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One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics
is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -- Plato
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Surprised! Herman Cain Endorses Gingrich
Cain: "I am endorsing the people!"
Bill Smith, Editor: This evening, at a dinner in West Palm Beach, Florida, former presidential candidate Herman Cain evidenced that he has changed his "unconventional endorsement" of "the people" to "a person." He has endorsed former House Speaker Newt Gingrich for the Republican nomination for president. Cain said, "I hereby officially and enthusiastically endorse Newt Gingrich for president of the United States. . . . I know what this sausage grinder is all about. I know he's going through this sausage grinder because he cares about the American people."
As a former candidate, Herman Cain has earned the right to endorse whomever he wishes. However, his endorsement was a surprise to many grassroots conservatives. After having suspended his race for the nomination, Cain indicated that he would not be endorsing a specific candidate. Just nine days ago, at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference (SRLC) in Charleston, South Carolina, Cain declared that he was making "an unconventional endorsement. Not a candidate seeking the nomination. Not someone that is not running. (sic) My unconventional endorsement is the 'people.' We the People of the United States are still in charge. That is whom I am endorsing because we are the ones who are going to have to lead this revolution. We're the ones who will be able to take our power back. I am endorsing 'the people'!"
Cain's "unconventional endorsement" signaled that he was going to advance the "we the people" conservative message while not endorsing a specific Republican candidate seeking the nomination. Cain endorsed "the people," and most understood that he would support the candidate finally chosen by "the people." It will now be interesting to observe how Mr. Cain expects to speak on behalf of "We the People" having already picked his candidate to support.
Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich know each other well. They both have served the people of Georgia. Newt was as a Representative for a district in Georgia. Herman Cain has been a voice for conservative via his radio show. Also, both Cain and Gingrich have been "big name" speakers at the same conservative events.
Cain has also been viewed as a social conservative which added to his popularity. However, Cain did not endorse Rick Santorum who is the candidate closest to his social conservative beliefs. While Newt Gingrich offers what he sees as bold new ideas with regard to the economy, he has not been considered by Republican to be a credible spokesman for social conservative.
Also, there seems to be a disconnect regarding Cain's referenced "sausage grinder" comment. Cain suffered from what I believe to be false allegation and attacks by the liberal media much in the same manner that were used by the media against former governor Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann.
However, the criticism of Newt Gingrich by fellow conservatives has been based on Gingrich's own past actions be they perceived immoral actions or actions while an elected official. It is interesting that the liberal media has opted to avoided attacking Newt on these situations. Potentially, they are bidding their time to see if Gingrich wins the Republican nomination. As we know, the liberal media bias has favored supporting President Obama.
Obviously Herman Cains has now evidenced his "all in" support for Newt Gingrich. And Gingrich should be very glad to have this endorsement. We also expect that Cain will be ready to support whomever wins the Republican presidential nomination. My concern is what effect this endorsement might have on Herman Cain and his message.
-------------  In full disclosure, I know and respect Herman Cain and therefore did not accept as true the allegations against Herman Cain. I have covered and reported on Cain at many events including traveling with him on the 2010 Spending Revolt Bus Tour in Arkansas. As editor, I have refrained from endorsing any Republican candidate because I see positives in all of the candidates and in the end must support whomever the majority of "the people" select as the Republican presidential candidate. However, my wife and I were pulling for Cain as a presidential candidate. Herman Cain is a man who can make your soul smile. Tags:Herman Cain, Republican, endorsement, Newt Gingrich, election 2012To share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Sen. Marco Rubio Delivers Weekly GOP Address On The Promise Of America
Sen. Marco Rubio: In the Weekly Republican Address, Florida Senator Marco Rubio explains the failures of the Obama administration. He contrasts those with the promise of America that he and Republicans believe in, if the government stops doing the wrong things.
Sen. Rubio says, "As you know, earlier this week, President Obama delivered his fourth annual address to Congress. It was an opportunity for the President to talk about his accomplishments over the last three years and to lay out his plans for the year ahead.
"And he missed on both counts.
"You didn't hear much talk about the success of his Administration—and that's because there isn't much.
"Yes, this President inherited a significant national debt, but over the last three years he's made it worse. Our national debt has grown by nearly 50 percent since he took over, and now, for the first time since World War II, our national debt is larger than our country's economy.
"Yes, this President inherited an economy where unemployment was too high, but over the last three years he's made it worse. Today our unemployment rate is higher than the day he took office. In fact, since he took over, it's been stuck over 8 percent every single month.
"This President didn't talk about his record for one simple reason; he doesn't want you to know about it. But you do know about it, because you feel the failure of his leadership every single day of your life.
"The bottom line is this President inherited a country with serious problems. He asked the Congress to give him the stimulus and Obamacare to fix it. The Democrats in Congress gave it to him. And not only did it not work, it made everything worse.
"President Obama has a year left in the White House. So what are his plans now to make things better? What does he plan to do now, that he didn't do before? Well we got our answer Tuesday night. He plans to divide us against each other. To pit Americans against other Americans in the hopes of generating enough votes to get re-elected.
"He tells Americans worried about their jobs that the way to help them is to raise their bosses' taxes.
"He tells those who are hurting that the only way they can be better off, is for others to be worse off.
"He tells all of us that the only way for some of us to climb up the economic ladder is for others to be pulled down.
"This divisive rhetoric, this effort to gain political support by convincing some that they will be better off if we punish others, this stuff has never worked anywhere it's been tried.
"People end up fleeing countries who adopt economic policies based on these flawed principles. And more often than not, they come here.
"They come here because this is not who we are.
"Americans have always believed that all of us can succeed.
"That those who have made it fairly, can stay there. And those who are trying to make it will have a real chance to join them.
