Gun Control Legislation; Yet Another Exercise In Insanity

Gun Control Legislation; Yet Another Exercise In Insanity

“The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.” – Unknown

Harry Reid has placed S649: Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013 on the Senate calender for this Thursday and it appears the usual GOP suspects (with the surprising exception of Tom Coburn; what the hell was he thinking?) are lined up to allow debate.

Yes, boys and girls, the insanity of T.A.R.P., the Stimulus Package, Obamacare, FISA, NDAA, the Patriot Act, and Debt Ceiling increases is about to happen yet again, and the GOP will AGAIN (shock, dismay!) go right along with the dems and then cry foul after the fact.  Does the GOP really believe that playing nice with the Dems is going to go any differently this time or are they just lying to us again?  I’ll take door #2 Monty!

Now prepare yourselves for the next stage of the scenario; the yelling, screaming, and faxing; only to have another liberty and freedom destroying 1500 or 2000 page monstrosity shoved down our throats, where you can then take it to the Supreme Court and be told that yet another law infringing on the 2nd amendment is completely Constitutional (just like the federal government controlled and implemented Obamacare).  If it wasn’t so late in the day, the whole dance would actually be comical.  Unfortunately, Rome is completely engulfed in flames (as we pour trillions of fiat dollars into the banks) and they are opening the door to removing all fire extinguishers from any and all homes.

Hele Mai!!!

From AP:

Senate showdown vote on gun curbs set for Thursday

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate’s top Democrat has set Congress’ first showdown vote for Thursday on President Barack Obama’s gun control drive as a small but mounting number of Republicans appear willing to buck a conservative effort to prevent debate from even beginning.

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Reid said he did not know if he had the 60 votes he will need to defeat the conservatives’ roadblock. But at least eight Republicans have said they want to begin debate or have indicated a willingness to consider it: Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, Susan Collins of Maine, Roy Blunt of Missouri and Mark Kirk of Illinois.

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In a written statement, Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, said conservatives want to prevent Obama from rushing the legislation through Congress “because he knows that as Americans begin to find out what is in the bill, they will oppose it.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said he will join the conservatives’ attempt to block debate.

The bill would expand required federal background checks to nearly all gun transactions — a provision Reid would try to replace with the completed agreement between Manchin and Toomey. It would also stiffen penalties for illegal firearms trafficking and provide a small boost in school safety aid.

 

 

AYFKM?: Who Are The Real Financial Terrorists?

AYFKM?: Who Are The Real Financial Terrorists?

In yesterday’s commentary, I pointed out that the name calling starting with ‘racists’ to ‘astroturf‘ to ‘domestic terrorists’ to ‘radicals and extremists‘ to ‘hobbits‘ was not going to make one iota of difference to tea party patriots who don’t give a flying rat’s a** what the left, the right, and the political elite call us because we are trying to keep our children from being sold down the river by those very same greed-driven pirates.  I pointed out that the political class were going to have to do better with the name calling.  Enter ‘financial terrorists’ (and our reaction is….yawn…whatever…we’ll still be here waiting you bastards out when it all comes tumbling down…and rest assured it will; one can only loot an entire world’s population for so long.) (more…)

AYFKM?: Harry Reid; ‘The Tea Party Is Short-Lived’

UN-FRAKKIN’-BELIEVABLE!  ONE CAN DREAM HARRY!

I believe the tea party is short lived. I think you will find, even people that claim they are tea party folks, will either be gone as a result of their extreme positions or they will move to the more moderate position, which is certainly not being a liberal, that is being a conservative. I think with the economy getting better, you are going to see less and less agitation from the tea party folks. – Harry Reid

Are frakkin’ Nevadans out of their minds? They re-elected this sub-human darksider who continues to spew the exact opposite of reality to keep the corporate owned moos in the chute.

No, Harry Reid is not stupid enough to believe:

  • The tea party is going away,
  • The economy is recovering,
  • That we will see less agitation as prices based on food and energy skyrocket,
  • That tea party patriots are going to move to a more moderate position,
  • That Constitutionalists are doing anything but preparing for the financial collapse and the chaos that will ensue from the 20% of the population that actually does believe Harry’s bullshit and has absolutely no clue how to take care of themselves.

Would you agree that Allen West and Rand Paul probably laughed their asses off when they heard that comment?

Senate To Vote Cloture on S.510, (HHS & FDA Food Control Bill) On Wed.

Senate To Vote Cloture on S.510, (HHS & FDA Food Control Bill) On Wed.

Time to call the Senate about S.510; FDA Food Safety Modernization Act

The District of Criminals is back in session with Progressive Harry Reid leading the charge to turn over the safety of your food supply chain to Kathleen Sebelius and subsequent Secretaries of HHS.  Yes, control of everything you wish to feed your family is going to be overseen by the very same federal government that believes that allowing DHS to move live ‘ hoof and mouth’ virus (among a plethora of zoonotic viruses) to ‘Tornado Alley’ in the center of cattle country, Manhattan, Kansas is a completely safe and strategic move.  They also think Obamacare is going to cover every single American and lower costs at the same time, and that the new Federal Reserve Office of Financial Research needs to keep track of your every financial transaction.  How about those micro-chipped meds from Novartis, or those pornographic full body scanners that DHS is imposing with a $10,000 fine and which are being pimped by lobbyists?  Anybody seeing the pattern here yet?

