Wanna see how draconian the federal public employees union is?
It will no doubt surprise you to learn that President Obama, the great patron of the working man, also happens to be the great CEO of one of the least union-friendly shop floors in the nation.
This is, after all, the president who has berated Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to limit the collective bargaining rights of public employees, calling the very idea an “assault on unions.” This is also the president who has sicced his political arm, Organizing for America, on Madison, allowing the group to fill buses and plan rallies. Ah, but it’s easy to throw rocks when you live in a stone (White) house.
Fact: President Obama is the boss of a civil work force that numbers up to two million (excluding postal workers and uniformed military). Fact: Those federal workers cannot bargain for wages or benefits. Fact: Washington, D.C. is, in the purest sense, a “right to work zone.” Federal employees are not compelled to join a union, nor to pay union dues. Fact: Neither Mr. Obama, nor the prior Democratic majority, ever acted to give their union chums a better federal deal.
Scott Walker, eat your heart out.
What WI is proposing is to remove collective bargaining power for WI public employees’ benefits, not their wages…they would still be free to collectively bargain for those. Plus, WI is proposing an increase in WI public employees’ contributions to their own health care, a contribution level that is still worlds lower than that of federal employees unions.
In other words, WI isn’t being so cold as to ask their employees to emulate the federal employees union. Yet B.O. is asking the governor to stop villifying state employees?
So, Oba-Mao is being a hypocrite. No big shocker there, right? Well, how about a little red meat from WI Governor Scott Walker?
Gov. Scott Walker on Monday afternoon responded to comments President Barack Obama made earlier in the day about the protests in Madison:
Walker’s office issued this statement:
“I’m sure the President knows that most federal employees do not have collective bargaining for wages and benefits while our plan allows it for base pay. And I’m sure the President knows that the average federal worker pays twice as much for health insurance as what we are asking for in Wisconsin. At least I would hope he knows these facts.
“Furthermore, I’m sure the President knows that we have repeatedly praised the more than 300,000 government workers who come to work every day in Wisconsin.
“I’m sure that President Obama simply misunderstands the issues in Wisconsin, and isn’t acting like the union bosses in saying one thing and doing another.”
And to think that people perceive the unions that are bankrupting this country as being functional illiterates when it comes to economics! Excerpt:
What’s the best way to get Americans back to work?
Raise taxes, according to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. Specifically, he wants to raise the federal gas tax as a means to fund infrastructure spending. “We need a dedicated source of revenue to create infrastructure in this country,” he tells Aaron Task in the accompanying clip.
“We need to create jobs. The best way to do that is through infrastructure development.” Simply maintaining the existing infrastructure in this country will cost $2.2 trillion over five years, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers. That doesn’t include Obama’s objective of high-speed rails and green energy projects.
Trumka didn’t say specifically how much he would raise the gas tax, but mentioned he’s shown the President a $256 billion plan to improve infrastructure. If every billion spent on infrastructure creates 35,000 jobs, as he claims, this package would create close to 9 million jobs over the next five years.
By that “logic” (and I use that word loosely), all we need to do is jack gas taxes northward of $10/gal and we’ll be swimming in new jobs! Because those taxes pay for themselves, mind you.
“You folks aren’t bragging enough on me. Here, let me help you with that.”
The Democratic National Committee wanted to honor Nancy Pelosi Thursday — but its praise wasn’t good enough for the House minority leader.
When the DNC’s Resolutions Committee brought up a resolution commemorating Pelosi’s years as speaker of the House, Pelosi’s daughter sought to alter the proposal at her mother’s behest, adding some of the accomplishments that the elder Pelosi felt the committee had overlooked.
“I have some friendly amendments,” said Christine Pelosi, a political strategist, at the committee’s session during the DNC Winter Meeting at the Marriott Wardman Park hotel Thursday afternoon. She is a member of the committee.
“You think I’m kidding,” Christine Pelosi added, to surprised laughter from the room. The proposed changes, she indicated, came out of a discussion with her mother.
