Speaker John Boehner needs credit

August 1st, 2011

Speaker John Boehner the Republican crying man from Ohio in the end pulled it off. We know he will never get the accolades from making the deal work like others. Remember when Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi then Majority leader brought home healthcare, we watched her walk to the capital with a gavel. The Speaker not only had to deal with Tea Party GOP and old school GOP, a leader in the White House who likes to demand action without ideas or normal vision when it comes to problems. Speaker John Boehner pulled it off in the last hours with the government running on fumes, Congress and the White House moved quickly Monday toward expanding the Treasury’s borrowing authority and putting in motion a plan promising between $2.1 trillion to $2.4 trillion in deficit reduction over the next 10 years. The 74-page bill passed the House on a 269-161 vote, with 95 Democrats joining 174 Republicans in support. The Senate will rubber stamp on Tuesday. This should be a great day for Speaker John Boehner except it will forever be over shadowed by the fact Representative Gabrielle Giffords the Democrat from Arizona arrived to voted yes on the bill this was her first vote since a near-fatal shooting in January. Poor John as the only photo splashed all over the headlines for prosperity was not him banging the gavel but the standing ovation return of Gabrielle Giffords.

Airlines Take advantage

July 30th, 2011

Do you want to know who is not donating enough money to President Campaign, follow the gripping. The Democrats ratcheted up the pressure on airlines to give back the windfall they have reaped by raising fares during the partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration. The Senators sent letters to airline CEOs and other industry officials asking them to roll back fare increases. They collect $30 million a day in federal ticket taxes, when that expired last week, within 24-hours, most major airlines had raised their fares in amounts roughly equal to the taxes passengers were no longer being charged. We believe that since only democrats worried about this the airlines are not giving up enough money to the Democratic Party. We would love to the donation sheet from the major airlines because we suspect they do not give much away. The senators promised at least at this time they would not try to recoup the lost revenue through retroactive taxes. This is nothing new as the airlines also raised fares during similar tax stoppage in 1996 and 1997. They were never returned their extra profit that time either. This is a little sketchy at best as airline have the right to set their own prices based on the free market and current high fuel prices, but when every major airline increases its rates in such a short period of time seems like a collective effort .

Healthcare 20% in 2020

July 27th, 2011

Remember during the healthcare debate the democrats said they were going to stop over 400 billion in fraud and waste. When are they going to start catching that? We hope they can do it in the next ten years because the nation’s health care tab is on track to hit $4.6 trillion in 2020. That number is so high the math does not even make sense as including government and private money, health care spending in 2020 will average $13,710 for every heart beat in the US. This is put in prospective when you look at health care spending this year projected at around $2.7 trillion, which is a $8,650 per heart beat. This money is spent on the sickest of people needing the most expensive equipment and specialist doctors. This still means that in 2020, one in every five dollars in our economy will be used on healthcare. This information was produced by the Medicare economists and a statistician is proof that costs are not only not slowing down but increasing at an alarming rate. The good news is the 30 million people being added through Obamacare seem to have little effect during the first six years of the plan. The rubber meets the road at the hospital and that is where huge costs are being generated. The last fact of interest was US health care spending per person in 2008 was more than double the median for other leading economies. The survival rates for some cancers were higher in the US, the report found that quality of care overall was not markedly better.

Swift Boat Star Maker did not have a Star

July 26th, 2011

Here is another story you have to dig deep for and do not expect the lame stream media to report. It is not the story about Representative David Wu, from Oregon as we noticed the democratic label disappeared from his name. Today we go way back to the election of President Bush over John Kerry. The big thing was democrats trying to prove they could be tough on terrorism. They touted John Kerry as not only a veteran but a war hero. It is reported that the Vietnam veteran Wade R. Sanders who defended John Kerry against “Swift Boat” attacks in the 2004 presidential race has been stripped of his Silver Star by the Navy. Military officials revoked the star in 2010 after Navy investigators looked into his record and found administrative errors surrounding how the award was created. It turns out Sanders was responsible for those administrative errors and may have lied. We do think as the bloggers pick up the story you will hear more about it. The truth is you would never have heard about it if he was not arrested on other charges which forced the Navy to investigate. Service for your country is a great honor and even though it is still unclear exactly what the justification was for the Silver Star in 1992, for what was called gallantry in action. Sanders is a hero and has been awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. This is more about how the lame stream so in the tank for Kerry would never bring this to light.

GOP hold that line it is a must

July 21st, 2011

When it comes to towing the line you have got to give some credit to House Speaker John Boehner. He cannot make either side happy as the left paints him as roadblock and the right an easy mark. He has tried to stand the line as he says House Republicans are willing to compromise on a budget deal to increase the government’s ability to borrow. He has kept that stance pretty much all summer as the same time making sure to be clear any package does not include tax increases. Everyone should know that the House Republicans want to find accommodation with Democrats on the budget package. Every package comes with condition like the on passed by the House that would raise the debt ceiling only after Congress passes a balanced budget constitutional amendment. This will go the Senate on Thursday and pretty much has bipartisan support. The big question is whether House Republicans would refuse to compromise on the package. We think that the only way this flies is with compromise we just hope they keep the line in the sand on tax increases. The last thing a country in a recession could afford is taxing either the citizens who are not making enough or getting squeezed at every turn, or on any size business as we need more jobs creating and higher taxes never translate into jobs.