"This is what has made us different. This is what has made us prosperous. This is what makes us exceptional.
"And now, for the first time in my adult life, we have a President who's asking us to abandon our economic heritage.
"To become like the countries people come here to get away from.
"To become like everybody else.
"Yes, people are hurting. Yes, there is a growing gap between the rich and the poor.
"But the way to solve it is not to embrace the 'trickle up poverty' economics of other nations.
"The way to solve it is to embrace the American Free Enterprise system.
"No economic system is perfect. But the American Free Enterprise system has empowered millions of people in the past. I know, because I saw it with my own eyes.
"My father was a bartender. And I thank God every night that there was someone willing to risk their money to build a hotel on Miami Beach and later in Las Vegas where he could work.
"I thank God that there was enough prosperity in America so people could go on vacation to Miami or Las Vegas. Where people felt prosperous enough to have weddings or Bar Mitzvahs and, by the way, could leave tips in my Dad's little tip jar. Because with that money he raised us. And he gave me the opportunity to do things he never had a chance to do.
"Now, we had help along the way. I had student loans and grants from the government to help me get my education. And I went to our public school system.
"That's an important role for government to play. And so I also thank God that we had an economy prosperous enough to afford to pay for these things as well.
"So, I'll just close by saying, I hope this year will be the beginning of our work towards a new and prosperous American century.
"Because I know that this idea of a nation where anyone from anywhere can accomplish anything, it's not just something I read about in history books. I've seen it in my own life. And there's no reason why we cannot continue it here, if only we do the right things." Tags:Senator, Marco Rubio, Florida, Republican Response, Barack Obama, White House, Economy, Debt, Unemployment, Prosperity, America Exceptional, Free EnterpriseTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Missed Opportunity In the Response to the Presidents SOTU Address
By Ken Blackwell, Contributing Author: The official Republican response to the President's State of the Union Address was fine - as far as it went. But Gov. Mitch Daniels missed a golden opportunity to put before the American people a better vision of family, faith, and freedom.
Interestingly,'the only mention of family in Gov. Daniels' response was his praise for President Obama's own family. Let me stipulate: The Obama family is a model family, apparently devoted to one another. The president even lives happily under the same roof with his mother-in-law. Now, that's devotion.
But Gov. Daniels could have noted that the policies of the Obama administration are the most antagonistic to the family of any administration in history. This is a fact. With 42% of American children born out-of-wedlock, a tragedy of fatherlessness is being visited on millions of homes. Bill Bennett rightly calls this "the broken hearth." And broken hearths lead to broken hearts.
Does the president address this in his budget? No. Instead, he gives hundreds of millions to Planned Parenthood, the world's leading trafficker in abortion. We know that the more sexual contacts young people have prior to marriage, the more likely they are never to marry, or to divorce after marriage. You cannot be pro-family and shovel money at this evil enterprise. This is one shovel-ready project we should reject.
Yet, President Obama has told Speaker Boehner that any cut in federal funds for Planned Parenthood is "a non-starter." President Obama has relentlessly pushed abortion at home and abroad. Obamacare is the most massive expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade. Under Obamacare, health care coverage will include abortion. Thus, we will all be forced to pay for the killing of unborn children.
The president is concerned, he tells us, about education. We must all share that concern. But he has taken over college loans, an unprecedented power grab. He does this even as his administration is menacing the liberty of every private and religious college in America. If your college does not want to push condoms in the dorms or dispense abortion-producing drugs at Student Health, the Obama administration threatens you with action.
Dr. Larry Arnn is president of Hillsdale College, a proud independent college founded by abolitionists in the 1850s. Hillsdale takes no federal funds. Dr. Arnn recently spoke of how the intact family undergirds limited government:
The principles of our country stem from the laws of Nature and Nature's God. This word "Nature" is full of rich meaning. It comes from the Latin word for birth, so of course the nature of man, and natural rights must be understood to include the process of begetting and growth by which human beings come to be . . . If families do not raise children, then the government will. What then becomes of limited government?
I offer Dr. Arnn's eloquent analysis to President Obama. That terrible figure of 42% out-of-wedlock births shows up the false promises of those who said that abortion-on-demand would end welfare and poverty. When they said that, the out-of-wedlock birthrate was less than half what it is today.
Social scientist Charles Murray has written a new book, Coming Apart, in which he shows that the dream of upward mobility for millions is being lost. In this important work, he shows that marriage and religion are central to the economic well-being of millions of Americans.
The Obama administration is actively hostile to marriage, refusing even to defend the Defense of Marriage Act. That law was passed by a Democratic Congress and signed by a Democratic president. And Mr. Obama's administration is seeking suppress the conscience rights of millions - including Catholics, Evangelicals, Lutherans, and Orthodox Jews. His radical demand that every federally-supported institution in the country dispense abortifacients is a grave threat to religious liberty.
To the fires of social discord this administration is adding fuel. To those on the lower rungs of life's ladder, asserting their God-given right to rise, this administration is breaking the first rungs. These are the issues I'd like to see both of our major parties address in 2012.
--------------- J. Ken Blackwell is a conservative family values advocate. Blackwell is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council, the American Civil Rights Union and is on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is the co-author of the new bestseller: The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency. He is a National Federation of Republican Assemblies board member and a contributing author to the ARRA News Service. Blackwell's article was also published today on TownHall Tags:Ken Blackwell, family, faith, freedom, missed opportunity, response, Mitch Daniels, Barack Obama, State of the Union, SOTU,, 2012To share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Chuck Schumer Says "We Are In Great Shape" - Oh Really?
