Boehner’s Oligarchy Lashes Out

ol·i·gar·chy:

a country, business, etc., that is controlled by a small group of people

: the people that control a country, business, etc.

: government or control by a small group of people

Sounds pretty much like what is going on in Congress. You send someone there thinking they will vote a certain way, but they end up voting against you. Its maddening.

Three Booted From GOP Whip Team as Leaders Crack Down

House Republican leaders are cracking down on rebellious members after a near-disaster on a trade vote last week.

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“In the beginning of the year,” Scalise spokesman Chris Bond said, “Whip Scalise reaffirmed the long-standing policy, also held by his predecessors, that while whip team members are free to vote their conscience on underlying bills, they are expected to vote as a team on procedural matters such as last week’s rule vote.”

Look, I get it, this is “just how it works in Washington.” BUT to that I would say, “This is how you end up with $18 Trillion in debt and a Government so invasive into our daily lives and freedom that it is more concerned about losing control over us, than controlling our own borders. Good people are sent to Washington to stop the insanity and save this country. Unfortunately, they bow to the king (status quo) and lose their spines.

Or as I recently put it via email to someone….

I’m sorry, overall I have just lost faith in the Federal Government and am one who thinks its time to start stripping power from all of the branches not expanding their powers. Every time someone tells me “don’t worry, this is good for you”, it turns out not to be. Federalizing TSA, Homeland Security, The Fed, Dodd Frank, Obamacare, Autobailouts, TARP, Dep of Ed. Moratorium on nuke plants, wind power, solar power, CAFE standards, clean diesels. 

I’m one who thinks its about time patriots in Congress just start voting no on principle and return the powers not explicitly described as belonging to the Federal Government in the Constitution back to the people and states. 

Oh, I forgot Ethanol. We were told just a few years back how great Ethanol is. We poured billions into it, consumed un measurable amounts of water going corn and making it, dumped unmeasurable amounts of chemicals on farm fields, while all along people out here on main street were saying but that doesn’t make sense. Congress, under control of either party, forced renewables like Ethanol on us. All a waste and now we have Government demanding buffer strips along farms to prevent runoff pollution. They bribe people to grow something, then punish them for doing it.

Its just maddening. The more I think about the idiocy of Washingtonians, the madder I get. Its appears like it doesn’t matter who we send there because the system will prevent anyone from changing it.

Not exactly sure why I thought of it, but this song came to mind. Maybe its that there is still hope to save this country from its Government. Maybe. But we have to start doing something now. Right now.

Greek Bank Run Continues, But In US Politicians Push “Recovered +”

Economists say to predict what will happen to the world economy, just watch the PIIGS. Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece, Spain. They say that their economies are a precursor to what will happen to everyone else’s. As I have been saying, we are not headed back to normal, we are still falling into full blown economic collapse.

Anxious Greeks pull money from banks amid fears of capital controls

Two weeks after Greece’s leftwing Syriza party won power at a general election in January, Panayotis Fotiades pulled his deposits from an Athens bank.

“I felt certain there’d be a confrontation before long with the troika [of bailout monitors],” said the 55-year-old businessman.

Like other Greek owners of small and medium-sized companies in Greece, Mr Fotiades feared a radical government would resort to capital controls if relations with the country’s creditors deteriorated sharply.

The media and politicians in America are pretending the economy is fully recovered PLUS.

They are pretending everything is just fine and cherry picking economic indicators to make themselves seem like they are doing a good job. But we are not recovered. And we are about to see the effects of some of the most radical policy ever attempted such as Obamacare and massive minimum wage hikes.

Buckle up America if you don’t wake up first. We are headed toward….

Non-Passive Progressives Spew Hate Blame Amtrak Crash On GOP – Update

Another example of left wing progressive politics getting down right nasty.

The Agenda Project has a series of Youtube videos called, Republican Cuts Kill Again.

People try to blame the right for nastiness in politics. they claim its the rich right wingers who have soiled the discourse in America.

But here we have yet another left wing organization aimed solely at spewing hate, blame, and breed anger funded by left wing millionaires.

The deep pockets that fund hate in American politics are found on the left. They will politicize anything to mislead the public about how disastrous their progressive politics are.

REPUBLICAN CUTS KILL . . . AGAIN 

Ad buy planned against Rep. Harold Rogers (R-KY), Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee

 

Washington, DC – Today, the Agenda Project Action Fund released a NEW ADconnecting GOP budget cuts to the tragic Amtrak crash that killed 7 people and injured 200 more.  See the ad HERE

Republican Cuts Kill . . . Again features graphic images from Tuesday’s Amtrak crash including bloody victims, the twisted body of a train car, mangled equipment and injured passengers.  These visuals are interspersed with facts and figures about GOP cuts to Amtrak’s budget and video of dozens of GOP leaders demanding “cuts” to Amtrak and other critical projects.

