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… Jonathan Gruber Lied [#house testimony]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,April 5th,2016

.. recently , MIT prof Jonathan Gruber was hauled before the House of Representatives . More specifically , he testified before the House Oversight Committee . WEll , he did not exactly enjoy the experience , to say the least ….

.. Professor Gruber was , to be specific , roast on a collective spit . He was roasted more like one does to a pig when one roasts pork in preparation for cooking ribs . With the apple in the mouth . Even the DemoCraps ed in the roasting , for once , but for their own reasons . They were pissy because the ruckus gave the GOP a golden opportunity to cook ObamaCrapCare on a Spit …

.. [h/t — America ‘ s]..
.. [link] to the blog post …

.. you can see it for yourself . Either he was lying then , or he was lying now . My opinion is that he was lying now . he deserves to be punished for it as a result …


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… Today is B – Day [#Bibi]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,March 3rd,2015

.. yep , it is today ..

.. today is Israeli PM Bibi Netanyahu ‘ s speech to a Joint Meeting of Congress . Yes , it is only a Joint Meeting . Why ? …

.. by Congressional tradition , only POTUS [even this louse] can speak to a Joint Session of both Houses of Congress . No one else . Everyone else , no matter who it is , speaks to a Joint Meeting of the Houses …

.. once I have it , I will post [hopefully of good quality] a video of Bibi ‘ s speech . It is important , damned important , in the debate over any possible nuclear agreement with the Mullahs in Qum [Iran] …

.. more on this , later …

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… BenghaziGate : What Should Happen Now ?? …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,May 11th,2014

.. there should be a select committee in the House of Representatives . No question about it . Since the GOP in all likelihood will control the House , the committee can continue its work on through into the new Congress ..

.. the select committee should be expanded into the Senate once (as I think) , the GOP takes control of the US Senate after the November elections . The leadership should move , fast , so that once the new Senators are sworn in , the committee can get to work ..

.. [xx update] 05/02/2014 — Speaker Boehner announces formation of Select Benghazi Committee . The Committee Chair will be Representative Trey Gowdy [R-SC] . Ouch ! . Gowdy is a bulldog , one with a prosecutor ‘ s instincts . He will be beyond relentless , and will not lose focus . He also will not tolerate crap out of anyone , on either side ..

.. [xx update] Gowdy will keep the size of the comittee fairly small . That will keep the hotheads and firebrands out of the mix . Also , the Congressgresscritters will get a chance to question witnesses , but not for a while . He will likely have majority and minority counsel question witnesses before the ‘critters get their hands on them . It will move things along faster ..

.. Ben Rhodes should be invited to testify . Cabinet agencies and their officials can be subpoenaed to testify . Rhodes is the Deputy National Security Adviser , and was a step lower when this stuff occurred . A subpoena should be held in abeyance , only to be used if absolutely necessary …

.. Leon Panetta is a different matter . Panetta was the Defense Secretary at the time of the attack . He would have been informed of the military situation , and is right below Obama . He would likely have known where POTUS was during the time of the situation , so if a decision needed to be made , then the boss would be brought in to make it after being appraised of the situation …

.. [xx update] Panetta will be invited . He is a former committee chairman , and will be given congressional courtesy . However , there will be a subpoena waiting for him right behind the door . He will know it . If he tries to screw around , BAM ! , out it comes …

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… So , Why pass an Immigration Bill at All ? …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,February 4th,2014

.. there is a big problem with passing an immigration bill in the House .

.. Simple . If you pass it in pieces , the Senate is going to insist on going to conference with its bill as the starting point . Otherwise , they will not go to conference .

.. so , why ?

.. [h/t — NationalReview]

.. [link] to the video clip

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… Fibaroni [ObamaCrapCare – related] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,December 20th,2013

.. the ObamaCraps propagated the Big Lie on your doctor , your insurance , and your medicine . Back in 2010 , they knew very well that millions of people were going to lose their insurance ….

.. [h/t —]

.. [link] to the videos ..

.. then they proceeded to repeat the lie , over and over again ..

.. In the coming year [2014] , it will get worse . Much worse . The business market is going to subject to the same problems that that the indivdual health insurance market is going through , now . The requirements of ObamaCrapCare [the essential benefits packages , the regulations , the med loss ratio invasion , among many] are going to make what is going on this fall look like a garden party , by comparison . Guess What is also coming up ?

.. the 2014 Congressional midterm elections . The economy is not in the best of shape , the job market sucks , inflation could well take off , and the federales are monkeying around with people ‘ s health care — just in time for the Midterms . The DemoCraps are running scared , especially in districts and states that are at least decently competitive .