Today in Washington, D.C. - Jan. 27, 2011:
Congress is not in session today. Yesterday, Senate Democrats voted 44-52 to block H.J. Res. 98, the resolution of disapproval of President Obama’s latest debt ceiling increase, thereby allowing the debt ceiling increase to stand.
On Monday, at 5:30 p.m., the Senate is scheduled to vote on cloture on the motion to proceed to S. 2083, the STOCK Act, which would prohibit Members of Congress from using nonpublic insider information for trading or personal gain.
At a press conference on Wednesday, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), a key member of Senate Democrats’ leadership, took to the podium to criticize something Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-IN) said in his Republican Address the night before. Oh Really, we should believe New York liberal who has helped to ruin our economy.
The issue surrounded Gov. Daniels comment, “On these evenings, Presidents naturally seek to find the sunny side of our national condition. But when President Obama claims that the state of our union is anything but grave, he must know in his heart that this is not true.”
In response, Schumer said, “The Republican speaker last night, Mitch Daniels, talked about Americans must talk about the state of the union as grave. So, we think we are in great shape. We are in good shape.”
Schumer and the other Senate Democrats think “we are in great shape”?
Currently, over 13 million Americans are unemployed. There are fewer jobs in America than when President Obama took office in 2009, and the unemployment rate is still more than 8%. And Sen. Schumer thinks “we are in great shape”?
Yesterday, the AP reported, “Fewer people bought new homes in December. The decline made 2011 the worst year for new -homes sales on records dating back nearly half a century. The Commerce Department said Thursday new-home sales fell 2.2 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 307,000. The pace is less than half the 700,000 that economists say must be sold in a healthy economy. About 302,000 new homes were sold last year. That's less than the 323,000 sold in 2010, making last year's sales the worst on records dating back to 1963. And it coincides with a report last week that said 2011 was the weakest year for single-family home construction on record.” In December, Standard & Poor’s announced, “The Fourth Quarter Starts with Broad-based Declines in Home Prices”. And there have been 7.7 million foreclosure filings since President Obama took office. But Sen. Schumer thinks “we are in great shape”?
Today, National Journal writes, “Real Gross Domestic Product rose by just 1.7 percent in 2011, the Commerce Department reported on Friday. That's not great news for President Obama, who oversaw 3 percent GDP growth in 2010 and cannot use the latest GDP data to support a narrative of economic turnaround.” The AP notes, “The Commerce Department said Friday that the economy grew just 1.7 percent last year, roughly half of the growth in 2010 and the worst since the recession.” And University of Pennsylvania economist Justin Wolfers tells The New York Times, “At this rate, we’ll never reduce unemployment. . . . The recovery has been postponed, again.” But Sen. Schumer says “we are in great shape”?
Unfortunately, Schumer appears to have sold his soul to grievously lie about the actual state of the current economy and the present Obama legacy. Chuck Schumer is far more qualified to be president than the present White House incumbent and is a whole lot smarter than Senator Harry Reid. To summarize this fact, Schumer received a perfect score on his SAT in High School. He attended Harvard and completed both his undergraduate degree nd his law degree, passed the bar an ran for office and winning by the age of 23. Schumer was the youngest person ever elected to the NY State Assembly. he has been in elected office the majority of his life and has never lost an election. In 2010 Schumer easily won another 6 years. And unlike President Obama, we can confirm Schumer's academic, employment and residency records.
If we had Sen.Chuck Schumer and Gov. Mitch Daniels in the same room, we would find that we have two very very intellectually smart people. Fortunately, one is willing to speak the truth to his audience about the America's economic situation and to share his opinion, not dictates, on what must be done to restore our economy. However, the other does the opposite. Has Schumer become such an extreme liberal elitist that he joins the like of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid in attacking the truth.
Schumer must know that America's future is more uncertain under the current president. As Sen.Mitch McConnell said Tuesday, “A better approach is to admit that [President Obama’s] three-year experiment in big-government has made our economy worse and our nation’s future more uncertain. And that it’s time for a different approach. That’s the message Americans delivered to the President in November 2010. They’re still waiting. . . .” Tags:Chuck Schumer, Mitch Daniels, the economy, Washington, D.C., CongressTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
America's Best Choice -- Erick Erickson (Diary), RedState: I’m biased, but I think the real winner last night was CNN and I feel confident I’d say that even if they didn’t send me a paycheck. After that disastrous and embarrassing NBC debate, Wolf Blitzer held his own, did not get devoured by Newt Gingrich, and engaged in a lot of substance without a lot of random questions like . . . oh . . . say . . . should states ban birth control.
Let me tell you first who lost the debate because it was in a moment with Wolf Blitzer. There was a moment he asked Newt Gingrich about Romney’s tax returns and Newt tried to say the question was inconsequential. He tied his napkin around his neck, pulled up his fork and knife, and was just about to sink his teeth into Wolf when Wolf pushed again. The crowd heckled Blitzer. Gingrich drooled over the moderator he was about to consume. “Wanna try again,” he asked mischievously. Wolf Blitzer, instead of hopping on Newt’s plate pushed once more, pointing out Gingrich had, just this week, attacked Romney on these things. The crowd reacted a bit and Gingrich suddenly tried to get everyone on stage to call a truce. Romney had none of it, instead calling on Gingrich to, in effect, man up and say to Mitt’s face the things he says elsewhere.
The crowd turned on Newt. They laughed. They jeered. Blitzer, saved from the jowls of moderator eater, went straight in to a tax question based on Romney’s taxes and Newt’s tax plan with Newt still on defense from the prior question. The moderator ate Newt. Live by the debate, die by the debate, and Newt Gingrich died in some clever rhetoric, losing the crowd both in that instance and on Mitt Romney’s stock ownership.