If you’re getting the impression that the Dems didn’t get the memo from the November 2010 elections, you would be correct. Just when you thought they couldn’t be more tone deaf after re-nominating the woman who lost control of Congress, they have flipped the bird to Normal America once again.
Jimmy Carter sends flowers to Helen Thomas, both reminisce on how their careers ended because of their anti-Semitism
Birds of an anti-Semitic feather flock together, no? Details:
From the Falls Church News-Press, which is Helen Thomas’s new employer, comes an interesting bit of gossip. In an otherwise mundane column, the paper’s editor, Nicholas F. Benton, reports on the “handful” of Thomas’s friends and supporters who reached out to her during her controversy last summer — and apparently, one of these supporters, oddly enough, was former president Jimmy Carter:
[Rosie] O’Donnell sent Thomas, now age 90, flowers in sympathy for the highly upsetting incident and, along with President Jimmy Carter, was one of only a handful of her longtime colleagues and friends to reach out to her.
If true, this is certainly fitting. Both Thomas and Carter have been accused of anti-Semitism for their statements about Israel, although Carter hasn’t gone as far as to say that the Jews should “go back to Germany.” Could the former president have contacted Thomas to commiserate about his own experiences?
No word as to whether the two of them drank a toast to Arafat or anything.
No, this isn’t satire, though it darned well should be. It’s sadder when you realize that this jabroni is 100% serious.
Business leaders are equally frank. “The fact is that climate around the world is changing,” says Sunny Verghese, chief executive officer at Olam International, among the world’s three biggest suppliers of rice and cotton. “That will cause massive disruptions.”
Civilization has faced down pandemics and world wars — and has emerged stronger for having met the test. The current series of droughts and floods are not simply wreaking havoc on food supplies. They’re harbingers of life in a hotter (except it’s not. CL) and more chaotic climate. Could hunger, and the threat to power that accompanies it, be what finally forces political leaders to act?
Point to ponder: If we want all dictatorial weirdbeards out of power in the Arab world, shouldn’t we ALL be rushing out to buy Hummers right now?
Actually, I would argue that if there is any correlation to global “warming” and starving revolutionaries, it is that the environuts that have perpetuated this junk science fraud known as global “warming” (or “climate change”, when it’s friggin’ freezing outside) are to blame. They have convinced corn producers to grow corn for fuel instead of for food. As a result, corn is going into our fuel tanks instead of our guts, and thus, food is seeing a supply pinch that it shouldn’t be seeing.
The world is starving so we can try to address a problem that isn’t even real, and in turn, we create food shortage problems that are very real indeed. Thanks, you greenie whackadoodles.
Check this out:
President Obama has decided that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional and has asked his Justice Department to stop defending it in court, the administration announced today.
“The President believes that DOMA is unconstitutional. They are no longer going to be defending the cases in the 1st and 2nd circuits,” a person briefed on the decision said.
This is what disturbs me greatly about this situation…
The administration has, for two years, defended DOMA in court as being constitutional. Now, all of a sudden, B.O. has belatedly come to the conclusion that it is not constitutional. Regardless of which side of the issue you fall on, isn’t there something unsettling about the government taking a position of defense, and then unprompted by any court orders or subsequent legislation, the government comes to a total about-face and says “OK, we’ve been saying all along that it’s constitutional, but now, we’re going to say it’s not…we’ve been wrong all along”?
Exit question: Dare we to hope the administration will pull the same about-face on the constitutionality (or lack thereof) of ObamaCare?
Federal judge (Clinton appointee) rules ObamaCare constitutional because Congress can regulate “mental activity”
Arguably the scariest ruling yet in the ObamaCare court circus. Details:
A federal judge has upheld the national health care law, making it the fifth ruling on the merits of the legal challenges to the individual mandate.
The ruling by the Clinton appointee, U.S. District Court Judge Gladys Kessler of the District of Columbia continues the pattern of Democratic-appointed judges siding with the Obama administration and Republican judges siding with the plaintiffs in ruling the mandate unconstitutional. Kessler’s ruling comes in a case brought by individual plaintiffs, where as the two decisions striking down the mandate have come in cases brought by 27 states, based in Virginia and Florida.