The ad includes Rep. Harold Rogers (R-KY), Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Speaker of the House John Boehner and dozens of other GOP leaders who have called for slashing crucial funding to Amtrak and other programs.

Erica Payne, President of the Agenda Project Action Fund, said “Year after year, Republicans have run for office almost exclusively on cutting spending.  Many of the cuts they demand are utterly reckless.  It is high time someone points to the real human costs of this kind of irresponsible governance.  Cutsto the Amtrak budget prevented vital upgrades that could have prevented this tragedy.  Republican budget cuts crippled a system that transports more than 30 million American citizens each year. Shame on them.

The ad comes the morning after GOP leaders – who are still not sure of the cause of the crash – voted to cut Amtrak’s budget by more than $250 million.  According to officials who operate the Northeast Corridor, the route faces a $1 billion annual shortfall in capital needs.  The company’s most traveled train line has a “state-of-good-repair backlog” of 11,100 major projects and 4,800 basic infrastructure repairs.

Republican Cuts Kill . . .  Again is Part II of a planned multi-ad, multi-year attack on reckless GOP budget cuts.

Part I of Republican Cuts Kill was released in October, 2014 in the wake of the Ebola crisis. You can see that ad and the subsequent media coverage HERE.  That ad blamed GOP of budget cuts to National Institute of Health and the Center for Disease Control for hampering efforts to fight the Ebola crisis.  Senate testimony from the leaders of the two agencies affirmed this accusation. 

The original Republican Cuts Kill infuriated GOP leaders. This latest chapter promises to do the same.

UPDATE

These hate filled Progressives are really proud of themselves. I just got another email today showing them bragging about this politicization of the tragedy.

Dear Andy,

In the wake of the tragic Amtrak crash that killed 7 people and injured 200 more, today, the Agenda Project Action Fund released a new ad demanding an answer to a critical question: Did Republican Cuts Kill . . . Again? 

You can see the ad HERE.  Before clicking on the ad, please know that the content is very graphic.

While the details are still emerging about the central cause of the crash, it is clear that additional funding could likely have prevented the tragedy.  The New York Times reported that the crash could have been prevented with the installation of a safety system known as Positive Train Control. The Association of American Railroads says that it would require an additional $5 billion to complete the installations throughout the country by the end of this year. Instead of considering a strong investment in our nation’s rail system – which would not only benefit millions of Americans but also contribute countless millions in the form of new economic development and employment opportunities – Republicans have slashed Amtrak’s funding every year.

The ad targets Rep. Harold Rogers (R-KY), Chair of Appropriations Chair, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Speaker of the House John Boehner and dozens of other GOP leaders who have called for slashing crucial funding to Amtrak and other programs.

Republican Cuts Kill . . .  Again is Part II in a planned multi-ad, multi-year attack on GOP reckless budget cuts. 

Click here to watch the video

The video comes one day after GOP leaders – before learning the cause of the crash – voted to cut Amtrak’s budget by more than $250 million.  According to officials who operate the Northeast Corridor, the route faces a $1 billion annual shortfall in capital needs—and has a “state-of-good-repair backlog” of 11,100 major projects and 4,800 basic infrastructure repairs needed on the company’s most travelled train line. 

Year after year, Republicans have run for office almost exclusively on cutting spending.  Many of those cuts have been utterly reckless.  It is high time someone points to the real human costs of this kind of irresponsible governance.  The egregious and utterly unnecessary cuts to Amtrak prevented vital upgrades to our aging railways and crippled the system that transports more than 30 million American citizens each year.

We plan to run this ad in Kentucky against Chair of the Appropriations Committee Rep. Harold Rogers (R-KY).  If you would like to contribute to PUT THIS AD ON TV, please click here.

Thanks for all you do,

Erica

Obamanomics In Practice – The New Normal

You keep hearing about how great the economy is doing. How jobs are being created and everything is back to normal. But the new normal is not like the old normal.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cash-strapped Americans anxious for tax refunds are increasingly turning to payment advances, prepaid cards or other costly services when getting tax preparation help, according to new federal data raising concerns among regulators about whether consumers are fully informed about the fees.

Regulators are looking to increase oversight of preparers amid the rise in “refund anticipation checks,” a type of cash advance especially popular among low-income families who receive the Earned Income Tax Credit, the government’s $65 billion cash benefit program. The advances are being marketed as a way to get fast refunds or defer payment of tax preparation costs.