Mitt Romney won the debate. He and Gingrich behaved like petulant children, but Romney got under Newt’s skin in a way Newt did not get under Romney’s skin and Newt came off looking the lesser of the two. Additionally, Mitt Romney finally offered up a bold and clear answer on his wealth with a strong defense of capitalism and self-made men. There was no apology and no defense. It was precisely what he needed to do.
Though he may have won, Rick Santorum had the best night of any candidate and though Romney won on points, Santorum won on style and substance. He offered up the strongest attack yet on Romneycare, pointing out how if Romney is the nominee we cede an important line of attack on Obamacare. He rattled Romney in a way Newt did not. He acted like the adult in the room. He got himself some supporters from Newt Gingrich I’m pretty sure.
Then there was Ron Paul. Many of us quickly dismiss Ron Paul, but his performance was stellar. He offered extremely sound responses on healthcare, education, border security, and more. Very few of the questions were on foreign policy, which is where he tends to go off the reservation. Last night he came off as warm, funny, and right on the mark. It was his best debate performance. Santorum and Paul benefited from Romney and Gingrich’s constant bickering.
But Romney did what he had to do. He stopped any swing back from Gingrich. His performance more likely than not helped him secure Florida unless Gingrich can pour in money and manpower in the next 24 hours. Tags:CNN, Republican, Primary, debate, Jacksonville, Florida, election 2012, Erick EriksonTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
COCOA, Fla. (AP) - Newt Gingrich is promising to establish a permanent base on the moon by 2020 if he's elected president. Gingrich, the former House speaker, told an overflow crowd gathered on Florida's space coast Wednesday that he wants to develop a robust commercial space industry in line with the airline boom of the 1930s. He also wants to expand exploration of Mars. . . . Read More
Ozark Guru: Anyone remember why Australia was settled? Maybe Newt's Moon Colony could be a "freedomist prison colony" with a GITMO wing for Muslim terrorists who would then be guarded by members of the other wings. Potentially, the other wings could include for starters a Jesus wing for overzealous pro-life Fundamentalist Christians and Conservative Catholics, a Mormon wing for the descendants of Romney, Beck and their supporters, and a Freedom wing for any Tea Party Patriots and Constitutionalists who are not already in the previous two wings. Am I having a Newt Dream or a nightmare? Better yet, just this once let's forget this Newtism. Hum, just a minute, what about a Mars colony? Tags:Republican, presidential candidate, Newt Gingrich, Moon Colony, 2012, campaign rhetoric, review, satire, Ozark GuruTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
"Republican Candidates' Circular Firing Squad" - Is Anybody Serious?
By Dr. Thomas Sowell, GOPUSA: The Republican candidates' circular firing squad now seems to be using machine guns. Whoever the eventual "last man standing" turns out to be, he may not be standing very tall or very steadily on his feet -- and he may be a pushover for Barack Obama in the general election, thanks to fellow Republicans.
Whether you are a Democrat, a Republican or an independent, this is a very serious and historically crucial time for the United States of America. What Mitt Romney did or did not do when he was with Bain Capital, or what Newt Gingrich did or did not say to his ex-wife, are things that should be left for the tabloids. . . .
So much of what has been said by various Republican candidates, as well as by the media, has been in the nature of unsubstantiated, peripheral or irrelevant talking points for or against particular candidates, rather than serious statements about serious issues confronting the nation. . . .
"The politics of personal destruction" -- as Bill Clinton called it, and as he himself practiced it -- is not the way to solve the nation's problems. It has already poisoned the well of political discourse this season and claimed Herman Cain as its first victim, on the basis of unsubstantiated accusations by women with checkered pasts of their own. . . .
Poisoning the well of political discourse may be one of the reasons why we see such unsatisfactory sets of candidates for political office in both parties, not only this year but in previous election years as well.
Many able and decent people are understandably reluctant to subject themselves and their families to a mud-slinging contest or to media "gotcha" questions. The creeping acceptance of such practices is hardly a justification, but is itself part of the degeneration of our times.
The time is long overdue to get serious.
------------- Dr. Thomas Sowell is an American economist, social commentator, and author of dozens of books. He has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago and degrees from Columbia University and Harvard University. He is a retired professor of Economic and presently is a Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow, The Hoover Institution, Stanford University. Tags:Thomas Sowell, GOPUSA, GOP, 2012 primaries, Republican candidates, circular firing squadTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Another Stimulus Backed Energy Company Files for Bankruptcy
After months of financial turmoil, an Energy Department-backed lithium
ion battery company has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Lachlan Markay, Scribe Report: The company, Ener1, received a $118 million grant from DOE in 2010 as part of the president’s stimulus package. The money, which went to Ener1 subsidiary EnerDel, aimed to promote renewable energy storage battery technology for electrical grid use.
But despite generous federal support for the company, Ener1 was racked by problems last year. In October, NASDAQ delisted the company due to non-compliance with Securities and Exchange Commission filing requirements. A month later, the company’s president, chief executive, and top financial officer were fired.
On Thursday, Ener1 announced it will initiate a pre-packaged Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan as part of an agreement to restructure the company’s debt obligations.
Ener1, Inc. (OTC: HEVV) (the “Company”) today announced that it has reached agreement with its primary investors and lenders on a restructuring plan that will significantly reduce its debt and provide up to $81 million to recapitalize the Company to support its long-term business objectives and strategic plan.