Like the other decisions upholding the law, the logic of Kessler’s ruling demonstrates how broadly one has to interpret congressional powers to find the mandate constitutional. In something right out of Harrison Bergeron, Kessler notes that Washington has the authority to regulate “mental activity”:
As previous Commerce Clause cases have all involved physical activity, as opposed to mental activity, i.e. decision-making, there is little judicial guidance on whether the latter falls within Congress’s power…However, this Court finds the distinction, which Plaintiffs rely on heavily, to be of little significance. It is pure semantics to argue that an individual who makes a choice to forgo health insurance is not “acting,” especially given the serious economic and health-related consequences to every individual of that choice. Making a choice is an affirmative action, whether one decides to do something or not do something. They are two sides of the same coin. To pretend otherwise is to ignore reality.
It is worth noting, however, that even Kessler concedes that “there is little judicial guidance” on this question.
Apparently, “mental activity” is no longer a requirement to be a federal judge.
Got that? “Mental activity” can be regulated by Congress, which is something that the Founding Fathers obviously intended to be a proper federal role. For those of you on the left, the last part of the prior sentence was sarcasm.
Interestingly, remember when Chairman O got snippy with George Snuffalupagus (or whatever the h3ll his name is) about how ObamaCare’s individual mandate was a tax…then argued in court that Congress could issue the mandate because the Constitution allows Congress to tax? Yeah, the Kerryesque “it actually wasn’t a tax, before it was”? Well, even this Clinton judge rejected that notion, saying that the Commerce Clause allows Congress to regulate our thoughts and that alone was reason enough to allow the mandate to stand.
Orwell just called. He asked if we still think he was paranoid for writing 1984.
You know, if I didn’t know any better, I’d swear the New York Times is less interested in reporting and more interested in agenda-driving, even if they look hypocritical in the process. If I didn’t know any better, that is. From Jonathan Tobin:
In 2009 and 2010 the New York Times covered protests against the Obama administration’s stimulus spending bill and health care plan as the barely legal revolt of an unwashed and uncivil band of reactionaries determined not only to halt what the paper considered progress but also to thwart democracy. But anyone looking at the Times’ front page article on Saturday describing protests against the effort by Wisconsin’s newly elected governor and legislature to balance the state’s books got a very different view of a protest movement.
According to the Times, the activities of the Wisconsin public sector unions — whose expensive benefits have put their state on the brink of bankruptcy — are nothing less than the moral equivalent of the demonstrations in Tunisia that brought down an authoritarian dictatorship. As the headline “Wisconsin Leads the Way as Workers Fight Cuts” indicates, the whole focus of the piece is an effort to portray the unions and their Democratic allies as revolutionaries who are on the cutting edge of a movement that will, in effect, reverse the verdict of last year’s election.
Read the whole thing. It’s short, but he lays out the indictment against the Old Gray Hag quite nicely, including a video link contrasting liberal rhetoric vs. reality.
As for the NYT: Nope…no liberal media bias!
Most of you are probably aware of the situation in Wisconsin: the Dems were roundly defeated in an erstwhile blue state, and they are ignoring the election results with a hyperdefiance.
The WI House passed a bill to remove collective barganing from public employee unions (since public unions are crippling the state’s budget), and the newly elected governor has stated that he will sign this bill once the Senate acts on it. The WI Senate requires 20 members to be present to pass budgetary laws, and while all 19 Republicans are present, none of the 14 Democrats are. They fled the state, refusing to do the taxpayer-funded jobs to which they were elected, in a display of cowardice and arrogance stunning only in its proportion.
It was rumored that the Senate would bring up the issue in a separate non-budgetary bill (which wouldn’t require a single Democrat to be there), a “nuclear option” of sorts. Bad news: that was just a rumor. Good news: Republicans will vote on other bills that Democrats hate and won’t be there to demagogue or flip Republicans to their side. Details:
Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said today the Senate will not break out proposed collective bargaining changes from the governor’s budget repair bill so Republicans can approve them with just their 19 members present.