It also happens to be a glaring example of irony. The same Government that is confiscating so much money from us that we are forced to scratch and claw and borrow to make ends meet, is worried that we are borrowing from high risk fraudsters to make ends meet.

There’s a solution to this whole problem, that will never be considered. Smaller Government.

Oh I know, without the nanny state, how will everyone get free E-14 schooling (notice I did’t say an E-14 education) and all those other entitlements?

We cannot afford the Government that has been forced upon us. That’s a factual, emotion free statement.

Job creation is now controlled by Government. They have made good paying full time, reliable jobs, a rarity. You can scream outsourcing and blame corporate America, but the fact is if Government hadn’t created the red tape, they’d happily allow people to work more than 30 hours a week as one example of the new normal of Obama’s Economy.

The American economy looks nothing like it did 8 years ago. Through the ashes of the recession, Marxism took root. A centrally planned and controlled destruction of the free markets is in effect.

This new, fundamentally transformed America, sure seems to have created more people screaming for more free stuff. Then again, socialism is not supposed to solve problem, its designed to identify and shine the spot light on them.

Creating a dependent is far more important than solving the problem. Because if you solve the economic effects that made someone need help and get that person a job, you can’t continue to run government for the sole purpose of maintaining power. You’d eventually be able to cut taxes to the point where there is enough capital out in the markets to create jobs for those in need. If someone did fall through the cracks and need additional help, people would have plenty of money left over from low taxes and low product costs to be true good samaritans and help their fellow man.

Instead, the definition of compassion in Obama’s America is now demanding Government confiscate other people’s property to give others what you think will make them happy.

This new normal of liberal economics sure seems to have a whole lot of unhappy people who complain about all the things they don’t have or can’t afford.

How is higher taxes and more regulation going to lower the cost of raising a family or provide a good paying job?

If we are now going to be a society based on always needing another bailout, another credit card to max out, a windfall of tax refunds, lottery, etc etc. we are screwed. Then again, if we need those things, we also need politicians to provide us with more and more entitlements and handouts.

Welcome to the new normal. Where your choices are determined for you.

MNSURE: A Textbook Example Of Why Not To Govern By Emotions

Of course no one wants people to suffer with out health care. No, there aren’t people who really want people to choose between health insurance and food.

But that doesn’t mean MNSure the State’s (Failed) Health Insurance Exchange – was a good way to prevent any of the tear jerking stories used by Governor Dayton (and President Obama) to enact MNSure the State’s (Failed) Health Insurance Exchange.

MNsure audit: ‘very silly’ turf battle contributed to issues
By David Montgomery – Pioneer Press

MNsure “fell far short” of its promises to provide an easy way for Minnesotans to buy health care in its first year, a harsh new audit has found.

“In its first year of operations, MNsure’s failures outweighed its achievements,” the Minnesota Office of Legislative Audit’s months-long review of Minnesota’s health insurance exchange concluded.

This report from the Minnesota Legislative Auditor confirms many of the claims opponents of MNSure the State’s (Failed) Health Insurance Exchange, had before it was even passed. Criticisms and input ignored by Governor Mark Dayton. Many of these problems could have been prevented. The report also exposes how there have been problems identified by 3rd party professional auditing firms that have also been ignored.

Hundreds of millions have already gone into MNSure the State’s (Failed) Health Insurance Exchange. How much more will they need to have something that will work? And mind you, long before MNSure the State’s (Failed) Health Insurance Exchange became law of the law in Minnesota, well over 90% of Minnesotans had health insurance.

How much more expensive is this affordable health insurance going to be? 

You can find the report on the MN Legislative Auditor’s website by clicking here.

$2.1 Billion a month – Where Does the Obamacare Bribe Money Come From?

The same people who refuse to repair that crumbling bridge your kid’s school bus crosses everyday because they say they just don’t have enough revenue coming in yet, wants to run your health care. Many of us pointed out the flawed funding formulas and unsustainability of unicorn farts and happy thoughts fueling the drive before and after the law was rushed through Congress without anyone even reading the bill, but we were scoffed at and told we were just mean bad people.

Well, it looks like the mean bad people were the ones lying to implement the hoax that is now Obamacare.

The large subsidies for health insurance that helped fuel the successful drive to sign up some 8 million Americans for coverage under the Affordable Care Act may push the cost of the law considerably above current projections, a new federal report indicates.

Nearly 9 in 10 Americans who bought health coverage on the federal government’s healthcare marketplaces received government assistance to offset their premiums.