Time to put both chambers back on speed dial once again and remind them who is in charge.  Even I know that crashing their phone systems, YET AGAIN, will not get them to read the bills, but it may actually get them to answer the phone and vote against another fascist spending bill.  There are two reasons this bill did not get shoved through before the lame duck session, 1.) the Dodd-Frank Financial Fascism Bill, 2.) Sen. Tom Coburn objected to spending $1.4 Billion on the Fed’s credit card.

Here’s the scoop about the procedural vote scheduled for Wednesday.

Harry Reid is calling for a cloture vote to end debate over S. 510, FDA Food Safety Modernization Act; text of the bill here.

cloture – The only procedure by which the Senate can vote to place a time limit on consideration of a bill or other matter, and thereby overcome a filibuster. Under the cloture rule (Rule XXII), the Senate may limit consideration of a pending matter to 30 additional hours, but only by vote of three-fifths of the full Senate, normally 60 votes.

From TheHill.com on Sunday:

Long wait for food safety bill may be over

Almost a year to the day after a unanimous committee vote, a long-stalled bill to promote food safety is poised for Senate passage within a week.

The bill by Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) passed the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee on Nov. 18, 2009, with a 16-0 bipartisan vote. It had already passed the House in July 2009 on a 283-142 vote.

But it was then forced onto the Senate’s back burner while the upper chamber grappled for most of this year with healthcare reform and financial regulation reform. Now, with the midterm elections in the past, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) plans to bring it forward for a procedural vote on Wednesday that leaders expect will pass.

For those that don’t know about food fascism, here are the crib notes:

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Frank Luntz On The 2010 Midterm Elections, 7.9.2010

Tucker Carlson interviews Frank Luntz about the spin that the pResident is trying to achieve ahead of the midterm elections with a most revealing statement about the epic change coming.

Tucker, the numbers are overwhelming. You know I polled in 1994. I was involved with the Contract with America. I will tell you that on every single statistical measurement, the Democrats are in more trouble today than they were in July of 1994 when they lost control of the House and Senate.

Tucker’s response is priceless…

Sarah Palin And Tea Party Activists Disrupt Harry Reid’s Victory Lap

This congressional recess should have been Harry Reid’s victory lap with the passage of Obamacare (meant to cripple the entire economy and keep the feds afloat for a few more years).  Only one big, big, problem; Tea Party Activists gathering in Searchlight, Nevada by the thousands to hear Sarah Palin and other patriots.

Part 2:

I can understand Sarah Palin having personal loyalty to John McCain, but damn, campaigning for one of the dinosaurs that got us into this mess? What’s up with that?

Scott Brown Votes With Harry Reid On Jobs Bill

This should be interesting….

Scott Brown joins Dems and votes to end debate on jobs bill

Newly-seated Republican Sen. Scott Brown (Mass.) on Monday joined Democrats in voting to end debate on their $15 billion jobs bill.

Brown crossed the aisle after Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) nixed an $85 billion, bipartisan plan in favor of a more narrowly-focused bill.

“I came to Washington to be an independent voice, to put politics aside, and to do everything in my power to help create jobs for Massachusetts families,” Brown said in a statement. “This Senate jobs bill is not perfect. I wish the tax cuts were deeper and broader, but I voted for it because it contains measures that will help put people back to work.”

Democrats needed to poach Brown and and least one other Republican to reach the 60 votes necessary to votes. Centrist Republican Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Olympia Snowe (Maine) also voted for cloture on the proposal.

Reitiring GOP Sen. George Voinovich (Ohio) also voted for cloture.

Brown was elected to the Senate with the backing of conservatives largely because of his pledge to serve as the 41st vote to uphold a filibuster of the Democrats health reform bill.

But Brown has expressed willingness to work with Democrats on other issues.

For those that wish to watch the proceedings on C-Span2, go here. I am looking for the bill number and text right now.

H.R. 2847 – Hiring Incentives To Restore Employment Act,  (not to be confused with the original H.R. 2847 – Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010.  Don’t you just love how they slip language in and take other language out because the original was already on the schedule?

CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE

Douglas W. Elmendorf, Director

U.S. Congress
Washington, DC 20515

February 18, 2010

Honorable Harry Reid
Majority Leader
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Mr. Leader:
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) have prepared the enclosed table showing the estimated effects on revenues and direct spending for the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act, as introduced in the Senate on February 11, 2010. The legislation has been introduced as Senate
Amendment 3310, in the nature of a substitute for H.R. 2847.
The legislation contains several tax provisions, including temporarily exempting from payroll taxes paid by employers the wages of certain individuals hired in 2010, providing an additional business tax credit for firms that retain such individuals for at least one year of employment, increasing allowable expensing in 2010 for certain depreciable business assets, amending the treatment of interest paid in connection with issuances of certain tax credit bonds, and modifying rules applicable to foreign accounts and the allocation of interest expenses on the part of corporations with worldwide activities. In addition, the legislation would extend through December 31, 2010, the authorization for surface transportation programs and would increase the budgetary resources for those programs by $20.8 billion in fiscal year 2010 and $12.2 billion in fiscal year 2011, relative to the amounts assumed in CBO’s baseline. Finally, the bill would provide for the transfer of $19.5 billion from the general fund of the Treasury to the Highway Trust Fund. Spending from the trust fund, however, is generally controlled by appropriation actions; as a result, the transfer may facilitate future spending but would not, by itself, increase such expenditures.

Read the rest at the link above.

Obama Flashback: McCain Would Tax Healthcare

Isn’t this what Barack Obama is about to do with the healthcare travesty that he, Nancy, and Harry put together to control every aspect of your life?

Health-care reform bill’s proposed tax on high-cost plans raises questions

With Congress on the verge of imposing a new tax on high-cost health insurance plans, skeptics continue to raise questions about who would be hit hardest and whether health-care spending would be limited as much as proponents say.

The Senate health-care legislation includes a 40 percent excise tax on insurance plans worth more than $23,000 per year for a family of four. When the legislation would go into effect in 2014, only a small fraction of all plans would be taxed, but more would be captured over time: roughly a quarter by 2019, collecting about $150 billion over 10 years. (emphasis mine)

The House legislation instead relies on an income tax surcharge on families earning more than $1 million. But centrist Senate Democrats are opposed to the surcharge, and the excise tax has been endorsed by the White House and many health-care economists, who tout its cost-containment potential.

Remember, this isn’t taxing people’s income; it’s a tax on your healthcare premium.  If you work for a small company with higher premiums, you may fall into this category.  Also, it isn’t indexed for inflation, so more and more people are going to fall into this category.

“It’s a very blunt instrument,” said former labor secretary Robert Reich. “It makes far more sense on policy and political grounds to tax the top 1 percent rather than sweep in so many people that are paying more for health care, not because they are getting more health care but because they’re older or working for small businesses.”

Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) notes that Obama pledged not to raise taxes on anyone earning under $250,000 and that he attacked Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on the campaign trail in 2008 over his plan to do away with the tax-free treatment of employer-provided benefits. Pro-Republican groups are already turning the tables by running ads accusing Democrats of wanting to tax benefits.

Scott Brown’s Numbers Have Moved Into Single Digits

Scott Brown’s Numbers Have Moved Into Single Digits

Rasmussen is reporting this morning that Martha, “I love SEIU and Obamacare”, Coakley is leading Scott Brown by 9 percentage points, down from 11 points a week ago. The online blogging campaign is have an impact, and although a Scott Brown win is still a longshot currently, that could change by the January 19, 2010 special election.

Election 2010: Massachusetts Special Senate Election

2010 Massachusetts Senate: Coakley 50%, Brown 41%

State Attorney General Martha Coakley holds a nine-point lead over her Republican rival, state Senator Scott Brown, in Massachusetts’ special U.S. Senate election to fill the seat of the late Edward M. Kennedy.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in the state finds Coakley ahead of Brown 50% to 41%. One percent (1%) prefer some other candidate, and seven percent (7%) are undecided.

The special Senate election will be held on January 19 and special elections typically feature low turnout. That’s one reason the race appears to be a bit closer than might typically be expected for a Senate race in Massachusetts. Kennedy carried 69% of the vote when he was reelected in 2006.

Coakley, who was elected attorney general in 2006, defeated several other candidates to win her party’s nomination in a December 8 Primary. Brown, who has served in the State Senate since 2004, won the GOP Primary the same day.

The health care issue is expected to play a big role in the debate and Massachusetts voters hold modestly favorable attitudes about the proposed legislation. In the Bay State, 53% favor the plan working its way through Congress and 45% oppose it.

However, as is the case nationally, those who feel strongly about the bill are more likely to be opposed. The overall figures include 36% who Strongly Oppose the plan while 27% Strongly Favor it.

Why is healthcare so important?  Martha Coakley is FOR Obamacare and Scott Brown is AGAINST Obamacare.  Considering the low voter turnout effect and the energized republican base (who will turnout to vote), Brown could actually pull a win off and be the first Republican in Dead Kennedy’s seat since JFK.

The  Money Bomb for Scott Brown is on January 11th, and the pledge site is here.

To join Scott’s Brigade network and make volunteer phone calls, from any state, go here.

Time to put your money and time where your mouth is folks and donate and make calls for the candidate that can stop Obamacare by taking away Harry Reid’s 60 seat filibuster proof majority in the Senate.

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