To implement this restructuring plan, the Company has voluntarily initiated a “pre-packaged” Chapter 11 case in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of New York, in which it is requesting that the Court confirm a pre-packaged Plan of Reorganization to implement the restructuring. The Company filed a proposed Disclosure Statement and Plan of Reorganization with the Court and anticipates completing the restructuring process in approximately 45 days…
The pre-packaged restructuring plan, which has been unanimously accepted by all of Ener1′s impaired creditors, provides for a restructuring of the Company’s long-term debt and the infusion of up to $81 million of equity funding, which will support the continued operation of Ener1′s subsidiaries and help ensure that the restructuring will not adversely impact their employees, customers and suppliers. Of this amount, a new debtor-in-possession (DIP) credit facility of up to $20 million will be available upon Court approval to support working capital needs during the restructuring. The balance, for a total of up to $81 million, will be available over the four years following Court approval of the restructuring plan and subject to the satisfaction of certain terms and conditions.
Ener1 is not the first energy storage technology company to file for Chapter 11 after receiving significant stimulus support. Beacon Power, which manufactures flywheel energy storage technology, received a $43 million loan guarantee from the same stimulus program that funded Solyndra. Despite having used $3 million marked for loan repayment to continue funding its daily operations, Beacon filed for Chapter 11 in November.
UPDATE: Vice President Biden lauded Ener1 as a stimulus success one year ago – to the day. The stimulus was, Biden claimed, “not just creating new jobs, but sparking whole new industries that will ensure our competitiveness for decades to come — industries like electric vehicle manufacturing.”He went on to single out Ener1 specifically. Tags:Ener1, EnerDel, stimulus, DOE grant, Chapter 11, bankruptcy, Joe Biden, To share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
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Senate Democrats Vote For Another Debt Ceiling Increase
Today in Washington, D.C. - Jan 26, 2012:
The Senate reconvened at 9:30 AM today and began consideration of the motion to proceed to H.J. Res. 98, the resolution of disapproval of President Obama’s latest debt ceiling increase. Shortly after noon, Senate Democrats voted 44-52 to block the resolution, thereby allowing the debt ceiling increase to stand.
The House is not in session today or tomorrow: Legislation Subject to a rule: HR 1173--CLASS Act repeal is still pending in the House. The below bills were passed this week.
H R 3801 was Unanimously passed yesterday.; This was noteworthy because it was sponsored by now former Rep Gabrielle Giffords. The bill cracks down on the use of lightweight planes to smuggle drugs across the border. Giffords cast the final vote before resigning for medical reasons.
House passed 373-1 the electronic duck stamp.
HR 290 (Voice vote) - War memorials' religious symbols
H.R.1022 (338 - 70) - Buffalo Soldiers in the National Parks Study Act
H.R. 3630(397 - 16) - Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Continuation Act of 2011
H R 2070 (386 - 26) - World War II Memorial Prayer Act of 2011
H RES 516 (410 - 1, 1 Present) - Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the passage of a fiscal year 2013 Federal budget is of national importance.
Today, Senate Republicans brought to the floor the House-passed resolution to disapprove of (and block) President Obama’s latest request for a debt ceiling increase, yet Senate Democrats voted against the resolution, thus allowing the increase in the debt ceiling to proceed.
Recall in 2006, when Obama was a freshman senator, he said, “Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership.” Just a month after he was inaugurated as president, Obama declared, “The only way this century will be another American century is if we confront at last … the mountain of debt [our children] stand to inherit.”
And yet today, the national debt stands at $15.24 trillion – that’s $15,240,000,000,000. Two weeks ago, USA Today reported, “The soaring national debt has reached a symbolic tipping point: It’s now as big as the entire U.S. economy. The amount of money the federal government owes to its creditors, combined with IOUs to government retirement and other programs, now tops $15.23 trillion. That’s roughly equal to the value of all goods and services the U.S. economy produces in one year: $15.17 trillion as of September, the latest estimate. . . . Long-term projections suggest the debt will continue to grow faster than the economy, which would have to expand by at least 6% a year to keep pace. President Obama’s 2012 budget shows the debt soaring past $26 trillion a decade from now.”
$4.61 trillion of the current total has been added under the Obama administration. CBS’ Mark Knoller wrote last year that “[i]t’s the most rapid increase in the debt under any U.S. president.”
Expressing his frustration with this state of affairs, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said this morning, “Washington needs to start spending less than it takes in. And our future will always be uncertain and our economy in danger as long as the President fails to lead on this crucial issue. President Obama’s record on this issue is clear. . . . More spending, more debt, fewer jobs: that’s what we’ve gotten from this administration. And now they want to make it worse. Look: we should be working together to lower the debt, not having votes to increase it. But the President must be willing to face this crisis head on. He must be willing to acknowledge how serious this issue is. Most Americans understand that we can’t keep spending money we don’t have on programs we don’t need. Unfortunately, this President doesn’t seem to be one of them. He’s got no plan to get this crisis under control. And he continues to act as if it isn’t a priority.”
He concluded, “Democrats have been in charge of the Senate and the White House for three years. They’ve had the time they need to figure this out. They’ve chosen the path of blame instead. They’ve had their chance. They’ve made it worse. We must do better.”
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by Phyllis Schlafly, Eagle Forum: Barack Obama's latest unconstitutional action is his attempt to make four so-called recess appointments to high-level, well-paying jobs in the federal bureaucracy when the Senate was NOT in recess. He appointed three people to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), plus Richard Cordray to head the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau even though the Senate had declined to confirm his nomination.
Article II gives the President power "by and with the advice and consent of the Senate" to appoint public officials and judges, and also "to fill up all vacancies that may happen during the recess of the Senate." That provision was written to cover the long recesses that were common during the horse-and-buggy days, and was certainly not written to enable the President to defy the Senate and appoint persons whom the Senate would not confirm.
Obama's action is clearly an attempt to circumvent the U.S. Constitution because the Senate was not in recess when he made these appointments. According to the Constitution, the Senate could not have been in recess when the appointments were made because Article I of the Constitution states that neither House can "adjourn for more than three days without the consent" of the other House, and the House did not consent to a Senate recess.