Republicans have been unable to approve the budget repair bill because they need 20 members present for a quorum on fiscal matters. Some Dems have questioned whether Republicans would break out the collective bargaining changes from the bill to go around the Senate Dems’ current boycott during a scheduled floor session tomorrow.
Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, said such a move would not happen, but Republicans plan to move ahead with regular Senate business. In addition to tomorrow’s calendar, that could mean public hearings on other legislation, and possibly a floor vote on a voter ID bill that Democrats don’t like.
“Just because they don’t want to participate, you cant shut down the people’s work,” Fitzgerald said.
While I wish the GOP would grow a pair and take down the public unions in the separate measure, I’ll take porking the Dems up the chute on other issues. Anything to make the left’s life miserable is good news for citizens of WI, no?
Nationally, unions are taking a beating in public opinion polls on this issue. Then again, union contempt for the public which they purport to serve is already apparent.
There is a great column on how the MSM has declared war on budget cuts by Richard Benedetto. Excerpt:
Now that budget battles have begun in earnest all around the country, those advocating spending cuts, Democrat and Republican, had better not expect any help in furthering their cause from the mainstream news media. In fact, the news media might be their most formidable foe.
How so? Well, now that we know the targets of the cuts, the news media, suckers for a sob story, are already throbbing with carefully orchestrated, heart-rending tales about what devastation those cuts will cause:
Children who won’t be fed; students unable to afford college; classrooms bursting at the seams; cancers that will not be treated; trains that won’t run; roads that won’t be built; families becoming homeless or freezing in their unheated homes; single mothers who will lose child care and job training; food that will not be inspected; water and air that will be more polluted; farmers forced from their land; playgrounds, parks, museums, libraries and health clinics closed …
You know the drill.
He cites specific examples of MSM malfeasance, where they add a face to the purported “victims” of our financial housecleaning. It seems as though our media don’t seem to recognize the need for budget cuts, with insolvency and bankruptcy not even registering as a blip on their radar.
As Ace notes:
Yes, it is odd — the science is settled but it appears the unavoidable and simple arithmetic is infinitely mutable and open to question.
Why are those who claim that math has suddenly stopped functioning in 2010 not deemed to be “anti-math”? (Or just anti-science, as math is the handmaiden of the sciences.) Why are those who deny fiscal reality not termed Financial Catastrophe Denialists, on par with Holocaust Denialists?
So here we have a genuine, provable calamity on the horizon (and by “horizon,” I mean 3-5 years), and the media fails to take to task those who deny we have a serious problem, permitting them to speak in gibberish and evasions rather than commit to staving off financial Armageddon.
NBC has a Green Week. Think they’ll start a Solvency Week? To similarly raise awareness?
Don’t count on it. While the media is eager to expose what it believes is erroneous thinking that hurts the liberal cause, they have no desire at all to cure erroneous thinking that helps the liberal cause.
Nope…no liberal media bias!
It makes sense, if you don’t think about it too hard. Here’s Gibbsy’s replacement, Jay Carney, trying real hard to do what we Tennesseans like to call “polishing a turd”:
TAPPER: If I borrow money from you — to pay — to pay off the interest for -
CARNEY: You may owe me.
TAPPER: Ten-year rule. If I borrow money from you to pay off the interest for the debt I owe to Geoff, am I not adding to my debt?
CARNEY: Well, without dealing with hypotheticals, why don’t you — why don’t you –
TAPPER: The president seems to think that that borrowing money to pay the interest on the debt is not adding to the debt. I don’t understand that math.
Webster just called to say that he hasn’t been this busy in his grave since Bill Clinton asked about the meaning of “is”.
After Tapper nails him, Carney goes off on a tangent about inheriting an economic crisis, Bush’s fault, how Obama’s budget really eliminates deficits, etc. Wait, what was that last one again?
