2006 levels would reduce spending by $2.3 trillion over ten years. It is a significantly more drastic cut than the one proposed by House Republican leadership in the Pledge to America last fall, which proposed moving non-defense, non-mandatory spending for the current fiscal year back to 2008 levels, which was $522.3 billion. Jordan’s proposal includes the recommendation from the Pledge for the current fiscal year, which ends in September.

The proposal would cut the federal work force by 15 percent and freeze automatic pay raises for government employees for five years.

The American people wanted Republicans to get tough on government spending. So far, this type of action (or bill) shows that a good number of true conservatives within the Republican Party have received the message loud and clear.

Unfortunately, since the Republicans only control the House of Representatives, spending cuts of this size will undoubtedly and quickly come under attack from Democrats and numerous liberal special interest groups. After all, liberals have never came across a government program they didn’t like.

Although the three monsters (Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid) were not addressed, this is still a giant step in the right direction. Not only that, the introduction of this bill looks to be perfect timing. After all, President Obama’s annual address to Congress is right around the corner.

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Wonder what you would find if you frisked each of the House chamber’s 17 committees when the new Congress convenes in January?

Answer: New Republican leaders.

No shocker here.

The New York Times reports:

On Tuesday, House leaders picked Harold Rogers of Kentucky, a member of the Appropriations Committee since 1983, to lead the panel, over Jerry Lewis of California, a former chairman, and Jack Kingston of Georgia. They also named Fred Upton of Michigan over Joe L. Barton of Texas to win back the chairmanship on the Energy and Commerce Committee, which handles health care.

Agriculture – Frank D. Lucas of Oklahoma
Appropriations – Harold Rogers of Kentucky
Armed Services – Howard P. “Buck” McKeon of California
Budget – Paul Ryan of Wisconsin
Education and Labor – John Kline of Minnesota
Energy and Commerce – Fred Upton of Michigan
Financial Services – Spencer Bachus of Alabama
Foreign Affairs – Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida
Homeland Security – Peter T. King of New York
Judiciary – Lamar S. Smith of Texas
Natural Resources – Doc Hastings of Washington
Oversight and Government Reform – Darrell Issa of California
Science and Technology – Ralph M. Hall of Texas
Small Business – Sam Graves of Missouri
Transportation and Infrastructure – John L. Mica of Florida
Veterans – Jeff Miller of Florida
Ways and Means – Dave Camp of Michigan

Unfortunately, the same ol’ Republicans are still in control with the exception of Paul Ryan heading the Budget Committee. Personally, I was hoping Rep. Kingston (R-GA) would get the Appropriations Committee job.

Hopefully the Republicans learned their lesson and remain focused on the crucial issues facing our country.

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Wonder what you would find if you frisked Lee Doren from How the World Works?

Answer: Bar stool economics!

Unfortunately, this little demonstration and common sense thinking is located at the center of the Democrats’ demonization tactic of class warfare. While the Democrats continue to go down that path, the bigger question is: Why do the politicians (mostly the Democrats) in Washington D.C. feel they are entitled to our hard earned money? That money could be invested in new projects and hire more employees.

The Democratic majority knew the expiration of the Bush tax cuts was lingering and now it is the moment of truth… Do they have the courage to man up and tackle this critical issue facing our country’s weakening economy? America is faced with an unemployment rate of 9.8 percent and President Obama is 7.3 million jobs short of where he promised the economy would be by December 2010. It is time for the Democrats to drink a Four Loko, wake up, and come to terms with the fact that they were absolutely shellacked during November’s election and the liberal agenda was rejected.

It is time to finally extend the Bush tax cuts for everyone.

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Wonder what you would find if you frisked the Senate Finance Committee today?

Answer: Most of them have a head on their shoulders.

Ahh yes! This always makes for a good day people:

A key Senate panel on Tuesday voted against creating a new government health insurance plan to compete with the private market.

The 15-to-8 vote in the Senate Finance Committee could forecast the fate of the public option in the Senate as a whole.

The outcome was expected but still a defeat for liberals who view government-sponsored insurance for the middle class as a key component of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

Give it up liberals! What does it take for you all to realize the American people DON’T want this thing? There are a number of alternatives that would work better than to overhaul health care… After all, this is America and it wasn’t founded on socialist principals.

Today we’ve won the battle, but the fight continues!

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Tonight at 8pm you will be able to frisk your own liberal!

Newt Gingrich and Health Transformation.net has provided you with a ten-point checklist to help you decide if Obama’s speech tonight is designed to bring together Americans to pass bipartisan health reform or designed to appease the Left:

1. In his proposals for reform, does the President include litigation reform, which 84% of Americans believe will help reduce costs and which is the number one goal of doctors in any health reform?

2. Does he include a section on saving money by stopping payments to crooks who are bilking the taxpayers for $70-120 billion each year in Medicare and Medicaid fraud? For 88 percent of Americans, this is the first place they would look to find savings in our health care system. Is President Obama willing to look there?

3. Does his speech reject higher taxes, which the vast majority of Americans believe will make the current economy even worse and increase unemployment even more?

4. Does it reject all government rationing of health services which the American people have vocally opposed at town hall meetings across the country?

5. Does it reject any government run, bureaucratic health plan?

6. Is President Obama open to four or five bipartisan bills which could pass with big bipartisan majorities? Or does he insist on a single omnibus bill of 1000-plus pages like the one that failed when Mrs. Clinton tried to pass it in 1993-1994?

7. Is he for sustaining the Senate rule of 60 votes to ensure a bill that has wide, bipartisan support? Or is he prepared to destroy long-standing Senate tradition and ram through a radical bill with 51 votes?

8. Does President Obama give any indication he is forincreasing the power, information and choice of the individual and their doctor or is he giving more p ower to the government?

9. Does he focus on health, wellness, prevention, early detection and health management to avoid or control the severity of chronic diseases? Or does he spend his time talking onlyabout acute care?

10. Does his plan invest in science and technology in order to increase innovation and accelerate the discovery and adoption of new discoveries and breakthroughs in diseases such as Alzheimer’s, cancer and diabetes?

How to calculate the scoring:

When the speech is over, look over your check list.

Each “yes” is worth 10 percent.

Each failure is worth zero.

Share your results with me at the top of this page.

And ask yourself this:

How close did the President come to a plan the American people actually want?

Enjoy and good luck! Who are we kidding? President Obama needs to get lucky before his approval ratings slip anymore!

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