Mitch McConnell: Republicans Must Increase Spending!

The Tea Party handed power to Mitch McConnell so he can now publicly spit on them. After learning about how the budget process was completely and inexplicably derailed, this should come as no surprise to anyone. Mitch McConnell is now calling for spending increases. According to the Hill: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell acknowledged Wednesday that he and the House Speaker are discussing a short-term government funding bill to avoid a shutdown on Oct. 1. McConnell (R-Ky.) also warned his Read more […]

The Government Shutdown Brainwashing

The media keeps telling us over and over again a bunch of stuff about the government shutdown we all know isn’t true. They must be trying to hypnotize us. I think some people in the media really believe that if they tell us the sky is pink and water isn’t wet that we will believe them rather than the testimony of our own senses. When it comes to the so-called “government shutdown,” it gets ridiculous. Consider this article by Sahil Kapur at Bloomberg. He begins: The sequel to Government Read more […]

McConnell: No Defunding Planned Parenthood until after 2016

He claims defunding Planned Parenthood would be stopped by the President’s veto. But what about the budget? According to McClatchy, “McConnell: Planned Parenthood defunding a no-go this year.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell cast doubt on the ability of abortion opponents in Congress to defund Planned Parenthood during upcoming federal budget battles on Capitol Hill. McConnell, R-Ky., in a Kentucky television interview Monday, said stripping Planned Parenthood of federal dollars Read more […]

Senate Can’t Win If It Fears Government Shutdown

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell has refused to allow a government shutdown, thus destroying his own power. As I have pointed out before, Congress’ main power is the power of the purse. If House or Senate officials are unwilling to use that power, they cannot possibly constrain the President. Thus, Mitch McConnell’s pledge not to shut down the government has led him into a dead end. As the Washington Post reports, “McConnell, after his no-shutdowns pledge, quickly finds himself Read more […]

White House Gets Ready to Blame GOP for Economy

President Obama makes statements that set him up to blame GOP for the lousy economy that he hasn’t fixed. For years and years we heard that the economy was all Bush’s fault (even while the Obama Administration doubled down on his worst policies, like stimulus and money-printing). Now, the Democrats have started boasting about this late, weak, and frail so-called “recovery” and acting like it is an impressive accomplishment. Think about it hypothetically. What would you do if you Read more […]

Debt Slavery Piling On Since the Government “Shutdown” Ended

Back when the so-called Government “shutdown” was in effect, the media treated the Republicans who made it happen as if they had polluted a well that was needed for drinking water. They had stopped the source of all good things. The media and the Democrats (but I repeat myself) kept saying we needed to raise the debt limit in order to pay our creditors. So they admitted that they only wanted to go into more debt in order to merely pay interest on other debt. Soon afterwards, the Republicans Read more […]

Mitt Romney: “We Kind Of Had To Steal The Republican Nomination”

The documentary is called “MITT” but from what I see in reviews, it should have been called “LOSER.” It is a movie of the Mitt Romney Presidential campaigns, and most viewers are claiming that the most apparent take away from the documentary is Mitt Romney’s lack of confidence. As Byron York summarize: …for viewers who follow politics closely, especially for Republicans who desperately wanted to defeat Barack Obama, there is a revelation in “Mitt” that is not just unexpected but Read more […]

Mainstream Media Doesn’t Want You To Stare Directly At Our Economy

What a lovely headline from the Associated Press at the L. A. Times website! “U. S. economy adds 204,000 jobs in October” And then the teaser tells us that the media is even willing to weaken their mantra about how the government “shut down” (as if!) hurt the economy: “The burst of hiring comes despite the 16-day government shutdown…” And then a slight bit of bad news: “The unemployment rate ticks up to 7.3%.” But even that bit of bad news is soon dispelled: The U.S. economy added Read more […]

Tea Party Fighting For Its Life In Alabama

Today, many are considering Alabama to be a test of Tea Party v. Establishment GOP. From the Hill: Establishment Republicans, looking to push back against Tea Party conservatives they blame for undermining the GOP brand, face an early test of their clout with the grassroots in Tuesday’s primary election for Alabama’s 1st congressional district. Amid a concerted effort by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to secure a win for former state Sen. Bradley Byrne in the deep-red district, polls show his Read more […]

Debt and Bubbles from Bloomberg TV

The headline says it all: “US Debt Is A Black Cloud Over Investors.” Steve Holland of The Holland Group was discussing “why we’re seeing a rally” in US markets with Angie Lau on Bloomberg Television’s “First Up.” Holland listed a lot of short term positive signs, but his outlook did not seem positive at all when he was done. Listen especially at 1:53 and following. [Click here if the video does not work below] Hearing Holland mention the debt as a reason that investors fear the US economy Read more […]

Reuters Anti-Tea-Party Meme: “Politics Hurting The Economy”

From the “correlation = causation” department: Orders for a wide range of U.S.-made capital goods plummeted in September and consumer sentiment weakened sharply in October, signs that a budget battle in Washington has held back the economy. New orders of non-military capital goods other than aircraft, an indicator of business spending plans, fell 1.1 percent last month, the Commerce Department said on Friday. That could be a sign businesses were shutting their wallets as the fiscal debate Read more […]

Latest Republican Failure A Surprise?

The capitulation of the leadership of the Republican Party in the showdown over the what was sold as a “government shutdown”, should not surprise anyone. What is surprising is that, in light of the track record of the conservative party, so many people would expect any other result. Isn’t this the conservative party that always folds its cards when the liberals/progressives/socialists go “all in”? In fact, what has this party ever conserved, other than the liberal victories of it’s supposed Read more […]