TAPPER: I assume when the president calls for an adult conversation, he means that conversation should be forthright and politicians shouldn’t be hiding behind cute language such as “We will not be adding more to the national debt,” even if hundreds of billions of dollars are being added to the national debt in interest — paid on debt that President Obama helped, himself, create.
TAPPER: Just to button this, you think that, “We will not be adding more to the national debt,” is a statement that stands to scrutiny?
CARNEY: Absolutely, absolutely. And Jake, we have explained precisely what that means in terms of new spending; you know, getting our spending and income — I mean, our income and spending into balance — that is an important step towards dealing with our deficit and our debt.
OK, exactly WHEN do we get “our income and spending into balance” in Obama’s budget? According to Politifact, using Obama’s own budget…
2010: $1.293 trillion
2011: $1.645 trillion
2012: $1.101 trillion
2013: $768 billion
2014: $645 billion
2015: $607 billion
2016: $649 billion
2017: $627 billion
2018: $619 billion
2019: $681 billion
2020: $735 billion
2021: $774 billion
Huh. We don’t.
Either the fool seems to think that having a $600+ billion deficit is practically the same as having a $0 deficit, or he’s a shameless and treasonous liar. So which one is it, liberals?
I’m pretty sure he said that. Or something like that. I’m paraphrasing, natch. Details:
Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday became the third newly elected Republican governor to reject the Obama administration’s $53 billion plan to build a nationwide high-speed rail network.
In declining more than $2 billion in federal funds for the proposed Orlando-to-Tampa line, Scott said federal government’s ridership and revenue estimates are too optimistic, meaning that Florida taxpayers would have to subsidize the line. He also suggested that cost overruns could leave Florida taxpayers having to foot a $3 billion bill.
“The truth is that this project would be far too costly to taxpayers, and I believe the risk far outweighs the benefits,” Scott said.
Kudos to Governor Scott for not being swayed by the lure of “free” federal money, which as he observes, only puts us Floridians on the hook if there are tax overruns. I know, I know, since when has the federal government totally blown it on guesstimations of costs? Oh, I dunno…
At its start, in 1966, Medicare cost $3 billion. The House Ways and Means Committee estimated that Medicare would cost only about $ 12 billion by 1990 (a figure that included an allowance for inflation). This was a supposedly “conservative” estimate. But in 1990 Medicare actually cost $107 billion.
Oh. My. Stars. This didn’t really happen, did it?
House Democrats made their case for continuing taxpayer funding of public media outlets like NPR and PBS with a little help from Arthur the PBS cartoon character, who visited the Capitol Wednesday morning.
The friendly aardvark will joined Democratic Reps. Edward Markey of Massachusetts, Earl Earl Blumenauer of Oregon and others to hit back against Republicans who have pledged to cut the funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in the next budget.
Republicans released their plan to cut more than $60 billion from the federal budget last week.
“Shameful” doesn’t even begin to to describe this. Neither does “pathetic”, I’m afraid.
PBS programming that is desired in the marketplace will be picked up by other channels, without Mr. and Mrs. Taxpayer footing the bill. If John Doe and Heroes are allowed to wither on the free market’s vine, then by (insert politically correct deity here), so should Bill Moyers and Nova.
This pretty much says it all:
Comforting to know this genius is “teaching” somebody’s kids.
Sometimes, words aren’t even necessary…so the video will do:
CIA Director Panetta: I’m using the MSM instead of intelligence reports to figure out what’s happening in Egypt
CIA Director Leon Panetta helped touch off an avalanche of erroneous expectations Thursday when he testified that there was a “strong likelihood” that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak would step down by the end of the day.
Within minutes, senior aides to Panetta sought to tamp down the impact, saying he was merely referring to media reports. But by then, the comments had ricocheted around the Internet, underscoring U.S. confusion about events unfolding in Egypt, as well as the perils of publicly weighing in on such developments while serving as director of CIA.
