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Entries in Pelosi (29)

Monday
Sep092013

Syria dilemma: Obama haunted by his own party’s rhetoric and policy

Congress returns to consider President Barack Obama’s proposal for military action on Syria. Obama Photo: U.S. Governmentfinds himself in a very difficult position because of his party’s extreme criticism of President George W. Bush’s defense policy that involved military action on Afghanistan after that country harbored the terrorists who attacked the U.S. on Sept. 11, 2001.

Bush also decided to act on Iraq, going beyond the heavy bombing the administration of President Bill Clinton favored as a possible prelude to a ground war. Few Americans realize Clinton's policy on Iraq because media didn't dwell on it.

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Friday
Dec032010

Democrat Congress ignored warnings on payout of billions to illegals

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) preened for TV cameras on Thursday, proud of her efforts to enable a tax increase on what she and her fellow Democrats call the “wealthy.” But Pelosi and Senate leader Harry Reid have ignored a series of warnings from the U.S. Treasury Dept. about the payout of billions in tax refunds to illegal aliens. Many Americans believe you have to have a social security number to get such payouts—you don’t.

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Saturday
Jun192010

Half a million bucks for Ohio trip to tout ‘Recovery Summer’

by Kay B. Day

Our federal government just doesn’t get what the least-educated person on Main Street gets. If you’re deep in debt, you don’t keep spending. But President Barack Obama, perhaps to deflect attention from the federal botching of the Gulf Oil Spill disaster, spent large sums of money for a purely political event. How much did it cost?

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Wednesday
Mar242010

Democrat health bill signed, sealed and delivering surprises, Part 1

Pt. 1 of 3

Do Democrats know what's in the bills they wrote?

On October 30, Rep. Paul Ryan presented a copy of the massive 1990-page health care bill Friday to a standing room only crowd at the Franklin Public Library. Ryan's speech on the House Floor in March was the speech of a statesman. The bill has since grown to more than 2,000 pages.Democrat drama has been high profile with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) enjoying adulation from the leftwingers and Sen. Harry Reid (D-Calif.) oddly silent about the ‘landmark legislation.’ It's a cliche, but we couldn't help thinking about Nero, the fiddle and the fire.

GOP drama has risen to the task, with standouts like Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) and Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) trying to tell Americans why the bill won’t bring promised reform. Ryan, by the way, made an eloquent speech about the bills conservatives see as fiscal disasters that will also erode personal freedom.

President Barack Obama may be paying attention to the GOP, though, because on Monday he phrased the bill as “health insurance reform” rather than “healthcare reform.”

What Dems aren’t talking about are specifics in HR 4872 and HR 3590, more than likely because most of them haven’t read the bills.

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Tuesday
Mar162010

In Obamacare debate, Florida senator LeMieux highlights ten myths 

Sen. George LeMieux pointed out 10 myths in the healthcare debate. One reality check: taxes will go up all around.When Florida governor Charlie Crist sent Sen. George LeMieux to Washington, conservatives in Florida paid little attention. After all, the senator LeMieux replaced would likely have supported HR 2454, Cap and Trade. What could be worse than that? But LeMieux served up a surprise on Monday by doing something President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats neglected. The Republican senator from Florida released a list of 10 myths in the 'healthcare reform debate.' The word 'myth', by the way, is a more polite term than ‘lie.’

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Saturday
Mar062010

Democrat, now Republican, legislator decries federal healthcare takeover

Updated on Saturday, March 6, 2010 at 1:41PM by Registered CommenterKay B. Day, Editor

By Kay B. Day

Rep. Parker Griffith (R-Ala.) switched to the GOP in December, 2009. He is an outspoken critic of fiscal policies current Democrat leaders endorse. [Photo from Rep. Griffith's US House website.]Dr. Parker Griffith represents Alabama’s Fifth Congressional District and the former Democrat legislator is no fan of Obama/Pelosi-care. As a matter of fact, the healthcare boondoggle Democrats are rumored to be so desperate to pass they may use reconciliation is a major reason Griffith crossed Party lines to become a Republican in December. Griffith’s comments as part of the weekly Republican address reflect the impossibility of being a fiscal conservative in today’s Democrat Party.

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Friday
Feb262010

Party of Woe pushes government healthcare, misses opportunity for reform

Commentary by Kay B. Day

On Thursday despite the phone that wouldn’t shut up and skill saws screaming just outside my office, I tracked the first half of the Health Care Summit. By intermission, I felt as though the world were composed of people wearing dead people’s teeth and wannabe entrepreneurs whose only barrier was the current state of American healthcare.

It is, by the way, impossible to render HR 3200 friendly to small businesses.

Listening to various Democrats justify the most expansive government takeover of a major sector of our economy in my lifetime, I realized there is a singular difference between conservatives and those who call themselves progressives. Woe. Democrats rely on it, instilling the idea of despair in order to deliver hope and thereby garner votes. The Democrats today are indisputably the Party of Woe.

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Thursday
Feb252010

Following healthcare summit on Twitter

Updated on Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 1:33PM by Registered CommenterKay B. Day, Editor

by Kay B. Day

Sen. Max Baucus speaks at the Healthcare Summit.

10 a.m.-11 a.m.

I'm following the healthcare summit and will do an analysis. I am commenting via Twitter as the alleged summit takes place. We're one hour into the so-called summit. Three Democrats have spoken; one Republican has spoken. Democrats have trotted out straw men. Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) made serious attempts to look like a human being instead of a robot. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) went on and on in an attempt to look compassionate. Obama opened the summit and after listening to Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Pelosi and Reid, the president is talking again.

I've put my commentary in brackets. Some of this is off the cuff.

[What no one admits: the government has manipulated the healthcare market since starting Medicaid and Medicare. Entitlements have raised the cost for those of us in the private market. No one talks about that.]

[Hoyer's straw woman has a tumor. Maladies galore.][Democrats definitely control the floor and the time in this 'summit.']

 

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Tuesday
Feb022010

For Obama’s federal budget, we need a few ‘locofocos’ 

Pt. 1 in a series ‘Seeking Redress of Grievances’
Main Street USA

Can you think of anything crazier than proposing record levels of spending amid the hard economic times Main Street, USA faces right now? That’s exactly what President Barack Obama’s administration wants in the budget—an increase of 5.7 percent to $3.72 trillion. That increase, among other items,  will provide more money to the states for Medicaid, increase funds for welfare programs like food stamps and the homeless and pay lip service to so-called ‘middle class’ taxpayers by giving them a small break in the neighborhood of $400 per individual.

Lesson one in Reality Government: What the government spends, we must provide, every single one of us either through the front door or the back.

As we face a financial quagmire, the administration is also adding or has added more federal workers. The Washington Times said most of the increase will be in civilian workers—“153,000 workers, to 1.43 million people, in fiscal 2010.” Remember to add applicable taxes, retirement and insurance to those employees’ salaries.

[Image from NASA]That those claiming to lead the government would consider increasing a budget as well as the federal payroll tells me we need a few ‘locofocos.’

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