It seems reasonable that the Senate should have the authority to say whether or not it is in recess. Apparently, President Obama wants to make that a presidential decision.
Obama claims he can call it a recess because the Senate is merely conducting pro forma sessions (i.e., having brief meetings and not doing anything important). In fact, the Senate did pass a bill on December 23 during one of those brief sessions and the President signed it into law, so it must have been important business.
Even if anyone accepts Obama's farfetched argument, that doesn't put him in compliance with the constitutional requirement that the Senate cannot be in recess unless the House has agreed. And the House absolutely did not agree to a recess.
We have a law on the books that requires the Attorney General to give the President legal advice on request. Funny thing, Obama won't say whether or not he asked the Justice Department for advice about the constitutional issue before making controversial recess appointments.
The head of the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel, Virginia Seitz, issued a statement, dated two days after the appointments were made, that presumes to okay the recess appointments. However, it did not refute the case against the legality of the appointments, and Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) says this memo is "unconvincing."
The four positions that Obama filled with recess appointments are important and powerful jobs that should require Senate confirmation. Obama's actions should be struck down by the courts as unconstitutional when presented with legal challenges, and Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is considering whether the House should pursue its own legal action.
The National Federation of Independent Business, the National Right to Work Foundation and the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace have already filed a lawsuit challenging Obama's so-called recess appointments. These organizations argue that the men illegally appointed by Obama should not be permitted to issue regulations or take other regulatory actions.
When we had Republican Presidents, the Democrats were very solicitous to prevent them from abusing the power to make recess appointments. The late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) filed an amicus brief in 2004 with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals opposing President George W. Bush's appointment of Judge William Pryor Jr. to that court.
Kennedy's brief stated that the 10-day recess the Senate took for Presidents Day was not a recess sufficient to qualify under the Recess Appointments Clause in the Constitution.
Mark Levin summed up the Obama Administration when he told CNSNews, "I believe to a great extent we now live in a post-constitutional country, where much of the Constitution is ignored or evaded." It's no wonder Gallup reports that the majority of Americans believe our country is moving in the wrong direction. Alert:Tell Congress to Condemn Obama's Unconstitutional Appointments! Tags:Phyllis Schlafly, Eagle Forum, Unconstitution Recess Appointments, no-recess, Congress, Barack Obama, National Labor Relations Board, (NLRB), Richard Cordray, Consumer Financial Protection BureauTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
DAVID GREGORY, NBC: “This was his pitch for re-election.” (NBC’s “Post State Of The Union Coverage,” 1/24/12)
SCOTT PELLEY, CBS: "And so ends the President's third State of the Union address. Might be considered an opening statement for the President's re-election campaign. Election Day just over 40 weeks from tonight." (CBS News, 1/24/12)
NORAH O’DONNELL, CBS: “Look, this was an election year State of the Union.”Ibid
Gary Bauer, Contributing Author: Is that all there is? Watching Obama deliver the State of the Union last night (with precautionary blood pressure medication at my side) I was struck by how diminished the “hope and change” President has become. Long gone is the candidate who told his supporters, “We are the ones we have been waiting for.” Nowhere to be seen was the man who said his election would result in the “earth healing” and the “oceans stopping their rise.” Instead we got an hour of low expectations, distorted facts, divisive class warfare all wrapped up in the hope that the public has collective amnesia about what actually happened in the last three years while Obama was in charge.
Fact checking the speech would take all day. But we made a short video catching Obama on a few of his misstatements.
My first shoe hit the T.V. set when Obama asserted that our oil imports have fallen under his watch. Indeed they have, but Obama counts on you not knowing why they dropped. Oil imports always drop when the American economy isn’t growing and Obama’s policies have guaranteed slow to no growth. Fewer people employed means less gasoline used. Imports have also dropped because oil industry engineers have developed new drilling techniques that have increased our domestic oil production. Obama has done everything he can to stop that increase in production, including cutting drilling back on federal land and restricting off-shore drilling. The increased production has come on private land by oil companies that Obama regularly demonizes.
Did you notice his intentional distortions on the taxes paid by millionaires compared to average folks? Here is what Obama said: “Now you can call this class warfare all you want. But asking a billionaire to pay at least as much as the secretary in taxes? Most Americans would call that common sense.”
Yes that would be common sense if it were a factual description of reality. Instead it is an intentional effort to deceive. Obama is counting on Americans confusing tax rate with net taxes. Let’s say you are a worker making approximately $50,000 a year. You would be in the 25% tax bracket and you would pay approximately $8,600 in federal taxes. Now let’s say you are a millionaire and almost all of your income comes from dividends and capital gains. For years the U.S. has taxed that kind of investment income at 15% because we want to encourage the investment that creates jobs. So the $1 million in dividends times 15% would be $150,000 in federal taxes.
Yes the millionaire has a lower rate (15%) than the wage earner (25%), but the millionaire pays $150,000 compared to $8,600 for the worker. This is why, in spite all of Obama’s attempts to claim otherwise, the top 1% in America pay into the federal treasury 38% of all taxes collected. The bottom 50% of all Americans pay less than 3% of all taxes collected.
This is what is so disgusting about what Obama is doing. He wants you to be angry at and despise those who have done well in the hope you won’t notice how his policies are leading us down the road to European socialism and national bankruptcy. The man who campaigned in 2008 saying he would bring us together can only remain in power if he deeply divides us by class. Obama is a Hugo Chavez democrat.
Something else was obvious last night too. It was not only what he said but what he left out. There was no direct mention of Obamacare nor of the 3,000-page stimulus bill, both of which are politically toxic. Both issues should be a central part of the eventual GOP presidential nominee’s campaign. There was very little on job creation, and there were zero proposals to get our horrendous debt under control. This man must not be given a second term.