.. It will help the GOP to gain seats in the House of Representatives . How many , God knows . The Senate is in play , though . 3 to 4 seats , net , are likely to flip to the GOP , meaning the Republicans need at least 3 more seats (net) to take over the Senate . The way things are going , it could be a whole lot more than that …

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… How Cute ! [Washington ComPost Creative Editing] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,October 3rd,2013

.. the folks over at the Washington ComPost have been known to be creative . However , this is going more than a little bit over the line , folks .

.. POTUS sent a letter to the editor to the ComPost . They printed it as a picture , which is unusual , and even left enough room for POTUS ‘ notoriously massive signature (and ego) . If you want to see it , the link for the letter is [here] .

.. Here is where the letter gets creative . You expect a letter to the editor to get edited for brevity , language , and whatnot . When it is the President of the United States , you do not expect it to get edited , or even censored . What no one should expect is when the ComPost edits out sections of the letter , to take a significant section of it almost completely out of context …

.. Here is the complete and unedited text of the letter …

[h/t — the Weekly Standard]

To the dedicated and hard-working employees of the United States Government:

The Federal Government is America’s largest employer, with more than 2 million civilian workers and 1.4 million active duty military who serve in all 50 States and around the world.

But Congress has failed to meet its responsibility to pass a budget before the fiscal year begins today. And that means much of our Government must shut down effective today.

Today, I wanted to take a moment to tell you what you mean to me – and to the country.

That begins by saying thank you for the work you do every day – work that is vitally important to our national security and to American families’ economic security. You defend our country overseas and ensure that our troops receive the benefits they deserve when they come home. You guard our borders nad protect our civil rights. You help small business expand and gain new footholds in overseas markets. You guide hundreds of thousands of people each day through the glory of America’s national parks and monuments, from Yosemite to the State of Liberty. And much more.

You do all this in a political climate that, too often in recent years, has treated you like a punching bag. You have endured three years of a Federal pay freeze, harmful sequester cuts, and now, a shutdown of our Government. And yet, you persevere, continuing to serve the American people with passion, professionalism, and skill.

None of this is fair to you. And should it continue, it will make it more difficult to keep attracting the kind of driven, patriotic, idealistic Americans to public service that our citizens deserve and that our system of self-government demands.

Public service is noble. Public service is important. And by choosing public service, you carry on a proud tradition at the heart of osme of this country’s greatest and most lasting achievements. In fact, more than 50 current or former Federal employees have received the Nobel Prize for their efforts. It was grants from the Department of Energy that helped businesses unlock new sources of renewable energy, and from the National Science Foundation that helped entrepreneurs like the founders of Google change the world. It is your efforts hat will help this country meet the great challenge of our time – rebuilding an economy where all who work hard can get ahead.

So while the budget fights in Washington are too often partisan, your service to the countyry must never be. As on eof my predecessors, President George H.W. Bush, once said, “There is nothing more fulfilling than to serve your country and your fellow citizens and to do it well. And that is what our system of self-government depends on.”

This shutdown was completely preventable. It should not have happened. And the House of Representatives can end it as soon as it follows the Senate’s lead, and funds your work in the United States Government without trying to attach highly controversial and partisan measures in the process.

Hopefully, we will resolve this quickly. In the meantime, I want you to know – whether you are a young person who just joined public service because you want to make a difference, or a career employee who has dedicated your life to that pursuit – you and your families remain at the front of my mind. Your agency leaders and I will continue to defend your wrk at a time when that work has rarely been more important. We will continue to work with your agencies to kep you and your familiies apprised and informed of what is happening. And I will continue to do everything in my power to get the House of Representatives to allow our Government to repoen as quickly as possible, and make sure you receive the pay that you have earned.

Thank you, again, for your service, your sacrifice, and everything you do every day for this country we love so much.


LEC here again — what an arrogant [bleep] … the edited out section are highlighted in BOLD . Nice try , ComPost , but this is not the first time that you have pulled this kind of stunt . Guess what ? You got caught …

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… Congrats to Tony Abbott [new Australian PM] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,September 8th,2013

.. hot dog ! ..

.. Tony Abbott and the Liberal / National Party Coalition [the Tories] have won an overwhelming election mandate , and have been returned to power after a very long abscence from power .

.. Abbott ‘ s Coalition has appeared to have won 91 or 92 seats in the Australian House of Representatives . It represents an approximate 33 or 34 seat majority in that body . Australia ‘ s Parliament looks in form somewhat like our U.S. Congress , but its function is that of a Westminster parliament , or similar to the Britain . Its Senate control is divided , only because one – healf of the seats were up .

.. Abbott is right . Australia is indeed , open for business once again . If the Aussie Laborites and the Greens are not careful , Abbott could force the Govenour General [Australia ‘ s nominal head of state] to have a “double dissolution ” of both house. It would then put all 150 House seats and 76 Senate seats up at once , and Labour would be to blame .

