The 111th Congress Shall Live In Infamy

No need to name that party this time … no Republicans in the House and only three in the Senate. As for the rest, well you know who they are … and “The Other McCain” says never forget.

Join the Facebook group. The guilty shall be named and remembered. They shall regret this travesty but once — and that will be forever!

Aaron in the graphics department: We’ll need an appropriate logo. Classy, but vicious.

Please go on over and join the crowd. Oh, and yes, this is via INSTAPUNDIT.

Voters Ready to Punish Democrats?

John has been following the polls very closely, once again compelling us to push up his link on the page. it also deals directly with one of our polls yesterday … are Democrats overreaching. I am not so sure. But it is an interesting narrative.

The parties are now in a virtual dead heat, with 40% preferring a generic Democratic candidate and 39% choosing the generic Republican.

Read it all here.

800 Billion Reasons To Be Worried

So who gets the money from the Porkapalooza … Reason on line … did the homework. Ughhh. Make sure you read it all … but here’s a sample.

1. Billions of dollars in spending exclusively devoted to benefit federal employees.

  • $5.5 billion for making federal buildings “green” (including $448 million for the Department of Homeland Security’s headquarters)
  • $198 million to design and furnish the DHS headquarters
  • $200 million for workplace safety in Department of Agriculture facilities
  • $75 million for the Smithsonian Institution
  • $300 million more for hybrid and electric cars for federal employees (see below) (oh there’s more)

2. Wasteful spending that is not directly targeted at federal employees:Arguably the best item in the Senate bill is a $1,500 tax credit to anyone that purchases “neighborhood electric vehicles”—also known as golf carts. The total estimated cost of that giveback is $300 million. Purchasers of motorcycles and three-wheelers shouldn’t despair, however, as there are benefits available for them, too. (Oh there’s more)

3. Tax cuts and tax breaks that don’t deliver anything close to real reform.

Make sure you read the whole thing.

Rosa DeLauro and Rahm Emanuel – Perfect Together

Well it beats having your kids still living in the basement.

Rep. Rosa DeLauro has received some attention lately for the apparent generosity of providing Obama’s chief of staff, former Rep. Rahm Emanuel, a place to crash in the capital. The Web reports have accused him of living illegally in her DC house.

Emanuel’s lodging would seem to constitute a gift, but a quick reading of House ethics rules suggests that members of Congress are not violating any rules when taking gifts from each other. Of course, he’s no longer a member of Congress .

and there’s more here.

Oh, but then, Emanuel is now serving under the supposedly stricter ethics regime of the Obama White House. Free rent from a Democratic pollster? Something doesn’t smell right — and it’s not just that usual basement mustiness.

But forget about any breaches of minor ethics rules. So Emanuel crashed with DeLauro and Greenberg for five years for free — who cares? What this really tells us is how hopelessly inbred Washington is. We just wish Emanuel had gotten fancier digs in the bargain.

Ok … maybe it’s not better than having the kids still living at home. At least you can get them to shovel the driveway.

Once again … H/T to Instapundit.

Thin Skinned?

What we seem to have learned about the young President is that when things don’t go well for him he returns to the old partisan candidate that we saw on the campaign trail. Not bad when running for office but not what you expect from President. Too bad it looks like the change he was looking for in Washington should begin with him.

President Obama has shown the dent in his shield. He’s sensitive about what people think of him. That’s understandable since there was very little negative coverage of him during the campaign. In addition, he had so much money he could drown out any negative questions about him. The networks and the mainline newspapers had to admit after the election they’d been a little slanted towards Obama in their coverage. You can’t blame them. As then-Senator Biden said during the campaign, “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”

The video example I have chosen shows not only that he’s not afraid, even as President, to continue to place the blame for his failure to get a bill passed squarely on the shoulders of “W” (not that in some cases its not deserved) but it’s not very Presidential and it’s clearly not very bi-partisan, and its definitely not setting a new tone.


If his definition of bi-partisan is agreeing with him after he speaks, it’s the wrong message. If this is what we can expect for the next four years it’s gunna seem like, in the words of Nancy Pelosi, like we are subjects of the King.

By the way … here is the budget deficit when Bush handed over the economy … $482 billion (projected) and Obama wants to add $1 trillion to it. That ain’t W or as Lindsey Graham says here … “Bush didn’t write this bill.”

“Q) How do you get a Democrat to pay their taxes? A) Nominate him to a cabinet position.”

Tom Daschle … Tom Daschle? Who’s next… the Treasury Secretary? Read more

Democrat majority could hurt liberal cause

Could the Democrat majority cause some in the party to rethink their approach to certain issues? That is the question I have been thinking about for the past few weeks.

When you have the power to make things happen – the Democrats have an almost filibuster-proof majority in the Senate – do you really want to be the ones to pass legislation that could do long term harm to the United States or the economy?

Previously, Democrats could talk big on a specific issue, and if the legislation did not move forward, they could blame Republicans for not coming to the table to compromise. With a strong majority, that option will not necessarily be available. The left now expects the Democrats to walk the walk, not just talk the talk.

Morrissey over at Hot Air provides us a heads-up in todays WSJ about Senate Democrats waffling on Card Check.

The Wall Street Journal detects a marked decrease in enthusiasm among the Democratic majority in the Senate for Card Check. Until now, support came easy for people like Mark Pryor as long as they knew that Republicans would block the bill from becoming law. Now that they have an almost filibuster-proof majority, Democrats have begun to think twice about becoming the party that killed the secret ballot.

From the Journal’s opinion piece by Kim Strassel.

Paradoxically, it’s Mr. Reid’s bigger majority that is now hurting him. In 2007, he got every Democrat (save South Dakota’s Tim Johnson, who was out sick) to vote for cloture. But it was an easy vote. Democrats like Mr. Pryor knew the GOP held the filibuster, and that Mr. Bush stood ready with a veto. Now that Mr. Reid has 58 seats, red-state Democrats in particular are worried they might actually have to pass this turkey, infuriating voters and businesses back home.

Democrats Seem to Always Want to Change the Rules

I don’t get it. Prior to the primary and caucus starting gun, the Democrats set the rules. The Michigan and Florida delegates would be punished since they went against party policy and scheduled early primaries. Keep in mind that the Democrat party is not the government, they are a private party and can make up any rules that they want. There was no voter disenfranchisement because this was not a general election. These were party primaries. Read more

Democrats Jump to Fix Problems

I call it the “we-have-to-do-something” disease. A tragic event occurs – or almost occurs – and everyone screams that the government should do something to solve the problem or prevent it from occurring again. It’s happening in Connecticut in reaction to a few tragic car accidents where teens were driving too damn fast, it happened in 1933 with FDR’s National Industrial Recovery Act, and it happened in 1982 when the Democrats rearranged their nominating procedures. Read more