The GOP Response Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels gave the GOP response. It is a tough job to answer any President’s State of the Union, and Daniels did a reasonably good job, even if his passion seemed in short supply. This sentence jumped out at me: Speaking of the Obama Administration, Daniels said, “The extremism that stifles the development of homegrown energy or cancels a perfectly safe pipeline that would employ tens of thousands, or jacks up consumer utility bills for no improvement in either human health or world temperatures is a pro-poverty policy.”
Eureka! There it is. Obama is a left wing extremist. His policies will promote poverty, not growth. Every conservative in America needs to make that point every day – at work, over the back fence, at church, at school or around the dinner table. The GOP nominee has to drive it home. We can win. We must win!
------------- Gary Bauer is is a conservative family values advocate and serves as president of American Values and chairman of the Campaign for Working Families. Tags:Barack Obama, SOTU, comments, Gary Bauer, Campaign for Working FamiliesTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Bill Smith, Editor: It is morning and Obama "pre-campaign speech" served up as the SOTU speech is over. Well almost! Unfortunately for you the reader, the SOTU speeche will be used as a benchmarks for some time. However, it will be treated like a "dead fish" on the pier. No one likes the smell, everyone notices it, it is examined from a distance, government rules stop us from prodding or kicking it off the pier, and no one wishes to get too close to the stinky thing. Sort of like politics.
After-action comments by others: Erick Erickson, RedState: There need not be 7000 words, the length of the President’s speech, to break it down for you. . . . Barack Obama’s State of the Union is all about letting you know that government is going to do everything for you and when it can’t keep its promises, it will take from the successful and give to you. . . . The first half of his speech was about centralized power in Washington and the second half was about devolving power to the states and deregulation — trying to be all things to all people. But his actual proposals were one size fits all federal fiat with sops to unionization and swing states. . . . his State of the Union address, was light on the details of his laundry list, but at essence embraced the title of Food Stamp President that Newt Gingrich has given him. He wants a public and business community dependent on Washington. He wants a devalued high school diploma and an over valued college degree priced out of reach of the average person except through government run programs and subsidies. . . .
Mike Brownfield, Morning Bell: President Barack Obama described the state of the Union as he sees it — strong and getting stronger, with future growth fueled by his pursuit of progressive policies and an expansion of government, all architected to bring about his brand of “fairness.” The President essentially redelivered his 2011 State of the Union address — complete with the same empty rhetoric, class warfare cloaked in “fairness,” and proposals for massive tax and spending increases. he speech was notable for the items he did not mention, including many of the failed spending programs and policies he undertook over the past three years, the foreign policy and defense challenges he has exacerbated, and the economic actions he failed to take that would have created jobs and spurred economic growth. . . .
Myron Ebell, Freedom Action: Obama's State of the Union speech provided further evidence that his policies are the biggest obstacle to restoring the United States economy to a path of long-term, robust growth. After three years, the President seems to have learned nothing from his mistakes. In particular, President Obama remains clueless about the disastrous impact of the long list of his policies and new EPA regulations that are raising energy prices and thereby making consumers poorer, scaring away investment, and killing jobs. On top of all of his regulations designed to raise energy prices, he now proposes to impose a "Clean Energy Standard" that will make gasoline and electricity even more expensive.
President Obama claimed in his speech to Congress that he approved fewer new regulations in the first three years of his term than did President George W. Bush in his first three years. While the Bush years were not an era of light-handed regulation, President Obama's statement is spectacularly false. The Obama Administration has finalized more than four times as many major regulations (those with an economic impact of more than $100 million annually) in its first three years as the Bush Administration did during its full eight years. The costs of President Obama's regulatory onslaught on the private sector are colossal.
Silvio Canto, a Texas internet radio show host and blogger: Gov Daniels made more sense in 15 minutes than Pres BO's "shameless 90 minute class warfare" speech. Pres BO delivered his 4th, and hopefully last, State of the Union address. It featured more of the same: Let's tax the rich and blame everybody else. In other words, "shameless class warfare" that divides us between rich and poor, black and white, Hispanic and non-Hispanic, boss and employees, etc. . . . Gov Daniels reminded us that the private sector creates jobs not government. He spoke eloquently about Pres BO's mistakes, such as tying up $787 billion in a stimulus that did not stimulate OR a very unpopular health care program that a majority (52%) wants to repeal. . . .
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Vice Chair of the House Republican Conference: What I heard from the President tonight was mostly a defense of his failed policies, and after three years of economic turmoil, that is no longer acceptable . . . . Instead of promising ‘more of the same,’ the President should have invited Congress to work with him on free market-solutions to revive our economy and put our fiscal house in order. So far, House Republicans have passed 27 jobs bills which take this ‘back to basics’ approach, but the Senate refuses to consider them and the President ignores them. That is not leadership. Last week, the President’s own Jobs Council released a report validating many Republican ideas on job creation – including tax reform, regulatory relief, and expanding domestic energy production. Those ideas can be the basis for bipartisan discussion and action. But as we saw with the recent Keystone decision and tonight’s speech, the President has decided that while jobs can wait, his campaign cannot.