90% of the signups had to be bribed into doing so. Where does that bribe money come from people?

Premiums that normally would have cost $346 a month on average instead cost consumers just $82, with the federal government picking up the balance of the bill.

8 million Obamacare enrollees X $264 subsidized monthly premium (aka bribe) = $2,112,000,000  A MONTH

Oh the math gets far worse….

That total does not count the additional cost of providing coverage to millions of additional consumers who bought coverage in states that ran their own marketplaces, including California, Connecticut, Maryland and New York. About a third of the 8 million people who signed up for coverage this year used a state-run marketplace.

The fact is no one really knows.

The Congressional Budget Office estimated in April that the annual cost of subsidies will rise to $23 billion next year and $95 billion in 2024, although the budget office continued to project that all the law’s costs will be offset by additional revenue it raises and by cuts in other federal healthcare spending.

But hey, don’t worry, we’ll make up for it in other areas….

Which gets me back to that crumbling bridge they say they don’t have the money to fix.

Folks, someday, you will be that bridge that they can’t afford to fix if you allow Government to take over your health care system.

Check Your Objectiveness At The Door

If anyone in the media or DFL ever complain about a Republican Governor giving a campaign speech anywhere in the Capital or in the State of the Union again, I’m going to blow a gasket after this piece of work from Mark Dayton last night. This was a campaign speech and Republicans should demand equal time from all media outlets who dutifully covered the DFL’s campaign agenda.

The State of the State speech is meant to lay out the goals for the session. Dayton could have submitted his goals for the 2014 session in writing or maybe that lady he doesn’t talk to could have read it for him. But no, he waited until the session was over. Til it was too late to actually accomplish anything, to lay out what exactly he does want.

And oh, forget the fact that the things that Minnesotans really want, like mining jobs, less red tape, and less camel’s nose under the tent Government intrusion, no, he left that out.

Its maddening that the media in this state attacks any Republican standing up for the shared principles of the hard working men and women of Minnesota, but allows these blunder head radicals to walk around preaching socialism with a straight face.

Weekend Depressing News – MN Is 47th Worst State On Taxes

Oh yeah, Democrat policies are no obstacle to business. If the taxes don’t kill your desire to run a business in Minnesota, there is also the ever growing mountain of red tape and mandates that will make you wonder why you bother.

2014 State Business Tax Climate Index 

The 10 lowest ranked, or worst, states in this year’s Index are:

41. Maryland
42. Connecticut
43. Wisconsin
44. North Carolina
45. Vermont
46. Rhode Island
47. Minnesota
48. California
49. New Jersey
50. New York

If this doesn’t ruin your weekend, you must work for the Government.

Every day I learn of another tax or mandate that my business has to now deal with. This state is in for some serious problems if Dayton and Democrats aren’t run out of office once and for all.

 

READY SET PANIC – 2% Federal Cuts Loom Yet MNHIX Funding Still Hollow Promise

The White House released forecasts of what state budget line items they will cut if “Sequestration” happens this week. The fear mongering is designed to make Minnesotans think they will have to pay more to prevent cuts to carefully selected services. Obama(‘s auto pen) signed the Sequestration plan into place on New Year’s Day. This last minute fear mongering rings a little hollow to me since he has had 2 months to work with Congress to avoid this.

You will not hear the end of the cuts this week, but there’s far more dangerous budgeting happening closer to home. Please bear in mind that this is $85 Billion dollars out of a $3.8 Trillion budget. The idea that safetynet health insurance for the poor and firefighter jobs or whatever other tear jerking crowd of backdrop standings Obama can find … a pathetic excuse of leadership.

The homegrown version of Obamacare: The Minnesota Health Insurance Exchange” has a far more dangerous design flaw that will cost Minnesotans far more. Mark Dayton and Senate Democrats made this their very first agenda item this session. Senate File #1.

This program is so poorly designed that it has a $75 million donut hole each and every year. The fact is Government run programs require permanent funding to run. They are inventing a new system and this will require a whole new set of bureaucrats to administer the program. And please don’t lose sight of how this is simply to manage something almost every Minnesotan already has.

So while their is much thumping on their chests for what seems to add up to just $20 million is potential lost Federal monies, Democrats in Minnesota are trying to install an unproven, top down, and bloated bureaucracy to facilitate your health care.

Maybe we should be a little more concerned about where the rubber meets the road here in Minnesota, and not be distracted by some veiled threats from the White House.

Try Again?

Today’s America is seemingly looking and feeling much more like the Colonies that were once ruled by a King.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

Andy Aplikowski – January 16, 2013