Friday Night Lights turns out lights

July 16th, 2011

Friday Night Lights has turned off the lights after five seasons, and one of the best shows no one talks about is going away. We have hardly found scripted television that we are truly sad when the episode ends and you cannot wait for the next week. Friday night Lights was one of those shows. Everyone goes that has gone to high school knows that football players and cheerleaders are huge stars. The thing about FNL was you had seen that all that admiration is so in toxic people can never recover. The whole town supports the team and puts the players on a pedestal telling them they are great. Over the five year run we see this high school success does not translate into later success. The players are great as a team but when they graduate they are only getting offers from small third tier colleges. The only player over the run of the show to go to big time was Smash Williams playing for Texas A&M. the rest are left to find their own way, they all walk around town with a championship ring from state and use that as a way to stay a hero for ever. It was a great show, with a great run and will be truly missed. Clear Hearts, Full Eyes, Can’t Lose..Texas Forever.

President Obama to party will country goes dark

July 15th, 2011

In a true let them eat cake moment President Obama might be careful what he says moving forward. He claimed he could stop Social Security payments to elders and the disabled when the debt ceiling is not raised in August. Will the president be tightening his belt at that time; the response let them eat cake. On August 4 it is the president birthday and he is turning 50. He’s decided to have a quiet celebration with family and a few close friends. The plans are to have an extravagant fundraising bash Aug. 3 at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, including a birthday concert teeming with celebrities and couples whom contribute $35,800. The money train does not end there are you can get in at any price. You can contribute $50 to get in but the general admission ticket is $200. For $1,000, you can sit in the rich people’s area with easy access to alcohol. Amp up your love for your hero for $10,000 you not only get a great seat, but a photo with The Birthday Boy. Remember while this is happening he is proposing a hard line that a federal government bankruptcy which will mean unpaid government workers, seniors and soldiers left to fend for their own mortgages, rents and groceries, and we will also have shuttered national parks. If this is really going to shutdown the government this might not be the best way to spends the days after you failed to make a deal.

Truth about debt and balanced budgets

July 14th, 2011

We are just a little confused on why the Republicans are the bad guys here. We understand the mean old Republicans is the mantra used forever, they are for millionaires, business and big oil. We get that lame streamers want to use this to turn working class against them. What we do not understand is how the independents can fall for it. This President has had complete control of three branched of government for the first two years and still has majority in two. The policies that President Obama wants, tried, put forth, have all failed. We are basing this on unemployment numbers, debt, taxes, and general perception of our economy. When are we going to try something new, we are not the President keeps rolling out proposals that change things 40 years from now, that is not good enough? We hear how President Clinton balanced the budget and President Bush destroyed it. The bottom line is it is all relative and the country has a 14 trillion dollar debt so explain how you can have a balanced budget when you owe 14 trillion dollars. Please do not bore me with how the money coming in covered what we spent, did it cover the interest on the debt and did it pay down the debt at all it did not. If the country was run like a middle class household they would have been foreclosed on, everyone please wake up.

McConnell has a plan but not a good one

July 13th, 2011

We knew the debt battle this week was going to be epic. We are sure by the end of the week sides will be drawn. We are ready for the lame streamers to break put the evil Right wing Tea Party trying to ruin the nation. We were a little perplexed over Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell contingency plan for a debt limit increase, to give President Obama new power for automatic debt limit increase. This would means the aggressive debt limit proposal from the right. It seems like a lose –lose as in if there is a problem, Republicans and not President Obama would be on the hook for it. We understand McConnell just wanted to give the president the ability to raise the debt ceiling through 2012, using three separate increments, at the same time the President must propose spending cuts larger than each request. We think the proposal is sound and it is almost like when in football it is fourth and five on the opponent 36 yard line. It is easier and a safer bet to punt than attempt a 53 yard field goal or try to convert a fourth down. Just punt and pin your opponent deep and try to change field position. The hope is the landscape changes in 2012 and the outcome is more favorable. The problem is nothing is certain and if you punt and President Obama picks up the ball and scores changes filed position into his favor or scores a touchdown. The game is over and the next four years the Republicans could be floundering around like a college dropout forced to move home and live under their perants rules.

House Shakedown Week Cancelled

July 8th, 2011

Here you are thinking it is summer and your no account politicians are living the high life. Under normal circumstances these are the times to get back to the districts, hold a BBQ, walk a town parade, and visit local groups. These politicians spend their summer putting their hand out to shake the hand of anybody they can touch and receive a donation. But every once and a while you have to be part of a team so that it what we have here as House Republican leaders say they are cancelling a mid-July week off as the deadline approaches for the White House and Congress to reach an agreement on extending the debt limit. The bad news rolled out as House Majority Leader Eric Cantor put lawmakers on notice that the House will be in session from Tuesday, July 19 through Friday, July 22. We had always called that the shakedown week but the congressional calendar calls it constituent week. This is the first sign that something is going to happen and a deal is going to get done. The docket reads that during the week the House will consider a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. The idea is to stay in session to debate deficit reduction and efforts to extend the debt ceiling by the Aug. 2 deadline set by the Treasury Department.