U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR): Facing high unemployment rates, rising gasoline costs and ever increasing regulatory burdens, Arkansans and all Americans, need to see the light at the end of the tunnel. It’s time the President stop finger-pointing and reach-out to work together on common sense solutions to the problems and the challenges facing our country. Time and time again, the President’s rhetoric hasn’t matched his actions. His call for reducing our energy dependence comes on the heels of his rejection for a permit to build a pipeline that would decrease our need to rely on hostile regimes for fuel sources while simultaneously increasing jobs. President Obama spoke of an ‘all-of-the-above’ strategy on energy and noted it was American ingenuity, investment and hard work that built major infrastructure projects like the Hoover Dam and the interstate system. I’d remind the President that we could be building the Keystone Pipeline which would put 20,000 Americans to work and lower gas prices for us all. There is no reason for him to have denied this major infrastructure project from getting off the ground. We certainly need to reform the tax code, close loopholes and ensure that the middle class are not bearing the brunt of the tax burden. However, President Obama’s vision of ‘fairness’ is based on the idea that raising taxes on the American people and our small business owners can solve our economic problems. Washington doesn’t have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem.
Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ): After running up the three largest deficits in U.S. history, adding $4.6 trillion to the national debt and presiding over the worst economy since the Great Depression, it’s no wonder President Obama doesn’t want to discuss his record. Because the president cannot run on his record, he has no other choice but to play the blame game. While avoiding the issues and attacking House Republicans might be a convenient reelection strategy, it will do absolutely nothing to help restore the American people’s trust and confidence in their government. . . . Rather than vilify our attempts to cut spending and reform our debt-ridden safety net programs, he should join us as we work to balance the budget and preserve Medicare and Social Security for future generations. Instead of campaigning against us as the ‘do-nothing Congress,’ he should accept our invitations to work together to pass the more than two dozen House-passed jobs bills that have been stuck in the Democrat-controlled Senate for months. Time and again House Republicans have stood up to fulfill our pledge to America only to be attacked by President Obama every step of the way. From cutting spending to balancing the budget to removing barriers to job creation, House Republicans have delivered results for the American people; it’s time for President Obama to do the same.
Rep. Tim Griffin (AR-02): Sadly, President Obama has become a spectator to history when it comes to addressing our out-of-control spending and encouraging job creation. The time for talk has long passed; it’s time for him to lead or follow. I wish the President had offered a bold, real plan for balancing our budget – or pledged to work with us to get our spending under control. When the President talks about getting Americans back to work, it’s hard to take him seriously, one week after he killed thousands of new Keystone pipeline jobs. He needs to get real about job creation, and he can start by approving the pipeline, so hard working Arkansans – not Chinese – can benefit from these new jobs. Tags:Barack Obama, SOTU, 2012, commentaryTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
· “An aide to powerful Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus of Montana said the senator would continue fighting ‘to get this project off the ground.’”(“Moderate Dems Question Keystone Decision,” Politico, 1/18/12)
· “With a national unemployment rate in construction at 16% nationally, it is beyond disappointing that President Obama placed a higher priority on politics rather than our nation's number one challenge: jobs.” Ibid
Manufacturers Are Skeptical, Mr. President They Call President Obama’s Rejection Of Keystone ‘Outrageous’ And Say His Tax Hike Proposals Are ‘Poison’
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MANUFACTURERS: “It is unacceptable and outrageous that the Obama Administration has made a decision to prevent 118,000 jobs from being created. The Keystone XL pipeline is a shovel-ready project that must be approved. Manufacturers continue to face unprecedented challenges to their competitiveness, and it’s already 20 percent more expensive to manufacture in the U.S. compared to our major trade partners. Keystone XL will provide manufacturers access to an affordable source of energy, which is critically important because manufacturers use one-third of our nation’s energy supply. We strongly urge the Obama Administration to reverse its decision and approve Keystone XL without delay to put Americans back to work.” (NAM, Press Release, 11/10/11)
Manufacturers: ‘President Obama’s Call For Tax Increases… Is A Poison Pill’
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MANUFACTURERS:“President Obama’s call for tax increases on small businesses, individuals and investors is a poison pill for our economy. The bottom line is that manufacturers need policies that enable them to hire more workers, make capital investments and expand their businesses. More than 70 percent of manufacturers operate as S-corporations and pay income tax at the individual rate, so higher taxes on these job creators would be a devastating blow. The President’s proposal is short-sighted; we should not attempt to solve our nation’s fiscal ills on the backs of businesses striving to expand and add jobs.” (NAM, Press Release, 9/19/11)
Manufacturers: ‘Overregulation Is Harming Job Creation And Stifling Economic Growth’
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MANUFACTURERS:“Manufacturers have been saying for some time that overregulation is harming job creation and stifling economic growth. This is an opportunity for the President to demonstrate results by eliminating unnecessary regulations already in the pipeline or delaying poorly thought-out proposals that are costing jobs. ... We stand ready to assist in the President’s efforts to address an escalating problem and meaningfully reduce unnecessary burdens on manufacturers in America so they can get back to creating jobs.” (NAM, Press Release, 1/18/11)
Fewer Jobs - Fewer Americans Are Working Today Than When President Obama Took Office
1,663,000 Jobs Lost January, 2009 – December, 2011
Long-Term Unemployment Has More Than Doubled: December 2011: 5.6 Million Vs. January 2009: 2.7 Million. Ibid Tags:fact checking, Barack Obama, 2012, SOTU, State of the UnionTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
A.F. "Tony" Brano: Reflecting on President Obama's planned 2012 State of the Union Speech.
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· “Solyndra was the first company to be awarded a federal loan guarantee under the stimulus, worth $535 million. Taxpayers are likely to end up on the hook for much if not all of that amount, a highly embarrassing development for President Obama because he was among the company's biggest cheerleaders.” (Editorial, “Solyndra And The Stimulus,” The Los Angeles Times, 9/2/11)
Deference To His Fiscal Commission<
2010 SPEECH: “…the cost of Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security will continue to skyrocket. That's why I've called for a bipartisan fiscal commission… This can't be one of those Washington gimmicks that lets us pretend we solved a problem.”(President Obama, State Of The Union Address, 1/27/10)
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