After the committee chairman referred to media accounts predicting that the Egyptian president would step down, Panetta said, “I got the same information you did, that there is a strong likelihood that Mubarak may step down this evening, which would be significant in terms of where the hopefully orderly transition in Egypt takes place.”
Shortly thereafter, a U.S. intelligence official said that Panetta “was clearly referring to press reports alluded to” by the panel chairman, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.).
The explanation that Panetta was citing news accounts protected him from being on the hook if the prediction turned out not to be true. But it also carried a more subtle public relations risk, suggesting that the CIA chief was not necessarily any better informed than others at Thursday’s hearing, scanning their cellphones for breaking news.
Well, I guess when CNN says that they are the “most trusted” news source (don’t laugh, they really claim that!), Panetta takes their word for it. “Screw intel reports! Wolf Blitzer is telling me all I need to know!”
Obama’s Director of National “Intelligence”: The Muslim Brotherhood is really a “secular” organization
“The term ‘Muslim Brotherhood’…is an umbrella term for a variety of movements, in the case of Egypt, a very heterogeneous group, largely secular, which has eschewed violence and has decried Al Qaeda as a perversion of Islam,” Clapper said.
How “secular” is the “Muslim Brotherhood”? This much:
The Brotherhood uses the slogan, “Islam is the answer,” and generally advocates for government in accordance with Islamic principles. The movement has as a broad goal unifying what it perceives as Muslim lands, from Spain to Indonesia, as a “caliphate.”
Jamie Smith, director of the office of public affairs for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence later said in a statement to ABC News: “To clarify Director Clapper’s point – in Egypt the Muslim Brotherhood makes efforts to work through a political system that has been, under Mubarak’s rule, one that is largely secular in its orientation – he is well aware that the Muslim Brotherhood is not a secular organization.”
We’re in good hands, my friends.
Please let November 2012 get here post haste.
Breaking news: Some Republican Congressman you’ve never heard of resigns over being an adulterous lout
Rep. Chris Lee (R-NY) is married and has kids. He didn’t let that get in the way of hitting up women on Craigslist and sending them shirtless photos of himself.
Apparently, Boehner told him to hit the bricks, so yeserday afternoon, Lee obliged. His seat is now vacant in NY-26, but that seat has sent a Republican nearly every time since the Civil War. So hopefully, the state GOP (or local chapters) can find someone without such “quirks” and much less baggage. If there’s any silver lining, at least he didn’t go full Favre here, right?
Seriously, though, good riddance to Lee. Hopefully, he can patch things up with his family and minimize the emotional carnage that this has surely leveled on his wife.
Bill Clinton just called to say that Lee’s behavior is appalling.
George Allen is going to be going after his old seat, but Allen will be facing a Tea Party primary opponent. Who knows what jabroni the Dems will put forward? But hey, considering the state was depraved enough to vote for Webb in the first place, you just never know.
President Barack Obama is turning again to fermented alcoholic beverages to find common ground between antagonists, this time fans of the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
For his Super Bowl party Sunday evening, Obama is offering Yuengling Lager and Light, brewed in Pennsylvania, and Hinterland Pale Ale and Amber Ale, all the way from Wisconsin. Independents can pour down some White House Honey Ale if they like.
The rest of the menu for the 100 or so guests at the White House bash is tailgate-friendly even if served inside the Executive Mansion: bratwurst, kielbasa, cheeseburgers, deep-dish pizza and Buffalo wings with sides of German potato salad, twice-baked potatoes and assorted chips and dips.
Wonder if Shelly O’s salt task force was there to monitor the situation?
Look, before I get accused of having “Obama Derangement Syndrome” again, let me point out my beef (no pun inteded): As is typical with liberals, there are rules that apply to us mortals, and then there are rules that apply to our betters.
Hey, if the prez wants to get schnonkered and clog his arteries with fatty foods, I doubt I could possibly care less than I already do. But for the love of Pete, do not tell me that I need to lay off of the same stuff that you are downing unless you are willing to live by example. I mean, Bill Clinton would be correct if he lauded the virtues of marital monogamy, but the fatally flawed messenger could inhibit the otherwise worthwhile lesson, no?