.. Australia ‘ s hated “carbon tax” will survive , at least for now . Unless Labour is nuts , they will support the new Government , and vote for repeal . Playing political “chicken” with a newly elected and apparantely very popular PM is a really dumb idea . We shall see …

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… Proper Immigration Reform , but on Our Terms …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,July 9th,2013

.. most of all , do not be bullied by the Senate on the Gang of 8 plan that the Senate has adopted .

.. I am not sure where I stand on the House effort , as of yet . But I will tell you this , the Cornyn substitute is a good place to start . Moreso , the Gang of 8 bill is definitely not it . Not at all . See on theothermccain , an effort by a lamestremer try to spin and jam things down the House member ‘s throat , and watch him fight back …

… from the transcript …

And Labrador’s response was to slap Brooks down for his absurd immigration bill stance.

REP. RAUL LABRADOR (R-ID): I’m– I’m sorry, but what– what I just heard was totally ridiculous. If– if you listen to what the CBO said, they said that it’s going to be between a third and 50 percent reduction in illegal immigration. That means that every five years, we’re going to have to do another Reagan amnesty. What the American people want is a secure border. They understand that there is going to be economic growth. And I agree that there’s going to be economic growth when you have immigration reform, that’s why I’m a big proponent of immigration reform, but for somebody to sit here on national TV and say that that it is actually a weak argument for us to argue that we want something like 90 percent security, I think it’s– it’s actually beyond the pale. What we need to do– look– look at just one thing. There’s two– two components of the law that we need to– that we need to change. For example, the– the ICE agents have told us that if they could work with the local communities, with the local law enforcement agents, they would be much more effective in securing our– our interior. The Democrats do not want any local enforcement of immigration laws. We do it with drug laws. We do it with all these other things where– where we have these task forces between the federal– federal and state and local agencies, and the Democrats do not want to do with immigration. We could do that and we could curtail a lot of the illegal immigration. There’s a lot of other things that we can do to make this law stronger.

When David Gregory asked Brooks for his response, he replied with a flat out falsehood:

BROOKS: The CBO said that it would reduce it by a– by a third to 50 percent, and what I hear the Congressman saying is he won’t support it unless it’s a 100 percent because we’d have to go back and do a Reagan.

Gee, when did you hear Labrador say he wanted a 100 percent reduction in illegal immigration? And Labrador didn’t let that pass without administering a second slapdown to puppy dog Brooks:

LABRADOR: That’s– that’s not what I say. Don’t– don’t put words into my mouth.

One hopes that more people on news shows were as willing as Congressman Labrador to administer quick slapdowns to journalists who make very public messes with their absurdities and falsehoods.

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… “Amnesty” and English …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,July 1st,2013

.. This immigration reform attempts to dissolve the melting pot .

.. Backers of the immigration bill under consideration in the Senate say the legislation encourages illegal aliens to learn English, but that’s apparently not so . They’ve been running ads on conservative talk radio programs insisting that the illegals “must learn English” as a condition of legalization.

.. It figures .

.. The usual suspects, including a group called Americans for a Conservative Direction, backed by establishment Republicans and liberal Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg, are peddling this dubious claim. Most backers of immigration reform have opposed efforts to designate English as the official language. These include POTUS . Earlier this month he used his weekly radio address to claim the immigration reform bill “would provide a pathway to earned citizenship for the 11 million individuals who are in this country illegally — a pathway that includes passing a background check, learning English, paying taxes and a penalty.”

..  We are sure he is serious about the “tax” part, but as Breitbart’s Matthew Boyle notes, immigrants are supposed to learn English already under the Immigration and Nationality Act. The Gang of Eight bill actually waters down existing requirements by allowing illegals to qualify for “learning English” status if they sign up for a course , regardless of whether they actually take it. Even if the Gang were serious about the language requirement, it poses a serious  logistical challenge.

.. These people are not all coming from Mexico , from Central America , or from the rest of Latin America . These migrants who might get the proposed amnesty are from

all over the world . That mean language instruction for more than just Spanish speakers , folks . Bringing the entire set of illegals up to fluency in English would require the hiring of thousands of teachers of English as a second language at a cost of millions of dollars.

.. We are a cultural melting pot , merging the best (and , it seems , the worst) of our cultures ., into  one . We are of many faiths , but of one  common language , American English.  It may require a great deal of expense , at first . But , you go the extra mile  , to bring people in from the cold . You help  them to acclimatte  , but voluntarily ., not by force . We all speak our  native tongues , if they are not American English . But we all speak one in  common  . It is not just decency , but dignity  . It is acclimation and cultural fluency  as well as linguistic fuency .

.. The fatal flaw in the Gang of Eight plan is, in fact, its lack of anything encouraging unity; assimilation is an afterthought. Any real reform of the immigration system must take us back to the day we welcomed immigrants and encouraged them to learn our language , our history , our traditions , and our  culture , so they could become independent Americans, rather than wards dependent on the state.

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