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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 (429-347 BC)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Today in Washington, D.C. - July 28, 2010 - Democrat's Priorities in Question - Nevada Could Help Save America

The Senate reconvened at 9:30 AM today. Following an hour of morning business, the Senate resumed consideration of the small business bill, H.R. 5297, and the pending Baucus-Landrieu substitute amendment. Majority Leader Harry Reid has filled the amendment tree on the substitute amendment, preventing any further ones from being offered, though he has said he plans to let Republicans offer amendments. Reid has also filed cloture on the substitute amendment and on the underlying bill. More on Reid later.

Yesterday, Democrats failed, by a vote of 57-41 , to get the 60 votes they needed to move to the Schumer-Van Hollen “Disclose Act,” S. 3628. Senate Republicans stood united to filibuster the Democrats’ “Disclose Act,” a partisan assault on the First Amendment, designed to rig the fall elections in Democrats’ favor. The bill was written by the man in charge of electing Democrats in the House, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and the man who just recently had the equivalent job in the Senate, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and would have gone into effect immediately in order to restrict the ability to criticize Democrat incumbents prior to this November’s elections.

The Wall Street Journal elaborated on the partisan nature of the Disclose Act in its editorial today: “House and Senate Democrats, egged on by President Obama, want to limit what corporations can spend on political campaigns, while not imposing similar limits on their union friends. Previous campaign finance reforms, however misguided, have at least waited an election cycle to take effect. But Democrats want to give unions a leg up this year, as they scramble to maintain their majorities in the face of rising voter anger against liberal policies.” And in her syndicated column today, Michelle Malkin writes, “Drafted out of public view with left-wing lobbyists and rammed through Congress after bypassing committee hearings, this bum bill would have been better named the CLOSEDDOOR Act.” The bill is so bad, The Washington Times reported yesterday, “One Democratic senator literally held her nose as she voted with her colleagues to advance the bill.”

Summarizing just how awful the Disclose Act is in a speech prior to the vote yesterday, Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell said, “The Disclose Act is not about reform. It is nothing more than Democrats sitting behind closed doors with special interest lobbyists choosing which favored groups they want to speak in the 2010 elections — all in an attempt to protect themselves from criticism of their government takeovers, record deficits and massive, unpaid-for expansions of the federal government into the lives of the American people. In other words, a bill to shield themselves from average Americans exercising their First Amendment rights of freedom of speech.”

But Senate Republicans stood together to reject this outrageous attempt to injure the First Amendment for partisan advantage, despite Democrats’ mischaracterizations of the bill and President Obama’s decision to advocate for the bill this week. The Washington Post writes today, “The vote -- in which Democrats fell just shy of the 60 votes needed to avoid a GOP filibuster -- marks a major setback for President Obama . . . . The development also represents a significant victory for Senate Republicans and business groups, which portrayed the measure as a Democratic attempt to tilt the playing field by discouraging corporations and other likely critics from spending money on political ads. The measure is the latest in a series of Democratic initiatives that have been approved by the House only to die in the Senate, including comprehensive climate-change legislation abandoned last week.”

But at a time of 9.5% unemployment and with President Obama blaming Republicans for a lack of movement of Democrats’ small business bill, the fact that Democrats preferred to move the Disclose Act instead is a powerful indicator of where their priorities really lie. Obama is travelling to New Jersey today to visit a sub shop and push for small business legislation, but earlier this week, he was demanding the Senate take up the Disclose Act, which would have pushed the small business bill off the floor again.

Americans are looking for leadership in fostering an environment for job creation, but instead Democrats yesterday demonstrated that the jobs they care the most about saving or creating are their own. Neither Reid (the former gambling commissioner & politician) nor Obama (former NGO activist and politician) understand the needs of small business, big business or anykind of business. All their actions to date except for a few diminshing crumbs on the table have in total placed small business at risk. It is amazing what duplicitious statements constantly roll off their tounges. They have perfected the practice of projecting the "big lies."

Will Nevada again fall into the pit designed to return Harry Reid to the U.S. Senate? While not all conservatives in Nevada backed the same alternative to Harry Reid, now that the dust has settled, they have a clear choice. They can return Obama's key advocate in the Senate or they can break the cycle and send a new voice to represent them. Even if some Nevadans in Las Vegas like Harry, unfortuantely, not everything that happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Their Senator Harry Reid has helped lead the efforts to bankrupt our country and to trample on individuals liberty and freedoms. Nevadans have a clear alternative in Sharron Angle, who will NOT be carrying water for Obama and will end Harry Reid's reign helping to dismantle America.

It is also true that not everything that happens in other parts of the country does not come back to roost in Vegas. All of Harry Reid's actions dismantling America are coming home to roost in Nevada especially in Las Vegas. At the rate things are going, Las Vegas is on the road to be coming a mecca of unemployment as American business and employees have their incomes either destroyed or consumed by Big Government. Even Obama, has challended businesses for having corporate events in Las Vegas. Nevada, could help save America and in the end themselves - now will they?

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