It’s not an MSM headline. It’s a blog post title, meaning that it comes from a real news source!
“Cowboys Stadium Officials Use Warming to Get Rid of Ice & Snow, Al Gore Not Consulted”
The story is about how stadium officials warmed up the stadium to melt the rooftop ice and snow. Quips Doug Powers:
Using Gore’s unassailable laws of science, won’t a rising temperature lead to an increase in the amount of snow and ice? Stadium officials really should have consulted Al first.
More than four years after its publication, five disgruntled readers have filed a class-action lawsuit against President Jimmy Carter and his publisher, Simon & Schuster, alleging that his 2006 book “Palestine Peace Not Apartheid” contained “numerous false and knowingly misleading statements intended to promote the author’s agenda of anti-Israel propaganda and to deceive the reading public instead of presenting accurate information as advertised.”
The suit accuses Carter and his publisher of violating New York consumer protection laws because they engaged in “deceptive acts in the course of conducting business” and alleges that they sought enrichment by promoting the book “as a work of non-fiction.”
In a press release, one of the attorneys, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner stated: “The lawsuit will expose all the falsehoods and misrepresentations in Carter’s book and prove that his hatred of Israel has led him to commit this fraud on the public. He is entitled to his opinions but deceptions and lies have no place in works of history.”
By the way, if you want an indication as to how the Washington comPost author feels about the merits of this lawsuit, look at this bit of editorializing in the “article”:
The five plaintiffs named in the lawsuit are seeking at least $5 million in compensation. The hard cover edition cost $27.
WTH does the cost of the book have to do with the lawsuit? I don’t seem to recall the comPost reporting on the dope who spilled McDonalds coffee on herself in a similar manner: “A woman spilled hot coffee on herself in a McDonalds drive-thru window. The woman now seeks $3 million in damages. The coffee cost 49 cents.” Nope…no liberal media bias!
Anyway, here’s hoping that Jimmy the Dhimmi’s anti-Semitism finally catches up to him.
Obama administration found in contempt of court order in Gulf moratorium case. Contempt next for ignoring ObamaCare ruling?
The Obama Administration acted in contempt by continuing its deepwater drilling moratorium after the policy was struck down, a New Orleans judge ruled.
Interior Department regulators acted with “determined disregard” by lifting and reinstituting a series of policy changes that restricted offshore drilling, following the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, U.S. District Judge, Martin Feldman of New Orleans ruled yesterday.
“Each step the government took following the court’s imposition of a preliminary injunction showcases its defiance,” Feldman said in the ruling.
“Such dismissive conduct, viewed in tandem with the re- imposition of a second blanket and substantively identical moratorium, and in light of the national importance of this case, provide this court with clear and convincing evidence of the government’s contempt,” Feldman said.
Obama? Ignoring a court’s ruling? The hell you say! What kind of crazy wingnut conspiracy theory is that?
In his Jan. 31 Final Summary Declaratory Judgment, Judge Vinson, in the district court for the Northern District of Florida, said “it is hereby DECLARED, ADJUDGED, and DECREED that The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Pub. L. No. 111-148, 124 Stat. 119 (2010) … is unconstitutional.”
And in the complete ruling, Vinson wrote that “there is a long-standing presumption ‘that officials of the Executive Branch will adhere to the law as declared by the court. As a result, this declaratory judgment is the functional equivalent of an injunction.’”
Paging Darrell Issa…
Good catch by JWF.
Yeserday, Reid chastised Senate Republicans for forcing a repeal vote on ObamaCare that they knew was doomed to fail. In other words, he thought a “symbolic vote” was a waste of time.
In 2007, Reid said it was important to hold a symbolic vote on the Iraq surge.
As JWF puts it:
So when it came to trying to lose a war, Reid is down with symbolic votes. But when it comes to the will of the majority, he just hasn’t got time for any of it.
Hey, thanks to our friends in NV for sending this jack#ss back to DC!
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